Friday, April 24, 2020

Fun - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hi there friends,

I'm stopping by to share a new layout with you today that I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team with the Bloom Street collection!

Everybody has go to layouts, right? This is one of mine. I've been making these circle layouts for like 5 years and I never seem to get tired of them. I probably make one with every scrapbook collection I work with. I find it to be a great and easy way to add lots of colors and patterns to a page, much like the big title layouts which I also used to do a lot of but not as keen on lately.

This time I decided to add all the different papers a bit differently. Instead of cutting circles from various patterned papers, I now have multiple designs on each circle. To avoid a big mess though, I kept all the circles uniform.

I started out by cutting paper strips from different patterned papers. I glued these on a heavy weight card stock, then die cut circles from it. You could totally use your Cameo (or any other electric die cutting machine for that matter) for this but for me this was quicker since my manual die cutting machine and dies are right where I craft (my Cameo is not). Plus this way I had more control over which colors I had in my circles. 

I added some decorative stitching for more texture and interest (and also because I really don't trust any glue to keep things in place for good haha). I then decided on a background paper and adhered my circles to it as well as some photos, which I also cropped into circles. I kept embellishing to a minimum, only added a few puffy sticker hearts and words, plus a few sentiment stickers/die cuts. I used a stapler and some stitching to keep the puffy stickers in place (again, I don't trust glue LOL). To finish off my page, I wrote my journaling and stamped my date. 

That's it! Simple but fun. I think, anyway, ha! What is your go to design on your scrapbook pages? I'd love to hear it!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful day!



Friday, April 17, 2020

Spellbinders April Clubs blog hop

Hello there crafters,

I'm so excited to join the Spellbinders April Clubs blog hop today where we share some more inspiration with the April Club kits. As a reminder, here are the kits you can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

As for my projects. Since I used the Truckin' Through the Seasons die set paired with both the Small and Large die kits on my previous projects, I decided to try and only use elements from this month's kits today.

I made some baby cards with this kit before, in traditional pink/blue/yellow colors so now I wanted something different, which is why I decided on a rainbow theme. It fits both genders and rainbows always put a smile on everyone's faces.

To make my plain white backgrounds more interesting and textured, I used some embossing folders: the I Heart embossing folder on the baby girl card and the Diamond Netting embossing folder on the baby boy card. I then chose various patterned papers in each color (all papers I used are from Alexandra Renke) and die cut loads of little rattles and bottles. I assembled them and added them to my card fronts. I also added some enamel dots in matching colors to the baby girl card. 

That's all! Really very simple. I don't usually go with such simple designs but at the time this is what spoke to me...

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Now for the fun part! Giveaways yay!
  1. To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers, selected from the comments left on the Spellbinders blog post. Giveaway closes on Sunday, April 26, 11:59pm EDT. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.
  2. You can also win a $25 gift certificate here, just leave a comment below! I will announce the winner on this blog post, on April 26, 2020 - so be sure to check back!
That's it! Hope you've enjoyed our blog hop so far! Your next stop is Dina's blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!



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Thursday, April 9, 2020

I love you more than you'll ever know - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello dear friends,

I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team!
I have a simple layout for you today. Paige has so many of these big title cut files, so I thought I'll just  pick one instead of flowers this time :). I love the font on the "I Love You More Than" cut file (Design ID: 315997)!

Originally I wanted to back each letter with different papers as I normally would but when I went through the papers and saw this rainbow heart paper, I decided I would just go with white letters partially filled in so I could use the hearts for background. Of course I could have used the heart paper to back the letters and still get a rainbow of colors but there's quite some white in between the hearts and when I go with a white cut file (which is 100% of the time these days), I typically don't like to use papers with a lot of white for backing.

Anyway, I started out by figuring out what design I want and once I settled on this arrangement, I started gluing things down. I added some tissue paper behind my photo and adhered it to the background. Using liquid glue, I then glued down the cut file - mostly only in the middle, so I have some dimension to it. I added foam tape to some of the fall out pieces and pieced them back in the letters.

I cut out several sentiments from one of the patterned papers to use them as my main embellishment on this page. I added foam tape to them so that they stand out more. Tone on tone enamel dots, journaling, black ink splatters finish off my page.

I hope I could inspire you today in some small way!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a great day and stay safe!



Thursday, April 2, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - April 2020

Hi there crafty peeps,

I'm stopping by today to share some projects with the super cool Spellbinders April 2020 Small and Large Die kits! Do you guys remember the Trucking Through the Seasons die set from 2018?! It was an extremely popular one, it sold out fast several times - and it was (still is) one of my most favorite Spellbinders die set ever. Then later they released the So Many Sentiments die set, which coordinates with the Trucking Through the Seasons die set. Both the Large and Small Die kits this month coordinate with the original set too - but can also be used on their own, to create projects for a variety of occasions!

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

I'll start with the Small Die kit. Since I love the truck so much, I used it on almost all my cards today but there's so many pieces in this set and you really don't need the truck to create one of a kind projects!

I actually made a wedding card with the truck before where I added puffy heart stickers for balloons! You can check it out (and more with the same dies) HERE!

On this pair of cards I've used a mix of Alexandra Renke and My Mind's Eye papers. I embossed both backgrounds using the I Heart embossing folder. I just love the texture these folder create, what do you think?

I will be honest, die cutting all the pieces you need takes a while! At least for me. All the planning of papers and colors that would work together and then sometimes it doesn't work out the way I hope so I have to recut them lol! Please tell me I'm not the only one!

About the engagement rings...There actually is a diamond die in the set but I had this patterned paper full of diamonds that I would never use for anything so it was the perfect occasion to use at least ONE haha! It is much bigger than the die though!

As well as wedding, engagement themed dies, you'll also get some holiday items, like the bow I used here or a "Happy" bauble and "Holidays" licence plate.

Now for the Large Die kit! In this kit you'll get dies for baby boy/girl, sports/game day and birthday themes. I haven't used the birthday theme because I rarely make cards for babies and I have never made any sports themed one before - so I definitely wanted to use these!

First up, Babies! The only Baby themed paper collection I have ever bought is the Little You collection from Crate Paper, and luckily I still have some of the precious papers, even the 6x6 pads so they were perfect for these cards! I had to add some color card stock and some patterned paper from Alexandra Renke because there's just not enough solids in those baby collections.

See, if you don't have the truck die set, you can just die cut lots of baby bottles and rattles and create your own background patterns - which is one of my favorite things to do and you'll see an example down below!

The oval dies I used here I use all the time too, they are really great basics! I love my layers, can't help it.
Then the scallops you see at the bottom of the baby girl card comes in another really great and versatile set:

Last but not least my sports themed card duo! I was so happy about this one because I literally only create masculine cards once a year! I'm sure many of you know what I mean ha! I think one of the reasons though is that I simply have no masculine products. I have a really cool stamp set from Spellbinders, Sophisticated Animals and that was it!

You get a soccer ball, basketball, baseball + baseball bat, football as well as three different sports themed sentiment dies, I believe. 

For these cards I used a variety of Alexandra Renke papers. I love this color combo! By the way, this is what I meant above that you don't need the truck die to be able to create projects with these die sets. Like I did here, you can play with different arrangements and build background patterns, it's so fun!

That's it! What do you guys think? Do you like this month's die kits?
Should you have any questions, leave a comment below!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a nice day!