Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bee Strong

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Crafty Milka is doing a blog hop in support of bees. As this is a cause near and dear to my heart, I thought I would join in.


Several stamping companies are supporting this bee hop with prizes, so I wanted to support them by using some of their products to make this card. The cute bee is a stamp by Gerda Steiner Designs called Bee Strong. It was colored with watercolor brush markers. The pretty plaid pattern paper is by Lawn Fawn. To finish off the card, Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins were added, along with gold thread and glitter glue on the bee's wings.

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Thanks for stopping by and help the bees please!
-June

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Party Bears

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Jennifer McGuire did a great technique video called Watercolor Swiping. It was so easy to make the rainbow background using this method, and fun, too!


After creating the rainbow background, I splattered it with gold, white and black Color Shine so it looked like confetti. Then, using My Favorite Things's card sketch from their blog as a guide, I die cut circles, backed them with white cardstock and stamped the adorable MFT's Bitty Bears Stamps.


The bears are colored with Zig watercolor brush markers. The white heat embossed sentiment is also from this set.

 

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  • The "Happy Hour" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by,
-June

Monday, May 13, 2019

Smile

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I love trying new techniques, and Jennifer McGuire has an amazing one called Watercolor Swiping, which is how this colorful background was created. You can see her video here.



For this technique, I used Pink Fresh's Liquid Watercolors on a baby wipe and swiped it across watercolor paper. It turned out beautifully! I did try different papers. Watercolor and Bistrol papers worked wonderfully, but regular inexpensive cardstock didn't blend and warped.


I added Pink Fresh's Circle Frame With Botanicals and Smile Word dies cut from white cardstock. To finish off the card Nuvo Jewel Drops in a variety of colors were added.


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  • The "Happy Hour" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp


Thanks for stopping by,
-June

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mother's Day Page

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Mother's Day is such a special day for me as my guys really spoil me. They know I love flowers and this year they went all out!


This page was created with Jillibean's Souper Celebration collection, including all of the pattern papers, the flower Pea Pods and puffy stickers. The tag in the upper corner was created with a stamp from Jillibean Soup's Coffee and Dounuts set.


Recently I received a Scan N Cut machine (thank you Treasure!!!) and I am just now learning how to use it. Jillibean Soup has a bunch of cute and free cut files, so I decided to try it out. And it worked!!! Check out the title! I am very technologically challenged, but this worked slick!


This layout is based on a sketch on Rochelle Spears blog and the pink flowers were inspired by a mood board on Stacy's blog.

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Hope you have a happy Mother's Day,
-June

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Aaron's Band Concerts

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Aaron loves playing his trumpet and is in several band groups. He does lots of concerts during the year, so I made this page with a pocket to hold all of the programs. Here it is:


I used Elle's Studio Shine pattern papers and machine stitched 3 sides. Love the thick, quality papers by Elle's Studio as they stand up to the repeated use of the pocket. The teal alphabet letters and stars are puffy stickers, also by Elle's Studio.

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-June

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Coffee and Doughnuts

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My son's favorite place to go for a little celebrations is a place called YoYo's, which is a coffee and doughnut shop. I get the coffee and he gets the doughnuts. That was the inspiration for this card.


I used Jillibean Soup's Souper Celebration pattern paper along with their Coffee & Donuts stamp set. The sentiment is by Altenew.

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-June

Spring Blizzard

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It was a brutal winter this year in Minnesota. Record cold days and record snow falls. The kids missed 5 days of school, the most ever. And just as we got a break and the mountains (literally) of snow were melting, with just just 3 weeks to go until spring, this happened:


The good news is now it is May and all the snow is gone! So it is time to finish scrapping this winter. I used a lot of fun products and techniques on this layout. The snowflakes above the title were embossed with Deco Foil Metallix Gel in silver with Memory Box's Winter Snowflakes stencil.


I added a multiple of colors of Deco Foil Transfer Sheet to Creative Embellishment's chipboard snowflakes with Thermoweb's Sticky Dot Adhesive (no heat needed!) for some fun color, sparkle and hints of the spring to come.





The title letters are Thickers attached with Sticky Dot Adhesive sheet (I love this stuff!). The decorative red border is a stamp from Gina K's Season's Greetings set and embossed with red embossing powder. The cute winged penguin is a stamp by The Cat's Pajamas.


This layout is based on a sketch from the Thermoweb blog celebrating National Scrapbook Day. The penguin and colorful chipboard snowflakes were inspired by the mood photo at Creative Embellishments.

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-June

Monday, May 6, 2019

First Crush

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My son is smitten with his first girlfriend. While setting up for an Easter family photo, my husband managed to snap this sweet moment.

 

For this wonderful photo I wanted to use some of my favorite papers, Pinkfresh Studio's Indigo Hills 2 with matching Puffy Stickers.. The colors and designs work so well with this photo. Some fun stamping was added with Pinkfresh's Life Noted and Live More stamp sets. The title was created with the Puffy Alpha Stickers from the Life Noted collection. I was also inspired by Flora Farkas' wreath design layout on the Pinkfresh Blog.


The flowers were cut from Simon Says Stamps' Spiral Flower die and a metallic gold center was added for some sparkle.

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Thanks for stopping by,
-June

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Coloring Easter Eggs

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Happy InterNational Scrapbook Day!!! I am working on projects like mad today. Here is my first layout. It shows my sons with their girlfriends coloring Easter eggs. We all had so much fun together, but I'm not sure what I am going to do with 4 dozen hard boiled eggs!


