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.

But first, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today. Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by October 31th. Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order.
All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs. That's it! It really is easy. Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs). Now on with the hop!

I used a picture of my sister and I having Afternoon Tea on our recent long, long trip to Michigan to visit family. I have more pictures to add in the future, I think that I am still recovering from that long, long trip. For the page opposite the picture of us, I printed out the lyrics to the song, "Sisters" from, "White Christmas".
For the cover I used watercolor paper, I used watercolor paint to color the background then I used a background stamp on top of the paint, added some washi tape, title and a couple of stick pins.
After I cut all of my pages I used my Cinch to punch the holes and bind them all together, added some jewels and ribbons.
Here is the lineup for the rest of the hop: 
Alicia -
Up Next is Holli
 Lisa -
Theresa -

Thinking of you

I'm a snail mailer and the other day I received a short note from one of my pals telling me that she broke her wrist, had to leave her home for several days due to a wildfire in the area and that she ended up having to give away many of her beloved pets so I made her this card in hopes of cheering her up a bit. It is my first (well second as the actual 1st one didn't come out right) attempt at a, "Pop Up Panel Card".

All of my snail pal friends and are tea drinkers so this panel which is part of  the, "Tea Party" stack from Craft Smith was perfect for the front of the card. The small envelope contains a tea bag of my favorite tea. A hot cup of tea shared with a good friend cures pretty much everything.

I used my favorite tea time sentiment on the inside: I cannot sit and chat with you, the way I'd like to do. So brew yourself a cup of tea. I'll think of you; you think of me. 

Close up of the, "Pop Up Panel".
I didn't come up with the idea for this card all on my own and I do like to give credit where credit is due so here is the link to the youtube video I got the instructions from: Pop Up Panel Card video by The Craftyyogi .

All of my papers are from the, "Tea Time" stack by Craft Smith.

I will be entering this card into this challenge:
Jo's Scrap Shack # 161 - Anything Goes


Monday, October 17, 2016

Sketch - N - Scrap Flashback Friday #2

Today I played with another Sketch - N - Scrap Flashback sketch.
I created my, "splatter" with a star stencil, texture paste and gold embossing powder.
The other stars are cut with a star die and gold foil paper.
I am entering this card into this challenge:
Sketch - N - Scrap

Friday, October 14, 2016

Star Birthday

I'm playing along with Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19 today.

I used the top line: color inspiration, polka dots and birthday. Here is the color chart I worked with.

I used Bazzill Basics paper (the dotted one), added some stars cut with one of my die sets and the vellum sentiment as well as some yellowish jewels.

I am entering this card into this challenge:
Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy Holidays

Another Christmas card using Craft Smith papers.

I am entering this card into this challenge:
Sketch - N - Scrap Flashback Sketch

Christmas is coming

I decided to get a head start on my Christmas cards and play along with a challenge over at Sketch - N - Scrap.

I turned the card because that was the way the paper I choose goes. All of the papers are from Craft Smith.
I'm entering this card into this challenge:
Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #83

Monday, October 10, 2016

Inspired by a Song

I have a musical card for you today.

I created the background using watercolor paints on heavy white cardstock then I used red ink to stamp a musical background stamp I won from a give away from Alicia over at: Golden Goddess Designs.

The card base and banner were scraps from my mess. The stickers are from my kids in Tokyo, Japan. I also added a few pearls and sequins.

My son and his wonderful wife live in Japan, David plays guitar as a hobby and has even played onstage with a band in Japan where he is a triple whammy, blond hair, blue eyes, left handed and speaks Japanese like a native. This is going to be his birthday card.

I am entering this card into this challenge:
Blog Quick Quotes - 68 - Inspired by a Song

Friday, October 7, 2016

Butterflies, Checkerboard and Cyan

I have been having a lot of  fun with this card, the challenge I made it for calls for you to use a butterfly, checkerboard and the color cyan.

I started with a scrap of heavy white cardstock and painted it cyan. After the paint dried I used a checkerboard stencil from Plum and texture paste to create my checkerboard.
The butterfly was cut with my Cuttlebug, it is hard to see it in the picture, there is a layer of cyan under the white butterfly. I also embossed the butterfly and added some gold sequins.
I stamped the sentiment with cyan ink onto ink on white and layered it onto a piece of cyan cardstock. I added the ribbon and used foam pads to adhere the sentiment to the card face.
The card base is white and embossed with a basket weave embossing folder.
I am going to enter this card into these challenges:


Monday, October 3, 2016

Jo's Scrap Shack DT Call

Today I am applying to become a member of Jo's Scrap Shack DT. If you are interested in applying, here is the link with all of the information:  Jo's Scrap Shack DT Call

For my project I went way off of the page and upcycled an old coffee pot to create a home d├ęcor item.

The first step was to cover the entire coffee pot with a coat of Paint Adhesion Medium.
This step insures that your paint will stick to the glass and not lift off.
I used a sponge to apply the paint to the pot and when the paint was dry I added a coat of Craft Twinkles which you can kind of see in this picture.

I used an ek Success punch to create the flowers and a couple of dies to cut the leaves.
Wish me luck with the DT call.


Falling Leaves

It's that time of year again, the leaves are changing colors and falling off the trees. Here in Arizona they don't do much changing of colors, green to yellow then they fall. It takes until sometime in December for all of them to fall, I do miss the changing colors we had in Michigan.

I created the background by stamping the page with various colors and leaves, the stamps are all from Unity Stamp's, "Grateful Hearts" kit which I have had for about a year and a half to two years.
I used a really old Cuttlebug die to die cut the maple leaves on the sentiment panel, the 2 small leaves on top of the sentiment panel are brads that I removed the prongs from and attached with hot glue. I added a piece of twine on the fold.

I am entering this card into these challenges:

Jo's Scrap Shack - #158 - Cut it up With Twist
Dies R Us # 58 - Leaves on the Trees
DL Art - October Linky Challenge
Just Us Girls - 363 - Word Week - Leaves
Retro Rubber Challenge - Tie Me Up