December 4, 2017

Reindeer Training Academy

Hi there!

At this time of year, I don't have much time to scrap because I am usually working on Christmas crafts.  This is what I made this weekend.

I saw this project on the Lori Whitlock blog and knew I had to make my own. I have had this piece of mdf board in my stash for years.  It's 12x16 inches which was the perfect size for this cut file.

I started by painting the background with dollar store white acrylic paint and letting it dry. The cheaper the paint, the easier it is to distress later. 

I cut the "Reindeer Training Academy" cutfile from vinyl.  For these types of projects, I choose to save my Silhouette vinyl and use mac tac from a home improvement store. I just change the cut settings on my Silhouette to cut a thinner vinyl, but it works just fine.

Using a makeup sponge,I dabbed the red acrylic paint over the vinyl stencil. I like using a makeup sponge with a stencil as it helps reduce the amount of paint I use and I'm less likely to have bleeding under the stencil.  I drug the makeup sponge along each edge of the board to give it a frame.

Once the paint was completely dry, I removed the vinyl and using a sanding block, I sanded off some of the paint. I moved the sanding block in a vertical motion only to give it a worn look and sanded some areas more than others so it wasn't even. I did extra sanding around the edges so the wood could show which created the distressed red and wood border.

Since the mdf board was only 3/8" thick, I used my Crop A Dile to punch holes in the upper corners, threaded some leather ribbon and viola!  A Christmas wall hanging.

I just love it!  It looks great on my orange living room wall. 

Thanks for looking!

November 25, 2017

Just our Luck and Explore Holguin

Hi there!

I'm up today with another couple layouts for my Cuba vacation album.  I have just a few pages left to do in this album. Have to say, I'm starting to look forward to working on something new.

In the interest of getting this album finished, the pages are pretty simple. The papers are from Shimelle's Go Now Go and collection.

On this next page, I used some  black paint and mist to distress the background and embellished the page with some die cuts from Crate Paper Journey and some Silhouette cut files from Lori Whitlock. I dug through my stash to find the car stamp, which is a very old Studio Calico stamp. I think it's so cute!

I had been saving this map paper from Go Now Go for these photos. The colours matched perfectly with the buildings in the photos. Since I had so many photos and the paper was so busy, I mounted them on a piece of white tissue paper.  You can still see the background pattern, but it gives the photos a place to rest.

The page is embellished with Go Now Go diecuts and stickers and some very old rub-ons from Marah Johnson.

I would love to get this album finished before December so that I can concentrate on December Daily.  Not sure if I'll be able to accomplish that feat, but I am gonna try!

Thanks for looking!

November 20, 2017

Who Took it Best?

 Hi there!

A couple of weeks ago, I took part in the challenges over at the Paper Issues Facebook group.  It was a lot of fun. I only got two pages done, but I'm pretty happy with what I created.

The challenge for the first page was done on Facebook Live and we had to create a page at the same time as the designers.  Sort of like "Simon Says".  I just love the result!

Everything is from the Crate Paper Oasis collection and the title was made with Thickers and Simple Stories stickers..

The next challenge was to make a page using lines on your page. I created this background with very old Crate Paper washi tape and paper strips from many manufacturers that came from my scrap pile. The page is embellished with some older Crate Paper Pier and Oasis embellishments.

Challenges really do help me get pages done quickly. And while on-line crops aren't as fun as the real life crops, they sure can challenge me to step out of my comfort zone.

Thanks for looking!