Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Summer Beach Ball Card with Lawn Fawn Sentiment

Today I have a card to share using a much neglected supply in the back of my drawer:  My Fiskars paper crimper!  I literally had to dust it off to create this card, but after challenging myself to play with it for a recent Paper Crafts magazine call, I gotta say I feel in love with it again.

For my beach inspired card I crimped cardstock strips in 6 different colors and then much like popular Sizzlits Rosette Die by Tim Holtz, I just pieced the colors together glued the strip to a cardstock circle and hid my adhesive with a button.

My waves were cut using various circle punches and for my sentiment I turned to Lawn Fawn's adorable Swimsuit Season.  This was a lot of fun to create!

I created a few more cards with my crimper that can be seen in the upcoming issue of Paper crafts Cool Tools: Volume 2 due out soon (the original Cool Tools special issue can be purchased HERE).   ;)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Technique Tuesday Layout with June's Memory Keepers Studio

I have a new layout to share using a couple fun, new products by Technique Tuesday!  If you haven't heard Technique Tuesday introduced 2 new clubs this month with one club for stamps called Memory Keepers Studio and one for dies called Fresh Cut Studio.

They give the option of purchasing them month to month with the stamp sets being $15 and the dies $10 or you can become a member and enjoy even greater benefits! Members enjoy a 25% discount off each month's studio product, a 15% discount on coordinating products, automatic delivery, (low $2 shipping within the USA) plus free shipping on additional products!  That's a sweet deal!

I had the pleasure of playing with this month's stamp and die set and they were really fun!  The June stamps are called Family Flair so I pulled out a recent photo my brother-in-law took of me with my Mother and three sisters.  It's getting more and more rare for all of us to be together in one spot so I adore this photo!

To tie in with my family theme, I used papers from Simple Stories Homespun collection and a Silhouette "Sisters" cutting file by Jamie Koay.  I thought these papers and cutouts complimented the Technique Tuesday stamps and dies perfectly!

I decided these flair stamps would look pretty cool stamped on cork so I used the circle dies to cut out some thin sheets of cork (by DCWAV) and then stamped them with the flair to create my visual triangle.

I've been hesitating whether I should reveal this, but the dripping of my Mister Huey's got out of control so I ended up having to shift my design to the right and add a few extra elements to cover my mistakes.  It's a bit busier than I originally planned so I'm still trying to decide how I feel about that...  ;)

Thanks for taking a peek.  :)

You can read more details about the Fresh Cuts Studio HERE and
more details about the Memory Keepers Studio HERE  :)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

An Echo Park Summer Adventure Down By The Sea layout

I thought I would share a layout I created as a page challenge for my local Craft Warehouse's Scrapbook Club.

For this challenge we were each given the following:
  • (1) 12x12 sheet of yellow cardstock
  • (1) 6x12 sheet of Echo Park's Beach Icons paper (with waves on the back)
  • 4 small summer puffy stickers (I used the sun which I layered with a Doodlebug sprinkle)
The rules of this challenge are that we must use a little bit of everything they give us, we must have at least two photos with a little bit of journaling and we can mix and match it with any other supplies we wish.  

I chose to use the beach icons paper with a circle punch, mounting them on banner using Papertrey Ink's Banner Builder Dies.  I added a little extra detail with some blue pearls and Papertrey Ink's pinking shears border die.  I must say this is one of my most used dies--I seriously love the it!

For my title I used American Crafts Thickers paired with some old American Crafts rub-ons I've been making a point to use more of.

As an extra embellishment I added a tag with a chipboard anchor, button and paper strip from last year's Fancy Pants Down By The Shore collection.  I love how well it matched the wave pattern on the back of the Echo Park paper!

It's definitely not a profound layout with a lot to say, but it feels good to get these super old vacation photos in a scrapbook where we can enjoy them.  :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cards using Doodlebug's Chevron Sugar Coated Cardstock

I'm super excited to be sharing some cards on Doodlebug's blog today that came out of recent play date I had with Doodlebug's new chevron sugar coated cardstock!

Up first I have a tone-on-tone silver and lily white wedding card.  I love how Doodlebug products can be elegant as well as cute.  For this card I cut my chevron cardstock into arrow like strips and then lined them up so the chevron carried across the card.  I added a little sprinkles vellum, a Congrats sticker and a Wedding Cake Doodle Pop and this card was done.  Super easy!

Up next I have a card cutting the chevron the other direction.  This might look intimidating, but it was actually quite simple.  I didn't want to to mess with lining up my cuts on both sides so I only cut one edge from each color and left a little extra with a straight edge to go under the row below it.  And my secret to cutting the chevron edge quickly?  I used my trimmer to cut close to the peek of the chevron stripe (careful not to clip off the tip) and then took my scissors and cut all the marks to the left and then again to the right until all the little triangle V's were removed.

Up last is another quick card I created with my leftovers.  I had cut 12" long strips from the chevron cardstock and thought while I had everything out I might as well put them to good use.  ;)

This chevron sugar coated cardstock is even more fun than I realized and I'm so glad I had some time to play with it and give it the full attention it deserves. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Pebbles Garden Party Spring in Japan Layout

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  :)  Today I thought I would share a layout I created using Pebbles Garden Party collection.

So I have a confession to make... I started with the plan to stamp the word hello in black and then if felt too harsh next to my die-cut flowers which had centers that were more charcoal in color.  I tried to remedy that by taking a marker to the flowers, but then it felt like they both didn't match the feel of my layout.  Sooo... I ended up salvaging them and covering them both.  I covered the hello stamp with Technique Tuesday's matching Say It Hello die (it took two to completely hide it) and covered the die-cut flower centers with some older American Crafts flowers.

Unfortunately that wasn't my only boo-boo to cover up.  After running the darling white scalloped journaling card through my printer, it printed terribly crooked and to fix that I decided to reprint them on some pink cardstock and cover it with strip style journaling.  Things just weren't going my way, but I think it goes to show almost anything can be fixed.  LOL!  :)

I love these sweet and simple birds from the collection!  I finished off my layout by stamping the date on the little die-cut ticket using some more Technique Tuesday date stamps from their Sentiment Tabs set.  :)

Thanks so much for hanging with me today.  :)

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