Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Little Blue House Review - Crate Paper "Craft Market"

I have been a huge fan of Crate Paper products for a long long time so I was thrilled when I received some beautiful goodies from their new line "Craft Market" to create with from The Little Blue House! The colors of this line include teal, pink and GOLD - one of my favorite color palettes to use right now. The fun mix of embellishments - from the puffy gold stickers, the accent stickers, to the wood veneer pieces - are perfect for my style of creating layers on my layouts.
I used a couple of the journal cards cut from the "Project Glitter Paper" piece to start my layering, then after deciding where I wanted my photo to be I added the additional textures.
 I used some of the stickers flat and then used pop dots to give some of them dimension. I bunched up some gold thread and layered it under one of the popped up stickers.
I used the puffy stickers as accents on the flat stickers - the hearts on the bicycle tires and on the center of the camera.
The large wood veneer ampersand added just the right pop of color to my title to catch the eye and lead right to the photo
which is where I think the most important part of my layout is. That's me with my younger daughter!! This line of paper crafting goodies makes my very happy!! :)

Here's a list of supplies I used 

You can order all of these and so much more from The Little Blue House online store! And you can check out some of the other projects made with this line on The Little Blue House Blog.

I hope you have a fabulous and creative day!!

Hugs, Valerie

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bunny Hop Blog Hop with The Little Blue House!!

I hope you're having a fun time hopping along on our blog hop!! I am sharing a couple of treat bags that I made using the gorgeous Echo Park Happy Easter Collection , Crate Paper Wood Hoops, and the Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum - which is such a cool product to use!!
 I used the "Happy Easter" patterned paper by Echo Park which has the journal cards on it. I chose to cut them up and feature them on the front of my treat bags.
I cut out the elements I wanted to use
Then punched out some of the wording
I then started layering - my favorite part of the process ;). I used some of the pink and green Sprinkles Vellum by Doodlebug as the bottom layer using my scallop punches and then layered in my cut elements
 I really love the way I can add adhesive to the back of the vellum to attach it to my projects and you can't see it through the front!! That's one of the reasons I've been reluctant to use vellum. I even used it on the larger treat bag as a type of washi tape effect  - and you can't see the adhesive that I used to stick it down - I love that!!
My blog is the last to visit - make sure you've left a comment on every one to win the Grand Prize of an Easter Basket filled with paper crafting goodies!!

Good luck and I hope you've been inspired!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Little Blue House Media Team - February Projects

One of my newest gigs is being a part of a fabulous team of gifted and talented ladies and they let me play along too using some of the newest products on the market to create whatever kind of projects that I want to!! How lucky could I get?? And Tracy Pounds - who is the owner of the store that I create for -  has got to be one of the sweetest ladies that I have ever met - and so is her daughter Kristyn who does a fantastic job of listing products in the online store and keeping up with the blog - among so many other jobs!!
First is a layout that I made using Dear Lizzy Serendipity products. For my background of hearts, I used a mask and some tinted modeling paste. I accented a few of the hearts using Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
My next project also features Dear Lizzy Serendipity - the hearts that are stacked are from the mask (used in the previous layout) that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.
For my last project I used Dear Lizzy Serendipity products and the die-cut set from the collection. I also used the pink Wink of Stella Glitter brush to accent the edges of my flower petals. You can check out all the info about how I made my tag on the LBH blog here .

Here are the links to the products I used - you can order them online (and so much more!!) or you can pick them up in the store if you happen to live near or are passing by Keller, TX and The Little Blue House

The Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248

Dear Lizzy Serendipity
Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush 

Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

February Birds of a Feather Kit Co Reveal

This month's Birds of a Feather Kit Co February kit is filled with lovely We R Memory Keepers papers with a couple of sheets of Kiss, Kiss Create paper and some beautiful and fun embellishments and a bottle of Ranger Distress Paint too~!
I loved the chipboard frame piece so I decided to use it to showcase my puppies. I painted the piece using the distress paint from the kit, added some pearl paint dots from my stash around each frame and then layered bits and pieces of paper underneath the frames that didn't have a photo in it. I layered a few of the embellishments for added interest!

For this layout, my base piece is a mask that I had cut using my Silhouette Cameo where I used tinted modeling paste to create a heart background - this was the leftover mask- I loved the watercolor like effect it left on the mask and I used it on top of a piece of the Crate Paper piece. I kept the rest of the layout simple - I just layered the photo under several pieces of paper and cardstock and then used a few of the embellishments to enhance the photo.

There are only a few kits left - make sure you get one before they are all gone!! Here's the link where you can find it - February Birds of a Feather Kit .

Friday, February 6, 2015

Finished in a Flash Challenge with the LBH Media Team

Last Monday evening I took part in a very hard challenge for me - to make a layout in 30 minutes!! I have got to be the slowest scrapper in the world. I worry, and move around, and look for just the right thing to use on my projects so long, my layout can take a couple of days to make. So, for this challenge (and just 10  minutes before we started!!) I threw a stack of patterned paper on my table (which included some scraps from recent projects), I picked a few packs of embellishments with hearts in them (a challenge requirement), a stamp set (also another challenge requirement), and used the photo that was sitting right on top of the stack of photos that was sitting on my work table. Here's what I came up with

I already had the heart cut from a previous project (I used the heart as a template to punch around it for a sewing project on a layout) so that made it tad easy to accommodate the love theme. I did a little layering, and found a place for the stamped saying at the bottom of my photo. That inspired me to use a few gold stars as accents around my photo. I love that the piece of patterned paper looks like it had washi around the edges and that gave me a frame for the white space on my layout. Having a frame around the outside of my layout is one of my favorite ways to ground the layout. I used the project life journaling card to act as the title/journaling of my layout - which saved me lots of time! I had just enough time to splatter some gold ink across my layout.
For the paper layered under my photo - I just eyeballed it and hand cut the mats. It was quick and easy, and I don't mind the uneven edges at all.

Here's a list of the products I used
Patterned papers - Amy Tangerine for American Crafts - Cut and Paste, Studio Calico, Shimelle for American Crafts
Embellishments - Decorative pins - Maggie Holmes - Flea Market, Crate Paper; Ribbon Tag - Maggie Holmes - Open Book, Crate Paper; Gold Stars - Studio Calico; chipboard Polaroid frame - Crate Paper; Doily - Michael's
Stamp - Studio Calico
Ink - Versafine
Spray Mist - Heidi Swapp

Check out The Little Blue House blogpost to see the rest of the team projects!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Full Reveal for "The Greatest of These is Love" Front Porch Kit...

Here are my projects that I made using the fabulous products from the kit....I loved it so much and these came together effortlessly!!

This layout is my favorite and it features photos my daughter sent to me from her first girl's road trip she took with her college friends last month. I love the touches of gold in this kit - it goes beautifully with the pinks!

Next is a layout with a photo of dh and I on one our recent bike rides. I used the piece of pink twine to stitch the large heart on the background piece. I also used one of the Reverse Confetti stamps to stamp the frame around my layout. For the ombre effect, I just inked the stamp heavily and then stamped three times consecutively before re-inking the stamp. And I love that the inks splats were already printed on the paper! Love it!!
Next is a double page layout of my oldest daughter and her hubby. They really are a cute couple and they love posing for pictures! Just a lot of layering using the gorgeous gold bits from the kit. I did glitter up one of the chipboard hearts from the Maya Road chipboard set to use on here.
Next is a card that I made using all of the sequins and buttons as a sort of shaker on the front of it. I used the baggie that they came in, cutting it to fit behind one of the Polaroid frames and sewed it closed. I used bits and pieces of scraps that I had leftover from other projects to layer this.
Lastly, I used the Maya Road chipboard mini album to make a banner for my youngest daughter to hang on her dorm room door. I used a piece of book paper to make some rosettes and to back some of the hearts.
Here are a few up close photos of the kit
You can purchase the kit online, over the phone (817) 431-7930, or at the LBH in Keller, Texas at 118 W. Olive St., Keller, TX 76248

Make sure you check out the rest of the design team's blogs to see their full reveal also!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last but not least - Front Porch Kit Sneak Peek #3

Here's my last sneak of one of my projects that I made using the jam-packed Front Porch Kit - I just all of the embellishments included!!
Remember you can preorder the kit here for the price of $41.95. You can check out the rest of the design team sneaks too - I'm so excited to see their full reveals!!

Don't forget - The full reveal will be on the 27th!!