Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Sketch Challenge @ Cocoa Daisy

Here is Cocoa Daisy sketch for January:

I really loved Christine's take on the sketch. 

Such a beautiful and clean layout. I also love the color combination and the photo of the fall leaves. Photos of fall leaves always make me pause...God creates such beautiful things. 

Here is my layout. 

I chose to use the background blocks for pictures of Jude and scooted the journaling to the right side of the layout. I used bits and pieces of the January 2014 CD main kit "Blueprint" & the Day in the Life kit (bits & pieces are all I have left of this particular kit). I also used an older alpha set from Lilybee to complete the journaling. The journaling actually came from an Instagram post I made. I had to reword it a little to make it fit in the space I had, but the message remained the same- Jude was obsessed with balls at this age. 

I was tempted to add some additional splotches of color with a mister, but decided I liked the white background the way it was. Simple, clean, with the focus on the words and pictures. Totally works for me because telling the story is the most important part. :)

Happy Creating!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tim Holtz Inspired Tag- January 2015

I love almost everything Tim Holtz put out into the craft world. I especially find the things he creates with his Distress line inspirational. I use his Distress Inks on nearly everything I create, whether it is a tag, card, home decor piece, or a layout.

Each month he creates a tag tutorial to inspire crafters to create. Here is Tim's tag for January.

I have decided to try to create a tag each month based on his inspiration tag. Let's hope I can keep up & remember to share it here. :) I also plan to create my tag with materials/supplies that I already have on hand. I'm not going to go out and purchase new TH stuff just to create a tag. That being said I do currently have a cart at Simon Says Stamp full of Distress. Have you seen the new monthly Distress color?? Cracked Pistachio. I now have to decide if I need it in the full Distress line or just the ink and marker... (The whole line is currently in my cart). :) Can't wait to see what new color he debuts each month this year!

So now onto the tag I created:

I like how he created the background using his tissue wrap. I didn't have his tissue wrap, so I used a piece of light yellow tissue paper and used a glue stick to glue it down. I made sure to kind of smoosh (technical term of course) it around to ensure I got some of those great creases that would hold extra color and ink. 

After it dried I painted over the whole thing with some Tide Pool Glimmer Glam by Tattered Angels. When that layer dried I used a palette knife to spread some Distress Paint in Brushed Pewter, sprayed Biscotti Perfect Pearls, and then added drops of Gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I dried it with my heat gun and then stamped the large saying from Tim's Way with Words Cling Mount Stamp Set in black ink. The saying didn't stamp as well as I had hoped it would, but I decided just to roll with the imperfection. To make the imperfection look a little more intentional I added more Biscotti & Gold Perfect Pearls.

The whole tag & edges got inked with Broken China Distress ink I inked the crinkle ribbon with Broken China as well and then spritzed it with Biscotti Perfect Pearls. 

The embellishments include an older Charm Fragment piece. I covered the back of it with Silver Metallic Mixative Alcohol Ink and then used a Life Quotes Remnant Rub-on on the front. Added a jump ring and attached it to the crinkle ribbon. 

On the bottom of the tag I used the Idea-ology Mini Numerals for 2015. The "Tell the Story" piece is from Tim's Simple Sayings Cling Mount Stamp set. I stamped it on a manila tag, cut it out, and then used Broken China ink mixed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls to paint on a watercolor-y background. 

For me this tag is the perfect way to start my creative journey for 2015. This year I want to spend more time creating and using the beautiful stock pile of materials/supplies I have to TELL MY STORY.

Monday, January 12, 2015

12 things on the Twelfth- the New Year edition

I started doing this last year and fizzled out after February. I did actually complete it for a couple of other months, but didn't share it here. Hoping to do better this year.

I need to take a few better photos of the boys this week and then of course actually take a photo of me and one of Jess. I am terrible at making sure I get pictures of Jess and myself. It's really easy to get shots of the boys doing everyday things because they are so busy, but Jess and I tend to not be as exciting.

So this month I am just going to share twelve things each of the boys are doing & then I will add our twelve things later when I do the actual layout.

Disclaimer: After choosing photos of the boys, I realized I have GOT to do better with my phone photos & also use  my big camera more. These are not great at all... Ughhhh! But they will do for now to tell the story.

He (Carter, 11 years old):

