Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Balloon Celebration

Finally started to play with a few of my new stamp sets today.  This one is from 'Celebrate Today'. The 'Balloon Framelits work so well with this set.

I did have a few issues stamping the photopolymer balloon stamp on the cardstock.  I kept getting bubbles - or places that it didn't stamp so well.  After working with them a long while... I realized that you have to make sure that the stamp is on the acrylic block smoothly.  To do this, start with the top of the photopolymer stamp and roll it on the block instead of just placing it straight.  Does that make sense? I hope so.





Here is a photo showing you what I had issues with:
You can see the one in the middle has a circle area under the word 'happy' that is not fully filled in.  I even tried pressing the stamp down on the paper, but that made the words not so clear.  The top balloon was done after I took off the stamp and then rolled it on to the acrylic block. This way you can make sure there are no air bubbles underneath the stamp.
Hope this helps you too!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets - Celebrate Today
Ink - Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe
Paper - Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories - Balloon Framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Crawfish


Here is the page I created for the August Progressive Digi-Scrap Challenge on the Splitcoaststampers website.  You may view the 4 week challenge here:





I'm sure I will use this page as one of my calendar pages for 2016. yay! Another page complete!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Crumb Cake
Stamp Brush Set - Natural Composition Overlays (beige); Anchors Away (border - Cherry Cobbler and White)
Embellishments - Life's a Beach (crab); Hodgepodge Hardware (brad); Country Sunflowers (tags)
Punch - Circle White); Square (filled w/Nautical Expedition DSP); Triangle (filled w/Nautical Expedition DSP)
Font - Aharoni (Dark Brown)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Many Pictograms

I have seen many cards created with the offset background piece, so I thought I'd give it a shot myself.

I really like the look of this card! Reminds me of autumn colors -- my favorite season! =)

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - And Many More, Pictogram Punches
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke
Paper - Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Whisper White
Accessories - Honeycomb TIEF, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, scissors

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Just Pictogram Dreams

I needed to create some notecards, but didn't want them all to be the same. (I was sending a note to a few of my family members.) The message was the same... yet I wanted the card to be a little special -- just for them.  So, I decided on making the same card... yet change the focus color on each.  I LOVE how they all turned out. Now, I wish I made a few more... just for me to have! lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Just Believe, World of Dreams, Pictogram Punches
Ink - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Temping Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry
Paper - Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Temping Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red DSP, Daffodil Delight DSP, Pumpkin Pie DSP, Melon Mambo DSP, Temping Turquoise DSP, Rich Razzleberry DSP
Accessories - Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Glue Dots, Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black)

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Silver Falls

 

Continuing work on our 2015 photobook with our road trip with my brother to Silver Falls State Park where we hiked to see 4 of the 10 waterfalls in the park.  We do plan on going back to hike the rest of the trails to view the other waterfalls soon.

I had created a calendar page of one of these falls, and wanted to follow with that color scheme with these two pages.  I also wanted to include the map that shows where we hiked to see each of the falls. It's kinda neat to have a reference point to see how far we needed to hike to see each waterfall and where they are in relation to the others.  The photos around the center map are placed where we saw each waterfall too.

Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Gumball Green
Embellishments - Walk in the Park II (leaf border recolored gray; leaf); Feast of Thanks (leaf); Dahlias (Whisper White); Grosgrain Ribbon (Basic Gray)
Punch - Square (filled w/Basic Gray DSP); Eyelet Border (filled w/light gray)
Font - Lover's Quarrel and Bliss (White)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lincoln City and Newport


 


While my brother was here in March 2015, we decided to drive to the coast to see the Ocean. It was a lovely day for a drive.  Here is another 2-page spread for our 2015 photo book.

I used a sketch (loosely), that I found on Pinterest.  It's a sketch from Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek. Here is the sketch:
Thanks Lyssa for a wonderful sketch!

Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background: Crumb Cake
Stamp Brush Set - Natural Composition Overlays (sand - gray); Happiness is PL(diagonal stripe-black)
Embellishments - Summer Vacation (rope - recolored red); June Sampler (shell - recolored brown); Everyday (shell recolored brown)
Punch - Square (filled w/white)
Font - LongIsland (Red); Mutlu (Black); Bradley Hand ITC (Black)

Remembering Flowers

I love how this card turned out using the Sweet Sadie washi tape on the side.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Remembering Your Birthday, Flower Shop
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Accessories - Flower Frenzy BigzL Die, Big Shot, Pansy Punch, Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black), Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, dimensionals

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Sparkle Fair

 

When I saw Jackie Parkins' card (on the left) on Pinterest.... I just had to create one for my own (mine is on the right). Now, I realize Jackie had a stamp that created those lines... well, I wasn't so lucky. Yes... I drew all those lines!!!!

I used the Flower Fair Framelits with my Big Shot to punch out those flowers.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Whisper White, Naturals White, Basic Black, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky
Ink - Basic Black, Blendabilites (to color rhinestones - Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder)
Accessories - Brads (Black); Rhinestones; Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits

Celebrate Baby - CTS135

 

It feels good getting back in the swing of things... card-making, scrapbooking and sketch challenges! I guess, I realize, I have missed it all! =)
Well, I'm back and hope to be creating more cards and scrapbook pages for your enjoyment!

Here is a a card I created using the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge (CTS135).  You may see their challenge and all the cards created with it here:
Thanks for a lovely sketch!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Just Celebrate, Something to Celebrate
Ink - Marina Mist, blendabilities (skin tone)
Paper - Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, checkered ribbon

Friday, August 7, 2015

Oregon Aquarium

 

I found this cute layout on Pinterest, and wanted to use it on my 2-page spread here.  Unfortunately, I cannot give credit to the designer who created her 2page spread, as the website is no longer active. BUT... you can see it here:
Thank you for your inspiration!

These pages may look familiar to some, as I did create a calendar 12x12 page of a few of these photos.  I did change some papers and embellishments (and, of course, the layout), but I really liked the effect with the huge helm in the background of the paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Sail Away At Sea DSP
Punch - Square (filled w/ Nautical Expedition DSP); Grad Banner (White and Blue)
Stamp Brush Sets - Anchors Away (shark - blue; helm - blue at 20% opacity)
Embellishments - Seaside (starfish); Summer Vacation (starfish blue); Basic Pearls (colored blue)
Font - Steamer (Blue); Bow (White and Blue)



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Birthday Celebration 2015


Continuing work on our 2015 photo book with my birthday celebration (my 44th - whoo!) back in March 2015. We tried the 'Nothing Bundt Cakes' bakery for the first time... and they were delicious! I say 'they' because we couldn't decide on one kind, so we got 4 different kinds. Each individual cake fed both of us, so we had enough for 4 days.  YUM!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - Black
Punch - Square (filled w/ Night and Day DSP #4); Flag (filled w/White)
Embellishments - B&W Calendar (flower gem); ConGRADulations (gray ribbon)
Stamp Brush Sets - Presto Patterns Overlays (White - opacity 20%)
Font - Lovers Quarrel (Black); Boulder (White)



New Home


Here is the first page of our 2015 photobook.  As Mike and I just moved to the state of Oregon in January 2015... this was a good place to start! =)
Although I have moved several times throughout the years... I've never liked packing and moving. This time we hired someone else to do all the heavy lifting and moving of our belongings! I just needed to tell them where to place it in our new apartment.

As it is August 2015 now.... we've had time to explore and get settled into our new neighborhood.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background - Cajun Craze
Punch - Fifty Nifty(Oregon filled w/Autumn Vine DSP #11); Star(filled w/ Green and Brown)
Embellishments - Summer Vacation (letters); Artichoke Hearts (green flourish)
Font - Andalus (Beige)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pop Birthday

 

I must be on a creative role, as this is my third double-page spread that I have completed today! I hope the trend continues tomorrow. Ha!

Here are pages created in January 2015 of Mike's parents first visit to our new home in Oregon.  We took them to see Mt Hood and we also celebrated Mike's Dad's 80th birthday.

I found this scrapbook sketch on the Splitcoaststampers website, and felt that the layout really was created for my photos! You may view the sketch challenge here:
Here is the layout:

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Soft Sky
Stamp Brush Sets - Decorative Overlays (White); Torn Edges (leaves border - Black)
Embellishments - June Bride (purple flowers); Sycamore Street (button - Pool Party); Mis-stitched (White)
Punch - Square (filled w/Basic Black DSP, Black and Rich Razzleberry DSP); Banner Flag (filled w/Basic Black DSP and Rich Razzleberry
Font - Boulder and Andalus (Black)

Family Lodge Trip 2015

 

Here is another double-page spread for our 2015 photobook.  As I have already created a Lodge Album... I wanted to include some photos from our Lodge trip in our 2015 photobook too.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - Like Sunshine DSP
Punch - Square (filled w/Well Worn DSP)
Embellishments - Bright Blooms (Pumpkin Pie); Festive Blooms (White), Poly-stitched Ribbon; Like Sunshine (sign); (Pumpkin Pie), Pearls (recolored Pumpkin Pie)

Hynes Family Reunion



Started work on our 2015 photobook.  Yes, I know... it's been a while since I did any work on this project.  It seems like when my software (My Digital Studio) was no longer being supported by Stampin' Up!, I was at a loss as to which direction I needed to go.

I did choose to get the My Memories Suite digital software program (version 6), since it works very closely like the other program.  I am still trying to figure out how things work, and get a little frustrated when I can't do something that I used to accomplish in the other program.  BUT... I am satisfied with the My Memories Suite... and will probably utilize this software from now on.  (With the launch of Windows 10... I'm sure my other program may not work).

So... on to my pages.  Okay, so I decided to scrapbook our Hynes Family Reunion that happened in July 2015.  I will complete the pages for the photos from Jan through Jun, I promise!

I used a layout that I found on Pinterest.  Here it is:

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Flower Doodle
Font - Franciscan (Green)
Embellishments - Like Sunshine (MHT Designs - smile button); Country Sunflower (Mandog - ribbon); Up and Away (leaf)

Monday, August 3, 2015

LOVEyou













I needed a 4.5x6.5 card to hold 4x6 photos.  I saw a lovely card by Patty Bennett, and wanted to create something similar with my card.

Here is Patty's card:
Thanks Patty for your inspiration!

I created my card using the My Memories Suite digital software.  It's very similar to My Digital Studio digital software... and so pleased that I can utilize all the stamps, papers, punches, etc, etc from one program to the other. =)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Embellishments - Love Story Project Life 4x4 card (love - changed the color to black)
Stamp Brush Set - Love Story (letters love and heart strings- Red); Endless Birthday Wishes (word you - Black)




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Tiny Occasions

I wanted to create a cheery card for my nephew, who had surgery to repair his ACL that was torn in his knee. I hope he recovers quickly.

I used my digital software to create it all, and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Teeny Tiny Wishes (words - Basic Black); In Any Event (stitches - Basic Black); Patterned Occasions (band-aid - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Pacific Point, Perfect Plum)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Meadows Lodge 2015

The Schwab Family (my side) got together for a family lodge trip in southern Ohio (Hocking Hills area) this past week.  This is the 3rd trip we've made, and we've stayed in a different lodge each time from the Buffalo Lodging Company.  This time, the Lodge was called 'Meadows Lodge'.  We had tons of fun and really enjoyed our time with family.

I kept my pages simple, so that I could create the album fast plus really showcase the wonderful photos and fun time we had.

Thanks for stopping by!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Supplies Used:
Paper - Like Sunshine (MHT Designs - brown, green and yellow)
Embellishments - Taffeta Ribbon (Stampin' Up! - Very Vanilla); Like Sunshine (MHT Designs - flower and foilage)
Stamp Brush Set - Blossoms Abound (swirl - brown)
Font - Bliss (brown) Mahogany (light yellow)

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