Saturday, May 19, 2018

Adventure - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there,

I'm back with a layout today that I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette design team.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock I'm sure by now you know that Paige has a Facebook group called Happy Scrappy Place! She posts a free cut file in this group every week, and on today's page I've used one of these. I can always use big titles!

I thought the big letters have enough space for photos, so I've added two behind the D and U. But first things first! I duplicated the cut file and from one I removed most of the inner pieces, only leaving the outline and a couple of other pieces that create the outline of certain letters, if that makes sense. (For instance the triangular shape between the D, V and T? You need to keep that cut line.)

I then cut this piece from textured white card stock. Now for the other cut file. I wanted to cut each letter from different patterned papers. This takes a bit of time and workaround. Since the letters are welded, theres no way to separate them properly. What I do in these cases (first of all create a lot of copies of the cut file I am working with, to make sure I have the same size letters), I erase everything around the shape, but keeping whatever I can that makes up the form, even if it's not a continuous line. It will still help me determine where I should cut with my scissors. So for instance, I would not have all the cut lines for the bottom and the right side of the A. I cut whatever is left of the A and remove the paper from the mat. Then I draw in the lines and cut them with scissors or a craft knife. It's not as complicated as it sounds I promise! Anyway, this is what I did with each letter. I've used the beautiful Oh My Heart collection for this layout by the way :).

Once I had all the letters, I added foam adhesive behind them and attached them to the white background piece. After I glued down the photos that is. I glued the whole title on my background paper. I love this paper and I don't think I've used it yet!

While this layout is about my boys, I felt the need to add flowers. They don't mind! They don't even look at my pages, so...I do what I want ha! Plus they are outdoors right?!

So I fussy cut out some flowers from a couple of patterned papers and created several clusters around the letters. I've tucked some behind the letters, and placed some on the letters, using different kinds of adhesives, to create interest and dimension.

A couple more embellies, chipboard, phrase stickers, Take Me Away clip, journaling, date and done!

I hope you like how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!


SUPPLIES: Oh My Heart collection: thickersPaper 05, Paper 12, Paper 13, Paper 17, Paper 22

Friday, May 18, 2018

Feature Friday at Concord and 9th - Geode bundle

Hey friends,

I'm stopping by to share my second guest post for Concord & 9th! This week we are featuring the awesome Geode stamp and die sets (or you can also get them as a bundle at a discounted price here). 

This is such a gorgeous set! I find geodes so very pretty! I knew I wanted to go with one of the common colors you find in geodes, purple. Here's what I came up with:

On my first card I've used the heart shaped geode stamp and 3 different grey inks to stamp an A2 size white card stock. First I stamped the darkest heart so that is the main focus. Then I started masking and stamping, varying ink colors. Once done, I fussy cut out the very middle of the hearts. There is a die included in the die set but it's a bit larger and I only wanted to cut the middle out. 

Then I backed these cut outs with different purple patterned papers and card stock. I used some alcohol markers to add purple dots in the empty spaces. Once done, I trimmed off just a tiny bit on the sides so I could adhere this panel onto an A2 size purple card stock, then all of it onto a top folding A2 size card base. To finish it off, I stamped my sentiment and added some enamel hearts.

For my second card I made a top folding A2 card base and added the same size purple card stock panel on it. I stamped and die cut two hearts and added some watercolor to them. I also die cut the sentiment from purple patterned paper. I added some tangled thread behind my hearts which I adhered down with foam tape.

Last but not least I've added some purple enamel dots too!

I also wanted to use the big geode stamp and die, so I've made these two:

I love these colors! 

I've made two A2 size top folding card bases, then added an A2 size pool color patterned paper to one and the same size white card stock to another. I embossed the image with white WOW embossing powder. I then poked holes between every other line and hand stitched these with 3 different aqua color and one gold embroidery floss.

I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum with gold embossing powder. To finish off this card, I've added some lovely pearls.

My next card is pretty much the same. Here I stamped the image on the white card stock with aqua ink. Hand stitched the geode and again, added some gold and aqua paint splatters and a foiled sentiment.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite? I can't decide!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have an amazing day!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spellbinders blog hop featuring Debi Adams & Becca Feeken

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the May Spellbinders blog hop featuring the Perfect Match collection by Debi Adams and the Romancing the Swirl collection by Becca Feeken!

You should have arrived here from the super talented Enza Gudor's blog! She is also my scrappy bestie! <3

For today's project I used the Shapeabilities Boxed In Etched Dies from the Perfect Match collection by Debi Adams. 

This is an adorable mini box die that you can put small gifts in! I love it! I've decorated a few of them and they will come in handy when I want to give a little something to my friends!

It's very easy to use these dies, you have to cut the main body twice, then there's the flap piece and a semi circle. It's pretty self explanatory!

Then I added some ribbons, twine, flowers and filled my boxes with tiny presents for friends.

I hope you like them too!

Now for the fun part! Giveaway yay! There's two chances for you to win, here's how:

1. To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on the Spellbinders blog by Sunday, May 20th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on the Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

2. You can also win a $25 gift certificate to the Spellbinders shop right here on my blog! To be eligible please leave a comment on this post by Sunday, May 20th 11:59 pm EDT. Easy peasy! I will announce the winner in this blog post shortly after the giveaway closes. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes, if applicable.

Your next stop is the wonderful Jennifer Gallagher! You can find the full blog hop list below:

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy hopping!
Have a wonderful day!