Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Focus on Doodlebug Cardstock with Denim Floral Wreath

Hi there!  Today I have a really easy project being shared on the Doodlebug blog that focuses on all of Doodlebug's yummy textured cardstocks!  They come in so many gorgeous colors and are perfect for home decor projects like the wreath I am sharing today.

I really needed a wreath for my front door to fill in after the 4th of July holiday and carry me through September and I decided a floral fit the bill.  I started by covering a foam wreath form with wide denim "ribbon".  I picked some up for a steal at my local Michaels and I was amazed at how quickly and easily I was able to cover the entire form.  I only added some adhesive at my starting and stopping points and I had the entire thing covered in a mere 5 minutes.  When doing this make sure to buy a second roll. I ended up needing just shy of two rolls so I was really thankful I went ahead and picked up two just in case.

For my flowers I cut out several beautiful 3D varieties by Lori Whitlock (available HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) which I cut out on my Silhouette machine.  The dimension is so perfect for home decor items and the cardstock was a breeze to cut out using Silhouette's textured cardstock setting.

I took it one step further, flipping designs when necessary and cut them out from the non-textured side of the cardstock.  This helps the blade run more smoothly without getting caught on any texture and when flipped over, the cuts look very clean.  In fact this trick works so well, I even try to do this with patterned paper to avoid those little white corners on the front of my cuts.

I must confess even though Lori has some wonderful video tutorials on how to assemble these (seen HERE), I was having trouble getting my flowers to look as pretty as her samples at the Silhouette store.  To cover up my handicap, I added Doodlebug buttons and pearls to the center of my flowers after spritzing on some ink in the centers.  I finished off my wreath with a matching bow. 

I hope I've inspired you to create a fun home decor project of your own!  :)

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pebbles Inc. Fun In Sun Summer BBQ Scrapbook Layout

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Snippets of Mendi. I receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

As summer draws to a close and thoughts turn to fall, I have a Pebbles layout to share that celebrates my love for summer BBQ's and all the yumminess they bring.  To create my layout I turned to my favorite Pebbles collection from the year called Fun In the Sun.

To create my layout I was inspired by an old 2Peas sketch by the fabulous Nichol Magouirk (found HERE).  I decided to use the large band down the center of the layout to let all the fun food die-cuts from the ephemera pack take center stage.  To add a little dimension I popped some up on foam tape and I love how that little extra step adds so much impact.  :)

If you've been curious how I print my journaling to fit perfectly on the lines of my 3x4 journaling cards, make sure to hop over to the Pebbles blog where I share a little tutorial with tips on how I did this in just a few minutes.  

Thanks so much for hanging with me today.  For those of you who don't go back to school until after Labor Day I hope you enjoy these last couple weeks of summer.  :)

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Introducing My New Company: Sunny Studio Stamps!

I've been dying to shout some news from the rooftops for a little over two months now.  I have made the decision to launch my own stamp company called Sunny Studio (stamps) featuring high quality photopolymer clear stamps and dies made right here in the good ol' USA.

One day my husband and I were randomly talking about the possibility and it really lit a fire in me.  As a kid I loved to draw and I've always had an obsessive personality so once I get an idea I can go off the deep end with it.  Within a week I had purchased myself some software, taught myself to use it (sort of) and had designed my first set which I named Furever Friends.  It was really born out of my desire to see more kitty products out there, as well as a subject matter I've always enjoyed doodling for my kids to color in.

After that I put it aside for almost a month with no additional designs because I knew I had a lot of other commitments to cross off my crafty "to do" list before I could allow my obsessive personality to get wrapped up in creating more.  My girls and hubby were leaving me alone for 2 weeks in July while they went to Japan (I have been there so many times and Japan in the middle of summer with their high temps and high humidity just aren't for me).  I gave myself a deadline to wrap up all of my other design assignments for the entire month of July by the time they had to leave, just after the 4th of July.

The day they took off I had planned to hug them goodbye at the curb of the airport and anxiously rush home to finally start designing more sets, but my daughter insisted that I come in with them to say goodbye and to have a quick lunch at Panda Express with them.  Now I'm a Christian so I put little belief in fortunes, but I received a fortune in my cookie that day which I like to think was a sweet confirmation from God telling me I was on the right path.  It said "A Financial Investment Will Yield Returns Beyond Your Hopes".

While I definitely read that as more than financial returns,  another part of this story is that I am financing this new business 100% on my own.  I am a stay-at-home mom and have been socking away every penny of birthday and Christmas money, as well as money from design work without touching it for almost 5 years now.  I was saving it for just the right rainy day and I am officially all in.  I have put everything I have into producing my first 8 stamp sets and 6 matching dies so I am praying you love them as much as I have loved creating them!

Without further ado... Here are my first 8 sets:

I hope you will join me over on the new Sunny Studio blog and sign up for my email list over there.  Starting tomorrow I will be sharing a different card creation every single day as well as hosting a large Blog Hop on September 8th to kick off the official grand opening of the Sunny Studio online store.  I have lined up some pretty talented stampers I've admired for a long time to join in the fun.  In the meantime please stop by the new blog and say hi.  :)

On a side note, I want to assure you that scrapbooking (as well as card making) with some of my favorite designer's products will continue to remain a priority for me so it is my intention to keep up with my personal blog here as well.  ;)

Big Hugs,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cardmaker Magazine: Lawn Fawn "Flying By" Slider Card

Hi there!  Today I am sharing a little tutorial on the Cardmaker Blog on how to create interactive slider cards using some fun stamps by Lawn Fawn and two pennies.

I hope you will hop over and visit me me over there.  I am sharing the cutting file I created for my card as a free download.  ;)

Interested in the other products I used to create my project today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Doodlebug Design By Color ~ Cupcake Pink Blossoms Layout

Hi there!  I'm sharing a new layout on the Doodlebug blog today which focuses on using their Cupcake color!  The soft pinks found in the cupcake color group are so pretty and were the perfect compliment to some cherry blossom photos I still hadn't scrapbooked from several years ago.

To create my layout I used a fun sketch by Allison Davis at Scrapbook Generation and pulled out as many things I could think of in the cupcake color.  As I was creating I kept thinking of more items I missed in my photo (like washi tape, buttons, brads, clothespins, paper clips, pearls & paper frills to name a few).

For my tree branch and flowers I used Doodlebug's new Sizzix Tree with Flowers, Heart & Leaves die.  I simply cut the branches apart and pieced them together to lengthen it.  For the flower centers I alternated jewels, glitter sprinkles and sequins topped with mini pearls.  A little birdie sticker from the Sugar & Spice icon sticker sheet was the perfect finishing touch.

For my title I paired the "beautiful" sticker from the Kraft In Color This & That Stickers with the new Cupcake Skinny Alphas.  For my twine bow I was liking how the tails were naturally falling and I wanted it to stay like that so I used a glue pen to adhere it to my paper.

I cut my little birdhouse out on my Silhouette using THIS cutting file and was able to hide the knot for my baker's twine by sandwiching it between pieces foam tape under my roof.  For my heart, I used a die-cut from that same Sizzix die.

I hope I've inspired you to take a closer look at the Cupcake color and to try a monochromatic project of your own.  I was pleasantly surprised by what a fun challenge it was!  :)

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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