Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July - Stash Bash

Hello blogging friends!

It's time for the July Stash Bash. This month we are focusing on using printables. Printables are a great way to stretch your supplies and they don't take up space in your supply stash. I thought I would take this opportunity to do a tutorial on how to use the Print and Cut feature in the Silhouette software to print these Santas. If I start on my Christmas cards now, there is a chance I might get them out before New Years this year, lol. The Santa driving the pink convertible is from the Carta Bella A Very Merry Christmas collection and the Santa on the right is from the PhotoPlay Paper Holiday Cheer collection.

I combined my printable Santas with the Holiday Cards 2 digital cut file from JustNick Studios. The Ho Ho Ho background is perfect.

Here is the link to my YouTube Video with the tutorial on how to use the Print and Cut feature.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Live A Colorful Life - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

I had been cleaning up old files on my computer when I came across this photo of my daughter. She photoshopped this black and white photo so that only her tattooed birds were in color. Very cool! I thought it would be fun to scrap that photo with the Shades of Color collection from Jillibean Soup.

To emphasize my title, I altered a JustNick Studios digital cut file to create this chevron pattern which I then backed with the colorful Flashy Tint pattern paper. 

The chevron cut file helps to frame the colorful Letter Diecuts I used for a portion of my title and makes an awesome backdrop for some embellishment clusters.

This collection is awesome! Do you have some photos that are screaming for lots of color? Check out the Shades of Color collection.

Jillibean Soup Supplies:

Other Supplies: 
Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, foam adhesive, Silhouette Cameo, JustNick Studios digital cut file

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jillibean Soup Cards

Hello blogging friends!

I created a Jillibean Soup couple cards I wanted to share with you. 

Happy Birthday

I am always in need of Birthday cards and I thought it would be fun to use the red polka dot AlphaBean Stickers for my sentiment and combine them with Love pattern paper from the Bohemian Brew collection. To keep with the monochromatic theme I used a red happy Soup Label, added a red bow, and these red vases with flowers.

Jillibean Soup
Pattern Paper: Bohemian Brew / Love

Other: twine, white cardstock 

Glad You Are One Of My Peeps

On my second card, I used the Heart Birdhouse stamps and dies along with pattern papers from the Bowl Of Dreams collection. I stamped the sentiment with a pigment ink and embossed it with a translucent embossing powder. To make the birdhouse look more realistic, I stamped the image onto a woodgrain pattern paper. The bird and butterfly were stamped and embossed as well.

Jillibean Soup
Pattern Paper: Bowl Of Dreams / Aim HighBite Size Bits
Pattern Paper: Soup Staples III / Kraft Triangle
Clear Stamps & Dies: Heart Birdhouse

Other: cardstock, ColorBox pigment ink, Stampendous embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Something Beautiful - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

It's finally summer in Minnesota and my family was able to get away for a few days in early July and head to the north shore of Lake Superior. I snapped these photos of my daughter as we were hiking to one of the beautiful waterfalls there along the Superior Trail. I wanted to use a digital cut file that would help convey the great outdoors. The JustNick Studios Arrowhead Background digital cut file was perfect along with the PinkFresh Studios Escape the Ordinary collection. Those butterflies are amazing.

I wanted the pattern to be subtle, so I erased some of the arrows. This is an easy cut file to alter. After cutting, I used some plastic packaging and diluted spray mist to add a little color. Then I backed only some of the arrows with pattern papers, choosing to leave the rest backed with just white cardstock. Some machine stitching adds some texture.

I created embellishment clusters starting out with the Blossom Blooms cut from white cardstock for a base. I love how they soften everything and anchor my photos.

Here are the digital cut files I used today.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your summer has been filled with wonderful adventure too. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Adventure Awaits - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

Bohemian Brew from Jillibean Soup speaks to my gypsy heart. I love the Volkswagen van, the bright colors, and the graphical patterns ... they remind me of childhood road trips with my family. I thought it would be fun to document a more current road trip with my husband and our own kids. Road trips provide some opportunities to see parts of this awesome country that flying does not. On this particular road trip, we stopped in the Badlands of South Dakota to stretch our legs while on the way to the Black Hills. 

I lifted my Hello You Jillibean Soup layout from June, but flipped it on it's side to change things up. I loved the design with rows of embellishments and paper. The chevron pattern paper was fun to cut up. I added phrase stickers from the sticker sheet and these fun puffy stickers. Machine stitching adds some texture.

I double cut the Jillibean Soup Adventure Awaits digital cut file (available in the Silhouette Store) for my title. The shadow effect makes the title pop against the background paper. I added a little gesso to keep the title from blending into the busy pattern paper.

I added some embellishment clusters of die cuts, stickers, puffy stickers, and wood veneer on and under my photo.

Bohemian Brew is perfect for documenting your road trips too ... and so much more. This is a very versatile collection.

Jillibean Soup Supplies:
Pattern Paper: Bohemian Brew / Peace, Happiness, Love, Content
Digital Cut Files: Adventure Awaits Design ID #253432
Wood Veneers: Healthy Hello Soup

Other Supplies: Silhouette Cameo, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in navy, foam adhesive, thread, gesso, Bazzill cardstock, enamel dots, Brother Sewing Machine

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

FAB - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

It's summer and my flower gardens are in full bloom. My beautiful flowers inspired me to play with the new Bloom collection. This gorgeous collection is full of bright colorful flowers with an awesome color palette. The black pattern papers make those colorful flowers seem even more vibrant. With all the flowers, it's perfect for scrapping girls of any age.

I arranged my black and white photo at the top of my layout along with a 3x4 journal card layered over one of the black pattern papers. The base of my layout is the Every Day Counts pattern paper. I love the two-toned paper and the mixed patterns.

To create my embellishment clusters, I layered lots of bits and pieces die cuts, stickers, chipboard, and even some fussy cut flowers.

The FAB stickers make an eye catching title with those pretty flowers on the black background.

On the lower half of my layout, I went crazy with phrase stickers mixed in with border stickers from the combo sticker sheet. Machine stitching adds some texture and some foam tape and chipboard adds dimension for interest.

I love all the encouraging phrases and it was fun to combine them all on this layout. I hope you are all having an awesome summer and taking time to smell those beautiful flowers. Here is the link to my YouTube process video. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more process videos of mine.


Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Farm Life - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

Recently, I was going through some old photos with my Dad. When we came across this one of him with his youngest sisters, he explained that the car was his Dad's first. Not all of his 10 siblings and his parents could go anywhere together at the same time. On Sunday mornings, his older siblings went to the early mass and he and his younger siblings would go with their parents to the late mass. That old car reminded me of this pattern paper in the Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew collection and I wanted to use it on a layout.

I created a chicken wire background with some spray mist and a stencil. Perfect for a farm photo, don't you think?  Then I created three large tags from pattern paper that I could add my journaling to as well as embellishments. The Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas were used for my title. I love the texture that they add.

That rooster same from a Jillibean Soup digital cut file available in the Silhouette store.

I anchored the photo with another cluster of embellishments. I fussy cut some flowers from pattern paper for here. Buttons with twine bows add to the farmhouse look.

Didn't this turn out great! I love preserving these memories of my Dad's life when he was a child.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you have some vintage photos to scrap? The Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew collection would be great to use! Check it out.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Life Is Good - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am so happy to be back designing for JustNick Studios. You know I am a digital cut file junkie and Nicole's cut files are some of the best out there! Our first assignment for the term is an All About Me project so you can get to know us better. So here is a little about me ....  I've been married for 35 years to a wonderful guy. We had 3 children who are all adults now ... the last one is almost done with college. Wahooo! I also have a lot of fur babies as I am a rescue foster failure as well as a stray magnet. Currently in residence we have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I have been playing with paper ever since my best friend dragged me to a crop night almost 20 years ago. I also love to garden, cook, and read. (Actually, I don't read... but listen to audiobooks while I scrapbook.) This way I can keep up with my neighborhood book club. I work full-time as a software engineer designing software for electric utilities.

For my layout, I decided to document my love for my favorite kitty. He is neurotic as all get out but I love him. He is one of my foster failures. I could not let him go when he was well enough to be adopted.  I used the Paws To My Heart Background digital cut file and combined it with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Bohemian Dream collection.

This cut file has the cutest little pawprints ...

But you can also see all the hearts that go across the page ...

Check out what I did to the chipboard words that I used for my title. I embossed them with a ultrafine gold embossing powder. Stunning, right!

Cutting this background cut file with a pattern paper that was multi-colored adds so much interest too...

I was originally going to scrap this photo in black and white. But with this collection, my purple jacket wasn't going to clash. I'm not usually fond of purple in my scrapbooking papers, but I love it mixed with other colors here.  You might be able to read my journaling here...

Here is the digital cut file I used today ...

Stop by JustNick Studios every day to meet all the other designers. Have a great week!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hello You - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging  friends!

I have a Jillibean Soup layout to share today using the 2 Cool For School collection. I thought I would use it to scrap a fun photo of my husband. I took this photo shortly after his bicep reattachment surgery. After surgery, the last thing he needed was to fall and re-injure it. But, of course, my accident prone husband couldn't resist trying out a fun new toy. He knew I was watching and was just pushing my buttons. He posed for the photo when I went out to give him a piece of my mind, lol.

I had loads of fun creating this layout. It has so many awesome embellishments that I thought it would be fun to arrange them in rows along with strips of pattern papers. I especially love those little
puffy sticker sneakers. Some machine stitching adds some interest too.

I cut some stars in various sizes from different pattern papers and used them as focal points on my layout, creating a visual triangle.

2 Cool For School can be used for your guys too ... no matter what the age.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.