Saturday, July 13, 2024

Rollercoaster Activity

This is SUCH a busy summer here! I hope you're finding a little crafty time!
Here is a page I made a couple weeks ago, of another library activity. This one was a chance to learn about rollercoasters, and they provided some supplies to try and make a rollercoaster for a marble! My kids' worked but not when the judge was watching, darnit. ha. 
Stamps: Whimsical Alpha Lower (retired)
Ink: Fresh Freesia
Paper: Basic White, Bright & Beautiful DP
Accessories: Subtles Candy Dots (retired), 2016-18 In Color Enamel Shapes (retired)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Color Throwdown!

Happy Wednesday to you!
Today I have some very happy, because I was selected by Color Throwdown to play along this week! 
This is their challenge image, and you can find it here: Color Throwdown #801 
And this is how I used these pretty autumny colors:
and a slightly different angle of lighting... 
Stamps: Encircled in Nature
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy
Paper: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Iridescent Foil Gems, Encircled in Nature dies, Exposed Brick embossing folder, Dimensionals, Blending Brush, Tombow adhesive, big shot (retired)

I tried inking the embossing folder, but I guess the ink was too wet because it just made a mess. So I ran it thru again and this time swiped my ink pad across the raised edges. I like how it wasn't full-coverage and I think that adds to the distressed look. I used a Blending Brush with Crumb Cake ink on the center cut out part of the wreath, and then left the wreath itself plain, to stand out a bit more. I cut an extra leaf die and layered it on top. And I really love the result! 

I hope you get to stay inside during this super hot week and get some crafting done! 

Saturday, July 6, 2024

9th Grade

I got this page done for my son's first day of 9th grade quite a while ago, but moving out of the draft folder is always a good thing.
Here's something interesting.... you may notice, lots of his pages have weird angles and wonky placement, and most of them have fun, bright colors. That's my boy in a few words. This time, I found this kit and thought it would be great for an "older" kid. I laid out the papers that I liked the patterns of and chose some edge stickers. I glued it all down and then started on the journaling and realized.... This was the school year he hated more than anything. We were building our house and temporarily living across the valley. He couldn't go to school at "his" school for the first quarter and he couldn't BE "home" and he struggled with that. So how interestingly fitting that I used colors he wouldn't pick and lines he wouldn't love to capture this year. And I didn't even do it on purpose. Huh. Funny what comes through....
Anyway, this was another Simply Scrappin' kit and it DOES make a nice masculine page! Even if it isn't his style. Another one done! Yeay!!
Tailor-Made Simply Scrappin' Kit, Linen Thread

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Birthday Balloons!

Here's a happy card, using the birthday girls' favorite colors. Goodness- always ask if you can. I would have done her card in black and purple, ha! 

I think it works perfectly for the Festive Friday challenge too, if I understand it correctly. My choices from their list is Blue, Rhinestones, Balloons and Celebratory Sentiment. The solid balloon, curly string, and words are old Paper Pumpkin stamps, and the polka dot balloon comes from a bonus PP stamp set. The straighter string came from another long retired stamp set, Beautiful Ride. 
Stamps: Beautiful Ride (retired), Paper Pumpkin (old!)
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Blueberry Bushel, Memento Black
Paper: Basic White card stock
Accessories: Rhinestones (long retired)

Monday, July 1, 2024

Flowers on repeat!

Happy Monday and happy July!
I managed to find a little stamping time this morning. I put this card together, and I think it will be for my aunt to send her sister. I combined the color challenge from Color Throwdown with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and got this! 
Stamps: Layers of Beauty
Ink: Memento Black
Stampin' Blends: Dark & Light Blackberry Bliss, Dark & Light Granny Apple Green, Dark Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Basic White, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Iridescent Striped Trim

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Braces Off!

Here's another fun layout. This one was a CASE of a page on, which is where I'm part of a scrapbooking group. You can see the original page HERE. The inspiration page was digital and I used paper supplies, so I did things a little bit differently. I think it followed her idea tho, and either way, it's perfect for my son! 
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Capture the Good
Ink: Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Dapper Denim 
Paper: Sarah DP, So Saffron, Dapper Denim card stock 
Accessories: Blending Brushes, 2016 In Color Enamel Shapes 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Llamas at the Library!

Another day, another layout! 
We are big fans of the library. We visit at least every other week, but sometimes more often than that. And we go to a lot of library activities. I usually plan to scrap it, tho I haven't gotten all of them done. This was a crazy library event, ha. It was based off the book "Llama Llama Red Pajama" so it was a pj party. They scheduled llamas to come from a local Krishna temple so the kids could see them up close. Then they brought the llamas inside!! What?! haha!! 
Fortunately, I have some (long retired) llama "themed" DP, ha! (it's really llama looking piƱatas with fiesta images) I didn't buy the coordinating stamp set, but I think the paper worked just fine. 
Paper: Emerald Envy card stock (retired), Festive Birthday DP (retired)
Accessories: Alphabet a la Mode Dies, 2023-25 In Color Dots (retired), big shot (retired)
Journaling Font: Alasassy Caps.

