Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The ALASKA Project... Zipline Adventure!

Oh goodness!  I looked back and it's been since February since I posted any of my Alaska pages!  I was able to finish up this book this winter and I'm so happy with how it turned out.   Note: I apologize in advance for some of the poorly lined up photos... at this point I just needed to get them done!  LOL!

First up is one of our favorite dinners we had on the ship {or any other trip for that matter}.  The ship has a specialty restaurant called Samba Grill and it is a Brazilian steakhouse.  It was a BLAST and the food was outstanding!

Next up was our day in Hoonah, Alaska ~ Icy Strait Point.  We went on the world's longest zipline and it was THE BEST!  Tim and I had done this before on our last Alaskan Adventure; however, Megan was sick and Matt was too little to go.  So on this trip, there was no doubt that all of us were going on the ZipRider!

For the journing block below, I printed off information about the port and zipline from the internet to add to my page.  I love including information about the places we've been, even if it wasn't something I learned while we were there.  It's a great way to add journaling to your pages and it's so easy!

That night the kids posed for some photos for the ship photographers.  I just added the 8x10 photos to cardstock and a few simple embellishments/stamping and put them inside 8.5x11 page protectors in my 3-Ring binder album.  It's great to be able to add different size pages to the 3-Ring binders.

So that's it for today... tomorrow I will have the final pages and that will be the end of the posts for this trip!  Oh but don't worry... I have TONS more to scrapbook!  It will NEVER end!

Monday, April 14, 2014

it's a butterfly thing...

I think I have a thing for butterflies lately... don't ya think?  This pretty one is from two of the new Sheena Douglass sets ~ Butterfly Effect & True Colors.  First I embossed the butterfly twice on watercolor paper with white pigment ink.  I cut one out and colored it and plopped it on top of the other one ~ I don't like cutting out those fussy little antennas.  

I colored the butterfly with my Spectrum Noir Markers - BT2, BT3, BT4, BT5, CR1, CR7, CR8, EB5, TN7 and then used an Aqua VersaMagic Chalk ink dew drop ink pad to rub ink on the background and make the white sentiment stand out. 

Thanks for flying by today...

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Sneak Peeks with a Taste of India!

I'm so excited to share a sneak peek for a new Sheena Douglass 6-set range from Crafter's Companion that is coming out next week (Thursday, April 17th) called Taste of India and it is just stunning.  We'll be having a big celebration next week, but until then, designers from both the Education and Inspiration teams will be sharing a few sneak peeks each day until the release.  You will be blown away... Pinky Promise!

My card today is from the new Mandala stamp set and I colored my image with both Spectrum Noir markers & pencils (see color lists below).  Yes ~ you heard that right!  Spectrum Noir will be launching a brand new set of the most lovely colored pencils you will ever lay your eyes on!

Supply List:
Spectrum Noir Markers: OR1, OR2, OR3, GB2, GB6, BT4, BT5

Spectrum Noir Pencils: 19, 23, 62, 63, 65, 66
Embossalicious Folder: Splendour

Also showing cards today are...
Check back tomorrow on the Crafter's Companion Blog for more sneak peeks!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Neon Butterfly!

Today I have another fun, bright card using some new Radiant Neon Inks from Imagine Crafts and some great sets from Crafter's Companion.

I began my card using the large script background from the Once in a Lifetime set.  I stamped it using Memento Luxe Wedding Dress White ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. After the images were stamped and embossed, I sponged Radiant Neon Electric Blue, Green and Yellow ink on the card panel working from the outside to the center of the card.  I applied the ink in a a circular motion so the colors would blend.  I went back over each of the colors until I achieved the look I wanted.  Then I set it aside to dry.

The butterfly image from the Take Flight stamp set, also from the Stamp-It Australia Collection and I stamped it using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink on Ultra-smooth Crafter's Companion white cardstock.  Then I heat embossed the ink with clear embossing powder and applied the same ink colors that I used on the background.   Easy Peasy!

These gorgeous colors are available at Crafter's Companion.

Thanks for buzzing by today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dreaming of Butterflies...

Hi Peeps... Today I have a fun, bright card to share using some great new Radiant Neon Inks from Imagine Crafts and some great sets from Crafter's Companion.

I began my card using the butterfly image from the Take Flight stamp set in the Stamp-It Australia Collection and stamped the image several times using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink on Ultra-smooth Crafter's Companion white cardstock.  Then I heat embossed the ink with clear embossing powder.   After the images were stamped and embossed, I sponged Radiant Neon Electric Yellow ink to the center of each butterfly.  Then in a circular motion, I sponged Radiant Neon Electric Orange and then finally added Radiant Neon Electric Coral.  I went back over each of the colors until I achieved the look I wanted.  Then I set it aside to dry.

For the sentiment, I used the Sheena Stamp set, True Colors and embossed the image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and heat embossed it with clear powder.  Again I added the same three Radiant Neon colors above.  Once that was finished, I applied Delicata Gold ink to the edges of the card base, sentiment, and card panels... as well as all over the punched out butterfly on the sentiment.

Here are all the beautiful inks!!!

Come on back tomorrow with another card using new trio of these fabulous colors!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy Hop Day!!!  The Taylored Expressions Baker's Dozen & Key Ingredients designers are all hopping along today to bring you the April Key Ingredients Kit and Stamp of the Month set.  The set is called Made with Love & the coordinating die set is called Stitched with Love.

Here how I made my card today...

  • I used the navy cardstock as my card base and then trimmed dark and light coral panels (all from the Key Ingredients kit).  
  • Next, I stamped the stitching image with a coral color Palette ink for the background on the light coral.  
  • I added a piece of the pretty pattern paper (also included in the Key Ingredients kit) to the bottom of the card and then trimmed out a coordinating piece with my Labels Stacklet 8 dies for my main image and a navy piece with the Labels Stacklet 2 ~ and I embossed that one for a bit of texture.
  • For my main image, I stamped the sewing machine image with the coral color ink and then trimmed it with the coordinating die from the Stitched with Love die set.  
  • Next, I trimmed out some buttons from the Stitched with Love die set for an embellishment and added a few bits of twine... because I hate naked buttons ~ lol. 
  • Both the "SEW" and the "happy" are part of the Stamp of the Month set Made with Love, so I stamped it in a navy and coral and then trimmed it using the Bloomin' Stacklet 2 die set.  
  • As a final touch, I added navy trim using the Ric Rac Border & then added a few gems that were included in the Key Ingredients kit.

See how easy that was!!!!  You can find all of the info about the various Key Ingredients options HERE on the Taylored Expressions website.

The Baker's Dozen and Key Ingredients Designers have made some fabulous cards today to share for the blog hop, so go take a peek and leave some love along the way!

Supply List: 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Change... The Butterfly Effect

I need to keep telling myself this quote today as I go on a college visit with my daughter.  Thankfully, she is still a junior and I have her home another year; however, it will change all too quickly.  No warm beaches or RV trips this year ~ this is probably one of the most unusual {and productive} Spring Break weeks we will have... 3 college visits, work days for my son's Eagle Scout project, and getting taxes done.  I know you're all jealous right... ;)

Anyway... on to the info about my card!  I used this beautiful set from Crafter's Companion called the Butterfly Effect and then colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers and pencils (see colors below).  Then I trimmed it out (crazy right?) and used the Silhouette Garden branches in the background using Toffee Crunch Memento Ink.  I added the sentiment on the bottom by stamping it on white cardstock and then coloring the paper with my GB6 Spectrum Noir marker so it would match the colors on the butterfly.

Sprectrum Noir Markers: GB6, EB2, EB4, OR1, OR2, OR3; Pencils: 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 104.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Call Me... Maybe!

Today I have my very last card for The Rubber Cafe ~ I decided it was time to move on and stepped down from the team at the end of March but thought I'd share this last card I made.

I used the March Creative Cafe Kit called Fashionable Accessories.   I just had to use the phone and matching sentiment from the stamp set included with the kit called Friendship is the Best Accessory.  Super cute!

Creative Cafe Kit ~ Fashionable Accessories (Stamp set - Friendship is the Best Accessory); Cardstock; Pink Seam Binding; Pattern Paper - Bazzill Vintage Lace; Queen & Co Pink Frosties.
Ink ~ Memento Luxe Ink (Rose Bud)
Foam 3D Dots

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Barkley Images from Crafter's Companion!

This week, Crafter's Companion came out with a few additional items in the Barkley Collection ~ a set of acrylic images, a paper pack and 2 embossing plates.    

I made this for the monthly Crafter's Companion challenge and the theme this month is Floral.  The challenge is now on the Facebook page and you can enter your challenge entry from there.  Take a peek at the instructions on how to enter.

