Pearls and White — A Cut Cardstock Hop!

I am super excited to be joining in the amazing Cut Cardstock Hop. I hope you find my creation inspiring and useful. Before I share with you my project let’s go over the amazing prize for this hop and how you can win it. Up for grabs is a $40 gift card to Cut Cardstock! All you have to do is stop at each creator’s blog, check out their project and leave a comment or upload a project that includes Cut Cardstock products. That’s it! How awesome is that?

I created a goodie bag and matching candle base for a reception table.

These table settings came together in under 45 minutes with the help of a Mandalay die from Brutus Monroe and similar bag die from Tonic Studios. I used Vellum and Shimmery Black Metallic cardstock on both pieces. To adhere the vellum to the cardstock I used adhesive sheets. These worked wonderfully with the vellum! All you need to do is lay the vellum on the adhesive sheet on one of the sticky sides and run it through your die cut machine. I ran my vellum through with each die three times to make sure it cut all the way. Simply peel the vellum off to reveal the adhesive and place on the cardstock.

Liquid adhesive is the best option when assembling the gift bags. Place the vellum piece first on the bag before it is put together. Once the vellum piece is in place, the bag can be put together.

For the candle I die cut the same image on both the cardstock and vellum. I simply layered them by offsetting the vellum on top so the gorgeous shiny black could be seen.

This tablescape would be perfect for an elegant evening reception (black and white is classic) or a bridal shower.

Now it is your turn to hop on through to Judy’s blog. Also, make sure you check out CutCardStock for more inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave. What is your favorite wedding color scheme? Please consider following my blog too! I switched platforms and have not gained back all my followers, so I feel like I am at ground zero again when really I have been doing this for twenty years.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short

I heard the quote “the days are long, but the years are short.” when my kids were under five. I have three children — all within four years of each other. When they were all little the days seemed to all run together. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to be a Mom more than anything. I had to have surgery to become one and I cherish every single minute of their lives.

It’s just when they were all in diapers my life was pretty much the same. It felt like I was a wet nurse and maid (didn’t I just clean that toilet? Wash that shirt?). I often dreamed of doing things that stimulated my mind by myself. The days truly were long and years short. Before I knew it my oldest was 18 and graduating from high school. I still think it was yesterday that I was bringing him home from the hospital. I remember changing his diapers, staying up all night, and napping when he napped. Now, he is an adult? Where did the time go?

Graduation Layouts

These pictures were bittersweet to scrap. I am so proud of the man he is turning into and truly enjoying being a parent to an adult. I decided on a Wonderland theme because that is what it feels like —Wonderland.

My son is 6’6 and towers over everyone in these pictures! In the above layout he is with his siblings, me, me and his dad, and his uncle.

If you have little ones at home, try to set aside time each day just to be with them. The laundry can wait and that toilet will always need to be cleaned. You will never be able to get your time back, so savor it :-).

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

So Sketchy!

It’s my favorite time of the month — HOP TIME! For this hop the Rita Barakat design team has teamed up with Finder’ Keepers and 3L Scrapbook Adhesive. Both companies sent us a wonderful selection of products. I used mine on my first paper crafting love — Scrapbooking. Make sure you check out the rest of the hop! The list is at the bottom 🙂

A Nod to the Past

Back in 2005 I had lost my passion for scrap booking. I went on a hunt to find something to spark my creativity and found Scrap Goods. It was a subscription kit in which each month a box full of supplies and a lesson on a new technique. There also was an amazing creative and caring online forum that was my first experience with social media. If it wasn’t for that club I truly don’t know where I would be today. Sadly, they went out of business when the economy started to dive. In it’s honor I created a kit with the new supplies sent by Finder’s Keepers and 3L Adhesive along with stuff from my stash.

What is In It

Here is a video of what is in my kit along with a technique tutorial and samples!

The Sketch Challenge

As promised in the video here is the sketch for you:

Interpret this any way you want. Look at it like a guide to help spark your creativity. Maybe you are not a scrap booker. Maybe you are a card or mixed media artist — use it in your art form.

This is what I did with it:

Make sure you upload your creation to Instagram tagging Betz Golden. I want to see it. If your account is public, I will share it too!

Layouts

Here are the rest of the layouts I created and the TN for my sketches!

Hop List

Now its time to hop on through to the next blog! Please consider subscribing to blogs you enjoy and leave comments to be entered for your chance to win the giveaway!

Rita

Martha Lucia Gomez

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Michelle Wells

Hannah Rubenstahl

Nadine’s Blog

Until next time ~ Happy Crafty!

Joy Clair Blog Hop — Saved By Grace

Are you ready for another wonderful blog hop? Today the designers for Joy Clair have teamed up to bring you more new stamp projects featuring the new Color Faith line!

My stamp set is the large Saved By Grace. It has the most beautiful doodled flowers and large script words! Alll of my projects are created with gelatos.

Faith Bible Art

This is not my favorite Bible art page I have ever created. I have decided to share it with you because it is the base of what got me started with this set and the gelatos. I learned a lot as I completed it. My intention was to create a watercolor page. By doing so I learned how to use water with the gelatos.

First I tried to create an ombre affect by mixing gelatos with water and painting them on a clear gessoed Bible page. Once it dried, I tried to stamp with the gelatos, but did not like the look, so I stamped with a waterproof ink and colored them in the same way I colored the background. The page was finished off by stamping “Faith” and “Love”.

The Card

To create this card I first stamped a bunch of the words with white and heat set it with embossing powder. I applied my gelatos on top of the stamped image and wipped of the words as I blended out the gelatos.

To create the flowers, I first stamped the images, painted them with gelatos, cut them out and layered them.

This card turned out super cute! A few gems to make up the center and a couple dots of Dew Drops to finish it off.

Grace ATC

My expectations for this ATC were not high. I was not sure how the gelatos would react with the vinyl , but I tried it and ended up liking it a lot!

The texture makes this interesting! To create the ATC, I first stamped the flowers and heat set them. I applied the gelatos directly on the ATC and rubbed it out with my finger. I took a baby wipe and lightly buffed the top of the flowers to let the embossed image shine through for more definition. Grace was stamped with white pigment ink and embossing powder that I heat set. A few dots of Dew Drop was the final touch.

Now it is time to hop! Please hop through all the blogs to see the rest of the fantastic new releases! Don’t forget to leave a comment in each blog along the way.

Joy Clair Blog – https://joyclair.typepad.com/blog/2019/05/color-by-faith-collection-new-release-may-inspirational-blog-hop.html 

Martha Lucia – https://wp.me/p5TnaH-6Rm

Connie Hyde Mercer https://www.craftygoodies.com/2019/05/new-release-blog-hop-with-joy-clair-day_14.html

Kerry Urbatch – https://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-release-joy-clairs-heir-of-god.html

Jowilna Nolte http://www.jowilnanolte.co.za/color-by-faith-new-stamps-by-joy-clair/

Bet Golden – https://betzgolden.com/?p=4099

Helen Gullet – www.helengullett.com/?p=17263

Angie Cimbalo – https://cimbacreativefun.blogspot.com/2019/05/color-by-faith-blog-hop-joy-clairs.html

Ceal Pritchett – https://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-new-release-bloghop-part-2.html

Lindsay Adreon – https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/easy-custom-sentiments

Jessica Kaiser – https://freshbyjess.blogspot.com/2019/05/may-joy-clair-blog-hop-color-by-faith.html

Karen Letchworth – https://karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/2019/05/heir-of-god-from-joy-clair-stamps.html

Donna – https://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-2019-may-new-release-blog-hop.html

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical Beads!

Have you seen the Paper Bead YouTube videos? I must confess that when I first saw them I was kinda confused. Like, why would I make paper beads? Its not like I can wear them or use them anywhere that I could get wet. That was all before it dawned on me that I could seal them with embossing powder!

Not just any embossing powder though. Only Rita Barakat’s embossing powder would do because I could mix colors! Once I started creating I could not stop. Not only were the results gorgeous, the process was easy! It really is hard to put into words how to do this, so I created a video for you here:

Here are a few close ups of the beads made in the video:

I can not wait to create a charm for my planner with these! That is next month 😉

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

May 2019 All Day Crop!

May 2019 I attended my first all day crop at The Paper Collage! I have not attended a crop in years and never a local one. At this point in my life getting away for a day is easier because my kids are older. I also am craving more adult contact! Add that to the fact that even though I am a scrapbooker at heart I do not do it as much as I like. I plan on attending these monthly because it is a good excuse to do what I love – scrap and talk!

Adventure is Out There

For spring break my daughter and I toured universities. This is a two page layout created with Close to My Heart kit. Though I am not a fan of premade pages I do like this one because I got the entire week on a two page spread! I struggle with two page spreads.

Sweet!

I did not discover these pictures until I was at the crop and had nothing on me that matched. So, I did what every crafter does and went into the store and bought coordinating product! The little red and black embellishments are found objects. The Paper Collage carries a lot of items not intended for paper crafting, but can be used for it.

Banquet 2019

I can’t believe this was the last Basketball Banquet because my son is graduating. The pictures are tiny, so I played on white space and utilized the bottom portion of the page.

Junior Prom

For these pages I used the Happily Ever After Sleeping Beauty Inspired kit. I thought they were just perfect with my daughter’s pink dress. I added a littler Blush Rinea Foiled Paper. Layering and pop dots are key to using these kits because they are beautifully busy.

Ironically I spent more time chatting than crafting and would not change a thing! I can not wait until June’s crop! The theme is mermaids!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical Theater Presents the Love Princess

Magical Theater, by Rita Barakat, is the base for creating the Love Princess. It is a downloadable book full of whimsy and magic. This is a wonderful art resource to have on your hard drive. Not only are there tips and directions on creating your own paper dolls, there are also a few scenes completed. For this project I used things created in the book and added the finishing touches.

