Thursday, 17 April 2014

April Showers - Amanda Robinson Studio

There’s a new FREE file available for you in the shop at Amanda Robinson Studio today!  This adorable Showers Card can be the perfect addition to any scrapbook page, handmade card or April Project Life spread.

Here's what I created with it:


For this card I used the sketch feature of Silhouette Cameo:



And for this one the die-cut with the blade feature:


Supplies: patterned paper: Jillibean Soup; cardstock: Bazzill Basics; die-cuts: Pretty Little Studio; alphabet stickers: Doodlebug Design; sugardots: Prima Marketing.


You can download this (free for personal use) from the store at Amanda Robinson Studio. It includes both DXF and SVG files.

Thanks for stopping by!! Enjoy the rest of your day!
Hugs,


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Life is GREAT - Ruby Rock-It!

Hi everyone, yesterday I shared my very first project for Ruby Rock-it Bella! Fundamentals on their blog. But, of course, I wanted to share it on my own blog as well. So ..... here it is:

I was asked to create a little tutorial for you and knew exactly what I wanted to do. When I received my box overflowing with fabulous Ruby Rock-It Bella! products, my eye caught this pile of wonderful vellum packages! And because I love using vellum on my scrapbook pages these days (to create titles and overlays, to matt my photos, for backgrounds, etc.), I thought I would share with you how to create a fun background for your layout using an electronic die-cutting system like the Silhouette.

Here’s the page I created:


And here’s how I went about it: I chose a cutting file that went well with my photo, in this case a sunburst template and resized it to A4 format. Then I grabbed the pile of vellum packages and from the many designs I chose a dotted sheet of vellum. I placed it onto my Silhouette cutting mat:


I adjusted the settings to cut vellum, but because the vellum is so nice and “sturdy” I changed the blade settings for vellum from 1 to 2 and started cutting:


And it cut like a charm!


Next I chose a sheet of white cardstock and misted it little with a yellow color mist. One, because the yellow went well with the sun in my photo and two, because it made the vellum more visible. To adhere the vellum to my page I used my sewing machine, not only because I don’t like to see the glue dots shining through the vellum, but also because I just love the effect of machine stitching on my pages. I used some Scotch tape to keep the vellum in place while sewing and got started:



It was done in no time! And if you don’t own a sewing machine, stitching by hand is a perfect solution of course!

Here’re a few close-ups:



and last but not least: 



Supplies: Fundamentals Vellum, Bella! Yellow Fusion Paperz Floral, Bella! Yellow Fusion Paperz Damask, Bella! Sugar Candy Paperz Lemon Drop, Bella! Father Die-Cut Pack, Bella! Florals. Other: American Crafts cardstock, Misther Huey's color mist, Dymo word strip, old book page, Tim Holtz mini staples, misc. staples.

This is it, I hope you like it and that I've inspired you to use (more) vellum on your pages! Thanks for visiting my blog today and hope to see you back soon.

Hugs,

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Round and round it goes! - Pretty Little Studio and free cut file

I loved the photo for today’s Pretty Little Studio OTB challenge as I happened to have to right photos waiting for me on my desk! When my daughter was in London last year she took these fun photos of the London Eye and I really wanted to scrap those. Because they turned out a bit dark I left them on my desk for quite a while, but when I saw today’s challenge I just had to use them! The perfect Pretty Little Studio collection to use was “Neapolitan”; the photos are a bit dark because of the English weather, but because this collection is so light colored it formed the perfect counterpart! (Btw, the background paper is from October Afternoon.)


The title was created with my Silhouette (I’m a fan of large titles!). If you want it too, scroll down a bit to download it. 



And this was today's Pretty Little Studio OTB photo: 


Feel free to download the studio cut file for this large title. Just click on the link below the image. The only thing I ask you is to give me credit when using it. 

To download click here!
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon! 

Hugs,

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Starbucks Love - Little Yellow Bicycle

Sharing a layout that was published in Scrapbook Magazine UK last July. The photos were taken in New York and the collection is one of my favs from Little Yellow Bicycle "Just Because". I also made a tutorial for the magazine about how to created those faux metal embellishments. Which is quite simple really.


When I started scrapbooking 10 years ago metal embellishments were quite the trend, but then they almost totally disappeared from the scene … only to return again now! I really love adding metal embellishments to my pages, but often I can’t find the right ones. The solution is simple: create your own (faux) metal embellishments using simple kitchen aluminium foil, chipboard shapes and an die-cut machine!

Kitchen foil can be quite fragile to use, but when you adhere it to a piece of chipboard you’ll have a nice sturdy base to work with. There are many chipboard shapes to choose from: small shapes like arrows, flowers, swirls etc. to add subtle embellishments to your scrapbook pages, or one large shape like a monogram to act as the main embellishment on your page. You can also use a large square or rectangle to act as the base for a card. The possibilities are endless! For my page I used star shaped chipboard as my page is about “Star”bucks.

