Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beach Babe

Beach Babe

I am seriously longing for beach days right now.  Anybody?  It’s to believe that it has ever been hot enough here for my kiddos to play on the beach but this big rock is sometimes enough to sheild the cool, coastal breeze.  My kids love to play in the sand regardless of the weather!

To create this layout, I used some yummy Lily Bee Design Hello Sunshine pattern paper.  Appropriate don’t you think?  I made my black border with Spellbinders Parisian Accents and my tab with  Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles.   I also put together my own flower and butterfly embellishment using some Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist as well as Rose Creations and Fanciful Flight.  On the Spellbinders blog, you can read a tutorial on how to make a banner using Banner Basics Three and Sparkle n Sprinkle glitter!

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My three sweeties are off to school today for the first time in a week and a half.  They were dragging their feet just a tad and I was wishing we had just a few more days together.  Hoping that summer will get here quickly!

If you noticed a new look to blog, it is still under construction.  But, I did want to let you know that I my beautiful banner was designed by Viola Mahr.  She has some fabulous vintage items in her Viola’s Etsy shop.  Her creations are amazing and I must say she is one very talented young lady!

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Layers of Color *Happy Birthday*

Hello blog friends!  I have a quick announcement to make.  A second winner was pulled from the comments left for the Spellbinders Bunny Hop because the first person didn’t claim their prize.  KAYE you are the winner!!  Details are on the Spellbinders Blog.

Kaye said: “This is just stunning. Thank you for sharing.”

Today I have another card created with Layers of Color.

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I have enjoyed being Layers of Color guest designer for March.  The sentiment on this card was stamped using one of my very favorite stamps sets that Nina Bracket designed for Layers of Color.  It is called Happy Wishes and it’s one of the happiest sets I’ve ever seen!  It is has been created so that you can piece together your sentiments in several different ways…..Happy Birthday….Birthday Wishes…..however you want to say it.  LOVE it! 


I chose to stamp it on a Spellbinders™ Reverse Wonky Rectangle #2 (#1 being the smallest.)  The back drop to my sentiment is some lush layers of My Mind’s Eye (Lush), Crate Paper (Emma’s Shoppe) and a bit of sheet music peeking through.  I also snuck in the edge of a Floral Doily Accent which I seem to be grabbing on a very regular basis lately!  I topped that off with a bit of KaiserCraft trim and added a bow, flower and pearls to embellish. 

I want to thank Laura at Layers of Colors for giving me the opportunity to work with their fabulous product this month.  I truly love their stamps so you will be seeing a lot more of them in times to come!

Blessings on your day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spellbinders™ Bunny Hop Day Five


Spellbinders Bunny Hop


Welcome to the fifth day of the Spellbinders™ Bunny Hop!  In honor of National Craft Month and spring, we’re showcasing our spring themed die templates.

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We have ten talented designers – two each day for five days – ready to usher in spring with creative projects and fabulous prizes!  

The Bunny Hop is from March 21-25, each contest is midnight to midnight EST (that’s 24 hours only).  Be sure to mark your calendar!  Each day the Spellbinders Blog will direct you to the participating blogs.

It’s so easy to win!  Simply visit each blog and leave a comment! We will randomly draw one lucky winner from each blog to win that blog’s featured die templates. Winners will be announced on the Spellbinders Blog!  Winners must respond within 48 hours of their names being posted to claim prizes. 

Spellbinders Bunny Hop Schedule:

March 21

Linda Duke

Holly Simoni

March 22

Becca Feeken

Debbie Olson

March 23

Heidi Blankenship

Kazan Clark

March 24

Sherry Cheever

Beth Pingry

March 25

**Julie Overby**

Jerri Jimenez

Today I will be showcasing  s4-236 Baby Border Petite and S4-306 Wonky Rectangle die templates which work wonders together when designing cute Baby Shower favors.  Remember the days when the milk man would drop of your cartons of milk on the front porch?  There’s nothing like a sweet treat in a great container!

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I first created four milk cartons out of cardstock and pattern paper from My Mind’s Eye (Lush) and Crate Paper (Emma’s Shoppe).  I googled paper craft milk cartons and downloaded a template from the internet.  After scoring the milk carton template, I taped down a S4-306 Wonky Rectangle #2 (#1 being the smallest.) Then I ran the entire piece through the Grand Calibur; first cutting and then embossing it.   Next I adhered a piece of acetate to the inside in order to create a window. 

