Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scrapping Ireland with Want2Scrap!

Want2Scrap has a wonderful laser cut Overlay to help you scrap your trip to Ireland!
In our travels we saw castle after castle after castle - all fabulous - and I wanted to find a way to incorporate them into my layout.  I reached for the Bricks Stencil from Want2Scrap and used some simple mixed media techniques to create a pretty respectable looking castle wall!

This is what it looked like when I started:

And here is how I made the transformation:
  1. Remove the backing paper and tape the overlay to the mat with low tack tape - I used some of my washi tape - and cover the laser cut title and shamrock with a piece of paper to protect it.
  2. Tape the brick stencil on top and apply ink.  I was very careful around the edge of  island cut out, applying the ink lightly and in one direction.
  3. On less delicate areas I applied modeling paste through the stencil, adding color with ink after it dried.
  4. Remove the paper mask from the title area.
I replaced the dark green paper that came with it and added a brighter green cardstock behind it - can't have too much green when you are talking about Ireland, right?.


One of the new Apple Green Mulberry Paper Flowers from Want2Scrap is the perfect accent for the title:

The pictures on the layout are from our visit to the Giant's Causeway.  It is located in the north and there were 4 of us traveling together, so I added some fun details to the Ireland cut out:

The photos were sized so that they fit inside the openings and revealed both shades of green:

The Black Sleek Strip Rhinestones add a bit of class to my bits of washi tape!

Love my Dymo labelmaker!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

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  • Modeling Paste
  • Inks
  • Wood Veneers
  • Dymo Labelmaker
  • Washi tape

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's Ride Roller Coasters! - Quick Quotes

One of our favorite family summertime activities has always been to hit the amusement parks and more specifically, the roller coasters!  My husband  and sons love the way they climb and turn and twist and drop and go every which way at tremendous speeds  - and I tried to capture that in this layout using paper and inks from Quick Quotes!


I was inspired by the name of the Superman roller coaster, "Ride of Steel", to create these textured photo mats by embossing gray paper from the Sheer Joy Collection.  I inked the edges and raised texture with Feather Gray PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I  positioned the photos on top of a paper from the Dream Big line and then pulled out the rest of my PowderPuff Chalking Inks & some arrow stencils - and started to play!!

I used Post It notes to quickly and easily mask off the openings in the stencil that I was not working with at the moment.  I applied Razz-Berry Ink on this arrow stencil...

...then used a black pen to outline the arrow before I removed the stencil.

I chose to overlap some of the arrows just for fun:
  

I love the way the background paper changed the colors of the inks! 

 I used black dimensional Alphas for the title(s).

I should add that I did not adhere the photos and mats in place until I had finished stenciling the arrows.  It is much easier to work without any obstructions!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New York City & the Statue of Liberty!

I have been to New York City a few times in my life but I never made the time to visit the Statue of Liberty.  Crazy, right?  Earlier this year my sister and I met up and had an unforgettable visit with Lady Liberty.  Let me tell you, she is jaw-droppingly gorgeous from every angle!!  

Of course I needed to scrapbook our adventure so I started with an overlay from Want2Scrap featuring a laser cut skyline of the Big Apple!

The first thing I did was to replace the white background sheet that came with the overlay with a piece of paper featuring “Lady Liberty” from Paper House Productions. Now you might ask, how many Statues of Liberty does any layout need?  My answer?  More!

I put shiny metallic silver tape behind the laser cut title area that runs along the bottom of the page.  It looks great in real life!  See how reflective it is in the photo below:

Next I added a collage of pictures and went to work with some fun details!
The picture in the bottom left was taken as we started our trip across the harbor and showed ice floating in the water…we were there in February – Brrr!  I highlighted the *tiny* Statue of Liberty in that photo with a circle of Nestabling and a trio of arrows.
In the upper left, I created a textured background with the Industrial M-Bossabilities folder from Spellbinders and the same shiny metallic tape I used behind the title.  I will admit to being a washi tape addict so I was happy to use several pieces on this layout!  You can see that I emphasized the horizontal line between the tapes with a piece of Sleek Strip Rhinestones in black.

I created a sub title in the upper right with a dimensional alpha and some additional images of Lady Liberty:  a die cut and a stamped image.
I am also a fan of the wood bits that are so popular these days. I used this one From Kaisercraft to point out my sister’s great smile.  The definition of the word “smile” was stamped onto the background paper and then I highlighted it with a self-adhesive black pearl from Want2Scrap.

In the bottom right corner you can see that I cut an arrow from the metallic tape with Spellbinders You Are Here die.  It sits above a little wood heart I gave to Lady Liberty and points to a photo of me with the New York City Skyline in the background.  I used more washi and another piece of the Sleek Strip Rhinestones!

