Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Cards **Momenta**

I wanted to make some cute fun cards for the kids teachers, our nanny, and grandparents for Halloween this year.  I found this really cute paper in the all season paper pack of Halloween ghosts, gravestones, and pumpkins.  It has so much character to it already that I figured I could just trim it up a bit into sections of about 4 x 5 inches, mat those section in black and they would make really cute cards!!

Using the Momenta paper above I made the following 5 cards, all I added was white and black cardstock and random Halloween stickers from my stash.

These top two cards were the easiest.  All I did was cut the bottom of the paper off to 5 inches wide and 3.75 inches tall, matted it in black and then glued it to a white pre-folded card.  The graphics on the paper were cute enough to stand alone.

These next two cards were cut from the bottom after the first two card were cut off, I cut these to the same dimension as the first two cards.  This left the cute little owl and ghost poking out of the bottom of the paper, so I added a large sticker from my stash to both, matted in black and glued to a white pre-folded card.

This last card is smaller than the rest, because the remainder of the purple paper is smaller.  I cut it to be around 3x4 inches and then just matted in black and added left over white cardstock to the back of the black mat for a writing space, so it is not an open card it is more of a postcard.  I cut the section that had the moon, added a couple of cute stickers from my stash, and viola! 

Cute cards do not have to be super complex or stressfull if you start with cute paper!!

Momenta Products used:


Erin Reed

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Flamingo Scrap DT

I am happy to announce that I am apart of the design team over at Flamingo Scraps!!  I can't wait to get started and to join the flock!!

Erin Reed

Friday, October 19, 2012

Swim team **FD**

My son Morgan was on swim team this past summer of 2012.  He loved it.  He was in the 6 and under category so he only swam the 25 free and the 100 free relay.  He really improved so much this year and he loved playing with the other kids.

I created this page for Frosted Designs and their Sports/Dance challenge - so hop and over and play along!  I went for a non-traditional idea for a sports page, but it works!  I did not want to use the die-cut circle page in the usual way, in the center of the page, so i cut it and off centered it using the right side as my picture area, and the left for my title and journaling.

For the title I layered the chipboard letter on top of strips of paper matted in white, and on top of the large flower for a more dramatic effect.  I off centered the letter on the strips and also the alignment of the strips to each other to keep the feel of the page.

Under the photos I added a strip of white paper and then a rub-on of teal lace.  Over that i added a fun swirly effect of bakers twine and finished it off with a cute butterfly chipboard sticker.


Erin Reed

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quick Thank You Baby Cards **Momenta and FD** with tutorial

As some of you may know, and why I have not been on-line much in the last little while, I had my baby girl!!  Her name is Catherine Anna and she was born Aug 20, 2012.  She is doing great, and her big brothers love her.  So due to popular demand here are some of her pictures.

2 days old

Morgan and Brandon with Cat at 2 days old

Daddy and Catherine

Last Family Pic before deployment - 2 weeks old

Last day with Daddy

6 weeks old

I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has helped in any way - from presents, e-mails, food, being with us, support, and love.......THANK YOU!!

So now on to business, with so many lovely gifts, cards, and other fun things that have come our way I am trying to get back into my scrappy ways....and let me tell you, it is hard!  Between the deployment of my husband and the new baby on top of the boys, my time is down to nothing, but I am getting my scrappy urges back and with tons of great pictures I can't wait!  So I started off with something simple, CARDS.

I had a bunch of thank you cards to give out, so I made life simple and created a card sketch to create all my cards from.  I did not have to use the same papers or stickers/embellishments, but the idea was the same.

Tutorial/Tricks to make a lot of cards fast for little $$

From this sketch I created 8 different cards.  This is a simple and easy way to get a lot of cards done in a short amount of time.  

1)  Find a simple sketch, or create one.
2) Use a paper pack to have multiple papers to choose from.  I used a baby kit from Momenta to create all of these.
3) Don't feel like you have to use the exact same papers for all the cards, change it up for some fun!  I used 3 different background papers and 2 different strips for my cards.
4) Use pre-scored cards with envelops from a store like Michaels (usually 25 to a pack for like $3), then just glue your background to the front of the card.
5) Mass produce by cutting all of the same size papers at one time, don't create one card then move onto the next, make it assembly style.  Do the same for inking, stamping, and gluing.
6) Use one stamp for the sentiment instead of stickers to help save on cost.
7) Pick out 1 large sticker that fits the theme for each card, they do not have to be the same.

 Momenta Products Used


Erin Reed

Friday, October 5, 2012

Love **FD**

My husband and I went to a military awards ceremony back in March of 2012.  He received a really big award that night and we got a chance to dress up!  I was 17 weeks pregnant in this picture.

I created this layout for Frosted Designs for their doilies challenge - use a doily!  So i hope you hop on over and play along!

I treated my doily with red spray shimmer paint to give it a fun feel, I also cut it in half and separated it to give the layout more height so it did not look as horizontal.  I really wanted to be careful not to cover up to "LOVE" part of the paper, or the banner in the top left corner, so the majority of the design of the layout was left to the center of the page.  I wanted to create some depth to the layout, so layers in the center was my best option!


Erin Reed

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