Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hambly Tutorial: Layered Lace Heart

Here to share a layering technique to create a lacy heart card perfect to congratulate any couple getting married this spring. After all, wedding season is right around the corner!

You'll need:
  • Hambly Little Hearts Overlay 
  • Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock
  • Doily
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • White Cardstock Base
  • Glue Dots Glue Lines
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Studded Heart Punch All Over The Page
  • Date Stamp
  • Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • White Opaque Pen
  • Bone Folder

Then simply follow these steps:
  1. Punch a heart shape on the Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock. then stamp 5 dates with one of the dates being the couple's wedding date.
  2. Create banners with the message "Congrats" on one and the initials of the couple on another.
  3. Using Tombow Mono Liquid glue, attach the banners to the Hambly Little Hearts overlay matching the wedding date in between the two banners.
  4. Then using Glue Dots Glue lines, attach the overlay to the Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock matching directly behind the banners to hide the glue lines. It creates such a great and strong bond keeping the card together with just a bit of the adhesive.
  5. Then, using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, align a piece of doily behind the heart window to create a lacy heart.
  6. Then adhere a piece of kraft cardstock behind that to give the lace dimension.
  7. And lastly, attach all the layers to a white card base.

Hope you like this layering tutorial and don't forget to visit the Hambly blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's Time for Hambly's March Sketch Challenge!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share the Hambly March Sketch Challenge with you today. I hope you'll join in the fun because there's a great prize from Hambly! Visit the Hambly blog for prize details. Here's the sketch:

Here's my take on the sketch:

Materials Used: Hambly Mini Brocade Paper, Hambly Woodgrain Overlay, Hambly Silhouettes Rub-on; Other: Bazzill cardstock, sequins, rhinestones

Here's a closer look at some of the details. I wanted to make the paintings literally popping off the scrapbook page, so I added a cloud with foam tape.

I also added sequins and rhinestones to the layout, extending the sparkly, swirly stars in Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Make sure you stop by the Hambly blog to see the rest of the design team's take on the sketch and to participate in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tea Time, Tea Notes

Tea is one of my favorite drinks and if I were to ever throw a tea party, I'd use the lovely Kaisercraft Tigerlilly collection.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Tigerlilly Blossom Double-Sided 12"X12" Paper, Blush Double-Sided 12"X12" Paper, Pomegranate Double-Sided 12"X12" Paper, Flamingo Double-Sided 12"X12" Paper, Collectables Die-Cuts; Other: embroidery floss, twine, eyelet

Inspired by the lovely floral patterns, I created a notebook to take notes on different tea leaves and brews. To make the perfect tea party set-up, I also created pyramid tea wrappers as favors to collect tea leaves for enjoying after the party!

Hope you like what you see and make sure you stop by the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Monday, March 12, 2012

Three of a Kind

One of my favorite photography techniques for creating a symmetrical and cohesive scrapbook layout is to use three photos with similar shapes.

Materials Used:
Kaisercraft Tigerlilly Blush Double-sided 12"x12" Paper, Flamingo Double-sided 12"x12" Paper, Collectables Die-Cuts, Chipboard Alpha 1; Other: Classic Heart Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies, Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine

My fiance and I took photos of each other in front of a lancet doorway. I then snapped another photo of the green rolling hills of Napa framed by another lancet window. Put them side by side and I have myself an interesting layout using very simple design principals - symmetry and repetition!

Highlight the colors from the photos with beautiful bright pinks and oranges from the Kaisercraft's Tigerlilly collection, sprinkle some hearts, and I have a simply fun layout. If you love strong contrasting colors in classic prints, you'll love the Tigerlilly collection and it's especially perfect for the spring and summer months.

Hope you like this technique and don't forget to visit the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Oh, Hello Friend Shop Swap

Hi there! I'm here to share something a little different today. In February, I signed up for this shop swap hosted by Danni of the lovely and inspirational Oh, Hello Friend blog. What a great and fun idea!

As I mentioned in this previous post, I make envelope travel scrapbooks and greeting cards for sale on my Etsy shop, so I sent off a couple of items from the shop. I put together a package that included two envelope mini notebooks, one greeting card, and one 3x3 mini card.

In return, I received really fun and cute bath fizzies from the Dirty Laundry shop. Jeanee, shop owner of Dirty Laundry, prepared a box of 4 cupcake bath fizzies of various "flavors" and included some soothing lavender bath salts and cute cupcake stickers.

Here's a closer look at the relaxing cupcake bath fizzie:

The packaging is cute, the fizzies are equally cute, the contents are naturally soothing, each one is handmade, and they're perfect as favors or gift-giving! There's so much to love about them, so check out Dirty Laundry on Etsy to pick your favorite flavors!

A very big thank you to Danni and Jeanee!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dream on...

Happy Monday! I'm here to share an abstract card today. I haven't used my pretty Copics in some time now, so it was a lot of fun drawing with them.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Tiny Woods Sycamore (front & back); Other: Copics

I was inspired by the Kaisercraft Tiny Woods Sycamore pattern paper. It looked like waves or hills weaved into a pattern, but I focused on its shape and how if taken a part, it could very well look like a mermaid's tail. To give the illusion of a full mermaid's tail, I drew hearts in the shape and shading of scales. But are they hearts or are they scales? I decided to get a little artsy and try a little impressionism in the card. One of my favorite techniques with pattern papers is deconstructing the pattern and shape it into something else. Give it a try!

Hope you like what you see here and don't forget to visit the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl