Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scrapbook Club # 4

well hello, not a card today!  I love my scrapbook club!  It forces me to sit down and really do the things that I love to do and stay up to date on my kids books!!  This si special to me, and I know that one day these books will be special to my daughters!!  I love to share them with whoever will look at them!
This is the layout that I did for September.  I just love the new Wonderfall set with the coordinating bigz die (autumn accents)!  you can do so mcuh with the fabulous stamps and die!
Closeup of the subtle "everyday" in the bottom corner.:
Closeup of one of the leaf bundles and burlap: 
Stamps: Wonderfall, Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower (retired)
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso.
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP, First Edition DSP.
Accessories: 7/8" Natural Cotton Ribbon, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons, Burlap (non SU), Hemp Twine, Mini Silver Brads.
Tools: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Typeset Alphabet, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlit, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Crystal Effects, Stampin Dimensionals, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, 2-way Glue Pen, Glue Dots, Stampin Sponges, Houndstooth EF, Spiderweb EF,Square Lattice EF, Chevron EF, Stampin' Piercer, Stampin Pierce Mat.
I love love love this layout.  This is my favorite layout that I have made for my scrap club so far.  It is also the most work!!  ha ha ha..It is intense with all the sponging and tediousness of getting all the letters on!  But, I think the final product is soo worth the effort!  I just love the richness of the colours!  The colours are soo rich, and vivd, they are totally fall!  The orchard harvest product suite is such a beautiful product suite.  And I love how it coordinates with the autumn accents die so beautifully!  You could really go to town with sponging and make your leaves all sort of different colours!!
My other favorite thing about this layout is the title.  I don't even know how I came up with it, but I think it is soo adorable, and speaks volumes to how I feel about my kids!  It definately is more in love everyday! 
Another thing I love about this layout is the burlap.  I have never worked with burlap before, but I love it!  It is easy to work with!  It adds a beautiful texture to the layout and an extra dimension of fall!  I'm not sure how most people adhere burlap to cardsock.  But I decided on using crystal effects.  I frayed the edges to what I thought was a good amount (you can do as much or little as you want), and then I put some sticky strip on the back of the burlap strip and placed it on my cardstock where I wanted it.  Since I placed my burlap across two pages, I then separated the two segments, cutting at the edge of the cardstock.  Then, I put crystal effects on top of the burlap around the border of it and pushed it down so that it touched the cardstock also.  That way it would help adhere to cardstock and also prevent further fraying of the burlap!  The sticky strip was just insurance.  It is highly unlikely that it would fall off anyways, becuase it was also mostly covered, but I wanted to be sure!!
Anyways, thanks for checking me out again!! 

Submitted AT: Friday Mashup - Let's Get Twiney & Fall Leaves

Thursday, September 27, 2012

No More Boys!!

Alright...I promise, this is the last of my baby boy cards that I have to share (that is until any of my friends have another boy!!!) 
Anyways...I found a sample that inspired this card on Stampin' Connection by a lady named Mercedes Weber...what beautiful ideas she has!!  I was actually looking for some inspiration using the Scentsational Season stamp set and framelits...which...I have been profoundly inspired, and can't even imagine not owning those items!!  Anyways...this card utilizes the Holiday Collection framelits, and is soo adorable!  I just love it!
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Itty Bitty Banners, Distressed Dots.
Ink: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP.
Accessories: Whtie Bakers Twine, Subtles Buttons.
Tools: Big Shot, Holiday Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, SNAIL.
I gave the banner a little rolled effect by using my paper piercer (the non piercing end) and just rolling each end in opposite directions.  I then put glue dots on both of the "valley" portions of the banner so that it wouldn't flatten out.
I just love the creative use of the stamp set and framelits!  The shooting stars are adorable, and soo fitting for new babies!  It would look just as adorable in pink also!  So Cute!  Just when you think you've seen all the creative uses for christmas stamps, you find that they are soo applicable to all season cards and crafting!!
Anyways, thanks for checking me out again today!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Thoughts

