Monday, September 19, 2016

Back to School Layout with Cheery Lynn Designs and Graphic 45's ABC PRimer

Hi there Cheery Lynn fans!  Today I'm sharing a layout I made for the September 15th Vintage challenge going on right now!  That photo is me and I suspect it was taken on the first day of the 2nd grade.  I used Graphic 45's ABC Primer papers to do my vintage look but as is typical of me, I had to add a bright splash of color with the red flowers.

I like to layer it up so I used the French Flair Pierce and Cut tool die to cut layers in different patterned papers.  The title, Learn, is a word chippie from Creative Embellishments.

I tend to mix and match my dies when I make flowers.  For the flower above I've used  Stacker Flower 5 on the bottom and the   Black Eyed Susan Strip 5 Piece Die Set for the top layers and center.  I really love that center piece!  The flowers below are made with the Black Eyed Susan Strip die.

I used Flourish #4  and  Flourish #7  to add to my floral clusters.  Flourish 4 is such a nice large flourish that I tore it apart and tucked in pieces here and there.

Cheery Lynn Designs used:
LPC12 - French Flair Pierce and Cut tool
CAFLRS4 - Flourish #4 
DAFLRS7 - Flourish #7
SF - 5 - Stacker Flower 5
B338 - Black Eyed Susan Strip 5 Piece Die Set
B777 - Floral Bouquet Kit 

Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to enter the Vintage challenge going on right now.  You could win a $20 gift certificate to the store!  You'll find all the details on the September 15 challenge post.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Creative Embellishments - Sometimes Simple is Good!

I am  quite guilty of over thinking my projects sometimes and the result can really be a hot mess!  I really think that I need to remember that simple is good and can be quite eye catching.  Now this card is a perfect example of simple yet pretty.  I cut a base card and added two quick paper layers.  Then I selected a great Creative Embellishments oval frame to surround the pretty image from Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection.  I heat embossed the frame with Stampendous shabby white embossing enamel, added some pretty Petaloo blooms and a seambinding bow.  That's it, card done!

The oblong frame really centers everything and adds the perfect look to my card.

For this next card, I chose a cut-apart from one of my favorite Graphic 45 collections, Typography and pasted it to a black cardstock base.  I diecut a doily and tucked in the upper left corner and added a piece of chipboard at the bottom right corner.  To pull it all together, I used a rectangular frame from Creative Embellishments, again, heat embossed with  Stampendous Chunky Metallic Seasonings Embossing Enamel.  Add some pretty flowers and leaves, and that's it, all done.  Quick, easy, effective.

Look how pretty the frame is with the embossing enamel.

The frame just pulls the card together and gives it a cohesive look.

Friday, September 9, 2016

A Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland spooky house with a secret!

This house has a secret and I made it especially for my chocoholic friends!  Trust me, this is just  what you need because this cute and spooky Halloween house is a cleverly disguised candy box.  Ha, you can hide your chocolate stash in this box and no one will be the wiser!  The roof of the house is actually hinged at the top and each roof lifts up to reveal a nice little box where you can stash your favorite chocolates.

The box is made from two Graphic 45 Staples boxes.  I built each side of the house independent of the other and glued them together at the end.  First I cut two panels for the ends of the box that would support the roof and glued them to the smaller sides of the box on the outside.  The flap of the box that forms the book box cover is glued so that it stands up forming the top of the roof peak.  The chipboard panel is cut to   fit over the opening in the box, forming the roof.  I attached it to the roof peak with a small piece of folded cardstock adhering one side of the cardstock to the chipboard roof flap and the other side to the roof peak forming a flap that can be raised and lowered.   Now I glued the tall backs of the two boxes together forming the house.  I used Washi tape to cover the seam where the two roofs meet so that the roof hinge was  reinforced and the roof flaps would not tear off.    I also used Washi tape to reinforce the seam on the sides where the two boxes are joined together.

