Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Dog
Here's a layout featuring our new papillion puppy, Doby. He is just 6 months old. This weekend, it snowed heavily and we went out with the kids to make a snow man. Doby went mad with delight, running and snuffling snow and just having a great old time. That deserved a layout so that when he's a grumpy old man sleeping under the covers (like Winny there in the picture), we can remember these sweet puppy days.

This layout was done to satisfy 3 challenges on splitcoast... the color challenge (grey, baha breeze, Kiwi kiss...), a card layout challenge, and a challenge to make a "tag punch star" technique. I don't have that punch so I used a scallop circle punch and a plain circle punch to do the same. That was a fun way to do this technique and I think it turned out really cool. I love those velum scraps from club scrap (probably going to have to resub to them eventually if I start to run out of scraps hahaha... run out!)
Used a lot of glitter glue on this one. And some way cheap snowflake sequins that I got out of the Joann's dollar spot.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Whirlwind of Challenges

This week, splitcoast stampers has had the "Dirty Dare '08." I decided to take the dare, with an extra caviat... I wanted to do as many of the challenges with a scrapbook layout as I could. I had loads of fun. Here are the layouts I made this week!

This was a combination of a layout challenge, a color challenge to use primaries, and a challenge to use a cupcake on a layout. Whew! Nice to get these birthday pictures from 2005 done!

I accidentally cut off the right side of this layout, but it continues with the same blue. This was the combination of an inspiration challenge (to get inspiration from a blog), a layout challenge, and a "create a scene" challenge. Since I don't have any "scene" stamps, I did paper piecing. I watercolored background and added the trees and sun. For the trees, I used a glue pad to stamp on the flourish and added flocking. I love that stuff. The flourishes on the journaling block where colored in with a glazing pen. I added some pretty bling.

This is another bunch of pictures needing some attention. This pink and black challenge was perfect. I stamped the flower on the background paper. I also stamped the flower on cream paper and then watercolored them in. Then I used a glue pen to pen in the details and added black glitter.

Here's another layout with my sweet little nephew (he was here for a week with my sister and her husband from Tennessee this summer). It was a masculine challenge, a distress challenge, and a color challenge. I added the idea of using a technique from the famous and wonderful "Technique Junkies" newsletter.

This is a special layout. I always enjoy the annual family picture. This one looks relaly layered, but it's only 3 layers deep. The background blue is that great coredinations bazzil paper, masked, sanded, and stamped. I stamped on the ribbon with staz-on. I used a great template to create that corner detail. The challenge was a vellum challenge. You will see a vellum journaling block at the bottom as well as the butterfly stamped on vellum and then dry embossed to raise the image.

Not a lot of stamping here. Amazing. This was a layout challengeand a stitching layout. I handcut the flower on the right side. The 2005 numbers were made with a template and a white souffle pen and a zig painty. The only stamping is the little leaf detail under the ribbon flower.

This was a combination of an inspiration challenge and a layout challenge. That tag flower is one from my stash that I made several months ago when I made up a bunch of them. This is actually a very simple layout.

A ribbon challenge and a technique challenge here. This one is fun and represents my favorite kind of scrapping... taking stamping techniques to create a totally unique and cool layout with convensional scrapping supplies. Who needs premade embellishments when you can make cool stuff like this with stamps? This was 100 percent stash! Oh, and I used craft ink to do this... many of those "dye" ink techniques can be done with craft ink. I just prefer craft ink for it's rich intensity and opacity.

Well, thanks for coming along with me for a week of crazy scrapping my heart out. It was fun. Thanks splitcoast for all the cool challenges.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tag Book

Here's a tag book I made to celebrate my daughter's kindergarten field trip. It includes lots of acrylic pages and alcohol inks. It's interative.

Top cover has an embossed flower filled with alcohol inks to give a stained glass look. The small plant tag is a version of the old packing tape technique. I covered the back in ultra-sticky tag then adhered a photo to it. Then, using water, I washed away the paper backing so the plant image is semi-transparent.

Here's a shot of the cover with the clear piece pulled back. Used some white pen work to highlight the word field and to write on the tags.

First inside page of tag book. There is an open up letter on the left and an interactive page flap on the right. There is paint, stamping and tags here.

Under the flap you will see the little flowers I made with yarn and punched out pattern paper. Also journaling under the flap.

Next page, on the left a circle with fibers and bling. On the right, there is a clear page with some butterfly stamps and alcohol inks. Also pictures on the page.

Turning the clear page back, there is journaling and more pictures.

This demonstrates the hidden interactive journaling tag.

Next page, on the left is a glittered butterfly. On the right, pictures and journaling.

This demonstrates the flip up hidden picture interactive part of this tag.

Next page, on the left is die cuts, tags, and bling. On the right is a clear page with alcohol inks and pictures and rub ons.

Turning only the clear page reveals more pictures, journaling, and artwork.

Next page, there is journaling, chipboard, bling and on the right, an interactive picture flap with chipboard and bling.

Under the flap, pictures and journaling with some more chipboard and bling.

And on the back, a dedication to my daughter's teacher (it's a gift for her).

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Kindergarden Layout

Been a long, long time since I made a post here. I'm going to try to be better. I need the incentive.

Here's a layout I did for the splitcoaststampers scrapping challenges. It was last weeks sketch with this week's inspiration and themes. It's a piece done for my daughter's kindergarden school pictures.

The inspiration challenge called for these stamping stragies: create a deco border with stamps (stamp along the edge and then cut it out for a decorative border), find a new way to use your stamps (like a journaling stamp for a background), emboss with your stamps for embellishment (theme challenge also called for this), use scraps from your stash, make your own transparency, create your own die cut by cutting out a stamped image, and stamping with paint.

I used a club scrap stamp to stamp with craft navy in and heat emboss to create the border. I made the flowers by stamping a leaf stamp, cutting it out, and arranging it in a circular way (this covers both use stamps in a new way and make your own die cut). I made the transparency title by stamping the word with staz-on and stamping paint on the back. The pattern paper came from my stash.

Here is a close up of the tag embellishment where I stamped the leaf and then used water color to blend and soften the colors. I used the stampin up craft ink, rose red. You can hardly see it, but I also used my sakura glitter pen to trace the swirls for a touch of added bling. I put a sequin in the center and applied it with my ka-jinker. The little plastic things were white ones colored with timber brown staz-on.

Here's a close up of the title transparency. I stamped on it with a club scrap alphabet uisng Olive Green Staz-On. I then stamped on the back to create a semi-opaque background with a club scrap stamp and making memories paint.