Head Start on 6 x 8 Layouts

In anticipation of the July 1st release of the new catalogue where I can order the new Simple Stories binder I created my first layout.  The sketch on Splitcoaststampers.com had a nice one photo design so I adjusted the size and made it my own.

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Our cutie patootie with her cardboard mustache was too adorable not to scrap.  This measure 6 inches wide and 8 inches tall.  Cutting down the photo worked well, sometimes there isn’t enough room around the edges.  I pulled out the Fun Stampers Journey patterned paper scraps.  The mustache stamps made cute embellishments.

Turning everyday photos into scrapped memories makes me happy!

The pages that go with this new album will be so much fun to fill with the different sizes.  Never having gotten into the Project Life craze, I still see the fun in it and look forward to stamping accent cards and embellishments, along with journaling cards for photos!  I sure have lots of photos now of Tiny Top and her new baby brother over these past two months.

If you want any of these Fun Stampers Journey images or other product, please email my daughter at kldeyette@yahoo.com, she doesn’t pay for the site any longer but does order our supplies all the time.

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Doing What I Love

Scrapbooking!

Here is my first double page layout for this year.DBDoublew

Starting with a Splitcoaststampers challenge to scrap “Travel or an Adventure” I decided on these photos from November 20 and 21 of this past year.  I went to Scrapbook.com for the latest sketch challenge to work out my pages.  Because the hotel photos were dark, due to the lateness of the day, I picked the base paper from an old pack of Pink Paislee, then to my drawer of singles for papers to go with the base color. I picked the stripe to keep with the geometric background and the feel of the balcony rail and the row of floors and deck chairs in the photos. To add interest to the paper I dug out a very old Stampin’ Up roller stamp. It has shells and beachy stuff. I added more stamps, cutting out shells, a bottle with sand and shell inside and hibiscus spray.  Then for the bag of rhinestones and brads. Oh, and I tucked pieces of a doily on there too.

While trying to make holes for my brads I did a stupid and careless thing.  I tried to poke a hole in the layout with one blade of the little scissors.  My grip slipped and I sliced my right index finger.  So, now, typing with a bandage on it is awkward.   Speed is what I was after, aggravation and delay is what I got.

These pages of photos will be a reminder of the beautiful place I stayed for two nights while attending the Toastmasters District Conference.  A delight awaited me when I entered my room – a balcony ocean side!  Beautiful room too, clean and fresh.  But that’s for another layout.

Off to do some speed walking again today.  Now that I know my phone can count my steps I am motivated to build up the count beyond yesterday’s.  I racked up 7.4k yesterday and I know I can beat that today.

Teaching Tiny Tot Selfie in the Mirror

This layout is from my time taking photos in the mirror.  Not necessarily the best photos but certainly a fond memory.  DSCN9590_right

I used lots of stamps on this page.  Three die cuts under the upper photo, one Spellbinder and two from the Stampin’ Up “On Film” framelits collection.  The Polaroid cutout is stamped with a Christmas SU set called Season of Joy.  The camera stamped in red and cut out is Unity, came with the “oh, snap!” sentiment.  Under that sentiment I used embossing powder for a camera stamp I’ve had for years by Stampcraft.  I have also used some Dylusions border stamps that I cut into strips.  The red background sheet is from a pack by Heritage.

My inspiration for the layout comes from a challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  When we sign up, we then have to scrap-lift a layout from the name above ours – here is my inspiration layout made by Lela.  The colors are nothing alike as I am scrapping our Christmas trip with Tiny Tot at Gaylord’s.DSCN9596_edLeft2

I feel like I am showing these two pages backwards, since one would usually see the LEFT side first and I showed the RIGHT.  Now for the LEFT.

This side shows our precious bouncing on the bed before getting ready for settling down to sleep.  The patterned paper is by Bo Bunny.  There is more of the Dylusions stamped strips placed to tie the two pages together.  I also used washi tape and buttons.  I used the gift tag for decoration by simply writing our names on it.

“These are fun times we will remember, bouncing on the bed and taking Selfies in the mirror.”

Two Birthday Cards with Ease

Here are two cards that went together quickly.j-9556_HB bird

For this one I actually had inspiration from two sources.  One was a card from a “Featured Stamper” gallery on Splitcoaststampers.  Although my design morphed from Lisa’s in that I changed the orientation of the card, placed my punches differently (I used the paper-piercing mat that fits the Framelits), and used die cut leaves instead of stamps. Oh well, I wanted to use this gorgeous stamp from Stampin’ Up! which I colored with Copics.  This card is also for the color challenge on SCS. We were to use So Saffron (card base), Sahara Sand (the mat), and Baja Breeze for the bird and stems.  I stamped the bird with Cabana.  This was the first time I used the piercing mat and it was so fun, love the look!

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For this card I was playing around with cutting down the 12 x 12 sheets, this one from a K & Co pack I got on clearance a while back. I decided to just go with the pattern so I cut it to just under the 4.25 by 5.5 and mounted it on a white card base.  The sentiment is stamped right on there with Blazing Red Stazon.  The dragonfly is a die I used on some Gelli print paper, added some SU pearls to it, then used the glitter pen to add bits of glitter to the flower.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will share your thoughts.

A Birthday Card with Giggles Greetings

My two challenges for this card were 1. make it with a humorous stamp and 2. a sketch.

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I colored the stamped image from the Stampin’ Up! set with Copics, cut it out and mounted it over the black embossed sentiment which is a part of the actual stamp.  The stars are cut from a TH die with some gold card stock.  The background is cut from a Gelli print I did.  The ribbons are SU.

