Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mini Album - Clear Scraps

Sharing a super fun mini over on the Clear Scraps blog today!  I love the mix of acrylic and chipboard in the Cutie Album.  Be sure to check it out.
This mini album has some super fun Webster's Pages papers mixed with a wide variety of embellishments.  You don't want to miss it.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Scrapbook -Sweet 16

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Things here were busy.  We are doing a bit of redecorating and with hockey playoffs, Brighton decided to come home for the night.  (funny how Hockey is worth coming home for).

Anyway, Today I would like to share with you a scrapbook layout I made with some My Minds Eye papers.

Hard to believe that Mackenzie is already 16.  She just got her driver's license so we are looking at cars and with her finishing her sophmore year in highschool, we are also looking a colleges.  eeek

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Send it Clear - Clear Scraps

Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  The week is half over and I am already looking forward to the weekend.  Not sure why, because it is going to involve lots of cleaning and organizing, but...

Anyway.  Today I wanted to share with you a project I made for Clear Scraps.  Did you know that Clear Scraps makes the most beautiful clear acrylic cards?  And in such beautiful shapes.  I loved the Half Fancy Send it Clear Card....

I used some of the Something Blue ATC cards I had from the Prima Art'Venture and a few chipboard and flowers from my stash.  
These Send it Clear cards are just the sweetest things.  I can't wait to create more.

And, on another note.....
The winner of the Darice Spring Banner kit...

Congrats, Heather!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunset on the Beach - Scrapbooking

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday.  Today I want to share with you a scrapbook layout I made.  I am desperately trying to work through my never ending supply of paper.  I can't seem to part with it, because it is so pretty...but I always seem to be drawn to what is new instead.  So, making a concerted effort to break into the stash....

Anyway, these are some much older Basic Grey papers I have had for years.  Love them, and they are perfect for our Northern California beach photos.

Basic Grey Periphery and a Recollections from Michaels wooden bird were perfect for these photos of Mackenzie and a couple of friends goofing off at the beach.
Keeping it simple using just a few die cuts from the collection and pop dots....remember when scrapbooking was simple?  lol

Well, hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Banner - Darice

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a spring pennant banner I posted on the Darice blog last month. This paper pennant banner is a great way to decorate and welcome spring into your home!  



1.  Decide what you want your pennant banner to say. I chose the word “Welcome” with one embellished pennant on each side, making a total of 9 pennants. For each pennant, cut two 1 inch circles and one triangle (slightly larger than your canvas banner piece) out of the Core’ Essentials Cloudburst. I made 18 paper circles and 9 paper triangles.  Emboss all the pieces using the stripes embossing folder.
2.  Place a canvas pennant on top of a cardstock triangle and adhere together.

3.  Using the doily lace punch, cut a 1/2 x 12 inch strip from the Core’dinations Iced Cocoa.

4.  Cut the paper lace strip in half. Adhere behind the triangle with a piece of red plaid paper tape.

5.  Before you get to embellishing, punch 2 holes on each side of the pennant.
6.  To make the rosette, cut a 1 x 12 inch piece of Iced Cocoa cardstock and fan fold at every 1/4 inch.

7.  Adhere the ends together to form a ring.  Place a glue dot or dab of hot glue on the circles you made earlier and sandwich the ring between.  Hold until set.
8.  Adhere the rosette to the already assembled pennant.

9.  Apply the sticker letters to each of the rosettes to spell your sentiment. Embellish with the chipboard stickers and flowers as desired.

10.  When each pennant is complete, use the cotton cord to attach, spelling out your sentiment.
Would you like to create your own banner?  I have all the makings for another to share.  
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Thank for stopping by. Hugs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monoprinting with Clear Scraps

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today and I am so excited to share with you my first project with ClearScraps.  I love the ClearScraps stencils and am always looking for fun, new ways to use them.   So, today I want to show you how I did some monoprinting with a my ClearScraps Stencils, a Gelli Plate, and Acrylic Paints.

Wondering what to do with your prints after playing?  I chose to make a couple of quick scrapbook pages using my monoprints as a background.
Clear scraps_nancy keslin_monoprinting_final project Clear scraps_monoprinting_nancy keslin_stencils
Thanks for stopping by today.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sneak Peek - Darice

Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a great Monday.  Me....the sun is shining, the birds are singing and I have a tutorial up on the Darice blog today for a quick little brag book for Mother's Day.  Scared of stenciling?  I share lots of tips and tricks to make this project fairly fail safe.  See the whole post here.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Bloom Girls- Sketching

Happy Friday!  I can't believe how fast this week flew by.  It's crazy how quickly the days and weeks move as we get older.  Mackenzie turned 16, Brighton is back for his third quarter at University, standardized testing is over and we are preparing for finals.  Eeek

Well, today I wanted to share with you a mixed media piece I made.  I have been taking Jamie Dougherty's Bloom Girls classes and this is from the Bloom Girls 2.  You know I can't follow directions, so I had to make my own background...which, I am pretty happy with...but probably shouldn't have done quite the way I had....lesson learned.

I am happy with the background, I am happy with the hair (well other than the fact it is so dark, LOL).  I think I may go and repaint her facial features.  She just seems so fair with that dark hair.  sigh  But, not so bad for a first try?

Have a great weekend.  Hugs.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Favorite Things - Pillow Box

Hello everyone!  Hope your day is off to a great start.

Today I wanted to share with you a quick little project I made using a few of my favorite things.  The Annalee Collection from Prima was released quite some time ago...however it still remains one of my favorites.  This paper coupled with some beautiful lace trim, a strand of beads and of course the most gorgeous Prima flowers came together to create this sweet little pillow box, perfect for holding that extra special gift.

Don't you love when the packaging for the gift is just as beautiful as the gift itself?

Have a great day.  Hugs.....

Monday, April 7, 2014

Photo Frame - Your Memories here

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday.  Goodness, I think I need another day between Sunday and Monday.  I just feel like I still have so many things left to do from the weekend.  But isn't that the way it always goes.  Sigh.....

Today I wanted to share with you a quick little project I made using some left over packaging from Prima Marketing.  Lately, Prima has been packaging many of its woods and resins in little balsa wood boxes.  (love that)  One of these boxes had cut outs perfectly sized for wallet sized know I couldn't resist creating a fun frame.

 I began by painting the box wish some Silks Acrylic Glaze.  Varoom Red and Emperors Gold are two of my favorite Silks colors.  This combination gave me a vintage-y look without being too formal.  If you have never used Silks before, you must try some.  They are a beautifully pigmented Acrylic glaze with a bit of shimmer.
 And then came the fun stuff.....A few gorgeous Prima Flowers from my Your Memories Here Grab Bag and a resin bird, also from Prima.
This was such a quick and easy project, and a perfect way to use some of those fun boxes that have been accumulating around here.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Make it Happen - Prima - Wishful Thinking

Happy Friday!  I hope you are off to a great day.  Me, technically it is spring break here, but we still have a few things to catch up on.  sigh....It never ends.

Today I did want to share with you a project I made using the beautiful Wishful Thinking papers from Prima.

 A few fun photos I took with my Instax camera of the two oldest.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bloom Girls Lessons

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day!  I know I am...the sun is shining, the birds are singing.....

Today I want to share with you a project from a class (or set of classes) I am currently taking.  Jamie Dougherty's Bloom Girls.  Her classes are so  fun, so easy to follow that I was able to make a lovely piece in just a few days by watching her videos.
I have never been about to draw a face...that is why all the girls I have made in the past had no faces.  They just never looked right.  But this was so simple, so fun.
 Not that she is perfect, mind you.....but i think she is lovely.  With hair filled with beautiful Prima blooms, how could I not love her.
 Jamie teaches some fabulous tricks in this series of videos to help you create a girl on wood.  And, right now, with the creation of her new online store, if you sign up for all three of the Bloom Girl classes; Bloom Girls Workshop 1, Bloom Girls Workshop 2 and Bloom Girls Elements you can get them for 20% off!  I am currently working through the Elements workshop and can't wait to share all the things I have learned.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Darice Blog Sneak Peek

Hey everyone!  Just a quick drive by to let you know I have a post today up on the Darice blog, Live, Craft, Love.  If you get a minute, sneak over and check it out!  There is a tutorial for creating this.....