Saturday, May 31, 2008

more swaps....

Here's another project from the Swap I've been showing.
The card to the left was made by Heidi of LuckyBug Creations. The paper she created was so nice for boys and it's HARD to make boy cards!! Can you imagine her card for a teenage boys birthday where they might play Guitar Hero or something fun like that!! My card is shown on the right. I didn't have this stamp set but had some extra paper with a whole star left on it- so I cut out that star and used it as a focal point by backing with Sweet Leaf and Chocolate paper.

I was a busy little beaver last night- I made 13 cards!! Ok- so 12 of them were identical... I liked the card so much that I made a bunch for my fall craft shows. I'll show those next week as I've not photographed them yet and I want to show all of my swap photos first!!
I've off to my parents today to visit (it'll be my last trip there for 2 months!! Considering I've been there nearly every other week since January- I'm looking forward to the break in driving (and buying gas!!)) I've got a CTMH party tonight so I'm looking forward to that.
Traci



Thursday, May 29, 2008

More swaps...



Following with yesterday's theme... here's another swap post.


The left card is what I received from the swapper ( I received a piece of her random stamped paper to make my own card which was returned to her) My card is on the right. I had the stamp set used on the Random Stamped background paper (Autumn Leaves) so I stamped an extra leaf on white and backed it with New England Ivy and Autumn Terracotta. Ribbon is from the Autumn Terracotta Ribbon collection and the embellishments are in pewter. All supplies from CTMH Co.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

yeah- swaps are in!!

I've received 4 swaps in the last few days!! I'm so excited to finally share the swap I first mentioned (here) .
Right now I'll post one of the cards I received along with a swatch of paper to make a card using that paper. I think I'll post these first and the butterfly cards that others used making my paper last (only because I'm still cleaning up my photos and adding a watermark)

This first card was created by Stacey Borelli. She designed the pretty floral background paper.
The second card (to the right) was created by me. This card was so much fun to make!! I used Crystal Blue Textured Cardstock edged with the CTMH pearl paint. I created the envelope from Baby Pink cardstock. The butterfly was made by cutting petals from a white Just Bloom from the Big Pinks collection. The pink body was made by cutting the shape from pink cardstock. I adhered white fuzzy sassy strands to the top of the pink cardstock and coated with liquid glass ( i dabbed a bit on and rubbed it over the body with my finger) The sassy strands are still fuzzy looking- but quite hard to the touch. By doing this I 1) made sure those will NEVER come off- AND 2) it allowed the pink cardstock to show through so the body actually looks pink. I tied blue sassy strands around the envelope and uncurled 2 silver spirals for the antennae. 3 silver brads added the final touch. This card was so much FUN!!


This last card I'm showing was not part of the swap... just a card I made the other night for my June Stamp of the Month demo board. The idea came from (this blog). Basically I was inspired by the way the left side of her card was designed with the cuts/ pleats. I did use the same paper pack although I used different paper from the pack. I'll try to be back the next few days to post more art from the swap- but I'll be leaving town to have a garage sale with my sister (hoping I sell more than I pay for the cost of gas!!) so I'm hoping to schedule posts to keep it going!! Otherwise I'll return Sunday.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Layout number 2



This is the second layout I created Saturday... I only had 3 photos to work with so I enlarged the one on the left to 5x7. I almost ALWAYS enlarge at least one photo for a layout- especially when I only have a few photos to work with. It helps fill space and add to the overall look and feel of the page. These photos were taken last August. I had the prints made in January and they've been sitting on a shelf in my kitchen ever since. I've been wanting to scrapbook these photos for a while and just couldn't decide on what to do with them. Last night I was digging through some new paper I purchased from the CTMH Summer Idea Book- and came across this Whoops a Daisy paper! I've loved the brightness of this paper since I first flipped through the book- it was the first thing I ordered. I really REALLY love it with these black and white photos.

The Title ( Put it up to your face and then blow, blow, blow) is from Dora the Explorer... can't remember which video- but my daughter watched it EVERY day last summer and could not blow bubbles without first reciting that quote!! It is forever etched into my mind. The colors are watermelon, ocean, hydrangea, kiwi and white daisy. The large letters are stamped with the CTMH Rustic Alphabet in kiwi and the edges sponged in ocean. I really am loving the look of this layout. The hydrangea paper is distressed with the CTMH edge distresser. I used a few small silver emellishments- just some brads and photo corners. I didn't feel the layout needed much by way of embellishment with all of the paper layers. All of the white daisy paper edges were ink distressed with kiwi ink.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Scrapbooking...finally!