First Gelli Plate Prints

I didn’t think I would have this much fun.  I had believed it wasn’t necessary, and it still isn’t, to use a Gelli Plate when one could just paint right on a page.  There is an advantage after all.  One gets to try out the colors first.  Once the paint is on the page it would be harder to get the look that appeals where as with the plate if it doesn’t look as appealing it’s easy to redo before putting it to paper.  Also it is easy to add interesting designs before printing. Here are my first 6 papers.DSCN9495_edited-1 DSCN9490_edited-1

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Although these may not seem all that exciting, I had a great time experimenting with colors of paint and the use of stencils.  By far my favorite stencil was the Mayan Calendar for this play-day.  I also just used a big comb to make lines.  Prints were formed by layers, as I had learned, to keep the colors from getting muddy.

Not great yet, but I had fun!

There is a nice tutorial on Splitcoaststampers that lays out the process nicely.

Feed in the Morning with a Smile

On this last visit Leia was thrilled to get to feed the chickens.  I took just these two photos and made a page for the Scrapbuster’s challenge this week.

We are to use at least 2 patterned papers, ribbons, bling or buttons, and stamps.DSCN9481_feed

I used a Unity stamp called “Cooped up notes CT-944A”.  The main paper, being two sided, I flipped the strip after punching to show the darker green, and used a solid piece of SU card stock for the base.  There are three scraps, and for one I fussy cut flowers.  The ribbons are stapled to the page.  Title font is from Ashlyn’s Alpha by Cricut.

Thanks for Your Support with Script

My inspiration for this card started with today’s challenge at Splitcoaststampers to use script on your card.  That would be fun, but first I needed to decide on a card theme and pick the set of stamps to use.  I picked the Rue Des Fleurs from Stampin’ Up!.j-8984Thanks

Next was the sketch.  I went with the sketch from Mojo Monday #322.

I’m off the sketch a bit, but this card started to develop and I liked where I was going with it.

For the challenge #11 at C is for Challenges to “Think swirls, twirls, flourishes… They can be everywhere: on you paper, on the image, or as an embellishment.” I had just the wheel to use – see the black embossed background.

Creative Creations Challenges blog asked us to “make your own flowers”.

I knew where I would go for the flowers, but first I needed to decide on a color.  Since my card would be for the troops I decided on red for valor.  I made my card out of Cherry Cobbler.

I hope you like what I did with this card.  Just wanted to say in advance that I really appreciate your comments.

Four Cards to Share

I feel like I haven’t been playing with my stamps and paper and ink enough so this afternoon I made 4 cards.

The first one is a digi stamp from Ike’s Art. It’s a fabulous Greek House.  On Ike’s blog the challenge is to make something with a winter theme.j-8976_greek

I went with the card sketch from Splitcoaststampers for today.  The house is colored with watercolor pencils. I added some puff paint for snow. The silver flag is SU’s glitter paper and so is the stamped sentiment. Also entered this Greek House card in the Crazy Challenge #159 – Snowy Winter – it fits so well.

This next card uses the same sketch.  The main image is a stamp from Hero Arts that has only now felt ink on its red rubber. The patterned papers are Basic Grey and the solid is Stampin’ Up! – Cranberry, Vanilla and Sand.j-8979_hbsc465

These birthday cards will go to the card ministry at church.

This next card is simple but I think very pretty.  I stamped the gorgeous image right on to the Basic Grey paper and matted it with a matching piece from the same pack.j-8978_enjoy

The SU satin ribbon in Chocolate Chip is simple allowing the detail of the stamped sentiment remain the main focus.  I did this card for a Splitcoaststampers challenge.

I had never used this next stamp either.  It is from Inkadinkadoo.  I used black embossing powder on the phone to make it stand out as really black.  The idea of this vintage telephone remains a favorite of mine since I spent the major part of my life in the phone company.j-8977_hello

This romantic Basic Grey paper looks sweet with the SU solids.  Isn’t the little “hello” SU stamp so cute?  The flower was stamped with the same ink color as the cs and the ribbon – Calypso Coral and adds a sweet touch.  That color is retired but the Crisp Cantaloupe works well, just a tad lighter.  I found these pieces in my scrap bin.

About my “cost balancing” I reevaluated my figures at the advice of some ladies on Splitcoast who are seasoned in this endeavor.  I also made a purchase on Monday that really sets me back.  I was hoping to show some “plus” to use when the new catalogue hits.  As it stands now, with these cards, a scrap book layout I did yesterday, and the purchase at Sam Flax I am $10.74 in the red.  I better get busy and make some more cards!  I do have a layout I’m nearly done with – just have to get the title cut with my Cricut and add some embellishments.

Something I Love

For February “love” comes to mind.  Since I’m not all about the mushy pink stuff, I wanted to think outside of the box.  I have always loved hot chocolate, just the thought of it is comforting.  It just so happens my favorite colors are blues, greens, and yellows too.  So here are the challenges this card is for today.

Splitcoaststampers – Sketch: SC421; Color: CC411

The Perfect Sentiments 64 – Anything Goes with a Die Cut (I used SU! Top Note and Spellbinders die cuts)

Here Come the Boys 44 – Bingo Board (I used 4 corners = Blue, Button, Patterned Paper, Image)

ABC Challenge – Valentine’s Day

Other than the Spellbinder dies, this is all Stampin’ Up!.