Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Birthday and Tic Tac Toe at Retro Rubber

I just love a good game of tic tac toe, and the Retro Rubberchallenge will allow you to play along with a great set of prompts!  Check out all the wonderful combinations the Design Team used to create their examples.

I started with the diagonal of Embossing, Die-Cut and Birthday.  But when I finished I realized I had also used the Embossing, Green, and Vellum column.  How cool is that?

I started with the Spellbinders Music embossing folder and Coordinations Black Magic Green cardstock.  A bit of sanding brought out the design.  Happy Birthday from the Birthday set by  Sizzix Stephanie Barnard from 2014 was stamped on vellum in Versa Color Charcoal Grey.  The vellum has little confetti inclusions that sparkle.  The sentiment is heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  The little gift is a Quickutz die cut, cut from both sides of the Black Magic Green cardstock.  The black ribbon is pounced with Versa Magic and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  The vellum is wrapped around the card front and adhered to the A2 card base.  The gift is adhered in place to finish this quick and easy card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Come join our challenge at Retro Rubber and play along!  Remember to use a stamp at least one year or older, enter up to 10 challenges, and have fun!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Berlin Bound for Quick Quotes with a hidden journal panel

Good day Quick Quotes fans!  Neva here today to share with you a layout that tells one story AND includes a hidden story!  There are times when the story behind an event is not something to be shared with everyone who might sit down to look through your scrapbooks.  There are other times where it is an important part of the event, BUT you don’t want to make it the focus.  This layout is intended as the opening page for a trip my husband and I made to Germany in the spring of 2016.  You can glimpse the gist of the renewing the passport story in the following photos.  Suffice it to say, don’t let your passport be within 3 months of expiration and try to travel internationally!

I wanted the focus to be about the flights we took and the cool photo I had of the map projected to the seat-back screen.  What a great way to show the flight!

This is the layout with the hidden section extended that tells the behind the scene story that it took to get on our flights, a day late!

I designed the basic layout and determined the area I had available for an extendable pull tab section. I started with Far and Away 101 and trimmed it to 12” x 8 ½”, I wanted the plane section to be part of the layout without being covered by photos so I used an Exacto Knife and carefully cut around the nose section of the plane and part of the engines.  Next I used a mustard colored strip from Far and Away 105, and a quote from Far and Away 500 in the same color, as well as a quote from Far and Away 600.  All the elements were inked with Cool Grey.  With those embellishments selected, and the photos backed the Far and Away 104 (inked with Deep Sea) I was ready to start working on the hidden panel.

To create the hidden panel, I trimmed Far and Away 100 to 6 ½” x 8”.  After composing and designing my journaling in MS Word I printed a test copy to check for spacing and alignment.  (Truth be told I printed this one about 5 times because I wanted the journaling to align with the photo!)  Once satisfied I used temporary adhesive to adhere the Far and Away 101 to the test copy and printed it out.   I find that when the width is less than 8 ½" I get better results with this method and I avoid printer jams.

Using an envelope punch board, I punched notches 2 1/8” from each edge.

The remaining outside sections are trimmed away to create a perfect pull tab.  All the edges are inked in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Cool grey. 

A second sheet of Far and Away 101 is the base of the layout.  I placed the slider 3” from the outside edge with the other side 4 ½” from the outside edge.  It is drawn in using a black marker for clarity, normally I use pencil.  An Exacto Knife and metal ruler is used to cut the slider.

Using an Exacto Knife and a ruler two notches ½” apart and centered at the bottom of the hidden panel.  As you can see my cuts are not precise but will work well. 

The slider is inserted through the notches and secured with an additional section of cardstock.  This also is adjusted to allow the hidden panel to not slide too far behind the main layout.  All the parts of the layout are adhered in to place.  The top edge of the pocket for the hidden panel is adhered to within ½” of the panel.   I did make a slight adjustment to the top of the slider as the panel needed to extend a bit farther.  It is better to make the slider longer AFTER the layout is put together as it is easier to make this correction than to make it shorter!

The title “Berlin Bound” is die cut from white cardstock that has been inked with Cool Gray.  This is a close-up of the title and selective trimming of the airplane to accommodate the edge of the photo. 

Now you are ready to create your own behind the scenes journaling hidden panel!  It takes a little planning ahead of time, but is a great way to add a fun element of surprise to a layout.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Quick Quotes Products
Far and Away 100, 101, 104
Powder Puff Chalking inks:  Deep Sea, Cool Gray


Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Star Mini font by Quickutz

Monday, March 5, 2018

Back to School for Stick It Down

I know, it is not the right time of year for back to school, unless you are in Japan!  Any way I had a few photos that would work for this double page spread so I went with it!

This is what I came up with, each of my sons have a layout that features their first day photo.  This is actually my older son's last first day of school because he is a senior.  Next it will be his first day of college . . . I wonder if he will let me take a photo?

I started with two sheets of green Recollections cardstock to complement the grass and tree colors of the photos.  I pulled three patterned papers from the Me & My Big Ideas Boy collection from 2009 for the accents.  A bit of red cardstock that matched the red of the patterned paper was used for the die cuts by Elizabeth Craft Designs Entwined Circles.  A few of the shapes from the patterned paper were fussy cut or die cut with circle dies.  A hand-held Paper Shaper Corner Punch by EK Success was used to create the chevron arrow.  It is hard to see in the photo, but the square patterned paper and all the photos are die cut with the Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Rectangles.  Frankie Classic Shadow font by Quickutz is used to create the large title.  I like the overall look and balance of the layout, and am pleased to have another one done for my soon to graduate son!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Take Ten published Succulent Card

It is always exciting to receive a new crafting magazine in the mail, but even more so when they come for free because you have a card published!  Then comes the fun of hunting for the card that was selected for the publication.

This card was part of the collection I sent in last April, it wasn't punny enough to go with this set of cards Take Ten published last fall.    I am glad they still liked it!  I guess it just goes to show you that they may take awhile to select a card for publication.

This is the front cover, my card is located on page 60 of this issue. 

Thanks for stopping by to share my excitement!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Every Seashell card for Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes fans, Neva here today to share a card featuring Powder Puff Chalking Inks.  Sometimes you need a “just because” card, and this card is just one of those!

I really liked the saying from the Navigator Quotes and Phrases 500, Every Seashell Has a Story and thought it deserved to be the sentiment for my card.  I continued to build my theme from there.

To create an underwater feel, I used several of the 2018 Powder Puff Chalking Inks.  Starting with the lighter colors and working to the darker colors I inked up an acrylic block.  Purple Rain, Key Largo, Bermuda, Capri Blue, and a very small amount of Deep Sea create to look.  Water color paper trimmed to 5 ¼ x 3 ¾ is spritzed with a small amount of water and then pressed into the ink on the block.  After the paper dried the edges are inked with Deep Sea.

Next I die cut the three seashells and the coordinating overlays from watercolor paper.  The overlays are inked using ink daubers in the darker colors Deep Sea, Kokomo, and Capri Blue.  The seashells are shaded with using ink daubers in the lighter colors Bermuda, Tropical Punch, and Key Largo.  To complete the scene, I tore the edge of another piece of watercolor paper and inked it with Vanilla Cream, Sandy Shore, and the edges with Kokomo.  A slight mist of water directly on the paper is another method to blend the inks.

A section of Navigator 103 is trimmed to 6 ¼ x 4 ¾ and inked with Key Largo.  The sentiment is also inked with Key Largo.  The scene is adhered together with the sentiment lifted with dimensional foam adhesive as is the center shell.  The card seemed to be missing that extra little bit, so Bakers Twine is wrapped around the top section with a triple lopped bow to top it off.  The whole card is put together on a 6 Bar Kraft card base. 

Quick Quotes Products


Watercolor Paper 300 Series Cold Press by Strathmore

Shells Large by Elizabeth Craft Designs

6 Bar Kraft card base by Recollections

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Happy Birdday for Retro Rubber

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge has a new challenge up, one that is a fun sketch.  I enjoy seeing how everyone interprets a sketch to make it their own.

In my version I created a quick and easy birthday card.

The image from Hero Arts Missing You from 2014 is stamped in StazOn Jet Black.  I scribbled a bit of color on my craft mat in with Memento Dual Tipped Pens in Morocco, Peanut Brittle, and Rich Cocoa.  Using a little bit of water and a small brush the image is water colored.  Using a stamp positioner I stamped in the branch in Rich Cocoa. The sentiment is also stamped in Rich Cocoa.  The image was die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs 1116 Stitched Circles.  The remainder of my card came from my paper scrap bin.  All the paper pieces are edged in Rich Cocoa to finish the look.   I believe the patterned paper is My Minds Eye.  The card is assembled on an A2 card base and is ready to mail.

I do hope you will play along with this latest challenge.  We have a great deal of fun over at Retro Rubber!  Remember to use at least one image that is older than a year, tell us how long you have had it, and to enter up to 10 challenges including ours!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Awesome Day for Quick Quotes

Hello, Neva here today to share with you an outdoor layout using Quick Quotes Spring Showers Collection. 

I have boys . . . which means I don’t often get to scrapbook using flowers.  But with this set of outdoor photos that included a flower I couldn’t resist using the flower inspired Spring Showers collection to create a brightly colored layout.

The left side of the layout features Spring Showers 100 with mats from Spring Showers 101 and 103. The section hidden behind the photo block on the right side of the layout provided the journal block and die cut; it is the reverse side of Spring Showers 103.  The journal block is inked with Bermuda as is the journal section which is from behind the photo on the left side.    

I wanted to highlight the large focal photo with a dramatic frame. First the photo is matted with Spring Showers 101 that is inked with Tropical Punch.   However, I didn’t have a punch that matched the style I wanted to create, or a die cut large enough to surround the photo.  This die is designed for a 5” x 7” card, but I trimmed it into four sections to mat each of the four corners of the photo.  An easy trick to enlarge any of your die cuts to your desired size don't you think?

The title is die cut and then matted on vellum.  Initially the title was getting lost in the beautiful flowers of the patterned paper.  I inked the back of the vellum with Tropical Punch to lift it out of the background. 

The right side has all the photos matted on a section of Spring Showers 103 which is inked with Capri Blue.  Behind the scenes I cut the center of the paper out to use on the left side as mentioned above.  Don't want to waste any pretty paper!

The journal strips are from Earth Wind Fire 500, cut into sections and inked with Bermuda.  Then to match the companion side, the strips are matted with Spring Showers 101 and inked with Tropical Punch.  Even though they are from a different collection I think they match nicely and add just the right touch to this nature based inspired layout.

Quick Quotes Products
Spring Showers collection (Coming Soon)
PowderPuff Chalking Inks Tropical Punch, Capri Blue, Bermuda

Other Products
Mystical Embrace die by Spellbinders
Emily alpha by Quickutz

Try using flower printed paper with your outdoor layouts, whether they are for boys or not!  You might be surprised how much you like the end product!