On a Summer Afternoon~

So My Studio Calico Trendspotting class assignment was on Sunbursts.

I love sunbursts!

I love them on cards, layouts and just about anything you can put them on.

However, this one has been a labor of love.

Each and every step presented itself with some type of issue. Sigh!

But, today Laura at Bella Blvd has a quick and easy tutorial to show you how to make your own fabulous sunburst.

I just wish I had seen this three days ago.

My layout~

I used CCR to elongate a basic triangle shape from George to make several of my ray shapes.

I then hand cut the rest to fill in my shape.

A close up~

I added a little rough stitching and several sticker embellishments.

In the end I love the total effect of the sunburst shape and bright colors reminding me of this Summer afternoon spent on my mother’s porch swing.

Although next time I do believe I will follow Laura’s instructions.

I used~
Bella Blvd Sunshine & Happiness Popcicle Kisses paper, Journaling Stickers and Miniatures, Baby Boy On the Go paper and various other Bella Blvd paper scraps, White Cardstock
CCR and George and Basic Shapes


Yes, that was my first reaction to finding Hartly standing with a crayon and happily coloring on the frig. Sigh!

We then calmly discussed how the frig might not be the best place for her artwork.

I thought this would be perfect for my Studio Calico Trendspotting class assignment of using Metallics.

My layout~

The foil letters remind me of what a frig should look like.

You know in a house without teens and a toddler.

Guess I better go round up all the crayons.

And lecture the big kids on giving her contraband like crayons, markers and stickers.

I used~
Studio Calico Five & Dime kit contents: Basic Grey Paper Cottage Backgammon, Pebbles Sunny Side Tickled Pink, Ribbon, Washi Tape, SC Stamp set
Summer of ’69 kit contents: October Afternoon Woodland Park Word Stickers and Chip n Stick
White cardstock, AC Cinnamon Foil Thickers, twine, Dear Lizzy date stamp

Herd it’s your Birthday!~

I’m a tad bit behind in my Studio Calico Trendspotting class, but I’m catching up today.

Or at least attempting to.

This lesson was on Woodgrain.

And guess who recently got the Papertrey Ink Farm & Barn Background stamps?

So, it was time to break out the woodgrain stamp and get to work.

My card~

I used the stamp to create a woodgrain fence background for my card.

I knew I wanted to use the “Herd it’s your Birthday!” stamp, so I pulled various paper from the October Afternoon Sasparilla 8×8 paper pad.

Unfortunately, the paper pack did not include a cow.

So, I made my own using the Cricut My World cartridge.

Now all my card needs is the gift…an Outback gift certificate.


And appropriate.

Don’t you think?

I used~
October Afternoon Sasparilla paper, kraft paper
Papertrey Ink Farm & Barn Background and On the Farm stamps, twin
My World for the cow cut at 2.17″

Let’s go!~

Woo Hoo!

Sorry I just had to add that part, because that’s what normally follows the “Let’s Go!” in our house.

Then a scramble ensues for all the buddies and very important items that just must go with us.

This trip involved Goofy and Elmo, but we’ve been know to take along balls, magnets and most recently flashlights.

Anyway, this is my Studio Calico Trendspotting Ombre homework.

Love, love, love this idea!

My layout~

I followed an example by Becky Novack in which she used varying shades of paper and squares to create her ombre background.

I chose several of the text printed papers from the DCWV A Type of Art Stack to make mine.

Can I just tell you how much I love this stack?

I LOVE paper with printed words on it, and this stack is full of all types. Yippee!!

I will be coming back to play more with this ombre trend soon.

Lisa Truesdell had the idea to use Mister Huey’s Color Mists on patterned text paper that is calling my name.

Hmmm…wonder if I have any to spare? He he!

I used~
DCWV A Type of Art Stack
Kraft cardstock, Queen & Co. Washi Tape, 7 Gypsies stamp, AC Sprinkles Thickers

Having a Ball~

You know how you get the most fabulous, brilliant idea.

You’re SO excited to work on it.

But, when you finally get going everything goes WRONG.

And I’m talking horribly wrong!

Like three sheets of cardstock and two hours wasted, computer and die cutting machine failures and bits of paper all over that rival the Hanging Chad incident from a certain Presidential election.

Well, that describes my night last night.

And why this layout is NOTHING like it was meant to look. Sigh!

But, I do think this one is cute.

And bright!

My layout~

I’m taking Studio Calico’s Trendspotting class and loving all the wonderful tips and information.

Our first homework assignment was to use one of the exclusive class files on our project.

Since my first choice is laying on the floor where misbehaving items usually reside, I used the XOXO banner which perfectly reflects my heart theme.

I trimmed it and attached it to some Peppermint twine strung from heart brads.

A close up~

Our first trend is triangles, so I used several green ones as a border and to tie in the color of Hartly’s ball.

Now onto the task of dealing with all those chads and then I’m on to something fun… ombre.

I used~
Bella Blvd Sweet Celebrations Stardust, Flirty Heart Throb, Sunshine & Happiness Cute Cuts and Alpha & Bits, Sophisticates Sprinkles & Lace Punch, Spring Flings & Easter Things Alpha & Bits and various other Bella Blvd scraps
Peppermint Divine Twine, JoAnn Heart Brads, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp
Studio Calico Trendspotting XO Cut File