Friday, May 18, 2018

Altenew Painted Flowers with Favorite Scripty Word

May 2018 Altenew Challenge
Altenew has so many beautiful flowers and this is one of my favorites!!! It's Painted Flowers Stamp set which has many layers. The Super Script Scrapbook Stamp set and die were also my newest buy! So I thought I would play along with their May 2018 Challenge which is a color challenge of Pink, Aqua, and Teal.
Using my Misti tool, I stamped clusters of the muli-step flowers staying with the color theme. First layers were stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed with gold. I used the Pink, and Agua and Teal inks for the flowers. I then cut them out and rearranged them on another piece of the same 80 lb Neenah cardstock till I liked it. I ultimately wanted different depths and heights with the flowers and the die cut word. I then stamped the word "favorite" in the center using the teal ink, and die cut it afterward with my Platinum 6 machine. Carefully I replaced the die cut "favorite" word inside the card and glued it down. I added one more pink blossom on the inside and then added matching sequins in Pink Cotton Candy and Seaside Breeze from Kennedy Grace Creations.
Hope you enjoy my card for the challenge and you may want to play along yourself.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dusty Attic Fancy Frames Budapest Layout

  I really centered this layout around the gorgeous goodies from Dusty Attic in Australia. These included Fancy Frames #5; Wordpl@y #2 in black; and Memories title. I painted with Liquitex clear Gesso, and then with Plaid FolkArt in Gold. Wish I could get their Gesso but couldn't find it at my local store. Shucks!!!! Also used Canvas Corp Tattered Angels Turquoise Spray in Dragonfly for the Memories piece. Was the perfect shade!

Photo Details: These beautiful pictures are of the fabulous streets in Budapest that we walked all in one day/morning. The Gabor statue on the left page is one of their heroes that was a linguist. Beautiful work throughout the city but this is just some of them! The right page has St.Stephen's Cathedral, and other statues. It was a cold December morning with a clear blue sky! Great fun and walk!

Here's how I made this:
Using an EK Success retractable blade, I cut out the corset from the Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time Chrononaut paper. I used 2 of these sheets and saved the 2nd corset for another layout. ;)
After adhering a scrap of cardstock where I had removed it, I then used pop ups to add the dimension. Before placing it down, I added Ranger Gold Glitter stickles along the black lines. I also used liquid glue to adhere the string of pearls to the bottom. Also, tucked a piece of lace under the bottom edge as well. What fun is this gorgeous piece of paper!!!! Used Bo Bunny Memento from the same collection and a sticker as well.
   I used scraps of a Bazzill Cardstock in two shades of green turquoise and black to mat the pics using my 12" trimmer.
  I arranged all of the items until I liked it, and then started putting the tag together. Loved playing with the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners as well the clock faces. What fun!
 I glued all down with Beacons 3 in 1 and it won't be moving.
Challenges I am entering:
Simon Says Stamp NSD Project board
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Time out for the clock on the right side page

Friday, April 27, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Card Re-do

Here's a card that started out "cute" using hte Pinkfresh Studio Say it with Florals and die set. Then I did what I hate to do, and got ink all over the bottom of the front as well as a few dots around the flowers. The more I tried not to, the more I got ink on other edges. So instead of throwing away the whole thing, I started trying to use an eraser and a white gel pen to hide the small marks. Do you ever thing that you are the only one that does this? Absolutely not true! We ALL do this. First, I tried alcohol remover, eraser and a white gel pen each, to remover some of the black ink but still didn't like the coverage. Well, as luck had it, I received "happy mail" from my recent order from Altenew company with a Altenew Creative Edges: Lace Die. I pulled it out and used a scrap of paper that just seemed to match...... and viola'! I layered it till I had covered all the marks and then used Tonic Studios Nuvo Jewel drops in Transparent Strawberry Coulis drops adding them freely around the images.
Other Supplies: Mommy Lhey inks in Paradise, and Bliss for the flowers and leaves. Pink Parchment paper by Recollections; Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. Neenah White 80 lb. cardstock.
Well, I hope that you enjoy my "do over" card that came out even more feminine and cute than I had intended it to be.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes #248
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Flower Power: #196

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bo Bunny Winter Wishes Winter layout of Passau, Germany

   I just loved the color match of the photos with the Bo Bunny Winter Wishes collection. These papers have white on white with more Grays and Beige. The patterns themselves are so beautiful,  This layout is of St.Stephen's Church in Passau, Germany which we toured with a guide in on our recent trip with the Romantic Danube Viking River Cruise.
Details of the layout: First, I printed the photos smaller in order to fit so many of them on my double page layout. 7 printed at 3"x 5" and then one wallet size.
The background papers are 2 pieces of Winter Wishes named "Very Limited". I really wanted to showcase the designs so I added the Ranger Crystal Stickles and Glossy Accents to the elements in the print, and let dry for 24 hours. More details of that to follow.
   With the photos, I matted them using the Bo Bunny Winter Wishes Flurries pattern paper with a 1/8th inch border. Arrangement was tricking due to me not wanting to loose one aspect of this gorgeous Church and its magnificent organs.
  Next I pulled out the Layered chipboard embellishments:
And chose the key hole piece and added Ranger Glossy Accents in the key hole for a glossy 3D look. There is a close up on the third picture from the top.
  To add the last wallet size photo, I worked with the design of the paper and used my EK Success Retractable Craft Knife to cut out the clothes pin at the left bottom of the page. After matting the photo, I slipped it into place and added more Ranger Glossy Accents to the clothespin to make it look more 3D, as well as the "brad" seen on the papers. This is the sheet itself of Bo Bunny Winter Wishes Very Limited pattern paper.
Using my Cricut Explore and the Cricut Cartridge called Blackletter paired with my computer font called Old English. I cut it out with a Charcoal Grey shiny cardstock from the UK. Using Contact sticky paper from the Dollar Tree, I "lifted" the titles from the mat AFTER "weeding" each. I then placed it as I wanted on the layout using EK Success 2 way glue. I like to use the Cricut Tools like the sickle weeder to press down each letter. Doing each title may be easier to do with tweezers but I like it to be straight as when it comes off the Cricut Mat so that's why I do it that way. Also, if you wanted to use Vinyl it would come up onto the Contact Paper easier as well. The color of the paper was the reason I used this particular one.

 We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this old church with our tour guide pointing out all the different elements. This organ is the largest in Europe with 17,000 pipes!! Unfortunately, we were there in the dead of winter and due to moisture it is not played until May-October. The church dates from 600-1600's and we walked around the outside, we were able to see the huge double doors made of iron with 4 hands in the garden/fountain area. That photo can be seen on my other layout called Ancient Doors. Passau is a very fun city, made of old architecture like this masterpiece and a newer University and a modern multi-storied mall! One of my favorite places with so much to see and do!! There are more layouts to come.
Simon Says Stamps Work It Wednesday

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cricut Easter tin

Here is an Easter Tin made with Brown and Yellow cardstock using the the Cricut cartridge Easter 2010 and scallop circle from their Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge. The cuts were made to match the size of the white tin and sheer ribbons were added to match. The yellow one on top was is loose and just tied to be center of the three eggs which were double popped up and adhered after they were loosely arranged. Small half pearls were glued in the centers of the flowers to add a finishing touch.
Hope each of you celebrates our Easter blessings!! Enjoy!
Simon says Stamp: Inside the box (tin)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Charleston Road Trip Basic Grey layout

 I really enjoyed our road trip to Charleston, SC July 2017!! Getting all my pictures scrapbooked was impossible so I combined all the pictures on one double page layout. I love it with I get inspired from someone's page kit and then turn it into my version of their sketch!! This is old Basic Grey Curio kit from 2010, I found in my stash which I matched up with Prima Marketing flowers, and Say it with Crystals black bling in swirls and lines. These photos are some of the streets through the old town of Charleston which we totally enjoyed seeing!!
Here are two other pictures I posted on Instagram of the fun things we found in that great old city!!
Cotton Wreath Picture
Ribs at Swig N Swine BBQ

The photo of the two of us, was taken against a brick wall after I realized I had not taken any of our trip together, just before leaving!! My daughter was there earlier and she had already left so none of her as well!! Well, maybe next time!

