Friday, August 10, 2018

Tropical Bliss Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tropical Bliss Blog Hop

This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by the tropical sun and fun of summer!

Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this fun filled hop! You should have hopped from Kim's blog-

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!!


One lucky winner is going to win all these goodies!!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 8/15/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now on to my project. I decided to make a scrapbook layout since I haven't made one in a while. I just recently visited my friend, Laura, and her husband, Doug in FL and had a great time. I will be scrapping more pics from my vacation soon! Anyway, back to my layout. The patterned paper is from Recollections Tropic Vacation 12 x 12 paper pad. I looked at several papers I have with palm trees on them and they didn't seem to go well with the pictures. I always struggle with finding the right paper. Please tell me I'm not the only one! This paper fits so well since the palm trees on the paper are so small. I didn't add a lot to my layout so you could see them! The photo mats are from the same 12 x 12 sheet of a set of 8 Making Memories Neon and Kraft Specialty Cardstock. The title- My Fave Snapshot is a cut-out from the Recollections Tropic Vacation pad. The journaling mat I believe is Creative Memories cardstock. I was trying to use a few Stampin' Up products since the picture of Laura is of her in her new Stampin' Up apron and thought the cardstock was Stampin' Up, but I just realized it's not. I typed out the journaling on my computer- I went to visit Laura in Okeechobee, FL in mid-July. We had just returned home from a Stampin' Up workshop that she taught. She just became a demonstrator a few months ago. She had just received her apron in the mail the day before the workshop so I wanted to take her picture. She took the picture of me and told me to strike a pose! I decided to add the flower stamp at the top to have something from Stampin' Up on the layout! It's from Stampin' Up Be Happy wooden block set- it may be discontinued since her cousin gave me the set, but I may be wrong. I stamped it with Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry water based ink on typing paper. I actually came up with an idea for one of the cards for her workshop, Doug came up with another card, and she came up with the third one. I posted what I made 2 posts down from this-  Stampin' Up Cards- it's not a very detailed post just details about each card. Laura's Stampin' Up link is also mentioned at the end of that post if you're interested and don't know a Stampin' Up demonstrator. She gave me her Tim Holtz Stamping Platform since she now has a Stampin' Up Stamparatus, which I didn't use on this layout, but I love it! You can use clear and rubber stamps on it and it helps so much in card making and all your scrapping needs! I must say this is not my normal layout style. I guess you can say I'm learning the less is more method!
close-up of the stamp- I didn't want to cut all the white paper off around the stamp

That's all I have to share today. I must say I have enjoyed hopping with Connie and all these ladies and will miss hopping with them. This is Connie's last hop if no one has mentioned it yet.
Be sure to head over to my friend, Rebecca- where I'm sure she has something awesome to share!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Stamping Technique

I decided to make my own background on this card. The paper is Recollections Strawberry Cream 8.5 x 11 cut in half and then folded in half. The pink mat under the sentiment is also from the same collection. The stamps that I used as the background are Stampin' Up Summer Occasions that I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink colored in with various colored pencils. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Be Happy and I used the same ink/ This is the easiest card I used 6 different stamps, well 7, but the little ones I stamped about 4 times each in random places. Once I got started I realized how fun it was and kept going until it was done. I wanted to pop up the sentiment with Pop Dots, but couldn't find any in my stash so I just used Scotch permanent runner and put it off center since the most open space was in that area. This was a new stamping technique for me and I might try it again on a scrapbook page. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stampin' Up Cards

Country Road set. Background is painted with Brusho and the horse/wind vane stamp was heat embossed,  the wagon wheel is made from made a thinlit cut on a Big Shot that goes with Country Road stamp set. Card made from a card kit.

made using a card kit with Floral Phrases stamp set and pearl bling, the flower border is embossed- first stamp with Clear VersaMark and then add silver embossing powder, I forgot to use the embossing buddy before embossing to remove extra sprinkles of embossing powder
 Crafting Forever set, made from a card kit, scallop punch, I've got to work on tying ribbon, but decided to glue down the ribbon and cut at the edges

inside of above card front using the same punch and stamp set

 made using a card kit with All the Good Things stamp set and Diamond Dots inside the pot
 inside of above card front, sentiment is from Floral Phrases stamp set
 the girl is from Beautiful You stamp set, the happy birthday stamp is from Country Road set, I fussy cut the polka dot strips from patterned paper to give the card a little more color. I made this card for my stepsister's birthday that was last Sunday while I was gone in Florida
 Apron of  Love set, I stamped it and added I love stamping and scissors to make it a craft apron and then cut it out using the thin lit on the Big Shot and added twine at the top for the strap
 inside of card above, I added a piece of white paper to add a note later
Warm Wishes set, I colored in with watercolor pencils and then went over it with an aqua brush. 
 inside of card above using sentiment from same stamp set
Inspiration for the card set above like this card.

