Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello, King Sweater

Hello, everyone.

I'm back with a new sketch and process video.  This layout was inspired by the wonderful bold stripe papers in the Pebbles DIY Home collection.  I fell in love with the DIY Shop papers that came in the October 2015 main kit and went out and got the paper pad for the collection.

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (Jen Hadfield DIY Shop), Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane); Alphas: American Craft Thickers (Dear Lizzy Snapshots), October Afternoon (Daily Flash); Stickers: Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane); Die: Tim Holtz (rosettes), Die-namics (tag); Punch: Fiskars

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Love This (Paris Jam Session)

Hello, everyone.

I'm scrapping our trip to Paris again today. My husband brought his horn and played at a jam session near our hotel in Montmartre.

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (Jen Hadfield DIY Home), Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane), American Crafts (gold glitter); Wood Veneer: We R Memory Keepers (We R Family); Stickers: Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane); Stencil: Prima; Ink: Tim Holt Distress Ink (pumice stone); Other: velum, modeling paste, gelatos, embroidery floss

I've returned to my fourth sketch for this layout. (A collection of my first fifty sketches can be found here).

I stayed close to the sketch. The only modification I made was to change the photo from one 4x6 picture to two 3x4 pictures.

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

This Sunday is Card Day

Really its a card making weekend.  I fallen behind in my usual monthly efforts and, on top of that, the holiday season is approaching.  I spend most of Saturday working on Christmas cards, then another few hours working on feminine birthday cards for a swap.

For the birthday cards, I began by embossing velum with a Sizzix embossing folder for a textured background.  I then cut LOTS of flowers using the Maggie Holmes Confetti flower die and an old Stampin Up! six-by-six pad. For the leaves, I used three different colors or green cardstock.  I played around with layering different papers to create an assortment of flowers.

For the Christmas cards, I used Memory Box stamps and dies.

I made a few cards using the "Merry Christmas" die and American Crafts gold glitter paper, with a red Carta Bella pattern paper for the background.

My favorites, though, were the cards I made with the "Happy Holidays" die with plain white cardstock, using a blue snowflake paper from the new Shimelle collection as the background.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pont des Arts

Hello everyone.

Today I'm working with my third sketch to scrapbook two photographs from my trip to Paris. (My first fifty sketches are collected here). We were fortunate enough to see the Locks of Love on the Pont des Arts - - Couples inscribed locks with their names and attached them to a bridge over the Seine.  A week after we returned home, the city had the locks removed because the weight was damaging the bridge.

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: Pebbles (Jan Hadfield Home+Made);  Alphas: Simple Stories (I Am); Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Rad); Die: Tim Holtz (rosettes); Stencil: Amy Tangerine; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone)

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Falling Waters Preserve

Every October I make the trip north to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. It's the perfect time of year to venture upstate, since it is usually peak fall color.  I expanded my trip this year, taking some time early in the morning before the festival to do some hiking along the Hudson River.  The Scenic Hudson website provides a list of beautiful parks along the river, many of which have trails for short hikes.

The Falling Waters Preserve is in Glasco, New York (near Saugerties) and has two miles of trails. Not a strenuous hike by any means, but definitely an enjoyable walk, and a beautiful place to go and watch the sun rise.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rhinebeck (a/k/a New York Sheep and Wool) 2015

It is an annual tradition. Not for the yarn (which is scrumptious and irresistible), or the cute animals (llamas on parade anyone?), but for the knitters. It's an amazing chance to hang out with old friends, meet new friends, and rub shoulders with some knitting celebrities. If you love knitters and fiber, and you can get to New York in mid-October, I highly recommend the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.

After a morning shopping, many knitters head over to the hill for the Ravelry meet up, which is now mixing with various designer and pod cast meet ups. It's great chance to see face-to-face the people you've been chatting with online all year.

The Savvy Girls get cupcakes

And special thanks to the Ravelry peeps for building such a wonderful community.

And I wasn't joking. There is a llama parade.

And lots of cute sheep.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Early Morning Yesterday

Hello, everyone.  I've got a new sketch for you today!

I am recapturing a bit of the beauty of late summer in today's layout, which features photographs I took on a nature walk at the Wilton Preserve in upstate New York.  The design for this page was inspired by a graphic art piece that I saw on Pinterest.  Diamonds are a popular design element right now area  great way to use up paper scraps.

Supplies: Paper: Teresa Collins (Life Emporium), Webster's Pages (Nest), Studio Tekturek, Tim & Beck for Studio Calico, Recollections; Alphas: Basic Grey; Stickers: Maggie Holmes (Open Book); Flair: Finding Nana; Stencils: Prima; Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (warm calico, water cooler); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain)

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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