Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Titles Made from Cardstock Stickers

The Simple Stories Generations Collection is not only great for Thanksgiving projects, but I used it for a Valentine's Day Layout. I had a hard time finding a die cut to showcase the Designer Cardstock paper for this collection because I did not want to cut off the beautiful flowers in the corner of the paper, but I also wanted the gingham design to be a strong background paper.  So, I went a little wild and took some scissors (yes, I said scissors) and hand cut my own die cut.  I rather like the effect, but you be the judge.
KeytoMyHeartclose1_LizQualmanIt's fun to use some of the Generations 12 x 12 Expressions Cardstock Stickers along with the 12 x 12 Fundamental Cardstock stickers to create a clever title.  I was so smitten with the keys, that I had to use one in the title.  Plus it was fun to mix the different sized letters from the collection to draw interest to the title.  The different sized hearts overlap beautifully to finish off the sentiment.
KeytoMyHeartclose2_LizQualmanAdd pop dots to your stickers for dimension and interest.  I added them to the polka dot scallop so it would show up more on my page.  Then I pop dotted the little tree and overlapped it with the heart and ticket stickers.
KeytoMyHeartclose3_LizQualmanPersonalize your page with some of your own handwriting.  I rarely write in cursive anymore, because my printing is easier to read, but I went a little old school and added the date in cursive.  I also used the 12 x 12 Expressions journal strips to add a sentiment and pop dotted them to stand out on the page.

This page is also in the Winter Issue of Scrapbooking and Beyond Magazine with full instructions and a product list.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting Ready for Turkey Day!


The count down is on and tomorrow most Americans will be in the kitchen making a plethora of mouth watering pleasures.  Family will arrive and the tradition of celebrating what you are grateful for commences.  I thought it appropriate to make a card to celebrate the holiday. Of course I had to use the Simple Stories Generations collection, which is perfect for this time of year.  The card was also inspired by the talented Allison Landy's sketch from her Big Picture Class called Cooking Up Cards.

I primarily used the Simple Stories Generations 6 x 6 patterned paper pad and the 12 x 12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers.  I recently found a cute craft store near my home which sells all kinds of knitting and embroidery supplies and picked up this gorgeous velvet fiber to finish off my card.

Generations Collection Materials:
  • 12 x 12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
  • 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pad
  • Corrugated Cardstock
  • Velvet Embroidery Fiber
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Little Yellow Bicycle Wonder & Wishes Project and Training Reel

Looking for a Holiday Project to "spruce up" the old homestead?  Try this adorable little Christmas Tree Centerpiece made with the Wonder & Wishes collection and inspired by Little Yellow Bicycle's Paper Flower Kits.  It gives just the right amount of flair with the least amount of work.  You will be surprised at how easy it is to make.
The design is really quite simple and uses just a few of the embellishments from the Wonder & Wishes collection like the Confetti Garland and Button Dots.

See the Training Reel Below!

Ready for dinner!
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Directions for creating your own Chrsitmas Tree Centerpiece:
Download Wonder&Wishes_Centerpiece_LizQualman

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Two Pager with Sweet Summertime

Is summer really over?  I say this as a I sit next to a window watching snowflakes falling and thinking of the shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner.  However, I am still trying to eek out a few more projects before I have to fully commit to fall and winter and I am still smitten with Little Yellow Bicycle's Sweet Summertime Collection.   I created this two-page project of my family on the 4th of July using this bright, summery collection.
I love to use the Fresh Verse Stickers to make journal spots.  This sentiment was one long 12" strip that I cut up and made into three.  I love how the red pops off of the page.  Just added a some foam tape to accentuate it even more.
Who doesn't love fireflies?  This collection is full of them both in the Chipboard Shapes and the Favorite Pieces Cardstock stickers.  I backed this wallet-sized photo with one of the journal cards in the tear out ticket book and then add the firefly for some movement on the page.

A Little Yellow Bicycle project is not complete with out adding one of their dimensional shapes like a button dot.  I love the layers and the "already stitched" buttons because it makes life so easy - just sticker that sucker down on the page and be done with it!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

LYB December Sketch Challenge

Little Yellow Bicycle is trying to get the jump on the holidays, so we have posted our December Sketch Challenge a few weeks early.  I can think of some other things to do than watch football over the holidays if you know what I mean - LOL.  Please see the details below or visit the Little Yellow Bicycle blog HERE.

I love how the Get Your Game On collection provides four different sports to capture your memories.  Even though my son is not old enough to play sports competitively, he still likes to get outside and kick the ball around.  It was great to use the soccer papers and embellishments to capture this moment of my son and husband playing together.
I especially like the idea of how you can use the Get Your Game On collection for any sports related memories.  Wouldn't it be fun to use the papers and embellishments for a memory about tailgating with the "MVP" being the last person standing (if you know what I mean)?  The stars are the limit with this super fun collection.  Can't wait to see what some of you create with my sketch!

See the fine print below for details of visit the Little Yellow Bicycle blog for more information.

