Monday, July 4, 2016

Simple Stories: Sunshine and Happiness layouts

I can't believe its been almost a month since I've updated. I guess I'm not doing very well on my promise to post on a regular basis.  Things have been crazy here at home...I will just say I've been battling a lot of storms so creating has gone by the way side. I even stepped down from My Creative Scrapbook and The Cut Shoppe (my term was up and I decided not to try out again).  I have been having a hard time trying to find balance between family, work, scrapbooking, and wanting to get in shape. Physically I've had a lot of obstacles with my health and it stinks.  I have been praying for this rough time to pass...but also ask God to glorify Him in any way during my struggles.  Not an easy place to be but I know I'm not in control.  

Anyway, its the 4th of July and I'm sharing layouts I created for Simple Stories using their Sunshine and Happiness collection.  Sorry I don't have a patriotic themed project today!

My first layout "Oh Happy Day" I used one of the Simple Stories cut files from the Silhouette shop for my title.  

Here is my title up close...I also used a circle background cut file with white card stock. I filled in the circles with different patterns and then added embellishments.  


I love me some layers....I used chipboard elements, stickers, and the self adhering Bradz



My second layout "Hello Sunshine" I used a photo of my daughter having a blast on the Slip N Slide. I know around here, my kids are all about the water during the summer!  


I used one of the sentiments from the Bits and Pieces pack for my title.  There is lots to choose from including cute little shapes!  


I used a 12 inch Clear Scraps Mascil for my background along with yellow spray ink.  I then layered more Bits and Pieces and small embellishments from Happiness and Sunshine.  



Thanks for reading...I will try to post more this week!  Have a great 4th of July!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Clear Scraps: Dreaming of Sunshine Layout

Hello...so happy its Friday!  Today, our family adopted two kittens and we've been busy playing and cuddling!  This past spring, we lost our sweet Sadie who was almost 16...I think my husband wanted to be cat-less for awhile but I kept begging LOL So, for Mother's Day he surprised me with a note saying that I could have one kitten after we got back from our vacation in August.  So, somehow we adopted two kittens in June! LOL


Today, I'm sharing a layout I have up on the Clear Scraps blog using the Chipboard Butterfly Embellishment and 12 Inch Cloud Mascil. 



I started first with white card stock and my 12 Inch Cloud Mascil.  Using Heidi Swapp Color Shine, I lightly sprayed my background.  You can use as much or little as you prefer!  Don't be afraid to experiment with the ink...and it doesn't have to be perfect!


I added in some enamel dots and a cute wood veneer heart from my stash to accent the clouds. 

I also used some of the epoxy stickers from Maggie Holmes' Bloom collection as well as adhered a doily behind my photo.  I used strips of different patterns to create my own sunshine rays and stitched through with my sewing machine. 

My title is also from the Bloom Epoxy Sticker Sheet!  

A close up of my butterfly...I'm going to show you how a simple way to embellish your chipboard! 

I first applied a light coat of white acrylic paint to the surface and allowed to dry.


Next, I covered the painted surface with clear embossing ink (turning the pad upside down and applying directly works best!).   Then using embossing enamel I applied an ample amount to the chipboard.  I tapped the chipboard on my craft sheet a few times to remove the excess powder and applied heat. The one thing I love about the embossing enamel is that it has bits of metal that melt!  It creates a beautiful effect!  

Thanks for stopping by! Check out the Clear Scraps shop to see the huge selection of chipboard shapes as well as Mascils!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Simple Stories: Sunshine and Happiness


Well, I've been neglecting my blog again :(  The upside is that I had I had Kristine Davidson do a blog make over for me and I love what she has done!  So, if you are looking for a fun change, I HIGHLY recommend her!
Anyway, I haven't been feeling all that great and anything above the basic is not getting done.  I just want to sit on the couch and binge watch Netflix but then again, its frustrating to not be able to do the things I want to do.
Enough of that...its summertime here so I'm sharing layouts I created for Simple Stories using their new Sunshine and Happiness collection. 

