Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Spring ......

Well, it FINALLY happened !!  Spring has sprung .... where I live anyway :))

I know it's been several days (okay more like 2 weeks ....), but I've truly been enjoying every day with my kiddos !!  We've been having a ball doing all kinds of things inside and outside so to say that I have completely stepped away from my computer is an understatement !!!

Though I haven't been blogging, I've still been creating here and there ..... I've got several paper projects to share this week and then I'm going to give you an update on some house, home decor, DIY projects that have been keeping me busy too :))

Today I thought I'd share a sweet little spring card with you .....

This is an oldie but a goody of a collection by Jillibean Soup and it was perfect for this bright a cheery card .....

..... I added a couple of wood pieces - a Bella Blvd. button and some mini clothes pins - and this one is ready to brighten a special someone's day !!

Come on back for more inspiration this week :))

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

'just like dad' Layout

This layout was up over on the Bella Blvd. blog the other day !!

Like most little boys, Alex LOVES to do anything that his Daddy does including helping me. The colors in the Lucky Starz collection work so well with these cute pics of Alex changing out the license plate from the truck to the camper - too cute.

 I love that while the stars are tone on tone, the pattern still pops off the page and the back sides are fabulous too - seriously LOVE them. One of the many things I enjoy about the Bella product is that several of the shapes are carried through in each collection.

 For this layout I was able to take star stickers from the Treasures & Text Cardstock Sticker sheets from (3) different collections and use them on the same layout. This really makes embellishing easy and fun !!

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Up over on Imaginisce

I'm up over on the Imaginisce Blog today for my last post as their March guest Designer !!  I've LOVED working with their 'Welcome Spring' collection and had so much fun  - thanks again Imaginisce !!

'Fly' Layout
I have so many great photos of Emma jumping her horses and am always looking for ways to showcase them on a layout using different collections other than something horsey !!  Emma often says that when she is going over the jumps it feels like she is flying so this stamping challenge was PERFECT .....

I started with a full 12 x 12" piece of polka dot patterned paper (love this one) and layered a few more patterns to create a fun base for my picture.

I love the clear butterfly stamp that comes with this collection and used coordinating embossing powders to create (15) shapes that I precision cut to embellish around my photo.  I used American Crafts Thickers for my title and added a journal card and a few sparkly gems too ..... just because :))

All Occasion Card
I am sure I am just like many of you when I remember literally as I am running out the door that I need a card for where I am going .... a birthday, thank you or just because.  I like to create cards like this that are sweet and perfect for any occasion so I can grab them on the go !!

For this card I started with a solid white A2 card base and added a piece of pink diagonal stripe a 1/4 of an inch smaller to show a bit of white around the edge.  For the stamping on this card I used (2) different stamps and colors of ink and create my own 'patterned paper' on white cardstock as a base for the die cuts and ribbon.

I raised this piece with Dimensional Dots, wrapped ribbon around it and added a couple of die cut shapes.  It is ready to go for that last minute card I need .... probably soon :))

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Bit of Bella .....

This is up over on the Bella Blvd. Blog today ..... 

Alex is going to be 9 this June and I can’t seem to figure out where the time has gone. That and I keeping realizing just how many pics I still have to get into this kids album.

 These were taken of Alex when he was 2 years old. His curls – seriously. He’d still have them but he kept getting called a cute little girl so they were cut when he turned 3. I still miss them. BUT..... His goofy, silly and fun personality has stayed right where it belongs and he still makes me laugh every day!

 The words and phrases throughout this collection seem to have been made for my boy. Yes, what a guy is right. LOVE all the little bits. This layout came together easily and is ready to put in his book – finally.

More layouts to come this week so come on back for lots of Bella Blvd. inspiration !!!

TFL .... Talk soon. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Layout and a Card w/ Imaginsce

I'm up over on the Imaginisce Blog again today with a couple of spring projects and I thought I would share them here too !!

ButterCup Pup Layout

I took this pic of our mini dachshund last spring when he was just 7 months old and it has been sitting in my studio waiting to be worked with ..... as soon as I saw the Welcome Spring collection by Imaginisce i knew they were a perfect match !!

I loved the soft subtle pattern on the back of the Hop To It paper - perfect for a base.  I layered the next several pieces making sure you could still see a bit of each.  They all work so well together and still let me show off this adorable puppy :)).  I raised the 5 x 7" photo using Dimensional Dots so that it really jumped off my layout.  

I ran the welcome spring journal card through my typewriter and added these fabulous yellow glitter Thickers for my title to finish it off.  I think this one will live in a frame for a while before hitting my album :))

....... and then I went to work on this fun card !!!

Tri-Fold Card

It's fun to create cards every once in a while that step outisde the size box a bit.  This is a quick and easy card that gives you room to add a photo, a gift card or simply write a nice message inside.

I started with a kraft cardstock base.  The size is 5 1/2 x 12" and I scored it at 3 1/2" and 7" .....I adhered the patterned paper that I wanted on the front and insides and then punched a scalloped circle out of the front.  I added a Sticker Stacker on the inside so that it peeked through the punched shape - cute right !!

A die cut raised with Dimensional Dots and some pretty pink ribbon and this sweet card is ready to give to a special someone :))

I have had so much fun working with the Welcome spring collection by Imaginisce and will be back on the blog again next week with some stamping projects !!

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patty's Day Layout

Morning !! I am certain many of you got lots of fun green pics yesterday so today I am sharing a layout a created recently with Jillibean Soup .....

I started with a piece of woodgrain patterned paper for my base and then started cutting clovers like crazy using my Silhouette ......

I used every piece of green patterned paper I had from all my Jillibean collections and created a fun border at the bottom of my layout !!

Once I had them all adhered, I stitched a fun vine pattern overtop of them with my sewing machine (and yes, I wish I was that handy using fabric too ;))

I love how this came together and think I may keep this one up in my studio for a bit before adding it to an album .....

TFL ..... Talk soon.