Friday, April 29, 2016

Honolulu Skyline - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another Honolulu layout using the gorgeous papers from the Basic Grey Urban Luxe collection. This one captures the skyline at night. Our hotel with its partial ocean view was the ideal spot to watch the fireworks. Who knew that every Friday night, there are fireworks over the harbor! What a wonderful surprise!! Here is my layout ...


I love using my Silhouette sketch pens to embellish my background paper. With the skyline photos, I thought it would be really cool to add a sketched skyline to my layout. I used a platinum sketch pen so it would have some shimmer and stand out against the black background. Some splattered white paint and a few stars complete the skyline look. Aren't those emoticon cloud die cuts adorable! They are a Clique exclusive.


Since the top of my layout was so dark, I wanted the lower half to pop with color. I cut several circles the same size out of a variety of pattern papers. Then I scored a square in the middle of each one. This made it easier to fold the edges of the circles to the inside.


 Yes, it is a bit labor intensive, but the result is eye catching.



With all that color, I didn't go too crazy with other embellishments. I love this flair button from the Fancy Pants Attwell collection and those Richard Garay matte enamel dots.


I hope you give this paper folding technique a try. It's lots of fun and is a good way to use up lots of scraps. 

 Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Today Love Blooms - JustNick and Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

It's Spring and I have been out cleaning out my flower beds to prepare them for planting this year and my husband has already put my water fountain out. He gave me this fountain as an anniversary gift over 15 years ago. I could probably count the material gifts he has given me over the years on one hand, but when he does buy me something, he knows my heart. Keeping this fountain running is a labor of love for him, a gift he continues to give me each year. I can't tell you how many people have walked up to me while I was outside and offered to buy it from me straight out! No Way!!! That fountain is way too precious.

I thought I would use the gorgeous Fancy Pants Designs Attwell papers from my May Clique Kit to document this awesome gift along with some fabulous cut files from JustNick.

That background paper is so beautiful, but I did not want my photos to get lost. Framing them with the Spiral Background cut twice from white cardstock really helps keep them from blending into the background. The spirals are so similar to some of my floral die cuts too.

Some black Stems really pop against all that vivid color.

I used two different cut files to create my title; "Today" from the Today Forever Always cut file, and the "Love" from the Word 3 cut file.

Here are all the cut files I used today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cards and More with the Clique Kits Spring Card Kit

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today to show you some of the things I have created with the awesome Clique Kits Spring Card kit. This kit features the oh so popular My Mind's Eye On Trend 2, an adorable Waffle Flower Crafts bow die, and a fabulous Honey Bee Stamp Set that is only available now in our Spring Card Kit! Take a look ...


I have to tell you those flamingos and pineapples are my favorites. They were the first things I used to adorn my cards...


My daughter's Vet School white coat ceremony is Saturday!!! I made this card for her. The glassine bag will work perfect to stick a little gift card into. Just what my girl needs ... a little $$ to make it through the next 52 weeks of her externships. Yup, I am one proud mama! Check out this adorable bow! I love that Waffle Flower Crafts die!


My next cards make use of more of the dies in the ephemera die cuts pack. These dies make it so easy to put a card together fast! Can't decide what paper to use ... use 2 and cut them on a diagonal for a different look....



Not wanting to waste paper, the other diagonal pieces went on another card :)



Yes, there was a fabulous Honey Bee Stamp set as well. I used it on this coffee cup I created from an SVGcuts Good Day at the Office digital cut file. It looks like the real deal, doesn't it. I am going to fill it with chocolates for my office assistant who is retiring. It would make a great teacher gift too. I stamped the sentiment here with VersaMark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.


The butterfly was stamped on vellum and then embossed with a white embossing powder before I fussy cut it out.


 If you like what you are seeing, then you better hurry and snatch up your Spring Card kit in the Clique store before they are gone! Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Waikiki Beach - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to be kicking off the May Clique Kit inspiration!! Have you see the kit? It features the Fancy Pants Designs Attwell collection AND the Basic Grey Urban Luxe collection plus lots of Clique exclusives. I LOVE it all!


Those Urban Luxe papers were talking to me. I thought they would be perfect for scrapping photos of Honolulu from our recent trip to Hawaii and what could be more urban luxe than Waikiki Beach ...


 My favorite pattern paper from the Urban Luxe collection is that floral background paper. I tore the piece of corrugated cardboard so the edges would be distressed. I added a little gesso to soften the edges. Then I placed another piece of pattern paper on top. I clustered two smaller photos in the lower left corner and placed a larger photo in the opposite corner.


This die cut is one of the Clique exclusive cut files this month. I love how intricate it is. The flair in the kit this month is part of the Attwell collection. There is even a fabulous roll of yellow chevron washi tape!


Here is another flair button from the kit along with these fabulous Richard Garay matte enamel dots. I used a couple of the tags behind my photos to hold my journaling.


 The heart is one of the Clique exclusive ephemera die cuts. I combined it with more enamel dots and a puffy arrow sticker.


 We recently had a user in the Clique Facebook group ask how to import the Clique cut files into the Silhouette software. She had just gotten a Silhouette Cameo!!  I wanted to share with you my method of storing my Clique cut files in my Silhouette library. I like to be able to browse through all my designs. It reminds me of files I might otherwise forget about. I created a folder just for my Clique Kit cut files. To create a new folder, right click on My Library, select New Folder. Give your folder a name (like Clique Kits). Then left click your new Clique Kits folder to select it. The right side should be empty (if you just created the folder).


