Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ready To Hope ATC Tutorial - SNR Magazine

I love to paint, but I'm not skilled enough to draw or paint my own designs. By using a photograph from a magazine as a base for my piece, I was able to achieve a hand-painted look for my altered trading card.

Magazine Photo
ATC base

Step One: Cover the ATC base with multi-medium and add the magazine photo. Once dry, trim any overhanging edges.

Step Two: Mix up a solution of gesso and water and paint over the image. Note: Test the gesso solution on a scrap piece of magazine print to be sure that the solution is not so thick that it completely covers the image.

Step Three: Once the gesso has dried, outline the image with a marker. Note: These lines will be a guide for painting and can be as simple or detailed as you like.

Step Four: Paint the image. Add embellishments and text to finish.

Supplies ATC Base: Ranger; Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Rub-On: 7 Gypsies; Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint; Gesso: Delta; Multi-Medium: Ranger; Pen: Zig; Other: Magazine photo

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bright & Early ATC - Your Memories Here

Paper: Prima
Chipboard: Prima
Cotton Tape: Prima
Resist Canvas: Prima
Flower Center: Prima
Stamp: Prima
Embossing Powder: American Crafts
Ink: Martha Stewart, Ranger, Tsukineko
Mist: Tattered Angels
Other: Staples, Twine

I had a lot of fun creating this ATC for Your Memories Here Designs!  My photos left me uninspired this week, but I'm still loving the Prima Almanac Collection so I decided to make an altered trading card with my favorite supplies, no photo required.

The "Agenda" patterned paper from the Prima Almanac collection has a wonderful selection of notecards that make great bases for ATCs.

I was excited to try out some new purchases, a couple of Prima's clear stamps and cotton tape.  The cotton tape is without design so I used some ink and a new stamp to add a fun print.

Prima's cotton tape is available in three different colors and widths.  The tape has adhesive on the back which makes it really easy to add to projects.  After cutting a small piece of cotton tape from the roll, I peeled back and cut a small portion of the backing on each end of the tape to hold it secure to my work surface while I stamped my design.

Here is what my piece of tape looked like after stamping.  I liked the black and cream for the this project, but it would be fun to add color after stamping.

To build my ATC I first filled the white space on my card with a Prima stamp and embossing powder.  I then added color with Distress Ink, Distress Stain and Tattered Angels Mist.  Once my base was dry, I added cotton tape, resist canvas, chipboard, a flower center, twine and designs I cut from the Almanac patterned papers.  If you haven't tired creating ATCs, they're really fun, a great way to use up smaller pieces of paper and embellishments, and also the perfect size to try a new technique. 

Thanks for stopping by today and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Song of Spring Album - Glitz Design April Challenge

Album: Glitz Design
Diecuts: Glitz Design
Overlays: Glitz Design
Stickers: Glitz Design
Rub-on: Glitz Design
Flowers, Leaves: Prima
Vintage Trinket: Prima
Ribbon: Ribbon Boutique
Mask: Tim Holtz
Distress Ink: Ranger
Modeling Paste: Blick
Gold Mica Flake: Golden

I altered the cover of this album for the Glitz Design April Blog Challenge.  I just loved the gorgeous pastel color palette and flowers from the challenge collage!

I added my favorite Glitz rub-on to the album cover.  I love the way the gold music notes really catch the light.  I continued with the music theme and added a larger music pattern with a mask and modeling paste, which I then colored with Distress Inks.

I added a colorful title with some Glitz stickers and some sparkle to the edge of the album cover with gold mica flakes.  I'm slowly collecting my favorite spring photos for the pages of this album so look for a follow-up post soon.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Brother - Momenta D-Lite

Momenta Supplies:
Paper: Vacation Pyramid Pad - PA-2389
Puffy Messages: Forever Family - ST-4791
Letter Stickers: FTBM 12x12 Super Paper Pad - PA-2263
Rhinestones: Back Country Embellishment Collection

Other Supplies:

I had a lot of fun creating this layout featuring one of my nephews.  I used supplies from 4 different Momenta collections for this page! I just love how the supplies work together so well and it feels good to use up some of the leftovers from other collections.  This map print is my new favorite and I thought it was really cool that I was able to mark the location this photo was taken on the map!

I really love the Puffy Messages!  These stickers add dimension and fun texture to projects.

I decided to embellish my banner with stars that I cut from patterned paper and rhinestones for a little bit of shine.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the Momenta Blog for more inspiration!

