Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The hexagon trend: Layout, card and mini album

For some crazy reason, I have had this post in 'draft' form for MONTHS now.  I uploaded the pictures (since, as you will see, there are LOTS), and then forgot to come back and finish up the text, details and post.   Odds are high, that I got interrupted by a kiddo needing something, wanting my attention, or fighting with one another. LOL!  Seems to be the story of my life these days... 

Back in the summer I got the whole of Authentique's Delightful collection to create with.  As you'll see it's baby themed with lots of soft pretty colors and vintage papers.  I knew, of course, I would use some of it to put together  a page for Emerson's book.  The collection reminded me so much of a snuggly, worn quilt, that I immediately knew the popular hexagon trend would translate well with this line. 

Since I am not yet the lucky owner of a silhouette cameo machine, I set out to find another pattern to size and cut my hexagons.  When I came up empty handed, I decided to draw my own hexagon pattern and cut and trace them out by hand.  Yep, that's right - all traced and cut out by little old me!  LOL!  So, if you notice a few errors in the hexagons or where things don't exactly line up, you will know why!  And would you believe that I have since discovered that I had a cricuit cartridge that had a hidden hexagon design.  DOH!

On with the are pictures and highlights of my baby girl's fourth month of life.

Supplies used: Paper: Authentique Delightful collection: Beautiful(both sides), Lovely, Cheerful (both sides), Sweet, Elegant, Charming; Cardstock: Bazzill; Stickers: Authentique Delightful collection Elements stickers; Diecuts: Authentique Delightful collection: Noteables, Headlines, Icons; Embellishments: My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline twine and stick pin; Other: machine stitching, computer font, foam adhesive, scallop border punch, miscellaneous pearls and gems

Since I only used little bits and pieces of all of the patterned papers, I had plenty of extras to put together some other fun projects.  First up, a sweet little card.

And also, a darling little 6x6 album that was a gift for a very special little baby girl and her family.  I kept the album fairly simple, so that 4x6 or smaller snapshots could easily be added in without covering much of the decoration.  I made sure to include some manila tags directly into the three ring binding, to provide an additional spot for memories and journaling. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another 2 page layout, featuring many of my favorite Pebbles producs.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One last CHA sneak from Bella!

Have you been loving all of the new Bella goodies as much as me?  This next sneak peek will coordinate beautifully with all of those new goodies, as well as your stash of already accumulated Bella beauties...

Here is a closer look at the fun patterns - side A...

and side B...

Stop over to the Bella blog for a closer look at the whole line, and some pretty samples put together by the design team!  Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

Be back soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

More Bella Blvd PEEKS!

Have you been keeping up with all of the CHA reveals?  If you have been reading here, you know that Bella Blvd has been giving sneak peeks of all of their new collections and embellishments to debut at CHA-W, not too mention giving away complete sets of ALL the new stuff!  Here's a look at what's been revealed since my last post...

Three new collections:

Don't you love the fun bright color scheme with the black highlights, on this one?  As you'll notice it's appropriate for all aspects of the engagement process - from the proposal to the bachelor/bachelorette party!  These are two of my favorite patterns from it:

Click on over to this post on the Bella blog to see the entire line up close and personal, and a few beautiful projects that have been created with it!

And after the engagement comes...

My own heart went pitter patter when I saw THIS patterned paper - LOVE!

And again, click on over to this post on the Bella blog to see the entire line up close and personal, and a few beautiful projects that have been created with it!

And after the wedding comes, of course, the honeymoon!  

And again, a few of my favorites:

You know what I'm going to tell you again... click on over to this post on the Bella blog for the full collection reveal and to oogle some projects created with this bright and happy line.

If all of that wasn't enough to break your 'scrappy budget' for awhile, the scrap funds will be long gone after you spy Bella's newest embellishment:

Just imagine all of the fun things you can do with these!  I've already got several ideas that I can't wait to try out on an upcoming page or two.  The Bella blog shows close ups of each of these, and a few additional projects that feature this unique embellishment!

Don't forget, there is an opportunity to WIN all of these beautiful Bella product by commenting over on the blog.  The giveaway is open until Saturday, so you better hurry.

I'll be back tomorrow with one last reveal from Bella's Winter CHA release!  See you then!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another Bella Blvd PEEK: Crochet Hearts

Good morning, blog friends!  I'm back again with another fun little peek for you this morning...

If you are a Bella fan, I'm sure you'll recall (and probably have purchased!) the crochet flowers that came out awhile back.  Well, if you loved those, you're in for a real treat with Bella's new line of crochet hearts!  Aren't they adorable?!?  Here's a look at all of the different colors they will come in....

Once again,it's hard to pick a favorite - but the name (Pickle Juice) and hue of this green is just too much!!!

And how about the 'saltwater' blue?! 
Aren't these sweet?  Just as was the case yesterday, and will be all.week.long, you can head on over to the Bella blog for a closer look at this entire line of new embellishments, as well as entering the giveaway for your chance to win them ALL, before you can buy them!  Good luck and happy oogling! ;)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bella Blvd SNEAK PEEK and a Layout

Hey there crafty friends!  Hope all of your holidays were very merry! I know it's been a bit quiet around here as I've taken some time away to enjoy this special time with my family, as well.  I love, love, love the holidays, but admittedly I'm a little bit excited to get back to our normal routine and have things been a little bit more calm! ;)  If you have little ones I'm sure you can relate.

Well, I should clarify ... for most of the world the excitement and chaos of Christmas has passed, but for all of us crafty peeps it's about to be 'Christmas Version 2.0' as the start of CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show) is just days away.  In anticipation of the reveal of so many amazing new scrappy finds, Bella Blvd is showing sneak peeks of the new collections and embellishments they will debut, starting today!!!!  They are kicking off the reveal with one of my very favorite Bella embellishments...

Here's a quick look at the BRAND NEW tapes that will be released!  You'll notice lots of new colors and even some combination packs!  Woohoo!

It's hard to pick a favorite, but I must admit this one had me at ... GRAY and CHEVRON!

What do you think?  To get a closer look at all of the brand new Designer Tapes, hop on over to the Bella blog here.  It will certainly be worth your while - trust me!  Besides all of the pretty eye candy you'll see, you will have a chance to enter a GIVEAWAY of of these brand new tapes! 

While we're on the subject of Bella and tapes, I wanted to share this two pager that was recently up over on the Bella blog.  Now that the weather has turned cold, I think we're all in need of a little sunshine, don't you agree?  I know I am, so I dug out some pictures from the summertime, of my baby girl in her teeny weeny bikini that she donned for her very first dip in the backyard pool!

Birthday Girl: Party Dress, Celebrate, Borders, Alpha+Bits Stickers; Flirty: Heart Throb; All Inclusive: Ocean View; Pink-Red High Five Alphabets; Designer Tape: Pink Stripe, Yellow Chevron, Piggy Pink Stripe; Ciao Chip: Borders, Clouds; Button Market: Fruit Punch, Gulf Squares, Hot Pink Flowers.

Here's a closer look at the first of the two pages...

Can you spy the Designer Tape?  I used the yellow chevron tape along the left border of this page, and stitched over it in several places to add some more dimension.  The chipboard suns and clouds I used throughout the two pages were the perfect compliment to these sunny, happy pictures.

And a look the second of the two pages...

If you enjoyed today's sneak peek, be sure to stop back tomorrow to see another glimpse of some of my favorite new Bella embellishments!!!!  And, as if you needed a reminder, don't forget to stop by the Bella blog to get a closer look at some of the new pretties and be entered in the GIVEAWAY!!!!