Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pink & Main - Farewell Bling

This is my final post for Pink & Main today. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the team and getting to play with the awesome stamps. You can keep up-to-date with my crafty life on my blog: Memoriesbymanda

For my final post I decided to use a stamp set that I purchased from Pink & Main to show that I like their stamps so much that I would purchase them myself.  The stamp set is called Bling.  Sparkle is my One Little Word (OWL) for 2015 so this set is perfect for documenting that.

At the recent scrapbooking expo in New Zealand I purchased gold crackle embossing paste and I wanted to give it a try. I slathered the gold crackle through a stencil on cream cardstock. After waiting impatiently for it to dry I was really happy with the result. I did ink over it with a colour that blended with the background card and it just made the gold pop. Next up I layered an inked doily and flower then I created the centre piece. I embossed the shine bright bling with some copper and glitter embossing powder.  It's unfortunate that the shine doesn't show up in the photos.  I did go over the white space of the design with an alcohol pen to blend the colour in with the rest of the card. Here's a close up of the details.

This is the stamp set I used for the card - Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle is perfect for the inside of this card.

Thanks for following me on the Pink & Main blog this year. Don't forget to continue to follow me over on my blog: Memoriesbymanda

DT Amanda

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pink & Main - Destination Fun

It's no secret that I love travelling and documenting my travels so I was excited to see one of the new releases is a travel stamp set: Destination Fun.  Last year I started my first pocket scrapbooking album and the hoarding of cards has started! I used Destination Fun to make some travel themed cards which you could use straight away or keep in your stash.

It is really simple and easy to take 3x4'' journaling cards and add stamps to make them suit your theme. I also did a 4x6" decorative card which I can add more details to (perhaps with Planning Vacation stamp set?).

To show you how they can be used with your photos I grabbed some pictures from my last trip and laid them out as if they were a layout (I didn't use the page protector as it would not photograph well).

Next week will be my final week on the Pink & Main design team so don't forget to follow me over at my blog if you want to continue to see what I get up to in my creative life: Memoriesbymanda

DT Amanda

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pink & Main - Pirate Layout

Ahoy Me Hearties! One of the new releases this month is a pirate theme stamp set aptly named Pirates. I remembered I had some photos of my family members dressed up as pirates for an event so I decided to make a scrapbook layout with them and this stamp set. Unfortunately I couldn't find a copy of a photo of me in full costume so I had to use a less-than-optimal photo instead.

The layout is a 81/2"x11" layout which is not a standard size for me but the size worked perfectly with the photos and stamps:

As you can see I made a journal block to add my journaling to later. I just love the little birdie on the chest. I popped him on some chipboard and drew around the shape to make it stand out.  I popped the cute pirate boy on chipboard as well so that he would stand out amongst the photos. I used grey ink to add subtle pirate shapes from the stamp set to the journal block and stamped phrases.

You will see that my phrases are slightly different from what is on the stamp set. In the bottom left phrase I decided to replace the 'I' with the 'Aye' from 'Aye think of you often' to make 'Aye treasure you'. On the top right phrase box I combined the 'Ahoy Matey!' with the 'Arrrgh' from 'Arrrgh, forgot your birthday.

All I needed to add to complete the layout were some foam glitter pirate hats and swords and some black vintage ship washi.

Arrrgh Me Hearties - that's it for me this week.

DT Amanda

Friday, July 3, 2015

Pink & Main Sneak Peek - Multi Person Planner

It's a new month so it must be time for a sneak peek of a soon-to-be released stamp set. I'm not sure how much I can reveal but the one I used this week is a planner stamp set. It will be great for people who are studying or have projects they want to keep track of.

This week's project is a month planner for more than one person. I use a personal planner for my own planning but I also need to keep track of the appointments and activities of my family. I need to be able to see at a glance where we all need to be and when. I have also colour coded the entries so I can track a particular person or activity.

For this project I used relevant stamps from various stamp sets as well as the new planner set (think school planning - shhh, I didn't tell you that!). Of course I needed to dress up my planner by adding some die cuts (new to my stash - love 'em!). I added some vivid washi underneath some of the die cuts to really make them stand out.

I didn't need the mini calendar for the previous and up-coming months in the planner so I covered them up with a note for the bus and school schedule. I used packaging from an online order for the note paper. The packaging also had a pinked edge which I cut off and used as a decorative marker for a specific appointment (as seen in the above photo).  In the next photo you can see that I combined a few of the new stamps with the older planner stamps as well as a non-planner stamp from Whale of a Time.   

You can find the released planner stamps on the website here. The new planner stamp set should be released soon.

Stamps - Pink & Main; Inks - Simon Says Stamp, Ranger; Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Technique Tuesday; Paper & Cardstock - Heidi Swapp, Bazzill, Packaging; Washi - Reflections, Punch - Stampin' Up!

DT Amanda

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pink & Main Fairies

It's about time I put the new releases aside and give some love to an older stamp set.  This week I got to work with Fairies stamp set.

A little girl I know loves fairies and the colour purple - this set the colour scheme for me.  From the beginning I knew I wanted to make a trifold card and I was lucky that I had an A4 woodgrain embossing folder that covered all three sides.  After embossing with the woodgrain folder I folded and cut the paper into the shape I wanted then I inked over it in various shades of brown to make it look like a tree. All I needed to do was add a fairy and some leaves.  I coloured the fairy (in purple of course) and added her to some chipboard for dimension.

The first fold opens to the special birthday wishes (don't you just love the saying?) with the tree effect.

The inside has a plain stamped card to write the personal birthday message on. I added this piece as I wanted to cover up the embossed part of the inside so that I would have a flat place to write on.

Here's the stamp set I used: Fairies

DT Amanda
Blog: Memoriesbymanda

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pink & Main - Whale of a Time Layout

It looks like most of the design team having been playing with the new release Whale of a Time recently. It is such a cute stamp set. It works for cards, pocket scrapbooking cards and layouts about time at the beach or pool.

When I first saw the stamp set I decided to make some pocket scrapbooking cards to have on hand.  I blotted 3 colours of distress stain on a craft sheet and spritzed them with a pearlescent spray then smooched white gloss paper into the blended colours.  Next I got to stamping the 3x4" cards with various stamps from Whale of a Time. Lastly I added perfect pearls and pearl drops.  I intended to keep them for future pocket scrapbooking projects but I ended up making a traditional 12x12" layout.

The first card simply needed red perfect pearls in the heart that the whale is holding

The middle card is super simple: just that cute whale with some pearl drops above his/her water spout

The last card was designated for journaling but I ended up adding a small photo as well

You can see Whale of a Time in the first photo (along with the cute pink acrylic block from Pink & Main) but you can find the stamp set on the Pink & Main website here.

DT Amanda

Materials: Stamps - Pink & Main; Cardstock & Paper - Bazzill, Kaisercraft, Unknown; Alphabet - A Cherry on the Top; Bling Word - Kaisercraft, Markers - Copic, Sharpie; Distress Stain, Ink & Perfect Pearls - Ranger; Pearls.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Layout For A Change

The blog has been filled with cards this year so I thought I would share something else this week.  When I started my first project life style album last year I fell in love with the 4x4 pockets.  Around the same time my US niece dragged me into this century by getting me to sign up for Instagram so now I have the perfect photos to use with the 4x4 pages. Don't worry, I do know you can print normal photos at 4x4 size! I may be old but I'm hanging in there :)

Speaking of being old, I completed this layout with pictures from my 40th and my friends 40th.  The layout uses these pictures but documents my goals and achievements from the time. I have downloaded the Touch Blur app for my phone and I have used that to hide my goals and achievements in the photo. Yes, I do know how to use apps on my phone. I repeat: I may be old but I'm hanging in there.

This year I have been caught by the planner bug and I even managed to use these stamps on this layout. One of the cards is a flap with my goals for this year. My planner stamps got a work out here in this flap but I didn't reveal enough to show you the whole spread.

This project life style scrapbooking might be something I will continue in the future....
Materials: Stamps - Waffle Flower, Stampin' Up!; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Ranger; Cards- WRMK; Stapler - Tim Holtz, Ephemera - Heidi Swapp, Crate, October Afternoom, Other