Bokeh & City Inspired Cards

June 30, 2014

Hey there, blog friends!  Today I just wanted to share some of my last few cards using the June kits from Scraptastic Club!!  I have worked with the Best Day of my Life kit & add-on, plus the matching stamp set this month.

My cards today are inspired by the bokeh & city elements in both kits & stamp set! Here is a little peek at all three of them!

So, shaker cards have been all the rage these days, and I wanted to do one without all the extra bulk that tends to come along with them.  I also used Retro Sketches #151 to help with the layout design of my card.  Here is what I came up with for my first card!

Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from bokeh patterned paper.
2. Adhere a block of vellum to the middle, and stitch along three of the edges.
3. Pour the sequins & vellum hearts into the open side of the vellum, then stitch it closed.
4. Shake the contents so they evenly distribute through the vellum pocket.
5. Add the banner stickers to the upper left corner, popping the top one with foam adhesive.
6. Add the circle sticker to the lower right corner with foam adhesive.
7. Accent with enamel dots to finish.

For the next card I to use the 3x4 bokeh card & some of the city themed elements to create this sweet love card that can be given at any time, rather than a specific occasion.  I also used Sketch Saturday #316 to help inspired the layout design.
Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock, then lower the bottom left corner.
2. Layer to blocks of patterned paper to the front of the card.
3. Clip the clothespin to the bokeh card, then adhere to the front.
4. Add the speech bubble sticker to the top of the bokeh card.
5. Add the "my view" flair to the upper right corner.
6. Accent the bokeh card & flair with cork stars.
7. Finish the sentiment & card by adding glitter alphas below the bokeh card.

For the final card, I went bold & bright, but still used that awesome bokeh "thank you" tag that I just LOVE!!  I used the My Favorite Things Sketch #182 to inspire the layout design of this card.  Check it out!
Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from pink cardstock.
2. Cut yellow paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Stamp "bright lights, big city" to the upper left side of the yellow paper.
4. Add the "thank you" tag to the other side.
5. Adhere the wood veneer cityscape across the middle of the card.
6. Stamp the top cityscape to white cardstock, then cut out.
7. Adhere the stamped cityscape over top of the wood veneer cityscape.
8. Add the wood veneer word to the top, then accent with cork stars.
9. Add the enamel dots to the bottom to finish.

I hope that you like my final few cards using the Best Day of my Life kits from Scraptastic Club!!  I am sure these supplies will find themselves on more of my projects in the future...because they are awesome!!  Lol!  Have a great day!

Until later,

Smallish Things

June 19, 2014

Happy Thursday, blog friends! Holy cow...I can't believe its been almost a week since I last posted!!  My engagement session ended up being postponed until Tuesday due to all of the rain we've been getting here.  (It's crazy, BTW.  I've never lived anywhere with such dramatic weather.)  Tuesday was finally a nice day (and then it started pouring again yesterday) & I had a great time with my clients and my very first engagement session in Fargo!  The only bummer....I've counted 17 mosquito bites from that evening.  And two of them are on my hip...which was completely covered in clothing.  Fitted capris to be exact...I'm not even sure how that is possible.  I wonder how my clients fared?  Lol. :)

Since I haven't had a chance to post to my blog this week, I wanted to share two of the projects that I've made for this week. My first project is a card that was up on the Scraptastic Club blog this past Monday.  We used a baby quote from Pinterest as our inspiration, and I'm actually in dire need of adding baby cards to my stash.  (It seriously seems like everyone around me is having a kid!)  So, this was perfect timing for me! I've combined the Best Day of my Life kit & add-on from Scraptastic this month to create this sweet baby girl card.
 Instructions to recreate:
1. Make A2 card from white cardstock.
2. Cut a blue bow paper block & a striped paper strip.
3. Layer them together, and tuck an orange tab & heart transparency underneath the top of the striped paper.
4. Zig-zag stitch along each seam, then adhere the entire stitched paper block to the front.
5. Stamp the sentiment to the top of the striped paper in black ink.
6. Adhere the vellum banner through the sticker frame, & add the glitter letters spelling "baby".
7. Add the bow topped clothespin to the right side of the frame, then adhere the entire piece to the front.
8. Tuck the diecut "sweet" under the top of the frame accent, and the vellum "girl" arrow under the bottom.
9. Accent with a pink jewel & enamel dots to finish.

