Wonder & Delight layouts from Hobbysew Echuca

I was quite happy when I opened my Hobbysew Echuca design pack and was greeted with the lovely colours of Authentique.

Orange and blue are complementary colours, so they make each other “pop” but the shades used in this line are so soft that the effect is pretty rather than jarring.

The “tag” effect on this layout was inspired by a layout I saw in the Spring 2012 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker. It’s a great way to use a variety of paper without making your layout too busy.

I hand cut and layered the flower, then dotted the edges with Stickles glitter glue.

Authentique makes these little element cards that are really cute. For some reason, there always seems to be one or two elements on the card that missed being die cut and I have to cut it out with scissors. No biggie – I am a scissors expert, you know!

The colours from my photos of our trip through Utah were perfect for this paper line, and it felt really good to get a few more vacation photos scrapped. It’s been a year since we went on that road trip!

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Stand Up Card Box tutorial

I made this pretty card box with matching cards with my Hobbysew Echuca design team package. It is fun to figure out creative packaging, and maybe one day I’ll even be able to figure out complicated patterns!

I like this card box because you can decorate both the front and back panels, and because it stands upright and displays portions of the cards inside. Also it would be easy to score the back panel so that it could flip around and close the box. This set went to Australia to the Hobbysew store in Echuca, Victoria, but I made one last week just for me.

I went with a school theme and this would be a great boxed set to give to a favourite educator!

I made six cards to go with the set – quick and easy 4″ square cards using this fun apple stamp and sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. Being a member of their monthly kit club has left me with a wonderful bounty of stamps and both my kids and I love using them.

Look at this! I’m so proud – this is my very first Silhouette cutting file! I needed an envelope to fit my 4″ cards and designed this for my Silhouette. It just fits on an 8 1/2″ wide sheet of paper and I added a cute little apple cutout on the front of the envelope as well.

I’m happy to be able to share the file with you – with a little tweaking you should be able to size it for any square envelope. Now here’s the instructions for the card box:
Cut two pieces of cardstock:

Score on three sides:

Trim corners and border punch top edges:

Adhere both pieces together:

Voila! Thanks for sticking with me through this LONG post. Have a great day!

Baby Banner – Hobbysew Echuca project

You are going to want to head to Hobbysew Echuca’s blog to see the rest of this project.

When I received my design team pack, the first thing I pulled out was an acrylic mini album kit from Kaisercraft. And I thought, “I did a mini album last time!”

I immediately started thinking about ways to use the acrylic album pages in a non-album way, and was stumped until my friend Charity saw the kit and suggested I make a banner. (She is brilliant!) The paper is from Doo Crafts who I had never heard of, and it is cute and pretty – I made several projects using them and you’ll see more another day!

Mother’s Day Mini Album

Head on over to the Hobbysew Echuca blog to see inside my beautiful Mother’s Day tribute album. I was so delighted to be able to work with the loveliest Kaisercraft line, Chanteuse. I call this a two-hour mini album, because I had a friend over one day and we both made one and she swears that’s how long it takes me to assemble it, though I generally spend a little longer with embellishing. All the pages are made from scratch using my die cutting machine, and I’m hoping it’s bright enough today for me to put together a little video tutorial so you can make one too!