Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Doing a little stamping as one does lol. This is my long pined for, now on clearance Papertrey Ink World Map stamp started after finishing up a tough "de-glittering" of a second hand stamp set. Embossing powder is nothing compared to fine glitter! Still plugging away at the 100 day scrapbook project, though some days it's just hunting for the stuff lol. Still, I'm counting it : D.

I finished my Harry Potter 7 part 2 blog post finally. No photos, and all handmade embellishments and the hard part was condensing allllll the words lol.

Check out the little doe patronus though : D.

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Harry Potter 7 part 2 layout

This is one of the most complicated layouts I've ever made, summing up my enjoyment of Harry Potter's adventures and my feelings about the last of the "new" events. The focal point is the slide cover of  the Harry Potter 7 part 2 blu-ray. It's a motion image showing Harry and his friends on one angle

and Voldemort and his cronies on the other. The frame is made with strips of Tapeworks lime green polka dot tape and American Craft green Glitter Ribbon.

The paper is from the Recollections Floral Fantasy Paper pad. And had this drapey pattern that reminded me of the veil. I started by stamping the clouds from Altenew's Rain or Shine set with Distress Oxides (Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruce, and the last layer stamped twice with Antique Linen and Black Soot slightly off center).and embossing the lighting with Ranger Weathered White Antiquities embossing powder. For the record, I can not adequately express my love of stamping with Distress Oxide inks on dark paper! All the frames are made with Altenew's Framed stamp and die set. All the cardstock used to make the frames is from Papertrey Ink.

 The largest is made with Papertrey Ink's Stormy Sea cardstock and heat embossed with American Craft Zing! Neon Yellow embossing powder. Twisted Citron Distress Oxide was used to pretty much cover the entire image, then painted with Stormy Sea ink and a very liberal use of water using the Distress Sprayer.

The frame was made using Honey Nut cardstock and Lindy's Stamp Gang King Midas Gold embossing powder. The inside of the frame is colored by brushing the Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inkpad over the cardstock, painting it with a paint made with a drop of Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw Distress Ink reinkers blended with water. Which was then spritzed heavily with the Distress Sprayer.

The books were made by cutting a 1 inch strip of cardstock from Altenew's New Day card kit. Fold a crease about the width of the book spine. Round a bit more than the width of the spine on a edge, then make another crease and cut. Glue flat edges together. The numbers were written with a gold Uni-Ball gel pen. The spines were dipped in a puddle of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink blotted on the craft mat and spritzed with water. Then when they were dry, highlighted with Frayed Burlap Distress Crayon (smudged with finger).

Weathervane cardstock with Turquoise Antiquities embossing powder by Ranger. Painted with a drop of Peeled Paint Distress Ink reinker spritzed with water. Then spritzed with water when it dried and dabbed dry.

Winter Wisteria cardstock. The frame is embossed with American Craft Zing! Cricket embossing powder painted with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. The center is stamped with the book from Papertrey Ink's All Booked Up and Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder by Ranger. This is also sprinkled above the book. The book is colored with Picket Fence and Candied Apple Distress Markers. Sparkles are drawn with a gold Uni-Ball gel pen.

Because the focal image had a bit of height I cut the frame again out of fun foam covered with Papertrey Ink Adhesive Paper (much easier to attach things to fun foam with this on it). Then cut away the parts where the frame is.

Started with Spring Moss cardstock and Weathered White Antiquities embossing powder by Ranger. The frame was painted with a drop of Peeled Paint Distress Ink reinker and one drop of Weathered Wood Distress Ink reinker spritzed heavily and blended. The Deathly Hallow symbol was drawn by hand.

My favorite embellishment. Stormy Seas cardstock with Wendy Vecchi Sky Blue embossing powder painted with Stormy Seas ink and misted with water. The doe is from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Tinsel & Tags with Silver embossing powder by Ranger. Picket Fence Distress Marker to give it more of a "patronus" feel.

The banner is a strip of patterned paper from a very old K&Co collection, distressed with a Tim Holtz Tonic Distresser, and written on with a gold Uni-Ball gel pen.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I Know You Re-Do

New: The journaling now a more natural fit, the middle strip guides the eye to the connection between the two people, coloring the letters and their shadows connect them to the page. I used a combination of Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, and Tattered Rose Distress Markers.
Old: The problems I had were the gaps between the letters and the patterned paper, the writing on the bottom distracting, no natural space for the journaling (which was key to the page).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Editing the elements for this "Like Father, Like Daughter ... Sort of" page. My dad collected postage stamps (for about 75 years) and I collect (and use mostly) rubber stamps. It's been "in the works" since 2015 after he passed away, but doing the 100 days of scrapbooking inspired me to pull it out and work on it again. Also finished the journaling of a layout I did in 2015.

In the back is a jar of Stampendous Super Chunky Gold embossing powder. Sooooo shiny. Used on a layout (scrapbooking focused lol).

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Cantankerous When I Want to be Finale

I've been working on this page a while (2015), but I THINK it's done. The journaling is finished! I love altering photographs, but never the originals. I scan the originals and then print out a new one. I also love twisting the expectation with a contrasting first glance and the actual subject matter.

I added a die cut indicating the journaling is pulled out using a little arrow from Papertrey Ink's Movers & Shakers Sentiments set. I die cut a scrap of glossy paper and stamped the background with Papertrey Ink's Monthly Moments: Tabbed set.

I might add a couple more F Bombs from Kelly Purkey's F Bomb set.

Paper: Anna Griffin, 12x12 vellum, Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush cardstock, Vintage Glassine (for postage stamp collecting).

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Honey Bees, Monthly Moments: Tabbed, Movers & Shakers Sentiments, Simple Alphabets; Kelly Purkey F Bomb

Cricut: Cricut Explore doesn't show which images were used. No idea about the Vellum, letters, speech bubble, and the beetle. The toads are from Spells & Potions.

Miscellaneous: Stickles, Handsput Silk Embroidery Thread (used to stitch translucent pieces in place), Deckle edged scissors (for Journal Pocket), White Opaque Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents

There is something so satisfying about making embellishments : D. This little toad is one of my all time favorites.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink April 2018 Blog Hop

Papertrey Ink's April 2018 Blog Hop inspiration picture. Since I'm doing 100 days of scrapbooking, I made a layout.

I started with a light blue piece of cardstock and drybrushed it with a mixture of white acrylic paint with a drop of Peeled Paint Distress Ink reinker.


stamps: All Booked Up, Art with Heart, Stitch in Time Borders, Stitched Alphabet, Stitching Garden, Type Strips
inks: Picked Raspbery Distress Ink, Worn Lipstick, Forest Moss Distress Oxide, Blueberry Sky, True  Black, Versamark
embossing powder: Stampendous Chunky Gold
Stickles: Gold


Getting ready to do another layout (100 days of lol). Day 22. In the back is my embroidery sampler with a bit of fun foam on top, as one does lol). The coffee filter is for catching embossing powder at less than a penny apiece, they are my favorite and unless it's an especiallly glittery embossing powder, I use them repeatedly.

This is the pile to my right. The Harry Potter 7 pt. 2 layout still in the works (see all the little books in the making? lol). Also the pictures for today's effort which is also doubling as my Papertrey Ink Blog Hop contribution (a love letter to my giant tea cup aka my favorite bowl so big a regular teacup fits into it with room leftover), as well as some velvet ribbons, a jar of pickles (part of a present lol), papers and rub-ons.

This is my box of Ranger, Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi embossing powders including a number of Distress Embossing Powders that are sadly no longer made. If you don't have any Wendy Vecchi embossing powders, run out now to the store and buy some!

This is my bin of miscellaneous embossing powder including some scratch and sniff made myself by combing instant coffee and clear and my especially treasured Glow-in-the-Dark embossing powder. Stampendous chunky and glittered, Zing!, etc. Except my UTEE which is stored separately.

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