Friday, December 09, 2016

Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine - winter issue is here!

The winter issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine is out TODAY! You can view it online for FREE on their website here

I have two projects in this issue... here is my super seasonal one that turned out kind of cute using some fun Doodlebug Designs papers.

and I have a mini book project! Yes, a mini. I don't often do minis, but when I do, they are made from scratch. Hope you will check it out!

If you still love that feeling of reading a magazine in the flesh, you can subscribe to the magazine too! All the details are found on the Scrapbook and Cards Today website.

Thursday, December 08, 2016


Feeling festive?? I am ! I dove deep into the holidays this year and made a few holiday themed scrapbook pages and wanted to share this one with you today!

This is one I made for the Jillibean Soup blog using the Holly Berry Borscht collection and some scraps of paper!

I have to admit - this is my kind of project. I love working with smaller pieces of paper, and find it way less intimidating than that first cut into a 12x12 full sheet. Making do with what you have is what I like best.

This tree came together with a series of simple strips of paper in varying sizes. I layered them up together, largest on the bottom, to smallest on top, while trying to switch up the width and color of those strips along the way.

I decorated my "tree" with some of my favorite May Arts natural twine, adhesive sequins and Jillibean Soup wood sprinkles and a little bit of machine sewing too.

I couldn't resist a little sparkle and shine, so I added in a gold foil diecut title from JustNick Studio to the bottom of the tree, a glitter star punched star and a few rounded half circles of gold foil throughout the tree itself too.

I love how this one came together and how it made a small dent in my never-ending pile of scraps I just can't seem to get to the bottom of. I hope you are inspired a little to make a tree of your own, for the holidays or otherwise!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Peace, joy & love

Hello, hello! I am stopping in to share a holiday card I made for the Jillibean Soup blog this month. I love the new Shape Shaker program and wanted to use one of the shaker cards for the center of the wreath on my card front.

I die cut a whole ton of holly leaves on my Silhouette Cameo and arranged them around the large open circle area. I did place the shaker insert in place (not glued), so that I could see where the leaves needed to stop so they didn't rub up too much on the plastic insert.

I added some Jillibean Soup adhesive sequins and some punched circles for holly berries and then stitched the whole thing together, adding in some wood sprinkles to the inside of the shaker insert at the end to fill the center in a fun way!

I added my sentiment by using a clear stamp set by Jillibean Soup made especially for the Shape Shaker program! I think it's pretty festive, don't you?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine - free cut file day!

Good morning! It's the first Tuesday in December, and that means that it is free cut file day again on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog!

Since it's the holiday season, this one is holiday themed. Check it out:

 I used the new Fancy Pants collection - Merry and Bright - for the die-cut ornaments. I cut out one of each from the set, using the Merry as my title for the page.

As you can see, I backed each of the open areas of the ornament with different patterned papers from the Merry and Bright collection, along with a little gold glitter cardstock too for some sparkle.

You can grab this file for FREE over on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog today!

Don't forget that the new winter issue of the magazine is out this Friday December 9, 2016... and it's free to view online!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Simple Joy

Good morning! I am stopping in to share a card I made for the Jillibean Soup blog this month in less than 5 minutes! Yep, I am telling you the truth - you can do this in 5 minutes!

I started off with some small scraps of Holly Berry Borscht paper from my Jillibean Soup stash to make my hand cut letters. On the back of the papers, I drew out the letters and then made them into bubble letters, but drawing around the letters around 1/8" in pencil. All that was left to do was to cut those letters out and finish off the rest of the card.

I used one of the Jillibean Soup Shape Shaker cards for my base - this one is the small circle. I used the circle as the O in my card, as you can see. I filled the shaker with a mixture of gold sequins from the Shape Shaker program and then added some mini gold stamped stars and a sentiment, using clear stamps from Jillibean Soup.

I added those hand cut letters with some foam adhesive and all done! It really was a super quick project and this is one you could replicate quite easily, and use up all those scraps you hoard!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mini boxes & tags!

It's that time of year - time to start prepping for the holidays and wrapping gifts! I love to try to make a few things DIY style and this year, I created these fun mini boxes and tags.

I used the new Fancy Pants Designs collection Merry & Bright that is SO pretty, and totally gift worthy!

I diecut these boxes from a template on my Silhouette Cameo just from some plain textured cardstock. I adhered them together with some glue dots for stability - double sided tape would work great too. They were a little too plain, so I added some punched white cardstock trim and some Fancy Pants Designs corrugated paper to decorate a little.

As you can see, I created little tags for each box using some scraps from my stash.

I like making unique tags for each gift, these are things that make DIY so great, as you can't find that in a commercial store!  This one is simple just some stitched pennant shapes of paper and a piece of flair and a few buttons.

I hand cut the J and Y and added a large red button for my O. So easy and quick!

This one is just a series of strips of holiday themed paper from the collection, stitched together with a mini die cut, some puffy stickers and a few mini buttons too.

They turned out pretty cute and I love the handmade look!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I love right now - Jillibean Soup

I have been playing catch up a little here on my blog. I took a bit of a blogging break as I was out of town for a few weeks here and there teaching at some Crop & Create events for Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine!

I am hoping to get back into the blogging habit better now, and I have a lot of projects to share.

This is one that I created for the Jillibean Soup blog earlier this month using 2 of their newer collections - Hardy Hodgepodge and Chit Chat Chowder.

I found myself in a bit of a scrapping rut with all these out of town trips cutting into my scrapping time, so I reverted to a simple grid style layout for this page. It's a go-to when you are in a bit of a no-mojo situation!

I tried to spice up the grid a bit by adding in some stitched & punched shapes, and little bits like wood veneers and journaling cards.

To the center of my grid, I added my title, using some hand cut letters (my new addiction) and a wood wire word from Jillibean Soup along with some corrugated letters that are new too!

That's it for me today, short and sweet ! Hope whoever is still popping by to read is doing well!