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Upcycled Mini Album August 25, 2015

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For anyone who regularly reads my posts, they are usually relatively short.  Just giving fair warning that this particular post will be a long one.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and starting to make some new types of projects, and this upcycled mini album is one of them.  I am sharing the photos of the album since I am really happy with how it came out.  It was a lot of work, but I can see myself making more in the future.  The inspiration for the album came from Jen of Eve’s You Tube video.  You can see it here.

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This is the cover of the album.  I don’t really want to put anything too dimensional on the cover because it may be stored on a bookshelf, and I don’t want it to be caught on anything.  The cover started out as a cracker box that was about the size of the envelopes I chose to use.  The envelopes were the non-sealing envelopes that were left over from my wedding invitations.  The cracker box is covered using what some cheap wrapping paper was wrapped around – it wasn’t a solid core of cardboard, it was this textured brown bag-type stuff.  I crumpled it up and distressed it using Vintage Photo distress ink, Weathered Wood distress stain, and some homemade shimmer spritz made from brown watercolor and some Dollar Tree eye shadow.

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This is the inside cover and first page.  The cover has a kraft envelope, leftover from a set of note cards.  I decorated it with some chevrons left over from the die cut arrow piece that you will see later on.  Virtually all the patterned papers used in this album are from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pad.  I cut a strip from one of the scraps and I put some Viva Decor pearl pen on the ends.  I glued the ends down so that the envelope flap can be tucked inside.  The first page has a scalloped circle cut from Neenah textured cardstock and sprayed with my homemade glimmer mist.  The scalloped circles are actually left over from a project we did for my sister’s wedding last year.

All the envelopes were given more of an aged look by using watered down Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then, I ran all the edges of the envelopes through the ink and let them dry.

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This is the first page with the insert pulled out.  I created a tag using a manila folder and a Spellbinders tag die.  It can be used to house some journaling or a small photo.  The tag is in a pocket that is attached using some eyelets.  The tabs are from Kaiser Krafts Decorative Rectangles die set.

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Here is the next set of pages.  I know the beautiful flourish and edge dies got hidden, but you will see them in later photos.  The envelope is another addition that can be used for journaling or a photo.  I stamped it using some flower stamps from a Unity stamp set, mounted it on some scrap cardstock, and sprayed it with the brown shimmer spray.  Oops, I forgot to include the reverse side of the insert… it is embossed and then the embossing is colored using Scattered Straw distress stain.

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Here is the flip side of the kraft envelope.  I decorated it using one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps called Many Petals.  I stamped it with white pigment ink and colored it using watercolor pencils.  The bees are from a MSE Bee Happy stamp set.  They are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, and I can’t recall which stamp set the sentiment came from.  On the opposite side, the bird stamp is from the MSE Love set, and the beautiful corner die is by Anna Griffin.

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This insert is, like the others, manila folder, and the arrows are more “trash” from t he arrow die cut that will be coming up.  As you can see, it was also sprayed with the brown shimmer mist.

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For this page, I used another Anna Griffin die cut out of light green cardstock from my stash.  It is a little difficult to see in the photo, but it is pretty in real life, and it matches the light green outline of the geometric pattern on the patterned paper.  Once again, you see another version of the Hero Arts Many Petals flower.  I’m not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the flower is black heat embossed, painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and then covered with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  I added some quarter inch double sided tape and covered it with some pink shimmery Dollar Tree mica eye shadow.

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For this page, I used one of the Spellbinders Card Creator dies to cut some fun foam using the Fancy Ribbon Threader die set.  I threaded some translucent silver ribbon through the die cut, and I added some lavender satin ribbon from my stash along the bottom.  The insert for this page is similar to the first insert as far as the creation of the tag and pocket.  This tag is stamped using a musical background stamp from Oriental Trading Company.  The scalloped circle is colored using Vintage Photo Distress ink and stain.

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This insert is plain, just sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and I used the Anna Griffin die to cut some blue cardstock from my stash to decorate the page.

