Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Faithful Pet

Time for another layout that was in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. We all love our pets as we do any other family member and I couldn't resist snapping this pic of Brandy when she was lounging in the sun one afternoon.

Can you believe this layout started as a white sheet of cardstock? I used one of my Martha Stewart border punches and punched strips of white paper to entirely cover the cardstock page. Then I used Ranger Color Wash and randomly spritzed color over the page. Once that was dry, I took a smaller piece of white cardstock and painted on a couple different colors using Faber Castell Gelatos.

Lastly, I added the picture, a floral vine, and a piece of shear fabric. This really was a fun page to complete!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Time!

I hope everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving Day! In honor of Turkey Day, I thought it would be fun to make a couple of cute little table decorations. Can you picture these guys as name cards on the dinner table?

Follow along and we’ll get started making these guys. To start off, you’ll need a set of Basically Bare acrylic gears which have been cut in half. Next, I inked up all the pieces of acrylic with several fall shades of alcohol ink.

Once the alcohol ink is dry (which only takes a few seconds), layer and attach the pieces of acrylic with pop dots. Be sure to only place the pop dots in the middle portion of the gears, otherwise they will be visible on the finished project.

Next up is the body of the turkey. I took a 4 inch circle piece of fabric and inked it brown. Once the ink was dry, I took a needle and thread and slip stitched around the border. Next, add a bit of stuffing and then pull the thread. By pulling the thread it will close up the fabric and you will have a little ball.

Lastly, just adhere the body of the turkey to the acrylic “feathers”, add a couple of googly eyeballs, the waddle, and the beak.

Now, off I go to finish my Thanksgiving Day dinner!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Deer Friend

What a cute card for a special someone! This card was in a previous issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and now I can finally share it here.

The background was heat embossed with clear embossing ink and then I inked over the embossed areas to create a cloud effect.

The grass was made with a die from The Cat's Pajamas and the deer was stamped with a stamp from Sideshow Stamps and then colored with Prismalcolor watercolor pencils. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch and lastly a few Prima flowers were added. It all comes together to make one adorable card!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Showing Off The Twins

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

My star of the show for both of these is Sheyla. Someone decided it was time to experiment with make-up but only managed to get a glob of mascara on the side of her nose.

And the second layout shows Sheyla as she is the majority of the time, with a huge smile on her face.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I was looking at the beautiful display of color Mother Nature has graced us with and used those colors as inspiration for today’s tag.

This tag has a lot going on and I wouldn’t want you to miss any of it. To start, the background was inked using several colors of Distress Inks and a Crafter’s Workshop template then a stamp was added in the bottom corner.

Now on to the embellies. I’ve used two of my Basically Bare gears, the first being the acrylic gear. Acrylic is one of my all time fave mediums to work with. Why? Because there are so many different techniques that can be used! One side of the gear has been inked with alcohol inks and then the other side was stamped with Staz-On ink.

The chipboard gear has been heat embossed with Distress embossing powder in a couple of different shades.

Next up is the key and wings. The wings have been inked with a metallic gold ink and the key was inked with Adirondak Color Wash.

To add a bit of distressing, I pulled up a layer from the chipboard. It just gives a bit more dimension to the gear.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get those fingers nice and inky! Plus, if everyone is inky, I won’t stand out so much with my orange hands. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cards Galore

It's time once again to share a couple of cards that were in the September issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

First off is a clean and simple card made with a fabric mesh I found at a scrapbook convention a few months ago. I simply cut a small piece of the mesh and then layered it Prima paper and then added a butterfly.

My second card has three layers of Prima paper, each at an angle as they were layered. Then I simply added the felt vine, heart, butterfly, and sentiment.

And as I'm uploading these pictures, I realize both cards have ink on them. I'm starting to realize I use a LOT of pink. :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More ATC's

It's time to share a couple of ATC's that were in the September issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

This first one I used a lot of Mixed Media techniques. I started with a piece of canvas cut to ATC size and randomly painted the background with a couple different colors. Once that was dry, I used a stencil and some white paint to create the circles. Then I took some red watercolor paint and allowed that to run down the card. Lastly, I took a heart, ran it through a Cuttlebug, then tore it in half and added a game spinner in the middle. Then I coated the entire card with Glimmer Glaze. The spots that been heat embossed resisted the glaze so you can see the original layer of color.

For the second ATC, I used a fun resist technique. Using watercolor paper, I inked the background with yellow and orange ink. Once the ink was dry, I stamped several hearts then heat embossd the hears with clear embossing powder.

If there's a new technique you really want to try out, an ATC is the perfect place to start. It's small enough to practice with so you don't waste a lot of product if you just absolutely hate the result. But the small size can also pack a punch if you love the outcome.
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