Thursday, April 16, 2015

Using Your 6x6 Paper Pad Scraps - Tutorial with Tya

Hi everyone! I'm here to share with you a fun tutorial today. I adore, like really adore 6x6 paper pads. They are the perfect size for card making, but inevitably I am always stuck with oodles of little scraps after I am done with my projects, so today, I wanted to share with you a quick and easy tutorial on how to use up those scraps.

First-  I gathered up my supplies to make my card. I am using the 6x6 paper pad from the Jill collection that Lori designed for Echo Park. I am also using the decorative brads, chipboard stickers and element stickers.
I also used a sheet of kraft cardstock.

Next I opened up the Silhouette. I like to used the grid function when I am dealing with scraps. The Grid is on the far right side of the toolbar. To make it true to size, I do 1 inch spacing and 1 divisions - this basically makes (12)  1 inch squares along the top and sides so it is just like the Silhouette mat.

Now, I find my card shapes and lay them out on the workspace. I try and utilize the mat and lay my shapes out evenly so they will be easy to cut out.  I used the Card 1 shape (Lori Whitlock Shop) or a2 Flower Card (Silhouette Store).

Now this next step, it's just what I do when I cut scraps, I am sure there is an easier way, but this is what I like to do because it is pretty fool proof. So I take a scrap piece of paper and cut out all my shapes. I like to do either white or kraft because I save these and can use them on another card. So I lay out all my shapes and cut them out.
Here is where those pesky cut marks, like the one below, that we get on our mats come in handy. I take my real papers and basically lay them over the cut marks that were previously made.

Now the shapes are all cut out and we were able to use up some of those little scraps- AND we only had to make ONE cut! This is such a time saver! No having to guess or measure exactly where the papers are, just lay them over the cut marks and you are set!
 Here is the finished card -

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you to pull out all those scraps and have fun creating beautiful cards! Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Lori Whitock Design Team Blog Hop

Hi friends - welcome to Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Cathy's blog or you can start at the very beginning at Lori's blog where you can pick up this darling freebie!

 So - I was feeling a little bit in the springtime-y mood so I decided for my creative team projects this month, I would make 2 cards featuring butterflies! Lori has quite a few beautiful cut files featuring butterflies - it was a little hard to choose just 2, but I loved how these both turned out.

The first card is a card shape that I have never used before and I love it! This is the tri-fold shadow box butterfly card. I used some beautiful papers from the Jill line that Lori designed for Echo Park. The colors are so rich and vibrant and look great with my favorite basic color - Kraft!
I added some enamel dots to the lacy butterfly part of the card. I also added a fun sentiment from the Jill sticker sheet. 

The next card I did is the Stand Up Card Butterfly.This card was especially fun because it is a little easel card , and I loved the way the vines in the window portion highlight the butterfly perfectly.

I cut out an additional butterfly and layered it on top of the other butterfly that I glued to the card base. I added more of the enamel dots for the butterfly body. The Jill line has some great embellishments that I loved using with these cards.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Check out Lori's promotions she has going on with this month's blog hop - she always has such great sales- don't forget to check them out! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $20 gift card  to Lori's online shop PLUS a Jack OR Jill collection kit of your choice- AWESOME!  Your next stop is Chrissy's darling blog. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bunches of Bunnies- Lori Whitlock Design Team

Hi Lori Whitlock fans! Its Tya up on the blog today and believe it or not - Easter is right around the corner!  So in honor of this special day - I have rounded up Bunches of Bunnies! Take a peek at 3 of my favorite bunny themed projects from Lori's cut files! These little treat boxes would be perfect for table favors for Easter brunch or dinner, a cute teacher or friend gift or a fun addition to Easter Baskets!

The first bunny project is this darling Bunny Shaped Box. Every year my Easter basket always had a chocolate bunny in it, and it is a fun tradition that I like to carry on with my own kids. This little guy is the perfect container for any sort of chocolate bunny treat you can find.

My next project is this cute little Purse Bunny that I added an acetate sheet in the window and filled the purse up with jellybeans, but you could add any sort of treat or little prize like some fun lip gloss or even a gift card. I added a fun ribbon handle as well.

And finally, I had to do this darling little Easter Bunny Tic Tac Wrapper. The carrot paper in Lori's Easter Friends Digital Papers were perfect for my favorite flavor of Tic Tac (orange is the BEST). Add a fun little bow tie to the Tic Tac box for some added whimsey. :)

So here are my projects! Hopefully I have inspired you to stop by Lori's Shop or on the Silhouette Design Store and pick up these adorable Bunches of Bunnies! Have a wonderful Easter holiday - thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Inspired by Challenge : Banner - Doodlbug Design Team

 Hi here Doodlebug fans! Over on the Doodlebug Design Blog this week we are doing an Inspired by Challenge. I adore using my Doodlebug products to make cute home decor items for my home ,so when I was on the hunt for the perfect wreath for my door to celebrate spring I came across a lovely paper banner wreath designed by Mendi Yoshikawa and knew I found just what I was looking for! Here is Mendi's wreath:
 And here is my wreath:

I adored Mendi's use of all of the awesome pattern papers that come in each of the lines.  I used the fronts and backs of several of the pattern papers,from the Hello Sunshine line just as Mendi did.

 Instead of the stars, I added some flowers from the Spring Flower Craft Kit. I also added some buttons and glitter sprinkles to the centers of the flowers. The darling little bee and butterfly are from the Icon Sticker sheet. 

 I also did a banner that I cut out from my Silhouette with the letters that spell Spring from the Hello Sunshine Icon Sticker Sheet. Add some twine and some cute little mini clothes pins to complete the banner.

So that's my project! Thanks Mendi for the inspiration! And be sure to stop by the Doodlebug Design Pinterest Boards to get some inspiration of your own! There are so many wonderful projects on there to get inspired by and make your very own! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun Washi Tape Borders

Hi there friends - thanks for stopping by - I am up today on the Doodlebug blog continuing our Washi Tape Challenge week with a fun way to use washi tape as a border. I will teach you 2 techniques today that would work great on cards or layouts both - so here is what I did!

The first technique I want to show you is to use a border punch with your washi tape. This technique combines two of my favorite products that I use all the time on my projects, so why not combine the 2 of them right? So I found 2 of my favorite border punches and then 4 different swiss dot Washi Tapes and 4 thin stripe Washi Tapes in colors that match my papers. Here are the steps to creating this border.

1-  Place the Washi Tape on the edge of a length of cardstock. See the excess Washi on the edges? Leave those on and wrap them around the back edges of the cardstock. When we go to take the tape off of the cardstock these excess edges will make it easier to pull the tape off the cardstock after we are done punching it out.
2- Punch out the border.
3-Punch all the way across the paper.
4- Very carefully peel the Washi Tape from the cardstock. Go nice and slow so you don't rip the tape and start peeling the tape off  along the back edges with those excess edges we did.
5 - Layer your tapes on the card front.
6 - This is the card with all the different tapes on them.

The next technique is a Washi Tape Ruffle. This is such a darling technique and so easy to achieve..

1- Cut 2 strips of Washi tape. Make sure that you make the tape bigger than what you are going to layer it on. Because we are gathering the tape, it needs to be bigger to adjust for that.
2- Place the 2 tapes together with the sticky sides on the inside. ( This was a little tricky - thank goodness the washi tape is so forgiving. If you don't get the edges straight the first time - or the 5th time like me - it is easily repositioned. ) :)
3- Add some strong adhesive tape to the underside of the paper you are adding the border to. Take the Washi Tape and just start gathering it. It doesn't need to be even, I just started gathering and went until I got to the end of the Washi Tape.
4- Here is the completed ruffle. Isn't it fun? You could probably add more layers of Wahsi Tape as well if you would like to.

I hope I have inspired you to look at all those rolls of Washi Tape you have and decide to use them on some fun borders like I did. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lori Whitlock Creative Team - March Blog Hop

Hi friends - welcome to Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Cathy's blog or you can start at the very beginning at Lori's blog where you can pick up this darling freebie!

Today I decided to share with you a digital scrapbook layout featuring my 3 cute little leprechauns and one of the cutest St. Patrick's Day set of digital papers and elements out there! I used the St. Patrick's Day collection  and the Life Templates SQ set 5 for my layout,  both of which can be found on Snap Click Supply.  This was the perfect set to highlight this fun photo shoot I did of the kids a few years back. I am working on a holiday digital layout album and using the Life Templates make it so quick and easy- so I knew I needed to add this one to my album for sure. Take a peek!

I added lots of fun digital elements from the kit including the pot of gold, the St. Patrick's Day title, the horseshoe, shamrock and Lucky Day sentiment. I had fun with my journaling as well by including some word boxes with cute St. Patrick's Day sayings on them. I added a few other embellishments and journaling spots from the Good Life Cards + Words set (17) , Life Cards March (So Lucky to Have You) , Let's Play Elements (arrow) and the brads and ribbons are from the Basics Embellishments Set.

You can find all of Lori's digital elements on sale over on Snap Click Supply.

And all of her SVG files are on sale now through March 15th so stock up!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $20 gift card to Lori's online shop. Your next stop is Chrissy's darling blog. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

St. Patricks Day Treats - Lori Whitlock Design Team Projects

Hi everyone - its Tya here to share with you a fun set of St. Patrick's Day treats just in time for all your little leprechaun festivities coming up. Lori has a darling new St. Patrick's Day Digital Collection over on Snap Click Supply that I used to spruce up a simple cupcake and a soda bottle. I used the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette on both of these projects - it's one of my favorite things to do with my Silhouette and Lori's files. Here is what I did-
 First off - let's start with the Cupcake Stand - here is a quick tip for you. As you can see, the original cut file had just a simple scallop edge. I wanted to make the cupcake stand a little more festive , so I went in and found a shamrock from one of my favorite Lori cut files and went in and replaced the circles in the scallop edge with the shamrocks. The wonderful thing about owning a Silhouette is that I can mix and match and customize my cut files to fit a theme or holiday. It was simply a matter of ungrouping the orginal shape, deleting the circles and replacing it with my resized shamrocks instead. Super easy and think of all the different shapes you could substitute - hearts for Valentines Day or stars for the 4th of July - the possibilities are so fun!
Here are a few close ups -
 Check out the cute cupcake wrap and here is a better photo of the shamrocks that I added instead of the scallop circles.
 I did a print and cut of the Kiss Me I'm Irish sentiment and made it into a cupcake topper with the help of  a scallop circle and a some button and twine. Add a green Pixie from Doodlebug Design - and you have a custom made cupcake topper!
Next up I decided to grab a green bottle of Sprite and add a bottle label and a custom sentiment to the label that I made with the beautiful Vintage Font for the Shamrock Soda. I added a polka dot shamrock with an orange button and some twine to finish it off. I also added a scallop border punch to the top and bottom edges of the sentiment.

So that's all there is to my projects. I love taking basic everyday items like cupcakes and Soda bottles and using my Lori Whitlock shapes to fancy them up and make them fun and festive! Thanks for stopping by!

Digital Shapes and Papers -
St. Patrick's Day Collection - Snap Click Supply

Shapes used: (All on or Silhouette Design Store unless otherwise noted)
-Nested Scalloped Circle
-Bottle Label Tag - Flag
-LW Vintage Font
-5 Clover Shamrocks (Silhouette) Lucky Set (Lori
-3D Cupcake Stand
-Scalloped Cupcake Holder