Project Life

Project Life: June ’15

Hi there! So, I’m just going to go ahead and start by saying Project Life kicked my ass. I thought everything was going to come together for me easily, and some did, but I kept changing things and adding stuff here and there. I finally had to just realize this is going to be a learning process for me. I’m still trying to figure out my layout and journaling style, and on top of that, I’m trying to learn how to take better pictures and how to edit. I will say that I recently downloaded Adobe Lightroom and I just love it! I was scared I was going to be intimidated by it and not use it but when I found out you can download it for a free 30-day trial, I thought why not just try? I watched a couple of videos and played around with presets and I can’t imagine not using it ever! I also tried out printing my own photos and let’s just say my HP printer made it back into the inner circle with my Samsung Galaxy, iPod, and Sony camera. Speaking of my Galaxy, I’m also trying to perfect the cell phone selfie, so far it’s a big fat fail, or is it my face? But here I am, finally done with my June layout.

I found inspiration from A LOT of other “modern day memory keepers” but I still wanted to stay true to myself. And in true form, I was attracted to a lot of black and white. My layout ended up having a black/white/wood grain theme with green and yellow accents. I did not plan that ahead, I knew I wanted to incorporate Mama Elephant’s Lemon Grass ink in there somewhere, and that led to the accent colors.

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Most of my pictures are from around the house. AJ and i went downtown so I could take pictures of random things to use as practice in Lightroom. Plus you can see one picture that was taken at work with my Samsung. So this layout is pretty much a normal “day in the life”.
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I used a mixture of Studio Calico, Mama Elephant, Kellie Stamps, and Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts. I also used a Royal typewriter that was given to me by my friend Angela.

All in all, I’m happy with my layout and I’m glad I decided to take Project Life on. I hope you guys enjoyed!

Card Making · Paper Crafts

#HBD

Hi everyone! Today I bring you a card set I made with only one stamp set. Happy Something is the name of this set and it is by Kal Barteski for Studio Calico. I ordered this because I thought it would be a great set to have in case I ever needed to make a quick birthday card. But when I played with the set, I couldn’t stop! I love the font and the “sketchy” look of the cupcakes and candles.

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The first card I made, I used masking tape to cut out the candles because I wanted to put them on top of the cupcakes.#HBD 1

I used my MISTI to stamp on this card. As you can see below, I stamped the candles first, and then put the masking tape candles I cut on top.
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I also used the plastic that came with my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me align the cupcakes right where I wanted them. I learned this tip from Maureen Wong, she has many YouTube videos that show you different tips and tricks on using the MISTI.#HBD 3

Here is the finished card. The striped background paper is from the September Skies paper pack by Heidi Swapp. When I picked this paper for the background, I grabbed some Copics that matched and colored in the cupcakes.#HBD 4

I loved how the colors came out so I went ahead and used the same Copics for the rest of the set.

#HBD 5 For the next card, I just made a pattern using the four cupcake stamps and colored them in with the Copics. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Lavender Moon paper from PaperTrey Ink. #HBD 6 For the last card, I used masking tape again to help guide me with the placement of the candles. I stamped the ends of the candle over the tape which didn’t matter because I ended up covering the ends with a piece of Smokey Shadow card stock.#HBD 7 I heat embossed the sentiment with my VersaMark Emboss Ink Pad and Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder.

#HBD 9To finish off the card, I colored in the candles with the same Copics.
#HBD 8This set is perfect to have at the office or to give as a gift. I love the fun colors, the graphics, and the sentiments. I really enjoyed making this set and I hope the recipients enjoy them just as much!#HBD 11

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Scrapbooking

Just Like Heaven

Hi everyone! The time I’ve been waiting for has finally come! It’s not officially Spring time yet but my trees are finally starting to wake up!

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I had no idea my pear tree had already started blooming. As I took these pictures, the birds were chirping, the doors to the house were wide open, and my dogs and I were enjoying the sunshine, little moments like this are what makes my soul happy!

So today I decided to change it up a bit. It’s been about two years since I’ve scrapbooked and lately I’ve just had the urge to make a quick page, probably because when I listen to certain songs I hear little parts of lyrics I want to use on a page, plus anybody who knows me well, knows I will find any chance to make anything related to The Cure. So I finally decided to go for it and dust off my 12×12 paper.

