Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Palooza

Welcome Kit - Features Hey There Stamp Set
April Kit - Features Seriously Stamp Set

I create every month with my Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kit of the month.  It's a papercraft kit, created by Stampin' Up! that's delivered to your home each month.  Do you need a creativity escape, but you are short on time? This is the kit for you. It comes with all of the precut paper, stamps, ink and accessories that you need to complete four cards.  If you don't want to think about it, you can create all of the cards exactly the same, or you can use the papers for scrapbooking, mini albums, etc.  Just sign up here: https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en/

Thursday, May 23, 2013

All Dressed Up

Don't you love the cardigan! Cased from the talented Paula Wright. Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Polka Dot Parade DSP.

Made with the Card Base & Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts. Stamp set: Feel Goods.
Stamp Set: All Dressed Up and Dress Up Framelits Dies.
We are making these cards at Stamp Club using a few retiring colors: River Rock, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Baja Breeze. You can purchase the All Dressed Up Stamp Set and Dress Up Framelits Dies as a bundle and save 15% through May 31st. Order online at www.krisk.stampinup.net. If you'd like to help my hostess, please use Hostess Code 6DVQUANA by May 25 at 8am.  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Devastating Tornadoes in Oklahoma

Photo by Tim Kilkenny
We've had severe weather and tornadoes in Oklahoma this past week. My husband took this photo on Sunday when he was caught 2 miles away from the tornado that touched down in Edmond, OK.  Our family is safe. However, a devastating F5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma yesterday afternoon totally wiping out neighborhoods and schools. Oklahoma needs your prayers and help. 


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Scrapbooking the Pages That Matter Most

I had the opportunity to take an online class from http://www.dailycrafttv.com/ in exchange for a review on my blog.  DailyCraftTV offers online crafting instruction in quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking and papercrafting.  I chose the class, 50 Moments: Scrapbook the Pages That Matter Most by Lisa Bearnson.  The video was about an hour and 15 minutes long and was a companion video to her book published in 2008.  This video was part of The Essential Scrapbook Video Collection from Creating Keepsakes. I've had Lisa Bearnson's book for quite sometime and hadn't looked at it in a while.  The DailyCraftTV video gave me a creative lift and motivated me to think about those moments that indeed do matter most in our lives. I found the class interesting and refreshing. It's a great way to jump start your creativity and an excellent platform for beginners who don't know where to start. 

The video outlines a few of the chapters or "moments" mentioned in the book and is narrated by Lisa Bearnson herself. One of my favorite parts of the video was Lisa's last tip regarding "home". She prompts you,  "To recall the places you've called home, to remember warm memories of what home means to you."  I took the following prompts to create the layout below in my Epic Day This and That journal from Stampin' Up! I used the following journal prompts:  What do you love best about your home? How have you made it a cozy place to live? Write about some of the different places you've lived over the years.  Which place felt most like home to you?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #23

My friend Julie is the guest designer this month at Craft Project Central and she created this month's sketch challenge. My card features a sneak peek of the Quatrefancy Specialty paper featured in the new catalog. It has a coordinating punch called Mosaic and a coordinating embossing folder called Modern Mosaic. I used a returning stamp set, Sassy Salutations and stamped on a Window Sheet with black Stazon.  I used four tiny drops of Crystal Effects in each corner of the Window Sheet to glue it down. 
You should play along and you could win a free month's subscription to Craft Project Central.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Goodbye Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Here's a fun technique I learned in an online class called, Get Artsy, over at Big Picture Classes. The class encourages you to use supplies you have on hand, rather than purchasing all new ones. For this technique I used a 12 x 12 piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.  I sewed a 9" x 12" piece of Mixed Media paper on to the card stock. I painted over the entire page with White Gesso. Then I colored and scribbled random patches of colors with Watercolor Wonder Crayons (which are retiring and only available while supplies last from Stampin' Up!)  I had these on hand so I used them in place of Gelatos. I used a spray bottle to mist the areas of color and blended them with my fingers.  When I had the colors where I wanted them I placed a stencil over the page and "erased" the color with a baby wipe in the area of the stenciled image.  The Gesso allows the color to be easily removed and it seals the page so that it doesn't tear when wiping.  You can purchase Watercolor Wonder Crayons while supplies last at www.krisk.stampinup.net.   

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Day Blog Hop. Have fun hopping all the way through with our little group of cyber friends. "We Create" on the first of every month using Stampin' Up! Products and accessories.  

When I was a little girl we celebrated May Day (May 1st) by hanging a small basket or cone of freshly picked flowers on a friend's doorknob.  We would ring the doorbell and run off, leaving a secret surprise bouquet full of dandelions, buttercups and anything else we could find. This fond memory inspired these May Day projects in Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray. 

Stamps: Hey There (only available through Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit), Simply Serif Mini Alphabet, Itty Bitties
Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Punches: 1-1/4" Scallop, 7/8" Scallop, Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, Petite Pennants Builder, 1/2" Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes, Blossom Punch
Accessories: Square Envelopes, Creped Filter Paper, Basic Pearls, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sponge Dauber, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Glue Dots, Two Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot and Petal Cone Bigz L Die, Essentials Designer Fabric (Daffodil Delight Chevron Pattern)

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