Step by step:

1. Choose a chipboard shape and cut a piece of kitchen tinfoil a little bigger than the size of the chipboard. Carefully flatten your foil (I used a brayer).


2. Apply a thin layer of adhesive on your chipboard and decide which side of the aluminiumfoil you want to show on your page, the shiny side or the duller side. Place the sticky side of the chipboard on the side of the foil you don’t want to show on your page and carefully cut around the shape, leaving small strip of foil which you then fold around the edges.


3. Choose an embossing folder (I used one with a herring bone pattern) and place your chipboard shape inside. Roll through your die cut machine.


4. Now you’ll have created the perfect (faux) metal embellishment!


5. If you want to give your metal shape  a bit of color there’s one more step. Choose a solvent kind of ink that dries on non-pourous surfaces as you don’t want to end up with the color smeared over the rest of your page. I chose a StazOn ink pad as this is an ink that will dry on clear shiny surfaces in no time at all.



Materials: Little Yellow Bicycle (Just Because) patterned paper, cardstock stickers, journaling cards, clear cut shapes; American Crafts kraft cardstock; Maya Road chipboard shapes (Supernova);  Scraptastic Club stamps; Studio Calico wood veneer bubbles; Dymo word sticker; StazOn ink pad; Archival ink pad; K&Company Smash pen; Hema ribbon; V&D staples; Tim Holtz tiny staples; Bien Vu! kitchen foil; 
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Silhouette Cameo; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Brayer; V&D long-arm stapler; Aigger sewing machine. 


And here are a few tips:

Tip 1: To adhere your kitchen foil to the chipboard shape use adhesive not only on the topside of the shape, but also along the edges on the backside so the foil will stay neatly in place when folded to the back.

Tip 2: use a solvent ink to color your metal embellishment as that will dry very quickly and won’t rub off on your page.

Tip 3: instead of using StazOn ink pads to color your metal shapes, Ranger’s alcohol inks will work nicely too! Try using a q-tip to apply the ink.

Tip 4: When using small chipboard shapes choose an embossing folder with a “small” pattern/design like dots or herringbone.

This is it! Maybe you've seen it already in Scrapbook Magazine UK, but if not then I hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!

Hugs,

Monday, 7 April 2014

Just another Sunday - tutorial

Today is the first time I have a blogpost up on Amanda Robinson Studio's blog! It's a little tutorial using one of Amanda’s fun cutting files ("Just Another Day"), Silhouette’s double-sided adhesive and glitter on a layout.

Here’s the layout I made and you’ll notice that the word “Sunday” was created using double-sided adhesive and glitter.


For the instructions, please hop over to Amanda Robinson Studio's blog! I would love it if you would leave a comment there telling me what you think!! Thanks in advance!

Here're a few close-ups:



In the background you'll see that I used another of Amanda's fun cut files, the flower stencil:


Supplies: patterned paper, die-cuts, journaling cards, stickers: Bella Blvd (Lucky Starz); cardstock: American Crafts; cork hearts, wood veneer, paperclip, black color mist: Studio Calico; flair button: Lawn Fawn; washi tape: Marianne Design; glimmer mist: Tattered Angels; Pen: K&Company; glitter: Doodlebug Design; Silhouette double-sided adhesive; Cut files “Just Another Day” and “Flower Stencil”: Amanda Robinson Studio.

If you have a moment, I would love it if you hopped over to Amanda Robinson Studio's blog! Can't wait to hear what you think! 

Thank you so much for stopping by again! 
Hugs,


Sunday, 6 April 2014

I heart Brussels - Jenni Bowlin

I almost forgot to share this last layout made for the Jenni Bowlin online crop. This layout I created for Leah's challenge "make the main shape featured on your layout a circle". So here's what I made, a layout using the JBS papercrafting kit from July 2013:


The photos were taken while we were in Brussels for a couple of days last February. Our very first vacation with just 4 of us, as Manon was skying in Austria with school. 


To accentuate the circles I embroidered and journaled around them and placed some flairs or buttons in them: 


This spotted fabric button is from the Purple Pumpkin shop:


as is this one: 


The other 3 flairs are from Simple Stories-Sn@p. (the flairs and buttons were not included in the kit). 

And a quick pic of the JBS July 2013 papercrafting kit


The online crop and the challenges are over now, but then I read on the JBS blog this:  

"We're also excited to announce the winners of our Spring Crop!  We loved the entries so much that we've chosen TWO Grand Prize Winners!  These talented scrappers will be showcasing our kits as guests in the upcoming months! Without further ado, our Grand Prize Winners are . . . Monique Liedtke and Evie at Artful Scrapbooking!  Congratulations, ladies!"

Wohoo!! How awesome is that?!! 

And now I'm off to scrap some more! Have a fab weekend everyone and thank you so much for stopping by!

Hugs,