Using some old stuff in a rocking way…

If your anything like me (or the bazillion other scrapbook hoarders out there) you probably have all sorts of¬† amazing, totally terrific, super duper, mega awesome scrap crap you just can’t part with. Lawdy lawdy knows I totally have more than mere words can describe. And like everyone else who is just like me I eventually get to a point where I begin to think about whether or not I should or should not part with the afore mentioned scrap crap. Granted I never really get much past the “thinking about” stage so none of my stuff is in real danger at the moment so no need to panic. But I do think someday fueled by too many 5 Hour Energy drinks I may just go buck wild and purge, purge, purge but I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future.

For now it all just sits there…waiting…waiting to be used, waiting to be loved again, waiting to be part of something, something totally awesome. Well the other day for one lucky little embellishment that dream came true! Yep it was a good day for one of those old, forgotton embellies and a good day for me cause had I gone on a purging spree it probably would’ve ended up in the gotta go, see ya later alligator pile which would’ve been so sad cause it was absolutely without a doubt perfect for this rockin layout I did of my super adorable rocking doggie.

I had the whole layout almost done and realized I left a pretty large space all across the bottom of the layout and as much as I love my white space it just wasn’t working…I knew I need sumthing to put there and was totally clueless about what until I thought about some ribbon and as soon as I thought of ribbon it was like WHAM…flash of brilliance..and I was super excited cause I remembered this awesome bad ass looking trim I bought cause it looked like a dog collar. I must’ve bought it at least 3 years ago maybe even longer and I never evah used a single piece of it …until this layout…

Isn’t my pups just too cute for words! She definitely has the rock star look…if only she really knew how to play.

and isn’t that trim just too stinkin perfect for words!! I mean without it the layout was cute…with it …it ROCKS!!

So the moral of the story today ladies…procrastinating and hoarding are not always bad things. ūüėČ


February 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm 4 comments

Recent Layouts

Here’s some of what I have been working on the last couple weeks…

my hubby and son at the nascar race in loudon, nh. I had some nascar stickers but they were pretty cheesy so instead of using them as is i added some of them to cardstock to create embellishments…I used a circle punch to cut out the dupont sticker from a much larger sticker and added it to a piece of chipboard to create an awesome little embellie.


a simple graphic layout of my son in his first roadrace…to make him stand out in the photos I added a wide oval vignette around him and removed the color leaving only him in color…I really love the effect.


I layered thickers to create the title¬†…instead of using white pop up¬†dots under the top layer which would probably show I used¬†another letter from the same set of thickers and cut¬†it apart and used it like pop up dots.


Was super happy with how this layout turned out… the awesome die cut paper and¬†leaf transparencies are from little yellow bicycle¬†…so cute…love their stuff…there is another transparency around the photo in the lower left corner but it doesn’t show up that well in the picture.


Aren’t the flowers on this layout awesome! I wish¬†I could take credit for them but I didn’t make em…my scrap buddy Tina made them and¬†then was nice enough to share…she made them by wrapping twine in a circle on a¬†piece of cardstock and then painted them…the colors worked perfectly with my pics! love!

February 12, 2012 at 12:13 am 3 comments

Long time, no posts…

So umm yeah it’s been a¬†while since I posted last…to be super specific¬†it’s been 12,506, 760 seconds since¬†I posted last…talk about a long time. And for those of you rushing off to grab your calculators I will save you the trip and tell you that 12,506,760 seconds is 144 days 18 hours and 6 minutes….or about 5 months!!! Yikes!! I’ve¬†got all sorts of excuses to throw at ya as to why I’ve been absent….I was busy at Christmas, I have been watching way to much Big Bang Theory, I have been busy couponing, I have been busy with the kids, etc. etc. etc… I could go on and on but the biggest reason I haven’t posted is cause I haven’t really had much to post about. I haven’t really scrapped much in the past 5 months. I did get a couple day long crops in with my buddy Tina and an occasional night in with my other scrap buddy Jenny but for the most part I haven’t done squat. Just wasn’t into it anymore. The few times I went into my scraproom to do anything I only lasted about 15 minutes before getting back up and going to do something else. The only time I did manage to get anything done was just before Christmas..I made a recipe book for my niece…and I only did that because I had to cause it was a gift…although I have to say it came out awesome and I was totally obsessed with it..but after it was done I had no desire to scrap again.¬†I guess¬†I was just in a¬†slump…a huge mega long ridiculous slump.

