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.



--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)

Silhouette Cameo - large background die cut heart and leaves (filler)
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.


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)
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!

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

Extra supplies:

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.


--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.


--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