Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Park Lane Paper Stacks

Joann's Stores carries some great scrapbooking supplies, and I recently received the Park Lane Color Play paper stack and The Basics paper stack.  These papers are perfect to use with embellishments you already have in your stash, and there are so many patterns to choose from!

I started with a layout, using the Color Play paper stack.  It has some patterns that are great for fussy cutting, which is one of my favorite techniques!  

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a heart shape from white cardstock.  I backed the heart shape with my photo and one of the papers from The Basics paper stack.  Then I placed it on a white cardstock background.  I wanted the heart shape to really pop, so I used all of the fussy cut flowers around the edge of the heart and them machine stitched around it.

I used one of the cut apart sheets from the Color Play paper stack for my title.  I just cut the word Be-You-Tiful and added it over the fussy cut flowers, to the right of my photo.  For balance, I also cut the word love from the cut apart paper and placed it on the upper left hand side of the heart.

For the finishing touches, I incorporated a few embellishments from the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams collection, that coordinated with the paper colors.  I also used the same paper from The Basics stack, that I placed behind my photo, to add two corners to the edge of the layout.  Then I splattered some Black Color Shine diagonally across the page.

For my second project, I decided to create a layout in my Traveler's Notebook.  I love brightly colored patterned papers, so I chose some from both of the paper stacks.  I wanted my photo to be Black & White to add a nice contrast with the bright papers.

I started with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, and cut it from white cardstock, then backed it with several patterned papers from The Basics paper stack.  I loved all of the color on the polka dot paper, so I also used a cut file with it to create a frame for my layout.  Once I had the flower cut files backed, I placed them on the corners of each side of the layout.

I love to have symmetry in my projects, so I placed my photo and one of the cut apart phrases on either side of the layout.  Before adding the cut apart card, which works as my title, I added some machine stitching around the edge.

I also fussy cut a few flowers from one of the Color Play patterned papers, to add to the layout.  Fussy cutting is a great way to create your own embellishments.  And I finished the layout, with a few other embellishments from Simple Stories and Studio Calico.

I hope you'll check out all of the amazing Park Lane paper stacks in Joann's Stores!  You can find them online or in the store!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio 5th Birthday Blog Hop Celebration


Hello there!  Welcome to my Blog!  I am so excited to be a part of Pinkfresh Studio's 5th Birthday Blog Hop Celebration!!  I have been a fan of Pinkfresh Studio since the company began and have served on the Design Team twice!  The products are always fresh and original and I love using them for my projects.  I have two layouts to share with you today, and make sure you read the entire post for some awesome GIVEAWAY information!!

My first layout uses the fun Out & About collection.  It is perfect for any and all travel themed projects, and I LOVE the colors in this collection!!


I had so much fun putting this layout together!!  The patterned papers from the collection went great with the Open Letter Alpha Cut File from The Cut Shoppe store!

On my second layout, I used the Everyday Musings collection and I wanted to add dimension and texture!  Layered hearts add lots of dimension and machine stitching bring in some great texture.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the heart shapes from several of the patterned papers in the Everyday Musings 6x6 paper pad.  Then I folded each one down the center, layered them together and machine stitched them.  I also drew a large heart shape on my background card stock and then placed the layered hearts along the shape.

I placed my photo and embellishments in the center of the heart shape.  I love the way it creates a frame around all of the elements on my layout!

There will be (3) Grand Prizes picked from the Pinkfresh blog: 

1. Liquid Watercolor full set

2. Set of our 3 current paper collectionseee

3. Entire April Essentials die release

AND, I am giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the Pinkfresh Studio Shop!!


Winners will be announced Sunday, April 14th on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE. You MUST check the Giveaway Page and claim your prize within 2 weeks.

1. Free die (XO word) with purchase. There is no code necessary, and the die will automatically load into your cart while supplies last.   

2.  Free/discounted shipping from April 5-7th on orders $25+. Must use the code FREESHIP5THBDAY. Shipping is free in the USA, and $5.50 off for our International friends.

Thanks so much for celebrating with us! Make sure you visit and comment on each of the Designer's Blogs along the Hop. The more Blogs you comment on, the more chances to win these awesome giveaways!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Monday, April 1, 2019

Technique Tuesday | Home Grown

Happy first day of April friends!!  It's also NEW Release Day at Technique Tuesday and there are lots of new stamps and dies in the Shop!  I received the Growing Garden Stamp Set and the Growing Garden Crafting Dies.  I combined both of these to create a layout in my Traveler's Notebook.

If you've followed me for a while, you have probably heard me say at least once, that I have a black thumb.  I can never get anything to grow.  Miraculously, I've manged to keep three of my succulent's alive for about a year now.  The Growing Garden Stamp and Die set were perfect for documenting my photo.

I started with the cute watering can from the stamp set and stamped it onto a pink striped patterned paper.  Then I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I also added the cute butterfly from the stamp set to the center of the watering can.  I wanted to create my title with the Home Grown sentiment, so I stamped it on a 3x4 card from the Spring Market collection by Carta Bella.  I placed the watering can under the title and stamped on the cute lady bug to complete the 3x4 card.

For the left hand side of my Traveler's Notebook layout, I cut my photo to the same dimension as the 3x4 card and placed them side by side.  Then I used a couple of the cute gardening tools from the Stamp set to create a cluster on the left side of my photo.  

Combining the Stamp set and coordinating die makes it so easy to create your own embellishments!  Make sure you visit the Technique Tuesday store to check out all of the new releases and join in the Blog Hop to see what the other Designers created!

Technique Tuesday
Dana Kirby
Ashley Horton
Ana Anderson
Kymona Tracey
Natasha Kara
Allison Arbour
Daniela Dobson
Amy Kolling
Latisha Yoast
Norine Borys
Yasmin Diaz

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Technique Tuesday | Life at Home

Hi friends!  Today, I'm sharing a new project for Technique Tuesday!  I got to work with the new Love Home stamp set in my Traveler's Notebook.  This stamp set is perfect for our family, because we homeschool, so we spend a lot of time at home!!

I started this Traveler's Notebook layout with a large photo, and paired it with a Pie Chart patterned paper.  In the center of the Pie Chart, I stamped the "Life at Home" sentiment as the title of my layout.  Then I added a little bit of journaling and embellishing to complete the left hand side of the layout.

I wanted to include some stamping on the photo, so I used the Oval & Rectangle Stitched Label Dies with a rainbow patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet collection.  I loved that the rainbow patterned paper coordinated with the Pie Chart colors.  Then I stamped two sentiments in black ink, from the Love Home stamp set on the die cut pieces.  I placed one at the top right hand side and one at the bottom left hand side of the photo.

Then I used the cute bird house image from the stamp set to create a fussy cut embellishment.  I stamped the bird house in black ink on two different patterned papers from the Stay Sweet collection.  Next, I cut out the pieces and trimmed away the bottom portion of the bird house on one of the patterned papers.  I adhered the roof to the other part of the bird house and then placed it at the top of the Pie Chart.

Make sure you visit the Technique Tuesday website to check out all of the products I used on this Traveler's Notebook layout!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Technique Tuesday | Follow Your Heart

Hi friends!  I am excited to be a Guest Designer with Technique Tuesday for the months of March and April!  There are so many fun Stamps and Dies in the Shop!  I received the Essential Stitched Labels Die set and used them to create a Traveler's Notebook layout.

I decided to pair the Dies with the American Crafts New Day collection by Dear Lizzy.  I thought it would be fun to use the 6x6 patterned papers with the Dies, since this size has a smaller pattern on it.  I cut several of the Die shapes from the two smaller ones that are included with the set.  Then I arranged them in my Traveler's Notebook to create a custom background.

Right now, I currently have a Tim Holtz Sidekick, which is a smaller manual die cut machine.  It worked perfectly with the two smaller Dies, but I had to get creative to use the larger one.  I decided to trace around the outside edge and the inside edge of the large Die.  Then I cut it out and used my paper piercer to punch holes around the inside line.  Then I hand-stitched with White embroidery floss.  I love the texture this adds to the layout.

I saved most of my embellishing for last, because I knew the Essential Stitched Labels Die set would be perfect for adding different embellishments.  I used a mix of die cuts, chipboard and fussy cut phrases from the collection to embellish the Dies.  And, I wanted to leave some of the shapes without embellishments, to emphasize the cute patterned paper.

I hope you've found some fun inspiration for using the Essential Stitched Labels Die set on your project. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Big Picture Classes | Sketchable

Hey friends!  I wanted to stop by today to let you know about my newest class with Big Picture Classes!  Sketchable, introduces six brand new sketches and I'm showing you some of my favorite techniques!  You can visit the Coming Soon section on the BPC website for more information on the class.

I had so much fun putting this class together and designing the new sketches!  These sketches can be saved and used multiple times to create different looks on your layouts!

There are also some fun, free cut files to go along with the class!  You can use these with your die cut machine, to create unique looks on your layouts!

Class starts Monday, August 20th!  I would love for you to join in and share the projects your creating for the class.  If you are not a BPC member, you can start a Free Trial, by visiting the BPC website.  Membership gives you access to hundreds of amazing classes!

While you're there, you can also check out some of my previous classes:

Make the Cut

Texture Techniques 

Sew Easy 

Cut It Out 


Friday, July 20, 2018

Traveler's Notebook Layouts

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Happy Friday, friends!  I've been working away in my July Studio Calico Great Escape Traveler's Notebook, and I've got several layouts to share with you today.  I am using the July TN to document July, but I will be using the August Golden Hour TN to document June.  And I'll have links for you, to the products I've been using from the SC shop!

HELLO SUNSHINE:  July Great Escape Traveler's Notebook Kit, 4x6 Summer Stamp,
Color Theory Lemon Zest Ink PadColor Theory Mint Hint Ink Pad

I love the pre-printed papers that are included in the TN insert!  They make it easy to just pick your favorite and what coordinates with your photo and start creating.  I also needed...wanted...had to have the 4x6 Summer stamp designed by bananafishstudio.  That Hello Sunshine sentiment was just too cute!

I kept this layout a little more on the simple side.  I wanted the photo layered over the pre-printed heart page, and kept the color scheme more neutral.  And, funny side story...the days of the week washi tape is a new one that I got a few weeks ago and my favorite ever.  Apparently Baxter really likes it too, because one of the kids left it on the floor in the bedroom, and he chewed up the whole roll!!

ON MY DESK:   July Great Escape Traveler's Notebook Kit

Since I'm documenting photos for the month in my SC TN inserts, I thought, hey I need to have a layout for the photo of my SC Printables too!  The Printables on this layout come from the monthly Workshop that goes along with each new TN Kit.   This layout came together quickly and I love the brightness of the layout!

SUNDAY LUNCH:  July Great Escape Traveler's Notebook Kit, 6x8 Max Outlined Alpha

It's hard to pick a favorite from all of the TN layouts I've done so far, but I think this one probably is the winner winner, chicken dinner!  This fruit paper in the TN insert is SO CUTE.  I thought it would be perfect for this photo of the kids entertaining themselves at the restaurant while we were waiting for our food.  And it was fun to mix the ink colors for my title, using the Max Outlined Alpha stamp.

WEEKEND STORIES:  July Great Escape Traveler's Notebook Kit, 4x6 Spread the Love Kraft Phrase Stickers, Icons and Arrow Stickers, Feed Your Craft Let's Eat Stamp

Surprise!  Another layout about food!!  Yes, I am one of "those" people who likes to take pictures of their food.  :)  This was a fun layout to put together, with all of the stamping on the left side of the TN.  I am not a stamper on my layouts, but I'm really loving it in the TN!

I hope you enjoyed checking out all of the layouts I've worked on over the past week, and that you've been inspired with some new ideas to try out on your projects!!  One of my favorite things about paper crafting, is the fact that ideas and inspiration are relevant to different projects, whether you're a scrapbooker, card maker, work in Traveler's Notebook, create home decor projects or whatever your favorite crafting hobby might be!