Friday, March 22, 2013

Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge: Baby Buggy

Hello to all.  This week's Stuck on U Sketches offers a die cut Challenge.  We are to create something using a baby buggy.   I chose to make a card, as there always seems to be a shower going on somewhere in our county.

The card I made for the challenge was a die cut card shape.  I don't take advantage of that capability for I often forget I have the ability to do that.  I used my Silhoutte to print the paper then cut the parts and glued them together. Easy peasy.  I then punched a few flowers using my Martha Stewart small Hydrangea punch.  I topped it off with my I-rock tool putting bling in the middle of all of the flowers.  I hand cut and wrote the banner.

My inspiration for these came from Melanie Brown when the Baby Boutique Cricut Cartridge first came out. The design was on the Everday Cricut site.   I remade these two cards for the challenge but then realized that Melanie might not appreciate me doing so. However, I often use this design for baby cards and thought an encore kudos for Melanie was in order for this theme.  Plus since I took the time to make them...why not post them giving her the credit.

I used my Cricut Baby Boutique catridge for the papers and die cuts.  The flowers on the boy card are from an old Prima collection but they could easily have been handmade using Cricut's Flower Shoppe cartridge in a very small size.
I just loved the idea of using two off center strips of paper on cardstock to make these.  I think it gives the card much more interest and also highlights the buggy's better than they would have been had they been on just one piece of busy paper.  I just LOVED these papers and found that using them in pieces is the best way to design with them.
Head over to SOU Sketches to see what the other Design Team members came up with for this challenge.  We would love to see you participate in the challenge too.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stuck on U Sketches Card Challenge: Happy Birthday

Stuck on U Sketches has a card challenge going on where we are to use the following sketch:
This is my version::
My DFIL has a birthday coming up.  He collects old cads and one of my favorites is his 57 Chevy.   I was thrilled when I found this design in the Silhouette design store.  The papers came from therpattern too.   The title label was actually mae from one of the pattern papers in this line, blown up, so only the arrows showed.  I typed the sentiment on it nad then selected No cut feature so that it would only print on the die cut.  This is something new I leaned this week and I am sure I will use this technique often going forward.  In fact this will be one of those go to designs I will be using.  I just love it and all of the variations you can put to it.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge Reveal: Lucky Brothers

This week's challenge at Stuck on U Sketches was to use a die cut of a shamrock.  Our grandsons are the sweetest playmates.  They share their toys well and are always very helpful and supportive of one another.   They are showing signs of being lifelong friends. They are lucky to have one another.  I found the luck of the shamrock to be the perfect embellishment for this layout.

I was inspired by Wilna at Two Peas in a Bucket in her In the Mood to Scrap video for this layout.  You begin with a piece of cardstock and paint vertical stripes on one side very thickly with paint. I chose green and aquas to go along with the shamrock theme.  You then lay a die cut background on top of the paint so it comes up through the pattern.  You let it dry for 24 hours.  The rest of the layout was simply the photos and layered embellies.  These are from the Fourteen collection by Crate Paper. I also printed embellies from the Seen and Noted collection by Pebbles.  I printed them on cardstock and hand cut them.  The title was made using Thickers and the Prima stamping block using Tim Holt's Broken China Distress Ink.  I layered gridded vellum that I got at in a small square to cover the red flowers to give them more of an orange look.  I sprinkled various shades of glimmer mist to give the corners a confetti look. I also stitched around the page to highlight the shamrock and to anchor the white paper on the orange. This was a very fun layout to make, and I love how it turned out. Thank you Wilna!  Head over to SOU to join in on the challenge.  We would love to see your ideas and art too. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Stuck on U Sketch Blog Hop: Laugh

Hello to all!  Welcome to another small part of the exciting Blog Hop by Stuck on U Sketches that begins this weekend. Here is the sketch we used...

This is my translation...

 My husband bought an antique bike that Justin and his friends had to try out.  They had a ball trying to ride it . It is not as easy as it looks.   Peope in that era had to of been in great shape.
I varied from the sketch but, only a little.  Instead of banners all the way down the side, I shortened them to make room for the tree and bike die cut.   The papers were from My Minds Eye and their "The Sweetest Thing" collection.  The die cuts are from Silhouette.  The stickers are from Bo Bunny.  The enamel dots are from Prima.   Here are some more of the design details...
Mirroring the images in your picture with die cuts provides unity in design.
Here I made the tree and bike. 

 They were laughing so I used that for the title.  The title wasn't showing up well enough so, I made a frame to go around it to give it more emphaisis and to bring in the color gold to mirror what was up top.
Embellish your die cuts to unify the desing to your page.

 Here I took a small scrap and wrapped it around the bike to make streamers in the colors of the page.  It gave it more purpose in the die cut and the bike then did not stick out like a sore thumb like it did without that small element. It is now part of the picture.
Here, I added enamel dots and a flower to the banners to give them emphasis and to complete another triangle to give focus to the picture and to balance the colors of brown
and gold that are in the bike and title
Give your embellishments purpose by placing them where they pull focus to where you want it.

I layered the bike on the good times label that is under the bike in the photo.  Without the die cut, the bike totally escapes you when you first look at the picture.
Place clusters of embellishments in a triangle around the photo
Here is one of the triangles in this design. Do you see the others?
What I am hoping you walk away with, after viewing this, is that it is fun and effective to use die cuts and embellishments  to  give them purpose to the overall designs of your page other than just filling it.   Here, I did so by selection, placement, embellishment  and color.
Next on the list is awesome Stephanie.  Head over to her blog next to see what she has done with the sketch. 
Thanks for stopping by.