Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Using those Thickers - My Creative Scrapbook Step By Step

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share this step by step tutorial I created for My Creative Scrapbook using those amazing Thickers from the February Main Kit. This was already posted on the MCS blog so it's possible you already saw it.

I don't know about you, but I love to hoard my Thickers and the result is that I have now loads of them! I decided it was high time I started using them and so for this layout my main goal was to use as many Thickers as possible. The MCS February Main Kit contains these beautiful gold glitter Thickers from Dear Lizzy and they were perfect for what I had in mind. Here's the finished layout:

And here's my step-by-step:

For the heart shape I chose one of the many beautiful patterned papers of the kit, the Simple Stories "Posh" paper. I also selected a sheet of white cardstock, the Thickers and the photos I wanted to use. I found a heart template in my stash (from Technique Tuesday) that I wanted to use to draw a heart shape:

Using a pencil I drew around the heart template and hand cut it out: 

I decided to use the side with flowers instead of the pink & gold dots side and placed it on the blue Pink Paislee 03 paper from the kit, which I chose to use as background. I matted one of the photos: 

I wanted to fill the heart with the Thickers, but I also wanted to create my title with the same Thickers. To let them stand out I decided to color them. 

I tried a few of my markers before deciding that the Sharpies worked best. 

I adhered the title around the side of my photo and colored the letters red. Next I proceeded filling the heart with lots of randomly chosen letters, beginning at the edge of the heart and working my way inwards: 

After I had adhered all the letters I needed, I filled the smaller empty spaces with the smallest Thickers: the punctuation marks (dots and commas etc).

I really loved the result!

Now I was ready to create the rest of the layout: I added a strip of patterned paper at the top and bottom of the layout as well as a yellow triangle in two corners. I also doodled along the outer edge of the heart:

Last but not least I added a few stickers, chipboard embellishments & a Heidi Swapp clear word. I stamped the date stamp and did a bit of machine stitching and I was done! 

This is it! Hope you like it! Here are a few more close-ups of my finished page. Isn't that chipboard butterfly with all the gold beautiful?! 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!


A Tealightful Layout - Pebbles

This week we're showing our "Tealightful" projects on Pebbles blog and I did the kick off with this layout. Last year my daughter and I went over to the UK to spend a few days sight seeing and to meet up with friends in London. They had booked us an afternoon tea in a delightful little bakery in Hammersmith where they served some delicious award winning cupcakes. This photo of the four of us just had to be scrapped, but until now I hadn’t found the right collection. And then Pebbles came with the Tealightful collection! It couldn’t have been more perfect!

I started my layout by selecting all the tea related die-cuts. Look how many there are to choose from!

I selected a few to create a little cluster at the bottom of my page. My very favorite die-cuts are the teacups with the little critters in them. Aren’t they adorable?!

For the right side of my photo I chose another animal in a teacup, but also a few non-tea related die-cuts because I felt that especially the brown color of the tree trunk was a nice touch to add to all the pastel colors of the rest of the page.

Next I selected a few papers to go with my photo, this was easy as almost all the papers were perfect! I definitely wanted to use that awesome paper with the macarons (Delicate Lace) on it! From the same paper but the other side, I cut a title and a border of teapots using my Silhouette. To create the border on the yellow paper (Floral Patchwork) I used one of my border punches.

Last but not least I added a few of the puffy stickers and the word stickers and a few strips of journaling and I was done! Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by the Pebbles blog today! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Tealightful Delicate Lace (733528)
Tealightful Fresh Picked (733529)
Tealightful Teacups (733530)
Tealightful Floral Patchwork (733535)
Tealightful Daydream (733537)
Tealightful Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts (733540)
Tealightful Puffy Stickers (733542)
Tealightful Word Stickers (733544)
American Crafts Cutup Scissors 7″ (64201)
American Crafts Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape .25″x5yd (61753)


Friday, 24 February 2017

3D Hearts Cards - Pebbles

Hey everyone! Today I thought I'd share my Pebbles 3D hearts cards with you. I created these with the My Funny Valentine collection, even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone. I think every day is a perfect day to tell someone you love them or how terrific you think they are, so these cards can be sent any day (except maybe for the one with “Happy Valentines Day” on it, lol).

I love adding a bit of extra texture and dimension to my cards, but as the cards should still fit in an envelope you can’t go overboard with this. Adding folded hearts like I did here is the perfect solution as they are super easy to fold back so they are flat again. Here’s a little photo collage showing how I created the card with the cute little piggie:

1: I punched three hearts and using a tiny attacher I stapled them on top of each other and folded the sides of the two top hearts up.

2: I cut a piece of cardstock (8 x 13 cm) and adhered the piggie sticker to it. I pierced three little holes in the card and threaded three pieces of twine through them, knotting them at one end.

3: Next I adhered the folded hearts on top of the pierced holes, so it looked like the twine is now attached to them.

4: Using a black pen I doodled around the four edges of the cardstock.

I cut a piece of patterned paper (9 x 14 cm) and matted the withe card with it and adhered it all on a folded piece of white cardstock. The finished card now measures 10 x 15 cm (= 4″ x 6″). With an extra (gold) heart sticker and a die-cut stapled to it the card is ready to be sent!

In this same way I created two more cards, using two more of those cute stickers as the centre piece of it all. Like these donuts, aren’t they super cute?! Of course I just had to use donut paper in the 3D hearts as well.

Or these little birdies?

I’m totally in love with this collection!

And because my planner was lying on my desk with my cards on top of it I got an idea for my planner:

This collection just makes me soooo happy! Hope you’ll have fun with it too!

My Funny Valentine Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts (733273)
My Funny Valentine Puffy Stickers (733278)
My Funny Valentine Washi Tape Strips Sheets (733321)
My Funny Valentine Stickers 6″x 12″ Icons & Accents (732322)
My Funny Valentine Double-Sided Cardstock 12″ x 12″ XOXO (733325)
My Funny Valentine Double-Sided Cardstock 12″ x 12″ Pretty In Pink (733326)
My Funny Valentine 6″x 6″ Paper Pad (733523)
American Crafts Precision Pen Black .05 (62321)
American Crafts Baker’s Twine Value Pack (366303)
American Crafts Cutup Craft Scissors 7″ (64201)

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Wishing you a wonderful day.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Life is Beautiful - The Cut Shoppe

Hi friends! Today on the blog of The Cut Shoppe I'm sharing this 12x12 layout using some of the new cut files: "Instant Camera" and "Quirky Quotes". I always love using frames on my layouts, so when I saw the new Instant Camera cut files I wanted to use them straight away. The "limited edition" quote from the Quirky Quotes cut file can be used on any layout so I cut that too. Here's what I did:

And these are the cut files I used: 

The collection I used is from Fancy Pants and is called "Life Is Beautiful". I just love the bright and happy colors of this collection! They were just perfect for the photos of my son and one of his friends having fun in the "Efteling", which is the most famous amusement park in The Netherlands. 

Here are a few close-ups of the four Instant Camera frames. I cut them at the size 8 cm x 12 cm (which is a bit larger than 3"x 4.5") and glued a little piece of patterned paper behind the lower half of the frame. Next I also matted all of them and behind two of the frames I also added a photo. I arranged them evenly on my page and embellished them. The machine stitching and the journaling was added last. 

And also a close-up of the Quirky Quotes quote I used:

This is it! Hope you like it! Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to have a look in The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out the latest new cut files. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Here Comes Trouble - like for ever kit club

Hi everyone, Monique here sharing another layout I created with the fabulous February Beep Beep Kit. For this layout I selected Dear Lizzy's beautiful Up & Away paper and a photo of my youngest son who’s showing me his new football shoes. I saved the paper I loved most till last but now I definitely wanted to use it and although the colours aren’t really colours for a boy I decided I was going to use it anyway. Here’s what I did:

I started my layout by piercing a heart shape in my white cardstock and (hand)punching lots of hearts from the Up & Away paper. I filled the pierced heart with the punched hearts, except for the space I had reserved for my photo:

When I had finished adhering all the hearts and put the (matted) photo with the journaling cards and tags in place, I hand stitched the pierced heart with yellow embroidery thread.

Next I studied the sheet of Thickers looking for a word that I could use for my title and discovered the word “trouble” on it… I knew straight away what my title would be! After finding the right spot for the title I adhered the fox die-cut (soooo cute!), the green word sticker and wrote a bit of journaling.

I also stapled a word flag to the photo and gave the cute bear a puffy camera:

he drops of silver color mist (Mister Huey’s) came last.

This is it! Hope you like it! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

xx Monique

Thursday, 16 February 2017

My Creative Scrapbook February Sketch Challenge

I love using sketches for my pages so when I heard My Creative Scrapbook is having a monthly sketch challenge as well, I decided to play along! Here's what I created using their February Main Kit:

And a few close-ups:

The word "love" is one of the MCS cut files for February: 

And this is the sketch for February: 

If you love sketches and you think you might give it a try then don't forget to link it up on the blog of My Creative Sketches and who knows, maybe you're the winner of this wonderful (random drawn) prize (internationals can join in as well!). 

You can use any product you want, you don't have to use the kit!! Hop over to the My Creative Sketches blog for more details. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog again today! Really appreciating it!