Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Snow Much More Fun With Carta Bella

Hello everyone! Carolyn here today with another layout using the Carta Bella Snow Much Fun Collection. This time, I've used pictures from my daughter's 4th birthday party which had a Frozen theme. The teal colours in this collection matched the Elsa costumes the kids were wearing.
I was also inspired by the November sketch on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Facebook page. Here is the sketch:
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That's a lot of pictures! I tend to crop my pictures so they take up the entire 4 x 6 photo so I didn't have room for all 8 photos. I used 2 journaling cards instead.
I added some snowflake stamps from the Kaisercraft Let It Snow stamp set. Then I layered snowflake stickers on top.
I couldn't resist changing the 'let it snow' card to say 'let it go'.
These Nuvo Pearl Rectangles are so pretty I want to add them to everything. I held back and used them as a border.
I tried to keep the eye flowing diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. I also tried to make visual triangles by clustering snowflakes in groups of three.
The chipboard makes for a good title.
Thanks for taking a look at my layout. I hope you get a chance to check out these awesome products!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Carta Bella Snow Much Fun Kit

Carolyn here today with a new kit. Find those winter pictures because this kit is the perfect way to scrap those memories! Carta Bella has made the Snow Much Fun Collection with shades of teal to make your snowy photos pop. It also has some cute stickers and chipboard you won't want to pass up.

I made a layout inspired by one of the phrases in the kit: the snuggle is real. I thought of this picture of my daughter in her 'nest'. She piles blankets and pillows in her bed so sometimes I can't even see her in there.
I decided to build her a nest by cutting strips of paper and gluing them randomly. My kit also came with Nuvo Pearl Rectangles. They are so pretty I had to add them to the nest. I used Bazzill London Fog Cardstock from a previous kit to cut out tree branches to support the nest. In behind, I used clear gesso and smooshed some green and blue paint on top.

The title is made with chipboard and words from a cut apart card. The Thickers are from a previous kit. The tags are from the ephemera pack and the cute girl and bear with their blankets are from the sticker sheet in the paper pack.

I also had some birthdays to celebrate this week so I made some cards.
The first card is for a 90th birthday! I cut the number out on my Silhouette and placed it over a shaker pocket filled with the Nuvo Pearl Rectangles. I used a punch to cut out the scallop circle and did some stitching on my sewing machine.
The second card pieced together many elements from the kit. The sentiment in the picture didn't make sense so I covered it with one that did. I used a few pieces from the ephemera pack and some stickers from the paper pack.
That's all for now. I'll be back on Wednesday with all new inspiration. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

November Scrapshotz Kit - SS Winter Farmhouse Take 2

Hello! Welcome to another post showcasing the fabulous November Scrapshotz kit! The Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse line is just about Christmas-y enough to use on those holiday photos, but simple and fun for everyday winter pics!

I loved the chipboard mittens banner sticker that I used on this page, and the "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is perfect for the snowy day. The portrait photo is matted with a slightly larger mat than the landscape photo, and is also popped up with foam dots for extra texture. I used 3 clusters of enamel dots in the gorgeous neutral colors.

And of course.... cards. There are plenty of card friendly elements in this kit. Along with the patterned paper, I used some chipboard stickers and added a holiday sentiment to these. Some stickles on the snowman and snowflake and a bow for the window, and done!
 For these two, I cut out some of the squares on the patterned paper and matted them as card elements. Some ribbon, twine and a trio of enamel dots complete them.
Thanks for joining me here! I hope I've given you some ideas on how to use this fabulous kit! See you in December!!!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Taylored Expressions| Poinsettia & Pine

Hello All! 

Rosie back with a couple more Taylored Expressions Christmas cards, featuring the Ponsettia and Pine stencil
First up is a card front stencilled with Nuvo Glacier Paste in Frostbite and the Ponsettia & Pine stencil over navy (admiral) bazzil card stock.

I taped the stencil to the back of the card stock to hold it in place while I applied the paste, then removed the stencil and set the card stock aside to dry.

Make sure you clean the stencil right away or at least place it in warm water until you can wash it off. The paste likes to stick to the stencil.

The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas stamp set which is a genius stamp in combination with the coordinating die. It stamps 18 sentiments all at once which can then be die cut all at the same time with the matching die, such a time saver!!! 

I kept this card simple adding just the embossed sentiment strip and Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I inked white card stock with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink and then used my heat tool to dry it.
Next I inked the stencil with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink. The pine boughs are cut out of glitter white card stock with the TE Pine Clippings die and adhered to the card front with liquid adhesive once it was dry.

A sentiment strip adhered with foam adhesive over the area the pine boughs are layered and a few Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops complete the card. So easy to create different looks with one stencil!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Embrace Those Busy Patterned Papers

The November Scrapbook Kit featuring the Simple Stories, Winter Farmhouse collection has some fun and busy patterned paper! I love a busy pattern but once in a while I find them hard to work with - this month I am all about finding simpler ways to make the busy patterns in this collection work for me and loving it! 

If you have a magic machine (my name for any machine that can cut intricate designs on paper - magic), busy patterned paper is your best scrappy friend. Cut files backed with patterned paper look amazing! If your paper is super busy - choose files that have smaller windows or openings  (the sections you back) to show less of the busy and more of the cut file. Use a solid colour to cut the file will also help. I prefer white so it really pops off the page and contrasts fabulously with the patterns - giving the eye a place to rest. 

The Christmas Banners Background cut file from Cut To You offers a great balance between large and small openings making it a great way to showcase the simple and busiest patterned papers in this kit. Also, it’s just a really fabulous cut file! Check out how un-busy these busy patterns look now: 

I love how it turned out! The photo is of me as a little girl and clearly either I have or my family has stuck all of the Christmas present ribbons and bows on me as we opened presents - I probably did it to myself. The picture is pretty cute but wow, did you notice the couch I am sitting on? Speaking of busy patterns!  

Here are a few other ideas for embracing busy patterned papers in your projects: 
  • Add a thin layer of white Gesso over the page. This will make the colours more subtle and adds a mixed media element to your layout. 
  • Use patterned papers to mat your photos. The peek of the pattern behind your photo will really separate it from the background and draw the eye! Use a few different patterns to get that layered look. 
  • Instead of cutting patterned paper to the size you need  - rip it! Not only is this fun (and maybe a little adrenaline pumping if you only have a sheet or 2) it also looks fabulous. Bonus, the ripped edge will be white - giving the eye place to rest and break up all that busy pattern. 
  • Create a background image or design using small squares, triangles or circles of the patterned paper. A quilted heart using triangles of various patterned papers or a Christmas tree shape created with lots of small circles of the patterned papers. A quilt pattern, Christmas presents (oh with stitching for the ribbon), buildings, and more!
  • Cut the patterned paper in strips and use them like you would washi tape. Create a whole layout with these strips all down the page -  rip a few shorter than the others for a fun, washi tape look! 
If you still find your page is too busy (and I bet it's not), take a photo of your layout and see if you still think so when you see the layout in a photo. When we are creating we are just a couple of feet away from all the busy - preventing us from seeing the forest from the trees. I find taking a photo gives me an opportunity to see the project as if I had stepped back and I end up really liking it!  

Embrace the busy patterns - have fun, get crafty! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Fluffy Friends Holiday & Pine Clippings

Hello Scrap Shotz Friends!

Rosie here to share the first couple of holiday cards using Taylored Expressions products.  

I've used the Fluffy Friends stamp set:

I stamped and die cut a bunch of images all at the same time, you can see by the stamp graphic above that this bear is actually sitting on a sled. I wanted to have him ride the die cut sled so I trimmed the sled portion off. All the images are coloured with Copic markers and I added shading to the sled with an E30 copic marker as well.

I inked the background with yellow, orange, red and navy dye inks from my stash with Taylored Expressions blender brushes.

I then adhered a white glitter card stock die cut hill from my stash, placing the sled on the downhill :).

I added the presents and birdie from the stamp set. The bear was holding a black string in the stamp so I added gold thread attached to the runners to cover that up. The sentiment is from the TE Simple Strips-Christmas stamp set. This coordinates with the Simple Strips die, and gives you 18 Christmas themed sentiments cut in a banner, perfectly sized for each sentiment. Pretty Pink Posh confetti adds some shine as a final touch.

Next up is the Pine Clippings die:

I created a frame around the centre inked portion of the card with silver card stock Pine Clippings die cuts. The centre was inked with Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover. I then inked outside the centre portion with Evergreen Bough and brushed Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl across the entire surface.

I then embossed the panel with the We R Memory Keepers Gemstone embossing folder. I stamped the Christmas Simple Strips on red card stock with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then cut with the coordinating die.

I finished the card off with Nuvo Glitter Drops in Ruby Slippers.

I'll be back in a few days with a couple more cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

November Scrapshotz Kit - SS Winter Farmhouse

Hello scrappers! Today I'm sharing a couple of layouts created with the November Scrapshotz kit featuring Simple Stories' Winter Farmhouse line.

This line is full of fun images, and I had a bunch of un-scrapped photos from a Christmas photo session that my son's family had a few years ago that were perfect for it. The line has lots of earthy neutrals with deep red and mint throughout. I loved the outdoorsy feel of it.

The title for the layout above was created from stickers in the kit. What great phrases for winter pics! The embellishments are chipboard stickers.
This layout was based on the Creative Scrapbooker November sketch. I don't believe I've ever put so many photos on a layout. What a great way to cascade them. I did have to stretch it into a 2-pager! The sketch is shown below.

Here is the title for the double page spread. I used the Thickers included with the kit and an old alpha set from my stash that kind of looked like it was cut out of a magazine. Appropriate for the page, don't you think?

Thanks for looking! I'll be back later this week with a couple more layouts with this fabulous kit!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Process Video: Winter Farmhouse, Dad's Hockey Rink

I am playing with the November Scrapbook Kit this month and loving it! This kit is a beauty and features loads of the amazing Simple Stories, Winter Farmhouse collection.

I am taking full advantage of having such a fun, winter and farmhouse themed collection to document winter and Christmas stories from our family farm. In this process video, I am documenting the homemade rink my dad makes every year for us 'kids' and our friends and family get together.

Here are a few still shots if you don't have a chance to check out my video - I recognize we are embarking on the busiest season of the year here but do think a cup of coffee and some scrapbooking YouTube would be a nice treat you (wink, wink):

I love how the vintage feel of this collection is encouraging me to tell the stories from years ago but there are enough cute elements to have a little fun with it too. A perfect balance! If you would like to see all the goodies I am playing with, check out the Unboxing Video.

Hope you have a chance to get crafty this week!