Sunday, September 21, 2014

Creative Scrappers #278 | I Am Batgirl

Today is reveal day for Sketch #278 on the Creative Scrappers Blog!  And sadly, it's my final layout for the current Team members!  I would love to stay on CS forever, but decided not to reapply for the new call, to squeeze in more time to work on things for The Cut Shoppe...and homeschool for three busy kids definitely takes up a lot of time!!  But I had fun creating with the last Sketch, and just had to do a Halloween layout with it!

Layered grid designs are always awesome, and I decided to use two of the spots for photos and two for 3x4 cards from the House of Cards cut file set, from The Cut Shoppe.

I loved the little tag area, so I layered a tag behind my paper and embellished with a Flair Button from A Flair for Buttons, some stickers, stars, and sequins.

Make sure you play along with Sketch #278, for the chance to win from our Sponsor, My Creative Scrapbook!  You could also be chosen for our Wednesday Featured Layout post!  Link up on the Creative Scrappers Blog, by September 30th!

And don't forget, that you can pre-order your copy of Creating with Sketches V3 by October 15th!!  Creating With Sketches will feature a few designers you might now from our past design teams! Missy Whidden, Nicole Nowosad, Sherri Funk, Monique Liedtke, Debbi Tehrani, Delaina Burns, Marielle LeBlanc, Tina McDonald, Tracy Banks,  Sara Zenger, Heather Leopard, Mary Ann Jenkins, Rebecca Keppel, Ashley Horton, Shannon Morgan and so many more!

Supplies:  Patterned Paper, Stickers, Sequins, Thickers, Wood Veneer, & Tag:  American Crafts; House of Cards Cut File:  The Cut Shoppe; Flair Button:  A Flair for Buttons; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo

Friday, September 19, 2014

Echo Park | Creative Agenda Cards

Earlier this week, I was up on the Echo Park Blog with two cards featuring the Creative Agenda collection!  This is one of my new favorites!  I love all of the fun colors and the awesome embellishments that go along with the collection!  This collection is perfect for creating everyday cards for the special people in your life.  And you can add an extra wow factor to your cards, by using the coordinating Designer Dies!

I used the cute stamp handle Designer Die from the Sweet Memories Die/Stamp Set on my first card.  I cut the die four times on different patterned papers and then arranged them in a grid on my card base.  I added a sentiment sticker under each of the stamp handles and finished my card by stamping the “Noted” sentiment, and adding stickers from the Element Stickers Sheet for my card sentiment.

On my second card, I repeated a similar technique using the heart shape from the Sweet Memories Die/Stamp Set.  I layered five hearts over my card base, and added the “Is It Friday Yet?” talk bubble, as the sentiment for my card.  Then I used the days of the week stickers from the Alpha Stickers Sheet, to embellish each of the heart shapes.

I love to use the Designer Dies on my projects, because you can create so many different looks each time you use them.  And you can pair them with the coordinating stamps to create even more fun looks!

Check out the Products page on the Echo Park Blog to see all of the fun Designer Dies and Stamps, that coordinate with the Echo Park collections!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hip Kit Club | Explore Everyday

Today I'm stopping in to share a new layout and card for Hip Kit Club, using the September 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits!!

I love the look of an angled design, and actually did a similar look on one of my layouts for Hip Kit Club earlier in the year. But I find a diagonal striped paper, helps me get motivated with this type of design, rather than trying it on another type of paper. The Crate Paper patterned paper gave me guidelines for placing my photos and elements on the layout. I started my page, by adding the wood veneer word "Explore", from Studio Calico to the center of the page. Then my photos and embellishments fell into place from there. I also wanted to continue my diagonal lines, so I used some of the awesome Glitter Washi tape, included in the September 2014 Embellishment Kit.

Woodland animals always look adorable on projects, and there are lots of cute ones included in the September 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits! I wanted to use the Deer patterned paper from the Brighton Pier collection from Studio Calico on a card. And of course, it gives you a perfect sentiment to work with...You're a Deer! I arranged my title and chipboard heart embellishment around the Yellow deer, to add emphasis to the theme of my card. And I stitched through the alpha stickers, for an extra layer of texture!

If you haven't had a chance to pick up your September Kits, then make sure you visit the Shop, before they are all sold out!  And the October 2014 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits are already available in the Shop and they are amazing!!  Here's a look at the Main Kit!

 Make sure you visit the Shop to see all of the October 2014 Add-On Kits!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

American Crafts | School Days Photo Tray

This week on the American Crafts Blog, we are sharing projects and layouts using 5+ photos!  I am usually a 1 to 2 photo kind of girl, so this was a little different for me!  And I had a project, so it was definitely out of my comfort zone!!  But I love the end result and have the Painter's Tray hanging in our son's bedroom.

Supplies: DIY Shop (366665) - 12x12 Paper Pad, DIY Shop (366983) - 6x6 Paper Pad, DIY Shop (366611) - Wood Buttons, DIY Shop (366620) - Wooden Clothespins, DIY Shop (366633) - Chalk Badges, DIY Shop (366623) - Chalk Labels, DIY Shop (366634) - Chalk Speech Bubble Stickers, DIY Shop (366631) - Cork Stickers Arrows, Thickers (366057) - Collage

I also have a tutorial to share with you, showing how I put my Painter's Tray together.

1. You need a Painter's Tray and the DIY Shop 6x6 Paper Pad to get started. If you don't want to purchase a Painter's Tray for your project, check out the Silhouette Store for shadow box cut files.

2. After you choose your papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad, cut each one to 2.75x3.75. Then you can add adhesive to the back and place them in the spaces on the Painter's Tray.


3. I chose 7 papers to fill the spaces on my Painter's Tray, so next I printed 5 photos for the remaining spaces and added them to the tray.


4. Now you are ready to embellish your Painter's Tray! Choose a pack of Thickers and add "ABC" "123", to one or two of the spaces in your tray.


5. I wanted to add a chalk element to my project, so I used some of the Chalk Labels, Stickers and Badges from the DIY Shop collection. The chalk goes on easily and this is a great way to personalize your project.


6. Add your handwritten chalk embellishment to the spaces on the tray and embellish with wood buttons and wooden clothespins.


7. Use your Silhouette Cameo to cut letters or numbers for your child's coordinating Grade and school themed die cuts. If you don't have an electronic die cut machine, you can use stickers or Bits to embellish your project.


8. Add dimension to your die cuts, using pop dots. I wanted some of the die cuts to stand higher, so I layered two pop dots, to get more dimension.


So if you're looking for ways to get your children's school photos out of albums and on display, then I hope you'll try this fun Painter's Tray look!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Flair for Buttons | Cloud Nine

I have a brand new layout to share with you today, for A Flair for Buttons!  I have a thing for Stars!  I ocassionally use flowers and I love to use hearts, but I really LOVE to use stars on my projects!  So when I decided to do a layout with a photo of our son napping, I just knew it had to be embellished with stars.  I searched through my cute little Orange bowl, that holds all of my flair buttons and found two perfect star patterned buttons from the Take a Picture 3 Flair Set and the Instalove 3 Flair Set!

I placed the Flair Buttons next to my 3x4 die cut sentiment and photo, to draw attention to the main elements on the layout.  Then I continued the star theme, by adding die cut and wood veneer stars.  I love the fun options from the A Flair for Buttons Shop.  You can pick up flair buttons with the perfect word sentiments to add to your projects or flair buttons with fun images to accent your projects!

You can find the Flair Sets I used in the Shop today, along with a ton of great designs!  Make sure you stop by to check them all out!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Felicity Jane | 1st Grade Bible

One of the things I've come to love about scrapbooking, is the opportunity to partner with friends and support and promote their new and existing business ventures!  Recently my friend Jeana Goodwin, super-duper coordinator for the Silhouette American Design Team, started her own Kit Club, Felicity Jane.  Jeana contacted me and asked if I would like to work with her first Kit, Charlotte, and I jumped at the chance.  After seeing the Kit online, I knew it would be amazing once it arrived, and I was not disappointed!  The patterned papers have such fun, bright colors, and I love the mix of bits and embellishments that are included.  Today, I wanted to stop in and share my first layout, using the Kit.

I used two of the patterned papers from the Kit, over a White cardstock base, to make the colors really pop.  I loved the large chevron paper and cut it to create a center point for my photo.  And last Thursday I received something I've wanted for a long time...a sewing machine!  So once I saw the vellum piece and the flat Gold sequins included in the Kit, I knew I had to try something I've always wanted to do...a stitched vellum pocket!  Once my pocket was complete, I layered it behind my photo.  I used several embellishments from the Kit to finish my page, including the wood veneers, Printables, stamps and Flair Button!

You can check out everything about Felicity Jane HERE, and become a Kit subscriber!  The Charlotte Kit is currently available in the Shop!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pinkfresh Studio | Card Trio

Earlier this week, I was up on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog with a fun Card Trio, and I wanted to stop in and share them with you today!  I love that the Pinkfresh products give you so many options whether you are a scrapbooker, project lifer or card maker.  Here are the cards I created with my Pinkfresh Studio goodies!

On my first card, I used a mix of stamping and added one of the fun pockets from the Fresh Inspiration Kit.  Have you had a chance to check out the awesome new Anya stamp set?  I used them on my second card to create the sentiment, using Navy and Yellow ink.  And how awesome are the new Wood Drop Stickers??!!  I couldn't resist using them on two out of three of my cards!  They add just the perfect touch to any project!

Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you have a great weekend!