Monday, September 22, 2014

Vintage, Maybe?

I love working with vintage photos, especially the ones my dad had taken throughout his life.  Now that I've turned another year older I decided that some of my photos are vintage.  LOL

Rottenberg, Germany
These two photo were taken in the town of Rottenberg, Germany when I visited Germany in the Spring of 1990.  It was only months after the Berlin Wall came down.  My best childhood memories were of the years I grew up in Wisesbaden and Berlin.

I so lifted this layout from one of the design team members from the Bo Bunny team, Romy Veul.  They get credit for a ton of inspiration.  I don't use the sticker or 3D stickers much.  When I saw the original layout I just had to give it a try. 

Bo Bunny Somewhere In Time paper collection and Noteworthy embellishments, buttons
Blue Fern Studio chipboard (diamonds)
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink, idea-ology gears, gear alteration, paper tape, ribbon
Webster's Pages letters

Printed page behind photo:  this is a page from a dictionary, covered with paper tape from Tim Holtz then stamped on and inked.  I like it enough I would like to do a larger piece. 
Special Note:  If you know Germany well please tell me which spelling is correct for what I have as Rottenberg.  I have seen it spelled Rottenberg, Rottenburg, and another city nearby is Rothenberg.  I'm lost but I do know they have beautiful Christmas shops.  I do want to correct it here and on my layout.  Thanks.

You can see my blog banner is back, and hopefully, to stay this time.  Thanks for your patience.  I hope everyone will ...

Have a Crafty Day!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is a layout I did back in March of Little at the St. Patrick's Day Parade with her friends from school.  Of course we can trace our roots to Ireland before the Revolutionary War.  We even have one of my grands with reddish hair.  Our Irish roots shining through.  

an Irish blessing
Graphic 45 Place In Time paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
Martha Stewart and Bo Bunny doilies
Martha Stewart Gesso
Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Distressed Vintage Photo. letters News Print
Ranger Embossing Ink, Black Embossing Powder
Prima Flowers
K&Co pins
Basic Grey brads
Making Memories tiny alphas

The chipboard and title letters were created the same way.
  1. Paint with Gesso~
  2. Distress Stain Peeled Paint on most, but not all, the area~
  3. Add embossing ink in spots~
  4. Sprinkle black embossing powder and heat~
That's it!

A simple fun layout to document a wonderful day.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scrapbooking Catch Up? You've Got To Be Kidding!

I take so many photos as well as my family that I don't think I will ever be able to catch up scrapbooking them.  I still have two more books to do for my own children and now I work hard at semi-staying current on the grandgirls' books AND I still have all my dad's photos. 

I am looking into pocket scrapbooking events like birthdays.  I love the SNAP books and pages by Simple Stories.  They seem to be just the right size for small events.  We'll see. 

This is a layout of one of my grandgirls, Ali, playing on a motorized four wheeler. 
My Mind's Eye Paper Collection Alphabet Soup, not sure of the background piece.
Blue Fern Studios chipboard "Born to be Wild" and "GR8"
Maya Road chipboard arrows
Tim Holtz rub-on numbers
Little Yellow Bicycle brads
Acrylic paints
Martha Stewart Gesso
I've been moving back to my love of rub-ons lately.  They work well with many of the mixed media techniques. Tim Holtz has some pretty good rub-ons that are durable.

A little Gesso and a little paint ... I love this simple technique for painting chipboard.  It really keeps colors true.

Shout Out!
I have been wanting to give a shout out to a very talented person. Katrina Roccella.  When I was rebuilding my blog I ran across her blog looking for social media badges.  Hers were the best and she has them free on her blog, Like Flowers and Butterflies.  It was only missing a YouTube button which she created for me upon request.  I ended up making my own in order to match the new color theme, but I certainly love these. 

Here is a sample of the watercolor buttons.  Please check out her blog if you enjoy different forms of art.  I especially love her quilts.  She also has her own line of fabric that I love. 
Blog Like Flowers and Butterflies

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Let's Go Fly A Kite! ... Graphic 45 By The Sea

Since two of my grandgirls nearly live on the beach during the summer months, Graphic 45's By The Sea collection has fast become my favorite.  I need to stock up as it is some of the most classic of beach themed papers.

This is Little's first time flying a kite.  They were having difficulties getting the kite up and she just took over and showed them all how to fly a kite.

The sun is a stencil that I had used a light yellow paint to create.  It didn't really pop so I went back and drew in the edges to give it a fun look.

Thread.  After reading about this new tread on the message board I decided to search it out.  I found some beautiful layouts using thread to add another dimension to your page.

Graphic 45 By the Sea collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
Prima flowers
Kaisercraft pearls
Tim Holtz alteration die sea horse, distress inks
Stencils, gesso
Lot's of fun detail cutting.

Here is one of my favorite childhood songs from Mary Poppins.  Enjoy!

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Graphic 45, More Tags the Merrier!

Just recently I've begun to add more tags and other elements with words on them.  In the recent past I thought one element with a word on it was all there should be.  Well, I was wrong and now I'm addicted.

Great Outdoors
This is my youngest granddaughter exploring the beach. 
Graphic 45 By The Sea paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Prima flowers and pearl

Wilton doily
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Martha Stewart Gesso

I love using real shells!
My Minds Eye chalk studio tag
Graphic 45 tags
Fussy Cutting is so fun
As many beach photos that I have By The Sea paper collection from Graphic 45 is just perfect.

This weekend we celebrated my granddaughter Ali's 2nd birthday.
Have a Crafty Day


Friday, August 22, 2014

Blue Fern Studios and My Beach Bums! Fun Techniques

Graphic 45's By the Sea paper collection with Blue Fern Studios chipboard sea collections are a perfect match for a layout  I love participating with Blue Fern Studios challenges as they are one of my top rated companies.

I had so much fun with this layout!  The photo subject may have something to do with it as well.  LOL

Beach Bums

Graphic 45 By the Sea paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
Prima flowers and peals
Martha Stewart Gesso and micro beads
Tim Holtz distress embossing powder, distress inks, crackle paint, stars
Ranger Glossy Accent, Embossing ink
American Crafs Thickers foam letters
Watercolor paint

Fun Techniques
Gesso Blue Fern Studios chipboard.
Dab Ranger embossing ink randomly on the chipboard, add Tim Holtz distress ink and heat.
Add Ranger Glossy Accent randomly and add Martha Stewart Micro Beads.
That's it!

Add Gesso by Martha Stewart.  Let dry.
Add Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint.  Let dry.  Do not heat dry until crackling is clearly taking place.
Lightly add Tim Holt Walnut Distress Ink.
That's it!
Paint with acrylic paint in one direction Thickers' black foam letters.
That's It!
This was totally fun!
Free hand with Martha Stewart Gesso random circles.  Imperfection is a must.
Using a pen of choice circle around the Gesso circles unevenly.
Paint circles with watercolors. Let dry.
Wet a paper towel and dab part of the watercolor to lighten the color.
That's it!

Check out  Blue Fern Studios' August challenge to win beautiful Blue Fern Studios chipboard.  My fingers are crossed.

Have a Crafty Day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paper Issues' Challenge: Admit One

If you love challenges Paper Issues is a great place to play.  They always come up with fun titles, events, ideas, and products to use in a challenge.  Admit One challenge is sponsored by Fancy Pants.  Here is my answer to the latest challenge for their Linky Party.

Disney On Ice
I attended my first Disney On Ice event this past Spring.  I accompanied my granddaughter Ali for her first Disney event as well.  The afternoon was so full of memories that I did not want Ali to forget so I created a mini-album gift for her.

Some Ingredients
Maya Road Chipboard Album
Core'dinations silver paper
Tim Holtz letters
Prima flowers, gems, and butterfly buttons
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
EK Success 3-D stickers
Basic Grey rub-ons
Ranger Dabber, Picket Fence
Wilton Doily
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder and words
Tim Holt Tickets
EK Success wood embellishments
Library Pocket local educational store
Heidi Swapp "happiness"
Sizzix Minnie Mouse
Maya Road light bulb

Jenni Bowlin Washi Tape
The resin sea creatures are from the Ariel packet from EK Success.  The pictures are a series of photos from Little Mermaid.

Tim Holtz stars and letters
AC Moores clear arrow

The End!

We had a fabulous time.  I hope to go again next season!

So are you ready to take up the challenge?  Check out the linky party at Paper Issues and if you take up the challenge leave me a link here as well.  I'd love to see what you did.  Did I forget to mention ... there is a prize.  I hope to see you at Paper Issues.

Personal Note
Thanks to those who remembered me in prayer this past week.  My daughter and son-in-law went to France to attend a wedding.  I was privileged to take care of my sweet grandbabies.  They did so well and we had a blast!  You know there will be scrapbook pages to come.  Here are two photos of some of our excitement.

left...Punky Party
right...French mustache photo for mom and dad.

Have A Crafty Day!


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