Friday, December 8, 2017

Pocket Letter Inspiration

Where do You draw your ideas and inspiration from?
Like most Scrapbookers, I am always on the look out for a spark to launch into the next project. This 'blueprint' started with the idea, that I would scrapbook a series of photos I have snapped on my phone recently.
 I am one of those people without skills that will run to every window or deck around the house to get a photo of the moon. The full moon calls to me. I will pull over on the side of the road to try to capture its essence too. I never got them into a printer from my phone. I really did have every intention of doing a layout. However, this is what happened.
A trip to pinterest for the multiple mood board ideas.
I LOVE Pocket letters, I love the way they go together, the way they look, everything about them! The moon photo had so many layers of blue that I was searching for to launch from. This is a pocket letter beginnings post. The theme for this swap I am hosting at 'Paper Traders mail Art Group' is 'Winter'.
For the background I chose a paper placemat that suited the color pallet I needed. It doesn't matter that I am winter themed, but using a flower background. I cut it to work as a solid piece for the beginnings basically 8-1/2" x 10-1/2". You can see that I gridded it off into ATC size sections. This will help to position some of the elements before I cut them apart into individual cards.
Next I added some stamping and embossing for the background. Also gathered and made different elements that will be on the final work.
I used a crafters workshop 'aspen' template to get the tree outlines. Along with the cut off pieces from the placemat. The colors will match perfectly.  Then I fussy cut them and added inks for a more real looking treeline.
Check back next Friday to see how the end project came together!
See more of my pocket letters photos and tips HERE HERE HERE
Thanks Pinterest and Pinners!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Poppy and Branch 2017

Two of my favourite little people at Comicon this year. I didn't get to see them, but the Mom generously shares her photos with the Grandmother scrapper!
I used these cut outs from a package of Pillsbury cookie mix to embellish!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Embracing the Snow- Man

Not much time in the room this week. Just a quick winter tag. Layers of tissue over music paper {from a previous play day} Stamped a snowman and sentiment fussy cut him out, glittered his hat and edges. Replaced his arms with a branch die-cut. Stapled on a scrap of trim, added ribbons last!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter Dream Catcher Card

 We all see what we see. When I looked at this embossing folder, I saw dream catchers. Not snowflakes.
Pick one up HERE
This is a close-up, I cut several small circles from different types of paper. This center is vellum.  Then did some concentric cuts to make a dream catcher frames. It looks like I laced the rim. However all I did was secure at the top, then wind one string one direction around the loop, then the opposite direction with the other string. Add in some gems, buttons or beads to finish the look.
I have been playing around with stamped and die feathers.
You can read about that HERE.
Something tells me I will be playing with these combinations for a while!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dabbling in the Stampin Up

I am pretty much brand new to the stamping up product line. I have seen many projects from very talented designers. But, have only just started with my own hands in the ink!
I spotted this feather and sentiment stamp in the catalogue and loved it! Also nabbed this Ombre' ink set in the sale bin, because well SALE! Anyhow when it arrived I was delighted to see that each ink shade was easily removable to be used individually or as a set.
I started with the outline to see what that would look like on different types of paper.
 Then I just selected various shades of ink to play around.
 These are before water spritz and after. I will say, I LOVED the way the ink moved on the watercolor paper.

 I continued to just play around with stamping and inking. Some I fussy cut, some I die cut using what I had on hand.  
This is the final result with several useable feather piles in different shades and die cut samples. And I have plans, stop by again soon!

Friday, November 10, 2017

ATC Traders

Some winter seasonal ATC traders . The backgrounds were built up with antique music paper over a sturdy base, then a separated tissue glued down. After that I added in the images with some leaf ribbon bits and pieced  together antlers . The words were picked and pieced from the music sheets to say what I wanted them to say.
Tip: I usually double glue any jewels to make sure they do not shift over time. Use a glue dot sheet in the appropriate size and simply mount the jewel to the sheet and use when desired. You can do up several ahead of time to have on hand.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sketch Time

Selena at Scrapendipity  has started her month long Sketch Classes. She provides the sketches and helps you create based on your own personal choices for materials. This is my take on her first lovely sketch. Paper is Kaisercraft 'Winter' 2017. I have started to buy the 12 x 12 set, with ephemera, as well as a smaller 6.5 x 6.5 pack. This gives me tons of options for adding in tidbits. The photos are borrowed from TH Ancestors card pack. The sketch has room for 5 photos, I will be replacing them with this years Christmas photos.
I like to use the 'orange' double sided tape for chunky embellishments. Mine was just a touch too wide, so I sprinkled it carefully with glitter, you could also use your pouncing bag to take the stickiness away.

This side had a large white space.{I think I messed up on the spacing} There just happened to be the leftover stencil from a cricut project close to hand. With just a touch of ink and a bit of glitter for the antlers,
I was able to fill the space a bit without overwhelming the LO.