April 21, 2017

Watercolor Card + Neat and Tangled

Hey there, Nancy here today with another look at the Cottontail Cuties stamp set. I created bunches of Easter cards this holiday season and this one was a favorite.

I started the design by watercoloring a few circles in coral and yellow. For the largest circle, I stamped the "cottontail cuties" text repeated with very light gray ink. A few of the circles were framed using cardstock and a circle die while the coral ones were placed floating off the side of the card.

To finish off the card a sentiment I used the Celebrate die and cut it out of white cardstock several times for a textured effect. The bunny from the Cottontail Cuties was colored with Copics and popped up with foam tape. A sprinkle of tiny clear sequins finishes off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

April 19, 2017

Bella Blvd Guest Designer Projects

I recently had the opportunity to guest design for Bella Blvd. I love this company with it's bold colors and cute icons. Once upon a time I was on the design team and I loved every minute of that time. I can always count on them for some of the best color palettes and embellishments.

Here's a peek at some of the layouts I designed for Bella. For more info and photos, visit the Bella Blvd blog here.

This is the Barnyard Collection with it's cute cow print and pops of yellow. I love the rubber charms in this collection.

Next up is Secrets of the Sea and it goes straight to my navy and white loving heart. This is nautical done perfectly! My favorite in this collection is the waves washi tape and puffer fish stickers.

Last up is the Popsicles and Pandas collection which was my favorite to work with. I love that I can use it for any theme since it's all about beautiful patterns and colors. My favorite here is definitely the paper - all of it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I've been creating like mad this spring and I'll have lots to share coming soon!

Creative Backgrounds + Felicity Jane

Hello pretty little kit. That's what I think every month when I open the striped black and white box of Felicity Jane goodness. These are some beautifully designed kits and I look forward to getting them every month.
Today's challenge was to make a creative background and somehow combine it with this photo of my son snorkeling in the Bahamas. I pushed it around for a while when I thought "bubbles" - and that's where the idea for the circle background started. 
Bloop by @nancydamiano | @felicityjaneI used an electronic die cutting machine to cut out circles in 1-3/4", 3/4" and 1/4" sizes. I think I used just about every single patterned in the Caroline kit. I love it that much! By scattering them through the design, there is plenty of color and movement - perfect for my underwater story.
Bloop by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
To give the circles a little lift (and interest), I cut out an extra circle. Next I folded it in half and adhere just one side to an existing circle on the layout. Fluff a bit, and you have a floating 3-D bubble. I love how the shape and texture ties in to my snorkeling theme.
Bloop by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
To ground the photo, I used a pink and white patterned paper from the kit. I love how subtle this design is. Perfect for allowing my journaling to shine through. A rubber charm title and heart draw the eye to the words. I tucked the title "BLOOP" just under the photo vertically to really highlight the area. I want the eye to always go back to my photo, despite the beautiful background! 
Bloop by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
Creating unique backgrounds is a fun way to get creative and tell a story. The Caroline kit is super versatile. I love that I was able to add my own theme and background. Bloop!

April 13, 2017

Video: Designing with Stars | Studio Calico

Hey there, we're getting ready to celebrate Easter this weekend. It will be house full of kids and family dinners for us. I've been creating like mad lately so I can take a nice creative break this week. I'm looking forward to it.

This is the latest video I made using Studio Calico's Written in the Stars kit. I love the vellum stars in the kit and that's what I focused on in this layout.

Take a look at the video to see how to create movement with shapes:

Thanks so much for watching. I hope this gives you a spark of an idea to create some star magic. If you do, please post it in the Studio Calico gallery and tag me. I'd love to see your spin!

Happy Easter to you and yours. I'll see you next week.

April 12, 2017

Tiny Banner Love + Felicity Jane Caroline Kit

I've been working with some beautiful things lately. First up, let's take a look at the  in the new Felicity Jane May Caroline kit today. I love this color scheme. Actually, I've loved just about all of the FJ color schemes. They are soft, pretty and feminine, but not so overly feminine that I can't use them for my everyday layouts (including the boys).

