Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Scrapbook Circle | Holiday Quilt

Hi everyone!  I have another layout on the Scrapbook Circle blog today to share with you, that I  made this month using the December 'We are Made of Stories' Kit.  I was inspired by the papers in the December kit, to create my background.  I absolutely love the Elle's Studio Holiday quilt paper!  I knew right away when I saw it, that I wanted to use it to create my background.  

To create my background,  I simply cut around four small diamond shapes to create a larger diamond shape.  I then, cut other papers from the kit the same size to match and then laid them down on white cardstock to create my background.  I love that the large diamond shapes grouped together looks like a holiday quilt.  I had a fun photo of my daughter with her friends ice-skating on a recent trip to Tahoe.  I trimmed my photo the same size as the other diamond shapes to help blend in to the background.

Next, I used a sewing machine to stitch a few of the pieces and embellishments in place.  I used embellishments from the kit and added a few embellishments from the December Favorite Elf Add-on.

I hope you enjoyed my layout today!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy Happy Happy

I'm back today to share two more of my layouts, I created for my 5 Things guest post at!


Hand cut letters are all the rage and are becoming a big trend within the scrapbook community. I decided to create my own hand cut letters and used them as a graphic design element on my page. To create my hand cut letters I first hand drew the word happy onto black cardstock paper with a pencil, and then cut it out. Since I decided to repeat the word “happy” three times to create my title, I just retraced them two more times and then cut them out by hand. This technique creates a fun handmade look.

Oh My

Hand stitching is one of my favorite techniques. Sometimes I use templates, sometimes I create my own. To create my title on this page I first started by cutting out the word “Oh” using my Silhouette. I then used the negative (leftover piece of paper from the cut) as a stencil to create my stitched word. With a needle, I poked holes around the word and then stitched it up using black embroidery thread. I also, added the die cut word “my” and some letter stickers to finish off my title.

I will be back next week to share my final two layouts made for the Shimelle blog! Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Year's | American Crafts

Hi there, I had a post up on the American Crafts blog the other day, that I would like to share with you!  I was inspired this month by this fun pin that I found on Pinterest.... When I first saw this picture, I thought that all the gold and glitz reminded reminded me of New Year's and I couldn't wait to use it on a layout.

DIY wall hanging

The soft pretty colors of the Serendipity collection paired with gold and glitter were perfect for these
photos of my daughter making her New Year's wish.  I added some watercolors and pennants to carry
the theme of a New Year's party.  Happy New Year!

Supplies: Dear Lizzy (369181) - Little Things Paper, Dear Lizzy (369184) - XOXO Paper, Dear Lizzy (369187) - One Fine Day Paper, Dear Lizzy (369186) - Summer Breeze Paper, Dear Lizzy (369189) Lucky Love Paper, Dear Lizzy (369191) - Good Vibes Paper, Dear Lizzy (369195) - Razzleberry Paper, Dear Lizzy (369200) - Bright Blueberry Paper, Dear Lizzy (369209) - Royal/Foil Thickers Alpha Stickers, Dear Lizzy (369210) - Gold Mini Alpha, Dear Lizzy (369213) - Puffy Stickers, Dear Lizzy (369216) - Fabric Embellishments Shapes, Dear Lizzy (369222) - Date Stamp Phrase, Cardstock (AM710-81) - White, Cardstock (AM714-17) - Glitter Gold, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, Heidi Swapp (HS00791) - Gold Lame

How To: Use a die-cutting machine to cut pennants from patterned paper, glitter paper and watercolor paper.  Use a paint brush to apply watercolor paints to watercolor pennants, set aside to dry.  Print two small photos and cut them into a pennant shape.  Line up pennants in a graduated fashion and adhere down with repositionable tape (repositionable works best for this because if you make a mistake or need to adjust, you can realign your pieces before permanently gluing them down).  With a sewing machine, add machine stitching to the top layer of pennants.  Embellish with stickers.  Drop a couple drops of gold color shine spray mist down on the bottom left hand and top right hand side corners.  Finish by adding date stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my layout today!  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Shimelle 5 Things with Titles

I was so excited to be asked to share a 5 Things post on the Shimelle blog last week!  My post was about how to create 5 Things with different types of titles.  When I saw the Shimelle collection I was instantly taken with the bold shades of pink, turquoise, and orange. I love color, and gladly embrace it any chance that I get!  I couldn’t wait to dive into the glittery rub-ons, die-cuts with gold foil and embossed images, wood veneer, layered stickers and printed cork pieces.  I also fell in love right away with the two packs of Thickers letter stickers, included in the collection. I couldn’t wait to get the collection in my hot little hands and create with it. And, even though I love Thickers (I do, I really do!) and hoard them any chance I get, I couldn’t wait to create my own custom titles. Which brings me to my post – five ideas for scrapbooking with creative titles.


Creating a sequin title is easy and creates a big impact on a project. The idea to create a sequin title came to me while I was at the craft supply store looking at ribbons and I saw sequins sold by the roll. Because they are already stitched together they are easy to manipulate, position and use. To create my sequin title I first cut the word “shine” with my silhouette and then used the negative piece as a stencil. I used liquid glue to adhere the word down. I found that it was easiest to adhere the word down while the template was still in place, otherwise the word moved to much and fell out of place. To finish, simply cut off the excess from the sequin roll and make sure that the ends are glued down well so that none of the sequins fall off.

I'll be back next week to share some more of my layouts that I created for the Shimelle blog!  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry | American Crafts

Shaped Christmas cards are fun to give and receive!  I used a die cut from the Silhouette store along with the DIY Shop 2 collection to create this fun one of a kind card.

Supplies: DIY Shop 2 (369125) - Burlap Specialty Surface Gold Glitter Dots Paper, DIY Shop 2 (368997) - Paper Straws Gold Dot, Be Merry (368929) - Wood Veneer Shapes Snow, Be Merry (368931) - Cardstock Die-Cuts Cookies, Cardstock (AM714-17) - Glitter Cardstock Gold, Maggie Holmes (MH-TH-83154) - Glitter Foam Daiquiri Gold Thickers

How to:  Use a die cutting machine to make an ornament shape from burlap paper and gold glitter paper.  Use a sewing machine to stitch burlap ornament design onto a round card.  Adhere gold ornament hook to top of card.  Spell out the word "merry" with gold glitter thickers and adhere to "making a list and checking it twice" die cut card, adhere card to center of card.  Trim 3 gold dot paper straws and adhere to card.  Finish by embellishing with wood veneer pieces.

Monday, December 22, 2014

American Crafts | Be Merry Cards

I love the cheerful colors and designs in the Be Merry collection, they helped me create these fun Christmas cards for friends and family.

Supplies: Be Merry (368920) - Candy Cane Lane paper, Be Merry (368919) - Holiday Cheer Paper, Be Merry (368927) - Decorative Cardstock Tags, Be Merry (368931) - Cardstock Die-Cuts Cookies, Be Merry (368929) - Wood Veneer Shapes Snow, Serendipity (369217) - Pleather Bows, This To That (368185) - Adhesive Foam Dots

How to: Trim Candy Cane Lane paper to 4x6 and adhere to card front.  Trim a strip of Holiday Cheer paper and adhere to bottom of card.  Use a white journaling pen to add stitches to bottom of die cut "cheer" tag.  Apply adhesive foam dots to back of die cut tag and adhere to card, slightly off centered.  Adhere snowflake die cuts and wood veneer shapes to card slightly tucked in behind tag.  Embellish with sequins and gold tinsel.  Finish by adhering pleather bow to top of tag.

Supplies: Be Merry (368919) - Holiday Cheer Paper, Be Merry (368917) - Let it Snow Paper, Be Merry (368927) - Decorative Cardstock Tags, Be Merry (368931) - Cardstock Die-Cuts Cookies, Be Merry (368929) - Wood Veneer Shapes Snow, This To That (368185) - Adhesive Foam Dots, Cardstock (AM714-17) - Glitter Cardstock Gold, Styleboard (683445) - Maggie Holmes Dies

How to: Trim Holiday Cheer paper to 4x6 and adhere to card front.  Trim a piece of Let it Snow paper and adhere to back of die cut star tag.  Apply adhesive foam dots to back of die cut tag and adhere to card.  Adhere snowflake die cuts and wood veneer shapes to card slightly tucked in behind tag.  Embellish with gold tinsel.  Adhere white sequins to center of star die cut tag.  Use a white journaling pen to add stitches to bottom of "merry and Bright" tag, adhere to card.  Die cut bow from gold glitter paper, finish by adhering bow to top of tag.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Make A Wish | The Cut Shoppe

Hi Everyone,

I have a new post up at The Cut Shoppe today, using their brand new Sew Loved cut file.

To create my layout I took the Sew Loved cut file and opened it in my Silhouette Studio software program.  I used a copy + paste option to repeat the pattern several times and then cut the file from patterned paper.  I also used the same method to cut the pattern several times from white cardstock.
I used watercolor paints on several of the hearts, and then grouped them all behind my photo!

Supplies: Sew Loved cut file: The Cut Shoppe; Patterned Papers & 
Embellishments: American Crafts

Friday, December 19, 2014

Guesting for Shimelle!

I have a Five Ideas post over at!  I'm sharing five ways to create creative titles using the American Crafts Shimelle collection.  Here are some sneaks of my projects that are up on the blog today.  I will post the full reveals on my blog later on next week!

Handcut Lettering

 Brush Script

 Hand-stitched Title

Sequin Title

 Mixed Title

To see the full reveal, plus how-to's visit the Shimelle blog!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scrapbook Circle | Captured

Hi everyone!  I have a layout on the Scrapbook Circle blog today to share with you, that I made using the December 'We are Made of Stories' Kit.  When I first saw the papers & embellishments included in the December kit, I was so excited.  I absolutely loved the patterned papers included in the kit.  Which brings me to my design team choice: pattern piecing.  

To create my layout I first started by using a punch to punch out triangles from pattern paper.  Then I lined them up on my page, with a ruler to create the fun background design.

Next, I used a sewing machine to stitch the pieces in place.  I used embellishments from the kit and the December Favorite Elf Add-on to embellish my page.  


I hope you are inspired by my layout today!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Scrapbook Circle | Dear Santa

Hi everyone!

I have a post up on the Scrapbook Circle blog today using the December We Are Made of Stories kit.

As a Scrapbook Circle Creative Team member - I was chosen to take part in the December Kit Inspired Challenge -Silver and Gold this month.  I had fun with hanging my photo and other embellishments on this page using hanging tags!  I embellished the tags with the Pink Paislee silver foil numbers and words included in the kit.  To add gold to the layout - I added a small piece of Crate Paper gold striped vellum paper and I unraveled the gold/white twine included in the kit.  I seperated the gold thread and used it as accents around my page.  If you look closely, you will see how some of the strings are natural-colored, and the center one still has gold thread.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my layout stop by Scrapbook Circle to pick up their December We are Made of Stories Kit today!

Monday, December 8, 2014

All You Need is Love | American Crafts

Last week on the American Crafts blog was Silhouette week and I have a fun layout to share with you today using Silhouette sketch pens.

I love using cut files on my projects because they can add so much interest and detail.  I changed up the American Crafts "All You Need is Love" cut file by using it with sketch pens. I love the fun look!

Supplies: Stitched (368958) - Felted Paper, Stitched (368956) - Scissors Paper, Stitched (368973) - Trimmed Fabric Stickers, Stitched (368980) - Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, Stitched (368978) - Enamel Dots, Stitched (368970) - Accent & Phrase Stickers, Stitched (368974) - Overlay Sticker Roll, Precision Pen (PP03-62311) - .03 Black, DIY Shop (366900) - Mini Stapler, This To That (AM617-12) - Adhesive, American Crafts (54479 - All You Need Is Love Silhouette Cut File, Cardstock (AM710-81) - White, Heidi Swapp (HS00791) - Color Shine Spray Mist Gold

How to: Use Silhouette Studio to draw "All You Need is Love" cut file design onto white cardstock paper using sketch pens.  Paint cut file design with watercolor paints, set aside to dry.  Use scissors to trim design from cardstock.  Adhere painted heart design to Felted paper.  Use a sewing machine to stitch down.  Drop Gold Color Shine around the layout.  Adhere photo to bottom right hand side.  Apply watercolors to floral fabric sticker, adhere to layout.  Finish the layout by adding stickers, die cuts, tags and mini staples.