Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ninabrook March DT Project

Hi friends!

Today I'm pleased to be sharing a project I created for the Ninabrook Paper Crafting Design Team as their Guest Designer for the month of March.

For my project this month, I decided to create a mini album, filled with waterfalls, flaps and pockets which was inspired by a You Tube tutorial by My Sisters Scrapper. My mini album features the lovely Bo Bunny Sweet Life Bundle from Ninabrook Paper Crafting. With all the lovely florals, butterflies and pretty Spring colours, it was the perfect bundle to create my project with!


I covered the front, back and inside covers with the 6x8 sheets that came with the bundle. I added some homemade flowers and leaves that my mom crocheted for me to the front cover. For the title I used Thickers by American Crafts and for the spine I hot glued some trim by Prima called Parisian Ruffle. The rest of the embellishments are by Jen Hadfield and Heidi Swapp.


Here is what the album looks like when you first open it. There is a metal clip holding the waterfall on the left side. Some flaps, pockets, and another waterfall are on the right side. I kept the embellishing to a minimum as I didn't want to add too much bulk and I felt the patterned papers already added so much interest.


Here's what the waterfall looks like when you remove the clip. I used the 3x4 journaling cards that came with the bundle for each of these flaps and black cardstock for the inside of the flaps. There is room for up to 15 photos just on this side of the album.


Here is a mini booklet in the middle of the album. When you open it there are two mattes in white cardstock for more photos or you can use the pockets as I did here by adding tags and some ephemera. 


To the right are more flaps that will fit up to 6 photos. There is a pocket on the bottom to tuck more photos or ephemera in.

Underneath those flaps, I used the 4x6 journaling cards that came with the bundle to create another waterfall with room for up to 4 more photos. Altogether, you can fit up to 30 photos in this mini album. The album measures 6" wide x 8.25" high. It's small but packs a punch and is perfect for documenting a special occasion all in one cute little mini.


Here is a video that will give you a closer look. If you are interested in creating this file folder mini album for yourself, click here for the link to the video that inspired me.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember to check out the Ninabrook shop for this bundle and other bundles they offer at great price points.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cute Chemists Trio Created for Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a trio of cards I created for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team. The moment My Favorite Things released this Cute Chemists stamp set I just knew I had to add it to my collection! I'm a big fan of their Birdie Brown line of stamps and their adorable, catchy sentiments! I mean how cute is "You Make My Beaker Bubble" lol.


My first card features the charming girl scientist. I actually created this card for my husband for our 30th wedding anniversary next month. One of the things that I love about this stamp set is that it can be adapted for many occasions, not just Valentine's Day.


I used patterned papers by My Favorite Things from their Sweet Stack and Black & White Stripes 6x6 paper pads. All images were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock and coloured with Copic Markers. The A2 sized card base is Mermaid cardstock by Lawn Fawn. The sentiment was heat embossed using a Versamark ink pad and Brutus Monroe white alabaster embossing powder and then die cut with Lawn Fawn's Everyday Sentiment Banners. I used 3D foam dots to add dimension to some of the images.


My next card features the beakers and test tubes exploding with love and affection. The white card panel was embossed with the Swiss Hearts embossing folder by Taylored Expressions. Prior to embossing, I inked up the embossing folder (the indented side) with Salty Ocean Distress Ink using a Picket Fence Studio Life Changing Brush.


The patterned paper is from the Sweet Stack 6x6 paper pad. The A2 sized card base is Moonstone cardstock by Lawn Fawn. The sentiment was white heat embossed using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe alabaster white embossing powder and then die cut with Lawn Fawn's Everyday Sentiment Banners.


My last card features the wild-haired nerdy boy. Using a Life Changing Brush, I applied Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge and Mustard Seed distress inks in a gradient. These brushes are amazing for creating a smooth blend. I then spritzed some water on the panel and soaked up the excess with a dry paper towel. I then used the Stitched Fireworks dies from Lawn Fawn to add an explosion effect.


I white heat embossed the circles and hearts and then added white paint splatters throughout. The sentiment was white heat embossed using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe alabaster white embossing powder and then die cut with Lawn Fawn's Everyday Sentiment Banners. I adhered the panel to an A2 sized white card base.


And those are my completed cards for today. I love how you can create so many different cute scenes with just one stamp set.

Many of the products used on these card projects are available in the Scrapbook Nerd store. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all have a lovely day!

Monday, March 04, 2019

Home is Where the Heart is Card Created for Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

I'm back with another card for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team. This week our theme is "Home" and the Lawn Fawn Happy Village stamp set immediately came to mind! It has the most adorable images and perfect sentiments for congratulating someone on moving into their new home.


I stamped and coloured all my images with Copic markers. I didn't have the coordinating dies for this stamp set so I fussy cut all the images by hand. I admit it took a little bit of time but it was a labour of love and I think the results are worth it!


I created the cute little scenes using the Lawn Fawn Peekaboo Backdrop die. I backed each square including the card panel using patterned paper from their Perfectly Plaid Rainbow and Perfectly Plaid Spring 6x6 Paper Packs.


To further decorate the scene I used the Grassy Border, Little Picket Fence Border and Stitched Hillside Borders dies. The sentiment is cut using the Everyday Sentiment Banners.

I used fun foam to adhere the scene to a patterned paper card panel and that completes my card! I had a lot of fun creating this card. I just love the bright and happy colours and makes me look forward to Spring even more!


Many of the products used on this card project are available in the Scrapbook Nerd store or can be ordered for you if not in stock. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all have a lovely day!

Saturday, March 02, 2019

2-For-1 Friendship Cards

Hi friends,

Today's projects are sort of a 2-for-1 deal. I love it when one card sparks an idea for another! Keep reading and you'll see what I mean. :)


To create the background on my first card, I used the Altenew Scallop Builder Stencil. This stencil is really cool because it allows you to ink it up with two different colours just by repositioning the stencil. For my ink colours, I chose Lawn Fawn Ballet Slippers and Mermaid Ink. I just love teal and pink as a combo, don't you? The inks were applied with the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool.


Next I die cut a heart opening from the panel using the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables die. Here's where the 2-for-1 deal comes in. I saved the positive piece (the part that popped out) to make my second card.

For the sentiments I used the Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design Bestie stamp set. The sentiment that peeks through the heart was stamped onto Stampin' Up cardstock and heat embossed with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. For the "friend" word, I heat embossed it onto black cardstock using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster White Embossing Powder. I then cut out the "friend" using the coordinating die.


Next I added 3-D foam tape to the back of the panel and adhered it to my card front. I adhered the "friend" using small pieces of 3-D foam tape except for the letter "f" and "d". I used regular glue on those. As a finishing touch, a few Pretty Pink Posh Blush Jewels were added to the front of the card.

My second card uses all the same products as the first, except my card panel is Woodgrain Cardstock from Lawn Fawn. You can see the texture very nicely in the second photo.


I die cut another heart using the Lawn Fawn Lacy Heart Stackables die set, and adhered the leftover heart from the first card in the middle of the scalloped heart. I then popped up the hearts with 3-D foam dots to add dimension and adhered it to the woodgrain panel.

I added a different sentiment from the Bestie stamp set to the heart and finished off the card with the same jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.


I hope you enjoyed today's cards and that you have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Happy Birthday Card Created for Scrapbook Nerd


Hi friends! I’m so pleased to be sharing my very first Tuesday Tutorial on the Scrapbook Nerd blog today!

The card I created features the Laurel Frame stamp and die set by Concord & 9th. This is a layering stamp set which requires the use of a MISTI or other stamping platform to allow for multiple stamping in the same position with different ink colours. 


In addition to the Concord & 9th Laurel Frame stamp and die set, I used the Altenew Stone Wall stencil to create an ink blended background.


First, I cut a 4.25” x 5.5” panel from Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock. I positioned the stencil on top of the panel and secured it with purple tape to my Tim Holtz glass media mat. Using a Life Changing Blender Brush from Picket Fence Studios, I blended Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar distress inks. These brushes are a real game changer for me. I used to struggle with blending distress inks but these brushes make it so easy and provide a seamless blend. I can’t recommend them enough.


Next I went to work on the stamping. I positioned my first stamp on the MISTI. Instead of stamping the leaves in traditional greens, I decided to use grey since pink and grey is my favourite colour combo. You may notice a #1 written on the stamp. I like to write numbers on the stamps so that I know which stamp to stamp first, then second, etc.  This saves a lot of time. I went ahead and stamped the frame with Lawn Fawn Hippo and Storm Cloud inks, starting with the lightest colour for the first layer. For the flowers, I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry. Although there are 3 layers to the flowers, I chose to only stamp two for this card. 


Using the coordinating dies, I positioned them over the images and secured them with low-tack tape so they wouldn’t move in my die-cutting machine. Notice I stamped another set of flowers on the side. I’m going to use pop dots on that image and position it over the flowers on the frame to create a dimensional effect. Note: The dies that come in this set also include an inner die to create an opening in the centre of the frame which is really cool for making shaker cards or just using it as a wreath. But for this card, I chose not to cut it out so I could stamp my sentiment in the middle. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.



Next I added foam tape to the back of the frame and adhered it to my panel. I coiled some invisible thread and tucked it behind the frame under the foam tape to secure it. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to add some shimmer and added Pretty Pink Posh Blush jewels to the front of the card.



Lastly, I adhered the panel to a standard A2 sized white card base and that finishes off my card! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you give layering stamps a try. With all the different colour combinations, no two cards will look alike. The creative possibilities are endless!


Many of the products used on this card project are available in the Scrapbook Nerd store. If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a comment below.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Life is Beautiful Card Created for Scrapbook Nerd

Happy Saturday folks! And if you're in Canada, happy Family Day long weekend!

This weekend the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team is hosting an online crop on the Scrapbook Nerd Friends Group on Facebook. There are challenges, prizes and fun to be had so head on over there if you can!

It's a closed group but we invite new members to join anytime! Here's the link.

One of the challenges I posted is themed "For the Love of Flowers". The challenge is to create a card with flowers as the focal point. You can use stamps, ephemera, die cuts, anything goes!

I posted a card earlier this week with the Engraved Flowers stamp and die set by Altenew and was so inspired by this gorgeous stamp set that I decided to create another card with it for this challenge.


First, I stamped the flowers and leaves onto Strathmore Watercolour Paper with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Lawn Fawn Gold Embossing Powder. 


I then watercoloured the images using Mowed Lawn, Barn Door and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Inks. The card panel was dry embossed with the Lots of Love 6x6 Stencil from Echo Park. The sentiment was also gold embossed. The coral cardstock I used for the sentiment and card base is from the Stampin' Up! Tearoom pack. 


I added some gold splatters from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Set and finished off the card front with Studio Katia clear drops. On the inside of the card, I stamped another flower using the same Barn Door Distress Oxide Inks.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you over on the SN Friends FB page. Have a great day! :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I Just Adore You Card Created for Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

I'm excited to be back with another card for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team!

This card features the gorgeous Engraved Flowers Stamp and Die set by Altenew. I have really fallen head over heels for Altenew lately. Their flowers are so beautiful and realistic with so many creative possibilities. My favourite thing to do is to watercolour them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.


For my A2 sized card base, I used Lawn Fawn Sugarplum cardstock. The panel was trimmed to 4" x 5.25" from Lawn Fawn Woodgrain cardstock. The panel was then adhered to the cardbase with Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive.


I stamped the flowers and leaves onto Strathmore Watercolour Paper with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I watercoloured the flower and leaves with the following Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:

No. 080 - Violet
No. 082 - Purple
No. 046 - Mid Green
No. 043 - Olive Green


Once they were dry, I adhered the flowers and leaves to the panel using the Ranger glue as well as 3D foam dots by 3L Scrapbook Adhesives. I then flicked black paint splatters onto the white panel and adhered 8mm Iridescent White Sequins by Darice. I went over the flower with a Wink of Stella brush to add some glittery shimmer which is difficult to see in the photos but looks so pretty in real life.

I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger White Embossing Powder. I cut a little notch out of the end and popped it up on the card with 3D foam dots.


For the inside of the card, I stamped another flower from the Altenew set using Tim Holtz Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. And that completes my card for today!

Many of the products mentioned in this blog post are available from Scrapbook Nerd. If an item is not in stock, they will be more than happy to order it in for you!

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Hope you are having a wonderful day! :)