Friday, November 22, 2013

Photo Friday- Daugherty Family Photos

I had a wonderful session last weekend with Gordon, Erin, and Landon, a great family that we have known since we've been married.  This also happened to be my first family photo shoot!!  I have only ever photographed children so it was fun to try something new.  I love how their photos turned out!  I added some 'not your typical family shoot photos' because I always love to get those shots that tell what was happening that day.  Little details like Landon tying his shoes, looking at a squirrel up in a tree, and throwing leaves all help bring back great memories of this time in their lives.  So here are a few of my favorites from their session.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Curious George Birthday Card

I have a super easy card for you today using a technique that I have been wanting to try for awhile.  Watercolor painting using my Distress Inks.  Let me show you how I did it!

I started out by printing an image from the Internet onto watercolor paper.  Printable coloring images are a great way to get cartoon characters and other popular images onto your cards and other projects.  I showed another way to use these images here.  You really have many options when it comes to printable coloring pages.  Once I printed my image I chose three colors of ink to work with and pushed them onto the corner of a stamping block.  Using a water brush I lifted color from the block and 'painted' my image. 

Here is a closeup of my painted George.  My image quality wasn't the best but for this card it worked and still turned out very cute.   
I really wanted the balloon to stand out so I added some Glossy Accents on it to give it a little dimension.  I also inked around the outside of my image where the border printed.  Not only did this add an extra layer of color it really helped the image pop off the card.  
What better paper to pair with a monkey than banana paper!  I just happened to have this banana paper that worked great with this card.  Using the banana paper as the main background my image just needed a solid color border to help it stand out. 
A fun polka dot banner is a great place for my sentiment.  I used some Diamond Stickles to color in the red and brown polka dots to add a little interest.  A little ink around the edges too also adds a little touch. 
Here is the finished card.  Thanks for stopping!

  • cardstock- misc scraps
  • patterned paper- Daisy D's (Bambino)
  • inks- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)
  • stamp- Stampin' Up!
  • pens- Zig Writer (Chocolate), Creative Memories (Fine-Tip Red)
  • tools- Perfect Layers, Fiskars (Block Party 1 1/2" punch), Artist's Loft (Watercolor Pad), Ranger (Glossy Accents, Diamond Stickles), waterbrush
  • image- printed from internet

Friday, November 15, 2013

Photo Friday- Carving Pumpkins

Sorry that things have been so quiet over here.  I thought with all the boys in school I'd have more time on my hands but it seems like I am always running back and forth to school for volunteering and/or picking up the littlest one from Pre-K!  Such is life I guess and things will settle down eventually. 

I know that Halloween is over but I forgot to post these photos of us carving our pumpkins!  The boys had a great time getting their hands dirty and watching the pumpkins transform from a pumpkin to a work of art.  One of the things that I try to capture when photographing our everyday happenings are the details.  I just love to see all of the little things that create our memories.  From pulling the seeds out of the pumpkin, poking the holes to transfer our design, to the squirrel up in the tree chattering at us the whole time we were carving.  These little details in these photographs are what make our memories and will make for a great page in the scrapbook (when I get there).  Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Photo Friday- Halloween Mario Style

Can you believe that it's been one year since I started my Photo Friday segment?!  Technically it will be one year tomorrow but it all started with this post about Halloween.  I have had so much fun sharing with all of you and can't wait to see what this upcoming year will bring.

Once again we did a family theme for Halloween.  This year we decided to be the cast of the Super Mario Brothers video game.  We had so much fun going around the neighborhood trick-or-treating!  It was especially fun when someone (usually a teenager) realized that we were many of the characters from the popular video game.  It makes my Halloween when I see those smiles.  Sorry there are so many pictures on here but I just loved so many of them I had to share!  So without further adieu meet Wario, Princess Peach, Luigi, Mario, Blue Toad, and Yellow Toad (with a guest appearance by a Minion and Wonder Woman).  I hope you all had a great Halloween too.  Thanks for stopping!!