Friday, June 3, 2016

Clear Scraps: Dreaming of Sunshine Layout 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 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 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 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!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Clear Scraps: Explore

Last week, I had a layout and tutorial up on the Clear Scraps blog using the new
Helm and Anchor Chipboard Embellishments.  I thought this set would go great with this cute photo of my nephew and October Afternoon's Treasure Map! 

I'm going to show you how I altered my chipboard pieces!  First, I applied a couple layers of white acrylic paint to each piece. 

I've had this ombre ink from Hero Arts since October and have been wanting to use it!  I thought the teal color would go well with my paper line. 

After allowing the acrylic paint to dry, I turned the pieces over and lightly applied directly to the ink pad.  

Once dry, I used Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy. 

To give texture to my anchor, I used one of my roller stamps from American Crafts and did some "messy" stamping....I love how it turned out! 

For my title, I used wood grain Chipboard letters from October Afternoon, as well as added flair and stickers from Treasure Map. I also added wooden veneer stars from Studio Calico (love these!). 

I adhered some of the Sew Fun Banners on top of a Border and Label Stickers then stitched through. 

Thanks for can visit the Clear Scraps shop to see these and the many new products!
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Simple Stories: Carpe Diem Layouts

Today, I am sharing layout I created for the Simple Stories Design Team using the new Carpe Diem Scrapbooking collection! Since its February, I used love as my theme for both pages! 

One my first page, titled "You Are So Loved" I used a cute photo of my niece.  Starting with white cardstock, I layered a 6x12 piece of Make It Happen.  I then layered a strip of the B side of Make It Happen as well as Brand New Day. I always using my sewing machine so I stitched through one of the strips.  

For my title, I used the pink letter stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet. I then used the "LOVED" Simple Stories cut file (#92340) from the Silhouette shop and the Pink Dot/Black Dot sheet.  

I layered  stickers from the Fundamentals and Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet along with Chipboard accents and a cute floral Bradz.  I love to layer my little embellishments into clusters at the corner of my photo. 

How cute are these clips?  I added the pink heart clip to the top of my photo and secured with a staple. 

I wanted to use a heart background cut file but couldn't quite find what I was looking for, so I created my own using a repeating pattern of hearts.  I added random prints of the B side of Don't Mind Me into a few hearts. 


For my second layout, "LOVE",  I used an old photo of my grandparent when they were dating.  One of the many things I love about Simple Stories is that the papers can be used for just about any theme! 

Using the "LOVE"  cut file (#80540), I cut directly into my white cardstock background.  I then backed it with the B Side of Fist Bump and Pink/White prints.  

One of my favorite embellishments are the Chipboard Frames! You receive a variety of prints and sizes in each pack! I adhered one of the frames to a 3x4 Journaling Card to jot down a few sentences about my photo.  

Showing more of the great embellishments of Carpe Diem!  I used another cute photo Clip, Bradz, and Stickers. You can also spy some coordinating Enamel Dots as well! 

Thank you for stopping by!  Check out all of the great Simple Stories products by clicking HERE!
Have a great night!