Thursday, June 30, 2016

Paper Patchwork #3...

Hi everybody, today I have #3 in the installment of layouts created from made-over papers.  See here and here.

You already have the gist of what I was doing by patching up scraps of other paper used on other layouts....here is the array of papers I started with...

Here is the 3rd background page I created....

And here is the layout I created with that page....
After I had adhered the patches of patterned papers together, I sewed all the pieces together in quilting fashion, and then used a Tim Holtz-Stampers Anonymous Damask stamp and brown ink to lightly and randomly stamp all over the page to unite the colors and patterns even more.  I also stenciled brown ink through a DCWV Damask stencil underneath where the photos would be placed.

I layered various die cuts and other embellishments underneath the photo, and in the upper right corner, including some Blue Fern Studios chipboard, Pink Paislee puffy stickers, Prima ephemera die cuts, and word stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Authentique.  I also typed my journaling on a printed tag and adhered it alongside the photos.


 The photos (front and back of an original) are of my mother's family hiking in the German and Austrian Alps in around 1947, and the look of it so reminded me of the Sound of Music artwork, that I just had to co-opt the title for my layout. 


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Paper Patchwork #2...

A couple of days ago I showed you this layout, made from the leftover bits of patterned paper that were too good to be trashed.  Today I have the 2nd layout from that remix to show you.

I started with this array of scraps...
And created this background paper from that assortment.
Here is the layout that came from it.  This time the papers matched each other in tone and strength much more, but because of their vividness I was worried they would distract from the photos.

I lightly painted over the whole page with white paint, only enough to mute the overall strength of the patterns, but leaving enough to subtly show through.  I also used a large glassine envelope that was no longer needed, as part of a photo mat, again muting the strong background motif.
I painted a Dear Lizzy phrase die cut to match the blue alphabet stickers, and typed my journaling onto some old October Afternoon label stickers (man I love those things....could we get someone to make more of them please?)
 I used up some of my stash of Kaisercraft Fiesta die cuts and stickers, as well as some Twine and Ink puffy sticker hearts, Ruby Rock It Happy Days die cuts, and Crate Paper puffy (flower) sticker.

Thanks for coming by today...check back again soon for the 3rd layout in this installment!




Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paper patchwork #1....

Are you a scrap saver or are you quick to toss partly used paper?  Do you have a drawer where you're saving scraps, that has gotten so deep it would be like excavating the Middle Ages to actually delve to the bottom?  I'm a keeper.  Especially if it's paper I love and think I'll use again and might regret throwing out even a little square of.

So I decided to tackle a scrap-stack recently, by making a NEW sheet of scrapbook paper from pieces of old.  Chances are, you like what you like, and buy what you like, so you've got lots of paper that actually coordinates with each other very well!

Here is the paper I wanted to use, all spread out.
And after much shuffling and repositioning, I made 3 new papers.  Today I'm going to share the first of the layouts I made with those "new" papers.
You wouldn't be inclined to think those papers would play nice together, on the face of things, but I think once photos and supporting pieces of embellishments are added, pretty much anything can go.  That's a secret though, so don't tell the match-matchy collection designers I said so.
 I felt like the bright floral paper in the upper right corner might be too visually heavy for the rest of the page, so I put the photos there and used the floral paper as something of a photo mat.  Then I balanced the page with similarly colored alphabet stickers on the lower left, and a cluster of colorful embellishments on the right.
Some of the papers are Follow Your Heart by My Mind's Eye, Fiesta by Kaisercraft, Chic Mix by FabScraps and Happy Days by Ruby Rock It.  I also used chipboard flowers by Pebbles, OLD chipboard label frames from Making Memories, fabric covered brads from Basic Grey and Crate Paper, and the alphabet stickers are Amy Tangerine Remarks and Memento (Thickers), Teresa Collins, Studio Calico Color Theory and Patchwork Thickers.

Thanks for stopping by today, and check back again to see the other two layouts I created from the other papers in that scrap pile!




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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sketched Roses

Hallelujah.  With today's post, we are all caught up on shares from the last many months!  Hopefully we won't get so far behind again....at least we'll see how that goes.

This gorgeous card design is Sketched Roses by Impression Obsession.  It's one of those nice huge background stamps, that with some judicious cutting, will provide you with material for two cards!
I first stamped on watercolor paper, and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I sure love that look and I think I need to try it again soon!  Then I washed over the entire paper with water, and then used a small round tipped brush to lightly drop water color paint into the centers of the roses and let the water do the work of shading.  Really quick, simple and fun!
I cut the "you" sentiment from gold paper, with this die from Simon Says Stamp, and the hello die cut is this one from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by again today!  Check back soon for some fresh new inspiration!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Daily Practice....

