Mini Album By the Sea

Good morning everyone, Steph here with a fun mini album that is perfect to showcase all those upcoming summer/vacation photos.   This album is not your usual album - it contains pages made of chipboard, corrugated board, felt, canvas and acrylic.  The possibilities are endless because you can use this album as it comes, or take it apart and rearrange it.

The Graphic 45 By the Sea collection was the perfect paper to use with its bright colors, lots of designs and different sized elements that work well together.

Since I was adding fussy cut elements to the front cover, I first inked the chipboard with ColorBox Chestnut Roan chalk ink.   Three different sheets of paper were cut apart and reassembled on the front cover.

 A peak inside.

There are lots of spaces for photos.  I cut apart one of the squares from the Window Die cut to create triangles which I inked and then added rub-ons on one.

The next page has real shells that were nestled amongst some May Arts burlap ribbon and then glittered.  The felt page was painted with Art Anthology's Honolulu Blue Sorbet and Aloha Velvet paints through a ColorBox Art Screen.  I mixed the colors together, then added die cuts and ribbons.

The reverse side of the felt page reused the ColorBox Art Screen this time with Art Anthology's Waimea Bay Colorations Spray as I wanted just a hint of color.  A Spellbinders anchor was die cut and added to the next page because it worked well with the selected papers.

The lighthouse scrap was left over after I fussy cut the front cover.  I love the colors and the elements so I fixed it, mixed it with cardstock and other papers to fit the album.  The next page is a large canvas circle which I lightly painted through the ColorBox Art Screen with Art Anthology's Honolulu Blue Sorbet and then  Aloha Velvet was painted around the edges.  I purposely frayed the canvas.

The acrylic page was spritzed with Art Anthology's Waimea Bay Colorations, several rub-ons were added and some May Arts ribbon was tied around the page.  A small strip of pattern paper was added to the bottom and Aloha Velvet paint was used as the adhesive.  The final page is a pocket page that can hold all the treasures from your trip or additional photos.

I didn't want to decorate the back page so I chose to paint it with Art Anthology's Chocolate Sorbet paint creating a white-wash effect (only it's brown!).

Basically Bare Simply Shapely Album
Basically Bare Window Die Cut
Art Anthology Sorbet - Honolulu Blue, Chocolate
Art Anthology Velvet - Aloha
Art Anthology Colorations - Waimea Bay
Clearsnap Ink and Art Screen
Graphic 45 pattern paper
Bazzill cardstock
May Arts ribbon
Robins Nest rub-ons

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Always believe

Hi everyone, I'm using some awesome stamps today from Rubber Dance.  I love creating larger cards (approximately 5" x 6 1/2") and this sentiment is extra large and works perfectly on my card.

This sentiment is #SEW1-M Something Wonderful, a stamp set that consists of 9 very different stamps in a variety of sizes and fonts.

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Embossing:  Cuttlebug
Pattern Paper:  American Crafts

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Tickled Pink with Susan K. Weckesser

Hi everyone. 

I recently received some awesome Core-dinations cardstock called Tillie Dot Spotted.  I created a 5 1/2" square card and, using the Core-dinations sander, I lightly sanded the embossed dots.

I just love the Susan K. Weckesser pattern papers.  They are double sided beauties.  Using the Tickled Pink tag from the Live in Color collection, I die cut it into a heart, inking it with pink ink.   I matted it with Core-dinations cardstock and a scalloped layer from the Live in Color collection

I tied some pink May Arts Mesh ribbon around the card.

Wouldn't this be great to announce a new arrival?

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Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps.   This week's Simple Salutations Challenge 112 is favorite school subject.

I love art so I chose the Art Works stamp set with some fun pattern paper from Karen Foster Designs.

I repeatedly stamped "Art" across the yellow strip and adhered it in place.

The Art quote was stamped in black, torn and then matted with torn yellow cardstock before adhering across the strip.

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Summer Picnic Basket with Cornish Heritage Farms

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms, and Iris has asked us to create anything BUT a card. 

I created this Picnic Basket using the Gingham Backgrounder with Clearsnap Red Barn Chalk Ink on white cardstock.

