Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Paper Poppy Kit Reveal

The kids are in school. The weather is beginning to cool off a bit. And Summer is just about gone. To help you hang onto those lazy days just a bit longer, I've put together this free-spirited Paper Poppy kit full of soft colors and sweet patterns.

Summer Daze

Four pieces of cardstock, seven sheets of patterned paper, three types of trim, two alphas, a rub-on, felt flowers, chipboard stars,vintage book paper and milk caps, buttons, stick pins, mini clothes pins, bingo cards, and a large doilie.

Add On

There are limited quantities of this kit available, so be sure to head over to the store tomorrow to purchase yours. We have a fun month lined up with an amazing guest designer! See you soon.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Look What I Unearthed

While I'm on vacation this week, I thought that I would tackle my monstrous pile of layouts that need to be placed into albums. Yeah, that would be over 100 layouts. Pshhh...ridiculous!

Anyhoo, I found a layout that I never posted here. I completed it as part of a little impromptu challenge at the Treasured Memories Rayne Forest crop in July. My new friend Vera and I decided to challenge each other to create a layout in under an hour using the following elements: masking, metals, and the color orange. Here's mine.

Moment In Time: I just happened to have this vintage photo of my oldest son with me at the crop, so I went with that style layout. A little different for me, I think. I bought a Tim Holtz mask and some Gunmetal Glimmer Mist to create the clock and set the theme of my layout. Then, I piled on some Studio Calico paper; Pink Paislee, Jillibean Soup, My Little Shoebox, and American Crafts alphas; Glitz stickers; vintage sheet music; burlap swatch; and Making Memories metal.

Even though this one isn't quite my usual style, I did like the final result. Especially since I finished it in less than an hour. That's a first!

Thanks for stopping in today. I'll be back tomorrow with another Imaginisce sketch challenge layout. Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Strip Tease

Yep, that's me. Today I've got a little paper strip tease for you. Hee hee! It's card week at The Paper Poppy, and I have a fun technique to share.

Sweetness Card: When I first decided to include the Maya Road Strawberry Coaster Album in this month's kit, I had every intention of making a mini album. But then, I had this idea.

I pulled out all my favorite border punches (scallop, upper crest, doilie, flower scallop, and heart scallop), punched up ten strips of the pink cardstock, glued them to the chipboard strawberry, trimmed and chalked the edges, and popped up the scallops. Isn't it such an amazing effect? I may just have to cover every piece of raw chipboard this way. Just saying.

To finish off the strawberry, I traced its top onto a green scrap and outlined it. Then, my favorite part, I added three of the American Crafts Pearl Brads. My all-time favorite brads. So sweet.

Frances, Liz, and Lucy will be strutting their card-making stuff starting tomorrow. Be sure to pop over to The Paper Poppy to take a little looksey. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Creative Scrappers and Pink Paislee

Creative Scrappers Sketch #118 is up! Woo hoo! Another great design by Kristine herself. LOTS of white space and a fun banner.

Bath Time Silleys: My kiddos think it is such a treat to get to take a bubble bath in the jet tub. It's a treat for me, too, because it sure is easier to get them nice and clean. And as soon as I pull out the camera, they start clowning around. I did get a couple of cute smiles.

Another collage photo from WalGreens. Five photos and still some white space on a one pager. Gotta LOVE that! And about that title? Yes, I know that the correct spelling is "sillies" but I really wanted to use that y. And since the page is about being silly, I felt perfectly justified to misspell my title. ☺

My 3D star is created using an awesome tutorial from Jana Eubank . [You can find it in her June 29th post.] She always has the most inspiring ideas, and this star is amazing. I bought a Fiskars embossing blade for my paper trimmer just so I could give her tutorial a try. It was super easy and I just LOVE the result. Thanks Jana!

These banners came with the ★ Pink Paislee Starlight ★ sticker sheet. They have texture and glitter to them. I layered them onto some maroon cardstock and then stuck them down.

I added some Turquoise Glimmer Mist, some more stickers, a couple of journal blocks, and some alphas. I did a little doodling to ground some of the elements, mostly the white background, and that was it. It is so much fun to dig in my stash!

The rest of the design team layouts are HERE and they are definitely worth seeing. Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sneakin' on Saturday

How about a little sneak of The Paper Poppy September kit? Yeah, I thought you might like that.

September's kit ☀ Summer Daze ☀ will be revealed in full on August 31st and will begin shipping on September 1st. My family and I will be celebrating the last of our Summer Days September 3-7, so kits will not ship again until September 8th.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 20, 2010

One Last Cute As A Button Project

Hello! Hope you are having a great Friday. Today I want to share my last My Little Shoebox Cute As A Button project. A penant door hanger for my little friend Vivian. I was inspired by the banner stickers and stamps that come with this line. Super cute!

To make the base, I cut a sheet of Maya Road acrylic into a triangle and covered it with the blue polka dot paper. Then I cut the scallops off the square scallop paper and attached them to the sides. To cover up my not so neat point, I added several layers of die cuts and stickers.

Another cute little lady from the sticker sheet is taking center stage. I stacked her on top of a die cut and a doilie. LOVE those doilies. They really went well this line, too.

Here's a close up of the stacked die cuts and stickers added to the bottom of the penant. Lots of pop dots to help give it even more dimension.

A close up of the banner stickers that I peeled right off the sticker sheet and added to the top. (Peel and stick. Hard work, I know.) I love how all the colors from the line are included.

Hope you've enjoyed my Cute As A Button week. Oh, and don't forget about the My Little Shoebox Sketch Challenge. You can get details or link up your take on the sketch HERE.

Have a great day! I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak of Paper Poppy's August Kit.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Little Shoebox 70s Style

Today's post is brought to you by the number 7. 1975 and 1976. Kindergarten and first grade. Jumpers and Mary Janes. Dimples and barretts. Good times, people. Good times.

School Girl: When I received the Cute As A Button line to work with for the My Little Shoebox CHA booth, I knew that I wanted to scrapbook a girl. After a trip through all four of my photo storage boxes, I decided that I would scrapbook myself. These papers were perfect for my old school photos.

This line has such amazing color. Vibrant. Fun. And the backsides are wonderful tone on tones. I just layered up a bunch of my favorite patterns. To add a little texture, I ripped one piece and pleated another.

I love the My Little Shoebox Die Cuts. Such great coordinating strips and journal tags. You can fit an entire title on one and still have room for a sassy little chick sticker. Aren't these glittered alpha stickers fun? Plenty of each letter to use several times.

The flowers are layers of more die cuts with pop dots in between and a big ole gaudy bling on top. Love that!

There were six new colors of mini alphas released at Summer CHA, and this hot pink one is scrumptious! I used them for my subtitle and date. A TON of those little babies come in a pack, so you will not run out. And several of the colors work with more than one line.

Thanks for stopping by again today! See you tomorrow with my last Cute As A Button CHA project. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Little Shoebox Wall Hanging

I can finally share all my My Little Shoebox CHA projects with you. Wooo hooo!!! It was so much fun creating with one of the new lines, Cute As A Button. The colors are amazing, and there are some seriously sweet girls on the papers. I'll be sharing them all week. Here's my favorite.

Love Blooms Here Wall Hanging

I bought this three piece wooden hanger at Michael's on clearance for $2.00. Score! I painted it white with some cheap acrylic paint. It was a bit flat, so I dry brushed over it with pink (same cheap acrylic paint). Then I brushed over the top with some Mod Podge. And the most amazing thing happened. The Mod Podge made the frame looked weathered. What a happy accident!

Oh my word! How cute is that little chickee? Pretty sweet, hun? You are sure to find a cute little girl that reminds you of a special girl in your life. I decided to embrace the girliness of the line, and use soft colors and ribbons and paper doilies for my project.

Creative Imaginations provided us with some amazing ribbons. In addition to the ones tied around the hanger, I used some green grossgrain to make my leaves for the flowers. I love how well it matched the chipboard alphas. Oh, and they also sent those sweet pearls that you see in all of the girls' hair.

Finally, to make the chipboard alphas match the overall shabby chic look that I was going for, I sanded the edges a bit to let the white inner core show through. I also used some of the negative spaces of the alphas with paper behind to really make them pop. That little trick doubles the number of alphas you get!

This sweet number will be headed over to my friend Frances's house. She actually has three girls, so it will really be cute at her house.

Thanks for stoppin by! See you tomorrow with another My Little Shoebox Cute As A Button project. Tootles!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pearl Girl

Hi ladies! Hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for a fun week at The Paper Poppy. We'll be chatting up our favorites from the August kit (only 4 left). Me first, me first!

Feeling Fancy

Before I go any further, I feel I must say something about that photo. Not sure what exactly, but something. I was getting dressed and my little guy was in the closet with me. He is a curious little busy body. Typically, he tries on my shoes and "clop clops" around the bathroom until I'm ready. This day, though, he ditched his clothes and put on my scarf and gloves. Then he decided he'd practice some of his dance moves to the Wonder Pet beat. Of course, I had to snap some photos.

Okay, now that we aren't focused on the photos any more, I'll tell you about my favorite product. The American Crafts Pearl Brads. OH MY WORD...love them. Even the package is adorable. They are just soooo pretty. Here I used them for my butterfly centers. On my last layout for my tags. And on my first layout as flower centers. Don't worry. I have some left for my card next week.

How fun is that ruffled paper? Well, more crumpled than ruffled. I really wanted something textural over there on that side of the layout, so I cut a strip of paper and crumpled it up and then gathered it onto some adhesive. Easy.

For my journaling, I cut a tag into strips and added them at angles, some flat and some with pop dots. Again, I like a little texture to the page. And finally, I added my title with those amazing Thickers. Aren't they sweet? Polka dots. Sheesh, that's cute!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Little Shoebox's First Sketch Challenge

Alright ladies, grab your favorite My Little Shoebox lines and come play with us. Every other month we'll be hosting a sketch challenge, and the first one went up today. Wooo hooo!!! Look at this amazing sketch Pamela Young created for us.

This month I am working with Simple Life, one of My Little Shoebox's six new releases. It is super cute, especially for a momma of two boys. Here's my take on the sketch.


My little guy didn't know what to think about the crawfish we boiled at his third birthday. He rescued a few to hang out with while the rest of us enjoyed the feast.

To create my little farm scene, I cut the barn, silo, and sheep from the Black Sheep paper and then used foam dots to attach them to one of the journal cards. LOVE it! I used my pinking sheers to trim the large yellow circle that frames the green tree paper circle. Easy.

To create this fun banner, I cut a 1 x 1 1/2 inch square and then trimmed it down to a triangle. I glued it to a piece of red paper and cut around it with the pinking sheers. Then I added more sheep. They are so cute. I just couldn't resist.

So now it's your turn to use the sketch. Hop on over to the My Little Shoebox blog to see the challenge rules and more amazing layouts by the rest of the design team.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Here Fishy, Fishy!

It's Challenge Week at Paper Poppy Kit Co. We are asking you to create a layout about your favorite summertime activity. Since it is soooo hot down here in Louisiana, we spend a lot of time in the summer trying to get and stay cool. Sprinklers, water guns, swimming pools, splash pads. This year we even bought a teeny tiny pool for our mini Daschund. I imagined him taking little dips in his baby pool during the day while we were gone. Staying hydrated. Enjoying a pup's life. Um, no. He didn't want anything to do with it, so Ethan decided that he would claim it for himself. You know, his second pool.

H2O Lovin'

New favorite. WalGreen's collage prints. I created this one online in about five minutes, picked it up in one hour, and paid a whole $1.99 for it. But even better is that I got to use FOUR photos and still maintain a good bit of white space. LOVE that!

As you can see, I am still using Jillibean Soup's amazing corrugated alphas that came in the May kit. I realized after I finished the layout that I should've tried misting them with the pink Maya Mist that came in this month's add-on. Hey, why don't you give that a try for me? Thanks.

I'm still not sure how I feel about these little fish. There were some blue ones printed on the paper. I imitated their shape to create these guys, so that I could add some more dimension to the page. But now they look a little too big. I actually considered redoing the layout, but I try not to do that. So I resisted temptation. Hee, hee!

Ooooo ahhhhh. Yummmmm!!! Those American Crafts pearl brads are divine, I tell ya! That could've been the only embellishment in the kit, and I would've been happy. Happy with flat layouts. But happy nonetheless. LOL!

Thanks for popping in today! Hope to see your Summer Challenge layout soon.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Birthday Tribute

Today is a special day . . . it's Frances's birthday!

Since I can't celebrate with her today, I thought I would post a little tribute to honor her and our friendship. My life just would not be the same without her. Here's why.

Even though we met while teaching English together at her alma mater, it was scrapbooking that really brought us together. We would get together at one another's houses (just a mile or so down the road from one another) and scrap until the wee hours in the morning. We'd scrap up until the ninth month of our subsequent pregnancies. We'd scrap with a newborn on our lap. It didn't even matter whose newborn, so long as we could get together.

After a year of friendship, we decided to take it on the road. All the way to the Big Apple. Where, as you can see from the photo, Frances tried to get me in all sorts of trouble. [That's another story for another day.] But I certainly learned to live a little on that trip. I even left my two kids home for an entire week.

We have even celebrated holidays together. Ringing in 2008 at the Boomin' Bolyer Garage Party, complete with fancy sunglasses!

We always have a good time whether we are dressed up in our most formal attire or hanging out with the kiddos at the zoo.

Even though she lives an hour and a half away now, we are still the best of friends. I'm so grateful for that! Thanks, Frances, for being such a great friend. Have a great day. I love ya!

P.S. Jonathan says, "Happy Birthday! You'll always be younger than Mom."

P.P.S. Ethan wants to know what kind of cake you'll be having because he would like a "wittle bite."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hi Ho Cheerio!

Today I have a cute picture, a simple sketch, and some lovely Pink Paislee to share. The photo is my son proudly eating his breakfast creation--strawberry toast topped with Cheerios. My toast topped with his Cheerios. That boy's a mess. The sketch is #116 by Creative Scrappers that just went up this morning. And the paper and embellishments are from Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees line.

There are so many things to love about this sketch. The circles. The white space. The scalloped title area. Yet, I struggled. I think I was trying to hard to stick to the sketch just the way it is, but that didn't work for me. I needed to use a vertical photo, and I wanted to add lots of paper. So I did. And I love how it came together.

Top of the Morning to Ya

Oh, and I did thrown in some Jenni Bowlin Red Trim Cardstock Alphas and Banner Stickers. The colors worked so well with the Pink Paislee line.

Please be sure to go on over to Creative Scrappers and check out the rest of the team's reveal. So many talented ladies to inspire you. And the prize is always worth the trip!

Happy Sunday to ya!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Paper Poppy Sketch Layout

The August kit at Paper Poppy is cram packed with Cosmo Cricket DeLovely and Jilliben Soup Summer Squash. Bright pinks, greens, yellows, and blues. I love every inch of every piece! But with two boys to scrap, I have to work hard to make it work. For my Paper Poppy Sketch layout, I think I made it work.

For my son's third birthday, all he asked for was a party with a clown and balloons. The party was being thrown by his Aunt Charlotte, and he told her many times that he wanted a clown and balloons. Her friend actually dressed up like a rodeo clown complete with face paint and a purple wig and they surprised him at his party. Aunt Charlotte drove the clown up to the party on the back of the golf cart cow train. It was such a sight! And all those bright clown colors coordinated very well with my August kit.

Just One Wish

I was sooo excited to be able to include FOUR photos on this one page layout. Instead of the horizontal photo, I added two more vertical photos. Gotta love a flexible sketch!

I got a little happy with the Cosmo Cricket Ready Set Chipboard. All said and done, I believe there are nine pieces on the page. I just love it though! Peel and stick cuteness. What could be better?

I couldn't end this post without mentioning the TWO sets of alphas that come in this kit. The hot pink little numbers are Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alphas and the polka dotted robin's egg blue sweeties are American Crafts Thickers. YUM! You don't even have to buy the add-on to get these. What are you waiting for? There are only THREE kits left!

You can see the sketch HERE at the Paper Poppy. Deadline to enter the sketch contest is August 25th. Just link up your layout in the sidebar.
Have a fabulous weekend! And we'll be back next week with our August challenge.