Saturday, April 26, 2014

Easter Flower Tutorial

   I got real messy, and had a blast doing it, with this layout that I made for quite a few challenges!

   This is my take on the Monthly Sketch Challenge @ using this bonus sketch.

I used Easter and Eggs in my title for the Scrappy Friends April Word Challenge.

   This is also my entry for the Spruce up your Background Challenge @ The wood paper is Base Coat by KaiserCraft  from FotoBella, and the rest is all cardstock that has been misted. And for category 2 of the Four Categories Challenge to use pastels, with the twist of using paints or mists. I did both, but mostly used Lindy's Sprays (Yellow Rose of Texas, Cotton Candy Pink, Bougainvillea Fuchsia, Delphinium Turquoise, Witch's Potion Purple,  and Violaceous Violet), after playing with my new stencils and some gesso for the April Color Challenge @ Lindy's Stamp Gang

   I loved using these sprays to make these flowers out of white cardstock for the April Challenge @ Berry71bleu, to make handmade flowers! I used my Cricut Expression to cut flower #9 with the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge. One at 2', 1 1/2", 1', and 3/4".

   The fun with these flowers is experimenting with different colored sprays and mists! For this tutorial I made the light pink and blue flower on the right. I started by spraying the flowers with Lindy's Cotton Candy Pink, and scrunched the petals from the centers while wet. I accidently got a little yellow on the large flower here from my hands, but it really doesn't matter with all of the colors that I've used. 

   While your flowers are still damp spray a little of another color onto a plastic grocery bag, and lightly swipe your flowers on top. I used Delphinium Turquoise here.

Then I just layered and glued it together starting with the largest flower on bottom. Here's the finished result.

   Have fun coming up with your own color combinations! Here's a close-up of some more of mine. Or try using one color like the blue one that I made on the bottom right using only Delphinium Turquoise.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inspirational #117 ~ Postage Due

   Happy Thursday! Time for a new challenge @ Red Rubber Inspirationals, with Inspirational #117, Postage Due, hosted by Mary Anne. This week's theme was the perfect opportunity to make this wedding card for my baby sister, who is getting married tomorrow. I wish I could be there!

      I started by misting the background and flowers with some Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (Treasure Island Aqua and Clam Bake Beige). I did a lot of stamping on here with the following stamps:

   All of the gold was embossed with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. The rest of the stamping was done with Versa Magic Inks (Jumbo Java and Oasis Green).

   This is also my entry for the April Card Sketch Challenge @ using sketch #1.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pop Quiz Graduation Card ~ FotoBella DT

   I decided to get an early start on graduation with this fun card that I made using Bo Bunny's Pop Quiz I want it all bundle from FotoBella.

   This is my take on sketch #5  used here for the April Card Sketch Challenge @

   I started by masking the notebook paper stencil onto 2 different papers with some Distress Inks (Chipped SapphireBlack Soot, and Peacock Feathers). I also used Peacock Feathers around the graduation cap, which I popped up for some dimension. I used some stickers on some of the banner pieces and the top part with conGRADulations on it. Most of the stars were stamped with the stamps that came in the ephemera package, which is like a little package of treasure, and is where I also got the red bling star and blue circle bling. I even used the paper clip from the package that was holding together some ribbons. Instead of ribbon though, I decided to use some colored rafia to go through the square button, to mimic a tassel. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 18, 2014

1st Day of 2nd Grade ~ FotoBella DT

   Here's another school layout I made of my son in his younger elementary days, using Bo Bunny's Pop Quiz I want it all bundle from FotoBella.

   I took my inspiration from this old Page Maps sketch (December 2006) used for this months Four Categories Challenge @ for Category 3.

 I started with the chalkboard paper and inked it up a little with some white ink. I did use a white pen for the journaling, but somehow it came out light pink. At least it matches the chipboard eraser on the pencil. The ruler, paperclip, and 2nd grade are also from the same chipboard. I stuck my favorite photo of my son from that day, onto a tag. I stamped the date, did some machine zig zag stitching, and added the ribbons through it that I got from the ephemera package. I used washi tape on the lower photo, and scattered some buttons around to finish it off. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Inspirational #116: Back to Nature

      We're getting back to nature this week at Red Rubber Inspirationals, with Inspirational  #116, hosted by yours truly!  I made this scenic card with lots of  water distressing, misting, inking, hand stitching, and of course stamping. 


