Friday, December 30, 2016

Big City Selfies!

Hello! Today I am sharing a fun big city themed layout made with the very cool Carta Bella Paper Metropolitan Girl collection. It is so modern and retro at the same time- I love it!  I love the mix of salmon, teal, and yellow! Metropolitan Girl is the perfect collection for documenting my day in the big city of Chicago! I also had some fun making my own background using the diamond from the Echo Park Play Card Icons. Come take a look!

I started the layout by creating my diamond background pattern in the Silhouette software. I then cut out the design from a sheet of the Carta Bella Natural White Designer Cardstock. I opted for the creamy white cardstock because it blends well with the cool vintage vibe of this collection. I then backed the diamond openings with my favorite patterned papers using foam adhesive.

Of course I had to add this fun and fashionable gal sticker!

I used the black side of the Girls and Cities patterned paper to die cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo. The enamel dots are a fun addition and add a little bit of color to my title.

I used the Silhouette Cameo and black patterned paper to cut “selfie” out for my title using the Mistral font.  I finished the layout off with a few cute element stickers and a fun round piece from the ephemera pack.
Thanks for joining me today. Be sure  to check out the Metropolitan Girl collection for your next layout!

And thanks to Echo Park for posting FREE download instructions on their website of this Metropolitan Girl layout! CLICK HERE!

Monday, December 19, 2016

"Snow Fun" Gift Boxes!

I love all of the cookie making and gift giving this time of year brings. And the Carta Bella Snow Fun collection is perfect for making little treat boxes to hold my homemade goodies. I was happy that they came together pretty quickly so I can make a number to have on hand for when I need a last minute gift. I love the combination of fun winter colors of this collection. And the snowman is beyond adorable! Who wouldn’t love to receive a little box of cookies with him on it?

I first die cut the box bases using my Silhouette Cameo and the 3D Cookies Stack Box from the Silhouette store. I cut them from the red mini polka doted side of the Winter Wonderland patterned paper and blue star side of the Shimmering Snowflakes patterned paper. I folded each base on the perforated lines and adhered the boxes together. I then embellished each base with flat stickers, layered stickers, and enamel dots. I added snowflake decorative tape around the side of the red box.

I used the Carta Bella Ultra White Designer Cardstock to cut out the box tops. Once they were adhered together, I die cut the scalloped accents pieces from the red mini polka dot patterned paper and the blue snowflake patterned paper. I then looped ribbon through the openings in the box tops and made bows.

I finished each box off with a handful of homemade chocolate chip cookies. I can’t wait to give these little goodie boxes to my friends, family, and neighbors!
Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to handcraft some cute treat boxes for your loved ones!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fun die cut ornaments!

Hello1 Today I am sharing a fun die cut ornament I made using the Echo Park Paper I Love Christmas collection! This cute collection is perfect for me because it is so festive and well, I really do love Christmas! I also used one of my favorite Echo Park Paper die sets, the  Scalloped Circle Die Set, to create this fun three-dimensional ornament. I can’t wait to make an entire set of them for my Christmas tree. Here’s how you too can make your own ornaments!

Use the larger scalloped circle die to cut a plain circle out of the plaid Christmas Joy patterned paper. Embellish it with a small piece of the scalloped border sticker and banner piece cut from the woodgrain patterned paper. Adhere the Santa sticker with foam adhesive for added dimension. Add enamel dots and a brown bow made from twine.

Use the larger die again to cut out four scalloped circles from the green side of the Border Stripes patterned paper.

Bend each scalloped circle in half and start gluing the four quadrants together.

Make sure the scallops line up pretty well.
Once the four quadrants are glued together, place a little bit of liquid adhesive on the middle piece of your ornament. I used Zip Dry and then just held the Santa piece in place for a short bit while it dried. Once dry, you can also add a little more Zip Dry on the back to make the bond stronger. Add red twine to the top of the ornament so it can be hung on the tree.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you all to get creative with your dies. And I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!