Apr 10, 2014

Sweet Stitched Sentiments : Snap Click Create Co

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team's April Party!

We are so excited to share some DIY Spring and Easter themed projects with you today.  Before we jump into our featured tutorials, we have an exciting announcement..... Jessica Sprague's new sister site, Snap Click Supply Company, is now officially LIVE!  We love her new site, dedicated to bringing you the best collection of digital designs on the market.

Here's an easy way to fancy up your cards with stitching, while still keeping it simple!

1. Find a digital doodle or digital word art.  I used Fun Fotos and Botanicals from Nancie Rowe Janitz.  Nancie is such a talented artist - you must check out all of her digital kits at Snap Click Supply Co.

2.  In Photoshop Elements, fill your card front with a repeat of an image so it entirely covers the front of your card.

3.  Choose one image on your card that will be stitched and change the image to a light gray.

4.  Print your card fronts out and poke stitching holes in the grayed-out image you will stitch.  Note, you can also change the color of an image to match your stitching thread as I did with the dandelion below.

5.  Stitch the grayed out image on each card using your favorite outline or stem stitch.

6.  Mount your card front onto a card base and add a sentiment.  Since you are only stitching one small part of the card, these come together so easily!

You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month!  Be sure to click on each photo link and prepare to be INSPIRED:

Apr 3, 2014

Project Catch Up

There's been a bit of activity in my little corner of heaven lately.  Although my lovely life challenge knocked me for a loop, I'm still doing, however slowly, still doing.

Run, Girl, Run was created with the JBS Mercantile PaperCrafting Kit.  I only used that kit, photo corners, and a punch.  I love challenging myself to use only the PCK for at least one layout.  It's easy to do, since the kit is always gorgeous and full of great things to play with.

Yes, such a pretty pretty kit.

I'm also guest designing for Amanda Robinson Studio this month.  I love Amanda.  Such a sweet, helpful, and mega talented person.  I was honored to be asked to guest for her this month.  I love her cut files and cannot WAIT to see what she has in store, for her store!  Heck though - I SO NEED a new head shot!  Hopefully lovely sister-in-law will agree to stop by and help me out with that again.  We had a LOT of laughs last time.

I made You Loved This Place using 3 different kits from Amanda's store.  The title was made with simple manipulations of the Geotags-1 kit.  Read more about the layout on Amanda's blog.

And I was thrilled to use the new JBS Chalkboard Flatbacks on this layout.  Is it strange that I carry around the package backing with my name on it?

Thanks for visiting - I look forward to seeing what everyone is working on!

Apr 2, 2014

On the desk tonight ...

... old photos of the ducks in the rain ... cloud veneer and chipboard ... a raindrop stencil ... a little birdie button ... perfect elements pulled from the April Mercantile Kits ...

Getting ready to scrap.  I love these memories.