Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

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Hi everyone, it’s Kelly here today to share a card using the awesome products from the new Hipster collection. I combined a couple of my favorite products from this line — the wood die cuts and tape strips — to create some really fun accents for my card. I love the wood die cuts as they are, but thought it would be fun to spice them up a bit. Here’s how it all came together….

BasicGrey | From Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

First, I took one of the wood banner die cuts and covered it with a printed vellum tape strip. Since there was some overhang, I just flipped over the die cut and used a craft knife to trim right up to edge. And a 1/8″ hole punch worked perfect for the two holes on the side.

BasicGrey | From Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

For the next wood piece, I wanted to add a shiny finish. I pressed the wood piece into my VersaMark ink pad, coated it with clear embossing powder and used my heat gun to set it. Then, before it cooled, I dipped it back into the embossing powder, heat set it again and then repeated this two more times. By doing this multiple times I was able to achieve a nice thick glossy finish over the entire piece. And when I’m working with small pieces like this, I like to use a tweezers to hold on to the die cut to avoid burning myself with the heat gun. You could have also achieved this same look with Glossy Accents, but it takes quite a while to dry and sometimes I’m just not that patient. ;)

BasicGrey | From Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

Now that I’ve got my two wood embellishments ready for the card, I’m moving on to the sentiment. I really just wanted a simple sentiment that I could stamp repeatedly, so I did some stamp surgery. I know this may scare some people, but I love to cut apart my clear stamps. It gives me so many more options for using the images and you can always put them back together how they were intended.

BasicGrey | From Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

I used a sharp craft knife to carefully cut the word “hello” from the middle of the TV . Then I stamped the sentiment several times using grey and orange ink. I wanted the words to fit within the blue die cut frame, so I lightly traced the frame with a pencil, so I knew exactly where I needed to stamp.

BasicGrey | From Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

Next I adhered a vellum tape strip and the blue frame to my card base.

BasicGrey | From Beginning to End | Kelly Rasmussen

Then I topped it off with my wood die cut embellishments and a couple green triangle stickers. And as a finishing touch I rounded all four corners of the card.

Hope you enjoyed the card today!


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Beginning to End : Hi card

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Start to finish - Card photo 1 Kathy Racoosin

Hello Friends, How are you today? Have you been swooning over Knee Highs and Bow Ties? I know I have!

Today I want to share with you a feature called “from beginning to end” highlighting the beautiful chipboard buttons from Knee Highs. Each button has it’s own personality and  it’s fun to group them together for a card chock full of personality.

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Before we get going I wanted to share another photo. Sometimes it’s the small things on your card or scrapbook page that stand out in the end. The Glossy Accents on the chipboard arrow and the letters bring shine and depth.

Start to finish - Step 1 Kathy Racoosin

I must admit that all of the button shapes are so unique and so cool that I had a hard time deciding which ones to use. After moving them around on my card base I used a tiny bit of glossy accents to hold them in place. Thread a large needle with some twine and sew your buttons on your paper. (If you don’t normally sew your buttons you might notice that the buttons lay nice and flat and secure when you sew them plus it give a nice finished look.)

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When using letters I find it helpful to adhere them to some coordinating paper and trim around the letters. This extra step allows me to move the letters around until I am satisfied with the placement on my card. The added color is an extra bonus. (I did the same technique on the pencil from the stickers in the same collection)

Start to finish - Step  2 Kathy Racoosin copy

Once my card is complete I like to see where I need a bit of shine and dimension that I get from applying glossy accents or something similar. If you haven’t used something like this before it’s best to add the glossy accents first.

Start to finish - Step 4 Kathy Racoosin copy

Always consider balance when adding elements to your card. Therefore, I added glossy accents on the right (the letters) and on the left (the arrow).  If you scroll to the top photo again you will notice that I decided to add some black stitching around the edge of my card base to tie the faux stitching on the letters. Thank you for your visit today



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Beginning to End : At the Beach

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Hi everyone, Marinette here today with you to share how I create a layout from beginning to end. I chose to work with the gorgeous Soleil collectionI’m so in love with the papers and the embellishments.

So first of all gather your supplies:

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What I usually do first when I create a layout is to add black ink splashes on my background:


Paired with the warm colors of the Rhubarb paper it adds a sophisticated touch on it.The B&W photo I chose fit perfectly with this line because it contrasts a lot with the other soft colors.I started by adding some stamping on my background and a piece of torn page from an old book as well as a strip of paper on the bottom of my page.


Now let’s go for the fun part of my layout:

You know how much I love to add a lot of layers on my pages so I started by pulling out bits of patterned paper, stickers all around my photo.


I never work directly on my background paper when I add all my layers, this way I can easily change the position of my papers until I’m satisfied with the result.


I like some layers behind, some vertical and some horizontal:


I chose a mix of colors which pops. I think the mix of yellow and red is perfect with this B&W photo.

Now the next step is to glue it down on my background paper.

But before this step I chose to add a little touch of red spray ink


Now that I totally satisfied with my elements I can glue all my papers together.

Finally after glue all my papers, I added some stickers on my layout for my title and some doodlings:



The final touch for my layout is this parasol from the element stickers. It fits perfectly with my photo


Tada – my layout is finished:


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Beginning to End : Love & Adore You

Happy New Year! This is Jana Eubank. I am in love with the sweet and soft color palette of the True Love collection. The pinks are especially soft and pretty and compliment skin tones perfectly!

When I begin a page I like to layer several patterned papers together and typically work from my photos backward. I place my photos on several patterns and decide which ones look best. From there, I start layering them together. This time around, I LOVED the background Smitten paper and decided to use the entire sheet and place my photo directly on the paper. The floral and heart elements frame the photo wonderfully!

The next paper I fell in love with was the Vintage Love Paper. I just HAD to cut out one of those large hearts! I placed it next to my photo offsetting it slightly above the top edge.

Next, I built the layers down underneath the heart. I found a large journal block from the Snippets paper pad and adhered it flush with the right and bottom edges of my photo.

I wanted to bring the blue color from the heart down towards the bottom of the page. I tore the edge of a 2″ strip of Little Things paper and tucked it underneath the bottom edges of the photo and journal block. This strip anchors my design nicely.

The top of my page felt like it needed a little more … so I layered together a few more blue-toned Snippets to the top left corner.

For another layer on the bottom of the page, I added the super cute book paper heart garland. LOOOOVE that garland! Sooo sweet!

Then it was time to add my title. I used a few Chipboard Shapes combined with die cut words to create my title.

Next, I added chipboard heart buttons to the Snippets in the top left corner and accented the title with a round chip button and tiny chipboard hearts.

My page is almost complete! I layered together three chipboard arrows to round everything out.


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