Birthday Cards with Simon Hurley

Simon Hurley came out with a great stamp set, background stamp and stencil perfect for Birthdays and sweet treats with Ranger. What I appreciate about his sets is they can be mixed and matched for endless options.

Background Stamp as Focal

This entire card was make with this background stamp set. A few of the hats pop out to create a stamp of their own. I stamped three of them, colored them in and pop dotted them on a piece of paper I created with ink. I topped each hat with a little pom pom I had in my stash.

The Balloons Steal the Show

For the following cards I really wanted to showcase the balloons from this set. They were super easy to create because there was a stamp for the inside of the balloon which means I did not have to color it! I used this stamp set to create it! I added a little glossy accents to make the balloon shine!

Use a Stencil Instead of A Stamp

The Birthday cake stencil is awesome! The possibilities are endless. I created a fun card from just cardstock, ink and a stencil. See how in this video:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Near and Far Friends

One thing that I strive to do in my 40’s is cultivate meaningful relationships that are both near and far. I am blessed to have just that. Back home is one of my best friends from childhood and here in the valley is one of my best friends I met through the crafting industry whom introduced me to another friend.

I wanted to document these friendships on a page, but did not have all the right matching letters, so I have to get a little creative.

I was out of the letter “A”, but I had a lot of “V”, so I flipped it upside down to make the letter “A”

If you are looking for the letter “E” and are out of it, just use the number “3” backwards. “i” can be used with an “!” and vice versa. You can swap the letter “G” out for “6” and so on.

I wanted to add a little sass to the layout and found these sentiment strips that were perfect and exactly what we were doing in the pictures!

Part of the fun of scrapbooking is using what you have on hand. That can be challenging when you are trying to come up with a title — but not impossible. You just have to think outside of the box! Don’t be afraid to mix letter stickers, fonts or even cut things apart.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You Are Golden

My dog is adorable. Sometimes I just take pictures of him because he is so sweet. When I snapped this picture I knew it had to go in the album. I used a combination of stamps and paper to create it.

For the little dog in the corner and the sentiment I used this quirky stamp set. To shade him in I just used dye ink with a paint brush dipped in water.

To Create the patterned circles I just stamped a flannel background stamp on a piece of kraft paper and ran it through my die cut machine to cut the shapes.

A few gems, nuvo drops and journal block rounds out the layout.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Craft Interview with Miranda Webber

It is that time again! Today I have the pleasure to share with you a fantastic crafter — Miranda Webber! I totally agree with her regarding the “Thickers”. Read on to find out more!

1)     Tell us about yourself! Let’s start with your name (or what you go by) and where you are crafting from.

My name is Miranda Webber and my brand name is #myscrappylife.   I started on a small 4 by 4 card table and my crafty needs have grown into a full craft room.  It is my “zens” place.  I will always go into the room for at least 15-30 minutes daily.  

2)     What kind of crafting do you do?  I mostly do 12 by 12 layouts; however, I really have grown into loving Travelers Notebooks.  I have dabbled into mini albums and 8 by 11 layouts.  I use heavy mixed media and embellishments on my layouts. 

3)     Tell us about your creative process.
Where do you get inspiration? 
oh Boy!  This is a loaded question for me.  It really depends on what I am working on.  Sometimes I start with my photo, cut file, or paper collection.  I am a mood scrapper, so I love to start from scratch or a sketch.  Then build from there.
Do you go through a routine when you create? If so, what is it? 
I really don’t have a routine for my creating.  I tend to go with a flow on my layouts but in the end it makes sense and for the most part, I have loved how the layout turns out.  We all have those layouts that we really love or maybe just like them. 
Do you snack or drink when you create? IF so, what? 
YES!  I am a pop (diet coke) and a salty snack (almonds) type of scrapper.
Do you watch tv, movies, listen to music or podcast? Tell us your favorites! 
I listen to almost everything.  I mostly watch YouTube; however, Netflix/Amazon Prime and Audible are right up there as well. While I watch YouTube my guilty pleasure is cleaning videos and day in the life videos ( channels The Thornton Life, The Jackson Hive, and Team Darley) and of course, I watch scrappers too (Paige Evans, Missy Whidden, and Orange Gearle are on repeat).  If I am wanting to watch TV on my computer, I watch all the Real House Wives of Whatever it is; Suits, and anything paranormal genre on Netflix.  Audible is books, I download the books I am reading (if they have a good narrator) I will listen while I am scrapping.

