Sunday, August 17, 2014

RetroSketches | Challenge #128

**This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down or click here to see my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.

Hi there! This week's Retro Sketches sketch is another fun one, with lots of layers and elements.

I pulled out one of my older Studio Calico card kits for the patterned paper and star puffy stickers (love these!). The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, and the button is from October Afternoon. The white background looked a little plain as-is, so I used my Linen and Canvas impression plate from Papertrey Ink to add texture.

That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

CAS(E) this Sketch! | Challenge #88

Happy Sunday, friends! Is anyone else gearing up for the first day of school? Evan's first day is tomorrow and Jack starts kindergarten on Thursday. We've had a wonderful summer, but the past week has been a challenge... so. much. bickering! I can't wait for them to be in school! We need a little separation from each other. :)

Today I have a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge

I combined products from several different companies for my card. The butterfly stamps and dies are from my favorite Hero Arts sets: Butterflies 3. I have used this set so many time... you can see my other cards using it here, here, and here. I colored each of the butterflies with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, then applied wide double sided tape to the top of each butterfly. After I trimmed around the butterfly, I peeled the backing off the tape and applied some clear Martha Stewart glitter. I've found that this glitter works best for this technique. It is transparent enough for the ink and marker to show through, but it leaves a really great shine. 

The patterned vellum is from Studio Calico's South of Market collection, and I'm hoarding it like crazy. I love the pattern, and it works great on so many projects! 

 (Supplies - Stamps: (Hero Arts) Butterflies 3. (Papertrey Ink) Wonderful Words Additions. Dies: (Hero Arts) Butterflies 3. (Papertrey Ink) Wonderful Words. Ink: (Memento) Tuxedo Black. Cardstock: (Papertrey) White. Vellum: (Studio Calico) South of Market. Impression Plate: (Papertrey Ink) Linen and Canvas. Markers: Copic & Spectrum Noir. Gems: Hero Arts. Button: October Afternoon. Other: Twine.)

Check back soon for this week's RetroSketches challenge (and card!). 

Have a great week! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Cutting Edge | Challenge #7

Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card for this week's The Cutting Edge Challenge. The inspiration card is super cute and I was really drawn to the color combo: Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Classic Kraft, and White.


I pulled out my Make It Market: Country Fair kit, plus some twine and enamel dots for my card. The top strip of paper is Hibiscus Burst bitty dot paper from Papertrey Ink that I die cut with my small scalloped edge die. 

The quilt square was so much fun to stamp. I used Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Classic Kraft, and Summer Sunrise ink to stamp the trapezoids, and a two-step flower in Hibiscus Burst and Summer Sunrise for the triangles. I love, love, love this Make It Market kit! I will definitely be using the ferris wheel next... it is such a cute image!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays | Challenge #134

I posted a sneak peek of this card on Instagram on Saturday, with the promise that the completed card would be on my blog yesterday. Well... that was before we made plans to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with some friends, then I had a coffee date with another friend, then dinner, then it was dark. Too dark to take decent pictures. Whoops! We picked up some Kenetic Sand for the boys at Michaels yesterday and they've been happily playing with it for the last two hours(!!), so I'm using the time to post here. 

The CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week is a tic tac toe board.... 3 across, 3 down, or 3 diagonally. I am working diagonally with sequins, white, and dots. 

Here is my card. The "dots" were stamped in Memento Luxe ink with Papertrey Ink's Polka Dot Basics 3 stamp set. The sequins are from my stash, and the white cardstock is Neenah Solar White. Other supplies - Twine: American Crafts. "Enjoy" die cut: (Papertrey Ink) Phrase Play #4. Plum cardstock: Stampin' Up!.

This Phrase Play die & stamp set is really fun to work with. I have a few more that I need to pull out and use... lots of possibilities with this collection!

That's it for me today. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

RetroSketches | Challenge #127

Hey guys! Today I am sharing a card for this week's RetroSketches Challenge. Here is the sketch:

Look at all the layers! My clean and simple side had a hard time with all. those. layers. So I took a few out and simplified it.... and I love the results! I used some paper from this month's Simon Says Stamp card kit, and Papertrey Ink's Summer Sweetness stamp set. The gorgeous ribbon is Daffodil Delight Seam Binding from Stampin' Up!. 

Make sure to check out the Retro Sketches blog for more inspiration and to play along! Have a great weekend. :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Traditional Layout | Spring Storm

Today I'm sharing a layout that features some really fun patterned paper, a new set of thin chipboard alphas, and a cool photo I took in early June. 

Starting in May we can get some crazy thunder and lightning storms. And this year they have been almost daily. Usually it's beautiful (and hot!) in the morning and early afternoon, but around 3pm the dark gray clouds roll in and we get tons of rain, thunder, and lightning. I took this picture before running into the house... I didn't want to get completely soaked! 

