Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planning with SRM Stickers

Hello and welcome to the June Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with SRM Stickers and the focus is on Planners and Bible Journaling.

My planner tends to be very utilitarian.  Lots of bullet journaling and lists.  I don't really take the time to make things look pretty, however, I really like the idea of capturing and highlighting activities on a monthly basis so I created this scrapbook page using SRM Stickers.
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I started with a plain calendar sheet I picked up at the local scrapbook store and chose a really colorful background paper.  The Planner Icon Stickers  from SRM Stickers are black and white which I think is brilliant because you can use any color scheme you want!  I pulled out my markers and went to town!


You can see I added the month at the top of the page.  The delicate black scallop line underneath of "June" is from the Sticker Stitches - Valentines sheet.   I added a glass of lemonade, commemorated the release of Wonder Woman, and made note of a mixed media class I took!


There is a really fun mix of icons to suit most occasions.  I created balloons for Father's Day by adding some pen lines to the colorful dot stickers from the sheet. There are also a bunch of word stickers that came in pretty handy.  "Game Day" was perfect for our outing to watch the Washington Nationals play ball!  There was even a sticker for a "Beauty Day" - that works for my upcoming trip to the spa with my sisters in law!

The Sticker Stitch Sheet has 17 different patterns/colors to choose from!  I used the red ones on the calendar to highlight the Scrapbook Expo coming to town this weekend!


Once the month is over I plan on adding  a coordinating page with pictures from my activities, basically creating a 2 page spread for the month of June!

There are 16 designers participating in today's hop with lots of ideas and inspiration:

Susie Madden Bentz  (you are here)

If you get lost along the way, you can find a master list here:: Designers Craft Connection

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

SRM Stickers Supplies:
Planner Icon Stickers
Sticker Stitches/Valentines

Other Supplies:
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Billy
Carta Bella Toy Box Collection
Marvy Uchida Markers

**Disclosure:  SRM Stickers provided free product for this project. My design and opinions are my own.**

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dream Big with Eileen Hull and Stampotique

Hello and welcome!  This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team had the chance to play with some stamps from Stampotique.  I decided to create a mixed media mini album using Eileen's Passport Die Book as the base.  The theme:  Dreams!


I started by die cutting mat board and coating both sides with gesso. I used Archival Ink to stamp the Stitched Houses on one of the signature covers. and then started to play with watercolors.


Did you know that Eileen Hull has a line of ink pads with ColorBox?  I used Bay for the aqua color on this house.  I just mixed it on my craft mat with a little bit of water and painted away! I used the same color as a unifying element throughout the mini album.

When all the painting was done I add a sentiment by stamping with Dream Text.


I cut some pages, assembled the signature and started putting the mini album together.


I created 2 more signature covers. In the picture below the right page features the stamps Courting and Grow Your Dreams.  On the left page I created some texture by stamping with the Oodles of Doodles stamp and heat embossing before playing with watercolor.


I used the Dream Catcher stamp on the cover of the mini album and on the front of this signature.
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I used a natural twine to tie the signatures into the album and finished it off with a piece of flair!


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

Supplies for Dream Mini Album:
Sizzix/Eileen Hull Passport Book Die
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull - Bay, Golden
Sizzix Little Sizzles, 6"x13" Mat Board 

Stampotique Stamps:
Dream Catcher
Grow Your Dreams
Dream Text
Oodles of Doodles
Courting
Stitched Houses

Other:
A Flair for Buttons - Inspirational Words 5
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies
Red Lead Stencils
FaberCastell Whipped Spackle
Ranger Archival Ink
Gesso, twine, embossing powder

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Masculine Challenge at Quick Quotes

This month's Friday Challenge over at Quick Quotes is to create a card or project with a masculine theme and I decided to play along!  I love my Julie Nutting Doll stamps - especially the boys - so choosing a focal image was a no brainer!

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I started by stamping the image on paper from the Windsong Collection, WS103.


Next I pulled out the Urban Oasis Collection and re-stamped the image on a couple of different patterns.  I trimmed out the bits and pieces of his clothing and assembled them on top of the doll.  This technique is called paper piecing.


I used PowderPuff Chalking Inks to add color to his hair and sleeves.  I stamped onto my craft mat, spritzed a little water and then used a paintbrush to add the color.


I also used the Light Moss to stamp a little subtle texture onto the patterned paper.


I mounted the doll with dimensional foam and added the chipboard word, Dream, from Want2Scrap.


I created a small embellishment cluster using a Chipboard Die Cut tag from the Whistlin' Dixie Collection, wood chippie binoculars and a cute little flair button with a compass!

 

You still have plenty of time to play along with the Quick Quotes Masculine Card or Project Challenge!  You can find all the details HERE.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Urban Oasis 101, 104
Windsong Paper Pack
Whistlin' Dixie Chipboard Die Cuts
PowderPuff Chalking Inks:  Clay, Light Moss

Other Products:
Want2Scrap Fancy Chipboard Word, Dream - small
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Skyler
A Flair for Buttons - On the Road Again 1
Kaisercraft - Flourishes, Gentleman

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stretch Your Scrapbooking Supplies with Quick Quotes!

Happy Thursday!  Today I am sharing a little idea to help you stretch your scrapbook paper!

But first I want to talk pictures!  If you are like me, you have stacks of photos that are pre-digital camera.  I have 3 kids and I want to share all of our family pictures with each one of them.  The answer of course is to scan them to my computer.  As part of the Quick Quotes Design Team I recently received a Canon Pixma TS6020 scanner and printer combination.  For this layout, I scanned in a photo from a 2004 trip we took to Niagara Falls.


The Image Garden software that came with the printer has tons of creative options so I decided to play a little bit.  I used the Collage function to add a simple white frame and the date before I sent it to print.  It was fast and easy!


So, are you ready for a simple tip on how to stretch your scrapbook paper?

Use stamps and inks to create custom backgrounds on solid cardstock!


I had just a couple of paper pieces left over from the Earth Wind Fire Collection from Quick Quotes. The colors were a great match for the blues and greens of my lakefront picture but there just was not a lot to work with - just scraps!  Fortunately, Quick Quotes has a wide selection of PowderPuff Chalking Inks that coordinate with their paper collections.


I used Bora Bora ink and then I emphasized the outdoor theme by choosing a background stamp with lots of trees.


In addition to creating the background, I also stamped the location of the photo along the edge.


Take advantage of all of those coordinating PowderPuff Chalking Inks to stretch your scrapbooking supplies!

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Earth Wind Fire Collection - 109, 111, 500, Chipboard Die Cuts
PowderPuff Chalking Ink - Bora Bora
Scanner/Printer: Canon Pixma TS6020

Other Supplies: stamps, manila tag

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heartfelt Cards with Kunin Felt

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is partnering with Kunin Felt!  I combined dies from Eileen's new Sizzix release - the Heartfelt Collection - with felt and created a couple of cards to share.

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The first is an all-occasion card.


I started by embossing a piece of  olive felt using Eileen's Starlight Embossing Folder and then adhered it to a kraft card.

I used the small 4 petal die from Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf set to cut about a dozen flowers out of violet felt.  I die cut Eileen's Basket from kraft cardboard...


...and then used the Basket Weave Embossing Folder to add texture. I inked the basket die cut with Nutmeg and then added it to the front of the card.

I used the roof die from Eileen's House/Pocket set to cut a little detail piece that I added in the upper left corner of the card.


I sewed tiny gold beads into the center of the flowers and then  added them to the front of the card.  The sentiment was hand stamped and adhered with dimensional foam.


I actually created the front of the next card with violet felt!

One of the dies in the Stitchy Flowers and Leaf set is a stamen.  I realized it would make a wonderful dandelion by layering at least 2 die cuts from white felt.  

This flower is very delicate so I used the Precision Base Plate.  Once it was cut, I peeled away the outside and then carefully released the felt from the plate with a straight pin.

To create the card base I cut a piece of kraft cardstock 5.5" tall and 5.75" wide.  I scored it at 1.5" and then used the leafy embossing folder from the Stitched with Love set on the small flap I created.  I highlighted the design with Nutmeg ink.

I used Eileen's Starlight Embossing Folder on the violet felt before I glued the dandelion in place and attached it to the front of the card with double-sided SuperTape.

I used Eileen's Leaf ink to paint the embossed leaves and inked the edges.

A hand stamped sentiment finished it off - super easy!

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

Supplies for Heartlfelt Cards:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits Die Set
Sizzix Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Set
Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards L Die - Basket
Sizzix Eileen Hull Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Starlight
Sizzix Eileen Hull Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Basket Weave
Sizzix Eileen Hull Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Stitched With Love Set
Sizzix Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends - Nutmeg, Leaf
Kunin Felt - White, Olive, Violet
Therm O Web iCraft Supertape, 1/4" 
Therm O Web 3D White Foam Square, 1/4"
Alpha Stamps, brads, beads

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Altered Acrylic Frame with Adventure Awaits from Quick Quotes

Now that Mother's Day is in the rear view mirror I thought I would get you looking forward to Father's Day with one of my favorite gift ideas - an altered acrylic frame.  I used my new favorite collection from Quick Quotes - Adventure Awaits!
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  • I picked up this acrylic frame for less than $2 and removed the inserts.


  • I created a one piece replacement that measures 7"x10.5".  
  • The striped band across the bottom is 7"x1.75".  
  • I added a couple of pieces from the Quotes and Phrases page before I slipped it into the frame and turned it on its side.


  • I cut squares from a mix of papers in the collection and then stacked them together, adhering each layer slightly askew.  
  • I used double sided tape to add the paper stack on top of the acrylic frame. 
  • I also used the double sided tape to add the clip. The photo is 3.5" square.  I intend to replace the photo occasionally - or maybe just add more on top!


  • The bottom of the frame holds a 3" square note pad. 
  •  I created a simple cover - which I adorned with another picture - and adhered the whole thing with double sided tape.


This is a really great gift idea for ANY occasion - but Father's Day is coming up so pull out some favorite photos and get cracking!

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

Quick Quotes Products:
Adventure Awaits Paper Pack
Adventure Awaits 12"x12" Quotes and Phrases

Other Products:
Acrylic Frame for 5"x7" photos
Note Pad

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Day Mini Album with Quick Quotes

My favorite things to create are gifts that are both pretty and practical. I found a quote on the  Windsong Quotes and Phrases sheet from Quick Quotes and it inspired me to create a little mini album:

  "Enjoy the little moments, for they will remain in your heart when the seasons pass."

This compact little album is a place to write down little stories and moments that make you smile.  Little things that happen in your day to day activities.  I know I had so many of them that I thought I could never forget...and now I wish I had written them down!

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I started by adhering a piece of Windsong 102 to a piece of mat board and then die cutting the mini album using the Passport Book die from Sizzix.


Next I took the piece that becomes the spine of the book and colored it with Light Moss PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I used clear embossing powder on top and then heat set it.


I assembled the book using double sided tape...

...inking the front and back cover on the inside and outside with more Light Moss before I attached them to the spine.


The Julie Nutting doll on the front cover was stamped on Windsong 103 and trimmed out.  I colored her hair with Warm Gray and her dress with Light Moss.  I simply depressed the pads of ink on my craft mat, added a bit of water, and painted the colors onto the paper doll.  I added polka dots on her sleeves by pressing the end of the paintbrush into the ink pad and then onto the  dress.


On the inside of the album I added 3 signatures of about 6 pages each.  The covers were cut from other papers in the Windsong Paper Pack.  The round elements were trimmed out of the Quotes and Phrases Sheet and turned into tabs for each signature - and yes I did ink around the edges before I glued them in place!


I finished up the front cover by matting the Quote with black cardstock and adhering it with dimensional tape.  The camera and metal embellishment are from my stash.


The finishing touch was sewing each of the signatures into the album with a natural cord and beads from my stash.

I think this is a lovely place for a mother to jot down the silly little moments she never wants to forget!  The monthly challenge over on the Quick Quotes blog this month is Mothers and/or Mother's Day.  There are great prizes to be won so check out the details HERE and then join in the fun!

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Windsong Collection - 12"x12" Quotes and Phrases
Windsong Paper Pack
Powderpuff Chalking Ink - Light Moss, Warm Gray

Other Supplies:
Sizzix Passport Book XL Die by Eileen Hull
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp, Jeanne
Maya Road Camera Transparency
All My Memories metal embellishment
Natural twine
Beads
Brads
Clear embossing powder