Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Little Update...

I just wanted to give everyone a little update so you don't think I fell off the face of the earth.  I'm going to try and get a layout or something done tonight to share with you all but no promises.  I hate when I can't take a good picture of my project because it's dark out and yes, natural lighting makes a huge difference as I'm sure you all know.  I'll be leaving for the Florida Keys this weekend and have my best friend's wedding shower this Saturday (she'll be flying in tomorrow) before I go so yes, busy busy.  I promise to have a lot to show you once I'm back from vacation.  I think everyone can tell I love scrapping beach photos and memories, who doesn't?! 

So since I don't have anything to share today I thought I'd let you know what's currently catching my eye.  Well I'm super excited that the new Yes, Please line by Amy Tangerine (American Crafts) is currently on it's way to me so I'll have lots of fun with that when I get back from my trip.  I'll be sad when my vacation has to end but at least I'll be coming home to lots of scrapping goodies. 

Also, right now I'm really into all the difference letter/alphabet stickers out there right now.  For at least the past year I have been so into using my Cameo for all my titles and completely ignoring my letter stickers.  Now, I have a letter problem and I'm hoarding them and can't wait to use them in the mini I plan on making from my trip.  This latest video from Garden Girl, Kristina Nicolai-White, at Two Peas has me even more excited.  I will have everything she used for her mini and I can't wait to start mine!

Has anyone else stopped using something because of your die cut machine, specifically the Cameo??  I'm excited to get back into using my letter stickers!

Begonia Dear Glitter Foam Thickers Stickers by American Crafts
Black Journal Pumpkin Patch Glitter Foam Thickers Stickers by American Crafts
River Rock Fox Dear Lizzy 5Th & Frolic Glitter Foam Thickers by American Crafts
Shoreline Honeycomb Boardwalk Glitter Foam Thickers Stickers by American Crafts
Grass Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Journal Foam Thickers Stickers by American Crafts
Tart Teal Alphabean Cardstock Stickers by Jillibean Soup
Amy Tangerine Hello Ash Fabric Printed Thickers Stickers by American Crafts

Thanks for following along <3 More to come in the next two weeks!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Aruba Water View

I did, yes, another layout from Aruba, that I enjoyed.  I love scrapping beach pictures, pretty sure I've already said that before. The enamel dots I used were from the Studio Calico Front Row Kit and the washi tape bordered the picture.

Here's the full layout featuring a large picture of the ocean in Aruba.  I used lots of labels, labelscutouts, more labels and label stickers all along the left side along with my journaling. 

Used the Studio Calico wood veneers that I love so much.

Here's an angled view so you can see the dimension.  I didn't stick the labels down all the way to create depth.

Does anyone else have a certain type of picture that you love to scrap over and over??  I love my beach theme!

Thanks for following <3


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Life Is Good

Full layout using background paper from Crate Paper, veneers, lots of die cut sticker shapes, washi, brads and more washi.

Close up of the die cuts, star veneers and some stitching along the sides.

Close up of the LIFE tag by Amy Tangerine.  I tied it with twine by Doodlebug.

Here's an angled view so you can see the dimension.

Thanks for following along <3


Friday, February 22, 2013

Aruba love..

I love scrapping vacation photos, in this case our honeymoon.  The bright colors and blues and greens, so fun.  I had fun adding all the little embellishments from some of the new lines that are in the Two Peas store.

Here's a full shot of the layout using background paper from the new Sundrifter collection by Studio Calico.  The washi is from the Studio Calico, Front Row kit.

Love using different embellishments like brads, veneers, glitter stickers, and die cut shapes.

This view shows the dimension a little better by being angled. 

The little banners and "you are my sunshine" are from the Sundrifter Die Cut stickers.

Another view to show the dimension and the borders added to the right side of the layout.  I cut the scalloped blue border with my Silhouette.

Has anyone else picked up any of the Studio Calico collections??  Thanks for following along <3


Monday, February 18, 2013

This Beautiful World

I created this layout and kept with the neutral palette.  I enjoyed keeping it simple and using a few embellishments and the starburst design to draw attention to the photos.

Here's the full layout used with Studio Calico background paper.

I added a few stamped arrows for some interest.

I added the wood veneer stars, enamel dot, stamped arrow, and a geo brad

I stamped an Evalicious love stamp and added a couple enamel dots for some extra color and dimension.

Thanks for following along <3


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Watercolor...I love art.

So as you know, I took Wilna's Art Class Workshop at Two Peas....a.m.a.z.i.n.g. is all I can say.  The techniques that I never would have thought of are now at my fingertips.  I created this latest layout using watercolors and had a lot of fun with it.  

This is how the process started.  I used my watercolors by dripping them onto white cardstock then using a straw to blow air directly onto the paint to make it spread.

I then used my Zap Heat Gun to quickly dry the page.  The colors really pop once they are dry, love it.

Here's the full layout. I used watercolors, black glitter embossing, washi, a silhouette cut, and some letter stickers.

 I used Crayola Watercolor paints for $3 (you can get them anywhere)  I also used the little arrows from Ali Edwards December Daily Stamp set with Black Glitter Embossing Powder.

Up close shot of the background paper (Studio Calico Feb Main Kit), letter stickers, more embossed arrows and of course the washi stars using this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Close up of the stars and the watercolors.  I simply cut star shapes out with my Silhouette Cameo and wrapped the stars in washi tape of my color choice.

Another close up.

Close up of the bottom of the layout.

Thank you so much for following along.  Has anyone else ever tried any watercolor techniques on their layouts?  I really enjoyed this process.  I challenge you to try it out if you never have.  It really gave me so much inspiration for other projects. Thank you Wilna!

Christine <3

Thursday, February 14, 2013


So I'm not the biggest Valentine girl, are you?  I like it, it's cute but I'm not going to go too crazy about it.  I did find this cute free download for a card from Studio Pebbles that I made for my hubby. 

Nothing crazy, just a simple card.  I placed vellum behind the print for a soft touch on top of the cardstock.

We call eachother clown, don't ask, it's a cute thing.  But this was nice, I added my own inside.  I stitched lines on a piece of vellum, and printed my words on cardstock then cut them up for a more "creative" look.  I added washi to help hold down the vellum (along with glue dots) and to give a pop of color.

Thanks for following along <3


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stencil Challenge

Yesterday I started Wilna Furstenberg's Art Class Workshop from Two Peas.  I absolutely love this class and I've only been through Chapter 1 so far.  Here is my first layout using the stencil challenge.  I cut my own title using "Marker Felt" with my Silhouette Cameo. 

Here's the full layout for the "stencil" challenge from Wilna's class.

I used the 2 from the Studio Calico to add a little embellishing along with some washi.

I used scraps from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection the Hopscotch Collection.

I also used Mister Huey's White Calico and Pretty Pink to add some color.

Has anyone else taken the plunge into Wilna's art class workshop?  I am absolutely loving the inspiration I am getting!  How does everyone else feel about using some type of stencil on a layout?

Thanks for following along. 

Christine <3

Monday, February 11, 2013

Looking for some inspiration?

Have you checked Two Peas lately??  Wilna Furstenberg is one of my favorite scrapbookers and has a new art class workshop at Two Peas.  I just purchased this class today and already love all the peaks I've seen in the PDF download.  If you are looking for new ways to incorporate some crafty art (stitching, wax, fabric, modge podge, just to name a few) into your projects, take this class!  I can't wait to share my newest creations with all of you. 

I promise this week I'll start posting pictures from my new mini album and hopefully at least one layout with a "new" technique I haven't conquered yet!

<3 Christine

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What's coming....

I'm currently working on a mini album using the Sn@p binder and I'm really excited!  I started last night so sorry I didn't take any photos yet as I only completed two pages.  Don't worry, I'll be up with some soon as I have a whole night of scrapping waiting for me when I get home!  ::Can't wait::  Stay posted!

Thanks <3


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nature at it's finest

Okay, okay, I know I say all I care about in Nature is sunshine, the ocean and palm trees but these are some great pictures that I still love.  I mean, who can say they don't love all the seasons in one way or another?  There's perks to each one and this layout is catching more of the fall beauty yes I know it's February but I'm behind. 

Here's a picture of the full layout.  I used the Hopscotch collection because the colors fit perfectly into this theme. 

I used these chip and stick buttons and banners from the Woodland Park collection by October Afternoon.  The colors fit so perfectly.  The little tag is from Evalicious.  I loved the wood grain look to tie in with the nature theme.

Close up of the stitching and how I documented the date with these tiny stickers.

I used my Silhouette to cut this font out.  First I cut in black cardstock to shadow the title then layered it with pieces from the Hopscotch Collection.  The banner at the top is using pieces of chipboard from the October Afternoon collection.

Another close up of more stitching detail all along the border.

Used some star wood veneers (my true love hehe) and more layering and stitching.  I also used a date stamp to add the date in the top corner as well.

Am I the only one that is behind on pages I've been meaning to do for months now?

Thanks for following along <3


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What's catching my eye ::Silhouette Designs::

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Are you ready for Friday already like me?  To get me through, I thought I would look at the Cameo and some of the designs that inspire me.

I have got to say that the Silhouette Cameo is, hands down, something I can not live without.  I pretty much use the Silhouette in every layout or project I do.  I still remember the first time I saw a layout done using a Silhouette and I was like ::what the heck is a Silhouette::  I laugh at myself now because little did I know it was the best thing e.v.e.r.  So I thought today I would give the spotlight over to some of my favorite Silhouette designs at the moment.  Trust me, there's lots so here's just a few.

calligraphy hugs & kisses phrase by Kristen Magee Really loving this calligraphy, perfect for Valentine's.

'you are my happy place' phrase by Lori Whitlock I love these phrases with the words all connected, looks so awesome when added to a page.

circle hearts by Kristen Magee
There's something about those hearts in not so perfect circles that makes me smile.

friendly hello by KI Memories
scripty hello by KI Memories
The font of these words is so perfect and fun.

smiles by House of 3
laugh handwritten word by
House of 3
true happiness by
House of 3
be happy by
House of 3
this makes me happy by
House of 3
my happy place by
House of 3
adorecherish by
House of 3

Okay, here's a lot of word designs I am loving from House of 3.  These are just so simple and fun.  I've used these in layouts, project life, just simple words to add anywhere.

Here's a layout of mine using happy happy by House of 3

Here is a layout of mine using happiness by Loni Stevens

Here is another fun design, clouds!  Who doesn't love adding a little bit of an airy feeling to their layout?  5 clouds by Lori Whitlock

  Do you have any favorites for your Silhouette?? 

Happy Scrapping <3

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Everyday

Does anyone else love Pinterest as much as I do??  I'm pretty much always in the Home Decor section but I still get so much of my inspiration from there.  I came across this photo with these gorgeous colors and knew I had to use them in a layout. 
This patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine Collection was perfect to get started!  

Hello normal, happy, everyday...

The title was cut with my Silhouette (designs from the Silhouette online store.)  I added stamps, washi and veneers to make this page full of color and happiness.

Veneer stars from Studio Calico and a badge from Evalicious.

Love these stamps by Ali Edwards.  The small print makes it nice for tiny polaroids like this.

Close up of the orange and salmon washi to give some extra texture to the upper right corner.

Close up of the heart that I stamped to give a little extra something.

This is my favorite big surprise right?  Me loving green and blue, the teal washi against that bright green polka dot.  L.O.V.E. 

Close up of the embellishing going on in the bottom right.  I love those wood veneers from Freckled Fawn and of course the lovely heart veneer from Studio Calico that I misted with Mr. Huey's Piglet and Sherbert!  I also used some number stamps just to show numbers as in days.  Love these from Elle's Studio.

Thanks for looking <3