Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

Another long weekend is here. Gearing up for some family events. This usually involves me cooking for the masses! Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.
 In the mean time, this is what I have been playing around with this week:
More pocket letters! This one is a series of fairies in jars! 
Stuffing Fairies in Jars! Always my favourite pastime!
For the Faux Mason jars, I stamped with the metal ink on a piece of mylar. Then cut it out and used it for an overlay effect overt the fairies. The lid was stamped on scrunched up metal duct tape. I like it because it has a sticky back and can just be trimmed and stuck to most backgrounds.
Apologizing for the terrible photos. I need a new phone......
Then I got out the 'shrink dink' clear sheets. I first stamped the image for the mason jar and fairy. Make sure and punch hanging holes before you shrink. To color I  flipped it over, so I could color the fairy in with out loosing the outline. The photo shows before and after shrinking.
Be sure to hold your shrink project secure as you shrink it. I use these old medical clips and my heat proof craft sheet.
There you have it a Fairy Charm.
Fairies again.
This is self explanatory, I started with a copy of an old photo. Then decorated her up with leaves from the stash.
Gypsy Pocket letter! I love ephemera. While attempting to tidy my 'happy place' I came across a lot of 7 Gypsies packaging I had saved. That was the jumping off point for this pocket letter. { this rate, I am never going to get it cleaned up} But, at least I had enough space to play.
Thanks Pinterest for the Easter Peeps!

Monday, April 10, 2017

28 Years

Happy Anniversary to US!

Steve and Pam, a love story
More of our story HERE

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Time...maybe

Where I live it is spring time. Sort of , still way to cold to venture outside for long.  I was feeling the need to inject some idea sparking creativity to my space. This is what I made from an online purchased kit.

I mounted it to the cover of an old book. I will be making the inside into an altered art journal book. I will be creating the pages first, so as not to mess up the cover. I will pre-cut and measure them with a binding border of an inch space on the left hand side. Once I am done, I will secure them to the inside.
 I used a few extra things from my stash.
 As well as I did change up  the instructions.
 {I have said it before, 'I am the worst at being told what to do'}
 I felt very decadent and selfish buying this kit from Karla's Cottage.
This is more or less what arrived promptly in the mail
The instructions are simple the supplies gorgeous vintage goodies. Karla hand picks and packages everything herself. All in all I am very happy with the results. There are so many new ideas spinning in my head now. I have some other gloves that I want to do something extra special with. One is a single tiny fish net glove that my oldest daughter wore when she was a little girl. The other is a set that my mom recently gave me that she wore when she was sixteen. She just turned '78'. I also have more kits to show you, but they are a surprise and waiting for my BFF and I to do!
Thanks Pinterest for 'Spring Time in Alberta'

Friday, March 24, 2017

Island Escape Tourist Tales

This kit was HUGE
I am still working with it!
I feel pretty good about getting the CUBA 2014 photos scrapbooked!
Remember I robbed the inside of this one? The opening is covered now, and this paper has done double duty!
This double page is not the prettiest layout. It does however tell a 'vacation' story that needs to be told. We must look like shady folk. Because we are often approached to buy something on the sly. Steve is always up for an adventure. I tend to hang back. That is what this layout tells the story of!
You can see that the paper combination is pretty, but just a little to contrasting. And the photos for this layout are very busy. In order to bring it all together I assembled just the background sheets. NOTE: the basket weave paper is one sheet, cut in half along the center weave line, then the dark brown cardstock. The blue cardstock is just the joiner strip.
I used a roller to apply the gesso to the stamp. Remember, you are building a background, so just stamp at will. NOTE: Clean your roller and stamp as soon as you are done stamping. You might want to use a soft toothbrush.  If you cannot do this immediately, make sure to pop them into a bucket of water to soak. The gesso will dry quickly if you do not!
 I challenged myself to use some of the Washi tape from this kit

I secured all the photos down with glue, then used washi tape on all the corners to make it look like I just grabbed them at random and taped them on.

This is the journal inset.
NOTE: Washi tape can be selective as to what it sticks to. Test for grab first! If it is easy release, you can use it to reposition pieces you are not sure of!
A girl can always dream of a Beach Wedding
The title for this one is in the photos.

Marry Me - Again - Here 

This was a photo of an actual gazebo on the beach. It had a bright red {ugly} roof. So, I decided to cover it with white paper....and why stop there?
Next I dug out the tulle. Did some strategic cutting. Not all the way through so I could gather glue and stapele it at the top. Then punched holes with a pin. Secured the top tulle with wire that twists over the tulle, then through the holes and is glued on the back.
I used a scrap of wire that I made a loop with. Then fed the two open ends through the tiny holes and pulled the cord through to the back side. Then reversed and pulled the tiny ties through to the front so I could twist and tie the tulle down. NOTE: I added a drop of clear glue to each double knot so they won't come undone.
  But wait...I'm not done yet!
How about a Paper Bag Album just for fun?
I started out with several 'old car' photos. I didn't like the backgrounds. So, I decided I would cut the distractions off and mount them to some of the many ocean photos. I think you will agree the results were worth all the fussy cutting!
Cover page with 2 photos cut and pasted together. Using some of the embellishments from the sticker sheet and ephemera pack.
The hanging tags are for the  year make and models of the cars. Will have to wait for my DH to tell me that information!
At the market

This teal number was right in my wheel house of colors. You can see I cut that tourist lady right out!! She could see I was trying to take a photo, but walked right in front of me....Sigh.
Classic blacks!
Brand new white!

The options available for us tacky tourists.
On the back cover.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Island Escape continues

I am at 10 pages on this kit, and still have more to work with. Seriously terrific value in Selena's kits!
These poor little peacock's at the resort were the saddest I have ever seen. 
They had very few of their signature feathers left. I am not sure if that was done on purpose, to stop the tourists molesting them, or if they were clipped, or if they were sick. It did seem too evenly done to be an accident.
NOTE: The photos of the peacocks had very busy backgrounds. So, I decided to fussy cut them to highlight the birds better.
I decided to beef up the sand image in on the paper with:
Use a dauber to swipe large areas, alternate with TH Distress sandy powders and a heat gun.
For this layout, I 'PPG' the inside of the emboss basket weave. It can be difficult to scrapbook busy, colorful flower photo's. I cut mine into 3 x 3 inch squares to form one solid display. Then re-matted the one I wanted to highlight. 'The Hibiscus' of course!
Tips for this one:
I used the word strip to form the journaling. First thing I did was secure it to a thin piece of double sided tape. That way, it is fast to cut and glue to the journal card. The jangles along the lower edge is beaded ribbon from the stash. with Washi tape over the ribbon.
Close-up of the journal grouping and finishing details.
This one was done using only two sheets of paper, a lot of clip, and flip flop!

Happy St. Patrick's Day