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Making your own stamps at Get It Scrapped

Making your own stamps at Get It Scrapped

June 23, 2014 |  by  |  Tutorials  |  No Comments

Today at Get It Scrapped I have a brand new tutorial up sharing how to cut your own stamps.  It really is fairly easy and you can start with a kit or with things you already have around your own home.  I hope you will stop by HERE and learn how you can create your own stamps and add them onto you next scrapbook page!



Together by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: patterned paper, trims, metal elements, flowers; SEI, wash tape; Bella Blvd., ink; Ranger and Zig

Christy Strickler also adds her amazing talents to this article as well.  Thank you so much Christy for sharing your talents!


Floating by Christy Strickle |Supplies Cardstock,Letters: Colorbok; Chipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle; Other; Mist, stamp, ink

Happy Monday!

Color Story

June 18, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  1 Comment

I got to take part it a fun article at Get It Scrapped for this month;  “Push Your Color Story”.  We decided to take a closer look at the pattern of colors that we choose regularly and then PUSH them by either adding another color to the combination or slightly adjusting the colors themselves in value or tone to make them slightly different from your norm.

Looking back at many of my layouts I use a lot of color :-)  It is actually hard to pick out color pairings that are favorites. I decided to explore two pairings that appear regularly in my work, purple with green and orange with blue.  I searched both on Pintrest and was amazed at the variety of variations of both combinations.  I decided to work with a pair of colors that almost combines the two together.  I found a photo featuring an indigo blue which has a bit of red in it leaning it a bit toward purple versus a royal or sky blue.  It was paired with a vivid orange.  I figured why not?  Here are my results:

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Under the Banyan Trees by Michelle Houghton | supplies: cardstock; The Paper Company, blue chevron and solid papers; Gina Miller – Seasalt, coral paper; Sara Gleason – The When, butterfly; Little Buterfly Wings – Do Not Disturb, button; Allison Pennington – I’ll Be There For You part 2, washi tape; Mainstays, twine and chipboard letters; American Crafts, feathers, flowers and vellum journaling tag; SEI

If you read the supply list you will note that there are SEVERAL digital products listed.  I did not have the colors I needed in my stash but was able to find what I needed in a couple digital kits.  I did pop the colors a little which obviously is one of the HUGE advantages of digital products.  BUT it is still me and my scissors and glue needed to do their share so I used the products I found, printed them then cut, popped up, added twine and glossy accents and finished it off with feathers, Washi tape, fabric flowers, sticker letters and even gesso and ink.  I enjoy dipping my toe in digital for the products but I am still a paper girl and can’t imagine a time when I won’t be.

There are three photos on the layout collaged together.  One large 5×7 that hold the image of our family and then 2 4×6 photos.  One horizontal image at the top right that is just of the tangled branches of the banyan trees and then a vertical shot of John and the girls wandering through the thick foliage.  The edges are a little hard to see with all the trees running into each other.

Here are a couple close ups of the page so you can see some of the digital and paper products combined:

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Fun to find a new combination of colors that I love!

Happy Wednesday!

Additional photos for wing layout

June 12, 2014 |  by  |  Doodling, Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

I forgot to include the additional photos of my wing layout so thought I would add them now.  Here is a closer look at the wing before any layers end up on top of the inky layers.

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Here is a tighter look at some of the doodling, notice there is an area that appears to be unfinished, I knew where my photo collage was going to sit so I gave my hand a break and did not cover the entire are with small doodles.

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And here is a closer look at that gold butterfly and some details.

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Thanks for taking a second peek at this layout.  It was a pleasure to create and to share!  Remember to peek at the other wing artist’s work at Get It Scrapped HERE.

Happy Thursday!

Wings on Scrapbook Pages

June 11, 2014 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

Every time I do an artistic layout for Get It Scrapped I think this is it!  I think this might be my all time favorite!  SO then you ask why do you not just do these all the time?  Welllll time?  They do take a little more time or maybe a lot more time but boy are the end results worth it :-)  In the midst of my tutorial at Rubbermoon and Copic Craft Room share that went up yesterday I also had a page posted at Get It Scrapped in an article about using wind details on your layouts.  It is a new trend in fashion to have magnified wing, like bird and butterfly, details creating pattern and texture into a fabric.  Being on top of current trends the Creative Team took the challenge to see if we could add these lovely looks onto our pages.  I would say the group was highly successful!  Here is my contribution.



She Has Wings by Michelle Houghton | supplies: cardstock; Colorbok, watercolor paper; Strathmore, spray ink; Ranger, ink pens; Sharpie and Faber-Castell, lettering; hand drawn cut with Brother Scan and Cut, sequins and butterfly; Jenni Bowlin

I have done the photo collaging technique before with the girls playing on the playground.  This time I was catching Sara in each position moving across the bars I was just so excited to have captured the one mid-flight!  The wing itself is a mish-mosh of mixed media.   I started with stencils and ink mists on watercolor paper.  Then I added a layer of gesso in certain areas (which I just realized I did not include in the supplies YIKES!) I painted over the bottom right circle and then gave the first outline of the wing in a broad brush stroke of gesso. The gesso re-liquifies ends up adding tints of the colors lying beneath into the gesso.  Lastly I divide up the sections and add detailed doodling into the wings.  The title was cut with my Scan and Cut, I scanned my handwriting and then cut it out of white cardstock and then to finish the layout added a sprinkling of gold sequins and the gorgeous gold butterfly.

To see the rest of the beautiful wing detail inspiration check out the full article HERE.

Hope everyones weather is smiling at them today!

Happy Wednesday!

RubberMoon and Copic In the Craft Room

June 10, 2014 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics  |  No Comments

Welcome back me!  I have been out of town for a week visiting the beautiful Levenworth, Washington area with my Mom and Dad.  We had a spectacular week with Pike’s Place market, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, shopping and lots of spectacular food!  The weather could not have been more beautiful and we soaked in the family time!


SO being out of town now I have a little catch up work to do!  BUT first let’s start with what is going live today!  I have 2 tidbits to share that popped up on the internet today.  The first is a new tutorial over at RubberMoon.  I have to say it have been fun getting some stamp time in again.  It had been way too long and RubberMoon stamps are beautiful and lend themselves to creativity.  For this particular tutorial I decided to do a little cleaning and playing all in one.  Check out the details HERE.



Then I was featured in a little post at the Copic in the Craft Room Facebook page.  You can check it out HERE.  The work that was featured was the Bokeh technique that I used for a layout at Get It Scrapped.  You can see that particular article HERE and If you want to see my post about how it was created check HERE.