Card Challenges:
-Sketch Saturday #314 - sketch
-The Pink Elephant #255 - photo inspiration
-Simon Says Stamp & Show Monday challenge - anything goes

Up next is a digital layout I created for the Glitz Design blog this week (I highly suggest checking out this week's Focus on Digital post....the layouts using 77 are AMAZING!!!  Click on that link...I promise you will be inspired!).  Apparently I was on a baby kick this week....because this is a photo of my sweet "niece" Emmalyn.  She is the daughter of our closest friend's, but they consider me aunt Lea...which I love!! :)  This is a photo from the first time I met her...when she was about 10 days old.  I used the digital "77" collection, and a couple of random digital items from Studio Calico & Two Peas.
I just love the orange watercolor card with that sweet quote on seemed just perfect for this photo of her sleeping so sweetly.  Isn't she the cutest?!  (You should see her now...she is SO big & full of personality.)

That is all I have for you today!  I hope that you enjoyed both of my baby themed projects....please let me know if you have any questions about them at all.  I also love to hear what you think about my leave me a comment if you have the time!

Until later,

On Your Engagement

June 13, 2014

Happy Friday, blog friends!!  How are you doing today?  I'm doing well.  I have an engagement session this evening, which I'm excited for!  It's been awhile since I've had a photo shoot, and I am ready to get back into the swing of things!

Before I share my card today, I just wanted to remind you that I have a giveaway on THIS POST.  A Glitz Design "77" 12x12 collection pack is up for grabs...I will announce the winner this coming weekend! Check out that post & leave a comment for your chance to win!

Today I have a card to share with you using my Scraptastic Club June kits and some Winnie & Walter stamps.  I received the Best Day of my Life kit & add-on from Scraptastic this month, and they are full Allison Kreft's Capture Life by Echo Park.  I LOVE this collection, and am so excited to get to use it this month!  The kits also paired so perfectly with some of my Winnie & Walter stamps, that I just had to do a post combing them!  {This is also my first card as an official part of the Winnie & Walter talent!!  How exciting!!}
Instructions to recreate:
1. Cut an A2 card from bokeh patterned paper.
2. Adhere a tag & strip of patterned paper across it at an angle.
3. Tuck vellum scallops underneath the top of the paper strip.
4. Add a vellum strip to the bottom of the paper strip.
5. Stamp & heat emboss the word "Congrats!" along the top of the strip.
6. Add the glittered letter stickers below it to continue the sentiment.
7. Stamp & heat emboss the word "engagement" underneath the letter stickers to finish the sentiment.
8. Zig-zag stitch along the top & bottom of the angled paper strip.
9. Add sticker arrows to the top of the paper strip.
10. Accent with a heart sticker & enamel dots to finish.

Card Challenges:
-Freshly Made Sketches #140 - sketch
-Color Throwdown #296 - color challenge
-The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge - wedding
-Charisma Cardz #13 - glitter

Winnie & Walter also has it's own Playdate #2 challenge going on right now, which is a color challenge!  My card mostly fits it, except that I used mint green instead of leaf green.  There are still a couple of days left to enter, and the winner gets a guest design spot with us in July!!  {Which means you get ALL of the stamps released that month & you get to participate with us for the release.  Pretty awesome prize, don't you think.?!!}  I would love for you to join us in the challenge, and see what you create!

That is everything that I have for you today!  I hope that you enjoyed my card!  Have a super great Friday and start to your weekend!

Until later,

#Best Dad Ever

June 12, 2014

Happy Thursday, blog friends! How are you doing today?  Doing well over here.  It's been a pretty quiet week so far.  We cleaned the church last night with our missional community group, and that has been the extent of it.  Other than that we've kept pretty close to home.  I've gotten in some crafting, and Josh has mostly been working from home as well.

Before I share my projects today, I just wanted to remind you that I have a giveaway on THIS POST.  A Glitz Design "77" 12x12 collection pack is up for grabs...I will announce the winner this coming weekend! Check out that post & leave a comment for your chance to win! 

I am up on the My Mind's Eye blog today with a gift set to share with you!  Father's Day is near, and I've created a greeting card & matching gift card holder than any dad would be excited to receive.  I've combined My Mind's Eye Market Street "Nob Hill" and Necessities "Wood" to create this masculine but trendy combo.

I love the green & red & yellow in the "Nob Hill" collection...but mostly I love the black & gold.  I don't know why, but those two classic & elegant colors just gave this project the masculine feel it needed.  (The deer head & mustaches helped a bit too!)  I also added just a touch of woodgrain here & there.

Supplies: Market Street - Nob Hill: "Sparkle" 12x12 paper, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Label Stickers, Mixed Bag diecuts, Chipboard Buttons, Flair Pins, Decorative Brads, Enamel Dots.  Necessities - Wood: 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, Alpha & Word Stickers, Wood Shapes. Other: Lawn Fawn metallic twine, Spellbinders circle die, WPlus9 vintage envelope die, vellum.

Instructions to recreate the card:
1. Cut an A2 card from green cardstock, then layered a block of mustache paper to it. 
2. Adhere a strip of woodgrain paper to the middle of the black & gold dotted paper.
3. Diecut a circle from the middle of the paper block. 
4. Adhere the paper block to the card front using foam adhesive.
5. Add the flair & diecuts to the front. 
6. Finish off the sentiment using woodgrain alphas in the lower right corner.
7.  Then accent it with a wooden arrow & enamel dots to finish it.

Instructions to recreate the gift card holder:
1. Diecut an envelope template from vellum & assembled it. 
2. Cut a block of scalloped paper to line the inside of it. 
3. Wrap the celebrate sticker around the top of it.
4. Thread the chipboard banner with metallic twine & adhere. 
5. Tie a double bow from the twine, & adhere to the top of the banner. 
6. Add shiny gold diecut circles randomly to it, trimming the excess from the edges as needed.
7. Top the twine bow with a brad to finish. 

It's now ready to add a gift card to your dad's favorite store, restaurant or coffee shop!

Card Challenges:
-The Challenge #8 - card sketch
-The Pink Elephant #254 - father's day
-A Blog Named Hero #45 - anything but a card

That is all I have for you today!  I hope that you have an awesome Thursday!

Until later,

Love Your Face

June 11, 2014

Happy Wednesday, blog friends!  Have you had a good week so far?  Mine has been good...just pretty typical.  Nothing very exciting happening around here.  Before I share my layout today, I just wanted to remind you that I have a giveaway on THIS POST.  A Glitz Design "77" 12x12 collection pack is up for grabs...I will announce the winner this coming weekend! Check out that post & leave a comment for your chance to win!

Today is One Buck Wednesday at Snap Click Supply, and Glitz Design has two kits on sale for an amazing price!!
Dapper Dan is such a great masculine line.  I love all the woodgrain included in it, and the blue & green added in is the perfect touch of color.  It went perfectly with this photo I snapped of my husband one day while we were out & about in Fargo in May.
I really wanted a more colorful paper to pop underneath the wood veneer circle accent in the background.  So I put a strip of paper underneath it, then added a layer mask to it.  I filled the layer mask with black (which makes the paper go away), then used my white brush tool to bring it back just in the circles.  I have no idea if this is the easiest way to do it, but it is what works best for me!

I also used a Two Peas cut file to create the brush script that I've added to the photo.  I love that cut files (as long as they are in PNG format) can be used for so much more than just on your Silhouette!  I use them all the time in my digital layouts as clipping masks, brush files & stamps.  If you do both mediums of scrapbooking, cut files are an especially worthy investment!

I'm entering this into A Blog Named Hero challenge #45, which is to create anything but a card.  It also fits Use Your Stuff #139, which is all about circles.  Hopefully a digital layout is an okay submission!

I hope that you enjoyed my layout today!  Don't forget to pick up these Glitz Design digital kits at a great price.  The sale prices are only good for today!  Well...that is all I have for you.  I hope that you have a great rest of your Wednesday!

Until later,