Happy UnBirthday!

Actually it really is my daughter’s Birthday in these layouts, so “UnBirthday” is a lie. However, we did celebrate some of it not on her Birthday, so maybe it is correct.

For her 17th Birthday she wanted to spend it with her friends.

But, first she had to open her gifts! Don’t you just love our bird in the picture? She had to be part of the festivities too!

After we opened gifts, we headed out with her friends for a day of shopping. We started at the mall and ended at Kendra Scott. When I was 16 my Mom started a tradition in which I got my first diamond ring. It was small and you could barely make out the diamond, but every year we would trade it in for a larger one. Unknowingly, I started a similar tradition with my daughter. Kendra Scott offers a 50% discount off of one piece of jewelry on your birthday. She picked out earrings!

Do you have any traditions? Please share in the comments! I would love to know :-).

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Layouts with Gears

Kiasercraft has come out with some amazing paper. One line that I am currently obsessed with is Factory 42. It is full of grungy gears. It is perfect for Father’s Day and manly birthday cards. Joann sells some a large variety of buttons. Recently I found gear buttons half off. Between the buttons and the paper line I was able to create three layouts.

The page came together in about 20 minutes. By layering the gears on top of each other along with the paper it creates depth and interest.

This page was a struggle to create. We went to Disneyland literally just to met superheros. I thought I lucked out when my daughter did not want to stand in long lines at the Happiest Place on Earth to meet the princesses when she was little. This must have been payback because we had to wait in long lines to meet these guys. The grungy gears provided the perfect substrate for teenagers and superheros.

I always struggle with Birthdays — especially grown up birthdays. There are very few lines that offer something other than cute for Birthdays. The clocks were the perfect accent to this grown up birthday page.

There are still a few sheets left of Factory 42 and lots of gear buttons. How would you use them?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

I Cheated….

I normally don’t like to take short cuts in the craft room, but in my defense when I saw these images at my local craft store I thought the concept was super cool! Basically you build a scene layer by layer using pop dots to bring it to life. I didn’t cheat entirely. I did emboss backgrounds and stars with Rinea Foiled Paper
Cute, right? I did a live tutorial on YouTube about how to make these types of cards and the brand I used.
Sometimes taking short cuts is fun!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hipster Birthday Cards

Have you ever been looking through your stash and discovered an awesome set of stamps that you did not even know you had? That recently happened to me. I stumbled upon my Tim Holtz Hipster stamp set and I was inspired to make a set of sarcastic cards!

 I colored the images in with Distress Markers and cut them out with my Scan N Cut. I set those aside and started on the base of my card. I used Distress Oxides  to create the backdrop. For the banner, I used Distressed ink on Stamping Paper and Watercolor Paper. I randomly stamped the Birthday Stamp Set and created two banner pieces using the Thin Fish Tail Banner Die Set . I inked all the edges and assembled the cards making sure to set each Hipster on pop dots for some added dimension. I finished off the card with Tonic Nuvo Drops . Here is a close up of each card:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Technique Tuesday!

I am starting a new series on my blog, “Technique Tuesday”, in which I share a quick tip with you that is between 1.5 and 3 minutes long. This week I share how to stamp the perfect title. I use this layout as the example:

How many times  have you wanted to stamp directly on something and been concerned it would go on crocked? This was a real struggle of mine for years until I learned this one simple trick and I am sharing it with you here: 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!