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Thursday, July 1, 2021

I'm an Alien | Scrap the Boys July DT Debut

I wonder if anybody still looks at my blog? It really has been forever--since January that I've been able to post here. Virtual teaching was so incredibly time consuming that it left time for little else. I've been scrapping all this time and sharing on Instagram and some online galleries.

So, today is my debut for the Scrap the Boys team. Here's what I created:


Our challenge this month is all about cut files (if you don't have a cutting machine you can use a cutting die or punches) plus a fab mood board. We've teamed up with Confessions of a Paper Addict (COAPA Cut Files) for this challenge, and I chose the super fun Outer Space cut file to work with.

And here's the moodboard:



Here are some details. I had the cutest 3-dimensional alien stickers, and I chose the colors for my layout based on them. The moodboard reminded me of mixed media, so I started off by coating some cardstock with clear gesso and using the packaging technique to add watercolor with a bunch of the colors from the stickers.  I used a stencil with texture paste and white paint to add stars. I outlined a few of them with a fine-tipped pen to make them stand out more.


I had the perfect photo of my friend's little boy pretending to be an alien.


How awesome is this cut file? I cut it out in white and backed it with paper scraps from my stash. Once I laid it on the mixed media background, it didn't stand out as much as I was hoping, so I used the offset tool in Silhouette to cut another copy in navy blue. I originally had envisioned placing the cut file on that starry paper bordering the white paper, but then I remembered I wanted to do the mixed media, and I knew I couldn't make it work on that dark paper, so I decided I'd mat the white paper on the starry paper.

I added a little puffy heart to the window of the rocket because I always add at least one heart to the pages I give away.


Here's another one of those fun robot/aliens. I hope I can find these again. I think I bought them at Michael's a few years ago. They're so fun and colorful, and they have glitter. They're clear, so I mounted them on white paper and fussy cut them so they'd stand out.


Here's the bottom half of the cut file. I decided to put the title on the planet. I used adhesive foam to adhere the cut file to give the page added dimension.


I hope you'll come play along in this fun challenge! Someone will be chosen to be a guest designer for a future challenge!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Cutest Pirate | Paper Issues Walk the Plank Challenge

Paper Issues is having pirate-themed challenges in June, and I just happen to have several pictures of friends' kids that are pirate themed, so I knew I had to play along. You don't have to use the theme, just the idea behind the challenge. This one is for the "Walk the Plank" challenge, which challenges us to use woodgrain paper.


How cute is this picture of my friend's little girl? I scoured my stash for pirate-y odds and ends and found the "ahoy there" sticker, which was actually a circle sticker, but I cut it out because it just looked weird as a circle. The stamps on this page (the seagulls and the compass) are by Les Ateliers de Karine, a French company. I found a red frame in my to match the colors in my layout and then die-cut another slide frame using a Bramble Fox die set. That gave me a few interesting layers behind my picture.


How adorable is this little pirate kid under the palm tree? It's an old October Afternoon sticker. I added a little heart to his hat because I always put hearts on the layouts I give away. I added a few more bits--a starfish cut with a Bramble Fox die, an old shell brad from my stash, a tweet and another heart to bring some red to this little cluster. The palm tree looked awkard just sitting there on that white plank paper, so I tore a kraft grid paper scrap from my brown scraps drawer and created a little island.


This cute pirate ship was on the same sheet of stickers as the pirate. I added a little anchor die cut from a Bramble Fox die and some ocean water cut from a paper scrap.


About a year ago, I was reorganizing some of my stash and came upon this sheet of giant raw chipboard letters. They're especially large because I scrap 8 x 8. I've been determined to use them up. I'm getting close. I had enough letters to spell out pirate except for the r. There are never enough r's in letter packs. So I decided to make my own out of an n. I also lost the dot for the i and remembered I had a bunch of little chipboard hearts from when  was on the 2crafty team. I painted the raw chipboard with a black Pitt marker. Those awesome sunrays are from a stencil by Bramble Fox. I used some Tim Holtz distress ink and then outlined them with a fineline marker.


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