Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Create for a birthday, a birthday, and school



August---full of birthdays and then onto eeeek--"school".  The mere mention of it sends shivers down my spine.  But, I will acknowledge its upcoming presence by the end of  this post.  First, I just wanted to share a few quick cards with you that I made using the Polaroid frames from Unique Laser Designs.  Yes, you can use them to frame a photo, but look how cute they are on a card!

On this ice cream card, I colored the frame with a creamy metallic silver gelato.  The little hexagon is colored with a sparkly gel pen. Did you guess that the scoop of the ice cream is really a cloud? I'm so sneaky!  I colored that with a Copic marker and then swirled Stickles (rock candy)on to make it sparkle.


I know I showed you this card already, but I'm showing it again to remind you to join in the Scrap It Girl challenge for August---use an arrow or a # on your project.  More details are HERE.  

Hexagons are the theme for this card.  I dry embossed a hexagon pattern on the card and then added a Polaroid frame again---this time I used a paint marker to color it black. The small wood hexagons with the sentiments-- I rubbed on different ink pads, just like I did the cute bee (see below)---easy easy easy and quick! 



I used a Sharpie to color the black stripes on the bee and then covered it (really thick) with a layer of Stickles (rock candy again). It looks like a suncatcher--so crackly and sparkly at the same time.

Now, onto school. We are being extra creative with Back to School ideas on the Chicagoland Scrapbooker blog.  Something new every week during August.  My daughter is going to be in 5th grade and is SO excited to find out who her homeroom teacher will be.  To celebrate that first day of school, I used a Unique Laser Designs ATC card and made a chalkboard by painting on a few layers of chalkboard paint before adding some die-cut letters and leaving some room to write with chalk.  The soda stamp is from Unity and I stamped it with glue from the Rubber Cafe and then sprinkled on extra fine glitter.  Sparkly goodness!  A few strings of twine hot-glued onto the back and it's ready to hang around a soda bottle. Now, it's re-usable and her teacher can pass a message on and  be "soda-lighted" for someone else (for a birthday, a great test score, a travelling award around the classroom).




Hope you are "soda-lighted" with these projects that you are feeling inspired to celebrate a birthday, a birthday, and school!

The birthdays, I'm ready for!  School---not so much.
Enjoy these last few weeks of precious summer.


~Kelly
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Create some sunshine...

Trying to hang onto the warmth and the sunshine as we move into August.  Just had to do one more summer project before I give into oak leaves and ghosts.  

Today, I'm using these fun suns and cute flip flops from Unique Laser Designs on a straw wreath that I wrapped with bulky blue variegated yarn.



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Last month, Kimberly gave us some great ideas for ways to add color to our wood shapes from Unique Laser Designs (if you missed that post, you can see it HERE).  That got me thinking...how about nail polish?  Shining up these flip flops was my chance since I wanted to color them a bright green and I didn't have the right color in my box of acrylic paints.  Two coats did it--added color and shine all at once.

Then, I used a Copic marker to add the pink around the edge. Lastly I put a heaping ribbon of Tacky Glue on the straps and poured on pink super fine glitter (that took a while to dry).

Onto the suns...

The top sun, I painted with Ranger Distress Crackle in white and then after it dried I rubbed Wild Honey Distress Stain over it---I love, love, love how it turned out.

The swirly sun, I covered in Tacky Glue and then poured super fine yellow gold glitter over.

For the bottom sun, I painted it with a mustard yellow acrylic, then stamped it with Versamark ink using a chevron pattern stamp. Lastly I covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heated it up with a heat gun to get that powder to "rise and shine" (sometimes I crack myself up)!


So, I am definitely not ready to say goodbye to summer...we have a whole month of sunny goodness before the "s" word (school) is back in the vocabulary.  What's your August summer project?
~Kelly

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Create with a point...



Just a quick post to wish everyone "Happy August" and show you that the Scrap It Girl challenge for August is arrows and #.  

For this card, I used some wood shapes from Unique Laser Designs--a Polaroid frame and a cute bee (who has been over-Stickled with Rock Candy).

I kept the hexagon theme going by dry embossing the whole card with a pattern from Sizzix and added a canvas arrow from Close to My Heart.

Still trying to balance all of the crafting I want to do with house projects and outside projects, but sometimes a quick card is all I need to feel accomplished for the day.  One thing checked off.


~Kelly


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Create Americana...


                      

We are going Americana for the whole month of July at the Chicagoland Scrapbooker site.  Which is perfect as I plug along on scrapping our trip to Washington DC.  



I adapted a layout that my friend Gina showed us at "scrap club" last week to meet my needs for more pictures.  Using washi tape, I snuck two more pictures underneath my main photo.






And I added LOTS and LOTS of stars.  She also gave us a tip about using washi tape to cover plain chipboard, as I did on these WWII letters.

I can't believe July is going by so fast...I spied Back to School displays at the store this week---ugh! 

Well, I still have LOTS of photos to scrap from this trip so I'm going to make July, and all of this red, white, and blue last a little longer.
~Kelly

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Create with honesty...






What could be more honest, than a layout about 
George Washington?  






I used Tim Holtz Distress Stains (walnut for the tree, wild honey for the fence, and picket fence for the polaroid frame) to color these wood embellishments from Unique Laser Designs.  This method of coloring maintains the natural beauty of the wood without covering it up.  I added some red bling to complete my cherry tree, but then I really didn't feel like I needed to add anything else.  This was such a simple time in history, I didn't want to add too much.


The layout is very loosely based on one I saw in the most recent Close to My Heart catalog.  I added my own style with the wood embellishments and surprise---my version has a lot more photos!


~Kelly

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Create with a splash of color...



Time to make a "splash" with these paint splats from Unique Laser Designs.  I think they are perfect for embellishing my layout about our trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.


I simply used gelatos (from Faber-Castell) to color on them.  
The color goes on so smoothly.


I think they would also be great for layouts about 
swim lessons,
or puddle jumping, 
or painting my room a new color, 
or art class,
or a day at the beach, 
or dad's giant cannonball splash into the pool, 
or muddy footprints from a rainy day.
SO versatile--I think I may need to order some more splats!

So, what would you use some splats for?
~Kelly

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Create for a wedding...

Just a quick post with some wedding inspiration.  The top card is a simple gate-fold.  Open the doors, and the sentiment is inside.  The tulle bow and rectangular strip with the words on it are actually just glued onto the left "door" so you don't have to untie it to get to the inside.
There are no more purple paper scraps in my stash since I used them all to punch a bunch of tiny flowers to fill the heart that I drew on the front of this card.  A little putzy, but simple and the patterned paper does all the work (it's from DCWV).


Another simple card.  I ran a white piece of paper through a dotty embossing folder, and then punched a bunch of Fiskars Funky Hearts to fill the front of the card.  I punched two additional hearts with red glitter POW paper--it's from American Crafts, and I've mentioned  it before.  I love it because it is thin and the glitter is part of the paper (not sitting on top), so it is punch-able and NOT messy.

Best wishes to the newlyweds!
~Kelly


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