Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's Raining Cats & Dogs Pocket letters

I have made another set of pocket letters.  This time I used the Graphic 45 It's Raining Cats & Dogs collection.  I made three and you will see highlights from all of them.  The first one I left off any red and added a mint flavored tea.  I stamped and colored many of the images.  I used lots of punches and die cuts for fun shapes.

Here is the back of the "minty" version.

On this version I added the red plaid paper and stamped the Graphic 45 umbrella image and colored it red on all three images.  I also added a little red to the little girl's dress.

And the final version:

One more dog, this guy reminds me of my Webster however, he is a Norwegian Elk Hound. He looks very similar but short and stocky.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Let Hope Lighthouse card with emboss resist

Hello, today I am showing off a recent card I made for an emboss resist swap.  I was experimenting with some Distress specialty paper versus Judikins matte coated paper.  Essentially they are the same, but I did find the brand labeled distress made for more vivid colors.  I used a sponge dauber to apply the inks.  Since, I created half a dozen cards, I am not sure which card this is but by the vibrancy I would say the Distress specialty paper.  I like both papers and will continue to use both but for different applications.

I layered the stitched die cut panel on top of a layer of kraft for extra pop on top of a white card base.  A note about my card base paper.  I was buying Recollections card stocks from Michael's.  I found that brand to be thin and flimsy.  It definitely doesn't take distressing well.  I save the white now for layers and am trying to use up any colors I have on layers as well.  After much research I ended up with a nice heavy bright white card stock from Sam's (Georgia Pacific Image Plus Premium card stock 110 lb/92 bright).  I purchased by the ream for around $10 (I think under) but a ream last so long even for a person like me who produces cards on a weekly basis.  I am very pleased with it but it is not really made for water coloring either...hence my experimentation with specialty papers for distressing and water coloring techniques.  

Specialty Distress paper
Close to My Heart Seaside Greetings
Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangles
Stampin Up High Tide
Colorbox Aqua ink
Clear embossing powder
Distress inks:  Antique Linen and Broken China
kraft card stock

Friday, July 21, 2017

Quick Quotes Serenade with Sketch N Scrap sketch

And....one more engagement layout.  I only have about 6 more pages to scrap!  These photos were taken in Ringgold, GA at the historical depot.  The depot was pivotal in the Civil War.  I thought it was a very cool place to take the photos. 

There is a virtual crop going on Sketch N Scrap's Facebook page.

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Here are some close ups of the details:

I am not sure if any of my regular readers have noticed that that I have used song lyrics for my titles from one song. You can check it out here.  It has been one of my favorites for many years, in fact I have used it for a title previously, years ago.  I thought using the lyrics sort of fit with this photo shoot.  I am not sure if I will add all the lyrics to the song throughout the album...there are many more good ones!

Quick Quotes Serenade collection
Creative Memories heart punch and sticker letters
Stampin Up Badge punch
Want 2 Scrap enamel dots

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Quick Quotes Serenade with Scrap our Stash Sketch

How about another engagement photo layout?  Still using the Quick Quotes Serenade collection.  I am just enamored with it.

Here's the sketch from Scrap Our Stash:

Here's my Fireworks:
F:  Foliage
I:  Inked edges
R: Red paper
E: Enamel dots
W: White card stock
O: Outdoor photo
R: Resin flowers
K: Kraft card stock heart
S:  Sticker (Creative Memories title)

Here's the kraft heart:

Quick Quotes Serenade collection
Quick Quotes Midnight Confessions chalking ink
Creative Memories PS I love you sticker mounted on white card stock on pop dots
Rusty Pickle black barn paper
Spellbinders Foliage dies
Crafter's Companion Downton Abbey resin flowers
enamel dots and white card stock
Creative Memories circle cutter used for faux stitching as well
American Craft chalkboard pen

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I love you: Quick Quotes Serenade with Stuck?! sketch

Good morning!  I have another engagement photo layout today.  I am continuing with the same papers, the latest from Quick Quotes called Serenade.  They will be available at Quick Quotes Private Reserve and Mini Reserve weekend events this fall and a future Club Q kit.  I just love this collection so much and it is perfect for my engagement photos.

Here's the sketch from Stuck?!:

I chalked the chipboard with Quick Quotes chalking inks Barn Board then a brighter Lipstick and finally edged with Midnight Confessions.

I am using more of my stamp stash.  I picked up these resin flowers at Tuesday Morning they are part of the Crafter's Companion Downton Abbey collection.  They came in a pack of four colors and I have already used half of them.  I might have to pick up another pack if I see them again.

I used the largest Tutti stitched banner.  I also punched some circles with the 7/8" Stampin Up scallop circle punch to layer the resin flowers.

Quick Quotes Serenade 100, 103 and 105 papers only available fall 2017
Quick Quotes chalking inks:  Midnight Confessions, Barn Board, Lipstick
Clear Scraps chipboard title
Tutti Stitched banner die
Creative Memories border maker and corner rounder
Tim Holtz heart die
Stampin Up scallop circle punch
Prima button
resin flowers and pearls
postage stamps and brad
American Crafts chalkboard pen
white card stock

Photography credit to my awesome sister!  You can find more of her work on her business Facebook page.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2017/07/july-tic-tac-toe-stash-challenge-guest.html until 7/29  I used number, chipboard and striped paper.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Everything in between: Quick Quotes Serenade and Stuck?! sketch

Good morning readers!  Here's another lovely engagement photo page.  These photos were taken in Ringgold, GA where I have family.  I am also using the latest Quick Quotes Serenade collection that you will find at Quick Quotes Private Reserve and Mini Reserve weekend events this fall and a future Club Q kit.  I am going to the Atlanta class in October with my sister, I can't wait!  I suspect that will be my next trip to Georgia.  In the meantime enjoy some views of the old places in Ringgold.

Here's the sketch I used from Stuck?! sketches:

Close ups of my flowers also show the stamps I have tucked underneath.  One time I searched "stamps" on ebay not even thinking about postage stamps.  And contrary to my thought there are more stamps than just rubber!  I started exploring and found some interesting and inexpensive lots.  These are all postmarked and modern but still some very cool colors.  I did find some more expensive ones that are super neat but I suspect I shouldn't use them on a layout since they are "collectible" but I could come up with a way to display them...something to work on.

Quick Quotes Serenade 100, 103 and 105 papers only available fall 2017
Tutti Stitched banner die
Creative Memories border maker
paper flowers and pearls
postage stamps

Photography credit to my awesome sister!  You can find more of her work on her business Facebook page.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Monday, July 17, 2017

O Christmas Tree! Quick Quotes Christmas in July

Hello, Alicia with you today continuing the Christmas in July celebration.  Recently, I lucked upon the perfect new die for this project.  I am using the papers from the Serenade collection which is not quite yet available but should be able to purchase in time to create Christmas cards.

When the card is open it reveals a die cut sentiment.  I added a white tree layer so the red sentiment would really pop! I also added some tiny die cut ornaments.  I cut them out of the red and white papers several times.  On the front I coated the white ornaments with a shimmer pen and then added pearls for an elegant effect especially when combined with the white satin ribbon that keeps the card closed.  On the inside and back panels I simply edged the red ornaments with Barn Board.


I cut the star in red a few times adhering the first one to only one side of the tree on the front to allow for opening.  I put one on the inside and back panels.  The ribbon is tucked behind the back panel so it will remain attached.  Quick Quotes papers cut beautifully in manual die cutters.  The paper is sturdy enough the card stands on its own and makes a beautiful display.

I cut the card base twice since I desired the entire tree to be green.  Isn't the alternate side of the paper gorgeous?  I cut the panels apart for the second cut so the card would fold easier.  I always chalk all the edges before I adhere just in case there is an edge you can't reach once it is taped.

Quick Quotes products used:
Serenade collection (coming soon)
Powderpuff Chalking inks:  Green Leaf and Barn Board 

other products:
Sizzix Christmas Tree fold-a-long card dies
pearls, ribbon and shimmer pen

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

I prefer pearls, although I will use gems there is just something more classic about pearls and I prefer them in every color!

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/193-lots-of-layers.html until 7/29 (C15)

https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2017/07/welcome-frantic-stamper-for-july.html until 7/31

I hope you enjoyed my tips for die cutting not just a card but a wonder filled display!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Life, Love & Laughter with the ScrapRoom Jumpstart sketch

Good morning!  I have been loving working on a new album.  I spent a while planning it with memorabilia and all since it is my wedding album.  I almost forgot about my engagement photos until I was putting the save the date postcard I made in the mix.  I asked my sister (who took these awesome photos) and she thought I should start my wedding album with the engagement photos.  So there will be several pages to begin of this event because she took such great photos!  

For this page I used the ScrapRoom Jumpstart sketch:

Here's some detail: 

Bazzill textured Black Walnut and Pomegranate card stock 
Sizzix border die antique bazaar 
Tim Holtz Sizzix Movers and shapers die 
Fancy Pants Road Show flocked transparency
Heidi Swapp damask sticker
Creative Memories sticker letters
Quick Quotes Midnight Confession chalking ink
misc papers and ribbon (maybe some old Rusty Pickle?)

Photography credit to my awesome sister!  You can find more of her work on her business Facebook page.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mayzie La Bird Freaky Fast Formula layout from the ScrapRoom

Good morning!  If you are a regular reader you might be wondering where are some layouts?  I don't think I have posted one yet this month...but don't worry I have been scrapping.  These are some pics of my niece and cousin's son.  I grabbed them from Facebook as I like to do since they all live 400 miles away.  I don't get to see all the little events like B in the role of Mayzie La Bird in Suessical, Jr.  Sure wish I could have been there, however, this layout is as close as I get and I think is it a beautiful way to celebrate my niece's important role.

So this is the second time I have tried the ScrapRoom's Freaky Fast Formula and I really do enjoy it.  You cut the papers to the sizes below and just play until it looks good.  So easy and using a nice collection of double sided papers makes it even easier.  

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Here's some close ups.  I found this tiny lavender butterfly that was just the perfect touch.

I had a spritz fest with the Tattered Angels Ferrari Red Chalkboard spray ink.

Quick Quotes Serenade papers exclusively available at Private and Mini Reserves (Fall 2017)
Quick Quotes Maraschino Cherry, Baby Blue and Very Berry chalking inks
white embossed flowers background paper
Martha Stewart red glitter letters
Tattered Angels Ferrari Red Chalkboard spray ink
red flowers, pearls and pearl brads
Spellbinders scallop circle die cut (layered in a flower)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Poppystamps Playful Faeries

Good morning! Alicia here today with a Playful Faerie card using several Poppystamps Faerie Die sets. I just love playing with these dies, there are so many combinations but on this card I decided to cut all my faeries out of vellum. I liked the whispy look with the water color background. 

To create this scene I first began with inking a background. I also inked an extra piece of 5.5" x 3"ish piece for the grass layer that I would later die cut. I used lots of water on the ink so I used my heat gun to dry it a bit and let it sit for a while until it was completely dry before die cutting.

I die cut my kraft paper frame and adhered with pop dots.

I then went about cutting, several faeries with wings out of vellum. I also stamped, embossed then water colored my mushroom images. Oops, I almost forgot the vellum cloud! Then I went about adding the die cut pieces to my scene. Finally, I added a touch of clear shimmer pen to my faeries.

Dies R us Products:

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers
Frantic Stamper Stitched Grassy Hill die

Poppystamps Magnificent Mini Faeries

Poppystamps Playful Mini Faeries

Poppystamps Poised Faerie

Queen & Co A2 card die

Avery Elle Pierced Cloud dies

other ingredients:

Distress inks:  Faded Jeans Oxide, Bundled Sage, Tea Dye Oxide
Close to My Heart stamp sets:  Toadstools & Sweet Dreams
Versamark ink
Ranger Mushroom embossing powder

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today! And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store. For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

https://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/1st-july-2017-classic-design-team-open.html  until 7/26

http://craftrocketchallenges.blogspot.com/2017/07/challenge-39-anything-goes.html until 7/31

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.ca/2017/07/challenge-5.html until 8/3

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