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Sunday Scrappin’: June 14, 2009

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TA-DAs:

  • This week’s challenge was to let Christine’s work inspire us.  I liked this layout, and while mine doesn’t really look like her’s, her LO inspired me to use circles for the first time, and the ribbon at the bottom is en homage to her LO as well. It is another LO for my Childhood Album.  It is a tribute to the house in which I grew up.

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MATERIALS: PPs: Martha Stewart; Textured Paper: Martha Stewart; Rub-on Alphas: Anna Griffin; Journaling Sheer: Maya Road; Paper circles: Crate Paper; Photo Corners: Jolee’s Boutique/EK Success; Ribbon: American Crafts & Michael’s.

  • I’m also working on a series of “scrapwork quilt” cards in an attempt to use up my paper scraps.

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Most of the papers are Marrakech (Basic Grey), Paper Source, and Amy Butler Designer Mat scraps.  I hand-etched the gold foil ribbon to give it some texture. The decorative ribbon tape is Martha Stewart and the brads are from Queen & Co.

  • I participated in this week’s Creative Therapy.
  • And I made a Father’s Day Card for my dad–his name is Bob, so I altered a vintage Bingo card and each square has an image that has some meaning or significance to my dad.  His initials are RVG, so that’s why those are in there!

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  • And finally, I made one other card, but I can’t show it just in case its recipient happens to look at this blog anytime soon. 🙂

TO-DOs:

  • Sunday Scrappin’ Challenge for this coming week: Think about your favorite color. Now, think about what’s on the opposite side of the color wheel… and use those two colors in your project! Hmm…that means I’ll be working with red and green.  Christmas in June I guess!!
  • A couple of other secret projects…

Catching up!!

Well, I’ve been super duper busy with professional obligations and doing the calligraphy for my friend’s wedding invitations, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t done some crafting!
In the middle of a crazy week I took time out to do my annual layout for a friend’s daughter’s birthday—she’s two!!
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MATERIALS: “Baguette” double sided pp (American Crafts); “Dapper” alphas (All My Memories Couture Monogram alphabet); “Far Out” pp (Now & Then Collection–The Paper Loft); Marrakech pp (Basic Grey); pp from Target; 3-D butterfly stickers (“Spring Fling” line from Making Memories); laser cut bee stickers (Mrs. Grossman’s); #574 “Pretty Pink” Cardstock stickers (Doodlebug Designs–Double Takes); rub-ons (Anna Griffin)

And I got started on some thank you cards for the people who sponsored me for a music charity walk!

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MATERIALS: PPs include “Musical Notes” (Design Originals), “Music Notes” (Boxer Scrapbook Productions), Hambly, #034 “Floral Garden” (g.c.d studios), “#051 “Floral Pinwheels”–Cosette Collection (g.c.d. studios); Maya Rd rub ons (“Scroll”, “Cubicle” and “Noah” alphabet); Anna Griffin rub ons; Martha Stewart decorative tape, “Scallop Sentiment” border punch (Fiskars); Coluzzle nested circle template; rub on alphas (EK Success); and a lot of stash materials.

Sunday Scrappin’ #50: Bonne Fete!

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TA-DAs

Well, given that official moving day is WEDNESDAY, the only papercrafting I did was “necessary.” My godson/nephew and MIL both have their birthdays on the same day. So, with some fun chipboard and some embossing powder, I whipped up these two. The first card also completes the Sunday Scrappin’ challenge: “FUZZY” (velvet ric-rac!) Next week’s challenge is: use up some of your ribbon stash. Make a border, make a bow… it’s up to you, but let’s see some ribbon on this week’s projects!

This first one is for the nephew. He’ll be TWO! I heat-embossed each piece of the ladybug by hand with striking pigment inks and clear e.p. I had red embossing powder, but I liked how the scarlet pigment turned out against the black, so I went with clear e.p.)

MATERIALS: ColorBox pigment inks (scarlet & black); “Butterflies and Bugs” chipboard kit (Maya Road); “Sentiments” sticker letters by Pamela Woods (Creative Imaginations); velvet ric-rac (stash); Designer Mat pad by Amy Butler (K & Co.); Clear embossing powder (Ranger)

This card is for the MIL. I was pretty stressed about this one. Like my nephew, French is her native language (although she speaks English too), so hence the “Bonne fete” instead of Happy Birthday! She is a trained artist, so I had to set my standards pretty high, LOL. I rarely do anything this modern, so I’m very happy with the results! She’s a wonderful person so I’m sure she’ll say she likes it too!

