Playing with Paper

So many yummy papers, so little time.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Laryssa!

She's 3 today!


We had a great time with LG yesterday. She was in a good mood and behaved her little self. Her dad even invited her little buddy. I'm so excited to watch this little girl grow up. She is so loved by so many people. It warms my heart that LG is number one in so many people's lives. Happy Birthday squeaky!

PS: She's buckled into a ride at a local kids party place!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just sayin' hi

I don't have any projects to post today, just wanted to write a little bit.

Do you ever feel like you could just create all day, every day? Do you dream about that next project--where the stitching will go, how you want to use that new die? Well, I do. Especially last night. I kept tossing and turning thinking about a card. Chocolate card stock with the bottom front portion cut with the Tim Holtz edger die. White stitching along the front. That's as far as I got each time I woke up. Is that weird?

Do you every feel like the non-memory keepers of your family will never know how much effort (and, um, money) you put into preserving family memories? Does that matter to you? Sometimes I have to stop and think why I'm really doing this. Sure, I love to play with new papers, ink and stamping. Sure, it's really fun to shop for new tools. It's a here and now hobby that I love. But every once in a while I try to imagine that a) if my scrapbooks make it until I'm no longer here and b) someone is interested in looking at them--what will they think? Will the scrapbook tell a sufficient story? Will they wonder who put all this together? I hope whoever "gets" my scrapbooks will be able to learn more about me and our family.

And really, I hope I used enough adhesive.

Happy Tuesday all you scrappers out there. I feel connected to you because of our shared passion. Surely, you understand me.

Mel

Monday, February 21, 2011

Valentine's Day Tags

I'm at home today! I wanted to post the little tags I did for my DH for Valentine's Day. From Feb 1-15th (I did an extra day just to throw him off!!) I left one of these tags for him. They took a long time to make but I really loved doing it! I rarely get to make something for my own family so this was just heavenly. There's no way I can remember all the supplies I used...so if you like one in particular, email me and I'll give you a supply list. There's a LOT of photos! I have to post them in several posts. I hope you enjoy. And remember, you can do this for any occasion!

above and below: basic grey basics white mini pad, stamp from...can't remember, baker's twine from Papertrey Ink, heart clip...can't remember, clear embossing powder from Hero Arts, distress ink



above and below: Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste collection, Idea-ology grunge paper for heart, Alterations Heart Wing die, hemp from CTMH, embossing folder from Cuttlebug, re-inker from CTMH (I can't remember the color, but that's how I colored the heart).

Several more pics below...

Valentine's Day Tags

...lush love...

below: paper, brad and letters from MME lush collection, ribbon (can't remember but I bought it at Joann's), glossy accents from Ranger, Ornamental die from Alterations


below: That purple CS is actually clear embossed, you can't really see it. Stamp--Hero Arts Paisley Swirl background stamp and the "Love" stamp I just can't remember, ribbon--American Crafts Romance, heart punch--Fiskers, stickles--Ranger, Kraft CS--Archiver's, Purple paper--CTMH, WRMC corner chomper, distress inks (now that I'm making the list of all the supplies...I'm realizing that I use A LOT of supplies! I need to KISS)


...more love comin' up...

Valentine's Day Tags

...lush love...



...you're done! Hehehe, just kidding!...

Valentine's Day Tags

...my favorite card...


...I know, you want more...

Valentine's Day Tags

...rock star love...


...yes, there's more...

Valentine's Day Tags

...amore...


...pull up a chair and stay a while...

Valentine's Day Tags

...cupid...



...keep going!...

Valentine's Day Tags

...you made it...



...grab a soda and keep going...

Valentine's Day Tags

...glitter and stitching...



...scrolling, scrolling, scrolling...

Valentine's Day Tags

...stitching...




...Keep reading...


Valentine's Day Tags--The End

...the grand finale...






I got the idea for this 3x3 mini book from Tim Holtz.

I hope you like the tags! I will go back and describe each tag now that I have all the photos up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mel


Sunday, February 20, 2011

My favorite blogs

I figured since I watch videos from these girls (and guy!) on a regular basis and have been truly inspired by them, I wanted to share with everyone!

In no particular order! And they all have YouTube channels.

