Fairy Topper Notebook

I made this cute Fairy topper design  Fairy on Fancy Background No.3 into a notebook cover for my friends little girl.  It’s a full 8.5 x 11 comb bound scribble pad  and I will add her name to the scroll on the front.  Another gorgeous Lyn Simms design for the little fairy lovers  in our lives.

You can find this file in various cutting machine formats at CraftsUprint

 

Bugaboo Sketch Challenge inspired notebook

I was cruising along doing my thing when I ran across the  new Bugaboo Stamps latest “Stella Says Sketch Challenge”.  Now I am not a huge fan of sketch challenges..I like to do my own thing.. but once in a while a sketch will catch my eye and I’m like

“hmm.. yup..I can work with that! “

….and this  was one of them.  This is the Sketch for Challenge 502 which runs till February 6th.  Now I am kind of used to our sketch challenge on the message board..which is VERY relaxed as far as “rules goes”  and very open to artistic license. They are an inspiration/ suggestion not an absolute LOL.. so everyone is used to me skipping  the sentiments section on my cards and projects.

Sometimes they just don’t need one, other times I want to leave it  till I know who the recipient is… or let’s face it.. it’s me!! Sometimes it’s just not something I should probably post pictures of for the masses lol.
In this case, it just doesn’t need one… it’s a notebook, not a card.  I just wanted to have some fun with these Bugaboo Stamps I have in my collection and practice  blending techniques with my Chameleon Pens.  I will enter it any way, just to show it off for anyone who cares to  check it out…and to show a bit of support for one of our Sponsors Challenges.
Anywho here is my fun little notebook, made from scratch using a Fellowes Comb Binder and Plastic Combs.  The images used are Hedgehog Flower and Mini Set- Spring Flower Blocks which is a set of 6.  Colored with Chameleon Pens on Canson Mix Media the notebook was made using Recollections card for the cover and the inside pages.

I was considering laminating the covers, but decided against it.  The center panel was layers of black & white matching card stock and I used Zig Kuretake Photo Tape Runner for my adhesive. and the  Hedgehog was also printed on white, then colored and Die cut using one of my newer Gina Marie Designs Dies “MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET”

This one  may or may not join my abandoned art project bucket… it’s kinda cute and I may keep it.

Be sure to enter your Bugaboo Stamps Projects in their Challenges..at “Catch the Bug Challenge Spot”


and of course our brand new one that started this month “Bugaboo Crafty Challenge”.  It’s a monthly prize challenge that starts on the 15th of each month for Bugaboo Stamp projects

.. and then of course you can also enter it in the “Crafty Awesomeness Challenge” here on the blog too, which is an anything goes and starts on the 1st of each month.

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Stella Says Sketch Challenge 502

 

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Laugh till you pee!

I absolutely loved this image, so when we got the opportunity to work on Bloobel Stamps for the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge this month… it was no brainer. For someone like me who has a “quirky” strange sense of humor, this image has so many possibilities to create unique and fun sentiments  for cards or other projects.

I’m not a huge fan of overly fussy cards, for myself …. it’s just not something that comes naturally to me.  I love seeing the work other people do, but it’s not something that I can really translate over well in my own work as a  general rule.  I  tend to  get my inspirations from the images I use and let them dictate the direction I go in. And since my sentiments are usually inspired by the images….I like to keep the projects pretty CAS so the image and humor are the main focus.

I’m also not a die hard card maker, so I love to play around making magnets and framed art and  notebook covers etc… things that tend to have a  longer shelf life and won’t get shoved in a drawer at best….and the trash at worst  LOL.

I also recently got involved in something called Abandoned Art which is a lot of fun and non card projects are great for that too.  I would image this one, or at least a copy of this one will find itself into my AA bucket to  be enjoyed by some random person at some stage this year.  I confess I really like how this one  came out and I am not sure I want to give away my original  lol.  I think she will end up hanging in my new craft room when  we move later this year.bloobel_giggles_framed_wmd

She was printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific, I am a bit of a rebel, I don’t  buy  marker specialty paper.  This and the Neenah 110lb suits my style and my needs for most  coloring projects… when I want specialty paper, it’s more likely to be canvas paper, inkjet watercolor paper, printable polysilk, or velvet paper….  occasionally shrinky dink..or a bed sheet… yes I did say bed sheet and yes I have printed on it LOL.

She’s colored with a mix of  Chameleon pens, Zig Kurecolor and The Tim Holtz Ranger distress pens  and the sentiment is straight from my own  warped mind and was added to the digi before printing.

If I keep her she will be matted and mounted in a simple black frame… if I abandon her for someone else to find… she will most likely be framed… or  made into a notebook cover.  I guess we shall find out   🙂

She could quite easily  be a card front… but I’m just not feeling it for this project.   She deserves to be seen and enjoyed for more than 5 minutes:)

FOOT NOTE :

and she did indeed.. become a notepad  LOL…

I scanned the original and reprinted her on canvas paper, laminated it and then added in pages with random little fun stamps on some of the corners… the back page was elongated to include the inspirational ” Live Love Laugh Stamp ”  and she is indeed going in my Abandoned Art Bucket… along with the other copy I printed on Canvas… who will probably become a magnet  🙂

 

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Comb Bound Notepad with die cut floral cover

I was playing with one of my new CUP (CraftsUPrint) cut files I picked up with my Crafty Bob Crazy 5 minute Game winnings and decided to make another notepad.  This one will join my growing Abandoned Art project bucket.  I love the contrasting colors on this one, it’s very cheery and reminds me of Texas blue skies and the beautiful wild Sunflowers that are blooming all around us.

The covers are Recollections card stock, as are the two layers of cut out design. It has approx. 40 pages and is bound with a plastic comb binding.

The design is Floral Background Stencil with Mats and is available in various cutting machine formats.  Such a fun cheery cut design and suitable for all sorts of projects, lantern panels, card backgrounds,  decorative boxes.. so many options.

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Crafting Journal/Notebook/Inspiration Scrapbook thingamabob from scratch

I wanted to try something different this time… so instead of a card I made myself a crafting journal/notebook for this months Challenge project.  It’s something I used to do when I started my photography and I would stick images into a scrapbook….  not the fancy new scrapbooks we see today, just the regular old kids type of construction paper ones. When I saw an image in a magazine that I liked, I would cut it out and stick it in there a a visual inspiration and  it also helps you define your style.

As it grows you can see a definite preference and tastes emerge and  it gave me a visual reference  as to what lighting and poses etc appealed to my artistic side.

CAAB_roughed_cup_wmd…so I wanted to do something similar for my  paper crafting… It will be filled with images and quotes and sentiments etc…  but this time.. my own.  It’s kind of a cross between a diary, scrapbook, notebook… doodles and notes and  quotes ..  and inspiration for my crafting.

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I didn’t want to  buy a manufactured book to do this with, I wanted something more  casual and easy to add to. I just happen to own a Comb binder, which is perfect for projects like this…. and yes, those are tea cup stains you can see at the bottom…and yes they were deliberate.

 

 

 

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As were the roughed up corners LOL  I wanted a well read, worn,  loved and treasured look to the project.  Have you ever seen a notebook that has been in and out of a teenagers backpack for 6 month or more…?  that was the look I was going for.

 

 

This is an ongoing project which will grow over time as pages are filled with quotes and images and color palette ideas.  I could have faked out a few pages for the blog post… but  I will probably just do an update post later in the year for anyone interested.

I chose a monochrome  palette for the front cover for a few reasons

.. one I printed this on cream colored card, instead of the usual white and wanted to tie in the tea and books theme.

.. two I wanted to create that old yellowed loved and worn look and Monochrome is something I need to practice.  Color is a lot  more forgiving because you can use colors to distract from areas of weakness in an image… that doesn’t work in black and white or monochrome.  That’s another thing I learnt from my years doing photography 🙂  Although my darkroom was capable of doing color, I think I used up the samples that came with.. and never bought any more.  I am and always will be a B&W kinda gal when it comes to my photography… I do color… but  for the most part my favorite images are usually sepia or black and white.

