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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Baby Announcement - Pocket Style

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We recently informed all of our friends and family that we were expecting our third and final baby and of course with that came a great opportunity for a family selfie-photo shoot. 

For this layout I used variety of cards and embellishments from my stash. My main focus was to get some gold and red pairings, even though these colors are not typically found together. I also focused a lot on hearts for my shape. I think that finding repeating elements can help any layout come together better and simply helps the eyes focus more. 

For all of these pocket cards I took the base card and then added extra embellishments to them. 

Then of course I left one open to add my story to. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May Classes

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For May I have decided to not only offer a card class but to also offer a double page layout class and I couldn't be more excited to showcase both of these classes to you. 
So first up is the card class, which features two cards created using the "Beautiful Friendship" paper line from CTMH. 

These cards, as with most of my classes, are very generic and excellent to add to your stash. I created the cards using the "Beautiful Friendship" paper line along with the "Art-booking" cricut cartridge. This kit will be offered for $15 (including shipping to the lower 48) and will include all of the material (pre-cut) as well as the card bases and envelopes. I will also include step by step instructions on how to assemble these cards. 

Now if you are more of a scrapbooker then have no worries because I have you covered also. 

This double page layout also uses the "Beautiful Friendship" line along with the coordinating scrapbooking stamp set. All images for this layout will be pre-stamped and pre-cut so you simply adhere and continue on with your day. This will also be a $15 class and will include all of the material, aside from the base paper. This allows you to easily adjust the layout to match your album size. This kit will also come with step by step instructions. 

Now as a special thank you I will be discounting anyone who purchases both classes, so if you love this line make sure to sign up for both. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you for the class. 

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Mason Jars and Firefly's

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Today is my day to design for the Just For Fun Challenge blog and I am so excited to bring this project to you. Before seeing the card I want to let you know that it's a new month!! Just in case you missed it. Also, with a new month come a new challenge which happens to run all month long and this month we are focusing on using 2+ stamps on your projects. Now this might be scary to some of you but trust me with the wide variety JFF offers it's actually very simple to do. Now moving onto my challenge project. 

Now my card came right off from Pinterest and easily incorporated those JFF stamps into it. I started by inking my background with a variety of purple, yellow, blue, and green inks. Once I had the background the way I wanted it I moved on to making that Mason Jar. For the jar I used the 
CJ-Canning Jar Large and stamped it onto some white. I then fussy cut it out and created a shaker with some matching sequins and vellum. To add more fun to the shaker I used the Firefly stamp which I colored in with a yellow Shi Han marker. I also added shimmer to these critters to make them shine a little, you know like a firefly should. 

Before I adhered the mason jar I decided to stamp some milkweeds onto the background. I then attached the mason jar along with that embossed "Hello" banner which was made using the Hello stamp set. 

This was a really fun challenge to play along with and as I said it's easy to create a card with more than 2 JFF stamps, whether they are made to pair or not. I hope to see your creation this month. Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ck Friendship Challenge

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Today marks a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week we would love to see all of your "Friendship" cards. This is an excellent chance to make up some "just because" cards or even some cards just to say hello and "your friendship is appreciated." Our sponsor this week is Broken Fairy Designs and they have some wonderful images to choose from so make sure to head on over there and take a look. 

For today's card I decided to use the Morning Latte image and as soon as I found this image my brain starting creating some wonderful ideas, however then I became distracted by Jennifer McGuire and this is the card I created. 

Now as you may, or may not, know Jennifer has some wonderful tutorials up on her blog and this one is no exception. For this card I decided to use a die technique where you get out your stacking dies and start layering them on. Stacking dies are a great tool to work with because there are so many things you can do with them. If you are interested in seeing Jennifer's video you can check it out here, as always she shares a number of techniques including the one I used.

In order to make this card I cut out five different pieces of solid colored cardstock using my stacking dies. I then pieced together the different papers to create the look you see above. Again Jennifer's video go into detail on this technique so I am going to keep it simple. 

I then printed off the image from Broken Fairy Designs and colored it in using my favorite Shi Han markers. I decided to layer this image using some espresso and tan paper, just to give the image some support against those dies. All of the embellishments came from my stash including the sentiment, which is actually a cut up pocket card. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired by my project and I hope that you come on over to Creative Knockouts and play along with our challenge. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

FMS Challenge: Stenciled Background

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It's been a while since I played in a challenge that I was not part of, and since I LOVE challenges so much I have decided to play in one and of course share it with you. One of my favorite types of challenges is sketch challenges and today I decided to play along with the Freshly Made Sketch challenge which looks like this: 

This is a very fun and somewhat easy challenge and the best part is that you can create with so many different outcomes. Their design team did a wonderful job putting together some examples so make sure to head on over there and check them out. Now onto my project. 

Since it's Monday, I decided to grab my Just For Fun Rubber stamps along with a stencil and get to work. I have been playing around with a lot of different techniques lately and this one is no exception. 

For this card I decided to stamp the background using the Cone Daisy stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. This stamp was then colored in using my Touch Twin alcohol markers, in a couple of shades of yellow and a couple of shades of cool grey. 

Once I had the background image the way I wanted it I lined up the top piece of paper and cut out a circle using my Friskars circle cutter. This circle cutter is excellent because you can adjust the size of the circle you would like, anywhere from 0-6"+ making it an all in one tool. Once the top circle was cut out I took a stencil and sponged some Topiary and Honey ink onto the cardstock. I then decided to give the card a little depth and layered the top piece onto the bottom using 3-D foam tape.

To finish off this card, and provide the other "circle" in the sketch I decided to fussy cut out the Whimsical Profile Butterfly stamp, also from Just For Fun. This stamp was also colored in using alcohol markers. I wanted to provide a little more color so I decided to pair the green and yellow with some orange and blue. Then to tie in the orange I layered the entire card onto a piece of orange paper, making three layers in total. Also, before putting on the butterfly I decided to wrap some brown ribbon around the card front, this helped break up some of the design. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my creation and make sure to check out the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CK: A Button Challenge

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Today welcomes a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week we are showcasing all projects featuring buttons! Now I have a huge stash of buttons that I simply do not use and to be honest I actually completed my card today and then went back and added the buttons because I forgot all about them. Anyway, our sponsor is the wonderful "A Day for Daisy" who is graciously giving away a $12 voucher to their store so this is definitely a challenge that you want to play along with.

My card today features the "Miss Claire Clown" which I thought would be perfect for building my birthday stash back up with. Since I mainly go to kid's birthday parties I decided to keep the card to primary colors like yellow and blue. As with most of my digital stamps I sized out the design and image using Design Space then after I had the image ready to go I decided to color it using my alcohol markers. 

For the sentiment I decided to take a piece of vellum and to heat emboss a birthday greeting. Both greetings come from a retired CTMH stamp set of the month. I heat embossed the larger one using clear embossing powder and my black ink and then for the smaller one I simply stamped straight onto the paper. Then finished off the card by adding two buttons. 

If you are interested in playing along with us this week you can come on over to Creative Knockouts and enter your card. Thanks for stopping by today and as always Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2-Tone Stamping Video Tutorial

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Today I have a wonderful video tutorial showing off some 2-tone stamping. Now if you have not seen these stamps yet then you need to check them out..they are so beautiful and make creating beautiful projects so simple. These stamps are designed to be layered which in turns achieves a 3-D shaped stamped image.. Amazing!! right?!! Here to see what I am talking about check out my video below. 

Are you not totally in love with this technique?! I know I am. Close To My Heart has a few different stamps that will help you achieve this look such as the "Thoughtful Bird" set located here. There is also the "For You Darling" one found here, and even the "Beautiful Friendship" stamp set that is not out yet, but can be seen below. 
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If you love that stamp set as much as me then you should make sure to join us for our Creative Clubs in May where we will be using it to create cards and a scrapbook layout. If you would like more information on those clubs make sure to join our Facebook Group by clicking on this link

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you over in the Lounge. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

JFF: Stamptangle Sea Turtles

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Today I have a really fun card that features one of my favorite stamptangle stamps, the 
StampTangle Sea Turtle 2 from Just For Fun stamps. If you have followed along with me at all then you know that this is one of the best stamp lines that anyone on the market offers, I simply adore it and cannot get enough of them. Here take a look for yourself. 

I mean seriously, how can you not LOVE this line. 

For this card I took a piece of sea foam cardstock (I mean what other color would match that stamp perfectly) and I stamped that sea turtle stamp on the background using Topiary colored ink. I wanted this to show but not be the focal point of the card so I then decided to pair it with that beautiful kraft cardstock and started to layer. 

To pop up the focal image a little more I used two of my dies to create a rigid, stitched squares. These dies come in a set of about 6 so I simply picked out two sizes that were close but not the same and again with the layers. 

The turtle was stamped onto a piece of vellum using black ink. I then decided to flip it over to the back and color in the image using alcohol markers. I flipped the paper over because I did not want my alcohol markers to mess up the image's ink. 

For the finishing touches I decided to wrap some green twine around the card front and to stamp a "hello" sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock. The "hello" stamp comes from Just For Fun and can be located here

Following the same steps I also decided to use the 2-sided butterfly stamp and create a duplicate card. 

With the butterfly card I simply switched out the cardstock colors so that I was using the kraft as my primary background. I also decided to stamp this image onto some white cardstock and again colored it in using my alcohol markers. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you were inspired. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Birthday Boy's Pocket Style Layout

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As many of you know I am a mom of boys, which means that most of my scrapbooking is better when I use a masculine paper line. Now that doesn't mean that I can't turn any paper line into a work or simply means that I reach for the blue paper before the pink. Today's post is a great example of that. 

In today's layout I wanted to capture my oldest son's birthday party and as you can imagine there were a ton of awesome photos taken throughout the weekend. Me, being a mom, could not limit myself to only 2-3 photos so I decided to create a pocket page double layout which solved all of my problems.

For this layout I used the PhotoPlay "My Imagination" paper line which features awesome blue, red, and yellow patterns along with really boyish themes like robots, dinosaurs, and gaming. The line came with a number of 12" x 12" double sided papers as well as some PL cards which I ended up cutting out and using throughout the layout. 

Now unless you are shopping a line that features the same design both horizontally and vertically it might be necessary to adjust, trim, and layer your PL cards to fit in the appropriate slots, which is exactly what I did here. 

Since I purchased the whole kit I also got some coordinating stickers which I used to accent my handmade and pieced together PL cards. I love purchasing the whole kits when I buy new papers because I can always rest assure that the whole design will match perfectly without question. 

Here's one last look at the completed layout. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my post. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Just For Fun Embossed & Inked

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I'm back again for the second day in a row to bring you another Just For Fun card. Today is my day to post over on the main blog and I figured I might as well continue the challenge them and bring you another flower card. If you missed yesterday's card make sure to head back and take a look at it, who knows you may learn a new technique. 

For today's card I decided to try something a little different and instead of using a flower stamp I used the Stamptangle Leaf Flourish stamp as a border and created this card. 

To start this card off I heat embossed that beautiful flourish stamp set and then used ranger white embossing powder to really make it stand out. I then took some purple ink and sponged the edge working my way end. My tip when sponging is to start off the paper and then work it inwards, this will give you the gradient look that you see above. 

Once I was done stamping, embossing, and inking I grabbed an embossing folder and ran the whole card front through my Big Shot. The card was beautiful looking as it was but I could not help adding my new floral die cuts and some clear gems to finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Happy Crafting! 

~ Jen ~