Saturday, May 18, 2024

Dance Layouts

I got a couple more dance layouts done over the last couple of weeks. Scrap a Sketch released 7 sketches at the beginning of the month for International Scrapbooking Day and I have used two of them so far. 

First, I used Scrap the Rainbow #2:

Part of the challenge was to use mostly blue on the layout. I started by finding some blue papers to go with my photos. I then cut them into strips and laid them across my background. Instead of a heart, I cut a wheel shape to suggest a ferris wheel. I cut the title using my Cricut. I then embellished my page with some foam stickers, puffy stickers and regular stickers. I felt like the title needed a little something to ground it, so I added the strip of washi tape. I finished off the layout with some gold liquid pearls on the wheel to suggest the lights you see on a ferris wheel.

This one ended up being pretty loosely based on the sketch. I started by creating a background on this paper with a resist design, by using the packaging technique to add greens (the color to use for this challenge) to the page. I then laid out the photos in a similar shape to the ones on the sketch, but they are much bigger, so I only made two lines of stitching with my sewing machine. I cut the title with my Cricut and used a journaling spot for the rest of the info. To embellish the page, I found these two Grungeboard hinges and painted them black. I adhered them in the corners and added silver brads to the holes. This was a pretty simple layout, but I love how it turned out!


Friday, May 17, 2024


Hi all! I've neglected this blog the last couple of weeks! I have some cards to share to make up for it!

First up, I have a graduation card. I got a Hero Arts ombre inkpad this week and wanted to try it out. I used this large sunflower stamp and the result turned out beautiful. I then found some coordinating cardstock for the sentiment and stamped and heat embossed it in gold. I wanted the card front to stand out from the card base, so I ink blended the lightest color from the ombre pad around the edges. Once that was all dry, I stamped and heat embossed the graduation hats. I adhered the sentiment banner and added a few gold sequin leaves to finish it off.
Next is a birthday card I made for my son's 6th birthday. He has been really into "Spidey and His Amazing Friends" so I went in search of a cut file to make Spidey. I found this as part of a set here.  The only bummer about this cut file is that all of the red is individual pieces- it took a while to assemble. I ended up using clear contact paper to lift the pieces from the mat, added glue to the back and then pressed it onto the black background piece. However, not every piece transferred with that technique, so I spent some time placing tiny individual pieces. Since the pieces around the spider on the chest didn't cut great, I created a spider with some silver Nuvo drops. For the card front, I used a background stamp. I cut a piece of red cardstock to create a thin border around the main panel. To finish things off, I used some sequins.

My next card is also a birthday card. This one was based off the current card sketch from Stick It Down:

I started by doing the smooshing technique on a piece of watercolor paper. I used green, yellow, and blue. Once that was dry, I tore it down one edge, inked the torn edge, and layered it over a piece of coordinating patterned paper. I cut the bursts and wrote the sentiment using my Cricut. I finished off the card front with some irridescent gold stars.

Finally is a set of mother's day cards. I used the same techniques across all of them, just varied the papers. I started with the Concord and 9th butterfly turnabout stamp and made two 6x6 panels, which I cut in half and fit them on a card front. I used patterned paper for two of my side panels and a shimmery silver paper, that I ran through an embossing folder, for the other two. I stamped and heat embossed the large butterflies and just adhered the centers to allow the wings to lift a bit. For the sentiment, I used words from a couple of different sets. The "you are" is actually part of a stamp that says "you are my," but I just didn't ink "my." I stamped and heat embossed the words. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Outside- Rochelle Spears Sketch and Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hi all! I have a new layout to share today! I started with this sketch from Rochelle Spears:

I used the sketch for the left hand page of this two page layout. I had a lot of photos for this layout, so I did a basic grid for the second page. I had fun putting this one together. I found some colorful, outdoorsy papers and went to work cutting the various pieces. I used a punch to create the banner on the left hand page. I wanted the banner to stand out a bit more, so I stuck each one onto navy cardstock (which was the same cardstock I used to cut the title) and fussy cut a slim mat for each banner. I added those to my layout with foam tape and ran a piece of twine over the top to connect them. I used washi tape to cover the seams on my layout. I embellished the page with some stickers, chipboard, epoxy flair, and enamel dots. 

I also completed the tic tac toe challenge from Scrap with Stacy:
I used the left column- enamel dots, banner, and 3 or more photos.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Scrapping with Sketches In Thyme

Hello again! I have a couple of layouts to share today using Sketches in Thyme sketches. First up is a dance layout using this sketch:
I started by finding blue patterned papers that coordinated with the color of the costumes in these photos. The papers I used were scraps of various sizes, so then I had to figure out how to make them fit. Once I got those and the photos adhered, I cut the title with my Cricut. I cut it once from patterned paper and three more times from white cardstock for dimension. I found a coordinating journaling circle and added the main info. I wanted add a little more info so I just wrote directly on the layout with that. To embellish the page, I used some stickers. I wanted a little more in the upper left corner of my photo, so I peeled up my photo and added some stamping. I finieshed off the layout with some blue gems.

Next up, I did a layout using this sketch:

My photos didn't fit the sketch perfectly, but I made them work. I started by lining up the 4" tall photos across the bottom. Then I layered the last two photos and postcard over some patterned paper on the top. Instead of the strips used in the sketch, I fussy cut some flowers from another sheet of patterned paper. I stamped the word "fairies" and used letter stickers for "finding." I added some die cuts on either end of the title. To embellish the page, I used some foam word stickers and washi tape. To finish things off, I used Dirty Bronze Nuvo Drops.


Friday, April 26, 2024

Birthday Cards

Hi all! I have a couple of cards to share with you today. First up is a birthday card for my niece who turns one tomorrow. I started with the current color challenge at Color Dare:

Aren't the colors pretty? I ended up going with the lighter pink, orange, and green. I started by dry embossing my pink cardstock with a polka dot embossing folder. I then stamped and heat embossed the fish on the orange paper. I then went to work layering everything up. I added sparkle to the background and the fish with a white Wink of Stella glitter pen. I stamped my sentiment on the green strip. The rest of the strip looked so bare, so I ended up stamping the loopy border stamp along the rest of the strip. To finish off the card, I used some Glossy Accents to add bubbles to my fish and accent a few more dots on my background. 


My second card went together pretty quickly. I had colored this background a while ago, so that was ready to go. I cut the sentiment with my Cricut and adhered that down. I finished off the front with some Liquid Pearl dots.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

May Calendar Page- Stick It Down

Hi all! I have my May calendar page to share today! I started once again with the double page sketch from Stick It Down:

The photos took up most of the page for this one, so I started there. I had the beautiful rainbow stripe paper that I cut into strips to go on either side of my vertical columns of photos. To add some interest to the center part of the layout, I stamped some swirls with Distress Oxide ink. I matted my center photos on a coordinating yellow patterned paper. I fussy cut the butterflies from another sheet of patterned paper. For my title, I found a patterned paper with colors that went with what I already had on my layout. I used cardstock strips for my journaling. To embellish my layout, I used some foam stickers, a die cut phrase, and a transparency flower die cut. To add a little more interest to the swirls, I added some tiny light blue gems ( leftover from a Diamond Art project).

 Thanks for stopping by to check out my layout!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Dance layouts

I've had time to do some scrapping this week! I got a couple more dance layouts done for my daughter's album.

For the first layout, I used this sketch from Lasting Memories:

I started by finding some papers that went with my photos. I then cut them into strips and created banners. I then adhered my photos over that. I had the idea to have a "shattered" style font for the word "Glass" and I found this one. I used my Cricut to cut the title. For the journaling, I just used one of the pieces I cut off one of the banners, ripped the long ends and wrote on it with a white pen. To embellish this page, I cut some squares from washi tape and used some black pearls. For the x's, I used actual x's from a Thickers set. I added black glitter to them for some sparkle and stuck them in my clusters. I cut a couple of the "legs" of them at a different angle to make them look a little less like a letter. I finished off the layout with a black transparency heart by the title. 


For my next layout, I used this sketch from Paper Issues:

I found these beautiful outline roses in Cricut Design Space and cut them from red cardstock in place of the circles on the sketch. I then layered my photos over them. I used some gold glitter cardstock and black cardstock to mat the individual photos. I used my Cricut for the title. I added strips of rub ons around the photos to highlight them and used black puff paint to add the dots in the leaves.