Sunday, September 28, 2008
So there you have it folks - I did it!! I used purple on a card!!! I didn't think it was possible!! Oh, and be sure to stop by Jen del Muro's blog and wish her a Happy Anniversary!!! :-)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Ok, on to the project.....I used Kelleigh's Badge Album #1 Template to create this adorable summer mini album using pics of my son from this summer...
In addition to Kelleigh's template, I used the Funny Friend digital kit by Sarah J. from the Digichick. It's such a fun kit with lots of great colors (but not too loud!). Here's a peek at the digital images of all of the inside pages....
So what do ya think??
Sunday, September 21, 2008
So I bought these really cute frames a few weeks ago at our local Ben Franklin - it was a great find as I typically don't have much luck in that store (don't get me started on the lack of craft related shopping on this island!!!). Anyway, I bought a few thinking they looked like perfect alterable projects, and you all know how I love my alterables!!! When I saw that the Product Parade Challenge was to use Kraft, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. We recently decided to redo our master bedroom. While my MIL was here this summer I picked out some really RAD fabric for a new quilt (yep, I have the best MIL in the WORLD). Anyway, the colors are nice soft browns, creams, and blues (think Kraft and Baja Breeze). I'm going to be throwing in some reds for accents. Soooo, the idea for this little number was born...
I kept the project pretty simple because I wanted the main focus to be the photograph of my son and I. It is one of the first pictures taken of us - my husband snapped it about 15 minutes after he was born and I just love it. Also, it's the ONLY picture of me taken within about 4 days of his birth in which I don't look hideous and that I will ever allow to be viewed by the public!!! (if we're honest, this is probably the real reason I like it so much!). Anyway, obviously I used some Kraft CS along with Riding Hood Red CS and some Baja Breeze ribbon. I stamped the background stamp from Verve's Artful Elegance in Versamark Ink and embossed with white powder on the Riding Hood Red for the bottom portion of the frame. The sentiment is from Verve's All About You set, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Kraft CS. The Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze flowers (which are popped up on varying depths of dimensionals) are from Verve's Grateful Elegance and were also stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with white powder. I used my nestabilities to cut out the scalloped Chocolate Chip mat for the sentiment box. The whole thing was Mod Podged to the frame and it was done!!! Oh wait, I almost forgot...I added some pewter brads to the flower centers. Here's a closer look:
So there you have it. What do you think?
On another note...I tried selling some of my things in the Lahaina Craft Fair today (it's once a month at the Lahaina Civic Center for you local folks). What a complete and total waste of time!!! I sold a grand total of $10 (yes that's correct...ten dollars) worth of stuff and not one single card. I was very shocked. I feel that my prices were quite reasonable (my cards were priced at $2 each). I did hear from several of the craft fair veterans that it was an extremely slow day. However, when the booth rental is $80....well, I doubt I'll be doing that again. Now what to do with all this darn stuff I made???? I have missed out on so many things (challenges, chats, etc etc etc) in the past month because I've been so busy mass producing cards and notebooks, etc to get ready. I really anticipated doing quite well. Trying not to take it personally. Ugh. LOTS to add to my Etsy store in the coming weeks I guess!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
I made this adorable Coaster Album for my good friend Alanna using these amazing pictures of her son, Micah. Photography is by the oh-so-talented Zach Wear of Revert Imaging (You MUST check out his work - AMAZING - and if you're in the Denver area - book a session. I'm still trying to convince him to fly to Maui for a photo session with my family!!!!). Anyway, I used Mikkel's new Henny Penny kit for most of the project, with a few elements from Frog Prince thrown in as well. I used Mod Podge to adhere my printed pages to the Coasters, punched some holes with my Crop-o-dile, added some book rings and some coordinating ribbon - and Alanna has herself a great little gift on it's way!!! Here's another mini album using one of Mikkel's newer kits, this time Swim Fins. I used a Cosmo Cricket Jack's blackboard album for this cute little project. (this time, photography by the not-so-talented Jen Tapler....please come to Maui Zach!!!!!!).
Here's another cute little Swim Fins project...some Post-it notes and bookmarks. You can see a tutorial on how to make these simple post-it note covers here.
