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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What a Beautiful Life

Hi everyone.  We thought it’d be super fun to do a blog hop this month to showcase some of the Gossamer Blue Design Team’s projects using the October kits.  While we submit everything to the online gallery and the blog, sometimes it’s nice to dedicate a day just to inspiration.

I am in love with all the gold in this month’s kit so I found it only fitting to use gold as a major element of my layout.

I had some large scraps of this gold and white striped paper leftover from another project so I took my scissors to it and just stared cutting.  I ended up with these two large bits and offset them like so on the page.

I fussy cut some arrows from another sheet of pattern paper and then stitched right down the middle of them. 

More stitching on the lower half and then I added a few layers of paper, die cuts, gold doily and brads/flair to finish it off. I used elements from the Gossamer Blue Main kit and add-ons

Now, how about a giveaway?  I’d love to give one lucky Instagram follower a $10 gift card to My Scraps & More, where you can purchase the latest Gossamer Blue collections.  Just follow me on Instagram @heatherleopard and leave a comment on the post that features this layout. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, October 19, 2014 so follow and comment by Saturday night.

Now, head on over to the lovely Jill Keller’s blog. And if you get lost along the way, you can find the full list on the Gossamer Blue Blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The More You Know | Blinks of Life Guest Designer

I was incredibly delighted when I opened my email and saw the sweetest note from Natalia of Blinks of Life, inviting me to guest design for her new kit company. I was flattered and shocked and immediately said YES! And she put together an amazing team of talented designers this month that I am proud to be a part of.

I showed a sneak of my projects last week. You can see them all in the Blinks of Life gallery but I'm planning to highlight them here this week and give the how to details.

I saw the October Afternoon Public Library paper and I just knew I had to feature this photo!

How cute are they?!?! They fight like siblings but they also love like siblings. My super talented friend who is a scrapper and photographer extraordinaire, Krissy McKee, is launching her photography business so I asked her to shoot some back to school photos of my girls last month.  She captured some amazing photos and this is one of them.

The Dr. Seuss quote was a no brainer, seeing as how she is "reading" one of his books and all. I was running low on big alphas and I don't like things to be all uniform so I mixed and matched.

Layers and stitching and mixing patterns. That's me. I hope you enjoyed this project today.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

So Happy

Today I wanted to share a layout with you that is a bit more simple than I usually do.  I wanted to see what I could whip up in 30ish minutes and truest me, that's a HUGE thing for me. Yep, I take hours sometimes on layouts but I walk away a lot to do other things so who knows how long it really takes.

Anyway, I challenged myself but who am I kidding, I was actually short on time and just wanted to create so here's what happened using the NEW Gossamer Blue October Main kit only....

Although it's a far cry from my usual - mixing and matching multiple patterns - I am pleased with the result. I got some fun stitching in there and some sweet sentiments. Now I just need to add my journaling.

Before you go, check out how cool this kit is.

As of the moment I wrote this blog post, Lori still had some in stock, along with many of the add-ons. Head over to the Gossamer Blue store now to get you some!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Home Decor

I am often inspired by fashion, art posters and quilts, to name a few. I created this project for the American Crafts "Inspired" week.

I ran across this quilt on Pinterest and I just knew when I saw it that I wanted to use it for as inspiration for Halloween home decor. I chose to stay close to the original with slight modifications and a few embellishments. See for yourself.

Inspiration from Sedimentary Quilt by Esch House Quilts

Step 1: Select 3 - 4 papers in various shades of the same color and 1 contrasting color. Cut 1/2"x12" and 3/4"x12" strips. Then cut them into shorter strips.

Step 2: Cut a 8x10 piece of cardstock for your background. Starting at the top, adhere the strips of paper keeping the 1/2" strips on the same row and the 3/4" strips on their own row.

Step3: Trim the sides so that all strips are flush with the edge around the page.

Pick your favorite embellishments and add them to the background, using foam dots to add extra dimension.

Supplies: Haunted Hollow (368904) - 12x12 medium weight paper pad, (368675) - Bits Full Moon die cut cardstock shapes

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shimelle Cards

I am completely smitten with the Shimelle collection. The colors, patterns and sentiments are perfect for card making.

See the World Card

Supplies: Shimelle collection (368144) - Ride paper, (368151) - Baxter paper, (368137) - Crane paper, (368155) - Swanson paper, (368165) – dimensional stickers, (368169) – acrylic stamps

Celebrate Card

Supplies: (368136) - Goodall paper, (368138) - Grady paper, (368166) – accent & phrase stickers

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hello Beautiful Girl

I love color, bold patterns and I especially enjoy creating fun backgrounds. I often mix and match various patterns so you will see a lot of that in my style of scrapbooking. 

