Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring Break with Rebecca

Good day, everyone!  The season of Spring brings thoughts of  blooming flowers, robins and for some of the lucky ones...Spring Break! I used the Navigator Paper Pack to create the following double page layout.

By the Sea


This layout was inspired by all the strips of paper I had leftover from previous layouts I had created. I simply cut down the paper into strips that ranged from 4.5, 2.5, 1.5 and .5 inch strips. 

I inked all the strips with Kokomo, Capri Blue and Sandy Shore.

I used one sheet of the colored world map paper on left side of the page and used the half sheet on the right side of the layout. I completed the right side of the page using the strips in various widths. I repeated layering strips on the left side of the page but went horizontal instead of vertical. 


I stamped the flowers using Tropical Punch, the sea leaves with Cactus and the tree branches with Sandy Shore. I die cut the images and colored them with the same ink using a blending tool.


After matting and placing my photos, I began to layer my flowers, shells and sea leaves.  I used a circle punch to punch out the circle phrases from the cardstock paper phrases.


I used a large die cut to mat the photo in the center of the page. I layers the flowers, sea leaves, and tree branches along the bottom of the photo. I had to strips left to use, so I cut a "v" out of the ends of them and placed them over the photo. I added some pearl flourishes as an added embellishment.


I repeated the flower layering on the right side of the page and added copper brads to the phrase I cut out of the cardstock phrases and popped it up with foam tape. 

Although, I won't be "Spring Breaking" somewhere warm, this layout will remind me of the beautiful sea that is so blue. I hope you enjoyed today's blog post! 

Quick Qutoes Products used:
Navigator Paper Pack-coming soon
Navigator Cardstock Phrases-coming soon
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Tropical PunchCapri BlueCactusSandy ShoreKokomo

Other products used:

Tree branches, flowers, shells and sea leaves-Heartfelt Creations
pearl flourish-Want 2 Scrap
Large Die cut-Spellbinders
cardstock, trimmer, glue, prills

Monday, March 5, 2018

Good day, everyone! The last few days in Indiana have been giving us a glimpse of spring! Although, in Indiana, you can have all four seasons in the same week 😀 Quick Quotes new paper line, Spring Flowers is the perfect paper for any occasion. Take a look at the layout I created with it inspired by the spring weather. My great-niece, Hailey, is a gymnast. Silk ropes is a training method for her. I don't have any daughters and "Hailey Bug" or "Buggy" is like a daughter to me. When her Mom sent me these photos of her, I knew exactly want I wanted to do ...

                                                               Beauty in Motion

  • I used one full 12 x 12 sheet of the argyle print with floral print (base page) and a 4.5 x12 strip of another sheet. (Set this piece aside for later)
  • I also used the argyle plain print for the second page ( second base page)
  • Next, die cut a 10.5, 4.5 and 5.5 inch circle out of coordinating blue cardstock. 
  • Using a sheet from the Navigator paper pack, die cut the title. Use a dark blue card stock to die cut a shadow for title if desired. 
  • Using the leftover scrap after cutting the title, cut one long strip and die cut a few flourishes. Also, punch some flowers from scrap white paper and coral paper.
  • Take the white wood board paper with floral prints and cut another strip
  • I had ribbon with flowers on in it in my could easily make it if you didn't have the exact same thing.

Now, we can begin to assemble the page very simply...

1. Take the two strips and glue to largest circle. 
2. Trim excess and ink edges with chalk ink.
3. Glue to center of base page.
4. Attach photo. 
5.Title and ribbon
6. Flourishes and flowers.

Page 2 Assembly...

1. Ribbon is glued to the bottom of the layout.
2. Title is wedged between flowers.
3. Ink the 4.5 x 12 inch strip with chalk ink and glue to base page.  See note below***

***The 4.5 x 12 inch piece I said to set aside. I took the chalk ink and not only edged it but covered the entire piece to change its color to add the contrast I was looking for.

4. Add card stock circles in a diagonal fashion. 
5. Place photos
6. Add flourishes and flowers.
7. Add center to flowers, if desired.

I hope you enjoy today's post! Have a great day!

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Spring Flowers...coming soon

other products used:
flouish- Cheery Lynn
flower punch-Ek Success
ribbon-May Arts
title-Cricut/Opposite Attract
flower centers-Nuvo drops

Monday, February 26, 2018

Drunken Chalk Ink Technique

Good day, everyone!  Today's blog post is all about PowderPuff Chalk inks! They pack a punch in a small package. You can stamp, color and blend with them but did you know you can create beautiful backgrounds, too? Let's take a look at the Drunken Chalks technique...

Tools needed: Powderpuff chalk inks, rubbing alcohol, glossy card stock and embossing gun.

Easter Blessings

Choose your colors and fill a mister with rubbing alcohol. Cut a piece of glossy card stock to the size you desire.

Starting with the lightest color, press pad to glossy card stock in a random fashion. Next, apply medium color in the same manner and finally the third color. Saturate the glossy card stock with the mister filled with alcohol. Use embossing gun to swirl the color. Move the gun around the glossy card stock and you can see the colors run together. Dry completely, moving gun constantly, so paper will not bubble.

You can add a metallic shine by adding a gold pigment ink. Press pad directly on the glossy card stock as you did with the chalk ink. Saturate the card stock with the alcohol filled mister.

Use embossing gun to move the color as you did with the chalk inks. 

Spray finished piece with Clear sealer in a matte finish. This will keep the pigment ink from rubbing off. 
 You can easily transform this technique for use on a scrapbook page. I used a 3 x 11 strip of glossy card stock and did the above steps using Tropical punch, Island orange chalk inks and silver pigment ink. I usually don't make one photo pages but this picture of my grandson, Andrew with his cousin, Stella made this layout the exception to the rule. This is how I began to create this...

I chose a piece of the Spring Showers paper and tore a "v" shape in the top and sides of the paper. Using a hole punch and eyelets. I set eyelets along the sides of the "v" shape.

I laced ribbon through the eyelets and taped one set to the back of the paper and the other  "v" shape I tied a bow.

I gathered my embellishments; most came from fussy cutting the designs out of the paper. I die cut the trellis and flourish  and punched some green flowers from card stock. I took the glossy card stock background paper I created and punched out flowers from it. 

Matted my photo from another sheet of paper from Spring Showers

Layered my embellishments and added jewels to the center of my flowers. I inked all my fussy cut pieces with chalk ink.

I added pearls to the smaller punch flowers.

Finished Layout
PowderPuff chalk inks can do oh, so many things! I hope you give it a try! If you are a visual learner, you can watch the video Here. Have a great day!

Quick Quotes products used: 
Capri Blue
Key Largo
Island Orange
Tropical Punch
Spring Showers...coming soon
Copper Brads
Vellum Quote-Cousins

other products: Flower punch, eyelets, ribbon, card stock, scissors
trellis die-cheery lynn
flourish die-spellbinders
encore metallic ink pad, gold and silver

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Club Q-Alternate Project

Hello, everyone! I have been playing with the Club Q kit! Didn't you love the Club Q kit this month? I sure did but I took the same papers and did something different with mine. Let's take a closer look...
"Enjoy Life Anywhere"

I chose to use the banner to frame my photo and used the square piece in the kit to frame my photos as well.
The large banner pieces were used as a main focal point for part of the title.
I used the laser cut banner to "frame" my photos and repeated the frame with the large square piece in the kit.

Here is what I chose to do with the second page layout in the kit....

"Memories like these..."

Using a circle cutter, I cut a circle to fit the chipboard die cut and cut a few half circles as well.

Once again, I used the flags to frame my photos and stamped the words on scrap white paper, punched with a circle punch and inked all of them with chalk ink.

Take a closer look...after punching out the flourish pieces from the chipboard; I used it as a stencil to add more flourishes. They turned out looking a little reminiscent of watercolor...and I only used our chalk inks!

I pushed the ink through with a makeup sponge.

The next project in your kit was an accordian 4x4 mini album. I chose to add two pieces of chipboard and three pieces of 8x8 cardstock and created a squash mini album and with the leftover scraps...a card!

The full instruction for this mini album can be found here :Alternate project for Club Q-Squash Album The kit also included a great album that I am turning into a recipe book but haven't quite finished. Club Q is a great kit that gets delivered right to your door...and you are never limited as to what you can create with it. Have a great time creating with your Club Q kit!                                     

Quick Quotes products used:
                                  Club Q kit
Spring Showers 101...COMING SOON

Additional products: Cardstock, chipboard,
 cricut-Plantain cartridge

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

Double page layout using Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz dies

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tying the Knot with Spring Showers

 Hello, everyone! Can you believe we are in February already? That means Valentine's Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a love themed layout?
"Tying the Knot"
 I chose the NEW Spring Showers paper line to showcase my son and daughter-in-laws wedding photos. It is a beautiful collection of water colored floral and leafy greens. It also contains beautiful, bold prints in argyle and coral geometric shapes. Beautiful yellows, teals, blues and a red, highlight this paper line. Did I also mention it has the gorgeous white wash wood board print? Oh, the possibilities are endless with this collection!

I used all the different prints to punch out hearts with different methods...cricut machine, punches and even a few free hand cuts! 

Left side of layout. I used the cricut machine to die cut the title from the paper collection and a border punch to highlight the striped paper. I inked the edges of all the pieces with Key Largo ink.

Right side of the layout. I used pearl flourishes to add a little flair and the phrase came from Paper Phrases sheet from the Far and Away collection. It coordinated perfectly with Spring Showers.
Bonus Layout:

It has been a very cold winter in the mid-west and I have been dreaming of sun and sand! I used the Navigator paper collection to create this layout.


Add caption

I hope everyone enjoys Valentine's day with a little love, laughter and of course, CHOCOLATE!

