Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby Girl Mini Album

I spent this last weekend finishing up a mini album I have been working on for a co-worker. It's pink and feminine for a new little girl. I am working with lots of Maya Road embellishments and papers from the  Maggie Holmes Confetti paper line. 

I painted the chipboard album with a coat of gesso and then a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint. The word "sweet" is a Maya Road chipboard word that I embossed with gold embossing powder. I die cut the onesie with the Little Bits - Onesie die from Taylored Expressions. 

I am keeping the album closed with an elastic band from Tim Holtz. 

Here's the inside cover and front page. I added a pocket where you can write something special and a place to add a picture. The sentiment is from the Reverse Confetti Fancy Word Coordinates Stamp Set. 

Here I added a paper doily sponged with pink ink and just played with the embellishments until I had a layout I liked. The word "always" is embossed with an embossing enamel. 

I added some stenciling to the page on the left with the MFT Concentric Circles Stencil. I added another pocket for extra photos or keepsakes. 

I love the little burlap banner from Maya Road! I strung them together with gold thread. The word "hello" is one of Maya Road's cute metal clips. 

I added a piece of vellum to the page on the left. I added a few highlights to the wooden owl with a Copic Marker. 

I added sequins to a vellum envelope. 

And here's a look at the last page and inside back cover. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good week! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Embellished Gift Tags

Thanks for stopping by today! On my last post I mentioned I had been working my scrap room and organizing my embellishments.  I shared a card I created with some of those embellishments. Well it was so much fun I decide to make a few tags. I LOVE having tags to ready to go in my stash. A pretty tag can dress up the plainest gift bag and make it special. 

On these tags most of my embellishments are from Maya Road. Who doesn't love pretty flowers, doilies, and pearl stick pins! The kraft ticket is from Maya Road and the sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. 

My next tag is made for a handmade gift. I often give card sets to my friends as part of their birthday presents. They have made it perfectly clear that they hope to receive a set each year! I added embroidery floss to the wooden spools, prefect with the button stick pins. 

My last tag is really for any occasion. The camera  and the sentiment are from a stamp set by Maya Road. I cut it out and added a rhinestone to the lens. I added a button to a paper clip and some gold glittered tape. 

The patterned paper used for my tags are from the Maggie Holmes Confetti 6 x 6 pad. 

Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy Birthday - Playing with Embellishments

Hi! I know my blog has been a little quite for the past week. Have you ever noticed that things seem to happen all at once! I have been pretty busy at both work and home lately. Truly I think time in my scrap room is the best therapy! 

With the little time I had I created this  birthday card for a friend. 

For inspiration I used the Deconstructed Sketch No. 196. I have been working on cleaning and organizing my space so I decided to just play with some of the embellishments in my stash from Maya Road

The patterned paper is from the Maggie Holmes Confetti 6 x 6 pad. The sentiments are from the PTI Bountiful Banners Stamp Set and the Paper Smooches Salutations Stamp Set. The stitched panels and card stock are from MFT

I just played around with my Maya Road embellishments until I has happy with the layout and added a few sequins from my stash. 

Thanks for stopping by! I will have some fun embellished tags to share later this week. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Birthday Shaker Card

Hi and thanks for stopping by! I have a birthday card to share today using one my favorite Paper Smooches Stamp Sets, Blossoming Buds

Then sentiment is from the Salutations Stamp Set. I sponged the background with a pale, yellow ink to keep the soft look, used foam tape to build up the shaker, and added a piece of clear acetate behind the card front. 

The flower image is colored with Copic Markers and I added a little sparkle with a Wink of Stella Clear Pen. The stamped image is die cut with the Blossom Icons Dies.

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Best of Times

Hi and thanks for stopping by today! And Happy Easter weekend! It is beautiful here in San Diego, definitely feels like spring. 

The other day I found my girls pulling out old photo albums and just laughing and enjoying the memories. It reminded me why its important to print out some of those photos on my computer. And it really doesn't matter if those photos are perfect, it is about the memory. These were taken with my phone and the lighting wasn't perfect, but they definitely capture the day. 

Most of the papers and embellishments are from the Studio Calico March Scrapbook Kit and the layout is based on the sketch challenge

I ran a washi tape from the kit down the center of the page and used the gold foil letters for the title. I also added touches of gold with the metal paper clips, gold metallic thread, and the black on gold sentiments. 

Here a closer look at the bottom of the page. Love this fun layout.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Beginnings

Hi and thanks for stopping by today. I am so excited to be the Guest Designer again for the new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. The Curtain Call inspiration photo just says Spring!

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!


Here my take on the challenge.

I made this sweet, little gift bag from a unfinished wood box from the local craft store. 

I sanded the wood a bit, and then painted the box with Gesso. After the coat of Gesso had dried I painted the box with Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Antique Line. 

Then I added pattern to the box with the Petal Circle Stencil and Salty Sea Distress Ink. The tag is created with Reverse Confetti's Folded Tag Sentiments Stamp set and the Folded Tag Confetti Cuts. The flowers are from Prima. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 March - Enjoy the Journey

Just popping in to share my version of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 for March. You can find the techniques and tutorial I used for the tag here. This is a challenge I love to participate in because I alway learn something new!!

First I laid down the strips of Tissue Tape. Since I did not have a combination of colors of Distress Paints that I liked, I created my background with a combination of Distress Inks and Distress Stains in Tumbled Glass, Salty Sea, Wild Honey, and Peeled Paint.

Then I added the gold highlights with embossing paste, gold embossing powder, and the Speckles Stencil.

Since I didn't have the beautiful butterfly stamp I added a metal embellishment. I used a piece of sticky back cork to cut the circle and then brushed on a light coat Tumbled Glass Stain to just blend the cork with the background.

I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix SHAPE STRIPS Thinlits Die

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Make a Wish

Happy Friday! I have a busy weekend ahead celebrating one of my daughter's birthday. But tonight my hubby is playing in his band so I spent a little time playing along with Reverse Confetti's March Sketch  For You to Try

For the background of the card I cut a panel of white card stock and then added the strips of black card stock. I fell in love with this cute little tag, cut with the Folded Tag Confetti Cuts when it was released and had to have it. 

The sentiment is stamped with the Folded Tag Sentiments Stamp Set and die cut with another one of the dies in the Folded Tag Confetti Cuts. The sentiment is stamped with Gold Delicata Ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. 

I added a border cut from vellum and used the Circle Garland Confetti Cuts to add the gold foil garland. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 23, 2015

MFT's March Ingenious Inking Challenge – Mixed Media

Thanks for stopping by today for MFT's March Ingenious Inking Challenge – Mixed Media

Mixed media can be a little intimidating – once you begin piling up different textures, patterns, and colors though, you quickly realize how forgiving, and exciting, it can be. Mixed media projects are the perfect opportunity to experiment with the capabilities of your supplies and explore your creativity so this month, we’re using Hybrid Inks – the perfect choice for mixed media applications with it’s quick-dry, no-smudge formulation – in mixed media applications.

I used a piece of canvas for the background of this scrapbook page. First I stamped the Birthday Background Stamp in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. The Hybrid Inks are perfect for Mixed Media because they are permanent and do not run. 

Next I used an embossing paste and the Concentric Circles Stencil, sprinkling glitter on the paste before it was dry. The bottom border pattern is sponged with the Diagonal Bars Stencil and Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink.

Next I misted the entire canvas with spray I mixed with the Berrylicious Premium Dye Ink Refill and water. The "16" is cut with the Little Numbers Die-namics and "happy" is cut with the Happy Birthday Die-namics. 

On my tag I  stamped the Birthday Background Stamp on craft tissue paper and then applied the stamped tissue paper over Summer Splash Card Stock with a medium mat gel. The tag is cut with the Traditional Stitched Tags Die-namics

Next I cut the Modern Morocco Cover-Up Die-namics from chipboard and embossed the chipboard with Silver Embossing Powder

The large rose is cut from Banana Split Felt with the Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose Die-namics. The smaller rose is cut from Ripe Raspberry Card Stock with the Royal Rose Die-namics and then brushed with gesso. I used the Layered Leaves Die-namics to create the leaves. 

The sentiment is stamped with Ripe Raspberry Hybrid Ink and watercolored with the Sour Apple Dye Ink Refill and water. It is included in the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. 

Here are the products I used to create by projects: