Saturday, July 26, 2014

Skylark Mini Album

I always have fun making mini albums.  : )

I found these instructions by Claudia via Pinterest and had to try them for myself.

This one uses one sheet of cardstock for the base, and one sheet of (bulk) patterned paper.

I added a little more cardstock on the inside for photo mats, and I decided to wrap the cover with a 4x6 Skylark Picture My Life card to add a fun closure.

Here is it being unfolded and opened...

Flip open the first two flaps and there are hidden photo mats inside.

Open the rounded flap and there is a hidden journaling/photo card tucked inside.

It's finished size is 4 3/4" tall x 4" wide.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Skylark B&T; Whisper, Desert Sand, Lagoon CS
Ink:  Saddle
Embellishments:  Skylark PML card, Skylark Complements, Clear Sparkls
Other:  Corner rounder, Sponge, Hook & Loop dots, Mircro-tip Scissors, Coluzzle Circle - retired, 3/4", 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches (EK)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grad Card... and playing catch-up

It feels like forever since I posted.  It's been such a busy month.  Busy in a good way; enjoying summer and some travel.

So now I am playing catch-up.  I have quite a few things sitting here to share, and I thought I would start with this card, even though grad season is over.  lol

Inspired by this card by Karen Giron.

You may be wondering 2017?  

I am too now.  hahaha

(I need to go back to school to learn simple addition all over again.)

I thought I would make my card for the year Cole should be graduating, but I totally goofed.  

It should be 2018.

Oh well.  Easy enough to change that piece out with another if I want.  Or I may just make a new card.

Anyways, I like the simple design of the card, goof or not.  

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  White Daisy CS

Stamp:  Congrats Graduate
Inks:  Black, Slate, Versamark
Embellishments:  Silver Shimmer Trim, Clear Sparkles
Other:  Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, Clear embossing powder, 3D foam tape

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

You've Got A Friend Cards

I haven't been crafty much lately, mostly because I've been going through physio for tennis elbow on my right arm (again) and have been in a lot of  pain/discomfort.  And I am right-handed, so...

But I got a little inky yesterday...

 (Inspired by this one by Cindy Shuster)

For the backgrounds, I used some overlays (SU) and sponged black ink over top of my Kraft cardstock.

{If you don't have any overlays, you can always create your own using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

I even made one once using a doily or snowflake shape (can't remember which right now) from the Artiste cartridge and cut it out from a sheet of acetate so it could be reusable.}

I stamped the images with Versamark ink, then right into the Black ink and stamped it onto White Daisy cardstock.  I sprinkled Clear Embossing powder over top and heat set.

After that, I simply colored the images with Copics.

For the stars, I colored onto scrap pieces of cardstock and then just used a star punch.

I love how the images pop!

I also did a little housework yesterday, and between that and inking my backgrounds, my arm is pretty sore and achy today.  It is sooooo hard to do nothing!

I am heading off this week to go visit my sister... a girl's trip, so the boys are staying home.
So I won't have anything to post until I get back home.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Kraft, White Daisy CS
Stamp:  You've Got a Friend - May SOTM
Inks:  Black, Versamark
Copic Markers:  Buttercup Yellow, Golden Yellow, Chrome Orange, Aqua
Embellishment:  Lagoon Baker's Twine
Other:  3D foam tape, Micro-tip Scissors, Star Punch (other), Clear embossing powder

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!!!  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Creative Space...

I know I shared my scrapbooking room a few years ago, but I don't think I ever updated with any photos after the kitchen cupboards and sink was installed... so here's a complete up-to-date share (as in I just took the pics a few minutes ago).

I tidied it up a bit, but there still is a great need for some major purging...

This is the Wizard's Hangout, a place where I create and where I hold my papercrafting workshops.

It is my own private studio above our 3 car garage, with its own entrance from the garage for workshop attendees, and also from the upper floor of my home.

It is approximately 700 sq. ft. and currently I have one 5ft. table, three 6 ft. tables, and one 8 ft. table permanently set up and ready for classes.

A friend of mine bought me 6 black leather chairs from Staples for a house warming gift after we built the house and moved in... how lucky am I?!!!  They are so comfy and completely awesome.

Anyways, here's pics of my room...

Mostly just CTMH paper and CTMH cardstock storage, with various punches on top.

The white container holds my CTMH buttons, twine, and embroidery floss.

This is a bit of a hodge podge of stuff, but mostly I have my CTMH pattern books, embellishments and re-inkers, glitter, Coluzzle, pieces of white cardstock scraps, and some miscellaneous tools.

On top there are ribbons and paper flowers, plus a bunch of stuff that I need to go through.

This is my photo printer area... on top I have my wireless printer and printer papers in various sizes.

In the cubbies I have old photos waiting to be scrapbooked, including school photos of my kids that I need to scrap too.  The rest is mostly tools, and extra adhesive, and some patterns/instructions I have printed out over the years that I keep in page protectors all in zipped binders.

On the next shelf over, I have my Cuttlebug and my Cricut Expression.  My mats, dies, cartridges are all stored below, along with some of my tote bags.

And the all important tv in the corner, where I can watch old VHS, and DVD movies while I craft away so I don't feel lonely.  It isn't hooked up to satellite, so I just keep a bunch of chick-flicks (and some action adventure) stored in here.  lol

These shelves hold a bunch of my old SU stamps and papers, with my handmade cards sorted into bins on top.

Down further I have my mini albums and regular scrapbooking albums stored in the cubbies.  And on top I have 3 piles of layouts I've created: ones completely done and ready to be placed into albums, ones that are bare of photos, and the other pile is specifically from our trip to Disney World last summer.

This is my little "kitchen" area.  No cooking facilities, but a mini fridge and a single sink for cleaning up paintbrushes, ect.  It is perfect for workshops.

Right now I have a ton of stuff sitting there that needs to go.  I recently went through all my almost 9 years of cards I made and pulled anything I don't want and put them into "freebie" bins.  Whatever my friends/workshop attendees don't want, (the rest) will be donated or tossed. 

This area is my sewing area and the entrance up through the garage.

Behind the fan is my basket of slippers for the wintertime.

I thought I'd throw in a picture of where I take photos of my cards and 3D items. 
I've been taking photos of my layouts in a different area of my home lately.

The drawers below hold my older CTMH stamps, most of them retired but ones that I am not yet ready to part with.

I tend to keep all my current/new stamp sets on a little table beside my main workstation.

This is my personal workstation.

You can see the blue Ikea cart where I currently have my CTMH embellishments, clear blocks, ect.

Beside that at the end of the table is a mini table where I have my current CTMH stamps.

The little basket is holding my Picture My Life cards and My Crush Assortments along with some embellishments.

On the far right I have a tower that holds my CTMH ribbons, rub ons, DE chipboard shapes and alphas, brads, ect, with my main tool bag on top.

I keep my CTMH inks and markers in a turning storage tower, my current papers in a cropper hopper, sponges in a jar, and adhesives right in front of me.  My most used tools and pens are in the mug off to the side beside my paper cutter.

Always working on something new.....  ;)

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed a peek at my creative space.

Happy creating!  :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Toon Town

I am really loving this layout I created today. 

It is so bright and colorful and fun!

And it perfectly shows off the pictures I took at Toon Town within the Islands of Adventure theme park in Universal Studios, Florida, last summer.

Looking at my pictures from that trip makes me want to be back there.

Like right now.  ;)

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Free To Be Me; White Daisy, Black CS
Stamp:  Ariana Scrapbooking WOTG set
Ink:  Black
Embellishments:  Black Epoxy Bubbles, Black Buttons
Dies:  By the Letters (MFT), Modern Alphabet (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Cricut Artiste Cartridge, 3D foam tape, Micro-tip scissors, Black journal pen

Friday, June 6, 2014

Skylark Set of Cards

Here's a cute set of 4 Skylark cards using Skylark papers and Skylark Complements, Aqua Dots and minimal stamping.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Skylark; White Daisy, Kraft, Lagoon CS
Stamp:  Sincere Expressions
Ink:  Desert Sand
Embellishments:  Skylark Complements, Aqua Dots
Other:  Paper piercer, 3D foam tape

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fun & Sun... One Sheet Wonder Mini Album

Here's a super cute "One Sheet Wonder Mini Album" that I made.

I used the Free To Be Me paper packet from CTMH.

OMG, seriously cute!

You can find the instructions for the mini album HERE, by Traci Cornelius.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Free To Be Me paper packet; White CS
Embellishment:  Lagoon Baker's Twine
Other:  Cricut Artbooking Cartridge, 3D foam tape, Corner Chomper (WRMK)


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