Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Think Snow

This was a card for my oldest son who celebrated his birthday today.  He said "Now that's a neat birthday card", which of course made me happy!  He loves winter and snowmobiling so when I found this stamp it was a no brainer to get it.  I've never come across a snowmobile stamp before and there are 2 of them.  You can find them at Patti's Paper Crafts Studio out of Old Forge, NY. Patti attended one of the gatherings near Utica, NY last year and has some really nice stamps that I haven't seen at other shops.  There are geese flying over head and I finished it off with natural jute across the top.  I also distresed the edges on the white card stock.

I stamped on white card stock and to make the appearance of a snow bank, tore card stock and overlapped it.  I added stickles across the tear to give it a sparkle of snow.  I colored the snowmobile using my Copics (yes, blue for Yamaha) and used Crystal Effects on the faceshield of the helmet and windshield.   It was a fun card to make!
Supplies:  Stamps - Snowmobile from Patti's Paper Craft Studio, Migrating Birds from Stampscapes, Sentiment from Unknown; Card stock - White, SU Brilliant Blue; Misc - Star Dust Stickles, Copics, SU Natural Hemp Twine. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Riverfest.

I've been scrap booking for awhile but have very few pages done.  I "collect" paper, embellishments & turn every event with my grandson into a photo op  I found a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers for Scrapbook Goals & decided to join.  I didn't want to overwhelm myself so my goal for September was two 2 page layouts & finished them last night!  I'm thrilled & proud that I"m finally getting some pages done!!  Maybe I'll increase my goal for October??  

Well on to the pages...the theme for all 4 pages was none other than Zach at Riverfest.  He usually becomes a "carnie" for the day with his Great Aunt Laurie (& yes, he thinks she's great!) to sell ride tickets & do anything else Laurie needs help with. I used black SU 12X12 card stock & had only had 1 piece of paper with fireworks so I cut four 3" strips & put them about 2" from the top of each page to highlight the big fireworks show that is always at the end of Riverfest.                        

The left page is about selling carnival ride tickets so I used a ticket corner punch and a 1/2" circle punch to make the photos look like tickets.  They didn't turn out to bad but I did have a hard time lining the 1/2 circles up..probably should have used 2 sizes.  From my stash, a merry-go-round, ferris wheel & tickets. 
The black letters are shadowed in yellow to match the picture mats & cut from my Cricut.  I also replace the "I" in Rvierfest with a firecracker.
The right page is of Aaron Kelly who was a contestant on American Idol and performed at Riverfest.  Aunt Laurie & Zach had "backstage passes" to meet Aaron & were part of his entourage to walk him to the stage. The letters were matted in red but I was a little disappointed they don't show up better. Guess I should have used a lighter color to mat them.  I was lucky I had some Jolee musical embellishments, perfect for this page.
The next 2 page layout has photos Zach took of the fireworks.  To spotlight them, I cut the photo out using a Spellbinder.  The bottom photos have punched photo corners  added to a few picks at the bottom of the page.  Again from my stash...cotton candy, candy apples and more firecrackers.  More good news...I had everything so no need to shop AND I journaled!! (can you hear me patting myself on the back...LOL)
Supplies:  Paper - SU Basic Black, YoYo Yellow, Taken with Teal, Only Ornage, Lovely Lilac, Gable Green, Unknown fireworks. white; Embellishments - Jolee (firecrackers, cotton candy, candy apples), Sandylion Essentials (merry-go-round, ferris wheel, tickets), EK Success (music); Punches - SU 1/2" circle,  photo cornern X-lg; Cricut - Plantin Schoolbook; Spellbinders - Lg Classic Inverted Scalloped Circle.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Shabby Chic

Taylor (stagccva) was the SCS Sketch Hostess who designed this for the 7/31/12 challenge #396.   She kept it simple with a big panel for larger images or sentiments.  I love this design!     
I decided to give the shabby chic look a try.  My good friend, Lisa (SCS runswithscissors) has this look perfected.  I'm very happy how it turned out (there's no one here to pat me on the back so I'll do it myself).  As with the last challenge, I decided to get into my stash so I used SU DSP Bella Birds.  I'm not sure what year it came out but I really like the pastel colors.  I sponged all the DSP with Close to Cocoa.  The trim is white to match the white in the striped paper.  I had sponged a piece of the trim but it looked better white.  At this point there isn't a sentiment on the card and I think I'll wait until I use it, maybe as a birthday or sympathy card.

Supplies - SU Bordering Blue, Blush Blossom, DSP Bella Birds; Ink - Close to Cocoa; Stamp - Inkakinkado Botanical Script.