Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Thankful Tree

I thought it'd be fun to create a DIY decor element throughout the month that can also be a fun activity for the family for Thanksgiving. During Thanksgiving week, we'll each write something on a leaf that we are Thankful for and then read them aloud on Thanksgiving day.

 I created this tutorial for the American Crafts blog today and I figure, why not share it here too???

Step 1: Gather some little tree limbs from the great outdoors. Cut leaves and circles approximately 1.5" wide. Make sure to add punched circles at the top.

Step 2: Bundle the limbs together and wrap with twine. Insert them into a pretty vase.

Step 3: Add the punched leaves and circles to the tree limbs.

Supplies: Haunted Hollow - (368904) 12x12 in Medium Weight Paper Pad, Be Merry (368910) Christmas Cards 12x12 Paper

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Good Life Layout + Sketch Planner

Today I'm highlighting a really cool concept from Simple Stories.  I'm sure you've all read about and seen the new Life Documented planners and collection and are just as excited about it as I am.  I had a strong need and desire to organize my life and I'm am just overjoyed to have such a great solution now!  

While I was putting my planner together to keep track of all family activities, do my meal planning, track deadlines, I came across the Planning Inserts.  Imagine a light bulb going off. No, even better...the clouds cleared and birds starting chirping.  I was that excited.

Do you see that cool little grid in the photo and the section below to plan out your photos, supplies, ideas, journaling???? Genius! I stopped everything I was doing and started sketching.  Take a look at how I used this cool feature of the planners.

I started by selecting the photos I wanted to scrap. Then, I pulled out my Life Documented supplies and started sorting through them, looking for the perfect papers and embellishments. I jotted them down along with a few other items I knew I wanted to use.  I didn't have any memorabilia this time. We ended up donating my daughter's hair to those in need but once we get the confirmation letter back, I will add it to the page somewhere, maybe behind.

I love that I can use this to plan everything out in advance so when I'm ready to scrap, I have my plan and I'm ready to go.

So, let's see how it all transpired into an actual layout...

I really wanted to use the awesome paper with all the words.  The words were soo fitting for what my daughter was doing.  She grew out her hair and it took her a while to make the decision to cut it but she did and I am soo proud of her.  She felt soo wonderful knowing that she was helping another child in need.  It was definitely a FABULOUS, EPIC, AWESOME thing for her to do.

I toned down the words on the paper by adding gesso and then I added the graphic section to the bottom, lining the dividing line with tags and banners.

I created the title using a combo of hand cut and die cut words.  I am still deciding what exactly I want to journal about but I do know it will go right there in the empty section near the title.

So, if you are thinking of getting one of these incredible planners, I highly recommend you get your hands on one now because I just know these will be flying off the shelves.  It is that amazing!

Monday, November 17, 2014

No Reason Breakfast Place Cards

It's place cards week on the American Crafts blog. My instinct was to create some fall-ish ones for Thanksgiving but I really wanted to do something a little different.  I figured, place cards don't have to be for special occasions only.  In our house, every new day is a reason to celebrate so why not serve breakfast in style?

I decided to jazz breakfast up a little bit one day.  I didn't actually create a grand meal but I did serve pancakes, bacon and powdered donuts in style. I found some adorable milk bottles at Target the other day and just knew they'd be perfect for an idea I had. I quickly ran over to the paper plates section and found some clear plastic plates. The idea was coming together very quickly throughout the aisles of Target!    

How to: 
  • Grab your favorite American Crafts supplies.
  • Measure the inside bottom of the plate and cut a circle out of coordinating scrap paper. Adhere to the bottom of the clear plate using Mod Podge.  
  • Create little banners by running coordinating paper through your manual die machine, using the banner die in the new Shimelle collection.  Add a contrasting colored paper behind the heart to make it stand out.  
  • Download a feather cutting file and place your names inside the feather prior to cutting it out.  Cut and adhere to the inside of the banner.  Wrap around your straw and staple together.  
  • Insert straw through powdered donuts and serve alongside your favorite breakfast.

Supplies: Shimelle collection - (368156) - Leavitt paper, (368152) - Haynes paper, (368139) - Hurley paper, (368141) - Hopper paper, (368147) - Harding paper, (368151) - Baxter paper, (368179) – dies

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sweet Little Wildflower

Hi everyone!  I'm thrilled to bring you the second edition of the monthly Gossamer Blue Design Team Blog Hop.

We had just visited a local pumpkin patch that has an amazing flower garden.  My little princess just happens to love and I mean LOVE flowers so naturally, we took a stroll through the garden.  These beautiful magenta flowers drew us in and it was so fun to watch her inspect them all (and smell them too).

The flower paper included in this month's kit was just too perfect for these photos.  Admittedly, I usually shy away from papers like this because I find them harder to create with, or I fussy cut it.  I embraced it though and using my gold pen from a previous kit, I went to town, adding a little more doodling.

I kept it rather simple around my photo, using a grid type design. I doodled on the flower paper around the photos as well.  I added a title above and journaling on the back to complete the layout.

I hope you enjoyed this little layout tour.  Now, head on over to Jill Keller's blog to continue the hop or start from the beginning by visiting the Gossamer Blue blog.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Grateful Mini Journal

I saw the new Amy Tangerine STITCHED collection from American Crafts and I thought it would be fun to create a simple mini journal to document life's little moments that I am grateful for each month. Now I just have to decide whether to go back and fill it in for 2014 or save for 2015.
How to: Cut the Felted paper into 3 strips so that the months stay intact. Accordion fold the papers. Adhere the edges together using washi tape on the back so that all months flow together from January through December. Apply adhesive to the very edges of the back side of the folded edges. Fold it all up tight. Cut a 4"x12" strip of paper to use as your cover. Adhere the Felted paper with the months to the inside spine of your cover. Poke 3 holes with your paper piercer and add embroidery floss to help secure it together even more. Leave enough embroidery floss to wrap around the cover to tie closed. Add the "GRATEFUL" sentiment to top cover. I left enough on the right side so that it could fold over as a cute little flap.

Supplies: Amy Tangerine STITCHED - (368958) - Felted paper, (368962) - Dobby paper, (368980) – Bits Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (368967) – Lucky Thickers, (368969) – Everyday Thickers,

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hocus Pocus Halloween Banner

Happy Halloween to all my spooky friends!

I created this super fun home decor piece and it's been hanging above my mantle all month.  I've been dying to cast a spell and show it to you all but I had to wait until it went up on the American Crafts blog and that happened today so...now I can share it with you all.  I just LOVE it and I hope you do too!

 Supplies: DIY Shop - (366652) 3.5x4.5 in Notch Banner, (366653) 3.5x4.5 in Scallop Banner, Haunted Hollow collection - (368904) 12x12 in Medium Weight Paper Pad, (366605) Wow! Glitter – extra fine glitter set, Studio Calico sequins, (AM710-82) Black cardstock

How to: Use your favorite banners from the DIY Shop collection. Cut paper to fit the inside of the banners. I used the same subtle paper on all the banners. Next, cut 2.5 inch round circles out of a light colored paper. Add gold glitter around the edges and set aside to dry. Cut 2 – 3 banners/flags in colors that can be layered over each other. Cut them in various lengths and widths. My largest banner is 1.5x5 inches. Adhere them to the background paper. Cut 3 inch rosettes. Adhere the glitter circles on the top and add them to the middle of the banner. Lastly, cut 2 inch letters to spell out your word or phrase. Use the twine from the DIY Shop banners to string the banner. Display proudly! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trick or Treat Tri-fold Tag Card

Halloween is almost here and you know what that means?  In our neighborhood it means surprising your neighbors with "BOO" treats.  I made this cute little card to accompany the treats that we are leaving our neighbor friends.
Trick or Treat Tri-fold Tag Card by Heather Leopard American CraftsSupplies: Haunted Hollow collection - (368676) Eek Bits Decorative Tags, (368677) Accent & Phrase Stickers, DIY Shop - (366652) Twine from 3.5x4.5 in Notch Banner
How to: 
Use 3 tags that are similar in height. 
Adhere together with washi tape or you can machine stitch. 
Create a BOO banner by stitching the banner stickers to twine.
Embellish to your liking.
Trick or Treat Tri-fold Tag Card Inside by Heather Leopard

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You are my UNIVERSE | Basic Grey Guest Designer

Okay...I may have freaked out just a teeny weeny little bit when Becky emailed me a couple of months ago and asked me to guest design for Basic Grey this month. Choosing the collection was a hard one because I love them all but ultimately the Aurora collection just spoke to me. Perhaps because it reminded me so much of our trip up the mountain to the observatory in Hawaii to see the sky full of stars.

Anyway, I created 2 layouts and two cards, all of which are on the Basic Grey blog TODAY!!! There's also a little Baker's Dozen Q&A by yours truly.  I'd love to have you visit over there and tell me what your favorite is!  Here's a sneak at what you'll see and then keep reading to see one of them in detail.

Can you tell I had a lot of fun?!?! These are some of my fave projects, for sure!!! Again, you can see them in full on the Basic Grey blog.

I don't show my cards here too often and I'm not sure why.  So, how about I do that today, seeing as how it's the first photo in my collage?

How to:

  • This card all started with the You are my UNIVERSE card included in the ephemera pack.  After being married to my hubby for 12 years, we are kind of sort of going through our honeymoon phase again so this card was so completely fitting.  I liked that the card had a semi circle above the constellations.
  • I created star garland and strung it over the semi circle right over the card.
  • I adhered a festive little background right in the center of the card base and placed the decorated card over the top using foam dots.
  • Those triangle bits are clear acrylic and worked magically at the bottom.
  • So as not to ignore the top, I added a little border using the paper strip extra bit from the bottom of a 12x12 sheet of pattern paper. I added a little stitching and voila!
Now I have a fun little card to surprise my hubby with.

Thanks for stopping by today. Now go on and get crafty!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gossamer Blue Blog Hop Winner

I used the Random Number Generator based on the Instagram activity for my Gossamer Blue giveaway and I'm happy to announce that lkates78 is the WINNER!!! Congrats!

I also posted this on Instagram.  Please email me at heather @ heatherleopard . com and I'll get the gift card right over to you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stitched Bookmarks | American Crafts Shimelle collection

We love to read in our house so when I saw the sentiments in the new Shimelle collection, I just knew I had to create some bookmarks.  

Supplies: Shimelle collection - (368147) - Harding paper, (368152) - Haynes paper, (368139) - Hurley paper, (368136) - Goodall paper, (368173) - die cut cardstock shapes
Wander Bookmark how to:
  • Pick your favorite patterns from your favorite American crafts collection.  Make sure to choose a mix of subtle and busy patterns, with more on the subtle side.
  • Chose one pattern as your background and cut it approximately 1.5” wide and about 6” long.
  • Next, layer different patterns over each other.
  • Stitch along the edges to adhere them down.
  • Stitch fun patterns , like a zig zag, the Star and diamond shown here.

I think I’ll Stop Here Bookmark how to:
  • Chose one pattern as your background and cut it approximately 2” wide and about 5” long.
  • Cut another pattern (Be Happy) just slightly smaller in width.
  • Stitch along the edges to the background. Add any extra stitching you wish to add.
  • Choose a favorite phrase and adhere it to the top of the bookmark with your favorite adhesive, leaving the bottom with a pocket so you can slip it over a page in your book.
  • Add a few thin embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by today!