Tuesday, August 2, 2016

{Most Favorite} Creative Scrappers Sketch 297 Reveal

Hello everyone and welcome to August!  The first of the month means a new sketch from Creative Scrappers and it's a fun one!  We've partnered with The Cut Shoppe this month, and I used the Candy Hearts cut file with some Pink Paislee Fancy Free goodies to highlight a photo of my sweet niece.  She's precious <3.

I opted to cut Candy Hearts from textured white cardstock.  My original thought was to use white on white, but the Fancy Free papers had me thinking of watercoloring, so I decided to grab my waterbrush and my Distress Inks.  After my hearts dried, I stuck them to my layout and sewed around the green ones.

I used two barcode strips from the Fancy Free papers to create the perpendicular pieces and sewed them as well.  I fashioned a journal spot with a cut circle and a scalloped circle with some sewing.

I used embellishments from the Fancy Free goodies as well as the "That Smile" printable Kristine created.  

I also sprinkled some Heidi Swapp Color Shine ink to add interest.  And for some fun embellishments, I also fussycut some of the flowers and popped some up with 3D dots.

Those buttons and enamel pieces are so fun!  I used the "Most Favorite" as my title.

Here's a look at the sketch, and don't forget to link up!  Ashley has also created a fun cut file you can grab for a discount through August using code TCSCS25 - it's called "Inner Circle".  Go check out the other design team members' layouts on the Creative Scrappers blog, too.

I hope you are inspired to use the sketch in your own way this month.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a great week.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

{Love Her} Scrapping Our Stash July Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  It's the end of July (already?!) which means it's time to scrap some of our stash and showcase in a blog hop.  You may have arrived from Audrey's blog - she always has lovely projects, doesn't she?  If you don't follow her blog, you should. :)  

This month I dipped back into my BasicGrey stash.  I just ADORE the Vivienne collection - those colors rock!  Here is my layout:

I can't really describe to you how much fun I had with this layout (a TON!!) - but I loved seeing these photos of my daughter from around nine years ago.  #ReminiscingIsFun.  Plus, isn't the Delicate Florals cut file from Just Nick awesome??  I cut the file out of CTMH Chocolate cardstock and backed it with the BasicGrey patterned paper that I also cut out with my Cameo using different patterns for different pieces.

Here's a close up so you can see the "grass" I sewed as well as my journaling and a few sticker, enamel, and gem embellishments.  I made a garden!  And this one will stay colorful and green (I do NOT have a green thumb in real life, y'all).

I dripped a few spatters of inks on the layout as well.

I created my photo by grabbing the four I wanted, organizing them in PicStitch (I put 3 in a vertical column and one square one on the right which I trimmed off to save for another time).  

For the title, I used an alpha cut file from Scrapbook & Cards Today for the "Love" (cut in two different colors to create a shadow, and then sewed through the middle.  Then I created "her" using my own handwriting!  I'll share a tip on how to do that below the pic.

Scrappy tip:  To cut a word using your own handwriting
  1. Write your word using a Sharpie or other marker in the width of your choice.
  2. Take a photo of your word and copy it to your computer
  3. In Silhouette Studio, open the .jpeg of your word
  4. Use the "trace" feature to trace the cutting edge around your word.
  5. Cut!
Here is what my pic looked like - I liked the one on the bottom best:

That's it!  Simple right?  I loved this because I wanted the word "her" in a scripty font so it would contrast the chunky alpha above it, but I couldn't find one that suited my needs.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far!  Your next stop is Alison.  

Have a great weekend!  Love and chocolate,

Materials used:

12x12 and 6x6 Paper, Ephemera, Stickers - BasicGrey Vivienne collection
Cut files - SCT, Just Nick, my own word
Mists - Heidi Swapp (Patina, Salmon, Bronzer)
Enamel Dots - BasicGrey
Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh (Tangerine)
Droplets - Queen & Co (Orange)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Miss You Everyday -- Creative Scrappers Sketch 296

Happy holiday Friday everyone!  It's Canada Day today for friends in the north, and Monday is Independence Day holiday in the US.  And what better way to celebrate the start of July than with a new sketch from Creative Scrappers with a cut file from Just Nick?  Here's my layout for sketch 296 of my sweet dad. When I saw the Simple Stories Heart collection, I knew I had to have it.  We lost my dad just before Christmas in 2011, and I think the colors and sentiments are just perfect for remembering him.

How cool is the Chopsticks cut file from Just Nick?  You can get it for free by visiting the Creative Scrappers page.  Often times, I'm creating things in my head before I ever get to my craft room. In the shower, driving, eating...all good places to plan creative projects.  :)  I thought of a few different ways I could use the cut file, but finally decided on doing a couple of shaker strips.  

The first step was to layout out the chopsticks in Silhouette Studio where I wanted them and then cutting it out from white textured cardstock on my Cameo.  I also trimmed some strips of different papers from the Heart collection to back the cuts, but I left two open for the shaker strips.

And how fun to finally use my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool!  I started with two strips from a page protector.  The first one already had a seam since it was the edge, and then I used the Fuse tool to create seams on the 2 sides and then three sides for the 2nd strip, leaving one side open for my confetti.  I used my old Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page confetti hearts punch to make some hearts and added star sequins, regular sequins, and other little goodies.   I fused the last side for each shaker strip and then tucked it under the white cardstock.  

I love the gold in the collection and added some gold star sequins in the shaker strips as well as gold thread to stitch with.  And those stickers in the collection just are perfect.

I added a few of the confetti hearts around on the page as well!

For the title, I used the alpha stickers and the "everyday" Simple Stories cut file from the Silhouette store.  I cut "everyday" several times and glued them together to create my own "chipboard" word, and then I sewed to underscore the word.  I popped another little heart confetti in the dot of the "i".  

I usually make a point to journal on my pages. For this page, I tucked some private journaling behind the photo of my dad, and sewed a sticker tag to create a pull.

Here is sketch 296 - come play along with us this month for a chance to win $25 to the Just Nick shop!  Link up your design during the month of July.

Don't forget to check out the other Design Team members' layouts for more inspiration.

Have a super holiday weekend!!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Let's Party Birthday Cards

Happy Monday, y'all!  Yesterday was a rainy day, so the kids and I made some chocolate cupcakes just for fun using a Ghirardelli mix and homemade icing from the recipe on the back.  They are delicious!  That got me remembering some birthday cards I made recently with the very fun Simple Stories Let's Party collection.  (I also created a layout for my son's birthday).

For this first card, I trimmed one of the journal squares, distressed it, and layered it over a strip of patterned paper.  Some enamel dots and staples, and it was a quick and nice card!

Angled view:

My next card is perfect for a boy!  I used another journal card, lined with stripe paper matted onto aqua paper, and stitched along the edges.  Enamel dots, a sticker, and a foiled star complete it.

Here's a better look at the foiled star that I created using my PixScan mat and my Mini Minc.

I was inspired for card number three by photo corners.  I created two different size triangles from square scrap pieces of the red Happy Birthday paper.  A few stickers, a New Bradz, and some stitching were finishing touches!

I was inspired for this last card by my Heidi Swapp Memorydex dies that I just got on sale.  I used one to cut a file folder out of the red Happy Birthday paper (love that paper!!) and used it as my base.  A few more stickers, some more enamel dots, and stitching...et voila!  I'm sending this one to my brother for his birthday!

That's it for me today.  I hope you are inspired to create some cards - they don't have to be time-consuming to be pretty!

Chocolate and hugs,

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dolphin Encounter - Creative Scrappers Sketch 295 Reveal!

Hello scrappy friends!  I'm so excited to share my first layout as part of the Creative Scrappers design team.  It's such an honor to be a part of this team!  And how great is it for Kristine to bring back the sketches - they are so fun to create with.  You can rotate them, mirror them, change the # of photos, etc. though mine usually end up around 90% similar to the original sketch.  

For this layout, I dug back in to some more honeymoon photos.  Remember, I'm still on a honeymoon bloggy time warp!  Don't be shocked if you see more honeymoon getting scrapped in the next six months.  :)  In April I shared another honeymoon layout also using Simple Stories You Are Here - it's so pretty!  It captures the laid back beachy feel that makes me think fondly of that trip 16 years ago.  Okay, so on to the layout!

I had such fun with this sketch creating all kinds of texture.  First up was trimming some CTMH Lagoon cardstock for the main mat area and then trimming a couple of the Simple Stories papers for the base of the photos.  After pulling together those main pieces, I distressed the cardstock, sewed it to textured white cardstock close to its distressed edges, and then curled up a few edges with my finger.  

Then I adhered the Simple Stories papers and my matted photos.  I felt something was missing, so I trimmed a strip of Heavenly Blue cardstock.  But it seemed "flat".  Inspiration came in the form of Martha Stewart fringe scissors.  I used them on another summer layout in 2014.  Doesn't it make you think of a tiki bar and a refreshing drink with an umbrella in it?  Ahhhh....

So the base part of the layout came together quickly, but I knew I needed some embellishment areas.  Enter in Just Nick Studios' Broken Heart Background.  I cut out three in different sizes to use in lieu of the stars on the sketch.  After I cut them out, I backed each "window" with different papers from the collection for a fun mosaic look. I also popped them up with foam tape! Here's the large one at an angle (and I love the Simple Stories New Bradz and photo stickers!):

Now that I had the main part done, I felt the bottom left corner was sparse.  Yet, I didn't want to deviate from the sketch drastically or draw attention away from the photos.  I decided it would be a cool effect to cut some waves in white and sew them to the bottom.  I used an Echo Park cut file and modified it to stretch to 12".  White on white can be powerful!  But in this case, I felt it still needed something.  Enter in some watercoloring -- using Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough) and my CTMH watercolor pen -- along the stitched edges, similar to some cards I did recently.

I think the subtle color was just enough to anchor the layout.  I love it when a plan comes together!  I then used the alpha stickers from the collection for the title, and you can see another heart here, too.  Note to self:  go put a dab of glue under the rebel orange letters that don't want to stay stuck.  ;)

All that was missing now was the journaling strips, and I printed some out using the brown/gray color on more textured white cardstock.  If you are stuck on how to match font colors to your layout, I have a little how-to tutorial.

That's it for me!  I hope this inspires you to grab that sketch and link up on Creative Scrappers InLinkz for a chance at some goodies from our sponsor, Jillibean Soup.  Don't forget to check out the other design team members' layouts for more inspiration, too!

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

{That Smile} Hand Stitched Letters

Hello, hello!  So glad you stopped by.  Today I have a new page that I did hand-stitching on for the first time.  While a bit time-consuming, it definitely adds a pretty and defined texture to papercrafts.  This layout is my darling daughter when she was one and a half. And who *doesn't* unload dishwashers with their sunglasses on, anyway??  :)

I had the concept of this layout started on International Scrapbook Day, but I sadly didn't get to finish then.  But I did take the time to visualize how I wanted the page to end up, and I knew I wanted to hand-stitch on it after seeing my friend Heather's page come together during a scrappy weekend.  Isn't that gorgeous?  I love her watercolor effect with it too.

Usually I don't have a specific title in mind when I start a layout, but in this case I did.  So I used the Just Nick Outline Alpha cut file to pull SMILE into Silhouette Studio and cut it out with stitch holes (see below for instructions).  I used an embroidery needle and floss to backstitch around each letter.  What a relaxing task to do during a bit of television!

Then I used a folder file cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut out my folder "mat" on that beautiful aqua heart paper.  Isn't the Bella Blvd She Blooms paper adorable?  

After I had the basic photo area done, I placed it temporarily where I wanted it to go, removed it, and splattered a bit of white mist on the top left and bottom right areas.  After it dried, I put the photo area back on and did some embellishing.  Here's the bottom right area with a small bit of journaling.

I normally will machine sew on my layouts but because I did hand-stitching on the title, I wanted to keep that the focus.  Instead I incorporated a few messy-thread areas with my stickers and enamel hearts - and a fussycut flower.

Here's a close-up of the stitching:

And all that created layers both underneath the stitching and on top using 3D foam tape!  

Here's a quick tutorial on how I created hand-stitching holes around my letters using Silhouette Studio and my Cameo.  I found this video helpful as a start.

  1. Trace your alpha cut file letters in the size you want the stitching to be.
  2. Align the letters to be evenly spaced horizontally and centered, keeping a little distance between them to account for the holes.
  3. Do an internal offset of the letters, and move the internal offset cut lines out of the cutting area for now.
  4. Create a text box with Times New Roman periods sized at 36.  Grab the crosshair circle and drag it to your first letter and the periods will "snap" around your letter.  Fill in the remaining periods until you have covered the letter.
  5. Repeat for each letter.
  6. Remove the cut lines for each letter, leaving the periods.
  7. Move the internal offset cut lines back to the center of each letter and send to your Cameo to cut.

I hope this inspires some hand-stitching!  I'd love to see your creations if you decide to use this fun technique, so feel free to share them with me in the comments or on social media.  If you found this helpful, I'd love for you to Pin it!

Have a super weekend filled with a bit of chocolate and scrapping time!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Birthday Boy with Simple Stories and Just Nick Studio Cut File - Journaling Font Color Tip

Hello everyone!  I have this crush...I've had it for awhile.  I'm talking about Simple Stories.  Their collections are so much fun to play with.  I had pre-ordered a few collections after the Winter CHA, and Simple Stories was one of them, but I hadn't had a chance to bust out Let's Party yet.  So when I saw Kristine Davidson's Instagram challenge to use Just Nick Studio Dreamcatcher Background 1, I had the perfect chance.  What a fun match-up between collection, challenge, and cut file!

I started by enlarging the Dreamcatcher Background to approximately 11", traced it in Silhouette Studio, and the cut it out of white textured cardstock with my Cameo.

I used the pieces that fell out of the circle to cut slightly larger pieces from the different patterned paper that I wanted for each section.  I adhered them on the back using little dots of my Martha Stewart glue pen - I love it for small amounts of adhesive like I needed here!

I then adhered the full circle onto another white textured cardstock piece, about 11 1/2" x 11 1/2".  Then I busted out my sewing machine!  I used white thread to circle the outside edge and all the straight edges within the circle.  

I adhered that onto a piece of Cranberry Red CTMH cardstock and sewed along the inside edge of the white cardstock.

I had three photos I wanted to include on the dreamcather, so I matted them with white cardstock and then different pieces of the patterned paper from It's A Party.  Coincidentally, there were three tab stickers with the collection, and I used one on each of the photos!

With that base down, I decided on my title.  I used the Birthday from the ephemera pack and some red alpha stickers from Simple Stories' Snap collection for "BOY".  I tucked the boy from the ephemera pack next to the title for a fun accent.  Isn't that gray curlicue from the photo sticker pack cute??  I sprinkled a few of those along the circle.

I used some ephemera, New Bradz, enamel dots (borrowed from Simple Stories' Say Cheese Collection!), and stickers to create different embellishment spots.  There's so much to choose from - I know I'll be making some birthday cards with this collection.

To journal, I typed and printed a few strips to sew along the page.

TIP:  To use a matching color for your journaling:
  1. Open a web page that shows the color you want (I browsed to a photo of It's A Party)
  2. Take a screen shot of the page that has your color
  3. Open it in Paint
  4. Use the dropper tool to "grab" the color you want to use for your font (I grabbed the gray/brown color)
  5. Change your font color in Word to the RGB values shown in Paint.

I decided to add some embellishments to the top left and bottom right corners outside of the Dreamcatcher circle.  I just HAD to use that banner sticker and sew along its seam!

And that's a wrap for this layout!  I hope you will also take part in Kristine's challenge and use the cut file - Nicole has some really awesome ones in her shop.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of your week!