Thursday, February 28, 2019

More Gerda Steiner!


I've been busy with these adorable stamps from Gerda Steiner. This Go Wild! set has the cutest little images of animals.

I die cut leaves with the MFT Leafy Greenery dies in shades of green and adhered them to a green frame mounted on a white card base. I colored the giraffes with Copics in some fun colors and had them sticking their heads out of the jungle with foam squares. The sentiment is cut out with a Hero Arts Antique Frame die.

The second card today is created using the Gerda Steiner Owl Rather Be With You set, also available at the Scrapshotz store. I love this little owl and his expressions! I wanted to change his moods, so gave him some different accessories for these next cards. The first is a Graduation Card.
I cut out an oval from kraft cardstock that I had put through the Big Shot in a Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Texture Fades - Lumber embossing folder that I got at Scrapshotz. I cut out the owl with his co-ordinating die (available here!) and added a graduation cap embellishment from my stash. The sentiment is cut with a SU die from gold foil cardstock.

The next owl is all set for a birthday. I gave him a party hat from the Tim Holtz Crazy things stamp set and die cut it with the Sizzix die. The background is an older stamp, SU Happy Birthday Greetings.
I mounted him on foam squares and gave his party hat some dimension with spots of Ranger Glossy Accents. I also accented the owl's eyes in all my images with tiny dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black, available in 2 handy sizes at Scrapshotz. I love the way that small detail brings his face to life.
My last card for today is created with another owl and a stamp/die from the Crazy things set. I used the embossed Lumber panel left over from my earlier card, and stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Clear Poly stamp set - To Seize or Not to Seize, available at Scrapshotz. Cheeky and fun!
The ribbon bow was created using the Bow Easy, that can be purchased through Scrapshotz. Like almost anything, just ask and Sandy will order it in for you.

So those are my cards for this week. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your day is good.



Monday, February 25, 2019

Go Wild! by Gerda Steiner Designs

Hello, fellow paper crafters!!
My name is Lorraine and I am super excited to be back on the Scrapshotz Design Team after a 2-year hiatus. I am pleased to report that I am feeling great and back to creating daily!
Today I want to share with you a couple of cards that I created with the Gerda Steiner Designs - Go Wild! Stamp Set, available at Scrapshotz. The possibilities with these cute images are unlimited!

For the first card, I stamped the images on Prism Bazzill cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I cut them all out with the coordinating dies, cutting out 2 extra jeeps while I was at it. I layered two die cuts of the jeep and glued them together, then layered the characters inside. The last jeep die cut was adhered to the back of the layers to give it stability.
I die cut a simple layer of light brown textured Bazzill with an oval window inside for my card base. I keep a supply of panels on hand that I have created with various inks. This one is made with Oxide inks and sprayed with water that had some perfect pearls in it, but the shimmer is subtle and hard to see. I mounted my panel with dimensional tape and cut the oxide inked panel to fit inside the oval. My jeep and characters were mounted on top with foam squares where needed and the sentiment was stamped on vellum then adhered to the top of the oval. The enamel dots disguise the glue holding it in place.

My second card using this set is simple. I colored 3 elephants and an explorer on Prism cardstock with Copic markers and cut them out with their dies. I cut out a border of tall grass and a simple frame, then layered my elephants behind them both, stamped the sentiment on top, and mounted the explorer with foam squares. A trio of enamel dots complete the card. The explorer is going to be surprised when he’s run over by the herd! The anticipation of the impending disaster gives this card some action and excitement.
I’m going to continue working with this set and will share more cards in the coming days. I can’t think of a better way to spend a week of subarctic weather than in my craft room.
Happy crafting!

Friday, February 22, 2019

More Sunny Studio


Rosie back with a few more projects featuring Sunny Studio Stamps products. First up is another card  made with the Love Monkey set.

I stamped the trees multiple times to create a forest of trees and coloured with Copic Markers. I die cut masks for the trees and then inked the sky and grass with Distress Oxide inks. I coloured and popped up one tree as well. The monkey's are adhered to the panel with foam adhesive.

This has some super cute puppies from the Sunny Studio Puppy Parents  set. I die cut the circles with the Sunny Studio staggered circles die and used them as "mats" for the Copic coloured images.

I began this card by stamping and die cutting images from the Altenew Ruffled Flowers stamp set which is available at Scrap Shotz by special order.

I then die cut the gold glitter paper using the staggered circles die and then inked a white card stock panel in Broken China Distress Oxide ink.

I then trimmed the corners off the gold glitter paper and adhered the florals behind the circle windows, popping up some with foam tape and trimming to fit within the windows. I've then stamped the sentiments on the corners and added Studio Katia black crystals as the final embellishments.

I hope you've enjoyed these projects, I certainly had a great time creating them!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gingham Farm Layout with a Tutorial

Hello everyone!
I'm excited to be back again to show you more of the Gingham Farm collection by My Mind's Eye. This time I used a picture of my daughter's artwork. She drew some family portraits and they were so cute, I wanted to make sure I preserved them. I cropped the photographs I took of her artwork and placed them in frames or on journal cards. I realised that the stripped paper looked like wall paper so I decided to hang my pictures on a wall!
Step 1: Fussy cut the flowers.
Here is the paper with the flowers before I cut them out.
Here are the flowers cut out.
Step 2: Add a few pieces of chipboard on top.
Step 3: Crop the photos to fit the following frames. Add journaling cards to make them pop off the background. Add some die cuts and wood pieces. Poke a hole in each frame and add a brad so it looks like the frames are hanging on the wall.
Step 4: Add a border along the top. Use a thin strip of black cardstock to separate the border from the "wallpaper".
Step 5: Add a background rectangle of paper. I really hummed and hawed over whether to add this because I felt that all the black and white might get lost but I didn't want to have an awkward rectangle on my wall. In the end, I wanted some extra colour so I kept it.

Step 6: Add a title. These are Dear Lizzy Thickers that are also available in the Scrap Shotz shop. Just be careful not to bend them too much or the gold gets creases.
Step 7: Play around with the placement of your different pieces. The flowers above are in the brad set. The wood piece was to cover a word on the frame that didn't go with my theme.
Here is the result of moving things around to see how they looked.
Step 8: Add journaling and the date. I always do this. I keep scrapbooks by year so I need to have the date somewhere otherwise I can't remember where it goes.
I felt like the green rectangle looked like it was a bit misplaced so I thought I would do faux stitching with a pen around the border. However, I thought it might be fun to do something different so I used some black embroidery thread to make x's to make it look like the rectangle is part of the wall.
Here is the final layout again:
Aside from my daughter drawing my face with an insane sunburn, I like how it turned out.
Thanks for following along with me! Have a great day!

Monday, February 18, 2019

February Kit Club and Creative Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge

Hello, hello! I am having an amazing time playing with my February 2019 Scrapbook kit. Much of the kit is inspired by the Pinkfresh Studio, Indigo Hills 2 collection and there is not a pattern paper or embellishment in the kit that doesn't bring me joy. Wow, I love the purples, blues and floral.

I have completed a few layouts now and they are all very feminine and soft, easy to achieve with this gorgeous collection. So I wondered if I should show the versatility of this kit by moving away from the soft feminine look and instead work on a project that is perhaps a little more masculine. To really show you how much one kit can accomplish for all the different photos and stories you have waiting to document.

For this project, I am starting with the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, Sketchy Challenge for February. I love using sketches for inspiration. They give you enough detail to spark an idea for a page design but also give you so much room to really make the layout your own.

With a more masculine look in mind, I reached for the Pinkfresh Studio, Indigo Hills 2 - Valley pattern paper in the kit. One side of this paper is a gorgeous deep blue botanical pattern and the other is a cool grid with some paint brush stroke features. I focused my attention on the grid side of the paper.

I had 2 photos in mind to scrapbook. One of me and one of my sister sitting on the side of the headland in Scotland last summer waiting for the tide to go out so we could continue on our hiking route to the next town along the beach. But because I only had 2 photos, I needed to figure out what to do with the 2 other 'blocks' on the sketch. Hello cut file! For the 2 \blocks' on the right in the sketch, I instead cut out the below saying from the Cut Shoppe,

I kept this layout simple by focusing on only a few of the colours in the kit. The black/white of the grid and the muted orange colour embellishments which is a colour also featured on the grid paper. I also used black cardstock from my stash to really make the cut words pop!

As I was working on embellishing the layout though I noticed that the gold on the wood veneers were a bit too gold for this layout. They stood out too much in contrast to the rest of the muted orange of the stickers and cardstock phrases I was using. Recalling a tip Missy Whidden had mentioned on one of her YouTube videos and I am happy to pass on here to you all .. "too bright? just add gesso!"

I simply took some Liquitex - Basics Acrylic Gesso in white on the end of my finger and rubbed it over the wooden veneers I wanted to use on the page. You can see here the difference pretty clearly on the original bright veneer and the one that is now more muted thanks to the Gesso. The colour is still fabulous and you can see the gold - it is just toned down. This muted look worked so much better for the design I wanted for this layout.

I finished off the layout by cutting down the black cardstock on the left hand side beside my photos sort of messy like and adhering a strip of that same grid pattern paper behind to give a bit of balance to the big cut file words on the right. I would have loved to stitch along that edge but  (sigh) I do not have a sewing machine - so journal pen stitching it is. What is journal stitching? Where you use your journalling pen (white, black or whatever color) and make a line of little lines so it sort of looks like it was sewn. A bit of a cheat but it is keeping the sewing machine FOMO at bay!

I finally added some staples because I add those to nearly everything and then finally a little splatter here and there of the Heidi Swapp, Color Shine - Bronzer.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Gingham Farm Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone!
It's Carolyn here for my first Scrap Shotz post! It is so wonderful to be a part of this scrapbooking community. Let me tell you about a really neat, new line by My Mind's Eye. It is called Gingham Farm. It is black, white and grey with a hint of light green and teal. It is unlike any other line out there. You can use the pieces as a base and add colour or use it as is. I decided to make my first layout using much of the collection as it is. It is very easy to do - check it out below.
I began with a white piece of cardstock. I cut a thick strip of the plaid paper for the border and another smaller strip from black cardstock. I used a stencil to cut the wavy shape. I glued them down and tied a piece of black and white twine around the papers. Here is what the paper kit looks like. It also comes with a sticker sheet. Click here to see this product in store.
Next, I used a paper from the kit and two journal cards to frame my picture. I layered another two journal cards in the corner to write about my picture. Click here to find them in the store. Here is a close-up of one of the cards.
I used lots of ephemera on this layout! The titles, corner flowers and tags can all be found here in the store. Another favourite embellishment of mine is chipboard. I used it under and over my picture to help frame it but also to pop it up off the page. Here is how it looks:
Here is the chipboard that can be found in the store. This is one sheet. There is another on the other side.
Thanks so much for taking a look at my post! I'll be back soon with some more Gingham Farm goodness! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February Kit Club And A Few Tricks

Hello, hello! So excited to join the Scrap Shotz Design Team. Pinch me! We have such a supportive community here and I am excited to be part of it. Also, I am really looking forward to get to know all of you.

This month I am playing with the February 2019 Scrapbook kit and loving every single bit of this beauty. The kit this month is all about the Pinkfresh Studio, Indigo Hills 2 collection and brings in some matching crystals and cardstock and wow!

I thought as a way to introduce myself I would share the first layout I made with this month's kit and  share some of my go-to scrapbooking tricks while I am at it. I used quite a few of my go-to's on this layout. Here we go, this is my 12x12 traditional layout called Moments.

Now lets break this layout down sort of layer by layer as a way to reveal my go-to tricks for you.

Let the background pattern do the work! When there is a fabulous pattern paper in a kit let it do all the work for you. Do not hesitate to use just a single photo on a layout and even push your pictures and journalling to the side of the background, etc. It the pattern is lovely, show it off! The background paper from the kit I used here is Pinkfresh Studio, Indigo Hills 2  - Eminence. I love it and didn't alter it in any way.

Find inspiration online! One of the things I like to do when I receive a kit is look for inspiration on social media for that kit or the products in it. We are a community that inspires each other - so be inspired. I went online when I got my kit and discovered the Pink Fresh Studio Facebook Group and would you believe they had this vine/leaves background cut file for free. Yes please! I cut it on plain, flat white cardstock so it wouldn't take anything away from the Eminence pattern paper behind it.

