Room Service

I had a bunch of stuff on my desk from my last Studio Calico order and this picture of a room service dinner from one of my favourite hotels. I love the Studio Calico stamp and die sets that are coming out now that feature different continents. I wanted the Europe one as soon as I saw it but it was out of stock. As soon as I saw they had it back in, I ordered it right away. If you’ve been waiting too, you can find it here.

Room Service

Room Service

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The background paper was a piece I found in the far back of my scrap basket. It had a pale grid and texture print on it that kept the layout looking more casual than it would have with a pure white cardstock. I stamped the Europe stamp onto some glassine/tissue type paper with some watermark ink and then added gold embossing powder. I like the effect it gave even though it was a bit less crisp that if I had stamped it on vellum. I added a bunch of transparent layers with washi tape and acrylic die cuts, and some graphic touches with multiple stampings of black ink.


Products:

  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities, Black & Grey 6×6 paper pad
  • Studio Calico, 3×4 card
  • Studio Calico, Europe, stamp set
  • Tsukineko, VersaMark WaterMark ink pad
  • World’s Greatest Embossing Powder, Ultra Detail Mirror Gold, embossing powder
  • Marvy heat gun
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger, foam blending tool
  • American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, Cut & Paste, One Two Three
  • Studio Calico, Aloha stamp set
  • Studio Calico, Zeus stamp set
  • Tsukineko, VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • EK Success, Triple Heart Punch
  • Recollections, Fall, brads
  • Studio Calico, Silver Glitter letter stickers, Tiny Alpha in yellow, and acrylic die cut
  • misc. washi tapes and sequins

 

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Here And Now

I’ve got another Fallingwater layout this week. You can check out the previous three layouts here, here, and here. If you want to check out the Fallingwater live cam here. You get the iconic view of the home, in all seasons, and at all different times of the day.

This photo is taken from halfway up the walkway between the main house and guest house. You can see the stepped cover over the walk, and the full and lush rhododendron bushes that grow all over the site. As is usual with Wright’s designs, the entrance to the house is tucked away and not visible until you’re right in front of it. It adds a wonderful feeling of seclusion and privacy, as if it’s a secret place that only you know the way into.

Here And Now

Here And Now

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Keeping in line with the other layouts from this trip, I kept to a narrow colourway of neutrals with an accent colour that references the photo. In this case, the ColorMagic die cuts from Heidi Swapp were perfect. The leaves look natural on the layout, and remind me of all the rhodedendrons we saw that day.


Products:

  • Recollections, kraft cardstock
  •  My Mind’s Eye, Follow Your Heart, Be Happy
  • American Crafts, DIY Shop, Gold Foil on Black
  • Staples, shipping tag, size 5
  • Sookwang, Scor-Tape
  • Crystal Glitter Ritz, Warm Highlight
  • Heidi Swapp, ColorMagic, die cut embellishments
  • Peerless Watercolors, Olive Green and Myrtle Green
  • Heidi Swapp, ColorShine, Bronzer
  • Crate Paper, Notes & Things, Ephemera Pack
  • Tsukineko, VersaMark, Watermark ink
  • Tsukineko, Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Frost

Fallingwater Cafe

A little warning – this post will be longer than most. I love, always have loved, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fallingwater, and tend to ramble when I come across a chance to talk about them. :)

During the road trip of 2005, we also visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous design, Fallingwater, near Mill Run, Pennsylvania. It consistently makes the lists for places to visit before you die and most recognizable buildings in the world, has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and has recently been nominated to be placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. The home, and Wright, provided inspiration for the Vandamm residence in Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, and inspired Ayn Rand when she created the character of Howard Roark in Fountainhead. It is a captivating piece of architecture that includes design elements that continue to be on the edge of what is happening now. It’s timeless, and gorgeous, and anyone who loves architecture or design will love how the site is cared for and protected.

It’s set up so that you can walk through the main home and the guest house with a guide. The guides are wonderful – they know the history, the facts, the rumours, the stories, and it’s obvious they have a passion for the place. There are also trails on the grounds that you can walk along unescorted, and getting to see the home from various points on the hills around Bear Run.

