Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rad! - Creative Scrappers June sketch

Hello scrappy friends!  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for the Creative Scrappers design team June sketch.  It's so much fun to create from sketches, and it's extra fun to see how people change up the sketch in different ways.

Here's my layout!  I used the fabulous You Rock collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Here are some close-ups - I created the title using The Cut Shoppe Open Letters:

Please share your layouts on Instagram and tag @CreativeScrappers with the hashtag #CSSketch307 and #CreatingWithSketches!  And link up your take on the main sketch 307 by June 30th on the Creative Scrappers blog.

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram too! 

Have a super weekend full of crafty time,


Friday, June 23, 2017

Pinch me! I'm published in Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine!


I have such amazing news to share today!  I'm sooooo excited to share that a layout of mine has been published in *THE* fabulous Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!!!  

***NOTE:  The summer issue broke the SCT Magazine server (it's that good!), and the links should work on Monday***

Run, don't walk, to open up this delicious summer issue!  I'm so incredibly honored.

The layout of my lovely ballerina grandmother can be found on page 69! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

{XO Forever Yours} Creative Scrappers 306 Reveal

Hello friends-

So glad you stopped by!  Yesterday I was up on the Creative Scrappers blog with my rendition of Kristine's super-fun sketch for May.  You can use up to 6 photos on this layout, and there are so many possibilities!  I scrapped some photos of my husband and I from our engagement photo shoot.  We'll celebrate 17 years this month!

Go check out close-ups on the Creative Scrappers blog and see how I colored some Gesso to paint on my layout ( doesn't have to stay white!).

Have a great day.


Friday, May 5, 2017

{Smitten} using Simple Stories

Hello crafty friends!  

Do you ever have a collection on your desk after creating and can't bear to put it away yet?  That happened to me recently with the Simple Stories Love & Adore collection.  It's just so dang pretty!  I wanted to stay on the "love" theme but I needed a good photo.  My families' Facebook pages came to the rescue!

I created this layout of my niece and her husband on their one year anniversary.  Aren't they a cute couple??  And hugging in the snow makes them even cuter.

I also had most of a Bea Valint cut file left over after creating this layout of my husband and me on our wedding day.  They are certainly smitten with each other, so I had to choose that as my title.

Take a peek at the the final view of the cut file after matting behind the flowers and some sewing.

Here's a closer look at the photo area.  I popped up the flowers sticker for some depth and sewed in and around the photo mat for additional texture.

I used some of the phrase stickers too.

So go have fun with whatever collection is sitting on your desk - you won't regret not putting it away so soon. :)

Have a great Friday and weekend!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Love - Always & Forever | Scrapbook & Cards Today April Challenge

Hello and happy Sunday to you all!

Are you a reader of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine?  I've been a reader for many years and they started a monthly challenge this year.  I decided to take part in the April sketch challenge because, flowers!  I also recently tidied up my craft room - and came across some of my wedding photos, so I had to scrap my favorite one.

So I started with a gorgeous sheet of Bazzill Juneberry cardstock for my base.  I also had just seen Bea Valint's spring frame cut file and thought it would be perfect.  I cut the full frame and trimmed one of the sides to use.  I then used the Studio software to separate some of the flowers to create the back/inside cuts for a few of them.  I felt like I was playing "Operation" using the Studio knife tool zoomed in to get exactly what I needed to separate!

For the photo mat, I had to use that "So Happy Together" paper. And vellum always gives a pretty touch to wedding pages - I scalloped the top of my vellum first.  I sewed around the photo too to help frame it.  I fussycut the flowers with "always & forever" from a journal card on the 4x4 and 4x6 Vertical Journaling Elements paper.

The "LOVE" stickers go perfectly for the title!  I popped them up with some 3D foam dots.

I used many different enamel dots to fill in some of the flower centers.  I also did a fair bit of fussycutting, and I used the center of the little 5-petal flowers from the cut file to fill in for added variety.

Here is the sketch I used from Becky Fleck of PageMaps via Scrapbook & Cards Today.

It is so fun to use sketches!  Check back on May 12th for my reveal of Creative Scrappers sketch 306.

Until then, enjoy your week (with a bit of chocolate!).


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!