Thursday, October 6, 2011

Layout Share: Stocking Surprises

This layout was created based on a sketch by Allison Davis. (One Page Sketch #11).

“Stocking Surprises”
Variation #1:
I loved how the sketch had the smaller pattern paper pieces mixed with the swirls and stars. I cut the pattern paper exactly as directed on the sketch, but I used a stamp to create my swirls, and I also repeated the stamping above the larger photo and along the bottom of my layout. Along the circular “jeweled” areas on the stamp, I added some brown brads. This was a great way to use up some of my brad collection! I also added some silver star sequins to the stamped areas for interest. A silver word paperclip was added to the bottom of the largest photo to carry out the copper brown and silver theme.

Variation #2:
I used 4x6 photos and cropped them down to follow the sketch. The larger photo I used was vertical instead of horizontal (3.25 x 4”) and the two smaller photos were 3 x 3”. I also sanded the edges of the photos with a nail file to help them stand out a bit more against the pattern papers.

Variation #3:
I used two alphabet sticker sets and created a banner from cardstock to hold part of my title. I inked the edges of the banner and adhered it with foam squares and silver brads. The red felt alphabet reminds me of the red felt that my mom used when she made these stockings for my kids.

Variation #4:
Using my sewing machine, I added journaling lines, then wrote in my text. I also added some small label stickers to include the date and ages of my children. I also stitched along the outside edges of the layout and inked the edges with brown ink and a craft sponge to finish off the layout.

Supplies Used: 
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding: Kringle, Tinsel, Nestled)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Tan); DMD (Kraft) 
Alphabets: Basic Grey Micro Mono Stickers (Olivia); American Crafts Thickers (Playroom Felt) 
Brads: Making Memories (Antique Copper, Silver) 
Inkpads: Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut Stain); Tsukineko (Timber Brown StazOn)
Stamps: Inkadinkado (Jewel Swirl) 
Stickers: 7 Gypsies (Mini Labels); The Girls Paperie (Tinsel & Twig Border)
Pens: Zig Writer (Brown); Martha Stewart (Black)
Adhesive: Foam Squares and Glue Dots
  Other: WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper, Brad Setter); 7 Gypsies Word Paperclip (Joy); Craft Supply (Silver Star Sequin); Craft Sponge, Sewing Machine and Brown Thread.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Card Share: Birthdays are good for you

Just wanted to share another project I finished recently. I made this for a friend who had a big birthday (60's) over the summer. This was based off a sketch by Allison Davis over at Sketch Support (Add-On Sketch #8).

"Birthdays are Good For You"

Variation #1: I created a tiny party hat to put on the front of a birthday card. I used scraps of papers I had in my scrap bin and added them to a white piece of cardstock on the diagonal. To mimic the stitching on the sketch, I stamped some stitches in black in randomly on the hat. For the top of the hat, I used a black paper flower and a ribbon rose with a gemstone glued in the center. The bottom of the hat was embellished with a scrap piece of black cardstock that had already been punched in a loop border. The party hat was adhered to my card with foam squares.

Variation #2: I also used scraps to create the rest of the card. The cream background was a larger scrap that I stamped a flourish on. The black and kraft layers were punched with a corner rounder and stamped with the same stitches stamp. I included a stamped sentiment on the front of the card and also on the inside. My finished card measures 5 x7".
Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (Black Flocked Damask), 
Making Memories (Ledger Text), Sweetwater (Autumn Sweet, Black Polka Dot), EK Success (Antique Journal), K&Company  (Folded Wood Tape Measure) 
Cardstock: Bazzill (Black), DMD (Kraft), Georgia Pacific (White)
Inkpads: Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy), Marvy Uchida (Black)
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Hanging by a Thread), Close To My Heart (Card Sentiments), Autumn Leaves (Flourish)
Adhesive: Foam Squares and Glue Dots
Other: WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Martha Stewart Punch (Loop Edger), Prima (Black Paper Flower), Maya Road (Small Organza Rose), Making Memories (Scrapbook Stitches, Cream Thread), Autumn Leaves Button (Black), The Paper Studio (Gemstone), Ranger Foam Blending Tool

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Layout Share: Goofy Guy

Allison Davis has done it again with another great sketch. This one was posted over at Sketch Support in August (One Page Sketch #12).

“Goofy Guy”
Here's my details and more photos...

Variation #1:
I loved how the title had the little flags on the sketch, so I mimicked the same look and stamped the word “guy” on cream cardstock, then stamped background patterns on top. These letters were hand-cut. The word “goofy” was die cut with two different fonts and placed onto some punched and stamped ticket shapes. I used the Sew Easy tool and hand-stitched a zig-zag pattern across the title and along the bottom of my page.

Variation #2:
I used three 4x6 photos by replacing the bottom three 2x2 photos with one 4x6. I like how the two photos on the right almost look like a larger photo of my son (the photo of the face close up and the shirt close up gave the look of one larger photo).

Variation #3:
I added my journaling under the photos on the bottom of my layout. I used some quote stickers and formed my journaling around those words. I wrote the rest of my journaling with a black pen to fill in the other words. This is a great way to use up those stickers that have random sayings.

Variation #4:
For my accents, in place of the hearts on the sketch, I used stamped tickets (stamped on pattern papers and cut out) along with some stamped male figures. The stamped boys were stamped with red ink onto white cardstock, then cut out and added to the layout with foam squares.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Glitz Designs (Love Games: Stripe, Polka, Floral)
Me and My Big Ideas (Mini Houndstooth)
Cosmo Cricket (Jitterbug: Lula) 
Cardstock: Close To My Heart (Cream); Bazzill (Black);  
Alphabet Die Cuts: Cuttlebug (Red Tag); Quickutz (Mini Alphas) 
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Big Timber)
Inkadinkadoo (Tickets)
Maya Road (Measure Twice)
Prima (Screen)
Stampin’Up (Paint Prints)
Stampabilities (Male Silhouette)
Inkpads: Marvy Uchida Matchables (Black)
Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy)
Stickers: Creative Imaginations (Wildberry Quotes)
Pens: Zig Writer (Black)
Adhesive: Foam Squares and Glue Dots
Other: Fiskars Punch (Photo Labels)
We R Memory Keepers ‘Sew Easy’ (ZigZag)
Red Crochet Thread

Monday, October 3, 2011

Layout Share: Texas Memories In the Spring

This is another layout I created based on Allison Davis' Sketch for September  (Two Page Sketch # 19)

“Texas Memories in the Spring”
Of course, I used the sketch as a jumping point and made a few variations. Here's all the details...

Variation #1:
For my title, I used several different sticker fonts and a stamp to create the main words. I outlined the blue glitter alphabet with a brown marker to help it stand out more and colored the words “in” and “the” with the distress stain to match the cream colors in my layout.

Variation #2:
I used one 4x6 photo and eight wallet size photos (2.5 x 3.5”). So my main photo was smaller and oriented horizontally, and my other photos were rectangular instead of squares and some were horizontal and some were vertical. When I printed my photos, I used a white border around them and I like how it gives the photos some definition and helps them stand off the page. I love how the layout had a grid-like look to it when I had all the photos adhered to the background.

Variation #3:
Because my photo sizes varied from the sketch, my pattern paper sized varied also. I used smaller pieces in between the photos and used some scraps to create the mat under my largest photo and the title. The decorative edges on the small red pieces and the main orange polka dot piece were all cut by hand. My entire layout had a larger border around all the edges since the photos I used were smaller. To ground all the pieces of paper and photos in the center of the layout, I used machine stitching in wavy lines as a border. I was inspired by the stitching lines that were drawn between the photos in the original sketch.

Variation #4:
Instead of using the smaller journaling strips on the open squares, I used stamped words in the pattern paper sections and added a flower to each area. My main journaling was written in the same place as the sketch but I used a lined pattern paper and bordered it a piece of the striped pattern paper to tie it in with the other layout papers.
 Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye (Bliss: “Friends” Brocade/Red)
October Afternoon (Prize Pig, Grandstand)
Pink Paislee (Enchanting-Adorable) 
Cardstock: DMD (Kraft)
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Family Circle)
7 Gypsies (Nottinghill) word-"memories"
Office Supply Date Stamp
Inks: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink (Dark Brown)
Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen)
Stickers: Making Memories Shimmer Alpha (Spring Fling)
EK Success ‘Bookworks’ (Mini ABC’s)
EK Success (Scrabble Letter Stickers)
Pen: Zig Writer (Brown)
Tools and Embellishments: Fiskars Border Punch (Scalloped Sentiment)
Making Memories Brads (Antique Copper)
Sewing Machine and Brown Thread
Prima Flowers