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.  

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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Welcome to “Use Your Scraps” Technique Blog Hop

If you are like me, you probably have a random pile of paper scraps that are calling out to be used on a project.  103132423_10157506368882934_5726353441318032680_oToday, we are going to show you some fun ways to use those scraps before you add to your pile.  If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Perfect Summer Day layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

Scraps are something most paper crafters collect. We have plans to use them, but often forget we have them in our stash. This past month, I have been working my way through a bin of scraps, mixing and matching paper collections to create some fun little creations. Here is one I recently completed using quite a few scraps in my collection. 

Most people might have chosen to use purples with these photos, but I wanted to focus on the people so I picked papers that would draw your eyes to the kids playing in the water.  

When you take a look at the papers around the photos you will see a sun pattern paper to match the summer theme and some blue florals to match the boys’ swim trunks.  I tied them together using some glacier cardstock and some summer vibes papers. 

The stripes on that Summer Vibes paper is full of bright colors and I felt like it was the best way to tie all the summer colors together in these photos.  Next to the striped paper is another scrap from that collection and it has a slight wave pattern – perfect for reflecting the water the kids were playing in. 

Once the paper scraps were down onto the background and stitched into place, I decided to embellish the page with some leftover stickers and die cuts.  When I think of using up “scraps”, I also think about all those little bits of ephemera that remain after completing other projects. 

On this title, I used up some of those scraps, too.  I added some remaining Summer Vibes stickers layered onto a cloud that I had leftover from my Happiest Place album project. 

The cloud in the corner and the little blue tab also came from those Happiest Place “scraps”.  Whenever I finish a project, I place the leftovers in an organizer by color. That tab was the perfect shade of blue to match this page. All I had to do was stamp the date using an alphabet stamp set

I have a second page to go with this layout which I am still working to complete.  I also used quite a few scraps on it, but I have a few more details to add before I post it here on my blog. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Use Your Scraps project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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 for using up those bits of paper scraps on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the products shown here will be retiring on August 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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