Friday, 2 December 2016

Have a Cuppa - The Cut Shoppe

Hey everyone! Yesterday I shared this layout on the blog of The Cut Shoppe using the "Free Falling" cut file; a cut file from some time ago, but as it's still one of my favorites I really wanted to share it with you.

As you can see there isn't a whole lot of cutting going on on my page! I decided I'd much rather stitch the image of the cut file on my page instead of a cut image, so I used one of my sketch pens instead of the blade in my Silhouette Cameo. 


Here's what I did. I chose the "Free Falling" cut file from the The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store and opened it in my Silhouette Cameo. Once opened I selected only the "cuppa" image and deleted the other images: 


Next I resized the image and decided where I wanted to sketch it:


As I didn't want the sketched image show through my stitching I wanted to draw the design on the back of my white cardstock background. I selected the image, right clicked and flipped the image horizontally:


Next I adjusted my cut settings from "blade" to "sketch pen" and clicked "send to Silhouette". 


Mind to adhere your cardstock upside down on the sticky mat (I forgot!). Use a paper piercing tool to pierce little holes in your cardstock (which is on the back of your layout) following the lines of the sketched image. Turn the page around, choose different colors of embroidery thread and stitch the pierced holes:


For my layout I used last year's Christmas collection from Pretty Little Studio: Merry & Bright. Here's another close-up of my page: 


And this is the "Free Falling" cut file from The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store I used:


For this cut file and many many more check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store. And this month Ashley has a surprise in store: 31% off during the entire month! Look:


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Have fun creating!


Thursday, 1 December 2016

December 1st Sketch Reveal at Stuck?! Sketches

If you're here for my Creating With Sketches V4 GIVEAWAY, please scroll down to the next post! 
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Hi everyone! As it's the first of the month it's time for a brand new sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

I used the November kit from Bij Oma Dee and a snowflake cut file from the Silhouette Store to create this layout of my youngest on his way to school on the sleigh! As this is a very seldom occurrence in The Netherlands it had to be scrapped (even if the quality of the photos aren't too good).


Love all the Echo Park "I Love Winter" goodies in this kit! 

A few close-ups: 




The sponsors this month are: 
  •  Crafty Ribbons, who are sponsoring this challenge offering a $10 (UK Pounds) to one lucky participant!


  •  Cut Mania, who are also sponsoring this challenge, offering a $10.00 (USA) gift certificate to a second lucky participant!


And then here's the fabulous sketch by our awesome Laura:


If you like the sketch too and decide to play along, then please link up your layouts over in the sidebar of the Stuck?! Sketches blog by December 29 2016 to be in the running for one of our prizes! All prizes will be drawn randomly using Random.org to pick a number.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Have a crafty evening! 
xx 
Monique

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Creating With Sketches V4 - GIVEAWAY!!

Hi friends! As many of you know I love sketches to use for my scrapbook pages ... no surprise there, right?! I'm excited to say that Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers has just completed Volume #4 of Creating With Sketches and guess who she asked to contribute a design with one of the sketches in this amazing new book?! Yes! One of them was me!


The eBook is available today and I am so excited to be able to give one away on my blog (compliments of Kristine)!

Just leave me a comment in the next few days and I'll do a random draw on Wednesday December 7th!

Here's a sneak peek of my page, you'll find the complete layout on page 22 of the book!


Good luck to you all! These sketch books are such a great resource to have on hand. They make scrapping so much more fun!

Hugs,
Monique

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Giving - Doodlebug 2017 Calendar

Hello friends! I'm so happy to start off the "Christmas Gift Giving" week at Doodlebug's blog. For my "Gift" I chose to create this happy & colorful Doodlebug desk calendar for 2017! Because what can be more fun than sitting behind your desk at your office (while you'd much rather be at home crafting!) and look up from your work and see this colorful piece standing on top of your desk?!

The calendar consists of six double-sided cards which all fit into one sheer cd case and when the cd case is folded open it doubles as a standard for the calendar! Super simple! 

Here's a photo of the first six months and where January stands in the open cd case.



And here's a photo of the other months, only December is hidden behind November:


And this is the closed cd case with all the months inside. I used the Flea Market collection and the Teensy Type alphabet stickers.


