Sunday, September 18, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday #161

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 161 Inspiration Piece (image)     Each week I am inspired and/or stretched to come up with a project for the challenge at PaperCrafter's Corner.  This week "stumped" was a better word.  I ended up with a card that has been coming together in my head for awhile, but I'm not happy with it.  The only thing I could take from the magazine cover was the colors and borders, but, frankly, I don't think it fits well with my idea.  I still have more "Dearie Dolls" and more of the sentiment cut out, so I think I will rework this next week.  Not feeling well and trying too hard, I think.                                    
The sentiment is an svg from Apex Cuttables, a freebie that I love.  I used the negative space after cutting it out on my Cricut.  Please check out Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps, too, where you will find great fun (and free!) clip art.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #160

     "A World Away from the Everyday!"  Isn't that where the Land of Oz is?  I have several (many) themes to scrap, but this one instantly came to mind when I saw the PCC magazine cover, and it's very current since the play runs a couple more weeks!  I'm so pleased with the results.  I hope you will like it, too!
     A special shout out to Mary Ellen Smith.  She is the talented and generous artist who offers her fun clipart at Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.  I'm still thinking I should have used those flying monkeys! Thank you, Mary Ellen!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 160 Inspiration Piece (image)
Magazine Monday Inspiration
     And thank you, Steph, for keeping me busy, even when I'd rather go to bed!  :o)  Also, it's because of you that I have a Cricut to use on these projects.  I didn't have to fussy cut the digi stamps.  I did a print-and-cut which does a much better job than I can.  The title took me all of about 10 minutes to layout and send to the Cricut.  Love it!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A two-fer

        This week I got the idea for my subject from the inspiration at PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #159 and the layout from the September Stack-a-holic Sketch Challenge at DCWV.Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 159 Inspiration Piece (image)
     Instead of a little girl with a cat, I went with my little girl and her dog, Nigel.  He lives at our house, but is technically her dog.  They just don't have a place to keep him right now, and we are quite happy with that arrangement.  Nigel is one of those dogs with a perfect temperament.  He barks at every stranger who comes to the gate, but lets the grandbabies crawl all over him.  Sequoia would literally ride him when she was tinier!  She still dresses him up and wraps him in blankets, and he never complains.  I need to do more layouts of Nigel.
     All the paper, except for a few scraps, are from DCWV's Summer Dream Stack.  I used a Sizzix alphabet to cut out the letters, and the stamp set is from Stampendous.    
     Thanks for stopping by.  Still lots of time to join the DCWV challenge!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DCWV August 2016 Stack-a-holic Challenge

       With granddaughter in first grade now, I have more time on my hands, and everyone knows that paper crafting is good therapy.  Still in recovery, it takes me longer to finish anything, but with that additional time, I'm getting some fun things done.  

     Usually I try to avoid glare in my photos, but I wanted to show off the foil bling in this beautiful DCWV cardstock from the Fall & Halloween Combined Mat Stack.  Surprisingly the best matching blue I found was in the Christmas Stack.  Don't wait till holidays to look in those stacks!  There is a lot of pretty paper that can be used year-round.  I especially was yearning for plaids this go.  Love this one! 
     I embossed the tag with a Cuttlebug folder of tiny hearts, covering each one with Glossy Accents.
     I used the Poppy Stamps Hello Word Balloon to die cut the hole and then used the coordinating brown cardstock to die cut again for the insert.  
    To add more bling I added a strip of Treveni Craft Diamanti colored with a Bic permanent marker.  This is the DCWV challenge sketch.  Fun!  
     Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #158

      I love clipart.  For several years I belonged to Provocraft's HugClub, a monthly clipart club, so I've accumulated quite a bit.  Because I still haven't learned to color, this is definitely another way to go.  The focal point here is from "A Bird's Life 1."  She's in an office which fits the bill for this week's PCC challenge!  Besides patterned paper, I used #DCWV adhesive cork and a die-cut using one of my favorite Poppy Stamp dies.  Once I decided what to do, I added to my stash:
     Steph at PaperCrafter's Corner comes up with the best magazine covers for inspiration.  Here's this week's:Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 158 Inspiration Piece (image)     
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #157

    Yesterday I decided this wasn't going to get done.  This morning I woke up with a simpler idea that just maybe I was up to completing.  And I did!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 157 Inspiration Piece (image)
     My first thought from PaperCrafter's Corner's inspiration piece was the obvious:  children going off to school.   I only got this one picture of Sequoia's first day this year. . .and I think it's the same view I got last year, her standing by the chalk drawing of the school's puma mascot.  The title piece and slide are svgs from the generous #misskatecuttables.  Where I got discouraged was putting them into Cricut Design Space and finding it was going to take about 20 mats.  I'm physically not up to that this week, especially after taking a fall (in that messy family room I scrapped last week!).  But this morning I came up with the idea of doing a "print and cut."  That took all the work and worry out.
     The background paper, which looks like school paper, is from #DCWV Magnolia stack.  To fill the page, I had to stay simple so I went with the stars in the title, punched a bunch and scattered them around.  It looks better in person.  It actually turned out pretty cute.  :o)
    Edited:  While I was working on the cut-and-print part of this, my 20-month-old grandson turned off my computer.  I gave up for the day.  The next day when I tried again, I somehow switched the cuttable from Miss Kate to the kindergarten one!  This is first grade!  It hit me hard the day after I posted.  It all got fixed before it went into her scrapbook.  :o)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Two Challenges in One

     Amazingly, I was able to bring together DCWV's August Stack-a-holic challenge and Papercrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday.  Without thinking!  If I would have had to think about it, it wouldn't have happened.  I just immediately knew what I wanted.
Papercrafting Challenge:Magazine Mondays - Week 156 Inspiration Piece (image)     PCC made it easy.  This week's inspiration showed a messy house which looked a lot like a picture I took last week when "Los Tres Nietos," the three small grandchildren were here.  The rays of sun in the DCWV sketch reminded me of where I wanted those little ones to play: Outside!  The Kidlet stack had the perfect paper with words describing the day Outside!  

    Steph, do you remember how excited I was that the Cricut allows me to cut any words and just the size I want them?  That's what I did!  The font I used for "Outside" is a freebie called Black Fat.  I like that it doesn't have thin areas that might get messed up in the cutting.
     The sun was a free svg from the talented Juliana Michaels at 17 Turtles.
     With a quieter house once again, I was able to work on this for short periods each day.  Very therapeutic and great fun!  Writing this blog may have been the most difficult part!  :o)