Spring Nest – Crate Paper

Spring is fleeting here in Alberta and I try to make the most out of the few weeks between snow and hot sun! The birds singing and flitting around are my favourite sights and sounds. We captured this pretty Robin’s nest last spring, complete with tiny robin’s egg blue eggs!

I chose light and airy colours from the Flourish collection for my layout. I love the Aviary paper with the white painted brick and made that my jumping off point! I added sprinkles of paint and then decided to trim the aviary paper and add the pale coral stripe paper behind it, for added colour! Lately I have been loving having my background papers stacked on angles, for a “thrown together” look! Once I decided on where to place my photo I added paper from the card making pad, frames and tickets in behind it.

For a pretty title I used the gorgeous Fleur alpha and mixed it with the gold alpha from the sticker sheet I stitched them onto the painterly tag that reminds me of spring! After fiddling around with letter placement I decided to stack them and it seemed to fit the best that way on the tag!

In the bottom right corner I added another beautiful rose and trimmed it with the gold leaf trim and added a word strip on top. The little bird from the sticker sheet finished it off perfectly. The gold leaf trim is divine! I also tucked a piece up by the photo as a branch for the embroidered bird to perch on!

I couldn’t resist using the embroidered bird patch on this layout. I could have a hundred of these little birds and never get tired of them! The colours of thread in the bird are so rich and silky. She is perched happily guarding the nest!

Supplies: Flourish Aviary Paper (344365) Flourish Grandiflora Paper (344374 ) Flourish Ephemera (344387) Flourish Chipboard Stickers (344386) Flourish Thickers Fleur Alpha (344389) Flourish Cardstock Stickers (344401) Flourish Card Making pad (344406) Flourish Decorative Trim, (344405) Flourish Embroidered Bird Patch (344392) Flourish Puffy Gold Thickers (344388)

Unique Titles for Cards – Crate Paper

The Flourish collection has so many possibilities to have a play on words for titles for your cards or layouts. I put the Flourish 6×8 card making pad to work with these cards, so simple to just select a paper and score down the middle and fold and you have an instant card base to decorate!

My first card features the lovely lemons in the Flourish collection, I just had to use the “When Life Gives You Lemons” sentiment! I started with the Lemon Paper for the card base and I fussy cut lemons from the Ponderosa paper and used the lemon branch from the Puffy Stickers. To make the title pop I used both the metallic alphas for loads of bling and stitched through the titles for added interest and texture!

I wanted to make sure I had plenty of dimension on this card. I popped the tag up with cardboard and added foam sticky dots to the fussy cut lemon branch and also the puffy sticker.

For my next card, I chose the pink with green roses paper as it perfectly co-ordinated with the square xo card. I wanted to do a play on the all the xo’s I found in the collection. The gold puffy stickers are gorgeous and I layered them on top of the little square card from the Memorable cut apart paper. I added yet another xoxo at the bottom of the tag from the card stock sticker sheet, the recipient will hopefully feel all the hugs and kisses!! I added a bit of typing to further support the title theme!

The pretty butterfly from the Standouts was the perfect final touch for the card!

It was fun to see what titles I could come up with, whether you use unique items or a unique phrase or words, it really does give your cards that extra special and custom-made touch!

Supplies: Flourish Card Making pad (344406) Flourish Ponderosa Paper (344363) Flourish Memorable Paper (344357) Flourish Embossed Puffy Stickers (344398) Flourish Cardstock Stickers (344401) Flourish Thickers Memo (344390) Flourish Puffy Gold Thickers (344388) Flourish Standouts (344396)

Easter Blessings

Easter is usually a snowy event at our house, hunting for eggs has been done in snowsuits! One year we did luck out and have beautiful weather and anytime that happens I am sure to be out with my camera getting lovely springtime and Easter dress photos! I had received some pretty pink carnations for that same Easter and I knew I had to use the gorgeous tag in the Flourish Ephemera Pak on my layout. The bouquet of carnations on the tag is so gorgeous and I used the tag to choose everything else for the layout!

I started out by adhering some white cardstock to the Perennial paper and then tearing the cardstock to show some of the darling posies beneath. I splattered a few colors of paint and then layered washi tape strips and papers to make a base for the photos. I stitched a few lines across the base for some added texture.

I really wanted to the bunny oval to stand out between the pictures so I layered a vellum oval frame with rose gold foil underneath the bunny then continued to add the layers of florals, fussy cut sprigs from the Anne paper and leaves. A puffy rose sticker on the corner of the bunny frame ties the pinks from my photo and the flowers on my daughters dress into the center cluster.

