Tuesday, June 28, 2011

before...and after... or, why tutorials are REALLY GOOD

I come home for lunch most of the time, because I'm lucky enough to live close and more often than not I do a blitz grocery shopping trip, then take everything home and put it away.  I have somewhat mastered the art of the 20 minute grocery trip, which is very easy without a three-year-old tagging along.  Tessie does love to shop, that's for sure, but it's just easier to go by myself.  Today, though, I came home and watched a couple of YouTube Copic marker tutorials, and I'm so glad I did!  I'm less intimidated by them now and I really learned a lot.  Want to see just how much?  Here is last night's Experiment with Copic Markers:
Imaginisce Splash Dance collection stamp, using Staz-On ink in Black, Copics RV13 Tender Pink, BG11 MoonWhite, and BG15 Aqua.  I love how sharp and crisp the image turned out, but that was before I learned that Staz-On inkpads are not good friends to your Copics and will discolor the nib.  Oops.  I did check my nibs and no staining at all, although I did notice it was a little more difficult to get the stamp clean after stamping my image.  Cute, but I knew I wasn't doing something right.  I made a quick stop (ha, yeah, right) at Hobby Lobby after work and picked up a Memento ink pad in Tuxedo Black, which is the ink pad recommended for use with Copics.

Here are the links to the tutorials I watched today:

Copic Coloring Basics with Cindy Lawrence

Copic Marker Basics

The first tutorial was the one I really needed to see in order to begin understanding how blending and shading work with Copics, and the second answered a lot of questions, plus gave me a link to the Copic Marker hand color chart, so I don't have to stand in Hobby Lobby trying to look at a picture on my phone of the markers I already have, trying to discern not so clear small print with my not-so-good eyes.  Hey, I did have Lasik, but I'm one of the unlucky few that it didn't work so good on.  Hmph.  Anyways, here is tonight's Experiment with Copics - ta da!  :D
It's still not the most perfect, but oh my goodness what a difference and she's just so CUTE!  Yes, she's got a rhinestone in her flower - I had to bling her out now that she looked so pretty!  A girl's gotta have her bling, right?  :)  I also touched her up a little with my white Gelly Roll pen.  I was so pleased that I tried another, and here she is:

:D  LOVE HER!!  :D I completely and totally understand why people fall in love with these markers; I cannot WAIT to use these on a card or on a layout.  I'll have two opportunities in Tessie's next album for these images - her 2nd birthday party was themed "Under the Sea" and we also went to the beach last year.  I have the whole Splash Dance collection just WAITING to be used!

Moral of the story - tutorials are great (which I know most everyone already knew), especially when you are intimidated.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a blessed day!  :D

I'm going to go color some more... ;)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

weekend finds and my first copics!

One of the blogs I follow, Scrapbook Obsession, had a post about a grab bag of scrappy stuff from Making Memories - $50 worth of stuff for $20, which sounds like a great idea, doesn't it?  I decided to stop by my M's this morning (Tessie is at Gramma and Poppa's this weekend) to check out their sale and to see if I could find one.  Success!  Not only did I find one, but they're on clearance for $9.99.  I know, I need more scrappy stuff like I need a hole in my head, but I couldn't pass one of these up.  I picked up some other stuff too, and headed back home to play!

Here's the bag unopened:
I was very excited because I saw **glitter** and some sparkly bling, so I could hardly wait to get it open.  This is what I found:
There are really only a couple of things that I don't think I'll ever use, so I think I'm going to send one set off to a friend of mine and just tuck the other two away just in case.  But YAY - there WAS sparkly bling!  :D  These are my favorites:
I used my new Stampin' Up! Eastern Blooms set to make this card with these pretty flowers:

The "hello friend" is an M's dollar bin find (see below), inked with my Stampin' Write markers (I need to use a brighter purple next time) and blinged with Recollections crystals.  The inside is light purple cardstock layered with vellum, and wrapped with Bo Bunny ribbon; more Recollections bling too!  :)

So pretty, and I can't wait to use them; I might just make this ^^ one into a bookmark.  There was also a really neat pad of translucent overlays that will be a lot of fun to play with as well.

