Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time for Graduation Cards

This is the time of year we all think about graduation and it is a good idea to have a couple of cards in the house.  I designed a super simple CAS (Clean And Simple) card that is going to be really easy for me to reproduce.

The washi tape I used on this project can be found in the Love My Tapes Etsy store:

The Mix & Match die set from Momenta has 2 different size stars with 2 different inserts.
I used the large size to cut and emboss gold metallic cardstock and placed it by the stamped sentiment.


I cut and embossed 2 of the smaller size stars and popped one of them up to add a little dimension.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for CAS Graduation Card:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Awesome Adventure Layout with Paper House

School is almost out!  Have you already planned your summer vacation adventures?

Today I am sharing a layout from a trip the family took a few years ago. Many of you know that every summer I pile my kids into the car and drive down to visit my family in Florida.  Well, every year we drove right past the signs directing us to Natural Bridge in Virginia.  We finally decided to check it out and it was well worth the time!

Paper House has a great selection of papers and stickers for any of your adventures in The Great Outdoors! I actually started by creating a tag as the main embellishment for the page.  I have done this before in a layout I shared back in November.  You can see the details HERE.  The process is basically the same, I just switched up some of the details and came up with this tag:

For the background of the layout I reached for The Great Outdoors 12" Paper Pad from Paper House. It has 24 different paper designs to choose from and several of them are specialty papers with foil or glitter.  It really has something for every kind of outdoor adventure!  The paper I chose for this layout is of a sun speckled path through the woods and has glitter on the fern fronds along the edges.  It really is gorgeous!

I trimmed off about 1/8" from each edge and centered the paper onto an olive green cardstock.  I added my tag and a double matted photo...

...which I then dressed up with one of the new SnapShots stickers!

The chipboard title from Want2Scrap is the perfect finishing touch.  I left it completely bare and it looks great with the outdoorsy feel of the layout!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Awesome Adventure Layout:

Supplies for The Great OutdoorsTag:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tulips in 20 Minutes!

Tulips are my favorite flower so I was really excited when I found out about a local farm celebrating "Holland in Haymarket."  Burnside Farms plants more than 5 acres of spring flowers in one of the largest "pick your own" flower events in the entire world!  The best news is that it is only 20 minutes from my house!

The layout was super easy!  In addition to the pictures I took that day, I added a couple of the new SnapShot stickers from Paper House.
I looked through my Love My Tapes washi  collection and found the perfect tapes to match colors from the photos.  I love wood bits so I added some chevrons below the title.
I also used colorful strips of rhinestones from Want2Scrap in a few places - I just love pairing them with washi tape!
I actually created the patterned paper in the background with inks and a couple of stencils, but I will share that with you another time.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie

Supplies for Tulip Time Layout:

Other: Cardstock, flower, edge punch, inks, stencils, alpha

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Home Dec with Washi Tape

Today I am sharing a home dec project I created for Love My Tapes.  Washi Tape is a quick and easy way to customize just about anything.  Altering this night light took about 5 minutes!

 The tapes I used on this project can be found on the Love My Tapes Etsy store:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Night Light Supplies:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Want2Scrap A Day at the Zoo?

I visited the Miami Zoo one day last summer with family and the one thing these pictures do NOT show is how hot and muggy it was!  Florida in July - what was I thinking?!

Just kidding - I do it every year, but this was my first visit to the Miami Zoo and Want2Scrap and Paper House made it easy to scrap!

I used a 6x6 overlay from Want2Scrap to create a title area - the laser cut detail is amazing!  The opening is perfectly sized to hold a 4x6 photo.  I added a couple of pieces of Beautiful Bling Borders -Mardi Gras bling from Want2Scrap on each side of the title.  The cardstock chimp and koala stickers are from Paper House.  

Paper House also has this cool Africa Map collage paper featuring a large image of a giraffe.  I trimmed it down to 11.5" square and centered it on some black cardstock.

The Zoo Cardstock Stickers were perfect accents for this layout!  I popped them up with foam dots for a little dimension.
To tie everything back to the overlay, I matted all the pics on black cardstock.  I love this one of my daughter and her cousin posing in one of those silly photo ops in the park!
The border strip across the bottom is also from the cardstock sticker sheet.  I cut and pieced it so it would fit on the page.  If you look closely, you can see where I did it - after the "Bears" and before the arrow to the "Reptiles."

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for Day at the Zoo Overlay Layout:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Greetings from the USS Trutta!

Today I am sharing a layout I created with pictures from my father's time in Guam in 1945.  He served on the USS Trutta during WWII.

The photos are all black and white so I added some pops of color with my favorite new embellishment from Paper House - SnapShot stickers! The tropical beach and compass on a map really help set the scene.

The sun is from the new Cork'd stickers by Paper House and it really brightens up the layout.  I used another SnapShot sticker- this one with a camera - to highlight these photos he had taken of a native of Guam and another of his submarine buddies.

I also added some color with a couple of strategically positioned strips of washi tape:

Paper House also has some wonderful 3D stickers - I used a palm tree and a set of dog tags right smack in the center of the photo collage!

And there is my dad - my hero!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope  you find some time to play today!  Susie

Paper House Supplies for  WWII Navy Layout:

·         Paper House Endless Summer Paper Pad
·         Paper House Endless Summer Snapshot Sticker
·         Paper House Explore Snapshot Sticker
·         Paper House Sunshine Cork Sticker
·         Paper House Owls Cork Sticker
·         Paper House Military Life 3D Sticker
·         Paper House Florida 3D sticker

Other Supplies:
·         Love My Tapes washi tape
·          Alpha stickers, tags

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cute CAS Cards

Time to dig through your stamp stash and create some cute CAS cards!  We buy sentiment stamps because we love them, right?  I confess that I kind of have a thing for "definition" stamps and I had not actually used these before now.  So sad!  But look - combining them with ready made images and strips of washi  can help you quickly stockpile some very cute all occasion cards!

These Clean And Simple cards require a bit more work than the set I shared last week - but not much!  

The tapes I used for these cards can be found in the Love My Tapes Etsy shop:
Clouds with Love, Red and White, Wood washi tapes
On the first card I started with a double row of coordinating Love My Tapes washi tape along the bottom.  I used a stamped sentiment, added a red rhinestone heart from Want2Scrap and a Snapshot Sticker from Paper House before adhering it to the black cardstock base.

Here's a close up.  The heart in the kitty's thought bubble actually used to be more pink.  I colored it with a red marker to make it coordinate with the tapes I wanted to use.  Cute and simple!

For the second card I used several layers of cardstock, choosing the colors of the cardstock and the washi tape to coordinate with the focal image - this one is for dog lovers!

Here's a closeup of the wood grain tape I used.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for CAS cards: