Creative Jumpstart :: Hello New Glasses

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Creative Jumpstart is a bi-monthly challenge issued by Marcy Penner and Stephanie Bryan to challenge each other, and their readers,  in their paper crafting endeavors. I always enjoy a challenge, even though it seems I don’t usually find/take the time to participate. This time it’s a recipe challenge. The recipe ingredients are:

1 frame

2 brads

5 patterned papers.

I pulled out the On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue, along with a few items from past kits, to create this page.

A little back story about this page:

I recently got a new pair of glasses. That may not seem like a big deal to most. And it’s not. Unless you figure in the fact that I had my old pair for about 18 years. And that they had broken a long time ago and were held together with masking tape. And that I had to constantly tighten the screws that wanted to wiggle out. And that my face is small and the only pair that fit my face at the time was from the kids’ section. And that they had Mickey Mouse emblems on the side. Nothing against Mickey Mouse, but that’s really not me at all, if you know what I mean. And that I never, ever wore these outside my home. For obvious reasons.

Why I had these for so long? Well, you know how it is? Especially when you have kids. Seems like there is always someone else that needs something, like glasses, or braces, or whatever. And we keep putting ourselves last. That, and I just wore them for a short time after I got up in the morning, until I woke up enough to put my contact lenses in. So it really wasn’t a huge need. I was always thinking that “someday” I should replace them. Funny how time passes by.

So, the day I finally got a new pair was kind of exciting to me. I finally made the decision to get a new pair after I had issues with my eye on a weekend trip and had to drive home wearing only one contact lens. I figured it would be a really, really good idea to have a backup pair of glasses that I could actually wear in public in case something like that ever happened again. :)

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I know it’s a little hard to read, but the little white tab in the photo of me holding my glasses says “we are here”. And it’s pointing down to the word trash. It felt good to throw those babies away!

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Those beautiful brads are from the Maggie Holmes line from Crate Paper and come from one of my past Gossamer Blue kits. The glasses rub-on is also from a past kit. How could I NOT use that on this page?

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A puffy sticker and pretty papers from the On My Desk line. I used two papers here, and three under my photo for a total of five.

It was fun to try out a challenge again, so thanks to Marcy and Stephanie for the creative jumpstart!

 

 

On My Desk- C&N happy memories now in progress

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The On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue has been begging me to make a layout with it. I really wanted to use some of the bright pinks and girly designs that come with this collection, so I set out to find a photo I could use.

I found this Instagram photo I took just a few weeks ago of Chloe and a friend of hers on a mother/daughter beach excursion. We had stopped at Sweet Frog for lunch.  I probably normally wouldn’t do Sweet Frog for lunch, knowing how many candies and sweets my daughter enjoys piling on top of her yogurt. Not exactly a healthy lunch option. Especially knowing from experience how much harder it is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while on vacation. But being on vacation calls for a little loosening of the rules, right? A little Sweet Frog for lunch is probably OK just this once. It made a great memory and I was happy to catch this shot of my daughter and her little friend enjoying their sweet treat. They are so cute!

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I purchased the flower cut file from Kim Stewart a little while ago and was waiting for a chance to use it. These cut files are just so gorgeous! I adhered them loosely so they would lift off the page in some spots, creating some dimension.

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I pulled a little of this and that together to make the “happy memories now in progress” subtitle. All of these pieces are found in the On my Desk collection. There are puffy stickers, die cuts, wood veneer pieces, etc. The gold letter stickers are left over from the September Gossamer Blue kits.

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I backed parts of the cut out designs with some of the pretty papers in the collection. I seriously love each and every piece of patterned paper in the On My Desk collection. There are so many fun girly designs, like the gems, flowers and hearts. But there are plenty of neutral and masculine designs as well. Like the blue polka dots, the stars, and more. I feel like it’s a very well rounded collection with something for everyone.

If you’d like to see more of this collection, check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Drop me a line and let me know what you think of this collection, any questions you have, or just say hello. I love hearing from my readers!