Well good news peeps…the slump is over…actually not only is it over but I am back with a vengance! Seriously I have been doing something scrap related for like 2 weeks straight. It’s crazy…it’s like I can’t stop now that I’ve started again. It all started 2 weeks ago when I finally got together to scrap all day with my buddy Tina…we hadn’t scrapped together in months so it was really good to get together…well good except for the packing…always hate the packing. Anyways we scrapped from 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and I got 4 layouts done!!¬†And while I know 4 layouts is not¬†a¬†big number to be super impressed¬†¬†with what was so awesome about our little crop was how the moojo was just flowing…seriously it was just oozing¬†.. OK that sounds a little gross..but you get the picture.¬†Anyways since then I have been a scrapping fool…I scrapped the next day…a couple times during the week…and then skype scrapped with Tina the following Saturday. I even brought some¬†layouts to¬†work so I¬†could work on the journaling¬†during lunch. And this week I finished a few layouts and worked on a ton of scrappy chores. I mean a ton.

For some reason even though I haven’t scrapped in ages my scraproom was trashed!! I had tons of stuff to put away including all the paper I bought last year…all 8 inches of it…yep¬†I’m a paperholic!!! So that took 2 nights of steady work sorting it all and putting it all away. After I got all that done I moved on to going through my scraps…that was another night of non-stop work. Got them all sorted and put away and even started a super fun project with them all….will share that¬†later ūüėČ Anyways today was spent doing¬†more scrappy chores…I took pics of the layouts I finished and uploaded them and then spent most of the day putting all the layouts I got done in albums…again it’s odd how I rarely scrapped in the last 5 months but I had a huge stack of layouts to go though. It took all day to put them in the right albums…probably would’ve gone faster but naturally after I got most of them in I realized I missed one …ugggh! I finally finished a little while ago and proceeded to clean my entire desk off. Thinkin that is definitely enough chores for today. Unfortunately I still have more to do tomorrow…I have to fix a couple old layouts, put away a huge box of random embellishments from all the layouts I’ve done and backup all my photos….oh and post about my fun scrap project. That should keep me pretty busy tomorrow.

February 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm 1 comment

Day Whatever…

So at this point I figure there is no longer any point in numbering the days since obviously I have not been on schedule for sometime but for those of you that have a need to know which day this should be…it should be day #6. Hooray!! That means this is the last post before I post that video I’ve mentioned like 100 times. But that’s tomorrow…today we have no video but we do have a picture…

ta-da! my latest creation. I love it…hope my hubby does to…I made it for him…but that’s a secret so shhhh! OK? OK! What’s not a secret is the cool way I created this card …of course I used alcohol inks and vellum…at this point that should go without saying…but to get this effect I did a masking technique. Masking of course is nothing new but I’ve never done it with alcohol inks and vellum and really thought the finished effect was pretty cool!¬† What also was pretty cool is the fact that I was able to use some pretty old and otherwise useless stickers for the mask so it was a win-win…got rid of the stickers and got a cool card.

Ok so If your super excited to try this yourself and just need instructions…here’s the simple steps to make this…

step 1: cut a piece of vellum about an 1″ larger than finished size

step 2: adhere mask (in this case stickers) on vellum …burnish to ensure good adhesion especially at edges

step 3: using piece of felt and alcohol ink…dab color over entire surface, allow to dry

step 4: adhere additional mask (same as in step 2)

step 5: dab 2nd color over entire surface (same as in step 3)

repeat with remaining mask and colors.

step 6: once inking is complete and dry … use a piece of felt and black stazon ink to rub-over entire image, allow to dry

step 7: remove mask (stickers) and cut vellum to size

step 8: use spray adhesive to mount image to card and add word strips

super duper simple to make right? 

OK so here’s some other little tidbits of information I learned along the way that will most definitely be helpful to you…

First…stickers make great masks but you can also use rub-ons or paper die cuts. To use rub-ons…simply rub-on the rub-on and then ink over …after you’ve inked…use Un-du to remove the rub-on…the trick to this though is not to remove the color when you remove the rub-on…I was able to remove a rub-on mask successfully by lightly dabbing with Un-du and then using a razor knife to lightly scrap it off.¬† To use paper die-cuts…simply spray back of die cuts with spray adhesive to create a sticker….then apply the same way you would a sticker…only thing you have to be careful of is most die-cuts are paper which means if you get the paper super wet you will get bleed through…so dab sparingly and lightly with alcohol ink and make sure to allow to dry in between applications.¬† As for sticker masks…obviously the best and easiest choice but you still need to know a few things…first…check the color fastness of the sticker…the stickers I used were red and when I rubbed the alcohol ink over the color bled..which is why my yellow hearts have red streaks…no biggie there cause I liked the effect..this time at least…so check first …second thing you need to know is all stickers are not created equal…some stickers that don’t have a glossy finish or that are thinner may get soggy from the ink and then you will have a heck of time getting them off successfully…again check a sample to make sure you won’t have issues before starting your project. One last tip about masks…be sure to pick images that have good defined images so you get the best want the outline of the sticker to be crisp and clean…if you can find them…Anita’s outline stickers would work great for this project.

As for tips on using inks on this technique have to remember two¬† really important things…#1 are layering color over color repeatedly….soooo you need to know how your colors are going to work together and in what order to use them…I recommend using lighter colors first and progressing to darker shades with each application…in my example I used sunshine yellow, followed by sunshine orange, then watermelon and lastly red pepper….since the sunshine yellow was applied first to plain vellum I got a true color …well except for the red streaks from the stickers…but when I applied sunshine orange it was over sunshine yellow so I got a mix of the 2 colors…same with the following colors…each color I applied mixed with the previous color. So again be careful in selecting your color palette and deciding what order. And tip #2…use less and do more…what I mean by that is do light coats of ink so you don’t over saturate the mask or vellum and do more layers of ink to get intenser colors…by using less and doing more you will get way less bleed-through. Obviously I got some bleed through on my image but I didn’t care…can’t be perfect all the time.

So that’s it for the how-to on how to use mask with vellum and alcohol inks.

Next post…video…I promise!!

September 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm 1 comment

Weekend Recap…with sound effects

So obviously I haven’t posted day 6 or day 7 in my series yet..and yes I know I know I know I promised and your all waiting but seriously this weekend was just insane…both good insane and bad insane and a little in between insane…so it just wasn’t happening…not for lack of trying though..seriously…I tried…I just gave up in utter frustration… so here’s the what and why of my weekend so you can understand why there are no blog posts from this weekend…

first friday…work..ugggh…getting out early…hooray…boss held me up so I got out later than planned…uggh….jump in car to go home…vroooom…rush in and get changed for wake……brush, spritz, etc…..rush back out again…vroom…go to wake of co-workers significant other….hug, sob ūüė¶ …. rush back out to drive home…vroooom…have to speed pack for scrapping with good buddy Tina….shuffle, thump, crash, shove, zippppp, done….ready to leave…waiting on hubby…ugh…uncle stops by…hi, bye, love u too…hubby finally home…hooray…off to Tina’s….vroom….get to Tina’s and unload all my stuff….lug, thump, uggh, woof woof (her dog)…finally sit down to scrap…yea!…have witty conversations…blah, blah, blah…try to scrap some more….shuffle, cut, shuffle some more….not making much progress…ugh…time for a beer…glug glug…time for dinner…pizza …yum…back to scrapping…shuffle and shuffle some more…still no progress…grrr….more conversation…blah, blah, blah…more beer…glug, glug…more failed attempts at creating a layout…uggggggggh! …discuss new Creating Keepsakes magazine…blah, blah, love that, blah, hate that, blah, like that, blah, blah, blah…gave up in exasperation on layout …sigh, grrr, wahahaha….decided to have some fun and worked on a layout with Tina…laugh, giggle, laugh, laugh….packed up all my stuff…..ugggh…drove home…vroom…went to bed….zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Saturday…¬†woke up early to shower because they were turning off water sometime after 7 a.m. …grrr….showered and ate breakfast.. I’ll spare you those sounds !! …drove kid #1 to soccer fundraiser…vrooom, honk, vroom…back home…vroom…drove kid #2 to cross country practice…vroom…back home…vroom….vacuumed my car… varoommmm….picked up kid #1 at soccer fundraiser…vrrooom…back home…vrooom…cleaned the house…too many sounds too list….sat down in scraproom chair to start creating …ahhhh…screwed up 1st project i made…darn…screwed up 2nd project I made…double darn…made 3rd attempt and succeeded…hooray, yippee….got out camera to photograph project and got interrupted several times…mom! phone…rushed to photograph project because we are leaving in 20 minutes…click, click, click…try to upload pics …clickety, cli…camera battery dies.. uggggh!!!! …kid #2 is late coming home…grrr…call kid #2 …ring, ring, voicemail…call again 10 minutes later….ring, ring, voicemail…kid #2 finally arrives home almost an hour late…grrr….lecture kid #2 about being responsible and calling….blah, blah, blah…finally get car packed and off to vermont…hooray…dad calls to tell me he’s in town…um thanks for the 2 minute notice…finally get to vermont…lots to do….dinner…yum…got a text from brother…grandmother is in hospital…again?..finally get to relax with family, a beer and a movie…ahhhhh…bed…zzzzzzz

sunday….woken up at 8 a.m. by neighbors lawnmower….vrrrrrrum (ok so i’m not sure what the noise is a lawnmaker exactly makes but it was loud!!!)…get up unwillingly …ugghh….lug boxes out for tag sale…lug, lug, lug…spend day selling stuff…kaching!…put everything away…lug, lug, lug…get a call from brother…grandmother has been diagnosed with alzheimers…sob…finally relax with a beer and some dinner…ahhhh…drive home….vroom…unpack car…lug, lug, lug…bed…zzzz

phew…weekend is over.

Now it’s monday so the plan is to get my project uploaded and get on with my series….hopefully tonight is less hectic…fingers crossed.

September 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Day 5 – 2 more cards

So here I am again…day 5… talking about the same things again…alcohol inks and vellum….yawn. Seriously big yawn. And no that is not a big “OMG 5 days of the same old stuff this is so boring” yawn…it’s actually a big “I’m so exhausted cause I’ve been spending way too many hours playing with this cool stuff” yawn. Seriously I’m whooped! LOL. By the time I’m done with this series I’m going to need a nice long nap! That is if I can get my brain to stop churning up ideas long enough to get some sleep. Seriously I have vellum on the brain. This morning I was watching the Today show and saw a screen in the back of the host with an image and I was like “Oh snap!¬† that is so cool! I could totally do that with alcohol inks and vellum!” …so now of course I will have to try and see if I can do it and if it’s a success I will probably¬† have to add yet another day to this series. At this rate I am going to run out of vellum long before I run out of ideas.¬† LOL. Anyways enough about projects I am dreaming about and projects I will post in the future…let’s talk about today’s projects.

Today I have 2 cards …and of course they both have alcohol inks and vellum…but today they are both heavy on the 3rd element I am supposed to be working with this week…texture…betcha you almost forgot that my inspiration this week was supposed to be vellum, alcohol ink and TEXTURE since I’ve spent so much time on the first 2. But I didn’t forget…actually since the day I pulled the slips from my inspiration jar the first ideas I had for projects had more to do with texture and vellum than alcohol inks.¬† Ironic huh…especially considering I haven’t posted anything much at all with texture but can’t stop obsessing over alcohol inks. Anyways I was really excited about the texture thing because way back when when I worked at ACMoore I remembered a program we had for embossing vellum…it was called Pergamano. Basically you used a stylus and a stencil to emboss the vellum which would turn a bright white where ever it was embossed…I remember it looked really pretty but I had no real interest in it at the time so I didn’t know much about it. So not actually knowing how to do it I decided to just jump in and try it. Well I tried and for the most part I failed. Every time I tried to emboss the vellum would rip …grrr. I could do small bits of embossing…like the bubbles on my fishbowl card…but anything bigger was an epic fail. So totally frustrated I decided to google the technique and found the answer to my problem¬† along with some super mega amazing projects using this technique….seriously if you have some free time go to youtube and put in pergamano in the search and prepared to be amazed..I spent a ton of time checking them out. Anyways thanks to the videos¬† I was able to find out why my attempts were failing…I was working on the wrong stuff. See I was trying to emboss on vellum when what is really needed for this technique is vellum’s beefy cousin…parchment… it looks the same but is much heavier. So after I discovered that little bit of helpful info I knew full scale embossing was out but I wasn’t ready to give up on adding texture to my vellum so rather than embossing with a stencil and a stylus I turned to my only/fave embossing folder…swiss dot…to see if that would do the trick and it did!! Hooray! So I embossed a bunch of vellum and got to creating and here’s what I made…

Card #1 …Winter Scene

As soon as I embossed the vellum the first thing I thought of was how much it looked like a snowy sky so I knew right away the first thing I’d be making would be a snow scene.¬† I played around with what to put behind the vellum and decided on a darker dusky bluish purple cardstock…totally love how it looked but decided I wanted to add a tad more detail to the sky so I added some depth to the sky by painting on the back of the vellum …love the end result and here’s how to make it… Step 1..emboss vellum with Swiss Dot folder ..Step 2…turn vellum over and with a large brush lightly brush the back of the vellum with eggplant and denim alcohol inks to create some striations, let dry…Step 3…spray ink side of vellum with spray adhesive and mount to a piece of blue cardstock, being careful not to press on the embossing….Step 4…using a piece of felt, dab alcohol ink around border of embossed piece…Step 5….cut hills out of white cardstock and embellish with stickles, let dry and then adhere to card…Step 6…add twine (shown is lilac twine from the twinery) and card sentiment (my sentiment is a very old embellishment from junkitz…you could stamp a sentiment on piece of cardstock and punch 2 holes on the end to get the same look) …Step 7… spray the back of a piece of green vellum, layer it over a piece of patterned paper and cut out a tree (I used my sizzix tree die to cut mine), use white paint and glitter to add snow, let dry and adhere to card as shown…Step 8 …add snowflake embellishments…Step 8…adhere design to card blank.

Super simple and super cute. Although I gotta say I really didn’t feel comfortable doing a let it snow card in September…I hope mother nature gets that this card was in no way an invitation to her to bring the dreaded white stuff …. seriously cannot stress enough after last winter how much I do not in anyway want to encourage any snow… unless of course¬† it’s December 24th…then it’s ok but that’s the only exception…and even then it better all melt by December 27th! So since the snow card was giving me the willies just thinking about it I switched gears and made a beautiful spring card because as soon as fall ends I will be counting down the days until spring arrives!! Seriously…I will!

Card #2 – Spring Flowers

So pretttty! I will definitely be making more of these cards. Can never have too many thank you cards. Anyways here’s how to make this card…Step 1…emboss a piece of vellum with Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder…Step 2…Using pieces of felt dab alcohol inks on the top of the embossed surface using Meadow, Lettuce and Citrus…working from the corner out, alternating colors as you apply, being careful not to press too hard on embossing…Step 3…spray back of embossed vellum and mount to card blank, trim as needed…Step 4 ..on a piece of vellum (unembossed) use pieces of felt to dab one area with cranberry ink and another area in eggplant ink, let dry…Step 5…once dry, punch flowers from cranberry and eggplant painted vellum…Step 6…using glue dots, adhere vellum flowers and add pearl centers (mine are from queen & co.) and pull flower petals forward a bit to add dimension…Step 7…Stamp card sentiment on white cardstock, cut to size and mount to patterned paper and cut to size, adhere sentiment to card and add bee embellishment and your done! Another super simple but wicked pretty card.

Stop by again tomorrow cause the fun continues.

September 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Day 4…4 cards

Yep that’s right …4…count em baby…1, 2, 3, 4¬† cards to share. After posting my goldfish card the other night I kept looking at it and thinkin it was kind of dullsville…I definitely could’ve amped it up a bit but I really didn’t feel motivated to do it over..instead I started pondering about what else I could make using the same technique. I tried to think of other things that would have liquid in them and the first thing that came to mind was cocktails (no surprise there LOL) … so I googled some clipart of some drinks and got super inspired to make a margarita and a glass of wine using the same technique as the fishbowl. So just like the other night I sketched out my image, layed the vellum over the sketch and used my alcohol inks to add the liquid….then I traced the image with black pen, mounted it to some white cardstock and cut around the image and then created my cards. Only difference is on some of these cards I actually used a brush to paint on the ink rather than dabbing it on…wanted to have more control over the ink and get a more intense color.

So here’s card #1…

Cute right…I love me some margaritas so I realllllly love this card….going to have to decide which one of my lush friends is going to be deserving of this bad boy. I didn’t have a saying for my card so I used a Studio-G stamp that says “when life gives you lemons…” so I just stamped the parts I wanted and used a black pen to write in the words limes and margaritas.

So after the margarita card I decided to make something a little tamer…a nice tall glass of lemonade…

Card #2

Awesome right! I used a little bit of painting and dabbing for this one…the lemons are painted but I dabbed the ink to make the lemonade. I amped up the lemonade by adding some ice…just sketched some cubes out on vellum, traced it in black ink, cut it out and laid it over the top of the glass…love the effect. Used the same stamp for the sentiment as card #1 only I used it as is this time around.

Since I was on a roll with the beverage cards I decided to make another…card #3 …

Spectacular right! I love how this card came out…even though I totally wanted to throw it out the window while I was working on it! Making the wine glass was a piece of cake but the rubons I used for the sentiment were a nightmare…maybe I shouldn’t have actually been drinking wine (yummy Reisling!) while making the card. Thank goodness for Un-du cause I had a ton of rubon disasters to remove. Once I got the front of the card done I was going to use rubons to do the sentiment inside but in the interest of sanity I decided to handwrite it. The inside of the card says¬†“wine always make me feel better”…so true…I had 2 more glasses after my rubon fiasco.

After 2 cocktails on paper and a couple real life ones I decided to try something a little different. I was really liking painting with the inks so I decided to try some more of that so here’s what I came up with…card #4

For this card I drew a circle and laid the vellum over it…then I used a liner brush to handpaint the wreath using 2 colors of alcohol ink…lettuce and meadow and using the circle I drew as a guide. It is so so easy to paint on vellum with the inks…I just love it. After I painted the wreath I decided I wanted to mount it to the card ink side down because it was a softer look so again I used my spray adhesive to mount it to my card base. After that I stamped my sentiment on a strip of vellum…outlined the edges with a silver permapaque pen and mounted it on the diagonal across the wreath. Then I blinged out the wreath with some stickle berries and a simple bow. Lastly I outlined the whole card in silver. The end result…a simple, classic Christmas card. Oh and speaking of Christmas…please note that it is only September 15th and I have already made a Christmas card. Crazy early right! Well for me it is. Maybe this is an omen of things to come…that I might actually get all my cards done on time this year…yeah right!

Alright…enough blogging for one day …2 days worth of posts is a lot for one day. Check back tomorrow for even more cool, fun, and awesome ideas.

September 16, 2011 at 1:07 am Leave a comment

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