Archive for June, 2009

The kit that keeps on giving!

Yes, I am still working with the June kit, Amusement Park! It’s such a fun and colourful kit, perfect for summer photos like the one used here. were you lucky enough to get your hands on this kit before it sold out?!

The papers (except the grid paper), the chipboard numbers and the green edge are from the kit. The rest is from my personal stash.

I wanted to show you a close-up of my layout. I added some Diamond Glaze to the “bubbles”, I tought it worked great with a pic of my daughter in the pool!

Enjoy your day!

tip of the day…..

tearing paper….I know pretty simple…BUT you can get different looks the way you tear your paper. for instance tearing lay your paper flat then pull the paper towards you, it will show the white core:

If you didn’t want to see the white core you could just use the other side of the tear:

*other fun tips of tearing:
-ink/distress the white core
-roll the torn edges up towards you so they are rounded
-crumple the torn paper

Help with a title!

I really love how this layout has started out — I saw a rainbow on another pp and copied it by tearing up random sized strips of colored paper from the JUNE kit and stitching them on to simulate a rainbow.¬†

But, now, I’m stuck! I can’t think of what a good title should be — what if anything — should be added to the layout. It doesn’t feel complete -and so I need your help! Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!
Thanks and hope you’ve already ordered your JULY kit — it is simply fantastic!!!

"Vintage Sunrise" – get it quick!

July’s “Vintage Sunrise” Scrapbook Circle kit is wonderful, of course! So many fun patterned papers including Cosmo Cricket Early Bird! I LOVE this paper! The colors are so pleasing to the eye…with so many options of combining this & that! I know there are a lot of you out there that are into the VINTAGE thing right now…this is perfect for you!

I decided that my first project with the July kit would be a card. I found that PageMaps posted some brand new CardMaps for June 2009, so I quickly found one that would allow me to use several pp’s…like I said, there are so many, it just wouldn’t be right to use just one!

Here’s “You’re Tweet!”:

and a close up of the fun Jenni Bowlin button, Kaiser paper flower & tag:
Supplies used are all from the July kit:
Kraft cardstock
Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Cherry Pie – both sides :0]
Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Apron Strings
Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Sunrise
Sassafrass Cardstock Stickers Sweet Treats
Jenni Bowlin button
Kaiser paper flower – lime

To finish the card off, I did some straight & zig zag machine stitching and a hint of sanding.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

July Kit >>>Vintage Sunrise<<< Is Here!

We are pleased to be able to share our July Kit with you. If you haven’t seen the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper yet, you are in for a real treat!

If you want to be sure to get this kit and you are not a current subscriber, you can purchase it on the June Kit page of our site.

Kits will be shipping next week!

Cutting Out Patterns

I love cutting out patterns from pattern paper. Yes, this can be a tedious task but the end result is so very rewarding. In the layout below that I created with the June kit, I cut out the waves from the Fancy Pants pattern paper. I then proceed to highlight the edges with a white signo pen. This gives more definition to my pattern.

A couple of tips for cutting out patterns:
* you should use very sharp fine tip scissors or exacto knife
* working on a rubber type surface like a cutting mat helps a lot
* and the most important tip of all, don’t rush!!! Because if you do go too fast, you might end up tearing the paper.

I hope this will inspire you to take your scissors to your pattern paper and cut out the shapes on it.

Happy creating!


Simple card – June Kit

Hello everyone, are you enjoying summer? We are having a blast here in the pool, it’s nice to finally have a long stretch of warm weather!

So why did I decide to make a Christmas card this time of year? Was it to cool myself off? Am I going bonkers? No, that’s not it at all, lol!

There are two main reeasons:
1. I wanted to show that a “summery” paper can be used for other things than summer layouts;
2. Cards magazine is having a call for holiday cards, so I figured I could send this one in.

I used the Snorkel line by Cosmo Cricket (Beach Towel for the background and Umbrellas for the ornements). The Jenni Bowlin rub-ons are also from the June kit.

As you can see, I hand-cut the circles for the ornaments so they are not even, but I don’t mind that. I also pop-dotted the yellow one and the red one. You can’t see it really well on the card, so here’s a close-up

I hope you enjoyed, don’t forget to link us to your work made with the June kit or even better yet, add it to our gallery!

tip of the day…..

today I want to talk about finding joy in the tools you have. Just recently I rediscovered some tools I owned. (Or in other words, I bought them or they were given to me and I put them away without ever really looking at them, sound familiar?)
This week I would like to talk about water color pencils. I’m not the best stamper in the world so we aren’t going to look at my attempts. But did you know that you can color your stamped images with your water color pencils? Then, you can either paint them with a wet paint brush or with a water color blending pen? Here is a great video by HERO ARTS:

**Bonus tip: I have stamped and painted on cardstock and it works
too, but if you would like to buy water color paper you can**

a Title with a Flair

For this layout, I took my pencil and drew in the letters “HAWAII 1977” to fit into the wave. I love the way it turned out. You can try this by making your title to fit the shape of any of the patterns on your patterned paper! Make sure you use pencil first! Just in case!

Here is the whole layout:

July Layout Peek

Just wanted to share a layout I did yesterday using the upcoming July Kit. It features some paper from Sassafras Vintage Yummy and lots of paper from Cosmo Cricket Early Bird.

We are sponsoring the sketch at Inspired Blueprints this month and thought I’d use the sketch (#24) to create a layout. You can play along with them and enter for a chance to win our June Kit.Here’s my take on the sketch. I don’t usually start with sketches, but I really loved how quickly this sketch helped the layout come together. I’m also loving the beautiful colors of the Early Bird paper.
We only have 2 spots left for our July kit. Send me an email if you want to be on the list for this one. You won’t want to miss out on it!

The full kit will be revealed on the 25th.