Scraphappy Summer 2015 Tag Swap tags by Alison Day Designs

Saying Goodbye to Summer With a Tag

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We have had a long and glorious summer here on the West Coast of BC. The sun has shone, the rains have stayed away, and the mercury has been in the upper 20’s to 30’s since about mid-May. Unheard of really! We are fondly called the Wet Coast after all!

But all that changed last week and now that the calendar has officially flipped to September, Mother Nature seems to be making up for it. Rain. Lots of rain! Wind storms that have left some communities without power for up to three days. And a dip in the temperature that is hard to adjust to after all that heat. Brr!! I actually switched out the girls clothes today. Good bye summer shorts. Hello fleecy pajamas!

So what better way to keep the sun shining (if only in my dreams) than to make some fun Summer Themed tags for a ScrapHappy Tag Swap.

Scraphappy Summer 2015 Tag Swap tags by Alison Day Designs

Here’s a quick look at how they came together.

1. Cut your tag shapes.

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Or use pre-cut tags if you have them. I just didn’t have any in the size I wanted so I made these from a piece of Kraft coloured card stock. I think they are 3.5″ x 5.5″.

2. Distress them.

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I wanted them to have a distressed, sort of beach vibe so I grabbed my Picket Fence Distress stain from Ranger. This next picture is what NOT to do.

Slap it on.

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Distress stain works best slightly wet so …

3. Spray your tag with water BEFORE applying the stain.

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My spray bottle is from Stampin Up but any will do, as long as it delivers a fine mist. If you’re interested, check out this one from Ranger. I’ve used it too and it’s fantastic!

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4. Apply Distress Stain to your work surface.

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I use the Ranger Craft Mat as it is non-stick and super easy to wipe clean. Glue, stamping, stains, paint, everything just wipes away so easily!

After applying the stain I gave it a quick squirt with my spray bottle. The water helps the stain move around so it applies more easily and gives you a softer look which is what I was going for on these tags.

5. Swish your tag through the stain.

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That is a highly technical term for applying paint to a surface! LOL!

Your tag should look like this when you’re done.

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6. Create your embellishments while your tags dry.

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Of course, I forgot to take photos of this process so here are the finished embellishments. I dug into my scrap drawer and found a sheet of My Mind’s Eye paper that had muted Polaroid prints on it. I cut out three and used them for the rest of my embellishments. The popsicles were on a piece of Echo Park (?) paper so I fussy cut them out. And the umbrellas were on a piece from Crate Paper.

Remember my Summertime themed cards? I used the ‘sunshine’ die cut from the August Simon Says Stamp kit as well as the October Afternoon stamp set from my August Gossamer Blue kit to create the rest of the scene.

And now those little pieces of summer sunshine are off to smile down on three of my ScrapHappy Sisters!

Hope the sun smiles on you today!

 


Getting the Girls Together double page layout by Alison Day Designs

My August 2015 Gossamer Blue Kit Layouts

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September is here! Can you believe it? My kids are in their final week of summer so I have been taking advantage of MY last week of summer holidays to get as much scrapbooking, card making and general paper crafting done as possible. Our schedule around here starts to get pretty nutty once school’s in session!

I’m still working through my Gossamer Blue kit from last month but wanted to share with you what I’ve created so far. You’ve already seen this one which used the August 2015 kits as well as a lot of wood veneer bits and pieces from my stash. Here is a quick look at three more layouts that I’ve created from this kit.

#1 – Yes, They’re All Mine

All Mine by Alison Day Designs

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Happy Birthday Wildflowers by Alison Day Designs

Colouring Within The Lines

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Make it Monday - pinkWelcome to another Make It Monday!

You may be arriving from Beth’s site where she is showing you how to share your stories of Magic with your photos.

Today I want to share a slight twist on something I do quite a bit.

Batch scrapbooking! Or in this case, card making.

Recently I was catching up on some webinars when a stack of already stamped and die cut card sentiments caught my eye. I knew that I just needed to add colour to them and they’d be ready to add to a card. So … I got down my tin of Stampin Write markers and got busy!

Stampin' Write Markers tin

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A Look Inside

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Hello weekend! Only one more of these to go before my girls head back to school. Hard to believe that the summer is almost over but, from the sounds of the rain and wind pounding on our windows today, it is most definitely starting to feel Fall-ish.

But I am snug and warm in my Scrap Cave! Yay to cutting and gluing paper while the storms rage outside!

If you’ve been following me at all this summer you’ll have heard me talk about reclaiming my own scrapping space. Would you like to see it? I filmed a little video tour for you. But first, how about a few “before” photos?

Alison Day Designs Scraproom circa 2012 - workspace

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Snapshots by Alison Day Designs

Wood Veneer Challenge – Part II

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Welcome to another Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop!

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You should be arriving from Sandy Ross’s site. At the end of this post will be a link to your next stop as well as the full listing of all participants. Thank you so much for joining us this weekend! Hope we inspire you to dig into your stash and get it out of the drawers and onto a project!

I also decided to host a GIVEAWAY today – all the details are at the end of the post. Good luck and thanks for joining us today!

Aug 31 – EDITED TO ADD:

WINNER, WINNER! Thanks to all who left such nice comments over the weekend. I’m so glad you liked the wood veneer frame idea!

I very carefully scoured my email sign up list and Facebook Fan Page Like list and could only find one person who left and comment on the post AND was on the other two lists so …

drum roll please …

Roxy you are the winner of the Kelly Purkey wood veneer!

Congratulations!! Thanks for being such a loyal fan for so long! I’m super excited to ship your prize to you.

Have an awesome week everyone!

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New Product Spotlight – Gift Card Sleeves

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I’ve got new items in my Etsy store that I’m super excited about so of course I had to share them with you!

Check out these little cuties.

Etsy Shop Gift Card Sleeves by Alison Day Designs

They are perfectly sized for gift cards and I’ve got two varieties in the shop at the moment but more will be added daily. Take your boring iTunes, Starbucks or Tim Horton’s (okay, that’s just for us Canadians) gift card and slip it into a custom made sleeve for your co-worker, mail delivery person (I miss saying Mailman, don’t you?), teacher, niece, nephew, dog walker, or babysitter. You get the idea. Not only will they love the card, they’ll love the personal touch I can bring to your gift! No occasion is too small for one of these customized sleeves! And nobody is too grand or too ordinary to receive one.

If you’re interested but I haven’t uploaded the occasion or style you need yet, please email me by using the Contact Owner button on my Shop’s home page or by clicking the little mail icon at the top right of my website under the Let’s Get Social heading.

Cheers! Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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Wood Veneer Overwhelm!

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Do you have a particular crafting supply that you seem to collect without even knowing? Suddenly you turn around and find 15 6×6 paper pads, or 20 packages of enamel dots, or set after set of wood veneer pieces.

Personally, I believe that one can never have too many enamel dots!

Wood veneer on the other hand … well, that’s the subject of today’s post.

What’s a girl to do when she’s got too much stuff?!

I recently cleaned out my scrap room, went through every single item in it, and have only returned those items to it that I feel I will use. Really, honest to goodness, put on a card, layout or other paper crafting project. It was incredibly tough to look at a piece of gorgeous patterned paper and say, “no, I’m never going to use this, it’s really not my style anymore, good bye”.

This sort and purge even extended to my Gossamer Blue kit stash. You may or may not have picked up by now that I love my Gossamer Blue kits. I love them so much that until just recently, I’ve kept them all separate from my regular stash. When creating with a new kit, I would go to this stash first if I needed something that the newest kit didn’t contain. As I sorted them I came to the (stupidly hard) decision to put whatever full sheets of patterned paper and card stock were in there into my paper racks with my “regular stash”. I’ve still got my paper scraps separate … for now. We’ll see how long that lasts!

When I went through the embellishments drawer though, I discovered this.

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