Monday, April 28, 2014

Share the Love Week Featuring Elle's Studio | Day 1


Welcome to our second Share the Love week and the beginning of our iNSD celebration.  New to Share the Love?  This is a week where we pick a company that we love and use their products with our very own winnie & walter ones and feature them right here on the w&w blog. 

For our second venture, we chose a company with impeccable design and delightful products that are perfect for scrapbooking and all sorts of papercrafting.  Elle's Studio has been around for 7 years and they just keep on coming out with good stuff month after month.

For this particular Share the Love week all of us who participated started with these products:


Wait until you see all the variations these few Elle's Studio products with w&w products can produce!!


***DAD - if you are looking at the blog today, DON'T!!! - SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Hello everyone!  I am so looking forward to this week and all of the Share the Love magic that the Talent has in store for all of us!  Today, I am sharing a couple of cards I created.


I saw this really cute grey star pattern paper in the Everyday Moments 12x12 paper pack, and just knew that I wanted to use it for a card for my Dad.  I went totally star themed and slightly patriotic.  The Elle's Studio wood veneer and paper pieces also helped out here too.  I used my Chipped Sapphire distress ink to color the "special day" wood veneer and Encore ultimate metallic pigment ink in silver to highlight the star veneers.  I like the wood look, but on this project, I wanted to try something a little different, and I like how it turned out.


The little paper strip had a little more on it, but it didn't fit with my card, so I snipped it off to use later.  The red stripes on the paper did fit with my theme, and that is where I stamped the DAD and You're the BEST from Parentville, using warm red Chalk ink and more Chipped Sapphire.  So, some of you may recognize the blue star design here. It is a die cut from the Scenery: Big Bang Confetti CUT THAT OUT digital die cuts.  This particular image was resized from 3x4 journaling card to fit on the front of a greeting card.  Last but not least, a little sprinkling of red sequins.  Definitely a fun card to make, and one that any Dad would love.

Get ready for something SWEET!!!


For my second card, I thought I would make a birthday card.  I never seem to have them when I need them, and thought this would make a super cute one.  The CAKE card actually came in a separate little package to celebrate Elle's Studio being in business for 7 years!  Congratulations Elle!!!  And, how fun that the colors completely coordinate with this kit!


I used the CAKE card to lead the color palette.  First, I cut a thin strip of the aqua 12x12 paper and glued it to the back of the red and pink number paper (love this paper) and totally fun to use on a birthday card, no matter what your age.  Before I glued this onto my white card base, I stamped Scenery: Big Bang Confetti open circles on the right side of the card front in Memento Gray Flannel ink.  I thought it would be fun to color in some of the confetti like Nichol Magouirk (here & here), Jennifer McGuire (here), and my mom (here) did on their projects.  I used distress inks in Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar (stamped twice), Festive Berries, and Hero Arts shadow ink in Tide Pool mid-tone.  I did leave some circles open, but I covered them all in Star Dust Stickles.  In fact, I forgot to wait to let the card dry, so they still have the wet look here. LOL.  Last but not least, I cut a little of the yellow chevron/arrow paper and added the happy birthday message from The Big, the Bold and the Happy, also stamped in Gray Flannel ink. Both the CAKE and arrow are on pop dots.  Such a happy card!


Wow, I am so thrilled with Julie's cards and I know her dad is going to adore his father's day card!

I ventured into pretty unfamiliar territory for me: scrapbooking.  In fact if I have created a dozen layouts in my life I would be surprised.  I say this as a disclaimer (be kind!) and also encouragement to others: if I can do it then you can too!  What better time than to celebrate {inter}National Scrapbooking Day, right?


I thought doing a layout on my parents would be fun.  There are some fantastic pictures of them as they are a handsome couple.  These two pictures are actually from 1974 when they were still dating (left) and the 1980's most likely in their first decade of marriage (right).  Talking about their "love story" I pulled out The Write Stuff: Love Story and You've Got Love Mail stamp sets which are a dream to work with when chronicling love.


I concentrated on using the Everyday Moments Paper Collection Pack + Everyday Moments Bits and Pieces by Elle's Studio for this layout.  In particular I used the Love This and Numbers patterned paper including the little strips on the bottom.  From the Bits and Pieces I chose an index shaped card with a large ampersand, amazing arrow and kraft speech bubble.

I cut around the ampersand and nestled the smaller picture under it.  I stamped "love" from You've Got Love Mail twice in tide pool mid-tone Hero Arts Shadow Ink.

Partially under the photo I stamped the ledger heart from The Write Stuff: Love Story using distress inks in spun sugar, worn lipstick and fired brick that I spritzed with water before stamping.  I did this also under the kraft speech bubble.  I also used the same colors and technique with the script heart from You've Got Love Mail.  Over the ledger heart is the love circle stamped in grey.


I decided to write my journaling on the kraft speech bubble from the Bits and Pieces.  Over it I added a love story circle (my layout title) and popped it up for emphasis.  The little love circle in the middle connects the elements.  On the lower picture I added the true love tab...I just love how it adds a fun touch so easily.


Under this picture I stamped the love circle multiple times in grey (using second generation stamping) and then added the heart circle over it.  The photo corner was created with the strip from Numbers patterned paper.

I hope you've been inspired to try your hand at scrapbooking if you are a reluctant scrapbooker like me!

Join us tomorrow for more Share the Love week!  Don't forget that we have a whole week of inspiration to planned for you. :-)


  1. Like the last layout a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonderful cards and layout combining your two products.

  3. Wonderful cards and super cool LO! Looks like lots of fun products you ladies got to play with.

  4. Shay! I have never done a scrapbook layout but love, love, love looking at them closely for all the stunning little details [thanks for the close-ups] Helps me add details to the cards I make!
    Thanks - Michele F.

  5. Beautiful - Love the layout!! My favorite is the DAD card!!! thank you for the inspiration

  6. You did an awesome job with all the projects!

  7. So fun to see what you both created!! Julie, very creative to make your own coordinating patterned paper on your cake card. And I love how you cut out the yellow arrow shape from the patterned paper and used that for your secondary sentiment. Shay, how awesome that you went for a scrapbook page! I hope that you'll do more ... it turned out so well! All the love themed w&w stamps are such a great compliment to the photos of your parents.

    1. Kelly - you are so sweet! Thank you - I had fun creating those projects. :)

  8. Super projects! Love Julies card with the big and bold CAKE on it, makes me hungry! :-)

    1. Hi Marlene - thank you - I know what you mean about the big CAKE message - loved that card and it speaks the truth - totally!

  9. Happy International Scrapbook Day! Love these cards and layouts! <3


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