Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Under Your Spell

I am scrapping a little out of order, but I just completed this page for Studio calico's Layout A Week #3 for November.  I lifted this design from Valerie.  I mostly used the Thespian add-on kit from Studio Calico (August), but I also used one sheet of paper from Glee Club, which was the main kit in August.

 Using all of these products together was a real challenge for me.  I normally have a very plain style, sometimes called Clean and Simple.  This page is definitely neither!
 I have been trying to teach myself to cluster page elements.  I see this on so many beautiful pages, and I really wanted to try it.  I probably should have chosen different background paper, but I think it does work.  If you have suggestions, or comments, I would welcome them!
 I'm also trying to make sure to do some stamping with Ali Edwards' designs from Technique Tuesday on each page.  I have many Studio AE sets, and I truly love them!  On this page you see the Studio AE October 2011 stamps.  I stamped the words using Rusty Hinge Distress ink from Ranger, and Black from Close to My Heart.
Hope you enjoyed visiting, and have a great day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

December Daily Cover

So, I decided to do a December Daily Album, inspired by Ali Edwards, and a kit from Studio Calico.  A while back, I posted a question to the message board at SC, asking how others would cover their chipboard December Daily album from the kit.  There were some great ideas posted there.  Well, I finally got myself together, and began my cover.  The front, back, and inside are done, but I am waiting for my Studio AE and December Daily 2011 stamps to arrive from Technique Tuesday before I do the spine.  But for now, here is what I have:

 The front cover (The back is the same.)

Close up of the cover.  You can see how the glitter sparkles, but what you can't really see is the very subtle sheen of the metallic paint that I painted the snowflakes with.  So pretty!

Here is the inside.  It will look a little different once I do the spine, but this is essentially how it will look.
I am now trying to decide whether to leave it at white and silver, or add some candy cane striped ribbon.  I will be stamping in red on the spine.  What are your thoughts?


Materials:December Daily kit: Studio Calico and Ali Edwards; Glossy Accents, Sticky Back Canvas, 12 x 12 in white, Adirondack Metallics Pearl Acrylic Paint Dabber, and Star Dust Stickles: Ranger; Folk Art Silver Anniversary acrylic paint: Plaid; Snowflakes template: The Crafter's Workshop.  Other: Paint brushes, T-square ruler, Scissors. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gratitude

Hi everyone!  Guess what!  I made my first layout in probably 3 years!  I started  Project life in 2009, and basically abandoned my old way of scrapbooking.  I took Stacy Julian's Library of Memories this summer, and then I began to subscribe to Studio Calico.  Well, I am so glad I did!  I decided to try this week's Layout a week Challenge, and the assignment was to create a LO or card with a "gratitude" theme.  I made tons of mistakes, including getting ink on my photo.  But I am going to reprint and replace the photo, and call it good.  I used the Field Guide kit from Studio Calico, with a few Basic Grey Hopscotch brads, and the October Studio AE stamp set from Technique Tuesday.  Oh, and the design?  Shamelessly lifted from a template from Jessica Sprague.


 I challenged myself to only use the kit, and stamps, and my "clean up" was SO much easier than when I used to take out everything I owned.
 Forgot to mention that I also used My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Doily stamps on my journaling block.
Also, my husband LOVES this layout.  I am thankful that I took the time to make it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Quick Halloween Decor

Looking for some quick Halloween Decor that adds a lot of pizzaz without much cost?  Try this banner!  Just download the file from Second Sister here.  She is giving this away for FREE!  (You also get a variety of labels for bottles, cupcake wrappers and straw wrappers.  Instant Party!)  Cut out the banner pieces, and staple them to ribbon, as I did, or any other type of string that you have.  You can just go with that, or add a bit more.


I used some Fabric Pattern Notion Flowers from Studio Calico that I had distressed with Wild Honey Distress ink from Ranger.  I actually hot glued them to the ribbon.

 Hint:  Place a weight on the back of a very lightweight embellishment, so it won't turn under. Here I used buttons that I glued on with Glossy Accents from Ranger.  Be sure to place your weight toward the bottom of the back of the embellishment.  It looks like it is near the top here, because I turned it over for the picture.
Enjoy your quick and easy decor and get on with your Halloween festivities!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Technique Tuesday Studio AE Challenge

I am entering this "memory box in the Technique Tuesday Studio AE Share Your Story Challenge.  It features photos and stories from our vacation this summer, especially how much I enjoyed watching my daughter enjoy herself.  This will be a birthday gift for her next week!


