Saturday, January 24, 2015

Artist Point

I created this layout today using Let's Capture our Memories Sketch #105.  I have been in a "playful" mood lately and so I added stamping across the bottom and then inked around the large photo mat.  I also have been adding lots of layered embellishments.  Hope you enjoy! 

Exciting News to Share!

I am so excited to announce that I am now part of the Sin City Stamps Design Team.  The Team will be sharing their projects and tutorials several times a week!  I already have started my first projects and will be sharing them soon!!!  Check out all my teammates blogs, they do amazing work!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Petrified Tree

Today I am sharing this layout using Just Imagines/Kreaxions # 310 punch and This week's sketch at Nuts about Sketches.  I used #310 by itself on the top borders then used the punch with the A insert along the bottom ribbon border.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lamar Valley

Here is my challenge for this week for Turtle Soup!  My challenge was a sketch challenge, but I challenged everyone to change up the sketch.

I choose to rotate it and repeat it to create a 2 page layout.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Learn to Pause

Love these older Bisous PDQ papers.   They have been in my stash for a few years waiting for just the right pictures. I used this week's Nuts about Sketches sketch # 352, adding some banners, and gem dots to help "modernize" this stash paper.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Nuts About Sketches # 351

Here is my take on this week's sketch at Nuts about Sketches. I have been trying to use up some of the papers that I have had saved for a while.  Loves how the colors in these autumn papers brought out the colors in the pictures.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Black Opal Spring

Today I am sharing this lovely layout highlighting Black Opal Spring at Yellowstone.  I love how the blue paper matches the blue in the pictures!  For this layout I used Kreaxion punch # 304 for the border and then used #602 for the leaf under the top flower!  I love the Kreaxion punches and all their possibilities.

Monday, January 05, 2015


I have had this picture of my hubby's grandparents for a while and wanted to create something special for it.  When I saw the Design Team call for Sin City Stamps  I decided to try and combine the two. I have wanted to try out for this team for over a year.

I love the designs on their stamps and am anxious to get my first order!  TO create this layout i tried to pick stamps that were similar to some of Sin City's stamps. I have included a step by step creation process below.  

The first thing I always start with is just simply laying out the design to get a feel for what I want to do.  Sometimes the finished product turns out exactly like the "starter" one and sometimes it doesn't. 

Next I used a Crafters Workshop stencil and Momento Ink on both sides of where I wanted the photo to go.  Hint ... I used just a bit of Washi Tape to hold the stencil in place for easy removal!

I added a bit of color using this Heidi Swapp Stencil and some Tim Holtz ink.  The paint splatter on the paper was part of the paper design so I had to do was match the color. I added a little bit of the stencil to the left of the photo, and then on the top right  and the bottom right of page.

For the large photo matte, I used the back of a package from a Prima Stencil.  I thought it looked very Vintage, but too  "white".   So I masked off some of the design using post-it notes and stamped over the top using 2 different background stamps.

Before adhering the stamped photo background, I tied a sheer ribbon around the background.

I love that large butterfly stamp, but didn't want it to be just white in the background, so I stamped the image onto some text patterned paper that had just a hint of pink in it.  I then fussy cut out the butterfly and added a tad more pink to the butterfly using my Tim Holtz ink and a dauber.  You can see that little bit of color really pops. 

I matted the photo on a multicolored paper and used pop dots to raised the photo off the stamped background.  To finish off the layout I added some matching die cut roses, banners, tags and title.  I thought the roses kind of blended into each other so I added some punched leaves in with the roses. I love how the layout turned out and it was a blast playing with all the stamps and the inks!!  BE sure to check out Sin City Stamps  and the Sin City Blog for lots more inspiration.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sharing a Card

I created this bright and cheery "Thinking of You" card a while back , but I used so many fun techniques that I wanted to share them with you! I used Ranger inks and Stickles glitter glue , Our Daily Bread stamps, and a fun template from The Crafter's Workshop. 

Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger: Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge 
Tim Holtz Distress Markers by Ranger: Tea Dye, Wild Honey, Pine Needles
Ranger Stickles glitter glue: Assorted colors
Ranger ink blending tool and pads
Ranger Ink (any archival ink will work)
Our Daily Bread stamps: Butterfly and Butterfly Corner
The Crafter's Workshop mini template: Mini Bricks
Worldwin cardstock for card image base
Printed paper for background (Chris used Studio Calico)
Folded card made from Worldwin cardstock

Other supplies:
Koi mini brush; acrylic block; ink daubers; adhesives

Step 1:
Stamp Butterfly Corner onto your cardstock base ; then stamp it again onto a piece of scratch paper. Stamp the Butterfly onto a piece of the same cardstock as your base.

Step 2:
Fussy-cut out the Butterfly stamped image that you made on the cardstock. Then cut out the Butterfly Corner image that you stamped on your scrap paper.

Step 3:
Place the cut-out Butterfly Corner image over the top of the stamped image on your card base. (By covering the stamped image with this scratch-paper image, you are protecting it from getting inked during the masking technique below)

Place the Brick template over the card base. Using the ink blending tool, rub the ink over the brick template. This does NOT have to be perfect! The more color variations you get into the ink, the more realistic your bricks will look. NOTE: BE SURE TO HOLD THE TEMPLATE to keep it from slipping. Depending on the size of your card base, you may have to move the template down to finish the background. Just line up the brick spaces with your previous inking to keep the pattern going.

Step 4:
Using daubers and inks, color the Butterfly image on your card and the cut-out butterfly.

Step 5:
Using the Tea Dye distress marker, lightly color the centers of all the flowers in your card image.

Step 6:
Using the Wild Honey distress marker, color a swatch of color onto your acrylic block.

Using your water brush, pick up a little bit of ink from the block and "paint" the flower petals. I then cleaned my block and used the Rusty Hinge ink and water brush to accent the petals. (Note: the water brush is self cleaning) Since I  didn't have a Rusty Hinge marker  I stamped the ink pad directly onto the acrylic block.

Then I repeated the same technique with the Pine Needles marker to color in the foliage areas of her stamped image. REMEMBER: This is a watercolor technique, and the image should look a little washed out, like a watercolor.

Step 7:
Fold the cut-out stamped butterfly in the middle and attach it to the card base, adhering it in the center of the butterfly only (so its wings are raised). Using Stickles, highlight the butterfly and flowers as desired. Trim and mat the image onto background paper and then onto the front of your card. 

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Summer Vacation in Yellowstone

Just a quick fun layout using some Pink Paislee papers and a bronze sharpie. The Summer Vacation and Fun words were all originally black.  I re-colored them to match the layout!  I added a bit of bling to highlight the sparkly snow.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Dragon's Mouth

I created this layout using this month's sketch at My Creative Scrapbook!  I had purchased these "dragon" papers specifically for these pictures!  And I actually remembered to use them!! :D I added some gold touches with a hand drawn border and some images stamped in gold ink.  I also used some gold netting that was part of a ribbon on one of my Christmas packages.  

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Create a scene

For today's challenge at Turtle Soup, I challenged members to scraplift this card  and create a scene.  I love how bright and cheery this card turned out!.