Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elle's Studio April Kit Release

My favorite time of the month is here! The April tag kit is now available from Elle's Studio & it is filled with beautiful spring colors and some awesome new fonts that I just love. 

 There are so many great, versatile tags in the kit this month.

Along with tags, the add-ons that coordinate with the kits this month are wood veneer pieces, a 4"x6" stamp set and die-cut files. I used the stamp set like crazy to create my layout this month. I just couldn't resist using the phrases to fill bubbles in the "Say What?" patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by & please stop by Elle's Studio to pick up this lovely kit & add-ons! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Elle's Studio March Cards

Yesterday, the Elle's Studio blog highlighted cards using the bonus birthday gift tags & wood veneer (free with a $5 purchase this month!) I wanted to share my card with you because, well, I just really like it!

I created the background using the star from the 'Good Times' stamp set (I am so loving this set right now) and various colors of Stampin' Up ink. Tip: I didn't have just the right color of purple to match the 'Happy Birthday' card, so I stamped the color of purple that I did have, then I stamped the star in pink on top of the purple star until the color matched up to the purple on the tag.This is one thing that is so good about clear acrylic stamps.The rest just involved layering. I layered the 'Happy Birthday' tag up on a piece of American Crafts gold POW! paper, tied the teal ribbon around my layered card, then topped with the 'celebrate' wood veneer that I had also backed with gold POW! paper to make it extra sparkly. Tip: Sometimes my ribbon does not cooperate with me and the 'legs' want to lay on a part of the card that I don't want covered up. When this happens, I just put a small piece of redline tape on the back side of the ribbon & tack it down in a more convenient spot. I added the whole layered card to my star background with pop dots. To finish it off, I added teal rhinestones to the background.  
This card was another that was shared on the blog yesterday. To create it, I used the awesome cut files that coordinate with this month's kit. I swapped out the star in the circle border with the shamrock and just welded 5 rows of the border together to create the background. The rest just involved cutting the 'lucky' card and layering everything with green & yellow paper. I finished the card off with a burlap ribbon, some gold sequins & enamel dots.Check out what the other designers created at the Elle's Studio blog! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial: How to organize a group of Silhouette cut files

I've had my Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine for about two years now & it has completely changed the way I scrapbook. No more searching for just the right shape or font sticker, I can just cut what I can't find in my stash. However, when I first started downloading cut files that were not from the Silhouette America website, I was so confused about how to organize them so that I could always find what I was looking for. Many times, the files come in a batch, like the exclusive cut files for the Elle's Studio March kit.

I'm also a huge fan of purchasing brushes & stamps designed by Ali Edwards from Designer Digitals, but I had the same issue. Lots of different PNG files are downloaded when you click 'purchase,' but how do you organize them so that they all stay together in your Silhouette Library?

Here's a quick screen shot of what my Silhouette Library 'My Own Designs' folder looks like. When I purchase a group of PNG files, I like to keep them together and name them according to the file that I downloaded, for instance, AE Circle Message Baby, where AE stands for Ali Edwards. If you, like me, are searching for a way to organize your cut files & think this solution might work for you, I've created a short video tutorial on my process for organizing a batch of Silhouette cut files. I'm not saying that this is the best way, because I'm sure there are other very Silhouette-savvy people out there who think they have a better process, this solution just works for me and most importantly, it's quick.

There you have it. Thanks so much for watching & I would appreciate any feedback, comments or questions on the video website!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Elle's Studio March Kit Reveal

The Elle's Studio March limited edition kit is now live at Elle's Studio and it is so lovely this month. Here's a look at the overall kit. And here's a closeup. I'm loving all of the beautiful colors this month. Elle's Studio is celebrating their birthday this month & is giving away an exclusive tag & wood veneer set for any order over $5! How awesome is that? Also, if you end up spending over $50, you can get free US shipping with code 50freeship. 

Here's the layout I created this month. I couldn't resist that awesome 'CAKE' card in the freebie & used it for my title.

Supplies: Bazzill (pink cardstock), American Crafts (ivory cardstock, yellow ribbon, black pen), Elle's Studio Everyday Moments Collection (polka dot patterned paper, off white arrow paper), Elle's Studio Love You More Collection (stripe, teal & pink watercolor papers), Elle's Studio March Exclusive Tag Kit ('Big Wish', 'CAKE', striped tab, 'enjoy every minute'), Basic Grey RSVP Collection (chipboard asterisks, stars & cupcake, 'happy' & 'it's your day' cutouts), My Mind's Eye (enamel dots)

The cut files are also fantastic this month with my favorite being this circle & star strip that I cut from two different patterned papers & layered up on my layout.

Here's one last look at my title card. I cut the left sides of each letter with my Exacto knife & popped them up to add more dimension to the page.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Elle's Studio blog today and later this month for some fun cards that I made with this kit. Tomorrow, I'll be sharing a quick video with you on how I organize my Elle's Studio cut files each month. Make sure that you stop by to check it out! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Stitched with Paige Evans

I've been stitching since I was a little girl. I started out cross-stitching, and it's still one of my favorite crafts. I learned how to machine stitch in middle school & inherited my grandmother's Viking Husqvarna sewing machine a few years ago. Now, I mostly stitch on paper. In fact, before my grandmother passed last year, she actually said to me, "Have you used my sewing machine for anything besides paper yet?" Ha! Saying this, I am so excited to share with you that I am contributing to next month's Studio Calico class taught by the uber-talented Paige Evans, Stitched.

I was so excited the other day about participating in this class and trying new stitching techniques, that I created a Pinterest board for a place to store all of the hand and machine stitching inspiration I'm finding on the web. 

I would love for you to follow my board as I post new ideas & inspiration!

Here are a few of my favorite layouts that incorporate stitching of some sort. 

On 'Joy Ride', I created a 'shaker' layout of sorts by stitching vellum to cardstock with confetti in between.

On 'Confession' I misted a pattern and hand stitched around the outside to help it stand out.

On, 'Hello New Year 2014', I hand stitched some fun stars as embellishment.

Lastly, Studio Calico has a great offer for you if you decide to purchase the class.

I can't wait for class to begin. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oh Darling Dry Erase Board

For my goddaughter's third birthday this month, I decided to make her something special for her room. Luckily, I just received the ever-so-girly Crate Paper Oh Darling collection, and I knew it would be perfect for a special project. I decided to decorate a dry-erase board so that she could display her own ever-changing artwork on her bedroom door. I also picked up a pack of colorful markers, so I knew I would need a way to store them with the board.


The entire edge of the board was covered with an awesome American Crafts ribbon that is sadly, now discontinued, but I found it here! It has a beautiful ruffled texture.


Don't tell, but the cute little cup holding her colorful markers- yep, it's an empty toilet roll that I cut down to size, hot glued a circular bottom onto & covered with Oh Darling patterned paper. To cover up my slightly uneven top, I added ruffled ribbon trim using pink satin ribbon from the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party ribbon value pack. To finish off the pen holder, I added a cardstock bow from the Oh Darling ephemera pack, as well as an older Dear Lizzy brad that I had in my stash.


I covered the plain magnet with a punch of the same patterned paper & the adorable pink resin bow from the Oh Darling ephemera pack. The bow also makes it easier for little hands to grasp.


I have been hoarding these woodgrain banner Thickers from the first Maggie Holmes collection for a while now, so it felt great to put them to good use. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with woodgrain & doily together.


To jazz up the board face a bit, I added cardstock bits from the Oh Darling ephemera pack, as well as the Maggie Holmes ephemera cardstock die-cuts. To make sure that they could withstand a bit of dry-erase marker, I covered them with Mod Podge before adhering them to the board.

It was so nice to sit down and create something a bit different for a change, and I can't wait to find out how little Jessica likes her own personalized board! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

American Crafts Valentines Day Blog Hop Winner! generated number 57, 

so congratulations to...
Patricia, you were the lucky commenter! I have emailed you about your fun American Crafts prize pack. 

Thank you to everyone who commented. It was so fun to see what everyone gave for Valentines Day!