MATERIALS/TECHNIQUES: The “B” is from “Hello Sunshine Alphabutton Fashions” (Cosmo Cricket); the chipboard letters are Maya Road–heat embossed with scarlet and black pigment ink (ColorBox) and clear embossing powder (Ranger). The accent circonflexe is an upside down “v” sticker from “5th Avenue Shimmer Stickers” (Making Memories). The patterned papers are both Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations.

TO-DOs?

‘Nuf said.

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday Scrappin’ #48

Yep, it is Sunday Scrappin’ time again–the weekly blogmeme for papercrafters! Come join us!

TO-DOs

Since I basically decided I was going to spend some of Friday crafting (due to the long weekend), I had a pretty incredible day of crafty accomplishments (for me). I did one project, then either worked or cleaned, another craft project, worked/cleaned…you get the picture. I wanted to get some stuff done before I have to pack up my supplies to be moved to the new house.

MATERIALS: old Christmas wrap, cardstock, rub-ons (Hambly), snowflake sequins (Queen & Co.), gel pens (Sakura), “To From” stamp (A Muse Artstamps)

  • A thank you card for our awesome realtor

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: red cardstock, stickers (Target), house sheer keychain (Maya Road), which I edged with VersaMark (Hero Arts), embossed with Gold Sparkle EP (Judi Kins); American Crafts ribbon, and a black eyelet to finish the hole from the keychain. (Psst…don’t tell, but the reason the letters are so random is because dummy here used glue dots to adhere the house, and then had to cover them up so you couldn’t see them…ahem).

  • Last but not least, a birthday card for my stepmom

MATERIALS: Here I refashioned a pre-existing notecard from Papyrus with some Anna Griffin paper and a letterpress tag (Paper Source). I also inked the deckled edge with “Rosebud” pigment ink (ColorBox)

Last week’s Challenge was to use orange! Well, I think I got that covered (see Moos, Thank You Card, and Birthday card for my dad). This week’s challenge is:

Use something clear. It could be acetate used for a shaker card, an altered container that’s clear, a piece of clear-ish vellum…. use your imagination!

TO-DOs

  • stay sane as we get closer and closer to move day
  • a birthday card or two

Thanks for looking, commenting and generally, just being there.

Sunday Scrappin’ #44: A FOP and two cards

Sunday Scrappin’ is a weekly paper-crafters’ meme where we list our TO-DOs, TA-DAs and participate in optional weekly challenges. Won’t you join us?

Well, this week was a tad more productive than prior weeks–pretty odd since I started teaching again. I’ve given up trying to decide my crafting cycles.

TA-DAs:

  • I did manage to do this past week’s challenge: use unopened embellishments from your stash. I spruced up the old stationery box and filled it with scrap paper and stationery for my teenage sister who lives far away (and who is just getting into scrapbooking). On the top of the box, I used three “icicles” from k-i memories, that I picked up at Target awhile back
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Scrapbox, top view with icicles

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MATERIALS: Paper (Target scraps package); Maya Road Tranquility Sunflower Slide; Dashes, Dots, & Checks Ribbon; Letters are from Anna Griffin Friends Rub on Kit; Ice Candy “Poolside” icicles (ki memories).

I sent it with this card:

MATERIALS: copper-colored glossy cardstock; “Heart of Love” stamp (Hero Arts); Tag (Target Scrapbooking); sentiment is from Anna Griffin Friends Rub-On kit; “Floral Accents” embellishments (Marcella by K); lavender pigment ink (ColorBox) and Old Rose Sparkle EP (JudiKins).

  • I also made a birthday card for a dear friend. It is a short fold, so the sheer ribbon on the bottom is actually on the inside of the card.

MATERIALS: “Noah” rub on letters (Maya Road); sheer “swirls” ribbon (Maya Rd); large letters are Anna Griffin “Friends” rub on kit; paper is from a faux vintage set–the flag bunting is cut out of one of the patterns; Swirls rub ons (Maya Road)

TO-DOs:

  • meet next week’s Sunday Scrappin’ challenge: use something from the kitchen. It could be tin foil as an embellishment… a food label to decorate a page… Kool Aid to make a scratch and sniff card… use your imagination!
  • one layout for wedding album

Thanks for reading! Hopefully neither the recipient of the box or the card read this blog this week!!

