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. 
Ingredients
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.

Personal
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

Ingredients
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
Circle
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!

Anchor
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!
Title
Paint with acrylic paint in one direction Thickers' black foam letters.
That's It!
Bubbles
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
More
Wilton Doily
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder and words
More
Tim Holt Tickets
EK Success wood embellishments
Library Pocket local educational store
More 
Heidi Swapp "happiness"
Sizzix Minnie Mouse
Maya Road light bulb

More
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.

More
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!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Brilliant Photography ... Another Fun Echo Park Layout

My daughter is a brilliant photographer.  She loves life and expresses it in every photo.  I wanted to pick out some photos to scrapbook that made me think ... memories of moments.  These do. 

This is Little and Little's Sister (LS).  I love the back photography because is shows me life in action.  With a 3 year old and a 17 month old life happens fast.  You can see movement forward, unafraid, full of wonder.  These are truly brilliant photos.

brilliant
Ingredients
Echo Park Capture Life paper collection
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, photo wheel Alteration
Fancy Pants Ribbon
Jillibean Soup Polaroid frame
Faber-Castel Gelatos
Heidi Swapp "brilliant" and "totally"
Prima flower
Jenni Bowlin Studio Washi Tape
Dymo Label Maker
thread
Look at all those words and different style elements.  Love Echo Park.

Rectangles, squares, circles, chevrons ... oh my. so much geometry.

Elements of this layout was inspired by several EP designers.  
 
Personal
I had a very busy week last week and this week promises to double the fun.  Please remember me in prayer for strength, rest and a little creativity.

Have a Crafty Day!


Monday, August 04, 2014

Being S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d as a Scrapbooker ... Echo Park

I admire people who can use embellishment stickers and many words on a scrapbook page.  I use one or two words (other than jouranling) but no more.  One of my favorite designers is Lisa Swift.  I love what she can do with Echo Park.  Because of her influence I decided to buy one of their fun collections Capture Life

This is a layout with two of my granddaughters.  The older granddaughter was passing her wisdom and bravery to her "Little" cousin.  I love these two.

Amazing

Fortunately, there are a lot of Echo Park fans so I was able to get a few ideas from them and try my hand at this style of scrapbooking for the first time.  I think I was able to sneak in my style nonetheless.

Ingredients
Echo Park Capture Life collection
Tim Holtz, Distress Inks, idea-ology arrows, Sizzix's Alterations
Prima Flowers
Studio 490 stamps with Stampers Anonymous 
Martha Stewart doilies
Heidi Swapp butterflies 
Doodlebugs buttons
Fancy Pants ribbon
Ranger paint dabber Picket Fence
I love the center of the page with all the amazing elements enhancing the photos. I am surprised how much I loved do this.  I have already completed more layouts using this style with Echo Park, Bo Bonny, and Graphic 45.  I can't wait to share with you. 

Remember this sign...
I have taken it down, although I am still working on the blog, the largest of the jobs are completed.  What do you think of the new look?

Have a Crafty Day!  
 
 

Friday, August 01, 2014

Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden

I had a blast with a whole year with Little in ballet.  We have made friends and both of us learned a lot about ballet.  The picture is of Little right before her rehearsal for her recital.  The color of the body suit is nearly the same as the Bo Bunny paper.  It was a "must do!"


Ingredients
Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden paper collection
Ribbon:  Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants, and Martha Stewart lace sticker
Heidi Swapp butterflies
Bo Bunny buttons, flowers, ribbon
Tim Holz Inks
Tim Holtz idea-ology (metal flower vine)
Maya Road pins
Ranger Picket Fence paint dabber
Prima frame
Queen & Co. pearls
Blue Fern Studios diamond chipboard
Other: come buttons from Doodle Bugs and other

Happy Back-To-School August!  When does yours go back to school, start college, etc.?

Have a Crafty Day!



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yard Art with Graphic 45

While outside working and building my flower garden I decided to do a little art.  My first attempt was to label my flowers in one of my flower beds.

Note:  The sun was really glaring the morning I took the photos. 
I went to the Goodwill shop and picked up several types of silverware.  On this project I used the spoons.

I started the base with Staz-on ink Timber Brown.  Giving it an outdoor earthy worn look.

I cut out some of my favorite images from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea and glued them on with Glossy Accents (Ranger) then covered it with more Glossy Accents to protect the images.  One mistake I made which could have been corrected at the time is that some of my images faded a bit in the sun.  I should have coated it with a sealant for crafts with UV protection.  Kryon makes a good one that should be available anywhere from a Walmart to a home improvement store. I plan on redoing these with the Krylon.

After everything dried I placed them in the ground and "tada" they are very cool.





These flowers were planted about mid-April and are now growing by leaps and bound. 

Do you have Yard Art?  I would love for you to share.  Leave a link in the comments where a picture or blog post shows it off.

Have a Crafty Day!



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