Before you finish the inside of the roof flaps attach an Ornate Metal Label Holder to each roof flap.  Then when you cover the inside of the roof, the backs of the metal brads won't show.  The rabbit and Mad Hatter on this side were fussy cut from an ephemera card.

I fussy cut the cat from the signature page.

I turned another ephemera card into a door by adding heat embossed hinges and a Prima metal knob.

I added metal tab holders to use as finger holds to lift the roof and get at the secret chocolate stash!  :-)


Graphic 45 Supplies:
Hallowe'en in Wonderland Deluxe Collector's Edition
2 Staples ATC Book Boxes Black
Staples Washi Tape
2 Staples Ornate Metal Label Holders

Black cardstock
2 -  8.5" x 11"Chipboard sheets
Creative Embellishments Cats on Fence Border
Creative Embellishments Spider Web Corner Set
Cheery Lynn B847 Witch's Brew die
Cheery Lynn B829 Happy Halloween die
Cheery Lynn CAFLRS14 Flourish 14 leaf die
Lindy's Flat Fabio Toto's Tornado Black mist; Cajun Carnelian Red, Gator Gumbo Olive
Petaloo Botanica Blooms x 4 Lav/purple
Petaloo Spring Berry Picks Lav/purple
Petaloo Mini's x 11 Lav/purple
Petaloo Botanicas Mixed Blooms x 6 Lav/purple
Petaloo Botanica Anemone x 6 pistachio
Petaloo Textured Elements x 4 Moss Green
Prima Chantilly Metal Knobs
Olive silk ribbon
Spellbinders spider die
Sizzix Hinges, Latches, Handle & Photo Turns die

Stampendous Aged Bronze Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it!

A canvas for Cheery Lynn Designs with Graphic 45's new Off to the Races.

Hellow friends, I"m back with Cheery Lynn again.  These dies are so fabulous, but let me tell you why.  One pass through my Spellbinders Platinum and they are cut. I don't have to run it through multiple times to get a clean cut and the designs generally fall right out of the die.  No more poking through little holes to get the design out of the die.  I seriously love that!

Have you seen Graphic 45's new collection, Off to the Races?  It's such a colorful collection with G45's trademark vintage images.  I made a canvas using some of Cheery Lynn's stacker dies as layers behind my focal point, Lucky ephemera card.  The red mat under the card is French Flair Pierce and Cut tool.  There are 6 dies in that set, each one pierced around the edges so you could run a thread through it if you wanted.

The green mat under the ATC card is Pierced Stacker #3 and is such a pretty quatrefoil type shape.  I really love this die and it comes with 6 nested sizes.

Cherry Lynn has many pretty doily designs too, this one is Italian Flourish Doily Die.  I cut this one from ivory cardstock and I love how lacy it looks.

I made pretty red flowers to go with my canvas using the 2 sizes of flower dies in the Floral Bouquet Kit. Then I added some vines cut with Flourish #7.

Love this flourish die, it has quickly become a favorite and It's showing up in a lot of my work these days!

Cheery Lynn Designs dies used:

Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Off to the Races collection:
Run for the Roses 
Royal Ascot
Ephemera Cards
Journaling Chipbaord
Staples ATC Celebrate Ivory Tags
Ivory & red cardstock
Red Wink of Stella Pin

Thanks for joining me today, hop on over to the Cheery Lynn store to see more of their great dies!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Paper doll tags with Petaloo!

This month at Petaloo, we're featuring projects that you can do with the kids and grandkids.  You know those days when the kids are saying I'm bored, there's nothing to do?  That's the time to reach for these projects!

Now I always loved paper dolls when I was a child so I thought it would be fun to make dolls today!  I've used a couple of Julie Nutting doll stamps to make my paper dolls but if you don't have any doll stamps, you could have the kids cut out pictures from old magazines.

First up is my mermaid tag that I made with Graphic 45's Voyage Beneath the Sea collection.  I like to use large tags so that I have lots of room for embellishing.  This tag is actually a Graphic 45 packaging tag that I've recycled and it measures about 4" x 8 3/4".  First I covered the tag with some design paper and then painted on a little white gesso to tone it down a bit and give it an underwater look.

