June Bug

Happy one-day-closer-to-the-weekend day!
I'm just getting to all of the goodies that I've shared this month over at 
So, I thought a "June Bug" post would be appropriate :)

"My Sweet Trio" Layout is a take on this Page Map sketch by Becky Fleck.
All papers are from the Fruit Stand Collection

The entire design team picked a different sketch to use, so be sure to check out the blog!

Originally a "father's day" themed card, but I think that it could be used for any dad-day-occasion :)
All papers are from the Stars & Stripes Collection

Sydnee gave this card to one of her teachers at the end of the school year.
This was made for Doodlebug's "Summer Inspiration" segment using the Fruit Stand Collection.

And Doodlebug isn't just for fun girl's stuff, we have a masculine side too!
Here I used Boys Only Collection, along with DB cardstock and Take Note.

Things are getting in high gear for the Create 'N Connect show in Las Vegas next month
(formerly CHA).  I'll be knee-deep in booth projects so you may not 'see' too much of me between
now and then.  I can't wait to share with you all of the fabulous new things coming this
Fall and Winter...yep, it's all ready time to start thinking about those Autumn and Christmas items :) 
 If you're coming to the show, I hope to meet you!
I will be working in the Pink Paislee booth at some time and will also be visiting the other
manufacturers that I'm currently designing for:
 Authentique, Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Designs and Simple Stories
(Little Yellow Bicycle will not be attending the Summer show...I know, I'm sad too!)
I plan on posting as many photos as I can possibly load to Instagram, so be sure to follow!

As always, thanks for visiting me today!

Sweetness & Art Glitter

Authentique Paper and Art Glitter are teaming up this month to bring you tons
 of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Art Glitter products!

I'm happy to be bringing you a cool, sweet treat and just in time for Summer!
When I first laid eyes on the Sweetness Collection I knew that I wanted to create an
 ice cream cone shaped mini album;  I found the perfect shape on the Cricut 
"A Child's Year" Cartridge.  To begin I cut a brown cardstock at the 11" setting and then
 cut the inner (patterned) papers to 10".  A good thing to remember (if you're using a Cricut for this)
 is to 'flip' the second image so that it mirrors the front page exactly.
 Here's a look at the mini all put together:

I was so excited to work with Art Glitter's beautiful products for the first time;
I think it really added to the charm of this whimsical album.

As you can see, on the cover I added one of the transparent glitters from the
 "Butterfly Collection" to the frame and then Pink Pony Glass Beads to the ice cream soda :)
 A little darker glitter decorated the cherry on top!

On this page I cut the sentiment from the Enhancement paper and added
some older Authentique sentiment stickers.  The heart is a wood veneer that
I simply covered in glitter.

 The Components punch-out pieces come in so handy...here I added the 'sweetness'
 punch-out with a dish of ice cream that I hand-cut from one of the Enhancement cards.
 Using the metal tip and Designer Adhesive from Art Glitter
made adding glitter to the different pieces easy.

Yep, you can glitter over foam stickers!  After I applied the Designer Adhesive to the letters,
 I used my finger to smooth out the glue evenly and then sprinkled on the glitter.

 More of the Components Die-Cuts and cute embellishments completed the final pages
 of the album.  The Designer Adhesive dries very quickly so there's no need to wait
long before adding to your page and moving on to the next.

I hope that you enjoyed this project of Sweetness mixed with Art Glitter...it was surely fun to put together!  

Authentique Products: Sweetness Collection- Decadent Paper, Novelty Paper; Premium Paper; Enhancements Paper; Components Die-Cut Sheet; 6x6 Bundle
Art Glitter Products: Designer Adhesive; Large Pink Pony Glass Beads; "Butterfly" Transparent Pee Wee Kit

Authentique Paper will be giving away a prize pack that includes
Authentique Paper Packs and Art Glitter!  Just visit the blog and leave a comment
on this month's "Wednesdays" posts!  Here is the link to today's post where my album is up.

Little Yellow Bicycle + May Arts + Xyron

Little Yellow Bicycle is hopping with two great partners this week:

In my last design team assortment from LYB I received a Chipboard Banner Kit and 
I just could not wait to decorate it!  I thought the cute shapes would look darling dressed
up in Vintage Summer and beautiful May Arts ribbon

With the Chipboard Banner Mini Album you can mix the pages any way you'd like!  
For this mini's cover I chose to layer the triangle shape onto one of the pennant shapes; 
it added some extra dimension and I love the red checkered print as a backdrop for the embellishments.  Using the red swiss dot ribbon by May Arts, I created a couple of small ribbon roses for the front. 


 Xyron's Sticker Maker came in so handy when I got ready to add a border of ribbon to one of the pages.
As you can see, just insert the ribbon into the slot and pull the tape through on the other end.
When you peel off the backing you will find a nice, even layer of adhesive on whatever you've stickered!

 After each page was embellished I attached them to the chipboard page using 
Xyron's 1/2" Double-Sided High Tack Tape.  Mini Albums get a lot of hands-on treatment,
 so a good high tack adhesive is a necessity. 

 A couple of pages showcasing some of the Vintage Bliss Collection's goodies.  
Embossed stickers, chipboard pieces and a piece from the flower kit that was topped 
with one of the new Nature's Wood Shapes.

I also ruffled a piece of gingham ribbon by adding pieces of 1/4" Double-Sided High Tack Tape 
 every inch and then folding the ribbon back onto the adhesive...there is no wrong or right way to do this...just have fun with it!  

 To the album rings I decided to knot some of the ribbons and then alternate those with ribbon bows.
  Pretty ribbon adds charm and whimsy to any project.  After cutting the ends at an angle, I like to
 dab on a no-fray solution.  I also added an edging of LYB's red jute twine around the perimeter
of each chipboard page...I love the fact that it hides places where the paper overlaps or isn't cut
straight...plus it adds color, dimension and a nice texture!
My dear friends, you will definitely want to visit the three blogs this week and leave a comment
at each one on each day because.............
Grand Prize:  Xyron is giving away a 5" Creative Station.  May Arts will include two spools of ribbon and LYB is giving away the Vintage Summer Collection!  Here are the blogs:
(just click on the links and don't forget to comment)

Good Luck and thanks for visiting me today!

All Things Bella Blvd

A good Thursday morning to you!  My family and I have just returned from 
a little camping getaway.  Since I didn't do much more than lay outside in a recliner and 
read books, I can't figure out why I'm sooo tired LOL  I did complete 5 loads of laundry
when we got home and have two more to get done today.  Just the thought of all of that
laundry is probably what exhausted me :)

In the meantime, I was up on the BELLA BLVD blog on Tuesday, as well as today.

I honestly love to be given a palette of pigment and then told "go with it!"
So this month's inspiration board was a lot of fun to work with...love those colors!

I added a splash of color to the chevron paper by applying some Designer Tape over a portion of it.
 For this card I wanted to show how the patterned papers can be turned into beautiful blossoms.
 Each flower was given two layers, along with a smaller flower and button in the center. 
Using a stylus and molding mat, you can give shape to the petals and create a true 3-D effect.

 Supplies: Engaged At Last: Alpha+Bits Stickers, Bachelorette Party; Sand & Surf: Borders, Paradise; Kiss Me: Flutter; Sophisticates: Miniature Card Sentiments; High Five Alpha Stickers: Piggy Punch; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Chevron; Button Market: Hot Pink Flowers

 We have four ladies at work who are expecting, so baby cards have been on my agenda lately :)
 This sweet elephant Cute Cut was a must-have!  I added her to the card-front with foam dots and then embellished. The small green circles at the bottom were cut from one of the Baby Boy papers.

Supplies: Baby Girl: It's a Girl, Alpha+Bits Stickers, Cute Cuts; Baby Boy: Baby Blue; We're Expecting: Coming Soon; Sunny Happy Skies: Alpha+Bits Stickers; Ciao Chip Elements: Borders; Crochet Flowers: Dahlia

For this week's "Cards on Thursdays" we were asked to create 'shaped' cards.
Have a look at the Bella Blvd blog to see all of the wonderful takes on this assignment :)

I've had this apron template for quite a long time now, so I'm not sure who to reference.
There are similar templates online and most for free! Again, I took my template and traced it onto
 a prepared card and then cut out; repeat with desired patterned paper. To attach the pocket,
I machine stitched around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.
You can use a strip of paper or ribbon for the top.

Supplies: Thankful: Alpha+Bits Stickers, Burlap, Our Spot, Chipboard Icons; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pony; Crochet Hearts: Bell Pepper; Button Market: Red Flowers

 Using basic shapes make fun and easy cards! I used a star die-cut that I had on hand and traced
onto a prepared card; make adjustments so that the most prominent part of the design isn't distorted
 and then cut out. Next, I transferred that shape onto a patterned paper and then cut out and applied
 to the card front. I love that the bit of feather creates a plume similar to a burst of fireworks!

Supplies: All American: Alpha+Bits Stickers, Seeing Stars, American Pride, Chipboard Icons; Feathers: McIntosh; Flags: All American Words

Guesting at Petaloo!

I am delighted to be the June Guest Designer with Petaloo!  
I've had several team-up opportunities between Petaloo and other companies and each experience
 reminded me how much I truly love working with Petaloo products. I was equally excited to
 learn that Petaloo would be teaming up with Graphic 45 this month in celebrating all things
 Summer, patriotic and beach!  For my project today I'm sharing a grapevine wreath that I
 dressed up for the season...it contains stars, red, white & blue and a beach theme...
it just says "Welcome, Summer!"

