Sunday, February 11, 2018

Garden Gnome Cottage

Hello blogging friends.

Is anyone besides me counting the days til Spring? Here in Minnesota, the snow will last into April most likely, but I am already thinking about my garden. I have flower gardens all around the house and a big vegetable garden. I love my fresh vegetables!  I think I get that from my Dad. He has the most amazing green thumb. I've seen him save plants on the brink of death.

Anyway, I was dividing up some succulents in the house while I wait for the warmer weather, and I thought I would make my little garden gnomes a house. I used the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection along with the Simple Basics woodgrain papers and the Fairy Cottage digital cut file from SVGcuts. This was so much fun to make! Photo overload coming... but this needs to be seen from all sides.

I love that big front window and that curving staircase.

The red roof can come off, allowing you to add a battery operated tea light. 

Stickers from the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection make it seem like my house has little flower gardens all around...

My Xyron Creative Station makes adhering all these pieces so much easier and gives me complete glue coverage. I seriously don't know how I managed without it. I still use my quick dry glue to do some of the assembly. 

Have I given you Spring fever now too?  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

Monday, February 5, 2018

XOXO - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week is all about  L O V E  on the JustNick Studio blog ... and there are so many awesome digital cut files that work well for documenting all of your love stories on paper. I wanted to use the new XO Heart digital cut file to help frame my photo and decided to add some hearts to the background with the Cross My Heart Background digital cut file. I love how it turned out! I used the September Hip Kit Club Kit that was full of the Paige Evan's Turn the Page collection along with some Amy Tangerine enamel hearts and the cutest little bows.

You can see the Cross My Heart Background has these little squares to form rows of hearts. In addition, I cut out just the inside heart from several different pattern papers. Hand stitching would have looked awesome with this cut file.

I love how the XO heart frames my photo. You can see a larger heart from the Hearts 2 digital cut file tucked underneath. I love the patchwork effect the background has, yet with that pink framed heart, the focus is still on my photo.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

If you are interested in watching my process video I would love to have you watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Birthday Cards - My Favorite Things

Hello friends!

I indulged myself after Christmas and bought this Adorable Elephants stamp set from My Favorite Things. I haven't done a lot of Copic coloring, but thought this set would be a good one to start practicing with. I decided to try my hand with their Sketch Challenge ...

Here is my take using some pattern papers from the Pebbles Happy Hooray birthday collection...

I struggled with the elephant ears ... I think I need to get a new Copic marker, something lighter pink RV0000 or R0000.

Copic Markers used: C1, C3, R24, R29, RV10, E50

and also their Color Challenge ...

Copic Markers used: C1, C3, RV10, E50, Y11, Y15, Y17, YG03, YG63

My clouds need a little work, lol.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Snow Adorable - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun winter layout to share with you. I live in Minnesota where you can always count on cold and snowy winters. When I saw the new JustNick Studio Frostbite Background digital cut file, I couldn't wait to use it with this outdoor photo of my daughter and her dog.

I wanted to add some of the beautiful snowflakes from the Snowflakes 2 digital cut file and create a visual triangle with them. I cut 3 of the 4 snowflakes in this cut file pretty large and arranged them so that they were partially off the page.

I like to mix fonts when creating my titles so I used the scripty "Snow" from the Holiday Words digital cut file and combined it with some Thickers from my stash.

When its -15 degrees Fahrenheit outside, you definitely want to keep warm and snuggle up!

Here are the JustNick Studio digital cut files I used today ...

For more details on how I created my Snow Adorable scrapbook layout, I would love to have you stop by and watch my YouTube process video.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Twas The Night Before Christmas - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am having a hard time packing up my Christmas papers so I decided to do one more layout for JustNick Studios. I hate to see the holidays ending ... that means I have to go back to work. Anyway, I really wanted to scrap this photo of the extended Nix family taken on Christmas Eve. I normally snap candid shots at family gatherings, but my niece brought out a tripod so we gave a group shot a try. I think it turned out great! My kids are actually smiling!!  I decide to go for a BIG title for impact. I used my favorite Outline Alphas and backed them with a variety of different pattern papers. I used the Simple Stories Claus & Co collection except for that dark green background paper. That is from the Carta Bella Christmas Delivery collection. I've been doing some very much needed Christmas stash busting.

You can see the FA LA LA LA LA tree tucked in behind the photo. I couldn't resist adding that since we are posing in front of the tree.

