Friday, July 30, 2010

Hello and Goodbye

Helloooooo my bloggy friends! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Can you guess where I've been?




Yes, I was at CHA! And it was sooooo much fun. And now I am headed off for another little trip with my best friend Frances and our SIX children. (Crazy, I know!) Anyhoo, I'll be back next week to share some new creations with you.

Have a great weekend. Hugs!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink Paislee

Today is reveal day for Creative Scrappers Sketch #114. For my layout, I decided to scrap a sweet photo of my best friend and I. We were all dolled up at my Mardi Gras ball. Fun stuff!

A Night in Paris





Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Queen Bee; Clay Embellishments: My Little Bit of Whimsy; Stick Pins: Maya Road; Cork Circles: Pink Paislee; Cork Alphas: Making Memories; Chipboard Alphas: Pink Paislee.

The flowers and vines were cut from one sheet of the patterned paper. I really wanted the flowers to pop, so I outlined all of them with a Zig black pen. Those cute little clay bees (by Stephanie Hart, available HERE) were just perfect to buzz around my flowers. The rest of the layout was pretty simple. And a lot more sophisticated than my normal pages, hun? Fun!

Don't forget to stop by Creative Scrappers to see the rest of the layouts and to see how you could qualify for this month's great prize.

Thanks for stopping by today! I am leaving for CHA this morning....eeeek! Soooo excited. I'll be sharing photos from the convention soon. :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Before I Go . . .

I'm leaving for CHA bright and early tomorrow morning. Eeek! So stinkin' excited! Before I go, I wanted to share two cards that I made with My Little Shoebox's new line, Cute As A Button. This super fun line (shown below) will be released in August. You will definitely want your scrappy store to place an order. It is sooooo much fun!


Thanks Card



I used one of the die cuts as a pattern to cut the clear flower from a Maya Road acrylic album page. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. LOVE that!

Hello Card

Yes, more Maya Road acrylic. This time a butterfly. All stacked up with some flowers and buttons from the sticker sheet and die cut sheet.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully, I'll be able to post some photos from CHA. I'll miss you guys.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rock Your Stamps!

Hi there, Scrappers! I'm guest blogging at Imaginisce today. Woot woot!

Ok, I know you don't know me very well, but I feel the need to get something off my chest. Every month or so, the folks at Imaginisce send us Design Team girls a ginormous box of goodies. And every box contains about six stamps per line. So far, I've amassed a whopping 72 PRECIOUS stamps.

I ooohhh and ahhh over their cuteness every month. And then I pack them up and put them in my super special Imaginisce stamp box. They are vintage . . . never been used . . . in mint condition. Probably not what Imaginisce had in mind, hun?

So, when Lori asked me to guest blog, I thought I might push the envelope a little and actually use one of my stamps. Hey, maybe even two. Since I don't have any Copic markers or watercolor pencils and my ink box mostly consists of black and brown, I had to come up with something a little different. That's where the i-rock comes in. Here we go.


First, gather your supplies.

Next, stamp your image onto a piece of neutral cardstock.

Arrange your crystals along the lines of the image.

Set the crystals with your i-rock.

Embellish and add to your project.

Repeat.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you'll try rocking out your stamps. See you soon!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ticket to Ride

Being that it's the third week of the month, the Paper Poppy Design Team is going to feature our favorite July kit item. For me, it was the tickets. I know, odd choice, hun? Don't get me wrong . . . loved the wide rik rak, the Cosmo Cricket chipboard, the Evalicious handmade dictionary flowers, the hot air balloons, and the Maya Road oversized bottle caps. But you would expect to get such great scrapbooking products in a kit.

But the tickets? They came off of a roll of 1000 event tickets. The same ones you might find at a school carnival or for a raffle. I just love using an ordinary, everyday item in my scrapbooks.

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I separated the tickets, scrunched them up a bit, and used them as one of the strips on my layout. I love all the color and dimension that they add to my layout. I think I'll use them on another project. Maybe as a flower. Who knows? They're just that versatile.

Have a great Monday!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cottage Christmas in July

Imaginisce's Christmas line Christmas Cottage is super cute. Tons of gnomes and snowflakes and holly and fun Christmas colors. All this week Imaginisce is having a pre-release party over at the blog. There will be design team projects and giveaways! Now THAT is Christmas in July.


Gnome for the Holidays Card




Snow Happy Layout





Head on over to the Imaginisce blog HERE and win yourself a prize! Good luck!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Another Apple Cider Layout

With temperatures soaring into the 100s here in the South, scrapping with Imaginisce's new Apple Cider line really makes me yearn for Fall. The colors are beautiful and there are sooo many embellishments to choose from.

Love This Boy




This photo is of my three year old when he was about one. I love that I finally got the right papers to scrap it. I was inspired by the backdrop to create the paper pieced cat tails. So easy.

I've had these burlap letters in my stash for a few years. Don't they match this paper perfectly? If you didn't have any burlap letters, you could cover some raw chipboard letters with material. That would be cute, too.

