Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cards Using Distress Oxide Inks

Impossible

I've been wanting to try this technique since I saw Karen's post on her blog Snippets. I bought my Distress Oxides quite awhile ago but haven't taken the time to play around with them. I've been on a mini book kick recently and haven't made any cards for awhile. When I sat down to start creating these cards, I was wondering if I'd forgotten how since it's been so long! Anyway, these cards were inspired by Karen's blog post.

The one above uses a stamp set from Stampin' Up called Flowering Fields and a sentiment from a stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy called Inspirational Work Art 2. 

Brightest Stars

For the card above and below I used two different sets from Sweet 'n Sassy. One set is Inspirational Work Art 2 and the other is Inspirational Word Art 1. I also used the Timeless Texture stamp set from Stampin' Up.

Intention

The card below uses a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! called Uplifting Thoughts. I also used two different dies from a Tim Holtz Alterations set from Sizzix. It's one of the mixed media sets. I don't see a name on the package so I'm not sure what it's called. 

Reasons

I do like these new distress oxide inks from Ranger Ink. They definitely are different than the regular distress inks. I have to try some more stamping with them before I form an opinion. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Girl Mini Album

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

I finished the second baby album I've been working on for my supervisor at work. This one has been created using Carta Bella's Rock-A-Bye Baby Girl collection. Now I can take this book and the baby book I created here so that she can choose which one she likes best. 

I love how the cover turned out! I do like the colors in this collection. Once I started working on the book I was having a bit of a struggle because I didn't think there were enough patterns in this collection. On the backs of some of the patterns there were large cut-a-parts. I went out and matched some solid colors to the collection knowing that I would have to use more solid colors than I normally do when making a book. The further along I got I actually started really loving how it was coming together. I think this one might be a close favorite of mine. 

For the flowers on the cover I shopped my own stash! It's a good think I pick things up when I see them on sale not knowing what they will be used for!

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

I kept the back and the spine simple. 

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

I did add a waterfall in the front inside cover. I add waterfalls to all my books. To me it's worth it for the extra amount of photos that can be added. 

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

There are six pockets with a mat for each one. I just added patterned paper to one side.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

This waterfall has three pages.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

I used some of the chipboard elements and stickers to embellish these pages.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

The page has two flaps that open.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

I left the back of the flaps black.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

More flaps!

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

I added a pocket that holds a trip-fold booklet. I cut down one of the cut-a-parts for the front of the pocket.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

One page has a belly band that holds two mats and one page has two flaps. 

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

More chipboard embellishments.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

Stacked pocket that holds cut-a-parts from the collection. The inside back cover holds another waterfall.

Carta Bella Rock-A-Bye Baby Mini Album

That's it! I hope she likes them! 

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Authentique's Cuddle Girl Mini Album

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

I finally took photos of this mini album that I made. I've had it done for awhile and was ready to start another book with a different collection of paper. I detoured and made a book that is almost exactly like the first one. One book is for my supervisor at work and the other is for a friend. Since it wasn't crucial that I have the other book with another paper collection finished just yet, it worked out perfectly. 

I actually have almost all the papers cut for the next book. I also have the cover and spine already finished. It won't take me long to get it done provided I don't have a month at work like I've just had to go through. When you get home after long days and your energy is sucked out of you, you are just able to get the minimum done that needs to be taken care of.

For the spine I use Ranger Sticky Back Canvas in Natural. I'm using it more and more on my spines. I just like the way the book lays and I don't have to worry about cracking. 

I also left the spine blank. I did that so that if they want to customize it with a date and name they can.

The paper collection I used for this book is from Authentique. The collection is called Cuddle.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

This is the back.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The book below is the second book I made. Everything is the same on the front, back cover and spine except the ribbon.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

On the inside front cover I did a three page waterfall that will hold about seven photos.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

On the second book I changed the die cut. With both they are not adhered all the way down so that a photo can be slipped under.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The next two pages are different in both books. The first book has two diagonal pockets that hold mats that were die cut using some Sizzix Dies. I don't remember what the name the die is.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The photo below is out of order. There are six pockets, one on each page and they each hold a photo mat.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The photo below is also out of order and should be above the photo above. The flaps open to hold other photos.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

In the second book I opted for a stacked pocket. I also didn't use dies for the mats and I kept more of the mats plain black instead of adding patterned paper.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The page below is the same in both books, just different patterned paper.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

More flaps, just a different size.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album


Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The flaps below are even larger.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

When opened each has a pocket with photo mats

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album


Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

This page holds a belly band with photo mat and a booklet that folds out.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album


Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

In the first book I left both pages blank for larger photos.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

In the second book I added one of the 3x4 cards from the collection. It's also just partially adhered so that a photo can slip under it.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

The back cover holds a waterfall. I always add those to books as they add so much more space for photos.

Authentique Cuddle Girl Album

That's it! Now to finish the next girl book. Then I'll be working on baby boy books using the collections that match the baby girl collections.

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