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Marching Forward Toward Greenville Move

March 11, 2020

Hey there! It’s Annette Green here today with my Greenville Planner, as I continue marking the milestones as we prepare to move this Summer. March has already become a super busy month! Take a peek at my pages to see what’s been going on and the fun I had making them with several Planner Essentials dies. All products used are listed at the end of the post.

Our big milestone this month was our final garage sale and the selling of most of our furniture. (while still staying married. LOL!)

I began my left page on the back of the previous page which was the large tag shape cut from black cardstock. To give interest to the background, I trimmed the design papers just inside the shape of the page, and left the right edge blunt.

For the right page, I used the page die from the new Retro Number Trio set. The key to this page die, with the intricate scallops, is to cut heavy cardstock or layer two thinner sheets to ensure it doesn’t bend or tear.

The tag and topper are cut using the Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Topper die. I love these numbers in this topper piece.

Before adhering the topper to the tag, I used it as a stencil at the bottom by simply rubbing some brown ink across it.

From Planner Essentials 5, I die cut the two frame pieces (twice, for the front and back) from coordinating design papers and sandwiched a scrap piece of lace-punched cardstock between the two layers.

I love this element because it allows you to add two more photos to a layout easily without crowding the pages.

When I design pages, I lay out the base elements and a few accents before planning the photos. Later I measure the spaces and size my photos accordingly in PhotoShop.

Once I add photos, then I begin layering more elements and embellishment. This photo shows how we had a bare piece of wood on the wall which we didn’t want to remove in fear of damaging the drywall, so I painted and stenciled it and added a vinyl phrase. A fun little memory to look back on.

I find that making some photos small and focusing more on the journaling gives a little more interest to the page. (Especially when my husband doesn’t think it’s a flattering photo of himself.)

It’s always great to include some humor in my planner, because these funny little moments are sometimes the best thing to remember during all the work and stress of moving. Here, my husband is spelling out a message to our daughter on her bedroom wall. I texted her this photo and she had a good laugh.

Through all the work, it’s good to document the happy times too. We were holding our final garage sale on this day and were so happy to finally be done!

Part of my reason for documenting our progress is to eventually share it with our daughter who has been away at college during all these changes to our house. Our dog Suki is always nearby as we work, probably wondering what in the world is going on.

To finish off this page, I used some small alphabet stickers to fill in the date.

Now we will continue on with a bit more painting, and then list our house on the market! It’s been fun documenting the process and making a special planner just for this. Watch for more pages in the coming months as our journey continues.

Annette

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Create The Things – Spotlight Stamping Technique

March 10, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am creating a card featuring some spotlight stamping using Charlene’s Make a Wish stamp set. All of Charlene’s stamp set designs were just meant to be colored and the spotlight stamping technique is just perfect for these large images.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Using some water resistant black ink stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock. Using the large feather from the Make a Wish stamp set, stamp the feather image around the card.

Step Two: Using the coordinating smaller feather, stamp the image into the blank spaces between the large image.

Step Three: Die cut the stamped image using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set twice.

Step Four: Die cut some Rust Soft Finish Cardstock using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set using dies slightly larger than the ones used to die cut the stamped images.

Step Five: Using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut images to the Rust cardstock.

Step Six: Using a watercolor maker and a water brush, add some light brown onto half of the feathers from the middle panel.

Step Seven: Repeat step six, but this time using a dark brown watercolor brush.

Step Eight: Adhere all three panels to an A2 card frame.

I love how the coloring in this technique pulls your eyes not to the color, but instead right to the sentiment. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the spotlight stamping technique used with Charlene’s stamp image. Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

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Double-Pocket For February

March 1, 2020

Hello again, Marjolijn here!

This time, I made a pocket-page for the month February –– the month of love!!! First, I made a double page for every week. But, because the weeks are very much alike, I thought: “mmm no, I won’t do that anymore. I only scrap the highlight of the month.” And so, that’s what I did. 😊

For this page, I used P.E. (Planner Essentials) 22 to make the pocket and with the P.E. 25 to make the little heart insert. On the edge of the page, I added some white gesso with a mask and stamped with the ECD stamp-set Background 1, 3 and Pieces of Life 1. I adhered the little faceted heart from P.E. 8 on the heart insert. 

And behind the insert I made a shaker with little pink hearts in it. So funny!!

The backside of the page I made with P.E. 4 and I placed a pocket (P.E. Pocket 2) on it. I decorated it with different stamps from Pieces of Life 3. On top of the pocket I placed an insert for tags P.E. 2. The tags I made with the P.E. 26 Tag & Toppers. In one of the tags I also made a shaker –– it’s so much fun, I like these little extra’s. 

In the big pocket I made a big tag and I stamped with black Stazon ink over the pictures.

I had so much fun making this page! I hope you are a little bit inspired by it.

See you next time 😉

Marjolijn

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A Set Of Cute Hippo Baby Cards

February 23, 2020

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here again today with a set of “build-a-Hippo” baby cards. I adore this little die cut die so much –– it’s perfect for so many occasions, and practically made for creating baby cards! And while I was at it, I created a set of three. You never know when you’ll need one!

This is how I created the cards:

Step 1: First take a sheet of White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut 3 sets of Hippos. And don’t forget to die cut the feet six times!! 🙂
Step 2: Next take a sheet of Soft Sky and Dusky cardstock and die cut two sets with the Stitched Rounded Rechtangle from the blue paper and one set from the lilac one.
Step 3: Take a white Soft Finish Cardstock sheet (or glitter cardstock) and die cut three sets with the Postage Stamp Rectangles die cut die.
Step 4: Ink the hippo pieces with grey and pink stamp ink, but leave the eyes and teeth white.


Step 5: Now cut blue and purple patterned paper into a card size from the polka-dotted “Thinking about Polinesia” paper. Adhere onto the card base.
Step 6: Attach a piece of ribbon in blue and pink onto the cards, then adhere the rechtangle pieces on place. Start with the postage stamp piece and adhere the rounded rectangle on top.
Step 7: Add a stamped sentiment using the Ahoy Sentiments or the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set and black stamp ink.
Step 8: Color the tiny eye pieces with a black marker and adhere in place.

To give you a better idea of each and every step, I’ve again recorded a video for your to watch. I hope you like it!

I hope I inspired you to play with your dies a little today and create a few cards yourself! I’ll be back with another project next month.

Until then, happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

Other:
White Glitter Cardstock
Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Bubblegum, Soft Granite
Black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Ribbon
Sizzix Big Shot
Black Sharpie

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Mighty Fine Fun

February 17, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I’m excited to be sharing with you some pages I created using the Planner line. These dies and stamps can be used for planning, but I also enjoy using them to document special moments in my life. Today’s post is all about a mighty fine time I had with three wonderful women at the last Scrapbook Expo in my area!

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Loved Wall Hanging

February 13, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Loved Wall Hanging.

There’s only 1 day left until Valentine’s Day and I thought it would be fun to create a last minute wall hanging perfect to add to any place in your home. To create my project, I’ve used a variety of Charlene’s stamps and a some dies from Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my wall hanging at home.

Step One. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 2 1/2″. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to the Loved word from the Journaling Elements stamp set and stamp onto the fishtail. Distress the edges of the fishtail. Ink the edges of the fishtail using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 5 1/4″ Stitched Heart out of a book page. Distress the edges of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Heart out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the entire surface of the heart. Apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the X’s stamp from the Journaling Elements and stamp randomly over the entire surface of the heart. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed. Distress the edges of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the medium Entwined Heart out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple Distress Ink over the entire surface of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Heart stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the Heart stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Ruby Red Scribble Stick, colour in three of the hearts. Using a waterbrush and Blushing Scribble Stick, colour in the other three of the hearts. Once the hearts are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. Choose one of the flower stamps from the A Field of Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Sedonna Scribble Stick, colour in one of the flowers. Using a waterbrush and Blushing Scribble Stick, colour in the other flower. Once the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. Choose one of the flower stamps from the Garden Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Ruby Red Scribble Stick, colour in one of the flowers. Using a waterbrush and Magenta Scribble Stick, colour in the other flower. Once the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Foam square the pink stitched heart to the middle of the 5 1/4″ stitched heart. Adhere the entwined heart to the middle of the pink stitched heart. Adhere the loved fishtail 2″ from the bottom and 1/8″ from the right of the 5 1/4″ stitched heart.

Step Nine. Adhere the six hearts as desired on the left side of the heart as well as to the bottom middle of the loved fishtail.

Step Ten. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the flowers to the left hand side of the stitched hearts, making sure that you can see coloured small hearts.

Step Eleven. Punch two holes at the top of the stitched hearts. Tie a piece of twine through the two holes.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Loved Wall Hanging.

Katelyn

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Dina Wakley: Scribble Sticks 1 & 2
  • Misc: Twine, Waterbrush, Book page and Watercolour Cardstock
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Love Is All You Need

February 10, 2020

Hey Everyone! It’s EK today with some sepia toned love cards.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a collection of romantic cards that can be used for Cupid’s holiday or frankly any day. Charlene’s A Field of Flowers stamp set is the perfect way to create a simple collections of cards. And let’s be honest, these flowers are just begging for a sepia treatment.

Step One: Stamp all the images from the A Field of Flowers stamp set onto Watercolor Paper using water proof ink.

Step Two: Using watercolor pencils in shades of brown, tan and peach color the flowers.

Step Three: Using a watercolor brush, spread the pencil out.

Step Four: Repeat steps one and two with the rest of the images.

Step Five: Using a watercolor pencil, shade around the edges of the watercolor paper. I used shades of red, pink and purple.

Step Six: Using a watercolor brush, blend out the pencil.

Step Seven: Repeat steps five and six with rest of the images.

Step Eight: Using the Love Sentiments stamp set, add the sentiment onto each image. I used grey on all except the one with the leaves.

Step Nine: Mount the watercolor paper onto an A2 card frame.

I hope you enjoy these super simple, yet romantic cards. Let me know in the comments below what you think about turning the flowers into sepia tones. Until then, happy crafting.

EK

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Organizing To Move

February 9, 2020

Hello everyone! Annette Green here again to share more of my Greenville planner pages. Today’s pages are about the early signs of progress toward our move. The house is in disarray, there’s paint swatches all over the walls, and my craft room is being reduced by half – which is a feat in itself!

While sorting through my craft room, I came across some tags I had experimented on with Distress Oxides, and some pages I created with my Gelli Plate. From a big stack, I pulled the greens, blues and yellows to coordinate with my Greenville planner.

I adhered one of the Gelli printed pages to the back of my existing page in my planner. This was the first paper in the photo above (far left) with a totally white background. I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire surface, some stenciling of a die-cut clock, and then I stamped the dot pattern with black ink, using the Background Stamps 1 set.

From the dictionary collage page, I die-cut this pattern using the Planner Patterns die, then trimmed off the top right corner.

I adhered the cut piece to a graph patterned paper then trimmed around. This will become a unique pocket for my left page.

For my pages I die-cut the round hole reinforcers from this tag. I ended up die-cutting several more elements as you’ll see in the next few photos. I loved using up things I had in my stash!

I think my new favorite die set is Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces. There are SO many great frames, fold-over tabs, banners, tags, and arrows! I’ve been keeping a list of what bigger ticket items we’ve sold and what is left to sell so I made a record of it here in our early stages of preparing to move. This will slip into the pocket on my left hand page. The photo on the left is my messy craft room.

My righthand page is cut from the Planner Essentials 6 set. The photo shows a mural I painted over 20 years ago is now being covered up with a neutral gray paint. It’s symbolic to me that things don’t last forever, only memories.

There are a lot of emotions that come with moving away from a home we’ve been in for 20 years. I’m not sad, actually rather excited, cut at the same time feeling sentimental. I think I’ll be glad I documented this process when I look back on it in the future.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t fret if you can’t leave a comment here. If you wish to, you can hop over to my blog.

Annette

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Gorgeous Stamps –– Planners & Cards

February 6, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I’m excited to be sharing with you a couple projects I created using the gorgeous stamps designed by Charlene. These stamps are fantastic for journal pages, planners and cards too. So versatile!

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13 Projects For Your Valentine

February 2, 2020

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we’ve got the perfect projects for your Valentine! With the help of our Design Team, we’ve put together a list of 13 projects that you can create today for Valentine’s Day:

Tanja Kabel

Karen Ostergard

Katelyn Grosart

EK Gorman

Annette Green

Suzanne Cannon

Anita Izendoorn

Joset van de Burgt

Technique Fridays! Click on the pictures below to watch the full tutorial.

We hope these projects give you some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day projects! Happy Valentine’s Day, crafters!

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