Thursday, 2 July 2020

Art is My Home

Hello Ladies,
For the first time, I was invited to be a contributing Guest Designer to The Artistic Stamper's Blog.  The July challenge theme "In the Home" seems so fitting as most of us have been isolating at home due to the pandemic. Hopefully, my bright little neighborhood card will lift your spirits just a little.  Please head over to The Artistic Stamper Blog to see the Design Team reveal their inspirational creations for the July Challenge.  (Be brave and join the challenge HERE!)

The Artistic Stamper Designs

ink pads (black, shades of blue, yellow)
watercolor paper / watercolor crayons 
paint brush / water mister / craft knife 
permanent black marker
black card base (5x7")

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, 29 June 2020

Ballet Dancer Swirl Card

Well, I must confess I'm a bit out of my comfort zone but I had a great time making a messy background with texture paint.  I think the little window was a perfect addition.  The red spirals were heat embossed onto acetate which was a great way to add more color and layers when working on a black background.


This card is entered into the following challenges...

Mixed Media Academy June Challenge

Scrap n Me Challenge #69 (Bingo - middle column - pearls/flowers/die cuts)

STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge (Stamps & Confetti)

stamps - flower, spiral background, music notes (The Artistic Stamper)
liquid adhesive - (Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect)
silver dome gems - (Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest)
chipboard scroll accent - Creative Embellishments

Sunday, 28 June 2020

American Flag Card

Hi There,
Come on over to The Robin's Nest Blog and I will show you how to make an American Flag with Diamond Dew Drops.  It's super easy to do and even though I used the flag to embellish a card, I think the flag would look fabulous on a patriotic scrapbook layout as well.  Three cheers for the Red, White, & Blue!  The complete step by step tutorial is HERE.

This card is submitted into the following challenges...

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Lavender Ballerina Card

I love silhouette images but I especially love this ballet dancer.  I used the same flower stamp to create all the flowers with different mediums...heat embossing, vellum, watercolor, ink, & pink patterned mulberry.  I only recently discovered micro-beads and I love the realistic look it gives to the center of flowers.   I don't use washi tape as much as I should so I was feeling so proud to finally use some as a faux lace strip along the bottom edge.  Some simple hand stitching allowed me to make a quick ruffle tutu from glitter netting to mimic the ruffles on the cake.

This card is submitted into the following challenges...
Creative Embellishments June Challenge

(Bingo - middle column - pearls/flowers/die cut)

Rubber Stamps:
flower, ballet dancer, music notes (The Artistic Stamper)

Friday, 26 June 2020

Knock Knock - I'm Home Layout

I was inspired by the window theme and making my layout segmented into four boxes.  My sister and her husband had just bought their first house and so the photo is meaningful to me as they are standing by the front door.  They lived in college dorms and many apartments before their "One Day" dream of buying a house came to be.  My title for the layout really should have been "Hello, Welcome, Come In" but once I found that metallic word "Loving" I had to use it.  I used primarily navy blue and yellow gold to keep a simple balance of masculine and feminine qualities.
This layout is submitted into the following challenges...

More Than Words June Challenge

CSI June Challenge #322

The Scraproom June Sketch Challenge

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Tree of Life Layout

This breathtakeing tree is located in Santa Barbara, CA near the courthouse and is just outstandingly beautiful.  The intermingling branches captured my interest. This is one of very few layouts that I have ever done that don't have any people in the photo!  I kept all the embellishments natural by design...simply using shades of green, hexagon shapes, leaves, woodgrain, and birds.

This layout is submitted into the following challenges...

Monday, 22 June 2020

Fairy Confetti Sprinkles

Hi Guys,
I love the soft colors of the background.  I used a brayer to apply ink to a floral embossing folder and am thrilled with the result.  The sentiment was stamped unto vellum and the edge torn to add softness.  Then the fairy was stamped onto transparency and heat embossed with pink.  Finally, I used some Dew Drops to create the magical fairy bubbles.

This card is submitted into the following challenges...

white card stock, transparency, vellum
watermark ink pad, multi-color ink pad, brayer
embossing folder
Fairy Stamp (Lavinia)
sentiment stamp
embossing powder - pink & black
transparent gems (Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest)
liquid adhesive (Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect)
mini brads
glitter glue

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Lasting Memories Blog - Guest Designer - Challenge #503

Hey Everyone,
I was delighted to be invited to participate as a Guest Designer over on the Lasting Memories Blog. Follow me over to the blog HERE for a chance to see more creations inspired by the "Sparkle Challenge."  If you would like to join in Challenge #503, all the details can be found HERE.  (deadline - June 27)
I was inspired to frame my large photo with mini gems to give the effect of "Las Vegas" style twinkling light signs.  What a way to make an entrance!  In case you missed it, have a look for a little surprise hiding in the title "Beautiful."

This layout is submitted into the following June challenges...

A Closer Look:

 Yes, I did include a thumbnail photo peeking out from the middle of one of the letters like a window!

photo 8x10"
pattern paper
kiss lips rubber stamp
watermark ink pad / pink embossing powder / heat gun
chipboard frame / chipboard glitter letters
ribbon / mini gems

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Let's Dance Layout

My sister and her husband originally met in a swing dance class and now have been married for over 17 years.  They especially enjoy matching the time period in retro clothing & hair styles.   I'm so happy to capture the love that brought them together.  The distressed music sheet paper was perfect to compliment the photo yet not overwhelm or distract from them.  It was very hard to leave all that open space as I usually fill the entire layout but I'm super pleased with the final outcome.  In this case, less is more!  Come on...take my hand...let's dance!
I've made over 500 layouts since I began scrapbooking and this is only the second time I cut the people away from the background. The photo was great but the backdrop was a parking lot and gas station and was depressing. It really improved the layout once I cut them out. I'm sure if they were standing in grass by some bushes I never would have tried to cut around their silhouette. Serendipity....a happy accident!

This layout is entered into the following challenges...
Mixed Media Academy June Challenge

tools - brown ink pad, clock stamp
embellishments - ribbon, tag, gems, flowers, alphabet, brads, charm

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Just Relax

Hey There,
Instead of creating the standard black silhouette palm tree, I used resist ink to create whistful & ghost-like palm trees.  Then I began blending Distress inks to create the sunset sky.  The beach reminds me of striped beach towels and rows of planks of wood along the pier so I embossed the card base with thin stripes.  I kept the card more masculine with minimal embellishment and it has quickly become one of my favorite CAS cards.

This card is submitted into the following challenges...

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Fire Cracker Card

As we have all been going that extra mile to keep in touch during this time of social isolation, go ahead and make some super cute 4th of July cards.  Tear Drops make perfect firecracker sparkling flames.
(TIP: They also are good for birthday candles.)  You can find the whole tutorial HERE.

This card is submitted into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge (metallic)
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge (anything goes)

Penny Black Challenge (favorite stamp)
Creative Craft Cottage #130 (Eileen's Anything Goes Challenge)
STAMPlorations CAS (Anything Goes)

The Robin's Nest Shop
Silver Bells (White Mini Pearl Dew Drops)

Other Supplies:

candle rubber stamps
ink pads (black, red, blue, & silver)
gold glitter glue
glue dots
dark blue patterned paper
card base 4x6"

Come back soon!