Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We R Memory Guest Post - Oh Those Summer Nights

The News
I'm thrilled to share that I am a guest designer on We R Memory Keeper's blog today! Originally, my friend, Becky, told me to apply. I didn't know if I'd be chosen, but I still gave it a shot. Thanks Becky for encouraging me. 

The Materials
I received materials from We R Memory's new Country Livin' collection. For today's project, I had an idea to recreate a magical moment of country living. 

I went to Radio Shack and purchased a few additional components. 

The Process
I found a competent and supportive person to solder the pieces together for me. Thanks honey!

I cut some bugs on my Cameo and paper pieced them together.

I made some rolled flowers.

I hot glued the pieces together... and added some more finishing touches.

I really love how it turned out!

Be sure to check out today's post on We R Memory's blog.

I'm entering this in Five Simple Thing's Inspire Me Fridays #115 link party.

Thanks so much for flutterin' by,

Monday, July 8, 2013

Peeps Petite - ATC Trade

The Trade
My local scrapbook store, Pages from the Heart, hosted its first ATC trade last month and I thought I'd try it out. If you are not familiar with this concept, ATCs (artist trading cards) are miniature works of art around the size of a baseball card. Usually, a scrapper will make numerous versions of the same design and trade it with other scrappers to end up with varying designs.

The Rules
For the event, Pages created some guidelines for the participants.

  1. The card is to be folded instead of a flat single layer card. 
  2. The card is a standard ATC size of 2.5 x 3.5".
  3. Use at least one stamp from Fun Stampers Journey
  4. The theme is "thinking of you". 

My Card
I had heard about ATCs, but wasn't too familiar with them. One of the other participants was telling me that she'd make hundreds of the same design, and attend a show to trade them. Then she'd collect them in a special binder like baseball cards. I was glad that for my first trade I only had to make twelve. For my card, I made this gift card holder.

The Details
For one of my embellishments, I stamped some hearts on patterned paper. To make them more like an epoxy sticker, I added Journey Glaze, which is like Glossy Accents. I added some Stickles for some shine and Pearl Pen for a few small highlights.

I also cut some banners on my Cameo. Each banner was cut twice, the second time being a shadow.  I then stamped my sentiment on the banner.

I wanted some balloons to match the "celebrate" on my sentiment. Normally for just one card, I'd punch the balloons from patterned paper. Since I was making multiples, I punched the balloons on border stickers to streamline the process. 

I wanted a different fold that was the still the standard size so I used this die cut file from the Silhouette Store. The outer piece is an envelope which I decorated on the outside. When you open it, the inside has a pull out gift card holder. I placed the card recipe where the gift card would lie. 

 Patterned Paper: Scenic Route (floral), Basic Grey (solid)
 Cardstock Sticker: Scenic Route (border strip)
 Stamps: Fun Stampers Journey: Little BIG Greetings 
     (sentiment), Hey Girl! (heart)
 Punch: Fiskars (balloon)
 Ink: Stampin’ Up
 Pens: Sakura (white, glitter)
 Pearl Pen: Viva Decor (cream)
 Glitter Glue: Stickles by Ranger (frosted lace)
 Glaze: Fun Stampers Journey
 Die Cut Machine: Silhouette Cameo
 Die Cut File: Silhouette #23969 

The Haul
These are the gorgeous cards I received in return.  

I wanted to point out that my friend Becky made this cutie. 

She has a dachshund of her own so I sent her Paper Made Bakery's June kit which had a dachshund stamp in it. She sent me this adorable card made from the kit.

Pages is hosting a Hugs trade once a month, called Peeps Petite. If you are in the Monrovia area, please join us. It will be on the first Wednesday of each month.  I also attended the second trade last week, so I'll be sure to post those cards soon, just as soon I return home from the UK.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wrigley Field Layout

The Layouts
A few days ago I shared my Chicago Bean layout. I made a companion page to that layout, so in the scrapbook the two pages would match as they have the same theme and color scheme, even though it isn't specifically a double paged layout. 

The Tour
Another highlight from the trip was a behind the scene tour we took of Wrigley Field. My hubby grew up in northwest Indiana and was always a Bears, Bulls and Cubs fan, but had never walked around the ballpark. The tour took us to the normally inaccessible places like the press box, dugout, clubroom/dressing rooms and the outskirts of the field. 

The Details
The first layout I made upon returning home was actually this Wrigley Field layout. 

I used the contents of my "Summer Fun" kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today's blog. It had the red and blue Cubs colors within the kit colors, and it made it easier to get started with the scrapping. I bought a Cubs keychain for the purpose of scrapping and incorporated it into the title. The softball was on a price tag, which I carefully pealed off and reused. 

I used some Elle's Studio Tidbits tags as functional embellishments. I grouped three of them under the title with my journaling included. 

I grouped a row of them at the top of the page as a sub-title. I stamped on some of the tags and added embellishments to others. I threaded them with a yellow cord to tie them together. 

Realistically, these are probably the only pages I'll make of my Chicago trip. In two days I'm off to Wales and London, so I'll be inundated by new photos and souvenirs to scrap. I'm really glad I got these two pages done in the interlude. 

The Challenges
I'm entering this in:
Life.Paper.Scrapbook. - June Color Challenge
Crafts and Me Challenges: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Make it Monday: #147 Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,