Back again today with a card that was inspired by something I saw on Stampin Connection. It changed quite a bit....but the premise is the same!
Stamps: En Francais, Field Flowers.
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfectly Plum, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Perfectly Plum, Naturals White.
Accessories: Linen Thread, Bitty Buttons, Chantilly Lace Trim.
Tools: Stampin Dimensionals, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Curly Label Punch, Paper Snips.
I love the colour combo on this card.  The two toned flowers look beautiful with the two step stampin technique.  If you wanted to get the same effect with using only one purple, you could stamp off once for the inside of the flower, and you will get a more subtle flower. I think I'll be sending this to my mom.  I have resolved to try and send a "I'm thinking of you" card to my mom once a month.  She lives in Arizona, so it's a ways from me!  Thanks for checking me out today!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Boys Drool...

Well actually girls drool to (all babies drool!!)...but they are soo darn cute!!
Just a quick post today...I am back with another baby boy card!  ha ha ha..I promise, I have one more after this coming up and then that will be it for a while! 
Stamps: Little Additions.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit.
Cardstock: Naturals white, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Baja Breeze DSP.
Accessories: Silver Brads, Neutrals Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Baja Breeze Seam binding.
Tools: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Scallop Border Punch, 1 3/8 Scallop CirclePunch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin Piercer,  Stampin Pierce Mat.
This card is a CASE of the wonderful Mary Fish.  her cards are always so amazing!  I love the colour combo!  Baja Breeze has got to be the best colour for baby boys!  I just love it.  And when it is paired with some nice rich colours such as midnight muse and summer starfruit, it looks fab! 
Anyways, Thanks for checking me out again today!! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Merry Monday (On Friday)

Hello all,
It's been a bit since my last post, but I assure you...I have been crafting!  ha ha ha..I have just been quite busy with family life and my crafting stuff.  I have quite a few things coming up in the next bit.  Last week I had my Stampin Card Club.  This sunday I have my first christmas stamp camp!  I'm super stoked about it!!  I think maybe one or two of the cards have been shown already...but there are definitely a few that I haven't shown yet!  Then on monday night I have the 4th meeting of Scrapbook Club!  Yay!!  September's Layout is absolutely adorable if I do say so myself!  ha ha ha...I absolutely love it!!  So stay tuned for that one!!  Anyways, onto my post for today!  ha ha ha...This is a card that I might use in my second wave of Christmas Stamp camp!  I am sure that I will learn a lot at this stamp camp in terms of what works and what doesn't...but I love love love this card!  I used some unconventional christmas colours to get a bit of a vintage feel.  But Pool Party has got to be one of the best colours for christmas cards (outside of the usual green/red and white).  I just love that colour!  I hope some day it makes it into one of the main colour groups!
Stamps: Polar Party, More Merry Messages.
Cardstock: Naturals White, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz (retired but is easily substituted with Certainly Celery), More Mustard.
Ink: Jet Black Staz on, Soft Suede, Pool Party; Pear Pizzazz marker, More Mustard marker, Sahara Sand marker, Bashful Blue marker.
Tools: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Sponges, Big Shot, Snowflakes EF.
Accessories: Linen Thread, Pool Party Seam binding, Smooch Spritz (the white one, can't remember the name of the top of my head).
My colouring style is sort of more is less.  I find that the more I try to colour in the more I colour outside the lines!  Sometimes I feel as if I need to go back to grade school to practice colouring in the lines again!!  ha ha ha...good thing I have a two year old to help me practice!!
I also used the smooch spritz and sprayed all over my image (the small white layer) once I was done colouring it.  It is hard to tell, but it is a subtle bit of shimmery goodness!! 
I used the Merry Monday Sketch for inspiration to get me started.  I love this challenge, and I am going to try and participate in this challenge regularly...that may be ambitious, so semi regularly at least...ha ha ha...oh i know myself too well!!  anyways, thanks for checking me out!  Love to hear your comments!!
Submitted at: Merry Monday #33 - Sketch

