Monday, June 1, 2020

Nothing But Love - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

This week at Pebbles the focus has been on monochromatic projects. My first thought was to fussy cut out a bunch of pink flowers from one of the beautiful floral pattern papers Pebbles is so known for. I had many options to pick from but ended up selecting a pattern paper from the Lovely Moments collection. I liked that there were three different pink flowers in this pattern that could easily be fussy cut out. I also wanted a simple background so my flowers would get all the attention. This black and white polka dot was perfect.



Underneath the fussy cut flowers I placed stems and leaves cut from a white cardstock. Partial flowers can be tucked behind a photo. The floral clusters that were intact were placed over my photo using some foam adhesive to give dimension. You can see I also added some flower stickers and puffy dots to the background.



I created my title by combining the “Nothing But” phrase Thickers with the larger “LOVE” Thickers, arranging them along the top of my photo and then down the side. I like how the two font sizes add interest.



In the die cut phrase ephemera pack I found this card, “I’m so glad I found you”. I thought it was appropriate for my layout. My daughter found her dog Nana at the Humane Society and she fell in love with her! I upped the cuteness factor by adding this adorable bunny as well.




I love how soft and feminine this layout turned out. Take another look at your floral pattern papers and give fussy cutting a try. I think you will be happy with the results too.




Here is a look at my process and additional information about some of the tools I used ...


Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Summer Celebrations - Elle's Studio

Hello blogging friends! 

I am so excited to be the guest blogger today for Elle’s Studio! I was fortunate enough to be a contributor to the awesome new Elle’s Studio From Sketch to Finish Volume 5 Class too. Check out the class. Sketches are a great way to stimulate your creative mojo. 

When I saw this sketch, I saw rays of sunshine. Maybe I am just sun deprived after a long Minnesota winter.  I love including suns on my spring and summer layouts. For today’s layout, I chose to scrap some family BBQ photos. I miss my extended family. Quarantine has been hard. I can’t wait until we can have a family gathering like this again when it is safe to do so. My family likes to eat too. Look at all that food! On this occasion we were celebrating May and June birthdays and my husband’s college graduation (at 55!). You are never too old to go back to school!


Using a stencil, Distress Inks, and an ink blending tool, I got to work and created my sun first.  I stamped my title “Summer” using the Elle’s Studio Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set and the same Distress inks. After fussy cutting out the alphas, I adhered them down over my sun. I think the white edging on the alphas helps them pop more against the inked sun. I love that ombre look. For contrast, I used the Jane Alphabet Stickers for the rest of my title. I love mixing fonts and colors to make my title eye catching.


Once I had my sun inked on the background paper, I used pattern papers from the 6”x8” Flourish paper pad to ground my photos.  4x6 cards and 3x4 cards work well for adding layers.


This sketch had 3 photo spots, but I wanted to include some journaling too so I opted to use the third photo spot to tell my story. This journal card from the May kit was perfect.


Add embellishments like Elle’s Studio puffy hearts and phrase stickers, whatever makes you happy. I got out the exclusive From Sketch To Finish Vol. 5 stamp set and stamped “happy day” three times under my journaling. One of the last things I do is to add some machine stitching. I love the extra texture the stitching adds.


I think I am going to turn this into a 2 page layout by duplicating it (except  for the sun). I have more photos from this family gathering that I want to scrap. That’s what awesome about sketches! You can easily manipulate them to suit your needs and spark your creativity.
Are you ready to scrap some of your summer photos now? 

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the new From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class as well as older classes that are on sale now. You will love the inspiration!
If you are wanting to know more about me, check out the Elle's Studio blog post.
~Marcia

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Wahooo, Life Is Good - My Creative Scrapbook

Hello blogging friends!

I've been struggling in my creative endeavors of late. I feel a bit lost without my Silhouette Cameo.  I knew I was a cut file addict, but didn't realize how much of my inspiration came from cut files I wanted to use. Before replacing my machine, Silhouette wanted me to try a new power cord they would ship to me. That took almost 2 weeks. I'm trying to stay positive. I know there is a pandemic going on. I know people are not working, or working reduced hours so thay they can work safely. My machine is now on the way to Utah. The shipping charges were unbelievable. I might save every box I get now, lol. Once they receive my machine, a new one will be shipped to me. I'm hoping my new machine will arrive shortly.

In the mean time, here is a layout I created for My Creative Scrapbook using the fun May Main kit. It features the new Picnic In The Park collection by Amy Tangerine and the Simple Stories Hey Crafty Girl collection. I lifted a previous layout, hoping to stimulate my mojo. This design uses lots of stickers and strips of paper. I even broke out my old creative memories circle cutter and proceeded to cut a hole in my new craft mat! (insert facepalm) Yeah me! Another thing that needs to be replaced now. Anyway, here is how my layout turned out...


