Friday, December 15, 2017

Embellishment Clusters

I have a challenge up for the Creative Inspiration December Mini Crop.  It's all about embellishment clusters.
Check out the details in the forum.
Embellishment clusters can be simple or elaborate. 
When clustering embellishments you can mix and match
elements to enhance your page design or subject matter. 
Keep in mind that embellishment
clusters can be arrangements that work on
their own or as a component of your whole page.
"Live Every Moment"



Be sure to check out the rest of the challenges for the
December Mini Crop from the rest of the Design Team.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CI Monday Sketch Challenge

Today Lisa has the Monday Layout Sketch Challenge posted at Creative Inspiration
I completed the following page changing up the sketch a bit.
The Monday Sketch:
My take on the sketch:
"The Magic Of Winter"


Sunday, December 10, 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2 & Day 8

There is still time to play along with the
Today I'm posting Lisa's Day 2 challenge - Gift Tag and
 Phillis's Day 8 challenge - Red and White. 

Day 2 - Gift Tag

Day 8 - Red & White



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 12

For the Creative Inspiration 12 Days of Christmas challenges I created this card. Danielle's Day 12 challenge was to use washi tape.
I covered the die cut Christmas tree with Washi Tape.
"Seasons Greetings"

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12 Days of Chistmas - Day 4

For the Creative Inspiration 12 Days of Christmas challenges I completed Ginni's challenge, Day 4 -   Embossing.  Be sure to check out the inspiring challenges. You have until the 10th to play along.  
"Let It Snow"




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Days 3 and 5

Today I'm posting for two challenges:

1) Bev's challenge for Day 3 - use die cuts

This year instead of ribbons and bows I'm using die cuts to decorate my gifts.

2) Annie's challenge for day 5 - create a box

Christmas Gift Box


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9

I'm starting off with Louise's challenge for Day 9 - Non Traditional Christmas Colours.

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Design Team Sketch Reveal

Are you looking for some inspiration?  Check out the December
Design Team Sketch Reveal at Creative Inspiration. 
I'm always amazed at how many different takes
and looks there are from the same sketch.
Be sure to check out the forum and see
what the rest of the design team came up with.
December Sketch
My take on the sketch:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tutorial for OTR - an altered paint brush

I have discovered the art of altering paint brushes ... my new favorite thing to alter.


For this altered brush I started out with a 4" (new) paint brush from Lowe's.

 I covered the brush handle and bristles with a couple light coats of white Gesso.


 Next I gathered my supplies from my stash of things I thought I might use.


 Then I painted the handle and metal band with several layers of paint.


I coated the wood handle with a light coat of Mod  Podge and added the tissue paper to the handle.


My favorite part was adding the embellishments.  For me it's a process of finding balance, proportion, variety and harmony.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Off The Rails Scrapooking Mid-Month DT Reveal

It's the 15th and time for the Off The Rails
Mid-Month Design Team Reveal.
November's Mood Board
My layout for this month's mood board:


Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog
 to see what the rest of the Design Team did this month.
We have two wonderful sponsors for November:
Memory Maze & Stampin Up
Hope you can play along!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Card Sketch

A card sketch is a great tool to use for inspiration when making cards.

The purpose of a card sketch is simply to provide a design layout idea for card makers to follow.  The card sketch usually has the basic shapes and designs drawn out, but no other instructions are given.  You can adapt one card sketch for many different looks by varying the paper and embellishments that you use.

I'm using the same sketch that I used for yesterdays post and came up with a whole new look for this card. 
Card Sketch


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Card Sketch

Today is Sunday and I have the card sketch challenge over at Creative Inspiration.  You can check out the details here.


Bev Code provided another wonderful sketch to work with.

Be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow to see another card made with this same sketch with a totally different look.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

CI Thursday Scraplift Challenge

Today I have the Thursday Scraplift Challenge at Creative Inspiration.
Be sure to check out the details in the forum.
I found this layout by Julie under her Wednesday Stash
Challenge for August 9th.  I loved the idea of using up
some of my stash of rubons and the less is more concept of her layout.
If you're looking for some inspiration visit the Creative Inspiration forum.
Hope you can play along this month!
Julie's Layout
My take on the scraplift

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CI October Mini Crop Challenges

I've had some time to create a few projects for the October Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration.

Bev has a challenge up for using layers.
My take on the challenge

Tracy has a challenge up for using die cuts.
My take on the challenge
And my challenge is up for using layers which I created another layout for.
 Life With Faith-Anna

I hope you have some time to check out the rest of the challenges from the design team and participate.

Friday, October 20, 2017

CI October Mini Crop

Today I have a Design Team project up for the October Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration.  My challenge is for you to create a card, tag, layout, ATC or altered project using a "family" theme.  This can include siblings, parents ... anything to do with family.  You must also use some layering on your project. 
Be sure to check out the forum for the details and see the other challenges posted by the Design Team.
 I used a very sweet photo that my daughter
took of Faith-Anna and Leah. 
All the materials I used were in my
never ending stash supply.
I love to add layers to my scrapbooking pages because ...
layering adds visual interest, texture and dimension
layering lets you add a lot of cute and
meaningful embellishments
layering is a way to have fun and play
with interesting patterns and images