Sep 15, 2019

BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE - Technique Tuesday



Hi there!
Today, I am joining a few fellow designers on a special project for my friends at Technique Tuesday using stamps and dies from their Scrapbooking collection.   I chose the Just Us Girls Stamp and Coordinating Die set to create a new layout for my Family album (Citrus Twist kits Life Crafted album).




I love the corner cluster of flowers that the Just Us Girls stamp features, and then there is all the small floral images. So, i stamped them a few of the designs on white cardstock using Black Obsidian Ink (Altenew).





I chose a picture of my young cousins to document in this layout, and chose to color the images using Artist Markers (Altenew) to color the images picking colors from the clothing they are wearing.  I made sure to just add a bit of color as i want the picture to stand out.



I  used the corner images of the Just Us Girls stamp and Die set  to frame the picture and the journal lines.  The beautiful sentiments in the stamp set were ideal to add sentiments and the title for this page.  A few drops of the coordinating ink complete the layout.




I love how this turned out, and all i needed was a bit of black ink, a few markers and the gorgeous Just Us Girls Stamp and Die Set from Technique Tuesday. 

Really hope this has inspired you to check all Technique Tuesday's Scrapbooking collection stamp and dies, stop by this weekend to take advantage of the promotion:

From September 15th til September 19th, you can choose you choose your own free set of stamps with purchase.  Here is how you claim your freebie:
1. Spend $30 on stamps and dies at the Technique Tuesday shop
2.  Before completing  your purchase, go to the Flair Page and chose your free stamp,and add it to your cart.
3. Before checking out your purchase, enter the coupon code Free-Flair.  The chargers for your free stamps will be removed from your order.
4.  If you spend over $75, you will also receive free shipping.


That is all from me today!.  You can always contact me if you have questions on how this came together!

XO

Sep 14, 2019

DIE HIGHLIGHT: TALL ALPHA DIE SET - Altenew



Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a few ideas on how to use the new and amazing TALL ALPHA DIE SET.   This new die set is delicate, practical and super versatile.   I love the design of each of the letters which makes it easy to use in your projects. I had fun with the TALL ALPHA DIE SET and created a couple layouts and a card with it.
Let's get started with  a background for a Traveler's Notebook layout.
  I used the TALL ALPHA DIE SET to create the background by repeatedly cutting the word "LOVE" from a Live Your Dream Collection paper.   


The negative part of the cut anchors the design on the left side, and the letter die cuts create a long title on the right side.  Here, i stamped a sentiment from the Tabbed stamp set to complete the title. 

I created embellishments for the layout using the Weekend Doodles Stamp and Die set with Black Obsidian Pigment Ink; then added a few enamel dots to complete  the page.  The following video will show you how it all came together




Now, let's create a dimensional card:

  First i cut the popular song title in a column on the left side of the card panel,then glued the panel to an A2 size card.   Next, i stamped the ornaments using  the Brilliant Baubles stamp set with the Lapis Lazuli and Spring Bouquet Mini Ink cube sets.




  Then attached them to the card panel with foam adhesive; I drew  lines behind the ornaments with a gold pen.     I cut the word "JOY" three times from white cardstock, and once from gold glitter paper.  Then, the die cuts were stacked together thus forming the dimensional sentiment.  Love the colorful card!  
Finally, let's create a long title for a scrapbook layout.


  First, I created the ombre patterned paper using the Altenew Watercolor Pan set and watercolor paper, then used the Tall Alpha Die Set to cut the quote from the paper.  Also, i created a dimensional die cut for the word " smile" so that it will stand out on the page.




     I heat embossed the Beautiful Peony Stamp Set images and detailed them with the Altenew watercolor pan set.  I also created the leaves with Altenew Embossing INk pad, gold  embossing powder and the Wallpaper Art Stamp and Die Set.  




 The center column paper comes from Live Your Dream collection.  Here, I used the Creative Edges: Lace Die to soften the edges of the paper column.     Assembling the page took no time, as the title fills the center column, thus creating pocket spaces for the pictures and floral images. 






 The final touch is a few Wood veneer embellishments and a few drops of Antique Gold Metallic Ink spray. You can see how this page came together in the following process video:




 I hope these inspire you to check the new TALL ALPHA DIE SET.  Its design is perfect to create backgrounds, titles and even add dimension to your projects.  You are going to love it! Thanks for stopping by!



Sep 12, 2019

I LOVE YOUR SMILE but THIS PHOTO MAKES ME LAUGH - Technique Tuesday



Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a layout that uses the fun Laugh and Smile Stamp Set, along with the Layered Smile Crafting Dies, and the Layered Laugh Crafting Dies. These new sets are sure to be a staple in my documenting, as they are versatile and lots of fun. Let me show you what I have created.
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To create this page, I pulled the Oh Happy Day collection from Simple Stories and cut one of the collection’s papers to fit the size of my Life Crafted album (Citrus Twist Kits). The idea was to create a fun border for the pages, so I used the Cascading Hearts Border crafting die to create the edges of the layout.
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In addition, I used the Cascading Hearts Border Crafting Die to detail another strip of paper (same collection) so that I could use it to create the title of the page on the other side of my layout. Here I used a combination of the Laugh and Smile Stamp Set and the coordinating dies to create an elaborate title for this layout.
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For the title, I used some black ink to create two sentiment boxes on white cardstock using the Laugh and Smile Stamp set. These were fussy cut and popped with foam adhesive on the page. The Layered Laugh crafting die and Layered Smile crafting die sets were used to create the script “Smile” and “Laugh” words twice from metallic black paper. This were stacked together, and then glued on the page to complete my title, so that it reads, “I LOVE YOUR SMILE, but THIS PHOTO MAKES ME LAUGH”.
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To balance the title, I chose to add the picture at a mirror position and then added a few clusters around it. I chose to use the words, “smile” and “laugh” from the Laugh and Smile Stamp set at the bottom of the picture to emphasize the sentiment of the page. Some of the negative heart pieces were then glued to the layout to bring some extra color pops.


The Laugh and Smile stamps are sure to become a staple on my collection. They are part of the Memory Keeper Studio Collection. Make sure to check them out on the Technique Tuesday shop. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you all so much!

Sep 8, 2019

SUNDAY SKETCH - Citrus Twist Kits



Hi there!
Nathalie with you today bringing you this week's Sketch Challenge.   We all could use a bit of help when creating our pages, and sketches are the perfect starting point.   Add to that the September add-on kit and you are in for a complete treat.  But let's start with the sketch:



And this  is what this sketch inspired:




I tried my best to stay true to the sketch, and almost accomplish it, but i needed to put my own twist on it, and messy it up a bit with mixed media.





This month's add on kit is packed with papers and embellishments from the new Maggie Holmes' Heritage collection.  I chose all the soft colors for the layers behind the picture; however i grounded the entire page by adding a layer of navy patterned paper at the base for the page (Shimelle's Collection).



One of the biggest changes was replacing the layer of paper next to picture with a pocket for my journal card.  I used vellum to create the envelope pocket, and alter one of the Digital PL cards to add my story using the computer.




I kept the embellishments placements just like in the sketch, and also decided to repeat the stamping details under the title using the Simple Word V2 stamp here.  You can see how it all came together in the following video:



Just love how easy this came together using the sketch as inspiration for the page, especially when including this month's Add on kit with it.



Remember to share with us your project inspired by the sketch.   We love to see what you create.   If you have questions on how this came together, please do not hesitate to contact me, and stop by the CTK shop to check the kits and stamps (there is a sweet promotion happening, too!)


XO,





DESIGNER PICKS FOR A PURPOSE - Pinkfresh Studio



Hi there!
Many times we are all moved by small acts of kindness especially when seeing the images of the devastation Hurricane Dorian caused.  So i am so happy to be part of this weekend event along Pinkfresh Studio.



We were asked so share about our favorite products (at the moment), and though i love paper, this time the Washi tapes and dies are taking the top spot in my list.




I used a combination of the two (along with the beautiful Just A Little Lovely collection) to create this layout on my Life Crafted album...



The new Painted Floral washi tape is amazing as it is filled with floral designs.   Just stick the tape to white paper or vellum, and you will have embellishments for your pages.  But here is the best part of the deal, there are dies that match those floral designs, so no need to fussy cut, all you need is to line the dies and put them through your diecutting machine...  EASY PEASY!




But there is so much more you can do with the washi tapes, like create your backgrounds.  I used the Rainbow with Splatters washi tape with the Essentials: Lacy Edgers die to create the borders for the background of the page.  Totally loving how these washi tapes and dies are enriching my documenting style.





Now it is time to do your part.   All you have to do is shop for a cause!  stop by Pinkfresh Studio to check these products or the many more available, and shop away.   All the net profit from the sales will go directly to help our friends who are suffering due to Hurricane Dorian.

XO




Sep 6, 2019

FALL BLESSINGS - Simple Stories

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new project that marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year,  FALL!!  I love Autumn, it is my favorite season and the new Fall Farmhouse collection from Simple Stories is just perfect to document some of our Fall traditions, Apple Picking.



As soon as i saw the collection, the idea for this page formed in my mind as i wanted to use many of the designs in one page. So what better way to bring the farm feel to the page than a simple quilt design.





First i  used the Leaf It To Me cut file from JustNick studio to create the large leaf from white cardstock.   Then cut 2"squares from various Fall Farmhouse collection to create the design.  I used the leaf to mark the area on the Peach Dots paper (Basic set) and then covered the area with the squares leaving about a 0.25" frame around the page.  I stitched each square and then ruffle the edges of the paper a bit.




To assemble the page, first i stitched around the perimeter of the leaf image (using the negative part of the cut out) and then used foam adhesive to attach it on top of the quilted papers.




I used stickers, bits and pieces, chipboard from the Fall Farmhouse collection to embellish the layout by creating little clusters inside the leaf. A large cluster was placed behind the picture.





To finish this page, I mixed some of the embellishments to create the title of this page.  A bit of gold ink splatters and a few lines of journal complete it all.





   I LOVE how this turned out, though it took a bit of time to construct, it is the perfect way to document this family tradition.   I hope this inspires you to check the Fall Farmhouse collection, you are going to love it!!!

Til next time!




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