Friday, March 30, 2012

Scrapp'n Savvy Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Scrapp'n Savvy Blog Hop! During this hop, you will learn about each teachers classes at the store and be eligible to win FREE class sessions. To enter, you must leave a comment on EACH teachers' blog and then return to the Scrapp'n Savvy blog and leave a comment that you have completed the hop. We will also be sharing with you information about our classes and techniques and tips that we used to create our "HOME" banners!

I teach a regular monthly class at Scrapp'n Savvy called Everday Layouts.  In class we complete two single page  layouts and one double page layout.  I provide tips and ideas for coordinating pages.  We do lots of different and fun techniques including painting, misting, sewing, distressing, and much more!  The pages I create are general in theme so that you could use them for a bunch of different types of photos.  I tend to scrap "moments" rather than "events".  Here are some pages that we have created in class in the past few months:









I will also be teaching a SPECIAL technique class in May called "Misting Magic".  I will be discussing different types of mists, and we will be creating three pages with a bunch of different mist techniques.  You will learn a LOT about this medium and also get a bottle of mist in your class kit!

Now onto my banner:
I decided to go with a bright color palette that would be perfect for year round and that could brighten up my space.  I went with a bright sunshine yellow, teal blue, and moss green.  Then I added some pops of red with paper and paint on the hearts.  On each tag, i typed up some quotes about "home" and glued them in strips.

I covered each letter with paper, inked the edges and outlines the letters with a black pen.  Then I added some crackle medium here and there for some texture.
For the muslin flower, I stamped with with a texture stamp with black StazOn ink (so it would run when I misted it) and then misted it with yellow mist.  I also wrapped each letter in some areas with black embroidery thread.




This felt bird I misted with green mist and covered the wings with paper.

On the acrylic bird, I stamped with with StazOn and painted the wings blue.  Both of the birds came from a Basically Bare pack of bird embellies.


More tags and detail of the crackle on the letter.


And finally the twine butterfly...


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Be sure to comment on each of the blogs listed below for your chance to win a free class!  Winners will be chosen April 4th.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Too Shabby?

For my class this month at Scrapp'n Savvy, I decided to do something different for me!  Last month I used the American Crafts Chap line and did some boy pages. This month I decided to go all girl and do a few "shabby" pages using the Bazzill line Vintage Market Place, by Margie Romney-Aslett.  I just loved the piece of paper that had the large chevron prints alternating newsprint and girly colors.  So I cut the whole piece of paper into the chevron strips and made two pages with it.

While working with these colors, I couldn't stop thinking about Charlotte's birthday last year, so I decided to use some photos that I hadn't scrapped yet.  We made this birthday hat together and also the cupcakes, so nothing was really a surprise for her.



I cut some circles out of some of the patterned paper and folded and stitched them to make this banner.  The flags, die cuts, and sequins all came from some old Girl's Paperie stuff that I had...it matches perfectly with the Bazzill line (of course b/c it is the same designer!)



On the chevron strips, I machine stitched down the middle to show off the zig-zags a bit more.  I splattered the background with green mist and then threw some pink sequins on the page.


So on this next page, I used the newsprint pieces of the chevron paper to create the layered piece below.  On Saturday, Charlotte attended her first birthday party (for a friend).  It was a batman theme party (whom she doesn't really know), but wanted to get all dolled up with her glasses and bracelettes.  We had a great time!

In keeping with my "shabby" style, I added some lace under the chevron pieces. I fussy cut some roses from the paper and added them peeking out from the chevron and at other places on the page, too.




And finally, we always do one 2-pager in my class, and I decided to work with the MME Miss Caroline collection.  I loved the soft pastel colors and thought it would be perfect for a page about Easter.  These are photos from about a year ago (look at how much Charlotte's hair has grown from this page below to the previous layout!).   I have so many photos of Easter activities from last year that I MUST get done before this Easter!  :)  This was an Easter Egg hunt that we did with our Mom's Group in a local park.  Charlotte was so serious about going around finding as many eggs as she could!  :)



After I laid out all the papers and photos on my white cardstock, I decided that my background needed a bit more texture.  SO, I bought some lace by the yard at the craft store and just stitched it onto the white cardstock.  I love the texture that it adds to the page!

I fussy cut a LOT of papers, including the scalloped borders and these flower-shaped things.  Other than that, the layout is pretty simple!

I am really in love with these pages, and overall, I think they are "Not Too Shabby".  (Get it?)

I have THREE of these kits left for creating the three layouts above.  If you are interested, let me know! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book Paper Inspriration with GLITZ

Hello Glitz fans!!!  Today I get to share with you my interpretation of this months challenge to use BOOK PAPER on your project.