Sunday Postcard Art: MYSTIC

The theme for this week’s challenge at Sunday Postcard Art is MYSTIC.  I chose to explore the mystic side of nature with this 4 x 6 postcard:

Gaia

Gaia

MATERIALS:  Strathmore Imperial Watercolor 4×6 postcard; #13309 “Green Ivy” Vellum by Susan Branch, Lic. by Art Impressions (Colorbök); Stamped image (Petaluma Stamp Exchange #F-1198); Stabilo Aquarelle pencils; colored pencils; brown cardstock; Printers Type Alphabet stamps (Hero Arts); Decorative Leaves (Black Ink Creative International Papers); Scroll Rub-ons (Maya Road); green jeweled flower embellishment (stash); Coluzzle (to cut circle in vellum)

Sunday Postcard Art: Children

Alright…I’m sick as a dog (and how sick is THAT, you ask?) but I REALLY wanted to participate in this week’s challenge over at Sunday Postcard Art. Because I do not use a lot of vintage images, this wasn’t that easy for me. But I did step outside of my own box a little, and using some inspiration from Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer. For those of you who are not familiar with Trader Joe’s, it is a wonderful grocery store chain that puts out an advertisement flyer which features old vintage cartoons that have been given new captions (in the context of the ads).

Well, Sweet Mary here is an image I cut out from a 1953 children’s choirbook. It was to illustrate some song about “helping mother” or some such thing.

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Sweet Mary

MATERIALS: Strathmore watercolor postcard; “Hide and Seek” #SPBBP06 Baby Collection (EK Success); velvet lime green ric-rac (stash) and a “Tranquility” Sunflower Slide (Maya Road)

Thanks for visiting! I love comments!

Creative Therapy: Catalyst #22

Creative Therapy asks this week, What is your biggest accomplishment?

Hah! No small question, that. I had several options here, and I was reticent to go with this one as I was worried I might seem elitist or pretentious or something like that. But truly, this was ONE of my biggest accomplishments…not because of the piece of paper, but because of who I became over the 9 years I spent working toward it. It was a really rough road, both professionally and personally, but I also had many bright spots along the way. But mostly, in the end, it was something I set out to do, and while for a long time it seemed that grad school owned me, in the very end, I owned it. I took charge and finished…for me and no one else.

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Labor of Love? Dr. CraftyLyra

I used a draft of my dissertation (printed on 100% cotton bond) for the distressed hearts, the question mark, and the chipboard letters in “labor” and “of.” I needed something rough and distressed represented in this layout. The journaling reads:

Above and beyond anything else, I earned a degree in self-awareness. It isn’t about academic prestige. It is about setting a goal and learning about yourself as you strive to achieve it.

MATERIALS: A la Carte “Bruschetta” paper (American Crafts); Amy Butler Designer Mats (K & Co); Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Scattered Straw” (Ranger); Chipboard letters (Maya Road); “Pistachio” and “Rosebud” pigments (ColorBox); Rainbow Sparkle Lite EP (JudiKins); Stick-IT felt letters (CPE ImageCo)

Cranes, Links & Cards, oh my!

CRANES

Cranes

Cranes

...and more cranes.

...and more cranes.

These 200 cranes are going to Judy Dunn, a Massachusetts artist who is the thought, skill, and talent behind The Crane Project. I’ve been hoarding these cranes for four years. They were made for my wedding by myself, my wedding party, and guests from all over the country. If you don’t know the Japanese tradition of 1000 cranes, you can read about it here. There were close to 1000, but at some point, I really had to trim down my origami crane collection. It was also a time of cleansing and reflection. At any rate, cranes represent peace (among other things) and my husband and I can’t think of a more meaningful home for our cranes than with Judy’s project. While my cranes are slightly different than her specifications, she felt she might be able to incorporate them into the project. In the meantime, if you have some waxed paper, time, and five minutes here and there, please consider folding some cranes for Judy. Help people understand the cost of war in a really visceral way. I’ve featured The Crane Project in my new FEATURED LINKS section in the sidebar.

