Thursday, October 23, 2014

Haunted Hollow Decor Tutorial

Hi friends, I had a fun Halloween tutorial up on the American Crafts blog earlier this week that I can't wait to share with you!
I created this simple Halloween decor setup without breaking the bank by using several pieces that I found at the dollar store (chipboard sign, chipboard houses, decorative skulls) and adding in a few items that I already had around the house (apothecary jars, scrapbook supplies) to create a look that is sure to spook

Supplies: Haunted Hallow (368904) - 12x12 Paper Pad, Haunted Hallow (368675) - Die Cut Cardstock Pieces, Halloween (97140) - Star Stickers,  Halloween (97138) - Decorative Tape, Haunted Hallow (368677) - Remarks Cardstock Stickers,  Halloween (97146) - Epoxy Stickers, To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, This To That (368185) - Adhesive Foam Dots, This To That (61754) - .05 Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape, Cut Up (AC64200) - Scissors 5", DIY Shop (366868) - Black Chalkboard Paint, Premium Ribbon (366305) - 24 Pack Basics Hemp Black, We R Memory Keepers (71045) - Brad Setter & Piercing Tool
1. Apply black chalkboard paint to large chipboard sign. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut "Something Wicked" title with Silhouette Studio. Ink edges with chalk ink. Adhere to Chipboard sign and add star stickers. Finish by stringing sign with hemp string.
3. I found these cute little chipboard houses at the dollar store and thought that they would look great with Haunted Hallow papers. Use a ruler and a pencil to measure all sides and top. Cut out papers and adhere with super sticky tape.
4. Embellish houses by adding stickers, decorative tape, and die cuts.
5. Using a manual or electronic die cut machine cut out bats of various sizes and patterns.
6. Use a piercing tool to pierce a hole at the end of each of the bat wings and then string with hemp twine.
7. Finish decor set up by adding label stickers to apothecary jars and bringing in other Halloween items that you have on hand.

thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my spooky tutorial!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Cut Shoppe Design Team

Excited to announce that I will be returning to The Cut Shoppe for a second term!

The Cut Shoppe is a fun etsy store that sells tons of awesome cut files! Here are a few of my favorite files:

and a few of my favorite layouts that I have made this past term using the files:

Congrats to the new team, I'm excited to continue using all the fun cut files!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Faith | The Cut Shoppe

Hi Everyone,

I have been following Shanna Noel in the Illustrated Faith series for awhile now and recently dove in and started creating my own Bible Journaling pages.  I wanted to share one of my completed pages on a new layout using The Cut Shoppe cut files.

I started my layout by using spray mists and watercolors on my background page.  Then I added my photo, and wood veneer pieces.  I used my Silhouette to cut triangles from the Tricky Triangles cut file, and then stitched them onto my layout with my sewing machine. I cut my title from white cardstock paper and then added watercolors to the bottom half before adhering down.  I finished my layout by adding my journaling and a strip of washi tape. 

I had so much fun using the All Tied Up Alpha on my page and I love the way it looks with a little pop of color.

Supplies:  All Tied Up Alpha, Tricky Triangles:  The Cut Shoppe; 
Patterned Paper,  Wood Veneer pieces, washi tape: Ashley Goldberg for Studio Calico; Color Theory Spray Mists: Studio Calico; Other: Sewing machine, thread, watercolors

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Adventure with American Crafts

Hi everyone,

Last week was wood veneer week on the American Crafts blog, and I have a fun layout to share with you using wood veneer pieces.

I have a large collection of American Crafts wood veneer pieces.  They are so versatile, and make a great compliment to any project.

supplies: Cardstock (AM710-81) - White, Shimelle (368151) - Baxter, Shimelle (368145) - Herschel, Shimelle (368165) - Layered Chipboard Stickers, Shimelle (368175) - Wood Veneer, Shimelle (368173) - Ephemera Die Cut Pieces, Shimelle (368172) - Page Overlays, Brighton Pier (332233) - Gold Stars Vellum, Classic Calico 2 (CC2-WV3-31051) - Hearts & Arrows Wood Veneer Shapes, Classic Calico 2 (CC2-WV3-31052) - Tiny Stars, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, Precision Pen (PP03-62311) - .03 Black

How to: Using watercolors and a water brush paint circles onto background paper.  Punch several pieces of pattern paper and vellum paper (various shapes and sizes) and adhere to background paper in a sporadic pattern.  Use a circle punch to cut out photo and adhere down to left side of layout.  Lay overlay on top of page and stitch down using a sewing machine and black thread.  Add Ephemera die cut pieces and stitch down.  Use sewing machine to stitch journal lines in bottom right hand corner.  Use precision pen to add journaling.  Finish layout by adhering wood veneer pieces and layered chipboard sticker.

I hope you enjoyed my layout using wood veneer pieces!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scrapbook Circle | Pumpkin Patch Fun

Hi Everyone!  I have a fun layout to share today for Scrapbook Circle.  This layout is one of my favorite pages that I created with the  October On This Day kit.  Recently, I saw this fun triangle background in the Silhouette store and I couldn't wait to use it on my page.  It is one large triangle made out of 9 smaller triangles. To create this background I cut each piece one at a time, using different pieces of pattern paper from the main kit.  A few of the papers are from the two add on kits this month Right Now and Good Times.

Once, my triangles were adhered down I used my sewing machine to stitch several of them in place.  Then added my photo and embellishments.   I fell in love with the Elle's Studio Sycamore Happy paper as soon as I saw it.  I love all the scattered confetti pieces throughout.  I played off of the "scattered confetti" idea and placed numbers (from the Chickaniddy die cut pack, included in the Good Times add on) sporadically across my page. Those numbers are the cutest and I really love the effect!

The Pinkfresh Wood Drop Stickers and Elle's Studio Sycamore Lane Cork Set (included in the main kit) added texture and visual interest to my page.

The colors and papers in this kit were perfect for helping me document a trip to the pumpkin patch with my family.  If you haven't already picked up an October kit, hurry and get them while supplies last.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Have a great day!

Friday, October 3, 2014

30 Minute Cards with American Crafts

Hi There,

I hope you are all having an amazing week so far!  So glad that it is Friday!  I had a couple of easy cards go up on the American Crafts Blog yesterday, for Made in under 30 minutes week.  

The layered stickers and ephemera pieces in the Shimelle collection, helped to create these quick and easy simple cards in under 30 minutes.

Supplies: DIY Shop (DIY - C 66659) - Kraft Cards With White Envelopes, Cardstock (AM710-81) - White,  Shimelle (368158) - Dowdy, Shimelle (368155) - Swanson, Shimelle (368165) - Layered Chipboard Stickers, Shimelle (368178) - Embossing Folder, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

How To: Trim Dowdy paper to 4x6 and adhere to card face.  Trim white cardstock and emboss with embossing folder and die machine.  Adhere to center of card.  Trim a card from Swanson paper and adhere to center of card.  Adhere "Lovely" chipboard sticker to card center.  Finish by adhering photo corner chipboard stickers to ends of cards.

Supplies: DIY Shop (DIY - C 66659) - Kraft Cards With White Envelopes, Cardstock (AM710-81) - White,  Shimelle (368142) - Hall, Shimelle (368151) - Baxter, Shimelle (368173) - Ephemera Die Cuts,  Shimelle (368178) - Embossing Folder, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, This To That (368185) - Adhesive Foam Dots

How To: Trim Hall paper to 4x6 and adhere to card face.  Trim white cardstock and emboss with embossing folder and die machine.  Adhere to center of card.  Using a circle punch punch out circles from Baxter paper.  Adhere punched circles to card face in a scattered fashion.  Finish by applying adhesive foam dots to ephemera tag and adhere to center of card.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy 30 minute cards!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspired by....

Hi friends,
I have a layout that was on the American Crafts Blog this past week that I would love to share with you.
Pinterest is my go to source for inspiration.  Using stamps and watercolors I recreated a fun background I found on Pinterest.

My source of inspiration:

Watercolor quilt
Pin URL:

Run Dog Run
Supplies: Cardstock (AM710-81) - 12x12 White,  Cardstock (AM710-78) - 12x12 Ash, Plus One (366856) - Accompany Stamp Set, DIY (53335) Shoebox Thickers, Remarks (42482) - JFK Sticker Book, Shimelle (368173) - Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts, Shimelle (368145) - Herschel Paper, Shimelle (368170) -Date/Month/Year Roller Date Stamp, Knockouts (KOP63102) - Star Punch 1.5", Lucky Charm (42391) - Trinkets & Phrases/MultiChip Thickers, Mister Huey's (SC1-001) - Misting Spray Opaque White, Adhesive (AM617-13) - This To That Dispenser

how to:
Splatter white spray ink onto Ash cardstock.  Set aside to dry.  Stamp XO stamp onto white cardstock (13 times) using black dye ink, and fussy cut around the edges.  Use watercolors to color the inside of the stamped image.  Adhere 4x6 photo to bottom right hand side of layout.  Stamp chevron stamp onto left and right side of photo (make sure it overlaps onto Ash Cardstock) using white dye ink.  Use Knockouts star punch to punch a star on the top right hand side of page.  Adhere negative (from punched star) and adhere it just below.  Trim strips from Shimelle die cuts and adhere to top right hand side of page (just underneath star punch).  Use a sewing machine to stitch strips down with black thread.  Use watercolor paints to paint DIY thickers with yellow and white paint.  Adhere to page just above photo spelling out the words 'run' and 'run'.  Use small black stickers to spell out the word 'dog' in the title.  Use sewing machine to stitch black journaling lines on bottom left hand side of page.  Use a white pen to add journaling.  Stamp date stamp onto bottom left hand side of page (just under journaling).  Finish by adhering enamel dots and chevron multi chip thickers.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back later this week with more fun projects!