Friday, December 14, 2018

Buckingham Palace "Love This" Layout

I pulled together the remainder of my Buckingham Palace photos using some London themed paper my aunt gave me, which inspired me to pull out some papers and embellishments in kraft, black, and red. In addition to the single page layout, I used a smaller version of a photo storage page with three horizontal pockets to hold two photos and a journal card.

This & That, This Way to Paradise stamp sets
London patterned paper (from Aunt Carol - thanks!)
Blue Ribbon paper
Kraft cardstock
Black ink
Black marker
PML Tabbed journaling card
Black gingham ribbon
Illustrated Faith Family die-cuts (Bella Blvd)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Star Wars Christmas Card

The youth pastor at our church is a little quirky, so I thought he and his wife would appreciate a card that's not my normal "sweetly pretty" style. I had purchased the "Force Is With You" digital cartridge from Cricut a few months ago, so I decided to use the Leia image and dress her in an ugly Christmas sweater. It was super simple to make (except for trimming the paper for the sweater), but hopefully they will get a giggle out of it!
And the sentiment inside . . .

Snowhaven papers
White Daisy, Black, & Cranberry cardstock
Font: Berlin Sans FB Demi
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Christmas cards

Saturday, December 8, 2018

EMS Sketch 70 - Buckingham Palace Layout

It's December and my Christmas gift to all my fellow scrappers is a new sketch! Special thanks to Sapphire1968 over at Splitcoast Stampers for inspiring me. I loved her Chalk Art layout and thought it would make a great sketch! Enjoy, and don't forget to post a link to your completed layout using the link-up below.

The Studio challenge blog wanted us to use gold on our layouts, which seemed a perfect fit for these photos of Buckingham Palace. I added lots of gold accents (embossed hearts, crown and dots, gold marker line, gold ribbon); my favorite was the title, which I cut out of white cardstock using Cricut Design Space, and then covered with Versamark ink and gold embossing powder. It was a challenge to heat emboss it without toasting my fingers, but I love the result!
Lollydoodle, Spot On Backgrounds & Save the Date stamp sets
Star Spangled Blue, Chocolate & Kraft cardstock
Versamark ink
Star Spangled Blue, Chocolate & Gold Metallic markers
Gold embossing powder
DE Album Pages chipboard
Irresistibles You & Me chipboard
Gold ribbon (from my stash)

EMS SKETCH CHALLENGE 70 - Link up your completed layouts here.
An InLinkz Link-up

Friday, November 30, 2018

George & Elizabeth Layout

When in London, we took pictures of the statues of Queen Elizabeth II's parents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The little I knew about them was gleaned from the Netflix series the Crown and the movie The King's Speech, so I checked them out on Wikipedia and was surprised to find out that they actually married for love, something that is probably overlooked in all the hoopla surrounding George's older brother Edward's abdication so he could marry the love of his life! Using lyrics from a couple of Bryan Adams' songs, I played off the fact that he asked her to marry him and she refused twice because she was "afraid never, never again to be free to think, speak and act as I feel I really ought to." His determination won the day and they lived quite happily together for 29 years until his death in 1952.

I tucked a journaling card behind the green cardstock.
Jennifer's Hand & My One & Only stamp sets
Floral papers (KI Memories)
Petal & Sweet Leaf cardstock
Petal, Sweet Leaf & Crystal Blue ink
Petal marker
Fuchsia marker (Zig)
DE Framed Fun chipboard
Illustrated Faith Family die-cuts (Bella Blvd)
#Life journaling card
Cricut Artiste cartridge: speech bubbles
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #350

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Victoria Layout

This layout took itself off in a totally different direction than I had originally envisioned, but I love the result! I was hunting through my stash for a blue patterned paper to go with the cloud paper and brown felt circle I had already pulled out when I happened across this gorgeous background paper from Basic Grey. It made me think about the fact that Victoria was Empress of India, which is why her monument is engraved with the title "Regina Imperatrix" (Queen / Empress). It didn't really match the blue in the pictures, so I left it on my desk overnight and, when I saw it this morning,I finally decided it was the right one! I ditched the cloud paper in favor of a purple one, and the rest of the layout came together over the course of the morning, with the finishing touch being the quote from Mark Twain, "In her the public saw the English Empire itself."
Universal Backgrounds, Victory WOTG & Vogue Alphabet stamp sets
Karma paper (Basic Grey)
Purple paper (from my stash)
Bamboo & Colonial White cardstock
Gypsy & Chocolate ink
Gypsy marker
Heartfelt Wonder felt circle
Greenhouse paper flowers (American Crafts)
Mocha Opaques pearls
DE Mixed Shapes chipboard
"V" chipboard (from my stash)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped shapes
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #347 (rotated to work with my vertical photos)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

