Thursday, April 10, 2014

3 Birds Studio Designs

Just sharing a layout that I made for 3 Birds Studio's Blog using the Graceful Seasons Collection.  I'm seriously continuously amazed at how versatile this collection is.  For this layout, I was playing with the soft colors in the collection.  The grey papers and embellishments give a really pretty contrast to the softer colors.


I love chipboard pieces that are included, too!  There are so many title options and great shapes.  Adding glitter and foil to many of the pieces really sends them over the top!  They are so pretty!

 

Since I love flowers, the Quilled Card Kit pieces are making an appearance on many of my pages.  For these flowers, I added a touch of pearly mist to add a bit of shine.
 

Finally, a couple of ribbon bows worked over and under the photo and frames for a touch of my style and a bit more interest and it's done!  
 
 

Be sure to stop by the 3 Birds Blog to see more of what the Design Team is up to.  Also, don't forget that this collection is available on the HSN website!  

You will love it!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Having fun with Prima Free Spirit

Hi everyone!  I am just sharing a layout that I made using the new Prima Free Spirit collection today.  This is my daughter and her roommate and I thought that this collection fit perfectly with their photo and with their fun outdoor activities.  

I started my design by using 3 artist trading cards as my base.  Instead of using 3 different ones, I chose to use 3 of the same.  I knew that I wanted to use lots of embellishments, so I wanted to have continuity in the base of the design.

 

It's a lot of fun to be friends with your kids on Facebook and photos like these are one of the reasons why. I lifted this one off my daughter's Facebook page. This generation uses Facebook so often to share their photos and it's a great source for scrapbookers to be sure to include their photos in books even when they no longer live at home.


 I used flowers from both the Free Spirit Collection and also included the large yellow flower from the Bloom Collection, which we've already established that I love! 

I also like the Hexagon shaped pieces, especially the Live Free piece that I used for my title. 


Because I really liked the hexagon shape, I decided to echo it for some additional design by stitching some simple ones in various places on my page.  

Tip:  I used a couple of my hexagon punches for a pattern for the stitching.  Just place, pierce and add simple long stitches.


Scatter some banner pieces, buttons, brads and a touch of ribbon and you're done!  Because their is very little cutting in this design, it goes together really quickly!


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sweet Heart

I've been having so much fun lately, playing with things in my stash!  I keep buying the best supplies and then not using them enough!  This is some My Mind's Eye Cut and Paste Collection..  As you can see, it's absolutely adorable!

 

Instead of adding my usual ribbon bow, I decided to make a paper bow.  I simply cut 3 strips of patterned paper and 3 strips of yellow cardstock.  The cardstock was 1/8" wider than the patterned paper.  Glue 2 of them into loops and add banner ends to the 3rd strip.  Finish off with a button.

Tip:  Use a strong, fast drying adhesive to hold it together firmly or use a brad to hold under the button.

There are so many cute embellishments in this collection!  I love the doily with the felt center, especially!  I also added a few Prima flowers and butterflies to layer.

 

Finish it off with a 'Sweet' mixed title.  I think it's so fun to mix up letters and fonts for titles. 


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bloom Girls Workshop 1

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a project that I did after taking Jamie Dougherty's Bloom Girls Workshop.  I'm in shock that I was able to do this! Drawing faces scares me!  :)  I never thought that I would be able to do something that I would actually show the public, but here is my first Bloom Girl!

 

Of course, like any first attempt at something new, there are some things that I would change.  In this case, mostly her lips.  I got a little carried away with them.  I'm alright with it though!  I'm bound to get better at them.  I'll be practicing!
 

Here is a close-up of 'blooms'.  Since my hair got a little sparse at the bottom, I decided to own it and give her a ponytail.  Perfect for me, since I got to add a touch of ribbon, which we all know I love!

It was also fun to dig through my stash and find some fun things to add.  The purple flowers and leaves are beads that I have been in my stash for so long, I don't even know where I got them!  Same with the little stone bobby pin.
 

Couldn't resist sharing the process.  My sketch that I did during the class.
 

The girl finished with no background or embellishing.  Of course, I learned so much from Jamie and some things about products that I would change.  In this case, I need to order more of the Golden Fluid Acrylics! They are worth it! 


My girl before I added the color to the flower clusters.  Let me tell you, I had the hardest time talking myself into finishing her!  I kept looking at her and thinking...." that's good."  I'm so glad that I added the color though because I like the finished project so much more than the white look!

SO... SERIOUSLY...  If you want to learn how to do something like this, go sign up for Jamie's class! 

 Here is the link...

 I signed up for Bloom Girls 2 and Elements last night!  I can't wait to learn more and to try to do a forward facing girl!  I'll be sure to share when I'm done!
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Leaky Shed Studio and a Tutorial

Hi y'all!  I'm up today on the Leaky Shed Studio Blog!  I used some adorable kites that they make for my project today.  Be sure to take a look at the Leaky Shed Blog to see the matching card that goes with this little bucket.  Here, I wanted to share a quick step by step to share with you how I made this. 

I'm sure you already know that I seem to use little buckets often!  They are so inexpensive and perfect for gifty items.  Now, I can't seem to resist picking up all the cute paper straws that are popping up everywhere!  I kept thinking that they would be so cute for crafting, but hadn't come up with an idea yet.  Luckily, when I had this brainstorm, my little shopping sprees paid off and I had everything I needed! 

 

Here is all you will need to put this together:
Bucket
Straws
Fabri-tac
Ribbon
Quilling tool or something round
Rubber bands



First step is to flatten out the straws.  It's really easy if you just lay it flat on the table and run your finger down it.  


Next, you need to curl it.  I used a quilling tool but a pen or pencil would work just as well.  Be sure to roll them pretty tightly so that they will have a nice curve.


 They will look something like this.  Don't worry about if they are all exactly the same, at the end of putting together the bucket, you will be able to manipulate them to look the way your prefer.

Now, you are going to glue them to the bucket.  If you don't have Fabri-tac, be sure to use a strong adhesive that dries quickly.  Use rubber bands to hold them in place while the glue fully sets.


Work your way around the whole bucket, including over the bracket.  Be sure not to glue below the handle itself, so your handle will still move. 

  
Finish with a bow, of course!

One last tip:  Leave a rubberband around the bottom of the bucket and place your ribbon right over the top.  It won't show and it will keep your ribbon in place.

Don't forget to take a peek at the coordinating card at the Leaky Shed Blog

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