Thursday, March 15, 2012

some exciting news to share :)

I'm back to designing again!  And I couldn't be happier that after about a year of barely scrapping and just not being that into it, I am back at it and loving it again!

And I am the most happy to share that I am again designing for Michelle at A Million Memories!

To make it even more awesome- she sent me the amazing new Dear Lizzy stuff with some perfectly coordinated embellishments and her unique vintage trims and fabrics.  I've been in heaven!

Here are two of the layouts that I have made- more to come for sure!

The title of this layout and part of the journaling comes from the Jim Croce song, Time in a Bottle.  One of my very favorites.  This layout includes hand stitching, confetti punching and to get the ruffle along the bottom I wet and crumpled up the vellum until it looked like I wanted it to look.  I also added a doilie that I dyed.  Peeking out from the photos is some of the adorable trim that Michelle sent.

This next layout was inspired by the title and title work of THIS amazing layout that I pinned on interest.  The minute I saw it, I knew that I was too inspired to not create a similarly themed layout.  I believe the saying comes from a kids shirt.

Again, I hand stitched on this layout and included a lot of layering.  The little rosette trim is cut from the rosette fabric that Michelle sent me and watercolored to get the color that I wanted for my layout.

I used Dear Lizzy ruffle paper as a mat for my photo and base for my title.  I also included three doilies.  One straight from the package, a hand dyed one and a Martha Stewart shimmer die cut doilie.  Peeking out is more of that adorable trim.

I made the title from mixed fonts and added glossy accents to "dad's lucky" to emphasize it.  I reproduced a similar layered doily look with the cut out sentiment to balance the layout.

Thanks so much for peeking at my blog today and checking out my layouts!

Monday, March 5, 2012

I’m super excited to share a fun new digital/paper crafting kit with you today!

One of my online scrappy friends, Shanna Vineyard, has combined her love of hand-drawing and painting mixed with her fondness of bright, happy colors to bring us a kit that is different than anything you’ve ever seen!   In celebration of her relocating back home to Arizona next week, she was inspired to create this kit, “Home Is Where the Heart Is” that includes over 50 different hand-drawn and painted images.  They can be used in your digital projects or can be easily resized and printed to cut out and use with your traditional scrapbooking and card making creations.  The possibilities are endless and you will have them to use over and over again as much as you like for as many projects as you wish!  So FUN!!!

Here’s what I made using her kit…..

When I first looked at the kit I was immediately drawn to the adorable polka dot hearts and knew that they would be the focus of my project.  I printed one large pink polka dot heart as my large pattern background and then printed 4 more hearts to use as embellishments.  I also decided to add some of the adorable flowers and leaves to really brighten it up and give the layout that perfect lovely, girlie feel.

One of my favorite aspects of this kit is all of the detailed, accented line work in the images.  It gives it that perfect finished, polished look while keeping it whimsical and fun.  I decided to borrow that idea from the kit and outlined my thickers to coordinate perfectly with the kit images.

I used foam squares to pop up some of the hearts while keeping some of them flat on the page to give it the appearance of floating along the page and to really draw you in when you looked at it.

I know that these flowers will find their way onto many of my projects because they are all so versatile!  I popped them up off the page with foam squares after using my bone folder to shape the petals to give them a realistic, dimensional look.  I finished them off by adding small yellow buttons for the center.

Visit Shanna’s blog to purchase this kit and see LOTS of other awesome samples that were created specifically to share with you today!    In celebration of this fun, new release she is also doing a huge giveaway valued at over $275.00 with lots of fabulous new scrappy goodies and several ways you can win!  So head on over and check it out! 

Thanks for stopping by!