Going Places

We make our own “luck”.  It would be nice if all we had to do was sit back and wish for the good things in life, stand around and hope our situation will get better. 

I’d like to share a card I just made from a fabulous collection of papers and a really nice set of stamps.  I used the latest sketch from Freshly made Sketches.

Quite a lovely and elegantly simple one really. So keeping with a masculine theme from the Journey Coach challenge I selected papers from the Fun Stampers Journey “Going Places Prints” pack.  Favorite colors for me! The sentiment is perfectly matched to the papers with this stamp I chose from the “Travel Time” stamp set. Even if I say so myself.

I faced the card with the green planes, added a strip of the tags print for the banner, cut a solid “Pool Play” with the “Banner Parade” dies.  I stamped the sentiment on some scrap white, (would have had a nicer image if I had used the good FSJ white), cut around it and pasted it on some solid “Catalina Splash” (a HUGE favorite) before adhering to the card.

Its been a few years, two or three at least, that I was at a scrap show and picked up these dragonfly dies.  Finally used one. It is by Tessler Crafts.

If you are still with me, you may be wondering why I opened with the statement about luck.  Well, here it is, I now have a card idea (and ideas for more) to send to friends who need encouragement or congratulations when struggles or achievements strike.  We make our luck by taking action on our dreams!

Birds of a Different Feather Layouts

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Following a double page sketch layout on Splitcoaststampers I grouped these bird photos taken at our zoo.  Here I used some pretty patterned paper from Fun Stampers Journey, stamped the leaf stamps with Journey Gold ink and cut them out.  The title letters are cut with various Cricut cartridges and various papers, mostly from my scrap bin.

How To Use this Sketch

Wednesday is card sketch day on Splitcoaststampers. I am enamored by the one posted today.

The only way I could think to reproduce this was to trace the sections and cut them out individually.  A little time consuming, bordering on frustrating to get all the curves right so they fit together.

I developed a short cut eliminating half the curved cuts.

DSCN2870_edited-1 I prepared by placing my original templates on larger pieces allowing half of the cuts to overlap it’s next piece.  I have only 3 curved cuts now.

Piece 1 is curved and will lay on top of piece 2 that has no curved cuts and can be a rectangle only.  The curve of piece 3 will lay on top of piece 2, and the curve of piece 4 will lay on top of piece 3.

Normally a very frugal person, I admit I have some waste here, but worth it I’m sure you will agree – lol.J-2868_Merry

This is the first card I did with my individually cut pieces – 5 cut curves.  I cut only 3 pieces of paper and pasted them to the cream card, on which I had heat embossed the image.  The sentiment was also heat embossed, cut out, edges inked with Green Olive from Fun Stampers Journey and popped up with Journey foam squares.

The stamp set is from Fun Stampers Journey found here by Kristy.  They are a really cool new stamp and die company, worth checking out.

I am looking forward to making more cards from this sketch!

The Moments that Matter Most

The other day Kara texted this photo to us.  It spoke to me immediately. I knew I wanted to do a scrapbook page right away.  A weird thing happened when I got the photo copy from Walgreens, I lost it.  Really couldn’t find it anywhere and I know I had left the store with it.  So I ordered another.  This morning, once the page was complete, I found the photo.  Isn’t that how it always is?  I opened the passenger door to my car and there it was, fallen between the seat and door, impossible to be seen without opening the door, which I obviously hadn’t done.  All is good in the end, I still think this is a precious photo and it will likely be used again in something, somewhere.

For the base I used a sheet of beautiful pattern paper from the “Vintage Paris” collection by Fun Stampers Journey.  It is a most dreamy collection of soft colors and delicate patterns.  This page is the product of an inspiration layout for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers site where we had to choose one from all the past uploads for the Virtual Scrapbook Night challenge.  There were lots and lots of pages to go through.  As soon as I spotted Sharon’s page here: I knew that I wanted to use the photo that I did.  For my background I added some rubber stamping.  I used pink SU embossing powder with the Fun Stampers Journey background Basics stamp.(SS-0008 from rep #96). Moments close up 1

 

 

Here is a close up of the background stamp, just soft and  subtle.  Not that this intricate design on the paper really needed it, I still think it adds a bit more charm with it’s texture and color.  You can also see the letters I made with the Cricut cartridge Hello Kitty Fonts.  For my flourish, Sharon has a large one, I cut two from the Tim Holts Elegant Flourishes die from some scraps of Pink SU solid cs.Moments Close up 2

Although Sharon did not do this, I added a smaller strip to the larger gray of pattern paper that I had dry embossed with a Cuddlebug script folder.   Added a bit of interest, I hope.  Each of the edges have been distressed, as well as the delicate floral print under the photo.  I had wrote the sub-title and the journaling.

Tiny Top is now in ballot and gymnastics, and her Gigi is certainly looking forward to more photos to play with in scrapbooking.

Fun on the Big Red Bus

After a little side trip to Publix I talked to a lady who was with the blood donation bus and decided I’d go for it.  We had recently shared a Cuban sandwich so I had some food in me.FOTA2AB

This is the phlebotomist who took my blood.  From the sign on the wall by my bed I got the idea to send a Selfie to Kara and talked her into it.  Then she suggested I send one to my little phlebotomist with the “young hottie” phlebotomist and called him back out.  FOTCD8F

So we did!

Happy end of the weekend to everyone – have a fabulous week ahead!

