Saturday, August 27, 2011
We only lost a few shingles causing a couple roof leaks, thank goodness! I was really worried! Sometimes I really hate living on the coast! I got my new Amy Tangerine goodies yesterday and it was killing me (OK, mild exaggeration) that I couldn't play with them yet! Tomorrow I'm going to dive in! My husband and I went on a mini vacation to Charleston, SC last week for a friend's vow renewal and I can't wait to get the prints back and get to scrapping! I also plan on making some Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving cards with the new Lawn Fawn sets I ordered last night out of boredom as the storm kept me awake all night! :) Stay safe everyone still in Irene's path!
Inky and glittery fingers for all,
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I loosely followed Nichol Magouirk's class on stamp resist. By loosely, I mean that I did a small bit of the technique on my lay out, but didn't follow her sketch. Which is totally fine if you want to enter the contest for her class at Two Peas.
I'll start off with the products I used:
-Stampin' Up Calypso Cooler ink pad
-Stampin' Up mini clip
-Tim Holtz Vintage photo Distress Ink
-Versa Mark embossing pad
-Maya Road Kraft doilies
-Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers
-Ali Edwards' Awesome Days of Summer stamp
-Studio Calico cream Mr. Huey spray
-Tattered Angels sand Glimmer Mist
-Studio Calico cream cardstock
-Jenni Bowlin mini calendar bingo cards
-Rocket Age mini market stickers from October Afternoon
-Flower from CTMH Bliss Level 2 assortment
-CTMH Juniper Exclusive Inks® stamp pad
-Martha Stewart double edged scallop punch
-Mistables scalloped ribbons by Pink Paisley
-Ranger white embossing powder
-Ranger blending tool with foam applicator
-Post It notes
Stamp resist is a pretty easy way to bring a nice element to a layout. For this one I stamped Ali Edwards' sentiment on Jenni Bowlin's bingo card with Versa Mark. Then sprinkled on the Ranger white embossing power and tapped off the extra that didn't stick to the Vesa Mark. Starting on the back of the card I lightly heat embossed it and then turned it to the front and finished off the heat embossing. Let cool for two minutes and masked off the edges of the bingo card with post it notes. I dipped my blending tool in vintage Photo Distress Ink and blended it around the sentiment, making it the darkest around the embossed portion and lightly blending the ink outwards towards the Post Its. The embossing part will resist the ink or spray you blend or mist on it, just take a clean cloth and wipe off any that may be laying on top for an extra clean look. Lastly I took off the Post its and edged it with CTMH's Juniper ink.
If you'd like any more information on this LO, please don't hesitate to ask!
Inky and glittery fingers for all!
Friday, August 5, 2011
I love Two Peas in a Bucket. It's so much more than an online scrap store. They have free classes and tutorials, challenges, members share their projects, there's a forum. Just heaps of fun for any paper crafter!
Each month there's different free classes. I did this layout for the "Products you Love Every Which Way" class which started on July 10th and will end on August 10th that featured rub ons. I'm typically not a fan of rub ons. I always get scared when rubbing them on with the included popsicle stick that I'll miss a part, causing it not to stick all the way and ruin the whole thing. I see rub ons like makeup application. My mom always said to blend your foundation till you think it's perfect, then keep blending more. Only then will it be properly applied and look natural on your face. As with the rub ons, I keep rubbing till I feel it's fully adhered, but then rub more to make sure it really is fully adhered.
These pictures were from a trip down to Myrtle Beach, SC to visit my husband's family while they were on vacation. It was an extra special trip just to finally meet our nephew Max! So this page is heavy on the Max pictures and not so much on the beach. :)
I used Kraft cardstock as my background. I've been using it on almost all my layouts and on a lot of cards, too. I just think it's so pretty, the way it's raw and uncolored. Plus it's awesome because it's made out of recycled paper. On top of the Kraft I put another layer of Kraft that had a black design printed on top of it. I cut an inch off of two sides of my paper and adhered it to the center of the plain Kraft cardstock. The next thing I did was matte all my pictures with Doodlebug's petite prints cardstock in five different colors. This helped bring the Carolina beachy feel to the LO and also matched the slipper (flip flops as most call them) pattern I used in blocks at the bottoms of both pages. All the edges of the papers besides the bottom most Kraft card stock were inked with Stamp'n Up's Calypso Coral. This helped tie all the papers together.
