Monday, February 13, 2017

Handmade Valentine's

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Emma has had fever all weekend...this exact time of year seems to get her, BUT so far today it looks like she will be able to go to school tomorrow.  While she has been getting better, I've been getting my last minute Valentine's ready.

Okay, how adorable is this dinosaur.  I die cut a card in a heart shape, layered the pattern pattern die cut heart on top, and did some simple coloring on him, or her ;)  Then just tied a ribbon where I let the heart die overlap as I die cut (in order for the heart card to be created as one).  All the satin ribbon is on sale through February.

For a quick sentiment on the inside, I used one of the sentiments from the Dinosaur stamp set.  Just fussy cut it and adhered to the inside of the card.

My daughter has her gifted and her homeroom classes at school.  While she is closest to the friends she spend all day with in her gifted class, these little Valentine's were quick enough that I did 48 for both classes!  I just cut the cardstock to 1 1/2" x 3 and stamped the sentiment.  Punched a hole and tied onto the small bubbles with twine.

Perfect sentiments, colors and embellishments to make these quick Valentine's.  I hope everyone has a Happy {Heart} Day!!

Listing supplies below...if any questions, please let me know. <3 p="">
Dino Love Stamp Set
Funny Stuff Stamp Set
Heart-Felt Die Set
Heart-Felt Piercing Elements Die Set
Color Burst Pencils
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Satin Ribbon Bubble Gum
Journey Thread Bubble Gum
Sweet Spring Printed Paper
Sweet Berry Cardstock
Cool Pool Cardstock

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Richard Garay Blog Hop | CHA Releases

Welcome to the Richard Garay blog hop where the team will be introducing projects using the new
collections to be showcased at the CHA in Arizona in a couple of weeks.

For my post, I chose to work with Origami Love.  I need wrapping paper in the pink paper with the cranes...even the 12x12 size would be great for wrapping.  This collection is very trendy, but stylish, and also a little playful and modern at the same time.

I had to use the printed paper in cream and black with the random lines.  This paper would be great to color in some of the areas, but I left it as is and included a border from more printed paper at the bottom.

I used most of the larger stamps to stamp, color and die cut, to layer over my printed papers.

Before adhering them, I sent my background through the typewriter to type my journaling, and added one of the sentiments to start off my journaling for the title.  Really love the lines of origami, especially in scrapbooking, they can easily point right to your photo.  To color my images I used Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst Pencils.

Now for the fun part, prizes!

Richard is giving away a Grand Prize worth $100 of his NEW collections + the RG Messenger Bag - Total value of $150

2 Runners Up - Each will receive one of the RG messenger bags.

To enter to win, comment on the RG site, post a comment on each designer's blog (not required, but gives you more chances to win.  One entry per comment).

Comments will close on January 10th at 6:00 PM EST and winners announced on the RG site on January 11th.  Good Luck!!

Links to the Designer's blogs for the hop:
Beck Beattie
Isha Gupta
Laura Williams
Mariana Grigsby
Michelle Woerner
Mou Saha
Tania Willis
Tenia Renee Nelson

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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Document December - Days 9-25

I have to admit, for a minute or two I contemplated not finishing this album this year.  For two reasons, one, I hadn't taken as many photos, and two, I was having a hard time being happy during the holiday.  But this is one of the albums that each year Emma will look through, and I thought how important it is that I continue the tradition.  So that was my motivation and once I sat down for the two days to finish this, I was on a roll.

I realized I did not have enough pages to keep doubling the pages, so any stitching I did off the page. For example, on day 9 I added the stitching to the pattern papers I made with stamps and embossing folder first before adhering.  The high on that day was 54 and it felt wonderful, the cats loved it as well!

Another thing that has helped me get this album done and remember what took place is using my FSJ personal planner.  I didn't decorate it for the holidays, but just jotted down anything that happened so I could remember, especially if I didn't have photos.

I can tend to be slow and push things around, but for this I usually make a decision and go.  Each page isn't special, the whole album is, so I just keep building on that idea rather than getting too bogged down with one page.

So glad I had pre-stamped and die cut ahead it helped a lot.  And I love the way the different washi tapes add to the pages.

Some pages were more simple, and others had a little more layers.  The silks work great on the pages, just let them dry before turning the page.

Anything on my desk is a free-for-all when I'm working to accomplish a big project.  I loved the way the Magical Journey stickers looked for this page.

Day 15 was a day I did not have a photo, but I had the note I (I mean Stinky, the Elf) wrote a note to Emma.  So I included that here.

When I could, I doubled up on the days as I did on days 16 and 17.

I saved this for a day I did not have photos.  I had kept the American Girl catalog, the Hallmark card with gift card, and the Target catalog.  So I cut them up to use for this day.  The Hallmark card I used as a pocket for Emma's lists and drawings of what she wanted.

I made the little FSJ boot that matched perfectly with the Target gift bags and made sure to have an extra to put in the album.

I wasn't sure how to do day 20.  I wondered about stitching a pocket page in here, but my album is too full and it ripped.  I don't have a template, so I just printed my photos to about 1" to make my own collage.

I had a couple of big photos I wanted to include, so adhered them together and attached with washi tape.

I videoed my daughter's Christmas recital but failed to snap a photo, so I scanned the program, printed it and added it to my page.

We are still trying to get our two cats to get along, and the 22nd was not a good day.  I was surprised I did have one photo and it was a really nice one of Boo, my bossy, instigator of the fights sweet girl.  Since I didn't have a lot, I was able to double up again and add the 23rd on the next page.

I went all day on Christmas Eve and did not take photos.  We ended up making an unexpected trip to the grocery store and prepping to stay home for Christmas so the day was out of what was planned.  But I did snap a photo of Emma pressing her homing device snowflake for Santa.  Having just the one photo was perfect because it left more room to journal.

I had been saving the pre-stamped map and triangles just for this page too, so glad I had the room for it!

And Christmas day...I took photos that morning but did not the rest of the day.  Dennis, Emma and I didn't get a lot of sleep, and it was a long long morning (LOL) and day.  I was ready to snuggle in for the Doctor Who special that night.  But the photos I got of Emma are priceless and so glad I got them.  The photo of my SIL leaving was from the following day, but it fit well here.

I had a few pages leftover, so I added a lot of journaling of the details.  I wanted day 25 to be left as is, so worked out great having the pages.  Really how awesome would it be to have this to look back on...I cherish any card with my Mother's or Dad's handwriting, so I know Emma will love this.

I love pocket pages, but have done those for this album for four years, so this was a really nice change, lots of freedom, and overall quicker for me to work with.  Now I need another one!  Thinking about using it to document throughout the year along with the pocket pages.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year!!  I'm thinking my Word for the year will be BELIEVE.  I have a lot I need to believe in so that will make a great start to my next Travelers Notebook and/or pocket page album.

If you have any questions about specific products or how I did something, please ask me.  Everything I used is from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ).  Click here to see the entire 2016 album.  Click here to shop at Fun Stampers Journey.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Document December - Days 7-8

Hello!  Finally stopping by to share these two days from my Document December.  I will probably sit down one night after working, and do some catching up.  I always jot down in my calendar what took place that day in case I don't have any photos or I need more of "what happened" that day.  So it will be a fun night getting more in my Traveler Notebook.

Day 7 was just a regular day and nothing too much else.  While I was taking photos of some projects, hubby pulled up in his motorcycle, so took pics of him, and the camellia bushes are full right now, so stopped to take a photo of them.  Used all those beautiful rose blooms I had pre-stamped and fussy cut.  Did stenciling on both pages for added color and texture.

This next page is my favorite.  This time of the year is usually when my DSLR gets a workout, but with my schedule, I am turning to the iPhone more, and just being sure to get good light and make edits.  The first photo above, the large 4x6 has my daughter blurred in background with the tree in focus.  Was about to delete it, but I loved the story it gave of her opening up her Lego Advent calendar for the next day.  I took several photos and kept the other two because one is her looking for the day and the other is getting in there!

The stars are the pattern paper I stamped and made ahead of time...all I had to do is cut and use.  The only thing I had to stamp and cut extra for this page was the "hello" and the "fun."  Love how this page came out.

Everything in my Traveler Notebook including the Notebook is from Fun Stampers Journey.  To see all the posts of my album click here.  If you have any questions about products I'm using and need a link, I will be happy to help.  In the meantime, click here to see all products from Fun Stampers Journey.

Will do some catching up and posting.  Be safe and enjoy your weekend!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Valentine's | New Fun Stampers Journey

Taking a little break from posting my Document December album, for a quick, cute, and little Valentine to share!  The new Bloom This Way catalog from Fun Stampers Journey will be out Jan 1st  showcasing some new, beautiful and adorable things, and here's a peek!  On the front I've used the new hearts embossing folder and stitched Banana Cream ribbon.

On the inside, I've used one of the little sentiments so perfect for creating lots of Valentine's.  Here, I've added just a little coloring and then used a circle die to create my banana!  The sparkling white washi is new as well!

So love these monkeys and this stamp set.  It is called Punny Stuff and comes with 7 cute sentiments perfect for your Valentine's!

The new Bloom This Way catalog products are available January 1st for purchase.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Note-velop Die
Journey Circles Die Set
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Journey Color Burst Pure Color Pencils
Heart Sparkle Drops
Journey Thread Bubble Gum
Love Is
Punch Handle
1/16th Circle Punch
Banana Cream Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock
Pool Play Cardstock
Bubble Gum Cardstock

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

2016 Document December - Days 2-6

I think I mentioned that this is my first time using the Travelers Notebook?  Well, I love this format!  Perfect for documenting the month, but I can also see how this is a great way to do memory keeping throughout the year as well.  Small and doesn't take up too much!

The more I dug into the notebook, the more I would bend the album back and manipulate it to be able to add machine stitching.  So that is what I did with the Starbucks bag above, just added a few stitches at the top and bottom, avoiding the staples.

Anything goes for this album!  Using a lot of the planner stamps, and then below used one of the large stencils to sponge on Lemongrass ink.

Here is another example of getting comfortable with the album and moving it to be able to stamp the background with the dots.   And having the pre-made stamps and dies ahead makes this quick to put together.

I have also realized I can double up on the pages, in other words, I adhere two pages together to make them thicker and so you don't have the see-through from the previous page.  This allows me to be able to stitch directly onto a page like I did below.  I added straight lines.  I like the texture and the design the set for a page.

I know you can download templates for your Travelers Notebooks, but I just printed my photo to about the size of the page, trimmed it and then adhered it to my page.  For our Christmas card, I stitched it as close to the seam as possible using a zipper foot on my sewing machine.

Stitching our Christmas card like this does make it a little difficult for the following page to lie flat, but I like the interactive look and being able to see both sides of the card.

That's it for today!  Again, really loving this format, makes it very simple to put together and I feel I can include more of the everyday that happens within December.  All those iPhone photos get to good use.

All supplies:  Fun Stampers Journey

To see other posts with this project click here.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Friday, December 02, 2016

2016 Document December

I am so excited to do another Document December this year and even more excited to do it with Fun Stampers Journey.  The first thing I had to do was decide which format.  I have always done a pocket page format, but this year, I really wanted to change it up and use the Travelers Notebook.  Then the next decision was colors to use.  I started out die cutting a lot of red, grey and white, but then I started to mix in some blue and pink and have some green in here as well.  Gold and silver are a big color choice as well for this album.  I use containers from Target to organize all my dies and pre-made pattern papers.

I did lots of stamping and die cutting with matching does or fussy cutting.  Did a variety of colors with the stockings, trees, etc.  But for the flowers below, I stayed with pink and green.  We have no snow here, and sometimes wearing shorts for Christmas, between our weather and also not everyday I document will be all about Christmas, I always make sure to have non-Christmas items ready to go.  I'm looking out the window now at flowers just like these.

Lots of tabs from the Fab Tabs steel rule die, also in a variety of colors, ready to be stamped on or used as is.

Have my numbers ready for each day.

Lots of other die cutting of shapes that I will use throughout and again some very Christmas specific and some not.

So I have my tray to look through when I pull out my album, but also have this bin from Target, as well, that holds catalogs or cards that either inspire me or that have things I want to cut and use inside my album.  I like to use these little things because it is what we are "into" at this time and is fun to look back on.  The card is from Hallmark and I couldn't throw it out, a Starbucks bag, Emma's wishlist, and her drawings of items to remind me exactly what they look like to get her ;)

Now onto the album.  I did the cover pretty simple because of the material and I like to be able to slide these albums on and off the shelf without too many things to worry about falling off.  But I did adhere the wood piece and sequins.  I colored the wood piece with gold Silk.

I kept the inside cover simple as well.  Used Silver Splash on the cover, then Whip Cream sponged onto the embossed "hello," stamped "merry and bright," then added the holly, sequins, and pom poms.

That first page in any album is always a little awkward for me...I don't want to start documenting on this page, but I need something, so did a little masking and stamping.  The '2016' is from my stash.

I really wanted something fun and elaborate with the numbers...took some thinking and playing around, but finally, when I looked at the jingle bell wreath in our kitchen, I had my idea!  Love how it came out.

And this was yesterday, Day 1!  Cannot believe it is here!  So yes, this is a big project to undertake and is a labor of love.  But for me, I do it because it helps me enjoy the holidays, look for the good each day, remember details, and kind of keeps my sanity as well.  LOL  It is my favorite project to do and so happy again to be doing it this year with Fun Stampers Journey.

Time won't allow me to list every single supply with a link that I use throughout this album, but please ask me any questions and I'll be happy to help.  Here is a link to shop at Fun Stampers Journey though to get you started.

Thank you as always for stopping by and hoping you are enjoying your holidays!

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