Thursday, May 31, 2018

Imagine That: Baseball Boy Birthday Card

Hey Guys!! Don't you simply love short weeks and the fact that it is already Thursday!! Woot, Woot! I know I do. 

Today also marks the launch of Creative Knockouts brand new weekly challenge: Embossing!! It's one of my favorite themes because you can do so much with some simple embossing. You can dry emboss, you can heat emboss, you can emboss resist, many great ideas..and they are all so much fun! I chose to use a Tim Holtz embossing pen paired with a beautiful sentiment from Imagine That!

Speaking of which, as with any good challenge, our sponsor this week is Imagine That Images and trust me you might wanna head over and check their designs out. I decided to use Baseball Boy which was a great set that came with 3 items and multiple sentiments. Don't you simply love tat adorable batter?!

When I received the images that I requested I downloaded them all into Cricut Design Space and drew up the card right on the program. I then decided what pieces I wanted to print and cut and which ones I wanted to cut straight out. I ended up printing everything, beside the large star banner. I then added foam tape to the baseball (to help hold the top piece) and the front baseball boy. The bats are just cut directly out and places on with some tape adhesive.

As far as the embossing goes, I printed the sentiment out then cut out the banner with my cricut. The print and cut feature really makes working with digital images so much more enjoyable. I then took my Tim Holtz emboss It pens and outlined the printed sentiment. These pens are really amazing and this is a great technique that is super simple and can really make a card that much more spectacular. After the embossing ink covered the sentiment I applied a clear powder then heat set it, just as if I were using an embossing ink pad. 

Thanks for stopping by Today. Make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts and check out all of the other adorable DT creations.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why I Scrapbook/Family Layout

I was recently asked why I scrapbook and without hesitation my response was "Because tomorrow is never promised and furthermore our memories can lie." My husband often criticizes me for being too blunt, but sometimes that's the best way to get things across to people. Think about it for a second... in death people often look back at old photographs to help their memory recall their favorite times. Why not get creative, relieve stress, and have fun all while preserving those precious memories, especially since one day that is all that will remain. 

Well now that I have set the mood, please forgive me I did not mean to start off so dark - just trying to get the importance out there, I want to show you a scrapbook layout that has a special meaning to me. 

Recently, my son's school hosted a grandparent's breakfast where all of the kids got to invite their grandparents to come and eat breakfast with them and to furthermore see what the children have been up to as far as school goes. My son, being the lucky kid he is, ended up getting both my parents and my husbands parents to come with him. This was very special to everyone who was involved because moments like this are limited, making it even more important for me to capture it and cherish it the correct way so I can make sure to preserve it for years and decades to come. 

There are plenty of reasons to scrapbook, whether you are using it as a creative outlet, preserving memories, or maybe you even head out to crops to get some much needed "me/mom" socializing in. Whatever you reason is, please make sure to continue to make it a point to cherish these memories. Also remember your pages do not have to be masterpieces, they just have to be from your heart. 


Have a safe and happy memorial day weekend! 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Kit Swaps: Tags

I recently took part in two kit swaps, as part of our swapping group on facebook. Now if you are not familiar with these, they are quickly becoming my favorite type of swap, I highly recommend you looking into one. 

In short there is a small group with one "Creator," the Creator has the job of creating the same kit for everyone in the group using 5 items that they have on hand. The Creator then sends the kits out to the others and we see what everyone creates. These are fun because everyone gets the same materials and has to create the same project, card/tags/layouts, using the kit and only 3 additional items (if need be.) 

I tell you this because not only are they fun but they are also how I came up with both of today's projects. 

Now for the first one I decided to adhere everything onto the tag and then I went ahead an added a black "Hello" die cut to it to give it a "purpose." I had a tough time deciding which side of the paper I wanted to use since they are both so lovely. The white floral was one side and that pink was the other. 

Then onto this one which is one of my favorites because it carries a very elegant feel. The "Creator" paired together beautiful gold and blush colors and even included that lovely wood grain paper and the sentiment, which is lovely!! For this tag I simply layered the sentiment onto some gold embossed paper to give it a little more focus. 

Thanks for stopping by today. If you are interested in joining us for some swapping fun you can find the facebook group here, or simply search there are plenty of craft swaps groups out there. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Patriotic Layout Video w/ Watercolor PML Cards

Hey guys and welcome back. Today I have a really fun video showing off some spectacular watercolor PML cards from CTMH. Here is what the completed layout looks like. 

Notice that beautiful watercolor PML card?! In the video below I show you how you can easily transform it to match any layout or card that you desire. These PML cards are based off the resist idea and each one features a glossy resist design so that when you color over them the white design shows through. If your interested in learning more about these beautiful cards you can find my direct link here

Now moving onto the video. 

If you are interested in joining our Scrap Shack Design Lounge group on facebook you can find us here. In this group I not only share tips, tutorials, and LIVE videos, but I also share discounts, deals, and of course we strive to motivate and inspire each other every day. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you around. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

American Beauties with a Raised Sentiment

Today I have another really fun and fabulous card to show you. This card follows suit with our Just For Fun monthly Challenge which is to use two or more stamps on your card, however unlike my previous ones, this one uses the stamps as the focal point. 

This card is fairly simple and using a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire related to 3-D stacking. To start off this card I stamped the American Beauties stamp from Just For Fun onto some white cardstock. I then colored in my image using alcohol markers. Once my image was colored I went ahead and stamped Happy Birthday on top of the already colored image. 

Now to take this card a step further I went around the bulbs of the American Beauties stamp and fussy sliced (using my exacto) just the bulbs up. This created a raised image center and of course that partial raised sentiment. 

To finish off the card I trimmed the white cardstock down and layered it onto a canary colored piece. I then took some matching dots and accessorized. 

Thanks so much for checking out my newest project. If you were inspired to play in our monthly challenge make sure to head on over to Just For Fun and join us. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Baby Announcement - Pocket Style

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

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

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

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.