It's time again to tell Momenta your thoughts by participating in their surveys! Momenta has two surveys this month, both with the chance to win $50 cash! Winners for each survey will be announced on April 30th!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cherished Moments - Your Memories Here

Paper: Prima
Journaling Card: Prima
Flowers: Prima
Chipboard: Prima
Resist Canvas: Prima
Stickers: Prima
Vintage Trinkets: Prima
Rhinestones: Prima
Packaging: Prima
Distress Stain: Ranger
Other: Twine
Photo Credit: Bak Photography

I'm sharing another layout I created with the gorgeous Prima Almanac collection for Your Memories Here Designs.  I decided to go with a neutral color palette for this page and added some metallic accents for a bit of shine.  The bottom layers on this layout are Prima Packaging, which work great as base layers, not only for the great designs, but it can hold heavier embellishments better than paper, adding some support to a layout.  I added adhesive foam between several of my layers so that I could tuck embellishments between papers.  I also used adhesive foam to curve the piano keys for some added dimension.  I love the movement the raised keys add to my page!

I used Distress Stain in Vintage Photo to color my piece of resist canvas.

I love all of the Vintage Trinkets add add them to my projects when I can.  I like to softness this cloudy gem adds to my page.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the Your Memories Here Store for all your Prima needs!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On The Hunt

Paper: The Scrap Cake
The Scrap Cake Printables: Karola Witczak
Letters: American Crafts
Flowers: Green Tara, Prima, Webster's Pages, Wild Orchid
Heart: Green Tara
Stamps: Studio G
Ink: Tsukineko
Paint: Tulip

I created this layout for The Scrap Cake's April Challenge.  These freebie elements have designs that are not found on the patterned papers!  I had a lot of fun using these elements as embellishments.

If you want to play along, here are the details:

  • Download at least one set of freebies elements.
  • Print and cut them out and create a NEW project.
  • One person can submit one project.
  • Write a post on your blog about this project and add a link to our TSC April’s Challenge post.

  • The challenge ends on May 1st 2012, 11.59 PM. You can win a set of 3 The ScrapCake collections and an invitation as a June Guest Designer!

    Sunday, April 15, 2012


    Paper: The Scrap Cake
    Letters: American Crafts, Glitz Design
    Flowers: Green Tara, Prima, Webster's Pages, Wild Orchid
    Leaves: Prima
    Ribbon: Offray
    Paint: Tulip
    Other: Lace

    I created this layout for the April Title + Subtitle Challenge at C'est Magnifique. I took this photo of my daughter Scarlett on Easter.  She was loving her candy!  The Scrap Cake My Private Happiness Collection, is just perfect for fun spring pages! I love the C'est Magnifique April Flower Add-on!

    I added ribbon over the lattice pattern on this paper for an extra pop of color.

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Gentle Beauty - Your Memories Here

    Paper: Prima
    Flowers: Prima
    Rhinestones: Prima
    Sticker: Prima
    Ink: Ranger
    Other: Lace

    I'm sharing a soft and simple page I created with the Prima Meadow Lark Collection today for Your Memories Here Designs. The soft pastel color palette of this collection is really beautiful.

    I cut the purple flowers, bees, title spot and journaling spot from the patterned paper.  I added some Prima Say It In Crystals Rhinestones to the flower centers.  If you love bling, these beauties really sparkle!  I added a flower directly to my photo for a fun feminine touch.

    If you love Prima flowers be sure to check out the YMH Prima Flower Sale. Your Memories Here is offering Floral Grab Bags in 3 sizes for $25, $50 and $75. Each Grab Bag includes items from leftover Live with Prima kits, newly released products from Summer CHA and discontinued items that you can not find anymore! These Grab Bags are selling quickly, so hurry up and get yours before they're gone!

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Beautiful Day - Scrap It With A Song

    Paper: The Scrap Cake
    Felt: Prima
    Flowers: Prima
    Leaves: Prima
    Ink: Ranger
    Other: Twine, Newspaper
    Song Lyrics: U2

    Spring is in the air at Scrap It With a Song, and we have a month of songs to put a little spring in your step! The current song on the play list is "Beautiful Day" by U2. Some of the song lyrics were perfect for this photo my husband took during his visit to Sequoia National Forest. The Rock Chicks would love to see how you interpret this song! Link up your project by the end of the month for your chance to be named one of our Play List Favorites and a Guest Designer for June!

    SIWAS is excited to announce that we have a fabulous sponsor this month, Apron Strings! Now you have even more incentive to take part in our fun Springtime Song challenges this month. One lucky winner will receive $15 to shop with Apron Springs!

    Apron Strings

    Apron Strings was built on the foundation that scrapbooking should be fun and easy. Thus, Apron Strings monthly kits were born to help take the guess work out of the sometimes overwhelming choice of products, while keeping scrapbooking affordable and enjoyable.  Once you’ve scrapbooked with an Apron Strings kit you’ll wonder why you waited so long to try them.  Apron Strings wants members to love the ease of completing pages with kits, whether they are new to the craft or are experienced scrapbookers. The kits are filled with great new goodies, coordinated and just waiting to be paired with your photos. Prices are some of the most budget-friendly out there, starting at just $19 (on the no-commitment autoship). There’s lots of inspiration to help you keep rolling along, completing pages. You can find inspiration in the newsletter or on the Blog, Facebook, Pinterest or specials found on Twitter.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Be Happy

    Paper: The Scrap Cake
    Flowers: Green Tara, Prima, Webster's Pages, Wild Orchid
    Doily: Hallmark
    Paint: Tulip
    Other: Lace
    Sketch: Nadia Cannizzo

    I created this layout for the April Sketch Challenge at C'est Magnifique. I took this photo of my girls yesterday.  I think they look super cute in their Easter dresses!

    I usually go with a patterned paper base for my layouts but I only purchased one of each sheet of The Scrap Cake My Private Happiness Collection, so I'm trying to stretch my paper for as long as I can!  I love the C'est Magnifique April Flower Add-on!

    Here is Nadia's beautiful sketch.  You have until the end of the month to link up your layout if you want to play along.

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Party Lights - Momenta D-Lite

    Momenta Supplies:
    FTBM 12x12 Super Paper Pad - PA-2263

    Other Supplies:
    Light Kit: Crayola
    Ribbon: Offray

    I recently redecorated my daughter's room and was looking for a fun way to brighten up her space.  I found a Crayola  Party Light Kit on a recent shopping trip, and with a little altering, now have a fun strand of lights.

    I used the paper lanterns that came in the kit as a stencil on my Momenta patterned papers.  Once my lanterns were cut and attached to the lights, I added some ribbon.  The Free To Be Me Super Paper Pad is perfect for home decor, especially for girls, with the bright color palette and fun designs like squiggles, peace signs and polka dots.

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    Thanks - Scrap Jacked

    Cardstock: Bazzill
    Packaging: Basic Grey
    Ticket: Webster's Pages
    Princess Petal: Webster's Pages
    Chipboard: Tattered Angels
    Pearls: Melissa Frances
    Other: Flowers, Twine, Lace

    It's time for another round of inspiration from the fabulous Scrap Jacked Team! Each month the Scrap Jacked Team will showcase their fabulous creations. We want to see how you are inspired by them! In simple terms,we want to see your Scraplifts! Scraplift ONE DT layout and create either a card, layout or off-the-page project. You can enter as many times as you like using ONE DT layout for inspiration for each entry. Most importantly we would like you to have fun and we hope that we can help keep those creative juices flowing! "Jacks" will be posted on the 5th of every month and are due by midnight on the last day of the month. Winners & grinners will be announced on the 4th of the month. International players are most welcome to play along with us. This challenge is open to everyone all around the world! This is a team effort and winners are judged by the entire Design Team, not by just one individual.
    You can check out the April Design Team creations HERE. Happy scrapping!

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Today - Your Memories Here

    Paper: Prima
    Flowers: Prima
    Chipboard: Prima
    Trinkets: Prima
    Wood Button: Prima
    Pearls: Melissa Frances
    Distress Paint: Ranger
    Sketch: Prima April BAP
    Other: Twine, Staples

    It's Friday, which means I get to share my project for Your Memories Here Designs!  I'm officially in love with Prima's Almanac Collection!  The pink and cream is perfectly balanced with black and brown, making this collection perfect for feminine layouts with a bit of an edge.

    There are several sheets in this collection that include fun designs that are perfect to cut out and use as embellishments.  The tag letters are my favorite.  I also cut the title block, butterflies and journaling tag from the papers.

    I had a lot of fun making this small banner.  The Wood Buttons and Vintage Trinkets made great charms.  All the black pennants were cut from a piece of Prima packaging!  With sayings like "so happy," "cherished moments" and "memories with you," the pennants are a great way to add extra detail to your projects.

    I placed a piece of adhesive foam between these two butterflies and added a thin coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint for some fun texture.  Be sure to stop by the Your Memories Here Store for all your Prima needs!

    Sunday, April 1, 2012


    Paper: 7 Dots Studio, Hambly Screen Prints
    Flowers: Prima
    Stickers: 7 Dots Studio
    Chipboard: Dusty Attic
    Stamps: Heartfelt Creations, Studio G
    Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko
    Song Lyrics: Chris Cornell

    I created this layout for the Dark Challenge at C'est Magnifique.  The challenge was to use a dark background, black, navy, dark brown or dark gray, for a layout or card.  My scrap desk is covered in pastel papers for spring, so it was fun to take a break and use some dark colors.

    I stamped the leaves onto the back of a piece of patterned paper from Hambly Screen Prints.  The A-Side of the paper featured a gold flourish design that didn't work for this page, but I loved the specks of gold on the paper, so just flipped the paper and stamped on the back.  The gorgeous Prima blooms came in my Prima Floral Grab Bag from Your Memories Here.

    I'm frequently inspired by song lyrics and used some from Chris Cornell's "Sun Shower," changing the pronouns to personalize the words for this page; All my graces will some day flower in a sweet sun shower.