Tuesday, December 11, 2018

American Crafts Homemade With Love Birthday Banner

 Hello friends! Leigh here, to share an easy solution for your Holiday Parties and December Birthdays! You can get an instantly coordinated party easily with the Homemade With Love line of party decor. You can create a cupcake wrapper banner that matches your cupcakes. The cupcake wrappers make it easy to coordinate your baked goods and decorations. 

I made the three banners with American Crafts supplies. The string of lights is from the Poster Shop line, the pom pom trim is made with the We R Memory Keepers pom pom maker, and the tree banner is made with the cupcake wrappers in the Homemade With Love line. This is a quick and easy way to decorate for those December parties and birthdays.

First, make your cupcake wrapper trees. Flatten and fold in half, then fold in half again to get the triangular shape of the tree. Pick wrappers that match your  cupcakes and you will have an easy, coordinated party. Hot glue each layer of the tree to the one below it. Working Mom tip: I used store-bought cupcakes, and took them out of the store wrappers to place them in these cute ones. Easy peasy! 

Embellish the trees with one package of embellishments from Maggie Holmes. I added gold sequins, blue sequin star toppers, and the cute pom pom embellishments to each tree. Attach each tree to a piece of white yarn or a chenille trim to make the banner.

Hang the banner and add the treat toppers to your cupcakes. Now they coordinate! Add your cupcakes on a cake stand, or cupcake stand, to elevate them off the table. Then drop some sequins as table scatter if young kids aren’t able to reach the table top.

I added baked cookies to the treat boxes in case people prefer them over the cupcakes, and you have another set of coordinated party items! You can tie a bow around the treat boxes, or just add any embellishments like the snowflakes I have from the Card Garland by American Crafts. 

Now add all your decor together to create a quick and easy coordinated set of party decor and baked goods! I like the patterns in the Homemade With Love line, because they are versatile and work for any season or party.   

Homemade With Love Treat Boxes (#351432, #351433), Homemade With Love Treat Toppers (#3514444), Homemade With Love Baking Cups (#351417, #351409, #351418), Maggie Holmes Embellishments (#379122), We R Memory Keepers Pom Pom Maker (#660788), Poster Shop Gold Glitter Light Strand Set ( #348327), Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Noel Sign (#312557), American Crafts Snowflake Card Garland (#98362) 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Reset Girl™ Faithful Life Club Travel Notebook Process Video

Hello crafty friends! I have another Traveler's Notebook Challenge using the Reset Girl™ Little Things Collection. The colors are so perfect for all your Autumn crafting. I have a large stack of Felicity Jane TN inserts and am using them for these monthly lists and challenges. 

For week two, we are studying Isaiah 43: 18-19 and three more are available at the Reset Girl. Did you know you can get the challenges for the Faithful Life Club for free? That's so awesome!! Click here to go grab those.

The left side has The Rest Girl Library Cards tucked in a pocket to house the rest of my journaling on this scripture. 

I hand-lettered the scripture above with the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (Hard Tip). 

Click the photo above to go directly to the You-tube Process Video for this TN spread. 

Thank you so much for visiting and have a blessed day!!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Faithful Life Club: October Week One

Hello friends! I am excited to bring you my first Faithful Life Club scripture challenge entry as a Creative Team Member of the Reset Girl! This is week one, and uses the Listers Gotta List journal cards to hold the scripture writing.

I stamped under the journal cards, directly on the TN pages. (Stamps by Brandi Kincaid and Feed Your Craft). I use pigment or chalk ink so that it doesn't bleed though to the next page. The space under the journal card on the left page is for more in depth journaling about this scripture and my life right now, that I will fill in privately. 

Left hand page: I used the cut aparts from The Paper Punch Buffet Kit ( The Reset Girl), and the week one label is punched from the printable Designer Prompts in the Faithful Life Club Kit by The Reset Girl. 

The Faithful Life Club Designer Prompt Labels, and the Word Strips make a quick way to embellish this right page. Add some washi to the journal card and you are done. 

I love using the printables to make a quick and easy TN layout. Thank you for visiting today, Leigh 

Visit The Reset Girl for your own printable kits, and The Faithful Life Club on FB

Friday, August 10, 2018

Brand New Vicki Boutin Field Notes line with American Crafts

I LOVE the new Field Notes line by Vicki Boutin!! It is stunning!

As soon as I saw the Take Flight paper, I knew those rainbow moths had to be the focal point of a page. I went hunting for some rainbow yarn, inspired by the colors in the Field Notes line. I actually created this entire layout at the Scrap Gals Retreat in Seattle, and it was sooooo fun! 

 Close up, you can see the little splatters made with the Vicki Boutin Water Brushes and her Art Crayons. I love to make watercolors with the art crayons, and they coordinate with all the Vicki Boutin papers! Love!

Look at the beautiful die cuts and washi tape, and some paper from the Field Notes line- gorgeous!