4)     Show us your creative space! Tell us about it. What do you really like about it? Is there anything you would like different in it? 

As I stated before, my creative space is my Zens Place.  It is where I go to get away from everything.  I am all about the calming and vintage colors and that is how I craft too.  I am forever changing it around to find the right spot for everything and I keep it pretty simple.  Even though I have a good size of a room, I would love to have a better setup for filming.  I know when my husband is finally done doing his Army thing (we are active duty); I want to go to IKEA and get the white desks and make an L Shape Desk. That way, I have big area for filming and editing and I can have friends over and craft with me.

5)     What are you currently working on? I am currently working on Charleston, SC Anniversary trip from 2018. 

6)     What is your favorite thing you have ever created? I cannot believe I have to narrow this down to one.  I ended up with two (I hope this is okay.  lol)  The first one is my family, I took those busy papers and turned it into something magical!  I just love how this one turned out. 

Lastly, I really love this vintage life layout I did of myself.  It reflects a lot about my life in such a small layout.  It is super gorgeous and super me!


Do you have a link or picture to it? 
Link Number 1: https://youtu.be/nIIzFOXj8dQ and Link Number 2: https://youtu.be/hdWDqsObL_w   I have attached the photos as well and they labeled Layout 1 and Layout 2.

7)     What is on your crafty wishlist? My wish list consists of my better functioning desk; Typist from We R Memory Keepers, and Silhouette. Yes!  I know I have a Cricut but I really want to have both because they both have different things in their design spaces.

8)     What is one thing you would like to see change in the craft industry? Oh boy!  I do not even know how to answer this because really, I have been a fan of crafting since I can remember.  I mean we all know American Crafts is the biggest company in the industry but I think its the thickers from American Craft.  They just need to know how to stick; they always fall off if you do not put any kind of glue on them.

9)     What is one thing you love about the craft industry? The community!  I have found some of the best YouTubers, Friends, and business partners in this industry that I can’t find anywhere else. 

10)  How can people find you? (Please give all your social media links)

Social Media Links:

—–Miranda’s Social Media Outlets—–

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2LdHa7g

Blog: http://bit.ly/2HD8xp4

Instagram: http://bit.ly/2ZFuT3M

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2Zu3gvk

Close To My Heart: http://bit.ly/2PAEhlr

Shop Cricut: http://bit.ly/2MRDI4f

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Unicorn Dreams

Rarely do I ever do a layout that is pastel and dreamy. It just is not my thing. I am a bright bold whimsical crafter, but when I saw these little unicorn stamps I did not hesitate to create one.

I love creating with unicorns because I don’t have to color much! I mean, they can be white and still look cute. A combination of pattern paper from my stash, stamps, Nuvo Dream Drops and acrylic hearts had this come together in a flash!

I onlt colored in the mane, horn and feet to bring this unicorn to life. The stamp set had a coordinating die which I used to save time cutting.

To balance the center of the page out I stamped the diamonds and ran them through the die cut machine. I used pop dots to adhere them to the layout

I found these sweet little acrylic hearts and knew they would be the perfect finishing touch to this magical layout.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Use Your Stash to Scrap Those Pictures!

I don’t know about you, but often I get caught up in buying the latest and greatest thing in the paper crafting industry. I end up with a pile of half used packages of embellishments and sticker sheets. Today I am sharing two layouts I did utilizing the bits and pieces I had in my stash.

I had a piece of glittered heart paper that I was never going to use. It was much to pretty to just get rid of, so I cut apart the hearts, layered them on pop dots and used them as embellishments. I wanted to keep the kid vibe to it and opted to hand cut the hearts instead of running them through my Brothers Scan n Cut.

Left over puffy rainbow stickers and little brads finish it off. The skating rink had a disco decor going on, so I mimicked the colors and retro vibe on the layout.

Birthday layouts are a struggle for me. I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy doing them like I do others. Naturally, I do not have a lot of Birthday things in my stash. For this layout I stamped the title and just used left over paper and stickers. To make the stickers pop I used pop dots on the back of them after I had powdered them to remove the sticky. I finished the layout off with Nuvo drops.

I confess that I really wanted to just get these pictures in the album. My intention was not to enjoy the process — just to get them done, but I did!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Do You Want to Flip or Flap?

The title is corny I know, but the question is legit. If you have ever put together a scrapbook you understand the frustration of wanting to put one event on one page only to discover you just do not have enough room. So, do you not scrap some of the pictures or do you just do an entire album for that one event that you really just wanted to do a page for? I have a solution for you! Just add flips or flaps.

Flip

This is a fun event I attend every year and I diffidently want to remember it. However, I do not need a ton of layouts in my scrapbook — one will do. So, I solved that problem by adding flips!

After I completed that layout I found another stack of pictures that were super important, but really only needed one page. So, I created this:

Here is a video showing you how to create layouts with a flip.

Flap

Another way to add more pictures to a layout is to add a flap. It extends the size of the layout, but folds up nicely for your album. I was able to document our entire Christmas season on one layout.

Since I am featuring so many photos on a layout it was important that I sectioned each event off and used very little embellishments. I let the pictures to the talking. Here is a video on how to do this:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Get the Most Out of A Paper Pack

Rarely do I ever buy pattern paper. In fact, I have contemplated selling all of it because I prefer to make my own. It takes a lot to impress me, so when I do take the plunge and buy a pack I have a plan to use all of it. If I can not think of a way to use it up, I do not buy it. I came across the perfect summer paper from Close to my Heart. It is bright, colorful and full of all the summer things. I created 6 cards and three double page layouts with it. I am sharing all of it with you including a video and the measurements for each project I made.

Chill

For this Layout you will need two pieces of 12 by 12 for your base. For the layout, select 3 sheets of pattern of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces at 4 inches by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 4.25 by 6.25 inches.

Sheet 3: 2 pieces at 3 by 4 inch pieces and 1 piece 4 by 6 inch pieces.

Assemble using the above sample as your reference.

The Perfect Day

Select two pieces of cardstock for your base. Once you have your base pages set them aside and select 5 pieces of pattern paper.

Sheet 1: 6.5 by 12 inches and 2.5 by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 1 piece 3 by 12 and 1 piece 3 by 10.25

Sheet 3: 3 pieces 4.25 by 6.25 and 1 piece 4.25 by 4.25

Sheet 4: 1 pieces 1 by 12 and 1 pieces 1.5 by 12

Sheet 5: 2 pieces 12 by .5

Summer Vibes

Select two pieces of card stock for your base. Select 6 pieces of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces 6 by 12

Sheet 2: 2 pieces 3 by 12

Sheet 3: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 4: 4.25 by 6.25 and 4.25 by 3.25

Sheet 5: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 6: 4 by 6 and 2 by 4

Sending Sunshine

1 piece: 1.25 by 5.25

2 piece: .25 by 5.5

3 piece: 2.25 by 3.25

4 piece 2 by 3

Summer Love

1 Piece: 4.25 by .5

2 Piece: 4.25 by 2

3 Piece: 4.25 by 1.5

4 Piece: 4.25 by .5

Can We Chill Together Soon?

1 Piece: 4 by 4

Sweet Summertime

1 Piece: 1.5 by 5.5

2 Piece: .5 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2 by 3.5

4: 1.5 Circle

Sun

1 Piece: 1 by 5.5

2 Piece: 3 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2.5 by 2.75

Just Keep Swimming

1 Piece: 5.5 by 2.5

2 Piece: 5.5 by 1

3 Piece: 3 by .75

4 Piece: 3 by 1.75

5 Piece: 2.75 by 2.25

The Extras!

In addition to the Summer Vibes Paper Pack, I also picked up the coordinating stamp, die cuts, acrylic shapes and sticker sheet. I do not care for stickers, so I like to dust the back of each of them with powder and adhere them with pop dots. The powder gets the adhesive less sticky and the pop dots add dimension and interest. Please make sure you check out the video I posted in the beginning of this article to see a walk thru of the goodies and more explanation on each thing I created. You can find everything here.

My 5 Favorites Crafty Finds

I get asked all the time what I like and what I do not like. I hesitate to share what I do not like because it is strictly my preference and opinion. I do not want to give a product a bad rep simply because I do not vibe with it. However, I am more than happy to share with you what I do like and use often. These five things I use in my craft room on a daily basis.

1) Neenah White Cardstock

This should be a given right? I know most paper crafters know exactly what this is and have a stash of it that is dug into on a regular basis. However, some of you have no clue what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Isn’t cardstock all the same? It really is not. Neenah cardstock lends itself well to stamping, ink blending and alcohol markers. It makes a great cardbase and is universally known for it’s superior quality. Since I use it daily it is only fitting that this is the top of my list! I like to get it here along with all of my cardstock because the prices are excellent, shipping is cheaper than most, they get the order out fast and have excellent customer service. Plus they have a lot more things besides cardstock like ribbon, pens, envelopes etc.

2) Dream Drops

I have been a huge fan of Nuvo drops for years, but Dream Drops is an evolution of the traditional Dew Drops. It is dreamy to say the least! I use them on almost everything that comes across my craft table and I have them in every color. You can find them here.

3) Blending Domes

I have a confession to make. Ready? Oh boy! Please don’t throw things at your screen as you read it, but……I do not like blending brushes. There I said it. In fact, I rather loathe them. Remember how in the beginning of this post I said I would not say what I don’t like? Well, apparently I lied because I don’t like those brushes. I can not ever seem to get them clean and they don’t blend smooth for me. I do like these blending domes by Scrapbook.com though! They are cheaper than the brushes and can be used on any handle you have. You can just get the refill instead of the handle and the domes. What makes these so awesome is they are cheap enough that I can have one for each ink pad and they blend effortlessly because there are no hard edges like on other foam or sponge blenders. You can get them here.

4) Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is my best friend. It seriously has been a game changer with my videos because I can put it over my glass mat and it cuts the glare plus I can still see through it. It stays put and has been able to handle everything I have thrown on it. I have really struggled with finding a perfect craft mat. Either it can withstand everything, but slides around or it can’t withstand much and stays put. I would have never considered buying this mat either. In fact, I have passed over it several times because I thought it was just another craft mat. I even rolled my eyes up in my head because I thought it was just another product on an over saturated market of craft mats. Ranger sent it to me and I have been hooked ever since! If you are a YouTube Crafter or enjoys doing lives on any social media outlet you are going to want this mat! The price point on it is not bad either. I have paid far more for less superior mats. You can find it here.

5) Rinse Well

Do not let this cruddy picture fool you! Rinse Well is awesome. I like to dabble in paint, but constantly having to dump my water to get fresh can be annoying. Not to mention the times I have accidentally mistaken my paint water for my coffee. I keep this on my desk. It actually has dirty paint water in it now that I need to drain. There are little grooves on the bottom of the bowl that you can really scrub your brush on. Once the water is dirty you just push the little valve. It washes away the dirty water and fills the bowl with clean water. There also are some handy spots to dry brushes. I paint a lot and only need to change this out weekly. The link for it is here.

I hope you enjoyed these five picks. Tell me in the comment what your go to craft items are these days. I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop

Welcome to the Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop! Please visit Justine’s Blog for all the details and list of complete hop. We are coming together to support our fellow crafters of color in this hop. Please make sure you stop by each blog and leave a comment. My hope is that you not only will find inspiration, but you will also discover a new crafter.

We Are the World

To celebrate friendship and document this time in history I created a page in my art journal. The song “We are the World” kept playing in my head. I was a child when it came out and thought it was perfect for this page.

To crate this page I first stamped four Bun Heads, colored them in with copic markers and embossed them.

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Thank you so much for hopping along with us today. Your next stop is here.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!