Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Almost caught up….

Um, so I kinda let the blogging fall off there for awhile this summer.  It might have been the (insert list of improbable, unlikely, unconvincing, questionable excuses here) that prevented me from posting with any regularity.   Or it might have just been good old-fashioned laziness.

But, today we are caught up!  I did these cards back in the early summer, and because they didn't really fall into any category, I let them languish in the "to post" folder.  

For the most part, they are from my experimentations with watercolor.  This first card was inspired by a stamp set I ordered from SimonSaysStamp, and then decided I couldn't wait for it to arrive to play with it, so I pulled out the Sharpies and attempted my own.  I saw what Shari Carroll did with it and tried my own.  

 Then I tried some brush tip lettering to create this Graduation card.  (See?  I told you…old projects!)
 And these ones were just plain fun!!   A lightly penciled word for a guideline, and a mix of watercolor paints and you can get the most amazing results!!  Have I mentioned lately how much I love playing with watercolor??

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


A week ago, I taught a stencil class in Winkler, MB for a lovely group of ladies and we made quite a few pretty cards using some fun techniques!  Be sure and check out the Love is in the Details blog for more of the how-to details.  But for now, here are some photos.  

Actually, quite a few of them…! [ embarassed grin ]

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stash-busting at it's best...

I'm pretty sure I'm not a scrap-supplies hoarder.  I DO plan to use all these supplies UP someday.  Eventually, if not soon.  So when I managed to make a dent in the supply, I hang a medal around my neck and give myself a trophy!!  This was one of those days!  

I love wood veneer.  And I don't like to use it too liberally in case it all goes away and there is a wood veneer shortage in the scrapping world.  Same with rub-ons.  (Sadly though, some rub-ons have a "best before" date.  Buts that's for another post.)

Anyway.  When I got the bright idea to layer some rub-ons on wood veneer shapes I knew I'd need to be finding that medal and trophy!

Check them out.

 This card I made for my son as he left home to move one state over.  I didn't want it to be all maudlin and sad, so I thought these Ali Edwards/Technique Tues stamp sentiments seemed perfect!

 I used a couple more Lasered Edge card sentiments in the process.  
This post was recently posted on the blog at Love is in the Details.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

More Placemats

Remember that layout I showed you a few days ago?  Using the Jillibean Placemats?  Well, they were too fun to stop at just one layout, so I made some cards too.  They were posted at Love is in the Details a bit ago too.

This first one, I did the same as the layout, popping up the placemat, and layering patterned papers behind.

Then I did one with the placemat die cut layered onto the dotted paper and sewn along the edge.  
 And then, rather than have to put away all of the random bits of stash scattered over my desk, I decided to make one more card.  And I stuck to the baby theme for this last one.  So bring on the babies folks!  I have cards ready!!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time for a layout!

I love making cards!  All the fun techniques you can try on them.  I love that they're quick, because the canvas is so small, and goodness knows I'm a busy person with all these toddlers running around needing my attention.  Ha.  Gotcha.  No toddlers anymore.  But I still do appreciate a quickly finished project.  

But my first love is still scrapbooking.  So it's time to show you a layout I did a few weeks ago, and am only now getting around to sharing it here!
I made it for the Love is in the Details blog, and wanted to showcase those fun Placemat papers by Jillibean Soup.  I layered a variety of patterned papers behind all the holes in the kraft paper and then popped it up for some added dimension.  I also typed some strips of journaling and tucked them into and over the holes.
As well, I used one of my own chipboard designs from Lasered Edge for the title.  Only thing is, I have many more pics I'd like to use this title for, so I may need to be ordering another dozen of them!
But ok!  How cute and tiny is this little bubba, trying to fit into a camper sink for his bath!!  He's 24 now and cute in a completely different way but these chocolate eyes just melt me!!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Cardabilities Sketch #107

Time for another card sketch!  We have a new one posted today at Cardabilities.  Here's what the sketch looks like….
And here's the card I made for it.  I started by mixing pink and orange Inka Gold with modeling paste and applying it over a stencil.  I tried not to mix the colors too much so you'd see some variation in the colors.  After it dried, I decide it was too stark against the white card stock, so I ended up sponging on color with 4 different Tim Holtz distress inks.  I added a Memory Box die cut, some sequins, a white embossed birthday greeting on vellum and called it a day.
Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the other designers have created.  And to link up your own take on this sketch for a chance to win!!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Uptown Kids...

Hi!  Welcome back already!  I have a new layout posted over at the Love is in the Details blog today!  I know! A LAYOUT!?  When did that happen last??
I used some lovely Authentique paper, did some faux stitching that looks pretty convincing, and played with stencils, molding paste and distress inks.  You can check out the details here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Love is in the Details Card Sketch Challenge

It was my turn to post a card sketch challenge for the troops over at LiitD, and this is what I came up with.  It's hand drawn.  You probably picked up on that yourself.  Cuz you're smart like that, right??  I wanted it to be computer generated like all the cool kids are doing, but I don't seem to know the right words to use, to Google instructions on how to do that in Photoshop.  If y'all can help a girl out, I'd appreciate it mightily!

Here is the sketch: 
And here is the card I made for it:
I used a piece of Authentique Harmony CardMakingStack, which is basically a pad of pre-scored card bases.  Very cool thing.  You pick one and take your card in a direction based on the pattern of the paper.  And that shimmer on the black card stock sentiment?  Wink of Stella Marker!  My FAVE!
I also used a Memory Box Die (Gorgeous Gardenia Outline).  I cut it from watercolor paper, left the inserts in the flower part and watercolor painted it.  
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Stamptember Fun!

It's Stamptember!  Did you know?

And I was one of the lucky instagramers who was sent some happy mail from Simon Says Stamps to play with leading up to their big product reveal and release!

This week I got a chance to play.  After setting up my temporary scrap "studio" in the one corner of the construction site that is our summer cottage, (and I'm not kidding about being under construction.  We have electricity.  But that's all.  Oh yes, and water does come out of one tap, but it doesn't yet have anywhere to go.  All in good time) I sat down with my inks, stamps and glue.

Here are four cards I made with the Presents and Ornaments stamp set just released by Simon Says Stamp.  And yes, it's a bit early for the whole Christmas card thing, but you have to seize the day.  Or make hay.  Or something!

For this card, I mixed stamped images with 4 different metallic embossing powders as well as two different shades of perfect pearls.  Love that subtle shimmer!
Unfortunately, since I'm gone from home this summer, I don't have all my supplies on hand.  Four large Rubbermaid bins and Mr B might say, this isn't ALL your supplies??  But, nope.  So I was limited to using my Distress inks for this stamp, which aren't really their strength, but with some artful coloring in with a distress marker of the same color, it's all good.
Even though Presents and Ornaments is predominately a Christmas stamp set, I think it will be very versatile for other occasions too!
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