My other M's scrappy finds are these neat large flower stickers, and some stamps from the dollar bin.  The simple sentiments will be perfect for cards:
My favorite find of the weekend is my new corner shelf unit from Hobby Lobby; I found it on clearance for $10.97!  :D  Slowly but surely I'm building my Jetmax collection, and this is a welcome addition as it gives me a little bit more room on my desk:
I almost want to go back and get the other one I saw, but it would have to live in its box for a long time as I don't really have the room for it right now.  It does make the perfect home for my new Copics though!  :D  I'm going to take a Copics class next month at Scrappin' Bunnies, so I splurged a little bit on the three pinks and the pastel set from Hobby Lobby.  Yay for 40% off coupons, that's for sure!  :)  Meet my new friends:
I haven't played with them yet, as I'm a little intimidated by them, but I've got several YouTube tutorials to watch and that will help.  :)  Still no Fourth of July papers, hopefully they will arrive this week and I can finally put my Doodlebug bouquet together.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

a long and overdue update

In my last post I mentioned that I needed to get ready for a crop over the weekend.  It's the monthly Customer Appreciation Crop at Remember When Scrapbook Store in Whitesboro, Texas.  My father lives very close by, so on Friday I loaded up the car, picked up my sweet girl from daycare and off we went.  On Saturday she had an absolute blast with her grampa, Nana Jo and her cousin Lainey (they went to see Kung Fu Panda 2 and went to McDonald's), while I had an awesome time with my scrappy friends.  :)  I brought four page kits that I had put together myself, and one page kit that I had bought at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington.  All of my layouts are done and I would LOVE to say that now I'm done with Tessie's second year album, but um.  I completely forgot about Christmas and so there are still two blank pages in the middle of my album.  Sigh.  Anyway, here they are:
Playing in the snow!
This was another collection that I bought from Scrapbook Steals, I can't remember the name of it as it was quite some time ago.  The snowflake stickers are from Target and the big blue snowflake is a Cricut cut.  Letters are from Doodlebug Design.
This next layout is from our family picture shoot in Deep Ellum, it was a makeup shoot for our Valentine's Day picture attempt that ended in an epic meltdown of never before seen proportions.  She was in a MUCH better mood this time:
The papers and sparkly frill strips are from Doodlebug, the letters and journaling tag are from Little Yellow Bicycle (Zinnia Collection), and the buttons are a combination of EK Success Stickos from Joann's and Heidi Grace Raised Buttons from Big Lots.  I just recently discovered Big Lots for scrappy stuff and WOW!  You might have to dig a bit, but there's some great stuff there.  I found a LOT of Martha Stewart items there.
I ordered the photostrip from Shutterfly when they had a feature named "Wink".  I wish it hadn't gone away, I love this strip and wish I had ordered some different ones too.  :(
This next layout is my page kit from GASC.  Here is what it was supposed to look like:
I'm not a fan of splitting a picture across a page (maybe I will in the future), and I didn't have a picture that size or orientation, so here is my interpretation:
This is by far my favorite layout.  I just love the colors and even though there are more embellies than I usually use it doesn't strike me as product vomit, it really looks nice.  My awesome friend Megan (who blogs at The Flick Four; she is a great photographer and scrapbooker/crafter!) suggested the journaling piece in the middle and I'm so glad she did.  It was missing something without it!

My last two layouts are single pages - one is the last page of the album, and one I'm going to frame; I think you'll understand why when you see it.  These are the only two pictures we got from the Valentine's Day shoot; to be fair to our girl it was freezing cold and rainy, I don't blame her for not wanting to get pictures done.  But at least we have these, which we love and this will look so nice framed:
Photos by Stefani Marcus Photography, the base paper is a clearance piece from Hobby Lobby, as are the red and black flowers; the borders are a Die Cuts With A View Glitter border stack, punched with my Martha Stewart scallop edge punch.  I just love this.  :)

And the last page of her second year album: our picture with the Easter Bunny.  She wasn't too sure of the Easter Bunny, but she braved it out for me.  That's our sweet girl!
Doodlebug frills, run through my Xyron; bunny, flower, basket and carrot cut from Create-A-Critter (iridescent Smooch on the flower and carrot!); photo matted on DCWV Glitter Mat Stack; and Recollections crystals and pearls on the flowers and basket.

Whew.  If you've gotten this far, thank you for stopping by!  I've ordered more pictures from Shutterfly, so I'm hoping to have this album done soon.  After that, I have several page kits to use to start her new album, but in the meantime, I might just make a Fourth of July bouquet with this:
I might have ordered the Doodlebug Design Fourth of July paper collection, hee.  I can't wait to see how it turns out! 

Have a blessed day!  :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

simple and sweet

I love this birthday card that I made for my mother-in-law, it's very simple and pretty.  I used a white JoAnn's Craft Essentials 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card for the base, some pink and green cardstock, Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo embossing powder, Father's Day and Flower Fest stamps, Inkessentials pearlescent embossing powder, a piece of vellum and Pebbles' "Royal Garden" embossed paper from the Ever After line.  :)
My apologies, I forgot that I added a Doodlebug Design flower token at the last minute!  I took these pictures on Sunday before I mailed the card on Monday and couldn't wait to post it.  Happy Birthday, Gloria, I hope it was a wonderful one and we love you!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm getting ahead of myself...

