Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Scrapbook Nook May Member Sketch


I'm so excited to host my first design team challenge over at My Scrapbook Nook.  The challenge is called Member Sketch.  All the layouts are so inspiring over at the Nook...lots of International friends and so many different styles...so to narrow down the search, a layout is picked from the gallery of layouts used with a Nook kit.  

I loved the way Scrappin_in_AK used a circle for a photo and the other for journaling along with the banners.
I think it would be great to use as is or even make some changes to the sketch to fit more photos.  Either way, it is a great design full of inspiration.  Here is the sketch I made from her layout.
Link up your layouts over here in this thread, and see more inspiration from this sketch...I would love to see your take on this challenge. The Nook is such a friendly place, I am so happy to find them and be a part of the team.
Here is my take on the sketch...
And I have made two layouts and two cards so far with My Scrapbook Nook's June Kit...will share tomorrow...

And thank you for the prayers...and thank God...I feel so much relief...
XOXO

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Project Life, Weeks 20 and 21???

I knew I'd get more confused by numbering weeks...so this is May 14th - 23rd - including the Beach Trip...My Archie Boy and thank you notes from teachers...
I did these while we were at the beach...I wanted bright colors, and it is still one of my favorites...Sketchbook by Amy Tangerine, along with some Dear Lizzy Neapolitan.  
And then when I got home, I realized I forgot to save a spot for our hair cuts...so cut down a 6x12 protector to just one, and added it to the ring...
and the back side with a few more photos...
And then here starts the beach...I had the photos edited already on the phone, and kept up with edits on computer, made collages on the computer ready to print, then just added embellishments and any journaling right on top of photo paper...(and yes, that is my little postcard and thank you for one of my pages in Scrapbooks, Etc.  So excited and sad...since they are no longing going to publish this magazine after the August issue...)

I've gotten braver and started just gluing and/or adding things on top of the protector.  I also know that my album is full...I know more will fit...but with me not sticking to one or two pages for each week and using lots of photos...it's going to be very very full!  Hard for me not to put the photos in...not sure...if I should change the way I do it...
A few close-ups...
Some Heidi Swapp paper, Authentique letter stickers...more Sketchbook paper and stickers...


I relied more on my iPhone for photos this time around...I did pull out the big DSLR, but only a little and brought it right back up to our condo...too much to worry about, and didn't need the added worry...
Close up of the embellishments and rubons that I put right on top of protector.




Hope everyone had a great weekend and Memorial Day (if celebrating)...

have a lot on my mind right now and will know more after the 31st after seeing doctor...so would appreciate prayers...XOXO

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Cards to Share

I love the new Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic papers...I finally made what I had in mind with these "chic" papers...I used the Martha Stewart score board to make the envelopes...no need in making a liner because the paper is just that pretty on both sides!  Quick and easy!

 Used my stash and stamps along with the new bows from Heidi Swapp.

And a quick card using the Echo Park Graceful line along with a few things from my stash.
And we're back from the beach...will update with Project Life soon!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hello from the Beach

...we're enjoying the fun in the sun with lots of sand...
 Really bad bed and waking with headaches.  But one good thing, got to see the sun come up.  Haven't experienced the peace and quiet in a very long time.  Got to see dolphins swimming, birds singing and flying, and the beach activity waking up...
XOXO

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Lily Bee, Glue Arts, and Epiphany

All week over on the Lily Blog, it has been a blog hop with Glue Arts and Epiphany.  Amazing creations all week, you will want to take a look!

Sharing my creations today on the Lily Bee Blog along with some other amazing creations from Anna-Maria, Melissa, and Sasha.  Stop by for more inspiration.

I did two layouts.  I had the first idea to use the Epiphany flowers just as flower...I cut the banner stickers to and made leaves around the flowers.  Then used the Glue Arts Pro Glider to easily make ruffles from the Pattern paper and raise some of the circles and bits.
 And then I thought how the flowers also looked like starfish...so sprinkled some at the bottom of this beach layout.  I used the adhesive Glue Arts squares to also sprinkle some confetti.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More Gauche Alchemy Projects

The theme is still up at Paper Issues...so link up your projects that are non-scrapbooking, getting messy, out of your comfort zone...

Here's an oldie, but my most favorite and still out in our living room.  You can see the original post here when I first did it and first time ever getting Gauche Alchemy goodies (which Emma loved too).
 It is was a brown paper mache ampersand I had gotten at our local scrapbook store years ago, no longer here.  For this ampersand I used a good mix of the kits (blue, yellow, red, pink, green).  Most of the papers are from the Gauche Alchemy kit with a little scrapbooking paper mixed in.  I had watered down acrylic red paint to paint the sides...love this piece...my most favorite.
 And I have one more piece that is still hanging in our foyer that never got photographed and showed off...a metal star from Michael's that I altered.  The majority of the papers are scrapbook papers.  I used mod podge to adhere everything.  The pony beads at the top are from the Gauche Alchemy red kit...this is when my love of using wire started...for the gold outline, I had used a Gold leafing pen by Krylon.  
So remember to link up your projects over on Paper Issues and right now while the theme is going on you can get 30% off at the Gauche Alchemy store...using code PAPERISSUES2012

And for more discounts at the Paper Issues' store...

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Project Life Weeks 18 and 19

Some of the week's highlights - Emma is very comfortable at school, package from my friend, Linda, worked on my first challenge for My Scrapbook Nook for National Scrapbook Day, Emma and I trying one of many new yogurt places around here...
 I used lots of Echo Park paper, Pebbles flowers, washi tape, Studio Calico stamps, My Mind's Eye button and banner, an old Sassafras Lass flower, and even a little of my glitter border I made for my challenge layout over at the Nook.

Had to go for another breast ultrasound, finally the doctor could feel and see the spot I had been feeling and said it isn't anything suspicious, so thankful.  It is stinking hot, I always want to move this time of year.  Started working on birthday decorations because I know it will be a busy summer.  My camera card died, and we visited the very last day of one of the many yogurt places that is now closed.
 Used lots of Sketchbook by American Crafts, Studio Calico Stamps and paper.

Closeup of Emma at Orange Leaf for last time...
 Closeup of her artwork that we took a double take...and me taking a photo of how stinking hot it is while driving in my car.
 Emma is concerned that no one will come to her birthday party since it is during the summer...so after talking to the teacher, I decided to hand out invites with a "save the date."  She was so excited to hand these out to her friends.  I used a digital kit from Two Peas for the Banner, tag, and pin.
 Just put a little stinker with journaling on the back...cut down an 8x8 protector and sewed it up and then slipped the invite into it.
 I was ready to try something different now.  Instead of the protectors with the pockets, I used this Heidi Swapp folder...the resist ones that you use mists or inks on...
 Punched some holes in it using a protector as a guide, and put the photos for the rest of the weekend inside...the Mother's Day celebration at school, Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, and Mother's Day with Wendy, Joey, Merrin, and their family.
 Used more Heidi Swapp papers as well as Studio Calico and My Little Shoebox, washi tape, Pink Paislee rubon, the Heidi Swapp word sticker, American Crafts chipboard.
 Emma looking adorable in her Hello Kitty sleeping bag.  Then at the Dragon Boat Festival, I ran into a High School friend...it was so good to run into Ronnie, it had been a very long time!  
 Used the little file folders that fold out from Heidi Swapp for the rest of the photos.
 Used some of the new washi tape I got for Mother's Day that I ordered from Freckled Fawn ;)
 It was a nice change from doing the pockets.  I kept it very simple trying to make it as quick as possible and not spending a lot of time or energy on it.
 Pulled out some Dear Lizzy American Craft stickers.
 I love the Heidi Swapp word stickers, I used them all up...I may need more!
 And a close up of all of the ladies together.  We were excited that Wendy invited us.  Thank you Wendy and to her sister, Lisa, for letting us come over...we had such a good time...Emma says she is ready to come back!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scrapping the Music

The next set of challenges is up:

David Bowie's "Golden Years"

and/or

the prompt:  Do you recall a movie where the music really moved you?  Scrap about the music and/or the movie.

I did David Bowie's song:  It was the perfect lyrics to go along with my most favorite photo I took while at Disney World at the end of last summer.
Patterned Paper:  Studio Calico (Red die cut background, yellow and blue, green), Pink Paislee (chevron cut outs gold), American Crafts (orange pluses)
EMBELLISHMENTS
Stickers:  Jenni Bowlin (Happy, hexagons, circle, circle letters and numbers, tab), October Afternoon (circle red and tan), Pink Paislee (arrow), Prima (rectangle letters, and journaling spot)
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Chipboard:  Dear Lizzy American Crafts, letters by American Crafts
Flower:  Maya Road
Twine:  Divine Twine
Clothespin:  American Crafts
Misc:  Disney World tags
Mist:  Studio Calico
Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, Beacon Zip Dry, Recollection Foam adhesive
Wood Veneer:  Studio Calico

Hope you can join us...would love to see what you create.  

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone - Get Messy with Gauche Alchemy and Paper Issues

I know it is hard for some people to step out of their comfort zone, but for me, when it comes to creating, I like to step away from traditional scrapbooking from time to time, get messy, and just create.

Paper Issues and Gauche Alchemy are collaborating for the next theme May 13-26.

Here is what I created - I used a 15x11 canvas.  I had used it before, ripped off all of the old papers, and re-used it.  It even had a little leftover teal paint, which I left as is.

Using my Gauche Alchemy old vintage papers, I started layering them on top and around the sides using Inkssentials Glue n' seal.  You could use Mod Podge or Gel medium.  
In addition to the Gauche Alchemy goodies I received, here are the other supplies I used to create the canvas.
After letting the glue dry, I watered down some Gesso...I didn't want to completely cover up the old papers.  After that dried, I watered down some of the mists, then using a straw, I blew the drops across the canvas.
I didn't get a picture of that step by itself, so here is what it looks like on a piece of cardstock.  Have to give credit where credit is due...this was a technique I had seen Amy Tangerine do and it is my most favorite, and one I will do a lot of.
You can see it a little here on the canvas as well as my next step.  I used a Julie Balzer's Crafter's Workshop Pomegranate stencil with the pink paint.  My focus on the canvas was going to be the white corrugated cardboard, so I didn't want anything too bright, instead, I wanted a subtle look of textures...so I used another layer of watered down gesso over the entire piece after this.
Next, I started cutting up more of the papers...like this vintage ad...loved the '70's green towel the model was wearing, so cut tiny leaves and adhered with the glue n' seal to create a lot of motion on the canvas.
Then I watered down some paint and did some random stamping...I wasn't concerned that the stamps came out too watery...it was the look I wanted.
I really liked this little leaf stamp from a Studio Calico stamp set.  I didn't water this paint down, so I went over the dried paint with watered down gesso to soften it...still going for a neutral, but lots of texture look.
Here is how it is looking...the tiny hand cut leaves, more watered down gesso...I hand cut the white corrugated cardboard into the flowers, cut little clippings of the brown multi-colored yarn that my package was wrapped in (which by the way was so gorgeous).  I added the beads and sequins to the centers of the flowers, and then used the fibers to connect the flowers, all from Gauche Alchemy as well.  I let the different layers of glue and gesso dry before moving on (I did not use glue n' seal on top of the yarn or fibers).  I added little extra touches of paint around the flowers and leaves.
So I am loving the softness of the piece, as well as the texture.  It is reminding me of the beautiful Asian artwork you've seen.  So with my Silhouette, I cut out the Chinese characters for "Peace."  I wanted just a little more texture, so I cut the hexagons with the Silhouette with scrapbook paper, and also added the Pink Paislee chipboard hexagons.  Using more glue n' seal to adhere everything, letting it dry, then going over with more watered down gesso.  I even went around the Chinese characters and chipboard hexagons with gesso to cover up the black pen I had outlined in with first, but didn't like...it wasn't the look I wanted.
And here is the finished canvas.  I love that you can see the vintage papers in the background as well as the mists, painted stencil, stamping...lots of color, but not too intense...soft...  I did go back and add some white gesso to the white corrugated cardboard to make it a little more white.
Would love to see your "messy - out of your comfort zone" project. You can link your projects up at Paper Issues. Leave me a comment here as well, so I can be sure to not miss it...
In addition to linking up, Paper Issues is having a blog hop and giving away some Gauche Alchemy goodies. To be eligible to win: be a follower of my blog, be a follower on the Paper Issues Blog, and "Like" Paper issues on Facebook.

Here is the Blog Hop for more inspiration and amazing creations:
Patricia R. =YOU ARE HERE=
Chrissy (Gauche Alchemy co-owner)
The winner will be announced in two weeks, May 27th, on the Paper Issues blog.
Also be sure to join the Gauche Alchemy Flickr Group. Lots of inspiration and a great place to share your art. By joining Gauche's Flickr group, you can use this coupon PAPERISSUES2012 to get a 30% discount (excluding kit subscriptions) in their shop for the duration of the theme (May 13-May 26).
If you are still looking for more shopping to do ;) ...please visit the Paper Issues store and use coupon PATRICIA for a 20% discount.

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