Tuesday, February 28, 2017

You make me HAPPY when skies are grey...

Scrapbooking is one of my favorite past times. Probably because I don't have a lot of past time to do it! But when I get the chance, I love it. 

In fact, my time is limited with scrapbooking so much that when my son saw this layout, he asked "who's that kid". He was 3 in these photos (he's now 8) that's how far behind I am!
Once I had the layout challenge in front of me from DCWV's February stack-a-holic sketch, I decided to start on the borders first. I didn't want just a long strand of one colored/texture clouds so I mixed and matched a few clouds and welded them together. 
Then I grabbed my Xyron sticker maker (the first scrapbooking tool I purchased oh so many years ago) to help get some stick to the back of the thin lined clouds. I use my sticker maker for smaller jobs like this that I don't want to get glue all over. 

It's as easy as popping the paper piece in one side and pulling it out the other! 
 ***Sugar Tip*** flip the running tape over and press the items down really well with a scraper tool. This allows for excess tackiness to adhere to the clear vellum when pulled off and not onto your project! Less clean up. 
When I found this ever so cute 'Puddle Jumpers' file from Scrappy Dew, it was a must have for these photos. 
I wanted to bring some highlights to the little boy and his rain gear. To do this, I grabbed my handy eBrush and sharpie markers.

I highlighted these cuts upside down simple for accessibility. It doesn't matter when working with the eBrush if you have your pieces this way or that.
 Next I cut all the pieces out on the same mat, ready to assemble.
 When my son was younger, I used to sing this song to him all the time. He is a little ray of sunshine! The title just came natural.
 I had to add a snail because well snips and snails...
 Journalism with scrapbooking tells a story that can be retold in years to come. 
 One thing I do with my scrapbooks is they have to be a double layout. I am a very matchy match OCD scrapbooker. I need the paper to match the subject and both pages need to match. Which is why I LOVE this new stack from DCWV. Not only is it double sided, but it matches so well to bring some brightness in on a cloudy day.
Why? Probably because I take too many photos, shhhh the husband is NOT correct on that subject.

Materials Used: 

Scrappy Dew 'Puddle Jumpers' file
Puddle Jumpers
DCWV Joie De Vivre double sided stack
DCWV February Stack-a-holic challenge

Craftwell eBrush
Sharpie Markers
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Xyron Create a Sticker Model 150
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Hello all. I am here with two projects I made using the collapsible bus card from the JGW Back 2 School file from SVG Attic

A few years back, I created the bus box from the SDS Gearing Up 4 School file for my son's driver at that time. I filled it with all sorts of little goodies that I think a driver needs. Like ear plugs and Advil. 
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Last week was bus driver appreciation week for my son's school. He has had the same driver's for two years and I always like to do something special for them. Remembering the bus box I did a few years ago, gave me the inspiration to do this bus bucket set for their gifts!

 I decided to go with an all things yellow theme for their gift buckets. Why? Because we DEFINITELY could use some sunshine in these parts! Plus it matches the bus's so why not. 
 Each gift bucket has a chapstick, gum, two kinds of candies, a plant to grow, and a little duck.
 Each bus is the same with the exception of customizing a few things like their names on the side. 
I used my eBrush to spray subtle yellow highlights around each object on the light and dark yellow cardstock. 
 I added brads for the headlights and ran the chrome bumpers and silver lining of the wheels through my Sizzix Big Shot with a Darice embossing folder. 

 A few changes: I moved the stop sign to the drivers side and added a little extension arm so it moves. I added brads to the wheels for a little pop of texture. 
 The back of the bus, I wanted to have the message for each recipient. Plus I added tires and lights to match the front of the bus.
 Overall, I think they will enjoy their gifts and be able to keep the bus card for a long time. 
 I have it on a good authority that his bus driver from 2015 has kept a few of my projects on his desk when he was promoted! 

Materials Used: 

SVG Attic 'JGW Back 2 School
JGW Back 2 School
Core'd nations card stock
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer's Edition
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice embossing folders
Craftwell eBrush
Sharpie markers
AC Elements Brads
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Monday, February 20, 2017

So Very Sorry

It's been awhile since I have had the time to participate in any challenges. However, I recently made time to make this special card for a cousin who has lost someone dear to her. Using the DCWV February Stack-a-holic challenge sketch was a perfect match for what I had in mind. 

 Butterflies to me signify the beauty in life and this lady that has passed away had a beautiful spirit.
I wanted to add some texture to the top of this card. I ran a simple sheet of white cardstock through my Sizzix Big Shot with a floral Darice embossing sleeve. 

 One of the greatest things about DCWV's newest double sided stacks is I don't have to really decorate the inside of the card! 
I highly recommend the new double sided stacks. They save material and the color combinations are spot on.

Materials Used:

DCWV 'Lively Geos' stack

DCWV February sketch 
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designers Edition
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice Embossing Sleeve
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Close to My Heart 'Take Heart Occasions' stamp set
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stack of hearts

We made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and now Valentine's! I am sure people are ready for a break from Holidays.

However, I had to do this stack of hearts door hanger using Rinea Foil papers.

For a tutorial on this little project, please stop by the Rinea Blog

 I debated on putting the roses between each set of hearts, but I think putting them on the inside was the right choice!

Materials Used: 

Rinea Foil: Gold, light pink, red, and dark pink
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
Paper Trimmer
Silhouette Cameo 3 
Silhouette Studio Designers Edition
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice embossing sleeve 
Recollections Gold Brads

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You're the tic tac to my toe

Whenever my husband and I go to a restaurant and they have the tic-tac-toe section on a child's menu, we play. Now he has a very low success rate of winning, which gave me the idea to make this little valentines set using Scrappy Dew's Tic Tac Toe file. What better way to rub salt in his wounds?!

 What better way to rub salt in his wounds then a challenge game and candy?!
 I made little playing cards using the print and cut feature with Silhouette Studio's Designers Edition software
 Inside of the little bag is a box of candied hearts to use as placings on the play cards.
 The base of the card is a file I created a bit ago (Stage Card base). The stage was a perfect place to use the little boy and girl to pop up with a playing field. To place the playing pieces on the small pop up playing field, I used my Xyron sticker maker instead of using messy glue.

Materials Used: 

DCWV 'Whimsical World' stack
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Scrappy Dew 'Tic Tac Toe'
Tic Tac Toe
Xyron Sticker Maker
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition