Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Crate Paper Fun with Foil

Hello! This week on the Crate Paper blog, we are sharing projects that have fun with foil. I used my Heidi Swapp Minc and a few American Crafts Minc tags to create this layout about holiday cookie baking.

I also pulled out the foiled Thickers from the Hello Love collection, these are so fun and went perfectly with the rest of the foil accents on my page.

I used green foil with this 'hello' tag and stapled it to a piece of patterned paper. I wanted to incorporate red and green to go along with the Christmas theme.

This gold heart tag was perfect with a Crate Paper 'falala' piece to create an embellishment for the top of the layout, along with the red gold foiled piece next to it.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having a great Holiday season!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Cards with Crate Paper

Hi there! Today on the blog I am sharing a few quick Christmas cards using an older Crate Paper collection - Bundled Up. If you are like me and haven't sent out your cards yet, these ideas will work perfectly to whip up a few quick ones! I am trying to keep it simple this year and do just that.

I started out with a white cardstock card base and added a piece of patterned paper with a bold red stripe. After adding my sentiment and chipboard snowflake, I embellished the card with punched vellum snowflakes and a few enamel dots.

For this card, I used the same white cardstock and patterned paper card base. I then added the chipboard banner and "winter", stitching through it with white thread.

I also embellished this card with some vellum snowflakes and enamel dots, as well as a wooden brad from the collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, have a great one!

- Jen

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bella Blvd Mix and Match

Today on the Bella Blvd blog, we are sharing projects that mix and match different collections. For this layout, I tried hand stitching! I started with a piece of white cardstock and lightly traced around a plate with pencil. I pierced holes about every 1/4 inch, then erased the markings and stitched with embroidery floss. It took quite a while but I am pleased with the result! It really is a labor of love.

After that, I filled in the circle with bits and pieces from different collections. The great thing about Bella products is that they all go together! Just find similar colors (or for this layout - a rainbow) and start your project.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Tiny Tots: Sweet & Sassy, Borders, Treasures & Text Stickers, Chipboard Icons
Star Student: Treasures & Text Stickers, Star Student Invisible
Daily Chevies: Pickle Juice
Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron, Orange Stripe
Ciao Chipboard Embellishments: Borders

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Crate Paper Holiday Decor

Happy December!! Today on the Crate Paper blog, I'm sharing an altered frame that I made to celebrate the Christmas season. I picked up this frame recently at an antique shop in town, but you could easily recreate one with an ornate frame, spray paint and twine.

To embellish the frame, I created a variety of tags and cards to hang on the twine. I used glitter clothespins from the Craft Market collection to secure them. I pulled out an older winter collection - Bundled Up - as I thought the colors went well with the red frame.

I thought it would be fun to add a glittered tassel from the Shine collection as well. I love the pop of pink that it gives the project!

This cute chipboard snowman is from the Bundled Up collection as well. I added it to a simple shipping tag and adhered a glitter star.

I also incorporated some of the cork numbers from the Wonder collection on another tag. The perfect touch! After I had each of the tags in place, I adhered a piece of patterned paper to the back of the frame. This will make a perfect piece to place on my side table with other Christmas decor.

Thanks for stopping by!
- Jen

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Workspace Wednesday with Elle's Studio

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday - today I am sharing a few storage kits for my Elle's Studio monthly kits and stamps so let's take a look!

I am always on the lookout for little bins and trays when I'm out shopping. I am a person that does best with open storage, that way I can see what I have and I'm more likely to use it. I found these small white trays at the grocery store of all places, and they are perfect for holding 4x6 cards. I usually take the 3x4 and 4x6 cards out of my kit and place them in one of these trays before I start my projects.

 I also love little bowls that are perfect for holding smaller embellishments. These colored bowls are from Anthropologie and I have several different colors. These are great for holding the smaller elements in your kit, or wood veneer.

Mason jars are also great. I like these little shallow jelly jars to hold embellishments like acrylic shapes, wood veneer, or clips. In this one, I organized some of my acrylic and wood veneer pieces.

Now for stamps! Stamps are one of my favorite supplies, but I have found to really use them I need to have them out in the open and easily accessible. I take each clear stamp set out of the package and slip it into one of these clear pockets, being sure to label the top with the name of the stamp set.


The tray that they are in is from Ikea, and it's the perfect size to hold the stamps upright so I can flip through them to find what I need.
 Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Have a great one!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Friendsgiving - American Crafts

Today on the American Crafts blog, I am sharing this Thanksgiving themed layout using the Finders Keepers collection. Hope you'll check it out!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cards with American Crafts

Making titles the focus of your cards is easy and fun with American Crafts DIY Shop 3 and Documentary’s phrase Thickers. This week on the American Crafts blog we are sharing projects featuring titles!

How to: cut a piece of yellow cardstock to size and fold for card base. Weave half inch strips of black cardstock adhered to the front of the card. Trim off the excess. Add a punched circle of white cardstock to the card and adhere title sentiment. Trim gold rimmed tags and adhere to card. Adhere gold enamel dots.

 I also made this fun pink card!

How to: start with a base of pink cardstock and fold in half. For the front, use another piece of pink cardstock and score lines using a score board. Adhere to front of card with foam adhesive. Place title using silver foil alphabet stickers. Add circles of black cardstock scattered over the front.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Documentary (340199) –Snapshots Phrase Thickers, DIY Shop 3 (370868) – Silver Foil Alphabet Stickers, DIY Shop 3 (370888) – Gold Enamel Dots, DIY Shop 3 (370891) – Metal Rim Circle Tags, Seasonal Cardstock Pack (712P12)

New Issue of the Bella Buzz!

The newest issue of the Bella Buzz - Bella Blvd's inspirational eMagazine - is now available for download! You can find it here. I contributed this layout to it using the new Clear Cuts. Thanks for taking a look!

Bella Blvd 2 Page Layouts

This week on the Bella Blvd blog, I shared a 2 page layout. I decided to go with a pocket page.

For the left side of the layout, I printed a large photo at 8.5x11 and embellished it simply with chipboard letters.

For the right side of the layout, I printed my photos at 2.75x3.75 with a white border and added them to the pockets along with cards and an embellished Clear Cut. I wanted this layout to be very bright and colorful with pops of black!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crate Paper Hello Love Collection

Hi everyone! This week on the Crate Paper blog we are talking about gratitude. I am loving the new Hello Love collection so I decided to document a photo of my husband and I since I'm so thankful for him!

I started out with a piece of white cardstock, then used pink cardstock and cut out a heart cut file for my base. I used patterned papers and embellishments from the collections to embellish the negative spaces.

The tags in this collection are beautiful as well. They are embellished with gold glitter and so beautiful!

A few stickers and chipboard and the layout was complete! This collection goes far beyond Valentines day and can be used all year long.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

- Jen

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Crate Paper Favorite Places

Hello and welcome to the blog today! This week on the Crate Paper blog we are scrapping about our favorite places....and one of mine is right here at my desk with a hot cup of coffee and my scrapping supplies. I used the new Hello Love collection for this layout and it worked perfectly.

I started out with a background cut to 8.5x11. I printed my photo as a square, then added it to the page and placed the title on the right side.

I love the heart patterned paper at the top of this layout - I used my watercolors to color a few of the hearts in.

For my journaling, I used a typewriter and white paper, then cut it into strips and adhered to the page.

And my favorite part of this collection are the tags and chipboard! Love all the glitter and black and white.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a great one!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving Placecard with American Crafts

Use the new DIY 3 Collection to create one-of-a-kind place cards and gift bags for your Thanksgiving table! This week on the American Crafts blog, the DT is sharing ideas to incorporate your papercrafting supplies into your table decor.

How to: Use a die cutting machine or punch to create colored cardstock leaves. Adhere 3 to a piece of kraft paper from the DIY 3 collection. Stitch a piece of vellum at the top and trim with pinking shears at the bottom. Add a tag to the place card, and use gold Thickers to spell a name. Adhere a strip of woodgrain washi and stitch; stitch the top of the place card as well. Add gold enamel dots to embellish. Decorate the table with additional paper leaves. Use a giant clothespin to clip the place card to a muslin bag filled with treats!

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Documentary (340202) – Gold Foil Puffy Thickers, DIY Shop 3 (370881) – Giant Clothespins, DIY Shop 3 (370857) – White Chevron Kraft Cardstock, DIY Shop 3 (370854) – Gold Foil Hearts Vellum, DIY Shop 3 (370883) – Woodgrain Washi Tape, DIY Shop 3 (370888) – Gold Enamel Dots, DIY Shop 3 (370890) – Gift Tags, DIY Shop 3 (370894) – Muslin Treat Bags

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Elle's Studio November Release

It's November! This month's exclusives are now available at Elle's Studio. This month is a fun one! I love the vellum snowflakes in the main kit.

I used them on this Christmas card....

Along with a few of the stars from the Holiday Acrylic Mix.

 I also created this layout using the tree from the November cut files.

Be sure to check it all out!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Magnetic Inspiration Board with DIY Shop 3

The giant clothespins from American Crafts DIY Shop 3 make the perfect magnets! Simply add some adhesive magnets to the back of them to create a unique magnetic inspiration board.

How to: Gather supplies from the DIY Shop 3 collection – giant clothespins, gold rimmed tags, metal bobbies, and adhesive magnetic strips. Cut the magnetic strips to size so they will fit on the back of the clothespins and carefully adhere. You can also add small strips of magnet to the backs of the gold rimmed tags to make custom magnets. 

Cut a strip of the chalboard mini stitched banner that will fit across the top of your magnetic board. Use gold rimmed tag magnets to secure in place. Embellish the banner with gold stamped flair. 

Adhere magnet to the back of a delight 3D sticker for another custom magnet. Use the magnetic clothespins to add inspiration pieces and photos to your board. The clothespins magnets would also make great refrigerator magnets to display grocery lists and art!

Supplies: Finders Keepers (340246) – Embossed Gold Flair, Dear Lizzy Documentary (340206) – Delights 3D Stickers, DIY Shop 3 (370881) – Giant Clothespins, DIY Shop 3 (370887) – Metal Word Bobbies, DIY Shop 3 (370891) – Metal Rim Circle Tags, DIY Shop 3 (370900) – Mini Stitched Chalkboard Banner