National Gallery Pocket Pages

Gotta confess, I love creating full size layouts, but when it comes to doing pocket cards for my pocket pages, it tends to feel more like a chore! Usually I put it off and end up with a bunch of empty spaces among the photos in my pocket pages, so I forced myself to create a few cards this week to fill in some blanks. The first set goes in the pocket page facing my National Gallery intro page, so I went with the same paper pack and even used the same letter stickers as on my main page. Originally, I was just going to throw all the paintings in the pockets and call it done, but I decided since this would probably be my only trip to England, I should really go the extra mile (kilometer?) and identify each one!
Want to see the labels? Click on the picture for an enlarged view!
Skylark papers
Kraft & Colonial White cardstock
Desert Sand, Flaxen & Lagoon ink
Cork Alphabet stickers
Love Letters rub-ons

The next card set was for the reverse side of same pocket page, but I needed to put cropped pictures on them, so I made them super simple. I had already emptied my spray pens of the matching ink for the facing page, so instead I used a stamp set and stamped random dots all over and then sponged the cards in Goldrush ink. Added a little lettering and everything was good to go.
Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set (SU)
White Daisy cardstock
Hollyhock, Crystal Blue & Goldrsuh ink
Black marker

Monday, November 26, 2018

Time 2 Soar Layout

For this layout memorializing my daughter's first day of second grade, I was delighted to use a bunch of pink! The base cardstock is actually white, but I used the emerging colors technique to create a patterned look in pink and then added hints of yellow using a sponge dauber. Even though there are lots of patterns on this layout, it was all created by stamping and brayering - there is no patterned paper.
Diverse Backgrounds, It's Your Day, Live Out Loud, Take Note & He Said She Said stamp sets
Canary, Watermelon & White Daisy cardstock
Canary, Watermelon, Bubblegum, Black & Versamark ink
Black marker
Craft buttons
Bubblegum embroidery floss
Chipboard 2
White paint
Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
Gold embossing powder
Cricut Artistry cartridge: butterflies
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: envelopes (since I didn't need to put anything in them, I used tags and folded over the tops)
Pattern: Let's Scrap 11-1-18 sketch

Monday, November 19, 2018

Little Star Layout

For this page for my daughter's school album, I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme and took advantage of the large journaling circle at the bottom to write some words of advice for my sweetie. I had to move things around many times until I was satisfied with the look, but hopefully you agree it was worth the effort. The sayings and die-cut shapes are from a variety of Cricut cartridges, and some I welded together using Design Space.
Stardust papers
Sky, Moonstruck, Honey, Sunset & Topiary cardstock
Sunset & Honey ink
Moonstruck marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
White enamel stars
Playful Circle KaleidoCut (MME)
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #349
Challenges: Scrap Our Stash A Star Is Born inspiration challenge (included quote plus star paper, lots of star embellishments, and a star themed- title); Heart 2 Heart Spotlight On  . . . (I chose to turn the spotlight on my sweet daughter)

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Through the Trees Layout

It's time for another challenge at Lasting Memories, but their challenges are so addicting that I'm still playing around with the last one! I couldn't resist using up the last of the blue ink in my spray pen to mist the background of this layout, but I also had fun playing with their new challenge: stamping. I'm a long time stamp lover, but I used the stamps in a little different way this time. There was nothing in my stash that seemed to go with the green patterned paper in the middle of the page, so I pulled out a leaf stamp set and repeatedly stamped it until I had a new background to match - voila! The title is also stamped, as are all the trees. For the title circle, I even used some masking to create a denser look for the trees rather than the evenly spaced look elsewhere on the layout. Hopefully you now feel inspired  to pull out some stamps and join in the fun challenge over at Lasting Memories!

