Friday, December 9, 2016

December Daily ~ Day 5 & 6

Ahhh.... it's finally Friday, and today I have a few more pages from my December Daily to share.  December 5th marked the first real snow that stayed on the ground for this season.   It's sweater weather for sure this week... Brrrrr!



Day #5:  For the journaling card, I found this cute cup image in a Google search & then added the journaling in Photoshop.  The Day 5 card is from the Ali Edwards Kit & I added chocolate brown chipboard letters & a heart that I had in my stash.   I put the photo on brown cardstock & then added some sticker letters from my stash as well.

Day #6:  This is our Christmas card for 2016 & I love it!  No... I don't make our cards anymore.  I hate repetitive work & I always want to include photos.  A few years ago, I started using Tiny Prints and put together a tri-fold card online.  I love them!  They are super high quality and this year I had 9 photos on the card.



After I made the page, I decided I wanted to add a bit of journaling.  So I added a 4x4 page protector with a photo on one side.  The silver star & the "family" and "friends" stickers are from the AE kit.


Flip it over and there is the journaling.  I also added one of the return address stickers that I bought this year as an embellishment.  Which I like because years down the road, I will have our address documented.


I wanted this page to be interactive so the entire card could be viewed as is & also pulled out.  I made a pocket sleeve with snowflake vellum (from my stash) and attached it with silver brads.  The "Merry Christmas" is actually on the card, but I love how you can see it through the vellum.  The silver stars are from the AE Kit, but everything else is from my stash.


This photo shows the card pulled out.



Here's the back of the card.  I love this photo of my husband, son and daughter all pointing in different directions.  It just cracks me up every time!  This photo was taken in Skagway, Alaska.  I added a sticker to each card that said "Lost in Alaska ~ June 2016".


Thursday, December 8, 2016

December Daily ~ Day 3 & 4

Hi Friends!!!  Christmas prep is all around us and I'm here to share the next few days of my December Daily with you.  Not all days will be filled with Christmas activities, but these two days will be.

Day #3: This is when I began working on my December Daily cover pages.  I would have loved to have worked on foundation pages ahead of time, but I came a bit late to the party with this project.  But that's OK, because so far, I'm keeping up pretty well!  On this day, I added a few of the Jasmine Jones journaling cards that I purchased from Ali Edwards, added the "December" from the Christmas Star Stamp Set, and then the big #3 from the DD Ali Edwards 2015 kit.  I typed out my journaling for the other card and then added a few little silver stars from the most recent Ali Edwards Story Kit.

Note: The Jasmine Jones kit is only available on digital at this time & the 2015 DD Ali Edwards kit is no longer available.



Here's a close up of the details.



Day #4: Any time Matt can play an instrument (even if it isn't one he normally plays), he will participate... so of course, I had to document it!  Today I used cards from the AE Kit along with some felt snowflakes I had in my stash (from Stampin' Up... years ago).  Start digging through your stuff girls... you'll be amazed at what you find!


A close up for the details.



I hope you're enjoying my trip through December...
I'll be back tomorrow with more and some of my favorite pages so far.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Daily 2016

Hi Friends!  I'm super excited to share a new project I'm working on this month... December Daily 2016!  Each day of the month, I am documenting the "Holiday Happenings" of our family.  Well, some days activities may not be holiday related, but you get the jist of it.

On Black Friday, I purchased the Ali Edwards December Daily Kit from 2015 & I've pulled out a bunch of things from my stash as well.  I'll primarily be working with these supplies for the entire album.

Cover Page: I used one of the transparent pages that has white type on it.  Then I added the white tree and added some twine and a rhinestone to it.  Then I added a red cardstock banner behind the "December Daily" rubber embellishment.  The final touch, I added block sticker numbers for the year.



Inside Cover/Day #1: For the other side of the transparent page, I decided to add a red felt snowflake (by Stampin' Up from my stash) to cover up the adhesive I used to attach the tree on the cover page.  I also stamped the sentiment from the Kelly Purkey Good Cheer Version 2 stamp set on the red cardstock banner & placed that in the same spot as I did on the cover page.  Then I added the same letter/number stickers for "Day 1" .  I like that the adhesive is covered up ... it's a cleaner look.

For "the reason why" page, I downloaded the title from a free download on the Ali Edwards Blog & then typed my letter for why I decided to do a December Daily this year.




Day #2: I apologize up front for the lousy photo on this one, but the close ups below are better.  The full page is from the AE kit & the other pieces are from the Jasmine Jones 2015 mini kit.  It sold out but I've linked the digital kit.


The "december" and the stars were printed on the page.  I added the chipboard "no. 2" and the gold heart.



I added a "2" that was die cut with gold cardstock and typed my journaling on the computer.  Then added a gold chipboard heart to the "together" card.  Easy Peasy!


So there are my first few pages... I'll have more in the days to come.  I hope you'll enjoy my December Daily journey!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Gift Set

Happy Monday Friends!  Today I wanted to share a little Christmas Gift Set that I made for our Band Mom Christmas Party/Gift Exchange.  What a super fun night with amazing ladies!!  
Here is the set with the tin closed...


and the tin opened to show a gift card.



