Friday, March 28, 2014

Ivy Lane

I'm still scrapbooking my daughter's wedding.  Yes, that was almost five years ago.  No, I'm not done.  But I was going through some pictures and found a leftover which worked perfectly for the "Ivy Lane" challenge over at Color My Heart.

This is actually a wallet-size photo in a 5x7 frame.  The stamps come from one of the Artbooking Cricut sets.  I cut the white piece for a different project, but I misread the size and cut it too large.  Instead of stamping the lace image centered and, therefore, highlighting my goof, I stamped it off the edge in two different places.  It's hard to see it in the picture because it was stamped in Blush.

I love how decorating with some background paper allows me to take a small photo and give it a large presence in the frame.

Until next time,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

No Limits Timberline

Happy Thursday, everyone.  Here's my fourth Timberline Workshop on the Go for

If you were here a couple weeks ago, you are aware that my daughter's in-laws only have one fatal flaw...they like to camp. :)  I wanted to do this paper package justice and do something nice for their family, so I asked for pictures of one of their recent camping trips.  Here's the second page I've created for them:

I used Cricut Artbooking to cut the photo frames and woodgrain overlay.  For the fires, I backed the wood part with scraps from Timberline and stamped Goldrush paper with Goldrush ink using the diamond pattern from Geometric Background. Using that same technique, I backed the chevrons on the main photo using scraps from two different background papers of Timberline.  I took the cut outs of the chevrons and used them around the main photo to add detail. 

I wasn't just playing with throwing more and more stuff around that main photo.  The picture is only 4x6.  It needed to be made visually bigger to balance the three photos on the right. 

Here are a couple more details to notice:
  • The pictures on the right side of the page were cut down to 3x5.  To adjust the photo frame accordingly, I adjusted my Cricut dial size to 9".  I still had to play around in Cricut Craft Room to get the right size.  In hindsight, I should have left the pictures at 4x6 to lay the photo frame over the top and still have edges to glue.  It was quite fussy when the opening was the exact size of the photo edges.
  • The "NO LIMITS" was stamped on White cardstock for an earlier project and didn't get used.  Instead of starting over to use the Colonial White cardstock, I sponged Twilight along the edges and Goldrush in the middle.  I cut it at an angle between words and used a ruler to line up the bottom edge.  Talk about streeeeeeeeeeeetching your stamps!!
  • The square polka-dot frame and round houndstooth accent are from the Irresistables Frames included in the Timberline WOTG.  I sponged them with Twilight.
  • The fire inside the polka-dot frame is a leftover piece from one of the frames stamped in Goldrush (over Colonial White).  To really make it all coordinate, I should have done that in Goldrush over Goldrush but I was too lazy.
  • The small accents from True to Life were stamped in Twilight over scraps of the woodgrain pattern.
  • And the use of scraps continues with the pieces of various patterns and zip strips along the bottom left.
Yeah...I have a thing about using every, last scrap.  I also have a thing about that Chocolate Woodgrain Washi tape.  How can you live without it?  Especially with this set!

Until next time (when I get to reveal the big April special),

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

You Are Here

Happy Thursday, everyone.  It's Becca again with my third Timberline Workshop on the Go for

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know that I am a huge supporter of Operation Write Home (OWH).  With both my son and husband in the Army, I understand first-hand just how special a hand-written note means during a deployment.  The stamps from the Timberline WOTG were perfect to make a card for this worthy organization.

The inside sentiment says, "I miss you."  Isn't that the perfect thing to send to a loved one who is half-way across the world? 

Not to mention it's a great way to use up little scraps.  I used Timberline paper, but this could be done with plain cardstock in Chocolate and Lagoon or even in an entirely different color scheme.  Gotta love that about stamps, they don't come in just one color!!

I will be mass producing this card for my next package to OWH, but I think I'd like the arrows a little closer together on the left side border.  Those of you who were here for last week's post know I'm not a big camper, but I wanted this stamp set so I could make this exact card.  I might even keep a few for myself to send to friends we have all over the world.

Until next time,
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Tree

This week at Color My Heart we are working with colors I normally associate with Fall: Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red, and Hollyhock.  I wanted to see if I could come up with something that looked like Spring.

Here's the supply list (all CTMH):

  • Stamps: A Tree
  • Ink: Hollyhock, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Barn Red (pigment), and Black (dye)
  • Accessories: paper piecing tool.

Here's how I made the background: I took an 8.5"x1.5" strip of white cardstock and swiped the pigment ink across in alternating stripes. After it dried, I cut it in half both horizontally and vertically so I had four strips of 4.25"x.75".  I glued the strips to a 4"x5.25" panel then trimmed down the edges.

I stamped the tree and butterfly in Black dye ink over the top.  Because of the different levels of paper, I used a small black pen to fill in some of the tree image. I then used a paper-piercing tool to create the butterfly tail.  For the purposes of the photo, I backed the top panel with a slightly smaller piece of black.

The full sentiment says, "Fluttering by to say hi!" I cut the "hi!" off in such a way I can fit it back in whenever I want.

