Friday, August 30, 2013

Play Time on the Softball Field!

Today I am sharing one of the layouts I created as my submission for the Paper House Productions Design Team!

I started by creating lots of texture and dimension by ripping through corrugated cardstock to open up a frame, which I then inked and distressed.

The cluster of Softball Cardstock Stickers on the right side are from Paper House.  Bats, cleats, batting helmet, jersey and a great sentiment - everything you could want to accent your layout.

I created a title for the page by painting a Chipboard Quotation from Want2Scrap with an acrylic paint that coordinated with my daughter's team shirt and covered it with a coat of Glossy Accents.
If you look behind the main photo you will see where I used a stencil and distress ink in the background to create a subtle pattern.

I will be honest.  My favorite part of the layout is the little trading card I made in the bottom left.  I have a computer program that helped me create it.  Actually, it is something I did for the whole team at the end of the season.  The coach had given them all nicknames which I put on the front.  The girls loved them!  I made enough for them to swap with each other so they ended up with a full team set! My little Speedie was one tough softball player! 
Oh!  The mitt and glove on the bottom right of the trading card are from the same Paper House sticker set!

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

Paper House Softball Cardstock Stickers

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Other:  Corrugated cardstock, ink, ribbon, ribbon slider, brads, pop dots, Glossy Accents.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy News!

I have some happy news to share...I have been invited to join the Paper House Design Team!

I will be creating alongside some very talented ladies - check out their blogs!

• Christine Meyer

• Dana Tater

• Grace Tolman

• Joann Jamieson Larkin

• Michelle McClure

I am already stalking the mailman waiting for my box of goodies to arrive - I can't wait to get started!

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wedding Card - Exploding Box!

Summer is a popular time of year for weddings. I think back to my wedding and one of our favorite gifts was from a group of friends.  They pooled their money so we could buy scuba diving equipment - an unusual wedding gift but absolutely perfect for us!  We used it to gear up before we headed off on our honeymoon!  When I am invited to a wedding, I remember that perfect gift and I try to present my check or gift card in a fun and memorable way. So today I thought I would share my favorite kind of wedding card -an Exploding Box!

Decorating this one was made very simple by using a set of themed 3D stickers from Paper House.
 On the outside of the box, I created a decorative edge around the lid using the picket fence border punch from Martha Stewart.  I punched (2) - 4" sets for each side of the box, laid them with the flat edges facing each other about 1/8" apart, then covered the slight gap with a ribbon from my stash.  When the lid is removed, the 4 sides fall back to reveal lots and lots of pockets!

In the center is a message for the bride & groom.  The opening in the cardstock panel was cut and embossed with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two.  I used coordinating Nestabling from Want2Scrap to create an elegant pearl frame.
 The side panels each have a pocket to hold gift cards, checks, photos, notes and advice for the lucky couple!  The Wood Veneer couple on this panel are from Studio Calico, but all of the other embellishments are from one set of 3D stickers from Paper House!
 I used a 1/4" strip of coordinating cardstock to edge the pockets.
 An embossing folder adds a nice bit of texture on each panel.
 I used 1/8" ScorTape to adhere the pockets.
I use exploding boxes for many other occasions - showers, birthdays, anniversaries - and I will be sure to share more of them with you in the future.

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

Other:  cardstock, embossing folder, tags, ribbon.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Craft Stamper Magazine Review - August 2013

Back in July, Craft Stamper Magazine was looking for people who were not familiar with the magazine to look it over.  I was thrilled to be one of 10 people chosen to review it!  They sent me the August 2013 edition and I jumped right in!
The cover shows just a few of the colorful and inspiring projects to be found inside!  Did you notice the stamp on the bottom left corner of the magazine cover?  Apparently this is a regular feature and inside the magazine there is a pull out section showing cards made with that very stamp.  Although the cover-mount stamp is not available in the USA, there is still inspiration to be found in creating with a similar image.

The table of contents has a nice clean design and is easy to navigate.  There is a boxed section that tells you exactly where to find the articles/projects from the cover, something I really appreciate.  The facing page has good sized photos of other projects from this issue and the page number where each can be found.   I say projects, not cards, because this magazine hold images and instructions for mixed media and home dec items as well as wonderful cards!

I  really like the way the projects are presented!  One full page is dedicated to a large picture of the project so you can really see the detail and craftsmanship. The facing page has a materials list and an intro by the artist discussing the products or techniques used, providing tips, and giving a general overview. I didn't feel rushed.  I felt like the magazine really wanted me to enjoy the project and absorb the process.  There are pictures and instructions that walk you through each step.  Being a visual learner, this makes it really easy to follow. 

One article, a masterclass in painted backgrounds by Elizabeth Borer,  presents 5 different painting techniques with detailed instructions and photos.  They are not new techniques, but they are presented in a way that reminds you how easy and effective they might be on your next project!

The magazine covers a variety of styles from clean & simple to steampunk  to artsy fartsy! 
There are ads in the magazine, but they do not interrupt the flow of the articles,nor do they overwhelm the magazine itself.   It is a nice balance.
The magazine is peppered with little banners that identify places to purchase the products highlighted in each feature in case you want to "Go Shopping!"  Very helpful!
There are reader submissions...and prizes!
There are card sketches.
There are recurring features and continuing series.
There are projects for both the beginner and experienced crafter.

What you really find inside Craft Stamper magazine is inspiration, like I found in this fabulous article by Sylvia Blum.  She made me want to take out my alcohol inks and play with them.  Her article told me exactly how she created a certain effect and gave me the confidence that I could do it, too!

I am not much of a card maker, but I do like to experiment and play.  I made my acetate about the right size for an ATC card.  I used Sylvia's basic technique, but put my own little twist on it!

I am not sure how these are going to turn out...or what they are going to become...but I know it will definitely be fun to find out!

Thank you so much to the folks at Craft Stamper for giving me the privilege of reviewing their magazine.  I will be going back to these pages again and again for inspiration and instructions!

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

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Scrapping Space Mountain with Moxxie's Magical Moments

 It has been many years since our last trip to Disney World and I still have tons of pictures left to scrap so I was very excited when Moxxie released their new Magical Moments line.  My family loves the roller coasters so of course we had a trip to Space Mountain!

The border strips on this Moxxie collection all have patterns on them.  I used almost all of them on this layout
Ooops!  I forgot to include the yellow and black striped border strip from the Dining with Friends paper.

I fussy cut the image of the roller coaster so I could slip pictures behind it.  I also fussy cut the image of my husband (screaming like a girl!) and daughter.  Background wasn't as important as showing the joy and excitement on everybody's faces!

I also fussy cut the exterior image of my kids standing outside of Space Mountain.  The Magical Moments Element stickers added a lot of punch to this layout, especially when I added the Nestabling from Want2Scrap!

School doesn't start in Virginia until September and some people are ready to move on to fall, but I am holding onto summer and summer memories for as long as I can! 

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

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Monday, August 5, 2013

My First Ice Resin Project: Beach-Themed Necklace

Creating my first Ice Resin piece was an experience I thought I should share. 
I made some mistakes, got lots of advice from an Ice Resin savvy friend, and ended up with a beautiful, meaningful and unique necklace for my mother!  I actually finished this months ago, but I had to keep it under wraps until Mom's birthday on August 1st!
 I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and have many happy memories of days spent at the beach 
with my mother.  My parents also happened to honeymoon at Virginia Beach so I decided for my very first 
Ice Resin project I would make a beach-themed necklace for mom. 

I started with a bunch of photos from my parents' honeymoon, which I printed onto regular paper.
I used the die that coordinated with the Rectangles One Bezel I had selected from Spellbinders Media Mixage line to cut the pictures.  
I did not use this photo for this project, but I love this image of my mother in front of the ferris wheel!
 I used Mod Podge to seal the pictures - front, back and edges - and let them dry thoroughly.

I have a collection of Tiny Word Stickers from My Mind's Eye in bright, citrus-y colors.  
I made my choices and sealed these with Mod Podge also.
I glued the picture into the bottom of the bezel and put the tiny bits and pieces into place using Embellie Gellie from Scraperfect.  Embellie Gellie made it easy to apply the glue and put things exactly where I wanted them!  I also included a metal sea star and a tiny sand dollar I had picked up off the beach.

This is where things started to become a challenge.  
Just before I poured the Ice Resin, I decided to add a little bit of beach sand to the bottom of the bezel. 
Ice Resin is self-leveling and that is a good thing.  
When I poured the resin it naturally started to spread...and it carried all that loose sand with it!
Look closely and you will see all those tiny grains of sand!
I frantically started messaging a friend on facebook  - thank you Tina Schiefer!
She was a font of helpful information.  
Basically since the resin had not set, she advised me to pour it out, clean it with acetone and start over. 
We were still tapping away on the keyboard when I mentioned the sand dollar was becoming discolored.  
Apparently anything porous, including paper sand dollars, will change color.  
Under her calm tutelage I actually painted the sand dollar white again then added a thin coat of Ice Resin.
I let it dry completely before I continued.

Here is a shot of the bezel before the final pour.  

The arrows are pointing out the stains on the stickers even though I thought I did a good job sealing them.
I think the next time I will try a different method, sealing them in clear packing tape.

 One more thing to be careful about...

Tiny pieces of dust marred the surface.  But that was an easy fix, too!  I used sand paper to scuff up the surface then I applied another coat of Ice Resin.  That whole self-leveling thing really is fabulous!

To finish off the piece, I added a photo of my dad to the back of the bezel, 
covered it with Ice Resin, and dangled some charms off of the bottom. 

Happy Birthday Mom!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Join the Moxxie Muses and win the *NEW* Quite Contrary Collection

Hello Moxxie fans!  Welcome to the August Muse-A-Palooza Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring one of our brand new collections, Quite Contrary.   So dig out your garden photos and get ready because the Muses will be planting some great ideas in your creative minds for this beautiful line of papers and stickers.   

The blend of muted tones is perfect for outdoor garden photo pages, but don't be afraid to mix in bold colors if that is what your garden grows!  I used this line to scrapbook my daughter with some really bright red posies:

To start with I removed the center of the Sprinkle A Day paper and fussy cut around the water can in the bottom left corner.

To create the frame in the center of the piece I cut strips from the Vine & Dandy paper and  lightly tacked them down on my cutting mat...

...overlapping the edges so that they were at a 90 degree angle.

Using my ruler and an exacto knife, I cut diagonally through the corner.

You can see when I removed the paper scrap from the top that the corners meet perfectly!
 I love this technique and it is a lot more impressive if there is a pattern to match!

I backed the frame with a piece of Seedin' and Weedin' paper and then I just had fun playing with picture and embellishment placement!

I picked up the color of the flowers from the pictures and used it in the title...

I cut out a couple of those fabulous seed packets, added a die cut sticker and some of my favorite bling from Want2Scrap!

 And don't worry!  If your thumb is not so green you can create fabulous cards and/or home decor projects!

Here are the details on winning this entire collection!

If you are familiar with the Moxxie Blog Hops then you know you can have a chance to win this brand new line.  All you have to do is leave a comment on all of the following blogs.  International fans are welcome to play along if they agree to pay shippping in the event they win.  Comments can be made until Midnight Tuesday, August 6th and the winner will be announced on the Moxxie Blog on Wednesday, August 7th!  Enjoy!   
Susie Bentz (you are here)

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

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