Friday, December 21, 2012

Cards as gifts to share

One thing that I wanted to emphasis during this holiday season was "paying it forward" I guess I'm not sure that's the right wording but I wanted some of my gifts to be something that wouldn't only benefit the recipient but also keep the gift of giving moving forward.
Here's a few more cards that I've created to give away as gifts.

These are very simple cards but I hope that they will make someones day!

Thanks for taking time to visit today. Wish me luck...I'm off to fight the crowds and finish my Christmas shopping today.

Merry Christmas :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012


I neglected to share my most recent Bella Blvd project. This layout is already one of our family favorites. I have it standing on an easel in my living room. My kids are always talking about the great time we had sledding at the family cabin Thanksgiving weekend 2011.
My assigment from the gals at Bella Blvd was to create a layout using this image as inspiration. Today I also tell you a little bit about the design and why I chose the placement for my embellishments and title.
I chose to create my layout based on the colors and the snowflakes in the image.
I started the layout by cutting the title using my Silhouette. Because I had four smaller photos I wanted an element to stand out and draw attention to the photos on my page.

 I used some glitter tape by American Crafts behind my title to add a little sparkle.

On either side of my title I added some die cut snowflakes with some bling in the center. I added the bakers twine so there was a little bit of movement and so all my lines weren't straight.

I created two embellishment clusters using Bella Blvd embellishments and die cut snowflakes. These clusters are in the upper right hand corner of the page and the lower left hand corner of the page so that your eye will move across the page and make the photos stand out in between.

Here's the whole layout. I know that I'll have to create 2 more of these layouts so that each of my kiddos will have one in their albums.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Gift exchanges and a card to share

Hello, I'm glad you stopped by today.
We're deep into the holiday season and that means Holiday Parties and gift exchanges. This year for our gift exhange gifts I wanted to give a gift that would "pay it forward." I decided to give a set of cards with envolopes to exchange with the hope that each card would get sent out and brighten someones day.
This card is a Happy Birthday for an adult. I used a Bingo Card from My Minds Eye for the base and built up from there with Washi tape, die cuts, chipboard, tags, rubons, and gems. I love all the dimension and different colors and patterns that bring it all together.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll have lots more cards to share with you in the coming days.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A layout about the Christmas Season featuring Bella Blvd

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's been way too long since I updated my blog and way too long since I had a layout up on the Bella Blvd blog too. Today the wait is over. I have BOTH!

I created this layout using many different Bella Collections. This layout is Christmas themed centered on how I feel about my 3 children. I wanted to emphasize that we don't need anything this Christmas and how blessed I am to have these three great kids.

The journaling on this layout reads:
Christmas 2012 is quickly approaching. Everyone is getting ready for the big day, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, making gifts. As I’ve thought about what gifts I need to buy I can’t help but be grateful because there is not one thing that any of us “need.”  We are all happy and healthy. We have a beautiful house to live in, food to eat, and family close by to celebrate Christmas with. Your dad and I know that our greatest gift is the three of you. You make us happier than we could ever imagine! We love you all so much!

There is a lot of patterned paper and texture on this layout. I created a vellum pocket under part of my title with confetti and some die cut gifts. I cut the small gifts with my Silhouette. The border strips are punched and stacked together. I love using Bella's stickers, buttons, and flags to create embellishment clusters.

Here's the finished layout...

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day :)