Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stampotique Challenge Card For A Child

Hello everyone, it's Wednesday and it's time again for another challenge at Stampotique.
Our hostess this week is Janet and she is challenging us to make a "Card for a Child" here is what she says about this fun challenge

"So often we create to amuse ourselves or other adults. Children love stamping and enjoy to see what is created especially for them. For this week’s Stampotique Designers Challenge I am challenging you to create a card that will have appeal for a child, be it a young one or teen."

This week I kept it simple but sweet. I made a card for a girls birthday

I used Stampotique Stamps:

Dorothy - By Artist Janet Klein
Towering Gifts - By Artist Daniel Torrente
Barcode Text - By France Papillon

Come on by the Challenge blog and take part in this wonderful challenge this week. You could win a 30.00 gift certificate to the online store. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stampotique Challenge - Early Halloween

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog, today is Wednesday and that means another challenge at Stampotique's Designer's Challenge Blog

This week Carol is our hostess and she is challenging us to an Early Halloween, this is what Carol says about this fun challenge

" I just love Halloween so any excuses to do a make a month early is OK in my book"

So let's see your best Halloween projects this week.

I made an art journal page, my background was done with acrylic paint, simply rubbed on with my finger.... the Trick or Treat words and fence are a Tim Holtz die

I used Stampotique Stamps:

Majestic Tree - By Roc Nicholas
Skull Moon - By Arwen McCullen
Lovelyarethesound and Halloween Cube2 by Daniel Torrente

So come on by the Blog and join us in this Halloween challenge

Friday, September 18, 2015

More Fun with My Filofax - Making your own Dividers and Calendar

Welcome back to the blog, today I want to talk about my filofax. I recently bought a new one from my Local Store (Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking) where I work. My boss got in some Personal Maldens and Oh my word! I fell in love with them. They are so soft and fabulous.
At any rate I had to purchase the purple one

I previously had an A5 that I was using, you can see the size difference here:

These are some of the pages I preciously made for my larger A5 - I blogged about that here:

I had set up my A5 to be my all around planner BUT I really like the size of the Malden because it fits nicely into my purse. What I decided to do was switch from my A5 to my Malden and use my A5 as my "Design Team" planner at home and Keeping track of everything I do with the Stampotique Design Team
It's not easy to make the switch and it took me a few days, here is what I started with..

I made some section dividers, these were made with Bella Blvd Patterned Acrylic, it's perfect to cut down to size and use for dividers and there are so many fun patterns to choose from

I also cut a sheet of the same acrylic to use for washi tape, I wrapped my tape around the sheet and it's perfect because the washi just comes right off of it and doesn't stick, so I can use it in my planner

I also used Tim Holtz pocket sleeves to create some pockets for my filofax. These are great because they are thin but sturdy. They are not created specifically for the filofax so I had to create my own holes. I first added colorful washi tape to my edge, preparing them for the new holes
I used my crop a dile and a template to punch the perfect holes
These sleeves are great for holding washi tape paper, business cards, photos and so much more

This is a photo of my washi tape holder and my Tim Holtz pocket page together. You can see that I used the Tim Holtz pocket for my colored tape

This is my front page, as you can see I have my credit cards and business frequent shopper cards here, I also created a bookmark with my Bella Blvd Acrylic.

Lastly I created a Work Schedule monthly page so that I can easily look here to see what days I work and what days I am off work
For this I started with a sheet of paper that was exactly the size I needed for my planner, I wanted a full month on one page and the planner is small so I simply created it.
I then traced this same calendar onto a 81/2x11 sheet of printer paper. Once that was done I wrote the days. This way I can make copies whenever I need to and I don't have to do this step again

I then used photo corners on top of my divider in order to insert my calendar onto the page, this makes it easy to take it out each month and replace it again with a new month and schedule. I love it!

Here is a close up of the photo corners

(yes we have Marjie Kemper coming to teach at the store, I wrote that in pink, it's special haha!)

So my final insert looks like this:

Well hopefully this gives you some ideas on how to make some of these things for yourself instead of buying them. I always love the idea of making things I need, it just makes it more special and personal. I know switching over to a new planner isn't easy and it's a process but these tips might help you make it easier.