The directions: I chose two basic background papers so as to add to the old vintage street photos, and cut them down as to have a 5x7 matted photo and city name below.
Before I start any page, I work out the layout the way I think it will go, and loosely base all my cuts on that idea. I use Pinterest, Sketches, and ideas to inspire them as I did this one. I will give you measurements of how I did mine but feel free to change anything!

The pink background papers were cut to be 9"x 11 1/2". I inked these with Distress Ink in Walnut brown before gluing them on the papers.  I placed each pink sheet 1 1/2" from the top and bottom with sides of each abutting each other respectfully as seen in first picture above. I inked all the following papers with the same ink before placing them on the layout.
I then added a border at the top and bottom from fussy cutting 3 lace borders from one of the sheets of paper. I matched the two at the top and abuted them to the top of the pink background paper as seen. For the lower lace border I shifted it to the left side and then glued it down and cut through the part that connected the two 12x12 sheets for my double layout.
Next came the arrangement of photos. I chose to make our selfie 5x7, and the others wallet size, and 3.5x5". I matted each with papers from the collection with a 1/4" border, inked and glued in place. Using the Basic Grey Curio "Take Note" package of transparencies I chose the two I used and glued them in place. Using the Alpha Sticker sheet, I chose Happy Times, and added the letters to the center of the top left page. Using a ruler, I lined up the black bling on either side of that title. I then added 3 brads in maroon to the bottom right on the transparency. I used a hole punch since I had difficulty pushing them through. For the second page I chose the black swirl bling, and placed it down being careful to leave room for the 3 flowers I had chosen that matched the photos and layout colors. I had already matted all photos and left room just for this space for the bling and flowers. That makes it so much easier. After everything was glued downed, I tried to write my notes but the pen I had at the crop, started to smear so I stopped. I'll do it later!!

Supplies: Basic Grey Curio: 2 sheets of Cotton, Rose Water, Gonach, Linen, Cabriole pattern papers. Curio Alpha Sticker Sheet; Curio Take Notes Transparency kit; Indian Summer brads. Scotch Tape Runner. Glue Dots for flowers. Prima Marketing flowers from my stash. Prima Marketing Say it with crystals in black, and lines; Ranger Ink Distressing Ink in Walnut with blending tool; Ruler; Hole punch and  Scissors.Walgreen photo developing of wallet size photos by doing them in Collage setting of 4x6 to make them the perfect size I needed.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Road Trip

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bo Bunny Bella Rosa Budapest Layout

This layout is to commemorate the execution of individuals in Budapest, Hungary in 1944-45. The memorial is along the Danube River near the Parliament Building. Quite moving in person and thought that the layout showcases those iron shoes that have a great reminder as not to forget what has gone before and to never repeat it. Thanks for looking!! Also, I am on and used their sketch "loosely" as well.
 Tim Holtz gauze ruffle trim; Rhinestone trim in copper; Bo Bunny Bella Rosa papers Athena and Reflection; Red/Burgundy velveteen paper cardstock; Prima Marketing flower blossoms: Tales of you and me, and Artistry Flowers which are both very old; Fiskars trimmer and scissors; EK Success 2 in 1 glue; Glue Dots; Red tape; Cricut Explore used with Black Letter cartridge for the title work; Charcoal grey satin cardstock.

Directions: The focal photo is 5x7 and the other pics are 3.5x5 inches. I mounted them on the Velveteen cardstock which I used due the color match to the iron shoes in the pictures. I then arranged these along the horizontal line that matched the sketch. Using Red line glue tape, I taped it to the paper. I then adhered the Tim Holtz white gauze Ideology trimmings. Adding more Red Tape to the center of the gauze, I added 2 lines of rhinestone trim which I cut to the size I needed. Eventually, I cut right down the center of the middle photo with my Fiskars 12 inch trimmer. I then arranged the many Prima blossoms in order to use a variety in opposite corners on the layout. I tried to use Glue Dots to get a cut rhinestone to stick to the top of some of the brads on the flowers but they didn't all stick. Oh well. Next, using my Cricut Explore in Design Studio with Black Letter Cartridge, I cut the titles "Never Forget" and "Budapest" which were lifted with contact paper and glued down using EK Success blue chisel 2 in 1 glue. Just a trick I do to keep the letters straight. It does take a long time due to the contact paper not adhering as well to paper as vinyl. I added a small journal card and was finished. Hope you enjoy to layout!!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes #84
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: In my Garden or Park: This is a memorial/park and I used flowers too. #125

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Greeting Farm Remix Balloons Card

Am so in love with this new stamp set from The Greeting Farm called Mini-Remix Balloons in clear acrylic. I cut a large oval to keep the scene all together. I added paper from my stash including the bottom floral by Daisy D's from long ago!! The top piece is from Authentique Papers still out from Valentines, and then a small vellum tag with a heart punch and twine. Hope you enjoy my sweet card which I am sending off as a "thank you" to someone special. Am still behind in writing them but thought that if the card was sweet, they will forgive me!! LOL!! Hoping so anyway!!
Other supplies: Copic Sketch Markers in RV13, RV02, RV04, E00, E11, E21, E15, E13; Platinum 6 die cut machine; Spellbinders Celebration Pierced Oval die; Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Copic Multimedia pen; MISTI; Scotch tape runner; Kraft card base premade; vellum, heart and twine from my stash.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kennedy Grace Creations Early Easter card

Using Kennedy Grace Creations Grace's Little Note, I made this early Easter Card. The flowers were a perfect to accent the cute bunny. I used Prisma Color Pencils to color and really enjoyed it.
Have a wonderful weekend.
  Did you see that adorable sequins with the flowers and seed beads?!! Those are some of my favorites and called Sweet Baby Mine Sequins.
We might have just finished Valentines, but I'm wanting to start celebrating so am doing this Easter one, because that's how I roll!! On with the new!!
Supplies: Authentique Papers; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Fiskars 12 inch trimmer, MISTI, Blue cardstock.
Have a great weekend,

                            Head over to the Kennedy Grace Creations blog to see my post there.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Stampendous Bon Bon Bunny Cards

I won a lovely Stampendous House Mouse Bon Bon Bunny stamp and thought I would use it to make all of my friends and family lovely Valentines Cards in order to share this adorable little bunny with them!! I began with the first one and opps, 2 of my Copics leaked all over the work I had done. Well, that was all I could do that day. So I started again the next day and tried to correct the heavy ink spots and work on the Valentine Chocolate box. I loved the outcome, and I was now addicted to this cutie!! So 4 more came next! LOL!! I made gray/white bunnies as well as the brown ones and still haven't decided which I love the most! So fun!!


 For the cards, I used Strathmore premade card bases with an Authentique Papers card kit, that has various patterned papers and the small die cuts. Other supplies were the scallop hearts by Sizzix, die cut on my Platinum 6 machine with scraps of red and pink cardstock. Using the same cardstock, I also die cut the pink and red frames of each with Reverse Confetti Lacy scallop rectangles. Jillian Vance Stitched Dot rectangles were perfect to die cut each of the bunnies to match up with the frames. I used 110# Neenah Bright White paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad to stamp the images of each bunny image, as well. For the final stage, I embellished using JoAnn Fabrics stitched ribbons, various doilies, Paper Smooches die cut "love", the Authentique Smitten Paper die cuts included in the kit with the heart die cuts, and heart buttons from Favorite Embellishments. Also, one small black 3D Diamond sticker from Frilly and Funkie Boutique. Love all of their fun supplies!
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Love is in the Air #285
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: It Must be love #271
House Mouse & Friends Challenge Blog: Sweets or hearts #9