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Friday, August 1, 2014

photo Friday - wedding card

It's Photo Friday! :)

Today I have a wedding card I made a few weeks back, while playing with a new stamp set I had from Winnie & Walter - The Big, the Bold and Extras.  I haven't used many two-step stamps, so I first experimented with which worked better - stamping the background first, then the detail lines on top, or stamping the outline, and filling in with the solid stamp.  You could also use this outline stamps alone, and color them in with pencils, watercolors, Copics, or anything else you'd like.  For this project and the ink colors I was working with, I stamped the background first with a very light pink, then stamped the outline on top with a darker pink.  The leaves were opposite.  They looked better when I stamped the detail lines, and filled in with color.  I die cut the piece the flowers were on for the card, and ran a dark green marker around the edge for a little bit of definition.  I then stamped the banner on a coordinating sheet of cardstock, fussy cut it out, and used foam dots underneath for some dimension.  To finish it off, I added clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to the roses and leaves for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! ;)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Project Life Week 25 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Gracie lick Junior's ears
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - picked out jeans, a black t-shirt and white sweater for today (it's raining)
*weather - pouring rain, supposed to do this ALL DAY
*wanting - a few more hours on some days, a few less on others
*needing - new clothes, haven't been shopping for work clothes in several years
*thinking - about what to do with my hair today
*enjoying - the low-key birthday this year, still got to celebrate but it wasn't a big deal

For my Week 25 pages, I used some Stampin’ UP! Designer Series Paper, a fun collection called I Am Me.  I thought it was super cute in the catalog and would work great on scrapbook layouts or Project Life pages.  I especially love the colors! :)  I used a few digital stamps (Lori Whitlock Everyday Stamps) before printing some pictures again.  I also printed a Kerri Bradford Studios Freebie design on cardstock, then die cut one of the SU papers with a 3x4 Lawn Fawn stitched journal card, and layered the circle punched KBS piece, adding some twine and a button for a sweet, colorful card. 

Our highlights for this week:  celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday; I got a few new stamp sets and played with them during down time at work; watched some movies; spent the official First Day of Summer at the lake with some friends (and got rained on for a bit); my boss turned in his retirement papers; had a big grocery run, made several new recipes this week, all were great; my father-in-law spent a night in the hospital after having a stent put in; finally got some scrapbook time and spread out in front of the TV while I caught up on some shows.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

so cute

Like any parent, I cherish the milestones of my kids.  In this case, it was the first anniversary of the day we adopted Gracie. :)  I always loved being the goofy dog mom to my boys, but having a girl, especially this rowdy little heathen, has really changed me in a lot of ways.  She's been a challenge at times, but it's been a good thing.  I wanted to celebrate that with this layout.

I had lots of bright little scraps from several Bella Blvd collections, that I matched up with some Doodlebug cardstock.  I die cut the circles from the background with my Silhouette Cameo, and filled in the holes with the different pieces, and then went to town embellishing with lots of layers.  Brads, stickers, bling, buttons, flowers ... I just pulled everything out I thought I might use and started putting things where I liked them.  Besides the photo, I really wanted the focus to be on the journaling, which I wrote from my heart. 

cardstock, papers, alpha stickers, buttons, twine, pearls, jewels by Doodlebug Design; papers, border sticker, icon sticker by Bella Blvd; circle punches by EK Success; ink by Stampin’ UP!; stamp (autumn spice) by Lily Bee Design; stamp (DIY journaling) by Simple Stories; brad by Echo Park; flower by Michaels; cardstock, brad by The Paper Studio; jewel, sticker by Recollections; brad by American Crafts; acrylic flower by KI Memories; background, hearts and ‘so cute’ circle cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

photo Friday - cards

It's Photo Friday! :) Today I have a few cards I made recently with some new products and trying some new techniques. 

