Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lili of the Valley Stamps & Spellbinders Lacey Oval Dies

Lili of the Valley Stamps Spellbinders Lacey Ovals Dies

Stamps: Best Dress, Milly Just For You, Rosie Posy, Emma Presents & Swing Time

 I received these stamps as gifts and have to say…they are not only adorable but very versatile.  Just for kicks, I  designed a cameo of each of these stamps—adorable as they are without any applications.  But, by using the Spellbinders Lacey Ovals dies-I created an altered variation of a stamp.  I love to do this with my Spellbinders dies which is to create the appearance that the image is running off the die.  If you are not careful, you can end up with a hole in the head of one of your cutie stamped images, and if that happens…’tis only paper—do over!

So, I stamped, embossed, colored (with Copics) and cut out each image leaving no original white background paper.  Then, I glued the images to a clean piece of  cream colored card stock. {No special glue needed very just a few zips of permanent tape runner.) I fit the image into the best size Lacey Oval-taped it with removable tape, ran it through my Grand Calibur (once to cut and once to emboss) and Pop!—this is a new variation of the same image.  It may seem like extra work, but if you stamp and color on basic white card stock—this gives you another alternative to apply the image on any background color you wish! Plus, with it going through the Grand Calibur process, it adheres the image without any loose ends.

My Inner Nerd...

We all have our inner-nerd and today I got to put a lil' on a card!  QueenieJO, one of my long distance "sister's" from our  SCS swap chose this digi- image"Genius" from Tiddly-Inks, and out of  nowhere came my monster buttons, eyelet outlet big glasses brads and I was off to find some funky nerdy books and some Smartfood to c/p from Google!  Of course, before I started this task--I had to make a quick stop at Absolutely Everything for some fun papers from Echo Park and Carta Bella! {Yes, I make excuses to go to this store!!!}

So, welcome to my blog made the cut! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tree Pose

My dear friend Patti from SCS suggested we each make a 6x6 scrap page of ourselves and share one with everyone in the group that wanted to participate in this project.  Twelve of us participated and now I have a mini photo album which includes some really terrific women which have all become important friends to me.  Our project was to include a photo and a few of our favorite things in life!

I was as wits end about having my picture taken, but my SIL was kind enough to offer her time, expertise and the tree in her front yard in order for me to strike a pose!

I used the tree as the main  theme for my page which worked perfectly with my Spellbinders vine, MemoryBox flourish and leave dies. I love it when Word graphics works in my favor as I had fun setting up the font to compliment the theme.  My name tag was made out of a chunky Sizzlix die x 3 cuts to give the black shadow to coordinate with my shirt and my border.  How would it be possible to have a tree theme w/o a bird?  Martha Stewart’s dove with heart punch is perched on top of the background vine.

The wooden clips serve a purpose as a photo of my kids is on the back of my photo—hubby and Muddy didn’t make the cut! (Next time guy’s!)  The back of my project consisted of a homemade crossword puzzle-it’s not perfect but I think it gets my point across!

Thanks Patti—this was fun!