Class is back in session! Today over in the CLASSroom I have a tutorial on how to create this sweet little mini album (measures approx. 4.50" x 5") that I will use to organize and keep my postage in. Or you can use if for 4" Instagram-sized photos if you'd like . . . I hope you'll join me there for all the details!
Happy Labor Day holiday weekend to you all!
Hello and happy Friday, friends! I finally took the time to finish a scrappy project I had in mind from our summer vacation this year and this is what I came up with:
A scrapbook in a mini mason jar (or several jars)! I hope you'll join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for all the details on this project! Happy weekend!
Hello and happy Friday! My family loves tropical island/beach destination vacations and last month we had the opportunity to visit a few. Here is one of my favorite photos from that trip, on this fun, colorful flip flop 11" x 8.50" page:
And anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE my flip flops and wear them everywhere, any time ... as long as it is above about 50 degrees! Thank goodness I live in a relatively warm climate with that type of weather about 9+ months out of the year! :) So it's no wonder I HAD to have this fabulous, huge new Taylored Expressions Flip Flop Garland die set which has four different sizes of flip flops!
A few quick page details to go along with those fabulous flip flops:
Trendy gold metallic cardstock die cut words, with Gold Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen accents and journaling:
You can find full details about this page today over on the Taylored Expressions blog, along with a giveaway of the Flip Flop Garland die set I used AND a copy of the newest issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!! I hope you'll join me there and be sure to leave a comment on the blog post THERE, to be entered for the giveaway!
Hello, and welcome to the Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop ... I’ll be showcasing some of the new stamp sets and dies In my post today!
I also get to give away this gorgeous new floral stamp set, called Bohemian Garden to a lucky someone!
Please leave a comment here on this blog post to enter my giveaway.
Here's an 8-inch scrapbook page of my youngest daughter that I made with the Bohemian Garden stamp set, along with the very cool Be-YOU-Tiful die, Amazing Women stamp set and Mondo Magnolia stamp set and coordinating Mondo Magnolia die (all bold products are linked below in the supply section):
1. I started this page by gold and silver heat embossing the pretty Bohemian Garden flowers onto an 8-inch piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. These stamps stamp so VERY nicely and the outline size is perfect for either embossing or coloring and the variety of flowers in the set is wonderful!
2. Next, I die cut the Be-YOU-Tiful die from Bazzill Card Shoppe Red Hots cardstock and again from Ellen's Metallic Gold Leaf cardstock. I cut out the gold "YOU" word and adhered it off-center onto the red die cut word. The word was mounted with rolled-up mini glue dots to the page base.
3. The gorgeous Mondo Magnolia was stamped fully once with Memento Toffee Crunch ink onto Bazzill Butter Mints cardstock. Then the Magnolia was selectively stamped again, omitting the center of the flower. Both flowers were die cut with their coordinating Mondo Magnolia die and shaded with Copic E41 marker.
4. The pretty Daughter, Friend, and Sister words from the new Amazing Women stamp set were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the center of the smaller flower. The flowers were layered together with Copic X-Press It Foam Tape.
My next project is a tri-fold graduation/congratulations card created with the beautiful Bohemian Garden flowers:
The card measures 5.50" x 3.75". The front flowers were stamped on the card front (Neenah Solar White), allowing for the die cut sentiment (on the left tri-fold side), then hand trimmed around so the sentiment on the right tri-fold side of the card shows through to the front of the card. Here's how the card looks partially opened:
Here are the dimensions and instructions on how to create the tri-fold:
And here's a close-up of the pretty scalloped card front, trimmed around the flowers and leaves:
The flowers were stamped with Memento Rose Bud ink and then loosely colored with Copic RV52 and RV55 markers. The leaves were stamped with Ranger Electric Lime dye ink and colored with Copic YG01. The flowers and leaves were given a little dimension by outlining them with Copic C1. Finally, the flowers were glistened with Clear Wink of Stella!
The Congrats word is from the previously-released Essentials by Ellen Zipper Panel die, which has another great graduation-worthy word I debated on using: Celebrate! It was die cut from Neenah Solar White cardstock twice and layered together for dimension, then ombre colored with the same Copic markers used for the flowers.
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My Favorite Things put a lot of thought into their products and their line of Cover-Ups Die-namics reflects their attention to detail when it comes to what works for YOU! Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 card size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways the MFT design team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month!
I also love using Cover-Ups on my scrapbook pages ... here's an example:
I love how easy it is to get perfect, bold accents with Cover-Ups! Here, I used one of my favorites, the Floral Fusion, cut from this month's new Tickled Pink cardstock, and layered it behind my girls' photo booth strip of photos. The Happy Die-namics was cut from Tickled Pink, and Cranberry Cocktail cardstock, then layered together across the top of the page. An additional Happy Trio (this month's Free with $60) die cut (from Blue Breeze cardstock) was added to the title line.
Tonight I'm focusing on MFT's fun new Small Brick Background stamp and Window Die-namics ... (all bold products are linked below in the supply section)!
My first project is an 8-inch scrap page of a gorgeous lunch spot at the Hana Hotel in Maui, Hawaii, where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. This photo hasn't had a good permanent home for a while, so I wanted to scrap it before it got lost in another move!
I stamped the Small Brick Background with Versamark onto this month's pretty new After Midnight cardstock -- it was a perfect compliment to the beautiful blues of the ocean! I intentionally partially inked the top right corner and lower left corners of the page, so the bricks would fade out. That's one thing I love about MFT's larger 5-3/4-inch background stamp size! And this pattern pieces together with little effort.
Welcome back to the My Favorite Things January Release Countdown -- The new products will be available on Tuesday night, January 6! Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 5 countdown day blog posts there!
My 8-inch scrapbook page uses these products being featured/revealed today: Miss Tiina's I Love You More stamp set and Straight To My Heart Die-namics (all bold products are linked below in the supply section):
My family just returned from a fabulous sunshine-filled vacation, so this fun new stamp set from Miss Tiina with two sun related sentiments was a perfect choice for this page! I stamped it in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Smooth White cardstock and die cut it with Jumbo Cloud STAX. The sun in the sentiment was colored with Copic Y13, topped with MIX-ables Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and the cloud accented with tiny Ripe Raspberry hearts from Tag Builder Blueprints 3 Die-namics.
The Sun Ray Cover-Up Die-namics was die cut from Vellum and the sun center was cut from the beautiful, soft new Lemon Chiffon Prestige cardstock.
The sweet Straight To My Heart Die-namics heart with arrow through it was also cut from Ripe Raspberry cardstock and popped up on Copic Foam Tape. The "Belize" title was cut with Emmitt Alphabet Die-namics, from Lemon Chiffon cardstock. The Emmitt Numbers date was added to the lower right photo.
All the new products will be available for purchase on January 6 at 10pm Eastern in the MFT Boutique. During this countdown you can enter to win some HUGE prizes over on the MFT blog . . . where you will also find links to the other design team members that are sharing samples using today’s featured products!
Thanks so much for stopping by … I’ll be back tomorrow with more January release inspiration!
Other Supplies: Copic Y13 Sketch marker & X-Press It Glue Marker
Other Supplies: Copic Foam Tape, silver glitter paper. Copic markers: E00, E11 (skin); E42, E43, E44 (safari suit); RV52, RV55 (pink hat trim); E31, E33, E35 (lion mane); Y23, Y26 (lion)
My project today uses a few of this release's products I didn't have a chance to use yet -- Laina Lamb's absolutely adorable All-Star High Top Die-namics and coordinating stamp set, Be Original, along with the new Arrows Abound stencil and this month's Free with $60 Die-namics, Stitched Scallop Edges:
My silly girls were trying their best to not give me a good photo op -- one trying NOT to smile and the other sticking her tongue out at me ... until they both cracked up! They really are the best of friends (thank goodness!), so these stamp set sentiments were perfect on a page about them.
