Saturday, August 17, 2013

"For the Boys" - Impression Obsession Challenge

Happy Saturday!! This is my card I did for the "For the Boys" challenge on the Impression Obsession blog - here is a link to the blog where you can find the challenge...  Being a mom of three boys, I'm always game for a masculine card challenge.  Masculine cards can be tricky and it used to be hard to find masculine stamps and papers although I think that kind of stuff is thankfully becoming more common.   Plus, I got some AWESOME new Impression Obsession dies at the Stampaway convention in Cincinnati last weekend and I've been playing with them all week.  I love the detail on their dies!!  For this card - I used the Impression Obsession Birch Trees die (DIE079-U) and the Deer Trio die (DIE080-N) to create my scene.  I love the Deer Trio die because you can use the deer seperately or all together and for this card, I just wanted a lone buck.  I brayered the background of the scene using Adirondak ink pads by Ranger starting with Lemonade, then Peach Bellini and darkening it up with Rust.  The sentiment is from the Impression Obsession Hydrangea Cling set (3123-XL).  I used Nestibilities Labels 8 to shape my scene for the card and then Labels 2 to frame the sentiment.  The patterned paper and twine are both from Hobby Lobby.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

"Ears" to Breakfast!

Happy Monday!  I thought I'd pop in and share another Disney layout today.  This is another layout from my 2011 Disney album.  I loved this picture so much of my littlest guy enjoying his Mickey waffle that I gave it it's own special page!  I used lots of Cricut again here - my Cricut is my go to tool for all of my scrapbook layouts.  I used the Mickey font cartridge for the title and the Mickey "waffles" on the plate.  Here is a close up of how I made the waffles...
I cut large Mickey heads and then embossed them with a Sizzix checkerboard embossing folder.  I inked the edges to give them a "cooked" look.  The butter squares are just 1 inch squares with rounded corners.  The plate and utensils are from the Dreams Come True cartridge.  They are found in the icon feature on one of the Beauty and the Beast cuts.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Have an AAAAHSOME 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!  I have had this stamp set for over a year - sad, I know but I finally got my mojo working again to use it - YAY!!  I had fun making this card.  I love to watch my kiddos watching fireworks as much as I like actually watching the fireworks show and this is what this stamp set reminded me of.  It's the beauty of fireworks through a child's eyes.  Here is the Stampendous set I used...
 I changed things up a bit to get the scenic feel to the card.  I stamped the kids out and then colored them with Copics and cut them out of the box.  I brayered the night sky background onto a piece of white cardstock using Sailboat Blue and Denim Adironkdak inks (a technique that I was excited to learn from a Zindorf workshop a couple of years ago).  I then stamped the fireworks on with clear embossing ink and embossed them with red tinsel embossing powder to make them shine.  Here are the Copics I used for the kiddos...

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

We Can Fix It!

The main focus of my scrapbooking has been our trip to Disney World from 2011.  It's been a slow process but I'm plugging away at the album and have lots of layouts to share!  I have to get our 2011 album done before October of this year because we are heading back to Disney and then I'll really be drowning in Disney pictures - lol.  I figured I'd start with my most recent and probably one of my favorites - Handy Manny!  These pics are from a lunch with the Disney Junior gang at Hollywood Studios.  The background paper is from a stack from Hobby Lobby called "Boys and their Toys" and the little screw brads in the corners are from Hobby Lobby as well.  I used my son's Handy Manny tool set as a model to recreate all the tool characters.  Here they are...

 I used the tools from the Cricut Lite "Handy Man" cartridge as a base for the characters and layered the colors to match the characters.  The hammer, yellow screwdriver and wrench were cut at 5 inches.  The tape measure and pliers were cut at 2 1/2 inches.  The blue screwdriver and saw were cut at 4 inches.  I used circle punches in differing sizes to create the eyes and the mouths.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm hoping that posting my layouts will inspire me to actually finish this album!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dipping my toe back in...

It's been about 3 and a half years since my last post - wow!!  And it was about Twilight to boot - yikes - that's a little outdated now, huh?  I'm dipping my proverbial toe back in the blogging pool in the hopes that someone is still out there - lol.  First, I'll start with the card I have to share.  It's a Riley card!!  I will say that stamping with Riley was like stamping with an old friend.  My 8 year old son and I busted into my old Riley stamps  from my design team days a few weeks ago and boy, did we have fun!!  Not only did we color a BUNCH of Riley images together but we got on the Riley and Company website to check out all the new images that came out since I've been out of things and - wow - there were SO many adorable stamps that we had to place an order - hence this Sophie and her seven Riley dwarves card was born...
The images are from Riley and Company - Snow White Sophie and Dwarf Riley - colored with copics and just basic masking with post it notes and repeating images to create the seven dwarves.  The sky was created using the Taylored Expression cloud border die and the grass was just sponged on with some olive colored ink.  The background papers are from a Die Cuts with a View stack - an outdoorsy themed one that I can't remember the name of.  The sentiment is from a My Favorite Things Pure Innocence set.

So what has changed in three and a half years for me??  Not much really - we added another person to our family :) - we were blessed in August 2010 with a beautiful healthy baby boy who has grown into quite the active toddler.  My oldest son is now in middle school (yikes!) and my middle son is now a 3rd grader.  How time flies!!!  Having our third child was really what took me out of the crafting world to begin with and now that he is an independent almost 3 year old, I'm hoping to have more time to dedicate to crafting and sharing.  I've really gotten back into scrapbooking as well which is why I changed the name of my blog because I want to make this blog about all the papercrafting I do - not just the stamping.  I hope you'll come back and visit and maybe even leave with a little inspiration every now and then! ;)

Here's a pic of my cuties to leave you with...

Friday, September 4, 2009

My First Twilight Card

Happy Friday!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! It's been an eventful week here - my youngest started his last year of Preschool this week so we've definitely had some adjusting to do. I got some YUMMY stamps in the mail today - I placed an order for a couple of Twilight-inspired sets from Artful Inkables and I have been stalking the mailbox all week waiting for them to come - hee hee...the Artful Inkables sets have to be my favorite Twilight sets - the collage image that I have used on this card is just perfect!! (Oh - and BTW - thanks to my friend Laura for sending me the link to the stamps when they were released this summer - you have officially enabled me - LOL!!) I thought it would be appropriate to make a removable bookmark card with these stamps - so you can send this card to your fellow Twilight lovin' sistahs - I know exactly who I'm sending this one to and I'm hoping it'll put a smile on her face! I used Michelle's HTDT? Tutorial from back in March to create this bookmark card - here is a link to the tutorial. All images are by Artful Inkables - the diamond background, feathers, sentiments and main image. I used the Nesties Labels2 set for the main image. The red satin ribbon is from a Michael's $1 bin - it's perfect for a Twilight card!! Here's a pic of the bookmark pulled out so you can see what it looks like...
Hee hee...I love that line from "Breaking Dawn" that's on the bookmark...**sigh**...hee hee...thanks so much for stopping by - hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cowabunga, Dude - I found some inspiration!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their weekends!! Today was a big day for my youngest DS - he's 4 - and he had his very first soccer game this morning!! He did awesome - a little hesitant at first - but by the end of the game he had gotten some good kicks in. It's a fun age I think - they aren't into the competitiveness of it yet and they're just having fun - plus they're all just too cute to boot too!! :) I did do some stamping when we got home - participated in my very first Inspiration Challenge in SCS. I was perusing the Creative Wall Coverings site that is today's inspiration and came across this wallpaper border...
...and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!! I didn't have any images of dogs surfing - but I do have images of turtles surfing - so I went with that. The set I used is OCL's Hangin' Loose with Kona (an Eclectic Paperie exclusive set) - the sentiment is from this set as well. I've had this set forever and I need kicked in the behind for not inkin' it up yet because it's just too darn cute. I think I made up for it though by using every turtle in the set to create this scene - hee hee...the matching wall paper that goes with this border on the inspiration site was striped - so I drew inspiration from that too by adding some striped paper behind my image panel. I colored the image with Copics and sponged my sky on like I did on my card yesterday. I added a few flower brads for accents and even got to play with my new Nesties too - the inverted scallop circle set. Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!