Thursday, August 22, 2013

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves have not begun to fall this year, not just yet. In fact if the rain does not quite or at least slow down we will have a bumper crop of leaves when it is all said and done. Also, the leaves don't fall around here until the Spring when the live oaks loose their leaves as the new ones come on the trees.  Not like in NJ where there is a plethora of those fall beauties! Does one ever forget the memories of raking big piles to play in?? 

How about a newly discovered technique? New to me and one I missed the first time it was posted on SCS. It's called faux barn board and is done with acrylic paint, white glue, and dye re inkers. How easy is that?
 I used just a bit of the barn board on the first page of this layout, in the title!
 I was at a one day crop yesterday, and while I did not get as many pages done in one day as I normally do at a three day crop, I did manage to make paper using that faux board technique, color several images for later card making or layout embellishments.
While working with the limited supplies I had take with I found I did not have brick paper in the shade I needed........ my creativity starts to slow down after several hours of continual coloring/cropping!
So I started  looking to see if I could find any brick in the right shade, a long shot at best. Then I began walking around looking at what others were working on, not really thinking of anything. When I sat down again and looked at my paper, it dawned on me that I could color the paper with ink.

As you can see I used a lot of ink for this layout. First on the background paper, then the leaves, then the "brick" wall. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Speedy Recovery!!

I was able to get my hand on this newest stamp set from Flourishes called  Happy Thoughts. I was needing a get well/ hope your feeling better, type card card for a dear friend. I also wanted to make a fresh, new card. I mean, I have not stamped in 8 months and all the cards I have left are at least that old and older!


The card is new but that can't be said for anything else used on the card, except for the stamp set itself.  I still have plenty of supplies to put to good use. Like the Copic collections, Flourishes white card stock, Bazzill card stock, pearls, Spellbinder dies, Silhouette cut file (sentiment square), embossing folder, and the little bits of seam binding ribbon that coordinate with the paper and ink.  
I changed the floral design just a bit. I rearranged the flowers slightly to give me a "fuller" bouquet on the left side.  Even in nature I tend to shy away from flowers that are sparse. I know thats the way certain flowers grow, but hey, if I can make my flowers any color I want, why I can make them "grow" anyway I want!!

I airbrushed the circle with Copic  E 11 and E33. I stamped the image right over the earth colors with Memento Black and colored the flowers with B21, B23, B34, B45. The stems are G14 with a touch of YG17.  At You Spica lipstick was used on the little fuzzy things.
Spellbinder classic and eyelet circles were used. The eyelet square is a background design re-sized to fit the sentiment and cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a peacock feather embossing folder for the blue strip. The last additions were the pearls and seam binding ribbon.

First card for 2013!! Don't know yet if it will be my last.  As of to date I have completed 120 scrap pages with many more to come using pictures taken while in Montana! I have some beauties but then it's not hard with scenery in Yellowstone National Park!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Work

 I have been busy working on filling albums with all the layouts that I have done over the past couple of years by participating in the yearly scrap book goal at splitcoaststampers.com  . I have even given a brief thought to stating digital scrapping, but with a studio full of  supplies I need to use.......well, digi will have to wait. Especially when I still have issues with my mouse where any slight movement sometimes deletes all that I have created!

In the meantime, before the whole world goes digital, I have completed more pages the traditional way and with a little digital help. How, there are not many of use (if any at all) that do not use digital in some form or fashion on your layouts. If not the pictures by, taking,  editing,  then printing. Then again with photos & posting of the finished page. Not to mention the digital cutting machine accessories like I use on my pages.


I know, it sound like I might be trying to talk someone into going digital.  Not really, I am just aware that when it happens I will have at least a very small understanding of how it works.

For now, I am happy to have my hands in paper, ink, glue, and textiles.  I absolutely love to layer my papers with distressed, trimmed, or punched edges. It's a great way to get stability when using those light weight designer papers I have in my stash, and for me, it adds interest with textures as well as with designs. Plus it's a great way to use those papers you bought and just had to have and now you are wondering "What was I thinking" how am I ever going to use that in a layout!?!

For most of my distressed edges I use a Zutter Distrezz-it-all. I love how fast I can distress with it and the varied results I get, depending on the type of paper I use.  For the torn effect, I just start ripping the paper before distressing. 

I don't feel that I have a set style that defines my work. I love to try different techniques I have seen, use all sorts of elements on a page that add texture and interest.  Like the burlap on both of these pages. I was surprised to find different colors of the stuff in fabric stores. Guess that tells you how long it's been since I went fabric shopping!

I have been making some of my own embellishments with the use of cutting machines.  Both of the  titles are done that way as well as the sentiment frame in the top l/o  and palm trees in the bottom page.
On the beach page, I have added shells, shark teeth and sand dollar doves picked up along the shore. The card board is from corrugate  packing material that I pulled apart and painted with Gesso.  The light house was fussy cut from a coordinating sheet of paper and adhered to the main background.

Products used  A lot of the products I used I have been hording for months, if not years, so if you don't recognize some of them, then they have gone out of the stores. The Cricut and Silhouette images are still around.  

Easter Page:
Paper: Authentique; Magnificence, brown, navy blue, tan card stock scraps 
Ink: Memento; rich brown, SU; soft sky, Ranger distress; brushed corduroy
Paint: Jenni bowlin; (ranger) spice tin,  Tim Holtz; crackle paint- white
Stamps: Flourishes; Easter Blessing, Bo Bunny; texture stamps
Accessories: Cricut cart; When I was a Kid - framed sentiment, Silhouette; title & rabbit, blue burlap, corrugated cardboard

Beach Page:
Paper: Creation, card stock scraps in navy, brown, green, light teal
Ink: Ranges distress,  walnut stain
Paint: Gesso - painting medium
Accessories: Crucut Cart - Summer Vacation, gauze, burlap, corrugated cardboard
Found on the beach: shell, sharks tooth, sand dollar dove 



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Just Dance

The title of the layout just about says it all.
 JUST DANCE! 


I have long admired the Maja Design paper line that is manufactured in Sweden. That being said, you can imagine it is a little difficult to find it in the States. One, because there are so few scrapbook stores in my area. Two, since it is imported the price is more than double what I normally pay for other designer papers. But still....... the look is so divine.

I cut a portion of two edges off then fussy cut around the flowering branch to layer it over deep red card stock.  The whole layout was made following the guide lines for a progressive digital challenge where each week you receive instructions, or tasks, as what to add to the page.

Week one: 
1.  Add a background paper whatever you'd like. Keep in mind that only a 1/4" border of it will show after you...
2. Add a second paper on top of the first and reduce the size to 11.5" x 11.5".
3. Add one or two photos (no more). Place them about halfway down the page, but more to the right than centered. Add frame(s) to one or both photos.

 Week 2
1. Behind the photo(s) add 4-8 vertical or horizontal strips using a mix of patterned and plain papers. Slightly angle some and have them overlap each other a little.
2. Add a sprig of flowers or vine-type floral on top of the paper strips and/or behind the photo, If digital, be sure to add shadows where needed.
3. Add two (2) “stamps” to the page. They can be small or larger— ‘object’ stamps or paint splats/designs, anything you like.

Now it starts becoming a little more difficult adding layers of items to your page and taking pictures without adhering anything to your paper.  One gust of wind just as I was ready to snap, and everything blew off the page!


 Week 3
1. Add a string or other similar object (loose ribbon, thread, hemp, etc.) with a little charm or other object attached to it. You can use a pre-made item with the charm/item already attached or take a charm and a string and try blending the two so it looks like the string is realistically threaded through the charm loop.
2. Use a piece of washi tape or other tape somewhere on the page.
3. Add a date.


 Week 4
Add a title, journaling and one more embellishment. Then your page is complete!

My last embellishment is the silhouette dancer, cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Love that machine.  The title was cut with my Cricut. I am learning to love that machine all over again since I have been using it for challenges for the last two months.  

With this lovely photo of my grand daughter taken for her senior dance recital when she danced her solo to the music by the same name.   JUST DANCE!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Old and New Memories

In keeping with my desire to regularly update my blog, here are a few of the most current pages I have done. I do not scrap in chronological order, I scrap as the  mood or inspiration hits me. That is mind I have a couple of new pictures and one that is older.

This layout is, in part, one of the newest memories and using old & new elements from my stash.  This was taken at the Virgina Aquarium while on a short vacation this spring.

First off, I have no idea how I was able to capture this picture with a digital camera!! But there are a couple of possibilities. 1.  I was shooting in a darkened room with no flash so the extra exposure time allowed for another person to walk into the picture.  2. Because the image on the left seems to be holding their arm in the same manor as the image on the right, have the same color of shirt, and with something in their hand about the same size, I thought I might have moved the camera enough to get what appears to be a double image of the same person. Either way I thought it would make an  interesting layout. 

The old elements on here was the use of some of that mulberry paper that I have had in my stash for at least 10 years. My next layout is of a few of the flowers that bloom in the yard each year.


I purchase various items for use when designing layouts, I don't always have a project in mind when I purchase them but I figure I will find a use for everything I have.  In this case it was the vinyl overlay placed behind the photos.

The last layout was done for a challenge to use all white, or various shades of white.  
White on white makes it hard to see in pictures, but is it quite stunning IRL. Especially with that black and white picture. I cut, punched, ripped, and distressed most the paper on this page.  There is a layer of off-white mulberry paper that had holes in the design. I love it for the texture it adds.

Hope you enjoy looking.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's About time

For those of you that still check out my site every now and then, I thank you.  As you can see I have not had what it takes to keep my blog updated.  Like I had mentioned in previous posts, I am focusing on scrapbooking in 2013 and as I post those on two other public sites I find I just have not posted here too.
I have been debating on closing down my blog altogether as I don't know when or if I will be posting on a regular bases again.  I certainly don't like going to blogs that are not kept updated and neither does anyone else.  So............ I will have to make a decision soon, then go about finding out you actually go about closing down or deleting  altogether.  I may give it one more shot by posting my scrap pages with just a few details on how I might have gone about designing one or two elements on a page.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Our Christmas Vacation...

It has been quite some time since I have last posed anything on my blog.  I am sorry if you had come to my blog vie a link, expecting to find cards.   I had given a lot of thought to just closing down this blog as I post most, if not all of my pages on SplitCoast in their scrapbook thread and post to some of the challenges on Scrapbook.com.   I have not made a final decision yet but I am also well aware that I have lost a number of followers when I quit posting, then stopped Flourishes design team.  I hope you will take a moment to look through a day in my like.
























Those of you that have a blog are well aware of how much time it takes to maintain a well read site. I had found my daily life had become more stressful than I wanted for my retirement years so I gave it all up to return to my first love in paper crafting....... scrap book pages.

What better place to start the renewal of my blog than with pages for the renewal of my kitchen. For these two pages I have chosen one of the sketch challenges from SCS, then used the same simple design for the title page.    Would you believe my grandkids enjoyed tearing down the wallpaper from the lower wall??  It was a good thing they started the job, because I don't know if we would have finished it once we found out how hard it was to remove the paper.  I think super glue was used to adheare to the paper to the wall.


While creating the layout I found two things of importance...... one, a simple bit of texture like the embossing on a single strip can bring  interest and action to a flat feeling page. Two, DON'T spend a whole day trying to make a preconceived design fit the layout when a very simple solution is as close as changing the direction of just one element. In this case the oval frame was changed from a vertical orientation to horizontal.

The only other embellishments are a few pearl strips from Kaiser and flowers by Petaloo. 

We started the kitchen redecorating the end of December,  three months later the end is almost here and what a change you will begin to see in the next layout.  

Thank you for stopping by


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Define Good!

Define good; getting 140 scrap book pages done in 2012........... Oh, well, that is not what I had in mind when picking a title for these two pages, but it works for me! 
I am very close to completing a album from the last time my son's and their families were able to make it home for the holidays. I thought it would be fun to flip through the book during their visit in a few weeks. 


I have used the coordinating papers from the My Minds Eye Signature paper pad. The paper is as old as the photos but hey it's going to be DONE. Done, using card stock from scraps and embellishments that have been in my stash for some time.  


The title I did using my Silhouette, and the corner and fancy tag bling came from Want2Scrap and Petaloo florals.



I have downloaded a ton of Christmas Silhouette files, my camera a loaded with room for 800 pictures, I have the Christmas paper pad that I will be using for the 2012 Christmas photos. I am ready for Christmas!! Wait, I have shopping to do yet ( how come men don't do the Christmas shopping?? He cleans house so it's all good! ) then wrap it all up.

Next year starts a new goal for scrapping and new challenges on SCS.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Free for all & Black Sale


Grab your warm woolies, a hot drink, and head off to the stores for those big sales of the year! Or do what I will do, stay indoors with your hot drink and let your fingers do the walking!

I have my hot drink and for all those family and friend get togethers I take along my knitting. Why knitting, I can do that and talk, my hands are busy and I don't get restless. In truth I don't get much knitting done during those time because I have graduated to the age group that does most of the cooking and if I don't cook I am on clean up duty. Clean up takes just as long as cooking!

Have you had the change to see what the dt has cooked up for you today?  If not take a quick look around than head over to Flourishes.org for the Black Friday sale.

Have fun shopping today and keep safe & warm!





                                                        BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Flourishes has been getting ready for a fun-filled BLACK FRIDAY SALE! It starts today, November 23rd! As soon as this post goes live.  As they say, the early bird gets the worm with this sale because it will be a virtual door-busting progressive sale with better discounts the earlier you shop! So, save these codes and get ready to do some fun shopping! Make sure to tell “Santa” which of these goodies are on your list so he knows! All times are based on Central Standard Time. Codes are for percentage off total order and no back orders will be accepted. Discounts will not be applied to gift certificates or wholesale orders of any kind. Discounts will apply to all items already on sale – so check out our Gambler’s Sale items HERE! Prices will drop on this sale list again on Friday to 30% off. So, the time is now to buy with these additional discounts! 

PLEASE NOTE: This sale must exclude Copic products due to MAP pricing requirements.



Friday, November 16, 2012

Bloomin Aussie Beautiful

 We also have heard from many folks (Australians and Canadians alike) that they wish we offered a set that spelled greetings an a way that they were accustomed to - words like "colour," "favourite," "neighbour," and more! So, we put our thinking caps on and today, we introduce you to.... Bloomin Aussie Florals


It was fun learning about florals that I will probably never see in person, I am sure there are tons of flowers that I have never and will never see IRL. I had to Google images to find out what color a Golden (should have given me a clue) Wattle could be colored. I found only one color...........and it was golden.


I used one of the new Flourishes Classic dies for my card today. Look for them soon in the store. Flourishes has also added bundles of single color buttons to coordinate with their Color Make Easy collection system of papers, inks, markers, ribbons, now embellishments. Look for them Here.


Stamp; bloomin Aussie floral
Ink; Memento, Copic Y21, W1, Y06, YG91, YG93,G99 , Versa Mark watermark pad,
Paper; CME  Tiger Lily paper  and seam binding ribbon and Buttons, all from the CME system embellishments   





And guess what -- today there will be FIVE mystery bloggers! So, the more love you leave in the form of a comment on these blogs below, the better your chances of winning!! We'll be giving away today's set - Bloomin' Aussie Florals plus we'll be giving away one each of our four new die sets! So get hopping and amp up your chance to WIN!



You might think that this is the end of the excitement, but NO! We have more! Fresh off the manufacturing line comes a whole new line of custom dies! These aren't just any shapes. They are special! Why? Because in addition to being nested template dies custom created by Spellbinders Paper Arts exclusively for Flourishes, these dies all offer pierced accents! Say goodbye to piercing templates - these dies do it for you in one step! They are all a part of the Perfectly Pierced Collection! And, here's a peek at
 Perfectly Pierced Classic WindowsPerfectly Pierced Victorian OvalsPerfectly Pierced Classic HourglassPerfectly Pierced Classic Frame

Have you entered the challenge to be in the running to win the entire release? Well, we have the Be Progressive Challenge that closes today at 5PM EST -- still time to enter to win our entire new release! Plus, we have our daily mystery bloggers. Be sure to check back to see if your name lands in the Winner's Circle! Thanks for stopping by this week and joining us for all the fun!
 Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Flavor Of Tuscany

Welcome to day three of Flourishes release with one of our very first scenery stamp set. I love creating a scene!  Especially when it is a single stamp and color image. 
Today I have two views of the same card.  In this first picture I had stamped the Florence scene on watercolor paper note card with versa fine onyx ink. I like this pigment ink when I am going to use water on my paper. In real life the image on my card looked very "flat" when viewed face on, although, like some finished cards, they look better in pictures than they do IRL. Be that as it may, I cut out the center of the stamped image then backed it with Early Espresso card stock, then popped that panel up in the same spot it was cut from.

Looking at the two cards here I am not sure which I like the best. I am aware that my perception of the design could all be an illusion because of the angle of the photo and the difference in backdrop colors. In any case the top card looks just as good as the one below. 


No matter the outcome, "Flavor Of Florence" is a fun set to work with. Just take a look at what the team has  designed to see just how much fun you could have "creating a scene"!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber – D.T. Coordinator
Sharon Doolittle
Silke Ledlow
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger
Heather Jensen

Today is another change to win today's stamp set.  All you need to do is leave a message on each blog, on Saturday one of comments will be chosen from the mystery  bloggers..... blog.  Take a few minutes to hop around to all of the ladies not only to leave a comment but to see inspirational ideas.


DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD WIN OUR ENTIRE NOVEMBER RELEASE? Have you checked out our Be Progressive Challenge? Just clickhttp://flourishes.org/2012/11/be-progressive-the-final-step/"> HERE
to find out how to play– there are four ways to win! Play along in this week’s http://flourishes.org/2012/11/timeless-tuesday-195-plus-a-sneak-peek/">Timeless Tuesday challenge  and that’s another way to win! Play along in the Be Progressive Challenges before this Friday at 5 PM EST and winners will be announced Saturday in our Winner’s Circle blog post! (You have until Monday at 6PM EST for the Timeless Tuesday challenge!)  So get those fingers inky and good luck!

If you like what you see on our designers’ blogs today, you can pre-order this set (along with the other three sets as well) and if you purchase all four sets, you can take advantage ourhttp://shop.flourishes.org/New_Release_Bundle_p/nrb_nov2012.htm"> New Release Bundle
and get 10% off all our new sets when you purchase it in the bundle. What fun! All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with another special surprise! So, be sure to stick with us this week as we unveil a whole new host of paper crafting goodies!


We’ll see you back here tomorrow for another new release sneak peek! This one will have you taking yet another trip to a far away place to witness some beautiful botanicals! Come back tomorrow and see what fun we've dreamed up! See you then!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timeless Tuesday Challenge with a Flourishes Release

It was a timely color challenge for today's Flourishes release. I need a masculine birthday card for next month. I thought that the Timeless Tuesday All Natural inspiration piece was the perfect choice for the job.


All Natural color scheme, simple but elegant. The same can be said for the first peek at what is in store from Flourishes this week.



I combine the November 1 2 3 Kit with Inside Out; Just Because  stamp set for a stylish card without all the fuss. I think any 15 year old male with approve, especially if the card comes with money included!




Flourishes is coming out with more dies, dies that pierce at the same time as they cut and emboss. This is just one in the set of ............

We have the whole gang here today playing with In & Out Just Because........... check us out!



Stamp set: In & Out Just Because
Paper: 1 2 3 kit Nov, Ivory classic
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Die: Flourishes
Pearls: Kaiser brown line pearls


As with each release there is a mystery blogger, who?? There are lots to choose from today. Leave an many comments on the blogs to be in the running.