These are a few of my favorite things …

I am so excited to be a part of the Mosaic Moments Design Team this year.

I have posted my first post to Journella, an online program created by the same person who created Mosaic Moments. I hope you will click over there to see how I created this page

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You can become a member of Journella, and check out all of the other ideas, by creating an account, or simply logging in with Facebook. It couldn’t be simpler! I hope to see you there and have you cheer me on!

Winter Fun

When I saw the new winter line by Bo Bunny, “Powder Mountain,” I fell in love — not an uncommon occurence with Bo Bunny, but this one really touched me. I love the colors … blues and browns … and I love the variety of options available in a single line … snowmen, birds, trees, skiing, snowflakes … all wrapped up in one coordinating package. The pages are a mix of all-over patterns, journaling and title blocks, and ones with border art (like the one above) that require very little embellishing.

So, when it came into my local store, I naturally bought one of each … and two or three or four of some!

Here are a few of the pages I created … the ribbon is from May Arts. The rest are Bo Bunny products.

I still need to add a title and journaling to this one …

 

On a side note, I apologize for how dark my photos are. One of my lights broke. Hopefully Santa will bring me a new set!

 

Under the Mistletoe

Well, not really UNDER the Mistletoe, but that was the first thing I thought of when I heard Bo Bunny’s new Christmas line was named Mistletoe.

Before you start thinking of kissing or anything romantic, let me tell you that this new line from Bo Bunny is young, childish, whimsical and fun in traditional Christmas colors and a beautiful light blue.

Here’s one sample page I made for Capture-A-Memory:

 

This is the last portrait of my family before my son left for bootcamp in the U.S. Navy. I added a bit of black cardstock, some ribbon and a few Maya Road pins. The flowers were cut out of Bo Bunny paper using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers die.

This one features a much older photo … for a $5 donation to a pet-rescue organization, we got this Polaroid of my children and my cat with Santa. Cute, huh? The Bo Bunny paper made this layout so easy. Everything — title, patterned paper, tree, “stamping” is all part of one sheet of paper. I used some others to make a photo mat, added a bit of ribbon and cut the journaling block (cut from another sheet of paper) and it’s done. It took all of about 5 minutes, yet looks like I spent hours. Thank you, Bo Bunny!

With a piece of leftover Bo Bunny paper, I made this quick little card. It uses two stamps from Stamps by Judith, Copic Markers and a bit of Stickles for some sparkle and shine. The base of the snow globe is colored in Y28 and then AtYou Spica pen in gold. It is the closest look to actual metal I have been able to achieve with Copic markers.

 

 

Autumn Beauty

Perhaps it is the cool, fall-like weather we have had for the past week or the fact that Halloween and Christmas papers have been arriving at the scrapbook store, but whatever it is, I have been in the mood to scrapbook autumn.

Fortunately Bo Bunny’s new Apple Cider line arrived just in time …

These are some “rejects” taken a few years ago when we were taking my daughter’s senior photos. Even though they weren’t senior photo worthy, they are still beautiful photos that capture so much of Korie’s personality. They definitely deserve a place in a scrapbook, so this is what I created: (click on the image for a closer view)

I only had one of each paper in this collection, so I cut two of the papers in half and used them on each side to make it coordinate. I added a strip of another paper over each seam and then a larger stripe across both sheets to serve as photo mats.

I used Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Inks on the edges of the papers and the die cuts (Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves).

For the letters, I used Word Play by Tim Holtz. I cut them out of Grungeboard, then painted them with Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Paint, stamped them with a background stamp by Studio 490 and then coated it with Glastique for a shiny, epoxy finish.

I also cut out a bit of the pattern on the paper I used for the mat and slipped the photo under it:

On the right side, I included a couple of cropped photos:

 

Then I created a little grouping using dies, pins, burlap, twine and pieces cut from some of the papers in the collection. Here’s a closer look:

 

 

 

 

It started with a little inspiration …

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary.

It is a special, and somewhat serious, day for us as we both celebrate our love for each other and remember the most important vow we have ever taken. My husband usually gets me a gift and a card and sometimes flowers. There is often great meaning behind everything he gets for me — yes, he actually looks up what the color of roses mean and what gifts are traditional on specific years. He really does put a lot of thought into it.

Anyhow, I wanted to make him something that let him know how special he is to me. Although CHA products slowed me down and I did not complete the project until yesterday evening, it did not diminish the thought behind the gift.

So, it all began with a little inspiration … this time in the form of some stickers from K & Co.

Although the stickers never actually ended up on my project, I pulled my colors and thoughts from them.

I used the Grand Rectangle Globeframe from Globecraft Memories as the base of my project, but I wanted to include more than just a photo, so I modified it a bit … Here is what I created:

(click on the photo for a larger view)

Basically, I took the back of the frame and the bottom mat and hinged them together. It looks like this inside …

The little “story” I wrote to go inside is filled with references to shipping and sailing. I used Distress Ink to tone down the white of the paper. The lighthouse paper is really old. I’m not sure who made it. The hearts are Piccolo parts I pulled out of card decor set and then enameled with Vintage Copper.

Here’s a look at how the hinges work …

I didn’t have any hinges, so I made these using the Tiny Tags & Tabs die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I cut them out of Grungepaper, since it is stronger and allows some flexibility.

Then, I used Piccolo Enamel Powders to cover the Grungepaper. I used Vintage Silver and then a hint of Mossy Glen to replicate algae in the water. I added a few brads so they would look more industrial and less like office supplies.

Now for the front …

The main background is created by applying layers and layers of Distress Stain in several colors: Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Picket Fence. I used spritzes of water and a heat gun and kept going until I thought it looked like the water. Then I spritzed a homemade mix of Perfect Pearls (Gold & Salty Ocean Reinker) in a few spots because sometimes water sparkles.

I wanted to add a fishing net, but I haven’t been able to locate one, so I improvised with the Chicken Wire Crafters Workshop template. I used the Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive through the template and then applied Vintage Copper Enamel Powder. It’s shiny, but I think it gives the feeling of a net.

The top mat I wanted to look like a ship, so I embossed it with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix bubble folder and then coated it with Vintage Silver Enamel Powder. Next, I added some Archival ink in black, did a little scraping with my fingernail and a bit of sanding, then some more powder and more ink until I got the look I was going for.

The middle layer, which I attached with Pop Dots, was painted black and then coated with a 50/50 mix of Glastique and water so it was a bit shiny — like the paint used in ships.

I added a few metal hardware parts (stolen from my husband’s tool box) and a metal star from a Bo Bunny accessory set that I thought resembled a starfish. The smaller gear is another Piccolo part, enameled in Temple Stone.

I added a couple more Piccolo gears (one in Brownstone) and a compass sticker (the only thing used from that pack of K & Co. stickers that inspired me) to the bottom corner. The keyhole was needed to balance the project, even though it has nothing to do with a ship. It’s from that same pack of accessories from Bo Bunny. I did add a bit of twine to it, since there is always rope on a ship.

And, my sense of humor forced me to add the little fish in the bottom corner. It, too, is a Piccolo part (enameled in 24K) as is the seaweed next to it (Mossy Glenn). I love to add a cute or unexpected element and what was better than a fish?

To tie it in, I enameled a brass washer (also stolen from my husband) in Vintage Silver to serve as a port-hole. I must warn you, if you enamel metal, be extremely careful when you touch it. It heats up and, depending on the metal, may take a long time to cool — 30 minutes after I heated this washer, it was still warm.

Enjoy the day on or off the water!

The Girls

I have been playing with Piccolo Enamel Powders and card decor parts by Globecraft Memories, well, mostly because they are so cool I cannot seem to stop! If this keeps up, I may have to join a 12-step program.

For now, however, I want to show you what I made this weekend.

This is my sister and my daughter. They are only 10 years apart and Korie is the only granddaughter so my mom refers to them as “the girls.” When we took all of the grandchildren to get a photo taken, she insisted that there also be one of the girls — even though my sister isn’t a grandchild. My mom just always thinks of them together. It helps that they get along well and are good friends and shopping buddies.

I hadn’t planned on scrapbooking this photo when I sat down. What I really wanted to do was see if I could use the Piccolo Enamel Powders to create a background with a Crafter’s Workshop template. And, as you can see, it worked.

Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive is similar to embossing ink, but it comes in a dabber bottle, which makes it really easy to use on a plastic template. All I did was lay the template in place and dab on the adhesive. Then, I removed the template, wiped it down with a damp cloth and sprinkled enamel powder (Cranberry Wine) on the design.

I loved it but I thought it needed a little more, so I used Distress Ink to stamp some background images over the enamel. The enamel worked as a resist and the stamp only went in between the design. Cool, huh?!

Then I used Mermaid Tears to enamel chipboard letters from Maya Road. I love how dimensional the enamels are and different they are from each other. The Cranberry Wine stays bumpy and glittery; the Mermaid Tears melt into a smooth surface. Very cool.

I used both colors on this Piccolo dragonfly and you can really see the contrast. The dragonfly is part of a Piccolo card kit that includes several compressed chipboard pieces. Because the chipboard is high-quality and compressed, you can bend it without it breaking or tearing, so I bent some of the wings for a bit more dimension.

Then, I used Rose Gold to enamel some more pieces in the card kit — flowers, hearts and a sign.

At this point, I got carried away and added a bit to the tops of these white flowers by Kaisercraft. Even cooler!

I love the mix of gold and rose in the Rose Gold. This enamel also comes out completely smooth if you heat it long enough. I used a ZIG Photo Writer pen, great for slick surfaces, to journal on it and it dried in less than 30 seconds. Cooler, yet.

So, now that I’ve shared some of things you can do with Piccolo Enamel Powder, I am sure you are anxious to try it and I encourage you to go for it … just remember they are addictive!

To get you started, if you type in code TS25 in the coupon spot, you can get 25% off your first order! Start shopping, here.

SUPPLIES: Papers: Bo Bunny, American Crafts; Enamel Powders, Adhesive, card decor: Piccolo; stamps, Distress Ink: Tim Holtz; flowers: KaiserCraft; chipboard letters: Maya Road; Tulle: Offray; pen: ZIG; template: Crafter’s Workshop; dots: Liquid Pearls

I received products from Globecraft Memories as part of the Hobby Baby Design Team.

Glitter You Can Color

It isn’t often that a new product comes along in the world of paper crafting that sends me head-over-heels.

Sure, I fall in love with new papers and stickers and die cuts. And, yes, I get excited over new tools. But rarely do I “discover” something truly new and magnificent.

But this time, I did.

I cannot take credit for discovering this … it is not even brand new, but, it is new to Michigan and new to Capture A Memory in Flint Township and I am completely, head-over-heels in love with it!

What is so exciting, you are wondering? Glitter you can color!!!!

Elizabeth Craft Designs has a glitter that is so soft, you can color it with your Copic Sketch Markers. And, it blends beautifully! I was so impressed, I made a video. Now, keep in mind it is my first video and don’t laugh too loudly, (and yes, I know the card is upside down … the viewer tricked me) but here it is …

A trip to the zoo

I love going to the zoo and watching the animals. I cannot help but take pictures of nearly all of them. And, while some have multiple photos and can easily be turned into their own individual pages, I also ended up with single photos of many different animals. So, I combined them and came up with this layout:

Here’s a closer look:

I used paper from Bo Bunny; cardstock from American Crafts; my Cricut (to cut out the letters); and some brads from Eyelet Outlet (don’t you love those little hippos!).

Picture Perfect

I admit it.

I am not one of those people who are current in their scrapbooks. I have photos I took a few days ago that are done and ones I took 10 years ago that are not. I have found, through trial and error, that it is best if I create what I feel like and what I am inspired by. To force myself to work in chronological order just leads to frustration and less-than-acceptable pages.

So, despite the warm temperatures, flowers and sunlight, I just finished a page about winter.

These papers are new from Bo Bunny — Doubledot Vintage. They come in many different colors and are perfect for times when you don’t want to work on plain cardstock, but do not want a busy pattern to compete with your photos, either. For that reason, I kept this page really simple. I used chipboard letters by Maya Road and Grungeboard letters for the title and painted them with the Pearl Metallic Paint Dabber. Although you can’t see it in the photo, it leaves a bumpy texture that goes perfectly.

So you see, I couldn’t have completed this page last November when I took the photos … Bo Bunny just released the perfect paper! It really is best to wait for inspiration.

Welcome, Henry

My brother and sister-in-law recently expanded their family.

To show off my newest nephew, I created this adorable page using papers and embellishments by Little Yellow Bicycle, cardstock from American Crafts, Ribbon from Bo Bunny and the We R Memory Keepers’ Sew Ribbon tool. The ribbon tool was easier and faster than I predicted. I think I might be adding it to my collection very soon!