Thursday, February 11, 2016

Feel The Love

Hi and welcome to The Cut Shoppe's Feel The Love blog hop! You should have arrived here via Michelle's blog. If you just wandered here or get lost at any time, just head over to The Cut Shoppe's blog for a complete list.

I chose to do make a card that I will give to the hubby on Valentine's Day. I used the Feel The Love file, Love Letters, and Plus Infinity file. I use Plus Infinity to cut out a stencil, in 6x6 size, then applied gel medium onto my card base. I used 2 bright colors of distress ink to water color, letting the gelled symbols act as a resist. I also outlined the symbols to give definition and to tie in with the black letters, which are cut from the Love Letters file. Next I cut out the heart, from the Feel The Love file, from white card stock and colored with Festive Berries and Persimmon distress inks, spritzing to give some texture, and outlined the heart with black pen.

Be sure to leave me a comment on this blog. One lucky commenter will receive the Plus Infinity file! Next up is Madeline. Be sure to check out what she made.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Happy Tuesday! I am bringing you another little taste of paradise your way. One of the days, on my Costa Rican adventure, we went kayaking in a mangrove estuary. There was just a sliver of mangrove trees separating this channel from the ocean. I live in the Pacific Northwest and LOVE the coast! It is often cold, windy, rainy and the water turns your toes numb in a few minutes. This was a different section of the Pacific, for sure! The water was so warm and the sand dark and silky. There wasn't much wind and, as you can see, thunderstorms were brewing, which means it was really humid. Whilst waiting for our kayaks to be prepared, we strolled over to the beach to take a look. It was so beautiful!

I decided that making a mosaic using Quirky Quilt was the perfect background for this scene. It's a great cut because it comes with 3 versions, the full cut and 2 cuts with just some of the patterns. I used the full cut with white cardstock and that became my frame. I laid it down on a piece of nice patterned paper, then I cut the blue from one of the 2 partial pattern files and used foam tape to add them into their places inside the frame. Hint: try to remove just the frame from this step, leaving the patterns still on the mat. Then lay your mat close to the frame you'll be filling, so you can tell where each piece goes without a lot of thought. I added the pieces in whilst watching tv and had no trouble.

I used the waves from Make A Splash and Life's A Beach to add in both color and a relevant embellishment. I cut them from plain white card stock and misted them with some shimmer mist, then sprinkled some of the same mist to the background. A few beach themed bit here and there and a super fun wood title completed the piece.

Stop by the shop and pick up these cut files today! I love all three and use them a lot. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Photo Shoot

If you hadn't heard, my husband and I got to go on a photo adventure tour in Costa Rica last month. It was so amazing and this was pretty much the scene everywhere we went. There were 10 of us on the tour (my mom and step dad lead them) and we were taken to the most incredible places to shoot really amazing things. In this photo (photo cred goes to Pat Lassarde) we were shooting a quetzal in a nearby tree. The guy looking off in the other direction is a guide and he is looking for more birds. They really are incredible birds.

I recently ordered a pen holder for my Silhouette and thought these whimsical cameras, from the Snap To It set, would make a fun background. I arranged the files on my design page, changed the cut function to sketch, placed my Micron pen in the holder, and sent to my machine. I then got out an assortment of distress inks, smooshed them onto my splat mat, and watercolored the cameras. I cut out one camera, slight larger than the rest, inked it up, and added a penned border so it would match the background cameras. The camera paper was pretty bright, so I through a piece of deli paper on top to mute it. The saying was perfect for my title and I decided to cut it in black and used black spray for my splatters, to add that graphic feel.

This is the bird we were shooting

Head over to the shop and pick up this file for all of your photo needs, it is so versatile!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monkey Business

One of my favorite events on my favorite day was seeing the Capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica! There were the one animal I really wanted to see. We spent the day on a boat, trolling the river delta, with its brackish waters, spying for wildlife. Boy did we ever see a lot of animals! It was an amazing day. We were traveling up a little canal, when our guide told us that the monkeys were headed for us. He could see the trees waving and bouncing as the troop moved through. These monkeys travel in groups of 20-50. We sat and watched them for a good 10-15 minutes as they played in the bamboo right at the water's edge. There was even a mom carting a baby on her back! So cute.

Evidence used: stripes, animals, clouds, and felt (the clouds are felt)

Testimony was journaling about a gathering. A gathering of monkeys

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fly Costa Rica

My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to join my mother's photo tour in Costa Rica at the beginning of December. It was a truly amazing experience and one I will treasure always. Our trip began with quite the flight schedule. We left at 5:30 in the evening, flew to Los Angeles, boarded a flight to Miami at 10 PM, landed at 5:30 the next morning, then boarded our final flight at 9:00 AM, landing in San Jose, Costa Rica about noon. It was an exhausting flight (s), but we were ready to to when when we arrived! It helped to have passes for the Admiral's Club in Miami. We got free food and a quite place to hang out for a couple of hours. Flying into Costa Rica was super fun, finding the differences to how it looks where we live and spotting things we don't normally see. Take the cows or sheep. I said cows, hubby said sheep. Either way, they were not the normal animals you would see here (they were, in fact, cows...yes!)

For my layout, I took a couple of pieces of striped paper and distressed the edges with Mahogany ink, followed by a crack stamp in chocolate brown ink. I then added some paste cracks here and there. I like how it adds texture and compliments the stamping. I then added several more related stamps. A compass, plane, the world map, postal stamps. I also added some fun travel washi tape and a few die cuts. Finally some clustered gears and clock parts finished off the layout.

Evidence used: gears, watch parts, clouds, key, hearts, stamped background, metal

Testimony is done in a timeline, the timeline of our journey.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Tico Christmas

My husband and I recently got to join my mom's photo tour in Costa Rica! It's why I am sooooo far behind in my uploading....sorry...but I digress. We were gone the first two weeks of December and were able to enjoy Christmas in a way that is completely different. First of all, it was the start of summer, so whilst our families were dealing with cold and storms, we were in t-shirts and shorts. It is strange to see snowflakes and snowmen when it is 80 degrees out! The decor also has a different feel, more latin, less U.S. It was fun to see just how other's decorate for the holiday.

I decided to use black paper as my base, so the vibrant red would stand out. I applied some paste through a brick stencil and colored individual bricks with the more neutral colors from the palette, as well as the red. I cut out this adorable tree and cute flowers and Joy arrow using cut files from The Cut Shoppe Christmas lines. I used wood grain paper to give the tree a used pallet look. I hung the flowers as a banner and added bright red birds to the tree.

Evidence used: bricks, wood grain, animals (birds), hang elements, die cuts.

Testimony is documenting my holiday, in a very different way.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


One thing I can tell you about me is that I'm not a huge fan of traditional Christmas colors. I love the more bright, fresh color palette like this one. I don't really do a whole lot with scrapping Christmas photos, but this case made me think of cold and fresh, so I went to my Yellowstone photos. I just loved this little scene that greeted us when we visited a thermal pool. Between the deep snow and steam that freezes on just about everything, we had this little wonderland of a tree clump.

The layout was really very simple and fast. I used some washi, ribbon, and mini pom pom to create the stripes under my photo, added a close up of the tress in circle form, added some flourishes and a fall of snowflakes and stars that lead to the simple journaling.

Evidence used: stripes, diamonds, trees, snowflakes, ribbon, pom pom, sprinkle something.

Testimony was remembering the greatest gift I've received, a trip to Yellowstone in winter.