Child’s Play/Inspired By Crossover!

Happy April, folks!  I’m pleased to be part of this month’s special event, a crossover between Child’s Play Challenges and Inspired By Challenges!  It’s especially exciting to me because I’m on both DTs.

Here’s the inspiration photo:

April Inspiration Photo

And the sketch:

April Sketch

Here’s my LO:

April Child's Play/Inspired By Crossover

April Child’s Play/Inspired By Crossover

I am soooo pleased with this LO.  You know how sometimes they just turn out right?  This was one of those!

You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted my Ice Castle LO, and I talked about using a stencil and embossing ink/powder to create the background?  I used that same technique (even the same stencil!) here.  This time, I deliberately left out bits of the pattern to give it a wind/sand blown look.  The distress stamping was for the same sort of a look.  I used several BoBunny stamps for that.  I chose the colours for the stamped images from the sand in the jars of the inspiration photo.  I also created the file folder and both envelopes.  The file folder I used a TH Die to get the tab shape.  The envelopes I just free handed.  I LOVE the way the envelopes turned out.  They sort of polish off the “travel” look.  The tiny envelope in the top corner especially makes me smile.  The title letters I first coloured with red ink, but they were kind of dull looking, so I added a layer of red stickles and that really brightened them up.  And finally, I created the film strip look of the photos on my computer using some frames by Katie Periete.

Don’t forget to link your LO to both the Child’s Play and Inspired By Blogs!  And let us know what inspired you!  Happy scrapping!

Child’s Play “Favourite Things” Blog Hop

Hey everyone, and welcome to the Child’s Play “Favourite Things” Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Stephanie’s Blog not, hit the Child’s Play Blog to get started!

When I was a baby, only hours old, I got my 1st Stuffed Animal:  Floppy.  I don’t know who named him, or how the name came about, but he’s always been Floppy.  He was a gift from my Paternal Grandmother.  She gave one to each of her sons’ 1st child.  I am the only one who developed an attachment to mine.  I slept with him every night til I was a teenager!  Now, he sits on my dresser and watches over me.

Me and Floppy at 3 Days Old and Floppy in 2013.

Me and Floppy at 3 Days Old and Floppy in 2013.

Ok, now… don’t faint!  I know, this is NOT the style you’ve come to expect from me.  In fact, I think this is the 2nd time I’ve ever used flowers on a LO.  Yeah…. I had to dig deep to make this work.  But, I like the way it turned out.  (Still never going to switch to this style permanently.  But it makes a nice change.)

The centre cream block is made from 1 piece of pp that I tore, distressed, tore, distressed, layered, layered with lace, distressed and finally let dry.  I quite like the effect.  And, it really is a fairly simple LO, even though it looks very busy.

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next point of call is Heather’s Blog.  See you there!

Inspired By’s First Fabulous Fall Blog Hop

Hello!  And welcome to Inspired By’s First Fabulous Fall Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Melissa’s Blog.  If you haven’t, please pop over to the Inspired By Blog to kick start your journey.

As you (should) by now know, the DT for Inspired By was given this sketch:

October Blog Hop Sketch

October Blog Hop Sketch

And this is the “other” inspiration:

October Blog Hop Inspiration

October Blog Hop Inspiration

And, as you should ALSO know by now, I’m a MASSIVE Whovian.  (Massive as in obsessive, not large in stature.)  For Halloween last year, I made a start on an Epic Weeping Angel Costume.  I’m working on upgrading the wings this year.  But anyway, I used those photos for my LO:

Don't Blink: Inspired By Blog Hop

Don’t Blink: Inspired By Blog Hop

I learned a new trick on this LO: Modeling Paste works great with embossing powder!  I thought it might, so when I spread the paste through the Heidi Swapp stencil I then dumped Stampendous’ Shabby Silver (love those shabby enamels!) to see what would happen. It stuck. I actually ended up using this technique twice on this project. I heated it both whilst the paste was still wet, and once it had dried. Both worked fine. I found that heating from the back was infinitely superior to heating from the front. It does, however, use a lot of powder very quickly. But totally worth it.

I know, you’re saying, “But Adele, you said you used “those photos” plural. There’s only one photo on here.”

Well, maybe there is only one photo… But this is a Weeping Angel we’re talking about. And as any good Whovian knows, “the image of an Angel becomes an Angel.”

Blink and You're Dead

Blink and You’re Dead

“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.”

If you get lost, here’s the complete list of participants:

Guest DT over on Sketch’n Scrap

Hey everyone!

1 – Sorry about yesterday’s bizarre posting.  I do have a Blog Hop that I’m participating in, and I had scheduled that post for the 21st.  I checked and double checked the scheduled date.  They were correct.  No idea why WordPress decided to post on the 14th instead.  Anyway…. check back here on the 21st for the REAL Blog Hop!

2 – Today I’m very excited to share Sketch’n Scrap’s Reveal today!  They kindly invited Inspired By Design Team to participate.  Pop on over to Sketch’n Scrap to get going!

Pretty Cool!

Pretty Cool!

Did you know, you can colour the paste after it’s dry with Distress Inks/Stains/Paints or other paints and inks and (several) Q-Tips?  That’s how I did the blue dots on my LO.

Happy Hopping!

Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking (Giveaway!)

Creating Keepsakes has just released a new magazine, Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking (The Digital Issue is here.)

This thing is LOADED with tips for every level of photographer.  Point & Shoot?  Kiss Auto good-bye!  Learning Apertures and ISO?  This is going to be your new best friend.  An old hand?  This has some great tricks.  Even if you don’t need the camera help, there are some amazing composition helps!  Seriously, this thing is bursting with great knowledge.

Then, as if that isn’t enough, there are all sorts of Photo Editing and Digital Scrapping bits!  I’m quite an advanced Digi-Scrapper (even if I do say so myself) and I still learned loads.  And if you’re thinking about dipping your toe but are a bit intimidated and don’t know where to start?  START HERE!!!!  Seriously, it’s wonderful.

Want a Sneak Peak?  Click the link to get a peak of all the wonderfulness that is this Special Issue!  And don’t forget to check out the Additional Online Content!

Ok, so as you can tell, I’m kind of a fan of this new magazine!  I’m such a fan that I’m going to give a copy away.  Leave a comment here by 11.59 pm Pacific 8 September, and I’ll post a winner on the 9th.

Here are a few more locations to get registered for a chance to win a copy:

Joey Manwarren http://everydayimagination.blogspot.com/
Laina Lamb http://www.lifeonthelamb.blogspot.com/
Adele Beck (You’re Here!) http://dleebug.wordpress.com/
Erika Hayes http://www.thinkingthroughdesign.typepad.com
Jana Morton http://janamorton.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Gretchen McElveen http://www.gretchenmac.blogspot.com
Iris Uy http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com/
Ashley Harris (The Scrap Review) http://www.thescrapreview.com
Lain Ehmann http://www.layoutaday.com
Susan Mintmire http://www.designteamcalls.com
Patty Cieri http://thegreenhouseonthehill.blogspot.com/
Ashley Horton http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com/
Stacy Cohen http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/
Autumn Baldwin http://itsalwaysautumn.com