Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quick Cheery Lynn Designs Post

Just a quick post to share a couple of Cheery Lynn Designs projects.

I created this layout using Creative Imaginations Beach Cottage Collection and one of the April photos that I took for the 52 Week Project and a sketch that I found on My Little Shoebox's blog. I used CLD's Floral Hearts die, Dimensional Butterflies Bundles, Scalloped Diamonds Border, Little Stackers Scalloped Circles, XL Nesting Stackers Coved Rectangles, and XL Classic Circles Nesting Stackers.

The layering dies are wonderful and so easy to used. I didn't want to use the entire Floral Heart die, so I simply cut small strips of paper, taped them to the portion of the die that I wanted cut (in this case, the flowers) and ran it through my cuttlebug.

I layered several different size circles, a border, and the dimensional butterflies to add interest to the center of the layout.

Just look at the amount of detail there is in the dimensional butterflies. They make me want to reach out and touch each one.

This card was created using Bella Blvd's Socialite Collection and collection andCLD's

Frills and Hearts Border, French Flair - Classic LG Stackers Nesting Dies, Little Stackers French Flair, and Dimensional Buttons 2 die

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

52 Week Project - April Photos

Still hanging in there with the 52 week project!!

I was late taking my photo for week 13, but I did it!

Week 13/52 taken 4.4.11 My Xander is always underfoot whenever I'm in the kitchen cooking. Sometimes, he'll even spread a blanket on the floor and lie down while I cook. See him in the lower right corner?

Week 13/52

Week 14/52 taken 4.5.11 -- Just me an my silly self! I like the clean and simple look of this photo. You'll actually see this one on a layout very soon.

Week 14/52

Week 15/52 taken 4.11.11 Sitting at the park while the boys played.

Week 15/52

Week 16/52 taken 4.23.11 Just a little peek - I snapped this in my living room before heading out to meet my good friend for a day of bowling.

Week 16/52

Week 17/52 taken 4.24.11 Black on Black --I finally used the white backdrop that I put up in the basement. Loving this black dress from NY & Co...think I may see if the blue one is still available! I *heart* ruffles!

Week 17/52

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

It's Been A While

It's been over a week since I posted some projects. I've been creating lots of stuff lately...just haven't been able to share, yet. The mojo gods have seen fit to smile down on me and I've been getting my scrap on. I created 18 projects (cards, tags, and a gift bag) for Paper Crafts Magazine's latest call (let's cross our fingers and hope something gets picked up), I have some DT things that I need to start....let's just say that I've spent a lot of time in my scrap room! All of you creative folks know how it is...when the mojo comes along, you just gotta go with it because there's no telling how long it's gonna stay or when you'll see it again.

Speaking of seeing something again...where the heck is the Spring? You know the season that's supposed to arrive around the end of March, beginning of April and usually leads us into the beautiful fun filled Summer. It's been cold...and rainy...and winter has stuck around just a little too long and is behaving like a woman scorned. I'm about to put out an APB on Spring. Seriously!

While waiting for Spring to show up...I guess I'll just have to carve out my own little Spring corner right here on my blog, by sharing some very "Spring-y" projects. All were created for Petaloo using Making Memories Flower Patch line.

First up is an egg shaped card all decked out for Easter. After creating this card, I felt like something was missing. I added a couple of crocheted flowers and it changed the look and feel of the card. The flowers were exactly the detail that I needed to complete this project.

Next up is a Spring Wall Hanging. Not only did those lovely flowers from the Devon Collection take center stage on this project, but so did the lush velvet butterflies. I layered them with paper butterflies to add dimension and make them pop off of the project.

Here are some close-ups

My friend Dolores supplies me with endless photos of her adorable little girl and although I have no problem using flowers on layouts about my boys, I can really get "girly-fied" with Elisa's layouts.

I used a lot of flowers from the Devon collection as well as a few velvet butterflies to highlight the photo. I love how effortlessly the colors mix and match. It's easy to find a combination to match with many different paper lines.

some close ups of the flowers and butterflies

I hope you've had a happy visit today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Look Who's 3!

Doesn't it seem like just yesterday when I told you all about Xander's Entrance? Well this past Saturday, my baby celebrated his 3rd birthday! We had a fun-filled weekend starting with a birthday party at his preschool on Friday, a trip to Chuck E. Cheese's Saturday morning, dinner at Friday's and ice cream and birthday cake at home Saturday night.

Happy birthday sweet boy! I love you!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blog Hop Projects

All this week, Creative Imaginations and Memory Box will be hosting a joint blog hop. Both Design Teams have created lots of technique based projects using luminarte and memory box's stamps. There will be giveaways each day, so stop by and check it out!

I created projects using 2 different types of papers along with Memory Box Stamps to show you the varied looks you can get using Luminarte.

For this birthday set, I created my own patterned paper by stamping with embossing ink onto cardstock and then heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I dipped a paint brush into Ginger Peach Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist and painted (instead of spraying) over the stamped images. I dabbed a paper towel over the embossed images to pick up the excess mist and the result is a lovely stark contrast between the background color and the embossed flowers.

I also created matching patterned tissue paper by simply stamping with ink onto the paper.

used the same resist technique on this card. This time, I used Mallard Green, Burnt Umber, and Yellow Rose twinkling H2Os on Glossy Paper and the result is a stunning watercolor look.

See how the yellow varies at the top of the card? That's actually the same color. I just diluted the paint with more water to give the lighter effect. Pretty cool, huh?

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Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm A Moviegoer

Good Monday morning everyone! I'm here, with a super fun All About Me page created for Cheery Lynn Designs. Anyone who knows me knows that I love going to the movies! There's nothing like watching a good movie on the big screen with some buttered popcorn on my lap and an ice cold pepsi by my side. When I saw the Saturday Morning Movies grunge embossing plate, I knew I just HAD to create a movie layout.

See the bag of popcorn under the photo? It was actually a gift card that my little sister gave me as part of my Christmas. I knew I would eventually get to use it. The movie tickets are from some of the movies that I've seen so far this year. I used one of the Little Stackers Coved Rectangles die to die cut the movie tickets. I painted them with a Luminarte paint dauber so that they'd better match the Graphic 45 papers.

I mixed the School Days Font (and negative space) with stickers to create the title. I embossed the Saturday Morning Movies using Core-dinations cardstock and then sanded, inked, and swiped with paint to further add to the grunge look.

here's a close-up of the tickets.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Luminarte + Memory Box Blog Hop

Psyched About CI

Hey there blog readers! Today, I have a layout featuring my blooming basketball star. Let me tell you, it's all about basketball in the Long household!! My husband coaches high school basketball and my older son plays at the Y in our area so I am super psyched about the Basketball products that have been added to Creative Imaginations already awesome line-up! I feel many more Basketball themed projects coming in the near future!!

As a mother of 2 boys, I nearly jumped for joy when I saw this super cute, brightly colored Super Hero Collection. The images in this line remind me of the times when I was a little girl watching Batman and Robin on TV.

I created this altered project to hang in my boys' room using a Bare Elements Rachel Wall Pocket. I simply covered the wall pocket with patterned paper and painted the inside with Egyptian Gold Luminarte. I cut "Super Kid" from patterned paper, matted with corrugated cutable and adhered with pop dots.

I created both of these projects in January for display at CI's CHA booth. Both lines are currently available for purchase.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, April 1, 2011

52 Week Project - March Photos

taken 3.5.11 - Nursing the flu

Week 9

taken 3.11.11 - Putting together a desk

Week 10

taken 3.18.11 - Enjoying the one and only really nice day we've had this year

Week 11

taken 3.25.11 - Yearning for some real Spring weather!

Week 12

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