Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Day for Blog Candy!

Good morning crafty friends!  I am diligently working on design team projects for June so I don't have anything quite ready for you yet, but I do want to remind you today is the last day for my Blog Candy!  If you are reading this, I am sure you are a follower so make sure you left a comment on the Blog Candy! post.

Here's what I am giving away plus some little extras that I have already started stuffing in the package.

Good luck!  I will get around to choosing a winner in just a couple of days!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Congratulations! with Frantic Stamper

Good morning readers, Alicia here today with a graduation card. This one is a very special personalized card and isn't that the beauty of handmade cards? My eldest niece is graduating and she is like my own. I wanted to use her school colors and something a little extra.

The extra is...I used an actual photo of her dress as the skirt of the dress on the card! As soon as I purchased the Frantic Stamper Pleated Dress die I started to envision this card. This was the second card I made with this die so I had a little more experience. I still cut the piece twice and adhere together with very strong red lined tape. But this time I folded the pleats toward the center to create a more formal look.

I printed two 5x7's of Hana with her dress all spread out and cut from the same spot to provide uniformity.

I added another fancy cut with the same blue glitter paper as the top of the dress. I also embellished with plenty of pearl including a faux pearl necklace like my niece always wears.

To dress this card up even more, pun intended...I ran a piece of vellum through Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Simplicity embossing folder. I layered that on top of a shimmer card stock with blue Congratulations randomly stamped image. I hope you are inspired to try die cutting a photo for a personalized project. I believe she will probably have this card longer than the actual dress!

Dies R Us Products:

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Ornate Edger

other ingredients:
Hampton Art sentiment stamp
Versacolor Royal Blue
Wow clear embossing powder
Quick Quotes Royal Blue chalking ink
vellum, glitter paper, photograph

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Stampin Up What I love with Atlantic Heart Challenge Sketch #214

Good Day my dear readers!  I have a card using the latest Atlantic Heart Challenge sketch. I used some masking to create my layers of stamped flowers. This was my first time playing with this layered stamp set.  It was very fun.  I wish there was a stem stamp.  I drew them in with a green pen.

Here's the sketch:

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Stampin Up What I love stamp set
Stampin Up label punch
Stampin Up ink:  Regal Rose, Primrose Petals, Purely Pomegranate, and Gumball Green
Lawn Fawn's 6x6 Let's Polka
Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangle
Michael's ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 6/14x

Don't forget to play along at  Atlantic Hearts Challenge!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

By the Sea Nautical layout

Here is one of the last pages of my honeymoon album.  Here's the sketch:

 I was really excited with how I knotted the twine like the knots on the paper.  I used several tiny glue dots strategically to keep the knots in place. 

I found the title in my stash.  I believe it is from a die cut swap but I could not find this cut in Cricut Design Space.  It could be from a specialty cart I don't own or a cut from another company.  I did remove the shadow layer as it was a blue that clashed with my layout.  Otherwise, the twine was just a perfect match for my knotted twine above.

DCWV Hey Sailor stack
Jolee's 3-D embellishments
misc embellishments
Creative Memories sticker
Quick Quotes Navy chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Arrow layout with Creative Memories Peacock

Yes, another boring layout...well, it's not too boring or else I wouldn't be covering up the pics would I?  LOL!  Actually, I thought it might be a tad offensive.  On the other hand, it's not really not that bad.  This was talent show night at Sandals and the pics are of a pretty big  (and pretty drunk) man taking off his shirt and shorts.  He is not naked but his body isn't anything great and I don't even know who he is so I felt it better to cover him up.

Creative Memories Peacock Power Palette
Creative Memories Blueberry sticker letters
Quick Quotes blue chalking ink
Kiwi Lane templates

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quick Quotes Ombre Celebrate Cards

Alicia here today with a couple of ombre cards using Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking inks. It is a super easy technique and always creates a beautiful image.   I made a couple of backgrounds and ended up using them both.  For this first card, I used die cut layers accented with an oversize ribbon and sequins.  The sentiment is stamped with Jade Powderpuff Chalking ink, die cut and popped up with foam dots.  All the edges are generously inked with Powderpuff Chalking inks.

My second card uses one of the negative die cuts from the first card as a frame.  I used the full ombre background then I die cut the same sentiment in several different papers to continue the ombre effect.  I also punched some papers for decorative  edges with added pearls.  I inked all the edges with Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking inks.

Here is the stamp and the four colors of Powderpuff Chalking ink that I used to create the ombre background.

Quick Quotes products used:

other products used:
Judikins marbled paper background stamp
Stampin Up Labelicious stamp and punch
Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangle die
Spellbinders dies
Queen & Co and Recollections pearls

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Where's My Mule?

So while I was checking out animal images that I own in Cricut Design Space I found this mule (donkey in Noah's ABC cart).  My favorite band is Govt Mule.  I know I will end up making more of these in various sizes and maybe on a card.  

I added details with a black pen.

