Friday, September 11, 2015

Show and Tell

Wait until you see what the Design Team has created this month! This is one talented bunch of designers!


Kate Russell is creating absolutely beautiful pages with Simple Stories “So Fancy” paper line and embellishments! Look at this latest layout...I love the stacked words on the bottom left corner (those are from the sticker sheet). And the stickers, chipboard stickers, paper elements, enamel dots. The paper behind the photos has gold foil dots which shine out from behind the photos...I think it helps to draw the eye into the pictures. I Love all the color Kate built into this page.


The texture on this page is wonderful! Kate Russell used pieces from Echo Park “The Story of Fall” line including paper, enamel dots, and a stencil. I love the Texture Paste acorns (the color comes from Dylusions paint). Thickers and cut paper medallions finish the design. I love it, I love it, I love it!


Rachelle Gianaris  used another woodgrain paper, this time from Echo Park’s “The Story of Our Family” line. (I didn’t realize there were two woodgrain papers!). This was the perfect choice for a new home layout. I love the colors on top of the wood. The banner is made from pieces out of the Ephemera pack...and it is my favorite part of this page. I love the layering of papers and stickers.


Isn’t Amanda Hillard’s little “sparkler” a cutie! I love how Amanda uses different sizes of photos as part of her banner. The other banner papers come from Doodlebug Design’s “Patriotic Picnic”. Look at all the little details… Little date and word pieces, hearts and stars,  sewing, arrows and dots, washi. Just a beautiful design!


Look at this paper! Rachelle Gianaris was able to use this very busy patterned paper perfectly. I struggle to put busy papers to use (I love them, but they lay around getting “pet” and never used!).This is from Echo Park’s  “Teacher’s Pet” with a little bit of their “Story of our Family” embellishments. This page really grabs your attention! I have to stop and look at it every time I pass it by!


Hallie Hearnes  shows us how to use these popular Disney themed papers for all-purpose cards. Simple Stories “Say Cheese” papers make a bold and interesting card. All the texture and color comes from the paper, no extra work needed!


I think this is one of my favorite cut-apart cards! It is a very well designed piece and Hallie Hearnes made all those “good bones” shine! This comes from Echo Park ,“The Story of Fall”, with a little sentiment banner cut from an Imaginisce “Give Thanks” paper. I love the extra texture Hallie gave the acorn cap. It’s beautiful Hallie!


Oh, this is so my kind of card! A cut-apart, a stencil, Texture Paste, and gorgeous color. Hallie Hearnes used more Echo Park “The Story of Fall” paper and (I’m guessing) some Dylusions paint (or is it Distress Ink?). Love, love, love this!


 The beautiful outside...


Pop! The incredible inside of the card! Hallie Hearnes used pieces cut out from the Imaginisce “Give Thanks” papers to make this scene. There are some great papers in this line...I’m thinking my children would adore putting together a card like this! What a fabulous design! So much fun! (Not that the design is elementary...but the animals and trees and color would appeal to would using scissors and glue!)

That wraps up this “Show-and-Tell”! I hope you have some great ideas!

Just a reminder...YARD SALE! Next weekend (Sept. 18-19)! I am seeing some great items come in. If you are a consignor, you can shop Thursday night. Everyone can shop Friday and then Saturday for half-price day. See you there! (It’s not too late to sign up to be a consignor!)


Friday, September 4, 2015

Design Team "Goodies"

We have some fun new layouts in the Store! I wanted to show them off here on the blog. First up is Rachel Steiner with the Dear Lizzy “Fine and Dandy” line. She put them to such great use! Look at these sweet girls!


This layout has the look of Project Life, but is just a well pieced together 12x12. Don’t you love it! I am always amazed at how creative Rachel gets with her lettering and stickers.


This is the matching page. Seeing all the photos together really draws me in and invites me to read her journaling. Such sweet faces!


Look at the different ways Rachel used the alphabet stickers...the ways she cut them to meet her needs! I see a title, arrows, and corners. Did you notice the actual ticket stubs on the page! Love it! And the journaling is literally written “between the lines”! Genius use of patterned paper! 


Rachel created an energetic page with the October Afternoon “Summertime” line! Now that I see it done, this is the perfect golfing (or putt-ing) paper! Things to notice...the washi tape border along the left side of the photos, the way she uses the lines of the paper to line up the title and journaling, and the way she documented the date with stickers on the right side of the photos. It’s perfect!


Jan Bintz brought us a couple of “goodies” this page made with Shimelle’s “True Stories” papers. Look at all the details. Jan is really good at pulling inspiration from the photos. She has used a printed vellum paper as her background paper, with lots of cut paper as embellishments.

Here is a closer look at the cut alphabets and the fun shiny thread behind the “3”.


This page is made with a special order we ordered just for Jan. Did you know we can special order something just for you...especially if we aren’t carrying the items you have fallen in love with?! If a paper line has a collection kit, we can order it for you! Stamps, dies, washi, mixed media items...just ask us and we will look it up!
I love the very classic colors and design...with some romantic details (the flowers and gems, the torn edge of the middle strip of paper, the polka dots, and the ribbon). It’s a beautiful page for beautiful pictures!

Thank you Rachel and Jan! What inspiring pages and techniques!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Let’s chat about dies...the thin metal kind. They are this card by Rachelle Gianaris. She used a trio of birdhouse dies from Impression Obsession and small pieces of patterned paper to make a quick card with lots of interest. “Hello” is also a die from Lawn Fawn. I believe the scallop circle is a paper punch (We have it available to use in our upstairs work room). These dies stand alone...there are no matching stamp sets. These are basic images that can be used in multiple designs. 


This Lawn Fawn die set is an example of a die with a matching stamp set. Lawn Fawn is really good about creating stamp sets with matching die sets for those of us who would rather go to the dentist than fussy cut stamped images :). I love the Copic coloring Rachelle Gianaris did with this card...being able to create shadows makes the images really come to life! (Lawn Fawn Baked with Love stamp set and dies.)


This is another Lawn Fawn stamp and die set (Sweet Smiles). All those gumballs! Even though the die is meant to pair up with a particular stamped image, there is every reason to use the dies to stamp paper...patterned paper, colored paper, glitter paper, vellum,... you get the idea! Dixie Cravens stamped the gumballs out then colored them with markers and topped each gumball with Glossy Accents for shine. The floral background is washi tape!


Here is a last look at this Sweet Smiles stamp and die set used in a more traditional way. Rachelle Gianaris stamped and colored the images with Copic markers then die cut them. This process allowed her to use a bold pattern and not lose her stamped images.

Thanks for looking and reading today! Thanks to Rachelle for the inspiration on using dies!