Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pink & Main Fairies

It's about time I put the new releases aside and give some love to an older stamp set.  This week I got to work with Fairies stamp set.

A little girl I know loves fairies and the colour purple - this set the colour scheme for me.  From the beginning I knew I wanted to make a trifold card and I was lucky that I had an A4 woodgrain embossing folder that covered all three sides.  After embossing with the woodgrain folder I folded and cut the paper into the shape I wanted then I inked over it in various shades of brown to make it look like a tree. All I needed to do was add a fairy and some leaves.  I coloured the fairy (in purple of course) and added her to some chipboard for dimension.

The first fold opens to the special birthday wishes (don't you just love the saying?) with the tree effect.

The inside has a plain stamped card to write the personal birthday message on. I added this piece as I wanted to cover up the embossed part of the inside so that I would have a flat place to write on.

Here's the stamp set I used: Fairies

DT Amanda
Blog: Memoriesbymanda

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pink & Main - Whale of a Time Layout

It looks like most of the design team having been playing with the new release Whale of a Time recently. It is such a cute stamp set. It works for cards, pocket scrapbooking cards and layouts about time at the beach or pool.

When I first saw the stamp set I decided to make some pocket scrapbooking cards to have on hand.  I blotted 3 colours of distress stain on a craft sheet and spritzed them with a pearlescent spray then smooched white gloss paper into the blended colours.  Next I got to stamping the 3x4" cards with various stamps from Whale of a Time. Lastly I added perfect pearls and pearl drops.  I intended to keep them for future pocket scrapbooking projects but I ended up making a traditional 12x12" layout.

The first card simply needed red perfect pearls in the heart that the whale is holding

The middle card is super simple: just that cute whale with some pearl drops above his/her water spout

The last card was designated for journaling but I ended up adding a small photo as well

You can see Whale of a Time in the first photo (along with the cute pink acrylic block from Pink & Main) but you can find the stamp set on the Pink & Main website here.

DT Amanda

Materials: Stamps - Pink & Main; Cardstock & Paper - Bazzill, Kaisercraft, Unknown; Alphabet - A Cherry on the Top; Bling Word - Kaisercraft, Markers - Copic, Sharpie; Distress Stain, Ink & Perfect Pearls - Ranger; Pearls.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Layout For A Change

The blog has been filled with cards this year so I thought I would share something else this week.  When I started my first project life style album last year I fell in love with the 4x4 pockets.  Around the same time my US niece dragged me into this century by getting me to sign up for Instagram so now I have the perfect photos to use with the 4x4 pages. Don't worry, I do know you can print normal photos at 4x4 size! I may be old but I'm hanging in there :)

Speaking of being old, I completed this layout with pictures from my 40th and my friends 40th.  The layout uses these pictures but documents my goals and achievements from the time. I have downloaded the Touch Blur app for my phone and I have used that to hide my goals and achievements in the photo. Yes, I do know how to use apps on my phone. I repeat: I may be old but I'm hanging in there.

This year I have been caught by the planner bug and I even managed to use these stamps on this layout. One of the cards is a flap with my goals for this year. My planner stamps got a work out here in this flap but I didn't reveal enough to show you the whole spread.

This project life style scrapbooking might be something I will continue in the future....
Materials: Stamps - Waffle Flower, Stampin' Up!; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Ranger; Cards- WRMK; Stapler - Tim Holtz, Ephemera - Heidi Swapp, Crate, October Afternoom, Other

Shake It Baby -A Birthday Card

Someone in our house has had a birthday this week which meant I needed to whip something up.  I did see someone somewhere made a card with a die cut through a washi tape base so I decided to give it a go.


I started by laying some strips of washi tape down then die cut my phrase. Afterwards I decided to add some background colour and pattern with a stencil.  In hindsight I should have done the stencilling first then follow up with everything else. Good to note for next time. Lastly, I added some stamped flairs. In case you can't tell this is actually a shaker card. I haven't made one in ages.

This card is ideal for a quick card that uses supplies on hand.  Actually, the paper for the flairs is from the packaging of a parcel that arrived recently - good for the environment.  Also, the plastic I used for the shaker is some packaging from scrapbook supplies. I guess you could say it is an environmentally friendly card. Using packaging instead of sending it to landfill is one of my favourite things.

I am entering this card in the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero - Favourites. This card uses two of my favourite supplies - Washi tape and dies. I have lots of both in my stash so it was great to put them to use instead of hoarding or keeping them for their prettiness!  The Hero Arts birthday stamp set I used is one I pull out all the time for birthday cards so I guess it is one of my favourite birthday stamp sets.  For a bonus - this card is made for one of my most favourite people :)  The details are here.

Materials: Washi Tape -  Stampin' Up!, WRMK, Other; Die - Heidi Swapp; Stencil - Teresa Collins; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Ranger; Stamp - Hero Arts;

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pink & Main - Project life/Snap Layout

This month's new release is here! There are plenty of neat stamps to play with in the June release (as always). Did you know you get a free mini stamp set with a $30 purchase? It is called Paradise and I played with it today with another new release Planning Vacation.

Paradise (free with purchase) and Planning Vacation are great for recording holiday memories. Perfect for the US summer right?  This week I used the stamps to create a Project Life or Snap style layout.  I made a 3x4 card with Paradise and stamped part of the sentiment on ribbon. I used stamps from Planning Vacation on the ribbon and the text boxes on the photos.

I took the elements out of the pockets to photograph them for you as the protectors provide too much glare in photos. Looking at them centred on a piece of coordinating cardstock I am thinking I could actually turn it into a 12x12 layout just by adding some more elements...

If you want to get your hands on Paradise all you have to do is spend $30 or more in store. Check out the new releases here.

DT Amanda

Materials: Stamps - Pink & Main; Photo Overlays - Crate; Text Box and Ribbon - October Afternoon; Perfect Pearls - Ranger; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Ranger; Paper - Kaisercraft (packaging)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Pink & Main Sneak Peek - Birthday Wishes

It's almost time for the next round of new releases - excited much?

Today I am showing you a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Birthday Wishes. Although it is designed for birthdays you could use this card for events other than a birthday like a wedding or other celebration. 

This week I was in the mood to break out the embossing folders. I added a little inking and a doily then layered on some bits and bobs on my desk. Voila!

What do you think? I definitely think this could pass as a wedding card.

I can't link the stamp up for you this week as it hasn't been released yet. Keep an eye out for Birthday Wishes - coming soon!

DT Amanda

Materials: Stamp - Pink & Main, Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug, Ink - Colorbok, Frame - Maggie Holmes Open Book, Cardstock - Stampin' Up!, Doily, Ribbon, Flowers