Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lori Whitlock Creative Team - Chalkboard Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I am up over on Lori Whitlock's blog today.   Chalkboard art is everywhere right now so  I thought it would be fun to try and make one.


Here's what you need.

I picked up this simple chalkboard and chalk marker at my local Wal-mart in the craft section.  You can find these at almost any store....I've seen them at all my local craft stores. 

Now all you need to do is cut the "Happy Haunting" title from vinyl (resize to fit your chalkboard).  Next, weed out the letter portion of the vinyl and apply the stencil to your chalkboard.  Color in the letters with the chalk marker.  Allow a few minutes for the marker to dry, then peel away the vinyl leaving your chalk design.   Super easy and you can reuse the chalkboard for any season!  The possibilities are endless.  You could make a sign for a birthday or a menu board for a party.

I hope you enjoy this fun technique.  Be sure to stop by Lori's shop to see the latest files.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lori Whitlock Creative Team Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Lori Whitlock Creative Team Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Lori's blog.   If you just stopped by for a visit be sure to head over to Lori's blog to pick up this awesome freebie. 

I have two cute projects to show you today that I made with the files that were just added yesterday.  


This adorable little nail polish tote holds two bottles of polish.  Wouldn't this make an adorable bridal show favor?  So cute!  I embellished it with this cute 3d layered flower


I also made this cute water bottle gift set. My daughter's best friend has a birthday this week and I thought this would be a fun treat for her to take her at school....her favorite soda and a candy bar.  These could be used for all kinds of fun gift ideas.  

Head on over to Lori's Shop to see all the new files she added yesterday.  You can save 30%!  

You can also save on all her digital files as well.

Lori is also giving away her new Christmas CheerCollection by Echo park.

Your next stop is Mendi!   Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Echo Park Paper Design Team - Tag Trio

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing three tags made with the We Are Family Collection and the new Designer Dies and Stamps.  These were up on the Echo Park Blog a while back and I just realized I never shared them here.


I cut the base for these tags with my Cameo using this file.  


On this tag, I used the Designer Dies to cut the shapes from the tag, backed the negative space created by the butterfly with some pink paper and  added some glitter.  


For this tag, I cut out and layered the die cuts and then used foam dots to add some dimension.  This little owl is so cute!  


For my last tag, I used the a stamp and die combo.  This technique is new to me but I really enjoyed playing with all the possible color combinations for this.  

You can find all of the Echo Park Designer Product here.  There are so many cute and versatile sets to choose from. 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Files from Lori Whitlock and New Theme at Paper Issues

Hi everyone!  Lori Whitlock just added some fabulous new files to her SVG Shop today.  Here's a couple of treat boxes that I made with the newest files.  


You can find all the new files here.   

I am linking up these projects over at Paper Issues.  We have a new issue that started yesterday called "Tell me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies".  You can link up your projects for a chance to win a goodie bag filled with product from Jillibean Soup!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend!  Last week my very talented scrapbooking friend, Alex, invited me to participate in a Scrappy Blog Tour.  She makes the most beautiful layouts ever and her photography is amazing.  Be sure to check her out and you are sure to be inspired!

So here we go with my answers to the questions....

What an I working on right now?  

Actually, I just got back into town and I don't have anything in progress right now. I did just receive my design team box from Echo Park and will be working with this fun new collection this week.

I'm super excited that this collection includes embellishments! 

How long does it take me to create a project?

I guess that depends on the project.  I can do a card in about 30 minutes to an hour but a gift set may take a little longer. Some of my larger 3d projects could take several hours but I usually spread that out over a few days.  I usually spend more time picking papers than actually making the project.  

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

I am currently obsessed with everything from Fancy Pants Designs.  I just love the Burlap and Blossoms Collection.  

And of course, I can't make anything without my Silhouette Cameo.  I just love this card I made last week with my Cameo and the paper collection above. 

How does my creative process work? 

There are a few different things that get my creative process started.  It might be a paper collection that sparks an idea or a sentiment from a new set of stamps.  Once I have an idea, I browse through the Silhouette Store to find a coordinating die cut that works with what I have in mind.  

How do I become and stay inspired?

I absolutely love paper and find most of my inspiration from the paper collections I tend to hoard.  I also love browsing Pinterest and the blogs of my creative friends.  Sometimes if I'm feeling uninspired, I'll head to my local craft store and just check out the home decor or seasonal section.  That usually gets my creativity going.  

What is my signature style? 

I'm not exactly sure how to describe my style.  I like bright colors and mixing patterns.  I have heard many others describe my style as "simple" but maybe clean would be a better description.   My favorite embellishments are twine, enamel dots and buttons.  Here are a few of my favorite projects...



Okay....enough about me.  Now it's my turn to tag three of my very talented friends.  

Brigit Mann - Everything Brigit makes is fabulous!  She is talented with stamps, die cutting and print and cut! 

Mendi Yoshikawa -  Mendi is a pro when it comes to machine stitching.  Her layouts and journaling are perfection. 

Wendy Sue Anderson - I love her clean style, stitching and her use of die cuts on her layouts.  So creative! 

I hope you will visit these talented ladies next Monday as they share some info about themselves and some of their amazing projects.   

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shine On!

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope you guys all have a fun weekend planned.  We are headed out to watch some college glad it's that time of year again.

Today I have a card that I made using the August Swag Bag from Paper Issues.  The Swag Bag an awesome bag filled with a variety of fun embellishments.  It's a great way to try out new products.

I love the all the pops of gold in this bag...they were perfect for the "Shine On!" sentiment from the new "What Can I Say" stamp set from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Echo Park Design Team - Fall is Fun

Hi everyone!   Today I am sharing a quick and easy home decor piece that I made with my Cameo,  the Echo Park - "I Heart Fall" Mini Theme and a Designer Die.


This old frame has been laying around the house for a while now.  It was black so I gave it a quick coat of bronze stray paint and then trimmed a piece of pattern paper to fit the background.  I cut this "Fall is Fun" file by Echo Park enlarging it to fit my frame.  

The Owl and Branch Designer Die fit perfectly with my fall theme, so I cut him from some solid card stock and use some foam dots to pop him up on the banner.


 I finished up this fun project with some enamel dots and stickers from the collection. This fall frame would look cute in a mantle display or just about anywhere.

Thanks so much for stopping by!