Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Make A Splash - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to share a couple projects today using the brand new Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection. It's bright and fun, perfect for all kinds of summer photos.

This first project is a fun summer layout titled Make A Splash. I am using some photos of my daughter playing in a small wading pool. I added a few JustNick Studios digital cut files as I wanted a big warm inviting sun and I also wanted some water. Take a look ...

I really love that yellow Hello Sunshine paper. I used some white cardstock to layer under my photos so they wouldn't get lost among all the color. I used some fabulous Bits and Pieces die cuts, Enamel Dots, Bradz, and Stickers to embellish. These phrase stickers are awesome!

I placed my title inside that big sun using some of the Simple Stories alpha stickers combined with a JustNick Studios digital die cut word; Splash. Mixing fonts and text size makes my title more interesting. I added some machine stitching for texture inside the sun as well. I think I add machine stitching on most of my layouts.

... GROW
For my second project I created a home decor piece. I am an avid gardener having both flower and vegetable gardens and was ecstatic to see the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection. There are all sorts of projects I want to make with it. This shadowbox frame was one, but I needed some orange. Good thing that the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection had the perfect orange. The woodgrain background paper is from the Bloom and Grow collection. There are also different woodgrain background papers in the Simple Stories Snap Basics that could be used instead.

The 3D carrots are from the SVGcuts Happy Easter digital cut file. Yes, 3D .... here are a few more detailed shots ...

I used some white vinyl and my Silhouette to cut the Grow script that I mounted on the front of the shadowbox frame glass.

I am thrilled with how this turned out. It looks fabulous in my porch! 

Thanks for stopping by today. Watch for both of the new Simple Stories collections at your local scrapbook store. You will love them!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Senior & Awesome - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello blogging friends!!!!!!

I am back today with a fun Cocoa Vanilla Studio Totally Rad layout. I have a nephew graduating in a few weeks from high school and thought Totally Rad would be perfect for scrapping some of his senior photos. It can be hard to find papers that aren't little kiddish for older boys and men. While there are some cute little boy elements to this collection, it definitely can be used for the older boys too. His school colors were Orange and Black, so that is the color scheme I kept to.


Big titles are hip and trendy now, so I repeated 'Senior' down the middle of my layout and backed it with the orange paper from Totally Rad. Then I added some of the fabulous Totally Rad die cuts to complete my title.


I repeated embellishments like the wood veneers, enamel dots, vellum stars to give my layout a cohesive feel. You can also see one of those fabulous woodies here too. The metal arrow charms are from the Hello Lovely collection, but they are so perfect for this layout too! The larger star shape is from the Made of Awesome collection as is the flair I used near the bottom of my photo.


I love that star paper clip in the Totally Rad collection! The stickers I used for the 'class of 2016' came from the Hello Lovely alpha sticker sheet.


I really like how this layout turned out. Be sure to pick up some Totally Rad for your older boys too.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Don't Just Follow Your Dreams, Chase Them - JustNick Studios and Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

School is winding down here in the states and another of my nephews is graduating! I just received his grad party invite in the mail along with a photo and had to use the new JustNick Studios  Dreamcatcher_1 digital cut file to scrap it. The dreamcatcher is perfect for him as he is part American Indian.

I placed my title on the left side of my photo as I did not want to cover up too much of my dreamcatcher. Of course my title had to contain the word dream! To keep the dreamcatcher from being too busy I limited myself to just 3 different pattern papers.

This is my 5th layout with the May Clique Kit featuring the Fancy Pants Designs Attwell collection and I still have plenty of paper left for a few more layouts I think! I thought that feather pattern paper in the collection was perfect for the dreamcatcher. I also used the feather washi tape that was an add on.

Here is the Dreamcatcher_1 cut file I used...

I hope you snatched up the free cut files last weekend from JustNick Studios for International Scrapbook Day. This Dreamcatcher 1 file was one of the freebies.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Be The Change - Clique Kits and JustNick

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with my 4th layout using the May Clique Kit Northern Lights. Since I am not a PL scrapper, I like to look for new ways to use those PL cards that are in every Clique Kit. This PL card stood out for me; 'Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile'. I knew I wanted to use it on a layout ... and lucky for me my daughter left this selfie on my phone, lol. Maybe the political campaign is getting to me as this layout reminds me of the Bernie Sanders commercial Together. He really does have the best political commercials out there.


I used a JustNick digital cut file called Bits and Pieces Heart. If you look closely you can see I cut apart another PL card and used it to fill my negative space behind my cut file. Since that Smile PL card contained blues and purples, I then choose blues, purples, white and black pattern papers from the Basic Grey Urban Luxe and Fancy Pants Designs Attwell collections to fill the remaining negative spaces.


I left the rest of my layout relatively simple. Because I wanted to keep the heart shape prominent, I added embellishments on top of my photo. That Hey Chica die cut also went with my color scheme. I added a few alpha stickers and a puffy heart sticker from the Fancy Pants Attwell collection. I tucked a tag behind my photo for my journaling.


I hope I inspired you to give those PL cards another look when using them on your next layout.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy National Scrapbook Day - GIVEAWAY!!

Hello blogging friends!!

I have a giveaway for you Silhouette users … would you like to win a free spot in Nicole Nowosad’s second Silhouette Essentials class being sponsored by PageMaps U? 

I am thrilled to be one of the contributors to this intermediate/advanced online class. It is loaded with beautiful layouts, cutting files, precise instructions, videos and so much more, and covers everything from printing and cutting custom shapes to making stencils and using your Picscan mat! This four-week course begins on Monday, June 6th. 

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. I will draw a random winner on Saturday, May 14th. 

Here is a link to more info on the PageMaps U class.

Good luck!

International Scrapbook Day - Clique Cards

Hello blogging friends.

I know it's International Scrapbook Day, but my Clique Kits Scrap Your Heart out Challenge is for you to create a card. Any Card. If you want to play along, you have a week to post a card in the Clique Kits Facebook Scrap Your Heart Out Event Page.

I used the Clique Spring Card Kit featuring the gorgeous My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 collection to create these. There are a few left in the Clique Store. Use coupon code Marcia10 to save 10% on your order!

This first card is for an upcoming wedding I am attending. This shaker card was created using Top Dog Dies.

My next card I created for a graduation party. A little vellum over busy pattern paper makes the die cuts from the On Trend 2 collection really pop.

My last card could be used for Mother's Day or a Birthday I think...

I don't know if my gold fever will ever go away ... I just love the gold accents...

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Day - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some Cocoa Vanilla Studios Colour Me Happy inspiration. Have you seen this bright, fun collection yet? Lots of black and white patterns and vibrant colors. I decided to scrap a photo of my daughter that I took last weekend at her white coat ceremony. Just look at these beautiful tulips ... and they matched her dress perfectly! I couldn't wait to play with my mixed media supplies to add some color. I decided to keep to a warm color scheme, using the yellows, oranges, and pinks from the collection and I used my Design Memory Craft Faber Castell gelatos to create a fun ombre background. Take a look ...


There is lots to love in the Colour Me Happy collection; like these new gorgeous gold doilies and paper flowers and leaves as well as your favorite coordinating flair and enamel dots.


Another new item is the wood veneer words. These are great for creating titles. I painted mine with gesso and then used my mango gelato to add some color. I completed my title using the black alpha stickers also from the Colour Me Happy collection.


I choose to fussy cut some of the floral patterns. I scattered some of the smaller flowers across my background. It was fun to add color to the larger flowers using my gelatos and tuck them under my background paper.


I really love how my ombre background turned out. I created a little texture with modeling paste and a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I used some of the cut aparts to add journal details along the side. This fun "Be Bold, Be Bright, Be You" card is perfect to go along with my bright photo.


I hope I inspired you to try a few new techiniques. Check out all of the Colour Me Happy collection now available in the Cocoa Vanilla Studios store. Zoe will ship to the USA! so if you are wanting to try out this new collection be sure to have a look.


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!