Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chalk the Walk

Two things I know for sure. Kids LOVE sidewalk chalk and bubbles! For this layout, I went with a more clean, crisp layout to focus more on the photos rather than crowding it with decor which is naturally kind of my style.

This 'Chalk the Walk' file from ScrappyDew was PERFECT for this layout!
Sidewalk Chalk
After I selected the files and photos I wanted, I decided that the 'Lively Geos' stack from DCWV would work great for these photos. I tend to select the background colors based off of what the child is wearing in the photo. 
 Gotta stick the tongue out to focus!
Every 12 x 12 layout that I do must be a matching set. Which is probably why I have so many albums!
Each layout I do has to have a caption with specific dates and ages because I never know how old I am in any childhood photos I find so I make sure to state this for my children when they are older!


Materials Used: 
DCWV 'Lively Geos' stack
Scrappy Dew 'Chalk the Walk' file
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Scotch ATG gun
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
AC Elements brads

Friday, May 19, 2017

Spring Fairy

For this Rinea Foil project, I used the assortment pack of foils for green, gold, red, copper, blue, purple, and blue colors!

First I cut the flower vines, 3D lantern, and fairy using files from the Silhouette Store and cutting them with the Silhouette Cameo 3/Studio Designer Edition.
I decided the roof needed some texture so I grabbed my Sizzix Bigshot and Darice embossing folder
 After I got all the pieces cut, I was able to assemble the fairy a 'Spring House'!
 The back of the house pops open for a tea light candle to be placed inside.
 Butterflies are my favorite and mean spring to me!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Toes in the Sand

I gotta say there's nowhere better than on a warm beach in the sun with my toes in the sand and a drink in hand. So when the question came up, what is my favorite vacation spot? I had to dig out the pictures of our trip to Maui. 
Hello all! Here is a vacation inspired themed project to help us get out of the rainy Spring season! 

For this project, I used two SVG Attic file sets, the JGW Tropical Haven and JGW Tiki Luau Kit.
Now we have been to the Oregon and Washington coast several times. However, there is just something magical about the warm waters and soft sands of Hawaii.
 The pop up box card pulls all my favorites together. Flip flops, sunshine, a drink, and all the wonderful colors of a vacation.
 I did change out the greeting on the card to a 'Happy Birthday' one.
 Fruit, the lei and pineapple reminded me of a Luau we attended.
 The flip flop album could've been useful for journaling on our trip. Guess we will have to make another trip back so I can use this one!
 Flip flops have to be my favorite foot wear. I even wear them during the frosty, ice, snow filled winters.
Materials Used: 
DCWV 'Flower Shop' double sided stack
SVG Attic JGW Tropical Haven and JGW Tiki Luau Kit files
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios Designer edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Scothc ATG gun

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ha-bee Mother's Day

Hello all. Today I am showing you a set of Mother's Day cards from one of the newest SVG Attic sets, JGW Sunflower Sunshine!
 JGW Sunflower Sunshine

This set is such an awesome set, however I only needed two cards from it. Since I have to mail these, I unfortunately didn't do the awesome box (which is my favorite from the set) or the cake stand. 

I did however, decide to stray from the traditional sunflower colors and mixed it up a bit. 

For the Sunflower Sunny Day card, I mixed it up a bit by making it into a shaker card. 

I added some gold foil paper by Rinea Foil to allow for a shiny pop of color on both cards. 

 For the bees, instead of putting the wings under the body, I did them on top and made two so that I could embellish with the heart to match the beads and hearts in the shaker portion of the card.

The sentiment couldn't be seen well because of the shaker portion, so I opted for a tag.
One great thing about using double sided cardstock, the inside is already decorated with little effort!
 For the next card, I kept it fairly close to the original. The gold foil adds another layer of defining texture.
 I added more bees to keep with the theme of the sentiment.

Materials Used: 
DCWV double sided 'Preserved Paper' stack

SVG Attic 'JGW Sunflower Sunshine'
Tombow Multi liquid glue
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Rinea Gold foil 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All aboard the Parenthood express

It's been a little over four and a half years since we tied up our journey to parenthood. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate others journeys into the wonderful job of parenting!

For this baby shower card, I used two Scrappy Dew files.

I started with the whale from the 'Little Squirt' file.
 Then I decided he needed some friends from the 'Snorkeling' file.
Just to have something that moves, I added a pull tab so the whale moves back and forth.
I wanted there to be depth in the card. So I added all these little creatures onto a step card.
 I felt the fishing boat was best named PARENTHOOD
On the inside, I added the 'Lil Squirt' baby with an anchor!

Materials Used: 
Scrappy Dew 'Lil Squirts' and 'Snorkling' File
Core d' nations Paper (Joanns)
Sizzix Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios Designer Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Friday, April 21, 2017

Poppy Seed Shadowbox

What goes better than black and red?! Other than shiny red foil and sparkly black glitter paper of course.
 Black makes a good frame for a shadowbox. So I had to use the glitter black cardstock from Cut Card Stock.
 To make this little shadowbox, I started with a file I had in my library.
The glitter paper cut simply well and did not snag or tear. 
 I always keep a little bowl of clips around to clip the corners on things until they dry so I can move forward with my project while the glue dries.
 I decided that the pedals of the poppy would look best in red. But not any red, I needed a shimmer red so I turned to my Rinea Foil paper.
 Just to bring some flex to the pedals, I maneuvered them around a tooth pick. There was really no art to this step, just playing around until I got the look I wanted!
Assembling the flowers was a fun part. Like a puzzle. 
 Just taking the extra time to play with the pedals gave them more of a pop.
 Next I measured the back of the shadowbox and cut the background paper to size.
 I like the red polka dots of this paper. Ties it all together.
For more inspiring projects and foils, please visit Rinea by Global Crafting.

Materials Used:
Rinea Foil red/gold paper

Cut Card Stock
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios Designer Edition

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It Happens

A little back story to these cards! On Tuesday, I received a phone call from my son's bus driver saying he is sick to his stomach. Now I was really hoping he and I escaped the stomach bug that flew through the house a week ago. Fingers crossed for me still!

But sadly it appears the bug caught my son. I met them outside to find my child lying in a puddle of puke on his bus. I haven't seen this much puke from one tiny little person in many many many years. I felt so bad for him as well as the driver and attendant who were actively cleaning the mess. There was so much puke, the child even had it in his ear.

Now when life throws you this curve ball, you can either find some humor in it or cower in disgust. I found the humor and luckily so did they when I handed them these cards!

 Luckily my son has had the same bus crew for two years now so they get spoiled with my projects. But their reaction to these ones were golden! I was a little afraid that they wouldn't get the emoticon meaning. Turns out, they have a magnetic one on the bus that they use for their not so good days! Again, find the humor in life!
I had to think how can I make a 'poop' card more elegant. Well, throw it on some DCWV paper and emboss the rose quarts paper.

I am happy to report he feels better and they had their day made with my smart aleck cards.

Materials Used: 
DCWV 'Rose Quartz' stack
Silhouette cameo 3
Silhouette Studios designer edition
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
Aleene's Original tacky glue