Friday, March 29, 2013

lily bee design team blog hop | a bunny garland tutorial…

Hi there, Lily Bee fans! Welcome to my blog!!6a014e86b0613b970d017ee41c06bc970d-800wi

Our blog hop continues with this week's theme of Spring / Easter projects! I wanted to share the bunny garland I created to hang on our mantle this year:

Wendy Sue Anderson - Bunny Garland

It was so easy to make – here’s how I did it:

1.  I cut several bunny shapes with my Silhouette Cameo (if you don’t already have one…you really NEED one!  You can purchase one here or here (where they are $30 OFF right now! – you’re welcome! ;).  The sweet bunny shape is from the silhouette store.  For each bunny I punched three 1” circles from patterned paper.  By the way, all of the paper I used for this project is part of the Pinwheel Collection by Lily Bee. :)


2.  I used a soft gray ink (attic dust by Prima) to ink the edges of every piece.


3.  Stack the three circles and place on the bunny bum.  Add a staple to the center(ish)…it doesn’t have to be perfectly centered.


4.  Fold the circles up toward the center and then fan them out to make a puffy tail.


5.  Use a 1/16” hole punch to add holes to each ear.  String baker’s twine through each ear (I used a flosser as a “needle”). 


6. Add all of the bunnies onto the twine and hang them up!

 Wendy Sue Anderson - Bunny Garland

I know…it’s so simple…but it looks so cute hanging above our fireplace.  Even the kids could make this – make it a family activity! :)

I am so excited to be working with Lily Bee AND the following designers for the next year! Be sure to stop by each of their blogs to see their work:

Adrienne Alvis
Becky Williams
Christine Newman
Cindy Liebel
Diana Fisher
Diane Payne
Heather Leopard
Leslie Ashe
Nicole Nowosad
Patricia Roebuck
Stacey Michaud
Summer Fullerton
Wendy Sue Anderson <----that’s me!

Now be sure to head back over to the Lily Bee blog for a chance to win some Lily Bee Design product of your own!

Good luck and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

washi, washi, washi | what I used…

Earlier this week I shared a blog post/tutorial over on


I’ve had several e-mail inquiries about the washi tapes I used on my layout.


I thought there might be more of you wondering about the sources for the tapes I used, so….here you go (click on the picture to purchase)!

Red Ruler, Blue Chevron, and Gears Washi Tape by Echo Park Paper Co.


Yellow Chevron Designer Tape by Bella Blvd.


Blueberry Gingham Washi Tape by Doodlebug Design

Bumblebee Swiss Dot Washi Tape by Doodlebug Design

Daily Flashback Washi Tape by KI Memories

Woodgrain Washi Tape by Freckled Fawn

And here’s the “wide” version of the same fun woodgrain tape:


Woodgrain Wide Washi Tape by Freckled Fawn

Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the green washi tape I used on my layout (it was from American Crafts), but this one is a close match:

 Green Starburst Washi Tape by Freckled Fawn

That’s all of them!  Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

last year’s bunny garland…

Some of you may remember this fun little bunny garland I made last year around this time…


the tutorial is on the create: blog (here)…


Today I’m working on this year’s version – can’t wait to share with you!  Be sure to check back on Friday! :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

two fun projects to share today…

Happy Tuesday, friends!  The sun is shining this morning and the sky is a beautiful shade of blue. I’ve already baked muffins AND banana bread, the house is clean AND I have two fun projects to share with you – it’s a great day already! :)

First up, I am guest posting on Shimelle’s lovely blog today.  I was so thrilled to receive an invitation to create a tutorial to share with her readers – and mine! – and I am excited to share a little peek with you today. 


My tutorial is all about washi tape – yay!  I created two separate frames (completely different styles) and layered them together on one layout for a fun look.


