Friday, June 29, 2012

Mmmm . . . Berry Sweet

My daughter bought some strawberries the other day, and they were so amazing.  I was literally satisfied by inhaling their sweet scent. 

And along comes my Unity Kit of the Month . . . and the challenge sketch . . . and leftover paper from a project and a card is born. 

And my design . . . which I flipped on it's side (because I can) . . .

I used three different stamps from the June Kit of the Month . . . the chevron stripe border which you can barely see on the red cardstock . . . the strawberry "you are so berry sweet" stamp (which I paper pieced using the dot paper) . . . and the strawberry border stamp which I used on the inside. 

On the inside piece I used an aqua painter to color the berries and leaves.  

A very sweet little stamp (pun intended)!  

Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up Cardstock and Designer Series Paper; Stampin' Up Inks; Close to My Heart Ribbon; Fiskars Circle Punch;  Aqua Painter; Unity June Kit of the Month

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mojo Monday Creation

My scrap stash didn't let me down today!  I had leftover Authentique and Bazzill cardstock from a project that I made a few weeks ago.  When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch, I realized it was perfect for my tiny scraps (which would have soon faced the garbage can).

The sketch . . .

And my design . . .

I really loved the end result, and I love that I didn't have to throw out my tiny little treasured scraps.  

Supplies:  Bazzill Cardstock, Authentique Pattern Paper, Ribbon Scraps from Stash, Beautiful Botanicals Stamp from Stepping Stones, Artichoke Ink from Color Box

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hello Chickadee

For the Card Patterns Sketch this week, I decided to take a few minutes to whip something up with my scrap stash.  I am always creating layouts and then saving my scraps.  I had some scraps left from a recent class I taught . . . some pattern paper and stickers from Authentique.

The sketch . . .

And my design . . .

Nothing fancy, and in some respects . . . it doesn't work, but it does work, but it doesn't work.  I have mixed emotions on this one, as I sometimes do when using up scraps.

Critters on the Farm from Lawn Fawn, coupled with Stamps of Life "Summer4Fun" (the sun).

Use your stash, right?

One interesting note . . . the scallop border is not a border.  It is the top of the heart punched three times and glued together.  Another way to use a regular punch to create a border.

Supplies:  Bazzill Cardstock, Authentique Paper and Stickers, Copic Markers, Stamps from Lawn Fawn and Stamps of Live, Fiskars Heart Punch

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Magical Memories

I was recently charged with creating something decorative for displaying pictures of Disney memories.  It is for an upcoming class at my LSS, New England Scrapbook Co. in Canton, Connecticut.  It is a Disney Sampler Day, meaning that there will be three Disney projects . . . a layout . . . a countdown calendar . . . and a piece of wall art.  

I eventually decided to do a 7 Gypsy Artist Printer Tray for my wall art, which if you've not done before, are SUPER FUN!  I have done a few in the past, most recently was a Girl Scout one to honor a leader in our town who was getting an award.  I've done a Christmas one.  I've done a Family version.  So many possibilities (wedding, baby . . . whatever suits the mood).  But for this one, I went Disney all the way.  I used photo snippets of a trip we took in the 90's when my girls were little.  Such sweet magical memories.

I will admit I stressed over this project . . . getting it just right.  The end result was worth it . . . and hopefully the folks signing up for the class will enjoy putting their memories in the blocks of the tray.

Look at my little cuties . . . 

Some fun things I did within the design of the tray . . . embossing a stamped image in silver on the top left Mickey head . . . that sweet little picture of my girl on the steps of one of the houses in Toon Town . . . my younger daughter almost looking up to her older sister as they ride the carousel) . . . a tiny vial of "magic" with a stamped Mickey that was paper pieced . . . my Jar of Magic (very intense stuff there) . . . and my Mickey hand on an Action Wobble . . . one of our favorite pictures of my youngest hanging on a pole near the castle at the Magic Kingdom, which I put into another Mickey Head to balance out the first . . . and I topped it all up with torn fabric strips.  

The magic on the tray matches the magic of my photos!  I can't wait until this makes it back home and hangs on my wall.

