I am not sharing any artwork today, but rather some of the bird-watching pictures I have taken recently. These will eventually go on a layout. We are so blessed to have so much nature in our backyard. I've been leaving my camera on the cupboard and taking these photos through the window so as not to scare any of these precious creatures. Truly, it's a gift to have them come so close to the house and sing each day. I find a lot of inspiration in nature...which is maybe why I lean toward warm, earthy colors. Enjoy!!
This isn't a bird...but wasn't the last full moon pretty?
One of my friends was talking last night about how nice it is that we can sponge the For Always paper to suit out needs. She loves smokey plum, so I wanted to make a card today that would show her how nicely that color works with this paper packet.
Smokey plum looks almost grey in this photo, so I hope you can tell how elegant that color is with this paper. I added a little tulle, a little bling, and some black shimmer trim to finish up this card. I hope you're looking forward to a good weekend!!
I've had a picture sitting on my desk for almost a week that I wanted to put to paper. One thing or another has kept me from getting it done, but this morning, before I did anything else, I sat and worked with it. I have to get the grocery shopping done today, but I thought I'd have a much better attitude toward the whole errand process if I exercised my creative muscles a little bit first! (I know I can't be the only only one that doesn't like grocery shopping!)
I went right to Sketchabilities to find a sketch, and their new one was perfect for what I wanted to do!
This is a photo of Shane and me from 22 years ago. I remember the day as clear as it was yesterday. I have said this before, but I am really grateful that over the years I have not been a chronological scrapbooker. I love that I still have photos of Shane's little boy years to scrap because it allows me to go back and remember those blond-hair-little-boy days. I love the "subway art" look that is gaining popularity in the scrapbook world, and that's what I've worked into this page. The paper is Later Sk8r, and I've used a variety of stamps - Sightseer, Canvas Art stamp set, and It's Your Day (retired). These are stamp sets that have great versatility and allow for cluster such as I've done. I did a little hand stitching with black embroidery thread on the bottom left and top right. Other embellishments I've used are Epoxy Bubbles, Outdoor Denim Baker's Twine, Outdoor Denim Buttons, and Tiny Epoxy Alphabet. Here's a close up for you of the embellishments.
Now that I've had my fun, I suppose I'd better head to the grocery store or I may not be able to make dinner for my husband tonight!
We went away for a long weekend, and it was just lovely to spend that time away with my husband. Shane was working, so it was nice of Jerry to pamper me. I came home and wanted to go right to my craft room. I really do miss crafting when I am away for a few days!
I have been wanting to sponge this paper for some time, and I just love the result! You might not think that Lagoon ink could be elegant, but it sure was with this paper. If you have some of this pretty paper, give it a try to see what you can come up with. Gosh, the possibilities are endless!
I wanted to show you some more ways to use the Dream Pop paper today. It's such a versatile paper packet, and I am really enjoying it! Let me show what I've done with the embossed cardstock before I show you my card.
The pieces on the left are before I sponged them. I wanted to show you bare and with ink so that you could get an idea of what it all turns out like. For this card, I wanted to use White Daisy pigment ink for sponging. This is really easy to do. Just sponge or rub ink over the paper. It might look a little muted, but after you are done applying ink, simply wipe with a paper towel. How easy-peasy is that technique!! I've chosen to use a lot of different patterns, but look at the way it all comes together using this week's Deconstructed Sketch.
I punched the circles and used notebook lined paper from the packet as well. The back side of the embossed cardstock is flat, so if you just want color rather than embossing, you can use that as well. Truly, they've thought of everything! There is just something for everyone and every occasion in Dream Pop. It's really a great paper packet!
Dream Pop is only available through the end of May. The packet of 24 sheets is just $10 with a $35 purchase! Please let me know if you have any questions!
I am teaching a class tonight and tomorrow night on misting with the Close To My Heart spray pens. I wanted to show other examples of what can be done with this fabulous tool, and this is just one of my other ideas.
I misted one of our muslin bags using a mixture of alcohol, desert sand re-inker, and water. I have found that the alcohol helps the mist "set" and dry just a little faster. The base color is vintage-y because I wanted to use these great stamps from the Fabulous You stamp set. If you look closely, you see I've stamped a harlequin pattern in the background using creme brulee pigment ink. I used cocoa pigment ink to stamp the bird stamp and sentiment. Pigment is pretty important, I think, when stamping on these bags. You get just a little more definition and richer color. Pigment is not an instant dry like dye ink, but by the time I got the harlequin stamp cleaned, I was ready to stamp the bird.
Now, to color the bird and flowers, I used alcohol markers. Before coloring, I slide two pieces of white scrap paper inside the bag. Alcohol markers will seep through, so you want to make sure that you are protecting your piece. I used blush, sorbet, and indian corn blue markers. That looks just like the little bluebird from my backyard.
I truly had a wonderful day of scrapping yesterday! I had so much fun seeing what the challenges were and participating in many of them. I showed you a couple, but you would have been on overload had I shared them all! On thing that Stacy Julian said in her opening video for the Big Picture Classes Creative Crop was that scrapbooking is "fantabulous memory-making coolness." Don't you agree? Gosh, I love all that I have learned from her!
The last project I made yesterday was actually a Mother's Day gift for my mother. I had the pieces out all day, and I just kept thinking about how I wanted to put it together. This is what I came up with...
