Friday, April 5, 2019

Sunflowers & Ladybugs

     Hey, I actually remember buying this stamp in the summer of 2014 in Brown County, Indiana. I was spending a couple of weeks with my sister and her husband in Indianapolis. We decided to take a road trip to Brown County where the shopping is amazing. Believe it or not, there were two papercraft shops across the street from each other. I WAS IN HEAVEN!!! I spent quite a bit that day - mostly on stamps and paper. I bought so much that I had to mail it back home. One of the stores had stamps from floor to ceiling on two walls. I picked up two Miss Muffet stamps that day. I hadn't used the other one yet either (a winter theme).

     My compliments to Heather Hall on this sketch. This is my absolute fave type of sketch. I love layers and a spot for a focal point. I can see myself using this one over and over and turning it around and around. It has four great sides. I can reverse it and it will have four more great side. VoilĂ  . . . 8 different sketches in one.

Sketch #143 by Heather Hall
     I cut every mat on this sketch with Grass Green paper and then chose a patterned paper for each mat. Every mat is popped on here - lots of dimension. Since I popped the gray layer onto the red layer, I needed to to double pop the top half of the little girl. The lady bugs on the sand are from another stamp set. Originally I colored her hair with my fave hair color, which is the color of those sunflowers you are looking at. Oops too much of that color, so I colored over top of the golden hair with light browns.
     I have colored with pencils and watercolor markers, but Copics are my favorite. I love the way they blend and the vast choices of colors. There is rarely a project I do that doesn't have have Copics somewhere on it. It can be a touch of color under an arm so it don't have to fussy cut an arm triangle, a pearl gem, and here I was able to match the dress, sunflowers and leaves to the paper.
     The metal sunflower is a fun goodie from my stash. I interpreted the banner at the bottom a little differently than prescribed. I used 1/2 inch canvas ribbon to finish it off.

     For the inside of the card, I used scraps from the table and attempted to repeat as many elements from the front of the card as I could.

  • patterned paper
  • rounded corners
  • similar leaf stamp and green Copics
  • same ladybug stamp

Inside of Card

Materials List:      
     Patterned Paper: Close to My Heart - Grateful Heart
     Card Stock: Gina K - Grass Green
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
            Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Stamp: Little Miss Muffet - Polka Dot Pals
                 Gina K - A Year of Flowers
                 Impression Obsession - On Your Birthday
     Copics: Face - E50,51, 53, 55, 93
                 Hair - E31, 33, 34, 35
                 Sunflowers - YR20, 21, 23, E27
                 Dress - R56, 59
                 Pantaloons - C1, 3
                 Ladybug - E9, R56
                 Leaves & Headband - YG61, 63, 67
                 Ground - YR20, 21, 23, E27
     Embellies: 1/2" red canvas ribbon
                     metal sunflower


Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - Coloring - #10 - *
Craft Stamper Magazine - Stamping - #8 - *
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes - #54 - *
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes - #11 - *
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes - #9 - *
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes - #67 - *
Simply Create Too Challenge - Anything Goes - #7 - *

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TN: Cactus AZ

     We spent March 10 - 23 in Mesa, Arizona. It ranks in the top 3 vacations I have taken to date. In case you can't read the list of fun things we did on the journaling card, I will tell you bit about it. We visited with cousins Denny, Sue, Ruby, and Donna . We got to do some touristy stuff too - Grand Canyon, Goldfield Ghost Town, and Tortilla Flat. We got to eat at some great places: Waldo's Bar-B-Que, Del Taco, Chicago Hamburger Co., and Sam and Luca Rustic Kitchen (Italian). We shopped at a huge Flea Market and enjoyed it so much that we made a second pass. The BEST part by far were the 6 days we spent at Sloan Park watching games, batting practice, comparing notes with other fans, walking laps around the stadium, and meeting a couple of Hall of Famers (Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins.)

     Here is my March Traveler's Notebook page. I used Lisa Hidy's sketch and followed Lori's Washi tape challenge. I found this roll of Washi tape in a craft store in Tempe, AZ. It is shiny copper.
TN Sketch #3 by Lisa Hidy
     This is my fave pic of Huey and I at the Grand Canyon. I chose cacti for theme on this page. Not only did we see a multitude of cacti on this trip, the CUBS do their spring training games in the Cactus League.

Left Page
     Once again I am using dies for the first time, that I have had for quite a while. I had January 2017 written on the packaging for the cacti. The two die sets for the letters are some of my favorites and I have used them many times. 

The Spellbinders "Doily Accents" do not include the "Splendid Circle". Funny thing the "Doily Accents" are not circular. I guess they are just accents.

     If you look at the top of this cactus, you will see that I have hidden the word "Monday" there. Yes, indeed, we went to the GrandCanyon on a Monday.

Right Page
     I elected to place dandelions on the right page. I'm not sure it was a good decision. It seems that dandelions need moist soil 14 inches deep. That is not what we were seeing on our visit to Arizona. There are dandelions in Arizona, but probably not in the area we were staying.

Materials List:      
     Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny - Calendar Girl (March & December)
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Papaya Puree
                       My Colors - Black Magic
                                        Lime Pop
                                        Spanish Mooss
     Ink: Gina K - Soft Stone
     Dies: SOL: Succulents 2 Stamp
             Spellbinders - Splendid Circles
                                  Doily Accents
             Burniston - Alphabet .8 in.
             Sizzix - Circles
             Anboo - Dandelion
                         3/4 inch Alphabet
     Embellies: 2 green sparkle gems
                     Paper Source - Washi Tape - Copper


Dragonfly Journeys - Dandelions - #3 - *
Scrap from Your Heart - Use Dies - #25 - *
TN Time with Lori - Use Washi Tape - #6 - *
TN Time with Lisa - Sketch #3 - #6 - *

Monday, April 1, 2019

Dr. Seuss Day

     My daughter handed me these two pictures and said, "I would really like a page for Brooklyn's Dr. Suess Day at school." I did some shopping on Etsy for digital paper, images, and a fun font. 

     Luckily this sketch by Lisa Hidy is just the two-photo layout that I needed. Since my pics were portrait rather than landscape, I flipped it 90 degrees counter clockwise. This time I am right on and right proud that I stuck VERY close to the sketch.

Sketch #174 by Lisa Hidy     
     These digital papers are only 8 inch squares, so I usually only use them for cards. I carefully hid two seams in this layout. I would challenge you to find them, even in person!!! For the title, I had used my Cameo Silhouette. I uploaded this Grinch font and Cat in the Hat image into the program. I first added a border around "The Cat" then added the title and added another border. I can't tell you how sad I was that I glued that tail down so securely. When I went to place the "e", I so wanted to pull that tail through. Just so you know, I fussy cut "The Cat in the Hat" 3 TIMES!!!! The first time he was too big. The second time there was a miss print with my printer. I was cutting around the last (right) side and I hadn't noticed that his tie and part of his face were missing. As they say: third time is the charm. You may think my fussy cutting skills are pretty fine, but I will "fess up." For the spaces between his fingers and under his right arm, I color-matched the blue with my Copics - a perfect match.

      Thing 1 and Thing 2 are just printed and fussy cut images. I am pretty excited about the rosettes though. I have had that rosette die FOREVER; and I believe this is the first time I have used it on one of my own designs. What a playful look it gives the page! That 8 inch paper was a bit of a trial here as well, but I managed to piece it together to get full rosettes.

     The journaling card is homemade. I did some strategic cutting and used the printer to do my journaling. 

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Digital Paper: Cat in the Hat
                               Dr. Seuss by Cherry Workshop 2
     Card Stock: My Colors - Atlantic Shore
                                        Imperial Red
                       Bazzill - Greystone
     Digital Images: by Bundle
     Font: Grinch 2.0
     Dies: Sizzix - Circles
              Tim Holtz - Mini Paper Rosettes
     Embellies: White Brad
                     Red GEm