Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Younger Generation

All of these layouts were in the May issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and now I can finally share them with you.

I love the picture on this first layout. Such a mischievous look on Sheyla's face, hence the title! And this layout incorporates one of my new found loves - canvas. It takes sprays and mists like a dream, and doesn't warp like paper when it gets wet.

This second layout, featuring Emily and Felix, is such a fun layout. Those kids have so much energy, and I think the picture shows this. I wanted the layout to reflect some of that energy, and I'm hoping I achieved that effect.

And lastly, a picture of the twins playing together. And that energy I mentioned earlier, multiply it by two! These two muchkins have an endless supply of energy.

You've seen where my inspiration come from. So, where do you find inspiration for your projects?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

I've recently started thinking about how quickly time passes. I was looking some old and some recent pictures of my niece (who just turned 13) and I couldn't believe how she had grown so quickly. So of course this became the inspiration behind my layout.

This layout was created as a collaborative between Basically Bare and Sketch Inspiration . The sketch was provided by Sketch Inspiration and I used Basically Embellie Banners and Basically Embellie Acrylic Birds for embellishments on the layout.

I had lots of fun with this layout too! Inking, masking, lots of bling and perfect pearls. Very much a girly girl layout, which is fitting of my niece. She's outgrowing a lot of her tomboy ways and is becoming very much the girly girl.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Pirate's Life

Both of these layouts were in the May issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and now I can finally share them here.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHH! If we heard it once, we surely heard it a thousand times on our weekend excursion to Tybee Island Pirate Fest.

What a fun event, and I have tons of pictures to use as inspiration for future layouts.

The picture for this last layout was taken at The Crab Shack. In my opinion, one the best places to eat on the island. And, while you're waiting for a table, you can entertain yourself by feeding the alligators.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Then and Now

This layout is my DT entry for the second June challenge at Better Living Through Scrapbooking.

This challenge was all about showing how you and a close friend or relative have changed over the years. And boy, have we changed or what?!

So head on over, take a look at the other DT creations and get your entries posted for a chance to win the monthly giveaway. The prize for June is a $25 gift certificate to Basically Bare! They have such amazing alterable pieces - plain chipboard, corrugated chipboard, canvas, felt, acrylic. So what are you waiting for?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fun With Stamps

This tag was features in the April issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and I can finally share it with you.

I had a ton of fun creating this tag! It's one of the few projects that quickly and easily came together without a lot of second guessing and reworking.

I started by applying a few colors of distress inks on the background and then stamping the flowers, butterflies, and dotted areas. While the ink was still wet, I applied a light coating of perfect pearls to give a shimmer. Next, the dress form was stamped. I stamped a second dress form onto canvas and cut out the skirt and attached it to the tag for a bit of added dimension. Lastly, the beaded trim and lace were added to the top of the tag.

This was a more time intensive project, but the results were absolutely worth the time!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Canvas and Acrylic Embellishments

This card has two of my favorite mediums - acrylic and canvas! Both are easily alterable to fit any theme.

Using the Basically Embellies Canvas Hearts, I rolled the edges into white paint, then dipped it into white glitter while the paint was still wet. Then I used Staz-On to ink the Basically Embellies Acrylic Bird. To make the wing stand out, I took a scrap piece of patterned paper and used Glossy Accents to adhere it to the back of the wing. Since the Glossy Accents dries crystal clear, it's the perfect adhesive for acrylic. Lastly, a drop of Enamel Accents was added for the eye and the birdie is complete.

You might have noticed I didn't add a sentiment to this card. Why you ask? I like to keep a stash of cards on hand in case I need one at the last minute. By not adding a sentiment, it allows me to have a 99% finished card on hand. It only take a few seconds to quickly stamp a sentiment and I'm ready to place the card in an envelope and give it a home.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fun Layouts of the Munchkins

Both of these layouts were featured in the April issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and now I can finally share them with you.

What could be more precious than watching children sleep? They lose every bit of mischief and become completely adorable.

This second layout was inspired from a trip to Tybee Island, GA last year. We were all waiting anxiously for everyone to board the boat so we could start our site seeing tour.

Whether it's a vacation trip or just everyday occurrences, there is inspiration everywhere that can be used on your scrapbook projects.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tag Tutoral

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine recently had an event showcasing tags, arches, and ATC's made by the staffers. Now I can finally share my creation with you.

I had a blast working in this tag. Instead of using paper as my background, I experimented and used fabric. And what a fun medium to play with too! I will warn you, this tag is technique heavy, but don't let that discourage you at all. For me, that's one of the best things about making projects is the discovery of new techniques to add to my arsenal.

Step One: Take three strips of white fabric and cut to 2 1/2 in by 6 1/2 in each. Randomly spritz with color until thoroughly saturated. Set aside to dry.

Step Two: Once fabric strips are dry, use a brush to coat the cardstock with gel medium.

Step Three: Apply fabric strips to cardstock base, slightly overlapping each strip. Set aside to dry.

Step Four: Once the gel medium is dry, trim cardstock to 6 1/4 in by 3 1/2 in and also round the corners.

Step Five: Using a Crafter's Workshop template and white ink, add circle designs on top of the fabric.

Step Six: To start the beaded fringe, bring up a beading needle from the back to the front of the cardstock and start adding beads. Continue adding beads to the thread until you have about a 12 inch length of beads.

Step Seven: To start forming the loops, bring up a second thread from the back of the cardstock.

Step Eight: Section off approximately 35 beads so you can see where the loop will be placed. Run the second needle under the thread of beads and then take the needle back down the same hole as it was brought up.

Step Nine: Continue forming loops across the width of the cardstock. Once the beaded fringe is complete add a length of floral ribbon across the top to hide the stitch marks.

Step Ten: Using a grip patterned background stamp and white ink, stamp the top right corner of the tag.

Step Eleven: Using a waterproof ink and watercolor paper, stamp wings and cut out.

Step Twelve: Add a drop of color wash onto a craft sheet and add a few drops of water to dilute the color. Brush the color onto the wings.

Step Thirteen: Apply alcohol ink to the back of the clock face.

Step Fourteen: Attach keyhole and wings to clock face.

Step Fifteen: Attach embellishment to tag. Print out quote and also attach to tag.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Whale of a Card

It's time for a bit of fun with a children's birthday card!

When is a paisley not a paisley? When it's transformed into a whale of course! :) I used the Basically Embellies Paisleys to create a super cute whale.

Using the corrugated chipboard from the set, I inked the entire piece with a light blue ink. Once the ink had dried, I used a brown Zig marker and added dots around the edge and then drew a mouth. Lastly, I adhered a googly eyeball to finish the face.

For the water spout, I coated the entire piece with adhesive and then dipped in it glitter.

The "waves" were created by using a 2in circle punch and overlapping the punched circles.

Until next time, keep thinking outside the box. You never know what "creatures" your embellishments might become.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Time To Get Inky

This is my DT entry for the first June challenge at Head on over and play along for a chance to win the monthly prize!

The challenge was to create a layout showing what I do when things don't go my way or I have a bad day. The first thing that immediately came to mind was to get inky. There's just something completely relaxing for me when I get lost in a world of creativity. I crank the music up so I can drown out the world around me and go to town. An yes, after a good play date in my scraproom, my hands look just like this. :)

So, what do you do when it feels like the world is conspiring against you?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dress Form Card

This is my first project as part of the Basically Bare Design Team! Just bare with me as I get all my excitement out! For this project, I just couldn't resist the call of the Basically Embellies Chipboard Dress Form.

The chipboard takes color and dry embosses like a dream. I inked the entire surface with Liquitex acrylic ink and once the ink was dry I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. For contrast, I used a white ink pad and lightly inked over the raised areas. The bottom of the dress form was then inked with gold alcohol ink. To finish off the dress form, a crown charm was added to a piece of ribbon which is tied around the waist.

This card would be perfect for a loved one or special occasion. Basically Bare {Basically Embellies} are so versatile that they can be used bare, dressed up, dressed down, inked, embossed, etc. Just let your imagination have free reign and there's no end to what can be created.
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