I haven't had much time to scrapbook lately... prior to today I'd only completed about 12 pages... or even worse- only 6- 2page layouts!! Meanwhile my box of photos continues to grow. I've been a photo snapping fool this year! I FINALLY sat and scrapbooked yesterday. I only completed 2- 2page layouts- but I'm so happy with them. The rest of my time was spent with my stamp club, reading a good book from my sister, and working on weeding and working up the dirt in my vegetable garden area. My husband and I made plans for our gardens and the list of supplies we'll be buying today to get everything done. Unfortunately he has to work on Memorial Day- so we'll be busy today trying to get as much done as possible... including cutting the extremely long dandelions in our yard!! The grass itself isn't too aweful but boy do the weeds grow!! Here's the first of the 2-layouts I completed. I'll post the other either tonight or tomorrow. I used the CTMH Paper Garden Paper Pack, Precious Alphabet, May Word Puzzle and June Stamp of the Month (With Love) I also used a bitty brad. Ink colors are Blush and Sweet Leaf. This was our trip to the Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids last May. I used a green grosgrain ribbon to cut my flower leaves for the upper left corner of the right page. Nothing fancy but I wanted to use the June Stamp of the Month on a layout for my demo board for June.

Friday, May 23, 2008

How cute is this?

Oh my gosh!! I ordered this stamp in April or so- during the Pre-order period at Sweet and Sassy Stamps. Finally- last night I had some play time for the first time all week. I wanted to test out my new copics (all 12 of them... ha ha) and thought it was time to pull out this stamp... finally!! I also pulled out my scrap box... so other than the card base (it's a 6x6 card) all the papers were scraps from other projects!! Love using those. I used all copics EXCEPT- I don't have a flesh tone yet so I meant to use my Vanilla Cream marker from CTMH and accidentally used Parchment- it's a little dark for my taste but it works. I literally used all 12 of my copics... I figured- if I was spending that much money for a marker- I was really going to use them!! I can tell you- it was awesome!! Don't get me wrong- I love and use my CTMH markers ALL the time- for most things they work fine. BUT- I love the shading and blending you can achieve with the copics... without pilling your cardstock!! I just used the CTMH White Daisy cardstock and the color went on so nicely!! The CTMH markers are waterbased... which is why you can get pilling with layers of ink. The copics are more of a solvent marker. It will bleed through to the back of the paper- but it won't ruin it. I guess I need more colors!! I've been buying mine at Hobby Lobby- they're $5.99 a marker but I received some for my birthday, and used coupons on the rest. Also- they run sales about once a month where the markers are 25% off... so I only paid full price for a couple.


When I ordered this stamp I envisioned a little Irish girl picking clovers ... isn't she ADORABLE!!


I used a new stamp pad that I purchased from Papertrey Ink (Palette Hybrid Noir). Honestly- any archival ink pad will work - and expect them to stain your stamps!! The only reason I even purchased the Hybrid ink pad is that you can stamp on clothing and heat set it - I've been wanting to stamp on baby onesies and little bags and sell them at craft shows or give as gifts- so I picked up a few of the Hybrid inks to do that. It beat the idea of mixing textile medium with acrylic paint and stamping with that!




As for the full supply list: All papers: CTMH (green varigated and green butterfly papers from Discovery Level 2, Black is from the Grins and Giggles Level 2, cardstock colors: crystal blue and white daisy); Sentiment from CTMH; Image from Rachelle Anne Miller (purchased from Sweet and Sassy Stamps); Black ink: Hybrid Noir from Papertrey Ink; Markers all copic except the flesh color is Parchment from CTMH; Ribbon is VERY old- from my ornament making days. Flowers from Target Dollar Spot; gold brads from CTMH.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday

Well- I told you before my titles aren't very exciting... I mean- all I could come up with was Thursday? Oh well. I hope the art is better than the words leading up to it!!

Today will be a fun day!! My work is taking everyone to see Indian Jones today!! What fun. We have to buy our popcorn and drinks but they bought the tickets- for a LOT of people. I'm not sure how many there are in the group but I'm sure it's 100+


I've been MIA this week. All the TV series are ending so I've been caught up in that! I have also been working on the Layout Workshop that I posted about on Saturday. I have one more layout complete- one drawn out and the rest planned in theory. I have club this weekend too so I think tonight I'll be cutting paper and prepping my workshop area for that. I'm looking forward to the 3-day weekend coming up. I have a lot of plans and it's my husband's birthday- so we may go out of town for the day on Sunday.


I really need to get my butt to work so here's my post for the day: I used the Life Delights Paper Pack and a chipboard flower. I used my crop-o-dile to cut little circles around the flower to make it look more like a sun. I used the "Because of You" stamp set. Gold brads. Colors: Chocolate, Sunkiss Yellow, Olive, and Colonial White .