The rainbow pattern paper had me remembering this photo of my daughter and her best friend wearing a rainbow shirt. It's one of my favorite photos. I love that I was able to captured this fun moment. That woohoo puffy phrase sticker was perfect.



The red circles draw your eye across and down my page. On top of the bottom half circle, I placed the cut apart journal card inside a chipboard frame. Machine stitching adds interest and texture. Lots more puffy stickers and strips of paper are lined up in rows under my photo.


There are a few Simple Stories Spring stickers here are well. (butterflies)


I love how fun this layout turned out. Please check out the My Creative Scrapbook kits. There is sure to be one to suit your scrapbook style.

Thanks for stopping by.
~Marcia

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

All Occasion Cards with Pebbles Lovely Moments

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with an all occasion card idea for you using the beautiful Pebbles Lovely Moments collection. This time of year I need birthday cards, sympathy cards, get well cards, graduation cards, shower cards, and wedding cards. This card design could be used for all of these occasions. Just change out the sentiment.


The folded flower on these cards has a quilted look that caught my eye. Aren't they gorgeous! This is a card you can make with a circle punch or circle cutter.


Let me show you how you can make one too....


Step 1. Punch or cut 8 - 2" circles and 1 - 3" circle. You will see both sides of the scrapbook paper, so choose a paper where the two sides coordinate well together. I prefer to use a smaller floral print as well. This allows you to see the flowers after folding.


Step 2. Fold each of the 2" circles in half, then in half again.


Step 3. Fold just the top layer of paper down. Turn over and repeat on the other side. It should look like this...


Step 4. Unfold the circles except for the last fold.


Step 5. With the folded side face down (see green circle above), take the folded sides and bring to the middle crease. It should look like this. Repeat for all 8 circles.


Step 6. Apply some glue to the middle of your 3" circle. Start laying your folded circle pieces down leaving a slight gap between.


If you want a very flat flower, press in a book for a while. I like a little dimension though, so I left my flower as is. Add a button or a brad in the center of your flower. Now you can add to a card base along with a sentiment. Make your own card base using pattern papers or use a ready made card from the Lovely Moments card box.


I love how these turned out. They are so pretty with the Lovely Moments pattern papers. I hope you give this a try yourself.


Supplies:
Lovely Moments 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad 
Lovely Moments Cards
Lovely Moments Icon Ephemera
Lovely Moments Phrase Ephemera

~Marcia

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Elle's Studio From Sketch to Finish Class

Hello blogging friends!

I wanted to let you know about a class that I helped to create along with some other designer superstars. Elle's Studio From Sketch To Finish Volume 5 is now available for you to purchase!


This class includes 50 brand new + exclusive sketches! Our class starts out with our ten amazing class contributors inspiring us with two layouts each for the first ten sketches, for a total of 20 projects! Then, you’ll have another 40 sketches to work from and be inspired by!
This new class is now available for a special introductory price and you’ll also have the option of purchasing it with a 6 x 8 inch stamp that was designed just for this class! On the 10th, we will also have all past sketch classes on sale for a limited time so you’ll be able to collect them all!

This class will inspire you all summer long with its awesome sketches and design tips from the class contributors! Don't forget to stock up on your favorite Elle's Studio products as well.
~Marcia

Friday, May 8, 2020

Until We Meet Again - My Creative Scrapbook

Hello blogging friends!

I hope you have all been healthy during this coronavirus pandemic. A few weeks ago we said goodbye to my daughter's dog Nana. So when I saw the rainbow cut file that is included as part of the My Creative Scrapbook May Main kit, I knew I wanted to use it to document her crossing over the rainbow bridge. This is another awesome kit. It features the new Picnic In The Park collection by Amy Tangerine and the Simple Stories Hey Crafty Girl collection.


Here is a closer look...


For my title, I arranged the stickers that came in the kit inside my rainbows to help them pop against that colorful paper.


Be sure to check this kit out as well as the other kits available. You won't be disappointed.

~Marcia

Monday, April 27, 2020

Sun And Fun Mini Album - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends.

 I thought I would get a jump start on a Summer mini album now when I have time versus in the summer when (hopefully) things are back to normal. The Pebbles Sun and Fun collection is awesome for recording all kinds of summer activities from pool parties to camping to just enjoying summer foods. I decided on a beach ball shaped mini album. All the pages are circles so even without an electronic cutting machine you could recreate this pretty easily.


I embellished my mini album with the die cut ephemera icons and phrases, cut paper strips, and the cut apart 3" x 4" pocket journal cards.


Here are the inside pages. It was fun coordinating the pattern papers. I used a mixture of 2" x 3" photo mats and 3" x 4" photo mats. This will make it easy using my photo editing software to print multiple photos on 4" x 6" photo paper.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Are you ready to start some summer fun?


Supplies:
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Fresh Squeezed
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Freshly Picked
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Butterfly Love
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Strips
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Ice Cream Yum
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Splish Splash
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Make A Wish
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Sand In My Toes
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Quotes
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Ball Toss
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – 12 x 12 Paper Summer Bouquet
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – Ephemera Icons with Foil Accents
Pebbles – Sun and Fun Collection – Ephemera Quote with Foil Accents

~Marcia

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Simple Beauty - My Creative Scrapbook

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing my third layout that I created with the My Creative Scrapbook April Main kit. This gorgeous kit features the My Mind's Eye Gingham Garden collection and Creative Embellishments Chipboard titles. When I first saw this vintage collection I thought it would look lovely with some battenberg lace. I found the perfect cut file to frame my photo at SVGcuts in their Easter Egg Hunt cut file.


I did not want to cover up that beautiful lace, so I did not layer pattern papers on top, just added some die cut ephemera pieces and chipboard.



I used another Creative Embellishment chipboard word title, painting this one with black acrylic paint. Watch my YouTube process video at the end to see how to add glitter embossing powder to the lower half. The gold glitter matches the alpha stickers that came with the kit.


It is a very feminine. I think this cut file (and pattern papers for that matter) would be perfect to use to scrap wedding photos. I opted to scrap a senior high school photo of my daughter. 


Take a look at my YouTube process video to learn how to add glitter embossing powder to your chipboard pieces.



This kit is so beautiful to work with! Thanks so much for stopping by.

~Marcia

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Sweet Delight - My Creative Scrapbook

Hello blogging friends!

Have you seen the My Creative Scrapbook April kit. It is gorgeous!! It included the My Mind's Eye Gingham Garden collection and Creative Embellishment chipboard titles. Here is my second layout with the kit. It is loosely based on the April sketch. If you would like to play along, post your layout on the Facebook My Creative Scrapbook Inspiration page. I did lots, LOTS! of fussy cutting on this layout.



Here is the sketch.


 I am scrapping pics of my daughter with her dog Nana. They love to enjoy summer socializing with friends on the patios of local breweries. I converted the photos to black and white to coordinate better with the color scheme of these beautiful papers.


I painted the Creative Embellishment chipboard title Delight with white acrylic paint and then used my Tattered Rose Distress Ink to color it pink. It looks awesome layered with the Sweet die cut ephemera piece.


Chipboard stickers add dimension. I did a little machine stitching on this center piece of pattern paper.

I love adding twine bows to my layouts. The Love Grows chipboard sticker was perfect for this layout.

Don't these gorgeous flowers just make you swoon!



Want to see my YouTube process video? I would love for you to subscribe to my channel...


Thanks so much for stopping by. If you are interested in subscribing to  My Creative Scrapbook to receive their kits each month you will not be disappointed!

~Marcia

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Gift Boxes with Pebbles Hey, Hello

Hello blogging friends!

With most people around the world right now sheltering in place to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, no birthday parties or wedding receptions or baby showers or celebrations of any kind involving groups of people are happening. I want to make sure some special people in my life still feel loved even if we cannot be together for special events. My Mother-in-law just turned 80 and I couldn't even give her a hug! I decided to make some little gift boxes to deliver to some special people with some goodies inside. I used two coordinating sheets of 12x12 of pattern papers from the beautiful Hey, Hello collection and decorated my boxes with tags that can be cut from pattern paper. Boxes are easy to make. I used a cut file from SVGcuts , but they can also be made without using a cutting machine.



The Hey, Hello collection is perfect for special occasions of all kinds, like birthdays.



There is plenty of room inside for cupcakes, donuts, or cookies.



Layer up a couple tags and a ribbon on the top to make your box so festive looking.



This next gift box could be used for a birthday as well, but I'm giving it to a girl who will be graduating from high school. Commencements have been canceled. I can put candy, gift cards, or cash inside.



I added a tag cut from pattern paper to the top along with a die cut phrase ephemera piece and some ribbon.



But don't think this collection is just for kids... This beautiful floral box went to my Mother-in-law. It would be perfect for Mother's Day too. There are lots of other beautiful floral papers that would make lovely gift boxes.




I put her favorite chocolates inside. Once again I adorned my box with ribbon, a tag, die cut ephemera, and cut paper leaves.



Do you have anyone special you can't be with right now? Why not create a special gift box for them. You don't need a special occasion to tell someone your thinking of them.


Supplies:
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Cupcake Surprise
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Donuts
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Yellow Roses
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Blushing Hedgehogs
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Floral Friends
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Girlfriend Sentiments 

Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Birthday Sentiments 
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Thinking Of You Sentiments
Pebbles – Hey, Hello – Die Cut Ephemera



Thanks so much for stopping by today.
~Marcia