Intrinsic Backgrounds, True Happiness & Pen Pal Alphabet stamp sets
Dutch Blue, Whisper, Olive, Creme Brulee & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Whisper, Olive, Creme Brulee & Crystal Blue ink
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
Silver washi tape
Durables Artisan Studs - pewter
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: banners
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: semi-circle cut-out (welded in Design space)
Pattern: November 2 page sketch challenge
Challenges: The Studio Challenges die-cuts (I cut both banners using my Cricut and backed them with patterned paper, plus I welded the semi-circle to the rectangular block in Design Space)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

National Gallery 1300s - 1500s Layout

Since this layout is all about paintings, it seemed fitting to do some painting of my own on it. Well, it's not actually painting, but misting is close, right? Since I was scrapping 7 photos, I kept the design pretty simple, just a collage with an outline to pull it all together, plus a stamped title and some die-cuts to finish it off. Easy-peasy!
Brushstroke Upper & Lowercase Alphabet stamp sets (SU)
White Daisy cardstock
Hollyhock, Crystal Blue, Goldrush, Glacier & Black ink
Black marker
Pinstripes Ephemera die-cuts (Echo Park)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Seven Layout

It's Sunday, and that means another fun challenge from Lasting Memories! As their guest designer this month, I was quite challenged when they asked me to use watercolors, paints, and/or mists on my layout. This is totally out of my comfort zone, but I had recently stumbled across the technique of adding a pop of color to a stamped line image by brushing on some watercolor paint, so I tried that with my three cupcake circles. I then misted on top of that, and added white gel pen accents and an enamel dot to each one.
And I also misted the shape with the sub-title on it, but since it's hard to see in the full view of the layout, here's a close-up.
Cutie Pie, Fanfare & Hodgepodge Alphabet stamp sets
Dream Pop patterned papers & cardstock
Creme Brulee & White Daisy cardstock
Black ink
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Black washi tape
Flamingo Dots
Enamel & Glitter Duos blue dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border, scalloped circles, sub-title shape
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #164

Friday, November 9, 2018

St. James Park Layout

I already did one layout on St. James park, wherein I featured the many species of birds we saw, but this is my overview layout that shows some of the flowers and the lake. For the October scraplift challenge at Splitcoast Stampers (I know, I'm a little behind on this), I scraplifted a layout from Elizabeth G, who had actually scraplifted Wendella247, so it was fun to keep the love going! I was inspired to add the smile button and stamp the phrase "This makes me smile" because of  Stacy's song inspiration challenge (loved the line "my world it smiles" from Led Zeppelin's Thank You).
Enjoy the little Things & Love This stamp sets
Beautiful Friendship & Fresh Air papers
Sapphire, Smoothie & White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire, Smoothie & Canary ink
Moonstruck marker
Golden Yellow ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Enamel & Glitter Duos - blue dots
Outdoor Denim brads
Hopscotch assortment badge button
Paradise Just Blooms paper flowers
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, heart, scalloped border, photo corner
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Inspired by Nature

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Snapshots of St. James Park Layout

The November Variety Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, "Gridlocked," is to arrange pictures in a grid pattern. To make it easy, I used a sketch from Jeanette Lynton that already had a grid, and I just adapted it to work for my photos. Feel free to play along with this challenge until the end of the month!
Live Inspired stamp set
Vintage Green Ornate papers (The Paper Studio)
Flaxen, Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Flaxen & Desert Sand ink
Chocolate marker
Kraft Color-Ready Borders
Fern ribbon
White baker's twine
Base & Bling heart charm
Snapshots Complements
Let's Go tags(Chic Tags)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: journaling shape
Pattern: Small Packages from Imagine by Jeanette Lynton
Challenges: Color My Heart Monochromatic Green + neutrals (okay, there is a tiny splash of pink here, but it was fun using mostly greens on my layout!)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

EMS Sketch 69 - This & That Layout

I have two fun challenges for you today! The first is my sketch challenge, with a single page sketch featuring three 4" x 6" photos. For my layout, I chose to go with the sketch pretty much as is, except I added a piece of ribbon towards the top. My second challenge was the Lasting Memories stitching challenge. I'm a guest designer this month, so I decided to forego my usual stitching M.O. (drawing stitches on with a pen) and actually thread up my needle with some embroidery floss! Stitching always adds extra zip to a layout, so why don't you figure out how to incorporate some on your layout and then join us over at Lasting Memories?

