Friday, March 30, 2012

Tag of Time

Hello Everybody!

I did something different this evening.  I made a tag and it was soooo much fun!  I have seen a lot of tags being made lately and when the folks over at Simon Says Stamp and Show are having a tag challenge---how could I not?

There is a new challenge blog also, called Frilly and Funkie.  Their first challenge is to show them your vintage style.  So I am linking this tag with them also--to show that I am a little more funkie than frilly ;)

Also, I am going to link up with Unique Crafters Challenge-another new challenge blog.  Their first challenge is Anything Goes!

So without any further is my tag.  Scroll down and I'll show you some of the things I did!

This is my first time making a tag for a challenge.  So taking pictures of this was not so easy!

Here is my tag.  I cut the tag with the Cricut (George cartridge) using white cardstock.  I inked it with many different distress inks--broken china, blue jeans, vintage photos, barnyard doors, and I think worn lipstick and a rusty color.  Then I used different stamps and stamped some of the background.  The polka dots (and there are 2 different kinds) are Close to my heart stamps.  The clock at the bottom was from the $1 bin at Michaels.  I stamped the images with Distress Inks.

I have Egyptian stamps from a loooooooooooong time ago.  I bought them at Joanne's for $2 and I think Plaid company made them.  Anyway's I know think they are cool again and had to use them.  You don't see a lot of Egyptian stuff, so even I my tag I wasn't sure about my mummy.  But you can't learn if you don't try!

So here is a close up of the main tag.  At the top are rub-ons from a Swatch Book from Art Warehouse.  There are a couple of stamps from Tim Holtz like the clock in the middle and the square design.  The quote is also his.

Here is a close up of the quote.  I used some masking to keep the quote from getting messy.

This butterfly is made from alcohol inks and photo paper.  I used a Martha Stewart punch.  And this metal star I fell in love with it at Joanne's.  There are like 2 or 3 more so you'll see it again! ;)  Oh and those little read stickers are from Cosmo Cricket.

Also, I used some Gold Distress Stickles so there are little bits of gold glitter on my tag.  You can kind of see is on the red letters.  Using my favorite gold leafing pen, I outlined the tag.

Here's my tag hanging.  I used an assortment of fibers for the top.

Here my tag again.  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...enjoy your time :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Good, Bad, and Ugly All Want Candy!

Hello Everybody!

Tonight I made a card for the Just For Fun Challenge--Wild Wild West.  I am also going to submit it to Scrapbookers Anonymous--Letter H Challenge because in the creative journey it turned into a Halloween card also!

Here's my card...Scroll down and I'll tell you what I did :)

Peek a boo!  There's my cowboy!  He's a sticker from Me and My Big Ideas.  The letters are Making Memories.  I made the saloon doors from my Slice.  It's a bit moody because I had tried to make a cowboy hat and boots, and it just didn't make them right.  So I let my moody Slice take the rest of the night off and this morning I cut the saloon doors because this idea had formed in my head.  I think I made a better card because of it!

Here's the inside.  I stamped the sentiment using a Making Memories Halloween stamp.

Until next time my friends...sometimes when things don't work right--they work better! :)

Tidbit Tuesday-Easter Card with a Sketch

Hello Everybody!

This week's sketch at Let's Scrap is awesome!  Here's the sketch:

I love sketches!  The more I use them the more I love them!!  It helps put things in places so you just have to worry about colors, papers and embellies!  That's a lot in itself.  :)

Here is my card.  I changed the orientation of it.  Believe it or not that little bunny sticker is from a sheet of stickers from the $1 store!  The yellow borders are from Doodlebug.  The paper is DCWV.  The sentiment is a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp.

Until next time my friends...there's more Easters cards on the way!  :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Simple Elegance-Tuesday Trigger

Hello Everybody!

In a few hours the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World ends--so if you are seeing this and want to play...Now is the time!   :)  The inspiration for this challenge is:

Gorgeous, huh?  One thing I have learned is that I'm not elegant.  Nope, not a trace.  Sometimes I try to pretend, but really I'm not kidding anybody!  So as I looked at this beautiful sitting area admiring the rug and chairs, I saw pink tulips.  So the tulips and the grey color inspired my card....

The grey paper is from Fancy Pants Yule Tree.  It has Christmas trees on the back but the grey is really nice!  I used my G Studio stamp for the sentiment.  The tulips and vase are from my Cricut-A Walk in My Garden, and I used Cotton Candy Stickles for the flowers.

