Nov 20, 2014

Scrapbooking Haul | getting back to scrapping - Video

It has definitely been a complete overhaul of my crafting mojo once my little one made his appearance.  I was trying Project Life for the first time to document my pregnancy and during the summer we had a few weddings and other events that warranted card making.  Not to mention the many new stamping products that were released during the summer months.  All these changes contributed to the stall in my scrapbooking mojo. With Two Peas In a Bucket's closure, there was only two other scrapbooking You Tube channels I had subscribed to and not many videos were being uploaded.  Needless to say, this influenced my inspiration to be more stamp and card making focused. I found myself purchasing and using stamps more than paper!

You Tube truly has played a huge role in my inspiration, since I don't watch TV (only sports with my hubby), and I watch videos as I am stamping or scrapping.  I noticed that I had not made a layout in quite some time and my baby is already 3 1/2 months old and I haven't gotten his album started - yikes!!  This was my wake up call.  I realized though that I felt out of the loop in regards to the latest styles, trends, and products related to scrapbooking.  I truly relied on Two Peas weekly videos to share new products and pages to inspire me.  So I did a search on You Tube for scrapbooking channels.  I came across a few suggested channels and started to watch.  And of course, once you watch one, more suggested channels appear.  So I found 4 new channels and I've been watching their videos now for this last week - I am inspired!  Thank you ladies for your frequent uploads and great layouts!  

I was moved to look through my supplies to remind myself what products I had.  I cut down my papers that I've had for 3-5 years and made them into 6x6 so I can more readily use them for either cardmaking or scrapbooking.  This helped me organize my stash and really see what papers I had that were inspiring to use with my current 'style' and needs for upcoming layouts.  I then headed over to Joann's since they had a huge sale on pretty much the entire scrapbooking section.  I controlled myself and got some products that caught my eye and I really feel I would use in the near future.  I am really frugal and believe not to buy just because I like it, but because I will use it.  Especially since my crafting space is much smaller - I have to be selective and cannot have a huge inventory.  

With these new products and new videos I am happy to feel the mojo coming back.  I will be creating more layouts with process videos to share with you.  I hope you will enjoy them.  For now, check out my haul video below.  Thanks!

Nov 13, 2014

Scrapbook Layout | Stash Diving | Video Tutorial

Hello friends.  Boy, it has definitely been a while since I did a full 12x12 scrapbook layout!  Just part of the after math of having a baby.  I got inspiration from You Tube by watching some old channels that I had subscribed to that had scrapbooking videos on them, and I found a couple new ones too.  Watching these videos truly got my juices flowing and built up my desire to scrapbook again!
So finally I'm able to put in an album some of my vacation photos from our trip to Hawaii in 2012.  Yes, it's been almost 2 years!  Thank goodness I had these pictures printed and ready to be 'scrapped'.  The pictures I used are from Instagram and I used to print them out.  At 25 cents each, I felt it wasn't a bad deal.  The pictures are all square and have a white border around them, which I like.
I hope you like the layout and the video.  I was so glad to use some small pieces of cardstock and designer paper scraps, as well as some older products like my rub ons and old stickers!  

I currently have 391 You Tube subscribers.  If I hit 400 I will have a giveaway of some Heidi Swapp mini stamp sets.  So if you haven't subscribed yet, please do!  Thank you for your support.

Oct 27, 2014

Customized wedding card | With Video

Oh how I truly enjoy making cards that are personalized, not only with names but also colors and theme.  Wedding cards are truly my favorite since the colors and theme carry throughout the event - from the save the date, invitation, place settings and even my card that goes with their gift!  I love that!  Also, it gives me a challenge to use the colors they want and find a way to design a card that fits their theme too. 
For this wedding card I had the color combo of white, gray, and a soft pink to work with.  The theme was very modern - clean lines.  So I made a one layer, clean and simple card.
I was able to make the 'doodle' type images on the Favorite Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, look more elegant by using silver embossing.  I love how this added a touch of the gray color and visual interest with the embossed silver.  
To see how this card came together, please check out the video below.  I really am pleased with how it turned out.  Supply list below the video.  

Favorite Flowers - Simon Says Stamp
Claires ABCs - Lawn Fawn

Die: Bundle of Stitched Shapes - Simon Says Stamp

Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette - Stampin' Up!
Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black

Oct 20, 2014

First Avery Elle challenge

I recently discovered the Avery Elle brand of stamps.  I made my first purchase and now I've made my first card using these cute stamps.  Since I really like the style of these stamps, I'm sure I will be making more cards and looking for new stamps so I looked for their blog.  And they actually have a challenge blog too where you can win free stamps.  Awesome!  So I made my first card to fit into the current challenge.

Check out the challenge blog HERE.

And below is my entry for their current challenge & it fits the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for anything goes!

Here is my card.  I was able to use distress inks to make my background.  I masked off the ground from the sunset so I would not mix the green and orange colors.  I also masked off the border of the stitched edge which provides an instant mat.  This technique I copied from Nichol M. 
To color my bunnies, I used colored pencils and gamsol to get the watercolored soft look.  I selectively inked the sentiment since it was too long to fit on the tag.  
The stitched tag and rectangle are from Simon Says Stamp - called Bundle of Stitched Shapes. 
I did a search on Google to see sunset colors to give me an idea of how to make my background.  I used:  Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar Distress Inks, and Baja Breeze from Stampin' Up, to make the sky.
For the grass I used Wild Wasabi ink from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like this card featuring Avery Elle's stamp set More Stories.

Sep 16, 2014

Owl Themed Baby Card | Video Tutorial

This week I had a baby shower to go to.  The theme was owls for their baby girl.  The entire decor and baby's room has owls, so it was proper to create an owl card.
I was fortunate to have this set from Swiss Girl designs called ABC Love.  I believe I got this back in 2011, but it has gotten a lot of use and I'm happy about that!  Actually all the stamps I used for this card are at least 1 year old.  It felt good to combine the images and make a card.  I also was able to use some cardstock from my scrap bags too!  
Full product list below the video.  I hope you like this card and the tutorial.

Papertrey Ink: Heart 2 Heart #6
Lawn Fawn: Smitty's ABC
Swiss Girl Designs: ABC Love
Pebbles: New Arrival Boy Stamp

Ink - all from Stampin' Up!
Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Regal Rose

Bic Markers: Black and Green

Sep 12, 2014

Scrapbook layout for baby

After a long scrapbooking 'drought' of about 2-3 months, I was happy to put this layout together.  It did feel a bit foreign to put a layout together after such a long time of making cards instead of layouts.  I had to watch a few scrapbooking videos on You Tube to get my mojo going.  I am very pleased with the end result.
I got the background paper chosen first and then selected coordinating papers and solid cardstock that matched.  I used simple embellishments so my photo would stand out.  Simple wood veneer, ledt over glitter stickers, and washi tape was all I used.  The alphabet stickers were from an older Amy Tangerine line.
I know this is one of many future layouts of my baby boy.  I didn't make a video since it took me a long time since I was out of mojo for a while.
Stay tunes for more layouts and Project Life pages too.  

Sep 3, 2014

One Layer Sympathy Card with Video | July SSS Card Kit


Hello there.  I purchased the July and August 2014 card kits from Simon Says Stamp.  Each came with a great stamp set and a lot of other goodies that will last me a while. I was happy to be able to use products from the July kit to make this card this week.  Though this card has a whimsical feel, it is a sympathy card.  I am hoping it will bring a smile to the recipient.
I was able to use the designer paper and stamps from the kit - but I also was able to use a new stamp I had from Denami Designs.  I purchased this box stamp months ago at a stamp expo and this is the first time I used it!  I was also able to use my colored pencils and Gamsol to color in the box.  
It was nice to combine newer products with what might be considered older products to get a fresh look.
I hope you enjoy the video tutorial below.  Products listed below the video.

Sending Happy Thoughts - Simon Says Stamp (July 2014 Card Kit)
Open Box - Denami Designs

Midnight Muse, Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!
Lipstick Red - Simon Says Stamp (July 2014 Card Kit)

Designer paper from Simon Says Stamp July 2014 Card Kit
White Cardstock - Stampin' Up!

Paper Stump - Michaels
Gamsol - hardware store
Colored Pencils - Michaels
Holiday Shapes die - Simon Says Stamp
Xyron Sticker Maker
Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers

Aug 31, 2014

DJ baby thank you card - clean and simple


Since my husband is a DJ, my sister wanted to throw me a DJ baby themed baby shower.  She decorated with records and music notes throughout the house, the table settings, and even the food.  
So I felt it was appropriate to make my thank you cards follow that same theme.  Since this is something custom, I had to create my own image that worked.  
I had the onesie stamp image from an old stamp set that I've had forever, which I can't even link to.  The small music note was actually from the Teeny Tiny Backdrops stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  I simply inked up only one of the small music notes, rather than the entire background stamp to stamp the small music note on the onesie.  Thankfully the stamp is clear, so it made it easy to get the image in the right spot.
Additionally, I used the 'thank you' sentiment from a Hero Arts stamp set, Everyday Sayings CL342.  Very simply, stamped the sentiment three times to help fill up the card front and add interest.  It would have been very bare if I only stamped it once.  I like how it makes it more original and balances the card design.  I couldn't stop there.  I took my Holiday Shapes die from Simon Says Stamp, and used my silver glitter paper from Stampin' Up! - which I've had the 12x12 sheet in my stash for almost a year now!  So I was happy to use up an inch or so of the paper and die cut these small stars from the glitter paper.  Now these stars are teeny tiny, and I was using my Tombow Multi Purpose adhesive to glue them down, but it got messy and the glue leaked out the edge and got all over my tweezers.  So finally I used my other tool that needed some 'dusting off' - my Xyron mini sticker maker.  This made it a whole lot easier to stick these tiny stars down, and not get adhesive everywhere.  For a clean and simple design, I like how this card came out.
Not pictured was the back.  This was a postcard style card, meaning it had no fold, no inside, it is simply a card front.  On the back, I used washi tape and taped a 3x4 photo of my new baby.  I taped only the top of the picture so they can flip it upward and underneath the photo I wrote my thank you message.  It turned out quite well and was somewhat easy to mass produce since I had to make 25 of them!  
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are inspired to make a clean and simple card and use those stamps and older tools and supplies.
- Ezlie

Aug 17, 2014

Nature lover's wedding card | video tutorial

My husband's cousin got married and the couple are nature lovers.  Their wedding photos were taken out in a forest wearing their hiking gear and they registered at REI!  Need I say more?!  So I wanted to use this theme in their wedding card to make it more personal.  This is one of the benefits of being able to make your own cards - how hard do you think it would be to find a nature themed wedding card out in the stores??!

So here's the card.  It came out so much better than I thought it would.  I was happy to use a few pieces of cardstock from my scrap box.  I also was able to use my old stamp set that is an oldie but a goody from TPC Studio called Camp.  This old camping stamp set was an impulse purchase when I was on vacation and stopped by a craft store in the area.  But this set has come in handy so many times - especially since we've been camping every year.  So I was happy to pull out this set again to use it for this card. 
I combined these scrap papers and older stamp set with some new products I got in my July Simon Says Stamp 2014 card kit.  I used the patterned paper from the kit to do some paper piecing.  I loved the small images on the paper and the colors too worked out.  
I was in the mood to break out older products from my stash - even ones I haven't used yet - like the stencil from Heidi Swapp.  You'll see in the video how I combined using the stencil with other older tools like my Versamarker, heat and stick powder, and glitter of all things!  These are truly old products that I haven't used in ages.  So it truly felt good to pull them out and put them to use. 
I hope you enjoy the video tutorial and are inspired to pull out some of your older products and tools and combine them with newer products to create your next project!
(scroll down for products used)

Camp - TPC Studio
Congratulations C2734 - Hero Arts
Claire's ABC - Lawn Fawn
ABC Love - Swiss Girl Designs

Stencil: 6x6 Confetti - Heidi Swapp

Ink: Midnight Muse, Always Artichoke - Stampin' Up!
Lipstick Red - Simon Says Stamp

Paper:  scrap cardstock from Stampin' Up!
Designer paper - Simon Says Stamp July 2014 Card Kit

Accessories/Tools:  Versamarker, yellow glitter, Crystal Effects - Stampin' Up!, twine

Aug 1, 2014

Clean and Simple Masculine Card - Video

Just a quick post to share my latest video of a clean and simple sympathy card.  Enjoy and hope you are staying cool!