Friday, February 28, 2014

Sweet Little Valentine Party

Hey there!  I'm wrapping up February with another cute Valentine layout I created for My Scraps and More :)  This was made for the Love is in the Air Crop a few weeks ago.  The challenge was to use at least two see-through items on a layout.  I used vellum, a frame and those adorable little acetate hearts.  All this is from the Love Notes collection from Crate Paper.  Even the Sweet part of the title is see-through.  Love all those little bits & pieces!

You can pick this line up in the My Scraps store HERE.

I love adding cord to my pages, and these cute flair badges are the perfect piece to layer on top.  And I just love this date stamped patterned paper!

I also like mixing up the alphas in my title.  Just makes it a little more interesting :)

I think Crate's chipboard pieces are my favorite in all their collections.  Always the perfect match.

I can't believe February is pretty much over already!  Get ready for another month...full steam ahead!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Valentine Wrap Up / My Creative Scrapbook

Happy Thursday!  Today I'm sharing my final two projects featuring the February Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  Both of these projects are primarily designed with the Love Notes collection from Crate Paper.

I wanted to add more teal to the background, so I first used modeling paste through a template, and then before removing it, I sprayed teal Color Shine over it.  I also added some darker pink watercolor.

I always love Crate Paper's awesome chipboard shapes!  And their 3-dimensional stickers are awesome...and pairing them together just works so well with their collections.  I colored one of the Prima flowers and tucked it underneath the chipboard as well as some red thread.

Chipboard adds so much depth.

A close-up of the paste...amazing texture!  I cut the word "love" on my Cameo.  It was actually left over from a previous project.  I love when I'm able to use up bits that are just laying around on my desk.

Here is my final card.  My favorite part of this one is the gold accents!  I colored the big flower blue using watered down acrylic paint.  The background of the card was cut from patterned paper, and the rest is stickers from the sticker sheet.  I added in the gold thread and Color Shine from my stash.

Eeeeek!!  Gold!  Love it!

You won't want to miss what's coming up in the March stay tuned next week for the reveal!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Leaves / My Scraps & More

I love Tuesdays.  It's my day off from the gym, my husband drives the girls to school, I can take my time drinking my breakfast smoothie, and we get a little date later on tonight.  Which includes a stop at Michaels. And dinner.  It's awesome, and I treasure my Tuesdays :)

I have mixed emotions about this layout.  I created it using sketch #67 for My Scraps & More a few weeks ago.  I used the Happy-Go-Lucky line from Fancy Pants, which is awesome.  I'm just not sure I love how this all turned out.  The pictures of Reese trying to find leaves, so I had this bright idea of adding leaves somehow to the page.  So I grabbed the cover sheet of the know, the one with all the sample stripes of all the patterned papers included?  The very first sheet in the wrapper that has the title and everything?  I was going to use the white side and just paint the leaves once I cut them on my Cameo.  Well, once they were cut, I kind of liked how they looked with all the stripey patterns.  So I used that side.  I kind of think it's too busy, but I kind of like it at the same time.

I traced them on the yellow piece of paper as well.  I just wanted to add that "leaf" element to the page.  I did paint a few of the pieces with watercolors (a green tealish color).  I do like how the modeling paste turned out in the background.  I added gold paint to THAT I LOVE!  If you don't have any of the Martha Stewart gold metallic paint, it's SO cool!  Really easy to brush on to paper or embellishments, and it dries shiny.

Love these little banner stickers that Fancy Pants always includes.  I added some thread and made a popped-up little banner.

Here are my leaves...I never thought of using the title sheet in the collection, but it turned out kind of cool.  Plus a lot of the patterns are represented.

Eeeeeek!!  Shiny gold!!  And the gold thread is awesome, too.  Shiny is my favorite these days!

I added some splatters of gold Color Shine as well.  LOVE that stuff.

I hope this inspires you to use up that "title page" in your collection kits.  You never know what kind of cool look you might end up with.  And you still have the "real" paper to use on another project!  If you're like me, you hate wasting any scrappy product.