And finally, another cute mini album with more Revert Imaging Photography. These pics don't do this project justice - it turned out sooo cute!!! And the colors from Mikkel's new Neighborhood Groove kit were PERFECT for these beautiful photos of Micah and his parents in downtown Denver! This album uses 2 pieces from the Stampin' Up Book Basics (small) pack. The inside pages are just the printed pages glued back to back! I used my bind-it-all to add the binding and threw on some ribbon and twine to finish it up.Don't forget, all of Mikkel's kits (and there are seriously A LOT of them) are 20% off this weekend at her Digichick store!!!
I used the Brand New Boy kit to create this adorable Baby Gift Set. I used the Avery Stretchable Iron-On transfers to iron the digital images of the animals onto the front of the onesies, then I printed out some of the cute papers and altered this clear pain can as the gift packaging. So simple and yet such a great baby gift!!! I'll definitely be making more of these gift sets in the future!!!
Wow, huh!?!? Now, head on over to the Digichick so you can snag it this weekend while it's 20% off!!!! Here are a few cards I made today with the new kit....
This first one also uses Clear White Alpha and some Stampin' Up Kraft CS.
This one uses Wooden Alpha and REAL stitching (are you impressed yet!?!?) ha!
First is this cute Halloween Party Invitation, tin, and covered Hershey's nuggets. I used the new Hocus Pocus kit by Karen Lewis for this fun project. And in case you can't read it, the invite says "Join us for a Totally Witchin' Party!!!" - thought that was cute. I added some Stampin' Up ribbon and jumbo eyelet to the punched tab at the top of the invite.
I bought some basic wooden letters at K-Mart a few days ago, sponged them up with some black ink to make them look dirty, and then used the new Sweet Halloween kit by Mari Koegelenberg to alter the letters - so cute!! The picture doesn't really do this project justice - you just can't see the vibrant colors in those papers.
These 3 cards use the new Boy Wonder kit by Sarah J. I also tried out some of Kelleigh's AWESOME card templates, available in her store at the Hybrid Shoppe. Kelleigh's templates make digital cards soooo easy - just use your clipping mask tool to add your papers to the premade template in photoshop, print it out and you're done - I seriously made these cards in less than 10 minutes!!!!! The link for the templates I used is here.
This last card uses another new kit by Sarah J., Go Green and Word Arts No. 1 by Lia Designs. I also used another one of Kelleigh's card templates.
Remember, all of these great products are 20% off all this weekend at the Digichick!!! (except for Kelleigh's templates - those are available at the Hybrid Shoppe).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I've had a few requests for a tutorial with pictures on how to make the cute little covered post-it notes, so here ya go....
For this covered post-it, I used Kraft cardstock from Stampin' Up and digital paper from the NEW Autumn Blooms collab by Sugarplum Paperie and Kelley Mickus, available this Saturday at the Digichick!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Anyway, the point is that with all of my creative energy going into my photoshop projects, my paper MoJo seems to have disappeared. I sat down to play with some of my new Stampin' Up goodies today and just couldn't come up with anything! So what do I do when I lose my MoJo? Start CASEing like crazy, of course!!! (CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit).... so here's what I've been up to today...
One of my favorite people to CASE is Dawn McVey. I just love her simple, clean style! These first set of pictures is almost a direct copy of a set she did recently, which you can see here. Pretty much all I changed was the ribbon!!! These cards were SOOOO quick and easy! I love how they turned out.
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Best Yet. Ink & Ribbon: Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss
This next card is also a CASE of Dawn's. You can see her original card here. What did I change? I actually made it Simpler (is that a word??). I just did away with the distressed edge, ribbon and rhinestone flower centers. I also changed up the printed paper a bit. But it works, right?
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip CS, So Saffron, Certainly Celery & Riding Hood Red DP. Stamps: Best Yet. Ink: Chocolate Chip. Other: Trio Flower Punch, Curly Label Punch.
This next card is based on an AWESOME card set that you watch a video tutorial for over on Kiyomi Krafts. I love it that Jenn's a fellow Hawaii resident (and of course has a GREAT name!!). She also has tons of great projects on her blog, so check it out. I changed the card size/shape and color scheme used.
This card was actually based on one of the Verve Anni-Verve-Sary sketch challenges (Number 8 to be exact). I just moved the sentiment.
Paper: Hawaii Papaya DP, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss & Tangerine Tango CS. Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes. Ink: Tangerine Tango & Chocolate Chip. Ribbon: Chocolate Chip poly-twill. Other: Nestabilities, Big Shot, Word Window Punch.