There is a sheet of paper in the Beautiful Dreamer line that works perfectly for this challenge!  It is covered in book text.  Unfortunately, I hardly have any of it left, so I had to use some scraps, so this page is all about the scraps!  I think I have used 5 or 6 different collections on this one page.



I framed my photos with some What Nots and then cut out some little black frames on my Cricut.  I backed each frame with some patterned paper.  Three of the frames have the book paper on them and to make them stand out a bit more I popped them off the page.




One of the frames is a Glitzer sticker, so to add some more GLITZ I added some small rhinestones to my oval photo frames.


Next up I wanted to use the Dance in the Sunshine collection for these photos of my little girl playing outside.  The purple in her shirt and the sunshine behind her were a perfect fit for these pages.




I cut a large frame out of white cardstock, stamped it lightly, and then distressed the edges.  I then used a stitch stamp and wrote my journaling around the edge.  I also added in some Paper Layers on this page that had book print on them, too!


And I have a confession to make!  (It's always good to share the mix ups with the good, too, right?)  After I had stamped my stitched lines on my white frame I decided they would be awesome for journaling.  But after I photographed my layout, I realized that I had already used a sticker to the left of my photos as a spot for journaling!!  So right now it is blank, but I will dress it up with some type of embellishment!!!  Oops!!  But the funny thing is, I am still very happy with the way my page turned out!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friends On Parade:
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Floral
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Birds
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Stripe
Glitz Designs: Beautiful Dreamer
Other papers from Glitz Designs Collections: Hoopla, Afternoon Muse, Laced with Grace
Gllitz Designs Dance in the Sunshine Stickers
Glitz Designs Dance in the Sunshine Glitzers
Glitz Designs Beautiful Dreamer What Nots
Other stickers from Laced with Grace

Bucket of Fun:
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Raindrops
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Damask
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Stripe
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Epoxy Stickers
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Glitzers
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine Paper Layers
Glitz Designs: Dance In the Sunshine What Nots

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Win some Dear Lizzy Neapolitan!!!!

Are you ready for a GIVEAWAY??  You could win this little mini kit from Paper Issues!  It features products from the new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line and also has some twine and seam binding.  Read through to the end to find out how to win!


Paper Issues is an inspirational blog that has a new "issue" every few weeks.  You can link up your project for the current theme, and it might be featured, and you will probably get some blog love, too!  :)  The next couple weeks the theme is "Candy Shoppe", and this Dear Lizzy line is a perfect  fit!

I had some Easter photos from last year that have been on my to do list for a while.  I used this months kit from Scrapbook Circle.



When I started this page, I couldn't get the idea of using something to represent eggs out of my head.  I was going to make a little Easter egg garland, or just cut some out, but it just wasn't working.  But then I remembered I had this awesome new stencil from  The Crafter's Workshop.  So I actually painted the stencil and used it kinda like a stamp.



I misted some of the Jenni Bowlin perforated tickets that came in the kit and then punched some holes in them, too.  And I gave the wooden butterfly a little bit of a whitewash and backed it with some patterned paper.

OK, now for the giveaway!  There are 4 of us on the Paper Issues team who are participating in this giveaway!  All you have to do is visit all 4 blogs, AND the Paper Issues blog and leave a comment.  You must also be a follower of the PI blog and "like" PI on Facebook!


In addition, YOU REALLY should check out the PI store!  There are a ton of new releases there from Cosmo, Fancy Pants, October Afternoon, Crate Paper, The Crafter's Workshop, and of course some Dear Lizzy stuff!!  AND, for your shopping convenience, enter the word AUDREY at checkout and receive 20% off your purchase!

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

BOAF...fun with some chevrons...

I have two more pages to share today from my Birds of a Feather March kit.  This kit contains beautiful yellows and blues from Authentique Genuine and My Mind's Eye Brightside.

I posted a tutorial last week on the BOAF blog about different ways to use corrugated cardboard.  I used it in a lot of different ways on this page.  I wanted this page to focus on primary colors because it was about "playing" and I think primary colors and kid playing is a perfect combo!  :)





Charlotte has been pretty good about teaching Kyler how to "play" she shows him how toys work, BUT she also wants to play with every toy that he is playing with.  He doesn't care right now, but I'm sure that's gonna change very soon!  :) 

To add red into this kit I painted the white corrugated cardboard from Jillibean Soup.  Then I used a die to cut it on my Big Shot.

I tried embossing a punched piece, too.  It embossed just fine, but took out some of the texture of the corrugations.

You can also just punch the cardboard with a regular punch like I did with this heart.



I made these little shaker frames with the FabScraps frames that come in the kit and two pieces of transparency.  I used a piece of paper to create a small funnel to add the goodies to the inside after three of the sides were glued and dried.  Then I glued the last side.