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To create the frame for the window, I used the same Wonky Rectangle die template  and taped it on to pattern paper.  By placing the next size down (#1) inside I was able to create a frame after cutting and embossing it. 

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After folding the carton template and adding pattern paper, I cut and embossed a S4-293 Lacey Circles #1.  Then I inked the edges with Clearsnap Colorbox Chestnut Roan chalk ink and adhered it to the carton with 3D Foam Dots SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L .  The little teddy bear was the negative pieces I used from the inside of the s4-236 Baby Border Petite die template.  I added the finishing touch with a bow and a pearl!

Next, I scored the  Milk Crate template and inked the edges and added pattern paper.   To create the word BABY, I  adhered a piece of Sookwang adhesive to some scrap cardstock and placed s4-236 Baby Border Petite die template on it. 

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Then I cut the word Baby out of the border and peeled off the backing of the tape.  I taped green colored cardstock behind to make the word pop.  After that I added glitter to the sticky side of the die template.  Lastly, I used foam dots to place it on the front and then I added my bow and button to the top. 

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1st Prize

S4-236 Baby Border Petite


2nd Prize

S4-306 Wonky Rectangle


Thank You Spellbinders Paper Arts for sponsoring the Bunny Hop and the prizes today. For questions about this contest, please email .

Please leave a comment to be eligible to win the Spellbinders die templates I featured today!  Then check the Spellbinders Blog tomorrow to see if you are the winner! 

For more information on Spellbinders, please visit these links:

Spellbinders Paper Arts

Spellbinders Blog

Spellbinders on Facebook

Spellbinders Newsletter

Spellbinders Videos

Good luck and I hope you have enjoyed the hop!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lily Bee Design Vintage Poppy

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It’s been one, big SEVEN year old party around here!  I'm anxious to share some photos but I must sort through them all first.  My nine year old has been bit by the photography bug and you would not believe how many photos she took.  I thought I was bad!  Ha!

I was so completely inspired with this Vintage Poppy Paper after creating my layout, that I decided to go ahead and make a card as well.  The flowers were made out of a Spellbinders Lacey Circle die template. 

There is still two days left in the Spellbinders Bunny Hop.  Be sure to be stop by tomorrow to see what you have a chance at winning! 

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Supplies:  Cardstock – Bazzill; Pattern Paper – Lily Bee Designs (Vintage Poppy); Spellbinders Die Templates – s4-293 Lacey Circles, S5-043 Fleur de Lis Doily Motifs; S4-290 Labels Fourteen; Trim – Prima Marketing; Chipboard – Maya Road'; Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angles;  Pearls – Queen and Co.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Layers of Color Layout

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Supplies:  Layers of Color Brick Wall StampLily Bee Design Vintage Poppy Pattern Paper, Shabby, Treasure, Market; American Craft Thickers Alphabet stickers; Basic Grey Alphabet stickers; Spellbinders Big Scalloped Border Grand Die Template; Graphic 45 Chipboard; Maya Road Flower and Chipboard Frame; KaiserCrafts Button Sticker; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

Happy spring my friends!!  I wanted to share with you another one of my projects I created as a Guest Designer for Layers of Color.  I used the Brick Wall stamp on my cardstock and built my layout from that.  Isn’t he the sweetest kid ever?  I’m soooo glad he’s mine!


I also wanted to share some uber exciting things happening around our here! 


I love to see little bits of  new life bursting from the earth.  It just reminds me of fresh beginnings and much hope for a great tomorrow.  In just a few days we are already to this stage and before you know it…..there will be color; one of my very favorite things! 


The next bit of exciting dirt that has been stirred is in our back yard!!  I am ecstatic to share the news that we are adding on to our house!  Yup….I came home from CHA and my sweet hubby and kids sat me down to let me know that it had been worked out for us to begin a remodel that we have talked about for years!  It will include a larger living room, dining room and a scrap room office/workout room.  Yippeee!!  I cannot wait to get organized and I’ve been studying several ways to design a scrap room office/gym space.  I’d love to hear any tips you have.  And, you know I’ll be taken a billion pictures along the way!


This is not green or springy but is exciting all the same!  Memory Makers will be releasing this book in the next few weeks and I have a layout of Ashley in it.  I think it’s the 10th one down on the cover there.  LOL  

I can’t wait to see it!  Thanks so much for letting me share all my excitement today!

One more thing; a big Happy Birthday to my sweetie who is SEVEN today!! 

Also, if I haven’t got quite in the mood for Spring, you should check out Spellbinder’s Bunny Hop, there is some amazing inspiration and many prizes to be won! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A lil’ Layers of Color For You!


Supplies: Layers of Color Starflower Frame and Happy Wishes Clear Art Stamp,  My Mind's Eye Lush Paper, Bazzill Cardstock, Queen and Co. pearls, Copic Markers, Paperytrey Ink ribbon, Spellbinders S4-301 Labels Sixteen and S4-324 Ribbon Banners.


Happy Tuesday everyone!  That means Layers of Color for me!  This is a simple card I created for them as their March Guest Designer.  I love the fun font in the Happy Wishes set that Nina B. designed.  I actually embossed this sentiment with embossing powder.  Yup!  I dusted off my heat gun!  **gasp**  I colored the Starflower card with my Copic Markers. 

Today I am excited to be doing a Make n Take at our local store.  In April I will be teaching classes.  I' can’t wait! 

My lil’ muffin head is not feelin’ so hot and I feel like I might be coming down with what ever she has had.  I think I’ll be trying to snatch some rest in the next few days!

I’m so glad you stopped by today! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spellbinders™ Shaped Card

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Hi blog friends!  I have a different kind of card to share with you today.  Creating shaped cards has become even more fun since Spellbinder’s Large Format die templates!  Yesterday, I did a tutorial on the Spellbinder’s blog on to create these kinds of cards.  For full instructions, you can visit there.  I just adore these Banner Basics die templates because you can mix and match them to your liking.  And they are perfect for cards or layouts! 

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Supplies: GC-001Grand Calibur™LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven, S5-050 Rose Creations , S5-046 Banner Basics Three; Layers of Color, Happy Wishes Clear Art Stamps;  My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found; Worldwin, Oatmeal Treasures and Steel Blue Cardstock; Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ink and Glue Gloss; Sparkle N Sprinkle Golden Silver Glitter; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L, 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Tape Runner; KaiserCrafts Pearls; stickers and floss.

In a time like this when we so much devastation in the world, it’s hard to think about celebrating.  We are celebrating the healthy life that we have and all the blessings around us.  At the same time, praying earnestly for all the victims and their families in Japan.  It reminds me of why I believe I have been placed here and that is to bring a message of hope to those who are ready.  Praying that those families who have been affected find strength to make it through the days to come.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sympathy Card

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I had so much fun creating my first post for the Spellbinders blog that I decided to use the same concept and create a second card while my supplies were still out.  Have you ever given yourself permission to inspire yourself?  I think this is the first time ever for me!  I always feel like with everything I create I have to come up with something new!  Well, this card is quite different from yesterdays but definitely has some of the same elements.  For instance, I used the same Post It paper which is craft paper from the company who makes Post It notes.  You just peel the back off and add glitter.  It’s fabulous!  The stamp is also from JustRite but it’s a saying for a sympathy card.  It worked perfect stamped right on top of this card. 


I also used the same border as yesterday but I turned it upside down and covered the other half.  It is Spellbinders S5-040 Floral Doily Accent border. 

I pray you have a beautiful day!

Supplies: Spellbinders Grand Calibur GC-001, S5-040 Floral Doily Accent, S5-042 Fleur de Lis Doily Accents, S4-116 Standard Circle LG, S5-027 Labels Twenty-One Tag;  JustRite Stampers, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ink, Sparkle N Sprinkle Shimmering Sea Glitter;  WorldWin, Oatmeal,  Treasures Cardstock; Post It Craft Paper by 3M; Pink Paislee Starlight Bright; Creative Impressions Bits of Bling Pearls; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L, 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Tape Runner; Black Dye Ink; Pattern Paper for Basic Grey; Prima Marketing Flowers

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

‘Fabulous Birthday’ Card

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Good morning blog friends!  Yesterday was my first day at designing and writing for the Spellbinders™ blog!  Spellbinders is a company that creates die templates which can be used to cut/emboss/ and stencil.  The name stands for ‘Spelling’ out stories and ‘binding’ them together in books as we create our scrapbook pages and preserve special stories and memories.  Having been brought on as a ‘Spellblogger’ means that I have the priviledge of designing art while ‘spelling’ out tips and techniques of how I created the project.

