Friday, June 19, 2015

Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine Available NOW!

Yeah! It's finally release day. Once again the SCT team has brought to you their very best. They have created beautiful and creative artwork that will encourage you, inspire you and provide you with many hours of pleasure as you flip through the pages again and again.


Brimming with creativity and clever ideas, this issue includes:
* hello summer!
* learn lettering techniques
* scrap your souvenirs
* Project Trend with with Vicki Boutin
* "spark your story" with Ali Edwards
* bonus cutting files and sketches
... and a bright & cheery card created just by ME!!!
Here's where is get's even more exciting...
Would you like an opportunity to win a print copy of this issue?  Would you like several opportunities to win an issue?  Let's do something fun!  For every 100 comments on this post, the publisher for SCT will personally write the envelope and send a copy to a lucky winner along with a little extra surprise too!  If SCT has 500 comments, she will send 5 copies. If they have 800 comments, she will send 8 packages of happy mail.  So share this blog post with all your friends. The more comments, the more chances to win!  Comments will be open until Thursday, June 25th at midnight EST.  Good luck and SHARE!!!
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Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine

I was lucky enough to be on the design team for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine recently. The challenge issued to us was to make square cards featuring their oh, so summer-y bonus papers featured in issue 140. Head on over to grab the free downloads while you can, and be sure to come back and share your creations with me over on my Facebook page, so our crafty friends can admire your work, and you'll be entered to win a card making goodie bag. I can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Birthday Snuggles Layout

Well, I told you I was inspired by that sketch a couple days ago, didn't I?  Yup! I'm still using it. This time, I flipped it upside down and gave it a whirl. Here, let me flip it for you...

Well, that was fun! I think I'm going to have to visit the sketch gallery over at Scrapbook & Cards Today for some more. What do you think? 

I created my title in Silhouette and used the negative image for the base followed by the rest of the title cut from a double layer of vellum. Although the vellum was coral it started to look pink once it was cut out and layered, so I took a melon colored marker and tinted it a bit darker from the backside before adhering it. 

This "*the cutest thing ever" and the "August" on my date tab are both rub-ons from Crate Paper. I am absolutely in love with rub-ons. I wish more companies would make them. They're way more satisfying than stamps for applications like this.

In case you can't tell, this layout uses three Project Life cards. The one with my journaling on it, the striped piece behind my photo edge, and the laser cut wood veneer. They all came from my Studio Calico Project Life kits. Well, all of the papers, embellishments, & even the tag die on this layout were from Studio Calico kits. I think the only things that aren't are the date stamp (Becky Higgins), the die cut tab (Chic Tags), and that tiny little star clip (Making Memories). I have a whole little trinket dish full of those in my desk. They're just lovely, and I wish Making Memories was still making collections. I loved their stuff. :-(

Any-who... I really hope you like my layout today. If you have a project based on S&CT's sketch, please feel free to share it with us. I know I would love to see and share your projects. Stay crafty, my friends!
Supply List:
Cardstock - American Crafts (Storm)
Patterned Paper - Studio Calico "Compli-mint-ary" (Far Far Away kit) & "Grid 01"
Vellum - Studio Calico "Poet Society" kit (Doodlebug - coral)
Ombre Thread - Coats
Sewing Machine - Singer
Machines - Silhouette of America, Cuttlebug, Singer
Printer & Photo Paper - HP
Date Stamp - Becky Higgins
Star Clip - Making Memories
Trimmer - Fiskar's
Tag Die: Studio Calico
Project Life Cards: Studio Calico (Grand Central, Mirror Mirror, & Far Far Away)
Tab Die Cut Shape - Chic Tags
Marker: Stampin Up! "Crisp Cataloupe"
Rub-Ons: Crate Paper "Notes & Things"
Adhesives - Glue Dots, & This to That foam dots & tape runner (American Crafts)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gardaland Birthday Layout

 I don't remember the last time I used a sketch to make a layout, but I was super inspired by the one I found over at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. They have tons of free sketches you can check out here.

Since I'm not really a 12x12 scrapper, I scaled it down a bit to fit 8.5x11 and since I didn't have quite this many photos of the event I wanted to scrap, I combined the three pictures on the right of the sketch into one giant picture and changed the photo from the upper left into a little map showing where we were in the world. We had only been living in Italy a couple months, so I felt like the map was an important element I wanted to capture. 

I designed my title in Silhouette Studio using the designer edition. I really wanted to mimic the "Gardaland" sign that you see in the background of the photo. I originally had a very similar font as well, but it just didn't work for me, so I switched it to something more modern and clean. I covered the "birthday" part in glossy accents and popped the whole title up with foam dots. Normally I don't do a whole lot of 3D stuff on layouts since pages go into flat scrapbooks, but this just felt like it was needed for balance with the other thick embellishments on the page. 

Here you can see how thick the flair badge and enamel stars are. The flair is from my March Studio Calico card kit and the stars are from the coordinating Project Life kit. Just about everything on this layout is from a Studio Calico kit in fact. (It's just so easy that way.)

In my usual style, I added some stitching along the border of the layout and also along the washi strip on my tag. I thought it gave a nod to the perforated ticket idea. The journaling on my tag (Heidi Swapp) was done using my printer. I just measured my tag, created a text box of the same size in Word and printed it out. I did a test print first to ensure it would fit, then I taped my tag on top of the printer paper and ran it back through again. Perfect journaling every time!

Well, I hope you like the layout. If you create a layout using the sketch, I'd love to see it. I just think sketches are so fun. Everyone sees them in a different light. It's almost like a game of telephone. You never know what will come out at the other end of the game. 

Thanks for visiting!
Supply List:
Cardstock - American Crafts
Patterned Paper - Studio Calico (kit subscription)
Thread - Coats
Sewing Machine - Singer
Electronic Cutting Machine - Silhouette of America
Printer & Photo Paper - HP
Date Stamp - American Crafts (Shimelle)
Twine - Lilly Belle's Paperie (Etsy)
Trimmer - Fiskar's
Kraft Tag & Enamel Outline Sticker - Heidi Swapp
Veneer Smile Face - Freckled Fawn 
"Awesome" Flair - My Mind's Eye
Resin Stars, Washi Tape, & Gold Die Cut Circle - Studio Calico (kit subscription)
Tab Die Cut Shape - October Afternoon
Adhesives - Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, & This to That foam dots & tape runner (American Crafts)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Flash Sale!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Enjoy the Spring Issue Now!

Hooray! The spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today is now available in select stores and for free download/viewing on their website!
Brimming with inspiration, this issue includes: 
  • fresh idea for spring 
  • day planner style for your layouts 
  • back to basics - new uses for classic supplies 
  • step up your snapshots with Elisha Snow 
  • creative cards by Jennifer McGuire 
  • meet our 2015 creative team 
  • bonus cutting files 
  • ... and a reader’s gallery full of stunning inspiration including a layout created by ME!

The talented designers have once again filled this issue with amazing inspiration, creativity and clever ideas for you to try.
I hope you'll head on over to check it out and let me know what you think. :-)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanksgiving & Marostica

And here's my Thanksgiving & Marostica layout I've been giving peeks of the past couple of days. I love this color combination of fall. I think it's because I'm not quite ready to let go of the brightness of summer, but I'm loving the cool air and colors of fall.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Layout Sneak Peeks...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Thanks Banner

Okay, here's the full banner. I hope it puts you in a Thanksgiving mood. I can smell the cinnamon and spice now...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Thanks Banner Peek

With the weather getting cooler here, I'm in such a creative mood. Here's peek at a Thanksgiving banner I made to hang up in our home.

Friday, November 14, 2014

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall Issue is Here

Wow! This issue actually marks the 35th issue S&CT has released! Scrapbook & Cards Today is currently viewed in 120 countries and perhaps after Friday, it will be 121! I think that's super impressive. I absolutely love this magazine. Every time it hits the stand I rush through it and then comb back through it again every so slowly at least three or four times. It's just always so yummy!
I'm happy to be nestled among the pages once again too. I hope you'll check it out. Just click on the magazine cover above to choose your viewing option. It's free after all!

Friday, August 29, 2014

And Baby Makes Three

Happy Birthday to my sister, Ella!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine Reveal

Well, SCT is at it again working on the next issue of their fabulous magazine. They've shared a lovely sneak of the cover just to tickle our fancy...
The fall issue will be available online and for purchase on September 19th, and I cannot wait.

I just might have a project in there that I'm excited about too.
For more information, check out their blog post here. They've posted some great projects and a sneak of the new fall Crop & Create Delivered kit as well. I will definitely be getting that one!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Issue On Stands NOW

I've been looking forward to every issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine for a while now, but I wasn't expecting to have a project featured as a design team scraplift challenge in this issue. What a pleasant surprise!

I don't remember the last time I saw a scraplifted project of mine. Some people don't like it when others scraplift them, but I absolutely LOVE it! I even re-post scraplifts when I find them. It's the ultimate compliment to inspire someone else to make their own project, isn't it?

Okay, so head on over to their site and snag a copy or read it online instantly for free!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring Issue

The SC&T Spring Issue is finally here! Yeah! It's one of my absolute favorite magazines. It has cards, altered projects, and layouts too. It's always full of sketches and instructions that make it just wonderful all around. This month there are free digital cutting files and a digi stamp to download too. Score! This issue is extra special to my sweet little cousin though. A little something I submitted featuring her managed to get her face on not one, but TWO pages. She's gonna be SO EXCITED when she sees it. I'm sure her friends will whoop it up too. 

(Click on the Magazine Cover image to see the full magazine.)

Here's a peek at what I created for this issue. See, isn't Samantha just gorgeous?!

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