Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 2015 Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far.  Aren't the projects truly amazing and inspiring?  You should have arrived here from Kristy's blog but if not,  here is the hop list so you don't miss a thing:


When my family gets together, we play board games or play cards so I searched my paper stash and found some great papers from the Carta Bella's Well Played Collection from 2013.  It is such a strong high quality paper that is perfect to hand stitch on because it doesn't bend easily.  I also used four colors of DMC embroidery floss and stitched around several of the circle elements.  All the circles were created with a various sizes of circle paper punches including the photos.  To add to the circle theme, flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons were added to as well as some mist splatters, sequins and enamel dots.  The layout was inspired by a sketch designed by Allison Davis.

Some closeups…


 Thanks for hopping and next up is the fabulous Susie.  Have fun!

Supplies Used On This Layout

Enamel Dots  - My Mind's Eye and Bella Blvd. Doo Dads (McIntosh)
Embroidery Floss - DMC (304, 310, 3816, 3821)
Flair Buttons - A Flair For Buttons
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw)
Mist - Heidi Swapp Colorshine (Mint Green, Mustard, Teal) Tattered Angels (Ferrari Red)
Paper Punches (Marvy Uchida)
Patterned Papers - Carta Bella (Well Played Collection)
Pen - Marvy Uchida
Sequins - Fancy Pants Designs
Stickers - Carta Bella (Well Played Collection)

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop Begins Friday, May 29!

Hello friends! I just wanted to let you know that there are a few designers getting together to have a blog hop.  It all begins Friday, May 29 at midnight CST.  Come, see and be inspired by a variety of projects.

See you then! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Canada Day 2013 Layout

Hello friends! Happy Sunday! Today I am up on the A Flair For Buttons Blog and I am excited to share a layout I created of a special day in Canada.  Annually on July 1, Canada celebrates Canada Day to honor my country's birthday.  There are parades, festivals and fireworks across the country to mark this special occasion.

I wanted to add lots and lots of needlework to my layout so I traced the outline of my card stock background with a piece of card stock in the same shape.  For the title "Canada" and the maple leaf flourish, I began with two Silhouette designs found in the Silhouette Online Store and used a red sketch pen in my Silhouette Cameo to sketch the design.  This provided a template for my stitching.  I then took my paper piercer and pierced holes evenly along the sketch lines and then used 3 strands of red embroidery floss and stitched the designs.  This definitely requires some patience and although it is time consuming, it is worth it in the end.  It definitely brings back memories of my cross-stitch days when I stitched many projects before I discovered scrapbooking.

Here are more closeup photos of my layout:

I also cut some maple leaf die cut shapes on vellum and red cardstock with my Silhoutte Cameo to give some interest and dimension.  I also added some red sequins to embellish the layout as well as some flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons. 

Here are the flair that I used to create this layout:


Thanks for stopping  by and be sure to check out these flair buttons  as well as hundreds more in the A Flair For Buttons Store.  Have a great day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Play Layout For A Flair For Buttons

Hello friends!  Happy Thursday!  Today I wanted to share a layout I created with some awesome flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons  and lots of papers and embellishments from the new Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite Collection.  I am loving the gold trend and the soft color palette of this collection.

In my stash of flair, I found three flair buttons that I thought would be perfect for this layout.  I wanted it to be fun and playful just like these two sisters were. I placed them on the layout to create a visual triangle.

I added some sewing machine stitching to add some interest and texture and made the paper bow below with my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out these flair and many more in the Flair For Buttons Etsy Store.  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Us 2014 Layout For The May 2015 Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Challenge

Hello friends! Happy Sunday! Yesterday was National Scrapbook Day and I did a little scrapbooking.  There are so many scrapbooking websites that were having lots of challenges, but I was inspired by a sketch created by Sue Sykes for the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine May Sketchy Challenge.

This layout was a little difficult to create because these two gorgeous girls are sisters.  Alley is the brunette and Katey is the blonde.  Alley passed away tragically recently at the tender age of 21.

As I have also lost a sibling, my youngest brother eight years ago, it touched me and I wanted to honor Katey and Alley.

I always love creating with Fancy Pants Designs beautiful papers and embellishments.  This layout is created with the new Office Suite Collection.  I love the soft colors combined with the black.

There are tons of embellishments on this grid style layout.  The labels, buttons, die cuts, tags, alphas, and sequins are all from the Fancy Pants Office Suite Collection.

I also added a few flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons .

There is some sewing machine stitching from my ancient Kenmore sewing machine that I have had for almost 35 years.  It still works great!

I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to create the paper bow below.  

Here is the awesome sketch that inspired me.  I also love grid style layouts and sketches.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

You Are My Anchor Layout (A Flair For Buttons)

Hello friends!  Today I'm excited to share my first layout as a new design team member at  A Flair For Buttons.

I wanted to create a masculine layout of my husband but also keep it fun with some nautical accents to support the die cut title that I cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  I created this with October Afternoon's Treasure Map Collection of patterned papers and stickers.  I added some background stamping with a rubber stamp from Creative Embellishments and some sewing machine stitching.

The flair buttons I created this layout with are from these three different sets:

All these flair and many more are available in the store:

Also, don't forget you can save 15% off your entire order from now until Monday, May 4 by adding the coupon code NSD2015 when you checkout.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Creative Embellishments Brothers Layout For CSI No. 162

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday!  Today I would like to share my layout that I created for the guest designer spot at CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration.  The design team at Creative Embellishments have been  guest designing for the month of April over at CSI and it has been lots of fun and I found it quite the creative challenge.  If you haven't played along at CSI and need to boost your creative imagination, then I urge you to check it out.  Here is the inspiration photo that I created for Case No. 162:

CSI Case No. 162

I added metal, circles, stars, stripes, solid background labels, ink/paint and die cuts from the "Elements" column. For the second column, I chose "Presentation" so I journaled on a punched paper circle and tucked it inside a library card pocket. For the third column, which is the "Colors",  I used aqua, black, bright red, buttery yellow and pale blue as seen on the inspiration photo above.

I began my layout with a white 12 X 12 piece of card stock.  I used the Creative Embellishments Star Background Stamp with some Ranger Light Blue Embossing Powder and heat embossed the card stock. I took a black paint dabber (Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Black Soot) and created paint splats.  Next, I stamped with the Creative Embellishments Distressed Grid Background Stamp in Tim Holtz Red Barn Distress Ink and also Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  For the Creative Embellishments Star Frame, I painted it in Ranger Lemonade Acrylic Paint and painted the #Boys Chipboard word in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Paint.  

For the title "Brothers" I stamped with some Prima Alphabet Stamps in Tim Holtz Red Barn Distress Ink.

To complete the embellishing, I added some arrow embellishments from Pinkfresh Studios to direct the eye to the smaller photos as well as some Creative Embellishments Chipboard Stars that I painted in Ranger Aqua Acrylic Paint and then heat embossed them with some Ranger Black Embossing Powder and the Creative Embellishments Text Background Stamp.  Finally I added some Fancy Pants Oh Deer Red Sequins and some flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons and some machine stitching below the title.  

This is somewhat of a sad blog post for me as this is my last layout for my seven month term at Creative Embellishments.  It has been an amazing creative journey and I have loved meeting and creating alongside such lovely ladies whom I call friends. I am sure you are going to love what the new team and new term brings coming in May.

  Thanks for following my blog and have a creative day!