Monday, April 14, 2014

Spread Your Wings & Fly!

Today I'm super excited to be Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies.

Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions. Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

Top Dog Dies is also doing a GIVEAWAY for the whole month of April. Everyone who comments on my blog will be entered for a chance to win! The winner will receive $50 worth of exclusive dies from Top Dog Dies (their choice!). 

All you need to register via the Rafflecopter app on the page to enter. Deadline to enter will be Wednesday, April 30 at midnight Central Standard Time.


Ok, onto my project!
Top Dog Dies sent me 3 different dies. (shown in picture below).
Steel-Rule Die (Circle Mini Album) and 2 Wafter Thin dies (butterfly and Bella Doily Die)

At first glance I was all set to create a mini album because, after all, that's what the die was intended for.  But I decided that was too simple and expected to I decided to use it on a layout instead.

So here's what I created.

I cut out 3 of the doily shapes from white card stock and layered them on the background papers.

I cut out the butterfly shapes from some Imaginisce patterned paper (Welcome Spring) .  I added some rhinestones to the centre of the butterfly bodies.

I cut out 2 of the circle mini album shapes from patterned paper and used them to create a 'flap' to reveal another photo below.  (you could easily add more photos & journaling here). (on the Top Dog Dies I'll share I attached the layers together).

If you hop on over to the Top Dog Dies blog I have a tutorial of this project posted there.

Supplies used:
Top Dog Dies (Wafter Thin Dies: Butterfly & Bella Doily; Steel-ruled dies: circle mini album)
Imaginisce: Welcome Spring collection (patterned papers, die cut tags, rhinestones)
Core'dinations Colorcore Cardstock (white)
American Crafts (White Thickers, Slick Writer marker in black)
Maya Road (twine)
Xyron (Megan Tape Runner)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (foam squares)

Thanks for stopping by today.
Don't forget to leave a comment her on my blog for a chance to win $50 worth of TDD exclusive dies!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Sweet & Sassy" (Blog Hop with Perfect Paper Crafting & Simple Stories)

I'm thrilled to be taking in part in the Blog Hop with Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting.  Today is the last day of the blog hop and I want to thank you for joining me on my blog.

I was thrilled to be able to be given the opportunity to play with this fabulous tool. 
I received the Perfect Layers - set of 3 different 'rulers' each with 4 different measurements. The possibilities are endless and definitely make creating mats so easy!

I decided that I would mat my photo with a few layers and then mat the papers on my layout as well.

So I began layering my photo. I first printed it with a white border and then matted it onto some turquoise card stock. I adhered the photo to the card stock first and then used the 1/4" measurement to trim around the photo.

I then matted the turquoise card stock onto some orange card stock using the 1/8" measurement.

I matted a piece of black card stock onto a piece of the diagonal striped patterned paper using the 1/4" measurement. I then matted that entire piece onto some orange card stock using the 1/16" measurement.

Adding layers is a great way to add dimension to your work.  After matting your pictures you could also adhere them to your layout using foam squares for even more dimension. I decided to just adhere my main photo flat because I wanted to pop up my title instead.

Here's my finished layout.

Here's a few close-up shots.

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories (DIY Boutique collection: Patterned papers (5111, 5109, 5103); Stickers 5141,  Chipboard Stickers 5128) DIY Office Card Foundations 5123, Icon Burlap Stickers 5150
Silhouette Cameo
Simple Stories Silhouette Cut Files ("always remember" and "sweet & sassy")
Perfect Paper Crafting (Perfect Layers)
Core'dinations Colorcore Cardstock (TH Kraft Core)
The Twinery (turquoise twine)
Xyron (tape runner)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (foam squares)

Thanks for stopping by ... have a fabulous weekend!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

This week ...

Simple Stories is doing a blog hop this week with Perfect Paper Crafting.

You're going to find lots of great inspiration this week.

I'll be sharing my project this coming Saturday ... but here's a little peek at my creation.
I can't wait to share it with you!

Our youngest has started playing Softball this year. So we've been a bit busy with that the past 2 weeks as he's starting up and we've been practicing with him. He loves it and it's so fun to see him play. He's such a little go-getter and works so hard.
Each inning they play a different position.  Yesterday he got to play short-stop, 3rd base and then back catcher.  He did amazing too! So proud of him!

