Friday, May 15, 2015

Together Through Life's Journey



Hello hello. Once again, Lori has put together an amazing kit full of the latest Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, Heidi Swapp, Jen Hadfield...LOVE!

I created this layout using the main kit only.

I went with a cleaner look for this page. I did that because the top part of the page was so busy with the title. And the bottom portion of the paper has flowers sprinkled all over it.  

I pieced the title together and then added a wood veneer to it. The "R" was a random acrylic I found in the kit and it was a great addition since both their names start with R.

I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set in the main kit.

Your next stop is Jill Keller and here's the full hopping order.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hand Cut Letters DIY Room Decor Tutorial

We are currently redecorating our youngest daughter's room and she chose a Paris theme. There's a corner of her room that is bare so when Paige asked me to do a Hand Cut Letters tutorial for the American Crafts blog, I went in search of a good quote about Paris.  I immediately stumbled across this one from one of my favorite actresses and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn. It was the perfect addition to her wall and I was able to wrap it so that the words spans the corner.



Step 1: Choose a handful of papers to use for your letters. I originally selected 7 but increased it to 11 for even more variety. 
Paris Quote Supplies
 
Step 2: Start cutting your letters. I chose to just dive right in with my scissors and skipped a lot of measuring. And I certainly didn't care if my lines were straight. So most of the letters that I cut were just free hand. That said, I did use a ruler to get my angles right for the A's and the W. Then I sketched out the S before I cut it. And I did cheat a little by tracing duplicate letters once I had the first one cut, like the S in this photo. The others were just free hand. Once all letters were cut out, I outlined some in black in to help them stand out on the wall.
Paris Quote Tracing
 
Step 3: Time to make some cupcake liner flowers. First, fold the cupcake liner in half. Next, fold it in half again, then in half again and then one more time so it's folded in an 8th. Next, cut it in a curve starting at the top going about halfway down. Unfold to find these flowers. Repeat 4 or 5 times so you have layers. Adhere each one on top of the other and then add a centerpiece. Crinkle them up just a little (or a lot). Make additional flowers in various sizes by simply starting your cut lower on the folded edge.





 

Step 4: Create additional embellishments, such as feathers, bows and this cute little cupcake liner butterfly, which I made simply by folding and adhering cupcake liners together and then cutting the shape into a butterfly. I covered a clothespin from the DIY Shop collection with patterned paper for the center. Add additional embellishments - chipboard, stickers, etc. until you like what you see.
Paris Quote Butterfly
 
Step 5: Sprinkle confetti garland above to complete the wall.

Supplies: Fine & Dandy collection: (370061) – Fabulous Fun Paper, (370066) – Paper Peonies Paper, (370067) – Celebrate Paper, (370071) – Let’s Party Paper, (370072) – Fine and Dandy Paper, (370073) – Bright Bows Paper, (370074) – Stay Awesome Paper, (370078) – Sweetest Soiree Paper, (370079) – Elated Paper, (370080) – Cheerful Chatter Paper, (370082) – Gleeful Paper, (370069) – Make a Wish Paper, (370087) – Printed Cardstock Phrases & Accents, (370091) – Accent & Phrase Stickers, (370096) – Plastic Bows, (370098) – Cupcake liners, (370099) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370100) – Toothpicks

Sunday, May 3, 2015

#Awesome

Did everyone had a wonderful National Scrapbook Day? I had a really great day but it didn't involve scrapbooking the way you all probably scrapbooked. Mine included working on my scrap room / office remodel so lots of purging and painting and destashing and designing.


Anywho, I created this layout for Bella Blvd. They asked for an All About Me page. I don't do these very often but I'm always glad I do. So much of my scrapbooking is about my kids and I often forget that it's good for them to have a bit of mommy and daddy documented. We were also asked to do a little Q&A, which you can read HERE.



The Just Add Color collection may just be my all-time fave collection from Bella Blvd...maybe. I love that you can customize it to pretty much any photo or project you are working on. 

Since this was an "About ME" page, I chose the Dotty paper because I knew I wanted to accentuate a few words that really spoke to me. I pulled out my new Jillibean Happy Hues paints and added some water to make them more watercolor-like and then I painted the words. After adding the color, I still felt the other non colored words were distracting so I added alternating strips of black and white paper. Now they really popped.  


I kept the rest of the layout simple, adding my photo in the middle with a few layers and various stars around the page.  I did not add a title because the words said it all.

There's lots of giveaways happening on the Bella Blvd blog so make sure to get over there to enter to win. I know they are giving this collection away so go. NOW!

Bella Blvd Supplies:
Just Add Color collection: Dotty paper, Treasures & Text, Trinkets B&W; Color Chaos collection: McIntosh Strandz paper, Words of Wisdom paper, Guacamole Strandz paper, Orange Strandz paper
Ciao Chip Elements: Hearts & Stars
Enamel DooDads: Guacamole


Saturday, May 2, 2015

NSD2015 Challenge & Giveaway



Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful, fantabulous National Scrapbook Day!  Several of the American Crafts Design Team gals are hosting challenges on their blogs during the American Crafts National Scrapbook Day 2014 Blog Hop! I hope you'll be inspired to get crafty and participate along with us. Some of us (hint hint) are even offering prize packs!



You may or may not have seen this layout before but it's one of my faves so far this year. It pushed my creative boundaries. I've painted and misted on my layouts for years but this one was just different and so much fun! You can see the original post with the how to details for this HERE.


My challenge to you is to Unleash Your Inner Artist - add a splash of color on your layout or card using paints, mists, watercolors or gelatos. PLEASE leave a link to your project in the comments below so I can ooh and ahh over it!


I would love to bless one lucky winner with this American Crafts Shimelle prize package. 

It's super easy to enter to win with these 3 required steps + bonus entries:
  1. Follow me on Instagram @heatherleopard and like the giveaway image on my IG feed
  2. Repost the giveaway image on your IG feed
  3. Use the hashtag #heatherleopardNSD2015giveaway AND tag me @heatherleopard (this is the only way to find you for the random drawing)
Bonus entries - for every 3 friends you tag on my giveaway post on Instagram, I'll give you a bonus entry. Tag 6 friends for 2 bonus entries, 9 friends for 3....the more the merrier!
I will announce the winner one week from today so make sure to check back in by end of day May 9th, 2015.


Thanks for stopping by today and Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2 Yummy | Ice Cream Truck

My girls freak out each time they hear the ice cream truck music blaring through the neighborhood. They stop everything they are doing to collect their money for a delicious treat. And I remember doing the same thing when I was their age! How to: 

  • Download the ice cream SVG cutting file I created HERE.  Cut it out of white cardstock.  
  • Use your cuts to cut around the papers you want to show through the page, cutting about 1/4" larger so you can adhere them to the back of the cone.  
  • Once everything is in place, add some water color around the outside of the cone to make it pop on the page.  
  • You may even consider doing this step before you add the pattern paper.  
  • Add a few embellishments on the cone and don't forget the cherry on top! 
  • Layer elements (tag, spoon, washi tape, vellum under your photo. 
  • Add your photo on top, using foam dots.  
  • Lastly add your title and other embellishments.



So...what do you think? Leave me a note to let me know.  Visit me on the American Crafts blog too. 

 Supplies: Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection: (370061) – Fabulous Fun Paper, (370064) – Stripey Straws Paper, (370065) – Shenanigans Paper, (370070) – Pretty Packages Paper, (370071) – Let’s Party Paper, (370072) – Fine and Dandy Paper, (370077) – Dazzling Paper, (370081) – Happy Day Paper, (370082) – Gleeful Paper, (370096) – Plastic Bows, (370087) – Printed Cardstock Phrases & Accents, (370091) – Accent & Phrase Stickers, (370099) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370108) – Washi Tape Designs, (370100) – Toothpicks, (370115) – Wooden Spoons, (369209) – Printed Foil Letter Stickers Thickers; Elements collection: (370760) – Pink Large Tags, (373341) – Pink Jewel Brads, (373344) – Star Brads; (AM710-81) – Textured Cardstock 12"X12" White, (368185) – This to That Adhesive Foam Dots

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

All Good Things Are Wild & Free

My daughter loves flowers so we took a trip to the flower fields at dewberry Farm in Brookshire. She walked through the fields pointing and picking and smelling. It was a super fun day that I'll treasure forever.


To create this layout I combined a mists with water and painted in (and outside of) the lines for the flowers.  Once dried, I applied gesso in a thin layer over the section I reserved for the title so that the title would pop on the page and not get lost in the sea of color.

I also used the water colors to color the white alpha chipboard so that certain words would stand out. 


I simply painted the color directly onto the entire chipboard sheet, just coloring the letters I wanted. It worked out great. 


I filled in the rest of the title in with alpha stickers and then added Little Bits phrases  as small details that help tell the story better. 


And of course I framed up my photo and added a few embellishments to tie the page together.

The Just Add Color is so fun and wonderful to play with.  Get your colors out and get your hands on this collection...STAT!
 
Supply List:
Just Add Color collection: Star Struck Paper, little bits 4x6" stickers (Orange, Ice, Gulf, Plum, White)
Color Chaos collection: Gulf Strandz Paper, Scallop Strandz paper, Treasures & Text Cardstock Stickers
Ciao Chipboard Alphas: Amorie White
Ciao Chip Elements: Symbols, Whatnots
Feathers: Pony
Enamel Dots: Ice, Milk White
Bella Bows: Milk White Bows

Thursday, April 16, 2015

You Make Me Happy Card

It's pastel week on the American Crafts blog and I was asked to create a card.  I thought it only fitting to use the new embossing folders to create my card background and add a bit of watercolor to attain that dreamy effect.  


How to: 
  • Cut a card base so that it measures 4"w x 6"h when folded in half.  
  • Unfold it and insert the front of the card into the embossing folder.  
  • Run it through your embossing / manual die cut machine. 
  • Next, take out 3 different colors of mists and add a little bit of water to them to help achieve a more muted and pastel water color look.  
  • Choose random sections of the embossed background and start painting them in.  
  • Once you like the pattern, apply a sentiment to the top and any extra embellishments you desire. 
 
Supplies: Textured Cardstock (AM710-81) 12"X12" White, Rise & Shine collection: (370053) – Ava Embossing Folder, (370038) – Bits Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370034) – Remarks Epoxy Stickers, Heidi Swapp Color Shine: (HS01082) - Blush, (HS01080) - Seafoam, (HS00799) - Mine Green, Mister Hueys Color Mists (331047) - Taxi

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Good Day | Gossamer Blue Blog Hop | Bella Blvd Giveaway

Here we go again. It's time for the Gossamer Blue April Design Team blog hop.  I have to tell you that the April kit was soo fun to play with but I just got my hands on the May kit and it's sooo flippin' fantastic! Anywho, the GB DT is here to share some inspiration with the April kit so here goes...



The black and white and all those gold accents...LOVE!


I layered 2x2 blocks over the background and then stitched across side to side. A sprinkling of gold mist as well.


Then I glammed it up with a glitter title and the cutest little bird.


I have a Bella Blvd giveaway (two actually!) going on over on Instagram (@heatherleopard). A prize pack like the one above (6x6 paper, an assortment of Bella Bows, Crochet Hearts and enamel dots, plus a feather) will be awarded to two people. Winner will be announced Friday so make sure to head over there to play along.

Your next stop along the hop is to the awe-inspiring Jessica Lohof.

And here's the full list in case you are just stumbling on the hop.
Beshka Kueser | Brenda Weaver | Caylee Grey | Cindy Liebel | Diane Payne | Emily Spahn | Eunyoung Lee | *** Heather Leopard *** | Jessica Lohof | Jill Cornell | Jill Keller | Kasia Przybyt | Katie Ehmann | Laura Rahel Crosby | Magda Mizera | Melanie Blackburn | Michelle Wooderson | Michiko Kato | Rebecca Luminarias | Sabrina Alery | Yana Smakula

Happy hopping. Now go on and get scrappy!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Sk8er Girl

I was so honored to be invited to join the Bella Blvd team for the 2015-2016 year and I couldn't wait to start playing with Stephanie's newest collections.

I'm offering a giveaway on Instagram so make sure to follow me @heatherleopard over there to enter for a chance to win!

My Creative Team intro is up on the Bella Blvd blog today and I'm sharing 1 of 2 new layouts here.

The Color Chaos collection was the perfect pairing for this photo of my youngest when we went skating last month over Spring Break.


For those Bella Blvd fans who may be visiting me for the first time and don't know me, my signature style is all about pattern paper, color and creating fun backgrounds.  For today's layout, I simply hand cut paper strips, not caring if they were straight. Actually, I wanted them to be a little off. I cut them all to about the same length and width and then stitched them willy-nilly on white cardstock to create my background.


I put a simple white frame around my photo to help make it stand out when layered over the paper strips. Then added some embellishments over and around the photo.


Another thing about me is that I don't always think about the title when I'm creating my background and that happened here on this layout but it all worked out.  I used a combo of different chipboard and sticker alphas to create the title up at the top using a number in my title to give it a little edge.  My plan at first was to use just the "8" sticker but it just looked odd because it was smaller than the other and very flat.  My solution was to stitch around the outside of the 8 and then I added enamel dots to give it more weight.

You'll have to visit the Bella blog to see the other layout I created, or wait to see it here in a couple of days.  It involves paper weaving and it was a lot of fun to create so why don't ya just head over there now to see it and leave me and Becki some love.

One last thing before you go...make sure to follow me on Instagram. I'm giving two of these away. All the details are at https://instagram.com/heatherleopard/

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Always Happy Home Decor

I wanted to add a little inspiration to my work area so I created this happy little framed sentiment. I used the American Crafts Shimelle True Stories collection. I put together a tutorial for you as well.
Always Happy by Heather LeopardSupplies: True Stories collection: (370703) – English Breakfast Paper, (370705) – Lemon & Ginger Paper, (370736) – Enamel dots, (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370750) – Pattern Masks
1. Gather your supplies.
Always Happy Supplies by Heather Leopard
 
2. Apply gesso to patterned paper using a stencil pattern mask. Set aside to dry.
Always Happy Step 1 by Heather Leopard
 
3. Using foam dots, adhere sentiment over a coordinating patterned paper.
Always Happy Step 2 by Heather Leopard
 
4. Once the gesso is dry, insert it into your frame. Adhere the sentiment from step 2 on the glass of the frame (or remove the glass from the frame).
Always Happy Step 3 by Heather Leopard
 
5. Add embellishments to the outside of the frame.
Always Happy by Heather Leopard