05 May 2015

Birthday Girl Gift Album

Make this special mini album as a gift for the birthday girl’s mom
she would love a place to document that first birthday with photos and journaling
of the day's events.  
The album features the new "Birthday Girl" Collection by
ECHO PARK PAPER
 
 
Begin by making the base pages.  Start with the Set of Frames from the
 Silhouette Design Store. The largest scallop frame and the ric-rac style frame were
 used and cut from Carta Bella’s Linen cardstock.  The pages graduated in size from 
 4.5”X4.5” for the cover and 6.5”X6.5” for the back page.  Two of the same shape were
 cut and then adhered together to form a sturdier page.

A scalloped mat was cut for the front cover using the Scallop Nesting Dies and then
 layered with stickers from the Birthday Girl Alpha and Element Sticker Sheets.

This particular album is a flip-up style album, so keep that in mind when planning
 out the embellishments and paper’s pattern direction.  Off-set embellishments
 (especially if foam adhesive has been used) so that the pages will rest neatly
 against one another.

 Mix in enamel dots and decorative brads from other collections to dress up the pages.

  

Because of the smaller design scale, the 6X6 Paper Pad pages are just 
perfect for mini albums!

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04 May 2015

Darlene

A happy Monday to you all!
As I wrap up on using the April "Darlene" Kit and Add-On Kit by
SCRAPTASTIC CLUB
I thought it would be fittin' to share all of the fun cards
that I've made with the kits!

"Hello" card featuring an exclusive wood veneer piece, journal card and 
patterned paper designed by Scraptastic Club

"Enjoy" card featuring an exclusive acrylic arrow, flair, feather stencil and paper!

"Thankful 4 U" card featuring exclusive paper and flair

"Love Today" card featuring exclusive papers, wood veneer and clear stamps!

"Hello" banner card featuring exclusive die-cut, journal tag and paper

"Hello" bicycle card featuring exclusive journal card.
Scraptastic Club kits showcase fabulous designs from Kaitlin Sheaffer...
and as a club member, you will also have access to cutting files and printables :)
Join us today at www.scraptasticclub.com

27 April 2015

Mother's Day With Basic Grey


One thing about moms: they love a handmade card, especially when it’s handmade by you!
 I’ve employed the beautiful new “Tea Garden” Collection in making these two cards for my Mom and Mother-in-law for the upcoming Mother’s Day on May 10th.

 The first card features a design that I like to use a lot, especially when incorporating
 a vertical journal card. I trimmed the journal card down a bit so that it could be
 matted with a border of the green dot paper from the collection. The green paper
 was outlined (on the back) in a chenille ric-rac trim and then attached to the
 center of the card front.

The focal point of the card consists of a die-cut piece that I created with the “Labels 14”
 die by Spellbinders. I layered on one of the pretty label stickers and then affixed
 the letters to spell out “mom”. The little bird was hand-cut from the “Chai” paper.
A trio of resin flowers from the “Vivenne” collection was added to complete the look.

 The second card is 6X6 in size, which accommodates the large die-cut doily shape nicely.
A 4” circle was cut from the “Spiced” paper and then trimmed around the edge with a
 dainty picot cording.


From the back of the “Green Tea” paper, the letter “M” and the flower around it were
hand-cut and attached to the center of the circle with foam adhesive.
The circle sticker was snipped apart and then looped around the square.
Medium sized light green Candy Dots dressed up the sticker.
With the “Tea Garden” Collection, the ideas are endless when it comes to
 making beautiful cards for any occasion!
See more ideas at the Basic Grey Blog!
 

20 April 2015

Jack and Jill Framed

This past week I shared a couple of cards over at the 
ECHO PARK PAPER BLOG
 focusing on using dies to create interesting frames
  featuring the “Jack and Jill” Collection.
 

For the first card we are using the Arrows Die Set and its larger curved die 
and the smaller pointer die. 

Die cut four of the larger arrow from the “Pool” (orange) patterned paper found
 in the 6X6 Jack and Jill: Jack Paper Pad.  Die cut four of the smaller arrow from
 the solid Red/Blue paper.  Adhere the red arrows to the pointer ends of the orange arrows.

Next, cut a 3.75”X3.75” square from the blue side of the Red/Blue paper. 
 Corner round each end with a rounding punch.  Using a 2.5” square punch or die, 
die-cut the “Be proud of who you are” sentiment from the center of the journal card paper.  Adhere it to the center of the blue square paper with foam adhesive.

Arrange the large arrows around the edge of the sentiment; attach with foam adhesive.  Embellish as desired with stickers, brads and chipboard pieces from the collection.

 The second card is a reverse 3-D card.  Although there is a lot of dimension, the
 building of the pieces start by layering three matted papers with foam tape in
 between each layer.

The card base is a 4.25”X5.5”.  The first mat layer was cut from the
 solid Light Pink/Brown paper to 4 1/8” X 5 3/8” and attached to the center of the card. 
 The next layer was cut from the solid Teal/Yellow paper to 4”X5.25”.  The largest die
 from the Designer Label Set #1 was placed onto the yellow paper, approximately ½”
 from the top and then die-cut from the paper.  Foam adhesive tape was attached
 around the edges of the paper, below the die-cut area and then adhered to the 
 center of the pink paper.

