Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween {bella blvd}


I love Halloween! It's one of the holidays that is just laid back and and fun. We host a small party on the day, and everyone at my job also dresses up and we go out for lunch.

To help celebrate the day on the Bella Blvd blog this week, I made this wine bottle gift tag and card. 


Many of you will be invited to a Halloween party this month, and if you do, don't forget the hostess! She'll be worried about any little ones attending the party that day, but likely to appreciate the gift of some wine after the festivities have ended. Mark the holiday with a cute tag for the bottle and you'll be sure to impress.

Supplies: Halloween Magic (Pattern paper: Funny Bones), Chipboard Icons, Paper Pieces Die Cuts, Trinkets


This card makes a great companion with the wine bottle or send it along to a friend. The cute mummy and vampire buddies are sure to bring a smile to your friend's face.

Supplies: Halloween Magic (Pattern paper: Funny Bones), Paper Pieces Die Cuts

Stop by the Bella Blvd blog this week to see what some of the other gals made.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Add A Little Dazzle {fancy pants}


Here's a sneak peek of what I made for today's Fancy Pants Designs blog. We are swapping with Add A Little Dazzle, and I have to admit that I loved this swap. I hadn't worked with these metal sheets before, but now I love them!


The Add A Little Dazzle sheets are made of metal you don't often find in paper crafting. They are strong, flexible, forgiving and easy to work with.

For my project I made two holiday cards using the Oh Deer! collection new from Fancy Pants. Add A Little Dazzle has a wonderful shiny metal on the back of every sheet, as well as rich red and turquoise blue sheets. These went really well with the Oh Deer! sequins, colors and patterns.

Stop by the Fancy Pants Designs blog this week to see what some of the other ladies came up with.

Friday, October 10, 2014

October sketch challenge {scrapbook circle}


It's time for another sketch challenge with Scrapbook Circle. Here is this month's sketch I made for you all to play along with.

I just had to use this wonderful navy striped paper from the On This Day kit for my background. 


There are so many great embellishments in this month's kit, like the Pinkfresh Studios Wood Drop Stickers. 


A fun "today" paperclip pulls the layers together.


Remember our new rule: You no longer need a Scrapbook Circle kit to participate in the challenge and be eligible to win this month's prize, an Elle's Studio Good Cheer Goods prize.


Make sure to play along and share your layout before Oct. 22nd to be eligible to win. You can see more inspiration and link up your layout on the Scrapbook Circle blog.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What's New {bella blvd}


Yesterday I shared this fun holiday layout on the Bella Blvd blog to show off what's new with Bella Blvd. If you haven't selected your holiday collections yet, put Christmas Cheer on your list!


The Christmas Cheer collection is the perfect blend of whimsy and traditional holiday imagery. For this layout, I wanted to capture our fun tradition of Elf on the Shelf.

I started with the green stars background and then layered on some of the more dense patterns, like the plaid and argyle patterns. The pops of red in the collection complimented the little elf in the pictures and helped bring it all together.


I fussy-cut the lettering "celebrate" and "traditions" from the Happy Hearts paper and it worked out perfectly for my title. Coupled with the Merry Merry Christmas die cut and the long title, it anchors the photos in just the right way.

This layout has me in the holiday spirit already. I can't wait to get those cookies and cocoa going!

Supplies: Christmas Cheer: (Pattern paper: Jingle All The Way, Borders Christmas Cheer, Happy Hearts, Making Spirits Bright), Treasures & Text, Paper Pieces and Die Cuts, Trinkets

Thanks for stopping here today. Stop by the Bella Blvd blog to see what else is going on there this week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop {halloween}

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop! You should have come to my blog from Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs' blog. To catch all of the fun from the beginning, visit Samantha Walker's blog first.



...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 10/8 until Sunday 10/12. The winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday 10/13.

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: Halloween


I used this month's free file and made a Halloween decoration. It is an old liquor bottle filled with purple water (I used food coloring) and a glow stick. 


The spiders are glued on using Jumbo Zots and the "spooky" and spider web are cut from vinyl on the Cameo.


I added some enamel stars (from Jillibean Soup) for some added color and layering. 


Supplies: Samantha Walker — Spooky Title digital cut

Keep hopping along with us for more summer inspiration! 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! 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day {bella blvd}


Happy World Card Making Day! Today Bella Blvd is sharing cards hour-by-hour for inspiration as so many of us are sitting down to make cards today.

Here are two cards I made to mark the occasion. 


I love the monotone colors for this card for Halloween and using conversation bubbles is an easy way to show a two-part sentiment without putting the second part inside the card.


Supplies: Bella Blvd Itty Bitty by Unity (Shake Your Bootie stamps) Halloween Magic: (Pattern Paper: Boo Buddies, Borders Halloween Magic)


The snow globe scene is just too cute not to use on a Christmas card. Layered with other fun pieces from the Christmas Cheer collection, this card is sure to send the holiday spirit.


Supplies: Christmas Cheer: (Pattern paper: Daily Details Christmas Cheer), Chipboard Icons, Paper Pieces Die Cuts

Check the Bella Blvd blog throughout the day as more inspiration pops up each hour.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On This Day {scrapbook circle}


The Scrapbook Circle October kit, On This Day is a fabulous kit for fall. Cork pieces, autumn-inspired colors and fun patterns fill this kit.

Here's a fun page I put together with the main kit. 


In March I made this circle file that I used for the background here. It's a free download, so feel free to grab one if you haven't already. It is one of my favorite die cut backgrounds.


The denim pattern mixed with the orange and bold patterns worked perfectly for this layout about a trip to a trampoline park. It went well with the orange brand for the company (everything in that building was orange!) and the fun evening we had with friends.  


The Pinkfresh Studios Wood Drop Stickers are one of my favorite things this month. I love the added dimension and texture to my page.

Thanks for visiting here today. Don't forget to grab an October kit for yourself! 

Pssst: The Freckled Fawn Very Merry Kit is also for sale at Scrapbook Circle. Add one of those to your shipment, too!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Card sketch {bella blvd}


Today is card sketch day for September over on the Bella Blvd blog. Below are two cards I made using this month's sketch.


For my card, I turned the sketch vertical instead of horizontal. I kept pretty true to the bottom pattern paper and the left-of-center main image. Instead of an image and a sentiment, I chose to make the main image the whole sentiment. The ruffled area indicated on the sketch is represented on the card with some folds of washi tape.


Supplies: Halloween Magic (Pattern paper: Daily Details Halloween Magic), Chipboard Icons.
Designer Tape: Chevron Combo Pack (black)


This card is also turned vertically from the horizontal sketch. There are more background layers on my card than in the sketch and I left off the ruffled strip. Instead, for texture, I used a piece of twine. The main image and sentiment are still kept left of center and are the predominant focus of the card.


Supplies: Hello Autumn (Pattern paper: Time to Rake, Gatherings, Borders Hello Autumn, Daily Details Hello Autumn)

If you like card sketches, make sure to pin this one and then swing on over to the Bella Blvd blog to see what the other gals made.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pinterest Inspiration {bella blvd}


Today on the Bella Blvd blog some of the team is sharing with you inspiration we took from this image found on Pinterest. Here are the two cards I made.


Using the Pinterest inspiration for this card, I was drawn to the muted monotone colors. I chose gray and white, which is very similar in tone to the image. I also wanted to use a lot of words on this, as inspired by the letters. For that, I included the phrase next to the main image.


Supplies: Halloween Magic (Pattern paper: Daily Details Halloween Magic), Paper Pieces and Die Cuts, Chipboard Icons, Treasures & Text



For this card, I pulled the stacked lettering as my inspiration from the image. I arranged the HALLOWEEN chipboard letters to mimic the layout in the image. Though this card is much brighter than the image, it is more literal in the arrangement and the center focal point.


Supplies: Halloween Magic: Chipboard Icons, Treasures & Text, Paper Pieces and Die Cuts

Stop by the Bella Blvd blog and see what the other gals came up with!