Friday, April 24, 2015

Bird Houses

 I loved these little bird houses from the first moment I saw them and just knew that my 2.5 year old would as well! She is THRILLED. I accidentally cut one of the birds the wrong facing direction so I just added her into the inside of the top birdhouse. Sometimes your mistakes end up making your project what it is!

Tip: I used my hot glue gun to adhere all of the pieces of the bird houses together to give it extra stability. It really helps if little people are going to be playing with your project.

So most of the time I emphasize dies as the front and center of my project. This time I made them the “added bonuses”. One of the dies that I used was the Easter eggs. I glued them all together and then glued them to the inside of the bird house hole. Love it. 

I also added some of the Sweet Flower Die Set flowers to the tree branches and finished them with enamel dots.

Lastly, I thought my bird house needed a little heart so I grabbed one from the Through The Year Die Set. So cute, right? Tip: Don’t forget to add little dies to make your projects really pop!

Silhouette Cut Files
Silhouette Cameo

Hot Glue Gun


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Egg Home Decor using the Silhouette

I saw this egg with the heart center and just HAD to turn it into a home decor piece for Easter! I'm up on the Echo Park Paper blog today with a project that is really quick and easy!

I sized the egg and heart on my Silhouette for a 5x7 photo frame insert. The egg was 4.248” wide after I sized it. I cut it out of the Carta Bella cardstock and then trimmed it to a 5x7 piece with the egg centered. So before you cut it make sure that the egg is not top left of your mat so that you have enough room to center it afterwards. Cut out the heart out of the Orange/Pink cardstock. 

I then cut a bunch of .5” strips from the 6x6 paper pad to go behind the egg cut out. I added adhesive and laid them down.

Use a White Gel Pen to faux stitch around the edge of the heart and use alphas to write “Easter” on it. Pop it with foam dimensional tape and pop it in your frame! 

Now you have a super cute framed piece for Easter that took less than an hour start to finish! It also makes a great kid’s project - for them to help lay down the strips. My 2.5 year old was enthusiastic about helping!

Foam Adhesive
White Gel Pen

Tape Runner


Friday, April 3, 2015

Sunny Days Ahead

Hello out there!!! Sunny Days Ahead is an awesome collection and how fun is it that it coincides with Happy Easter?! The 6x6 pad is actually the papers from both collections!!! How cool is that?! Love it. 

Cut two A2 (8.5 x 5.5”) pieces of cardstock and score them in half making two 4.25 x 5.5” card bases.

Cut a 5.5 x 3.5” piece of ultra white felt cardstock. From the Sun Ahead paper cut the rainbow stripe out. Trim it to 5.5” long and adhere it to the cardstock base.

Cut that base in half across the rainbow stripe. Both pieces should measure 3.5”x2.75”. 

Die cut four clouds, two inner circles (for the sunshine) and two outer layers of the sunshine.

Ink the edges of the cloud that has the rain boots on it to give it a little pop. Adhere to mini card base using foam adhesive squares.

Tie a ribbon around the top of the rainbow strip.

Die cut two “sunny” phrases from the red striped paper.
Adhere sun pieces together and then pop the whole sun onto the cardstock base.

Attach “sunny” phrases using very small cut up pieces of foam adhesive.

Add the alpha stickers trimming the “a” down. Cut 2 pieces of 3 7/8 x 2 5/8” yellow cardstock to back your little card bases. Cut 2 pieces of rain boot paper at 4 x 5.25”. Cut 2 pieces of blue paper at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8”. Adhere layers together and pop the little card base onto the main card base.

Send it off for someone to enjoy! 

This is Courtney Lee signing off for today! I am looking forward to sending these out in the mail. I hope this inspired you to make something sunny of your own! :)

Chalk Ink
Foam Adhesive Squares
Tape Runner

Paper Trimmer


Monday, March 16, 2015

This project was inspired by my friend Melinda Spinks. She basically created this design concept and I am totally in love with it. I have done several seasonal projects like this but I wanted something that would stay up in the girls’ room for a long time so this came to mind! The Bundle of Joy collections are too cute for words and the color scheme is perfect for their room. I cannot wait to make a prominent place for this in their room or to hang it on their door!

The first step is to see what your workable area is. While this frame is “10x10” the area that you will actually see is more like 9 1/4. So keep that in mind when you are choosing the size of your object.

Here is a screen shot of my 7x7” circle. I liked the negative space that it was going to have around it so that looked aesthetically pleasing to me. Draw a circle using the circle tool on the left. Then use the “scale” window (highlighted in blue) to input the exact numbers of the circle so you don’t have to fuss with it. 

Now there are two fun ways to do this project. 1: Decorate the circle you cut out and the paste it onto some fun background cardstock. 2: Trace around the edge of the cut out circle with a very light pencil or embossing tool. That will give you your outer line visual to decorate inside of. 

My particular assignment was to work in the stamps into my home decor project. No problem! I did this in several ways. First of all: I just stamped the words “Little Lady” onto my paper. That’s what we call our girls in hopes that they will grow up to be little ladies. :)

Another way is to heat emboss the stamp. I used a watermark stamp pad, poured my embossing paste onto it, tapped the excess off and used a heat embossing tool to heat set it.

Now the fun part about the designer die and stamp sets is that the dies match perfectly. So I chose my background paper carefully because I wanted a pink edge showing behind the gold. You can secure your die with a piece of washi tape and run it through your manual die cutting machine.

Here are my sweet little hearts on my project.

I also heat embossed the lamb stamp onto some cute paper using white embossing powder. I then manually cut out the lamb from my paper. *Tip: If you don’t have heat embossing powder and a gun then just stamp the lamb onto a white piece of paper and stamp it again onto the patterned paper. Cut out the parts of the patterned paper lamb that you desire and paste onto the white lamb. Then cut out the white lamb. This is called paper piecing and you will get the same effect if not cleaner. I will show you how to do this on a later post.*

Here is my little lamb finished and on my project. I love the soft, delicate nature.

I LOVED this baby onesie die cut (complete with heart!). What a fun way to get some patterned papers in there!

Now just add, add, add. Stickers, chipboard shapes, die cuts, brads, etc. are all fair game. If you want to make the stickers dimensional simply add foam tape to the back and before you peel off the sticky part use baby powder (or flour works too but is a bit gritty) to de-stickify the rest of the sticker. This was a tip I actually got from Wendy Sue Anderson! Game changer. Love this banner.

That “girl” chipboard just HAD to be on my piece. The way that it is floral patterned so delicately!!?! love it.

Here is a side shot to see some of the fun dimension.

Here it is all finished! Wouldn’t this make a great baby shower gift? I have a baby shower coming up for a baby boy… I think I know just what to do. ;)

Twine or Ribbon
VersaMark Ink Pad
Gold Embossing Powder
Manual Die Cutting Machine

Heat Embossing Gun


Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Arrival

Soo.... it's been a while. I have quite a few posts ready to go for you all! I hope you enjoy this tutorial! It's up on the Echo Park Paper blog today! :) 

My friend has a few weeks left in her pregnancy and I hope she enjoys this little New Arrival card!

My focus for this card was how to use washi tape in a fun way! I tried to apply the washi tape to my die cuts in two ways: 
1: I cut out the die cut and then covered it in washi tape. I then cut around the die cut by hand. This worked really well, but the edges were only as good as my scissors could work.
2: This is my recommended method. Put the washi tape down first on smooth white cardstock. Then die cut the whole thing. This gave super smooth edges and saved a lot of time. 
Pictured above is my scrap sheet of paper where I tried out both methods.

I love the well rounded edges and small pressure indentations from the dies. It gives it a really cool lift around the edge.

Sometimes you need a little something extra but it needs to be subtle. Don’t forget your clear embossing powder hiding in your drawer! I grabbed the two stars from the Designer Die/Stamp set and had such a good time making this background. They stamp beautifully!

I cut a little grass by hand and added it. I wanted to anchor the turtle and the tree was great but the grass helped create a little more of a scene.

I added a sticker from the Element Sticker sheet for my sentiment. How cute is that!? It also served to cover up the line between the two washi tapes so it looks seemless.

Come on, those stars are so darling. 

Don’t forget the Bundle of Joy collections the next time you need to make a baby boy card! The colors are so universally darling!

Versamark Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Ink Spray
Sewing machine with brown thread


Monday, January 5, 2015

Baby Boy Cards - Camping Collection!?!

Just because certain collections are named "camping" or "fall" doesn't mean they aren't uber versatile! 

Court from Court's Crafts here with two baby boy cards! Two boys were born in my neighborhood within a week of each other. One is here, one passed away. 

John (the boy who passed away) has extraordinary parents. They found out that he had a severe chromosomal defect at 13 weeks of gestation. They decided not to tell anyone and to carry John and trust God. They wanted John's time on this earth to be surrounded by people who were rejoicing and excited and happy for his arrival. This kind of strength - I don't know if I possess it and I pray I am never challenged by it. I had no idea of what they were going to face until after he had passed away. He lived for 3 beautiful hours. Given the parents' wishes I wanted to make a card that wasn't "sympathy" based, but rejoicing in the time this world got to spend with him. 

Did you see the new "chippers"!?! Ugh! awesome! I wanted to show them off!

Doodle twine, how I love thee. Blue and bon bon?! So fun.

Side note: please excuse my squirmy sewing lines... I was bouncing a baby while finishing these cards.. no joke. 

Noah is a beautiful healthy baby boy and their older daughter Faith is about Emmaline's age so our children are close in ages. I am looking forward to becoming very good friends with them! 

I loved inserting the doodle-pops in to substitute for the letters. I though tit brought a fun and quirky side to the cards.

A few of these darling mushroom stickers finished off the card title (does anyone else want mushroom doodle-pops!?! psst. psst. doodlebug, are you listening!?! ;))

Okay, so in case you didn't catch that these cards were made with a mix of both Friendly Forest and Happy Camper! Check them out because they mesh so well together they should be one huge collection! Grab them. Fast. And look at the fish. darling fish. love the fish.