Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Two cards and a mini

In the last several months I have spent more and more time online building my craft: gaining inspiration, reading blogs, learning techniques, supporting other crafters. As part of that, I've joined not only the Facebook community on Scrapbooksteals but frequently post on the status messages and contests of a number of my favorite manufacturers. And last month I won a fantastic kit for doing so!  Amy Tangerine Sketchbook from American Crafts. YES!! Can you say amazing?! And so much - I thought it'd be a few pieces but this is a whole kit.  I love all the colors that Amy Tan uses.

It's almost like there's two sides of me - My Mind's Eye (slightly romantic) and Amy Tangerine (way fun). All through my childhood and adolescence I would pendulum from one color spectrum/design style to the other so that really isn't a surprise to me. In junior high I was all about the day glow and by my sophomore year all I wanted was Victorian era-esque furniture and burgundy/hunter green *everything.* Seriously. Back to brights in the dorm, plum in the bedroom when we got married, and you can see the edge of our current bed in the pics below. Maybe I just think this is weird because my parents have had variations of peach and green in their room for my entire life.

Anyway, when I opened up Sketchbook this afternoon I immediately knew that I had to use it for the mother's day cards that I needed to make - my mom and MIL.

This one's for MIL - had to keep it flat for mailing, but I LOVE it.
Fussy cutting, washi tape flower and dimensional stickers make this fun,
but not suitable for mailing. I'll hand deliver to my mom on Mother's Day weekend. 
I got the idea for the washi tape flower from Scrapbooksteals.com's How To'sday a few weeks back. Misty Buck did a fantastic job and I've been waiting for an opportunity to lift that project!

This week I've also been busily making my second mini. I really like the way it came out  --- so much more interactive and decidedly a step up from the last one. Now trying to decide if I want to keep it or gift it. I added little scraps that say where to journal or add pics (with dimensions) in case I gift. Hmm...

 This time I used (mostly) MME Lush2. There's a couple of scraps from other MME collections, ink is Colorbox, pennant stickers by Jenni Bowlin, ticket sticker is Glitz Designs, stamps from Girl's Paperie, Zing Embossing Powder, red twine from Jillibean Soup, Prima Flowers, and library envelope from Silhouette Studio.

front cover

first page, photo booklet closed
first page, photo booklet open (5 photos total)
one large photo, one small, and a journaling tag
Three photo areas and one journaling tag
last page, photo booklet closed
last page, photo booklet open (5 pages with journaling on "vertical" page)

1 comment:

  1. What fun projects! Feeling a "little" envious of your sketchbook kit. ;)


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