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Monthly Archives: August 2008

One of my design team kits this month from Scrapbook Central was the Summer CHA release of “Offbeat” from BasicGrey. Terribly cute with it’s birds, fruits and retro geometric shapes, you can’t help but have fun with it! The paper is single-sided and has alpha and elements stickers to accent in typical BG fashion.

Here is a layout that uses mostly Inque Boutique stamps in conjunction with the BG – a nice combination! The card borrows a sketch from a recent post on the Hero Arts blog – love it!

BasicGrey's Offbeat

BasicGrey's Offbeat, close-up

BasicGrey's Offbeat

Otherwise known as Artist Trading Cards. These little 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ babies are a miniature piece of art in the making. Terrific for trying new techniques, using up scraps of anything or simply creating to a theme, ATC’s really get addicting! ATC’s are meant to be traded not sold.

Recently I joined the Oasis ATC Club that meets every other month at Scrapbook Central and I have been wowed at their talent. I’m so tickled to be part of their group! Thanks to Rosanne and the ladies in the group for having me! Every month we have a particular theme to follow when making our cards with usually any technique goes as long as the theme is followed. This month’s theme was ‘sunrise/sunset’, one that I love because those are my favorite times of the day. How could I do it justice? I decided to use 2 of my favorite mediums, paint and glitter, to create a somewhat Impressionistic ATC. Ranger’s Paint Dabbers are my paint of choice and PK Glitz has some incredible glitter as you can see in the sample below. Enjoy your sunset tonight and sunrise tomorrow!

Sunrise ATC

Foil is one of those rather picky mediums, but you go through the work because the result is so spectacular! Creative Imaginations has made it pretty dang easy with their Foil Kits as reviewed at ScrapFriends recently. The foil itself comes in themed color kits with 2 sheets each per color – nice! Also included is a tube of foil glue. This is interesting stuff and I want to use it more to test it’s limits for sure. It is a milky liquid glue that dries clear and sticky.

Another product that CI has to go great with the foil are the patterned adhesive embellishments. These are like rub-ons with sticky on both sides. Sooooo, on the top sticky side goes foil, glitter, flocking or pigment powder – take your pick! What is very cool is that the adhesive matches some of CI’s most popular lines in the Narratives collection. Way cool and beautiful to boot.

Here are some projects using the foil kits. The layout uses the patterned adhesive and glitter from PK Glitz.

On the Road to GASC

On the Road to GASC, close-up

This next sample is actually a Tinkering Ink Acrylic Tag with the patterned adhesive transfers plus the foil. Very neat because you can see the back from the other side of the tag.

Acrylic Tag with foil

Those of you who know me well, know that I love ocean and beach themed paper to the max! I can never get enough of it. I guess it comes from living near the ocean. I do like Flair’s papers as a rule, but their beach and water collections are my favorites. The colors, the patterns and design all comes together very well. Maybe it’s the subject material! I had the pleasure of reviewing this new collection at ScrapFriends and I’d like to share some of my projects with you.

Lots of stamping with this layout. The stitches are stamped among other things on the page. The majority of the stamps are from Starving Artistamps, including the shells debossed on the circular elements. LOVE that technique!

Beach Break

Beach Break close-up

This little guy is also from Starving Artistamps and is stamped with glue then covered in foil! You should see him shine!

Foil Card

Here’s another shell, but this is a patterned adhesive transfer that Creative Imaginations sells. Check out the review on ScrapFriends for the foil and transfers.

Foil Card

Thanks to Tammy, a sweet and precious soul, for this lovely gift! It means a lot that you read and comment on my blog frequently and that you consider me a close friend. You are a wonderful friend! And what good is friendship if you don’t pass it on?

The rules for the “Blogging Friends Forever” award are:
* Only five people allowed
* Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
* One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog or lives in another part of the world.
* You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
* The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
So – without further ado – here is my list – without meaning to exlude anyone:
Chris and her Penny Candy
La Verne and her Organized CHAOS
Melina and her Living, Creating & Appreciating
Mitzi and her Life is Good
Eli and her Frizzy Lizzy Frumple Dumple

Working with MME on a recent ScrapFriends review, I fell in love with the Wild Asparagus line. I honestly hadn’t purchased any of the original Wild Asparagus release a couple years ago, so working with this collection was the first time for me. I have enjoyed other MME’s releases – Tres Jolie in particular, and Wild Asparagus didn’t disappoint. The paper is wonderful, heavy and double-sided. I have found that I prefer working with double-sided paper mostly for the completeness of it – matching in every way.

The embellishments come with a shimmer finish on the paper, something new for MME. I was mildly concerned that it would be difficult to journal on, but no worries after the first stroke. No smudging, no lightening of the ink or even skipping. It was NICE! Do remember to use the pre-cut embellishments in creative ways. Don’t be limited with just what they give you, experiment!

Merry Christmas


Grandma and Grandpa



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?