(Supplies- Bottle Toss, Jubilee kits by Studio Calico.)

I think I need to reapply the "2014" stickers... they look slightly crooked now. That's what happens when I stay up until 2am working on a page! 

(The Pink Paislee Switchboard Alpha is even cuter in person & is the perfect shade of blue-green-gray.)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch! | Challenge #87

Hi there! Today I have a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge, which is actually a combined challenge with Tag You're It. I just picked up a pack of adorable tags from Crate Paper's Notes & Things collection, and one of the tags was perfect for a card. Here is the sketch for this week: 

I used some fun chevron arrow patterned paper from my stash and combined it with a tag from Crate Paper. The stamped sentiment, Congrats, is from Studio Calico's Antiquary card kit. I added some white and gold twine, sequins, and gold enamel dots to finish off my card. 

When I was initially adhering the tag to my card front, the twine was too bulky and the card looked a little off. I ended up using foam adhesive to attach the tag, which worked so much better. The "happy for you" was pre-printed on the tag and create the perfect sentiment for my card. 

The boys only have eight days of summer vacation left before school starts again. Evan is just starting to realize that daily trips to the pool, endless hours of xBox and Minecraft, and staying in our pajamas until noon is about to end. We are going school supply shopping on Thursday, and I'm ordering new backpacks for both boys this week. For the first time in 8.5 years I will have the house to myself for 7 hours each day. It is going to be so strange (and quiet!) with Jack and Evan in school full time. I am excited for the new adventures this school year will bring to them, but it's going to be an adjustment for all of us as we navigate new routines and expectations. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Digital Layout | Jack & Cindy

As a scrapbooker, I love perusing online galleries, looking at beautiful layouts for inspiration. The Pixels & Company gallery is one of my favorites to look through... stunning layouts, a lot of variety, and great CAS pages. I looked at several layouts using this fabulous template set, called Stitched Down Templates Vol. 6 by Laura Passage, and I had to create my own page with the stitched hearts template.

I paired the template with Karla's newest collection, Hush, and a photo of Jack and my friend, Cindy, from 2012. I used almost all of the patterned papers from the collection, mixing the colors and textures. The title was created using Karla's Calipso alphabet, which is one of my favorite alphas ever. :)

I have a few links for you today. Just some fun places I like to visit, and a couple of places that I contribute to on a regular basis.
  • Gallery Standouts | A great collection of new (and awesome!) layouts every week. I have been featured a couple of times (including this layout), and my peers at Pixels & Co. are often featured, too. 
  • Scotty Girl Designs Blog | Shannon, the designer behind Scotty Girl Designs, has a wonderful blog that she updates regularly with digital project life layouts, tips & techniques, recipes, and layouts. Starting Wednesday I will be contributing a bi-monthly blog feature. Check it out if you are a digital scrapbooker!
  • Pixels & Company | I have been on the P&Co. CT for a little over a year, and they are truly one of the best digital scrapbooking stores out there. Amazing designers, active message board, and tons of layouts in the gallery. 
I hope you will check out Shannon's blog on Wednesday. I have a new layout to share that highlights a fun new blog feature. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes Challenge

Hello there! This week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge is Anything Goes. I love these challenges!

I used my Paper Smooches My Peeps stamp set for the bird image and sentiment, and the Frame 1 die. I stamped the sentiment is Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink, and the bird in Memento Tuxedo Black. I used both Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color the bird. The enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye.

It's a little hard to tell in the picture, but the third strip of cardstock is actually aqua shimmer paper. The extra pop of shimmer is really fun in real life. This color scheme is one I've used before, but I like it a lot and keep pulling out my teal/aqua/chartreuse/gray cardstock and papers. Why reinvent the wheel, right?

Make sure to check out the rest of the design team to see their cards!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Retro Sketches | Challenge #126

Good morning! My post is a tiny bit late today... I'm sorry about that. It's been one of those crazy, end of summer weeks and I've only had a few minutes here and there to pop into my studio. I'm ready for the kids to go back to school so we can get back on schedule!

Today I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches Challenge, based on this card:

I pulled out Papertrey Ink's Friendly Flowers stamp set, and three shades of pigment ink: (Memento Luxe) Rose Bud, (Avery Elle) Aquamarine, Lemon Grass. The black and white striped patterned paper is from Pebbles' Jen Hadfield Home + Made collection. I love this paper! The black and white paper makes the bright flower really pop. The resin flower is from Freckled Fawn and the enamel dot is from My Mind's Eye.

I hope you can play along with us this week! And I'll be back tomorrow with a card for next week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge. Have a fabulous Saturday!
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