Monday, April 7, 2014

Build a background challenge

The challenge was to build your own background and that is what I did.

This week's challenge over at A Blog Named Hero is to build your own background.  I used the Happy Birthday sentiment and the cupcake from the Cupcakes stamp set by Hero Arts.  I used white pigment ink and heat embossed the background. I colored the cupcake using Chromatix (alcohol markers by American Crafts). The markers are not that great but I'm not ready to make the investment with Copics. I think I may go back and add a candle to the cupcake.
I'm entering this card to the following challenges:
A Blog Named Hero: Build a Background
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
The challenge at SSS was to create a birthday card. Birthday cards are my favorite to make.

I'm expecting an order from Simon's and another from Joann's!  I'll share pictures of my happy mail when it arrives.
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Hello Hello Hello

An update and a card share.

I'm hoping to share a lot more on the blog soon.  I purchased a new computer and now won't need to share with family members. Yipee!  
As far as Project Life 2014 goes I am taking a very relaxed approach to it.  I no longer pressure myself to take pictures just to fill the pockets.  I am a few weeks behind and DO NOT FEEL STRESSED about it.  Now if I can just figure out how to use my Canon Selphie with my new computer!  I want to growl at Canon for not providing us with an update!  But that is an issue for another day.
Onto other matters...

Last month I joined the Clean and Simple Cards 3 classroom.  Participating in the class helped to renew my interest in card making.  Unfortunately, I was pressed for time (and supplies) and did not keep up with  my 'homework' .  Since the class ended I have ordered more supplies and have created a few cards here and there.  Today I'm sharing a card that uses a stencil and 'watercolor stamping'. Both these techniques are currently really popular in the card making world.  

I masked the middle portion of the card before stenciling with Broken China Distress Ink. I inked the flower stamp (by Inkadinkado) with Distress Markers and sprayed it with a few mists of water before stamping.  The Hello sentiment is from Everyday Sayings by Hero Arts.
I was pleased with the result and created a few more with different colors.  
I'm entering this card in the Virginia's View Challenge #2: Stencil.  Check out the is fabulous and inspiring!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Project Life 2009

Project Life 2009 Week 16

Life In Details Challenge Blog-The April Edition 

Hello! I'm back with this months Project Life Challenge. Our challenge this month was to use pastel colors.  It was a welcomed challenge because I'm thinking of spring.  
For this challenge I decided to work on the 2009 Easter pictures.  Yes I'm working on my 2014 album too!  And my 2013 album!  Surprisingly, I am not feeling stressed about being 'behind'. But because I'm working on all the albums and taking an online card class I won't share too many details about the products or techniques I used.  I still can't manage to take a good indoor picture of my pages. Oh well. 

I'm submitting this page for this month's PL Life in Details Challenge Blog. Our challenge was to use pastel colors.  Using the Citrus Twist Sept 2013 kit helped me meet this challenge with ease.  

Front of insert
Back of insert

You will notice that my 2009 pictures are very dark. That is because I had a small point and shoot camera that did not take very good indoor pictures. In one crazy moment I thought I would edit and reprint the pictures! I know crazy! I decided to keep them as is, otherwise I would NEVER finish the album.
I do have one regret...I wish I would have journaled better. I feel like I'm missing little details behind each photo.  Moral of the story: JOURNAL your thoughts and feelings!
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If you have any questions I will gladly answer them.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Clean & Simple Cards 3

One Layer Cards

It has been several years since I took an online class.  For the past few months I have been itching to get back into card making and that itch led me to sign up for an Online Card Class
Actually, I was at a friends house and from afar I saw that she had a very pretty card displayed in her kitchen.  I took a closer look and saw it was a card I created!  A card I created in a card gift set I gave to my sister in law years ago.  My sister in law said to me "I love your cards and actually sent them to people".  Then my friend added "You gave her a card gift set? That is a great idea for my birthday" That was more than enough to inspire me to create new cards.  Many of the cards I will create for the class will be given to my dear friend for her birthday.
Lesson 1 Faux Effects
One of the lessons focused on die cut inlay.  I don't have many dies and went old school with an old Cuttlebug foam die.  This technique is time consuming and out of my comfort zone. I usually use lots of inking techniques to create cards.  Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with the end result. 

For my second attempt I created a Project Life 3x4 card.  
I used the Lawn Fawn 3x4 die and the camera stamp is from Studio Calico.  I added some glitter detail with a glitter pen. I will use this as a filler card for my album later this month. 
My third attempt. This is actually just a card front. I messed up the card base and will adhere this to a new card base. 

The other techniques were faux metal and faux letterpress. I haven't tried those YET! I was able to create today because it is a SNOW DAY! YIPEE! 
I highly recommend Online Card Classes!  I ordered a bunch of the featured supplies for the class but haven't received my order yet.  I did this purposely because I wanted to use some of my stash first and determine which techniques I am most likely to use again and which supplies are the most versatile. 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sharing some exciting news! And a Project Life Spread

I will be joining the Project Life Creative Team for the  Life in Details Challenge Blog

The blog is for Project Lifers and Smashers!  Every month a challenge is posted and participants can link up their creations in a couple of easy steps.  The winner of the challenge will be asked to be a guest designer for a future challenge.  

The February Project Life challenge is to use Pink and/or Red as primary colors.

Project Life  2009 Week 7
Yes you read it correctly...2009!  I have FINALLY started working on my 2009 album.  The pictures and journaling have been in the album for years.  2009 was my first PL year and I struggled for many reasons to complete the album. 

Project Life 2009 Week 7 
2 page spread
Since I started working on the album a week ago I have completed 3 two page spreads!
I plan on using PL monthly kits to stay current with 2014 and to catch up with 2009.  I have some unused monthly kits and have significantly reduced my subs.  Right now I am only subbing to ONE PL kit club.  I made this decision a while ago and already feel less overwhelmed with new products.
For this spread I used a variety of elements from past Studio Calico, Gossamer Blue and Citrus Twist kits.  The spread is fairly simple.  I added a blank grid card to some of the filler cards to be able to journal on them. I did that with the red chevron and the red card with the hearts.
Even after 4 years ( I skipped 2010 and regret it ALL OF THE TIME) of using the pocket pages style I am still really enjoying this type of scrapping.  The one regret I have about 2009 is that I had a really bad camera and the pictures are very dark.  For about a minute I thought of reprinting them but quickly realized that would be JUST CRAZY!  
How are you coming along with your Project Life album?

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My approach to Project Life 2014

Hello 2014! 

The year of downsizing.

For quite some time now I have been debating on downsizing my Project Life album. Not because I struggled keeping up with the album and not because I didn't have enough photos to fill the pockets (although towards the end of 2013 I found myself thinking "I better take more pictures to fill up this weeks pockets"). Defeats the purpose of the album doesn't it?

I debated switching to a smaller size because the completed albums (yes I have more than 1 album per year) are so HEAVY! My family has great difficulty handling the albums.  I have little kids and they can't manage the albums on their own.  Heck, I can barely manage.  

I have tons of 12x12 pocket protectors in all types of designs.  I don't like being wasteful and because of that I stuck with the 12x12 size for 2013.  Then I realized that those 12x12 page protectors will be used for other projects, like vacation and school albums. 

I also debated downsizing  how much I purchase for the project. It was hard BUT I cancelled most of my monthly kit subscriptions and I *plan* on using JUST my stash after my last sub expires.

I used a Studio Calico 6x8 Handbook for my December Daily and I really liked working with it. 

I finally decided to use a Handbook for Project Life 2014.

This is the album I'll be using.The Studio Calico Snippets Album.

I got a REALLY good deal and purchased three albums. I'm not sure if I'll use all three but I didn't want to take the chance. 

I had fun creating the first few pages of the album.
I used the January Gossamer Blue Life Pockets kit.

I trimmed a pocket page in half for the intro page and used ribbon as a tab.  
Back of the intro page

I am really pleased with the end result.  I did not create anything groundbreaking and did not use any new techniques. But I am very satisfied! 
Next time I'll share some of my ideas on maximizing the real estate in a 6x8 album. 
Are you making any changes to your approach for PL 2014?

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

December Memories 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

December Daily (DD) 2013!  If you are unfamiliar with the concept of December Daily then visit Ali Edwards Blog 
      This year I will be working with the December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue. Unfortunately the kit is sold out.  It is so LOVELY and PACKED with Christmas goodies. The kit  includes enough product for the mini album and for Project Life pages.  I took some time to set my kit up and reserve a spot for it on my desk.  I sorted the embellishments and put them in small baggies.  I also set up the page protectors in the album. I sorted through my stash and added a few more things like alphas and another stamp set. But other than that I haven't done much else. Many scrappers work on the cover and on the base pages. I'm not! I usually leave the cover for last.  And the year I created base pages I ended up NOT using most of the pages.  I hope to use some of the digital files that came with the kit. I have spent some time learning some PSE basics and hope to use those newly learned skills this December. I will continue to work on PL and have no problems with duplicate pictures in both albums because the DD album gets packed away with the Christmas Decor while the PL album stays out all year long.  

Last year I used the Studio Calico DD kit.  It included an adorable 4x6 Linen album. I  got the idea for the tree from another scrapper (but can't remember from who...sorry) 

This is one of my favorite projects.  Not only do I love the Christmas season but the mini album is one of the projects that I actually start and finish.  I started back in 2010.  My first album was 8x8, 2011 was 8.5x11 (that one is HUGE) and 2012 was 4x6.  This will be my first time working with a 6x8 handbook.  I think it is a good size for the project.  
I won't promise to share my pages on the blog because let's face it I haven't kept up with regular posts and it is unlikely that I could post regularly during the Christmas Season. We shall see!
I would like to take the time to thank those of you who do post your pages regularly because it helps keep me inspired throughout the season.  If you are interested in getting some inspiration for your album check out Ali Edwards' blog and Flickr. Many talented scrappers share their pages there.  
I would like to see what you have created so far...
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