16 April 2014

Mixed & Matched

It's Mix & Match day at 
 and I have two cards to share combining the
 three new collections: Hello Sunshine, Pen Pals & Switchboard

For this card, I selected elements from the Switchboard and Pen Pals collections. 
  When making cards, I like to use the 6X6 Paper Pads since the designs are at a smaller scale. 
 The reddish tones in the two collections are different, so I chose to use only pieces from 
Switchboard that boasted the color. From there I picked the subtle pink and navy,
 which can be found in both lines. 

I used two nesting, scrolled dies from Spellbinders to create the layering pieces of patterned paper.
 I wanted to tie back in with the Chain Letter Paper (triangular grid) found on the base of the card,
so I die-cut a small oval on which the chipboard phone was attached to. I trimmed off the ‘hello’
 from the ‘hello friend’ puffy sticker before adhering. The Pen Pals’ Chipboard Alphabet
 letters in tiny banner shapes are a great size for cards!

This next card is a mixture of Pen Pals and Hello Sunshine. As with the first card, I selected
 the different papers that held some of the same colors in both collections. Here, I chose the
 yellow tones from Hello Sunshine and used only blues from the Pen Pals Collection
The reds and pinks from both lines match, so I was free to add any of those in from either collection. 

I love the diagonal pink/red striped paper from Pen Pals. The lines juxtapose about every inch, 
so I used that as my guide for cutting the banner strips of paper, which I attached with foam adhesive.
 Again, I focused only on the yellow hue from Hello Sunshine and tried to keep the Pen Pals
 colors focused on the red, pink and navy.

Pink Paislee has also shared a glimpse of their new Summer collection: Solstice

 Gold foam stickers....yummy!

That's all from me today!

15 April 2014

Baby Boy Onesie Mini Album

Today I'm up with a handsome little mini album at

 I created the album with pieces from the SN@P! Baby Boy Set 
 and a onesie shaped die by Top Dog Dies.  I love to make small albums such as this to
 give as gifts to a new mom or grandma...they're the perfect size for a brag book and display  
so sweetly on a shelf or cabinet!

The die that I used is actually a 'card' die, so look for that if you're interested
 in shopping for it.  First, I cut the shape from white mat board; you can also use a 
medium-heavy weight chipboard.  When I cut the shape, the scoring area of the 
die actually cut instead of score, which worked out perfectly.  So a 12 page mini album
 would consist of cutting the entire die shape three times from a 6X12 sheet of material.  
Next, repeat the process and cut the shape  from either a cardstock or patterned paper. 

The 'mat' portion of the pages were die-cut with a onesie 'finisher' die set, but you 
could also cut an oval or rectangle so that it fits nicely.  I die cut the pieces from various
 4X6 cards found in the SN@P! Baby Boy Set, as well as some plaid and solid patterns
 found in the  Homespun 6X6 paper pad.  The front is simply decorated with some
 layered hearts and adorable stickers from the set.

I decided to go with a 'flip-up' style album, so just keep in mind the direction that
 your pages need to be decorated when putting it together.  Between each chipboard page,
 I added 2-3 of the 'months' cards found in the Baby Boy SN@P! 3x4 cards

 Great place for mom to journal or add extra photos.
Also, when putting the album together, I try to stagger the embellishments from 

 page-to-page so that one page's embellishments doesn't layer right on top of the next page's. 

Use designs found on the larger, 4X6 cards as embellishments. 
 Below, I cut one of the hearts from a card and then simply added some hand-stitching over it. 

Although I try to keep the 'bulk' to minimum with such a thick album, I still like to raise
 up a few of the stickers by adding foam adhesive to the back.  Brads and buttons dress
 up plain stickers and give a touch of dimension.

 And don't forget about the other fun products by Simple Stories that you can mix in! 
 The DIY Kraft and Burlap pieces are great for layering.

One of my favorite SN@P! products are the adorable pockets!  
Here, I've added one of the smaller ones to the page and then simply 
tucked in one of the DIY Kraft tags.

In finishing, I like to add some baker's twine around the edge of the album.
 This isn't necessary, especially when using a clean-cut die, but it does add such a soft texture. 
 For the binding, I took the first page of the album and punched two holes at the top.
  I then used it as a template for creating holes in all of the following pages. 
 The album is quite thick, so I strung through two 1.5" rings and tied on single ribbon
 bows to each.  Now it's ready to be adored for many years to come!

Here is a quick list of products:
DIY- Kraft Journal Layers #5120
DIY- Kraft Tag Foundations #5133
DIY- Arrow Burlap Stickers #5148
DIY- Banner Burlap Stickers #5149
DIY- Icon Burlap Stickers #5150
SN@P! Baby Boy Pockets #4153
SN@P! Baby Boy Stickers #4154
SN@P! Baby Boy 4X6 Cards #4155
SN@P! Baby Boy 3X4 Cards #4156
Homespun 6X6 Paper Pad #3822

14 April 2014

Carrot Tops and Bunny Faces

Over the next couple of days at 
we will be sharing Easter/Spring themed ideas!
I love it when I can step away from cardmaking and get in
on some everyday crafting with Bella goodies :)

Easy Bunny Face Photo Prop
Even if you don't have this particular scrolled die by Spellbinders, any fun shape would do!
 If you don't own a die-cutting machine, search the internet for shapes that you
 can print and trace :) My bunny face consists of two large punched pieces using 
Spellbinders' Labels Fourteen die and side B of the Unlimited Text paper
 glued a paper straw to one of the shapes and then sandwiched the two pieces
 together with foam adhesive in between.

My inspiration for the prop came from a pin on Pinterest:
Supplies: Molly: Unlimited Text; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Scallop;
 Crochet Hearts: Punch

 Carrot Treat Cones
 Although my kids are older (20, 16 and 12) they still expect and look
 forward to their Easter treat! These carrot cones were super simple to put together.
 Start with a 6X6 square of the Carrot Starz paper. Cut the paper from one corner to 
the opposite corner, rounding as you go. You may wish to use a template or create your
 own and then trace the design onto the patterned paper. Roll the paper into a cone
 shape and adhere at the seams with a high tack adhesive.

 For the carrot's top, I cut a 3H" X 4W" strip of green cardstock and then
 cut slits into the paper about 3/4 of the way down. Roll the ends of the strips if desired
 and then attach to the inside (back) of the cone. Decorate the front with colorful punch-outs,
 flowers and the child's initials. For display, I inserted a bamboo skewer through
 the cone and then staked them into a bucket filled with floral foam covered in excelsior. 
Fill with Easter grass and candies!

 Supplies: Lucky Starz: Carrot Starz Paper, Color Crazy Starz; Molly: Sparkle & Shine; 
Button Market: Fruit Punch, Outdoors; Sienna Chipboard Alphabet: Punch

And the bad thing about buying candy well in advance of Easter...yep,
I must go out again before Sunday and buy more!  The Kisses are gonnne...oops! :)

13 April 2014

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hello!  Let's have some fun today with the 
by Doodlebug Design
 I never seem to have enough masculine, little guy cards on hand,
so I came up with four cute and easy versions to share with you.
Each card also focuses on the Simply Put cards, which make card-making a breeze!

Let's start with this quick, 5 minute card first:
I cut down four different pixie straws to the same width as the 
Simply Put card and glued them in place with Zip Dry.

I embellished the side with one of my favorite monsters found in the 
Pixies pack...I just attached with some brads and then added a few 
Sprinkles for added cuteness.

And who can resist this trio?  I just had to use them on a card!
I trimmed the monsters away from the 4X6 card, corner rounded the edges and 
then layered it to the top of green Sprinkles Vellum.

A row of colorful buttons were stitched with Doodle Twine and attached with
an adhesive dot.  

And we can't forget about the sweet robot dudes throughout the collection!
Here I simply die cut a couple of different patterns from the 6X6 Paper Pad
and layered on one of the stickers.

 I used one of the Simply Put cards as the background paper and highlighted
a few of the dots with round Sprinkles.

With this last card, I just loved both sides of the Simply Put card, so
I cut it in half so that I could have a bit of both patterns!

To tie the two sides together, I added a strip of orange paper, bordered by
Doodle Twine and a border sticker.  One of the Ticket sentiments and 
dinosaur man stickers completes the look. Oh and don't forget the Sprinkles :)

Happy to see you...thanks for coming by!

12 April 2014

Trends: Brush Strokes and Handwritten

Handwritten, script and brush strokes
are fun trends right now in papercrafting and home decor.
Whether you create these by hand, using a cutting file
or stencil, it's a way to add a natural looking element!
Our challenge this past Thursday at
was to incorporate some variation of this trend into our projects.
Design Team member, Nicole Nowosad, has been kind enough to
share a FREE brush stroke cutting file...check it out on the blog:

"Thanks" Card
 Pick a fun alphabet stencil and create your own card title!
I traced the stencil letters onto cardstock, making sure that all of the letters
 were 'welded' in some fashion. Next, I hand-cut around the letters, leaving just a bit of a
 border so that it would stand out against the black die-cut star.

 Supplies: Trick or Treat: Captions; Lucky Starz: Ice Starz, Treasures & Text;
 Family Forever: Treasures & Text; Snapshots: Paper Pieces
The alphabet stencil is one from DCWV and the 12X12 sheet includes
two different lettering varieties!

"Hello Lovely" Card

 I've always loved Stephanie's handwritten words, so I chose the 'lovely' sentiment
from one of the patterned papers and trimmed it out. Next, I penned on some "hellos"
to tie in with the feel of the larger sentiment.

Supplies: Family Forever: Mom & Dad, Sunday Brunch; Molly: Sketch With Style, 
Trinkets; Lucky Starz: Peep Starz; Crochet Flowers: Dahlia
The Heart Card die and larger scalloped die are from Top Dog Dies; the smaller
scalloped heart die is by Spellbinders.

 Also, Bella Blvd is releasing THREE new mini-collections!
The full reveal of each collection will begin next week, but here is a little
sneak of what's to come:

You will have Summer Squeeze, Scattered Sprinkles and Classic Calendars.
And because I just KNOW I'm going to be so in love with Summer Squeeze
and the touch of black found throughout, I wanted to show this paper
that Stephanie shared yesterday on the blog:

Yummm!  So, towards the end of next week you'll be seeing the full
reveals of each...I can't wait to see them for the first time myself :)
Have a great Saturday!

11 April 2014

She Loves to Dance

I'm up today at 
with a layout featuring my dancing daughter :)

 I paired up the "Love to Dance" cutting file with some Doodlebug 
patterned papers, cardstock and stickers.

Don't forget to grab each day's FREEBIE at Miss Kate's!
Here is today's:
Thanks for stopping by!

10 April 2014

Lawn Fawn & May Arts

Hello and welcome to day four of the 
**You should be starting off today's hop with the May Arts Blog**

I love Lawn Fawn sooo much that I decided to do two cards for today

I adore balloons and these heart-shaped ones stole my heart LOL
I stamped it in three different VersaMagic Chalk Inks
Sea Breeze, Thatched Straw and Pixie Dust
After hand-cutting each of the hearts, I attached a length of 
the May Arts' Baker's Twine to the back.  
Next, I arranged them to my liking over the grey dot paper
and then adhered in place with a foam dot.  The lengths of twine
were gathered together and wrapped around the bottom of the paper and 
secured at the back with a piece of tape.  

I thought that the 'sunset' paper would look perfect with a row of 
low laying clouds followed by a bed of green, green grass!
I simply stamped the cloud onto the diagonal blue striped paper and 
then cut out.  I stamped the sun in a Brilliance Sunflower Yellow and used
a 1.5" circle punch to separate it from the cardstock.  
I added two widths of the green dot ribbon to the bottom of the sun paper.
Next, I topped those with a band of hot pick ric-rack  that I glued to the back
of a third strand of green dot ribbon

That's all from me today!  Here is a complete list of this week's hop...I'm your
last stop for today, so I hope that you've enjoyed :)