Saturday, October 15, 2016

In Loving Memory

So this post I'll keep short and sweet, as its rather hard to make.

My Grandpa fell ill rather quickly, and we lost him. It's been a little over a week, and its been very hard.

I purchased the Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian paper just a few days after he passed. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.

I made a scrapbook layout featuring a photo of him holding a pie on one of our Birthday's. We shared a Birthday and he always got a lemon pie, and I got a chocolate cake. It was years of wonderful memories I will also cherish.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Altered Washboard with Home Sweet Home

Hi all!!

So today I decided to bust out a project I had set on the back burner.

Sometimes I get started on projects and set them aside if I get busy, or in the case of this project, I didn't like the way it was turning out.

So I pulled it back out and decided to try it again.

The project I had going was an old washboard that I got from my Great Aunt's house after she passed away. It was slated for the trash, and I saved it from it's fate in the dump. It had too much potential!!

I knew instantly that I wanted to use Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home collection.
I started with altering the top, and I loved the way it turned out. The problem came with doing the bottom half. It was just not turning out the way I was seeing in my head. So I set the project aside to work on when I wasn't so frustrated with it. So fast forward five months and I FINALLY finished it.

I love the way this one turned out! It was better than what I saw in my head. 

So that's another project off the back burner for me. YAY!!

Also, this one will be posted for sale in my etsy shop, if anyone is interested in purchasing it.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Crazy Busy Summer

Hello all!!

So this last month has been crazy busy.

I have found some time to work on cards in amongst everything I have had going on, bot not much else! Summer is always rather busy for me, and this last summer has been no exception.

Hopefully coming this fall I will start making video tutorials!! YAY!!
I have spent the last few months researching how to do them, camera mounts, etc. I have limited space to film in so I've spent a lot of time trying to get it all sorted out. Which has meant my larger projects have taken a back burner.

I also took all three of Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry, so I have been branching out and trying new things. Exciting!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for new projects coming soon!!
-Altina R.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scrapbooking with World's Fair

When I was 15, my family moved from Missouri to Texas. I quickly reconnected with some old friends, one of whom introduced me to scrapbooking. I fell in love immediately and I have been hooked ever since.

Scrapbooking quickly lead to making mini albums, card making, altered canvas, up cycled items, and mixed media.
I kept scrapbooking on and off, but found myself spending less and less time on it as I learned new things.  

So yesterday I decided to try my hand at it again after about two years. I picked a photo of myself and my mother from when she and I went to see the Broadway tour of Wicked when it was in Springfield MO earlier this year.

I chose Graphic 45's World's Fair paper for this layout. I wanted something very bright and colorful. I chose to make my photo black and white to help draw the eye in.

I did lots of fussy cutting and distressing for this layout. Lots of pop dots where used! I used Tim Holtz distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Blueprint Sketch, Walnut Stain, and Wild Honey for my background papers. I think it gave them all a nice extra pop of color.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mon Amour Wedding Invites

Hello all!

Sorry to have been MIA. The summer is a very busy time around my house.

But in amongst all the crazy, I had an order for some wedding invites!!
The order was for five invites, all different. This is the first large order I have had! I was so excited! Word of mouth pays off :)

So I have been taking my time on these, if I rush my process I tend to get frustrated.
I used the Mon Amour paper line from Graphic 45 for all the cards. And yes, I used a lot of my scraps on these! This is why I keep everything organized.

This is the Bride's personal card. She requested the image with the saying "I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart."  I think my favorite part about this card is the butterflies.

I tried to subtly keep all the cards tied together in some way. I used at least three layers for each card, and I also used a different love saying from the collection for each card. This also helps tie the card into the bride's card.

I love all the paper roses in the paper, these made for great detail on the cards.

A tip I have for using bling is to line it up where you want it, and then cut it to fit. This way you can stretch out your bling!

I used quite a bit of bling and stickles for these cards. Sometimes its the little details that help pull the cards together.

I really love how all these cards turned out. This was only the second time I have used this paper, and this was the first time I had really been able to play with it.

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Altina R.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Cards, Cards, and More Cards!

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy around my house with not a whole lot of time for crafting.
But the past couple of days I have finally had a chance to sit down and make a couple of cards.

I've been trying out more layering, fussy cutting, and distress techniques on my cards.
I have throughly enjoyed taking the time to sit down and work on these the last few weeks. Hopefully I will have some new projects soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

World's Fair Card

For my latest card I wanted to experiment a little more with layers.
I have been getting braver and been learning to be ok with covering things up on my beautiful Graphic 45 paper.

For this card I decided to use the gorgeous World's Fair paper.
I love the bright colors and the intricate designs. I have used this paper for a few other cards, so I used a mix of scraps and sheets from the pad.

I cut out several different elements from the paper for this card. The background layer is made up of three different papers and distressed. The third layer is popped up with pop dots for extra dimension.  Tip for using different images from the paper, just because it isn't a complete image doesn't mean you can't use it! The flowers at the top were cut from the edge of a paper sheet, and I just covered the cut edge. Same for the tickets, I just tucked them up so you couldn't see it wasn't a complete image.
It took me awhile to get everything arranged like I wanted it. Once I did I used a combo of pop dots and score tape to adhere everything. After it was all down I added some stickles for some extra pizazz.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.