Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rock Star Shaped Card for THE CUTTING CAFE

Hello! Hope you are having a ROCK STAR kinda day! I'm here to show you my latest creation! Over at THE CUTTING CAFE we're working with shaped cards. Regina asked all of us to send her a word that we'd like made into a card. Yeah....about that....I kinda forgot.

So, I made my own! She has this handy dandy little file that has ALL THE LETTERS IN IT. Seriously. It's called the A-Z Letter Set and I cut out two of each letter. I wanted two so I could layer them up.

Can you tell? I used pop dots under them to get them to stand out! Love the layering! I'll be sending this "card" off to the Father in Law soon. It's his birthday and I'll put some lotto tickets in a little pocket in the back.

In other news, I didn't freeze my buns off getting a photo of this card! It's very early spring here and the sun is starting to feel warm! Before I know it we'll have real flowers blooming, not just paper ones!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 19, 2018

First Page in a New Album: using a Background Photo

Oh goodness, how exciting. I'm starting a new album. The last one started in January, so I'm on the right track of one album per year. I produce a lot of pages, so I'm trying to maximize the books! I also didn't go buy a bunch of beachy paper. I have some in my stash somewhere, but for now, I'm making use of background photos. Check this one out....

I was really excited when I saw that really cool van on the beach with those surf boards. The first photo I shot had a lady leaning up against the tree. The second was better, except those garbage cans....what garbage cans you say?

Yup, I covered them up. I did consider when taking the photo that I could move them...but I thought I'd look like a silly tourist!

I added some goodies from my erosion bundle and a few flowers. A pretty simple page in reality, with a nice background photo that is the star!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Paradise Layout for the Kraft + Challenge

Introducing....straight from the big top....My first Hawaii layout! I'll admit it. Kraft + had a fussy cutting challenge and this paper was perfect! Love the kraft background as it shows the pretty splatters so nicely...and it gave me a little jump start to get back into making layouts after vacation!

Can you see the edges of the curtains that I fussy cut? I also fussy cut some pretty tassels on the left side of the page. I even used the blue that was left over because it was fun! A couple of levi tags also made their way onto this layout. They were kraft as well and plus, fun to upcycle!

I also wrapped up a second page. I mainly just added a photo and some more fussy cut paper. I had premade the back ground and that tag before I left.

The colors & the flower matched, so the whole thing made me happy. Two pages down, done and dusted! Five trillion more to go!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear Me....a lot of living in a little time

Goodness gracious! A few weeks ago THE MAN texted me and said....I have tickets to Hawaii in my cart. We only turn 20ty once. Yes or no? It was very romantic and kinda crazy and of course I said yes. I mean, hello, it's Hawaii!!!

Good thing for Amazon. It's not shorts weather here. Not by a long shot. Lots of orders later (the mail man was pretty sick of driving up our driveway as we both needed clothes) and we were stocked up to hit better weather. It was scary though as we couldn't fly out the week of Spring Break as the oldest had her wisdom teeth out, so we had to leave later. Both kids were holding down the fort & still going to school.  Thank goodness for the one that could drive! Our biggest concern was a big snow storm that necessitated cleaning the driveway. Our driveway is like it's own little road and despite training, I still didn't want them on the tractor.

Of course the day we fly out, there is a big storm. Everyone around Corning has lots of snow. School is cancelled. We have three inches that melts the next day. Phew! Crisis adverted! After a couple of days, I forgot what snow looked like.  They were complaining over text messages back home about all the cold weather. Yeah, cold weather? I had flowers to look at! An ocean to play in....

And then, if all that fun in the sun wasn't enough? We did this.....and yes, they are watching Dog TV in the form of bird feeders.

Myla-bone is a rescue from a local shelter. She spent the week we were in Hawaii hanging out in isolation while they accessed what kind of pup she was. Duncan knew right away that she was the girl for him. They are good pups together.

I'm back tomorrow with a layout or two of our time away....had to ease into it slowly! Good thing I had a background made and a tag!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

100 % Girl Layout for THE CUTTING CAFE

I've been hoarding these happy summer photos for ages! I knew I'd eventually make a layout and it came about because of this awesome printing file Regina has over at THE CUTTING CAFE has called All About Girls. I used a smidgen of the set as there are a ton of printables to choose from. I opted to go with this awesome circle that I seriously upsized to fit on my page.

It's printed at around 250% and I didn't have any issues with quality! I just printed directly from the pdf onto some white cardstock. Then I fussy cut the middle and used a circle cutter on the outside. I had my super sized printable in about 10 minutes!

I love this pretty camping paper from Close to My Heart. It works nicely with the pink and turquoise flowers I picked out. These girls in the photo loved the s'mores they were making and are quite the campers. I can't wait to spend more time with them this summer!

I'm passing this layout along to my friend who is the proud Mom to these little sweet marshmallow faced kiddos. It's always nice to make something pretty for your friend's book!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 5, 2018

All My Bags are Packed....

THE MAN and I are heading off soon for a little tropical vacation to celebrate the 20th. In true Mitra fashion, I'm making layouts without any photos! I had a little bag full of pretty paper including these flamingos and thought I should have a start to making pages!

After that I had a play with the same paper and some tags that came off the new shorts I had to buy. It's kinda still winter here and the stores aren't selling shorts as of yet, so I had to get busy buying on Amazon. Hence, a ton of tags!

I made that rumply yellow flower ages from items that came from my erosion bundle. That doily is from the same place. I posted that project last week if you missed it! I'm really enjoying the bits and pieces from it!

So much so that I heard where we're going that it rains quite a lot but not for long, so I'm bringing a bundle with me.

Someone gave me some coffee filters are work so I bought them home to craft with. These papers are layered in with the filters & some inks.

Looking forward to a restful week away and then to come home all recharged!

Happy Monday! I'll be back tomorrow with my project for THE CUTTING CAFE!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spray Painting in the Cold

I'll let you in on a secret. Sometimes I don't wait to spray paint until it's warm. It was above freezing this past weekend and I had a little stack of stuff that needed to be spray painted turquoise....so I went for it. The trick is to paint things on a board and then bring them inside somewhere above 50 degrees and let them try. This way you aren't breathing paint spray & fumes and you get things painted!

There was no way I wasn't going to paint this little stand I picked up at the ReStore soon. In fact I was sorting flowers and getting the ones that still had full packages together before it was even dry.

This brass frame needed some paint too! I added some gold with a dry brush and then some splatters and sprays of copper. I am hoping the color isn't too intense for the lady I painted it for. If it is, good thing I have more paint!

Really do love it myself. Maybe she'll not want it after all. ;-)

I'll show you the lion hangers soon. They need to be installed, but first things first....where?

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Merry Christmas @ CMOG with Close to My Heart

These days most of the photos are taken on a cell phone. I love my big black camera for taking photos of layouts, but I certainly wouldn't be lugging it around with me at a museum if I could just use my cell. So, here's my tip for you. Mine your cell phone for your photos once in a while and you just might find you have a few special ones you forgot to make into a scrap layout!

The mining of my phone resulted in me figuring out that I had a enough cool photos from visiting the Corning Musuem of Glass open house that I could make a nice little layout. I opted to make a photo mosaic so I could use the cool photo of the glass flameworked mouse (it's standing on it's head) and the second photo I had of the flameworker. Of course Lexi knew her, so it's a nice memory. As the page was pretty plain, even with that big 5 by 7 mosaic, I cut up a bunch of scraps to use under the photo give it a base. I was super pleased getting rid of a bunch of little pieces too!

On that same note, left over stickers usually have odd combinations so it was pretty easy for me to find ones to augment my glitter title and spell out CMOG. Really loving this paper too, it's from Close to My Heart. I had some left over and decided to make my first Christmas card.

Used up a few more scraps on this and that awesome poinsettia! LOVE it!

Well, that's a wrap for me. All my Christmas pages are done! It's a good thing too, as we're heading into spring!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Smile Happy Heart Art from my Erosion Bundle

Goodness, what a fun bunch of crumply tissue paper, inked up doily, and stained burlap I found right after Christmas in my erosion bundle! I have been dreaming up a project since and since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I ran with this wood heart frame. I had a little turquoise tissue paper hanging around so I added it to the frame with some modge podge and a little grungy shimmer spray.

I was excited about making flowers this past weekend so I used the crumpled and dyed tissue paper in a Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die. I added a gem brad to the center. The little age spots are part of what hanging out in the weather does to paper. Super cool.