And the best part . . . as I said . . . there are three projects.  The other two designed by others on our team are a layout (here is a snippet of one page - fun, fun, fun page) . . .

And a countdown calendar that can sit on a desk, shelf, etc . . . it has flip pages and the BEST PART . . . put photos on the back side and it doubles as a mini album on your shelf.  When you are not counting down to your next trip you've got photos.  But when a trip is a month away, flip the pages and start your countdown.  How fun for the kids to flip day by day!  A snippet (my bad photo taking skills cut off the number 31) . . .  

Each page is a different color and has a different design . . . all Disney!

Looking forward to the class.  Kits are also available while supplies last . . . so you can call the store if there is interest.  Best part about a kit . . . pieces with no thought, and your done. 

Happy Scrapping!  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Oh Snap!

One of the newest stamps in my collection . . . Turtles2Love . . . which is the stamp of the month from The Stamps of Life.  I joined this club during a weak moment, and my first two sets were a birthday set which I will feature in another post, and then this one.  When this one originally came, I wasn't sure about it.  But I really love it, and I have some great plans.

The paper is a bit busy . . . I believe it is PB&J from Basic Grey (picked it up at my LSS, New England Scrapbook Co. . . . which is basically where I spent my entire weekend.   I was going for some combinations of greens . . . very turle-ish . . .

I am a paper piecer . . . so I did some cutting and pasting!  

And the sketch is from Mojo Monday.

Supplies:  Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey Pattern Paper, The Twinery Twine, Sizzix Border Punch (borrowed from friend - thank you Charlene), Colorbox Ink

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hmmm . . . I See Possibilities

I absolutely adore the way this card turned out (and I really only say that when I mean it).  I struggled with this sketch, but in the end was pleased with the result. 

Card Patterns is the Sketch Challenge . . .

And here is my design . . .

Those two little hearts together on the seat . . . so sweet!  Would be great for anniversary, wedding, or even with a group of hearts for Mother's Day  . . maybe in birthstone colors.  Make it stop.

All product is Stampin' Up except the cardstock base (Bazzill) and the jewels (random from my collection of odds and ends).

I see some possibilities here.  

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #62

Just a little something for Sketchbook Saturday Challenge . . .

The sketch . . .

My design using some scraps of Stampin' Up Designer Series paper in my stash . . .

A very simple design, although I did some embossing of the border top and bottom.

 Not my usual colors, but a great way to use up pattern paper in my stash and participate in a fun sketch challenge.  All product is Stampin' Up, except for the cardstock base which is Bazzill. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

CAS-UAL Fridays - Bling It On

I wanted to make a little something with some BLING for the CAS-UAL Friday challenge. 

And so . . . still with my Imaginisce paper in supply . . . I created something with some BLING in the paper (in the form of glitter) . . . BLING embossed stamp image (in the form of metallic embossing powder) . . . BLING on my crown (in the form of jewels). 

We need a little "askew view" to see the bling.  Can I just say that I love this stamp.  I love a stamp with the word "freakin'" in it . . . probably because I'm known as "Freakin' Debbie" around the scrapbook store.  

But in reality, this stamp reminds me of a different kind of queen . . . Queen Vanna.  I swear it's her voice I hear when I read the front of this card. 

Ode to my Unity Kit of the Month for including this little stamp! 

Supplies:  Bazzill Cardstock, Imaginisce Pattern Paper, Unity Stamp, American Crafts Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Markers, KaiserCraft Rhinestones, The Twinery Twine, Jolees Rhonestone

Hawaiian Blessing

A little something with my Skipping Stones stamp. 

When I pull pattern paper I like to use it for multiple projects until it is gone. I hate to waste, and I have way more scraps in my stash then I can ever use, so I like to use it all up if I can. So another card with Imaginicse Pattern Paper. The outside . . .

The inside . . .

I love how this turned out. The jewels for the coconuts really make it all pop. Super cute stamp set!

Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock, Imaginisce Pattern Paper, Skipping Stones Design Stamps, Stickles, KaiserCraft Rhinestones