Friday, April 30, 2010

Scrunched Ribbon

I recently ordered some vintage, scrunched up seam binding from MemrieMare on Etsy.  I deliberately selected colors I knew I could not duplicate with my current Glimmer Mist colors.  At the same time I also ordered some plain seam binding from another source to do my own.  And that's what I've been doing today.  I used this video by Tammy Tutterow as a guideline. 

My countertop is Quartz so it's basically indestructible but I spread out some wax paper anyway to use as my base (it makes The Donald feel better).  After spraying the seam binding I cleaned up the wax paper by wiping it up with the ribbon and then swiping it down with a dry paper towel to get rid of any additional residue.  I did this after each color.  I "scrunched" each up in a ball then wrapped in Saran wrap to get the wrinkled, crinkled look.  I also wanted some scrunched white so I just wet it with water and wrapped in Saran wrap too. 

I also wanted some not so scrunched so I hung several of the colors on a hanger to dry. Of course, I could have got the same effect from ironing the scrunched ribbon but I am allergic to my iron (wink).

I can't wait to see how these turn out.  I would think that you could also use some watered down re-inkers 0r alcohol inks for this too. 

I hope you all have a happy National Scrapbooking Day!  I won't be home on Saturday so I'll be doing very little, if anything, for it. This will be my first time in several years that i won't be preparing something to celebrate at Lifetime Moments.  A class, a project, something!  It feels strange and disconcerting. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bayberry Cottage

I like all things patterned paper but just like you, I do have some favorites. As I think I've mentioned before Pink Paislee is one of those. What I don't like normally is the color purple. But Pink Paislee has possibly changed my mind with their Bayberry Cottage collection.

Today's card is for the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge which is to include stitching.  I stamped the Sweet November image with Memento Ink onto Prism Simply Smooth cardstock.  I colored with Copic Markers and then cut out the image.  (Note to self: coloring with Copics while drinking wine does not mix). 

Products: Pink Paislee pp, pleated twill and Flip Note, Sweet November stamp, Basic Grey bling, Stickles, Copic Markers

Copic Markers: Skin-E00,E02,R20; Hair and Skirt Fringe -YG11, YG13, YG17, YG21; Skirt, Eyes, Wings, Shoes-V12, V15, RV17, R83

Next is a heritage layout featuring an old photo of my Aunt Lillie and Uncle Herbert (my grandmother's brother).  Unfortunately I don't know any of the details of the actual photo so I just journaled my impressions of them. 

Products: Pink Paislee pp and Flip Note, Bazzill cs, Webster's Pages Bloomers trim and Silhouette, Basic Grey chipboard letters, pearls and bling

I hope your week is great!  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Birthday Sis!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Queen Bee

Today's card is for this week's Sketch for You to Try challenge.  I love the subtle colors in the Pink Paislee Queen Bee line of papers and used them as the  inspiration for my stamped piece.  The Hero Arts stamp hasn't seen any ink in a very long time. I stamped it once with Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Yellow, then again with Stampin' Up Going gray.  I love my Copic markers but it was nice to just stamp and go for a change. 

Products: Hero Arts stamp, Pink Paislee pp, Papertrey Ink cs, Fiskars border punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Martha Stewart seam binding ribbon, Basic Grey pearls

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

365 Degrees

Pink Paislee is one of my favorite paper companies so naturally I couldn't resist purchasing some of each of their new releases.  Both of today's projects feature the 365 Degrees collection which is my favorite of the bunch. 

First up is a card I created for this week's Sugar Bowl challenge which combines the use of a sketch with an option to use flowers.  I used the basic bones of the sketch but offset the stamped piece plus subsituted the large rectangular block with one of the Pink Paislee Flip Notes.  In order for it to be big enough, I cut it in two and placed under the outside edges of the image block.  The stamp is "Reflective" by Sugar Nellie and I stamped it with Memento Ink onto Prism Simply Smooth Cardstock, then colored with Copic Markers.  Since I don't have the airbrush system, I sponged the edges with Colorbox Chalk Ink (Bisque) instead.

Products: Pink Paislee pp and Flip Notes; Sugar Nellie stamp, Making Memories metal flowers, misc paper flowers from my stash, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Fiskars border punch, Copic Markers

Copic Markers: Skin - E00, E02, R20; Hair - E55, E57; Blouse - C1, C3; Overalls - B93, B95, B97; Bows, flower, patches - R22, R27; Grass - YG93, YG95; Leaves - G21, G24; Basket - Y21, Y26; Add'l flowers - Y11

Next is a layout featuring photos of Don with Clara when we spent an early Spring morning at Aldridge Gardens.   She was such a trooper - she walked all around the lake with us chattering the whole way.  I "borrowed" the title from one of my favorite books by Ann Howard Creel. 

Products: Pink Paislee pp, brad and Flip Note, Prima leaves, Basic Grey chipboard letters, Webster's Pages letter stickers

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

April Showers

No actual showers here in Alabama. It's an incredibly beautiful and sunny spring day. The April Showers title represents the theme of today's card for My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club

I stamped the MFT Pure Innocence My Umbrella stamp with Memento ink onto Prism Simply Smooth Cardstock and colored her with Copic markers.  I then cut out the image, discarding the umbrella portion so I could substitute the Making Memories Flutter felt sticker.  A couple of ideas to note.  I tried something a bit different for the skin tone.  I colored with only one color (E02) and then used my blender pen to lighten it up in areas.  Also, the thread in the button was orginally a natural color so I used RV17 to change it to better fit my color scheme.   

Products: My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamp, Making Memories pp, chipboard button and felt stickers, Bazzill Basics and Papertrey Ink cs, Prima pearls, May Arts silk ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Fiskars and Martha Stewart border punches

Copic Markers: Skin - E02, 0, R20; Hair - Y21, Y23, Y26; Raincoat - BG10, BG72; Pockets & Boots - RV34, RV17

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Everyday Life

While watching The Masters with Don on Sunday I scrapbooked for the first time in quite a while. I got three layouts done which is rather remarkable since I've only created a grand total of five for all of this year. Honestly, the closing of Lifetime Moments was really depressing after being a part of the team for so long.  I really just needed to take a break.  Unfortunately, the break has taken longer than I intended.  It felt good to put photos to paper again even though none of the layouts are going to win any prizes! I I really don't want this to just be a cards blog although I really enjoy making them. 

Here are two of the layouts, both featuring my granddaughter Clara and primarily using the Little Yellow Bicycle Clothesline collection.  Beware, girly girl stuff ahead. 

First up is "On the Hunt".  Clara and I "practiced" hunting eggs at my house before Easter. She loved it so much that we wound up hunting for them three times that day. 

Products: Little Yellow Bicycle pp, My Mind's Eye diecut, Prima flower, American Crafts thickers and Doodlebug letter stickers, May Arts ribbons, Making Memories glass sticker, Pink Paislee brad, Cosmo Cricket chipboard

"10 Things I Love about Everyday Life" features a list of items that Clara loves right now. 

Products: Little Yellow Bicycle pp and pocket, Jenni Bowlin Label paper, Prima flower and butterfly, May Arts ribbon, Fiskars boder punch

Everyday life is quite busy right now. Our anniversary was last Friday plus we had family visiting this past weekend. A good friend of Don's is visiting this week so I did a lot of preparing beforehand. They left on a road trip to play golf with a couple of other guys today. They'll be staying at a casino and plan on gambling a bit too. For some reason I am having visions of "The Hangover." 

Happy tax day!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

You are One of a Kind

Normally I am inspired by the image I want to use but this time around my process started by the patterned paper which is W R Memory Keepers Blue Bird sheet from the Vintage Blue collection.  I then went in search of an image to use with it.  The stamp is Fingers Crossed by Sugar Nellie. I stamped it with Memento ink onto Prism Clearly Smooth cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers.  I cut her out and then positioned her to appear that she is gazing up at the butterflies and birds on the tree branches.  Although I loved the green/turquoise combination I thought the card needed some additional color so I included touches of pink to the girls's clothing and then added some pink butterflies and flowers to the tree. 

Product: Sugar Nellie stamp, W R Memory Keepers pp, Maya Road stickpins, May Arts ribbon, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft Pearls, Flower Soft, Martha Stewart punch

Copic Markers: Skin-E00, E02, R20; Hair-E55, E57, E29; Apron-RV32, RV34; Jeans-BG10, BG72; Shoes - W1, W2, E57

Have a great day!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Country Girl

I hope (whatever your beliefs) that the Easter holiday was good for you. We had a great family day with my son Dylan, his wife Tarha and my sweet granddaughter Clara.  I think we all had as much fun watching her hunt for eggs as she did looking for them.

So sorry that I have not posted yet this month! Last week just flew by and there just wasn't time to do any crafting in between some medical tests and Easter preparations. April is usually a busy month for us as we get started on some much needed yardwork after the long winter. I am really big on Spring cleaning as well and I've already started. Hopefully I can work in some creative time too though.

My card for today is for the current Sugar Bowl challenge.  This week we could use any sketch from previous challenges. I selected this one since I prefer a simpler format and because it allowed the design of the background paper to show more. I offset my image rather than centering it and substituted buttons and the hat in the image for the floral pieces. The stamp is Country Girl from the Home Grown collection for Sugar Nellie. I stamped it with Memento ink onto Prism Simply Smooth Cardstock and then colored with Copic markers. I stamped the hat image again, colored and cut it out, then mounted it to the image with pop dots.

Products: Sugar Nellie stamp, Shabby Green Door and Magnolia pp, May Arts ribbon, Fiskars border punch, Copic Markers

Copic Markers: Skin - E00, E02, R20; Hair - E31, E33, E57; Blouse - Y21, YR23; Jeans - B93, B95; Shoes - C1, C3; Patch, Blouse trim, Hair Ribbon - R27, R29; Hat - Y21, Y23; Bird - B41, B34; Fence - E55, E57, W2; Vine and Grass - G21, G24

As always, thank you for stopping by!