Monday, July 14, 2014

On Trend - Sunbursts

Hi there, happy Monday to you all! I love looking through internet galleries filled with inspiring ideas and trends. I've noticed a lot of beautiful pages using sunbursts or rays. I'm sure there is a proper name for the design, but that was the best I could come up with on the spot. Today I used some of the beautiful patterned papers from the newest Glitz Design collections to create a soft sunburst effect.


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I'm sure there are a variety of ways to create "rays", the technique I use involves my trusty magnetic mat, ruler and a craft knife. After cutting each ray, I placed it on the background cardstock, rearranging pieces until I was satisfied with the layout. 

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After all of the sunburst rays found their final resting places, I added the remaining layers covering the overlapping corners. To create more precise rays, mark a center point in pencil on the back of your paper, then draw lines with each running through the center point.

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"Then & Now" layout supplies:
Glitz Design "Felicity" paper: Chevron
Glitz Design "Brightside" papers: Chunky Chevron, Bits & Pieces
Glitz Design "Felicity" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Brightside" Alphas & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Black & White" Alphabets & Words sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Black & White" puffy words sticker sheet
Glitz Design washi tape - silver glitter
other: cardstock  vellum, wood veneer people, sequins, chipboard ampersand  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Parties

Hello there Glitz fans! With summer in full swing we have been crafting decorations for my daughter's 14th birthday party. I can hardly believe that she'll be a high school freshman in just a few months! Time continues to march on! 
 
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My daughter asked for a up-to-date version of shabby chic decor. As the hostess of the party, I wanted to keep things simple and fun. The invitations were made by sewing a sequins filled vellum pouch, then layering a variety of "Brightside" papers from the 6x6 paper pad. Cutting strips allows for making several invitations with the same design but different patterned papers. 

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I added a few party supplies by adding washi tape flags to straws, wrapping a little patterned paper around a favor box and taping a sentiment to a framed mirror. The garland included pom-poms constructed from white cupcake wrappers, and die cut butterflies. In just under an hour I was able to make all of the decorations we needed for her party.

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"Modern Shabby-Chic Birthday Decor" supplies:
Glitz Design "Brightside" paper: Plaid, Chunky Chevron, Bits & Pieces
Glitz Design "Brightside" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design wash tapes - mint chain & cherries
other: kraft card stock, vellum, sequins, baker's twine, mini clothes pins

Friday, June 13, 2014

Missing Dad

Hey there! I am here today with a layout featuring a few of the many fabulous Glitz Design embellishments! With Father's Day a few days away, I have been thinking a lot about and missing my dad. This is my second Father's Day without him, and I still miss him as much as ever. Scrapbooking is still a part of the healing process, and brings to mind the precious memories of the past.

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I'm a very visual scrapper, and there isn't a lot of pre-planning that goes into my projects. Once I choose the photo, the rest of my project flows from there. I added the journaling to the photo in Photoshop, then printed it off in two sizes to give me more design options. With the photo in hand, I usually compile my primary supplies choosing papers and embellishments that compliment the photo. 

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For this layout, I stamped the "Hello Friend" cloud stamps onto the scraps of photo paper leftover from printing, then cut them out by hand. To punch decorative shapes from washi tape, cover a piece of card stock with strips of washi tape in the desired width and simple punch. Mixing and matching embellishments from six different lines allowed me to add lots of tiny hearts in a variety of tones. Finishing the layout off with a couple of rolls of the chevron Roller Doodle draws the eye back to the photo again. 

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"Enjoy the Little Things" layout supplies:
Glitz Design "Felicity" paper: Floral
Glitz Design "Brightside" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Brightside" Alphas & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Felicity" Alphas & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Black & White" Alphabets & Words sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Black & White" Titles & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" rubber stamps
Glitz Design Tiny Roller Doodle - chevron
Glitz Design "77" puffy words
Glitz Design "Carpe Diem" giant rhinestones
Glitz Design washi tape - pink glitter
other: cardstock, doily, mist, ink, tulle and paper clip

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lunch Adventure

While sorting through my favorite photos from the past few months I came across this photo of my daughter enjoying a bowl of soup with the afternoon sunlight streaming through the window. It's a simple snapshot of our daily life. The photo reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite authors. I decided to use the quote as my jumping off point.

In Photoshop, I layered the text of the quote over the photo in a light brown. To create the background I scattered a few pieces of punched heart confetti on the cardstock, then sprayed pink mist. After the mist was dry I removed the hearts. The cheery color pallet of "Brightside" complimented the sunshine in the photo. I placed the pink and yellow elements on the layout in visual triangles to guide the eye through the project. A variety of circle and heart punches highlighted some of the fun new patterned papers, and a few Glitz stickers finished it off nicely.

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"Lunch Adventure" layout supplies:
Glitz Design "Felicity" papers: Honeycomb, Bits & Pieces
Glitz Design "Brightside" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Felicity" Alphas & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Brightside" Alphas & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" washi tape - cherries
Glitz Design "Hello December" washi tape - plus
other: cardstock, plastic flower, mist, heart and circle punches

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Inspired by The Great Gatsby


This week our Glitz Design challenge was to find inspiration from "The Great Gatsby". My girls and I love trying out vintage hairstyles, so I started by searching Pinterest for style inspiration. After imitating the flapper hairstyle and look we shot a few photos. The feathers, lace and bling from the era's style were a great jumping off point for my project. I finished off the layout by adding a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" to the photo of my daughter. 

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"Rare Smile" layout supplies:
Glitz Design "Brightside" paper: Butterflies
Glitz Design "Carpe Diem" papers: Diamonds, Squirrels
Glitz Design "Brightside" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Carpe Diem" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Carpe Diem" Titles & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "Brightside" washi tape - pink glitter
other: card stock (Bazzill Basics), feather (Michael's), tulle (Hobby Lobby), date stamp (Smash), scallop & butterfly punches (Martha Stewart Crafts), sequins, tag die (Stampin' Up), Sizzix Big Shot

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I love you a lot


Glitz Design Bits & Pieces are sized for Project Life albums, however these cute little accents are versatile enough to use on all sorts of paper crafting projects. On this project I used a journaling card from the new "Felicity" line Bits & Pieces paper. I cut it into a square, then cut the square on the diagonal twice to make triangles. Then I layered the smaller quote on the larger ombre journaling spot. Adding a little of the brand new pink glitter washi tape added a fun splash of sparkle.

To make the crepe ribbon, I started with an ordinary roll of crepe paper for party decor and ruffled it by hand as I ran it through my sewing machine. On one end I layered some tulle on top of the crepe paper for a pop of color. 

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"I love you a lot" layout supplies:
Glitz Design "Felicity" papers: Bits & Pieces, Honeycomb
Glitz Design "Felicity" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Felicity" washi tape - pink glitter
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" washi tape - cherries
other: cardstock, doilies, sequins, date stamp, ink 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Love

Spring is in the air here in Washington State and the flowering trees are all abloom. The precious pink patterns and cherry blossoms in the "All Dolled Up" collection were a perfect to highlight the season. I layered four patterned papers, a shiny gold doily and a strip of tulle, then folded the "love" tag over and tucked in behind the top patterned paper. After stitching the tag and tulle in place I added the photo along with the rhinestones and stickers. The sentiment in the bottom corner was cut from a scrap of one of the "Bits & Pieces". The gold accents place in a visual triangle bring eye across the project and bring an extra sparkle to the soft colors of spring.

Don't forget to check out the new Glitz Design website for all of this month's giveaway information!

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Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" papers: Cherries, Bits & Pieces
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" Titles & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" washi tape - cherries
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" Giant Rhinestones
other: cardstock, gold doily, tulle, vellum, gold alphabet, ribbon

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

In Remembrance of Mom



This is my second Mother's Day since I lost my mom to brain cancer and there isn't a day that goes by that I am not thankful for each and every precious moment I had her. This picture speaks to her playful sass and fun-loving nature. The hand cut chevrons to move the focus toward the photo. The  heart punched from vellum reminds me of her heart, and the sentiment reminds me of her watching over me from heaven. This one's for you, Mom!

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"How Wonderful Life Is" layout supplies:
Glitz Design "77" papers: Floral, Feather
Glitz Design "77" 6x6 paper pad
Glitz Design "77" Titles & Accents sticker sheet
Glitz Design "77" Alphabets & Words sticker sheet
Glitz Design "77" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Carpe Diem" Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Design "Carpe Diem" washi tape - mint chain
Glitz Design "All Dolled Up" washi tape - cherries
other: cardstock, vellum, puffy letter stickers, sequins

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