Have a great day!  Thanks for visiting me :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A few more cards

Hello, friends :)  I wanted to share a few more cards I made with the February Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  Like I said in my previous card post, I'm not a huge card maker.  There is nothing worse than spending time, energy and your precious scrappy supplies on a card to give to someone and they just totally disregard it and it winds up in the garbage!  Some people just don't appreciate a handmade card.  However, those people in your life who DO appreciate them are always thrilled to receive one.  Those are the people I make cards for.  And although it may seem like just a "simple card" to us...the average person is completely blown away by what you've made!

I had already made four layouts with this kit, and I had so many bits and pieces left over that I decided to give some cards a try.  They came together surprisingly quick, and although they're not my favorite designs by any means, they were still fun to make!

This kit is filled with the Love Notes collection from Crate Paper.  I liked the XOXOs on this patterned paper and the fun dimensional fan flower sticker.  I added in a little bit of thread.  It's not perfect, but I still like it.

You can't really see the shiny dried glue unless the light is shining on it...

I added some stamping and watercolor to this little card.  I really loved the chipboard mailbox and wanted the look of hearts pouring out of it.  I thought it turned out cute!  Pretty simple, but I know if I gave this to my mom, she'd love it :)

I dabbed red watercolor inside the stamped hearts.  I like that they're not perfect :)

You can check HERE for all the February kits.  I really enjoyed creating with this one.  I still have one more layout and card to share before the month ends.

Thanks for taking a peek!  Have a great Sunday :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Scraps Sketch #69

It's finally Friday...I thought it would never get here!  If you're looking for some inspiration to get your scrappy mojo flowing, check out the newest sketch over on the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog right HERE!  It's awesome and will surely help you kick start your weekend.

I pulled out the Flea Market collection from Crate Paper.  (There is still a lot of it left in the store HERE.) I added in some various washi tapes, modeling paste and watercolors.  I love all the bits and pieces in this collection.  It makes it fun and easy to tuck in embellishments here and there.

Gold thread....LOVE it!  I also love this circle cut.  I actually created it from scratch in my Cameo software.  It's so easy to make your own shapes and weld them together.

I'm going to be sad when I run out of these glitter Thickers.  They are as awesome as they come!

I love the imperfections of modeling paste, and I love outlining it to give it a little bit more definition.  I just added it right over the washi tape.

I thought this little tag was cute, and I threw in some tangled pink thread behind it.

Make sure you check out the rest of the team's layouts...lots of inspiration!  You could win one of the new My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio 2 collections if you play along with us!

Thanks for checking it out!  Have a great day :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Short Stuff / My Scraps & More

Happy Thursday, friends!  I hope you're doing well today. 

Here's a page I created for the My Scraps and More boards last week for our Throwback Thursday challenge.  I pulled out one of Echo Park's first lines...Life is Good.  Remember this one?  I still love all the colors in it.  I loved this little random picture of Paige looking out the sliding glass door.  She just looks so short and tiny, so I decided to scrap it.

I feel like the descriptions of my pages are starting to sound the same these days...and this one was created pretty much the same way I create most of my layouts lately.  Template...modeling paste...watercolors...stamps...washi tape.  I love them all so much, and I just gravitate towards those products when I create.  I hope it's not boring to you, but once I find something I love, I usually stick with it :)

Another of my usual suspects -- tangled thread.  I have no idea why I love it so much, but I have been doing it a lot lately.

Paste, stamps, stickers, thread...those stickers are actually photo corners, but I turned them into arrows.

I like it when the papers don't lay completely flat.  And I like to curl the edges here and there, too.

How did I ever scrap without my Cameo?  Goodness, I love that thing!

This was a fun page to create.  I keep telling myself to dig into my stash more often, but the new stuff just keeps coming in and I can't help but use it!  It's overwhelming sometimes to just sit and take a look around my scrap room...I don't think I will ever run out of product.  I'm sure I'm not alone here...haha.

Be sure to visit the My Scraps store HERE...there are new Echo Park lines as well as TONS of other new collections!  You can save 20% on your entire order by using the code 20INFEB.  Hurry and shop! :D

Thanks for taking a peek today :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A few cards / My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  Today I'm sharing a few cards I created with the February Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  I'm not a huge card maker, but some of the pieces in this kit just seemed perfect for a card or two.  I actually made five!  I made one and then just kept going with all the bits I had leftover from the four layouts I made.  So here are two of them:

I'm not a huge Prima flower user, but this little vine was just too cute to pass up :)  I like how it looks on this card.

I added some stamping to this one, and even a little bit of watercolor inside the heart on the left.  That little chipboard piece fit right over my stamped image.  And I'm a sucker for a heart stamp!  I am so in love with shiny gold stuff lately...just had to add some gold Color Shine drops to finish it off.

I still have three more cards and one more layout to share this month...I never seemed to run out of goodies in this kit :)

I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chickaniddy Craft Team!!!

Hi, everyone!  I'm SOOOOO excited to share some amazing news!

I am still pinching myself...I can't believe I get to be a part of such a talented group of ladies.  I got the email last Wednesday, and I haven't stopped smiling since :)  And working with Heidi Sonboul and Pam Callaghan is a dream come true.  I can't wait to get started!  You can see more about this amazing company HERE.

Thanks to Heidi and Pam for having me!

Have a GREAT day!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Creative Scrappers #262

Hey there!  It's time for another Creative Scrappers reveal, and this is one super fun one!  Lots of fun arrows to play with here...check it out:

Here's what I came up with.  I started with a busy background.  I used gesso and watercolors to "messy up" the pattern a little bit.  I cut arrows from different patterned papers and raised some of them up for dimension.  I traced some arrows using a Heidi Swapp stencil and stamped a few, too.  I threw in some different washi tapes as well.  I didn't add too many accessories because of the busy background.  These photos are of my little Reese from a few years ago, bouncing and getting crazy in her bed one night :)

Oh, and I used the older My Girl collection from American Crafts for this :)

Once again, I feel like all my close-ups look similar...a raised up sticker, washi tape and tangled thread.  I can't help that I love using them all!

Another typical tidbit on my layouts...a Cameo cut title.

Another angle of some of the papers and a button peeking out...

I had so much fun making this one!  I hope you'll play along with us...hop on over to the blog HERE and check out the rest of the design team's work.

To Win a prize from Paper Camellia  all you need to do is create a layout and enter the challenges using our inlinkz widget at the end of the reveals for Sketch 261-262.

Deadline to submit your layout is February 28th at Midnight EST.
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Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Scrapbook Generation's Create Feature

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I'm very excited to share a few projects I have featured in this month's edition of Create from Scrapbook Generation.  The My Mind's Eye team was asked to create a few designs using sketches from the magazine.  It is the coolest to thumb through a publication and see your work there!

Here is the layout I created.  I used the Cut & Paste collection for this, and I stuck very closely to the sketch.  I designed the heart background on my Cameo and then backed it an ombre pink paper.  These papers matched my photos little Paige getting into the powder and acting like nothing happened.  Stinker!  :D

I stamped this image in blue ink...I love how it turned out.  I used pop dots to raise it up a bit.  And I decided to handwrite my journaling.  Sometimes I think it just adds a more homemade look.

A close up of the Cameo cuts and my title.  I used chalk to color my white Thickers blue.

I like the way this sort of raised up a bit...just makes more shadows and depth, I think.

A little bit of tangled thread and distressing finish it all off nicely :)

I also created this tag.  I used a mix of the Lost & Found Record It collections and several decorative tapes.  I just love these pretty blues up against the pinks.  And tags are perfect for those little alpha and word stickers.

Visit the link up top if you'd like to see the magazine in its entirety.  The other gals on the team created...beyond amazing!  I still don't feel worthy of even being on this team...I still have to pinch myself :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!  Stay tuned for another Creative Scrappers reveal tomorrow!