Until next time my friends...Mad Men is fixin' to come on-and I must go watch it!  ;)

A Quilled Easter

Hello Everybody!

Freshly Made Sketches had a great and challenging sketch this week:

Here is my card.  I went back and forth on circle size but I found this worked.  It's probably about 2 inches.  I know it's smaller than 2.5 inches.  I quilled the flower, carrot, bunny, and ducky and added goggly eyes.  The sentiment is a G Studio stamp.

There's still time to play with this sketch!  Until next time my friends...lot's of bunnies hopping!  :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Easter Card-My Peeps

Hello Everybody!

Well there are only a couple of weeks until Easter.  This is good and bad.  Bad because I only have 4 Easter cards made (including what I'm about to show you), and I need a lot more than that!  Good because there are only 2 weeks in which Lent will be over, and I can purchase scrapbooking things again!  It's been a bit harder than I thought it would be.  There's so much cool stuff out there!

This card is for the challenge at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Here is the sketch:

Here is my card using Stamp Set 426 Easter Chicks.

Here's a close up of these cute peeps.  The circle paper is from DCWV.  The striped and pink are from my scraps, and I don't know what companies they are from.  I used yellow Stickles for peeps.  They are so cute!

Until next time my friends...have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Takin' it back--Old School

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I made a scrapbook layout for Challenge 131 at Let's Scrap.  The challenge was to use ordinary photos, tell why they were special, and use stuff that you used when you first starting scrapping.  No Slice, no Cricut, and I don't even know what else.

So this challenge got me thinking.  I am so used to having my stuff that what did I use back in the day?  My scrapbooking has evolved.  Let me share this story.  I volunteered to do the scrapbook for high school band.  I wanted it to have 3-D effects.  I wanted people to feel the texture (though I didn't know what texture was at the time. I used puff paint.  That was the worst idea ever!!  We had to put freezer paper in between each page so the pages wouldn't stick.  It was terrible.  I think back and still feel really bad.  I wouldn't blame them if they threw it away!  LOL In 1994 who knew I was just ahead of my time? ;)

Some how that did not stop me from my scrapbooking journey.  Here is a page from my college days.  This is actually in one of those book that the clear film covers the sticky page--yeah those photo albums.  I know they are bad for pictures but there is only so much time!  My roommate in college made the little monster embellishments.

So fast forward to 2003/2004 I don't know because I didn't put dates in.  WHAT!?  I know I know.  Really?  So this is a spiral bound book and I adhered colored scrapbook paper to the page.  Ahh...foamies and little die cut trees....Maybe I should have bought a magazine?  I was probably too hard headed and thought I would figure it all by myself.  ;)

 Here's another early page.  I did buy magazines...not just scrapbooking ones.  This is from a trip I took with a friend to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.  Again with the cling pages, and I used this quote cut out of a magazine.

The quote is really funny when you look at the pictures.  Here is the close up of me.  I loved that they had these photo opps.  I also admire that I chose a funny and ironic quotation to go with the photos.  I don't think I'm that good now, so somebody must've helped me with it! ;)

Here's the last page I am going to show you...  I used a post card and made a little shape with decorative scissors that cut the pieces out on both sides.

So I have paper from that long ago.  And I may even have one of those trees left and I definitely have a variety of Foamies to choose from.  So for my layout I tried to use only paper, tools, and stickers that I had from about 10 years ago.  That's crazy when I write it out.  LOL  Also, this is during a time that Ebay was starting up along with my addiction to Ebay.  So I bought shapes and stickers from Ebay, which I still have.  Oh and fibers too!  I have many little bags of fibers.  Like I thought they were going to stop making them or something.  And then you go to the craft store to figure out that it's fancy yarn.  What the what?!?!

Ok, so on with the is my entry to the challenge....

Here's the sketch from Let's Scrap (from 9.1.11).

Here is the left side.  This is a paper pad from Provo Craft--copy write 2003.  I used a green mulberry paper behind the middle picture and for the title.  The title I used little Foamies letters.  Originally, I didn't know if I was going to do an 8X10.  But with the sketch I used and the size of my pictures it only felt right to do 12X12.  Plus it would look funny in whatever album I put it in.  So I made the first 2 strips of paper 2.5 inches wide and left them 11 inches long.  The bigger piece of pattern paper I cut off 2 inches and then used decorative scissors on the edge.