  1. ...Just made straight A's on his report card for the 2nd 9 weeks. His lowest grade was a 93 in math, which happens to be his best subject. He and I had a talk about the importance of checking over his work before he turns it in. That way he doesn't make careless mistakes. He is a "I like to finish my work first" kinda guy...
  2. ...Is enjoying playing basketball at school this year. He seems much more confident in his abilities and is not trying to do it all himself. After watching him play this game I was impressed with how easily he adjusts on the court. He has remarkable ball sense playing both offense and defense. Sitting on the bench with Jess & the girls all these years has taught him a lot.
  3. ...Is part of our after school book club, Wilson Page Turners. He has already finished the first book & is currently reading The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.It is over 400 pages long and is a Fantasy. I am very impressed with how well he is doing with the book and he is really enjoying it. In the last meeting he spoke up and talked about his thoughts on the book thus far.
  4. ...loves playing on the Xbox. His favorite game right now is NBA 2K14. 
  5. planning to ask for a phone for his birthday. We are still on the fence about getting him one.
  6. ...stayed home alone with Ethan for three hours when Jess & I had in-service at school. I left my phone with him & let the neighbor know they were here. He was a little nervous, but when I got home he was proud of himself.
  7. ...asked his girlfriend to go to the school Valentine's Dance with him. She said yes, he is excited and nervous.
  8. getting more independent and likes to be by himself sometimes. Getting ready for the teen years, I guess. 
  9. ...doesn't like doing chores, especially taking out the trash. He gets an attitude with us when we ask him to do something. The attitude doesn't work out well for him.
  10. ...likes watching Minecraft videos on Stampy Long Nose's Youtube channel.
  11. ...eats constantly. Our grocery bill is going to skyrocket the next few years with these boys.
  12. ...likes snuggling with Miggy cat.    

He (Ethan, 8 years old):

  1. ...played his first 3rd & 4th grade basketball game on Saturday. He played really well and scored 4 points. He is really quick on defense and can steal the ball easily. He is also good at bringing the ball up the court and tries pass it into kids in the paint to shoot. 
  2. ...had 2 A's and a B on his report card this 9 weeks. He brought his reading grade up from an 83 to an 89. So proud of him!
  3. ...plays well with Jude and Jude always wants him to play with him.
  4. ...loves technology. He is the one I have to constantly tell to get off the computer or iPod. He is naturally quick at anything technological.
  5. ...still can't pick out his clothes. If we don't lay them out the night before we struggle in the morning to get something picked out and get him dressed.
  6. ...eats incredibly slow. Everyone finished before he does and many nights he is left sitting at the table alone trying to finish, while the rest of us are going about our bedtime routines. 
  7. ...prefers to eat junk than to eat food that is good for him. That could be why it takes him so long to eat.
  8. ...loves pestering Carter and is very good at making him angry. He enjoys making him mad.
  9. ...still only weighs about 50 pounds. He is so bony so he hurts himself easily, because he lacks fat to protect his bones. 
  10. ...still sleeps with his night-night every night. I love that he still needs it.
  11. ...recently won 4 stuffed animals out of the Claw machine at Larry's Pizza, on three tries. Lucky guy!
  12. ...loves playing on the XBox. His current favorite game is Madden 25.

He (Jude, 2 years old):

  1. watching Spongebob and asks to "Watch Bob pants" everyday.
  2. ...has an ever expanding vocabulary. Sometimes what he says makes perfect sense, sometimes it makes no sense at all.
  3. ...loves Thomas the train and can name all of the trains he currently has: Thomas, Charlie, Percy, Diesel, and Salty.
  4. ...likes to "Call Ma" to talk to her. My mama loves hearing his sweet "Hey, Ma!"
  5. ...says "Bless you!" anytime someone sneezes or coughs.
  6. ...cries every time I drop him off at school. It makes me feel awful!
  7. ...he loves to be at home with his family. He and I would make perfect hermits.
  8. ...doesn't like to be told No...ever! It usually results in a fit.
  9. hard headed and likes to do things he wants. When he doesn't get his way he will lay down on the floor in a silent fit. He will do this anywhere. 
  10. ...likes to take "Hot Showders" with Daddy.
  11. ...drags around his night-night, baby night-night, Ooo-Ooo the monkey, and Dog-dog. He sleeps with them every night.
  12. ...loves to read books. His current favorites are: Five Little Monkeys, Old MacDonald, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I hope to be back later this week with my January Tim Holtz tag & my January Cocoa Daisy sketch challenge layout. 

Happy Creating!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Simon Says Stamp- Stamptember 2014

Today I want to share the last project I have made using the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes stamp set.
I had a list of projects I wanted to create with these stamps. Some I got finished, others didn't, then a few ideas just took off and I ended up with projects I didn't plan. Yesterday's project was one of those type projects and so is today's.

I love how sometimes you plan your projects and then sometimes creativity totally takes over and takes you in a whole different direction.

This piece is probably my favorite of the week. Small, but so full of potential. I have no idea where it will end up this holiday season, but I know it will be used. 

It may actually be my jumping off point as I plan my Christmas cards & December Daily album. I love the colors and the old dictionary pages, the red and green mixed with the blue & white, & the old text paper. It just seems very me. 

The actual size was meant to be 3x4, but the "Merry Christmas" banner piece hangs over the edge, so it is probably more like 3 1/2 x 4. 

I started with watercolor paper and used Broken China Distress Ink & Perfect Pearl Mist to watercolor the background. I then used Broken China Distress Ink and the ink blending tool to ink the edges. The darker blue splotches were made by rubbing the Broken China Distress in pad onto an acrylic block and then spraying it with water. I then stamped the ink directly onto the piece. 

The trees are from Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous Reindeer Flight Stamp Set & stamped in Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I stamped a few of the smaller snowflakes, from the Lots of Snowflake stamp set, in Versamark and then heat embossed them in a white and silver glitter embossing powder. 

The "Merry Christmas" banner was made by covering a scrap piece of cardstock with old dictionary pages. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from an older Hero Arts stamp set and was stamped and then embossed using a combination of American Crafts Rouge embossing powder & PK Glitz red glitter.

I added iridescent sequins and then added the "Merry Christmas" Banner across the bottom with foam tape.

Thank you so much for stopping by this week and thanks again to Simon Says Stamp for generously sending my such an amazing stamp set to work with. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Simon Says Stamp- Stamptember 2014

I love fall with all of the beautiful colors and crisp cool breezes. When you add daily creative inspiration, like Stamptember, into my favorite season I am over the moon excited!

Today's project started as a card using the smaller snowflake images of the Lots of Snowflakes set. 

I wanted to use the smaller flakes as the base for the card & then add larger, fussy-cut flakes for the accents on the finished card.

I randomly stamped the smaller flakes with Versamark & then heat embossed with a white & silver glitter embossing powder that I have had in my stash for years. 

Once I completed the base, I stamped, silver embossed, then fussy cut a few of the larger flakes. As I started to lay out the design I decided that it just seemed to busy, so I scrapped the card idea altogether. 

Instead of wasting the card base, I decided to cut it into two pieces and use them for inserts in my Project Life or December Daily album.

The resulting 3x4 cards are fun and I look forward to using them in my album.

The cards were not quite 4 inches wide, so I decided to cut them & add elements that made it look more intentional, rather than just a fix. 

On the first card I used a ribbon to cover where I cut the card in half. The glitter flakes and star came from the dollar spot at Target a few years ago. The snowman is one of my favorite older small stamps from Hero Arts & was stamped then watercolored with Twinkling H2O's

For the second card I removed a larger section of the stamped piece so I could stamp "Wintertime", which is from an older Hero Arts stamp set. The small blue flake is from the SSS Lots of Snowflakes stamp set. I then added washi tape to the white background card. To finish this card I added iridescent sequins and flicked the whole thing with Perfect Pearl Mist

Both cards were edged with Broken China Distress Ink before they were mounted to the background pieces. 

The Wintertime card will definitely end up in my PL album, but the more I look at the other card, I think I might end up making additional cards and using them on the boys Christmas presents this year. 

I have one more small project to share tomorrow using the Lots of Snowflakes stamp set. Here is a small peek. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless-ish Wednesday

We interrupt this week of new Stamptember projects to share a picture of my constant scrapping companion.

He really cares nothing for scrapping & creating, but he likes to be nearby with toys. I enjoy listening to him babble and chatter to me and his toys as he builds and plays.

 He leaves behind a mess on the playroom floor that is almost as big as a mess as my scrap desk. He is boy after my own messy heart and great company when I am downstairs in the playroom/scrap space.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Simon Says Stamp- Stamptember 2014

Thanks for coming back for today's project! Today's project is a little more simple & less time consuming than yesterday's banner.

I am always in need of tags for packages & handmade gifts in December. As I was making the dictionary text snowflakes for yesterday's banner I decided to cut out a few strips using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Rosette Snowflake Decorative Strip Die. I found out that you do need to cut two strips in order to make the full rosette snowflake. So I ended up with four complete snowflakes after running eight dictionary text strips through my Big Shot. I also ended up with two small snowflakes that should be sandwiched on either side of the rosette snowflake when it is all glued together.

I did adhere my dictionary text to cardstock scraps before cutting it into to strips to die cut. The dictionary paper is really thin and needed the cardstock for stability.  Before folding the rosette snowflakes I added Distress Ink in Old Paper and Broken China to the pieces. I then folded the flakes & used a glue gun to attach the rosette to one of the snowflakes, filled the center of the rosette with hot glue to hold it together, then covered the center with another snowflake.

The finished tags look like this.

I used manilla shipping tags that I picked up at Hobby Lobby years ago. The "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year" phrase is from an older Hero Arts stamp set (CL538). I stamped a mid size snowflake from the Lots of Snowflakes stamp set in Broken China Distress ink on some cream colored cardstock, then fussy cut each one. I attached one snowflake on top of each of the Rosette Snowflakes using foam tape. I then adhered a pearl to each of the centers and then used Star Dust Stickles on the edges of the snowflakes underneath. 

Here is a close up of one of the centers, that shows the stamped snowflake from the Lots of Snowflakes stamp set.

I adhered the rosettes to the tags using hot glue because of how heavy the finished flakes were. To finish the tags I added gems, pearls, & ribbon to the top of each one. 

As you can see I am always conflicted about how to attach ribbon in a tag. I usually try it both ways before deciding which way I want to use it. I plan to leave these like this until I begin attaching them to the packages this Christmas. Then I'll decide which way looks better. 

Please leave any questions in the comments section. Tomorrow will be a Wordless Wednesday post of my sweet, babiest boy (I have three of those stinky, little boy people) & then Thursday I will be sharing another blog post using the Lots of Snowflakes set. 

Here is a sneak of Thursday's project.