I was trying to tie in the white and blue balloons. I punched white and blue circles. I also used a fancy blue cardstock and matted the pictures in white and blue. I then adhered the circles all around the page and added fun in all of them focusing on music. I added stickers, fancy music brads, pearls, and lots of jewels. After adhering the circles I adhered the matted pics. Below the left picture I added the sticker “at the dance”.
Finished a layout that pulls at my heartstrings. It started with a picture that Tim had taken in kindergarten. It was sent home at the end of the year all laminated. It has been in a file for scrapping for years. The other picture is more current. It shows how fast time is going and how much my boy has grown. He is now a young man.
My boy is now a man.
The left side of the page is a real mellow sun and sky. The right side has a camera background. I divided the two papers with a border sticker. On the left I used two different kind of letters to write “Dear Time” “Please slow down”. I then put a clock on the page.
On the right side of the page I put the laminated picture on the mat that my friend and I made using watercolor and salt. I will put the link below to a YouTube video that we made. I also used another watercolor and salt mat in blue on the bottom picture with Brad, Tim, and I.
That is all for today. I think I need to go look at the scrapbooks I made when Tim was young. Kind of feeling melancholy.
Have a couple of tropical cards that I made at the card making class that I have been attending. Since we live close to the ocean I love to make cards/scrapbook using a beachy theme.
Love all the different papers on this card. The flamingo was die cut. Besides die cuts, punches were used. The hardest part of making this card was removing the image from the rest of the paper once it was die cut. The flamingo has some very delicate pieces of paper. After getting all the pieces cut and punched the next step is to start gluing. I glued the flamingo together before gluing it to the card. I used a glue that I bought from Stampin’ Up. It is actually called Fine Tipped Glue and it really helps with small items like this. I glued everything on but the “sun-kissed greeting”. I had to stamp that before I glued. After that I added Wink of Stella (a glitter glue) to the wing of the flamingo and to the sun. I chose a clear so that it just made it shiny. Love this card. Actually mailed it yesterday to my sister-in-law for her birthday. 🙂
First I stamped the starfish with two different ink colors. Then, I fussy cut around the stamped area. I used an aqua pen and painted ink onto the watercolor paper square to make it look like water. After it dried, I attached the aqua color paper to the card. I then attached the fine netting (using small pieces of glue dots) to the card. I attached the starfish to the netting (I made sure any obvious pieces of glue dots were covered with the starfish). Then to finish the image I added the pearls. Last but not least, I stamped the greeting. Love this card!
That is all for today. Hope to inspire you to be creative!
We are in it through the long haul. We are determined to scrap our memories and to enjoy doing so. We may have lulls but we won’t give up. That is a pep talk for us all. We won’t be discouraged and feel like our efforts are unappreciated.
After Tim’s graduation I had a lot of decorations around the house (still have a few). I could have just tossed all of them (did a few) but I decided to try and use some of them in his scrapbook.
A balloon holder for helium balloons.
I almost trashed this item but decided that I could use the graduation caps. It sat on my scrapping desk for quite awhile but then I got busy with it. I cut off most of the caps and then tossed the rest of it into the trash.
I then got busy making my page.
One of the rewards that Tim received.
First I trimmed down the certificate (just the edges). Then I adhered it to the right side of the cardstock, leaving room at the top and bottom. I then started gluing on the caps from the balloon holder. It was pretty messy and some of the glue started showing. I then started adding other graduation cap stickers that I already had (strategically placing them over a few glue splatters). I included the extra 2017 cap stickers from his announcements. I like that touch. I added a sticker that says, “I’m done!” and one that says, “The tassel was worth the hassle!”. Last I added the cap that has a lot of bling onto the document itself.
Getting more cards ready for birthdays of friends and family. I don’t send many other cards. Sometimes there will be a graduation, get well, or thank you card but usually it is a birthday one that gets sent.
I have been going to a card class. The teacher will sometimes vary from the birthday theme. Another one of the “students” started replacing the “thank you” stamp with a “happy birthday” one because she is a lot like me. She sends out a lot of birthday cards. 🙂 Over the weekend I went to Hobby Lobby and bought me a couple of birthday stamps so that I can do the same thing. No use making a card if it might not get used. This will guarantee that my time was well spent.
A more difficult card.
This card had a lot of steps and a few will take me some time to get use to. First we inked up a brayer (a roller that we put ink on) with three colors of ink and rolled it over the embossing folder (the part of the folder that makes the design). Then we carefully placed the aqua paper into the folder and ran it through the machine. It really turned out cool! Then we adhered the ribbon to the back side of the aqua paper and attached it to the card.
The next step is a little more difficult and I just need to stamp more to get use to it. I used a shiny, slippery paper that is great for watercolor inks. Using a water brush I inked up the bottom of the paper with the rosy ink and the top with the aqua ink. I then stamped it with the bottom of the ocean stamp using embossing ink. I then sprinkled on the embossing glitter and used the heat gun to make it shine. Love the transition part of using a heat gun! I then covered the “bottom of the ocean” with sticky notes (called masking) and then stamped on the ocean plants and the message. I stamped the mermaid onto another piece of the slippery paper using the embossing ink. I sprinkled and heated her to make her shine. I had water in my water brush. I brushed it onto the ink I wanted to use and colored the mermaids hair, body and tail. I made sure to brush all of the ink out of the water brush when changing colors of ink.The mermaid then was attached to the card. The last step was adding a few sequins for bling. The message stamp got a little smeared (slippery paper) but I will get use to using it because my friend and I ordered some to share. 🙂
Thinking of you card.
The next card was much easier and it is getting me much needed practice stamping. So, first you cut out all of your layers of paper. Then you adhere the reddish papers to the card. Then stamp the white card with the green grass, then the tree base, and finally the tree flowers. The tree flowers are actually stamped three times. Once with the darker color which stands out more. Then two times with the lighter pinkish color. With the lighter color the stamp is turned slightly to the left the first time and then slightly to the right with the second stamp. Finally, stamp the swing. It was a little difficult to position but it turned out great. Some people added two swings on the same side or one on each side. I just stuck with the single swing. By this time in the class I was starting to wear out and decided to leave it like it was since it was ok. 🙂 The last stamp I did was the wording. I rubbed my finger over it (I don’t know why) and it smeared a bit. To make it less obvious I I used a light coating of glitter glue on it. Then a rhinestone was attached to each side of the words. I added a little glitter glue around those, too.
That is all for the day. More card making later. So much crafting to do!
Today I am scrapping Tim’s driving lessons and getting his license. I had bought a heavy page of cut outs that involved the whole drivers license process. I bought it a few years back. I really thought he would want to get his license when he was closer to 16 but he was dragging his feet and it was just a few days short of his 18th birthday.
My boy is grown up!
Buying these pages can be really handy and result in a cute page. I started with a blue sheet of cardstock. I cut out all the individual pieces on the piece of thick paper with the driving design. I trimmed down the picture in the “One Way” frame and adhered the frame to the picture and then to the blue paper. I then matted the DL pic and left an extra thick bottom. I then added the “I Passed!” cut out in that space. I put the top and the bottom on the page and then journaled on the notebook page and adhered it. I had the license plate sticker that says “Good 4U” already and added that, too. Cute page for a big landmark.
A few more cards are complete. I am a card sender. I always have enjoyed the written word. I don’t think I will typically make several of the same cards but I am enjoying making cards. I always buy them so I am probably saving money by making them – I know that I am not losing money because cards are expensive. And these are SO cute!
Simple Happy birthday card.
This card has a lot of layered papers, a doily, a stamped and inked edged oval, and a few rhinestones. Very simple to make but very pretty.
Another simple card.
The bottom sheet of paper was put into an embossing folder and ran through the embossing machine to create the textured background.
The flower and leaves were stamped and cut with a die cutting machine. It could also be stamped and cut out by hand. Papers were layered (one was stamped) and a ribbon was added. Once the flower was adhered to the paper a pretty jewel was added to make it shine.
Pretty butterfly card.
First the background paper was ran through an embossing machine. It was then stamped on the bottom (where there wasn’t any texture added). Pretty tags were made and adhered to the card. Finally, butterflies were cut with a die cut machine. I adhered them along their middle to the card and then lifted them up on the sides a bit. I added three enamel dots and then decided to decorate them with a little glitter glue. Well….it went a little crazy. I ended up spreading it around and made it look intentional.
Aren’t they sweet? I am enjoying sending these cards to friends and loved ones!
Doesn’t that sound southern? What about honey, sugar, sweetie. So many names that we are referred to since moving to the south. I am picking up on a few, too. Not sure what I think about that. 🙂
Today I had to look for Pinterest inspiration for another prom picture.
Don’t they look royal?
The glitter portion of the paper looks more peach than shows in the picture. I used the glitter paper for the background paper. I then had awesome “pretty paper” that I traced with a decorative ruler and cut out. I tried adhering it to the glitter paper but the glitter paper wouldn’t let me. I ended up using glue to adhere it. That is the problem with glitter paper. It argues when you try to attach anything to it. I matted both pictures on peach paper. I then put a black strip of paper across the “pretty paper”. I then adhered the matted photos onto the black strip. I made a crown out of glitter paper and put pearls on the tips. Before attaching it to the layout I traced the border of the pretty paper with Stickles (a glitter glue). Between glue for the glitter paper and the Stickles, there was a lot of drying time on this layout. Last I adhered the crown to the layout and then added two heart brads to look pretty and to really secure it. Love how it turned out.
I “stole” an idea and made it my own. Paper lifting. 😉
The summer is quickly coming to a close and I had been promising Abby that I would make a shell wreath with her for a long time. My hubby and I were at the Savannah Hobby Lobby and I bought 3 wreaths. Two medium ones and a large one. They were straw wreaths. If Abby and I were going to make a wreath I knew that Matthew would want to participate.
Matthew with his shell wreath.
I had two long strips of wide ribbon. One white and one blue. Matthew chose blue. I pulled out the hot glue gun and wrapped and glued and found that I didn’t have near enough ribbon. I had an idea that it might be a little short but not as much as it was. I had a flower arrangement that I broke a few months ago. (I posted about it in “other crafts”). It had a lot of burlap picks around the edges. I took the pics and poked and glued them into the wreath. I think it made the wreath more masculine, too. Win, win. I then decided to go all out burlap and wrapped burlap ribbon around the blue ribbon. Finally I glued on the shells. I used the brown (tan) shells to go with the burlap theme – and Matthew like them a lot. I was pleased and so was Matthew.
Abby’s finished wreath.
Abby got the white ribbon but she really wanted pink. I wrapped and wrapped just like I did with Matthew’s wreath and with the same results. It was too short (which by this time I knew it would be). I used the flowers (that were pink) from the same broken arrangement and cut down the stems, poked them, and glued them into the wreath. I put the large ones on top and surrounded them with the smaller ones. I even added the three butterflies that were on the broken arrangement. I then wrapped a dark pink ribbon and a light pink ribbon on top of the white ribbon. Finally, I glued on the shells. She was very happy with the wreath.
As you have probably noticed, I did most of the work. They did a lot of picking out of ribbons, shells, and accessories. I was too afraid to let them help much past that because almost everything involved hot glue. My fingers suffered. 🙁
Finally, my wreath:
My shell wreath.
I had bought two rolls of extra wide ribbon so I knew that I would have enough for my wreath. I did, but just barely. I wrapped and glued. I then wrapped the burlap ribbon and glued. Finally, I wrapped some aqua rope and glued. I then glued on shells and a bow. Mine was the easiest. That was because I didn’t run out of supplies that I was counting on. That being said, I think the kids’ wreaths were more creative since I ran out of the wide ribbon. Improvise!
Years ago I made a shell wreath and covered the entire wreath with shells. They were layered and layered on. I added pearls and ribbon after layering the shells. I loved it! It lasted for years and many moves. I wish that I had a picture of it. The only problem with it was it was VERY heavy. On this wreath I decided to use shells that I found that were bigger. I decided to showcase them and not just pile and pile. I was hoping to make it lighter, too. A totally different wreath resulted. I love this new one, too.
I started this layout trying to make it more formal. I was searching through my papers for the perfect piece. I found it. It made the pics more young and fun. I love it!
Ready for some fun.
The ribbon paper was the fun paper that I found. I adhered it to a sturdy piece of cardstock. I then wove a ribbon through a flower brad and then adhered it to the layout at where the two pieces of paper meet. I matted the pics on different papers. The one on the left is a peach piece of paper. The one on the right is a dark gray. I then added a sticker frame around the one on the right. It really got messy fast. There wasn’t a lot I could do to correct it so I pulled out heart stickers. I applied them on the corners and I pretty much covered the messiness. Most people wouldn’t be able to notice anything wrong now. I told you to give you encouragement. You can fix almost any mistake with a sticker. 😉