Monday, November 21, 2016

Loved - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hi there,

I'm back with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe!

I have so many collections I haven’t used before (surely you guys are familiar with this issue?!) and lately I’ve been so frustrated by this. So I decided to use something new on every layout where I don’t have any specific requirements as to what I can use. I mean, cut files are not a problem ;P. I have a few papers from the Gather collection from Maggie Holmes and some chipboards. I did not buy the whole collection as an exception, as I generally can’t use so much pink. But sometimes I, too, need a bit of pink and flowers in my life! So I grabbed these papers and the heart cut file from the Over the Moon cut file set and got to work!

I knew I wanted to use this soft pink paper as my background, the cobalt blue paper for pops of a contrasting color and I knew I finally wanted to fussy cut out those beautiful mint flowers! I wasn’t quite sure if all these would work well together but I was determined to try ha!
I backed my cut file as usual, with different patterned papers. Then I machine stitched over the cut file with cobalt blue thread to add some texture. And because I like sewing! This did not take long but to clean up the mess on the back…thread tangling up everywhere…I’m not going to lie, it must have taken close to an hour to do this! But I like the look so it was worth it.

I put my heart on 3d foam adhesive to add some dimension to my layout and tucked in my fussy cut flowers under it in two clusters. I added a third cluster of flowers next to my photo for a balanced look. I don’t always follow the visual triangle rule because I don’t think every design needs it, but this one did.  To me, anyway!

I pulled out some chipboard pieces (the ones in this collection are so awesome!) and added them around the page. For my title I could have chosen something more meaningful, but I really loved the font, the color and the texture of this sentiment so I went with this. Again some machine stitching at the bottom to ground my title. At the top I also added some chipboard pieces for interest.
I added my date and journaling to finish off my layout. I used some labels in matching colors for these.

I hope you like how it turned out! Thank you for stopping by today X

Monday, November 14, 2016

Magic - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hey guys,

I'm up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog today with this new layout! 
I've used the beautiful Golden Days collection. I just can't get enough of it!

For my background I chose a cut file from Creative Scrappers and cut it from the wood paper in this collection. I then backed it with another paper and machine stitched over the openings with navy blue thread, to give it some texture and a dark accent.

This gorgeous fall wreath cut file I've found in the Silhouette Store. I cut this from white cardstock and backed it with several different patterned papers. I wanted to draw the outlines of the petals (originally in navy, but since I didn't have the right pen, I went with black instead...), so that they stand out more. I also put the whole wreath on pop dots to add some dimension to my page.

I really wanted to use the alphas that come with this collection, because I haven't yet and they are so awesome. Since they are pretty big, I needed a short title. Magic fit my photo perfectly! My son's best friend spent a Saturday afternoon with us recently and as an exception we actually had beautiful, sunny fall weather! So I took them out to play football and they were throwing around these leaves. I am thankful for these happy little moments, that is why the "thankful" cork sticker ended up on this page.

I layered some tissue paper behind my photo (something I picked up from Missy Whidden!) and used some foam squares to raise it. I glued my title right on top of my photo so that the letters are kind of floating. I doodled around each letter with a black marker because they didn't stand out from the background. I attached a couple of pieces from the ephemera pack to my photo with my tiny attacher.

Since my whole design was kind of heavy on the left side, I added a small cluster at the bottom right , using some tags and labels. I added my date here and did a bit of messy machine stitching too to give it some interest.

 I hope I could inspire you in some small way! Thank you for stopping by today X

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Adventure Awaits - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hey there,

Today it's my turn on The Cut Shoppe blog and I'm here to share my latest layout with you. This is one of the 4-5 hand stitched layouts I have been sitting on since July, waiting to be finished! I recently had to reorganize my craft space and finally sorted out some papers that were just lying around and found my stitched backgrounds. Finally I felt inspired to finish this one! It's such a good feeling!
I chose this paper from Paige Evans/Pink Paislee's Take me away collection. I loved the divided pattern and thought I could use the yellow part for a big title. I chose the Adventure Awaits cut file for this, which is a Scrapbook Nerd exclusive cut file designed by The Cut Shoppe. I've used it before and I love it for a big bold title! I decided to go with a tone on tone look and stitched my title with yellow embroidery floss. I love how that looks!

The problem I often face with hand stitched layouts is how to embellish them. I find simple is the best in this case! I decided to keep all my embellishments on the striped part of the paper, together with my photo. I really didn't use much, I chose some wood veneers, clips, chipboard pieces, thickers and a journaling card and that was it! It ended up being a very quick layout (apart from the stitching!), but I needed to sit on it for months to be able to finish it! Sometimes you just need to come back to a layout with fresh eyes!

I hope I could inspire you today in one way or another! Thanks for stopping by and see you soon X

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pieced animal cards - DT project for Fancy Pants Designs

Hey there scrappy friends,

I'm up on the Fancy Pants blog today with a couple of cards! Even though I don't consider myself a card maker, lately I find myself creating cards quite often! Today I am sharing three of them with you that I've created for Fancy Pants Designs. I've used the AH-MAZING Golden Days collection for these. I can't say it enough, this collection is just absolutely stunning!

There were a few animal cut files that I've been wanting to use, but haven't had the chance yet, and I thought they would be perfect for some cards in these lovely fall colors!

I started all of them with a 5 3/4 x 3 3/4" water color paper base, which I painted with colors that matched the collection. 

First up, the butterfly card. I used a cut file from Studio Calico and cut the butterflies in different sizes from white card stock. Then I backed the bigger one with various patterned paper from the Golden Days collection. The small one I only backed in the middle and cut out its shape from the floral paper which I glued on my card base and I layered my cut file on top of it. I only glued down the body, not the wings, to add some movement and dimension to my card. You will see in the close up what I mean! I glued down the big one only in the middle too and folded up its wings. I then chose a sentiment from the Golden Days stamp set and stamped it on my card in navy blue. As a last step I added a 6x4" patterned paper base and I mounted my card on a 8x6" (folded in half) white card stock base. I hope it makes sense!

For my second card I chose a deer cut file from Studio Calico. I cut this from the same white card stock as the butterflies and the owl. Again, I backed the cut file with different patterned paper scraps (this is a great use for scraps if you are like me and hoard even the tiniest pieces of scraps!). I left a couple of sections open so my paint can peek through. I adhered my deer with pop dots to add dimension. I added a couple of strips of papers to two of my corners just to add some color and interest. I adhered this on a 6x4" patterned paper base and machine stitched around it with navy thread. Then as before, I mounted my card on a 8x6" (folded in half) white card stock base. For my sentiment I used a scrap piece of card stock, I stamped it on in navy color and added one of those label pieces from the tag pack on top. I attached this to my deer with pop dots so it stands out more.

For my third card I used this super cute owl cut file from the Silhouette Store! I did the exact same thing here as before - I'll tell you, backing those tiny pieces on its body took ages! I inked the edges of the cut file because my owl didn't stand out so well from the background! 

Honestly I think the colors and patterns in this collection make any project look good! These are my new favourite cards, I hope you like them too!

Thank you for stopping by today! X