Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simple Handmade Gift Tags


Spring time is such a busy time of the year for me with birthdays and various celebrations that I like to keep gift tags available to use for my gifts. I don't always have time to buy store brought cards or tags so I make my own using various types of patterned paper.




I used the Pembroke 6x6 paper pad to create some fun tags for summer. I simply took a tag I had and used it as a template to trace and create more tags. I then used a single hole punch and created a hole at the top of my tag and used twine to hang them.



In just a few minutes, I created a handful of tags that I will be able to use for gift giving.



Xo,
Thuy Bui

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pretty Picture Frame


I always have fun creating with paper to decorate otherwise really plain items. The frame I started with is a basic kraft colored one that SEI has in stock. I pulled out some of my favourite punches and dies and the Catalina collection and started.

First I gently trimmed the front of the frame from the back of the frame. Decorating the base of the front half of the frame is a lot easier with you can wrap the paper right around it and not have to worry about finished edges. I cut wide strips of the patterned paper and glued it to the base while wrapping it around the frame.



I used my hot glue gun to glue the two layers back together so the frame could hold the picture. I cut out some leaves and flowers. I decided along the way that the kraft chips would be a nice finishing touch to my project.




I layered on the leaves and flowers, adding foam dots as I went to help keep the depth and dimension. I added the thread bow the the back of the kraft chip heart with a glue dot and adhered the whole thing to the top of my embellishment cluster using more foam dots.



I thought I would show you a view from the side of the frame, so you can see the foam and the layers to create my cluster.



Here's the finished frame. As you can see I added a few flowers to the right side of the frame to help balance the color. I also added a few gems for a finishing touch.



Overall, the project was pretty quick. The longest part was waiting for the glue to dry in the first step.

I hope this project has given you a few ideas! Enjoy!
Sarah

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Sweet Memories" Scrapbook Layout


Supplies:
Azalea 12x12 Memory Book collection
Doodlebug
Generic pop dots
Corner rounder
American Crafts Dear Lizzy date stamp




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The Azalea kit is chalked full of colors! Super fun for start of springtime I would say! As I was looking through the kit, I noticed how feminine it was and how that would work really well with creating projects pertaining to my daughter, Alyssa. After I looked through the entire collection, I decided that I would create a layout using her as my subject! Don't fret though, if you have all boys in your family pull the colors out in it that speak to you that could work for a boy, but remember you can almost always use any color you want because after all, it's your creation!!

For this layout, I focused a lot on the attention to not only the colors but to layering. I find that layering is a simple, yet effective way to create texture and graphics. For example, here is a close up of two photos I took of my layout.





As you can see, there is a lot of layering going on and I used the different textured papers and colors to present that idea as well. Because of that, I made it work well together by adding each piece of paper or element that would work well together. It gives the layout depth too! Layering is very easy and all you have to do is play around with your supplies mixing and matching to get the desired effect.

With the next close up,



I wanted to use the cute embellishments on my page and make them really stand out so I backed them with generic pop dots. It provides depth to the page and balance as you look at the layout as well. I also pulled the flag up on the edges as well to make the "stand up" on the page.

In the third and final close up



I wanted to show the focus and emphasis on layering and adding a contrasting color such as I did here with the blue element of sweet memories. I used this as the title for my layout as well.

Because the colors were very spring, I wanted to add the element of pop using the blue throughout my layout so I added a few other supplies here and there to do that. Some string and pearls completed the cute over all look of this layout and created a layout to be proud of!

Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card


I made this computer themed card for my Father-in-Law's birthday using this fun paper from the Azalea by SEI!






I really like the way SEI's paper cuts. I'm using it in my Silhouette Cameo.





I created two inserts for my card using the Silhouette software. First, I made a white rectangle to fit behind the numbers so they would show up well. Next, I made a green rectangle to cover the white so the inside of the card would match. It wasn't necessary but I didn't like the way the white looked just sitting there being all stark. I made the card by using a rounded rectangle, adding a line to the middle and making it perforated.

You could easily create binary code numbers in your software but I used an svg from the Programmed for Love set by Lettering Delights to create this.



The tag was slicker than I thought and I smeared my stamp. No worries! I used it as an opportunity to make a more creative tag by using some of these fun paper scraps. I got the tag from the Athenaeum Creative Pack by SEI. This stamp comes from the Joy's Life "My Hero" stamp set.



Here's the inside with the added green insert hiding the white that backs the numbers.

I hope you enjoyed this computer themed card!
Joy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trendy Cards with Geometric Shapes


Good day! Have you noticed one of the trends lately has been geometrical shapes? They are showing up everywhere with repetition being one of the key elements. I created two cards, using a similar design to show you how different they would look using different shapes and collections.



First, I used the Catalina collection to create a card featuring circles. I used my circle dies and punches and layered a vareity of circles in different colors to create the focal point of the card. I adhered the biggest circles to the base of the card and then added the smaller circles with foam dots. The gems, bow and sentiment were the finishing touches for my card.



I used the basic idea of my first card to create my second using triangles. This time I used the Penrose collection -specifically the sticker sheet with the trianlges. On the background of the I added a little vellum to tone down the color and to add more interest to the card. The triangles were adhered and the sentiment added. I added a piece of the border sticker from the sticker sheet to help balance out the color on the card.

I hope I have given you a few ideas to add some of the latest trends to your cards!

Thanks for visiting!
Sarah

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Patchwork Card Ideas: Club SEI's May Card-making Kit

The Club SEI May card-making kit will have you looking at scraps in a whole new way. It is full of clever patchwork techniques.





It's easy to put together lovely patchwork cards with pretty papers, vellum, dimensional stickers, die-cut shapes, borders, sundries, stamps, ink, a perforated sheet, and envelopes.



Find out more and sign-up today at www.clubsei.com!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Club SEI May Paper-crafting Kit: Mini Album, Decor & Gifts

We're really excited about our May paper-crafting kit! It has such happy colors, patterns, and elements. It may seem pretty themed at first glance. But you'll be amazed by how versatile these designs are. Let your creativity soar!



Whether you're getting ready for father's day or a graduation dinner, decorating a child's room or nursery, or just want a little something to spruce up your home for summer, this kit is for you.



There is also a coordinating album to gather your memories in. Make it for yourself or give it as a gift.



Speaking of gifts, there are plenty of ideas and products for festive touches, favors and gifts. Check out what comes in this kit...



Find out more and sign up today on our website at www.clubsei.com. Check back soon for the card preview!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Display for Photos


Hey Guys, it's Thuy again and I am sharing a fun to display for photos! I had some leftover cork board squares from a previous project and I thought they would make adorable frame to display my photos.




Using the Perfection line, I cut two pieces of strips big enough to cover my entire cork square. I then used some left over yellow ribbon and glued it to the center of my square.



I then punch out a few of the pre-cut butteries and taped them on. I used tape versus glue so I can easily switch the embellishments up depending on the photo. I then used a glittered clothespin and attached a photo.



It's is a quick and easy project and would make for a such a fun gift too!

Thuy Bui

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Oh So Cute" Baby Scrapbook Layout


When I received the Perfection paper package with the die cut butterflies, I needed to use it right away. I love the great color combination and the bronze foil finish throughout the collection adds a lovely depth!




These pictures of my niece, AJ, matched the line just right. The patterns are bold but I chose to use white for a background and keep the page lighter. I cut the stronger patterns into smaller pieces and layered them onto the page, balancing the page with white space. I used the light grey alpha to pull together the gray throughout the collection.



The butterflies are so pretty. I stacked them and kept dimension by tucking foam dots under wings to keep some of the depth. The gold paper clip from the Catalina collection helps ground the butterflies on the page.



I also added some the new washi tape and the twine that came with the collection to the paper clips. They add a little more detail to the embellishments clusters, making them feel a little more full. The butterflies on their own seemed a little bare.

I hope you enjoy the Perfection collection as much as I did!
Sarah

Friday, April 4, 2014

3D Pop-up Flower Card


You know what I like about this project? It's a way to enjoy spring whether it has come to your part of the world yet or not. Thumbs up to that! The other thing about it that just BLOWS MY MIND is that this little pop up card FOLDS UP into an A2 (standard size) envelope! Say what?! Yeah, I know. Mind blowing. It really does work though. Amazing!





I'm using paper from the Athenaeum 12x12 Creative Pack by SEI. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love double sided paper packs. Why? They make me look like I'm good at coordinating because everything already goes together.



There are ways to create a 3D pop up card like this without using a machine. I've never done it so I went the easy route and used this svg file from the Silhouette store.



These papers are so pretty!







One of the flower tabs gets glued in facing forward, the other one faces backward. It's part of what helps the whole card fold flat.



This stamp comes from the Joy's Life Tag You're It Two stamp set.



Now grab some SEI paper and make a pretty bouquet to send to a friend!

Joy
 

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