As for the blank journal spot? I plan to add some info about where my little guy went to school when this photo was taken. I've got to dig up the details first.

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's All About Family

Hurry! There are a few spots left in My Little Shoebox's It's All About Family class at CHA. Pattie Beltran and Erin Yamabe will show you how to use new My Little Shoebox papers to create this sweet album.

You can see more details and sign up HERE. See you soon!




Friday, July 16, 2010

Birthday Bash Crown

Just wanted to share another Imaginisce Birthday Bash project. This one I designed for my three-year-old's next birthday. Yeah, he just turned three, so four is almost a year away. But I just couldn't resist. This paper is perfect!

It's My Day Crown

The penant ribbon comes all premade, ready to be attached to your project. How convenient and cute! I added blue glam rocks to my scalloped circle with my i-rock!

My crown was inspired by Davinie Fiero's crown published in Creating Keepsakes in April 2009. You can find the article HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm off to finish up my projects for CHA. I'll be sharing some of those next Saturday. Eeek! So exciting!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Imaginisce's Fall Line

Apple Cider is another fabulous release by Imaginisce. It will be shipping next week, and you will definitely want to stalk your scrapbook store until it comes in.


We're having a little Pre-Release Party over at the Imaginisce blog all week. There will be design team projects and giveaways. A pretty good combination for a scrappy girl like you, eh?

Warm Memories

The leaf print paper inspired the creationn of my ginormous hand cut leaves. They were super simple and add a lot of impact to my page.

The scarecrow in the photo inspired me to add a little burlap to my layout. I cut out a circle of loosely woven burlap and used it as the center layer in my layered flower. I topped it off with a Mrs. Grossman sunflower sticker accented with a few yellow glam rocks. I loved that I got to use some old stickers!


Be sure to head on over to the Imaginisce blog HERE and leave some comments. You never know. You might win yourself this new collection. Yum!

Have a great day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Paper Poppy July Challenge

It's Challenge Week at The Paper Poppy. Wooo hooooo!!! This month's challenge is to use circles and at least two items from any Paper Poppy kit on your layout. Here's mine.

Up and Down

I used three circles to ground my hot air balloons and anchor my title. So many fun colors and textures to complement the papers.


And how about those alphas? Two. Yes, two are available this month. That's what you'll get between the main and add-on kits. My favorite is the glittered turquoise ones from American Crafts.


How much do you love that twisted burlap? Frances begged me to put some in a kit. When I saw it in purple, I just knew it had to be this month.

Link your layout up by July 25th in the sidebar for a chance to win an August Add-On. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see Danielle's take on the challenge. Love everything she does!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Creative Scrappers #112

Today is Creative Scrappers Sketch #112 reveal. I created the sketch, and I think it is a fun one. Lots of paper strips, stitching, and white space. Just perfect for using up some scraps.

For my take, I stuck pretty close to the sketch. The only change was the addition of a subtitle banner.

Summer Treat



As always, there is a TON of inspiration from the rest of the design team over at the blog. Hope you'll pop over and check it out. Oh, and check out the prize while you're there. It's a good one.

Happy Sunday to ya!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blossoms and Barns

My Little Shoebox posted two more CHA sneaks, and I am giddy to get my hands on them. Seriously, there will be some cuteness overload in my scrapbook room after these papers land on my porch.

Harmony includes cherry blossoms, paper lanterns, fancy fans, and geisha girls. So sweet, yet exotic. And all the colors are typical My Little Shoebox goodness!

Simple Life might just be my favorite. I mean, look at that sheep. And the silo. Goodness gracious! I'm feeling the need to have a photo shoot out in the country. Just saying.

There are two more lines to be revealed. And then the designers' sneaks will begin. Small doses. That's all we can take at once. :) See ya soon!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Paper Bow Tutorial

Our family has lots of birthdays in the summer. I do a great job of planning the present and making a card, but I don't always remember to get packaging. Solution? I create my own. Here's a quick and easy idea for creating a bow from your scrapbook papers.

Supplies:

1 12x12" sheet of double-sided patterned paper (Imaginisce's new Birthday Bash line is perfect for this one!)
Paper Cutter
Stapler
Dimensional Glue Dots or Pop Dots

Step One: Cut 9 3/4" strips from your 12x12" paper. Leave 3 strips full length. Cut 1" off 3 of the strips. Cut 2" off 2 of the strips. Cut the last strip down to 4" long.





Step Two: Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center. Roll the short strip into a loop and close it with a glue dot.





Step Three: Stack the three longest loops on top of one another, spacing them evenly apart and attaching them with a glue dot. Add the next two groups of strips in the same way. Stick the loop in the center.





Step Four: Add your finished bow to your package and you have a special gift!







For another look, you could alternate which side of the patterned paper is on the outside. Or you could cut shorter strips to make a smaller bow. This could really be a good way to use up some scraps, too. The possibilities are endless.....


Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!