Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
While making the card, I was suddenly inspired to make a mini album about my adventures in cooking! After getting married, I could barely boil water! I'm surprised we didn't starve that first year of marriage, because my hubby's not a great cook, either. I'd love to document how I've taught myself to cook basic meals like baked chicken (with mashed potatoes & gravy), homemade macaroni and cheese, pizza, pancakes, spaghetti sauce, and some of my other stand by recipes. It would be a funny look at my "food evolution", and also a memory of how we survived feeding four kids over the years. Obviously, I ran out of time before this project was due, but I will hopefully get to it before the month is over.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Gerber Daisy Tutorial:
Here is the real deal "Gerber Daisy" by Fancy Pants:
I thought this paper could be re-created by a repetitive stamped image. This was not hard to do, but was time consuming. For my example, I used a 4" X 4" piece of paper, and it went very quickly. On the sheet in my kit, I used two different flower stamps, which made things even trickier. For simplicity, I used just one flower stamp in my instructions.
You will need card stock, or other paper to stamp on, a small flower stamp, acrylic block, black archival ink pad, ink pens to color in your flowers (if desired), and a white Uniball Signo (or similar) pen to outline your flowers.
Step 1: Begin stamping your flower image in the middle of your page, but not dead center. The idea is that you want to stamp the image as randomly as possible. I've heard that if you group your stamped images in groups of three, you can avoid an obvious pattern. Remember to turn your paper and stamp to avoid the image always going the same direction. Continue stamping until you cover the entire page. If your image is light in one area, you can color over it with pen, but it probably will not show after you color the image in. Don't worry too much if you leave a small gap, or your flowers run into each other in spots. You really will not notice it later. Don't forget to have some of your flowers run off the page, for a natural look.
Step 2: Color your flowers in, if desired. I chose to color my flowers brown, because I have other browns in my kit I wanted to match. If your stamp is solid, you can skip this step. I also colored the center yellow (on the blue paper in my example, the yellow looks more green). Allow the ink to dry before going to the next step.
Echo Park "Stamp of Approval:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket (Early Birder Borders), My Mind's Eye (Jack & Jill "Blissful"), Pink Paislee (Spring Fling "Bird's Nest"), Hand made copy of "Gerber Daisy" by Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee (Spring Fling "Spring Flowers"), Chatterbox "Red Birds", Deja Views (Pack your bags "Baggage Claim"), Hand made copy of "Stamp of Approval" Echo Park using grid paper (October Afternoon "Detours") & brown cardstock, Scrap Within Reach "Carnival Ride" stripes, Cosmo Cricket (Early Bird "Brunch"), Crate (School Spirit "Chemistry"), Bazzill brown, kraft, creme, gold Swiss dot, bright red.
Embellishments: October Afternoon Journaling cards, 3 assorted fabric remnants, chipboard (Lil Davis - Heart Doodles), Stitched felt (Chatterbox - Together), Thickers (Hat Box), transparent pocket block (TTT), chipboard birds (Maya Road), Glitter - metallic teal (Creative Beginnings) & chartreuse (K&Co), sunflower metal slides "Maya Road", various ribbons (teal, chartreuse ruffle, brown crocheted, buttons from stash, small paper flowers (American Crafts, Prima), jute twine, shipping label, soda bottle caps.
Monday, April 4, 2011
This layout was made for the Early Bird Challenge, and the card was for Karen's doily challenge.