Here's how I created this basket:
Align 12" x 12" cardstock on Scor-Pal and score at 3 1/2" and 8 1/2"
Rotate and score at 3 1/2" and 8 1/2"
Fold on score lines and cut as shown below

Add score tape around the middle panels

Fold up to create the box

Stamp Gingham Backgrounder Stamp  onto white cardstock panels cut to 3" x 4 1/2" using ColorBox Red Barn Chalk Ink
Mat panels with black cardstock cut to 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" 

Adhere panels to the sides of the box

Cut 2 pieces of red cardstock 5" x 8 1/2"
Align the 8 1/2" edge to the Scorpal and score at 2 1/2"
Punch a circle (or similar shape) in both at the opposite end
Place Scor-tape as shown and adhere both pieces above the score line

To create the inserts, cut 2 pieces of cardstock 3 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Score 1/2" on each long side
Rotate and score at 1/2", 3 1/2", 4" and 7"

Snip the corner squares out as shown below
Fold on all score lines

Add Score-tape to 3 sides and adhere to create the inserts

Adhere Scor-tape to the insert and remove the backing

Fit inserts inside the picnic caddy allowing them to adhere

Decorate as desired - I used die cut elements from my Cricut using From My Kitchen cartridge

Fill with party gear and enjoy.

Don't forget to stop by everyone's blog today for more inspiration.

Cornish Heritage Farms Blog - http://cornishheritagefarms.blogspot.com
Frances Byrne (Design Team Co-ordinator) - http://stampowl.blogspot.com
Kristine Reynolds - http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com
Steph Ackerman - http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/  HERE
Amber Hillman - http://ambersantics.blogspot.com
Ann Marie Saunders - http://cre8nart.blogspot.com
Irit Shalom - http://iritshalom.blogspot.co.il
Kelly Santi - http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com
Maureen Russell - http://maureensmagic.blogspot.com

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With Love, thank you

Hi everyone, it's time to showcase stamps from the Rubber Dance.  I am loving these red rubber stamps.

Using dies from the Stamp Doctor and Spellbinders, I've created a very different shaped card. 
The sentiments are from #JNEN-2E.
To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Dies:  TheStampDoctor, Spellbinders
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Back to School Purse

Hi everyone  Scor-Pal is celebrating the upcoming school year with lots of fun back to school projects.

Today I'm sharing a project I think any girl would love to use for school.   Add a post it note pad inside with a pen or pencil and note taking is now a breeze.

Using a template I created, I cut the cardstock and the coordinating pattern paper.
Score 3 lines in the center of the cardstock and then mountain/valley fold.

Cut the pattern paper into 2 pieces.
Fussy cut the pattern paper so it is slightly smaller than the cardstock.
Adhere it to the cardstock.

Create the handles from a 12" x 1 3/4" piece of cardstock.
Score the length and fold in half.
Add Scor tape down the center and adhere together.

Add Scor tape along the back edge and add the handles to the purse. 
Create a front panel and adhere it to the inside back on top of the handles. 

Add pattern paper inside to cover the added panel.
Punch along the bottom edge for some visual interest.

Add a button to the flap and you are done.  Just adhere the post it note stack inside.

And another view.

I'm thinking this would be a fun gift for a teacher - I think she'd love it, don't you?

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I Love you Bear

Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers &  Stamps.   This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #111 is about bears.

I die cut the little guy using my Cricut.
The sentiment is from the Roses 2014 stamp set - so many stamps to work with.

Because  I was using a premade card, I needed little embellishing.

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Flowers and more flowers

Hi everyone, this month the Robin's Nest design team is  working with flowers.

Hello Friend starts with a Sizzix die which cut the base card from red cardstock.  With the included dies, I die cut all the other elements.

The paper I've used is the Tulip Wheels cardstock.  This lovely cardstock is double sided so I used both sides of the paper.  The flowers were used on the outside panel and the striped paper was used on the inside panel.

Sentiments were added and to bother sides of the flip.  I added a  few dew drops around the card.

The next card is an easel using the same Tulip Wheels Cardstock.  Loving the floral paper on the top of the easel and the striped for the base.  The colors work so well together. 
The image was colored to coordinate with the colors in the papers and May Arts ribbon was tied around the card.  Several dew drops were added for visual interest around the card.

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Air Mail Album

Last month I had this Air Mail Album on the   Basically Bare blog.  I love this Artful Binder.  These binders come in assorted sizes and I’m working with the 8″ x 8″ one today.  This chipboard binder is heavy quality and  comes with 4 assorted pages.

I wanted to allow the raw edges of the binder to show, so I cut cardstock and pattern paper smaller than the binder.  After adding the primary layer, I tied some coordinating May Arts ribbon around the album, then added assorted layers on top.

The interior of the album is covered simply with more coordinating papers in keeping with the travel theme.

The included pages consist of chipboard, corrugated board, canvas, acrylic and watercolor paper.  Each page is perfect for adding your own personal  touches.

The acrylic page is fun to add assorted elements on.  I chose to ink the edges and add several words.

A stencil or two plus some spray inks adds some visual interest on the canvas sheet.  Several added tags provide more journaling and photo opportunities.

This is a fun album to work with and has so many options.  Additional expansion packs are available to add more pages to your album.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Basically Bare Album
Clearsnap Ink and Art Screens
October Afternoon pattern paper
May Arts ribbon