Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birthday / Blogiversary Giveaway

Hey everyone!  I've got a couple things to celebrate in the next few weeks.  My birthday is next week (Wednesday), and my blog will be six years old in June.  So I thought a giveaway was in order.

I really appreciate those of you who follow, regularly read the blog and leave comments, and this is my way of saying thank you.

So what are you playing for?  A $50 gift certificate to Neat & Tangled!

This is a giveaway for my followers, so leave a comment to let me know how you follow: feedly, bloglovin, email, etc.

For an extra entry, follow me on IG (@mprantner), and be sure to head over there as well as I've got a giveaway happening on IG too.

You have until May 31st to enter to win, and I'll announce a winner on the 1st.

Good luck and thanks again for all your support!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Art Deco + Mondo Peony

I've got a Neat & Tangled / Ellen Hutson mash up going on today.

I found another of these Mondo Peonies that I had colored (with Copics) way back in the craft room over the weekend and I thought that my Art Deco background would be the perfect backdrop for it.

The background in black and white really balances the boldness of the flower.  The embossed sentiment is from the Calathea set.

I love how easy this card is (once you color the flower, or find a colored flower that is).  I think it would be gorgeous with the background in a metallic finish and a softer more delicate flower as well.

Short and sweet today.  Come back tomorrow.  I've got something special planned ;)

*This post contains affiliate links for Neat & Tangled (in post text) and Ellen Hutson (below)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wish You Were Here

I'm delving into my supply of new and unloved items today.  In this case, they are new, but actually pretty old as I have had them for a while and haven't managed to pull them out until now.

First up, I pulled out a 3D embossing folder from WRMK.  These things are the coolest ever!  I just love the results, and this design in particular makes geometric loving me particularly happy.

I started rooting around for something to go with that embossed piece and found this old journaling card from a Studio Calico Documenter kit.  The geometric background and the color scheme fit perfectly.

Next, I needed a sentiment.  Originally, I was looking for a stamp, I wanted a bigger sentiment, but nothing was standing out.  I ended up way back in my bin of stamps/dies and found this old sentiment die from Simon Says Stamp.  This is a design from Kelly Purkey back when she was working with them.  

For a pop of color I added a little heart from Paper Smooches.  This little heart actually gets a lot of work at my house.  It comes in a set, but it's the perfect accent size and I find myself reaching for it often.

I added a white mat to my journaling card to help it stand out and popped it up over that embossed piece.

Super quick and easy, and a great guy card too.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2016 in Books

One of the NSD challenges from Studio Calico was to scrap what you were reading, so I thought it was the perfect time to get this layout done.  This is the fourth year I've done a Year in Books layout (2015, 2014, 2013), and the third year I'm using October Afternoon's Public Library collection.  What can I say, it's the perfect collection to use, and I still have plenty, so you might see it again next year.

Anyway, I went with a grid style layout this year.  My book list is much larger than it's been in years past, 129, which is impressive, but over a quarter of those are juvenile fiction which is a much faster read than a regular book.

I have the full list of books (computer print out) in the envelope, and used the tags to document my favorites as well as the roll up of genres.

The tag I used is my Classic Tag 1 die from Neat & Tangled.  I love this size tag!  I accented the top row of tags with a stamp from an old Studio Calico documenter kit which I colored with Copics.

The alphas are Bella Blvd.  Once I had the tags in place, I accented the layout with some stickers from the Public Library Collection.  Oh how I miss OA!

That's all for me today, do you document what you read each year?  If so, please link me up below.  I'd love to see how you do it!

Also, just a reminder that the sale at Ellen Hutson goes through today, 20% off all in-stock items using code momsday17.  I broke down and put in an order for 'practical' stuff.  I needed a Copic refill, and added a few colors (in the orange category) that I'm missing as well.  It's an extra good deal on Copics since they are 25% off normally at Ellen, but with the extra 20% off the markers are now $4.80.  I also got some storage items and one splurge item (affiliate links):

Monday, May 15, 2017

Succulents and Alcohol

Hey guys, I'm over on the Neat & Tangled blog today sharing this card featuring the newly released Succulent Cover Plate.

This was really quick and easy to put together.  To create the background I used alcohol inks on photo paper.  I have a Canon Selphy, and I just use the individual sheets when I want to use alcohol inks on my cards.  This incorporated just two colors:  Sail Boat Blue and Citrus.

Playing with alcohol inks is like a box of never know what you're going to end up with, but usually it's pretty cool.  Basically, I eyeballed where the flowers were going to be and then put down some ink.  I did this kind of in a swirl, and then added the second color, mixing and adding a touch of color where I felt like it needed it.

Once I was happy with the panel, I was able to go ahead and complete the card as alcohol inks dry almost instantaneously.

I cut the cover plate from white cardstock, and kept just the webbing and the negative space pieces on the inside.  In terms of adhering, I just made sure to add adhesive to the inlaid pieces and the outlines and didn't worry about all those delicate inside lines.  Alcohol inks have a bit of tackiness to them when dried, so that helped, and I like a bit of extra dimension as well.

The sentiment is from Scandinavian Prints.

One more thing before you go.  In case you didn't know, There's a big sale going on over at Ellen Hutson that runs through tomorrow, 20% off everything in the store, just use code momsday17.

I've linked the products that I used in this card below, but my affiliate link is also in the sidebar.  Happy Shopping!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Happy Together

Hey everyone!  I'm back with another NSD layout.  I'm entering it into several challenges, but the impetus was a challenge at Big Picture Classes to somehow include a color wheel in your layout.

I'm adapting a technique I used for a card several years ago.  I love it because it is fast and easy, but packs a punch.  Basically, you lay down a scrap piece of cardstock, and spray some mist on your base, kind of over top of the scrap piece so you get a defined line.  Then you move the scrap piece to uncover some 'virgin' territory on your base and spray again, and repeat all the way around.  This allows the colors to do some blending and overlapping while still maintaining definition between colors.

I trimmed the sprayed piece of cardstock down, mounted it to some black cardstock, stitching it down for some extra texture and adhesion since the sprayed pieces was a bit warped.  A little bit of black splatter finished the background off.

Since the background is so bold and kind of the star of the show, I kept everything else pretty simple.  The photo is layered over a couple pieces of patterned paper.  The photo and top piece of paper were adhered together and popped up over the black and white piece in order to create a channel for an Elle's Studio tag that contains the journaling.  I added another tag from Elle's Studio at the bottom for a bit of balance, and the title in Black Thickers.

Bright and fun and fast, my kind of scrapbooking!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

(Grand) Mother's Day Dinner

I scrapbooked!  Actually it's not that bad, I've been scrapbooking semi-regularly of late.  I'm trying to finish up our vacation scrapbook from last year.  My goal is to have it done before we leave for vacation this summer.  I should be able to do it.  I'm about halfway through the trip right now.

Anyway, Saturday was National Scrapbook Day.  I love NSD because although I don't normally get to do a ton of scrapbooking on the actual day due to running kids all over the place, there are always lots of challenges and inspiration (and giveaways) to enter.  The good news is that several of the challenges give you a week or so to enter which is often a great jump-start for my scrapping.

This year I won't be able to get as many challenges done because I'm forcing myself to work in a vacation layout between challenge layouts, but here is my first challenge layout.

For this layout I pulled out a bunch of my Neat & Tangled dies.  The background was created using the largest of the dies from the Triangle Pattern Builder set.  I cut the triangles from white cardstock as well as a seriously old Teresa Collins print.  The patterned paper has a bit of texture to it which adds some extra dimension.  The triangles were arranged in a quilt pattern with some of the triangle pieces missing/blank.

Once the background was complete, I added the photos/mats.  The title was created using my Journaling Alpha and Number dies and adhesive foam.  I popped the title piece up so I could slip the tag (Classic Tag 1 from Neat & Tangled) which was cut from another piece of that Teresa Collins (Tell Your Story) collection behind it.

I'm linking this up with challenges at Studio Calico, Big Picture Classes and  Hoping to get a few more done before the challenges all close. Thanks for stopping by!