Saturday, August 17, 2019

Crystal Memories

Hello friends.

Have a few more scrapbook pages to show you - more pages in Crystal's Birthday Scrapbook where I am celebrating her 29 years of life.  I am having so much fun going down memory lane!

I used and old SU! set, Natural Beauty, to make this page.  I used every stamp in the set and kept a neutral pallet. I think I covered 13 DTGD challenges at with this one page!  This was Crystal's first time seeing snow.  Not sure where my coat was!

This next page was for a sketch challenge for VSBN = Virtual Scrapbook Night (month) at  I love the sketch and may do it again!  Crystal was the flower girl in my Sister's wedding and she was sooooo cute!
This was for another VSBN challenge on SCS - this was to use two pictures and case a page done by one of the active scrapbookers on SCS.  My craft room is still not put back together so my embellishments are ones that I found the quickest.  These were two of Crystal's Senior Year pictures.
Hope you enjoyed running down memory lane with me. Hugz, Nancy

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Some Recent Cards and DTGD

Hello friends.

The last few weeks have been busy around here as we are trying to put our house back together after installing new flooring, hubby had three tables in a Militaria show (boys showing off guns, military memorabilia, knives, etc to each other selling, buying and trading), family visiting, a major project at work, back to school for the Grandkids, and Dare to Get Dirty at (DTGD).  I look so forward to this week of mega challenges, but I had a bit too much going on to participate in all the challenges.  Here are a few of the cards I did.  

This lighthouse card was my favorite. It was done with the salt technique.  Apply wet ink to your paper and cover in salt.  Once dry, brush off the salt.  I think you are supposed to use sea salt, but all I had was table salt so I got a very fine pebbling.  I loved it.  I had a bunch of left over salt so I mixed it with some white acrylic paint and made the waves.  The panel on the right is the inside of the card.  I really like this new set from SU!
I was still in a beach mood so I dug out my silhouette Palm Trees image from DRS Designs and tried another DTGD challenge.  This one was supposed to be photo paper, distress oxides and a baby wipe.  I only had a little photo paper - see the small panel and also only one color of distress oxides.  I really didn't like it so I just used all the colors and made the card to the left instead.  Ink, spray, smash technique and some of the left over salted acrylic paint - lol.
 This next card was for a paper flower card.  I had to use Good Morning Magnolia from SU! as that is my favorite flower set.  Added in some Stickles to the middle.
This last challenge card was for a Christmas Challenge using old stamps.  I used some painted and distressed cardboard for the base panel and then the old Lovely as a Tree stamp from SU! and an old sentiment stamp as well - I heat embossed them with white embossing power.  Added some lace and bakers twine to add a bit more of an old fashioned Christmas feel.
Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate your visits and comments!

Hugz, Nancy

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Start of a Birthday Journal

My oldest daughter turns 29 at the beginning of September.  We have planned an early morning pedicure and lunch at a favorite restaurant to celebrate.  I thought I would make her a quick 6x8 scrapbook featuring some pictures from her life - I am showcasing some fun things about her.

She loves jewelry and make-up so on this page I focused on this fun picture where she is wearing jewelry and a red dot on her forehead.  Her pre-school did a musical program where they had all the babies dressed up like someone from around the world and they had the flags of those countries on their baby walkers.  Then they played Its a Small World.  The babies all ran around in circles - it was sooo fun.  Crystal was from India.  I love this picture.

To make the page, I used the colors from the Global Design Project #GDP201:
I stamped the Medallion stamp from SU! (I think it is retired) and then added the other colors a little bit with an aqua painter.  I then added in some gold embossing powder and heated underneath the paper.
I stamped You Are Wonderful from the leaves from Rooted in Nature (also SU!).  I colored the leaves with the challenge colors and fussy cut them.

I can't wait to finish this little book and give it to her!



Magnolia Buds Three Ways

Hello friends. 

I am addicted I am to the new Good Morning Magnolia set from SU! I knew I liked it but I was worried that it be overdone and I would run out of fresh ideas for it and soon tire of it.  NOT.  I have three cards in this post that have fun ideas for the little magnolia bud.

On my first card, I made my bg by water coloring on a new stencil from Altenew.  Then I spattered on some left over water color.  Next, I took some white acrylic paint and painted on a few white circles in two of the corners using a bubble stencil from Altenew.  I sponged the edges in Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) because I was going for a vintage look. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Beautiful You set and the flourish from the Good Morning Magnolia set (in Pacific Point).

On another sheet of paper,  I stamped the lovely lady from Beautiful You and then six buds from Good Morning Magnolia.  I water-colored the flowers a few pretty shades of blue.  After some fussy cutting, I layered up all the flowers making a dress and an umbrella.  I outlined all the flowers in some silver Stickles, and then added some punched flowers. This was for a challenge on involving umbrellas and Shabby Chic.  The card is to cheer up a sweet fellow stamper who is going through some very tough times.

I used the same Altenew striped stencil to make my next card. I used a different water-color color to make the background.  I then stamped the script words from the SU! By the Tide set in Memento Black.  I cut the panel up and sponged the edges with distress ink.  I stamped the Good Morning Magnolia bud six times, water-colored them, then fussy cut them so I could tuck them in a little folded piece of paper torn from an old hymnal.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You set - I knew the friend who received this would love it - she has recently lost 50 pounds (Keto Diet) and she looks great.
This next card is a case of a THIS card done by a fellow stamper.  The card is going to  her as well - she is struggling through some very rough times.  I water-colored the flowers lightly and added some very light sparkles (Stickles).  A cool way to use these lovely flowers and it was a quick and easy card.  
Thanks for visiting and seeing my fun cards made with the Good Morning Magnolia bud.  Hope your week has been wonderful and you have great weekend plans.



Saturday, August 3, 2019

Lavender Inspiration

I was inspired to do some lavender/purple cards this morning.  I was inspired by a lavender enamel pin on the SCS inspiration site, Wool and Honey, and by Janneke De Jong's beautiful butterfly card everyone is casing on the Global Design Project challenge (#GDP200)
I made two cards for the IC challenge.  The card on the left is for the GDP200 challenge.

I painted the stamps on my GDP card directly with the watercolors (I did them thick).  I used the SU! Soft Spring and Enjoy Life sets to make the card.  On the second card to the right, I stamped the images with Memento Black and then watercolored them.  I added a lot of sparkles (they didn't show up in my picture very well but there are tons of them) and did a fun epoxy sticker to go with them.

Thanks so much for visiting - I really appreciate it.  I have had some major projects at work and have struggled to find time to create.  I was thrilled to get some time this morning! 



Saturday, July 13, 2019

GDP197: Terracotta Pears by the Seaside

The colors in #GDP197 challenge are fabulous this week, and I used them to get some more scrapbook pages done in my Random Thoughts and Memories Book.
Yummy colors aren't they?  The terracotta reminded me of a picture I wanted to scrapbook that had terracotta tiles in it.  Two of my young friends (I actually consider her to be a daughter since she is my oldest daughter's best friend and spent so much time in our home) went on a missions trip to Honduras recently.  They worked at a orphanage and gave as much love as they could - you can see they gave a lot!
I started the left page first.  To make the bg, I stamped some little hearts from the retired SU! Tiny Tags set using watercolors.  Then I sponged on some white acrylic paint and did watercolor washes with the seaside spray and pear pizzazz colors. I did a little sponge of white paint over that as well.  I didn't have any terracotta paper so I painted over some colored paper with watercolors and that is how I got the cool colors on the frames.

You can see it a little better on this close up but I used all the colors on this rose with some light splattering and very watered down coloring.  I also added more petals to the flower by coloring up another flower, cutting the petals and tucking them under the original flower.  I love the extra size.

Thanks for stopping by!!



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fish Again?

Hello friends.

I am still in scrapbooking mode, so I have another scrapbook page done.  It kind of reminds me of a card which is why I love these smaller 6x8 pages.  I ordered a travelers journal with very skinny pages to try next.

The Love to Scrap Challenge for July is Anything Goes.  DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenge so I thought I would play along and do a scrapbook page.  Most people do cards in the challenge - using scraps works too.
This was a super easy page, I just typed up the title and the journaling and printed the page out.  Then I did an ink, spray, smash technique using some Distress Ink.  I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the fish from the DRS Designs 4 in 1 Ocean Designs stamp.  I have used most of the images from the stamp on creations previously - I love this particular fish.  I printed out the picture on my Sprocket and then matted it with a scrap that I sponged in the ink from the ink, spray smash section.

This is my daughter's lovely view from her new house on the lake.  I am happy for her (and kind of jealous).


Hope you are having a wonderful week!