Monday, August 27, 2012

Adopt-A-Teacher

I love teachers.  I love what they do, what they stand for, and the extreme effort they put forth in helping their students in the learning process.  We all know that teachers don't get the recognition and salary they deserve.  To that end, I want to do my part.  I don't have children in school.  I don't even have grandchildren in school.  I am past the age where I have any interaction with school and all its activities.  We have a small elementary school here in our little town of Peculiar.  I have contacted them and they are sending me an email with a wish list the 1st grade teachers have put together.  So, we'll see how this works out and I will keep you posted.


In the meantime, I've put together a tin for the wish lists from the teachers.  I started with a tall cookie tin.



I covered it with red cardstock and yellow pattern paper.  The lid has a cardboard circle base, red cardstock and a red stitched ribbon.



Now the fun part starts.  Daydream Designs has the perfect digital images for this project.  The set, School Suppies, has all the elements to put together your own school card, scrapbook layout, or altered project.  I used 2 of the images from the set of 12 designs for the price of $4.95.  If you're not familiar with digital images, let me tell you the infinite possibilities.  First, you don't need space to store the stamp set.  It stays on your computer.  One of the special things you can do is resize and manipulate the images to the exact needs of your project.  I'll tell you more about that in a minute.



I thought this Vintage School House image reflected the entire theme so I wanted to put it on the top.  Isn't it adorable?  It was fun coloring it BUT Daydream Designs also carries a colorized version so you don't even have to use markers!!!





(Click on each thumbnail image to see it larger)


The photos above show different sides of the tin.  The apple flashcard image is from School Days Flashcards.  I just love these!  So many uses.   I personalized the paint tray image to suit my project.  First, I resized each image to fit the area exactly how I wanted.  Then I added the red text box to the lid of the paint tray and wrote in the name of the school.  You can only do these kinds of special techniques with digital images.  No need to worry about how to's.  Daydream Designs provides an instruction sheet with each digital purchase.


New digital sets, some in color, new paper, and new sentiments are in the store NOW.  I have to get "daydreaming" about my next project!


Adopt-A-Teacher

I love teachers.  I love what they do, what they stand for, and the extreme effort they put forth in helping their students in the learning process.  We all know that teachers don't get the recognition and salary they deserve.  To that end, I want to do my part.  I don't have children in school.  I don't even have grandchildren in school.  I am past the age where I have any interaction with school and all its activities.  We have a small elementary school here in our little town of Peculiar.  I have contacted them and they are sending me an email with a wish list the 1st grade teachers have put together.  So, we'll see how this works out and I will keep you posted.


In the meantime, I've put together a tin for the wish lists from the teachers.  I started with a tall cookie tin.



I covered it with red cardstock and yellow pattern paper.  The lid has a cardboard circle base, red cardstock and a red stitched ribbon.



Now the fun part starts.  Daydream Designs has the perfect digital images for this project.  The set, School Suppies, has all the elements to put together your own school card, scrapbook layout, or altered project.  I used 2 of the images from the set of 12 designs for the price of $4.95.  If you're not familiar with digital images, let me tell you the infinite possibilities.  First, you don't need space to store the stamp set.  It stays on your computer.  One of the special things you can do is resize and manipulate the images to the exact needs of your project.  I'll tell you more about that in a minute.



I thought this Vintage School House image reflected the entire theme so I wanted to put it on the top.  Isn't it adorable?  It was fun coloring it BUT Daydream Designs also carries a colorized version so you don't even have to use markers!!!





(Click on each thumbnail image to see it larger)


The photos above show different sides of the tin.  The apple flashcard image is from School Days Flashcards.  I just love these!  So many uses.   I personalized the paint tray image to suit my project.  First, I resized each image to fit the area exactly how I wanted.  Then I added the red text box to the lid of the paint tray and wrote in the name of the school.  You can only do these kinds of special techniques with digital images.  No need to worry about how to's.  Daydream Designs provides an instruction sheet with each digital purchase.


New digital sets, some in color, new paper, and new sentiments are in the store NOW.  I have to get "daydreaming" about my next project!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink August 2012 Blog Hop

I really enjoy the monthly blog hops at Papertrey Ink.  It's fun to see what the challenge is and the inspiration photo to work from.  This time it's Autumn Textiles.  Here's the inspiration.


Blog-hop-1


As you can see, it's all about fall textures.  Cozy wool, argyle, tweed, and houndstooth.  I came across a scrap of old retired SU dsp and decided to use that for the base of my design.  I also needed a notebook for fall ideas and projects.  I took a plain ruled 6x9 tablet and put together a cover to make it personal.



This is what I started with.  I don't have a lot of Papertrey Ink supplies but tried to use them as much as possible.  One of the check patterns from the Melon Berry paper pack covered the top and back edge of the tablet.  I cut a piece and scored it to fit the front, over the top and on the back.



See the checked spine along the left of the photo?


I then got busy decorating the front cover.  I cut a piece of cardboard to 6x9 to stabilize the cover.  The original cover is very flimsy.  A piece of SU cardstock, Really Rust, became the base for the design.  As I said, I had this small piece of old SU DSP that is a brown herringbone pattern.  I looked through all my stash and couldn't find any more.  So I mixed it with a paper from Cosmo Cricket, Twenty Three.  The colors were right and I love the book print.  I added a strip of Melon Berry Twill Tape to give it that extra feeling of texture.



Don't you just love it!!!  I do.  I used PI's stamp set, Take Note.  It has 23 images for just about any office organizational project you might want.  I used another paper from the Cosmo Cricket pad to stamp the rectangle frame.  I used Sepia archival ink.  I love the title I picked for the tablet theme, "Me & My Big Bright Ideas".  I stamped a circle in the center of the frame and added a Melon Berry vintage button with a rustic twine bow.  The little flourish designs stamped at the bottom are also from the Take Note stamp set.



I matted the stamped frame with some cream cardstock and then cut another piece of check Melon Berry to give the frame some substance.  I love my new tablet and am already thinking of other designs to make for gifts.  Aren't we always grabbing for some paper to write on?


As always, thank you for stopping by.  I love your comments too!

Papertrey Ink August 2012 Blog Hop

I really enjoy the monthly blog hops at Papertrey Ink.  It's fun to see what the challenge is and the inspiration photo to work from.  This time it's Autumn Textiles.  Here's the inspiration.


Blog-hop-1


As you can see, it's all about fall textures.  Cozy wool, argyle, tweed, and houndstooth.  I came across a scrap of old retired SU dsp and decided to use that for the base of my design.  I also needed a notebook for fall ideas and projects.  I took a plain ruled 6x9 tablet and put together a cover to make it personal.



This is what I started with.  I don't have a lot of Papertrey Ink supplies but tried to use them as much as possible.  One of the check patterns from the Melon Berry paper pack covered the top and back edge of the tablet.  I cut a piece and scored it to fit the front, over the top and on the back.



See the checked spine along the left of the photo?


I then got busy decorating the front cover.  I cut a piece of cardboard to 6x9 to stabilize the cover.  The original cover is very flimsy.  A piece of SU cardstock, Really Rust, became the base for the design.  As I said, I had this small piece of old SU DSP that is a brown herringbone pattern.  I looked through all my stash and couldn't find any more.  So I mixed it with a paper from Cosmo Cricket, Twenty Three.  The colors were right and I love the book print.  I added a strip of Melon Berry Twill Tape to give it that extra feeling of texture.



Don't you just love it!!!  I do.  I used PI's stamp set, Take Note.  It has 23 images for just about any office organizational project you might want.  I used another paper from the Cosmo Cricket pad to stamp the rectangle frame.  I used Sepia archival ink.  I love the title I picked for the tablet theme, "Me & My Big Bright Ideas".  I stamped a circle in the center of the frame and added a Melon Berry vintage button with a rustic twine bow.  The little flourish designs stamped at the bottom are also from the Take Note stamp set.



I matted the stamped frame with some cream cardstock and then cut another piece of check Melon Berry to give the frame some substance.  I love my new tablet and am already thinking of other designs to make for gifts.  Aren't we always grabbing for some paper to write on?


As always, thank you for stopping by.  I love your comments too!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Your Next Stamp Challenge #9

Your Next Stamp is a company with really cute rubber  cling images.  This month they are holding a challenge using orange, yellow, light pink and dark pink colors in a card or project.  I have only a few of their stamps and used Picnic Ellie for my card.  She is adorable sitting on the sandy beach in her bathing suit.  I thought it was the perfect image to use with the "hot" colors in the challenge.



I colored her up with Copics to match the summer colors of the papers.  I die cut some yellow cardstock and some orange striped paper and popped her on top.  I love the orange grosgrain ribbon and the double flower.  This card came together as I was coloring and I like the way it turned out.



Glad you stopped by!

Your Next Stamp Challenge #9

Your Next Stamp is a company with really cute rubber  cling images.  This month they are holding a challenge using orange, yellow, light pink and dark pink colors in a card or project.  I have only a few of their stamps and used Picnic Ellie for my card.  She is adorable sitting on the sandy beach in her bathing suit.  I thought it was the perfect image to use with the "hot" colors in the challenge.



I colored her up with Copics to match the summer colors of the papers.  I die cut some yellow cardstock and some orange striped paper and popped her on top.  I love the orange grosgrain ribbon and the double flower.  This card came together as I was coloring and I like the way it turned out.



Glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Brimming with Excitement!

I am brimming with excitement!  For two reasons.  A new digital stamp store has opened.  It's owned by Diane Noble and is called Daydream DesignsAnd I have been chosen to be on her Designer Dream Team!  Diane has been making and designing cards and projects for many years.  This store is a dream come true for her.  You must check out her fabulous digital stamps.  The store opened last Friday and she is have a grand opening with lots of freebies, goodies and surprises.  You don't want to miss it.  Hint:  a cute cowgirl hat image is free today!


In honor of Diane and her new store I have designed a really special card.



The main image of this card is a combination of several images in The Perfect Blend set of digital stamps that Diane offers for only $5.95.  The set includes 19 images!  I used the coffee grinder, the stack of cups and the cup of latte.  The thing that is so great about digital stamps is that you are not limited to the image as it is.  I used my photo editing program to import all three images and put them together to make one unique scene.  I then sized the entire image to fit the space I wanted to create for my card.  Now here's the interesting part.  I took another digital set, Candy Heart Messagesand added three little candy hearts to the saucer!  Now, how cute is that?  Try doing that with traditional stamps. The perfect sentiment for this card came from a darling set called, Coffee with Friends.  Diane put together 12 sentiments that cover almost all possible situations.  And if it isn't there it is in another set named appropriately Deja Brew.  They are all coffee-themed.



I used Pool Party and Kraft cardstock, colored the image with Copics and distressed all the edges with Vintage Photo ink.


So Diane, as the candy heart says, I'm so happy 4 you.  And totally brimming with excitement as you start this new adventure.  Congratulations!

Brimming with Excitement!

I am brimming with excitement!  For two reasons.  A new digital stamp store has opened.  It's owned by Diane Noble and is called Daydream DesignsAnd I have been chosen to be on her Designer Dream Team!  Diane has been making and designing cards and projects for many years.  This store is a dream come true for her.  You must check out her fabulous digital stamps.  The store opened last Friday and she is have a grand opening with lots of freebies, goodies and surprises.  You don't want to miss it.  Hint:  a cute cowgirl hat image is free today!


In honor of Diane and her new store I have designed a really special card.



The main image of this card is a combination of several images in The Perfect Blend set of digital stamps that Diane offers for only $5.95.  The set includes 19 images!  I used the coffee grinder, the stack of cups and the cup of latte.  The thing that is so great about digital stamps is that you are not limited to the image as it is.  I used my photo editing program to import all three images and put them together to make one unique scene.  I then sized the entire image to fit the space I wanted to create for my card.  Now here's the interesting part.  I took another digital set, Candy Heart Messagesand added three little candy hearts to the saucer!  Now, how cute is that?  Try doing that with traditional stamps. The perfect sentiment for this card came from a darling set called, Coffee with Friends.  Diane put together 12 sentiments that cover almost all possible situations.  And if it isn't there it is in another set named appropriately Deja Brew.  They are all coffee-themed.



I used Pool Party and Kraft cardstock, colored the image with Copics and distressed all the edges with Vintage Photo ink.


So Diane, as the candy heart says, I'm so happy 4 you.  And totally brimming with excitement as you start this new adventure.  Congratulations!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Make it Monday #77: Watercoloring with Ink Pads

I'm showcasing a card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge.  Dawn McVey demonstrated how to watercolor a stamped image using our ink pads as the color medium.  I chose to ink up Strawberry Patch as it is reminiscent of summer and also seemed to be good images for the challenge.



I had a lot of fun using the ink pads, water and a small paint brush to color the berries, leaves and flowers.  I like the rustic, natural effect of the process.  I chose to stamp one of the leaf designs as a background for the card.  Here's a close-up.




It was fun to step out of the box and do something different.  I will have to give this technique a try again soon!


Make it Monday #77: Watercoloring with Ink Pads

I'm showcasing a card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge.  Dawn McVey demonstrated how to watercolor a stamped image using our ink pads as the color medium.  I chose to ink up Strawberry Patch as it is reminiscent of summer and also seemed to be good images for the challenge.



I had a lot of fun using the ink pads, water and a small paint brush to color the berries, leaves and flowers.  I like the rustic, natural effect of the process.  I chose to stamp one of the leaf designs as a background for the card.  Here's a close-up.




It was fun to step out of the box and do something different.  I will have to give this technique a try again soon!