This is the top of the box, and the little journaling booklet I made to go inside.  Isn't this view at Acadia National Park amazing?



Here are the pages of the book.


I detailed some of the highlights of each day of our trip to Maine.





This is the cover of the book.


This is the front of the box.  Exploring the beach at low tide.


Here you see the right side.  Just Chillin'.


This is the back of the box.  She is running along the beach with a big piece of seaweed flying behind her!


And finally, this is the left side.  I just love how I caught her reflection in the window!


Here you see the little booklet as it fits inside the box.  I plan to line the box with some light blue paper, but I didn't have enough time to get it done on time for the challenge!

Materials used:  All materials from Technique Tuesday and designed by Ali Edwards, unless specified.  Stamps:  Simply You,   A Date With Ali, Amazing,  Kids are Cool, Ordinary Days, Are We There Yet, Awesome Days of Summer, and Favorite Memories.  Studio AE stamps:  The Observant Traveler, This One, Get Outside, and Remember This special edition stamp.  Box from Technique Tuesday.  Inks from Ranger:  Spice Tin from Jenni Bowlin Studio, and Pumice Stone Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.

Be sure to visit the Technique Tuesday Blog for lots of wonderful ideas for Ali Edwards stamps, and visit Technique Tuesday to check out their products.  If you like what you see here, you might consider subscribing to Studio AE, for a new stamp set every month, designed by Ali Edwards, and specially priced for subscribers!  Have a great day, and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happy Today!

Just bought these from Crafty Japan on Etsy!  I was feeling bad about missing out on Almanac at Studio Calico, but I mostly wanted this tape!  Now I'll have red, too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Elementary School

Here are some photos of my elementary school.  It was called St. Katherine's St. Mark's.  Although it was once an Epicopalian school, when I attended, it was no longer had a religious affiliation.  Originally it was built as a mansion for the Bettendorfs, who invented a train wheel mechanism.  
                                          The front Entrance.
 The "courtyard" of the Carriage House, where my sister attended  kindergarten, but they called it "Jr. First Grade."
                                               Exterior porch outside the lunch room.
 This was taken through a window, but it is where I used to eat my lunch!
 Ok, I remembered these as lions, but I guess they are wolves.
We used to sled down this hill in the winter time!!

Hope you enjoyed!  If you'd like to see the mansion in some of its original state, Google "Bettendorf Mansion, and be sure to look at the Putnam Museum's photos.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Masks from Studio Calico

Here are the new masks being released from Studio Calico:


Apparently they were hard to view on Studio Calico's blog, so I have posted them here.  Hopefully they can be seen!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Camp!

Well, it's been too long since I posted here, but this is just too good not to share!  Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner are putting on a Summer Card Camp, and we're all invited!  You can win a spot from Kathy at The Daily Marker here.  She is giving away 3spots in the summer camp!  While at her blog, congratulate her for obtaining her Copic Certification on June 8th!  She has tons of great tips and card ideas, so enjoy your visit!  Read about Summer Card Camp here,  and register for Summer Card Camp HERE.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Little Bird Told Me

I made this card for my good friend Debbie.  Yesterday was her birthday.  We met when our children began preschool together, and our families have been friends ever since.  I am so grateful for her friendship.  On the card, I colored the bird and branch with Copic markers, and added black Enamel Accents (Ranger) for the eye.   I also used Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the bird and roses.  The paper is from Linen Closet by DCWV, and the dies are as follows:  Oval, Nestabilities; bird and branch, Stampin'Up, Rolled roses and scalllop borders, My Favorite Things.  I believe the blue metallic flowers are from Colorbok, and the sentiment stamp is from Ladybug Crafts Ink.  The pearls are from my stash, and I am not sure where I got them.  I tried to enter this card in the MFT wednesday stamp club challenge, but I had trouble uploading my image in time.  They have begun using a sketch for their challenges, and that is where the design of this card came from.  Can you guess where my image inspiration came from?  (Hint:  Look at the right side of my blog.)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Here they are!



