Hope your weekend is a sweet one!
Friday, May 30, 2014
Hope your weekend is a sweet one!
Friday, May 23, 2014
I'm excited to share my very first Project Life scrapbook pages today! Let me start by saying that I've been a traditional 12 x 12 scrapbooker for quite some time. While I love to scrap, I take a long time to complete a page. Since I have a ton of photos, I like layouts that use several photos...so I think Project Life will be a nice change of pace. I plan to incorporate my Project Life pages along with my traditional pages.
After a recent trip to Universal Studios in Orlando I have a big stack of bright, fun photos to scrap...the Everyday Adventure Card Collection is perfect for these photos...
Here's a closer look at the 4 x 4 card I created using some Crushed Curry cardstock, the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and Hexagon punch. Until now I hadn't realized that the Simpson's skintone is such a good match to Crushed Curry!
I wanted to pull a little red into the layout since there was so much red in the photos. I even used a new Photopolymer stamp set...Endless Birthday Wishes to stamp my title..."awesome day". Here's the two pages together as they'll look in my album...
The Everyday Adventure Card Collection comes in a nice sturdy storage box with lid, made to sit on your desk...there is even extra little compartment to hold your journaling pens and space to store a few photos you may plan to use later. Here's a closer look at some of my favorite designs in the 3 x 4 cards. Notice that the ones that have writing on them come in both landscape & portrait format so they will fit a variety of layouts.
Here are some of the 4 x 4 cards...
and a few of the 4 x 6 cards...
Normally it would take me quite a bit longer than a few hours to finish 3 pages...and I wouldn't have been able to use so many photos either, so I think I'm really going to like the Project Life way of scrapbooking!
Enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend...but don't forget to remember those who gave their life for our freedom.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
I've had the World Map stamp on my wish list since it was first available in the last catalog, but it wasn't until I saw the new Traveler set that I knew I just had to have it! Here is my first card using both of these.
The Traveler set will be available from the new catalog in just a couple weeks. It's a great set with realistic, vintage pen and ink renderings perfect for creating manly cards. I watercolored this image of the globe using my aqua painter and classic inks.
The World Map background was colored simply by sponging...I used a combination of Sponge Daubers and Stampin' Sponges. The Sponge Daubers made it easier to get along the edges of there the water meets land...but the bigger sponges made it much quicker...so the combination worked well. The sentiment was printed on my computer onto Lost Lagoon card stock. I also used another new In Color...Mossy Meadow for the base and mat for the globe. I really love working with these new colors!
This past week while making room for my new colors and finding a spot for retiring items I ended up on a re-organizing frenzy! So far I've reorganized my 12 x 12 card stock, 8-1/2 x 11 card stock and all my DSP. When I say, "all of it" I mean not only my SU! DSP, but everything from other companies as well. I've "collected" a lot of it with future scrapbook pages in mind. I even found some really old single sided papers (remember when paper only had one side???) that I don't know what I was thinking when I purchased them! lol Hopefully I'll have some clean and reorganized workspace photos to share soon.
Have a great day!
Friday, May 16, 2014
When I was waiting for my Blendabilities to arrive, I kept thinking how fun it would be to color the large Swallowtail butterfly stamp with them...and it was!
I couldn't decide which color to use...so I ended up using them all and made a rainbow butterfly! I blended the Rich Razzleberry into the Cherry Cobbler and the Cherry into the Pumpkin Pie and the Pumpkin into the Daffodil Delight...I'm sure I'll never see a butterfly like this in nature, but it sure was fun to color!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I just love this tree & sentiment stamp called Look Up to Father. This is a single stamp and is available in the current Occasions catalog. It is perfect for upcoming Father's Day cards or masculine cards for any occasion by simply omitting the sentiment.
The Hardwood background stamp works perfectly with this stamp....I inked it in Crumb Cake and stamped right over the tree. I'm using one of the new In Colors here too...Mossy Meadow. I'm lovin' that color! Always Artichoke has always been a favorite, and this is a lighter, brighter, less gray version of Artichoke. I think this will be wonderful to use on Christmas cards this year.
There are some new weekly deals...have you checked them out? Two of my absolute favorite Big Shot dies that are retiring are included this week at a nice discount. If you don't already have the Tasteful Trims or Perfect Pennants dies I'd recommend treating yourself to these while they are still available.
Monday, May 12, 2014
I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day! The weather here was absolutely beautiful and I was happy to spend it with my Mom & my sons...perfect day!
