Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink February 2015 Blog Hop

I'm in desperate need of spring. So I grabbed the opportunity for today's Papertrey Ink's February 2015 Blog Hop.

I painted the watercolor paper with Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores and Plum Pudding inks smooshed (separately) on the craft pad and spritzed with water.

Corner Chompers round the corners. Since I don't have the Quatrefoil Die, I substituted a die cut from Cricut Paper Lace cartridge, applied Tombow Multi-Glue and let it dry till it was tacky before applying to the watercolor paper.

The leafy tag with the butterfly and "Enjoy" are all from Tags for Spring stamped with Simply Chartreuse and Ocean Tides. The card base is Harvest Gold.


At the back left are some pieces I wound up not using on my layout about a $12 Meal at the airport. And some containers of vinegar (dye experiment) and a watered down white paint and a spool of white organza ribbon. Julia has been writing about her crop experiences which reminded me to have one at home... by myself lol. I finished two this month. I would have had a party, but that would have made more work : D.

I decided to take pictures of layout ideas to reference when I'm actually putting it all together. This one is about my grandpig on a cat tree with papers I've stamped and embellishments pulled from my experimental leftovers. Yes it'll be rocking some extra large grommets I purchased on clearance about 5 years ago lol.

Because I've been cleaning... not in the ordinary way ... gathering up the unfinished pages and putting all the pieces into a top loading album.  (which is why I needed the reference picture).

This week's snow picture. The pink line is about where the top of the pile was last week. The blue is this week. The dog has built up a little snow bar for herself. The other day she stepped off it and was in snow up to her neck (she's a shepherd mix thankfully or she would have disappeared altogether.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see more crafty spaces : D.  Episode 299!  That's a lot of crafty peeking : D.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cover Plate Stencil

My take on Make It Monday #201: Cover Plate Stencil and Embossing Paste. I used the Modern Cross Quilt cover plate. I used Frosted Lace Stickles instead of Embossing Paste after I saw Kara's (of k and r designs) card.  Most of the card is made with Vintage Cream cardstock except for the little squares which are Hibiscus Burst. The stamps are all from Pretty Peonies and the Ink is Ocean Tides. The banner is cut from the large Double Ended Banner die with one end cut off.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

$12 Meal Scrapbooked and the Joy of It : )

Very belatedly, I did a layout challenge using this sketch. I had so much fun making this layout.

The why of it is a $12 meal at the airport. (The reasons for it, what it was, comparisons, etc.).

The how of it.
The base paper is from a scrapbooking kit called "Destination" by Colorbox I think I bought it over 10 years ago. And there is only ONE sheet of it. And I used it all up lol. And I'm only moderately twitchy over it because it is great "Airport" paper. And I have a lot of Airport scrapping to do which is odd, because I hardly ever fly.

The Title was cut using the Seasonal Postage font with my Cricut Explore (I think it might be a font exclusive to the explore, but I'm not certain). After I cut the letters I covered them with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Then I used Wild Honey and Festive Berries Distress Stains. And finally I used Glossy Accents before I adhered them, and then I filled the cut out portion with more Glossy Accents.

The "mat" is Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock that was stamped with a foam silverware set I've had for ever stamped with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Then gone over with Wild Honey and Festive Berries Distress Stain then rubbed vigorously with an unscented baby wipe which gave a swede texture to the mat.  I attached it at the top and bottom to make a pocket for more journaling.

The side of the journal tag (made with Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock) with the Clip Tips die cut (Dark Chocolate cardstock) covered with more Glossy Accents as a substitute for one of the embellishments. The compass rose from Road Trip (stamped with Dark Chocolate ink) and the Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers are the other substitutes. 

I try to remember to always make a journal pocket. In this case a jumbo sized one.  If I had a nickel for every time I thought I had remembered everything I wanted to say about a page only to remember something else after the last element was glued... I have a lot of nickels lol. (In a pinch I have actually added more of the story to the back of the page).

I moved the lines below the mat on the vellum banners. The plane and arrow stamps are from Clip Tips also.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


My dad died a couple of weeks ago. I was able to fly down to see him in January. He gave me a sampling of his stamp supplies. Helping him with his collection when I was a kid is one of the influences on my papercrafting today. He was a stamp (postage) collector for over 70 years. The top layer is glassine which always makes me think of him.. On top is the what I found at the very bottom of my suitcase, a note from the TSA saying they had inspected my bag allllll the way to the bottom layer. Perhaps glassine reflects oddly? It could have been the spindles and wool.

And it's been snowing for a few weeks. Last week I showed you what the end of the drive looked like. This is the backyard with my Shepherd mix bounding in a futile effort to keep out of the snow lol. The pink line is the amount of snow built up on my pots. Spring seems very far away.

To see more crafty spaces around the world, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground : ).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spring Into Action Challenge

The challenge is to use a stamp set that has not seen any action or enough action. Scrapbooking has been on the back burner far too long, so I decided to use the Make It Market kit: Country Fair to scrap the highlights of a day I went to the fair by myself.

 Using the technique of making a stamp out of sticky backed fun foam that was part of the Ancient Rome segment of Stamp-a-faire 2014, I stamped the 12 x 12 paper using Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. I attached it to a piece of plastic packaging instead of an acrylic block.

Then I added paisley stamps with White Pigment ink. I used the rosette die to make a rosette and to make a border.

The quilt square was turned into a journal pocket (1/8 inch score tape on the sides and bottom). The journal card was made by gluing the Enjoy die cut at the top of a Monthly Moments Mini Journal Card die. I used some hot pink gingham ribbon in the border. The title is cut with the Cricut Base Camp cartridge.

Build a Bouquet Challenge

The Build a Bouquet Challenge is to build a bouquet using flowers from different stamp sets. I stamped flowers from Bold Bouquet, Four of a Kind, Rosie Posie and Make It Market kit: Country Fair fussy cut them and attached them over a sentiment from Boutique Borders: Thanks. A Versamark marker was used to color areas of some of the flowers with gold embossing powder.