Saturday, April 30, 2011

Enjoy Every Moment

A quick and easy card using the Lily stamp from the Enjoy Every Moment set. I die cut label with a quickut die, then heat embossed the lily image, and sponged some pacifica ink over the embossed image. The embossed image resists the ink, so the white really pops out. A great way to dress up a card without having to color in an image.

Of course I had to add a little fake stitching around the label with a white gel pen and outline each of the pieces. I am sure you have figured out by now that fake stitching and outlining are my two favorite things to do!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Little Princess Birthday Card

I have been working on some projects to show different stamping techniques. This one is Emily's favorite because of the bright colors. I used papers from CTMH Sophia paper pack and the Little Princess stamp set (C1414).

For the background I stamped the butterfly randomly on a white card base then sponged Pear, Cotton Candy and Goldrush over the butterflies. A very quick and easy technique to make a custom pattern.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Stamp Of The Month - Blessed

This is the card I designed for a workshop a couple of weeks ago. I once again used Wings papers, and added a little fake stitching. I love the quote included in Aprils SOTM set. "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever - Alfred Lord Tennyson". I had the ladies add a little liquid glass to the tops of the flowers, makes them look like they have little water droplets on them.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rainbow Falls

In order for the pages to go in the Vacation album in the order I have them planned I needed to figure out how to turn this page into a 1 pager instead of 2. CTMH Flip Flaps to the rescue!

Sorry about the reflections from the page protectors....

The new 12" flip flaps (Z1325) are perfect for adding extra extensions on your pages without having to do another page. You just remove the adhesive strip and stick them to the edge of the page protector. The price is great at $3.95 for 8 in 3 assorted sizes (6x12, 4x12, and 8x12 inches). I used one of the 8 x 12's for this layout.

A view of the page with the extra "flap" opened. I used papers from the CTMH Wings Collection (X7135B), love these papers!!! I cut a couple butterflies from the paper and attached with foam for some inexpensive accents.

A close up of the title.... I cut the title from a Quickutz 12" border die, perfect super skinny letters when you have limited space to put them in. Since I didn't have any twilight cardstock on hand, I stamped them with twilight ink with one of the pinwheel stamps from the Miracle WOTG kit (G1023). The best think about ink and paper, you can turn a plain white piece of paper any color you need. I still felt like they needed more..... so I covered them with liquid glass (Z679). Once the letters dried, they look like clear epoxy. CUTE! The chipboard circle is from CTMH On Target Dimensional elements (Z1226), inked with tulip ink, and some faux stitching with a white gel pen. If you have never used the dimensional elements, they are wonderful! Since they are white, you can easily ink and stamp them. No need to mess with paper covering / sanding.

The main picture of Rainbow Falls is bordered by some tree limbs and CTMH color ready borders (Z1377). The limbs are cut with Cricut and Serenade Cartridge. I was not feeling up to gluing the leaves on, so I stamped them green using the leaf stamp from the CTMH Sophia WOTG stamp set (G1019). I used a post it note to mask off the branch so the ink was on the leaves. The little birds are from the Sophia set covered in liquid glass as well as the words "Wonderful & Amazing".

Monday, April 11, 2011

Yay Water!

Still working on vacation pictures. I have about 20 pages to go until the album is finished. Normally I don't work on any specific thing for more than a page or two, but I am determined to finish this album.

One of the things I really wanted to do while in TN was go on a big hike. That we did! It seemed like we were the only ones sweating our tails off on the 5.2 mile hike through the mountains. Tyler and Emily were thrilled to cool off in the icy cold water of the little waterfall we came across.

The papers are by My Minds Eye So Sophie. For whatever reason I could not get this picture to stay cropped from Picassa to the blog.... Wierd!

After gluing and sewing all the little diamonds of pp on, I did not feel like gluing more letters, so I stamped the title with the CTMH Large Chocolate Alphabet (E1010). After stamping, the letters didn't stand out enough for me, so I outlined them with a white pen. This seemed to give them the "pop" that they needed. I didn't know where to put the "yay", so put it right on top.

I trimmed around a little of the foliage with an exacto knife to slide the journaling diecut into. This helped draw some attention to the journaling without having to go through the trouble of adding more embellishments. A super easy way to do this is to lay your shape on the paper, then trace it with a pencil. When you lift it off the paper you can easily see exactly how much and where you need to cut. Erase your pencil marks and Voila! Perfect fit! Using a glass mat as a cutting surface, makes it sooooo much easier.

The most time consuming part of this page was stitching the little tidbits cut out of pattern paper onto the page. I did this while riding in the car for two hours going to see family. I first glued them on with a little CTMH liquid glass (Z679), then poked the stitching holes, then hand stitched down the line. Once we got back home, I put a little stickles on the thread to give it a little glisten. Emily gave me this idea.:)

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Under The Sea.

Another one crossed off in the vacation album. I am determined to finish this book! I pulled out some old papers from We R Memory Keepers The White out collection. The pattern in the paper reminded me of water ripples, so I thought it would work good for some Ripley's Aquarium pictures. I did find the bright blue color in the crab pictures to be a bit challenging to work with, but I think it ended up okay.

I used the "now you see it" sketch the from CTMH Magic idea book. I am loving this book and all the ideas for hidden elements.

The little fish were cut out with the Cricut using the Animal Kingdom Cartridge. Cute little guys!

My favorite part is the hidden photo. I thought this was a perfect technique to showcase the "hidden" fish in the picture. Just pull the top tab, the journaling disappears and 2 photos appear. Voila!!! Just like Magic. Tee Hee!The photo corners and water flourishes are from the CTMH stamp set Take A Picture (C1440). Of course, I had to add a little outlining. Wouldn't be a page without it!