The sketch:
My layout:

This & That, Whooo's Your Valentine & My Life stamp sets
Cameras with Floral paper (Paper Studio)
Sorbet, Lagoon, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Sorbet, Lagoon & Black ink
Black marker
Peacock Green ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Sorbet grosgrain ribbon
Black embroidery floss
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment sticker
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: hearts, camera
Cricut Artiste cartridge: ampersand

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dinner @ the Crypt Layout

This layout, featuring a few pictures we took at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martins-in-the-Fields, seems like the perfect one to post on Halloween night because we were actually dining on top of the gravestones in the underground crypt! Loved the atmosphere of the place, too.
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet stamp set
Jeepers Creepers & Dreamin' Big papers
Ruby, Whisper, Steel, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Goldrush, Whisper, Grey Wool & Black ink
Black marker
Warm Grey ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Licorice Opaques pearls
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: monogram letters in title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: bones, spiderweb, rat
Cricut Artiste cartridge: gravestone
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #344 (revised a little so I could add three photos)

Challenges: Heart 2 Heart photo & color challenge (I didn't have all the colors so I improvised using older colors); Bitten By the Bug Halloween challenge (even thought these aren't actually Halloween photos, I went with a Halloween theme and used lots of Halloween Cricut cuts)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

National Gallery Layout

I was invited to be the guest designer for a month over at Lasting Memories, and am excited to show off the weekly technique on which they will be focusing. This week, it's torn paper, not something I do very often, but I really like the look of the torn kraft paper on this layout. The paper I chose didn't have a white core that would be exposed when I tore it, so I may have to do this challenge again using paper of that type. Feel free to join us at the link above to play along with the challenges this month!
Skylark papers
Kraft, Lagoon & Colonial White cardstock
Lagoon & Desert Sand ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Craft buttons
Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Colonial White & Lagoon embroidery floss
Color Ready cork alphabet stickers
3-D foam tape
Heart & flower punches (EK Success)
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: title
Pattern: EMS Sketch 67

Friday, October 26, 2018

Brianna's Crazy Hair Day Layout

After so many years of scrapbooking boys (yet buying girly papers I couldn't use but couldn't live without), I am reveling in getting to scrapbook a girl! Brianna has lived with us since 2014, first as a foster child and then as our adopted daughter, but I was so many years behind in my scrapbooks that I hadn't yet scrapped her. So fun getting to use pink on a page, and perfect for the Lasting Memories challenge to use lots of pink on a page. This page is for her school album, and I adore these sweet photos of her looking sassy with her crazy hair. Funny story: my 8 year old son wandered by while I was making this page, saw the "my favorite" sentiment, and exclaimed in dismay, "Brianna's your favorite?" I had to explain it referred to the crazy hair, not her status  in our family! Since Brianna's the only girl, guess I better be careful what I put on her pages lest I start a family feud. . .
Dream Pop papers
Dutch Blue & Creme Brulee cardstock
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
My Crush Bestie Assortment circle sticker
Love Letters rub-ons
Grey Wool baker's twine
Assorted Cricut cartridges: title
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #163

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Brianna's Halloween Layout

Working on some layouts for my daughter's school album. These pictures were from a Halloween carnival at her school, but she was wearing a blue Elsa dress, so I had to hunt through my stash to find something to blend the Halloween colors with the blue. Hopefully the papers I chose did the trick!
Splendor papers
Goldrush, Topiary, Black & Colonial White cardstock
Goldrush, Heavenly Blue & Topiary ink
Goldrush marker
ShinHan Touch Twin markers (Clay, Mahogany)
Cricut Atrbooking cartridge: title, candy
Cricut Artiste cartridge: spider
Cricut Artistry cartridge: pumpkin, hey there
Challenges: Bitten by the Bug fall words using a Cricut cut (Halloween, pumpkin); Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Halloween;  Lasting Memories October Events - Halloween

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Valiant Layout

For this layout of Trafalgar Square in London, I started with the October 15th sketch from Let's Scrap, and moved things around a bit until I got the look I wanted. Since Trafalgar Square commemorates the British naval victory at the battle of Trafalgar, I added a ship and some waves, and my journaling is all about Admiral Lord Nelson, commander of the British fleet, who was killed by a French sharpshooter in the battle. Just a fun tidbit: I included a picture of a pigeon because my kids used to love watching the animated movie, Valiant, which features a pigeon who goes to London to sign up for the Royal Pigeon Homing Service during WWII. And where does he enlist? At Trafalgar Square, of course!

Let's Scrap Sketch:
My Layout:
Pet Shop papers (KI Memories)
Goldrush, Whisper, Cocoa & White Daisy cardstock
Goldrush, Whisper & Sky ink
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
Cats & Bats enamel dots
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: ship, waves, title
Challenges: The Studio Dotty about Dots challenge

Saturday, October 20, 2018

EMS Sketch Challenge 68 - 1 of a Kind Layout

I haven't created a sketch for a while, so I whipped up one for these pictures from the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall Palace in London. If you have a bunch of vertical photos, this sketch can accommodate them!

The sketch:

My layout:
Click on the photo to enlarge it so you can read the journaling about this amazing place!
Animal Cookies, Basic Paper Fundamentals & Free to Be Me papers
White Daisy cardstock
Tulip, Creme Brulee & Desert Sand ink
Gold metallic marker
Antiqued Gold Durables triangle studs
Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped borders
Challenges: Scrap With Stacy Song Inspiration (using the lyrics "take a good look around" from You're Gonna Miss This)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bed & Breakfast Layout

My hubby took pictures on several days of us enjoying breakfast at the Portobello Hotel in London; it was truly delicious. Due to the extensive amounts of walking we did, it's probably one of the few times in my life that I could indulge in a chocolate croissant for breakfast every day without gaining pounds and pounds! For the layout, I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme, but broke the 10" x 8" photo space up into a grid of smaller photos. I kept everything pretty simple because the papers were kind of busy.

The sketch:
My layout:
Beautiful Friendship papers & stickers
Sapphire, Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Smoothie & Buttercup ink
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: tea kettle, title
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug "Coffee, Tea, You & Me" challenge

Monday, October 8, 2018

Horse Guards Layout

I'm hosting the Hooray for Hollywood Virtual Scrapbook Night over at Splitcoast Stampers this month, so I wanted to share a few of the challenges over the next week and invite everyone to play along. You have until the end of October to complete the challenges, and all you need is a free Splitcoast Stampers account in order to post your layouts in the gallery. Here's my layout for the
Celebrity Stash Busters challenge. We needed to use stash items (nothing new) that start with the letters in CELEBS. Here's my list!

C - chipboard, chevron washi tape
E - embossing (Lagoon strip using chevron embossing folder)
L - Lagoon cardstock, ink, and washi tape; Love Life stamp set
E - Enamel hearts
B - Baker's twine
S - Sparkle & Shine patterned papers, Stickles

I also used the new sketch from Let's Sketch.

And here's my layout:
Vintage Type & Love Life stamp sets
Sparkle & Shine papers
Black, Lagoon, Slate, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby, Slate, Black & Lagoon ink
Ruby & silver baker's twine
Black grosgrain ribbon
Silver ribbon
Enamel hearts
Ruby chevron and Lagoon herringbone washi tape
You & Me Irresistibles chipboard
Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger)
Chevron embossing folder
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tags, scalloped border
Cricut Noah's ABS Animals Cartridge: horse, title

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Study In Greatness Layout

I'm hosting the Hooray for Hollywood Virtual Scrapbook Night over at Splitcoast Stampers this weekend, so I wanted to share a few of the challenges over the next week and invite everyone to play along. The challenges will all be posted this weekend, but you have until the end of October to complete them. Here's my layout for the Scandal Sheet Challenge.

The layout title was inspired by the title of Geoffrey Best's biography of Winston Churchill. My little known fact about Winston Churchill (at least I didn't know it!) is that he was born at Blenheim Palace into the aristocracy in the direct line of the Dukes of Marlborough, and his mother was an American.
The picture of Churchill's uniform and top hat flips up to reveal a hidden journaling card:
Victory & Make It Count stamp sets
Newsprint stamp set (SU)
Victory papers
Kraft, Fern, Outdoor Denim, Cashmere, Chocolate, Sapphire & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Desert Sand, Fern, Slate & Black ink
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Olive & Outdoor Denim craft buttons
Colonial White embroidery floss
Sapphire baker's twine
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: star circle
Pattern: Rochelle Spears October 2018 sketch (rotated, plus I added a grid design for the right hand page).
Challenges: The Studio Challenges numbers challenge - I added a clock to my layout, so that's 12 numbers!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ben Franklin House Layout

I'm hosting the Hooray for Hollywood Virtual Scrapbook Night over at Splitcoast Stampers this weekend, so I wanted to share a few of the challenges over the next week and invite everyone to play along. The challenges will all be posted this weekend, but you have until the end of October to complete them. Here's my layout for the Celebrity Homes Tour Challenge.

