Thursday, October 16, 2014

what's been happening...

I attended lain's Art Journal class - loved it - In fact I want to get startedon an AJ that incorporates so many of the bible quotes I have been collecting - I was super inspired and she really broke it down for newbies - I was impressed!

I also had my currently me LO featured on a Lilypad blog post (how cool is that?)

and tonight I had the chance to scrap a little and finish the fourth Mixed Media Monthly challenge - monochromatic.

I am gearing up for another busy busy weekend - but I will get to see the older two kids Saturday am - yay.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mazel Tov card w/ Instructions

My daughter was invited to her first Bar Mitzvah.  It may actually be the only one she is invited to as we are not Jewish.  Remember she is twelve and was not as excited for the 2-hour ceremony as maybe I would be...

I was just as excited though to make this card! And those who have received cards from me in the past (weddings, birthdays, etc...) know that I love to incorporate the invitation somehow in the card that I make. They take time to choose that invitation, it is special to them, and I have received many compliments by doing this.  This time it was a no brainer, the mom  used this awesome shimmery paper with blues and cream stripes.  the one side was the message and this invite had a double side (how cool is that?) so I had 7x4 space of the best pattern paper cardstock.

First and foremost I am a fan of the 9x4 card & envelope I purchased from the Silhouette store created by Jamie Cripps.  Best $1.98 every spent.  I purchased the "You Did It" and used them for all my graduation cards (tip - cut them in their school colors!)  she has other ones for many different occasions.  I use the base elements and envelopes all the time!

In silhouette I grabbed the card's background piece and re-sized my letters to fit inside the background (1. using the text tool - spelled out Mazel Tov, 2. changed the font to Ahroni,3. un-grouped the letters, 4 then moved them sizing and spacing them on my card as I liked them).

Once complete I made a outline of the 4x7 invite that I was using the background paper and rearranged my letters (dont resize them!) one by one inside that square so I could get them all cut out of the invite.  
Maybe this screen shot will explain better...

For the Star of David I created it this way...1. create a square, 2. use knife tool to cut it in half on the diagonal, 3. resize one of the triangles to get even angles, and you can delete the other, 4. do an inside offset with the square vs rounded edges (I think I used a .2 size it was a bit thin, I would suggest going thicker), 5. group them and make a compound path, 6. duplicate that triangle, and flip the new one, 7. now center them and space them so the 6 points are equally spaced in the middle of the opposite's triangle long lines, 8. weld, 9. resize to fit the space in your card.  (I cut 4 pieces and glued them on top of each other to create more depth to the card and the star).

One thing I would change is how I glued the ribbon, I can see the glue. Definately use tape.  I know better and just pulled a rookie mistake.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Curious about Art Journaling

Lain Ehmann is hosting a webinar (FREE) called , "Art Journaling for the Unartistic,"

 If you've been drooling over the gorgeous images of art journals and mixed media projects you've seen all over the magazines and internet, but you're afraid you don't have an artistic bone in your body, I can help! In this interactive session, you'll learn:
* Easy ways to create art journal backgrounds with inexpensive supplies 
* How to incorporate ephemera and bits and bobs into your crafting 
* Creative ways to leave room for journaling 
* The best pens to use for your pages 
*...And more! 
As always, there will be time for your questions. 
Can't attend live? No problemo, kemo sabe! A recording will be available for a limited time after the event - but you MUST pre-register. You can sign up to join us on 10/14 for "Art Journaling for the Unartistic" with me here: 

Should be a good time.. I have already saved my spot.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

scrapping this week

I am getting behind in my PL - I have been loving the mixed media scrappy style lately, so I have been playing.  I created the following 2 LO.  1st is all from the October Storyteller it from Just Jaimee and the new painty templates.

my second LO is using the Mixed Media Monthly Sept kit for the challenge.  Funny - remember "Lucky Star" - yep, madonna.  Well the challenge is to use the kit, at ;east one star and a phrase from the song.  I used the stars from the kit and clipped the tags, and papers to them.  I got the inspiration from Wilna Fursteberg and one of her class layouts.  The font is Lori Whitlock, Sunshine.

Friday, October 3, 2014

GSO! - i am blushing!

two weeks in a row I have gotten this super cool honor.  i am so thrilled and happy someone appreciates what I create!

Read what she has to say about my Currently Me layout from my last post...HERE