We have all of the supplies used in the post in the store
Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Stampotique Challenge 213 - Milestone Celebrations

Hello and welcome back to the blog today. It's time for another challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog
Our hostess this week is Kathi and her challenge to us is "Milestone Celebrations" and here is what she has to say about it:

"21, 25, 50, 60th Birthday or Anniversary -- It's time to celebrate! Let's see a project that celebrates those sometimes scary milestones of life!"

For this challenge, I decided to do a fun tag for a friend for her birthday. 
This tag is loosely based upon Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 for August

I used Stampotique stamps:
Newton - By Artist Daniel Torrente
French Text - By Artist Jo Capper-Sandon (stamped lightly in my background)

Thanks so much for coming by, check out other inspiration from the design team over at Designer's Challenge Blog and come and join us on Facebook too, we have a great group with tons of inspiration. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Stampotique Challenge - Only Two Stamps

Welcome back to the blog today, it's Wednesday and you know what that means, it's time for another challenge over at:
  Nellie is our hostess and she is challenging us to "Only use two stamps" Here is what Nellie says about this challenge,

"I tend to use a lot of stamps when I create something. Thought I might challenge myself and all of you by limiting the number of stamps. So no more than two stamps please!"
It's so darn hard to just chose two stamps to play with, specially with all the wonderful stamps you can get from Stampotique.

For this challenge I decided to do a journal page
Although I didn't want to pick I decided the two stamps I chose are:

Mushroom Forest and Large Fleurfly both by Artist Janet Klein

Hope you like my colorful page haha!
Come on by the Stampotique Challenge Blog and join us this week. You could be in the winning for a 30.00 gift certificate to the online store.
Thanks for coming by and have a great week

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bible Journaling - My New Passion

Hello and welcome back to the blog today. I wanted to introduce you to my newest favorite past time. Bible Journaling. 

We recently had Stephanie Ackerman come to our local scrapbook store and I took her Bible Lettering and Journaling class and I fell for it full force. Ever since I had been searching for a Journaling Bible because the margins in my current Bible are just too skinny to journal. 
I took a trip to Mardel where I found a few, in two different sizes and they were on sale! Yay! It's not my favorite translation (ESV) but I like that the margins are nice and big.

Since then I have done several pages and I wanted to share those with you today

Stephanie had stamped these and put them into our kits and I went ahead and colored it and added this to the very cover of my Bible with some wash tape, I have a bracelet that says this and I just love the message here

My pages are deeply personal but I want to share with you my journey 
This page was my very first one in this Bible and was done with one of Stephanies print outs, I simply traced it onto my page and then made it my own, I drew the flowers at the bottom
I have been using Neocolors and a water brush for almost all of my pages
Psalms 46:10

Next I did this page and free handed the lettering. I need some more practice but it's a journey, right?
Hebrew 11:6

Hebrews 11:39-40

Hebrews 11:1

for the next two pages I traced one of my wonderful friends flower and butterflies. She is an amazing artist (Terri Richardson)
Romans 12:2 

Proverbs 3:5

I was highly frustrated the day I did this page and I prayed and asked the Lord for peace on my heart.
John 16:33

This page evolved as I went along, I never knew I could draw an eye haha! 
Ephesians 1:18

For this page I added a stamped sentiment by Stephanie and Unity Stamps and taped it into the page with washi tape
I wrote behind it about my anxiety
Pilippians 4: 4-7

This is also a drawing by my wonderful friend Terri - I did the lettering
Mathew 9:29

This is the verse that is engraved inside my wedding ring, it means a lot to me and my husband
Song of Solomon 8:6

Psalms 18: 1-3

That's it for me today, I'm sure you will see even more Bible journaling from me here on the blog since it's my new passion.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday and a great Labor Day tomorrow

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SDC 211 - Perfectly Primary

Welcome back to the blog today, it's another Wednesday and you know what that means, another challenge over at:
Stampotique Challenge Blog

Sue Davies is our hostess this week and she's bringing us back to our childhood days:

Take 2 of the 3 primary colours (and the colours that they create when mixed) and just use these on your creation. You can also use black and white if you like. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.

For my creation I decided to do an Art Journal Page
I used DecoArt media paints for my background
my blue didn't come out as bright as I had wanted but it was ok. I used the paint through a brick stencil

for my creation I used Stampotique Stamps:

Jester - By Artist Kate Crane
Capture the Magic - By Artist Roc Nicholas

Come on over to the blog and join us for this wonderfully fun challenge.