Disney Layout #3

Hi, everyone!!

Today I will show you my 3rd Disney layout. This one was so much fun to do!

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I found this AMAZING collection by Simple Stories that goes perfectly with Disney-themed layouts. It is the “Say Cheese” collection and is available at Scrapbook.com, Joann, and Michael’s recently started carrying them in their stores. I only used one embellishment (the “Say Cheese” bubble at the top left corner) on this layout, but I will be using more of the collection in future scrapbook pages.

Moreover, I found a pack of large Alphabet letters at Michael’s that were on clearance and knew that they would be perfect for doing titles. The “body” of the letters is clear plastic (refer to photo below). I overlapped them using micro glue dots so that the actual letters were closer together. The “Hello” and “Cute” are wood veneers (also from Michael’s). I decided that I didn’t want the wood look so I tried using a white, silvery Ranger liquid pearls to turn it white. Once it dried, I put a layer of glossy accents to protect it. The wood felt fragile to me so I thought using white paint might deteriorate it.

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The absolutely adorable”Mickey Poses” pattern paper is from Joann. The green with white dots paper is available at Michael’s. Joann actually has a pretty good selection of Disney-themed paper, unlike Michael’s which only has 1 or 2. The camera dimensional sticker is by Recollections and comes in a pack of 6 different looking cameras (#308573). The star and heart gemstones can be bought at any craft stores in the sticker section. I believe I got mine at Michael’s a long time ago. The mickey mouse gem sticker (picture above) comes in a pack of 18 of 3 different colors: red, clear, and black.

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If you are interested in the “Disneyland 2014″ card (seen on the left side of the layout), you can find more Disney journal cards like it here. The cards in there are amazing and great for pocket page scrapbooking! The album is very large, so set aside a large window of time (1-2 hours) to look at them and download the ones you like. I would like to thank the creator of these Disney journal filler cards, pixiesprite, for making them. I have used many of her Disney cards in this scrapbook for journaling.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or email me (refer to “Contact Me” tab above).

Thanks for reading!

Hally

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SayCheeseChipboardStickers      MickeyGemStickers

 

Fun with 4th of July Cards

School has resumed again and so far my classes seem okay (not too painful!). I’m not eager for the upcoming workload, but at least I now have something to do besides lazying around all summer. Plus, my crafting friend Nelly is going to the same university as me, so it’ll be more fun for me/us this year!

Anyway, we finally finished our 4th of July card! I know, we’re super late on that…but it’s done at last!!

There is no challenge for this one since we were behind on it, so just enjoy! As always, please feel free to comment on them. We appreciate feedback!

Nelly’s:

Nelly's July 4        Nelly's July 4 2

Mine:

Happy 4th of July 3 Happy 4th of July

For some reason, my cards always end up being very clean and simple (at least compared to Nelly’s). I’m always trying to make it more…active and colorful, and I guess “messier,” but I just can’t make myself do it. I’m horrible at layering and adding embellishments because my brain just doesn’t work that way. CAS is always in the forefront of my thoughts when I am designing a card. It’s after I finish my card that my brain starts thinking “Oh, I should have done this, added this, maybe change this, etc.” I really need to work on it…

Here are also some other cards I did recently using some new stencils I got at Joann. This is a stencil by Claudine Hellmuth Studio called Our Town. CAS? I think so, or at least very simple in style.

House Love 3 House Love 2

This one is The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin stencil. I used my new Tsukineko sponge daubers to stencil the design and create an almost color transition with three of my distress ink pads. I used Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, and Fired Brick. CAS? Yep, to me it is.

Harlequinn Design      Harlequinn Design 2

Got any tips for me on how to push my CAS style to something more messy? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Hally

Father’s Day Card Challenge

Finally, another card challenge! I know it’s long overdue, but I recently got a job so most of my time has been preoccupied with working. Therefore, I haven’t had time to do any crafting or blogging. Hopefully, as I grow accustomed to my new schedule, I’ll find the time to craft and blog more regularly.