One of the things I am challenging myself to do for the next few months (at least until the good weather comes) is to make all of the cards I give. So, yesterday and today are my SIL and nephew's birthdays, and these are the cards that I made for them.
First, this simple card on kraft paper was such a cinch to make! I copied it from one I saw in the January Cards magazine. My patterned paper was from DCWV Citrus, and I used the Thank You text cling stamp from Hero Arts to create the text paper. So little of it shows, that you could have used any text, including newsprint! I love the look of definition text, and I have both the Hero Arts Friend Definition and Thank You definition. I just don't think I could bring myself to rip up and old book just to get this effect. So, if you wanted to get a more "old book" feel, you could always use Ranger Distress Inks in Old Paper to add that to the edges of text paper. I am off subject. Sorry. The colored cardstock and baker's twine came from Martha Stewart, and the orange circle is actually cardstock inked with CTMH White Daisy and Hero Arts Graph Background. The stamp on the stars that peeks out from under the buttons is from CTMH, and so are the "happy" and "birthday" stamps. The buttons are from Basic Grey, and my stash. Oh, and those stich lines going through the stars and the circles? I did those with a black 0.3 Multiliner pen from Copic. Much easier that rethreading the machine!

The card for my SIL was really pushing the envelope of my comfort zone.
These are NOT colors I enjoy working with, but they are colors she loves, so I said to myself, why not see what you can do? I am happy with the way it turned out. I used a stamp from LCI, and that doily die-cut was made from a die from My Favorite Things. The patterned papers are from Kate Knight, and the text paper I created from a Hero Arts digital Friends Definition stamp (free from Two Peas in a Bucket!) I got my inspiration from last week's Finally Friday video on 2Peas with designer Kristina Werner. Ok, now the fun stuff. I colored the image with Copic Markers, used Distress Stickles and Dimensional Pearls from Ranger to highlight the image, and inked up my punched flowers with Pansy from Close-to-My Heart. Then I used Pebbles Shimmer Chalk to add a hint of sparkle to my die cut and the frosting. I also used Glassy Accents from CTMH and Enamel Accents from Ranger to bring shine to the cherry on top, and the little girl's eyes. Again, the stitch lines were made with a pen. My favorite white pen is from Signo. Hope you like it!
I am entering this card in LCI's Anything Goes Challenge this week. Why don't you play along, too? Check out their new stamp release by following along on the blog hop! For details, just click on the LCI Blog Hop banner on the left side of my blog!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year, New Stuff

A new year has begun! How many of you have already broken some of your resolutions? Not me. I didn't make any! I did start some new things though. I have begun Becky Higgins' Project Life. I started this a few years ago as Project 365, but lost all of my momentum during a home remodeling project. It was overwhelming to try to take a picture and journal about it each and every day of the year. The nice thing about Project Life is that although it works very well for a picture each and every day, you are free to make each page a monthly layout, or use several pages to document something special like a trip. You can also start on any day. I began January 1st, but you could start on your birthday, Chinese New Year, or tomorrow! So head on over to Becky Higgins' Blog and check it out! Right now she has two chances to win a kit, too!

I've also been inspired by Ali Edwards over at Big Picture Classes to choose a word to inspire and guide me through this year. She is teaching a class that goes all year, and is based on this concept. Although I've elected not take the class, I have chosen a word. My word for this year is STEWARDSHIP. I will practice good stewardship of my family, marriage, friends, home, belongings, finances, and talents. This weekend, that means taking care of all of my Christmas decor, letting go of the things I haven't used in a few years, and spending time with my family at basketball games. My daughter and I made an almond cake with raspberries that was to die for this evening, and my son and I will spend some quality time together tomorrow having a Nerf gun battle! He doesn't know it yet. I plan to gather my guns and ammunition while he's sleeping, then attack when he wakes me up way too early! Now I think I should send my kids to bed, so I can spend some time with my sweetie. (I just have to make room on the couch by moving the ornaments I haven't put away yet!). No photos today, but by Sunday, I should have a couple of cards to share with you! May this year bring you joy, good health, and wisdom.

Arctic Winter MFT & Lawn Fawn

Today I’d like to share with you a card that I made especially for winter time.  I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that it stays dar...