Tuesday, February 14, 2017

XOXOX | Create Your Own Embellishments - Fancy Pants Designs "Sweet Nothings"

Love is in the air!  Happy Valentine's day everyone.

Hubby and I recently have been going on a few fun date nights, and I thought I'd test out my new HP Sprocket pocket printer to create this heartfelt layout with the gorgeous Fancy Pants Designs "Sweet Nothings" collection.  <3 <3 <3

I had so much fun with this layout!  What better way to start a date night layout than with a hearts cut file?  I used the free hearts bonus cut file from Scrapbook & Cards Today February 2016 and merged two sets together to create the look I wanted, and then I cut my background from black textured cardstock using my Cameo.  The cool thing is I now have the negative cut to use on a second layout in the future!

I then used my Cameo to do an internal offset of the hearts, cut hearts out slightly smaller than the outlines with different patterned papers, and then adhered it all down.  And I love the textured look of stitching with cut files!

And my photo turned out just how I wanted it to!  The only thing I changed was muting the colors to near black and white so the blues in our clothes didn't clash with all the pretty reds and pinks in the papers.  I layered several different papers to create the photo mat.  I created scallops on the main pink piece and distressed the edges of another piece, then added more stitching.  I also added a little half-circle tab and a puffy sticker.

The puffy stickers in this collection are so fun!  I had to use them for my title on the bottom right corner, among other strategic spots.

When I was done, I felt it still needed a little something, so I stitched around the edges to give it a frame.

I also created a few of my own embellishment spots to help fill in some of the extra white space I had leftover.  Here's one in the top right corner I created with a puffy heart outline sticker, some paper, a piece of ephemera that I stitched, and another heart:

And here's one on the left that also has a quick journal spot.  I used two pieces of ephemera, a scalloped circle punch, stitching, a puffy sticker, and ribbon.

Finally, I created the one on the top left by cutting the bottom of a tag and layering a sticker on it.  Try to layer different sized pieces and different textures together and you'll always have a fun area of interest for your embellishment spots.

So glad you could stop by today.  Enjoy your day, and I hope you get a bit of chocolate as well!!  It's the perfect day for it.  See you soon!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Route 66 Adventure - Scrapbook & Cards Today Jan. Sketch Challenge

Howdy, everyone!  I decided to participate on Scrapbook & Cards Today's January sketch challenge.  I didn't win those awesome goodies, but SCT did share my layout on their blog! I only wish I had had the time to photo my layout using natural light - but I had to meet the deadline, so I used what I could.  I've updated it for you here today. 

The sketch had lots of photos, and I had just the thing to fill in all those 2x2s - our recent visit to the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.  It was a gorgeous day!

I also created a fun layout with photos from this day for Creative Scrappers sketch 303 if you missed it.

After I had my photos where I wanted them, I created a strip underneath using different size triangles from multiple papers, and I sewed along the top of the strip using a zig zag stitch.  I used a tag and a puffy heart sticker for my journaling.

On the top, I cut two thin strips of paper and sewed there, too.  Love these puffy heart stickers!

For the title, I used my die cut to create the scalloped circle and faux stitched circle.  Alpha stickers and the foam "adventure" create my fun title.  More enamel pieces plus more hearts were so fun to use!

Of course, you can't forget those acrylic clouds!  I used my tiny attacher to staple them to my page.

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to grab your piece of chocolate on the way out.  :)


Saturday, February 11, 2017

{Take It In} Creative Scrappers Sketch 303

Hello and happy February, y'all.  It was my turn on the Creative Scrappers blog on Thursday, and I thought I'd share here as well.  I used the colorful Shimelle's Go Now Go collection - the bright colors really work well with the spray-paint "canvas" in my photos!  We visited the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, Texas during our Christmas vacation visiting family - isn't this a great sketch??

I created fairly close to the sketch, using 2 photos.  But I switched up the straight strips by fussycutting some of the chevron paper to overlay the polka dot paper.  And to add some additional texture, I stitched and adhered star and heart enamels along the chevron.  

I even found a cut file in the shape of an antique car in the Silhouette store, cut out ten, and stood them up diagonally just like you see off Historic Route 66.

Here's a peek at the photo with a piece of ephemera I used for my title, along with a puffy heart sticker.

And here's the other photo area with some layers (and more enamel embellishments).

And last - but not least - you can see my journaling strips and an embellishment area in the top right.

I hope I've inspired you to come play along by using the sketch in a unique way!  Please link up any projects you create using the "Add Your Link" button on the bottom of the CS sketch reveal page.

Don't forget to also tag your project on Instagram (@CreativeScrappers) with the hashtag #CSSketch303 and #CreatingWithSketches!  Follow me on Instagram too - I'll see you there!

Have a super day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Oh Joy | Creative Scrappers January Sketch

Hello out there happy scrappers!  Welcome to 2017.  I was up Monday on the Creative Scrappers blog.  Isn't the sketch awesome?!  I opted to flip it 180 degrees.  Also, the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy collection is just gorgeous.  I mostly used the 6x6 paper pad and some embellishments from Oh Joy as well as Fancy Pants Merry & Bright puffy dots stickers...they matched well!  Here's my layout.

I used the cut file created for the sketch on a sheet of white textured cardstock, cut papers to fit into the triangles, then sandwiched them on top of a full sheet of white textured cardstock.  I sewed along the cut file for some additional texure.  Cut files and sewing are a favorite combo of mine!

These photos of the kids from 2010 are perfect with these gorgeous papers!  I loved tucking in the ephemera and puffy stickers.  I created my own sewn tag using the acrylic "on the nice list" piece to put in the bottom right.

For the title, I purchased the font "Hello Sunshine" and cut out "Oh Joy" because I was so inspired by the collection's logo.  I used an enamel star as the dot for the "j".

I hope this page has inspired you to get some Christmas photos scrapped!  If you use the sketch, please use the hashtag #creatingwithsketches and post to the Creative Scrappers blog using the InLinkz widget.  And don't forget to follow @creativescrappers on Instagram!

Have a wonderful January!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

{Christmas Box} Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  You might have arrived from Sandy's blog.  I hope your holiday has been wonderful so far.  If you give gift cards, it can be hard to figure out how to package them.  I often worry an envelope will get lost.  Plus they just aren't as fun to open, are they?  But then you have to wrap.  Well, I have a solution for the best of both worlds.  I kept a chocolate box from a few years ago because I knew I could find something fun to do with it.

And I dug into my Christmas collection stash of BasicGrey's Juniper Berry.  It's so beautiful (gosh I miss their papers!).  I came up with the following:

I just love the colors in the collection.  Simply gorgeous!  Here's a better view of the top of the lid:

And here's a view of the box from the side:

The original box:

Thanks so much for hopping along!  Next up, hop over to Lyne's blog to view her lovely Tiny Toes layout!  See you soon.



  • BasicGrey Juniper Berry papers, stickers, and sequins/embellishments mix
  • Heart and stitched cirlcle die cuts - Lawn Fawn "Stitched Party Banners"
  • Folder die cut - Sizzix "Hello Life" by Lori Whitlock
  • Enjoy and stitched circle die cuts - Lawn Fawn "Small Stitched Envelope"

Full hop list:
Wendy Bergeron Coffman - http://www.stampingrules.com/2016/12/scrapping-our-stash-december-blog-hop.html
Sandy Ross - http://itsafamilyaffairwithscrappynana.blogspot.ca/2016/12/dear-santa-visiting-santa-scrapping-our.html
Majken Pullin - http://chocoscrapaholic.blogspot.com
Lyne Schnable-Blodgett - http://lynnseverydayideas.blogspot.com/2016/12/tiny-toes.html

Thursday, December 1, 2016

{This Boy} Creative Scrappers December Reveal Blog Hop with Spiegelmom Scraps!

Hi Everyone!

Creative Scrappers is hosting a BLOG HOP today in conjunction with our reveal for sketch 301 and our sponsor Spiegelmom Scraps. I hope you can take a few minutes from your busy day and join us!  Here is sketch 301 - it's fabulous!

And here is my take on the sketch showcasing some fun embellishments from December sponsor, Spiegelmom Scraps.  I used:

As soon as I saw the sequins, I knew they matched Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection.  And since I hadn't yet scrapped Paxton's first day of second grade, the perfect plan came together quickly -- that's why I love sketches so much!

Here are a few close-ups.  The chunky cork heart works perfectly with the trimmed doily.

I love those aqua circular sequins in the pack!  And the daffodil sequins go well with the Crate Paper Cool Kid star clip.  And the little cherry bomb sequins accent everything perfectly!!

I used Creative Scrappers cut file "Slice of Cheesecake" to create the triangles that fit in the doily.  The triangles go with the triangle papers!

For my title, I used The Cut Shoppe's "Open Letter Alpha" cut file.  You can see another cork heart and more fun sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps.

Here's the order for today's hop!  I encourage you to make a stop at all the other designers' blogs for more eye candy!!

Majken Pullin       ***you are here***

Please take advantage of this coupon on your next purchase

Enjoy our reveal this month and please visit us on Dec 15 for another blog hop with
the design team members from SMS!

Tag us using #CreatingWithSketches and #Spiegelmomscraps 

We will also have a great prize for one of our participants
as well as a copy of the NEW Creating With Sketches V4!

Your next stop on the hop is Marielle LaForge-LeBlanc.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

{2 Cute} Creative Scrappers Sketch 300 Design Team Reveal - Clarity Stencil Brush technique

Hello everyone!  Welcome to November.  I can't believe it's November either.  Lots to do in the next two months!!  But first, grab just a few minutes and a tea or coffee to see a new sketch from Creative Scrappers.  It's a fabulous grid design!

This month's partner is My Creative Scrapbook, and I opted to create with their October Creative Kit which has a lot of Doodlebug Design Flea Market.  The colors are so bright and cheerful!  I chose my kitty Oreo as my layout subject.  

The first thing I did was cut the Creative Scrappers Lucky Stars cut file from textured white cardstock, peel out the star cuts, and then sew over another piece of white cardstock.  On the top, I created a border from a strip of paper with clouds and sewed over it as well.  See the lightly inked star?  I'll share how I did that later in the post.

Then I trimmed my photos and started creating my grid.  I used a few of my die cuts to create with:  Papertrey Ink's Noted: Scalloped Square and Technique Tuesday's Flair Maker.  Here's a little banner I made from the flair set.  You can see a couple more lightly inked stars...

Those faux stitch lines are awesome on the Noted set!  I added more machine stitching as well as a Heidi Swapp "noted" wood veneer from the kit...plus a couple of the white cardstock stars that were cut from the background.

How cute is this mouse in the bottom left corner?  And another grid square with some stickers, flair die cut, star, and enamel dot.

And a grid with a circle, some stickers, a star, the heart from the center of one of the flair banners, and another enamel dot.  More lightly inked stars in the background...

I used my Cameo to cut the title "2 cute".  I layered the other centers of flair to use as flower centers, then added more enamel dots.  

Can't forget the cute birdie in the top right corner looking over my kitty!  I used 3D foam tape to pop up one of the cloud stickers.

I used the typewriter for a cute journaling spot!

Once I had the grid layed out most of the way and before I adhered everything, I chose a few stars to lightly "paint" with ink using my new Claritystamp Clarity Stencil Brushes - they ink so gently and subtly for a beautiful finish - though you can add heavier ink if you wish just by adding more ink and brushing repeatedly.  I used CTMH Lagoon, Pear, and Creme Brulee.  And then I glued the stars into a few places left open in the cut background where I wanted them.

Here's the wonderful sketch Kristine created:

That's all for me, creative sweeties!  Don't forget to head over to the Creative Scrappers blog to see the other designers' takes on the sketch.  And create your own layout to link up!

Have a great week!