Monthly Archives: May 2015

Sunday Card Share – #5

 

Hello again friends,
May has come to an end and so has this months card share, this is the last installment for May. Thank you for joining us for the past month for these card share posts, I’ve been having a great time. I’ve made 18 cards in May and that is awesome!

This week I was in the mood to work with some dies, so I got out the Blueprint’s #18 die set and some of the cork I have left over from my CT projects from this week. I made the tree-heart card first and I liked the heart so that became a feature for the other two cards. I did a little heat embossing for the sentiment on the middle card. I really enjoy doing techniques but simple is my way and working with dies make’s it simple. I love the diagonal cut of the papers for these cards.

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It’s your turn now, share what you’ve been creating using the link up below. Happy Sunday & thanks for visiting today.

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Never fear a new link up will start with next Sunday’s post. Remember new or old, you can share your cards, get featured and once we hit 30 shares SN will start to give away
some prizes. Woot!!


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Shine collection with Joy

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I honestly can’t believe that May is coming to a close and summer is almost here. I have really enjoyed this months Creative team challenge….cork. I’m excited to work with it a little more and die cut some shapes and stamp on a few sheets with some sentiment stamps.

I was able to work with the We R Memory Keepers Shine collection this month, I love the colour palette and I have enough leftover for a few more projects 🙂

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I chose to work with the colours in the WRMK Shine collection for my canvas below, not exact matches but inspired by the collection. I had a bit of a tuff time finishing this project…it didn’t feel complete until I added some black & white paint splatters 🙂

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Happy crafting!!

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Texture Tools

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Welcome back to another Scrapbook Nerd Academy, today I am sharing the texture tools from Ranger. We have a short video for you today showing what the tools do and a canvas project that use the texture tools.

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Ranger Texture Tools – demonstration from Scrapbook Nerd on Vimeo.

These tools are quite easy to use and work well with different mediums, thicker pastes are better because they hold their form once applied to your project. I created the background with moulding paste and several of the texture tools. I used acrylic paint, stamping inks and Dylusions spray ink to add colour to the background & flowers.

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Although I did not use stencils on this canvas, I can see the texture tools being very useful working in conjunction with stencils that have a large open area. While the stencil remains in place after adding some paste use the tools to texturize the open area then remove your stencil.
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Our monthly challenge is still open, May 31st midnight is the deadline. Link up your project using May’s challenge – CORK over in the SN forum here —> http://scrapbooknerd.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=4922 I would love to see what you created 🙂

 

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Sunday Card Share #4

Sunday Card Share #4

Happy Sunday friends,
This week my card share has a treat bag included from the Crate Paper Confetti collection. Our creative team has been working with this collection all month and they inspired my cards this week. Thank you to Fleur, Kim & Monique for your projects this month. 🙂

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I used Confetti 6×6 paper pad and a rosette die for the card on the left. The 6×6 paper pad includes 2 cut-a-part pages which I used for the treat bag and the card on the right.
So what have you been making this past week?
Did you create some cards?

Use the link up below and share your cards. See you next Sunday!
(Sunday May 31st is the last day to join May’s card share)


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Nerd Girl Fleur – May Projects

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I was so excited to get the Maggie Holmes Confetti collection for my kit this month.  I had a ton of photos and projects I wanted to do for birthdays and this was the perfect collection!

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First Up I made a layout for my friends daughter who turned 16 this month.  She is so beautiful inside and out.

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I had made confetti from one of the papers and ended up loving the way it looked so used it for this layout of me and my son – we share a birthday.

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On Tuesday I showed you how to make some fun tassels like the one I used on this gift bag.

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I had a few girly birthdays this month and these bags were perfect for little gifts and a gift card.

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Even though it was quite a girly collection I managed to get this layout of my son and his friends on his 16th birthday.  I used the fun cork stars and inked them black.

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I used some cork on this layout as a layer for my photo to stand out more with this busy background.  My little family going out for my son’s 16th birthday. So fun!

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Nerd Girl Fleur May Tutorial – Tassels

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I love all the fun tassels I see around these days I bought a few for my planner and bag.  I decided to give making them a try since they didn’t look that hard.

To start you need embroidery floss, yarn or twine, scissors and that’s it!

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It’s really easy if you start with embroidery floss all you do for the first step is fold it in half.  If you are using twine or yarn you will measure out about 12-20 lengths depending on how big you want your tassel then fold that in half.

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Thread a piece of twine or gold string through the top and knot it this is how the tassel will be attached to things.

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About 1/4 inch down start wrapping some twine or yearn around it to make it look like a tassel.

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The last step is to cut the ends of the loops to make the tassel.  Super easy and fun 🙂

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Here are some other ones I made.  I would love to see if you make some of these so please share!

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Sunday Card Share #3

 

Wow the weeks are flying by and it’s already mid month. It’s time for Sunday Card Share #3.
This week I went for some masculine cards using the My Favorite Things glasses die set. I busted out an embossing folder for the card on the right, I don’t think I’ve used an emb. folder in over a year. Yikes!

I really enjoy the nerdy twist on these cards 🙂

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Now it’s your turn, link up your cards using the link below. Remember new or old we want see the cards you’ve been creating. 


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Kim’s May DT Reveal

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What kind of May DT reveal would it be without a salute to my Mom??!
I loved how soft the peachy tones are in the Maggie Holmes Confetti line…perfect for scrapping my mom who happens to love peachy colours!!

