July 22, 2017

Oh Happy Day

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a layout inspired by the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine July sketch and Shimelle Laine's 25 Scrapbooking Words challenge.

While I love the Crate Paper Oasis collection, these cut apart cards frustrate me a bit. I liked cutapart cards when you could use them for journaling.  Now, manufacturers make them as embellishments with no room to journal and I have a difficult time using them.

When I saw the sketch, I had the idea to use the cards instead of a photo or patterned paper for the squares. I was able to stick pretty closely to the sketch, which is something I usually have difficulty doing.

Shimelle's challenge was to use the title "Oh Happy Day". It was perfect for this photo, as this was our first morning in Cuba and it just so happened to be my husband's 50th Birthday!

I was able to mix and match supplies from Oasis and Bloom collections. The cactus, leaf, pineapple, sun and palm tree are all die cuts using metal dies from Peach Cheap.  Aren't they cute? To give them a bit of pizzazz, I covered them in Wink of Stella glitter. The background paper was made using my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick.  Those three colours work beautifully with the Oasis collection. I outlined all the cards, the photo mats and the white cardstock with a black pen to give them definition. To finish everything off, I added some old My Mind's Eye enamel dots and some machine stitching.

I apologize for the darkness of the photo. It's not as dark in real life. My camera settings must off and I couldn't fix it in Photoshop. And it doesn't look as crooked in real life.  lol!

Thanks for looking!

July 7, 2017

Hello Sunshine

Hi there,

I'm up today with a page that is loosely based on a the June Sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and for a June challenge submission over at Paper Issues.

I started with this sketch.  I was inspired to us an old wave transparency from Fancy Pants. It was a scrap from a 12x12 transparency that was a scrap from another project. Using the transparency as a template, I cut papers from Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore" and Crate Paper "Oasis" to make more waves.

The Paper Issues challenge was to use certain items on a layout from a list provided. The items I used were: blue, tag, button, title, 2 or more photos, patterned paper, die cut, stamping, and circle.

The sun is cut from a Paper Issues cut file which I inked with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and then covered in gold Stickles. I used more Fossilized Amber and water to make the splatters and paint smooshing.

This layout came together relatively quickly (even though I had to wait for the Stickles to dry). And I'm so happy to use up some older supplies.

Thanks for looking!

June 30, 2017

let's get away

Hi there!

I'm up today with the title page for a new vacation album of our recent trip to Cuba. When I saw this cut file from Paper Issues, I knew it would be perfect for this page.

This album will be made using mostly the Crate Paper "Oasis" line, but I also plan on digging through my stash and using some Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore" and Crate Paper "The Pier". I have lots of papers and embellishments left over from previous vacation albums and I think it's time to use it or lose it.  Luckily, it all seems to work together (especially the Crate Paper lines), so I should be able to make a dent in my summer/beach supplies.

There is nothing earth shattering here. The clouds were cut with my Silhouette and then backed with Oasis 6x6 paper pack.  The 3x4 card is from Pink Paislee Atlas.  The solid white clouds are machine stitched to give the page a bit more texture. This is where I discovered that I can not sew curves.  LOL!

I have to confess that I hate this photo of myself, but it's the only one we took on the plane. I'm going to be a big girl and post it on the world wide web. ;) Because I really do like the page.

Thanks for looking!