Saturday, July 30, 2011

A fun interactive birthday card. I inked the secret Keeper window. The window is the perfect interactive element for a birthday card. You can leave a secret message or place money or even a picture.
Urban Lily products:
Secret Keeper Windows
Number It chipboard

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A fun and easy gift

Hi everyone, Andrea MacDonald with you today. It has been a lovely summer in my neck of the woods. How is yours?
Today I wanted to share a mini album I made for a very good friend of mine. We spend a lot of time together and she has done some amazing things for me so I wanted to give her something for all of her help.
I made a summer mini album using the fabulous Urban Lily paper line Happy Everything and California. The perfect mix for a summer mini. Have a look:

I kept it very clean and simple so that she can add her own little touches. On the cover I heat embossed using PSA stamps and Zing embossing powder and bound the album with some scrap pieces of fabric.
Thanks for joining me today. I would love to know if you're doing a summer mini?

Andrea MacDonald

Supplies Used:
Urban Lily Happy Everything line, California line
PSA Essential stamp
Zing Embossing powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Fired Brick
AC Thickers
Echo Park stickers

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

~Urban Lily Cardstock Secret Keeper~

I'm loving these Secret Keepers. I had fun with the smaller chipboard version, so I figured it was time to play with the full size cardstock version.  I created this layout using all sorts of different papers and one of the large secret keepers.  Products used:

Secret Keeper Card Stock
Lulu sheet from the Lulliloo Collection
Cheeky sheet from the MayElla Collection
Urban Cut Calendar
Urban Cut Mini Book B&W
 I love the combination of black, red and white.  So clean and pretty!

 The cut out flowers were taken off the top of one of the Urban Cut Calendars.

Thanks for stopping by Urban Swank!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

ATC Cards!!!!

Good Monday morning everyone!!!!  Adora here and today I'm sharing with you this project I made using the ATC cards. I really enjoyed creating these cards, It so quick and easy....always love the instant gratification!! :) Well, it's actually halfway done, I need to get some magnets, I have room for these on my refrigerator door. Now, I have few more to make, I'm excited. :))

Have a great week everyone!!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

A moment in peace…

They are not so many with a wild 3 year old in the house but sometimes…

For this page I used the MayElla Sassy paper but I added some color to the white flower:


Urban Lily Photo Cards: Posh ULP540, Polka dot ULP542; Urban Cut: Accents ULP340; Urban Lily MayElla Sassy ULP320;


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Friday, July 22, 2011

Layout by Mandy Harrell

This layout was based on a sketch by my good friend, Charlotte.  The photo is of my oldest and youngest daughters, a few years ago.  I used lots of inks and a bit of gesso with a bit of bling and some flowers from my stash.
The Urban Lily products I used to create this are as follows:

Just Add Color paper collection - Chic
Blink paper collection - Ink & Polo
Urban Cuts

Thanks for stopping by Urban Swank!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Little Watermelon Salad

I just love watermelon salad in the summer. The first time I heard of the combination of watermelon, mint, feta cheese, fresh lime, and olives I wasn't too sure of how it would be. However, I gave it a try and it is DELICIOUS! I thought I would not only share the recipe but also how perfect the Urban Lily papers were for this recipe layout. My layout is 6x6. I also cut the watermelons on my Silhouette.

Urban Lily products used:

Other products:
Bazzill cardstock
Making Memories tiny alphabet stickers
Liquid pearls
Quick Quotes powderpuff chalk inks

If you can't make out the recipe here it is (original recipe from the Columbus Dispatch)
Ingredients for Watermelon Salad:
• 4 cups watermelon, cubed
• 1/4 cups pitted olives
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
• 1/2 cup / 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Combine the fresh lime juice, watermelon, olives, and mint. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle your watermelon salad with cheese and serve. If you prefer to make your salad into a meal, serve the watermelon salad over your favorite greens.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Siblings Forever (Whether they like it or not) :)

Have you ever thought about making a layout on something other than a traditional piece of cardstock or patterned paper? I have and today I'm going to show you a layout that I made on this fabulous calendar sheet from Urban Lily. Sometimes a little change is nice. :)

The calendar sheet started out black and white so I added plenty of bright colored patterned papers from Urban Lily's MayElla collection and lots of great Cheery Lynn Designs dies.

Check back here again soon for more ideas using fun Urban Lily papers!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Urban Lily and an Eclectic Mix!

Good Tuesday morning everyone! For today's post I wanted to share with you how you can mix all sorts of found treasures with Urban Lily papers. For this layout I used the Urban Lily "Bonnie" pp. The colors went perfectly with this photo of my daughter. To add to the country feel I used all sorts of products that I found around the home. I cut up a box and used the cardboard for the photo background, I simply drybrushed some white paint over it. I also used some old sheet music that I drybrused white paint over also. I used a swatch of vintage upholstery fabric (yes, I save just about everything!) to add some texture behind the cardboard. I even used masking tape for my journaling strips. To get the journaling to look faded I simply used an eraser over the words to lightly fade the marker. To tone down the red cardstock and red flower I also used white paint. I love the soft look of this layout, and hope you get to searching your house for some treasures to use on your next design too!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Beautiful sweet - by Eli

Hello, gurls!
Are you on holiday? I am!!!!!
But before I leave you  for 2 weeks, I will show you my last page with Urban Lily products: it's a summer LO, with hard colors, like summer is.

I used as background the Cheeky paper and a yellow cardstock.
As embellishment, I have cut out the big flowers from Poppy paper and with the frame of Lola paper I did a swirl.

As title I used a piece of Beautiful paper and from the same paper I have choosed a flower and punched 2 little butterflies.

Under the title there is a stripe of Impish paper worked with a border punch.

To give a feminine touch to the page, I added a ribbon and a crochet border on the right.

See you and good holiday!

Other supplies:
Red Marker Stabilo
Strass Prima Marketing
Sticker Creative Imagination
Punches EK Success, Martha Stewart

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Mini Book

Happy Sunday morning to you all! It's Janet here today. :)

I was intrigued with the Mini Book Bright in the Urban collection. I thought it would make an adorable mini with some little pool photos that I had.

It was so quick and easy to put together. I just added a few extra embellishments and some stamping using myStampBOX stamps and some ribbon as a closure and I was done! I hope you will give it a try!

The butterfly was punched out using the Impish paper from the Mayella collection.

Here are all the inside pages.

Have a great day and happy paper crafting!

Janet Zeppa

Thursday, July 14, 2011

All about cards

Hi everyone, Andrea MacDonald here with you today to talk about cards. Who here is a card maker? Did you notice I didn't raise my hand? Lets face it. I am NOT a card maker. I try really hard but for some reason it just never seems to come together for me. So this week I challenged myself to make a few cards using the fabulous Urban Lily products.
I find it always useful to have a few spare cards on hand for whatever might pop up. Next week is my husband and I's 6th wedding anniversary. So I figured I should tackle that card first.
Supplies Used:
Urban Lily MayElla- Impish, Petite
Urban Lily Photo Cards- Posh, Luna
Studio Calico Stamps
EK Success Punch
Studio Paint

This next card was inspired by a layout I created last year. You can see the layout HERE. Ironically that layout was inspired by a card I saw but now I can't remember where I saw it : (
Supplies Used:
Urban Lily Everyday Lily- Sushi Stripe
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Walnut stain
Studio Calico Stamp
Studio Paint
Kaiser Craft Pearls

Lastly I thought a cute little lift me up card would be great to pass on to someone. This one was super fast and easy. All I used was leftover paper from my last layout and some circle punches.
Supplies Used:
Urban Lily May Ella- Petite, Sassy
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Black Soot
Marvy Punches- 2" and 1/2"
Studio Calico Stamp

I hope you enjoyed my little post today. I think I'm going to keep working on my card making skills. I am curious though... Are you a card maker?

Andrea MacDonald

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beautiful Spring!!!

Hello and good morning to all!!! This is Adora and today I will share with you this layout I made using the  calendar paper for the base of my layout and cut out the flower and some butterflies from the pattered paper for embellishing this page. I had fun creating this page.
Other supplies I used are Heidi Swapp  CB alphabet.

Thanks for looking and until next time!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beautiful ♥ Sweet by Petra

I have a real passion for the Mooch paper line and the big pink circle inspired my to do some small circles using mist. I also cut out a smaller half circle from the mooch paper and used at the edge of the paper.

I cut out some flowers from the happy everything paper but I wanted some more variations in color (one of the flowers was all deep pink) so I used a white pen to color parts of the flower - to make it look more like the other flowers. I then smothed the white with my finger tip until I had the effect I was serching for. I mounted the flowers on 3D foam.

I cut the title form a Happy Everything paper.

Urban lily Mooch SugarHigh ULP 530,Happy Everything Always ULP314, Beautiful ULP312, Friends ULP310,
other: MS border punch, Mist, staples, 3D foam, heart stickers

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Little Ol' Me!

Hello! Liz here, hoping you all had a fabulous 4th of July weekend! I know I did!

Today I am going to share a LO I made using Urban Lily's MayElla collection. I love the bright colors and detailed prints. I used this week's sketch from The Scrappiest blog.


I love fussy cutting. It's a great, speedy way of getting a LO done that looks like you spent a lot of time on it.

A girl's gotta' have sparkle so I used my favorite glitter glue throughout the whole page.

See you back here soon for more ideas using FABULOUS Urban Lily products!

Make it Yours!

When I started out with the idea for this page I knew that I wanted something soft and pink to go with this specific photo of my niece. I fell in love with the Urban Lily Sushi paper but I didn't want the brown flowers I wanted black to go with the background in the photo. So....I used a black marker and changed them! Such a simple way to change any paper to go with your photos. I also cut out the oval frame from Urban Lily's Linen Dot paper and several flowers from Sushi Dot and I had the perfect paper for my layout. I even traced the shape from another pp I had in my stash to get the shaped paper and adhered it to black cardstock. So next time you have paper you love, but it's just missing that one special color (or maybe two or three) just take out the markers and change it!

Monday, July 4, 2011

A beautiful friendship by Eli

This is the translation of the title I gave to this page. A cheerful and colorful page, as the girls in the photo!

As background I used Pink Flamingo Paper, by California Collection. Behind the photo,  I put the frame with flowers from Beautiful paper.

As embellishments I used a phrase from  Mini Book Bright, a big 3 cut from the paper Number and the crown from paper Lola, with strasses.

 Finally, to complete, I added the title, with colorful ribbons

 and two butterflies made ​​with Linen paper.

List of supplies:
Urban Lily Papers
American Craft Alpha
Toga Alpha
Martha Stewart Punch