Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just Treats

Just a quick post tonight to share a Halloween layout that I did a while back. I have spent the last two days at the hospital with my fell. She fell and fractured her hip. However, I've been saving this layout to share with you on Halloween so here it is:
To create this layout, I used a technique that Kristina Werner highlighted a while back on Basic Grey's blog. As you can see, my page is a scraplift but I certainly plan to use this technique again. What a fun way to use up scraps or 6x6 pads!

Here's a closer look at the title and yes, I even hand wrote one the word "Just"!

Here's a closer look at some of the embellishments.

And, a peak at some quick journaling with the "who" and "when."

Pattern Paper: Basic Grey (Basics Manila); Cosmo Cricket (Matilda);
Stickers: Basic Grey (Urban Prairie letters); October Afternoon (Farm Fresh Journaling label);
Stamps: Making Memories (Spellbound);
Ink: Ranger (Jet Black);
Embellishments: Jolee's (candy and pumpkins); EZ Designs die cut; Recollections ribbon

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Leafing" Memories Behind Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Leafing" Memories Behind Blog Hop. A few of us on the Club CK Forum (17 to be exact!) are sharing projects that incorporate leaves. If you didn't arrive here from Mandi's blog, you may want to hop on over to Amanda's blog so you can start the blog hop from the beginning and enter Amanda's blog candy.

So here's my layout:

This layout all started with a piece of patterned paper that I never even used. I hate when that happens but my design took a left turn when I saw Nichol Magouirk's October Scrapbook Stamping class over at Her challenge this month was to stamp a scene on your scrapbook page. Because I was creating a busy and colorful scene on my page, I opted to use the more neutral papers from Little Yellow Bicycle's "Hello Fall!" collection.

To create my scene, I pulled out an old stamp set (Branching Out from Stampin' UP!) and used my new Tim Holtz seasonal distress inks along with some other distress inks. For the title, I used the die-cut letters that was part of the LYB collection along with two Technique Tuesday stamps. Here's a a close-up of the scene I created for my title block:

For the journaling, I created a little banner using yellow and cream banner stickers from Studio Calico. At first, I journaled straight on the sticker but the combination of my brown marker ink and the finish on the sticker yielded a lot of smears. To cover them up, I traced and hand cut banners from the paper left over from my title block. To adhere the banner, I tied my twine into a bow with one long tail. I put a dab of Glossy Accents behind the knot and affixed it to the page. I draped the longer of the two tails to the edge of the page and used the Tiny Attacher. I popped the banners on foam adhesive. Here's a closer look:

The journaling reads: I long for the days when we spent time as a family picking apples and pumpkins. What beautiful memories I have!

The cluster of leaves on the bottom of the layout is from the LYB cardstock diecuts and corrugated shapes. Because the brown color on the maple leaf was so intense, I sprayed it with Mister Huey in Calico White. I arranged the cluster around the quote that appears on the bottom of the patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting. Now, hop on over to Devra's blog.

Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello Fall!);
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Branching Out); Technique Tuesday (Amazing by Ali Edwards; Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards); Papertrey Ink (Library Ledger; Library Ledger Year Additions):
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs; Ripe Persimmon; Seedless Preserves; Shabby Shutters; Scattered Straw); Studio Calico Mister Huey (Calico White);
Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle cardstock diecuts and corrugated shapes (Hello Fall!): Studio Calico label stickers (cream and yellow); My Mind's Eye twine (Lime Twist); October Afternoon label stickers (Seaside);
Tools: Fiskars border punch (Scallop Sentiment); Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


It's starting to look like Halloween around here -- although you would never guess that judging by today's temperature which reached 84 degrees! Anyway, I thought I would share a layout I made using last year's pictures. Here it is:

I started this layout wit two matching pieces from the Basic Grey Basics line. Does anyone know if the are phasing this line out? I didn't see it at CKC but I just love it! It's a great alternative to cardstock. But I digress! I adhered the stripe paper about one inch off the bottom. To frame my pictures, I fussy cut the wonky frames from the journaling spots on Jillibean Soup's Pinch of Hair. I cut a third journaling spot and stamped

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Inspired by PageMaps

Sometimes a sketch proves to be truly inspiring. Such was the case with Becky Fleck's October Pagemaps. When I saw her sketch, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Here's Becky's sketch:

And here's my layout:

(I have to apologize for the blueish tinge on my photos lately. Sal got me Photoshop Elements for my birthday and my learning curve is rather steep. If anyone has any tips, I would love to hear them!)

As you can see, I kept pretty true to the sketch. I switched out the 4x6 photo and used a 5x7. I love this photo of the kids watching the fireworks! Instead of a circular element in the bottom left corner, I added a rectangular transparency. Love how the shiny stars help anchor the corner. I am finding that I love using transparencies as mats more than I do as overlays. The title is from the My Mind's Eye accessory sheet which I customized with Stickles. Here's a close-up:

I used a Papertrey Ink Tag Sale die to created the journaling label. I added a strip from the accessory sheet and stamped using Technique Tuesday stamps for further customization. I was so happy with how the tag came out that I used the rest of the lined paper to cut out journaling tags for my stash.

The journaling reads: One of my favorite summertime traditions is the 4th of July BBQ at the P***'s. Good friends, good food and fireworks -- what more can you ask for!

Cardstock: American Crafts;
Patterned Paper and Accessories: My Mind's Eye (American Made);
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Good Times; Everday Life);
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Night of Navy; Riding Hood Red);
Tools: Papertrey Ink die (Tag Sale #1); Spellbinders Shapeabilities (Lotus); Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher;
Misc: Transparency (My Mind's Eye/Lime Twist); Button (Doodlebug/Ladybug); Diamond Stickles by Ranger; Twine from my stash.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

World Card Making Day (Or Should I Say Weekend?)

Well yesterday was World Card Making Day and a previous commitment (like babysitting for my adorable two year-old nephew) meant that there was nothing crafty happening here. Today, Mark and his high school band marched in the Huntington Columbus Day Parade so nothing crafty today, either! However, to honor the day, I thought I would share a card that I made recently. This one was for my niece, Lisa, on her birthday. Here it is:
This card is pretty self explanatory. The music paper is actually real sheet music that my friend salvaged from her elementary school's recycling bin. To add some texture to it, I stamped it with Hero Arts Envelope Pattern background stamp and then distressed the edges. I thought this was the perfect touch for my niece's card since she is a Music major! I added the same background pattern to the sentiment piece. Here's a close-up:
In honor of World Card Making Day, Michele Kovack has a giveaway over at her blog. You can find it here!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream);
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Sweet Threads); sheet music;
Stamps: Hero Arts (Envelope Pattern; Antique Engravings); Technique Tuesday (This Is the Day by Ali Edwards);
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Elegant Eggplant); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen);
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels Three; Labels Four);
Misc.: brad (Karen Foster Riviera).