Friday, March 24, 2023

October Fest 2021 Layout

This was a quick and fun layout using a tutorial by Scrapbooking With Ann Marie/Scrapbooking The Day Away's website. I've mentioned it before and I truly think it's a great site especially if you're a new scrapbooker or need motivation.

The bottom part of this layout was made by cutting four 4x2 strips of Burgundy cardstock and four 4x1 strips of Navy Blue cardstock. I could have placed a 1x12" strip horizontally above this, but I chose to add the bottle cap sticker instead.

I used the Print/Cut option in Design Space to create my embellishments - my new favorite thing to do with my layouts. The gnomes were both wearing green (for St. Patrick's Day - apparently this is the only time gnomes drink beer) but I didn't need them to be green so I changed the colors prior to flattening them. I also added offsets to each of them before flattening, printing and cutting. I'll have to do a "How To" video on this process but if you need a tutorial, check out YouTube...there's all kinds out there!

The base page is a patterned paper. This works well as long as it has a good weight. I don't recommend using a patterned paper if it's thin. Even though it's a patterned paper, it really reads as a solid since the image is very subdued.

I love creating multi-photo layouts and I am really happy that I was able to get all three of these 4x6 prints on the page. I was able to make use of some irrelevant areas to either trim off or add an embellishment cluster to.

Check out the YouTube process video:

Products Used:
Patterned Paper & Stickers from Beer Lovers kit from Recollections
Cardstock from CutCardStock

TGIF; Thankful Friday #263

Well hello Friday! For some reason this has been a long week. We continue to get lots of rain, but it looks like sunny days are ahead (for a short time anyway!) What am I thankful for this week? I'm thankful for our school district's adult transition program. They have plant sales every new season and my work bestie and I took a drive out there to buy some plants. And buy we did!

I always purchase a lot because I always have HIGH HOPES. Now, it doesn't always work, but a few of my plants are still alive (which is another thing to be thankful for). I love that I don't give up and that I'm determined to create a garden that I can be proud of.

This is a Fort Night Lily that I purchased about three years ago as a wee little starter plant. It's getting its buds and I'm super excited that it's doing well!

If you are local, you may want to check their sale out this weekend. The prices are excellent!

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Fun Gift Bags!

Hi there, I'm busy as ever in the Command Center and over the weekend I decided to make small gusset bags with copies of my art. I do this every so often - make copies of spreads I created in my Junk Journal to use on other projects. I've also done this with labels. Those turn out really cool!

Check out the YouTube process video to see how easy it is to put together. They turned out so beautiful. I absolutely LOVE them!

I added a few more mixed media art freebies on my FREEBIE tab. Take a look and make some copies to use on your own projects. Also take a look for suggestions on how to use them.

Be sure to follow me on IG for more projects!  @3sons_and_astar

Monday, March 20, 2023

Sketch n Scrap Card #238

I'm so glad I'm part of the Sketch n Scrap DT because I get first crack at their card sketches. I love working with sketches because it makes starting a card so easy.

I bought a die set recently and I wanted to try them seemed like a great time!

Here's the sketch I'm working with:

And here's my card:

How fun are those plants ...right? I used scrap patterned papers for them. I also cut out more than I needed so I can make more cards!

I love the stencil background and the twine bow in the front. See how it’s done on the YouTube video.

Be sure to click to the SNS site or FB page to see more sketches and participate in the challenge!

If you're a IG user, check out my account @3sons_and_astar. I post all kinds of projects & reels!

The cactus plants die did not have a brand but I purchased them from Tall Mouse during an Expo.
Rectangular stitch dies are from Close To My Heart.
Enamel dots and ink pad are from Stampin Up!
Stencil, twine, black fine point pen & scrap patterned papers are from my stash.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Trash to Treasure; St. Patrick's Day Mug

Over the weekend, we were in the garage sorting and tossing and cleaning it. It has surely become a cluster of random junk! During this process, I found a tall, green & white coffee mug that neither of us remember where it came from. At first it was a TOSS, but then I thought, nah, let me do something St. Patrick-y to it for my IG. (yes, that's how I think now)

Of course I forgot to take a before photo, but here's the after:

I mean it’s a cute mug, but our cup cabinet is so full already!

And a short video:

Super cute, right? And honestly, the mug is a perfect size for hubby's daily coffee. Sure, the words probably gear towards alcoholic beverages, but there may be times when there's something extra poured in the coffee! 

I'm going to start a new series called, Trash to Treasure. Even though I already have an "upcycle" label on the blog, I am adding a "Trash to Treasure" label too.

This was a great project to use scrap vinyl and I have a lot!

Friday, March 17, 2023

Baseball Shaker Card; CutCardStock


It's time to share another DT project that was created using CutCardStock papers. I absolutely love the variety and quality of the paper and the prices are amazing too! Be sure to check out the store for all your cardstock needs! 

Baseball is a big thing in our household. We hate - yes, it is a strong word but completely accurate - LA when it comes to sports and if you're a SF Giants fan, you know what I'm talking about.

But...a good friend asked if I could create a birthday card for a LA Dodgers fan. You can only imagine my first reaction but then took a deep breath and decided that I could do it. I searched for free Dodgers' logo SVGs and found Worldvectorlogo.  It downloaded perfectly and since I'm only using it for personal use, I figured it was fine.

With the logo and baseball stitches cut from Cricut Access, I made this fun shaker card and it is perfect for the fan.

I used three colors of cardstock from CCS - Cougar Smooth White, Blast Off Blue and Red.

The front panel was also cut using the Cricut since it had the circle cutout. You can certainly use a punch if you want.

After adhering the clear transparency to the back of the front panel, I used liquid adhesive to apply the logo over the top.

I used two layers of foam adhesive to create a deep well for my homemade shaker bits. I used blue glitter, sequins, and beads, silver star and red heart confetti to create a fun combination! Once the shaker bits are added, I add an extra piece of clear transparency to close the shaker. This makes it so much easier to place the front panel to the cardbase.

Check out the YouTube video:

Check out the CutCardStock Blog for more paper inspirations!

And before I end the post...Go Giants!

TGIF; Thankful Friday #262

TGIF and Happy Thankful Friday! This week I'm thankful for Zumba. Oh my goodness, have you tried it? It makes you sweat in places you never knew you could sweat. I mean, do earlobes sweat? Yup, that much! 

One of my coworkers was recently certified to teach Zumba so she is offering a class every Tuesday for free for our office staff.

It is a lot of fun, basically dancing, but it is a lot. I'm thankful because I'm actually moving and grooving and hey, I also realize I do like Bad Bunny! LOL

So thank you to the Zumba instructor, Monica and thank you for Zumba!