Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Miniature Layouts with Doodlebug and a Giveaway

Are any of you caught up in miniatures these days?  Not everything has to be about a mini album, because I thought it would be just as fun to make mini pages to be displayed more creatively - like with these adorable mini clothespins or maybe in a frame that can be changed from time to time.  I was very happy to be invited to guest design on the Doodlebug blog this week using the theme of miniatures and their Snips and Snails collection - please see the end of my post for the giveaway details...
The secret to a good mini page is to add just enough detail to make it interesting, but not to overload the "small" page.  I love how the wallet-sized photo is about the same size as the punch out journal card.  They create a nice balance together and really make the sentiment stand out.
Who doesn't love mini clothespins and banner stickers?  I slightly overlapped the banner stickers and added mini pearls to connect them.  Doodlebug makes some of the very best buttons and their boutique buttons are so cute I really just want to sew them on my children's or my clothes.
I used my typewriter to add this sentiment to the fun little journal card.  First I backed it with blue cardstock so that I could roll it through the typewriter without bending or tearing the fun notebook edges.  Then I added some of the shaped star brads to the bottom of the card.
This photo of my son really makes me smile.  As much as I love to watch him grow, sometimes I wish we could suspend time, so I could hug and hold him just a little bit longer.  He has the sweetest and softest little hands and I just love to hold them.  I kept this page ultra simple so the photo would shine.
Dad and son fooling around in the aspen grove.  Love the little dog cardstock sticker that matches the one on the journal card on the "So Fun" page.  I added it to tie the pages together.  The eyes on the sticker were enhanced with mini pearls and I used foam take to make it stand out a little more from the star sticker boarder.
I just love how well these colors go together.  The bakers twine makes a fantastic border to unify all of the pages in their design, as well as a great clothesline to hang mini pages from. 
Now for the fun part -  head to the Doodlebug blog and leave a comment there telling them you were here and you will be entered into a giveaway for some awesome goodies. You will have until the Sunday evening to enter. The winner will be announced on Tuesday morning.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Front Porch Kits Reveal Day

It's time to unveil the newest kit from Front Porch Kits called Sew Artsy.  There are some wonderful elements, both new and repurposed to create with in this kit.  I had a great time thinking up interesting ways to use the different elements.  Please visit the Little Blue House Blog for more details about the release or visit the Front Porch Kit site for ordering details.

Below are the projects I created with the kit and I still have a lot left over to work with...
This is a page about my daughter, because I just love her style and how she is always herself with such a wonderful amount of confidence.  I wanted to add pops of color with layering patterned paper at the edge of the layout.
I used the measuring tape that came with the kit to make these tails to my award blossom.  I also added the beautiful wooden button that came with the kit.
The Jillibean Soup cardstock stickers added such a fun sentiment and design to the kit and my page.
I used the embroidery hoop to create this wall art that was inspired by the kit name "Sew Artsy" and a window display at Banana Republic.  I saw the Christy Tomlinson She Art paper and thought it would make a great pleated skirt.  I used my scoring tool to make all the pleats and a glue gun to put everything together.
The trim is gorgeous and was easy to add to the hoop.  The chipboard dress maker was the perfect model for my creation.
This sentiment cracked me up and thought is was a great addition to this altered project.
This is just a fun card using stick pins to create flags and tiny spools to make them into a flag topiary. 
I think the spools add a really fun dimension to the project.  The kit came with plenty of string to wrap around them for more color.

I made this little mini album about of the top of the box my kit was mailed in.  I covered it with the burlap fabric in the kit and then decorated with many of the elements in the kit.  These tiny hangers are so much fun.
I used the cover of the Butterick Pattern packaging to cover some of the pages in my album as the background.  I like how it hangs out of the book.
I really like this perspective so you can see how the pages are made out of cardboard.

I still need to finish this book, but this is what one of the pages looks like with the sewing pattern as part of the design.

Please go check out the Front Porch Kits and see what I mean about the endless creative possibilities.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

 Happy Mother's Day!  I hope that many of you are being spoiled rotten today by your husbands and kiddos.  It is such a great thing to have a mom and be a mom and wonderful that there is a holiday to celebrate motherhood.  I was inspired to create a couple of simple Mother's Day cards with Simple Stories BRAND NEW Summer Fresh Collection.  This has to be my favorite collection to date since you cannot go wrong with red gingham, denim and burlap - oh my, what an amazing summer collection.
The burlap paper in this collection looks like it is the real thing and adds a wonderful element of texture and dimension to a project.  This is actually one of the 4 x 6 journaling elements that I trimmed down to fit on my 4.5 x 6 inch card.  Added a 6 x 6 pattered paper as the mat to the journal card.
I added some of the Expressions Cardstock Stickers for the sentiment and then used some foam tape to add a little lift to the cardstock sticker pocket.  The flowers and gems are from Petaloo.
MomCard1 copy 
For this card I used the 6 x 6 patterned paper version of the Summer Fresh Designer Cardstock. It makes a fun and simple background for the design.
This cardstock sticker wagon is about as cute as can be and needed to be a focal point for my card.  I added some of the Expressions Cardstock Stickers for the sentiment.  MomCard1b
Wrapped a little packaging twine around the card and added a Petaloo flower.

Summer Fresh Products:



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Foam Tape
Red Cardstock

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Win a Free Front Porch Kit

Miss Tracy at Front Porch Kits is getting ready to release her newest Kit called Sew Artsy and it is loaded with all kinds of crafty fun.  I enjoyed creating quite a few projects with the kit and still have a lot of material left to keep going.  If you hop over to the The Little Blue House Blog and leave a comment on the blog, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free kit.  Below are a few sneaks of what is inside the kit.  It will be released for sale on Tuesday, May 15th.
As you can see there are some really fun elements in the kit.  Look closely to see if you can tell what I used in this little sneak peek of my altered project with the kit.
Okay, one more sneak peek of my layout that I created with the kit.  I'll share my projects in full on Tuesday, May 15th.
Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Welcome to the blog hop with Little Yellow Bicycle and Petaloo.  Our Biker Chick team has loved working with many of the beautiful Petaloo products along with LYB's gorgeous Hello Spring collection.  Below are a couple of my projects.
This is my gorgeous niece.  Her mommy decked her out in this beautiful spring dress that looked like it was meant to be scrapped with Hello Spring.    I wanted to add a lot of flowers but really loved how these Petaloo Tie-Dyed Gypsies match the paper so well and give the page a very subtle look.
No inking necessary on these flowers, it is already done for you.  I love how the clear cut shaped flourish from LYB looks with the flowers.
I added some handstitching with pink velvet floss to give the page a little more definition and interest.

Please hop to all of the following Biker Chick blogs to see the beautiful projects they have created, leave a comment on their blogs, and go back to the LYB blog to tell us what you saw.  Your comments automatically enter you into a drawing to win some of our Hello Spring collection.

 Happy Mother's Day!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your participation in our blog hop.