Thursday, October 31, 2013

Inspired Blueprints sketch reveal #108

Hi everybody!  There's a new sketch posted at Inspired Blueprints today!  It looks like this...
Here's the layout I made for it.  I substituted 2" square photos mounted on large shipping tags for the photos in the sketch.  

I also used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut negative shapes from the tags, and painted the wood veneers with watercolor paints.  I love how that blotchy look turned out!

Make sure to stop by the IB blog to check out the other layouts this sketch inspired the design team to create! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stickle Dots...

(This is posted over at Love is in the Details today.)
I've discovered something that's almost as much fun as Gummi Bears!  Making my own "enamel dots"!  With glitter!  Normally, glitter is no friend of mine, but when it's contained in it's own adhesive that's a different thing!   

I started by pulling out a selection of my favorite Ranger Stickles colors...
and making rows of various sized blobs.  This was rewarding enough, just looking at that happy rainbow of colorful dots!
Then they dried, and peeled off my splat mat, just as I'd imagined they should, 
and I was beyond pleased.  If I could wish one thing, it would be that they retain their original bulk from when they are first blobbed out of the bottle.  Nevertheless, I'm finding this handy little baggy of sparkly dots very useful!
Here's a layout I made using some of the Stickle candy dots.  I like the freedom of being able to move them around the page, to be satisfied with their placement before affixing them permanently.

 Thanks for stopping by today!  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Inspired Blueprints Sketch #106

Hi there!  We're busting out Sketch #106 over at Inspired Blueprints, and it's a good one for a couple of 4"x6" photos.  No trimming necessary, although I did shrink mine slightly.

Here's the layout I did for this sketch challenge.

I used some Mr Huey white spray mist and a "bubble" stencil to get the background design. 
(Love a legit reason to use the on-trend hipster glasses and mustache on a layout!) 
I laid the title over the bottom of the left hand photo, and added some stitching to the edges to finish off the layout!

Upload your layouts into the Inspired Blueprints gallery for your chance to win one of our fabulous monthly prizes.  For an extra chance to win, share your layouts via instagram and Pinterest.  Use the hashtag #inspiredblueprints.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Inspired Blueprints

Inspired Blueprints announced their new design team yesterday and I'm excited to say that I'm part of this cool and creative group of women!  I'm so excited to get started designing based on their awesome sketches!

Here's the layout I submitted for sketch #105 for the DT application.

My layout was based on this sketch. 
Inspired Blueprints posts a new sketch for you to try each Friday so I hope you'll stop by to check them out and play along with us!  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Gifts and good friends...

Hello friends!  Catch up is almost caught up!  This is the last post of the summer's creations and then I can start showing you more recent craftiness.

Before I actually left home back in July, I did know I'd be meeting up with some of my scrapping besties for a crop.  Also before I left, I'd needed a specific ribbon for another project and took myself off to the local RIBBON STORE!  Where I went completely overboard.  As usual.  I assuaged the guilt by telling myself, I'll just share!  So I prepped these little bags of ribbon for each of my friends, and gathered up the bits and pieces to assemble these bags closer to the time of the crop.

I tried to make each one typical of the recipient, so if you know Thelma at all, you'll know how this is just HER!  Red, gems and metal charms.  
The little banner tags were typed out on my Grandfather's old Remington and cut to shape.
Whenever I need to punch out a shape for something, I punch a bunch....bunch-a-bunch...sounds like either an anger management therapy, or a scrapping I always have a bowl full of miscellaneous shapes and sizes and colors in a drawer and it makes it easy to put together little layered pieces like these.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 7, 2013

She's So Cute!

Time today for a little more catch up of projects I did during my travels this summer.  Remember how I showed you my scrap set-up while camping?  Well, this is one of the layouts that came out of that away-from-home-effort.

I based this layout on one done by Luzma, in the gallery.  It isn't my typical style at all (whatever that actually is...?) but it caught my eye and inspired me to lift it.
Check out the blue "ink" splats?  
When I'm at home I love to use my Mr Huey's but they weren't with me and I had to improvise to get the look I wanted.  I had my Tim Holtz water brush with me, and  a newly acquired set of water color paints in 36 delicious colors.  I loaded up the brush with lots of water, and some paint, and then "splotched" the drops on with the wet brush.  Kinda totally love the results!
The little notepaper bag has a tag inside, where I wrote that this photo of my daughter was taken when she was a year and a half old, and Grandma came to visit, bringing this (and other) sweet little dresses.  It was totally photo-shoot-worthy.
See that piece of vellum with the butterflies cut out of it?  Trash.  Or another man's treasure.  Whichever.  
I got the butterfly shapes I needed but just could not toss the negative shape.  It's been sitting on my desk for, probably months, so I stuck it in the supply box for the road with the intention to use it already!
The little wood paper title was cut on my Cameo Silhouette.  I was amazed at how easily it cut...hardly any different than heavy cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by again today and I hope you've found something here to inspire you!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day

Hello everyone!  Today is World Card Making Day, an event that has been happening now for 8 years, on the first Saturday of October.  It's a day to celebrate the connection and creativity that is at the heart of card making.  I copied that from the official site.  Any day that is designated to  play with paper and stamps and glue and ink, is a day I'm happy to celebrate!  

We've got a mini-event going on at Love Is In the Details today too.  Head on over there to see these cards and the challenges that accompany them.  I use the word "challenge" loosely as there are no deadlines or prizes, just lots of fun prompts and ideas to kick-start your mojo.
 I made 3 cards with this Tim Holtz feather die!  The feather is made from paper I "washed" in Inkagold!

I love taking a die and embedding it into a die cut negative, like the "you" is nestled into the feather here.

 This silver embellishment is actually a paper die cut with melted UTEE covering it.
 More Inkagold magic on this chipboard piece.

 Jennifer McGuire made me buy this Kelly Purkey die several weeks ago after I saw a card she made with it.  MADE me, I tell you!  I'm glad I did.  Anyone who knows me, knows that this sentiment says a LOT! 
 I made this card for my son to celebrate the LONG awaited day when he could get his phone upgraded.  The sentiment is handwritten with a silver Uniball pen.  LOVE that pen!  Almost as much as my iphone.  I wish the photos showed better that both cards have the iphone die covered with Glossy Accents for a true-to-life shine!  SO cool!

 There you have it folks!  I'm traveling again today, so I won't be able to join you all making cards, but I had a lot of fun making these ones before I left home, and I can't wait to see what all you creatives come up with today that inspires me to make some more once I return home!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope playing with paper is part of your day today!