Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Project Life - Summer & Wedding.....

Yes, it's definitely Fall weather here in So. Calif. ;)))  If you live near here, you know I'm being sarcastic.  We are still drenching in heat and could definitely use some rain soon.  So - on my last post I made some Christmas cards and today I'll be sharing some Project Life - one is a re-cap on summer and the other catching up on my own wedding photos from 12 years ago.....I'm bouncing around everywhere with all the seasons, aren't I?  There is no flow with any particular season - I've been seemingly jumping around from one project to the next depending on my mood. ;)

Here's an album I've started using the Project Life Kit - Hi Sunshine:

I haven't quite finished all the finer details of journaling and adding a few more embellishments, but at least I've gotten down my theme and the colors to go with most of my photos.....I love how super bright this kit is:

Next up, I used a combination of Southern Weddings Kit and Gold Foil Kit:

I really love the soft and delicate colors, really in both kits, they worked well together for my photos:

I was never the type that would cover any of my photos, but I've learned to let that go and be able to just cut, crop, paste, glue, and layer every which way now that it comes to scrap booking! I took additional parts, bits and pieces of some of the cards and trimmed and added them onto other cards. So much fun:

Ok, I won't show you any more - too many in one album.  Hope you're all having a great week!!

Corner rounder punch.
Becky Higgins and Heidi Swapp/Project Life/ Hi Sunshine/ Southern Weddings / Gold Foil.
Mint Album (Small).
Small photo inserts.
My Minds Eye.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Non-Traditional vs. Traditional colors for Christmas

...which do you prefer? Or do you like both? And Flowers! I don't believe in flowers being used solely for Spring and Summer time. Definitely love incorporating them on Christmas cards.

I know, I'm using this same floral stamp that you've seen me use before.  You're probably getting tired of seeing it....I always have to play with a stamp that I love too much and exhaust it until I move on to my next stamp. :)  I switched the colors around and opted for a super bright pink and green mix and also double stamped the leaves:

The sentiment comes from this set called Merry Christmas Messages - a set where I really love all of the fonts!

And my next card, I used soother tones with maroons, oranges, sepia and tans for a more richer, autumn look:

Have a lovely weekend!


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Memento Inks: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Desert Sand.
Hero Arts Ink: Green Hills. AF240.
Bird/Leaves stamps: Simon Says Stamps/Giving Thanks.
Sentiments: Hero Arts/Merry Christmas Messages/CL722.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Tim Holtz Inks: Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.
Ribbon: Cream Satin.
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Saying Hello to Soft, Delicate Colors......

I'm in denial that Fall has already started and to be honest.....although I love incorporating soft, warm colors in my cards for Fall and Winter...I always add a hint of brightness somewhere - whether it is a bold blue, yellow, pinks or oranges.  Just a snippet of some cards I made this morning, not finished yet but these will be going out to a few special people.

The floral stamp I've used before and the pretty sentiment stamps are from Hero Arts.  I know I'll be using THIS stamp a lot! So pretty!

The "Sweetest WISHES" sentiment comes from THIS SET.  The tiny little Bird and leaves stamps comes from this set called Giving Thanks.

For the ink colors, I used a combination of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Memento Inks.

Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Sentiments: Hero Arts/Cheers Messages by Lia/CL903.  Find Beauty by Lia/E6090.
Bird, Leaves Stamps: Simon Says Stamp/Giving Thanks/SSS131001.
Tim Holtz inks: Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry.
Memento Inks: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Desert Sand.
Speckled Cardstock.
Off white cardstock.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Seriously - the.most.beautiful.....

Catching up on years worth of scrapping that I still have to do - sorting through old memories and also moved right ahead to just this past summer (and summer isn't quite over yet). There are so many photos I still have yet to download from my phone and share - but I did work on this project today using cards from PL - Heidi Swapp's Gold Foil Collection:

The kit is packed with really pretty blue/green hues, stunning gold, and sweet pinks....which I thought would compliment some of my photos perfectly. For the word 'beautiful' - I used Heidi Swapp's Watercolor Words and distressed the word with a combination of Tim Holtz inks and Hero Arts inks.  The Tim Holtz inks include - spun sugar, shaded lilac, evergreen bough, scattered straw, picked raspberry, and peacock feathers. The Hero Arts inks include: Soft Pool and Cornflower.

Here is the full layout....I have yet to decide if I want to insert the photos and cards/embellishments in individual albums or still do it my own way for now.

The blues in the photos really meshed well with the entire kit.  Looking forward to using this kit on other projects as well.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

have a happy day

I'm back with another card I made today.....this has been the craziest summer weather ever, don't get me wrong, you all know I LOVE summer and the heat....but this strange heat wave plus a summer rain that we had today - makes me wonder what the winter will be card features some stamps from this set called Color Layering Dimensional Bird.  So much fun playing with this set:

I used several ink sets to stamp the different parts of the bird - a combination of Memento Inks and Hero Arts Shadow inks.  The background splotches were created using this ink set called Color Lights by Lia from Hero Arts, and mixing them all with a bit of water.

The branch I stamped twice, once on the die cut piece and another behind on the matted cardstock.  I propped up the die piece for a little dimension.

The sentiment is from this set called Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Red cardstock: Doodlebug.
Distress Watercoloring cardstock: Tim Holtz.
Pigment inks: Hero Arts/AF316/Color Lights by Lia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/CL864/Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.
Die: Pretty Pink Posh/Stitched Banner Duo 2.
Bird: Hero Arts/CL906/Color Layering Dimensional Bird.
Memento Inks: Lady Bug, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo leaves, Tangelo, Canteloupe, Grape Jelly.
Black Ink for sentiment: Versafine Onyx Black.
Shadow Inks: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Enamel Dots: MME/Black and Gray.
Double sided adhesive tape.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft/C-Bug.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

How about some neutrals?

Blues.....Heavenly blues and Kraft are the colors I played with today.  Finally had some crafty time today and made a 'get well' card.  The florals are from this set called Hello Sunshine Daisies:

I used Kraft cardstock and some distress watercolor cardstock from Tim Holtz. It's really hard to see from the photo, but the watercolor ridges on the white cardstock really gives the mat a lot of texture against the stamped florals. Most of the stamps and inks are from Hero Arts.  Ok, while I'm looking at this....I had fun staging this photo...just a little trivia about me - I collected rocks back then...yes, me -'s a fact that most people don't know - rocks and, NOT crafting stamps....real postage stamps from all over the world.  Gorgeous,  natural as well as machine made rocks and International stamps that make you swoon with their beauty.....Don't get around to it much anymore as I used to....but anyways, I bought Chris this rock collection a few Christmas' back.....he loves them as he really likes Science class in momma, like son, right?  I think I liked Geology more than actual Biology to be honest with you....OK, enough rambling - here's my supply list.....enjoy the card and have a beautiful week, everyone!!


Cardstock: Neenah Kraft.
Watercolor paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.
Background stamp: Hero Arts/CG683/Branches Bold Prints.
Floral set: Hero Arts/CL776/Hello Sunshine Daisies.
Enamel Dots: Black & Gray/MME.
Ribbon: from Lenny (check out her blog, she's a fab, crafty friend).
Inks: Hero Arts Hues Shadow Inks/Winter/AF296 - Unicorn, Navy, Cornflower, Soft Pool.
Inks: Hero Arts Hues Shadow Inks/Garden/AF250 AND Field Notes/AF240.