This page uses Jilllibean Soup's Shades Of Color Soup collection. The bright paint splattered papers are perfect for these photos. The strips on the side, stitching, flowers and large title were inspired by Nicole Nowosad's layout on the Jillibean Soup blog.


The pretty flowers and butterflies are Poppy Stamp's Stitched Bloom Trio and Stitched Fluttering Butterflies die cuts. Love the embossed stitching detail on these dies. The journaling is layered on 2 strips of washi tape.

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-June

Floral Coffee Birthday Card

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As I finish a layout there is usually extra paper and embellishments, so I like to make cards with them. Here is a birthday card I created doing just that:


For this card I used Jillibean Soup's Shades Of Color Soup pattern papers. The flowers and butterflies are Poppy Stamps' Stitched Bloom Trio and Stitched Fluttering Butterflies die cuts. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the wooden coffee cups are by Recollections. This card is based on sketch #60 (Oct. 2015) from Sketch N Scrap.

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-June

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Celebrate Shaker Card!

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Lots of birthdays coming up at our house, so I thought it would be fun to make a shaker!


Shaker cards are so easy with Jillibean Soup Shaker Card kits. The cards come pre-cut for the shaped plastic sequin holders. You can also get a wide variety of sequins and stamps that match!


For this card a star stencil was used with yellow Distress Oxide Inks on Jillibean pre-cut cardstock. The Jillibean Star shaker was filled with multi-colored Jillibean sequins and added to the card then backed with black cardstock. Lastly a sentiment was added. Easy-peasy with a fun and fabulous look!
This card is based on Sketch N Scrap's Card Sketch #142.


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-June

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Skateboarding Frog

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It can be hard to create cards for older boys, but I think my son will really like this one!


I love SugarPea's Everyday Is Christmas stamp set. It is so versatile and I use it year round. Check out the fun "lords a leaping" frog stamp. With just a couple of lines and circles, he's on a skateboard zooming down a hill! This is so my son, tipping his hat as he zips by!


The sentiments are from SugarPea's Take Note stamp set and work well for so many occasions. This card design is based on a sketch from the SugarPea Designs blog.

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-June

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Taxing Day

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Every year Tyler brings his taxes over for Jeff to check over, and every year Jeff finds ways to save him lots of money. This year Aaron had to file, too, so it became a family affair.


I love how many of the different Pinkfresh collections work together. For this layout I used their Let Your Heart Decide paper to mat the photo and frame to create the shaker. You can see it goes great with Pinkfresh's Life Noted collection which includes the background paper and rubber element stickers.


This page is based on a sketch from Scrap Our Stash and was inspired by Tenderheart bear, which is golden (gold sequins) with a single heart .

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-June

Memory Box Floral Birthday Card

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Alcohol Pearl Inks are all the rage right now, so I am giving them a try.


I used Ranger's Limeade and Alchemy Alcohol Inks on glossy paper. It is hard to see on a photograph, but there is a lot of shimmer which makes it so fun to play with.


I added Memory Box's Tilth Floral die to the background. Love this flower die, especially as you can make a second flower using the leftover pieces! The "happy" die is from Memory Box's Share the Happiness set and is stacked on two white pieces.


To finish things off, Winnie & Walter's birthday stamp was white heat embossed on black paper and Simon Says Stamps' Clear Sequins were added.

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-June

Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Very Happy Easter

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It was a great Easter at our home this year. Even though my boys are now adults, they still love coloring eggs and going on an Easter egg hunt. And this year they each invited their girlfriends!  We all had so much fun!


Speaking of having fun, I was so excited to used Altenew's new Summer Garden pattern papers. The colors go so well with this photo. I also fussy cut the circular wreaths from the Summer Garden paper to frame the the photo.

 

The accent flower bouquets were created from Altenew's Mother's Love stamp set and were colored with Altenew's Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers then fussy cut. Yellow dimensional paint was added to the flower centers.

 

The title is made with Altenew's Alphabet Puff Sticker set from their Reflections collection.


The colors of this layout were inspired by the Altenew Scrapbook Challenge. The Easter theme was inspired by a mood photo from Stacy's blog and the page design was inspired by a sketch from Rochelle Spears blog. (See links below.)

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Thanks for stopping by,
-June

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Biker Babes

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I have been fortunate enough to have found an amazing set of girlfriends, who are not only talented crafters, but fabulous & fun people as well. We have standing dates were we get together at least twice a month (but usually it is more often). One of these ladies loves to ride here motorcycle and has a great sense of humor, so I couldn't wait to make this card for her:

 

You've got to love Art Impressions' Girlfriends collection, they offer fun designs and lots of humor plus they are fun to color. This stamp is called Pedal Pushers (4238). It was colored with Zig watercolor brush markers.


I hope to do many more cards with the Ai Girlfriends and send them out to my friends all summer.


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Happy Spring and thanks for stopping by,
-June

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Soaring By To Say...

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Recently I saw the most clever interactive card technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog called Floating Elements. It looked so fun I had to give it a try:


It is hard to see in these still shots, but the cute Your Next Stamp bird, from the Soaring By stamp set, actually moves around the card like magic.


Creating this card was quit easy and only took me about 30 minutes.The nice thing about this technique is that you can use almost any stamp. I think it would be fun to create one with the YNS little monsters.

Supplies used:
 stamps: Your Next Stamp Soaring By set
 inks: Versafine Black, Distress Oxide Broken China
 pens: Altenew Watercolor Brushes
 other: circle dies, foam tape, penny

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Thanks for stopping by,
June