I have an anniversary party that I need to put together, make save-the-date magnets and invites for, etc. for this fall. In other words, I have a lot to do and it's going to tangle with Christmas card making so I really need to get moving on my Christmas cards. Here's my start- simple and not overly adorned (ok, not really adorned at all) but sometimes, that's ok.
This didn't turn out quite as fabulously as I'd hoped but since I really couldn't picture the complete end result in my mind, I'm not particularly disappointed. It still needs something but I'm not sure what and again, for a first try, I'm generally happy with it and what I learned in the process.
Ingredients: Stamp: Unity Sticker: SRM Paper: CS & Vellum: Stampin' Up, Print: SEI Sequins: Darice Ink: Stampin' Up
Challenges: SRM: Birthday Unity: Friends with Flair Shopping Our Stash: Birthday (I've had the vellum for YEARS and the SEI paper I've only cracked into once in the 2+ years I've had it.)
This one was a bit tough for me to start. I usually (read 99.99% of the time) make standard 4.25x5.5" cards. Maggie is a skoash shy of 5.75" tall. I thought about cropping here. Eh. I thought of not using here. Duh. I bought her, I need to use her. Duh. So gee, being the genius I am, I came up with the thought of making the card bigger. Wow. Genius. Duh. LOL! Luckily I have an envelope for a 5x7 card so it'll actually work.
Ingredients: Stamps: Unity (Maggie Girl)
Papers: Stampin' Up (Cardstock), Basic Grey (Printed paper)
A woman who I take TaeKwanDo with is expecting her 2nd munchkin in the very near future. We're having a small get-together for her on Friday so this is the card I made for her.
Ingredients: Paper: Stampin' Up Stamps: Unity (Boat), Stampin' Up (Banner) Colors: Black Momento, Watercolor Pencils, Brilliant Blue Stampin' Up (edges) Challenges: SEI: Colors Unity: Friends with Flair (I'm entering this on the 16th because I TOTALLY missed it last week!)
I usually try to make 2 completely different cards for my mother and MIL. This wasn't one of those years. While I did make one image a bit darker than the other and the background paper a bit of a deeper pink on one, that was it, those were the differences this year.
Ingredients: Stamp: LaBlanche Papers: Stampin' Up Coloring: Copics Embossing folder: Stampin' Up Challenges: Simon Says Stamp: Spring Flowers Paper Players: Mother SEI: Color Combo Just Us Girls: Sketch
Happy (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day! Yeah. It's almost 10pm here on the east coast but it's still today and it's the thought that counts. Right?
I picked up a BG scrapbooking kit at my LSS quite a while back. I'm generally not a kit person but I loved the colors and patterns in this one and it WAS on sale after all! Had to have it. So it's been hanging around with a lot of other stuff and I really needed to get it done so I made it my goal for today- use the kit. I altered the included sketch slightly and then made a 2nd 2-pg layout out of the leftovers which worked well since it took 4pgs to get all of my pictures in.
I hope that you have a chance to do a bit of scrapping today and in the days to come. I'll be posting this over at Big Picture Classes NSD10k and at Moxie Fab's Scrapbooking Rocks challenge. Hope you'll join me!
I generally don't do more than a 2 page spread for an event but it looks like I'll have 5 Imagination Movers pages by the time it's all said and done. I definitely had to do a page about how calm our son was before the show and how he completely lost it during the show. This one is tied to the Write, Click, Scrapbook Scrapolympics, Day 3. The event was Freestyle- basically show something that's your normal style. My style tends to be simple, not overly embellished, and lots of photos. This one only has 4 photos which is a bit light but it's what I had. I definitely broke out the Thickers which is a norm and did a decent amount of hand journalling. I frequently layer papers - this time I used crayons to shade behind my photos. In a lot of ways, other than multiple photos, my style is I don't have much of a style- it depends on the photos, how I trim them, how they fit, etc.
I'm VERY overdue in finishing layouts about our 2011 Imagination Movers concert experience. Of course, in the process of digging out what I needed to finish one of these layouts, I found 3 other projects that I've either started and wanted to finish or never started but really would like to get moving. Of course, that's in addition to the Disney album and 100's of photos I haven't scrapped yet from lots of events but one thing at a time. Movers.
I designed this one along the challenge lines set up by Write, Click, Scrapbook's Scrapolympics, Day 1. I actually used a color palette and sketch shown in one of the samples though the color was a fluke. I went digging through their site looking for a color palette I liked for these photos, selected one and just now, when putting this post together, realized it's the same one that Marnie used for the her page, using the same sketch I used. Cue creepy music.
Today's Smeared & Smudged Kickstart Your Art challenge is to create a blotted background. I started a bit differently than usual in that instead of rubbing my distress inks on the background, I just tapped the ink pads on the paper. Once I had a pretty good layer, I did rub a bit of Vintage Photo on it to fill in any open spots and to get a bit of a blend. From there, I spattered water, blotted it, and then used a bottle cap to put circular water rings on and blotted those. The stamped sentiment is from Close To Your Heart.
Again, many thanks to those of you who have stopped by and left comments. I wasn't able to respond to most of you since your email addy's aren't associated with your IDs and unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to get around to all of your blogs. Again, thank you!! Wonderful work all!
There's a baby wipe I used to clean up ink and paint from day 1 glued and gessoed to the cardstock. There's black acrylic on that, crackle gel on that (which can bubble up in a very satisfying way if you put it on really thick and heat it even more) white acrylic dabbed on that. I didn't have a clue what to put on the page so I just started to doodle which for some reason turned into a large segmented box with strange tentacles. I think we'll leave it at that.