Well, that's it for now from me.
Off to clean up the house and hopefully work on some projects!

Have a super day!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I can finally share the news!!

I'm so excited to share that I've been asked to be a part of the new 2014-2015 Silhouette Design Team!!!!

Here's the announcement made on the blog today.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this talented group and look forward to creating even more with my Silhouette!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nothing new ... yet.

I've been busy in my scrap room the past couple of weeks an I wish I could share them with you right now, but I can't.
However, I can share a little peek with you of a project I have coming up in a couple of weeks.

I'm so excited to share this full project but I'll have to hold off until middle of April.  So make sure to stop by again.

I do hope that you're all (well, those who have it) enjoying your spring break. I can't believe that my kiddos are finished theirs in a four days and then back to school.  It's been a good break even though we didn't do much.  But it's also going to be good to get back to routine.

This weekend (Fri & Sat) I'm off to Creative Stitches in Abbotsford to work at the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine booth AND hang out with my friend Katharina Doyle. Good times and chocolate!
If you're in the area we'd love for you to pop by and say 'hi'!  (and, of course, get a subscription or renew your old one!)

Oh, and I'm so excited about a package that came in the mail today.  My mom has a relative inWales that is a fabulous crafter.  In fact, she makes the most amazing slipper called Pothies. Here's a link to their FB page.  Anyways, my pair came in the mail today and I'm in love. They are so comfy!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Silhouette Love!

Well, over the past week I've been working on our boys' room - redecorating and reorganizing. It's coming together .... slowly. Still have a few things to do but they are loving it!

They both love basketball and for some time now I've been dreaming of putting up some vinyl designs on their walls.
So I found an image online of a basketball hoop.  I wanted something a bit 'edgy' and not too clean lined looking. So when I saw this image I knew that it would be perfect.

I saved the image to my computer (on my desktop) and then just dragged it into my Silhouette program.
I then clicked on SELECT TRACE AREA button (top right corner) and clicked on trace the image. I then highlighted the image that I wanted to trace, kept the HIGH PASS FILTER checked, and brought the THRESHOLD down to about 42%. I then clicked on TRACE.  The image is then traced and you just drag the photo away to see your red cut image.

I then just sized the image to what I wanted it to be.

I had to cut the design in half because I wanted such a large vinyl image.  So I used the knife tool  and clicked on the SOLID button.
I cut out the first section with black vinyl and did the same for the 2nd half of the project.

To apply the design to the wall I used some transfer paper.

Here's half of the design up and the boys are getting excited.

Applying the second part was a bit trickier because lining up the image wasn't the easiest - mostly because of the design and so many little cuts here & there.

But it turned out pretty good and I'm pleased with the result. (AND I didn't have to spend $30-50 or maybe more!)

So now ... just a few more finishing touches in other areas of the room and we're done. Hopefully.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just Because ...

Hi there!

I created this layout the other day using some new Simple Stories product - Summer Paradise. It's a smaller collection pack.
I also used my Silhouette Cameo to create some fun elements on my page. All the cut files I found in the Silhouette Store.

Here's a look at the title I cut using my Silhouette Cameo and a Simple Stories cut file.
I cut the title out 2 times from different coloured card stock. I then used the letters from the lighter orange card stock and 'stuck' them into the cut-out spaces of the darker orange card stock.

I cut this "cute snap shot' Silhouette shape (by Tanya Batrak) as well and then backed one of the circle shaped with a blue punched cardstock circle just for a little 'punch' of colour.

I cut out a ' film strip' design (Jillibean Soup)  from some turquoise patterned paper and placed that behind all of the various layers.

The quote bubble (Lori Whitock file) I cut from patterned paper and backed with some oranges cardstock. I popped this up for some added dimension as I did with the title piece as well.

Supplies used: 
Simple Stories (Summer Paradies collection)
Core'dinations Colorcore cardstock
Queen & Co (blue rhinestones)
Silhouette Cameo & cut files (Simple Stories: "Life is pretty Amazing", Jillibean Film Strip, Lori Whitlock Quote Bubble)

Thanks for peeking.
Hope you have a great day!