Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bee Happy with Cheery Lynn Designs!

I made this cheerful card for a friend that is a bee lover, I know she's going to love it! It is an easel card make with Graphic 45's French Country DCE, definitely one of my favorite paper collections! I created some pretty layers using Cheery Lynn vDesign's Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker Frames and the French Flair Pierce And Cut Tool. Then I used the Distressed Honeycomb from the new Cheery Lynn vintage die release. It is the perfect thing for this card!

I used the Pierced Stacker 3 to diecut a small label for my sentiment.  Those adorable bees are laser cut wood veneers from Creative Embellishments.

A strip across the bottom with a fussy cut sunflower that has been popped up with foam, and two bees, serve to hold the easel in place.

I left room on the side to write a note.

Supplies from Cheery Lynn Designs:
 Distressed Honeycomb - 1 Piece Die Set - B887

Other Supplies
Bazzill Beeswax cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Baby card with Cheery Lynn Designs

Graphic 45's Precious Memories collection is so perfect for making baby cards along with Cheery Lynn's Baby Pram die.  Take a look at that sweet Baby Pram, isn't that just the most perfect die for a baby card?  It's part of the new vintage die release from Cheery Lynn Designs.   I've layered it over the Distressed Honeycomb die, which is also part of the vintage release.
This is a step card, here you can see how it stands on its own.  I made cherry blossoms to gussy up my card.  They are easy to make, just a couple layers and a pearl center.  Ink the edges and center to make the flowers more realistic.

I stamped a sentiment onto the Pierced Stacker .  I also used the Pierced Stacker  in a larger size behind the pram diecut.  

When I make step cards I always like to have my diecuts extending beyond the card's edge.  I used the Horizon Coved Rectangle Boutique Stackers to cut a large frame and layered that at the bottom allowing it to extend over the top of the card.

Cheery Lynn Designs Die Used:
Cherry Blossom 2 Piece Die Set - B129

Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

I am so tickled to be guest designing again for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!   Their challenges are always fun, I hope you'll join in sometime.   The current challenge is Christmas in July so it's time to get a head start on those Christmas projects!  I designed this cute little gingerbread house for my Christmas in July GDT spot.

I love little Christmas houses so I decided to create this little cottage using Graphic 45's St Nicholas collection from 2016.  This is such a fun little piece and will look great nestled in with some greenery on the mantel.   Another idea for this piece would be to thread a loop through the roof so that you could attach a hook to it and make it an ornament.  The house is small enough that it would be adorable hanging from a tree branch.

You need two dies to make this cottage, both are Sizzix Bigz dies, at the bottom I've listed all my supplies.  One of the dies builds the basic cottage and the other die provides all the fun trim pieces, roof shingles etc.  The basic cottage works with several other dies for building other structures. Check out the Funkie Junkie Boutique as the Boutique carries many Sizzix dies including the ones for this structure.
The body of the cottage is cut from the St. Nicholas 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids pad.  I am so loving the large size pads that G45 has started producing.They are great for projects like this and when you can't find a matching cardstock!

To make the snow effect, I used a very white modeling paste and just smeared it on with a trowel.  Then I went back over that and added some Aleene's Glitter Snow.  I didn't have a lot of Glitter Snow so that's why I used the modeling paste underneath.

I fussy cut the peppermints and candy canes with holly from the design paper.  if you have some small circle punches, they are great for cutting out little things like these peppermints.  Sure beats trying to fussy cut a perfect circle!

To top it all off I had to add some Petaloo sugared blooms.  I just can't stay away from the flowers!  😅
Supplies Used:

Graphic 45 - St. Nicholas 12 X 12 Patterns & Solids Pad 4501411
Graphic 45 - St Nicholas 12 x 12:
  Bells and Bows
  Sweet Tooth
  Candy Cane Wishes
Red Cardstock (for the two large candy canes)
Sharpie - White (to make the stripes on the large candy canes)
Aleene's Glitter Snow
White modeling paste
Petaloo Botanica Sugared Minis - burgundy

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Be sure to stop by the Frillie and Funkie  Challenge Blog  and see all the marvelous creations from the Frillie and Funkie design team, you're sure to be inspired!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Cook's Notebook

 Yep, it's another traveler's style notebook, but this one is for a cook.  It's bright and bold, and has lots of my favorite color in it, RED!  I chose red because it is a hot summer color and more on that in a minute.
 I used Sizzix's Heartfelt Journal designed by Eileen Hull to cut the cover and papers from Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home collection.  The cover is cut from chipboard and I used matte medium to adhere the papers and seal them so that the cover could be wiped clean.  I assure you that I will slop something all over any cookbook that I am using!  Layers of design paper, pretty lace adorning the spine along with knife and spoon dangles (the fork is MIA apparently!), flowers and a gingham bow all work together to make this such a pretty cover with a homespun look.

I am entering this in the Frillie  and Funkie Blog Good Old Summertime Challenge that my friend, Kathy Clement is hosting.   The challenge is to create a project that shows what you love best about summer using summer colors (remember why I chose red?)  Well I must confess, I do not like summer.  I hate hot weather and I retreat to the AC in the summer.  In fact the neighbors have inquired of my husband if I was still alive.  Ha ha, he tells them if they will look in the garden at 6 am, they will find me.  Yep, I can be found most mornings in the garden up until maybe 9 am and then I am in the house for the day, as in enjoying the air conditioning!  However, in the spirit of meeting the challenge, I will tell you that I do love my garden and that is all that I love about summer.  The reason I love my garden is because I LOVE all the fresh produce that I harvest all summer long.  Baby butter beans, southern peas, potatoes, squash, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, blue berries, peppers, jam, pickles, relish, salsa, I freeze and/or can as much as possible all summer long.  Eating all that "good stuff" is what I love about summer!

Inside the front cover, I wish you Bon Appetit (diecut with Cheery Lynn Designs die)!  On the right you can see the cover of the first of 3 signature inserts.

Inside the back cover.

I made 3 signature inserts for my notebook. 
  One has a collection of some of my go-to recipes.  They are mostly good old fashioned southern type casseroles.
I fussy cut some things from the design paper to decorate my pages.
Back cover of the 1st insert.

 The 2nd insert has just lined pages in it so that you can record your own recipes.

Pocket on the left to hold collected recipes, maybe torn from a magazine or jotted down on scrap paper.  
Back of the insert cover.

And the 3rd insert has pockets for recipe cards and I'll add some cardstock for saving photos.

On the left I've tucked in some blank recipe cards and on the right I made some tags that can be used for recipes or notes.

These journals are so much fun to make, I am loving them!  The die for this journal is selling like hotcakes and they are hard to find.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique had them in stock at the time of writing this post, so check there if you're looking for this die.

Ok I am getting this in just under the wire as the challenge ends tonight!  Better late than never I say. The Frillie and Funkie Blog has great fun challenges, why not check it out sometime?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Eileen Hull's Heartfelt Journal by Sizzix

 As promised, today I am showing you the travel journal I made to go along with the inserts that I showed you yesterday from the Cheery Lynn blog hop.  The journal cover was cut with the Sizzix Heartfelt Journal designed by Eileen Hull.  I am crazy about these journals, they are so much fun to make!  The die comes with a closure and a nameplate.

I used Carta Bella's Transatlantic Travel collection to make the journal and inserts.  I made this for a friend that travels a lot so this collection is perfect for her and I know she'll love the vintage colors!  The journal die includes a label for the front and I used that layered over a Cheery Lynn scalloped oval.

I punched 3 little banner flags with an American Crafts Knock Out banner punch.  Since I hope this journal is going to be well used, I didn't want to make it all frou-frou with flowers and bulky embellishments.  I just want the beauty of the paper patterns to take center stage.  I used matte medium to adhere all the papers and to paint the outer surfaces of both the front and back covers.  That will help to protect and keep the covers looking nice.
These are the journal inserts I made for the journal.

Here's a look inside the front cover.  On the left I made a pocket that'll be handy for receipts and other accumulated "stuff" while on the road.  The inserts are bound into the journal cover with elastic cord.  I used an .8 mm black cord.  I think I would use something a little bit heavier next time.  However, since I have a whole spool of black and of white cord, I think "next time" will be a ways off!

Inside the first insert I glued a purchased tear off pad and then secured it with a clip.   This will be great to use for that grocery list you make while on the road. (My friend, like me, has a motorhome so this is handy!)
The 2nd pad is lined for writing notes.  (Yesterday I did a post specifically about the inserts, you can see more information about their construction here.)
I made the page inserts myself, it's really easy to do.  I just created a Word document with lines on it and cut to size.   The neat thing is that my stapler has a 4 1/4" reach and that is perfect for stapling the pages together.  I didn't have to stitch the pages, and being inherently lazy, that's a good thing!
The third insert has cardstock pages that can be used for holding photos.
I kept it simple and just adhered some photomats and used some stickers from the collection to dress it up.
Inside the back cover I created another pocket.  You always need a place to stash notes, receipts and such, right?

So that's my travel journal, it was easy to make and I was able to do it all in just one morning.  That's my kind of happy!!  

Supplies Used:
Sizzix Heartfelt Journal by Eileen Hull
American Crafts Knockout banner punch
Carta Bella Transatlantic Travel collection
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
.8mm black elastict hread

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Travel journal Inserts for the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cheery Lynn Designs Veriloquent Vintage Blog Hop. I LOVE these newly released vintage theme dies. If you arrived from Amy's Blog you are on the right track. If not, head on back to the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss seeing any of the design team's work using these amazing dies.

Travel journals are so popular right now and I can see why; they are so fun to make!  I am somewhat obsessed with them to tell you the truth.  For the hop today, I created 3 inserts for my travel journal using many of the new vintage dies along with other  Cheery Lynn dies.  
I used Carta Bella's Transatlantic Travel collection to make my inserts.  I love its vintage colors, they are perfect to use with Cheery Lynn Design's new vintage dies.  I used the  Penny-Farthing Bicycle die to cut the bicycle on this cover and it certainly captures the vintage vibe!
 On this cover, I used two different of dies that go together,  Dusty Miller Frame Corner Set, and the Dusty Miller Square - 1 Piece Die Set.  I used the Pierced Stacker 2 6 Piece Die Set - XL20 to diecut one of the cut-aparts that is included in the Transatlantic Travel collection and pasted that over-top the Dusty Miller Square.  That combination really makes the title stand out!

This insert is filled with cardstock so that pictures can be placed inside and of course, what better than a vintage camera embellishment?  I used the Vintage Field Camera,  from this new vintage die release, to cut that image.

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

Remember, there is a $20 Cheery Lynn gift certificate prize to be won by some lucky person!  It is awarded randomly to a lucky comment who answers one or more of the questions on the Cheery Lynn blog. So, be sure to follow the hop and leave a comment and answer the question(s) on the Cheery Lynn blog to be entered to win.

Your next stop on the blog hop is Cheryl's Blog so hop on over and see her fantastic creation!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Do leave a comment so I'll know you were here and remember to leave a comment on the Cheery Lynn blog for a chance to win.

AND....stop by my blog here to see the journal itself and how it looks with the inserts in place.

Cheery Lynn Designs Blog:
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Steampunk Passport Journal for Creative Embellishments

I have a new passion, Oh my!!  It's these journals that are bound with elastic cord similar to a Midori journal.  I made this one with Sizzix's passport die and it is just so darn cute.  I love the miniature size, it's 3.5" x 5" and it's about 1.125" thick.  Soooo, I dug deep into my stash and pulled out Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante and lots of Creative Embellishment steampunk chippies to make this journal.

On the cover I used the Steampunk Clock and Gear Cluster, it pretty much covers the face of the journal.  To give it a nice aged look, I heat embossed it with Stampendous Aged Copper embossing enamel.  The copper and patina in the enamel really match the papers well.  I love the mini dress form chippies and used them throughout the book.  There are 6 dressforms in a package which is so great!

I made gear clusters throughout the journal simply by stacking 1" and 3/4" gears together.  To color the gears, I gave them a quick misting with Lindy's Moonshadow Golden Doubloons mist. 

Another of the fun dressforms!  I really love how the dress forms are etched with the floral design.

More gears....

One the left you can see the closure for the mini. You can make a sturdy closure by cutting a piece of cardstock and then covering both sides with washi tape. I glued a velcro closure to the flap and to the back of the journal to hold it closed.

Creative Embellishments Chipboard used:

Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments store and see all the Steampunk designs!

Thanks for joining me today!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Day card for Cheery Lynn Designs

Wishing you a very happy day with this vintage styled card using Prima's Vintage Emporium 6 x 6 paper pad. I used a lacy patterned print page on the bottom and then layered and stacked different diecuts to make my card.

From the bottom, the first layer is the Royal Scandinavian Boutique Stacker, next a Celtic Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frame, then Coved Rectangle Stitch And Cut Tool,  the Oval Frame Die and finally the sentiment is stamped onto a small Pierced Stacker Die.  Then I topped those layers with Manon's Wedding Garland Die and flowers from the same die set along with small flowers from the Floral Bouquet Kit.  To finish it off, I glued the layers to a brown cardstock card leaving a brown edge all around the card.

In this photo you can see the dimension that is created by popping up some of the layers and the dimension of the flowers that is created by giving each of the petals a twist.

Cheery Lynn Designs Die Used:
Floral Bouquet Kit 8 Piece Die Set - B777

Thanks for visiting me today, I really appreciate it!


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