I stepped out of my comfort zone and used a piece of dark green pattern paper for my background. I really love how that title just pops against the green.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2017 + a GIVEAWAY

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to be sharing my Top 10 scrapbook layouts with you again this year! If you are hopping along, you would have arrived from Suzanna Lee's blog. If not, no worries, you can start hopping at the end of this post. I have 2 Giveaways going on ... details are also at the end of this post.

1. Capturing Joy - The highlight of my year was being asked to design a cover for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine Summer Issue! a COVER!!!  They ask 3 designers to create a layout with their supplied photo, title,  and journaling and choose one for the cover. Unfortunately, mine did not make the cover, but was still showcased inside! So 2017 was the year I was almost ... almost a cover girl. Here is my take. I used the Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection. It's totally cover worthy, right?

2. Winter Wonderland - I had a blast designing for JustNick Studios and Simple Stories! This layout I created with the Winter Wonderland collection and the Nordic Background 2 digital cut file.

3.  Sweet, I Love Your Face - Here is another JustNick Studios and Simple Stories layout using the Love & Adore collection and the Ring Around My Heart digital cut file. What could be cuter than selfies with your dog, lol. 

4.  Mermaid Hair Don't Care -  Mid Year I started designing for Paper Issues. This layout was created with the electrifying Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection and FREE cut files from Paper Issues.

5.  Bring On Summer - Some fellow designers and I started doing a Stash Bash YouTube series a while back. Every month we pick an item in our stash and then create YouTube videos using that item from our stash. For July, it was washi tape. I love my washi tape! On this layout, I used loads of washi tape all down one side of a sheet of 8.5x11 cardstock. The only pattern paper used was the 12x12 background paper which was also Pink Paislee Summer Lights. The title and Sun were created using JustNick Studio digital cut files.

6.  Love You - This is another layout I created for Paper Issues using the beautiful Crate Paper Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes. It was prefect for my Myrtle Beach ferris wheel pic. I love the soft colors combined with the pop of black and white stripes ... and those gold thickers are amazing.

7. Life Is Amazing - I could not wait to get my hands on the awesome PinkFresh Studio's Escape the Ordinary collecton. There are some layouts that just come together so easily. This was one of them. Clearly I was having a short love affair with triangles this year! How could you not with amazing pattern papers like this one. I love the photo cropped in a triangle. Machine stitching emphasizes all  the triangles, then dimension was added with some Creative Embellishments triangle chipboard pieces that I found in my stash. Even more triangles were placed along the bottom using the Compressed Chevron digital cut file from JustNick Studios. The Life Is Amazing title is also from JustNick Studios.

8. Dream Big - This was another layout created for the Stash Bash YouTube series. In November, we challenged ourselves to use our spray mists. I used the plastic packaging smoosh technique to add splashes of color to my background after using a Silhouette sketch pen to draw this awesome dream catcher. It is a digital cut file in the JustNick Studios on-line store. I really wanted to do some hand stitching on the dream catcher ... ok a LOT of hand stitching! It took forever, but I love the end result. The feathers were also colored using the same ink as I used on my background. I embellished it with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Bohemian Dream collection. This is another collection I could not wait to get my hands on! so GORGEOUS.

9. Poogan's Porch - I scrapped lots of photos from our vacation to South Carolina this year. Poogan's Porch was a favorite place we had lunch in Charleston. People, the food was AMAZING! I used the Pebbles Simple Life collection and a JustNick Studios digital cut file to create the background. I wanted to create the look of beautiful tin ceilings that you find in old houses.

10.  So Very Blessed - My last layout is another using the Crate Paper Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes and even more JustNick Studios digital cut files. I love this photo I captured of my niece's family. I printed it in black and white so as not to detract from the colors in the Carousel collection. The fabric black and white striped bows are stunning. I used some flair from Pretty Little Studios to add some whimsy.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

My first GiveAway is a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues on-line store. You must enter this giveaway on my YouTube Channel. I would love to have you stop by and become a new subscriber. A winner will be selected on January 7th. You can get the details here...

My second GiveAway is also on my YouTube channel. If you are a cardmaker, you will want to check this one out. On this video, I am showcasing most of my Christmas cards I created this year. This GiveAway ends on Dec 31.

Here is the blog hop list ... So many of these awesome designers are also having giveaways! Be sure to check them out.  Next up is Laura Cox .

Marcia Dehn-Nix  <----- You are here.
Laura Cox <--------- Go here next