Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Little Yellow Bicycle "Just Because" Card

I realized I haven't shared this card here yet!  I shared it on facebook and then forgot to get over here!
I made this card as a feature on Practical Scrappers to showcase the laser chipboard pieces from 
Gina's Designs.

I painted the filigree frame and heart white and then paired those up with goodies from the "Just Because" line from Little Yellow Bicycle.  I adore the combination of the red, aqua, and gray!  They definitely hit a homerun with this line...I still have more projects to share that use it!

Supplies Used:
Chipboard from Gina's Designs
Paper, Stickers, Pin from Little Yellow Bicycle

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pebbles Family Ties: Family Tree

I fell in love with the "Family Ties" line from Pebbles the moment I saw it.  But this particular sheet with the family tree look had me a little stumped.  That is until I counted the spaces on it and realized there was just enough on there for all my kids and there cousins!  Woot!  Family Tree here I come...now how to give it some dimension and make it pop.

I fully intended to do a canvas...I even bought four of them.  But I had this box sitting around that had this cute green pattern on it and when I set the sheet down it really brought out the colors...so I am using this sturdy old box!

The spots for pictures on this were actually ovals and although they looked cute I still wanted that shape to show some.  So I opted to punch out 1 1/4" circles of the my kiddos and offset those with foam tape on each oval.  I had one oval leftover which made the perfect location for my "cousins" chipboard from Bella Blvd.  I then got out my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool that makes small epoxy circles and Epiphany Crafts Button Studio Flower maker and went to town with complimentary colors. I opted for solid colored papers simply because I didn't want too much going on.  I added those throughout the tree as well as some little trimmed fabric leaves.  I also added some white doodled stitches to leaves and the trunk.  

Epoxy buttons and circles: Epiphany Crafts
Twine: The Twinery
Letters: American Crafts
Gems: Queen & Co.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teresa Collins: He Said She Said Cards

Today I thought I would share the cards that I made using Teresa Collins' new "He Said She Said" line. I created these as samples for The Scrapbooking Studio. This was one of those lines that just screamed "make a card with me."  I love when I can look at a line and get a feel on where I am going with it!  

 I made this one second and mostly I made it because I wanted to make something with a mustache...I had never done that before!  My husband laughed when he saw this...

Supplies Used:
Everything is Teresa Collins except
Gems are from Queen & Co.
Twine is a random old supply

Monday, February 11, 2013

"Just Because" Little Yellow Bicycle Card Class

I am so excited that my February card class at The Scrapbooking Studio has sold out!  So now it's time to start sharing my March card class.  I designed this one using pieces from the "Just Because" line from Little Yellow Bicycle.  Once again they have hit a homerun with this line!  It took me less than two hours to design the class because it goes together soooooo nicely!  Here's the four cards for the class.

After I took the cards into the store as samples I had to pick up some more pieces from the line because I knew I wasn't done playing yet...Stay tuned :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Teresa Collins: Tell Your Story Layout

So I was lucky enough to win all the patterned papers and some stickers from the "Tell Your Story" line at the Teresa Collins class the other night.  I have been admiring that line for a while but hadn't taken the plunge and bought it.  I have to say that she really does an amazing job with putting out lines with great and unique color combinations.  This layout also utilizes some new Thickers and some chipboard pieces from Gina's Designs.  Even with the cutting on my Cameo this layout came together in less than an hour...love it when that happens!  One of the messages I took home the other night from the Teresa Collins class was putting things down to your kids in your journaling.  My little Lucy has had some challenges lately and I decided it would be therapeutic for me to document that - so I definitely journaled!  Hopefully someday we will look back at this together and be proud of getting thru it all in one piece!

Supplies Used:
Paper & Stickers from Teresa Collins
Brads by ???
Chipboard by Gina's Designs
Thickers by American Crafts
Pearls by Queen & Company

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Kleenex Pillow box

As soon as I saw the pillow boxes from SRM Stickers I had the idea to put kleenex in them.  My hubby is a Pastor and regularly visits people throughout the week who are either ill or unable to get out a lot because of their age.  They often have dietary restrictions so sending along food is not always an option.  I am always on the lookout for a fresh, cheery idea that I could send along.  Alas, pillow boxes...I thought they could make the perfect little gift for one of our sick shut-ins that my hubby so often visits!  Here is the first (of many to come) that I created!

