Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Around We Go! - Stash Bash Youtube Hop

Hello blogging friends,

The February Stash Bash YouTube Hop is now live! This month, we are focused on using our stash of out of business manufacturers; October Afternoon, Little Yellow Bicycle, Scenic Route, Sassafras Lass, Basic Grey, Imaginisce ... 

I decided to use my October Afternoon Midway collection stash because I found these stitched pennant banners that I hadn't even touched! <GASP> Feeling guilty for buying something and not using it, I decided I had to use the banners. To create movement, I wrapped them around and around in a continuous circle pattern. It was perfect for this photo of my kids on a little kiddie ride going around and around. The idea for this came from the fabulous Missy Whidden. She created a back to school layout used the alphabet in place of my pennant banners. Thanks for the awesome idea Missy!  Here is my layout ...


I do so miss October Afternoon! Here are some detailed shots...





Want to see how I created it from start to finish? Check out my process video...


There are lots of awesome designers participating this month. Be sure to check out all the videos on the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.
~Marcia


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Garden Gnome Cottage

Hello blogging friends.

Is anyone besides me counting the days til Spring? Here in Minnesota, the snow will last into April most likely, but I am already thinking about my garden. I have flower gardens all around the house and a big vegetable garden. I love my fresh vegetables!  I think I get that from my Dad. He has the most amazing green thumb. I've seen him save plants on the brink of death.

Anyway, I was dividing up some succulents in the house while I wait for the warmer weather, and I thought I would make my little garden gnomes a house. I used the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection along with the Simple Basics woodgrain papers and the Fairy Cottage digital cut file from SVGcuts. This was so much fun to make! Photo overload coming... but this needs to be seen from all sides.


I love that big front window and that curving staircase.




The red roof can come off, allowing you to add a battery operated tea light. 




Stickers from the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection make it seem like my house has little flower gardens all around...



My Xyron Creative Station makes adhering all these pieces so much easier and gives me complete glue coverage. I seriously don't know how I managed without it. I still use my quick dry glue to do some of the assembly. 

Have I given you Spring fever now too?  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.
~Marcia


Monday, February 5, 2018

XOXO - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week is all about  L O V E  on the JustNick Studio blog ... and there are so many awesome digital cut files that work well for documenting all of your love stories on paper. I wanted to use the new XO Heart digital cut file to help frame my photo and decided to add some hearts to the background with the Cross My Heart Background digital cut file. I love how it turned out! I used the September Hip Kit Club Kit that was full of the Paige Evan's Turn the Page collection along with some Amy Tangerine enamel hearts and the cutest little bows.


You can see the Cross My Heart Background has these little squares to form rows of hearts. In addition, I cut out just the inside heart from several different pattern papers. Hand stitching would have looked awesome with this cut file.




I love how the XO heart frames my photo. You can see a larger heart from the Hearts 2 digital cut file tucked underneath. I love the patchwork effect the background has, yet with that pink framed heart, the focus is still on my photo.


Here are the cut files I used today ...





If you are interested in watching my process video I would love to have you watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel. 



Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Birthday Cards - My Favorite Things

Hello friends!

I indulged myself after Christmas and bought this Adorable Elephants stamp set from My Favorite Things. I haven't done a lot of Copic coloring, but thought this set would be a good one to start practicing with. I decided to try my hand with their Sketch Challenge ...

Here is my take using some pattern papers from the Pebbles Happy Hooray birthday collection...




I struggled with the elephant ears ... I think I need to get a new Copic marker, something lighter pink RV0000 or R0000.

Copic Markers used: C1, C3, R24, R29, RV10, E50

and also their Color Challenge ...





Copic Markers used: C1, C3, RV10, E50, Y11, Y15, Y17, YG03, YG63

My clouds need a little work, lol.

Thanks for stopping by.
~Marcia

Friday, January 19, 2018

Snow Adorable - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a fun winter layout to share with you. I live in Minnesota where you can always count on cold and snowy winters. When I saw the new JustNick Studio Frostbite Background digital cut file, I couldn't wait to use it with this outdoor photo of my daughter and her dog.



I wanted to add some of the beautiful snowflakes from the Snowflakes 2 digital cut file and create a visual triangle with them. I cut 3 of the 4 snowflakes in this cut file pretty large and arranged them so that they were partially off the page.







I like to mix fonts when creating my titles so I used the scripty "Snow" from the Holiday Words digital cut file and combined it with some Thickers from my stash.



When its -15 degrees Fahrenheit outside, you definitely want to keep warm and snuggle up!





Here are the JustNick Studio digital cut files I used today ...







For more details on how I created my Snow Adorable scrapbook layout, I would love to have you stop by and watch my YouTube process video.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Twas The Night Before Christmas - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am having a hard time packing up my Christmas papers so I decided to do one more layout for JustNick Studios. I hate to see the holidays ending ... that means I have to go back to work. Anyway, I really wanted to scrap this photo of the extended Nix family taken on Christmas Eve. I normally snap candid shots at family gatherings, but my niece brought out a tripod so we gave a group shot a try. I think it turned out great! My kids are actually smiling!!  I decide to go for a BIG title for impact. I used my favorite Outline Alphas and backed them with a variety of different pattern papers. I used the Simple Stories Claus & Co collection except for that dark green background paper. That is from the Carta Bella Christmas Delivery collection. I've been doing some very much needed Christmas stash busting.





You can see the FA LA LA LA LA tree tucked in behind the photo. I couldn't resist adding that since we are posing in front of the tree.




I stepped out of my comfort zone and used a piece of dark green pattern paper for my background. I really love how that title just pops against the green.


Here are the cut files I used today ...




Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!