Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sunshine & Bluebonnets

Hi there, everyone! I sure have missed blogging the last 10 days but I've been making memories with the family, Spring cleaning and creating lots of goodies for upcoming assignments and publications! I wanted to show you this layout I did of my daughter a couple of weeks ago. We ventured out to the country for a huge craft/thrift festival and on the way home we stopped and snapped some photos in the bluebonnets fields. We snapped a gazillion of our own photos but there was a photographer there and she snapped a few photos of my girls while we were out there. Thanks to Crystal D Photography for the photo in this layout!

I used the new American Crafts Mayberry collection! I LOVE, love, love it! To create the border, I drew triangles in Silhouette Studio around the outer perimeter of the design software. I was able to measure how big to make them in the actual software. I just placed 6x6" sheets from the 6x6" paper pad and cut them out. The hardest part was deciding which pieces to put where!

I just love the new Thickers that came with the Mayberry collection. They look like they are covered in sugar crystals!

Rheagan saw that they had a chalkboard and wanted me to write Peace, Love, Lions (her school mascot and their slogan this year) but she also liked the idea of Peace, Love Bluebonnets so we went with that! There's also a peek at my journaling. The back just tells the rest of the story about how much fun we had in the bluebonnets fields and closes with how beautiful I think she is. I tell her a lot but I also want it documented!

Thanks for visiting me today!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hello Beautiful

I made a page last week using the Fern & Forest Girl collection Little Yellow Bicycle sent me. At first, even though I liked the collection, something about the purply color that I saw online was throwing me off (I don't scrap purple) but after seeing it in person, it's the perfect shade of pink and purple and I just love it. I seriously can't stop playing with this collection. I think I said that about the Just Because collection too. I thought it'd be fun to create a 2nd page to last week's layout.

I love to layer and this layout is no exception. One of the big trends in scrapbooking right now is to add strips to the top and bottom (or the sides) of layouts. It usually consists of unevenly cut paper strips with labels or embellishments anchoring the page together but today, I decided to put a twist on that trend. I used the Fresh Verse cardstock stickers and added banner sticker and wooden button.  

I carried the wooden elements throughout the layout, adding the stick pins to the layering and the "Happy" clothespin to the pull out journaling card. The mix of the various word elements (wood embellishments and stickers) just tells such a great little story and ties everything together.

The clear cut embellishments that I used on my layout have a nice iridescent glitter look and feel but without the mess of glitter, by the way. I added a little Stickles iridescent glitter to the wood elements as well. You can see it on the stick pins above and the clothespin holding my journaling above.

Oh and see that photo, I had them printed from Origrami. The prints are incredible and they come with all the details printed on the back, like when the photo was taken, how many likes it got, where it was taken. And it comes in the coolest Instagram box. Find out how you can win free prints from Origrami on the Paper Issues blog. You have until April 20 to submit for your chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Let Your Light Shine

I snapped several photos of my girls at the park the other day and I just love this one. My daughter was playing with a bowl of sand on a wooden play set and I snapped this through the wooden slats. Isn't she just the cutest?

When I pulled out the Fern & Forest Girl papers that Little Yellow Bicycle sent me, I was immediately drawn to the woodgrain paper and the wood ring circles. And I just love the wishful words paper. I knew I wanted the wood rings and words to dominate my design. 

A little fussy cutting, distressing, and layering topped with the chipboard shapes and my layout was complete. 

Head over to the Little Yellow Bicycle blog to see what Liz and Robbie created (and leave me a little scrappy love if you so choose).

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Silly Smiles

When my youngest sweetie isn't picking flowers or talking about picking flowers, she's picking berries from the bushes outside our house. She packs as many as she can into her tiny little palms of her hands until their overflowing. Anyway, I snapped these photos of her one day as she was picking those berries. The American Crafts My Girl collection was perfect for this moment!

American Crafts My Girl collection: Cute Chloe paper, Sunny Savannah paper, Precious Penny Paper, Marvelous Madeline Paper, Adorable Abby Paper, Tender Tessa Paper, Dress Up Bits, Swing Details, Noteworthy Stamp, Summersault Details, Amy Tangerine "Authentic Roller Stamp, Amy Tangerine Aspire Stamp, Gesso mixed with Mr. Huey's Bonny Blue mist, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam "Lipstick Pink", Mr. Hueys Barnwood mist, Close to My Heart Grey Wool ink, 

I kept my layering a bit more simple than I usually do. I was focusing more on the photos of course but also the the My Girl Stamps. I started out with 2x3 photos a tag and a card that I cut from a 12x12 sheet of paper.
I wanted to add paint to give it a pop of color so I added pink Glimmer Glam to the stencil and then laid it down on the paper. I then mixed a batch of Gesso and blue mist to create a thicker paint. I applied it sparingly over the mask and laid it down over the paper again, alternating it over the pink. Then last but not least, I sponge painted grey mist from the center and outlined the mask.

My favorite part of the painted elements is the simple little Cloud 9 stamp. I painted the blue Gesso on the stamp and applied it to the card. It was a bit "gloppy", which is what I was hoping for. It make the perfect background for the inked image that I eventually stamped over it. I repeated these techniques for the arrow and the diamond stamped image at the top.

I'll be back tomorrow with a fun layout using the new Little Yellow Bicycle Fern & Forest Girl.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Well, Hello There NEW Little Yellow Bicycle Design Team!

Hi everyone! I am soo flippin' excited to finally be able to tell the world that I've been invited to return to the Little Yellow Bicycle Biker team for another year! Thanks so much for having me back, MyLYB! And of course this also means we're announcing the rest of the amazing new team!

I am so proud to be a part of this incredible team! To celebrate, we're doing a blog hop today and giving away prizes so make sure to visit all of the blogs listed below!

Heather Leopard - That's ME!

A Card and a Giveaway!
I created this card to welcome all the new and returning team members AND to welcome you to the NEW Little Yellow Bicycle blog. Leave me a comment for a chance to win the brand new Fern and Forest collection.

Make sure to make your final stop over there because LYB is giving away even more amazing prizes. The blog hop ends on Thursday, April 4, 2013, and you don't want to miss out!!!
 Supplies: Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because collection (6x6 Paper Pad, Clear Cuts, Paper Crafting Kit, Stick Pins, Fresh Verse stickers, Chipboard).

Before you go, April is Autism Awareness Month and tomorrow is World Autism Awareness DayBy reading this blog, you know a family who is affected by autism. I'm Lighting it Up Blue to help raise awareness for those affected by autism each and everyday throughout the year!! Please sign the petition to ask President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism! It literally took me all of two seconds to sign the petitionThis request is not affiliated with Little Yellow Bicycle in any way, shape or form. This is a personal request from me.

Thanks for stopping by today! Now head on over to Robbie Herring to see the beautiful card she created.