Thursday, April 24, 2014

Marching Band Freshman Year Competitions

This week I had some time to get a few pages done on my daughter's Marching Band album.  Still working on her freshman year, but it's coming together quickly & I like the results.  That's the reason I love Project Life type scrapbooking {or what I call Fast-Scrap} ~ it's tends to be quicker than making all 12x12 traditional layouts.  So here's what I came up with for the Regional and Semi-State pages for 2011!

The directors came up with a hilarious challenge for the kids!
{and I see "scissors" is spelled incorrectly, so I need to correct that on the page... LOL}

More tomorrow... thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1 design = 2 looks

For today's cards, I started out stamping the butterflies in both black and white Memento Luxe Inks and couldn't decide which one I liked better... so I decided to make a card from both and just change up the ink colors.  The butterflies are from the Time to Dream stamp set by Crafter's Companion.  I used the Radiant Neon inks (Electric Yellow, Electric Green and Electric Blue) and added the ink with a sponge dauber (from Yellow to Blue) and then kept adding color to blend them.   The sentiment is from The Butterfly Effect stamp set.

For the second card, I used Electric Pink, Electric Purple and Electric Blue Radiant Neon Inks and used the same technique as the first card.  Then I used a sentiment from True Colors stamp set.

Thanks for flying by today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time to Dream...

Hi Peeps!  I had a few minutes to put a card together on Sunday and wanted to use this new charm I found recently at a local scrapbook store.    I decided to use the Time to Dream stamp set from Stamp-It Australia collection by Crafter's Companion along with this great embossing folder called A Stitch in Time.

Thanks for buzzing by today!

Monday, April 21, 2014

TE ~ Sweet Flower Dies

Hi Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! Today I am highlighting a die set from Taylored Expressions called Flower Box Sprigs and Flowers.  The die set includes two different styles of springs and one flower pattern in two sizes (the smaller one pictured below).  Scroll down for all of the product links.

I started with a Kraft cardbase and panel and embossed the panel using the Spotted Cutting Plate.  Then I trimmed out a circle and added a dark orange scallop frame.  The pretty pattern paper behind the circle, is an older pattern from My Minds Eye.  Then I took coordinating patterns from the same paper pack and trimmed out the flowers and sprigs so they would all match.  The larger flower is from the Bloom Where You're Planted die set.  I added some silver rhinestones to the center of each flower and then colored it with an orange alcohol ink marker.

As the final step, I used a sentiments from the Sunshiny Day stamp set, stamped it in Memento Tangelo Ink and trimmed it using one of the dies from the Label It set.

Thanks for buzzing by today!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Sew Lovely...

Hi Peeps!  Happy GOOD Friday!

Just a quick and easy card today sharing these great supplies from Taylored Expressions.  I used the sentiment from the April Stamp of the Month called Made with Love & the sewing machine die from the coordinating die set called Stitched with Love.  The pattern papers are from an older My Minds Eye collection I had in my stash. Super easy little card. 

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Taste of India Blog Hop!

WOOOHOOO!  It's time to HOP!  Yes, it is release day for these gorgeous sets in 'A Taste of India' collection by Sheena Douglass.  All of the links are listed below AND there are prizes for leaving comments!  I know you won't want to miss those!

I used the new 'Henna Mango' stamp set and stamped it on Kraft Cardstock.  Then I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Markers {OR1, OR2, OR3, CG3} and Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils {17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 44, 45}.

Prize Information ~ Comment to Win!

1) Crafter's Companion will 
randomly select SIX (6) comments from the designers blog hop posts and each will win one of the great new sets from 'A Taste of India' Range.
2) Crafter's Companion will also randomly select TWO (2) comments from the Crafter's Companion Blog post, and each winner will have their choice of one set from the beautiful 'A Taste of India' stamp sets.

Participants may add comments to any of the blog hop posts on the Crafter's Companion Blog or the designers blogs {list below}, now through Monday, April 21st until 11pm (ET)/8pm (PT).

Winners will be selected on Tuesday (April 22nd) and announced on the Crafter's Companion Blog on Wednesday, April 22nd.  

Now it's time to hop!  Don't forget to leave some love along the way so that YOU can be a winner!

  • Crafter’s Companion US Blog
  • Kendra Wietstock 
  • Allie Gower
  • Chrissie Tobas
  • Christiana Reuling
  • Jenn Cochran
  • Jennifer Ingle
  • Laurel Beard
  • Mary Dawn Quirindongo
  • Tenia Nelson
  • Trena Brannon
  • Wendy Price
  • Stephanie Severin 
  • Annette Allen
  • Giovana Smith  
  • Leah l'Orange
  • Lori Barnett
  • Roxanne O'Brien
  • Swarup Murthy
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    The ALASKA Project... THE END!

    Ahhhh.... Ketchikan, Alaska... One of our very favorite spots!   This trip was amazing and every single day was so special ~ but this day {and Juneau} were two of the best.  Our little family of 4 did a Zodiac Boat Tour where we had our own little boat and followed a guide.  WHAT A BLAST!!!  Tim actually captured this photo of the bald eagle catching a fish!  HOW AWESOME IS THAT!  Now our guide did tell us to watch for it & threw the fish... but Tim did capture it, so it was still pretty impressive!

    Like all of the other ports, I included basic facts about Ketchikan for my book.

    Tim caught some MAJOR waves as we came closer to the dock... Meg was in pain for a few days!  We drove right past our ship... boy, did we look tiny!

    We sailed the Inside Passage on the last day of our trip.  It was beautiful and a fun day to just enjoy the ship and our extended family.

    Well that's it for my Alaska Project!  Up next, our cruise to Rome/Turkey/Greece; a few RV trips to the Smokey Mountains & the Outer Banks; and a Spring Break cruise to the Western Caribbean.  Not to mention 3 years of Marching Band pictures.  I can't even continue listing everything I still need to scrapbook ~ it's just too overwhelming!

    I hope you enjoyed my Alaska Project... and now I can say THE END {of this project anyway}.

    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!

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