Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Design Team Wednesday - G45 Sweet Sentiments with Yvonne

Hello my Scrapdoodles Friends! I hope beautiful things are coming together in your crafty space! I am so excited to share with you today the latest project coming out of my crafty space!  On my last visit to Scrapdoodles I picked up some papers and chipboard pieces from the Sweet Sentiments collection by Graphic 45.
This particular collection blends the two themes of "love" and "spring" beautifully.  The combination offers a multitude of possibilities for an assortment of projects.  The pictures of cherubs, hearts, and butterflies are whimsical, colorful, and bright.... perfect for fussy cutting and layering.  As with all G45 collections, you are sure to create stunning handmade treasures!  Here is what I put together:
Well my friends, I hope you'll have a chance to visit the store soon! I promise you will fall in love with at least three "must have" items! There's always something new and exciting, so I really feel like I have to get there once a week, or I might miss something (gasp, gasp)!!!  Tragic, I know!!  But those of you who share my paper obsession... you know what I'm talking about, don't you???? Lol! Take care!
                                  Big scrappy hugs!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Design Team Wednesday - Fun With Simple Stories

Hi Scrappy Friends!  It's Karen here for Design Team Wednesday, and it's my chance to show off a couple of layouts with some cute new lines just in from Simple Stories! My first layout is a fun girly layout using the mini collection, "Hey, Mom!" I loved this heart patterned sheet right away and chose to use it as my background.  I flanked this silly candid shot of my daughter and me by 2 3x4 cards from one of the 12x12 sheets.  These cards are great for cutting apart to use on layouts, Project Life/Albums Made Easy inserts, cards, and so much more. You can embellish them with extra elements or leave them as-is.  The only thing I did to mine was add some Glossy Accents over the heart in the cute pink canning jar.  Underneath my photo strip, I used some of the coordinating stickers - the colored chevrons, as well as their negative portion to give a little balance to the bottom left of my layout. I had quite a bit of journaling to add, so I ran a lightly colored strip down the side of the layout.  This line is perfect for mother-daughter layouts, mother's day layouts and cards, as well as spring and so many occasions!  This layout is a simple layout - great for scraplifting - for one or more photos and lots of journaling.  I hope you can use it as inspiration!

Another great new line from Simple Stories is called "A Simple Life."  The colors in this collection are awesome!  The navy blue really anchors the bright green and yellow.  I used the many coordinating elements to create a fun banner across the top of my page and really layered it up to support that single 4x4 inch photo.  I even dug around in my stash to find a bright green feather that added just the right amount of fun and texture to this layout.  The wood grain letter stickers in the title are also relatively new, they are made by Webster's Pages - part of the Sprinkled With Love collection - some more gorgeous papers to be found at the store!!!

 I had a few pieces left over and put together this cute card in a snap.  That's another reason to love the collections from Simple Stories - cards and other projects come together so quickly!

I hope you've been inspired by these projects.  I recommend heading over to Scrapdoodles soon - very soon - to get your hands on some of these gorgeous and layout/card friendly collections from Simple Stories.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Design Team Wednesday- RSVP BasicGrey Layouts with Sue


RSVP by BasicGrey

a cutie pie & a couple of layouts to celebrate
by Sue Woolard

                         Celebrate with RSVP.
This colorful line is a great way to capture a birthday celebration for any age or gender. It just makes you happy when you mix up all the cheerful and bright papers and cool embellishments.

For DTW (Design Team Wednesday), I have strayed from my usual mini album and mixed it up with two different layouts. If you like the idea of creating 12x12 layouts with lots of leftover embellishments to make additional cards, a mini album or layout- for around $20- this project is for you.

This page uses a bunch of different textures including wood, transparencies, stickers and die cuts. Since they were short words, it was a great time to use up some leftover letter stickers. These are Bella Blvd. sticker letters with glossy accents.

This little scallop element at the bottom was actually part of the bar code strip that was "fussy cut". It never hurts to turn a little trash into treasure.

When I opened the BasicGrey die cut/transparency pack, the transparencies made me squeal with excitement they were so colorful. Using them on a white background made them "pop" off the page.

This page shows simple layering of the festive papers in this line.

Add some glossy accents to the party hat and they pop even more.

To make the balloons float off the wood element, foam tape was used.

Both of these layouts were created without many tools- just scissors and a trimmer. Stop by the store to check out RSVP by BasicGrey in person, or to see the layouts up close.

Hopefully you enjoy these quick, simple and cost effective layouts. An adorable little girl and bright and happy RSVP line is a great way to cheer up your day.

BasicGrey- Die cut & transparency pack, Wood die cuts, 12x12 sticker sheet #4391. Papers are:Curling ribbon # 4380, Crepe Paper # 4383,Sprinkles # 4384, Confetti # 4378, Party Favor # 4376, Pinata.. Glossy accents, white cardstock and some leftover letter stickers from my Bella Blvd. stash.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spotlight on Elizabeth Crafts


Today I thought we'd focus on something fun- glitter!  Elizabeth Crafts is a major player in the glitter business with over 40 colors to choose from.  They also manufacture dies, stickers, and specialty papers to go along with all the glitter- such fun products to use!

We recently received a shipment of their newest products:

You may recognize a name on some of those dies- Karen Burniston recently joined the Elizabeth Crafts team.  She creates innovative pop-up dies that make card making even more fun!  Here are a few of her designs in action:

We all love the glittery goodness of Elizabeth Crafts!  Pop in to check out the new products and be on the look out for a card class featuring them in March!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Design Team Wednesday - Guest Valentine's Day Post by Rachael

Hi everyone!  It's Rachael, and I'm here in lieu of one of our normal design team members to share with you a project that my children and I worked on for Valentine's Day.

I'm going to be honest here.  I am normally a "night before it's due kind of gal", but one day in early January, a piece of My Mind's Eye paper from the Cupid's Arrow line caught my eye, and the next thing I knew, I was working with my children on Valentine's Day cards for their classmates.

I love the new trend in many paper lines of 12x12 pages that are comprised of 3x4 pieces.  These pages are so versatile because you can cut up the paper into the 3x4 pieces for a variety of projects, or you can use the pattern on the other side for layouts.

For this project, I was inspired to cut the 12x12 page up into the individual 3x4 pieces because I could create a variety of unique Valentine's Day cards.  My twins are in the same classroom, and I wanted them to be able to give different cards to their friends.  I also loved the colors which made these perfect for boys or girls.

I wanted to keep the cards simple, so that my children could help me create them, but wanted to add a  little extra color, so I turned to wash tape.  In this instance, I thought the washi tape set from another My Mind's Eye line, Lost and Found- Record It, synced up with my project perfectly.  By staying with the same manufacturer I was able to stay within the same color family, but I achieved a different look than if I had used everything from one line.

Now it was on to assembly.  We chose our favorite 3x4 cards, and used the remainder as background images.  We applied each card with a slight offset and a strip of washi tape below, and voila', homemade Valentines that are as unique as they are adorable (if I do say so myself).

To complete the project, I just HAD to break out my Silhouette Cameo and drawing pens.  I downloaded two images from the Silhouette online store, designed my envelope to include the names of my children's classmates, and let the Cameo work it's magic.  I was very happy with how they turned out, but please forgive the photo, I am an AWFUL photographer.

Thanks to the Design Team for inviting me to share my project on the blog.  If you haven't started those valentines yet, I encourage you to stop by the store and check out the various Valentine's lines we have in stock.  You'll be sure to find some cute papers and embellishments to create your own one of a kind gifts.

Happy Crafting

Monday, February 3, 2014

COPIC Class Basics!

Want to learn the basics about COPIC's or need a refresher? This class will teach you how to care for your markers, what inks and papers to use, and basic coloring techniques. We include 3 coordinating sketch markers (store choice), and COPIC Express-it paper with images to practice coloring. Please bring your COPIC's marked with your name and note taking materials.

Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 1:30 pm
Instructor: Cheryl
Fee: $35