Thursday, April 30, 2015

Creative Fold Card Challenge

Have you heard about the NEW CHALLENGE going on now over on the Cuddly Cute Designs Facebook Fan Page? This time around it's a card challenge. To be more specific, a card with a CREATIVE FOLD, anything other than a classic folded in half down the center card, and of course, make sure there is a CCD pattern used on the card somewhere. This challenge will run through May 10th! We had some really great entries during the last challenge and we would LOVE to see just as many if not more participants have fun with this challenge.

Here's my creative fold sample which is an easel card using pieces from the CCD "Cuddly Critter Bees" which you can see HERE.

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We can't wait to see everyone's creative fold card entries! Winner will get a Cuddly Cute Designs pattern of their choice -- there's still plenty of time to submit your entry!  Check us out on Facebook HERE.  

Until next time...Happy Scrapping! 

Birthday Card

Last weekend was my niece's 23rd birthday and I'd like the share the card I made for her.  Since I'm on the Design Team for Cuddly Cute Designs, I wanted to make my card for her using one of their designs.  As I was going through all my CCD patterns trying to decide which one to use, I came across the "Bear With Roses" file and remembered that my niece's middle name is Rose.  That was it -- I knew I had to use that one.

I wanted to keep the card pretty simple, so I decided to use just the bundle of roses that is part of this pattern.  Here's my card:

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The roses in this pattern are very easy to assemble and I just LOVE the dimensional look they have.  Each rose has 5 pieces, not counting the stems & leaves, but please don't let that scare you LOL!  Like I said, very easy to assemble!

After completing my bundle of roses, I glued them onto a scalloped oval I had made a long time ago and didn't use.  They fit perfectly onto this oval and the end result was a very pretty but simple card front.

I printed off my simple birthday sentiment for the inside of the card, glued a 2" strip of the red paper on the opposite side of the cover (which I forgot to photograph!) and slipped a little "something" into it for the birthday girl.  Quick and easy card, but one with a lot of heartfelt thought put into it.

If you'd like to see the entire Cuddly Cute Designs "Bear With Roses" pattern, you can find it HERE 

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time... Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Earth Day Layout

Happy Thursday everyone! Yesterday was Earth Day 2015 and since Cuddly Cute Designs has an awesome FREEBIE file this week (the Earth Day Bear), I thought I'd use it to make a fun one-page layout.

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This little guy came together so quickly and easily! I paired him with the fence and grass from the Spring Bunny file and the scalloped photo mats are from the Scalloped Shapes file. And just how perfectly did the 3D butterfly stickers I found in my stash work? Love them, plus it keeps me in line with my goal of using something old with everything new that I make.

I designed my "Happy Earth Day" title in SCAL using a font called CK Kiddo. Confession time...when I was making the shadows for the title, the bottom one didn't turn out large enough so instead of making another one, I just slightly offset it to look like a drop shadow instead.  And quite by accident, when I put the "Happy" onto the page, the "drop shadow" actually looked like it was part of the border shadow I used under my BoBunny Dot paper.  Love it when these types of "accidents" happen LOL!

I'm also very happy that I was able to use nothing but SCRAPS for this whole layout with the exception of the 12x12 background paper, which came from an older DCWV I've had for a while called "The Green Stack" and it is made completely from recycled paper. Perfect for Earth Day!

Here is a link for this week's FREE Earth Day Bear at Cuddly Cute Designs:  FREEBIE 

Enjoy the rest of your week!  Until next time...Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#1 Baseball Mom Layout

Today is my daughter's birthday and I just finished a surprise layout for her.  My son-in-law coaches my 7-year old grandson's youth baseball team this season which means my daughter is now an official "Baseball Mom".  She makes all the parent reminder phone calls, keeps the kids in line while they are in the dugout, gives them their batting order, helps suit up whoever is playing Catcher, checks the score, eats sunflower seeds, and, most importantly, makes sure they LOOK before they practice SWING a bat (have had some very close calls!) - Yikes!!!

Here's the whole layout and then each page separately:

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For this project I used the girl baseball player, bat, glove, ball, and home plate patterns from the Cuddly Cute Designs "Baseball" file.  The girl in the pattern actually has ponytails, but since my daughter has short dark hair I didn't add those. I totally customized this paper piecing from the team uniform colors right down to some double pierced earrings.  This cutting file also comes with a "Home Run" title, but it didn't go with my layout so I designed my own in SCAL2.  I hand-cut the banner and then ran it through my printer to add a little team support (Go Cowboys!).

I really wasn't sure what to add to my second page as far as embellishments go, but then thought about making some extra bats, balls, a glove and another home plate.  I added some baker's twine to the bats just for fun.  After adding these extra piecings to a strip of plain black paper, I think I "knocked it out of the park" with this different type of border (sorry, couldn't resist!).

Here's a quick link to the Cuddly Cute Designs website so you can see what all is included in this file:  BASEBALL FILE

Thank you for allowing me to share this layout with you!  I love how it turned out and hope my daughter will too!

Until next time...Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Patterned Paper Challenge

Over on the Cuddly Cute Designs​ fan page the NEW Challenge is to make any project using patterned paper on a CCD paper piecing and step outside the box and do something more than just clothing pieces.  I've had this "Stinkin' Cute" pattern on my mind to make for a little while now and thought this was the perfect project to use it on :-)  So here's my Challenge project and it was so fun to pull together! 

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This little skunk was just screaming to be cut out of BoBunny Dot Papers!  I also use some pink & white gingham paper for his nose.  I found some brown scrap patterned paper that had swirls in it that I thought worked perfectly for the top of the tree stump.

While looking through my scraps of paper, I came across the blue/yellow/white plaid with the coordinating polka dot papers and wanted to figure a way to use those on this project - mainly because the colors just make me feel happy!  So they became my photo mats, border trim, flowers, and part of my title.

I used the "Scalloped Shapes" file by Cuddly Cute Designs to frame out my square photo mats.  I sized the scallops at 5".

I wasn't too sure about using patterned paper in my title, but I think it turned out better once I chalked the letters.  This is sooo outside my comfort zone!

If YOU would like a chance to win a FREE Cuddly Cute Designs pattern, you have until April 26th to submit your own Patterned Paper Challenge project!

Here are some quick links for you:

For the "Stinkin' Cute" file, click HERE 
For the "Scalloped Shapes" file, click HERE
For the Cuddly Cute Designs FB Fan Page where you can find more info about the current Challenge and other happenings, click HERE 

Until next time...Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Easter "Leftovers" Layout

It's been a busy week working on invitation, flyer, and favor projects for other people and then I remembered yesterday was the deadline to get my second Design Team project in for the week over at Cuddly Cute Designs. Hmmmm...what to do, what to do?  But sitting on part of my work space was this pretty little stack of completed - but unused - Easter paper piecings that didn't make it onto any projects.  I called them my "leftovers".  So instead of trying to figure out which new set of patterns to make, I decided to take these leftovers and see what I could come up with.  And here it is:

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I have to admit that picking out the background papers turned out to be the easiest EVER for me.  I simply opened up my "Easter" paper storage container and, as luck would have it, this zig zag paper was right on top and the colors went perfectly with my pieces...YAY!  Then when I took that paper out of the container, there was a 4 x 12 green gingham piece of "leftover" paper and, since I LOVE mixing patterned papers together, it was another score!

Found some Happy Easter ribbon in my stash, pulled out a paper doily, found some absolutely PERFECT alpha stickers (that I've had for probably at least 9-10 yrs -- thank goodness they still stuck!) and started putting everything together.  I LOVE how this "leftover" layout turned out.

These little Peeps are from the "Easter Peeps" file, the sign is from "Carrot Patch", eggs are from "Egg Hunt", the little grass patch is from "Spring Bunny", and the two ducks are from "Quacking Eggs":

The little scalloped egg in the corner is from the "Scalloped Shapes" file as is the scalloped photo mats.  Love this file!!!

The alpha stickers on my "Easter" title were made by American Craft, the doily was purchased at a LSS, the little white flowers are "Spare Parts" from Hobby Lobby and the foam "2015" are from a Thickers sticker sheet.  And, last but not least, those adorable kids are from the clan LOL!

Thank you for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed my "leftover" layout!

Until next time...Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baby Shower Layout

Today I'd like to share a two-page layout I just finished using the "Baby Shower" and "Pretty Borders" files from Cuddly Cute Designs.

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I just love all the little details in the "Baby Shower" collection all the way from the beautifully designed bows, to the ribbon laced umbrella, and down to the little toes and belly button on the baby!  And how adorable is that little ducky, bottles, pacifier, and stack of diapers?  Love them!

The title is so cute and is sooo easy to layer together!

The scalloped border I used at the top of this layout is from the "Pretty Borders" file (which I already mentioned above LOL) and instead of creating a shadow for it, I simply duplicated it and cut two from my patterned paper and two from some Bazzill cardstock and layered them.  I love how it turned out.  BTW, to make this a true 12x12 border, I used my 12x24 cutting mat.  I could have used my 12x12 mat and cut the borders on the diagonal, but that wastes so much paper.  Busting out the 12x24 mat was much easier!

If you'd like to take a look at these cutting files, the "Baby Shower" file can be found here and the "Pretty Borders" can be found here.

For my "something old with something new" goal, I used a Fiskars ribbon punch that has been collecting dust and some yellow ribbon to coordinate with the ribbon laced umbrella.  Love how that turned out and it also makes me wonder why I don't use this punch more often!  I also used some more of the Candi paper brads that I am really, really fond of. 

Thank you for stopping by and taking a closer look at my project! 

Until next time... Happy Scrapping!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Birthday Card

Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for my little grand-nephew who just turned one!  This card was made using the "Birthday Boy" pattern by Cuddly Cute Designs. 

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Since our little one year old has the darkest full head of hair, I just had to make my paper Birthday Boy with the same dark hair (adorable!).  I pop-dotted the little boy to give the card just a little added dimension.

This pattern has a "Birthday Boy" title included with it, but since this was for a first birthday, I designed my own "Look Who's One" title instead.  I used a Doctor Soos font that I had downloaded to my computer.  To see what the whole Cuddly Cute Designs pattern looks like, click HERE 

For the inside of the card, I added a small coordinating rectangle block using the dark blue border and the dotted papers.

Hope you enjoyed my project -- have a great week! 

Until next time...Happy Scrapping!