Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New collections and e-newsletter {bella blvd}

Bella Blvd is releasing new collections and they look to be amazing! I love the bright colors and patterns for all of the summer photos I'm sure we'll be taking shortly.

You can also view the new e-newsletter for April. Click here to see what's inside!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter week {bella blvd}

Welcome to a week of Easter inspiration from Bella Blvd! Make sure to check out the Bella Blvd blog all week long as we all take turns sharing Easter goodness to inspire you. 

Shaped cards are always a treat to give and receive. Especially in the spring time! Bunnies, chicks, eggs — they are all adorable ways to send a greeting. I made this card with a Silhouette shape that I doubled, flipped and welded together to make a card.

Supplies: Lucky Starz (Pattern paper: Color Crazy; Color Wheel High Five), Crochet Hearts (White), Spring Fling (Miniatures)

For Easter, put your treats into a shaped box instead of individual eggs. Exchange a colorful pail instead of a basket for a fun variation on the expected eggs and basket. 

They'll be sure to brighten up the basket this year! I made these treat boxes using a carrot-shaped Silhouette gift box file, but then adding a hole at the top to fit the feathers as carrot toppers.

Supplies: Lucky Starz (Pattern paper: Carrot), Play Date (Pattern paper: Little Birdie), Spring Fling (Miniatures), Feathers (Juice), Designer Tape (Yellow Chevron)

I hope you are all looking at your stash of feathers a little bit differently now — instant carrot toppers!

Thanks for stopping by today to see my Easter inspiration with Bella Blvd.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April sketch challenge {scrapbook circle}

Scrapbook Circle has been hoppin' all month long with a fabulous April kit. Today I have a new sketch challenge for all of you to play along with. Check out the blog to get the details for playing along, or scroll down below to see the sketch.

I had so much fun making this layout. Not only do I love the girlie in the pictures with me (hi Sara!), but I also love to make new cut files with my Silhouette. Do you love the circles on this? Here is a FREE studio file download of the cut file I made. Feel free to download the file and use it as you wish on your next layout. 

I love all of the colors and patterns in this kit. The circles was a great way to use some of my favorites and make them the focal point against the kraft paper. 

This is the sketch. Make sure to see the Scrapbook Circle blog if you want to play along. We have a few rules and deadlines to make note of in order to be eligible to win this month's prize from Fancy Pants.

Thanks for stopping by here today! Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paper Crafter's Library | Featured

Today you can find a little feature about me at the Paper Crafter's Library. I am thrilled to be sharing two cards over there, along with some tips for how I make my cards. 

I used the Hello Sunshine collection from Lawn Fawn. Scoot on over to the site to see both cards and read my tips.

Supplies: You can find your Hello Sunshine supplies the same place I did — My Scraps and More.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's new {bella blvd}

If you are looking for the Samantha Walker Hop, click here.

I'm having a busy scrappy day! Over on the Bella Blvd blog we are looking at what's new for the Bella Blvd brand. Of course, we know you are all ordering your share of the four new collections that were just released: Max, Molly, Lucky Starz and Family Forever.

I made two cards focusing on the newest products at Bella Blvd.

Welcome someone home or into their brand new home with a bright and sunny card. The Family Forever collection was perfect to make this card.

Supplies: Family Forever (Pattern paper: Borders; Trinkets), Lucky Starz (Treasures & Text), Max (Trinkets)

Girl friends are the best and should be appreciated. I am already looking forward to popping this card in the mail the next time I want to show my bestie I appreciate her.

Supplies: Molly (Pattern paper: Unlimited text; Die Cut Shapes), Lucky Starz (Trinkets)

I hope you are inspired to make a few cards with the new Bella Blvd collections!

Fancy Pants | Intro Post & Project

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Today is my day! I am elated to have my introduction post over on the Fancy Pants (brand new!) blog today. If you would like to find out some more about me (they had a fun little Q&A over there) or find out more about why this layout represents me and my style well, head on over to their site.

I had so much fun making this layout. The Be Different collection is perfect for documenting my son's moments. I loved looking at each tag and die cut searching for that next piece to add to my layout.

I'm over-over-the-moon excited to be a part of this team and am looking forward to many more projects, layouts and cards that I can share with you for Fancy Pants.

Thanks for stopping to see my layout!

Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop {spring}

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop! You should have come to my blog from Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs. If you found me first, make sure to start back at Samantha Walker's blog to catch all of the fun from the beginning.

This month's lucky winner will receivthe 12x12 Giddy Up! Girl Collection from Carta Bella.

...and be eligible for the free SVG/Silhouette file for this month. Be sure to look extra closely at Step #4 below to learn how you can get this FREE SVG and Silhouette Studio file:

To enter, just leave a comment on Samantha's blog during Wednesday 4/9 until Sunday 4/13. The winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday 4/14.

For additional entries:
1. Receive an additional entry for commenting on each of the other blogs in the blog hop.
2. Go here and follow Samantha Walker's blog. 
3. Follow her on Facebook.
4. Sign up for an e-mail subscription to Samantha's blog and you will automatically receive a link to a free SVG cutting file that you can download and use on your personal electronic cutter. If you are already a subscriber, just enter in your information in the secure form on Samantha's blog!  The free files will be e-mailed early next week!

To receive the additional entries and get the free files, mention in your comment on Samantha's blog that you have done so! 

Now for this month's theme: Spring!

All of the designers for this hop are using the April Free File that you see above as your gift for hopping along with us. I made a card and also a small Easter treat box using pieces of the free file as well as some of Samantha's other products.

The card was pretty easy. I stamped the background, them smudged in the edges with a dauber to get a softer look on the outside of the stamping. Then, having cut the April Free File with both yellow and blue card stock papers, I layered them in the center of the card and finished it off with an enamel dot.

To make the box, I ungrouped the pieces of the file, deleted the original heart pattern that was on the top of the box, and replaced it with a flower from the April Free File. By cutting it from yellow paper and replacing the heart with a flower, I take a typical Valentine's Day file and give it a springy upgrade!

Supplies: Samantha Walker Silhouette Studio Files (Free April File from Samantha Walker and heart lace clam shell box). Samantha Walker Just Rite (Sweet Lace Background Stamp). 

Your next stop on the hop is Cathy Harper ... Click on the image below to keep on hopping!

Thanks for hopping along with us this month! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My star | mini album

There isn't much that is better than watching my boy play baseball. We are only a couple of weeks away from his first game for the new season. So, before I started taking those pictures, I wanted to make sure I had a mini album of his 2013 season.

The album is on the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper Flea Market Mini Clipboard. I love the size of it and its versatility.

All of the papers, stickers, die cuts and lettering are from the new Max Collection from Bella Blvd.  In my opinion, it is one of the most perfect boy collections out there right now.

Keep on scrolling down to see all of the pages in this mini. I got some great shots of the boy from many different aspects of the game: batting, on the field, with his friends, in action and at rest. It's a great summary of the whole season, I think.

There you have it! I'm already anxious and excited to start taking pictures of the 2014 season. Baseball is the best part of our spring and summer.

Thanks for sticking with me through all of the photos. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adorbs | card & sketch

Happy Monday! I'm stopping by to share a card and sketch with you today — in case you need a jump start on your creativity this week. 

I used Candid Cards from Bella Blvd's Molly collection and papers from my Bella Blvd scraps bag to put together this card. It was fast, fun and I love how playful it is.  

Here's the sketch if you'd like to use it. Pin it for later, use it this week — whatever you would like!

Have a great week, and I hope you find some time to do something creative.