Layout —> Card

While I really liked the bright colors in this paper packet, I wasn’t too sure what to do with these eyes.  I generally try to use some of each paper in the paper packet on my card class  – but I just wasn’t feeling this paper. Whenever I’m stuck – I generally look through the Idea Book or on Facebook Consultant Groups – I can usually find great inspiration for the papers I’m working with.SKW Paper 4

After looking through the Seasonal Expressions, I saw a cute layout that had these pink eyeballs. Isn’t this just the cutest (these are the times when I wish I had a girl!!!!)! So, I decide to scrap lift this layout into a card.

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It turned out quite cute using the Safari Ballet stamp set (that little hippo ballerina is so darling – but not near as adorable as the little girl in the layout!

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I started with a 5 1/2″ piece of the black zip strip (with circles) then a 2 x 5 1/2″ piece of the eyes, followed by a 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of the slate.  On top of this, I layered the raspberry, black speckles and finally the white daisy for stamping.

 

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I’m not one to fuss with water colors – so I decided just to add some color in a few key areas rather than coloring the hippo all grey.  Like I said – I don’t like to fuss – so I grabbed a water brush and my Raspberry ink stamp pad. This is the perfect combination when you’re just adding a bit of color and don’t want to fuss with water colors.  Did I say I don’t like to fuss!

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I finished her off with my Shimmer Brush.  This is another great tool for adding just a hint of something extra. (you can probably actually see it a little better in the first picture).

So there you go – a Happy Hippo Ballerina scraplifted from a layout.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Other products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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Friendly Layouts (with Stamping!)

Good morning, friends! Spring break was a little more eclectic than I was planning, so I never made it back with additional posts – but I’m ready to start back up this week.  These layouts are one of the options for my April scrapbooking class.

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I used the Some Kind of Wonderful Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking kit.  This kit includes a paper packet, complements, white twine and a package of black and white dots. Often, I just follow the guide designed for the kit – easy-peasy… but this month, I wanted to add some stamping.

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Close to My Heart has designed scrapbooking and  cardmaking stamp sets specifically to coordinate with each featured paper packet.  I thought the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking stamp set would be great for telling the story of my family getting a cat (the cat I was never going to own!!!!).

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Between the stamp set and the complements, I had everything i needed to convey the friendship that’s developed between my son & his cat and all the happiness the little kitty brought!

 

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This layout really didn’t need a lot of colored papers – using the stamps to create a slight background on the White Daisy cardstock, I really only needed a few pieces to frame the pictures.

My next layout just has some pictures of my son when he was 1 1/2 – showing off his fish tank, being cool in his shades and hanging out with his best friend at the time – Mickey.  This time I used some of the green paper for a large photo mat and then added some color above & below.  The stamping on this page just adds a little extra embellishment.IMG_1985

My last double page layout didn’t include any stamping.  These are just some random pictures that remind me what a happy wonderful life we have – i love that smile!

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(I actually went back and added another layered piece on the right hand page – in the top left side – I’ll try to remember to get a picture of it and replace this one!)

If you’ve made layouts with this paper, I’d love to see them – whether you followed the design guide or did your own thing!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

You Are Wonderful

Today is the first day of Spring Break for my boys, so I’m going to start off with a REALLY easy card!  I got the idea for this card from one of my sister-consultants, Erica Haskin (We have a great Team FB Page where we share our cards/layouts to help inspire each other).  Her card used the blue stripe in the background, and she had a small ‘you’ stamped beneath ‘WONDERFUL’.  She also used grey enamel gems to embellish. It was such a cute card!

This card is based primarily on one of the Picture My Life cut apart 4 x 6 cards. These cards are printed in landscape (horizontal) on one side and portrait (vertical) on the other side.  As you can see in the picture of the paper packet below, you get two sheets, so you don’t have to choose!

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Since the PML card measured 4 x 6, I trimmed it down to 4 x 5 1/4 so there would be a 1/4″ border all the way around.  I hacked the 3/4″ off of the right side, but I think it would have looked better to take a bit from the left and a bit from the right (I would have had more of the glacier circle on the right). I then used a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of the black and white paper to fill that border.

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I wanted my card to say more than just WONDERFUL (although, that’s not bad by itself), so I used the Jennifer’s Hand (B1484) stamp set to add U R.  This alpha stamp set with approximately 1/2″ letters is great for cards and layouts.

I finished this all off with a piece of white twine and a small piece of the colorful zip strip dovetailed to form a ‘kind of’ bow. I like how the bold colored triangles stand out from the circles.

There you go – a very simple card to start your month, your week, maybe even your Spring Break.  Whatever you’re doing this week – Enjoy!

~Gerri

April is Upon Us!

April is almost here! With it comes the last of our Seasonal Expressions 1 paper suites  – Some Kinda Wonderful.  (I was just at the consultant launch for the new Seasonal Expressions & got to see all the amazing new papers coming your way!) Some Kinda Wonderful is full of bright colors – big dots, gumdrops (?), stripes, and eyes (yep, you read that right – eyes! – check out the pink paper)

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Along with the paper we have two Workshops Your Way – Scrapbooking

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And Cardmaking (which includes an exclusive stamp set)

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Here’s a peek at what we’ll be making for the April Classes:

Layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW – First we have the awesome CTMH designed layouts – these don’t have any stamping & the cutting guide has directions for making 9 additional cards.

 

These next three I put together from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 1 pattern book – it includes stamping with the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1716).

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and here are the cards – I didn’t plan for them to be animal themed – but the animals just worked so well with these colorful papers.

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Watch for more details in next month’s class page & blog posts.

Enjoy!

~Gerri