So there you have it folks...some SU goodness, and none original ideas. So see, it's really OK to have an "off day" and CASE something - you still walk away with some pretty amazing cards/projects!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here's a fun little altered composition book that I thought would be perfect for someone who owns a vacation rental condo or cottage here on Maui...you know, one of those guest books for people to write where they're from, what they liked most about their Maui vacation, etc...
Finally, this was my favorite of the bunch... This little Mahalo card was made using the leftover scraps from the other 3 projects along with Andrea Burns' Swirly Brown Alpha.
The second Autumn Pop card was really simple! I layered the letteres for "Thanks" from the kit alpha on top of the polka dot paper and added the teal paper to the top, printed it out, cut it, inked the edges and added some Kiwi Kiss ribbon. The flower, from the same kit, was printed and cut out separately and popped up on dimensionals.
My last hybrid project uses the new Funky Fall kit by Amanda Heimann and Kelly Mickus, also available at the Digichick. This is a gift for my MIL - a cute little Creative Journal. It's actually an altered composition book. She really loves all things paisley, so I think she'll like it.
There you have it, folks!! A few fall projects all the way from sunny Maui!! (Oh, how I miss fall! - these projects especially make me feel homesick this time of year!).
This first one was for the Digichick Weekly Sketch Challenge from Sept 8. You can read the details and see the sketch here. For the longest time, the only teeth my son Dean had were these 2 bottom teeth, which were affectionately referred to as his "Bottom Bucks"!! I used the Autumn Rain kit by Nikki Beaudreax. I also used Wooden Alpha and the stitching is from Twitter Blossoms by Sugarplum Paperie. All available at the Digichick.
This fun layout uses I used Nikki Beaudreau's Blocked Templates 1-4 (this was #2) and the Homeroom TDC Collab. The Red String is from Nikki Beaudreau's Autumn Rain kit. Stitching is from Keep em in Stitches by Lisa Carter (Digital Scrapbook Place).
Sunday, September 7, 2008
All digital supplies from Sugarplum Paperie, available at the Digichick. I used Whimsy Doodles, Tangering Twist and Clear White Alpha. Journaling reads "Oh yes, we've officially arrived in the dreaded toddlers years. How can we know? It's not just the fact that you are, naturally, "toddling". Oh, no, it's a clearer sign that that even. It's the tantrums. Who knows what might set one off or how oten our ears will be treated to your shrill screams. But fortunately for us, they are usually short-lived. All it takes is a tickle or a "there's Nani" or better yet a "do you want to go outside" and you're all smiles again!".
On another note, I had quite the busy weekend! I had a Stampin' Up workshop yesterday that was lots of fun! We did a mini album using a Simply Scrappin' kit and the On board book basics small. I've also been working on lots of Stampin' Up goodies for an upcoming craft fair, so I'll be posting some of those pics this week. I also did lots of hybrid scrapping this weekend and will be sharing those items with you over the next several days as well.
Have a great week!!
Monday, September 1, 2008
This next page is actually of pics we took this morning!!! (I know, I'm nearly a year behind, but I start with today's pics...go figure!!). I used the new Whimsy Doodles kit by Sugarplum Paperie (available Thursday at the Digichick - I'll add links then) for the blue paper and the white alpha. The frames are a photo cluster by Nancy Comelab available at the Lilypad and the "beach" is from the Hello Summer hand-drawn brush set by Ali Edwards available at Designer Digitals.
Here's another hybrid project I did - can you tell I'm LOVING my new gig on the Sugarplum Paperie Hybrid Creative Team?? I'm having SO much fuN!! I made this altered composition book for myself. In real life, I'm a physical therapist and there's lots of important information I have to keep track of for my Medicare patients. Previously I was using a grimy old yellow legal pad....well, no longer!!! I used the new Chilled Wine collaboration kit from Sugarplum Paperie (with Studio mgl).
This last little project turned out sooo cute!! It's a little "Shhh! Baby Sleeping" door sign I made using the Lime Twist kit from Sugarplum Paperie. I covered a page from a Basic Grey bracket album and added some jumbo eyelets and a ribbon to complete the sign.
So there you have it...it was a very productive 3-day weekend around here!!! I'll be busy the rest of the week working on some Stampin' Up projects for my upcoming workshop next weekend. I'll post things as I finish them. Take care and Happy Labor Day!!!