Saturday, May 19, 2018

Adventure - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there,

I'm back with a layout today that I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette design team.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock I'm sure by now you know that Paige has a Facebook group called Happy Scrappy Place! She posts a free cut file in this group every week, and on today's page I've used one of these. I can always use big titles!

I thought the big letters have enough space for photos, so I've added two behind the D and U. But first things first! I duplicated the cut file and from one I removed most of the inner pieces, only leaving the outline and a couple of other pieces that create the outline of certain letters, if that makes sense. (For instance the triangular shape between the D, V and T? You need to keep that cut line.)

I then cut this piece from textured white card stock. Now for the other cut file. I wanted to cut each letter from different patterned papers. This takes a bit of time and workaround. Since the letters are welded, theres no way to separate them properly. What I do in these cases (first of all create a lot of copies of the cut file I am working with, to make sure I have the same size letters), I erase everything around the shape, but keeping whatever I can that makes up the form, even if it's not a continuous line. It will still help me determine where I should cut with my scissors. So for instance, I would not have all the cut lines for the bottom and the right side of the A. I cut whatever is left of the A and remove the paper from the mat. Then I draw in the lines and cut them with scissors or a craft knife. It's not as complicated as it sounds I promise! Anyway, this is what I did with each letter. I've used the beautiful Oh My Heart collection for this layout by the way :).

Once I had all the letters, I added foam adhesive behind them and attached them to the white background piece. After I glued down the photos that is. I glued the whole title on my background paper. I love this paper and I don't think I've used it yet!

While this layout is about my boys, I felt the need to add flowers. They don't mind! They don't even look at my pages, so...I do what I want ha! Plus they are outdoors right?!

So I fussy cut out some flowers from a couple of patterned papers and created several clusters around the letters. I've tucked some behind the letters, and placed some on the letters, using different kinds of adhesives, to create interest and dimension.

A couple more embellies, chipboard, phrase stickers, Take Me Away clip, journaling, date and done!

I hope you like how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!


SUPPLIES: Oh My Heart collection: thickersPaper 05, Paper 12, Paper 13, Paper 17, Paper 22

Friday, May 18, 2018

Feature Friday at Concord and 9th - Geode bundle

Hey friends,

I'm stopping by to share my second guest post for Concord & 9th! This week we are featuring the awesome Geode stamp and die sets (or you can also get them as a bundle at a discounted price here). 

This is such a gorgeous set! I find geodes so very pretty! I knew I wanted to go with one of the common colors you find in geodes, purple. Here's what I came up with:

On my first card I've used the heart shaped geode stamp and 3 different grey inks to stamp an A2 size white card stock. First I stamped the darkest heart so that is the main focus. Then I started masking and stamping, varying ink colors. Once done, I fussy cut out the very middle of the hearts. There is a die included in the die set but it's a bit larger and I only wanted to cut the middle out. 

Then I backed these cut outs with different purple patterned papers and card stock. I used some alcohol markers to add purple dots in the empty spaces. Once done, I trimmed off just a tiny bit on the sides so I could adhere this panel onto an A2 size purple card stock, then all of it onto a top folding A2 size card base. To finish it off, I stamped my sentiment and added some enamel hearts.

For my second card I made a top folding A2 card base and added the same size purple card stock panel on it. I stamped and die cut two hearts and added some watercolor to them. I also die cut the sentiment from purple patterned paper. I added some tangled thread behind my hearts which I adhered down with foam tape.

Last but not least I've added some purple enamel dots too!

I also wanted to use the big geode stamp and die, so I've made these two:

I love these colors! 

I've made two A2 size top folding card bases, then added an A2 size pool color patterned paper to one and the same size white card stock to another. I embossed the image with white WOW embossing powder. I then poked holes between every other line and hand stitched these with 3 different aqua color and one gold embroidery floss.

I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum with gold embossing powder. To finish off this card, I've added some lovely pearls.

My next card is pretty much the same. Here I stamped the image on the white card stock with aqua ink. Hand stitched the geode and again, added some gold and aqua paint splatters and a foiled sentiment.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite? I can't decide!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have an amazing day!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spellbinders blog hop featuring Debi Adams & Becca Feeken

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the May Spellbinders blog hop featuring the Perfect Match collection by Debi Adams and the Romancing the Swirl collection by Becca Feeken!

You should have arrived here from the super talented Enza Gudor's blog! She is also my scrappy bestie! <3

For today's project I used the Shapeabilities Boxed In Etched Dies from the Perfect Match collection by Debi Adams. 

This is an adorable mini box die that you can put small gifts in! I love it! I've decorated a few of them and they will come in handy when I want to give a little something to my friends!

It's very easy to use these dies, you have to cut the main body twice, then there's the flap piece and a semi circle. It's pretty self explanatory!

Then I added some ribbons, twine, flowers and filled my boxes with tiny presents for friends.

I hope you like them too!

Now for the fun part! Giveaway yay! There's two chances for you to win, here's how:

1. To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on the Spellbinders blog by Sunday, May 20th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on the Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

2. You can also win a $25 gift certificate to the Spellbinders shop right here on my blog! To be eligible please leave a comment on this post by Sunday, May 20th 11:59 pm EDT. Easy peasy! I will announce the winner in this blog post shortly after the giveaway closes. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes, if applicable.


The winner is TLady! Congratulations! I've emailed you with info on how to pick up your prize! XXX


Your next stop is the wonderful Jennifer Gallagher! You can find the full blog hop list below:

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy hopping!
Have a wonderful day!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Pinch me - guesting at Concord and 9th!

Hey there crafty friends,

When Angie (one of the owners of Concord & 9th) dropped me a message asking if I'd be interested in guesting this month, I literally had the biggest smile on my face ever. I had fallen asleep on the couch earlier and when I woke up I found this message. I was sooo happy! Total fan girl moment!

I couldn't wait for my package full of awesomeness to arrive! And when it did, I got right onto it. This week we are showcasing the super cool Mix Tape stamp and dies (you can buy the bundle here).  Let me just tell you, this one spoke to me. Not only do mix tapes bring back teenage memories, they are also a perfect fit for my family. My boyfriend and his whole family is all about music. His two nieces are performing at Sziget festival in Budapest, Hungary this year. That is a huge deal! The younger one is only 16 years old. Proud moment here :). Anyway, back on topic...I kinda got carried away in my excitement and created a whole bunch of cards! Hope you like them!

First up, some masculine cards. Well mostly :). That cassette in the photo is actually one from my boyfriend's ex-band. I really loved their music, too bad they quit! 

The first two cards are pretty much the same just different color ways. I die cut the cassettes from black and white card stocks and interchanged the parts, if that makes sense. On one of them I stamped the little colorful stripes directly on the cassette, but obviously I could not do this on black card stock. So in that case I stamped on a separate paper, fussy cut the stripes out then adhered them to the black card stock. 

The Hello and Friend Mix are embossed. I used a really cool black glitter embossing powder. Unfortunately you can't really see it in these photos. But I swear in person it looks so cool! 

I used foam adhesive to add the cassettes to the A2 card base, as well as for some of those tiny die cut stars. Some black ink splatter and done!

At the same time I was die cutting those little stars, I did the same with the hearts. Two birds, one stone right? I didn't like them on my first two cards but I didn't want to throw them away. So I created a third card with a shaker cassette on it :). Since the shaker is filled with hearts, I used the other ribbon stamp, that is shaped as a heart. So clever! This one turned out girly because of the hearts so I went ahead and embellished it with some enamels dots.

Still carrying on with the masculine theme I also made two one layer cards. I'm all about dimension and layers but I actually like how these ones turned out. I normally only like flat cards if someone else makes them, not me, ha!

I used a few different blue and grey (and of course black) inks to stamp everything. I first stamped the cassettes, then the ribbons and as I still struggle with white space, I went ahead and used the small rectangle stamp (the one that fills up the stripes on the cassette) to create some light pattern in the background. 

Next up, girl cards! You know, had I designed cassettes back in the day, they would have looked like these hehe!