Now  some of you saw the project I did a few weeks ago which featured some ribbon lacing on the sides… and I was asked how I did that.  I did it with my Comb Binder machine, I just used ribbon instead of plastic combs ….It’s a fun little machine  🙂

Front cover Image is from Cute As A Button and is called “A good book and a cup of tea” which was printed on Cream Card Stock and colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon Markers.

The cover was double layered with a contrasting card for extra thickness and then comb bound using a Fellowes Comb Binder and plastic combs. Inside pages are Cream paper and there are about 30-40 pages…. more will be added as needed.

Cover was roughed up with a cup of tea and some distress inks… and some general bending and folding of corners  for ages, used and loved look.

I can’t wait to get stuck into  this one..I miss my old inspiration books 🙂

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Challenges:

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worldwideopendesignteamchallenge (11th )

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Fort Worth Stockyards, TX – Art Abandonment Project

Well int that some $%#$%#$

I have lived in Texas just down the road from the Fort Worth Stockyards for 10 years now..and I have STILL never visited. It’s one of those places I always plan to visit, but just haven’t got round to…. but that will change.  The little guy is old enough to enjoy it now and  we have friends out that way…. and now I have the perfect excuse for a family outing to the Stockyards.  I just made a super simple picture frame,  which I hope one of the tourists decides they would love to put one of their photos from a visit in. It’s a  quick and easy project you can do with the kids and relatively cheap .. but still a cool find  for someone.

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If you haven’t heard of the FW Stockyards.. check it out.  They have a twice daily cattle drive which apparently is a lot of fun… and of course some great photo ops for my lil CowPokey 🙂 Those are old pictures.. time for some new ones  🙂


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Planned drop- Fort Worth Stockyards – Summer 2016

 

Be sure to check out the Art Abandonment Facebook Group and see all the fun things that are being abandoned ALL over the world. It’s a fabulous group and it’s for all types and levels of crafters and artist. A lot of us do this with our kids and grand kids, come on over and join in the fun. If you are lucky enough to find a piece, be sure to let the gifter know you found their artwork. Most pieces will have contact details for the group, or a private email you can use 🙂

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Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!”

It’s Elementary Dear Watson!

2cute_logoI just joined the 2 Cute Inks Stamps Club earlier today… got all my stamps downloaded and went to poke around the shop to see what else there was… and Lo and behold. I found me two cute digis I just had to have… well actually I bought more than two.. but heh.. for this blog post, we are just concentrating on two.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson …..Mouses…..

Too pigging cute!!

Well the thing is, I was getting a bit burnt out and decided to close out my facebook chats and all that stuff and go be antisocial for a few hours and have fun. And the result is.. the beginnings of a 10 card noteset ..which will have a matching envelope.

It’s a fun project..I get to goof off with my sketchy style of coloring.. make a mess with distress inks and let my sense of humor run loose for a few hours. This is just 2 of 10, I’ll post the entire project ..all 10 cards and matching chunky envelope container when I am done.

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You can find the 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamp Group  and Club here.
The Club is a subscription based membership ..  you get access to  new release images early, member exclusives and  great deals on all other  digis in the store.  Definitely worth $5 a month…oh and if you don’t dilly dally.. the first month is FREE !!!!

 

 

My latest haul…. $36.43

We went to dinner with the in laws tonight, and of course I couldn’t resist dropping by their local Michaels on the way home.
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  • 12 sheets of paper- 6/$1
  • 4 pack of plastic ornaments 50% off
  • Tombow Aqua Glue
  • 3 packs of Brads on clearance
  • 2 sets of Clear stamps on clearance $4.99 each
  • 2 sets of Clear stamps on clearance for $1.99 each
  • 1 clear stamp 9.99 BOGO
  •  Large wood stamp $9.99 BOGO
  • Turtles sticker pad

 

 

Extra 25 %  including sale items = 36.49 and one very happy crafter.   The lil guy and I are going to have a lot of fun this winter 🙂

 

SCORE !!!!