Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Card Share: Life is Good (Doodlebug Kraft in Color)

On Monday I shared an altered gift box made for the new Mum's the Word linky party over at Paper Issues, sponsored by Doodlebug Designs.

Today I'm sharing a second project — a card to go with the gift box. Every gift needs a card to accompany it, right? The base of the card is actually one of Doodlebug's Simply Put 4x6" album inserts. I built upon the insert using Sprinkles vellumstickers, and a treat bag (folding the flap down to make room for other elements).

If you play along, you could win a goodie bag of Doodlebug products, like the ones the design team got to work with. All of the details are right here.

Before I go, here's a quick look at both projects together. Have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Card Share: You're the Best

Happy birthday to Cassie Box, our fearless (and amazing) leader over at Paper Issues! The design team came up with a secret plan to flood Cassie's mailbox with handmade birthday wishes. We each mailed a card to the design team member who lives closest to Cassie, and she mailed them all on the same day so they'd arrive just in time for the big day.

I went with a cupcake theme because Cassie loves cupcakes (and so do I). I used an Echo Park cut file to create the cupcake from a mix of Simple Stories, Bella Blvd., Echo Park and My Little Shoebox papers. Almost looks good enough to eat. :)

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Paper Issues: Mum's the Word (Doodlebug Kraft in Color)

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! A new linky party has started up over at Paper Issues called Mum's the Word. Our wonderful sponsor is Doodlebug Designs. Doodlebug is one of the first companies I learned about when I first started scrapbooking and I've loved them ever since.

I created two projects for this linky party, both using Doodlebug's new Kraft in Color collection. I'm sharing one today and I'll be sharing the other later this week. First up is this adorable, little gift box. The box itself is pre-made. I bought it at Target, in the gift wrap section, and altered it.

So come join in on the fun. You could win a Doodlebug goodie bag filled with products like the design team got to play with. We're talking chevron washi, sequins, twine, Sprinkles vellum, pretty papers and so much more! Check out all of the details right here. I'd love to have you play along! :)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Cut File Share: Window Panel for Card Making

Last week I shared a layout that appeared in the April issue of Scrapbook Generation's Create magazine. It was part of an article featuring projects by the Echo Park design team. I also have a card in this issue, on page 88, that I designed my very first Silhouette cut file for.

Although I can't share the card (you'll have to take a look at the magazine to see it), I can share the cut file with you. It's sized to fit a 4" wide x 5 1/2" tall card base, although you can resize it for your whatever your needs are.

Happy crafting!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On Top of it All (Echo Park Splendid Sunshine)

The Echo Park design team is featured in the April issue of Scrapbook Generation's Create magazine. I contributed two projects, based on fabulous sketches by Allison Davis. One is the layout shown above, using Echo Park's Splendid Sunshine collection, and the other is a card. Be sure to check out this wonderful issue so you can get a look at my card (for which I designed my very first Silhouette cut file) and all of the other inspiring projects too! The Echo Park projects start on page 55.

Here's a look at the sketch I used:
Have a great day!

Linking up to Crafty Creations #16 at the Memory Nest.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Card Share and a Sketch: Some Bunny Loves You (Echo Park Hippity Hoppity)

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Easter is in just a few short days. If you still need to make some cards, I have a cute one to share with you today. This one features Echo Park's Hippity Hoppity mini collection.

To see cute detail shots of this card, please stop by the Echo Park blog today to check them out and say hi.

I even created a sketch of this card for you to Pin and use any time. If you use it, I'd love to see what you created!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Paper Issues: Pitch Perfect

We have a new link up starting at Paper Issues today called Pitch Perfect. The theme is based on the movie of the same name and Lawn Fawn is our wonderful sponsor.

I'm linking up a page about my Dad and his terrible singing voice. One of Dad's elementary school chorus teachers once said to him, "Rukin, you move your lips." It wasn't very nice of her to say if you think about it, but it kind of became a family joke, one that still makes me smile every time I think of it.

Here are some other ideas to get you thinking:
  • Share a project that has a music theme.
  • Tell us about your favorite baseball team (as in pitching a baseball).
  • What's your favorite movie or favorite song?
  • Use song lyrics or the words "pitch" and/or "perfect".
  • Show us a project about camping (as in pitching a tent)
  • How about a page about a toddler's temper tantrum (as in pitching a fit)?
  • Have you ever done a project based on your favorite commercial (as in a sales pitch)?
  • Let's see some trash-to-treasure/upcycled projects (versus pitching something in the trash).
  • Use Lawn Fawn products.
Take a look through projects you've already created, or create something new. Whatever you do, come link up for a chance to win an adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn, our sponsor.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Card Share: Happy Passover

A few years back, I was on the design team for a company called Crafting Jewish Style. They specialize in scrapbooking supplies for Jewish holidays.

I put this Passover card together with CJS papers and stickers, adding in a few diecuts and other little bits from my stash.

I'll be sending this off to one of my sisters (so I hope none of them are reading this). :)

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

You Are My Heart (Simple Stories Homespun)

This has turned out to be Simple Stories sweep on my blog this week! First I shared this layout using the DIY Boutique collection, then this one featuring Fresh Air, and now I have a Homespun layout to share.

I worked my design around the elements already printed on the paper, like the flowers and doily/banner combo, adding in embellishments to give these areas some depth and texture.

Here are a couple of detail shots. This one is to the right of the photo:

Here's a look at the top right corner of the page: 

In this image you can see the elements I added to the pre-printed banner:

Of the three collections I shared with you this week, do you have a favorite?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Starbucks Sip (Simple Stories Fresh Air)

Simple Stories Fresh Air Simple Set worked so well for this page about Alexa's love of Starbucks. The colors in this collection couldn't match the cup sleeve and straw any more perfectly!

Alexa likes trying items from what she calls the "secret" menu — items not listed in the store, but are drink combos people have tried and posted online. I think I'll stick with my favorite — a tall chai tea latte with skim milk.

Just like with the page I shared yesterday, this page features Taylored Expressions Pockets & Pages {Documented} stamp set. I used this set to stamp a journaling card (inside of the frame) and words around the page. I also added in a piece of the corrugated cup sleeve as an embellishment (bottom right corner).

If you'd like to see some detail shots of this page, please visit the newly redesigned Simple Stories blog.

I am definitely not an authority when it comes to stamping, but I had a lot of fun working outside of my comfort zone with the wonderful Taylored Expressions sets. I hope you enjoyed seeing how you can easily pair any Simple Stories collection with stamping!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#Selfie (Simple Stories DIY Boutique)

Hi everyone! Last week, the Simple Stories design team partnered with Taylored Expressions, a stamp and die company to bring you some fabulous projects. Today I'm sharing one of the layouts I made with products from both companies. I'll share the other one tomorrow. :)

This page showcases Simple Stories new DIY Boutique collection (with embellishments from the DIY collection added in). I also used two fabulous stamp sets from Taylored ExpressionsPockets & Pages {Documented} and Pockets & Pages {InstaFun}.

I embellished the circles already printed on the grid paper with enamel dots, stickers, chipboard and the Taylored Expressions stamps. The {InstaFun} hashtag sentiments worked perfectly with this selfie of Alexa. I love the font, don't you?

If you'd like to see some detail shots of this page, please visit the Simple Stories blog (newly redesigned by the way).

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