The feminine version of the die cut cassette cards! I picked out a few different pink patterned papers as well as some rose gold metallic paper and die cut all pieces. For one of the backgrounds I used white card stock but like I said, I can't deal with white space, so I splattered black and pink paint all over the panel. I heat embossed the ribbons and sentiments on both panels. And to make the cards even more girly and pretty, I die cut a few flowers from patterned papers, using a die from an earlier set, Just Because.  I added some Nuvo drops to these.

The second card is the same, but I added the acrylic XOXO piece that I got from a friend a few weeks ago. Love it!

Last but not least the two feminine versions of my one layer cards. Except these didn't end up being one layer cards haha! 

I used a variety of coral, grey and black inks and did the exact same thing as on the two masculine cards. To create the background pattern I stamped HB (for Happy Birthday) all over and filled up the white space with tiny dots. 

I added flowers and Nuvo drops, just like before. Because it totally makes sense to have flowers on the ribbons. Oh well, I've never been accused of being "normal" :).

Sorry for not including close-ups in this post, but I have so many photos, I didn't want the post be too overwhelming!

Should you have any questions on how I did something, what I used etc, just leave a comment below, I'm happy to help!

Please excuse any mistakes, it's 4.30am, I should go to bed - the birds are already chirping outside haha!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have an awesome weekend you guys!


Card inspiration - DT project for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends,

I'm dropping in to share some new card ideas with you! I've made these for Pinkfresh Studio. This month we are focusing on the collection stamp sets, that is, the 3 sets that come with the latest three collections, Let Your Heart Decide, Be You and A Case of the Blahs.

Here's what I came up with:

I started with the A Case of the Blahs set and decided to make a masculine card. I created my own background by stamping BLAH all over my white card stock. I used 4 different shades of blue inks and created an ombre design. I also colored in some of the words with matching markers and splattered some ink (tone on tone) all over the card. I then adhered this panel onto an A2 size navy card stock, then on an A2 card base. I added two thin strips of blue patterned paper on both sides of the white panel. 

I die cut 3 stars from card stock and patterned papers. I stamped a sentiment on the smallest star and embossed it. I stacked these up, using foam adhesive between some of the layers, then added some tangled metallic thread under the stack and glued it all down. I added Nuvo drops to finish off my card.

For my next card I had different plans from what I ended up with, but that's OK, plans change as we go right? Especially if things get messed up, we adjust accordingly! Which is totally what happened in this case. I actually embossed a whole A2 panel using the gorgeous background stamp in the Be You collection, but I wasn't happy with the embossing. I use textured card stock, partly because I prefer it, partly because that's all I can find here haha! It's not easy to emboss on it, especially if I can only stamp the image once. The stamp is not big enough to cover a panel this size, so I had to stamp it 4 times to cover it all and I wouldn't have been able to line it all up for a second stamping. Anyway, I ended up trimming off the part I didn't like, then I created an A2 size card base, adhered some patterned paper on it, then my embossed panel in the middle, and two thin strips of patterned papers for contrast on the top and bottom.

I used some chipboard and die cut ephemera pieces to create the cluster in the middle. All these are from the Be You scrapbook collection. 

I wanted to use all three collection stamp sets, so my last card is made with the Let Your Heart Decide set. I drew a circle in the middle of an A2 size white card stock. Then I stamped a bunch of leaves along the circle, using Versamark ink. I heat embossed these with rose gold embossing powder. I decided to stamp more leaves on another card stock and fussy cut them out so I could add some dimension to my wreath. I also stamped a few flowers in different shades of blue and fussy cut these out too. I arranged them in a circle and glued them down. 

I stamped my sentiment on a circle die cut and with the help of some foam adhesive I attached it to my card. For finishing touches, I splattered navy ink everywhere, added Nuvo glitter drops and a twine bow.

That's it for today! I hope I could give you a couple of ideas on how to use these stamp sets!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a beautiful day!


A trio of cards - DT project for Fancy Pants Designs

Hello crafty friends,

I'm checking in to share a trio of cards I've created for Fancy Pants Designs.

I've used the wonderful The Bright Side collection on these cards. They are really simple and quick to make! I made three A2 top folding card bases from heavy weight white card stock. Then I adhered  a different A2 size patterned paper to all of these.

For the first one I die cut 2 oval shapes using some Spellbinders dies. At this point I didn't know yet what sentiment I will add, so when I opened the ephemera pack and found this oval die cut I was overjoyed! I love happy accidents like this! To add a bit of dimension, I added foam sheets between two of the oval layers. To finish it off, I glued some puffy sticker hearts and a die cut bird on the ovals. I used foam tape to attach the bird.

On the next card I cut a piece off the Natural Beauty paper, which has a beautiful flower bouquet on it. I cut it in a way that the bouquet was on the left side of my card. Then I picked out some of the die cut flowers from the ephemera pack as well as some leaves, a frame and a sentiment and played around with the arrangement. I decided to use foam adhesive on the frame and on the flowers. I glue down the leaves first, then the frame, then added in the flowers. To finish off the card I adhered my sentiment, again using foam adhesive, and attached a bow I made of the twin that comes in the tags set. 

I really wanted to use these super cute cups on a card because I knew I wasn't going to use them on a layout. It would have been a shame if they had gone to waste! There's 3 in the ephemera pack, but once I stacked them on top of each other, they were not tall enough, so I took a 4th one from another ephemera pack. I used foam adhesive to attach these to the card front. One of the cups has The Good Stuff written on it and I thought that would be perfect for my sentiment! I added two die cut pinwheels at the top, just for fun! For finishing touches I used some puffy sticker dots and a chipboard piece.

You really don't need a lot of supplies to create these cards! I hope I could inspire you in one way or the other!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Guesting at Where Creativity Meets C9

Hey there crafty friends,

Today I'm joining the wonderful designers at Where Creativity Meets C9 with some cards  for this month's challenge.

A bit about Concord&9th. I came across this amazing company last year when I saw their awesome Happy Balloons set, which of course I had to have. I asked Scrapbook Werkstatt to import some of these stamps and dies since they were not available anywhere here. Not that I could find anyway! Since then I'm hooked and can't wait for the 8th when Where Creativity Meets C9 are back with a new challenge, and the 9th when all new products are released!

This month the challenge is Floral. Well, that's an easy one right? I love flowers and what I enjoy most about card making is that I can use flowers anytime! As opposed to scrapbooking, since I only have a son! I'll still use pink and flowers on my layouts but sometimes it just doesn't feel right...

And here's some cards I made for the challenge:

I've used the gorgeous Posie-Fill-In stamp and die set to create my first card. This stamp is right up my alley! I love geometric designs with flowers! And because I also love black and white with pops of color, I stamped the background with black ink on Neenah solar white card stock and added colorful flowers. I kept to one color family, mainly because I just got this ink pad set from Altenew and wanted to try it out! I stamped some coral leaves directly onto the background and I stamped some in black ink which I then die cut so I could create a more dimensional look. I stamped the flowers first on the background, then I decided to add an extra layer, so I stamped them on a separate card stock and die cut them. I used some foam adhesive to pop them up. I embossed the sentiment on a strip of black card stock and glued it on one of the flowers. To finish off this card I added some Nuvo drops.

On my second and third card (I rarely create just one card at a time) I've used the Just Because dies, the Plaid Background stamp and the Everyday Circle dies. I stamped the plaid background using blue ink and die cut the circle with the Everyday Circle die. I die cut another one from blue card stock. Then I swapped the negative pieces and mounted these two circles onto some white card stock, then cut them out using my scissors. I also die cut a few different leaves as well as some flowers using the Just Because dies. The blue paper I used for the leaves is actually wallpaper haha! I had this piece saved because it's a gorgeous metallic blue paper and I'm happy I finally used some of it! I created two A2 size top folding card bases from heavy weight white card stock, then adhered some A2 size patterned paper on them (these papers are from the Pinkfresh Studio Be You collection, while the apricot paper I used for the flowers is from the Cocoa Vanilla More Than Words collection). I used foam adhesive behind the circles to pop them up and tucked the leaves behind them too. I glued down the flowers and added some Nuvo drops for flower centers. Done!

I hope you join the challenge, it's super fun!

Big thanks to Where Creativity Meets C9 for this awesome opportunity!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!