Wednesday, July 19, 2017

4th of July Page

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Our family loves going to Normandale Lake on the 3rd of July to watch the fireworks. It works great as we beat the huge crowds and Bloomington does a spectacular show. We took a selfie while it was still light.

I did several techniques on this page. The beautiful Creative Embellishment chipboard was heat embossed with WOW's Unicorn Magic and Bright White to get a glittery gold and white effect. I also used WOW's Cardinal Red embossing powder.

Because of the crowded environment, the background on the photo was very distracting, so I fussy cut vellum and put it on the top third of the picture. Now you only see us! I also matted the tiny photo with vellum to help it stand out.

To finish off this page, I added machine stitching to the Pebbles & Pink Paislee paper, paper buttons and Heidi Swapp stars. This page is based on a sketch from STUCK?! Sketches.

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Christmas In July with Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes Fans! Today I'm celebrating Christmas in July and getting a jump on the holidays.

Today I am sharing with you Christmas photo ornament ideas using Quick Quotes' Earth Wind Fire collection and a wonderful feature of the Canon SELPHY CP1200 printer.

I knew the Canon Selphy CP1200 printer can make mini and collage prints, but did you know you can crop them too?! This compact photo printer comes with so many well thought out, easy-to-use features it is amazing.


Here is how to use the crop feature with mini prints:
  • Go through the normal steps:
    • Turn it on
    • Upload photos
  • Press the MENU button
    • Use the down arrow key to select "Change Settings" and press the OK button
    • Using the down arrow key, move the cursor to "Page Layout"
    • Use the right arrow key to scroll through layout options to "4-up" (or "2-up" or "8-up")
    • Press the BACK button
    • Use the up arrow key to move the cursor to "Select and Print" and press the OK button
  • Use the right & left arrow keys to scroll through photos 
  • Press the up arrow key to select a photo to be printed
    • A location will highlight on the mini print icon (upper right of the Selphy screen)
  • If desired, press the EDIT button and then the OK button to crop a photo
    • Use the EDIT button to rotate the crop window between landscape and portrait
    • Use the arrow keys to move the crop window and the zoom buttons to make it bigger/smaller
    • Press the OK button when done cropping
  • You can add as many photos as you like, up to 2 or 4 or 8, depending on the layout you choose
  • Press the "print" button and watch the magic happen!

These photo ornaments (for the grandparents) came together super fast and easy. The frames and flowers are the white chipboard pieces that came with the June Club Q mini album kit (there may still be a few kits available). The papers and "joy" banners are from the Earth Wind Fire collection.

To make them:
  • trace the frame with a pencil on paper
  • fussy cut
  • attach to top of frame
  • ink edges with Amaretto PowderPuff Chalking ink
  • attach photo and paper backing
  • color red flowers with Lipstick PowderPuff Chalking ink
  • embellish with brads, punched pine branches and gold thread
Here are a few close-ups:


Quick Quotes Products:
Earth Wind Fire 101, 104, 500
PowderPuff Chalking inks:Lipstick, Amaretto

Canon Printer:
Cannon SELPHY CP1200

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Robotics Layout

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I asked Aaron what was his favorite part of this robotics tournament. He said, "Having one of his team sponsors take time from his busy schedule to join us and to sit with him."

Here are some of the highlights for the second tournament of the season:

I had great fun pulling out some older Cosmo Cricket papers and embellishments. I added plaid paper at the bottom under the journaling for an accent. This layout is based on a sketch Lisa at Sketch N Scrap.

This page is entered in:
  • The "Use Plaid" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Altenew Midway Card

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My family loves going to the Minnesota State Fair and going on the rides, so this stamp by Altenew is perfect:

This card was inspired by the composition of Altenew's July Inspiration Challenge photo.  To create this card, the following products were used:
  • Altenew stamps:
    • Ferris Wheel
    • To The Moon
    • Celebrate 
  • Zig Clean Color markers
  • Inks:
    • Hero Arts Dandelion
    • Altenew mini pads - tropical forest
    • Versafine pigment - onyx black
  • WOW Clear Gloss embossing powder
  • Pretty Pink Posh sparking clear 6mm sequins
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Father's Day Layout

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Jeff spoils us every day, so it is only right we totally spoiled him on Father's Day!

This page is based on a sketch on the Freckled Fawn blog. All of these wonderful embellishments, from the glitter frame to the square doily are by Freckled Fawn. The Freckled Fawn wooden stars were altered by adding summer sun yellow Stickles.

The title is a chippie by Creative Embellishments (I love this company!) I altered it by adding black Enamel Accents to it. It's so shiny and thick! This layout was inspired by the stars in their mood photo.

The papers are by Authenique. The record in the lower left originally had a vintage family photo in it, so I updated it.

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  • Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Summer Sunshine - I used sunny yellow Stickles

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Mad Hatter Layout

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Sue and I have the tradition of taking each other our to the Mad Hatter for our birthdays. Today it was my turn. We love getting berry stuffed french toast and mimosas.


This layout uses Elle's Studio's Live-Laugh-Love and Let's Eat collections. For some fun added touches, I used markers to create an outside border and several colors of my new "toy" Nuvo Jewel Drops. This page is based on a sketch on Stuck?! Sketches blog.

This page is entered in:
 Elle's Studio Challenge Day: Create A Bold Title
 Simom Says Wednesday Challenge: Summer Sunshine 
 Stuck?! Sketches: July 1 
 Challenge YOUrself: Handwritten Journaling

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Monday, July 10, 2017

A Beautiful Day With Quick Quotes' New Serenade

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I've got a fun surprise for you. Quick Quotes is coming out with a new line called Serenade! These papers are so pretty and really make my photos POP. The gorgeous colors and designs do all the work of showcasing my pictures to perfection, so I did not need to add much else to get great results.

The background paper is Serenade 100. I cut strips from Serenade 101 and 105. I diecut the title from Serenade 105.

I fussy cut additional flowers from Serenade 102 and added Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The journal spot was punch from Serenade 101 and 103. Cheesecloth and ribbon was also added. All the papers were edged with Slate PowderPuff Chalking ink.

Quick Quotes Products:
 Serenade paper collection (coming soon!)
 Slate PowderPuff Chalking Ink

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-June Swart

Capitol Fun for Scrap Our Stash

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This layout shows my son, Aaron, and friend having fun mimicking the expression of these governor busts along with a great day lobbying at the Minnesota State Capitol for STEM and robotics funding.

I am up today on the Scrap Our Stash blog using their creative Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Love the patriotic theme this month. I used the middle column: Colors, Stars & Tag.

July Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge

I used Cas-ual Friday's Fri-Dies Stars nested diecuts and followed their Tic Tac Toe challenge as well.

The pattern papers are by Creative Imaginations and We R. Dreamweavers silver embossing paste was added with a star stencil for texture.

Tic Tac Toe challenges are my favorite as they allow for freedom of design and encourage you to stretch your creativity as well as use up your stash. So give these challenges a try and thanks for stopping by,

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  • The "Distress It" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Students 4 STEM Layout

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I was so proud of my son, Aaron, and the robotics teams - they took the day off school and lobbied at the Minnesota State Capitol for more STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) education funding for after-school activities. They met with Senator Franzen and took over the rotunda demonstrating their robots. Aaron was the only student brave enough to ask several questions at the Town Hall meeting. Jeff and I got to come along and watch.

I like to use a white background when I use several busy photos, but I often feel it is a bit stark and it leave my pictures "hanging." To solve this...

Design Tip:
  Stencil along the outside edge of your design. Stenciling adds *depth *grounding *color *interest *to the theme, *pulls things together and *draws your eye to the photos. Plus it only take a minute and is easy to do.

For the stenciling, I blended Slate and Feather Gray PowderPuff Chalking Inks by Quick Quotes (by far the best inks for this technique!) with a mini blending tool and TCW gear stencil.

The robot is a Tim Holtz stamp and the "voting" embellishments are by Jolle's. This page is based on a sketch from GrandDiva's blog and is part of the Scrappy Friends Challenge. Check it out below!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Robotics Layout

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Aaron not only raised money for his robotics team, but also helped fund the SW metro's playing field and airships for practice before the big competitions.


The hexagons in the sketch at Let's Get Sketchy were perfect for a layout about robots. I used Simple Stories' Awesome pattern papers. Using a Creative Embellishments stencil, I added silver embossing paste below the title. As a finishing touch, dots of Viva Perlen-Pens in gold, silver & black were added.

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This page is entered in:
Let's Get Sketchy June 15 Sketch Challenge

Simon Says: Stencil It Challenge