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.

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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!


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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?

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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!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Create for a special delivery...

A special delivery calls for a special order.  My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby boy in a few weeks and his room has an ocean theme.  Unique Laser Designs to the rescue!  I sent in a special request for some ocean creatures to add to this wooden rocking chair that I painted.   
Unique Laser Designs already has this adorable octopus as part of their inventory, but I put in a special order to get one extra big (this one is 9"x7") and "oh boy" did they come through with some additional ocean fun!

I decided this sea turtle, diving boy, clown fish, sea horse, and puffer fish were perfect additions to this chair.  I colored these critters with Copic markers, while the octopus (and LOGAN letters) were painted with dark purple acrylic.  I sealed everything with a thin layer of Glossy Accents.

A big "THANK YOU" to Unique Laser Designs for "sailing in" with some great designs to make this gift even more special and "UNIQUE".

So, what is on your "special order" list?  
Whether you need specific sizes or a specific shape (or creature), Unique Laser Designs is ready and willing to help you make your project one of a kind!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Create for a dad...

I know Father's Day was a few weeks ago and I am a bit slow in posting, but I just wanted to share the cards I made this year for my hubby and my dad.

Star Wars is kind of a big thing in our house since our last name is Starsky (Star-sky).  Darth Vader is a perfect messenger for this Father's Day greeting.  I printed out the Vader clip art and put it on lots of layers of patterned paper.  I added the greeting and a few simple stars from Unique Laser Designs (that I colored with a sparkle gel pen).

For this card, I made a "punny" for my Dad, who happens to be the king of puns.  I often call him "Pop", so this pop stamp from Unity makes an easy card.

So, maybe your dad's birthday is coming up or you want to get a leap on your cards for next Father's Day.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Create with these colors (a challenge)...

Navy, Red, Cream, and Kraft.

In my recent over-zealous cleaning rampages, I have been throwing out a LOT of old, damaged, dated, faded, weird holiday decorations.  That means it's time to make some new ones! Just in time for Scrap It Girl's July Challenge, which is to create a project using the colors--red, cream, navy blue, and kraft.  

I took a 9" x 11" canvas, painted it cream and splattered it with red and navy paint. Then, I added star die-cuts cut from scraps of red and blue paper. 

Lastly, I added my new addiction...burlap paper from DCWV.  I am VERY quickly going through my 6" x 6" stack--better get some more!  With some die-cut "star spangled" letters and few small wood stars from Unique Laser Designs, my canvas is ready for hanging!

Next, remember this pic from last week?  I hinted as to what the shape is that my favorite die makes...

 This Tim Holtz long Sizzix Thinlit makes Mini Paper Rosettes!

It makes perfect rosettes, and believe me, I have tried to accordion fold strips of paper on my own and have gotten a rosette that is well...not a rosette.  It looks like my paper fans did when I was a kid---precise folding is not my forte'.

These rosettes are great on cards and banners...and here they are on a patriotic card where I used a WeR flag stamp.  Oh beautiful...


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