I didn't have a Hollywood home to scrapbook, but I figured Benjamin Franklin is a pretty huge celebrity in American history, so here are some photos from the home he lived in for 16 years in London. I included a fun fact we learned on the tour (click on the photo to see a close-up view of the journaling), and I have some hidden journaling about the strange looking object in the photos on the right page. It's a replica of the original glass armonica invented by Franklin. (If you're not sure what an armonica is, check out this video). We were able to try it out to see if we could make it work!

Swirl Strokes Caps & Lowercase Alphabet, Take Note & Connections stamp sets
Emporium papers & My Stickease
Barn Red, Buttercup & Colonial White cardstock
Barn Red, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Creme Brulee & Crystal Blue ink
Colonial White ric-rac
Sweet Leaf ribbon
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: journal page
Cricut Artistry cartridge: house
Pattern: EMS Sketch 57

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Winston Churchill Layout

I placed most of my pictures from the Churchill War Rooms in pocket pages since we took so many, but here are a few from the museum. The museum explores the life of Winston Churchill from birth to death. Isn't interesting how immediately identifiable Churchill is, whether he's being praised by a supporter or vilified by an opponent?
Typeset paper & canvas stickers
Black cardstock
Cocoa, Juniper & Vineyard Berry ink
Black brads
Black hemp twine
Mileposts Shapes
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Pattern: Let's Scrap 9-1-18 sketch (left side only)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

War Rooms Layout

If you ever visit London, be sure to go to the Churchill War Rooms and Museum. It's a fascinating look both at the life of Winston Churchill and at the underground bunker where much of the work of overseeing the Allied plans for WWII was carried out. We took a ton of photos, but since it was dimly lit and there were lots of plastic partitions separating us from the rooms themselves, the photos didn't come out the best. I picked a few to showcase, and the rest are going into photo storage pages. For the Splitcoast Stamper's September Variety Challenge, I decided to use some of the clothing tag inspiration that I've been collecting. The tag I chose came off my son's shirt, and it was pretty basic, so I just recreated it using an irregular hexagon, a brown marker, and a die-cut that said confidential. Clothing tags are a great source of inspiration, so I may have to pull out another one from my pile and do this challenge again!
Victory papers
Kraft, Outdoor Denim & Colonial White cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Chocolate & Bamboo ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Star brads (Creative Impressions)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: classified, top secret, confidential
Cricut Artistry cartridge: irregular hexagon
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #341
Challenges: Lasting Memories "Three's" - 3 patterned papers, 3 embellishments (star brads), 3 photos

Friday, August 31, 2018

Star Wars Han & Leia Card

My son asked me to make a card to accompany his gift for his "girlfriend" (he's too young to date, hence the quotes!), so since he's giving her Han Solo and Princess Leia plushies, I thought a Star Wars card would be appropriate. I found Han and Leia images in Cricut Design Space, and I ended up buying the whole "The Force is With Us" cartridge, because you never know when you might need a Star Wars image, right? The pattern is from Sketch-n-Scrap, but I turned it sideways to fit the Leia image, and made my star border extend over the Leia image.

Here's the outside:
And the inside:
Perfect Fit - Birthday stamp set
Cranberry, Black & White cardstock
Black ink
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
Cricut The Force is With Us cartridge: Princess Leia, Han Solo
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: star border

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Home Away From Home Layout

When most people go to London, they probably wouldn't even notice this building (The Institution of Civil Engineers), but my civil engineer husband stopped right in front of it and insisted I take his picture! Gotta love the things that make my man happy, right? I started with Sketch 338 from Sketches in Thyme, cut a few engineering die-cuts like the bridge and the road to go with the theme, and then dug through my stash and found a scrap piece of paper that looks like blue prints, which I used to anchor the other elements. In case you can't read it, the label under the bridge is actually from the photo of the building sign, and I trimmed it to say civil engineers.

Unlimited Text paper (Bella Blvd's Molly collection)
Blue Prints Reversed paper (Karen Foster Designs)
Cranberry, Slate, Sky, Whisper, White Daisy & Black cardstock
Cranberry, Slate, Sky & Black ink
Black marker
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment journaling card
Metal paperclip (from an old CTMH Connections Club Reward that I never though I'd use!)
Metal heart brads (from my stash)
Black & White Ribbon Rounds
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: title, banner, plane, bridge, road
Cricut Artistry cartridge: globe
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennant
Challenges: Lasting Memories Transportation - airplanes; Heart 2 Heart Heavy Metal challenge (I didn't use tons of metal, but those paperclips are pretty darn heavy - LOL!);  The Studio Challenges Happy layouts (because this moment made my hubby so happy)