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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ISBG: Best Day Ever


Hello and welcome!! It's a new day and I'm here to show you my latest creation with International Scrapbook Garden's toolshed kit: 'Colorburst'.

If you haven't discovered this kit club already, OH MAN, stop now and go check it out.

My family and I took a business trip to Albuquerque, NM during Spring Break. On the way, we stopped at Amarillo, TX and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. My husband and son went zip lining over a small part of it, while I stayed firmly on the ground taking pictures.

I was greatly inspired by Karine Gagnon's work and her layout, 'Let Life Surprise You'. She makes process videos and I really appreciate that as I learn to navigate the world of mixed media.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!




The embellishment bonus kit comes with thickers by American Crafts. I love that as AC products can be versatile and fun for many projects. The bonus kit also comes with some fun word phrases by 7 Dots Studio.


I layered chipboard and patterned paper provided in the bonus paper kit and bonus chipboard kit. The  layered circles I inked with 'Tin Can' ink provided in the main kit.


I used Paste-Eez 'Lava Flow' from ISBG 'The Spider's Web' mixed media kit. I did combine Lindy's sprays and magical shakers provided in the main kit and bonus mixed media kit. I added one color from my stash: Lindy's Starburst Spray: Ponderosa Pines Olive.

Supplies:

ISBG: Toolshed kit: Colorburst Main Kit
ISBG: Toolshed kit: Colorburst Bonus Paper
ISBG: Toolshed kit: Colorburst Embellishment Bonus Kit
ISBG: Toolshed kit: Colorburst Bonus Chipboard
ISBG: Toolshed kit: Colorburst Mixed Media Bonus Kit
ISBG: Toolshed kit: Spider's Web Mixed Media Bonus Kit

Extra Supplies:

Lindy's Starburst Spray: Ponderosa Pines Olive
Clear Gesso

Thursday, April 5, 2018

ISBG: You Color my World

Hello! Welcome to my blog. Today I'm sharing with you a new layout using International Scrapbook Garden's toolshed kit called 'Colorburst'.

There are so many interpretations with this kit! Love every little detail in it. You can make a crazy color combo page, or even just a monochrome page and love the results either way.

With this page, I wanted to use every color provided in the main kit and mixed media bonus kit. We recently stopped by Cadillac Ranch on Route 66 in Texas. These cars are standing straight up, in a row, and are weirdly part of our modern American history. People not only stop by to visit, but to spray paint the cars as well. These cars are located on the flat plains so the wind is absolutely relentless and intense as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!



Aren't these flowers beautiful!?


I envisioned the background a certain way and ended up with a "hot mess". LOL! So I felt the need to add lots of embellishment to tone down the background. I did use leaf die cuts made with my Silhouette Cameo here.


The mixed media kit comes with Dazzlerz 'Pucker Up Pink', which is a shimmering dimensional paste. It's an incredibly strong and powerful color!!! I applied black gesso to the title and added two different embossing powders. Polka purple is part of the mixed media kit. Lindy's Desert Moon Copper Teal is from my stash. 
Did you know that those long titles mean there is more than one color change in the powder? If you use black gesso/paint, you will get the secondary color instead.

Supplies:


My Stash:
Lindy's Embossing Powder: Desert Moon Copper Teal
Silhouette Cameo
Word stamps by Heidi Swapp and Citrus Twist
Loose thread

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Scrap the Boys: Splash

Hello and welcome!! It's a brand-new month and time for a new challenge at Scrap The Boys.


This month we are teaming up with Cocoa Vanilla, which unfortunately I
do not have any of their products in my stash. So I decided to go completely bright
and colorful.


'Summer Fun' is a cut file I purchased from the Silhouette online store. I also offset the 
cut in the patterned pink to really make the frame pop.


I reached for several items from various places in my stash that seemed to all
have coordinating colors. The die cuts are from the Pebbles line.


I would consider this layout to be simple in design and execution. Some dots,
twine and die cuts and you have yourself a masterpiece!!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!
Supplies:
--Paper:
---Pebbles: Fun in the Sun 
---Echo Park: Summer Bliss
---Bella Blvd: Sand & Surf
Twine
Dots
Pebbles Die Cuts: Fun in the Sun
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ISBG: Authentic Gentleman

It's brand new kit time at International Scrapbook Garden!!!! Oh my . . . . I can't even begin to express all the happiness coming from this new toolshed kit 'Colorburst'!!

Thank goodness I recently went on a trip and took pictures that will go well with this kit. Cause that's why I go on trips . . . so I can scrapbook!! LOL!

Other than glue, dimensional paste and gesso, I only reached for one extra stamp from my own stash to make this page. I did use 13arts grained grit and microspheres from the previous toolshed kits on this page as well.

I love that International Scrapbook's kit designer used 49 & Market for much of this kit as well. I have never used their products before and it's love at first sight!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!




I used black gesso on the creative embellishment pieces. I also reached for 13@rts Black Microspheres and Fine-Grained Grit from previous kits to add a little more texture.


I love the two stencil templates that come with the kits. They are such versatile shapes to be used on a variety of projects.



I first added Lindy's Flat Fabio C'estla vie Cerise as the base color. I then added Lindy's magical shaker Time Travel Teal twice for extra color burst. I followed all of that with a touch of Shimmerz Paste-eez 'Hold the Mustard'. All of these colors are provided in the kits.



Here you can see the many layers I added to the background for color and texture.

Supplies:

ISBG: Colorburst Main Kit
ISBG: Colorburst Bonus Paper
ISBG: Colorburst Bonus Chipboard
ISBG: Colorburst Bonus Mixed Media
ISBG: Summer Concert Bonus Embellishment
ISBG: Summer Concert Main Kit

Extra:
Random stamp from stash
White and Black Gesso

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PDE Linky Party: Relax

Hello there! Today is a new challenge day at Pause Dream Enjoy!

Today's challenge is this photo for inspiration.


I know most of us would be thinking "mermaid" and "birthday". Let's just say I 
don't have any "mermaids" in my life. Also, I seriously shy away from making actual 
birthday cards . . . so I went a different way.


I decided to make this cute Doodlebug Designs' dolphin
for my card, purchased from the Silhouette online store.

Also, I was hugely inspired by this card found on Pinterest. 
It's absolutely the cutest in it's simplicity.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

PDE: Smile


Hello and welcome! Today is a new challenge day at Pause Dream Enjoy.

I made this card using a resist technique with Lindy's embossing powders and Tim Holtz distress inks. I'm very happy with how this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Supplies:

Lindy's Embossing Powders: Morning Glory Azure and Desert Moon Copper Teal
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
--Victorian Velvet
--Gathered Twigs
--Rusty Hinge
--Broken China
Sequins
Wooden Smile (embossed with Morning Glory Azure)
Background stamp by Carabelle (SA60208)


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ISBG: Take the Scenic Route

Good morning crafters!! I'm here today with a new layout using International 
Scrapbook Garden's toolshed kit: Winter Adventures.

Did I mention how much I love this kit?! It's perfect for baby boy, school,
playing in the mud, and winter layouts of our boys (yes yes . . . even girls).

But honestly, girls get a lot of attention in the crafty world. *smirk*

I used SCAL4 to create a negative cut on the top page, distressed the edges,
then added the second layer behind it. Easy as pie!

Thanks for stopping by today!


I add stitching to nearly every layout. I love how it brings an
ordinary page to life!


I added layers of distressed scrap paper behind the photo. 
This is a new look or "technique" for me and I love how it really
adds to the personality of a boy page.


Most of the cluster is from the kit. I added buttons, the 
hash tag and thread from my stash. Oh, I added the stamped
date from my own stash too.

Supplies:

ISBG: Toolshed Kit: Winter Adventures Main kit
ISBG: Toolshed Kit: Winter Adventures Bonus Paper
ISBG: Toolshed Kit: Winter Adventures Embellishment Bonus

Extra:
Sewing and thread
Buttons
Wooden Hashtag
Stamped date

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Adventure Camp

 Hello! Can you believe it's March already? It also means it's a new challenge over at Scrap The Boys challenge blog.

For this month, we are challenging you with a sketch provided by Laura Whitaker.



This sketch has all kinds of goodies and room for interpretation! I hope you play along this month. For me, I decided to use a different large shape, rather than the star. I purchased the campfire from an Etsy store called PureMerakiDesigns. I then hand-stitched the whole thing, which took about an hour.


You know those layouts that come together so quickly and just "flow". Yeah . . . this wasn't one of them. LOL! I know this layout doesn't look complicated, but my brain was having some serious roadblocks trying to put it together. Ever have one of those?



Once I decided on the campfire background, the rest of the layout finally came together . . . slowly. The paper is from an older line by Elle's Studio.


"Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed." Robert Gallagher (October Afternoon)

I used that quote on this layout cause it was quite the headache trying to get 11 boys to go to sleep at adventure camp. Let's just say "been there, done that . . . got the t-shirt". 


THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!!!!



Friday, February 23, 2018

ISBG: Love This Life

Hello again! Today I'm sharing with you a new page from International Scrapbook Garden
I used the toolshed kit Winter Adventures. This kit is so versatile for just about any boy page you want to make. It has a lovely mix of blue paper by Maja Design, snow, hearts, and other masculine touches. Seriously, this kit has it all!!


I dabble in two unique styles. One is using large die cuts on my pages while still incorporating negative space. The other is mixed media, which I have shown in previous blog posts. While mixed media is "new" to me, die cuts is my first love as I've been using them for years.



The hearts is a background die cut found on the Silhouette online store by Paige Evans. I then cut out a few hearts (using the same file) to make the background more interesting.


I tried very hard to stick to the kit. I did add a bit of lace from my stash, 
as well as die cut leaves and thread. These just help make the cluster
a bit more "full" looking.


On my previous pages, I heat embossed the chipboard. I felt like the heart was 
perfect for this page as it was.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!!!!

Supplies:

--ISBG: Toolshed Kit Winter Adventures
--ISBG: Toolshed Kit Winter Adventures: Bonus Chipboard
--ISBG: Toolshed Kit Winter Adventures: Bonus Paper
--ISBG: Toolshed Kit Winter Adventures: Bonus Embellishments
--ISBG: Toolshed Kit Winter Adventures: Mixed Media kit (mica flakes)

Extra:
Silhouette Cameo - large background die cut heart and leaves (filler)
Lace
AC White Card stock
Blue Thread


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

ISBG: Mixed Media Winter Canvas

Hello and welcome! Today I would like to share with you my mixed media canvas using Lindy's Stamp gang limited edition January set of winter colors and many of the awesome embellishments found in the Winter Adventures kits.

This project is ALL about texture and color. I am a huge fan of Gabrielle Pollacco's work and this canvas is definitely inspired by her blog and videos. My media is nearly all sprays and textured paste. Soon, I hope to incorporate more types of mediums into my creativity.


The beginning:


I created the design using much of the embellishment and 
main Winter Adventures kit.


I added a few extra elements such as buttons, lace and cheesecloth.
I did not end up using the large lace flower.


Shown here is everything covered in gesso, both individually and together.


Here it is before I added bling.


If you are making this kind of canvas, it really doesn't matter what 
color everything starts out as if you are covering it all in gesso and 
spray inks.


I did end up adding eyes to the wooden snowman.


Here is a close-up of the cluster in the upper left corner.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!


Supplies:
ISBG: Winter Adventures Main Toolshed kit
ISBG: Winter Adventures Embellishment Bonus kit
ISBG: Winter Adventures Chipboard Bonus
ISBG: Winter Adventures Mixed Media

(Basically I used nearly everything but the actual paper).

Extra Supplies:

8x10 canvas
Kraft Card stock
Silhouette Studio files (using the Kraft Card Stock)
Lace
Bling
Cheesecloth
Buttons
Ranger Perfect Pearls powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays:
--Tainted Love Teal
--Azure Sea Asters
--Fuzzy Navel Peach
--Cowabunga Copper
Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio:
--I'm Late, I'm Late Slate (incredibly light color)
Arrow from the Summer Concert Toolshed kit

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ISBG: Valentine Notecards for Boys

I recently watched a process video by Keren Tamir featuring Artist Trading cards. I thought, 'I can make this for my son for Valentine's day month'!

Our young men need encouragement and love the same as our young women.

I have been making notecards for my son for a couple years, but they have been "cute" in nature using die cuts and paper piecing as the main theme. Karen Tamir's video was a huge inspiration for me to use more of the first Toolshed kit at International Scrapbook Garden called Summer Concert.

I also made these notecards for this week's challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy . . . Valentine cards or treats!

Without further ado, here they are! Hope you like them!



I made enough to send my son one to school each school day until February 14th. My son is rather sentimental and has saved all his notecards from the previous years.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
ISBG: Toolshed Kit - Summer Concert Main kit
ISBG: Toolshed Kit - Summer Concert Embellishment Bonus kit

Extra supplies:

Thread
Staples
49 & Market Circle Stitch Stamp
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder - Vintage Photo
Arrow punch and cork sheets
Distressing tool

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Family

Hello there! Today is a bonus post with Scrap The Boys as we join together with
the Stick It Down blog challenges. Here is the sketch . . . perfect for February!


I recently had family photos taken and was really excited to get
started on this page about us. Hearts and family go well together, don't
you think? The large heart is a free cut file from Paper Issues.



THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!

Supplies:
Paper:
--FancyPants "Golden Days"
--Simple Stories - Basics Wood
Ephemera by Golden Days
Silhouette Cameo
Die Cut heart by Paper Issues



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Follow Your Dreams

Hello there!! Did I not tell you? I'm now part of the Scrap The Boys Design Team!!! Woot! There are going to be some fabulous challenges lined up for you this year so I hope you'll join me this season. Without further ado, here's the first challenge.


We had family photos taken this year for the first time in 7 years!!!!! Yikes . . . far too long. So bear with me this season as you may be seeing a lot of family photos type 'layouts' in the coming months. I was greatly inspired by this layout on Pinterest. I have been diving more and more into the world of mixed media. It's still a huge learning process and it takes time to build up a color stash. But I'm still very happy with how bright and playful this turned out.



I used a lot of die cuts and a few scraps of paper from Pinkfresh's
"Dream On" collection. The thread of circles is die cuts by Tim Holtz.


Stamps by Tim Holtz and Citrus Kits.

Supplies:

--Paper: Pinkfresh: Dream On collection
--Diecuts: Pinkfresh: Dream On collection
Tim Holtz dies and stamps
Stencils: Brick and Codes
Gelatos: Tangerine and Lemon
Modeling Paste mixed with color
Black acrylic paint
Citrus Twist phrase stamps
Date Stamp