Fussy cutting and Layering on a card, Oh my!

May 7, 2019

Good Morning,

I am working through the simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6×6 pad like a kid at christmas with a new toy. I am loving for the cards and projects I am making for teacher appreciatation.

Today’s card used about 5 different pattern papers but some were scraps from yesterday’s card. here is the link: https://themorningscrapper.com/2019/05/05/garden-theme-teacher-appreciation-card/ I love all these patterns, they all work perfectly together, one of the reasons Simple Stories is one of my favorite manufactureres.

I used the large floral design and cut out the beautiful big flowers that remind me of peonies. they looked lonely so I cut a few smaller flowers and tucked them around them.

Then to highlight as well as pull all the colors together I built it on the wood and flowers paper, adding the blue strip and a layer of pink. I really liked the base pattern with the muted gold tones. I felt it picked up the little flowers in the pattern as well as the suble shading in the large yellow flower.

Then I added my stamped sentiment from the Stamps of Life set I just received as part of their Die Hard club. The stamp2garden set is cute and it looks like you can get a second set with paterns for some of the stamps. I will add a link in the supply list.

I also wanted to add this Vintage Bliss paper pad was part of a warehouse box I purchased last June from Simple Stories. This is why I purchase them, I would have never given this a look but so glad I received it!

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think of this card series.

Here is my supplylist:

Mini Album Tags using Echo Park Bewitched

September 18, 2018

Good morning,

I am popping on here for a quick share of a couple tags I created for a design team project. I am working on a mini album and looking for different ways to incorporate the 4×4 cut a-parts from the Bewitched line from Echo Park. They didn’t do a full line with the usual accessories so I have only the 12×12 paper and sticker sheets ( not even a 6×6 pad) to decorate the graphic 45 mini album.

Time to get creative!

For my “Stay a Spell” tag I used one of the new Graphic 45 tag dies. These are great to cover their ready made tags but they are easy to piece and create from scratch as well. I put together some card stock and one of the 4×4 cut a-parts and ran them together through my Sizzix Big Shot.

To create the quick and simple glitter line I used 1/4 inch SCOR tape and Ivory Sands Pure Sheen from my Tonic Studios craft kit. The subtle shades of gold seem to work well with this collection! I finished up by using the Nuvo glitter gloss pen in clear to add a littler shimmer to the stars in the night sky.

For the Candy Tag, I used the same die and another 4×4 cut apart with card stock, pieced together in the die then ran it through. I then added the broom and candy stickers from the collection sticker sheet. Within minutes I had tags and another way to incorporate the cut a-parts into a mini album. I finished it with the Nuvo glitter gloss in clear on the dark purple candy and broom. It might be hard to see in these pictures.

I am hoping to be done with the album by the end of the week, so hopefully you will be back to see the completed video!

Thanks again for visiting,

Until next time…..

Maple Leaf Shaker Closure

August 30, 2018


Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a quick video of a Maple Leaf Shaker closure I made for a gate-closing mini album.  This is one time where taking longer to finish a project worked out in my favor. I like how the shaker adds a little-unexpected fun but still conveys the fall theme of this album.

The Maple Leaf Shaker was part of my most recent Tonic Studio’s craft kit.  You can read my “fangirl” post here My New Favorite Craft Kit – Tonic Studios 

All the product in the video came from the most recent craft kit except for the Mirror card and the Green sequins, those were in the previous month kit. The mirror card goes through the die cutter beautiful capturing every detail a die has to offer without damaging the finish. I did put it through the Sizzix a couple of times just because it is so thick, but it cuts clean. The mirror card is a new way for me to add a little shine to a project without having to break out the glitter.

Below is the quick video!

On a side note, I am still getting over my shyness with being on video and the mechanics of it all.  At least I finally figured out how to not have the tripod in the shot!

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

My New Favorite Craft Kit – Tonic Studios

August 10, 2018

One of the reasons I started my blog was to be able to “geek” out about products I enjoy using or new things happening in the creative world! But I got a little nervous when the majority of the blogs were project based. I love seeing projects, but sometimes I just want to chat, share and hear about your experiences with products.  I don’t have a close friend who is into crafting, so I had hoped to build a friendly community that would understand my need to talk and share about these things! But I got nervous about it, held back and it hampered my posting.

However, as I turn another year older and finish another craft room move in the house along with a reorganization; I realize I was putting a limitation on myself which affected my blogging and crafting joy! Maybe my posts are read by only a few but, at least I will be able to get out all my excitement over the things in paper crafting that brought me joy.

In 2016, Tonic crossed my radar at an expo class that allowed us to try out Tonic’s new mousse and crystal drops. Instant love!  I started collecting Nuvo Drops like an obsessed fan.