This particular photo was taken when we were visiting Pearl Harbor in Hawaii this summer. The girls were so interested in what happened and I just know it made an impact on them. They even got to meet a survivor.  This is a photo of the girls "playing" on some of the old canons that they have out for the kids.

Supplies: Shimelle (368140) - Keller paper, (368148) - Jamison paper, (368146) - Resnick paper, (368137) - Crane paper, (368151) - Baxter paper, (368144) - Ride paper, (368173) - die cut cardstock shapes, (368162) - Fitzgerald glitter letter stickers, (368163) - Dunbar foil letter stickers

How to:
  • Choose a background paper with little pattern to it. 
  • Choose 1 paper with little background or a tone on tone background. Trim it to a 10x10 and adhere it to the background paper, flush to the right and bottom edge. Stitch the top (and fold the paper up) and stitch the middle of the paper.
  • Select 2 more papers with a fun pattern, like the stripes and hearts paper I used. Cut them into super duper large page corners. Adhere to the top left and bottom right.
  • Add layers behind your photo. Add embellishments and your title.
  • Tuck your journaling under your photo layers or write it under your title.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blinks of Life Guest Design Sneaks

Hi everyone. If you follow me on Instagram (@heatherleopard), you've probably seen that I'm guesting over at Blinks of Life kit club.  I'm excited to be a part of the amazing line-up of scrappers Natalia has put together this month. Take a look...

Here's a few sneaks of what I've created.  I'll be posting them in detail with close-ups in the next few days and you can also see them in the Blinks of Life gallery.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Matsumoto Shave Ice

Hi there. Last week on the American Crafts blog, we created layouts using 5+ photos.  I chose to use 6 of my faves from a stop into Matsumoto shave ice when we were in Haliewa, Hawaii this summer.

Supplies: #summer - (366948) #roadtrip 12x12 paper, (366950) #heatwave 12x12 paper, (366084) 6x6 paper pad, (366971) Bits #sunscreen die cut cardstock shapes, (366964) Bits #vacation wood veneer; Textured Cardstock (AM710-81) 12"X12" WHITE 
How to: Using your favorite American Crafts square punch or electronic die cut machine, cut white squares and adhere them to your background page.  Machine stitch over the squares in whatever pattern you wish. Cut jumbo borders for the top and bottom corner; machine stitch it to the page. Print six 2"x2" photos and place them in an "L" pattern with 4 across the bottom and 2 on the left side. Hand cut your title and place it in the open wide space. Embellish to your liking.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jingle All the Way

Simple Stories and Thermowen have teamed up this week (this includes prizes) and I am here with a fun way to use up those itty bitty scraps you've been hoarding. You know what I'm talking about...the ones that are a bit too small to do much with but you just love Simple Stories sooo much that you can't bear to throw them away!?!? Anyway, I challenged myself to use them up and I thought I'd pass the challenge along to you.  Take a look at what I created using the new Cozy Christmas collection.

I love this photo of my daughter holding her gigantic stocking that's filled to the brim with little goodies. I knew I had to create a re-create a jumbo sized stocking for this page.
How to:
  • Using your favorite stocking cut file, enlarge it to fit the page. If it has circles already, move to step 2. If not, draw circle cut lines. Cut your stocking.
  • Cut another stocking the same size but this time without the circles.
  • Next, place your stocking with circles cut out over the offset stocking and draw the circles so you know what areas to cover with your scraps.
  • Remove the stocking with the circles and add shimmer using glitter spray from Thermoweb. If you forget this step, just do what I did and cover your pattern paper with the circle cut-outs.

  • Take your scraps of varying shapes and sizes and line them up in whatever way they fit. You may have to trim a bit here and there.

  • Once you've placed all your scraps, place the stocking with circles cut out over the background. Stitch around the stocking and around each circle. Adhere or stitch to the page.
  • Add the stocking trim at the top and embellish to your liking.
  • Add your photo in the upper right side of the page or you can layer it over part of the stocking.. I chose to place it where it is to ensure it remained a key focal point on the layout vs. getting lost by mixing in with the stocking.

  • Add your title in an open space on the stocking.

Many thanks to Therm O Web for the wonderful adhesive and glitter spray and to Simple Stories for the amazing Cozy Christmas collection.
Now head over to the Simple Stories blog, leave some love for me and ENTER TO WIN an awesome prize from Therm O Web.