Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ava's 4

When my friend, Jen, asked me if I would take pictures of her daughter, Ava, how could I say no.  She's an adorable, spunky, bright eyed, beautiful little girl!  Plus with all the boys I have I never get to take pictures of little girls!!  We had such a fun time.  I love the looks she gave me.  And those eyes!  They just make you smile.  I couldn't decide on just a few favorites so you'll have to endure a few more photos than normal.  Thanks for stopping and enjoy.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Birthday Card

Just a quick and easy birthday card today.  I recently got the Hero Arts background stamp Life of Party Words and really wanted to use it on a card.  We had a birthday to go to so I had the perfect chance to use it.  The color combination on this card was inspired by the theme of the party, Cars!  I love to make birthday cards that follow the theme of the party (especially for kid's parties).  You know that they will love it!!  In addition to the color selections being inspired from the colors of Lightening McQueen, I also used a wheel accent as the main focus of my card.  To add dimension I heat embossed my stamped image using clear embossing powder.  What a fun way to make your 'own' patterned paper.  Since I didn't have any white embossing powder I used White Daisy Ink from Close to My Heart to stamp the sentiment and then used clear embossing powder over that as well.  Not quite as sharp as white embossing powder but in a pinch it worked.  So the next time you need to make a birthday card look to the invitation or theme of the party to jump start your card.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping. 

  • cardstock: The Paper Studio (Textured Cardstock Brights), misc (black and white)
  • stamp: Hero Arts (Life of Party Words), Stampendous (Mini Happy Birthday)
  • ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door), Close to My Heart (White Daisy)
  • Cricut Cart: Boys Will Be Boys (wheel image)
  • embossing powder: Ranger (clear)
  • twine: Doodlebug Design, Inc (Doodle Twine Primary Assortment)
  • misc: pop dots

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sticker Mask

It's been awhile again.  I really need to get on here more than I have been.  Hopefully now that school has started and we are all getting into our school routine I can find some more time to create and share with you.

Today I want to share how simple and easy it can be to add detail to your pages using what's left from a page of stickers.  I finally finished this sheet of stickers and was about to throw it in the trash when I thought I might be able to use it to create a mask for a scrapbook page. 

I first cut the sheet so that I had a row of two circles.  I then stuck this to my page (these stickers aren't too sticky so I knew they'd peel off easily).  After the rows were stuck on I used a blending tool and some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to color in the circles.  After I peeled it off I had a great row of circles.  After adding Stickles to a few and some fiber this is what I had.  

What an easy and simple way to add to your page without spending a dime.  It turned out even better than I hoped it would.  Using this border I drew up a quick sketch.  I love using sketches but don't usually create my own.  It was surprisingly easy and made making my tree embellishment super easy because I knew exactly what size to cut out the triangles. 

I used two different patterned papers to make my tree by cutting out three different sized triangles.  After cutting them out (using my Cricut) I inked them using some more Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Using some pop dots I adhered them to my page and now I had a great custom embellishment. 

Here is the completed page.  Sorry for the weird lighting.  This one just didn't photograph well.  I think I was in a hurry too when taking the picture.   

I hope this gets your brain thinking about what things you have laying around your craft area that you could use on your layout.  I'd love to hear your ideas.  Thanks for stopping and I hope you look before you throw away. 
  • cardstock: misc
  • patterned paper: Close to My Heart (Days to Cherish), misc
  • ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Forest Moss)
  • title: Pressed Petals chipboard letters (Chip Chatter Tall- Spring Green), rubons
  • pen: Creative Memories (finetip black)
  • tools: i-rock, Cricut (George and Basic Shapes), sticker mask
  • other: Stickles by Ranger (Diamond Stickles), fibers, pop dots, glue dots, Xyron Create a Sticker