Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beautiful You (Echo Park Fine and Dandy Plus Designer Stamps)


Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! I have a colorful Echo Park Fine and Dandy layout to share with you today.

My assignment was to use this collection along with the "Happy Little Moments" Designer Stamp set. This is a super cute set with a great mix of icons and sentiments. I used the "Happy Little Moments" sentiment along with the mushroom and butterfly stamps.

I created the border on the right side of the page using an Echo Park thought bubble cut file. The ampersands are also Echo Park cut files. I cut the thought bubbles from various solid papers and layered them until I was pleased with their arrangement. After I adhered them, I started the embellishment process using stickers from the collection, buttons and wood veneer arrows.

You can get more information about this page, and see detail shots, on the Echo Park blog today. Feel free to pop over there to say hi. :)

Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend!

ETA: Linking up to Crafty Creations No. 23 at The Memory Nest.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Winner: Celebrating 600 Posts Giveaway


Last week I posted a giveaway to celebrate the milestone of reaching over 600 blog posts. The randomly chosen winner will receive Echo Park's Princess and Ghost Town mini theme collection packs.

So are you ready to find out who the lucky winner is?

Congratulations to Heather from Houses Built of Cards!


Congratulations! I love seeing your layouts - I'm a simple layout kinda person, and your creations never fail to amaze me!
Heather, please email your full name and mailing address to me at LSwift1110 (at) frontier (dot) com and I will get your prize right out to you. Thanks for playing along and visiting my blog! :)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Card Share: Just Be & Smile (Echo Park Capture Life Color)


Echo Park recently released their July idea book. It's a free download (as are all of their idea books and PDF files). The book contains projects from both the Echo Park and Carta Bella design teams. I have three cards featured, including the one shown above. It's made with Echo Park's Capture Life Color collection. I replicated this card exactly using the Black and White collection and the difference is really striking.

I also contributed a card (and sketch) made with the We Are Family collection.

I hope you'll check the book out, not only because it's free and not only because I have projects in there. :) It really is full of inspiring ways to use Echo Park and Carta Bella collections!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Simple Stories Hello Baby Idea Book, Sn@p Card Giveaway and Reveal Week


There's so much going on at Simple Stories and I want to share it all with you!

First off, Simple Stories released a new eBook featuring their Hello Baby collection. This is a free download (PDF) chock full of inspiration from the design team.

Also, Simple Stories is having a Sn@p card giveaway. Every month they do a "Pick a Card, Any Card" blog post featuring the top picks from six members of the design team. Not only do you have a chance to win the chosen cards, but the entire packs they came from. That's a total of six (6) Sn@p card packs in total! You can check out all of the details right here (and see which card I chose this month). :)

Last, but not least, be sure to visit the Simple Stories blog all this week for new collection reveals. There's so much fun in store!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Card Share: Adventurer (Echo Park Silhouette Cut File)


A friend's son recently got his driver's license so I made a card to congratulate him. I went with this Echo Park cut file because his mom drives a red VW bug. Couldn't be more perfect, right?

I started with the basic cut file, created an offset, then mirrored the image above the original to create the white card base. After cutting the car parts, I adhered them to the card base, using foam circles to give the hood dimension.

I used enamel dots for the headlights, embellished the hood with a wood veneer topped with another enamel dot, and finished it off with rub on sentiment inside the windshield.

Have a great weekend! I'll be back next week with some new posts.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NOW CLOSED Giveaway: Celebrating Over 600 Posts


My little blog has reached a milestone that calls for a celebration! Not just a celebration, but a giveaway too. What are we celebrating? Over 600 posts!


I will send two new Echo Park mini theme collection packs (Ghost Town and Princess) to one lucky, random winner.


What do you have to do? Leave a comment telling me what you like about visiting my blog or an idea about something you'd like to see (maybe more of or something I haven't done). That's it. Easy, right?



I'm sorry, but this giveaway is open to US residents only. My post office is a nightmare and it's much easier for me to ship right from home.

I will post the random winner one week from today, on Wednesday 7/30. Good luck!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Yacht of Swimming (Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine)


Last week I posted a layout I made for Simple Stories partnership with May Arts ribbon and Xyron adhesives. Today I'm sharing another layout from that team up.

Remember that blog break I took a couple of weeks ago? We spent part of it at Disney World. The title of this page is a spin off of the name of the resort we stayed at — The Yacht Club.

To see detail shots, a supply list and information about this page, please visit the Simple Stories blog.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Paper Issues: Say Cheese


It's time for a new linky party at Paper Issues. This one's called "Say Cheese" and it's all about photos — your favorite photos, vintage photos, Instagram photos and so much more. Be sure to check it out because there's an awesome Maya Road goodie bag up for grabs. You can find all of the details, plus some amazing inspiration from the design team, right here.

Linking to Crafty Creations No. 22 at The Memory Nest.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Card Share: Happy Bird-Day (Echo Park Simple Life)


Hi everyone! Today I have a very "tweet" birthday card to share with you. This one features Echo Park's new Simple Life collection and an Echo Park Silhouette cut file (bird).

For details on how this card came together, please visit the Echo Park blog.

That's it for blog posts from me this week. I'll be back next week. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Disney Boardwalk (Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine)


Simple Stories is partnering with May Arts ribbon and Xyron adhesives this week to bring you some wonderful and inspiring projects. I created two layouts with the Good Day Sunshine collection (my latest fave). I'll share the other layout next week.

It may look as if I pieced together a whole bunch of borders to create the base of this page, but the paper actually comes this way.



All I did was add my photo, a whole bunch of embellishments, and May Arts ribbon (my favorite chevron twill). I love how it turned out!

To see detail shots of this page, please visit the Simple Stories blog.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Card Share: What's Cookin' at the Swifts?


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a card showcasing Echo Park's new Simple Life collection and two Echo Park Silhouette files — one a print and cut file (apron and oven mitt), the other a standard cut file (notebook paper).

For details on how this card came together, and tips for printing on cut files (I added lines and text to the notebook paper), please visit the Echo Park blog.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

#Jazz (Echo Park Capture Life)


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a layout about Alexa's competitive tap number. Today I have another dance page to show you, this time about her jazz routine.

As you can probably tell from the photo, it was a dance that required a bit of (ahem) attitude which Alexa had no problem pulling off. I actually had a good laugh during the umpteen times I saw this number performed. Alexa doesn't have an attitude even remotely like this in real life, but she was used as an example, over and over, by her teacher, in terms of the facial expressions and body language she wanted to see when the girls performed.

Anyway, there's an eclectic mix of product on here, with the "base" being primarily Echo Park's Capture Life. There's also some Teresa Collins, Simple Stories and Pebbles Inc. too.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day. :)

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Family Love (Echo Park We Are Family)


Hi everyone! I'm here today to share a layout made with Echo Park's We Are Family collection. This photo shows Alexa with three of her cousins at a family event back in October.

I used three coordinating Echo Park Silhouette cut files — the title (family and love) and the globe. You may remember I used the globe recently, on a much larger scale, on a graduation card.

If you'd like to see detail shots of this page, please visit the Echo Park blog.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kim McSwain (Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine)


Earlier this year, Alexa had the opportunity to take classes with choreographer Kim McSwain. When I started thinking about how to scrap this photo, I wanted to be sure to convey how happy Alexa was about this opportunity. Kim has such an upbeat, encouraging personality (she gave Alexa the nickname Giraffe-y Cathy because of Alexa's giraffe print hair bow (which she made herself, by the way) so I wanted to use a lot of color.

I decided to use Simple Stories new summer collection, Good Day Sunshine. A summer collection? On a dance-themed page? You bet! There's plenty about this collection that works for summer memories, but the rainbow colors are perfect for what I had in mind.

You can get more information about this page, along with detail shots, by visiting the Simple Stories blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hello There (Simple Stories Homespun)


Today I'm sharing a page made with Simple Stories Homespun collection. This layout appeared in the May issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine and is based on a sketch in that issue.

For detail shots and design information about this page, please visit the Simple Stories blog. :)

Thanks for visiting today!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Paper Issues: Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer


S'mores are the perfect sweet summer treat (at least I think so). You really can't beat the combination of graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and chocolate.

Why am I singing the praises of s'mores? Because we have a new linky party starting at Paper Issues today. It's called Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer, sponsored by Bella Blvd. They've given us a Summer Squeeze collection kit to give away. Come check it out! You'll find ideas for all sorts of sweet summer projects you can link up (and I know you have them)! :)



I'll be back tomorrow with a new project to share. See you then! :)

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