Wednesday, April 10, 2024

My Creative Scrapbook April 2024 Limited Edition Kit

 Hello Lovelies!! I have the honor and the pleasure of Guest Designing for a few months for  My Creative Scrapbook  using the Limited Edition Kits. The April Kit...My oh My!!! It is really beautiful!!! It features Primas In Bloom collection, designed by The 3 Girls Tale. Butterflies, Bees and Birds....There are also some coordinating papers from Memory Place and P13. Then to embellish the papers, you have ephemera, flowers, a cut file, a stencil, decorative chipboard, 4x6 cards, and a wonderful Page Evans stamp set that has a flower that is featured in this layout, because a girl can never have to many flowers!! 

I did some machine stitching on the base paper of the layout. I then die cut some hexagons, because after all, honeycombs are made from hexagons, and who doesn't love bees! But you could easily cut out hexagon shapes if you don't have a die. I simply adore how easily this layout came together. Just lay down those hexagons, and decorate with flowers and leaves. I added some pop dots in back of the hexagons to elevate them off of the page, and I elevated the photo a little more than the rest of the hexagons so it stood out. 

Here is the first of 4 layouts I created using the beautiful April kit. 

I love the cut file that came in the kit. With a play on words, I added the cute Bee to the letter A. "Bee Happy"!!! I sponged some texture paste onto the cut file for texture, and backed it with some paper. 


I die cut the photo of my granddaughter using the same hexagon die. The white and yellow flowers were created with the flower stamp in the Paige Evans stamp set that is included in the kit. I used archival ink in a mustard yellow color, then colored the middle with a watercolor distress crayon in yellow, then fussy cut them out.  The leaf in the stamp set was also used, and I stamped it with black, then colored it using a green archival ink. I think the flower and leaves are so cute!! And great for fillers! The beauty is you can color them any color you like. And you can make as many as you like. I think I am going to make more! Ill try layering them as well. 

 
I also tucked in the Prima flowers. They all coordinated so well. Just for a little texture when the layout was done, I did some splatters using white, and green acrylic paint watered down a little. I also used a Signo Uniball white pen to do some squiggly lines randomly on the paper. 


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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Frank Garcia Design Team March 11 2024/ Mini album featuring Tim Holtz product.

When you think about Tim Holtz, you think of a gorgeous dark, grunged distressed style. I had a different vision. I was thinking pink, lovely, airy, not so distressed and created a mini album to showcase the dies. I mean mini. Like 3.5x4,5 with a 2 inch spine. Small but mighty as it is packed with beautiful goodness. I created my own album with chipboard and covering it with the beautiful Loves Notes paper. I used a gold metallic pen to highlight the little hearts on the paper, and doodled some lines around the edges of the album. For the front cover I used Loves Notes Chipboard Stickers and Love Notes Puffy Stickers to adorn the cover. I absolutely love the Prima Strawberry Milkshake Velvety Smooth Flowers. I used them on the cover and in the mini. Such a delicious color pink!! 


I had the pink ribbon in my stash that I matched with the papers. To close the mini just tie it up in a bow. 


This is the view from the back of the album. I hung the dome from a bead and chain dangle that I created using my own stash. 


I absolutely adore the little Idea-ology Decorative Domes. I just knew I had to do something special with them. So I took it apart, glued some moss on the bottom, placed a Prima Flower in the middle, fussy cut teeny tiny butterflies from the 6x6 French Blue paper, glued them to the top of tiny strips of acetate, then glued the base of the acetate to the flower. Then I placed the dome back on the base, tucking everything in carefully, and glued it onto the base. It looks like the butterflies are fluttering around in the dome. 


I gave the sweet little Idea-ology Salvage doll wings that I fussy cut from the  Prima French Blue paper, as the size was perfect. I scattered some  Idea-ology Gumdrop Hearts on the cover. The sparkle is beautiful!


Here is a shot of the book opened from the front. The  pages have tabs that make the pages easier to flip. The tabs are part of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Specimen die set. And it looks sweet too! 

These little collector packets were die cut from the Tim Holtz Collectors die by Sizzix. It coordinates beautifully with the Specimen die set. The cards were cut from the Love Noted collection. They fit perfectly! The backs were tied with thin jute, and the buttons were topped with The Loves Notes Puffy Stickers. 

