Thursday, March 15, 2018

Surprise! Happy Birthday Els Blog Hop!

Surprise! Happy Birthday Els Blog Hop

It's Els van de Burgt's birthday and what better way to celebrate but with a surprise Birthday Blog Hop with the Elizabeth Crafts Design Team! Happy Birthday Els!

To celebrate Els' birthday, Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving out a gift when you place an order over $25 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs web site. You will receive 10 sheets of stickers with every purchase over $25. This special promotion applies to all orders placed from today Thursday 15th March until the end of day on Monday 19th March.

We hope you will join us in making Els birthday special, by dropping by our Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group and wishing her a happy birthday!

The hop started at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, so if you just happened to hop onto my blog you might like to head back to there first so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

here is the order of the hop...

I created my card using the fabulous Butterfly Aperture Die.
I cut the butterfly out of black cardstock and the for the outline I first adhered a piece of the double sided adhesive to soft white cardstock, peeled off the the second side of the double sided adhesive and applied a piece of gold and a piece of copper foil.
I then die cut it and adhered it to the black detail piece I already cut.  I wanted a little more sparkle so I added a bit of the Elizabeth Craft Designs silk microfine glitter in sections.
I adhered it to the card base I made using Blue Fern Studios paper and some black lace.
For the inside I die cut a silhouette circle and a happy birthday.

Well now it is time to leave my blog as you continue along our birthday hop. Your next stop is to the talented Luciana. Don’t forget to pop on over to our Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group too to wish Els a happy birthday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beautiful Day - Creative Embellishments

Good morning!
Quite a few years ago my family and I went to Florida for a vacation...this is a photo my hubby took of our boys and I....

 I created the background by using washi tape and masking tape!

I also used the Distressed Grid Stencil with texture paste and the Distressed Corner Stamp on the background!
Then covered the background with mists and powders till I was happy with the overall look.

For the chipboard flourish frame and the Beautiful Day title piece I wanted them to really stand out against the busy and colorful beabackground so I embossed them in black.

I added a cluster of flowers to complete the layout!

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, March 9, 2018

My sweet Boy

Good morning!
I think adding layers of your die cuts is a great way to make your photo your focal point of your project and it will add dimension without adding too much bulk!

I love this photo of Cody....

Step 1 - gather supplies - 2 sheets 12x12 paper and coordinating scraps and pieces, coordinating ink and pearls, die cuts - dashing squares, stitched rectangles, bunch of flowers 3, Big Flower set 1, stitched circles, Big Flower set 1, and valentines edges, vintage balloon race
Step 2  - cut one of your 12 x 12 papers to 8 x 12
Step 3 - cut (3)  1/2 x 12 strips of paper
Step 4 - cut one large rectangle piece at 5 x 8
Step 5 - cut a photo mat
Step 6 - die cut the following using stitched rectangles - (2) 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 for title, dashing squares (1) 2 3/4 & (1) 3 1/4 and stitched circles (2) 2 3/4 &  (1) 3 3/4, using the bunch of flowers 3 enough for 4 flowers, and the smaller flower from the Big Flower set 1 x 6, and the large balloon from the vintage balloon race,  as well as the hooped edge from the valentines edges
Step 6 - ink all the edges of all the papers and die cuts and assemble flowers and hot air balloon.
Step 7 - assemble like the above layout!

Here are some close ups

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, March 1, 2018

My Creative Embellishments Challenge layout!

Good morning!
I used this months Creative Embellishments Challenge to create a BOM layout

 The challenge is to be inspired by this photo

and the twist is to use roses!

so I used a photo of a red haired lady - ME lol!
and I used some beautiful Prima roses.  You can see all the rules and info on the blog here

The title is one of the newest pieces designed by Nicolle....I love that quote!
I simply painted them with brown and pink paint and added a bit of ink

For the gorgeous flourish set 8 I painted then added dabs of the pink paint for accents

and the continued with the paint on the Dripping Heart Border

Thanks so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see your entries


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Such a little cutie - Creative Embellishments!

Good morning!
I love looking at photos of the kids when they were little! 
Ty was so adorable....

I started by layering some of the beautiful Kaisercraft papers that match his shirt wonderfully!

 Then I altered the wonderful Creative Embellishments chipboard
I chose the Vintage Flourish Set 1, the Infinite Circle Frame  and the Butterflies (set of 5) then covered all the pieces with white acrylic paint, then crackle paste and texture paste.  I mixed Prima Memory Hardware Artisan powder in French Blue with a bit of water on a craft mat then painted it on the chipboard.  Finally I dry brush a bit of the white acrylic paint over the chipboard

For the butterfly body I also added some microbeads

 created my focal cluster by using the altered chipboard and flowers

I based this layout on a sketch from Stuck? sketches


Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Easter Memories - Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge!

Good morning!
I love to dig through old photos and find one I really want to create a page around!
The photo here is from 2010!  

Step 1 -  create the background on the wonderful ModaScrap Wood Effect Paper,  then use the same technique on one sheet of the white Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5" X 11" 230gr /85Lb 10 pack to use to die cut the flowers - Die Set Small, Big Flower Set, Die Set Large, and die cut the Entwined Egg.  (also die cut a few out of coordinating cardstock)

Step 2 - fussy cut the wood effect paper for the second layer

Step 3 - die cut the Bunny, eggs from the spring basket, Easter from Happy Holidays die set, and Memories from the Remember Die Set

Here are some close ups

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use to create an Easter Card?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, March 2nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Guys can cook too!

Good morning!
I really believe that kids need to learn to cook....guys too!  So I have been teaching our boys to cook!  They pick out what they want to cook, and I make sure to have the supplies in the house.  Not only do they appreciate what I do on a daily basis, but they learn a valuable skill, they will not be reliant on someone else, or fast food and they can appreciate good food!

I often take photos of our boys cooking  and their food!
Nicolle created some food themed chipboard and it was perfect for the photos of our boys cooking!

 I wanted it to be bright and fun and what better than the
Graphic 45's Cafe Perisian!  Lots of simple layering and die cut circles using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Circle die

The title 'good food, good life' I painted with Prima paints then added a bit of glitter!

Keeping with the circle theme I also painted the 6x6 circle panel with the same paints!

Thanks for stopping by!