Week Two: Tackling the Embellishments

Did you have fun viewing all of the Love Your Stash ideas last week? Our Creative Design Team is challenging you to use your stash throughout February. Each week, we have a new element in our craft stash that we are using in our videos, and we are asking you to join the challenge.


This week, our goal was to use up some of our bits and bobbles we have collected in our embellishment stash.  I had fun rummaging through my collection to find elements for this page.  How many of them do you recognize?

I was amazed at how many little treasures I found in my craft space even after de-stashing last October. I swear some of these items multiply overnight.

As you can see, I was able to gather up some adorable little pieces for this page to match the personalities in the photos. I especially love that little banner below the photos. I was inspired by Andrea Sherman’s video last week and wanted to make one for this page.

I have only made banners for my home décor pieces and have not attempted one for a scrapbook page. This is fun to make and it like how it helps to frame the photos in a whimsical way.

Most of the banner pieces and background papers are Mix-Ins. These patterns are my favorite to use and I tend to hoard them each season. I adore the subtle patterns and colors. This page also has few leftover pieces from Stitched Together and Brushed. All of the colors played so well together.

To break up the patterns and bring focus to the photos, I used a black cardstock background and a few black pattern papers. Whenever I have black and white photos, I like to use black frames, matting, or stitching to draw your eye to the image on the page.

Once the papers had been selected, I started digging through the embellishments. WOW! I did not realize how many flowers I had collected. In my process video, you will be able to see how I layered all the elements together and get a peek into how I organize my embellishments.


As I create a page, I often take a step back or walkaway to allow my mind to clear so I can see what might be needed. While I was making this page, I had to refocus a few times. I don’t usually add this many elements and I worried that it wouldn’t all come together.

Each time I came back to the project, I remembered what I have been learning in my classes and all the little tricks I have learned through the years. I reminded myself to stick to specific colors, added texture and checked for a visual triangle.

One of my favorite additions was the wood leaves and title. It was those elements that pulled everything together. By adding some natural elements to the page, I was able to soften the bright colors and ground a few of the elements.

This page turned out so much better than I had hoped – I honestly surprised myself. All of these little embellishments worked together perfectly and reflected the personality of the girls in the photos.


Make sure to check out all of the Creative Design Team creations this week and learn a few new was to Love Your Stash. If you choose to join the challenge, make sure to use the #cdtloveyourstash so that we can see what you created.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

Fall is here and our  group has been busy creating some wonderful creations for you featuring products from the new September/October catalog. 118688680_10157792610047686_3570181646909527190_nThis seasonal idea book is full of delightful papers, new shades of cardstock, stickers, stamps, and dies all rolled up in a beautiful bundle of inspiration.  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Fall Joy Slimline Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


The colors of autumn are some of my favorites to work with especially when it involves skeletonized leaves. When I first saw the Textured Leaves stamps and dies in the new catalog, I knew I had to have them and made plans right away to create a slimline card. 

This is only the second slimline card I have created.  I am not normally one to follow trends, but the size of these Textured Leaves required a larger card and the 8.5″ x 3.5″ base was ideal for this design. 

Each one of the leaf images was heat embossed onto cardstock to give some texture to the design.  I chose a few of our new colors – Sundance & Cinnamon – and paired them with Almond, Espresso, and Paprika. 

After the leaves were cut out, I used a few of our Distress Oxide Inks on the edges to create some color variation. Those new inks are just delightful! Each one blends beautifully and dries to a soft chalky color.  I have already created one project with them and I can’t wait to create more. 

The papers and stickers on this card are also new to our collection.  The background papers are from our Woodgrain and Mix-In paper packs which coupled beautifully with the Sunflower stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection.  Don’t these paper designs just make you want to create??

Once the leaves were layered, the stitching was added, and the sentiment chosen, I felt like it needed a something more.  I realized that I had spoiled myself with some Copper Ore paper and knew that it would be a wonderful addition to the card. 

Those Flower Market twigs were cut on my Cricut Maker using the Metallic Poster-board setting, then tucked under each of the leaves on the card.   I only wish the photo did justice to the beauty of this paper. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to create something fun for fall and to take a look all the amazing new products in our September/October catalog.  If you are like me and need a printed version of the idea book in your hands, you can get one free when you place an order on my website.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Janet J Royer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the Fall Collection.  

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A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)