I feel so blessed to be able to bring you tutorials while playing with beautiful die templates on weekly basis.  I had someone ask about the Post It paper.  This is the project I used with that and you can read about the technique on the Spellbinder’s Blog that went up yesterday. 

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Supplies: Spellbinders Grand Calibur GC-001, S5-040 Floral Doily Accent, S5-042 Fleur de Lis Doily Accents, S4-116 Standard Circle LG, S5-027 Labels Twenty-One Tag;  JustRite Stampers, You Inspired Me Cling stamp; Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ink, Sparkle N Sprinkle Shimmering Sea Glitter;  WorldWin, Oatmeal,  Treasures Cardstock; Post It Craft Paper by 3M; Pink Paislee Starlight Bright; Creative Impressions Bits of Bling Pearls; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L, 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Tape Runner; Black Dye Ink; Pattern Paper for Basic Grey

I have subbing the last week and a half for a friend of mine who just lost her Mother.  That’s one reason it’s been so quite on this blog!  After creating this card for Spellbinders, I loved the technique and the products I used so much that I created a sympathy card for her for my friend while all my stuff was out.  Tomorrow I will share it with you!

Hope your week has been been blessed.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Layers of Color Card


Mother’s Day may seem in the far off distance (especially to those of you who are getting snow right now!)  But, it’s actually just around the corner.  I always try to get my cards done early because every year, it seems to come so quickly. 

I have really enjoyed creating projects for Layer’s of Color this month!  It’s been an honor to design for them as their guest for March.  On this particular card, the Happy Wishes Clear stamp set that I used to create my sentiment is one of the most gorgeous fonts I’ve ever seen in a stamp!  I know that I will be using it a lot!  Above the sentiment is this striking Floweret stamp that is the perfect touch on any card!  I stamped both on a Spellbinders™ S5- 026 Labels Twenty die template. 

After sewing on the pattern paper to the card base, I inked a doily and cut in, spreading it across the card as I adhered.  I then layered several pieces of Girl’s Paperie and Collage Press pattern paper over the doily.  Before securing it into place.  I slipped a S5-040 Floral Doily Accent border under the bottom so just a peek of it is showing.  I also slipped a ribbon through the top layer and tied a bow.  I embellished it with a Webster’s Pages sparkler.  My last step was adhering the stamped Label that I had so much fun coloring with my Copic markers!  For more inspiration with this beautiful stamps, you can visit the Layers of Colors Blog where the designers have come up with some amazing projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Exciting News!

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I’ve been waiting for this day for so long!  It’s finally March 1st.  I have two fun announcements for you today!  The first one is that I am so blessed to be designing for Layers of Color this month as their Guest Designer!  I love their gorgeous stamps and especially the fact that a lot of them fit into Spellbinders die templates.  I also love the faith based approach that Laura has taken with her company.  It’s very inspiring!  I’ll have several more projects throughout the month featuring their products. 

For this card I stamped a Layers of ColorVictorian Frame image to showcase my sentiment.  Nina Brackett is the fabulous illustrator of the sentiment shown on my card.  She has teamed up with Layers of Color to bring some beautiful stamps.  This sentiment is from the Happy Wishes Clear Stamp set. I used Cosmo Cricket (Astaire) and October Afternoon (Cherry Pie) pattern paper.

Okay!  The news is out and I’m thrilled and so very honored to share with you that I will now be one of the contributing blog designers for Spellbinder’s Paper Arts™!  Kazan Clark, Holly Simoni and I will be teaming up to bring you some fabulous Spellbinders tips, techniques and inspiration!  I can hardly wait to began this new chapter in my designing journey.  I hope you come along with me! 

It’s time to announce the winner of the RAK I posted for the Paper Treehouse Blog Hop.  First off, I want to thank you for so many sweet, sweet comments.  They mean so much to me!  I hope you enjoyed the hop and were left inspired.

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Congrats Becky Dunham!  Please email me at julieoverby at peak dot org with your addy.

Have a most spectacular day my friends!!


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