Sunday, August 2, 2015

Awesome-{a flair for buttons} and Some Fun News!

Happy Monday, well as happy as a Monday can get!  As I write this post Sunday night, I wonder if it will be a good Monday or a bad Monday?!  One never knows until it starts.  I am hoping for a good one. 

Thought I would share my layout that I did for the {a flair for buttons} blog on Friday. I love this new collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and the photo worked well with the colors.  Add in a few flair pieces, a cut file and instant layout done.


Supplies: Cardstock-WorldWin; Pattern Paper, Die Cuts; Vellum Stars, Enamel Stars, Sequins-Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Adhesives-ThermOWeb; Silhouette Cameo; Cut File-The Cut Shoppe

This was one of the pictures I took when we had our photo session with April.  This was at the end, we were done, the dogs were done and I am sure April was glad it was over also!  I thought that "I shoot people for a living" flair piece was too good NOT to put on there!

The orange color in the "Linen Dots" flair set went so well with the collection colors. And I had a happy accident. The cut file I used is the same one that I used for my card I posted on Friday HERE. The accident was that I was going to back my cut file and I wanted to make it easier, so I dug out a circle punch that I thought would work to back the openings. I started playing around layering and came up with layering them on top, not behind. 

And for my fun news!  I was asked to guest design for "The Rubber Cafe" for the month of August!  So, I will have a few posts using their August Kit "Farm Fresh".  You can see a sneak of the kit HERE and also jump in on ordering one if you want!

It's a busy week for me. We are retiring Ella and Higgins from pet therapy as they are older and it's getting to be a little much for them.  Ella and I will visit the peds floor at the hospital for the last time Tuesday.  The other team we go with will also be retiring her border collie buddy, Zodiac.  Bittersweet, but they have both given so much to make others smile.  I am definitely taking some pictures. And a haircut for me with hopefully some "fun" color in it!  Wait and see!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hello #BFF-A Flair for Buttons, Jillibean Soup and The Cut Shoppe

It's Friday, It's Friday!  Can I get a YAY for it?!  I have a fun little card share today, but first I think we have a giveaway winner to announce!

I wrote the names down and pulled one out (hey, I am old fashioned in some ways!) and the winner is:
Mary Holshouser!!!

Please email me at with your mailing info, so I can get your package of flair out to you!

Now, on to the business of the day! I have a layout up on the {a flair for buttons} blog today and you can find that post HERE. That layout uses a cut file and my card here today uses the same cut file in a different way, along with a fun piece of flair from {a flair for buttons}!!

Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern paper, die cuts-Jillibean Soup; Flair-{a flair for buttons} Etsy Shop; Adhesive-ThermOWeb: Silhouette Cameo; Cutting file-The Cut Shoppe

All the circles in the cut file, along with the die cuts, worked perfectly for me at add a little flair piece to the card.  The flair is from the Best Friends Flair Set.  You can find that set "here".

The cut file is from The Cut Shoppe and it's called Give It A Whirl.  That file can be found "here". I just traced the edges of the circle and then welded the two circles together to make a foldable card. And the flower/dot combo worked with the cut file also!  Remember, this is the same file that I used for my layout over on the {a flair for buttons} blog!

Ok that's a fast and colorful post for a Friday! Have a GREAT weekend and I will be back next week.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hello-Heidi Swapp and Card Kit Monday by Daniela Dobson

Hee hee, I posted so much last week, I had to take a break!  Don't forget, I still have a giveaway going and on and you can enter HERE!

Today I am sharing a card made with another "Card Kit Monday" free cut file by Daniela Dobson.  You can find the cut file over on her blog HERE.  It's free, so run over and get it!  I will tell you a little about how I used the kit in my post.

Supplies:  Cardstock-Bazzill; Pattern Paper-Heidi Swapp; Twine-May Arts; Enamel Dots-My Mind's Eye; Sequin-Unknown; Adhesives-ThermOWeb; Pen-Signo Uniball; Silhouette Cameo

The main thing I did was add layers to the die cuts.  So, I cut the bird twice and the wings twice.  I cut the circle twice, with one smaller than the other one. I popped the layers with foam adhesive, to make them stand out more.


I die cut the "hello" sentiment twice also.  That is actually the same paper for the "hello" and I cut it at the same time.  I just created a copy of the word and used the "flip horizontally", place them side by side and cut at the same time. 


So, head over to Daniela's blog and get your "Card Kit Monday" kit! Trust me, this is a fun one and this card went together quickly.  The hardest part was picking which papers to use!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Surprise Party-Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop and a GIVEAWAY!

Last month I did not get to participate in the Scrapping Our Stash blog hop, so I made sure I got a project done in plenty of time this month!  You probably came here from Christine's blog and if not, no worries, I will have the entire blog line up at the end of the post!  AND I have a giveaway for this hop also!  Details are at the bottom!

I have had this Fancy Pants Design collection since it was released and never even used it. And I have been hanging on to this picture of Carleen's surprise party at the pottery shop for her birthday week.  Bam, instant combo for a layout!


Supplies: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, Buttons, Letter Stickers-Fancy Pants Designs; Twine-May Arts; Doily-Wilton; Wood Veneer-Gossamer Blue; Heart Clip-Maya Road; Adhesive-ThermOWeb Designs

The way I did the title left a hole where something need to go. I started to put just the camera up there and then started playing around and ended up making a layered cluster to go there. It balances out the big "memory reel" at the opposite bottom corner.

There is one thing I know for certain, if I can make a doily fit on a page, I will do it! I really didn't need to add one here, but it just looks so cute, I couldn't stop! And then, of course, the pocket needed some extra embellishing also!  The "like" clip from Maya was the first embellishment and then I just started adding!

Wondering about the giveaway?!  I have a collection of flair (we are talking a sandwich baggie practically full!) that I got when I was on a kit team.  Since I am on {a flair for buttons} it is just sitting here and should go to a home where it will be used!  So, you have to leave me a comment about what you favorite embellishment is!  I will leave the giveaway open until Thursday, July 30th at 12 pm.  I will announce the winner here on Friday, July 31st.  

Ok, from here you head to Majken's blog!  And if you just jumped in, the entire blog listing is below!  Thanks for stopping by this Friday.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hello Life-ThermOWebm, Cocoa Vanilla Studio and The Cut Shoppe

You know I love Cocoa Vanilla Studio, so I had to get her two new collections.  I am in love with both of them and couldn't wait to play.  Since I had a ThermOWeb project coming up, I decided to dig into the new Hello Lovely collection to play. And it works perfectly with DecoFoil in Gold!


Supplies: Pattern Paper, Embellishments, Wood Veneer, Stickers-Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Twine-May Arts; Adhesive-ThermOWeb; Toner Sheet; Foil-DecoFoil; Sequins-Unknown

The Cut Shoppe Cut File
The Say Anything File

With all the gold that embellishments and collections have now, DecoFoil is fun to add into your projects.

I used a cut file from "The Cut Shoppe" as my title and foiled it with DecoFoil in Gold.  I foiled my entire die cut first and then used the ThermOWeb Sticky Dot sheets to adhere the patter paper to my letters.


A few tips on working with DecoFoil:
  • Take your time!  It's not an exact science, which for me can be hard!
  • Make sure your laminator is heated completely.  I let mine heat for at least 20 minutes before I run a project thru it.
  • Practice and have fun! Once you get the hang of it, you will be hooked and trying to figure out how you can use DecoFoil on everything!

And you can see here, how I tied one of the gold embellishments from the Cocoa Vanilla collection in!
And that is all I have for you today!  Tomorrow is the "Scrapping Our Stash" monthly blog hop. We moved it up a week, since some people had prior commitments later in the month. Be sure to stop back by!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Say Hello To Kennedy-{a flair for buttons} and Simple Stories

If you have been around for awhile, you know I love gnomes.  Yes, some people think they are creepy, but I think they are adorable! I don't buy a lot of them, but I do like to add to the flower garden every once in awhile.

We were walking thru Target on a Friday night (whoohoo, Friday night fun!) and this little guy was sitting on the clearance shelf.  Hello, gnome and on clearance?  Score!  He jumped in the cart and I brought him home.

So, he was perfect to scrap with the gnome flair I had from {a flair for buttons} for my design team project.  I used several different sets on this layout and you can find the details and links for them over on the {a flair for buttons} blog, HERE.


Supplies: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers-Simple Stories; Chipboard-Simple Stories, American Crafts; Flair-{a flair for buttons} Etsy shoppe; Twine-Maya Road; Buttons-My Mind's Eye; Adhesives-ThermOWeb; Pen-Sharpie; Silhouette Cameo with cutting file

How cute is that gnome flair?!  Pardon my Zinnas in the picture, sadly the slugs got to them before I realized it!

I love how Shelley's flair you can mix and match seamlessly.  My "friday" button I have had since before I was on the team, but it works perfectly with my newer flair! 

That's all the "flair" I have for you today.  Haha, get it?!  I am funny, right?!  Stop back by tomorrow, I will have a new project for ThermOWeb using some DecoFoil!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hi-I Love Unicorns -Maya Road, CREATE and Pink Paislee

It's been a bit since I shared a card, so I thought I would share the card I did for the card sketch in the CREATE magazine this month.  Plus, honestly if I was going to blog everyday, I needed a filler project! Hey, I am just keeping it real!

I am so happy with how this card turned out and there are so many takes on the sketch in the CREATE issue. I used a lot of Maya Road on this and was in a "playing around with goodies" kind of mood. So, it pretty bulky and I would only give it to someone pretty special!


Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern Paper-Pink Paislee; Chipboard-Pink Paislee, Maya Road; Trinket Pin, Twine-Maya Road; Doily-Doodlebug Design; Embossing Powder-WOW; Ink-Versamark; Sequins-Unknown; Adhesives-ThermOWeb

Just a close up of the middle details. Lots of clustering and lots of foam adhesive! But it makes for a fun and pretty centerpiece!

That was just a quick share for today!  I will be back with a {a flair for buttons} layout tomorrow using the Simple Stories Summer Vibe collection.  Have a great Tuesday!