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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Friday, July 11, 2014

A Doodlebug Patriotic Parade Thank You Card

Just dropping in to share a quick little card I created for my local card club at Craft Warehouse using Doodlebug's Patriotic Parade collection.  I love how vibrant the colors are this collection and how the floral prints can be used all summer long.  :)

For my sentiment I used a sticker from the Stars & Stripes Quote Stickers, layering it over a flag from the Red, White & Blue Pixies Assortment.  A little Doodle twine and a yummy star sprinkles sticker and I was done.


I'll be back on Monday to share a fun new Birthday ensemble I made for Lori Whitlock.  I hope you have have a lazy and relaxing weekend.  :)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lori Whitlock's July Blog Hop ~ A Tokyo Disney Layout


Hello and welcome to Lori Whitlock's July blog hop!  You should be arriving here from Corri's blog (or you can start from the beginning of the hop at Lori's blog).  ;)


Today I have a layout to share using Lori's adorable new We Are Family collection along with a number of her ultra cute cutting files!  

I really wanted to find a way to use the darling globe paper and when I came across these photos of my daughter on the train at Tokyo Disneyland I knew I had found the perfect subject to use it with.  To get my creative juices flowing I started off with a fun sketch (No. 160) by Liz Chidester.  



For my title I used some stickers from the collection and paired them with a title cut from red vinyl using the "Billabong" font.  I grounded my title by creating a little scene with Lori's Hot Air Balloon and clouds.

I chose to embellish the rest of my page with a couple of Lori's newest travel images.  I altered her adorable globe shape by un-grouping it and welding it to two basic circles for Mickey's ears before grouping them back together.  I love how it turned out!


To create my layout today I used the following SVG cutting files by Lori:

In honor of today's hop Lori is giving everyone a free SVG download on her blog HERE.


She is also offering 30% off all shapes and fonts in her shop through Monday when you use the code "Summer".  Visit her shop to see all the new goodies she has in store!  :)


Be sure to check out all the other inspiring projects at my fellow teammates blogs and leave them some love.  Traci is your next stop in the hop.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!   :)

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