Butterfly Wonderland…

Hello friends!  Last year when Kaisercraft released their line called Indigo Skies, I could not wait to get my hands on it!!  I loved the shades of blues and navy and every single one of the patterns are on point!  I had no idea then how perfect that paper would be for a little adventure we had in March when our grandson visited.  We took him to the Butterfly Wonderland exhibit where we walked around and just watched all the 1000’s of butterflies - all different sizes and colors - as they flitted and landed, picked up and fluttered some more.

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Archie was mesmerized!  We enjoyed the butterflies too, but we were far more entertained watching HIM as he took it all in!

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For this layout I used a wide assortment of the patterned papers included in the collection, leaving the boldest piece to tell the story with a 2 inch wide strip along the bottom.  I might not be inclined to used butterflies on a boy page ordinarily, but when the subject is specifically butterflies, then you bet I will!

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I kept the ticket from the excursion, and when the blue edge didn’t quite match the blues in the paper line, I used a Copic marker to color over top and make it match better.  I also decided halfway in, that there was too much blue, and I needed a contrast color to balance the overall layout.  Opposite blue on the color wheel, is orange.  Blue and orange always play nicely together unless you’re mixing paint and then it just turns to mud.  So I looked through my stash for some orange/coral/red accents and found it in a sheet of Dear Lizzy die cut stickers.  And because those stickers also had lime green leaves on them, I was also free to include that color elsewhere.

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I also used some paper and acetate die cuts from Heidi Swapp, some enamel/wood buttons from Pink Fresh and Maggie Holmes, label die cuts from Snap and My Mind’s Eye, as well as the gold “adventure” rub on from My Mind’s Eye, (the Jubilee collection), the green alphabet stickers from Fancy Pants, and a variety of enamel dots from Fancy Pants, We R Memory Keepers and One Canoe Two.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Goin’ to the Chapel….

Hello friends!  Tis the season to be receiving wedding invitations in the mail… We’re off to a wedding ourselves, in Montana next weekend, and I’m ready with the chipboard titles!

As you know, there have been some new laser cut chipboard cuts available in the store recently and today I want to share with you, a set that I’ve created for all the LOVE occasions you might be wanting to express!  Wedding Words will be available in an assortment of sizes - suitable for card making, scrapbook layout titles and home decor pieces.  This is what they look like.

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Here are a couple of projects I did using 2 of the laser cuts; a card and a layout.

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I’m finally digging into the Indigo Skies paper line from Kaisercraft.  I’ve only been hoarding it for close to a year….  There isn’t a paper pattern in the lot that I don’t love!  All those shades of blue!

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For this card, I painted the chipboard sentiment with white spray paint in a well ventilated area (in the backyard), then layered it over some vellum and patterned paper with a strip of ribbon and a few pearl dots to finish it.

Next I have a layout to show you, with photos from my son and daughter-in-laws wedding (nearly 5 years ago!  That blows me away!)

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The “hello happiness” sentiment can fit on a regular A2 sized card, but works very nicely for a layout title as well.  This time I left it natural, and layered it over a sticker and some random bits and pieces laying at the bottom of my leftovers container.

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Under the photos on this layout, I roughly painted a area slightly larger than the photos and mats, using Dylusions grey paint made from mixing black and white.  Once it dried, I adhered the photos over 4 randomly patterned papers from my stash.

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To give more visual weight to the smaller photo, I printed it in color and gave it a chipboard frame as well as adorning it with a pink and gold glitter (ME!  Gold glitter!  I know!) paper bow.

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Once more, I dug through the left-overs dish, and layered together an assortment of leaves and die cuts, (to help balance the weight of the grey patterned paper along the left side).  Finally, I recorded their names and dates (minimalist journaling for this page), with a Jumbo alphabet roller stamp.

The laser cutting folks that cut for the store are a little backed up right now, so while these chipboard sentiments aren’t available in the store today, they will be very shortly!  When they do come available, I hope you’ll enjoy using them on your paper crafting projects!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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