Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Newton's Laws of Motion at California Disney

The Layout
I hadn't been to Disney California in years and was surprised by all the changes they had made. It was almost unrecognizable. The best change was the recreation of Radiator Springs from Cars. The attention to detail was totally impressive. I immediately wanted to make a layout which used some fun, bright colors to complement the day. 

The Trip
I went as a chaperone along with my husband as part of a private science tour for some of his high school students. Disney Youth Education Series offer tours for all ages in different subjects, our was Properties of Motion Physics Lab. We learned about the science behind roller coasters, which are propelled using different methods. The students also designed some of their own and "field tested" some of the rides like Tower of Terror and California Screamin'. 

At the end of the three hour small group tour, we could explore the rest of Disney California. 

My favorite ride was Radiator Springs Racers. If the line is too long, try the single rider line which was a lot quicker. The only down side is I kept hearing Beyonce sing, "All the single riders, all the single riders" the whole time I was waiting. 

The Details
As with most layouts, I start by looking for a sketch and I love going to Paper Secrets to view their current challenges. I thought their May 15th sketch was just so adorable. 

I tend not to make one photo layouts, so to keep with the look of the sketch, I kept the one large photo, but added a row of small 2 x 2" photos underneath. I turned one of the decorative circles into a journaling spot. When I visited one of the gift shops, I saw a Mickey pin with a gauge on it (it really moves) and thought it would make a perfect embellishment for a Cars layout. I just cut off the prong on the back with a pair of wire cutters. I was already planning my layout while walking around Disney. Do you do that too? 

Paper Secrets always add a twist in addition to the sketch for their challenges. This one was to use bling. I took some black jewels and made my own Mickey shapes, which also replicates the shape of my pin. 

I'm entering this in:
Paper Secrets - May 15th Sketch
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Inky Linky - #17 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps! - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - #122 Anything Goes

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Get Inky!: Some Bunny Loves You Card

The Challenge
I'm excited to announce that I am a guest designer for Get Inky! Challenge Blog. Previously, I entered my flower pen set in their Fabulous Floral Fun challenge, and made their top 3 pick. I was subsequently asked to be a guest designer for the current challenge which begins today. The theme this time is Good Golly Glitter! Here is my guest designer's contribution.

The Details
I was also given a digital stamp from their store, Blue Moon Creation, to incorporate into my project. I chose a cute image called, Backside Bunny.

Instead of using the image as a digital stamp, I imported it into Silhouette Design Studio, and created my own die cut. This is a great way to get more out of your stamps. I flipped one of the bunnies so they would look slightly differently from each other, overlapped them and welded them together for one cut. I cut them on glitter cardstock to match the challenge theme. I hope you can see the glittery goodness in the picture. I punched out two tiny hearts on pink cardstock, and added some Stickles for some more glitter.

I typed up a matching sentiment and adhered it onto a small hand cut banner. I added an eyelet to one end and tied some twine through it. 

I also wanted to point out that the black hearts are cut from a sheet of flocked transparency from Fancy Pants. I don't usually work with transparencies, but I liked the velvety texture of the hearts and it really added an extra dimension when you hold the card in person. 

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, DCWV (glitter stack)
Patterned Papers: Fancy Pants (Be You collection), Basic Grey
Transparency: Fancy Pants (Be You collection)
Ink: Prima
Twine: The Twinery
Heart Punch: Martha Stewart
Glitter Glue: Ranger Ink (Stickles)
Eyelet Tool and Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers
Digital Stamp: Blue Moon Creation
Die Cut Software and Cutting Tool: Silhouette
Font: Mr. and Mrs. Popsicle

If you have any glittery projects, please link up to today's challenge on Get Inky! Challenge blog, or just stop on by and see the design team's inspiration. 

I'm entering this in:
613 Avenue Create: Challenge #21 Anything Goes
Make it Monday: #142 Anything Goes
Challenges for Everybody: #21 Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can: #45 Punches or Die Cuts
Dream Valley Challenges: #57 Animals

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Love to Scrap! Flip Flop Mini Album

The Challenge
Today is the start of Love to Scrap's Challenge #6: Color My World! The theme is to use either all primary or all pastel colors on any type of project. I chose to use bright neon colors. My original thinking was I wanted to choose the opposite of pastel and neon came to mind. The bright colors went well with a fun in the sun mini-album.

The Details
I was browsing my local thrift store when I saw a set of four foam flip flop coasters for $1.00. They looked like tiny flip flops with the heels cut off. In fact, several people asked me what I was holding. I said coasters that will become mini-albums, but I don't think I cleared up their confusion. This is the intended use for them.

I took two of the flip flops and decorated them for the front and back covers. We are also supposed to use stamps for this challenge so I made some stamped embellishments - a popsicle, banner, arrows and a frame. I also stamped, "love this" directly on the straps of each flip flop. 

I traced the flip flops onto some cream cardstock and cut it out to make the interior pages. I added strips of paper to make a background design and adhered the photos on top. I used a Crop-A-Dile to add an eyelet to each page including the covers. 

All the pages are double sided and I tied it together with a ribbon. 

Here is a glimpse of the inside. I gave it to my nephew and he really liked it. 

The challenge runs until June 2 and the winner will receive a $10 certificate from Fred, She Said Digital Design. Please join us and link up your creation or just drop by Love to Scrap! to see all the other projects from the design team.

I'm entering this in:
Make it Monday - #141 Anything Goes
Creative Creations Challenges - #10 For a Child
Love to Create Challenge Blog - #66 Something for Kids
613 Avenue Create - #20 Anything Goes

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Sis!

The Card
Another project I wanted to complete during the National Scrapbook Day crop I attended was a birthday card for my sister. 