If its pretty, use the product packaging! For those of you playing with the kit this month you may have noticed that the Pinkfresh products packaging is have this amazing light grey/purple diagonal line cardstock insert. It makes a fabulous layer on your project. I cut off the branding and used it to back my photo. Best part is, it matches the collection perfectly!

If you love the ephemera, use the ephemera! If I had an endless scrapbook supply budget I promise you I would get 2 or 3 packs of ephemera with every collection I ordered. I love them! So pile them on, spend out, use em up, no hoarding. I piled every flower bit (ephemera to puffy stickers) from the kit as layers behind my photo. A tip, if you are going to cover half of the ephemera up cut it in half for another layer or for another layout. At least half of mine are cut in half on this layout so I am not wasting their goodness behind the photo.

Add some texture using string! I have loads of different string colours and textures in my stash and I love cutting off a long string, sort of balling it up into a loose knot and tucking it behind a photo or ephemera. If you have ever watched a Missy Whidden YouTube video you will know how my addiction with this string trick started. It adds such a great little pop. I use a colour that either compliments or contrasts my layout and sometimes use more than one colour. There is some awesome May Arts Ribbon - String Burlap in the Scrap Shotz shop in great colours if you want to give this a go on your next layout.

Use a black and white photo! When there is a certain collection or product I want to play with, for example this month's kit, but I don't have a photo that will match the colours - I print in black and white. I love how the muted tones of a black and white photo really showcase the bright features of a  collection. With this layout, I think it really makes that orange/blush color of the stems and flowers in the ephemera stand out. For some reason, I also think black and white looks more fancy.

My final layer on this layout was some paint. Once complete, I took a few minutes to just gently splatter some paints in blue, purple and orange gently around the photo to give the white cut file a little something. I really like the way it turned out. Its a little too pretty for me to add journalling to so I am going to do my journalling on a 2x3 pocket card and just attach it with a flap once its in my album. Oh maybe that's another go-to trick!

Well that is me! Thanks for reading. If you try one of these tricks, I would love to see. Please tag Scrap Shotz on any of social media channels when you share so we can oooh and aahh. Also, would love for you to say hi in the comments - I look forward to getting to know you.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Love Monkey | Sunny Studio


Rosie here to share my first round of projects for 2019. 

I am creating with the super cute Sunny Studio Love Monkey stamp and die:

Let's start with this card that uses all 3 of these products:

I stamped, die cut and Copic coloured these images, also adding some highlights with a white gel pen.

I then die cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" grey card front with the Staggered Circles die, stamped the sentiments in Lawn Fawn Yeti ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
The sunshine-y background is yellow card stock embossed with the Sunny Studio Sunburst Embossing Folder.

This next card also uses the Sunburst embossing folder, I inked the folder with Distress Oxide Mustard Seed added white card stock and ran it through my Big Shot.

The centre "sun" is the perfect spot for a shaker and the best place for the sentiment so I stamped the sentiment in Memento black ink. The Sizzix Dimensional Dome houses the sequins and the cute Copic colored Love Monkey's accent the sunburst card front.

Thanks so very much for stopping by and taking a look!

Monday, February 11, 2019

February Kit Club Graduation Layout!

Hello friends! I sure hope you've been staying warm! It has been so cold here in Calgary, Alberta that I have not felt one bit guilty staying inside to craft and keep warm 😉 I am really enjoying the February 2019 Scrapbook kit featuring the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 collection. The colours are gorgeous and so versatile. Today, I'm sharing a navy layout with orange highlights - so different than the purple double page layout from Friday - but all with the same kit supplies! 

I chose the blue and orange Bazzill and cardstocks from the kit and chose coordinating papers to highlight the school theme from my photos. I based the layout on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine February Sketch, which is such a great basic starting point sketch. I used some of the Add-On journaling spots to add my date and as layering papers. 

The puffy stickers were fun to add dimension and texture around the page and some of the dark Prima gems add just the right amount of bling!

The wood stickers were perfect to add to the page, adding just the right sentiments! A few chipboard hearts from the Add On Chipboard Stickers Pack finish off the page embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the Reveal Post HERE to see what's in the February 2019 Scrapbook kit, and be sure to keep checking back to see lots more crafty posts to keep you inspired all month!