I love that my favorite season of the year is finally here. The days are still sunny and warm, but the mornings and evenings are cool and the leaves are starting to change. Of course that means one of my favorite holidays is almost here... hint: it involves lots of candy corn and Reese's peanut butter cups.
Today on the Therm O Web blog I'm sharing three Halloween cards made using the new Frankie and Friends collection from Simple Stories. I'm not currently doing any pocket-style scrapbooking, but I love using all the products that have popped up to go along with the trend. The pocket inserts make great backgrounds for quick and easy cards.
With the background done, you can create a quick card using dimensional adhesive to add a few paper cutouts, as I did with the card below. This card came together in minutes.
Or you can spend more time adding details such as die cutting a window in the card and using a few more embellishments. Nothing says "Halloween" like googly eyes.
Hey there! Thanks so much for visiting today. I'm in the middle of wading through a few hundred photos of this project to pick out the best ones to share, but thought I'd post a peek in the meantime.
This was a fun one - all sorts of painting, stamping, coloring, doodling, die cutting, and decoupaging. Have you jumped on the art journaling bandwagon yet? Feels sort of decadent to be doing all this art work "just because"... I think that is part of the appeal. What do you think?
Back again with the final batch of foundation pages for my Days of December mini album. You can find part one HERE and part two HERE. These pages are just the base of the album - photos and other embellishments will be added as the month of December unfolds.
The last page features a fun technique using iCraft tape and Therm O Web's new iCraft Deco Foil. You can read about it here.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Hello there! If you missed the first ten pages of the Days of December mini-album, you can find them here. Remember these are just the foundation pages of the album - all the fun stuff will be added after it happens in December.
Note that the "JOY" letters are tacked down with a tiny bit of adhesive as a placeholder. In the completed album I plan to permanently adhere them over a large photo.
I'll be back tomorrow with the last batch of pages. Thanks so much for visiting!
After several years of hoping to have my December Daily album finished well before the holiday season began, it has finally happened. The Therm O Web team partnered with BasicGrey this week and I was lucky enough to work with the new Evergreen collection. This seemed like the perfect mix of colors and patterns to create the foundation pages for the album.
The Therm O Web blog has several photos highlighting the various adhesives used to create the pages, but there were so many that I thought it made more sense to show all of the pages here for anyone who would like more detail, rather than flooding their blog. Keep in mind that these are only the foundation pages for the album. As the month of December progresses I will add photos, journaling, memorabilia, and additional embellishments to each layout. Click on any photo for a larger image.
This post has photos of the first 10 days. The rest of the photos will be posted over the next two days.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please leave any questions you might have in the comments section and I will do my best to reply asap.
Hello there! It seems impossible that it is September already, doesn't it? Did you take any trips this summer? I love to travel, but these last few months my destinations were limited to doctors visits and chemo appointments. Not much fun, but I am so glad that chapter of my life is behind me. I'm feeling better every day and my hair is starting to grow back, so all is good. I'm also slowly getting back into the design world and hope to do a much better job at keeping this old blog updated.
Today's project combines my love of all things travel with some fun mixed media techniques in a sort of "more is more" fashion. Click on any of the images for a larger view.
I started by painting the canvas in large color blocked areas and then began layering travel and collage type papers over the top.
Several of the papers were cut into long banners and adhered to one side of the canvas along the top. It is an easy way to incorporate a variety of papers in small amounts - and also a perfect way to use up paper scraps.
Many of my travel-themed stamps were used to help tie together the assorted paper elements. There is lots of dimension on this project, as you can see in this side view.
These faux postage stamps were part of mambi's travel collection, but real stamps would work too. I have a box full of them that I like to use on projects like this.
This is an assortment of luggage tags and other travel related ephemera that are clipped together using a piece of beaded chain and hung from a brad inserted directly into the canvas.
One of my favorite parts of this canvas is the faux passport. I got to bust out a lot of my old travel stamps for this part - was a bit like visiting old friends. :)
Here is the straight on view. I did warn you that it was a bit "more is more"... just couldn't stop myself from adding layer after layer. Once I had everything in place I dry brushed on a light coat of white paint to help tie it all together.
You could easily add your favorite travel photos to this project or use real travel memorabilia instead of travel-themed papers. Have you tried any mixed media projects? I'd love to see them if you have.
One of the things I love about crafting is transforming inexpensive objects into something that looks much more upscale. This was the goal with the $1 wood tray I picked up in the clearance section of a craft store. After decoupaging on some sample mixed media papers and applying jute around the handles, I love the way it looks.
Makes me think of sitting on a porch near the ocean sipping a cold glass of lemonade (or maybe a margarita). This would also make a great hostess gift.
Here is another view - the paint has some lighter aqua dry brushed over the top, which is a bit hard to see in the photos. You can always click on the image for a close up view.
Hello friends! I want to share this project as it is the first thing I have made in ages that wasn't tied to a manufacturer, publisher, or deadline and it was such a joy to create without any constraints. This also features one of my favorite stamp sets of all time: All Booked Up by Papertrey Ink.
This is a thank you gift for a dear friend who has been so helpful to me during the last few months.
She is an avid reader so I thought a gift card to Amazon would be better than hoping to choose a book that she hadn't already read. The card came in a black box with a bright orange bow. I kept the box but added my own wrap.
The set of five bookmarks was inspired by one that Betsy Veldman created out of felt. These are made out of two layers of heavy cardstock. I also wanted to incorporate some epoxy brads I had on hand that I thought went well with the paper. Using two layers of cardstock helped to hide the back of the brads. Here is my version:
They were packaged in a glassine bag tied with baker's twine. I love the way they turned out and hope my friend does too.
Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions as to the supplies I used, drop me a note in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Update on me: So far, so good on the treatment. I'm pretty tired and my hair is all but gone, but otherwise it hasn't been too awful. On Monday I'll be starting my last round of five days of chemo. The doctors have said it can take several weeks to months to start feeling "normal" again. I'm really looking forward to being on the other side of this. All indications are that the treatment is working and I'll be able to consider myself "cancer free" soon. Thank you for the cards and emails of support - they mean so much!
Hi there. Since I last posted I've been on quite a roller coaster ride. Immediately after the surgery we were told the tumor was benign... then a few days later that the pathologist had seen some atypical cells which needed more investigation... then it took another four weeks to find out that the tumor was actually malignant and quite rare. They don't really have a protocol as to how it should be treated, but I'm seeing the head of gyn oncology at Dana Farber who has treated two of these cases before and she feels confident that the chemo cocktail she has in mind will do the trick. It has been a very emotional process, but all in all I feel optimistic and am determined to do whatever it takes to beat this thing. My husband and kids have been amazing and I am blessed with a lot of family and friends who have rallied behind me.
While I was still in the hospital recovering from surgery - and somewhat in a morphine-induced fog - I was checking out some favorite crafty sites on my phone when I saw that the latest issue of CardMaker was out. It was such a nice surprise to see one of my cards on the cover!
I hope you have a wonderful summer with lots of good things to celebrate. I'll be looking forward to celebrating my last treatment in a few months.
I'd love it if you keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on the next leg of this adventure. I have taken a step back from all my design teams and obligations, but hope to carve out time here and there to create things just for fun. I'll post here as I can. In the meantime, feel free to connect with me on Facebook or Pinterest.