Monday, 28 December 2015

Up Up & Away!

When you think you have seen every type of "super hero" imaginable, I hope my layout brings you a pleasant surprise. My little nephew had the most adorable hick ups (regularly) when he was a newborn and I made this page to honor his cuteness.

1. Select two sheets of cloudy sky paper for the background. Matte the central photo on blue cardstock and then arrange the photos on yellow cardstock.

2. Cut frames for three small photos using red and blue cardstock. Next, fussy cut three comic style exclamations from the hero paper and arrange around the layout.

3. Create a city skyline by making a row of sky scrapers along the lower edge. Adhere clouds and sun to the upper portion of the layout. Incorporate the journaling into the layout by adding it to one of the clouds. When adhering the buildings and clouds, mount some of them on foam tape to create depth.

4. Finally, embellish the layout with an eye-catching scattering of arrows and stars across the two pages. Use a star shaped paper punch to make star embellishments from coordinating paper. Lastly, embellish the layout with additional items like puffy stickers, die cut shapes, and rub on transfers.

Supplies: ColorWays Celestial 12" scrapbook paper (Paper House), Happy Birthday Boy 12" scrapbook paper (Paper House), Baked With Love 12" scrapbook paper (Paper House), Sapphire Accent Pack (Paper House), Be Happy Rub On Transfers (Paper House), Explore Puffy Stickers (Paper House), city buildings paper (Fido #1739 - GCD Studios), chipboard star, mini star paper punch, charm, black permanent pen

A Closer Look:

TIP: I especially enjoy using arrows as embellishments as they add a sense of movement and direction to the layout. Having an embellishment extend through both pages helps to link them and systematically lead the viewer's eye around the layout.

Visit Paper House to see their whole range of coordinating papers & embellishments.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Craft Ideas Magazine (Winter 2015)

The latest issue of Craft Ideas Magazine (Winter 2015) has just hit the shelves.  You will be thrilled to find tons of cute Christmas cards, holiday home decor, and handmade gift ideas. There is so much inspiration all packed into 100 pages with step by step directions and loads of tips. There is also a huge section devoted to the arrival of little ones and decorating the nursery using a jungle animal theme.

Look for my cards on page 55, 81, & 82.

Visit for more inspiration.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Tag - Gift Card Holder

Hi, Today I'm sharing some little tag shaped cards. Actually, they are the perfect size to be used as a gift card holder. The ColorWays line coordinates so easily, that when you are using a sketch, they come together in no time at all.  Keep this gem of an idea in your back pocket just in case you need that last minute any occasion gift.

TIP: Use design sketches for inspiration but don't feel restricted to follow them exactly. For the black tag, I reversed the sketch. My placement of embellishments was also different to the sketch because the sentiment took up more space. Some elements of the design, you may choose to completely leave out. Use the sketch as a guide but let your creativity flow to make it your own creation.

A Closer Look:
Title: Hello Hearts 
Supplies: ColorWays Noir Birchwood 12" scrapbook paper (Paper House), ColorWays Noir Accent Pack (Paper House), Explore Puffy Sticker (Paper House), Scrapbook Generation September 2015 Tag Sketch (Debbie Sanders), black cardstock, organza ribbon, black gems, hole punch, gold bead, needle & thread

A Closer Look:
Title: You Make Every Day Happy
Supplies: ColorWays Sapphire Accent Pack (Paper House), Sapphire Trim Cards 12" Colorways Scrapbook Paper (Paper House), Explore Puffy Sticker (Paper House), Enjoy Puffy Sticker (Paper House), Scrapbook Generation September 2015 Tag Sketch (Debbie Sanders), navy blue cardstock, hole punch, blue ribbon

1. Follow the sketch by Scrapbook Generation CREATE Magazine (Debbie Sanders - September 2015)

2. Cut a piece of cardstock for the tag base and select two coordinating papers for the circle & bunting shape.

3. Next, arrange the sentiment and embellish the tag with puffy stickers, die cut shapes, gems etc.

4. Finally, punch a hole through the center of the top of the tag. Add a bow or tie a piece of ribbon through the hole.

Visit Paper House Productions to see their whole beautiful range of coordinating papers & embellishments.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

CREATE Magazine - Issue 17

You won't want to miss the latest issue of  CREATE Magazine (Issue 17)

I was thrilled to have 4 projects selected for Issue 17. 

Here are a few sneak peeks.

Tag Sketch (Debbie Sanders - September 2015)

Card Sketch (Allison Davis - September 2015)
Visit CREATE Magazine HERE to download your free copy.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Time Is Coming!

