Saturday, August 30, 2014

American Crafts DT August Gallery layouts

Hi everyone,

I have a couple of Gallery layouts to share with you today using the brand new Shimelle collection from American Crafts.  This brand new collection arrived on my doorstep last week and I was so excited that I dove right in!

First day of School
How to:  I used a waterbrush to lightly paint my background paper with light blue watercolor paint.  Next I used the American Crafts Knockouts triangle punch 1.5" and 2" to punch out pieces of pattern paper from a 6x6 Shimelle paper pad.


This was my first experiment with brush script.  I'm kind of a neat freak about my handwriting so it was a little hard for me to let go with this.

How to:  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a large heart on my background paper, then cut strips of paper from the Shimelle collection to fill it.  After it was filled, I used a sewing machine to stitch around the outside of the heart and then painted the outline and title before adding embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my monthly gallery layouts.  I will be back again tomorrow for the first American Crafts 2014-2015 blog hop!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Here we go...

Hi everyone,

I have a new layout to share today for the cut shoppe using a fun mix of cut files and printables.

Snap Layout

supplies: The Cut Shoppe Printables, All Around Arrows cut file; American Crafts: Amy Tangerine pattern papers

I used the all around arrows cut files and cut a repeated arrow out of different pieces of pattern paper.  I then printed off the picture this printables, and used a circle punch to cut out the 'snap' and 'pose smile repeat' words.  I finished off my layout by adding some stitching, journaling, tab and banner.

Thanks for stopping by today, stop by The Cut Shoppe store today to pick these up!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Cut Shoppe and Creative Scrappers Team Up

Hi there,

The Cut Shoppe and Creative Scrappers have teamed up for a fun inspiration sketch challenge!

Hello Creative Readers!
We have a special reveal today. We have partnered with The Cut Shoppe owned by our DT Member Ashley Horton. Our Design Team members were offered a few cut files and asked to play with them with their layouts this week.
We still have our Sponsor PinkFresh Studio with sketches 274-275 due by August 31st so don't forget those  For Sketch 276 Ashley from The Cut Shoppe will be offering a 20$ prize to her shoppe to one lucky winner who participates with sketch 276 and submits it by August 31st.

and here is the layout that I created based on the sketch:

Right Now Happy Layout

What I took from the sketch:  I kept the placement of the photos, title, star embellishments, ampersand and arrow in the same place.  What I changed:  I did away with the block pattern and instead used a pattern paper (by Pink Paislee) that had a sun ray.  I added simple machine stitching to the rays.

To create my layout I used the Counting Stars cut file (that I placed behind my bottom photo). 

And the Love Notes and Let Love In printables

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to visit the Creative Scrappers blog and The Cut Shoppe blog to see how others Design Team members have used the sketch.  The Cut Shoppe is going to Sponsor the sketch, with a $20 gift certificate.  You can link up to the CS Blog by August 31, for the chance to win.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flip Flopping

Hi everyone,  
I have a layout to share a today using some super cute files from the The Cut Shoppe.

Life is Better in Flip Flops

I don't know about you, but I could wear flip flops or sandals all year long.  I used the fun flip flopping cut file to create my title for my layout.  I used the pie charts cut file to create those adorable hearts and backed them with some fun patterned papers from the Amy Tangerine Plus one collection.

This layout came together rather quickly because of all the fun cut files added so much that I didn't need to add much more.  See those fun little plus signs that I stitched on to the layout.  Those are leftover pieces that I saved from another project that uses the Plus Infinity background cut file.

I used Flip Flopping

Stop by The Cut Shoppe to pick yours up today!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stitched Frame Tutorial

Hi friends,
This week is Stitching week over on the American Crafts Blog.  I was asked to create a project tutorial using with the focus on stitching (right up my alley).  I created a stitched frame, and I will show you down below just how I created it using leftover paper strips.

Supplies: Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer 6x6 (366767) - Paper Pads, Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste (366086) - Paper Pads, Jacks Paper (366755) - Daydreamer, Marbles Paper (366749) - Daydreamer, Bike Ride Paper (366751) - Daydreamer, Flying Kites Paper 366754) - Daydreamer, Hide N Seek Paper (366746) - Daydreamer, Hula Hoop Paper (366760) - Daydreamer, Juggling Paper (366757) - Daydreamer, Jump Rope Paper (366753) - Daydreamer, Paper Planes Paper (366748) - Daydreamer, Red Rover Paper (366744) - Daydreamer, See Saw Paper (366758) - Daydreamer, Treasure Hunt Paper (366752) - Daydreamer, Blossom Paper (366042) - Cut and Paste, Heart Throb Paper (3664) - Cut and Paste, Infatuation Paper (366030) - Cut and Paste, On The Edge Paper (366043) - Cut and Paste, Postmarked Paper (366044) - Cut and Paste, Section 1 Paper (366033) - Cut and Paste, Grainy Goodness Paper (366049) - Cut and Paste, Sorbet Paper (366048) - Cut and Paste, A Lister (366029) - Cut and Paste, My  Thoughts Exactly (366052) - Cut and Paste, Cut Up Scissors Value Pack (AC420) - Tools, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

Step 1: Gather paper trimmer, cardstock, scissors, patterned papers, adhesive, sewing machine, and thread.
Step 2: Trim patterned papers into 3/4" strips (width), the length can vary. Tip: you are going to want different lengths when you start laying them in a pattern.

 Step 3: Starting from the bottom of your cardstock and working across, start adhering patterned paper strips in a brick like fashion.


Continue step 3, follow the brick pattern until you have filled up the entire page. I had little pieces on the ends that I went back in and filled up last.
Step 4: Use a sewing machine to stitch each paper strip down. I turned my paper sideways and sewed one line at a time in a vertical fashion using a straight stitch. You can also use a zig zag stitch for this, or use a combination of stitching techniques.

Step 5: After stitching the whole piece use your scissors to trim off any excess paper strips or thread you might have on the ends.

Display in a shadow box frame and enjoy!
This project is a great way to use up patterned paper scraps and make a beautiful piece of decor!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Brads, Buttons & Bling Cards

Hi there,

Last week was brads, buttons and bling week on the American Crafts blog. Here are the three cards that I made using brads, buttons and bling.  Whee! 

American Crafts brads, buttons, and bling are a fun way to dress up your projects.  The wood epoxy buttons are my favorite go-to embellishment.

You Make Me Happy Card
Supplies: Flying Kites Paper (366754) -Daydreamer, Hop Scotch Paper (366743) -Daydreamer, Hula Hoop Paper (366760) -Daydreamer, Juggling Paper (366757) -Daydreamer, Love Notes Paper (366764) -Daydreamer, Paper Planes Paper (366748) -Daydreamer, See Saw Paper (366758) -Daydreamer, Dear Lizzy Wood Epoxy Buttons (366796) - Daydreamer, Sticker Book (366778) - Dear Lizzy, Mister Huey's Opaque White (101100) - Studio Calico, MH Styleboard Die set (683445) - Crate Paper, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

You are Loved card
Supplies: Dear Lizzy Daydreamer 6x6 (366767) - Paper Pads, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Enamel Dots (366785) - Daydreamer, Cartwheels Paper (366763) - Daydreamer, Dear Lizzy Wood Epoxy Buttons (366796) - Daydreamer, Mister Huey's Opaque White (101100) - Studio Calico, Atlantic Glitter Stickers (331395) - Studio Calico, Knock Outs Star Punch 1.5" (KOP63102) - Punches, Knock Outs Star Punch 2" (KOP63114) - Punches, DIY Shop Light Burlap Bows (36626) - DIY Shop, Perforated Book Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm (85657)- Bits, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

You and Me card

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Daydreamer 6x6 (366767) - Paper Pads, Cartwheels Paper (366763) - Daydreamer, Knock Outs Heart Punch 2" (KOP63120) - Punches, Dear Lizzy Adhesive Metal Badges (366795) - Daydreamer, Mister Huey's Opaque White (101100) - Studio Calico, MH Styleboard Die set (683445) - Crate Paper, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

I hope you enjoyed my cards today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Cut Shoppe Blog Hop Winner

Hi there!  Just popping in real quick to announce the winner of The Cut Shoppe Blog Hop.
My winner is:

Brenda - we will be emailing you your free cut file shortly.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to hop along and leave a comment.