Saturday, May 29, 2010

Playing with my new glimmer mist and smooch inks

I know it's not new to many people, but it's new to me. I must say that I like the glimmer mist, though I am not completely blown away by it. I still want to try Maya Mist and some of the other new products out there. I specifically bought glimmer mist in blues and greens since those are my 2 favorite colors. I hope to try my hand at making my own...but first, I plan to use up these bottles so I can then reuse them for my concoctions.

  I completed this Lo using sketch 125 from Sketch Inspiration.

  I made paper waves from leftover scraps from a punch. I sprayed the scraps with Patina and Sapphire glimmer mist. Then I layered them to create the waves. Some of the scraps had a spattered paint look. I added Crate paper Blue hill ribbon over it to continue the turquoise and blue color theme. I have had the title block in my stash for quite some time and don't know who makes it. The star fish had a little cartoonish look to it which I changed by adding Diamond stickles. I used the diamond stickles and waterfall stickles to add some accents to the water droplets. To add a slight shimmer to the words, I used I covered the letters with smooch accent ink in azure and pool. I used scrap CS to make journaling strips. I inked the edges of the journaling strips in Colorbox blue lagoon ink.

To make a 2 page LO, I slightly altered the original sketch for the 2nd page.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cockatiel Hair

Sometimes my son's hair sticks up in the back. Today was one of those days. I only had my phone camera with me, but still wanted to catch DS being silly while DH teased him about it. The camera in my phone is just not that great. So sadly, the photos are very grainy. I converted them to Black and white to help. They looked a tad bit better than in color...not much better, but at least I have the photos.   I used a paper napkin band( on the left side) from Bennigan's since that is where the photos were taken. the ribbons are Cosmo Cricket- jack's World. I used a K and Company citronella journal tag. The alphas are Sassafrass Lass chipboard in juicy. I inked an MM chipboard arrow with colorbox Blue Lagoon ink. I inked the edges of the PP in Colorbox chestnut roan. The PP is Sassafrass Lass- take a chance and golden love. the flower is sassafrass Lass- in a stitch blossoms:blue.

Once again, I used a Sketchy Thursday sketch. This time, it's for the 5-20 sketch challenge:

I handmade the bird accent. I got the idea from Club CK to make something if I couldn't quite find the right thing in my stash. The bird that inspired me was a DCWV chipboard bird from the green stack collection. You can see it here with my bird:

I sketched the shape by hand and cut...2 times. I used 3-d adhesive foam to make the accent have more dimension.I did the same for the wing. I used a yellow marker to add "stitches" to the edges and a black marker to make the eye. I used my orange pencil to color the beak. The legs are just scrap pieces of orange CS.To make the plumes, I cut thin strips of scrap CS. I then rolled it and let the roll come undone until it looked as I desired it. My zig glue pen came in very handy here. To adhere the plumes to the head and to make the tail, I twisted the paper to make it flat, added glue and stuck it on. I used a dot of glue between each tail plume to keep them from coming apart. You can see how I twisted the paper here:

And finally, the big reveal:

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Danger: Falling Coconuts!

I decided I would try out the sketch for the June Guest design team challenge on Sketchy Thursdays. I really like their sketches. At first, I wasn't going to submit it because I am just not sure if my SB pages are "there" yet. I am definitely still evolving in this craft. Then I thought about it and figured "why not." It doesn't hurt to submit and in the end, even if I don't get chosen, I have another page completed.

To that end, I had some photos of the damage caused by a coconut falling from the palm tree into our courtyard. I also just happened to get the PP I had ordered from Club Scrap. On a side note, I simply ordered the Castaway PP b/c it so very much fits a lot of the photos I have taken in Florida and the Bahamas. I am still not so sure about becoming a monthly subscriber. So back to the LO, I used some of the castaway PP as the background for this LO. I fussy cut the palm trees so I could slide white CS under the branches. The coconut diagram, "Oh nuts" die cut and the journal spot are also from the Castaway collection.I cut a small danger sign from a piece of creative imagination acetate. The red PP  and (on the 2nd page) the teal PP are Making memories passport collection as is the blue ribbon border. The red ribbon is Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo. I inked the edges of the CS and chipboard arrows with Catseye colorbox ink in moss green.  The arrows are making memories jigsaw arrows.

This is the single page inspired by the Sketchy Thursdays June guest design team sketch( found here: )

and the 2 page LO showing the complete coconut story:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Just in the Nick of Time

First off...pardon the appearance of my blog. I am still getting the hang of this. I am trying to personalize it a bit, but found I haven't had much time to play with it. We are getting ready for a week long trip, which is part of the reason the blog is a work in progress. Of course, when given the choice for my spare time, I chose to scrap rather than play with the blog settings. I just managed to finish the latest Sketchy Thursday challenge:

I chose to use some photos of my pets sitting together. Some of the photos had some goofy shadowing in them, so I used the title tag to hide it. The tag is from My Mind's of the great pieces I scored from a peachycheap purchase. All of the PP is DCWV from the pet stack(one of my favorites). The stack is literally in tatters. I really hope to get the new Max and Whiskers collection on my trip. Anyway, back to the LO. I had some red ribbon that I had bought in the dollar bin. I managed to use up some EK success fibers too. The fibers look so good in the package but always seem to be a challenge for me to use. I so prefer ribbon.

And without further digression, my LO:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another sketchy Thursday challenge-determined for Victory

  So here I am again...I love these sketches. I can see the sketch and can visualize the photos and the pp. Suddenly, I'm off and the Lo comes together. Seems easy...though there are often hitches along the way. I saw the sketch for this week and visualized using my  Black orchid pad...that lovely set with all of those great paper patterns...which has been sitting unused for months waiting for the right photos. In 5 minutes flat, I had cut the PP and laid it out on the cardstock. Excited that it was going so fast, I then hit the first bump in the road. I had these great brads with letters from my stash. It would seem though that I lacked enough e's. I really wanted to title the Lo " Determined for Success" but after playing around with the thesaurus and the available letters( because I was determined to use them) I settled on "Determined for Victory." *It's a little hard to read them because the camera won't pick them up.

  So I am off and running again now. I decided to use this Lo as part of a journaling assignment for the Textuality class I am taking at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Here comes hitch 2... I played for an hour with the word processor trying to make the journaling "just so." In the end, I called it quits...deciding I liked what I had. So as usual, a fast Lo quickly turns into several hours of tweaking.

Ahh, the Lo...I made this about my son being determined to blow up a balloon and tie it. My husband had done one, so he figured he could. DS literally tried for hours! This from the Sketchy Thursday 5-6 Challenge. BTW, the font used is CK boutique and as mentioned above, the pp is SEI Black orchid, the letter brads are unknown.
And so, without further ado, the grand reveal:

And as usual, I made a 2 page lo:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

NSD Challenges

I've done a lot of scrapbook challenges over the weekend for National Scrapbook Day. Here is  my last one:

I made it for a challenge on The Scrapbook Challenges page :
I really like the sketches they have for their challenges. They are very easy to use and translate to some
great LO's. I first learned about the group on Pamela's blog:
I really enjoyed participating in the NSD blog hop and found a lot more talented Ladies to follow.

And lastly, here is the sketch I used from Pamela's Blog:

I hope everyone else had a fun and productive NSD. For a little more fun HOP ON Scrapbook Challenges here: