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Friday, October 17, 2014

More Scrap Projects and Gamsol

Twice this week, I have shared with you projects made from a single page kit I brought home from our last scrapbooking cruise.  Today I have two more projects to share that were made from the same scraps.  I think I added one piece of blue cardstock, but for the most part, that’s it.

The first one I did was this sympathy card.  This features a butterfly from my stamped image stash.  I wish I knew who made these butterfly stamps.  I have several of them that I bought several years ago when the Scrapbook Barn, a LSS near me, was open.  I would love to see if they still make them.  I know there were several others that I didn’t buy. 




This time, instead of using my Copics, I decided to color it with pencils and do the blending with Gamsol.  If you’ve never played with Gamsol, you should check out this video Colored Pencil Blending with Gamsol by Inky Antics.

My last project I will show you today is an 8x8 scrapbook page.  This is not a size I usually make, but I had a large piece of the blue cardstock left and it wasn’t the right size to make a card, so I decided to do a small-format page instead.  I think this is a great use of scrap paper because I can save up a bunch of these random pages, put them in a small album, and I have an instant gift for someone.  All it needs is a few embellishments and pictures!

 
The "for real...off the hook...we're solid" strip is the flip-side of the barcode strip from CTMH paper 

Question of the day:  Have you ever colored stamps with pencils or markers, and if so, what is your favorite method?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two Floral Cards


Today I’m offering up two cards.  Both of these cards were made from the scraps left over from yesterday’s page layout.  The stamped images were some extras left over from a recent stamped image swap.  They are both from Stampin’ Up’s Happy Watercolor stamp set and I used Copic markers to color them.  I have not added sentiments to these two cards.  I’m trying to decide if I need to add anything to the front.  What do you think? 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Valerie's Layout 1

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve spent the last few months really working to finish up some UFO projects that have been lying around for a while.  If you’re wondering what UFO stands for, it’s an old term I borrowed from a crochet group I once belonged to, and it stands for “UnFinished Objects” meaning any project you’ve started but never finished.  I’ve had so many of those UFOs over the years that I could fill a house with them.  Oh wait…I did….ooops!

Yes, my house is full of unfinished projects, and I am doing my best to try and finish them!

Today’s project came from my UFO box (I have several boxes, but let’s not quibble over semantics).  Valerie Jackson of Creative Sanctuary designed this layout as a class for our 2013 cruise.  We made enough class kits for the instructors to keep a set, and I am just now getting around to working on mine.  Here is Valerie’s original design:




Since I am just now getting around to this layout kit, I didn’t have access to the matching floral stamps Valerie used in the class, so I had to change it up a bit.  This gave me an opportunity to pull out this motif stamp from Paper Parachute.  I’ve been dying to use it on something, and I think this was a great place for it.







As you can see, my layout is just a little bit different from Valerie’s, but I think it maintained the same overall look and feel.  I just love the color combos in this Close to My Heart paper series, don’t you?


Question of the day:  What’s your favorite color combo?