So Summer is drawing to a close and I didn't do any scrap booking while my kids were out of school. Between their busy baseball schedules and my busy work schedule (VBS was a blast even though it was a ton of work) I didn't have any free crafty time. This is an older layout that has been laying around my craft table and I figure since our evenings are getting colder (say it isn't so) these types of scenes aren't too far off. My layout was inspired by Jana Eubanks “Our Favorite SnowMan” layout. I had fun trying to re-create a similar feel using my Silhouette and papers that I had on hand.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Since spring is almost upon us (although that means very little here in Colorado - our biggest storms almost always hit in the spring) I thought I better get to sharing some of the winter layouts I've been plowing through.
This fountain sits in the heart of our downtown and the year I took this photo, they hadn't turned off the water flow before we got a big storm. The result was beautiful icicles hanging all around the fountain. The kids and I were fascinated by the enormity of those ice chunks hanging off the sides.
For this layout, I mixed some brand new Echo Park papers with some older Echo Park. I love how the colors in their current collections are able to tie back to their older collections...it makes using up those last bits of paper and embellishments so much easier. The snowflakes running across the page are Martha Stewart stamps that I embossed in white embossing powder - these stamps are so lovely and detailed and the fact that those details even come through when embossing the images truly speaks to the quality of the stamps.
Today we're expecting a warm up here but they are talking about snow coming again tomorrow so we'll throw on our capris and short sleeve shirts and enjoy the warmth while we can!
Posted by Catherine at 8:11 AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I love these photos my husband took of one of his favorite hobbies. Everything about fly fishing makes him happy; from tying his own flies to scouting the rivers and streams to find the perfect spot to lay out his line. I wanted to photos to speak for themselves - there really wasn't any journaling required but I probably ought to add some so in the future people will know why they're looking at these photos and why they were important to me.
Overall a pretty simple layout. My goal was to use vellum and I found this sketch somewhere (it may be from Shimelle Laine) and thought it worked perfectly to use the vellum to soften the green a bit so it didn't dominate the layout but still let a bit peek out. The hardest part about vellum for me is attaching it to my layout in a way that doesn't show a bunch of adhesive. That may explain why I don't use it very often. I have lots of it though so I better get over my fears and just jump in.
Posted by Catherine at 8:25 PM
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
These bone-chilling temperatures that are being felt across our country have me dreaming of warmer days. I can't wait until we can play in the rivers and camp again. Until things warm up though, I'll just have to look through old photos and be reminded of what is to come.
This layout was from Father's Day several years ago when my husband, our littles and I headed to a local river so he could fish and the boys could play. It was a lovely way for him to spend Father's Day - doing what he loves with his family right beside him.
The great primary colors in this My Minds Eye paper collection made it so easy to pull in supplies from many other collections (both very old and some newer). I love being able to mix and match bits a pieces from the stuff I already have on hand.
I'm thinking I need to pull out all the pictures I've printed from our Kauai trip this past spring and continue dreaming of warmer days and sunshine until this cold front passes through!
Posted by Catherine at 9:36 AM
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I have a few layouts and several cards that need sharing here on my blog but my days seem to be quite full lately. I'm going to try to pop in here quickly and at least get some images up to share with you.
This layout highlights boy #2's first pair of glasses. Everyone in our family except the youngest wears glasses so I figured it was only a matter of time before this one started wearing them...now if we could only figure out a way to keep from leaving them at school when we need them at home or leaving them at home when they're needed at school.
I mixed some old and new in on this one. I outlined almost everything I added to the layout to help it pop off the darker blue background. The big heart sticker said "a face only a mother could love" but I didn't like that sentiment for this layout so I placed some tiny alpha stickers over the "only" and replaced it with "this". Now it reads "a face this mother could love". This was a pretty quick layout and in retrospect I think I would have chosen a different title like A Sight for Sore Eyes...that's okay. The photos and story behind them are documented and that is what is important.
Posted by Catherine at 7:59 AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Not really...it's been bitter cold out here but very little snow so everything is crisp and brown in our corner of the world. I'm ready for snow to cover it all up and be sparkly and white. Meanwhile, I've been working on a few Christmas projects with many more to come (hopefully).
My husband's annual holiday party for his work is coming up soon and every year I make the place cards for the event. I opted to use a new stamp set that I recently acquired from Lawn Fawn called Bows and Holly. If you haven't tried Lawn Fawn's stamps, they are amazing. I love them for coloring in. The quality that they stamp is so crisp and clear leaving you with beautiful images to color in. These are the finished place cards.
|Supplies used: Cardstock - Neenah Solar White; Ink - Memento (Tuxedo Black); Pens - Copic (G24, YG61, YG 63, R22, R29, & R89), Sakura Gelly Roll (Clear Star)|
I used Copic markers to color in the holly leaf and mistletoe stamps. Once I had colored the images in, I took my Sakura Clear Star pen and added some glittery shine to the red berries for a bit of bling. It's Christmas...you;ve got to have bling at Christmas!
Posted by Catherine at 8:05 AM
Monday, November 25, 2013
I have so much to share and yet I haven't been getting it up here on my blog. I've been so busy taking care of business that the projects are piling up in my craft space. I finally finished that big home decor project I had mentioned. It's a map of the United States made with my Silhouette Cameo, patterned paper that I already had in my office, and some wood slats leftover from an old bed frame we no longer have in our house. Wanna see???
|Supplies used: Ink - ColorBox Chalk Ink (Charcoal); Patterned paper - Chatter Box, Crate Paper, Echo Park Paper Co., Graphic 45, My Minds Eye, October Afternoon and Simple Stories|
The entire map was a Silhouette download that they offered as a weekly freebie quite some time ago. I enlarged the map to fit the black foam core board I planned to use and then ungrouped the entire map. I die cut each state and then inked around the edges using ColorBox Chalk Ink and a paint brush to get into all the little detail areas. I wanted to ink up the edges so it would not only help to define the shape of each state but it would help each map piece blend into the black background where pieces didn't come together exactly. Once the pieces were ready, I assembled the map using Mod Podge. I finished the map off by adding a few coats of Mod Podge over the entire foam core board to protect it all.
For the base, my wonderful husband trimmed each plank to the size I needed and then secured them all together. I stained the entire thing with a dark walnut stain that I roughed up a bit with sand paper once it was all dry. I attached the foam core board to the wood planks using Beacon's Hold the Foam Glue for Styrofoam and my hubby hung it up. I love how it turned out. The finished size is roughly 35" x 25" including the plank base. The colors match the colors in our family room perfectly and now that empty alcove above the fireplace has something to fill it in!
Posted by Catherine at 7:43 AM