Sunday, April 21, 2013

Join Me For a Blog Hop!

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today is an exciting day! Paper Issues has posted their newest issue: Serendipity. To celebrate, they are having a wonderful blog hop. I hope you will hop with me, starting here, to see all of the wonderful things the gals at Paper Issues have been up to!

See you there!

P.S. I will be back soon to post photos of my latest layout, and will link up to the challenge, too! :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Good Morning! Time for a Challenge Entry! :)

Good morning, everyone! I hope your Wednesday is going well! I know mine is! Had a super day at work yesterday with a coworker of which I am quite fond and the sun is shining bright! Plus, I finished up my scrapbooking page for the Paper Issues Challenge! Would you like to see it? Here it is:
Here is a picture of the whole page...I really like how it turned out, since this is my 2nd scrapbooking page with pictures EVER! (I made a book for my sister and niece, but without photos, and usually spend my time making cards.) I do not use Instagram, so I cropped a photo to 4"x4" and then mounted it on one of my favorite 6x6 papers so I could frame it with that little sentiment. :)
Here is a close up of the corner. I made that little paper clip ribbon embellishment by wrapping ribbon around the clip. Then, I added a dragonfly which was stamped on acetate with black Staz On ink and a little hand cut heart. The bracket is hand cut to highlight the phrase "I love you." The border punch is one that I picked up quite awhile ago and cannot recall who makes it. Sorry! :)
I am in love with the poppy stamp from Hero Arts, which I included in the bottom corner. To emphasize it, I stamped it with brown distress ink and water colored glimmer mist over the top to make it more subtle. I also glimmer mist painted the word "love" in the title, which is hard to see here. (Love that stuff! So shimmery and pretty!)
This final image is of the poppies I embossed, paper pieced, and water colored with distress ink. (I also added a little bit of pink glimmer mist to finish them off). I love how they turned out with the colors in the photo! The grass is hand drawn, then embossed with the same embossing powder color I used on the stems of the poppy flowers.

Beyond the details listed above, I just had fun playing with layers, colors, and patterns. And, of course, washi tape and gems! I hope you enjoy this page as much as I enjoyed making it! And, check out the challenge over at the Paper Issues Blog at Happy Crafting! :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Birthday Cards!

Hello! Just dropping in to show you a few of the cards I completed this weekend. I have three birthdays coming up, including my Honey's brother's birthday this week and my Dad and brother's birthdays the following week. I am excited to share these with you and to send them out! I decided to make three cards using the same supplies, but different layouts. This is what I came up with:

Here is the first card I made. I started by dry embossing the star with one of my stencils and a pen. As I worked, I added stitching lines along the inside of the star and a solid blue line around the outside. I opted to use a little bit of sandpaper on the embossed edge, then retrace the embossing from the other side. The star edges started to tear, so I added distress ink and rolled the edges. I love the way this card turned out! :)

Another view of the card, but with the tulip, too. (I am loving playing with our new camera and all the possibilities with the lighting and focus!)

Here is the second card. (I love the reflection of the tulip in the back of this photo!)

I used drops of shimmer mist at the top left corner, diagonally across the sentiment, and down on the bottom right corner to draw the eye across the card.

Here is a close up of the twine, which I sprayed with shimmer mist and the gems I added at the bottom. There are also small drips of shimmer mist that I flung onto the card from the sprayer tube.

Here is the third card. I decided it needed some shimmer mist after I had added all the other embellishment, so I dripped some on the corners, then blew on the mist to make it run. :)

Here is a sideview. The little stars were cut from the patterned paper and put on pop dots. I highlighted two of them by tying twine around them.

I am also working on a layout for the Paper Issues current issue (which you can check out at and will post that as soon as I have it finished up. I have applied for their design team call, too, so wish me luck! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!!