Sunday, October 30, 2011

give thanks

hello crafters!
i hope everyone is having a great weekend. in the crazy busy schedule that is my life now that i'm a full time working adult who decided she should go back to school. i've managed to carve out a little time for the hobby i love and my poor neglected blog. (which got a facelift today!!-i love the new look, hope you do too!)

there were two inspirations behind todays cards. recently kristina werner did a youtube series called friday focus, and the focus was patterned paper. so i decided to challenge myself to make a card using all pattern paper-no cardstock!
which can be a little tricky because you can end up having a visually overwhelming -hot mess- of a card. but if you follow the rules of mixing patterned paper, which kristina explains so well-check out the link. you get a really great card!

the second inspiration came when i looked at the colors of patterned paper that i choose (all from my minds eye's stella and rose mabel 6x6 paper pad). they made me think of thanksgiving, which is a holiday that's coming up in the states.

so let's get close up and see what i did. . .

  • i had some fun rounding the corners of the card with my new making memories corner chomper with the stub corner. 
  • the paper bird is a recollections die cut i purchased at michaels earlier this summer for only $0.99! 
  • i added some twine tied into a bow with a mini glue dot. 
  • i created the rosette flower with patterned paper
  • and the rhinestone flourish are by recollections as well. 
  • the scallop border was created using fiskars scalloped sentiment punch
  • the stickers used to spell out the word "give" are making memories (super teenie tiny-perfect for cards)

  • i embossed using versamark ink, a hero arts stamp (from the bird, tree and messages stamp set-an oldie but a goodie!) and white american crafts zing embossing powder
thanks for stopping by the blog. if you have any questions please leave them in the comments. and please feel free to comment-they make my day a little (ok-a LOT) happier!
blog ya later

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

it's been so long. . .

. . . and i thought i should at least drop by my poor neglected blog and explain myself. just in case anyone cares to know where i've been all these months.
i started school, online i'm offically a phoenix. and i knew that starting school would cut into my free time, but i didn't realize how much by scrapbooking would suffer.
since i'm not ready to completely abandon my beloved blog, i will do my best to pop in every now and again. but if you're wondering where i am-i'm doing homework, and will be for a couple of years.

i am however, making time to do an 8x8 album for my new niece, just born sept 30th! when i finish i will be sure to post pictures of her album.
it feels great to get back to my scrapbooking roots, and to sit at my craft desk, and to SHOP for scrapbooking supplies again. honestly it's amazing how much changes when you're away for just a short while.
speaking of which, if anyone knows of a good scrapbooking line for a Baby Girl album, please leave it in the comments.
blog ya later
avgscrapgirl :)