On my next trip to New York I plan to go all the way to the top of the statue! They may have to pry me out with a crowbar - I can't wait!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Delight in the Day with Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a layout I created featuring the *new* Sheer Joy Collection from Quick Quotes!
I had these great pics of the kids climbing all over "The Awakening" sculpture when it was still at Hains Point.  This design is very simple but the vibrant colors in this line just add so much *pop* to the page!

I cut the striped paper to about a 10" square and distressed the edges before applying Carribean Blue PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  The next layer is a die cut doily inked with Limeade PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I matted the photos and created a collage in the center of the page, incorporating the "Delight In The Day" tag which was cut from the Sheer Joy sentiment paper.

I still had some burlap elements leftover from the Quick Quotes and Petaloo Blog Hop last month and they coordinated perfectly with this collection.
 

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Thanks for stopping by  and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!


Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy 4th of July!  Susie

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hawaii Layout Starts with Want2Scrap Overlay!

Our vacation in Hawaii was uncomplicated and by that I mean it was just my husband and I.  No kids!  Perfect example of this was not having to check the menu of every restaurant to see if they served hot dogs before we went in and sat down!

Like I said - uncomplicated - and I wanted this layout to be that way, too!  So I reached for a 12x12 laser cut overlay from Want2Scrap!

Here is what it looked like before I started:


My favorite thing about working with overlays is the built in title area!  I don’t know about you, but it seems that whenever I reach for letter stickers I am often missing one letter that I need.  Having a laser cut title means that I don’t even have to think about that!  I fussy cut some yellow vellum to fit behind the hibiscus stamen.  The rest of the flower was backed with orange and the letters were backed with blue.
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I had a piece of beach themed paper from Kaisercraft that I wanted to use so I removed the orange paper and replaced it,  firmly adhering the edges of the overlay.  Then I trimmed the overlay on the top and sides so that it was about 1/4″ wide.  I mounted it on top of a light blue 11.5″ square of cardstock and then centered that on a piece of soft green cardstock.  The 2 pieces of cardstock picked up colors from the beach paper that I wanted to emphasize.
The overlay also has a beautiful laser cut palm tree in the bottom left corner, which I accented with beautiful 3D sea shell stickers from Paper House Productions!


The photo on I used on the page is 5×7 .  If you don’t have a single photo you would like to feature, you could create a mini-collage in the same area.  I would recommend using black photo mats to tie in with the overlay.  I added some beach themed rub ons and finished off with a couple more glittery, 3D stickers.


One of the big reasons I like to use overlays from Want2Scrap is how much time I save!  This layout can be completed in about an hour!  Crazy fast!
There are currently over 120 Overlays available from Want2Scrap and there are more being added all the time!  Be sure to check it out!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  
Aloha! Susie

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Other:  Kaisercraft Paradiso - Getaway paper; Heidi Swapp Rub-ons; vellum; tag; ribbon; cardstock

Thursday, June 19, 2014

An Adventure into Mixed Media with Paper House

 I love creating mixed media canvases!  They are fun and easier than you might think – especially when you start with one of the beautiful scenic papers from Paper House Productions!

I started this "Adventure" themed canvas with a sheet from the Country Girl paper pad.    Using a foam brush,  I applied Decou-Page to 6” x 6” canvas and the back of the paper. I added another coat on top of the paper to seal it then distressed the edges with a sanding block and ink.


The half tone doodles on the top look like rub ons and have already started the layered effect!  I added the  "Nature Trail" sticker from the BSA-Camping Adventure cardstock stickers.  
One of my favorite parts of mixed media is including lots of texture and dimension!  Check out that thick Canvas Art sticker! 

I used Viva Modeling Creme and the Mini US Map stencil from The  Crafters Workshop to add these little dimensional touches.  They are a little shimmer-y in real life.  Love them!

I used my Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere the delicate items:  the wood veneer from Studio Calico and the arrows I cut with the Shoot! die from Spellbinders.

I used Ice Resin, a Martha Stewart mold, and Alcohol Ink...
 

...to create this little gem! 

AndI needed to add just one more of the Canvas Art stickers in the upper right! And done!

Here's another look at the finished canvas:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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  • Spellbinders® Shapeabilities®  Shoot!
  • Xyron Sticker Maker 
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer
  • Viva Modelling Creme
  • Decou-Pauge
  • Ice Resin
  • Martha Stewart Garden Collection Silicone Mold
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink - Sail Boat Blue
  • Queen and Company Magic Camera Washi tape
  • TCW Mini US Map
  • MME Cut & Paste Tiny Word Stickers
  • Cardstock