Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fancy Pants Design Pretty Trio of Spring Cards

Happy Spring! I really can’t wait until I can start saying that haha. It’s been a really long, cold and extremely snowy winter in Southern Alberta. The weather has been teasing us profusely giving a few days here and there of sunshine and slightly warm temps but it’s swiftly followed up by several days of non-stop snow and cold. It’s really pretty I suppose, but I’m so ready for tulips and crocuses. Who else is ready for spring!?
Using The Bright Side Collection I put together a sweet little trio of cards. My stash was getting low so I thought it was a good time to get to work on refilling my card box. I love giving home made cards, they’re fun to make and I think it’s always a thoughtful gesture to give someone something you’ve made with your own hands and heart. These would make a great little Mother’s day or Teacher gift as well. Wrap the bundle in some bakers twine and tuck them in a sweet little pouch with some washi tape and stamps. The perfect home made stationery gift!
I usually like to work in layers to make sure my pages or projects have texture and depth. The first layer being the white card base. I picked out the pieces I wanted to use on the cards from The Bright Side e
Ephemera pack, Chipboard stickers and Puffy stickers sheet and laid out the pieces I thought I would use in three piles. From there I chose sprays to use on the base layer in the form of splats as well as a dry emboss folder that leaves a wood grain impression.  I cut out two pieces of Kraft cardstock and ran it through my big shot to get the wood grain embossing look. Once all my elements were ready to go I started assembling the cards.
Let’s Celebrate card; I lightly splattered silver spray on the top corner, visioning where the wood grain piece of Kraft paper would go. I wanted the paint to peek out. I used pop dots to adhere the Kraft piece, centering it. I sewed a straight stitch ¾ of the way down the red and white striped scallop strip. Adhering it with pop dots to the Kraft piece. I made a little bundle of thread and glued it under the “Let’s Celebrate” chipboard piece.
Counting Blessings card; I splattered blue spray a little heavier diagonally across the card base. Placed my paper elements to fit inside the wooden scallop circle then adhered them to fit inside the frame. I added a few of the heart puffy stickers to add more texture and adhered the “Counting Blessings” sentiment with pop dots. Finishing the card by popping the blue flower off the card with a pop dot.
Fern & Flower bouquet card; I sewed all the way around the edge of the Kraft piece then adhered it, centering it on the card base, with Sookwang tape. My fav! I created a sweet little bouquet with some of the ephemera elements, gluing them with a small dab of glue to keep them in place before tying the bouquet with red and white baker’s twine. To anchor the bouquet I popped the white frame, from the ephemera pack, off of the Kraft piece with pop dots. I then placed the bouquet in the center of the frame using pop dots but layering the pop dots in a couple places to bring the leaf and pink daisy off the card a little more than the other elements. To finish it off I used a pop dot to stick the yellow flower down.
Cards are always handy to have on hand; I hope you have fun making some of your own to replenish your stash! Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Adventure Layout

I signed up for Catherine Davis' Design School Preview Class (which is free!) It's a sneak of her new class Design School 2. 
This is the layout I made from Lesson 1: Catherine Davis. I love using lots of alphas on my layouts in a creative way. I made so many layouts since spring trying to use up full alphas (since I'm a bit of an alpha hoarder). So this lesson was right up my alley. 

The background paper is an older Studio Calico patterned paper. I honestly didn't know what to do with it. I've pulled it out many times to use but came up blank. It was the perfect colour for this alpha. I decided to just go with the green from it ignoring the earth. It ended up working great with the photo of Milly from a trip to Vancouver Island.

I love layering and have a hard time making a layout without something being layered on it. It's also a great way to use up all these paper scraps and 4x6 paper pads from Studio Calico. I love those things!
The little shovel is from a vintage October Afternoon collection. I. LOVE. October Afternoon!!!! (I'll take any and all hoarded OA stashes out there if your purging your stash haha!)

I cut an old Studio Calico paper pad paper in half. Used the map part tucked in under the photo and the other for the journaling.

I wanted a little bling but didn't want to add much in terms of embellishments so I tore a little strip of Maggie Holmes' metallic silver washi tape and guess what, layered it on the layers! ha. Yay for layers.

Go check out the free class comprising of 3 lessons if your in need of a little self time or inspiration.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Inspiration Now That Summer is Over

Summer is officially over here. The leaves are turning gorgeous jewel tones, the air is crisp in the morning, the apples are turning up in groves to my local fruit man and the peaches are coming to an end.

I don't know about you but we had a jam packed summer. We did manage to sneak in some relaxation and lazy days too but it felt mostly super busy! I had a really hard time fitting in any creative time this summer but I have to admit I wasn't feeling super inspired. I'm still not there yet. I thought maybe I should go through the layouts and projects I did make and do several posts about them. To inspire some creativity in me as well as maybe you!

The first layout I'm sharing is one of my favs from the summer! It's actually a super simple layout. I used a photo from last summer, that's how far behind I am ;) The paper is AMAZING. By Alexandra Renke.  Found at one of our local stores called The Scrap Yard, here in Calgary, AB. I bought several of a few of the designs. This one and a magnificent orange pattern.

The background alpha are some older Doodle Bug Design alpha stickers I hadn't used in ages. I placed them in a somewhat random but organized pattern. I had some scrap paper sitting on my desk that I had inked off some purple ink onto. I decided I really like the pattern and cut out two small flags from it. The bottom right corner has "Like" stamped repeatedly using purple ink, inking off once or twice in between inking. "Like" stamp is designed by Tina Aszmus of Life Love Paper for an old  Kelly Purkey kit called Currently Loving - seen here on pinterest. It's one of my favs!
Like a Boss is from an old Studio Calico stamp set. I stamped it with versa mark and used gold embossing powder, heated it up to melt of course.

I felt the page was busy enough with the bright coloured background and didn't want to take away from the typographic feel so I kept the embellishing to a minimum.
I hope you find some simple inspiration from it!

If this has given you any inspiration or want to see some process videos making layouts like this let me know. I'll do my best to make that happen :)

PS: Hope your back to school has been going smooth! Happy Fall!!