Wednesday, April 30, 2014

memories **Birds of a Feather Kit & Just Imagine & Off the Rails**

Here is my sweet little Catherine at age one.  A friend took some wonderful pictures of her for at 12 months of age in our backyard just before we moved.  It made for a great backdrop for our pictures!!  This is actually her Easter dress, but it still fit so swell and it is just to cute I could not pass up using it for these pictures too.

I used the wonderful April Birds of a Feather kit to make this cute layout.  I stuck with a more monochromatic look of pink and peach with a hint of white and grey.  I used lots of layers, mists, and embellishments to really play up this picture all to make the black and white pop.

I also used the super cute sketch from Off the Rails Scrapbooking with a color scheme of pastels.  Jump on over and go play!!

I used the wonderful Kreaxions punch 311 from Just Imagine with the corner and edge inserts (B and C) to create the border around the picture.  It is super simple to use and such great versatility.  You can also see a hint of the punch at the top of the page under some of the layers.

I found the fun straws at a baby shower earlier this month, I could not resist using them in the layers of this layout.  I added in some of the stickers from the alpha sheet, washi tape, a flower, and some mist!!

Supplies Used
Stickers - Momenta
Flowers - Prima
Ink/mist - Prima &Tattered Angels
Cork/Doily/Straw - Other


Monday, April 21, 2014

baby card **Susan K. Weckesser & Just Imagine**

My friend for many years is having his first baby with is wonderful wife and it is a boy!!  My husband and I  are super thrilled for both of them, even thought they have no idea what they are in for, hehe.  They have already decided on a name for the little guy Maroun, named after his father.


Knowing it is a boy I went with blue and teal colors with a hint of yellow.  Susan K. Weckesser's paper were perfect for this card.  I used two different pages, both sides of "Beautiful Daydreams" and the other I cut a  card out of the "Live in Color Tags" for the center.

I did not make this a super "baby" card except for the baby stamp and the little bear in the flower.  I did some fun things on this card, like paper piercing and sewing with twine, alternating the puncture holes with blue and yellow brads for some fun.  I also added in a wonderful punched corner on the white swirled paper with my Kreaxions punch 311 with the C insert from Just Imagine.

I can't wait to meet the little guy and give him super big hugs!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - Susan K. Weckesser
Punch - Just Imagine
Brads - Other
Flower - Prima
Ink - Prima
Twine - May Arts Ribbons
Stamp - Recollections
Bear - Other


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Cards **Birds of a Feather Kit & Just Imagine**

I am heading home to see my parents for Easter and on the way visiting my in-laws, so only fitting that I make cards for them for Easter.  My kids are getting so many Easter egg hunts it is not even funny, but that is fun and I love seeing the looks on their faces when they find an egg.

The papers in the April Birds of a Feather Kit are just perfect for Easter layouts and cards and making two cards is just as easy as making one card when you have full 12x12 sheets of paper.  You just cut enough for both cards.  The only variation I made to each card are the flowers, there are some different flowers in the layers of each card, but they all have the same color tones (peach, cream, pink, and white).

April 2014 Kit

I used a base of a cream for each card, and then layered the wonderful fat roll of Washi words tape over it.  I then layered a punched scalloped paper using Just Imagine punch 311 with the C insert for an edge border and added another strip of striped Washi tape.  I cut out three 1 3/4 inch squares and layered the flowers and title on each.

Supplies Used
Flowers - Prima
Ink - Prima
Puffy Paint - Polymark


Friday, April 18, 2014

Plant a Little Love **Susan K. Weckesser & Just Imagine & Paper House**

 Kids Blog Hop

This Kids Prize Pack features goodies like our Little Man and Little Girl Paper Pads, our favorite kid-themed 3D Stickers, Cardstock Stickers, and even our fun & tactile Puffy Stickers (and more – it's a $60 value!) This prize pack is not only perfect for making scrapbook pages of your little Monsters and Princesses, but it's also great for crafting up kid-friendly cards and Pinterest-worthy projects!  And to take the fun up another level, we're also giving away Little Man or Little Girl Paper Pads to (5) Runners-Up! That's right – 6 winners for one contest! We like those odds!

