Practically Perfect!

Back Story

As some of you may know I have a goal to catch up on my scrap booking. Originally I got in this industry because of it. When my Mom was admitted to ICU with a staph infection and triple by pass surgery, I had to take a step back. She lived in another state and I had three little ones under the age of 6. Between caring for her and my family I had to set my design teams and the industry aside. It broke my heart because I truly loved it.

Well Meaning Friend

Nine years later I reluctantly came back. The industry had changed so much! It was not all about scrap booking anymore, but mixed media. A well meaning friend told me my layouts were “not where it was at” (I took that as meaning they were not good enough anymore). I took it to heart, got back into the industry and ended up three years behind in my album as of December 2018.

I really missed scrap booking and in January 2019 I made a goal to focus on it. Bring it back to my blogs. Use layouts to meet design team assignments. Apparently people do think scrap booking is still where it is at! I get more positive comments and interactions on my layouts than on any other things I do. As of today, I am entirely caught up on my scrapbook.

So What?

I share this backstory with you for two reasons. First, always stay true to your passion no matter what is in style or what people say. The intentions of others may be good, but sometimes they are dead wrong. Second, its not all about the money and making it in this industry that gives you value as a creative person. I am actually going to share with you a company that I am not affiliated with at all that I love!

I am not making a dime off of The Fairy Tale Club. In fact, I don’t even know if the owner of the company knows my name or even that I am sharing her great box on my blog. That’s okay with me. Creating these and sharing with you a wonderful resource makes me happy. I may not be able to cash that in at the bank, but I can be proud of staying true to me and passing on a great resource to others.

The Fairytale Club’s Practically Perfect Kit

The following layouts are from the Practically Perfect Kit.

There are many reasons why I opted to subscribe to these kits. First, I tend to scrap more if I am using a kit. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because it takes the guess work out of trying to dig through my stash to find the perfect coordinating products. The bright whimsical theme is present in all the kits. It is different and cute!

There are two things that I struggle with while using these kits. One is that it is a lot of paper products! In my opinion, I would rather swap out some of the die cuts, title cuts, and tags for a mist or a paint. With that being said I always use up most of it! The second is it is not monthly. I signed up for 12 months thinking I would get one every month for a year. Had I read more on the website because it is listed, I would have learned they don’t come out every month. I could be getting these kits randomly over the next two – three years. That’s kind of a big commitment. Regardless, I have thoroughly enjoyed them!

Imagination Layout

A random picture of my two youngest in Walmart masks lent itself well to this page. This was actually the first layout I created with the kit! The theme is Mary Poppins, but it works well with many different types of pictures.

Sprinkls

When we were in Georgetown on vacation we did a cupcake crawl through Sprinkles. Love how well the pinks coordinated with this picture. I backed one of the tags on glitter card stock to create a title.

For the Birds

My daughter is like Snow White in that she communicates with animals like no one else. She has no fear and bonded with this Cockatoo.

Jolly Holiday

Sibling love is priceless when caught on camera. These two have a great relationship!

Sass Master

Every time I think of Mary Poppins I think of sarcasm. There is no way someone actually thinks she is perfect. I played on that in the following two layouts.

Practically Perfect

I found the sarcastic sayings at Ink Road Stamps. If you click on Ink Road Stamps in this posts you will automatically get 15% off your order. How cool is that?

Leftovers

I make cards with the leftovers from these kits. I never know what to do with the transparency sheet that comes with them, so I designed a universal pattern to use them on cards. Here is a video created with leftovers and the transparency from this kit:

Extra Touches

To amp up the cards and layouts created using this kit I did two things. First, I used pop dots to add dimension. Second, I added Nuvo drops! I have created a list of my dozen favorite drops that I use on a regular basis.

This was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked creating it for you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Happy Singles Awareness Day!

Valentine’s Day is my least favorite holiday. Every year when it rolls around I groan a little. I don’t have any particular reason on why I do not like it. It does bring a smirk on my face when I can create sarcastic cards for it though. Joy Clair has a new stamp set that is perfect for all the folks out there who don’t like cupid and his holiday. It is perfectly title “#Single”. I created this card using the new stamp set:

How to Create “Happy Singles Awareness Day!” Card

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide is how I created the background. When working with water based pigments it is important to keep the color theory in mind. Basically you want to keep all your red undertone colors(warms) together and blue undertone colors (cools) together. If you mix them you will get mud. That is okay if it is the look you are going for, but if not don’t mix things like green and red. The color that is the exception to this rule is purple. The only colors you can mix purple with are red OR blue. If you mix it with any other color you will get mud for this card I stuck with pink, red and purple (on the bottom).

This card has a square cut out that was created to use as a shaker. It also looks cute with an image in the box. I stamped the hearts and colored them in. I finished them off with a little clear glaze by Nuvo and Dew Drops.

After the sentiment had been stamped on the bottom, three coordinating ones were stamped along the bottom and finished off with the Nuvo Clear Glaze.

If the card front was not enough to make the recipient giggle the inside is sure to do so.

Do you like Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

Make sure to hop through all these amazing designers to see more of the new releases!

Betz Golden (YOU ARE HERE)

Kerry Urbatch

Monica Maier

Martha Lucia Gomez

Helen Gullett


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!

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!

Creep It Real

Hello friends! Can you believe it is Halloween in a week? It seems as if summer was just here and now it is gone. Today I am sharing with you three cards that I made with the Hedgehog Hollow October Subscription box and Ink Road Stamps.

For these cards I used pigmented powder! You can find the one in Midnight black here .Lightly mist the substrate first:

 Sprinkle on the pigment:

 Mist again:

 Soak up any excess with a paper towel

 To color in the pumkin on water color paper use three colors of Aqua Flow Pens by Tonic Studios. Layer the color from lightest to darkest.

 Don’t forget the stems!

 Mist with water:

 Lay a papertowel over image to dillute color and pick up extra moisture.

 Add Glitter Gloss as accent:

 I used pop dots to add to my card:

  I used Nuvo Dew Drops on the pumpkins features.

 I also created a web with the Dew Drops.

 Using the same technique I created two quick cards:

Here is a short tutorial on how to use the Aqua Flow Markers:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!