Hello Everyone! Virginia Walker here with another 12x12 layout. For this layout I am using the Flourish butterfly cut file (design id 277097). I altered the cut file slightly so that I could cut it out as a border. I did this by making it a compound path then offsetting it in the Silhouette Studio. This gave me a frame to back with patterned paper and I used the Pick Me Up 6x6 paper pad for this. I was’nt sure how I was going to embellish the page though because the Butterfly was so pretty on it’s own. I chose patterned paper 22 from the Pick me up collection as my base, it is a lovely neutral print with an XO pattern on it which was perfect for my photo. I eventually decided on embellishing with some of the florals stickers, chipboard stickers and puffy stickers from Pick me up and fussy cut a few butterflies from the butterfly washi tape in the Pick me up washi book. My title was created using the Blue foam alphas from Pick me up and the word Today from the Chipboard stickers. I also added a few other pieces from the die cut pack but I felt like it needed a little more when I was finished. So I used the stitched heart stamp from the Turn the page stamp set and one of the small hearts from the Oh my heart stamp set and stamped them in gold ink around my 3 embellishment clusters. That really finished off the layout for me!
Happy Crafting xx
together time for us! Focusing on the photo and the story I was trying to tell I decided to use some of my Crate Paper valentines collections... Firstly because I love this little moment and the colours in her cardigan coodinated perfectly. I cut one of Paige Evans cutfiles from the silhouette store and set about creating this collection using pieces from Crate Paper Hello Love, Heart Day and Main squeeze collections as well as some papers from the Jen Hadfield Everyday 12x12 paper pad to bring in some dark blues.
I peeled the backing off the masked hearts and arranges them down my strings... in a way that they looked appealing. Varying the sizes down the length of the strings. Then where I had placed my largest hearts, I attached them on top of the masked hearts with a tiny amount of atg tape. This would allow me to continue the mixed media on them, but the mask underneath would leave the shape white once peeled off.
sized punch I punched some vellum that had gold foiled hearts on it. I folded all my hearts down the centre and set about layering them on top of my heart shapes that had been masked. I adhered them to my card front with just a thin line of scotch tacky glue that was placed down the centre fold of each heart and then used my sewing machine and gold thread to stitch “strings” down the length of my hearts. To finish off the card I punched a few more tiny hearts from gold glitter card stocks and placed them at the bottom of the strings and empty spaces and covered them with glossy accents.
A really easy to make card with a bunch of interest and I am certain my Mother in law will love it!
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I found the centre of my page then drew a circle with a pencil and compass. This gave me a guide to then stitch in gold thread with my sewing machine in a messy circle numerous times. This served as a base for my wreath design and also gave me the ability to feature the gold stitching through gaps in the Embellishments that I intended to place.
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I cut some Neenah Solar white 110lb cardstock into 2 pieces, the first measuring 4 and and a quarter inches by 5 and a half inches, the second measuring 5 and a half inches by 8 and a half inches, scored it in half and folded it and this forms the base for my card. Using the smaller piece of card I cut the word Happy using a set of Kaisercraft letter dies, making sure to retain all of the pieces. I placed a strip of low tack tape across the back of the card and reinstated the cut out letters into the places they were cut from.
The final touches were a simple gold embossed “have a” banner popped up on foam for just above the word Happy 3 tiny gold glitter butterflies that I cut with one of my hand pouches and a few clear sequins in various sizes. To complete the sentiment I stamped Birthday in black ink on the inside of the card.
A lovely elegant little card. I love the shimmery texture Nuvo embellishment mousse provides and its wide variety of colours makes it a very versatile and handy item to have in your stash.
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a nice white border around the images which would co-ordinate with the ephemera and stickers used in the collection. Is that being too fussy?! Lol I like a nice white border! So after fussy cutting all the butterflies from the 12x12 and 6x6 Paper (minus a few that Adison stole lol) I sat down and set about my design. I have been drawn to large circular focal points on layouts recently and had initially thought to do the same on this page, but while sifting through the embellishments I came across a chipboard book. Would’nt it be neat if all the butterlies were flying out of the book?! That is how this layout came about. I love the background paper for this layout but also think that the butterflies would have been just as if not more effective on a pure white background. Some soft white tissue and 2 other patterned papers provide a mat for the photo as well as 2 other patterned papers punched with my notebook punch down the left side, these provide grounding for the photo and chipboard book as well as helping to distinguish them from that pink background paper.
All in all very little actual embellishments were used from this collection but the butterflies from the patterned papers add a real bang, lifting the wings adds dimension which in turn casts lovely shadows amongst the cluster. The title is made from gold puffy stickers from Maggie Holmes Gather collection and the large Chipboard “Dreams” is of course from the Chasing Dreams chipboard sheet. It’s growing on me.... and of course it’s in my usual “heavily embellished” style and I am perfectly okay with that!
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Well hello! I’m back with my second design team challenge over on the Southern Girls Challenge blog.
The theme today it stitching.... and when I think of stitching nowadays a scrapbook layout comes to mind. I used to sew actual fabric.... but nowadays my poor machine is used more for paper, go figure!
My first thought when starting a layout is choosing a photo.... I havn’t scrapped in a few weeks now so it was a little bit of a slow start, but once I chose my photo and a cut file from the Silhouette store it was like riding a bike. The photo I chose is from 2 years ago when we got our kitten Molly from the SPCA (animal shelter; there is a bit of a story behind how we ended up with her because I was not looking for another cat... but... yep I’m a sucker). I had originally planned on using a tree cut file and placing some cats around the tree, much like Molly as the photo was of her climbing our Christmas tree, but a picture on one of the cut apart sheets from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection sparked an idea. It was a picture of a deer and it simply said “Oh Deer”.
When looking at the picture it makes me think “Oh Dear”... and maybe a few other words lol so I ran with that idea.
The design of the layout is rather simple from then on. I chose patterned papers from the Snow and Cocoa collection and cut them into roughly and inch thick and stacked them on top of each other. I then took them to my sewing machine and stitched each paper together where they met. I then glued my deer cutfile to my patterned papers and trimmed off all of the excess paper. I decided it needed a little more stitching so I stitched around the entire edge of the cutfile, all in gold thread. Let me tell you though... I’m glad it’s nearly all gone because it is a nightmare to sew with!
I then backed my entire cutfile with some adhesive foam. The patterned paper I chose for the background was rather simple so I decided to add some mixed media, first applying a rough coat of gesso around where the cutfile will lay and then “smooshed” 2 shimmerz colourings onto the background... a few flicks of gold Heidi Swapp color shine and that part of the layout was done.
Once dry I adhered my cutfile to the page, along with my 2 photos tucked either side of one of the deers antlers.
From then on I simply embellished with pieces from the Snow and Cocoa collection, the only exception was a chipboard cat from the Crate Paper cute girl collection.
I’m really happy with this layout and the non traditional Christmas colours on the page, if you would like to see my entire process video simply click on the YouTube link below...
Hi guys! Finally a new blog post! I know! It's been while :) So if you didn't already know I've joined The Southern Girls Design Team who holds challenges over on their blog every month. This challenge is for Team Trace and the theme... you guessed it! Glitter! Easy right?!
Well not so much... I have never worked with restrictions before, or with a specific prompt so this is an entirely new ball game for me. I'll be honest, my DT project that I'm posting here is not my first attempt, but my second. I was not at all happy with my first (boy am I glad I wasn't procrastinating on this project).
The sponsors for this challenge are Krafters cart, an awesome scrapbooking store in Auckland, New Zealand...
So let's get to the details... I chose to feature the Mama Elephant Little Reindeer Agenda stamp set that I recently purchased from Krafter's Cart, and of course a lot of glitter.
These versatile and super cute little images lend themselves well to a variety of projects so I decided on some tags... shaker tags. So I set about creating my tags.
As I didn't have a die tag large enough to accommodate the type of project I wanted to create I gravitated toward my Silhouette Cameo... and she never fails. Bingo a tag in my design folder, perfect to create tags of any size.
I cut the tags on Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and went about making the tags. An ink blended background, a few trees, some snowy hillsides, little reindeer and of course an abundance of snow (in the form of sparkly white glitter) makes for a super cute tag to pop on any gift this Christmas. A sentiment on the back and I was done! I love the fact that there is a tonne of glitter in the little shakers but its not cleanly done that its not in your face! If you would like to see my full process click on the YT video link below and be sure to pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog to take part in this awesome challenge and to see what the other designers have come up with.
Click on the link above to see my whole process