Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Monthly Mini: December!

Hi everyone! The New Year is almost here and it is time for my last mini scrapbook of the year! This one is all ready for the fun and festive New Year's Eve photos to come!

This mini is a tri-fold album with an accordion pull-out in the center. I found many of these on Pinterest and here is a wonderfully simple tutorial to show you how to make it! I used the fabulous Simple Stories '2018' paper collection and beautiful coordinating stickers to make and embellish this album.

Since confetti is always a big part of New Year's Eve I made the cover of this mini a shaker filled with sequins, stars and beads! One of the 3x4 journal cards decorates the background of the shaker.

Here is the album all unfolded with the accordion in the center. Even though this mini is just 4.25" square there is still plenty of room for photos and mementos!

Using one paper collection to make a mini album is a great way to make sure everything coordinates and looks beautiful! You can see all of the awesome stickers and embellishments from this paper collection more in the video below! Here is wishing you and yours a wondrous New Year!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Recollections Gold card stock

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cookies And Cocoa Party!

Hi everyone! Today is National Cocoa Day- time to celebrate your favorite warm drink! I took it a step further and created a whole party set-up with the Simple Stories 'Oh What Fun' paper collection! This collection is perfect for sweet holiday parties with its playful vibe and fun and festive colors!

It is so much fun in fact, that I felt like I could just go on and on making party elements! Of course I had to start with some fun paper mugs decked out in the colorful decorative papers and filled to the brim with yummy hot chocolate and marshmallows! I also dressed up a tiny mason jar with some paper curls and one of the fab stickers from the collection!

Christmas cookies are a must for a holiday party so after I decorated these goodies, I figured they needed extra cute packaging. I used some clear acetate boxes and dressed them up with patterned papers and a couple of the 3x4 journaling cards. I added in details like scalloped borders and tags accented with the collection stickers!

In case you're not a fan of warm cocoa, there is always the goodness of milk! These milk bottles are so adorable wrapped in the patterned paper! Each has a charming character on the front highlighted with more of the cute stickers! I also added a small circle tag complete with a festive jingle bell! For the cupcake toppers, I used the large sentiment stickers on top of rosettes. Each also has a smaller rosette and a tiny snowflake sticker! 

You can never have too many sweets at a party and these mini treat holders look amazing in the super fun prints! These were cut with a Silhouette file and stand about 4 inches tall- the perfect size to fill with sweet goodies! They really show off the lovely array of stickers in the collection and all of the festive patterns of paper that mix so well together!

I'm off to celebrate all of this paper goodness with a fun cocoa party!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Silhouette cut file
clear acetate boxes
American Crafts ribbon
Stampin' Up ribbon
Creatology jingle bells

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Merry Little Christmas!

Hi everyone! Another holiday card in not so traditional colors to share with you! This was made for the Color Throwdown Challenge #472 with the striking combo of black, red and gray! I was also inspired by the inspiration picture as well!

There are lots of layers to this card beginning with the stamped images on the white background. I also double stamped on the background and the label shape before layering on all of the pretty die-cuts. 

I used mostly red and gray with just a few touches of black for a cheery card. Although these aren't traditional holiday colors it is one of my favorite combinations!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Lifestyle Crafts label die

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Very Merry Gift Tags!

Hi everyone! I am up on the Simple Stories blog with these adorable gift tags I made using the 'Very Merry' collection! This is such a cute and vibrant holiday collection in all of the brightest traditional Christmas colors! 

There are so many great stickers, sweet sentiments and the Bits & Pieces are adorable! Tags are the perfect way to use up your scraps and extra pieces from a collection and they still look so awesome! I can't wait to get these on some wrapped gifts! Make sure to visit the Simple Stories blog and their instagram page to see more of these tags!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!! 

Supplies Used:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Deck The Halls!

Hi everyone! A quick post today for the new Color Throwdown Challenge #471. The color scheme this week is gorgeous with black, gold and silver! Who doesn't love metallics on a card?!

My card is very clean and simple with the large sentiment stamped in bold black. I added in gold with embossed accents and silver with shiny stars and sequins!

I was also inspired by the geometrics in the inspiration picture and die cut a chevron down the side of the card to let more of the silver background show through! There is also a shiny chevron on the inside of the card!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
silver metallic card stock from Michaels
My Favorite Things Christmas Cocktails clear stamp set

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Monthly Mini: November

Hi everyone! It's the end of the month and time for another mini scrapbook! Since we are getting close to Christmas I could not resist a cute holiday mini and this one features the super adorable Simple Stories 'Very Merry' paper collection!

This cheerful collection is vintage inspired and full of our favorite Christmas designs! It also has bright plaids, polka dots and lovely flowers in beautiful traditional colors that look awesome on any hand-crafted project! The other special piece of this mini is that it was made using the Snap! Photo Booklets! Each package has two booklets- one 4x6 with 4 pocket pages and one 3x4 with 4 pocket pages. You can easily just decorate and embellish the pocket pages and then fill with your favorite photos.

After covering the booklets in the patterned papers, I adhered them together in alternating sizes. I added a couple of fold-out and flip portions to the mini for even more room! The tabs of the photo booklets were also covered in patterned paper and highlighted with some of the sweet stickers in the collection. 

I layered lots of the paper, stickers and bits & pieces together for extra tabs and visual interest  in the mini. All of the pages feature stickers, chipboard or ephemera from the collection and it is so much fun seeing what new surprise each page holds! 

Since I couldn't show all of the fabulous detail in the photos, I made a video of the mini for a closer look. Check it out and see all of the cuteness it holds!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
American Crafts ribbon
Wendy Vecchi wooden hearts
Ribbon Fx ribbon

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Celebrate The Season!

Hi everyone! I love traditional colors for holiday cards but sometimes its fun to steer away from the norm and go a little wild!  I was shopping a few weeks ago and saw a sign using these unicorn colors with silver and I thought to myself " I'm going to make a card like that!" And so I did!

I started by heat embossing the background in silver so I could add in these bright colors over the surface without losing the effect. I chose to work with distress inks because they blend so well and picked the very unicorn-y colors of  pink, purple and turquoise! Once I had the background blended together, I spritzed the whole thing with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water and then die cut it into three separate rectangles for a bit of interest.

Although the background was pretty and sparkly, it was in need of more glimmer. To add more holiday sparkle, I die cut snowflakes from white and silver glitter paper along with inked stars and layered those throughout the background. The big and pretty 'celebrate' sentiment was cut from shiny silver card stock and popped off of the background with a smaller sentiment added underneath. Now I just have to mail this lovely holiday card!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
The Cat's Pajamas 'Jolly Holiday'
Doodlebug Design white glitter paper
Recollections silver glitter paper

Friday, November 17, 2017

Peace On Earth!

Hi everyone! My first Christmas card of the year! Yay! This one features the lovely colors of the newest Color Throwdown Challenge #469. Such a soft and elegant color scheme that definitely makes you think of winter!

Taking inspiration from the image, I wanted to have some pinecones on my card. I combined a couple of those in the challenge colors with some sweet blooms and tree sprigs. I gave the sprigs a bit more definition by embossing them in silver and clear over blue. The blows and pinecones were stamped in the challenge colors and then I added in a tiny sparkle with glitter glue!

All of the beautiful images were layered and stacked on one side of the double oval to highlight the sentiment which was stamped in dark blue. I added in more of the challenge colors with adorable, tiny stamps along the outside edge of the oval and with one accompanying the sentiment. So beautiful!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Papertrey Ink 'Tis The Season sentiments
Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here: Holiday
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