Friday, September 19, 2014

Guest Designer - Nicole Mantooth

Joining us again today is our September Guest Designer, 

Last Friday we introduced Nicole and shared some of her beautiful work here on the blog. Today she has some more exciting projects to share with us today so let's take a look.

"Bundle of Joy" card

For this project I only had the buttons and dimensional stickers.  
I used the product packaging from the dimensional stickers to create this card.  

I took the light blue packaging and cut it down and rounded the edges. I put them down on the card base leaving a little gap to show some of the card through. I used some white twine to create what looks like hoops from a bow and glued down a button on top of each one.  
I took a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with dots.  I then added a dimensional sticker to the bottom row of buttons.  

I added some tiny silver dots on the buttons and dimensional sticker and my card was done.  It really came together fas:t and even though I did not have any of the papers that came in this line I was still able to make it look like I did, by using the packaging from a product.  
Sometimes you just have to think outside the box and use what you have on hand.  

Supplies used:
MY BABY BOY line:  buttons, dimensional stickers


"Daddy's Little Princess"

This layout was a lot of fun to create.  One of my all time favorites for sure. 

I created this layout using the little princess line. 
I started with cutting random stars all over my white cardstock.  After that I backed it with vellum and attached that to another piece of white cardstock.  I wanted the look of white on white, but I thought the vellum really gave it a little more visual likeness.  To me it softened the stars just enough to make them noticeable but not stand out to much. 

I then cut some film strips out of the same white cardstock as my stars are cut from. 
I die cut the title princess from the lavender polka dot side of CASTLE FRIENDS patterned paper.  I then cut the same princess title and the words daddys princess from light grey cardstock. 

I then took the ONCE UPON A TIME patterned paper and hand cut out the tiny castle. 
I printed out some pictures of my husband and my daughter from the time she was born, her first birthday and a few from this past year.  They have a bond like no other, and I really wanted to capture that in this layout, because no matter what she will always be his little princess.  I filled some of the openings in the film strip with those pictures and the rest of the openings I filled with pieces from the ONCE UPON A TIME patterned paper. 
I took one of the dark haired princesses from the LITTLE PRINCESSES CARDSTOCK DIE CUTS and laid that over one of the openings to give it one more layer without adding bulk. 

Once everything was put together and die cut I started to assemble my layout.  I backed my film strips with foam adhesive so that it would stand up just a little against the stars, but still again didn’t add too much bulk and heaviness to the layout. I took a strip of LITTLE PRINCESS patterned paper and cut a notch in the end and laid that down flat above the film strip.  I then took another strip from the bottom bar code strip of one and added that to the notched strip.  I added a little silver twine, tied a silver bow to it and added a little dot of glue to the back to help hold it in place. 
I took my two princess titles and attached the lavender polka dot one to the top of the light grey one and slightly off setting them so it looks as though it has a small shadow.  I then attached that above the notched paper strip and attached daddys little above that.  I took my handcut castle and attached that next to my title. 


I printed my journaling on some vellum and cut that down to size, rounded the corners of that and stamped a saying on the very bottom.  I added a small line of liquid adhesive to the very top of the vellum and tucked it under the bottom film strip. 
Next I cut several stars, in different sizes the front side of the CASTLE FRIENDS patterned paper using my SILHOUETTE CAMEO.  I randomly placed those stars all over my layout. I also had some silver paper on hand I cut a few stars from as well and added those to my layout too. 
I took a PLASTIC BUTTON that matched this line and tied some of the same silver twine through it and attached that to one of the stars with some liquid adhesive.  

This layout was fun to create, I wanted a magical feel to it and that is just what I feel like I got.  



TracyM #6773 said...

BEAUTIFUL card Nicole - LOVE the elegant design and clever use of the sticker packaging - I really struggle with baby cards, so I thank you for the inspiration!!!
LOVE your pretty princess layout too, the white-on-white is DELIGHTFUL, along with all the stars, the filmstrips are FUN and a great way to include lots of photos :)
Thank you for sharing you inspiration and creative process, it is a great way for me to learn!!!

Monique Liedtke said...

Gorgeous projects Nicole!! Especially love the layout! Those filmstrips are so awesome! Really love how you used this collection!!!

paperANDi - Stephanie Dang said...

Beautiful Nicole!! Love them both!


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