Cricut Noah's ABC Animals cart
misc papers
Quick Quotes Mahogany chalking ink

I want to enter this in the following challenges:

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take Me Away Jamaica layout

And another honeymoon layout.  I actually finished everything last night.  I adhered all the pages in my album and put page protectors on all 84 pages!!  My hubby and I got to look at it together in bed at the end of the day.

Here is the sketch I used:

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DCWV Hey Sailor Stack
Creative Memories stickers
misc stickers
metal embellishment

I entered this page in a Sketch N Scrap Birthday Bash on Facebook challenge #3 until 6/2x

I would also like to play along with Scrap Our Stash May tic tac toe stash challenge until 5/30x

I used 3+ patterned papers, clouds (in my pics) and a tab.  I didn't take a close up of the tab, but I created it with a sticker on the top right photo.

Thank you for reading today!


Monday, May 22, 2017

You & Me Scrapbook Layout

This is the actual page that will be the last one of the album.  I believe this picture was taken with my husband's phone and got printed after the rest so it is not in chronological order but works great for the last page.  

Here's the sketch:

I layered an overlay on top of the Autumn Leaves paper.  Then layered papers, stickers, flowers and bling.

When I saw the clock in the sketch I remembered this piece I purchased from Joann's Black Friday sale last year.  I was very excited to use it here.  That element led me I added more vintage metal pieces from Martha Stewart.

Momenta Overlay
Autumn Leaves Black, Red and Cream collection
Finnabar clock piece
Martha Stewart metallic embellishments
Creative Memories black shimmer paper and sticker title
White gel pen
Recollections lace stickers
Mark Richards black flowers
rhinestone gem flourish

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scrap Our Stash Sketch with a twist

I have FINISHED!  Don't get too excited, this won't be my last post of honeymoon pages.  I scrapped the last five pages yesterday.  I completed my goal to have this pair of albums done before I go home for my niece's graduation.  Now I can bring them and show them off!

Here's the sketch:

And for the twist:
M:  metallic paper
O: oval scallop punched tag
T:  tag, title and/or tape (paper)
H:  Hand writing
E: embossing (Spellbinders)
R: red and rhinestones

Autumn Leaves Black, Red and Cream collection (paper and buttons)
rhinestone flourishes and Michaels bling
misc card stock
Fiskars scalloped oval punch
Creative Memories sticker letters
Spellbinders label one die
7 gypies paper tape

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Cricut 3-D Turtle

I had a chance to craft yesterday.  I made this little guy for my son who likes turtles.  We have two yellow bellied sliders that kind of look like this guy.

I used a black pen for the eye detail.

Cricut Noah's ABC Animals
Creative Memories papers 
misc scrap papers
Quick Quotes Green with Envy chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk with Tuesday Morning Sketches

Good morning!  Today I am showing off a set of cards I made using this week's sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I had a reason for making so many.  I am participating in a patterned paper card swap.  I thought this was a great sketch on which to use several patterned papers. I choose to use up some old Graphic 45, I thought who really cares that is it an old collection.  It is summery and let's face it ALL Graphic 45 paper is good!

Here's the sketch:

Here's each card that I tweaked ever so slightly different.

On some I used these teeniest tiniest sequins I purchase online from overseas.

On some I used a small turquoise sequin.  I also alternated between the sketch and having them line up.

Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk collection with tags
brads and sequins
goldenrod textured card stock
various die cuts including Stampin Up banners and ODBD stitched ovals
pierced circle die

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thank so much for stopping by!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blog~aversary Candy!

Five years ago today I created my first blog post.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I needed a blog for an event in which I was participating.  I did not know how it would change my life. I spend hours not just crafting but taking photos and writing post.  I have been privileged to serve on many different design team where I have grown and honed my craft.  Just this week I also posted my 1000th post!  I know crafty blogs are a microcosm of their own, but I am so glad to be a part.

So I have some items I have collected over the years that I gathered together to giveaway.  I also plan to include some other small goodies (backgrounds, stickers, embellies).  The Kiwi Lane templates are a duplicate from when I was on the design team.  The distress ink was also a duplicate of which I have the full size, so even though open it has never been used.  

To win this package of goodies:

be a follower of my blog
leave a comment below telling me how you follow
be a follower of my facebook page
leave a comment over there
it would be great if you followed on instagram but not required for the candy
live in the US or Canada

deadline 5/31/17 at 11:59pm EST

I will use the first week of June to pick a winner

Thanks so much for being a follower if you are new or have been following since my humble beginnings, I really appreciate YOU! 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quick Quotes Anchors Aweigh layout

Today I am showing off Creative Memories NSD Virtual Crop Challenge #2.  I used Quick Quotes Anchors Aweigh collection for most of the layout.

Here's the sketch and the twist was to make "clusters".

challenge 2

Quick Quotes Anchors Aweigh collection
white premade border/edges
anchor stickers
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die cuts
white card stock
Creative Memories hex punch

Once again, thanks for stopping by and bearing through layout after layout of my honeymoon.