Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Did you know?

You may know that Scrapbook News and Review packs tons of amazing eye candy into each monthly issue which comes out the 2nd Sunday of each month. 

But did you know on the 4th Sunday of each month we publish a "Part 2" which includes amazing scrapbooking, cards, stamping and multi-media tutorials?????

Just look what's in store for you in the recently released May Part 2:

Scrapbooking Tutorials

Anglaise Pretties
Coloring Trim
Fabric Butterfly
Fabric Paper
Twisted Fabric Blooms
Adding a 3-D Effect to a Photo
Adding Text to Fabric
Coloring Black-and-White Photos with Chalk
Coloring Black-and-White Photos with Copic Markers
Curly Fabric
DIY Photo Overlays
Fibers Fabric Paper
Fabric Shapes
Ribbon Curling
Twisted Fabric Flowers
Using Dryer Sheets to Make Embellishments & Create Interest

Cards & Stamping Tutorials

Faux Stitching
Fork Bows
Heat Embossing on Fabric
Heat Embossing on Photos
How Do I Attach That? - Ribbon
Stamping on Velvet

Mixed Media Tutorials

An Introduction to Gels, Mediums & Pastes
Adding Cardboard to Your Project
Baby Wipe Background
Canvas Breakdown: A Home
Crinkled Cardstock Background
Gels, Mediums & Pastes Primer
Paper Towel Background
These run the gamut from quick 4-step tutorials to really involved tutorials to informative, sample-heavy articles to amazingly in-depth primers. 
I feel so blessed to be a part of the amazing Education team and love bringing. 
You are going to LOVE everything you see.  Check it out!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Teacher

So this end-of-school-year was bittersweet.  I'm so excited for my girlie to be moving on to Kindergarten next year but that comes with the price of the end of our 4 year preschool era.  And our current teacher taught the boy for a little while and the girl for her entire preschool career.  Thankfully, we're friends so it wasn't a final goodbye.

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

Lots of collage-y fun.  Canvas, paint, gel medium, acrylic ink, drywall tape, dimensional paint, patterned paper, chipboard and rubs-ons, rub-ons, rub-ons!  Love me some rub-ons!

The girl graduated a week ago but the boy still goes until this Thursday.  His teacher sent out the week's schedule and I'm wondering how they're going to survive it.  (Insert major sarcasm here.)

Monday - no school for Memorial Day.  We're going to go see a movie. 
Tuesday - Morning: play games the kids created last week.  Afternoon: play board games and attend a carnival in another classroom.
Wednesday - Pajama day.  Morning: watch a movie in their classroom.  Afternoon: watch a movie in another classroom.
Thursday - Last day!  Half day.  End-of-year celebration, class-store shopping sprees, water balloon fun. 

Whew!  Glad to see there are actually legitimate, academic reasons to go back every day this week. 

For all the US folks, hope you have fun activities planned for the holiday weekend.  We're going to a bbq this afternoon.  Fun!

Happy Memorial Day!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Obaachan love

Credits Digi Paper, Flowers, Ribbon & Stitches: The Write Stuff kit by Audrey Neal; Button: Paisley Pop kit by Karen Funk; Font: Carbon Type

Sketchy Thursdays are becoming digi Thursdays for me, huh?  I promise I've not gone totally digi.  It's just most of my traditional layouts have been in Scrapbook News and Review recently.  Do you subscribe?  You should!  So much amazing inspiration and tons of awesome tutorials.  Speaking of...the July calls are up.  I'd love to see you published in SNR!!  Check out the calls.  Anyhoo, I promise I'll share more traditional layouts soon.  ;oD

I realized I have very few layouts made with the kids and their Obaachan.  Gotta spread the love.  ♥♥♥

So I went sort of clean and simple on the sketch this week for Sketchy Thursdays:

Hope you like it and I'd love to have you play along!!!  This week's prize is an awesome vintage-y pack of goodies by Vintage Street Market

It occurred to me just a little while ago that one week from today is JUNE!! 


Where has this year gone? 

Hope you have super fun or relaxing plans for the Memorial Day weekend. 


Monday, May 23, 2011

Party Dress

How about a fun card today?

Originally published in Scrapbook News and Review March 2011

The base paper is some faux handmade paper I made.  Later this week I'll share how I made it.

I love using cupcake liners as design elements.  Could NOT pass up this adorable patterned one.  Perfect for a skirt!

Have a great day!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

she knew she could conquer the world

I've really been getting into mixed media and collage lately and recently took Christy Tomlinson's online course "She Art".  I learned lots of great tips in the class and while I've been incorporating the ideas into lots of original stuff I just had to make one of the SheGirls from the class for my mom for Mother's Day.

SheGirl template and phrases by Christy Tomlinson

This is created on a 6x12 canvas and includes paint, ink, rub-ons, patterned paper, soft gel medium, acrylic ink, dimensional paste, dictionary pages, corrugated, stamps, drywall tape, a CD and I'm sure a ton of other stuff I can't remember right now. 

Lots of rub-ons, a stamp and acrylic ink used on this CD.

Acrylic ink mixed into soft gel medium applied with a foam stamp.  I'm loving how mixed media is helping me to re-embrace my HUGE collection of foam stamps that haven't seen the light of day for at least a couple, three years. 

I love TONS of texture.  Drywall tape is my go-to tool right now.  Soft gel medium and acrylic ink applied over a drywall tape mask and then inverted and used as a stamp, too. 

The scariest part of making a SheGirl...the hair.  I started out trying to make this one look like my mom's hair but I couldn't get it blond enough so she's a major dirty blond here.  LOL.  Paint and  ink.

I love how the boots and the grass came out.  The boots are made with corrugated.  The grass is dimensional paste mixed with paint and combed on.  Lots of fun rub-ons.  The edges of the entire thing are swiped with Tsukineko Brilliance ink, BTW.  Have I mentioned how in love I am with Tsukineko?  Luscious, luscious inks!!!!

I went with the floaty, swirly skirt for this girl.  Love mixing all the patterns.  And rub-ons, stamps and ink, of course.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it. 


Friday, May 20, 2011

We're Not Going to Take It

Credits Border & Digi Stamp: Starbrite kit by Polka Dot Pixels; Staples: Paisley Pop kit by Karen Funk; Fonts: Carbon Type, Sidewalk

The girl's first makeup kit.  She needs a little work.

Based on the sketch I made for Sketchy Thursdays this week:

Be sure to check out what the ST DT made with this sketch.  Some of my fave layouts ever.  Great stuff!

Sorry I've been so MIA lately.  I've got lots of stuff to share but have had little time to share. 

Today was the girl's last day of preschool.  She's officially a Kindergartener now.  So excited!!!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

These Boots

Credits Patterned Paper: Limon kit by Dana Zarling; Journaling Block: Doodly Journal Spots by Angie Kovaks; Fonts: Century Gothic, Champignon, Elephant; Brush: Splatter by Corelila

My daughter wears those boots everywhere, with EVERYTHING.  She inherited them from her older brother who wore them for a couple years also.  I have a pic of her at about 2 wearing them with only a diaper on.  They come up about mid-thigh.  LOL.  I will be sad when these boots no longer fit.  I'm going to have to immortalize them somehow. 

Diana knocked this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch out of the park!  Love it!!!  I know I'll be using this one over and over again. 

Have a great weekend!