Thank you for visiting today, and happy crafting!

American Crafts Vicki Boutin Field Notes line at Scrapbook .com : vicki+.html

Monday, August 6, 2018

*BRAND NEW American Crafts Color Pour Fluid Painting Kits!

I am so excited to share a brand new line of products from American Crafts, available at Joann Stores nationwide!!
The American Crafts Color Pour line!

American Crafts has made it easy to get great results on your first try! I love the way these two paintings with the same colors turned out completely different! You will get a unique result each time!

A close up of the packaging so you know what to look for at your local Joann Store! Available August 6th!

This close up view shows you the cell details that can be achieved with the American Crafts Cell Magic product!! 

The second painting I created because I had enough paint in my pour cups to do the whole thing again. It was easy to make a second painting while my supplies and plastic drop cloth were out and in place. Notice how the colors are different in this painting, even though the same exact paints were used!

Here is a process video to show exactly how the paint was mixed in the pour cups and flipped onto the canvas. I hope you get to try your hand at this new and on-trend painting technique!! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Vicki Boutin Mixed Media line for the Summer Camp

Hi friends! Have you seen Vicki Boutin's FB group where she is hosting the Junque Journal Summer Camp Creative with prompts and lots of fun?? I joined in before we left for our cruise, and can't wait to complete more after we return. 

 I used VB Gesso, Color Wheel Inks, and stencils for the cover of the Junque Journal. I love the clean bright colors in the VB inks!!

Here are the dividers pages using all VB supplies again. Love this line from American Crafts so much!!

Here is a link to the closed group so you can request to join too:)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

International Scrapbook Day 1pm/ 11am Pacific Challenge - Easy Watercolor 3-D Paper Flowers Challenge

Hello fellow Scrappy friends! Today is a holiday to celebrate this memory-keeping hobby we all love, and I am so happy to be hosting the 1pm Challenge! 

CHALLENGE: Easy Watercolor 3-D Paper Flowers Page with Leigh

I have created a free download for you, and a Process Video to show you step-by-step how to create the flowers for this challenge. I show the pink flower on camera-  but the steps are the same for the hibiscus flower(glue each petal around a punched yellow circle).

The free printable download is on the left in the photo above and some of the supplies I used, from the Brooke Kit by Felicity Jane

 The photos are 1.75 inches square, and the Brooke Puffy Alphabet was used for the title.

Close up of your 3-D paper Flowers! 

I hand-painted the artwork above for you, and then vectorized it in Adobe Illustrator. It is a High Quality PDF at 300 DPI for printing if you click the download link and not right click on the image. 
I tried the printable on Avery clear Sticker paper, Staples White Sticker Paper, and Hammermill Digital Copy Paper 32lb. and on normal and best settings and the printable came out clear and crisp. I appreciate all the positive and encouraging comments I receive from everyone in this Scrap Community, and hope you enjoy my little gift to you:)

  1. STEP 1: If you would like, use a sponge dauber and ink-blend the border of your background card stock and set it aside to dry. (I used VB pigment inks, but use what you have on hand like distress inks to blend the border around the page)
  2. Cut raindrop shapes with a FLAT top from the crepe paper ribbon (AKA streamers) 5 petals for each flower you would like on your page. I made three.
  3. Watercolor with diluted color at first the curved edge of each petal. Then add a touch of more concentrated color to the wet edge and it will blend up into the crepe paper to create a slight ombre look. Lay aside to dry.
  4. Watercolor the edges of some hand-cut leaf shapes with green color and set aside to dry. 
  5. Start on your pink flower (plumeria) and use tracing paper on your printable or use a sunlit window to trace onto the patterned paper of your choice. Once again 5 petals for each flower. I made two large and one three petal flower to tuck underneath the hibiscus. 
  6. Ink blend the round edge of each pink petal. 
  7. Punch a yellow circle for the center of each flower and small leaf or branch shapes for the stamen of the hibiscus. I used a 1inch for the hibiscus ( crepe paper) flower, and a 3/4 inch for the pink flower.
  8. Assemble your pink flowers as shown on the video, bending each down the middle first and creasing with your thumb nail, then gluing one side down to the circle. 
  9. IF your crepe paper petals are dry, begin assembling them. I glued the bottom-facing side so the glue would not show and adhered each petal around the circle. Tuck the yellow stamen in before adhering the last petal.
  10. Free-hand cut some palm leaf shapes from turquoise paper and trim little snips along each long edge to resemble palm fronds. Punch 6 tiny hearts to create a 6 petal small flower if desired and adhere to a base circle as with the other flowers.
  11. Add die cuts and enamel dots or puffy shapes as shown and to the left of your photo add some journaling and the date.

Click the photo to view the video.

Thank you so much for joining me today and have fun with all the challenges at The Scrap Gals FB Community!!!