Tuesday, April 22, 2014

... a little Simple Stories Layout

Today I thought i'd share a layout I created recently using a super sweet 8 x 10" photo of my girl from several years ago .... she's growing up quick !!

It can be daunting to create with larger photos sometimes so it's always nice to see how they can be incorporated onto a layout without becoming too overwhelming ....

I used the Daily Grind collection by Simple Stories for this layout.  This is such a super collection for everyday photos and more.  I started with a distressed solid base (the light blue), and then added my large photo to the right edge of the base.

I cut several strips of different patterns to adhere as a frame around the photo .... The embellishments for  this collection were FABULOUS !!

Lots of adhesive backed chip shapes and stickers to add all over here and there ......

I added a few buttons with twine and my journalling in the bottom right corner directly onto the base .... This is perfect for this sweet photo of my girl ... can't believe she is 13 already !!!

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter Monday

Happy Easter Monday !!  I've had the best time with Em and Alex this past week. We've bee outside a TON and Easter weekend was so much fun.  The kids go back to school tomorrow so today we are off for more riding and baseball :))  But before I go I wanted to share this fun little home decor piece I made using a whole bunch of Core'dinations cardstock for the Easter holiday .....

In our new/old home I have the fireplace I've been waiting to have for years.  It has this great spot on it where I have a beautiful metal easel for framed art ect .... I like to change it up every season/holiday and I didn't have a new piece for Easter so of course I thought I would make one !!

I started with a white Spotted base .... (I love these pre-embossed pieces of cardstock) and then cut a large bunny shape using my Silhouette Cameo.  I ran the negative image through my eBosser using a spotted embossing folder and gently sanded off the top to show the lighter color inner core.

I wanted to fill in the shape and have it remind me of easter eggs so I used a small circle punch and my fave colors of the Spotted Jillian dot cardstock.  I lightly sanded each piece and adhered them slightly overlapping each other from behind the bunny shape.  I raised the creme 'tail' using 3D foam and added some 'grass' along the bottom of the base.  It is perfect for my fireplace and just in time for Easter !!

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Spring ......

Well, it FINALLY happened !!  Spring has sprung .... where I live anyway :))

I know it's been several days (okay more like 2 weeks ....), but I've truly been enjoying every day with my kiddos !!  We've been having a ball doing all kinds of things inside and outside so to say that I have completely stepped away from my computer is an understatement !!!

Though I haven't been blogging, I've still been creating here and there ..... I've got several paper projects to share this week and then I'm going to give you an update on some house, home decor, DIY projects that have been keeping me busy too :))

Today I thought I'd share a sweet little spring card with you .....

This is an oldie but a goody of a collection by Jillibean Soup and it was perfect for this bright a cheery card .....

..... I added a couple of wood pieces - a Bella Blvd. button and some mini clothes pins - and this one is ready to brighten a special someone's day !!

Come on back for more inspiration this week :))

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

'just like dad' Layout

This layout was up over on the Bella Blvd. blog the other day !!

Like most little boys, Alex LOVES to do anything that his Daddy does including helping me. The colors in the Lucky Starz collection work so well with these cute pics of Alex changing out the license plate from the truck to the camper - too cute.

 I love that while the stars are tone on tone, the pattern still pops off the page and the back sides are fabulous too - seriously LOVE them. One of the many things I enjoy about the Bella product is that several of the shapes are carried through in each collection.

 For this layout I was able to take star stickers from the Treasures & Text Cardstock Sticker sheets from (3) different collections and use them on the same layout. This really makes embellishing easy and fun !!

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Up over on Imaginisce

I'm up over on the Imaginisce Blog today for my last post as their March guest Designer !!  I've LOVED working with their 'Welcome Spring' collection and had so much fun  - thanks again Imaginisce !!

'Fly' Layout
I have so many great photos of Emma jumping her horses and am always looking for ways to showcase them on a layout using different collections other than something horsey !!  Emma often says that when she is going over the jumps it feels like she is flying so this stamping challenge was PERFECT .....

I started with a full 12 x 12" piece of polka dot patterned paper (love this one) and layered a few more patterns to create a fun base for my picture.

I love the clear butterfly stamp that comes with this collection and used coordinating embossing powders to create (15) shapes that I precision cut to embellish around my photo.  I used American Crafts Thickers for my title and added a journal card and a few sparkly gems too ..... just because :))

All Occasion Card
I am sure I am just like many of you when I remember literally as I am running out the door that I need a card for where I am going .... a birthday, thank you or just because.  I like to create cards like this that are sweet and perfect for any occasion so I can grab them on the go !!

For this card I started with a solid white A2 card base and added a piece of pink diagonal stripe a 1/4 of an inch smaller to show a bit of white around the edge.  For the stamping on this card I used (2) different stamps and colors of ink and create my own 'patterned paper' on white cardstock as a base for the die cuts and ribbon.

I raised this piece with Dimensional Dots, wrapped ribbon around it and added a couple of die cut shapes.  It is ready to go for that last minute card I need .... probably soon :))

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Bit of Bella .....

This is up over on the Bella Blvd. Blog today ..... 

Alex is going to be 9 this June and I can’t seem to figure out where the time has gone. That and I keeping realizing just how many pics I still have to get into this kids album.

 These were taken of Alex when he was 2 years old. His curls – seriously. He’d still have them but he kept getting called a cute little girl so they were cut when he turned 3. I still miss them. BUT..... His goofy, silly and fun personality has stayed right where it belongs and he still makes me laugh every day!

 The words and phrases throughout this collection seem to have been made for my boy. Yes, what a guy is right. LOVE all the little bits. This layout came together easily and is ready to put in his book – finally.

More layouts to come this week so come on back for lots of Bella Blvd. inspiration !!!

TFL .... Talk soon.