Sunday, February 28, 2010

"You ROCK" by Polinka

This is my niece Clara, with her cute green and pink dress, which matches perfectly this cute paper from Urban Lily.
I just added some funky stitching and paint, for the rock style!!
In PINK for the girlie touch of course!!

Some of the paintings were highlighted with a white pen too...

Petite by Urban Lily - Mayella Collection
Chipboards by Buzz and Bloom
Helmar Adhesive Runner
Pink paint
A sewing machine and pink thread

Swanky Gurl Polinka*

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Saturday Morning everyone!!

As I created this months layout the snow was falling fast and furious outside so I decided to bring a little spring into my life and used lots of flowers and fresh bright tones.

I always find it so fascinating how you can change the look of paper by using a little creativity. I used the Massimo paper form the Blink collection and cut out the cirlce. I then mounted it on top of white cardstock and off set it a bit to the right hand side. Using just one more sheet of Urban LIly paper - Apple from the Sugary Collection - I cut out all of the flowers and leaves and layered them around the photo.

I wanted to bring a bit of colour into the layout so I pulled the purple from my adorable niece's bathing suit and there is a bit up in the corner. Needing a bit more dimension I used some flowers to build upon the wonderful base that was created using my Urban Lily papers.

And a few close ups for you:

Supplies: Urban Lily Pattern Paper as noted above
Bazzill Cardstock
Martha Stewart Punches
Pima Flowers
Jenni Bowlin Bingo Card
Shimmrz Blingz

While I had all of my Urban Lily goodies out I decided to make up a quick card as well!

Good Food
4 Life

Materials Used: Urban Lily Chipboard circles
Urban Lily Sushi Dot (flowers)
Urban Lily ATC
Urban Lily Mini book Bright
Urban Lily Mini book (black polka dot)
Misc Ribbon, buttons and bling
Maya Road Pins.

Have a great weekend and see you all soon!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring Virginia

I just came back from a glorious week in Florida and now I have Spring Fever big time! Now I know there will be snow here at least another 2 I decided to scrap something springy. Check out these gorgeous Urban Lily papers - Massimo and Apple. Don't these papers make you feel like Spring is just around the corner?

Here is my layout -

I cut a circle inside the Massimo paper leaving about 1 cm behind. Then I punched circles from white cardstock to create the scalloped edge. I also hand cut around the flowers of the Apple paper to create the backgroun.

Here is a close-up of the tissue paper flowers that I made from "fluffed up" circles of tissue and a liberal application of two colours of Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Other supplies include Doodlebug alphas, Hero Arts stamped butterflies, Copics, tissue paper, brad, Zva Crystals.

For my second project, I wanted to challenge myself to make something that would be 15 minutes or less. (In truth, my husband challenged me to make something in 15 minutes of less!) Not one to back down from a challenge, I whipped up this fun ATC that my youngest daughter is using as a bookmark.

The bird is a paper pieced image from Pink Paislee using scraps of Urban Lily - I savour every single bit of goodness. The background is sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and the sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for letting me share my projects!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ATC cards kit

Hello! Today's blog is Akiko. I introduce the work using an ATC cards kit.

Papers,rubon,ATC cards kit – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar AdhesivesOther –ribbon

It is using “Massimo” Blink Collection, ”Poppy” California Collection and ATC cards kit. It is the simple card which made green the keynote.

The title used rubon "Love Seals."

It is an inner side of a card.

A message is written in the tag made from ATC cards kit.
And I also made the mini book using ATC cards kit further.

Papers, rubon,ATC cards kit – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar AdhesivesOther – chipboards, Glitter,craftpunch

I used the mini book which used ATC cards kit.

It cut and stuck "Mini book B&W" Urban cut collection on the outer packaging.

And the chipboard pasted up glitter using "Helmar 450 Stainless Adhesive" of Helmar Adhesives.

Other decoration used for the outer packaging used it, having carried out the cutout of "Sushi Dots" Everyday Lily Collection.

And the mini book used ATC cards kit for the page.

Thank you for coming to Urban Swank blog today!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Urban Lily and Paints for play

Hello Everyone it's Gayle I am back with More Urban Lily goodness. I am happy to report that my first project Favorite Seven Girls was picked up by a magazine for publication this summer. I have shipped it to the publisher and will let you know the date for publication as soon as I know.

 The Urban Lily papers and product collections send my brain in to a totally different, fun creative mode. I love thinking up new ideas to use with these beautiful papers. I am really on a paint kick right now and my latest work is no exception. I think I use some form of paint on almost every project that I work on.

For this page I cut out portions of  a second page and attached it  with foam dots to add dimension to the page. I also spritzed the page with Shimmerz  Paints from the Vibez which gave the clear, clean crisp look of the collection a colorful pop. I tucked one for the booklet pages under the photo on the right  to allow for personalized journaling.

On this page I actually painted in some of the swirls on the top and bottom of the page and then spritzed paint around the edges to great a glowing effect on the page. The graphic elements on the paper  help to give the page a creative edge, while the paint and swirls lend softness to the overall design. I love the contrast of the two. I decided to keep this page  a monochromatic color scheme and focus on the photo.

I hope this gives you some quick and easy ways to personalize your pages and motivates you to play with the Urban Lily collections.

Check back with  us often for more inspiration and creative ideas from our diverse team of designers.

You can find all of the Urban Lily product here.

"Tell me" by Polinka

Hi dear readers!

Here's a new layout, about my nephew Noah, when he first met the Santa Claus...

I wanted to highlight the red flowers, so I put a thin coat of glue on them and then some red velvet flock powder. It brings much softness to the layout, and reminds us of Santa's beard ;)

Lulu - Lulliloo Collection by Urban Lily

Accents by Urban Lily - Urban Cut Collection
Secret Keeper Window by Urban Lily
Helmar Premium Craft Glue

Helmar Adhesive Runner
red acrylic paint
Red flocking powder

A distressing tool

Swanky Gurl Polinka*

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bright and clean layouts.

Hello Urban Lily fans ! It's me Aida and I'm back with two layouts featuring bright clean styles. Red, white and black is a combination that will guarantee to make your layouts pop and while it might be too intense for some, but I am certain we all have occasions where this color scheme might fit such as a special dinner celebration or a festive event.

In the layout below, the largest portion of cherry colored paper is UL's Christmas paper Holly from the Oh So Merry collection. Though the layout is not about Christmas, I love the bright color, so why not use it ? The paper design is remarkably adaptable to other layout subjects and I used the word Happy which was part of the Happy Holidays printed on the paper. The hand trimmed flowers and vines are from the paper Bliss of the May Ella Collection and you gotto love the lucsious color and large blooms with the butterflies adding a touch of elegant whimsy.

The second layout again uses a small portion of the Oh So Merry paper and this time I matched it with the black and white print from the Urban Cut Mini Book Bright. To add a little color and balance the page, a lime green strip of cardstock was used. The title Two is from the Urban Cut alphabets sheet.

I hope today's layout has given you more ideas on how to use your Urban Lily stash ! The clean graphic paper designs are perfect for fresh, eye catching layouts.

See ya again soon !!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

chatting about chipboard

Hi, everyone! It's me, Sarah. Today, I get to post a couple more of my projects using Urban Swank papers!

I finished two layouts, and I really like how they turned out. These layouts are all about me! Sometimes working with pictures of yourself can be hard to do, but it is great documentation. ;)

For my first layout, I used chipboard to help prompt my journaling. Chipboard...?! To prompt journaling?! How is that possible? Well, some of the Urban Swank chipboard pieces have questions printed on them. I then used the Urban Swank cards as a space to place my journaling.

Aren't those circle chipboard great?! I LOVE THEM!

In my second layout, I went chipboard happy again, hehe. Both the butterfly and the circle chipboard are all courtesy of Urban Swank!

If you are looking to add dimension to any of your projects, Urban Swank chipboard is definitely an option to try out. You won't regret it. I promise. ;)


Friday, February 19, 2010

Secret Keeper Windows

Hello! I am Akiko and today's blog is me:) 12 inch layout and minibook are introduced today. And since “Secret Keeper Windows” is used for both of works, please check!!

12inch layout[come on]
Paper,chipboard,rubon, Secret Keeper Windows – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar Adhesives
Other – cardstock,jewels,ribbon

It is using “Massimo” Blink Collection, “Linen” Everyday Lily Collection, “Mini Book Bright” & “Alphabet” Urban Cut Collection and Secret Keeper Windows! The main color of this layout is as green as blue. I paid my attention to her(She is my cousin's daughter. lovely!) skirt of a photograph. Therefore, red is used for the point.

I placed jewels using the template of a circle.

It is using Secret Keeper Windows. The journal is hidden.
The next is minibook.

Minibook[summer 2008]
Paper, rubon,chipboard, Secret Keeper Windows – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar Adhesives
Other - ribbon

I made minibook using Secret Keeper Windows. It is changing a little from the prototype.

This minibook is made that open the right page after opening the left page.

The last page.
Thank you for visiting The Urban Swank blog!
Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Urban does vintage - Jo-Anne

I love vintage
I adore vintage and I cant help it....I am an addict :)

So its my turn to blog and I thought I would do something really vintage to demonstrate that even the cleanest of papers can be used in a vintage way.

I added a vintage label form my own stash and a flower simply made from old dressmaking paper.

I love how the bright green paper becomes faded when you pt it with an old faded photo on a cabinet card.
The flower is so simple.
Cut as many circles as you fancy.....the more the beter!.......pile them on top of each other and staple in the middle in a cross to secure.
Then moving around the flower cut from the outside edge inwards, being careful to stop about 10mm from the middle. Continue around and then the fun bit...fluff!!!
I added a button to the middle but you could add an urban liliy chipboard piece or a second smaller flower. You can make your flower in book paper, newspaper, infact anything that will fluff out at the end.
Can you imagine now how handy the Martha stewart new multi blade scissors will be!!

Try the vintage will be hooked!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

This morning we woke to snow softly falling and have been spending the day snuggled up while watching the Olympics. Soon after we got up, I gave my husband a card made from Urban Lily Answer It Chipboard, Urban Lily Sushi Dots, Urban Lily Sushi, and Urban Lily Lala Lululoo.

I cut the papers into a circle and added a Prima ribbon across the middle. I sewed two circles together to create a card that opens. And, added sticker letters for the sentiment. I wrote him a mushy little note that I didn't share with you. Shhh! :) He said it was the most beautiful card that I've ever made for him. I was so happy to make his day.

I have also been exploring the endless possibilities of the Urban Lily Secret Keeper Cardstock.

On this project, I used Urban Lily Lulu and Urban Lily Sugar High Mooch. I sprayed the secret keeper cardstock with several colors of Glimmer Mist and it went on so well! I love the result. I also attached the alphabet from the Urban Lily Urban Cut line and a chipboard circle from the Answer It Chipboard pieces. A little stitching highlighted my first experiment with the Secret Keepers Star Cardstock.

I hope you've had a beautiful Valentine's Day and enjoy experimenting with your Urban Lily products!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Summer by Gaby Alcántara

Hello again girls! Today I'm sharing another layout using the fabulous products from Urban Lily.

These pictures were taken last Summer in Mazatlán (Gosh I love that place) We were enjoying the pool and the sun.

As I said before I love to layering and cutting out elements from the patterned papers so I used 5 papers in this page.

Papers used:
Sugarhigh - Mooch Collection (orange & blue circles) Apple - Sugary Collection Breeze - Sugary Collection Linen - Everyday Lily Collection Mini Book Bright - Urban Cut Collection

Answer It Chipboard

Adhesive by Helmar

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project! :)

Have a lovely Thursday

Gaby Alcántara

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cards with Different Shapes and Secret Messages.

Hi everyone happy Wednesday. Michelle here I created 2 cards for you today. I wanted to make cards that had a slightly different shape with hidden messages. I chose the Sushi paper collection for my cards. The first card I cut the shape with my Cricut. The card itself has a flower that extends over that I could hide a message inside of. I than used the sushi paper to decorate the outside of the flower. For the inside I strategically placed the Piece of paper with the circle journal spot add a saying a few embellishments and you are done.

The second card I wanted to play with embossing templates on the mini chipboard secret keepers. I cut a background piece 4x5 than ran it through an embossing folder added some ink, to create the perfect frame. I attached that to a medium brown card stock base. The mini secret keeper with the butterfly, I embossed and inked to match the background. The secret keepers emboss beautifully. I took the same ink and colored the inside of the keeper. Used 4 foam dots to attach it to my card base allowing me space to wrap a sheer ribbon through to tie in front. A cute sentiment and a phrase inside and you have a beautiful elegant congratulations card.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my cards as much as I did making them. Please stop by my blog for more projects, tips, and tricks. I also teach classes.

Have a Scrappy Day