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Birthday Layout



I mentioned Thurday that I was working on some upcoming workshop layouts. This is the first layout from the Blue Ribbon Pack of paper... I love that paper - lots of pretty butterflies and such. My hostess wants the workshop to be appropriate for anyone... so generic enough for people with just boys and just girls...

(NOTE: click the photo to enlarge)


my first attempt is this birthday layout. To my calculation- it could hold anywhere between 4-9 photos depending on placement and size of photos. I do love this layout- the balloons are from our Nursery Bash set (the stack of elephants are holding the single balloon) The party hat is from the Birthday wish set- the one with the "Birthday wish for ewe" stamp- you know the one!! I used my cutting knife to cut out the stamped hats. My crop-o-dile punched the hole and set an eyelet at the top (to protect the paper from ripping) and I tied some chenille sassy strands throught the eyelet (hence the reason for reinforcing the paper) to look like a fuzzy ball on top of the hat. I think the layout is great for male or female, boy or girl- very generic. For someone that wants it more "girlie" you could easily cut out some butterflies from one of the other paper patterns, and add them to this layout- or some stamped images would be cute as well.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Birthday RAK

Wow- this week has been great!! I was spoiled for my birthday!! My hubby bought me some COPIC markers!! yippeee... Now I just have to practice using them.

He also made me chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, bought me clothes, flowers, the markers and a movie. (the movie, flowers and markers were Mother's Day- cake and clothes for my b-day!!) It was so sweet. I've spent this week working on 2 upcoming class projects- and neither is done. I'm not done with my second recipe swap yet because I've changed my recipe- so I need to finish that as well. So-rather than posting my own art tonight- i thought I'd post a very nice card I received from Erica Michel today- she's a CTMH consultant and it was such a surprise!! I forgot that I joined the CTMH birthday club (I just joined about 2 weeks ago) I couldn't open the original attachment as my home computer is lame and won't open the file ( I don't have office on my computer ) I completely forgot to send it to my other e-mail address to open but this card was a reminder to do that!! I'll be printing it tomorrow and spending next week catching up with the birthday club- I hope I have some Belated Birthday stamps around here someplace since I know there were a few birthdays the same week as mine!!

Anyway- Erica- if you read this blog- THANK YOU!!

I also received some really nice cards from my friends so I'll post those next week (or tomorrow if I get a chance). I'll be leaving town Sat. morning for my cousin's bridal shower across the state- so no posts Saturday but I should be back fairly early Sunday - in time to post at least!!
Hey- did you know you can click on a photo to see it larger?

Keep your eye on the right hand column- practically every time I post I add another address or 2 to my blog list!!
Have a great night!!
Traci

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crafty Weekend...

I just wish I could show you everything I made yesterday... but I'm going to wait just a week or so. It's been a while since I crafted for "fun" and not for my business. So yesterday I perused the pulication submission calls and crafted all night (ok- I only made 3 things!!) so I'll hold off on showing those for a few days until I see if any of them are accepted or not. It was fun fun fun!!


I did find out that a swap I sent in a month ago will be sent back tomorrow - very excited about that- I'll be sure to share everything when I receive it since everything I'll be receiving was made with paper that I designed and submitted to the swap hostess!! If you missed my original post about that- I'll put the link to the original post when I share everything I receive... I'll also finally be able to share the cards I made with the paper that everyone else designed- it was a unique swap and I can't wait to see the results!!


Speaking of swaps- here's a card going out in tomorrow's mail (well- 6 cards to be exact!) as this is another swap card I finished last week. The picture isn't the best- it doesn't quite show the detail on this card. I'm still learning how to take really good artwork pictures and while some have been really good- others could be improved- the hardest part for me is showing dimension- even with side shots- the artwork becomes sort of "flat". Supplies used on this card are all from CTMH Co: Boom-di ada Paper Pack, Be True Stamp Set. Bamboo and Barn Red Stamp Pads, Watercolor Pencils (Cranberry, Olive, Autumn Terracotta), hemp and pewter brads. This is one of those cards that looks much better in person!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday at last!!

This has been a very long, busy week at work- and I just now remembered that I need to go in sometime today for a little while. My hubby is out shopping with my daughter for Mother's Day right now (yeah me!!) and tomorrow we're all going shopping for my birthday (yeah me again!!- My birthday is the day after Mother's Day this year- so a double whammy :) I totally know most of my Mother's Day present (Had to provide a list!!) but the surprise will be whatever is in the little bag that my daughter made at preschool- I love her projects- and she usually can't keep a secret- so I've hidden the bag so she forgets about it and I'll open it in the morning.

