Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Mind's Eye Kate & Co. Missing You & Thank You Cards

I'm popping in today with a couple of cards I made awhile back using My Mind's Eye's Kate & Co. Cambridge Court Collection.

If I recall correctly I made these a submission call asking for takes on a sketch. I was having a hard time deciding if I preferred the button or the wood veneer heart and since I had already cut 12-inch long paper strips it was easier to just go ahead and make two cards at the same time.  Half the battle can be deciding what to make, am I right?  ;)

For my Sentiments I used a mix of several Simon Says Stamp exclusives including their Lots of Thanks Handwritten Sentiments Stamp set, You Clear Stamp set and the You Craft die.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Easter!  :)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop with "About Me" Layout

Hello and welcome to Lori Whitlock's April blog hop!  You should be arriving here from Corri's blog or if you are just joining in you can start from the beginning at Lori's blog.  

Today I have a colorful layout sharing my addiction to Converse sneakers using Lori's newest Summer Bliss collection which she designed for Echo Park.  As soon as I saw this fun title by Kolette Hall I knew I had to pull out my camera and document my shoe collection for the record books.  ;)  Lori was super sweet and even designed an adorable pair of sneakers to help put the finishing touch on my page. 

For my title I created a thin shadow which I cut from both yellow paper and two thin sheets of Silhouette Chipboard.  I then set to work gluing all the layers together with my favorite Zig glue pen.  I love the extra dimension and emphasis it gives my title.  

I used the following cutting files available for purchase in Lori's shop:
I also have a digital layout that I made awhile back using Lori's Digital papers and embellishments that I never got around to sharing.

For this one I used a fun sketch by Allison Davis at Scrapbook Generations.

To create my heart shape I temporarily used a random heart and then set to work covering it with a variety of Lori's flowers, buttons and brads.  When I was done I just deleted the original heart.  This was definitely a labor of love given the amount of shadows and layering involved, but I love how it turned out!  :)

To create this layout I used the following digital kits:
In honor of the hop, Lori and Kolette Hall are offering 30% off all their SVG cutting files and fonts today through April 20th. 

Lori also has an awesome giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner. The contest will run April 14th through 21st and the winner will be announced April 21st.   

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You're next stop on the hop is Brigit Mann's Blog.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  ;)
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Friday, April 11, 2014

A Red, White & Blue Chevron Striped Nautical Card

Spring makes me think of Nautical themes so with that I thought I would share a card I created last year that I never got around to sharing.  :)

For my focal point image I used Silhouette Rhinestone Anchor cutting file which I then set to work filling with some value rhinestones.  I love how sparkly it looks in person.  For my background I layered chevron stripes cut from cardstock using Papertrey Ink's Chevron Stripes Border Die.  When I think of Nautical clothing, I think of white stitching on bold colors so I added a bit of that with some large eyelets to complete the look.  My sentiment was heat embossed using Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites Mini Stamp Set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope your weekend is peachy!  :)

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Series of Doodlebug Hip Hip Hooray Birthday Layouts

I am so happy to be sharing some Birthday layouts on Doodlebug's Blog today using their newest Hip Hip Hooray Collection!  I adore the bright and cheerful colors in this fun line!  I actually don't have boys, but I thought the colors were a perfect match for my daughter's recent "Minion" themed party.  :)

First up I have a layout featuring a border of pennants to show off all the yummy prints in the 6x6 paper pad.  For my embellishment focal point, I popped up the balloon icon stickers with foam tap and "tied" them to the monster sticker with twine.

I combined Doodlebug's "birthday" phrase from their icon sticker sheet with a die cut title using some matching petite prints paper.  To add a playful feel to my title I added the birthday hat sticker to my Letter "B" and dotted my "i" with a star rhinestone.

I was on a roll and thought it might be nice to keep the birthday looking somewhat consistent in my album so I went ahead and created a couple more layouts to share with you.  For my next one I wanted to recreate the look of party confetti by mixing dripped spray mist, doodle sprinkles, star brads, star stickers and circles punched from the Hip Hip Hooray Pixies set.

I printed my journaling on a Hip Hip Hooray Simply Put Album Insert and made my title using Tangerine Shin-Dig Sugar Coated CS Stickers paired with a Silhouette cut subtitle (font: KG Strawberry Limeade).

For my last layout I wanted to do something with a twist on the popular pocket page trend and create my own pockets from patterned paper.  After adhering my 12-inch wide pockets across the page, I stitched around the three sides of my layout and set to work filling the pockets.

I love finding fun ways to use the Simply Put Album Inserts on traditional layouts and cards and this style of page is perfect for that.  I dressed up the inserts with strips of patterned paper, stickers and brads after running one of them through my printer for my journaling.

I cut apart the 6x4 wish list card from the set to be a smaller 3x3 card.  To emphasize the treat bag theme in my photos, I took one of Doodlebug's Treat Bags and tucked it in my pocket, wrapping it with twine and another one of the tags found in the pixie set.

I finished off my layout using a ticket sticker layered with some more pennants.  I love carrying little bits of each page over into the next to create a cohesive look.

To speed up my design process for the layouts I've shared today I turned to some of my favorite sketches by Allison Davis & Debbie Sanders at Scrapbook Generation.

I hope I've inspired you to dig into this collection with some of your own favorite birthday photos!  ;)
Hip Hip Hooray Icon Stickers

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Silhouette Tutorial: How to create Stitching Templates

Today I'm so excited to be sharing a new Silhouette trick on Lori Whitlock's blog where I showcase how you can create stitching templates using all your favorite cutting files!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE to add touches of hand stitching on my projects!  I adore the homemade look it gives my cards and layouts! Well, I have been brainstorming for awhile now trying to figure out the easiest way to do this on the Silhouette and I think I finally found a way that is both quick and easy.  Best of all I love that it allows me to execute hand-stitching with perfectly spaced stitches every time!  And better yet it doesn't require extra money to buy and store special stitching templates--I have everything I need just using a few of my favorite cutting files of Lori's.

One thing I forgot to point out in my tutorial is that when you do create a stitching template, it's very important to size your shape to the size you want it before adding your holes.  If you decide to shrink it down or enlarge it later, it will affect the size of your stitching holes and you may not get the same results.

To illustrate how I created my stitching template I created a video tutorial.  If you'd like to skip the preparation for the rest of the card and to go straight to the stitching template tutorial portion, fast forward to the 5:50 mark.  ;)

To create my card today I used the following cutting files available for purchase at Lori's shop and also in the Silhouette Store:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to give hand-stitching a try using this fun technique.  :)
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