 I started off with two pre-cut stars that I had on hand.  I used the backs of the Graphic 45 
 "Place in Time" papers to cover the stars.  After machine-stitching around the perimeter, 
I spritzed each with a little walnut spray and distressed the edges.

 After deciding on the focal piece to cut out from the "July" portion of the collection, I used the 
remainder of the patterned paper as the backdrop for two smaller stars and the postcard print. 
 I backed it with a thin chipboard and then stitched in place.

 Now for the embellishments!  Before attaching the postcard to the base, I added one of the
 metal brackets to the bottom.  A beautiful swag of Darjeeling Flowers makes a nice border,
 followed by a paper pennant "held up" by two of the sweet sea shell pins.
  I edged the bottom in three rows of the Paprika Crochet Trim.

 Next, I punched two small holes at the ends of each large star and attached to the grapevine wreath
 with a thick gauged wire.  A large burlap bow to the side and my wreath is ready for 
hanging and welcoming Summer guests!

See even more Petaloo and Graphic 45 goodness at www.petaloo.typepad.com

An Irresistible Mini Album

Good Monday!  Today I'm bringing a gate-folded mini album featuring the
by Authentique Paper
Many of you will love the black and white palette as it is, but others may like the idea
of being able to customize the beautiful papers with color!  I can honestly say that I would not try this with just any paper, but with Authentique's paper it worked like a charm.

Here's a peek at the front of the album:
 Now, let's begin with the how to put our gate-folded album together:

  1. Cut desired patterned paper to 6" X 12"
  2. Cut two pieces of chipboard (I used a medium weight) to 2.75" X 6" and one piece 6" X 6"
  3. Lay the two smaller pieces to each end of the paper and adhere with a strong adhesive tape
  4. Center the 6" piece evenly between the two outer pieces of chipboard (as shown); adhere  
  5. Next you will crease the paper around all four edges of the chipboard
  6. For the inside of the album, choose another piece of 6" X 12" patterned paper and cut down to match the chipboard sizes; cover each piece
You are now ready to begin with the inner-pages.  
This is a flip-up-style mini album, so any of the patterned papers will work beautifully for this.  
  1. Cut desired patterned paper to 5.75" W X 11"H; score in the middle (this is your bottom piece), so your bottom piece will measure 5.75"W X 5.5"H when folded at score line.
  2. Cut next piece of paper to 5.75" W X 10"; score in the middle so that this piece will measure 5.75"W X 5"H when folded at score line.
  3. Proceed with cutting two more sheets to 5.75" X 9" and 5.75" X 8" and scoring in the middle of each.
  4. Next, score each set 1/4" from the top (non-scored end) as shown below:
  1. Measuring from the outside, punch two holes at the top (non-scored end) 
  2. of each paper (you will see more detail below).  
  3. Use one of these papers as a guide for hole placement to the back of the album; punch holes.  
  4. Begin decorating each page!

 Use the Enhancement paper to dress up areas for journaling...they also work well for photo mats too. 
 To change things up (especially if you have a 'color' theme going) cut colored cardstock for mats as well. 

 I kept the embellishments very neutral by using clear adhesive gems (ZVA Creative), 
silver accents or black and white ribbon.

Notice how when each patterned paper has been folded over, you still receive the correct
 direction for a flip-up style book :)  I also carried through with the pink watercoloring 
on some of the inner-pages.

Once all of the pages have been decorated, line them up so that the holes are aligned.  
Tie ribbons through the pages and the back of the album.  
You could also use rings or large grommets to hold the pages together!
Now for adding color:

 My new "love" are Faber-Castell's Watercolor Pencils.  These glide on smoothly and
 blend well with a plain blending tool or paintbrush.

 Finally, I added some distressing to the edges with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink and a sponge.
I wanted a very soft look, so I dipped the sponge into the ink and dabbed some off before
 applying it to the edges.  Just pick up a little more ink as needed and then blend.

How does this little gem stay put together without gaping apart?
 Two extra-extra heavy magnets that were attached to the inside flaps.
  Be sure to use an E-6000 adhesive or very strong, permanent bond glue dot to hold them in place.
  If you have a really powerful magnet, it will give your adhesive a run for its money ;)

Another look at the front cover dressed up in Petaloo pretties
 This is my first gate-folded album...I look forward to doing more and I hope that you'll give it a go too!

Authentique Paper Products: Irresistible Collection- Formal Paper; Allure Paper; Engage Paper; Stunning Paper; Passion Paper; Enhancements Cut-Apart Paper; 6X12 Components Stickers

Hampton Art Stamps: Authentique Paper's Footloose Stamps

Other Products: Petaloo- flowers; Imagine Crafts- ink; Faber Castell- watercolor pencils; ZVA Creative- gems; Curtsey Boutique- paper doily and butterfly
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