Sunday, December 10, 2017

Let it Snow for Cheery Lynn Designs

I love snow and I don't like summer so this tag's for me.  Bring it on, nothing better than sitting by a cozy fire watching it snow outside!!

I used a lot of Cheery Lynn Designs dies to make this layered tag.  Starting from the bottom, a brown striped oval using Oval Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies , then a blue patterned piece cut with Horizon Coved Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frames Die, next another brown piece cut with Royal Scandinavian Boutique Stacker A2 Frame, a blue piece cut with A2 Frames Rectangular Scalloped, and finally topped with a cut-apart from the Graphic 45 Seasons collection.  I know, that's a lot of layers and some are barely visible.  Still, all those layers work together to make this beautiful tag.

In the upper right corner I've used two cuts from the Horizon Fishtail Banners 3 Piece Die Set and topped that with a die cut label using the Sentiment Frame #1  set.  Next I layered on a sticker from the Seasons collection and topped all that with handmade flowers.

I made two sizes of roses using the Large Rose 7 Piece Die Set and the Tea Rose Small- 6 Piece Die Set.  The flowers with the pearled stamens were made with Judy's Blooms Die and the other white flowers were made with Floral Bouquet Kit 8 Piece Die Set.  Then to set off my florals erfectly, I used the dainty Branch 2 Piece Die Set .  I really love this branch, the leaves are a perfect size and just so pretty!  I wanted to add lots of sparkle to my flowrs so they have been painted with clear Wink of Stella and then highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.

The Let It Snow - 4 Piece set makes such a great title, I love the font and the pretty stars that come with the die set.  I went over all the letters with Star Dust Stickles for lots of sparkle!  Underneath the title I used two different sized cuts from the Pierced Stacker 3 set.  I also used some cardboard to pop up the top layer to make it really stand out.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Gifts to Die For" A new eBook from Eileen Hull and Bella Craft Publishing

Are you looking for some gift ideas?  Here's a great eBook with lots of great handcrafted gifts inside.  Bella Crafts Publishing has gathered a gorgeous collection of gifts ideas all made with Eileen Hull Designs Scoreboard Dies.  There are 65+ projects of all styles included in the book.  You will surely find something that catches your eye!

Now is a great time to purchase the book as it is on sale for only $9.97 through the month of December 2017.  Just click on the book below to order your copy.  You'll be sent an email with a link to the downloadable pdf that you can save to your computer or device.    Additionally, you can also buy Eileen's earlier books, "Journal Treasury" and "Die Cutting Magic" at the sale price of $9.97 instead of $16.97.

GIFTS TO DIE FOR with Eileen Hull and friends

Journal Treasury

Projects with Graphic 45's Raining Cats & Dogs- just re-released as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!

If you know me at all, you know that a large piece of my heart and soul belongs to my furbabies so it's just natural that Graphic 45's Raining Cats & Dogs would be my all time favorite paper collection.  (Ok I admit I have a few "favorites, but I think this is my MOST favorite.  😊)  One thing I've been longing for is a re-release of this collection.  Well imagine the big smile on my face, and it was on my birthday too, when G45 announced that Raining Cats & Dogs was coming back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!

You know, this is the perfect collection to craft a gift for your friends that have furbabies.  With that in mind, I t thought I'd share with you some different projects I've made over the last several years with Raining Cats & Dogs.   Soem have tutorials and some don't.  I'll leave the link for the tutorials.

First up one of my favorite projects and this really is easy to make.  All you need is a clean jar, a few different colors of mist, white gesso and Raining Cats and Dogs!  Here's a link to the post with the tutorial.


This dog house is also a favorite project.  Here's a link to the original post with more photos.    Now, if you want to make this doghouse, follow the tutorial for the Christmas Carol House as it is the same house, just made from A Christmas Carol collection.


Here's a little mini I made using the large tag album from Graphic 45.  This is a fun project and doesn't take too long to do.  While I don't have a tutorial, you can view all the pages and read all about the mini here.


Here's another idea for a mini, this one was made with a Clear Scraps Fancy Acrylic and Chipboard Mixable Album.  This fun little mini is vacation memoir, told from the dogs' perspective.  More pictures and a video link here.


One more mini album example, I used Graphic 45's Mixed Media album for this one.  You can view a video flip through linked here.


Does your furbaby have a stocking?  Here's a cute stocking that you can make!  The stocking is burlap from Canvas Corp.  I used the Muddy Paws stencil from Creative Embellishments, then added some design paper, a chipboard poodle, letters from the collection, flowers and trim from Petaloo.  Easy Peasy!  Link to the orginal post here.


Any of your animal loving friends would be thrilled to get a layout with photos of their furbabies.  Here are a few examples.  Feel free to scraplift, (I would appreicate a link back to this post if you do scraplift.)

Oh Henry - Henry is the Graphic 45 office dog and I had a chance to visit Henry in the Graphic 45 office, along with fellow designer Annette Green, this past summer.

I ♡ Dogs - Me at age 4 with my first love, Mary Jane.

All You Need is Love and a Dog

I hope you've been inspired to make a few gifts for your animal loving family and friends.  I have a lot of Graphic 45 projects on my blog.  You can do a search up at the top right or click on the Graphic 45 label, also on the right, but down a bit and find more projects.

I hope that everyone enjoys to love and laughter of family, friends AND furbabies this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cheery Lynn Designs Flower Power Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Cheery Lynn Designs Flower Power Blog Hop!  If you arrived from Amy's Blog you are on the right track. If not, head on back to the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss seeing any of the amazing design team Flower Power projects.

Cheery Lynn Designs has so many pretty flower dies and I want to share some of them with you today.
These 3 large flowers were all made with the Stacker Flower 5 Die  set.for the petals.  I used different centers to vary the look.  On the cream flowers, I used the Cutie Fringe IV Die which makes the best flower centers.  It diecuts as a long fringed piece that you roll up and then glue to the flower center.  (It helps to use a quilling tool to roll.)  The yellow flower is topped with a cut from the Shasta Daisy 6 Piece Die Set   and then a purchased center.

 The large yellow flower was made with  the Sweet Williams Die and the two smaller flowers were made with the Floral Bouquet Kit.  Of course, I needed some greenery with the flowers, so I used two different flourishes beneath my flowers, Flourish #11 Die, and Flourish #7 Die .

Ink your flowers to give them a more realistic appearance.  You can also mix and match the dies.  I used the Sweet Williams Die and the Floral Bouquet Kit to make the flower on the left.  The cream flower has petals from the Floral Bouquet Kit and the center is from the Black Eyed Susan Strip 5 Piece Die set.

Cheery Lynn Designs Dies Used:

Your next stop on the blog hop is Cheryl's Blog so hop on over and see her fantastic creation!

Remember, there is a $20 Cheery Lynn gift certificate prize to be won by some lucky person!  It is awarded randomly to a lucky comment who answers one or more of the questions on the Cheery Lynn blog. So, be sure to follow the hop and leave a comment and answer the question(s) on the Cheery Lynn blog to be entered to win.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Do leave a comment so I'll know you were here and remember to leave a comment on the Cheery Lynn blog for a chance to win.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Layout for Creative Embellishments

It really is December 2017, seriously, only 3 more years and we'll be in the SECOND decade of the 21st century.  Woah, where did all that time go?  Well anyway, enough about that, above is the inspiration photo for the last challenge of the year for Creative Embellishments.  You should give it a whirl because you could win a gift certificate to the Creative Embellishments store.

Are you having a hard time seeing the inspiration for my layout from the photo?  Ok, so I went with an esoteric interpretation.  The photo depicts love, peace and harmony, togetherness.  My girls evoke all those emotions in me.  They are the calm when I am having a storm so to speak.  If you have a strong bond with an animal, then you understand what I'm saying.  If you don't, you might think I'm a little crazy, well that's ok too!

I paired the beautiful Mintay Together papers with lots of CE chippies to do this layout of my sweet furbabies, Nika and Tisha. The challenge twist is to use a border and I chose a word border for my twist.  I used the word "adore" from the Family Word Border Set.

I also use a small word border, "gorgeous" from the Gorgeous Small Border Word Set.  I heat embossed both words with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel.

 To put the focus on my photos, I used two frames from the Square Doodle Frames set.  I lightly misted them with Lindy's Creme Brûlée mist.

The Pumpkin Vine Flourish made a great backdrop for my florals.  I love how they look peeking out from the clusters.

I really love the Wavy Film Strips.  I think they really focus the eye on the photos.  They are misted with Shimmerz Vibez Taupe of the Morning mist.

Here you can see the dimension on the layout created by poppin up certain elements.

Creative Embellishments products used:

Thank yo uso much for stopping by today, be sure to stop by the store, there's always something fun going on!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Card for Cheery Lynn Designs

 The Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Strip 6 Piece Die Set makes the perfect poinsettias for cards, not too big, not too small, just right!  The poinsettias perfectly set off the pristine winter scene from Graphic 45's Winter Wonderland collection.

The greeting is a metal piece.  I rubbed some white paint into the etched sentiment to make it stand out and then mounted it on a small die cut from the Nesting Doll- Oval #1 set.

 To make that pretty wreath, I used  the Joy To The World Wreath  set and cut two wreaths from slightly different colored paper and glued them together such that the branches opposed each other.  Then I added some Stickles to mimic holly berries.

I really love sparkle on my Christmas cards so I used a red Wink of Stella pen to brush sparkle all ove the poinsettias.  It's too bad that you can't really see that so much in the photo, but it is there!  The flower centers are some white centers that I purchased and used alcohol ink to color.

 The inside of the card is simple, I used the Merry Christmas Set 2 Piece Die Set for the sentiment and added a border strip.  Easy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Ornaments with Cheery Lynn Designs

Christmas time is all about family and children in my mind and here is a project you can do with the kids.  These are shaker tree ornaments that are so simple to make.  All you need is our shaker die kits (listed below).  The shaker kits even come with shakers but I opted to use glass beads for shakers in these.

Make two shakers and glue them together.  For the bell, cut the clapper off one so they match up nicely.  Since I used white foam to make the shakers, I took a Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen in green and inked all around the two shakers.  You could use any ink to color the edges.

Embellish the tree top and the bell with a small flower from the Floral Bouquet Kit 8 Piece Die Set .  Shown here are the reverse sides of the above - these are all ready to tie on your tree.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Memories Layout for Creative Embellishments

Last fall we met good friends in Nashville, TN and while there we toured the Jack Daniels distillery.  I captured this photo in the tasting room, I think Jen and Ken were enjoying themselves.  

I used several different pieces of chipboard from the Creative Embellishments store.  There are so many different styles to chose from, you're sure to find lots that you need!

I used Stampendous Aged Ochre embossing enamel on the title strip that is from the Small Moments Border Words set.

The two corner chippies are Flourish Page Corner 5 and I heat embossed those with Stampendous Aged Spice embossing enamel.  These flourishes go so well with this Stamperia Time is an Illusion paper collection.  I love using corner pieces like these as I think they often pull everything together.

I love the Acorn Clusters, they are so perfect for embellishing a fall layout.  I gave the chipboard some color with Lindy's mist.  I use mist because it doesn't fill in the etchings on the chipboard.  

Creative Embellishments Products Used:

Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate it.  Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments blog and join in our November challenge.  You could win a $50 gift certificate to the CE store!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friends Layout for Creative Embellishments

Hi Creative Embellishment fans!  Today I'm sharing a layout with a photo of some special Graphic 45 friends taken on my trip to Seattle last August.

I used the Infinite Rectangle Frame to focus the eye on the photo.taken at a great restaurant in Portland.  Yummy food!  The frame is lightly finished with gold embossing powder.

I used a piece of the Floral Lace Border and painted it with acrylic vintage white.

Underneath the flowers I used Flourish 15 that has been finished with Lindy's Mists.  I used the entire flourish with this cluster but on the other two clusters, I cut the flourish apart and tucked in pieces here and there.

I used papers from Graphic 45's Penny's Paperdoll Family to create this layout.  On the background I did some stenciling with the Metal Stencil.  Then I dotted on some glue and sprinkled in some Mini Prills.

I hope you'll join in our challenge this month. All you have to do is upload your project to our blog.
You could win a gift certificate to the store!  The monthly challenge post is the first post on the blog.  And, don't forget to stop by the store and see the new products that Nicolle is always adding!


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