Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mask Tutorial and Challenge

Two posts in a row!

"I know, right?" as my 12 year old daughter would say.

I did this layout about 2 weeks ago, and I had such fun doing it. Got out the paints and some super old stickers and went to town.

I did this layout because I don't have any scrapbook pages of my dad in a current photo. I snapped this photo on his last birthday doing what he loves to do, crossword puzzles.

My layout started with the puzzle idea, finding that Sassafras Lass puzzle paper then I thought of the Joker on Batman with his big question mark on his shirt... so I thought random question marks w/ different fonts would look cool. But, not just stuck on, and that's when I thought of doing a mask.

Mask Sticker Technique:

Step one
Find some stickers, I used these old American Crafts remarks stickers. I had plenty of question marks. Any shaped sticker will do, stars, circles, squiggles, as long as it is a "sticker". Rub ons do not work for this technique.
Step 1

Step Two
Place your stickers down where you would like them to go. These will create your "mask". If your letters are super sticky, you can put them on your shirt to pick up some fibers so that when you stick them to your layout it won't tear when you lift them off. (Remember, rub ons do not work for this technique.)
Step 2

(Remove everything else before you paint... I didn't want to put my mask/s down then cover up all the masking work with photos, so I just put the photos and my paper on for placement.)

Step Three
Slap some paint over the mask. You can be as neat or as messy as you want to. (obviously, I went for the messy look!)
Step 3

Step 4
Once the paint has set, you can take a craft knife and lift a corner to peel off your stickers. You don't have to wait until your paint is completely dry, just dry to the touch is fine.

Once the paint is completely dry, you can start on your layout or card or other project that you want to use a mask technique on.

Here's my finished layout:
Pappy's Puzzles

Now, the challenge part
Every month on the Ally Scraps message board we host several challenges. Each challenge gets your name put into a drawing at the end of the month for a $10 gift certificate to the Ally Scraps store. This is my challenge, I challenge you to break out some paint (or that glimmer mist you haven't used yet) and try a masking technique on a layout or card. Hope you'll join in on the fun. (Challenge is due 4/13 by midnight. Must not be used with any other offer. Valid only on Ally Scraps. Subject is subject to loud outbursts for no apparent reason. Must be over 85 to play. Yadda yadda ya. Just joking.)

Have a creative day!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Pink Paislee Goodness

I loved this new Pink Paislee line as soon as I saw it! I've been scrapping a lot of girl pages lately, so this month, it's all about the boy!
My Guy

Almost everything is Pink Paislee... the dragon fly is American Crafts, and I added 2 Kaiser Crafts dark pearls for eyes, AC thickers, the epoxy sticker is My Little Yellow Bicycle and the ticket is ? - I can't remember, the hand is Basic Grey (I think). I made the tree from the PP New Moon sheet and then inked the edge in blue.

Couple close ups:
My Guy cu3

My Guy cu2

My Guy cu1

Tomorrow, I will be posting my challenge layout on Ally Scraps. It will run for 2 weeks. All Ally Scraps challenges that you do gets your name put into a hat for a drawing to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the store. We've got some great challenges over there.

Also, check out the Ally Scraps blog today... there are 5 great spring time layouts from the design team! Here's a sneak peak of mine:

spring cu1

This is was what I woke up to today.... SNOW!!
On March 30!! Acck!

Mar. 30

Here's to warmer weather!! Have a great day!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Favorites & An Easter Card

Yippee!! It's Friday.

I've found some cool new stuff that I'd like to share.

First, I don't know about you, but I'm finding it really hard to organize my letter stickers, like Thickers, and other sheets like this. I had them on rings, but I find instead of putting them back up, I'm throwing them on the floor. And, well, the floor is not an ideal storage space.

I found these cool new Cropper Hopper sticker storage bins... and bonus, they really don't cost that much. I'm thinking with a 40% off coupon, they'd be super affordable!
cropper hopper

Looks like they'd be really easy to flip thru.

I also found a brand spankin' new scrapbook paper company... Lilly Bee Design. Well, they're new to me... but what I like is the shaped papers they offer... really nice.

What do you think? I know, we all have tons of paper, but, I like to look!! Kinda like window shopping.

I made an Easter Card. Yep, I did. AND, I stamped. Yep, I did.... and I am not a stamper. Not at all. I stink at it. Mostly because I don't have the patience. But, I did OK on this. I'm happy with it. The patterned paper is the new Imaginese Twitterpaited that I got in my Ally Scraps order. I added a few gems to add some sparkle.
Easter Card
Easter Card Cu

That's it for now. Hope you have a creative weekend!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wild, Wacky Weekend and a Layout

I am super tired after working Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Crop Around the Clock. I was helping with the make and takes. It was my first time, so I got to do something "easy". It was fun, and I met a lot of wonderful ladies.

I want to share this set up of a table.... these ladies really went all out. I wish I would have gotten their names. I'm sure I'll be seeing them again in November! They all wore crowns that actually lit up! That was the WACKY part! LOL!

Here's a shot of the crop. The back area on the stage was where the store was set up. I've never gone to a crop like this. This was fantastic! They really do it up nice. They feed you, you get a nice room, they will shuttle you down to their store... really, really nice.

I was AMAZED at how much stuff people brought to the crop. Seriously! Some people brought more stuff than I think I have in my entire scrap room! I mean, look at the photo above and those cropper hoppers... ummm, I only have 1 cropper hopper full of card stock and this lady brought 7!!! Now that's WILD!

If you live in the Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio or North Western West Virginia area, you might want to consider going. Check out their link: Crop Around the Clock.

One of the perks for working was that I brought the hubs & kids to eat dinner with me on Saturday night. My dinner was provided, and I paid for them. OMGosh! The food was delish, and I totally blew my WW diet. I ate chicken parm, baked ziti, veggie lasagna, bread sticks and a brownie!! I'm sure I blew my daily points! Oh well, gotta do that once in a while. After dinner, Matt took the kids for a swim in the pool while I did the last make and take for Saturday. At 10 pm, they had a sundae bar... yeah, I made a big ol' sundae with a banana and everything! YUM... well, if I hadn't blown my points earlier, I sure did after the sundae. I did share my sundae with Matt though!

Ethan lost his glasses somewhere in the pool area... after Matt, Emma and Ethan looked several times, I suggested one more sweep of the area, and woo-hoo, they found his glasses about 7 chairs over. Someone must have kicked them and they slide across the floor. I'm super happy that we don't have to buy new glasses yet, seeing that his are only 6 months old.

While working the crop, I was itching to scrap!! But, there was no time. I did do this layout last week though. I pulled out some SEI paper that I ordered from Ally Scraps, it's from the Love Bird Collection.
child wonder

Here's a close up of the tiny little flower rubons. I cut the swirl out on the silhouette.
child wonder cu

Next week at Ally Scraps, it's my turn to post a challenge. I have it all ready to go! It's a good one. If you are up for a challenge, or, if you are lacking some mojo lately, you might want to check out our challenges. Each challenge you do enters you for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Ally Scraps store. So, give it a whirl! You can find the Ally Scraps Challenges on the message board under Cat Fights! What have you got to lose???

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patty's Day to ya!

I spent the better part of my morning finding my Irish roots... yep, my grandma's maiden name is Shawley... I have come to find that her father's name was Frank Shawley born 1887 and died 1934. He was married to Martha Geary (Geary is also Irish), who was born 1889 and died in 1976. Now, I actually met my great-grandmother... my grandmother would take me to her house when I was wee little. I also remember going to her funeral. Frank Shawley's father was William, and that's where I get stuck. I have to pay ancestry.com for more info, but my uncle has a book, so I'll just ask him.
So, I'm a wee bit Irish!! More so today! ;)

I got my Pebbles, Inc. paper order from Ally Scraps, and I have to say, I'm really happy with it. I've never had any Pebbles, Inc. paper before. It's just as bright and vibrant in person as what I showed the other day in my Friday Favorites. I still have the birdies left to play with, but I used the more tradional patterns from the So Tweet line to make my layout. The floral So Tute Pattern, Together striped pattern, and the green Chirp pattern. The So Tweet brown flower sticker. Title font is Doodle Bug Loopy Letters in Lady Bug. Chipboard swirl and felt flowers from my stash.

My photo really doesn't do the rich colors justice. I recently used these photos of Em in a digi layout, but, I never, well hardly ever, print out my digi layouts.

Hope you all have a great day and a great week!

A little Irish toast for you:
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Friday Already! Fav's & a layout.

Wow, where did the week go??? I had a decent week, and got a few things done that I had been procrastinating on.

Here's what I found this week... saw this on the Making Memories blog - the Flower Patch Embellishment Box. I just love these colors! So springy, and the fact that you get a little bit of everything, some journaling tags, flowers, buttons & butterflies!

I'm drooling over the new Websters Pages.... {sigh}... so pretty. I got some last year in a kit, and I hope to be able to order some. Just look at these beauties:

Love the fact they that have these letter stickers, great font:
and, these great cardstock stickers:

2 of my favorite sheets of paper... love the cabbage roses on this sheet of "Magical Life"

This sheet has a frog!! I {heart} frogs!! It's called "Prince Frog".

Cute stuff. No wonder I keep buying stuff... it's all so stinkin' cute! I can just see a picture of my daughter in her princess dress on that frog one... or even one of my son holding a frog!

Here's a quick layout that I did last week. It was sitting on my desk forever... just wasn't coming together for me... but, I have to finish something before I start something else, so I forced myself to do it. It came out OK.

heart lo

heart cu1

heart cu2

Used a bit of everything on here... Little Yellow Bicycle paper, Making Memories letter stickers, Prima flower with a Creative Memories felt flower, Jenni Bowlin card, date sticker is Kelly Panacci, black jewels are Creative Memories.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Take care.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Old Time Toys

I have been dying to get my hands on some Sassafras Lass paper. It's so adorable. There isn't any in my LSS or even when I travel to the big store in Butler. However, I was able to order some from Ally Scraps. Yippee. It was the first paper I picked up to play with this weekend.

I took these pictures of the kids at the Cracker Barrel store while we were waiting for a seat. The little sock monkey and the jack-in-the-box we're so cute. I personally, never had a sock monkey when I was little, but my cousins did. I did have a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll. Plus a Barbie Doll... she was my favorite. Barbie is 50 years old this year!! My favorite was the Malibu Barbie and I also had one that had wires in her hair and you could curl it with this teeny tiny little curling iron.

Anyway, I digress. Here's the layout I did using the Sass-Lass paper.
toys_as dt

A couple of close ups:
toys cu2
toys cu1

The Sassafras line Sunshine Lollipop was perfect for these pictures.

Striped paper is Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop Collection 12x12 Paper Sprinkled
Flowered Paper is Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop Collection 12x12 Paper Gum Drop
Top scalloped edge is cut from the Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop Collection 12x12 Paper Buttercream Sheet Cloud Sticker, heart & flowers from Sassafras Lass 6x12 Sticker Sweet Treats Sunshine Lollipop

Font - toys is Sassafras Lass Hog Heaven Collection 12x12 Monograms and old time is American Crafts Vinyl Thickers - Sprinkles Orange

The flowers are from Creative Charms, the catalog I did. She sent me a bunch of flower embellies.

Thursday, Emma had her MusArts show. They had crafts, and the band... the band was really, really good... I mean, these kids were from 11-14 in the band... they were very impressive. They have a really cool teacher, Mr. Miller, who let them play Sandman by Metallica. The kids wrote their own notes out to play it. I guess the song isn't published yet, so the kids had to figure it all out. What a great way to learn music.

Emma is in Art Club, and she helped paint the "American Gothic" painting. Then she manned the station to collect the money for the pictures. Matt and I didn't stick our heads thru, but our neighbors did! LOL!

Mar. 5

Did you Spring Forward this weekend? I guess it will stay light longer. I don't get the whole time change thing... why don't they just split it in the middle and call it a day.

Have a wonderful week.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Favorites & Digi Layout

Found some more favorites!! I was doing some blog surfing the other day and discovered these cute vintage tags from 7 Gypsies...
I have a stamp really similar to that bird... I'm thinking I could recreate these tags with some stamps.

And these Jenni Bowlin chipboard buttons... I just love these! Ally Scraps just got them in stock, too. Wish I would have seen these before I placed my order the other day. I hope there is some left so I can get them next time.

And, one last favorite thing... these flowers from Pink Paislee... I'm thinking I could make something like these, too.
Maybe even tea stain the paper and crinkle it up a bit, to get that look.... or, how about using an old dress pattern? that would be cool. After you assemble it, you could stiffen the tissue paper with gesso, or layer the tissue together with gesso, to get a thicker strip, then assemble your flower... hmmmm, I might try that!

And, here's a digi layout I did the other day. I used the 365 kit designed by Crystal Wilkerson. Such a fun kit for tweens!!

One last little (OK, pretty big for us!!) thing, check this out... my hubby has an illustration on the NPR website!! How cool is that? His drawing is the little lamb there with the speak bubble.... cute!! I'm so proud of him!!

It's finally warming up here!! I love it. Tomorrow 70°!! Wow! That's warmer than we keep our house! LOL!

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spring has Sprung!!

Well, unfortunately, not outside, but inside it has! I'm all decorated up for Spring and Easter. I made this cute spring banner.

Here's a sneak peak....
S close up

You can see more on my first ever Ally Scraps Blog post!! All the details are posted there.

I must apologize for those of you who are on a slower speed internet than I. I've been spoiled for the past 9 years with cable internet. I need it for work for transferring huge files to printers to be printed. I couldn't live without it. However, I've been posting these "hunormous" photo files that might be taking so long to download, that you are able to make coffee, shower, paint your toes and let them dry! I promise from here on out, I'll only post 72 dpi. I still like the large viewing size, but, there is not need for them to be 300 dpi. Hopefully, that will speed things up a bit, and you won't have to leave to paint your toes!

Have a “springy” day!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Winner, winner chicken dinner!!

Ever since watching the movie “21” I’ve been dying to say that!

I won! I won! Over on the brand new blog called Scrapreview!!

I won the Hello Kitty Dies....

Remember me mentioning in my last post about the GCD Studios scrap line? Well, that's the giveaway today on Scrapreview. Check it out!!

I must thank the very talented Noel Culberston who pointed me in the direction of Scrapreview. She also is going to be one of the reporters for Scrapreview. How cool!! Thanks Noel!!

Don’t forget that Ally Scraps membership drive is still going strong... just 50 posts will get you a $10 gift card to the Ally Scraps store! Just got my first order today and I can't wait to play!!

Check back tomorrow, I'll have my little springy project to share.