Family Camping July 2017

After  a week of having these pages sitting on my desk. I sat down last night and finished them.

I think my process changes every time I work on a page.

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We took our kids camping two weekends ago now for the first time just the two of us and our boys.  I really want to capture these moments because growing up some of my fondest memories are going camping in the summer, and I want my kids to have those experiences and memories too.

To start this I printed out all the pictures I wanted to include then I laid them out on my pocket pages that I decided to use. Then I picked all the paper and patterned paper and I used the Polka dot pattern paper as my main paper to coordinate with. I love that paper. It comes from the Coffee break designer series paper (144155). The green paper with hearts is that same paper just the back side of it. I love  how Stampin’ up papers coordinate so well together.

Once I had it all laid out I walked away from it, and wouldn’t you know that one of my cats decided to jump down from her perch and strewed the right side of my page. I had pieces on the floor and nothing was where I had originally placed it. Do you think I could remember how I had it?  Not a chance… oh well.. I put it back together.

I absolutely love die cut words and using them on my page, like in the bottom left hand corner the word adorable. I had used that a lot in my December daily album and then forgot about it, and because I put my Christmas stuff in a different location it was out of side and out of mind, but I was showing my sister in law my albums on the weekend and it was brought back to my mind so I hauled it out and used it.

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I don’t use a lot of embellishments on my pages. I like to keep things more simple. Like the little hearts, and the tag I made on the top right hand corner just added a touch of texture to this page.

All of the journalling cards I used on this page were from Stampin’ up’s new Memories and More cards. This set is called one perfect day and can be found here .  I love how cheap they are. I have every set except the bundle of love set which is on my list for my next purchase.

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I am obsessed with watching process videos to learn what other scrappers do to make their pages. I would never have thought to cut up my journalling cards to embellish my pictures. For instance in the middle bottom pocket of this page. I cut the phrase “today was a good day” from a card.   The tree in the top left I die cut (another christmas set that is unfortunately retired) and I love how it all tied together. I think this page is my new favorite……. until the next one.

 

Anyway… Thank you for reading and checking out my blog. I hope I’ve inspired you.

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Tip toe through the tulips

My parents are celebrating their 36th anniversary today. How amazing is that! I am blessed to have such amazing role models of marriage in my life, and even though my marriage didn’t work out, I know from my parents what a great marriage looks like.

For their anniversary I wanted to make them a special card. Now I have a stock of cards, and I really do go through phases where I’m making them a lot or making them a little, and right now the phase is a little. As I said in my previous post. I’ve been working more on project life/memories and more projects, which I will share with you once I remember to take some photos of the pages I’ve done recently, but back to the point. I didn’t want to pull a card from my stock for this occasion I wanted to make one especially for them.

I went to a garage sale on Saturday looking for camping gear. While I was shopping around I found some old retired Stampin’ Up stamps. I found this back ground stamp and I fell in love. It’s so beautiful. I love the text.

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I stamped the background stamp in fresh fig on a fresh fig background.

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I love the colors. I stamped the tulips from the host set Tranquil Tulips in fresh fig then backed it on a piece of tranquil tide card stock. I put a strip of dsp, I’m not sure what set it’s from and stamped the leaves in pear pizazz.. all in all I love how the card turned out.. So simple and so pretty.

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I added a little detail to the inside. The sentiment come from Oh so succulent. I thought it was perfect for an anniversary card.

I hope you like it, but more importantly I hope they like it.

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Hey Everyone.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been on a big project life kick, and I don’t know I just didn’t think anyone would be interested in seeing the pages I’ve been working on lately, but I did do a new card last night so I thought I’d share it here.

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I combined some old and new for this card. For the background I used the stamp set Gorgeous Grunge which is now retired. I used the colors daffodil delight, calypso coral, and the new in-color tranquil tide. I used the new stamp set Graceful Garden.  I also added some clear wink of stella to the rose, but I’m not sure the photo does it justice.

 

 

Also new in my life lately is this little guy, his name is Jasper. He’s a mix of Chihuahua, bishon, and pomeranian and we love him so much. He keeps me busy.

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Pocket Scrapbooking

I’m fairly new to pocket scrap booking, but I love it for many reasons. I love it because it’s quick and anyone who knows me knows I love a project that doesn’t take forever to complete. I also love it because it’s easy. Just pick your photos crop them,  and slide them into the pockets, then embellish.

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I love them because it makes it easier to keep the memories that I want to share with my kids and grand kids when they get older.

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I love that they can be completely customised to meet your needs. I personally like to use all things Stampin’ Up, but there are so many different companies and brands that carry products for pocket scrap booking.

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I love that I can make my own cards. I don’t need to use the cards that come in the boxes. On this page, I made all the cards except the one in the corner that says picture perfect.

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I love that you can use different size pages if you want to. I have 12×12 albums that I haven’t used yet because they intimidate me, but I have seen albums that my sister has done and others have done and I absolutely love that you can cut the pages or put smaller ones in the bigger albums to give them dimension. Or you can put little envelopes or tags in them.

I finished these pages yesterday.  It really didn’t take me a long time and I thought I’d share a few of my pages with you. I hope you enjoy them and maybe they will inspire you to start your own album.

 

Paper Players Challenge Week 344

I decided to join the paper players challenge this week. These challenges are fun and exciting and I love how much they push me to use my creativity.

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This week was a colour challenge. What I discovered is that I need to order tempting turquoise paper as well as tangerine tango paper, but I made do with what I had.

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I think it turned out really nice.. I water coloured the background.. and by that I mean I dropped all the colours on a stamp case and laid the watercolour paper on top and let it do it’s own thing. Then I stamped the hot air balloons in tempting turquoise and die cut them out. I stamped the trees in basic black archival ink using the classic lovely as a tree stamp set. I stamped the clouds on velum with versa mark and heat embossed them with whisper white embossing powder and die cut them out. I stamped the sentiment in versa mark and used white embossing powder on that as well.

This card reminds me of camping and sitting around a fire and looking up at the sky through the trees.

Please check out the other players in the challenge by clicking on the photo below.

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What will you Stamp # 115 Challenge

Today I decided to join the wonderful people in this weeks What will you stamp challenge. This weeks stamp set  is Beautiful You.  If you click on the photo below it will take you to the blog.

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I love love love this set, but as you well know, making cards is a process, and I’m fairly new to designing my own cards. I can CASE cards like it’s no body’s business, but designing has been a talent that I feel I’ve had to work on. I had to think about the stamp set and think about the picture I wanted to create, and then compute that to my project. I compare it to painting, which I love to do. One stroke on a canvass looks like nothing but as you continue to paint and add different colors and layers, your painting turns into a masterpiece, or sometimes it doesn’t, and you scrap it and start again. IMG_6553

I knew what stamp I was using thankfully that part I didn’t have to think about, and I wanted to use this beautiful sheet of  dsp from serene scenery. (unfortunately it’s no longer available in canada). I love the dancing lady and I love the idea of putting her on the beach, which is what this paper reminds me of.

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I didn’t want to just stamp her on the dSP,  I didn’t want her to look see through, so I stamped her again on a sheet of DSP from the falling in love suite, also not available anymore. Sorry it happens when stuff is retiring. It runs out before the month does. Anyhow, I cut her dress out and adhered that to the serene scenery dsp. She still didn’t look right to me because now she has a dress on but her arms and legs and hat are all still blue. People aren’t blue, hind sight being 20/20 what I should have done was to stamp her on a piece of whisper white card stuck then colored her arms and legs with calypso coral water color pencil, cut the entire shape out and then cut the dress out, it would have been easier then what I did do , which was to stamp her arms, legs and hat and cut each individual piece out. I made more work then I needed too, but oh well it’s a process right, and honestly it’s the process that makes paper crafting so relaxing to me.

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I love the way her dress turned out. I am happy I didn’t leave her arms and legs blue. I think she’s beautiful.

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I added some blades of grass from the High Tide Stamp set and decorate the inside of the card the same as the envelope. I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s pretty cute. I also splattered the card with some wink of stella and some bermuda bay ink.

 

 

Sorry You’re Leaving

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Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 9: Sorry You’re Leaving

 

 

 

I’m very very excited to be participating in my very first blog hop.  I have joined my friends at Global Stamping Friends for this weeks blog hop with the theme “Sorry You’re Leaving” and I have to say that I am sorry to see this set go. It has been one of the sets out of the occasions catalogue that I have used the most since we don’t have a ton of stamps that are geared towards men. This stamp set is actually unisex since both men and women have been known for their skills with tools.IMG_6483

The Urban Underground suite has been a favourite of mine, I love the paper, I love the embellishments and I love the Nailed It bundle, unfortunately it has retired and if it isn’t sold out already it will be soon.

The details.

I started with a smokey Slate base 5.5″x4.25″

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I used my non stampin up stamp-a-majig to stamp Best Guy Ever all over the front. That stamp is not actually from this set, it’s from Suite Sentiments, but it coordinates with this set so nicely.

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Then I stamped the hammer, screw driver, and wrench in Basic black on whisper white card stock and I colored them with real red, early espresso, daffodil delight, and basic grey water color pencils and blended all the colors with my blender pen, except the grey, I blended that with my wink of stella.

Then I cut they grey dsp from the urban underground dsp with the largest square in the stitched framelits set. I also cut a piece of the yellow dsp at 1.75″ x 3.5″ I adhered that too the front.. I die cut the tools and popped them up with some dimensionals.

My Son thought it should be a fathers day card, even though it could go either way, so this is what I did on the inside. IMG_6484

And of course the envelope.

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Why don’t you hop on over to the next blog to see what they have in store for you.

Global Stamping Friends Next Blog

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3.Georgia Missy Gaydos www.livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
4. Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com

5..Angélique Stempelkeuken
http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
6.. Lisa Ann Bernard Www.queenbcreations.net
7..Rachel Macleod http://onthewingsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk
8..Anita Wifladt www.letsgetstampin.wordpress.com
9..Erica Jones Www.fortheheartofstamping.com
10.Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffstampers.com
11..Ilse van Vliet www.ilsevvliet.nl
12. Carole Anne Currie Patterson www.Fabric-Paper-Scissors.com
13. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com
14. Petra Wenninger www.frauwolkenblau.de