This is how I did the title:
What are you making this summer?

Monday, June 24, 2024

June Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Happy Monday to you! Hoping to have a few things to post this coming week...!

This Paper Pumpkin kit came in spite of me planning to skip it... However, it IS cute, and I whipped these two up to give my aunt, to send to her sister (yes, a different aunt, lol). My cards are not the way it was planned, (typical, ha!) but they use the same supplies for each card.

I do really like these new In Colors, which is what they featured in this kit. And the fruit is cute too. The words are sparkly, I just am not sure what I'll use the Congrats cards for, which is the third design. That's one thing I've really determined lately, going thru my box of stash- I'm tired of making cards I am never going to use, lol. And other than an occasional graduation, I really don't use "congrats!". Do you?

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Backyard Campout!

 I forgot to hit publish! 
Happy Saturday! Man, summer is busy!! 

Today I have a page I put together last month. This campout was a big request last summer, so my youngest and I slept out back! I "made my own DP" by randomly stamping the very-long-retired camping images on paper. If I didn't get this stamp set with my starter kit, it was the next thing I ordered, ha.
Stamps: Roughing It, Alphabest
Ink: Real Red, Gray Granite, Pebbled Path, Pecan Pie, Blueberry Bushel, Memento Black 
Paper: Bumblebee, Basic White card stocks
Journaling Font: Artistamp Medium

Here's a close up of the stamping if you're curious.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Late Night!

Since I'm not getting a lot of craft time (ha, yeay summer!) I have plenty of pages I can schedule posts for! I did this one last month for my son. These photos have been printed for ages and I finally got it done!
I think everything here is retired, which is typical for me and scrapbooking.
Stamps: Girlfriend Accessories (retired), Alphabet Appeal Lower (retired)
Ink: Memento Black, Starry Sky (retired)
Paper: Basic White, Starry Sky (retired)
Accessories: 2022-24 In Color Pearls, Watercolor Pencils (Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Watercolor Pencils 2 (retired): Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, 
Journaling Font: Moon Flower Bold 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Cards for a Kid

When I first started with Stampin' Up! my oldest was not yet one. Back when we had "classic ink pads" that were stacks of linen, and the stamps were on wood blocks, I let my little kids stamp. They made cards for grandparents and each other and sometimes friends... And then about the time we switched to the rubber with the labels that didn't stick to the stamp or the block, they lost interest. That was fine with me. I felt like it was more tricky with the clear mount stamps and switching them out onto clear blocks and keeping track of them all. 

This means I have really not let my youngest ever stamp! Even tho when she was born, the stamps were much more tacky and less inclined to fall off and away, ha. I don't remember if she started asking for a personal card class last summer or if it was during the school year, but! Today was the day!! She has pulled out stacks of "favorite ink colors" a handful of times, so today I told her to choose ten colors. I got the card stocks for them and we dragged it all to the kitchen table. I did ask what kind of cards she wanted to make, and she wanted to keep them for herself, so we did card fronts (with her approval), and I made them up on the fly! ha! 

First she wanted to use butterflies. This retired set is on wood blocks. We used the matching inks with the card stock, which she was amazed was a thing, haha. Her card is shown first on this set, and she wanted to add the sunshine behind the strips. 
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (retired)
Ink: Tahitain Tide (retired), Gorgeous Grape, Bubble Bath, Cucumber Crush (retired)
Paper: Basic White, Tahitain Tide (retired), Gorgeous Grape, Bubble Bath card stocks

This one I thought we'd tear some card stock for the top, and I probably will for mine, (the second one) but she loved this layered look. At first she thought it was going to be "way too complicated" but she was pleasantly surprised.
Stamps: March 2024 Paper Pumpkin bonus stamp
Ink: Memento Black, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sorbet (retired), Emerald Envy (retired), Daffodil Delight
Paper: Basic White card stock

Finally, I suggested this new-to-me set because I thought she'd enjoy the rainbows. She definitely did, and she said that "even tho rainbows don't have brown, Cinnamon Cider just needed to go with this!" So it did! This time hers is the second card...
The other thing that made me laugh is that this girl is all about texture in most aspects of her life. You should have seen the side eye she gave when I showed her how to tear the edge. And then I had the nerve to just leave it torn?! Ugh. She "likes her art to be neat." hahaha!
Stamps: Happiest Day
Ink: Cinnamon Cider, Melon Mambo, Bubble Bath, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Basic White, Daffodil Delight card stocks

And the very proud little card maker!
We just might do this another hot summer day...! 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

April Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Recently I assembled some of the April Paper Pumpkin kit.
If there are full printed card bases, I *am going to cut them in half and make more stuff. In this case I haven't used the other halves yet, but here is how the kit was designed, minus one that I'm still debating on: 

I did switch these up very slightly
and these didn't get all the mini butterfly die cuts, just some. 
This kit really features the new Basic Beige color, and turns these subdued colors into something elegant. I really like how they turned out. 

If you missed out on this one, the refill kit is available, which means everything but the stamps and ink spot. It's only available for subscribers, but you can always subscribe, order it, and then drop your subscription......
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