Thursday, May 29, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE card | Jillibean Soup

Hello crafters happy Thursday. I have a simple stamped Jillibean Soup card to share with you today. The "LOVE" stamp featured on my card can be found on the Heart Healthy Red Bean Soup large clear stamp set. This stamp is one of my favorites. I love the idea of stacking the stamped image with gradient colors and I can visualize myself using this again on a layout.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper and Stamp, Color Box/Memento Luxe Inks, Studio Calico Mist, Heart Sizzix Die)

Unlike yesterday's layout when I finished up this card I decided it needed to be dirtied up so I topped the card off with some mist spatters. I like the effect the mist splatters has on this project. Another design concept I notice myself do a lot lately is color blocking. Color blocking is basically grouping like colors together. In my card I matched the ink to the patterned paper to create a color blocked greeting.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I love you | Jillibean Soup

Hello Wednesday where did you come from. I swear the week is slipping away from me, I think it's the allure of summer vacation sitting on the horizon totally distracting me. Today I have a designer challenge layout from Jillibean Soup to share with you. Our challenge was to use Jillibean Soup Silhouette shapes on our layout. I took some liberties with the challenge and mixed some Jillibean shapes with a circle background design I created myself.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Wooden Nickles/Wood Sprinkles/Tiny Alpha Stickers/Silhouette Shapes, Hemp Twine, Silhouette Cutting System, Vellum, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and font Veteran Typwriter)

The Jillibean Silhouette shapes I used were the houses, hearts and the title. I created a circle pattern background and sized the shapes to fit then I welded the shapes to the circles. I love the crisp white feeling of the white background. I toyed around with the idea of misting on this layout but decided in the end to keep this one super clean. I really love the white on white look but my houses blended too much into the background so I decided to back the house circles in vellum. The vellum allows the houses to stand out while still keeping the white on white effect I was striving for.

 Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Scrapping!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Technique Tuesday CardMaker Blog Hop

Happy Friday friends and welcome to the Technique Tuesday CardMaker Blog Hop. If this if your first time visiting my blog WELCOME and if you stopped by before THANKS for your continued support. I am scrapbooker who loves to makes cards with my scraps. I love to incorporate stamped elements on almost all my projects.

I created this super fun card with the You Rock stamp set from Technique Tuesday. I adore the clean basic lines of this set and the design just screamed for some layered stamped elements.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Simple Stories, Stamp Technique Tuesday, Inks VersaFine Black/Memento Luxe Pear Tart/ColorBox Curry, Scallop Metal Die Spellbinders, Circle Punch EK Success, Hemp Twine from Hemptique and Clothes Pin American Crafts)

Next up in the BlogHop Vera Yates

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Now Boarding | Jillibean Soup

Happy Wednesday crafters. After yesterday's post I was reminded of how often I use a simple grid formula when I scrap. I looked back at some of my old projects and not only did I find the grid on my layouts but my cards too. I created today's grid layout from a Jillibean Soup Polaroid placemat. Rather than using the whole placemat I cut it down and matted it on a light blue cardstock.  I could do variations of this layout over and over again it's simply one of my personal favorites.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Placemat/Corrugated Red Paper/Stamps/Stickers/Flash Cards/Stickers/DieCuts/Alpha Stickers/Thin Chip Alphas/Corrugated Shapes/Wood Sprinkles, Ink VersaFine, Circle Punch, Tiny Attacher, Hemp Twine, Stick Pin, Flag Metal Die My Favorite Things, and font Veteran Typewriter)

One of the biggest reasons I love the grid design is each square or rectangle acts as a little house for part of my story. I love to put patterned papers, photos and embellishments into little compartments and the Polaroid placemat was perfect for this. 

I thought you might like to look back on some cards, projects and layouts that use some kind of grid design.  
I am coo coo for you
I *heart* you
Altered Frame

 Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When in doubt scraplift yourself | Technique Tuesday

Hello crafters and happy Tuesday. What do you do when inspiration takes a nose dive and your assignments start to pile up? We all go though periods when our creativity takes a nose dive. One of my simplest tricks to combat the creative blues is scraplifting myself. Scraplifting can come in many forms. It can be topic based, designed based, technique based and even color based. Today's layout is both topic and design based scraplifting. 

My original layout was called Timbers and was featured in the spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today. This layout is a basic grid formula which I think is timeless. While I reach for the grid formula often it's not often when 2 of my layouts look so similar. There are slight differences between the 2 projects but they are not huge. Not only did I use the grid formula, I scrapbooked the same topic and intermixed my grid design with patterned papers and stamped elements.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Bo Bunny/American Crafts/Bella Blvd/KI Memories/Echo Park, My Minds Eye Enamel Dots, Stamps Technique Tuesday, Black Ink VersaFine, Digital Cutting Files Technique Tuesday, Arrow Embellishment Studio Calico, Alpha Stickers Basic Grey, Corner Rounder We R Memory Keepers, Stick Pins, Clothes Pin, Circle Metal Dies Technique Tuesday and Veteran Typewriter)

All the photos on this layout were taken with my iphone. I love how taking photos with my phone has brought the spontaneity back to my photos. These photos tell a great story I wouldn't have gotten otherwise but I can't get away with blowing the photos up too big. Add this to the list of using the grid formula to scrapbook this story. It just makes sense when using square Instagram photos you have taken on your phone.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Colour Suite

Hello crafters and welcome to the May Colour Suite a monthly colour challenge I put together for my friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today. This month's Colour Suite is my representation of spring in colour, a little bit of grey followed by a splash of colour.

One of my favorite colour combinations is teal and red the colours I selected for this month's challenge are not too far off  from this. I really shopped my stash for all the goodies I used on this layout. I dug out one of my all time favorite Jillibean Soup patterned papers along with some older Pebbles and Heidi Swapp. I also dabbled with a little bit of misting. I am coming to realize misting is much like stamping I like it when I can contain and control it. 

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Pebbles/Heidi Swapp/American Crafts/My Minds Eye/Jillibean Soup/Studio Calico, Die Cut Bella Blvd/Chic Tags, Various Stars Studio Calico, Decorative Brads My Minds Eye/American Crafts, Button Crate Paper, Wood Epoxy Embellishment American Crafts, Sticker My Minds Eye, Alpha Metal Die My favorite Things, misc punches, Stamps Technique Tuesday, Ink VersaFine Black, Enamel Dots My Minds Eye, Hemp Twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Scallop Border Metal Die Spellbinders, Silhouette Cutting System and Image, Mist Heidi Swapp, and font Veteran typewriter downloaded from the internet)

This month I invited my friend Michelle Woerner to join me and take the Colour Suite challenge. I was fortunate enough to meet Michelle at CHA W-2013 she is a card maker and it's crazy our paths had never crossed before since she happens to live about 15 minutes from me. I am super excited to have a card maker joining me this month, I am always focusing on layouts and the colour suite is meant to inspire no matter what the project. 

Thanks for joining me today for the May Colour Suite. To read more about this challenge or to check out my past challenges don't forget to make your way over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today website and Blog.

Happy crafting friends!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Card | Jillibean Soup

Hello Tuesday I thought I would stop by and post a quick and simple Jillibean Soup card today. This one I did a few months back. I was inspired to create this card from the 6x6 pad and the cute miniature page of bite sized bits. First I want to say yahoo yes Jillibean is once again making 6x6 mini pads of paper. They are one of my favorites for not just cards but layout too. Second I love the bit sized bits so I couldn't resist turning these smaller ones into a card. 

(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Patterned Paper Jillibean Soup, 6x6 Paper Pad from Jillibean Soup, Stamp Jillibean Soup, Ink VersaFine Black, Flag Die Paper Smooches, Mini Clothes Pins, and Hemp Twine)

To create this card I cut out 3 of the mini bite sized bit rectangles from the 6x6 paper pad. To offset these from the card base I mounted them on cream cardstock. Then I topped them with clothes pins and twine and adhered them to the card base with foam squares. The #happyday greeting was added after the fact I love how it is just tucked right into place using the clothes pin.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy the sun and happy crafting!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

More confessions of a Mist-a-phobe

Happy Saturday friends since I brought up my fear of misting a couple of days ago I have learned I am not alone. One thing I haven't quite resolved yet is misting on patterned paper so I pretty much stick with misting on plain cardstock. I thought this new placemat from Jillibean Soup would be a perfect vehicle for misting. I confess I am still not sure I like how the misting turned out and I may or may not have ruined a placemat in the making of this layout.
 (Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Wood Flags/Black Alphas, Studio Calico Mist, Paper Smooches Star Die, Hemp Twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars, Doodlebug Enamel Dots and mini clothes pins) 

I am still finding my way with mist. I kind of wish I had done more splatters and less spray on this layout but I didn't have a 3rd one of these placemats hiding in my office. I am going to keep experimenting with incorporating mist on my projects. I love playing around making this technique work with my style. Thanks for stopping by today whatever your day brings be happy and healthy. Happy misting! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Confessions of a Mist-a-phobe

Happy Thursday crafters I have never been much into mist it just doesn't always translate well with my clean and simple style. Let's be honest it's messy and I am not a messy crafter. It's not that I don't like misting it's more that I cannot control it. I think this kind of runs along the same line as my stamping phobia. Both techniques are messy and the idea of doing either directly on a layout is intimidating. But if you look at my last couple of projects you might notice I have decided to play a bit. I admit I often test my misting or just do droplets on scraps of paper to see if the final effect is going to gel with my design.

I created this mini placemat inspired card for Jillibean Soup. I really love the white on white look of this card but I thought it needed something to break up the background just a bit. A little mist was just the right thing this card needed for depth.

 (Supplies Used: My Favorite Things white cardstock, Jillibean Soup Alphas/Patterned Paper/Stampable Wood Flag/Corrugated Red Paper/Mini Placemat, Wood Veneer Stars Studio Calico, Hemp Twine, and Maya Road Mist)

I admit I misted the white paper twice because I wasn't happy with the placement of the drops and over spray on my first attempt. I love how the little bit of color allow for flow and movement on the stagnent white paper. I think this why I added mist to yesterday's layout as well. I kind of like how it spices up the look of plain cardstock without overpowering the other elements of the project. Keep your eyes peeled for me to keep playing with mist I am kind of inspired with all the possibilities this technique offers.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday PageMaps

Good morning crafters today I'd like to wish PageMaps and Becky Fleck a happy 8th birthday. I have been a huge sketch fan since I started scrapbooking 16 years ago. Sketches are flexible, customizable and a great starting point for any layout.

This is the sketch I chose to work with this month. It screams "Summer" with those Polaroid frames all lined up in a row. At first glance I stayed true to the sketch but take another look I added another photo, shifted the title to the left, added another row of frames and moved the journaling.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Alphsa/Wood Flag/Stamps/Die Cuts/Wood Sprinkles/Wooden Nickles/Corrugated Shape/Stickers, Maya Road Mist, VersaFine Ink, Hemp Twine, Clothes Pin, Silhouette Cutting System and PageMaps digital cut files, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and font Veteran Typewriter)

I admit one of the main reasons I chose this sketch this month was I love Polaroid frames but you don't like them as much as me they can easily be taken out of your design. 

PageMaps is having it's 8th birthday celebration all month long with lots of fun give-a-ways. Take note of the celebration calendar and don't miss out on all the fun (psst my day is 5/15). 

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Birthday | Jillibean Soup

Good morning crafters and happy Monday. I am still riding the wave of the excitement over my new blog. I really hope you love the new look as much as I do. I was always so hesitant of switching away from Typepad because it sounded like a hassle and now I cannot understand why I didn't do it sooner. Because I didn't post much last month I have a lot to catch up on ... so let's start with a layout featuring Jillibean Soup.

This layout shows off my obsession with circles. I cannot escape the circles they are such a great way to showcase embellishments. Circles allow me to escape my linear tendencies. On this layout I was able to pair the straight lines from my photo placement with the movement from the circles. These days this seems to me my happy "design" place.

 (Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Papers/Die Cuts/Wood Sprinkles/Flash Cards/Stickers/Mini Placemats/Wooden Nickles/Thin Chip Alphas/Stamps, Wood Veneer Shape Studio Calico, cork arrow Fancy Pants, Technique Tuesday Circle Metal dies, Hemp Twine, Ink Memento Luxe, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Corner Rounder, Silhouette Cutting System and font Veteran Typewriter)

I thought you might like to see some close ups of this project. I use the circle metal dies to create a pattern and then I work with the negative space by placing the patterned papers behind the openings. Then I added various elements like stickers, die cuts, wooden sprinkles and so on. 

Thanks for joining me today. Rain or shine I think it's going to be a glorious week. Happy scrapping friends!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy National Scraobook Day | Scrapbook and Cards Today

Happy National Scrapbook Day crafters and welcome to my new blog. I am super excited that you made it here today. I was thrilled I could get this up and running just before National Scrapbook Day.

I decided to tackle something that has become near and dear to my heart: stamping. I am what I affectionately like to call myself a reformed stamp-a-phobe. While I use stamps constantly I still find them intimidating and the thought of stamping directly on to a page sends me into a panic.

I found one of the simplest ways to overcome my stamping phobia was to start off simple with white paper and back ink. I stamp on cardstock and then diecut or punch out my image or saying. Take a look at this fun layout featuring stamps from Technique Tuesday.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Bella Blvd/Bo Bunny/Simple Stories, Washi Tape Bella Blvd, Stamps & Digital Cut Files Technique Tuesday, Ink VersaFine/Memento Luxe, Doodlebug Enamel Dots, AC Sequins, Silhouette Cutting System/Images, and misc fonts)


To read more about stamping on your layouts make sure you check out the Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog. I hope I have inspired you to try some stamping on your next layout trust me if I can do it you can too. Happy Stamping 

Happy National Scrapbook Day

Happy National Scrapbook day crafters. I wanted to start today with a small preview of the festivities that are being hosted by Scrapbook and Cards Today. I am not going to tell you which project is mine you will have to join me at 2 PM EST to see what I have in store for you.

Also my friends at Jillibean Soup are Celebrating National Scrapbook Day with a fun blog hop with lots and lots of great prizes.

Make sure you don't miss out on all the fabulous prizes. Good Luck and Happy Crafting

Friday, May 2, 2014

Welcome to my new blog!

Greetings crafters after much thought I decided it was time to relocate my blog and with a little help from the fabulous and talented Kristine Davidson I was able to get up and running here at blogger in just a few short days.

All of my content and history has been transferred from Typepad so you will be able to go back and look at my work without having to switch to a different blog. I am still getting used to the blogger platform but it seems pretty user friendly.

Thank you for your patience over the last month. I hope you love my new home as much as I do.