The Stamps
She has always liked lanterns and did decorate a few rooms with Asian lanterns. She also recently went on a trip to Morocco and hand carried back a brass ceiling lantern, something like this one. 

I thought a Lawn Fawn stamp set, Lunar Lights, that I had would be perfect for her.

I stamped the string, lanterns and cords onto my background paper. I then stamped the lanterns onto patterned paper and paper pieced the lanterns and popped them up on the card. I added some Glossy Accents and fine glitter for some sparkle. 

The Details
I was excited that Paper Secrets had their first card sketch, and really wanted to enter their challenge. 

I rotated the sketch 90° so the lanterns could hang horizontally. I replaced the three strips with three strands of lanterns. 

We played a bingo game at the crop and I won some Authentique Seasons: Summer Paper. I thought the colors were perfect so I used that instead of the papers I packed. My neighbor at the crop gave me a mini clip which I added to the front of the card. Things always change when you are at a crop. 

Here is a peek at the inside of the card. 

I gave the card to my sister right after the crop, so I took these kind of dark photos using my iPhone at the crop. 

I'm entering this at:
Paper Secrets - May 7th Card Challenge
Forever Friends -  #17 May Challenge Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends - Sparkle and Shine Challenge

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Monday, May 13, 2013

A Picture in Picture Layout

The Layout
I hope you had a great Mother's Day yesterday! Besides celebrating Mother's Day this weekend, I also went to a National Scrapbook Day crop at my LSS, Pages from the Heart. Before working on any DT projects, I made sure my first project was one just for fun. Here are my two doggies frolicking in the backyard.

The App
I recently installed a free photo app on my phone called PIP Camera, which takes fun picture in pictures. Here are some sample pictures which I took during the NSD crop.

I took this of myself to text to my friend who was late in arriving to the crop. I was kind of embarrassed to be taking a picture of myself, but no one at the crop even batted an eye. I guess selfies are so commonplace.

When my friend, Becky, did arrive I took this to show her the app. 

I see now that she is drinking and texting and not scrapping. The store owner came by and said, "It's Becky in a bottle." And I replied, "Yes, don't rub her the wrong way." So that is a little taste of what goes on at our crops.

The Details
I really love all the sketches on Paper Secrets' blog so I used the May 1st sketch as the starting point for my layout. 

Besides using their sketch, Paper Secrets always add a twist to their challenges. This time the twist is to use a Polaroid on your layout.

I started by taking pictures of my doggies using a frame from the PIP Camera App that looked like a Polaroid picture. Here is a picture of Hanxi that I didn't end up using.

After I had everything laid out, I realized that I had forgotten to pack any letters for the crop. Luckily there was a set of glitter Thickers in the paper kit that I brought. Also luckily, it was the right scale and color for the layout. Becky gave me the mini alphas and another friend, Ruby gave me a key. Thanks ladies!


Upon returning home, I looked through some wooden embellishments that I had because I knew I had a camera. What I didn't know was that there was a Polaroid camera too! I added a small piece of photo paper to simulate the photo magically appearing. I remember thinking when I was a kid that Polaroid cameras were so awesome. I guess everything comes full circle. 

Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper - American Crafts (Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic)
Chipboard Die Cuts - American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Neapolitan)
Wood Die Cut -  Studio Calico
Foam Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Mini Alphabet Stickers - Doodlebug Design Inc. 
Punches - Creative Memories (Hearts), EK Success (paw print)
Ribbon - May Arts
Chalk Ink - Prima Marketing Inc. 
Pen - Sharpie
Dimensional Glaze - Inkssentials (Glossy Accents)
Brads - Creative Impressions
Metal Key - miscellaneous 

I'm entering this in:
Paper Secrets - May 1st Sketch
Get Inky! Challenge - #4 Die-Cuts
Make it Monday - #140 Anything Goes

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Love to Scrap: Anything Goes! Challenge

The Challenge
Hello scrappy friends! I'm back and better than ever after being hit with strep throat this past week. I'm so glad I turned in this project early, otherwise I don't think I could have created anything of merit this week. Today is the start of Love to Scrap's Challenge #5: Anything Goes. You can make any type of project without any restrictions. My creation is a classroom set of owl and flower pens.

The Sponsor
The design team members were given stamps from this week's sponsor, Jellypark Digital Crafts, to work with. I chose to feature a cute set of four owls. The winner of this challenge will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from our sponsor as a prize.

The Details
When I saw the four little owls, I thought they would make cute pen toppers. I printed out two sets of owls. I colored in each owl using Copics, circle punched and laminated them. I used foam adhesive and adhered them back to back with a wire floral stem in the middle. I purchased a silk flower bouquet and cut off one stem with a set of leaves still attached for each pen. The pen had a small hole at the end which I made slightly bigger using the tip of my wire cutter and then placed the stem inside. I wrapped washi tape around the barrel of the pen and tied a ribbon at the end for the finishing touches.

I had all of the flowers and more leaves left over from my bouquet so I decided to make a class set of 24 pens for my sister's first grade class. I knew they planted a garden at school this year so I told her to plant the pens in the garden and have the students each pick one and then use it to write a final draft for an assignment related to their gardening unit. I hope they liked it, and I wonder if they thought it really grew from their garden.

Please join us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog during the next two weeks and link up any of your creations, or just hop on by and see the rest of the inspirational projects from the design team.

I'm entering this in:
Craft Your Passion Challenges #161 - Floral Delights
Get Inky! Challenge #3: Fabulous Florals
Pink by Design: May Flower Challenge
Five Simple Things: Inspire Me Fridays 101, Anything Goes

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