Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elle's Studio 4/17 Sketch Challenge

sketch 04.10 edited
Check out today's sketch over on the Elle's Studio Blog here!!

For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Elle's Studio Shop create a project inspired by this sketch, upload it to our Member Gallery and post a link on the Elle's Studio Blogpost. A random winner will be selected and announced with next week’s sketch. Here's my take on the sketch
I used the Love You More Collection by Elle's Studio!
Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elle's Studio April Kit Reveal!!!

Today is the day that Elle's Studio April kit is revealed for purchase and this month there are 2 extra exclusive goody sets you can buy - a coordinating wood veneer set and a stamp set!! And of course, there is a set of cut files that are oh so fabulous!! And don't forget, if you purchase the kit today before midnight, you will get it at the reduced price of $9.99. After midnight the prices goes up to $11.99!!

Here are all the links you need to purchase these awesome goodies!!
Wood Veneer -
Stamp Set -
Cut Files -

Here are the projects that I made this month for the reveal:
My first layout features items from the Elle's Studio April 2014 limited edition kit. I used several of the tags to layer, a piece of the wood veneer as an accent under the photo, and one of the die cut files for the title. This layout includes a photo of my younger dd and one of her many selfies!!

For this layout I used several of the tags from the Everyday Moments Collection, as well as from the limited edition kits - the past as well as this months. I love that it is so easy to mix and match products from each month and also the collections. It keeps me from hoarding my goodies and helps me to use older stash with the new! I also used one of the stamps from April's Stamp set as an accent around my layout as well as a wood veneer piece. This layout has a photo of my older daughter and myself during a recent hike!

This last layout uses the Cameron Collection. I love to use papers from this collection with photos of my son! They are the perfect colors and designs for older males since it's not cartoony or young looking at all! I painted the base piece of patterned paper with a light layer of gesso to take away some of the brightness and to let the photo and embellishments pop. I used a couple of the April die cut files on this also.

Make sure you check out the Elle's Studio website to see all the other amazing ladies of the design team and their work with the new kit!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day!! :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lovely layout.....

This is layout that I made for an online class that I recently took at Studio Calico that was called Color Studio. It was a class that took us through different color theories and how to use them on projects to accentuate the photo or convey certain feelings. This particular class was dealt with warm and cool colors. I tend to use cool colors (blue is my favorite color) so I used lots of different shades of blue to impart a summery light feel since the photo was taken in front of a beach mosaic located on a beach. This is one of the many photos I took of my younger daughter for her senior portraits. Since she is the only warm colored thing on my layout, her face really pops. The dark navy pieces help to break up all the lightness and form a triangle around my photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulously blessed day!! :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pinterest Inspiration....

I made this layout using the ad pictured below as inspiration that I pinned on Pinterest here. I loved the floral top with the strong dark color at the bottom and white in between for the photo, but the photo I wanted to use was vertical, and I didn't like the way it overlapped the colored blocks, so I turned the whole layout on it's side! That way the photo stayed between the white and was framed by the colored borders. The colors from the inspiration piece were what caught my eye first, so I stayed pretty true to that, just substituting navy blue for the black. I wanted to add circles like the inspiration piece, so I cut a circle background piece using my Silhouette. I first had it covering the whole layout, but it made the floral piece way to busy looking, so I tucked it under that part of the background. I just added a few embellishments around my photo with the title - which includes some gold thread bunched in spots for a more organic look - and some small stamped butterflies down the white block to really draw your eye to the photo and I was done!
Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll have a blogpost next week using a new inspiration piece from Pinterest that I will use to make a layout/project. I hope you'll check back then!! :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Elle's Studio Kit Reveal!!

Spring is here (well almost - if it would just warm up a bit!!) and this month's Elle's Studio kit is full of beautiful spring colors to help you feel hopeful that spring weather will come soon!! If you purchase the kit before midnight tonight you can buy it at the reduced price of $9.99 - after midnight it goes up to $11.99 so don't delay!!
And the exclusive cut files are some of my most favorites I've seen in a while!
Here are my layouts that I created this month for the reveal
This layout features products from the March Elle's Studio kit with some watercolors and butterflies thrown in!
This layout features a couple of the diecut files and some handstitching with gold thread!!
This layout features one of the diecut files that I resized and welded together to make my title.
Here are the links to the kit and the diecut files
And don't forget that this month you will receive a free gift with your purchase of over $5 in the Elle's Studio shop to help celebrate their 7 year Birthday!!
Here's the layout I made with the freebies
Don't forget that you have until midnight tonight to get your kit for the reduced price of $9.99. After midnight it goes up to $11.99!!
Thanks for stopping by!! :)


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Elle's Studio 3/6 Sketch Challenge...and a sneak peek

Here is this week's sketch from the Elle's Studio blog today. Don't forget to upload your projects using the sketch and Elle's Studio in the Elle's Studio Member Gallery and then don't forget to post the link of your project on the Elle's Studio blog site this week to win a $10 gift certificate to spend in the Elle's Studio Store - just in time for the new kit release this month on the 10th..;)!

Here's the layout I made with the sketch featured on the blog today....kind of took a different direction than I first had in mind, but I still like the outcome!!
And here's a sneak peek of one of the projects I made for the March Kit release that happens on the 10th!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!! :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Elle's Studio is having a Birthday Celebration!!

Elle's Studio is turning 7 this week and they are letting everyone join in the fun!! Here are the details!!

-Orders over $5 will receive a free gift (shown in photo above)
-Orders of $50 or more, that ship to a USA address, will receive free shipping with the coupon code: 50freeship. For our Canada/International friends, your order of $75 or more ships free with coupon code: 75freeship.

Here's a layout I made using some of the freebies you can receive just by ordering $5 or more of merchandise!! This is only the second 8 1/2 x 11 layout and it was hard to leave it like this. I tried to attach it to several different 12x12 papers, but the design wasn't clean enough for the look I was going for. I really wanted my photo to shine on this!

For my design, I used an idea I got from the many many ideas that I've pinned (but never used before) on Pinterest. I'm making it my goal to use one idea that I've pinned once a week on a project so this is week/project #1!
Here's the pin I used - . I used the second photo which, I think, is the front cover of a restaurant menu.

There is a tiny sneak peek of one of the products that you will receive if you purchase the March  Elle's Studio kit. I'm not telling what it is though...;)!
I used a photo of my older kids whose birthday's are just 6 days apart. I usually make them each a cake for their birthday, but this year we were going out of town so we celebrated them both with one huge 2 in 1 cake (two cake boxes, three icings, 4 layers of cake and lots of candles!!).  
I used one of the journal card freebies for my hidden journaling. I cut the corners of it to make it look like a tag, punched a hole and tied a piece of ribbon, then slid it into a vellum pocket housed in back of my photo.

I used the papers from the Paper Collection Pack and the Bits and Pieces from the Everyday Moments Collection by Elle's Studio.

Make sure you check out the website here to order!! And hurry before the offer ends at the end of the month (or the supplies run out) !!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!