Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Birthday 44 - MDSM106

So, my birthday was yesterday! As I am an identical twin... my sister, Debbie shares this special day with me.  I miss those special years of celebrating that day together.

And YES! The title is correct - I am 44! I am forever reminded of that Ickey Woods TV commercial -- where he's in the deli and they call number 44.... and he shouts "whoo number 44, that's me!"  <---Well, that's me! lol!

My husband brought me tulips and we tried a new bakery (Nothing Bundt Cakes). Wow! They were delicious.  We had the Carrot Cake and the White Chocolate Raspberry -- both had cream cheese frosting. YUM!

I used the sketch found on the MDS Monday Blog.  Thanks Beth! You may view the sketch challenge here:
 MDS Monday - MDSM106

Oh Wait, here's the sketch:

I realize after I created it that I chose spring-like colors.  For those that remember... the previous MDS Monday Challenge and sketch called for a spring page...and I didn't follow that.  Well... I must have felt guilty...so here's my spring page Anita! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (Whisper White); Enjoy Every Moment (dotted circle - Whisper White); Beautiful Birthday (words - Pear Pizzazz); Handpicked for Mom (tulip - Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White)
Punch - Square (filled w/Pink Pirouette DSP)
Embellishments - Poly Stitched Ribbon (bow cropped); Soft Blooms and Festive Blooms(flowers); Twitterpated (buttons - Pear Pizzazz)
Font - CK Jot (Pear Pizzazz)

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Happy Ladder Day

LOL! My brother needed a card for his boss, and he wanted to incorporate the ladder safety warning image on it.  I told him that I would be happy to come up with something for him.

As it turns out, March 24th is actually "Ladder Day".  Here's what I found in the 'Urban Dictionary' :

Ladder Day is a non-denominational holiday that falls on the 24th day of March. It is celebrated in the United States, with origins traced back to the southern hamlets of Rockland County, New York. Celebrators of all religions and walks of life gather to share in the joy that is Ladder day, usually by consuming large volumes of champagne and orange juice. This holiday is the first of the spring season, and is an opportunity for patrons to lift their spirits in anticipation of warmer weather and the end of winter.
I created this in My Digital Studio, and printed it on Naturals White Cardstock.
Supplies Used:
Punch - Square (filled w/Summer Sun)
Embellishments - Glimmer Kit (frame recolored Basic Black); OSHA Ladder Safety Warning Label (from the internet)
Font - Arial Bold (Basic Black)
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Sweet Lotus

Wow! So happy to have received my new goodies from Stampin' Up! New stamp sets, paper and washi tape! LOL!

I have to say... I was a little apprehensive to try the new Lotus Blossom triple-step stamp set, as I wasn't sure about what colors to use! Ha! There are so many possibilities with this set.

I used Strawberry Slush and So Saffron on my flowers and Smoky Slate on the stems.  I first stamped the 1st stamp in Strawberry Slush, then stamped off (on a scrap piece of paper) then stamped image on card front. Then, I stamped the 2nd stamp in So Saffron and stamped it onto the card from lining up the two points on top. Finally, with the 3rd stamp... I stamped it in So Saffron, stamped off (on a scrap piece of paper) then stamped onto the card front. Whew! I lot of work, but the final product is amazing!  I did the same with the stem. With the 1st stamp in Smoky Slate and the 2nd with Smoky Slate too, but I stamped off on a scrap piece of paper.

This is the first time I used washi tape on my cards.  I believe it really dresses it up quite nicely... the washi tape is adhered to black cardstock, so it looks gray in the background instead of white -- pretty cool!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Lotus Blossom, And Many More
Ink - Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Smoky Slate
Paper - Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon

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Painted Sadie

Working again with my new supplies... with more washi tape and a new stamp set.

I actually stamped the stem after placing the washi tape on.  I just masked off the stem that would have gone into the tape.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Painted Petals
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz
Paper - Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Accessories - Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Big Shot, glue dot

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Beach Fun - MDSM105

I'm playing with the sketch challenge on MDS Monday today. You may view the challenge here:

Anita asked us to follow the sketch, as well as to make it a spring-like theme with flowers or plants. Well, my page is more summery than spring-like.... hope that's ok.  It does have flowers and plants! =)

I decided to group my photos together to create one great photo.  My husband and I love this photo... we were certainly not expecting the big wave when this photo was taken.  It almost took out our camera too, but luckily the camera was on a high enough rock -- everything was ok! lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Crumb Cake
Embellishments - Paradise Found (flowers)
Stamp Brush Set - Paradise Found (leaves - Lucky Limeade; palm tree - Close to Cocoa and Lucky Limeade; words - Whisper White, Pool Party and Calypso Coral); Natural Compositions Overlay (Sahara Sand)
Punch - Square (filled w/Close to Cocoa and Paradise Found DSP #1)

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Sammamish River

I believe this is the first time I didn't create a double-page spread that had coordinating pages! (This page will be next to my previous post.  I hope they won't look too different next to each other when printed.  I only had this one photo taken in July, and wanted to include it in our 2014 photobook.

I was inspired by a layout on the Sweet Shoppe blog, but I believe I changed it way too much to be considered actually using it.  I'll show it here anyway, and you can determine if I did or not. LOL!

If you can imagine it.... I sort of used the bottom layout! =)

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Very Vanilla Textured Cardstock
Embellishments - Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Cherry Cobbler cropped); Glimmer Kit (frame, scallop trim, dot trim, heart)
Stamp Brush Sets - Vintage Overlays #8 (Basic Black)
Punches - Square (filled w/Cherry Cobbler, Grad Party #7, Blueberry Crisp #1)
Font - Lavanderia and Informal (Very Vanilla)

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I decided to continue working on our 2014 photobook with our trip to Snoqualmie Falls in July 2014. I did create a 12x12 calendar page (mirrored image of this layout), but wanted to include it within our photobook too.  I did change a few things... the stitching is not all around the photo in this one and I added the journaling to this page rather than leaving it blank (as in the calendar page).

You may view the 12x12 calendar page here to see it: Falls - DGSC120

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - Very Vanilla Textured Cardstock
Embellishments - Staples and Stitching (zigzag stitch - Very Vanilla); Baker's Twine (Early Espresso); Soft Blooms (Crumb Cake recolored Mossy Meadow; Very Vanilla; So Saffron)
Stamp Brush Sets - Love Story (branch - Mossy Meadow; flowers - Early Espresso)
Punch - Square (filled w/ Early Espresso DSP; So Saffron DSP; Mossy Meadow); Flag (filled w/Very Vanilla)
Font - KG Eyes Wide Open (Early Espresso)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Forever Love - MDSM104

I was a little bit intimidated by the sketch challenge found on the MDS Monday blog this week. Not sure why... maybe it was all those boxes with paper rather than photo boxes.  Well, getting out of my comfort zone it good - right!  YES! The more I worked with this sketch...the more I felt comfortable with it.  Thanks Jeanna!

What worked perfectly with this sketch were the Project Life cards... each box (excluding the photo) is a Project Life card! The digital download kit that I used for this is the 'Love Story Project Life' kit, and most all the stamps are from that kit too (excluding the background overlay stamp).

A few details I'd like to point out. I layered a punched heart on top of the black heart in the upper-left Project Life card.  With the bottom-middle Project Life card... I added a stamp heart (the card had the same heart, but in black), I used an 2 arrow stamps and cropped them to make them look like it was going through the heart, and I added the word stamps 'Love' and 'Always'.

The photo is a picture of Mike's parents.  Back in December 2014, his Mom got the whole Malcor family together to take family photos.  I absolutely love this photo of them.  I changed the photo to black & white to keep the colors on my page Red/Black/White combination.

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Supplies Used:
Background - Raspberry Ripple
Embellishments - Love Story Project Life kit (3 3x4 cards and 1 4x6 card); Staples
Punch - Heart (Raspberry Ripple); Flag (Basic Black); Square (Raspberry Ripple)
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (Basic Black at 30% opacity); Love Story (arrow - Basic Black; hearts and heart string - Basic Black and Raspberry Ripple; words 'love' and 'always' -Raspberry Ripple)
Font - Adorable (Whisper White)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rainbow State - MDSM103

Playing along with the MDS Monday Blog Challenge (MDSM103), with Yapha's and Tami's great sketch.  I had these beautiful photos of Hawaiian rainbow's that I wanted to scrap, and their sketch really provided a great layout! Thanks Yapha and Tami!

At first I started out with a yellow/blue background, but that didn't draw out my photos at all. Then, a lightbulb went off... why not use Red, Orange, Yellow (and the photo provides the Green, Blue and sort of Purple. LOL!).  I finished off my page with Sunshine and Sprinkles embellishments, as well as Marina Mist ribbon and brads.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Real Red
Punch - Square (filled w/Pumpkin Pie DSP, Daffodil Delight Textured Cardstock)
Embellishments - Sunshine and Sprinkles (sun and rainbow); Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Marina Mist); Flower Brads (Marina Mist)
Font - Respective and Arial Black (Whisper White)

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fabulous Petals - CTS112

I am always looking at cards and sketches online to help get my creative juices flowing! I saw this sketch on the CAS(E) This Sketch blog (CTS112).  You may view their blog here... along with all the cards that have been created with this sketch... : http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2015/02/case-this-sketch-112.html

It took me just a few minutes to decide which stamp set to use -- 'Fabulous Four' was perfect for this!
I used white embossing on the Early Espresso cardstock and just Early Espresso ink on the Whisper White cardstock.  After creating the sentiment, I thought it looked a little plain... so I added my leaves and ribbon to the lower left of my card.  I love how it turned out!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Fabulous Four, Peaceful Petals
Ink - Versamark, Early Espresso
Paper - Early Espresso, Whisper White, Early Espresso DSP
Accessories - Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, scissors, stamp-a-ma-jig, glue dots

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