Makes cakes, will travel…

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)

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This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!

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This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.

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I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.

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Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!

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I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!

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The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.

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The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.

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Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thinking of You….

Hey, hi!

Sometimes, when I think of a cool idea that I want to remember to try, I make a note in my phone to remind myself.  Well this one has been popping up every time I look at my list of errands to run and tasks, for a VERY long time!  And when I got this PhotoPlay stamp set called Thinking of You from the store last fall, I knew this is the set I’d use for this idea.

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Let me walk you through the process.  The basic idea, is to fill in a background of images, leaving a space masked for the sentiment to stand out.  You can do this with any of your large background stamps, or a group of many small stamp images.  Here’s where I started.  I assembled some oval dies, a roll of Post-It paper, the stamps I intended to use, and my MISTI.

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I began by die cutting an oval from the Post-It paper the size that would best frame the sentiments in the Thinking of You stamp set.

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I cut the oval out and discarded the negative piece.

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Next, I butted my watercolor paper card panel into the corner of the MISTI, positioned the oval sticky paper where I wanted it to be and laid an assortment of the little stamps from the Thinking of You stamp set all around the oval paper mask and started stamping.  Using the MISTI makes it possible to repeat your stamping and get it PERFECT every time you stamp.  Because I’m stamping on watercolor paper, which has a subtle texture, I know the first stamping won’t be perfect, so the opportunity to repeat the inking and stamping multiple times, stress free, is a game changer, lemme tell you!

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Once I was finished the first stamping, I cleaned off the stamps and moved them around, stamping and filling in all the areas until the whole card front was covered.  I found it was best to work in clusters to make sure the card was evenly covered and that there were no areas left with not enough space for a stamp to fill in. Y’know?

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The next step was to use a black liner pen to draw an outline around the oval sticky paper before peeling it off.

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Now I have a nice clean space where I can stamp the sentiment.  If you don’t have any dies or Post-It paper on hand, you could trace your shape and hand cut it, or use an electronic cutter like the Silhouette, to cut the shape from scrap cardstock, then adhere it in place using temporary adhesive.  For this purpose, you’ll find it sticks well enough for the job, then removes easily when you’re finished, in the meantime, providing a nice firm edge to draw against when you outline the shape with the liner pen.

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I used my watercolor paints to fill in the shapes as well as the background of the card panel, then set it aside to dry.

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Here’s is the finished card from that stamp set.

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That was too much fun to stop at just one card!  I wanted to try it with a background stamp so I chose the Botanical stamp from Carta Bella, and stamped the card front with the oval mask in place, onto two different colors of card stock, grey and light teal.

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I stamped onto the grey card stock with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  (It looks white in the photo, but that’s just the reflected shine.)

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I rotated the card front for this card to create a landscape oriented card, and stamped with Versamark ink again, and heat embossed with white embossing powder this time.  I decided then that they needed something more, so I used the black Copic liner pen on the grey card and a white Signo Uniball pen on the teal card, and drew stitches all along the inside of the masked oval line.  A few Tonic Studios Nuvo drops to complete the cards.

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I hope you give this technique a try!  It’s very versatile depending on the stamps you own, and fun to do!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on April 4, 2018

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