Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graphic 45 Wanderlust ~ FotoBella DT

     I've had an old photo album that my sister-in-law has wanted me to scrap for her for over a year now, of her and my husbands late grandmother. But I've been waiting to find the perfect papers, and though I did find a great line that I got a few months ago, the album has still been sitting there untouched. Until I saw this new fabulous collection (Come Away With Me ) by Graphic 45, from FotoBella. The best part is that the colors go perfectly with the other papers that I got, so I can use both. The vintage travel theme is exactly what I had in mind, since she used to be a flight attendant. Here is the first cover page!

     I started by inking and distressing the map background. Then I punched and layered some papers from the 6 x 6 Cardstock Pad behind the photo. I stamped her name on the tag and the postage on the Journaling and Ephemera Card with the plane on it. The button on the bottom left, circle stone on the tag, and flower centers once belonged to her or her late daughter. The green flower center use to be earrings, and the center of the other flower was once a bracelet.  I love tearing things apart to recycle them into something beautiful, and adding a personal touch at the same time!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Inspirational # 129 ~ By the Sea

   Summer by the Sea is what Inspirational #129 is all about, hosted by myself, for Red Rubber Inspirationals! I made these colorful tags made out of cardstock, some fibers, and of course stamping.

    I started by cutting my tags out of white cardstock at 4 1/2", using my Cricut and the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge. Then I cut tags at 5" using colored cardstock for the backs, covering the edges with Stickles for some sparkle. I applied Distress Inks onto the white tags with my blending tool, and simply gave them a little splash of water. The effect was just what I wanted to showcase the Mini Shells and Under the Sea stamps from Red Rubber Designs. For the tops of the tags, I used Reinforcers, and then used my Big Bite II to attach the silver gromlets, tying some fibers through them. The images were colored with markers and Stickles, and finished with some bling for the eyes. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Graphic 45 Look Out World! ~ FotoBella DT

     The beautiful, new collection (Come Away With Me), by Graphic 45, from FotoBella, is perfect for all of your vintage photos, especially with a travel theme! I scrapped this photo from 1924 of a relative of mine on my Dad's side of the family.

   I layered the papers and Journaling and Ephemera Cards behind the circle Coredinations cardstock, which I embossed and lightly sanded, to create small waves. Then I masked the compass and watermarks with Distress Inks (Frayed Burlap and Broken China), using the Tim Holtz Compass and Splatters Stencil.

 I used a Prima stamp for the script on the post card and the round Journaling Chipboard that I used over the photo. From the same package, I used the small chipboard pieces for the centers of my Prima flowers, which were misted and sprayed first. I also stamped the date on the chipboard tag.

   I finished it up with some ribbons, and hand-stitching! 

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Graphic 45 Come Away With Me Card ~ FotoBella DT

    Here's a card that I made using Graphic 45's new collection, Come Away With Me, from FotoBella, with a vintage, travel theme! Wouldn't it be fun to surprise someone with real tickets inside?

        For step by step instructions, with photos, on how to create this, please visit the FotoBella Blog.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Love this beautiful life ~ Inspirational # 128

   Since anything goes for this week's Inspirational #128, hosted by Lynda, for Red Rubber Inspirationals, I decided to scrap this photo of Fanny Bridge, in Tahoe City, for a few other challenges as well.

   I was instantly drawn to these beautiful, summer, colors used for the July Design Seeds Challenge @!

My design inspiration came from this fabulous Sketch # 118 from Sketchabilities!

    I got messy with some mixed media for category 1, for the July Four Categories Challenge @ I started by smearing gesso on the background, creating little waves with a plastic fork, and then spraying over it with some Glimmer Mists, (Bahama Blue and Bubble Light Green) and Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray (Tibetan Poppy Teal). Then I tore around the edges of the white brick paper, (KaiserCraft  ~BaseCoat) and painted them a green color that I mixed myself. I used my sewing machine to create the wavy border, and for the butterfly antennae, which I printed from Swirlydoos. From Red Rubber Designs, I stamped Tree Silhouettes along the top of the photo. 

I made the frame on the bottom, sprayed it with some mists, and then added Ranger Verdigris Embossing powder. I used Ranger seafoam white embossing powder on the So Splattered stamps. The Script Background was inked with Burnt Umber Palette Ink. I used Mini Bet to stamp Fanny Bridge, Tahoe City, and CA. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Market Street ~ Ashbury Heights 2 Pager ~ FotoBella DT

    I love the beautiful, new collection, Market Street ~ Ashbury Heights, by My Mind's Eye, from FotoBella! Even though I've probably never used black in an Easter layout before, I think it works well here with the papers. These photos were taken in 2013, in front of my parents' house.

    This is my take on last month's 2 Page Sketch Challenge @

    I started by punching the striped paper and lacing it up with black string. Then I hand-stitched the red and pink along the edges. The oval and banner tag under the bottom left photo, came from the Decorative Brads, which I also used on the right. I used a chipboard flower to go over the great quote that I got in the Mixed Bag.

    I used the Decorative Tape along the bottom of the photos. The brad that I used on the right, is attached to Journal Card Packs, and the aqua one was stamped with a Prima stamp. The big pink flower was a leftover that I previously made, and is what inspired the other flowers that I made using my Easter Flower Tutorial and some mists.

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