Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The song remains the same...only the name changed...

Yes...I changed the name of my blog...I have been occupied with this for some time...don't ask why. I decided on the title: My Inky Little Secret...I really wanted to find a name that said a little about me...here is the back story...I was bitten by the scrapbooking/paper crafting bug seriously about 3 years ago. Before that I had always crafted something...I had rubber stamped as early as 10 years ago (my first SU workshop). I really became a scrapbooker about 3 years ago...I worked at Hobby Lobby for about 4 years and I started buying a lot of scrapbooking/paper crafting items...A LOT! I am still finding things I didn't know I bought...or re-bought things I already had...I know its a sickness (this is my therapy). Now present day...I just re-organized everything in my laundry room (acting creative space) and created a little scrapbook nook for myself...I rather enjoy the space-I now know where things are and things are getting used. The thing is...my husband never had a clue how much stuff I really had until I organized it and brought it out into the open...I can imagine myself thinking...I can scrapbook and rubber stamp here in my little cave never letting him see what I really had OR I can make everything look nice and suffer the consequences for letting him SEE everything. So I took the later option...I still see his mouth open in shock sometimes when he sees all of the stamp pads I own all lined up and looking pretty...heck I think I still do it sometimes also...But the point of the matter is this craft was my Inky Little Secret for a long time...just don't tell him about the bags of embellishments I have in my other cabinet in the laundry room...okay? Pin It

Birthday card

I first have to give credit for this card to Jenny Moors (http://www.stampingmoments.blogspot.com/) she created a similar card using her birthday embossing folder and nestabilities plates. Her color scheme was a little more muted and this card but very beautiful. I thought of making this card for a older girls birthday so when my youngest went to her friends bday this Sunday I thought this card was too bold for a 5 year old...so I made another identical to this one, only lighter colors...and of course I was in a hurry to get to the party I did not take a picture of the card I gave. The color scheme was pink base card, lime green birthday embossed, and white and pink Nestabilities. The ribbon became a pink tafetta and I did stamp a candle on the cupcake. I tried everything on a scratch paper for this...I tried a lime green flocking that I happen to have handy (didn't work), a hologram embossing powder (didn't work)...I think because the paper is textured it was becoming difficult. The only thing that would work I guess would be to emboss in white and then color the embossing with an SU marker in green or pink.
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Birthday Explosion Box

My youngest daughter went to a birthday party for a friend from daycare this weekend. I made the birthday card (see previous post) and this explosion box for the mother of the birthday girl to put pictures from the get together in. I used the new SAB stamp set Birthday Whimsy for the birthday cake. I also had a scapbook page kit from Dena Fishbein (www.denadesigns.com) for the paper...I almost Ebayed this paper set and then I thought I loved the colors so much that I would use it for something...and I did. I followed the explosion box tutorial at SCS http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/explosion_box/ and boy was it simple and fast to make. The mother loved it...she is a scrapbooker herself, so she appreciated it. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 21, 2008

YEAH...Another page finished!

This is one of my favorite pages to date. This was also last year, this is my youngest daughters first 'big girl' bike...it has Ariel on it (one of my favorite Disney princess'). My husband was helping her ride it down the street to the stopsign. I took extra time with the paper on the bottom of the pages...I cut around and the circles and created a bottom border. I wish I knew what paper co. it was...however, when I was looking through embellishments for the page I came across rub-ons from the same company...they actually matched the page exactly. Now I know I have way too many embellishments running around when I don't even know what I have to use. Once again the Cricut was used for the title, there are buttons on the page that also matched the colors of the page and a piece of chipboard (Yes...it is SU!) painted pink to highlight a picture of Morgan riding her bike on her own steam. The journaling was printed on vellum and mounted on a different cardstock from the bottom. The other thing I have been doing with my pages is having elements popping off the page with dimensional adhesives...I do not know if I am going to continue with this idea...on cards you can totally see it on scrapbook pages...not so much. I keep my pages in page protectors so you don't really see the dimensional elements as well.
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Recent Scrapbook Pages

Okay...okay, the name of the blog is Project: Scrapbook. So where are all of the scrapbook pages you ask? Well, here are 2 12x12 layouts that were finished recently. Let me first say, these pictures are approximately 6 months old...Yes, I am behind. The first layout is from the Racine Zoo in Racine Wisconsin. I visited the zoo with my kids and best friend Alisha and her kids last year. The kids were off from school and we were looking for a 'new' place to visit. This zoo was really nice. It was substantially more laid back than the 'big city' zoos we normally visit and they had a surprising amount of wildlife to view. This is a definite re-visit for this year. I almost always use DCWV textured cardstock for my scrapbook pages...it is very sturdy to use and it does have an eye appealing texture that I love. I know I know...I don't use SU Cardstock...mostly because I can only get it in variety packs now and not just wholepacks of 1 color...I do however, use SU CS to mount photos or to use in my Cuttlebug as accents on the page. The other paper I used on this layout is my FAVORITE brand of manstream scrapbook paper...BASIC GREY. I tore the paper for the corner pieces and distressed the edges by rolling it ans crumpling it. I also was able to use my Cricut to cut the title page (I almost always use te Cricut for titles). Other items used on this page was my computer to type the journaling...I know how most scrapbookers like to journal in their own handwriting and sometimes I do...however, for the most part I like the clean-ness of the computer fonts and with all of the choices to use I think I have close to 800 different types to choose from-I almost always prefer them), clear stamps from Art-Muse (I think) in zoo creatures, and a large brad/button that says 'buddies' with my Crop-A-Dile.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Fresh Fruits

Finally the sun is shining...so in honor of that...a sunny and happy card.

Wow...I have been going through all of my stamp sets and deciding what I want to keep...I think I will keep this one. I don't know why...but I have wanted to make a lemon card for some reason...go figure. Here is my contribution. I found the ribbon at Michael's in their $1.00 bin...I loved it!
I used the cuttlebug to emboss So Saffron and I first stamped the lemon with So Saffron and then overstamped with Summer Sun. Enjoy. Pin It

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What I've been working on...

I LOVE this card...I saw the layout and aging technique at the Papertrey blog. They used a beautiful stamp set called 'On A Limb'...I think...it was gorgeous. Since I am trying to save $$ for Regionals coming up I decided to try their card with a stamp set I already own...Garden Silhouettes. This was a former hostess set that is no longer available...*tear*. The colors of the cardstock are Chocolate Chip, Confetti Cream and Purely Pomegranate. The stamp was first stamped with Purely Pomegranate (which my pad is really juicy for some reason), then I colored over the branches with Chocolate Chip Marker...But to go back even further...I first took the Confetti Cream and cut it into random blocks. I aged each block with a sponge and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Stain...I did this in a circular motion. I then reassembled the blocks onto a piece of Purely Pomegranate. I tied the Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon around the front of the card. On the inside I took a spare piece of Confetti Cream and used a Fiskars Border Punch, stamped a 'Thinking of You' sentiment in the same type of ink like the front Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip Marker. The inside piece of cardstock was also aged with the same Tea Stain Distress Ink. I can imagine all the different possibilities with this type of layout...easpecially in the soft subtles family group coming up for Spring.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

New craft 'nook'

It took me some time but I finally organized enough to scrapbook and create cards without feeling like I don't know where something is...I am able to get quite a bit done in this new and improved space...it is certainly better that working from my dinig room table and having to put everything away after using it...I think that discouraged me from creating...I was always so tired from dragging everything out and then getting so late and having to put everything back...Now I can leave something on my table for a day or two and not feel like we wouldn't have anyplace to eat the next morning because a scrapbook layout was on the table...enjoy.
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Baby Shower Card

I made this card for a friends baby shower. I finally made a transparent card. I found some acetate, however I am not sure if the acetate was the right weight...the package said Medium Weight. I forgot I had bought this awhile ago to use and found it when I cleaned out my craft room. I also used the Nestabilities to cut the scallop rectangle and regular rectangle. I embossed them in my 'bug' as well. I colored in PregaBella with SU markers-Bordering Blue & So Saffron. I used a white irridescent pigment pad to stamp the circles on the transparency using Seeing Spots Stamp Set. I was not really happy with the words that I stamped...they seemed a bit blurry...but they say (on the outside) Friend, Sister, Daughter and on the inside it says Mother. These are all the things she is now.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

My newest Bella

This is a really close up picture of her. I did this for a DSS Swap at SCS. The martini glass has Crystal Effects over it, unfortunately you are unable to get a good looky-loo...and I did make her drink an Appletini (I love so much!) not a Cosmo as the title of this Bella would suggest. I used the Sanded Background stamp on the Chocolate Chip CS, the striped paper is from scraps I had laying around. The Bella is stamped and colored in on Whisper White with SU! Markers, mounted on More Mustard and Chocolate Chip CS. The ribbon is brown organdy ribbon from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment stamp is actually from A Little Birdie Told Me. This card actually took no time at all to complete. Enjoy. XO Pin It

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Little Birdie Told Me...
I finished this card for a swap I did. The cardstock is Perfect Plum, Pale Plum & Barely Banana. Ink is Perfect Plum. I used the Sanded background stamp, Rhinestone Brads, 3/8" Organdy Ribbon-White & ticket corner punch. This was a pretty easy card to create and the color palette can be easily changed...I just love this color combination.
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