Thursday, February 27, 2014

Crazy for Crazy for you ~ FotoBella DT

I'm just crazy for all of the colors and patterns in the Crazy for you I want it all bundle by We R Memory Keepers! I especially love all of the purples and pinks, which I used a lot of on this page that I scrapped from my 11th wedding anniversary.

I was inspired by this Page Drafts sketch!

I used my new Tim Holtz stencils (Stripes) and (Splatters) with some Distress ink and mists on the top.

I did a lot of machine stitching on here, including the stamped doily hearts, which were stitched right down the middle.


Inspirational #109 ~ Heartfelt Thanks

Here's the sample card that I made for Inspirational #109 hosted by Mary Anne, to make a thank you card. It was perfect timing as I needed to make one anyways for my in laws.

I started with some kraft cardstock, and a tag and papers from the Willoughby collection. I inked the kraft paper with Distress Inks (crushed olive and frayed burlap), and then used victorian vines on it with Palette Ink (burnt umber). On the tag I used savvy sayingsspeckle background, and hope perches. The flowers were stamped and layered using medallions and Palette Ink (burnt umber), then colored with Memento (lady bug). I finished it off with machine stitching and these buttons that I inherited from my husband's Grandmother.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Bumper 2 Bumper ~ Red Rubber Designs

This page was a lot of fun to work on, and I got real messy using my inks, stencils, stamps, and gesso!!

I was so inspired by sketch #2 for the Monthly Sketch Challenge @ and would love to use it again!

I thought the design was perfect to showcase some of  my Red Rubber Designs stamps, background soup, build-a-background, circles of love, punctuation,  filled with blessings, and so splattered. For all of the inking on here I used Palette Inks (cote d'azure and sunflower) and Brilliance (starlite silver), which was also used to make the pinwheels.

Here's a closer look at one of the pinwheels that I made from white cardstock. I used an old silver washer for the center, which I plopped right around a blue enamel dot from My Mind's Eye (handsome collection).

Here's the journaling which I did in Photoshop.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Inspirational #108 ~ Get Extra Inky

I'm just LOVING all of the stamps from Red Rubber Designs, and even if you haven't tried them yet, you can still play along in our weekly stamping challenges! This week I'm hosting with Inspirational #108, to get extra inky by using at least 2 different inks on the same stamp. I scrapped this photo of my little Sister Irene on a recent trip to Canada. She looks so cute wearing a beanie, so I had to use her family nickname for the title (Reenie Beanie).

I used the So Splattered stamp set with 2 colors of Palette Ink (Claret and Cote d'Azure). This is one of my favorite stamp sets and I know I'll get good use out of it! For the ring of circles I used the Lotsa Dotsa stamp set using a Q-tip to apply 3 different inks onto the stamp. I made the flowers using my Tattered and Torn Flower Tutorial. But before tearing my flowers I applied Distress Inks (picked raspberry, peacock feathers, and pumice stone) onto white cardstock and splashed it with some water and sea salt. It's very faint but if you look near the bottom left side of the frame you can see some coffee rings that I left with real coffee and my coffee mug for the Play with your food Challenge @ Flying Unicorn. The buttons on here I inherited from my Grandma and Great Grandma. 

All of the colors on this page were inspired by the color challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang. The paper right under the pink matted photo was made with gesso and a stencil, and then sprayed with a couple of  Lindy sprays (Tibetan Poppy Teal) and (Bougainvillea Fuchsia).I also used those to spray the chipboard frame and the  background of the snowflake paper along with Clam Bake Beige

Here's a closer look at the small flower and gesso work. 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stitch N' Strip Tutorial ~ FotoBella DT

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those strips that you end up cutting off from the bottom of your papers? Well I came up with this design to show you using the Crazy for you I want it all bundle by We R Memory Keepers.

Originally I printed this photo of me and my husband in black and white, but I got glue on it and completely ruined it. Then I remembered that I had printed it in color as well, and once I saw it with the pp's and colors I ended up liking it even better. Don't you love when that happens?

I started this page using my Crop-a-dile II Big Bite to punch out all of the holes around the edges using a Q-tip to ink them with Distress Ink (picked raspberry). I masked the Lace Doily Prima Stencil with my Glimmer Mists (dark purple and festival) and added the metal flower in the center. I used my new Tim Holtz Stencil (fade dot)  along the right side using Distress Inks (seedless preserves and picked raspberry). I stamped and embossed the doily heart using Ranger Seafoam white embossing powder and popped it with some pop dots also from Ranger.

After adding the title, photos, and punching the purple strip, I distressed all of those end strips with the Tim Holtz paper distresser and glued them onto my page.

Then using a ruler as a guide, poke holes every 1/4" along your strips making sure to align your holes vertically with the other strips. Decide what direction you want your slashed lines to be, and then poke a hole 1/4" away from the last one on the bottom to create your slash.

Now for the fun part! Sew all of your strips together using whatever color or colors of embroidery floss that you want. I used 5 different purples and pinks to go with the sunset photo taken in San Luis Obispo, CA.

I made the flower that came in the bundle a little more dimensional by wetting and scrunching up the petals.

This is my entry for Kristi B.'s Title Challenge to use one or more of these words on your title.I used love.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!!! ~ FotoBella DT

Happy Valentine's Day!!! Here's a card that I made for my sweet husband using the Crazy for you I want it all bundle by We R Memory Keepers. It's the perfect collection for all of your love or Valentine's projects!

I was inspired by sketch #1 used for the February Card Sketch Challenge @

I just love all the stamps that came in this bundle and used them here with Ranger black embossing powder! I machine stitched around the edges and along the black doily heart and chevron paper. To give some dimension to the black heart I folded it in half. Then I just added the bottle cap and kiss me button.

 Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February FotoBella Sketch Challenge

It's time for another sketch challenge at FotoBella for a chance to win a I want it all bundle. The deadline to submit your layout is February 15th. There is now some additional ways to enter.

Submit your layout on our Facebook Challenge Page.

Or submit a photo of your layout on Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #FotoBellaChallengeFeb2014.

For bonus entries have your friends vote for your layout on Facebook, retweet your submit and sharing on all 3 of these sites.

Finally make sure to comment on the FotoBella blog to let us know that you entered.

Here is the sketch inspired by Julie Nutting paper doll playtime at Prima's Artventure at CHA. Each of us design team members were given a different stamp to play with.

Here's my take on the sketch using a copy free image that I found online somewhere.

I used the Crazy for you bundle by We R Memory Keepers. I LOVE the stamps that came in this bundle and had to try them out right away! The roses were stamped and layered using the cardstock from the bundle.  I used Ranger's black embossing powder to stamp the round doilies and colored the hearts using a pink Prisma marker. The pink doilies were stamped with Distress ink (Picked Raspberry).

The doll stamp that I got was Lorena by Prima Marketing. I stamped her onto clear vellum and chalked her with Pebbles Inc. pearlescent chalks. Then I stamped her again onto clear vellum with little white hearts on them to make her dress. I used more chalks on the dress and then added the little pink hearts, which were stamped, and also came in my bundle. Once I finished her dress I cut it out and glued it on top of the first stamped layer. I finished her off with a small bow out of some ribbon for her hair.

Thanks for looking and make sure to visit the FotoBella Blog to see some more inspiration from the rest of the team. Sarinda also has an awesome video tutorial on using Copic Markers, which she used for her doll stamp.