Saturday, April 29, 2017

Anniversary Page with Quick Quotes and Clear Scraps

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June here, bringing you more blog-hopping fun with Quick Quotes and Clear Scraps. Hope you have been enjoying all the great inspiration and projects this week.

Clear Scraps products are new to me, but after working with them - WOW - I love them! They make pages come together effortlessly with amazing results! Check it out:

I had forgotten how stunning alcohol inks look on acrylic, like stained glass. It has a mixed media feel without all the mess and drying time.  Check out the before and after coloring:

Although this layout looks time consuming, it really was fast and easy. Here is my process:
  • Color Clear Scraps' XOXO Acrylic Layout frame with 4 colors of Ranger's alcohol inks & blending solution on a felt pad. Just dab it on. (Seriously, this just took a few minutes.)
  • Print 4 photos using Cannon's Selphy CP1200 printer. Trim to fit.
  • Cut a loopy border from Quick Quotes' Mulbury 103 and edge with Royal Blue PowderPuff Ink.
  • Attach Clear Scraps' frame, photos and border to Windsong 103 paper. (I used vellum adhesive to attach the acrylic frame.)
  • Die cut 2 large, 9 medium & 9 small flowers out of Quick Quotes' Mulberry 102 & 103. Edge with Royal Blue & Violet PowderPuff Inks. Layer, glue them together and add gem centers.
  • Adhere flowers and word phrases from Quick Quotes' Mulberry Quotes & Phrases sheet in 3 clusters around the page.
  • Add silver glitter letters to hearts for the title, and add journaling. Done! See, fast and easy.
One of the best things about this process is that you can customize everything to fit your photos. Look at how well the Clear Scraps' frame matches the Quick Quotes Mulberry papers and the photos!

Quick Quotes Products:
Mulberry Paper Pack and Quotes & Phrases
Windsong Paper Pack
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Royal Blue & Violet
Cannon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

Clear Scraps Product:  
XOXOX 12x12 Acrylic Layout

Other Products:
Ranger Alcohol Inks - Stream, Cranberry, Eggplant, Silver
Poppy Stamp's Stitched Bloom Trio
Martha Stewart border punch
Heidi Swapp silver glitter letters

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Great Egg Hunt Page

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Every year we have a ball doing a family Easter egg hunt. And now that the "kids" are older they help with hiding the baskets. The boys have really gotten creative finding places, including on the roof and underground! Check it out:

I had fun using up some of my older themed papers and stickers. I also used Winnie & Walter's Noelle's Cutaway for the cute border and bow on the journaling panel. This page is based on a sketch from Pagemaps and inspired by GrandDiva's mood board (all the fun little elements and sunny yellow) and Winnie & Walter's color combination.

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Hooray Let's Toast Card

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I got to do a lot of playing with this card. I used several embossing techniques, new (to me) stamps and a great design sketch. Check it out:

The new stamps are by Hero Arts and include Cocktail Party and Make A Wish Birthday sets.They are so fun to mix and match. In order to make the bubbly look real, I used WOW Marshmallow & Parma Violet embossing powders. One of my favorite techniques is to color with embossing powders. WOW silver embossing powder and clear sequins were used to make the confetti. The Hero Art's sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW's Bright White powder. The papers are by Paper Studio. To finish off the card I added machine stitching across the top. This card is based on sketch #95 by Heather Hall at Sketch N Scrap.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

State Fair Marching Band Page

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As Aaron started 10th grade this year, he got to play with the Edina Marching Band at the Minnesota State Fair. We were all so excited. (Being in the parade is not new to Aaron as he has been in this parade every year for 10 years, usually on a firetruck.)  He has been practicing marching and creating formations for a month. Fun to see him perform.

Most of the papers and stickers are October Afternoon's Midway (perfect, right?!) Thicker letters, 100 Proof Press trumpet stamp and Prima's musical paper clip were also added. This page is based on a sketch by Heather at Sketch N Scrap.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Perfect Fit Layout

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Aaron was fitted with his marching band uniform. Doesn't he look handsome! These uniforms are 40 years old! The kids are taught to take extra special care of them, so they are still in good shape. The ladies who fit Aaron fussed over him for 20 minute and he ate it up! It's not just the uniform that fits him so well, but the whole program, he is truly a "Bandie!"

While organizing my stash, I found this wonderful pack of customized school papers. I had bought them while Aaron was still in Kindergarten! (Good thing we didn't move.) Now that he is in High School it's time to use them. A Ki transparency, gold ribbon and 100 Proof Press trumpet stamp were also added. Photo was taken by Life Touch.

This page is entered in:
Simon Says "We've Got Your Number Monday Challenge  (the numbers are in the journaling)
Scrapbooks and Cards Today blog sketch Challenge

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fresh Air Layout

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My men are very much indoor kinda guys. But they have so much fun when I can get them in the great outdoors. Here we ran around the beautiful gardens in our nearby Arboretum:

With so many wonderful pictures of the Arboretum, Scrap Our Stash's multi-photo sketch was a perfect fit. I recently purchased Altenew's Reflections Scrapbook Collection  and, as it is the prize this month for one very lucky Scrap Our Stash participant, I thought it would be fun to use it for this challenge. Most of the papers and embellishments on this page come from the Altenew kit. But, in SOS style, I did add some older elements from my stash. The additions include Thickers, homemade enamel dots, gold ribbon, a Hambly overlay frame, and lots of machine stitching. Check out a couple close-ups:

For the word challenge I used:
    F- flowers, flair, frame
    L- lined paper, layers
    O- overlay
    W- woodgrain letters, word stickers
    E- enamel dots
    R- red, ribbon

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jeff's Hang In There Card

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Having a family of guys who love fantasy novels, this fun Dragon stamp by C.C.Designs gets used often. I must admit this Dragon is one of my favorite stamps and always makes me smile. My husband is having a hard week at work, so I made this card for him to cheer him on.

The background was created with Distress Inks using the smooshing technique, then SPLASHED with black paint and cut with a Spellbinders tag die to make a frame. (If you want to see what I created with the tag, it is posted here in my Flickr account.) The C.C. Designs Dragon (retired stamp) was colored with Prima's Tropical Watercolor Confections. To help bring a smile to my husband's face, I made this card into a shaker using clear sequins. And the wonderful sentiment is Simon Says Stamp's New Beginnings Encouragement stamp set.

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