Love that SN offers cork in a 12×12 sheet which I used as my background and it great to die cut too!! Here I used some die cut cork hearts to make some “love-ly” stick pins…

I used the treat bags for some hidden journalling…a verbal “treat” lol!!…
It reads…
This woman is one of the most amazing people I know.
I didn’t always know that about her. I admit, for many many years while growing up she drove me absolutely crazy with her random logic and impossible rules. I didn’t understand that she was looking out for me and my sister the very best she could. I didn’t understand how much she sacrificed to be our mom. I didn’t know and I was an impossible child. I had a very strong will and a stubborn streak that broke alot of the adults in my world. But she was never one of them. She put up with my temper tantrums (still does) and listened to me rant and rave (still does) because she knew that I needed to. She took the brunt of my anger and frustration more times than she ever deserved and she would wait out the storm and then hug me and tell me she loved me. She wasn’t a saint and made her share of mistakes but I always knew she was in my corner no matter how out of sync I felt with her. To be honest I didn’t realize how amazing she was until I had kids of my own. Now I get how impossible it feels sometimes to try to do what’s right for you and your kids when life overwhelms. And for many years she did it all on her own. There are so many decisions that I know she made that broke her heart to make but she did because it was in my best interest. Including leaving her home, her friends, and her successful business to move an hour away just so she could be close by me while I was sick. She took care of Caitlin and then Maegan for days at a time because I was too weak to move. She brought food that I couldn’t eat. She hid her disappointment and fear so that I could concentrate on getting well. She fielded questions from family and friends so I could save what strength I had. And she bit her tongue and allowed me to play even though it scared her because she knew that sitting at home and living in a bubble was no life at all for me. I couldn’t have gotten through that part of my life without her and I can’t imagine life without her.
Thank you mom. I love you more than I can ever express. Happy mother’s day!

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This felt a little outside my comfort zone but I’m stoked over how it turned out!!
I have really enjoyed playing with the Confetti line and I have to say…WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOO!! I love it when a paper line pushed me to try something a little different..Hope you do something today that is a little outside of your comfort zone and be sure to share it with us!!

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Be sure to check out this line…so delish!!
Thanks for letting me share!
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April showers brought some May Flowers…

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I love flowers…in the garden…in my house and especially on my layouts!!

This month I thought I would share how I make all of those flowers for my projects. As most of you know…I LOVE my dies!!

I’m gonna share why…I can match my flowers to whatever colours or papers I am creating with so it’s a match every single time…and I can make as many as I want!

I’ve been asked on a few occasions which dies I’ve used to make different flowers so I thought I would do a quick tutorial on making 3D flowers and adding a little lump to your layouts. It’s just how I roll!!! LOL!!

Here are a few of my favourites…These dies are from My Favourite Things or are also know as Die-namics. There are compatible with most cutting tools like the Big Shot, Cuttlebug and TH Vagabond.

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Here are some of the papers once they have been cut out…soooo YUMMY!!IMG_20150508_1414082

I use a quilling tool or bamboo bbq skewer to roll and curl the flowers. Fingers also work great…as a matter of fact, almost the more you kinda crumple and beat it up, the better the flowers look! At this stage you can also stamp onto your flowers…or ink the edges or use some spray mists on them…have some fun with it!!

This is the royal rose.It comes in three different sizes

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This is the Rolled Rose. It also comes in a few different sizes. I use this one ALOT…

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This is the rolled flower and the scalloped rolled flower. It makes a flatter circular flower and is a little funkier

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There is also the rolled Mum and the Rolled daisy…These ones require a little more futzing with the petals to get them to sit  nicely but that extra bit of effort is always worth it!! Stunning!!

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One of the things that I find really kewl about my steel dies is that I can cut more than just cardstock and patterned paper. You can also cut fabric and felt….whhhaaaaaaat??!! Yep!! I admit when I first saw this die I was like what the heck is that?? But once I used it and saw how yummy of a flower it makes…swoon!! This is the loopy flower and a flower cut from felt.

 

I find the best way that works for me is to start rolling the flower from the end that is NOT in the center. I sometimes use a quilling tool but I have found that when you do there is a tendency to roll them too tight and you end up with a little micro flower. Instead I will use a bbq skewer or my fingers to curl the leaves as I loosely roll. Once I roll I let the flower `relax`and almost unroll it a bit so it isn`t too tightly wound. (Only exceptions are the daisy and mums..you want them wound more tightly than the others) I use liquid adhesive on the little ‘ball” in the center although I do use the adhesive here and there along the edge as I roll when I’m making daisies and mums. They have a little lip and the bottom edge of the leaves so I find that they sit up and stay together using a little more glue.) Once I’ve glued them together I will set something kinda heavy on top of them to make sure the edges catch and set in the glue. I want my flower to hold up when its in my album! I find a punch works well for this and I usually keep one handy on my desk. I flip the punch upside down on top of the flowers and let them dry for a couple of minutes before adding them to my project. Once the glue has set, I like to mould the petals with either my fingers or a quilling tool or skewer. Don`t worry about being gentle…it`s almost the more you handle them, bend the leaves, crumple them up…the more relaxed and natural they look. You want to use your nail or tool and curl the leaves.  If they are too open in the centers I will add a little pearl or bling to finish them off. My last little hint is to add some leaves…I think they are a great way to anchor your flowers and fill in some gaps between. I also like how they lead the eye and are a great transition when overlapping your elements in your project. Besides…when do you ever see flowers without leaves? Lol!!

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I hope that helps…And that you add a bouquet to your next project!

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If you want it, it will come.

Happy Scrapping!!

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