Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dear Photograph Challenge

I came across the most interesting article this afternoon over at Ella Publishing Company's blog about a Dear Photograph challenge that they are hosting. It was inspired by a new book called, Dear Photograph by  Taylor Jones. The idea is hold up a photo from the past in front of the place where it was originally taken, then take a picture of the picture. Click on the Dear Photograph link above if you'd like to see some amazing photos and learn about the author of this amazing new book.

Americorps Scrapbook Page


Here's a digital scrapbook page I made for my sweet friend in Boise, Idaho who is a volunteer with Americorps. I used a variety of patterns from My Digital Studio. Since I don't have a 12 x 12 printer, I saved the image as jpg file and inserted it onto a Word document like you would a photo. Then I enlarged it to 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" and printed it on glossy photo paper. I cut off the remaining 2-1/2" from the bottom and attached it to a piece of 12" x 12" coordinating cardstock. There is my instant scrapbook page, ready to mail to one happy girl!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Die Cutting and Paper Piecing




This is my last exercise for Spring Training 2012.  Today's 10 minute challenge is to plan out and die cut one custom paper piecing embellishment for your next scrapbook page or paper crafting project. This is my intro page for the month of May for my One Little Word album. I used the Tim Holtz Vintage Camera die with my Big Shot in Basic Black and Basic Grey Card Stock. I went over the grey and swiped some of the black with Stampin' Up's Platinum Shimmer Paint on a sponge. Then I swiped a little bit of Tim Holtz Vintage Photo over the silver to tone down the shine. I cut out the letters and shadow with my Cricut, using Alphalicious.

Customizing Accents

Yesterday's Spring Training exercise was to take 10 minutes to alter letter or shape stickers or die cuts with markers, inks, paint, mists or other coloring tools to custom match your next scrapbook page or other paper crafting project. Almost anything can be altered with a little paint or ink. Here's a page from my One Little Word album. My background paper is from the retiring Stampin' Up! Beau Chateau Designer Series paper. I altered some green fabric letter stickers using a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker and just colored over the green. Next, I used a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker to color over a chip board letter C. I then used some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink with a sponge and swiped over the letter C until I got this creamy suede look. I had a paper Prima flower embellishment which was orange at first. I just colored over that with a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker and let it dry. This was such a fun way to customize my accents to have them match my paper.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Creating Pretty Cards #11



It's time for the Creating Pretty Cards Monthly Card Challenge #11 over at Craft Project Central. I had so much fun designing the sketch, challenge card, and a mini tutorial HERE that I used this sketch to create another card for Mother's Day. Head over to Craft Project Central and check all the great projects featured this month. In addition to the great 3D projects that they have for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards.  This month is our 11th card sketch and we’re looking forward to seeing what you create! Here's how it works. Each week the project designers will pick their favorite card and at the end of the month CPC will choose two random winners from the four favorites, and the winners will receive a FREE subscription to the month of their choice on Craft Project Central!  Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Misting with Masks

Today's topic at Ella Publishing's Spring Training 2012 is all about Misting with Masks.  Today's 10 minute challenge is to gather the following items and use the masking techniques presented by Techniques Coach, Nichol Magouirk to create a custom background or embellishment for your next paper crafting project:
• a die-cutting machine, paper punches, or other products (die-cuts, chipboard, letter stickers) that aren't technically "masks"
• a sheet of patterned paper, watercolor paper, or cardstock
• some spray mists

I immediately thought of this beautiful card that I had seen on Angela McKay's blog, North Shore Stamper and I knew I wanted to CASE it for this challenge. I punched out a doily using the Large Sizzlits Doily Die (125592) as a mask. I laid it on textured Whisper White card stock. I didn't have the right color of spray mist that I wanted, so I created my own. Here's my recipe:
1 Tablespoon alcohol
50 drops Pink Pirouette Classic re-inker
3 drops Frost White Shimmer Paint
I shook this up really well in a clean spray bottle and misted it over the doily mask. It's really shimmery in person. My colors on this card are Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride. I love how this turned out. I am going to try it on a scrapbook page next.

Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #11


It's time for the Creating Pretty Cards Monthly Card Challenge #11 over at Craft Project Central. I had so much fun designing the sketch, challenge card, and a mini tutorial HERE with instructions on getting that nice vintage look on your Pool Party card stock. I used the Every Moment stamp set which retires at the end of the month. You can order it online at www.kris.stampinup.net before May 31st.

Head over to Craft Project Central and check all the great projects featured this month. In addition to the great 3D projects that they have for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards.  This month is our 11th card sketch and we’re looking forward to seeing what you create! Here's how it works. Each week the project designers will pick their favorite card and at the end of the month CPC will choose two random winners from the four favorites, and the winners will receive a FREE subscription to the month of their choice on Craft Project Central!  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Card Creations Inspired by Layouts

I'm caught up with my Spring Training! Today's exercise is to create a card in 10 minutes or less using a favorite layout as the inspiration for the card design. You can copy the layout's technique, color scheme or design. I had scraps all over the table so I used the layout that I just completed below for my inspiration. Lisa Dickinson, Design Coach made the cutest card, where she strung butterflies across the front. I thought I would try this with the paper die cut buttons. Everything is from Stampin' Up! except for the tickets which are from Tim Holtz. I challenge you to create a card using your favorite layout.

Matching Patterns for a Lemonade Stand Layout

"It's not really about the money, it's about making people happy." ~ Quote from the Lemonade Stand.
Yesterday at Ella Publishing's Spring Training 2012 we learned how to match patterned paper with Lisa Dickinson, Design Coach. I normally use Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper Packs which take out all of the guesswork. But, I have a lot of scraps and a lot of retired Simply Scrappin' Kits so I was up for a challenge and ready to learn something new. I had taken some pictures of the kids at their lemonade stand and I knew I wanted to create a layout in yellow patterns.

With the help of Lisa Dickinson, I learned three simple ideas for matching patterns:
1) Look at the pros and use their examples for inspiration.
2) Select several patterns with the same scale so that they will work together.
3) Use a common color palette. 

Our first exercise was to use one of the guidelines above to select a group of patterned papers for our next page. I was inspired by the layout on this magazine cover:
Next, I selected a group of patterns based on scale and combined papers from the same color palette. I realized that I don't have any yellow embellishments except for ribbon. So, I used my Big Shot and the Buttons #5 Sizzlit Die to cut out some buttons. Ta da! What do you think? This is not a process that I would have ever gone through, but it was quite easy and the exercise motivated me to use my scraps. I definitely learned something that I will use again!

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