Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Photography | "K" is One Part 2 | Cake Smash

Little "K" part 2: the cake smash. This was my first Cake Smash session. It was so much fun! I hope you enjoy this sweet little boy's photos.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Photography | "K" is One | Part One

I've still got two photo sessions from June to share with you. Here's the first one coming to you in two posts: one-year-old "K". I was truly excited when his parents (good friends of ours) asked if I would take his one year photos. He was the cutest, most go with the little flow little guy.

Friday, August 10, 2012

a little more Little Black Dress

I've got two more pieces to share with you that were created with the August kit from Little Black Dress.

I decorated a large shipping tag with the tulle in the kit and the Sassafras foldies. I used the Elle's Studio stamp again—this time with black embossing powder.

And a masculine card. Seriously, I know that it is so simple, but what guy cares about awesome layers and embellishments of scrapbooking goodness from your favorite manufacturer?

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Little Black Dress | August Kit | Lucky Penny

The Little Black Dress Kit Club's August kit, Lucky Penny, is available for sale. This kit is so versatile as you can see from the variety of layout topics featured below. You can click on any of the photos below to view them larger.

First up—my favorite this month. I finally hopped on the speech bubble bandwagon. 

SUPPLIES Little Black Dress August kit--patterned paper: Sassafras, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park & Teresa Collins | tag: Elle's Studio | paperclip: Studio Calico [non-kit items: patterned paper: Crate Paper (brown behind text) | Silhouette SD | title font: Bebas | twine: The Twinery | camera stamp: American Crafts]

Last month I dusted off my colored pencils and this month embossing powder made an appearance. I used black embossing powder on the ampersand stamp in the layout below. It's an older stamp from Studio Calico. It came with a set of numbers that I still love, but don't use very often.

SUPPLIES Little Black Dress August kit--patterned paper: Teresa Collins & Echo Park | tags: Elle's Studio | wood frame: My Mind's Eye [non-kit items: cardstock: American Crafts (kraft) & DCWV (red) | Silhouette SD | title font: Titan One | star punch: Fiskars | ampersand stamp: Studio Calico | embossing powder: American Crafts | vintage typewriter]

I love the photo in this one despite the crazy windswept hair. If Lucas wasn't such a strong, rugged, heavy little boy, he could have blown over that day. I handcut the clouds to go with the America Crafts Dear Lizzy printed vellum included in the kit.

 I used white embossing powder with the Elle's Studio stamp below.
SUPPLIES Little Black Dress August kit--printed vellum: American Crafts | month tag: Sassafras | other tags: Elle's Studio | stamp: Elle's Studio | alpha stickers: Sassafras [non-kit items  cardstock & embossing powder: American Crafts | sewing machine]

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

looking differently at a punch

I got a little behind on blogging because of vacation. I had planned on posting while we were away, but it obviously didn't happen. Matt totally frowns upon any computer usage while on vacation.

I wanted to stop and take another look at a layout I created for Little Black Dress kit club last month.
I happened upon the moon-shaped confetti by accident. It's the "trash" from the Martha Stewart Optic Dot border punch.

It worked perfectly for my layout about Lucas' bedtime routine.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Elle's Studio | August Gallery

The first gallery is up over at Elle's Studio for the new design team. The gallery is loaded with inspiration, and Jill Sprott is the guest designer this month.

Matt sold his motorcycle. There was definitely some mixed feelings about it, but I think he's okay with it now. It belonged to his father first and was passed down to him on his 18th birthday. It's been a lot of work over the years. I designed the background in Illustrator and then imported it into Silhouette Studio. The design was cut into the white cardstock and then the white cardstock was backed with various strips of patterned paper. I put the Elle's Studio tags in my vintage Remington typewriter for the journaling.

Elle's Studio tags: Lil' Snippet This Week & Summer Lovin' Cutouts
other supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper (October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, & Crate Paper), alpha stickers (American Crafts & Prima), mist (Studio Calico), background cut with Silhouette SD (design by me)

This one uses my favorite family vacation photo from last year. We stayed with friends in Boise, Idaho. The Mister works for Youth Dynamics, and we got to go rafting with them down the Payette River (no, Lucas did not go rafting with us—the Misses stayed on the bank and watched him for us). I used a "handmade" circle template and stuck with an analogous color scheme. I love the mix of alpha stickers too.

Elle's Studio Lil' Snippets Tiny Note Label
other supplies: colored pencils, mist (Studio Calico), white card stock (American Crafts), stamp (Studio Calico/Hero Arts), badge (Evalicious), alpha stickers (Sassafras & Basic Grey), circle stencil (cut with Silhouette SD)

I've been loving photo enlargements lately if you haven't noticed. Back to the Silhouette with this one. I used the font Bullpen and made a mask and misted with Mister Huey. That "sunshine, it's hot" tag is one of my favorites.

Elle's Studio Summer Lovin' Tiny Tags, Summer Lovin' Cutouts, & Lil' Snippets Tiny Labels
other supplies: card stock (American Crafts), brown alpha (American Crafts), mist (Studio Calico), "play" font (Bullpen) cut with SilhouetteSD, date stamp, sewing machine, & vintage typewriter

I took one stamp and repeated it across the width of the card for this one. Then I got out my Copic markers and filled in some of the white spaces.
Elle's Studio Summer Lovin' Cutouts
other supplies: stamp & mist (Studio Calico), Copic Markers, tiny attacher, font (Bebas, cut with Silhouette)

Friday, August 3, 2012


Look what I found! One of my layouts for Little Black Dress was featured over on the Silhouette blog today!