Monday, April 15, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge: Cut it Out

The Challenge
Hello scrappy friends! Today is the start of Love to Scrap's fourth challenge entitled, Cut it Out. This involves making a project that uses die cuts or punches. The design team was each given a digital stamp from Sassy Studio Designs to incorporate into our projects. The winner of the challenge will receive 4 digital stamps from our sponsor as a prize.

The Details
When I was perusing all the digital stamps from Sassy Studio Designs, the Tinkerbell Honey one really caught my eye. My 1 year old niece was Tink for Halloween so I decided to build a layout around the two Tinkerbells.

I looked around for a sketch and found this one from Sketches in Thyme that I really liked that had the right balance of photos and negative space.

As our challenge calls for die cut or punches, I took out a packet of SEI die cut embellishments that I had won and tried to utilize as many as possible. I ended up using 18 pieces, including 6 banner strips  for journaling. There was a clock face die cut, so I added a game spinner and brad to simulate one hand on a clock. 

To tie in the clock face, I incorporated time into the title. I wanted the Tink in the title to stand out, so I used stickers for the rest of the title and glittery chipboard for the Tink. 

My sister said she spent a lot of money on the official Disney costume so hopefully this layout commemorates the one time she wore it. 

If you have some die cuts or punches on any of your projects, we would love for you to join us at Love to Scrap!

I'm entering this at:
Sketches in Thyme - sketch #108
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
Bearly Mine Challenges - anything goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network - #10 anything goes
Make it Monday - #136 link party

Thanks so much for flutterin' by,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pages from the Heart: Simply Spring Collection

Simply Spring Projects
For Pages from the Heart, I made a series of projects using We R Memory Keeper's Simply Spring collection

It is a gorgeous spring themed collection with pastel colors and super cute embellishments. 

The first project I completed was a New Orleans layout, which I've already written about here. I also altered a wooden basket into an Easter basket and made an egg themed card. 

Easter Basket
I started with a plain wooden basket from a craft store and painted it with white craft paint. 

Then I traced each side onto patterned paper, cut it out, and adhered it to the wood with Mod Podge. All four sides were covered using only one sheet of 12 x 12" paper. The basket is a reasonable size as it held the entire bag of large plastic eggs I had purchased. 

For a central decoration, I used a journaling die cut as the starting off point and layered it with some dimensional stickers, alphabet stickers and Stickles.

A child would love receiving a handmade basket, especially with all the goodies inside. 

An Eggstraordinary Card
I wanted to make an encouragement card featuring some eggs, but instead of popping them up, I wanted them recessed in the card. 

I ended up popping up the front panel and embedding the Easter eggs behind the panel. 

I was going to cut out the Easter egg shapes with my Silhouette, but decided it might be faster just to do it the old fashioned way. I used the leftover egg shape from the sticker sheet as a tracing template and traced the eggs on my front panel. I then used an X-Acto knife to cut out the eggs. This made the egg windows from which the egg stickers could be seen. I used some Authentique alphabet stickers for my sentiment as they are the perfect size for cards.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the three projects I created for Pages from the Heart, which is where they are currently displayed. I'm working on three new projects for them which I will share with you upon completion.

I'm entering this in:
MilkCoffee Challenge - welcome spring
Creative Belli Blog - pastels
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - spring colors
Inklings & Yarn - anything goes link

Thanks so much for droppin' by,

Monday, April 1, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge: Layer it

Hello scrappy friends, I hope you had a great Easter!

Love to Scrap's embossing challenge just ended and the winners will be posted shortly. Today is the start of the next challenge - using layers!

The Challenge
For Love to Scrap's third challenge, you can make any type of project using three or more layers of paper plus an image. I thought a layout would be perfect for this challenge. I used a piece of white cardstock as the base and then two layers of patterned papers from Doodlebug's new Take Note collection for the additional layers.

The Details
I started by looking for a sketch layout challenge and found this sketch from Paper Secret's blog.

I really love the design of this sketch but ended up changing the orientation to better accommodate the digital stamp I chose to work with from our sponsor for this challenge, A Day for Daisies

I selected a stamp entitled, Love Angel, to incorporate it into my layout by having the angel scatter hearts over my photo. I needed the angel at the top of the page so it just made sense to rotate the sketch 90°. I printed out the digi stamp, colored it with Copics, cut it out and adhered it to my layout. The hearts are punched from a Creative Memories border punch. I really liked how the stamp tied in so well with the rest of the layout. 

I have a hard time controlling mists and sprays, so mostly I avoid them. This time I decided to attempt it because there are some splashes in the sketch and it would make a nice contrast to the floating hearts.  I tried about three or four times to get larger spots instead of a fine spray before I was satisfied with the results. I ended up only pushing halfway down on the nozzle and then taking out the spraying tube and just dabbing a few spots on manually. 

There were some mini banners in the sketch which I replaced with some days of the week stickers. For the finishing touches I layered on the decorative and alphabet stickers, mostly from the Take Note collection

Just when I thought I was done, I remembered that Paper Secrets always add a twist to their challenges, and this one is to add chipboard onto your layout. I dug through my mini stash of leftover chipboard pieces and found a word that finished off my title. It was a plain chipboard color so I painted it with some white craft paint so it would pop among all the rainbow colors. 

Join the Fun
For more details about the challenge and to see the rest of the design team's projects, please see today's post on Love to ScrapThis challenge is open for two weeks, so get your entries in before Sunday, April 14 at 3 P.M. PST. If you have any projects with layering and an image on it, just link it to today's post. 

The winner will receive a $12 gift certificate for A Day for Daisies digital stamp shop. 

I'm entering this in:
Challenges 4 Everybody: #17 Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: #12 Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend: Anything but a Card

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,