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!

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A new sketch challenge!

Hello!  There is a brand new and fun sketch challenge up on the Paper Bakery blog so I wanted to share it with you!  I had a lot of fun using it as my starting point and I think you will as well!  Doesn't it look like a great fun sketch?  Be sure to hop over and check it out!  :)

Well, I certainly think it is a great sketch because I created what I think is a great layout from it!  Take a look!
I started out with the neutral strips for the background because I didn't want it to be too busy.  But I felt it needed a little something else.  So I drew in thin lines with my ruler and drew in some squiggles.  I love working with sketches!  It gets me thinking out of the box- just like with the squiggles.  And I love them!
I hand cut triangles instead of the chevrons.  And all of the bubbles reminded me of mist splatters so I used a couple colors of mist from my stash.  But other than that, everything came from the Paper Bakery's May SCRAPBOOK Kit!  It really is a great kit so be sure to check it out!
Thanks for dropping by!
Hugs, Tegan

Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day is right around the corner!

Good day everyone!  Just a reminder that Father's Day is fast approaching!  So today I am sharing two Father's Day cards that I made with the fabulous Ahoy There collection from Carta Bella!   I simply love the nautical theme and colors of this collection!  But I also love that parts of it are neutral enough to be used for other occasions- such as Father's Day! 

I love the kraft color that is included in this collection!  It's the prefect neutral color to coordinate with this color palette.  And it reminds me of sand!  I wonder if the designers did that on purpose?!? And how cool is the font that just happens to be included on the sticker elements sheet?

And how fun is this card eh?  I used the tale end of the whale sticker to pop out of the waves!  And notice the banner buoys!  This might just be my favorite part of the collection! So cool.

I hope you have enjoyed Ahoy There as much as I have!
Thanks for stopping in today!  As always, I truly appreciate it!  
Hugs,  Tegan