Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Make It Fun Card | RG

Our second day on summer vacation.  At the moment, I feel it will be a long summer...but also haven't gotten into a plan and routine yet.  Lots of reading, practicing multiplication, piano mixed in with the play time and enjoying the summer is on the agenda here.  So not in the groove yet.

I have a step by step on the Richard Garay blog showing his this card came together using his Celebrations collection.  I used my favorite colors and can't get enough of the Fun Stampers Journey gold embossing powder.  Hope you get a chance to stop by.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Gossamer Blue May Kit Reveal | Mini Album

I forget how crazy May can be with end of the school year, recitals...but it definitely gave us extra punches that knocked us all out of whack...that is why I like to create...my own little getaway ;)

So getting around to posting the rest of the Gossamer Blue May kit work.  This was on the Gossamer Blue blog here.  So for how-to's and more details about how the envelope album came together, head there.

The bits and pieces May kit came with an entire box of cards and envelopes from My Mind's Eye.  I had seen some friends at a crop make mini's out of envelopes.  So that is what I did here.  The pages and the album cover are all from that box!

For the cover, I ended up getting a little messy, did some stamping with black paint, and kept adding layers.  (in case you don't stop by the Gossamer Blue blog for the details, please wash your stamps right away after using paint with them...your blocks as well...it will dry and stay there)

To keep consistent throughout the album, you will see some smears of gesso and more black paint stamping.

The black paint dries quickly, and I love the look of it on the photo, so much so that that was repeated on some of the pages as well.

I mixed in some of the cards or just the covers of the cards adhered to the envelope pages.  I wanted to add a little bit more color and texture.

Believe it or not this "hi" bubble was stamped in black in on white cardstock.  I kept trying to get a good impression, and this accidentally came out looking like a reverse of the stamp.  Loved it, so cut it out and used it on top of my photo.

For the larger 4x6 photos that I cut to fit across a spread, the design is basically the same on each page.  A little bit of framing with stamping, stickers, and die cuts.

I added just a very little watercolor wash of distress ink on top of the stamped cactus.

I wanted my journaling to be typed, so I used my typewriter to cut strips where I needed a little journaling.

The designs on the blank pages with no photos, I kept simple as well.

I knew on this page, I would like stickers and embellishments to go across my page, so when applying the gesso, I spread it out horizontally with an old credit card.

I think my favorite page and photo.  Love the cloud, the life, camera, and especially that photo.

More little details that to me make a difference...a little stamped sentiment in the cloud.

The envelopes were thin, so I wanted a little more stability on the back.  I trimmed one of the cards backs, and adhered to the back of the album.

A new favorite mini...love that it stays closed, (just have it open so you can see the construction) filled with favorite photos and little details.  Just right.

Off to ballet recital activities on this last day of school!  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Will be back to share the rest of my Gossamer Blue May kit work and then share some sneaks of the June kits here.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Today is the Day Card | RG

Hope everyone has had a great weekend and week so far.  We seem to be getting everything that is going around at school, but looking forward to the last day this Friday!

Stop over at the Richard Garay blog for a quick tutorial on how this card came together using modeling paste with gelato using the Make Amazing Happen collection.

Have a great day...will be back soon!  And thank you for all of the comments...just haven't returned them yet, but will!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Mother's Day Pocket Page | RG

Hello!  Hope the week is going well for everyone.  I have a sneak to share here on my blog of a pocket page spread for Mother's Day from last year using Richard Garay's Celebration collection.

Stop by Richard's blog here to see the entire spread and a list of all the supplies I used.  Thanks for stopping by

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waffle Flower Challenge Team | May Challenge | Video

Hope everyone had a Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and if celebrated, a Happy Mother's Day.

I am so excited to share that I'm joining the Waffle Flower Challenge team!!  I have loved Nina's style from when we were on a team together, and am so proud of the company she has built.  Her style still continues to grow through her company with the whimsical but also clean and simple style of stamps and dies.  She has such a unique style.  She is insanely talented, creative, and has an amazing company.  I am so honored to be a part of it.

Each month Waffle Flower has a photo inspiration challenge, and each week different teams share their interpretations.  But the best part is you can link up your interpretation.  Two lucky winners win a stamp set, and one lucky winner wins being a guest for an upcoming challenge.  You can see the details here how to enter.  Most of alls fun!

For this first challenge, I did a card.

This is the photo inspiration.

The colors, the flowers, the umbrellas, and the bright feeling from the photo inspiration, inspired me to made a shaker card using the planner stamps for the weather as the little shaker windows, welcoming the pretty Spring flowers after all of the cloudy and rainy days.  A great way to cheer someone up.  I used the soft blue and pretty aqua/green colors from the photo for my card base.  Then made the white base for the shakers smaller to leave a big border, similar to the feeling I get from the photo inspiration with lots of color and white to balance it.  And, of course, I had to include a little umbrella, all closed up and saying goodbye to the rain and hello to the flowers.  I colored the little fussy cut flowers from the Fay Stamp Set with Copics and Chameleon markers in colors from the photo inspiration.

I have a video showing his this card came together.  Stop by the Waffle Flower blog to see it.  Also see the team sharing more projects of how this piece inspired them.  Thanks for stopping by!!


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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Gossamer Blue May Kit Reveal

It's time for a new kit at Gossamer Blue.  The May kits are available to everyone now!  The kits inspired me to get messy.

Sharing one layout today that started with gesso, then watercoloring with Distress Ink.

A technique I haven't done in a long time is stamping in gesso.  And it did not execute properly at all. I tried doing this with the cactus stamp from the Life Pages kit, and the stamp is just too small for this technique to show.  But I did try to add a little more green in those areas.  The good thing about messy layouts is there really isn't any mess ups ;) just keep going.

The Fancy Free from Paige Evans 6x6 paper pad from the Bits and Pieces kit was used here and there on this layout.  Those little squares were just fussy cut from the pattern paper already blocked like that.  I added stitching to each little square.

Will share more soon.  Be sure to stop by Gossamer Blue to see what is available if you want to pick some kits up or start a subscription.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Workspace | RG

The Richard Garay team asked that the team share their workspace.  I will be honest and say it is not my favorite spot in the house.  When I started scrapbooking, I started at the kitchen table.  Then moved to a corner of the office, then the dining room, and now the old workout room (which is why the room is brown).  It has been on my wishlist to redecorate the room, and thankfully that will happen this year.  So until then, welcome to my space.

As you walk in, I have an office chair where my old eight-year old MacBook Pro sits along with a small Epson printer and the Silhouette cameo.  Further down on that table I have cubes from Target and Michael's.  On the top cubes, I have the new Richard Garay collections in a basket.  I save little pieces I've made for other projects.  Just never know when you can use it again.  I like to re-use things as much as I can too.

Then next to the basket I have the steel rule dies from the new collections.  To keep them covered and protected, I keep them in the packaging.  I cut off the top so that they will slide out easily.  

Then you turn to the right, and that is where I work.   Although, I am usually spread out all over the place ;)

This is leftovers of what I was working on last week for the pretty packaging project.

I use containers from Target that I found in the kitchen section to hold my inks.

I have another container to hold the first Celebra'tions collection.  Any team I have been on, I keep everything organized by collections.  But eventually I would like to separate them further by stamps and dies.

I keep my stamping blocks close so I can grab them when I need them.  I like to have things at arms length as I work.  I also keep the silks, washi tape, and the Bloom Tool in the same container.

I have a few more cubes on the shelf to the right of my desk.  This one holds the plates for the Fun Stampers Journey Platinum die cutting machine.  And that gives me some spots to hold my FSJ Journey Girl planner as well.

Soon I will be taking everything out of this room, painting it, and then ordering the Ikea furniture I have picked out already.  My daughter shares this room with me, so she and I both will have new desks and units to organize better, but most importantly, have a pretty space to create in.

Thanks for stopping by!  Looking forward to sharing my new space later in the year!

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