Here's the rules:
1.  You may use the sketch any way you please (turn it upside down or on its side, or use it as is).
2.  You must use at least 75% Little Yellow Bicycle product, from any of our current Fall or Winter collections [Head of the Class, Get Your Game On, Hello Fall!, Wonder & Wishes, and Winter Twig].
3.  Your work must be your own! ;)

Here's how to enter:
1. You may enter by posting your layout to LYB's Facebook Page - please post it in the Album titled "Fall/Winter Collection Sketch Challenge". 
2. If you're not a Facebook user, you still may enter, by emailing a photo of your entry to Please include your mailing address - so we have it in case you win!
3.  All entries must be received by midnight EST on Saturday, December 31, 2011.

Here's the fun part ... the prizes!
1.  Liz will select THREE finalists. All of the finalists will win a prize.
2.  We will post the finalists to our Facebook Page and Blog for you to VOTE on your favorites.
3.  You'll have a week to vote (one vote per person). Voting will end at midnight on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
4.  The grand prize winner will win $50 in LYB product. The runners up will each receive $25 in LYB product!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Simple Stories Generations Collection and Cards

Are you looking forward to the holidays? Have you made up your menu, invited your friends and familiy or created any special cards? Today I wanted to share some Simple Stories for creating fast and very sincere cards to give to family during the holidays. Of course I had to use the Simple Stories Generations collection, which is perfect for this time of year. It is is full or rich browns, creams and reds - which together make a deeply felt sentiment around family and heritage.  The chocolatey colors are fantastic and add an "old world" feel to every project. I plan to give these cards to the families who will visit us for Thanksgiving with some kind of gift like wine or dessert.
This card was fun and easy. I simply used the Generations 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pad and cut the two patterned papers into 4.5 x 2.25 inch rectangles to center on my 5 x 5 card. I loved how the journal tag was already embedded in the design of the paper, so I simply added some of the journal sentiments from the 12 x 12 Expressions Cardstock Stickers. Then I tied some packaging twine around the middle and added a simple burlap button.
I love this little house from the Generations 12 x 12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers. It was such a great focal point for this card. Just add foam tap or pop dots to add dimension to the cardstock stickers. I used one of the 4 x 6 journal cards for the main sentiment and then added a sheet of the 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pad for the background. Isn't that little tree adorable? Bakers twine and a burlap button finish it off.
The Bingo Cards are some of my favorite designs in all of the Simple Stories collections. I cut this one in half to reflect the numbers to go a long with the clock and time sentiment. I used the 12 x 12 Expressions Cardstock Stickers to create the sentiment. Bakers twine is easy to wrap around shapes and adds some texture to the clock. Finished it off with the twine bow and burlap button..

Generations Collection Materials:
* 12 x 12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
* 12 x 12 Expresssions Cardstock Stickers
* 4 x 6 Vertical Journaling Card Elements
* 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pad
* Brown Cardstock
* Nikki Sivils - Burlap Buttons  - Brown
*The Twinery -  Coffee Colored Bakers Twine

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Monday, November 7, 2011

More From ADORNit

Have you seen the new Adornit collections?  Hop on over to their blog for a peek at their newest products.  They always have beautiful colors and themes for every occasion.  This page is a combination of the Circle of Friends and Photo Girl collections, which you can find at or on the Adornit store site.  I thought they were perfect for these sassy photos of my daughter.
When was the last time you used clear stickers? ADORNit makes some of the best and they have so many different themes. The flowers and the words “sweet” and “adorable” are from the Princess Clear Stickers. They added just the right amount of pizazz to the project. Then I tied on some of ADORNit’s Squiggle Ribbon. It is so cute and there is just a tad of glitter on the stitching on the ribbon, BUT, it is what I call “responsible glitter” because it does not come off and get all over you!

I had to include some of the tiny alphabets and used the Multi Reds Tiny Alpha to weave my title. I also added some pink and purple flowers from the Princess Foam Stickers. This is such a happy page and it was fun to mix and match all of the wonderful collections and embellishments.

Last week some of my projects were featured on the Adornit blog and this week and the next few weeks will showcase the work of some of my favorite designers...  Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Simple Stories November Sketch

It's time for another simple sketch over at Simple Stories.  Please visit the blog for close ups and more details about this page created with their Brand NEW Year.O.graphy Collection.  I am totally smitten with these non-traditional winter papers and embellishments.  They really made a fun boy page!
The patterned paper is already embellished, but I added some fun journal and bingo cards as well as some of the cardstock stickers.

Like I said, it is a simple sketch, but fun to play with the possibilities.   If you are getting some snow like we are in Colorado, it might just be a good day to stay home and create a page.  Hope the sketch inspires.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Guest Blogging with Adornit & Sketch

I have the pleasure of working with Adornit this week and will share a few creative projects.  However, I really want to announce that they have a Brand NEW Blog to inspire everyone.  Please hop over there to see what is going on with Scrapbooking, Quilting and Fashion because this talented family endeavors in so many different aspects of the crafting industry.  I am inspired every time I visit.
It wouldn't be like me to leave without a sketch to inspire you to create your own project.  Please be sure to visit the Adornit blog for details about both the page and the materials I used to create it.  Leave a comment and tell them I sent you.

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