Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Day 221: You are Fabulous Tuxedo Shirt Card

Tonight's card is the third of my La Vie En Rose set for the Awesome Artists swap, and inspired by my own little tuxedo lover Max.
I cut two 2" wide panels of this patterned paper, then another strip at 1/2". I layered the 1/2" strip over the 2" strips and ran my sewing machine down the edges, threaded with grey thread. This got attached to a panel of Pomegranate cardstock with thin foam tape so it would be a nice sized pocket. I also stitched along the top of the tiny hand cut shirt pocket.
Inside I embellished the "undershirt" card with some La Vie En Rose Complements including a clear pink bow and some heart stickers. The sentiment is from So Many Smiles. I added a bowtie from the black Fundamentals assortment and tucked a little chipboard heart into the shirt pocket. Hope you like it as much as Max did!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Day 220: So Big Scrapbook Layout

One of my favorite Scrapbook sketch challenges is the Scrap Much? Sketchy Friday. They always have adorable sketches that are so much fun to scrap. This current sketch is no exception!
I went with a plain white cardstock layout base, which I don't usually do. I did swipe all around the edges with some gold Wink of Stella. I used scraps of La Vie En Rose paper to fill the sketch, along with some Pomegranate cardstock. I stamped and cut out the little gold and red hearts (Doodled Designs stamped in Cranberry and filled with gold Wink of Stella. I added a chipboard heart from the coordinating complements and some pieces from the black Fundamentals assortment (the clip and glitter dots). I hand-stitched a simple gold edging around the main layout pieces.
This washi tape came from the Paper Issues store, and I layered it over some gold foil tape. Then I added some cork sticker letters for the title, but washed with more gold Wink of Stella. This is a favorite pic of the boys from when they were small, but it's the only one from that day, so it's about time it got a turn to be scrapped!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Day 219: Love This Life Card

This week's sketch over at Mojo Monday is Tall and Skinny. So I made my card 3.5 x 5.5 inches - a fun size that still fits in a regular A2 envelope. 
I stamped the camera image from the Hello Life stamps (only available for two more days) in Slate ink all over the card base. Then I added a panel of La Vie En Rose chevron stripe. I matted the patterned paper with Sweet Leaf cardstock. 
Then I embossed the LOVE image win white onto the black cardstock circle. I stamped the rest of the sentiment images onto scrap white cardstock using Sweet Leaf and Canary inks. A few grey enamel dots finished off my card.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Day 218: Cherish Each Day Card

I think this photo-realistic floral print from La Vie En Rose is just so pretty.
When I made this card I didn't want to cover it up too much. I hand trimmed a panel of black Basic Fundamentals paper to have a curvy edge. Then I added a strip of striped B&T to the panel before attaching to the floral B&T. 
I stitched around the edges of the panel with gold thread. Then I stamped a So Many Smiles circle onto a black cardstock cricut cut circle with White Daisy ink. I added Gold foil tape to some scrap cardstock and punched it with a scallop border punch. I heart these sweet chipboard bows in the La Vie En Rose complements. What's your favorite part of the new Complements varied material embellishments? 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Day 217: Thanks a Bunch Card

I have a few pretty La Vie En Rose Projects to share with you this month, too. I made these for a board swap hosted by Karen Morris. 
For this first card I chose to do a watercolor technique. I stamped the flowers from Floral Banners in Whisper Ink. Then I colored over the inked images with the new watercolor paints.
I added a stamped panel with the sentiment framed in the zip strips from the La Vie En Rose papers. I added a banner sticker from the La Vie en Rose complements. Then I cut and shaped a couple of watercolored flower images before attaching them onto the sentiment panel. I added a few glitter hearts from the Fundamentals Assortment Black. I dotted all the flower centers with a gold metallic marker. I'm linking this up to the Heart 2 Heart Coloring Challenge.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Day 216: Ellie's Adventure Book

So you may remember that the CTMH convention this year had a Up! theme, and that's like one of my all time favorite movies. I know I was supposed to keep it simple, but COME ON, y'all know simple isn't really my bag. Jill did say I could do a little something if I had time after I finished the pocket pages. So I knew that I HAD to make Ellie's Adventure book. This project was my destiny!
So I got me a Kraft Mini Album that hold either 4x6 or (2) 3x4 Picture My Life cards. I wet some Chocolate Cardstock, then carefully crumpled it up, smoothed it back out and hit it with my iron (which basically only irons craft know, perler beads, cricut iron on vinyl, paper, etc...). Then I trimmed my panel to the correct size for the front cover of my book and sanded my already distressed cardstock gently but heavily to get the right look. I hand stitched the gold detailing on the "cover" using 2 strands and then 8 strands of gold sewing thread. The letters are cut on my cricut (Art Philosophy font at 1/2 inch...can I just take a moment to say thank goodness I got an explore last spring?) and colored with alcohol markers and coated with layers of Liquid Glass. I got the little globe from one of the Going Places Picture My Life cards and added some gold shimmer trim to "tape" it on. I added a sanded and embossed strip of Sorbet Cardstock on the left edge to simulate the cover of Ellie's Adventure Book
Just keeping it simple, right? Ok, the cover was a lotbit of funwork...but it wasn't too insane, and I was totally a good kid on the inside, sliding in the cards and pics without any fuss at all. I got to work with my friend's photos from her trip to Europe (Thanks, Bonnie!), so with amazing pics like that, who needs more embellishments? Me, ok, me, but I was still creatively fulfilled from making the cover so it was all good. 

