Long time no see…
One of my ‘not really a resolution‘ but hope/plan/strategy for the new year is to dig into the mountain of supplies and stamps and put them to use. I seem to go on ‘stamp’ binges. I buy several in a short amount of time (like a month) and then go long periods without using and/or buying, then I use which leads to more buying – a vicious cycle I tell you. So the goal is to use what I have without buying more.
So for today’s card, I dug deep into the stamp drawer and blindly pulled billboardabella – challenge on…
Good thing I hadn’t put away my distress inks and blender tool from the timmy tag extravaganza, they came in handy on this card. I got carried away with my shading, grr, need to get back in the habit.
In early December, I welcomed nephew number 6 to the world. A new baby in the family is a wonderful Christmas gift.
Here’s a quick layout celebrating the special day, I’ve been inspired by all the enlarged banners floating on scrapbook pages around the web and decided to give it a shot myself.
disclaimer: family this is not an SOS call for our lovely and fabulous sister Rhonda, if so I would spell correctly
I believe that everyone in our life is there for some reason or purpose and I know the ‘Big Girl in the Sky‘ put the lovely Ronda Palazzari in mine for pure inspiration and encouragement. Slowly but surely, after each scrappy time together a little of Ronda rubs off on me and my pages get better. Here are a couple that definitely have that Ronda feel.
Patterned Paper: Crate, Sassafrass, My Mind's Eye; Bling: Prima; Ribbon: AC; Chipboard: Maya Road; Tape: Pink Paislee
I was lucky enough to have Ronda right next to me as I was working on the one above, it was almost done just a little something — more bling and some loopies.
and this one I just finished yesterday, Ronda is the queen of paint and mixed media. Her’s always turns out looking perfect, mine not so much…but luckily for me along comes a tutorial on the SC Blog by Jenn O on turning splotches into digital brushes. Jenn posted her samples on her blog to the share with the world and I am ever so grateful.
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Studio Calico; Tape: Pink Paislee; Digiart: Jennifer Olson; Mist:Tattered Angels
the purple block, the darker blue splotches and the grey circles are all digital art. I sprayed a little glimmer mist on top for some contrast and a little something else. I think I’ve mentioned before that Ronda is responsible for my obsession with this wonderful product. Before meeting Ronda I think I had 3 bottles (and one was a sample from CHA) and now, well thank goodness for Tattered Angel’s fairies and Archiver’s coupons because the bottle count is probably close to 20.
Another fun note about this layout even though you can’t really tell from the photo, the purple strips at the top and bottom as well as the tape holding pick and ticket are actually the same PP tape. You can sand the pink paislee tape and a little of the design will show through — so fun
if you’ve ever been a preschool teacher or been subjected to long hours of children’s television you may get a song stuck in your head after viewing this layout.
Totally not my fault…and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, well consider yourself lucky.
My SIL sent me some pictures of my cutie nephew Connor to help with putting together a scrapbook of his first year. He’s 3 now and a sibling is on the way so it’s time to get crackin’.
This may have been my favorite in the bunch…
Studio Calico Kits: Yearbook/Marketplace; Patterned Paper: Cosmo, October Afternoon; Alphas: Basic Grey; Date sticker: October Afternoons
I’m a bit behind — good thing I’m not in this challenge for the prizes. Although this month’s prize were packs of Thickers and if ever there was a prize that was worthy of a deadline that might be it. Too bad I didn’t remember that before I went back now to grab the link.
I used a Studio Calico sketch from last week, so behind on that too, although not as behind as normal on the sketches. You know I’ve never met a sketch that I didn’t love. Takes the mental work out for me and frees the creativity.
I’d say this one turned out more of a direct lift than use of a sketch and that’s because the original was just so awesome there wasn’t much more I could add.
So here’s my take:
Supplies: Studio Calico Kit-Joyland; Patterned Papers: Crate Paper, MME, Sassafrass, BG; Cardstock: Bazzil, Coredinations; Alphas: Jillibean Soup, BG; Embellies:Pink Paislee, AC, MME
I love the pleated twill ribbon from pink paislee, I decided to cut it down the middle so I could make the most of it. I used one half for the flower
and the other half as part of the title along with an AC flower.
Maybe I should get started on April now so I know I’ll meet the deadline — just in case Thickers are on the table again.
I know, I know just because the calendar says March it doesn’t mean it becomes spring overnight
but a girl can dream
and make scrapbook pages with fun spring colors until the real deal happens
this is from week 9 in the Design Your Life class — all about lines as an element of design. Definitely gave me something to think about and justification for why I’m drawn to grid designs.
The March Studio Calico kit was revealed on Saturday night, lots of goodies to look forward to when they hit my doorstep in about a week. It also means I need to get busy with January and February’s kits to make room for new goodies.