Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lori Whitlock Creative Team - May Blog Hop

Hi friends - welcome to Lori Whitlock's May 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 for my project this month I chose a couple of files I have been wanting to try for a long time. One of the reasons I have always loved Lori's designs is because she is amazing at making 3D items out of paper that look like the real thing. I have always wanted to try her 3D paper frames and then I just expanded from there with a paper easel and a gorgeous 3D flower. 
Here are some close ups:

Aren't they so fun! I had a great time putting these together! I used the following files:
 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! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Teacher Apprciation gifts with Doodlebug Design's Back to School Line

Hi there Doodlebug friends! With the school year winding down, I was so happy to be able to use Doodlbugs' new Back to School line to make a fun card and gift card holder  to show appreciation to my kids favorite teachers! I adore the primary colors with the pops of classic black and white! They are just perfect for any school related project! Here is what I did-

I used my beloved Silhouette machine to create a gift card holder and an adorable fun fold Step Card to make these gifts for teacher. I used the 3D Envelope Pencil Holder Gift file and the Square Center Step card files.
For the card I used the 6x6 paper pad because I love the smaller scale of the pattern papers when making cards. For the card sentiment I used a sticker from the This and That sticker sheet. The orange star and pencil are stickers from the Icon Sticker Sheet. I also used one of my all time favorite washi tapes - the Tape Measure washi tape along the bottom edge. Some black and white bakers twine and a bright red button finish the card off.
The other project is a really fun gift card holder with the cards on pencils. I thought this was so clever! I used more papers from the 6x6 pad for the little envelopes the gift cards are in and then some black cardstock and the adorable primary polka dots pattern paper for the base. It's finished off with the tape measure washi and the twine and red button like on the card above.
To finish the gift card holders off , I added some of the awesome school sprinkles shapes to each of the little envelopes.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hopefully I have inspired you to remember those awesome teachers in your kids lives and make sure to show them some love with a darling gift using the Back to School line!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend - Mother's Day Gifts and Lori Whitlock Designs

Hi everyone - it's Tya here to share with you 2 super fun cut files from Lori Whitlock. I decided with Mother's Day being just around the corner that I would get a jump start on my gifts- so I wanted to share with you what I did! My mom is very crafty and creative and I tell people I inherited my creative gene from her so I know that she appreciates anything hand made, so finding a card and gift box for her was something I knew I wanted to do. Plus if you will notice a little theme running with my projects with the Diamonds - they are a girls best friend after all right?

This last week Lori put out some amazing new fun fold cards and I was so excited to try the Double Diamond Fold card out. I loved all the different pattern papers from the Echo Park Jill collection by that I got use on this card. Definitely one I will be using again!

I also kept with the diamond theme and used the Necklace Box to hold a little sparkly necklace for my Mom. Darling box that was the perfect size to hold a necklace and some earrings in.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting the blog today! Hopefully I have inspired you to try out one of Lori's new cards and to make something special for that special lady in your life. Have a great week everyone!

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!