For the final layer, a 3.75”X5” mat was cut from the 6X6 Chandeliers (woodgrain) 
paper found in the Jack and Jill: Jill Paper Pad.  Again, the large label was die-cut ½”
 from the top of the paper.  The paper was then added to the top of the yellow paper
 with foam adhesive tape.

 The label piece that was die cut from the Chandelier paper (above) was then
 glued to the center of the label frame.


Finally, the two smaller labels were cut from papers from the 6X6 paper pad and
 then attached with liquid glue and foam adhesive.  Stickers, a chipboard
 sentiment and enamel dots from the Jack and Jill: Jill Collection completed the card.

See the newest release reveals and more ideas at www.echoparkpaperblog.com
 Happy new week, friends!

06 April 2015

Sunny Days Are Ahead

Love singing in the rain or splashing in puddles?  
Make a cute mini album that captures all of those rainy spring memories 
with the “Sunny Days Ahead” Collection by
ECHO PARK PAPER

 
I started with a tabbed chipboard album that I had on hand and used
 Carta Bella’s Kraft Paper for the base pages.  I cut smaller mats from various
 “Sunny Days Ahead” papers and machine stitched them in place 
before adhering to the chipboard.

On the front cover I used a round punch and a piece from the 6X6 paper pad to make the journal card’s sun 3-D; just adhere with foam adhesive and you have a really fun look.



 If you’re giving your album as a gift, print off a few related photos (I found mine 
on the internet by searching for “vintage rain photos”) and add them to the
 pages with repositionable adhesive.  This is a good way to show 
placement ideas to the recipient.




Next, the “Spring” sentiment was die-cut from the  “Spring Flowers Die”
I wanted the letters to follow the contour of the sun shape, so I snipped the letters
 apart and then affixed them to the image.


 
The small number stickers from the Element Sticker Sheet are the perfect
bullet points for the journal card…add a list of your favorite spring activities.



 Again, I used a round die to change the shape of the “sunny days ahead” journal card, 
which made it a better fit for the small page.


 Dress up the stickers with dimension by adding enamel dots and brads!

Here is a list of supplies that I used:
 SDA82002 Sun Ahead
SDA82003 Rain Boots
SDA82004 Umbrellas
SDA82005 Clouds
SDA82006 Rainbow Stripe
SDA82014 Sticker Sheet
SDA82023 6x6 Paper Pad
SDA82030 Spring Flowers Die
JJG81020 Assorted Brads
AG74020 Anything Goes Brad Set
JJG81028 Enamel Dots
BJGT79028 Enamel Dots

Have a wonderful week!

26 March 2015

Petaloo & Authentique: A "Treasured" Hop

All this week we have a special treat for you from the 
AUTHENTIQUE and PETALOO Design Teams! 
 And since I'm on both teams, I'm sharing double the goodness :)
There are PRIZES to be won as well, so follow the links that
I'll provide at the end of the post and hop on over to leave a comment!

First up is an amazing, box-style mini album that I made for Authentique:
All papers are from the "Treasure" Collection; a must-have for your
Easter and Spring projects!

I have a tutorial up on the blog of how I put it all together :)

And today I'm up at Petaloo with this sweetie of a card:
I have always loved pairing up Authentique papers with yummies from Petaloo...
they're simply made for each other!  These beautiful 'sugared' flowers go hand-in-hand
with the delights that Spring will bring :)

Again, both places are offering PRIZE PACKS to a lucky commentor,
so check out the details:

Thanks for stopping by!

24 March 2015

I Am: Sharing My Story

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  
Today I'm sharing over at 
SIMPLE STORIES
with an easy-to-make gifting mini album using the "I Am" Collection

To begin I started with three of the components from the Interactive Elements: the larger
 4X6 flip element, the matchbook element and the tri-fold element:

 I adhered the two smaller elements to the inside pages of the 4X6 element with 
a high-tack adhesive. 

The front was decorated with chibpoard stickers and a ribbon bow. 

When the album is first opened, the original pages from the 4X6 element is given.
  I added a strand of washi tape, a chipboard butterfly, etc.
  The opposite page was left blank.

When the page is turned, you will find the tri-fold element has been added
 to the right-hand page.

Here is a close-up of the front of the tri-fold.


To the inside of the tri-fold, a 3X4 journal card was attached.  The other pages
 were left plain so that small photos or journaling can be added.

As you go further into the 4X6 flip element, the pages get larger.  The left-hand side
 of the page was lightly embellished and the right-hand side is where the
 matchbook-style element was added. 



Just the front of the matchbook element was embellished; the inside pages were left as-is.


I wanted the back of the album to be a bit more sturdy, so a piece of medium-weight 
chipboard was cut slightly smaller than the 4X6 size.  After adhering the chipboard
 to the back page, a covering was made by adding one of the 4X6 journal cards.

Now I have the perfect little girlie-girl gift on hand...with a teenaged daughter, 
we're always needing a last-minute gift for a friend :)

Products:
I Am Collection- 
 
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