Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Full Reveal of Just Add Water Kit - FPK

The day is finally here for the full reveal of the Just Add Water Kit from Front Porch Kits at the Little Blue House!!

This kit is filled with an ocean of variety! You will love the textures and unique color combo's...and I especially love the versatility! You can create something comfy & casual to something formal & chic...and all you need to do is "Just add Water"!!!....Whether it be Bath Time, a Stroll on the Beach, Splashing in a Puddle, WaterPark wonders, Cruising, or just Watering the yard...haha!
This kit will be your creative "life-saver"!
You will want to "dive" right in to all the wonderful goodies from some of your favorite companies like Webster's Pages, Maya Road, Graphic 45, Bazzill, Lily Bee, Ten Seconds Studio, FabScraps, and so many more! The color palette is so soothing with the warmth of the sandtones, sweet sunset colors, and the refreshing blue hues. It's certain to help you beat the heat this summer!

I'm also happy to introduce our Special Guest...Callie CatchAll! She is the canvas bag that is in your kit. Callie has been used in multiple ways by our Design Team and she can't wait for YOU to give her a Creative Make-Over!

When you purchase your "Just add Water" Kit, you will also receive a BluePrint Guide with complete instructions and photos to create the following projects...Two 12x12 double layouts, One fabulous Minibook, and a very unique Callie Project!

Here are my projects that I made with the kit

A very fun layout with a "shaker box" element

A card with a folded paper flower

A summer banner made from the Maya Road chipboard album

And a kicky headband with flowers made from the canvas tote!

Don't forget to stop by the blog and register to win one of these kits by becoming a follower and leaving a comment on the post!
And here's where you can order this fabulous kit in case you don't win one and you can also see all of the fabulous projects created by the Front Porch Design Team!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Dr. Seuss Quote Title

This is a layout of my son with a Dr. Seuss quote for the title. I had the large "today" piece already cut using my Silhouette Cameo (I think I use it for every project now!!) that I was going to use on another layout that just didn't work, and I looked and looked for a quote using the word today so I could use it on this layout. And then as I was looking at the stamps in my SC kit, I realized I had a stamp with the perfect quote for Jonathan! He is definitely a unique guy!! The stamp includes the whole quote, but I only used part of the stamp - I covered the part I didn't want to stamp with a piece of washi tape when I inked my stamp, then pulled the tape off right before I stamped the image to ensure that I wouldn't get ink where I didn't want it to be. I layered scraps and leftovers of pieces of pp that I had used on other layouts under my photo area and then sprinkled some of those very awesome SC veneer stars across my page. I added a few other styles of veneer on various parts of my layout too - I LOVE that veneer! And, I love this layout of my son who I miss very very much!!

Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Front Porch Kits Sneak Peek #3!!

Here's the last of my sneaks before the full reveal Tuesday!! I had so much fun playing with this kit this month - and my projects came together so quickly because there are so many fun items to chose from!!

Here's the how and where to pre-order!!

Stop by or call the Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 431-7930
You can place your order online @
And don't forget to become a follower over there at the Little Blue House and leave a comment here for a chance to win this kit!!

See you Tuesday for the full reveal!! :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Front Porch Kit Sneak Peek #2!!!

Here's another sneak of a project I created with the Just Add Water Front Porch Kit that's available for pre-sale right now!

 Aren't those some awesome colors?? And there are tons of some very fun embellishments to play with too!!

Here's the info on how and where to pre-order:

Stop by or call the Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 431-7930
You can place your order online @

And don't forget to become a follower over there at the Little Blue House and leave a comment here for a chance to win this kit!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Front Porch Kits Sneak Peek #1!!!

Here's a tiny snippet of a sneak peek of one of my projects I created with this fun fun Front Porch kit from The Little Blue House. It's filled with lots of fun and unusual goodies (as usual) with some very fun patterned papers - perfect for those summer photos and projects!!

Pre-orders begin today! Here is how you can order:
Stop by or call the Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 431-7930
You can place your order online @
And don't forget to become a follower over there at the Little Blue House and leave a comment here for a chance to win this kit!!
Stay tuned....More great Sneaks soon to come!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Woodgrain cardstock

There's a new(ish) product that Studio Calico has recently started selling (actually they had a piece in one of their previous kits) that I bought several pieces of and that's cardstock that is pressed like woodgrain. Not only do I like the impression, but it's really thick and really white and I like using white as my base page nowadays! It really makes whatever you place on it pop! I used it on both of the layouts above. Most everything else is from the July Studio Calico kit with a little stash thrown in.

The top layout - A Beautiful Mess - has a photo of my scrap desk as I'm working and creating!! Several elements on this layout were ideas for different layouts that didn't work and I put to the side to use for different projects!! I stamped several circle border images on my cardstock and I was actually going to use this piece for the bottom (Wipe-out) layout, but it was too busy for those beach photos!  The chevron cut pieces across the middle were also leftovers from a previous layout that I tried to use it on but didn't look good on so I just saved the pieces and discovered that they went well with my stamped cardstock piece!! That just goes to show you shouldn't be afraid to try new looks or techniques - if they don't work on the original project, you can always find a way to incorporate them into another project!! There were several small embellishments in our kits this month, so I liked the look of filling in some of the stamped circles with them. I did a little layering under the photo, using a scrap from a previous month's kit with the pp from the July kit and some doilies. I added some doilies to the corners and put my journaling in a hidden pocket (the vellum envelope under the photo) and called it done!!

The bottom Layout - Wipe-out - has photos of my son using his skimboard one summer while we were visiting Ship Island off the Mississippi coast. I went with a mainly monochromatic theme on white so my pictures would really stand out! I have several packages of the October Afternoon diecut pieces so I just picked out all the aqua pieces and layered them around my photos. I used a little washi tape to create a type of frame above and below the photos. The layout needed some dimension, so I used some flair buttons and also popped a piece of diecut off the page with a pop dot. I love the chipboard letters that I used - they are the Studio Calico naked chipboard Thickers and I used some of my Prima chalk ink to color them. Lastly, I splotched some black and turquoise Mister Huey across my page.

You should run to the SC shop and get some of that very cool woodgrain paper - you won't be sorry!! :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

2 Layouts in 1 day????

It doesn't happen very often - I usually only work on one layout at a time - all day long - but every once in a while, when I'm working with one project I'll get an idea for another and start working on them at the same time! I go back and forth between the two until they are done! I happened to use the diecut from one project for the other on these (the hearts).

I used products from my July Studio Calico kit (with add-ons) to make these!

The top layout is a photo of my lovely vintage cameras that I like to collect. I tried to give my embellishments a vintage feel to them with the wonky squares and the font on the "love" title. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the hearts of the title. I used a cute camera flair button by Ormolu from my stash - as well as the strip of camera transparency which was from an earlier SC kit. With some splotches of Mister Huey, a little machine sewing, and typewritten journaling on some vellum it was done!

The bottom layout was the first layout I started working on - on my wedding anniversary (which I had forgotten - it was just a lucky coincidence ;)! ). I started by cutting some background hearts using my Silhouette Cameo. I fussy cut the huge letters and then diecut the ampersand (I cut 2 ampersands - one in a pp and one in vellum. I didn't like either by themselves, but when I layered the vellum on top of the pp it toned down the color and it was perfect!!). I didn't like the font or the size of the letters in my kit for this layout, so I diecut part of the title with my Silhouette. I used the Pacifico font and melded the letters together. All that was left were the embellishments which I used from the kit, but added the words tags from my stash!!

Have a great day and Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July's Take 12 on the 12 th

What a fun layout to make!! I used my July Studio Calico kit for this. Washington DC was full of buildings with buntings all over them, so I made my own layered bunting at the bottom of my layout using punches! I like the way I labeled my photos using vellum strips where I typed the title. It's subtle but still can be seen! I couldn't find a good spot for my journaling, so I tucked a vellum envelope under my photos and put the journaled tag inside!

Check out the other DT ladies takes on this challenge!!

Aliza Deutsch
Amy Prior
Angela Gutshall
Jennie McGarvey
Lisa Ottosson
Stephanie Medley-Rath
Van Nguyen
Margie Scarpignato
Monica Bradford
Lisa Day
Janette Kincaid

Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere

A fabulous drink from the Margaritaville Casino where we went for my birthday while we were down on the coast of Mississippi - Biloxi to be exact!! It had just recently opened and I knew I'd be down there for my birthday so we went to the restaurant and ate and then did a little gambling. It was fun and we plan on going back next time we're in town down there!!

I used my July Studio Calico kit which I finally broke into today!! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out that fabulous title. Not really too much going on here - just some mist flicks and layering!! I did do some stamping in a couple of spots - I'm trying to actually use my stamps instead of just looking at them!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Here's what I've been doing to keep me busy and not blogging.....

We were busy visiting memorials, Smithsonian museums, the Capital building, marching in parades, watching the fireworks on the 4th, seeing really really cool artwork, eating tons of fabulous food, and having a great time with 150 band kids in Washington DC!! I'm off to move my ds to Denton, TX this weekend but I will be back to blogging and creating full time on Monday!!

In the mean time, don't forget the Take 12 Challenge!!
I've taken my 12 pictures on the 12th and will be making my layout next week! Don't forget to link your layout here on the Ella Publishing blog - there will be a fabulous giveaway from our sponsor this month - Bella Blvd!!!

I'm so glad to be back!! :)