Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pigment Power!

I love color in my scrapbooks! One of the easiest ways to add color is with stamping, but traditional dye-based ink pads don't always give the results I'm looking for. Enter pigment ink:

Pigment ink gives rich, opaque color directly on your colored cardstock, as well as on white or cream.

I love not having to stamp everything on a separate piece and adhere it! And the formulation from Close To My Heart dries pretty quickly with NO heat setting or embossing!

The best part about pigment inks is that the rich color is lightfast and will remain true much longer than dye-based inks.

Obviously, you can buy pigment inks a lot of places, but I have tried several kinds over my many years of crafting and I do highly recommend those from Close To My Heart.  The colors coordinate with their other products, they are a fast drying variety, and their small size & the fact that they come in a set makes them one of the best-priced products on the market.  Check out all of the pigment ink sets available right here.

Other products used in this layout:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mojo Monday Card

I've had a little to craft lately! I had supplies still sitting out from working on a layout I was submitting to Create magazine, so I made this fun little card for Mojo Monday:

The papers & stickers/chipboard are from the About A Boy line from Echo Park Paper, cardstocks are from my stash, and dots & Chocolate ink are from Close To My Heart.

I put a simple matching panel on the inside, leaving it blank for now, but with plenty of room for a stamped sentiment and/or a handwritten message.  I think this one would be great for a little boy's birthday.

Time's almost up for this week's Mojo Monday sketch, but be sure to check out the next one and play along if you can!

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's a Circus In Here! - July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the July stamp of the month blog hop! If you have arrived here from Sheila's blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. If you get lost anywhere along the way, I have a list of all the hoppers right here. (Click now and it will stay open in its own window while you hop.)

This month we're featuring Circus Alphabet - it's full of fun, doodle-style uppercase letters and a full set of coordinating lowercase letters and numbers. I can see lots of uses for this set, but for today I used it to title a layout about a school music program.

I used a sketch from the Magic how-to book, changing the one 8x6 picture on the left page to two 4x6 pictures.

I decided to split the title into pieces and used all uppercase letters for "music" and the lowercase on the other 2 sections.

To make the letters stand out more against the patterned background, I first stamped with
Lagoon pigment ink.  Once that was dry, I used a white gel pen to fill in the centers.  Because the "C" has doodles in the center, I stamped it again on top of the gel ink once it was dry.

I had several pictures, so I added some Flip-Flaps to get all of the photos included.  I will go back and add a strip of journaling to some pictures so I can list the names or make additional notes.

If you're ready to shop, I have a list below. All links will open in a new window, so you can easily continue our hop!  When you're ready to move along, head on over to Maria's Stamp Momma blog and check out what she made this month.

In addition to the items shown below, I used some leftover large adhesive sparkles from a wall decor kit and a White Signo Uniball gel pen. The green ribbon is from my stash.

Lollydoodle Paper Packet
Sorbet Cardstock

Adventure Pigment Ink Pads
Sorbet Stamp Pad
Pear Stamp Pad
Aqua Dots
Flamingo Dots
Bitty Sparkles
Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment

Circus Alphabet
4x6 FlipFlaps

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rosettes and Vintage Country

Sorry for the lack of posts lately all! I have a new "day" job, and combined with kids out of school I have been sorely lacking in crafty time.  BUT, I have been continuing to play with the Jubilee paper pack and have another 2-page layout today.

Our annual family reunion has been going on for well over 80 years now, and for the last dozen or more we have held it in a little country church. So I thought the designs of Jubilee would be perfect for our indoor picnic-type setting.

Since Jubilee has a ton of country charm, and id already a little vintage looking, I added some paper rosettes with badge and button centers to add to the vintage feel. They are simple to make by scoring strips of paper on a Scor Pal (or on your paper trimmer with a scoring blade or embossing stylus), then fan-folding the paper. Simply adhere the ends and flatten into a circle held in place with a Glue Dot or two.

For my title, I thought the Framework alphabet would make a nice addition. I stamped it in Colonial White pigment ink directly on my Topiary cardstock base, then stamped it again (I used Cranberry) on my pattern paper. I cut out the patterned version inside the stamped lines so that the ink I stamped on my base would show around it.

If you look in my top photo, you can see the picture on the bottom of the left page looks a little odd. That's because I had a couple of extra pictures I wanted to include, but without having all three of them showing on the main page. (They were just a funny aside to the main story, so I stuck them in a Flip Flap. I'll add a strip of journaling inside the flap to explain it.)

When I looked for a sketch to use, I knew I wanted to do this, so I looked for a sketch using 9 pictures instead of the 11 I had.  I ended up with another sketch from Scrapbook Generations, which always make it look like I have mad skills!

If you're interested in any of the products I used, here is a handy shopping list. Don't forget - I will send you a grab bag worth at least $15 for every $30 you order before the end of June! And corporate's discount bundles with any $50 order are a nice deal too so be sure to check them out.

Jubilee Paper Packet
Topiary Cardstock

Jubilee Assortment
Framework Alphabet
Colonial White Ink Pad
4x6 Flip Flaps
Glue Dots

Monday, June 2, 2014

We Love a Parade - SG Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for June! If you've come here from Tasha's Creative Juice, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place. Just be sure to complete the entire circle and leave comments on all blogs for a chance to win a sketch bundle of your choice.

I chose to use a sketch from the 4th of July bundle, creating a layout for (surprise, surprise) a 4th of July parade.

If you're one of my regular readers, you'll recognize many of the same products I used for the Stamp of the Month blog hop the other day. If you want to shop for anything, I'll have links at the bottom of this post.

 The papers are all from the Jubilee paper pack. I used some no-name gel pens for my stitching and my journaling.

The fireworks are some of the leftovers from the big stash I stamped and fussy cut last time using the Kaboom stamp set (June stamp of the month).  Remember, don't be intimidated by fussy cutting! It's easy to do while sitting watching TV, talking on the phone, waiting for dinner to finish, etc. I popped some of them up using 3-D Foam Tape. The title is stamped with the Framework alphabet stamp set and a discontinued stamp set called Doodle alphabet.

These star accents were punched using an Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio tool. I added an epoxy bubble to the center star only.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you want to try it out.

Next on the hop is Cicily, leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be drawn on Monday, June 9th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog - http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
Ruth - http://scrapmachine.com/
Steffanie - http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
Devra -  http://mycreativeview.blogspot.com/
Cassie - http://allsmilesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Stephanie - http://craftyholidaygirl.blogspot.com
Michelle - http://ownerofchanel.blogspot.com
Katy - http://scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Tina Gale - http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com
Corrina - http://anotherthingoffthelist.blogspot.ca/
Casandra - http://casandra-scrappinbliss.blogspot.com/
Lori - http://loriannie670.blogspot.com
Tasha - http://tashascreativejuice.blogspot.com/
Lori - http://savingmine.blogspot.com/
Cicily - http://pinkdalmatianscrapper.com

4th of July bundle
2.5" x 3.5"
Kaboom stamps
Desert Sand
Indian Corn Blue
Micro-Tip Scissors
3-D Foam Tape
1" x 1" block
2" x 2" block
3x3 block

Framework Alphabet

Shape Studio Tool
Epoxy Bubbles
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