Thursday, April 16, 2015

You Make Me Happy Card

It's pastel week on the American Crafts blog and I was asked to create a card.  I thought it only fitting to use the new embossing folders to create my card background and add a bit of watercolor to attain that dreamy effect.  

How to: 
  • Cut a card base so that it measures 4"w x 6"h when folded in half.  
  • Unfold it and insert the front of the card into the embossing folder.  
  • Run it through your embossing / manual die cut machine. 
  • Next, take out 3 different colors of mists and add a little bit of water to them to help achieve a more muted and pastel water color look.  
  • Choose random sections of the embossed background and start painting them in.  
  • Once you like the pattern, apply a sentiment to the top and any extra embellishments you desire. 
Supplies: Textured Cardstock (AM710-81) 12"X12" White, Rise & Shine collection: (370053) – Ava Embossing Folder, (370038) – Bits Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370034) – Remarks Epoxy Stickers, Heidi Swapp Color Shine: (HS01082) - Blush, (HS01080) - Seafoam, (HS00799) - Mine Green, Mister Hueys Color Mists (331047) - Taxi

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Good Day | Gossamer Blue Blog Hop | Bella Blvd Giveaway

Here we go again. It's time for the Gossamer Blue April Design Team blog hop.  I have to tell you that the April kit was soo fun to play with but I just got my hands on the May kit and it's sooo flippin' fantastic! Anywho, the GB DT is here to share some inspiration with the April kit so here goes...

The black and white and all those gold accents...LOVE!

I layered 2x2 blocks over the background and then stitched across side to side. A sprinkling of gold mist as well.

Then I glammed it up with a glitter title and the cutest little bird.

I have a Bella Blvd giveaway (two actually!) going on over on Instagram (@heatherleopard). A prize pack like the one above (6x6 paper, an assortment of Bella Bows, Crochet Hearts and enamel dots, plus a feather) will be awarded to two people. Winner will be announced Friday so make sure to head over there to play along.

Your next stop along the hop is to the awe-inspiring Jessica Lohof.

And here's the full list in case you are just stumbling on the hop.
Beshka Kueser | Brenda Weaver | Caylee Grey | Cindy Liebel | Diane Payne | Emily Spahn | Eunyoung Lee | *** Heather Leopard *** | Jessica Lohof | Jill Cornell | Jill Keller | Kasia Przybyt | Katie Ehmann | Laura Rahel Crosby | Magda Mizera | Melanie Blackburn | Michelle Wooderson | Michiko Kato | Rebecca Luminarias | Sabrina Alery | Yana Smakula

Happy hopping. Now go on and get scrappy!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sk8er Girl

I was so honored to be invited to join the Bella Blvd team for the 2015-2016 year and I couldn't wait to start playing with Stephanie's newest collections.

I'm offering a giveaway on Instagram so make sure to follow me @heatherleopard over there to enter for a chance to win!

My Creative Team intro is up on the Bella Blvd blog today and I'm sharing 1 of 2 new layouts here.

The Color Chaos collection was the perfect pairing for this photo of my youngest when we went skating last month over Spring Break.

For those Bella Blvd fans who may be visiting me for the first time and don't know me, my signature style is all about pattern paper, color and creating fun backgrounds.  For today's layout, I simply hand cut paper strips, not caring if they were straight. Actually, I wanted them to be a little off. I cut them all to about the same length and width and then stitched them willy-nilly on white cardstock to create my background.

I put a simple white frame around my photo to help make it stand out when layered over the paper strips. Then added some embellishments over and around the photo.

Another thing about me is that I don't always think about the title when I'm creating my background and that happened here on this layout but it all worked out.  I used a combo of different chipboard and sticker alphas to create the title up at the top using a number in my title to give it a little edge.  My plan at first was to use just the "8" sticker but it just looked odd because it was smaller than the other and very flat.  My solution was to stitch around the outside of the 8 and then I added enamel dots to give it more weight.

You'll have to visit the Bella blog to see the other layout I created, or wait to see it here in a couple of days.  It involves paper weaving and it was a lot of fun to create so why don't ya just head over there now to see it and leave me and Becki some love.

One last thing before you go...make sure to follow me on Instagram. I'm giving two of these away. All the details are at

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Always Happy Home Decor

I wanted to add a little inspiration to my work area so I created this happy little framed sentiment. I used the American Crafts Shimelle True Stories collection. I put together a tutorial for you as well.
Always Happy by Heather LeopardSupplies: True Stories collection: (370703) – English Breakfast Paper, (370705) – Lemon & Ginger Paper, (370736) – Enamel dots, (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370750) – Pattern Masks
1. Gather your supplies.
Always Happy Supplies by Heather Leopard
2. Apply gesso to patterned paper using a stencil pattern mask. Set aside to dry.
Always Happy Step 1 by Heather Leopard
3. Using foam dots, adhere sentiment over a coordinating patterned paper.
Always Happy Step 2 by Heather Leopard
4. Once the gesso is dry, insert it into your frame. Adhere the sentiment from step 2 on the glass of the frame (or remove the glass from the frame).
Always Happy Step 3 by Heather Leopard
5. Add embellishments to the outside of the frame.
Always Happy by Heather Leopard

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Happy Goofballs

Thickers may just be my favorite American Crafts products ever but super-sized giant Thickers blow my mind! I created this layout with Thickers taking a predominant place on the page.

 How to:
  • Cut the transparent doilies from the transparent sheet and arrange on your background paper, without adhering.
  • Using your Silhouette, measure the placement of your doilies and cut circles out of a white piece of cardstock.
  • Layer the cardstock with cut out circles over a white sheet of cardstock and adhere the doilies within the circles. 
  • Stitch around the outside of the circles.
  • Add a fun border to the top and bottom of the page.
  • Add your photo and a super-sized title using the large Thickers. 
  • Machine stitch additional elements to your heart’s desire.

I used Gesso and some glitter to give the Thickers even more dimension. 

 Supplies: Rootbeer Float Thickers (370554) – chipboard letter stickers, Rise & Shine collection: (370001) – Chloe Paper, (370015) – Lana Paper, (370018) – Sophia Transparent Paper, (370032) – Remarks Accent & Phrase Stickers, (370035) – Remarks Alpha Stickers, (370038) – Bits Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370045) – Ticket Memo Pad, (370054) – Chipboard Frames, (370038) – Bits Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, white cardstock, (370050) – Kara Rotary Phrase stamp

Friday, March 27, 2015

She Brings Her Own Sunshine

I had an amazing month guesting over on the October Afternoon blog!!! Thanks so much to Suz for inviting me to share over there.  Before I say goodbye, I have a fun layout and process video to share using the Saturday Mornings collection.
She Brings Sunshine by Heather Leopard OA

Most of you know that I have a fondness for creating visual backgrounds for my base pages. I had some scraps of paper and 3x4 journal cards and just kind of cut away at them to create the background. Then I created some fun designs in small, medium and large circles along the horizontal and vertical axises of the background.
She Brings Sunshine by Heather Leopard Circles OA

I share a tip in the video below for cutting a photo into a perfect circle when you don't have a punch or die that fits perfectly. I used it for the hexagon photo in the blog post immediately before this one and explained "hot to" in the video as I cut the circle photo for this layout.
She Brings Sunshine by Heather Leopard Title OA
This little girl definitely sparkles and shines wherever she goes so I thought it only fitting to title this "She brings her own Sunshine". I chose to focus only on the gorgeous blues and yellows (with a small bit of brown) from the Saturday Mornings collection help accentuate the story.

So there you have it, my final layout as guest designer.  Please head over to the October Afternoon blog to say hi and then you can watch the video over there.  Or here, whatever strikes your fancy.

The layout came together, relatively fast and easy.  Oh and I'd love to connect with you on Instagram @heatherleopard!

Thanks again to October Afternoon for having me this month!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Breakfast for Dinner | October Afternoon Guest Designer

I'm so excited to be featured on the October Afternoon blog today.   I thought I'd share a layout I made that embraces my love for patterns using the Saturday Mornings collection.

So who's with me and agrees that breakfast for dinner is one of the most fun dinners to have, especially for the kiddos?!?! We don't do it very often but when we do, my girls get a kick out of it every. single. time. And it's even better when someone else is cooking!
Breakfast for Dinner by Heather Leopard OA

As you may or may not know, I am obsessed with patterns. I love to mix and match them to create visual backgrounds and designs to help tell the story of my photos. Today is no exception.

