My sister posted a great photo summary of our awesome weekend in Kansas City, if you'd like the play-by-play. We had an awesome time and enjoyed cooler weather than we usually experience over Labor Day weekend ... I miss her already.
We did try one little crafty project in our hotel room ... making record sleeve masks from very cheap albums we found at Vintage Stock. John Denver joined us at the Farmers' Market.
Then he played a mean game of Scrabble ...
with Art Garfunkel (love how the light from the window looks like a glow around those curls).
... and Paul Young joined us on our drive around the city.
I love the vintage car in the Gatsby set from Artistic Outpost. For this card i stamped it in brown ink on mustard cardstock (which I chose to coordinate with the colors in my map) and detail cut the image.
My background is an Illinois map that I sprayed with water, wadded up repeatedly, and then inked with distress ink ... I always grab maps from the rest stops when we travel ... I loved the compass on this section fo the map. I added the sentiment from Think & Wonder, which is stamped on a scrap from the map and attached with foam tape.
Okay, this week's Prompt name at Jingle Belles is a bit of a stretch ... but just like there were three kings ... we want to see three (or more) different pieces of patterned paper in your card design this week.
They can all be the same company ... even the same collection ... or you can totally mix-it up ... but we want to see three different patterned papers in your design.
And joining us for this week's prompt is a wonderful sponsor who specializes in fabulous designer papers ... Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker.
She has graciously donated a 6x6" pad of her Happy Holly-Days paper, as well as several 12" sheets including stickers and die cut shapes to one lucky participant this week.
I decided to feature the coordinating cup-of-cocoa sticker wtih a little pearl flourish from Recollections (they were 40% off at Michael's this week ... love the tiny size). The sentiment is from Penny Black.
So go digging into your paper scrap stash ... or break out some new papers you haven't cut into yet ... and show us how you can create patterned paper magic.
I recently took a attended a Macro Photography Session through our local Photo Pro Store that was sponsored by Tamron. It made me realize how little I know about how to shoot manually. Here's a Camera Simulator Site where you can practice changing the different settings on our camera and see the effects.
The color challenge for our Cowboy-themed month at Gingersnap Creations is Denim, Rust & Dust. For my card, I used another fun technique from the February/March 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter (provided by the sponsor to the Design Team) called Distressed Colorblocking.
I used a rodeo cowboy image from Graphics Fairy and a sentiment from Tim Holtz. My rodeo cowboy was backed with a scrap of denim fabric & finished with a wrap of rust seam binding and a decorative brad ... ride'm cowboy.
I love the round plate and colors from the Moxie Fab Photo ... not to mention cake ... which to me always means a celebration. From Sarah's card I incorporated a simalar layout, the pearl flourishes, a doily & the flower.
I started by spraying my doily with Dragonfly Glimmer Mist ... well, to be honest, I sprayed my doily, my fingers, and even part of my ink pad holder ... I kept trying to get an even mist without any big drops and ended-up making quite a mess (good thing I don't mind one Dragonfly Glimmer fingernail).
I added a tag from Webster's Pages Fabric Fancies and found the coordinating paper in my stash (which given the state of my studio at the moment was a small miracle. I added a wrap of two pieces of thin silk ribbon (love the feel of silk).
I cut the flower (PaperTrey Ink Beautiful Blooms #1) using some handmade paper that I had sprayed, and squished, and inked. My pearl flourish was a bit to white for my vintage design, so I used a tip from my friend Miss Iowa and added some Saddle Brown Staz-On to age them a bit (which the owner of the Goose Barn indicated she thinks might be discontinued now).
A little peak at why my studio is in a bit of chaos at the moment. My china cabinet hutch is going to a new home, so I rearranged my studio & replaced the hutch with some industrial shelving from Sam's that I'm in the process of filling ... I'm feeling a serious studio purge coming on.