Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Playful Collection Class

These are the projects in the Playful Collection Class kit as well as the additional optional pages at the end. I have included not only the photos that are in your directions, but also pictures of the optional pages and videos with additional instructions for each layout and the additional layouts.
I tried to keep them all short and separate so that if you didn't need info on that particular layout you could skip it.

So in the video I comment that I needed to add something to this layout.  I got a little carried away, but I did add a few things.
 I cut the pumpkin and leaves from Tim Holtz and Sizzix dies.
 I made this strip by join three 4" 1/4" strips together so it went across the entire page.  I didn't have a 12" piece of this pattern. You can't tell it is pieced unless I tell you so it worked.

Lastly, I cut these leaves from a Tim Holtz die.  I think the fall colors go so well with these old Disney pictures from Halloween Time.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Meow Mini Book - Bella Blvd Riley

The second project I decided to do with the Bella Blvd Riley paper was a mini book.  I had recently purchased the banner die from Lori Whitlock by Sizzix.  I love the size and that I can cut chipboard and so many other things to make banners!  But the first thing I decided to make with it was a mini book about three little foster kittens I had at the time. They just stole my heart and were certainly worthy of a mini book to document all we went through with them.

 I just used all of the journaling/title cards I could, I added tags on most pages so I could add more photos, and lots of journaling.
 That is the cat I scanned to make the tags on the layout I posted yesterday! It worked perfectly!
 To break up the banner pages, I added some half pages using the Tim Holtz Alterations Ticket Die

 My foster kittens got in on National Hug Your Cat Day too.

 I cut the hearts out of one of the stripes on the decorative strip paper. The cat shape was another one left over from the layout.

Just a fun, quick little mini book that allowed me to get my story told and get some of my many Instagram pictures scrapped of these precious boys! I love them to pieces and am glad two of the three found a wonderful home.  Tangerine came back to me about six weeks after he was adopted as his adopter got a job offer in NY and couldn't have pets in her new appt. I still have him and am looking for just the right home for him with another foster cat I have that he has bonded with.  Such a hard thing to do but a wonderful thing. Especially when they find just the right home.
Kisses all around my precious little ones!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hugs - Bella Blvd Riley

I was given the Riley collection by Bella Blvd since I am the resident Crazy Cat Lady at my LSS. As usual we were to do a layout and another project, so I was inspired by Nancy Burke with her Goofy's Sky School layout and used it as inspiration for this layout.

 I had been Hug Your Cat Day around the time I got the paper, so I decided to use a picture from Instagram and document my huge success hugging my kitties. LOL

 The cat shapes were cut out of the tags that went along the bottom of the page. I scanned a cat shape from one of the journaling/title cards in the paper collection and made it into an svg file to cut out of the tags on my Cricut.  It made for some easy embellishing that's for sure!
 **No cats or humans were harmed in the hugging on National Hug Your Cat Day, but my feral Marmee (bottom right pic) definitely didn't like it and felt I had lost my ever lovin' mind. She wasn't mad for long and was following me around asking for love not long after the attempted hugging.**

These are the tags I cut out using my Cricut and the cat shape I scanned from this collection.

Thanks for the idea Nancy!  This was definitely a fun, easy layout once I got the tags cut.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Furry Friends - Cat by Kaisercraft

As an assignment from my LSS design team, I was to do a layout and one additional project with some of the Kaiser Kraft Furry Friends line.  to be fair, there are some cute embellishments that go with this paper, but at the time all we had were some earlier release pieces of the paper.  With that in mind, I made my own embellishments. 

 I started by picking the very first two pictures of my cat James Otis, aka Patriot.  He is named after my favorite American revolutionary. James Otis was revolutionary before revolutionary was cool.  He's the original. Samuel Adams called him The Patriot, so thus, my cat's nickname.
There was so much cute paper it was hard not to use it all on the one page.
 I opted not to use a title and to just let the page speak for itself with the words, images and journaling. I used the Tim Holtz / Sizzix Heartfelt die to cut out the different hearts in different sizes.

This journaling pretty much says it all.  I grew up in the country with animals, lots of them! And when I married my husband, he is allergic to everything with fur.  If a dog even touches his skin he gets welts. And when we visit a home with animals, we are soon leaving with him in a full blown allergy attack and his asthma kicks up.  So having furry animals was never an option.
My younger sister had passed away after a long illness, and that first year was pretty brutal for me. I missed her terribly. Her birthday rolled around in April and I had an incredibly hard week.  I had always done something fun and special for her.  I found myself in tears more often than not that week just because I missed her so much.

Saturday dawned, and a Saturday morning eight months prior, with us at her side, my sister had left this world and stepped into Heaven. I did what many people do when they are mourning and I took a long shower and sobbed my heart out in prayer. My tears weren't for my sister, who I knew without a doubt was in a far better place, but for me and my broken heart.  I begged God to comfort me and ease the pain of missing her.

As I was praying, I heard a noise out the bathroom window that I hadn't heard in years. I quickly dressed and ran outside to find the tiniest little orange tabby.  He was alone and terrified.  He tried to find a place to run and hide, so in order to catch him, I grabbed the towel I had around my wet hair and I threw it over him. Then I scooped him up and brought him inside. The towel calmed him and as I sat down in the house, I pulled the towel back and his sweet little face peeked out at me.  So the one with his big blue eyes is the first picture I ever took of him.  The second picture is of him fast asleep later that afternoon, in a different towel after I had taken him to the vet for a check up and advice.
I knew I couldn't keep him, so I worked to socialize him and find him a good home...but oh, I didn't realize the extent to which God had answered that prayer for comfort.  That morning He gave me a little tangible gift to show His comfort for me, and when God gives a gift, He makes what seems impossible for us, possible.
My husband didn't have any allergy problems with the kitten.  He could even hold him and pet him and no sneezing, wheezing or red eyes. God had made it possible for us to keep him. And in the infinite wisdom and humor of God, James Otis was just the beginning of His amazing answer to my prayer that April morning.  But more on that at another time. ;-D
 This is my second project. I used a Dollar Tree Frame and distressed the outside with paint. Then I covered the mat with paper and used one of the title cards in the top photo spot and one of my favorite photos of Patriots sleeping in my arms.

Since I still had to make my own embellishments, I glittered some more chipboard hearts with Antique Linen and Black Soot Distress Glitter by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink.
The cat on the large heart is one I detail cut out of the cat silhouette paper.  Then I covered it in Glossy Accents and Vintage Photo Distress Glitter.

For the top I did much the same as I did for the St. Patrick's frame a few posts back, I cut some of the paper up with Tim Holtz / Sizzix Banner die and attached it to twine. I added a few rhinestones to cover the glue dots where I adhered it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ADORNit Art Play Paintables and Prima Watercolor Pencils

At the anniversary three-day crop for my LSS, this spring, I was asked to help with one of the make n take nights.  I was given two pages of ADORNit Art Play paintable sheets to prepare as samples for people to copy or use as inspiration as they painted their own paintable card.

I used Prima Water Color Pencils and a water brush.  If you haven't tried colored pencil water coloring, you really must.  It is one of the most relaxing paper crafting things you can do.  You just add a little color with the pencils, here and there, then blend with the water brush and it is pure magic.