Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ABC Flip Book using Teacher's Pet

Hello everyone! This is Courtney Lee from Courts Crafts here with an alphabet project using the brand new collection Teacher’s Pet!!! Were you the teacher’s pet? I admit it… I totally was. 

I was SO inspired by this sheet of alphabet paper! Emmaline is about to turn 3 and she is working on her alphabet. I thought - what better way to teach her? She LOVES flipping through this and we now have a “letter of the day” that we are working on. We flip to the letter in the morning and I try to think of ways to incorporate it into our day! If your kids are too old for this project, it would also make a great baby shower gift! 

It was a little hard to choose my “favorites” out of the 26 letters to show you but here are eight of them. I only used the stickers and dies that came with the collection to do my whole alphabet. It was amazing how much fun it was to find the different picture representations for words that started with the current letters.

P is for paper clip, paper airplane, and penguin. I also wanted her to find the letters in the words so I incorporated them as well. If you look on the “F” page you can see that once she gets more advanced I wanted her to know that “4” and “5” also start with “F”. 

I grabbed the crayon die from the Create Art Die Set to add to the “C” page. When she got to it she immediately yelled in delight, “C is for crayon!!!” It was kind of darling. I used the alphas to create some words like, “ruler” and I worked in background shapes like the school house for “S”.

Okay, okay, so I could just just stop there. Here is a 9th. “L” is for “Lion”, “Lunch box”, and “Lunch”. I had such a great time creating this project that I hope all three of my children will enjoy when it comes time to learn their alphabets. Who knows! It may even become a family heirloom that brings them all fond memories of family time together. One can hope. :) 

Thank you for spending time with me today Echo Park fans! Pick up this Teachers Pet collection. It’s quite darling. DEFINITELY check out the bookmark paper. I simply cut them apart and added names and laminated them as is. My girls are LOVING putting the in their books!

Ribbon (I used May Arts Ribbon)
Hole Punch
Washi Tape

Photo Stand


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ahoy Mateys! Porthole Cards!

Yo-ho Yo-ho A Pirate’s Life for me. :) Ahoy all ye mateys out there! It’s the Fearsome Ginger of the Pacific Sea here to show you the card set that I made using the new Pirate’s Life from Echo Park Paper! I used 4 - YES 4 - of the die sets that come with this collection to showcase the super cute creatures! I hope you enjoy them!

I actually made these for Emmaline’s pre-school teachers. She just finished her first week at summer-school-pre-school where they had a mermaids/ocean creatures/ships/etc. theme. It was my first time dropping her off somewhere and I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful feedback they gave me about her. It was so nice. Here are some close-ups of the four cards!
Here is your tip of the day: add some fibrous twine to your card. Anything that gives a card texture is a HUGE bonus and makes you want to touch it. 
I didn’t have any of those nifty silver things that look like bolts on a port-hole so I substituted with some gold and dark gold pearls. I love using up my stash! Also, this was a great way to use up my tiny alphas. I used several different ones so be sure to check out your stash for those tiny alphas when you need a repeated sentiment. Remember that the card recipient is NOT going to see all 4 cards together so if you use different ones on different cards, who cares!? :) 

Okay, those anchors are darling. The big one is a die cut and the small one is a sticker. I wanted another pop of color on the card. Stickers to the rescue! 

Thanks for hanging out with me today. I hope this inspires you to decorate a small child’s pirate themed birthday party or to change the sentiment into a birthday for big or small. Always feel free to ask any questions you may have and I’m happy to help! Have a beautiful day!

May Arts SM-09 Jute Twine

Mini Pearls


Monday, June 22, 2015

Homegrown Thank You

Hello Echo Park fans!!! I am in LOVE with Homegrown. Have you seen it? It’s all things old fashioned and fresh and farmer’s market and you can practically SMELL the veggies! 

Die cut flowers, their centers, and leaves from the patterned paper listed below. Ink around the edges with a brown chalk ink pad.

To give the flowers some real shape I scored them from the centers of the petals to the middle of the flower. This made it easy to bend up the edges while still keeping some flower shape. 

I also ran the insides of the flowers through my Cuttlebug with the Layered Scallops embossing folder.

Assemble them with a brad in the center so that they have some wiggle room. Put foam dimensional tape on the back of them and set aside. 

Cut a 4.25” x 4.25” card base out of natural colored card stock. Cut a 4 1/8” x 4 1/8” piece of the light blue cardstock. Cut a 3.5” x 3.5” piece of burlap cardstock. Adhere the burlap to the blue cardstock just in the center. You only adhere it in the center as you are going to sew around the edges and you don’t want to gum up your needle with the adhesive in between the two layers. Now ink around the edges with the dark brown chalk ink and then sew around the edge with a straight stitch. I loved the combination of the poppy orange, green, and burlap. I added some light blue background paper as I thought it was enchanting with the poppy orange as well.

Adhere two sewn layers to your card base. Stamp “thank you” with dark brown ink making sure you like the placement. Put the flowers and leaves temporarily on so you can get the placement just right. Have you checked out this stamp set? The phrases and fonts will DEFINITELY make this my go-to stamp set for all my card needs. It’s perfect and the sizes are great. I love it.

Add your flowers and leaves and finish it off with enamel dots. Now don’t forget to send it off to someone! Don’t keep it in your stash. Make someone’s day with it! You can always make more. :) 

Sewing Machine
Dark Brown Thread

Dark Brown Chalk Ink


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Doodlebug Doilies!

Hello everyone in the doodlebug world! I have MISSED YOU!!! :) I got to guest post a couple of days ago (THANKS DOODLEBUG!) using their awesome doilies! 

I wanted to get a LOT of doilies on this card and really make it the focal point. I grabbed one of every color in the rainbow and cut them in half (eek! Why is cutting them in half so hard to do!?!) Then I started layering them from outside in. I knew I wanted to "right justify" my focal point and I love this color purple. This card fits into a legal sized envelope. It's long and fantastic - perfect for a 3 year old's birthday party that I have coming up. Legal sized cards also allow you to put checks in without having to fold them and you can even use photo corners to hold them in place. Super cute.

I grabbed some happy birthday stickers (these are pre-done by doodlebug. You can check them out here. They make my life so. much. easier.) I also grabbed the icon stickers from the Springtime Line and went to work on my little scene. I added a lilac mini doily to the center of the other purple one to pull in the focus just a little bit more.

Lastly I put a fancy frill underneath and popped the base layer.

Thank you SO much for checking out my card today and don't forget to link up to the doily party here so you can win an obscene amount of doilies for yourself!

bugs used:
4188 springtime icon sticker
4189 springtime fancy frills
3128 multicolored happy birthday doodles
4604 lilac mini doilies
4451 cupcake doilies
4452 bubblegum doilies
4453 ladybug doilies
4454 tangerine doilies
4455 bumblebee doilies
4456 limeade doilies
4457 swimming pool doilies
4458 blue jean doilies
4459 lilac doilies


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I'm guesting on the doodlebug blog today!!! :)

Check it out HERE! They are also having a link up party where you can win an obscene amount of doilies. Check out the link at the bottom of my guest post! 


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