Friday, May 31, 2013

Doodling and Stitching My heart Out

One of my goals with my layout creating right now is to just play...experiment...go a little out of my comfort zone!  This one definitely does that.  It started with the rainbow stitching and then I decided to add in the doodling.  I didn't allow any ruler, measuring, etc....I just went....and here's how it turned out!

I felt like it needed some silly pictures to go along with the free spiritedness of it all :)  These are actually a couple years old.  I added some Amy Tan rub-ons, My Minds Eye Enamel Dots, American Crafts letters,.and a little washi tape for the border....other than that it is all one of a kind and was crazy fun to do!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pebbles "Lakeside" Layout

As soon as I saw the Lakeside Collection from Pebbles, I knew I was going to enjoy it!  I like that it has a good mix of neutrals with some brighter colors throw in for some pop!  We don't spend tons of time at lakes but I do have quite a few photos from our time at Sequoia National Park a couple years ago that these are perfect for.

I recently placed my first order with Lawn Fawn too.  As soon as I saw the wood veneer polaroid, I knew I needed it :)  The orange scallop washi tape is also from them!  I love it!  All these pictures are of us and the kids sitting at the Kahwea river...a place I spent a lot of time at as a child.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles
Stickers: Pebbles
Washi Tape: Lawn Fawn
Wood Veneer: Lawn Fawn

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Echo Park Scoot Layout

I'm digging all the geometric stuff that has been trending in the industry.  I'm also realllllly into hand stitching.  So I decided to incorporate both on this layout.  

As I said previously, I am trying to get a little bit caught up on layouts.  This one is of Cooper (who's now almost three) shortly before he turned one.  He was smooshing his face into the storm door and watching his siblings.  I love these cute photos and it was fun to finally put them on paper!  The graph paper was perfect for creating lines to do my hand stitching.  To speed up the process I just did very long straight stitches instead of doing lots of little backstitches.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Stickers: Echo Park, American Crafts, Jillibean Soup
Corrugated Cardboard: Jillibean Soup
Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny

Monday, May 27, 2013

Diamonds are a Fussy Cutter's Best Friend

When I look at patterned paper I am always looking for some way I can cut a part of it out and create a different design with it.  For today's card I did just that with some fun paper from the Pure Bliss Collection. from GCD Studios.  This card is featured on their blog today!

I fussy cut three rows of the diamonds (being super careful in the middles to keep them attached to one another).  I kept one of them longer than the other two so it could go in the middle.  I popped each diamond up with foam adhesive so it would add some dimension to it.  

I also fussy cut the sentiment out, opting to cut off the embroidery hoop part and just using the circle.  

The next time you pick up a piece of patterned paper see if you can think beyond the original design and create something surprising with it!

GCD Supplies Used: Pure Bliss Collection 6 X 6 Paper Pad #2031

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Doily Flower Card

I haven't been sharing a lot of layouts...I've kinda been going crazy on creating cards.  But I set a new goal to try and create one quick layout a day.  I'm getting behind on photos and my internal panic button is going that is my current albeit lofty goal.  So far I'm on day three and have created four layouts (and four cards :))  Once photographed things will get more layout heavy.

I usually hold on off sharing any cards I submit to CARDS magazine until I hear back from them.  But since it is the 26th and acceptance emails still haven't gone out to anyone...I am going to share :)  Apparently some big changes are happening at Northridge Publishing and I am anxious to hear what those changes are!

I love this card and am still gonna hold out hope that it will get picked up :).  I created the flower background by folding doilies into a cone shape.  It took 6 doilies total.  I put them together and topped them with a large epoxy button and some additional stickers.  The pretty floral background paper is from GCD Studios line "Pure Bliss."  I love the green, yellow, blue spring combination that so many companies have going right now!

Supplies Used:
Stickers: Simple Stories, GCD Studios, Jillibean Soup
Button: Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper: GCD Studios

Friday, May 24, 2013

Going Hybrid...

This week I did something new!  I created some hybrid projects...which means I used some digital elements on projects.  Gina's Designs offers a weekly Freebie Friday Printable and so this week I created a couple things to go along with the post!

First off is a card using one piece of the printable and a cardstock doily. available in our store.

And a Project Life sample using the rest of the printable and pieces from the Delicate Frames & Ornaments Shape Set and The Build a Layout Romance Set,   I primarily used stickers and patterned paper from the Pebbles line "Love You More."

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup
Stickers: Pebbles, SRM Stickers
Rubons: American Crafts
Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye
Ribbon: American Crafts
Wood: Studio Calico
Decorative Tape: Bella Blvd
Doily, Chipboard: Gina's Designs

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fringe Flower Tutorial

 I realized I hadn't shared this card with you yet!  It premiered in the Paper Cut Magazine for GCD Studios and I was still sorting thru their policies to make sure I could share it :)  Now I know I can!
It features the Pure Bliss line for almost all of it except for the darker leaves are from Nostalgia.  It also features a lovely doily from Gina's Designs as the background for the whole thing!  I made the flowers myself  using a fringe scissors!

First I cut a 1" X 6" strip of paper and then used my fringe scissors cutting in as close as possible to the edge.

Then I rolled it up securing it with a liquid adhesive at the end.