   I was inspired by sketch #4 used for the April Card Sketch Challenge @ Scrapbook. com. 

   I started by misting the kraft cardstock with a trash bag to create texture in the background. Then I stamped the trees and grass using Tree Silhouettes and Mountain Scenery with Palette Inks (Jardin Moss and Burnt Sienna). The bear image was stamped using Something Marvelous, and colored in with Distress Inks and watercolor pencils. The flower was a leftover from my stash of homemade flowers, and I added a brown pearl to it.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to see how you get back to nature, and hope you'll join us at Red Rubber Inspirationals!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pop Quiz Report Card Holder ~ FotoBella DT

   Bo Bunny's Pop Quiz I want it all bundle is so perfect for all of your scrappy academic needs, from kindergarten all the way through college! I made this report card holder to store my son's report cards from this year. I can't believe he'll be graduating from elementary and starting middle school soon!

   I started this page with some misting and a houndstooth stencil. I used the stamp that comes in the ephemera package to stamp the black scroll on the corner of the photo. I cut all of the library card pockets out of paper and added the paper clip and buttons.

1. To make the report card holder cut the Study Hall striped paper at 6 1/2" x 5", and finish the edges with the Tim Holtz paper distresser.

2. Glue Study Hall paper onto the red library paper and cut around the edges with  decorative zigzag  scissors, inking them with Distress Ink (black soot).

3. Now take the black paper that comes in the ephemera package, which is just the right size, and trim about an 1 1/2" off of the ends. Use the paper distresser around the edges. Set aside until the next step.

4. Now take the striped piece and handstitch a line 1/4" away from the top edge, using black embroidery thread, and another line 1" away from the first one. 

5. Before you do anymore stitching, glue just the ends of the bottom and two sides onto the black distressed paper, making sure to leave the top open for the pocket. Now you can stitch a 1/4" from the edges on the sides and bottom.

6. Right under the second stitched line from the top I applied the ruler and pencil that comes in the layered chipboard. Under that I pulled some of the gingham ribbon that also comes in the ephemera package through the A+ button. I used the top progress report, that also comes in the layered chipboard, and backed it with the hall pass paper, using my zigzag scissors around the edges and inking them with black soot Distress Ink. I used a red Sharpie to write my son's name on it, and then finally put the report cards inside. 

You can get this awesome bundle or any of your other scrappy needs at FotoBella! Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Inspirational #114 ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

Inspirational #114  is all about Spring, hosted this week by Kendra for Red Rubber Inspirationals. I had fun making this Spring card with some stamps, gesso, mists, and a branch cut from my Cricut Expression (Serenade cartridge).

   I started by misting some light blue cardstock with It's brown, Copper, and Harvest Orange Glimmer Mists.Then I masked the doily with some gesso. Other than the branch and nest, everything else was stamped, starting with the background kraft cardstock with Background Soup stamped around the edges. I used the All things of nature stamp set for the bird on the branch and the eggs. I colored the eggs with Distress Ink (antique linen) and Versa Magic Ink (aquatic splash). The birds that are flying are from the Hope Perches stamp set, and the flowers were stamped from the Blossom Builders set, which can all be found at Red Rubber Designs for really great prices.

    My design inspiration came from this fabulous sketch #96 @ Cardabilities

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spice Market Memories ~ FotoBella DT

 The Spice Market I want it all bundle by Basic Grey is full of color, exotic patterns, and perfect for your most precious memories, like this photo that I scrapped of my Aunt and Grandma , taken a month before my Grandma's death last year.

   The papers in this bundle remind me of Spring, cotton fabrics, so I started this design with the intent of making a quilt block, which is the twist this month for the April Sewing Challenge that I host @ I played with some triangles that eventually turned into a heart, and inked the edges with Distress Ink (black soot), then  finished them up with white machine stitching. I added a doily behind the photo and the sides of the heart, making sure to fussy cut the flower on the right so it can be seen. I also fussy cut the large flower, and added a button that I inherited from my Grandma. All of the buttons on here came from her, making this page extra special.

For all of your special memories I highly recommend the Spice Market I want it all bundle from FotoBella!
Thank for dropping by!