Friday, March 9, 2018

Adventure with Simple Stories' Travel Notes

Hello and happy Friday! I'm so glad its the weekend!  Today I'm sharing a layout I created for 
Simple Stories using the new Travel Notes collection!  It reminds me a lot of Urban Traveler that was released quite a few years ago!  I  love the bright, bold, colorful patterns! 

I  am always a big fan of ledger paper and knew I  had to use the Travelogue print as my background!  I   layered a few fun patterns under my photos and used the navy/cream cabana stripe of 
See the World as the focal point.  The Bits and Pieces have lots of great accents such as this stacked "adventure" die cut. Using some pop dots, I  adhered it between my photos.  

 I  used a few of my circle hand punches to cut out different patterns from the collection. I  layered them diagonally across my page.  I  even used some of the small circle stickers from the
 4x6 Sticker Sheets to accent.  
 I   stitched the outside edges of a few of the circles as well as added in chipboard and journaling spots from the Bits and Pieces pack. 

 One of my favorite embellishments is the sentiments sheet in the 4x6 Stickers! They are a great way to add a little more to your page!
Thanks for stopping by! Check out the entire collection by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Clear Scraps Acrylic Card Tutorial

Hello friends...hope you are having a good week! It seems to be going fast and I   can't believe tomorrow is March 1st!  Yesterday on the Clear Scraps blog I  shared a video tutorial on a fun technique coloring stamped images on acrylic!  I  recently started a YouTube channel so bare with me since I'm new at this!  Doing videos is something I've been wanting to do for a long time.

Here is my first card! I  used the 12x12 Acrylic Sheets cut down to approximately 4x5 inches.  A solvent based ink is always recommended as it will dry quickly and will not smear.  I  used StazOn in black with a fun Dina Wakley stamp set.  

Once my stamped images were dry, I  flipped over my acrylic to start painting with my Zig Paint Pens.  

Here is my video demonstrating the technique!  

Thanks for stopping by! I    hope to have more videos posted soon! Have a great night! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Simple Stories Bliss

I can't believe the weekend is almost over! They always seem to go too fast and I  never get as much done as I want.  Didn't help that I wasn't feeling well yesterday. At least The Walking Dead starts back up tonight!

 I'm sharing a layout I  created using the new Simple Stories Bliss collection! I  was lucky to be able to play with some of the new lines for the Simple Stories' booth at Creativation in January!  

I  absolutely love the colors of this line with its pastels mixed in with black and white!  I  used the wood grain with watercolor drops as my background mounted onto white card stock.  Like all Simple Stories collections, Bliss has many embellishments to choose from!  I   used the gorgeous "bliss" script from the 6x12 Chipboard for my title. You can also see coordinating stickers as well as washi tape! 
I  am a big fan of banners so I  always love when one is included on the chipboard or sticker sheet!  They make such a great accent! 

More of the die cuts and stickers! I used pop dots on a few to give some dimension to my page. 

Thanks for stopping by! Check out all of the wonderful new collections by going to the Products page at Simple Stories!  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Clear Scraps: #bestfriends I  have a layout with tutorial on the Clear Scraps blog!  I used the 6 Inch Diamond Heart Mascil as the background of my page and I'm going to show you my technique! 

Securing the Mascil to my cardstock with washi, I  picked three coordinating colors of Distress Ink/Oxide. I  applied using a foam applicator in a circular motion allowing the colors to blend. 
Next, I  created holes in the cardstock to stitch embroidery floss around the outside and "blank spaces" of the heart.  

Here is the final result! I  love how it turned out!  

Next, I  used pieces from Pebbles' Girl Squad line to embellish my page; such a fun collection!  

Thanks for stopping by!  You can check out the large variety of Mascils by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Clear Scraps You & Me Birch Wood Frame

Hello! Today on the Clear Scraps blog I  have one of the new Birch Wood Frames that were debuted at Creativation last month! I'm always amazed on the ideas Susan has and these Wood Frames don't disappoint!  I  used the You & Me Birch Wood Frame which holds a horizontal 4x6 photo.  

I    started by painting the frame in dark grey but it looked too flat to me. So, I    decided to try a technique Susan had taught me at the show! After my grey paint was dry, I    used an old candle to rub wax onto the surface of the frame. I    then applied white chalk paint in sections using a spatula to  scrape off the paint before it dries. Your end result is a distressed look with the grey showing through the white.  I    did go in and add a little more white chalk paint to cover some of my scrape marks. Its definitely a learning curve! 

I    covered the frame portion with a black plaid print and adhere with my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  Taking different patterns, I  cut these rolled flowers by Paige Evans found in the Silhouette shop! I    adhered buttons from my stash to some of the centers as well as added chipboard leaves.

I  finished by using my hot glue gun to adhere ribbon to the top of the frame as well as added a bow!  I  love how it turned out!  
Thanks for looking! Check out the new Clear Scraps products by clicking HERE!
Have a great day!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Simple Stories Romance: Adore

It's finally Friday! We are supposed to get between 5-8 inches of snow over the weekend. I'm so over it! LOL Good thing February is halfway over!  Speaking of February that means Valentines Day is coming up next week!  Today I'm sharing a layout I  created using Simple Stories' Romance collection! 

I    used the XOXO cut file (#187135) from Simple Stories found in the Silhouette shop with white card stock and cut it down to 11x11 inches.  I    backed each row of with different patterns from Romance and then adhered the entire piece onto the woodgrain print. Of course, I  had to stitch around the edge with my sewing machine! 

I  love all of the coordinating stickers and die cut pieces found in the collection! I  layered a few around my title along with the beautiful floral washi tape!

 I    always love when Simple Stories includes a banner piece on the sticker or chipboard sheet! Here, I    used pop dots to affix the banner under my photo. 

I    clustered some of coordinating stickers at the top of my photo. I    love the mix of pinks and non-traditional for Valentines day!  

Thank you for reading!  You can see the collection in its entirety by going to the Simple Stories products page. Also check out all of the NEW upcoming collections!  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dream Big

Happy Thursday!  It's almost the weekend!  Today was my last official day at work...I  have mixed feeling about it and may or may not have cried after I  left. Anyway, I  won't get into that. Instead, I    want to share one of my favorite layouts I  created for Clear Scraps.

The Dream Catcher Chipboard Embellishment is the focal point of my page and I'm going to show you how I  added my color!  

I    first painted the Dream Catcher with white acrylic paint....a couple coats is usually sufficient. 

Next, I  applied my embossing ink to the front of the chipboard.  I  then layered three glittered embossing powders across the dream catcher. I   didn't create definite borders and allowed my colors to intermix. 

And here is the end result! I  love how it turned out...I    wanted to match the ombre effect of the chipboard on my title and the feel of the collection I    used. 

I  used "Pie Chart Heart" by Paige Evans (#219822) for my background and inserted different patterns from the Bohemian Dreams collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  

Thanks for stopping by! Check out all of the variety of Chipboard Embellishments by Clear Scraps by clicking HERE! Have a great day!