11.20.2015

The Little Mermaid: A Mixed Media Photo Disc Case + Freebie

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I just love getting co-op work from my photographer cousin, Kelly.  Her and her husband's photos are amazing and I get to see beautiful blushing brides, sweet infants and darling 1-year-olds covered in cake and frosting.  The best photos to work with are those with obvious themes.  Recently, I created a custom disc case for an adorable baby girl in a cute little crocheted mermaid set.  

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Sample of the Prima mermaid doll stamp designed by
Julie Nutting, courtesy of Prima Marketing.  
As soon as Kelly told me about the upcoming newborn shoot and the plans for the mermaid outfit, I knew exactly how I wanted to decorate the custom disc case.  Prima has a line of doll stamps and pieces designed by Julie Nutting that are absolutely wonderful and one of her stamps was a mermaid.  It had been a while since it had come out and it was sold at any of my usual scrapbook store haunts so I took to searching online and I was in luck! 

I started by cutting out the base pieces for the custom disc case:  two pieces of chipboard, 2 pieces of cardstock to cover the chipboard on the inside and the outside cover; then I glue the pieces together using an artist medium such as gesso or modeling paste.  I usually set the whole thing in-between pieces of parchment or wax paper and then in-between some heavy books to make sure it dries without warping or wrinkling. 


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A mixed media disc case made to match the photo of the infant wearing her adorable crochet mermaid outfit.  Texture and dimension was added through the use of artist mediums, pop dots and even tulle.  Photos of infant courtesy of
Photography by Kelly.

11.16.2015

Adventure is Calling: A Vintage Styled Travel Scrapbook Layout

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I just love a beautiful sunset.  Here in Bronco Country, we cherish them.  It's why the Denver Bronco's colors are orange and blue.  But I will take a gorgeous sunset anywhere and as a traveler, I've seen sunsets all over the world, including Washington D.C.; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Aukland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia!

My sister and brother-in-law captured some pretty amazing northern California coastline sunsets while on a trip a few years back.  I've really enjoyed scrapping these photos and finding papers and embellishments to match.

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First I started with a piece of patterned paper and using a stencil, I applied modeling paste to the center of the page.  I then misted and dripped on Prima Color Bloom mists in golden hues and also a little bit of Marion Smith Designs Color Lab in corvette.

11.13.2015

Tea for Two: A Handmade Bridal Shower Card

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I've now thrown two tea party bridal showers with the help of some wonderful family members.  But the one thing I know I can do all on my own is creating a handmade card for the bride-to-be.  My bonus sister (so much more pleasant and fun to say than step-sister!) is a fun loving, yet sophisticated and intelligent young woman.  Carmella requested a garden tea party themed bridal shower and so I of course had to make a card that matched!


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11.02.2015

Thank You a Latte: A Handmade Thank You Card


I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything on my blog.  I feel like everything always happens all at once.  I accepted a freelance video editing job, I was building a website for my flute choir (yes, flute choir is still a thing), our bathroom is in the midst of a remodel and there were delays because things ended up having to be special ordered, my grandmother's roof has a leak but now it really turns out the exhaust hose to the furnace came unattached and is spewing carbon monoxide into her attic (this was taken care of ASAP!), Honda has had it's third recall on the driver's side airbag of my grandmother's car (for crying out loud, Honda, is too much to ask that you get it right the first time around?!), my windshield needed replacing, my mom's transmission still needs work, now my grandmother's windshield needs replacing, I've had to get a flat tire patched on my car and then ended up replacing it after it ended up with a nail in the sidewall, my dad is constantly bothering me about coming over to get his mail at my house even though he knows I'm hardly ever home ("Why hasn't he gotten all of it transferred over to his house yet?," you ask.  I can't answer that one for you because I. literally. don't. know. the. answer. to that one.), rehearsals for band and flute choir started in earnest, birthdays and birthdays galore (sister, mom, me, friends, cousin, sister, more friends…), gardening at 2 houses, landscaping (I've been on my own for this one), I've been making  accessories for my Halloween costume because my flute choir is getting dressed up in costume for our Halloween concert, now I have to make stand decorations and flute/piccolo costumes!  Oh my gosh it's never ending!!!!


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A hair and makeup trial for my Halloween Concert costume.  I made my own fancy
raven fascinator.  I went as Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven."  


I know just about everyone loves the beginning of fall--the leaves turn pretty colors, the cool crisp air (yeah, we've been lacking on both of those until just recently…thanks, climate change…), everything turns into pumpkin spice (thanks, Starbucks, for ruining the PSL** now  I have to make my own), wearing scarves, pulling out your favorite coat, etc., etc.