Saturday, September 23, 2017

Leafy Fall cards

I created another series of cards for a swap.  This one was a sketch swap and I was getting in the fall mood...that was last week, today not so much!  It's the first full day of autumn and it's 90 degrees!!!!  There are tons of leaves in my front yard from my black walnut tree...time for the kid to get raking!  



Here's the sketch I used.
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I used several different sentiments on the different variations.  Basically, I pulled out all my fall leaves from my stash.  I believe the leaves on the first two cards came from a fall swap years ago.  I inked the edges but the shimmer mist was already in place.



This set of leaves was from my Kiwi Lane DT days.  I loved the shimmer mist so much, I sprayed these leaves, too.  I embossed all my sentiments.



I ran out the appropriate sized leaves after these first three cards and I still needed more for my swap.  I found a Martha Stewart two layer punch and went to town with my scraps of orange, yellow and brown papers.  I also sprayed these with shimmer mist.









I hope I didn't bore you with so many pictures, they are all the same but still different!

Ingredients:
Martha Stewart punch
Kiwi Lane leaf templates
pre-cut tags
scrap papers
Recollections doilies
Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangle dies
Tattered Angels shimmer mist 
clear embossing powder
Anna Griffin chocolate ink
Close to My Heart stamps plus random from my stash
Quick Quotes Mocha Moma chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:




Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alicia

Friday, September 22, 2017

Music layouts from Creative Memories Virtual Crop

Last weekend, I participated in a virtual crop and completed about a dozen pages.  The first one is a festival from September 9. How's that for scrapping fast?  I got my tickets for this sold out festival at noon and it started at 1!  Some of my friends were already going so we all piled in to ride together.  It was perfect!  We also met some musicians and saw some other friends.  The band I wanted to go to see was the Marcus King Band.


Here's the sketch I used:

12 x 12 Sketches - Page 004

Here's a close up of my fussy cut guitar.


Ingredients:
papers from stash
wood music notes
Creative Memories border punch and sticker letters



These photos are not too much older, they are from a concert at the end of August.  It was a fun show, riding the rail with bunches of friends!


12 x 12 Sketches - Page 005

Ingredients:
random paper from my stash including Rusty Pickle 
random sticker letters
rub-ons
Creative Memories sticker



These layouts are also from August, although they don't show the music, we were at Red Rocks Amphitheatre seeing more Govt Mule and Marcus King Band.


12 x 12 Sketches - Page 002








The sketch:

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Ingredients:
Creative Memories Reminisce collection
Cricut cut title
Recollections enamel dots 


Thank you so much for checking out my random layouts this month...now back to scrapping my wedding album!

Alicia

Thursday, September 21, 2017

An autumn colored Thank you

I whipped this card up over the weekend as part of the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.  This was the only card challenge as part of the crop.  I love how this turned out.  The card base is a cover stock that I found at a thrift store, I am trying to use it as much as possible.  It is a crazy yellow~orange but has suited many cards lately.  I love that is cover stock, not card, it is so thick and textured. I added rows of border punched paper from Creative Memories Reminisce collection.




Here's the sketch.

4.25 x 5.5 Card Sketch - Page 001


And another view...you can see here how I manipulated the papers and flowers to provide dimension to my card.



Ingredients:
Creative Memories Reminisce papers, stickers, border maker and flowers
Stampin Up stamp and punch
Colorbox Mix'd Media Berries ink
Recollections gems
textured cover stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:





Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alicia

The Proposal layout...Challenge Yourself Pagemap


I had quite a productive weekend. I played along with a virtual crop and managed to fit in a couple of challenges as well.  All in all I completed about a dozen pages and a dozen cards. One of the challenges I used was Challenge yourself's sketch.  I hardly participate over there since I rarely scrap myself...but I am currently working on my wedding album and for once I did NOT take all the pictures!  These pics are actually the proposal and my sister was my photographer for both events.

http://scrap-challenge-yourself.blogspot.ca/2017/09/cy-45-use-pagemaps-sketch.html


Some of my details include this layered embellishment I created.  I recently purchased a pack of color themed die cuts at Tuesday Morning, the pack I picked was gold.  I layered two of the pieces here.




Here I layered a fancy Spellbinders die cut with a chipboard die cut and some matching Creative Memories stickers.  Love was white and it was a little stark so I colored it with a silver shimmer pen.




I actually created this page first from a sketch during my virtual crop.  Then I searched the web for a sketch that would work with my photos for the companion page.



Here's the sketch I used for this one. I was playing along with the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.

12 x 12 Sketches - Page 006

Ingredients:
Creative Memories Divine collection (papers, flowers, enamel dots, stickers)
Creative Memories stickers
Quick Quotes vellum and chipboard titles
Spellbinders dies:  Decorative Labels twenty-seven, labels twenty and ribbon banner large
border punch
die cuts


I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Cup runneth over...Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2017 fall hop 

I managed to design one more quick coffee card last night.  I have long wanted to create a card with a coffee cup ring.  I do not own such a stamp so I improvised.  I inked up the bottom of a glass with a little water involved and just twisted the glass on a piece of paper.  I supposed that is about as realistic as I can get.  I did use a stamp for the splatter.




Once I inked up the stamp, I added a little water to it and it made an actual splat!  So again pretty realistic except I was using Ground Espresso Distress ink instead of coffee.  I used my MISTI to perfectly position the sentiment in the middle of my ring and stamp it several times for good coverage.




Close ups of my handy work:


Ingredients:
Ground Espresso Distress ink and paint
Stamplorations Literary Caffeine-ations sentiment
Recollections Splat stamps
Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangle dies 
Creative Memories papers
brown card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

 http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/09/2017-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/ until 9/22

http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/2017/09/september-challenge.html  until 9/28




http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/09/sentimentsquotes.html  until 10/1

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alicia

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quick Quotes Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2017 fall hop

Today I am participating in the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop with Quick Quotes design team.



Good morning,  smell the coffee yet?  Alicia with you today serving up some coffee, lattes and frappacinos!  I created a couple of cards in a box for your sipping pleasure.  Cards in a box are really super easy, I was intimidated at first but after you do one the rest are a breeze.  I always suggest creating a sample using white card stock because making a mistake on the initial try on any special fold card is likely.  You can find several templates and tutorials with the measurements on Pinterest.  




I die cut several of the coffee images out of vanilla card stock.  I cut the pieces and parts out of various Quick Quotes papers.  I used acetate to attach my coffee cuts to the inside of the box.  I have also seen vellum used, both provide a relatively transparent way to attach the cuts and images that will "pop" out of the box.


I stamped the images with Mocha Mama PowderPuff Chalking Ink and a stamping tool.  I was able to stamp in the exact position twice to insure a clean image.  I used the same chalking ink to ink all the edges of the box and various parts.  I finished off the card with a ribbon tied in a bow around the base.


Here's my second card using the same images but in different positions.  I also used a few different papers.  I love them both and have already sent them to deserving recipients. 




Quick Quotes products:




other ingredients:

Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed strip stamps
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Fresh Brew dies
Fiskars Latte Love stamps
TPC Studio Coffee Cafe stamps
vanilla card stock
ribbon
acetate


https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-challenge.html until 9/30



Thank you so much for taking the time to check out all my photos of my two projects today.  Enjoy your coffee!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Quick Quotes and Atlantic Heart Challenge sketch

Good morning, today I am showing off my inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I used some Quick Quotes papers, a few die cuts and some nice ribbon and a resin flower.  



Here's the sketch:

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Ingredients:
Quick Quotes papers:   Chiffon 100Chiffon 101, Chiffon 102 
Spellbinders labels dies
Karen Burniston sentiment die
Leaf dies
Resin flower
Stampin Up banner punch
lace


Don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week!




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Altered Altoid Tin with Graphic 45 Come Away with me


Happy Saturday dear readers!  I have for you an altered object today.  I created this beauty for a swap.  I loved the way it turned out and plan on another one real soon.



Here it is open and inside expanded.  The first page is a tag with the recipients name and address on it, so I covered it up for the photos.  Since it was a "tag" I punched a whole and used a piece of ribbon and a charm for the pull tab to open the tin, it works like a charm (pun intended).



To begin this project I first dripped a few drops of alcohol ink in and on the tin and smeared it around.  This provided a bit of coverage but not entirely.  I was going for the shabby chic look so this worked fine.  A warning I can give you is most paints won't stick to the metal, you can try to sand down the metal to get some paint adhesion.  I prefer to just cover most of it with paper anyway.

I ran the front and back pieces for the inside and out through my Xyron to get complete coverage and adhesion to the metal.  It is really hard to get the perfect size and corner cut, these pieces need to be slightly larger than the insert.   I used my Creative Memories corner rounder on the corners but it helped but was still not a perfect fit, so I sanded the edges a bit. The corner rounder works fine for the mini album inside.


You can find the measurements for the papers to fit a standard Altoid Tin here. I did not use these measurements, I usually just wing it as I have completed a few of these now.  I cut a 12" piece of card stock (not paper as this will be the base of your mini) down to the length that will fit inside the tin and scored it at a width that would fit inside the tin for the length of the paper and trimmed the excess.  I used red lined tape in a very thick width to adhere sections of ribbon to hold my mini in the tin.  I used this tape on both side to ensure stability.  The adhesive one uses is crucial without a proper adhesion your project will start falling apart the more wear it gets.  I sandwich the ribbon between the mini base and the decorative papers.







I decorated the inside lid with flowers and embellishments including a foreign stamp from my stash.




And now I will bore you with lots of snapshots of the inside showing closer details. I cut the decorative papers just a tad smaller than the card stock base.  I inked all the edges, it was time consuming but the look you get is so worth it.











Thanks so much for bearing with all the photos of this project.  The funniest part is my swap partner sent me a travel themed mini as well!  We did not discuss a theme at all but we both are known travelers so it was perfect.



Ingredients:
Graphic 45 Come away with Me paper
Jolee's embellishments
misc flowers, pins and embellishments
American Craft sheer ribbon

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: