Friday, July 29, 2016

Office Space Pocket Letter

If you visited the blog on Wednesday you may have seen my Envelope Album that I made using the Office Space kit.  Well, today I'm back with another fun Office Space project - this time for the Artist Team Challenge - ATC's or Pocket Letters!!!

Well by now you all know about my love of pockets so I just had to make one for this challenge and here it is....

The center row are interactive ATC's...

I had lots of fun trying to find office related goodies to fill up the back too!
Have you ever received a Pocket Letter?
Would you like to add this one to your collection?

If so, simply leave a comment on this thread and you'll be entered for a chance to win!
You have until 8-13-16 to enter to win.

The next stop on the Artist Team Challenge Hop is...

Remember if you get lost along the way 
you can find the complete list here:

Stay Inky my friends!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Club Scrap Office Space Blog Hop + Giveaway!

YES!  Today is the day for the Club Scrap Blog Hop - Office Space.   

I know I say this quite often but I was so excited about the project I have to share with you once I finished it.  The idea for this project came to me while remembering what it was like when I worked in an insurance office (20 years ago).  There were always loads of different paper communications coming from doctors, patients, billing companies, hospitals and elsewhere.  This was before the internet, e-mail and text messages mind you.  I often accumulated lots of different interesting types of envelopes....  the perfect accompaniment for the Office Space kit!

A rather unassuming beginning I grant you....
about the size of a standard business envelope, it doesn't look like much.

Flip open the flap...

And it opens to reveal....

My Envelope Album!

The following photos take you through the various pages of the album.  Each envelope or pocket has either a journal card, tag or a place for photos.  Hope you enjoy....  (you can click on any photo to enlarge).





Some of the "envelopes" actually open up to reveal a place for journaling or photos or both.

This is the back side of the accordion pages

And the front of the accordion pages

This picture shows you what are in some of the compartments.

Do you think you're up to filling this album with fun memories???  If you do, leave a comment and you might just be the lucky winner!  You have until 8-13 to post a comment to be entered to win!

Your next stop on the Office Space hop is -

remember, if you get lost along the way
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Have a wonderful day friends!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Life's a Beach...Tote

Today I get to share a fun project with you that I hope you'll enjoy....
My Life's a Beach Tote!

You can find a complete supply list and step by step instructions on the 

Have a simply beach-y day friends!

Monday, July 25, 2016

DecoArt Americana DECOR Chalk Finish Painted Wedding Art

Today I wanted to the first steps of a little something I've been working on for my son and soon to be daughter in love.  The wedding is quickly approaching (8-6) so I need to get a move on.

I wanted to make something I could set up during the reception celebrating the kids marriage but I wanted it to be a keepsake as well.  I scoured Pinterest for ideas but didn't see anything that really caught my fancy so I decided to just wing it.

I had my Dad make me a very large frame...about 18"x22".  I had him make it with 2x2 square stock for the outer frame so there was a nice ledge - you'll see what I do with that later.  The opening is a approx. 9x11.

I choose to use DecoArt's Americana DECOR Chalky Finish paints.  In addition to the chalky finish it's got a nice matte look which is timeless.  I started off by giving the entire frame (front and back) a coat of white (Everlasting) paint.

After that paint had a day or so to dry, I taped off the outer part of the frame with a bit of painters tape.

It was then painted with the black (Carbon) chalk finish paint.
I removed the tape once finished and set it aside to dry.

After the black had dried for a couple days I taped that 2" ledge off.

And painted it with a beautiful blue (Legacy) color of chalk finish paint.
After the inside ledge had been painted I removed the tape and set it aside to dry.

The next step I wanted to add harlequin pattern to the inside portion of the frame. I used the DecoArt stencil but I needed to give it a bit of a trim so I could get close enough to the edge of my frame.

I used a jumbo sponge dauber to apply a bit of the blue (Legacy) paint through the stencil.  I allowed each section to dry before moving on to the next.  I repeated this until the entire inside portion of the frame had been "harlequined".  

That's where I have left off at the moment...
The harlequin design is drying and I'll pick it up here later in the week...

DecoArt - Americana DECOR Chalky Finish Paints: Carbon, Everlasting, Legacy; Harlequin Stencil
Wood Frame

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cool Cards for Hot Summer Days!

Today I wanted to share some cards I made recently that are perfect on these hot HOT summer days! I don't know how the weather is where you live but here in Indiana it is unseasonably HOT and sticky.  We do get hot and humid but usually not this hot until sometime in August.  Guess the heat came early as we have heat advisory warnings through Sunday...  ICK!  That's why I pulled out the ice cream treats today.  

(Memento Dual Tip Markers)

Just For Fun Stamps recently had a new stamp release and they are just now up on their web-site (Summer 2016) and I can start sharing some of my creations!  These are some of my favorite new stamps....  The card above using all 3 different ice cream treats and each of the cards below features them individually.  

(Watercolor & Memento Dual Tip Markers)

(Memento Dual Tip Markers)

(Embossing & Watercoloring)

So, my favorite sweet ice cream treats are Ice Pops...mmmm, I really like the fruit pops which have chunks of real fruit mixed into the frozen juice.  So refreshing!!

What's your favorite frozen treat to beat the heat?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July - Deep Red Stamps!

Wow, have you seen Deep Red Stamps newest stamp release?  In addition to their every day stamps, they have LOADS of fun new Christmas Stamps so I thought it would be fun to have my own little Christmas in July featuring 5 of their new Christmas stamps.

My first card features the stamp - Madonna & Child.  I flicked Delicata gold ink onto the back of a piece of vellum.  After the ink had dried I crumpled and mounted it on a card base.  I then stamped the image using Rhubarb Stalk Memento Dye Ink, matted & affixed it to the card with double stick foam tape.

The Gingerbread Man and Cocoa is a darling little stamp that I paper pieced on this card by stamping the image multiple times with different colors of ink on various colors of cardstock.

I love collage images and this is no exception.  The December Tree is a beautiful image that could be used in so many ways but today I chose to color the individual areas of the image with my Memento Dual Tip Markers.  Such a fun way to highlight the tree and other elements quickly and easily.

One of my favorite yet very simple cards features the Christmas Eve image which I stamped with Teal Zeal Memento Dye Ink.  I had this lovely pattern paper with the three owls that worked so well with the image.

Finally I stamped and embossed the Color-Me Poinsettia image then water colored it for a beautiful focal point for this card.

I'll be back soon with more from the DRS New Release.

Boardwalk Flip Album Winner!!

The winner of the Boardwalk flip album is....

LOVE your album! Of course I want it. :) These days my favorite summer activity is taking my DGS to his swimming lessons at the city pool, day in, day out. I think I will be scrapping some of those swimming lessons on Boardwalk!
Congratulations Lucy!
Please send me your snail mail addy so I can get this off to you.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stamping Over Stencils

The technique challenge this month on the Club Scrap Blog is - Stamping Through Stencils... a technique I love!  It's so much fun to play with the various combinations of color, stencils and stamps.  Today I have a couple to share with you....

For my first card I used a stencil for the background box which I inked with Angel Pink.  I then used the double heart stencil which was inked with one of my inky red daubers - no real color used, just left over ink.  I then stamped text from the Paris kit  with grey ink.   It still needed something after I stamped the sentiment so I stamped a few post marks also from the Paris kit to finish it off.

This example was made by inking the feather with a combination of Peanut Brittle along the edges and White Shimmer Delicata ink.  Since the Delicata is a pigment ink I was able to pull the dye ink along and blended it out into the rest of the stenciled area.  After the ink was dry I stamped a scroll stamp through the stencil.  Wish you could see it in person...the shimmer from the Delicata ink really makes this card so lovely in person.

So, have you ever tried this technique?
If not, you really should - it's so easy but creates such stunning finished works.

Supplies: - Cardstock, Stencils, Stamps
Imagine - Memento Dye Inks; Delicata White Shimmer; Sponge Daubers

Case This Sketch #181 - Take 2!

I had so much fun making the first card for the CTS #181 using the Office Space kit that I made another this weekend just for fun....

Here is the sketch...

Lots of fun!

Supplies: - Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Stamps
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink
Mini Staples

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Stencil Girl & Imagine Crafts Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stencil Girl & Imagine Crafts Christmas in July Blog Hop!  I am delighted to be able to combine products from two wonderful companies!

I decided to step out of the box and create something a little different for the upcoming holiday season....

I stenciled a decorative pillow for my living room.  I like to change up my home decor for the various holidays and I thought this would be a great addition to my decorations this year.  Actually, I'm in the process of making a couple variations on this pillow so that I can scatter them on both of our couches.

Here's what I did...

1. I started off by ironing the canvas material so I had a nice flat surface to work with.

2. I taped off all but the largest flower on the Woodcut Roses stencil.

3. Dabbed a circle of Dandelion Memento Luxe ink on the canvas where I wanted my largest flower to reside.

4. Tape the flower stencil over the yellow circle and begin adding layers of ink.  I started off with Angel Pink.

5. Add a second layer of ink using Love Letter Luxe and finally Rhubarb Stalk.

NOTE: While the inks are still wet they are blendable.  Once you iron the inks are set and no longer blendable.

And here's how it turned out!

6. I repeated these steps for the 2 additional flowers and leaves I added  to the design. 

7. Iron the flowers and leaves to set the ink.

8.  I wanted to add a couple of pine cones above the flowers and I started off by using the inside of the Pine Cone Woodcut stencil to ink up the center of the cone.  I used a bit of Rich Cocoa, Espresso Truffle and Northern Pines Memento Luxe Inks.

9. A second pine cone was added in the same fashion. Both pine cones were then ironed to set the ink. 

10. I used the Pine Cone Woodcut negative to add a bit of color around the edges of the pine cone to fill it out.  The pine cones were then ironed a second time to set this layer of ink.

11. In the corner opposite of the flowers I inked the Allegro Clef Mini Stencil with a bit of Espresso Truffle and ironed.

12. Rembrandt's Words stencil was used to add the background along with Flannel Grey Luxe ink.  After the entire panel was covered it was ironed to set the inks.

13. At this point I decided it needed a bit of greenery in the upper corner so I used a FantaStix to apply Apple Green All Purpose Ink in wispy strokes to give the hint of pine needles behind the pine cones and among the flowers.

14. Finally for a bit of sparkle I used a FantaStix to apply Champagne Mist All Purpose Ink on the pine cones and Gold API to the centers of the flowers.

15. Stitch front and back together and stuff.

Here are a couple close ups of the pillow...


StencilGirl - Rembrandt's Words; Allegro Clef Mini; Woodcut Roses; Pine Cone Woodcut

Imagine - Memento Luxe Inks; All Purpose Inks; Sponge Dauber; FantaStix

Other: Canvas Material; Batting

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
We'll be picking one lucky winner to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and a $50 Gift Certificate for ImagineTake your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time 
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The winner will be notified by email and announced on
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Good luck everyone...Enjoy the Hop!