Wednesday, April 5, 2017

To Gnome Us Is to Love Us - Simple Stories

Hello and happy hump day everyone!  Do you love a good pun?  I do!  And the layout I'm sharing today has a fun one as my title.  :)

I love this collection from Simple Stories called Bloom & Grow.  The colors make me happy!  I started by cutting a bunch of the Lazy Daisies cut file by Just Nick using the blue polka dot paper for the outline and various other papers for the inside of the daisies. Here's some close-ups of the flowers.

I used enamel dots and decorative brads for the flower centers.

The layout came together pretty quickly!  Here's a close-up of my photo area.  We took some photos during the holidays of me with my mom and brothers.  How cute is that scalloped circle?  I used the die from Papertrey Ink Shaker Shapes.

So many fun elements to choose from in this collection from the ephemera to the enamel dots to the stickers!

Here's a close up of the title.  That little gnome gets me!

And then I felt the layout needed some stitching around the edges to frame all the flowers - just so they weren't just "floating" on the layout.

I'm so glad you could join me today.  I hope this inspires you to use some of your stash for some die cutting fun!

Have a great week!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

{Live Today} Creative Scrappers Sketch 305 with Lovely Day

Hello out there scrappy friends-

Today I'm up on the Creative Scrappers blog kicking off the Design Team's take on sketch 305 for April.  Our sponsor is The Cut Shoppe, and I had so much fun using two of Ashley's cut files!  I used Oodles of Doodles for the spiral circles and Spring Fling for the flowers at the bottom.  It's a fun and whimsical sketch, and I decided to use Dear Lizzy Lovely Day - it's so pretty and colorful!  I cannot get enough of that blue floral paper (full disclosure, I had to order more of it!).  Here's my layout.

 After deciding on photos of my daughter when she was two, I planned out the sizes I wanted to print.  Then I planned the paper square sizes and circle sizes.  Next I cut those spiral circles using my Cameo and adhered everything to textured white cardstock that I had spattered with two colors of ink.  Finally I sewed inside and outside each square as well as in the spiral circle.  So fun!

After adhering the photos, it was easy to put the chipboard title, some enamel dots and stickers, and some journaling strips.

 The chipboard hearts and flowers are so lovely!  I felt the bottom needed an anchor, so I cut a thin strip of the blue floral paper and stitched across.  And then I cut 3 flowers out from the Spring Fling cut file set and "planted" them in the strip.

And here is the sketch.

So come play with this fun sketch, and link up on the Creative Scrappers blog and Instagram using hashtags:  #creatingwithsketches and #CSsketch305 and tagging @creativescrappers.  

Thanks for visiting with me today!  Have a fun week - and make sure you enjoy some chocolate, too.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Love Today | Fancy Pants Family & Co. with The Cut Shoppe

Hello there!

Happy Friday everyone!  Do you like ice cream?  Well, it's my favorite!  And it must be chocolate of course (it wasn't hard to come up with my blog name, let's just say!).  A few weeks ago, we went to a new burger place and I tried a chocolate stout shake.  

Oh. My. YUM.  

So good, y'all!  My hubby snapped a few photos and when I saw them I knew I wanted to use my new stash of Fancy Pants Designs Family & Co with the vibrant colors!  I also used Let Them Eat Pie from The Cut Shoppe.

I traced, enlarged, and then cut the "Love" pie cut file from AC textured cardstock on my Cameo.  I backed it with Family & Co papers and set it aside.  Next, I offset the outside of the pie circle by .175 and snapped periods around the circle using a similar technique I showed last May.  I then sent this to my Cameo on a fresh piece of cardstock.  Once the holes were cut, I backstitched my circle using black floss and then put the Love pie cut file inside the stitched circle.

To complete the title, I used black foam "Today" from Amy Tan "Today" Thickers - such fun texture!  I used some cute sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps called "Believe in You". They're a perfect match with a punched heart and the colors in the collection!

For the top 3 pieces of my pie, I used 6x6 papers from Family & Co.  The one on the right with the writing had highlighted phrases in the wrong spot, so I simply cut out those two phrases and glued them over the plain phrases.  

I used 3 asterisks from the Family & Co alpha pack as well as some other goodies from Maya Road, Crate Paper, Bella Blvd, and Webster's Pages.

I cut a large heart from the black hearts paper to mat the photo in the top left.

I tucked a little journaling tag behind the bottom left photo.

And there you have my second layout with hand stitching on it - it's such a fun technique, and I hope I've inspired you to try it.

Have a super weekend (with some ice cream of course!).

Chocolate hugs,

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{When It's Cold Out But You Want to Swim} Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch

Howdy y'all!  Happy spring to you.  I'm here today to share a layout that's a little bit winter, a little bit summer.  This is my sweet niece Sophie.  Back in November, she decided she wanted to swim and put on her bathing suit and her winter hat and gloves - because it was November. Adorable!  I think we've all been there.  :)

I am using a sketch from Scrapbook & Cards Today I saw in the Winter 2016 magazine and some Crate Paper Cute Girl and Snow & Cocoa as well as Maggie Holmes Bloom.  

The first thing I did was create a cut file inspired by a pattern on one of my papers I had laying around!  I cut it out onto a 6 x 12 piece of white cardstock using my Cameo and then adhered it to the striped paper.  And because I love to sew on my layouts, I sewed around some of the "petals".  And I used some large enamel dots as the centers.

To create my title, I cut out "When it's cold out but you want to" using Thirsty font - it's such a fun font!  I used Dear Lizzy Ooh La La Thickers to create "Swim".

All the fun elements and layers on the photo make me happy - like that cute penguin! And that Maya Road tulle flower from last year's SCT kit was a perfect change of texture.

I used two dies to cut a scalloped circle and the notebook page.  And sewing adds such wonderful texture...I rarely skip sewing on a layout!

Here's the sketch I used.  I tailored my layout for one photo since that's all I had to document.

Thanks for visiting with me today!  I hope you have a great spring!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Forever - Using Negative Die Cuts & Fancy Pants Designs Sweet Nothings

Hello lovely scrappy chocoholics!

Today I'm sharing a layout I shared the other day on Instagram.  I'd love you to follow me there if you aren't already!  I created a layout using the negative cut from this lovely Valentine/date night layout, also using Fancy Pants Designs' Sweet Nothings collection - it's so pretty!  I created a background of hearts cut file using a Scrapbook & Cards Today cut file from Feb. 2016.

Here is the full layout.  Please pardon the shadows - I popped up those hearts and you can't get away from photography shadows when you do that.  :)

 Isn't it fun?  I adore hearts...I remember filling up pages of notebook paper in junior high (and into college) with them.  I loved doodling them!

Scrappy tip:  When I cut out the original cut file, I used the cut file as a template for where to place the inside of the hearts to make sure they were centered.  You may not be able to tell in the photo above, but there's black cardstock under the Sweet Nothings hearts.  I wasn't yet sure how I was going to use it, so I went ahead and placed them with the original cut file as my guide.

I love sewing on my layouts, so when I cut the new hearts out I lightly scored them in the center and adhered them to the black hearts underneath.  Then I zig zag stitched down the center and pulled each side of the hearts up.  Here are some close ups.

 I love those puffy stickers in the collection too!

I tucked a tag behind the photo, which I printed out using my HP Sprocket pocket's so fun to use, and I didn't even need to use adhesive since each photo is backed with it already!

That's all for today!  I hope you enjoy using your negative die cuts.

Here is the cut file I used to create my background.

Enjoy your week!  


Friday, March 10, 2017

Everyday, Important Good Stuff - Creative Scrappers March sketch reveal with scrappy tip

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm on the Creative Scrappers blog sharing a layout for sketch 304.  I am highlighting my adventure into starting my bullet journal, and I'm using Simple Stories Posh collection since I also use some of the Posh planner items my bullet journal.

One of the best ways to create the squares in the sketch was to pull out my 6x6 paper pad.  I chose patterns with different variety:  a floral, some arrows, a solid light pink with polka dots, and a dark blue with polka dots.  

Scrappy tip:  something I learned in a quilting class I took is to squint at the fabrics (in this case, papers) and if you see a lot of contrast, that's good. If the papers are too similar in tone, pattern, colors, then see what else you can substitute for a good mix.

Once I chose my papers and decided where to place them, I trimmed them to save what wouldn't show.  Most non-rotary trimmers are great for trimming out centers or angled cuts.  In the blue paper below, you can see I trimmed a 4x4 piece from the bottom.  You'll never know it's missing!  I did the same for all the pieces behind the pink polka dot one that is in front.

Here's the layout again, and I opted to photograph it with a background setup as well.  I usually don't but wanted to test this technique out. 

Here are some close-ups.  You can see the distressed edges of the 6x6 papers as well as the stitching.  I love those enamel dots, bits & pieces, and decorative brads.  I printed my photos using my new HP Sprocket pocket printer.

Journal strips, the pencil and that "Shine" ephemera!

I created a little banner by trimming the journaling tags from one of the 6x6 papers, sewing, and then adding some more bits and pieces.  There's Winston, the Simple Stories doggie, on a brad!

Don't forget to create your own rendition using sketch 304 and post to the CS InLinkz and share with us on Facebook and Instagram using #creatingwithsketches and #cssketch304.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

You're So Fabulous Card - Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch

Hello everyone-

I wanted to pop in and share a card today.  Fun fact: my crafting journey started with making Christmas cards after I bought some Hero Art stamps in the late 1980s!

I used some new papers from Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection, the DIY party tab punch from We R Memory Keepers that I won from Scrapbook & Cards Today, and "You're so" stamp and "fabulous" die cut from"You're So" by Reverse Confetti.

That white foil paper on the right gives me all the heart eyes!

I used the February sketch from Scrapbook & Cards Today.

I hope this inspires you to use some scraps to create a card for someone in your life!

Have a great day,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

XOXOX | Create Your Own Embellishments - Fancy Pants Designs "Sweet Nothings"

Love is in the air!  Happy Valentine's day everyone.

Hubby and I recently have been going on a few fun date nights, and I thought I'd test out my new HP Sprocket pocket printer to create this heartfelt layout with the gorgeous Fancy Pants Designs "Sweet Nothings" collection.  <3 <3 <3

I had so much fun with this layout!  What better way to start a date night layout than with a hearts cut file?  I used the free hearts bonus cut file from Scrapbook & Cards Today February 2016 and merged two sets together to create the look I wanted, and then I cut my background from black textured cardstock using my Cameo.  The cool thing is I now have the negative cut to use on a second layout in the future!

I then used my Cameo to do an internal offset of the hearts, cut hearts out slightly smaller than the outlines with different patterned papers, and then adhered it all down.  And I love the textured look of stitching with cut files!

And my photo turned out just how I wanted it to!  The only thing I changed was muting the colors to near black and white so the blues in our clothes didn't clash with all the pretty reds and pinks in the papers.  I layered several different papers to create the photo mat.  I created scallops on the main pink piece and distressed the edges of another piece, then added more stitching.  I also added a little half-circle tab and a puffy sticker.

The puffy stickers in this collection are so fun!  I had to use them for my title on the bottom right corner, among other strategic spots.

When I was done, I felt it still needed a little something, so I stitched around the edges to give it a frame.

I also created a few of my own embellishment spots to help fill in some of the extra white space I had leftover.  Here's one in the top right corner I created with a puffy heart outline sticker, some paper, a piece of ephemera that I stitched, and another heart:

And here's one on the left that also has a quick journal spot.  I used two pieces of ephemera, a scalloped circle punch, stitching, a puffy sticker, and ribbon.

Finally, I created the one on the top left by cutting the bottom of a tag and layering a sticker on it.  Try to layer different sized pieces and different textures together and you'll always have a fun area of interest for your embellishment spots.

So glad you could stop by today.  Enjoy your day, and I hope you get a bit of chocolate as well!!  It's the perfect day for it.  See you soon!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Route 66 Adventure - Scrapbook & Cards Today Jan. Sketch Challenge

Howdy, everyone!  I decided to participate on Scrapbook & Cards Today's January sketch challenge.  I didn't win those awesome goodies, but SCT did share my layout on their blog! I only wish I had had the time to photo my layout using natural light - but I had to meet the deadline, so I used what I could.  I've updated it for you here today. 

The sketch had lots of photos, and I had just the thing to fill in all those 2x2s - our recent visit to the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.  It was a gorgeous day!

I also created a fun layout with photos from this day for Creative Scrappers sketch 303 if you missed it.

After I had my photos where I wanted them, I created a strip underneath using different size triangles from multiple papers, and I sewed along the top of the strip using a zig zag stitch.  I used a tag and a puffy heart sticker for my journaling.

On the top, I cut two thin strips of paper and sewed there, too.  Love these puffy heart stickers!

For the title, I used my die cut to create the scalloped circle and faux stitched circle.  Alpha stickers and the foam "adventure" create my fun title.  More enamel pieces plus more hearts were so fun to use!

Of course, you can't forget those acrylic clouds!  I used my tiny attacher to staple them to my page.

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to grab your piece of chocolate on the way out.  :)