Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Back to School Postcards with a Video! (100 Days of Tombow)

The countdown to the new school year has begun, which means it's time to start working on the postcards I send out to my new students the weekend before our first day!  This year I had some help from Tombow, who invited me to join in their 100 Days of Tombow celebration.  They sent me some of their super fun Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Color Pencils, and the Stamp Runner Adhesive; and my participation resulted in their donation of $100 worth of product to the Council for Arts Education.  Cool Tombow products for me and the kids?  How could I resist?  Thanks, Tombow!

This was my first time using the Dual Brush Pens, and I love how smooth and vibrant they are.  I used them over a dashed line from the Papertrey Ink School Time stamp set, that I had heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It's really cool to see how the embossed area resists the pens!

All of these stamps and dies are from the cute PTI Back to School stamp and die sets.  I adhered them down with the Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive, which is definitely my new favorite!  Check out my video below to see how I put this card together and to see these fun Tombow products in action.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

MCT Inspire Me Tuesday

It's Inspire Me Tuesday with My Creative Time, which is the day we make a project based on something that has inspired us.  I live near San Francisco, and my sisters live near Sacramento.  On the drive between our homes, there is a lot of farmland.  On one long drive, I was struck by a lone cow standing on top of a hill with a beautiful sky behind him.  I just had to make a card depicting this scene!

The My Creative Time Cartoon Cloud Background Stamp was just perfect to create my sky.  I used various sizes of the Sizzix Framelits Circle Dies and assorted patterned papers to make my hills, and the cow was made with a Papertrey Ink's On the Farm die.

I thought this sweet sentiment from MCT's This & That went so well with the scene, and I added a cute little heart from MCT's Stitched Heart Layering Dies.  A little machine stitching all around the edges "frames" the scene.

Be sure to stop by My Creative Time to see what Emma and the rest of the design team created for you to today!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

MCT Scrapping the Little Things

Happy Monday!  We've got another Scrapping the Little Things with My Creative Time for you today! This was a great excuse for me to complete another page of our trip back east in June.  We arrived in Boston in the afternoon, and since our hotel was close to Boston Common, we headed over there after dinner for a photo shoot.  Eric had been wanting to get some pics of water reflecting at night, and I thought that would be the perfect place!

For my title card, I used the Stitched 4x6 Journal Die to cut some patterned paper from American Crafts.  I created my title in Silhouette Studio by making an offset of "PHOTO SHOOT" and welding it to "Nighttime."  I cut that in black, and then cut the original "PHOTO SHOOT" from some patterned paper from Simple Stories Urban Traveler and "Nighttime" from blue AC cardstock.  That cute little camera was made with the Stitched Camera Die.  

Both of my journaling cards were die cut with the Stitched Journal Die.  I stamped this one with one of the stamps from Journal It!  Then, I die cut the tag from the Stitched Round Tab, Arrow, & Tag set. Because the whole tag would not fit on the card with my journaling, I ran it through my Vagabond again, with the excess tag peeking out from under the Stitched Journal Die.  Then I was ready to have some fun with layered stamping!  I used a sentiment from Treasured Moments, a heart from My One and Only, and an arrow from You Are Here!

For this journaling card, I added some fun bright chevron strips using a stamp from It's All About You.  The cute camera is from Camera Shy, and the sentiment is from Things I Love...

It really is fun to use some blank or subtle patterned paper for your Project Life cards and then play with layering stamps.  I like to put the pictures I'm going to use into the pockets and then sit down next to my stamps and just start pulling any set that might work for the page.  It always surprises me how many options I have!

Be sure to click on the link below to see what Emma and the rest of the design team have for you today!