Wednesday, March 27, 2013

3-27-13 Sketch

Yes, I have another sketch over at Let's Scrap!  This is the last of the "non-winning" sketches from the design contest held last Fall.  I submitted three new sketches for the February contest, and am anxiously awaiting results.

This nine-photo sketch was designed for the very popular instagram photos that print square.  Due to it's grid-shaped design, this sketch could easily be adapted to hold an additional seven photos.  All of the square shapes are merely "holders" for any other object, be it a piece of patterned paper, more journaling space or room for lots more embellishments.

Here is my take on the sketch and it mimics the sketch exactly.
Happy Easter
Noteworthy techniques:
  • I used one of my very favorite Power Palettes from Creative Memories.  I absolutely love the bright happy colors!
  • I'm sure everyone has run out of an alphabet letter a time or two.  I needed two E's for my title and only had one left.  I simply cut the letter outline from the packaging (still with the adhesive backside) and mounted it on a scrap of the matching green paper.  Then I cut around the entire shape leaving a white border.  
  • I really loved the distressed edging of the paper and wanted it to be the background for the entire layout so I eliminated the extra layer of cardstock under the photos.
  • The paper flowers all have a pop dot under each of them to give added dimension.
  • The beautiful embossed tags come exactly as shown with layered textures and embossed flowers.
  • The subtitle banner was made using a banner punch from paper scraps.
Take a closer look:
Products I used:
  • Patterned Paper, embellished tags, stickers, journal box, and paper flowers:  Creative Memories "Simply Beautiful" Power Palette
  • Pop Dots:  Creative Memories
  • Alphas:  Creative Memories Swirly Monograms and mini Swirly ABC's
  • Hologram Flower Centers:  Sticko
  • Dot border: Doodlebug Paper Frills Cupcake
I hope you find something here that inspires your next layout.  Oh, and if you have not tried microwave "Peep S'mores" ...
what are you waiting for??????????  They are delish!
I wish you and your family a very blessed Easter Sunday.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Card Swap

It is merely a COINCIDENCE that last month's card swap was for baby cards!  I swear.  But, I am so thankful that it was.  I'm all set.

For my "Oh Baby, Baby" cards, I really wanted to create a onesie with punches, but time got away from me; and oh yes, I have a new Silhouette Cameo machine that works wonders!  So, I downloaded and cut this shape from the Silhouette store.  I was able to cut two cards at a time (love the new 12" x 12" cutting format!) and came up with these:

I needed 12 cards (yes...a BIG swap) and decided to give the gals a choice, so four were for a girl, four were for a boy, and four were gender neutral. I loved them all, but truly the boy cards and the striped/green cards were the best because the printed cardstock had a white backside (which becomes the inside of the card after folding).   

The "baby" was cut separately.  I love that I can cut 8 at a time with the Cameo!

Here they are fully assembled...ta da!

The "Oh Baby" is from a new Stampin' Up set and it was stamped onto white cardstock and punched with a 1" circle punch and adhered to the card front with pop dots.  The faux stitching was painstakingly added with matching markers (all paper, ink, and markers are also from Stampin' Up).

What did I get in return you ask?  Feast your eyes on these:

Aren't they cute?