I tucked the carnation bouquet tag behind my second photo and layered a few word strips and my daughters initial on to the picture.

Fussy cutting the black leaf sprigs from the Anne paper took some time but it was well worth it for the pretty botanical feel they give to the page, I love the contrast they provide with the layers of florals! If you like fussy cutting I recommend cutting yourself a few sprigs for layers!

Supplies: Flourish Anne Paper (344361) Flourish Perennial Paper (344373) Flourish Ephemera Die-Cuts (344387) Flourish Washi Tape (344397) Flourish Embossed Puffy Stickers (344398) Flourish 6×12 Stickers (344385) Flourish Ephemera Cardstock Die-cuts (344394) Flourish Thickers Memo (344390)

Remember – Crate Paper Flourish

I am pretty sure I could cover half my house in the Flourish Always wood grain paper!  The tone of the wood color is so warm and perfect!  I decided to go for it and use the paper for my background.  I splattered a bit of colorshine onto the background to break the wood up a bit.  I backed a cut file with the watercolor striped paper from the 6×6 pad to add a bit of the green that shows in the butterflies.  The green is also on the paint by number strip tucked behind the photo!

To keep the page from looking too dark and heavy I thought that fussy cutting butterflies from the Charming paper would be the perfect idea.  I wanted them to float up the page so I cut out quite a few and stayed to the pinks and peachy butterflies.   I also decided to layer the pink and yellow butterflies with a hand cut white butterfly and the matching butterfly fussy cut from the 6×6 paper pad.

To balance the white die cut on the side of the photo I added one of the cut apart cards from the Memorable paper.  I had two of these cards so I fussy cut the camera and popped it up on foam for added dimension.  One of the sweet gold puffy stickers fit perfectly in the flashbulb spot!

I am very happy that I went out of my comfort zone and used the wood grain paper.  The contrast really makes the butterflies pop off the page and gives a crispness to the white while still remaining a very warm and pretty layout!  I encourage you to bust out a paper you’ve been “collecting” or use your favorite paper from a collection!

Supplies: Flourish Always Paper (344367) Flourish Charming Paper (344360 ) Flourish 6×6 Pad (344384) Flourish Memorable Paper (344357) Flourish Puffy Gold Thickers (344388) Flourish Cardstock Stickers (344401)

Floral Birthday

I was inspired by the vintage cameras in the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection for the jumping off point for birthday decor! I have a small collection of black vintage cameras and thought the idea of Smile It’s Your Birthday would be a great theme for special someone who loves vintage, florals and photography! I started out with the gold letters as the centre of the display. I tacked them to a big black frame I use for special occasions or as a board to pin things too.

I wanted bold punches of colour and pattern so I made large and medium rosettes from the Flourish papers. Rosettes are fairly simple to make, for the large rosette you need 2 sheets of the same 12×12 pattern paper, a medium rosette uses 1 12×12 sheet.

I made 2 large rosettes, 2 medium and 1 small that I turned into a prize ribbon. The prize ribbon rosette uses 4 x 2” strips.

I love the dimension the rosettes create, plus it is a great way to be able to see the beautiful patterns in the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection!

For some smaller details I added a paper from the 6×8 paper pad to a gold frame. I then embellished on top of the glass with a tag, chipboard piece and the gorgeous wood veneer frame.

I used the Flourish Washi Tape to add a few of the die cuts on the “pin” board.

I love this little grouping of one of the medium rosettes with the swan card and camera!

I am really happy with the way my idea came together! It feels special, without being a traditional birthday theme and the florals bring warmth and life, especially if you are celebrating a winter birthday like I am!

Supplies: Maggie Holmes Flourish 12×12 Paper Pad (344383) Maggie Holmes Flourish Poppy Paper (344362) Maggie Holmes Flourish Nostalgic Paper (344370) Maggie Holmes Flourish Emma Paper (344364) Maggie Holmes Flourish Aviary Paper (344365) Maggie Holmes Flourish Memorable Paper (344357) Maggie Holmes Flourish Ephemera Die-Cuts (344387) Maggie Holmes Flourish Washi Tape (344397) Maggie Holmes Flourish Chipboard Stickers (344386) Maggie Holmes Flourish Wood Veneer Frame (344400) Maggie Holmes Flourish 6×8 Paper (344406) Maggie Holmes Shine Gold Foil Alpha Chipboard (680327)