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 :)



Thursday, August 14, 2014

I Challenge You...

Yep! I have a challenge for you this week and it's over on the Studio Calico blog!
Let me tell you more...

As you may know, I just finished taking Camp Scrap with May Flaum. Her classes are always inspiring and this one was no exception! There is just something about watching her videos that always gives me the itch to scrap. Each week, we were provided with a starting point style sketch, along with plenty of ideas and inspiration. In one week of the class, she showed a video where she did a ton of sequins in a line on a card. It was GORGEOUS! Of course, I couldn't wait to try that on a layout. With the sketch of that week in my hand, I went to work and this page was made.

I have had some people ask how I adhered all the sequins down. Another tip from May... Perfect Paper Adhesive. I am new to that product and have been enjoying it. Unlike tacky glue that has a slight dimensional effect when dry, this stuff completely disappears when dry... perfect for gluing on sequins! I just ran a few messy lines of the glue along my paper and went to town. Easy!

I was honored to have this layout chosen as the Weekly Challenge! Head on over to check it out and to join in!

Have a great weekend everyone and I will see you soon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tag, I'm It!

Hello, hello! Two posts in one day? Well, that's a first! 

If you are looking for the weekly Simon Challenge (see pict above), check it out here.


So, now for a fun little "hop" post. 

A couple of weeks back, the lovely and talented (and when I say talented, I mean the kind of "this looks effortlessly placed and so carefree, yet perfect at the same time, kind of scrapbooking" talent) Sasha Farina asked me to participate in a super fun blog hop where you get "tagged." Seriously, she is amazing and I was so complimented to get tagged by her! 

Tagged? What am I talking about?

You see, Sasha was tagged by Jill, then I was tagged by Sasha and at the end of this post, I will tag some lovely ladies. Everyone who gets tagged in this fun, and possibly perpetual game, writes a post answering certain questions. Just a fun thing for our community to get to know one another better. Fun, right? Right!

So, here we go...

1. What am I working on right now?
I've been noodling around on a layout for week 6 of Camp Scrap. The view below shows my desk "cleaned" up after I think I am done with the page. (Turns out I wasn't actually done, and I ended up cutting it apart and putting it back together again! More on that in a minute...)
That is about as clean as it gets! Oh, and you might notice the crazy lighting? That picture was taken at about 11 pm. Dark outside, bad lighting inside. Whatever works, right?

Speaking of clean... 
Notice that beautiful mess there on the right hand side?
That's my beloved scrap pile. I can not scrap without this! It lives there and is in a constant state of subtraction and addition. Use a little, add a little. Every now and then I sort through it and throw away the ridiculously small pieces. Not that often, though...

So, what about the layout I mentioned above? I finally finished it and here it is!
I used a sketch from Camp with May and it was quite helpful in getting all of these photos on one page! 

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Well, this is hard to answer as I RARELY have time to work from start to finish in one sitting. Most of my layouts are done in short bursts of time throughout a day or two. I think when all is said and done it is maybe an hour or two?

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
White. I can't seem to get enough of it! I was late to the white party. Partially because I am wired with a weird resistance to anything that seems to be what everyone else does. And partially because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pattern. But lately I am finding that I love pattern even more when it is on a field of white. Also, I think in my subconscious I am liking the calmness of it. As you might guess, my world is anything but calm right now with four kids, aged eight and under... one of which is a baby! So, I guess I have to create calm on my pages for now :)

In addition to white, I am loving clouds, gold mist, watercolor, tiny stamps. vellum, deers and woodland creatures (what is that about? LOL) and my ever favorite Pitt Pens.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Find inspiration. Pull Products. Over think. Change Products. Think again. Think some more. Move things around. Cut things up. Photograph the progress. Stare and ponder said photographs. Cut things into smaller pieces. Move things around. Over think it some more. Glue it all down. Decide I don't like it. Cut it all up. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Decide I like it. Photograph it. Blog it.

No wonder it takes me a couple of hours to flesh out a page!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Techniques. Honestly, I love experimenting and trying new things. Most of the time they end up as final pages, but sometimes it's just fun to play. My initial inspiration usually comes from a design or technique idea. I then find the photo and the story. These combined with the fun techniques and products is what fuels me to the finish line.

6. What is my signature style?
Hmmmm.... this is SO hard to answer. I know when I look at a gallery of my work, it all looks like I made it. But, it's hard to pin one thing down as to why. If I had to take a good stab at it, I would say lots of mixed media, layering, tiny pieces of paper, and penwork.

Well.... that was way more than you wanted to know about me, I am sure! If you are still with me... you get the gold stars! Meaning, you now get to go visit some amazingly talented ladies... the ladies I am tagging to be exact!


  • First up is the unbelievably amazing Anke Kramer. Anke is a German scrapbooker who has such a way with color. I can find inspiration in every single thing she makes. I follow her blog and her Instagram and each post is full of eye candy!



  • Next up is the ever creative Patricia Roebuck. Seriously, Patricia is so inventive. Every one of her pages has me staring at it and wondering "why didn't I think of that?!?!?" Not only does she use product in a wonderfully innovative way, but her designs are always so interesting. Every page is unique, yet so "her."



  • And finally, we have the fabulous Riikka Kovasin. This girl from Finland rocks mixed media like no other! The texture and detail in every one of her projects has my jaw gaping at first glance. She is super prolific and each and every page is pure magic! She also does quite a bit of mixed media work "off the page" and it is all completely inspiring.


So, be sure to check back in with each of these lovelies next Monday as they will continue on this fun "hop!"

Thanks for reading and I will see you soon!

A Scratched Up Bow...

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

We are getting all scratched up this week...


From rubbing with steel wool to sandpaper, giving an aged look with a brown ink pad to crumpling and then flattening back out some paper, or even using a scratched up looking stamp – this week we challenge you to embrace imperfection and get grungy.


One thing that always concerns me when working with Modeling Paste is the potential for it to crack as the paper bends. Well, this week, I am going to use that to my advantage!


Here we are just spreading a thin layer of paste onto some basic white printer paper:

That will take some time to dry, so in the mean time... I crafted up some bows using my favorite Maggie Holmes Die and my Sizzix. Aren't they just the best?!?! I have a vision for these....
 Ah, but first, lets's get back to our experiment. It's all nice and dry...
 ... now, we crumple!
And there it is all flattened out. I know, I know... this looks like one big hot mess, ready for the trash. Don't worry. We will make something fun out of this, I promise...
How exactly are we going to turn this into a thing of beauty, you ask?

First, we paint. With watercolors to be exact...
 This is looking fun now, yes?
 Ooooooh - then, we turn it into a bow! Now, that's what I am talking about!!!
Ok, with those embellies all set, let's scrap!

I do believe some of the leftover scraps from our grungy experiment will make for some wonderful layering papers, but I am not loving the rest of this yet...
Ahhhh.... white. Better already.

I am going through quite the white phase. I can't seem to get enough of the tone on tone layers and such. Turns out, this page is no exception! Isn't that pretty with the layered tissue paper?
 Now that I like the direction I'm going in, it's time to think about all of those bows....
I like the idea of going completely overboard with them. This is a page about my family, so a family of bows might be fun. But, this is not doing it for me. It's too cluttered..
 And now we are talkin'!
Oh - even better! It's not often that I use such a huge title, but it seems to be just the thing here. You know when you are working on something and it just "clicks?" You get so excited and the rest just flows? This is that moment for me...
Now, I want to give these bows a tiny little paint treatment... for texture and to help tone down some of the colors...
 And of course, some more watercolor never hurts either...
Just look at that little grungy, crackled bow, all nestled in...
 And there we have it!



This might be one of my most favorite pages I have ever made. I loved playing with all of those fun bows and patterns.

Plus, I still had plenty of room to journal...
The flexibility of the modeling paste worked out perfectly on that little experiment...
 I might have to do that again!

Okie Dokie!


Now it's your turn...

Go get your crafty grunge 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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