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!!! 

Friday, May 4, 2018

New American Crafts Design Team Traveler's Notebook Mini Album

Hello friends! I am excited to share a standard TN (Traveler's Notebook) sized mini album using the pastel colors from the Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful collection. This is a Coffee Adventure mini album. This album has 31 pages so grab a cuppa and relax while you browse:) 

* I used a white card stock piece between each of the patterns with the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Art Paper. If you leave the pages unbound until the end, it makes it easier to write, stamp and decorate all the pages.

 The Cover: I hand-painted the cover with the Vicki Boutin, and Jane Davenport Watercolor sets.

Inside Cover: Full size photo on the left side with a strip of washi and a sticker.Dear Lizzy vellum on the right. Cut apart sheet was used to create a “Reason Why” page with the journaling spot.

 Page 2-3: Vicki Boutin stamps in light pink then a sticker over it for the title.

Page 4-5: Punched hearts stitched with embroidery thread, and stamped label with Vicki Boutin pigment ink. 2x2 cut apart on the right side with a 2x2 photo.

 Page 6-7: American Crafts Tab punch was used to create the border on the right with papers from the 6x6 paper pad. The left side has a 3x4 photo with the rainbow washi to create a flip up for another 3x4 photo.

 Page 8-9: Tag die cuts were used to create a tab to flip up the top card to see more photo and a business card from the Hawaii Coffee Cafe underneath. The right side rain top paper was used to resemble drips from a coffee maker :)

 Page 10-11: Ireland coffee, and water color with the Jane Davenport set to create the circles on the right. The sticker book stickers were perfect to create the translucent title over the watercolor circles. They resemble the pink marshmallows on the left hand photo.

 Page 12-13: Strips of teal and aqua patterns from the 6x6 and 12x12 placed under the photo on the left. The right side has a 2x2 cut apart with some handwritten journaling on a flip up page.

 Page 14-15: Sprinkle background pattern forms the center of the mini album. A center flip holds two more 2x3 photos.

  Page 16-17: Vicki Boutin pigment ink was blended with the VB sponge onto VB Art Paper and then the glitter stickers were adhered over it to create the title.

 Page18-19: Circles were stitched first so the stitching doesn’t show through the other side, and then adhered with Ac tape runner. Circle stickers from the Dear Lizzy Washi Booklet were combined with the punched circles. A cup sticker shows through the circle cut window. Another reason not to bind the book first, is you can die cut windows out of the pages first once you know what will go on that page.

 Page 20-21: Photo over the full page floral pattern, and a washi strip to add the black and white pattern. Sticker from the Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful Card Stick Sticker pack. Jane Davenport watercolors used the hand paint the sea glass look on the right side.

Page 22-23: Flip page with small photo and crochet thread, and a 2x2 cut part with hand-written journaling.

 Page 26-27: Unicorn-cut apart  added with washi to flip up and reveal a darker photo underneath. Stamped label using the VB pink pigment ink over the unicorn pattern on the left.

Page 28-29: Stitched die cuts before adhering with tape runner down the left hand side. Die cut title over the stamped label and hand written journaling. Right side has the same pink pattern from the 12x12 sheet and a stripe pattern to bring your eye to the photos.

Page BackCover: Left side has a circle punched from the 12x12 cut part sheet.Full page photo  on the right with a strip of marble washi from the booklet with a heart sticker and a typed strip that says, “…more coffee”.

There are a lot of pages in this mini album, so a stitched binding with waxed linen thread was the solution for a strong hold. There is a flip through video to show you all the flip pages and extra features not captured with photos below: 

Thank you for visiting today! :), Leigh

Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful: Papers (#346475, #346463, #346478, #346485, #346470), Project Pad (#346501) 6x6 Paper Pad (#346500), Thickers (#346488), Die-Cut Shapes (#346489), Puffy Stickers (#346492), Die-Cut Phrases (#346498), Accent and Phrase Stickers (#346486), Washi Tape Book (#346493), Layered Stickers (#346495), Vellum (#346499), Glitter Resin Shapes (#346494), Vicki Boutin: Blending sponge (#343911),Watercolors (#343920), Mixed Media Art Paper  (#343947), Jane Davenport Watercolor tin (#376366) , AC Paper Flowers (#346675), AC Glitter Stickers (#346655)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

American Crafts Amy Tangerine Traveler's Notebook Spread

Have you documented your creative adventures? I made a TN with photos and stories from my creative adventures over the last year. It has been fun, and a positive encouragement to see my creative endeavors and adventures all in one place! 

 The Amy Tangerine Foam Thickers form the title for this adventure page. I punched circles out of the 6x6 Sunshine and Good Times Paper Pad for the right side this traveler's notebook spread.

 At an angle, you can see the dimension created by the foam title, and the US map sticker came from the Amy Tangerine Sticker Book and some of her previous sticker sheets for the plane and geotag stickers.

I used a white gel pen to draw on the stitching lines on the punched circles, and the plane trail. Washi tape from the new Sunshine and Good Times line divides the two pages and carries the colors over with smaller scale circles. 

Thanks for visiting today, Leigh