Thursday, April 28, 2011

Project 12 - March 2011


As usual, I'm working until the last minute. :D  Here's my Project 12 layout for March!

This page isn't too detailed this time.  I did do a lot of stitching between the papers and pictures, and I may add some buttons or something later.  I cut some of the felt trim in half to create the flower stems, and layered some Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon to create grass, randomly pleating it.

Here's the 1st page by itself:

Here's the 2nd page by itself, where you may be able to see my journaling better:

Yes, we printed out a picture of our dear friend Lisa, who couldn't come along with us to CKC in Louisville last month.. "Flat Lisa". :D  It was so fun to text her with pictures of her adventures... mammoth water bottles and all!  Haha!  We love you Lisa :) ♥♥

I just love that the title letters almost look like plant pots!  I inked the chipboard with Crumb Cake Craft ink, then when it dried I inked up the edges using Soft Suede.  To create the "hello", I stamped the upcoming Hello Blossoms stamp with VersaMark on the tag, then embossed it with the new Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss powder!  (I'm so excited that we're getting embossing powder in "colors"! :)  Hope the offering is expanded even more!)

Susan and I went to CKC on Friday (as well as the big flea market next door).  I plan on making a mini album of my trip. :)  Susan took me to this awesome place called Lynn's Paradise CafĂ© nearby... definitely delish!  The wait times can be very long, so make sure you don't arrive hungry. ;)  I meant to put a small picture of this on my layout, but I ran out of printer ink.  I had a yummy coffee drink called a Nut Tree Latte, in a fun mug shaped like a cowboy boot!  Yum!

I'll share more pictures of Lynn's when I create my mini, which I hope is sometime soon! :)  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Project 12 - March 2011 page supplies:
Stamps:  Hello Blossoms (available May 1st), Sanded background stamp
Ink:  Soft Suede Classic ink, Crumb Cake Craft ink, VersaMark ink
Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper, Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, Ice Cream Parlor Accents
Accessories/Tools:  Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder (available May 1st), Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker's Twine (available May 1st), Alpine Ribbon Originals (retired), Sweet Pea Felt Flowers (retired), Clips Assortment, Antique Brad, Rhinestone Basic Pearls, Eyelet Border Punch, Spiral Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Stampin' Sponge, shipping tag, sewing machine and vanilla thread

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Botanical Thanks card


Just a quick post today - I have been meaning to share this card!  I actually created it as part of a contest entry [which arrived at its destination nearly two weeks after its expected delivery date... after winners were chosen!  Ahhh.. oh well!] and I think it's safe to share it now. :)

Not too complicated of a card, but just a lot of layers!  I used a lot of my favorite items from the Occasions Mini (which by the way, is ending April 30th!  Did you get the items you were wanting?).  The beautiful frame around the sentiment is part of the Four Frames stamp set, available through April 30th as a sneak peek item.. after that, you'll have to wait until July 1st! :)

I colored in the flowers and the bee's body with ink pads and a Blender Pen, and then created some shading using the same colored Stampin' Write markers.  I also stamped the bee onto vellum and cut it out, layering it on the other bee to add dimension and make the wings look more real.  Then I added a touch of sparkle using the Smooch Illuminate Top Coat.

Oh!  I noticed that I hit over 100 followers.. how awesome!  Thank you, everyone, for always stopping by and reading my blog!  Like I talked about before, I will have a giveaway to celebrate the occasion... look for more details on that soon!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Botanical Thanks card supplies:
Stamps:  Nature Walk, Four Frames, Occasional Quotes
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Rose Red, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Soft Suede
Paper:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, and Old Olive cardstock, Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper, Vellum Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, Blender Pen, Smooch Illuminate Top Coat, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Decorative Label Punch, Lots of Labels Sizzlits die, Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Folder, Big Shot

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Memory Makers Magazine April Blog Bounce

Hello everyone!  Welcome to this month's blog bounce!

If you've been hopping along in order, you may have just arrived from Lain Ehmann's blog, Layout a Day.  If not, feel free to keep going after my blog, or head on back to the Memory Makers Magazine blog to begin the blog bounce!

Our theme this month is "_____ Blooms", using some products from the Making Memories Dilly Dally line.  I decided to showcase my favorite insect - the butterfly.  Butterflies always remind me that change is inevitable, yet can be a good thing.  Butterflies instill hope within me, and allow it to "bloom", if you will. :)

I used this sketch here by Becky Fleck, punching my patterned paper into scalloped squares, and sewing grid lines to complete my arrangement.  I added a couple of border strips from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Quick Accents Pack (retired, from Sale-a-bration 2011), then sewed around the perimeter of the layout.

To create my title, I inked the chipboard letters with Whisper White Craft ink, then covered them with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and heated the powder to melt.  I repeated this a couple times to give the letters a nice and smooth look.  "In Bloom" is a rub-on, as is the journaling section.

The Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon was gathered by pulling a thread in the middle of the ribbon, then sewed onto the layout.

Don't you love the pink butterfly?  It's a sneak peek of the Strength & Hope stamp set (also contains the words below the journaling and the "H-hope" in the circle on the left of the layout), which will be available in the Summer Mini Catalog on May 1st.  Stampin' Up! is donating $2 of each purchase of the Strength & Hope stamp set or digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a wonderful way to help make a difference.

Hope you enjoyed reading about what "blooms" for me! :)  Your next stop is Susan's blog.. I hope you enjoy the Blog Bounce, and thanks for stopping by!

"hope in bloom" scrapbook page supplies:
All supplies by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Strength & Hope (available May 1st)
Ink:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Whisper White Craft ink
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Botanical Gazette and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack; other patterned paper [Making Memories]
Accessories/Tools:  Alphabet Soup Chipboard, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons, Brights Designer Buttons, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Fleurettes II Accents & Elements, Pearl Basic Jewels, Early Espresso Baker's Twine (available May 1st), Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, 1-1/4" Circle and Scallop Square Punches, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Big Shot, sewing machine and kraft thread; rub-ons, fabric flower, and plastic flower [Making Memories]

Friday, April 1, 2011

A retro birthday

Happy Friday!

Just a quick post... today I have a card to share with you!  I loved the sketch for Mojo Monday this week, and it worked out perfectly with how I envisioned my card..

I love those little mushrooms, don't you?  :)

I did a bit of masking and sewing on here, and used my rotary blade from the Cutter Kit to create my grassy hills.  The card itself is 4-1/4" x 4-1/4".  I love how it turned out!

Well, I have to run!  Thanks for stopping by!

Retro Birthday card supplies:
Stamps:  Funky Four, On Your Birthday, Love Bandit (retired)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Old Olive cardstock, Sweet and Sour Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, and Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, and Rose Red Stampin' Write Markers, sewing machine and vanilla thread