Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Single and a Double to Share

SNR's April edition saw me digging into my stash (yeah!) to create two of my assignment layouts.  First up is my Fun and Playful stylized take on a Carey Bridges' layout for what SNR terms a reverse sketch; where by the designer takes a layout and creates a stylized layout based on it.  For this one, I used Pink Paislee's House of Three's brightly coloured and fun Soiree Collection.

Supplies: Patterned Papers: Pink Paislee/House of 3; Black Cardstock: Bazzill; White Cardstock: Close to My Heart; Glitter Chipboard Letters: American Crafts; Glitter Sticker Letters: Recollections; White Pen: Signo; Pink Marker: Sharpie; Border Punch: Fiskars; Font: GungsuhChe

I love the pop the paper gives especially with the black or white backing in sections.

Next up is my take on a two page sketch by Lucy Chesna.  I played with this one going for a girlish grunge feel on this layout. I used gesso to alter the background papers prior to heat embossing the stars border and distressing and grunging the edges.

Supplies: Patterned Papers, Phrase Stickers and Pen: Creative Memories; Cardstock: Bazzill and Close to My Heart; Gesso: Golden; Paint: DecoArt; VersaMark and StazOn: Tsukineko; Emboss Powder: Stampendous; Stamps: Close to My Heart and SandyLion; Tim Holtz Grunge Board Stars: Rangers; Chipboard Letters: Lil Davis Designs; Cardstock Letter Stickers: Webster's Pages; Toronto Maple Leafs Sticker: SportStar Decals; Eyeletz: Provo Craft ;  Sketch: Lucy Chesna

Apparently shinny is primarily a Canadian term.  It is an informal pick up game of hockey with no set number of players and does not require regulation equipment.

Here is a look at the original sketch:

Other than using a larger series of three photos and stars in place of scallops, I stuck fairly close to the sketch as it suited my photos well.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two Takes On One Stamping Idea Give Away

In April, I had this card stamping idea for a Magenta Design Team project which was to appear with a series of cards on the Magenta blog.  The thing was I had two idea versions for this card...one vertical and the other horizontal with essentially the same design elements just some material differences.  Today, I am sharing both versions with you here.

The first card version is the horizontal take.

Supplies: patterned paper and stamps (Magenta), Ink (Ranger), watercolour pencil crayons (Reeves), cardstock and liquid glass (CTMH), letter stickers (My Little Shoe Box), Baker's Twine (The Twinery), pen (Creative Memories)

On this card, I stamped the images onto cardstock and then coloured it in with watercolour pencil crayons and a blending pen. I highlighted some coloured areas with liquid glass too.

The second card version is the horizontal take.

Supplies: patterned paper, stamps, and cork sheet (Magenta), ink (Rangers), watercolour pencil crayons (Reeves), Pearl pen (Viva decor), cardstock and liquid glass (CTMH), pen (Creative Memories)

On this card, I stamped one image onto cork and coloured it in with a VivaDecor pen.  The bunny was done the same  manner as the card above. I pieced together and hand drew the sentiment sign.

On both cards I used a different green background paper and I added a doodled border to compliment the doodle nature of the stamps.

So how did I chose which one to use for Magenta?  I couldn't decide so I asked my daughter to choose.  She is such a dear thoughtful girl and after examining the cards, she told me which one to use and the rational behind her chose.  She thought the second card because the cork looked more like earth in the garden.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Indie Chick with Indie Chic and PageMaps

I have been waiting for just the right paper to come along and do justice to these fun first day of school photos of Alex in 2010.  She definitely has her own individual style which includes a hat thing. That was the year that started her fedora collection. LOL!

The My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Ginger collection, which was in My Scrapbook Nook's July kit, was not only inspirationally title apropos but also colour wise, it works beautifully with my daughter's style colour choices. Add in the awesome July PageMaps Challenge sketch and it makes for one fun layout that is coordinated and gives a whole feel that fits the story.

Supplies: patterned papers, sticker, metal flowers and Baker's Twine (MME), doilie (Michael's), cardstock (Bazzill), foam and glitter letters (American Crafts), emboss border punch (Fiskars), tag die (Sizzix), thread (Coates), ink and flower jewels(CTMH), marker (Sharpie), jewels and small metal filigree (Dollarama)

I also added a little sparkle with the title as a tie into Alex's outfit. For if you look closely at her top, you might be able to see some of the black sections are sequenced
Here is the original sketch that was my starting point inspiration.

I rotated and then flipped the sketch to have the banners running down and to accommodate my photos.  If you are interested in learning how I do this in a word document to make it easier to change up the sketch and then work from it, check out my tutorial here.   


Friday, July 20, 2012

Off the Page with OA's Sasparilla

One of my favourite SNR Mag features is the Sketches - Take It Off the Page article where we take the assigned sketch and make a card, ATC or tag from it.

Supplies Patterned -  Paper, Stickers, Die-Cuts, and Journal Card: October Afternoon; Cardstock and Bitty Brads: Close To My Heart; Eyelets: Making Memories; Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps, STudio G; Ink: Rangers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Watercolour Crayons: Reeves; Embroidery Floss and Star Clip: Dollarama; Pen: Staedtler

I used the Nook February 2012 kit featuring October Afternoon's Sasparilla, some old denim, and this assigned sketch by Emma Stafrace.

Such a great source of inspiration and an easy trick to use if you are stuck for a card design idea... simply use a layout sketch and make a card with it.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Changing It Up with Some Hello Sunshine

Another SNR Mag layout to share with you.  Fun and playful, here I dug into my Nook Kit stash and used Lily Bee's Hello Sunshine collection.

Supplies -  Patterned Papers: Lily Bee Designs; Letter Stickers: American Crafts; Marker: Sharpie; Pen: Creative Memories; Liquid Glass: Close To My Heart

This layout was my "Change the Orientation" take on Lucy Chesna's sketch for the March edition.

Here is my choice orientation.

I also did a product review on the BoBunny Flex Ruler which is the tool that I used to create the wave lines. A little liquid glass, otherwise known as dimensional glaze, on the water drops gives it a neat wet look in real life.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

SNR Take It Off the Page with LilyBee

I really like love how this card turned out! 

Supplies -  Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design, Square Punch: Creative Memories, Butterfly Punches: Martha Stewart, Stamp: Autumn Leaves, Ink and Stickles: Rangers, Watercolour Pencil: Reeves, Jewels: Dollarama

I used the Head Over Heels LilyBee Design collection featured in the January Nook KitIt was made for an SNR assignment for the February addition of the magazine.  The task was to Take It Off The Page and turn it into a card based on this layout sketch:

A really versatile sketch with copious options. Next time you need a quick card look no further than taking a cue from a simple layout sketch.