Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Watercolor plus Hello Thin Cut

I received a the "hello" card from my friend, and upline, Kay for my birthday.  I loved how simple and quick the card looked, so I made one of my own, changing a few things up.
I took inspiration from the colors of Sugar Rush - mostly Raspberry and Blossom
The base of the card is made from Raspberry cardstock, as is the Thin Cut "thanks" (Z3259 - "hello" comes in the same package).  The next layer has been Watercolored with our watercolor paints (Z3132).  The two hearts you see are from the Hearts Thin Cut (Z3260).  The large heart was run through with White Daisy cardstock, and the small heart was cut from Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238).  I keep the non-used part of the hearts in the package for later use.  : )

Behind the white heart the paint is #12 that leads down to #14. Start with a wet brush and pick up the color.  Brush back and forth without too much worry.  If you want more color, put the brush back into the paint without getting it wet again.  Clean the brush (although you don't have to if you started with the lighter of the two colors), and repeat for the second color.  You can see in the right picture where my color got lighter and I went back for more ink (I probably got the brush a little wetter).

The cool thing is that no two cards will be identical!

The cards were finished off with Sugar Rush Dots (Z3310 - only available through April 2017).  The picture shows two of the three colors the dots come in.  The third color is silver/white.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cut Above Layout Kit - Little One

I thought I'd show you a little more about assembling the Little One kit.  I went ahead and punched out all of the die cut pieces and started laying out the layout (say that five times fast).

Here is the left page laid out.  The instructions call for assembling the bottom layer. Unfortunately some of the shapes are covered by the picture.  But not here!

You'll note that all the heart pieces are in the same orientation.  In the picture, the bottom right heart piece is only a small sliver (and the piece above that is covered completely.  I thought it cool that the far right pieces are only partial so it makes lining up at the edge of the paper easier, and there is no cutting involved.

The same holds true with the right page of the layout; no cutting necessary.  The rest of the circle is cut down to only be the pieces you see to the right.

Here's my tip about gluing these down.  In the picture, it shows the left side should be 1.5" from the top, but the picture is vague about which part of the circle should be 1.5".  So, I started gluing down the right layout first and went with the upper tip of the top piece as my measurement.  Since each piece touches, it's easy to place the other two pieces.

Once I was done with the right page, I lined up the left page, and the upper right pie piece (of the left page) with the part circle of the completed page.  Wow that seems complicated!  I hope it's clear rather than clear as mud!

Hopefully this picture makes it make more sense.

You can also see that I didn't have my tips (left page) match exactly.  I figured a picture will be going over it, and I want this layout to remain quick.

The above steps were the "hard" ones.  I then used the measurements given, and the picture for visual clues, for the next layers.

Here is the completed left page.

And the completed right page.

The pocket cards go in as "instructed" or however you'd like.  I didn't bother to show you those, but you'll see them in the kit.

Fast and easy.  Get yours today at dsdoodles.closetomyheart.com.  : )

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cut Above Layout Kits

I haven't been on for awhile so you probably aren't aware of our special this month.  You can purchase our two current Cut Above Layout Kits for 50% off until the end of April (or until supplies last).  If you don't have a lot of time, or are new to scrapbooking, these two kits are for you!

The first one is called Little One and is intended for young children.  My thinking, though, is to not put the two bears on the layout, and then the layout is for a child of any age.  They will always be your "little one"!  The colors are Sea Glass and Whisper - gender neutral colors and a beautiful blend.

The second Cut Above layout kit is Forever and Always.  Corporate uses wedding pictures, but it can be used for an anniversary or, again, your children.  "Forever and Always" can refer to a project your passionate about, or a destination you are in love with.  Or just substitute the title with your own.

In addition to the TWO printed base pages, you get 12 pocket cards, die-cut paper pieces, title and embellishment stickers, two Memory Protectors, and two pocket Memory Protectors.
Tips are given for the assembly of the two page layout, which includes measurements for placing elements on the pages.

I personally like the idea of the pocket pages.  You can get many more pictures without the stress of making more layouts.  And that's a good thing!

Again, if you are new to scrapbooking - or want quick and simple layouts - these two kits are a great start.  And these are the first two in a succession of kits to come.  There are two more kits in the Seasonal Expressions 2 book (birthday and adventure) AND a five layout kit just for May and the National Scrapbooking Month!

I've got a gathering open on my website labeled "A Cut Above - quick and easy scrapping".  Go now and get your kits before they are sold out!  Join the gathering in the lower right hand of the page, and then click on Monthly Specials to see both layout kits.