Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Gift Wrapping with Eileen Hull!

Looking for a stylish solution for presenting a gift card or other small gift this holiday season?  I played around with Eileen Hull's Flower Pocket Die and the Wintery Collection from Authentique Paper and came up with a couple of super cute containers.  Head on over to Eileen's blog for the details!

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Under the Mistletoe with Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a tag I created featuring an origami Christmas tree!  The reds and greens in the Earth, Wind and Fire collection from Quick Quotes are perfect for Christmas designs.  The subtle, delicate patterns look great on both the dress and the tree!
Let's start by creating the dimensional tree!  I cut several squares from green paper patterned paper in the Earth Wind and Fire collection.  The smallest size was 1.75" and I increased the dimensions by 1/4" all the way up to the largest square at 3".  Use your judgement on how many of each size to cut based upon what size tree you want to build.

First, fold the square in half and give it a good crease with your bone folder.
Open the square...
...and fold it on the diagonal.  Again give it a nice crease with the bone folder.
Open the square again, rotate it 90 degrees...
...and fold it on the other diagonal.  Don't forget to crease it!
Open the square back up and collapse in the sides as shown in this picture... that it folds into a flat triangle shape!
Fold the right side of the triangle (top layer only) to the center and crease the fold.
*Tip:  Use the grid lines on your cutting mat to position the triangle and make the fold precise.
Now repeat with the left side, making sure you crease the folds with your bone folder.  Your square should now look like this:
Now repeat the same steps with all of your squares. If the paper doesn't stay folded, feel free to add strips of adhesive in a couple of places.  Once they are all folded, stack the triangles to form a Christmas tree, slipping the tips of each triangle into the folds of the one above it.  I used liquid adhesive to glue the triangles in place.
Here's a look at the back side:
Next I created the paper doll by stamping on Chiffon 105. The dress was stamped on the front and back of paper 105 from the Earth, Wind and Fire collection.
I fussy cut and layered the papers for the dress.
I watered down Antique Linen PowderPuff Chalking Ink on a craft mat and used it to paint the ruffles on the bottom of the dress.  I used Java to paint her hair before I trimmed her out and adhered the dress.
I cut the tag from Chiffon 104 and then stenciled the background using Seafoam, Light Moss, and Antique Linen.  The Christmas stamp is from my stash.
Before I adhered the tree to the tag I brushed Seafoam and Green With Envy Ink along the edges.
I stamped and die cut the "meet me under the mistletoe" sentiment...
...and topped the tree with a metal snowflake brad.
To finish things off I added two black rhinestones to the belt on the dress and some washi tape on the bottom left of the tag.

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Chiffon 104, 105
Earth, Wind and Fire 107, 108
PowderPuff Chalking Inks- Antique Linen, Light Moss, Seafoam, Green With Envy

Other supplies:
Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Jeanne
Want2Scrap Baby Bling
TCW454s Mini Specimens stencil
Spellbinders Fleur Rectangles die
Stamps, ink, embossing powder

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Bliss with Quick Quotes

Today and I am sharing a layout featuring the Winter Bliss Collection from Quick Quotes and a laser cut overlay from Want2Scrap.

I started by trimming  the background paper to an 11.5" square and then centered it on black cardstock.  You can see I matted each of the layers with black cardstock before topping it all off with a 6"x6" laser cut overlay from Want2Scrap.

One of my favorite things about the overlay is that it comes with a built in title!  It also comes with a white background page that gave me a border for my picture.

I embellished the laser cut snowflakes with Want2Scrap Iridescent Rhinestones.  The fact that they are self adhesive makes them so easy to use!

Want2Scrap Black Enamel Dots were perfect for accenting this list of priorities!

I just love the way patterns and papers in this collection work together.

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Winter Bliss Papers:  103, 104 coming soon!

Want2Scrap Products Used:

Other Products Used:  
Black cardstock
7 Gypsies stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology stickers

Friday, November 25, 2016

Die Cutting Magic! with Eileen Hull

Exciting news to share!

Eileen Hull is a dear friend and a very talented designer for Sizzix.  She recently  invited me to submit some projects using her fabulous dies for an e-book she was putting together - and I made the cut!  (very punny, right?)  Anyway, here's the scoop:

This project has been in the works for months and we are so excited to bring you this huge new ebook! In the book are more than a hundred projects created using Eileen Hull Sizzix dies. Some of the most fabulous designers in our industry have shared their work, including members of my Inspiration Team. Projects include books and mini-albums, boxes, gift wrap, holiday crafts, stitching, layouts, wearable art, 3D flowers, baby and wedding items, tags and even a pet crown!
You will also find die cutting tips and tricks, a list of supplies and tools you will need, and lots of inspiration. Whatever crafty style you are into, there is something here for you.

The book launches on Friday, November 25 at noon and is available at the Black Friday weekend price of $2.97- that’s a 77% saving on the regular price of $12.97!
If you are not familiar with ebooks, here’s how they work. You can purchase by clicking on the photo above or the link in the blog sidebar*. Once payment is received, you will get a link to the book download (which you can keep and view whenever you’d like). Open it up on your device and enjoy! Get settled in a comfy chair, put your feet up and take some time looking through the book- there are 154 pages!
If you see a project you would like to create, there are links to the dies you will need to make it. What makes this even better...Sizzix is having a big sale this weekend too! Check out these prices!
There is so much great inspiration in Die Cutting Magic- especially perfect for this time of year when you are getting ready to make your holiday cards, presents and food gifts. There are instructions for over forty projects plus an Inspiration Gallery with even more ideas for you!
Hope your Thanksgiving was full of fun, family and great food!

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

*Bonus! If you use my link to purchase the book I receive a small percentage.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Prom Memories with Want2Scrap and Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a layout that captures my daughter's senior prom memories.  It features some of my favorite products from Quick Quotes and Want2Scrap!

I started with papers from the Quick Quotes' Chiffon Collection, tearing and inking the layers to add some lovely texture and character.

I included a vellum quote amongst my collage of pictures.  I have been lucky to be on the Quick Quotes Design Team for a couple of years and I pulled this one from my "stash" because it was perfect for the page.  They have created vellum quotes on such a wide array of subjects and events that you will have no problem finding one that works for any of your scrapbooking projects!

Likewise, Want2Scrap has a huge selection of Fancy Chipboard Words!  I love to alter them and use them on all of my projects: cards, layouts, canvases, and mini-albums.  There is even a way to order a custom word if you need something that is not in stock!  For this layout, I used glittery black embossing powder to alter the word "Sparkle", which I had ordered as a special request!

I used Warm Sand and Antique Linen PowderPuff Chalking Inks on the torn paper edges and then added pieces of Black Rhinestone Swirls Finesse

The multi-layered "Prom Memories" die cut was perfect for the title!  It brought a touch of class to the page by adding silver and gold glitter paper to the classic black camera and white letters.
Before you leave, take a peek at the mask my daughter is wearing in the center photo.  I brought a basic cardboard mask home from the local craft store and she added glitter and LeCreme Swirls Finesse Pearls to create a one of a kind design that perfectly coordinated with her gown!  (Yes - this crafty momma was so proud!)

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

Want2Scrap Supplies:
Cross Promotional supplies:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Inspiration Week with Quick Quotes and Want2Scrap

This week Quick Quotes and Want2Scrap are teaming up to bring you a little creative inspiration.  The project I am sharing today features the Honeycomb Collection from Quick Quotes and Chipboard Embellishments from Want2Scrap.

I love our family tradition of fall pictures at the pumpkin patch and the colors in the Honeycomb Collection are perfect for scrapping the memories!  I used the orange side of Honeycomb 102 as the base of this gratitude themed layout.  I trimmed down Honeycomb 105 to an 11.5" square, distressing and inking the edges before centering it on the page.  I used some burlap and striped papers to create photo mats for my pictures and added a tag for hidden journaling.

This month the Design Team got the chance to add some wonderful products from Want2Scrap to our projects and I love the chipboard quotes!  They are so easy to alter and they make perfect page titles! I received a chipboard quote that reads "The Little Things".  I decided to add color to the word "little" using PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I used washi tape to mask off the other words before painting it with gesso. If you want to end up with a strong, true color you have to start with a white base.

After it dried, I inked with Sunset PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I removed the washi tape and used clear embossing ink and embossing powder on the whole chipboard title. I love the 2 tone look!

I used some other Chipboard Embellishments from Want2Scrap on the layout.  Here you can see how much darker and richer the color becomes when you use clear embossing powder on top of the plain chipboard.

The Quick Quotes Challenge this month is "Tear It Up" so you can see several torn pieces of paper on the layout.  I used Warm Sand PowderPuff Chalking Ink on the edges before I layered them onto the page.

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:

Other supplies: tag, embossing ink, clear embossing powder, gesso, decorative tape

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Best Day Ever with Want2Scrap and Quick Quotes

Today I would like to share a layout I created by combining a chipboard quote from Want2Scrap with the Honeycomb Collection from Quick Quotes!  These papers have the perfect colors for scrapping your fall pictures - oranges, blues, greens and creamy off white!  I had to use them to scrap this picture of my daughter's first trip to the pumpkin patch!

I started by typing my journaling straight onto the page then began distressing, inking and layering the papers.  I used Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Inks to lightly stamp some falling leaves on the background.

Here's a close-up. You can see I used more than one color for the stamped images before adding a die cut leaf cut from the bright orange paper in the collection.

I created an oversized photo mat from the patterned paper to really frame that precious photo.

Creating the title using a chipboard quote from Want2Scrap was the easiest part!  I love the rustic feel you get from the natural chipboard but I wanted a slightly different color. I used clear embossing powder to make the color a bit richer and then added it to my page as the perfect finishing touch!

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

Want2Scrap Supplies for Best Day Ever Layout:

Other: We R Memorykeepers typewriter, BoBunny Stamps and Die, sticker alpha, tag, twine, clear embossing powder.