Saturday, December 13, 2014

Come On Get Crafty - A Few of My Favorite Things

I took a break from holiday scrapping and December Daily projects to scrap something different for my post at Come On Get Crafty.  Also, I wanted to talk a little about my love of over embellishing, especially with collections that make that easy!  I grabbed pieces from 3 different Crate Paper collections; Close Knit, Flea Market and Note & Things and layered away!!

I love using a great photo as a basis for the beginning of an exercise in color, graphic design and pattern.  After the photo, I used a couple pieces of 6x6 paperchipboard framewood veneers and loved things around until I was happy!

I stitched through the wood veneers on my page and added some journaling.

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Have an amazing weekend!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

I wanted to share another non-photo layout I made using the Scrapbook Circle December ‘We Are Made of Stories’ kit.  I also have a few tips for glittering wood veneer.  I did a project last month that I used on my mantle as part of my Fall decor and thought I might do the same for Christmas!
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I used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut the title from the center of a piece of patterned paper from Pink Pailsee.  I backed the negative spaces behind the words using more paper from Elle’s Studio and the 6×6 Pink Pailsee pad, part of the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-On.  Inspired by all the metallics included in the kit, I knew I wanted to use glitter and embossing powder on the wood veneer!
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These are the supplies I used.  Gold and silver glitter, gold & silver embossing powder,  Versamark ink, glittering glue (any white craft glue would work) and of course the wood veneer.
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I made a paste of 2 parts water to one part glue in a jar and mixed it well.  Although the glittering glue helps, it is watering it down that keeps it from clumping.
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I used a small brush to paint a thin layer of glue onto part of each snowflake and dropped it into a pile of glitter.
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Working in two batches, one for each color, I used my tweezers to hold the snowflake and tap off the excess glitter.  I kept tapping until nothing else fell off!  The tweezers are also great to hold something small when heat embossing.
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One of the best tips I ever heard was from Wilna Furstenburg who suggested a lint roller to pick up excess glitter!  It works unbelievably well!
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I had originally planned to arrange the snowflakes in a circle but decided on a heart  instead, making a bow at the top with the twine included in the kit.  I also layered gold and silver thread onto the paper before adhering the wood veneer to the background.  I matted the whole project onto another piece of the patterned paper from Pink Paislee to frame it and add stability.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have an amazing day!!
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Monday, December 1, 2014

you color my life beautiful

Recently, I have been lacking some creative mojo.  It has never really happened to me in my 13+ years
of scrapbooking.  I hadn't run out of inspiration, just motivation and focus.  In an attempt to work
through my inability to produce something new, I cleaned up my scraproom,  organized all my previous kit
products and made several lists of things I need to do...After all of that, and a few inspiring posts from
some online scrap friends (thank you all of you, you know who you are!) I took an evening to just play, just for me.

I know I don't do enough of that, and between school activities, holidays and family obligations,
I am usually scrapping for my design team commitments.

So, after cutting several backgrounds and titles on my Silhouette, I broke out my watercolors and painted
on the background cardstock.  It is simple and so colorful, the photo slips into the background a bit,
but it was so therapeutic to my overwhelmed creative mind.

Both the heart background and the script title are from Wilna Furstenburg.
Her videos are always inspiring to me and the cut files are just as amazing!

Thanks for stopping by and indulging my exploration into mojo rejuvination!
Have an amazing day!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

WISH YOU WERE Here - November Scrapbook Circle

For the last of my Scrapbook Circle November projects using the
'Little Moments' main kit and the 'Sweetness' Add-on.

I was looking through boxes of old photographs my Dad had taken, developed and printed himself.
This is the beach in Northern Ireland where we spent a month this past summer.  I have several photos
that look similar to this, but finding this one printed at 8x10 was like finding a little treasure.
I have no idea when it was printed or if I was even on this trip as a child, but I love it!

A lot of the vellum die cuts from Kelly Purkey are travel themed and so they were perfect for layering along with
a few of the Heidi Swapp color magic words and die cuts.  I tore the edge of this map paper to mimic the rough
edges of the cliff in the photo.  I also wanted to use lots of vivid colors since the photo was in black & white.

The new December kit 'Made of Stories' has already been revealed,
but the November kit is still available and really versatile!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing last day of this month!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Come On Get Crafty - natural beauty & A Few Favs

This is one of those projects that working from the same collection makes the creative juices flow so easy!  I love digging through my stash and finding products to go with things I wouldn't normally think well as working with an entire collection that was designed to work together.  This is one of those occasions that working with a collection, or to be more specific, with Crate Paper collections by Maggie Holmes, made everything come together super fast!

I did use some gold modeling paste and a random polka dot mask on the background patterned paper and the rest of it is almost all Maggie Holmes.  The letter stickers are from the Webster's Pages collection from Allison Kreft and I think the subtle grey works well with the black and white photos. 

Working with a collection that is made to work together, it makes layering and clustering so much easier for me.  And I love to stack up lots of layers!  I used one of the stacked paper flowers to tie in the gold and turquoise and layered it onto some vellum under the chipboard frame.  I thought it helped weight the bottom corner to balance out the title in the left corner.

One of the things I decided to do was to use the fabric frame on top of the close up photo.  Since the frame was larger than the photo and I needed to add a piece of patterned paper as a photo mat, I decided that was the perfect chance to add some hidden journaling.  I added patterned paper on the back of the fabric frame and onto the under side of the frame.  I added washi tape to be decorative and also to hold it in place, as I stitched it down with my sewing machine.  Then I wrote my journaling not to my daughter under that flap.  I love that it is interactive and a little surprise for her in the future, and it makes it a little more private.

The pieces of this collection are some of those colors and products that I will always reach for,
and will never get tired of using.  Despite trending styles, the versatility of these products makes
them valuable and easy to use. 
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and wishing you and amazing day and week ahead!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Gratitude and Goodbyes - Last Pinfresh Studio Post!

Hi everyone!  Today is the day after our Thanksgiving holiday, here in the U.S.
Just about every scrapbook layout or mini album I create, becomes an exercise in recollection and most of the time, gratitude.  I am especially grateful today, and a little sad, writing my final Pinkfresh Studio blog post, as a DT member.

My son's favorite color is orange, so I had to use these enamel frames as the base idea for my page.
After picking this patterned paper as the background piece, I decided to use a mask and modeling paste on cardstock.
I thought that would be great place to embellish with wood veneers and enamel wood drop stickers.

I used the scribble circle die to cut out a place for my title and the transparent alphas.
I also used the clear banner stamp included in the Limited Edition Kit under the larger photo.

My second project is a holiday card I used the Anya Alpha stamp to stamp a sentiment.
I used silver stamp ink and a shadow ink from Hero Arts on a white banner die cut.

I also used the gold scallop puffy borders at the top of the card and some vellum snowflakes I die cut.
The Anya Alphas are so fun to play with and unlike anything else!

From the moment I first saw the Pinkfresh Studio color block wood veneers, I knew that it was going to be an exciting business to watch grow...much less be a part of!  I have had the most wonderful experience being part of such a fresh original company...
Thank you to Kinnari for your creativity, support, generosity and most of all, friendship.  Thank you also,
to the amazingly talented team of designers I was lucky to work with and consistently be inspired by!
I have enjoyed my journey with you all immensely!
Have a wonderful Friday, weekend and good luck to Pinkfresh Studio...xoxo!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Come On Get Crafty - Product Showcase Lawn Fawn Stamps, Dies & Paper

 This is a card I made using several of the new supplies in the Come On Get Crafty
shop, as well as a few of last year's, all from Lawn Fawn.
I wanted to use the 'joy' script die with the Gold Foil paper from Pebbles, that cuts like butter!
It is beautiful.  I also had a couple pieces of the Lawn Fawn 'Peace Joy Love' patterned papers.
I cut one as the base and one out with the stitched rectangle die.  

  I thought it would be great to use the 'Happy Trails' stamps and matching dies to create a Christmas card.
I stamped out the car, a few hearts and trees.  I used Copic markers to color them and then glued the
smaller tree to the top of the car, like we will be doing in a couple weeks!! 

I glued the little car to another stitched circle die cut and then added the joy to the top.
Earlier in the summer, I used these same Lawn Fawn papers for a summer themed layout
along with other primary colors.  I love to find ways to use seasonal products all year long!

Thanks for stopping by and have an super awesome day!

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