Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Venice/Hey Sailor - DT layouts for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there,

I'm back with two layouts that I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team. 

A while back I asked Paige to design a sailboat cut file (Silhouette ID: #249895) because there's a blue paper in her latest collection, Pick-Me-Up, with sail boats on it and I have quite a few photos of my son taken on a sailing boat. I thought I finally make a proper boy page. Except, I've had this ancient photo of myself on my desk for the longest time...And I was not going to use boy colors for this one, ha! Sooo then came the idea to make two layouts, a boy and a girl page, using the same design and the same cut file! 

Without further ado, here they are:

I started out by modifying the cut file in Silhouette Studio because I wanted the sails to look like lace. I've combined them with another cut file, the Flower Small Background (Silhouette ID: #225777), then cut the boat from white, textured card stock. I backed the flowers with two different patterned papers, then backed both sails with a pale patterned paper too. I also added patterned papers to the boat, the mast and the flag.

I added foam adhesive behind the whole cut file so that I could tuck my photo behind it. I cut a few more flowers and leaves using the Flower Cluster cut file (Silhouette ID: 216846) and adhered these on the sails to give some extra dimension. I also fussy cut some flowers from one of the patterned papers and created three floral clusters on the page. I kinda wish I had a boat like this haha!

I glued down my title, added some chipboard elements, labels, stickers, then wrote my journaling, the  date and splattered some gold ink to finish off my first layout.

First I wanted to modify the second cut file too and add stars to the sails but I also really wanted to use this watermelon paper because I haven't used it yet. So I decided against the stars. I bet it would have looked nice though! 

Instead I cut several clouds using the Cloud Trio cut file (Silhouette ID: #216711). I glued these down at the top of the page, but I only put adhesive to the middle of each one so they could stay dimensional. Just like on the previous layout, I added foam adhesive to this boat too. However I didn't tuck the photo behind it this time.

I added some embellishments: stickers, chipboard pieces, die cuts and tags. Oh, and a star button on the flag too! There was a baseball cap die cut in the ephemera pack and it fit on my son's head almost perfectly, so I added this too, because you know, if not now, when?

For my title I used the gorgeous alpha thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection. I think these are my most favourite alphas from all of Paige's collections! 

I used a white pen for my journaling, because I felt like it fit the colors better. Also, I had to add those two boats on this layout obviously, one is a chipboard, the other is a card stock sticker.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some way! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Easter cards - DT project for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing a few Easter cards with you that I've made for Fancy Pants Designs!

I've used the bright and colorful Take Note collection to create all of these cards. I just love the colors and patterns in this line! I knew I was not going to use embellishments, so the original theme of the collection didn't bother me, the papers were perfect!

I remembered a super adorable cut file the lovely Bea Valint created last year and thought I'd use it on my cards today. I however wanted to make both girl and boy bunnies, so I modified her original cut file to have a boy too (nose and eyelashes). I cut all bunnies from textured white card stock and for the rest of the card I used patterned papers. I cut little flowers for the girls (also part of the cut file) and hand cut a couple of hats for the boys. Plus added little bows for neck tie. I stamped my sentiment using a mini alpha stamp set and added some Nuvo drops to finish off these four cards.

I also wanted to make some more cards where the bunnies' ears are hanging off the card. Basically I've folded a standard A2 size card in half, this way the card still fits in the same sized envelope.

I added a piece of patterned paper to my white card base. I cut some grass with the help of a die and layered two on top of each other using some foam adhesive to create some dimension. I backed the bunny ears and faces with patterned paper, then glued them on the card front and decorated them with flowers and a hat. For my sentiment I used one of the patterned papers in the Take Note collection - I fussy cut out these tiny alphas to create the title. I added some Nuvo drops and done!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

In the spotlight: Spellbinders / Sharyn Sowell Flower Garden collection, Part 3

Hi there crafty friends,

I'm dropping in today to share my third and final blog post using products from the Spellbinders / Sharyn Sowell Flower Garden collection. If you missed my previous posts, you can find them here and here.

I've really enjoyed working with these lovely products! I just love flowers above anything and because I only have a son, I can't go all girly on my scrapbook pages most of the time! So I love that with cards I can do whatever I want!

For my first card today I picked the gorgeous Shapeabilities Dimensional Floral Panel Etched Die. I was especially happy about this one, because wreaths are one of my favorite things to do on my scrapbook pages too! So I did exactly what I would do with digital cut files on my pages: I cut the design from white card stock, then backed the flowers with different patterned papers to give them colors. 

To add more dimension, I die cut some of the single roses and backed these with patterned papers too. Next, I prepared my card base: I adhered an A2 size patterned paper panel to my A2 size top folding card. I set it aside while I finished my rose wreath: I glued the wreath on a coral patterned paper and fussy cut it out. I embossed a sentiment in the middle using white embossing powder. 

I glued my wreath on the card base using a tape runner. I then started layering additional roses onto my wreath to achieve the design and dimension I like. I used pop dots for this. Next, I die cut several leaves from two different patterned papers and tucked these under the wreath and the roses in quite a few places. 

Last but not least, I added a few drops of glossy accents!

For my next card I also used an A2 top folding card base, to which I added a floral patterned paper panel. I also glued a light pink chipboard frame on this. 

The dies I've used here are from the Shapeabilities Butterfly Etched Die and the Shapeabilities Bird on Cherry Branch Etched Die sets. 

I die cut the butterfly from white card stock. I cut two wings but I only wanted one to show from above, if that makes sense. There's a little tab on the wings which go under the body of the butterfly - I glued the two tabs together and then folded the top up to give dimension to the butterfly. It's hard to describe what I mean, but you'll see in the close-ups. The body I cut from a raspberry card stock, then cut it in half and attached it to the wings. I glued on the antenna as well.

I then glued my butterfly onto the chipboard frame. At this point I felt like I was still missing something! Flowers, of course :). I die cut a few tiny flowers from a pink patterned paper, attached one to the butterfly and used another 3 to create a flower cluster at the right top of my frame. 

I die cut the little banner that is in the Shapeabilities Tiny Shadow Box Etched Die set, from pink patterned paper. I then embossed my sentiment on it, using white embossing powder. Recently I was looking for something in my ancient craft stash I never use (non-papercraft supplies I built up over 20+ years) and found a few different lace ribbons. These tiny things make me happy, you know, when you finally use something you spent money on at one point! So I cut a piece for my panel and glued my sentiment on top of this.

To finish off my card, I added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops.

 Spellbinders supplies:
  • S2-285 Shapeabilities Bird on Cherry Branch Etched Dies, Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell
  • S2-286 Shapeabilities Botanical Butterfly Etched Dies, Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell
  • S4-851 Shapeabilities Dimensional Floral Panel Etched Dies, Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell
  • S5-339 Shapeabilities Tiny Shadow Box Etched Dies, Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell
Other supplies:
  • Patterned papers, chipboard frame: Cocoa Vanilla Studio - More Than Words
  • Neenah solar white card stock 80LB
  • American crafts pink textured card stock
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo drops
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • WOW embossing powder
  • Pinkfresh Studio sentiment stamps
  • white lace ribbon
  • die cutting machine
That's it from me for today! I hope you like these cards!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an amazing day!