Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Couple of Paper Crafts Magazine Cards to Share

Today I have some cards to share that are way overdue.  Both of these were created for different past Paper Crafts issues.  This first one I am really blushing about my tardiness because it was from the September 2013 special issue called Paper Crafts Handmade Cards.

I created this one for a call on playing with fabrics and canvases in a unique way.  For my card I colored some fabric Thickers with my Copic markers in a rainbow pattern and paired it with some rainbow arrows cut from Bo Bunny paper using this Arrow cutting file by Lori Whitlock (which I lengthened by welding to a rectangle of the same width).  I finished off my sentiment using the Saying Hello by Ali Edwards stamp set by Technique Tuesday.

My second card was part of Paper Crafts Practical Solutions For Paper Crafters: Volume 2 special issue.  I created this one using a variety of Doodlebug Petite Prints and some Doodlebug / Hampton Art rubber cling stamps called Home Sweet Home.  The call that inspired this card asked for projects using up tiny leftover scraps of paper.  Love that holding onto my precious scraps finally paid off.  ;)

To give my little houses more dimension I stamp them in black ink for the house and roof and then again with VersaMark and white embossing powder on kraft and yellow cardstock.  I like how mixing it up gave the doors and windows the appearance of being framed in white trim.  :)

Thanks so much for hanging with me today.  :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

An Echo Park That's My Boy School Themed layout

I'm happy to be sharing a layout on Lori Whitlock's blog today.  I couldn't wait to play more with Lori's newest paper collection "That's My Boy" paper pad which she designed for Echo Park!  Since I don't have boys of my own I used many of the basic patterns from the collection to create a colorful back-to-school layout.  

For my number border, I cut out an extra size 6 in a contrasting navy to emphasize the fact that she was entering 6th grade.  If that wasn't enough, I added a little arrow to complete my visual triangle.  For my title, I used a chalkboard style die cut, but omitted the chalkboard and enlarged the coordinating apple.

I can't tell you how happy I was to finally get a picture of my daughter boarding a school bus for the first time!  We have always lived within walking distance of her schools, but with a recent move we finally lived far enough away to ride the bus and as a scrapbooker dying to play with adorable "bus" themed embellishments for all these years, I was overjoyed.  :)

To create today's layout I used the following cutting files available for purchase in Lori's shop:
I hope I've inspired you to look at boy themed collections with fresh eyes for both genders.  :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lawn Fawn Easter & All Occasion Cards

I'm back today with a couple more Lawn Fawn Cards.  :)

I thought it would be fun to combine the jar from summertime charm with the jelly bean and other images from the Happy Easter set.  To speed things up and reduce the amount of time I would spend cleaning the jellybean stamp, you'll see that the arrangement of the jelly beans in the same for all three jars.  ;)  I was originally planning on making three identical cards to have on hand, but in the end I thought they looked pretty cute all lined up on one card.

For my next card I challenged myself to use as many of the images in the set as possible by creating my own patterned paper for the background by stamping the dog accessories on the diagonal with a tone-on-tone look.  This one came together really quickly and was a lot of fun to make!  My hardest decision was deciding which adorable pup to use, but in the end this little guy was facing the right direction so he won out.  :)

To created today's cards I used the following stamp sets by Lawn Fawn:
Thanks again for stopping by.  Hope you have a fun & sunny weekend!  :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Oodles of Doodlebug Springtime Layouts and Cards

I'm so excited to be sharing some projects over at Doodlebug's blog today from what I think just might be my all time favorite Doodlebug collection ever called Springtime!  To me it epitomizes everything I love about Doodlebug!

First up, I have a layout to share.  As soon as I saw the rainbow gingham print, I knew I had to go in search for some old photos of my daughter wearing a dress in almost the exact same print.  I tried my best to capture all the rainbows and happiness this collection embodies!

I die cut a rainbow on my Silhouette using a mix of different cutting files and cut my clouds from cardstock with a slightly larger vellum shadow.  I wanted to emphasize the translucent quality, but also still hide the bottom of my rainbow and this totally did the trick!

Next up is another layout, this time using the darling new Springtime Mini Garland.  Love the detail in the darling flowers and leaves--It was almost too cute to cut into!

I set out to create a flower border to extend the flowers in my photo.  For a subtle touch I layered some Limeade Sprinkle Vellum for my grass and poked holes and stitched on Limeade bakers twine for my stems.

For my title I used the word "Spring" from the Springtime Icon Cardstock Stickers, but my "P" was getting lost on the background so I went old-school and mounted them on white cardstock and fussy cut a small shadow around each letter (totally brought back memories).  ;)

I also couldn't wait to play with the Mini Kites Craft Kit so I created a quick little Easter card using one of Doodlebug's Slim Filagree Cards along with sprinkles for my knots and more adorable icon stickers.  Isn't that little bunny sticker completely irresistible?!

For my last project I made a bridal shower card using a Tangerine Polka-dot card base.  I love how these umbrellas will work for Spring themes as well as for Baby and Bridal showers!

I hope you fall as head over heals for this collection as I have!  I found it completely intoxicating and have had a hard time pulling myself away from it!  :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lawn Fawn Encouragement & Birthday Cards

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!  :)

This week I thought I would finally share some Lawn Fawn Cards I created back in December for Lawn Fawn's annual catalog contest.  I adore my Lawn Fawn stamps, but sadly I sometimes don't find the time to play with them as much as I would like so this challenge was all the inspiration I needed to pull them out and have some fun!

This first card actually ended up winning for one of the categories (blushing).  It's such an honor and I was super excited that part of my prize was getting one their latest adorable catalogs in my hands!  It's like a little Lawn Fawn idea book!  :)

For both of these cards I used another investment that I haven't had much time to play with lately which is my Copic markers and airbrush!  I totally fell in love with them all over again and had my hubby eyeing the airbrush compressor for some of his own fine scale modeling projects.  ;)

To create these cards I used the following Lawn Fawn stamp sets:

I'm so excited for tomorrow when I will finally be able to share some fun new Doodlebug projects I have been working on (I'm seriously giddy about this particular collection)!!!  Until then, I hope you have an awesome Monday!  :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Doodlebug Kraft In Color Happy Rainbow Card

Are you guys having a good week?  Is the sun starting to thaw things out in your neck of the woods?  We finally have seen some sun here in the Pacific Northwest and it's amazing what a spirit booster it is!!!

These past two weeks Doodlebug's blog has been sharing so many fun ways to use their newest "Kraft In Color" collection (if you haven't been following, you should totally check it out).  Today I have a little card I made for a local card making challenge using some more of it.  I had so much fun playing with the washi tape on the card I shared HERE that I thought I would try the same technique using the new striped washi tape assortment.  :)

My pennants were cut from the Kraft In Color 6x6 Paper Pad with "happy" spelled out using their Jack & Jill font stickers in Lily White.  I finished off my sentiment on my Silhouette using the font "Wendy Medium".

Just as this card says, I hope your day is happy!!!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop ~ Armoire Shaped Card

Welcome to Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop!  You should be arriving here from Corri's blog or if you're just joining in on the fun you can see the whole hop from the beginning at Lori's blog.

For today's project I couldn't wait to get my hands on Lori's newest shaped cards!  I think the hardest part for me was narrowing it down which one I was actually going to play with.  In the end I decided to combine two cards in one by using Lori's interactive doors on her Armoire Shaped Card with some Echo Park 6x6 Paper pads (Bundle of Joy Girl and Sweet Girl).

For the inside I shrunk down her Dress Shaped Card and only used the front pieces of the cutting file to create a couple of sweet dresses to hang inside my armoire.  To mix it up a bit I took my scissors and cut off the sleeves from one them.  I then found some miniature wire hangers in my stash to hang them from a little "rod".

To give my wardrobe doors room to close over the bulkiness of the dresses, I cut out a piece of thin Silhouette chipboard in the shape of the card front (removing the center portion where the doors were by adding a rectangle to cut out and remove that entire portion).

I hope you will take a look at all the new adorable cards Lori has recently added to her store!  To create today's project I used the following cutting files available for purchase in Lori's shop:
In honor of today's blog hop Lori gave us each a different digital tag to give away.  These are great for layering over your project life photos or for your digital scrapbook pages!  Lori will be giving away a different free file every day between now and our next blog hop in April so make sure to check back at her blog daily.  ;)

Download "The End" Freebie HERE - This shape is free today only.  ;)

She is also offering an awesome 30% off sale at her store now through March 16th!

You're next stop on the hop is Natalie's blog!  :)

Make sure to check out all the wonderful ideas on my fellow teammates blogs and leave them some love.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Doodlebug Kraft In Color Disney Layout & Card

I am thrilled share some projects I made with Doodlebug's latest yummy collection, Kraft In Color which were featured on the Doodlebug blog yesterday!  What I love most about this collection is how versatile it is and how you can literally tailor your color scheme to fit any theme!!!

I really wanted to play with the new sequins and have them take center stage so I chose a simple design that would allow them to shine (no pun intended).  ;)

Make sure to check out my Doodlebug blog post HERE where I share a mini tutorial on how I created my title.  ;)

But before I go, I also have a quick little banner shaped card I created using the new Chevron Washi Tape Assortment.

I knew I wanted to set the washi tape at a diagonal and the banner shaped card took the guesswork out of figuring out what angle to place them at.  I simply cut my card front piece in half down the center and then set to work covering each side with the rainbow chevrons, folding over the excess to the back of the card front.  When I was done I created a center band cut from white cardstock to hide my seam and adhered everything to a coordinating card base cut from my Silhouette (any pennant shape will work for this--I simply stretched my dimensions to be A2 size, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2).

These new products are seriously so much fun and I love that there are infinite ways to use them!  I hope I have helped get your creative juices flowing.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Lori Whitlock Silhouette Tutorial: How to Thicken Fonts

Today I'm excited to have another video tutorial up on Lori Whitlock's blog.  I don't know about you, but I've found when I'm shrinking cutting files down in size there are many times when the shapes become too thin to cut from cardstock without shredding.  To get around this I have found some tricks for thickening my fonts and shapes.  This is also a super handy trick for creating a "bold" font when that option is not available in the Silhouette software.  ;)

To illustrate my tutorial I created this little Birdie Birthday card using several thin shapes and fonts (along with the adorable Echo Park Hello Summer collection) designed by Lori Whitlock.

Check out my video tutorial below on how you too can solve this common Silhouette cutting dilemma.

To create my card today I used the following shapes available in Lori Whitlock's shop:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Papertrey Ink Heart-2-Heart Coffee Themed Get Well Cards

With cold season well upon us I thought I would share a couple of get well cards I created awhile back. :)

I was excited to finally play with this darling coffee image from Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart #1 stamp set.  I knew I wanted to use them for get well cards so I created my own custom sentiment on my computer using the popular Lobster font.

For my card base I cut a couple of 5" circles on my Silhouette and stamped them using Impression Obsession's  Cover-a-Card Large Dots Background Stamp.  To help them stand upright I just cut a small sliver off the back circle along the bottom.  ;)

I was having the hardest time deciding on which color scheme I liked best so in the end I created them both.  :) I added a little steam by hand cutting some vellum scraps.

Thanks for swing by today and for all the sweet comments that have been left.  I know how busy you all are and that means so much to me.  :)
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