This is the second page and it mirrors the first page, but flips it.

Here's my journaling block.  No computers for back in the day.  That's ok.  I do love this one sheet that was in the Provo Craft paper pad.  Maybe I can make some with alochol inks.  :)

Here are some of my foamies.

Hey 2003 called they want their paper back...

I hope you enjoyed the walk down memory lane with me!  Do you still have stuff from way back when?  Put a link to it in the comments section and I'll come visit!  Until next time my gotta start somewhere!  :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Circles and Glimmer Mist-A Fun Combination

Hello Everybody,

I realize that as I am typing that today is Tuesday.  With only like an hour left for being Tuesday and I totally spaced doing the Tuesday Tidbit.  My brother-in-law was in town for 6 days (hence no postings) and we took him back today and it didn't even occur to me!  Yikes!  Sorry about that.  Hopefully this will make up for it!

I am entering this card in 2 challenges.  The first one is For Fun Challenges: Circles.  The second one is for Simon Says Stamp and Show: make your own background.

Here's my card.  Scroll down and I'll show you what I did!

I got out my shadow box and circle punches and masks.  And I have Smooch Spray and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  (Although not enough colors in my opinion!) LOL

Start with the lightest colors and go dark.  It's easier to add then take away.  Here is a yellow Smooch and Jack o' Lantern from the Angels.  This is white cardstock from Recollections (Michaels house brand.)

So I took masked and spayed and masked and sprayed.  So fun!

Here is a piece that is a little more calm.  :)  I cut some circles using my Coluzzle and since they are sprayed they are now pretty die cuts.

This is the beginning of my card.  I took the sprayed circles and mounted them on a piece of black cardstorck.  Then I added the 2 circles near the right hand upper corner.

Here's a picture of the circle on the Xron machine.  I used the Xron for the circle paper as well.  This is so it will be flat.  I just liked the way this look.  Like a cool frame.  Maybe for later down the road!

Here's a side view of my card.  There is one little circle that has been pop dotted. :)  And the green circle in the fore front does come off of the card a little bit.  Salutations is a sticker from DCWV sentiment stickers from way back in the day.  I am using them but I love them!

Here is my card again.  Until next time my friends...time to play with spray!  :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Bright Hi!

Hello Everybody!

I learned the COOLEST trick to do with my alcohol inks.  And I am so psyched about it.  It is on Tim Holtz's site, and you can go here to see the instructions.  I need to check out more of these tags.  He does an awesome job of creating and teaching them.

So the card I made is for the challenge at Studio L3 who supplied the challenge of using this plaid technique.  The sponsor for this week is Simon Says Stamp.  They are offering a $25 shopping spree.  They have AWESOME stuff!  Some of my Christmas came from there-yay!

 Also, I am submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp and Show because Anything Goes!  There is still time to play both challenges so check 'em out!

So here is my card....

This is a 2nd picture of my card because I thought it might need a 2nd shot.  The background is alcohol inks.  I think it really is soooo cool.  The bar code tape is Prima, and the hi is from American Crafts.  I made the background but I didn't want to cover it up.  The tape helps to ground the sentiment (or to me anyways!) :)

Here are the colors I used.  I know Tim says to use Ranger's glossy paper, but I don't have any.  So I used photo paper.  But it worked fine.  (Yay!)

Here are my dots lined up (so easy!!)

Here were my colors the first direction.  I could have left the background like this.  There will be some stripey things to come about!

But I did the 2nd set of stripes and got this.  In person it looks like it could even be 3-D.  So cool.  Try it and upload your creation!  Until next time my friends...have a bright and cheery tomorrow!

Tidbit Tuesday--Gold

Hello Everybody!

I hope your Tuesday is going well!  I don't know if you have seen this Krylon pen before but it is awesome.  I got it at Christmas from my mom-in-law (who is awesome-love you!).  I hadn't really thought about it before I got it.  I have a role of gold leaf and glue and press.  But this-let me show you!

It's a pen and look how great!  I use it to outline shapes.  Baby steps ;)

Here's a card I did using the gold pen on the circle.

Here's a close up.  It was easy to even out and make the circle pop.  This is an easier way to use gold!

Until next time my friends...add that Midas Touch! ;)