While they are out shopping I'm doing some cleaning, getting ready for a garage sale at the end of the month, unpacking from last weekend's crop- finally! and of coarse, surfing blogs. I'm hoping to add to my blog link list this weekend- I've found a ton of great blogs lately that you really need to see!!

For now- here's another card I designed for this month's club- I really am happy with it!! It uses both the May and June stamp of the months- and since my club doesn't meet in June I thought they'd at least like to make a card with that set! Sorry the picture is crooked- it was late at night when I took it and I was tired... (Supplies used: All CTMH: Boom-di-ada Paper Pack, June SOM (With Love), May SOM (Say it with Style), Ric Rac Ribbon Collection, Ink Colors: Hollyhock, Barn Red, Chocolate, Garden Green and Olive Green)

I may be back later- I've got lot's of art to post but I'm trying to clean and get my workshop area re-set back up from the crop...

Traci

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Little Monkey..


My post titles.. well... they need work- I'm not very creative in that department. Oh well- there are worse things in life I suppose.

Tonight's card is one of my club cards this month. My club wavers between wanting quick and simple ideas and new techniques/ patterns... So this month I'm getting crazy and doing some of each :) If you can't tell- this one falls under quick and easy!! It's the same paper and little monkey (hence the name of my post) that I used on the layout posted yesterday. I also added in a sentiment "just because" from the May stamp of the month "Say it in Style". I am loving this stamp set by CTMH- SO MANY awesome sayings that aren't found in other sets. I've got a few more pieces with this set that I'll be showing over the coming days.


Well- it's a quick post- I have a swap that needs to be mailed tomorrow so I've got to finish that before bed!!

It's a Zoo out there!!

Well- it's over! My much anticipated and planned for National Scrapbook Day Crop is over. It was a LOT of work, with some snaffus along the way (is that how you spell snaffu? snaffoo?- who knows?) but it was also a lot of fun!! We got rave reviews over the food- which I'm thoroughly happy about- We had lots of food left over so I don't think anyone was underfed... we had plenty of chocolate- so that was good. The major problem of the day was space- through no fault of ours!! The hall we rented told us there were 24- 8foot tables... we planned 2 people per table... since we had 51 spaces filled- we intended to bring an 8 foot of our own- and the 51st person was a half dayer so just throw in a smaller table and we were good to go... only problem- there were 16- 8 foot tables and the rest were 6 footers!! I'm certain there were some unenthusiastic croppers that day but I hope they had fun with the rest of the crop and come back next year!! I think I'll send them a poll and get their suggestions as I love this venue for a crop (it's a county park)... we may just have to keep the group smaller next year...

At any rate- it's high time for some new artwork on this blog!! What better way to start than with the crop artwork. The first is the free make and take for the day... I think next year we'll offer our free make and take as a scrapbook page... we do cards because it's easier to plan for, takes less supplies, and goes much more quickly if you've got a large group... but about half the people didn't make it- so I'd like to increase that number next year!!


This card uses the new Creative Basics set in the Summer Idea Book as well as the new Fun Times stamp set and Sans Small Caps (alphabet) We used a bitty brad for the eye. The snail was inked with Garden Green, stamped off on a scrap- and rolled in Garden Green for shading and stamped on the cream panel. He was inked a second time with G. Green and then rolled in chocolate and stamped on scrap cream cardstock. The shell was cut out and adhered over the shell in the original image- this provides extra dimension and allows for more colors on the image. The shell was then covered with a thin coat of liquid glass to make it shiny.




This second project was a one page layout workshop that I offered at the crop. It uses the new Sarsaparilla paper pack and July stamp of the Month (It's a Jungle) along with the Adventure stamp set. I am LOVING this paper and these colors!! The animals were colored with CTMH markers : Monkey- Desert Sand and Chocolate, Hippo- Grey Flannel, Lion- Autumn Terracotta and Sunflower.
The "Zoo" was stamped with the Rustic Alphabet. The letters were inked with Barn Red ink and Black lines were drawn on randomly before stamping ( I don't think the effect shows up well here- but it's really neat on the layout)
A 12" band of twill was added under the image panel and 3 pieces of hemp were tied in double knots towards the right side of the layout.
The words "fun" and "grrr" were stamped in Barn Red on Cream (Colonial White) with the Adventure Stamp Set. Those pieces were attached with silver brads. No adhesive was added to those pieces so photos could easily be added later. This layout (as well as the one offered by my co-host) was a hit- both workshops filled quickly.
Have a great night- I'll be back with more tomorrow!!
Traci