I have some rustic woodland Christmas cards to share today with photo quality embellishments that are ideal for a more masculine card.  Wooden veneer embellishments compliment them perfectly.

Cardinal Peace

              A Closer Look:
Winter Wonderland Diecut Sticker Pack (Paper House), Generations 12x12 paper pad (Paper House), green glitter cardstock, red pearl domes, ColorWays Noir Birchwood 12" scrapbook paper (Paper House), wooden sentiment

Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Supplies: Winter Wonderland Diecut Sticker Pack (Paper House), Generations 12x12 paper pad (Paper House), red gems, stocking embellishment

Wishing You Joy, Peace, & Love

          A Closer Look:
Supplies: Winter Wonderland Diecut Sticker Pack (Paper House), brown paper (Co'rdinations), Woodgrain embossing folder (Darice), corner rounder punch (Marvy Uchida), paper distresser tool, red buttons, wooden star

Baby It's Cold Outside

           A Closer Look:
Winter Wonderland Diecut Sticker Pack (Paper House), Smiles Begin with You 12" Scrapbook Paper (Paper House), ColorWays Emerald Accent Pack (Paper House), wooden veneer snowflakes (Studio Calico)

If you like the cards I've shared, please visit Paper House
to see this beautiful range of rustic Holiday papers & embellishments.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Holiday Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Hop
hosted by: Paper House Productions
click HERE f
or the complete list of participating designers


A Closer Look:

Holiday Wonder

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 I'll Hold Your Hands

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Paper House Supplies: 12" Scrapbook Paper Christmas Cheer Tags, Reindeer Puffy Stickers, Baby It's Cold Puffy Sticker, Christmas Lights Puffy Sticker , Snowman Puffy Sticker, Rouge Accent Pack, Merry Christmas Cardstock Stickers, Believe Puffy Sticker
Other Supplies: baker's twine, Stickles glitter (Ranger), white gel pen (Sakura), gems

Holiday Hop Participants
Karen Sessions (You are here!) 
Don't forget to leave your comments on all the Blogs along the Holiday Hop in order to be eligible to win a $25 Paper House gift card! When you're done, just visit Paper House and let them know. The Holiday Hop is running all weekend so you have until Sunday at 11:59pm EST to enter.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Paper House Holiday Hop (Nov 21-22)

To celebrate, Paper House is giving away a $25 Gift Card to spend on ANYTHING on their website!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Santa Card - New Kit Coming Soon!

All you need are 3 simple canvas shapes to make this adorable Santa face. With a fold and a few snips, a heart, sunflower, & bird was transformed into Santa. It could be used as a gift topper, Christmas ornament, or to embellish a card or scrapbook page.


1. Fold the canvas sunflower in half but do not have it evenly lined up as this will be Santa's beard. Fold the canvas heart in half vertically. Use a pencil to draw a line along the curved edge to form the mustache. Cut the mustache from the folded heart canvas. Paint Santa's beard and mustache with white texture paste. When it is completely dry, lightly ink the frayed edges of Santa's beard with tan ink.

2. The leftover piece of the canvas heart will be Santa's face. Apply pink chalk to give Santa rosy cheeks. Sew or glue small black buttons for his eyes.

3. Next, take the canvas bird and turn it upside down. It will become the hat when you trim off part of the bird's head to make the hat brim straight. Use a sponge applicator to apply Distress ink to the canvas bird. Mist the canvas lightly with water to allow the ink to blend easier and continue sponging until you are happy with the intensity of the color. Apply brown ink along the edge of the hat and after it is dry, use a pigment ink pen to add faux stitching details around the hat.

4. Finally, it is time to assemble Santa's face by attaching the canvas face to a bit of card stock to add stability to the finished piece. Attach a brad through the mustache for his nose and then secure his beard, mustache, and hat in place with double sided tape. Finally, embellish the end of Santa's hat with a button, holly, and red pearl domes as berries.

 A Closer Look:

Linnie Blooms Supplies: canvas large heart, canvas bird, canvas sunflower
Other Supplies: Distress Inks - Barn Door, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Ranger), chalk (Inkadinkado), fabric scissors, buttons x2, brad, pom pom, Emerald ColorWays 12" paper -Leatherbound (Paper House), brown pigment ink pen - Chocolate (Zig Memory Systems), red pearl domes, texture paste, needle & thread

I hope you try combining some of the Linnie Blooms canvas die cut shapes and see what new designs you can create with just a little imagination.
                                      Linnie Blooms Shop - HERE