Saturday, September 28, 2013

It's Hump Day! DCWV Stackaholic Challenge

I created this layout with DCWV's September Stackaholic sketch.
I love how it turned out!  These photos are from a fun day at the zoo in WI last summer.  Hannah's Auntie Dee treated her to a ride on a camel and I couldn't resist the title "hump day" especially with the crazy "Guess what day it is?" commercials these days.  I used the Modern Meadow stack - such pretty yellows and rusts paired with that greyish blue in this stack.  And the glossy background paper - so pretty!  All of the papers are from this stack (except for a bit of brown cardstock).  I cut most of the die cut elements and title from my new Cricut Artbooking cartridge (quickly becoming a favorite cartridge, by the way!).  I added a bit of inking to separate the patterns a bit more and also threw on a few sequins and confetti dots.  As you can see I changed a few things about the sketch, but kept the overall design of two columns in tact.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Halloween Wreath

I just had to pick up this cute paper by Bella Blvd.  I mean, LOOK at those OWLS!  They make me smile. And so does this little paper wreath I made with Bella Blvd. papers.  Start with a flat cardboard form (I used a cake round) and cut out the middle so you have a flat ring.  I cut 3-4 inch strips of varying widths from all the cute patterned papers and arranged them around the wreath, overlapping and adding until every spot was filled in. Notch the outer ends of each strip. Add a row of black sequins to the middle (mine are from Teresa Collins).  Cut several 3 inch squares from the black star patterned paper and add these to the back of the cardboard form.  Adding them to the back of your form (so the cardboard is between the squares layer and the strips layer) helps give a little dimension to your wreath.  Position them with points out and overlap them to fill in space.

Finish your wreath with a few extra embellishments from the collection, especially the owls!!  Fussy cut some of those adorable owls and add them around your wreath with pop dots.  Cut the "Happy Halloween" strip and add that on a diagonal.  Fasten a ribbon hanger to the back and you've got the cutest wreath in town to hang on your door!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vintage Sewing Pattern Paper Cards

I recently visited a friend who "unloaded" a bag full of old sewing patterns. I was happy to accept them and she was happy to get rid of them. I love the idea of mixing in the pattern papers with other items and couldn't wait to find a fun use for them.  I am currently in a "use what I have" mode and luckily remembered some older Cosmo Cricket papers with a sewing theme. (It's called Material Girl in case you're wondering.)   
Sew, (ba-dump-bump) after I returned home with my bag of sewing patterns, I found my papers and got to work making these 3 quick cards.  (How do you like the sewing machine??? This gem was my mom's.)
All the cards started with a kraft cardstock base and I used mainly the Cosmo Cricket collection I dug out.  I had kept the collection together and it included some chipboard stickers and fun borders and other paper elements.  For this first card I also used some Tiny Type letter stickers and a short piece of thread that I wound around the chipboard spool.  I love the piece of sewing paper against that gorgeous green vintage-inspired scrapbook paper.  The tape measure bit is also paper (which I crinkled up and inked). 
 For my next card I created a flower like embellishment with a chipboard button and a small piece of sewing pattern paper. A few more additional paper and chipboard pieces, SRM sticker border stitches and a stamped sentiment finished it off.
 My last card is a 5x7 size and this time I made a skirt for the patterned paper lady by gathering a larger piece of sewing pattern tissue.  With a little "belt" of sticker border and chipboard flower, she's all ready to go out.  The sentiment is from the CC paper and I added a bit of SRM sticker border stitches. 
I have quite the stash of patterns to play with now, so I'll need to think of some more ways to use it up.  I may make some fun tissue flowers next.  Fun, fun, fun!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Welcome Home Card

Here's a cute card I just finished for friends moving into a new house.  The patterned papers and hello. sticker are all from Bella Blvd.  How cute (and perfect) are those little houses?  The sweet smiling sun was cut from my Cricut using the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.
Enjoy your day!