Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lawn Fawn Admit One Birthday Balloons

This will likely be my last post of the month. I am finally having the much needed surgery on my back that I have been anxiously awaiting. I hope to be back to crafting and posting by the first of August, if not sooner. I'm usually quick to heal, and my surgeon is the best in the area, so I'm optimistic. Anyway, today's post is for the Lawnscaping Color Challenge

This was a true challenge for me as I didn't have the Copic colors that I wanted to color any kind of animal, water, or sky. It seems I skimped when buying my blues. I was able to make B00 and BG01 work to color the blue balloon. The same combo wouldn't have worked for sky or water. I've been looking for a reason to use my Admit One set, so this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. I love carnival and circus themes. Something about the bright colors and balloons. It reminds me of my youth. I look forward to using this set more frequently. I love the stitched journaling card die, too! It was one of those "have to have it" purchases.

I used Copic markers and the Admit One stamp set to create my card. I used the free sample of Pink Lemonade cardstock that was included with my last Lawn Fawn order as my background. I used the Stitched Journaling Card die to cut Whisper White card stock, stamped and colored the balloons on Whisper White, then cut using the Admit one balloon die. I adhered Crushed Curry baker's twine with glue dots under the center of each balloon, brought the strings down, and tied a bow to create my balloon trio. After I was satisfied with the placement of the strings, I removed the backing on the Stampin' Dimensionals and stuck each balloon down.

I used the happy birthday stamp from Stampin' Up's And Many More set to stamp the sentiment on vellum then cut with the Itty Bitty Banners framelits Dies. I was able to use a glue dot over the twine to adhere the banner without any adhesive being visible. The project took all of 15 minutes to create, coloring and all. I think it took me more time to get a useable photo of the card.

Thank you for looking! Wishing everyone a wonderful summer. Please pray for a speedy recovery for me! I may have confidence in my surgeon, and have been desperate to get back to being fully independent and free of intolerable pain, but it is my spine. Prayers certainly can't hurt! To all of my fellow demonstrators, I hope you enjoy convention this year! I was so looking forward to it. It wasn't meant to happen this year. I hope to join you all next year in Salt Lake. 

Supplies used:

Stamps: Admit One(Lawn Fawn), And Many More(Stampin' Up!)

Ink: StaZon Jet Black

Paper: Pink Lemonade DSP(Lawn Fawn), Whisper White CS(Stampin' Up!, Vellum(Stampin' Up!)

Accessories: Stitched Journaling Card Die(Lawn Fawn), Admit One Dies(Lawn Fawn), Bitty Banners Framelits Dies(Stampin' Up!), Crushed Curry Baker's Twine(Stampin' Up), Stanpin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Copic Ciao Markers: Y08, Y06, Y02, YR07, YR04, YR02, B00, BG01

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Creating Custom Project Life Cards

My love of paper crafting started with traditional scrapbooking in 2005. Since the first few months, I haven't finished any pages. I have a bad habit of not finishing things, especially things that require me to use a printer to print photos. I wasn't overly excited about Project Life, but ordered the Everyday Adventure kit and one of the stamp sets just to try it out. I found it far less intimidating, as I could add things at my leisure. Since the preorder in May I have finished 6 "pages" and plan on doing many more. Having the ability to make custom cards that match the ones in the package has made Project Life even more exciting for me.

 I found the idea on Pinterest, so I'm not claiming ownership of the concept. I can't believe how much fun this is! The Project Life stamp sets are great for creating custom Project Life cards that will match the packaged sets. In the photos below I have the ones that I created on the right, with one from the box on the left just to show how well they match. All you need is ink, stamps, and some dies to cut out masks. Beyond that there really are no limits!

If you want to try scrapbooking, this is a great place to start! The kits work great for journals, too. I'm currently working on one with my daughter. Project Life is a great project to work on with the kids, which is great if you feel a little bit guilty for not letting your kids color with you when you're using your shiny new markers, as I did. More importantly, it's a great way to keep the memories documented and pass them down to further generations.

All supplies Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamps: Borderettes, Remember This, Geek is the New Chic(A-Muse Studio)
Ink: StaZon Jet Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Ovals Framelit Dies(to create mask), Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies, Sizzix Big Shot

Keeping it Clean & Simple With Stampin' Up's Blendabilites

When I think Blendabilities, or Copics for that matter, images of beautifully detailed flowers enter my head. Since I prefer clean & simple cards, I've always thought that alcohol markers just weren't for me. I couldn't make a shabby chic or collage card if I tried. I'm also terrible at using traditional coloring methods like watercoloring. I wasn't expecting to love Blendabilities as much as I now do. I ordered them with the expectation that they would end up collecting dust with the Copics that I bought in 2011. I am so glad that I tried something new! They are now my favorite crafting tool.

I've wanted to make this card since I bought the Countless Sayings I photopolymer set. I even colored it in on a practice sheet that I stamped when I first got my Blendabilities. This card goes to show that in just 5 minutes or less you can still make a card that isn't boring. I toyed with the idea of adding sequins or enamel dots, but I wanted something that could be created with very little cost. You could make an entire set of these cards in less than an hour. 

If you still are on the fence about Blendabilities, I would recommend starting with 2 or 3 colors. My favorites to work with are Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight. I love all of them, but I found these to be a bit easier to work with when I had no clue of how to use them.

Also, if you're just starting out and finding that you're having trouble blending, I would recommend trying the Copic Mini Pack card stock or Xpress Blending Card. I was unable to do much of anything on Whisper White when I first started out. I switched to Xpress Blending Card and found it much easier. Once I was able to color an image with some degree of confidence, I found it much easier to color on Whisper White. Just a tip, I know I'm probably not supposed to recommend anything but Stampin' Up product, but I want you to learn to love your Blendabilities. If it takes using a different brand of card stock, I don't see the harm.

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamp: Countless Sayings I Photopolymer
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White Card Stock
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patriotic Paper Pumpkin Party Creations

I wanted to take the time to share some of what I created using the June Paper Pumpkin kit. Refills are still available. If you would like to order a refill kit, they are $7.95 plus shipping and tax. They are available only while supplies last. 

I was able to create 3 pinwheel bouquets. One for my mother, one for her to display at her office, and one for my desk. I also created a pinwheel basket. I made some treat bags and paper straws for the 4th of July barbecue. All of that and I still have supplies left over in the kit. Here are some of my creations:

I apologize for the photo quality. I am using an iPhone for photos and posting. It is impossible to sit at the computer. Thanks for stopping by. Have a safe 4th of July! Thank you to all of those who have served or are currently serving our country.