The base is a piece of cardboard from a package I received in the mail. Mod Podge was used to seal and attach the scene to the cardboard. For the princess I used a foam board as her base to give her structure and dimension.

The finishing touches on the piece were a mix of glitter glue, Nuvo Dew Drops and gems from the dollar store.

I used Glitter Mod Podge for the Princess because she needs to shine! Bits of extra trim from my stash was used along the edges.

It is okay to borrow other people’s creativity to spark your own. Or, perhaps like me you want to create something from the heart, but are limited on time. The Magical Theater is a great resource to have!

Here is another piece I created using it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You Make me Horn-y

Joy Clair has amazing stamps that are being released. The “I Think You’re S’Whale” has snarky and silly sentiments as well as cute images. For this card I chose to use the Narwhal because I really wanted an excuse to stamp “You Make me Horn-y”.

To create this card I laid out a few different shade of blue Colorburst. I misted watercolor paper first with water. By misting it before sprinkling the color it allows the powder to stay on the paper. After the Colorburst was sprinkled I sprayed it with water again until the color and consistency was satisfactory.

I stamped the narwhal on a white piece of card-stock and colored him in with alcohol markers, He was trimmed out and paced on the cards with pop dots. a few dots of clear Nuvo dots completed him.

The stamp set includes bubbles and I stamped those in white. I added a little clear Nuvo Glaze on them and finished the card off with random placement of Nuvo drops.

This is a great card to give a loved one to make them smile. What do you like better a narwhal or whale? Answer in the comments!

And here are the other fabulous designers showcasing a few more releases!

Martha Lucia Gomez

Helen Gullet

Betz Golden— YOU ARE HERE!

Karen Letchworth

Lindsay Adreon

Connie Hyde Mercer

Ceal Pritchett

Kerry Urbatch

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Three December Dreams Layouts

I recently have signed up for a subscription box with the focus on memory keeping. My first crafty love was scrap booking. I was doing it long before it was a fad. When I got into the art industry I was advised to do more with my planner and mixed media. Those are both enjoyable, but I really miss creating layouts for our family album. Three years ago I was completely caught up in my albums and now I am so very far behind. I have wanted to get back to it and share the paper crafting part of me, but I keep hearing the friendly advice “Just let it go. That is not where it is at for you.” I finally had to ask myself why I was holding myself to someone else’s expectation regarding my hobby and work?

I finally decided to go ahead and plunge back into memory making. Right now my goal is to get caught up. I want things to be pretty of course, but I will feel much better once all my pictures are safely homed in albums. The easiest way for me to stick to it is to purchase a subscription box — which I did! My style is bright and whimsical. I wanted a subscription box that fit that aesthetic. After months of researching I found The Fairy tale Kit Club and knew it was the one. It is a “flat kit” in that there are not a lot of bulky products in it. At first I was a little panicked when I saw how much paper goods there were in it, but then I remembered that this is for my albums that I want to lay flat.

With the December Dreams Kit I created three layouts.

For this layout I pulled in blue glitter sticker letters and a pink dollie.

One of the challenges I faced while using The December Dreams Kit was working with bold pattern paper.  Through playing with the paper in the box I learned that it is pleasing to the eye to mix the patterns as long as I used contrasting colors.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to see the lights! This kit was perfect for documenting that!

I am hopeful that in 2019 I will be able to catch up on my scrapbook. What do you think? Is scrap booking not where it is at or do you still enjoy it? Please answer in the comments. I will send one person a little Christmas cheer in their mail from the comments.  The Winner will be announced on December 19, 2018.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

October Afternoon Christmas Cards

Have you ever ordered a paper line that you did not see in real life and once you finally received it you were less than impressed? That recently happened to me. I found what I thought would be the perfect paper for Christmas. When it finally arrived I just did not like it. I mean it was okay, but it looked like a lot of stuff out there. Plus it was a lot of paper and sticker embellishments — not my thing at all. I did not pay much for it, so I was not upset that I was not in a hurry to use it. Then my husband called and asked if I had any extra cards. I told him I would make him a set. He needed them to give his employees for Christmas. I did not want to use my good stuff or take the time to make them because more than half would probably just end up in the trash (the gift card is the real gem for them). I knew this lime would be awesome for the task at hand. In two hours I created 16 cards. I am surprised to say that not only did I have a great time creating them, they are my favorite ones yet!

I had so much fun creating the cards that I made matching envelopes too. The truth is I just did not want to keep the stickers. I am happy to say that there is nothing left of the line and I got some pretty awesome cards out of it!

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To amp up the cards I inked the edges and pop dotted at least one element on each one. I am not a fan of the felt ribbon the kit came with so I cut it apart and used it as embellishments. The focal piece of each card was a die cut from the line as well. I did incorporate a few foam stickers I found at the dollar store as well as poinsettia buttons from my stash.  To finish each card off I added glitter dew drops and clear glaze from Tonic Studios Nuvo brand.

The next time you get something you are not thrilled with don’t discard it. Use it as an opportunity to play with no expectations. You may end up with some of your favorite projects!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!