Saturday, March 10, 2012

An idea I'm excited about!

So, I was recently looking at the front cover of a stamping catalog, and was admiring this large scalloped circle that was used as a backdrop behind a photo, and had the brilliant idea (I thought it was brilliant, anyway! :) to use my new Hearts Framelits (from the Occasions Mini catalog) to make a similar pattern.  I've been wanting to come up with ways to use the Hearts Framelits for something other than, well, hearts!  So, here it is!  You could use this idea for a card, too -- just use the smaller hearts in the set.

To make this huge, gorgeous flower, I cut out four hearts (using the largest, scalloped heart) from the Flirtacious Specialty Designer Series paper and one heart out of Pretty in Pink card stock, embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder.  I then cut all the hearts in half, and arranged the petals, overlapping them as shown, so the flat (cut edges of the hearts) don't show.  I used a piece of Sticky sheet to hold my petals at their bottom points while I arranged them the way I wanted.  The center journaling element was made with the clear circle Bigz die and the Scallop circle die.

This layout is the one we will be making at my scrap booking club next month.  On the top left corner and lower right corners of the layout, I stamped the Hello Doily stamp and two stamps from the Delicate Doilies stamp set, in Versamark, and embossed them with Irridescent Ice embossing powder.  It adds such awesome sparkle to this girly layout.  The word, "Easter", is cut out of the SU On Board Long Board chipboard using my Seriff Essentials Bigz Dies.  I then put the bare chipboard letters down on a piece of scratch paper, used my chocolate chip craft ink pad, and smooshed the ink all over the letters to dye them dark brown.  Let them dry (or use a heat gun to speed up the process) then inked my little Fine Flourish stamp in White Craft ink, and stamped the letters, giving them a lovely, delicate pattern.  Here's a close up of the letters:
The dogwood flowers are made with the Blossom Petals Punch.  You can learn all about making those in this blog post:  Dogwood flowers

For the little espresso leaves around the flowers, I used the branch from the Bird Punch -- such a simple little accent, but adds a lot. 

Come make this layout with us on April 13th at 6:30 pm!  AND, if you are an "anti-pink activist", don't freak out QUITE yet -- I will have some other color options available to choose from if you just can't handle so much PINK!  However, the Easter photos I wanted to scrap, looked so perfect with this Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, and Early Espresso combination...  I must say, I was pleased with how this layout turned out -- baby scrap booker that I am. :) :)


  1. WOW! Great pages. Love what you did. When I first saw that die all I could think of was quilting. Thanks for inspiring me.

  2. Your scrapbook pages look great!! What a nice keepsake this will make. Thanks so much for sharing your idea.

  3. Very pretty pages. Great idea using the framelits to surround the journaling.

  4. I always enjoy the clever way you think of different ways to use our punches and/or dies.....the hearts are definitely usable this way and I just love the dogwood blossoms from the blossom punch.....MollyK.