Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oldies and Goodies

Last week, I shared this layout on LCOM, featuring uses for old and new product. I have tons, and tons of raw chipboard that I bought when I first started scrapbooking, and never had the patience to paint or alter to use on projects. I've got few new tools in my arsenal that make that raw chipboard user friendly. One of those is washi tape!

Check out the step by step instructions here.

Cardstock: American Crafts
PP: October Afternoon
Chipboard: Fancy Pants, Collage Press, Pink Paislee
Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Mowed Lawn, Brushed Pewter, Gathered Twigs, Crushed Olive)
Maya Road Kraft Snowflake die cuts
Studio Calico Wooden snowflakes
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue
Washi Tapes: many :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wobbly Wobbly Sweetness!

I didn't think there could be any crafting item that could rival my fondness for googley eyes. Then I met the Action Wobble. A simple self adhesive plastic spring that can be added to your paper crafts to give instant fun and movement!

Pair that with some bright papers from Simple Stories and these stamp sets (Gnomies and Watchin' TV)  from Sweet Stamp Shop, and you've got a ton of fun all on one card...actually the only way I think I could have ramped up the fun on this one was to add some googley eyes...

If you want a chance to win some stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop, and a set of springs from Action Wobbles, head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for details.

Friday, November 23, 2012

a Little Sasparilla

Every now and again, a collection comes along that just seems perfect for your needs. Sasparilla by October Afternoon was one of those. I just had to get my hands on it as soon as I saw it online. 
Then a funny thing happened- Once I got it home from the scrapbook store, it sat, and sat. I eventually used it for a layout or two, but nothing that really captured what I had first loved about it all.  Then I got down to working with this week's sketch #159 from Let's Capture These Sketches. 

I pulled out these pictures of my little cowboy, and thought I may as well give the collection another go. Turns out these were the pictures I needed for this all along.

Cardstock: American Crafts
PP: October Afternoon
Stickers: October Afternoon
Letters: Lily Bee, Adorn It
Fabric Tape: Love My Tapes
Felt: Fancy Pants Designs
Stamp: We Are Memory Keepers
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Stain
Adhesive: I used Helmar Acid Free for the papers and photos, and Helmar 450 Quick Dry for the felt.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Against the Grain

Why are sunglasses on kids so cute, and just how do they seem to know how cute they look? Rowan has discovered the sunglasses. Every time he comes across them at home, he brings them to me to put them on him. I spent an entire grocery shopping trip wondering why everyone kept looking at my son until I realized he was wearing his sunglasses the whole time.

These pictures capture the cuteness of the sunglasses, and the ham that they bring out of Rowan.
I used a stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop all over the layout. I stamped a large woodgrain stamp directly onto my craft paper using Memento Ink. I love how the white printing on the paper still shows through.

I then stamped around the border of my page using the sentiment stamp.

Then I broke out the Staz On ink, and smaller round circle stamps to alter some white buttons. 

I really liked the birch paper from basic grey, and ripped a couple of strips off and rolled the edges securing with a little Helmar 450 Quick Dry before adding them to the page. The Quick Dry is also perfect for heavier embellishments like the buttons, wooden stars and title letters. 

Paper: American Crafts, Basic Grey
Washi Tape: AC Amy Tangerine
Wooden Accents: Pink Paislee, Studio Calico
Buttons: Bella Blvd, misc.
Ink: Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Stain, Straz On