Monday, August 31, 2015

Bayfield Marina - Imaginisce Happy Traveler

Hello blogging friends!

My husband and I just returned from a short trip to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. What a gorgeous place!! But you know, half the fun of getting to your destination is taking time to appreciate the journey. We discovered that the little town of Bayfield Wisconsin had its own charm.  I pulled out the blue papers from the Happy Traveler collection to bring out the blues in my photos of the Bayfield Marina. I love the bright, fun colors and patterns in this collection. 

Happy Traveler also has coordinating wood veneers and puffy stickers too, something new from Imaginisce. They were perfect to accent my layout. 

I cut apart the paper with the tags and layered then under my photo.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneers (Happy Traveler), Enamel Dots (Family Fun)
American Crafts: Cardstock, Thickers (Fun and Games)
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Anna Griffin Cards - Xyron tutorial

Hello blogging friends!

I have a couple of cards to share today that I created with the Anna Griffin Pretty Paintings Card Making Kit and Xyron adhesive. Not yet available for purchase, this gorgeous kit is going to be featured on HSN on September 8th. The coordinating pieces of this kit make it easy to create beautiful cards. Take a look at what I created ....

Having gold fever of late, I added a gold die cut doily to the first and ornate gold flourishes to the second. I adhered these die cuts to the cards using the new Xyron Creative Station. Let me show you the best way to adhere intricate cuts like these...

Supplies you will need:
Xyron new Creative Station with 9" and 5" permanent adhesive
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron Adhesive Dots

Anna Griffin Pretty Paintings Card Making Kit
American Crafts Gold Foil Cardstock
Metal dies

Step 1.  I ran a piece of gold foil paper through my Xyron Creative Station with the 5" permanent adhesive loaded inside. I love being able to use the same machine with 5" and 9" adhesive rolls.

Step 2.  Peel off the top plastic sheet and arrange metal dies on foil paper. Place the die cut sandwich into your die cut machine and roll it through.

Step 3.  Do the same with the doily die.

Step 4.  Placing the adhesive on the paper first, means that when you peel off the paper backing, no adhesive residue needs to be weeded out.

Step 5.  Place the die cuts in the center of the cards. I elevated the middle panel using foam.

Step 6.  There is a separate sheet of paper with the sentiment that needs to folded in half and inserted inside the cards.

Step 7.   I used my Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the sentiment paper to the inside of the card.

Step 8.   Add other die cut pieces and ribbon from the card making kit. Xyron adhesive dots are the best way to adhere the ribbons.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Birthday - Top Dog Dies Wednesday

Hello blogging friends!

It's Top Dog Dies Wednesday on my blog today. I am sharing another card from the die sets released in August. This one was a fabulous balloon die set...

It's that big balloon die that had my heart skip a beat. What a statement that big balloon makes on a card. Here is the card I created using the Jillibean Soup Birthday Bisque ....

This is a card that can literally be created in minutes. A good thing as I always seem to be searching through my card stash looking for birthday cards and coming up short. This is a die set that can be used for little kid birthdays as well as adult birthdays.

I inked the edges of my balloon to help it pop off the background paper. Then I tied a piece of twine to it and carefully glued it down on my card looping it once for whimsy.

Jillibean Soup Birthday Bisque papers and ephemera die cut

Thanks for stopping by today,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

You Look Fabulous - Clique Kits September kit

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with more inspiration from the September Clique Kit Capture. Aren't you loving this gorgeous kit? What's not to love with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Lovely, Seven Paper, and Dear Lizzy papers. I am still working on scrapping my daughter's wedding photos.... and that first anniversary is creeping up on me, yikes! I wanted a more masculine feel to this layout of my son-in-law and his mother preparing for his wedding, so I pulled the brown papers and the black corrugated cardboard from the kit. To soften things up a bit, I added a little vellum over the background. This helps to frame my main photo as well.


Banners under the cardboard add just enough color. I even cut up a journal card for my banner. See there are lots of ways to use those journal cards. You can also see the Hello Lovely ephemera, stickers, and the Pretty Little Studio sticker words (the 'love') here...


The custom flair included in the kit is always one of my favorite parts of the kit. I added my own twine bow for a little elegance.


I placed more ephemera and some sequins on top of the vellum to finish off my page.


Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sisters Share a Special Bond - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am kicking off the inspiration with the September Clique Kit "Capture". The awesome September kit features the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Lovely collection plus exclusives like the flair and digital cut files you can't find anywhere else. Since Cocoa Vanilla Studios is an Australian scrapbook company, you will have a hard time finding these papers state side. How lucky that the Clique girls arranged for them to be part of the September kit!

Lately I have been switching out my Silhouette blade for a sketch pen. My favorite sketch pens are the metallic ones; gold and silver especially. So for my Art Studio post this nerd used her Silhouette Cameo and one of Lacey's fabulous cut files. The result is stunning. Well, I think it is stunning anyway...


It's hard to photograph just how beautiful it is unless the light catches the ink just so ....


I did add some ink splatters in there too :)  Because this is Art Studio...


The September kit has gorgeous sequins, beautiful ephemera die cuts, and of course that exclusive flair...


