Monday, March 13, 2023

Happy Easter Cards | Cut Cardstock Design Team

Hello everyone!! Sarah here today, with my first post for the Cut Cardstock team. I have to be honest, as soon as I got my DT package I started to play with everything! I wanted to see how the cardstock did with stamping, die cutting and with my oxide inks. I started with stamping on the Cougar Smooth Cardstock in white. I played with Archival ink first, it stamped so good and didn't even go through the paper. I liked that. I kind of went a little overboard stamping, along with die cutting things out lol.
I stamped all my little bunnies with the Archival ink, then thought I would color them in using my distressed oxides. Really, this is probably my favorite way to add some color to my stamps. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cardstock took the amount of water and the amount of times I went over it. At this point I knew I was going to be making some cute little easter cards so I cut more of the Cougar smooth cardstock down and made my card bases. I splattered cold paint on some, stamped with other inks and just had fun with it.
This card, I cut an oval frame out of the same cardstock as my card bases, popped it up with some dimensional adhesive and started playing with the flowers I had cut out. I used Pink Tutu, Shimmer Fruit Punch, Hydrangea Purple, Grape Jelly, Jelly Bean Green, Galax Olive Green and light yellow on just this card. I used all these on this card and the rest of the cards I made, along with Surf and Aqua added in as well. Before I started to put all of my flowers together after die cutting them out, I grabbed distressed oxides from my stash the went along with the cardstock colors I was using and inked the edges to add some depth to the flowers. I sat here and did this forever. I don't know about you, but there are times I just love to die cut and ink. Its relaxing for me. I tucked my little bunny in and started placing my flowers and leaves here and there, until I I was happy with the way the card looked. And to finish it I added the Hello to the top.
I did pretty much the same thing here on this card, except that I decided to add a background stamp and gold splatters. I decided to use a few different colored flowers in this one and had my bunny sit on the edge of the frame too. I also decided to add Happy Easter to the top of this one.
Now this one I decided not to add a frame, I played with the flowers a bit more and ended up having them hang off the edge of the card, then I trimmed the overhang off. I also thought I would add 2 bunnies, instead of one. Along with the gold splatters and my Happy easter on the top.
On my last card, I decided to emboss a piece of the white cardstock and place it on half of my card, add a strip of pink where the embossed piece and smooth cardstock met. I then cut out a circle for my bunny to sit on and had the flowers radiating out from around it. I placed my Hello below my bunny and that was it for these cards. I hope you enjoyed these and you can always head over to the Cut Cardstock Facebook page and the new Creating with cardstock group.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Today's Stories layout | Clique Kits DT

Good morning everyone! I took a break for a bit and didnt make any blog posts, but I thought I would go ahead and start up agian. Why now? I have no idea, especilly since we have been having such bad weather and there is more to come tonight abd I am not looking foeward to it at all. But my scrapping makes me happy and helps keep me distracted from the weather a bit. But I'm here today to share a layout I made with the Limited Edition Level Up kit. I really like this kit and I already have another layout to share, but that will come later. I like this kit so much becuase you can make complelty different looking layouts with the one kit. This layout, I used mostley the papers in the kit from Asuko Studios.
I liked thecolors and I wanted to go outside the gamer papers. I started this layout with my picuter and then pulled on eofthe papers, the one that looks like it has sun rays on it. I cut it in half and adheared it to the top of my page. I wanted more to it though. I thought it looked to plain, so I pulled a few other papers and cut some strips form a few differnt papers.
I have this thing, I like to add some texture I guess you can say, really I like to distress the edges of my papers. So, of course I did that to this layout too.
I knew I wanted my photo of my son on the lower left side of my layout, becuase of the way he's looking in the picture. So I decided to start adding some papers behind the photo and pop them up on some adhesive foam. I placed that down and started pulling all kinds of embellishments out from the kit. But first I had to add my black splatters on my layout.
Once I took a little snack break while my splatters were drying, I decided it was time to go a head and start adding my embellishments. In the kit there is a pack of Pinkfresh studio cardstock stickers and puffy stickers and thats where my embellishments came from. I started tucking lables and little pennents and puffy stickers here and there along the strips of paper I had placed down. I popped a puffy sticker up at the top of my photo. Today's Stories, I placed that for my title.
I grabbed my type writer and tryped up my journaling, cut it into strips and added ti to my layout and called this one done. I hope you liked this layout. Have you seen all the new goodies in the Cliqu kits shop?? I mean if you havent, you need to go check out the shop, so much goodness in there right now! The kit I used for this layout is there, along with an add on to go with it.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Good Cheer Layout | Clique kits DT

Hello everyone!! I wanted to pop on here this morning and share a new layout I made using the beautiful Miracle on 34th street kit. This kit is just so pretty and has so many bits and pieces to it! I picked out my photos of me and one of my girls, printed them in a photo strip and then cut it apart because I decided I wanted to do something different.
I have some garland around the house and I liked the look of it being draped around, so I thought I would kind of treat my photos the same way. And of course, add a bunch of pretty pieces. I lightly drew a curved line on my white cardstock, laid my photos out and then started digging through my kit.
I pulled a bunch of ephemera out, fussy cut some things out and then ran some paper through my sizzix and then started to play with where I wanted things. When I finally decided where I wanted things, I tacked them down lightly with my tape runner. Then I dug back in to all the things I had pulled out, to see if there was more that I wanted to add. And of course there was.
I pulled out the stickers from the kit and decided I wanted to add a frame to one of my photos. At this point I decided to run my layout through my sewing machine. Making sure everything I already put down was secure and then I moved on to the things I had die cut. I tucked some of the longer branches under some of my photos and then added some of my holly leaves along the line I had sewn. I pulled out the self adhesive brads and added some of them here and there. And then moved on to my title.
I pulled out some of the stickers, words and that cute banner piece. I fussy cut a few word strips from one of the papers and added it too. Tucking a few of the holly leaves to one side and adding one of the longer foliage to the other side. I didn't like that my layout had nothing at the top of bottom, so I decided to cut a strip from one of my papers and use my fringe scissors on it and add it to the top of my layout. I wanted a little something more, so I went and dug through my stash and found some of my sequins from past Clique kits and sprinkled them around my layout. And that finished this layout for me. I hope you enjoyed this layout!

Monday, December 5, 2022

Lovely Layout | Clique Kits DT

Good morning everyone, how was your weekend? Well it's been rainy here so, I got a little more time to scrapbook. I had a little that needed a little dental work, but we ended up having fun. I pulled my Limited Edition Heritage Poland & Ukraine Wonderful Wycinanki kit out and thought it would work great. I printed my photos, then decided to cut them out of the strip I started with and split them up a bit. I went through the kit and started pulling embellishment and of course some of the beautiful rub ons that came in the kit.
I knew I didn't want a bunch of paper on this layout. I decided that I wanted to play with some mixed media. I pulled some distressed oxides that I had gotten from the shop and started squishing them on a piece of plastic and adding it to my background. Once I had that done, I started to play with my pictures and where I wanted them. I decided the way I wanted to seperate them and then started to play with the things I had already pulled form the kit.
I started sliding pieces that I had pulled from the kit under my photos and then decided that I wanted more color. I really wanted to add a pop of that bright yellow in. So I grabbed a few pieces of paper and cut some strips and squares and started tucking them behind my photos. I added a few to the two pictures I decided to keep together and then decided to mat the other one as well. I just played with it as I went along making the layout.
Once I had the papers where I wanted, I played a little more with the things I had already pulled from the kit. I cut some of the rub-ons in half, I wanted to make them go a bit further. I added in more of the ephemera and the sticker I chose for my title. I just chose the one work, Lovely, because she was just a lovely little goof this day. It worked perfectly lol. She had no teeth problems at all, she was in for a cleaning, but had a really loose tooth and asked the dentist to pulled it so he did lol. I wanted a little more in there so I ran some vellum through my sizzix, got some leafs cut out and added them. Added in my journaling about the day and called this layout good. I hope you liked this layout and make sure to head over to the shop and check out all the beautiful kits that are there for the picking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Oh Happy Day | Clique kits International DT

Good morning everyone! Well I don't know about where you are in the world, but our fall has been interesting. I was wondering if I was going to get any fally pictures and that still remains to be seen. Now, we have had freezing weather and then back to warm but we will see lol. I took my girls out for a day of fun on ne of out "Fall" days and we had a blast. Fed ducks, ate lunch at a park and went and checked out a cool old mill and that's where these photos are from.
I love the kit that I chose to use for this layout. It's the Peaceful Heart, Artist remix kit. The colors in this kit are just so beautiful and I am completely drawn to right now. I have also been in a really weird place in my scrapbooking, where I am not measuring anything when I scrapbook lol. With this layout, I started with little square and rectangle pieces that I had left over from another project I did. I decided to cut those into leaf shapes and use my scoring board and score them so they had some dimension to them.
I had already added a small white mat to my photos and stuck them together how I wanted them, so once I had the leafs done, I started sliding them under my photos. I realized, yep I'm going to have to add some dimensional adhesive to make it all sit right lol. So, I did that and then decided to add in the wood grain tag and pop the piece that would have been hidden behind the photos, to the bottom left of my photos.
After getting the photo cluster all put together, I grabbed a few of the paper strips I had cut randomly and chose the ones I wanted to use on my layout. I had already placed my photo cluster in the center of my layout, so I decided to add the paper strips on the left and right of the layout.
I added my journaling behind my photos, so that's not visible too yall, but to finish off my layout, I went through my ephemera form the kit and pulled a few butterflies and a cute little bee. Along with one of the cut apart papers, I cut out my Oh happy day and used it for my title. I fussy cut a few leafs out from one of the papers in the kit and tucked them here and there as well and then call this layout done. I Hope you liked this layout and I make sure to head over to the Clique Kits shop and check out all the pretties there!!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Halloween Layout | Clique Kits International DT

OK, I know. Thanksgiving just happened and I'm still sharing halloween layouts lol. But I don't think I ever scrapbook in order of season or holiday lol. Are there others out there like me? lol I used the Happy halloween seasonal kit for this layout and I love this kit! It's chalk full of Fancy Pants pretties!
I really started this layout with the arrangement of my pictures. I decided I wanted to print them out in a photo strip, then backed them with a thing white mat. I love dots, so I grabbed the orange dotted paper and cut a thick strip for the top of my layout and thinner one of the bottom of my layout. This gave me somewhere to base my photos and have a jumping off point.
I pulled bits and pieces of paper from my kit and started cutting strips of different sizes to add behind my photos. I really didn't measure anything, just cut them and slid them behind my pictures to see how it would work and I liked it so I kept them. I had also pulled out some of the ephemera, chose a few tabs and tags and slid them in there with the paper layers too.
I had more ephemera that I could embellish with, but I decided to fussy cut some of the little skulls out and then run some of the papers through my sizzix and make some layered flowers. I had fun playing with that lol. I had so many options for layering them. Once I got the flowers layered like I wanted, I moved on to placing them around my layout. I started with the left side of my photostrip andthen decided to add somemore up to the top right of my photo strip too.
I liked the way it was coming together, but I thought it still needed a little something at the bottom right, but I also wanted to make sure there was room for my journaling. So, I went through my papers and grabbed this cute huge cat, with the little kids riding on its back and decided to fussy cut it out and use it as an embellishment. I had more flowers left but when I was playing with them and the cat, it seemed like a little too much and went into the area that I wanted to use for journaling.
I went ahead and added my journaling that I had already printed out and called this layout done. I hope you liked this and I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Scrap basket scrappin | TPC Magazine

Good morning everyone, Sarah back here today. I'm wondering, do you have a scrap basket? Bucket, folder or something of the sorts? I know there are a lot of people, including myself, that keep scraps from projects, thinking I'll use them later. But how many of you actually do? In my basket I have scrap paper, vellum, bits and pieces of ephemera thats I've cut and used along with the leftovers from ephemera packs, stickers and things like that. I have to admit that I don't use it like I should. It just keeps building up more and more, to where it gets a bit out of hand. This is when I usually break down and use it lol. I know I should use it more and I am hoping to keep myself on track doing that. But what about you? Or do you think you can really create anything with it?
This right here, is a layout I made using nothing but things out of my scrap basket. Ok, OK I forgot I used a stamp in there and a little mixed media, but all the papers, stickers and embellishments are all from my scrap basket. I really wanted to make something with my leftovers and it really was getting out of hand, so before I dove in I grabbed a few pictures and then went to sorting through. I went through and organized the papers by size, to see what I was dealing with. I only had a few papers long enough to go the length of a 12x12 layout, so I picked the one I thought would work the best. Then I started pulling papers that I liked together. Some already having circles punched out of them, but I figured I could used them.
I had decided where I wanted my pictures, added a little mixed media on the background. I went with something that matched some of the papers I had pulled, along with some of the embellishments. Then I went to laying down my papers and seeing if I could figure out how to get it where I liked it. No matter what, I had to like it when it was done.
  I layered papers on the left side of my layout until I liked the way it looked, then moved on the the right side to even things out a bit. Then I started adding some of the ephemer that I had pulled from my basket, like the frame around one of my pictures, other pieces of chipboard, and word stickers. At that point it really didn't take long to finish up this layout. 
I actually really had a fun time making this layout. It was interesting to work with all the things that really didn't go together and see how it turned out. On top of that, I also got to use up some things that had been sitting around for awhile. So what about you? Like I asked before, do you have a scrap bucket/basket that's just sitting there begging to be used?