Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monkeying Around

I was looking through some photos the other night with my daughter, as I had the urge to scrap something fun.  Upon seeing these photos, my daughter started to sing the song she had created the day she got Billy Jean her sock monkey. The beginning line of her song would work wonderfully for a title too so I went with the sock monkey photos.

Over at Let's Get Sketchy, the challenge for this week was Anything Goes and decided to play along.  I chose a sketch from their blog's July sketch posts that fit with my two photos.

Supplies: patterned paper, cardstock stickers, and twine (MME), cardstock (Bazzill), chipboard (Simple Stories), glitter letter stickers (MLS), cardstock letter stickers & year sticker (Echo Park), corrugated letters (Jillibean Soup), gelatos (Faber-Castell), gesso (Golden), ink (CTMH), pen (Staedtler)

A little MME Lime Twist from my stash was the perfect accompaniment for these photos.  I added a little Cotton Candy coloured gelato gessoed bubble wrap stamping to the background page in place of patterned paper and got creative with my title typography.

Here is the Let's Get Sketchy sketch that I used:

A fun layout to commemorate a fun childhood memory!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Mixed Media Colour Challenge #3

I was inspired by the new A Mixed Media Color Challenge site's colour challenge # 3 for July.  It is so gorgeous and one of my favourite home decorating colour combinations.

Supplies: patterned paper (House of 3/Pink Paislee), cardstock (CTMH), distress ink and blk ink (Ranger), stamp (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), flower trim, (Webster's Pages), burlap trim (MME), wood veneer stars and stencil (Studio Calico), glitter letter stickers (Reflections), molding paste (Golden), mirror butterfly (Dollarama), bubble wrap (misc.)

 I love all the textures that I used on this card.  At the top half with the molding paste, gesso and wood veneer stars...

and then the burlap and fabric trim at the bottom.

Here is the splendid AMMCC #3 colour board:

I was playing with molding paste for the first time and trying to get the hang of it.  I knew I wanted to make a stamped frame out of the paste but before I took on the frame on my card, experimented with it using a stamped blob attempt on a mini card. 

Supplies: cardstock and sentiment stamp (CTMH), chandelier stamp (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), distress inks and blk ink (Ranger), molding paste (Golden) glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), border punch (Fiskar), floss (Anchor), cheese cloth (misc.)

Love this one too! How darn cute is that?!
I have to say it was worth the effort as I learned lots on how to get just the right texture thinkness and dry time before stamping the paste with my five attempts at that chandelier. LOL!  Luckily it is easy to remove or add to the paste with each boo-boo and easily enough to re-stamp with a clear acrylic stamp.;)

If you haven't checked out the new AMMCC site, be sure to check it out.  All the projects created are such eye candy and so inspirational!


Monday, July 22, 2013

MME July Sketch Challenge

With lots of details and stamping, this month's MME sketch provided the inspiration for this layout:

Supplies: patterned papers, stamps, chipboard, chipboard letters, label, enamel dots, and washi tapes (MME), ink (Ranger), cardstock, alphabet stamps, and pen (CTMH), and thread (Aurifil Mako' ne)

Primarily using The Sweetest Thing collection, my take pretty much sticks directly with the sketch.  Why mess with it when it works so well?!:)

Ronda Palazzari MME July Sketch

I added in some stitched circles, used some washi tapes from the Lost & Found 3 collection and stamped directly on the page as well as created embellishment pieces using oodles of different MME stamps (Miss Caroline and Indie Chic collections).


Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Little Catch Up With Cards

I hadn't gotten around to sharing these cards that I had made over the last months so I am sharing them in one card catch up post.

First up... a birthday card for a friend.

Supplies:  Patterned paper (Fancy Pants), glittered chipboard pieces (DCWV), cardstock and sentiment stamp (CTMH), ink (StazOn), Baker's Twine (Maya Road), letter stickers (October Afternoon), boarder punch (Stampin' Up), jewels (Dollarama)

This one is unique in that I made the chevron strip with chipboard photo corners and edged two of the chipboard pieces with Maya Road baker's twine.  I really like the weight and thickness of this twine.  It shows really well on projects.

Second up... a birthday card for Dad.

Supplies: Stamps [bow ties, monticule and 'stache sentiment and sentiment stamp], chipboard and cork label (Magenta), wht cardstock and coloured inks (CTMH), black ink and Stickles(Ranger), paint (Plaid), blk cardstock (Bazzill), jewels (misc.)

This one was made using stamps and chipboard from the new Magenta Gentle-made collection. For how-to tutorial, head over to my post on the Magenta blog here.

Lastly,  a card for mom.

Supplies: Patterned paper and pink cardstock (DCWV), black and white cardstock (CTMH), border punch (Fiskars), letter stickers (Reflections), baker's twine (Jillibean Soup), jewels (Dollarama)

I love when you can take some scraps and create something pretty from them.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Magenta July Colour Challenge

Girly, fresh and flowery fun... that was my first impression when I saw Magenta's July Colour Challenge and it inspired me to create this layout...

Supplies: patterned papers, stamps, corrugated letters (Magenta), cardstock and marker (CTMH), fabric chipboard letters (American Crafts), ink (Ranger), punch (Stampin' Up), Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels), baker's twine (Maya Road), jewel brads, tissue paper, flower confetti and flower petals (Dollarama), pen (Steadtler) and thread (Aurifil Mako' ne)

I remembered the preprinted 5x7 photo that I had of my niece's SK graduation sitting in my "photos to scrap" photo box and knew it would be the perfect colour complement for this challenge.

I used all 5 colours, a bit of sanding to tone down the dark purple paper, distressed edges, and some double chevron and boarder stitching.

Then came the embellis starting with the punched tie-dyed tissue paper flower that I had made previously from my experiment in tie-dying that you might remember from my Fly, Soar layout blog post

Baker's twine leaves, mini cut fabric flower petals and mini confetti flowers with title work, hand journaling and stamping complete the layout.

The chevron stamp and the Carpe Diem stamps are both new from the Magenta 2013 catalogue released in the June.

You have until later this month to complete this challenge so give it a go and be sure to link it to the challenge post for a chance to win Magenta product.

Speaking of catalogues, there is also a new releases catalogue up at Magenta.

I can't wait to play with some of the new stamps from this line.  The collection has some really pretty seasonal patterned papers that you should check out.  They are Winter & Christmas in theme but so versatile in design and colours, that they can be used for oodles of non Christmas/Winter related projects.  They will only be available by preorder request so sure to ask your local scrappy supply place to order them.