I created my title with the Evalicious Alpha Puffy Stickers included in the kit. One of the things I love about these alphas is that I have lots of letters. Enough "S"s for this title...


Thanks for stopping by today. Stay tuned for more inspiration using the September Clique Kit.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Baby Girl Onesie card - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends!

It's Top Dog Dies Wednesday, so I have another card to share from the August release. Today I have a Baby Girl card that I created with the Top Dog Dies Onesie Dress die set. This set is designed to coordinate with the Top Dog Dies Onesie Card A2 die, but it is more than just the dress. Included is an adorable lady bug, flowers, heart, belt, buckle, heart shaped buttons, lace edging, and a collar too.

Here is my onesie dress card. I used the adorable Imaginisce My Baby papers

Check out the buttons. To make them look more realistic, I used some DMC floss to stitch through the holes. Look also at the stitching detail the dies have on the collar and belt. Such fabulous detail!

Top Dog Dies Onesie Dress die set
Top Dog Dies Onesie Card A2 die
Imaginisce My Baby papers
American Crafts cardstock

Thanks for stopping by, Check out all the new dies in the Top Dog Dies store.

Happy Traveler Cards - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends!
Aren't you just loving the Happy Traveler collection! The bright colors and patterns are fabulous. I LOVE those bicycles and scooters and the hot air balloons. They could take me to some happy places for sure. I thought it would be fun to make a couple cards I could stash some tickets in for my hubby as a way of surprising him about a trip. We have been talking about escaping to Hawaii in the winter for a week. This idea would work for my kids as well for maybe a gas card. These cards are a little different as they are tabbed cards. Only the center of the card opens. Perfect for hiding away gift cards, gas cards, tickets ...   

I used my I-Rock to add some hardware on my bicycle and make it look more realistic. I also added a metallic heart inside my hot air balloon card. The I-Rock is super easy to use to add some sparkle to any project.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Puffy Stickers (Happy Traveler), i-Rock, metallic rocks, heart metallics
American Crafts: Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo and cut files
Studio Calico Stamp

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Love This Moment - Cocoa Vanilla Studios and JustNick

Hello blogging friends!
I am back today to share my latest layout using some fabulous JustNick cut files and the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Lovely collection. I was drawn to the Heart Background 2 since I am still scrapping photos from my daughter's wedding. I like that some of these hearts are open. They are perfect for creating a shaker effect with some vellum, sequins, and gold stitching. Here is how my layout turned out ...
I love the softened feel the vellum adds. Hello Lovely has a fantastic variety of embellishments and you can see them here too, from ephemera die cuts, flair, wood veneers, vellum hearts (on photos), and those sequins. Here is a closer look at those sequin filled hearts...
I used one of the Scripty Phrases for my title; "Love This Moment". It's elegant script is perfect for my wedding photos.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Xyron and Craftwell

Hello blogging friends!

Xyron is teaming up with Craftwell all this week and today I get to share what I created with one of their embossing folders. I used the Star folder which will be coming to stores soon, I promise. It's a new release.

Those stars had me thinking....Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so of course I had to dig out my Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection to see what I could find. Here is the card I created.

I love how it turned out, don't you. Let me show you how I created it.

Supplies you will need:
Xyron new Creative Station with 9" and 5" permanent adhesive
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron Adhesive Dots
Craftwell Stars Embossing Folder
Pattern Paper
Core'dinations Cardstock
Big Kick or other machine for embossing
Distressing Tool
paper trimmer

Step 1.  Trim down a piece of cardstock the width of your embossing folder and run it through your embossing machine.

Step 2. Use a distressing tool to sand the raised stars, allowing the core color to show.

Step 3. Cut a piece of pattern paper slightly larger that the embossed cardstock. Run both pieces through the new Xyron 9" Creative Station. Adhere the embossed cardstock on top of the pattern paper.

Step 4. Die cut a pennant flag. I use washi tape to hold my die in place. This is especially helpful with pattern paper like this, so I can be sure to get everything straight.

Step 5. Trim the journal card with the little boy looking out the window. Since there were two, I took the second one and fussy cut just the boy and the blanket out.

Step 6. I like dimension, so I adhered the boy on top of the journal card using foam squares and then adhered him to my card with foam squares also. I used my Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the flag in the upper left.

Switch out the 9" adhesive for the 5" adhesive. It is so easy to do. Open the top, pull out the 9" roll, flip up the green 5" guide, pop in the 5" roll, and close the lid. Easy Peasy.

Step 7. Run the card front through the Xyron Creative Station with the 5" adhesive roll in place and mount to card base.

Step 8. Tie a bow with some twine. This is my secret to creating the perfect bow; it's a Bow-Easy. Add a button to the middle of the bow.

Step 9. Adhere the bow and button using Xyron adhesive dots. Don't touch the adhesive dot, but instead set the backside of the bow on top of the dot, then pull gently off.

Step 10. Adhere a chipboard flag on top of the other flag using the same adhesive dots.

Thanks for stopping by, Go check out the Xyron and Craftwell Facebook pages all week long to see more inspiration.