Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Card to Cheer up a Friend

This was a fun tone on tone card to cheer up a sick friend. I used up my scraps for the hearts, and changed up the plain paper with some dot and zig zag doodles. The beads and pearls were just from my stash. The ribbon was a great find! It is vintage from the 1930s and was in its original packaging with it's 25 cent price tag still on it. Such a special thing, I will definitely be saving it for special projects! Thanks for taking a look. Have a Blessed day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Baby Birthday Card for my Niece

It's spring! Here in WI we have had sun, followed by rain, and now it's supposed to snow. HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE! Midwest springs are always so unpredictable. This past week while things were still sunny, I made my niece's birthday card. She turned 1 on the 11th, and we just got to open up gifts on skype yesterday. She has been a very busy birthday girl! I love this sweet little image, and made it look like our blonde baby Olive. Although her hair is a white blonde, but when I colored it that way it just looked wrong. The image looked like I forgot to color her hair so I added in the lightest yellow possible.

 I love the pink and brown color combination, and it was easy to pull that from the paper. The paper I used I have had in my stash for almost 10 years! It came in a pack with baby boy stuff, so I have just held on to it. Now that I have two nieces I am really starting to get more opportunity to work with my pink things. I cut the paper using my Spellbinder dies. The card background is Grand Labels 1, edged with TH Distress ink in Spun Sugar. Then I used the Grand Scalloped Square for the pink paper, edging in TH Distress Vintage Photo. The image is cut with Labels 22 and edged in Vintage Photo. The image itself was just a digi image found on Pintrest. The brown flowers are Prima. The big pink rose was a white foam one from Tall Mouse I colored with my alcohol ink. The pearl garland and butterfly are also from Tall Mouse. The two little pink and white clumps at the top are from the Dollar Tree floral section, as are the leaves. I finished up the front with a dash of Cloud Nine glitter from Sparkle and Sprinkle on her hair bow and safety pins. I always need a touch of sparkle!

The inside was fun. The coordinating paper was cut with Grand Labels 1 and edged in Vintage Photo. The writing piece was cut with Labels 22, edged first in Spun Sugar and then in Vintage Photo. I LOVE layering up edging this way. It really can pull together a look, while giving all the parts boundaries. The happy birthday banner was stamped with Rubber Stampede's Happy Birthday in Vintage photo and shadowed with an alcohol marker. The banner itself is ticket tape from a calculator roll. I punched the edge with a Martha Stewart punch. I don't remember the name of this punch so if anybody knows it please comment below! And built color with Spun Sugar and Vintage Photo on the edge. I used three pieces of dimensional dots stacked on each other to get the banner to dome the way I wanted and that was it! I hope you like it, I am definitely proud of this piece. I enjoyed watching it come together.
As always thank you for taking the time to look! Comments are always appreciated and make sharing fun. Have a Blessed and wonderful day.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Challenge is Up!

It's another month already, hard to believe we are in April so soon! This month we have a great inspiration photo on the Pixels and Paper blog. We are in the mood for all things spring, bring on the Easter photos! This month I was inspired by the pretty pale colors and the '50s (I think) style of the girls outfits.

I had this whole plan to go retro this month in my mind...but then I came across this photo again and just had to scrap it. Look at the wonder and joy on his face! Since we decided to color our eggs neon colors in 2006 and I had this really cool photo of my son's reaction to seeing them all together; I decided to keep color my focus- but in neon shades not pastels. 

I had to really dig into my stash to find vibrant papers, it's not something I work with a lot. The vellum background was very busy. I made sure to cover lots of it with solid bold colors that matched the eggs in the photo, and the leaves in the background. I of course had to add in my own handwriting for the journaling section, my son loves to read the stories I put in the scrapbooks.

The eggs I made myself. I did them in a word document, printed them out, fussy cut them, and used them as templates for the ones on the page. I had fun decorating them and making each one special, but it was a time consuming process. Especially since I made a few I decided clashed with the background- so then I made more. Now I have extra eggs for the next layout I do, and a page I am very happy with. 
The blue flower needed a bit of color. It was too light and green and clashed with the blue background paper, so I grabbed my handy Spectrum Noir marker out of the new organizer I just made and made it a different shade of blue.
"Easy peasy lemon squeezey" as my son would say! I hope you will join us in our challenge this month over on the blog if you have some Easter or spring photos around that need to be turned into a page. Show us your Easter/spring memories, you could be our next winner!!

My Mess

You know, one of the most ironic things to me is how much I love a beautifully organized and decorated craft room when 80% of the time mine looks like this! (If you look close, the grey blob under my table behind the sticker box is our cat Ricco) I pin at LEAST one picture a day of a dreamy craft space. Yet, I'm the type of crafter who blows through her craft room like a tornado. What can I say? It's how I function! No fear all you type A's reading this,  it cleans up nicely! So tell me, what kind of crafter are you? Do you put away as you go? Or do you pile one thing on top of another like me and surround yourself with all the items you use?
This is what it looks like between projects after I have put everything back in it's place!