One Picture = ​Three kids, Three Albums, Three Different Layouts

November 18, 2017

Good morning,

When I was growing my Mom made each of one of us an album, so it was a no-brainer when I had my kids to create an album for each.  I actually enjoy it as I get to do a picture three different ways. I have been known to even change product line depending on which child I want to highlight.  Case in point this layout, I wanted to bring out the red in my middle son’s shirt as well as the pumpkin he was holding. (Funny how they naturally line up in order!)  In addition, he is the one who likes doing activities together as a family.

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Where in the previous layout Pumpkin patch 2016I was going for the more traditional look of the picture to highlight my little one’s new awareness of Halloween and pumpkin patches. We had many conversations after the fact about when the pumpkins come back along with wanting to trick or treat every week.

For my oldest, I wanted to use the same Echo Park Collection as I love plaids and dots but the colors were not working. The best match is the new Amber Moon Collection I just purchased to make a mini album.

img_0803It worked out because I could also use my new Nuvo Pure Sheen Glittler in Spiced Apricot!  In addition, I was also able to use up some old stash of the Technique Tuesday Wavy Frames chipboard.

My oldest has a personality that can not be missed when he comes into the room which is why I decided to use the glitter. Pumpkin tradition-3He also is the guy who loves the traditions and adding to them. Going to the pumpkin patch is all about the pumpkins for him. He is particular, always has been, a pumpkin has to be a certain size and color as he usually has a design in mind.  He is also the one who knows I will want a group shot and sets the positive example by getting enthused and corraling the other two.

I painted the outside frame with Prima’s shimmery paint in brass hardware. While I have a different idea of brass, it is this beautiful copper color that goes perfectly with the Amber Moon collection. I have to say, I love fall colors mixed with a copper foil or metallic. I had a fun time playing with the paints for this layout. The second wavy frame is part of the pack but a little smaller, it does a great job of giving the picturer some dimension and taking the glitter nicely!

I do take pictures of each one with their own moments, but I always make them do the obligatory “mom” picture of the three of them! This usually becomes the first page of a highly photographed event such as the pumpkin patch, then add the individual photos.

So, here you go, one picture used in three very different layouts subtlely acknowledging three unique sons who make me continually smile!

Tell me, do you different albums for your kids, grandkids or furbabies?

If you are interested here is the supply list:

Echo Park Paper  “Fall is in the Air” 12 12 collection pack (my middle son’s layout)

  • papers
  • stickers
  • numbers and alphas
  • ephemera
Frank Garcia for Prima – Amber Moon Collection

 

Until next time…….

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Cold Mornings and Hot Cocoa!

November 7, 2017

Good Morning,

Our weather lately has been crazy; last week we were roasting with 90-degree weather and this week we finally are getting those cold, crisp morning of Fall. This time of year is one of my favorites with all the trees showing their beautiful color, the cooler air and my favorite drink, hot chocolate! I like mine with a little nutmeg on top; I know not the most traditional!

My new stamp and die set just arrived from Stamps of Life, it is the cutest Hot Cocoa theme, it fast becoming a favorite.

I couldn’t wait I had to make a card right away! Being that it is Fall I wanted to go with a more rustic look, so I grabbed kraft paper and decided against doing a more elaborate background. I was inspired by those cool overcast Fall morning with a warm cup of cocoa.

I used the mug stamp and die along with whipped cream outline die, and the detailed whipped cream inset die. To give it a little shine and a few sprinkles of “nutmeg” I mixed my latest Nuvo acquisitions in their “Pure sheen” aka fine glitter collection in spiced apricot and diamond.

The card itself is a 4.25 by 5.5 (A2) size with an inside layer of white at 4×5. The sentiments in this set are perfect so I went with “…is like a warm hug on the inside”  ideal way to describe how I feel after drinking a mug of cocoa!

I added a little red and white bakers twine, die cut the marshmallows for a little playful movement and then pop dotted the mug and whipped cream.

This set is super fun, and I see she just came out with the polka dot stamp for the mug. If you are interested here is the site.  I have not done a recent monthly stamp project in a while, but this was hard to put off, I guess it spoke to me!

What is your favorite Autumn warm drink?

Until next time…

Here is my supply list:

Echo Park “I love Family” – heart sticker
Echo Park “I love Family” 6×6 pad – ” family tree” blue paper
Stamps of Life – Die Hard set for November – mug steam, both marshmallows dies, “Hot    Cocoa” stamp and “is like a hug from the inside” stamp.
Baker’s Twine
Nuvo Pure Sheen in Diamond and Spiced Apricot
Stamps of life – Chocolate ink pad

*please note I do not receive any compensation for recommending these products. I just love them and think you might too!

 

 

 

Silhouette Cameo “For You” Card

June 14, 2017

Good Morning,

One of the things I love about the Silhouette Cameo is the abundance of projects with customizable layers and shapes. One of these is this verstle card by Lori Whitlock called “For You”.  I opted for the bright colors and to use all the layers the cut file offered. Week June 12 facebook-2

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This card is made using a mix of Fancy Pants Designs, “Be You” and Doodlebug Linen and gingham in green,pink and yellow shades. I opted to add a gem topped brad to the flower but the cut file does come with a center piece. I was thinking niext time it might be fun to add crystal drops to the center circle for color and dimension.  This is what I love about this card is the different ways it can be used.

Here is my supply list:

  • Doodlebug gingham and linen papers: limeade, cupcake (pink) lemonade (light yellow) bumble bee (darker yellow)
  • Fancy Pants “Be You” (older collection)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Store: Lori Whitlock cut file “For You”
  • Gem top brad
  • Xyron X and 3 inch machine

 

I alwasy appreciate the visits and comments.

Until next time…….

 

Colored Pencil “Thanks” Card

June 13, 2017

Good Morning,

This week marks the final week of school for my son. I can’t tell you how relieved I am considering he still had a huge test at the end of last week. Getting through all the year- end projects and wrap up is crazy time for not just students but parents, too.

Needless to say my craft room was sorely neglected last week but I did manage this past weekend  to get some cards made for the teachers.  Today I am sharing one of my favorites.  It is a Silhouette cut file by Tanya Batrak, “Folded Card for Teacher” with some cute little  colored pencils for the front.

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Having a house full of boys I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed using bright pink on this card. I love the bright colors. I hope this cute file folder card with it’s bright colors brings a little sunshine to your day. Thanks for stopping by to look and always appreciate any questions or comments.Week June 12 facebook

Here is the supply list:

  • Xyron “X” 150 machine
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhoutte Store “Folde card for teacher” by Tanya Batrak cut file
  • Cardstock scraps of your choice in 5 colors.

 

Until next time…..

 

3D BBQ Card for Memeorial Day

May 28, 2017

To everyone here in the United States I hope you have great weather to pay tribute and enjoy your Memorial Day. To my friends in the UK while we remeber our fallen, I can’t help but think of you and your families dealing with the aftermath of Manchester.  I have no words that can begin to do justice to your feelings other than to say I stand with you in your grief and outrage! We are all affected by it! 

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Good Morning,

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Memeorial Day brings back memories of BBQ, picnics and flags, so today I am sharing a  3D BBQ Box Card designed by Lori Whitlock  created on my Silhouette Cameo. Traditionally Memorial Day kicks off the Summer Season, I still have fun memories of the beach, parks and being at home with family but alwasy a BBQ was involved.

To create this card, It took me about 45 minutes to cut and put together. Lori took the guess work out of the layers by adding the shadow cut and numbers to each tab. One of the things I love about these kinds of cards is how it helps use up scraps. Using your scraps also cuts down in cutting time. I was able to put all the colors other than greay and black on one mat using scraps.  I smiled the whole time it cut.

After making a couple of these cards I do recommend a heavy cardstock for the base pieces to keep the shape and the extra layers. The grey paper on here is 80 lbs card stock, the color scraps vary from 65 to 80 lb. I used a textured dot for the oven mit. What is great is you can make it any color or even add some foil to really dress it up.

TIP: The BBQ “knobs” cut as one group. To keep the spacing correct I used washi tape to pick it up from the mat then transfer it to the project. I liked the width of the washi it fit perfectly for the small knobs.

This card also folds down to fit into an evnvelope, I would suggest a 6×6 as this measure approx. 5.75 x 5.75.

The Supply list for this one:

  • BBQ Grill Box Card –  Lori Whitlock  can be found on her site or the Silhouette Studio
  • Grey / Silver /Foil Card Stock –  card base, front panels and inside tab layers
  • Black Card Stock – knobs, front panel strip, grates, strip across “lid”
  • Red Card Stock – ketchup bottle, utensil handles, tomato on burger, oven mitt
  • Yellow Card Stock – flame, cheese (burger), mustard bottle and lid
  • Green Card stock – lettuce (burger)
  • Brown tone on tone Card Stock – meat of the burger
  • Light brown Card Stock – the hanburger bun
  • Orange Card Stock – Flame
  • White Card Stock – Ketchup bottle cap/ label and Mustard label

I always love hearing from everyone so if you like these cards or have question please leave a comment.

I wish for all of you a happy and safe Monday.

Until next time…..

 

 

 

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