OK, I'm not gonna lie.  This next page took me about 5 hours.  I moved papers around and around over and over again.  I left it on my desk for a few days, scrapped something else and then came back to it and did the same thing!!!  FINALLY I just decided to glue stuff down because I was tired of struggling with it.  I hate when that happens.  BUT, I kinda like it, so I crossed it off the list and am moving on.

At 7 months old, Kyler had his first hair cut.  He came out with a full head of hair, and it was already growing into his eyes!  :)  My mother in law actually cut it, and he was a good sport while she worked on his for about 30 minutes!  Charlotte has yet to get her's cut!  :)




The February kit actually came with these little clear envelopes and I KNEW as soon as I saw them that I was going to use them to hold a few pieces of his hair.  I added a piece of paper to the background and added a button over the magnetic closure.

I wrote some journaling on a tag I created from PP and tucked it behind a photo.




On Sunday, I have a special post going on with an RAK available, so be sure to stop by!!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Simple Shapes and AC Chap...

Today at Practical Scrappers we are featuring layouts that use simple shapes (squares, circles, triangles, etc.).  I decided to take on this challenge and created this page using the AC Chap line!  I had this line ordered for my recent classes at Scrappn' Savvy and I just LOVE it!

I haven't scrapped a photo of Keith and I in a long time!  I found these shots when I was looking through some photos from Christmas.  Now, for Keith to take photos like this (where I am holding the camera out with my hand and taking a self portrait of us), he has to either be drinking, or it has to be a really special occasion.  Guess which one it was?  :)





The way I started this page was to just cut/punch some simple shapes and then I just laid them out on the paper until I had the design that I liked!  I stitched around this sticker for the title...


It wouldn't be complete without some paint and stitching....

This next page I am SUPER excited about!   Don't you just love the little baby superman...when they are laying on their bellies kicking their legs and flailing their arms???





To create the call out balloons, I simply used the shapes in Microsoft Word and increased the thickness of the line.  I actually printed some of them right onto patterned paper.


After I added my subtitle stickers in the balloons, I completely covered them with Glossy Accents to give them a epoxy look.
(I'm a bit mad because the glossy accents on the page on the left dried with a tint of yellow on them, but the other side is just fine!  I have no idea why. I did have them drying on separate surfaces, and I wonder if that was the reason??  Any ideas?)



I was inspired by "Superman" colors and the idea of a cape.  The red paper on the right is supposes to mimic a cape.  I also was inspired by some old comics, specifially the style of Roy Lichenstein.  Do you know of him?  You probably recognize comics like these:


They usually have call out balloons, and if you look closely, the image itself is made up of a whole bunch of little dots!  So that is what inspired me to use the background paper with the little dots, and to add more black dots with some Distress Stain.  I used a stencil and a paint brush to apply the bigger circles and then just used a pencil eraser for the smaller circles.

OK,lots more stuff coming this week...... I've got at least 5 more layouts that are just about finished!

Monday, March 12, 2012

GCD STUDIOS DT!!!

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I have been bursting at the seams with excitement waiting to announce that I have made the 2012 Design Team at GCD Studios!!!  I can hardly contain myself!  Miss Heidi Sonboul HERSELF called me, and I am sure she probably thinks I am a total dork.  When she said, "Hi, this is Heidi Sonboul" I about froze for what seemed like forever, but I'm sure it was only a few seconds.  Anyways, we talked a bit and she is super super sweet!   WOO HOO!  Did I mention I am excited?  Can't wait to get started.  Did you know there are EIGHT new releases?? Check them out HERE.

There are a whole bunch of giveaways on the blog today!  Go check out the new Design Team and leave comments to win some of the new collections!!


Stayed tuned for some GCD Studios projects!!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cosmo Cricket..love these colors!!!

I got to work with some Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e papers and embellies this month at Memorable Seasons!!! I really really love how different this color combo is with yellow and pinks and greys!!!!! It fit perfectly with this month's inspriation challenge at Get Picky.

Every month at Memorable Seasons we do Member of the Month and the Design Team scraplifts a layout of that month's member. This page is a scraplift of a page by Louise (boysmom).


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On one of my mom's visits to our house, she had brought Charlotte a book of stickers.  One morning they came downstairs and grandma's robe was covered in stickers.  She let Charlotte decorate her.  Well now Charlotte wants to decorate every robe, including her own!  :)

I splattered some white and grey paint on the mustard colored background and then added my strips of paper.  I did a large zag-zag stitch over the middle of the papers, underneath where my photos are, and then I machine stitched with pink thread along the outside border of the mustard paper.




The banner is made of stickers (appropriately for the theme of my page) and some punched circles.  The pink confetti in the inspiration piece inspired me to add some pink paint dots by using a pencil eraser as my "stamp". A few more stickers, ribbon, and embellies and it's done!


I have another page in the works right now with more of this line!  Can't wait to share!  Thanks for stopping by!!

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