I used the Arrows Abound stencil with pearlescent embossing paste on Pink Lemonade cardstock for the top half of the page -- it's gorgeous in person but a little difficult to get a good photo. Here's another view:
That fabulous sentiment was pieced together -- the "You're my favorite" originally had "Dude" at the end, but I stamped it in Paver Red Premium Dye ink, omitting the Dude. :) Soul-Sister was stamped in Steel Grey Dye ink.
Now how about that WAY TOO CUTE All-Star High Top I'm in love with ... isn't it the cutest thing ever?!! I love all the stitch details! I cut it out of Pink Lemonade cardstock and decked it out with Aggie, umm ... I mean Paver Red cardstock die cut accents! Another great sentiment from the Be Original stamp set was stamped in Paver Red Dye ink onto Primitive White Pierced Fishtale Flag STAX.
The cute star accents are also from the All-Star High Top die set ... they make perfect little accents! I finished the page with a Paver Red Stitched Scallop Edges die cut across the center of the page, to give it a little more feminine flare (if the pink isn't enough to do that!):
Thanks so much for joining me this last week ... I hope you've enjoyed the My Favorite Things November release!
Head on over to the MFT Blog for a complete list of the other designers who also have projects to share on today’s Release Rewind. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and THANK YOU again for your very sweet comments over the past week of release projects and posts – I always love hearing from you!
Other Supplies: Copic Foam Tape, Double-Sided High Tack Tissue Tape, Glue Marker; pearlescent embossing paste
Hello and welcome to My Favorite Things September Release Rewind! The design team hopes to inspire you with more ideas for those new September products you've purchased and are patiently waiting on to be delivered, or to help you finish up your shopping if you are still on the fence about anything! (I'm having a few computer problems at the moment, so all products used are linked at this bottom of the post).
Since Fall is one of my favorite times of year, I couldn't get enough of the gorgeous new Falling Leaves Die-namics, Thankful Thoughts stamp set and coordinating Words of Gratitude Die-namics, and Burlap Background, so I created this 5.50" square Grateful mini album:
This album cover idea came about when I was die cutting a bunch of the Falling Leaves from different colors of cardstock for another project. I had left the dies intact when I received them (didn't break them apart) and liked how the formation and spacing looked and wanted to use the leftover negative space from this piece of Chocolate Brown cardstock. So I stamped it with the Burlap Background in Whip Cream Pigment Ink.
Next, I inlaid all but one of the leaves with different colors of die cut leaves in these colors: Brick Red, Jellybean Green, Orange Fizz, Paver Red, Tangy Orange, Wild Cherry, which I cut down the centers with the long stitcing die from Blueprints 13. A bundle of two leaves were popped up on foam tape at the top of the album, tied with Hemp Cord:
The chocolate leaf piece was attached to the album cover I made out of corrugated cardboard, painted white. The "grateful" Words of Gratitude was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and a Paver Red Stitched Circle placed underneath it. The 2014 was die cut and pieced together with the Border It-Numbers Die-namics cut from Orange Fizz cardstock.
Inside, I placed one piece of Primitive Cream cardstock cut lengthwise at 5.25", then folded in half and stamped with the Writing Tablet Background in Natural Hybrid Ink. The pages are held in place by tying Hemp Cord around them and the album cover.
The "thankful" Words of Gratitude was cut from Wild Cherry cardstock. The "for" letters were cut apart from words in the Words of Gratitude Die-namics set and pieced together! There is space on this page for some family members to write what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving:
The next two pages are dedicated to my daughters and things we are thankful for in them. Each page stamped with words and phrases from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set. Some words were created by just selectively inking individual letters from the words (like "small" below). They were stamped in Black Licorice and Wild Cherry Hybrid Ink and gold pigment ink. Some words were handwritten with Lipstick Red Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen.
The oldest's page . . . with her "big heart in a small package" (since she is tiny and very proud of it!):
The photos were printed at 3.50" x 5". The youngest's page, with her "nutty" personality and wonderful sense of humor:
The final page has more room for other family members to write what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving:
I also have a video tutorial of the coloring I did for this Cute Critters squirrel project I showed you yesterday . . . Enjoy!