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Here is the Sizzix arrow die cut where I got the arrows and chevrons used on prior pages.  This is such an intricate die!  I used the Precision Base Plate to cut it with adhesive on the back of it, and it cut perfectly.  The insert is stamped using some flourish stamps from a Sizzix stamp and die set (For the Record #2).

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The scalloped circle makes another appearance… I thought they would be good places to either put photos or journaling.  And here’s the last appearance that the Many Petals stamp shows up.  This is created the same as the last one, only using white embossing powder.

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This page is also showing the ribbon marker on the very left-hand edge of the photo.  It can be used to mark any page.  Here is another beautiful Anna Griffin die cut on this page, as well as the insert for an orange-red envelope from my stash.  These elements are from a stamp set I’ve had in my stash for a really long time.  I’m not sure who made them; they are a clear stamp set.

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This is the decorated part of the envelope, using stamps from that same stamp set.  The sentiment is one I printed out ages ago as well, although I’d hazard a guess that it was a free sentiment from Create for TLC.  The insert on this page is embossed using a notebook embossing folder, then sprayed with the brown shimmer mist and inked using Vintage Photo distress ink.

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Here is a page showing the gorgeous Kaiser Kraft large flourish die.  It is really hard to pick up the sparkle on it, but I did brush the black cardstock with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  The insert has another scalloped circle as well as an Anna Griffin die cut.  I’m not really sure what the die cut is supposed to be, but I tend to think of it as a butterfly.

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This page I decided to leave blank, other than the designer paper.  However, the insert for this page, rather than being from a manila folder, is a piece of cardstock that I used with my Gelli Plate.  I love the metallic sheen that some of the paints have on this particular piece.

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For this page, I used a really old background stamp that I have – no clue who it’s by.  It is a bunch of small circles.  The floral stamps are from the Sweet Girl Sizzix stamp and die set.  The rectangle is one of the pieces of manila folder, sprayed and inked like the other pieces.  I added a doily cut from a Die-Versions die.  The shimmery strip is another piece of quarter inch double-sided tape covered with brown shimmer eye shadow.

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Here is the next page, using the corner Anna Griffin die again.  The rest of the page is blank, other than the black washi tape at the bottom.  The insert in the envelope is stamped using a Heidi Grace clear stamp set, inked using Vintage Photo.  The envelope is from an old stationery set that I had used all the note paper from.

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This is the reverse of the envelope, stamped with another flower stamp from the Heidi Grace stamp set.  For more details on the insert, you can see my post Mini Album Insert.

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Here is the reverse side of the insert.  I used another Anna Griffin die, cut from the geometric patterned paper and inked with Vintage Photo.  The flourish is also an Anna Griffin die, and I thought it really fit perfectly below the little duck.  This stamp is another Unity stamp called Chick in the Rain.  I love this stamp!  I colored it using some really inexpensive Rose Art water-based markers and spritzed it with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer.  The edges are inked in – guess what? Distress Ink Vintage Photo!

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Almost done…. This page has another Die-Versions die, Big Butterfly.  I love so many of the Whispers dies, as you can probably tell, since this is the third one used in this project.  The insert is lined using paper from the Fashionably Chic paper pad and the bow on top is made using Hug Snug seam binding, dyed with just Vintage Photo ink.

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Last insert!  This is pretty simple, stamped with some butterflies (not sure which stamp set) and sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and the black file folder is from my stash.  I think I got it in a mystery box from MSE, but I could be wrong.  I fussy cut the two blue flowers from the paper pad, and I also added a yellow flower on the inside of the file folder.

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Whew!  Well, I congratulate you if you made it this far!  This is the end of the album, and I have just one final photo to share.

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After completing the album, I decided that it needed a little something else.  The binding is strong.  I used really heavy watercolor paper for the stack the deck binding because I did not want to worry about it not holding up.  I inked the paper, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked.  You may have noticed the seam binding in between all the pages as you looked at the photos; I took some more seam binding and cut a piece long enough to wrap in between each page.  I colored it using Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, and Old Paper distress stains.

I gifted this album to my sister and brother-in-law, and they loved it. Yay! 🙂

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Happy Birthday Card August 17, 2014

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Here’s another quick card based on the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.  It was outside of the box for me since I usually don’t use colored cardstock as a card base!  It was also a bit of an experiment since they said to use white pigment ink and all I had was white dye ink.  But I think it worked.

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Honestly, I’m not sure what color the cardstock is… it’s from a big pile of colored cardstock I have – I think I bought it at Archiver’s before they went bankrupt and closed their stores.  The stamp set I used is a Martha Stewart set.  The white floral and leaf stamps are all stamped in Memories White dye ink, and the colors on top are Hero Arts Soft Leaf Shadow Ink and VersaMagic Pink Petunia chalk ink.  I didn’t have the same embellishments to add, so I added some clear Ashland Citrus Garden Decorative Fillers.  I used a scalloped square Spellbinders die to emboss the center of the card, and white Tsukineko embossing powder for the sentiment and flower design.  Definitely a quick card, but I think it’s one I could see myself doing again.  Although I think I like it with just the white on the card… I might skip the colored inks next time.

Another background Stamp August 16, 2014

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Here’s another card I created from Day 1 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class… 

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I really like the concept of this card, even if this rendition of it is imperfect… so I will try it again.

For this card, I used the Hero Arts Large Fabric Design background stamp and Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Evergreen Bough, and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.  This is the second generation of the stamped impression.  The first one I tried to cut the squares by hand and they just weren’t even enough for my liking, so I didn’t have enough squares to fill the card base as I’d planned.  I still have those pieces though, and I’ll use them in another project.  The second thing I will change about the card is I will use smaller dimensional adhesive, as I think these squares were a little hard to control being popped up high compared to their size.  The sentiment die cut Thanks is from the Silhouette store, and then I colored over it using a Wink of Stella clear pen.  Attaching the sentiment pushed some of the tiles, so I’ll have to be more careful next time!

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve? February 1, 2012

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The latest Through the Craftroom Door challenge is now up and running.  This time around, we are being sponsored by Dude Time Doodles.  If you’re not familiar with them, Boni of Bonibleaux Designs Digis does a great job, and they have some fantastic manly images!  Check out the store here.

The challenge this time is to create a Valentine’s Day card for a male, and not to use pink!  The winner of this challenge will win a $10 gift certificate from Dude Time Doodles.  Also remember that Aletha is offering a monthly prize of $18, but to be eligible to win you need to enter something for a challenge this month.

For this card, I started out doing the background using the Hero Arts Mixed Flowers Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder set.  I thought it mirrored the flowers Archie is holding in his hand quite well.  Boni’s digital image is called Archie Heartful, and you can find him here.  I think he’s adorable!  I printed him out on Cryogen cardstock and colored him with the following Copic markers:  0, 100, B000, B02, B04, E00, E13, E17, R20, R46, T2, T3, T5, T7, V25, Y15, YG07, YR00, YR14, and YR18.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC, printed out and mounted on cardstock from my stash.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

 

The Purple Dragon January 24, 2012

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Here is my latest card.

Although the photo doesn’t show it too well, the background cardstock is a light purple color from Archivers, and I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background – I thought it looked a little like scales.  The image is from Sweet Pea Stamps and is Lisa Victoria’s Mercreature. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Birthday Exp clear stamp set.  I stamped it onto some DCWV textured cardstock and then used the Seedless Preserves and Iced Spruce Distress inks on the cardstock.  The dragon and crystal ball are colored with the following Copics:  B000, B02, BV11, BV13, and BV17.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Wood Take ‘n Make January 15, 2012

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Well, I’m coming in just under the wire on this one… but I just read the information regarding Ellen Hutson’s challenge a few hours ago!

I created this card using a trio of adorable stamps called Russian Dolls.  They are colored with the following Copic markers:  0, B69, E00, E33, G09,  R29, Y17, YR00, and YR09.  I used red and yellow colored Recollections cardstock to mat the doll images, and the background paper for the card is from the Making Memories Primary Mat Stack.

2012 Calendar December 22, 2011

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Here is my attempt at a 2012 calendar, 12″x12″, and done completely from scratch!  Quite the attempt for me, as I am not really a scrapbooker… and I have, until this project, only completed 8″x8″ calendars from pre-made calendar kits!  It was quite the experience.  There are some things I would change, but all in all, I am pleased with the result.  I used White Grandee paper from Patricia, the Paper Temptress.  She sure has some gorgeous papers!  This one was perfect for my calendar though.  It was somewhat similar to a watercolor type paper.  It took extremely well to different inks and Glimmer Mists.  In fact, it sucked in the glue so fast I had to be careful to lay things down where I wanted them or they were not coming back up!  The base calendar dies are from the QuicKutz Calendar Kit.  That basically included two week templates, the abbreviations for the days of the week, the numbers for the days, and the abbreviations for the months.  As you will see, I chose not to use the month dies; instead, I cut the names out with the Designer’s Calendar Cricut cartridge.  I also made use of my Bind It All and the 1 1/4″ wires.  They were easy to do!  I was surprised at how quickly it came together for binding.  In fact, all the month names and the accompanying graphics on either side come from Designer’s Calendar.  Most of them are layered, embossed, and spritzed with Glimmer Mist.  Also, where there are fancy photo corners, the Paper Shapers punches sure came in handy!

Cover

For the cover, I used 12″x12″ paper from the ATD Serendipity paper pad.  The orange and kraft cardstock is from Archivers, and I cut the year out using the Art Philosophy cartridge that my wonderful husband got me for my birthday this year.

January

The first month!  Aren’t my nieces adorable??  They are playing in the snow outside.  Julia is actually in a “snow fort” that Daddy built for the kids to play in.  They were doing some renovations on their house at that time, so it worked out to make a perfect little play place.  The background for this is “finger painted” with Distress inks and Perfect Pearls mixed with water, so it has just a hint of a shine.  I used Weathered Wood, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans.  “Snow Angels” was cut using the Jasmine cartridge.  The mittens are from Designer’s Calendar.  I used Stardust Stickles on the edges of the snowflakes to give them a little more glittery look.

February

For this month, I cut out circles in different patterns of paper and cardstock.  The plain white cardstock is embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, too.  Then, I laid them out in a pattern.  The red satin ribbon is from Michaels.  These pictures are from Julia’s first birthday party.  Bill had just gotten his Ipod Touch, and he, Jack, and Emma played Angry Birds for quite a while in the afternoon.  (At least until the battery got drained!)  Emma was hilarious.  She hated the pigs with helmets!  Every time they got to a screen with the pigs with helmets, she would run away screaming that they were scary.  The bottom picture is Papa with the birthday girl.  I wanted something clean and easy to read for the font, so I used the Printing 101 cartridge.

March

I really like how this month turned out.  The background is the same finger paint technique using Distress inks and Perfect Pearls mixed with water.  This time, I used Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Weathered Wood.  I then covered most of it up, but even the little hints that you see really made a difference in my opinion.  The stark white was just too much of a contrast.  The pictures are from when Bill and I visited my parents while they were staying at a condo down in Florida last March.  They had a beautiful view of the ocean, and Bill and I walked down there one evening.  The picture of my parents is when we went out to eat at a local restaurant… I can’t remember the name — was it Gulf View Restaurant or something??  The food was fantastic!  Anyhow, I covered the background with some pre-cut die cut squares that I purchased from Michaels years ago.  The White Grandee paper sucked up the glue so much, it made the squares look textured, an effect that I like.  The cardstock I matted the pictures on is from Archivers, and I punched the corners using the Layered Arches corner punch by Martha Stewart.  The text is from the Jasmine Cricut cartridge.

April

For this month, I used some of DCWV’s glitter paper from the La Creme cardstock stack.  I thought it set off the pictures well.  For this month, I used the Storybook cartridge for the font and for the birds.  They have iRock gems for eyes, and some gold Stickles as wing accents.  The flowers in between the letters I cut using a Stampin’ Up punch.  Then, I added the little iRock gem as a center.

May

May’s background is sprayed heavily with Glimmer Mist — Chocolate Covered Cherries and Iridescent Gold.  The flowers are Prima flowers and the centers are iRock gems.  I really like the photos on this month, too.  Eric and Andrea came over with the kids, and we went to Metro Beach Metro Park (where the photo of Jack was taken) out on the nature trails. We also went to the Detroit Zoo, which is where the picture of Julia and Papa was taken.  The third picture is of Drake when we met the ornithologists at Metro Beach.  They were tagging and releasing the birds, and they were quite knowledgeable.  Drake was afraid to touch the birds, so he only touched this particular bird… I got to see a female who was about to lay an egg.  It looked huge compared to the tiny bird; the ornithologist said he guessed that she would lay it that afternoon some time.  The decorations surrounding the month’s name are different this time around, too.  Instead of a Cricut cut, I used K&Company’s Daisies Layered Accents.  They were super easy to use… Peel off the backing on the adhesive, and attach!

June

The background for this month is similar to the one I did for February.  The ribbon is also from Michaels.  I cut the text using the Printing 101 cartridge.  The sailboat is from Designer’s Calendar.  I love the picture of Julia stomping on the bubbles!  This summer, Drake was absolutely obsessed with blowing bubbles.  And yes, I do mean obsessed.  He would be outside blowing bubbles for HOURS.  Oh, the other thing slightly different with June is that I did not emboss the butterflies.  Instead, I used Purple, Black Diamond, and Diamond Stickles as well as Flamingo Pink Liquid Pearls to decorate the wings.

July

I really like July’s result.  The picture of Drake and my parents is one taken at Stony Creek Metropark.  They were looking at the fish in the pond there.  Drake’s still got that goofy fake smile, which Bill and I were hoping he would grow out of this summer…. maybe next year!  The other picture was taken at the Walter and Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore, right on Anchor Bay.  He’s actually looking at a little girl as he climbed out of the slide.  Bill and I had gone to that park for Emily’s graduation (my best friend’s niece) and thought it was really nice.  When John and Marilyn came up to visit with Drake this summer, we took them there.  The firecracker is colored in with Copic markers; it and the sentiment are from TLC Creations.  The sentiment is colored using Distress inks in Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, and Vintage Photo.  The 4th of July die cut is from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler cartridge.  I really like the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis sets, and the border is from the Fleur de Lis Accents set.  This background is also one of my favorites.  I used clear embossing powder and Distress inks to create a resist technique using the Many Petals stamp by Hero Arts.  Then, after embossing the image, I went over the flower portion with Worn Lipstick and Barn Door.  I used Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint for the green, and a little hint of Vintage Paper for the browns.

August

These pictures are from when we all went to Petoskey, MI for vacation.  Jessica even flew in from California!  I drove up separately with Drake, and my parents drove their vehicle.  We met Eric, Andrea, and the kids.  The condo was right near a small beach, and that’s where the kayaking photo was taken.  Jessica is in the front, Drake in the middle, and I’m in the rear.  We were also literally right across the street from Petoskey State Park.  I got some mini hikes in there, which was really nice.  The park was quite full, and they had a gorgeous beach that we made use of also.  The second photo is in Boyne, where Eric was dying to do the Zip Line.  This photo is one he took of Jessica and me getting rigged up.  Next time, if there is a next time, Jessica and I are going to do the longer “tour” instead of just the last line down to the resort.  This background is Graphite Glimmer Mist, and the text was cut using George and Basic Shapes.

September

These pictures are some that Eric sent to me.  Jack’s kindergarten class used real sunflowers as a guide to paint their own rendition of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  Jack is really enjoying kindergarten, and he is definitely becoming more confident with his gross and fine motor skills this year!  These shapes both came from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler cartridge.  The sunflowers have Rock Candy Distress Stickles in the center to brighten them up, and I used Glossy Accents on the raccoon’s nose.  The right paw actually has a pop dot under it, but that is really difficult to see.

October

I really like how October’s background came out, big droplets and all.  I used a combination of four Glimmer Mists to get this effect — Lavender Fields, Juniper, Scarlet, and Iridescent Gold.  At first, I was disappointed with how splotchy the big droplets were, but then I changed my mind and decided I liked them.  The tree is a picture that I took this Fall when I was out with my dad.  He and I were distributing meals for the Meals on Wheels program, and this tree was near one of the houses we stopped at.  It’s one of my favorite shades of reds, so I snapped a picture of it with my phone’s camera.  The witch die cut is from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler cartridge, and the tree is technically a leaf from the Art Philosophy cartridge… but I cut it out larger and used brown for the trunk.  I think it worked out okay.  I used Storybook for the text, if you didn’t already figure that one out since I’d used it on other months.

November

Well, with the number of pictures I had to include with this month, I kept the background simple and more “manly” than some of the other months.  Jack has a birthday November 8; Bill and Eric both share November 10.  I thought this paper suited them, and I cut out the “Birthday Boy” sentiment from the Storybook cartridge and then added an “S” to it since there are three of them sharing the month.

December

Finally, on to the last month!  I know Bill hates these pictures, but he is (almost) always game for being in them.  I need to do them fairly early in the month so I have time to finish the calendars that I’m generally working on for Debb and my mom… and this year for myself, too!  The background for this one is back to the finger painting technique with Distress inks.  This time I used Festive Berries, Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, and Iced Spruce.  I also changed up the Perfect Pearls and used Perfect Gold instead of Perfect Pearl.  I thought it would go better with the poinsettia that I spritzed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist… although I did do the bells in silver!  The poinsettia was created with the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die set.  Then, I used three iRock gems for the center.  The bells are a Memory Box die called Jingle Bell Border, the latest variety of dies that I’ve gotten into.  They are much more delicate cuts than you get with most Spellbinders dies, and the designs are quite different as well.  The remainder of the die cuts are all from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I am really loving how you can combine the die cuts with stamps to jazz them up a little bit.  The ticket has the December and 25 stamps from the Cherish the Day set.  The holly stamps are from the A Holiday stamp set (a generous freebie when I purchased the Art Philosophy cartridge!).    The remaining stamps for the tree and the gift are included in the bundle that comes with the cartridge itself.  I must say, I am very impressed with the CTMH acrylic stamps.  They are high quality and take to inks very well!

Oh, I did not list all the designer papers/cardstocks I used in the project.  They included the following:  Cloud 9 Design, The Paper Studio, DCWV, Recollections, Heidi Grace Designs, ATD, Best Occasions, and most of the solid cardstock was from a variety pack I purchased at Archivers.

And so now what?  Well, after completing my first “from scratch” calendar, I must say that I like the size, but it is a tad on the heavy side!  I do not think I will use the number dies from the calendar set again.  They were just way too labor-intensive!  I had to run all the numbers through my Cuttlebug, then separate them, lay them out on the calendar to make sure I didn’t miss any, and then glue them all down by hand!  Now they are the perfect size for this particular calendar set…….. but I will be searching high and low for a nice set of numbers to use instead next year!  I will also cut the weeks out of smooth cardstock instead of the textured stuff I used this year so that I can use stamps for the numbers and not have them come out looking like they are missing pieces.  I think I will also use the entire bottom section for the weeks, and fill it up with five weeks.  The month’s name will have to go on the top portion of the calendar along with the photos.  Some months, my numbers overlapped funny because I only had four weeks to play with.  So, for example, in June I doubled up the first week with days 1-9.  Two days overlapped in that week… whereas if I had overlapped at the end of the month, I would have had the last two weeks of the month sharing one row.  I wanted the calendar to be big enough that I can write on it with little trouble.  Live and learn, right??

 

Christmas Card Boot Camp, Day 1 November 7, 2011

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Well, I signed up for the Boot Camp done by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire.  No, I’m not getting anything out of promoting the class, other than letting people know how much I’ve been enjoying learning the new techniques.

So here is my first Christmas card.  It’s not an exact copy of the card Kristina did today, but it does use some of the same elements.  Front and center, I chose to use a copic-colored image from Designed 2 Delight.  You probably know from past posts that I love Faith’s images.  This is one that I already have, but it is also one she donated to CDAC’s progressive challenge this time around.  I love the polar bear, so I wanted him to be featured on a Christmas card this year.  I used B000, C1, C2, C8, G19, R29, and RV00 to color him in.  The Merry Christmas stamp in the corner is from MSE, and I matted the image on Core’dinations Silver Pearl cardstock.  The card base is Gina K, and I stamped it with the Hero Arts Dots background stamp, using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Leaf (this is definitely one of my new favorite inks to use!).  The green cardstock is from Archivers, and the lighter half has a layer of Picket Fence Distress Stain on it.  They both have faux stitching done with  a Uni-Ball white Signo pen.

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Work from the Inspiration Showcase Class September 20, 2011

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Just a quick post to say that I am really enjoying the Inspiration Showcase class with Jennifer McGuire.  I haven’t gotten to even half of the techniques that we’ve learned about in class, although I’ve already written about one in a previous post.  You can find it here.  Here are some of the other things I’ve done using techniques from the class though:

Butterflies colored with Distress Ink

Here are the butterflies we did… It’s really the first time I’ve used the blending tool with the Distress Inks.  I chose to use Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick.  I had to do some searching about the blender because the velcro kept coming off every time I tried to switch out the blending pad — highly annoying!  I wound up using a staple gun and stapling down the velcro to the block of the blending tool, and now  it works like a dream.  I absolutely love how these butterflies turned out, and  I can see myself using this technique quite often.

Acrylic paint resist using a very basic stamp

This was actually the first technique I tried out from the class… and it has (so far) been my least favorite technique.  When I tried it the first time, I used a much more detailed stamp like the one Jennifer uses in class.  It was an awful mess, and I still have bits of white paint in the crevices of my stamp!  So I switched to the simplest stamp I could find in my collection, and I finally got the resist technique to work.  I used white acrylic paint and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  This is a technique that goes into the Glad I Tried category… but I don’t see myself using it again.

Fingerpainting with Distress Inks

This is a cool technique that I can see using for backgrounds.  For this, I used Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Broken China, Weathered Wood, and Stormy Sky), spritzed with mist made of Perfect Pearls and water, and then used my fingers to “paint” onto cardstock.  The colors are a bit softer looking than the photo shows.

Poppy "painted" with Distress Inks

I had fun doing this as well… I used a poppy image from Beccy’s Place — love her digitals!  Again, this is “painting” with Distress Inks… I used the inks spritzed with pearlized water, and then a paintbrush to actually add the color to the image.  I will eventually try this again and use just plain water.  The shimmer is pretty, but I want to see what it would look like without it, too.  For this image, I used Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Weathered Wood Distress Inks.

Using Distressed Inks and watercoloring paper

This is another neat technique using Distress Inks directly on a stamp, and putting it onto watercolor paper instead of regular cardstock.  You get a slightly different result… this is another technique that I will probably try again with regular water instead of the shimmery stuff… just to see which effect I like better… and I still have bits of the pearlized water on the stamp, which again, I’m not totally crazy about.

You’re Special! September 15, 2011

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Here is my entry for the TTCRD Challenge #10 and for DYSU’s Challenge #37.  For TTCRD’s challenge, there has to be green in the card, and for DYSU’s challenge, the card must include silver.

For this card, I used a friend’s stamp for the car – and terrible me, I didn’t write down the information!  If you know who the stamp is by, feel free to leave a comment and I will give credit where it is due.  The background cardstock is from my stash.  The square mosaic tiles are 10mm Ruby Mosaic tiles by Mark Richards.  I colored this image using the following Copic markers:  100, B000, C3, R29, YG06, and YG11.  I also used a black Sharpie for the heart on the back, as well as to outline the frame.  The beautiful sparkly paper is Core’dinations Cardmaker Series paper in Silver Pearl, and I used dark green heat embossing to do the “you’re special.”   The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Robots stamp set.

Take the time to check out Through the Craftroom Door’s online publication here.  It is full of great information!