Thursday, October 11, 2012

Elle's Studio | Sketch Thursday

I've got a new layout up over on the Elle's Studio Blog for Sketch Thursday. Hop on over to the see the whole layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Little Black Dress Kit Club | Just For Today Kit

Grab the Just For Today Little Black Dress kit right now, before it's too late! It's a really great one this month. I know, I always say that.....but it's always so true. 

I started this page with that My Mind's Eye strip of patterned paper with the bee and built the page from there. I lined all the strips up on my Silhouette cutting mat just how I wanted them on the page and sent all the pieces through together at once. Does that make sense? I cut the bee on kraft separately and added him in, but he was cut out from the strips as well so he sits right in there snugly with everything else. Matt's aunt just happened to be scanning in some old photos and sent a bunch my way. This is one of them, and the school photos you'll see further on down are some others.

Little Black Dress October kit--patterned paper: Pink Paislee, Cosmo Cricket, & My Mind's Eye | alpha stickers: Authentique | flair badge: BasicGrey | buttons [non-kit items- cardstock & pen: American Crafts | Silhouette SD]

Oh boy, did this one take me a while! By the time I was nearly done carefully filling in squares, I had thought of a much faster way of doing things. Don't be surprised if you see me try this technique again! I got out my good ole' Creative Memories cutting system and cut a handful of circles in different sizes from three different papers. I drew out a grid on my white cardstock the width of the biggest circle, then made the grid even smaller by "cutting" all those squares in half. I carefully cut and arranged all the circle pieces into the grid. Lastly I stitched along each grid line then layered on some photos and paper clipped the pieces to sheet of light kraft paper.

Little Black Dress October kit--patterned paper: American Crafts & Pink Paislee | alpha stickers: Authentique | border sticker: Cosmo Cricket | flair badge: BasicGrey | ribbon & paperclip [non-kit items- Cardstock: American Crafts | shipping tag | Creative Memories cutting system (circles)]

Yes, I'm back to triangles again this month. Gotta love all the things you can do with the most basic of shapes! Used a square punch again and just cut them in half. I ran out of the letter "o" and had to find one more to use from my stash that was a similar size.

Little Black Dress October kit--patterned paper: BasicGrey, Cosmo Cricket, & My Mind's Eye | journal tag: Ormolu | flair badge: BasicGrey | alpha stickers: Authentique | paperclip & button [non-kit items- square punch: EK Success | letter "o" sticker: Sassafras | alpha stamps: Hero Arts]

More old photos from Matt's aunt. Gotta love those old school pictures from picture day. They were in color, but I changed them all to black and white, like you'd see them in the yearbook. The one from kindergarten cracks me up! Looks like he just rolled out bed. Can't wait to compare these to our son's school pictures once he starts school.

Little Black Dress October kit-- patterned paper: Pink Paislee & Cosmo Cricket | alpha stickers: Authentique | other stickers: Cosmo Cricket | flair badge: BasicGrey [non-kit items- small shipping tags | mist: Studio Calico | ink: Stampin' Up | square stencil: handcut]

Kinda random sidenote: can you believe high school yearbooks are entirely in color these days?! As a person who studied printing in college, I can totally believe it, but I was looking through my high school's most current yearbook when I was substitute teaching recently. While cool that it's completely in color, I think I actually prefer yearbooks that are majority black and white with a few color spreads like when I was in high school.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Elle's Studio | WCMD winner!!

Lucky commenter #4! Ruth, you are the winner of the Elle's Studio Everyday Greetings printable!
Thank you for leaving me your e-mail address—you should be receiving an e-mail from Elle's Studio soon.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Little Black Dress Kit Club | October Sneaks

The Little Black Dress October Kit, Just for Today is now available. Here's some sneaks of my layouts this month. The design team also put together a special treat for World Card Making Day yesterday. You can see that over on the Little Black Dress Blog here.

(And the Elle's Studio giveaway is still open here until Monday morning)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Elle's Studio | World Card Making Day

I'm celebrating World Card Making Day today with Elle's Studio. Elle created this fun printable for the occasion. It's been marked down this weekend only (Oct. 6 & 7)—it's on sale for only $2. (See below for a giveaway.) 

I played around with mist & a mask, stamp ink, large sequins and thread to create this fun confetti card for a birthday. I used a pencil eraser to stamp the small circles.
SUPPLIES  cardstock: Neenah | sentiment tags: Elle's Studio | mask: The Crafter's Workshop | ink: Stampin' Up | mist: Studio Calico | sequins: Treehouse Studio | thread

And guess what!?  You can't celebrate World Card Making Day without a giveaway. I get to give this Everyday Greetings printable away to one lucky commenter! Please leave a comment below with your e-mail address. Comments will be closed Monday morning and a winner will be chosen via

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Elle's Studio | October Inspiration Gallery

The Elle's Studio October Inspiration Gallery went live on Monday. Here's the reveal of the layout I used for my sneak peek in the blog hop. Hop on over to the gallery to see the closeups.
SUPPLIES  patterned paper: Studio Calico, Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye | tags: Elle's Studio | stamp: Hero Arts + Studio Calico | flair badge: American Crafts | stamp ink: Stampin' Up

Closeups for the layout below can be found hereDoes that black and white patterned paper (colored with orange) look familiar? I've used it quite a bit lately (herehere, and here). I love it so much I scoured the internet because I had to have more! It's Sassafras so it wasn't easy to find, but it must have been my lucky day. I ordered like 7-ish more sheets from Emma's Paperie
SUPPLIES  cardstock: American Crafts | patterned paper: Sassafras & Crate Paper | tags: Elle's Studio | large alpha: American Crafts | small alpha: October Afternoon | stickers: Sassafras | tab: K & Company | mist: Studio Calico | tiny attacher

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Write. Click. Scrapbook | October Gallery

The October gallery is live over at Write. Click. Scrapbook. The theme this month is Pinterest Made Me Do It. You can find the WCS blog post here and the gallery here.

This layout was inspired by a camera illustration by Dan Gnelding of Grayhood Design & Illustration.
Pin is here and original source can be found here.

To create the sheer colored circles I used translucent vellum, Copic markers, the Copic Airbrush System, and Colorless Blender solution in a small Tim Holtz mini misterI sprayed two 8 1/2 x 11 sheets with different colors. On one sheet I sprayed yellows, oranges, reds, pinks and purples. On the second sheet I sprayed blues and greens and realized I'm seriously lacking in blue and green shades. After airbrushing, I sprayed colorless blender all over the sheets, let dry and spray again in certain areas if I wanted a more noticeable texture. Once dry, I cut a variety of circles with my good ole Creative Memories cutting system. I adhered the circles with Glossy Accents.
SUPPLIES  cardstock: American Crafts | vellum: Strathmore | markers & airbrush system: Copic | camera stamp: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy) | smile stamp: My Mind's Eye | snapshots tag: Elle's Studio | ink: Staz-on jet black | Tim Holtz Mini Mister | Ranger Glossy Accents | Creative Memories cutting system (circles)