Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pebbles Inc | October Sketch...

Hey Friends! There's a new challenge up on the Pebbles Inc blog. We have started to introduce a few sketch challenges! Have a look at our very first inspiration sketch..

My layout has stayed pretty true to the overall positioning of elements on the page. However, I simply replaced the hexagon shapes with fussy cut butterflies from the new Midnight Haunting collection.
supplies: cs - American Crafts; pp - Pebbles Inc Midnight Haunting; other - Simple Life Embossed Stickers.

Head on over to the blog and seek out the inspiration shared from the amazing DT. Two winners will be chosen from the submissions sent in. Good luck!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pebbles Inc | Father's Day mini bag...

Hey There Friends! Father's Day is soon approaching and I thought I might share these super cute mini bags I created for the Pebbles Inc blog.

You can find all the steps you need to make both the shirt front and star tag bag here.

Thanks for visiting..x


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bella Blvd | Keys...

Hello Friends! Today I have a bold and bright share using the Bella Blvd Addison collection. 

I created this layout with the idea of using all or most of my leftover scraps pieces that were sitting on my desk. The Addison collection is such a happy grouping of patterns and colours that I knew I wanted to use it in a celebratory way.

My daughter has recently passed her Learner's driving test which is quite a big deal for her! And I love that in this collection there was a die cut key!

I kept the photo black and white to allow the patterned paper to have a starring role. The strips of paper were also shaped to represent a city skyline with varying heights to create interest.

products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Bella Blvd Addison; Alphas - Bella Blvd; embellishments - Bella Blvd: puffy stickers, paper pieces, stickers. other - staples, typewriter, paint.

The rest of the leftover paper strips have been layered with fussy cut images, stickers, puffy hearts or die cut paper pieces. My journaling was simply stapled to the bottom of the page and a few drops of paint complete the look of my layout. I am so glad to have now documented this milestone! Thanks so much for visiting..x

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bella Blvd | Project Life Filler Cards..

Hello Friends! Today I want to share some project life filler cards created using designer tape as my inspiration.

There's a brand new collection of Designer Tapes designed by the amazing people over at Bella Blvd. The patterns and colours are simple divine!!!

Card 1 | Designer Tape Feather

My first filler card has been styled using a washi/designer tape feather. Using a piece of florist wire, overlap the designer tape and then trim it until it resembles a feather shape. Notch a few triangles from the long edges to give it a fringe look. Adhere to the filler card using wet adhesive.

Card 2 | Punched Shapes

Using white leftover cardstock, punch your shape. I am using circles. Punch a second shape in a coordinating patterned paper to match the designer tape you wish to use. Add the designer tape to one half of the cardstock shape. Trim to match the shape of the punch. With the patterned paper shape, cut in half and adhere to the blank space of the cardstock. To complete the embellishment, add a chipboard icon to the middle of your punched out shape. Add the designer tape embellishment to your project life filler card.

Card 3 | Stamps + Designer Tape

Trim white cardstock to project life filler card size. Add designer tape to the lower edge of the cardstock and add stitching for extra effect. Using a stamp, add a simple sentiment above the designer tape lines. To complete the card, add a few enamel hearts to the top row of designer tape.

Each type of card can be create using a variant on the methods above. Try wrapping a chipboard pieces in designer tape or adding the tape vertically rather than horizontal.

Don't forget to check out all the new patterned designer tapes now available through Bella Blvd.

Thanks for visiting..x

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bella Blvd | Secrets of the Sea mini album...

Hi Everyone! Today I want to share a project that I featured over on my Instagram for Bella Blvd. It's a mini album created using the Secrets of the Sea Boy collection. I love this 4x4 mini album size, as I can slip my Instagram photos straight in with minimal fuss!

I found my album's title quote on Pinterest and I think it suits this project perfectly!

"Bare Feet & Salty Hair"

products used: mini album - We R Memory Keepers 4x4 (black); pp - Bella Blvd (Secrets of the Sea Boy); alpha - Bella Blvd: Secrets of the Sea Boy Fundamentals; embellishments - Bella Blvd: Secrets of the Sea Boy Designer clips, paper pieces, puffy icon stickers; other - cardstock, machine stitching, typewriter.

Each 4x4 Instagram photo was mounted onto patterned paper and off set on the opposite page insert with a die cut paper piece, puffy sticker icon or a few notes  of journaling.

Some of my photos were posed but most of them are a capture of our family holiday in-the-moment snapshots.

The Bella Blvd Secret of the Sea boy collection was simply ideal for documenting our Summer holiday. I hope I have inspired you to also create a project using this collection the next time you pull out beach photos to scrap! Thanks so much for visiting..x

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pebbles Inc | Heart of Home layout...

Hey there friends! I'm just trying to get this blog up and running once again! Life keeps interfering and it is a struggle to even get to the computer at times! LOL! But here I am, starting over. Again. :)

Today I have a share using the Pebbles Inc Heart of Home collection. I think I fell in love withthese patterned papers, almost instantly! *sigh*

My first project was to create a layout featuring my crazy kids!

products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Pebbles Inc Heart of Home; embellishments - Pebbles Inc Heart of Home label stickers; enamel dots. other - machine stitching, typewriter.

The flowers were all fussy cut and adhered to allow the edges to lift from the page.

Machine stitching added an extra detail while the gold foil labels help to draw the eye across my layout.

You can see more details and read about my thought process to creating this layout on the Pebbles blog, here. Thank you for visiting..x

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bella Blvd | Pinterest Inspiration...

Hello Friends! Today I am sharing a Pinterest Inspired creation combined with the gorgeous new Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea collection!
I was looking through Pinterest and I came across this cute mermaid graphic..

I was inspired not only by the simple silhouette design but by the curve of the text as well.

Here's what I came up with.

products used: cs - American Crafts; pp -Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea Girl 6x8 Mini Paper Pad; Alphas - Bella Blvd: Wonky Alpha Puffy Sticker, Tiny Text Alpha Stickers; Embellishments - Bella Blvd: Puffy Icon Stickers (Secrets of the Sea Girl), Designer Clips (Secrets of the Sea Girl); IF Enamel Hearts; other - sequins.

These cards will be perfect to share with my mermaid loving nieces on their next birthday! Thanks for visiting today..x

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bella Blvd | Paper Crowns...

Hey Friends!! Today I am sharing my step by step process for creating the paper crowns I made using the new Bella Blvd Popsicles and Pandas Collection.

It was a really simple process of folding paper squares from your favourite patterned paper collection.

Start by gathering your supplies and tools.

Supplies | Popsicles & Pandas: Paper: Picnic, Daily Details, Oh Summer!, Popsicle Party, Paper Pieces; IF Enamel Hearts: Hey Sugar Sugar; Enamel Dots: Punch. 

Tools |  metal dies: flower and leaf; hot glue gun; bone folder/scorer.

Cut out several flower shapes from metal dies or electronic die cutting machine. I have combined two shapes to make one flower. Roll the flower shapes to form the flower and secure carefully with hot glue.

For the smaller pink crown, trim patterned paper into 1" squares. The larger crown is made from 2" squares.  Cut/trim enough squares to fit the circumference of your head.

Fold each square neatly on the diagonal to form triangles. Use the scorer for a crisp edge. Link each triangle together by applying hot glue (carefully) to the edge of the inside fold and then slide a second triangle between. Complete the crown by securing the first triangle to the last. Allow the crown to dry.

Add your die cut flowers and any other embellishments.

Complete your gift by wearing it yourself or ceremoniously passing it along to a special mother for Mother's Day! Let's face it mums. We deserve to wear a crown on Mother's Day!! *grin*

Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, May 8, 2017

Jot Magazine | May Moodboard Challenge...

Hello Friends! I'm just popping in here to share the latest Jot Magazine Moodboard challenge where I am this month's guest pinner!

I have chosen a palette of warm hues balanced by a snowy white and grey backgrounds.

Here's my LO:


products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Bella Blvd: Alex; alphas - Bella Blvd; embellishments: Bella Blvd, Fancy Pants Designs, enamel dots, puffy stickers; other - paint, embroidery floss, hand stitching.

My inspiration comes from the typography pin as well as the hot air balloon. Be sure to click on the link to see how the other Jot Girls played along.  Thanks for visiting..x

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bella Blvd | Delight in His Day mini album...

Hey Everyone!

I'm just checking in here with a quick step by step mini album using one sheet of cardstock and the super cute Bella BLVDIllustrated Faith | Delight in His Day collection!

This mini folds down to 4"x4". I will attach a copy of the Pinterest template I found on line as well as the instruction. The original blog post can be found here. This link is for the base mini album only.

Instructions are as follows:

First cut along all the lines (that are not dotted) and then fold:
A: fold top center to the right. apply adhesive to top and bottom edges of right square and attach to create a pocket.
B: fold down.
C: fold top left square down. Apply adhesive to right and bottom edges of center left square and attach to create a pocket. fold under center square.
D: fold to the right.
E: fold bottom right square to the left.
F: fold edge of square to the right on 1" mark. apply adhesive to flaps to create two pockets.
G: fold bottom left square to the right.
Fold up to close.

Once the base cardstock mini has been created, I have added 3.75" squares of patterned paper to each 4"x4" section. Keep in mind though as you fold the card, to line up the patterned papers so they don't appear upside down as the mini is opened.

Folding the mini back to the 4"x4" size can be a little tricky. It might take a few tries to get it to lay flat or find the right way to fold it in on itself. *grin* I had to this attempt several times!

Finally embellish using the gorgeous paper pieces from Delight in His Day and those fun puffy heart stickers!!

I have left room in this mini for several photos measuring 3"x2", but I am sure you can easily substitute a 4"x4" paper for a square Instagram photo.

Have fun putting your album together! Once you have all the supplies sitting in front of you, it takes next to no time to create.  Thanks for visiting..x


products used:
Delight in His Day | Raise Me Up, Sprinkled with Bliss, Topnotch, Happy Heart, Believe It, Borders, 3x4s; Paper Pieces; Fundamental Stickers; Tip Ins; IF Enamel Hearts; BB Little Bits White Little Bits; Puffy Heart Stickers: Ice Mix; Snapshots | Pajama Day.

other - ink, foam dots.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bella Blvd | Secrets of the Sea (BOY)...

Hey everyone! Bella Blvd have released some absolutely gorgeous collections lately. Have you had the chance to check them out???

This week I've been playing with SECRETS OF THE SEA. Heads up! There is both a boy version AND a girls one! How spoilt are we??! 

I am going to say this straight off the bat!! I love these collections. Especially the boy one. It is so bright and fresh and fun and all the good stuff! *grin* I just want to play with it all. of. the. time!!

The paper pieces are a standout feature. For my latest layout, I think I could have added the entire packet!

I restrained myself though....  *wink*

"You, Me & the Sea"

Head on over to the Bella blog to see the inspiration that has been shared this week...x



cardstock - Bazzill; patterned paper - Secrets of the Sea (Boy); alphabets - Bella BLVD Tiny Text, Wonky Alphabet; embellishments - Bella BLVD: paper pieces, enamel dots, puffy stickers, 6x8 paper pad; tools - IF watercolour, machine stitching, typewriter.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Big Picture Classes | Color Play...

Coming Soon to Big Picture Classes....

products used: Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Crate Paper, Bazzill cardstock.

I'm so excited! Color Play will be available this Monday. Stay tuned..x

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bella BLVD | Easter Thank You...

Hey Friends! I just wanted to share these 3x4 thank you cards I created last week. They're just in time for Easter! I want my friends to know how much I appreciate them. This was such a simple idea that I made them in less than an hour. 

I started with some base cardstock and grabbed the Illustrated Faith | Seed of Faith collection. I just adore the colours!

I was also drawn towards using the gorgeous Seeds of Faith paper pieces as well. Creating layers was easy by mounting them on foam dots!

Behind each cluster of paper pieces (die cuts) I added a simple 1.5" circle, punched from coordinating cardstock.

Add some twine and a few puffy heart stickers and these cards practically make themselves!! *grin*

Thanks for visiting today! I hope I've inspired you to pull out some supplies and play over the Easter weekend..x



patterned paper - Illustrated Faith Seeds of Faith; cardstock - bazzill, American Crafts; embellishments - Bella Blvd Puffy Heart stickers, Illustrated Faith Seeds of Faith paper pieces; alphas - Bella Blvd Tiny Text Alphabets; other - twine, staple, foam dots.