I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

Until next time,

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Great Outdoors

Happy Thursday, everyone.  It's Becca with my second Timberline Workshop on the Go project for

My daughter married into a wonderful family except for this one thing:  They like to camp.  Outside.  In tents.  (My idea of roughing it is one outlet in my hotel room bathroom.)  However, I am willing to overlook that fault because somehow, in spite of my excellent training, my daughter likes to camp, too.  I asked for some photos so I could scrapbook a few of their camping memories to show some ideas to you other nutso people out there who like to camp.  Outside.  In tents.

Here are a few tricks to notice:
  • The #10 was backed with a scrap of white paper to get it to show up.  I plan to send this back with several strips of paper she can use to write the ten things and glue onto the page herself.
  • The border along the top left side is the zip strip plus some of the Timberline paper.  It's not two, different pieces. 
  • The "ABOUT THE" was stamped on a scratch piece of paper and cut out so I could lay it on the page until I got it where I wanted it.  Once the photo was glued down, I stamped it for real.
  • The center circles/triangle of the numbers were glued down using the "peel the main strip off the Cricut mat, leave the rest on until you are ready to very carefully peel off the numbers, fit them into the negative space, put a tiny dot of glue in the remaining negative space, and use tweezers to fit the tiny circles/triangle in place before taking the number back off before it glues" method.  It looks more casual if you leave the little inner bits off, I'm just fussy. 
  • The "making tracks" image is actually hiding one of those terrible, only a quarter of the back side of someone's head is showing spots.  Love that I can cover those with well placed accents.  (Yeah, fussy.  That's a nice word for what's really going on here.)
I think everything else is pretty self-explanatory.  If you have questions, be sure to leave a comment and I'll answer with a reply.

My only concern is that it will be difficult to find ten, whole things to love about camping.  Outside.  In tents.

Until next time,
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Summer Tree

It's always fun when you can sit down to make a card just because.  I decided to combine two challenges: Freshly Made Sketches and Color My Heart.

I kept the sketch about as straigtforward as it comes, as you can see.

I did add a neutral color to the Color My Heart challenge.  The colors this week are Sky, Topiary, and Sweet Leaf.  I added Saddle for the tree trunk and then a darker brown button.

The stamps are from CTMH (Cityscape). The trunk is one stamp, the leaves are another.  I started by stamping the Topiary leaves then inked up in Sweet Leaf and rotated slightly left then inked again and rotated slightly right.

The Sky cardstock was run through an embossing folder by The Paper Studio, and I used a white Gelly Roll pen by Sakura for the hand-drawn border.

The hardest part of this whole card was threading that teeny, tiny button with teeny, tiny thread.

Actually, the reason I had some extra time today is because I wasn't feeling great.  Headache and a low-grade fever.  Day two of this stuff, so I'm better than yesterday.  Hope it's gone by tomorrow so I can enjoy this gorgeous weather.

Until next time,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Explore your world

Happy Thursday, everyone.  It's Becca with my first post for using the Timberline WOTG.  I have a very special trip coming up in May and thought I would get a head start on scrapbooking.  Can you guess where I'm going?

Yep...PARIS!  My husband decided to surprise me for my 50th birthday last October with a Mother/Daughter trip.  If I were to have a number one item on a "Bucket List" this would be it!!
Timberline is a camping themed paper pack but, as you can see, you aren't limited to camping. 
I used a combination of CTMH Cricut Cartridges with Cricut Craft Room to cut my shapes.  Since the paper is double sided, and the Eiffel Tower is symmetrical, I could do all this in one cut.  I wanted to combine the cut "Explore" with the stamp that says "Explore your World".  The stamp has a scalloped edge which I didn't want, so I trimmed the top and sides then tucked the top under the cut word.  It was stamped in Chocolate ink  over Twilight paper.
Here's a close up of the cluster at the base of the Eiffel Tower.  I stamped the "You are Here" in both Black and Twilight, cut the center words from the Twilight, and glued it over the top of the Black.  The paper with stars under the Black Shimmer Trim is a zip-strip from Timberline.  I stamped the world in Twilight over Lagoon paper and sanded the edges. The tower was decorated with the two women stamped in Black at the base of the tower (dresses colored with a Twilight pen) and Lagoon Washi tape.
Can't tell you how excited I am to get pictures on this page!
Until next time,
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Monday, March 3, 2014

a note to say...

I have a friend who gives herself pep talks.  One of her expressions is, "Suck it up, Buttercup."  It made me laugh so hard, I wanted to make her a card using the color Buttercup just to say thanks for the giggle fit.  I used the sketch from Mojo Monday.

I pulled out new, old, Verve, CTMH, and Tim Holtz, but I think it all came together.  Here's the supply list:

Stamps: CTMH: Vintage Type, Banner Wishes; Verve: Take Note
Ink: CTMH: Honey, Whisper
Paper: CTMH: Buttercup, Whisper
Accessories: Tim Holtz: Embossing folder; CTMH: wooden dragonfly colored with Whisper ink, sanding kit; corner rounder

The grey background was done by applying Whisper ink to the embossing folder before running it through the Cuttlebug.  The Buttercup square paper was stamped in Honey ink with the pencil from the Take Note stamp set then sanded to expose a bit of the white core.

You can't see it in the photo, but I went over the saying with a silver gel pen.  I wanted it to stand out a little, and I hand wrote the inside sentiment because I didn't have a stamp that said, "What's up, Buttercup?" and I wanted the inside and outside sentiments to sortof match.

I hope this brings a giggle to her as well as a little bit of beauty.

Until next time,