Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dream Big with Quick Quotes and Want2Scrap!

Quick Quotes and Want2Scrap have teamed up for the month of September!  Check out how well their products compliment each other in this project!

 I recently purchased some of the Julie Nutting Mixed Media Dolls and wanted to create with them!!  I decided to make a tag that I could use as an embellishment on a scrapbook page.  The colors in the Dream Big collection from Quick Quotes were a match for my daughter's school picture!  Perfect starting point!

I began by tracing a tag from my stash onto Dream Big 400 so that the stripes ran diagonally.

Next I reached for the Chevron Stencil from Want2Scrap and the Carribean Blue PowderPuff Chalking Ink. I shifted the stencil after the first application of ink so that the pattern lined up to create a diamond lattice when I inked a second time.
 I used a black pen to trace in some of those lines to highlight the shapes. I cut circles from the Dream Big 100 paper and trimmed it to match the edge of the tag - except for the one circle I left on the upper right!

I paper pieced the doll by stamping her on multiple papers:  the main body is Dusty Road 400, the dress is Dream Big, and the sash and tiara are from Calypso 200.

I used Java Powderpuff Chalking Ink for her hair and created the band of jewels with the Want2Scrap 72 Count Orange Rhinestones.

I added a sentiment from the Sheer Joy Chipboard Die Cuts and dressed up one of the designs on the paper with Want2Scrap 72 CountTurquiose Rhinestones.
I love the 72 Count packages of bling from Want2Scrap because you get 4 different sizes of rhinestones in each pack!

Here's another look at the finished tag.

To create the base of the layout, I started with black cardstock and layerd on the yellow side of  Dream Big 300. I added a doily in the upper left corner of the layout.  Before I adhered it in place, I inked the edge with Carribean Blue and Orange Slice PowderPuff Chalking Inks.  The "Dream Big" banner is from Calypso 500.

The last thing I added was the title...a fun mix of dimensional alphas and little word stickers from my stash!

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:

Want2Scrap Supplies:

Other:  Prima Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll, Doily, Thickers, washi tape, Simple Stories Snap Flair - Icons, MME Tiny Word Stickers, ribbon, cardstock

Thursday, September 11, 2014

US Army Bronze Star with Paper House

Today I thought it would be appropriate to share a layout I created honoring someone who has served our country:

I *love* the new military collections from Paper House Productions!  The Army collection was perfect for me to create this layout for a friend, honoring her husband's Bronze Star.  It is a very simple page.  The hardest part was matching the yellow paint for the stamped words across the bottom!  I wish I could tell you a name so you could go out and buy it, but I mixed together 3 different colors until I decided I had the right shade.
Below are some detail shots:

Paper House Products:

Other:  Acrylic Paint, Alpha Stamps, tag

"A Little Bird" Birthday Card with Die-Namites Dies!

Very excited because today is my first day up on the Die-Namites blog!

Head on over for a tutorial on creating this sweet little birthday card!  HERE

Pine Wreath Die
Spring Egg Scene

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Customized Gift Bag Ensemble from Quick Quotes and Want2Scrap

Hello crafters!  Today I would like to share an idea to make your gift-giving more beautiful and economical!

I recently attended a baby shower and spent way too much money on the gift bag and card!  It occurred to me that I have tons of scrapbook paper that I bought because I love the colors and designs.  Why not use them to create my own gift ensembles?

I purchased a plain white gift bag at a local craft store for about a dollar.  I covered the front of it with a piece of paper from the Dusty Road collection.  I added a contrasting strip across the top, using an edge punch along the bottom.  I inked the edges with Green With Envy PowderPuff Chalking Ink.
Bag measures 10" x 12.5"
Quick Quotes offers 3" x 4" Quote Cards on bright white cardstock in a variety of themes.  I went through the Sentiments pack and found one with the image of a cute little cupcake.

I used PowderPuff Chalking Inks to water color the image before I trimmed it out.

Quick Quotes also offers cardstock and vellum quotes which are packaged by theme.  I explored the Sentiments Bundle and found a set of journal cards. I trimmed out one and inked the edges with Plum Crazy PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I cut a tag out of Dusty Road paper and layered on all my elements. I started with a "Happy Birthday" vellum from the Sentiments Itty Bitty Vellum Box Set.   The finishing touch was bling from Want2Scrap.
I used the beautiful Heartfelt Bling Brackets to frame the birthday wish.  The cupcake is dotted with 2.5mm Baby Bling rhinestones - love that they are self-adhesive!

I plan to use the journal tag to personalize the gift when it is time for giving!
Take a look at your scrapbook collections with new eyes.  Those beautiful designs are perfect for creating customized gift-giving ensembles!

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

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Baseball means summertime in our household and one of our favorite things to do is to attend the local minor league games on Dollar Mondays.  On this particular day we ended up with a foul ball and lots of fun memories! I had a few snapshots of the family enjoying the game (and the food!) from the grandstands. I reached for a themed overlay from Want2Scrap to make a fast and easy layout.

This is how it looked when I began:

The overlay comes with a white background paper that adds a frame inside each of the 5 openings.  It features three large baseballs down one side and they have the traditional red stitching seen on the genuine article!  Really a fun detail!
You can rotate the overlay to position the baseballs and openings to suite the format of your pictures.  Most of my pictures were oriented horzontally and I liked the baseballs on the left edge.  The long opening running across the top of the page was perfect for a title.  I backed it with a photo realistic paper that looks like grass and added a 3D baseball themed sticker:

I used more themed stickers to add some extra “flavor” to the baseballs:

Major League, Minor League, or Little Leage - WantScrap has the perfect laser cut overlay to help you create your baseball themed layout!

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

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Paper House Products:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Goodbye Summer Blog Hop with Paper House

Thanks for joining us for the Paper House Productions Goodbye Summer Blog Hop this weekend! We're so glad you're hopping along, and hope you're inspired by all the fun summer-themed projects our Design Team has to share!

If you've never done a blog hop before, we're happy you're starting with us! To begin, just visit the first designers' blog in the list below. Look at her project, leave her a little bit of love in the comments section of her post, and click on through to the next designer on the list. Each blog will have the list repeated, so you shouldn't get lost along way!

The awesome prize for this Hop is an Endless Summer Paper Pad. If you've been waiting for the perfect paper to scrap all of your summer memories, then wait no more, this pad is it. From it's amazing color pallet to the perfect images, you will love every page!  

Details on HOW to enter are at the bottom of this post!

My summer themed project is a layout featuring lots of pictures of some of my favorite scrapbooking friends on a sunflower photo-safari!

The background paper is one of 12 gorgeous designs in the Great Outdoors Paper Pad.  The image is of a sunlit field of flowers and it has delicate half tone borders on the upper and lower edge of the page!  I just added a collage of photos in the center of the page and started to embellish!

The white picket fence you see under several of the photos is from the Gardening Cardstock Sticker set.  The watering can is from the 3D Gardening Stickers.
The Farm Raised 3D stickers had the perfect title element because this photo safari took place on a local farm.  Can you believe it already had those sunflowers on it?  Perfect!

Of course, too much is never enough, so even though I had beautiful photos of sunflowers, I needed to add more!  Fortunately Paper House offers 3D Sunflower stickers!  The delicate rhinestone swirl you see is from Want2Scrap and is the perfect shade of brown!

To finish things off I added a couple more stickers from the Gardening 3D Sticker set:
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There are a few ways to enter - the first two are freebies by liking Paper House Productions on Facebook and signing up to receive Facebook notifications (we don't want you to miss any of our great project posts!). But the big entry comes from commenting on each of our designers' posts! If you do, you'll get +5 entries into our drawing! AND, you can do that once a day for a total of 20 entries! That sounds like a deal!
Goodbye Summer Blog Hop Designers
Susie Bentz (you are here!)
Make sure to hop through each designer down the list to be eligible for the most entries! When you're done, just hop back to the *Paper House Blog Goodbye Summer Postand let us know! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below! The hop will be running all weekend, so you have until Monday at 11:59pm EST to get your entries in!

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bling on the Beach with Want2Scrap

I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida so summer vacation meant lots of time at the beach and I have carried on that tradition with my own children.
The Lakeside Collection from Pebbles works just as well for beach layouts!  I made good use of their embellishment packs, holding the cards in place with washi tape from my stash.  I layered on some wood bits for a little dimension.

One of the best things about beach time is being able to relax and read a good book.  Here I have highlighted my son’s reading list with turquoise Nestabling:

Do you see the little heart charm I dangled off the title? It’s because he loves to read!!

And speaking of the title, yes…I used another Fancy Chipboard Word to create the title!  I love them!  It is so easy to alter them and they add such great dimension!

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

Want2Scrap Products:
Other Products:
Pebbles Lakeside paper and embellishments, Recollections wood chips, washi tape, acrylic paint, Glossy Accents, ScorTape