For my first layout, I wanted to capture the essence of summer plus I just  plain love this photo of my niece and nephew!  So stinking cute!  Sunshine and Happiness has such bright, fun colors and patterns that are perfect summer projects! 

I used a bright yellow striped print for my title along with a Simple Stories cut file that can be found in the Silhouette shop (Hello Summer #76407).  I added coordinating stickers around my title as well as stitched different patterns at the bottom of the page.  I'm all about layering (as I've said a gazillion times) so its fun to mix up the papers! 


I love this little chipboard bird found on the 6x12 Sheet...I layer more paper and stickers as well as splattered some coordinating enamel dots and Bradz to complete the look.  

I also love adding in the 3x4 Journaling card elements...they are perfect to accent your photos or add some journaling!  I stitched a piece of one of the border stickers at the bottom (sort of like washi tape) and added a cute Bradz.   Underneath my journaling card, I used another Simple Stories cut file with the green striped print also found in the Silhouette Shop (Stars Card #56652)!

Here is a close up of the card...you can see I added a "relax" tab sticker at the top, as well as more coordinating stickers from the Fundamentals and 4x6 Sticker Sheets. 


Thanks for stopping by!  I will try to update more as I have lots of projects to share!  Be sure to check out this collection as well as Bloom and Grow by clicking HERE
Have a wonderful day!




Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Cut Shoppe and Citrus Twist Kits Blog Hop

Hello and thank you for following our fun blog hop today! I hope you are getting a lot of great inspiration!  Thank you so much to Trina at Citrus Twist Kits for allowing me to play with this month's kit! There are so many beautiful pieces!  Also, Ashley designed a fun cut file set from 
The Cut Shoppe as well!  

Remember to comment on each participant's blog for a chance to win a $20 Gift Card...both The Cut Shoppe and Citrus Twist Kits are doing a giveaway!  

Here is the blog list if you are following along:


And here is my layout! I based my page on a sketch by Citrus Twist Kits...you can click here to see the blog post.  

And here is the FREE cut file available during the hop! I absolutely love the geometric butterfly!  

I started by cutting the geometric shapes into my white card stock background. I then cut the entire butterfly with the Pink Paislee Fancy Free #08 print. I also back my card stock with the multicolored Fancy Free #06 page.  


I love the little pieces of embellishments included in the kit!  You receive a full pack of ephemera from Fancy Free as well as Citrus Twist exclusives such as cork pieces and clear stamps! 


I used some of the sequins and cork hearts to embellish the butterfly to add more color! 


For my title, I used one of the Fancy Free Glitter Word Thickers!  I then added my journaling underneath.  


Thanks again for stopping by!  Now onto Brenda's blog!  Have a great day!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: Love Is Everything

I'm so sorry its been so long since I've posted!  Honestly, I've been in a bit of a funk and have had a lot of issues going on here at home.  I am going to try to update more often.  

Today I'm sharing a layout I created for The Cut Shoppe's NSD celebration! There is a a free cut file available for download on their Facebook page!



I used the concentric circles with white card stock and backed with a multi colored print from Simple Stories' You Are Here.  


I also cut my title with white card stock and lightly misted with blue spray ink. This is one of my favorite techniques to use with my cut files!




Thanks for looking! Hope you are having a good day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: Boys Rule

Today on The Cut Shoppe blog, I have a layout using the new Boys Rule cut file set! This is one of my favorites so far! I love the fun shapes and titles..how cute are the arrows?   I always appreciate a fun boy collection and the stars pair well with Shimelle's new Starshine collection.



Using white cardstock for my outline, I used the "Boys Rule" title from the set.  I filled in the letters with an orange/white chevron print from Starshine.   

I used the star/circle shapes as well as the nested stars in different sizes and prints to layer under my title and photo.  I accented with chipboard accents from Starshine as well as epoxy shapes from Evalicious.  


Here, I used die cuts and stickers from Starshine as well as a cute Metal Clip.  



Thank you for stopping by! Check out the Etsy shop for this cut file set plus much more!
Have a great day!