Monday, March 16, 2015

This project was inspired by my friend Melinda Spinks. She basically created this design concept and I am totally in love with it. I have done several seasonal projects like this but I wanted something that would stay up in the girls’ room for a long time so this came to mind! The Bundle of Joy collections are too cute for words and the color scheme is perfect for their room. I cannot wait to make a prominent place for this in their room or to hang it on their door!

The first step is to see what your workable area is. While this frame is “10x10” the area that you will actually see is more like 9 1/4. So keep that in mind when you are choosing the size of your object.

Here is a screen shot of my 7x7” circle. I liked the negative space that it was going to have around it so that looked aesthetically pleasing to me. Draw a circle using the circle tool on the left. Then use the “scale” window (highlighted in blue) to input the exact numbers of the circle so you don’t have to fuss with it. 

Now there are two fun ways to do this project. 1: Decorate the circle you cut out and the paste it onto some fun background cardstock. 2: Trace around the edge of the cut out circle with a very light pencil or embossing tool. That will give you your outer line visual to decorate inside of. 

My particular assignment was to work in the stamps into my home decor project. No problem! I did this in several ways. First of all: I just stamped the words “Little Lady” onto my paper. That’s what we call our girls in hopes that they will grow up to be little ladies. :)

Another way is to heat emboss the stamp. I used a watermark stamp pad, poured my embossing paste onto it, tapped the excess off and used a heat embossing tool to heat set it.

Now the fun part about the designer die and stamp sets is that the dies match perfectly. So I chose my background paper carefully because I wanted a pink edge showing behind the gold. You can secure your die with a piece of washi tape and run it through your manual die cutting machine.

Here are my sweet little hearts on my project.

I also heat embossed the lamb stamp onto some cute paper using white embossing powder. I then manually cut out the lamb from my paper. *Tip: If you don’t have heat embossing powder and a gun then just stamp the lamb onto a white piece of paper and stamp it again onto the patterned paper. Cut out the parts of the patterned paper lamb that you desire and paste onto the white lamb. Then cut out the white lamb. This is called paper piecing and you will get the same effect if not cleaner. I will show you how to do this on a later post.*

Here is my little lamb finished and on my project. I love the soft, delicate nature.

I LOVED this baby onesie die cut (complete with heart!). What a fun way to get some patterned papers in there!

Now just add, add, add. Stickers, chipboard shapes, die cuts, brads, etc. are all fair game. If you want to make the stickers dimensional simply add foam tape to the back and before you peel off the sticky part use baby powder (or flour works too but is a bit gritty) to de-stickify the rest of the sticker. This was a tip I actually got from Wendy Sue Anderson! Game changer. Love this banner.

That “girl” chipboard just HAD to be on my piece. The way that it is floral patterned so delicately!!?! love it.

Here is a side shot to see some of the fun dimension.

Here it is all finished! Wouldn’t this make a great baby shower gift? I have a baby shower coming up for a baby boy… I think I know just what to do. ;)

Twine or Ribbon
VersaMark Ink Pad
Gold Embossing Powder
Manual Die Cutting Machine

Heat Embossing Gun


Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Arrival

Soo.... it's been a while. I have quite a few posts ready to go for you all! I hope you enjoy this tutorial! It's up on the Echo Park Paper blog today! :) 

My friend has a few weeks left in her pregnancy and I hope she enjoys this little New Arrival card!

My focus for this card was how to use washi tape in a fun way! I tried to apply the washi tape to my die cuts in two ways: 
1: I cut out the die cut and then covered it in washi tape. I then cut around the die cut by hand. This worked really well, but the edges were only as good as my scissors could work.
2: This is my recommended method. Put the washi tape down first on smooth white cardstock. Then die cut the whole thing. This gave super smooth edges and saved a lot of time. 
Pictured above is my scrap sheet of paper where I tried out both methods.

I love the well rounded edges and small pressure indentations from the dies. It gives it a really cool lift around the edge.

Sometimes you need a little something extra but it needs to be subtle. Don’t forget your clear embossing powder hiding in your drawer! I grabbed the two stars from the Designer Die/Stamp set and had such a good time making this background. They stamp beautifully!

I cut a little grass by hand and added it. I wanted to anchor the turtle and the tree was great but the grass helped create a little more of a scene.

I added a sticker from the Element Sticker sheet for my sentiment. How cute is that!? It also served to cover up the line between the two washi tapes so it looks seemless.

Come on, those stars are so darling. 

Don’t forget the Bundle of Joy collections the next time you need to make a baby boy card! The colors are so universally darling!

Versamark Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Ink Spray
Sewing machine with brown thread


Monday, January 5, 2015

Baby Boy Cards - Camping Collection!?!

Just because certain collections are named "camping" or "fall" doesn't mean they aren't uber versatile! 

Court from Court's Crafts here with two baby boy cards! Two boys were born in my neighborhood within a week of each other. One is here, one passed away. 

John (the boy who passed away) has extraordinary parents. They found out that he had a severe chromosomal defect at 13 weeks of gestation. They decided not to tell anyone and to carry John and trust God. They wanted John's time on this earth to be surrounded by people who were rejoicing and excited and happy for his arrival. This kind of strength - I don't know if I possess it and I pray I am never challenged by it. I had no idea of what they were going to face until after he had passed away. He lived for 3 beautiful hours. Given the parents' wishes I wanted to make a card that wasn't "sympathy" based, but rejoicing in the time this world got to spend with him. 

Did you see the new "chippers"!?! Ugh! awesome! I wanted to show them off!

Doodle twine, how I love thee. Blue and bon bon?! So fun.

Side note: please excuse my squirmy sewing lines... I was bouncing a baby while finishing these cards.. no joke. 

Noah is a beautiful healthy baby boy and their older daughter Faith is about Emmaline's age so our children are close in ages. I am looking forward to becoming very good friends with them! 

I loved inserting the doodle-pops in to substitute for the letters. I though tit brought a fun and quirky side to the cards.

A few of these darling mushroom stickers finished off the card title (does anyone else want mushroom doodle-pops!?! psst. psst. doodlebug, are you listening!?! ;))

Okay, so in case you didn't catch that these cards were made with a mix of both Friendly Forest and Happy Camper! Check them out because they mesh so well together they should be one huge collection! Grab them. Fast. And look at the fish. darling fish. love the fish. 



Woo hoo! I'm on the 2015 Echo Park Paper DT! :)

WOOO HOOO!!! I am thrilled to finally be able to announce that I have been asked to be a part of the 2015 Echo Park Paper DT! This means so much to me for reasons that I will go into later, but I am really looking forward to an awesome year! And with two Courtney's on the DT... you never know WHAT is going to happen! :) 

You can check out the announcement HERE.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Frosty Friends - NEW from Doodlebug!

I wish I could say "brrr", but it's SO hot right now! It's unseasonably warm here in Carmel, CA and it has been like 90 degrees! None of us have AC so it has been.. interesting. But that hasn't stopped me! Courtney from Court's Crafts here with a card to share! I fell in love with the embellishments in this collection and wanted to showcase as many of them as possible! 

Frosty Friends is SUCH a darling collection! Doesn't it just scream "Frozen!?" Well, today I am channeling my inner (fellow DT member) Melinda Spinks and I created an embellishment cluster. The card is supposed be a decomposed snow globe. Can you see it? 

My little circle of love. Isn't. It. So. Cute.? I used Melinda's idea of putting down a circle and indenting around it slightly to give me my edge. You can see it slightly where the bird is top right and also bottom left. You cannot see it at all in person. 

You can also see the sparkles in the pink and dark blue sprinkles

The sentiment was made up of a section on the fancy frills (winter) and "warm" and "winter" are teensy type letters in lily white and blue jean.

Check out all the dimension and sparkle! The sprinkle shapes are fantastic (snowflakes) and the sugar coating on the bird's earmuffs. yum. The little sugar coated dots are on the icons sheet and the one held by the paperclip was part of the fancy frills. :) 

The glitter accents on this collection are AMAZING! Here is the sentiment and winter is covered in sugar coating. Scrumptious. 

 I thought I would show you the overall dimension of the card. 

bugs used:
doodlebug: frosty friends: this and that (4366)
doodlebug: frosty friends: fancy frills (4377)
doodlebug: frosty friends: icons (4376)
doodlebug: frosty friends: sprinkles winter assortment (4401)
doodlebug: frosty friends: sprinkles shapes: snow flurry (4402)
doodlebug: frosty friends: mini paperclips: winter (4494)
doodlebug: frosty friends: mini doodle-pops: penguin pals (4522)
doodlebug: frosty friends: mini doodle-pops: polar bears (4519)
doodlebug: mini pearls: lilac assortment (3349)
doodlebug: mini pearls: swimming pool assortment (3347)
doodlebug: mini pearls: blue jean assortment (3348)
doodlebug: teensy type in lily white (3435)
doodlebug: teensy type in blue jean (3433)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washi Tape Christmas Trees

These washi tape trees came together SO quickly. From concept to completion I did all three in 40 minutes! If you just execute it should take you far far far less. 

Everyone has *too* much washi tape in their stash.. If you don't, you should. LOL. I often find that I just want to USE mine. So here it is. No die cutting, no machines, just scissors and a paper trimmer. 

If you wanted to cut the edges of the washi tape at an angle it would look even more tree-like. :) 

Okay, ready? Go!

I built the whole tree around this super cute choo choo train washi tape. Love it. 

I used the white doily washi tape for a sweet effect that is very elegant in person. 

Shh... I grabbed this star from the 4th of July line.. 

If you wanted to make these cards super easy to mail without extra postage just forgo the enamel dots and put a sticker star at the top instead. They look just as cute!

Sometimes the pictures make it hard to see the color differences. I just wanted to show you: 

I grabbed some of the chevron washi to give the eyes a "direction" to follow. 

I hope this inspires you to grab your washi tape stash and go to work on some easy to make Christmas cards!! 

doodle bugs used:
santa express: baby deer (4342)
lily white card stock
washi tape:
santa express: sweethearts (4414)
santa express: santa express (4413)
santa express: north pole stripe (4411)
santa express: frosty frill (4412)
candy stripes assortment (4235)
chevron assortment (4234)
sprinkles: Christmas (4399)
star jewels: red, white & blue (3671)