Monday, March 31, 2008

Let's go shopping!

I have had a few different bella stamps on my wish list for quite a while now and finally bought some. I tried to get versatile ones so that I'll be sure to use them.

Meet emmybella!

I used sketch challenge SC167 from Splitcoaststampers.

The paper is from Target's $1 spot! I bought it only because of this shoe paper! I loved it at first sight! There were 6 different, coordinating papers in the package. I figured that the paper would be cheap-o and thin, but I was quite pleasantly surprised to find the paper to be even sturdier than most of my scrapbook papers. Not as thick as cardstock, but not flimsy like the cheap paper I bought at JoAnn's last time we had a scrapbook weekend in Dallas.

I chose my papers first and then colored emmybella. I used my copics but didn't do any shading. I am still learning how to use them, so I didn't want to mess up. She's a skinny little image and there's not much room for error, either. I need to get a skin-colored marker so I can color her skin, but I didn't want her to look like she had used the spray and tan, so I left her snow white for now.

I used a needle and my paper-piercing template from SU! and I was very pleased with the triangles in the left corners of the image and the card. I just didn't realize that I hadn't adhered those corners down before I took this picture. Oh, well.

I used foam dots to pop up her shopping bags. They popped up a little more than I meant, but she probably just found a good sale! Then I popped up the entire matted image using foam dots also.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a tiny Studio g stamp set.

She looks like she's had a successful birthday shopping trip, don't you think?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Look, Ma, I can tie my shoes!

Russell is amazingly motivated and once he decides he wants to do something, there is no stopping him. He was that way when he learned to ride his bike and, here recently, when he learned to tie his shoes.

I had kind of an idea of how I wanted this page to look, but I probably should have done the title differently, or at least somewhere else. It looks like it's falling off the page... Oh, well.

I used a stencil for the letters of the title. See, you don't need a die cut machine, if you're willing to sit and cut out the letters. I'm a little weird and I enjoy the tedious work of cutting out the letters with my little manicure scissors. I bought the stencils from Michael's (probably on sale because I rarely pay full price for anything!) and I love them! There is a letter stencil and a shadow stencil. I love shadows for my letters since I always use busy patterned papers.

I used Stampin' Up!'s notebook paper punch for the pictures on the right to give them the feel of being a roll of film. I took pictures of him step by step and wanted to just scrapbook them in order. I love the way it turned out.

I also punched a small piece of scrap paper on the bottom left and laced it up with some string that came with a cheap-o kite last year. The kite has since been tossed, but the string is useful for so many things!

I usually mat all my pictures, again, because I use busy patterned papers, but I need to step out of my "scrapping comfort zone" and do things differently sometimes... Sometime... Maybe later... :-)

Monday, March 24, 2008

I splurged...

...and I'm so glad I did!

I discovered that our local stamp store, BStamps & Stuff, sells scor-pals. I did not know she carried them. And, it was the same price as you can get it online--minus the shipping! So, I made a spontaneous decision to get it. I can't wait to play with it!

There are so many tutorials on Splitcoaststampers on different fun 3D projects. Some of them I am able to make without a scor-pal, just by using my 12" paper trimmer. But, on some of the more complex projects, like the meander book, I can try and try and it just doesn't work out. And, the ones that do work can be more time-consuming and difficult without the ease of the scor-pal. I'll be sure to show the fruits of my labor!

Friday, March 21, 2008

A Pirate's Life for Me

I finally got my order in from Stampin' Up! the other day and I sat down right away and made this card. I had had it in my mind for weeks while I waited for the stamps. We will be mailing it out this afternoon to Slade's nephew, Mitchell. He's turning 12. I hope this card doesn't seem too youngish to him.

I used Stampin' Up!'s Ahoy, Matey set. I love this set! I used Memories black ink, but even when I heat set it, it still blurs when I use my copic markers. So, I'll have to get a better dye ink pad. I put the gold brads in the corner because it reminded me of a pirate's gold booty. The "Arrr!" was printed on the computer. It says "Arrr!" because, arrrgh, I'm late! Hopefully he won't hold it against us. *grin*