Sunday, March 30, 2014

Always and Forever Wedding Printer's Tray with Paper House Productions

Good Morning!  Today I want to share a quick and easy project using Paper House Productions *new* To Have and To Hold Collection.

I love using my paper crafting to create gifts and I *love* the sentiments on the Dreams Come True paper! The paper has 4x6 tags that work perfectly in the openings of this printer's tray.

The collection also includes a coordinating sheet and that is where I found the banner that runs across the top of the tray.

The designs of each tag are so beautiful that they require very little embellishment.  In this opening I added some rhinestones to the wedding cake sticker and tinted the roses at the top before adhering it with 3D foam dots.

The only embellishment I added to this tag was the entwined gold wedding bands from the sticker sheet
Everything you need in one collection - it really couldn't have been easier to create!

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

Products Used:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More Down on the Farm with Moxxie!

Moxxie's new Down on the Farm line includes Journal Cards that are ideal for creating Project Life style pocket pages.  These pictures are actually from one of our visits to the local pumpkin patch in the fall.  There are lots of farm animals and equipment around, so this collection is perfect!
  Moxxie Down On The Farm Project Life Tractor layout by Susie Bentz with Spellbinders You Are Here Arrows
First thing I did was to create a title block by layering some stickers over the coordinating green striped papers.  The edges of the photos were distressed and inks.
  Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 1
My oldest son, Brian was working at the pumpkin patch and was manning the top of one of the slides.  I used the coordinating check paper to create backgrounds for these 2 photos...can you believe how well my daughter's shirt matches?!?
Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 2
I customized this title card with stickers and a small photo - close up of my son on the tractor fits perfectly into the next pocket.
Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 3
This card has such a strong, fabulous graphic - it is my favorite!  I journaled a little on this photo before I printed it out, then distressed and inked the edges.
  Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 4
I used Spellbinders You Are Here die set to cut and emboss both of the arrows on this layout.  I used this one to direct attention from the tractor photo to the tractor card!
Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 5
I love this picture of my son.  I can not count the number of times I have seen this exact expression on his face!  Plenty of room for  journaling on this card.
Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 6
Pocket page scrapbooking is fast and easy, but there are still ways to creatively personalize the elements.  I hope this has inspired you!

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

Moxxie Down On the Farm Products:

Other Products:  Spellbinders You Are Here, Dymo label maker, Ink

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cycling with Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a layout that combines (2) lines from Quick Quotes:  Baggage Claim and Dusty Road Collections.  I also wanted to point out a design principle I often use to balance my layouts.

To start with though, I have to say I really love the bicycle themed paper in the Baggage Claim collection and decided to use it to create a layout about me for a change!

The first step was to die cut and emboss the paper, then sand the edges to reveal the white core before adhering it to a sheet of paper from the Dusty Road collections. Next I layered on the photos and created this little embellishment cluster - this red became the perfect accent color against all the blue tones in the layout.

I used the Blue Moon PowderPuff Chalking Ink to stamp onto 2 different colors of cardstock.  I heat embossed using clear embossing powder then stacked them together before adding sticker and chipboard embellishments.
The bicycle chipboard is from the Baggage Claim collection, but the words are from the Dusty Road Sticker sheet.

I must admit to being a bit of a washi collector so I was thrilled to use 3 or 4 different tapes on this layout.

 Designer's Tip:  When I am done with a layout and something seems "off", the first thing I do is check for a visual triangle.   One of the easiest ways to define a visual triangle is with color, as I did on this page.
You can see above where I pulled the red from the chipboard on the top right of the layout and added the bits of red washi tape on the left side and bottom of the layout.  It made a huge difference!

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:

Other:  Spellbinders Grand Labels One

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Down on the Farm with Joe's Cows

Feeding Joe's cows is an activity we always enjoy when we are visiting my brother and Moxxie's  Down on the Farm collection made scrapping  it really simple!

The Mooove Over paper, with the cows all across the bottom, provides a perfect starting point for this quick and easy layout. 
Moxxie Farm Cow Layout by Susie Bentz  t
I layered a photo collage over a block of the striped side of Fields of Gold.

Creating the title block was fun!  Using Spellbinders Labels Four, I die cut and embossed brown cardstock then adhered the striped green frame from the sticker sheet on top.  I wrapped some twine around them both before adding the title with some rustic style alphas.  The brown cow sticker was popped up - gotta love dimension - before I added the  wood veneer chip from my stash!
  Moxxie Farm Cow Title Spellbinders Labels Susie Bentz  

I needed to add a little more green on the layout so I cut tags out of coordinating paper and tucked them behind the photo collage in the upper right corner.
Moxxie Down on the Farm tags Susie Bentz

Finishing touch was to add three little "dots" from my Thickers pack on the top left of the page:

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

Moxxie Down on the Farm Products:

Other Products:  Spellbinders Labels Four, Thickers, alpha stickers, twine, Studio Calico Potty People Wood Veneer Shapes

Friday, March 21, 2014

Paper House Wedding Blog Hop & Give Away!

This weekend, Paper House Productions is hosting a Wedding Blog Hop with the Spring Design Team! We were challenged to come up with our best wedding projects using the new "To Have &To Hold" Collection.  
It is a classy and classic assortment of papers and cardstock stickers created in neutrals so that you can accent it with colors from your own wedding!  And I *love* the chalkboard art lettering they used!
I designed a simple and elegant layout that is very easy to duplicate:
  1. I started with a sheet of the Eat, Drink & Be Married paper and added a white paper doily, positioning it so that about 1" of it hung off the right edge of the page (trim or adhere to the back of the page as desired).
  2. Next, I matted (2)-4"x6" pictures with green card stock and adhered them to the page. 
  3. From the cardstock sticker sheet, I took the champagne glasses and the sentiment and added them with foam pop dots.  
  4. The finishing touches were a floral lace applique and a pearl flourish.  Voila!

Products Used:

Give Away Details: To celebrate the hop, Paper House Productions is giving away an extra special "Wedding Mega Collection" that includes a gorgeous Paper Pad, their best Bridal 3D Stickers,Chalkboard Stickers, and even new Canvas Stickers (plus much more! Valued at over $60, you'll definitely want to enter to win this great prize!
There's 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 (and there's only 8 to hop through), you'll get +10 entries into our drawing! That sounds like a deal!
Wedding Blog Hop Designers
Susie Bentz (you are here!)
Make sure to hop through each designer down the list and leave a comment to be eligible for the most entries! When you're done, just hop back here and let us know! The hop will be running all weekend, so you have until Sunday at 11:59pm EST to get  your entries in!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Inspired by Susan Weckesser's Heart(s)!

I am sometimes asked where I get my ideas...what inspires me?  The answer is simple.   
It depends.  For this mixed media canvas, I was inspired by the little pink hearts that appear
on one of the whimsical papers designed by Susan K.Weckesser!

The Live, Love, Create paper (see below) has this charming little house on it and the door is full of sweet little pink hearts! 

It reminded me of an anonymous quote I had heard, "It takes hands to build a house but only hearts can build a home."  Our theme on the Susan K. Weckesser blog this month is mixed media, so I chose to make a canvas.

I used Susan's Fly Away stamp set to create the sun and clouds you see below:

I detailed the house using another stamp set, Grandma's Needlepoint, by stamping little bits of stitching with black ink. 

I stenciled, used rub ons, trimmed out washi tape, and even added a heart charm to my canvas.

I couldn't resist adding little puffy heart stickers from my stash - I love the dimension they add!

I layered paper over the canvas, washi tape over the paper, and chevron bling  on top of it all! 

Final touch was a few strips of washi tape in the upper left corner! 

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


Other products:  Kaisercraft rub on, TCW stencil, inks, washi tape, Mod Podge, tissue paper, black pen, music paper, ribbon, heart stickers

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some Pig! Cookout with Moxxie's Down On The Farm

Today I am sharing  a layout using the  new Down on the Farm collection from
Moxxie - it  is perfect for scrapping your cookouts, picnics and pot lucks!

My sister-in-law bought a smoker a few years back and we have been feasting ever since! 
Moxxie Farm Pig BBQ Barbecue Layout Susie Bentz
I built a simple background with really cute patterned paper then added a collage of pictures.

Using Spellbinders Labels One I die cut, embossed and then distressed a background mat for the "Some Pig" sticker
I used another Spellbinders die to cut a red arrow out of the same red card stock.
I swagged a burplap ribbon across one side of the layout and trimmed out this cute little pig from the Farm Journal Cards paper!

I added a few more details from my stash, die cut an arrow and tucked a tag for journaling behind a photo. 

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

Moxxie Down on the Farm Products:

  • DF-1431 Farm Journal Cards
  • DF-1432 Oink
  • DF-2262 Farm Cardstock Stickers
Other Productsts:  Spellbinders Labels One, Spellbinders You Are Here, Dymo label maker, Recollections wood word chip, burlap ribbon, tag

Friday, March 14, 2014

My Flamingo is Red Hot & Coral!

I can't tell you how much I love Quick Quotes' new Baggage Claim collection...the  colors are perfect for scrapping the pictures from a vacation trip to the Bahamas.  The picture of this flamingo, with its head tucked under its wing and its eye focused clearly on me, is one of my all time favorites.

I like to make custom embellishments for my layouts.  One of the most important parts of that is matching the colors.  I used the new Coral PowderPuff Chalking Inks to alter the glittered chipboard numbers by simply dragging the ink pad gently over the surface of the numbers.

Here's a shot of the finished date.  Do you see the decorative scalloped piece above it?  That is from the Baggage Claim chipboard die cuts.

I decided to alter another piece from the chipboard die cuts but I made a mistake!  (Yes!  It happens!)  I initially thought I wanted to use the new Caribbean Blue PowderPuff Chalking Ink...but I was wrong.  Oops!
It really was not a problem.  I simply took an emery board and roughed up the edge, removing the blue ink I had applied.  I re-inked it with the new Creamy Cocoa PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  You can see it in the embellishment cluster below:

The really fun embellishment to make was the feathers that fall along the left side of the layout! 
The series of pictures below shows the progression:
  1. Paint chipboard feathers with gesso and let dry.
  2. Ink entire surface with Coral PowderPuff Chalk Ink.
  3. Use watercolor technique and Red Hot PowderPuff Chalk Ink to add depth and details.
  4. Use black pen to sketch in detail lines.
Here is a close up of one of the feathers:

And here is a little video to show you the watercolor technique:

Super simple, right?  I hope you give it a try the next time you play with your inks!

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

Quick Quotes Products for Flamingo layout:

Want2Scrap Products:

Other Products:  Glittered chipboard alpha, black ink pen, twine

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Visit from Flat Susan

I was very excited when Flat Susan made her way up the East Coast to join me in Centreville, VA.  Who is Flat Susan?  You can read about her adventures here.

Centreville is about 20 miles due west of Washington DC.  Several battles of the Civil War were fought nearby.  For our first adventure, we visited the National Park in Manassas, the location of the First Battle of Bull Run where Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson got his nickname. 
“There is Jackson, standing like a Stonewall!” said Brigadeer-General Barnard E. Bee.
We did not have time to pop into the Winery at Bull Run, which is just about 3 miles from my house. There are actually a lot of wineries in Virginia and FS and I discussed doing a tour of them should she ever have a chance to come back for another visit!

We took advantage of an unseasonably warm day and drove into Washington DC to visit my favorite monument, the Jefferson Memorial.  It is located on the tidal basin and in just a matter of weeks it will be surrounded by Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. 

Here is the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the inside...
FS insisted that she wanted one of the two of us... 
You can just see her pinned to my black and white blouse - what was I thinking?!?
FS just loved the Jefferson Memorial, and also got a pretty good look at the Washington Monument as we drove past.
You may see the scaffolding encasing the lower half…they are just finishing the repairs from damage caused by an earthquake in 2011.

A friend had hockey tickets she was unable to use and shared them with my husband and I.  Flat Susan had never been to a real hockey game...although we watched some of the games on the Olympics together...and she was very excited to join us!
 The tickets also included a meet and greet with 2 members of the Washington Capitals professional hockey team.  Here you can see FS and I collecting autographs from Michael Neuvirth and Connor Carrick!

I think Susan’s arrival from North Carolina had been delayed due to one of the big snowstorms we experienced here in the Mid-Atlantic in February. Her trip from NC took more than a week!  The good news was that meant there was snow in the mountains just over the border in Pennsylvania.  FS was a good sport and decided to join us.  In fact she really took over the navigation for us !
We changed our GPS voice selection so that it spoke with a female voice with a British accent  J which was just silly fun! 
I will tell you that FS braved the double black diamond runs at Whitetail Ski Resort, but drew the line at entering the terrain park!
While FS was here we also visited a couple of local shops.  We stopped into Angela’s HappyStamper in Reston, VA.  FS thought I might like one of these stamps…and I could tell she was really starting to appreciate my sense of humor!

We checked out the canvases in the back of the shop – everybody who works there has one.  They were created by the fabulous Claudine Hellmuth!
Plenty of samples around for inspiration!

My artsy and oh-so-talented  friends Karen Bearse and Deborah Mahnken with Flat Susan.
The local scrapbook store, Scrapbooks Plus, was offering classes by the fabulous Jen Starr!  My schedule did not allow me to take any of her classes this time, but we did pop in to say hello.  Jen was quite tickled to meet FS.  
We said hello to the whole class...
  ...looked over several shoulders to see what kind of inky goodness was happening...

...and checked out some of Jen's sample canvases: 
We also did some shopping and may have left with one or all of these products!
 My friend Joy was working the register at Scrapbooks Plus and FS insisted on a photo with her!

Our last big hurrah was a party!  Flat Susan joined me at a friend’s house for her annual Oscar Party!  
Things kicked off at 6pm with appetizers and champagne while we watched the red carpet arrivals. 
We think Ellen did a good job hosting the show and we stayed until the very end!  Fabulous evening!
Flat Susan had a tiara for the evening!
Flat Susan is on her way to visit Kay in New Mexico.  We really enjoyed her visit to Northern Virginia and hope you had fun reading about her adventures!

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