Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mini boxes & tags!

It's that time of year - time to start prepping for the holidays and wrapping gifts! I love to try to make a few things DIY style and this year, I created these fun mini boxes and tags.

I used the new Fancy Pants Designs collection Merry & Bright that is SO pretty, and totally gift worthy!

I diecut these boxes from a template on my Silhouette Cameo just from some plain textured cardstock. I adhered them together with some glue dots for stability - double sided tape would work great too. They were a little too plain, so I added some punched white cardstock trim and some Fancy Pants Designs corrugated paper to decorate a little.

As you can see, I created little tags for each box using some scraps from my stash.

I like making unique tags for each gift, these are things that make DIY so great, as you can't find that in a commercial store!  This one is simple just some stitched pennant shapes of paper and a piece of flair and a few buttons.

I hand cut the J and Y and added a large red button for my O. So easy and quick!

This one is just a series of strips of holiday themed paper from the collection, stitched together with a mini die cut, some puffy stickers and a few mini buttons too.

They turned out pretty cute and I love the handmade look!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I love right now - Jillibean Soup

I have been playing catch up a little here on my blog. I took a bit of a blogging break as I was out of town for a few weeks here and there teaching at some Crop & Create events for Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine!

I am hoping to get back into the blogging habit better now, and I have a lot of projects to share.

This is one that I created for the Jillibean Soup blog earlier this month using 2 of their newer collections - Hardy Hodgepodge and Chit Chat Chowder.

I found myself in a bit of a scrapping rut with all these out of town trips cutting into my scrapping time, so I reverted to a simple grid style layout for this page. It's a go-to when you are in a bit of a no-mojo situation!

I tried to spice up the grid a bit by adding in some stitched & punched shapes, and little bits like wood veneers and journaling cards.

To the center of my grid, I added my title, using some hand cut letters (my new addiction) and a wood wire word from Jillibean Soup along with some corrugated letters that are new too!

That's it for me today, short and sweet ! Hope whoever is still popping by to read is doing well!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November FREE cut file!

Each month, I create free cut files for the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine blog.

This is the freebie for November, a fun and funky background design:

There are a lot of ways you can use this cut file, I chose to use it for a masculine page about my teenager who rarely lets me snap his photo these days.

I used a lot of the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection for this one - proof that a little kid collection can go a long way and work outside the intended audience. I love the bold patterns in that collection and so perfect for this teenager in my house.

You can see that I cut strips of paper to back the cut file with, alternating the colors randomly. The main thing I like to do is make sure that no two colors are not beside each other. Mix it up, use one collection and it all works!

I added some bits of black to the project, which works perfectly with my Dear Lizzy chipboard title.

This is one file I will definitely use over and over again. I want to make a bunch of cards with this file as the base! How cute would those be!?

To snag this one for FREE, just head over to the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog HERE. As always, there is a full list of all the freebies on the SCT magazine website too!

Enjoy! If you make something with this cut file - please tag my in Instagram (@nicolenowosad) or post it here in the comments so I can sneak a peek!

Friday, November 25, 2016

25 days of Christmas Tags

Welcome! I am excited to be part of the 25 days of Christmas Tags blog share!
I am here today to share a tag using some of my favorite Jillibean Soup products - the Holly Berry Borscht collection!

Here is the tag I created for this share:

The tag started as a journaling card from the Holly Berry Borscht collection that I trimmed to a tag shape with my trusty scissors. From there, I diecut a holly/berry off my Silhouette using some Jillibean Soup papers and layered them above the sentiment on the tag.


I added in some stitched ribbon as well as Jillibean Soup adhesive sequins and wood sprinkles to sparkle up my berries!

I added a little gentle stamping to the background of the tag using some gold ink and some Jillibean Soup clear stamps.

There are lots of great sponsors and PRIZES available for this blog hop! Check out the main post HERE for all the yummy details!

I hope you will check out all the amazing tags in this little blog share and join along too so you can win some of the fantastic prizes up for grabs! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Scrapbook and Cards Today Winter Issue - Holiday Favorites

Hello hello ! Christmas is almost here! I thought I would share a fun holiday themed layout I did for the winter issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.

Each issue, DT members get "assignments" to work on. Specific themes, or techniques, etc. I was lucky enough to just have to do a holiday themed layout using polaroid style photos. I used this fun holiday themed collection by Doodlebug Designs called Here Comes Santa Claus. So fun and very festive.

I love the matte brads that Doodlebug Designs came out with - how great do they look in the center of the holly berries! I love the little mini heart clips too, so great to add to a polaroid frame.

Here is how the page came together. This was tough for me personally, as we had to put our 17 year old pup down in June and this was the first time I could even look at a photo of him. Each year, we made him wear the antlers for a photo, and (even now) it makes me sad that we haven't been able to do that this year.

Anyway.... that's it for me today! Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Jillibean Soup - Make a Wish

I am busy packing for my upcoming trip to Cornwall, ON Canada to the first fall Crop & Create event for Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine but wanted to stop in to share a quick card that popped up on the Jillibean Soup blog today!

I created a large balloon shape in my Silhouette software and diecut it from paper in the Chit Chat Chowder collection. Layered over a fun polka dot paper and a little pennant tag and bam! Easy peasey birthday card! 

I think this is definitely a card that you could make in different papers for people of all ages!

That's it for me today, be back soon with mor projects!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jillibean Soup DT!

I am excited to announce I will be part of the Jillibean Soup DT for another year! I have been on the team for ... well, a long time, and am happy they have asked me to stay for another term!

I am excited to be working alongside with these ladies (I see some familiar faces) and it seems we have some super talented GDT's this year too!