Set: Barkley (acrylic)
Pattern Paper: Crafter's Companion Spring Free Download
Spectrum Noir: IG1, IG2, IG3, IG6, IG8, BG1, GT1, GT2, GT3, OR1, OR2, OR3, CG1, CG2, CR1, CR6;  Pencils: 24, 57, 62, 63, 114

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Release: Sketched Blooms

Yipeee!  It's April Release Day for Taylored Expressions!!!!  Once again, Taylor hit it OUT OF THE PARK with another amazing release.

For my first card today, I used several of the new die cuts that are out today ~ Silhouette Stems #6, Band It and Spotted Cutting Plate.  I also used a sentiment from the new Greetings for Her set.

For my second card, I used the stamp set called Sketched Blooms along with the sentiment from the same set.  For the sweet little bow, I used the new Mini Mix & Match Bows using the Doodlebug Springtime pattern paper.  Other TE dies on this card ~ Grass Border and Mini Designer Tags.

Now it's time to hop around to see what everyone else is sharing today!

Supply List:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Sneak Peeks: A Life She Loved

Welcome to Day #3 of the Taylored Expressions April Sneak Peeks. To say that I am excited about today's projects, would be a big understatement!  For our projects today, Taylor asked the Baker's Dozen team to make a decorative item highlighting the new sets being sneak peeked.  I made this Beyond the Page 9-Frame Photo Display by Kaisercrafts and used the Simple Stories Homespun 6x6 Paper pad in each square.  Now I'll be honest, I was a little overwhelmed with the thought of this project before I began; however, I just took it box by box & it all came together beautifully!  Here's a look at the whole piece ~ it measures about a 13.5" square.

Note: Since this is a display piece, I used Memento Luxe inks which are pigment ink (Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk and Nautical Blue) and embossed all of the images and sentiments with embossing powder so they wouldn't fade over time.

In the top 2 boxes, I used lots of pattern papers from the Simple Stories 6x6 Paper Pad along with several TE dies ~ (Box 1) Bloomin' Stacklet 2 & Label Stacklet 2; (Box 2) Build A House & Cloud Duo and a few spare hearts from the Hearts Cutting Plate that I used in another box.  The sentiment in Box 1 is from the new set called When Your Heart Speaks that is being sneaked today.

In Box #3, I used the stamped image & sentiment from the new set called A Life She Loved.  I also used the new TE Label Stacklet 8 dies and a Small Scallop Border die  to help highlight the picture of me and my husband.

For Box #4, I used a cute photo of my kids along with the pencil cup image and the "You Color My World" are both from the new set A Life She Loved.   I also used the new TE Label Stacklet 8 dies and a Chevron Border die.

I love how Box #5 turned out ~ I used the new Cherish Every Moment set to stamp the flowers as a background on Choice Kraft cardstock and colored the flowers.  Then I added the sentiment on the smallest Label Stacklet 8 die, trimming off the edge.

For Box #6, I had to include our furry babies on this family frame because they are such a big part of our family.   I used the sentiment from the Trixi stamp set along with the Paw Print border for a few special {yet subtle} touches on this box.

And now for the bottom row of the frame... for Box #7, I used several pieces of pattern paper and since there was a sentiment already on the paper "Home is Where the Heart Is", I decided to keep the rest of the box pretty simple.  I added a heart background with the Hearts Cutting Plate and then simply added one of the spare hearts to the pattern stripe.

For Box #8, I used the new Spotted Cutting Plage {click the picture to enlarge so you can see it}, along with the new Silhouette Stems #4 and a sentiment from the new When our Heart Speaks stamp set.

For the last box (Box #9), I focused on the fabulous image & sentiment that came in the When our Heart Speaks stamp set.  It's so pretty and delicate!  This box could easily be an entire card front!  I used a few additional TE dies ~ Bloomin' Stacklet 2 & Small Scallop Border to finish off the box.

I really enjoyed making this fabulous frame & can't wait to find the perfect spot in our family room to display it.

For my second project today, I made a clean and simple card which pretty much sums up my thoughts about all of my project...  LOL!

I used the new set called Stroke of Genius for the background and stamped the brushstroke image from top to bottom in some fabulous Neon inks.  Then I embossed them with clear embossing powder and add this fabulous sentiment from the A Life She Loved stamp set.  I trimmed it out with the TE Labels Stacklet 2.   I finished it off with a few Doodlebug black sequins and Voila ~ super happy with the clean and simple look!

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.  

All of the new products being shown today through Wednesday will be released this Thursday, April 3rd.

Now it's time to hop around to see what everyone else is sharing today!

Supply List: {New Release products are noted above in bold print and will be added here after the release}

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