Saturday, January 28, 2012

Faux ribbon and a few cards

One of my favorite "go to" techniques is this faux ribbon one, which I learned from Kate Vickers on the Inspired To Scrap forum. I used it on this card for my daughter's baby shower (the general design is from the book that came with my Cricut "Graphically Speaking" cartridge. Don't you just love that cute little baby carriage?)

Here's a quick how-to for the faux ribbon:

You will need a hot glue gun; tape runners and wet adhesives tend not to work well with this technique. Plug it in before you start so that it's good and hot when you need it. 

First, cut a backing strip of paper in the length  that you want your completed ribbon strip; cut the width a little smaller. Then, cut a strip from your patterned paper, two to three times the length that you want for your final ribbon strip. 

You can ink the edges if you would like; Ranger Distress Ink works well because it will react and "run" just a bit when you do the next step ..... which is, to spritz the strip with water (or glimmer mist, if you like) and wad it into a ball. You want it to be wet enough to crumple well and so you can manipulate it easily, but not so much that it disintegrates in your  hand. It should be somewhat "soggy". 

Un-wad your paper carefully. Now, apply a bit of hot glue to your backing strip, adhere the end of your patterned paper strip, and start pleating. I use kind of a box pleat method, but you can also accordian pleat your paper. Adhere with the hot glue as you proceed. Give the paper a little push into the hot glue (careful though! I've burned myself once or twice when I've been in a hurry) to make sure the pleat "catches".

I'm not very exact during this step. I like the effect of "messy" pleats. You can add as many or as few pleats as you like. When you're finished, you can add a little spritz of glimmer mist; I have a clear sparkle one that just adds a bit of shine, and I like to use that.

Here's my completed faux ribbon strip, up close:

When it's all dry, adhere to your project; I do use my tape runner for that part.

Once again -- thank you, Kate, for posting this technique on Inspired To Scrap!

I've been in a card making mode the past week or two, and digging into the remnants of past kits. That fits in nicely with the January "Scrap Your Stash" theme of the Blue Plate Special challenges on Cookin' Up Creations. And then there was the one hour sketch challenge last Saturday on My Sketch World's forum. Five card sketches were unveiled at 9 pm eastern time, and we had one hour to make as many cards as we could using the sketches, then another 20 minutes to post. I completed three (and threw away a fourth because it just didn't work out) Here's what I came up with:

My mom and my oldest daughter had birthdays earlier this week (my daughter missed being born on Mom's birthday by one hour and 25 minutes)I created this one for my daughter, using the same faux ribbon technique:

And for my mom"

This week, we're looking forward to the beginning of The NEXT CROP CHEF competition at Cookin' Up Creations. It's a non-elimination contest with six challenges over three weeks. The person with the most points at the end of the contest will be named CROP CHEF and will win a prize package, plus the opportunity to be "Chef of the Month" and join the challenge team in presenting challenges, layout of the week and question of the day in March. Come on over and sign up!

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Are you the NEXT CROP CHEF?

Do YOU have what it takes .... to be the NEXT CROP CHEF? Come on over to the Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations forum in February and find out!

Our second annual CROP CHEF competition begins Thursday, February 2 on the Cookin' Up Creations forum. This is a non-elimination challenge. Entrants earn points through their participation; and the person with the most points at the end of the competition will be named CROP CHEF! If you remember last year, we had a great time and saw some fabulous layouts created. We're hoping for an even bigger turn out this year  :grin:

There are a total of six challenges (on Thursdays and Mondays) over three weeks. Forum members will vote on their favorites, and points will be given. There will be other fun ways to earn points. At the close of the competition, the participant with the most total points will be named CROP CHEF!

There will be a prize package and the opportunity to be CHEF OF THE MONTH on the Cookin' Up Creations forum. More information and details are available now on the forum; and sign-ups have already begun. Come on over and join us!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Scrapping on a snowy evening

After a very warm. mild December and first part of January, we've finally been hit in the last week with some freezing temperatures and a few inches of snow. My scrap room is warm and cozy -- a great place to spend a snowy evening!

After more than 6 years, I'm still working on my Hong Kong trip album! I chose 7Gypsies' Gypsy Market collection three years ago for the album, and even though there are tons of exciting lines out there, I still love the way this collection goes with my photos. My after school program kids and I are enjoying some activities centered upon the upcoming Chinese New Year, so I took my album and photos to work to show the kids. I expected oohs and aahs over the colorful photos from Wan Chai, the flowers and colorful wares from Stanley Market, the Folk Culture Village in Shenzhen, China and the historical pageant we saw there. Instead, what did I hear? "Look, there's a picture of Miss Barb. Wow, you really look different!" Didn't you see the beautiful costumes? "Yeah. Wow Miss Barb, you didn't have gray hair then!" Kids -- gotta love 'em!

