Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scrapping With Die Cuts and a VIDEO!

Hello, hello! I have another video by request for you today! The topic? Scrapbooking with die cuts, the kind you cut yourself specifically. I don't have an electronic die cut machine as the last thing I want to do is head to my computer before I get scrappy. But, many of the same results can be achieved with a Sizzix, and that is perfection for me. I actually use it quite a bit... so, let's take a look at how that went, shall we?

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And there we have it!
Love all those details!!!

I hope you had as much fun watching that as I did creating it! Stay tuned for Part 2...

See you soon!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nothing Says Summer Like...

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

We are all about mid-summer this week! Mid-summer is a time of hot temperatures, long days, longing for more time spent by the water, and vacation. Whether your creative mind wants to take a vacation or be inspired by Shakespeare; play with a Farmer’s Market inspired paper line or stamp into a starry night frenzy – we challenge you to create and share with us.


Well, nothing says summer quite like a newborn in a swimming suit, right?
HA!
Yes, I know it is most ridiculous to put a five week old in a bathing suit, but I couldn't resist. In fact, I purchased said suit knowing full well that the only purpose it would serve was extreme cuteness that begged for a photo op.

And that's what it did! I got my photo and now it's time to scrap it...
I have my goodies gathered and those flowers on the photo (that I achieved using the Rhonna App) are inspiring me to make some floral embellishments of my own. These stamps from Simon will work perfectly!
I tried a couple of different things.... Here, you can see one that is stamped white and one in black. The white is too subtle and the black is too harsh...
Ah ha! So, I decided to do all of my stamping in black, then follow up with a soft whitewash to tone it down. It worked great and now I am going to do some coloring with watercolors...
 And there we have all of my little handmade embellies...
Now, with all of my layers in place...
 Time to place those goodies around...
 Those are all set and now it's title time...
 A little hand done pencil script...
Journaling added...


 And there we have it!
 I had more fun dotting all of these bits and pieces about the page...
I'd say that $15 swimsuit was totally worth it!!! A cute photo and a fun time scrapping...

Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge.

Go get crafty 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 :)



Thursday, July 17, 2014

I've Been Camping...

...and Scrapping! That's right, Camp Scrap with May Flaum is well under way and I am loving every minute of inspiration!

May has, once again, outdone herself with content. This year, Camp is broken down into four sections... Art Journaling, By Design, Kit-Tastic, and Mixed Media. I am partaking in all four sessions and each one is just LOADED with videos, projects, and inspiration!

I highly recommend taking all four classes. Not only because it is the best value, but also because I have found that the inspiration is muddling around my brain and turning into a melting pot of ideas. 

We are in the third week of class and I have some fun things happening on my craft desk! While I am tinkering away on all of those, I thought I would show you what I worked up during the first two weeks of class...




My starting point for all but one of these was the sketch provided in the "By Design" section of camp. The second to last layout above, the one with the prize ribbons, was prompted by a challenge that May issued to alter a pre-made embellishment. This got me to use this somewhat challenging patterned paper. LOVE THAT!

You know what the best part about class is with May? The videos. I love videos in general, but her's are the best! Why? They are real. May films them in real time, talks in real time and has the amazing ability to explain what she is thinking in a cohesive manner while simultaneously crafting. Mad multi-tasking skills, I tell ya! She shares the good, the bad, the successes, the failures. She is always authentic and that I most certainly find inspiring.

You have until August 8 to purchase all four sessions of Camp in one bundle. You do not want to miss that!!! 

I'm off to watch more of the videos from this week and do some more scrapping! I hope to see you in Camp.

Have a great weekend!




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For...

For Ice Cream!

Yes... I am pretty sure I shrieked a little when this fabulous die landed on my craft desk!
Seriously! Is that not the cutest thing ever? It is one of the many adorable products that Simon just released in their "This is the Life" collection. Well, as you can see from the photo above, I didn't waste any time gathering some supplies to put this little die to use...

With just a couple of cuts, you can see that we are well on the way to a completed card! I just love the delicate outline of the cones... 
 A little watercolor will set them off perfectly...
And the best part of this die? It also cuts out cute little ice cream scoops and cones! When cut using several patterns, they are the perfect build-your-own cone shapes!
 I had a few extra and couldn't part with them, so I popped them onto some scraps for later use...
With my die cuts all layered up and my some mist added...
We have a completed card!
I've already put it in the mail to someone special.

I was having so much fun with those ice cream shapes that I couldn't stop there.
I wanted to see how lots and LOTS would look layered up and stitched down...
SO pretty! What a fun texture!

Perfect for this Sweetness...



Did you notice too that with the scoops cut off, the cones make a perfect banner shape? See at the top of the layout there? How fun!

Thanks for joining me today as we played with this super fun new product!
Be sure to head over to Simon Says Stamp and check out all the cuteness in this new release!





Monday, July 14, 2014

Just a Pretty Face?

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

From face stamps to the face of a clock, cameos to silhouettes – this week we challenge you to be inspired by a face of some kind.

I was inspired by a fun Crafter's Workshop stencil to scrapbook a page about my oldest daughter. Here, I have gathered my supplies...
 First up, let's get some faces on our background using some Distress Ink and a Foam Blending Tool...
 Oh, I LOVE that! Look how fabulous that looks with her peeking out from behind the cloud... yay!
 With all my faces stenciled on, it's time to see where the real star of this show will live:
Layering up some papers...

This is one of my favorite page compositions. I love the visual tension and balance created by having one large stack of layers and the photo on one side of the page, along with a smaller stack on the opposite side of the page...
Now that I pretty much have my basic design down, I want to highlight some of that stencil work with my white Signo pen...
 Ah yes! Likey so...
A few more embellishments added...
 
And a cute little umbrella never hurt anything...
And there she is! My darling girl...
So much more than just a pretty face!

Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge.

Go get crafty 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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