I had so much fun making this first card!!  I started out with a piece of white cardstock, and stamped a large star background stamp with Versamark ink, then sprinkled white embossing powder over it, and heat set it.  Then I used several Distress Inks and the Mini Blending Tool, to make a diagnal rainbow effect.  I used a dry tissue to wipe any excess that got onto the white stars clean.  I used a scrap of Doodlebug's sugar-coated cardstock to die cut the cute sentiment with Lawn Fawn's "hello" die, and adhered it with a few dots of Glossy Accents.  I adhered the whole panel to the front of a kraft card blank. 

These next two cards came about after playing with my new Mama Elephant Party Kit stamp set and dies.  I wanted to try again with the technique of stamping with white ink on kraft cards, then with a colorful ink.  Since it wasn't working very well, I stamped my balloons on white cardstock and die cut them with their coordinating dies.  For one of the cards, I tried a background, to see how it looked.  I liked it both ways.  I stamped my balloon tails on the kraft card and paper background, along with the sentiment, then used dimension adhesive to pop the balloons up just a bit.  I did stamp balloons directly on the matching envelopes without the white ink underneath, but the coloring is a tad dull.  It's still a balloon though, and those usually signal something fun! :)

For my last card, I had been wantign to use this doily stamp set from Little Yellow Bicycle for many, many months now.  I picked it up when it was half price, thinking it would make a great background, or easy to layer, and I've yet to find a way to use it.  I pulled a few Stampin' UP! ink colors that I liked together from another card, and just started stamping.  I had a large, circular greeting in a newer set that matched a round punch I had, so I stamped and punched that.  Then I layered that with some dimensional adhesvie to another doily that sort of matched up with a large scallop punch.  I put another layer of dimensional adhesive under that, and put it right on top of the largest center doily, and adhered my panel to a kraft card.  I stamped another doily on the matching envelope that hangs off the edge.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! ;)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Project Life Week 24 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to a drip that needs to be fixed
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - PJs
*weather - another scorcher today
*wanting - people to do things they say they'll do, take responsibility for things
*needing - some yoga, de-stressing and a nap
*thinking - about all the bad news we've had lately with friends and family
*enjoying - that I go to the dentist this morning, I'm so weird ... I don't actually enjoy getting my teeth cleaned, but I love the feeling afterward

For my Week 24 pages, I used some papers from the American Crafts My Girl collection.    We had a pretty busy week!  Highlights were .... we watched a ton of movies since summer TV is all reruns; I got in a couple of scrapbook orders; had dinner with my parents, which wasn’t the best experience; LOVE my new pink water bottle; another morning with severe weather had Griffin in a tizz; Josh got a new grill for Doggie Daddy’s Day; Friday the 13th was also a full moon; got my hair done; we took Gracie to PetSmart (she did pretty well) to get a dog life jacket; Josh tried out his new grill and made some awesome chicken legs; we took Gracie to Arbuckle for our first outing of the summer, plus our first outing with a dog and she did a lot better than we thought she would; had a family cookout at the cabin for Father’s Day; enjoyed our first lake sunset of the summer; and watched UFC fights when we got home, which were pretty exciting!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

concert layout

Today I have a super simple layout to share from a concert we went to last fall.  I used a basic grid design for my photos, with only a few embellishments.  I designed a tag in Silhouette Studio software, and die cut with my Cameo.  It's a clean and simple layout with some fun photos that remind me of a really great night! :)

paper by Echo Park; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; jewels by Doodlebug Design; ribbon by Offray; word window punch by Stampin’ UP!; label cut with Cuttlebug (window frame framelits by Sizzix/Stampin; UP!); tag cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Friday, July 18, 2014

photo Friday - birthday card

It's Photo Friday! :)

Today I thought I would share a card I hadn't had a chance to show here yet.

I started with a white card blank, and layered some kraft cardstock, then some pieces of Stampin' UP! Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.  I picked a few fun patterns to cut with the Word Bubbles framelit dies, and stamped a couple of sentiments with the Just Sayin' coordinating stamp set on the card and envelope.  I carefully edged each of the die cuts with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker for a little depth, then popped then up using dimensional adhesive underneath.  I stamped the large letters on the envelope with an older set, but still one of my favorites, Studio Calico's Natalee alpha.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Life Week 23 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to the washing machine
*eating - about to have some toast
*drinking - water
*wearing - still in my PJs
*weather - much cooler this week, 60% chance of rain for today, 80% tomorrow, highs in mid-70s
*wanting - to sleep through the night (been up and down for 3 nights now)
*needing - some sleep, obviously
*thinking - about things coming up in the next couple of weeks
*enjoying - not much right at the moment, maybe later .... ;)

For my Week 23 pages, I used Echo Park's Sweet Girl 6x6 pad, along with a few digital stamps& brushes by Lori Whitlock (Everyday Stamps 2), before printing my photos. 

What we did this week:  met the family at Ted’s to celebrate my nephew’s 20th birthday; went back to work after vacation – 92 emails, 3 personnel issues, a stack of mail and paperwork and the worst part was our office having a problem with gnats; we saw a few bunnies in our yard; had follow-up with my doctor and more blood drawn to make sure my levels were still good – officially 10lbs down; Gracie got a new crate and “super industrial strength” Kong bed that lasted less than a day before she de-fluffed parts of it (apparently they need her to test that "super strength," LOL); celebrated having Junior for 4 years; got my nails done with a gorgeous pink (OPI Strawberry Margarita); my arm is still peeling over a week later; Griffin got scared from a big thunderstorm, broke my heart; Josh worked so hard getting the boat cleaned up to go to the lake and we didn’t go because of the weather; Griffin’s toenail got jacked up again; gave myself a Mary Kay facial with samples from my friend Mykella; watched UFC Fight Night from Albuquerque; grilled out steaks and sweet potatoes (and got a funny pic of Griffin’s typical begging spot); and Josh downloaded a few songs we heard at the concert before our vacation that we love … Dillon Francis and Skrillex remixes with ASAP Rocky.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

camping trip

Last fall, Josh and a couple of friends decided to go on a hiking and camping trip.  I told him to take lots of pictures! :)  Those pictures were really great, so I used very little embellishment on this layout!  I die cut the title, date, trees and campfire with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also ran the trees through my Cuttlebug using a houndstooth embossing folder, just to give a little bit more dimension to them (and it is hard to see in the photos).

I absolutely HATE realizing there's a mistake in my journaling when I'm loading photos here! I missed a word, so I need to go back and fix that! Oops! ;)  I will probably retype it correctly on a coordinating cardstock and adhere the block right over.  What's that 'ole scrapbook saying?  "There are no mistakes, just opportunities for embeliishment?"  :)

paper by My Minds Eye; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; paper by KI Memories; stickers by Pebbles; punch by EK Success; houndstooth embossing folder by Cuttlebug; title, date, trees, campfire cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

photo Friday - glass etching gift

It's Photo Friday! :)

Josh's cousin is getting married in a couple of weeks, so I thought it would be fun to gift the newlyweds some glass etched bakeware with their name.  Honestly, the hardest thing about this whole craft, was picking out which font to use! :)

I started with a set of Anchor Hocking bakeware (I've read numerous stories about Pyrex not working with the glass etching creme).

Next, I decided on a font and sizing, loading that into my Silhouette Studio software.  I used a scrap of adhesive vinyl I had leftover (you can use any color for this, since it's only used for a stencil), got it cut out, then weeded the interior letters, where I wanted the glass to be etched on the dish.

Then I transferred the vinyl to the dishes using clear Contact paper (you can even reuse the same piece a few times).

I put on my disposable gloves, and painted on the Armour Etch, leaving it pretty gloopy.  That's the best word I can think of to describe it.  I'm sure you get the idea! :)  Wait two minutes, then rinse and remove the vinyl .... ta da!!!  :)

Nearly instant gratification! :)  I loved how they came out, so I went ahead and put a small H on the two bowls that were included in the set as well.  It only took a few extra minutes, and now the entire set is complete.

I hope they enjoy them!  The funny part about this gift, is that most people who gift these types of gifts, typically do it so when someone takes a dish to a party or potluck, you know who it belongs to.  Chances are, the new couple will be doing a lot of socializing with the Ham Family, so these dishes could really belong to any of us, LOL! :)  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :)