Thursday, April 17, 2014

birthday tags with Carta Bella It's a Celebration

I made a couple of birthday tags using the cute "It's a Celebration" collection by Carta Bella.

The most fun part is the pocket. First I punched a bunch of confetti from scraps of papers after my last layout I made using this collection. I also punched a star and then encased the confetti between two rectangles of vellum with a straight stitch around the perimeter. Lastly, I stitched the confetti piece to the tag on the sides and bottom to make a pocket.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2 layouts using the April Scraptastic kit

Today I wanted to share a couple of layouts that I created with my April Scraptastic kits for the Scraptastic Blog.

I really have enjoyed playing with this Let Me Go kit, Add on kit, and Stamp Set. I wanted to share a couple of my layouts and show you some ways I like to use the stamps and some of the scraps from the kits as well.
For my first layout I began with a neutral cardstock for my background and I chose to stamp with light inks in the upper left corner and middle right, directly on the background. My aqua ink is a light shadow type ink, but the pink and gold are bolder so I stamped them first on a scrap of paper and then stamped onto my page so they would look lighter.

 I decided that it would be fun to die cut the state and title from patterned paper and if you haven't used an ombre paper for a cut title, you just have to give it a go. I love the effect. Its my favorite thing to do with ombre paper.

For my second layout I did some stamping that might work better for you if you aren't comfortable stamping directly onto your layout.
I created coordinating tags with a camera theme to go with my photos of vintage cameras that I took while antiquing. I stamped a pale aqua map image multiple times onto the light patterned paper with dots and then cut 4 tag shapes and layered with embellishments. These tags really are so much fun to make and you could use kit scraps and just keep tags on hand for future layouts.

I also used the scalloped outline stamp from the Worth Wondering Stamp set. I stamped it twice onto a scrap of patterned paper directly with black ink and just cut it out and used it as an accent next to the photos.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

8th stash layout

How are you guys doing with using your stash this year? I just counted and this is my 8th layout using just my stash from before this year. Now I am certainly not where I should be to have 50 done this year but 8's not too bad.

This page is for my brother's album and it was kind of a challenge in itself because I wasn't sure to go all Animal Kingdom-ish or all Christmassy. Speaking of which, someone needs to design a good safari collection again please :)  I chose to use some old Crate Paper mostly the Portrait collection. Its got Christmassy colors. Then I was digging in my holiday goodies and found these K&Co stars, DCWV rhinestones, and the walmart glittery snowflake - fun stuff!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Fluff *Scraptastic "Let Me Go" kit

The April Scraptastic "Let Me Go" kit has a travel theme and I did mostly travel pages with it  - you will see those soon :) , but I was looking at some of my favorite papers in the kit and they didn't seem travel-ish at all. And there were grey and charcoal colors so I had to do a Figaro page. Fig's birthday was April 1st and he turned 5 so it was a good time for photos.

I used the Let Me Go Kit, Add on kit, and the Worth Wondering Stamp set from Scraptastic.

and here is a look at the awesome stamp set 
Scraptastic Club's Worth Wondering Stamp Set

Friday, April 04, 2014

Miles and miles and miles... *Scraptastic April kit

This past weekend my husband and some friends went to Texas Antiques Week in Round Top and Warrenton Texas. Its always great fun to spend the day treasure hunting but there really is no way to describe to someone how huge this event really is. It does go on and on for miles thru little towns.

I used the the April "Let Me Go" kit and Add on kit. 

Just look at the cute little cork car :)


Non Traditional Birthday Card

I just wanted to share this card that I made to wish Jessica, the owner of Scraptastic Club, a very Happy Birthday. I decided to use a sunshiny greeting rather than just stamping Happy Birthday on the front of the card.  I used the April "Let Me Go" kit, Add on kit, and the "Worth Wondering" Stamp Set. I added some Basic Grey Candy Buttons and a bit of sparkle splatter from my stash.

To see the other cards created by some of our talented designers, visit the Scraptastic Blog HERE

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Scraptastic Kit Reveals!!!


Did you get april fooled or did you fool someone? I have an april fools kitty - Figaro turns 5 today. No pranks around here, but it is a beautiful day for scrapping. I just opened my April Let Me Go Kit with add on kit and it is AWESOME! I can't wait to get started. And omgosh, look at the stamp sets with these.

Here are the full kit reveals so you can pick one out. Visit Scraptastic HERE to order yours 

Which is your fave?


(sold out!)

There are so many elements in this kit that I love.  The black+white is awesome and I love the repeating elements.  The star of this kit has to be the alphabet stamp set, designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer.


a beautiful kit to play with on a sunny spring day, right?




Look at all the fun goodies! I love these colors for travel because they actually are in my photos and just look at that little cork bicycle!



Friday, March 28, 2014

March Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic

Its the last Thursday of the month, time for the March Sketchy Thursday challenge on the Scraptastic Club Blog. Check it out HERE for a chance at a gift certificate! I used the March It's My Life kit and Add on kit for my layout.  I love this sketch for versatility. I added a photo and changed an element but pretty much followed it exactly. You just have to see what the rest of the Design Team did because the pages are all so different but they are all great. This kit turned out to be exactly what I needed for my photos - just awesome real colors and embellishments to play with.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

April Scraptastic Sneak Peeks!

There's a new extra fun new embellishment in the Scraptastic Club kits starting in the month of April! Crazy cute cork! Check out these sneaks - which one will you choose?

I had a really hard time deciding but in the end I chose to get the Let Me Go kit, Add on and stamp set.  

April 2014 This Life Noted Kit

(Only just a few left, do not delay!) I mean seriously that camera is just calling my name.

Let Me Go

See, isn't that a great kit! I cant even stand how cute that little bicycle is! I think these colors are going to be so much fun to work with.

Worth Wondering - oh, I was so close to getting this one because it looked so fresh and springy, but I just couldn't resist the Let Me Go kit.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2 Layouts with the March Scraptastic kit

Today is my blog post for Scraptastic Blog and I wanted to share how much fun I am having with the March It's My Life kit, Add on Kit, and It's my Life Stamp Set!  This is a very versatile kit and you have to love all the camera and photo elements, but today I am focusing on the stamps because they sort of inspired my pages. I even used some really not so great photos that I like but they just aren't that clear.

So check out the awesometastic It's My Life Stamp set!  
Scraptastic Club's It's My Life Stamp Set
For my first layout I chose to pull out a photo that is very blurry because it's a screenshot taken from a video that my husband shot. I lost most of my photos from the first day of our Disney trip and I really wanted to pull a few photos out of the video. Since there are rarely photos of me, I grabbed this shot that seemed to completely capture ME. I say use those bad photos! What a perfect time to use that "This photo says it all" stamp. Just direct to paper with black ink mixed in with other elements on the page. I added a couple of stars for fun too.

One of my favorite things to do is to make a confetti pocket with the tiny glassine envelopes that the flair comes in.

For my second layout I found a couple of photos that I had instagrammed. Now I really do not like the way the tiny bad quality lenses in phones take photos and tend to distort faces, but its just so much fun to take photos, use filters, and share on instagram, right? So there are always going to be phone photos that I want to scrap. This stamp set basically gave me permission to use some of those less than stellar photos.

For the stamped element at the top of the page I stamped the word bubble in navy and then stamped "insta-fave" in black and cut it out. For the stamped image at the bottom of the page, I stamped the date grid with navy and then added the "instagrammed" word and Filter check box stamp in black. To give it a bit of depth, I stamped the world icon lightly, by stamping a bit of the black ink off on a scrap of paper before stamping on this piece.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Finally using my stash again

I know I started out the year saying that I would be using my stash, but somehow I am not keeping on track for my goal of 50 layouts for this year. The best way I know of using my stash is to do challenges. I decided to play along with the Birds of a Feather March Tweet Sketch HERE. My good friend, Kristin, designed the sketch and I had so much fun playing along! That spot for the title inspired my whole page. I used Crate Paper papers and cut my title from white cardstock.

So check out all the details of this challenge HERE for a chance at the randomly drawn prize at the end of the month. 

Sunday, March 02, 2014

My new camera *March Scraptastic Club kit

First I have to say that I LOVE my new camera! Its the smallest lightest DSLR - the Canon SL1. It's got a silent focus and the coolest touch screen ever!  I haven't really learned alot about it yet, but right out of the box it was so great that I haven't had to really try all that hard. I took a photo of it with my old canon and decided it needed to be a layout.

I used the March "It's My Life" kit, add on kit and stamp set from Scraptastic.  This kit is just full of camera and photo themed goodies.

I have added a couple of star sequins in black and attached with a staple.

Look at these super cool "It's My Life" stamps!

 Scraptastic Club's It's My Life Stamp Set

I stamped the meter on a rectangle of vellum and heat embossed with black sparkly embossing powder, then used it under my photo. I also stamped the arrow stamp with the heart circle  on vellum and used the same embossing powder, then cut it out.

 For a nice banner I cut a triangle border strip and then cut fringe up to about 1/8" from the straight edge, this allows you to bend the border easily for a swag shape. After doing this I decided to machine straight stitch along the upper edge but honestly, it would have been much smarter to stitch before cutting the triangles and fringe.

March "It's My Life" Scraptastic Club kit

Its the beginning of the month and time to share the reveal of the awesome kits from Scraptastic! I got the It's my life kit, add on and the stamps. Seriously fun stuff and in my next post I will share my first layout. :) I just love all the camera and photo goodies in this kit because you can use them with any photos and the colors are fantastic.

CLICK HERE to see all the kit details at Scraptastic
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It's My Life Kit

With all of the October Afternoon, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Kaitlin Sheaffer, Bazzill and Bella Blvd how can you possibly go wrong?  There's definitely something for everyone here in this kit.  You can turn all of these fun colors and camera accents to a fun page or card.

It's My Life Add-On

All of the bright colors and basic shapes will probably make you want to get to creating.  So many fun papers and embellishments from Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Elle's Studio, October Afternoon, Studio Calico and Bazzill.  Plus, did you notice that are two amazing alphabet stamps in this kit?  I have a feeling that this kit is going to stretch very far!

It's My Life Stamp Set

It doesn't matter or not if you make pocket pages.  These stamps are really fun and perfect for a variety of different projects.

Lost in My Mind Kit

These colors are swoon worthy!  I cannot wait to break into this kit and scrap every and anything.  Don't let the pink scare you away if you think this kit is feminine as there are so many options with B sides. The kit  includes products from Webster's Pages, Bella Blvd, Amy Tangerine, Jillibean Soup and Basic Grey.

Lost in My Mind Add-On

This kit is jam packed and just fun!  There are wonderful script elements and whimsical embellishments.  You will not be disappointed in the products from Webster's Pages, Glitz Design, Amy Tangerine, Freckled Fawn, American Crafts and Elle's Studio.

Lost in My Mind Stamp Set