To extract your downloaded files. Open up the zipped file and select which ones to extract and click the Extract button. If you do not have the deluxe software version that allows you to cut SVGs, you want to look for the Studio files.


Now open your download directory where your unzipped files are located. Arrange your windows so you can see both your downloaded files (on the left) and your Silhouette Clique Kits folder (on the right). Select one, (or a range of files you want to move) drag the files to the Silhouette Clique folder. I store my printables and cut files together.


 It's really that easy!  

 I hope I am getting you all excited to receive your May Clique Kit! Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pi Day - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends.

It's Clique Kits Pep Rally time! We have some awesome inspiration for you starting on the Clique Kits blog. This month's kit Origins featured the Simple Stories Life In Color and Carpe Diem collections. Take a look...

and here is today's line up...

Sandy Gonzalez

I've felt like I am in a scrapping rut since returning from vacation in Hawaii. I stare at my papers and can't seem to decide what photos, what design, ... so when Erica shared this sketch I thought I should give it a go too. Especially since I loved what everyone else was creating with it. Here is the sketch by Sasha Farina for October Afternoon.

It's trendy and fresh, and just what I needed. Here is my layout...

I cut my paper with my paper trimmer, but it would have been so much easier to have used my Silhouette (if I had thought of it!). The diagonal cut was too long for my trimmer. 

This is my friend and co-worker Margaret whom I just recently lost to brain cancer. She was diagnosed in September, had surgery to remove most of her tumor, did chemo and radiation, but by January the tumor had regrown. 

Margaret and I met at the University where we were taking a computer science class. Near the end of the semester we discovered we were both going to work for the same company, Control Data. For the past 30 years, she was my lunch time workout buddy. Every time she traveled, she would bring me back something. Most of the time it was just a piece of chocolate :)  She loved to bake and was always giving me recipes as well as samples.

So when Siemens started this Pi Day bake off contest in 2012, you can't imagine her excitement. Of course she insisted I bake a pie too, so I did. Here we are with our pies :)

I am sad to say I don't have any pictures of us together! Friends for 30 years and not one picture together :(   In my defense, Margaret is not a picture person. She would not want to be in a selfie. While she had a cell phone for work, I never once saw her use it to take a picture. I had to beg for these pics from a lady in charge of the Siemens employee recreation club.

so let's talk about the layout already! I loved the clear stickers and those bright yellow hearts that were included in the kit. The brads were from my stash.

The die cuts in the ephemera pack were awesome too...

I loved that the Bella Blvd sticker sheet had lots of letters and numbers. I thought I was being oh so clever here with my Pi enumeration. That yellow chevron washi tape is from the May kit ... so be watching for it to come to you too. I really love how that washi tape looks on this layout!

So, leave a comment and you will be entered into our Pep Rally giveaway :)
Next stop is Kim Oedekoven .

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bloom & Grow - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am so happy to be sharing a layout I created with the new amazing Cocoa Vanilla Studios Colour Me Happy collection. This collection has lots of those things you love about Cocoa Vanilla Studios and some new things for the inner child in all of us that likes to get their hands in a little paint! Lots of new mixed media elements like doilies, flowers, cut apart words. I created a mixed media background here on my layout ...


The cut apart words were fun to place on my background. I added some stamping and enamel dots for pops of color.


The cut aparts also include journal cards. I just love this quote "Be a Pop of Colour in this Black and White World". You can also see a doily behind my photo and some of the flowers here too. I layered them so they look more realistic ...


Of course this collection still has those flair buttons we all love.


I used one of the wood veneer words and some alpha stickers for my title. I white washed the wood so it blends with my layout better.


I love how the colors really pop behind my floral burst die cut from JustNick Studios.


Be on the lookout for this new collection at your local scrapbook store. It is so much fun!!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Make Today Ridiculously Amazing - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends! I am so excited to share some Simple Stories Carpe Diem layouts with you today. This collection is gorgeous with those bright colors mixed with the black and white pattern papers. 

For my first layout, I really wanted to make a pretty, girlie scrapbook page that showcased the beautiful floral pattern paper. The title for this layout Make Today Ridiculously Amazing comes from one of the Bits & Pieces elements. It really goes with the theme of this collection, Seize the Day. Take a look ...

I used a piece of black cardstock as my background and used the diagonal pattern paper as a border. I think the black really makes those bright colors pop. I softened the look with a white die cut doily and also some white die cut leaves and flowers, Sprinkled among the pretty die cuts are some Carpe Diem Bits & Pieces, Bradz and Enamel Dots. Digital cut files for the die cuts came from JustNick and 17Turtles.

A Chipboard Frame tucked in under the lower right of the photo helps to frame it. There are lots more Bits & Pieces here along with more Bradz, Enamel Dots, and a sweet little twine bow.

With so much layering at the top, I left the bottom half of my layout clear of embellishments so you can really appreciate that pretty floral pattern.

For my second layout I wanted to showcase the fun side of the Carpe Diem collection and I mixed in a piece of yellow from the Life in Color collection. This one is titled Shine Bright. What could shine more than the sun? so I added a big die cut sun on my layout.

I love adding machine stitching on my layouts. Here I stitched the sun rays.

A Chipboard Frame made a nice frame for my photo. Look how fun this chipboard lightbulb is!

I love layering the 4x6 Element pattern paper pieces. This one had an adorable quote choose to Shine. My title Shine Bright is a combination of a Silhouette die cut and the Carpe Diem alpha stickers. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I had so much fun playing with this collection. I know you will love it too. 

Products Used:

Carpe Diem

Life In Color