…remembering…

…so I saw this CSI challenge 107 and it just happened to remind me of my grandmother.  She passed away recently (MLK weekend), and the colors just said to me, “This will work.”  My grandmother’s favorite colors were pink and purple, and mine is yellow.  So mix that with some nice neutrals and I knew I was going to scrap about my grandma, or Grammy.

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I apologize for the slight blurry effect.  Sunlight has been hit and miss, so I had to adjust my camera settings.

So I did a lot of stuff, obviously.  I chose a background paper from my DCWV Far East stack, which is black with flower branches.  Grammy loved flowers, and they were the right shade.  I gessoed through my Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil and while it was still drying, I sprayed my Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard in different spots.  I used my Tattered Angels black glimmer mist, Color Shine in Mustard, my Rangers Archival Jet Black stamp ink, and my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries A LOT.  I used several different stamps from different stamps.  The four leaf clover flower (my grandmother was Irish and married an Irishman) is from a Bo Bunny set, the red heart from a Studio G V-Day set, the harlequin pattern stamp from Tim Holtz, and the small reddish bird on the top left and black branch with flower from a Ditto stamp set.

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I did a bit of frames and lots of flowers.  I used my mists and stamps on white and butter yellow cardstock and cut out flower shapes (hand-drawn).  I also used some flowers from my stash to layer them up.  I used little pearls in white and dark pink for a couple flower centers and to accent the two journal tags in the bottom right corner.  I added some ribbon, a transparency frame with a die-cut of angel wings that I cut out and added a touch of my Mustard spray mist too.

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My grandmothers also loved hummingbirds, hence the red feather.  I used several hearts in various spots, including two journaling spots.  The card poking out of the top pouch is a prayer card from her service.  The “Z” on the pouch is for her name.

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I freely admit that I have some guilt over her death, namely in the sense that I hadn’t physically seen her (except Skype) in the last several years.  Unfortunately, finances weren’t the greatest, and life kept throwing stuff at us, so I hadn’t gotten to visit home for a number of years.

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So yeah, I really miss her.

Happy scrapping…

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…going shopping…

…for kid’s clothes…in this case, mine.

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So this is for ScrapFriends Yummy Scrap #20.  Traditional Christmas colors, but I went for a non-holiday theme.

The background paper is Amy Tangerine, as are some of the paper layers (black chevron, green dot), and some of the die-cuts (the hanger and clothespin).  I used a spinner and gear from Tim Holtz, We R Memory Keepers White Out papers (the pale red), and DCWV Rock Star and Tattered Time pack (dark green, peeking out by “TREASURE HUNT”, and the “gear” layer above that).

For the background, I did some green paint drips, and borrowed a technique from another lovely scrapper, Riikka Kovasin, with using leftover letters stickers and gesso on your background.  For me, I used blue letters stickers and painted over them with green paint.  The  I added some borders of ribbon and stickers, as well as a piece of cardboard that I tore the top layer off to reveal the wavy part underneath, then painted it white.

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You may also see the homemade texture paste that I put through a Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, as well as gray watercolor crayon that I blended with a baby wipe for some extra texture.

The red chipboard tab and green “SNAPSHOTS” tags were colored with paint before I adhered the embellishments.  There some other chipboard from the same st, and a few more buttons.

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I had been experimenting with different mediums and shades of green on a large paper doily.  After some figuring, I cut some of it into strips, and placed them down, with 7Gypsies paper tape in between.  Then I took my journaling blocks and “anchored” them with black pen outlining, which I used on the rest of my layout as well.  I also used two stamps from a Studio G set, “TO DO” and the arrow you see here.

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That’s a vellum frame from a prize won from a previous challenge.  The title I made from some alpha tiles I’ve had forever, with the o’s (unplanned) covered in altered patterned paper and letter stickers from a newer sticker sheet.  Some other stickers for “TO” and a Tim Holtz metal numeral “4” to finish off the title.

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And for the finishing touch, I used my Amy Tangerine roller stamp to random stamp on-the-go with the date in different spots.

As you can see, I really built up the background layers and paper layers.  Some of it unplanned, but I like how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!

Happy scrapping!

…cuttin’ a rug…

…and saying thank you, with two new cards in my Etsy shop.

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I was playing with my messy stuff (i.e. gesso and spray ink), and decided it would make a nice card base.  I also experimented with braiding ribbon.  The title letters were adhered, gessoed over and then outlined in black pen.

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A card to celebrate, grunge style!  I applied dark blue acrylic paint through my Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, then played with my stamps, Archival ink, sprays and paints.  All of it resulted in this card.  Really loving the distressed, grungy feel to this card.

Hop on over to my Etsy shop to see them in all their glory!

Happy scrapping!

…is still tickled…

… to have placed in the Top 3 at Unscripted Sketches for my “time to Soar” card.

Woot!  Woot!  (Yeah, it was awhile ago, but it’s still really cool!)

So yeah, I was surprised and please to see the little display, and all I was doing was checking the next sketch out!  If you haven’t visited this blog, please do.  They’re sketches are really cool, simplistic but you can do so much, so not so simple :P!  But, yeah, I’m really loving this challenge blog.

And yes, I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been super busy!  I had a six card custom order that I just recently finished.  I’ll upload those photos in my next post.  For now, I wanted to share a layout I made quite awhile ago.  It started out as something a lot different.  The challenge was to use some paper you’d been saving, fot just the right layout.  I had a sheet of red and yellow with a yellow bird.  Now I’ll readily admit thst I tend to be protective of my yellow papers, being that it’s my favorite color.  So this was big for me.  I was attempting a new paper technique, where you make snip in the paper and pull the sides apart (like a unzippering a jacket) to reveal the paper layer underneath.  Not sure if it has a name.  So I adhered my hoarded yellow patterned paper to a sheet from DCWV Performnae paper pack, since I wanted the sheet music to show through.  So, I tried it, but it wasn’t working, so I ripped the pieces off, then inked the area along with another area and a K&Co. fabric remnant (the piece below “OF”) with my brown pigment ink.  Then I used a Studio G clear phrase stamp “I love you” with the same brown ink on the exposed area in the top left corner.

