Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Inspiration from a new punch

A Martha Stewart doily punch to be exact.
I love doilies and figured I'd use this a lot - beats buying
doilies all the time and running out when you 
really really need some.
 I took a 12x12 sheet of bazzill white and punched away.
FYI....intricate punches like these require
a bit of muscle. 
I decided that some misting would be required and the Studio Calico pizza box that delivers my awesome kits each month is great for spraying. Especially in and around my desk. I have aiming issues and that box keeps them contained.

So I used Heidi Swapp.

Love her mists - they don't clog (or they haven't yet) and the colors are really pretty.
I decided to do a mix of misting (say that 3 times fast) hues/shades. 
And I included the negative as well because it looks like big flowers. Took me 2 times to get the negative "flowers" right - as I decided that the inside needed to be outlined. And I don't have a steady hand. 
Fun layers and some bling.
A very cool shot that I wish I could claim finishes the page.

Studio Calico papers, MAMBI alphas, Paper Studio buttons & rick rack
and Authentique.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Finding some inspiration

So a couple of weeks ago I purchased the 2013 101+ ways to use your 
scrapbook supplies by Creating Keepsakes.
I miss the magazines as I loved poring over them while watching TV
with a lovely glass of wine while dog earring pages.
Raise your hand if you love doing that.

So while I was doing that I had my phone in hand and began to photograph the ones I really liked
and then sent them to my pal April - who liked them as well. I believe she lifted the one with journaling strips already. So now I'm behind. Of course we're keeping score. LOL!

And the reasons for my choices were all different.
 And I just go with what intrigues me. It could be the journal strips above.  Or maybe it could be the fun title and the old school design on the married one. Or  just the film strip below.

I love the rounded corners on this.... and the large mat.
And the orange ribbon. This is April's style. I like to be an equal opportunity dog earrer.

Love the use of the maps, the arrows - this page was just plain fun.

And the banners - loved the banners and the way the journaling was done. I tend to be real conservative on my banners. Putting 5 on a string is over the to for me. Just sayin......

This page is just plain awesome and totally speaks to me. Love all the embellishments and touches - especially the mists and splats.

And I loved the photo on this which was perfectly showcased. Again this is more April's style than mine.

I informed April she had  no need to purchase a copy LOL! Actually I believe she'd enjoy a copy. However, I don't just pore over this mags once or twice. I do it quite a bit because maybe something else will speak to me that didn't the first 19319348318 times I looked.
 I also didn't realize it was 2013 until I really got into it and honestly, it doesn't matter. I still look at magazines I bought 5, 10 years ago. I really miss them.

And with all this inspiration, I have nada. 
And that's okay- 
I have the 2014 Spring Somerset Memories.
And I'll be sharing that too.
I know you're excited.

QUESTION: Does it not boggle your mind that there are 1039410394139481384 bazillion scrapbookers out - and honestly, unless you are doing a lift - ISN'T IT AMAZING how all of our pages are totally unique and different.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring - for Off the Rails challenge

This is my page for the challenge at OTR for April.
It was a color palette and sketch challenge.
I have troubles with color palette challenges because I
never have the exact colors. Or all of the colors.
Which is why its a challenge.

Love these older papers by Jillybean soup. 
And if they don't have the exact colors - they have a facsimile thereof.
And you can't have spring without butterflies.
Nor is there not sprint without an adorable kidlet celebrating
that winter, long, cold, hard winter is history.
More or less - because this has been quite the fickle year.

Check out the rest of the design teams creations!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stickers on a page

Stickers have come a long way baby and I have always
shied away from the obvious.
However, I wanted some shamrocks for
a St. Patrick's day page because well...I'm Irish so.....
I waited until well after St. Patty's day
to look for anything Irish. 
So there were no stamps, no punches nothing but stickers.

I bought 3 packs just in case.
Shamrocks and words and shamrocks oh my.

So I did lift a concept of Ashli's over at Purplemailbox. 
I love her butterfly page, the layering, the paints.
ooooooo well I sort of did that here - only somewhat backwards.

I know you're surprised.

I layered on the stickers and I wasn't shy about it. 
They were transparent so using any dimension on them wasn't 
going to work unless there was a backing applied.
Which looked stupid.
And that is why there is that huge patch of washi there
covering up what didn't work out.
Gotta love washi.

So I used some gesso and watercolor paint. 
Studio Calico came through with the paper, alphas and
the Paper Studio stickers.
But not necessarily in that order.
I like it.

Have a Happy & Blessed Easter!

He has risen indeed!

An Easter version of Hallejulah!
Beautiful - crank. it. up.

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