Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SAM - Scrapbook Circle February kit

Hi there and happy hump day!  
There are simply too many pieces of beautiful embellishments in this month's Scrapbook Circle kit to not use them!
I decided one great way to use them is to completely indulge my love of layers and using them all on one page.

I love this photo of my son and thought printing it over sized and in black and
white would be a great backdrop to all these glittering hearts!

The exclusive Scrapbook Circle gold vellum die cut is such a luscious embellishment!
It was hard to use at all! ;)  I love John Legend and had to include this lyric of his, it seemed so perfect. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

SHE WAS A SHOWGIRL - Scrapbook Circle Designer's Choice

Happy Sunday!  Yesterday on the Scrapbook Circle Blog I share a page I did using the February ‘Today is Beautiful’ kit and ‘Dream Big’ Add-on.  This was one of my favorite layouts this month, mostly because I had fun putting it together!
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I always enjoy being creative, but I love a page that just comes together quickly, simply because I just relax and play!  The only thing I knew I wanted to do on this page was use this photo of our sweet Lola.
She is a great subject for scrapping because her color always lends powerful contrast to a page.  Her coat looked blue/black in this picture, so I used lots of navy to bring that out. After choosing the Dear Lizzy Thickers for my title, I used them as inspiration for the remaining color palette.  The pink was a great contrast to the navy.
The pack of Maggie Holmes ephemera has so many great pieces for layering.  These elements made it really easy to bring out the rest of the colors in my title.  Navy, pink, mint and gold…so lovely together!
Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay warm and dry and have an amazing day!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

right now - Come On Get Crafty DT Sketch Challenge

The new February Sketch is up at Come One Get Crafty today!
It is a super cool sketch by new DT Coordinator Danielle Higginbottom-Brown...
very inspiring!  This is my take and the sketch below.

I decided to use the circle as a ring instead of a solid piece, sewing lots of embellishments to it.

I took the large gold butterfly stickers from Pebbles Home+Made collection and punched
a smaller butterfly out of me 2, and a butterfly outline.  I thought it
looked pretty fun and a great contrast to the black!

I used one of the large cards from Elle's Studio Penelope collection for my daughter to write her current favs!

Check out the other DT members pages on the Blog HERE and
be sure link your own sketch for a chance to win a prize!  
Thanks for stopping by today!  Have an amazing weekend and stay warm! :)
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

CUZ - Come On Get Crafty & #tbt Video

Today on the Come On Get Crafty Blog I am sharing my LO for this weeks 'Something Old, Something New' post!
I love this idea and am excited that it has been added to the regular lineup on the blog.  It is great to work with some of my old stash and obviously incorporate the new products burning a hole through my craft desk! ;)

Last time I focused on Crate Paper, this weeks I am using all Dear Lizzy products, several different older collections and combining them with new pieces from the Serendipity line.  One of the best things about using collections from the same manufacturer is that most of the colors are all in line with each other.  Crate Paper has a warmer, vanilla base to all the papers and embellishments, while Dear Lizzy's are mostly white based.  I don't know if I would have truly recognized this observation if not for these projects!

Click below for the video or HERE for the my YouTube channel:

I started this project knowing I wanted to use Dear Lizzy, but chose all the colors and patterns being inspired by the photo, something I don't always do.  I chose this chevron stamp and heat embossed it across my background to create a resist.  I used a fast & easy watercolor method with my Distress Inks (see the video!) and started layering from there.

Other than the color and the giant speech bubble card, I didn't really have a plan.  I decided to use this layered flower I die cut using the new Serendipity metal dies and the Serendipity 6x6 pad.

I love all the patterns in the collection, but the smaller scale suits my style better.  I used lots of the enamel embellishments from the Polka Dot Party collection and the Serendipity Tickers for my title.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have an amazing day!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

XOXO - My Own Sketch - Come On Get Crafty

Happy Valentine's Day!
Our kids have a long weekend because of President's Day on Monday, so this might be a great time to fit in some scrapbooking!  Come On Get Crafty has started a few new awesome weekly posts including a sketch, optionally done by the designer!  I loved this challenge and created the sketch below.  I have always made rough sketches of my ideas, so hand drawing one was the way I decided to go!

The main reason I designed this sketch is because I wanted to use Project Life cards instead of paper.  I love the idea of Project Life and although I don't do it now, don't discount it in the future.  I do love the idea, the cards and organized approach and in this case, the ease of choosing colors and patterns that all work perfectly! 

I chose two cards, one hot pink, one teal and in different texts and size of pattern.  I wanted to use some gold accents and cut out a couple of the tiny accents from Basic Grey.  I also fussy cut out a
couple doilies from the Crate Paper vellum and anchored both sides of my design with it.

The perfect complement to these colors was a contrasting pop of black!  I used a couple of the chalkboard stickers from Jen Hadfield for my journaling and my title in the Amy Tangerine foam Thicker phrases.  I also threw on some India ink splatters to really tie in the black and mounted the whole piece ot a hot pink background from Dear Lizzy.

I hope this sketch inspires you to create a layout of card or other project, of not from the sketch,
then maybe the colors or combination of Project Life cards with other traditional scrapbooking products!
Thanks for stopping by today and have an amazing day!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

ME + TEA - Scrapbook Circle February Kit Challenge

Yesterday on the Scrapbook Circle Blog we featured the Kit Inspired Challenge: Triangle Love using- Inspired by the Basic Grey "Flirt" patterned paper.  I loved the colors and pattern of this paper, so I decided to use it just as is!

The back of this paper is the banner piece in this matching coral color.  Part of what is great having the extra paper pack!  Using the back coordinating side!  I thought it would work great with this Instagram I had taken of this raspberry tea.  Each tea bag has a different message...a fun surprise!

 Lots of other pieces in the kit use triangle too, these faceted vellum hearts and the exclusive Scrapbook Circle vellum die cut card.  Some of the white rub-ons from My Mind's Eye are also 
tiny triangles...I painted a wash of watercolors under the banner I matted the photo too.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you go to the Scrapbook Circle Blog to see how DT member Jamie took on the same challenge!  You can find the details about the challenge on the original post HERE.
Hope you have an awesome day!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

#tbt - Unity Stamps { & video }

 Happy Thursday!  This is the third project and video in my #tbt Series!

Hard to believe I have made it three weeks in a row, considering how crazy our life is!?%&*
I did do something rather simple though...3 cards, all using Unity's Itty Bitty Stamps and some
older Valentine patterned papers from Crate Paper.

I made a video showing my process from start to finish.

Click on the video above or you can find it on my YouTube Channel HERE.

These were just a few of the Itty Bitty stamps I have, I think the images are so sweet,
the perfect size and one sentiment to go along with it.

I cut out some watercolor paper using the stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and
then stamped all the images using StazOn ink.

I watercolored each image and used either Stickles or the Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some sparkle.

 I adhered each watercolored image onto a piece of paper from the 2012 Crate Paper Valentine collection.

I make all the cards I send to people, but I also enjoy giving sets of blank cards as the gift itself...
that way the recipient can have a handmade card available to give someone else.

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

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