Harry Potter and Magical Spells!

Since it is almost Halloween I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few layouts I made to document our time in World of Wizards (Universal Studios). We went on vacation in the summer of 2019 and spent a day with Harry Potter and all things magical.

The paper line I used for these layouts is by Photoplay. I adore the design, but do not like that it is glossy. If I was not desperate for it, I probably would have not bought it just because it was glossy.

The conductor at Platform 9 3/4 was amazing!

This picture of my son is my favorite! He looks so much like a wizard and was smiling. It is hard to get a teenager to smile sometimes 🙂

My favorite part of the park is the Butterbeer. I liked it so much that I had to make some at home!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Lovely Legs

Have you heard of the Lovely Legs stamps? I saw them about a year ago and thought they were pretty cool. I hesitated purchasing any at that time because let’s face it, I need stamps like I need a hole in my head. A year later I see several sets that I just could not pass up. Here are two projects I made with two of those stamps.

Mama You’ve Got This

There is something beautiful about a woman breastfeeding that I adore. When I saw this stamp I had to have it. Of course I could not get away from my bright colors and shaded it accordingly.

Our Differences Are Beautiful Art Journal Page

I thought I would use this stamp first on a card, but it ended up in my art journal. I used the 6 by 6 Dina Wakeley Art Journal. I gessoed the pages first, layered on paper, adhered collage paper, painted some more and white gessoed an area for my stamped image. Once the gesso dried I stamped my image and water colored it in. I used the pages to clean my brush and put the title in the opposite corner

I have two other Lovely Legs stamps that I purchased that I will share soon!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Halloween Hop with Cut Cardstock

I am honored to be part of my first blog hop with Cut Cardstock. Have you heard of this awesome company? They carry an extensive selection of not only cardstock, but also other paper crafting basics at a great price. I discovered them through my friend Hannah and have been hooked ever since!

Hop Details

Cut Cardstock is giving away a $40 gift card to their shop to one lucky winner. To be entered to win make sure you comment on each post on the hop and consider following each designer. I will provide a list of all the hop stops at the end of this post 🙂

Cardstock Based Mini Album

I got a little carried away with my hop project. This little mini album has been rolling around in my head for months.

I was taking pictures of each step on how to create this interactive album, but I decided a video tutorial would be better.

The inside of the album after I got it decorated!

Each pocket holds an insert and more can be added as needed!

The corner pieces have three pop dots holding them down so pictures can easily be slid behind them.

Tags were created with leftover paper.

A couple close ups of the binding I created with cardstock:

To see the album in action, a complete walk thru and other supplies I used to create it check out this video:

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween project and found the tutorial on how to create the mini album useful! I am going to give this album away on my Instagram account once I hit 5K followers.

Now it’s time to hop! Your next spot is:

Heidi Randazzo

Magical Theater Round Up

Paper dolls and fairies have always been a fascination of mine. I loved playing with them as a child and as an adult I have adapted them into my craft. Some of my favorite pieces have been created with Rita Barakat Maigical Theater book.

This was my very first project I created with it. It still is my favorite!

I also love to use them in floral arrangements and as a portable activity center for little ones on the road or to just keep busy!

There are so may ways you can use paperdolls in your art today!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

K.I.S.S. Layouts

K.I.S.S. Layouts are some of my favorite to scrap for vacations. It means Keep It Simple Stupid. When working with a theme often a lot of journaling is not needed on every page. I truly believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. For these two layouts I wanted to document the great time we had in San Diego on the beach. I have the story of the trip documented elsewhere in the album. I used a Close to My heart paper pack, stickers and coordinating stamps to pull them together.

The yellow dress is one of my favorites to wear now after seeing this picture. I always thought I could not wear it, even though yellow is my favorite color. My daughter had to jump several times to get that perfect pose. I feel like I need to state that!

My boys had fun boogie boarding and looking for shells on the beach. Both of these pictures captured their moods perfectly.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Beauty Out of Chaos

I knew I had to have this stamp set when I saw it. The sentiment really spoke to me. It is perfect for cards, so I made a couple. It pairs nicely with the Marble Background stamp from Concord & 9.

Turn About

One of the most innovated things in the stamping industry right now is the Turn About stamps. Concord & 9 has the only collection of them (that I know of). They came up with a tool kit of such to help stampers turn. Here is the process in pictures.

Use a stamping platform for the Turn About Stamps. On the jig adhere a piece of card stock with removable adhesive lining it up on the guide. Ink up the stamp and press firm on the cardstock.

Clean the stamp, rotate the image and stamp in another color. There are numbers in the corners of it to help. Ink up the Turn About Stamps in another color and repeat the process.

To give the background a traditional marbled look I used pigmented silver and gold. Clear embossing powder was the perfect finish to the background.

The Meaning

The marbled background represented the chaos in life. At the center of the chaos it is important to remember that God is right there with us. The placement of the of sentiment is in the center to symbolize that.

I repeated the process with blues and greens.

The marble background can easily be switched out for holiday cards — just switch out your colors.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Surf’s Up Dude!

I am taking a little break from all the awesome holiday crafting to share with you a new Simon Hurley Release from Ranger. He came out with a fun beach theme with one stamp set and one background stamp. Check out the video I did and see why I am obsessed with them.

In the video I created several backgrounds for five more cards. Here are the complete cards!

Surf’s Up!

I created “Surf’s Up!” on the video. I used Glossy Accents to make the glasses shine.

Hang Loose!

For the “Hang Loose” card I wanted to create a background that matched his red hair, so I opted for a sunset. To create it I used Distress Ink and splattered a little water on it. My original thought was not to have the surf board stand. I wanted him riding it, but it didn’t all fit on the card front. Once I stood it up an tucked it in the opening I loved it and wanted to repeat it in other cards.

Waving Hello!

“Waving Hello” was suppose to be a red head, but I had created the last one with that so I wanted something different. This one is probably my favorite dude out of all of them. One of my favorite things to create is hair and I adore his! Once again, the card could not really fit him on the surf board, so I had him hold it.

You Got This!

“You Got This” is a celebration of keeping it simple. I really wanted to just make a background with the background stamp on the card front. I appreciate how the girl really stands out on this.

Ride The Wave!

“Ride The Wave” was partially created in the video. Once again I wanted the background to be a sunset.

Seas The Day!

“Seas The Day” is the last card I created. To make him a little crazy in the water, I offset him on his board and gave him sunglasses.

These cards were a ton of fun to create! I love how they turned out and can’t wait to mail them after the holidays. You can get these stamp sets at the Ranger site and get 20% off with the code SIMON20.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!