Sunday, July 15, 2007

Layouts of the Stanley Hotel

These are all photos and layouts of the Stanley hotel. Jim surprised me with it and made reservations there. It was really quaint and fun to be there. Since The Shining was filmed there, I had to rent the movie. They disguised it in the movie pretty well. I did not recognize a lot of the hotel at all. But I am still glad I saw it after my stay so as not to look for Jack...

Both of these layouts were done with Coordinates Collections kits. The one on the left is Bazzill and Three Bugs in a Rug papers. I cut out the little circle shapes. I have to say, those ones with the circles within the circles were a big pain to cut. I am glad I had my cute little Stampin Up scissors with me else I would still be cutting. LOL

The layouts of the inside were done with another Coordinates Collections kit. I think the patterned paper is Chatterbox, the chipboard is Lil' Davis. I added Prima and Bazzill flowers, Lasting Impressions Matte brads, and used the Autumn Leaves stamps underneath the sides to add an extra accent. I am not sure why, but I really struggled with this layout. While I rarely do it, I actually made a layout, tore it apart and redid it. It is still not my favorite, but at least it is done.
And that always feels good.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Colorado scrapbook papes

One of the days from my trip up to Northern California was spent just scrapping. It was so wonderful to have nothing to do all day! I made over 10 pages and just started scanning them in. I worked mostly on the photos from Colorado in 2005. It is my first completely 8.5x11 album. I took my Club Scrap Wild Wild West kit to do the photos from horseback riding and the Buffalo Bill museum. It worked perfectly for the photos.

The photo on the left is the horseback riding trip. I am not a big horse nut - I don't mind them, but don't particularly get into them. So, this made my third time ever on a horse. Isn't my little guy cute? Everything on the layouts is from Club Scrap Wild Wild West except the pen. I never would that thought I would have a use for this kit. How did they know? LOL

The next layout uses the other half of the belt I cut from the embossed papers and it is just the scenery we saw. I actually added from sun stuff to the kit on this layout. The letters are American Crafts Thickers - the felt ones (so fun to rub!!!) The flowers are from my stash of way too many flower and the button is Foofala. Kind of looks like the sun shining over the mountains, doesn't it?

Okay, one more (and then I got tired of scanning). The Buffalo Bill museum was near Golden, CO where we visited my friends Christy and Kirk. Very cool memorabilia and I actually learned a few things. Again, the background papers are Club Scrap Wild Wild West (ergo the creative title of the page), but the red is actually from the salsa kit. Ink is Ranger Adirondack Slate, brads were generously donated by Wendy. I used the circle stamp from the WWW kit to decorate some of the Salsa POPS and then stamped the letters over that to add dimension.

I have another layout of the grave site which is right by the museum, but it needs some finishing touches which I have not figured out yet. So, I'll post that when I do...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

While Impatiently Waiting...

While anxiously waiting to be able to place an order from the new Stampin Up catalog, I started playing with one of the sets I was able to preorder from it. These cards are for another demo friend who did not preorder this set. It is called Pick a Petal. It comes with 6 petals, 4 flower centers and a smaller flower stamp. It is so fun to play with! The first card is y favorite, probably because of the colors. I have been really into combinations of reds and blues laterly. The flower was stamped with the polka dot petal and then the scribble petal over it.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Warm Words, Fine Lace Background
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron, Brocade Blue
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Blashful Blue craft, Versamark
Misc: White grosgrain (died by running it over the Purely Pomegranate pad), buttons

On the next card, I used some of the Petals and Paisley papers which were sitting around on my desk. Sometimes leaving things out pays off. It is neat to be able to stamp an outline stamp over patterned paper and cut out the image. That is how the petals were made. So easy... The background was just one of the flower centers stamped in a polka dot pattern.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Inks: Craft White, Versamark
Paper: Old Olive, Petals and Paisley, Tempting Turquoise
Misc: Tab Punch, Circle Punch, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain ribbon

And the last little card. It is was the first one I made. I kind of wish I had used a background stamp on it. Those always add so much to the card. To make up for that detail, I added some glitter to the dots on the petals. It makes it look much more cheerful! And, for the first time, I used the Sahara Sand background papers. It has a really interesting neutral feel. Again, the background was stamped with one of the flower centers.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Curvy Verses
Ink: Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Going Grey
Paper: Sahara Sand, Cameo Coral, So Saffron
Misc: Glitter, Moss Gingham ribbon, ribbon punch

And yes, I did get my order in this morning. I can't wait to get all the goodies I ordered!