This is Us by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

I tried my hand at a banner that was a little 'different'. Banners were a trend that blew up a few years ago. I challenged myself to do take another spin on them. 
This is Us by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
I try to think of products 'outside of the box' that they were intended! For example, the rubber charm hearts in this month's kit. That opening in the center makes them perfect to string along my banner. The add that unexpected design element that makes layouts pop. To anchor the banner, use two puffy hexagon shapes with a punch of color. And to add a dainty something, you can't go wrong with a suede bow.
This is Us by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
The title is a smash up of my favorite things in the Caroline kit. I started with that bold aqua alpha and worked from there. For contrast, the script silicone charm was perfect. And for pops of color, the yellow flower die cut and puffy arrows were perfect. The stacked title balances out the photo, paper layers and the banner.
Create banners with your favorite bits and pieces to decorate your stories!

March 31, 2017

Painted Globes | American Crafts

It's Friday and I'm headed out of town soon! Can you tell I'm excited? My husband's birthday signals two things - Spring and a trip to Atlantic City. The man loves to gamble but at the same time let's just say he's quite attached to his money. The one exception - his birthday weekend. So while I'm packing up to head south, here's a peek at something I made recently.

Introducing Globe Gallery from American CraftsI love finding interesting things to decorate my craft space and the Globe Gallery by One Canoe Two is perfection! At just under 12 inches tall, they are the perfect size for any desk or shelf. I love all of the custom accents that can be added to personalize the base globe making each one a unique creation. They come in five different themes from constellations to wildflower. I love them all!

I chose the Map design with it’s beautiful script writing and gold base. I used the collection bunting and wrapped it around the globe twice overlapping. This adds a nice punch of color to the blue and aqua background.  The adhesive backed pushpins keep the strands in place. It's easy peasy decorating!

I used just a few 3-D butterflies from the collection and placed them along the strings of the bunting to add a pop of texture to the globe.
To add an element of texture to the base, I used the Life is Lovely Vinyl cling on to add tone-on-tone words.

Keeping the same design principle of gold on gold, I added adhesive nail heads from the collection along the arm of the globe. They were really made for marking places on the globe itself, but I thought why the heck not?  I'm a little craft rebel like that. 

This project took me under an hour from start to finish. I need more of the types of easy projects in my creative life! You can check out the entire Globe Gallery line here. 

I'll be back next week with more crafty projects. Have a great weekend and wish me luck! (Um, I mostly shop in Atlantic City, so the odds are good).

SUPPLIES | Click on the photos for more info

1 Canoe 2 - Globe Gallery Collection - Globe - 8 Inches - Map 1 Canoe 2 - Globe Gallery Collection - Globe - 8 Inches - Rose 1 Canoe 2 - Globe Gallery Collection - Globe - 8 Inches - Wildflower 1 Canoe 2 - Globe Gallery Collection - Bunting - 68 Inches 1 Canoe 2 - Globe Gallery Collection - Bunting - 68 Inches 1 Canoe 2 - Globe Gallery Collection - 3 Dimensional Butterfly

March 30, 2017

Project Life | Elle's Studio

Let's take one final look at the  Elle's Studio Birthday Kit. You can see other project I made with this kit here. It's hard to believe that they were both made with the same kit. That's how you know it's a good one!

Here I took out all the red, pink and golden yellow elements to create this spread about my niece's birthday. Around here we have something called the "birthday weekend", so we celebrate the actual birth date, then there's the family birthday bash and then to cap off the birthday weekend. Yes, we like to celebrate! These photos are from that weekend. They highlight the places and things my niece chose to do - it was all about the "A Dog's Life Movie", watermelon and swimming.

I painted the wood veneer number "9"to give is a pop of color, then added a line of stamped text and a few embellishments. You know I can't leave anything plain! That pocket of goodness in the center is my favorite, just after the dog stamp and the watermelon photo. I have a lot of favorites.

Check out the Elle's Studio kits, they are beautifully designed and easy to use! The birthday one is a limited edition, so make sure if you want it you grab it here.

March 29, 2017

Painted Butterflies and Golden Bees| Studio Calico Kit

I don't do plain, it's just that simple. It's not in my genes! I'm a color and pattern and texture girl so when I come across wood veneer, I immediately want to alter it. So when I came across this butterfly border in the Studio Calico Birds and the Bees, I thought - paint!

I used washi tape to mask of one section of the butterfly at a time to create this black and white speckled beauties. The trick here is to let each section dry completely before masking. This takes patience and a little paint. I chose the colors right from the photo. The artist who painted that mural has awesome taste.

The rest of the design is very simple. Lots of layers under the photo so that it doesn't get lost amongst the butterflies. A few circle chipboard sentiments scattered here and there plus some journaling strips.

I added the transparency alphabet and some stamped sentiments right on the wood to finish off the layout. This was a fun one, the painty ones usually are. 

My second Birds and Bees kit layout is this one about coffee and Hawaii, two of my favorite subjects.  This one is all about that gold bee vellum. Swoon. I cut it up into different sized squares and just layered my heart out.

Next came a row of chipboard circles in different colors along the top center of the design. I thought of these almost like a stone path that led to the photo and story. I love that it breaks up the "softness" of the vellum.

I love the botanical feel of this one. It goes perfectly with the photo and the story. I struggled with this one a little. That happens sometimes when I'm using something I really love (gold bees!). The perfection gene takes over and that just makes creating so much harder than it needs to be. I keep reminding myself but it's hard to beat back that perfection monster!

I have two more project life spreads that I made with this kit, I'll be back soon to share.

SUPPLIES | Studio Calico March Kit - Birds and the Bees

March 28, 2017

Designing a Page | Elle' Studio March Kit

Circle, circles, circles. I haven't met one I didn't love. It's one of my design go to's when I want to create a quick bold look. So this month when I opened my Elle's Studio March kit, the first thing that hit me was this collection of large vellum circles in navy, aqua, lime, and sunshine yellow. Complete with sentiments in the center - hello beautiful!

I thought about the words and shuffled around the colors a bit when looking through photos I keep aside to scrap. The one of the kids jumped out at me - it went perfectly with both. They are still very much at a monkey-see, monkey-do stage and in this photo their sense of humor and bond comes shining through. This is what I wanted to say and now I had just the right kit to do it with - thank you Elle's Studio!

So first things first - I lined up those beautiful vellum circles photo right underneath the photo to call attention to it. That decision led to lining everything up in the center of the page - so that's where I went next.

Up at the very top I centered everything. An aqua acrylic star, the acrylic friends title and some stamped sentiments. They all frame out the photo, add texture and pops of color. The centering ties everything together.

Once I had everything lined up, I was thinking about "what am I going to add that's a little design twist." That's always the goal when I'm creating. I had a package of the kit sequins right next to my workspace and though, "hey, what if I just put the package right on the page?". That led me to create a small shaker out of a divided page protector. I tucked it right under the photo and I think it lends that element of interesting and pop of color. Clear pockets filled with fun are always fun.

And that's it - the story of how the layout came to be. It's so easy to create when the hard work of design has been started for you. I can always, always count on Elle's Studio to give me great colors and shapes to work with. That's half the design battle right there! Check out more beautiful designs by Elle here.

Thanks for stopping by! Coming up tomorrow I have painted butterflies and art. See you then.

March 27, 2017

Felicity Jane Kit | Watercolor Beginner

I've been playing with watercolors lately and it's been a challenge. A fun one, but I still struggle with the fluid imperfection of it. My very linear brain wants to control the flow of the water and it just ain't gonna happen. So this is a good exercise in non perfection for me. To keep this creative thing going, I need to challenge myself and step out of the box. So this is me stepping.

I used pink and orange watercolors from my Zig Kuretake set to create the background. I like that shade of orange that was created where the two colors mixed. I thought this was a good colorful background for the Jane girl illustration from the Felicity Jane March kit.  There's something so parisian and ooh-la-lat about her. I wanted a bold splash of color behind her.

You see that hard line of pink on the right side of the watercolor? That's a boo-boo. It happens when you use too much water and don't blot it right away. A hard line of color pools and you get that up there. I'm a rookie, so it happens. I left it though because even though technically it's a mistake I kind of like the way it looks.

I hand cut the roses from a Felicity Jane patterned paper to give her someplace to sit. A fancy little shelf. A stamped sentiment and some black wave washi complete the card.

I like cards because they're tiny canvases I can stretch my creative trials (and errors) on. They're a much smaller investment than a big 12x12 layout. And when I make mistakes like on this one, I roll with it and move on to the next canvas.

Thanks so much for stopping by. This week I'm focusing on painted butterflies, globes and some project life spreads I've made this month. Be back soon!

SUPPLIES Jane Kit Jane Stamp | Jane Washi Strips

March 24, 2017

Project Life | Documenting TV Habits

I've been binging shows for probably two years now and it never occurred to me to document what I watch! When I got Elle's Studio TV Journaling Tags it was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

I started by getting photos from Google and printing them out at 3x4. These would be the base of my layout. I used my Silhouette to cut out large numbers and then laid those over the pictures in favorite order.

The center card is where I wanted to put all the color and fun in. I used Elle's tiny alphabet stickers to repeated run the word Netflix down the card. I love that it personalizes the card and that the alphas match the colors in all of Elle's cards seamlessly.

I love the matching TV Stamp Set that coordinates with these cards. I used a bit here and there to add some text and punches of colors to all of the cards. I love the charm that stamping adds to my project life spreads.

Take a look at the Elle's Studio cards and kits. They are chock full of design and color goodness. A favorite of mine for sure.

SUPPLIES | TV Journaling Tags | TV Stamp Set | TV Wood Veneer | Elle's Tiny Alphas

March 10, 2017

Elle's Studio + Birthday Memories

Elle Studio is release their March kits today and they are beautiful! Along with the regular monthly kit, a special edition birthday kit is being released in celebration of Elle's 10th year in business. I used the birthday kit to create this colorful spread.

These photos are from my niece's birthday party this summer. It seems that no matter what color schemes my photos are, some how I can find something in the Elle kits to compliment them. I love that!

I paired a card and stickers from the birthday kit with the acrylic candle add-ons. Those make me very happy! Layering a label just under the candles grounded them to the card. Layering two black label stickers and a puffy heart added a third layer to the card.

I like to fill out cards with alpha stickers. The mini alphas from Elle's Studio not only match in color, but also in size. I like adding text that's custom to the event in these cards.

And my favorite thing - adding bits of the unexpected to pockets. Here it's the confetti that came with the "surprise pack" included with every order of the birthday kit. I knew I had to find a way to recycle these and they were perfect for this layout.

Check out Elle's Studio blog for more inspiration using the monthly and birthday kits this month! You can sign up for a monthly kit here. Thanks for stopping by!

March 9, 2017

Neat and Tangled March Release Day 4 | Classic Tags 2

Welcome to the last day of the Neat and Tangled March release. Today we have the Classic Tags 2 steel die. I love the versatility of this die set. I used it here to create a small birthday banner.

To add a punch of color to the basic white tag, I stamped a scene with the Big Top Birthday stamp and steel die set and colored it with copic markers. This stamp set is one of my favorites from Neat and Tangled. I like to color and this one is perfect for bold color palettes.

The Classic Tags 2 steel die includes the tag toppers and circle reinforcements. This makes creating custom tags quick and easy. I added a strip of black and white patterned paper to edge of the tags to give the stamped images a "ground".

The Class Tag 2 steel die also includes banner tags with reinforcements like the one above. I love to add stamped words to customize these small tags.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Classic Tags 2 steel die set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite Neat and Tangled Stamp set. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck!