Monday, August 15, 2016

Basic Fundamentals Rose Blossom Blog Hop

Today we bring you projects created with one of two paper packs. These papers can be yours FREE if you take advantage of the Basically The Best special for the month of August.

You may have come here from Marg's wonderful blog, if so I have no doubt it was something inspiring. Maybe you're just getting started. Either way make sure that you hop through all the blogs to see so many wonderful projects to inspire you using these papers.

My paper choice for this hop was the Uptown Fundamentals. This paper pack can be dressed up with sparkly accents or used for everyday activities. I don't have a lot of flashy moments in my life, but my family does play an intense game of bocce ball! 

I let the pictures be the highlight and only added a tiny pop of color here and there. A shout out goes to Karen Pedersen for inspiring me to use dots to create the pop of color. This layout was fast and easy. Those are my favorite kind. I love the neutral palette of this paper pack it really goes with EVERYTHING!!

If you've been following my blog at all you will know that I rarely make just one page. I'm actually learning to do that more often but in the meantime, here's the whole layout.

Check and see what Kim Hill has created. It's sure to be something that will make you want to drop everything and create.

Monday, August 1, 2016

PURR-FECT HALLOWEEN - August Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Welcome to another fun Rose Blossoms Blog Hop. Today we're showing you what you can create with the August Stamp Of The Month. If you came from Lynn's Bungalow you've certainly already seen something fun. After you take a look at the creation below make sure to hop all the way around the circle so you get to see everything in this short little hop. It's sure to inspire you.

Here's the stamp set that can be yours for only $5 with a $50 order. Cute stuff!

Is it time to think about Halloween? Yes, if you want to get all of your creative projects finished. The good news is that this set can avoid Halloween altogether if you aren't quite ready. I concentrated on the cat. I've been coloring for the past 27 days. Awhile back I posted THIS as part of the process.

After painting the cats to the sides the middle one just wouldn't come to me, so I stopped and called the cat "uncooperative".  When it came time to design something for this hop I zoomed in on the idea that the cat just may be crazy!! I started coloring more cats.

Those are all fairly "normal" cats. I was looking for something crazier!!

I tried to make a crazy cat two different times. I have a favorite card of these two. What do you think?

These cats were colored with watercolor pencil and then "painted". The coloring was fun but you never know what will happen when you start painting. Some things get better and some don't. Here's the before picture. I'm not even a cat person but this was really fun.

It was so much fun there's an envelope too!! This is a business size card in order to make lots of cats.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. The next stop is Kim Hill over at Violets and Sunshine. She is sure to have something to entertain and inspire you.

Friday, July 15, 2016

MAGICAL Rose Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to another awesome Blog Hop with the Rose Blossoms, featuring the Magical collection from Close To My Heart. If you came here from Marg Van Patton's beautiful blog - YAY! If you're just getting started - YAY! No matter what you have more art ahead of you as you follow the links at the bottom through this great big wonderful circle of creativity.

Today I have a layout for you. 
If you're wondering where I got this terrifical layout design, it's from the new Annual Inspirations catalog thats going live for everyone on August 1st. Of course consultants have the privilege of seeing it first and when I saw this layout I knew I just had to make it. Of course the papers aren't the same. Or the stamps (I didn't stamp). OR several other things, but that's the beauty of scraplifting. You take a general idea and make it your own. If you look at page 65 you will see that I followed along pretty closely.  I still don't have the ability to leave a lot of white space so ... paint splatter!!

Here are the two individual pages closer up so you can see the details.

This is one of the easiest layouts to make with what I believe are stunning results. I resisted every urge I had to sneak more photos into the lower sections of the pages because I like to use lots of pictures. That camera paper in Magical is just so adorable though. It would be a shame to cover it up.

Thank you for stopping at my blog today. I can't wait to see what sort of MAGIC Kim Hill has created for you over at Violets and Sunshine. It's sure to inspire!

Monday, July 11, 2016

ONE Card, TWO Challenges

I have been "coloring" and plan to continue to be as consistent as possible fore the 30 day challenge over at The Daily Marker. It's hard not to turn the end results into something so here's another card. I am linking this to the Colour Q AND CAS(E) the Sketch! Here are the challenge items.

AND here's my card ... for someone who needs some encouragement.

Since I used water colors my colors aren't as bold as those used in the challenge but I loooove the result of painting these across one of the Close To My Heart watercolor cards. The white pattern is on the card so all you do is paint and it shows up. Such an easy way to make your own pretty cards.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Retro Sketches #221

BLOBS ... That's what I like to paint with my watercolors when stamps are involved. I'm not so great at staying in the lines so I guess a little bit about where the stamps might go and paint a blob. Then after the blobs dry I wind up with something like this ...

I've been trying to color a little bit every day with some sort of medium. This set of blobs is from the third day and the results make me so happy that I made a card using sketch #221 with Retro Sketches.

YES ... this is the strangest combination of colors I've ever used as I dug through my various paper scraps. BUT I really love it for some reason in all it's weirdness. I hope my hubby likes it too when it winds up on his pillow some day. Love notes can even be written on cactus cards!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Friday, July 1, 2016

FROM THE NOTEBOOK - July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Rose Blossoms Blog Hop. We're showing the July Stamp of the Month that you can get for $5 with a $50 order. It's so versatile. I'm sure you'll see that as you hop through our creations. 

Whether you have come here from the oh so wonderful I Didn't Have Potatoes with Marg or you're just getting started, make sure to hop all the way through to see a variety of ideas.

This month I made a card. I love it when I can use ink & paper with a little bit of shimmer trim to make something. As much as I love embellishments there's something really refreshing about skipping that step and letting the stamps speak for themselves. This stamp set FROM THE NOTEBOOK has a lot to say. I was able to squeeze eight different stamps into this one card.

Supplies ... Magical Paper Pack, Cranberry, Crystal Blue and White Daisy Cardstock, Blue Shimmer Trim, Inks used are Canary, Cranberry, Crystal Blue and Sapphire.

Thank you for stopping at my blog today. To see something exciting make sure to hop over to Violets and Sunshine with Kim Hill.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Like A Boss

Once Upon A Time  I bought a Cuttlebug ...

That where the story of this blog post begins.
You're in the middle of a blog hop. It's possible that you came here from Becca Whitham's blog. OR you're starting here. Whatever the case, make sure to keep hopping through so you can see everyone's interpretation of embossing. The options are truly endless.

Here's the time line for what you see below.

Black Friday 2015 - Cuttlebug Ordered
January-May 2016 - Folder Collecting
March 2016 - June Blog Hop Sign Up Begins
June 14 AM - I Sign Up In Order To Force Myself into Learning How to Use My Cuttlebug AND Get the Folders Out of Their Packaging
June 15 PM - I Take Out My Blue Scraps and Start the Learning Process. Tried All the Folders I Like the Best and Then Went to Bed
June 16 9:30AM - Decide I Know Enough to Make a Project
9:35AM - Realize That I Have NO Really Good Project Ideas BUT a Photo of Everyone in My Family Wearing Blue
9:40AM - Find Said Photo
9:45AM - Lay Scraps On a Piece of White Cardstock
9:50AM - Glue Scraps Down Without ANY Trimming, Cut a Photo Mat and Wonder What Next
10:00AM - Spot a Pile of Stuff I Found Trying to Clean My Scrapbook Supplies. Clear Letters Are Perfect For This. Glue Letters to One of Embossed Scraps (this was literally the hardest part). Glue Shows Through so I Rub Some Ink Over It. Too Square ... Cut it Into a Banner Shape
10:15AM - Write a Little Journaling From My Heart
10:25AM - Take a Photo of the Finished Page
10:30AM - Transfer Photos to Computer With No Editing
10:35AM - Write This List!

Here you go ...

June 15 PM
10:00 - 10:15AM
This may just be the fastest scrapbook page I ever made but I'm happy with it. It makes me realize that sometimes I just try way too hard. Every page can't be a masterpiece, even if you're going to show it to the public at large. For those out there who feel like you're winging it half the time, you've got a friend in me. I'm sure that every time I run across this page in the album I'll remember the "system" of mayhem I used to create it. For those who are wondering, I'm still not fully confident in my embossing skills. All the folders are open now though so I'm making progress.

Thank You for stopping at my blog today. Keep on hopping to see what Stephanie Davis has created for you. Embossing is a different kind of process for everyone!!