Ideas for Dad and Echo Park Blog Hop Winner!

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It's Father's Day this weekend here in New Zealand so I thought I would share a couple of ideas using the Echo Park "Family Man" Mini Theme. You can also see the winner of the August Echo Park Blog-Hop at the end of this post.

Mini Album
This project is available as a free Echo Park download here.


Register with your e-mail address and have instant access to this and heaps of other free project downloads!

Man-Vitation
This double sided keep-sake invite would be great for a special birthday, stag party or any occasion that you don't want dad to forget!



This was a real hybrid project with paper, digital and die-cut elements all included.



Echo Park Winner
Last week you had the chance to win an Echo Park Collection Pack by commenting on my Echo Park Blog Hop Post. Make sure to become a follower of my Facebook Page so you can find out when the next one is!

The winner of the Echo Park Collection Kit of their choosing is Christine:


Christine - please email me here to find out how you can claim your prize.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.


 

Back to School Card (Echo Park)

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Please note that the hop and contest previously detailed here have now closed. The winner of my giveaway can be seen here. You can see a full list of hop participants here.

Back To School Card
This schoolhouse shaped card was fun to make! I am trying to get a link to the free SVG file from the hop and will update as soon as I can.



The piece is quite delicate so would probably be better as a scrapbook page embellishment or a gift for Grandma (just tuck a few fab photos in the card envelope!) than a card to give to your little one!

I also have a fun Back to School Treat Box with this same collection cut with my Cameo - here is a sneak but you can see all the information here.



Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.


Everyday Eclectic Gift Set & PaperHaus Magazine!

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Please note that the blog-hop and giveaway previously detailed here has now closed. The winner can be seen here.
I ABSOLUTELY recommend you take a look at the first Paperhaus Magazine.
It's online, free and FABULOUS!

Everyday Eclectic Gift Set


This fun little set was made with my Cameo and the fabulous Everyday Eclectic Collection from Echo Park Paper. The hexagon gift bag uses this file from A Little Hut and the card file can be found here.


I have used a piece of acetate behind the birds to add a little bit of dimension.


I created these tiny tags from some of the stickers from the collection. These little stickers can be tough to use but you can attach them to some paper and group them for great gift tags!

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.


Heaps of Halloween Ideas!

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I know it's super early - and I'll be honest - I hit publish on this post instead of draft which is why it's coming out today LOL!!

Here are some Halloween ideas I had from last year! You can see the original post with heaps more pictures and detailed information by clicking on the title of each project.














 




I have plenty more coming for this year - so stay tuned! This year I am working with the wonderful Chillingsworth Manor Collection. I will be giving one away next week - so be sure to follow on Facebook to find out when!!

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.


Everyday Eclectic Mini Album (Echo Park)

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Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won the Echo Park giveaway on their blog here. You can see who won my giveaway here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop - there is a list at the end of this post!

Everyday Mini Album

This mini album was really fun to make. It uses pages from the journaling cards paper as its base, and the design of the elements is so great - most of the work is done for you!

 

Like my previous File Folder Album using this collection, the photos in the album were all taken by my husband on his phone on a dull and rainy day.


The photos are never going to win any photography prizes – but they capture the fun of the day perfectly and I wouldn’t have it any other way!


The photos are never going to win any photography prizes – but they capture the fun of the day perfectly and I wouldn’t have it any other way!


I have cropped the photos heavily and added a retro photo effect and polaroid frame using picmonkey – free online here.


Don't forget to check out my previous album using the fantastic Everyday Eclectic Collection.


Here is a list of blogs that were on the hop:
Echo Park Paper: http://www.echoparkpaper.typepad.com/
Susan Stringfellow: http://creativelysavvy.blogspot.com/  
Tamara Tripodi: http://happylifecraftywife.com/

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.

Summer Pinwheels & Cosmo Cricket Winner

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Some pretty pinwheels to share today and don't forget to check out and see if you won last week's awesome giveaway!

These make fabulous decorations, party / shower invitations or you could make a bunch just to brighten up a room. These are all made with papers from the Sweet Day Collection from Echo Park Paper.


I cut these pinwheels using my Cameo, but you can certainly hand cut them or search online for free printables and templates too. Here is the link to the Cameo file – 3d flower pinwheel


Now there are some instructions on the Silhouette website as to how you can assemble your pinwheel to make it fully functional – but I decided to make it purely decorative – which was much easier.


Once you have cut your shape (with your machine or by hand) create the pinwheel shape by folding the petals over one at a time and threading the holes onto a pin, cocktail or upside down brad (which is what I used).  After a couple you will figure out the best technique for you – but I definitely suggest using a brad to secure all the petals together.

I then used some plain wooden buttons with bakers twine through the holes as a simple centre and hot glued the button to the centre of the flower.


To create the stem of the pinwheel, I covered a doweling rod in patterned paper and then hot glued that to the back.

Cosmo Cricket Winner
Last week you had the chance to win fabulous prize by commenting on my Cosmo Cricket Cards Post

I have some more awesome giveaways coming up - so make sure to become a follower of my Facebook Page so you can find out when the next one is!

The winner of the prize is: 


Tracey - email me here to find out how you can claim your prize.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)

I am linking up this post to these websites here. 

Bold & Simple Card and Gift Tag Set (Cosmo Cricket)

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A little gift set to share today using one of my all time favorite manufacturers - Cosmo Cricket!
Please note that the competition previously detailed here has now closed - you can see who won here.

The colors in this gorgeous collection make it so versatile - and this little set was sent to accompany a handmade gift I created so the recipient can add their own message when they give the gift.


This card is a "swing" card. I used this file and my Cameo to create it - but there are heaps of great online templates too - try this fabulous one here from Beate Johns.


This (above) is what you see when you open the card - plenty of room for you to hand write your message along with this fabulous sticker from the Tiny Text, Together stickers.


This tag is so simple and I love the look of the bold, black sentiment. To create this shape - cut a rectangle of paper and use a circle punch to snip off the corners and create a tag shape on the two top corners. Punch a small hole in the top and add some bakers twine - super easy!


I am still very much in the honeymoon phase with my Cameo machine - so I cut this matching envelope too! To turn it into an "office style" envelope I put in a couple of brads so you can wrap twine or cord around it to close. It also means that you can seal and open the envelope without damaging it.


This little chipboard piece made me smile - it's so cute! I think these projects really show that when you have great basic design in a collection, it's easy to put together simple pieces that look fab!

Competition
Please note that the giveaway previously detailed on this post has now closed. it was won by Tracey - you can see the details on this post here.

Please post a comment with any questions :-)
Lowri
I am linking up this post to these websites here.

Simple Summer Ideas, *NEW* Magazine and Winners!

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A couple of super quick and easy ideas today - great for using up scraps or when you want a quick idea to brighten up your fridge or filing cabinet.

Polaroid Style Fridge Magnet Frames
These were really easy to make. I cut out some Polaroid style frames from layers of cardstock and glued 2 together for extra thickness.


I used some paper, stickers and chipboard from the Hello Summer Collection from Echo Park to decorate the frames and added an adhesive magnetic strip to the back. These make awesome gifts for grandparents who get tons of pics via email - but don't print many out!



Fridge Magnets
I picked these photo fridge magnets up at the dollar store and used some spare stickers to decorate them. They have been brightening up my fridge all winter here in NZ!




New Magazine
There is a new online magazine on the way - jam packed with fabulous projects, tutorials and great papercrafting inspiration. They will be looking for submissions too for the first 2013 issue, so check out the Facebook page here and the website here - which leads to my...

Competition
OK - you guys were SO AWESOME in helping to boost PaperHaus Magazine on Facebook - that I am going to send out THREE - not one 6x6 paper pads.

The first winner is Sheetal Shah who receive the Cosmo Cricket pad but I will also be sending Echo Park Dots and Stripes paper pads to Clare Tomonaga and Vicki Parker. Email me here with your address please!


Please post a comment with any questions :-)
Lowri
I am linking up this post to these websites here.



Folder Mini Album w/ Everyday Eclectic (Echo Park)

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I have this project on the Echo Park Paper blog today - and I have been waiting impatiently to share this one! 


This little album is a great slimline alternative to a traditional mini album, is much smaller than a layout and you can display it like a card!
To form the cover I cut a rectangle shape measuring 10” x 12”’ from 2 pieces of paper and secured them together with lots of double sided adhesive tape. This gives the album a sturdy structure – not to mention you can choose what paper you want on the inside too. I then folded this in half to give a 5” x 6” cover.



I decorated the front with an inked chipboard balloon, carefully backed with an acetate print to give it more dimension. The “Notes” clip I made from chipboard and it has a magnet on each surface inside – these Basic Grey magnetic snapsare super slim and super strong!


The folder opens out like a card and has both journaling and photo features. As always – the fabulous selection of Echo Park stickers make decoration a breeze! This collection was so “on-trend” that I had heaps of little bits in my stash that matched perfectly – including this lovely birds washi tape I used on the top and bottom of the album.


Inside the folder on the left hand side I have put a small transparent envelope containing a journaling card I made. I printed out my journaling onto one of the pieces of paper from the 6x6 pad and cut it down to size. One of my favorite techniques is to print directly onto pattered paper. You just need to cut paper down to a size that will fit in your printer’s manual feed and adjust the settings so the printer knows what size you are printing onto. Practice on some copier paper first cut to size to get it just right!


On the right hand side is a little flip book with all the photos I wanted to include. I cut 3 rectangles of paper sized 10” x 4”, 8 x 4” and 6”x4” , rounded all the corners and scored them in the middle. I then punched holes equal distances from the center fold, threaded them together with bakers twine and added some pictures. To ensure it stays flat – I used some smaller super thin magnets to form a closure.


The photos in the album were all taken by my husband on his phone on a dull and rainy day. I have cropped them heavily, added a retro photo effect (using picmonkey – free online here) and cut them out with a simple white border. They are never going to win any photography prizes – but they capture the fun of the day perfectly and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I love this mini-album concept – and it’s great for someone who does not do a lot of journaling – like me!

Giveaway Winner
The winner of the Echo Park contest originally shown on this post is Athanasia. Please contact me and I will mail out your prize as soon as possible.



Please post a comment with any questions :-)
Lowri

I am linking up this post to these websites here.

Back to School Teacher Treat Box (Echo Park)

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I have a post on the Echo Park blog today showing an idea for using the School Days Mini Theme to create a Teacher’s Gift Box.
This would be a perfect gift to get ready now for when the kids go back to school!


This mini theme is so much fun with its bright images and great combination of papers. To create the basic box I used this file from A Little Hut.  I did have to do some editing in the Silhouette software in order to make such a large box – but it was my first time and really wasn’t too hard. I simply used the knife tool to “cut up” the file and then enlarged all the pieces at the same time to keep them in proportion. I then had to add a couple of simple straight lines back in where I had separated the pieces – but it was pretty straightforward.


The box cleverly forms an apple shape on top – which I decorated using some of the stickers from the collection. That lovely red chevron paper was actually from the Homemade Mini-Theme and matched perfectly!


To create the little pennant I wrapped and glued some multicolored twine around a cocktail stick. I then handcut a small flag from the “Rulers” paper as a base and mounted the Go Team pennant sticker on top. Using the brushes and pencils stickers both under and over the ruler twill tape helps add a little dimension.


I cut a strip from the “Rulers” paper to go around the bottom of the box and then added the stickers for decoration. They are mounted with dimensional dots – but to stop them sticking to the base I de-sticky them with talc first – effectively turning them into die-cuts. They are so thick and strong they stand up to the mounting perfectly!  That A+ sign looks a little too much – but I made a mistake cutting the tape and so I had to cover it up – I love stickers!!

Please post a comment with any questions :-)
Lowri
I am linking up this post to these websites here.