Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's a Bo Bunny Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last Bo Bunny blog hop of May!

 I am sure that you have already been inspired this month!  I know that I have!   Plus... there are more prizes to be won, too!!

This hop is sure to continue the inspiration!  The Bo Bunny designers have put together some amazing work to share on their blogs. Today we have seven featured designers to inspire you to create.  Each designer has really pulled out the stops to give you some terrific ideas. 
Today's designers include:

The Blog Hop begins here! Yeah!! I get to go first!

I'm so ready for pool time, so I chose to use the Barefoot & Bliss Collection for today's hop. 

Sun Kissed

This picture is of my daughter a few years ago in the pool. I love the colors of this collection and just couldn't stop myself from adding a bit of pink to my layout, too.

I cut out the sun from the Cut-outs paper and added some pink stitches.  I then layered my flowers, chipboard and leaves.  The leaves are both chipboard and die-cuts.   I love layering and overlapping embellishments to group them.

Supplies Used:
Barefoot & Bliss Beach Bag, Stripe and Cutout papers.  Barefoot & Bliss brads, jewels, 12x12 chipboard, layered chipboard, 12x12 Combo Stickers, Backyard Bliss Stickers, Noteworthy and Rub-ons.  Double Dot ribbon.  Misc. Bo Bunny Loose Buttons.

Your next stop is Jolanda's Blog!

And now for the Blog Hop prizes!

For a chance at the first prize, leave a comment on each designer's blog.  One designer's blog will be chosen at random.  From this blog a comment will then be chosen at random to win the prize.  You don't know which blog will be chosen, so make sure to leave a comment on them all.

To be eligible for the second prize leave a comment on the Bo Bunny blog after hopping through all the blogs and one comment will be chosen at random to win this prize..

The winners will be announced next Wednesday on the Bo Bunny Blog.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and joining in the blog hop!!!

Now go get inspired!

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Bo Bunny Liberty Collection

It's Free For All Friday at Bo Bunny!  The design team was asked to do whatever we wanted!  I just got a fantastic box of the new Bo Bunny Releases in the mail, so of course, I had to play with one of them!  I am just loving the new Liberty Collection!  The embellishments are over the top!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the chipboard elements!  It's just so perfect for all of those 4th of July photos.  Not to worry if you aren't from the USA, this collection also has so many beautiful elements that can be used for other pages!


Like I said, I just love all the chipboard elements!  They are perfect for layering!  Check out the new trinkets, too!    They are so elegant and add such a special touch!

Don't forget to stop by the Bo Bunny Blog for more inspiration. 

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Never Fails - Sketch Support and a HUGE thank you!

Just sharing a layout that I did using another great sketch from Sketch Support.  If you have been looking for a great and versitile sketch, be sure to drop by the Sketch Support site!  In addition to 1 page layouts, there are 2 page layouts and card sketches.   There are also add-on sketches that are just so fun!  This layout is based on Sketch #2.

Never Fails!

This is a layout of my son, on the left, and 2 of his closest high school friends.  Every time that I got out my camera to get some pictures of them, they started goofing off!  The top picture is probably the closest I have to a 'good' picture of these guys.  If you look closely, you will see that Alex is still a bit bug eyed in it!  They are such cut ups!!  I miss them goofing off and making me crazy now that they are in college.  I don't see them nearly enough lately!

I am wild about this cork board 'paper' from Canvas Corp!!  It is really thin with an adhesive backing.  I only picked up one sheet, but I'm getting more for sure!  I love the way it looks on this 'guy' page! 

I also used Canvas Corp corrugated paper on this layout.  You can see from the close-ups that I added some brown and aqua floss for added detail and to coordinate with the aqua shirt one of the boys was wearing.

Now... I just want to thank everyone who stopped by after visiting the Imaginisce Blog!!  Wow!!  It was so fun to read your sweet comments!!  Good luck everyone on winning the i-top, too!! 

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's In the Details - Imaginisce

Don't forget to stop by the Imaginisce Blog today to get the details on how to win my favorite Imaginisce Tool the i-top!

Outdoor Fun
This is the Happy Camper Collection and it will be available SOON!
The title on this one was done with one of the Imaginisce Die-Cuts.  I distressed the edges of it a bit and added pop dots to it for some added dimension. 
Tip:  If the pop dots you use have negative space after you've used the the round pieces, just cut the negative space section to use on larger pieces like this.  No waste!

You can see the stitching close-up here.  Tip:  Take advantage of the paper pattern to add your stitching.  You can see here that I used the dots on the paper to add my stitching.  I just pierced in the center of the polka dots to get the pattern and then added a glam rock to the center of each diamond using the i-rock.  No measuring!  Yay!
Tip 2:  Notice the tone-on-tone brown tree paper?  It's some of the terrific packaging that the embellishments came in!

Tip:  Layer your embellishments for added interest.  Use pop dots to vary the dimension. 

Retirement Card
This is a Super Simple Card!  A bit more packaging, a few more pop dots and fabulous layered stickers and you are good to go!

The adorable stickers dictated the sentiment on this card. 
Tip:  I just used Microsoft Word to do the borders and the lettering on the inside.  Use the 'insert shapes' tool to make borders. So easy!

 Bundle of Joy
Using the adorable Little Cutie Collection!
This is my little great-nephew and his daddy. 
He has a twin sister but I just chose to focus on him for this one.  
Tip:  The yellow star bracket shapes were cut out of more of the packaging!!  I LOVE how these Imaginisce collections have such adorable packaging!  The best part is that nothing is actually stuck to the packaging, so all you have to do is use it!  Packaging done this way gives you another complete design element.

Tip:  Notice that the yellow stitching isn't actually stitch much.  I just added a few holes and did super BIG stitches for the border.  Although I usually only stitch with 3 strands of embroidery floss (like the blue stitching)  When I do the border this way, I use all 6 strands.

Baby Boy Card
The dimensional journal stickers make Great hang tags for packaging!!

The giraffe is another of those fantastic die-cut elements!  I added a touch of ribbon and then added a couple of the Brad Daddies for added interest!  Love this adorable polka dot giraffe!!

So Very Sweet
More of the Little Cutie collection!
I love how the collection has girl elements and boy elements.  On this one, I used a ton of the embellishments and check out those Roly Rosies!  I had not used these before now but let me tell you, I'll be using a LOT more of them!  They are so easy to use and they are also double-sided!!  I love that!  Choices!

Tip:  Notice the brads?  To get the flowers in just the right place, turn your punch over and place your paper.  You can see exactly where your flower will be this way.

Little Girl Card
This one focuses on the i-rock.  Tip: My favorite part of the i-rock is that you can place your jewels exactly where you want them and then heat and set them!  I love that there is no commitment before you decide or having the sticky not work because you changed your mind.  The i-rock is so terrific!!  You get to do all of your decision making and only THEN do you set them!

Tip:  I wanted a soft purple color to match the chipboard flower.  I just used a Sharpie to color clear crystals.   Also, I just took a stitch through the little canvas sticker girls to make hang tags.  I couldn't resist adding a couple of jewels to their little bows!

Don't forget!!  You can win an i-top here!

Thanks so much for dropping by!! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Imaginisce Guest Designer

Hey everyone!!  I'm really excited to let you know that I've been asked to be a guest designer at Imaginisce this month!  How fun is that?  Want to know what's even more fun?  They are going to be giving away my favorite tool!  So all you have to do is stop by the Imaginisce Blog tommorow for a chance to win it!  Imaginisce makes some really fabulous tools!  I had such a blast playing with them!

You're probably asking yourself what my favorite Imaginisce Tool is?  Well, I'm not going to say today but here are some sneaks of my projects tomorrow and they have a few hints in them!

I got to play with 2 of the brand NEW collections!  They are fabulous!  You are sure to want some of these for your pages! 

Happy Camper Collection

 Little Cutie Collection.

More Little Cutie

Be sure to check out the Imaginisce Blog tommorow for your chance to win!

Thanks for dropping by! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sketch Support

I have been sitting on these pictures for a while.  When I saw these Pink Paislee Soiree papers, I thought they would be just right for these sweet pictures.   I just love these adorable pictures and the colors in the papers were a perfect match. 

I used a sketch from Sketch Support for this layout. It's very close to the sketch but I did make a few small changes to suit my page. Sketch Support is a great place to get lots of inspiration!  Be sure to check it out!  In addition to 1 and 2 page layouts, Allison Davis also does card sketches. 

Celebrate! You're 1 

You can find the sketch here.  It is Sketch # 10. 

The sketch has  patchwork and stars on it.  I chose to make a harlequin like pattern by handstitching on my page instead of using the suggested pattern and the stars.  I added a large number 1 that I cut out with my KNK and matted.

I added some little buttons to two edges of my layout.  I made these using the Epiphany Crafts button maker tool and round #14 buttons.  I also made the little card in Microsoft Word and just printed it out.

The sketch had 3 small photos along the bottom of the layout.  I chose to used the adorable cards and stickers from Pink Paislee instead of pictures.  I also moved them a bit and grouped them differently than they were.  Lastly... you know me... it had to have some ribbon, so I added a large pink gingham bow!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Everything is Coming Up Flowers!

April Showers Bring May Flowers! 
(Except in Central Texas!  We are having a drought!)

Today, at the beginning of May, we are focusing on flowers at Bo Bunny.  As you probably know, Bo Bunny has been making some gorgeous flowers to compliment their newest collections.  I used the Vicki B. Collection to showcase many different kinds of flowers on my layout.  It is a fabulous collection with the perfect colors to compliment outdoor, springy pictures.

Grow Love

My idea was to use a lot of different kinds of flowers without overwhelming my pictures.  By using a more neutral paper for the background, it let my pictures and flowers have the spotlight.  Notice that the background paper does have flowers on it too!  :)  My favorite part of the layout is that Laynee is wearing a flower print dress and even is helping her mommy plant flowers!

By looking closely at the close-ups, you can see that I used the Bo Bunny petals and flowers, but I also took it a step further.  I added flower trim, flower buttons, metal flower trinkets, a flower Noteworthy page, flower journaling card, flower chipboard and even a flower sticker!  Whew... that's a LOT of flowers! 

I declaring it official!  I'm a flower addict! 
This could not have been a more fun assignment for me!  I had a blast and hope that you are inspired to see how many flowers that you can add to your layout!

Be sure to drop by the Bo Bunny Blog to see more layouts that focus on flowers.  The design team has shared some great ideas!  There is even one that shows a masculine look with flowers!

Thanks for dropping by!