Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Halloween cards using die cuts!

 
Hello!  Today I've got some fun cards using the awesome brand new Halloween line called Spooky and the coordinating die set.  Can I just say that I am in love with this Halloween collection AND the tree and bat dies?!  I love Halloween already, but I seriously can not wait to pull out my Carta Bella Spooky supplies again!   And if you love the usual orange and black for Halloween, this collection is for you!  You have to see the rich orange color in person- I love it!
For my tree embellishments on the cards here, I die cut one tree from black cardstock and one tree from kraft cardstock.  For some fun added texture, I embossed the die cut kraft tree with a wood texture embossing folder.  I love the way that it turned out!   I then adhered the kraft tree onto the black tree so that a little of the black was visible on the left side- almost like a spooky shadow effect!
 
 
These little bats are fabulous too!  I gave them little white eyes with a white gel pen and I folded their wings up like they are flying!  I seriously couldn't stop making these cute little bats!
 
 
I also think this tree makes a great branch.  I simply just trimmed a little bit off the trunk and rotated it sideways.  Doesn't it look like the bats are flying right off of the branch? 
 
And here is a close up of what my tree and bats look like! I adhered them with foam adhesive so they would "pop" off of the cards.  I just love the texture that the wood grain embossing adds to this tree die!  And I love these spooky (and sweet!) little bats! 
Thanks for joining me today!  I hope I have inspired you again to get creative with your die cuts! 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fun at the Fair!

Good day everyone!  Today I am sharing a fun layout about our trip a couple years back to the county fair.  We love going to the fair every year!  It's nice just to walk around and enjoy the nice weather snacking on an ear of sweet corn and playing fair games!  Pink Paislee's Solstice collection was a perfect match for my photos!  Be sure to check out this collection if you haven't already- it is pretty awesome!  And great for all kinds of summer photos!
 
The ice cream cone ephemera piece was a perfect match for my fair page!  And I just adore the teal glittered alphabet stickers that coordinate with this collection as well!
 
The die cut numbers from the ephemera pack reminded me of carnival games and I just had to use them on this layout!  In between the numbers, I used dots from the Gold Foam Stickers.
 
The 3d Formed Gold Stickers in the Solstice collection are amazing too!  I accented the "Summer" sticker with puffy stickers and more ephemera pieces.  I seriously can't get enough of the ephemera pack.  It is full of great images!
 
And a tip before I go!  I use the clear packaging to make sure my titles will be the correct size on my page.  Turns out the teal glittered alpha stickers from the Solstice collection were the perfect size too!
 
Thanks for joining me today!  I hope I have inspired you to get scrapping those summer photos! And be sure to check out Solstice!  Have a great day!
Tegan  :)
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Scrapping large photos!

Good day everyone!  Today I am showing off Pink Paislee's fabulous Solstice collection!  The Solstice collection is perfect for all of your summertime photos no matter how small- or large- they are!   On this layout I took a single photo of our city’s lighthouse at sunset and made it the dominant image on the page.   I completed the layout with pieces from the fabulous Solstice collection and I love the way it turned out!  To get a FREE downloadable instruction sheet on how to make this layout, hop on over to the Pink Paislee blog!
 
To get this fun look, I started with the Kauai patterned paper. I used the front side with the cool design.
I trimmed the star burst design from the paper  and added more panels of patterned paper to it.  To do this,  I simply used my ruler and a pencil to make lines of where I wanted to insert the panels.
I then carefully hand trimmed out sections and backed those sections with my favorite patterned papers from the Solstice collection!   I now have a detailed  star burst design!   For added texture, I machine stitched over the star burst design.
 
I finished the star burst design off with some lovely ephemera bits, gold foam shapes, and puffy stickers!  I just adore the look that the gold pieces add to this collection.
 
The teal glitter on some of the ephemera pieces and the glitter alphabet from this collection make my heart go pitter patter!  It seriously is the perfect shade of teal!  And who doesn’t love glittered seahorses?
 
Thanks for stopping in! And don't forget to download the FREE instruction sheet for this layout right HERE!  Have a great day everyone!
 
Hugs, Tegan
 
 
 
 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Boy Oh Boy!

Good day everyone!  Carta Bella's Boy Oh Boy collection quickly grabbed my attention with it's color palette of red, aqua, and gold. It really is a fabulous collection for all things boy!  And I think it has a slightly vintage feel to it, so on this layout I used vintage pictures of my hubby's 4th birthday.  I quickly realized that this Boy Oh Boy collection is perfect for vintage photos too!
 
I used the patterned papers and embroidery floss to make a simple design element on the left hand side of the page. I like that the embroidery floss adds a little bit of texture.
1.  Adhere the paper strips into place.
2.  Use a ruler to lightly make X marks where you would like the stitches.  I used the pencil to mark my spots so I could move them if I wanted before I permanently poked my holes.
3.  Poke holes at the end of your X marks.
4.  Use 2 different colors of embroidery floss to stitch X marks across your paper strips.  So easy and so fun!
 
The title here is my favorite part of the layout.  First off, the banner portion (BOY OH) is from the packaging insert in the collection kit.  Yes you read that correctly!  I loved that banner piece so much I trimmed it from the Boy Oh Boy title on the packaging!  For the second half (BIRTHDAY BOY) I used the Carta Bella Happy Birthday die cut from the Silhouette store.  I simply had my machine re-cut the "B" and "Y".  And the circle star sticker was perfect for an "O", don't you think?
Thanks for stopping in today!
Hugs and happy scrapping everyone!
Tegan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!


Hello!  Today I am sharing a fun patriotic themed layout made with the nautical themed Ahoy There collection by Carta Bella.  The color palette of this seaworthy collection was also perfect for pictures I had taken of my pooch on the Fourth of July!  I pulled out the more neutral pieces of the collection, but still included the rope patterned paper and the compass elements.  I also had a little fun with my electric die cut machine AND my manual die cut machine.   I used parts cut from Carta Bella's sail boat die for decorative elements on my page.  I used the top flag, the mast, and the hull...Can you find them? 
 
I used the sail boat from the coordinating Designer Dies to cut out four sets of sail boats from navy paper.  I then had many parts to work with and build designs from on my project.  And it only took four cuts!  I used a few of the small top flags to embellish a little empty space I had above the banner.  I love the size of these!  
 
I then used the parts of the hull as scalloped banners on the bottom of the page.  These remind me of the patriotic buntings that I see on my neighbor's porch leading up to the Fourth of July!  I then turned the masts sideways and used them as an extra decorative element right above the scallops.  I love that this one little die will not only make an adorable sail boat, but decorative page elements as well! 
 
I also used my Silhouette machine and this awesome Carta Bella Banner (Silhouette store - die cut #34522)  to add some patriotic pizzazz to my title.  I can see myself using this banner over and over again.  It would be great for cards, mini album covers, and birthday parties as well- just to name a few!
 
Thanks for joining me today!  I hope I have inspired you to think a little outside of the box.  I know for me it can sometimes be difficult to do.  I sometimes get in a rut myself.  But it can be fun to explore the not-so-obvious with your scrapping supplies!  So go ahead and be brave!  Use that nautical themed collection on a Fourth of July layout. And take that die cut shape and turn it into something completely different.   You might just surprise yourself!
Ahoy There collection:  Full Steam Ahead, World Traveler, Ship Flags, My Anchor, Good Times, Anchors Away, Sticker Elements, Designer Dies (ship)
Also: Carta Bella die cut image: banner ID#34522
Other:  White cardstock, red cardstock, electric die cut machine, manual die cut machine, sewing machine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Give Your Die Cuts the Wow Factor!

Hello!  Today I am sharing a simple technique that will give your die cuts the wow factor! I started with Carta Bella's Ahoy There collection and the anchor from their coordinating Designer Dies set.  I wanted my die cuts to stand out, so I kept the card somewhat simple.  The die cut anchors were super cute on their own, but I pulled some twine from my stash for some dimension.   I never would have guessed that these anchors would have turned out as cute as they did!  I want to put these little things on everything now!   Let me show you how to make your own adorable anchors!

Here is how to embellish the anchors!
1.  Start with your die cut anchor and twine.  Wrap the twine once around the top portion of the anchor as shown. 
2.  Take the piece on the right hand side and wrap it behind the anchor and around the front to the lower portion of the anchor. The other piece stays put.
3.  Continue wrapping the twine around the anchor until most of it is wrapped.
4.  Use a glue pen to put a small amount of glue on the back side of the anchor and hold it for a minute while it dries.  Do the same for the remaining piece as well.
And then just trim off the excess when the glue dries.  I used Zig 2 Way Glue for this and it worked really well. 
 
 
I also want to show you how I easily added the twine to the top of the anchor as well.  I think it really finishes it off!
1.  Take a piece of twine and push a loop of it through the back side of the anchor.
2.  Take the loose ends and feed them through the loop.
3.  Pull up on the loose ends so that the loop tightens around the anchor top.
4.  Cut off the ends of the twine.  You could also leave the ends of the twine long as well!
 
And there you have one adorable anchor!  I hope you have followed along and give these a try sometime.  You will love them!  I hope I have inspired you get creative when embellishing your die cuts.  I love how just the little bit of twine really finishes them off! 
Hugs, Tegan
 
 
 
 

 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gift packaging for Father's Day!

Hi!  Today I am sharing a fun little gift box for dad!  It is great for either the dad that loves to get the traditional tie or the dad that loves to get some home made cookies!  I started with a 3d candy box from the Silhouette store.  I then picked the masculine colored elements from Pink Paislee's Pen Pals and Hello Sunshine collection.  The red and navy are from Pen Pals, while the gray is from Hello Sunshine!

I am in love with the little typewriter die from the Pen Pals stamp and die set!!  Isn't it darling?!?  I wanted it to be my featured element... And I love that the puffy heart sticker at the top really says it all, don't you think?!?    And the chipboard banner alphas are the perfect size for this smaller box.  Love!

The box was very easy to assemble!  Let me show you!
I first cut the box pieces out using my Cameo.  I then took both the box top and box bottom and folded all of the perforated edges in toward the middle.

I then applied a little bit of liquid glue to the small flap and adhered it to the long side.  I repeated with all four corners on the base and box top.  

I like the liquid adhesive so I can slide the flap around for a few seconds while I make sure the corner is lined up correctly. 

Once the box bottom and top was made, I simply slid the box top over the box bottom and that was it.  And then decorated it as you saw above!  So easy! 
Thanks for stopping in!  I hope I have inspired you to get crafty for dad!
Hugs, Tegan