 The little envelopes were created from The We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board Mini. It created the smallest envelopes in different sizes just like the big Punch board. I love the mini one. Perfect for gift cards, and stuffing into mini albums like I did. Inside of each envelope I stuffed some fusst cut papers from the Love Notes paper collection. Save your scraps, it doesn't take much!. 


And my favorite die in the Specimen Collection?? The photo slide!!! I die cut 3 of them. 2 of them I backed the opening with acetate, and the 3rd, used some Love Noteds Ephemera and placed it in the opening. I added the jute for some added texture. 


The next few photos will show each page in the mini album. It is simply chock full of goodness. 



I simply adore a good little chunky mini. I could probably stuff some more into it. I left a couple of the pages blank, but now I have other ideas for them! 



Here are the last 2 pages. I created some bely bands on the pages to slide the pockets and envelopes into to keep them from sliding out of the mini. I just love layering the ephemera. The sizes are perfect for this little album. 

I hope you enjoyed looking through the album with me. I plan on tucking tiny photos  in it here and there. It is just so sweet! xo



Products Used:

Idea-ology Tim Holtz Salvages Dolls

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets Dies Specimen

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets Dies Collector

Idea-ology Decorative Domes

Idea-Ology Gumdrop Hearts

Love Notes by Frank Garcia 8x8 Paper Pad

Love Notes by Frank Garcia Puffy Stickers 

Love Notes by Frank Garcia Ephemera 999407

Love Notes by Frank Garcia Chipboard Stickers

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia 6x6 Paper Pad

Strawberry Milkshake by Frank Garcia Flowers Velvety Smooth

We  R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board Mini

We R Memory Keepers Cop-A-Dile 

12x12 Acetate Sheet


Sunday, March 24, 2024

Uniquely Creative

 Uniquely Creative is an Australian Based Scrapbooking Company that offers gorgeous collections. And besides paper collections, they are a full service manufacturer of stamps, dies, flowers, die cuts, watercolors, watercolor pencils,  embossing folders, stencils, cardstock, albums, cardmaking supplies, embellishments. Then, there are the tools and storage supplies. And so much more!! 

Oh, and did I mention Subscriptions??? 

The Creative Kit Club (a craft class in a box)

Card Making Kits  (perfect for the card maker)

Storyteller Page Kits  (Tell your story every month, and capture those memories!)

The new March paper collection release id Peonies and Proteus. A beautiful collection featuring pinks and green florals with a touch of the Australian wild life. Who doesn't love a cuddly Koala!! 

I have had the pleasure of being invited to create with Peonies and Proteas, and also try out some of the fantastic tools that Uniquely Creative offer. Can I just say that I am in love with the scissors?? They are a fussy cutters dream!!! And so comfortable in the hand. Oh so sharp and precise. et into those tiny corners with ease. Fussy Cutting Scissors. And there is also an Edge Distressing tool, to create those perfectly distressed edges on your papers. 

I created a Folio, that was originally designed by the late Ginger Ropp. (My Sisters Scrapper)  It is one of my favorite folios to create. Peonies and Proteas was a perfect collection to create it. Here is the cover of the folio. I used fussy cut leaves, flowers, and Creative Cuts for the cover.


I had the perfect color soft pink ribbon in my stash that I used for the closure. 


Close up of the cover. I used Uniquely Creative Foam Mounts  to elevate the card for dimension. 


This is the inside of the folio. A pocket with a tag foldout accordion style card on one side, and a waterfall feature for photos on the other side. 


I created a fold out card from the cut out tags on the Peonies and Proteas Native Passion paper. There is a  matching Slim Stitched Nesting Tag die to easily die cut  the tags. 


I attached them with the same ribbon I used for the ties. I sandwiched the ribbon between the tags using a white card stock for the inside. I used the cut out cards to create pockets, and then used the Vellum Creative Cuts to adorn the white card stock. 


Close up of the waterfall feature. 

 
Here are the flaps, flipped up. Plenty of room for photos and journaling. 


On the back of the Folio, I used a Vellum Creative cut in the corner and placed a Creative Cut word over the floral vellum, 

Peonies and Proteas is simply just one of many Uniquely Creative  beautiful paper collections, and all of the embellishments that compliment the papers are simply perfect, and equally as beautiful!