But I honestly can't help it!  I haven't finished Tessie's second year scrapbook yet, but when I saw the pictures from her first dance recital I just couldn't help it - I had to get out my Dancing Girl Collection by Fancy Pants Designs (from Scrapbook Steals!) and play.  I bought this not too long ago just for her recital pictures and I am SO GLAD I did!

Our sweet girl and her daddy:
Photo by Shelley Kautz

My little dancer's layout, photos by Bella Mia Portaits. My work in progress, I love a scrappy mess:

Final result:

I've got a crop this weekend where I'm hoping to get the final pages of her other scrapbook done; I've already got the page kits ready to go, all it takes is me actually sitting down to create them.  :) And then I get to pick out a NEW scrapbook, yippee!  I'm really thinking I like this one from Doodlebug Designs.  Any suggestions?

Layout Recipe:
Fancy Pants Designs - Dancing Girl Collection:
  • Papers: On Stage
  • Glitter Cuts: Little Dancer
  • Glitter Cuts: Heart of Hearts
  • Dancing Girl journal book
  • Dancing Girl buttons
Prima Flowers
Recollections jewels
Die Cuts With A View glitter cardstock matstack

Thank you for stopping by!  :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

a quick saturday post - my pretty flower

I just wanted to share the project I completed last night, using a Starbuck's Frappucino bottle and Stampin' Up! inks, dies, stamps and embossing folders.  Really very simple, and very cute and pretty, I think:
The center was cut with a Top Note Bigz die and inked with Certainly Celery, then cut in half and glued on.  I used Elegant Eggplant to stamp my flowers and just cut those out, finishing the bottle by tying Certainly Celery taffeta ribbon around it all.  I didn't have enough buttons or glass gems to fill the jar, but I do have enough glitter to cover Dallas AND Fort Worth, so I just dumped six jars of glitter into my bottle and mixed it up.  I like it! 
Close up of my flower - the layers were cut out of old books using Sizzix dies (I'm sorry, I don't know which ones), inked with Daffodil Delight, and layered together with Zots Glue Dots.  The stem is a rolled seven inch strip of cardstock (about 1/2 inch wide); it was attached to the flower through the first three layers.  I love how it turned out!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

5x7 Folded Card

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

a layout from my daughter's scrapbook-in-progress

I recently completed a two-page layout for my daughter's scrapbook and I think it's one of my absolute favorites.  It's a bit more complicated than I usually create, but it actually came together really very well and I'm just so pleased.  This is my sweet girl and her best friend at a park playdate in 2009, when they were both just over a year old:

This layout was created with the Retro Glam collection by We R Memory Keepers, bought from Scrapbook Steals.  I love this collection, and these pictures were perfect for it. 

I'm a pretty plain and simple scrapper, so the design of this collection really worked well in helping me bring it up a level without making me uncomfortable with "product vomit" on the page.  :)

I love this page - I used ribbon from my stash that I found at Hobby Lobby and Michael's, and the leather flowers are also from Hobby Lobby; it was a set that I happened to find in the clearance section one day.  I strung the letters on craft thread and separated each word with an amethyst Swarovski crystal bead; I wish you could see them better!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

happy birthday, sweet princess

My daughter's close friend at school had her birthday party this weekend, and all the kids came as princesses or super heroes; well, at least most of them did.  The little girls wouldn't take off their dresses even when they were sweating to death in the bounce house; the little boys couldn't WAIT to strip off, with the exception of a little SpiderMan who didn't want to give up his muscles.  :)  It was a great party, and here's the card and necklace I made for the sweet birthday princess:
Bazzil cardstock, embossed with Cuttlebug Princesses Duo folder
Princess - from Once Upon a Princess
Digis - Tragic Pixels
We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy fancy floss in Sunrise, Meadow and Smoothie
(Okay.  I'm really bad at writing down what I use in my cards/layouts; I will try to get better.  Honestly, it's just pure laziness on my part)

There are four digis in this picture - one on the necklace, and three on the card - I used them to make the balloons because they were perfect!  A little closer look:
I glued them to cardstock and then punched them out using my Martha Stewart balloon punch.  They're one inch circles to start, and it worked perfectly.  I even used them inside:
These have an epoxy resin sticker (from BuyJust5Supply) over them and I popped them with Pop Dots.  The base of the card is from the Ever After line by Pebbles; such a cute line, and I loved the embossed crowns all over this paper, it was perfect.

Close-up picture of her necklace - I need to make one for Tessie:
A lot of the bottle cap necklaces I see have the image on the opposite side, so that the flared edge rests on your skin.  That just screams ouchie to me, so I flip them over, scrape out the plastic liner and set my image.  :)  It looked great with the purple ball-chain too!  I added the bow and put a drop of glue on it after I tied it to keep it from unraveling.

One more necklace that I made this weekend, just loved the colors and the sweet bird:
Digi collage sheet from Etsy seller piddix, "zen birds"
Another view:
This one is for a very special person (she may see this so I can't tell who it is), I can't wait to give it to her!  :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

updating my space once again

One more quick post - I made two updates (one is still in progress) to my craft area: I moved my laptop in here because it will be easier to upload pictures, update my blog and gets it out of the way, and I discovered Cropper Hoppers.  I love them!  And I'm kicking myself now that I missed the awesome Saturday night ScrapbookSteal that had the Cropper Hopper Paper Cart for $25.00!  Hmph! 
In the process of getting my laptop's surge protector plugged in I knocked two of my Stickles out from under my wall case.  Can I just say that the edges of the silver tray top of that cart are very sharp?  Yes, they are.  :(
I'm still working on organizing my paper into the Cropper Hoppers; even my stickers and Thickers are going to get straightened out!  And ooo, that's my new book - "Haunted Legends", edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas; it just arrived from Amazon today.  I LOVE Ellen Datlow's editing, she puts together some great anthologies and I cannot wait to get into this one!  First things first, though, I need to get ready for the Great American Scrapbook Convention tomorrow - I'm going early to shop with some friends, have lunch and then I've got a class at 1:00; I should probably put together my stuff.  :D 

success! a new jewelry piece and a new thank you card

I've been trying off and on to create some new jewelry and today I finally had some success with a piece!  I love Scrabble tile necklaces (found on Etsy) and decided to try to make some on my own.  Not to sell, just for myself and to make for friends and family; Etsy is rather saturated with Scrabble tile pendant sellers and eh, I'm honestly entirely too lazy to keep up with a store and orders.  And trust me when I say that these are not easy to make either - they LOOK incredibly simple, but looks are deceiving.  I've worked with chiyogami papers and digital prints, and to find a good glue that works with both is not easy.  Chiyogami papers can be delicate, and too much glue will absolutey ruin a piece; digital prints must be sealed completely or any glue that is water-based (as most are that are sold for craft/jewelry making, i.e. Judikins Diamond Glaze) will fade and corrupt the print as well.  I tried a microglaze that was advertised and shilled as "the best glaze available"; um yeah, on what planet?  One, even using a minimal amount didn't seal my digis properly, and two, OMG getting them to actually adhere to a glass piece?  My frustration level went through the roof.  I LOVE looking at the digis available on Etsy (my favorites are Tragic Pixels, Art Vision, SparrowGraphic and digitalya) so I put everything away for a little while to focus on my papercrafting again. 

And then I found a fantastic glue/sealant at Michael's - Inkssentials Glue n' Seal.  I bought a little bottle because having been burned before by buying an unknown product I'm a bit gun-shy and went home to experiment.  The results are fantastic.  The glue dries VERY fast and completely clear, and it does not eat my paper.  It doesn't fade my prints, and for some reason even bubbles were kept to a minimum.  Pretty freaking awesome, let me tell you.  Actually, let me show you:
Card and necklace:
Necklace alone:
Side view of piece - I love this, it looks so cool:
The cabochon magnifies the print so you see it from the side, and yes, I finally figured out the macro setting on our new camera.  :)
Digital collage print: Etsy seller artvision
Cabochon, pendant tray and chain: Etsy seller BuyJust5Supply

The card is for my sweet friend who gave our daughter a birthday gift (quite unexpectedly, and Buglet is in love - more bubbles and sidewalk chalk, yippee!).  I used my new embossing powders from Stampin' Up! (please forgive the slight goofs), a basic blank card from Michael's, Bazzill's fabulous pearlescent paper and my Cuttlebug:
The inside is lined with white, and I used a basic "thank you" stamp from My Pink Stamper, with two pink jewels.  I like it a lot, and hope my friend does too!
Cuttlebug folder: Thanks
Stampin' Up products:
  • Versamark watermark pad
  • Embossing powder: Tangerine Tango
  • Embossing powder: Melon Mambo
  • Stamp: butterfly from the Flower Fest set
My Pink Stamper: Simply Sweet Occasions
Pop Dots

thank you for stopping by!