Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Welcome Baby - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. It's finally Spring!!!! One of my favorite things about Spring is all the babies! Marcia here today with a card I created for a friend who just had a baby. I thought this baby chick from the Feathered Friends die set would be perfect on a baby card. It's even cuter in the bottom half of an egg from the Decorated Eggs die set from Top Dog Dies.

The baby chick die has a little beak included. I added eyes with a black gel pen. Each little baby chick was placed on a quilted square.

I love the details in these dies.... check out those dotted edges on the egg and chick.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Clique Kits March Blog Share

Hello blogging friends. Today is the Clique Kits March blog share. If you want to start at the beginning then head on over to the Clique Kits  blog.

Our prompt for the blog share was to use some neon colors. Easy to do with the awesome photo overlays that were included in the kit. I chose to scrap this photo I took of my daughter and her pet rabbit Wallace. The bright green in the photo coordinates with the green in the We R Memory Keepers Love Notes collection and adds to that neon challenge prompt.

I love these Cosmo Cricket word stickers. They are a great way to add journaling on a layout (or use them for your card sentiments). The black and white flair included in the kit is fabulous as are these black paper doilies.

One of the add-ons I purchased was an AlteNew origami stamp set. I am so in love with this stamp set! I decided to use the origami butterfly stamp on my layout. I even found a similar origami butterfly in the Silhouette on-line store and by welding butterflies together created this awesome background die cut.

I do believe this layout is one of my favorites so far this year. (I know.... I said that last month too!). These kits will have you creating your favorite layouts and cards too because they are so well put together!

Shop the Clique Store for other kits, planner supplies, stamps (like these AlteNew origami stamps) and more. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save yourself 10%. Check out the Spring card kit too. Here is a sneak peek of a card I made with it ...

Hop along with these other ladies and check out more Clique Kits inspiration.
Here is the March Line-Up .....

Marcia  <------  You are here!
Sandy <--- GO HERE NEXT

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Thank Our Lucky Stars - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends! Did you celebrate St Patrick's Day yesterday? Do you have pictures to scrap now? Top Dog Dies has just what your need! Heart shaped dies work great to create shamrocks on your layouts and cards! Check out this layout I created of my cutie patootie nephew ....

I used the Imaginisce Family Fun collection here. My i-Rock came in handy for adding some bling. What's a St Patrick's Day project without some sparkle!

Top Dog Dies Heart Mini Finishers Set
Imaginisce patterned paper, enamel dots (Family Fun)
Imaginisce i-Rock and metallic gems
American Crafts Thickers

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

H is for Happy and Beautiful You Cards - Cocoa Vanilla Studios Inspiration

Hello blogging friends! I have a couple of cards to share with you today that I created with Cocoa Vanilla Studios bright and bold Flying High collection and soft and sweet Sugar & Spice collection.
The Flying High collection has these adorable planes with cloud paper and I couldn't help myself from creating this airplane card. I think any little boy would be delighted to receive this, don't you?

This is a gate-fold card that opens in the middle. I saw it in the Silhouette store and fell in love with it. The Flying High collection has a fun sticker sheet with these adorable clouds and stars as well as that sentiment. They were perfect for adding some embellishments to the card.

I wanted to create a soft and sweet card with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Sugar & Spice collection as well. This collection is not just for little girls, but big girls too. Here is what I came up with...

I used a sticker for my sentiment on this card and for the border on the spine. The rose background was something I found in the Silhouette on-line store.

Here is where you can find these collections State side....
Cocoa Daisy (USA)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Little Princess - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. Marcia here today with a card I created for a Little Princess using some Top Dog Dies and my Imaginisce Little Princess collection.

The crown is from the Top Dog Dies Onesie Card Finishers Set. I thought it would be perfect set in the new Dotted Circle Tag. I embellished the crown using my Imaginisce i-Rock and some crystals. The crystals were just the thing this crown needed don't you think? I tied some ribbon in a bow at the top of my tag and cut the ends of the ribbon using my i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter, ensuring no frayed ends.

I also used the Top Dog Dies Scalloped Dotted Border. I love using this die at the bottom of my cards.

Top Dog Dies Dotted Borders Set
Top Dog Dies Dotted Tags Set
Top Dog Dies Onesie Card Finishers Set
Imaginisce 6x6 Paper Pad, Die Cuts (Little Princess)
Imaginisce i-Rock and i-Rock crystals
Imaginisce i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Elephant Applique Tutorial - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. Marcia here today with a tutorial for you on how you can use your dies for applique projects. You can use appliques to dress up clothes, embellish a quilt, decorate household items like pillows, and more! I used the new Top Dog Elephant dies to create a unique baby shower gift...

Here is a closer shot ...

So, Do you want to know how you can create your own appliques?

First lets gather our supplies.
Top Dog Dies Elephant die set - (lots of other Top Dog Dies would work too)
Quilt fabric (cotton) - Fat quarters of fabric are a great way to buy just a little bit of fabric in a couple coordinating colors and patterns.
Pellon Wonder-Under - If you are not familiar with Wonder-Under it is a paper backed fusible web.
Matching DMC floss and needle
Small button for the elephant's eye
Teflon Sheet (optional, but I highly recommend it)
Something to put your applique on - I used a couple of onesies. T-Shirts, pillows, hats, jeans would have worked just as well.

1. Cut small squares of fabric large enough for cutting out elephants and the same size squares of the Pellon Wonder-Under. Iron Wonder-Under to the back side of the fabric. Leave the paper for now.

2. Die cut your fabric placing the die on top of the fabric side. Your die cut sandwich would be the same as for paper. I also placed a metal plate under my sandwich to ensure a nice clean cut.

3. Peel paper backing off Wonder-Under and arrange die cut fabric on the material. Heat iron, following temperature instructions on Wonder-Under.

4. Place Teflon sheet over die cuts and iron pressing firmly. The Teflon sheet distributes the heat evenly and helps prevent scorching of the fabric.

5. Let cool. Then check if totally adhered. If not, replace Teflon sheet and iron again.

6. Use DMC floss to blanket stitch around the edge. I used 2 strands of floss while stitching.

7. Sew on a small button for the elephant's eye.

This will be even more adorable with a coordinating hat or skirt or pants. I hope you will give it a try.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Go Kart Fun - Imaginisce Family Fun

Hello blogging friends! I have another Imaginisce Family Fun layout to share with you today. There seems to be no end to all the kinds of family activities that can be scrapped with the Family Fun collection! Today, I used the B sides of the papers for this layout. I was inspired by the black and white checkerboard paper. I immediately thought, that would be great paper for my son's Cub Scout Pinewood Derby pictures, but then remembered I had Go Kart pictures from a trip to Wisconsin Dells. These pictures were actually from a Girl Scout troop getaway, but fun is fun right? Either with family or friends... and Family Fun has it covered. 

This layout is based on a sketch by the talented Suzanna Lee. Here is that sketch.

I loved Suzanna's sketch, but felt like I needed more white space to suit my style. This is where a sketch sometimes makes you think outside of the box. I decided to doodle along my layout edges. This allowed me to stay true to the sketch. I settled on some straight lines interspersed with the word 'VROOM'. I am quite happy with the result. I may have to doodle on my layouts more often. I also used my Imaginisce i-Top tool to create some custom brads for my layout. The i-Top is a great way to add some dimension. Here are some detail shots.

I found this racing frame in the Silhouette on-line store and knew immediately it would be perfect for this layout. Some ZigZag stitching adds a little bit of a grungy feel and those embellishments in the upper corner of the photo cover up a gentleman who I really didn't care to have on my layout, lol. The foam Thickers in red add just a little bit to draw your eye in. I love those chevrons.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die-Cuts (Family Fun), I-Top, small and medium Brad Daddies, small and medium I-Top punches, Red Foam Alphabet Thickers, Foam Adhesive
American Crafts: Cardstock, Slick Writer (black)
Silhouette Cameo
Brother Sewing Machine
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Just Chicken In - Top Dog Dies

Hello Wednesday! That means I have another Top Dog Dies project to share with you. Today I made a card with the new Spring Feathered Friends die set.

Aren't those chicks adorable! I also used the new Grass die here. Here is a close-up of those chicks. Look at the stitched detail on them. Fabulous!

Some foam adhesive under the wings adds dimension.

Top Dog Dies Feathered Friends die set
Top Dog Dies Grass die set

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Girls are the Prettiest - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends! I was at a crop this weekend and created this lovely layout with my Cocoa Vanilla Studios Sugar & Spice collection.

Yes, this collection is designed for little girls, but I think it works for big girls too. This is a picture of my daughter and I at her wedding this past Fall, a candid moment caught on camera by our awesome photographer Amanda Plucker. Here are some close-ups of the awesome embellishments that are a part of this collection; stickers, button flair, cork shapes, wood veneers, and journal cards.

So, what do you think?  Does it work for big girls too?

Cocoa Vanilla Sugar & Spice pattern papers
Cocoa Vanilla Sugar & Spice button flair
Cocoa Vanilla Sugar & Spice cork shapes
Cocoa Vanilla Sugar & Spice wood veneers
Cocoa Vanilla Sugar & Spice stickers
Clique Kits Exclusive cut file (clouds)
Brother sewing machine
Silhouette Cameo
Bazzill white cardstock
The Twinery Bakers Twine.

and here is where you can find Cocoa Vanilla Studios products in the USA!!!
Cocoa Daisy (USA)

Clique Kits has an Spring Card Kit that just became available to pre-order. It is so gorgeous. I know you all are going to want one. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save yourself 10%.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

First Communion Card - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. Did you hop yesterday to see all the awesome projects created with the new Top Dog Dies? No? Scroll down to see my post from yesterday. Top Dog Dies is giving one lucky person a complete set of these Spring dies! You have until March 6th to enter. The very lucky winner will be announced on March 7th.

I think this new Cross die is a favorite among the designers. It is so intricate and pretty. I created this First Communion card with it.

I used some gold foil paper for the cross. Against a white background it is just stunning.

The Top Dog Dies Scallop Frame and Mat set is not new, but I thought it would really frame that gorgeous cross nicely.

Top Dog Dies Scallop Frame and Mat set
Top Dog Dies Cross Die set (new)

If you haven't seen the other new dies, check out the Top Dog Dies store here.
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