Thursday, December 26, 2013

Western Round Up with my Lil Cowgirl!

Yeehaw!  My Sweet Lil Cowgirl was ready for a Western Round Up with her daddy! The theme of the annual Father-Daughter dance was a hoedown and they really had fun getting all gussied up in hats and boots!

I used one of my all time favorite collections from Moxxie: Western Round Up.  It is perfect for any layout with a western or country theme.  I created this little embellishment cluster with a little fussy cutting of the boots and the hat, then layered on the swirls!

I added another Want2Scrap brown rhinestone Swirls Finesse peeking out from behind this photo.
That little bit of bling is the perfect accent for the title area - really draws the eye IRL!

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

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 Christmas Card Photo Shoot

It snowed in Northern Virginia just in time for our annual Christmas Card Photo Shoot!  Brian had just gotten home from work, Paul was out of bed and MC was ready with the Santa hats - even Sulu got into the act!

I used Bazzill's Nordic Pines collection and layered on lots of wintery shine with *bling* from Want2Scrap!  Here are some detail shots:

Merry Christmas and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Monday, December 16, 2013

A Magical Day at Disney's Epcot Center

Just sharing a quick layout about the start of our day at Epcot Center in Disney World!   
Moxxie's Magical Moments has the perfect papers for the trip to everybody's favorite theme park!

Here's a close up showing the black rhinestone Finesse Swirl I added.   It is one of my favorite products from Want2Scrap!

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

Magical Moments Products for Disney Epcot layout:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Want2Scrap Printer's Tray Album Perfect for Christmas!

Today I am excited to share an album I created using Echo Park Reflections Christmas and Candy Rosenberg's Printer's Tray Album from Want2Scrap
As you can see, all those little windows are just chock full of  fabulous Want2Scrap embellishments! If you would like to see details, head on over to the Want2Scrap blog!  I am sharing the inside pages of the album below.

I used the Holiday Ornaments paper from Echo Park for the background of the first set of pages, added  poinsettia stickers from the Element Stickers sheet, and Polaroid-style frames from Jillibean Soup. The final detail was a rhinestone snowflake from the Let It Snow - Christmas bling from Want2Scrap.
I used the Border Strips paper and the coordinating solid color papers to finish the bottom of this page.

The banner on the next page was assembled by snipping out the banners printed on (2) of the Reflections Christmas journal cards.  I also added another rhinestone snowflake at the top right of the banner.
For the page above, I adhered the Peace Joy Love paper to the chipboard page without cutting apart the 4"x6" cards.  The (3) mats are 3" square and ready to hold 2.75" square photos.  I added tiny red and silver rhinestones to various details on the page.

I *love* the North Pole paper in this collection!  I used it to span both of the pages below, so that the map is continuous starting at the bottom and running halfway up the top page.  The map portion on the top page is actually a pocket and holds (3) mats in coordinating colors for pictures. I dressed up one of the element stickers by adhering it on top of red ribbon and dotting it with tiny red rhinestones!  "December" is a Fancy Chipboard Word from Want2Scrap that was painted with red acrylic.
Yes!  You do see another rhinestone snowflake on the bottom page.  I love them!  It may be hard to tell, but there is also a tiny turquoise rhinestone right in the center of the snowflake marking the North Pole!

These last 2 pages came together so quickly by using a combination of the Border Strips paper and the Elements Stickers.  I also added tiny rhinestones from Want2Scrap on these pages to accent the stickers from the collection.

Here are some detail from inside the album when I just had to "bring on the bling" from Want2Scrap!

I really enjoyed working with this album.  The front cover was just plain fun to play with and the page size is so large that I had plenty of room for pictures, embellishments, and journaling! I am already trying to decide what to make with my next Printer's Tray Album!!

I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

 Want2Scrap Products for Printer's Tray Album:

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Las Vegas Wedding with Paper House Productions

My beautiful niece was married in Las Vegas and I used some of my favorite photos  and the Las Vegas Collection from Paper House to create this simple collage-style layout. 
I intend for it to be included in her wedding scrapbook, but I also think it would look great framed and hanging on the wall!  I often use my favorite layouts to decorate my home, rotating them with the season...or until I create a *new* favorite layout...and that happens pretty frequently!  (It seems my newest layouts are always my favorites!)

Here are some detail shots for you:
I used a craft knife to carefully create a slit in the paper under the title in the upper left.

Lucky Seven showing on the 3D dice stickers - a wish for good luck to the newlyweds!

The cardstock Wedding Chapel sticker was popped up on foam dots.

The 3D sticker of the iconic Las Vegas sign looks perfect nestled amongst the images of the Las Vegas Strip on the background paper.

In addition to using my layouts for home decor, I often use my scrapbooking to create meaningful gifts for the people I love.  I hope I managed to capture at least some of the special moments from the wedding in this piece.

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

Paper House Products for Las Vegas Wedding layout:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

2014 Quick Quotes Design Team Announcement!!

Quick Quotes has announced the 2014 Design Team and guess who is on the list!!!!!  Me!  I am just thrilled and so happy that I can finally share the news!  I can't wait to get started working with all these talented ladies!  Here is the full post from the Quick Quotes Blog:

We are so excited to announce our 2014 Quick Quotes Design Team!

