Sunday, February 16, 2014

Another quick Jillibean Soup card

Hi blog friends!  I am back again with a quick post today, to share another card I whipped up for the challenges posted on the Jillibean blog this weekend.  If you missed my first card post yesterday, you can find it here.

This time the challenge was to use Jillibean's placemats in a layout, card or project.  By the looks of this card, you might think I had enlisted the help of a fancy diecutting machine, but that is the beauty of the Jillibean placemats. That fancy lattice work is actually a premade 12x12 piece of diecut paper - the 'placemat'.  I cut it down to fit inside my white cardstock rings and then backed it all with different patterned papers. 

Supplies used: Jillibean Soup - placemats, patterned paper, buttons, soup label sticker; Other: kraft card and enevelope, crochet thread, tombow mono adhesive.
I cut off the ends of a soup label sticker, to better fit my card.  The addition of a Jillibean button tied with string adds just enough extra pop to draw your eye to the card's sentiment.

And a few more buttons ... just because I can't help myself and they are so darn cute!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and come back and visit me again soon!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quick thank you card

Happy Saturday!  We've had a busy day of shoveling, playing in the snow and kid's sports.  Somehow, I still managed to sneak in a little time to play along with one of the challenges on the Jillibean blog, though (and hope to keep working on them, when my littles are tucked into bed for the night!  Soon, soon!).
I derived inspiration for the layout of this card from sketch #1 that was posted on the blog on Friday.  I dug into my latest Jillibean favorite, Cold Avocado Soup, to whip together this quick card for a special friend!

Supplies used: Jillibean Soup - patterned paper, button, label sticker, stamped sentiment; Doodlebug - flower dies, enamel dots; Studio Calico - sequin; Stampin Up - ink, splatter stamp; Fiskars - punch; American Crafts - cardstock.

That sweet stamped sentiment is a Jillibean stamp from the Cold Avocado line.  I love the type-set and it stamps great with my small stash of Stampin' Up inks.

In the sketch there was a place for splatters along the top of the card.  I used a Stampin' Up stamp and ink to achieve the same look.  So, yeah, those are fake splatters!  You'd never know unless I told you, huh?  I love that the stamp allows you to have 'controlled' misting!  That's just perfect for my OCD-self! Ha!

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you're stealing away some crafty time this weekend, too.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Channeling the summer heat

At this point in the season, I know I'm not the only one wishing for warmer weather and dreaming of sandy beaches, the sound of waves crashing and a pina colada in my hand, right?  The brutally cold temperatures we've been having, have me looking back through our summertime pictures to remember what it feels like to be outside in the warm air and sunshine! I fear I might have forgotten! And since, of course, I'm not caught up on printing and scrapping most of those pictures - now seems like the perfect time.  If nothing else, my mind will be in a warmer place than my body! Ha!

At the start of last summer, my kids and I sat down and created a 'summer bucket list'.  It included all the activities we hoped to participate in and things we wanted to accomplish.  By summer's end we still had a few items left on our to-do list that we wanted to squeeze in.  One was a bike ride on the local bike trail.  I had several pictures from this day, so they necessitated a two page spread.

Supplies used: Jillibean soup - patterned paper, letter stickers, die cut pieces, stickers, button; American Crafts - cardstock; Fiskars - punches; Prima - camera clip; Spellbinders - tabbed diecut; Technique Tuesday - AE  stamps; Stampin' Up - ink; Other: Veteran Typewriter font.

I went through my stash of Jillibean products for this page.  Other than the oh-so-perfect bicycle patterned paper, I knew there were several other elements that I could mix and match to achieve a bright, summery look.  This sweet bicycle diecut from the pea pod part package, just HAD to be included.  I accented it with some diecut clouds and a fun little flag that looks as if it's carried along by the bicycle.

To tie in the second side of the page, I continued the journaling again accenting it with some favorite Jillibean diecut pieces.  I loved the cloud shapes in the pea pod parts so much that I ended up tracing them onto several other blue colored patterned papers, and cutting them out to use as additional accents.  A few additional embellishments, including the button and camera clip add interest and draw your eye throughout the page and pictures.

I hope this post finds you enjoying warmer weather than I, and if not, we can dream of the heat together as we scrap our summer memories, huh?  Desperate times call for desperate measures! LOL!

See you soon!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Themed pages and products

It's always fun to get extra creative with your scrapbook supplies and use them for a purpose other than what they were intended.  I often find the creative challenge of that to be stimulating and fun.  But at the same time, sometimes it works to go by the ole phrase, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.  And the latter are just the type of projects I will be sharing with you today. 

I've never made it a secret of my love for the cute and bright designs that Doodlebug produces. They make some of the cutest theme-y papers and products in the industry. I dug into my stash of one of their older Christmas collections to pull together a festive page of my kiddos visiting Santa back in 2012.

Supplies used: Doodlebug Designs - cardstock (background), patterned papers, buttons, gems, 3 dimensional sticker; Bazzill - embossed cardstock (white); Elle's Studio - label; Studio Calico - sequins; Technique Tuesday - stamp (phrase); Stampin Up - ink; other: machine stitching, Veteran Typewriter font (journaling), Marmaletta font (title)
Since I went so 'literal' with the supplies and theme of the page, I challenged myself to get creative with the journaling.  Instead of telling the story from my perspective, I chose to write a letter to Santa in the voice of my children.  It was fun to document the memory from what I imagined would have been their perspective and gives the page a little more depth and meaning than the typical who, what, when where, why summary.

This next page uses many pieces from Doodlebug's recent fall themed 'Happy Harvest' collection.  The colors and theme were the perfect compliment to these joyful photos of my three frolicking in the fall leaves. 

Supplies used: American Crafts - cardstock (background); Bazzill - cardstock (red); Doodlebug Designs - patterned paper, sprinkles, twine, letter stickers, 4x6 album insert cards; Simon Says Stamp - heart die; My Mind's Eye - enamel dots; Other: foam adhesive, machine stitching; Veteran Typewriter font (journaling)
Again, to mix up the predictably of using a themed collection for it's intended theme, I got creative with the patterned paper.  Rather than use the paper in strips, squares or large pieces I chose to cut in in the shape of leaves (hand drawn) and scatter them down the right side of the page as if they were falling.
I hope these pages show you that even if you stick to the predictability of a themed product, there are plenty of other ways to infuse your own creativity into your design and journaling! 
Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

Friday, January 31, 2014

A touch of sass: Card Kitchen Layout

Hi blog friends!  I'm back again today with another recent layout to share.  I was fortunate to win a 6 month subscription to The Card Kitchen kit club, sponsored by a contest for World Cardmaking Day on the Jillibean Soup blog.  It is so much fun to get a box of coordinated paper craft items in the mail each month!  While these kits are intended to cater to card makers, I have been mainly using the contents for scrapbook pages.  But the great thing about these kits is you are given so many supplies you can use them to make many, many different projects.  This one page used up only a very small fraction of what was available in the kit.

I loved one of the LilyBee papers included in the kit, which featured small bits of patterned from the entire collection.  That one single sheet, inspired the direction of my page.  Using a small square punch, I punched pieces from all of the papers in the kit and layered them onto a piece of cardstock that I had cut into a large heart shape.  At this point the patchwork design reminded me of a quilt, so I added zigzag stitching to completed the effect.

Supplies used: LilyBee - patterned paper, sticker label and letter stickers; My Mind's Eye - enamel dots; Simple Stories - snap journaling label; EK Success - border punch; Other: doily, Marmaletta font (title), Veteran Typewriter font (journaling), machine stitching.
I have always had a great fondness for these tiny LilyBee sticker letters, so I was thrilled to have a new set of them included in the kit.  A big, bold script font worked well with them to complete my title.

Here's a closer look at that patchwork heart, and the zigzag stitching - which I extended onto the background cardstock in some areas.  If you read the journaling, you'll get a peek into my little girl's personality at two!  Good thing she's so cute! ;)

Happy Friday!  Hope to see you back here soon!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A layout about : #ME

I can't believe this is officially my first post of 2014!  December got away from me a bit due to a reoccurring case of pneumonia and a couple of days in the hospital over Christmas.  Unfortunately, the month of January has been almost just as much of a wash, as well.  I spent the first part of the month trying to take it easy and recover and the second half of the month has been filled with a billion and one snow days and school delays for my kiddos.  No worries though, I've still been scrapping, just not much time to share until now.

While away from blogging, I've mainly been trying to wrap up my 2013 December Daily album.  I only have two days left to document, so I'll be sharing that here soon.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and even more excited to finally have a COMPLETED December Daily - woot, woot!

Today, however, I'm sharing a page that I made back in the fall.  It's just a page I did for fun to experiment with some artsy techniques - stamping, watercolors, misting, embossing, stencils and gelatos.  It documents a little of what I was thinking/hoping/liking at the time and a recent selfie.

Supplies used: Patterned paper - Fancy Pants - diecuts, felt flower, patterned paper (stripe); Echo Park - patterned paper (chalkboard); Jillibean Soup - stickers (script words); Studio Calico - frame stamp, wood veneers, sequins, Mister Huey gold mist; Heidi Swapp - acrylic letters, stencil; October Afternoon- buttons; American Crafts - embossing powder; Other - gelatos (silver & gold), Stampin Up inks for watercoloring; Century Gothic font.

In the upper left and lower right corner of the page, I used a dotted stencil and some gold shimmery mist to create some subtle added dimension and interest.  To draw a bit attention to this subtle accent, I highlight both areas with a few randomly placed sequins.

I tried out some gelatos on this pretty punched butterfly.  I started by stamping the butterfly with a text stamp in versamark ink then embossing it with a clear powder.  I then rubbed and blended gelatos over top of the image, using water to effectively move and blend the colors.  The punched piece make a nice little accent, topped with some of my very favorite October Afternoon buttons.

How cute is that slide style frame stamp?  It was an exclusive set for students enrolled in Studio Calico's Inked class.  I stamped and embossed it in black, and used various different inks and a water brush to color each one.  The 'frames' highlight the bits and pieces of my journaling throughout the page and I love how they look scattered down the center.

I'm hoping to be back to a more regular blogging schedule now.  So come back soon to see all that I have to share with you!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Issue of SCT Magazine

Hi blog readers!  Today is a great day.  Why, you wonder?  No, it's not just because today is Friday and the weekend is here (although that's a pretty valid reason to celebrate!).  And no, it's not even for the fact that we're having our first big snow of the season.  It is because, however, today is the official launch day of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine's winter issue!!!  You can view the issue in it's entirety for FREE right HERE on the SCT site.

I just got my copy of the magazine in the mail yesterday, and I simply can't put it down -- so much great inspiration and eye candy!  It's always a quality magazine and such a pleasure to work with.

I was so very honored to be asked to contribute a design for the cover of this issue.  You can see my take on page 4 of the magazine. But before you click on over there, here's a little peek....

I also have a page in the Reader's Gallery this month.  It's a favorite!  I'll let you take a look at it to see why...

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend and I'll be back with more to share very soon!