Quick Quotes Products:

Spring Showers:
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Key LargoCool Gray

Bonus layout: Navigator
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Deep SeaBermudaCactusTropical PunchCapri BlueKey LargoIsland Orange
 Vellum Strip: Journey Vellum Strip

Other Products used:

Cricut machine and cartridge, Sweetheart
Border punch-We R Memory Keepers
Flourish Pearls-Want 2 Scrap
Bonus Layout:
Oval Punch-Stampin' Up
Tropical Hibiscus and Shells- Heartfelt Creations

Scissors, trimmer, foam dots, adhesive

Friday, January 26, 2018

Fly Away with Me Tutorial

"Fly Away with Me"

Step by step tutorial:
 Photo mats for this layout are as follows:
1.       Photo Mats: (3)- 4x6 Navy Cardstock and (4)- 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ Navy cardstock. White mats are cut 1/8 of an inch smaller than Navy mats and inked with POW96 Vanilla Cream. 

Finished Layout

1.       Take QQP-FW101 (Airplane collage) paper and cut down to a 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 square. Ink the edges of the paper with POW98-Tropical Punch and POW101-Island Orange inks. Attach with adhesive to 12x12 Navy Cardstock. This will be the left side of the double page layout.
2. Take QQP-FW100 (Postage Collage) paper and trim down to a 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 square. Next, take this piece and place in the trimmer so that the postage image, that is pictured in the top right corner, is now located in the bottom left corner of the trimmer. Slide paper to 7 ½ inch mark and cut. Ink the edges of this piece on the top, bottom and right side only using the ink listed in step one.
3.       Now, glue this inked piece to the LEFT side of the second page of the navy 12x12. Take the remaining piece with the floral image and ink with the same ink in step one on the top bottom and RIGHT side only. Adhere this piece to the right side of navy cardstock butting it up to the edge of the 7 ½ piece already attached. 

4.       To assemble the borders for each page, take QQP-FW104 (multi-colored stripe) paper and cut (2)-1 ½ inch strips. Take second piece of QQP-FW101 (Airplane Collage) paper and fussy cut grey airplane image from the paper. From the same paper, cut (2)- 1” inch strips from the top of the paper (We will use the orange travel stamp side) and then (2) additional strips that measure ¾ of an inch wide (We will use the side that is mostly white) and add a decorative edge using something from your stash: scissors, border punch, etc. Ink these strips with POW97 Deep Sea on the decorative edge side.
5.       Adhere the ¾ decorative edge strip to the 1 ½ inch striped paper strip (roughly 3/8 of an inch from the top). Next, take the 1-inch orange travel stamp strip and ink with the ink used in step 4 and glue roughly 1/8 inch below decorative edge strip. Use this finished border as a guide to assemble second border. This will ensure borders line up and match. After both are assembled, glue them to each page about 3/8 of an inch from the bottom of page.

6.       Embellishment assembly: Cut title “Fly away with me” from QQP-FW500 ink edges with POW97 Deep Sea. Cut banner, “Grand Adventure” saying from QQP-FW600 and ink edges of banner with POW105 Cool Grey. Cut small airplane image away from Grand Adventure saying, to create two separate pieces. Ink the saying with POW97 Deep Sea and airplane with POW105 Cool Grey. Fussy cut the following suitcases from QQP-FW103: (6) individual suitcases for left side of page and (1) group of 7 suitcases left intact as a group for right side page. Ink all suitcase pieces with POW105 Cool Grey. Large airplane image cut earlier in step 4 is also inked with POW105 Cool Grey. 


Suitcase group

Suitcase individuals

           Left side page assembly: Attach inked, fussy cut Airplane with foam adhesive and place over airplane image on the paper. Take one 4x6 photo mat and two 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ photo mat and attach to page as shown in the photo of page. Next, attach the saying “What is life but one Grand Adventure” underneath the 4x6 photo mat. Glue three suitcases vertically to the right side of the top smaller photo mat. Add foam tape or dots to one large suitcase and attach horizontally to the bottom of the suitcases and one small suitcase right above it. Take another suitcase with foam tape attach and adhere to the left of the Grand Adventure saying, overlapping the photo mat slightly. Lastly, adhere title, “Fly away with me” to the top left corner. 

             Right side page assembly: place the remaining photo mats as shown in the photo of page. Add foam tape to the back of suitcase group and attach so that it overlaps the photo mats. Take the small airplane image that was separated from the saying and attach underneath horizontal photo mat. Take banner pieces and using 1/16-hole punch, punch two holes on the left and right side of banner at the top. String twine through holes and add a pop dot to the top of each banner piece. Place in the top right corner overlapping photo mats. When happy with position, remove backing from foam tape and attach, one at a time. Take piercing tool and poke hole through layout where you want the brads to attach. Insert the brad half way through paper and wrap twine around brad. Push all the way through and open prongs from behind. Repeat for second brad. Trim excess twine as desired and your page is complete!

Thanks for Makin' with Bacon! Have a crafty day!