Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Graduation Layout to Inspire with Quick Quotes

You might think it is kind of funny to be making a graduation layout in January, but I was really inspired by the vellum sentiment I found in the Quick Quotes Bundle - Inspire!

This fast and easy layout is all about the layers.  I used white cardstock to make each layer "pop" and printed the photos with a thin white border to tie it all together.  I love to use multiple photos on my layouts so wallet size photos are my favorite!!
I mounted the vellum on white cardstock and inked the edges with Biscotti PowderPuff Chalking Ink...in fact I inked the edges of all the paper!!

The top right corner needed a little something so I reached for my go to...washi tape!  I layered the asterisks on top to provide a little dimension - they are from the same pack of Thickers that I used to create the title.
I used clear stickers to add the date and "congratulations" on the picture - and - done!  I really like the masculine feel of this layout - even with butterflies and vellum!

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

Quick Quotes Products Used:

Other Products:
  • White Cardstock
  • Thickers
  • Washi Tape
  • Clear stickers

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mixed Media Tag with Susan K. Weckesser

They say the road to a friend's house is never long, and who wouldn't want to visit a friend at this cheerful little house created with a Susan K. Weckesser stamp?

The house image is from the le mason stamp set and I just love the quirky, mismatched windows and whimsical flowers!  I stamped it onto a lightly patterned paper tag using Archival Ink then used a water color technique and Distress Inks to add the color. 

I used Glossy Accents on some selected areas of the image - the roof trim, windows, door, flowers, and fence posts - just to add a little shine and dimension.

If a little dimension is nice, then a lot of dimension must be even better, right?  I love playing with Shrinky Dinks!  I stamped the sun from the Fly Away set onto the rough side of the shrink plastic then colored it with a combination of Distress Inks and colored pencils. 
The two little "friends" on the pin were also created with Shrinky Dinks.  The one on the left was stamped on the "rough" side of the shrink plastic, the one of the right was stamped on the "smooth" side (and then left to dry before I handled it very carefully!) - that is how I got the two little friends to face each other!  I colored on the "rough" side of  both with colored pencils before I  put them in the oven.  I did use a slightly different color scheme, but the image on the right is a lot clearer.

The last little detail I added was a cute little plume of smoke from the chimney.  I created it by trimming a couple of pieces from Want2Scrap Black Rhinestone Swirl bling.

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

Susan K. Weckesser Products Used:

Other products:
  • Swirls - Black Rhinestone by Want2Scrap
  • Road to Friend Amuse Art Stamps
  • Glossy Accents, Archival Ink,  Distress Inks by Ranger
  • White acrylic paint
  • Jovial, Basic Grey
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Tag, pin, beads

Friday, January 10, 2014

School Picture Layout with Quick Quotes' Dusty Road

My daughter's smile in her 6th grade school picture was so sweet -  I hope it never changes!  When I saw one of the sentiments from Quick Quotes' Dusty Road collection, "Let your smile change the World, but don't let the world change your smile", I knew it was perfect for this layout!

I just love all the pre-printed sentiments on the Dusty Road 500 paper so I actually chose 2 of my favorites and using 2 different Spellbinders dies, I cut and embossed them. They were not quite large enough to fill the die, so one edge of each is actually straight.  I hid the straight edge under the washi tape on the top sentiment and  under the photo mat for the second sentiment. 
I distressed the edges with an emery board  to reveal the embossed edge before inking  with Biscotti Chalking Ink.
For the rest of the details on how I created this layout, be sure to check out my post today over on the Quick Quotes' blog!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Dusty Road Products Used to Create School Layout:

Other Products:
  • Want2Scrap 72 Count White Pearls - Self Adhesive
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One and Labels Eight
  •  Blue Cardstock 
  •  Washi tape 
  •  Thickers 
  •  3D-Dots 
  •  Vintage paper doily

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Baby's First Photo!

I am in love with the new overlays from Want2Scrap!  The First Photo Overlay is designed to include the baby's sonogram picture.  You can see all the details over on the Want2Scrap blog!

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

Want2Scrap Products used for Baby's First Photo Layout:

Other Products:

Friday, January 3, 2014

House Rules Canvas with Susan K. Weckesser

To be honest I am not much into New Year's Resolutions, however, thinking about resolutions led me to a project I have been wanting to create for a while:  a House Rules canvas.  It's a gentle reminder to me, and to each member of my family, to be the best person possible all year round!

I started with a search of the internet and found all kinds of signs with "house rules" on them and printed my favorite rules out onto tissue paper with a different font for each line.

The next step is to create the canvas background.  I wrinkled up some tissue paper, smoothed it out and adhered it to the canvas with Mod Podge.  I added color with semi-transparent acrylic paint in 2 shades of blue.  Then I used Mod Podge to adhere the various "rules" onto the canvas.
NOTE:  Tear the edges of the tissue paper as it will blend more easily into the background.
Using a variety of Susan's stamps, I stamped onto tissue paper with Black Archival Ink and then Mod Podged them onto the canvas as well. I used them kind of as "place holders" so I knew where to come back and add dimensional elements.
Notice the great texture the canvas has from the wrinkled tissue paper.
I painted over the cloud from the Fly Away stamp set with white paint then added a second layer of the cloud stamped tissue paper because I didn't want the blue background to show through.  I also really love the stitched edge detail!
Here's a look at the "cloud sandwich" with the white acrylic paint between the 2 layers of stamped tissue.
 I stamped the sun onto paper from Fancy Pants Design's Collecting Moments collection and added it on top of the tissue paper sun.
You can see the string suspending the sun - it is from the Mod Podged tissue sun.
 The kite from the Fly Away stamp set was paper pieced and highlighted with white acrylic paint.  The little bows on the kite's tail were also painted with white acrylic.
Did you notice that the kite (and the cloud) are reversed images? I wanted the tail of the kite to go the opposite direction. It is easy to do when you stamp on tissue paper!
 The house was paper pieced using Susan's Little Haven stamp and paper from the Collecting Moments collection.  I especially liked using the Fancy Pants Design's corrugated paper for the roof!

The little girl is from Susan's Grandma's Needlepoint stamp set. The chipboard fence, which I also painted with white acrylic, is from Want2Scrap.

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