I’ve been wanting to scrapbook this picture of my son for the longest time but just couldn’t think of a layout or title for it. This is my favorite baby picture of him, he’s actually eleven now so… yeah, this took a long time to make! I decided to make the picture black and white and have the title as the pop of color.

Just Like Heaven 2I love this little label maker, I think I bought it for like $5 at Michael’s Craft Store a couple of years ago and I’m so glad I did because this thing comes in handy. I’ve used this in scrapbooking and cardmaking, and I also want to use this whenever I decide to make a Project Life page.
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I made the “Just Like Heaven” with my Cricut. The wooden stars are from Studio Calico and the clouds were made with WPlus9 dies.Just Like Heaven 4I used a blank white paper for my background and sprinkled different colors of ink with my water brush.Just Like Heaven 5

So there it is, a quick and simple scrapbook page! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you guys are enjoying the early signs of Spring as well!

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Additional Supplies:
K&Company SMASH Label Maker
Recollections White Cardstock Paper
Craft Smith Gradients Paper Pad

Baby Shower · Card Making

His & Hers Baby Shower Cards

Hello everyone! A friend/co-worker of mine asked me to make two baby shower cards for a His and Hers shower she is throwing at the same time. Her theme is elephants and she asked me to keep the cards within the same theme. Well it seems that elephants are “in” right now but unfortunately the elephant stamps I was looking at were being released too late! Thankfully I found a safari stamp set by Some Odd Girl and it had two different, very cute, elephants. I practiced so many times coloring these in with my Copics, and I still need more practice! But… I’m happy with how my coloring skills are coming along!

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I decided to keep it simple because the simplicity of homemade cards has been getting my attention a lot lately. I stamped the background with some Studio Calico stamps, and I did some tone on tone stamping with Papertrey Ink ink and paper. I also used Lawn Fawn’s Sophie’s Sentiments, which is a great stamp set to have because it comes with so many sentiments.

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I also made my first card set, my friend asked for a set to give away as a prize. Those cards will be posted on my next blog post so stay tuned!

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My Favorites

January ’15 Top 5

Hey guys! I can’t believe this month is over already! January has been The Lovely Pear/Lana del Rey month for me. I listened to pretty much nothing but Lana del Rey’s album Born to Die, awesome album! And yes, I listened to it as I crafted this whole month. I’m very proud of myself for keeping up with the blog as I have been, I thought I might struggle because I wasn’t making that many cards but the blog is helping me become more creative and I’ve even been trying out new techniques!

At the end of each month I’m going to show my favorite 5 supplies that I bought during the month. Keep in mind, some of these items were probably released a while back but if they’re on my list that means I just bought it during the current month.

So here we go:

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1. Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Mini Kit #1 (Custard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade)

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These inks are so awesome! I love how easy it is to blend these colors, like I did on this card. I really had no idea you could do this and more with them and I will definitely be buying more!

2. Faber-Castell Gelatos

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I know I’m not using these to their full potential but I’m glad I bought them and I want to use them more often. I bought the blue set of four and I received the gold one in my Simon Says Stamp kit for February. I’ve already used the blue kit on this card, but I will be using these (and future gelatos) on more cards, maybe even scrapbook pages.

3. Some Odd Girl On Safari Stamp Set

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I just got this in yesterday and I’m already obsessed! How cute are these critters? I bought these because of the elephant stamps (for two babyshower cards I’ll be making) and now I’m glad the set included the giraffe and lion. I already broke these babies in last night and started practicing coloring them with Copics.

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4. Studio Calico Tiny Stars Wood Veneer Shapes

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I’m loving all the wood veneer shapes that are coming out right now, especially these tiny stars. I’ve already used them on a card with the gelatos and I hope to make a shaker card with them, and a Project Life layout as well.

5. Memory Box Whirlpool Burst Die

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are some pictures on my blogs that have a bunch of little dots in the background, it’s because of this die. I love this die and I’m already coming up with an idea for a card as I type this and look at this picture. I already made a card with this but I didn’t post it just because I wanted to make another one and I was going to see which one I liked better, but since I haven’t made the second card, here is the first.

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So there’s my top 5 for January! Believe me, it was hard to pick only 5 because I bought so many supplies this month! And just incase you were wondering, yes, I have been keeping up with the money challenge and I have $15 in it! Woot woot (<– my victory yell)! And yes, I’m listening to Lana del Rey right now.

Bye guys, see you next month!

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