Kristina Werner--Kristina does videos all the time. Monday's and Friday's and special card series. Top quality videos, shares a lot of herself with her subscribers.
Clips-N-Cuts--Vicky lives in Greece and does weekend videos. They are super cute, one of my favs! Her husband does the music and it's super addicting! She has a unique style that I love. Lots of detail work!
Fabulously Artsy/Stamp Goddess--she's my upline with CTMH and does a lot of UStream classes. Way creative.
Jennifer McGuire--she's really well known. She designs for Hero Arts and does a lot of technique videos.
Creations with Christina--she does a lot of Cricut videos but also a monthly scrapbook layout and traditional cards. Super sweet.
Britta Swiderski--she does cards with a lot of different techniques.
Tim Holtz--he's super famous (I mean like people go on cruises with him!), designs for several companies. He does a lot of technique videos. Probably out of all the people I've learned from, I've been most inspired by him b/c I love the Distressing/Vintage style.
Two Peas in a Bucket--this is on online store and scrappin' community. Kristina Werner does videos for them. They have monthly classes. The design team members are called "Garden Girls" and my two favs are Kristina and Nichol Magouirk. Nichol does a monthly "from start to finish" class about full page traditional layouts. I love her class, traditional scrapbook layout videos are hard to find.

These crafters all have quality videos and I enjoy watching them. Sometimes it's hard to find videos that look good but also teach me something. There's a style for everyone and I find myself gravitating towards these talented people! Who are you inspired by?

I'm off to make spaghetti and meatballs! Yummy!
Mel



Happy Birthday Laryssa!

My niece is turning 3! I made this banner for her birthday party. The banner itself is from Close to My Heart and it starts out just white. Please forgive the photo quality. I've been letting that hold me back from posting.

Below: I made the flowers by using several circle punches and a 2" scallop punch. I didn't distress the edges this time because I wanted to keep the colors bright. I used embroidery floss for the centers. I wet the circles with water and crinkled them.
Below: the middle pennant I inked with CTMH Juniper and a brayer. Then I used Juniper with the Old Letter Writing stamp for a tone-on-tone effect. I added bling because, well, it needed it!
Below: Then I sprayed the whole pennant with Tattered Angles Glimmer mist and it gave this really cool water drop effect. I loved the way it turned out!
Below: It was really hard to get a full picture because I couldn't get the banner to stand up, but here it is just laying down. I used Scenic Route for the "Birthday" and Basic Grey for "Happy and Laryssa". It was the Chocolate Chip letters but I inked them with Juniper to match the center, I also sprayed with glimmer mist.
Supplies:
Patterned Paper--Cosmo Cricket, DeLovely mini deck
Punches--2" scallop, CTMH; 2", 1 1/2" from Fiskers; 1 1/4" from CTMH and 1" from EK Success; Apron Lace edge punch from Fiskers
Stamp--Hero Arts, Old Letter Writing
Ink--Juniper and either Watermelon or Cotton Candy, CTMH
Sticker Letters--Scenic Route
Chipboard Letters--Basic Grey
Embroidery Floss--MM
Glimmer Mist--Tattered Angles, pearl
Bling--not sure
Ribbon--not sure but I got it from JoAnn's
Adhesive--Glue Dots, Tombo, Scotch

What I've been up to lately

This is a card I made for my mother-in-law's birthday. I was inspired by a card sketch from Kristina Werner.


Below: a close up of the flowers. I used 4 colors of Distress Inks and just kept adding color until I loved it. The brad came that way, I didn't add anything.

Below: you can see the stamped background. I used Latte chalk ink from Hero Arts and a Hero Arts background stamp.

Supplies: Kraft cardstock (Archiver's), patterned paper, dots (Cosmo Cricket, Wanted), white scallop paper (Basics White, Basic Grey), Musical Collage stamp (Hero Arts), white gel pen (Signo Uni-Ball, broad), white embossing powder (Hero Arts), stitched brad (Basic Grey), chipboard flowers (can't remember from who, I think either Stampin! Up or Close to My Heart), Distress Inks (Ranger), circle punch and scallop edge punch (Fiskers), VersaMark, MM Corner Chomper, Ink (Hero Arts, Latte chalk ink).

I have made so many projects recently and I love them all! I feel like I've gotten into a really good groove. I must admit that I watch a lot of video tutorials on card making and scrapbooking. Sometimes it gets me going and sometimes I learn something new. And most the time I just like watching what other people create.

Have a great Sunday!
Mel