Supplies are all from Taylored Expressions.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tea Party Invitation

It's time for a tea party!  One of my sweet friends asked me to make her daughter's birthday invitations for her 5th birthday.  They were having a pretty shabby chic party and wanted to coordinate the colors and look on the invite.

I pulled out my sweet little Stacked Teacup die from Taylored Expressions along with the Some Like it Hot stamp set for the sentiment.  I love how the invite turned out!



For the inside of the invitation, I used the Little Bits Teacup & Teapot along with the RSVP stamp set & the Eventful - Holidays stamp set.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gina K ~ Festive Foliage Tutorial

Welcome to Monday and the start of the Christmas cardmaking season.  This pretty Christmas set from Gina K Designs is called Festive Foliage by illustrator Claire Brennan.  Below is a tutorial on how I stamped the background with Spectrum Aqua Markers.



Step 1: Using the holly leaf image, color the entire image with the Spectrum Aqua Olive marker.




Step 2: Using the Moss marker, dot the edges of the image.


Step 3: Spray the inked image with a fine mist of water ~ you don't need much.



Step 4: Stamp on watercolor paper.


Step 5: Using a waterbrush, blend the ink colors.


Step 6: Using the Crimson Spectrum Aqua marker, color the berry image.  Then add Wine Red (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker) to the edge of each berry.


Step 7: Spritz with water & stamp on the holly leaves.

Repeat around the entire card panel for the background & add a stamped sentiment.


Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Spring Break 2013 ~ Cafe Du Monde

Hi All... I'm back today with more Project Life pocket pages that I made for our Spring Break 2013 trip.  For these pages, I used the Simple Stories ~ You Are Here Collection, along with some Studio Calico wood embellishments.    Here are my pages from Cafe Du Monde... you can't go to New Orleans without stopping for this deliciously messy visit!



Here are some close up shots of a few pockets :)


I pulled out the typewriter for my journaling




and a second page...




Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Project Life App ~ St. Croix Pages

It's Thanksgiving and I know everyone will be posting fabulous pictures of fall cards & table decor, or food & family gatherings.  Today I decided to post these last few pages from our Spring Break trip 2015 because I am so grateful to this bunch of amazing people and the awesome adventures we have shared together.  To say we love to travel, is probably the understatement of the year.  We travel every chance we get & particularly enjoy going on cruises or RV trips.   We enjoy building memories together as a family through experiences & I will never apologize for the amount of trips we have taken because that's what we enjoy.   




St. Croix is one of our favorite cruise ports & we can't wait to go back and spend a full week there some day so we can explore the island more.








Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Spring Break 2013 ~ City Tour Project Life Inserts

Hi Friends!  As I continue my quest to document more family moments, I've been scrapping up a storm the last 3 weeks.  I'm currently working on pages from our 2013 Spring Break Trip to New Orleans and Caribbean cruise.  I have tons of fun Project Life Pocket Pages and 12x12 layouts to share; however, I have forgotten how long it takes to photograph pages vs. photographing cards, so I've been a little slow getting things up on the blog.

Last week I shared my first two pages from my Spring Break Album, and here are some pocket inserts I made from our first day in New Orleans.  So far, I'm using the You Are Here Collection from Simple Stories for the majority of my pages; however, I have so many fun travel supplies, I've been changing things up a bit here and there.   The dies & stamps I used on these inserts are from Unity Stamp CoTaylored Expressions & Technique Tuesday.



Here's the full layout


And here's another 12x12 pocket page using the same Simple Stories Collection ~ We Are Here.



Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stamp TV ~ Friday Funday Watercolor Marker Tutorial!

Welcome to the Friday Funday Tutorial this week for Gina K Designs & the Stamp TV Kit Addicts Group!  Today I'm not only sharing a fun watercolor background technique, but also a great way to get more mileage out of your Christmas stamps.    I'm using the Home for the Holidays Stamp TV Kit that comes with this awesome Music Background stamp and the sweet little fairy that is part of the Christmas Magic stamps and dies.  Rather than make a Christmas card, I decided to switch up the sentiment and make it a birthday card while still using the cardstock colors that came with the Stamp TV Kit ~ Turquoise Sea & Jelly Bean Green.


Step 1: Stamp & heat emboss the Music Background Stamp on watercolor cardstock with white ink and white embossing powder.


Step 2: Select a watercolor palette to work with.  I selected several colors of my Spectrum Aqua markers ~ Bud Green, Aquamarine, Kingfisher, Peacock Blue, and Navy.  I added ink from the marker to my watercolor tray.

Step 3: Using a waterbrush, I added a drop of water to each color so it was nice and wet and began adding color to the music background. {sorry about the lighting on the following pictures... didn't notice it until after the card was done.}



Step 4: Keep adding color to the background until you have the desired look.  Then let it air dry, or use a heat gun to speed up the process.



Here's a close up!



Come play along on the Friday Funday Challenge in the Stamp TV Kit Addicts Group!


Have a great weekend!!

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