Once dry, I started unfolding the petals one by one until they were all done.

Add an epoxy dot to the center and it it is done!  Aren't they a nice soft touch?

Supplies Used:
Twine: The Twinery
Patterned Paper, Stickers: GCD Studios
Doily: Gina's Designs

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Heidi Sonboul Blog Hop Winner

I'm a few days sorry!  Been battling a cold and it has been winning!  Sharon Fritchman you are the lucky winner!  I'll be emailing you to collect your address!

Quilted Cards Three

My last two "quilted" cards classes at The Scrapbooking Studio have been so well received and so much fun that I decided I would do another round.  Here's my creations for round three coming up on June 7th!

 I think this one is my favorite :)  I saw one done like this with all white squares...super cool but not a quilty look.  I love the Americana feel this has with the stars!

 This one is super easy, I know the ladies will love learning this quick technique!

 Targetted this one for father's day...this circle folding technique has been a hit so I've done this folding all three classes.

This started out as something different with diamonds...pinterest didn't work.  So I rearranged and created it like this.  I am kinda digging the folded diamonds and am gonna have to play more with that.  Cutting them on my Cameo made for a quick and precise cut!

As long as people keep enjoying it and I can keep generating ideas (thanks pinterest) I will keep doing a topic like this!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Jillibean Soup
Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Rubons: Pebbles

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pebbles "Party with Amy Locurto" Two Page Layout

This line from Pebbles has several different sections to it.  This part is full of bright cheery colors and springy themes!  I created this layout for a class I will be teaching at The Scrapbooking Studio.  Although it could easily work for a girl layout, I set out to make sure it would also work for a boy!

I love circles and include them on nearly every layout I create...this one is almost entirely comprised of them! All these pictures of Cooper were taken by my mom while we were at the hospital having Bo!  I love the pre-made medallion flowers that come with this line...I am so bad at making those!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper, Stickers, Flowers: Pebbles
Thickers: American Crafts
Cardstock: Colorbok

Monday, May 6, 2013

Heidi Sonboul Signature Series Blog Hop

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I am so honored to be joining this group of ladies today that are celebrating the release of Heidi Sonboul's Signature Series book.  Heidi is an amazing talent and I can't wait to explore the book myself!  For my contribution to the hop I am sharing a card that was created using her "SunKissed" line from GCD Studios.

This star paper jumped out at me as I looked through the 6 X 6 paper pad.  I decided to add some long stitching to it along with some epoxy dots.  I cut the "cute" title on my silhouette cameo.

Don't you just love how trendy hand stitching is right now?

As a thank you to all of you for stopping by I am going to do a giveaway of some of the embellishments from Heidi's "Special Delivery" collection.  All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment. I will pick a winner of Sunday, May 12th.

Here's the rest of the group in the hop.  I know they'd love for you to stop by too!

The Line Up
Audrey Yeager
Christina Collins
Christine Meyer
Grace Tolman
Heidi Van Laar 
Jennifer Chapin
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Katrina Hunt
Kelly Holbrook
Lalo IK
Megan Klauer
Nina Yang
Pam Callaghan
Rae Barthel
Rochelle Spears
Sara Zenger
Suzanna Lee
Teri Anderson
Wida Miller

Now Head over to Heidi Sonboul's ( ) new site for a chance to win the newest tool from Fiskars and her two newest collections, Special Delivery and SunKissed.
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To order the book you can go here:
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Scallop Heart Home Decor: American Crafts My Girl

Around Valentine's Day I saw this project at the American Crafts blog created by Erin Stewart  .I knew I wanted to make one for myself!  I finally created it and it is hanging up at The Scrapbooking Studio.  Funny enough, I used American Crafts paper for it too!
You can find all the directions on how to create it at American Crafts (linked above) so I won't recreate that for you.  I decided not to add a cursive word to mine as it will hang in Lucy's room and we've got at least a couple years before she'll be reading it.  I did use coordinating washi tape to add a border.  Without the tape it has a more artsy feel...but I was going for a more cutesy look :)

 Supplies Used:
Decorative Tape: My Minds Eye, Bella Blvd
Patterned Paper: American Crafts

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Bet I got your attention with that title...:)  Today is National Scrapbooking Day and my wonderful husband made time for me to have a few daytime hours to create!  Here's the layout I created.

Lucy's dance number for her recital last year was "The Itsy Bitsy..."  Thus the silly title.  One of the challenges over on American Crafts today was to combine thickers and letter stickers.  I took that challenge for this.  Between the sunburst and the title, I didn't need to add a whole lot to finish off the page.  I did add a couple of little words from SRM Stickers to my photo collages and some enamel dots.  Beyond that just a little doodling and I was done.  I hope you got a little time to create today too!  

Supplies Used:
Letter Stickers: Bella Blvd
Thickers: American Crafts
Stickers: SRM Stickers
Patterned Paper: Pebbles
Enamel Dots: Bo Bunny

Friday, May 3, 2013

Giveaway Winners

I have two winners to share with you today!
The winner of the GCD Studios goodies is Lisa Swift
The winner of the Gina's Designs goodies is
Julie Tucker Wolek

Shoot me an email or fb message and I will get those sent off to you!


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