Visit my Instagram (@heatherleopard) today to see a Flipogram of how this layout came together.

Breakfast for Dinner Triangle Octagons by Heather Leopard OA

This look can be easily achieved with a triangle punch or by hand cutting the triangles. Just make sure to include 6 even sides so they line up properly. BUT, if you have a Silhouette, you are in luck.  I created a cut file. If you want to re-create this layout for yourself, you can DOWNLOAD THE FREE CUT FILE.

Breakfast for Dinner Photo by Heather Leopard OA

To create this layout, I cut each of the triangles and octagons and then pieced them together.  I chose to leave some of the octagons empty so I could add octagon shaped photos in those spots.

Breakfast for Dinner Title by Heather Leopard OA

For the title I played with the font colors so that it could read at least 3 different ways - "Breakfast for dinner" 'cause that's what it was, "Break for dinner" 'cause I was catching a break by not having to cook dinner and "Fast dinner" 'cause it came out speedy quick.

Many thanks again to October Afternoon for having me guest today. Stop by next Friday to see my process for creating backgrounds. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky Me

This layout was featured on the American Crafts blog last Friday during LUCKY week but I thought I'd save it and post it on St. Patrick's Day today.  It may just be my favorite layout that I've created in a LONG time.  I love the subject of the layout and the design was just to fun to create.

I definitely got lucky in love with my Mister and I love documenting it so my girls know how much in love their mommy & daddy are.

Supplies: Serendipity collection: (370095) – Clear shapes, (370087) – Printed Cardstock Phrases & Accents, (370091) – Accent & Phrase Stickers, (370096) – Plastic Bows, (370099) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes; Rise & Shine collection: (370044) – Shaped Paper Clips, (370027) – Grace Foam Stickers

How to:
  • Cut 4 hearts with the tips facing each other and multiple circles using your electronic die cut machine.
  • Use the tiny cut out circles to create a border around the negative circles and stitch over them to create a border around the page.
  • Choose a photo to insert in one of the hearts. 
  • Add embellishments in and around the remaining hearts.
  • Add pattern paper under the border of the layout.
  • Add your title to the top right hand of the page.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've inspired you in some way.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Best Day | Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop

It's time again for the Gossamer Blue Design Team blog hop. I'm telling you, the Gossamer Blue kits are amaze-balls and this amazing team of scrapbookers, pocket pagers and card makers are so freaking talented. I just love gazing through the gallery for inspiration and I especially love this hop, which makes it super easy to see a sampling from each designer along the way!

Here's a layout I created with the March kit, using lots of goodies from My Mind's Eye and Pink Paislee.

I just added wonky cut layer upon wonky cut layer upon wonky cut layer, stitching between each layer. How awesome are the exclusive Gossamer Blue stamps? I used part of mine to stamp on the little tag.

And next is the adorably cute photo and embellishments. My journaling is written on the hidden noteworthy insert right under the photo.

So that's it for me today. Now it's time to see what the beautiful Miss Jessica Lohof created. Enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2015

My Hair Had a Party Last Night | October Afternoon Guest Designer

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED to be guest designing for October Afternoon again!  This time, I'm playing with the Saturday Mornings collection and today I'm talking on their blog about layering.

I have a question for you suffer from bed head or know someone who does?  My littlest suffers from it in the worst way.  She goes to bed a beauty queen and when she wakes up it's as if her hair got in a terrible fight. I snapped this photo of her the other morning, with her hair in a more mild state but still a mess.

Hair Party by Heather Leopard OA

With her hair a tangled mess, I thought it only fitting to include lots of layers on this layout.  Care to know how I created this layout?  I walked through the process and did a little step x step how-to tutorial for creating it on the October Afternoon blog today.

Hair Party Photo by Heather Leopard OA

Layers and layers on Saturday Morning goodness and a funny song title.

Hair Party Title by Heather Leopard OA

She definitely saves her drama for her mama!

Hair Party Journaling by Heather Leopard OA

I'll be back on the October Afternoon blog every Friday in March so please STAY TUNED and check back often!