Friday, July 25, 2014

Shell Seekers - Quick Quotes

Hi! I'm sharing a beach themed layout that I created for Quick Quotes today. I mixed the Dream Big, Calypso and Baggage Claim collections for this page. I recently vacationed at our family lake house and my girls had a blast collecting shells along the beach. I combined patterned papers in a soothing color palette to complement the photo that I took of the last shell hunt during our trip.

I cut a small vellum sentiment from the Sentiments Quote Bundle to layer over my photo. I made a small embellishment cluster of flowers and circles that I cut from patterned papers and beach themed chipboard die-cuts that I had leftover from a past Club Q Kit.

I lightly distressed the edges of each patterned paper with my scissors and Creamy Cocoa PowderPuff Chalking Ink. I cut the gorgeous blue flowers from the Calypso 200 Patterned Paper,  highlighted the centers with liquid pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Dream Big 100
Dream Big 200
Dream Big 300
Dream Big 400
Calypso 200
Baggage Claim Chipboard Die Cuts
Sentiments Quote Bundle
Creamy Cocoa PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Lemonade PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Maraschino Cherry PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Orange Slice PowderPuff Chalking Ink

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shine Canvas - Susan K. Weckesser + UmWow Studio Summer Blog Hop!

Hi! I'm sharing a 6x6 canvas that I created for the Susan K. Weckesser and UmWow Studio Summer Blog Hop. Both design teams have been sharing gorgeous, bright and shining inspirational projects with you all week. Be sure to keep visiting, hopping and commenting to enter to win one of TWO prize packages. Each day is chock full of goodness and we don't want you to miss a thing.

The UmWow Studio Light Bulb Mask inspired this bright piece. I applied a thin layer of light molding paste over the Light Bulb Mask and then topped it with one of my husband's old guitar amp tubes. I love using them for funky light bulbs. I highlighted some of the light rays with Clearsnap Sundance Smooch. I cut the colorful letters from the Susan K. Weckesser Live, Love, Create Patterned Paper.

I colored UmWow Studio Layered Circles Chipboard with ink and then used them separately, rather than layered, to pair with the colored circles that I cut from the Susan K. Weckesser Color Burst Patterned Paper.

I stamped around the edge of the canvas with the Susan K. Weckesser A Little Bit Washi Stamp Set. I used the bottom piece of an UmWow Studio Layered Banner Chipboard as a corner accent above.

I finished the canvas with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges, a light coat of white mist and some hand-dyed ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Come Fly With Me ATC - Tando Creative Challenge

Hi! I'm sharing an ATC that I created for Tando Creative today. The theme on the Tando Challenge Blog this month is the quote "Come Fly With Me."I had a lot of fun stacking butterflies for this piece.

I started by using the Butterfly Mask on the base of the Artist Trading Card to make the butterfly outline. I then colored butterflies from the Butterfly Grab Bag and some Mini Butterflies with ink and layered them on top of each other. I added a paper rosette and some pearl accents to finish.

Up for grabs this month are 4 pieces of Tando chipboard of your choice!  All you have to do is create a piece incorporating the monthly theme and link to the Tando Creative Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Tando products, but, if you do you'll be entered into the draw twice, doubling your chances to win. We don't have many rules, as rules spoil the fun, but in order to be in with a chance of winning we do ask that your project is entered for a maximum of 5 challenges, including Tando.

Thanks for stopping by today! You can now swing by the Tando Retail Store to pick up these pieces for yourself!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Am Blessed Encaustic Wax ATC - Paper Wings Productions

H! I'm sharing an encaustic wax tutorial for Paper Wings Productions today. I'm still experimenting with this new medium so please keep that in mind! I share some techniques that work for me, as well as my mistakes, and how to avoid them, so please stop by the Paper Wings Productions Blog for my full post.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Smile Canvas Mini Album - Susan K. Weckesser

Hi! I'm sharing a canvas mini album that I created for Susan K. Weckesser today. I was inspired to create this album by this quote by Marcel Proust; "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." and some photos that I took of my youngest daughter playing with a caterpillar.

To decorate the cover of this album, I used gel medium to transfer a large flower that I cut from the Live in Color patterned paper. I colored the cover with Gelatos and then finished with some doodles. I stamped the album binding using the Smile stamps from the Insta-Cute Stamp Set.

I colored the album pages with Gelatos, stamped photo frames and sentiments with the Insta-Cute Stamp Set and then added a pop of white with the Susan K. Weckesser Live in Color Stencil and some white acrylic paint.

I added some journaling to the back cover of the album.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sweet Memories - Quick Quotes

Hi! I hope you are all enjoying Summer! I'm sharing a layout I put together with some of my favorite Quick Quotes supplies to celebrate a warm weather pastime that our family tries to do at least once a year -- strawberry picking!

I mixed patterned papers from the Beautiful Life and Baggage Claim collections for this layout. I also incorporated a citrus slice from the May 2013 Club Q Mini Album Kit. The green and yellow color of this embellishment gave me a great pop of color and added interest to my design.

I used a vellum sentiment from the Sentiments Quote Bundle as the title for this page. I matted the vellum on a piece of white cardstock to help it pop.

I wanted to add a larger embellishment to this page but didn't have anything on hand that matched with my photos or paper. To solve this problem, I used a paper bow from my stash as a template to create a bow to coordinate with my page.

Making the bow got me in the mood to create more handmade decorations for my layout. I used large adhesive circles, fabric and felt to make strawberries.

To make my page a little more fun, I finished with some doodling. I think the black lines and white polka dots help to convey the fun that goes along with a trip to the strawberry patch.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Beautiful Life 100
Beautiful Life 200
Baggage Claim 200
Baggage Claim 300
Baggage Claim 800
Sentiments Quote Bundle
Feather Gray PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Red Hot PowderPuff Chalking Ink

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Building An Extra Heavy Gel Textured Background - Paper Wings Productions

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the July Tea Time Nesting Components Kit on the Paper Wings Productions Blog today. This kit contains a small tub of Golden Extra Heavy Gel which is excellent for holding peaks. Extra Heavy Gel also dries clear so I was able to create a super cool textured background with color both below and on top of the gel for a fantastic effect. I'd love to have you stop by the PWP Blog for my tutorial.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flow Magazine Paper Pack Winner!

Hi! It has been a month since I posted my Flow Magazine Paper Pack Giveaway and I have selected a winner! I'd like to congratulate

This stack of about 30 8.5x11 inch papers will be on its way to you soon! Miriam, please email me at
serordan {at} hotmail {dot} com with your snail mail address.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Fun Card - JnW Crafts

Hi! I'm sharing a card that I created for JnW Crafts using their Wood Mason Jar Embellishment. My girls have a blast trying to catch lightning bugs just after dark. When I saw the JnW Crafts jar embellishment, I immediately thought of them running and laughing through the yard with their friends, chasing flashes of light. I designed this card after a similar card created by the mega talented Andrea Budjack.

I colored the wood with Gelatos, using just a tiny bit of water and my finger to blend the color for a transparent glass look. I used a black marker to add some detail and to color the top of the jar. I used gold embossing powder and a stamp to add the lightning bug to the jar. I then seal the top of the embellishment with glaze.

Thanks for stopping by today!