I made all of these cards while I was at my friend, Laura's house, last week. All products used are Stampin' Up. I don't remember some of the ink names, paper names, or embossing powder names. As you can tell, I had fun! She just recently became a Stampin' Up demonstator- Laura McGinnis. She would love for you to order from her and you can see her link by clicking on her name.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop! Here's the line-up in case you get lost:
1 Amanda Rhodes
2 Michelle Peters Kister
3 Iona Unny

4 Cindy Gress Messer
5 Vickie Yeakley
6 Eileen Mathys
7 Stasia Sloma
8 Laura Mooney

I must say this is a first for me being first in a blog hop! I haven't used Gina and Me set yet so I decided to make a card using it. The 2 girls, the butterfly, and the sentiment inside are all from the Unity Gina and Me stamp set. I colored the butterfly and the girls in with various sets of colored pencils and accented them both with Gelly Roll Metallic Silver and White pens. The card is Pink Paislee Wild Child 04 Double Sided Paper cut to A2 size (4 x 5.5 in). The butterflies I fussy cut from One Canoe Two Hazelwood Flock Double Sided Paper- both papers can be found at Paper Issues. The word "Smile" is from Jillibean Soup Hampton Art Word Veneer Words. I just added Scotch Permanent Adhesive to it to hold it down along with all the other stamped images and butterflies. I used Versa Fine Onyx Black pigment ink on all the stamps except the butterfly I used Ranger Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I also used a Tim Holtz platform the first time on this card, well here at home. I made more last week on vacation, but with Stampin' Up stamps. I'll share those cards in another post.

Close-up of inside. I just added a piece of the pink striped side so I can write a message before I give it to a friend this week. We've never taken a selfie together, but she just had surgery recently so I made this an a thinking of you card and we do always have fun just enjoying each other's company!

Go to Michelle's blog next and enjoy the rest of the hop! Please come back again this week to see the cards I made with Stampin' Up and feel free to become a follower so you can find my blog easier. Have a great day!

Monday, June 25, 2018

My GIU Winners

My winners of the Unity grab bags are:
             **Drum Roll**

Kelly Parker
Michelle Peters Kister


Please e-mail me your snail mail addresses to nclights7 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Growing In Unity Day Five

Welcome back to Day 5 and the last day of my Growing In Unity week. I really have enjoyed all the comments this week! I'm sharing a card that I never blogged about or shared with my Unity family last year. Shocking, I know! LOL! I attended my first ever Stamp and Scrapbook Expo last September in Mesa, AZ. I won 2 tickets to choose which ever location I wanted to attend thanks to my good friend, Kim. I thoroughly enjoyed the expo and hopefully will get to go back this year. Anyway, one of the workshops I attended was a Card Swap Workshop. I'm going to share one of the cards I made for the workshop.
Stamp Set: Chapter One
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
Background Paper: Craft Smith  Love U A Latte 12 in x 12 in Paper Pad
Card Base: Recollections 4 in x 5.5 in Card Pack
Coloring Medium: Various Colored Pencils Sets
Scotch Washi Tape possibly bought at Wal-Mart
Accented with Gelly Roll White Pen

I borrowed this stamp set from a friend to make this card. I want to buy it one day or I may just borrow it again. I swap images with a friend from my church who also loves Unity. Like I said before, I have thoroughly enjoyed this week! I will be picking my winners soon so be sure to keep checking to see if you won. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Growing In Unity Day Four

Welcome back to Growing In Unity Day Four. I have a birthday card to share today that I made for my sister- BG's mom if you saw the layout on Day Two. She's a July 4th baby is why I colored the cupcake red, white, and blue.
Card Base: Recollections 4 in x 5.5 Card Pack
Background Paper: Creative Memories Nature's Whisper Paper Album Kit
Stamped Image: Unity Stamp Company Everyday Celebration 
  I didn't stamp this image a friend did so I'm not sure what kind of ink she used.
Coloring Medium: Various Colored Pencils Sets
Accented with Gelly Roll White and Metallic Silver Pens
Sentiment: Happy Birthday from Clearly Gina K My Anchor Photopolymer Stamp Set
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
Unity Stamp Company Ariel Sequins adhered with one Glue Dot
Jot Deco Tape 

Please come back tomorrow for the last day of my Growing In Unity week and a chance to win a grab bag set from Unity Stamp Company! Feel free to become a follower as well. I love new followers!