Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Comments Verification

I never realized that in order to leave a comment you had to do that whole word verification thingy.  Which is totally annoying.  I think I turned this off thanks to my friend Carole from Color Me Beautiful Challenge blog.  Please, if it is still asking for a word verification, leave me a comment (LOL) and let me know.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Grateful Journal/Junk Journal

Carly and I are creating a Junk Journal/Grateful Journal with a little push start from another swap I joined on SCS.  These are the two pages that I completed.  They are numbered 1-7 so each day of that particular week, you can write at least one thing you're thankful for...

All products used are from Stampin' Up.  The first page, I decided to make my own subway art/patterned paper for the background.  I grabbed a bunch of different "Thank You" stamps from my collection.  Started with the largest stamps and then started filling the spaces until the entire 12x12 sheet of paper (three and a half of them) were filled.  Colors used:  More Mustard, Perfect Plum, Basic Gray, Basic Black and Cajun Craze.  These are the color challenge for the Color Me Beautiful challenge site.  I then stamped the Eiffel Tower in Basic Black in the lower right hand corner and added a punched red heart.  The Eiffel Tower stamp is from the stamp set "Artistic Etchings" from SU! as well.

The second page is also using all Stampin' Up products.  I stamped the largest shell in Groovy Guava and then masked it so it would remain on top.  The other shells are using Bordering Blue, Sahara Sand and River Rock.  (I forget the name of this retired stamp set.)  After inking the edges with River Rock, I punched Groovy Guava cardstock using the tab punch and adhered to the upper right corner of each page.

I'll be sure to post pages of the journal as we make them...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chalkboard Paint

We did it!  Carly and I stepped out of Procrastination Zone and finally painted our own chalkboard.  I found the recipe on the Martha Stewart blog to make your own chalkboard paint.  Basically, you mix one cup of any type and color of paint (I used black acrylic) and 2 TBS of powder non-sanded grout together and that's it!

This is what we did:
We finally removed the old Zac Efron poster from the closet door and created a chalkboard.

I had to test it this morning and yes, Carly, it works!

Oh, the possibilities...!

You Ought To Be Having Fun....

I love that Tower of Power song!  These pictures are from the "Class Reunion" the we attended in August.  This is a submission for the Let's Scrap sketch challenge site.  (click on the badge to the right to go to their website)

I always wanted to use a song title as a layout title, and I thought this Tower of Power song (circa 1970's) summed up the day.  Not only did we sing and dance to the song, but we did have fun!  You ought to be, you ought to be, you ought to be having fun...yeah, yeah!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I Mustache You a Question...

I thought I had one more day to enter this on the latest Let's Scrap layout sketch challenge, but I was too late.  I love these photos of Carly.  She's so adorable.  It's hard to tell, but she's wearing a mustache ring so that's where I got the theme of this page.  She told me this cute little pun so I had to include it..."I mustache you a question, but I'm shaving it for later".

Let's see, the mustache stamp is from Stampin' Up!  All four types are on one stamp.  The rub on letters were given to me by a friend (Thanks Callie!) in her throw away pile.  The three border strips were from a border swap and the paper was a freebie from a class I took at the Scrapbook Expo two years ago.  I think from Boxer Products ???

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Color Me Beautiful Challenge #2

Another color challenge...

This challenge was to use at least three of the following colors...Very Vanilla, Calypso Corral, Raspberry Ripple, Always Artichoke and More Mustard.  I only had AA and MM ink pads and VV cardstock.  I definitely need to purchase new colors with Stampin Up!  Which I am tomorrow :)  All products used are from Stampin Up.  This card is pretty easy to make:

On this particular card, I used white as my card base and mats color.

 For a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card cut mats to this size:
3 1/4 x 4 1/2 and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2

The Very Vanilla cardstock (or cardstock that you'll be stamping on) cut to:
4 x 5 1/4
3 x 4 1/4 and 2 x 3 1/4

Stack the three stamping cardstock onto each other centering the smallest down to the largest.  Use repositionable tape to hold the layers together.  Stamp your sentiment on the smallest piece of cardstock and then stamp your images largest first and then fill in with smaller images.

For instance in this card, I stamped the large Always Artichoke leaves first and then filled in with the More Mustard leaves and Close to Cocoa acorns.

Once you're done with that, peel off the three layers and permanently adhere to the mats.  As you place the two smaller matted stamped cardstocks to the larger image, be sure to try to match location of stamps so it flows together.  They obviously will not match exactly since there's a mat between them, but get as close as possible for a cleaner look.

You can embellish with ribbon, brads, etc.  In fact, I think this card would look a little better with a vertical strip of ribbon on the right of the "Thinking of You" sentiment...

Follow along and challenge yourself of the new Stampin' Up Color Me Beautiful Challenge site.  Entries are not limited to cards.