Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April showers bring May flowers. And beautiful May blossoms attract all the flutter and flurry of Mother Nature's winged friends. This month I managed to capture some bright, colorful patterns and textures in the Paper Poppy May Kit, Flights of Fancy.

The kits are all packaged up and ready to be sent your way. Each one features papers by GCD Ava and Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew and Minestrone. As usual, there are tons of embellishments to fill up your layouts with layers and texture. Here, have a look.

May Kit: Flights of Fancy, $32.00

Contents: Five GCD Ava double-sided and textured patterned papers; three Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew double-sided patterned papers; two Jillibean Soup Minestrone double-sided patterned papers; one Scenic Route background paper; one Jillibean Soup kraft paper; three Bazzill textured cardstocks; five vintage dictionary pages; Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew sticker sheet; six yellow Jillibean Soup Journal Sprouts; four Maya Road kraft envelopes; one package of Jillibean Soup corrugated kraft alphas; one package Melody Ross chipboard butterflies; one Prima butterfly stamp; one package Prima pearls and bling; four pearl grey Maya Road trinket pins; five vintage Melody Ross buttons; one yard yellow Cosmo Cricket velvet trim; and 18" green multi May Arts grossgrain ribbon.

May Add-On: Floss and Flowers, $5.00

More pictures and details about the kit will go up in the store HERE on Saturday, May 1st. You can pre-order the kit by emailing me at I will ship kits on Fridays and Tuesdays as they are ordered and until they are all gone.

Be sure to check back on Saturday for our National Scrapbook Day celebration! We'll even have a challenge by our May Guest Designer, Julie Bonner. Wooo hooo!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Paper Poppy April Project Kit Winner

Thanks for all your sweet comments here and at The Paper Poppy! The banners were a ton of fun to make and share. And one lucky friend will get a kit, so she can make one, too!

That's Cheryl K. Woooo hoooo!!! Email me at, and I'll get your prize kit in the mail ASAP.

And be sure to check back on Saturday. I'll be posting my May sketch layout for Imaginisce and a link to The Paper Poppy Kit Co.'s National Scrapbook Day Celebration!

Have a good day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring Banner and a Giveaway

I used this

to create this.

You can see details at The Paper Poppy Kit Co. blog HERE.

But can win yourself an April Project Kit by (1) becoming a follower at The Paper Poppy Kit Co. blog, (2) leaving a comment on my banner class post, and (3)leaving a comment here telling me you're entered.

I'll announce the winner here Sunday. Good luck!

Psst....for even more chances to win, check out the other Paper Poppy Designers' blogs. Just saying. :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Black, White, and Red All Over

Have you seen the new wedding line "To Love and Cherish" by Imaginsce? Black and white, florals, very sophisticated and classy? No. Ok, take a little look.

As soon as I saw this line, I was excited that I would be scrapping more layouts for my wedding album that I started about two years ago. It's all in black, white, and shades of pink. And all the layouts are double pagers. This line is perfect!

This layout includes pictures of my husband and I during our money dance, a Southern tradition of pinning money on the bride and groom to send them off with some fun money for their honeymoon. And time to spend with each family member and friend that attends the wedding.

Can I Have This Dance?

To create the black flower centers, I used the Snag 'Em Floral Stamp with white ink on black paper. This flower stamp is a must have. It stamps so easily and is just the right size.

For my next project, I created a mini album for my friend's daughter who is getting married in October. Her colors are black and white with touches of red. Perfect for this line.

Together Forever Mini Album

You probably can't tell from this photo, but the flower center is an i-Top brad covered in gross grain ribbon. The texture is fabulous! The title is a rub-on added to red paper. And I used a new Fiskars border punch for the red paper strip. I just LOVE it!

The journal spot was made with one of the punches. Isn't the size and shape just great for a mini? I added a red die cut heart and the word "love" cut with my MM Slice Wedding cartridge to the center of my layered flower. Easy and quick!

My favorite part of this page is the big red gross grain bow. This is the same ribbon I used to cover the brad on the cover. It really makes a statement. The rest of the page is adorned with rub-ons, bling, and Michael's alphas.

Another MM Slice Wedding cartridge die cut, a fussy cut flower, another ribbon topped brad, and a rub-on sentiment with bling accents.

The tag was created with a rub-on on red paper that I cut out and then added another rub-on to. For the red flowers, I used the Snag 'Em stamp on red paper in black ink with large rhinestone centers.

I've got one more layout for today. This one features my husband and I at a Mardi Gras ball on Valentine's Day 2009.

My Formal Valentine

All those fun flowers were cut from one sheet of patterend paper and then layered with stamped flowers. The centers include i-Top brads created with embossed Core'dinations cardstock. (Love that dotted swiss Cuttlebug folder!) The white scalloped border is actually a row of tags that I made with the Snag 'Em Journal Stamp. That is one versatile stamp!

That's enough for today! I'll share more projects with this line later in the month. In the meantime, be sure to stop by Imaginisce's blog this week. Lori will be posting design team projects exclusively with this line. And you are sure to be inspired! Not to mention there are giveaways. And those are always terrific!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rolled paper flowers and butterflies with wings . . .

these are two of my favorite things! You will see them on LOTS of my projects these days. Such as this one I did of my sweet fellow baking cookies with dad on Valentine's Day. Can you see the teeny tiny pink and white chocolate chips on the cookies? Yeah, that was my excuse to use pink on this one. LOL!

Made With Love

I have been trying to force myself to loosen up a little. Try new scrappy products and techniques. So for today's outside of the box idea, I masked some hearts using red Glimmer Mist. Then, I stitched around them to give them a nice crisp edge. I really like the effect, but it sure took a long time.

The paper is from Pink Paislee's Cupid Collection. YUM! I love the soft colors and mix of patterns. The blue and brown made it feel not quite so girly. And the various patterns were fun for the rolled flowers. Looking back at the layout, I wish I would have made those flowers even bigger. I get a little stingy when I really love the paper. What the heck am I saving it for?

And last but certainly not least, I added some more punched kraft butterflies. I can never have too many of those. The punch is Martha Stewart's extra large butterfly. You really deserve to have one of those if you don't already.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to dig into my ginormous box of new Imaginisce goodies. All I can say is wedding photos, black and white paper, and Core'dinations cardstock. Eeek!!! It's gonna be fun!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Feeling Stampendous!

Ok, show of hands. How many of you have a drawer full of stamps that you rarely use? Me too! Well, I've decided that I am going to make use of them, especially since I am including them in my Paper Poppy Kit Co. kits. Here's the Prima stamp that comes in the April kit.

Not only does this stamp have a book paper pattern (I LOVE book paper!) but it is called Piano Forte, a music term, which fits in perfectly with the music theme of the April kit. To demonstrate how to use the stamp, I created a couple of cards.

Hi Card

For my butterflies, I stamped my image in black ink several times on some ivory scrap paper. Then I punched out several butterflies in different sizes. By stamping first, I was able to center the butterfly over the part of the image I liked. I love how neutral the butterflies are.

Thank U Card

For this project, I used pretty much the same technique as the butterflies on the first card. But this time, I punched out circles. Oh, and do you see those butterflies? Punched from the packaging of the Melody Ross layered chipboard flowers that come in the April Project Kit.

Hope you'll dig out your stamps and give them a try! And when you do, be sure to share your creations, so I can learn some new techniques.

Thanks for stopping by!

I-Top Maintenance Tips

Imaginisce just posted these great tips on their blog showing us how to take care of our I-Tops, so they'll stay in TIP-TOP shape!

Go check it out on the Imaginisce blog HERE for a chance to win a goody box just for posting a comment! Eeek! Hurry!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Banner Sneak Peek

Frances and I will be hosting a Banner Class at The Paper Poppy on April 23-24. We'll give lots of tips and tricks for creating a banner with the April Project Kit and your stash. Here's a little sneak.

We'd love for you to join us. You can get the April Project Kit HERE and the class will be posted at The Paper Poppy Blog HERE.

Hope to see you then!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Paper Poppy April Reveal

Hi there scrappers! Today is my reveal for Paper Poppy's April kit and I am soooo excited to share with you all the fun things that I was able to do with all the amazing products that come in the kit.

Sweet Child of Mine

I think this one might be my favorite, which is odd considering it's a boy layout with sophisticated pink and purple floral paper. But I think it works. I decided to use a lot of "white" space to give that busy paper room to breathe. And then to keep the layout from being too serious, I added music paper covered flowers, stacked buttons, and some CA-UTE glittery stickers from Basic Grey. But my favorite part of the layout might just be the layers of punched green paper. How fun is that? Ruffles on a boy layout, too. *GASP* I know. It'll be ok.

Bad Hatitude

If you stick around here long enough, one thing you'll notice about my layouts is that I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. And I don't know about you, but that houndstooth just HAD to be punched. Speaking of houndstoooth, see those green flowers? Packaging. Yep, packaging. Who knew? I'll give a little tutorial on that later in the month. And did you see those orange alphas? Elmer's paint pen. One coat. Gotta love that!

This layout is also my sketch layout based on the April 1st sketch over at Stuck? Sketches! Be sure to go check them out. I'm one of their sponsors this month, and I must say, there are some great prizes up for grabs.
Queen for a Day

Ok, take a second to quit laughing at that crown all cock-eyed on my head. Oh, and stop chuckling over me with my Ta-Da hands and white sash like I've just won the Miss America pageant. That's just a Louisiana girl's way of celebrating Mardi Gras. A serious first for me. Had to be documented.

Anyhoo, I just love the way that hot pink and lime green paper pops off the black cardstock. And then to top it off, the kit came with black/white houndstooth paper and fabric and black/white gross grain ribbon. I chopped the ribbon all up to make my flowers. I love the way they turned out. If anyone's interested, I'll do a tutorial on that later in the month, too! Oh, and the hot pink letters. Another Elmer's paint pen. Two coats, though. Boo.

Brotherly Love

For this last layout, I wanted to try a soft, shabby layout with lots of layers. But then I couldn't take it and threw in a bunch of pops of black for contrast. So all in all the layout is a little different than my normal bright, whimsical self.

Anyhoo, hope you can find some inspiration in there somewhere. The floral swirls were cut from a piece of the Pink Paislee paper. I "painted" the flowers with Cotton Candy Stickles and then accented them with tied buttons. I punched two butterflies from clear packaging and embossed them with my Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss folder and chalked them a little.

Phew, that was a long one, hun? Thanks for sticking around to the end. I just LOVED creating with this kit. And if you haven't gotten one yet, hurry on over to the store HERE and grab one up because we have some fun stuff lined up for this month. Challenges, contests, tutorials, and more! You will not want to be left out.

Frances will reveal all of her amazing projects tomorrow at the Paper Poppy Blog HERE. Be sure to go check her out!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Imaginisce's April Sketch

This month the Imaginisce sketch was designed by none other than me. How fun is that? I am such a sketch novice, so to have my sketch featured is sooooo exciting. Here's the sketch and my take on it.

Play Hard: My toddler is such a ham. He stages all sorts of silly photos for me to take of him. While at his brother's soccer practice, he slid into the net and then posed. Complete with the ball.

I used Imaginisce's Live LOUD collection for this one. I thought the colors worked well with the photo even though it had nothing to do with music. You can't see much of the music images anyway since I chopped up the paper so much. I love how the pops of black in the doodling, buttons, and alphas really draw your eye in. The layout seemed a little boring until I journaled around the star. That fun little element made me feel better. LOL!

The rest of the designer's takes on the sketch are amazing and represent soooo many different Imaginisce lines. Be sure to check them out!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll give this month's sketch challenge a try. The prize is TOTALLY worth it.