Sunday, October 23, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #37-2016

Our Clean & Simple challenge continues with monochromatic cards in white, cream or tan.

Sue used various white elements to create this lovely card.

A detailed look

I admit that I had to go to Pinterest to look for inspiration for a monochromatic card in white, cream or tan. I decided to create a wedding card in white – it seemed appropriate. I started with two hearts that were die cut from a piece of shimmer and a piece of sparkle paper using Memory Box’s Cherub Hearts dies. The background was made with Design Objectives docrafts’ small polka hearts 6x6 embossing folder. I found a piece of sparkly white ribbon to complete the card. I didn’t want to mess with the monochromatic card by stamping a sentiment, so it remains with no sentiment.- Sue

A lot of our cards for this challenge have been wedding cards which seem to be a natural fit, so consider doing this for the next wedding card you create. - Denise

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Inspiration Saturday #36-2016

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Our inspiration today is this picture of colorful feathers-

The inspiration led me to this-

At first I tried to dye some actual feathers that I find on my morning walks with the dog, but I couldn't get them to look right.  I tried water colors and alcohol inks, but they would dry so that the feather clumped and I didn't have the patience to keep at it.  Instead I stamped a feather from the Local King Rubber Stamp company set called Feather Pleasures on two pieces of velum.  The first using black ink and the second using Versamark followed by gold embossing powder.  After heat setting that I tore the edges of the velum and distressed them with Walnut Distress Ink. I mounted those with the black on the bottom the embossed piece on top onto some craft paper.  I put some wood-grained washi tape on the side and mounted that on a green card base.  The sentiment is from a set called Remembering With You, but I don't know the manufacturer.  I cut it out freehand so that it would fit within the space. - Denise 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Family History Blog Hop

Welcome to the Exploring Family History blog hop.  We are creating crafts related to our family history.  Most of us would agree when began paper crafting to create a historical record of our and for our families.  Of course, we love to get inky and sticky while doing it so let's dig into our crafty family history projects.

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First Denise has a project using slate -
I made this a couple of years ago using slate that came from the roof of the house in the picture.  It is a picture of my husband's great grandparents and their four sons in front of their house which was just a few years old at the time.  The parents were tragically killed in a horse & buggy/train accident in 1900;  We currently live in the house and when we had to put a new roof on, I saved all the slates that I could and later made several of these for family.  The picture was scanned into a printer and printed off with a laser printer.  I tore around the image and then soaked that for a few minutes in water.  This was put it on the slate with Mod Podge.  I used a gold vinyl for the letters and cut them on my Expression (since I didn't have my Explore then).  There were several thin layers of Mod Podge on top of everything to protect it, but they are all hanging in protected spaces and not outside. It isn't shown in this picture, but I put a leather strip through the nail holes in the slate and knotted the ends to be able to hang them.

Gracie has preserved some family history this way -

I have been trying to scrapbook my husband's baby and early childhood pictures. He is now 61.  I never had any of his pictures until his mother passed away.  My children and grandchildren are going to love this.  He was born in the same hospital were Elvis Presley was pronounced dead.  I have the receipt for his mother's hospital stay - it cost all of $92.65 in 1955! ~ Gracie  

Kim has a beautiful layout below -

For this project, I created a scrapbook page/home decor piece.  The photo is the only photo I have of my father with his mother.  It was taken in Bangor, Maine in 1940, shortly after my father was born.  The substrate is a Tim Holtz District Market burlap canvas panel that included a pre-printed background.  I applied embossing paste through a 12x12 stencil and left it to air dry.  I sprayed over the area with Lindy Stamp Gang Sprays in neutral colors.  The shimmer in real life is fantastic.  I decorated the canvas in layers with patterned paper and embellishments.  -Kim

Finally Denise finishes up with a scrapbook layout -

This is a picture of my grandmother during her first year of teaching.  She taught in a one-room school in St. Clara, WV in the 1930's.  During that time teachers were not allowed to be married, so she and my grandfather eloped in Maryland and didn't tell anyone they were married for over a year while she continued to teach.  She taught in WV, MI, and OH and earned her master's degree.  She retired in 1977 as a guidance counselor and continued to teach in other ways after that.  I used some papers from a pad of 8 x 8 papers by Tim Holtz called Collage since it had some great old school type images in it. I also distressed the edges of the background paper with Distress Ink.- Denise

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