Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Echo Park Jack and Jill: JACK!

Hello! I made a card for my husband! I call him “handsome” (his name is Hans) so this is kind of perfect. The “Ha” looks like a symbol that could be his name shortened as well. :) Thanks Echo Park! :) 

Cut 4 “play”s out of the “Navy/Teal” paper.

Adhere them to an “Airplane” 3.5 x 3.5” card base using foam adhesive squares.

Cut a 3 5/8 x 3 5/8” piece of “Pool” paper and a 4 x 4” of “Plaid” paper. Adhere the “Pool” paper to the back of the play card base.

Cut out the top left hand corner of the “Cars” paper and trim it leaving the bottom left hand piece so you can adhere the next cut. Cut out the top left hand corner that says “handsome” of the “Character” paper and adhere it to the side of the piece you just cut out. 

If the instructions above were too confusing, here is what it looks like from the back.

Die cut an arrow from the Navy/Teal paper. Add 3 enamel dots and use a white gel pen to add little dots to each side. Adhere arrow using foam dimensional adhesive.

Poke a hole and add your brad. Adhere all layers together. 

See?! Man cards aren’t nearly so bad if you have some Jack and Jill: Jack on hand! :) 

Foam Adhesive Squares

White Gel Pen


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Beach Party Hello

Hello everyone! Courtney Lee here with a little hello card using Beach Party.

Here is something I love to do - add a real element to my project. I picked this up from a beach nearby - real sand! I just added liquid adhesive to the bottom of the sticker and dropped a whole pile on and left it for an hour or so. Doesn’t it add so much?!

I used the Circles 4 x 6 Stamp to put a tone on tone background onto the card. I loved the yellow background but it just needed a little something and this was just perfect! I used yellow ink to create this subtle effect.

I hope you grab some Beach Party to make your days a little sunnier! 

Die Cut Machine
Googly Eyes
Tape Runner
Foam Adhesive
Liquid Glue
Adhesive Dots
Brown Chalk Ink
Mini Crystal Jewels



Friday, May 1, 2015

Zebra Birthday Wishes Card

Hello out there in bloggy world! Courtney Lee here with a tutorial using the Birthday Wishes girl line and some of the super fun new designer products that Echo Park has put out with these lines! My daughter’s little friend is turning two so I thought this would be a great opportunity to make her a special card.

I die cut the Zebra with my Silhouette and sized it for a 4.25” x 4.25” card. Tip: I put all the white parts on top and all the black parts on the bottom for faster loading and cutting.

I ran the white base of the zebra through my embossing machine using one of the new embossing folders! How excited are you that they are now making embossing folders? I hope you are excited as I am. :)

I used my tweezers to put the little pieces of the zebra on. I added a googly eye instead of the one that came with the cut file because I love them.

Next I used the balloon stencil and some embossing paste and put it over the 6” x 6” piece of patterned paper. Let it dry for an hour or so. Tip: Make sure to hold down your stencil using washi tape so that it doesn’t move while you are applying the embossing paste.

Cut a piece of the yellow polka dot paper to 4” x 4”. Cut a piece of green paper to 4 1/8” x 4 1/8”. Cut a piece of pink paper to 3 5/8” x 3 5/8”. Die Cut a Birthday Girl phrase from green paper.

Adhere all layers together and attach the zebra using foam adhesive. I wanted to give you a close up of the cool balloon background and the embossing. It just adds a lot compared to flat backgrounds!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Grab some Birthday Wishes and make some cards. Having birthday cards around is always handy!

Silhouette Cameo
Black Cardstock
Embossing Machine
Googly Eyes
Liquid Glue
Transparent Embossing Paste

Washi Tape (for holding)


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