Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lakeside Memories - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I am up on the Boys Rule blog today, sharing my last page created with the fantastic July / August kit!

I had fun creating a monochromatic page and adding with some white washing with paint for a real beach side look.

Here are a few close up shots!

Some of the stickers from this kit have made really great titles!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tutorial for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Sorry I do not have a tutorial to share today with my friends at ScrapMuch?, I have treated myself to a week off both in July and August!  But my friend Sandy, is sharing one on my absence, on the ScrapMuch? blog and you will definitely want to check it out!   Here is a link for you.

Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Love Bug - The Doodle Garden

Hi friends!

I created this little shaped card for The Doodle Garden before Jennifer decided to close down her shop.  I thought it was too cute not to share.

Here is a close up of the image.

This card also features a gift cards holder, perfect to thank someone for giving you a helping hand!

I think you can find this cute digi here, for FREE on the The Doodle Garden blog for just a little while longer. 

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog, check it out....

I hope you will pop on over and see what the DT created and play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

LUV U 2 - Boys Rule - Bella Blvd

Hi there!

I am up on the Boys Rule blog today, sharing another page created with the fun July / August kit!

As you can see I have been playing with the  Bella blvd papers in the kit, I love the fresh bright colours!

Here are a few close up shots!

This kit is making me so happy!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Party Favour tutorial - ScrapMuch? - My Mind's Eye

Hi there!

As promised I am back with another little creation using the amazing My Mind's Eye Market Street collection.

I created this sweet little party favour box specifically so that I could use a border punch along the edges to fancy it up.  I thought they would make cute wedding or shower favours.

To help you out, I designed a printable for you.  This is 8.5 x 11 format and you can print it right onto the back of your paper and trim along the solid lines, and fold on the dotted lines.

I also created a Silhouette cut file for those that want it.  This is available in both the older version and the new version by clicking on the image below.

So once you have your box cut out in the method of your choice, go ahead and punch along the 4 outer edges, as shown.

Now assemble the box, tape style adhesive holds the best for this type of project, especially if it will be handled.  I like ScoreTape or Terrifically Tacky Tape, pretty much equally.

Add the tape to the flaps.

And adhere the edges together.

Now for the fun part, decorating!  I made a little wooden tag for mine.

Ta Da!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You Rule - The Doodle Garden

Hi friends!

I am up on The Doodle Garden site, sharing this back to school card today! Perfect for a student or teacher. I coloured up "School Days - BOY", because you know how I love me some boy digis!

Here is a close up of the image, isn't he adorable!

I have been wanting to colour on Kraft cardstock for quite some time now and finally did it. It was a little trickier than using Copic paper, and honestly part way through I thought I may have to toss the whole thing, but I persevered and in the end it turned out really cute! 

You can find this cute digi here, in The Doodle Garden store.  Don't forget to check in on the The Doodle Garden blog to stay up to date on all of the happenings!

And you can find all of the information about the current challenge here.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

On Beach Time - a freebie Silhouette cut file - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing a cut file over on the ScrapMuch? blog today and here too, of course!

Enjoy!  And thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sketching with Let's Capture our Memories!

Hi there!

I have a layout and card sketch up over on the Let's Capture our Memories site today, I hope you will pop on over to check out the DT inspiration and play along!
Thank you so much for visiting!

Momma's Little Monster - Boys Rule - Bo Bunny

Hi there!

I am up on the Boys Rule blog today, sharing another page created with the fantastic July / August kit!

 These Bo Bunny papers are so incredible , I love the vibrant colours!

Here are a few close up shots!

 I added lots of water colours and doodling just for fun!  I am having so much fun with this kit, I even created two bonus projects with I will share soon!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

We travel for fullfillment- Stuck?! Sketches - Simple Stories

Hello there!

It's time for a brand new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches and I would like to share my page with you!

I had a lot of fun creating this page and it came together pretty quickly.

 I sponged on some white paint for a fun effect, and pulled out a couple of flair and puffy stickers from my Evalicious stash.

 This rub-on is from Kaisercraft and I just love it so much that I used it for my titile!

 The enamel dots are from Doodlebug.

Stickers and papers from Simple Stories.

Here is a look at the sketch:

I am going to be honest with you, when I created this sketch and presented it to the DT I was quite nervous, it is a little different after all, as it suggests several photos on a single page.  Well, let me tell you I needn't have been concerned, the DT blew my mind with their creations and I know you will, too!  I hope you will head on over to Stuck?! Sketches and check them out.

As usual there are two fabulous sponsors for this challenge:

Paper Issues,is offering a $20.00 gift card to one lucky participant!

AND ScrapMuch?, who are offering a kit of the month to a second lucky participant!

I also want to give you a little heads up, during September, we will be celebrating our 1st anniversary over at Stuck?! Sketches, with the new team and owner, and we have so much fun lined up for you!  If you aren't already a follower, you definitely want to start following Stuck?! so that you are among the first to know about our super fun month long anniversary party!

Thank you for visiting, I hope you join in on the fun at Stuck?! Sketches.

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing a sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today, I hope you will go on over and check out what the DT created, and stick around to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Get Inspired Magazine - Issue 5 - a sketch challenge

Hi there!

There is another special feature up on the Get Inspired Magazine blog,  for issue 5 to share with you today!  We have a sketch specially selected for the issue for you to play with, designed by my scrappy friend and LGS DT member Jenessa Franco.

Please share your take on this sketch with us by linking up on the Get Inspired Magazine blog.  And don't forget to share the information on your blog, so that all your friends know to play along, too!  You do not need a blog to play along.

We will be choosing several "winners" that will be published in our November 1st issue of Get Inspired Magazine!!  You have until October 1st to play along, all winners will be notified during October and a product list will be requested.

If you missed it we also have a mood board challenge here for Issue 5.

Don't forget to share your creations with us in the User Gallery!   You just never know, we may reach out to you for publication!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Die Cutting My Mind's Eye Wood Sheets - Tutorial

Hi there!

Have you seen these wood sheets from My Mind's Eye Necessities collection?

Well they are actual wood and I am in serious {heart} with them!

I decided to play around with them in my die cutting systems and thought I would share what I learned.  Please bear in mind these are all my own findings, you may find other opinions on the www.

When I first saw this product at ScrapMuch? I immediately thought of how great it would be if I could cut it with the Silhouette. The first couple of times I attempted it, I played around with the thickness setting on the blade.  It didn't cut great at all.  I even tried using the chipboard setting, which I personally thought was genius and I thought I was totally on to something! ha! Fat chance!

I slept on it and went back the next day after doing some thinking in my best thinking place (the shower, ha!) - this is where I remembered about the corrugated paper setting, that's pretty thick right? So I gave it another try.

This time I had better results, not perfect but better. I had to press through with my craft knife to finish the job.

The cuts turned out cute though.  What did I learn?

  •  I probably should have down a double cut, or even three or four - I definitely removed my project from the machine too quickly. 
  • Simple cuts are probably a better choice.  
  • This wood sheet is very delicate.
Would I try this again?  In a heart beat!  Just not with a new blade!

After that I decided to try this amazing wood sheet in my Cuttlebug.

To do this I just made the standard "sandwich" for cutting paper.  I moved it back and forth through the machine a couple of times before removing it.

I got a nice clean cut, with this scalloped heart.  Which is a little more detailed that the simple cut I could get on the Silhouette.

This butterfly cut nicely, too!  And they look amazing!

What did I learn?

  • Be gentle removing the wood from the die.
  • Cut the wood into smaller sections to avoid cracking while die cutting.
  • You can cut slightly more detailed shapes. 
Would I try this again?  Absolutely! 
So, as I am sitting here typing this it is 1:30 am and a thought hits my fuzzy brain.  What about punches?  Well I am too tired to photograph and edit so I will tell you the details on that quick experiment.

To start with I used this side squeeze leaf punch.  It took a bit of squeezing but I got a good cut. However, I find these side squeeze punches quite delicate and I likely wouldn't use it again for this purpose. 

Next, I tried one of these punches.

This punch worked like a charm with much less squeezing and I wasn't afraid that I would break my punch.  I did not try an intricate shape, but if you are looking for quick and easy wood shapes, you can get them with your punches for sure.

So to break things down for you, I will list these ideas in order of preference.

  • metal dies in a hand cranked machine ie. the Cuttlebug
  • lever style punches
  • Silhouette machine
  • side squeeze punches
Please note all of these opinions are my own, be sure to  use your equipment carefully and at your own risk.

Thanks for visiting!