Thursday, July 2, 2015

The World is a Better Place with You in it

Howdy howdy everyone!  The Gossamer Blue July kits are Ah-mazing!  Pink Paislee, Crate Paper and American Crafts travel goodies give you exactly what you need for both travel themed and non-travel projects.  The July gallery is open and there is some amazing inspiration over there. Here's a page I made using leftovers from the kit.

How to: Cut the out of white cardstock. Back each letter and cut out with pattern paper and stitch it to a 2nd piece of white cardstock.  Add your photo and embellishments and journaling.  I added my journaling between my photo and bottom of the globe after I took this photo. Add mist and additional embellishments.

How cute is this bubble shaped like a heart??? And the pearls over a maxi skirt worn as a dress?  Thsi girl....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meet Me in the Sunshine

Now that Summer is officially here it's time to soak up the sunshine! Whether you're hitting the pool or beach, this card is super easy to recreate and send to friends and family as an invitation to Meet in the Sunshine. I used supplies from the American Crafts Party! collection and Amy Tangerine's Rise & Shine collection.

How to:

  • Create a tag using a sheet from the Ticket Memo Pad. Adhere to the front of a vellum bag and add the chipboard frame over the top. It doesn't have to be a functional pull out tag since you'll be including tags with party details inside the bag. 
  • Create the medal ribbon using the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy die cuts. 
  • Hand cut additional layers around the medallion and adhere over the chipboard frame and tag. 
  • Add a little bow and additional embellishments to your liking. 
  •  Next, insert large tags with party details inside the bag. 
  • Last but not least, have fun in the sun! 
Supplies: Rise & Shine collection: (370004) – Ella Paper, (370010) – Lily Paper, (370022) – Monroe Paper, (370045) – Ticket Memo Pad, (370054) – Chipboard Frames, (370034) – Remarks Epoxy Stickers; DIY Party collection: (369829) decorative trims, (369840) treat bags; Fine & Dandy collection: (370111) – Die Set - Bow and Prize Ribbon

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

All About Daddy Mini Book Tutorial

Happy Tutorial Tuesday, everyone.  I have a fun little project to show you today, as seen on the American Crafts blog. I just love reading what kids have to say when given a questionnaire so I thought I'd make one and turn it into a little book for them to give to their daddy this Father's Day. Of course, you can tailor it to any theme you'd like.

Step 1: Select 7 coordinating pattern papers and trim them to 3 3/4"w  x 5 1/2"h. Select one to be your cover.

Adhere sheets from the notepad to the inside pages of the book but not the cover.

Print 4 starter sentences on white cardstock. You can download the ones I used HERE. Cut to 2 1/2" w x 1" h and adhere over the words "I Just Want to" that are printed on the note pad sheet.

Now you have your starter sentences and a place for the child to write. Add a few embellishments but leave plenty of room to write and / or draw.

To decorate the cover, I started with pattern paper and added the banner, the "i love you" sticker and "to the moon and back". Then I added an overlay. I adhered the "love you forever", clouds and wood button on top of the overlay. The book is held together by gold binder clips.

I can't wait for the girls to complete this book for their daddy.

Supplies: Shimelle True Stories collection: (370703) – English Breakfast Paper, (370704) – Grey Floral Paper, (370705) – Lemon & Ginger Paper, (370713) – Americano Paper, (370714) – Berry Infusion Paper, (370721) – Orange Pekoe Paper, (370722) – Cinnamon Roll Paper, (370723) – Croissant Paper, (370734) – small sticker book, (370736) – Enamel dots, (370737) – stamp and notepad, (370742) – photo overlays, (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370746) – tags with vellum, American Crafts Party collection (369832) decorative trims, Heidi Swapp Minc collection (370211) Binder Clips

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunshine & Lemonade

Hello friends.  This is the last blog hop with the 2014 - 2015 Gossamer Blue team and I know you will be totally inspired by these gals' amazing projects.

I'm happy to say that I will be staying on for a 3rd term with Gossamer Blue! More to come on that soon!

My little entrepreneurs have held two lemonade stands so far this year.  They saved their own money to purchase the goods, did some of the baking and outsourced some of it too. They made a lot of money that they used to save up for some mermaid tails they've been wanting to buy.

I made the fabric banner to add some color to the lemonade stand, which was made last year by my dad.  I also pulled out some American Crafts DIY Shop 2 (chalkboard signs) and #summer (Two Sweet & Sassy Sisters banner) supplies.

Pink Paisleet Citrus Bliss, Seven Paper by Studio Calico supplies for the layout are from Gossamer Blue June main kit, main add-ons 1 & 2, Life Pages add-on. 

Your next stop is to the fabulous Jill Cornell.

Here's a complete blogger list for today's hop:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Workspace Wednesday | Craft Room Tour

Hi everyone.  We are in the process of remodeling the entire downstairs of our house. What started out as just getting new wood floors turned into updating the breakfast nook, changing the island in the kitchen, new fireplace, new powder bath and overhauling my craft space.  I plan to show you all the new parts of the house but I thought I'd start today by showing you my craft space remodel.  

I thought I'd give you an overview of the room today and then I plan to go into more details each Wednesday for the next several weeks.  Thanks to American Crafts for requesting that I share my workspace on their blog. It kicked my booty into gear to get it done in lightning speed and it feels so good!

I did some Q&A on the American Crafts blog that is not featured here so if you want to know how long I take to scrap, what time of day I prefer to scrap, what my favorite tools are, and more, head over there to read all about it. 

I'm very fortunate to have a dedicated room for my creative space. It's constantly evolving to fit my needs and it's a great way to escape from the daily grind. My supplies are stored in various bags, containers, baskets and bins and stashed away in cabinets to avoid creative chaos and clutter, while my core essentials are kept within reach. I place my favorite new layouts on the wall next to me, which serves a double purpose for me and my girls.

My old room used to be painted with a faux yellowy brown and had the same colored wood floors so it felt kind of like a dungeon. A fresh coat of white paint on the walls, new floors and a fun rug really brightened up the space. I also had my hubby build a custom desk that hugs 3 of the walls in the room. The long desk now allows for a scrap space, sewing space (or a kids area) and my work desk since I work from home. I just recently got my Raskog and I'm still deciding what to store in it so for now, it holds a basket made from rolled up newspapers which is where I store all my lovely Thickers. Can you spot my dog, Spot?

I keep all my essentials at my fingertips in the little octagon carousel. It used to be black and since everything new was white, I just spray painted it. Now it's just like new! All my favorite paints, mists, pens, scissors, etc. are within reach in all these units on my desk. The same items in different colors that aren't used as much are in the cubbies below the desk. I have a little egg crate and ceramic basket that I put little odds and ends in to keep them from getting lost while working on a project. Once the project is done, I can easily pack everything away.

As we work our way around the desk, my sewing machine is ready for action. This also doubles as a crafts space for the kids or when my mom comes and eventually I plan to set up my video equipment here for process videos.

This is where I work, as in I have a full-time job type of work. I use 2 monitors so I can look at different Powerpoints, email, etc. at the same time. After work hours, I swap out my personal PC and then I can look at photos, Silhouette, Illustrator, or whatever and play my Netflix on the other monitor. The armoire to the right is one of my favorite things in the room. Take a look below.

I got this armoire several years ago from Pottery Barn and it holds all my goodies. Starting at the top, I have all my American Crafts cardstock, paper trimmer and room for more "stuff". The 2nd shelf holds my Minc and Selphy printer. I don't use the printer when I am at home so I may end up packing it in my "scrapping on the go" bag but it sits here for now. The 3rd shelf slides out and it holds my Big Shot and CAMEO. I will probably switch the CAMEO and Minc since I'll need to get to the back of the Minc when I use it. The 4th shelf is all about my beloved HP wide format printer. This baby prints 13x19 photos making it easy when I want to print a large photo for scrapping. In the cabinets below are the storage cases full of American Crafts collections. Like I said above, this makes it super easy to work on projects because everything from one collection is together in a bin. I have 14x14" cases for regular collections and 17x15" bins for larger collections like DIY Shop 2.

The black unit is mostly for my girls. They have their own storage cases full of papers and embellishments and they also have their own tools. It's all kept nice and tidy in the drawers. The door in the middle folds down to create a desk for them so they can pull up a chair and get crafty too! Also in this photo is a typewriter that used to belong to my grandmother. Did you notice the wood map? I just purchased it from Michaels and plan to add all our family's travels to it. The gold and black locker only has one thing in it so far (fabric) and is ready to be filled up with more supplies!

Thanks for stopping by for the tour of my scrap space today. Check back next Wednesday for a detailed view of my scrap deck section.

Several people have asked where I found the items in my room so here you go. Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to know about.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thanks Card (with reusable elements)

I just love all the new embellishments and accessories American Crafts is shipping with their newest collections.  I used two of my favorites for this card.

How to: 
Tear a whole sheet of washi paper from the washi booklet and use it for the background. 
Next, cut a smaller sheet of neutral pattern paper to tone down the background of the card. 
If the recipient is a scrapper or card maker, apply enough adhesive to ensure it won't fall off.  That way, they can re-use the washi tape for their own project. 
Add a gold doily. 
Next, cut a bow using your manual die cut machine.  
Stamp the sentiment and place it in the center of the bow. 

Supplies: Fine & Dandy collection: (370063) – Just Peachy Paper, (370067) – Celebrate Paper, (370073) – Bright Bows Paper, (370108) – Washi Tape Designs, (370111) – Die Set - Bow and Prize Ribbon, (370133) – Interchangeable Stamp

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Happiness Grows Here

Hello! The new Bella Blvd releases are right on trend, allowing you to color customize your paper and embellishments as you wish. So when I received the new Jillibean Soup Happy Hues paints, I was in Heaven! The colors are so fresh and 'happy'. 

For today's project I wanted to put the Invisibles to the test.  

The nice thing about the Invisibles is that they has a glossy side and a matte side and I figured the matte side would allow the paint to stick a little better. Applying the paint was easy peasy. I just dabbed my brush in the paint and filled in the middles of the flowers and stars.  It went on like butter and dried pretty quickly.  

Once it was all dry, I sewed the Invisible to my background, trimming off the edges and reusing it in the top left part of the layout. Next, I painted a border around the page using the yellow and green hues and I also painted a white photo corner yellow so it would perfectly match. I also watered down the paint and then sprinkled it on the background.  I then added the photo, embellishments, title and journaling.

Supplies: Collection Name: Just Add Color Newsflash 12x12 paper, Treasures & Text, Invisibles: Color Chaos Pink Posies, Ciao Chip Elements: Flowers & Clouds, Designer Tape: Polka Dot Combo
Enamel Dots: Guacamole, Blueberry, Bell Pepper, Enamel DooDads: Milk White, Bella Bows: Ice
Jillibean Soup Happy Hues: Yummy Yellow, Groovy Green

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


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