Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Rainbow of FLAIR!

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by this Saturday for the A Flair For Buttons blog hop!




If you have missed any of the stops... here is a complete list:

Ashli Oliver---You are here!
Be sure to stop by everyone's blog and leave a comment... that puts you in the drawing for prizes! YAY! Also... be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a special coupon code :)

I have been super inspired by rainbows lately. So, I knew when I received this amazing selection of colorful flair from the SHOP, that it was going to go on a special page, full of a rainbow of color!


I gathered up my flair and put them in ROYGBIV order... complete with some blobs of paint and watercolor behind them...
I then took a cue from the shape of the flair to create my interactive journaling circles...
A band of color, a row of flair, whimsical journaling spots... and plenty of pen lines...

And there we have it!

A very special page full of a rainbow of flair!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the amazing flair in the SHOP! And when you do, use this coupon code....




Happy Shopping and Hopping... you next stop is the lovely Diane Payne!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Is...

When it comes to scrapping Holidays, things can get a bit redundant, yes? Sometimes the same things are done year after year and the layouts tend to look the same. While it is fun to see the progression of time in the kiddos, that can often be seen in other pages.

So, for this Easter layout, I decided to use a photo from last year and to scrapbook about what Easter means to us in general... NOT year specific.

Let's take a look...

I plan on this layout being fairly simple, with the journaling inside a card of sorts. Therefore, to spice things up a bit I thought some modeling paste might be nice...
 Pretty!
I really like the way that turned out. I might add in some watercolor, but let's work on some of the other elements first. I have adhered my photo to the top of a blank card and layered up some papers behind...

And now for the title. I have cut some plain white letters using my Tim Holtz Alpha Die and Sizzix:
 With that done, I want to make a special little closure for the journaling...
 Likey So!
With all of the elements in place, I do think we could use some more color... watercolors it is!
 And there we have it!
Easter is very special to us and here is the layout to document that, complete with a card full of journaling...
Thanks for stopping by and may you all have a blessed Easter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scrapping With a 12x12 Photo.... And a Video!

Hello, hello! If you have been hanging around the Mailbox for a bit, you know that I really enjoy scrapping with a 12x12 photo as my base. I tend to get asked questions about this, so I thought I might work up a little video that explains more about that...

Take a look...
(having trouble viewing the embedded video? Direct link here: http://youtu.be/NH5Sv5uqYjY)



Super easy and super fun!

Thanks for stopping by and for taking a look!

See you soon!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Look Back at the Luna...

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

DT member Tracy suggested “winged things” as a topic and it got us thinking! Would we use a favorite bird stamp? Add fairy wings to something? Create a tag featuring a spring scene? Accent a scrapbook page with butterflies? There are so many possibilities… perhaps we could do something travel inspired with an airplane or journal about what we would do if we were actually a winged thing…


I took this opportunity to scrap about a sculpture I made way back in Art College...

When I saw that pack of 7 Gypsies butterfly rub-ons, I knew I wanted to play with them. I just wasn't sure exactly how. Then, I stumbled upon these old photos and the wheels started turnin'....
 With all the butterflies cut out...
 I rubbed them on and now want to tone them down with some white paint...
I like the way this is looking, but want to add in some watercolors. So, I am just spritzing the whole page with some tap water...
 Ah yes... that is lovely...
 Photos in place and now for some embellishments...
 Some washi...
 And there we have it!
Thanks to those fun rub-ons, this page came together super fast. And, was quite a delight to take a trip down memory lane.
This wire sculpture of a giant luna moth was a proud moment for me in art school. It was even the first piece that I sold. I often wonder what became of it. This was before the age of cell phones, emails, instagram, and the like. I really have no way of knowing where the kind lady is that purchased it...
But, at least I have these photos scrapped and in my album!

So... now it's your turn! 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, April 10, 2014

Rainbow Rays at the Gym...

I recently crafted up a little Rainbow Mixed Media Piece. I had so much fun with that and was inspired to do more rainbow things...

Today, let's play with some heat embossing and watercolors!

Photos and stamps at the ready...
 All stamped up and embossed with white...
 Now for the rainbow of watercolors...
 Oooooooh - I am loving this!
With the colors radiating from the top, I want to emphasize that "ray" effect, but don't want it to detract from the watercolors. So, how about a little vellum?
 Yep! Now, to just spot around lots of coordinating rainbow bits...
 Now that was fun!
 Just like gym class :)
 I have to say I am loving this rainbow thing...
And all of the fun creative play it brings...
I might just being doing more of that!

See you soon!
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