Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beach Fun Acrylic Frame

We are into the heat of summer here in North Texas and that always turns my mind to thoughts of the beach. Today I have a fun project to share using the 5x7 Black Craft Frame from Deflecto.  These frames are so flexible and I love that I can add embellishments outside of the frame for extra dimension.

For this project I used a variety of bright papers and stickers, and lots of Petaloo Flowers.

The larger center flower was colored using Tattered Angels Mist in Dragonfly, then the flowers were adhered to the outside of the frame using a low temp glue gun. The photo and sticker were adhered to the background paper and inserted into the frame.

I used more flowers and some cute embellishments from Maya Road on the bottom corner. Yes, I did feel the need to fussy cut that flamingo from a piece of paper - I have no idea why! But it is so cute :)

Be sure to check out all the amazing ideas from the Deflecto Ambassadors 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Bunny in the Texas Bluebonnets

Texas Bluebonnets Scrapbook Layout using Mixed Media techniques

Taking photos in the bluebonnets is a Texas tradition and I couldn't wait to take the Princess to get her photos the first spring after she was born. I really think she was more interested in eating the flowers than me taking her photos, but I still managed to get some cute shots!

For my layout I used Bazzill cardstock, Kaisercraft and Basic Grey papers, stickers from My Little Shoebox, chipboard from Bluefern studio and Want2Scrap, Petaloo flowers, and some mixed media goodness from Faber-Castell.

Scrapbook Layout Easter Photos in the Texas Bluebonnets
I mean, really, how cute is this little kid?? I'm not biased or anything, really!

Mixed Media scrapbook background

I used Texture Luxe from Faber-Castell and a stencil to add some dimension to my background. I love to tuck little scrap pieces of lace here and there in my layouts, and adding it between layers of paper really helps build dimension.

Flower cluster using petaloo flower embellishments.
Adding flowers is a must for me and I love these Petaloo blooms - they are fairly FLAT. To build  great floral cluster start with a focal flower, and fill in with smaller flowers around it - you want to end up with an odd number of flowers. For instance here I have 5 flowers. After you have those arranged how you want them, it is time to start filling in the background. Here I added some flower stamens using hot glue and tucking them in small bunches here and there. To finish off the cluster I added some ribbon and a chipboard leaf. Simple!

Using  Tombow markers to color chipboard embellishments.
I added a few chipboard pieces to finish off my layout. For the mushroom I used my Tombow Markers to color it - seriously the quickest and easiest way to color your chipboard embellishments ever!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Appreciation Flower Pocket Gifts

I am so happy to be a guest over on Eileen Hull's Blog to share these amazingly cute Flower Pocket Thank You gifts. Back at CHA in January I was fortunate to be part of a group of makers who taught Make N Takes in Eileen's Booth, complete with her vintage camper Scotty. Eileen shared one of her extras for this new die coming out with me - happy me! As a Director for a Girl Scout Camp every year I am always in need of fun and easy Thank Yous - these hit the mark.

For the front of the Flower Pockets I wanted tiny little pots over flowing with flowers. How cute are these? I added a tag using a Stampin' Up punch, Kraft cardstock and some older Karen Foster stamps. I added faux stitching with my PITT Journal Pen from Faber-Castell. 

 I used the Candy cup die, some LittleB chipboard, paper, and an adhesive sheet from Thermoweb.  

After die cutting I cut the sections apart, inked them, shaped them a bit, then adhered using Super Tape down the sides and a Foam Square in the middle.  I used a hot glue gun to adhere a variety of wired and flat flowers in place.
I used an older McGill punch from my supply and my favorite Gelly Roll pen from Sakura to add accents to my flower pots. 
   My papers are from My Mind's Eye and Graphic 45.
I used a variety of flowers,some flower making supplies from the cake decorating department, plus some embellishments from the wedding aisle to fill my baskets.

Because some of the flowers are on wires that allowed me to arrange them to show dimension in the baskets.

Be sure to hop over to Eileen's blog to see the amazing things going on over there.  She has an amazing inspiration team working for her. You can also find where to buy all her amazing dies and other products.