Saturday, November 23, 2013

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit by Stampin' Up

This post is way overdue. Back on World Card Making Day, the folks over at Scrapbook & Cards Today were posting card inspiration and giveaways every hour. I never thought that I would actually win something. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that I was the lucky winner of the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit by Stampin' Up (pictured below).

This kit is the perfect gift for anyone who loves making cards. So keep it in mind this gift giving season. The best part about this kit is that it contains EVERYTHING you need to make dozens of cards and tags. There is an Everyday Occasions rubber cling stamp set (which I put in a CD case), an acrylic block, teal and grey ink pads, preprinted, folded cards in a few different sizes, paper cut outs, doilies, tags, envelopes, twine, buttons and those cute arrow paperclips that are so trendy right now. And it comes an adorable gift box to keep everything together. In just a matter of minutes you can put together the cutest cards. Here is one that I created today, super cute don't you think?

I am so very thankful to the folks over at Scrapbook & Cards Today and to Rachel Jensen at Stampin' Up for this generous prize package. It really is amazing!

Monday, November 11, 2013

LOAD in Vogue Wrap Up

I apologize that the blog has been a bit quiet...but I certainly have been busy crafting. I finished up my LOAD in Vogue Challenge (31 layouts in 31 days) and have started a new one (thanks to Amy P over at ScrapHappy) for what she calls the Turkey Ten.

So before I get too far behind...I wanted to post my final layouts for LOAD in Vogue and highlight some of my favorites.

As is customary at the end of LOAD, I compiled this pages to showcase all the layouts that I completed in the month.
It's such a great sense of accomplishment when you see them all together.

And here are some of my favorites from the end of the month:

I created this tie dye layout using some alcohol ink and tissue paper. Such a fun way to mimic the
design on my son's t-shirt and give the page some texture.

Throughout LOAD my goal was to work on layering (like the pros do it). I'm not there yet, but had a lot of fun trying.

Such a fun story from my childhood to get on paper. I still harass my mom about the Shoe Barn. I am traumatized by knock off shoes!

Not only do I love this layout...but my younger son helped me with the photo shoot so it's extra special.
Plus, the journaling is a personal note to my kids from me.

I love how the layering came out on this layout and love putting my Cricut Pagoda cartridge to use to document our family
tradition of Japanese Hibachi cuisine for birthday celebrations. Just fun!

Now I am all caught up on my 2012 book...hoping to finish my Disney album before the kids go back to school on Wednesday. So I'll be back soon with more layouts before the week is out.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you find some time to be crafty this Veteran's Day weekend. And to all the Veterans who have served this country proud...thank you!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Little Mixed Media Love

I just love the look of mixed media projects. The layers, the texture, the's so much fun. So any chance I get to play around a bit...I take it. So for my husband's anniversary card (19 years...OMG!) I combined my love for him and my love of mixed media artwork. So happy with how it turned out (the card and my life).

I started out decoupaging some old dictionary pages onto some Neenah solar white cardstock. You might not be able to see in the picture, but I used words from the dictionary relating to anniversary and love themes. Then I took a magazine cut out of a man and a woman standing together and laid it on top of the background and sprayed with some Dylusions spray ink (postbox red and lemon zest). Once that dried, I traced around the image with a black fine tip pen. Some spray ink seeped under the image, so I ended up going over the whole background with some antique linen distress ink so the white wasn't so glaring. Then I took my Wplus9 Country charm checkerboard border stamp to place an outline around the card, stamped a Hero Arts heart over the man's torso, and used some modeling paste and a Tim Holtz stencil to create the little patches of dots. The card was finished off by welding the "love" sentiment in Cricut Craft Room, cutting it out on black cardstock, and tracing around it with a white marker.

Hope you get a chance to get crafty today!