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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