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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Sn@p for Great Grandma Cook

The good news is that almost ready for Thanksgiving. The bad news is that Thanksgiving was last month.

Shortly after Thanksgiving, I stumbled across “Sn@p” – a Simple Stories pocket scrapbooking program that seemed to merge the best of Becky Higgins’ Project Life program and and EK Success’ Smash books. From there, I quantum leaped into the perfect Christmas gift for my mother-in-law, children and grandchildren. So, I ordered my Sn@p products and launched head-first into the project. Since my 98-year-old mother-in-law lives in Oregon, I started her project first. Since my husband visited her in September, I started her photo album with our daughter’s move into her new home at the end of September.  Then the unthinkable happened. On Friday, December 13, 2013 my mother-in-law fell down some steps and cracked her head. Our youngest son, Nathan, and my husband flew out to see her on Sunday, December 15th.  I quickly finished the album so he could take it with him. While her body is healing, she is not. She’s grown weary of living.

I hope to have our Snap and Project Life inventory posted on our website (www.scrappigators.com) shopping cart by the end of the month/year.

David and Nathan returned home on Saturday, December 21st. We’re getting daily updates from David’s sister about her status and are keeping her in prayer.


David was able to give her the album on Wednesday, the 18th. This first page chronicles our daughter’s move into her first home. I have an arrow punch and had planned on writing notes on them. I created my “Instagram” style photos using my Microsoft Publisher program.

Leslie's new home story continues on the next two pages. Since I do not store my Project Life cards by collection, I cannot tell you which set these come from. I've gotten in the habit of creating several of these photo cards every time I transfer pictures into the file.


October turned out to be an interesting month. Our daughter-in-law met her sister in Chicago and took some incredibly interesting shots with her camera phone. I had to add these to the mix as well as our grandbaby girl napping on Daddy’s chest.


Since they live about 2 ½ hours away from us, we try to see our grandchildren at least once a month. I had lots of fun with these “Morgan” photos and enjoyed “smashing” them into the project as cut-outs.

Since Morgan likes to hang around Grandma more than Brayden, she tends to get more photos taken . . . or maybe it’s because she’s 2 . . . almost three. The background paper on these two pages is actually yellow cardstock that I stamped with journaling circles.


Brayden and Grandpa Cook managed to make their way into the next two pages. Brayden is “creating” with Play Dough.


We closed out the month with Parker’s first football game. He’s number 81 . . . This is junior high or middle school sports, so their season is a bit shorter than high school.  I used the Project Life “Football” themed cards on these pages. I also used them in Parker’s Sn@p book, my PL 2013 Scrapbook and I still have a few cards left.


My mother-in-law’s birthday was also in October, so I included pictures from her birthday celebration. It seemed fitting at the time.


Morgan was having way too much fun playing “tickle bug” with Grandpa. She would run between us, pause for her “get ready, get set, go” pose and then be off to battle the giant tickle bug.


David took these pictures with his cell phone camera. Do you see the rose? That’s actually an Elizabeth Craft outline sticker that I placed on the outside of the plastic page protector. I finish the effect, colored it with Copic markers. It works, don’t you think?

These last pages are also from David’s camera. As they came in, I put them in the “Instagram” format. As my husband texted me the photos, I processed them for my pocket protectors. This made the Sn@p projects go so much easier.


The left hand pages finish up David’s babysitting gig. The right represents moments from Thanksgiving dinner.  Below completes the holiday weekend at Nate & Cindy’s for dessert.


I hope that your Christmas was Merry and Bright.
















Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Wishes

It's hard to believe that my last posting was almost two months ago! Since then, we've vended at three (or four) weekend events and two day-crops. I'm now in major make-up mode.

In keeping with the season, I created this make-and-take featuring Elizabeth Craft dies and stickers, Darice embossing folders, Scor-Tape and Copic markers.