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I used a lot of K&Co. ephermera, including the copper transparency die-cuts.  The green bird was cut from another patterned paper, and I also added a piece of yellow doily.  There’s a wooden clock and butterfly from Little Yellow Bicycle; I outlined the clock with teal Adirondack paint dabber, and sprayed the butterfly with yellow mist spray (yellow craft paint mixed wth water in a Mini Mister bottle).

For the teal blue tag above, I outlined a tag on patterned paper, then used a text stamp with black ink for an allover patterns, and added my lace clear stamp (both from the Tattered Angels Rockin’ Renaissance set) with my copper pigment ink on it, added a Tim Holtz washer and bakers twine, and called it done.

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I folded some wide yellow ribbon that was a dollar bin find, and stapled it to the corner.  My intent was to staple more and make a big flower, but I like it as is.

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I used the same stamp technique on the red and blue flowers for added dimension (the flowers are from a Prima collection).  The red flower got a vintage “coin” for a center, while the blue got a tan brad.

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For the title, I used Cosmo Cricket clear and gold mini letter stickers and phrases, along with large white rub-ons.

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Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…happy with this card…

…As it’s be said (a few times), I’m not a fan of pink.  However, certain scrap goodies are going to have pink stuff regardless.  So I decided to finally put these pieces to good use with a card!

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I used my black Tattered Angels spray mist on the kraft cardstock, then used a postage stamp and flying birds stamp (both from Tim Holtz, just two different stamp sets) with white acrylic paint to add more depth to the background.  Then I bgan layering my other elements.  I used glue dots to adhere the ribbon into a heart shape, and added some other pieces and stickers, washi tape, and buttons to complete the look.  The typewriter, flowers, star, “my story” ticket and bird are all from a kit from January 2011!  I also decided to mat the typewriter sticker on some patterned paper, and found a piece from my DCWV Once Upon a Time paper pack (purchase once upon a time 😉 then edged the typewriter with my white gel pen (that I’ve had for ages).  I also used a K & Co. green patterned fabric scrap as “leaves” under one of my flowers (from a swatch pack I got a good 3 years ago!).  I also used some paper scraps that worked for the color scheme.

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I attempted a technique that didn’t work out as I thought.  I stamped my pink and yellow dye ink cubes onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  My aim was to get a splotchy, two-color bleed onto my tag.  Well…I may have sprayed too much water, so what color do red and yellow  make?  So yeah, my tag was tinged pink/orange/tiny hints of yellow.  So I let it dry, and had planned to attach it to the card as is, but I had my gesso out, so I edged the tag with gesso.  Turns out, I love it!  I also used my green Sakura pen to edge the bird to help it stand out and tucked a small “nest” of green thread behind the bird as well (thread left over from my cross-stitch days, roughly two+ decades ago, and no I’m not THAT old :P).

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Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…doing a happy dance!

…I also can’t believe I didn’t mention this earlier.  Then again, with my day job craziness, hubby dealing with the flu, and me getting sick, it’s been busy around here.

Anyhoos…you may remember my previous post about an album I made for my aunt (which I’ll be mailing out tomorrow, finally).

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You may also remember that I added it to Punky Scraps challenge #66.

Well….

I won, I won, I won, I won, I won!  *cough* yeah *shy smile* I won the challenge!

So, yay for me!  So many people say it, but I don’t win contests in general, so this is huge for me!  Thank you to Punky Scraps for choosing my entry.  I love your challenge blog and it’s an honor to have my entry chosen.  So..thank you!

OK, off to bed for me…sleeeepy…

Happy scrapping!

…even creative while sick…

…yeah, I was nursing my poor hubby with his flu, and though I got my flu shot, I seem to be one of those people that if they get even a whiff of a cold, I get hit with bronchitis.  I won’t bore you or gross you out too much, but take a cold with a stuffy nose and add the stuffiness to your lungs as well, complete with a smoker’s cough.  Not fun.

But, as I said, I have been busy creating stuff.  Card mostly, but I’m going to be doing some layouts soon.  In the meantime, I wanted to share two cards with you, my lovely readers and scrapbook junkies 🙂

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Yes, I know it’s winter holiday themed, and I hate the Christmas stuff being out way too soon myself, but I wanted to make some for the upcoming season.  So here’s one that I made with a white cardstock base, a couple different patterned papers that I distressed and inked/gessoed; the music paper is way old!  Come to think of it, so is that semi-circle piece peeking out from under my tag, though not quite as old.

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I also had some older winter-themed stickers and chipboard that I really wanted to use.  I used a black American Crafts pen on the edge of the chipboard teal bow, and gesso on the ornament.

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I also had some hexagons I had cut out, added the letters too, and gessoed the edge of the letters and hexagon, but didn’t like that, so I added gesso to the rest of the hexagon surface.  I had some leftover burgundy paint, which I added to the edges.  Much better!  I added a couple buttons with baker’s twine centers, and some light-grey thread, along with a leftover scrap of blue ribbon with gesso splatters and bakers’s twine, and called it done!

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Originally I had three hexagons, but I couldn’t fine the third.  Course, when I cleaned up, I found it (*headsmack*).  Oh well, the card works without it.

As I mentioned earlier, this card is posted to my Etsy shop.  Feel free to pin it, post it on FB or Twitter, and show me some love!  Or, of course, buy it!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!