Layout and a Card – Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss

About a month ago or so I won some of Bo Bunny’s new Barefoot and Bliss papers and their layered chipboard embellies. We’ve never taken the kids to the beach and I don’t have a single beach photo. However on the day we gave Christian his first sponge bath at home, he happened to be wearing a little romper that said “Beach Bum” on it and the colors seemed fairly appropriate, so I decided to use the BB for this layout. There was even a page that reminded me of bubbles, so I fussy cut and punched out some of the circles.

This layout is an example for the Paper Secrets July Sketch challenge. I rotated the sketch to better suit what I had in mind and here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss 12×12 cardstock papers
BB Barefoot and Bliss layered chipboard stickers
Pink Paislee alpha stickers

Adhesives:

Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar ZapDots

Then I used the scraps to create a card for my example for the PS July Card Sketch with a twist (the twist is that you must use a border punch). Here’s my take on the sketch:

Materials:

BB Barefoot and Bliss 12×12 cardstock papers
Twine from the Twinery

Adhesives:

Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Tool:

Martha Stewart doily lace punch

TFL!

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The Local Wildlife – Mini Album

Paper Secrets manufacturer challenge this month is American Crafts. Lucky for me, Kristi (owner of PS) sent me these fabulous Campy Trails AC papers in my dt pack! Unfortunately, we’ve never been camping, and the most outdoorsy things we do are go fishing and take the kids to the playground. Hmmm…no pics of either! Yes, I know…I’m horrible at remembering to take the camera with us outside of the house. Well, July is the last month of my term for PS, so I thought I’d make more than a card with it. And since Kristi was nice enough to go out of her way to make sure I had AC product to work with, I wanted to use as much of it as possible for my last project with them. So, I decided to go with a mini album. I used a Kaisercraft Beyond the Page album as my base. I tried to minimize the other products I used so you can really see the AC papers well. After taking the photos I’ve since added some ribbons to the rings that hold the album. Here’s the mini closed:

Here’s the first open spread. Taten, like a typical 11 year old boy, thinks it’s hilarious to fart audibly at any time. The louder the better in his opinion. Which earned him a dubious nickname this last school year…which he is unfortunately proud of. Stinker.

Next it opens to Alex wearing deer antlers. It was the second time that year I received a photo of him wearing antlers since he came home from school with another photo of him with more realistic ones on, but that photo was too big for this album. This photo was taken at Larry’s huge annual family Christmas party. Opposite that page is Madison who was chasing Matthew around the living room growling like a bear. ๐Ÿ˜€

On the last spread there is Christian with his little chipmunk cheeks. I think that cutout image is actually a squirrel, but I figured it was close enough? What do you think? On the last page is Matthew…our little Imp. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sorry the photos aren’t clearer. They were taken on a hot, hazy and overcast day earlier this week. TFL!

Materials:

American Crafts Campy Trails papers
Kaisercraft Beyond the Page Album and rings
The Beary Patch cutout sheet
Alcohol Inks
Distress Ink
Maya Road Alphas
Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprout
Fancy Pants rubons
trims and twine from my stash

Adhesives:

Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Check out the PS manufacturers challenge and post your American Crafts layouts, cards, tags, altered item or other projects for an entry for this month’s prize…a $25 gift certificate to the PS store!

Inspirational Journal Challenge for Tracy/Helmar

Soooo, back at the beginning of May, Tracy Weinzapfel of Helmar USA threw down a challenge to join her in creating a personal Inspirational Journal. You can see the recorded Ustream video clip on her blog here along with further details: Tracy’s awesome blog. The challenge was from the beginning of May through the end of June, to complete this album. Well here it is with less than a week of June remaining and I finally finished my COVER. Yes, my cover. lol So, here we go…

I knew that I wanted to use this one perfect image off of the Webster’s Pages diecut paper from the Spring Market collection. I knew I was going to use this specific quote with this image from the first moment I saw the paper months ago, so when Tracy announced the Inspirational Journal project, well I already had an idea in mind…but how to make it look like I imagined? Not a clue. Here’s what I ended up with instead. This is a 2 part cover here’s the outside/cover of the entire album (the quote reads, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain”:

When you lift the acrylic cover, this is the inside page/second part of the cover which actually illustrates the first part of the quote (the fussy cut image from the WP diecut is coated in iridescent medium, but you can’t see it in the pic):

So as you can see, it’s a bit backwards, but so am I…so I think that’s about right for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you’re thinking hmmm…that acrylic looks kinda hazy…you’re right! It’s not your eyes and it’s not me trying to get a photo on a castover day, it’s diluted acrylic paint that I coated on the backside of the cover to make it look like a hazy, rainy day. TFL!

Materials:

Webster’s Pages Spring Market diecut
Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Folk Art Acrylic paint
Strathmore watercolor paper
Kaisercraft large square acrylic album
Stazon ink
Stamp by Victorine Originals

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry (make sure to test before use on acrylic)
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar Acid Free Glue

NSD – Challenge Event Announcements and Projects

Happy NDS (National Scrapbooking Day) all you crafter’s out there! Hope everyone finds the time to do something creative today. ๐Ÿ˜€

In case you haven’t noticed, I love to combine challenges whenever possible. I often find it even more challenging to take a color challenge and mix it with a sketch challenge or a recipe challenge and blend it with a themed one, etc. It’s great when you can combine 3 or more challenges on a single project! Not all sites allow you to do this for your entry, but you can always do it just for you too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Today’s projects are combined challenges, however they’re unique because this time I’m combining a challenge that I’m hosting on Paper Secrets for their NSD weekend event with one on Webster’s Pages’ InspireMe! ๐Ÿ˜€ The WP traditional challenge asks you to create either a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using mainly WP papers and embellish it with either one of their flowers or stamps. If you don’t have either of these embellishments, you can even make your own paper flower from their papers for this challenge (CLICK HERE to enter or for further details). My example was created with this challenge in mind and my recipe challenge for Paper Secrets which requires just 1 ribbon, 2 patterned papers, and 3 embellishments of your choice from the provided list. You can use any manufacturer and can pick any 3 embellishments from a list that’s posted on the forum (CLICK HERE to enter the challenge or view further details for the challenge). Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

American Crafts cardstock base
Webster’s Pages 6×6 papers
WP Bloomer
Seam binding
WP Ladies & Gents Digi Tickets
K&Company rubons
Queen&Co. rhinestones

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

For the challenge I posted on Paper Secrets, you can also opt to make a tag instead of a card, so here’s my example for the tag:

Materials:

American Crafts cardstock base
Webster’s Pages 6×6 papers
WP Ladies and Gents chipboard buttons w/twine
WP Ladies and Gents Digi Tickets
Seam Binding

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

The tag was combined with Michelle’s May Tag challenge on Sketches4All. TFL and I hope you can play along too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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