Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bright Essentials

My youngest nephew is turning 5, and so I wanted to incorporate the number in his card.  I saw Michelle Short's card on Pinterest and thought I could create something similar.

Here's her card:
Obviously, her's is for a girl.... so I just changed the cardstock to blue.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - You Brighten My Day, Sweet Essentials
Paper - Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink - Bermuda Bay
Accessories - Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Star Punch, Stylish Stripes TIEF, Decorative Dots TIEF, Big Shot, Windows Collection Framelits, Banner Framelits, glue dots



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Iris Gardens - MDSM114

 
Cindy has a lovely sketch on MDS Monday this week. You may view the challenge on the MDS Monday Blog here: http://mdsmonday.blogspot.com/2015/05/mdsm-114-amazing-ride.html

Since we just went to the Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Salem, OR... It was great to get our photos scrapped.  Although, I will need more pages... as there were so many different varieties and colors of Irises.  Such a beautiful display!

I wanted to let my photos speak more than the page details, so I choice neutral colors - Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used:
Background - Sahara Sand
Punch - Square (filled w/Very Vanilla)
Stamp Brush Set - Twitterpated (Honeycomb - Sahara Sand); Earth Laughs (flower - Sahara Sand); Glimmer Kit (banner - Sahara Sand); Banner Blast (small flower - Whisper White); All Time Fav (dots - cropped Basic Black) 
Embellishments - Basic Pearls (recolored More Mustard)
Font - Lover's Quarrel and Freehand 951 (Basic Black)




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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happy Paradise

I created this with My Digital Studio and printed it on Whisper White Cardstock.

The leaves are from the digital download 'Paradise Found'. I colored them Soft Sky and Pistachio Pudding. The fonts I used are Arial Bold and CK Dandy.

I used a rounded corner punch on two opposite corners before adhering to Pistachio Pudding and then on Soft Sky cardstock.

I added some Old Olive taffeta ribbon to finish the card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Brush Set - Paradise Found
Paper - Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories - Old Olive taffeta ribbon, glue dot


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tulips - MDSM113

MDS Monday (Beth) has another wonderful sketch this week.  You may view the sketch and all the pages created with it here:  http://mdsmonday.blogspot.com/2015/05/mdsm-113-visual-interest.html
Beth wanted us to use something other than splatter for the background visual interest.  I chose to use the rain stamp from Everyday Adventure PL kit in Island Indigo and Whisper White.  The white I reduced the opacity so it was a bit translucent on the page.  The title and the criss-cross (or diamond) layer on the green piece are also stamps from the Everyday Adventure PL kit.

I wanted to create a companion page to go with last weeks page I completed for the tulip festival. Since the first page didn't include any tulips.... this page only contains tulips!!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies:
Background - Pool Party
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Island Indigo); Eyelet (Garden Green)
Stamp Brush Sets - Everyday Adventure PL kit (rain - Island Indigo and Whisper White at 80% opacity; title words - Island Indigo; diamonds background - Whisper White); Our Happy (tulip - Gumball Green, Perfect Plum, Real Red, Summer Sun)
Punches - Square (filled w/Textured Island Indigo, Gumball Green and Whisper White); Tag (Whisper White)
Font - CK Honey


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Wonderful Flower - FMS183

I have not played with the card sketch challenges in a while, but I do look at them and save them for future use for my cards.  This one from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS183) was posted a few weeks ago, and I'm just now playing with the sketch.  You may view the challenge here along with all the wonderful cards created with it here:

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Hardwood, Simply Wonderful, Flower Shop
Ink - Soft Suede
Paper - Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Naturals White
Accessories - Big Shot, Flower Frenzy BigzL Die, Pansy Punch, glue dots



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Pumpkin Patch

LOL! I was trying to be clever with the title... since I used the 'Flower Patch' stamp set and Pumpkin Pie cardstock! Ha!

For background piece I used the 'Sweet Sadie' washi tape on White cardstock. If you look really closely you can see where I overlapped the tape to lie the pattern correctly down.

Thanks for peeking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Flower Patch, Mother's Day (non-SU)
Paper - Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Memento
Accessories - Flower Flair Framelits, Big Shot, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, Sweet Sadie washi tape, Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, Glue dots

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Many Silhouettes

I saw a card that used this technique.  It's a bit hard to explain, but it was so easy to do.

On Whisper White cardstock, I clear embossed the Serene Silhouettes stamp twice. Then, I sponged the whole background with Soft Sky. (Since it was clear embossed...the white shows through on the Soft Sky background.  With the same stamp, I stamped three times with Island Indigo (full strength ink).  I also stamped twice with Island Indigo, but those were stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping on the card.

I finished it off by stamping the sentiment in Island Indigo.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Serene Silhouettes, And Many More
Ink - Versamark, Soft Sky, Island Indigo
Paper - Whisper White, Island Indigo
Accessories - Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, sponge daubers


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Loving Silhouettes

Mike and I went on a walk through the neighborhood one day last week (we try to take walks when the weather is so nice in the evenings).  We were stopped by a lovely lady that said she was so very happy to see us holding hands and to never stop loving each other.

As we talked, she mentioned that she had recently lost her husband (two months ago). She reminded us how very much that life can be gone in an instant and to cherish the times we do have.

She touched my heart so much... in my being reminded of losing my Mom a little over a year ago now, that I wanted to express my sorrow for her loss.  Here is the card I created for her.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Loving Thoughts, Serene Silhouettes
Paper - Naturals White, Basic Black, Basic Black DSP
Ink - Black Staz-on, Basic Black
Accessories - Stamp-a-ma-jig



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Envelope of Petals

Hmm... my photo makes the Blackberry Bliss Black. Weird...  so just imagine it's the deep purple color instead of black! LOL!

I've been wanting to try out the envelope on top of a card idea from seeing so many beautiful cards designed that way. I do fear it may be too bulky to mail -- thus having to add more postage than normal. Oh well... I do love the results!

I used a 3.75x3.75 piece of Blackberry bliss and placed the starting punch/score at 2 1/8 on the envelope punch board.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - And Many More, Painted Petals
Ink - Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding
Paper - Blackberry Bliss, Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, Flower Frezy Bigz L Die, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Stitched Satin Ribbon (Blackberry Bliss), glue dots, Basic Pearls


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Happy Camper - MDSM112


Anita has a great sketch over at MDS Monday this week MDSM112. Here is the link to the challenge:

She wanted us to focus on just one photo and fill the other boxes with Project Life cards or designer series paper.  I took her advice and filled them with Project Life cards from the 'Happiness Is' kit.

I also took advantage of the sale (30% off) of all the My Digital Studio downloads, and bought the Happy Camper Memories download -- which is featured here.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background - Going Gray
Embellishments - Happiness Is Project Life (cards)
Stamp Brush Set - Happy Camper Memories (boots, title - Early Espresso and words - Elegant Eggplant); Splatter - Soft Suede
Font - Comic Sans (Early Espresso)




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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Minions

I had a fun time creating this page along with the April Progressive Digi-Scrap Challenge on Splitcoaststampers website.  You can view the challenge here:

Every week, on Tuesday, new tasks are added, so that after 4 weeks... you have a completed scrapbook page.

I chose to create a page around the Easter eggs I dyed.  They turned out so cute! lol!

Thanks for looking!

Background - Not Quite Navy

Stamp Brush Set - CelesteKnight (Watercolor overlay - Midnight Muse and Daffodil Delight); Stampin' Up (Autumn Elements - swirls in Whisper White; Blossoms Abound - swirls in Basic Black; Splatter in Daffodil Delight and Not Quite Navy both at reduced opacity; A Split Second - lines in Basic Black)

Punch - Square (filled w/Daffodil Delight DSP and Basic Black DSP); Flag (filled w/Daffodil Delight DSP)

Photo Box - filled with Whisper White (so I could round the corners to match.

Font - Broach and Market (Basic Black)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Woodburn


It's Monday again, and MDS Monday has a new sketch challenge posted.  Jeanna provided this week's sketch.  You may view their blog along with all the lovely pages created by the design team here: http://mdsmonday.blogspot.com/2015/04/mdsm-111-cute-done.html

Well, as I see here I didn't put my title in the correct spot, but I did use the 'Everyday Adventure Project Life digital download throughout this page.  I added tulips from the 'Handpicked for Mom' and the washi tape from the 'Delightful Digital Tape' digital downloads.

One thing I'd like to point out is that I used a Project Life pocket card for the background.  I encompassed the whole background with a photo box and just dragged my card in the box.  It did give me an error saying it may pixelate, but when printed I do not see any pixelation.  The pocket card looked like rows of tulips -- I felt it was perfect for the background! =)

I realize that there are no photos of the beautiful rows of tulip fields on my page -- I'll need to create another page for that, but wanted to showcase us being silly at the festival! We are too cute!

Oh wait!  Here's a lovely photo of the tulip fields for you to see now:

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used:
Background - Everyday Adventure Project Life pocket card
Stamp Brush Set - Everyday Adventure Project Life (word 'LOVE', sayings, flag w/words, camera); Handpicked for Mom - Tulip (colored Old Olive, Tangelo Twist and Summer Sun)
Embellishments - Everyday Adventure Project Life pocket cards; Delightful Digital Tape (recolored Old Olive and Tangelo Twist)
Punch - Square (filled w/Whisper White)
Font - Bobo and Adorable (Basic Black)


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

National Civil War Museum



Mike took another trip in 2014 that I had forgotten to scrap.  In May 2014, while he was in Pennsylvania for work, he went to the National Civil War Museum to look at the many artifacts and facts about the Civil War.  

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Well Worn DSP #11
Punch - Square (filled w/Midnight Muse); Star (filled w/Whisper White)
Stamp Brush Set - Extreme Elements (star - Whisper White)
Font - Batang (Whisper White)



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Caesars Head State Park


Trying to work on our 2014 photobook to get my last few pages complete (at least the ones that I forgot to add.... oops!).  Here is Mike's trip to South Carolina. He and his co-worker hiked within the Caesars Head State Park.  It was very overcast, but they still enjoyed their outing.... especially rescuing a turtle who decided to walk across the road (slowly). =)

Thanks for looking!
Supplies Used:
Embellishments - Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (Summer Starfruit thread and bow)
Stamp Brush Sets - Inspired by Nature (flower - Summer Sun, Soft Suede and Old Olive; grass - Always Artichoke); Decorative Overlays (Pool Party and Always Artichoke)
Punches - Square (filled w/Soft Suede DSP; Summer Sun and Whisper White)
Font - Teen Scene (Summer Sun and Soft Suede)




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Raven Falls

Playing with another sketch challenge on MDS Monday Blog (MDSM110).  You may view the challenge here:

With this challenge, Yapha wanted us to use papers at angles and to anchor those papers with a tie or bow. Thanks Yapha!

I wasn't too sure of what photo I would use for this, but I found one of my husband when he was in South Carolina hiking in Caesar's Head State Park with Raven Cliff Falls in the background. I knew I wanted to use green on my page, so I chose to scroll through the color combo choices within MDS. The combo I used is: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pool Party and Soft Suede.

After choosing the colors -- my page came together quickly...except for the tie/bow/anchor choice. It took me awhile, but I did find the Summer Starfruit twine (I know it's not Summer Sun, but it's close! lol).

I used the coloring tool to color the 'Inspired by Nature' stamp. I used the 'Decorative Overlay' stamp (flowers) twice on this page.  One for the background -- kinda looks like clouds to me (rotated 90 to the right) ; and one for the paper behind the photo.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Embellishments - Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (Summer Starfruit thread and bow)
Stamp Brush Sets - Inspired by Nature (flower - Summer Sun, Soft Suede and Old Olive; grass - Always Artichoke); Decorative Overlays (Pool Party and Always Artichoke)
Punches - Square (filled w/Soft Suede DSP; Summer Sun and Whisper White)
Font - Teen Scene (Summer Sun and Soft Suede)



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Painted Pearls

I wanted to try to use the dots stamp within the Painted Petals set.  I couldn't see myself using it, so I forced myself to play with it today.

I used the color combination of Mellow Moss, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black (along with Whisper White cardstock).  The Moss looks almost Black in this photo though.

I used the Daffodil Blendabilities markers to color the pearls.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Painted Petals
Ink - Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Whisper White
Accessories - Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, glue dot


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Sincere Loss

A loss of a family pet is extremely hard as many become so much a part of the family.  My cousin's dog was such a pet.

I've seen many cards created with the heart and circle punch of a puppy foot (and I've made one before too). This time I added a small heart inside the main foot pad.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Sincere Salutations
Paper - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink - Soft Suede
Accessories - Big Shot, Decorative Dots TIEF, Two-Step Owl Punch (tiny heart), Heart Punch, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die (circle), Soft Suede taffeta ribbon

Serene Sympathy

I don't usually create so many layers on my cards, but I felt that this truly looks stunning with all it's lovely layers.

My sister-in-law's Uncle just passed away from Esophageal cancer... and the ribbon color for that type of cancer is periwinkle.  Now, periwinkle is a grayish-purple color... so I chose the Wisteria Wonder as my main color.  I know it's not periwinkle, but it's the closest I could come up with.

I broke up the sentiment 'With Sympathy', so it was stacked instead of in a line by using tape on the portion of stamp that I didn't want stamped.

I used a sharpie to color the pearls black.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Bloom with Hope, Serene Silhouettes
Paper - Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder DSP
Ink - Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black
Accessories - Big Shot, Square Lattice TIEF, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Sharpie (Non-SU)

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Sweet Thing

 
I created this cute card for Mike's Mom who is retiring! She loves bluejays and so I felt this was perfect for her.  The quote I placed on the inside of the card.

I used the Irresistibly Yours DSP in the background, so I could brayer it with the color I wanted (in this case... Marina Mist). I used Stampin' Write markers (Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, So Saffron and Crumb Cake) to color in the image.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - A Happy Thing, Sweet Essentials
Ink - Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, So Saffron
Paper - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Irresistibly Yours DSP
Accessories - Basic Pearls



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Frenzy Day

I wanted to try using the negative image from the leaf part of the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die on a card. I positioned the black cardstock so just the leaf part would die-cut. Then I turned the cardstock around and die-cut the leaf again.

I adhered the black cardstock on top of the Pear Pizzazz DSP (I used the positive leaf image to make sure the edge pieces that weren't attached were perfectly aligned. Then I trimmed the DSP, so that only the leaf image showed through.

I used the stamp sets 'Borderettes' and 'Big Day' on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and after adhering it, trimmed the edges.

I colored the word 'Birthday' with Pear Pizzazz marker.  I just LOVE how this card turned out -- very striking and has a very masculine feel too (which is what I was going for!).

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Borderettes, Big Day
Ink - Memento Ink, Pear Pizzazz
Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, scissors


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hershey Gardens



My Husband went to the Hershey Gardens in May 2014.  Here is my double-page spread of his trip. I believe I was in Cleveland at this time while he was in Harrisburg PA.  I remember that it was after this working trip that he was let go of his job at Avaya.  Wow! What a year of change 2014 was for us.  So very thankful to the Lord that he was hired by Interactive Northwest Inc. in January 2015.

Mike took so many beautiful photos of the gardens... it's always hard to choose just a few to showcase on a scrapbook page.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - My Sweet Pea DSP#29
Punch - Flag (Chocolate Chip)
Stamp Brush Set - Blossoms Abound (flowers - So Saffron and Pretty in Pink)
Font - Gabriola (Whisper White)


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Seneca Park Zoo



Well.... guess what?  I was wrong... I haven't finished our 2014 photo book yet! I found a few trips that Mike went on without me last year.  So, I will be working on those to get this photo book finished!
In April 2014, Mike went to Rochester, NY for work.  He must have been there for 2 weeks, since he was able to go to the zoo there during the day.  I totally missed out, as there were raccoons at this zoo! How cool is that! (For anyone who doesn't know... I love raccoons!!!!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Night of Navy Textured Cardstock
Embellishments - Walk in the Park II (leaf recolored outline Night of Navy); Dahlias (Night of Navy); Sunshine and Sprinkles (sun); Knots and Ties Trim (Daffodil Delight)
Stamp Brush Set - Solid Stripes (Whisper White)
Punch - Square (filled w/Daffodil Delight)
Font - Elephant (Whisper White) and Cuckoo (Daffodil Delight)



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Christmas 2014

Yay! With this page complete... I believe I've finished our 2014 photo book! Wow! What an accomplishment! I'm so happy I can order it soon!

We didn't do much for Christmas in 2014, but I'm glad we still put up a tree.  Even though we knew we were going to take it down within a week.  (We were in the process of packing and moving to our new home in Oregon from Washington State).

Thanks for taking the time to view my work!

Supplies Used:
Background - Crumb Cake
Punch - Square(filled w/Christmas Jingle DSP#1 recolored Garden Green; Candy Cane Lane DSP#2)
Embellishments - Cherry Cobbler Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon)
Stamp Brush Set - Hello December Project Life (words - Whisper White)
Font - Arial Narrow (Whisper White)


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Legoland2014



I used a sketch I found on the SweetShoppe website.  Here is the sketch:

Since we went to Legoland in December... I wanted my paper to reflect winter.  Most of my paper that I have in my software, was not what I wanted for my page.  I'll tell you how I created my background piece.  I started with a Basic Black background. I added a square punch shape to encompass the whole page and inserted Christmas Cocoa II DSP (it's originally brown with white snowflakes).  Once added, I changed the opacity on the paper to 20%.  This way you can still see soft snowflakes on the black background. Clever - Huh?

Now, on to how I created the Lego bricks.  No real mystery here. Just square punches with circle punches on top (the shadow I used for each circle is 0,0). Then, I added the Lego name in a text box. Yes, a lot of work, but it was so worth it.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Basic Black
Punch - Square (filled w/ Christmas Cocoa II DSP #3; Real Red, Summer Sun, Pacific Point, Gumball Green); Circle (filled w/Real Red, Summer Sun, Pacific Point and Gumball Green)
Font - LegoThick (Basic Black and Basic Gray) and Cerebral (Basic Gray)




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Family Photo Shoot


Continuing work on our 2014 photo book.  Mike's Mom wanted everyone together to have a family photo taken, so Mike and I flew down for a short visit.  Shari Correll is a wonderful photographer and she got everyone to relax and have some fun with these pictures.

We are missing one family member in this Malcor Family photo. Bryna (Linda's daughter) was not able to be there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Not Quite Navy DSP
Punch - Square (filled w/Whisper White)
Embellishments - Festive Flower (Whisper White recolored Not Quite Navy); Soft Bloom (Wisteria Wonder recolored Not Quite Navy); Timeless Taffetta Trimmings (Not Quite Navy); Basic Pearls recolored Not Quite Navy
Font - Majestic (Not Quite Navy and Whisper White)


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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Malcor Family - MDSM109

The MDS Monday Blog (really Heidi) has a new sketch for us today MDSM109.  You may view all the great pages created by the design team here:

I used photos that were taken of our "Malcor Family" photo shoot in California in Dec 2014.  I had a hard time figuring out what papers to use... as each photo had different colors in them (and my brother-in-law's family all had bright red scarves on). After spending a lot of time changing out papers... I said why don't I just change the photos to black and white! Whew! After that things went a whole lot easier. LOL!

I used photo boxes for each square, and the boxes that do not have photos in them -- I used the 'Love Story Project Life cards'.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Whisper White
Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays (Basic Gray)
Embellishments - Love Story cards and leaf (Basic Black at 30% opacity)
Punch - Square (filled w/Basic Gray)
Font - Pristina (Basic Black)

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fabulous Shop

I have always wanted to try to emboss on vellum... well, today was THE day! Wow! I love the results! Beautiful!

I also wanted to try coloring the rhinestones with the blendabilities markers -- ta da! Did it today! Lovely!

I see now that I maybe should have white embossed the sentiment... cuz the black really stands out in my Gray/Yellow/White card, but other than that! I believe my card is gorgeous (IMHO)! LOL!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Flower Shop, Fabulous Four
Ink - Versamark, Memento, Smoky Slate
Paper - Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Irresistibly Yours DSP, Daffodil Delight, WhiteVellum
Accessories - Big Shot, Fancy Fan TIEF, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, Pansy Punch, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Maui 2014













I've been working on our 2014 photobook these past couple of days, with our trip to Maui in October 2014. We try to go to one Hawaiian Island each year around our anniversary (this was our 11th anniversary).

I decided to use one kit throughout my pages -- Paradise Found! <--- Lovely name, isn't it! 
Well, I did use other stamps too - Natural Composition Overlays - to get the 'sand' effect in the background piece.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - Crumb Cake
Stamp Brush Set - Natural Composition Overlays (Sahara Sand); Paradise Found (palm tree - Close to Cocoa and Old Olive)
Embellishments - Paradise Found (words, flowers, leaf, hula girls)
Punch - Starburst (Summer Sun); Square (filled w/Whisper White and Paradise Found DSP)
Font - Brisk (Close to Cocoa)


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