Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pretty Little Studio News! :)

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone's weekend has been good so far!  It's been a bit crazy here with fires and wind and making sure my family is safe with the bad storm that went thru Ohio last night.  But everyone is safe and sound, so I am happy.  :)

I woke up to some happy news this morning!  Did you see the Pretty Little Studio annoucement?  If you missed it, here it is!

I can't believe my name is on this list!  If you have followed me for awhile, you know that I love PLS stuff!  It is so fun and whimsical!  I always enjoy creating with it!

I thought I'd share some of my favorite PLS projects that I've created the past few months.  I can't wait to get my hands on more!

If you have never checked out their product, click HERE!

That's all!  Gotta get back to creating CHA projects!  :)  As always, thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate it!


Friday, June 29, 2012

CSI Case File #26 - Queen of his heart

Yay, it's Friday, and that means reveal day over at CSI

Are you sitting down?  Are you ready for this totally awesome Case File?  Grab your favorite drink and move in close to your computer we go!

And the lovely Case File coordinates..

My evidence includes the following:
1.  Use scallops (the scalloped edge of the doily)
2.  Use metal (metal crown and metal frame)
3.  Use flowers ('nuff said)
4.  Add icing (I used modeling paste with a stencil to create faux icing on my background)
5.  Use a crown accent (see number 2)
6.  Use a cage (I formed a cage like design element with my flowers on the bottom, and the doily on the top.  Both elements 'enclose' the photos)
7.  Use something translucent/transparent as inspired by the window (I used a metal frame as a window to appear as if you are looking in from the outside)

Whew!  My first ever - I used ALL of the evidence for my layout and I LOVE it!!  :)

Before I share my layout, here are some close-up peeks....

For my testimony, I used the prompt of 'Queen of....'

And the complete layout...

Stop on by CSI and check out what the DT and Guest Designers created!  It will knock your socks off!

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderfully crafty weekend!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Use those 6x6 pads of paper!!

Hello, Hello!

Last week, this layout was shared over on the MME blog. Stephanie challenged the DT to create layouts using paper from the 6x6 pads.  Typically, 6x6 pads are used by card makers, but these mini versions of the 12x12 paper are perfect for layouts too.

I created a 8.5 x 11 using the 6x6 pad from the Indie Chic Ginger collection. 

The many reasons I love using 6x6 pads include: 1) the smaller overall pattern on the paper, 2) you don't feel guilty for cutting a small piece of paper from a 12x12 page when using a 6x6 piece, 3) you can keep the entire 12x12 paper for the background of your layout.

For my layout, I wanted to create a quilt like pattern for my background. I cut random sized squares and adhered them to my background sheet. I added some decorative tape framing each square and stitched the entire background, resembling a quilt.

I then used each square as a mini canvas, adding embellishments, layered stickers, banners, and my title.

This grid design is a design I go back to frequently, as it is so versatile to your photo and product choice, and it just looks great!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  It is always appreciated!  Have a fantastic Tuesday!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Clowns + Washi = Super Cute Card

Happy Monday!  Today, I'm up over at Love My Tapes with a cute and quick little birthday card.  I never used to 'like' making cards, but there is something gratifying about being able to start and finish a project with an hour. 

I used 2 of my favorite LMT washi tapes for this card, Red Diamond and Green Argyle. 

The inspiration for this card started with a scrap, punched circle, left over from another project.  Using several strips of Red Diamond washi on the circle, and several strips of Green Argyle on another scrap of cardstock, I punched two stars.  The green one is being used on this card, and the red one was saved for a future project.

I layered 2 more strips of the Green Argyle behind the green patterned paper and stitched in place.  So fast and super easy.

Isn't that clown just so cute?  The green paper and clown die cut are from Pretty Little Studio - The die cuts from PLS are the BEST!  They are perfect for cards, layouts, and fun little projects.

That is all for today!  I hope you enjoyed this super easy and quick card!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MME love.....

Happy Tuesday!  Today, I'd like to share a couple of layouts I created for MME, but haven't had a chance to share them here. 

The first layout was featured on the CK Blog a couple of weeks ago.  CK asked the MME DT to interpret this sketch from the May/June 2012 issue.

I created a one page layout, using multiple inspiration from both pages of the sketch.

      From the right side of the sketch:
  • photos (one large horizontal and two smaller vertical)
  • two circle elements (two brad flowers)
  • large top “banner” element (zigzag cut paper)
From the left side:
  • large vertical element (blue patterned paper block)
  • square element (tan patterned paper block)
  • title (Bangkok subtitle)
  • smaller bottom “banner” element (pennant garland)

I used the lovely Indie Chic Nutmeg collection for this layout.

If you get a few minutes, you should check out how Jana and Danni interpreted the sketch

My next share is my take on the June MME blog sketch.  Anam created another awesome sketch for us to play with this month. 

I really 'expanded' the sketch idea, and used one of my favorite MME collections, Indie Chic Ginger. The colors and design of this collection is so perfect for many types of layouts, and to add more interest, I used the stamp from the collection to add my own personal touch.

Using the solid background of 'Relax' I created my own unique stamped design, using a lovely shade of pink distress ink that matched the pink in this collection perfectly.

I clustered several regular and chipboard buttons on the right side, and used a wooden title for my left cluster. **Special tip - the wood color didn't match my color palette as well as I liked, so I changed the color with white distress stain!**

I made a small banner for under the photo, and created a cute 'decorative tape banner' using an industrial sized safety pin, decorative tape, and twine.

Supplies: Indie Chic-Ginger:Brocade patterned paper,Bejewel patterned paper,Stripes patterned paper,Mellow patterned paper,Relax patterned paper,twine,stickers,layered chipboard stickers,tape,decorative buttons,wood label,stamps;Misc-chipboard title (Creating Keepsakes),safety pin,EK Success punch,inks,paint,spray mist,adhesive,pen,sewing machine and thread

That is all I have to share today. I hope you enjoyed my layouts and get a chance to play with some of your own MME product.  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Your time and comments are always appreciated.


Monday, June 18, 2012

A little washi tape love and little dog kisses...

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to spend some quality time with family and friends! 

I am up today over at Love My Tapes, with my very first blog post and share.  And of course I had to share a layout featuring my little baby Flikka! 


I used several of my favorite LMT washi tapes on this layout, Blue Washi Tape #001, Red Diamond, and With Love.

I love to layer several colors and design of washi tape.  It is probably my favorite technique using tape.  It is so easy and simple, yet adds so much interest and dimension to a project.

The Blue washi tape is great for a subtle hint of color. The Red Diamond is great for a splash of color. And the With Love tape is so perfect for adding a little sentiment or word.

My paper and embellishment selection is from Crate Paper new "Story Teller collection.  Looks great with the washi, doesn't it?

I hope you enjoyed my quick share today!  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, June 15, 2012

CSI Case File #24 - Third Times a Charm...

Happy, Happy, Friday!

It is reveal day over at CSI - Major Woo Hoo!  And this is a reveal you DO NOT want to miss!  It is so incredible and amazing!

Let's get to it, shall we?

(not sure where Debbi finds these inspiration photos- but isn't this one A - MA - Z - ING!!)

And the coordinates for the challenge.

My evidence includes:
1.  Use silver accents - I used silver resin flowers and staples.
2.  Use lace - I used lace doilies.
3.  Sparkly things - I sprayed the white cardstock with silver glimmer mist - it almost doesn't look real.
4.  Add shimmer - see number 3.  :)
5.  Use red paint - I painted the chipboard 'love' with red paint.
6.  Use circles - I used doilies.

My testimony was inspired by the number '3' in the journaling prompts.  Hence, 'third' times a charm.  My journaling is rather extensive, therefore it is included on the back of my layout.  It reads...

Third time's a charm...this is such a commonly used saying, but what does it really mean?  I searched the internet looking for the origin of the saying, and came across this...(source
The belief that the third time something is attempted is more likely to succeed than the previous two attempts. It is also used as a good luck charm - spoken just before trying something for the third time.
The first citation I can find for it is in The Weekly Sentinel, June 1912. This is in a rather snooty court report about a Mrs. Martha Carliss, who had been twice married previously:

"That Mrs. Martha Carliss evidently believes in peace and happiness in wedlock and that she probably thinks third time's a charm is shown by the fact that she was granted a license today to marry Andrew W. Mowery."

This was rather interesting to me, since I created this layout with a hidden meaning of love and marriage.  If you read my journaling from CSI Case File #19, I shared a 'Dear Diary' post about failed love and marriage and how I am stronger today than yesterday.  In reading that post, I shared how I have been married twice and I am hopeful for the future and that I will find love once again.  I can hope that saying, "Third time's a charm' is a good luck charm for me.  My fingers and toes crossed! (It doesn't hurt, right?)

This layout is much simpler than my usual layouts, but using the color palette in this way, it really kept the focus on the true meaning of the layout - LOVE.

Hop on over to CSI and check out the other amazing DT layouts!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Have a great weekend and thank you for taking the time to stop by!  It means a lot to me.  :)