Friday, April 18, 2014

Can't wait to see you again

My husband goes on business trips once in a while. Every time, I put a card in his suitcase with a photo of us inside. This time, I did it a little differently. I used a DCWV envelope from the Vintage Collector line. I decorated the back of it.


Here's the card that goes inside: 
I used the Chalk Fun stack.


These are the contents of the envelope:

 


Vintage Collector Envelopes (Michaels) and the Chalk Fun stack (Hobby Lobby):

 



Friday, April 11, 2014

Curly fries and shakes



My friend Pauline visited us from France last November. We took her on Route 66 to the filming site of Baghdad Cafe. We took a detour and ate at this cafe which happens to be a little off Route 66. It's full of American memorabilia and lots of souvenirs. I LOVE the 50's. I have the whole "I love Lucy" collection. Love the fashion too. That gave me the idea to decorate this dress form from Basically Bare as a 50's style dress. 


In the journaling I wrote about the milkshakes and curly fries. Pauline tried a milk shake almost everywhere we went. She deemed these the best milkshakes we had the whole trip. The curly fires were a big surprise for her, because she had never seen them before. 

I used the Chalk Fun stack out at Hobby Lobby: 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Art of Traveling

I really wanted to do a mini album with my pictures from the art I've had the pleasure to see throughout my trips. Mostly I travel to specific places to see certain pieces of art (and sometimes, I just bump into cool art by pure luck). I took art history classes and was never able to let go of the desire to see things in person. So here are a few highlights from the album:





 

Hope you have a great rest of the week and some time to get crafty!

I used the DCWV Vintage Lane stack: 



Friday, April 4, 2014

Picture Perfect

It's the first weekend of April, that means a new challenge over at DCWV :) 

Here are the sketches for this month: 


I only got to make a LO this month.
This is my take on the sketch:


I used the Chalk Fun stack from Hobby Lobby. 

I left a space for journaling hidden behind the photo. 
All the embellishments I used on the page are cut out from the stack. The shapes are pretty easy to cut, I did it while watching tv. 



 

That was a fun LO to make! 

Hope you give the sketch a try :) 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bonjour!

I have a love of all things French. The Boutique Vintage stack is just perfect :) Even if you don't love French stuff, these papers are just pretty!

 
I made a super quick card and then a LO using some of the left over papers: 

 

Love how the Vintage Collector embellishments and papers work with this stack.

When my friend visited me from France, She told me: 'Wow, you have so many Eiffel Towers!' 
Here are just a few of the Eiffel towers around my house...


 



 My husband took this shot :) 
 

This is Boutique Vintage, watch the video for this new stack here: 





Monday, March 24, 2014

DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft



I'm so excited about this blog hop! I've loved Faber-Castel products for a long time and it was so much fun to combine them with my favorite DCWV textures.

There’s some great prizes too- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV will be giving away $75 in product at the end of the hop.  To win, follow the list below and leave a comment.  The hop will end at 5PM EST on Friday, March 28th.  The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st on each of the company’s blogs. 

 

I really wanted a special page for these pictures. They give me a very HAPPY feeling  and I love the sun rays coming through the trees. I wanted to mimic that in the background paper. I thought the woven craft cardstock was a great background because its a little less stark than white for these pictures.

 

I wanted the journaling to be more private so I made it a pull tab behind this cut out tag from the Bohemian Sunrise stack. 

 


To make the background I used a DCWV Template and Woven paper along with Faber-Castel Gelatos, whipped spackle and metallic pens. 

I used an old gift card to spread the spackle over the stencil. Once it was dry, I made some lines radiating from the center using gelatos. Then with a brush and some water, I went over the gelato lines and turned them into watercolors.  

 

I outlined some circles with a metallic pen.

So happy! 

I tried a couple other things too. Some chalkboard paint on white woven paper, doodled with metallic pens.


But it cracked, so I didn't want to use it with a photo. I'll save it for another project. I'm thinking a collage of things I love :)  I think if I had used a smooth paper and/or less paint it wouldn't have cracked. But I do like the cracked look...
 

The next thing I tried was to shave a bit of gelato and mix it into the whipped spackle. 
I just used my brush handle.


Then I spread it over a DCWV flourish template. Looks just like icing!


Love the soft and pretty look on this DCWV adhesive fabric. 
Now I have another background to play with later ;)


Here's the hop list: 
Jill- http://stampinginspiredby.blogspot.com/ 

For extra entries, follow Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV on twitter!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Breakfast with a view

We never spend too much when we travel because we live like locals as much as possible. Here we're grabbing coffee and pastries at a little shop in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain. It was a 2 story fast food place and the top story was empty. It was just us. We put the camera on the table across from us to take this picture. 


 

I cut out this circle from the stack and added the bird brad. 

Love the colors in the Coral & Navy stack!