Anyway, this card challenge was for (belated) Father’s Day. The colors were brown, green, yellow/beige, and blue (optional). The base was regular open-and-close. The stamp set was “Dude” by Kelly Purkey.

Kelly Purkey Dude

Here are the cards (Click to enlarge):

Card #1: Front and Inside

(2nd picture may be easier to see)

Father's Day CardFather's Day Card 3

Father's Day Card Inside

Card #2: Front

Father's Day Card

Please vote for your favorite and if possible, explain why!

Voting ends June 30 at 7PM

The theme for the next card challenge will be 4th of July!

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The winner for the previous “Friend” card challenge was Nelly:

Friends Card Challenge

The strongest factor in this card was the colors. Some people stated that my card had a stronger design and more symmetry/balance, but that the colors were not as eye-catching as this one.

This shows that sometimes color is the most important thing to consider, since colors are typically what people take note of first. They often influence our emotions, and therefore, they often influence our preferences.

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So I went shopping at Joann’s yesterday and I bought more Dylusion ink sprays! They regularly cost $9.99, but are 40% off this week. I bought the purple and turquoise sprays a few months ago for art journaling, and they were so much fun to use. I knew I had to buy the other sets! There are 18 colors in all, so I’m almost halfway there! Sadly, Joann’s only sells these colors, so I’m probably going to have to look online for the rest.

Dylusion Inks

Another thing that I bought was the Antique Flowers And Butterflies stamp-and-die combo set by Hero Arts and Sizzix. I absolutely love that they teamed up to do this! I’ve been wanting a butterfly stamp set with a corresponding die/punch for a while now. When my friend showed me a card where she used the set and said she got it at Joann’s, I knew I had to get my hands on one as soon as possible. I was considering buying the butterfly stamp set and corresponding butterfly punch from Stampin’ Up, but they’re way too pricey. This is a great alternative. Regularly $24.99, I got it 40% off.

Antique Flowers And Butterflies picture

Here are some die cuts of the largest butterfly that I did. Aren’t they adorable?!! I literally squealed in delight when I ran the die through the Cuttlebug and saw the result. I am in LOVE with this set. I’m so excited to begin using them on a card!

These are not yet colored because I was playing with them around midnight and decided it was too late to start coloring them. I’ll try to color them as soon as I can and post a picture up for you guys to look at. I’ll also try to post up some pictures of some of the experimentations I did with the dylusion ink sprays, tags, some materials I found at work to use in crafting, and art journaling.

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Thanks for reading!

-Hally

Big Paper Flowers

For my guerrilla marketing project, I decided to do something crafty to market my blog. I needed something eye-catching and what is more eye-catching than large flowers? Especially when they’re in places you wouldn’t normally see. So, I decided to put my new Cricut flower cartridge to use. It is called Flower Shoppe. This cartridge has been beyond helpful but it has really eaten up my paper supply. Plus, each flower seriously takes an hour to construct. That’s why I couldn’t make an abundance of them. Anyway, I showed them to a few friends and was asked how I made the designs on the outer layer of my flowers. I’ll try to explain my process here.

I used an embossing folder to create the design. For the purple and green flower, I used Ornate Flourish by The Paper Studio. Because of the color scheme, I decided to use Ranger’s Dusty Concord distress ink on the green petals. First, I inked up my embossing folder with the Dusty Concord on the side with the raised edges. Next, I took each petal, put it in the folder and ran it through my Provo Craft Cuttlebug machine. The function of the Cuttlebug is pretty similar to a printmaking press machine. Then I just took them out and voilà, my petals now have a pretty, purple embossed design on them! The last thing I did for some of the flowers was accentuate the ends by using a cosmetic wedge, inking it up with the corresponding ink pad, and just slightly “wiping” or “smudging” the edges.

Here is a video of exactly what I did and where I got the idea from:

Obviously, each flower took a lot of work, and I also had to make the stems and leaves. That took forever, too. Nevertheless, I really liked the end result.

Thanks for reading!

-Hally