Guest Designer for The Paper Variety

I feel so honored to be a guest designer for the current challenge at The Paper Variety! CLICK HERE to check out my feature on their site! 😀 The challenge posted April 1st is due on April 13th and here are the current challenge details:

And here is my take on it:

Rather than using a flat envelope, I decided to create a dimensional box envelope to coordinate with my card.

Materials:

Authentique Loyal pp
Authentique Loyal diecut sticker
Dusty Attic Chipboard Label
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
October Afternoon buttons

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Tools:

Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch

I’m also using this project as my dt example for the Paper Secrets Manufacturer/Brand Challenge that Nicolle is hosting for April. 😀

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April projects for Paper Secrets

Each month, Paper Secrets offers a variety of challenges that are posted on the first and due by 11:59 pm Pacific on the last day of the month. There is always an exclusive layout sketch challenge created and hosted by the talented Rochelle, a card sketch challenge created and hosted by Joyce, and 2 other challenges that vary in type/theme. For April, Nicolle is hosting the manufactuer/brand challenge and has selected Authentique as our featured company. 😀

For my final month on the Paper Secrets Design Team, I selected an “Inspired by Spring” challenge. To enter, your card, layout or altered project must include 3+ handmade flowers (any technique of your choosing), pastel colors, and something in your title, journaling or sentiment that has to do with Spring. Here are my examples for the challenges (except the manu challenge…my example for that one will be posted tomorrow, since I combined it with my GDT example for the The Paper Variety‘s Card + coordinating envelope challenge):

Materials:

Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime pp
Webster’s Pages Wonderfall pp (for one flower)
October Afternoon Modern Homemaker button
Kaisercraft pearls
Dusty Attic laser cut chipboard alphas
Webster’s Pages storyteller alphas

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots (foam adhesive)

Tools:

Lucky 8 punch

Materials:

Echo Park Victoria Gardens pp
EP Victoria Gardens diecut stickers

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue

Tools:

Martha Stewart Punches

Materials:

Authentique Miracle Boy pp
SEI Ribbon
Jo Ann’s Craft Essentials self adhesive ribbon
K&Co Grand adhesions rosette

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue

TFL!

I Miss…Moments Like This – Layout for Once Upon a Sketches and Paper Secrets

Today is the first day of the Paper Secrets Birthday Bash celebration! There will be games, challenges and prizes all weekend long! So stop on by for some crafty inspiration, challenges and fun! 😀

For this year’s event, I have the honor of starting things off with our first challenge. I created this Tic-Tac-Toe board for the challenge:

All you need to do to enter is select 1 row, column or diagonal line of boxes and use those items on your project. You may choose to create a layout, card, mini album or altered art piece. Then upload your NEWLY created project to the PS Gallery with the KEYWORD “TTT” by 11:59 pm PDT on Tuesday, April 3rd for your chance to win a $20 e-gift certificate to the Paper Secrets Store!

For my example for this challenge, I decided to combine the challenge criteria with the sketch and journaling prompt at Once Upon a Sketch. The current theme is “I miss…” so I created this layout about how we miss cuddling with Matthew as he napped as a baby. Out of all of our children he loved to cuddle the most and often napped in one of our arms. Though Christian is still a tot, he rarely ever wants to do that and doesn’t tend to sit still long enough for it to happen. Madison is the only other child that liked to cuddle until she fell asleep, but that was only until she learned to walk at 10 mths. For the Tic-Tac-Toe part of the challenge I selected the first column from the board (patterned paper, border punch and chipboard) and here’s what I came up with after I rotated the sketch counter-clockwise:

Materials:

Authentique Genuine pp
Authentique Genuine diecut alphas and stickers
Dusty Attic lasercut chipboard
acrylic paint
Faber Castell Gelatos
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Tool:

Fiskars border/edge punch

The fab sketch from Once Upon a Sketch:

This is how the sketch looks rotated for my layout:

TFL!

One of a Kind – dt Layout for Let’s Capture These Sketches #125

This week at Let’s Capture These Sketches, we got to work with a wonderful sketch by JJ Sobey! For my take on it, I decided to rotate the sketch 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

Through the summer, we let the kids camp out in the living room on the hottest days since their bedroom turns into an oven. With so many kids spread out in the one room, it can be a challenge to find a spot where you won’t be disturbed. Matthew decided that the cabinet under the TV in the entertainment center (we’d removed the doors when M&M were toddlers) would be the perfect place to get cozy.

Here’s my take on Sketch #125:

Materials:

Authentique Genuine papers
Authentique Genuine stickers
Elle’s Studio tags
cardboard
acrylic paint
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots

Sketch #125:

Here’s the sketch the way I rotated it for my layout:

TFL!