Have you seen the NEW batch of In Colors for 2014-16 yet? I think they are just gorgeous, rich & vibrant colors! Here is my first creation using them...along with the Blendabilities.
I stamped the flowers from the Peaceful Petals set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink while masking the largest flower with an image cut from a post it note. Then I had lots of fun coloring in the flowers with my new Blendies! I really like working with them! It's nice to even be able to color pearls & rhinestones to match! As you can see here, I've colored Basic Pearl Jewels in Razzleberry & Daffodil. Here's a closer look...
Isn't the new 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon luscious? It will be available in the five new In Colors...I used Blackberry Bliss.
- Rich Razzleberry
- Pumpkin Pie
- Cherry Cobbler
- Daffodil Delight
- Old Olive
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Whenever we add new supplies to our crafting space we are faced with finding a good storage solution to help keep things organized. I not only want to be organized, but it is also important for me to have my supplies easily accessible. If the storage solution is attractive that's a bonus...if it is also low cost even a bigger bonus! This caddy I created for my new Blendabilities meets all the above criteria.
It's cute AND functional, and the best part it was basically FREE! A few years ago my Aunt had given me a few Crystal Lite containers that I had stashed away thinking I could alter them somehow. When I was searching for a way to store my new markers I found that these containers were a perfect fit. Since they are flat on the sides they are easily stacked. Lucky for me she had several more of these stashed away (thanks Aunt Roberta!) so I decided 6 was a good number to start with. Each cubby can comfortably hold 10 Blendies...so I should be good for a while!
All I did was adhere some washi tape around each edge...I used a pattern from Epic Day and one from Season of Style (this is actually on the Clearance Rack right now). Then I adhered them together using Wafer Thin Velcro Fasteners. This way if I decide to change the configuration later or swap out the washi tape design it will be easy to do so. Here's how my new caddy looks sitting on my desk.
I keep my other markers in these acrylic containers* along with my ink pads, and I like that the recycled Crystal Lite containers are clear so they all kind of match. I work so much better when my work space is uncluttered and I know where things are. Hopefully this idea will inspire you to reuse/recycle something you have laying around and turn it into something functional.
Check out my other Stampin' Space posts if you would like to see other low cost organizing ideas.
HAPPY Mother's Day to all you Moms! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
*Every time I post photos of my work space I get a LOT of questions regarding my ink storage containers. I purchased these on line quite a while back from a company called Dzyntec. Unfortunately, they have since gone out of business.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Guess what showed up at my house on Wednesday??? Here's a hint...
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I've been to try the new Blendabilities!!! and to see the NEW IN COLORS and the NEW CATALOG in real life!!! I can happily say I sure wasn't disappointed in any of the above! Actually...they all exceeded my expectations! The new catalog is one of the best since I've become a demo (has it really been over 9 years now!?) and the new In Colors are just luscious...but the new Blendies were the first thing I had to try!
Let me start by saying that I have never used Copic markers, but I love to watercolor. So that being said, I cannot compare one to the other.
When coloring, I usually use the aqua painter and our inks and had nice results. However, if I wanted a deep, vibrant look to my watercoloring, this method would sometimes take a while to build up the color to be as deep as I wanted. With the Blendabilities it was so much quicker & easier to get beautiful, vibrant color. Here is a look at my first attempt at trying out these markers...
They are laid out in the order of how I tried them...I think, with each flower I colored, I improved a little bit on the blending. I could still go back and blend a little more if I wanted to. I stamped each image on Whisper White card stock using the Black Memento Ink pad. On the top right you can see a color swatch of each of the 3 markers. Here's a closer look at each one...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I cannot believe it's already been a week since I've posted! I've been doing a little re-organizing in my stampin space now that we know what is retiring. I need to get ready for those new In Colors and other goodies that are on their way here! I did a little scrapbooking over the weekend and planned to share my pages...but I have had a really bad sinus headache the past few days. With so much pressure around my eyes I haven't felt much like getting on the computer. I'm feeling somewhat better today, so I wanted to share my some vacation pages created using the Epic Day Designer Series Paper.
I like the way my title turned out. I cut a piece of chipboard using the Bigz Typeset Alphabet for the "&" and the R's were stamped using the Morning Post Alphabet. (both the alphabet dies and stamps are retiring...so if they're on your wish list...better get them while you still can!)
Here are both the pages together...
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Thanks for visiting today. I hope you will stop by again soon...my pre-order will be here soon, so I'll have fun stuff to share!