Thursday, October 30, 2014

Card Share: Where's the Candy? (Simple Stories Frankie and Friends)

Where's the candy, you ask? Well, some of it, the calorie-free kind at least, can be found in Simple Stories adorable Frankie and Friends collection. Since this card is all about candy, I'd love to hear what your favorite is. Mine is either Snickers or Almond Joy, depending on my mood.

This is one of two cards I made with Frankie and Friends (I'll share the other next week). It came together so easily. I added stickers, chipboard, a die cut and enamel dots to a pre-printed 4x6 journaling spot.

I don't know about you, but I love a card that comes together quickly and turns out so cute!

That's it for me this week. Have a happy and safe Halloween (and don't eat too much candy)!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One for Each Night (Echo Park Creative Agenda)

Scrapbooking Hanukkah photos is hard because there are no holiday-themed collections available. Years ago, I was on the design team for a company called Crafting Jewish Style. They are about the only company that makes collection specifically for Jewish holidays. Most years I resort to using non-themed collections, working with the colors in my photos vs. the holiday theme itself.

Who would have guessed that Echo Park's Creative Agenda collection would be exactly what I needed to document this photo? I love all of the color! Some of the embellishments on here are for symbolic purposes, like the light bulb because it says, "Bright Idea" which goes along with the candlelight, the "sold" tag because my Dad bought this menorah for Alexa, and the cluster of art supplies because the menorah was made, and painted, by an artist.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm switching gears tomorrow and sharing a Halloween card with you. :)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Festive Countdown to Christmas (Echo Park Christmas Cheer)

Hi everyone! I'm here today to give you a look at an Echo Park Christmas Cheer layout I made for a design team assignment. I was asked to use the coordinating washi tape in a fun way.

Turns out the Holly Berries tape was perfect for creating a "garland" on the tree sticker. I laid strips of the tape diagonally across the sticker, then trimmed the excess with an X-acto knife, following the outline of the tree.

The top portion of this page is actually a section cut from the Border Strips paper.

The lined green portion of the paper was the perfect spot for adding the start of my title ("A Festive") using the coordinating Christmas Cheer alpha stickers. The second part of the title ("Countdown to Christmas") was already printed on the white notebook border. I embellished some of the pre-printed border elements with enamel shapes and stickers to add depth and dimension.

If you'd like more information about this page or to see some detail shots, please visit the Echo Park blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Paper Issues: Witchin' You a Happy Halloween with SRM Stickers

Happy Halloween! Today I have a treat, actually a treat bag, to share with you. I created this for the new linky party at Paper Issues called Witchin' You a Happy Halloween, sponsored by SRM Stickers.

This bag was quick and easy to put together with SRM's Halloween border stickers and a kraft bag. I adhered the border stickers, starting at the bottom of the bag, trimming away any excess with craft scissors. I used the remaining piece of the sticker further up the bag (the border strips are 12" long).

I'm thinking these would be great for Alexa to give out to her friends at school or dance. Gotta get busy making some more...See you tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Acting the Part (Echo Park Arsenic and Lace)

Alexa is a bit obsessed with The Mortal Instruments book series and has chosen to go as her favorite book character (Clary Fray) for Halloween. She created some of her costume accessories from Sculpey clay (a necklace charm and writing instrument).

Although her costume is far from spooky, this photo worked well with Echo Park's Arsenic & Lace collection. To complement the vintage designs, I crumpled the papers layered underneath my photo to give them a more authentic look. I also used a number of Echo Park cut files (spider web, elixir label, and bitty bag) on here.

Please visit the Echo Park blog to see the complete supply list for this layout (including links to the cut files I used), detail shots and a write up about how to distress papers to work with a vintage collection.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Card Share: Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)

Yesterday I shared a holiday card made with Simple Stories new DIY Christmas collection. Today I'm giving you a look at another card made from the same collection. I used the same elements (papers and embellishments) as yesterday's card, but created a totally different design. That's the beauty of DIY Christmas. There are so many little bits and pieces to choose from. Each card can be unique. I don't know about you, but I get kind of really bored if I have to replicate the same design over and over. With a collection like this, I can mix and match embellishments and papers to get a fresh design every time.

I'll be changing gears tomorrow and sharing a Halloween layout. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Card Share: Hello Santa (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)

Raise your hand if you've started making holiday cards. Go ahead, don't be shy. I actually made this card in September for a design team assignment. I don't usually start that early (but I'm glad I did because it will be nice to have on hand once December rolls around).

Everything on here is from Simple Stories new DIY Christmas collection. In addition to the great selection of papers, there's also a wide variety of embellishments to choose from. The options are endless in terms of creating unique designs or multiples of the same design. Your choice. :)

I'll be back tomorrow with another card share. Until then...happy crafting!

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