Saturday, January 2, 2016

Ring In the New Year!

Hello and welcome to another fun blog hop! Today I'm ringing in the new year with a great group of crafters - the entire lineup is posted below, so be sure to visit everyone for some inspiration.

If you've been here before, you may know that I mostly scrapbook in two-page layouts, which sometimes leaves me struggling for leading and end pages for each year's album. So this hop inspired me to plan ahead for a change, and I made this layout for New Year's Eve before I even took the pictures.

I went with a simple layout, using a sketch pattern from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 from Close To My Heart. The three spaces will each hold a 3x3 photo. I used that size so I can add more than 3 photos if I need to using some Flip Flaps

I cut the champagne flutes from vellum using the Cricut Artistry cartridge, and the champagne is cut from the same pattern paper I used for the photo mats. I added a gold puffy sticker for the "clink".

For my title, I used a coordinating sticker from the kit for Celebrate. Then I cut New Year's Eve with Artistry, again using that same pattern paper to tie everything together.

I cut a journaling card from one of the sheets in the kit and rounded the top corners so it would match the chipboard phrase I wanted to use. I adhered it right at the bottom edge of the page to ground it, then added the chipboard and a gold puffy sticker.

Thanks so much for checking out my project! If you're interested in any of the products I used, I have a photo shopping list at the bottom of the post linking to my website. But be sure to continue the hop and visit all of these inspiring blogs today!

1. Lisa ~
2. Kim ~
3. Holli~
4. Miranda ~
5. Connie-
6. Barbara-
7. Lori -  <<<<>>>>
8. Lisa F ~
9. Sarah ~
10. Rhonda ~

Products used in this project:
Charlotte Paper Pack
Charlotte Complements
Treasured Puffies
Artistry Cricut Cartridge Collection

Friday, January 1, 2016

Beloved Bouquet Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our first blog hop of 2016! If you've arrived here from Maureen O'Sullivan's Something To Scrap About blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place.

This month's gorgeous stamp of the month set is Beloved Bouquet, a set of 14 image and phrase stamps. Now, I know a couple of the phrases are Valentine-y, but don't limit yourself because of that. Here's what I did:

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I combined this stamp set with items from the La Vie En Rose collection - perfect for a more formal look for my concert pictures. I added kraft pieces and plastic die-cuts from the Complements pack, some gold foil tape, and a few white Enamel Gems from the Grey pack. I used a sketch pattern from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 to create my layout.

You may notice that my flowers do not look flat like you might expect from a stamped image. I have an easy technique I use to give flowers dimension, so I thought I would share it with you.

 Start with a cut out image and the foam pad that comes in the stamp set.

Place the image face down on the foam pad.

Use an embossing tool to rub in a circular motion over the image, starting large and moving in to the center. Start with a lighter touch and gradually add pressure to create a domed shape, being careful not to press so hard that you tear the cardstock.

A completed flower! Adhere them to your project using 3-D Foam Tape to keep the shape.

Thanks for checking out my project! If you'd like to shop, the photo list below contains links that open in a new window so you don't lose your place in the hop. When you're ready to move along, we'll hop over to Jen Rubio's blog to see her inspiration for us this month. 

January Stamp of the Month
La Vie En Rose Paper Pack
La Vie En Rose Complements

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit
3-D Foam Tape
Gold Foil Tape
Grey Enamel Gems

Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1

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