 

Mister Huey Masks- a Gossamer Blue designer blog post

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Hey there, everyone! It’s my day to post over on the Gossamer Blue blog today. I’m sharing some fun ideas for using the Studio Calico masks that came with the September Life Pages add-on #3. I love masks. There are just so many ways to use them. I was going to show you just a few different ideas, but then when I started I just couldn’t stop. I had to try one more thing! So, that means I have four mask ideas over on the Gossamer Blue blog today, and four more ideas here! That makes 8 crazy cool ideas for using your masks, in case you weren’t counting.

So head on over to the Gossamer Blue blog and check those ideas out, then come back here to read the rest of this post. Or, if you’re so inclined, read through this post first, then head over there to see more. It makes no difference to me. You’ll just want to be sure to check them all out.

USING MASKS AS A STAMP:

I love to use my masks two ways, the positive and the negative, to get the most use out of them. For these next two ideas, I applied color to the back side of my mask, then flipped them over and “stamped” them onto my page.

I used two different mediums to get two different looks.

This one is using Glelatos:

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I scribbled on the back side of the mask with a few coordinating colors of gelatos. Then I wet it with a mister and blended the colors a little with my finger before flipping it over and stamping. I love the messy look of this. I love that the blending of the colors changes with the amount of water used. You can see that I used more water in some places than others. You have to play around with it a little to figure out what you like best.

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This “stamping” technique uses distress inks:

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I dabbed the back side of my masks with three colors of distress inks, then misted it with water to allow the colors to blend. Then I laid it down on the surface of my paper and carefully pulled it away. What I love about this techniques is the interesting pools of colors that are left behind. You could probably try this with any type of ink pad, but to get blending like this the distress inks are the best because they’re specially formulated to blend together when mixed with water.

I added this piece to a photo pocket scrapbook page:

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I also used another piece on this page made using a mask technique. The upper left corner piece uses a watercolor look also, but it’s done in an entirely different way.

using watercolors:

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I taped my mask down onto a piece of watercolor paper, then used my watercolors to brush color into the negative spaces. After it was completely dry, I removed the tape and added a few spritzes of black paint. For this technique, you could use watercolors like I did, or watered down ink refills or spray mists, diluted acrylic paints and more.

Here’s a closer look at the two pieces I used on the scrapbook page:

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The last idea I have to share with you today is similar to the stamping technique, but it takes it a step further.

Faux letterpress:

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Did you know you could use your masks like an embossing folder? And by adding some inks to the mask before running it through the embossing machine (I use my Big Shot), the end result looks very much like letterpress. It’s a little bit difficult to see in the photo, but the masks will not leave quite as deep of an impression as an embossing folder would. I used three colors of spray inks for this one. The great thing about using spray inks is that some of them have a shimmery substance added to them, so, even though you can’t see it on the photo, the color has a beautiful shimmery luster to it. I love it!

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Be sure to check out 4 more ways to use your Mister Huey masks over on the Gossamer Blue blog. I’d love it if you’d drop me a comment (here or there) to let me know which of these techniques is you favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

You & Me

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So, last weekend I spent the day scrapbooking with a bunch of scrapbooking friends of mine. It was a fun day. Lots of good food, giggles, and of course, scrapbooking. I was working on some simple designs, since I have a goal to get a lot completed this year. This page features some of the old photos I’m still working through in order to fill in some of the gaps in my scrapbooks.

This is a quick and simple page. A design that doesn’t take much forethought. Pretty much equally balanced on both sides and top to bottom. This is my little girl and her daddy. I love photos like this.

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I added some embellishment clusters on the top and bottom. A few enamel dots, some mist and a few embellishments from my Studio Calico kits. I actually cut that flower die cut in half so I’d have a piece for both the top and bottom. That’s a great way to stretch your die cut embellishments a little further.

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The fun part was layering the patterned papers behind the title cards. A fun way to use a lot of different papers on your page without it getting too overwhelming.  A hand drawn outline around the letters and the white paper mat helps bring it all together.

I welcome your questions about anything you see here on my blog and will do my best top answer them if I can. The other day I received a question from a reader on this post, and thought I’d answer it here in case anyone else deals with the same thing.

Vidya says:

“Your cards look absolutely lovely. I do own the set- Petals and Stems but never get a clean stamped image. It always leaves a spot without ink.( a new one every time) It is highly frustrating. Any tips?”

Thanks for your comment, Vidya. There are a few things I would encourage you to try to get a cleaner stamped image. One, when inking up a larger image, like those flowers, sometimes I find it easier to turn the stamp upside down and apply the ink that way, rather than trying to dab the stamp into the ink pad. Sometimes that helps me see if there are any bare spots missing ink. Sometimes I also give the stamp a wiggle or two when inking it up to make sure the ink is covering all the areas. Two, when stamping your image, it sometimes helps to place your paper over a softer surface, like a mouse pad or a pad of paper. I find that it sometimes helps me get a cleaner image. Also, make sure to give your stamp even pressure. This is a great tool for getting more even pressure on your stamped images. You may want to give that a try. Three, make sure your clear stamps are “prepped” before your first stamping. It helps to rub it gently with a pencil eraser, or even rubbing it over your clothes or a clean cloth to remove some of the manufacturing film. Another thing you can try, although I don’t recommend that you do it every time you stamp, is to first stamp into versa mark ink, then directly into the ink color of your choice. I hope that helps!

It’s going to be an exciting year here at Sweet Paper Treats. There are some things coming up that I am so excited to share with you.

Also, I’ve decided I will be moving my craft space upstairs, in case any of you care to know. I’m still working through it all in my head, but I hope to share the finished space with you sometime down the road. It will be a very small space, so I’m hoping to be able to share a couple of good storage ideas for small spaces. Stay tuned!

 

Powhatan Village- Native stamped designs

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I made this page for a recent Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking call for the native influences category. It wasn’t chosen, obviously, but I had fun creating these native designs out of stamps from my stash, so I thought I’d share the results here with you.

The photos were taken during a visit to the Powhatan village at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. We really enjoyed learning about the natives and their way of life. The kids were especially enthralled with the totem poles. Yes, they did think it was very funny to stick their fingers in those large noses. Yes, they are crazy like that!

Since I didn’t have any stamps or other supplies that really went with this theme I was forced to come up with something on my own. I dug through my stash to see what i could find to use. I settled on the Design Motifs stamp set from Paper Smooches to make the designs on this page. The triangles and chevrons works so well to make lots of fun patterns. I love that the smaller triangles fit so perfectly inside the chevron designs. The possibilities of making all kinds of patterns are pretty much endless. I have a few more ideas stewing in my brain for this stamp set.

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I stamped a few of the designs onto a scrap piece of card stock and used foam adhesive to pop them off the page a bit for some added dimension.

I chose a softer color palette to better coordinate with the colors in my photos, but wouldn’t it be fun to try this out with some brights and neons?

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I used my Silhouette to cut out some feathers to add to my page. I misted them with grey mist before adhering them.

IMG_6567A few stars and dots finish it off. The patterned paper is from Heidi Swapp. the arrows in the paper just happened to match the theme and colors in my photos so well. Don’t you just love it when that happens?

The letter stickers are from my Studio Calico kits.

If you have any questions about this page, please feel free to ask.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me!

 

 

 

Inspired By/Blogger Challenge: patterns

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Today’s post is a double whammy. I’m sharing another Inspired By project, but I’m also participating in something new.

A couple of other bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you Blogger Challenges. These are a monthly challenge that a group of us diverse bloggers will be participating in, and each month we will focus on something new. This month it’s patterns. Each of us will be sharing project in the theme of “patterns”. It could be  a home decor or DIY piece, or  crafting project, like mine. Be sure to  visit each of the participating blogs for lots of fun pattern inspiration! You will find each blogger’s challenge photo and blog link below. Special thanks to Chelsea from Pinterior Designer for asking me to participate in these challenges!

Now, for the Inspired By portion of the post.

The inspiration for my page comes from this image by Hello Lidy. Please go check out her blog. She’s an amazing graphic designer and DIY-er. It was a treat to browse her blog and take a look at everything. Thanks to Lidy for giving me permission to use her gorgeous mood board image!

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I love so much about this mood board! I love the natural elements: the wood, the sheepskin and the antlers. I love the text elements: the large monogram, the written words and arrows, and the quote. I love the color scheme: the blacks, whites, and other neutrals, plus the tiny pop of green.Plus, what I really love is all the triangles. LOVE! I thought the triangle pattern would be fun to try out for this challenge.

I decided to use several of the mood board elements on my page. First off, the triangles were the base of my design. Then I took inspiration from the natural elements and the neutral colors to pick out patterned papers and other elements to accent my photos.

I went with a wood grain paper, a black and white hand written text paper, and a birch wood patterned paper. Then I added in some large, monogram type, letters for my title.

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I also added some flair with a deer head image and a wood grain heart image. I loved how they seemed to fit in so well with the mood board image.

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I also loved the hand written words that were added to the image. I decided to do that with my page as well. I love the end results. It adds a fun element to the page, I think.

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I love the end results and it was a fun page to put together. Special thanks to Hello Lidy for the beautiful inspiration piece!

You can see my last Inspired By post here.

Go check out the other blogs taking part in the blogger challenge. I hope you’ll be inspired to try out a “pattern” project of your own! If so, I hope you’ll pop back in and sure it with me. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Grace Lee Cottage, Cute Kid, Ugly House, La Vita DiBella, Retro Ranch Renovation, Country Mouse Tales, Pinterior Designer, Sweet Paper Treats , Lemon Drop Life

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Favorite Shirt

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Last weekend I attended a weekend long scrapbook retreat. We scrapbooked for hours on end, ate lots of food (too much food), and laughed and chatted. I even got a little bit of sleep. My husband asked me what my favorite part of the weekend was, and I said it was the scrapbooking. Getting to devote an entire weekend to working on my albums and feeling like I got something accomplished was awesome. Plus, I made some new friends and got to know others better.

I know I said in an earlier post that I didn’t have any particular scrapbooking goals this year, that I just wanted to get a LOT done. But after this weekend I decided to set a goal for myself. It’s a HUGE goal and it will require me to work really hard on my albums. But I am determined to get caught up at some point, and in order to do that I will have to work hard at it. I’m going to try to set my weekends aside to scrapbook.

With that said, I was able to complete 33 pages this weekend. I could have done more, but I had some interruptions, but that was fine. I took my Silhouette machine along and was showing the other scrapbookers how to use it for their own pages. Lots of them were familiar with the Cricut, but not the Silhouette, so if was fun to show them something new. Next time I’m setting my goal higher than 33 pages.

Lots of the pages I completed were the pocket style pages. only a few were my typical 12″x12″. But I thought I’d share one of them where with you today.

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This is my Chloe. The journaling reads: Your very favorite shirt ever had little ice cream cones all over it. You wore it all the time! When it finally got too small for you, I found this one as a replacement. You like this one too. You really seem to like your ice cream cone shirts .

I like to include pages like this every once in a while that show a little snippet of what my kids were like. Things they enjoyed, little quirks, etc. Instead of making one more page saying how beautiful I think she is, which I do. But she has lots of pages saying that already. I wanted to share a little more. I could have also said that these photos were taken in the front yard on a beautiful summer day while her brothers were playing football beside her. Or that I can’t believe how fast she’s growing, or how she looks so much like me. But I chose to focus on the shirt because, even though it’s not all that important, it’s still fun too look back and remember how she was obsessed with wearing her favorite ice cream cone shirt. How, from the time she was very little, she had opinions about what she liked to wear. It tells me something about her. And that’s all part of the memory keeping aspect for me.

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 This weekend I only took my Studio Calico kits, my stack of 6″x6″ paper pads, and some other embellishments that I wanted to use. I packed light, but it was freeing to have a smaller selection to choose from.

The base paper and letter stickers are from my kit. The other patterned papers are from the Dear Lizzie Neapolitan 6″x6″ pad. The camera embellishment in from Maggie Holmes. The row of colorful hearts is from Glitz Designs. The chipboard heart is also Dear Lizzie, and the little heart pennant and brad is from My Mind’s Eye.

Thanks for stopping by today. It’s always a pleasure!