Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wading in Watercolors

As of late, I have seen some crafting with watercolors.  I have to say, there are some things I love about watercolors, and other things I am not so in love with.  Here are some cards that lately I have really liked using this technique:

I love the die cut over the watercolor background on this one.

This might be my favorite KKel card of all time.  It mixes two things I love: summer and Ali Edwards!  Isn't that background perfect for the sentiment?

This one's a Kristina Werner video that actually made me want to give it a whirl.



And here is my attempt.  So clean.  So simple.  Made, of course, under the watchful eye of Karen (see the photo background?).  I used her Sakura KOI Watercolors and a Stampin' Up! Aquapainter.  Then we sprayed some watercolor paper with water, and I experimented.  I loved how the paint blended, and knew I did not want to cover it much, so I looked for a sentiment that would fit.  I found one in PTI's Wise Owl set.  The cool thing is, I know exactly to whom I want to give this card.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mighty Oak Sympathy





I have been eyeing some cards on Pinterest that use this stamp and die cut.  I decided to break it in for a sympathy card for a friend.

Paper: Neenah Solar White and Studio Calico Dot One
Stamps: SU! Close as a Memory and Hope for Comfort; PTI Mighty Oak
Die: PTI Mighty Oak
Embossing folder: SU! Woodgrain
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Adhesive: SU! Dimensionals; Tombo Monoadhesive

Thursday, March 27, 2014

More from the New York scrapbook

Taking care of some business today.  What's nice is remembering that this is a dude's scrapbook, so not a lot of embellishment is needed.  The souvenirs can actually serve as embellies as well.







Bag from Hard Rock



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I'm in a New York State of Mind


If you feel so inclined, play a little Billy Joel while you read...because you know this song was in my head the whole time.  

Hey remember this post?  From June 2013?  Well, I have finally accumulated what I believe to be enough "stuff" to jump in to my son's New York trip scrapbook.  Holla!  The dilemma is me.  I have had the pictures printed for months.  I just was having issues taking the leap.  So, I decided I needed to jump in this spring break.  As long as my stupid fatigue stays at bay, this will happen.  I have the mojo.

Here's the hardest page: PAGE 1!


Looks simple enough, yes?  Bite your crafty tongue, friends.  I'll bring you closer:


Stickers, stamps, trinkets...oh, my.  And of course a lack of decision with each one.

Let's start with the easiest pockets.  In the upper left was a card from The Scrapbooking Circle.  When I was a member, they would send these self-created pieces, and when I saw this one, I immediately put it with my NYScrapbookStash.  The bottom right is a picture of my son as he was preparing to board the bus.  

For the other two pockets, I had accumulated some Tim Holtz stamps, some BoBunny paper, some 7 Gypsies trinkets, and some alphabet stickers from lilybee design and Project Life (can't seem to find the white ones online, but other colors are available).  I love little, fine stickers, but I must say...they create quite a bit of tension!  Especially when you are dotting i's.  At first, I had the trinket inside the pocket, but that just would not lay well, so outside it went!  I had used twine thread when I had it in the inside, but needed to use Paper Wire (bought so long ago, and I still use the stuff!) to give the trinket loop a little purpose.  I also cut out and popped up one the the "road trip" signs, but that layered well in the pocket.  

The Statue of Liberty stamp was what drew me in to the Tim Holtz set.  I love his blueprint stamp sets.  And they stamp like buttah.  I used The Paper Studio stickers for the New York silhouette.

Onward! (I hope)





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The answer is 30. What is the question?

  • What are the number of years since I was a freshman in high school?
  • How long ago did the original Footloose movie come out?
  • How many pounds would I love to lose?
All great tries.  The question du jour is: How many different types of page protectors do I have in my stash?



Tonight, I was going to start (and might still do so) a layout of the day-to-day happenings of Spring Break 2014, Project Life style.  It would mean starting a new album for me as, even though I did not get through a whole year, last year's album was filled to the brim (March through October...and I still might squeeze a November 12 x 12 in there...).  To those of you who do Project Life, or anything similar to it with divided page protectors, you know this is no small decision.  It used to be, back in the day when Becky Higgins Design A was the only choice.  She was pretty smart, that Becky.  And then.  Chaos.  The complication bar was raised.

I have 30 styles of page protectors.  Thirty.  3-0. That makes decisions super hard which is, if I recall, NOT what the framer intended.  BH wanted this to be easy-- a quick documentation of your life.  Your choices were 4 x 6" horizontal pics or smaller 4 x 2.875" vertical pics.  Period.  Those pages are still predominant in my album from last year.  Then this whole little idea took flight with several companies.  I adored the possibilities of multiple styles.  I even bought an oversized printer because of the inspiration of one page protector.  Yes, I am a crazed lunatic from whom you should shield your impressionable children and young adults.  

So, tonight, I decided to take inventory.  My son gave me some graph paper, and I sketched all that I had accumulated.  Now, I can have, in one spot, a place where I can make some decisions without having to take them all out.  Or so I hope!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This Too Shall Pass

 

I wanted to make this card with my new "I Like You" set by Kelly Purkey.  A friend is playing a waiting game for a job, and I there are really no words to help, but she's always up for a drink!  I also pulled out an oldie but goodie Bella (no longer available).  I paper pieced her capris, as I have done in the past, and did some layering with patterns and textured on the image.

I had a frustrating time with the sentiment. I hope it's just a fluke, but there was a whole lot of excess polymer/adhesive on the stamp.  It's still not as "clean" as I would have liked (imagine that phrase stamped many times in my craft room), but it'll do.

Size: 5.5 x 4.25"  
Ink: Adirondack and Copics