First, I cut a 3.75" piece off Elizabeth Craft's SS 0102 White Iris Shimmer Sheet and embossed it on my Grand Callibur using Darice's snow flakes embossing folder. I then placed a strip of .25" Scor-Tape along the bottom quarter of the shimmer sheet. After removing the top cover of the tape, I placed ribbon from my stash along the tape trail and secured the ends on the back of the mylar. I then added more adhesive to theback of the Mylar and centered it on the A-2 card cover.

To make the tree, I cut a 2.5" x 11.5" piece of cardstock and placed it on the sticky side of a 2.5" wide piece of score-tape. I cut it off the roll and placed the five elements of Elizabeth Craft's EC 755 - Five-Part Pine metal die face down on the top of the Scor-tape piece. I ran those five elements through my Grand Calibur. Once cut, I removed the blue waxy tops from the adhesive and added glitter to them using SparkleNSprinkle's semitransparent Sparkling Snow glitter. I finger burnished the glitter, pushing it into the adhesive and then colored each piece of the tree with Copic G29 - Pine Tree Green marker. In my original sample, I colored the entire tree in green. In this one, I left the tips white/clear to accentuate each section of the tree. This was the sample I started in my make-and-take and that I quickly finished at home

I attached vertical strips of the .25" Scor Tape to the back of each tree element and layered them accordingly. I cut a 1" strip off my transfer tape and picked up either Merry Christmas or Christmas Wishes stickers using EC 351G - Merry Christmas (Gold) or EC 376G - Christmas Wishes (Gold), depending on availability. I positioned the sentiment on the Myylar, pressed it into position and removed the transfer sheet from the card front.

The results, a finished card! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hot Cocoa Marci


I think this is a good example of clean and simple style. After I finished creating my scene, I didn't really feel that buttons, bows and lattices would improve the sampling. I suppose I could have doodled a wallpaper design, but my purpose here was to present a colored Hot Cocoa Marci. I just might come back later on and add the doodles.
My scene includes La-La Land Crafts Hot Cocoa Marci (Item # 5182) in a Cotton Candy (The Paper Cut) room with her own mug of hot chocolate and a peek of embossed snowflakes (Darice 5”x7” snowflake embossing folder) through a partially open window (Spellbinders Window Two # S2-016). No wonder the poor little thing is cold!
I stamped Marci and the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink. I used the following Copic Markers to create my scene: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG09, BG18, BV00, BV11, BV13, BV17, E00O, EOO, E01, E04, E21, E34, E41, E43, E47, E49, R81, R85, R89, W2, W5, and 0 (Colorless Blender).

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Elizabeth Craft Cherry Cupcake Make-and-Take

 
This card measures 3” x 3” finished
DIE CUT:   ECDesigns Cupcake with Cherry #715.
 
COPICS:
  • B00 Frost Blue
  • R29 Lipstick Red
  • R81 Rose Pink
  • R85 Rose Mist
  • E79 Cashew
  • G07  Nile Green
 
TO MAKE YOUR OWN, YOU’LL ALSO NEED:
  • Score Tape at least 2 1/2" wide
  • White cardstock at least 2 1/2" wide and approximately 3" long
  • SparkleNSprinkle Semi Transparent Snow
  • 1/4” x 3” black cardstock
  • 3” x 6” Razzleberry Cardstock (The Paper Cut)
  • 3 faux pearls
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Cut white cardstock to 2 1/2" x 3" and affix to sticky back of Scor-Tape 
  2. Remove top paper from double-sided sticky tape and set aside.
  3. Drop die cut with smooth side up onto the exposed sticky tape. DO NOT TOUCH IT after you drop it.
  4. Place top paper back on sticky tape with die cut sandwiched between the tape and the top. Rub around the top which will push the die image into the sticky tape.
  5. Remove top and place cupcake into the center of a coffee filter with  sticky side up.
  6. Dump Sparkling Snow semitransparent glitter on top of the cupcake and sticky tape.
  7. Burnish it with your finger and pour excess back into jar.
  8. Now you're ready to "color" the cupcake. You can tap, pat, or lay the color on, but do not scrub or stroke to often least you deadhese the glitter. use the photo above for color placement.
  9. Once you've finished coloring, the cut out cupcake and set aside.
  10. Afix black strip onto lower end of card.
  11. Select three pearls and color them with one of the darker colors from the list above.
  12. Apply foam dots to the back of the cupcake and position on card.
  13. Place the dot to the right of the cupcake.
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pilot Luka


I got this stamp because my husband is a retired navigator and I thought it would be a great addition to our military scrapbook and our Desert Storm pages. This is La-La Land Stamp #5036. I used the following Copic markers on this project: B21 – Baby Blue; B73 – Antwerp Blue, E00 – Skin White, E02 – Fruit Pink; E21 – Baby Skin Pink; E71 Champagne; E74 – Cocoa Brown; E77 – Maroon; R02 – Flesh; R29 – Lipstick Red; W00 – Warm Gray No. 00; W2 – Warm Gray No. 2; YR000 – Pale Chiffon; YR21 – Cream; YR24 – Pale SepiaYR31 – Light Reddish Yellow

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Steampunk Marci


Steampunk is Awesome. I’m lovin’ it. I used cardstock from my 2011 Steampunk collection as the background for Steampunk Marci (Item #5189). This is the third La-La Land image I plan to use on my two-page, pocket scrapbooking layout which I will be showcasing next week, if all goes well. I used the following Copic markers to color this image: BG72, BG90, BG93, BG99, C3, C5, E000, E00, E02, E87, R20, W00. W3, W5, YR21, YR24, YR31, YR000.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Coloring Marcie



Being hooked on Copics means that I love to color images that celebrate stamping, especially with Copic markers. La-La Land’s Coloring Marcing (Item # 5166) fills the bill.

I stamped the image with Momento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink on Copic Blend-It cardstock. I plan to use her in the same pocket scrapbooking layout that I colored Top Hat Steampunk Marcie, so I adhered her to a  3” x 4” piece of Graphic 45 Steampunk cardstock and popped her Copic marker can with foam dots.
 
I used the following Copic Markers to color my girl: B000, B00, B45, E000, E00, E02, E43, E47, R11, R20, R21, R22, W1, W2, W3, YR 21, YR 24, YR 31, and 0 Colorless Blender.

 All in all, this project was fun to do and came together pretty quickly.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steampunk Top Hat Marci



I haven’t posted in more than a month. I’ve completed projects, but my work table was such a mess that I couldn’t find anything. It took me a month, but now I have a clean workplace where I can spread out and get things done. It’s no accident that Top Hat Steampunk Marci is the first of these projects.

Steampunk is:
1.      A subgenre of science fiction
2.      An artistic style that develops from steampunk fiction
3.      Happens with goths discover brown.
 
Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American Wild West. It visualizes a future which employs steam power as a dominant energy source and fictional machines which operate off that power.
 
I love the steampunk style and have been looking for ways to incorporate in my design aesthetic.  When I stumbled upon La La Land Crafts’ Steampunk Top Hat Marci (Item # 5190) I knew the time had come to move the project forward.

I stamped the image with Momento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink on Copic Blend-It cardstock. I cut her out and adhere the elements and her to a piece of Recollections 4”x6” piece of craft cardstock. I plan to add her to a Pocket Scrapbook page/project incorporating the Steampunk theme. 

I used the following Copic Markers to color my girl: E00, E000. E02, E11, E17, E50, E53, E57, R20, W2, W5, YG0000, YG11, YG93, YG95, YR0000, YR21, R24, and YR3.

I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur to cut the gears (Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets #S5-048) out of The Paper Cuts Black Licorice and the lattice with The Paper Cuts Jellybean Green (Heartfelt Creations Decorative Lattice Swirl #HCD 733). My background is Steampunk cardstock form Graphic 45, circa 2011.