I have GOT to go somewhere cool so I can make my own adventure book, because these Going Places cards need to be going someplace... This was one of my favorite projects I've made all year, and I hope y'all love it as much as I loved making it!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Day 215: Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop! Each month we make something fun using only items from our stash. You might be arriving here from SUZANNE'S BLOG - let's hop!
This month I'm sharing a new hoop for my ongoing  Hoop Art wall project. I built this hoop with watercolor paper, washed with different colors of watercolor. I blended out a lot with extra water. Once that dried I stamped on the various pieces of the sentiment (plus a bit of Kraft Keyboard alphabet and some leftover cork letters colored with alcohol marker). I stamped and cut out a few flowers to add to the edges. 
I couldn't grab a good pic, but I filled in the letters of the sentiment and the flower centers with a wash of clear Wink of Stella. I topped the tiny flowers with some white acrylic bubbles.

Next up on the hop is LEE-ANN'S BLOG . I've added the full hop list below - enjoy!

Wendy C - You are here! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Day 214: Beautiful You Pocket Scrapbooking Layouts

I did just two more pages with these Beautiful You cards for my convention album. 
Especially with this set of cards I felt that just pics and a few cards was enough. 
Tomorrow we get to have a look at my favorite projects from my convention presentation. Jill said I could maybe do one or two things beyond the simple pocket pages they were looking for... and if you give a crafter some leeway... 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Day 213: Beautiful You Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

Whew! Now we are onto my absolute favorite of the new Picture My Life card sets. I literally squealed with happiness when I opened my set of Beautiful You cards.
Black and White with touches of gold foil - just my cup of tea! Of course, I added some of the metallic clear overlays when working with this set too. 
Don't you just love his sweet little bald spot? His hair still grows like that in the back, swirling off to the left no matter what we do to it. I can practically smell his sweet baby scent when I look at these pages. Ugh, the toes! 
The new card sets come with each design printed both horizontally one one side and vertically on the other side of each card, making the card sets much more versatile in my opinion. I love being able to make the card orientation shift to fit my pics every time! Even with 56 cards in the packet, I'm going to need another set of these, if only to get another Oh Snap! card. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Day 212: AHSC Hey Sunshine Card

How cute is this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch
I grabbed some of my Zoe hounds-tooth patterned paper for the card base.  Then I layered on a border sticker from the Zoe Complements. That's where I got that adorable bit of floral chipboard and the heart arrow sticker too,
I stamped the sentiments using Memento Tuxedo Black in onto the Zoe chipboard and onto a numbered sticker that I then trimmed close. The stamps came from the September Hello Life promotion.  I filled the sunshine sentiment with shimmer gel pen. I added a few hearts from the La Vie En Rose Complements, one chipboard and one vellum.

I did my hand-stitching while I was having a crafty coffee date with a friend this morning, a pleasant way to finish off my AHSC card for this week!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Day 211: December Through The Year Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

Last day of Through the Year pocket pages...
Did you realize that we have 5 designs of 12 x 12 pocket page protectors plus standard protectors in top load, side load, and strap side load? I especially like the pages with all vertical or all horizontal pockets, to fit with how you typically take photos.
I added some more of the metallic clear overlays to these pages too.  Tomorrow it's Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge time!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Day 210: November Through the Year Pocket Scrapbook Layout

I love how in months when you have a bunch of photos you can just leave out the cards and include what you like.
The blue painters tape pic? It's from when I went to Ben's classroom a bit early and had to wait for them to come back from recess. I saw this tape applied in tiny pieces and totally assumed my wiggle work of a kiddo was picking bits of tape off the long piece a few inches away and stock piling them next to his desk from boredom. I set to cleaning up the "mess"...and as I peeled off the bottom layer the entire facing of the laminate fell off.  I realized that he'd actually been quietly fixing his table top, not breaking the tape. So I put the fix back in place and snapped a quick pic to remind myself not to jump to conclusions...and how helpful Ben can be.
I love to grab quick pics of some of the silly drawings the boys make too. You can't save them all or you'd drown in paper. The pics are easier to keep, to remember their baby handwriting and determined marker strokes. One more month to go!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Day 209: October Through the Year Pocket Scrapbook Layout

Tonight's pages added the black clear overlay cards to the Through the Year card pack. 
I love all the little captions on clear acetate to layer over pics or other cards!
For this bottom corner I cut a 4x6 card from Bamboo cardstock. then I layered on the black dot overlay AND the silver Smile overlay. Turns out those pocket pages can hold a few layers!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Day 208: September Through the Year Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

I think these September watercolor cards in this rich purple color are my favorites in the Through the Year cards.
How much do you love a Top Ten list for journaling? Simple, to the point, and so cute on these cards.
I added a white cardstock strip stamped with Jennifer's Hand (and some purple enamel glitter hearts) to customize this card. I split Max's Barbie alteration project pic into two pockets, too. He insisted he needed a new ken doll to be Dick Grayson (Robin) but it HAD to have black hair, which is like impossible to find. So Sharpie to the rescue! Little details of our crazy sweet life that might be lost without pocket scrapbooking.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Day 207: August Through the Year Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

I think that when I'm taking pics for my scrapbook pages, I'm often focusing on getting the best shot I can, the cutest face, the close up.
These pics are not all my best shots. Some are badly lit, or messy.
What these pics, these random cell pics are capturing is our every day life, which is random, messy, noisy, and so much fun. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Day 206: July Through the Year Pocket Scrapbook Layout

I think one of the things I love about pocket scrapbooking is how easily I can flex the layouts to fit my photos. Some months I used way more Through the Year cards because I only had a few random cell photos.
In July, though, I had a ton of pic of the boys doing our summer fruit picking and almost nothing else. We pick not just to eat (though you can't tell that from their faces), but I also can as much fruit as I can for eating through the year. It was so awesome to actually have helpful pickers this year!
Then I used Jennifer's Hand and So Many Smiles to help embellish this little poem I wrote about our Berry picking adventures. Don't you just love their little messy faces? 


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