Friday, September 6, 2019

Some Coffee and Crystals

Fun stuff to show you today my friends.

I made a card this past weekend using a fun new technique (to me) to celebrate my first bottle of pumpkin spice creamer for the season (I bought two - one for home and one for work - lol).  I took a piece of kraft paper, squirted on some acrylic paint and then scraped the paint across the surface using a piece of cardboard.  After it dried, I stamped the DRS Designs' Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice greeting (multiple times with a Misti since the paint added a lot of texture).  Next I stamped the Paper Coffee Cup and Fall Leaf with Acorn images on the leftover kraft paper.  I fussy cut them and then sponged the leaf with some Distress Inks.  It still needed some color so I splattered on some orange water color paint.  I also stamped the coffee cup on some white and paper pieced the cup.  I had it all assembled and sitting on my counter when my Grandkids dropped by to visit.  My card making Grandson, Lewis, was sitting at the counter with me getting ready to make some cards and he took my sponge tool and added some circles when I was not looking.  Worked for me.
I have finished up Crystal's Birthday Scrapbook too.  Here are a few of my last pages.
I did some stenciling and some water color splatters on this one.  I also used the DRS Designs' Happy Holly Days stamp.
I used the same paint scraping technique on the wedding picture background (looks like icing to me), and the DRS Designs' You Are My Sunshine greeting. 
The picture above is of Crystal in Jr. High (an old glamour shot - she will not like I put it in the book but the book maker gets to pick!).  I painted the checkered background with a thick brush and white acrylic paint. 
The page above was so fun to make.  I did ink, spray, smash background and then stamped the background with the DRS Script Font background.  I did it for a few challenges on SCS.  One was use script and one was a scrapbook challenge requiring three pictures, three dps, three embellishment groups.  I also used the DRS Designs' Love You To the Moon and Back greeting and the Fall Leaf with Acorn that I used on my coffee cup card.  
This last one was fun to do as well.  I sponged on some color, then sponged on some animal print using a stencil.  I stamped the DRS Barn Door and Walk on the Wild Side greeting. 

I am starting a Journaling Scrapbook next - thoughts and things I need to get out of my brain.  I am doing it all mixed media.  I can't wait to share it!!! 

Hugz,

Nancy

Monday, August 26, 2019

#GDP204 - Casing Kerstin Kreis

I took a quick peak at the Global Design Project today (#GDP204) and felt instantly inspired.  So much so that I walked quickly into the craft room and made a card right away. 
I just love her card and saw it in blue in my mind.  My base panel looks black but it is Night of Navy (it is raining outside so my lighting is distorted).
I changed the base panel and embossed it in white ep with the magnolias buds from Good Morning Magnolia (Kerstin used dp). Then I stamped my top panel with the buds in Memento Black and Happy Birthday from Seaside Notions.  I then stamped the buds on another sheet of paper, water-colored them in blues and browns, and fussy cut them.  I splattered a bit of the paint and glitter on the top panel too.  I popped up another layer on the flowers as well so that one is one layer, one is two layers and one is three layers.  It still needed something, so I added in a bit of silver thread and a bit more glitter.

So fun!

Thanks for visiting! 

Hugz,

Nancy


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sun and Stars

I am under the gun to get my current scrapbook project done before 9.8.19, when my daughter turns 29. I used the Global Design Project (#GDP203) theme of Sun, Moon, and Stars to get another page done tonight.


In my SU! sets I had some stars in and old set called Background Basics and I did some sun rays too.  I sponged on some ink in the shape of sun rays using a scrap paper. Then I decided to write a letter to Crystal about how she is such a ray of sunshine in my life using a SU! Basic Black Marker.  To tone it down, I stenciled on some circles of white paint (bunches of moons).  After that dried, I stamped on the stars using the black marker as my coloring tool.  I added on some glitter to each star. 
Next, I put on the picture using some black paper as a backing.  I stamped one of the sentiments from SU! Rooted in Nature and popped the lines up separately.  I added a few flowers from SU! Tea Together to add interest and a bit more touch of color since the sun rays are hidden.

Thanks for visiting!

Hugz,

Nancy





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 Splitcoaststampers.com 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 Splitcoaststampers.com.  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 Splitcoaststampers.com (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!

Hugz,

Nancy

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 Splitcoaststampers.com 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.

Hugz,

Nancy