Let me tell you quickly what I did: I cut 6 pieces of white cardstock (12x14 cm). Then I cut the months of the year from one of the 6"x 6" Petite Prints paper pad using my Silhouette Cameo and these two cut files from Lori Whitlock: #36959 and #36960 and I printed this free printable calendar and chose the one with 6 months on one page. 


I adhered the colored months on the white cardstock pieces and then the printed calendars on top. I took care not to adhere the month cards too low on the cardstock, because that part of the card would have to fit in the narrow cd sleeve, together with five other cards!  


Next I gathered my leftover stickers from random collections (can even be much older collections):


And now the fun could begin: embellishing the twelve months! Again, I took care to not over-embellish as I wanted the six cards to fit into the cd sleeve! 

Here's a photo of the front of the cards: January - June 2017


And a photo of the back of the cards: July - December 2017


I only needed a few stickers to make the cards fun! 

This was so much fun to make and also so very easy and inexpensive (which is rather nice in such an expensive month as December!) that I think I'll make another one, but then for myself to take into the office (this one is for my sis). 

Here are all twelve months up close.




  








Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and letting me share my Doodlebug "Christmas Gift Giving" project with you. If you have any questions just let me know and I'll get back to you! 


Wishing you a crafty day!
xoxo
Monique

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Doodlebug Flea Market Lanterns

Hello friends! Just popping in to share my latest Doodlebug project with you (you can find it on Doodlebug's blog here).

I created these 3 lanterns using a lantern cut file from the Silhouette shop and Doodlebug's Flea Market collection. I cut the lanterns from my Petite Prints papers in three different colors and decorated them with die-cuts, (mini) doodle-pops, stickers and also one of Doodlebug's new cut files: the little fox. 


I love Doodlebug's new cut files and just needed to make this little fox with the fox cut file (you can find a Studio file in the Silhouette store here and the SVG file in Lori Whitlock's store here): 


Isn't he adorable?! I just love that the new cut files give me the opportunity to decide how large I want this fox! What I would also like to try is to create one in totally different colors, like maybe a blue or a green fox ... just for fun. 


And here are the lanterns one by one. I adhered some vellum behind the windows in two of the lanterns and left the other lantern "open". I love the brighter light of the (fake) candle in the open lantern, but I also love the soft glow caused by the vellum. 


The Doodle-Pops, like this night owl, are just perfect for projects like these as they offer just that bit of extra dimension.


Here is the little black country crow a mini Doodle-Pop, the mouse is a sticker from the sheet of Icons Stickers and the other elements are die-cuts from the Odds & Ends package: 


I really love how these turned out! 

Here's just one more photo:


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and taking a peek at my project. Wishing you a wonderful day! 

Monique

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Happy Fall Y'All - Pretty Little Studio

Hey everyone!! Today I've got a Pinterest inspired layout up on Pretty Little Studio's blog using the awesome Oakley Avenue collection! When I saw the Pinterest photo I was meant to use I was really excited as it’s perfect for the Oakley Avenue collection which I really wanted to use for today’s post.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out 6 feathers and arranged them on my white background similar to the way the arrows in the photo are placed. I added some machine stitching and chose a Fall photo I took of the pumpkins we made last month and got started. Here’s the result:


And here's the Pinterest photo I used: 

source: Pinterest

The feathers were cut from the Cozy Blanket paper and Patina (one of the papers from the 8×8 paper pack) and I really like how they turned out!


I also used one of the stamps belonging to this collection! I’m quite proud of that! I’m a huge fan of stamps and have quite a stash, but when it comes to actually using them I always find a excuse why I shouldn’t use them … but not now!


And of course I added one of the many awesome flair buttons of this collection, this one is from the “Fall” package.


And because the feathers in the Pinterest photo are actually arrows, I decided to add some arrow die-cuts in between the feathers:


Pretty Little Studio products used:

  • Oakley Avenue collection: Patterned Paper: Oakley Avenue 8×8 paper pack, Cozy Blanket; Die-Cuts: Fall Away Arrows, Orchard Words, Fall Faves; Flair: Fall; Vellum Tape: Fall In Love; Stamps: Cedar; Journaling Cards: Apple Cider 3×4; Frames: Weathered.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Wishing you happy crafting!
xoxo
Monique