Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Shimelle Canvas Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are having a great week so far!  I had a tutorial up on the American Crafts Blog yesterday using the new Shimelle collection.

I created this fun canvas to liven up my scrap room.  The colors and patterns in the Shimelle collection gave it such a bright and cheery look!

Supplies: Cardstock (71420 - Glitter Mustard, Cardstock (71274) - 8.5x11 Black, Shimelle (368151) - Baxter Paper, Shimelle (368137) - Crane Paper, Shimelle (368149) - Curie Paper, Shimelle (368158) - Dowdy Paper, Shimelle (368143) - Earhart Paper, Shimelle (368136) - Goodall Paper, Shimelle (368150) - Goodfield Paper, Shimelle (368138) - Grady Paper, Shimele (368157) - Granville Paper, Shimelle (368142) - Hall Paper, Shimelle (368147) - Harding Paper, Shimelle (368152) - Haynes Paper,   Shimelle (368145) - Herschel Paper, Shimelle (68141) - Hopper Paper, Shimelle (368139) - Hurley Paper, Shimelle (368148) - Jemison Paper, Shimelle (368140) - Keller Paper, Shimelle (36815) - Leavitt Paper, Shimelle (368146) - Resnick Paper, Shimelle (368155) - Swanson Paper, Shimelle (368159) - Winlock Paper, Shimelle (63210) - Silhouette Cut File - Word Banner, Cut Up (64200) - Craft Scissors 5" Blade

1.  Apply gesso generously to the front of a 12x12 canvas.

2.  Once the gesso s dry, apply watercolor paints to canvas and set aside to dry.

3. Using a punch or die cut machine cut out enough hearts to cover the front of your canvas.  I cut out roughly 4 medium shape hearts for this.

4. Line up hearts on canvas and adhere down using liquid or permanent adhesive.

5.  Use a die cut machine or template to trace a large heart onto glitter cardstock and cut out.  Adhere to front of canvas.

6.  In Silhouette Studio open up the Shimelle word banner cut file (made by American Crafts), resize to your liking and cut onto black cardstock.  Adhere to canvas.

All finished and ready to display!

Easy, cute, and a perfect addition to any room's decor!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Scrapbook Circle: Watercolor background

Hi there!  
I had a layout up on the Scrapbook Circle blog yesterday that I would like to share with you using one of my favorite techniques that I love to do: Adding watercolors to a background.  I created this layout using the September Here + There kit.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a heart felt background out of white cardstock.  Then I used my watercolors and a water brush to paint on soft colors to my die cut background.  I alternated light yellow and light pink watercolors and kept the background simple to allow the beautiful glittered garden party paper from My Mind's Eye (included in the main kit) to show through.


I also added in some tags and chipboard buttons from the September Time Flies Add On kit.


Thank you for sharing my inspiration! If you create a project using this month’s kit, please share your layout on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page. I’d love to see what you create!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

*American Crafts Spotlight and Winner Revealed*

Hi Everyone,

I am back today to share my first American Crafts DT layout for the new DT year but first, I need to announce the winner of the American Crafts 2014 - 2015 Design Team Blog Hop! 

The winner is..........

Amy, please contact me so that I can send out your prize.  Thank you to all of those that took the time to leave a comment on my blog, I truly appreciate it!

and now on to my Spotlight layout.

Using repeated patterns on my projects is a signature style of mine.  
I loved the lovely word die to create the perfect background for my photos.

Supplies: Cardstock (AM710-81) - 12x12 White, Shimelle (368179) - Globe/Lovely/Banner Dies, Shimelle (368171) - Photo Overlays, Shimelle (368160) - 6x6 Pad, Shimelle (368175) - Wood Veneer Shapes, DIY Shop (366900) - Mini Stapler, Homemade (732621) - Glitter Stickers, Heidi Swapp (HS00793) Color Shine Bronzer, Adhesive (AM617-13) This To That Dispenser

How to:  Using watercolor paints, color a light pink line across the top of your white cardstock background page and set aside to dry.  Next, splatter gold misting spray on top of white cardstock and set aside to dry.  Use "lovely die" from the Shimelle die set to die cut title.  Die cut the 'lovely' title 15 times with various pieces of paper using the 6x6 Shimelle paper pad.  Print two wallet sized photos and cover with overlays before adhering down.  Finish layout by adding gold glitter stickers, wood veneer hearts and mini staples.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

American Crafts Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the American Crafts 2014-2015 Design Team Blog Hop!  I hope you'll be inspired by the amazing design team today!

Here is a new layout that I created for the blog hop using a mix of Amy Tangerine Plus One supplies! 

 Seriously Cute Layout by Gina Lideros

How to: I cut a large star with my Silhouette Cameo and filled it full of lots of punched pieces from the Plus One collection.
supplies: Amy Tangerine Plus One papers, Amy Tangerine Plus One Twins Font Thickers,  Adhesive This To That, Thread Gutermann, Mister Huey's Inky Black Spray mist, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Thickers Alpha Stickers

A giveaway?  Of course!  Leave a comment on this post by Saturday September 6th, 2014 and tell me what is your favorite American Crafts product?  I'll randomly select a winner to receive this fun prize pack that I put together:

Here is the full hop list in case you get a little lost along the way.  Make sure you go through the entire hop, leave a comment on each blog, then visit the American Crafts blog to win an extra super fun prize!

Next on the hop is Heather Leopard!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope that you are doing something fun with your day!

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.