Back in February, I participated in a 30 day challenge to color something everyday, be it with markers, paintbrushes or whatever.  Some days that's easy enough to do, but other days, well you know how it can be.  Those were the days I would reach for something small and quickly done, like these Elizabeth Craft peel-off stickers.  
Just for the practice, I varied between using watercolor paint and brushes, and using Distress markers and a water brush.  Both are equally fun,  but sometimes you can get better color control with the markers.


Once I finished with coloring, I used some 6"x6" paper pads, enamel dots, a variety of frame dies, and sentiment stamps, and assembled these cards.
Thanks for stopping by today!  These cards were also posted on the blog at Love is in the Details.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

More Shannon File memories....

Remember this post here, where I promised that there would be more yet to share with you?  Today I have the last 3 boards I made, to show you, and eventually when I have them all hung on the wall, I'll even show you that!

 This first board is of my husband's grandmother and her family.  She is the young girl, front and center of the photo.  Baba Rose is the only way I ever knew her, so it's very special to see and have photographs like this to get a glimpse into her younger life.
Because I didn't have any specific mementoes that belonged to her, I opted to use things that might have been (and likely were) a part of their lives.  Things such as a milk bottle cap, the vintage door knob and skeleton key, the wire rimmed glasses and the sewing pattern.



Next, is a memory board of my own grandparents.  I'm lucky have a number of things that belonged to them because they were meticulous in keeping everything that could ever possibly have some importance.  And quite a few things that never would.  But that's a story for another day.
 Because of the journey their lives took, these items reference a much different place and time to anything I'm familiar with today.  This board includes their boat passage ticket to Canada, a Deutschmark, their passports and some work documents, and a train schedule.  There was much more I didn't have room to use.  Underlying it all, is a letter written to their sponsor family on the occasion of their immigration after WWII, by a friend of their's who arranged the sponsorship, telling about some of their feelings and experiences.
 
I included from my scrap-stash, some mini phrase stickers, crystal stems and a stitched flourish, as well as a fountain pen and watch face that are found objects. 


And finally, I made one more board that is a collection of bits and pieces I've collected over the years, that reflect my love of sewing and vintage sewing items.  
The wood veneer dress form, wired bead floral stem, word stickers, dew drops and floral die cut are more items from my scrap-stash.  


This post is also live today at Love is in the Details, your Canadian source for scrappy goodness of every description!
Thanks for coming by today!!


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wedding cards....

Hi, I have another couple of cards to share with you today....cards I shared at Love is in the Details a couple of weeks ago.

I recently needed a couple of wedding cards and it just so happened that purple was the color scheme for both weddings.  I'm not especially a purple lover, so much.  I don't mind lavender and mauve though, so I was happy to mix those shades in to compliment the purple.

For this first card, I repeated stamped the phrase "happily ever after" by Hero Arts on the card front in purple ink.  Then, on a piece of white vellum, I scribbled three shades of violet Copic markers, and then used a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to randomly "moosh" the color around.  I stamped the image over top and heat embossed with white emboss powder.

This version of the card uses the same Happy Couple stamp by Stampendous, stamped and heat embossed with clear emboss powder on watercolor paper.  Then I washed the paper with water and added shades of purple and blue water color paint.  I decided that the addition of a few pearls for embellishment was enough, and let it be a CAS, one layer card.

Thanks for stopping by to see what's new again today!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Lets Party!

Have you seen the fun things you can do with honeycomb paper??  Just type that into the search bar on Pinterest.  Go on, I dare ya!  

Well, I did, and this was the result!  I still had some leftover honeycomb paper from InkyAntics, and then I saw that WeR Memory Keepers had a bunch of this paper too in all the yummy colors, so I just had to make a swaggy garlandy thing.  For pretty much no reason at all.  Except for a DT blog post at Love is in the Details.  Totally justified, right?



I cut all kinds of shapes, round, oval, triangular, chinese lantern shapes, diamonds.  Some I combined two colors and others I left as one.

I strung them all up together and decided that it was as good a reason as any for blue frosted sugar cookies, and cupcakes, tropical punch and pretty striped straws!


I fake-wrapped some "presents" and invited Mr B to join me for a pretend party!  And I didn't even have to twist his arm after he got wind of real treats!

Thanks for stopping by today!  



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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunflowers and Vacation Moments....

Hi everyone, I've got another couple of cards to share here, as well as a layout I made for Love is in the Details awhile back .

For these two cards, I used the Memory Box Bountiful Sunflower die, a die that cuts in 2 parts.  I cut them from watercolor paper painted them without taking much care.  Just slapped the color on and let the water do it's magic.  Then I layered them slightly askew from each other and assembled the cards using Elle's Studio and Kaisercraft die cuts, enamel dots, and some butterflies from my stash.



This layout of Mr B and me, on vacation on the Florida Keys many years ago, was made using a lot of Basic Grey South Pacific line.  I took the opportunity a tropical vacation provides, of piling on the tropical flowers and colors in the form of die cuts, washi tape and layers of gold and floral papers.




Thanks for stopping by today to see what's new.  Or in this case, old!  There's more yet, so check back again soon!