When all the papers were in place is when I adhered my pictures. I didn't really have room for too much of a title, but since the trip was really about seeing Max and I needed to add rub ons for the challenge, I did the title like I did. I cut out a piece of paper from a 6x6 paper pack I won a long time ago in a raffle. The paper had lines on it which made it perfect for adhering my "hello" lagoon rub ons from KI. I also used a friskars punch to punch out the top of the paper to make it look as if it were torn out of a notebook. I edged the paper in Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distressing ink and added one of Tim's mini paper clips to the top. I then added the blue Thickers letters to spell out Max! and lastly tied a hemp twine bow around the bottom. I adhered it very loosely so that it wasn't so flat and looked more like it was just hanging there slightly tucked into the slipper paper.
For embellishments I used Doodlebug boutique buttons, October Afternoon's Seaside stickers, American Craft tags, and Studio Calico cloud rub ons. I sewed the buttons on in groups of three with cream colored embroidery floss. I rubbed the cloud rub ons on the top of the second page as I needed more rub ons for this challenge. Plus well, I really like clouds. :) The round October Afternoon stickers were layered onto circles I had punched from the same Doodlebug petite prints paper I used before and adhered them to the page with foam adhesives. And of course, I lightly edged the doodlebug circles with Calypso Cooler ink. The tags I stamped Family Vacation on one with Ali Edward's Awesome Days of Summer stamp set and on the other tag I stamped July 2011 with Ali Edward's A Date with Ali stamps. Then edged the tags with that same Calypso Cooler ink to make them match everything. I later went back and outlined the tag that had the date on it with an orange Copic marker because I felt it wasn't popping enough. Then I looped a piece of hemp twine and tied a bow through the tag that had the date on it. I placed the tag that had "family vacation" stamped on it horizontally and the one with the date and hemp vertically with foam adhesives. After I just went through and added a couple word stickers. I especially liked the one that had an Erma Bombeck quote that read, "We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings." That pretty much described our whole time on the beach. :)
Thank you so much for dropping by and reading this super long post! If only there were virtual cookies, I'd be sure to give you one!
Inky and glittery fingers for all!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Well it's already August, can you believe it? My teacher friends in Hawaii are going back to work, I think school here in NC starts soon, and well, it's still hot as ever! Soon it will end, if I keep telling myself that sooner or later it'll be true! Hello, Autumn??! Are you there? It's me, Gaby!
Well back to the super awesome Lawnscaping Distressing Challenge. This challenge was to use a form of distressing on a paper craft project. I chose to make this cute card with a steaming fresh out of the oven pie flirting with a steaming bowl of soup! I used three different Lawn Fawn stamp sets to make this card. The stamp sets were On the Mend, Smitty's ABCs, and My Silly Valentine. I stamped the pie and soup bowl, Copic colored them, and paper pieced them onto the card and then added the "steam" stamping. Then I spelled out the sentiment with Smitty's ABCs and stamped that directly on the paper with black ink.
I cut out some green gingham paper and lightly sanded the edges and cut the Doodlebug yellow dots paper about a half an inch smaller than the green gingham paper. I lightly sanded the edges with Tim Holtz's sanding block and then went over the sanded edges with Tim's Vintage photo distress ink with his foam applicator tool. I laid down a single strip of tape from my tape runner and wrapped some lime colored baker's twine around till the tape strip was fully covered. I then punched a hole and added a heart shaped brad from Doodlebug and stamped three hearts from the My Silly Valentine stamp set. I then adhered the yellow paper to the green paper with some foam adhesive and attached the whole thing to a card base I had cut out earlier.
There you have it! If you love challenges (and prizes!) like I do, be sure to check out Lawnscaping's blog every Monday when they post a new challenge.
Inky and glittery fingers for all!