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Uniquely Creative

 There's a new kid in town....Uniquely Creative out of Australia, has landed in the United States!! I have had the pleasure to work with their product, and all I can say is that I am in love!! Here is a little sneak of what I will be working with. Uniquely Creative is a one stop shopping experience. They have gorgeous paper collections, cut apart sheets, dies, stamps, embossing folders, stencils, cardstock, albums, embellishments. I could go on!! But the scissors!!!...A fussy cutters dream!!!! And the paper distressor distresses perfectly!

I will be working with the beautiful collection Peonies and Proteas. Soft Pinks and greens showcasing florals, and the beauty of Australian nature. Look at this awesome collection new this month.






Thursday, February 29, 2024

Frank Garcia Studio

 Hello beautiful people. Today I bring you a layout using all product from Frank Garcia Studio. And today my main focus is on Moulds. I absolutely love Moulds, because there are so many ways you can adorn them. For my layout, I used Finnabair Silicone moulds in Nocturnal insects, and one of my all time  favorites, Baroque Frames. I created a dimensional layout by adhering pages from the 12x12 Love Notes, and adhering them to corrugated cardboard. This makes it perfect for a shadowbox. The photo is of my girlfriends gorgeous little girl. 


Here is a closer look at the 12x12 layout. I used 2 different patterned papers from Love Notes. On the top layer, I stenciled a design using Finnabair 6x9 Stencil Folk Florals. It is such a beautiful design . I hated to cover it up. I know I will use it again, and next time with texture paste! I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Victorian Velvet, It was the perfect color to compliment the pinks in the papers. 


I layered the frames in a diagonal pattern, then snapped the smaller frame in half and added it to each edge of the bigger frames on opposite sides. You can snap the molds easily whether you use clay or resin. Just be careful and wear safety glasses just in case small pieces may fly out. Or place the resin in a towel before you snap it in half just to be safe. And I didn't want the pieces to be perfect in size, just close. I like the little bit of rustic look of the raw edges. To create the leaves for the gorgeous Prima Flowers, I die cut Tim Holtz Leaf Fragments using scraps of Loves Notes paper. I waste NOTHING. I used a blending brush and Tim Holtz Distress in k in Rustic Wilderness. It was the perfect green. Once all of the leaves were inked, I spritzed them with a light spray of water. Before they dried totally, I wrinkles them a little to give them some body. Once they were dry, I rubbed a tiny bit of the wax onto the leaves. 


I painted each piece of resin frames and moths in white gesso. This made it easier for the ink to adhere to it. Then I used the Metallique wax in white gold and rubbed it over the surface of the frames only to catch the raised parts. For the moths, I used a small brush to rub the wax all over including the crevices. I also rubbed a little Vintage Gold in parts to give it more dimension. Speaking of rustic, when you think Tim Holtz, you think beautiful grunge...BUT...It doesn't have to be. I made this layout, a little rustic, a little gold gilded and a whole lot of pretty!!! I also used some Metallic Flakes in Gold all around the page. I also dropped some gold Memory Hardware Pearls around the page as well. I just love the old world gilded feeling of the whole layout. 


Thank You for joining me this week. I hope that you are inspired to create your own projects. Shop at the Frank Garcia Studio. There is so much gorgeousness to be had!!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Elizabeth Craft Designs/ Explosion Box

Hello there lovelies. Today I am bringing to you my very first  project for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I created an explosion box that is covered with the gorgeous Garden Party papers designed by Angelica Turner for Elizabeth Craft Designs. Are you thinking of spring?? Then this is your collection! But I am also thinking about Valentines Day...The month of love. And the surprise comes when you open the box. The entire Garden Party Collections designed by the very talented Angelica Turner is a must have. So many possibilities when creating! 


As you know, explosion boxes can hold anything from your favorite treats, to a small gift, another smaller explosion box, and even memorabilia such as photos. You create the surprise. Have fun with it! 


You can find directions on You Tube for creating the base for an explosion box, but I used We r Memory Keepers explosion box board. It gave me the option to create hearts for the corners that fold in. Because I am thinking about Valentines Day! 


When the box opens up, it reveals a tiny mini album that I created. The box is covered in the beautiful Garden Party Paper. On each flap of the inside of the box, I added a single flower that I die cut from the Wild Flower 3 die set. The heart corners can be used for journaling, or photos. 


Here is the top of the box. I used a couple of the Garden Party floral dies. Wild Flower 3 and Wild Flower 4. I colored them with watercolors, and added a tiny Styrofoam ball to the centers. I sprinkled a little glitter over the petals for sparkle. The flowers were die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs  Soft Finish Cardstock

 
When you lift the lid, a tiny mini album is revealed. I followed a tutorial on You Tube to create a mini album using 1 sheet of 12x12 paper. So cute!!


I left the inside pages blank for journaling or tiny photos. I die cut a label using the Frames and Elements die, then I stamped it using the matching the Garden Party Elements stamp. I die cut and water colored the stems and buds from the Wild Flowers 2 die set, then arranged them around the label. 


I added a couple of painted wooden beads for the bottom of the explosion box and hot glued them to the base. It adds a little bit of elegance to the box. 


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Monday, February 5, 2024

Frank Garcia Design Team...Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia.. DT project/Love letters for my Love...

I am so excited to share with you, that I have been invited to join the Frank Garcia Studio Design Team. Frank has been a dear friend for years, and once again, I find myself working along side him once again. Today, I bring to you my very first project that I call. Love Letters. It is the month of love, and I thought, Primas French Blue, designed by Frank himself, was the perfect collection to create a stack of love letters that I created for my husband for Valentines day. The vintage vibe that French Blue gave me, inspired me to give it a little bit more of an old feel with distress ink and splashes of gold.

I tied the stack of envelopes with some antiqued silk ribbon I had in my stash. I created a total of 4 stuffed  envelopes. The envelopes were created with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board. There are many sizes that the board can create. I used 4 sheets from the French Blue 8x8 Pad, and chose the perfect size envelope using the 8x8 paper. It created a 4x6.25 envelope. Before each envelope was folded, I machine stitched around the envelope using a silky pink thread. 

Each envelope was adorned with French Blue Lace, bits of French blue Ephemera and tiny French Blue Flowers. I used the French Blue Wooden Stamp with heat embossing ink and gold embossing powder. I stamped it randomly on each of the envelopes. The stamp is gorgeous and the details are amazing! I edged the envelopes with a bit of Distress ink to give it an old antique look. 

I absolutely adore the Wax Seals I created with the Lora Bailora Wax It Seal stamp. I used the bicycle. Frank Carries many designs in his studio. I used gold wax. 


Here are the 4 different envelopes I created. Each is a different paper. Layering is so much fun with all of the ephemera and junk journal bits. I used a piece of lace for each envelope front. 

Inside of each envelope is a card, and a sheet of distressed copy paper, I will use to write my love letters, and attach photos. I used the 6x6 paper pad papers to create the cards, and edge punch on the fold of the card. I added a piece of French Blue Lace to the flaps of each card. 

Here are the pieces used to create each stuffed envelope. 

I actually coffee dyed a plain sheet of copy paper. I tore each sheet in half to create a smaller paper to fold and fit in card. After it dried, I stenciled the papers using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also machine stitched around the edges of the papers. The 2 stencils I used are listed at the end of this post. Oh, and let me tell you. These ink brushes are a game changer!!! They really get into all of those nooks and crannies of some of the intricate stencils. So much better than foam!! 

With just a few items, you can make an ordinary project into an extraordinary project. A little antique and sparkle and shine goes a long way. All items cab be found in Franks Studio. 


 Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you are inspired to create your own stack of love letters for the one you love. With Valentines Day coming, now may be the perfect time! But every day can be Valentines Day!! You just have to put a little bit of love in your art! xo


Products linked to Frank Garcia Studio Store:

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia 8x8 Paper Pad

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia Ephemera Junk Journal Bits

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia Ephemera Icons

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia Lace Pack

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia Say it in Crystals

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia Flowers Cherished Memories

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia Wooden Rubber Stamp

Prima French Blue by Frank Garcia 6x6 Paper Pad

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Ranger Tim Holtz  Vintage Photo Ink pad Reinker

Hero Arts Blending Brushes

Finnabair 6x9 Stencil Folk Florals

Mintay 6x8 Stencil Hearts

Lora Bailora Wax It Seal Stamp Bicycle

Lora Bailora Wax It White Wooden Handle