2 scrapbook layouts featuring my favorite brand: Dear Lizzy by American Crafts

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great summer so far!  We are melting in the Texas heat, lol!

Today, I have two scrapbook layouts featuring my favorite scrapbook brand, Dear Lizzy by American Crafts.  The newest line from Dear Lizzy is called Fine and Dandy, and I love it!  Love the colors, the birthday and animal themes, and the gold accents.  *BTW, this post is not sponsored, I just really love the line.

First up is “Lucky Ducky.”  At my youngest’s preschool, they celebrated summer birthdays at the end of the year, and my little July gal was over the moon with joy.  She got to wear a birthday crown and be the lucky ducky (class helper and line leader) all day.  She wanted a cookie cake with a cute duckie, since their class mascot is a duck, and it was a real hit with the kids and the teachers.  Woo hoo, no leftovers!

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I have done circle layouts like this many times before, but since I have a die cut machine and circle dies, this layout was a breeze.  Before I had a die cutting machine, I had just a few circle punches, and for the rest, I would trace different sized circles using cups, coins, paint bottles, etc., then cut them out by hand.

Next up is “TOOTH omg.”  My older daughter fell in the cafeteria (they were having field day activities in there since it was raining), and the nurse called for me to pick her up.  When I got to the nurses office, my jaw dropped…her tooth was half gone!  We scrambled to find a dentist office open on a Friday afternoon (Did you know most dentists close at 2:00 pm on Fridays?  I didn’t.), but we got it temporarily fixed.  Thank goodness, because her dance recital was the next weekend.  Whew!

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For this layout, I wanted giant letters cut out from the gorgeous patterned paper, all found in the 6×6 Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy paper pad.  On my computer in word, I typed out tooth in a huge font.  I printed it out, cut out the letters, and traced them on the patterned paper.  Then, I cut out the letters on the patterned paper and attached them to white card stock, and sewed them down for more interest.  I then attached the whole card stock to my layout using foam tape to make it a focal point.  This was a simple layout focusing on the story, the photos and the giant letters.  I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy Thursday!

Handmade cards & gifts

Hello all!

I have been loving making handmade cards, as you can tell from my previous posts as of late.  They add a nice touch to small gifts.  Today, I’ll be sharing 3 cards that I made along with small gifts.  (I will try to list all the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.)

First up, a congrats shaker card.  I recently shot newborn pictures for a sweet couple.  Along with their digital images, I made a cute card congratulating them on their beautiful baby girl.  ahsang gift&card 3

Second, is a thank you card along with a small teacher appreciation gift.  This was for my younger daughter’s preschool teacher, and my 4 year old picked everything out!  (We also included a nice big bar of Lindt chocolate.)

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Last, is a thank you card and mini orchid for a last day of school teacher gift.  This was for my 3rd grader’s teacher, and the theme for their class gift was grow.  The class gift was a decorated plant pot with all the students thumb prints & a gift card.  My daughter wanted to give something to her teacher in addition to the class gift, so when I saw these mini orchids at the store, I thought it’d be perfect.

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For card #1, I used:

*Neenah white card stock  *Mama Elephant playful pups stamps  *Lawn Fawn flirty frames stamps & coordinating dies  *CONGRATS is from Wplus9 basic banners stamp set  *Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies  *Memento tuxedo black ink  *Copic markers (sorry, I didn’t keep track of the colors I used)  *Versamagic Dew Drop ink in pink grapefruit  *Teresa Collins sequins  *Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins 6mm  *Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Hearts & Stars Glitter  *Hot off the Press heat resistant acetate  *foam tape

For card #2, I used:

*Neenah white card stock  *Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 2 die  *Lawn Fawn chit chat stamp set (birds & flowers on the card base)  *Hero Arts flowers stamp and cut (thank you banner)  *Memento tuxedo black ink  *Copic markers (sorry, I didn’t keep track of the colors I used)  *Tim Holtz distress inks in salty ocean and mustard seed  *foam tape

For card #3, I used:

*Neenah white card stock  *Tim Holtz water color paper  *Stampendous wood mounted stamp  *Versafine black onyx ink  *Zig clean color real brush pens in colors: 050 yellow, 070 orange, 025 pink, 081 light violet, 041 light green, 040 green  *black card stock  *Wplus9 basic banners (A NOTE OF THANKS)  *Versamark ink  *Wow superfine white embossing powder  *Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins 6mm  *foam tape

Thanks for dropping by!  Sorry if you’re tired of these hand made cards posts, but I have just been loving them!  I have been scrapbooking also, and I should have a scrapbook layout post up soon!

Happy Saturday!

Water color blog hop & day 5 of #thedailymarker30day2: peonies shaker card

Hello!  I created a card for Pretty Pink Posh’s water color blog hop & The Daily Marker’s 30 day coloring challenge.

For my entry, I created a multi-purpose card featuring my favorite flowers: peonies.  I am not comfortable with my watercoloring skills, but I’m practicing, and slowly showing improvement.  I used the Kuretake ZIG clean color real brush pens to water color my stamped image.

