Friday, April 26, 2013

Steampunk Oz!

The Wizard of Oz has always been a favorite movie of mine.  Stampendous has created several new stamps featuring the crew from Oz that are sure to be favorites for any lover of all things Oz combined with some Steampunk style!  This is my favorite image from the new Oz release, called Overlooking Oz.  I just love her little dog!  

 I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest and colored the image with Copics.  My card base is Bazzill, the gingham paper is My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Two Rosy, the hot air balloon paper is Basic Grey's What's Up.  I added a little Nicole's red satin ribbon to finish it off!  Easy peasy but oh so cute!  

I hope you've been checking out the Stampendous blog this week.  We've been sharing all the cute new Oz images.  There's lots of Design Team eye candy just waiting for you!  Next week we'll be previewing all the new floral images so be sure to check back.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Tree

Hi there!  It's spring and I'm ready for some happy!  Some Dreamweaver Stencils happy!  That means I have a sweet little project for you today that made me happy while I was creating it and I hope you like it too.  This is the first in a series of four small canvases I'm creating with one of my favorite stencils, LX 7020 Leafless Tree.  I absolutely love this stencil!  I have a thing for trees, I always have, I always will!  I don't know what it is about them but they just speak to my soul.

You might wonder how this little canvas fits into the current monthly challenge at Dreamweaver Stencils, it's easy!  I used Memories Mists for almost all of my color!  I used Stormy Water, Amaretto, Plum Sake and  Iridescent Memories Mists.  I did use another brand of ink for my green as I don't have any from Dreamweaver in my personal stash, I know I will have to fix that!  May I just say, I love how easy it is to mix the Memories Mists with the paste to create a variety of paste colors!

So here's how I created this little canvas!  First of all, I gave it a wash of gesso just to give it a little tooth.  When that dried I took the Stormy Water and Iridescent sprays, mixed a little of each together, watered it down just a little and and brushed it on leaving room at the bottom for my "grass."  Next I took some green spray and watered it down just a little and brushed it on.  There was just a slight overlap of the blue and green which gave me that nice dark green line.  Once my background dried, I mixed my paste for my tree with some white embossing paste, matte black embossing paste and some Amaretto (brown) spray.  After I anchored my stencil down, I spread my paste, removed the stencil and set it aside to dry some more.  Once it was dry, I mixed my "blossom" paste using white embossing paste and Plum Sake spray.  Using a brush I just dabbed it on all around the tree making sure I had plenty of yummy texture!  Using my finger, I went back and dabbed some more of my "tree" paste on the trunk of the tree to give it more texture as well..  I set it aside one final time and waited for it to dry before taking my pictures.  Fun, easy and kinda happy!  Here's a close-up of the tree:

Every spring here in North Carolina, we have these beautiful trees with pink blossoms that look pretty much just like this!  Here's a partial picture of my inspiration:

So that's it for me today, I'll post the next one in the series soon!  More members of the Dream Team have created special projects for your viewing pleasure and inspiration and can be found here:

Dream It Up!
Lea Kimmel (That's me!)

Feel free to leave some love for us and don't forget to play along.  Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up! blog is just waiting for you!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!


Friday, April 19, 2013

More Project Life!

Yay!  It's Blog Hop day!  Here's another Becky Higgins Project Life layout of my daughter's wedding.  How fun and easy these pages are!  They're so simple to create and you can add as many photos or accent pieces as pockets allow!  Here's my page and a close-up of the inserts I created:

I used a variety of stamp sets for this page, two of them are new and will soon be available in a store near you or online!  The new sets I used are:  Big Top Type Perfectly Clear ™ Stamps and Hand of Friendship Perfectly Clear ™ Stamps.  The stamps I used are Dream Text Background Stamp, Bride and Groom, Happy Couple, Heart Stack and Mr. & Mrs.  Obviously these are all stamps from Stampendous®!  I've also used Memento Ink, Tim Holtz® Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry, as well as Copic® Markers.  The paper is Neenah® Classic Crest.  

I hope you enjoy my page and that it gives you a little inspiration.  I have several team mates that have also created some inspiration for you so I hope you will take a look and leave them a little love along the way!  

Have a great day!  I'll see you again soon!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Life IS a Project!

Honest!  It really is!  I know I'm here by God's grace and I know He isn't finished with me yet, therefore, I'm His project!  Some days I feel like His "pet project" and some days I feel like I've been put on the shelf!  That's just how life goes and that's okay because I'm still here!  He hasn't finished with me yet; I hope He doesn't any time soon!

I have a smattering of projects in my craft dungeon, some are high priority and some are definitely riding on the back burner.  I bet you can relate!  My crafty time is really limited right now with ball season in full swing. Well, let me tell you, Becky Higgins Project Life makes it so easy to create wonderful memory pages without a whole lot of time involvement.  My kind of scrapping!  Project Life offers a variety of page protectors and they do have some really cute card inserts, however, it's a lot more fun and economical to stamp and create your own!  I think it gives your pages a more personal touch.

I'm way behind on photos and scrap booking (I know I'm not the only one, don't laugh at me!) and these are some pictures of my daughters wedding six and a half years ago.  Yeah, yeah, I'm WAY behind!  That cute little blond bomb in the tux is my son, Daniel, he's now 10 and still just as cute!  Oh, and here's a fun fact for you!  Daniel and my daughter that's getting married in these photos, Rachel, were born on the same day 18 years apart!

For this layout, I used Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps™ by Stampendous® and Hand of Friendship Perfectly Clear Stamps™ by Stampendous®.  I stamped the images on Neenah Classic Crest using Memento Tuxedo Black.  Next I colored the floral images with Copics and edged each piece with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.  This was incredibly fast, easy and fun!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!  Hope you have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wait for the Sunshine

Do you ever have days or even weeks when it seems like there's someone always raining on your parade?  I've had a lot of those days in recent weeks but I refuse to let the "rain" get me down.  I was blessed with one of those unsinkable spirits that might take a dive now and then but quickly rises back to the top.  I love the sunshine too much to let the rain bother me!  So, I patiently wait for the sunshine.  I know it's right around the corner!  Or, right here on this card!

This is my first official post as part of the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team!  I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to be a part of this talented group of ladies.  It is truly a blessing.  I've had several people tell me they wouldn't know what to do with a stencil if they had one.  Seriously!?  This surprised me!  I guess I have been paper crafting so long now that I'm always surprised when someone tells me they're afraid of a technique I see as simple.  I forget that not everyone has the same level of experience I have.  So, today's card is very simple but pretty darn cute if I may say so myself!

For this card, I let the paper take the lead!  This patterned paper was already adorable, all I did was airbrush some raindrops on with my Copic marker and airbrush system, how simple is that!  The stencil used was LJ 905 Rain and may be purchased here.  I can't believe how easy this was!  Then, all I had to do was layer my airbrushed patterned paper on a Bazzill card base, stamp my sentiment from My Favorite Things, layer it on more patterned paper and Bazzill and DONE!  Very easy, very quick and very cute!  So simple a caveman could do it!  (Snicker!)

More members of the Dream Team have created special projects for your viewing pleasure and inspiration and can be found here:

Dream It Up!
Lea Kimmel (That's me!)

Feel free to leave some love for us and don't forget to play along.  Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up! blog is just waiting for your card, he has attachment issues!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!