I made the first three layouts using this paper pad I found at Winner's a couple of months ago. It has all kinds of yummy papers and tags and labels and alphabets.
Here's the first layout....done for my 12 year old daughter.
I rarely stamp directly on my pages as I'm terrified it'll be a disaster! Not this time ( whew!!).I stamped a few flourishs behind the patterned paper. I got out my sewing machine to stitch the rickrack on the top. All the elemnts used are from the package.
This layout was done for my eldest daughter, who turned 14!!!
I pulled out my Cricut for this to make the banner, border and numbers. The border is from Give a Hoot cart and is the border from the owl image, cut in half and the banner is from another cartridge which I can't remember the name of right now!!! ( seriously must write down what I use !!!!! ) I inked the edges on just about everything. I hand stitiched a border below the patterned strip , using some DMC floss in blue. I love the popcorn trim from SU spring mini , but I never found enogh uses for it on my cards, but it works nicely with all these colors, I think
My third layout....