To make my mermaid, I stamped her on cream cardstock and cut that out.  Then I stamped her onto different pieces of design paper and pieced her together..

I love these Petaloo Botanica Mixed Blooms in blue/green .  I layered them over some Creative Embellishments sea grass and Petaloo Teal Spring Berry Picks to create an underwater scene.

 Now add a fun G45 chipboard tag  with a great quote on it to finish it off.  Add a bow at the top and presto!  You've got a great tag to share.  I know the kids will have fun making paper doll tags.  Give the kids some magazines, paper scraps, scissors and glue and let their imaginations go wild.

Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea collection
Julie Nutting 

 Next up, a pretty miss, fashionably dressed for summer in an outfit made from Graphic 45's Ladie's Diary DCE.  This tag has plenty of popped up layers.  That's a fun technique that you can show the kids, just give them some cardboard to use, it's so much cheaper than using foam tape.  Glue the cardboard to the back of your layer being sure to cut it small enough so that it doesn't show, and start layering it up!

Along with the Petaloo flowers. I added a pretty beige Petaloo Fancy Trim detail at the bottom.  I bet you have some bits and pieces of ribbons and trims laying around, so give those to the kids too and I bet you'll be surprised at what they come up with.  I love seeing what children create because their minds haven't been inhibited by "what you're supposed to do."   Their creativity really amazes me.

 To add some fun dimension, I popped up part of her dress.  This tag really has dimension,  There's the base tag, then a popped up oval frame, a smaller oval frame also popped up, then the doll is popped up with a flirty pop up of her dress.

Here's a pretty little cluster of a tag, a sticker and Petaloo flowers.

The perfect finishing touch for my projects is always flowers and I've used some of my favorites on this tag, new  Petaloo Darjeelings, an anemone and roses. 

Graphic 45 Ladies Dairy DCE

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A layout with Cheery Lynn dies!

OK, major excitement for me, I was asked to be a guest designer for Cheery Lynn dies and WOW, do I ever love these dies, they are so fabulous.  I love how the paper so easily releases from the dies and that you can cut through two layers of cardstock with the dies.  I am a layouts and tags kinda gal with the occasional off the page project and card thrown into the mix, so today I want to share a layout with you that also goes along with the Cheery Lynn's September 1 challenge theme to use lace.  I love using lace and ribbons on my layouts so I used a pretty heart lace all around my photo.

I used the Victorian Romance Flourish in each of the 4 corners to set the base for my floral clusters.  Then I added Flourish # 7 -CAFLRS7.  To make those flourishes extra pretty, I inked them around the edges.  Inking creates depth and I love layers, depth and dimension.

I have to have layers under my photos so I used the Horizon Coved Rectangle Boutique Stacker - DL 251 to cut a large and medium mat for my photo.

I am totally a flowers kinda gal and I am totally crazy about the Cheery Lynn flower dies!  I used the Black Eyed Susan Strip die B338 to create the pointed petal flowers and the Floral Bouquet Kit B777.  

 I especially love the black eyed susan center, it's so easy to make and looks so fabulous!  I inked the edges of my flowers, shaped the petals with a large ball stylus and they layered them up.

Now flowers need some leaves around them to make them look realistic so I diecut leaves and berries with the Floral Bouquet Kit (B777).  That kit is so versatile because you get two sizes of flowers plus pretty stems, leaves, and berries!  I also added some Lindy's mist to the petals so that the color would be mottled and more realistic.

For these flowers, I used both the small and large flower in the Floral Bouquet Kit (B777).  The center is made up of 3 small flowers.  To make the small flower and the center of the large flower, I just pinched the petals together and gave them a nice scrunch.

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:
CAFLRS-7 - Flourish 7

Other Supplies:
Prima Royal Menagerie Collection
Lindy's Mists

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it!  Hope all's well in your world.

OTP with the September Flying Unicorn Kit

One of the great things about the Flying Unicorn monthly kit is the diverse range of products included. There's always an OTP - off the page project, and this month it's a fun wooden box that I turned into a girly jewelry gift box.

First I painted the box with Prima paint that also came in the kit.  After that dried, I brushed it with Prima Clear Crackle Texture Paste.  After that dried, I brushed white gesso over it and then wiped it off with a damp towel so that the white remained in the cracks but not so much on the surface of the box

Next comes the fun part and that is embellishing with lots of pretty blooms, beads and lace!

Can't wait to gift this to someone!

Supplies from the September Flying Unicorn kit:
Wooden hinged box
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Pink Blush

From my stash:
Petaloo Mixed Blossoms x 8 Soft Pink

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Layout with the September Flying Unicorn Kit

You don't want to miss the gorgeous September Flying Unicorn kit filled with Prima's Rossibelle products.  I love the colors of this collection!

Here's a layout I did with Rossibelle. First I masked some crackles on the background with a Prima mask that was included in the kit.  I used layers from the 6 x 6" pad also in the kit behind my photo.

Underneath the photo I fussy cut some flowers from one of the Rossibelle papers and used that to form the base of my cluster.  I filled in with diecut leaves from Spellbinders Romatic Vines die.

I used a Creative Embellishment's  heart shaped frame from my stash and heat embossed it with Stampendous aged copper.  The frame also has some sprigs on it that make up part of the cluster.  The little bird came in the kit and it is also from Creative Embellishments.

The heart is fussy cut from one of the papers.  I used foam squares on either side of the heart to pop it up.

Oh my great niece, she is quite the little miss!  Here's the journaling in case you can't read it in this picture:

6/5/16 - Conversation as she is getting ready for church:
Her Mom: You need to brush your teeth
Mackenzie: and put on lipstick
Her Mom: umph
Mackenzie: What? Every girl needs lipstick in their life. 
She is 4. I can't even imagine teenage years with her. BTW for now lipstick means kiddie lip gloss but I'm sure that will change before I want it to change. 


Other supplies from my stash:
Petaloo Anemones
Prima Romance Novel clothespin

Thanks for stopping by today, I sure appreciate it!  Hurry to the Flying Unicorn store and capture a September kit, there is a limited supply available.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New September challenge at Creative Embellishments!

Time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishments with a fun inspirational photo!  You can go in a lot of directions with this photo, fantasy, steampunk, even heritage as I did.

I used one of my favorite Graphic 45 collections, Communique, to do this heritage layout of my father-in-law.  The twist in this month's challenge is to use timepieces so I added some fun Steampunk clocks that I heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing enamel.

I love this Steampunk Timepiece with Wings   Love how the gears around the clock form a lacey edge. 

This timepiece comes from  Steampunk Timepieces and there are 3 great steampunk clocks included in the set that are about 2 3/4" wide.

I used the  Heritage Word Set for the title and finished it off with a Graphic 45 clock key.

It's really easy to enter the Creative Embellishments challenges and there's a great prize of a $50 gift certificate to the Creative Embellishments store! You'll find our monthly challenges at the top of our blog.  Here are the rules:

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of September 1st  2016.
  • Please add your entry to our InLinkz box at the bottom of the post to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please no back linking.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF  CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along. However everyone that does will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.
That's it, easy, peasy! 

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month

The Flying Unicorn monthly, Your Passion Your Art kit is now bigger than ever - overflowing with all the goodies you desire with all our previous kits rolled into one GRAND collection...

ONE month, ONE kit.

The Flying Unicorn now includes papers, an "Off the Page" project, a mixed media collection, and all the coordinated embellishments in one kit, and at one crazy magical Price of 59.99!!

Get excited and enjoy what the creative team has done with the

Flying Unicorn SEPTEMBER 2016 Your Passion Your Art Kit.

Creations from the Design Team

Off the Page

and More ...

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