Cropped challenge 5

This challenge to ONLY use paper! Card, layout or other project – only paper and adhesive is allowed!

I had added a paper journaling sticker to the page (not sure if that was legit) and then someone asked if you could add journaling – apparently pens were also not allowed! Geez. So, that’s why we have some random jelly beans next to Oak on the bottom of the page. haha. (PS Don’t tell but I’m adding my journaling sticker back before I put it in my album! LOL!)


Cropped mystery box challenge – #2

The Cropped mystery box challenge #2 was to use this special paper called Paper Layerz to create 9 mini layouts. After researching this paper some more, I found out it’s actually made for creating die cuts with your digital or manual die cutter – so you get 9 coordinating colors from 1 sheet of paper. Kinda cool especially for those layered designs!

I hemmed and hawed (or whatever that saying is) over what to do with this for awhile. My original plan was to make a mini book but then I looked at the colors again and decided it matched some of the accent colors we’re doing in the baby room – and why not create a little “family tree” picture frame for the baby? Conveniently, it fit all the members of our immediate families on there too. Sweet! I decided to accent each mini layout with a little cut out of something that person likes, or their hobby. I think it came out pretty cute though I need to work on my project photography skills still… I think maybe next time I’ll not have it in the frame when I’m taking the photo :) The glass causes all sorts of issues! Anyway, I had fun, and hopefully it’ll be educational to our baby some day! :)


Cropped mystery box challenge – #1

Nichole and I are doing the Cropped mystery box challenge! We’ve each got a box of goodies and a list of challenges to complete with the contents of the box.  There are two challenges before the event later this month that we’re working on.  Here’s challenge #1 of 2 :)

The box came with a DVD that shows a ton of stamping and inking techniques.  The first challenge was to use the inking and masking techniques from the DVD.

I decided I was going to do a background with clouds. The first one I did, I  punched clouds out using the Fiskar’s cloud punch and then sprayed blue ink over punched clouds.  Iit looked like a sad stormy cloud day. Kind of ironic considering the sentiment I was going to use says  “happy day” :) So, I decided to create a stencil  with the Silhouette of the clouds. I used the Studio Calico Mister Huey Opaque White to create the clouds. The grass was done with the inking technique shown in the video with baby wipes and pigment ink. I also put some green chalk over the top of it to fill it in some. Then, I added a fun bicycle stamp (thanks Belinda!) and a tree cut out from Nichole’s Cricut. I finished up with some things from the mystery box – little sequin “apples” and some coordinating ribbon.

It was a lot of fun to make!