Split Coast Stamper Joins Challenge

I started posting in the gallery at Split Coast Stampers back when I made my Architectural Pineapple for Kelleigh Raztlaff’s blog hop.

After looking around for a while I finally spoke up and introduced myself in the forums. The welcome has been lovely and I have a great thread going where I am asking all sorts of questions about inks to try and get myself educated on all the different ones.

During the conversation in my intro thread I realised I am a Split Coast stamper. When we go home to Australia I have to go to Perth and Sydney with both of them being “home to my family.

I also live on the Gulf Coast in the Middle East. So you can truly call me split coast..LOL

Anyway – this week I decided to jump in and join one of their challenges. A card sketch challenge! Note to self – think about running an occasional challenge here with my templates?

This is the result. I have used the very beautiful kit Where the Heart Is from Jennifer Labre designs at The Digi Chick.

Papers were printed out after I made myself a template. 🙂

Those questions I have been asking are paying off and I broke out my new stamps and inks for this one. Versacolour was applied to all edges. The stamp and sentiment are from Close to my Heart and were applied using Versacolour and Stazon inks. The brad and brown twill are CTMH as well.

Anyhow I enjoyed it and I am off to post!

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Hybrid Digital Projects and Digital Alpha's

Alpha’s can really make a hybrid project. Especially if it is a notebook, handmade card, template gift box or something made for a specific recipient where the alpha tells their name.

During my hybrid journey I have used a variety of alphas and have come to find I like the solid ones better. The job of cutting out and mounting them on your project is made much easier by the more solid piece.

For instance this sneak peak at an upcoming project shows the type of digital alpha I am talking about.

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You can see it is almost two alpha’s. The top black outline letter placed against a solid background. This particular one is from Elise’s Pieces August Grab Bag and is called appropriately “Read All Over”. Just the type of alpha that works perfectly for hybrid digital projects.

I had resized these to be about 1/2 an inch tall. You can imagine how difficult it would have been to trim out the middle of the p and the a. Plus try putting mounting tape behind such little areas without it showing.

If you have an alpha that you love but it is too fiddly – why not think about creating this effect, with a matching paper from the digital kit, in your editor.

If you are going to cut out alpha’s then try to make them larger, perhaps only on bigger projects. This one while not an alpha is part of a boy album template by Kelleigh. It was a reasonable size for trimming out but you would not want to make it any smaller.

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Using extra sharp pointy scissors and a craft knife can make the job a little less difficult too. Place your piece on a work surface like a cutting mat ( I use my quilters mat) and hold it firm. Work from both directions into the point area’s and away from the curves if there are any.

Do you use alpha’s on your digital alpha’s on your hybrid projects? Or do you stick to pre made chipboard or sticker type ones?  Link me up to your projects showing me your favourite alphas?

Diaper Card

It’s been a week of baby themed kits and I am still creating with them. I have a bigger project in mind and these two items will be a part of it.

The first is a Diaper shaped card. It is made with a template from the awesome Kelleigh Ratzlaff. Kelleigh’s Baby Themed Card set is so cute and clever and includes a diaper and a rattle.

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I have used another sweet baby kit called Baby Days from Mira Designs to bring Kelleighs diaper card template to life. It opens out and you can write your own message on the inside. The cute little pins came from the Boho Baby kit.

Then I wanted to try out one of Kelleigh’s Gable Boxes for a gift idea. Again Baby Days looks so cute on this template.

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I have some more ideas for this – so watch this space! 🙂