Sunday, July 28, 2019

Christmas in July Cards for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi there my crafty friends!  I received these Holly Frames in my most recent design team box from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I loved them and knew that they needed to become a Christmas card!  I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the round or square frame so I used them both!





If you would like to see the full tutorial for creating these cards, you can check that out here at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Mixed Media Beach Canvas

Hi there my crafty friends!  Recently our family took a trip to Myrtle Beach, and the shells and sand we collected on that trip were the inspiration for this piece!





If you would like to see how I made this, you can see a tutorial focusing on how I incorporated chipboard pieces at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts or a full tutorial outlining how I used all of the mixed media products at The Doodlebug Inc.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Prima Georgia Blues Card

Today I am showing off this beautiful card I made for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team.  I used a combination of rough raw chipboard and soft white flowers to create this card.  Everything blends so wonderfully even though it has materials that you might not expect to find together.


To see the full tutorial for this card, head over to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Taylored Expressions at The Doodlebug Inc!

We just received a new order from Taylored Expressions at The Doodlebug and they are ah-mazing!!  Check out all this awesomeness!


While I love them all, my favorite is definitely the flower frame with the hello sentiment in the middle.  I used these along with some Distress Oxides to create this card. 


I blended Crushed Olive, Broken China, and Mermaid Lagoon oxides and then spritzed it with water.  I cut the frame and hello from black cardstock.  In order to give it some dimension, I cut the sentiment out of cardstock four times and layered them together.  The picture does not do this card justice!  You need to stop in and see it for yourself!


I also used the Bloomers 9 die to create some flower samples.  I think these would look great combined with the rose border I used on the Hello card as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Leigh Ann

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Let it Snow Mini Album

Hi crafty friends!  Today I am showing off a mini album that I made for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team using the Carta Bella Let it Snow line. 


Here's a quick look at all of the pages.  For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog!







Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Christmas Wish

Hi everyone!  Leigh Ann here showing off a vintage Christmas clipboard that I made for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team.  


Check out the full tutorial on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Memories Layout for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi Everyone!  Last week I was up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with a 12x12 layout titled "Memories."  




I have been wanting to create a layout that documents the reason why I scrapbook.  I think this photo of Claire flipping through the layouts I made at The Doodlebug's Fall Retreat is a perfect example. 

Head over to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog to check out the full tutorial for how I created this layout along with a few tricks I've learned over the years. 
Memories Layout for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Spooky Halloween Jar for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi crafty friends! Today I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with a tutorial for this spooky Halloween Jar.



Follow the link below to check it out:

http://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2018/10/spooky-halloween-jar

That's all for today. I hope everyone had a great crafty weekend!

πŸ’œ Leigh Ann

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On

This week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge theme is "Bling It On." For this challenge I decided to take a different route than my typical 12x12 layouts.  I picked up a 5x7 canvas at the Dollar Tree and felt the Simple Stories Vintage Halloween collection would be perfect to make a cute Halloween display for my desk.






If there's one thing I love as much as papercrafts, it is Dollar Tree crafts. I always find awesome pieces to add to my projects. I started with a blank canvas and added a 4.5x6.5 in piece of Vintage Halloween paper for the background. For laying I roughed up the edges of two 3x4 pocket cards and a card from the Tim Holtz Collector Layers pack and glued them down.




Next I inked the edges of this banner sticker from the Vintage Halloween 12x12 sticker sheet. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and used a powder tool to make the back not sticky. I then used foam dots to adhere the banner to my canvas. I also added two more pieces from the Collector Layers pack to the bottom.





After adding to the bottom, I decided I didn't like the banner centered and moved it to left corner.  On the bottom right I added a little girl from the Vintage Halloween Chipboard pack and the number 31 from the Tim Holtz Halloween Typography set. This added balance to the canvas.  




Lastly, to bling it up, I added orange sequins and clear enamel dots to each of the focal points. The sequins are also from the Dollar Tree and the dots are from HAI. I used Beacon 3 in 1 to adhere them. I also added a glittery bat from the Halloween Thickers pack.  I inked the edges because they were white and popped it up beside the banner with a foam dot.  My last step was to coat the edges of the canvas in Black Soot Distress Ink. 

Here is the final product and details.  Leave me a comment and let me now what you think!






Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial to turn a Dollar Tree canvas into an amazing seasonal piece of art!

πŸ’œ Leigh Ann

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Welcome to My Blog | Stash Busting

Hi Everyone!  Welcome to my blog where I will share my latest creations as well as some tutorials and tips.  For those who do not know me, my name is Leigh Ann and I live in Southern Indiana with my husband, our two young children, two dogs, and a cat.  Most days are a cross between the circus and something you might find on reality TV.  I have been crafting for as long as I can remember and started scrapbooking in high school.  While planning our wedding in 2009 my love for scrapbooking and paper crafts was reignited when I saw how far the products had come over the years. I have been an avid paper crafter ever since. 

In honor of throwing it back to the (re)beginning of my hobby, today's post will be a layout I created using products that have been in my stash for over five years.  I chose to use this paper from the My Mind's Eye Madison Avenue collection to document the birth of our second baby.  This collection was introduced in 2009, but does not feel outdated when combined with modern embellishments.




This particular paper has tons of detail already on it so I decided to use black and white photos with basic mats and minimal embellishments to allow the paper to shine. 





I added one small cluster of embellishments to draw the eye to the photos.  I love mixing old and new and that is exactly what I did here.  The ribbon and crepe paper trim have been in my stash for several years, along with the pearl brads and crystal charm.  I sprayed the trim with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Dazzling Diamonds to give it a nice shimmer.  I added a few Prima flowers and American Crafts twine that were more recent purchases.  This was just enough to make the photos stand out without making the page too busy or cluttered.




Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have gained some ideas for how to use your stash in conjunction with newer products. Leave me a comment and tell me how you use the the supplies that you have had in your stash for years. 

Happy Scrapping!

πŸ’œLeigh Ann

Christmas in July Cards for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi there my crafty friends!  I received these Holly Frames in my most recent design team box from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I loved them and k...