Wednesday, 16 April 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - April

Hi again,

I was beyond thrilled when I saw my name at the bottom of Tim Holtz' blog post for the March tag winners. Thank you all so much for the kind comments, they are kind and appreciated. Xo

On to April's tag...I had a lot of fun playing zigsaw puzzle with the frameworks die. You DO get a lot of little pieces to play with. I had a ton of "leftovers" on my cluttered desk, so I made a card with the "scraps". 

You can check out Tim's tutorial and videos here:

I just love making paper roses with the tattered pinecone die. I saw the video a couple of years ago and have been making them that way ever since.

I didn't have a metal charm that Tim used on his tag, so I made my own with paper and remnant rubs.
Here is the card using "leftovers" more frameworks, pieces, mirror paper and you know those little snippets of paper that you cut off of your 12x12 patterned paper? Don't throw them away ( oh wait, we are all paper hoarders - disregard the throw away comment LOL) this little banner was perfect.
I did do the roses a little different on the card. I used the tattered floral movers and shapers die and assembled it as seen in another video by Tim.
Thanks for taking a peek, I've been seeing some absolutely brilliant tags on Pinterest inspired by this months tag. Hope you get to play tag this month too.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Urban Scrapbook Design Team Challenge April

Hi everyone,
Our challenge this month at Urban Scrapbook was to use Gelatos, and the pretty paper line Styleboard from Crate Paper.

The background was created by doing a wash of gelatos and letting the color "run" down the paper.
The ribbon,frames,and flowers were all tinted with gelatos as well as the title letters.

You can see the shimmery shiny goodness of the gelatos on the flowers above.
I really had a lot of fun with the layout. It's my favorite picture of me and my happy Jacks.
Thanks for stopping by.

Life is Good - Enjoy the Journey

Hi again,
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Journey"  This is one of my favorite themes, whether it's travel or learning, we are always on a journey to be better, to do better.
See how others incorporated the theme here:

So a little back story...our manager is retiring at the end of May. She has been a wonderful boss and we are going to miss her dearly. I wanted to make a retirement card for her to reflect a new journey in her lfe. After all, life is good.  It's all about perspective right?

Supplies used
Bo Bunny paper (Key Lime collection) 6x6
White textured cardstock 12x12
Glossy cardstock 12x12
Window plastic
Silhouette machine 
Plumeria print and cut file sized to 1 inch
Porthole SVG file (free download!) from sized to 51/2 inches
Ranger Archival Ink Black
Tim Holtz Distress Paint:  Weathered wood
                                       Brushed pewter
                                       Tarnished Brass
                                       Black soot
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:   Lemonade
                                       Broken China
                                       Stormy Sky
                                       Mowed Lawn
                                       Vintage Photo
                                       Walnut Stain
                                       Black Soot
Vivid inks by Clearsnap:  Apricot Ice
                                       Bermuda Blue
Stampscapes palm with huts 094G
Tim Holtz stamps. simple sayings CMS155
                             Wallpaper and wood CMS126

What I love most about this is the fact that everything started out as white cardstock (except fot the teal background paper) it's all ink and paint and a fabulous stamp from Stampscapes. I love using Stampscapes and blending ink colors. Make sure you use glossy paper for vibrant results and blendability.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Isn't She Lovely?

Hi again,
I wanted to share this card I made with you.  When I saw the Prima stamp hanging on the rack, she spoke to me. I couldn't wait to stamp the image and color it in.

I used my Copics and Shinhan Touch markers to colour and blend and blend and bl....well, you get the idea. Of course, the reason why she "spoke to me" was that the stamp seemed very tropical to me. So I added frangipanni flowers to her hair, using a memory box die in various sizes. I added a swirly flourish as well to tie in the colours .

Recognise the background paper? Upcycled packaging from the Prima packaging. I don't throw anything away. (lol)

Anything goes at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week. You can check out the link here: