Summer State of Mind with Photo Play Paper


Hi friends! It’s midweek already, and I have managed to get myself all out of schedule again. Life just has a way of getting away on me at times. Here things have been cruising along at a nice summer pace, but seemingly out of the blue, it is suddenly back to school time… and there are big changes in the works for my little clan. Soon my little Missy Nik will be moving into a dorm-style apartment building right off of campus, starting her second year at university. And the biggest change is with my Bubby Pete, who is heading off to graduate school to start on his doctor of pharmacy degree.


Although I am incredibly proud of my kiddos, I will admit that changes like these are pretty hard on this ol’ mom. In just a few short days, we’ll be packing up the cars to move Pete to his new home away from home at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. My downstairs is filling up with boxes and bags of things to take. Constant reminders now that they will soon be gone.


So life has gotten busy again here, but I hope to be around to visit with you all as soon as things get settled. Can’t believe we’re down to the last few days of the break already. Hoping to put myself into a summer state of mind with this fun card share for today. A flip-flop wearing, watermelon eating happy card made with the adorable Those Summer Days collection by Photo Play Paper.

Is it working?? 😉


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Those Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSizzix - Framelits Dies - Dotted CirclesPhoto Play Paper - Paper Crane Collection - Enamel DotsEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

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Enveloper Hello with Therm O Web


Waving hello to all my crafty friends from soggy, wet, dreary North Carolina.  The skies have opened up a flood out here, with many more days to come of the same. Makes me feel almost as gloomy as it looks outside, so I’m hoping to create a bit of my own sunshine again with my card share for today. A bright and happy hello card that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog using adorable Enveloper stamps from Waffleflower Crafts and one of our iCraft Deco Foil stencils to create a masked and stamped one-layer panel.


The Abstract Circles stencils has this great geometric circular design, and leaves lots of empty spaces in the pattern that are perfect for filling with small stamped images. I added flowers and leaves in warm summer colors, and then masked off the center circle for that Enveloper cutie. I love how it looks like she’s peeking through a window, adding dimension where there is none. Great trick for keeping things flat for mailing. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re not washing away in non-stop summer storms, like we are. And hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackJillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Enveloper HelloTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 8 - Designer Stencil - Abstract CirclesTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Prime TimeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 Yards

A Glorious Bouquet with Ranger Ink


The weather forecast calls for solid rain and thunderstorms over the next 8 days… so things are kind of gloomy here in my neck of the woods right now. Not at all summer-like. I’m already missing the sunshine and blue skies, so thought I would cheer things up here with a summery card to chase away the grey. A sweet floral birthday card that I have the great pleasure of sharing today over on the Ranger Ink blog.


I love this Glorious Bouquet stamp by Tim Holtz, and thought it would be perfect to use for my friend, Paige’s, July birthday. I stamped a portion of the floral image in brown Archival ink onto a panel of watercolor paper, and then colored it in with Distress inks and markers. Added a drop shadow around the branches with marker. And blended things smooth with a wet paintbrush.


A pair of dimensional frames made with some Tim Holtz dies gives a bit of a shadowbox feel to the design. I inked the frames in a pretty Distress combo of Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet, with some Brushed Corduroy thrown in because, well…. that’s my favorite. Ranger opaque crackle paste was rubbed into the corners, then brushed with perfect pearls for a soft shimmery finish.


I love how this card turned out. So perfectly shabby sweet, like only Distress can do. As always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I got together with some of my scrappy gal pals for a day of cropping…. but then found out my car battery was dead. But what’s life without a bit of sweet and a bit of sour, right? Hope you all have lots of sweet in the week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Glorious Bouquet with Grid BlockSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - TreasuresRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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Sending Sunshine with Therm O Web & Waffleflower


The clouds have completely obscured the sun here in my neck of the woods, so I thought I would try to create my own sunshine on this dreary summer day with my card share for today. A  happy hello card that I made for the Therm O Web blog last week using the new Aloha collection from Photo Play Paper and adorable stamps from Waffleflower Crafts.


The focus of my post was to find creative ways to use our iCraft deco foil stencils. For this card I came up with a cool, retro patterned paper design made with layered stencils. This can be done with one stencil or with several mixed together.


This is such an easy technique, and is a great way to stretch the use of your crafting tools. And it works particularly well with abstract designs, like this Modern Links stencil, and totally changes up the look of the original pattern. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Aloha Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Enveloper HelloWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - SunshineTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Circle - LargeTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 8 - Designer Stencil - Modern LinksTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Prime TimeGina K Designs JET BLACK AMALGAM Ink Pad 4020Signo - White Uni-ball Impact PenEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundCopic Sketch Marker E00 COTTON PEARL Flesh ToneCopic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL Cream White

Copic Sketch Marker E51 MILKY WHITE CreamCopic Sketch MARKER Y15 CADMIUM YELLOWCopic Sketch Marker Y18 LIGHTNING YELLOW Bright BoldCopic Sketch Marker B91 PALE GRAYISH BLUECopic Sketch MARKER b95 LIGHT GRAYISH COBALT BLUECopic Sketch Marker YG95 PALE OLIVE Light Green YellowCopic Sketch Marker YG97 SPANISH OLIVE Dark Green MossCopic Sketch Marker BG10 COOL SHADOW

Those Summer Days with Photo Play Paper


Now that summer is in full swing, the time is right to share this bright and happy card that I made for Photo Play Paper with their adorable summer collection for the year, Those Summer Days. Because unlike freezing January, when I made this card for the Creativations show…. now is definitely the perfect time for some ice cream. 😀


I love the colors and patterns in this collection. Reminds me of striped awnings on the soda shop. Or when the kiddos were little and would run after the neighborhood ice cream truck. Such happy times!


Hope you all are enjoying those happy summer days in your neck of the woods!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead. And if you are interested in any of the products I used today, don’t forget that all Photo Play Paper items are still on sale at Scrapbook.com, for a limited time only.
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The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Those Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsDoodlebug BRIGHT ASSORTMENT Doodle Twine 2983EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

All American 4th of July


Happy 4th of July to my friends and family here in the States! May your day be filled with fireworks and fun in celebration of this great country of ours!


As you all know by now, I don’t like to let a holiday pass without a bit of seasonal decorating. And that is especially true for the 4th, when I deck my house out in Americana for the summer. Today I have one last patriotic home decor project to share that I made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Red, White, & Blue collection. And I thought we could take a wee house tour while we were at it, too.


The Red, White, & Blue collection has really fabulous printed journaling cards, which make really easy home decor projects, like this cute 5×7 altered desk frame. I gave the frame a quick whitewash and sanding, and then added a thin line of patterned paper trim around the inside edge of the frame. The 4×6 journaling card was dressed up with a few cardstock stickers and embellished with Ranger crackle paste and ink in all four corners, then layered with a pair of patterned papers. I like to remove the glass from frames so that I can build up depth with lots of foam adhesive without any limitations.


Best thing about small frame projects is that they can fit in just about anywhere. This one is on top of my antique butler’s chest in the sunroom, along with lots of other patriotic pieces collected or passed down through the years. I hope you enjoy taking a little peek.

The rest of the sunroom.


And into the living room.


And finally, the dining room. Which this year took on a cross between Americana and the beachy blues I used in the front entryway.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holiday!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Let Freedom Ring with Photo Play Paper

It’s 4th of July week for us here in the States.  A time for picnics and barbecues, fireworks and family, and all things red, white, and blue.


You all know by now that I am a big fan of all the holidays, and rarely let one go by without a little seasonal home decorating. Today I wanted to share one of my DIY home decor projects with you, 3D paper firecrackers. And if you are on Photo Play Paper’s email list, you would have received all the how-to’s for constructing these in your inbox last week. If not, keep reading for more details on that.


Photo Play’s Red, White, & Blue collection is perfect for creating that vintage Americana look that I love so well. I kept the vintage style going with a bit of ruffled crepe paper and lots of shabby brown ink around the edges. Reminds me of old paper ornaments and decorations from years gone by.


I am always happy to find projects that require very few supplies, and better yet, can be made from things you already have on hand.  These paper firecrackers are super simple, and that’s a big plus, too. And they are easy enough to make in bulk to dress up a holiday table or give away as party favors… even last minute as it is.


The key to these is strong adhesive! Score-tape or red-line tape, and lots of hot glue. If you missed out on the directions, and would like to give these a try, you can download the complete instructions HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Any big holiday plans for the 4th?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - Super Tape - Double Sided Tape Roll - 1/2 Inch x 6 yardsAmerican Crafts - Adhesives - Glue Gun - Sticky Thumb - Cordless Hot Glue Gun

Other:
White Crepe Paper
Hemp Twine
Wooden Chopsticks, Skewers, or Sticks
White Acrylic Paint