Monday, October 17, 2011

The Frog Game....A layout, and a tip!

The Frog Game:

While there are all kinds of paper flower tutorials going around, I'm not usually one to come up with these types of awesome techniques on my own.  But, I do love to use die cuts, and am always looking for ways to use them creatively.  This 'Square Lattice' die from Stampin' Up! is one of my favorites, I use it a lot.  I also always save the negative pieces, although I've never used them for anything.  When I started getting things around for this page, I knew I wanted a frog theme.  So, I wanted to make lily pads and waterlilies. Right away, I thought about negative pieces from this die, but of course I didn't have any white ones saved :) So, I also incorporated the main part of the die onto my page as well.

 This is the die shown with some of the negatives from it....

I ran a 1/2 inch yellow punched circle through a sticker maker, (I'm sure double stick tape, or any other adhesive would work fine, too.) and stuck on six of the 'petals'.

For each of my waterlilies, I made two of these, and stuck them together with some double stick foam tape.  I then topped them off with a rhinestone, and stuck them to my 'lily pads'. The lily pads are two inch circles cut from green cardstock, with a small notch cut out of them. That's it, so simple.  The full list of supplies I used on this page are:

cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Very Vanilla)
patterned paper - Pink Paislee (Hometown Summer: Green Acres, Fruit Stand, Summer Fun)
letter stickers - American Crafts (Patchwork Fabric Thickers); Sassafras (wood grain)
die - Stampin' Up! (Square Lattice)
pearls - Recollections
other - Stampin' up! (rhinestones, 1/2 inch circle punch); Coluzzle (2 inch circle template)
adhesive - Xyron (sticker maker), Scotch (double stick tape), Elmers (foam mounting tape)

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Memory Works Simple Stories Life's Celebrations Blog Hop

Join the MemoryWorks TeamWorks team for an all new BLOG HOP! Our fabulous TeamWorks team members will be sharing projects using all four new Simple Stories lines. Join in the blog hop to see which of our four new lines our talented TeamWorks gals choose as their favorite! The hop starts at the MemoryWorks Blog and ends at the Simple Stories blogComment on one or ALL the blogs for a chance to win a Simple Stories kit of your very own!

Welcome to the Memory Works 'Life's Celebrations' Blog Hop sponsored by Simple Stories! A prize will be given to one lucky 'hopper', so be sure to leave a comment at every stop for a better chance to win.  If you are just joining us, go back and start HERE.  If you happen to get side tracked, there is a map of the blogs at the end of this post.
All of the projects I have posted are created with Simple Stories' "Happy Day" collection.  I used this fabulous kit to get caught up on some of my girls' birthday photos from this year and last...

A couple of pages from my girls' 8th birthday:

Birthday Party Fun
I used some of the little dot stickers from the kit to make hole reinforcers for my tag-banners.  I also used some of the larger ones topped with rhinestones to connect my banner.

Birthday Cake
I used a scalloped circle punch to make 'bites' out of the sides of the page.

A couple of pages from their 9th birthday this year:

I used a half inch circle punch to take a notch out of the top and bottom edges of this page. I love punching shapes out of my pages, I don't know why....

Nine Years

So many quick and cute card options! Both of my cards came together in just minutes:

It's Your Day!

Happy Happy Birthday

I hope you have enjoyed my projects! Now, you are off to visit  Lacey's beautiful blog!

Memory Works -----> Start
Jade -----> You were here
Kelly  -----> You are HERE
Lacey -----> Go here next
Simple Stories -----> Finish

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