Anyway ..... since I still have photos waiting to be scrapped, and the theme of this month's Blue Plate Special challenges at Cookin' Up Creations is to use our stash, I paired a few photos with the 7Gypsies paper for a Scraplift a Member challenge. Here's what I came up with:

This page addressed the friendliness of the people my co-worker and I met during our week in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

The owner of the local scrapbooking store, Scrap That Moment, asked me to work with Studio Calico's "Classic Calico" line of papers and die cut stickers, along with Mr. Huey's mists and masks. I chose the spray mist in "Cameo" with coordinating Worldwin cardstock for this one:

The photo is from younger daughter' wedding in April 2010. This layout proved to be a real bugger to photograph; no matter what I did, the details just didn't show to their best advantage. Here's a better look at some of the components:

After using the butterfly masks with the Cameo mist for the background, I traced the butterflies onto some of the patterned paper and cut them out, then wrapped May Arts twine around them. 

The dress form is a Clear Scraps shape, stamped first with a script stamp and Staz-On ink, then backed with patterned paper. I made the flower by cutting patterned paper and tissue paper with a Sizzix floral die, some of which were sprayed with mist and/or inked. The curls are small strips of paper.

I went with gold colored cardstock for this one, using Sketch 189 from Creative Scrappers:

The birds and cage also are Clear Scraps shapes. I painted the cage with gold acrylic paint, then again with gold glitter paint. The birds were stamped first and then backed with cardstock. I embossed cardstock with a Cuttlebug folder and inked, then placed behind the photo. I made the big flower; the orange ones were white flowers that I stamped and then sprayed with the Cameo mist. The pearls are a strand of trim from Joann's dollar bins. This is older daughter and her husband in 2001.

This was reveal week at My Sketch World, and this is my card created from the January card sketch. Again, I found it very difficult to scan or photograph this one to its best advantage:

Our snow from last weekend was washed away by rain early in the week, only to be replaced with today's snow fall and some bitter cold temperatures. Thinking that a cup of steaming cocoa with marshmallows would be good right about now ....

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A few cards ....

I was in card making mode this week, and working with 6 x 6 pads from Authentique's Journey and Blissful lines. I created ATCs and used them on these two:

For the following two cards, I used a faux ribbon technique with patterned paper strips -- one of my new favorite "go to" techniques:

For this card, I glamorized a chipboard butterfly that's been in my stash for years with paint, stamping, glitter paint and Stickles glitter glue. I also used alcohol ink to recolor a few stick-on gems:

All of the cards were produced for various Blue Plate Special challenges at the Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations Forum. The Master Chef Challenge Team members present a different BPS challenge each day on the forum; if you complete at least 15 of the January challenges by February 2, your name is entered into the Dessert Tray prize drawing. This month, the prize is a $20 gift card to the online store of your choice. There's still plenty of time to join in! And watch this week for the 2012 CROP CHEF contest announcement .....

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sketch class at Inspired To Scrap, week 1

The January sketch class at Inspired to Scrap is up and running! I love Stacey's sketches ... I'll be creating sample layouts for three of the upcoming classes. If you're not in the class, you haven't missed it ... you can still register here for just $15. That includes access to a pdf file of all the sketches and lessons (or one of sketches only, if you prefer) after the class has ended.

Meanwhile, here are two more post-Christmas layouts based on Stacey's sketches:

My older daughter took this adorabl photo of her younger son, Cameron, getting ready to bake cookies for Santa. He was so excited about using her new shiny red Kitchenaid mixer and wearing his new chef's hat and apron! This layout answers the requirements for the New Year's Blog Hop layout at My Scraps & More -- chipboard (hat little star on the tree in the right corner); twine (in the buttons and tag); buttons; a journaling card; and two fonts in the title.

The papers are from WRMK's Peppermint Twist collection. Those hand painted buttons are from the etsy shop Such Sweet Tierney.

I used Crate Paper's Snowy Day collection from last year for this layout featuring my youngest granddaughter on Christmas Eve. She was too engrossed in her presents to look at the camera, so we can't see much of her beautifully expressive face.  I added Stickles and rhinestones for some girly bling.

This is going to be a scrappy Sunday afternoon for me; how about you? Have a great week!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Last layout of 2011 ....

Like many other "life artists", I just couldn't wait to dig into those Christmas season photos; and this year is no exception. My last layout of 2011 (finished on New Year's Eve)  features my oldest daughter's two boys visiting with the Santa Claus at their local mall:

Isn't he just about the best Santa EVER? The papers are from WRMK's "Peppermint Twist" collection. The layout design is based on a Liz Chidester sketch.

I'm proud to be continuing for the Winter 2012 term (January-June) as Coordinator of the Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Creations. My first layout of 2012 was posted with my Challenge Team introduction for the new term, and includes my only New Year's resolution:

The papers are Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye. The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration.

At Cookin' Up Creations, a team member posts a new "Blue Plate Special" challenge each day except Monday, and anyone who completes at least 15 of the posted challenges for the month gets her name in a prize drawing. The challenges range from techniques to popular products, sketches, inspiration and more; they're a great way to wake up the mojo! With 10 designers on the team, the challenges are varied and fun. And look for our second annual Crop Chef competition in February!

If you love sketches, there's still time to join the sketches class at Inspired To Scrap! The class is just $15 and includes 17 never before seen sketches by Stacey Lokovic, as well as a private class forum, a chance to win prizes and, at the end of the class, a PDF of all the sketches and class notes. I'm on the "Dream Team" of design team alumni who are preparing sample layouts for the class; and I have to say, the sketches are so much fun to work with!

Thanks for looking; and have a happy and healthy 2012!