Monday, September 1, 2014

Bold With Gold


Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.

This week kicks off Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp and to get the party started, we are going bold!

Make a statement with bright ink, a large stamp, or otherwise be bold in your stamping! Whether you take a big chance in your art journal or try stamping onto a nearly finished project- we can’t wait to see.

I decided to go bold with gold. Gold embossing on one of my favorite background stamps, to be exact!
 Ooooh - pretty!
With my photo next to my embossed heart, I started layering papers and lining up embellishments...

And then got ready to punch some little hearts...
But, I suddenly realized that I did not like the direction this was going. Not one bit. The hearts were feeling clunky and the line of embellishments was feeling a bit too predictable. Plus, I am not a huge fan of pink and green together on my pages, so I'm not too sure why I went in that direction.

So, what did I do? Well, for one, I stepped away and pondered.

Then, I took the whole thing apart, tore the stamped image...
 added some die cut hearts...
 And there! Much better.
I do love a good challenge and this certainly turned out to be one!


Now it's your turn... 

Go get your craft on and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scrapping In the Pockets!

Hello there!

I had a request to do a video on pocket page scrapbooking...
But, I don't do this style of scrapbooking all that often... hmmmmm....

How did it go? Let's have a look! (having trouble viewing the embedded file? Try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ODgTj60i0 )



That was fun!





Thanks so much for coming along on that adventure. Remember, you can check out those Layering Papers in my Etsy Shop!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hand Made Kraftiness...

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.

Our theme this week is "witch-kraft..."


We’re a bit early with this one, but the word play combined with getting a jump on fall decor and a new color palette has us eager! What magic will you work with kraft? Or will your project be more witchy? Whether themed or color based – you can fly in a lot of directions with this one…

I'm not much for witches, but I do LOVE me some kraft. And, the best part about Kraft in my opinion, is the tone on tone possibilities that exist.


Now, to take this one step further, and drawing inspiration from a class I recently took with our fearless leader, May, I decided to play with the tone-on-tone look of some paper rolls.


 Look how cute they are in this grid!
As you can see, I also rolled a bit of patterned paper in with the kraft, so to play on this, I am trying a hand cut title using some of the same patterned paper. I also like that it adds to the handmade feel. Plus, this layout is about a present that was handmade for our little one. See? It's all tying in... love that!
OK! I have filled up my little grid and added some sketchy lines. Now, it's time for some more tone on tone action in the form of stamping. This Simon Says Khaki color is perfection when stamped on kraft!
Since I have all of this laid out and don't really want to mess things up, first I stamped my images on some scraps of kraft. Now, I am playing with placement. I like this, so it's time to go for it!
And now we are all stamped and rolled...

Wondering how I adhered these rolls down? Perfect Paper Adhesive. Another trick from May. This stuff completely disappears when it dries! Love it! So, I just put some down in my gird area, set my paper rolls on top, then took a couple of heavy tools (scissors, stapler, etc) and weighed them down until dry. Easy!
 Journaled and embellished...
 A few mists and sequins too...
 And there we have it!
Now that was some super fun hand made kraftiness, if I do say so myself :)

Now it's your turn... 

Go get your craft on and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



How awesome is that?


Here is my supply list :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Layering the Printables...

I've been working on something for a while...

But, before I tell you what it is, let's back up a minute...

I love to layer. I am sure you know that. I love scraps and I love pattern. I also love mixed media work. 

Well, here's the thing. Sometimes I want just a hint of mixed media on my page, but I don't want to get out all my paints, stamps, mists, etc... and work something up just to layer it under 28 other papers. 

Or, sometimes I just want one little heart that isn't plain white. I want to be able to punch it out of a messy mixed media page.

Or, maybe I just want to die cut a banner shape and have it look custom in an instant, you know....without having to whip out the paints and such...

So, that got me thinking. Why couldn't I create some printables? But, not your typical printables.

Why not your typical printables? Well - I don't want pre-determined tags, arrows, banners, or journaling cards with phrases on them. There is nothing wrong with that, but I tend to have plenty of those things already in my stash, plus I don't tend to use them all that much.

I want something that is completely customizable! 

So.... What am I holding in my hand???

My new Printable Layering Papers, that's what! YAY!!!

I have been scrapbooking with these for a bit already and now they are available in my Etsy Shop!

You might have already seen the layouts that I have used these layering papers on...
You can find more information about this layout here

So, can you spot the layering papers? See all of the lovely blue with the clouds? Yep! That's them. They are all from the Clouds Printable Set. Oh, and speaking of clouds... those larger blue ones were fussy cut from the layering papers. FUN!

And then there is this layout...
You can read more about this layout here.

Can you find the layering papers? They appear in several places... The bottom right with the date, the left side with the journaling, the circle heart with the staple, and the top with the "love" word on it. These are all from the House Printable Set.

I also have a Rainbow theme set listed.

So, what all comes with the digital download? I'm so glad you asked...

The image above shows you the entire set... everything that is included with one purchase of $4.50.

This includes...

- 3 different 8 1/2 x 11 digital files.... 1 light version, 1 medium version, and 1 dark version of the images to suit your color needs and preferences. Each version includes 3 different 2x3 blocks and 3 different 3x4 blocks, as well as 8 different 1 inch circles
- 3 separate 4x6 journaling style cards
- 1  8 1/2 x 11 journaling card sheet

That's a total of 7 different digital files and when all cut out as is, 
you will have 59 different pieces!!!
All printables are PDF.

Did you notice that there are three color variations of the main printable sheet? I did this because I wanted the choice and variety. Sometimes I am looking for more contrast and sometimes I want something more subtle. With this variety included, you don't have to think about toning something down if it is too bright, or coloring over it if it is too subtle. My hope is that there is something for everyone and every project!

Come back and see me next week for a video of a project where I put these layering papers to use!

Oh yes, and of course I plan on adding more sets to the shop as time passes...

Thanks for stopping by and happy layering...


Monday, August 18, 2014

Layered Tag Love...

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.

This week anything goes!

My fellow DT member Suzz makes the most lovely tags! So layered and full of goodness… I was inspired to try my hand at some layered Tags this week as well.


Here, I have gathered some tags and some 6x6 papers from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut collection...
 First up? Texture! A stencil and some modeling paste ought to do it...
 So pretty!
 With that dry, I want to add some color. So. some color shine mists are perfect...
 And now for lots of layering with pretty paper scraps!
 Love that!
When I started working on these tags, I wasn't sure where I would end up... But, I do think they will work very nicely with this photo. Remember the die cut video I did recently with the silly photo? Well, I think this page will be perfect for a couple of the photos that actually turned out good...
 I played around with the tags on this blue background for a while...

Layering them up and such...
And in the end, I cut that out at put the whole thing on a lovely field of white... 

Ta Da!

That was fun! I love creating with no end result in mind!

Now it's your turn... Remember, anything goes this week!

Go get your craft on and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



How awesome is that?


Here is my supply list :)



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