Here is my kid project-  a picture of me and my hubby!!

I had these two picture of myself and my husband laying around for a long time.  We are about the same age (between 1-2 years old), the pictures are taken in the spring or summer, and we both just look too cute.  I have never done pictures of us from when we were little kids, and I could just not pass it up.

It is amazing how similar our son Brandon looks to my husband and our daughter looks to me at these ages.  It is just too fun to look back and remember.

I used tons of paper from Paper House productions for all the payers behind the two pictures.  I used a mix of "100% country" and "Garden" 12x12 paper pads.  The colors and dimension just fit these two pictures perfectly!!

Here I used the wonderful stamps from Susan K. Weckesser as background and accent pieces to the layout.  She has the cutest little set with flowers, a bird, and the saying "Earth Hugs in Flowers" and they all fit just perfectly.  Here you can see a close up of how I used the stamps around the layout to enhance the background and the papers.  I even stamped on the flower with the cute little bird.

You can see the punch I used here from Just Imagine, punch number 311 with the C insert.  I punched every layer in the corner and layered them on top of each other for a cool punched layered look.  I also used the wonderful circle cutter to create two different sized circles in the all the layers under the pictures.

I also did not want to change the feel of the layout with a journal spot, so I journaled around the entire layout along the edge, it acts as another layer.

Now on to the Hop list!!

There are a few ways to enter - the first two are freebies by liking us on Facebook and signing up to receive Facebook notifications from us (we don't want you to miss any of our great project posts!). But the big entry comes from commenting on each of our designers' posts! If you do, you'll get +10 entries into our drawing! That sounds like a deal!
Kids' Blog Hop Designers

Make sure to hop through each designer down the list to be eligible for the most entries! When you're done, just hop back here and let us know! The hop will be running all weekend, so you have until Sunday at 11:59pm EST to get your entries in!

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Supplies Used
Patterned Paper - Paper House
Stamps - Susan K. Weckesser
Cardstock - DCWV
Cutter and Punch - Just Imagine
Flowers - Prima
Wood - Prima
Metal -Tim Holtz
Crystals - Spare Parts

Ink - Ranger
Paint - Ranger


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

so you **Birds of a Feather Kit & Just Imagine**

Here is my creation.  One day my daughter was just sitting in the playground waiting for her older brother to get out of school wearing her super cute little sweater and I could not resist taking pictures of her, these gems came from that photo shoot.

I absolutely loved the little cards that came in my kit, but I am not a pocket scrapbooker, so I created an embellishment to go with my layout.  This could also be used as an ATC or as a pocket for a pocket page, whatever strikes your fancy.

First thing I did was cut out a 3x4 section from the orange cardstock and clip the corners with a rounded corner trimmer.  I then ran the white word card though my 3 inch Xyron sticker maker and glued it to the orange paper.

The little pocket would look super cute as is, but I had to bling it up a bit more.  I found a small sheer fabric flower from my stash, in the same shade of orange, and trimmed off one little heart from the ribbon clipping off all the little extra threads left behind to all you see is the heart.

I glued the flower then the white heart overt the "O" in the word story to give it some flair.  I used a clear glue like ZipDry for this so you would not see and it would stay on firm and flat.

Last little bit of fun I added were the pair of dots to each letter of all the words, except the "O" I already added the flower to.  I used a dark pink puffy paint to match the colors in the papers.  I practiced on other paper first to get the correct pressure for the size of dot that I wanted.  Fun little trip when working with stickles, puffy paint, or liquid pearls is to tap the back of the paper when you are done making you dots to get rid of the peaks on the dots, they round out nicely.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

so you **Just Imagine Blog Hop**

Come join me in a fantastic blog hop!!

Blog hop order is

Ginni Wooster Rowland Gass
Karen Kelly Zabuska
**YOU ARE HERE - Erin Reed
**NEXT - Jackie Plank

Finish here at to confirm you completed the hop:

Here is my creation.  One day my daughter was just sitting in the playground waiting for her older brother to get out of school wearing her super cute little sweater and I could not resist taking pictures of her, these gems came from that photo shoot.

I used punch 923 with the C insert in the corner of the dark pink paper and also in the corner of the peach paper.
In the dark pink paper I used insert C of punch 923 but only showed the extra filigree portion of the corner, for the peach corner I used the same insert and I showed the entire punched section.  For a tutorial on how I made the little card pictured below click on this link.

Supplies Used
Flowers - Prima and Websters
Mist/ink/paint - Ranger, Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp
Pearls - Prima
Puffy paint - Polymark

Enjoy the Hop!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rooted **Paper House and Just Imagine**

I just had professional pictures taken of my kids in February.  At these ages (Morgan 8, Brandon 4, and Catherine 18 months) you never know what you are going to get.  I told the photographer to just take anything and everything.  I am not a huge fan of "look at me and smile" pictures, I much rather just capture the feeling of the moment.  This picture was taken at the end of the session, they were all grumpy and tired and to pep them up I gave them all a sucker and asked them to sit on the stairs.  This beauty unfolded.  For those that do not know my children, it image captures the essence of who they all are at this moment in their lives.

I used a 8x10 inch canvas as the base of my project.  I have never done a canvas before, but I approached it as though it was a layout just in a different size.  I used the wonderful 100% Country 12x12 paper pad from Paper House Productions.  There are so many wonderful textures and patterns that fit my picture just perfectly.  Below is are the images for this wonderful collection.

I started out by painting the canvas with acrylic paints in tones, of green, blue, yellow, brown, and beige.  Painting a layer letting it dry then painting another layer, not full coats but enough to see the colors.  I then added texture by using stencils from my Kreaxion punch 311 with thte A insert from Just Imagine and molding paste and using spray mists and more paint.  I also used Kreaxions punch 923 as an edge punch with the A insert on the paper.

I added in layers of Prima flowers between the wonderful papers from Paper House.  I added in blotches of paint and sprays of mists as I added in more layers.  Here you can also see a "key" chipboard sticker from Paper House Productions tucked into the layers on the left and also a wonderful yellow puffy sticker butterfly from Paper House Productions on the right.

Paper House also has these wonderful new canvas stickers.  I used one of them for my title for the project, as it fit so perfectly "Rooted in Family".  I added in some chipboard with similar swirls to the canvas sticker and painted it to match the same color brown.  

Supplies Used
Canvas - Recollections
Number Stickers - Momenta
Paint/mists - Ranger, Tattered Angels, Clearsnap
Chipboard - Creative Embellishments
Flowers - Prima
Jute - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Molding Paste - Liquitex
Stencils - Kreaxions and Ranger


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

swell ***Just Imagine & Birds of a Feather Kit***

My in-laws had this picture taken in their front yard a couple of years back in front of their beautiful tree.  They have been so wonderful to us, I could not have asked for a better family to marry into.  I love this picture of the two of them, they both look so happy and carefree - you can't ask for more from life!!

I used punch 923 with insert A for a border punch along the top and bottom on the kraft cardstock to add dimension and texture to the layers on the layout.

I just loved the colors of the March Birds of a Feather Kit to match this picture, it was just perfect!!  The alpha letters did not stand out enough so i took a black pen and traced the outside of each letter to make it pop out a bit more.

Supplies Used
Cardstock - March Birds of a Feather Kit - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - March Birds of a Feather Kit - Basic Grey and Bazzill
Acrylic - March Birds of a Feather Kit - Basic Grey
Wood - March Birds of a Feather Kit- Freckled Fawn
Ribbon - March Birds of a Feather Kit - American Crafts
Mist -  March Birds of a Feather Kit - Ranger
Alpha Stickers -  March Birds of a Feather Kit - Basic Grey
Punch - Kreaxions 923 - Just Imagine
Number Stickers - Momenta
Flowers - Prima
Paint - Ranger
Ink- Prima

Brads - Target
Pen - Recollections

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