Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Springtime cards & Echo Park DT Blog Hop Winner

I have a little Springtime card set to share using the Echo Park Paper Neapolitan Stripes and Dots Collection. I just thought they looked like sherbet and had to make pinwheels :) I have seen many templates for pinwheels but I just loved the curved edges of this one from AllSorts blog. I wanted to make some little envelopes as well since these are an odd size and these dots and stripes papers are great envelopes with the two different patterns on either side but still having the same color, and really that's why they make great pinwheels too. Have you tried to make pinwheels for your kids, for cards, or layouts? it's so fun and easy, give it a try!


And now for the exciting announcement of the Echo Park Design Team Blog hop for February! I used a random generator since we had such a great turn out this month and the number chosen was 129 and that is FRANK!

 Blogger Frank said...
Awesome layout...and of course love the subject matter...and it's great to see more papers for boys...
7:45 AM

CONGRATS FRANK!!! And I totally agree - its great to see more boy papers! Just send me your mailing address and choice of collection kits and Echo Park Paper will get that right out to you! Thanks to everyone who has visited and I hope you come back for more inspiration and giveaways :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

February Echo Park Design Team Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, February 24th to qualify for the drawing. Please leave me a comment with your name included. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, February 25th  so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

 Here are the links so you can start hopping :)

Now for a little inspiration! Don't you just love the little 6x6" paper pads that coordinate with the collections? I like to use them for cards and anything that I am going to punch because the small scale patterns are perfect for smaller pieces. For this layout that I am sharing today, I wanted to make a sort of quilt block background using 1" squares. This is a perfect time to use the Scoot 6x6" paper pad! Scoot is a bright fun collection with some of the cutest stickers! I used several word stickers and stars along with the great alpha stickers.  Do you guys buy the 6x6" paper pads - if so how do you like to use them?

Thanks for visiting my blog guys! Check back often for more inspiration and giveaways :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day! and a winner!

Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day with all your friends and family from Creatively Savvy. Savvy put on a tie for the occasion :) "bow ties are cool"

And NOW for the winner of the DCWV goodies from the Kidlet/Arctic Wishes Giveaway. I had my husband pick a number and he picked 10 so that's MICHELLE!!!! Congrats Michelle! Send me your mailing address and I will get these in the mail tomorrow! Thanks to everyone for visiting my blog - and check back often because there is another giveaway coming VERY soon! ;)

Michelle said...
These cards are so cute Susan!!! Love the Dino's!! My fav stack has to be the Safari Chic!
11:18 PM

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Sunshine and Sequins

I have recently gotten a few of the New DCWV releases and my total fave stack is the My Sunshine Stack. Its great colors that go with my photos and really great designs. Some are glossy or have glossy accents that really nicely done.

I also had a Disney challenge that was about the Hollywood theme so I found a photo of my husband at Disneys Hollywood Studios (was MGM at the time). He was sitting in front of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant while we were waiting for the parade. I had a little recipe card from the Derby that has a recipe for their famous grapefruit cake on the back and I wanted to include it on the page so I made a pocket behind the photo. I also had to play a bit more with that fun cork in the new DCWV 6x6" adhesive Cork stack. I just hand cut chevron/arrow shapes and peeled the backing off - instant cork sticker. I think you guys might get sick of cork showing up on my layouts because this stuff is fun.

Anyway, it's a Hollywood challenge so I figured there must be a bit of glitz, right? Sequins are showing up more in scrapping and since I have a million sequins from my ornament making days and from both of my grandmothers, so I am always wanting to use them. You can just use glue to adhere them, stitch them to the page using a seed bead in the traditional manor, or just stitch right thru them which is my fave way - its faster and you don't have to wait for glue to dry. :) Give it a try sometime.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Kidosaurus Valentines & Giveaway!

Before we talk about the giveaway, ... Don't you just love kids' Valentines! I saw a couple of the papers in the New 6x6" Kidosaurus Stack by DCWV and just had to make Valentines.

The sentiment and dino are all on the page right there waiting to be a card so these were pretty simple. I just cut the dino out and layered it over the background for one. On the other I have cut the sentiment out and attached it inside the card.  Also as promised in yesterday's post I have used the New DCWV 6x6" Adhesive Cork Stack to punch out some little cork hearts and then misted them red.



Now for the fun part - How about a giveaway. Would you like a chance to try out some of the New DCWV specialty papers? I will choose a randomly drawn winner to receive the following: Arctic Wishes Matstack 4.5 x 6.5", the Kidlet Stack 6 x 6", and one sheet of each new specialty 6x6 paper - Cork Stack, Fiber Stack, Fabric Stack, and Corrugate Stack

What is your favorite DCWV Stack that you have used? For a chance to win the goodies above, do these two things, follow my blog and leave me a comment with your answer about your fave stack. I will announce a winner on Valentines Day February 14th. Thanks so much :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Cork Stack fun!

Have you seen the NEW 6x6" adhesive Cork Stack by DCWV? I played with it a little bit today and you are going to be seeing me using more cork for certain. LOL! There are thin cork sheets with an adhesive and it can be cut with the die cutting machines like the Sizzix Big Kick and its dies and that is very cool but even better, you can use punches with it as long as you are sensible and don't try to use an ornate punch. How fun are these!?

And of course you could use acrylic paints to paint them but guess what? You can mist them! I found that they take the more opaque types of mists better. Just look how cute these little red cork hearts are.  CLICK HERE for a couple of Valentines where I use these cork hearts 

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Photo Freedom 2013 page 1

Check it out  - only one month later and I actually have page one done for 2013! LOL! Well, I do not know exactly how often I will do layouts but my first page is sort of the cover page with New Years Eve and day. I use Echo Park Paper's Photo Freedom system for my pocket pages and for this page I used some older papers from the Echo Park Note to Self collection and a couple of stickers from the "Times and Seasons" collection.

I wanted to do some bubbly sequins for the year block but after that I just played with the papers and things til I liked the way it looked. The large pocket is 6x12.5" so you really have to treat it like a layout, and notice I said that it is 12.5" so I like to add a strip to fill that gap, otherwise the panel that you put in there will want to tip to the side and fall out.

Also since I made a pocket for a card behind the photo, I cut a slit with an Xacto knife and that helps to hold the piece right where I want it as well. I have journaled on the back of that little tag.