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Monthly Archives: October 2013

BOO to You!

Happy Halloween everyone!!  Here I have a Quick and Cost Effective Halloween card that I recently made and sent to my nieces.

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I went to my Claudine Hellmuth HSN stash, grabbed the Welcome to Swellsville card making kit and Sweet Shoppe sticker kit and put together this card in minutes.  I added the skeleton that actually seems to be saying “boo” (I don’t know, do skeletons talk?).  He is  from a 3D sticker package I purchased quite a few years ago from the Target $1 bins.  I think he brings some focus and life (aren’t skeleton’s dead?) to the card. 

All kidding aside, I always feel I learn a little something when I quickly make a little card like this.  For instance, the cloud in the upper right is actually a thought bubble.  Instead of using it for its intended purpose I tucked it behind the house.  Tucking it underneath gave the background more interest and dimension, while relating to the strip of patterned paper at the bottom.

Also, using Claudine’s images means most of the work is already done.  This spooky-cute house sticker is so beautifully illustrated, not much else is needed.  Claudine also has a Halloween clear stamp set that includes two similar house stamps and other spooky images.  You can see and purchase Claudine’s clear stamps by clicking here.

Well, I wish you a spooky fun Halloween and I’ll see ya next week!  I’ll be sharing a new project I’ve been working on.  Here’s a hint:  It’s small, yet big and very transformative.  Hmm…

xo, Evie

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A Pretty Little Shop

Hello, hello!!  Today I’m sharing my Paris layout, A Pretty Little Shop, that I created using the sketch from the October-Week 1 Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch Challenge.    Here’s the layout:

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Here’s the sketch:

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Details….

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A Claudine Hellmuth wood veener dress form that I painted with her painterly pink paint and layered with her rub-ons (featured in a previous post).    Both chipboard buttons are from Jenni Bowlin Studio.  One is in her Wallpaper pattern and the other was raw chipboard that I made rather minty

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My take on the inky droplets from the sketch.  Gold dot rub-ons from Pink Paislee, sequins from the JBS April Papercrafting kit, pink buttons from My Mind’s Eye, and some tiny green and blue buttons from my Claudine Hellmuth HSN stash.

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Showing the layering and depth.  I finally had call to use this amazing diecut doily from Josephine Kimberling, which also came in the JBS April kit.

Supplies:  Patterned paper: BasicGrey mint Julep carolina & lois, Webster’s Pages Best Friend’s BFF’s, Echo Park Paradise Beach (6×6 pad); Ribbon: Webster’s Pages Best Friends; Wood veneer: Claudine Hellmuth HSN; Rub-ons: Pink Paislee (gold); Diecut doily: Josephine Kimberling a division of Anna Griffin; Alphas: October Afternoon Mini Market Land & Sea, Jenni Bowlin Studio Graph Alterable Alphas; Chipboard, sequins: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Buttons: MME Find Your Wings and Fly-Sky’s the Limit, Claudine Hellmuth HSN; Twine: Webster’s Pages; Stamp: October Afternoon “Streets of Paris”; Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger(Seed Packet); Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Thread: Coats and Clark; Pen: Zig Millinenium.

There are items in this layout from the April, June, and July JBS Mercantile kits, which are all on sale at JBS Mercantile.  Also, I purchased  the Wallpaper chipboard buttons and Graph Alterable Alphas when they were featured as Jenni’s monthly Mercantile Dime Store Deals…love those!!!

I feel like this post is a little short and sweet for me.  I guess that’s the kinda mood I’m in today.  🙂 

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  See ya soon!!!!

xo, Evie

Look Smart

Hello everyone!  Today I have a new Paris layout for you titled Look Smart.   It is also my entry in the Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge #8 over at the Scrap Our Stash challenge blog.  My three in a row is Washi Tape, Journal Card, and 5+ Brads.

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There is so much I want to say about this layout…so I’ll try to be clear and concise!

  • In my previous post Thus Far…I thought I came up with a full proof system to beat the boredom factor when working on this big “scrap my trip to Paris” project.  Well, I have to admit even with all my ideas, my inspiration was waning until I decided to enter this challenge.  That perked me right up and I had so much fun working on this layout!!
  • When you look at my layout, you might be thinking “What’s the big deal about a Smart Car?” or not…, but you have to remember I was in Paris in 1999 and there weren’t Smart Cars in the U.S. until 2008.  Yes, I was on Wikipedia again.  I found out that Smart Cars were dreamed up in Germany and manufactured in Hambach, France.  So this is indeed a little French car!
  • The stamped, painted, and inked background paper I am using for this layout is something that happened along the way.  I have a big Provo Craft Slab (remember those?) of patterned paper that I no longer use in my scrapping, but the 12×12 sheets are perfect for covering my layouts in progress, to put underneath something that I’m painting, and to try out and practice media, like stamps and inks.  Well, when this “practice paper” got to a certain point I thought it looked pretty cool and hoped it would find it’s way into a layout in some shape or form.

Here is a detail of it pre-layout.

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And now for the layout details.

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I used this LOOK journal card from Jenni Bowlin Studio’s To Do Flashcards for the first half of the title and I trimmed the name portion from an October Afternoon Travel Girl journal card with the addition of some tomato red Alphabeans for the second half the title.  In this detail you can see my very old 5+ brads, Jenni Bowlin Studio Sage Lace washi, and the red stars and seal stickers from the JBS Skinny Alphas.

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To create this embellishment cluster at the top of the page, I layered the JBS sage lace washi, Sew Fun Travel Girl  Banners, more brads and JBS stickers, and a vintage “old fashioned” car button.

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I can’t get enough of these tiny gold rub-on arrows, from Jenni Bowlin’s Tiny Trims Revised, running along my punching and stitching.  Amazingly enough, the patterned side of my “practice paper” was the perfect green, so I just had to show that bit of scrappy magic off.

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Yummy, yummy layers!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Provo Craft; Banner Flags: October Afternoon; Rub-ons, washi, stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Journal cards: Jenni Bowlin Studio, October Afternoon; Alphas: jillibean Soup; Stamps: OA Travel Girl “Streets of Paris”, teresa collins Fabrications Canvas Stamps; Ink: JBS for Ranger Seed Packet, StazOn Jet Black, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold, Clearsnap Gold; Acrylic paint, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Colored pencil: Prismacolor Slate Blue; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Pen: Marvy UCHIDA; Thread: Coats and Clark; Other: brads, button.

I hope you enjoyed todays additon of Paris.   Remember,  if you need a little inspiration for your scrappy projects, try a challenge to get your creative juices flowing again.  It worked for me!

See ya soon!

xo, Evie

What a Hoot!

I’ve joined in on the fun over Paper Issues for their Halloween Hootenanny!  And thanks to Mary Jo a Halloween layout of mine is being featured on their blog.

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Here’s a detail from the layout.  To see the entire page (and leave a little love) pop over to Paper Issues by clicking here

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your much appreciated support!!!    🙂

See ya soon!

xo, Evie

On a Paris Corner

Hello everyone!!  Today, I’m bringing you a new Paris layout (the last of the graffiti shots, I think).  I used floral patterned paper by BasicGrey from the Mint Julep collection and light-hearted embellishments as a contrast to this grittier side of Paris.

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On this layout I did a large photocopy transfer of the actual photo on the right.  This time with the transfer I was experimenting with the application of the multi-medium by not brushing it on evenly in some areas, so I would get a loose brushy effect.  [It reminds me of a technique I remember seeing in photography where you brush the emulsion on the paper before you develop the image.]  Even though I’m happy with the results of this transfer, I don’t know that I would attempt such a large one again, especially on this paper weight.  It did turn out to be one of my most lumpy and bumpy layouts.

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A brushy transfer detail with some Jenni Bowlin Studio Notebook Grid Paper Tape.

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More brushy detail with the October Afternoon Travel Girl “Streets of Paris” stamp; stamped in JBS Cough Syrup ink.

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I just can’t get enough of patterned paper showing through transfers.

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And here getting a little labor intensive; cutting out the individual arrows from the awesome Jenni Bowlin Studio Tiny Trims Revised rub-ons in Gold.  Also, playing with the JBS/Fiskars Ticket Please punch.

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I created this embellishment by layering the October Afternoon Travel Girl Sew Fun Banners over the red polka dotted flag I cut from the Pebbles Printed bag.   I love how the bag is a bit transparent, like the paper tape, and the photo transfer.

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I used the BasicGrey Mint Julep collection alphas to create the title that I layered over more stamping.  I only inked up a portion of this large stamp to get the effect I wanted.

I know….so many details, so little time!! 

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterened paper, BasicGrey Mint Julep naomi, Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go; Banner flags, rubber stamp: October Afternoon Travel Girl; Printed bag: Pebbles; Paper tape, rub-ons, stamping ink: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Chipboard alpha: BasicGrey Mint Julep; Wood veneer: Claudine Hellmuth HSN; Multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Thread: Coats and Clark; Pen: Zig Millennium; Other: brads, ribbons.

Some of you have been asking me about the Photocopy Transfer Process.  The next time I do one I will create a tutorial, so sit tight…lol!!   Also, the majority of this layout was created with the June 2013 Papercrafting Kit from JBS Mercantile.  This kit is now 25% off and Jenni is having a big sale on past kits this month!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  See ya soon!!!

xo, Evie