Thursday, October 28, 2010

Creepy Crawly Imaginisce Blog Hop

With Halloween right around the corner, some of the Imaginsice girls (Melinda and Liz) and I thought we'd have a Creepy Crawly Blog Hop. You can creep your way over to each of our blogs to see what little crawly critters we've created with our I-Top Brads and Innovations, Roly Rosies, and Fabric Flowers.

I created a cute little treat bag for my son's pre-school teacher. I bought the sweet felt bag at Michael's for $1 and then just adorned it with some great Imaginsice products. It was the perfect size for a bag of candy corn, some popcorn, and a can of Diet Coke. Mmmm . . . my kind of treat!

Spider Flower Treat Bag



This little spider was created with a 22 mm I-Top brad covered in To Love and Cherish paper and stacked on top of a 22 mm punched paper topper. To make my little fellow look even more like a spider, I cut off four of the tabs on either side of the topper and then bent the tabs to look like legs. I also added two orange glam rocks using my I-Rock.

And how cute does this little creepy critter look in the center of some brand new Imaginisce flowers. White, green, and purple Fashion and Fabric Flowers.

Thanks for creeping by! Now, crawl on over to Liz's blog HERE. AND if you leave a comment at all three blogs and then go back to the Imaginisce blog HERE and let us know that you've completed the hop, you'll be eligible to win a fabulous treat: an I-Top tool complete with accessories.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

For the Love of Ribbon!

So excited to be joining these sweet, talented ladies on the design team at Really Reasonable Ribbon.



Jacque

Trudy Sjolander

Ericka Taylor

Tilly McLeod

Connie

Cheryl Walker

Kerri Michaud

If you haven't already, you should definitely go and check out the RRR store. Ribbon heaven, my friends! I'll be making my first post at the RRR blog HERE on Thursday, November 4th. In fact, I'll be there every Thursday to share some of my ribbon projects. I'd sure love it if you'd pop in and say hi!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Imaginisce Halloween Card Challenge

Let the Halloween countdown begin! Only 6 more days. Plenty enough time to whip up a cute card with your Imaginisce stash. That's exactly the challenge that Melinda, Liz, and I are hosting this week at the Imaginisce blog. Here's my witchy creation!



For the base of my card, I drew a witch's hat onto a folded sheet of To Love and Cherish patterned paper. Then, I glued the top part of the hat back together to create a shaped card. The band on the hat was cut from a sheet of Dino Roar paper and trimmed with a piece of Apple Cider. I added in some purple Glam Rocks for some extra detail.

That lovely purple flower is one of Imaginisce's new Roly Rosies, precut paper flowers that you just roll into shape. Easy, but oh so fun! I created a couple of extra rolled flowers and some paper curls from the same orange and green paper as the band. I also added some purple and green cupcake flowers. LOVE that tulle! Throw in a couple of stick pins and the collage is finished.

How cute is this scalloped stamp? It is from Imaginisce's Apple Cider collection. And that fuzzy little fellow beside my title, is a spider created from a flower with some petals removed and an I-Top brad.

You can see Melinda's and Liz's cards HERE at the Imaginisce blog. While you're there, be sure to find out all the details of the card challenge. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs! Now wouldn't that be a treat? Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Big Ole Pumpkin

Sketch #127 is up at Creative Scrappers. LOVE it. A big circle, scallops, paper strips, white space. A great sketch!

And for some reason, I saw a big pumpkin when I looked at it. Probably because I had just taken some super cute pictures of my kiddos at the pumpkin patch. In any case, here's my interpretation of this week's sketch.

Autumn Blessings

I sketched a pumpkin on some cardstock, cut it out, trimmed it, started over, trimmed it again, chalked it, cut a center, chalked it, and pop dotted it. That's it. Just a few easy steps. Ha ha! I really wanted a big ole pumpkin on my layout though.


Imaginisce's Apple Cider collection was just perfect for this photo and to complement the big honker pumpkin. So, I cut out a stem. That's where the free hand stops. For the leaves, I used some Cuttlebug dies. And then accented them with some I-rock gems.

I also added some clear embossed leaf stickers, also by Imaginisce. They add some neat texture to the cluster, don't ya think? And, of course, I added some burlap twine. I can't seem to leave that off of a Fall layout. LOVE it!

The title is a mixture of Bones Green Thickers and My Little Shoebox Orange Mini Alphas. I especially like the size of the Bones Thickers. Perfect for a small title space.


The last thing I added are some canvas sticker critters. And, yes, you guessed it, Apple Cider collection by Imaginisce.

Well, I've rambled on for long enough. Now you need to hop on over to the Creative Scrappers blog and see the rest of the team's takes on the sketch. Wowee! Just saying!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spooky Tree Clip It Up Style!

Happy Wednesday, Scrappy People! Hope you are enjoying your October so far. I know I am. Cooler weather, shorter days, comfort foods, and Fall decor. I LOVE to decorate my house for Fall. I've got pumpkins and mums and haystacks and scarecrows and leaves. Mmmmm . . . makes me feel warm. I noticed, though, that I don't put out much for Halloween. Just my little Happy Halloween banner that I made a couple of years ago. Sooooo, I thought I'd make myself a little something.

Spooky Tree

I sent my husband out into the woods to grab me a tree branch. He stripped it and spray painted it black. Um, free! Gotta love that! Then, I put it in a vase filled with candy corn and adorned with a little ribbon bow. And then, the fun began!



The decorations! Pretty much all the ornaments on the tree are altered Clip It Up tabs. I just covered each one with paper, added a few little embellishments, added a clip, tied on a bow, and hung them from the tree. And since the Clip It Up tab dividers are made of thick plastic, my ornaments are good and sturdy and can be stored away for next year.



If you haven't already, stop on over at the Simply Renee Clip It Up blog to get yourself an eyeful of scrappy and organizational inspiration. There are some Spooky Specials going on, too! See you soon!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Kickin' It Old School

That's the name of Paper Poppy's October Main Kit. So named because of the fabola Pink Paislee Old School Papers. And this week the design team is focusing on the wooden ruler and mini chalkboard that come in the kit. Eeek! How cute is that? Here's what I came up with.

5th Grade Bound



Oh my stars! Look at all the fab Jillibean Soup embellies! We've got corrugated buttons, jute string, and jeweled pins. Love all that texture. In fact, I wanted to be able to use the buttons on all the stars, so I used a small circle punch to cut smaller buttons out of the big ones that came in the kit.

As you can see, I used the 6" wooden ruler as the base of my title. I really like a big, mixed title. I placed my first word on the tag using the foam Pink Paislee alphas and the Jenni Bowlin chalkboard minis. Then I used the Lily Bee banner stickers to make a banner for the second word. The small blue cirlce alphas came in the March kit. I just backed them with some red punched circles.

That's all I've got for you today! But I'll be back soon to announce our super Guest Designer! She is coming to you from way around the world and she has some fabby fab fab projects to share. In the meantime, be sure to link up your sketch challenge layouts by the 25th to be eligible to win an $10 voucher to the store.

See you soon!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Feeling Kinda Hippy Hoppy?

Happy Friday my scrappy peeps! Welcome to the My Little Shoebox's October blog hop. And what a great hop it is. Lots of inspiration and a chance to win some great prizes! Hopefully, you've hopped on over from Pamela's blog. If not, you can go to the My Little Shoebox blog and start from the beginning. And here's my little layout.
These Days


Those of us who didn't show off the new My Little Shoebox Christmas line, Holly Jolly, created a "mash up" layout, one that mixes various MLS lines. For my layout I chose some Simple Life, Green, Cute as a Button, and Harmony. It was all about the color!

I just LOVE this photo, and I really wanted to let it shine on my layout. So, I kept this one pretty simple. Bright but simple patterns (mostly the B sides), some layered borders, a few die cuts, a pinwheel, and two different alphas.

Ok, lovies, hop along! Pattie Cakes has something fabulous to show you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm a Papercraft Star!



This week I am excited to be Guest Designer for Papercraft Star Challenge Blog. I mean who doesn't love a good scrapping challenge, right? And that is exactly what you'll find HERE.



My challenge, which went live yesterday, was to create a layout inspired by this photo.


LOVE this photo . . . sooooo much inspiration. The stripes, the bold colors, the polka dots, the paper lanterns, the spiders. All those fab Halloween elements inspired my layout.

2 Spooking Cute

This layout was created with the October Specialty Kit, Toil and Trouble, from Paper Poppy Kit Co. There are a few kits left. You can snag one HERE.



I wanted to dress up my title a bit, so I used my Slice to cut out a large number two from patterned papaer and then I added some googly eyes to my title. Simple, but so cute (if I do say so myself)!

Oh, and that little black spider is actually a flower with four of the petals cut off and then a button for its body. And what Halloween layout would be complete without some gingham bats? Why not, right?


I forgot about this little ribbon trick. Seems like I used to do that all the time and then *poof* gone from my scrappy repertoire. Until I saw it on another layout and thought, "Oh, I used to love to do that." Glad I was reminded of it, too, because this kit has FIVE different ribbons in it.

You can see more inspiration, challenges, and submission details HERE at Papercraft Star! And if you like what you see, they are going to be having a Design Team Call soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Little Shoebox October Sketch

Happy Monday, Scrappers! Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for some scrappy inspiration. My Little Shoebox is hosting another sketch challenge this month, and it begins today. Woo hooo!!! More My Little Shoebox product up for grabs. Here's the sketch and my take.

What a Pair!

Awww . . . aren't they cute? I just love their sweet smiles. It usually takes a few (at least ten) takes before I get them both looking at the camera and both smiling. So when it finally happens, I am pretty excited! That's what I journaled about.

Don't you just love the colors and critters in this Green line by My Little Shoebox? Trees, mushrooms, and snails. Eeek!!! All I've done here is pop and stack the stickers and die cuts. Love it!

Well, thanks for stopping by! You will definitely want to pop over to the My Little Shoebox blog HERE and see what the other girls came up with. You can also see how to enter your layout in the challenge.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Batty for Math

That's a cute title, hun? Yeah, wish I'd have thought of it when I was creating my layout. Maybe I can . . . nahhh, better not. Lemme just show you what I did.

He's Not Afraid of Math

I just LOVE these Girls Paperie Toil and Trouble papers that are in the Paper Poppy October Specialty Kit (only 5 left!). There's damask, polka dots, newsprint, stripes, and more. And, this line is hard to find, so grab one HERE while you can.

I wanted to give my page some movement and keep my embellishments and title from getting lost in the patterns, so I cut out three cirlces and scattered them across the page. Well, not so much scattered as created a visual triangle.

These cute little bats are cut straight from one of the pieces of patterned paper and then finished off with a button. There are a ton of Basic Grey buttons in the kit, so you'll have plenty for embellishing.

I LOVE these green Bones Thickers. Small enough for long titles and plenty of alphas so you don't run out. And don't they coordinate well with the Scenic Route orange chipboard alphas from the July kit? LOVE a mixed alphas title.

Each kit contains a Little Yellow Bicycle clear cut. Mine had a fun spiderweb in the corner. To keep from covering it up, I cut along the edge of it with my exacto knife and then slipped my photo underneath. That created the perfect spot for my little bling spider.

Thanks for popping in today!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Let's Get This Party Started!

Kristine has a big time party going on at Creative Scrappers for sketch reveal #125. Over 70 layouts, over 10 sponsors, and over $250 in prizes! Woot! Woot! Here's the sketch and my take.



Summer Son

I think this might be my favorite picture from our beach vacation this past Labor Day. Hard to say for sure, though, since I took over 200 pictures. Geez.....and they all look just about the same as last year. Except this one doesn't. He looks older. And I am not happy about that at all.

I bought this American Crafts Heat Wave paper waaaayyyyyy back in the Spring when I knew I'd be going to the beach. The bright colors, especially the blues, were perfect for this photo and this sketch.





Besides the American Crafts Heat Wave papers, I used their SPF dimensional stickers and the yellow glittered Nikki Rikki Thickers. Mmmmm . . . fun!

Ok, that's all I've got for ya, but there's a WHOLE lot more to see over at the Creative Scrappers blog. Hope you'll join the party!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Summer Breeze

Makes me feel fine. Blowing through the jasmine in my mind. Remember that song? Such a soft, sweet melody. Just like My Little Shoebox's Summer Breeze line. Soft colors, sweet patterns. Ahhhhh . . . gotta love it. Here's what I created with it this month.

@ Nine

This layout was inspired by all the Summer Breeze die cuts. I just love the different sizes, shapes, and patterns. I just arranged them on one side and embellished each. That was a little out of this symmetrical scrappy chic's box, I tell ya. But I do like how it came together.

It was easy to embellish this layout with My Little Shoebox's wonderful cardstock stickers. Aren't those birds cute? So bright and fun! But that banner really steals the show, hun? Cute, cute! And the thing I love about these stickers is how thick they are. And really a great value, too!


And finally, I decided to journal with My Little Shoebox's brown glittered alphas. You get a ton in one package, so I knew I'd be able to list all the words that I wanted without running out. And there are soooo many colors to choose from. LOVE these stickers, too!

Hi Card


I had a couple of Summer Breeze die cuts left after making my layout (yes, you get a ton on a sheet!), so I decided to create a little flower for a card. Sandwiched between the circle and flower die cuts is another banner sticker that I bent and shaped into a circle. LOVE all the colors and patterns on it.

The flower stem and leaves were cut from a scrap of one of the papers from the line. Then I added a cardstock sticker and a stamped birdee. The new My Little Shoebox stamps are precious and so easy to use!

I also like to finish off the insides of my cards, so I have a place to write my message. So what better to do that than another die cut? And I also added some floss in the fold and tied a bow on the front. I thought that added a fun touch on the inside, too.

Well, that's all I have for today! I'll be back Sunday with some Creative Scrappers. Until then, have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Paper Poppy October Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday Scrappers! Let's kick off this first week of the month with another Paper Poppy Sketch Challenge. This month we want you to create a layout based on the sketch AND include a number in your title AND use at least one item from the October kit.



3 Times the Fun

I think I used just about every Lily Bee Catching Fall paper in the kit on this one. I just loved them all. Why choose!

For this cute little pumpkin, I cut two pumpkins with my Slice, cut out the center of one, and added it to the top of the other with foam dots. I added a little stem, a chipboard button, and some burlap twine. Swoon!

In order to ground my title and enable it to show up against my patterned paper, I added two of the shipping tags, finished off with corduroy brads and more twine. To give it even more interest, I mixed up my alphas. The two brown alphas come in this month's kit and the blue ones are from September's kit. I just sanded the blue down a bit and then chalked over them in brown, so they wouldn't be so bright.

Finally, the leaves. All three were cut with my Slice. But, if you don't have a die cut machine, you can trace a chipboard leaf or even a real leaf. Then outline and crumple. Love all that texture!

Well, ladies, I hope you'll take our sketch challenge. You can link your layout in the sidebar at the Paper Poppy Blog between now and October 25th to win a $10 voucher. Can't wait to see what you come up with!