Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Funtastic - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there,

I'm checking in today with a new layout I created for the "out with the old, in with the new" theme at Fancy Pants! Our assignment was to mix new with old supplies. I loved this! I don't often have the time to create stash layouts but I always love when I have the possibility. They do take longer in general because I have to go trough my stash to see what I can or want to use, but one can achieve a much more unique look!

I've used the following collections on this layout:
  • Everyday Circus (patterned paper)
  • Nautical (patterned paper)
  • Spellbound (patterned paper, buttons, die cuts)
  • Timbergrove (patterned paper)
  • Meology (chipboard button)
  • Making waves (alphas)
  • Burlap & Bouquets (flair button)
  • True Friend (flair button)
  • Flutter (button, chipboard)
  • Dream Big (paper clip, die cuts, puffy stickers)
  • Family & Co (label, die cut)
  • Joy Parade (die cuts)
  • Good Fellows (puffy stickers)

The first paper I chose was the teal wood grain paper - isn't it amazing?! It was like seeing it for the first time! Then I started picking out papers I liked and at some point I had a color combo in my mind what I wanted to go for. 

I designed the layout in Silhouette studio, just to see what it would look like. Then I cut all the circles with my Cameo. Of course you can hand cut these using different sized plates as template. I used to do this before I had my Cameo.

I then glued down everything and felt like I have no dimension at all. So I added a few hand stitched circles here and there, for a bit of dimension and texture.

My photo I already cropped in my photo editing program, because I like to have a white border around. I then matted my picture and placed it on some foam adhesive so it stands out more.

At this point I was still just hoping I'd find embellishments that matched my chosen colors! I'm not big on planning ahead haha! Luckily I have quite a big stash of Fancy Pants supplies since it's been my favorite company ever since I started scrapping! So I dug out everything and to my surprise I've found so many things! Even alphas which I really wasn't expecting. In this alpha pack there are other colors too, red and yellow, so I picked out all colors that fit and tried to come up with a title. Boy, this is what took me longest! I even tried to use one of those scrabble helps where you enter your letters and it gives you suggestions for words. But I had a lot more letters you can enter there so it was no help at all. Eventually I came up with this title. I had to engineer a T because I only had one. I believe I've used an R and a 5 to create it.

I then added all kinds of embellies, all over my page: puffy stickers, die cuts, flair buttons, buttons, chipboards...I love how the colors tie all these together!

To finish off the layout I wrote my journaling and stamped my date.

That's it for today! I hope you are inspired to dive into your old Fancy Pants stash now, because there surely are treasures to be rediscovered! Happy crafting!

Thanks for stopping by today,


Friday, January 12, 2018

You & Me - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hi there friends,

I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team.

When I first saw the new Paisley cut file (Design ID: #239731) my heart skipped a beat! It was love at first sight! It reminded me of some Hungarian embroidery my grandma used to make when I was a kid. 

While I'm waiting (impatiently I might add!) for Paige's new stunning collection, I'm working with old ones. For today's project I used several collections which I will list at the end of my post.

I first played around with the cut file in the Studio software to see what background I want to create.  Once I settled on a design, I cut all pieces from white textured card stock. At first I had no idea what papers or colors I wanted to use. This coral paper is one of my favorites from the Turn the Page collection. This was the starting point for my color combo, coral and navy, which has been one of my faves for many years.

I backed the flowers with a variety of papers first, then the paisley. Since this is a rather lengthy process, I decided to go with the same papers on each die cut. Less thinking involved! Once done, I adhered these to the background the way I originally planned them out in Studio.

Then came the hard part, embellishing! Since I spent so much time on the background, I wanted most of it to show and not add a lot of embellishments. But at this point I wasn't quite sure if I find anything that fits my background. I was lucky, because I could pull out some coral and navy pieces from different collections: puffy stickers, stickers, die cuts, tags, and a cute little button. 

I also cut apart a tag to get the cross stitched heart and the crossed stitched I LOVE YOU sentiment and use them as embellishments. 

I layered some white tissue paper behind my photo and tucked it all behind one of the cut files. I didn't have a lot of space left on the left side so I only added a couple of tags and stickers here. I created a small flower cluster at the top right and at the bottom I added the sentiment and a super sweet suede bow.

For my title I used these gorgeous pearl white puffy thickers and the two twigs are from this pack too. At last I stamped my date. I decided not to add any journaling because I will have plenty of layouts documenting the same event and I liked the finished layout as it was.

That's it for today! I hope you like this layout as much as I do!
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!


Supply List: 
patterned papers: Turn the Page, Fancy Free
phrase thickers: Take me Away
bow, button, tags: Take me Away
stickers, puffy stickers: Turn the Page

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Seasons Givings WINNER announcement

Hi there crafty friends,

UPDATE - Since the winner has not contacted me, a new winner has been chosen. LILY, you are the new winner! Please contact me at mzs6666@googlemail.com! Congratulations!

First of all, I'd like to thank you all for the crazy amount of comments and heartfelt messages on my Seasons Givings blog post! Please know I read all and I was trying to answer all but for some reason since yesterday my comments are not being published. This has never happened to me, I have no idea what is going on! I take pride in answering everyone, so I apologize that this time I wasn't able to. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I know I said I'd announce a winner tomorrow but I actually had time, so I picked my winner! And the winner is...LORRAINE TURNER! Congratulations! Please drop me a message with your address at mzs6666@googlemail.com. I hope I put a smile on your face today! :)

I really wish I could give something to everyone, but I'm afraid that is just not possible...However, I decided to send a card to a few of you, because so many of you wrote that you'd be happy to receive a hand made card. That just warms my heart! So here are the ladies that "win" a card:

  • Lily
  • Connie G
  • Annette Gordon
  • Rebecca Yahrling
  • Mary Holshouser
  • Retired Librarian
  • LC Lamothe
  • Kilcha Goos
  • Linda Eterno

I can't promise the cards will be pencil colored, mainly because at the moment I only have a few of those, but I hope you'll love your cards nonetheless. Some examples of what you might receive:

Again, please drop me a message with your address at mzs6666@googlemail.com. :)

Thanks everyone again for entering! I hope I can join this awesome blog hop next year too!
Have a wonderful weekend! X