For as many SRM Stickers as I own, I apparently do not own any Get Well ones.  So I went with a "Special Delivery" one from a baby sheet. I also used some from their We've Got Your Borders and Valentines by the Dozen.

 I added a "Sending Prayers" sentiment to the end of the box...that was a tough little bugger to photograph!  I thought that added a nice little touch for when they open it up.

Ribbon, twine, and a polaroid frame were all an added touch.  I barely needed any patterned paper because the kleenex itself had a cute design on it!

Supplies Used:
Stickers by SRM Stickers
Polaroid frame by Little Yellow Bicycle
Twine by The Twinery
Ribbon by The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper by SEI

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Teresa Collins "He Said She Said" and little Bo

I am attending a Teresa Collins class tomorrow night at The Scrapbooking Studio and am super excited!  I recently played with her new line "He Said She Said" and had soooooo much fun with it! I have several projects from that line to share but here is the first one (which also happens to be my favorite!)

Now if you are a regular follower here you know this is a little out of my norm for creations.  I had so much fun just playing on this one!  I used a cut file from Kinsey Wilson which you can find on her blog here.  I originally saw this cut file on Danielle's post on Practical Scrappers and loved it.  Thankfully she shared her source with me! I machine stitched on the arrow lines and cut out and inked words and popped dots and all kinds of fun stuff!  I love the way that the arrows draw your eyes right in to the picture of Bo.  My favorite thing about this line is that she had a nice pop of orange in it.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Echo Park Paper "Love Story" Layouts

I have had so much fun playing with the Love Story line this month.  It has vibrant, bright colors that are perfect for me!  Here's the two layouts I created and you can find hanging up at The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, IL!

 As you can see on both of these I had some fun with my white Signo pen again :) Love to use that thing to doodle and for these it was doodling ruffles!  This layout is of Bo and it felt a little weird to be doing so much pink on a boy layout!

I have seen a lot of people doing the double photo thing where they are layered like this.  I had two copies of this photo so I decided to give it a whirl.  It's kind of a fun, whimsical touch.  I also used my Silhouette Cameo for the "love" in the title.  I am sooooo loving my Cameo.  

Supplies Used:
Ribbon: American Crafts
Twine: The Twinery
Stickers: Echo Park & SRM Stickers
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Pen: Uniball Signo
Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Brads: Echo Park

I'll be back again with more design team work for the store...I got to do a bonus round this month and can't wait to share that!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

My next class!

My next class at The Scrapbooking Studio will be a card class in the evening on Friday, February 22nd.  We will be using patterend papers to give a quilted look to cards as well as playing with some fun folding techniques and dry embossing!  If you are in the area we'd love to have you join us!  The class is $18 and you can RSVP at (309)585-0489

Mitered Edges Tutorial

I love mitered edges!  And after being asked several times how I do them I thought it was time to make a little tutorial up.  For my layout today I used the border strips that come at the bottom of patterned papers from several different companies.  Mine today are from American Crafts, Pebbles, and Studio Calico.

You can make this work with any width of strips...I've done it with much larger ones than you see here.  First off you need to line up your strips to form a right angle.  They should be overlapping each other.

Then use your scissors to trim from the inside of the angle to the outer corner.

And that is basically it!  Now you just line them up together and adhere them down.  I do this for all four pieces before I attach them just to make sure everything is lining up!

If you are interested in checking out a couple other layout I have done this on, you can find one feautring Bella Blvd here and one featuring Echo Park here.

Supplies Used:
Stickers from SRM Stickers & Pebbles
Paper from American Crafts, Studio Calico, & Pebbles
Flowers from Maya Road

Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Cooper: A Two Page Layout

I have been having fun playing with two page layouts!  This one I went for a different color scheme of teal, yellow, orange, and navy.  It was based on a sketch from Creating Keepsakes.  Washi Tape has been a staple of mine lately and you can see I used it a whole lot on this layout to highlight different pictures.
Supplies Used:
Stickers by Momenta, SRM Stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle
Washi Tape: Bella Blvd
Paper: Pebbles, Echo Park, Colorbok
Border: SEI
Twine: The Twinery
Wood: Studio Calico


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