Friday, July 25, 2014

An Echo Park Summer Adventure Down By The Sea layout

I thought I would share a layout I created as a page challenge for my local Craft Warehouse's Scrapbook Club.

For this challenge we were each given the following:
  • (1) 12x12 sheet of yellow cardstock
  • (1) 6x12 sheet of Echo Park's Beach Icons paper (with waves on the back)
  • 4 small summer puffy stickers (I used the sun which I layered with a Doodlebug sprinkle)
The rules of this challenge are that we must use a little bit of everything they give us, we must have at least two photos with a little bit of journaling and we can mix and match it with any other supplies we wish.  

I chose to use the beach icons paper with a circle punch, mounting them on banner using Papertrey Ink's Banner Builder Dies.  I added a little extra detail with some blue pearls and Papertrey Ink's pinking shears border die.  I must say this is one of my most used dies--I seriously love the it!

For my title I used American Crafts Thickers paired with some old American Crafts rub-ons I've been making a point to use more of.

As an extra embellishment I added a tag with a chipboard anchor, button and paper strip from last year's Fancy Pants Down By The Shore collection.  I love how well it matched the wave pattern on the back of the Echo Park paper!

It's definitely not a profound layout with a lot to say, but it feels good to get these super old vacation photos in a scrapbook where we can enjoy them.  :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cards using Doodlebug's Chevron Sugar Coated Cardstock

I'm super excited to be sharing some cards on Doodlebug's blog today that came out of recent play date I had with Doodlebug's new chevron sugar coated cardstock!

Up first I have a tone-on-tone silver and lily white wedding card.  I love how Doodlebug products can be elegant as well as cute.  For this card I cut my chevron cardstock into arrow like strips and then lined them up so the chevron carried across the card.  I added a little sprinkles vellum, a Congrats sticker and a Wedding Cake Doodle Pop and this card was done.  Super easy!

Up next I have a card cutting the chevron the other direction.  This might look intimidating, but it was actually quite simple.  I didn't want to to mess with lining up my cuts on both sides so I only cut one edge from each color and left a little extra with a straight edge to go under the row below it.  And my secret to cutting the chevron edge quickly?  I used my trimmer to cut close to the peek of the chevron stripe (careful not to clip off the tip) and then took my scissors and cut all the marks to the left and then again to the right until all the little triangle V's were removed.

Up last is another quick card I created with my leftovers.  I had cut 12" long strips from the chevron cardstock and thought while I had everything out I might as well put them to good use.  ;)

This chevron sugar coated cardstock is even more fun than I realized and I'm so glad I had some time to play with it and give it the full attention it deserves. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Pebbles Garden Party Spring in Japan Layout

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  :)  Today I thought I would share a layout I created using Pebbles Garden Party collection.

So I have a confession to make... I started with the plan to stamp the word hello in black and then if felt too harsh next to my die-cut flowers which had centers that were more charcoal in color.  I tried to remedy that by taking a marker to the flowers, but then it felt like they both didn't match the feel of my layout.  Sooo... I ended up salvaging them and covering them both.  I covered the hello stamp with Technique Tuesday's matching Say It Hello die (it took two to completely hide it) and covered the die-cut flower centers with some older American Crafts flowers.

Unfortunately that wasn't my only boo-boo to cover up.  After running the darling white scalloped journaling card through my printer, it printed terribly crooked and to fix that I decided to reprint them on some pink cardstock and cover it with strip style journaling.  Things just weren't going my way, but I think it goes to show almost anything can be fixed.  LOL!  :)

I love these sweet and simple birds from the collection!  I finished off my layout by stamping the date on the little die-cut ticket using some more Technique Tuesday date stamps from their Sentiment Tabs set.  :)

Thanks so much for hanging with me today.  :)

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Jillibean Soup Happy Camper Stew S'mores Gift Set

I almost forgot to share a little S'mores gift set I made which was featured in the summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today.   :)

I created this set with one of my all time favorite Jillibean Soup collections called Happy Camper Stew!  I found these flat little marshmallows at Walmart that are perfect for microwave smores all year 'round.

...And I decorated an acrylic box from The Container Store to hold the chocolate bars and graham crackers.

I'm thinking this will make a great little summer birthday gift for a certain guy who's hard to shop for.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have an awesome weekend!  :)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A Lori Whitlock Sweet Sixteen Cupcake Card & Gift Bag

It's Mendi here and I'm so excited to be sharing a fun Birthday card and gift bag set that I made using several of Lori's darling shapes and papers from Echo Park's Splendid Sunshine!

This set came about because I was wanting to create a "Sweet 16" milestone birthday card.  I was thrilled to see that Lori already had the work done for me with her cute phrase (and even more thrilled to realize I had a "happy" stamp that matched perfectly from Avery Elle's Oh Yeah set).  I chose to turn the number 16 into candles with the help of a little embroidery floss and a flame cutting file from another candle by Lori.

For my cupcake I used some Glossy Accents on the sprinkles and flames and a paper piercer with a ruler to form holes so that I could hand-stitch the ribs in my cupcake wrapper (after ungrouping and removing other cutouts).

After I was done I thought it would be super fun to make a matching gift bag, but I didn't have any of Lori's newest cupcake boxes so I tried to get creative.  I took her apple favor box file (keeping the base the same size and discarding the apple portion) and enlarged that same cupcake to create a front and back for my little box.  I was able to sandwich a little ribbon between the layers to form my handles and it worked perfectly.

To create my little Birthday ensemble I used the following cutting files which are available for purchase in Lori's Shop:

I hope I've inspired you to play a bit today.  ;)

P.S.  Before I go I wanted to spread the word about an amazing opportunity that is opening up on Lori Whitlock's Creative Team.  She is currently on the search for a couple people to add to her team (both digital and paper crafters).  This is such a fantastic team to work for with sweet people and lots of perks.  If you love Lori's SVG cutting files and her Echo Park paper collections, this might be the perfect fit for you.  You can read all the details HERE.  :)

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