Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Simple Card Making Formula - great way to make a simple card

Many of you know, I love to craft and spend a lot of time doing scrapbooking.  I also enjoy making cards.  New crafters, and sometimes even those that have been crafting for a long time, have a hard time making cards.  I often do.  I get stuck for some reason.  I realized the easiest way for me to make a simple card was a formula for myself.
Sentiment + Image (focal point) + background interest element = a great card!

I first start with a sentiment- I pick out what sentiment to use from a Happy Birthday to a Thank you to a My thoughts are with you card.  That sets the tone for the card.  This is easy to do if you keep a log of your stamps.  I use Evernote.  So if I am looking for a birthday stamp, I search birthday in Evernote and it brings up all my stamp sets with birthday in them.  (for those that don't use Evernote or are interested: search my blog for Evernote post that I did to explain it).

The next step is to pick out my focal point for my card.  That is often an image stamp.  Once again I can search through my Evernote to find an image I want to use.  Often I have a couple of stamps on my desk that I want to play with so I might already have the image in mind.  

The final step in my formula is background interest.  Now this can be a stamp: Gorgeous Grunge or Timeless Textures are great background stamps.  It can be an embellishment such as sequin or  it can be layers of cardstock, ribbon, or buttons.  It can be anything you want to add to your card.  I do try and keep my cards on the flatter side so I am careful about the embellishments I use.  I love to use other stamps to create that background interest.  It's a great way to get INKY....and it keeps the card flat for mailing.  
The card below is a great example of this formula.  I used the feathers as a focal point, my sentiment, and my Gorgeous Grunge stamp as background interest.  Simple and easy.  This is a great formula for one layer cards too.  But you can make this as fancy or as simple as you want, adding more background interest.  
Hope you enjoyed this formula and I hope if you are ever stuck on a card, you can use it to make a great simple card!
Thanks for stopping by
Michelle!!!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stampin' Up Bear Hugs used on a Layout



I often buy stamps that I love because I just like them.  I am very pleased when I get to USE them!!!  I bought the Bear Hug stamp in the Occasions mini because it was so darn cute and those matching framelits suck me in every time!  I was thrilled when I was looking through my pictures and found these pictures from Vegas that would work with the Bear Hugs stamp!  I had to get INKY!!!
Oh, and a little hint to the new catalog.......Bear Hugs sticks around!!!!  ;)



I had to add the little mouse to my layout....because he is so cute!


I also did some stamping on the corners. 


I used my Kiwi Lane Templates to help with the layout.









I love the little bow tie that you can add to the bears!










Are they not the cutest??!!  These bears would make great Father's Day cards too! Or good for a camping layout!  
Thanks for stopping by today!
Michelle

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lawn Fawn Scrapbook Layout & Rooting for You

Today I am sharing something a little bit odd, my pre work.  When I want to use a new stamp set to create an image, I use a test sheet: a scrap of Whispering White cardstock big enough that I can stamp multiple times on it. The reason is, I might have an idea in my head of what the image should look like, but maybe not a clear idea of what color ink I should use.  I make my sheet big enough so I have room for my first drafts.....second, third...sometimes even fourth attempts!
You can see on my sheet below, I was trying to stamp the image of the turnip, but not quite sure what ink would work best.  Since I was going to die cut these images out with my matching framelits, none of my "drafts" matter to the end product.  I also do this when coloring images.  I might not be sure of the exact shade I want to use, I leave a space to scribble a bit to test colors.  


You can see my multiple tries here.  Not quite the color......





I used these stamp set from Lawn Fawn, Rooting for you.  Normally I would use these stamps for a card.  I really wanted to try and use them on a layout.  This is one of the layouts in the mini album I am doing for my son.  It has tons of pictures of his school stuff in it, I wanted to scrap them, but not put them in a big family album.  This mini album is perfect but as I am working on it, I am finding tons of sports pictures of my son.  After awhile, I have gotten tired of my sports stamps, so I got creative!!!



I am sorry for the bad lighting, I worked on this in the evening and it has been rainy and cloudy for the last two nights.


I loved this little set of veggies!!! With their sweet little faces!  Not sports related, but the sentiment worked perfectly tying it into the layout!  


This is an 8X8 album so you can't add to much to the layouts.  Also I am trying to keep this book as flat as possible since I have so many pictures to get into it.  Using my stamps has helped me create layouts without bulk.


Aren't those the cutest veggies??
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Making Your Own Background Paper- A Flag Football Layout

Every once in awhile, I get an idea....I'm not sure if it is going to turn out well until I am almost finished with it.  This was one of those times.  I didn't have any sports paper in my stash.  I wanted to use the school colors on this layout (green, black and white).  I decided to start stamping and making my own background paper.



When I started, I started with the spiral stamp set, and kept adding until I got enough of a pattern I liked, adding stamps as I went.  


This is where I got INKY!!!  I kept adding distressing stamps, in with my word stamps, I kept building to the background.  I really like how it turned out.  I have a good stash of designer series paper but I didn't have any sports paper left, what better than to make my own sports paper in the exact color combination I needed! It was a good way to get INKY and use those stamps!!!  I have said this before, I own a lot of stamps.....BECAUSE:
I don't buy a lot of embellishments that I can use one time and they are gone.  I buy some stickers for titles, I will buy buttons or clips, ribbon, brads, things of that nature.  I don't buy stickers as accents, I make my own with my stamps!  In the end, I think it saves me money.  I have something I can use over and over.  If I get tired of the stamp set, I can simply resell it.  Retired Stampin' Up stamps often sell well.  I feel like stamps are the best way for me to spend my crafting dollars. 


I even used my fringe scissors for this layout!











I have had this stamp set for awhile, and I love the cheerleader.  But with three boys, I didn't think I would get to use it much.  It was fun to ink it up as an embellishment using my framelits to cut it out and dimensionals to pop it up.


Have you ever made your own background paper?  I think this is something I am going to do more often!!!  
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spray Ink Layout with Misti News!

I haven't played with spray inks in a while, so it was a good time to play.  I used an overlay for this layout.  I'm not sure what brand it is, I got it on sale from somewhere....and just recently found it again, and thought, I need to use that!!!   I started with crumb cake cardstock.  I used green spray ink to pick up the grass in the picture. 

I also used my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add even more ink splatters!  You can NEVER have enough ink splatters!!!



This is something I never do, I never stamp directly onto my layout.  I hate to mess up my almost done layouts with stamping directly onto them.  I tend to stamp and cut out the words with framelits.  If I made a mistake, I would have to cover it or redo the whole layout.  UGH!!! The best news: the 12X12 Misti is now available for preorder!!!!!  I am SSSSSOOOOO excited!!!!  If you don't know what a MISTI is, you can check out my other blog posts where I talk about it, I think I have a video of me using it.  In my own words, the MISTI is a stamp positioning tool.  It helps you get perfect placement time and time again.  It also helps you restamp an image to get perfect ink coverage.  I never used to do 2-step stamps.  They didn't work for me.  I hated using background stamps because I might not get good coverage.  The MISTI has changed all that!  I keep it on my desk at all times!  I LOVE it!!!!  There is an original misti, a mini misti, and now the 12X12 misti!  I will be able to stamp on my layouts without worrying about making a mistake.  I am so excited!!!!  If you want to learn more about the misti, visit:  http://www.mysweetpetunia.com/category-s/107.htm
I, in no way, benefit from MISTI sales, I just really like the product and LOVE to share what I love!!!








Thanks for stopping by!  Leave me a comment if you have the MISTI, used a MISTI or want a MISTI!!  There is a month long giveaway for a MISTI on the sweet petunia website!  Make sure to enter!
Michelle


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