Thursday, July 31, 2014

Old Skool Easel Card

The Squirrels Nancy, Farley and I have started up our Squirrely Challenges again. We've had a long break but we are back. This time we each challenged the other two to use a technique or make type of card. Nancy challenged us to make an Easel card without utilizing the dies that have come onto the scene. Mine is very simple but I am happy to use some of my stash of supplies. I bought this popsicle set from The Stamps of Life and hadn't even opened it yet. I used several dies from my stash also and whether you can tell or not, the popsicle is watercolored with a technique I learned in my latest Onlinecardclass, Watercolor for Cardmakers. It's a simple card but I'm happy with it. Thanks for looking. Now go take a gander at the wonderful creations from the other Squirrels.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nature's Beauty

Just dipping my toes into the world of stencils. I recently joined the Stencilgirl Club and receive a fabulous set of stencils each month. I haven't used stencils much in my scrapping, even though I continue to buy them. What's up with that??? So I thought I would try out a stencil on this layout. I also used a new tool, received from Farley for my birthday. Tim Holtz Spritzer. I like it although it can be fiddly to use. This time I used one of my Bic Mark-it pens to create a subtle background on the white base pages. All the papers are from BoBunny's Enchanted Garden 6x6 paper pad. The sketch is from Allison Davis. The flower stamps are from Stampin' Up. The photos show our yard in the spring of this year. This first attempt has cured me of my fear of stencils and I think you will be seeing more of them on my pages. Oh, by the way, you probably can't see it, but I did use an embossing folder on both mats on each side of the layout. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 25, 2014

the 4th - Unity Friends with Flair Challenge

WOW! Where has the month gone? I haven't posted in quite awhile. Well, here I am at last. This layout was created in line with my plan to use up the entire Liberty 6x6 pad of paper from BoBunny. Still haven't accomplished that self-challenge, but this hybrid Project Life layout took a good chunk of it. The pinwheels are cut with dies from The Stamps of Life. The stamps used are from two Unity SMAK kits: Camera Ready and All in the Numbers. The left side, which was inspired by Week 7of the Ali Edwards class Hello Story, is a traditional layout. The right side is in a We R Memory Keepers pocket page. Thus, the glare. The photos cover our activities on the 4th of July this year. Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Very Berry Happy Birthday

Today is the birthday of my very best friend, my sister Chrissie. Unfortunately, I am not an organized sister and will be mailing her birthday card to her on the day of her birthday. Bad girl. But at least this way, she can see her card and know it is on the way to her. Love her to pieces even though I'm a procrastinator. 

I wanted to use the newest set of stamps from Stephanie Barnard at The Stamps of Life. The July set is called strawberries2stamp and I think they are adorable. You can't really tell from this photo but I did use a stamp on the fruit itself to color it a light pink. The dies match the stamps and make such a cute card. I also used Stephanie's Fancy Edge Flip It die to make the card base. Can you tell I love her stuff? In fact, the ink is also from The Stamps of Life. There you go. The paper, however, is from American Crafts. It is called Sketchbook by Amy Tangerine. Love it. I hope Chrissie enjoys this card as much as I enjoyed making it for her. Happy birthday, little sis.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

60 @ Sixty

This layout was created for Week Four of Hello Story by Ali Edwards over at Big Picture Classes. Still slogging my way through, after a bit of a break for some household duties, etc. The story concept for this week was Time. I chose to chronicle a bike ride I took for my sixtieth birthday. It was my goal to ride 60 miles for 60 years. I used paper from Graphic 45 Race for Time from their Old Curiosity Shoppe Collection along with a Tim Holtz clock stamp. The other cardstock is from my Club Scrap stash. The arrows indicate at which mile the photographs were taken. The time and some other information was handwritten (yes, I know, unusual for me. Ali is really having an influence on me.) I am pleased with my final result although I believe a couple of these photos are too dark and will need to be printed again. Sometimes I'm just not happy with Costco prints. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

I made some Fancy Edge Flip It cards to use my latest stamps and dies from Stephanie Barnard at The Stamps of Life. The June set was called hot4balloons and it's right up my alley. You know I adore hot air balloon motifs. Fabulous set!!! The paper is from a 6x6 pad from the BoBunny Liberty collection. Love the combination of all these patters and the balloons. Have a safe and sane holiday weekend.