Friday, June 28, 2013

Mabry Mill featuring Teresa Collins' Memories collection

Teresa Collins' Memories
Mabry Mill layout
Created by Janet G. Bagnall
Hi everyone:

I hope you are all enjoying this week so far.  It has been hard getting back from vacation, but I made it through the week :)  Speaking of vacation, I have created a layout of Jim (which rarely happens) taken while on vacation.  We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the way stopped at Patrick's favorite spot, Mabry Mill.  It was rainy that day, so Jim insisted on carrying an umbrella (luckily, it didn't rain while walking about - it waited until we go back to the car).  I don't prepare many layouts with Jim or myself, but am really glad I did this one because with this collection, it turned out great.
The one neat thing about this collection is there are folders to use.  Now, I have to be honest here and say that I really struggled with those because I have never used them before.  I asked my friend and fellow DT member, Nicolle, for some suggestions and she said to stuff things in them and such, so I took her idea and place one of the folders behind the larger one that the picture lays on.  It then dawned on me that I have no room for journaling, so came up with the idea of putting the journaling inside that folder.  I used the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow tabs to make it open up easier and the clip to keep it closed.  How great is that?  I love it.
When I finished putting everything down, it just didn't look finished, so I decided to go in and distress around it to make it look at little more rustic.  I just love to distress my pages :)
When I picked up the photo from Walgreens they had given me two copies of my picture, but didn't want to throw the extra one away, so I popped up one to give it some dimension.  I've never done that before but do believe I will do it again.
I hope you all enjoy the weekend and head over to The Hens Den to take a look at all the goodies Charlie has for sale.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Prom 2013 layout featuring Prima Lyric

Prom 2013 layout 
Featuring Prima Lyric Collection
Look at this gorgeous paper line I was able to work with this month!  It is beautiful!

In my last blog post I posted a layout of my daughter on her Prom date.  My father in law got some great pictures of her that night so I wanted to make it a double page layout.  The Prima Lyric line is perfectly elegant and was perfect for these photos.

I used the Prima Lyric Orchestra paper as my background.  I cut out one of the elements from the Prelude paper and used that as a back ground of the picture of both of them.  To add to the fun and vintage feel of the page, I tore the edges.  I backed the picture in green cardstock and backed the entire picture element in red cardstock.  This paper line has a black lace element to it, so the black crochet lace was a perfect fit for this page.  Prima has so many cute chipboard embelishments, brads, buttons and stickers that match this line.  One I got started it was hard to choose which things I wanted to use, they were all so cute!   I hope this gives you some ideas of ways that you can use the prima Lyric collection!
 Supplies used:

Don't forget about The Hens Den blog hop during the first week in July.  Stop by all of our personal blogs to see some fun patriotic projects.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Simple Stories 24/Seven Collection- Best Day Ever Layout

Simple Stories 24/Seven 
Best Day Ever Layout
Designed by: Nicolle Kramer

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a creative and relaxing weekend. My second oldest son graduated from high school Friday. That means that's the 2nd kiddo going to college. I think Bret is still undecided on what he wants to major in. We have had a lot of milestones to celebrate this June. My youngest is officially in middle school now. She's going into the 6th grade. Ugh, Where does the time go?  
Today I am sharing a layout I created inspired by my kids pictures before they went to the Prom. I like both formal and not so formal photos of special occasions. Both of my children looked amazing. They had a good time at their prom and had a little after party here at my house with a few friends. We put up a new pool just in time for this party and go figure it wasn't warm enough to swim. 

This layout is a little different style for me. I opted to go a bit Clean and Simple so that the photo stood out. The less is more look. The funny thing is it actually takes me longer to create this type of layout. I am not sure why that is but it may because I am just used to a full page with lots to look at. There is quite a bit of layering going on with the papers and stickers.

Here's a couple of close-ups of the clusters.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget you can purchase this awesome collection at The Hen's Den store.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Fun & Games with My Minds Eye by Moriah Macdonald

Fun & Games Retirement "Card-let"
Featuring  My Minds Eye - The Sweetest Thing
Designed by Moriah Macdonald

One of my fellow Reading Specialists is retiring this year.  I'm happy for her, sad for us!  She's going to have lots of fun spending time with her grand baby, traveling to see the US Open, and sleeping in on Monday mornings!! :)

I dipped into my June stash Charlie sent to make one of 2 book-style cards for the folks at school to write their "I'll miss you" messages.

There are about 80 staff at my school, so one little card isn't going to do it!  I decided to adhere 3 card bases together using Score-tape.  The extra pages will give people lots of room for signatures (I had to make 2 of these 'cause the first one filled up in 2 days!).

I wrapped ribbon around the "card" so it could tie shut with a ribbon 'cause it's so stinkin' cute with a bow!!

I just love how this turned out!  The sentiment says it all.  From this point on its all fun and games for our retiree!  We are all so jealous happy for her! :)

Got a friend you need a ?  Grab these goods:
My Minds Eye- The Sweetest Thing- 6x6 Pad
My Minds Eye- The Sweetest Thing- Label Stickers
My Minds Eye- Collectable- Unforgettable- Enamel Dots


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kaiser Craft 75 Cents Collection

Kaiser Craft 75 Cents Collection - Cards

Designed by Anita Mulcahey

Here are my fun cards for my DT post for The Hens' Den.  These colors are just so gorgeous and so much fun to work with.  You simply must stop by the store and get some of your own before they are gone.  This card was cut on my  Silhouette and is called a box card.  What a fun idea, it folds flat.   I used a black Sharpie to color the Petaloo Color Me Crazy frame and it came out amazing.  I love how wonderful this is, and it was so easy to create.

I decided to make a second card and have been wanting to use a pie chart on my projects and found this awesome one in the Silhouette Store.  It highlighted the gorgeous papers so well.  These cards are so fun and both fold flat for easy giving and mailing.

Kaiser Craft 75 Cents Collection - Dime
May Arts Ribbon
The Twinery Twine
Sharpie - Black
Bazzill Craft Cardstock

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hello featuring Teresa Collins' Memories collection

Teresa Collins' Memories
Hello Card
Created by Janet G. Bagnall
Hi everyone:

I hope you are all enjoying this week so far.  Me, I'm on vacation, so I do believe I'm having a great one :)  I'm back again using Teresa Collins' Memories collection and it has been so much fun.  
I mean, look at these great details I used in this card.  I am working on a box of upbeat, cheerful cards for a friend from work to brighten her day through the next few weeks and do believe this one will be that - the colors are just great.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of this week and head over to The Hens Den to take a look at all the goodies Charlie has for sale.


Monday, June 17, 2013

A Special Day layout featuring MME Collectable Collection

A Special Day Layout
Created by Carolyn Lontin

This month I get to create with the fantastic MME Collectable Collection!!  This collection is great for any photos with the fun patterns and bright papers!

Here is a photo of the goodies I received;  you can find them in the Hens Den Store!

June is a big month for us with our son graduating from the sixth grade and moving on to middle school.  It's bittersweet that he is leaving behind the only school he has known but it's very exciting to see him grow and move on.

This photo was taken after his sixth grade graduation ceremony in front of his school; I love how grown up he looks! :)

My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable - Enamel Dots
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable - Buttons
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable - Label Stickers
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable - Pins
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable - Tiny Word Stickers
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable Story - Journal Paper
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable - Happiness - Delight
My Minds Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable Today - Moment
Prima Marketing - Ingvild Bolme - Rasp Tool
Tim Holtz - Idea-Ology - Tiny Attacher Stapler

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Get Lost Layout designed by Nicolle Kramer using Simple Stories 24/seven Collection

Simple Stories 24/Seven Collection
Get Lost Layout
Designed By: Nicolle Kramer

The fabulous Simple Stories 24/Seven Collection I got to create with this month. I Love the colors in this collection. 

I enjoy creating layouts based on the little things in life or simple pleasures. I captured a shot of  Jolie reading her kindle fire. Otis was relaxing on her lap as well. It was just a super cute shot. Jolie struggles with reading comprehension in school and has been working hard to bring up her reading level. Her reading level is about 1 year behind the actual grade she is in. It seems to be very common and unfortunately all my children struggled but caught up by the time they hit high school. I am not sure why they were all behind but was told it had to do with maturity. It doesn't make a parent feel real good when their children don't excel in every subject but I know she is doing the best she can and that's what counts.

There are a lot of different techniques I used on this layout. I used my new sewing machine and stitched around the page. It seems that arrows are a trend now and my machine actually has a built in arrow stitch which makes it a lot of fun to add that technique to my layouts. Of course there are a lot of layers, some stenciling and gesso, distressing, stamping and lots of embellishments from the 24/seven collection. I  also used a sketch for  inspiration of this page.

 The title of this layout is Get Lost. I want Jolie to enjoy reading and I don't think she always does. She tends to count the pages in a book and finds it to be a chore. Jolie tries to avoid it. I hope when she gets older she learns to appreciate it and get lost in the story almost like she does when she watches a movie.

Camera's seem to be a trend as well. How cute is that Simple Stories layered sticker?  Banners are hot as well and love this chipboard sticker.  I love a lot of dimension on my layouts but it doesn't always make it easy to fit in page protectors though.

You can find all of the Simple Stories 24/Seven collection at The Hen's Den store. Get it before it's all gone.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Minds Eye for Father's Day by Moriah Macdonald

Happy Father's Day Card
Featuring My Minds Eye- The Sweetest Thing
 Designed by Moriah Macdonald
This past weekend we celebrated a bunch of family days- belated Mother's Day, belated youngest nephew's birthday, early SIL birthday, and *drumroll* early Father's Day!  I thought I might share the card I made for my FIL with y'all today.  :)  (Phew- all caught up until July, I think!) 
These are the goodies I got from Charlie at The Hen's Den and I knew right away they'd be perfect for Father's Day.  You might at first look and say, "But I see flowers and lace!".  There is so much more on this set!!!

I cut the card base so that it was 4 1/4" X 4 1/4", then cut the white & blue paper 4 1/8" X 4 1/8", and finally the golden mustard paper was cut 4" X 4".  The layers were simply stacked and adhered together using Score-tape.

The stickers were used cause they all describe my FIL.  He's a happy guy, who loves to tell stories, is willing to try anything, and we all know we are loved.  :)  I totally lifted Carolyn's confetti idea using the enamel dots.  Love how it all came together- and so quickly too!!!

Wanna make one too?  Grab these goods:
My Minds Eye- The Sweetest Thing- 6x6 Pad
My Minds Eye- The Sweetest Thing- Label Stickers
My Minds Eye- The Sweetest Thing- Tiny Word Stickers
My Minds Eye- Collectable- Unforgettable- Enamel Dots

Monday, June 10, 2013

On Bended Knee Featuring 75 Cents Collection by Kaiser Craft

On Bended Knee Featuring 75 Cents Collection by Kaiser Craft

I received such a wonderful kit this month to play with.  Kaiser Craft 75 Cents Collection is just so elegant and you can do so much with it.  My 21 year old son has been dating his girlfriend for 8 years and this past March after her spring break he sent her around town on a scavenger hunt to all their favorite places.  He had two of her best friends meet her at each stop and give her a red rose.  He was waiting in the church they will be married in with a white rose, in a new suit ready to propose. 
We are so lucky that he values family so much as he let both her family and ours be in the balcony of the church to see him propose.  We couldn't hear what he was saying but my heart just about burst when he went down on bended knee.  I am so proud of this amazing young man and love his fiance dearly.  We are looking forward to an October 2015 wedding after he graduates from college.
This paper line worked so perfectly with the photo from the church and I would hurry on over to The Hens' Den Store to get some before it is gone.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this gorgeous heart lattice as well as the frame and scallop border.  I love how much I can do with this wonderful machine.

Kaiser Craft 75 Cents Sticker Sheet
The Twinery Twine
Cardstock Black and Yellow

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