Card Making Weekend

Since I didn’t plan to go anywhere for this Independence Day weekend, I got busy and put together some cards, mostly with the Card Ministry at church in mind, although some will be for my use.

First I’m sharing 3 made from the same basic idea and all from my stash bin.

Simple layout. Simple elements for easy mailing.  The idea was to pick a pattern paper, match with a solid band.  The card on the left was from a pack someone gave us, pre printed card bases.  I selected a brighter band, embossed it, and added the die cut sentiment. I really like the middle one. I’m sure part of it is because it is blue and has circles.  I used one of the super-doper shinny embellishments of Kristy’s which sets this card up so nicely.

Now for two made with a fun ATS Fun Stampers Journey set. Kristy gave me this stamp set because she knows how much I love everything sewing.  Just lying on the table still I had this purple piece that I had dry embossed but it didn’t get used. Started digging in the patterned scraps and found this floral. I cut the pp down to fit inside the embossed image, stamped all the pieces, cut out. After die cutting the tag I stamped the sentiment and ran it through the Chevron SU embossing folder, added a thin ribbon.  The right side card has gold embossed images, with the sentiment heat embossed in black.  For embellishments I used sequins on the left and pearls on the right.

Extra stamping on the inside shows off another ATS stamp from Fun Stampers Journey – Shabby Chic stamped with Oatmeal Cookie which is light enough for the inside sentiment to be stamped on top, as well as any handwritten message that may come later.

Hope you like my scrap bin cards. I thank you for stopping by. Please continue to have a safe, happy and crafty day!

Hello Sunshine Card

I followed the sketch challenge from the Creative Blooms blog Sketch #5 

and I used a brayer from my background from another challenge on Splitcoaststampers too.  The pecious seahorse is stamped on Whip Cream before cutting with a Spellbinders die. The strips are Cool Pool & Pretty Amethyst. I heat embossed the sentiment from April’s Kit of the Month and cut them up, mounted on more amethyst. I added pink twine and sequins from my sewing stash. Pretty simple but still interesting.

I sent this to my great grand daughter and her mom tells us she was so excited to see the card, she actually threw the envelope down in the street and screamed with enthusiasm to have gotten a card. She loves getting cards from her Gigi and grandma,and she loved playing with us when she was here last month.  She is quite the little crafter as well!

A is for Attitude Layout

I’ve had a fun time gathering goodies to make this layout today.  I’ve followed 3 different challenges for my inspiration.J_0634_Attitude

Challenge #1 – Scrap Our Stash  This challenge is to create a layout and include an item from your stash for each letter in the word B.R.A.D.S.  My items are Buttons, Resin flower, Airplane paper clip, Die cuts, Stamp (not just a rubber stamp but the image is a stamp too.

Challenge #2 – Picture This  Our challenge for June is to use 2 pictures + banners + flags.  I have used dies from Fun Stampers Journey to create my flags and cut a little banner over the top corner.  I tied some twine on one over the flags. There are some old papers used, mixed with some not so old.

Challenge #3 – Rochelle Spears June Tic Tac Toe  This was fun to choose which three panels of the challenge board I would use.  I selected the bottom row: Summer Theme, Mixed Alphas, Buttons.  I selected this photos of Leia in the green grass and a tank top playing and posing for the camera as she twirled and had a sweet time. I used one Alpha stamp, then wrote the rest of the letters by hand using cursive and print – mixed, right?!

Big Z for the Day

On a Splitcoast challenge we were encouraged to do a scrap-lift of something we had “pinned” from Pinterest.  Here is the page I chose for my inspiration:

I chose to do my photo collage with the Lea France stencil “Seventeen”.  Any stencil would work, except for the curved line ones I think.  I used the Fun Stampers Journey circle piercing dies for the letter “O”.  I added the center circles back in, reversing them for fun.    I hand beaded the strips, my only embellishment.  I kept the photo assortment for this page of my family, rather than the animals we were viewing.

Do Your Feet Cramp?

I felt like testing my willpower this evening so I drove over to Michaels.  I also had a hot-off-the-printer coupon for 40% off.  I actually did quite well with my willpower test and only Michaels060615bought what I went for in the first place.  We needed more Xyron sticker tape – 40 % off.  With a 40% off on beads I wanted to pick up some to go with the page I’m starting to work on tonight.  I looked over the Jolees stickers but non appealed to me, would rather use stamps and make my own anyway.

So, I really didn’t stay in there long, but by the time I was ready for the check-out line my feet were starting to cramp.  Once in the car the cramps were in full force.

It seems over the last years this was happening to my feet, especially when I walk and stand too much, like shopping in Michaels.

My daughter did some research and found a formula that was supposed to help.  She mixed the Essential oils in a base of coconut oil and gave the jar to me.  For the past several months I was rubbing my feet after bath and before bed.  All the time.  Then, the past several days I slacked off to the tune of nothing in the past 3 or 4 days at all.

I am a believer all over again.  This stuff works!  As soon as I got home, let the doggies out, I put on the oil (and socks, since I’m not ready for bed yet).  The stuff isn’t a magic potion, so it takes time.  I’m not standing on my feet so I’m not getting the strong cramps right now anyway.  I do know now from experience that the herbs and extracts work.  In fact everything she has told me about has made a big difference.

If you have other remedies, I’d love to hear them.  If you want to learn more about my oil, just ask.

Off to work on a scrapbook layout now!  Thanks for stopping by.