Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Cross Stitch

One recent challenge (#34) over at method playground was to hand stitch on your layout with embroidery floss. I always miss the deadline for the prizes, but I do find such inspiration there! It has been a while since I pulled out my DMC floss, but the samples from the guest designer, Scarlett Namvong, were really cute so I thought I would give it a try...and I loved how it turned out! It is funny where you see inspiration. At church on Christmas Day one of the ladies there was wearing a pretty blouse that featured sampler style embroidery in the shape of a Christmas tree. Hmmm. Then I was at Target yesterday and saw a green candle with beautiful green snowflakes etched in the surface. I left the candle, but took the idea! I think the combination of those 2 ideas worked really well.

I happened to have 1/4" graph paper in my stash of supplies, so I used it when I drew out the tree and snowflake design. I used temp adhesive to hold it in place on the cardstock while I made the holes with a paper piercer. I raided my DMC for a variety of greens and started stitching!

Details: The words on the tree are from Martha Stewart stamps (Christmas gift) which were stamped with versamark and then dusted with Earth Tone Ikandee Chalks. The stitches around the edge of the layout hold thin 1/8" strips of paper that I slid in after the stitching was done. The little brass snowflake charms are from my stash. I bought the red "Merry Christmas" ribbon on the photo at a quilting store...and am struggling to remember the manufacturer...I believe it was May Arts. The gifts in the bottom right are Sizzix die cuts. The paper is from Debbie Mumm.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Best Witches - Design Team Entry

I found a really cool challenge blog yesterday: Mothers & Daughters Creations. They happen to be running a Design Team Call, and they provided a page sketch for their first challenge and required a Halloween themed page...I took a really cute photo of one of my nieces at our Halloween Party on Sunday, and it inspired this layout:
I had to turn the sketch on its side to make it work for me, but I was really happy with the results. I am leaving the journaling blank for her mom to fill in - I think it is going to make a great Christmas gift!
I used lots of pop dots for dimension. The ghosts are supposed to be rub ons. I bought them last year at Michael's and they don't work...but no worries! I just trimmed around them closely, added adhesive to the back and turned them into stickers.

I used my Paper Dolls Dress Up Cart and my Cricut to cut the spider webs. I decided to heat emboss the largest one to add some shine.
I don't know if I have time to complete all of the recent challenges to qualify for the Design Team call, but I am going to give it a try!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Method Playground Challenge 29 - Rub Ons

I have been peeking at all the fun challenges going on over at Method Playground for the past several months and I have finally decided to play along! The current challenge is to make a layout using rub-ons as the only embellishment. I had so much fun with the first one, I decided to go for two!The first one uses Heidi Swapp boy rub-ons and Heidi Swapp fuzzy crimson rub-ons (which I had never used before but I really love!). I did use a stamp for the journaling blocks - hope that doesn't break the rules! The pics are of my oldest son on the BMX track at Goshen Scout Reservation. We had a lot of rain at summer camp that year and the track was sooo muddy! He loved it!

The second layout uses some fall themed rub-ons I picked up at WalMart a couple of weeks ago. The packaging referred to them as "stickers", so I was surprised when I got them home and found out they were actually rub-ons. Thank goodness for this challenge or I might have returned them!! For the layout, I rubbed most of them directly onto the Basic Grey blue cardstock, but some of them went onto a rust-colored cardstock and got cut out. (I felt the layout needed a little "pop"!) The pic is a friend of my son on our annual trip the local pumpkin patch. It is one of my favorites because I just love the colors and the expression on his face.

This challenge was great because it got me to scrap these pics which have been sitting in a photo album since 2003. Thanks for the inspiration! I am looking forward to the next challenge.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Wood Burned Journal Tags

Not really! They just look like it!
I layered a couple of different kinds of inks to get this effect. (Details on the Scrapbooks Plus Blog)
I know I still have to actually DO the journaling, but I am not sure what color ink to use...or what story I want to tell.
Maybe I'll let MC decide what she wants to remember...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Riding Lesson

The September Design Team kit from Scrapbooks Plus had some great papers from Anna Griffin with lots of rich earthy colors. MC had just taken some horseback riding lessons, so I had just the right pictures for this layout.
I love the rustic wood pattern of the background paper. It captured the atmosphere at the riding school perfectly.

Looking at the layout now, I wish I had added a few more details...maybe photocorners on the 5x7 with some machine sewing. And I absolutely wish I had a horse charm to put on that twine!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

All occasion card collection

These cards were easy! I just love those cute little flip flops from the Reminisce Toes in the Sand paper! I almost put some of them "walking" across the checkerboard tray (see post below) but I reined myself in!
My Marvy Uchida punch quickly created the windows. I used a word processor to print the sentiment for the inside of the cards on the flip side of the Toes in the Sand paper (it looks like sand!) then used that to line the inside of the cards. I fussy cut the flip flops and positioned them so that they peek through the windows. (If you click on the picture, it will get bigger.)
The words on the front of each card were heat embossed. I am a self taught stamper, and I need to pick up a couple of tips on how to make sure the embossing powder is only where you want it to be...I had some stray bits on the front of the "destination" card which I masked with some extra black paint dots! Can you tell?
To each card, I added a bit of ribbon and a dimensional embellishment - charms are my favorite!
Try the Reminisce Coastal Passion papers to create some beach-themed all occasion cards of your own!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Checkerboard or Serving Tray?

Actually, it's both! Using the beach themed papers from Reminisce in this month's Design Team kit made this project fun and easy. I used my Cricut to cut the (64) squares - boy do I love my bug! I am not sure if I was planning on using the words and icons from the Coastal Passion and Seaside Breeze papers to decorate the playing area from the beginning or not, but it became obvious it was needed. You know how when you start doing work on your house, you discover the walls are never really square? I ran into that when I was laying out the checkerboard pattern. Gaps. So I covered them up...and then I added a few more words and icons just for fun! (If you click on the picture, it will enlarge and make it easier to see.) A couple layers of Modge Podge later and, voila! a serving tray that doubles as a game board!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

He Sees Treasure Everywhere...

I used the same paint process on the chipboard shells in my 2 page layout this month. I used slightly different colors, but the process worked even better the second time around. Scrapbooks Plus has this die available for use in the crop room - stop by and check it out.

This layout went together so easily. A little design tip - I cut my pictures in strips to mimic the striped background paper on the second page. I left the main image in the picture solid, and just worked on the edges. Try it yourself, but make sure you don't cut across anybody's face!

The photos are double matted. First, on white cardstock, so the cutting is really obvious, then on orange, which also helps to tie them in with the photo element on the first page.

The colors in the Coastal Passion collection, by Reminisce, are perfect for recording your memories of those warm days in the sun. Stop by the special Design Team display in the crop room to pick out a few papers you can't live without!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Loved the Beach-y papers from Reminisce!

The Design Team kit this month was filled with fabulous beach-themed papers from the Reminisce Coastal Passion line. I wanted to post my March projects and share what I learned this month..so here we go...
My pages rarely go together quickly. I fiddle around, fix my mistakes, and am often surprised at the end. I really struggled with trying to get the chipboard shells to look "real". I don't have any official art training, but I pulled out my paints and started to play. After several attempts, I finally got the color I wanted, but the shells just looked so flat. So I started to bend the shells along the score lines and I made a discovery! All those layers of "not quite right" paint colors were going to save me! They started to show through, just like the layers of a real seashell show through as it gets pounded in the surf. So I pulled out my paper scuffers and went to work. I admit that nature does a better job of making seashells, but I am happy with my results.

I cut the title with my Cricut (Stamped cart) but thought it just blended into the background too much, so I mounted it on vellum before adhereing it to the page.
I wanted the shells on the Seashell Mosaic paper to stand out more so I used a product called Liquid Laminate (by Beacon) to make some of them shine!

The last thing I did was to tuck a journaling tag behind the top right picture. I cut some "ribbon" from paper and added a seashell brad from my stash.
This was such a fun day at the beach. We never find this many shells...and never this wide a variety! This was the perfect paper to help re-capture the memories.