Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Project Life Challenge: Bimini Moose

Welcome to another Tuesday challenge over at Bimini Moose. As always we play an Anything Goes challenge with an optional twist that changes every week. This week the optional twist to USE ONE CARD KIT for your layout. So if you like an added challenge then there is no mixing and matching this week. If you need another incentive to play along then make note that one lucky entry will receive a FREE CUT FILE from KADOODLE BUG DESIGNS! So make sure to head on over and play along with any scrapbook layout. 

I had a lot of fun putting together my layout this week and I am hoping that it's the last snow layout for a while. I did not play along with the optional twist because I mix all of my cards together and because I wanted to try to make that top left title card from scratch. 

These pictures all came from our trip to the local park were we go sled riding. I tried to stick to a blue and yellow theme, taking the blue from my sons coat and the yellow from that "take note" card which I love! I also decided to add a little bit of red throughout to accent the other colors. I created both of the top corner cards by using some random embellishments that I had in my stash along with the Cricut and a Miss Kate file. 

While I was searching high and low for a fun sled riding cut file I stumbled upon one over at Miss Kate Cuttables. I love her files. The file I purchased included the "Sledding Fun" title, the toboggan (which is perfect because that's the sled we use), the snowflakes, and the snowmen. I feel right in love with those snowmen because of the picture below them with my son, dog, and their funky looking snowman. 

Here is a close up of both sides. 

The picture on the top right is my son digging a snow path through about 3 feet of snow so I figured the caption "Explore Everyday" would be perfect. I also decided to add an arrow just to point out that he was in the photo :) Some of the other pictures on this side, include the earmuffs.. I just can't get enough of them and the picture on the bottom right is of the boys crashing the toboggan.. very funny! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget you have two weeks to hop over to Bimini Moose and play along with our challenge - anything goes and any style of scrabooking. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Batman and Turtle Birthday Cards

As promised I am here today to bring you some fussy cut, free handed, super hero cards!

Sometimes with all the wonderful things the Cricut can do we I often forget that cards can be just as beautiful with just the basics.

For both of these cards I free hand drew all of the designs and then simply stamped "Happy Birthday" on both of them. The turtles were really easy to make after I got the head just the way I wanted it, I simply added a small piece of cardstock and some googly eyes. They were so easy to do and it was nice to not have to pull a ton of tools out to make them. 

This is the inside of the turtle one. I am completely in love with that gear paper, it reminds me of sewers for some reason. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you come back tomorrow for a new Project Life challenge.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Deepest Sympathy Card Set

This week was a long week for us, not only did we have a cousin who got sick and was hospitalized but we also had an aunt who passed away from cancer. It's fortunate that sometimes it takes something severe to make us think of sympathy cards, maybe it's just me trying to always be positive, but never the less with all the poor karma this week I decided to sit down and make a batch of them to hand out over the weekend.

These were very easy cards to make since I was only using three designs. I made two cards of each design and in no time I had six cards ready to go. You can see the three different designs in the pictures. 

 All of these designs are from Lisa Stentz, and you can get step by step instructions from her blog Lisa's Creative Corner. I did not follow the designs exactly, since you always have to add your own flair in, but you can tell that the concept and general cards came from her tutorial.

I cut all of the flowers and stems out using the Cricut (Flower Shoppe Catridge) however they could have easily been drawn out by hand and fussy cut. I used four different size flowers ranging from 1.5" to .75" and layered most of them.

The hardest part about the whole project where inking and curling all of those flowers in order to achieve that beautiful "real" flower look. After I had all of the flowers cut out I took some red ink and dabbed around the edges and then I took my trusty 3-piece clay tool set and worked my magic. I used the ball ended tool to work and loosen the paper fibers and then I used the blunt pointed tool to curl in each petal. I then layered most of them and added a sequin to the center. It's a lot of tedious work, but it's well worth it. 

Another easy added touch is to add designer paper to the outside flap of the envelope. This is a great technique, which takes very little effort, and makes the whole project come together so well.

I hope you enjoyed the cards today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back here Monday for some superhero fun! 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Card

I am working on putting together a beginners series of videos to help anyone new understand the ins and outs of making their first card, which happens to take up a lot of time, so I apologize for my direct and smaller posts lately :)

Today I have a clean and simple birthday card to show off. I found the inspiration for this card from Pinterest (love that site!!) and I fell in love with it because the color is so striking.

For this card I layered a white sheet onto an orange base. I then measured and cut open the side of the white so I could add that polka dotted rainbow paper underneath. It's amazing how much really colorful rainbow paper I have in my stash, and this was the perfect card to start using it. The butterfly was cut out multiple times on different colors, ranging from black on the bottom to white on the top. I then layered it keeping to the ROYGBIV scheme, which is the natural flow of our minds so it always makes the colors seem to flow better. I also added a rainbow stream of gems to give the appearance of "flying" and then stamped "Happy Birthday" in a Lagoon colored ink onto the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Little Christmas Spirit - Reindeer Cards

I try to be really proactive at times and get a head start on m Christmas Cards, although I do not always post them because let's get real very few people are thinking about Christmas prior to Spring. However, I really loved these cards and wanted to show them off to anyone who likes to throw in a Holiday card here and there.  

Everything I used was from my stash, except those reindeer which happen to come from the "Christmas Cheer" Cricut Cartridge. This was a really easy card to throw together by simply matting your layers and then wrapping some ribbon around the base. To break up that white a little, I did take the largest white background one more step and embossed some snowflakes onto it. The "Joy" was then stamped in blank ink onto the smaller white layer. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bimini Moose - Project Life Photo Mosaic Challenge

Welcome back and thanks for joining me today. Last week I was playing a lot of catch up and did not have a chance to create a photo mosaic for our Project Life challenge and since we have one more week to play along with that challenge I figured that today was the perfect day to showcase my layout.

Photo Mosaics are a great way to showcase your favorite photo or even to add a larger photo into your project life page protectors and they add such a beautiful artistic look to the overall layout. They can be a little intimidating at first, but I promise you will get the hang of them. My only piece of advice is to measure twice and cut once, other than that just play around and experiment.

It was a very heavy photo week for me as I dug deep in the depths of my free range photos and pulled out some great school/family shots that needed a home. I used the We R Memory Keepers "Inked Roses" and "Farmers Market" for all of my cards and the blue buttons are from my stash. If you follow me at all then you know that I have been completely in love with the KaiserCraft Bluebelle Collectables, which is where I took the circle punches from. 

Here is a closer view of my put together 4x6 card in the upper right. The We R Memory Keepers sets largest piece was a 4" x 4" card so I had to get creative and combine a couple different one that I liked. 

Since the challenge theme this week is Photo Mosaic I decided to show you a close up of my photo. This picture was actually an 8"x10" that I had framed, until I decided it would make a much better mosaic in my book. I love the way it came out! 

This is the second week of our challenge and there is a wonderful prize up for grabs so make sure to head on over to Bimini Moose and join in the fun. Any scrapbooking layout is eligible for the prize although we do love seeing the Project Lifers and the optional twists being used.

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Creative Knockouts Shape Challenge

Welcome back to another Thursday challenge over at Creative Knockouts! This week we are showcasing Shaped Cards and boy how fun and challenging these can be. As always we have a wonderful and creative sponsor, Meljen's Designs, which unfortunately is closing down in April, but do have some wonderful (and now discounted) images, so be sure to head over there and show some love.

It was hard for me to choose only one image to use on my project this week, but I somehow narrowed it down and decided to use Little Umbrella Boy - perfect for the Spring season right!? I am happy I chose this image, however finding a shape was a bit challenging, or maybe it's because I have been battling a sinus infection and I'm working a little slow this week....who knows. So anyway, after a couple different shapes (clouds, umbrellas, flowers, ect..) I finally came up with rain boots and I love the outcome.

I used the Little Umbrella Boy image on top of some Skylark CTMH paper. I then used a brown twine from my stash to add a little interest to the top. I found the "be happy" sentiment in the KaiserCraft Blubelle collectible kit and thought that it added the perfect finishing touches.

I'm keeping it short and simple for today so I can go and get some rest. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts to submit your beautiful shaped cards.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Just for you Card (New Technique)

 Welcome back to another exciting edition here at JeniLeigh Designs. Today I have a really fun card for you with a new-ish technique that takes me back to my days of high-school art class.

For this card there are a couple of different things going on. The first is that crazy fun wavy background which was so easy to create and adds such a fun layer to the card. To create this background I simply picked out four coordinating colors (tan, chocolate, sky blue, and white) and freely cut a wave like pattern. A couple things I liked about this technique are that I did not have to pay attention to a ton of detail and that I could use all of my scraps.  

After I had that background cut and glued together I decided to add some vellum to "mellow" out the colors. I am not sure if the swirly pattern mellowed out that background or just added to the fun, but I love the outcome. 

I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. I love the look of heat embossing on vellum and I figured I would give it a try. Note, the vellum allows the ink to melt very quickly so heat embossing does not take as long as it normally does. 

I also decided to take some white stitching and thread around the outside of the vellum. This does two things, it adds a great look to the card and it ensure the vellum will stay attached without the messy look of glue. A lot of times I run into trouble with adhering vellum because you can see most adhesives right through the paper, this is my stylish solution to that problem.  I then took some 3-D star accessories and placed them on the front. 

I hope you enjoyed my card today and were inspired. Thanks for stopping by. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bimini Moose - PL Layout & Challenge

Welcome back to another Bimini Moose Scrapbook Challenge! Boy has the previous week been so busy for me, but no worries I still managed to get my project life done for the week. I am so glad that I found Project Life, it's such a fun and easy way to scrapbook and it completely prevents me from falling behind in my work!! I love it.

So this week over at Bimini Moose we are adding an optional twist of adding a Photo Mosaic into your layout. The photo mosaic is a fun little way to add more artistic flair to your layouts or to even showcase one photo that you really love.

Now I regret to inform you that I was super super busy this week and I did not have a chance to put together one of these beautiful pieces, however our design team over at Bimini Moose have some excellent layouts showing off the Mosaic. So make sure to stop by and check them out. 

My project this week was a little more classic and I really wanted to get all of the snowy photos showcased before Spring sneaks up from behind. 

Remember you have two weeks from today to showcase your anything goes scrapbooking projects and to enter them over on our challenge site. One entry per challenge will win a free cut file
from KADOODLE BUG DESIGNS so make sure to enter. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you come back tomorrow for some more challenges.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

CAS(E) & MFT Challenges: Coral Sunshine Card

Today I have lovely card to share with you. I found the inspiration for this card from two challenges. The sketch came from CAS(E) this Sketch! and the color combination came from MFT Challenges. I typically do not use both a color combination and a sketch in the same project because I like to have a lot of creative room, however I have these new dies cuts and both challenges fit them perfectly. 

I bought this paper pack because I was missing the color coral in my stash and while cruising through the coral paper selections I found this wonderful assortment pack so I picked up both.  

All products that I used on this card came from the Blu Belle line from KaiserCrafts. You can find the whole line here. Below is a close up of the focal point, since it's a little tough to see above.

I put a sentiment in the center and I surrounded it by those beautiful matching flower die cuts. I then took some lace edging and laid it across the bottom of the sentiment for an added touch. I can't get over how beautiful that paper is!

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Make sure to jump on over to the two challenge sites and join in on the fun. Thanks for stopping by. 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bimini Moose/KaDoodle Bug Co-Hop Special Edition!!

Welcome back today I have an exciting day for you so sit back, grab your favorite drink, and get ready to win some prizes.

If you follow me you will know that yesterday and today are pretty exciting days in the blog land because we are helping to celebrate KaDoodle Bug Design's 4th Birthday! Now if you are not familiar with KaDoodle Bug Designs please make sure to check out the store. Melissa and her wonderful design team have spectacular digital files for sale (including a Freebie of the Day). To prove how awesome these file are we from Bimini Moose have teamed up with the KaDoodle Bug design team to showcase some of these wonderful files in a Facebook Co-Hop!!! Yes, I said Facebook Co-Hop :)

During this Facebook Co-Hop each member of the design team will be showcasing the best that KaDoodle has to offer on their facebook fan page. Along with showing off KaDoodle's files we will also be offering some wonderful prizes, including over $100 in gift cards, paper, vinyl, and much much more so make sure to head on over to my fan page to join in on the fun.

Now, we are pretty excited about this hop and you should be too! And talking about freebies (I always get excited about free things) Bimini Moose will be having a giving one lucky fan the Becky Higgins Project Life Card Kit: Amy Tangerine Plus One Edition. All you have to do is head on over and comment on today's post.

Ok so now onto my project for this Co-Hop. My birthday project is a little different than what you are used to seeing from me. For this hop I decided to do a full 2 page layout instead of a pocket pages and I am glad I did because I decided to use all of the Party Monster monsters, which of course I picked up from KaDoodle Bug's store.


Don't you just love those monsters!! All four of the monsters come from the Party Monster file from KaDoodle Bug. KaDoodle Bug offers a wide selection of not only birthday files, but also these wonderful little monster's in all different themes, and many more themes and styles. I know, awesome right!! 

I also have a closer view of my favorite two. 

Thanks for stopping by today! For your chance to win some of these fabulous prizes, make sure to hop on over to my facebook fan page and join the Co-Hop.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Colour Me! Challenge: Get Well Card

Welcome to Friday! Thanks for stopping in and checking out my creation for today, which happens to be a challenge creation! Colour Me! is an excellent inspirational blog which offers you color combinations in certain themes depending on the week. For example, this is the second week so the color combination offered is a "striking" combination of greens. Next week is the third week of the month so Colour Me! will offer three subtle colors representing a soft and serene feel.

Now, with Colour Me! the picture does not have to be used on your project, however, I LOVE buttons so I made sure to place some buttons on my project. I also love the color green so it was fun to play along with this challenge. Green makes me think of trees, grass, St. Patricks, money, and of course Turtles!!  

I used the turtle from the Create A Critter cartridge and the green "grassy" paper is from CTMH. The rest of the stuff came from my stash. I also took multiple pictures of this card and I am not quite sure why the sentiment came out fuzzy in all of them (I think I printed the letters too close) but I can assure you it is not fuzzy on the card :) 

Make sure to stop by the Colour Me! blog and link up your new creation. Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to stop back in tomorrow for a fun special edition post. Also make sure to stop by my Facebook page today for a chance to win some wonderful prizes. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative Knockouts - Stitching Challenge with Inky Impressions

Welcome to another Thursday! Which happens to be challenge day over at Creative Knockouts! This week we have another fabulous sponsor, Inky Impressions, who is offering the winner a $10 gift card. If you have not checked out Inky Impressions yet make sure you head on over there. Inky Impressions offers a great selection of digital stamps, crafting embellishments, and even challenges, so I promise there is something for everyone! 

Prize is a $10 GC

Now onto the challenge theme this week, which happens to be In Stitches, so simply feature real or faux stitching on your card. I love to see stitching on cards and I think it adds such a great texture and look - whether drawn in or actually stitched- so I was all about this challenge. 

For my card I used the adorable Umbrella Lili and Dance in the Rain Sentiment from Inky Impressions - again I love their stamps and fell right in love with these ones. This card was so much fun to make for me and is perfect because we hit a week of 40 degree weather here in Upstate NY so all the snow is melting and we are getting ready for the much needed rain. 

I was playing around with my stitching guide and found this half circle template which is what I used on Umbrella Lili then to give it a little more stitching I also decided to stitch the top of my glitter flag. The sentiment says "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to Dance in the Rain" and I really fell in love with it because it's so true! I decided to put the sentiment up on  3-D foam so it would stand out a little bit against those busy backgrounds. 

Make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts and check out all of the designs from our fabulous design team and to enter your project for a chance to win that $10 Inky Impressions gift card. 

Thanks for stopping in! 

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