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scrapbook Club #3

Today is my third scrapbook layout for my club ladies!  I am really happy with how this club is going.  I think that everyone is enjoying the layouts, and I am defiantely enjoying the social time, and the carved otu scrap time for me.  I definately wouldn't ahve thsese scrapbook layouts for my own kids if I hadn't decided to dtart up this club!!  so it has been good, forced me to get down and dirty with the stamps and ink...okay cheesy...anyways, these are the layouts that we did for August (It's late in posting these, becuase three of my ladies and I meet during the day, and we didn't end up meeting for the august layout till the 10th of I didn't want to post them before they could make them! they are!  In all their summery glory.  I have to give kudos to christne Gaydos (my upline) for this layout, I CAS'ed it for my scrap club!  i loved it so much...only this once i promise!  Anyways, here is my layout!
Stamps: Mouthwatering, Notable Alphabet.
Ink: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake.
Cardstock: Summer Smooches DSP, Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo.
Tools & Accessories: Paper Snips, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, glue dots, Stampin Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Daffocil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain, white baker's twine, Brights buttons.
I really liked this layout.  The bright colours really signify summer for me.  One tip - when you have photos mats that overlap and you don't have photos yet for your layouts, make sure that you don't cover the bottom photo mat with adhesive.  That way you can slide the photos onto the photo mats easily. 
The ladies in my club had the option to flip the tempting turquoise with the daffodil delight photo mats, they both look cute!  I made one of each of the options for my girls!  Thanks for checking me out!  If you want to join in our scrapbooking club, there is definately room!!  The more the merrier!!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baby Crazy!!


I'm back with a new creation.  I have had a bunch of friends have baby boys I have been on a boy baby card making binge.  it figures since my family seems to be unable to produce boys.  My dad has three girls (myself and two sisters) My sister has two daughters, and I also have two daughters.  My dad has been the lone male for a long time, and it doesn't look like the trend is going to break, not soon that's for sure!  ha ha ha...  Anyways, I made this for the friday mashup last week...but I was away over the weekend and just have been crazy busy trying to catch up with everything, and I didn't get a chance to post it to the linky-doo...darn!  ha ha...oh well, such is life, if that is the worst of things, i've got not much to complain about!!  Anyways...this card is a direct case from a card that I saw on stampin' connection!  thanks for checkin me out!  If you need any details about how i did anything, just drop me a line.
Closed View: 
(I did the inside a little bit, you can't tell but I put some more of the embossed hearts on the inside of the card just above the edgelit.)
 A tip when using the pleated satin ribbon (which is now retired) but it doesn't fold nicely underneath other layers becuase it is so thick.  So it is easier to cut it.  but instead of having it fray, which annoys me, I just use my heat tool and melt the edges of the ribbon (the two ends that you cut) just a touch, so that they can't fray. 
Front Detail:
(Tip- to get the hand a nice light gray stamp off on a scrap piece of paper and then without reinking stamp on your actual paper.  that way you get a nice shadow background effect.)
 Open View of Front of Card:
Showcases the edgelits with the accompanying adorning accents embossing folders.  They look soo good together.  A tip when using the edgelits with the embossing folders - always cut first then emboss, if you emboss first the distortion in the paper from embossing will make it difficult if not impossible to match up the edge perfectly (to get en even distance bettwen edge and embossed area)...if you are a little obssessive about stuff like that (like I am) then it'll bug you!!  Also when doing a double edge with the edgelits - you'll want to cut them together, (the baja breeze DSP and the basic gray) so that they are the same edge also!
Stamps: Baby Prints, Fabulous Phrases, Sweetly Said (retired)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Subtles DSP.
Tools & Accesssories: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Fashionable Hearts embosslit, 2 3/8" Scallopped Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Adornind Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Buttons, baja Breeze Pleated Satin Ribbon (retired).
I'm super happy with this card, It is sooo cute!!  I just love it!!  anyways...thanks for checking me out again today!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Paper Players #112 - More Baby Boy Cards!