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Supplies:

*Tim Holtz water color paper

*Stampendous Bouquet for You stamp set

*Ranger archival ink in jet black

*Kuretake ZIG clean color real brush pens (I have the 12 pack)

*ZIG wink of stella glitter brush marker pen

*Neenah white card stock

*Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames stamp set (hey there sentiment)

*Hero Arts Thanks stamp & cut stamp set (you are amazing sentiment)

*Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies

*Spellbinders nestabilities circle dies

*Hot off the Press heat resistant acetate

*Pretty Pink Posh sequins in sparkling clear

*Pretty Pink Posh lilac garden flowers sequins

*Teresa Collins sequins

*Doodlebug Design rainbow pack sequin

*Martha Stewart iridescent hearts glitter

*Ranger glossy accents

*foam tape

I will try to explain my process.  Ok, here goes:

1.  I stamped my image on a piece of watercolor paper using waterproof black ink.  I had to do a lot of masking for the flowers and glass bottle.

2.  I water colored the image using some clean color real brush pens.  I just kept building up the color until I was happy.

3.  After drying the image, I used my wink of stella pen to give the petals a little sparkle, and then fussy cut around the flowers and bottle.  I took a black marker around the cut edge to give it a more finished appearance.

4.  I cut out a piece of white card stock using a stitched rectangle die.  Then, I cut out a circle in the rectangle that I just cut.  On the back of that, I adhered a piece of acetate.  On the front, I stamped my sentiment using two different stamp sets.

5.  On the back of the rectangle, I adhered foam tape around the circle, carefully making sure that I didn’t leave any spaces.  (Don’t want any sequins to fall out!)  I went ahead and double layered the foam tape to give the sequins plenty of room to shake around.

6.  I cut and scored another piece of card stock to serve as my card base.  In the center of my card base, I piled a lot of different sequins, keeping in mind the colors of my peonies and bottle.

7.  I adhered the rectangle card stock to the card base, making sure none of the sequins escaped.

8.  I adhered the peonies & bottle image to the front of the rectangle & window using more foam tape for extra dimension.

9.  For the finishing touch, I added just a few sequins to the front of the card.

…and that’s it!

I linked in this card for the water color blog hop!  I hope you’ll join in the hop as well!

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You can find out more about it here:  prettypinkposh.com/2015/06/watercolor-blog-hop.html

This card also serves as my day 5 for The Daily Marker’s 30 day coloring challenge!  You can join in at any time!

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you can read about it here:  www.thedailymarker.com/2015/06/day-1-copic-coloring-and-video/

Happy Friday!

May 2015 craft & beauty faves

Hello all!

It’s now June, so I figured that I would share with you what I’ve been loving in the month of May.

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May is a super busy month for us, with dance rehearsals and recitals, and winding down toward the end of the school year for both the girls…but I did have some favorites.

First up, crafty favorites:

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1.  Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames stamp set with the matching lawn cuts (dies).  I usually don’t buy the matching dies; I am perfectly fine with fussy cutting, and dies can get expensive, but there are just some stamps that look better with them, and these flirty frames dies cut out the stamps perfectly.  I will be posting some projects that I’ve used this set for on my blog soon.

2.  Martha Stewart Iridescent Hearts & Stars Glitter 12 pk.  I have been loving these tiny hearts and stars for shaker cards.  Any time I make shaker cards, I use a little bit of these.  You can see them in my blog posts: “DIY birthday…& a birthday shaker card too,” “Cards featuring Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes stamps,” and “my very first shaker card.”

3.  Doodlebug Design Rainbow Pack Sequins.  This is such a cute little set of sequins, and I love that there is a variety of colors for me to choose from.  I use these for shaker cards, as well as glued to the front of non-shaker cards for a little somethin’ somethin’…  You can see them on my cards in my previous blog post “cards for my pen pals.”

On the the beauty favorites:

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1.  Colourpop Cosmetics:  I got into this brand, because I was looking for affordable, long-wearing, cream makeup for my girls recital makeup.  Quickly, the products became a favorite for me.  They have an interesting creamy/ gel-like texture, and lasts a really long time.  Another big perk: affordability; each item is either $5 or $8, unless you get a set.

*Colourpop blush in “between the sheets.”  This shade is a very wearable, everyday mauve-pink.

*Colourpop eyeshadow in ” Desert.”  This is a really nice crease color.

*Coloupop lipliner in “pony.”  Love this color; bright, cool toned, purple-pink.  It’s so creamy, I use it as a lipstick.

2.  Real Techniques makeup brushes:  These makeup brushes are my all time favorite brand.  They’re super soft, very affordable, easy to wash, and don’t shed.  I usually get them at Ulta using a coupon, but I have seen them at Wal-Mart and Kohl’s recently as well.  They are in my favorites this month, because of Colourpop.  Since the Colourpop eyeshadow & blush are a cream texture, a synthetic makeup brush works best.  I have been using the “stippling brush” for the blush, and the “shading brush” for the eyeshadow.

That’s my May faves!  What are some of your favorites?

Happy Monday!