I purchased this shadow box frame at Michael's a couple of years ago. It has a brown tone to it, so I knew I wanted to use Buzz & Bumble paper. I cut two sheets of flowers from the Artiste cartridge, and sponged them with yummy creme brulee ink before I rolled them. Once I had them on the frame, I really had fun adding this and that - butterflies (from the Artiste and Art Philosophy), cocoa buttons, trinket pins, bling gems, dark chocolate striped grosgrain, and some little wooden bees. I like the way it turned out, so I hope my mother likes it!
I have really enjoyed working with the NSD challenges yesterday and today. I am trying to get my 2012 album completed, and this is helping. Now lest you think I am caught up on my scrapping, I am no where new caught up. I have many of Shane's toddler photos, camping photos, Shane's school album, and the years 1993 - 2000. That doesn't even include vintage photos! There is always something to scrap.
Ok, for Scrapbook Generation, I had to use 5 things out of the several items they named. I used baker's twine, brads, chipboard (letters), metal charm, washi tape, and glitter. Well, I was an over-achiever and used 6! The challenge at Big Picture was to put photo pockets, and I used flip flaps to store photos and journaling. Such a fun product!
Now, I have a lot more scrapping to do, and it's already going on 7:30 pm! There's just not enough time in a day!!
I've been scrapping away today celebrating National Scrapbooking Day! I'll be sharing quite a bit in the next few days, but today I want to show this layout I made for Scrapbook Generation's Challenge #3 (use a one-page sketch from SG). I am going to start out by saying that if you have a queasy stomach, don't look further!!
Oh, did this ever freak me out! Jerry went fishing and came home soon after hooking himself in the finger with a titanium hook. Here's the journaling:
Ok, now I am going to make another layout so that this gruesome finger is not the first thing that you see when you visit! But I am a story teller, so this has to go in the book, too!
I needed to design a generic relatively simple card today because I needed 13 of them. I often turn to CAS(E) this Sketch when I need something like this, so I grabbed their sketch. Along the way, I learned that card I made will also work for CASE Study and CAS - Colours and Sketches.
Like the card I showed you in the previous post, I've used the embossed cardstock from Dream Pop. Sponging the tangerine cardstock with outdoor denim ink gave it a whole new look. The sentiment is from the set called Scrapbook Sentiments - Poets, and I used the Artiste cartridge to cut the flowers and silver glitter circle.
Are you excited that tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day? I am! Last week I decided that I would schedule myself off for a couple of days in order to play along with all the challenges out there. We are paper crafters and should celebrate the day that was set aside for us!! Today I am working on some challenge blog challenges, and tomorrow I am going to play over at Big Picture Classes for the Creative Crop!
So after all of explanation for why I am playing instead of working, I thought I'd share my first project today. There is a fabulous sketch over at Cardabilities, and I knew I wanted to combine it with the colors challenge over at Play Date Cafe. Of course, I needed to add sparkle, bling, and ribbon so it fits into the Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge, too!
The raspberry paper in the background and the circles is from the Dream Pop paper packet. Let me tell you, this paper packet has a lot of colors and a lot of potential. Do you see the diagonal lines in the background? Those lines are embossed on the cardstock in the packet, so it makes perfect emboss resist designs. I just sponged black ink on my circles, and I've got a brand new color! I've also used black shimmer trim, tulle, and a final touch of pink sparkles. Super duper easy!
When I was a little girl, we always had pinwheels at birthday parties. I'll tell you, it was hours of fun, wasn't it? Simple fun - and that's why I like this month's stamp of the month simply called Pinwheel. I'll be showing you many examples of ways to use this set this month, but I wanted to show you a good use for a boy card first.
This is also the card that I sent to my downline for completing the April challenge I sent their way. I had such fun creating these cards for them!
Happy May Day! Have you ever left a basket on a doorstep? I remember all the way back to 1st Grade when we made May Day baskets. Trust me, that was a long time ago!
Let's start with the new Rose Blossom Garden challenge. For the 3rd challenge, we are working with the "P" key on the Artiste cartridge. It is such a fun key with all the pinwheels, yo-yos, and circus images! I am so proud of my team for the way they "bring it" for each challenge! They love to share artwork with you, so after you are done visiting here, be sure to hop over to see what each one created. This is what I created using the ferris wheel and yo-yo images:
What do you think of the colors? I've used Tangerine, Raspberry, and Banana from the Dream Pop collection to create this cascading card (directions from Card Maker magazine).
We are celebrating National Scrapbooking Month here at Close To My Heart by bring you a fantabulous special!! With your $35 purchase in the month May, you can buy the Dream Pop paper packet for just $10! It is 24 sheets of pure yumminess!! The colors are right on trend and perfect for your spring and summer scrapbooking!
Throughout the month, I will be showing you projects using these wonderful colors and the unique glossy embossed cardstock. I guarantee it won't take long for you to fall in love with it! I've even designed a mini workshop using these papers that I will tell you more about in another post.
Come back and visit tomorrow to learn about the May Stamp of the Month!
I would love to have you join my team! During the month of April, the deal is even sweeter!! Along with your Consultant Kit (just $49!), you will receive 4 stamps of the month - April, May, June, and July - absolutely free!! That increases the value of your kit to $225!!