Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Two Become One - Wedding Scrapbook Layout

We didn't have very good pics from the wedding ceremony of our friends' wedding, so I printed out the same photo twice, with one of them zoomed in a little closer and printed them small. This layout though sat on my table for longer than usual because 1. I was stumped on the papers to use (the pictures gave off a mostly purple color, which seems to be a rare color these days for scrapbooking supplies), and 2. I've been so tired this last trimester, that even just the thought of sitting at my scrap table makes me feel like taking a nap! I guess I will blame it on the 3rd trimester while I can!

A scrapbook gift came to me before I had any papers picked out - in the form of Studio Calico's latest kit, Valley High! Wow, they actually had some of the deep magenta colors, that came about as close to the colors in my photo as I could get! The papers also had some pink, so now I could use pink, tied together with the colors from the other paper at the top! So I sewed a big chunk at the top, along with the colored card stock underneath!

After I finished sewing the papers, that's when this layout sat on my table for quite awhile. I sort of got stuck how to get the pictures to not feel like they were floating around in the rest of the space. I added some layers and after that, tried to make them not float by adding sequins in an off-center diagonal from top to bottom, cutting through the pictures to keep your eye focused...

Anyway, the final touch was cutting out the 1 from my Silhouette - and then I remembered the small stash of POW Glitter paper I have and found that "Blush" color went perfectly! I added a couple more pieces to balance it out and decided it was finished!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Best Wishes Card

I made this card for a friend who is moving away... so I wanted it to emanate a nice going away feeling instead of sad or like a "see ya!" type of card. I almost went the route of Bon Voyage, but I feel like that is too "see ya"-like if that makes sense. Luckily I found a small "Best Wishes" sentiment stamp from the Dear Lizzy stamp set by American Crafts to convey the perfect sentiment.

I started with that Adventure Stamp from Studio Calico and stamped it on different sections of the same piece of BasicGrey paper that had different types of tickets in different colors on it. I embossed in black embossing powder and cut them out by hand. I wasn't sure how I wanted to arrange them, but finally settled on this arrangement to leave some space for a sentiment.

I added some washi tape and airmail twine to the side, then after a few botched attempts at stamping my friend Monica's name, and wasn't thrilled with the results, I used the diecut label, also from Studio Calico and added letter stickers by BasicGrey. I cut two little metallic dots from a string of them by Hero Arts and that was it! I was going to add a bunch of other embellishments on top of the squares, but decided it was already busy enough looking and didn't want to bog down the card too much! Have a nice weekend, bon voyage!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Baby Baptism Card

Let me start by saying I accidentally misspelled our cousin's name who was getting baptized - after I photographed the card, I went back and pulled up the banner with "Avery" and re-did it with "Averie" after I saw the correct spelling on the invitation again.

This card took me a few hours! Oh well, I just started by stamping with Martha Stewart doily stamps on watercolor paper and embossing them in white. Then I added some watercolors over/around them, knowing they would resist the water!

Finally I found the Jesus loves you stamp and embossed in gold, and added the gold triangle sequins around it that came in the Roundabout kit from Studio Calico. I wasn't sure how to add her name, so just stamped it and embossed in the same gold and added it as a banner! Quick idea, but the stamping/embossing and water-coloring took a bit!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A couple of scrapbook pages!

It's been awhile since I've gotten some scrapbook pages done - maybe I've been too tired in the evenings? Who knows, but I finally finished the few pics from our gender reveal get together! This first layout I mostly used the Planetarium kit from Studio Calico, but when I got stuck I dug a little back into the Neverland kit...

For the frames, I stamped each frame from the stamp in the class kit for the Inked class going on right now at Studio Calico! I stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with my new Koi watercolor set that came with one of those watercolor brushes that holds water in it and just squeeze it to get it wet (awesome btw)! Then I cut each frame out with my Fiskars fingertip knife and mounted the frames onto a strip of gray polkadot paper by Simple Stories.

For the bottom title, I cut out the word Happiness from my Silhouette (it was part of the Awesome Script Words digital template by Ali Edwards). The embellishment on the lower right I actually cut out from the back of some packaging for some brads, including the butterfly brad I added on top!

This second layout took me FOREVER to complete. Once I had it started I really didn't know what to do with it...

Eventually I just added some random embellishments from the Planetarium kit and went with it.

Today I have off for Independence Day, so finally did some catching up! Happy Independence Day America!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Some birthday cards!

I had a couple birthday cards to make, so for this first one I played with some Tim Holtz inks mixed with water over an embossed map image:

I stamped the sentiment with stamps by Studio Calico and cut it out, then popped it up and added some neon sequins... simple, quick, and easy!

This one was a fun ONE for my nephew's first birthday! I lined up a number 1 on my Silhouette to cut in the middle of one half of a 10"x7" piece of card stock that I could later fold into a 5"x7" card.

Once I had the card folded, I outlined the "1" lightly in pencil onto the inside of the card and just began pulling out all my brads, buttons, enamel dots etc. in blues, teals, and grays!

Basically I just filled it all in and attached all of them, then used separate "Happy" and "Birthday" stamps and bent them onto my acrylic block to fit neatly around the one!

I liked the clean look of the card, so called it done and wrote on the inside front of it!