Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween - Dinosaurs Rock!

Hope you are all ready for Halloween!

Here is a quick layout from Halloween long past.  My boys both wore the same costume for their 1st
Ken and I dressed up as Jurassic Park guides the first year as we went to a costume party.

Here is Paul with his turn in the costume:
Paper House made it really easy to pull this layout together with their Dinosaur Collection of themed paper and 3D stickers!

Have a great Halloween and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fight Back Tri-Shutter Card

Just a quick post offering you another card to support loved ones who may be battling breast cancer.

Here is a shot of the card opened up.  I love this style of card because of all the surfaces you get to decorate!

For more details on how to create this card, please check out my post over on the Want2Scrap blog.

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

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dinosaur Halloween with Paper House

As soon as I saw the Dinosaur Collection from Paper House I knew I had a lot of pictures that would finally be making it into the scrapbooks!  My boys have been enamoured of dinosaurs for as long as I can remember so it is no surprise that we ended up with a Dinosaur Halloween!

I had fun creating the title area, mixing in 3D stickers from 3 different sets to create just the right mix of dinosaurs and jack-o-lanterns!  I used leftover BoBunny stickers from my stash to add the date...
...and Thickers to spell out "halloween".  Did you notice that the title "jumps the gutter"?  I like to carry elements across the gap in two page layouts. The arrow is from one of my favorite Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® sets, You Are Here.

Again on the second page I found myself mixing dinosaur and Halloween themed 3D stickers.
I love the way the picture of my son on the far right appears to look up at the "long neck" dinosaur...although he would probably correct me and tell me it was a brachiosaur!  When my oldest son was about 2 years old, my husband brought home a book full of very real looking dinosaurs and before you know it, my son was the youngest paleontologist on the block!

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

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Monday, October 21, 2013

More Time at the Pumpkin Patch

Fall is my favorite time of year.  We have a pumpkin patch right around the corner and every year we have a photo shoot!   I end up making multiple layouts – one for each child- that are very similar.  This one is for my daughter’s scrapbook.

I used the colors of the corn stalks and my kids’ blue jeans to create the khaki and blue background of this layout and chose paper with a lot of visual texture. These papers are both from Kaisercraft's Base Coat II Collection.

I added a little more texture with this fabulous chipboard fence from Want2Scrap.

I  debated whether or not to add color to the chipboard - and actually tried a nice whitewash on the reverse side - but it didn't look nearly as nice so I flipped it over and went with the natural look.  It was so easy to add punches of color and interest with the 3D stickers from Paper House - don't you love the Corn Maze sign "hanging" on the fence?

I tend to go with hidden journaling but my usual manilla tag wasn't quite right for this layout so I grabbed this flowered cutie from My Little Yellow Bicycle and tucked it behind the photo.
See those cute mum baskets from Paper House?  Totally love them! 

I cut photo mats out of green cardstock to tie in all of the green from the 3D stickers.
The vintage paper doily was actually the last element I added.  It immediately brightened up the layout and gave me a nice point in my "visual triangle":  doily>Pumpkin Patch Sticker>Journaling Tag.

They had so much fun goofing around with the carved pumpkins that day - great memories!  I do have another layout to share from this trip.  I created a similar layout for my son and will share it very soon.

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


Monday, October 14, 2013

Steampunk Mask

The Want2Scrap Design Team recently had a chance to play with products from DecoArts.  They provided us a wide range of metallic paint  and that reminded me of the new Shifting Gears Chipboard Embellishments that were designed by Candy Rosenberg for Want2Scrap.  With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to combine the two and created this Steampunk Mask:

Here are the "how-to" details:  I started with a coat of black acrylic paint on the mask, then applied a coat of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Black Pearl on top of that:
I used the Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre on one of the gears.  I know a lot of people would choose to apply this wax finish product with a sponge but I just used my fingers!
I also coated a couple of the smaller gears with the Rich Espresso Dazzling Metallics.  I am happy to say it only took one coat for full coverage!
The largest gear was painted with Shimmering Silver Dazzling Metallics.
I drilled tiny holes in the mask as needed and used brads to attach the gears to the mask.
I used Medieval Gold and Black Pearl Dazzling Metallics on the top layer of gears.
Can you see the tiny row of dots along the "jawline" of the mask?  Those dots were created using DecoArt Paper Effects in Golden Pearl.  The Paper Effects came with a Fine Liner Tip that allowed me to create very intricate details with a bit of dimension!

The lettering on the mask reads "Technology is Beautiful" and was added with stickers.  I cut apart some Nestabling Pennants to add the black rhinestone bling that runs along the top edge of the mask on the left side.
I used Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Are You Here die set to cut the arrows from metallic tape I picked up at Home Depot.  I used the arrows to direct attention to the words on the mask and to one of the cute clockface charms that Want2Scrap recently started to carry.

The right side of the mask is much simpler.  I embossed more of the metallic tape with a Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plate and applied it above the eye opening.  I lined the edge with more of the black rhinestones from the Nestabling Pennants.  To continue the rhinestones across the cheek in that gorgeous flourish, I used a piece of Swirls Finesse, also in black rhinestone.

The elegant trio of silver rhinestone tear drops was carefully trimmed out of Beautiful Bling Borders by Nina Brackett.

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On top of that, Want2Scrap is going to throw in some **Bling**!
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Susan K. Weckesser DT Announcement - Yes!!!

I am grinning from ear to ear and doing the happy dance!

I am very excited to be joining this group of talented ladies! I absolutely love working with Susan's products.
Thank you so much to Susan K. Weckesser for giving me this opportunity to create, inspire and uplift!

I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Casino Night with Paper House Productions Las Vegas Collection

When my son graduated from high school in June, they had an all night lock-in and one of the areas was set up like a casino - roulette wheels, black jack, craps tables and slot machines.   Working with the Las Vegas Collection  from Paper House for this layout was like being dealt a "winning hand."
(and yes, I am going to continue to throw in the occasional gambling related jargon just because I can!)

To start with, I used a craft knife to fussy cut under "Las" in the title area of the Viva Las Vegas paper so I could slip a photo and a die cut roulette wheel underneath.
I happen to think that you can never have too much glitz on a layout about Las Vegas so I "raised the stakes" above the title with a bit of bling from Want2Scrap!

Paper House did such a great job of re-creating that famous Las Vegas sign in their 3D stickers!
I "anted up" with some of the 3D poker chips...
...and then went "all in" by layering it on top of the slot machine die cut - I just love how real it looks!  The manilla tag is my "ace in the hole" when it comes to journaling.

A little more bling and a glitzy 3D sticker directs the eye to that handful of cash, which was not real money quite obviously, but faux currency that featured the seniors' portraits.

And this blurry little photo is probably the most important picture on the page because it really captures my son's favorite memory!
They had a huge, inflatable slot machine that the students would step into wearing black out glasses to obscure their vision.  For 30 seconds a machine would blow and swirl money around them and whatever they caught they could keep!  Most of the money was fake, but they did mix in the occasional George or Abe.  My son proved to have a technique that worked particularly well and when he "cashed out"  he was ahead of the "house". 

So just remember, when it is time for you to "buy in", The Paper House Las Vegas Collection is a "safe bet" for scrapping your casino night event!

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

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Creating with Moxxie's Fighting Back Collection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month 
and I will be sharing a few projects created using Moxxie's Fighting Back collection:

I recently shared this card over on the Want2Scrap blog.  
I have a few more of the how-to details for you today!
The textured pink cardstock was embossed with the Infinity Spellbinders™  M-Bossabilities folder, which covers an area that measures 5.5" x 4.25".  It was matted with gray cardstock before I adhered it to the white cardstock base.

The pink ribbon on this card is a a Rub-On from the Fighting Back collection.  
To really make it a focal point, I surrounded it with some pieces of bling from Want2Scrap, Beautiful Bling Borders by Nina Brackett - Beautiful Blooms.
The gray circular background was cut with Standard Circles Spellbinders™ Nestabilities and embossed with Gold Rounds One Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Imperial Gold Enhancing Elements.  I used washi tape to hold the dies in place before I ran them through the Artisan X-plorer.

After I embossed this element and before I removed the dies, 
I used them as stencils which is what created the variation in color.

Oh my goodness - so easy to create such amazing dimension!  I love it!

The lacey white cardstock element is also cut from a Spellbinders™ die, Splendid Circles.  
The tiny rhinestone Baby Bling from Want2Scrap was the perfect finishing touch. 
 Here's another peek:

You have a chance to win the Fighting Back collection this week.  
Be sure to check out the details on the Moxxie Blog!

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

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  • S4-354   Splendid Circles Spellbinders™  Nestabilities®
  • S4-412   Gold Rounds One Spellbinders™  Nestabilities® Imperial Gold Enhancing Elements
  • ES-012  Infinity Spellbinders™  M-Bossabilities™ folder