Friday, August 26, 2016

Project Life {Week 12}

{Week 12}
Let the photos tell the story. That's what I decided to do this week.
With the exception of one journal card, I let the photos tell this week's stories.
I did add text directly on some of the photos before printing.  It's one of my favorite ways of adding words.  Mostly because adding text to the photos doesn't distract from the story the image tells.
I used another DIY label for the title card.  I used the same alphabet stamp from Kelly Purkey as in other weeks...because I like it. So clean. Note how the patterned paper on the title card mimics my daughter's bedding...I love it when that happens.  The two journaling cards were also a perfect match.  They are from a very old Citrus Twist kit.
See the letter M?  I added that because it helps me remember which kid is in the photo!  My two youngest boys look VERY similar and recently they came to me arguing about who was in a picture they found in my photo box. And guess what? I didn't know either.  
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Project Life {Week 10}

{Week 10}

Long time no post...I know. I have been working on my pages slowly, and am caught up through Easter.  I have even photographed the spreads.  I just haven't had much motivation to share on social media.
Alright, enough of that. Let's take a look at Week 10.

This week includes a honor society induction, a doggie hair cut, art and a Mickey Mouse birthday party.
Here's a closer look at Week 10.

I was thrilled to find the 'one in a million card' in my stash because it complimented Minnie's dress.  I cut down the Honor Society Program to fit in the 3x4 pocket and stamped my son's name right above the date. 

There never seems to be enough 4x6 cards in the  monthly Project Life kits.   So I have created my own.  I used a DIY label and stamps to create this week's title card.  

The cards in this weeks spread are from the Gossamer Blue October 2013 Life  Pages  Kit.  I swear that kit is endless. I have created so may pages with it.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Heat embossing with pigment ink

Hello there.  
As soon as I saw the Concord and 9th Brushed Blossom stamp set I knew what I wanted to create and the set jumped right into my cart the day it released.

I stamped the flowers and sentiment with Avery Elle's Pigment ink and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.
Initially I heat embossed the flower image after stamping them all and quickly realized that the ink was not wet enough for the embossing powder to stick to. So after using the pigment ink I restamped with Versamark--the Misti tool made this super easy and quick. This extra step made all the difference, giving the entire image a subtle shiny look.

The stamp set includes splatters, but I was too chicken to use them on this set of cards.

The Online Card Class Heat Wave featured advanced heat embossing techniques on day 3.  One of the lessons was to use multiple colors of embossing powders with layered stamps.  Well I don't own many colors of embossing powder and 'adjusted' the lesson with the supplies I had on hand.

Heat embossing with clear powder over pigment ink also solves the issue of drying time. Pigment inks take FOREVER to dry because they aren't absorbed by the paper.  Clear heat embossing locks in the pigment ink and eliminates the drying time. The end result provides an image with subtle shine.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Heat Wave Day 1 Continued

I spent some time yesterday getting to know the properties of the different types of embossing  powders.

First is the Ultra High Metallic Silver Embossing powder by WOW!
The granule's are much bigger than the traditional powders.  The finished look gives a dimensional look to these die cut words.  Initially the powder was not as smooth as in the photo and so I added more heat and the end result is smooth and fabulous.  The stars look like metallic embellishments.  

 The second powder I tried is a sparkle powder with a clear base (purchased at a local craft store).  The detail of this powder is very difficult to capture on camera.  The sparkle looks holographic in real life.  The final result is very textured to the touch.
And then there is my favorite. The Black Sparkle by Ranger.  Initally I thought this powder would fly everywhere, but it didn't.  The sparkle is awesome.  I used white cardstock for all the die cuts and was impressed with the coverage of the powder.  The glitter is smoother than the previous example.

I used Versamark as the sticky ink and applied tips offered by Yana, an instructor in the class.  She offered a bunch of tips yesterday...really awesome ones.  
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Heatwave Day 1

Heat Embossing

I really don't like heat embossing.  I find it to be very messy, mostly because I'm clumsy and knock over the jar of powder. I almost always forget to use the powder tool and the embossing is blotchy at times.  
Hence why I enrolled in the online card class...Heatwave. I'm hoping that the class will help me become better at heat embossing and learn to like it more. 

For today's card I used the most basic type of heat embossing, except that for the sentiment I used Smokey Gray Versafine Ink with an Opaque Sparkle Embossing Powder. For the embossed flowers I used Clear Versamark ink with the same powder.
The sentiment appears darker than the flowers because of the colored ink...making the sentiment 'stand out'.

Based on today's lessons I adjusted how I emboss.  I used lots of the powder tool on the cardstock and even on my hands to reduce the probabilty of having stray powder on the card. I also kept a dryer sheet handy to clean up with.  

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Project Life 2016 {Week 9}

{Week 9}

This week included a PromPosal, haircuts, a cute sweater dress, and the hard decison to rehome our cat. 
Here's a closer look at Week 9
Lots of stamping this week. Lots of stamping.
I used StazOn Ink in both black and white to stamp directly on the photos.  

I got creative with the Kelly Purkey Greenpoint and Williamsburg Alphabet Stamps for my Weekly Title Card.

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Project Life 2016 {Week 8}

{Week 8}

Here's a closer look at Week 8

Our February break happened during week 8.
We finally got snow.  We have been waiting for a really heavy snow fall and boy did we get it.
We spent lots of time indoors, played lots of Skip-Bo and went a bit stir crazy at one point but overall enjoyed the time off.
The highlight of the week was the snow storm and the visit from my dad and step-mom.  
I used my typewriter this week...I have to remember to use it more often. 
Lots of pictures in this week's spread.  The top left photo is of the box of chocolate's I received for Valentine's day. I slapped a DIY label, a flair button and a heart shaped paperclip onto to the photo and called it a day!
Keep it simple...those three words are helping me stay up to date.

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