 

As I worked on a  mini album that was fall themed, I came across Nuvo’s Autumn colored glitter with enticing names such as one yummy one “spiced apricot.” Besides the color depth, I was taken with the packaging. Who doesn’t like a big jewel cap on a glittery bottle? Right?

 

Then, this past spring, a video of Tonic’s craft kits popped up in my suggested videos. The reveal videos were addicting each one chock full of goodies to complete a project. I am not big on craft kits, but this was too good to pass up for roughly $40.  I had missed some good ones, so Number 9 was not escaping my clutches.  I signed up and waited the full month with the patience of a kid waiting for Christmas to arrive!

When the kit came, I felt as though I had stumbled onto a craft secret. It was generous with all sorts of items designed specifically for the kit. Intricate die sets with matching stamps. Beautifully designed papers with embossing, mirror finish and matching heavyweight cardstock. It also had surprise gifts plus sample sizes of new colors not yet released in crystal drops, mousse, glitter paste, glitter, and sequins.   I have to say I sat with my coffee just looking at everything and enjoying all the colors and packaging. I know I am probably a little wacky!

 

I have never had a Tonic Studio die set, I found myself taken with the layers included along with the detail cuts.

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New holiday-themed dies excellent for borders on mini albums as well as cards.

The first kit had approx. 12 dies to create a little-handled gift bag. A stamp sets to go with the die set project. Then all the embellishments added to finish the project is unmatched in my opinion. Everything goes together so well and with options! Options people, very important!

In addition to all this, their customer service is staffed with thoughtful, positive people who genuinely listen to help solve the problem in your favor. I happened to order as they were experiencing crazy growth launching the USA website. But between website questions and their Facebook page, I felt heard and helped!

If you are interested, https://www.tonic-studios.com They are based in the UK but ship all over, make sure to click on the USA if you are in the states. They have a facility in California that handles the USA shipping!

Thanks for letting me share about my new favorite kit and company. I would love to hear from anyone who is getting Tonic Kits or has a favorite Tonic product to share about. It is always nice to know I am not the only one!

I am still finishing my 3rd craft room move but hoping I can dig in and complete the projects of each kit and then have something to post in the next week.

Until next time…

One Picture = ​Three kids, Three Albums, Three Different Layouts

November 18, 2017

Good morning,

When I was growing my Mom made each of one of us an album, so it was a no-brainer when I had my kids to create an album for each.  I actually enjoy it as I get to do a picture three different ways. I have been known to even change product line depending on which child I want to highlight.  Case in point this layout, I wanted to bring out the red in my middle son’s shirt as well as the pumpkin he was holding. (Funny how they naturally line up in order!)  In addition, he is the one who likes doing activities together as a family.

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Where in the previous layout Pumpkin patch 2016I was going for the more traditional look of the picture to highlight my little one’s new awareness of Halloween and pumpkin patches. We had many conversations after the fact about when the pumpkins come back along with wanting to trick or treat every week.

For my oldest, I wanted to use the same Echo Park Collection as I love plaids and dots but the colors were not working. The best match is the new Amber Moon Collection I just purchased to make a mini album.

img_0803It worked out because I could also use my new Nuvo Pure Sheen Glittler in Spiced Apricot!  In addition, I was also able to use up some old stash of the Technique Tuesday Wavy Frames chipboard.

My oldest has a personality that can not be missed when he comes into the room which is why I decided to use the glitter. Pumpkin tradition-3He also is the guy who loves the traditions and adding to them. Going to the pumpkin patch is all about the pumpkins for him. He is particular, always has been, a pumpkin has to be a certain size and color as he usually has a design in mind.  He is also the one who knows I will want a group shot and sets the positive example by getting enthused and corraling the other two.

I painted the outside frame with Prima’s shimmery paint in brass hardware. While I have a different idea of brass, it is this beautiful copper color that goes perfectly with the Amber Moon collection. I have to say, I love fall colors mixed with a copper foil or metallic. I had a fun time playing with the paints for this layout. The second wavy frame is part of the pack but a little smaller, it does a great job of giving the picturer some dimension and taking the glitter nicely!

I do take pictures of each one with their own moments, but I always make them do the obligatory “mom” picture of the three of them! This usually becomes the first page of a highly photographed event such as the pumpkin patch, then add the individual photos.

So, here you go, one picture used in three very different layouts subtlely acknowledging three unique sons who make me continually smile!

Tell me, do you different albums for your kids, grandkids or furbabies?

If you are interested here is the supply list:

Echo Park Paper  “Fall is in the Air” 12 12 collection pack (my middle son’s layout)

  • papers
  • stickers
  • numbers and alphas
  • ephemera
Frank Garcia for Prima – Amber Moon Collection

 

Until next time…….

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