Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SSS Monday Challenge - Ticket, Please

Sadly for me I don't have any trips planned so I don't have any tickets to share. I can, however, participate in the latest Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Tickets, Please. With this challenge in mind I created a card for my mum's birthday. I knew I wanted to create a line of tickets with a strip of washi. I pulled out a packet of Tim Holtz tickets and a brand new die set from Maggie Holmes that had a cute heart ticket die (sitting unopened on my desk - eeek!). I needed more tickets than that so I also pulled out my Tim Holtz ticket strip die. The Tim Holtz printed tickets basically set the colour theme as they are kraft with printing in black or pink. I decided to place them on a green base.  The base needed embossing and inking of course. It is amazing what a difference either of the two techniques make to a card (embossing and inking).

The butterfly was a last minute addition, then I decided it needed some bling. That meant I had to add more bling to even out the design (embellishments in uneven numbers: 5 not 2).  The corner punching was done at the end to match the ticket edges.  I wanted to use the phrase for the card as I think it is hilarious. My mum has a good sense of humour so I know she will enjoy it.

Since I have been on a design team this year some of my supplies have been neglected. Just because I couldn't use other supplies it didn't stop me from buying more though. I will even confess to having new items that I haven't even used (or opened!). I want to try and use more of my stash again so I am challenging myself to use my new or unused items.  To keep myself accountable I will list items I am using to fulfil this personal challenge.  For this project the new or unused items are: die set, thin washi, Tim Holtz tickets (old). Older items from my stash include: washi, small heart punch (from when I first started scrapbooking), Tim Holtz die, paper scraps (seriously old).

The details for the challenge I am entering this card are here at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.

Materials: Card - American Crafts, Stampin' Up!; Washi - CTMH (thin), Unknown (wide); Tickets - Tim Holtz; Dies - Tim Holtz, Maggie Holmes; Butterfly - Heidi Swapp; Stamps - Pink & Main, Ali Edwards; Ink - Colorbok, Tim Holtz, Ranger; Embossing Folder - Tim Sizzix; Corner Punch - WRMK; Pearls - Retail Girl; Other - Foam Tape, Mini Heart Punch.

Monday, August 3, 2015

SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Although I am sad to stop designing for Pink & Main I am happy that I have some more time to create for challenges. This week I made a 4x4 card for the album that Becky Higgins is putting together for Heidi Swapp (so sad!). I made my card into an actual 4x4 card. I was going to colour texture paste with colour shine and use it with a HS stencil but I ended up using the gold crackle texture paste again instead (love it!). As this card is for Heidi Swapp I tried to use Heidi Swapp product as much as possible:

I decorated the inside of the card too:

It's been a long time since I have entered a challenge. This week I am entering Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes. My favourite theme! The details are here.
Heidi Swapp: Ephemera, Stamps, Mistables, Stencil,
American Crafts: Ribbon, Ricrac, Embossing Powder.

Prima: Gold Crackle Paste
Simon Says Stamp: Stamp.

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