Thursday, January 22, 2015

Birthday Wishes Digi Kit at Pixel Scrapper

Before I get into my layout share, I just want to apologize for being MIA. I have been sick for the last month and have not created anything at all (maybe that's why I was sick???).  This is the first week I have felt good since December 19th. I have a few mini albums I'm thinking about selling, so I want to video those over the next couple of weeks. We will see if that actually gets done.

So, my layout today uses the new Birthday Wishes digital kit by Sheila Reid at Pixel Scrapper. I very rarely use the kits as a themed kit and this time is no exception. I actually scrapped photos from our 2006 family vacation to Michigan. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to see the Mission Point Lighthouse and walk on the peninsula out into Lake Michigan. I walked as far as I could and never reached the end. When I got back, everyone was waiting for me at the car. Oops.



This layout took me about 20 minutes to make. If I had scrapped this traditionally, I'm not sure it would be done yet. I'm so afraid to cut into my papers and then regret it later, that I will ponder over my layout forever before making a commitment. Digi kits give me the freedom to just create.

I encourage you to head over to pixelscrapper.com and try one of the free kits.

Happy Crafting,
Dana

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Winner of $25 Simon Says Stamp Giveaway Is.....

I hope everyone is having a great first day of 2015. I've been sick for the last couple of weeks, so I didn't feel like celebrating last night. Today, my husband decided to take a drive. I have been stuck in the house for the last few days, so it was a welcome escape. We stopped at Michael's on the way home, but it was a bit too much. I was ready to go after about 10 minutes. Yes, that's how bad I feel.

Now, for the winner of my 200,000 blog hit giveaway...DRUM ROLL Please....

Random.org chose:



My fondest holiday memory was always getting together will everyone at my grandma's house. Going with the uncles to cut the tree, helping grandma and the aunt's decorate it. Setting up the train so we could play with it under the tree and drive everyone nuts. The watching grandma play the organ and waiting for the whole family to show up. I miss those days and those people :)

I want to thank everyone who left a comment. There are very touching memories that I hope will bring you peace for a very long time.
I look forward to sharing more projects with you during 2015.
Dan 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finals Week, UGH! (Yeah!!!!)

I worked the entire weekend on my research papers, and case studies, and book assignments, and discussion assignments, OH MY! Needless to say, I was way too tired to craft.

This week is finals week and on top of studying, I have a ton of homework. So, I won't be crafting through the week, but wait for the weekend. I'm free until January (bring on the paper and ink!!!), then it's one more class and I'm done.

I'm planning to post next week. In the meantime...

~~Don't forget about my 200,000 blog hit giveaway, win a~~~
$25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card (See details here). 

Hope you have a wonderful day. Happy crafting.
Dana

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Christmas Card #7

~~Don't forget about my 200,000 blog hit giveaway, win a~~~
$25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card (See details here). 

I know I said yesterday's card was my favorite, but this one is so adorable, I'm rethinking that statement. This card again uses the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit and Lawn Fawn's Sweet Christmas stamp set. I have made tons of cards with this kit and I have plenty of supplies left to make a few more. I haven't even started using the December Card Kit yet. I forgot how great a deal these kits are.


I stamped the all the images on Copic X-Press It cardstock in my new MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink and colored them with my Copics.

I have been using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink for my Copic coloring for years, but I had a hard time getting a true crisp black. The MFT Hybrid inks work very well with Copic and the images are solid, crisp black. I'm so glad I listed to Amy over at Prairie, Paper, and Ink. She made the switch and I could definitely see the difference in her videos.


I white heat embossed the snowflake from this set above the house and created a winter sky using Distress Ink in Broken Chine, Peacock Feather, and Evergreen Bough.

I cut a bunch of patterned paper rectangles and mattes. I rounded all the corners with my Corner Chomper and layered all the mattes to the background. I Heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of patterned paper and trimmed it out using the MFT Wavey Borders die on the bottom. Using my Corner Chomper, I rounded the top right corner of the sentiment strip.


I fussy cut all of the Gingerbread people and the tree. I adhered the images and the sentiment strip tot he card using foam adhesive. I added stitch lines using my Signo Uniball Gel pen. I first thought I would add a solid white frame, but with all of my images, it got lost. I don't really like the solid lines, but I wasn't wasting a piece of quality cardstock, so I went with it.


I add glossy accents to the buttons on the Ginger People and accented the card using more of the My Mind's Eye Jubilee enamel accents from the kit (I've used tons of these and I still have a bunch left).

I hope you enjoyed today's card. I had a lot of fun coloring these images. I'm on the lookout for fun, non Holiday, images to color. I think I've colored everything in my stash. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.
Dana

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Christmas Card #6

~~~Don't forget about my 200,000 blog hit giveaway, win a~~~
$25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card (See details here). 

This is one of my favorite cards. I love the simple scene and soft colors. It has tons of heat embossing, which happens to be one of my favorite techniques. 


The papers are from the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit. The stamp set is one I purchase quite a while ago from Close to My Heart but never used it is called Captured Moments. It is retired, but there are a few for sale on etsy.com or ebay.com. I embossed the image at the bottom of this snow flake paper from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day paper pad. Using pink cardstock from the kit, I embossed the sentiment from another old Close to My Heart stamp set called Holiday Commentary, again retired, using Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder that came in the kit. 


 I cut a banner tail on the end of the pink paper and added an enamel accent from the My Mind's Eye Jubilee collection.


I wanted a metallic mat for the image, but I didn't have any paper that matched the embossed sentiment, so I added a thick layer of the Liquid Platinum embossing powder around a piece of heavy-weight scratch paper. I then layered my scene on top of this and popped this entire piece up on teal cardstock. 


I added this whole piece to the front of a white A2 card blank. I finished by adding stitch lines with my Signo Uni-ball white gel pen to the sentiment banner. 

I hope you are enjoying the 2014 Christmas Card series. I have several more cards to share, even my first attempt at a shaker card (not sure how successful I was). I hope you are getting inspired to create something for you friends and family.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Dana