Thursday, April 26, 2012

Designers Choice week at Inspired Stamps

This week due to computer problems my Inspired Stamps Design Team artwork is just a little late being posted. 

Here is my card for this weeks Designers Choice.  I used Inspired Stampers Favorite Collection #2 for my sentiment and scripture.

Material Used: Inspired Stampers Favorite Collection #2
CTMH Materials: Roxie Paper Pack, Black and Desert Sand Ink Colonial White Ribbon
Paper Doily and roses from stash.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mom Time!!!!!

Whew, what a month.  When Springtime arrives around here it seems like the boys have way to much energy and are constantly getting into trouble.  Which explains why I spent alot of time at the hospital and Dr's office this last month (5 visits in a one week period)..  We only have one badly sprained pinky finger, one broken thumb, (on the same kid, 2 different ER trips and hands), and one hip injury.  After a month like that I have been quite happy to escape to my craft room for some MOM TIME and Sanity Check. 

With Jimmy's graduation fast approching I have been concentrating on getting his scrapbook done, I am slowly reducing the piles of pictures I have that need scrapped.  Right now I am concenrtrating on his sports pictures, and I am kinda cheating I am taking Robbie's sports layouts that I did last year, you can see them here and creating the same layout for Jimmy sometimes mixing up the papers.  With this method I am whipping through them quite quickly.  I am also working on just putting the pictures on the pages and will do the titles, journaling and embellishments later.  If they don't get done before his party on June 16, I can still display the pages with the pictures on them.  Since these layouts aren't quite finished I figured I could show you some of the layouts I have managed to get done this winter.  Along with several of the layouts I created for the Warren Township Community Center Scrapbooking classes.  Just about all these layouts have come from our How To Books, but I can't remember which ones and I don't have my books with me right now to tell you which layout designs I used.

These first 3 are using my favorite paper pack Victory, I have bought to packs so far and will definately be buying more. With 4 redneck boys I definately need all the outdoorsy paper I can get, and the camo sheets are being hoarded.  Not to mention that my oldest son is the one in the layout on the back of the Victory My Stickease, and on the Victory Layout on Jeanette's blog here.

This first is the Warren Township Community Center (WTCC)  Scrapbook layout for the month of April.

Materials Used: Victory Bulk Paper Pack, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Olive, Barn Red, Chocolate and Outdoor Denim Cardstock, Desert Sand, Chocolate, Outdoor Denim, New England Ivy, Barn Red Inks, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. A Journey and the Stamp Set that comes with the Victory WOTG.

When I first saw this layout in the catalog I immediately had these pictures in Mind.  Yes My son's name is James Dean after his two Gandfathers My Dad Dean and his bio Paternal Gpa James.  These pictures just totally show his casual ornery side.  I did change it up a little and used the A Hope Stamp Set cause the wings matched his shirt. 

Materials Used: Victory WOTG,  Varsity Alphabet, A Hope (had to use the wings since they looked so much like the ones on his shirt) Grey Wool, Outdoor Denim and Barn Red inks, Durables and the April SOTM You Are...
This was the WTCC layout for March.  I ended up doing 2 layouts with the same paper pack cause I ran out of Pemberely and didn't have enough time to order it for the April Class.

Materials Used: Victory Bulk, Colonial White, Barn Red and Olive Cardstock, Olive & Barn Red Inks, Rustic Alphabet. and Pure Adventure Stamp Sets.  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

This is May's WTCC class layout, using the Pemberely Paper pack. Having all boys I am constantly trying to figure out how to make the girly papers work for boys, this is what I came up with for Pemberely.

Materials Used: Pemberely Bulk, Colonial White, Outdoor Demin, Desert Sand, Honey and Indian Corn Blue cardstock. Indian Corn Blue and Outdoor Denim Ink.  Stamp Sets: Trinity Alphabet, Take A Picture, and Love Life
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

This was the WTCC February Layout, using Roxie.  Once again I took a girly paper and made it into a masculine layout.
Materials Used: Roxie Bulk, Desert Sand, Colonial White and Black Cardstock, Tulip and Black ink. Stamp Sets: Love Life, Giggle Upper and Lower Case Alphabets.
This was the WTCC Class layout for the month of October. 
Materials Used:  Typeset Bulk, Desert Sand, Creme Brulee, Juniper , Cocoa and Colonial White Cardtsock.  Love Life Stampset, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Milepost Shapes Bulk, 4x6 Flip Flaps

I have fallen in love with the flip flaps, they are wonderful when you have too many pictures to use on one page, but not enough or you don't want a second page. This allows you to add the extra pictures, and sometimes hide your journaling (which is my plan for the lower blank spot, eventually)

Above Layout with Flaps Open

This next layout is one I created for my family scrapbook but will be in Jimmy's at his party.  Gee it seems like yesterday they were this little.  Now they are a Freshman in College and engaged, a Senior in High School Leaving for the Army in August, a Freshman in High School and a 7th grader, they grow up way to fast. 

Materials Used: Typeset Bulk, Notebook Level 1, Cocoa, Creme brulee, Sunflower, black, white daisy, colonial white, juniper, tulip, chocolate and grey flannel cardstock. Juniper Ink,  Red Glitz Glitter Gel, Stardust Stickles, Black, Red & Blue Markers White Gel Pen and Cricut Cartridge Locker Talk

Here is another layout incorporating flip flaps.  This layout was the Jan WTCC class layout, using Wonderland paper pack
Materials used: Wonderland paper pack, White Daisy and Crystal Blue Cardstock, Trinity Alphabet, Crystal Blue ink, Prisma Glitter, and the AP cricut cartridge.
The Flap Opened

My Final Layout was the December WTCC layout, and it used Mischief paper pack in a non-halloween way.  I created this layout just after Jimmy's dog Cori Jo had died, she was his Best Friend for 10 years.
Materials Used: Mischief Paper Pack, Cranberry, White Daisy, and Black Cardstock, Mad About You Stamp Set, Black and Cranberry Inks, AP Cricut Cartridge.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my Masculine Layouts.   Sorry for the glare on some of the pictures I was taking the pictures late at night and couldn't find away to shoot them without getting the glare of the lights.

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Until Next time Happy Scrappin


Thursday, April 19, 2012


This week the Inspired Stamps Design Team is focusing on combining Flower Stamps with a scripture.  I decided to once again create my own backgrounds using the Flowers stamp set.  I couldn't decided which card I wanted to make so this week you get to see 2 pieces of my artwork.

The first card is using a piece of the background paper I created in my April 5th post. I combined the Flowers Stamp Set background with the His Plans For You Stamp Set, to create this card. I love how the background turned out and am disappointed I only have 2 small scraps of it left. It has been really fun to play with and I am sure I will be making my own Background paper using this technique again real soon.

On my second card I used the Big Flower from the Flowers Stamp set to create the Key Lime and Sky background paper using the same color cardstock and ink stamping tone on tone.  I also took a piece of white cardstock and stamped it using Sky, Sunkiss Yellow and Hollyhock creating a colorful background paper.  I also used the His Plans For You Stamp set for the Scripture.

Materials for Both cards
Inspired Stamps Used: Flowers & His Plans For You

CTMH Materials used:  White Daisy, Sky, Key Lime cardstock, Tulip, Sunny Yellow, Pacifica, Sky, Key Lime, Sunkiss Yellow, Hollyhock, and black inks.  CTMH exclusive cricut cartridge Art Philosophy, CTMH Blue Buttons, Glitter Brads, Blush RicRac
Irredescent ribbon from stash.

Thanks For Looking, don't forget to visit the rest of the Design Teams blogs, the links are in  my sidebar.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring is in the Air

This week the Inspired Stamps Design team was asked to create something with a spring feel.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided that springtime means pastels and Graduations. (I just might have been influenced by the fact that my second son keeps reminding me that he will be graduating here in less than 2 months.)  So I created a graduation card using pastel colors.

Front of card

Inside of card
  For this card I used Inspired Stamps His Plans for You for the scripture and the sentiment.  I also used one other stamp set can you find it.  Here is a hint:

Close up of background paper

Yep, you guessed it I used the Flowers stamp set to create my own background paper. 

Background paper before I cut it up
 I used the Burned Batik technique to create my background. I took the big flower from the Flower set and stamped it in Versa Mark all over my cardstock, I then sprinkled it with embossing powder and heated the powder until it melted into the paper, this let the ink resist the embossed area but I had burnt the image into the paper so the glossy, raised embossed area was no longer there. I then used a sponge dauber to add my ink to the page using the lightest one first.  After it was inked up I sprayed my paper with my homemade glimmer mist to give it a little shine, and to help blend the ink. 

Materials Used:  Inspired Stamps Flowers and His Plans For You
CTMH materials used:  White Daisy, Key Lime, & Sky Cardstock
Tulip, Sunny Yellow, Indian Corn Blue, Amethyst and Black inks, Versa Mark ink, CTMH Clear Detail embossing powder, Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes (Butterflies), round clear Sparkles 
Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking, please make sure you check out the rest of the design teams wonderful Spring ideas, by following their links in my sidebar.

Until Next Week Happy Stampin