Then I went crazy with lots of fun elements.  Can you believe I created an entire layout without one speck of patterned paper?!?  Of course, there are plenty of other patterned elements – but not a trace of patterned paper – small miracle! ;)

I was happy with the result – I hope you take a minute to check out the tutorial (here)  - and please let me know if you try it out – I’d love to see your take!


And speaking of “your take” I’d love to see your take on today’s sketch over on the Lily Bee blog!

LB 3:26 Sketch

I created a layout about Easter last year…but it’s not what you’d expect for an Easter Morning layout. 


The colors are really non-traditional…but it was a non-traditional Easter since we were all super sick all weekend.


You can see my layout – along with my fellow design-team member’s layouts HERE!


And I’d love to see your take on Patricia’s fun sketch…and if you take the challenge, be sure to share your layout for a chance to win a fun prize (details are here)!

Happy Tuesday! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

lily bee card trio…

Good morning friends! 

I am so excited to see my very first lily bee design team project go live on the blog this morning.  Here’s a little peek at my card trio:


Please hop over to the Lily Bee Blog and check them out – and you’re going to love Lisa’s fun cards too – we had such a fun, happy, colorful collection to work with today! :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

good stuff…

Good Monday morning!  I just wanted to pop in really quickly to share a card with you today!  I shared this card, along with a sketch challenge, on the Echo Park blog last month and I just realized I hadn’t shared it here yet!  So…here it is:


I used my new favorite Echo Park Collection to create this card:  Scoot!

You can see the sketch HERE on the Echo Park Blog.

good stuff card detail1 by wendysue

The journaling cards and stickers make it easy to create fun little cards like this!

good stuff card detail2 by wendysue

In addition to the SCOOT collection, I used one of my favorite little tools, the tiny attacher:

And it seems like I still can’t create anything without adding some baker’s twine somewhere – I just love the little pop of color and bit of texture it adds.  This time I used orange divine twine:

If you decide to use this sketch for a card, I would LOVE to see it – please share a link in the comments!

Happy Monday! :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

frozen & fruity & fun…

I think my kids believe the best kind of fruit comes in syrup form – ready to pour over shaved ice in the summertime!  {I won’t say if I agree or not, lol}


I created this layout with the brand new “Fruit Stand” line by Doodlebug.

Isn’t it fun?!?


I love these little fruit doodlepops!


And the stickers are so bright and colorful!


And don’t forget to check out the 4x6 album inserts – I used parts of those for my title blocks!


You can see lots of fun projects on the Doodlebug Blog this week – all featuring Fruit Stand! :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

lily bee creative team…

I was pretty excited to get the e-mail inviting me to participate on the new lily bee creative team!  Beautiful products to work with and super talented ladies to work along side!  I can’t wait to share my lily bee projects with you! :)

Here’s the official announcement from the blog:

DT Announcement

Adrienne Alvis

Becky Williams

Christine Newman

Cindy Liebel

Diana Fisher

Diane Payne  

Heather Leopard

Leslie Ashe

Lisa Dickinson

Nicole Nowosad

Patricia Roebuck

Stacey Michaud

Summer Fullerton

Wendy Sue Anderson

Monday, March 11, 2013

laughing and playing…

Today I wanted to share a layout I created and shared on the Pebbles blog a few weeks ago!


This colorful line was perfect for scrapbooking some colorful photos from a neighborhood summer party! I love these photos of my two little guys bouncing down the blow-up slide.

(I cut the title with my Silhouette Cameo – my favorite digital die-cutting machine!)


These fun moments were actually captured on my camera by Josh – who was 11 at the time…as he asked to take my camera while he followed the little boys around the park while they played.  That connection makes me love the photos even more!


I love all of the playful and colorful designs in this collection, but the “you are awesome” printed paper is my favorite and it’s one I will use over and over… because I know lots of awesome people! ;)




You can see all of the colorful products I used to create this layout by clicking HERE!

And here are my two favorite “awesome” products from this collection (click on the pics for more info):



Happy Monday! :)