the sun shines down on your face and warms your skin.

It is 65 degrees and there is a light breeze in the air... the sun shines down on your face and warms your skin. You are sitting on in your favorite outdoor spot with an iced drink of choice... your feet are up... you gaze into the crisp, arresting blue and white sky and hear nothing but silence... a butterfly lands beside you...
All products from Artsy Urban and Homespun Chic collections
Embossing folder (Quickutz), glitter baubles (Mark Richards, USA), all other products from Artsy Urban and Homespun Chic collections


Let your stars shine

Hey there, It's me Heidi V and I have a little tutorial to share today! I am going to show you a very easy way to make 3-dimensional stars.

1. Start by die-cutting or punching out you star shape.

2. Next score the star down the center, from one tip to the "V" between two tips

3. Continue scoring the entire star this way.

4. Pinch the star on the score lines to form peaks and valleys.

5. Ta da! You now have a 3-dimensional star!

To adhere your star to your project, stack pieces of foam adhesive in the center.

The finished result:

The first card I created is a simple congratulations card. I added two dimensional stars, one matted with some yellow paper and topped with a button.

DP: (Quilted Foil [back], Sky Brocade) Lydia Collection by Melody Ross, (Black Floral[back], Blue Floral [back]) Melody Ross Artsy Urban(
Petit Floral Glitter) Melody Ross Lydia Collection, All GCD Studios, (Glitter Transparent Shapes & Tags), (Black Button) Melody Ross Artsy Urban by GCD Studios, Paper crimper: Fiskars, Tool: Pazzles Inspiration

For my second card I created a little something for dad.

I used stars in many shades of blue and sprinkled meaningful words in between them.

DP: (Quilted Foil [back], Sky Brocade [front & back]) Lydia Collection by Melody Ross, (Black Floral[back], Book Page, Blue Floral [back]) Melody Ross Artsy Urban, All GCD Studios
, (Sticky Note Journal Cards) Melody Ross Artsy Urban by GCD Studios, Tool: Pazzles Inspiration
Size: 4.25x5.5"

I hope you give this technique a try! It is so easy and a great way to add dimension to masculine projects!


Saying goodbye

The month of June has been awesome!
Jacquie has shared her beautiful work and I loved each new project she brought to the table. She is just so TALENTED and I love her layering style. I also love her color choices.
Remember all those butterflies?! SO PRETTY!

Anyways... here is her last project with us. Thanks friend, for hanging out this month!

As we wrap up these last few days, we hope you enjoy the rest of our DT's work (using the June theme). We hope you found great inspiration with Blue skies and summer days.

July will be sooo exciting. We have some fun stuff to share :)
Have a happy Monday and a Great summer week!

PS Did YOU get the June news letter? What did you think?

One of those moments

Hi all, Mimi here again! These gorgeous photos were the DT's inspirations this month...they definitely make me think of the perfect summer!

Well there is nothing like baseball to make me think of summer! This layout is of my son and nephew. We went to see one of my nephews T-balls games. As soon as the game was over he ran over to my son and gave him the best hug and a great big smile...it became "one of those moments" I won't soon forget!

I mixed and matched several blue and white pattern papers here. I also used a few of the fun Die Cut Borders. These make scrapping so darn easy!

I love these Bling Embellishments. This is such a simple way to add a little pizazz to your layout.

I hope you are having a great summer and that this layout inspires you to pull out some summer photos and play! Have a good one!


Frame it!

I am going to share with you today how to create your own little mini photos frames using the Homespun Chic Layered Frames. The completed project is quick and easy to put together! Plus, they would make a perfect gift for that someone special!
Here are my completed and embellished frames!
Now let me show you how I created these little lovelies!

First select the frames you want to work. (I choose these three frames.)
A tip before starting: Remove the paper backing to reveal the adhesive on each of the frames. Lightly sprinkle them with baby powder to remove the stickiness.

Take a piece of scrap chipboard and cut a back and a stand for each frame. Use a bone folder or other such tool, to score the chipboard a 1/2 inch from the end for each of the stand pieces.

Back: 2.75 x 3.25 inches
Stand: 1.75 x 3 inches
Back: 3 x 2.75 inches
Stand: 1.75 x 3 inches
Back: 2.25 x 2.25 inches
Stand: 1.75 x 2.75 inches
Cover the front and back of each piece of chipboard with a coordinating pattern paper.
Cut thin strips of double sided foam tape and run it along 3 sides of the back piece. This will leave an opening on one end that will allow you to insert a photo into the frame if you would like to.
Remove the tape and adhere this to the back side of the frame.
Remember to keep the side with no tape at the top!
The back side...
...and the front side!
Adhere the stand to the back of the frame.
Complete each frame by adding the embellishments of your choice!

Here are some close up images of how I embellished my frames.
For the chipboard shapes: Adhere patterned paper to the chipboard piece. Cut around them and then sand the edges. Add Stickles and a gem for extra sparkle and shine!
For the flowers: Layer the fabric brad with the felt flowers for a quick and easy flower embellishment!
Patterned Paper: Homespun Chic Collection Pink Sparkle Glitter and Homespun Chic Collection 8 x 8 Specialty Paper Pad
Embellishments: Homespun Chic Collection Layered Frames, Homespun Chic Collection Fabric Brads
Chip Art - Chipboard Shapes: Butterflies and Birds

Other: Stickles by Ranger, Gems by Me & My Big Ideas and Kaiser Craft, Felt Flowers by Stampin' Up!, Double sided foam tape by 3M

Happy Hugs!


recycling and re-purposing

As you've seen this month, this beautiful piece has been our inspiration. I started out thinking- earth and recycling/re-purposing. I love the clouds and all the blues. I decided to remake an altered tin I had created for a mini album I never finished. I recycled it into a tin to hold my bobbins for sewing.
I created the tin with mainly blues, adding in a little yellow and pink with embellishments and paper. I wrapped the tin with different Ava collection papers. Then I added this chipboard oval to the front of the tin. I layered it over a white cardstock cut with deco scissors.
Remember that photo montage at the top- and the beautiful clouds and the sweet cloud necklace-they inspired me to add clouds to my tin. I embossed my blue paper with a swirls embossing folder, then hand cut out and foam taped the clouds in layers.
I added faux stitching on my oval, then added the sewing machine lady to the front of the tin. I added a chipboard word strip, buttons and the word Bobbins to the front.
For the top of he tin, I cut sewing pattern tissue paper in circles, then I added this large button looping my twine to make it into a flower. I also added another word chipboard strip, and a bow to pretty up the handle.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today!

supplies- gcd studios ( ava collection papers, Homespun chic embellishments- chipboard strips, vintage buttons, chipboard sticker, chipboard oval.) other- sewing pattern paper, black pen, ribbon, some buttons)



My Own Embellishments

Hello! One of my favorite things to do when making cards is to create my own embellishments. Right now I am addicted to making these folded medallions... I think they are a great way to add dimension and ensure that your embellies are a perfect match.
Patterned paper (Artsy Urban mat pad), glitter stickers, tool (Chip Art Tool and flower center stamps), paint (Glimmer Mist), cardstock (white), other (scalloped edge decorative scissors)
To create card:
1) make card from cardstock
2) adhere patterned paper from mat pad
3) adhere medallion on card
4) stamp and paint chipboard, allow to dry and adhere to medallion, add punched paper and number sticker
To make medallion:
Punch edge of paper
Cut into a 12" long strip. Vary width of strip to change size of medallion
Score at every 1/4" mark
Make accordion fold at score marks
Adhere ends
Fold in medallion flat
Glue to disc
Patterned paper (Artsy Urban mat pad), layered flowers (Artsy Urban), glitter stickers, cardstock (kraft), other (scalloped edge decorative scissors)
To create card:
1) make card from kraft
2) adhere patterned paper from mat pad
3) adhere letter stickers
4) tie on bow
5) fold and layer medallion with parts of Artsy Urban layered flower and adhere to bow Have a great day!