And speaking of LINKS, I have a new page (see tab above) called “LINKS YOU MIGHT ENJOY.” I’ve cut back on the number of links in my sidebar to avoid clutter. My separate links page includes places in my feed reader, or blogs I occasionally visit. My sidebar includes websites and links of real-life artist/crafter friends, as well as “virtual” friends (those people who comment here on a regular basis or have linked to me). I’ve also included some online boutiques and places to purchase supplies, as well as challenge blogs I follow. I also have highlighted eco-crafting as that is an area I both support and endeavor to join. If you have shown me the love by linking to my blog and I have failed to recognize it by linking to you in the sidebar, please let me know!

Lastly, if you are sick of my prose, here are two CARDS I made today. I was feeling clean and minimalist. The second card meets the Sunday Scrappin’ challenge to try a new fold. 🙂 I’ll post about that on Sunday.

MATERIALS: stretchy plastic ribbon (Maya Road), Noah Rub-ons (Maya Road), Rhonna Farrer Swirls V:I clear stamps (Autumn Leaves); khaki card (Paper Source); black pigment ink (ColorBox); “Ancestry Floral 151239” dimensional stickers (Marcella by K).

MATERIALS: light apricot card stock, “Scrapbookers Sonata—black and silver” (Hambly); Noah rub-ons (Maya Road); “Ancestry Floral” dimensional sticker (Marcella by K)

Two Layouts and a Tutorial (sort of)

Hey there loyal blog readers (all three of you!),

It might seem that I’m posting a lot more frequently (which would be true) and it might then follow that I’m just chock full of free time and have nothing pressing, right? Wrong. 🙂 Actually, the opposite is true. However, I’ve taken to using scrapbooking as the carrot at the end of the stick. IF, and only IF, I get a certain amount accomplished in the morning, I’m allowed an hour or so of scrapbook time. So, the fact that I’m scrapbooking more means I’m actually getting quite a bit of work done.

Ok, with that disclaimer out of the way (guilty much?), I present the following for your viewing pleasure. These two layouts are for my wedding album and are from the rehearsal that was held at the beach. Apologies for the blocked photos and/or blurred photos—-nothing personal!!

First, we have one that features photos of my jr. bridesmaid and another bridesmaid hanging out at the beach:

Beach Bums

Beach Bums

No one can accuse me of sole allegiance to one brand, LOL…here we go with the MATERIALS: patterned paper is “Beach Fun Flip Flops” (American Traditional Designs); top mat is Capris “Basil” (Luxe Designs); tag is from Target dollar bin; “Beach” acrylic stamp (Imaginisce); 5th Avenue Shimmer Stickers (Making Memories); Round vellum “Brite” tags (Making Memories); flower embellishments (Marcella by K); ribbon (American Crafts)

Next up we’ve got another layout that uses a technique for which I’ve included a brief tutorial. I’ve been surprised by several people who have told me they haven’t tried embossing yet. The only reason I’m surprised is because these folks create amazing stuff with complicated techniques and embossing seems like child’s play by comparison! I’ve been embossing for at least 15 years and I feel dumb that it is my only real “technique.” At any rate, my latest fascination is with embossing chipboard. So without further ado:

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Candid

As you can tell, the photo is pre-journaling. 🙂 This is how I did my chipboard letters.

  • Cover all chipboard letters with a pigment ink. I used ColorBox’s “Tropical” multi-color stamp pad for a really neat effect.
  • Lay out letters on a scrap piece of paper and sprinkle LIBERALLY with embossing powder of your choice. Remove letters and tap off excess. I used JudiKins Rainbow Sparkle Lite because I wanted the color of the pigment to show through AND because glittery/clear EPs are much easier to use than solid colors (I’ll get into why in another post sometime). (FIGURE 1)
  • Incidentally, you’ll find it easier/less messy if you use tweezers (mine are from Making Memories) to handle the letters (FIGURE 2)
  • Emboss (with a heat gun) each letter one at a time, making sure to completely melt the EP. Wave the heat source around as to avoid burning the EP. Yes, you CAN use a hair dryer, but it takes a lot longer and the heat is less focused. I’ve had my heat gun for over 10 years, paid $15 for it and it still works great. (Figures 3 & 4)
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    Figure 1

    Figure 2

    Figure 2

    Figure 3

    Figure 3

    Figure 4

    Figure 4

    MATERIALS not mentioned: Maya Rd. chipboard; patterned paper (Target!); tag (Target); ribbon from stash


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