We opted to buy tickets for the longer tour that allowed visitors to take photographs and I’m so glad we did. We also set aside the whole day to be there, and that let us wander the paths and enjoy some time in the beautiful Visitor’s Centre. The Centre is in a pavilion designed by Spanish architect Paul Mayén. It too has been recognized for how well it blends in with it’s surroundings, and is the perfect compliment to the site and to Wright’s intentions for it. There is also a lovely cafe and gift shop, and places to sit and relax before or after your walk.

Fallingwater Cafe

Fallingwater Cafe

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I made such a simple layout for this photo. Partially because images from this day bring up so many full memories that I don’t feel the need to add much, but also because Wright disliked too much ornamentation and it felt wrong to ‘cluttering up’ something that had been so perfectly designed in the first place. Odd? Probably… :)


Products:

  • Recollections, kraft cardstock
  • Glitz Design, Uncharted Waters, Scallop
  • Teresa Collins, Nine & Co., Rub-Ons
  • Jenni Bowlin Studio, Canning Jar Fun, Rub-Ons
  • Basic Grey, letter stickers
  • American Crafts, DIY Shop, Cork Sticker Arrows
  • Ranger Foam Blending Tool
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • My Mind’s Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bluebell, round brads
  • My Mind’s Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bluebell, enamel dots
  • My Mind’s Eye, Now And Then “Milo”, Inspired, enamel dots
  • My Mind’s Eye, Collectable, Notable “Cute”, enamel dots
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink

 

Lake Erie

This is another photograph taken at Presque Isle State Park (check out last week’s layout here). This was a beach at the east end of the park, that just sort of appeared between the trees while we were walking the trail and looking at the lighthouse. It was such an incredibly hot summer day. I still don’t know why this beach was empty, except that maybe it was so hot that everyone stopped at one of the many other beaches that we passed earlier on the trail.

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

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I find that one of my habits is the use of limited colourways in my layouts. It’s a look I like, and it’s something that comes easily for me. Using shades of brown and blue-green were a natural fit for this photo. To avoid having a narrow colourway look too simple, I always use a variety of shades. The browns include everything from a pale, off white beige, to a deep, cocoa brown. The blue-greens range from an almost true green to a turquoise. That variety helps add dimension, and the use of multiple patterns helps add interest. Everything from solids, to geometrics, to textures, to florals. They all add lines and weights that keeps your eye engaged.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers, Simply Spring, Sprout
  • We R Memory Keepers, Albums Made Easy, Dictate Journalling Cards
  • Crate Paper, The Open Road, Chipboard Frames
  • Basic Grey, Capture, Designer Chipboard Stickers
  • Amy Tan, Remarks, Noteworthy, Accent & Phrase sticker book
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Accent Stickers
  • Becky Higgins, Project Life, Alpha Stickers
  • My Mind’s Eye, Lost & Found, Record It!, Antique enamel dots
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s Color Mist, Clay

Presque Isle State Park

Back in 2005, we went on a road trip through parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Near the end of the trip we decided to stop and stretch our legs, and the map (no GPS – we did this old school…lol) showed there was a park nearby. We pulled into Presque Isle State Park. What a find! It’s on the south shore of Lake Erie, about halfway between Cleveland and Buffalo, and almost directly south of Long Point Provincial Park, in Ontario.

For anyone who’s been to and loves Long Point, you will love Presque Isle State Park. It’s got the same great expanse of beaches, the warm waters of Lake Erie, great opportunities to birdwatch and fish, and lots of places to put in a canoe or kayak and explore around the shores. It’s got one thing that Long Point doesn’t have enough of though – public beaches. Long point has a couple of public beaches – Presque Isle has a dozen, and they all have lifeguards during daytime hours. The park is really open and allows everyone to access and explore everything that exists there.

Just another quick note – there is amazing history associated with the area. So if you like military history, American history, naval history, or have a love of lighthouses, it’s a great place to look around.

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

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I’ve been trying to make a dent in the box of scraps that I can’t bring myself to get rid of, and this layout was made almost entirely of scraps. The navy cardstock and the photo overlay (under the photo), were the only pieces that didn’t come from the scrap bin – everything else was repurposed. I do almost exclusively 8×8 layouts, so I have a lot of decent sized scraps and I love how punches and dies let me get so much more out of papers.

This is another layout where I used Copics to change the colour of letter stickers too. I love that trick. It means I can buy stickers that are on sale (score!), or that are a font I love but in a colour I’d never use, and know that I will be able to make them work. The script letter stickers were an orange colour and the others were white, and I changed them both using just two Copic markers. Using Copics lets me blend colours and add gradation if I want, but I’m sure other types of markers would work as well. I plan on trying some Distress Inks – those vibrant colours would be gorgeous, and I’ll be sure to post how they turn out.


Products:

  • American Crafts, navy cardstock
  • Crate Paper, Close Knit, photo overlays
  • Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Open Book dies
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced die cutting machine
  • Fiskars, Hexagon Punch, medium
  • Sookwang, Scor-Tape
  • Martha Stewart, gold glitter
  • October Afternoon, Daily Flash Alpha, Bonfire “Story Book”
  • Basic Grey, bas-3984, letter stickers
  • Copic Markers, R27 Cadmium Red, E08 Brown
  • Recollections, Fall, brads
  • My Mind’s Eye, Mistletoe Magic, enamel dots
  • Sharpie Pen, black

Bloom & Grow

This is another photograph that I took at the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls that I mentioned last week. The variety of mums that were on display was amazing. I love the lines and geometric feel of the spider mums – so incredible all the shapes that occur in nature.

Bloom & Grow

Bloom & Grow

tlun 2015-03 bloomandgrow 04I wanted to create a geometric and graphic layout to go along with this photo, and the black, white, and gold, art deco style print was exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t want the layout to be too dark, so I added in a grey and pale cream geometric, and some crisp, pure white. I like sticking to fairly narrow colourways (although I do try and push myself out of that habit every once in a while), but not with this layout. The black, grey, cream, and white, with small touches of yellow and gold, perfectly fit the mood I wanted. And the variety of neutral rhinestones adds interest without adding distraction – and I just love the bit of sparkle and dimension they bring.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Crate Paper, Notes & Things, Memo
  • Basic Grey, Aurora, Cassiopeia
  • Recollections, vellum
  • Basic Grey, Aurora, Die Cut Cardstock & Transparencies
  • Basic Grey, Chip Stickers, Cappella
  • American Crafts, Thickers, “Cecily” silver
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine, Bronzer
  • Zig, Wink of Stella, clear
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, alphabet clear stamps
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Imaginisce, rhinestone heat setting tool
  • Imaginisce, heat set pearl rhinestones
  • misc rhinestones
  • date stamp
  • black photo corners

Lovely Mums

Every autumn, the greenhouses around here have chrysanthemum shows. They usually start in the middle of October, and the displays are so full of blooms that it’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. We visited the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls, and it was a great way to warm up after spending the afternoon walking along the river.

Lovely Mums

Lovely Mums

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This was a quick layout I did, and it’s not one of my favourites, but it was fun to try a few new techniques. I had wanted to try using some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint along with a mask, to watercolour with Distress Inks, and to layer die cuts to make a Thicker-like title.

I love the way the Distress Inks worked for watercolouring! They keep their vibrancy and intensity in a way a lot of watercolour paints don’t. I coloured the flowers after I die cut them out of some Tim Holtz watercolour paper, first putting ink on with a foam blending tool in the areas I wanted the colour, then wetting the paper with clean water. To add depth and even out some of the colour, I picked up in from the ink pads with my brush and painted more colour on. The great thing about Distress Inks is how they reactivate with water, so it was easy to blend and move colour around just by adding a bit of water, and you don’t feel rushed to get it ‘perfect’ right away at all.

I like the way the layered die cuts turned out as well. It was easy and fairly quick too. I cut the die out of cardstock five times, and used liquid glue to layer them on top of each other. I always have some Tombow Mono Multi with a pen tip around, and it works perfectly for something like this. It gives you just enough time to slide the pieces so that they stack up evenly, but is tacky enough that you don’t have to spend time holding them in place.


Products:

  • Recollections grey cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced
  • American Crafts, lilac cardstock
  • American Crafts, Shimelle, “Lovely” die
  • Spellbinders, Die D-Lites, Asters and Poppies die
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Paint, white
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Inks, multiple colours
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine, Gold
  • Tombow, Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • date stamp
  • washi tapes