Since my frame was so small, I could only use one of the large tissue paper flowers and some vintage roses I made, so I have plenty of tissue flowers left over to play with later. The envelope and that paper with the gold M all came out of the bundle and had a nice faded pink and green color. I had added dyed seam binding so I am guessing those colors migrated.

Really love that butterfly and that gold lattice. The gold lattice came from a piece of paper I used behind something I spray painted, so it's upcycled like most everything else on this piece!

I've made this piece as part of an Erosion bundle collaboration! If you would like to check out some other art work using the same stuff, check them out here:

I am really enjoying this piece! It was hard to wait all summer, fall, and part of the winner to see what I "got" but then at the end I really loved the age spots and the subtleties of the ink that ran. Next time I'm trying metal to get some rust! Fun times!

Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Adventure is out there Layout featuring Duncan

Duncan has an uncanny ability to stand still sometimes just when you need a good photo. Perhaps he's contemplating what the heck his silly human is doing with their phone...or he's just gotten bored and is just hanging. Regardless, I can't say he was much help with the snowman. His main talent is using his nose as a snow plow which results in a lot of snorting.

My favorite embellishment on this page was this awesome felt snowman that we had hanging at work as a decoration. It came home with me and hung out on my desk for a while until Lexi took this awesome photo a couple of weekends ago. Hence, a scrapbook page was inspired.

One of the best parts of this page was using up some extra cardstock. I went looking through my pile and found a lot that was the same color. I cut a quick extra large circle out of a sheet of white and used that to cover up the edges of the scraps.

The title was also extra. It was the lone item on the sticker sheet so I got to use that up too! I pop dotted the black center part. I was mainly joking a little. I mean, there isn't much adventure to be found in the side yard, but it looks cute!

Anyhow, hope your Hump Day is awesome! Just a little downhill slide from here into the weekend!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yappy Birthday to You Card for THE CUTTING CAFE

Oh goodness it was fun putting together a wee care package for my Gram! Her birthday is coming up and I thought she'd like this card I made. I used a printable from The Cutting Cafe called Animal Friends.

Due to the fact I've never invested in the fancy markers, I was stuck coloring him in with water color pencils which was made a little more difficult due to printing on photo paper. Regardless, I kept at it and was pleased with the look.

Really love this card! I had fun stamping a little leaf stamp lightly in the background and adding some simple splatters and some flowers! I can't wait to send it off!

Hope your Tuesday is pawsome!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Twofer Valentine's Day Cards

Lately I've been noticing the older generation more. I can't say why. Perhaps it's because at work I'm working on a grant that assists low income peeps over sixty. Or that my Build Crew at work are certainly older gentleman although one would be remiss to call them old. Gary is 74 and still climbed into the dumpster after the trash can last week. For the record, I didn't ask him to. I would have left it in there.

This past Friday I met an older lady on our front porch at work. She was hanging out on one of our outdoor benches we had for sale. As she was carrying portable oxygen and was measuring her blood oxygen with a device that fit over her finger, I felt inclined to ask if she was OK. She said that she was just getting out of breath. The side affect of having your oxygen drop was the feeling of having to pee. She said it was a real pisser to try to not pee and also breath. I did see her point.

We managed to get her into the store eventually and into the potty. It was then the same slow trip back to the car as she had to stop a couple of times to get the oxygen levels back up. She was on her way to the hospital after that. We did have a very nice conversation about some of our favorite Habitat volunteers and turns out she too loves Candy Bar Dude Doug. Currently Doug is nursing a bum knee so I've had to do all my own painting lately. I miss him for the chocolate, his cheerfulness, and his painting!!!

This past Monday I sent my Gram who's in the nursing home and hanging with the fairies like my Dad likes to say two cards. See, one was FOR Valentine's Day. The other (written on the envelope) was a card to give to Gram when she was grumpy. She's on the 4th floor which means she's living with the other grumpy people. It's totally gotta suck to be in your brain but not know who the heck is visiting. Soon she's having a birthday so more cards and also cake...but no clue who these guys are showing up & singing....she does really like sweets and cards, so I imagine she'll have an awesome time.

Hugs & Kisses Gram! And don't hit any of the other little old ladies and men.