To say that we were blown away by the talent and the wonderful applications submitted for our design team search would be a complete understatement. It took some time, but we have selected our team and feel very honored that they have accepted.

For those that may not have been accepted for the team this time, we want you to know that we reviewed every single application and project submitted. Thank you for sharing yourselves and your work with us, it is a pleasure meeting you!
Emails will be going out to some of our applicants to be Guest Designers in the near future, so watch your email!

Thank you for your love of our products and continued support of Quick Quotes. It's going to be a fantastic year!!!

The New
2014 Quick Quotes Design Team

Susie Bentz  (Yes!  That is me!!)

Thander Aye
*Returning Designers

We are so honored to have these wonderfully talented and amazing crafters on our 2014 Design Team! Thank you for accepting our invitation to join our team. A warm welcome back to our returning 2013 Design Team members!

Please take a moment to visit these talented ladies blogs and give them a friendly Quick Quotes welcome!

In conclusion, we want to graciously thank the 2013 Design Team members who are moving on for all of their beautiful work and contributions. We wish them our very best as they continue on to other crafting adventures. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winery Layout with Paper House

My friends attended a wine tasting at a winery just around the corner from my house and Paper House had exactly the right products to create a layout of the event!
The winery had a lot of "atmosphere" and I had  fun snapping a bunch of bottles, awards, flowers.  I made sure to take a picture of the sign at the front of the winery - it conveniently advertised the wine tasting!  Including those little details on the layout helps to capture the atmosphere of the event.

I tore and inked all 4 sides of the Wine Country Map paper and adhered it to a piece of brown cardstock.  I turned down the top right corner, inked the back of the paper and placed the wine bottle 3D sticker beneath the paper.  Then I created the collage with various size pictures and added more of the 3D Wine stickers. 

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

Paper House Products for Winery Layout:

Magical Moments at Disney with Minnie Mouse and Moxxie

No trip to Disney World is complete until you have met "the Mouse".  In our case, under direct orders from my young daughter, we needed to meet Minnie Mouse!  Moxxie's Magical Moments collection made it easy to scrap the grand occasion!

I have to say the boys really were good sports and even posed for a picture.  A picture I love because my daughter is doing a little curtsy!

I mixed several of the patterned papers on the layout. I used black cardstock to lift the layers - and the photos -  off of the background.  I created a pocket to hold the bright yellow tag for journaling and used one of the cardstock stickers as an accent.  The final touch was the black rhinestone flourish from Want2Scrap!

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


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Moment in Time with Fancy Pants

Today I am sharing a layout that captures a moment in time with my Forever Friend, my sister Teresa!  My mom's handwritten note on the back of the color photo tells me that my father had gone into the store behind us for something and a man snapped this picture of us.  I am the tall one!  We look like complete street urchins, don't you think?!
I incorporated products from Susan K. Weckesser, Want2Scrap, and Fancy Pants Designs.  You can find all the details over on the Susan K. Weckesser blog today.

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


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Scouting with Paper House

I was very excited to work with the new Scouting Collection from Paper House Productions.  The new collection is licensed by the Boy Scouts of America so they have all the real logos and symbols.  I have (2) boys who enjoyed a wide variety of adventures during their years in scouts...and now I have scrapbook pages to prove it!

For this first layout, I combined the Adventure paper with the 3D Fishing stickers.  This was my sons' first campout as boy scouts.  They fit in a lot of activities, including a bit of fishing.
 For this second layout, I used the Scouting Around paper and paired it with the Rougin' It 3D stickers and the BSA-Camping Adventure Cardstock stickers.  The pictures are from the same campout...I just found a different way to work with them.  Instead of copying the exact same layout for each of my boys, I switched it up a bit.

And no Cub Scouting family album is complete without a layout about the Pinewood Derby!  I used the Cub Scouts paper and added the Lil' Scouts 3D Stickers.

To create this layout, I cut the paper in half and taped the bottom half of the paper on the top, then I used a craft knife to cut out the Cub Scout logo...then I matted it and replaced it, covering the opening I had just cut.

I really love working with Paper House papers and stickers - they make scrapbooking fast and easy!

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


Paper House Products for Scouting layouts:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Team Canada Visits Australia!

This layout is a gift for my girlfriend Karen who used to compete for team Canada in the Modern Pentathalon. The new Australia Collection from Paper House was perfect for these photos of her tour of the Sydney Harbor!

Apparently this was a photo shoot to thank sponsors for outfitting the team.  I don't know the details so I created a hidden journaling spot for her to jot down her memories.  I attached the tag to this really cute cardstock sticker with some foam pop dots and it tucks away behind the top picture in the photo collage.
She had saved a piece of ephemera from the event which was 8"x8" and too large for me to fit on the page. It seemed a shame not to include such a cool graphic element so I scanned it in and printed out a much smaller version.  It is perfect as a bit of journaling!
I used a craft knife to cut along the curve of the bridge printed on the Sydney Harbour background paper and slid one corner of a photo inside the slit.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut and emboss the arrow...
...which directs the eye to the title of the page.  I had these white dimensional letter stickers in my stash and colored some of the letters with Fired Brick Distress Ink - because red and white are the colors of the Canadian flag.

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


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Collecting Moments and Memories with Fancy Pants

This snapshot captures a moment in time and holds the memories of my childhood.  I treasure this photograph of my mother cuddling me at naptime and found the perfect elements to scrap it thanks to Fancy Pants, Susan K. Weckesser and Want2Scrap.

This embellishment cluster features one of my favorite stamps from Susan K. Weckesser.  It is so obvious, but so true - "Mother is a verb,not a noun" - and is one of the valuable lessons I learned from my mother.
The die cuts from Fancy Pants Collecting Moments are wonderful and I found a little ticket that I slipped in next to this picture, proclaiming this moment as "my time".

I stamped this image of a little girl (also by Susan K.Weckesser Designs) onto cardstock before I die cut and embossed it with a Spellbinders die.  Then I used the die as a stencil and inked the background with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
I also added some tiny Sage Green self adhesive pearls from Want2Scrap - so delicate!

Grandma's Needlepoint stamp set also includes this sentiment, which made me chuckle, "A little girl is sugar & spice And everything nice - Especially when she is taking a nap."  From stories my mother has shared, this was absolutely true about me!

"Memories" is a Fancy Chipboard Word from Want2Scrap and I left it completely bare.

Thank you so much for stopping by - I hope you find some time to play!  Susie

 Products Used:

November Girl Layout with Want2Scrap and Susan K. Weckesser

Want2Scrap® teamed up with Susan K. Weckesser for an entire week earlier this month and I have another project I am excited to share that combines her paper and stamps with Want2Scrap® Chipboard and bling -  my November Girl layout!

I added self adhesive Coral Pearls to accent the sun image on the “Good as Gold” cutout.  I decided to paint  “November” to match the teal in the paper using my DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics:  Phthalo Green-Blue added to a base of white paint.  Perfect!  Once it dried I coated it with Glossy Accents – the shine really makes the Fancy Chipboard Words just pop off the page!

I love, love, love the new chipboard Fences designed by Nina Brackett!  They come in 2 sizes, and the larger set is perfectly sized to coordinate with  Susan K. Weckesser’s Little Haven stamp from Unity.

The house was stamped, paper pieced and painted.  I used a dry brushing technique on the chipboard fence to make it look all old and peeling, then I adhered it to the page with Scor-Tape.  I also  created this floral embellishment by layering a couple of flowers  and then placing each of these individual little gems exactly where I wanted them.  I love how it turned out!

Be sure to check the online store for the paper by Susan K. Weckesser and all of the Want2Scrap® products I used on this layout.  You can find the links at the bottom of this post.

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

Want2Scrap Products for November Girl layout:

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Top 10 (actually 14) Favorite Christmas Ornaments Mini-Album

I love Christmas.  It is one of my favorite holidays. I often find myself picking up ornaments from vacation spots so that when Christmas comes, I can recall all those happy memories.  I realized I tell the same stories every year as we decorate the tree - some the kids remember, some they don't - so I created a little mini-album with my favorites Christmas Ornaments:
The first thing you may notice is that it is not "traditional" Christmas colors. I found this Sweet Summertime Envelope Album Kit by Little Yellow Bicycle in my stash and I really loved the bright citrus-y colors and the fabulous shapes.  The colors coordinated perfectly with the Lime Twist Line from My Mind's Eye, which happened to have a cute little Top 10 journaling card, which inspired the cover - and title - of the album!

I used Photoshop to add journaling to wallet-sized pics of my favorite ornaments:

The envelope format was perfect because I could make little tags that would go inside each envelope and would tell more of the story - I really like hidden journaling.  On this first tag, I just listed the dates and locations of some of our dive trips.

The tags were easy to make with a circle punch, an eyelet and some baker's twine.  The tags also gave me a place to use up some of my stickers - my fins, dive mask and snorkel are precisely that color of pink!

I started to go through my embellishments and realized I had leftovers from the scrapbooking layouts I had created for these trips.  I picked up the little boy and girl patches from a sewing store...aren't they sweet?  I also found a Canadian coin  from the trip to Niagara Falls.

When I was cropping the pictures and adding the journaling I framed them so that the ornament was off to the left or the right.  That way there was a dark area created by the Christmas tree that makes the white jornaling really pop!

When I first started collecting ornaments, I always tried to find an angel, however, that was not always possible - and there are some pretty amazing non-angel ornaments I would have missed out on - like the wax ornament from Germany of the baby Jesus.

I had more ornaments I wanted to include than I had I created more envelopes by using the MLYB ones as patterns.  I just traced them on the paper from MME - and they work together perfectly!

So think about making yourself a little mini-album using non-traditional colors.  Take some pictures this year of your favorite ornaments then comb through your stash for all those leftover embellishments, preserve some special memories and share some funny stories.

I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie