Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Global Stamper - Ann

Good Morning ~ we have another Global Stamper - Ann today!

I spent all day yesterday working on my card.  I am not sure why it took so long to get it made.  I guess some days are like that.  I hope today is better and I get a lot more accomplished.  Jess leaves tomorrow for Vegas and I have to have my cards for the rest of the week completed so I can have something to post.  Wish me luck!

Today I have Ann's project for you.  Ann at Ann's Paper Works shares her cute project today.  I love the way she combines the Sheltering Tree stamp set with the truck!  Make sure you check out her blog to find out some tips and tricks for making this card.  Here is her creation!

Stampin' Up supplies used to create this project

Thanks for visiting me today.  What plans do you have for today?  I hope the weather is good in your area so you can enjoy some time outside.  Have a Terrific Tuesday and make sure you let Global Stamper Ann know what you think of her project.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Global Stamper - Alicia

Hello Stampers ~ next up on our Global Stamper Alicia!

I hope everyone is staying warm.  With the 70 degrees on Saturday the 40's on Sunday were pretty chilly.  This is crazy weather!  It will slowly warm up to 70's again on Wednesday and then the temperature will drop again.  I guess I shouldn't complain it could be in the 20's and snowing!

Next up on our Global Stamper tour is Alicia.  Alicia's blog is Stamp Creations with Munchkin.  Alicia gave us 2 great projects using the Tasty Trucks stamp set.  The first project is an adorable treat holder using the truck as the outside. 

 Her next project is a birthday card to go with the treat holder.  She did some paper piecing on the truck.  She used the fun Playful Palette paper stack.  Here is a picture of her projects. 


Thanks for visiting me today.  Make sure you check out Alicia's blog as she has directions for her cute treat holder.  Have a Marvelous Monday and let Global Stamper Alicia know ho much you enjoyed her project.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Global Stampers

Hello Stampers ~ It is that time of the month when our Global Stampers are sharing their work!

Yesterday I helped Jess out with Remi most of the day.  She had a 10 page paper to write as well as a contract that opened up and the proposal had to be written this weekend.  She has been one busy girl!  Add to that the fact that Zoie came home from school with a bad headache which has wiped her out.  She was running a fever also.  She has been in bed all weekend so far.  Now the key will be who will get it next as Jess is leaving for Vegas on Wednesday.  Cross your fingers I do not get it next week as I will have the girls!

This month we all decided to use a Sale-abration item for our cards.  We all chose to use the Tasty Trucks stamp set.  Make sure you come back later this week to see what the other ladies created using this set.

For my card I thought of the Popsicles you can get from the ice cream truck.  I used those colors for my card.  Since I knew I was going to be doing some watercoloring I used watercolor paper.  I stamped the truck and embossed it using black with clear embossing powder.  I then used Watermelon Wonder to add a cloud of watercolor in the upper left hand corner.  I let this dry and then added a cloud of Mint Macaron and another cloud of Peekaboo Peach.  I let the colors dry before adding the next color so the colors would not bleed into each other and get muddy.  After the clouds were dry, I needed to color the truck.  I chose to use my watercolor pencils for the truck.  I colored the truck very lightly using Bermuda Bay pencil and then blending the color out.  The ground was colored using Early Espresso.  The tires were done with Basic Gray.  The awning was colored with Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.  All areas were blended out to give it a soft color.  After I had my watercoloring completed I used Tear & Tape to attach it to a piece of Mint Macaron card stock.  This was then added to a Whisper White card base.  To finish off my card I stamped a sentiment and mounted it onto Peekaboo Peach.  Here is my finished creation.  

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used for my creation

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a workshop today and then I want to play in my craft room to make some cards for this week.  I will also be watching the Daytona 500 as the racing season is starting up!  YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Have a Sensational Sunday and remember to come back to see the other Global Stampers this week!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Planner

Good Morning Everyone ~ I finally have My Planner finished so I can show it to you!

Well I got  lot of my leaves raked up yesterday.  I wanted to get a good amount done as it is supposed to rain and I wanted to do it while most of them were dry.  I then worked on my Spring collage as I need to get it finished.  Pretty productive day since I had a workshop also.

Last year I took an online class to learn how to make my own planner pages.  My plan was to use our 6" x 8" Project Life album for the planner.  My first step was to create the dividers for each month.  I used card stock cut to the size I wanted and various designer series paper (most were retired as I wanted the paper to somewhat reflect the month it would be used for.  After I attached my dsp, I used some washi tape to put around the edgesI determined where my holes needed to go and then punched them using the crop-a-dile.  Here is one of the monthly dividers.

It took me a while but I finally got my pages designed and then took them to Staples and had them copied onto card stock.  When I got them back I used the dividers to help punch the holes with the crop-o-dile.  I took all the pages and stacked them like I wanted them to go into my planner.  After using it, next year I will change and put the notes page before the monthly calendar and then the weekly calender after the monthly calendar.

I struggled with how to decorate the album.  Then at Christmas Diana Eichfeld shared her December Daily album and I knew what I wanted to do.  I used a stencil and some white craft ink to sponge on the design.  Since the cover is larger than the stencil you had to sponge it in sections.  To avoid small pieces that could not be matched up, I used post-it notes to mask them off.

After you have the whole cover stenciled and it has dried, I went back and marked where there were holes in the stenciling and marked it with post-its.  I then used the stencil to find the right size and direction of the shape and sponged the shape.

Once I had the front and back covers sponged and they were dry, I wanted to add some paper to the spine.  I created a template for the spine with an opening for the plaque.  I then cut my paper and cut out for the plaque.  I applied it with mod podge to seal it.  Since I wanted to add some extra protection, I covered the paper with a layer of mod podge.  I did not want to have the spine shiny and the cover and back matt finish so I used mod podge over the stenciling.  A couple of things I learned were that the paper for the spine should have been longer to wrap around better.  My corners are ripping as it does not have enough paper.  I also should have probably used acrylic paint as when I added the mod podge, the craft ink smeared.  Next year I will remember some of this tips!

I added a swirl from a die I had.  I also used our Butterflies Thinlits and some Blushing Bride card stock to add a butterfly to the front.  I used another die I had to cut out a die for the back cover.  It took me a while to find the ribbon since I wanted to use Blushing Bride.  A fellow demo came to my rescue.  I added some Blushing Bride sequin trim when I tied the ribbon.  Here is my finished planner

back cover

Stampin' Up supplies used to make my planner

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you did not mind the long post but I wanted to let you know about some of the things I learned in making my planner in case you want to tackle one for yourself.  Have a Super Saturday and make sure you let me know what you think of my planner!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Sponged Background

Hello Ladies ~ Do you like creating a sponged background for your creations?

What plans do your have for today?  I have a workshop this morning and then this afternoon I need to spend time in my craft room.  I have to get some projects made for next week as well as cut for an upcoming workshop.  I have some new goodies I want to play with!  Love having new toys to play with.

My share today began with an idea on saw on the internet.  I decided to put my own spin on it.  I took a piece of Whisper White and some post-it notes and masked off an area on the right hand side.  I then sponged on Crumb Cake.  I removed the post-it notes and added the Mint Macaron ribbon on the left hand side.  This layer was added to a Mint Macaron layer.  These layers were added to the Whisper White card base.  A bow was added.  Next I stamped the flower image and using blender pens to color it in.  After I cut it out I added it to my sponged area with dimensionals.  Here is my completed creation.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used for my creation

Thanks for visiting me today.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous again today so I think I will try and work outside a little also.  Have a Fabulous Friday and what color would you use for your Sponged Background?


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Product Focus

Hello Ladies ~It is Thursday so that means it is Thursday Product Focus day.

Well yesterday was a day to try and get some clerical things done for me.  I am making some changes and I had some background tasks to do.  I managed to get a few of them completed.  I did not get my phone calls made so I will be trying to get them done today.  I also need to vacuum!  It seems like I am always vacuuming!

We have our Product Focus blog hop today.  This week we are focusing on the Carried Away dsp from the Sale-abration catalog.  You should have arrived here from Jenilee's blog - Artisans Anonymous.      

This paper has some patterns that I find challenging to use.  I knew I needed a sketch that had several layers in order for my card to work.  I found a sketch challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges   

I decided to use the challenging paper on my card today.  I began with the patchwork green pattern in the collection.  This is the paper that I find challenging to use.  I added a piece to a layer of Mint Macaron.  These layers were added to a Whisper White card base.  Since this paper is challenging I decided to add another layer on top like the sketch.  I chose the navy Blue patterned paper as I like the look of this paper.  I added it to the card base using dimensionals.  Now I need the circle element.  I chose another pattern the pack for the circle.  That is what is so great about our patterned papers, they are all designed to go together which takes the guess work out of whether 2 papers will work together or not.  Now I needed a sentiment.  I searched through all my sets and finally found one that I thought would work with the them or the paper in Sky's the Limit.  I stamped it and flagged the ends.  It was added to my card using dimensionals.  My card is complete.  Here is my completed creation.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used for my creation

Want to see some ideas for this dsp?  Head on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see which patterns she chose to use and what she did to them.  Make sure you follow the hop all the way through to see what the other ladies created with this paper collection.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am headed to the yarn store this morning and then to my craft room this afternoon.  Have a Great Day and I hope you are enjoying our Thursday Product Focus ideas.