 

 

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pure Innocence: Sprinkler Girl

 
I had a lot of fun coloring my My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls. I colored four sets of them and then set out on a journey to create some memorable cards. I got the idea for this one from Sharon Harist's "Hula Girl" in the new Copic Coloring Guide Level 4 book. I used SparkleNSprinkle's Stamp Set 29 "Blossoms" for my background piece. I also used it on my sentiment circle. I kind of took a chance here because I stamped the sentiment first and then stamped the background.  I used Memento's London Fog and randomly stamped second generational images using my Blossoms stamp set. I am especially excited about my layering pages. I was confident that they were straight and perfectly sized because I used my new Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B.  I think I used size 3 from each grouping. I used two Paper Shapers punches to make my sentiment circle -- 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" scallop. I created my card base from my The Paper Cut collection -- Raspberry and my layering with Black Licorice. Of course, I used the Copic Blend-It cardstock for stamping and coloring my images. I stamped my Sprinkler girl with Memento Tuxedo Black. My ribbon is American Crafts Premium Black Gingham. I used the following Copic Markers: B0000, B00, B01, B02, E00, E11, E31, E35, G000, G21, G24, 518, R20, RV10, RV52, RV55, RV56.
 
 
 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cherish


This is the first in a series of pages I plan to design using Tami Potter's Mosaic Grid system. I will be posting the pre-cut kit on our website (www.scrappigators.com) on Monday. It will list for $12 and includes precut grids elements and is perfect for people who don't think they have time to scrapbook. My colors here are Raspberry mosaic grid paper, Razzleberry, Black Licorice and Cotton Candy cardstock from The Paper Cut.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


I've had this SparkleNSprinkle Stamp (Set 251 Cars -- Henry) for several years and created multiples of this card way back when. I still get compliments on it, so I decided to revisit it with a slightly different interpretation of color and character. I also thought I 'd be extra creative and make a matching envelope with my new We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. That's one of the neat things about this stamp set -- There's a larger image and a smaller one -- how awesome is that?

I used the following markers to make this card and envelope set?

Body: R20, R22, R27
Seat: R20, R37,, R29
Grill: B00, R20, N3
Tires, Fender, Chrome: N3, N5
Smoke: C3, C7
Oil Leak: W3. W7

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pure Innocence: Graduation Girl

I lost a week of scrapbooking and cardmaking due to the unexpected death of my student and friend, Margaret. She was an incredibly young and remarkably vital 75-year old woman. I've also been cleaning and purging my craft room and working on new projects and samples. For months I've had a handful of My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Stamps. Now I know what to do with them. I plan to showcase a different PI stamp each week as my schedule allows. The will also be available for sale on our website (www.scrappigators.com). Though graduation is over, I've opted start my PI collection to with this sweet thing.
I actually stamped a multiple images on one Copic page. Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles seemed to be the only die template in my personal inventory that would allow me to cut out the whole image without half of another one showing. I used the largest of the set to create my card base.

My PI graduate is wearing a green cap and gown because that's the colors of my daughter's alma mater -- Wilmington University, Dover, DE campus. 

I used the following markers on this little princess:
Face: E000, E00, E01, YR00, R20
Hair: E50, YR20, YR24, E99
Cap & Gown -- G20, G24, G28, Y17
Shirt: BG00, BG11
Diploma: E0000, E55
Shoes: N5, N10

I used Lemon Drop Cardstock from The Paper Cut  for my card base, Copic Blend-It paper for my image, Memento Tuxedo Black dy Ink, Memento Pine Green Dye Inc, Colorbox Deep Green Fluid Chalk Ink, and SparkleN Sprinkle Clear Detail Embossing Powder to further create the page,

Monday, June 10, 2013

Elizabeth Craft Tulips


I was playing around with my Elizabeth Craft stickers and found myself making this tulip card (Tulips 0491 and Assorted Words 324). I literally made this card from stuff on my craft table (I'm cleaning it off, honest!) and colored it using three Copic markers -- R29, G21, and T4. The best part is that it comes together quickly and has built-in layering elements.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mosaic Moments Challenge 11 -- Things That Make Me Smile



So many things make me smile that I’ve decided to create a whole scrapbook about things that make me smile. But for today, I’ve picked an object that makes me smile – it’s my bird feeder.
We got the feeder on 2011, so I picked three events that made me smile as they unfolded.

The first is and in the upper right hand corner:
SQUIRREL!
 DOVER, DE — Oct 10, 2011: The manufacturers of this bird-feeder said it was squirrel proof. I guess nobody told the squirrels. That made me smile.

The second takes four pictures to tell the story:
RED BIRD DOWN!
DOVER, DE — July 16, 2012:  I didn’t know a drama was unfolding until one of my students came into my studio and said that something strange was happening around the bird feeder. I ran outside and started taking pictures.
  “Put down that contraption and come help me, fool!” the agitated cardinal seemed to say. I walked closer, clicking pix the whole time. Then I saw Red Bird down!. I brought him into the house and about an hour later returned him to his natural habitat while shooing our cat away. After the class, birdsong filled the air. I knew Red Bird made it home. That made me smile

And the last is in the upper left hand corner:

FEEDING FRIENDS IN NEED
MAKES ME SMILE
DOVER, DE — March 25, 2013: This season’s last snow made our bird feeder the place to be for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or so this Chickadee and Sparrow seemed to think.  Even more birds were searching for fallen seeds on the ground. I can’t help but smile when I see them congregating at this place I’ve provided for their provision. Is this how God feels when He sees us fellowshipping together in His name?


I thought about stamping and coloring corresponding birds but opted for jounaling squares instead. I inked the edges of the journaling pieces with Colorbox black fluid chalk. Now I need to make my husband smile. I’m going to fix his lunch. Have a great day.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Copic Triple Easel

I saw this project and just had to do it . . . with a Copic-oriented perspective. I'll be teaching this class at our Scrappigators Value-Added Summer Crop. This is a no-frills approach to scrapbooking and cardmaking with table classes added for students' convenience and educational experience.

The easel card came from Jill at SparkleNSprinkle. I got the basic dimensions from her, tweeked it a bit and using my "more with less" approach created this adorable card which will brighten anyone's day. I used versafine ink and clear embossing powder to stamp the images on the card flaps; Memento Pistachio on the card base, and SparkleNSprinkle's new Dahlia stamp for the images. I think I'll be moving the leaf to the left and the smaller flower to the right for better composition. I used the following Copic markers: V04, V01, T4, R81, R29, G21, G28.  You can visit our website (www.scrappigators.com) for more information about the crop on June 22nd.

Monday, May 27, 2013

My Favorite Things: Too Cute!


I've had this stamp set around for awhile and finally got around to creating a card just for her. This is part of the My Favorite Things Pure Innocence collection. I'm on a DIY kick as I strive to do more with less, so I created the stamp set with the Heartfelt Creations Posies collection. I shaped them with the McGill Paper Blossoms tool kit. I created the card with Spellbinders Labels 8 Nestabilities set. I also used the following markers:
C2 Cool Gray #2
E0000 Floral White
E00 Skin White
E19 Redwood
E97 Deep Orange
FRV1 Fluorescent Pink
R30 Blush
RV21 Light Pink
RV23 Pure Pink
RV25 Dog Rose Flower
YR00 Powder Pink
YR18 Sanguine


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Starfish Make-And-Take

We're preparing for our first Heirloom Productions trade show in West Springfield, MA on June 1 and 2. Part of that preparation means inventorying product, finishing kits, and putting together Make-And-Takes. I created this 2.75" circle card as a make-and-take companion piece to the turtle, octopus and fish in a class I taught at Stamping by the Sea in Ocean City, MD a few months ago. He's part of SparkleNSpinkle's Sea Critters stamp set #235.

I used four Copic markers to color this little guy: B0000, R22, R24 and E07. I stamped the starfish with Memento's Tuxedo Black dye ink. The bubbles (SparkleNSprinkle 0242-91AA) came last with Memento's Bahama Blue.  I cut the circle card out of The Paper Cut Lunar cardstock with my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and I cut the circles with a from Copic Blend-It cardstock with a 2.5" circle punch.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

MMDT Challenge -- My Favorite Color



This is my latest Mosaic Moments Design Team entry. We had to showcase our favorite story. My color is teal -- so I airbrushed white MM paper, took pictures around Gettysburg at our daughter's horse show last week and found further support online. I really liked the Mad Chick and Fight Like a Girl imagery. I used this project to break in my airbrush. I wasn't looking for a nice even flow; I wanted it to have an marble effect. The hardest part was finding teal in the real world. All in all, it was a fun project. I'll be posting in a posting frenzy during the next week or so. I hope you'll find my ideas useful.

Monday, May 13, 2013

FREE CLOSE TO MY HEART CLASS


Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Happy Thoughts kraft container. The FREE webcast will air Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (MDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Happy Thoughts kraft container, as the presenter walks you through the steps. Watch the Pajama Party by yourself, with other Consultants, or with your customers for a fun crafting pajama party. Anyone with an Internet connection can watch, so be sure to tell your customers to order their project supplies in advance and then tune in!

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at BigPictureClasses.com on May 30. If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website. The fastest way to get the product for this project is to order from my CTMHwebsite (http://dianecook.ctmh.com) 

To make our Happy Thoughts kraft container, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:
  • My Acrylix® Frame Flair Stamp Set (D1546)
  • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts Stamp Set (C1536)
  • Chantilly Paper Packet (need 1 sheet of B&T, X7163B)
  • Crème Brulee Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5754)
  • Lagoon Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5762)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (need 1 sheet, 1385)
  • Whisper Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5929)
  • Whisper Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2172)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2195)
  • My Creations® Kraft Container (Z1833)
  • Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment (need 3 yards, Z1701)
  • Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes (Z1844)
  • Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Corner Rounder (Z1912)
  • Paper Trimmer (Z1783)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • 2" × 3½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
  • Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1790)


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Art Impression Gossip Club


I have a new kit in our scrappigators shopping cart that I've been planning to develop for more than a year. The first time I colored these three ladies, I used three different face colors. I finally got smart and decided to keep it simple. The kit includes the stamp and enough product to make three cards. I precut the card  and Copic paper. All in all, it was a fun card to do. I used the following Copic Markers: B24 – Sky, B37 – Antwerp Blue; BG000 – Pale Aqua; C5 – Cool Gray #5; E000 – Pale Fruit Pink; E00 -- Skin White; E19 – Redwood; E30 - Bisque; E41 – Pearl White; E97 – Deep Orange; G29 -- Pine Tree Green; R20—Blush; R29 – Lipstick Red; V06 Lavender; V12 Pale Lilac; W00 – Warm Gray #00; W03 – Warm Gray #03; W05 – Warm Gray #05; YG03 – Yellow Green; YG06 – Yellowish Green; YG 67 -- Moss; YR18 – Sanguine; YR21 – Cream; YR24 – Pale Sepia; YR31 – Light Reddish Yellow; YR82 – Mellow Peach

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mosaic Moments Design Team Challenge


Our assignment was to convey a “forget-me-not” message; more specifically, what we want others (and ourselves) to remember about oursleves at this phase in our lives. We were also to choose String, Mosaic Moments Cornerstones, and/or Doodles as an element or elements in our layout. 

As far as how I want to be remembered, among, many things, I want to be remembered as an artist. My artistic journey has taken many twists and turns, but it’s always been there, sometimes taunting me, at other times blossoming through me, and always fighting its way to the surface. This layout chronicles some of my artistic endeavors. 

As far as the process involved in this page, I knew I wanted to add doodles, but I wasn’t sure of how many. I started by dusting off some very old Sizzix alphabet dies and cut them out using Paper Cuts Licorice black cardstock for the shadows and Copic Blend-It cardstock for the detail layer.  Using a 0.5 black Copic multiliner pen, I doodled the flowers and colored them with B21, B24, B29 and G21. I liked the general effect, so I continued with the black framing and doodled squares throughout the rest of the layout. I added a little extra depth by placing large faux pearls at the top of each diamond.  I did not pop the squares. They seem to pop all by themselves. The title “Artistic” and books are the only pieces using foam dots on the page. for more on this story, visit my challenge response on www.journella.com.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Paper Cuts -- Butterflies and Spring "Thank God"


This is one of the projects we did in the Paper Cuts Class at the Collins Spring Trade Show last month. I believe this is the perfect sentiment for our Sunday post. We used the following supplies:
The Paper Cut: Spring A-2 Scored Card, Spring Swatch, Butterflies Layer and Mandarin Layer. Inks: The Paper Cut Orange Fizz, Lemon Drip and Black Staz-o
Stamps: Impressions Obsession CL423 "You Are Beautiful" clear set
Dies: Impression Obsession 059-N Fancy Butterfly and 046-A Mini Butterflies
Accessories: 1.75" Scallop Circle Punch

The thrust of the class was to showcase some of the less used The Paper Cut Papers. I love the elegance of it all. Most importantly, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment. Thank you for dropping by.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Copic Lightning Round


Okay, I couldn't resist the Copic Make-and-Take during the Saturday Night Lightening Rounds at the Collins Spring Trade Show near Boston last month. I wanted to take the Copic classes but exercised restraint because I knew that two weeks later (this weekend) I would be back up near Boston taking the 2013 Workshop. As it turns out, the instructor who taught at the Collins Trade Show was also teaching this weekend. All that to say this -- I adore this simple little note pad. We colored the flower, the leaf, and the little flower on top of the clip with Copics. The mini clipboard base is made from a coaster and the soft aqua cardstock -- possibly from Paper Cuts -- was cut to size. All in all, it was quick, easy and fun. Just one more thought -- wouldn't this look cute as a journaling note on a Scrapbook page?

Friday, May 3, 2013

More Elizabeth Craft -- A Tribute to Spring



This is another Elizabeth Craft project from at the Collins Spring Trade Show workshop. I got an extra bonus when I found the Bee die (710 Bees) in our welcome packet. I toyed with the idea of purchasing it; but kept putting it off. Now I'm glad I waited.

This  sweet project showcases the new Curvy Leaves die (#730). Our leaves were cut with the shimmer sheets, card stock and sticky tape. We finished the card by adding a Ribbon Branches border trim (#1273). Of course, we used the die cut for Mr. Bee. We cut our wings with sticky paper and dipped them in glitter. At the time, I thought this was my least favorite of the projects we completed in the workshop. Looking at it now, I see that this was indeed one of the most versatile pieces demonstrating the broad range of this wonderful . . .  stuff!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Elizabeth Craft Bird Die

My friend, Laura, introduced me to Elizabeth Crafts so much so that this product line has become an essential part of our inventory. Naturally, I decided to take her workshop at the Collins Spring Trade Show last month. This silly little bird (709 Birds) is undoubtedly one of my favorites, so much so that I ordered the die cut for my personal collection. The design is pretty simple, but I think the effects are stunning. We used the SS0218 Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheet which we embossed and inked with a Sizzix embossing folder. We used her new Velvet Straight Line Peel Offs (1149) to trim our shimmer sheet and triangles and cut our bird with a black velvet adhesive sheet. I love the way the Fire Opal shimmers through the open design of the bird die. All in all, it was a fun project to make.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Graphic 45 Place In Time


This is absolutely one of my favorite projects that came from the Collins Trade Show. This mini book has features a two-page layout for each month of the year.  The cover is above and the first two pages are below.
Our class was 90 minutes which proved to be just enough time to finish the page folds and secure the basic construction. Now, I was taking classes or participating in activities some 12 hours per day during the event. While in my room that night, I finished construction and got the basic book done. I even managed to get the first two months embellished and tagged.
My general feeling was that if I didn't finish this before I left the event, I wouldn't finish it all. I was wrong. I couldn't let it go. 
After a seven hour drive home (or more) on Sunday, I managed to get another page set done. This is a project that would not let me stop, at all.
I did finish it! How awesome is that? And now I'm preparing to teach it. I also saw a neat application of this paper pack in terms of creating monthly cards! 
I've already ordered the ribbon for this project. And now, here's the rest of the photos so you can see just how stunning this project is: