Saturday, August 27, 2016

two creative ways to use your embossing folders and stencils

I'm directing you to the Carta Bella blog today to check out two pretty cool tutorials I have created for you. The first one is a fantastic way to use your embossing folders to create a faux letterpress look. When ink is added to an embossing folder before it is passed through a manual die cutting machine, it creates impressive (no pun intended) results! Look at the world map on the background of this card! 

For a tutorial visit: Designer Embossing Folders

Personal the photo there are two pieces sitting on the book. The first one is a watch. That is the watch I gave my husband the day we got married, 17 years ago. The other is a monogrammed tie clip that belonged to my beloved grandpa. He died before he even met my husband, but they remind me of each other in so many ways, not just the fact that they were both electrical engineers. I miss my grandpa terribly. This past spring, we were at a family wedding and the little man wanted to wear a tie. It was the perfect time to give him the tie clip. Wouldn't my grandpa be proud? 

This card is also in an antique or heritage look and I love the grey tones! For this card's background, I embossed patterned paper with a stencil. You know that is one of my favorite techniques for a stencil! I took it one step farther and sanded off the raised edges of the patterned paper! How beautiful is that?!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

cards for summer layout inspiration

Ahhh, the waning days of summer. The evenings are cooling off quicker. The days are getting shorter. I am not ready to let go of summer just yet, so I thought I would share a few summer cards with you. These cards feature some fantastic dies from Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella. And while you might not be sending too many more summer cards, I imagine you have quite a few summer photos waiting to be used on layouts, so use these ideas to inspire your scrapbook pages! Look at it as a way to hang on to summer a bit longer!

When I saw Designer Dies Summer Sandcastle, I KNEW I wanted to cut it from fine gauge sand paper. Yes, you can cut sand paper with your dies! I have to admit that it turned out way cooler than I even imagined!

Behind the sand castle, I stamped the palm trees in a pale blue ink. When stamped on the patterned paper, it created an amazing background for the castle!

My obsession and love for anything pineapple was increased immensely when I saw this new die from Carta Bella! The die set has three layers, the top, the body, and the very cool overlay that adds all the dimension you see here! I paired the image up with a sweet mini theme kit, Island Paradise. Anyone else want a tropical drink next to the pool now?

And finally, what may be my favorite paper line ever, and hands down the best summer line ever, Carta Bella Beach Day! The bright colors and retro beach vibe make it one of those lines I will buy two of everything, to hoard and then to use again and again! :D

After layering together my favorite papers, I wanted to use the Hibiscus Flower die set. I cut it the layers from card stock and assembled the flower. Super easy and look at the fun layers! Then I wanted to take it one step beach-ier (I am making up a new word, ha!) and placed the flower on a chipboard surfboard. Totally tubular. :D

The coolest part about all of these cards is, the ideas and elements can be easily used to create layouts or even photo pocket pages! Take these fun ideas and use them on your next summery project! Here's to the end of summer! 

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