Layout of today (5-23)

Hold onto your hats, dear friends.

I haven’t shared a layout for a long, long, long time. No wait, make that a super, duper long time. 

You have to wait no longer cause here’s one I made a bit ago about what my family did last Christmas:

Oh, you might be wondering about that splotchy stuff? It isn’t there in real life. 😉

The patterned paper is from someone I can’t remember. Felt Thickers letter stickers are from American Crafts. Hearts from Heidi Swapp (I have a little Ghost heart set over the chipboard one. I dry embossed the Ghost one.) Brad from Eyelet Outlet. The font is Century Gothic (my favorite ever). 🙂 Label from Scenic Route. Assorted other supplies.

Have a great day.

 

Credit where credit is due…

I just received a copy of the new Home and Heart magazine from CK Media.

Lots of cute, fun gift ideas in there. Hats off to all the contributors.

There is one thing, worthy of a correction, though. 😦

There’s a charming “Our Legacy Friendship Album” in there on page 40. It’s beautiful.

Unfortunately, my name is on it. It wasn’t by me. It was by my friend, Melissa Phillips.

Big smiley kudos to Melis for a great project!

 

Reason 289: Clear stamps rock

Yep, once again, I’m here with another reason I think clear stamps are great.

I present to you….

drum roll please…..

the Reverse Color Instensity technique.  🙂

What in the “gosh buggers” is that you ask?

Ok, I know it’s a total mouthful. But it’s simple, really. It’s the three shades of one color scheme I have going on here with this little Love You card.

 

To do this technique, you will need a clear stamp (words and solid shapes work the best for this technique) and one (just one) ink pad

First, ink up your stamp. This is the only time you will ink up your stamp for this technique so make sure it’s fully inked, but not overinked. I recommend tapping the pad on your stamp rather than tapping your stamp into the ink pad.

Next, stamp the image once onto a piece of  cardstock.

Now, stamp the image a second time, directly above the first image. 

Then, stamp the image one more time. This time, stamp it above the second image.

The end result: Three shades of color from one ink pad. 🙂

 

I know, I know. This look could be achieved with rubber stamps, too. But I personally find it easier to pull this one off  with clear stamps. It’s easier to line up the stamp fast, plus there’s less fussing needed on my part.  😉

The Love stamp here (along with the you and heart stamps) are from Technique Tuesday’s Big Mouth clear stamp set. The inks are from Marvy. The patterned paper is from Scenic Route.

Have a great day! 

 

 

So yeah… (5-12)

This here is my friend’s little one. 🙂

Before I tell you the story, let me first just say that I am not a professional photographer. In fact, I am FAR, FAR, FAR from it. But that said, I do like to dabble with the camera and take pictures regularly.

Anyway, because of that, my friend asked me to take some pictures of her family one Sunday afternoon.

This little one was sooooo shy at first.

No smiles.

Lots of running away.

Slowly but surely, over the course of the afternoon, she warmed up to me, cracking smiles, giggling and letting me take her picture.

And, then, came the big moment.

That was when all of the suddent she darted off and ran up to her grandma and mom, smiled and blurted out, “Teri likes me.”

Melted my heart, I tell ya. 🙂 Completely.

Card of today (5-9)

 

A stamped card is today’s card.

A super duper, super simple one that is. 😉

Stamps are from Paper Artsy and River City Rubberworks. I used a cool sentiment stamp to make the hero word. All I did was stamp it and chop up the image for the hero letters you see here.

Have a super day!

Card of today (5-8)

Simple and fast card to share today.

Totally paper crafted. 🙂

Totally my favorite size (3 3/8″ x 6″ when folded up. It fits in a stand mailing envelope… wooohoo!). 🙂

The brad is by Bazzill, while the flower is an oldie but goodie from American Crafts. The letter stickers are from Making Memories. The notebook patterned paper is from Hobby Lobby (I can’t recall the name at this moment, but it is their in-store brand.)

Thanks for taking a peek (and have a super day)!