My first layout showcases papers from Pebbles Basics collection, a chalkboard "smile" sticker & some of their corrugated ABC stickers. I love me some basics so my first thought was to go a bit crazy and use several of the patterns, but in the end I decided it was going to be plenty busy and settled on the Mini Dot print. For my Chevron Striped Background template I used a wonderful Silhouette Cutting File designed by Sarah Hurley.
I've had several people email me asking about my background which I sort of failed to talk about so I thought I would edit my post to include step-by-step instructions on how I created it:
- Duplicate the overall chevron background shape. Set one aside to cut from the white cardstock as your overlay and then ungrouped the second one and remove/delete the outside outline.
- Regroup them by rows and using the offset feature, offset them by .04 or something like that so you have a little extra border to glue to the back of the white cardstock.
- Cut them out 2 rows out at a time from each of the colors (since there are two blue rows, two green rows, etc.). They stack nicely inside each other so it uses only a couple inches of each color of patterned paper.
- As you pull them off your cutting mat quickly number them on the backs so you can remember which order they went together (to avoid becoming a puzzle later).
- Then find some downtime to assemble. I put my pieces in a ziploc baggy with a Zig glue pen and took it with me to do during some downtime that I knew I would be having and glued a little bit as I went. I think it took me about an hour, but I didn't mind since I was going to be sitting idle anyway. It's a really great activity take on the go while at the doctors office, a sporting event or while watching TV with the family.
As my embellishment I altered some Studio Calico Canvas butterflies with pigment ink and tied baker twine with knots for the antennas. For my text I printed it on the computer using a black text box with white lettering and just made sure to leave excess black around my text so that I had room to cut out the pennant shape to match my V's.
For my title I didn't have the right color of ABC stickers so I actually painted my black ones with a couple coats of pink paint. It worked really well. The script portion of my title was cut out on my Silhouette using the free font "Marketing Script".
Next up is a quick little card I made using Pebbles Walnut Grove collection. A few patterned papers, some stickers and it was done. I wanted to give the Tim Holtz bracket label some pop, but with the way I tend to go overboard with foam tape I decided it would be more cost effective to go another route. I decided to diecut the label a second time from some scrap chipboard to give my card the extra dimension I was looking for and it worked really well.
Lastly, here is a sweet little greeting card using one of my all time favorites, Pebbles Family Ties collection! I can't seem to get enough of the fresh colors and cute images from this line! For my shaped base I used This edger die by Papertrey Ink.
Well that about wraps it up. Win or lose, I will be back soon to share my other projects after the team has been announced. Cross your fingers (and toes) for me! ;) Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!