4.22.2014

hello 2014 new years layout

Despite my best attempts to convince my kids that it was midnight at 10pm, they managed to stay up until the real midnight hour and celebrate the arrival of 2014 last New Year's Eve. I'm barely getting these pictures off my camera (I know!) and quickly made a layout when I was in the mood for a fun playful layout the other night.

I was experimenting with gesso and my experiment turned out to be the perfect background for my page. I pulled random items that were fun and bright and added them to the page along with some Lawn Fawn stamps of paper airplanes, that I stamped and cut out.
 
One of the ways I like to add something unique to a page when I don't have a lot of time is by using Pic Monkey to add fun borders or titles directly to my photos. Have you heard of Pic Monkey? It's free and it's fun! That's mostly all you need to know. Go check it out! And no, I'm not being paid to say this :) I'm just a big fan!
Here is how I created the borders around my photo:
  • Open a photo in Pic Monkey by selecting Edit.
  • Options change according to the seasons and holidays, but I clicked on the apple on the left and choose the School U theme. I then chose class cutups to get my graph background and the circle frame. Pic Monkey does all of this for you!
  • Within that same theme I chose dashed lines for my colorful arrows.
  • You can add text and change the colors of certain items to match your page.  Then just print your photos.

Give it a try next time you want to add a little something special to your page. {Linking up to Paper Issues Pitch Perfect Challenge}
~Michelle

Supplies:
Echo Park paper{Everyday Eclectic}
Lawn Fawn {Flying By} Stamp Set
Chic Tags
Elle Studio Tags

4.08.2014

what does the fox say?

Really-I couldn't let one of the craziest and most annoying cult fads pass without making it into a card.

Foxes are still trendy even though the song is on it's way out.
~Michelle
Supplies:
Lawn Fawn {Into The Woods}
Echo Park {This & That}
DCWV Sticker

4.01.2014

make your own stencils

One of the trends I kept seeing at CHA was stencils. They were everywhere and even companies who had never carried them before had them to match their lines. I had no stencils, but wanted to try some of the techniques I saw right away, so I cut my own on my Pazzles Inspiration.


I made this little arrow stencil in the software and cut it out on some thicker cardstock. I laid it over my card background and used a micron pen to trace inside each of the stencil lines. I went back over the drawn arrows with gold gelatos and rubbed it in with my finger.


As a final touch I sprayed these with black Color Shine. It made such a cool background, almost like making my own patterned paper.
The rest of the card was made with die cut elements. I kind of love that almost everything on these cards is DIY. I even used brown paper lunch sack to make the flower layers. Most of my stuff was packed away for our move, so I had to get a little creative.

We've moved into our new house and I am unpacking my scrap room and trying to be realistic about what to purge and what to keep. It's so hard! I love every scrap and bit of ribbon just as much as the next. I was a little disturbed by my 3 foot stack of Thickers Alphabet Stickers though. That seems a tad excessive! I can't wait to get it all organized and get back to normal.

Linking up to the Moxie Fab World Styling With Stencils Challenge.
 
Supplies:
Faber Castell Gelatos
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Pebbles Inc. Stickers

3.16.2014

little bee mini cards

I was completely inspired by the latest Heidi Swapp Create To Remember video on My Craft Channel. Heidi created a card with stencils and spray mist and lots of layers. I loved the look at wanted to make my own, but most of my crafting supplies are packed away for our move. I knew I should have been packing, but I sat down to make these.
I had to get a little creative since everything was packed. I made my own beehive stencil with a file from the Pazzles Craft Room and cut out some beehives. I used Color Shine to spray my beehive pattern on with the stencil. I added Color Shine to my beehive and ribbon and then pulled bits and pieces from my scrap bucket to finish them off.

Luckily I had just purchased one of the Heidi mini stamp sets so I added some sentiment stamps to finish off my cards.

Linking up to the Paper Issues Tiptoe Through The Tulips Spring issue.
 
Supplies:
Pazzles Inspiration
Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Mini Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Stamps

2.22.2014

mojo 333 easter card

I picked up these $1 Easter Studio g stamps at Craft Warehouse the other night and I just knew they were going to make me happy. I'm ready for spring, so even though Easter is a few months away, I'm pretending like it is right around the corner.



I based this card off of the Mojo Monday 333 sketch and linked it up there. There are some beautiful submissions this week so if you have a few moments go check them out!

Supplies:
Studio g Stamps
Copic Markers
Prima Chalk Edgers Ink
DCWV Vintage Collector Papers
Hug Snug Seam Tape

2.19.2014

love binds us valentine's day layout

Hello again! I'm a guest designer at Scrapping Everyday Miracles this month and my love inspired layout is up on the blog today. There are three challenges to choose from and I used both the "Love Is In The Air" theme and the sketch challenge for my layout.
I love the idea of love as a binding agent in my family, so I carried the theme into my design by stitching a heart onto my page and also tying twine around our family picture.
The chalkboard alphabets and hearts were simply cut from black cardstock and I used a white pen to add some accents. 
If you decide to play along with the SEM challenges, be sure and upload your entries on their blog for a chance to win a prize.
~Michelle
Supplies:
Echo Park Paper {Everyday Eclectic}
American Craft POW Glitter Paper
Crate Paper {Paper Heart} Stickers
Cosmo Cricket woodgrain Alphabets
American Tag Company {100 year tag}
Doodlebug Heart Doily
Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me Flair
Pazzles Inspiration

2.17.2014

every little thing

Several months ago I received this adorable printable from My Craft Channel.

It was a Superfan assignment that never got shared, so I figured I'd share it now. I used the printable to make a little note holder. I love the gray/yellow color combination!

To create this I simply folded my card to include a 1" top fold and then hot glued a binder clip in the top. You can clip notes, or recipes or coupons in the binder and keep those loose pieces of paper in your purse organized.
 
Supplies:
Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Paper