That’s it for me today … Head on over to the MFT Blog for a complete list of the other designers who also have projects to share on today’s Release Rewind. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and THANK YOU again for your very sweet comments over the past week of release projects and posts – I always love hearing from you!
Welcome back to the 5th day of My Favorite Things September Release Countdown -- just ONE more day until the new products are available in the MFT Boutique tomorrow night -- Tues, Sept 16 at 9pm Central!
Today's new September featured products are some gorgeous new Falling Leaves Die-namics, along with a wonderful Thankful Thoughts stamp set and coordinating Words of Gratitude Die-namics. I combined them all on this 8-1/2" x 11" photo mat frame / decor piece:
Note: When creating decor projects, or anything to do with photos, I prefer using Hybrid Ink, so I'm assured the ink won't run if it accidentally gets wet.
Below is the last portion of the frame about to be stamped:
The edges of the frame were sponged with Chocolate Brown Hybrid Ink. Above, you can see the fantastic embossed details of the Falling Leaves, especially on the tan metallic cardstock I used. Here's another close-up (click any photo for a larger view):
The "so very" and "for you" from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set were stamped in Steel Grey Hybrid Ink around the Words of Gratitude "thankful" die cut from antique gold metallic cardstock. Until I can decide if I want to put this photo mat into a frame for the wall, it can be displayed on an easel because of the sturdiness of the matboard.
The new September products will be available at 10pm EST on Sept 16! Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to find a list of all the participating designers in today's hop, to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 7 countdown day blog posts!
I'll see you back here tomorrow night for Day 1 of the countdown release!
Other Supplies: cappuccino & antique gold metallic cardstocks, 8x10 photo mat w/4x6 opening; Copic X-Press It Foam Tape & Glue Marker; mini ink blending tool
Welcome to countdown day 6 of My Favorite Things August Release! The new products will be available at 10pm EST on August 12! Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 7 countdown day blog posts!
For today's project, I created an 8-inch scrap page using three new August products being featured today: Geek is Chic Glasses Die-namics, Geek is Chic stamp set and Eye Charts stamp set! Also, the Small Checkerboard Stencil being featured on Monday. All such fun!
My oldest daughter absolutely loves her glasses and has no urge to get contacts. They are her favorite green color, which matches her beautiful green eyes! She is a self-proclaimed science and computer geek, has geckos for pets and never liked frilly girl stuff. So when I saw these new stamp sets and dies, I knew they would make a perfect scrap page for her!
I started with her favorite color -- green, and used MFT's pretty Factory Green (darker olive color) and Fuse Green (lighter) -- they remind me of the inside and outside of a pickle, LOL! I'll admit, I really didn't see myself using the Fuse Green too much when I first saw it but the more I worked with it, the more I'm loving it . . . especially combined with the darker Factory Green -- I think they will make a fabulous combo for Fall projects and this is definitely not the last you will see of this combo from me!
Now on to the page details . . . I die cut both of the smaller glasses from silver metallic cardstock and used them as borders along the top and bottom of the page. One of he larger pair of glasses were also cut from silver metallic cardstock, and given vellum lenses!
Also along the top and bottom of the page, I used several of the Geek is Chic sentiments, stamped in the darker Factory Green Premium Dye ink, onto the lighter Fuse Green 8-inch page base. I highlighted a few of the words, arrows and star (from the same stamp set) with Clear Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen.
For the tag accent, I used the Tag Builder Blueprints 1 to cut Primitive White cardstock and stamped one of the Eye Charts sentiments on it with Black Licorice Premium Dye ink. I've always adored eye chart graphics and this set has a great selection of sentiments that will work for anniversary/love, birthday, thank you and this "Your smile makes the world brighter"!
To give the tag a little accent, while the cardstock was still in the die, I traced around the inside edge with Pitch Black Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen. Holding/pressing the tag and die on a foam pad helps to make sure the cardstock doesn't shift while you are drawing. The tag was then popped up on foam tape over the photo:
To add some pattern to the darker Factory Green background behind the photo and tag, I used the Small Checkerboard Stencil at an angle and sponged Factory Green Premium Dye ink in random spots:
Narrow strips of Black Licorice cardstock (my daughter's other favorite color!) accent the top and bottom borders.
All the new products will be available for purchase on August 12th at 10pm Eastern in the MFT Boutique. During this countdown you can enter to win some HUGE prizes over on the MFT blog . . . where you will also find links to the other design team members that are sharing samples using today’s featured products!
Thanks so much for stopping by … I’ll be back tomorrow with more August release inspiration!
Other Supplies: Copic Foam Tape, Clear & Pitch Black Atyou Spica Gitter Pens, Glue Marker; silver metallic cardstock, white & silver twine
Classic patterns never go out of style and thanks to the plethora of designs My Favorite Things offers, your projects will never feel dated. Join the MFT designers as we inspire you this month with trendy and innovative projects centered on the pinnacle of patterns: the time-honored stripe!
I created a striped patterned paper and a few other striped accents for this 8-inch scrap page:
To create the striped paper, I mixed MFT's All Lined Up Stencil with one of my favorite and current trendy techniques, watercolor! More details on that are shown below.
To soften the Banana Split Sun Ray Cover-up die cut a little, I covered it in another die cut from Translucent Vellum. The "sister" title was cut with By the Letters Lowercase Die-namics, from Cork Sheet (which is actually lighter than it's appearing here in my photos):
(Above) -- the "SEA" word was cut with the Bottom Line Alpha, from custom blue watercolored paper (details below), then stacked on three more layers of Grout Gray cardstock die cuts = your own custom "chipboard" letters! The letters were covered with Glitter Glaze.
(Above) -- That custom striped Washi Pattern tape was stamped with Banana Split Hybrid Ink on Primitive White cardstock, then die cut with its coordinating Washi Tape Die-namics. A little bit of journaling was done in the lower left corner of the page (sorry I've cut it off in most of these photos!) with Baby Blue Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen.
(Below) -- The ampersand (By the Letters Lowercase) and "SAND" (Negative Dot Alphabet) were die cut from Grout Gray cardstock that I gave some sandy texture to, by using white embossing paste with the Diagonal Stripes Stencil. These pieces were also stacked with an additional three layers of cardstock behind them:
The "sun" letters are the same Die-namics used for the "sister" title (By The Letters Lowercase), cut from Banana Split cardstock and also stacked. Hopefully you can see all the dimension this page has, in this shot:
The "sand" along the bottom edge of the page is Natural cardstock, hand torn.
How To Details:
1. To create the striped watercolor background, I just pressed my Premium Dye Ink pads onto my craft sheet, diluted it a little by misting it with some water, then used a water reservoir brush to pick up the color. You can varying the intensity of the color by how much you dilute it with the water:
2. Secure the All Lined Up Stencil to the Primitive White cardstock with washi or other removable tape, then color between the lines!
3. I colored with (in this order) Natural, Berrylicious, Nightshift Blue, and Sno Cone Premium Dye inks (trying to replicate the colors of sand, ocean and sky), not caring too much if it was streaky or not -- I think that just adds to the lovley watercolor look AND the colors soften as they dry.
In the photo below you can see where I watercolored the left side of the page, the full width and height of the stencil, then moved the stencil over to the right side of the paper and repeated the process to fill up the 8" x 8" piece of paper I was working with. This is one of the great properties of a stencil!
4. To create the blue watercolor paper from which I die cut the "SEA" word, I used both Nightshift Blue Hybrid and Premium Dye inks, mixing in a little Berrylicious. I watercolored this mixture onto Primitive White cardstock:
5. For the ampersand and "SAND" word, here's a closer look at the white embossing paste (which doesn't dry too terribly white on this color of cardstock) applied to the Grout Gray cardstock. It gives the cardstock just enough interest and a bit of texture similar to sand:
Thanks so much for joining me today ... I hope this challenge inspires you to put some stripes into your next project!
Please visit the MFT Blog to find a list of the other MFT designers particpating in today's challenge blog hop!
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