Hello all,
I am back again with a cute little baby boy club.  If you have been watching my blog, you may recognize this card.  I made this card as announcements/thank you cards for when my second daughter was born.  I made 35 of them!  It is a beautiful card, easy to replicate and beautiful!  I did have a lot of circles lying around!  ha ha ha...and I also had some help from my mom and it did go by a lot faster.  I didn't know the sex of Rylea before she was born, so everything waited until after she was born to be made!!  good thing I didn't make them on my premonition, otherwise i would have had 35 boy cards lying around!!  ha ha ha...anyways, the colour challenge at The Paper Players this week is:
So I decided to play along with this baby!!  The colours look soo cute together!
Here is my card:
Stamps: Baby Bundle, A Word For You
Ink: Jet Black Staz on, Baja breeze marker.
Cardstock: Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray.
Tools & Accessories: 1/4" White Sweater trim, scallopped dotted ribbon border punch, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Big Shot, Fancy Fan EF, simply scored.
I love this card, I did change up a few details from my original card...but they are both soo cute!!  Baja breeze is such a good baby boy colour, the blue is not too light, but not too dark!! 
The sweater trim in the holiday mini is soo beautiful!  I love how easy it is to work with, so nice and soft!!  This is defiantely a beautiful card to make for announcements and it is easy to replicate!  Thanks for checking me out today!
Submitted: Paper Players Challenge 112: Colour Combo

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sew Crazy for Friday Mash-Up

Hi All,
The challenge at Friday Mash-up was to create something with sewing, or...a back to school theme!  I chose to share my sewing in a recent project that I did.  A while ago I found an awesome tutorial on how to make a storage case for the stampin pierce pad, paper piercer and the paper piercing templates (hopefull Stampin' Up! comes out with some more of these, I just love love love the templates!)  Anyways, I was a bit intimidated to make this, but decided that I had some fabric and I needed a practical way to store these items anyways...sooo...I gave it a whirl!  Let me first say that...I don't have a rotary cutter or self healing mat (big enough to cut fabric on) I made do with what I had, and am soo pleased with how the cutting phase turned out!  I used my Stampin' Up! Tabletop Cutter!!  It worked perfectly!  I ruled out where I wanted to cut and just moved the fabric along the lines!  It was soo easy!  and perfectly straight lines!  It was of course a bit more tedious than using a rotary cutter, but it worked out perfectly without the extra spending!
So I made this with the Stampin' Up! Spice Cake designer fabric.  The Spice Cake product suite, which came out in the last holiday mini is soo awesome.  I love how the colours go together.  Pool party seems to go soo well with more mustard and soft suede.  This is one of my favorite product suites of all time.  I am hoarding some of the paper and had been hanging onto this fabric...until now!  ha ha ha...anyways, this is my stampin piercing product storage solution!

Accessories: Spice Cake Designer Fabric, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Pool Party Bakers Twine, Spice Cake Designer Buttons (retired), Bone Folder.
Non SU: Fusible Interfacing, Sewing Machine, Hand Sewing Needle (to sew the button on the front: not sure what the technical name is), Iron.
If you have any questions or would like a tutorial please email me!  I will put one together for you!  Thanks for checking me out.  I just love how this has worked out for my storage!  I was inspired to do some "pinteresting" for another sewing project...I will share it in the next week or so!  Thanks for checking me out today!!
Submitted at: Friday Mash-Up 75: Sew Crazy/Back To School

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Little Additions for Freshly Made Sketches #51

Hi all,
This is the first in a series of baby cards that I have made!  I have had a rash of friends having baby boys lately, so I have been on a binge!  This is one of the ones that I made...I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #51 to get me started...This is the Sketch:
And here is my take on it:
Stamps: Little Additions, Tiny Tags.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse.
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Naturals White.
Tools & Accessories:  Jewellery Tag Punch, Stampin' Peircer, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Scallopped Edge Border punch, Corner Rounder Punch, 3 Hearts punch, dazzling details, Victorian Lace ribbon (retired), Vintage Trinkets.
I have wanted to make a nursery scene for a long time with this set, since I bought it.  It was actually the reason that I bought this set...and this is the first time that I have used it for such a reason!  but I like how it turned out.  The colours go beautifully together, I love how the baja breeze fits right in with the richenss of the summer starfruit and the midnight muse!  anyways, thanks for checking me out again tonight!