Since things have settled
down a little around here I now have some time to play in my new scrappy
room.Be sure to check out the August
challenges at Creative Inspiration.I just
completed this layout for the August 2nd Wednesday Stash Challenge. You know the feeling when you complete a layout and you just love it ... it's your favorite (until you have a new favorite lol!). Well that's the way I'm feeling about this layout.
Today I have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the May Mini Crop. This month the theme is
"Colors" and I have "yellow".My challenge is to create a layout,
card, tag or altered project and it has to have the color yellow on it and you
must use some type of banner on it. Be sure to check out the forum to see the other challenges from the Design Team.
Every month I host a girls
night out for some friends.In April the
theme was Rise and Shine.The girls had
to wear their PJ's and I served breakfast foods ... what a blast!I created this banner for above the food
For this watercolor technique
I started by using a wash of orange watercolor in the upper right hand corner
and on the left side of the page.I just
used a set of Crayola watercolors, you know the kind you buy for kids.
I wanted to create some
texture so while the watercolor was still wet I used a piece of plastic wrap
and scrunched it on top of the watercolor areas.This was the hard part.First fighting with the plastic wrap and
second letting it set while it dried completely.
This is the result of the
plastic wrap over the watercolor.I love
the added texture.
Next I used a stencil and
applied some Super Heavy Gesso randomly on the page.
I'm not very patient so I
used a heat gun to speed up the drying time.
For my creative process I went
through my stash and pulled any items that I thought might work for this
page.Through the process of elimination
I finally decide what papers and embellishments I was going to use.
After putting the page
together I decided it was missing something so I found the perfect ink and did
some stamping around the edges.
Not quite satisfied with the
page I added some mist and gathered some flowers ... just in case.
Adding the flowers to this
page was the finishing touch that it needed.
It's May 15th and that means
it's time for the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Mid-Month Design Team Reveal.I loved this month's mood board and the
addition of using feathers.Be sure to
check out the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with ... and
May Mood Board - Use Feathers
The Howard's are adding another blessing to their family. Yes I'll be a grandma again come June. This page is for the new baby's album.
I created this card
"Precious Baby" for our granddaughter who is due in June.I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921.I used both the positive and negative pieces
fromthe punch to create the layered
ruffles across the onesie and the positive piece from the punch for the border
strip at the top.I love the vintage
feel of this card and the little details that the punch added.
For my NSD challenge at Creative Inspiration (using punches) be sure to check out the details in the forum and see what the rest
of the Design Team has come up with for the NSD Mini Crop.Hope you can join in the fun!
Using the positive pieces from the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921
I created this border strip for the top of the card.
Using the positive and negative pieces from the
Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921, I created layers of ruffles and cuteness.
Since we have two
grandchildren on the way, one due in June and one due in September, this gave
me the opportunity to get cards made. For the little guy coming in
September I chose to make his card using the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches # 916
along with the Circle
Cutter. I used my Cricut and the Create a Critter Cartridge -
"Welcome Little One".
When I want to
add that perfect little detail to a project I turn to my Kreaxions
Punches every time.
Punch # 916
Kreaxions Punch #918
2) The May Design Team Sketch Reveal
is up at Creative
Inspiration.Bev Code has provided us with
another inspiring sketch to work with.Be sure to check out the forum to see what the rest of the Design Team
did with this sketch.
If you have a die cutting
machine you will love this Kreaxions thin "Butterfly Die"!Since the Design Team featured the
"Butterfly Die" for their reveal on the first I thought I would use
the die again, but in a different way.I
used the negative piece from the die to create this card.After making my base card out of white
cardstock I covered the front with washi tape.I then cut out two butterflies using the die and used the negative
pieces.I adhered them to the front of
the card over the washi tape and added my sentiment.This has been such a fun and versatile die to
work with ... so many ideas and so little time. Be sure to check out the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog to see what the rest of the design team is up to this month.
Today the Design Team Card
Reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.This month the Design Team is featuring the
"Butterfly Die".I created
this "Sing His Praise" card by embossing a piece of cardstock and
adhering it to the front of the card.I
then die cut the butterfly from patterned paper and added sequins before
adhering it to the embossed piece of cardstock.For the inside of the card I die cut 5 butterflies and glued them
together along the edges of their wings.I then positioned the middle butterfly along the crease in the card and adhered the outside wings of the first and last butterfly to the
cardstock on the inside of the card.What a fun die to work with!
I love making my own embellishments and found that I could
make some unique flowers out of pop cans.So pick your pop can(s) of choice.Mine just happen to be Pepsi cans.
I made sure my cans were clean and dry.
I used a X-Acto knife to make a hole in the side of each can.
I used a pair of scissors to cut down
the side of the cans…being VERY careful not to cut myself on the sharp edges as
I cut the top and the bottom of the cans off ... it will look like this. Discard the tops and bottoms of the cans.
I carefully smoothed out the middle of the pop cans and
placed them on top of a Sizzix flower die that I have.I then ran it through my Cuttlebug.The Cuttlebug cut through the metal pop can like butter.
I then ran the die cut flowers through the Cuttlebug using
an embossing folder.
* Again use extreme caution ... the sharp metal cans will
draw blood ... I know from experience.After die cutting the metal pop cans and embossing the flowers, the edges of the
flowers are dulled and not as sharp.
Sometimes when I'm scrapping a photo and going through my
stash looking for just the right paper and embellishments I find I don't have a
collection that compliments my photo(s).That's when I start looking at my basic supplies.Believe it or not using only cardstock can
take your project a long way and/or to a new level.
I have a challenge up for the Creative Inspiration March Mini
Crop - create a layout, card, tag, ATC or altered project and only
use cardstock ... no patterned paper allowed.You can use embellishments of your choice.
I created this layout for my son's album.I only used Kraft cardstock and a variety of
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's Mini Crop
challenges this month and be inspired.