Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trying something new is fun!

I had a series of cards to make for my Mom, these cards were to be given to some people who spend their lives serving orphans in other countries...selfless work, right? Making a card for them was the least I could do! She came up with the sentiment, which I hammered out on my typewriter, and then I was free to create the cards.

This card is my favorite one I've ever made (for right now anyways). I love the simplicity and sweetness of it. I also tried something new, which was to paint the polka dot paper with gesso with a dry brush. The paper was lovely, but the polka dot pink color was just a bit too bright for me. I love the way the gesso toned it down. I also flicked a few spots of gesso on with what was left on the brush, mostly to experiment and see what kind of texture it would give-it made hard little bumps. Good to know for next time in case I want to do some bigger glops for a messier look.

I also used some American Crafts silver glitter tape, I had gotten this a few months back but hadn't used it yet...it's awesome. It's backed with adhesive, so you cut your piece, peel the sticky off the back, and you're ready to go! I bought mine from Studio Calico with some other things, but I see that the big box stores now carry their own version in a variety of colors, I may have to pick up a few basic colors when they go on sale. Michaels had a gorgeous ice blue! I don't do a ton of glitter...but these make it easy to just add a little bit to a project, mess free. I like mess free.

The inside features some Tim Holtz tissue tape, I have used this roll on soooooooo much stuff, and still have about a third of it to go. It's the tape that keeps on giving. It doesn't have very good sticky on it, so I always put a little Scotch quick dry down underneath it. The pink striped paper is the scrap left from using the punch scallop on the front, and the hearts were all punched from scraps. Sorry the photo is blurry, it was taken with a dying camera battery and with 2 minutes to spare before I had to run these to the post office. Whew, got them out in time though. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I would love to hear about any new (to you) techniques you've tried!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A hello card

Fall weather puts me in the mood for fall crafting! And shopping apparently, as I have outgrown my little storage box for 6x6 pads, something I swore I would not do. It's only one pad that won't fit, but still...

So, I went through my pads and decided to put together some cards with papers that I love. The first one up was this hello card, it's made with some scraps and some My Mind's Eye papers. The feathers add a fun twist, and I LOVE the ruffled washi tape. The inside has a scrap of scalloped trim cut and saved from another project, and some excess of the washi ruffle from the front.

As much as I love this card, it's off for sale at a local boutique, I hope it finds a good home. :)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

What would you tell them?

While going through photos for another project, I came across a photo of my hubby and I on our honeymoon (12 years ago!!) that I didn't scrap in our honeymoon album. It immediately made me think "What would I tell us as a young, newly married couple?" So, that became the subject of the layout. The other black and white photo is from a photo shoot my hubby scheduled for us while I was pregnant...which totally is not the subject of the layout, it just happened to be a good picture of us taken a bit more recently. 

The papers are mostly from the Maggie Holmes original line, the eyelet lace is vintage picked up in a yard sale. The heart paper the photos are matted on is from an ooooold K&Co. superslab...but it's very similar to the heart boca print in the Maggie Holmes new line, and the pinks matched the other paper, so I went for it. Some vellum ripped from my husbands drafting tablet and some other random scrap papers completed the layering. I really went to town on the diecuts and chipboard pieces, I threw some random scrap stuff in too, including the tag from some vintage rick rac, and a doily that I colored using gelatos. I didn't intend to hide my journaling, but decided I didn't want to journal right on my background paper, and didn't want to cover more of it up with a journaling block, so went for the bitty bag. Which of course I decided AFTER the other stuff was glued down, do I had to cut the bottom off...but I'll use it on another project. The pink floral paper and pink paper that I journaled on are from a DCWV paper pad, the little pink flag I cut from some verrrry old Basic Grey (remember when they did those pretty floral papers?) and the tag behind the floral chipboard is old fancy pants. So, if I count right, I think that's six manufacturers...and it all goes! No wait, make it seven, I cut into some Pebbles to get the blue notebook paper edge and to make the file tabs. No, eight, I used a label from Ellie's studio. I'll just stop counting now...but I'm pleased to have mixed so many different pieces in, it proves to myself I don't need entire collection packs to pull things together. :) 

I also fell in love again with my much neglected stickles...I first used the gold to spruce up the camera (cut from the paper), and then decided to use them on my title to give it a little ombre effect. I love it. I love that while this page (to me) looks like one of those very pretty decorative pages, there is sooooo much meaning behind it. I tear up just looking at it. 

So, this leaves only a few more collections that I need to make that "first cut" into. It seriously lessens the pain of cutting into those whole sheets of paper if I've cut into at least one piece!! Now this layout is ready for an album, and it's off to another project. Thanks for stopping by!