Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Technique Tuesday: May Greenhouse Society

It's Greenhouse Society time on the Technique Tuesday blog. Greenhouse Society is a monthly club featuring botanical-themed stamps. This set features five stamps in a 3" x 4" sheet. I love that the sentiments are so varied. And the rose is neutral enough that you can mix and match with any other sentiment stamps that you like.

For this card, I stamped the rose with Versamark and embossed it with some clear powder. Then I used Technique Tuesday's watercolor crayons to apply a multi-colored wash. I like to mix the crayon with water before I apply it. But you could draw directly onto the card, and then add water. Saves a whole step and some clean up.

I finished the card by stamping one of the sentiments on some twill and adding some matching bling (Doodlebug). Other than the drying time of the painted cardstock, it's an easy-to-make card. Which pretty much describes all of my projects. Ha!

For more project ideas and info about Greenhouse Society, click here. Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Technique Tuesday: Happyville Collection

Happy Monday, friends! I had such an awesome Mother's Day. It's so nice to be spoiled. But I did miss spending it with my mom, who is in China right now. She really is my hero. She is brave and true. Plus she's an amazing cook! Win-win.

My dad took this photo of us last November, at my brother's wedding in San Francisco. Please ignore my gross wrinkly hands. 

So back to my regular routine!

My dear friend Teri Anderson designed the adorable Happyville Collection for Technique Tuesday. It's 7 sets that can be mixed and matched to your heart's content.

I created this layout here about my love of traveling, and a bigger love for coming home. You know how they say distance makes the heart grow fonder? True! Distance, and my super comfy bed. For this layout, I used the airplane and a sentiment from the Travel set and a few words off the Home set. It's hard to tell in the pic, but the airplane and the little lines behind them are stamped in gold. The lines are from the (super useful!) In Stitches set. The patterned paper is super old Basic Grey. I've been hoarding and (yay) finally used it. I'm kinda wishing I had more of it.

Thank you for coming by today. Don't hold me to it. But I might venture and do a Project Life post this week...

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yay! I finally get to share about this. My fearless friend Elizabeth Dillow has organized a group of phoneographers to bring you photo challenges, daily inspiration, app reviews, tips and tricks! I'm so excited to be a part of this! Check out this cute video about the class.

Here's a little more detail:

32 days of Android + iPhone photo challenges, daily inspiration, and app reviews

Need summer photo ideas or help improving your iPhone photography? Spend this July taking amazing photos with your iPhone or Android camera in The Phone Photography Project.

In this month-long workshop, you'll learn to take better photos with the camera you always have with you as you document your summer adventures—with help from 32 incredible instructors. 

On top of daily smartphone photography challenges, you'll also enjoy:
  • dozens of tips and tricks from the pros for taking better photos with your mobile-phone camera
  • a handbook of 60+ photography app reviews for iPhone and Android, so you know which are worth your time and money*
  • dozens of project ideas for getting photos off your device and into your world
  • interaction with 32 experienced iPhoneographers and Androidographers, and hundreds of fellow students in a private classroom and on Instagram
  • giveaways, contests, discounts, bonus downloads, and fun fun fun!
*Note: Many of the reviewed apps are available free in the App Store and Google Play, while the rest average about $1.99 each. App purchases are not required for participation in the class.

This class, brought to you by Big Picture Classes, is being offered at the introductory price of $39. It'll eventually go back to its regular price of $49. Please come join me! I have a super fun challenge set up, and a little collab project with my dear friend Melanie Louette.  Click here to sign up.

ps: I'm being paid for this class via the affiliate links above. Full disclosure is always a good thing, right?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lawn Fawn: May Inspiration Week

Hello there! I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted. I've been sick and busy. Then busy and sick. Happy to be back.

Lawn Fawn is holding its monthly Inspiration Week. Which can only mean one awesome thing: tons of inspiration and lots of prizes.

Here are the two projects I contributed.

This one is clean and simple and quick. Totally my kind of scrapbooking! I used the cloud, the arrow, and the sentiment stamps from the Blue Skies set. The journaling is stamped with Sharp Backgrounds in a light grey color.

I have been waiting to scrap the photos in this other layout for a long time. It's my youngest Luke, when he was 3. He really wanted a dog. More specifically, he wanted our next door neighbor's dog Lady. Lady was an old, old retriever. Such a sweet dog. Luke would call her: "Lay-tee!" and she would run over and let him pet her through the fence. Never mind Luke would get super shy when we went over to their house. Probably because she was a very large dog. Large, but always gentle. It's quite possible that we were the only people in our little town in Pennsylvania without a pet. Or at least my kids said we were.

This layout uses stamps from Critters In The Dog Park stamp set, Daphne's Closet papers, and Narrators letter stickers. The pups were cut out using the new matching dies! How do I love those! Makes everything easier. And I'm all about the easier.

All the new stamps and dies will be available tomorrow. (But you should go by Lawn Fawn's blog today and comment to win!)

Thanks for stopping!

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