Sunday, July 12, 2015

Soothe Away The Day

Using a couple of inspirations for May Flaum's Camp Scrap, I made this card for Simon Says Coffee or Tea? challenge.

All the stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The lace is from Faux Fun and is stamped with Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist. The grid is from Off Beat Backgrounds stamp set and is stamped with Soft Stone. The medallion is from Faux Fun Circles and is stamped with Spring Rain and is  edged with Chamomile Tea. The teapot and sentiment are from Afternoon Tea and are stamped with Versafine Onyx Black. A few flattened dots of Crystal Stickles add a bit of sparkle.

The cardstock is from Papertrey Ink, the mat is Vintage Cream and the card base is Spring Rain.


Another card made for the Simon Says Coffee or Tea? challenge and the CASology Repeat Challenge. This time I used a technique I've seen a few times, most recently on the Simon Says blog. Ink up the back of the stamp with a colored ink (I used VersaColor Peony) and then the image using black ink (Versafine Onyx Black). The cups and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink's Latte Love. The repeat is hand written with an Extra Fine Line Sharpie.

The card base is Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft and the mat is Vintage Cream.

Never Underestimate the Power

It's another great  Make It Monday #217: Making Your Own Custom Borders. The card base is Hawaiian Shores. The cup is from Everyday Treats stamp set, and the little monster is from Tiny Treats: Halloween. The sentiment is from Latte Love. Since I misplace the "power", it gave me the inspiration to use a dot of Tarnished Brass Distress Stickles to bring out the "o" in of.

Simon Says asks Coffee or Tea? The CASology cue card this week is Repeat.

He Built a Better Mousetrap

For the record, we don't have "resident" mice, but in colder weather we have passersby who try to find shelter from the cold. Archie's favorite season is winter for this reason. It's an older house (built in 1906).

The bear is holding a sign that says "He built a better mouse trap!" The buttons are from Papertrey Ink (Melon Berry) and so is the Outlines Alphabet stamp set used to stamp "sage advice" with Versamark and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. I think I bought the polka dot washi tape on clearance (no evidence of a brand), the grid washi tape is from Stampin' Up!

The idea for the layout came when I was testing a mouse stamp I made from an eraser.  I've been thinking about it for a while. When I saw May Flaum's Camp Scrap is working on Monochrome this week, everything fell into place.

I used a pencil to sketch out all the hand writing and the food dish, and then wrote over it with a Fine Line Sharpie. Then I erase for Scotland. The thought bubble is drawn with Tropical Tangerine Stickles, and the speech bubble is drawn with Orange Peel Stickles.

There is more journaling under the photograph, and my customary pocket for more journaling under the "card" element by taping only the sides and the bottom.

As I was making this layout (in a day once I got the idea for the bigger picture and the photograph printed), I started thinking about how much easier using stamps on layouts has gotten for me (touch wood lest the mojo runs away). I think it started by participating in some challenges to use Papertrey Ink stamps by the truly talented Leigh Penner at her blog (chock full of crafty goodness) To The Full.

Simon Says Furry Friends.

Paper: Fancy Pants "Great Pumpkin"(base), Sassafras Bungle Jungle the dish was made from a piece of scrap.

Embellishments: Queen & Co. Embellishments (flower), Tropical Tangerine Stickles, Orange Peel Stickles, Making Memories Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Washi Tape, Papertrey Ink Melon Berry Buttons, Sequins.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Outlines Alphabet (Versamark and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder), Stampin' Up! Cheerful Critters set (Papertrey Ink Terracotta Tile), hand-carved mouse (Papertrey Ink Orange Zest) and x stamps (Terracotta Tile).