Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dino Mite Candy Boxes

For Valentine's Day last year, I made my kiddos some fun candy boxes by altering bead organizer boxes. My kids LOVED them. They ate treats out of them for months. As soon as Imaginisce released the Dino Roar line, I knew I wanted to make some more of these fun boxes.

You R Dino Mite Candy Boxes

I used the dinosaur track and journal stamp to decorate the inside of the lid. I wrote each of the boys a little note on the journal stamp. I am not much of a stamper, but the Dino Roar Snag 'Em Stamps are sooo easy to use.

I wanted all the candies inside to look like rocks or dinosaur eggs, so I chose Whoppers, Reese's Pieces, speckled jelly beans, etc. My oldest son picked up on that theme right away. What a good sport, hun?

I love how well the Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic Texture Embossing Folder works with this Dino Roar line. It reminded me of the look of animal skin and really added great dimension to the box top.

To finish it off, I added some strips of paper, a circle, a couple of stickers, and some alpha stickers. Easy and soooo fun! My boys LOVED them. And are still enjoying the candy inside.

If you would like to get your hands on this new line by Imaginisce, head on over to their blog HERE and see if you can win a pack. Happy Tuesday to ya!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Calling All Card Makers

This Saturday is World Card Making Day. World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family and to kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season. To find out more about the holiday and to join in with others who'll be celebrating, you can go HERE.

We'll be celebrating all week at The Paper Poppy Kit Co. as our design team shares their cards made with September's Kit, Summer Daze (only 8 left!). Today, it's my turn.

Sweet Baby Card

The pink and blue colors in the kit reminded me of the colors in a baby's hospital hat. Awww . . . So I gathered together lots of pink and blue supplies from the kit to create my card.

I used a Sassafras Lass journal sticker and photo corners to decorate my pink cardstock base. The star was already covered in blue glimmer mist because I used it for a mask on THIS layout. Perfect way to get the most out of your products. For the star's center, I punched a scalloped circle from the Jenni Bowlin Bingo Card and attached some gathered crepe paper to the back. Then I layered on another star and pink bling from the center of one of the American Crafts felt flowers. Finally, I added a tag for my sentiment. The hot pink word was from last month's kit and the word baby was from this month's alphas.

Wanna celebrate with us? If so, link up your favorite card that uses at least one item from this month's Paper Poppy Kit HERE by Monday, October 4th to be eligible for this card making kit: 6 x 6 Cottage Christmas Pad, Snowflake Stamp, and Blossoms by Imaginisce; Snowflake Brads and Red Brads by Bazzill; Brown Grossgrain Ribbon by American Crafts; and Stockings Ribbon by Paper Studio.

Can't wait to see all your fabulous cards!

Friday, September 24, 2010

More Dino ROAR

The Imaginisce Dino Roar release party is still going on. To celebrate, I have a couple of cards to share.

Wild Dinosaur Birthday Card

You Rock Card

I am sooo in love with the colors in this line! So bright and earthy at the same time. Be sure to head over to Imaginisce's blog and see if you can win yourself a prize.

See you soon!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Rumble and a Roar

What's the rumble all about? Imaginisce's release party for its new line Dino Roar. It's happening all week at the Imaginisce blog. And the roar? A giveaway, of course.

Nature Boy

While on a camping trip to Caney Lake a couple of years ago, I got to watch my sons really explore nature. We spent a lot of time outside enjoying the fall colors, crisp air, and rolling landscape. I snapped these photos of my son climbing on an over-turned tree. The colors of the Dino Roar line were perfect. I backed all the denim dinosaur stickers with brown cardstock and went to town. LOVE them!

And I had to pull out my I-rock tool, right? I added some glamour rocks to the dinosaurs, the tree, and my chipboard alphas. I love those little details.

Well, thanks for stopping by! Now scoot. You've gotta take yourself on over to the Imaginisce blog and leave a comment so you can win a prize!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Indie Girl's Not Just for Girls

This month's Paper Poppy kit is full of Sassafras Lass Indie Girl papers. Since I first coordinated it all, I was determined that I would still scrap my boys. Despite the flowers and soft colors and feminine embellishments. This week's layout is no exception.

Hoop Star

As I said at the beginning of the month, I know that this kit is full of flowers and soft colors with paper called Indie GIRL, but I am still scrapping my boys with it. Because that is what I do. I scrap my everyday photos with whatever products that I like and want to use. Sooooo . . . I chose these photos becuase the colors match. I guess I could've left out the pink paper but it matches his complexion and that's enough for me.

I decided to use some vanilla cardstock in the center of the floral paper. Ya know, fewer flowers, less feminine, right? Say yes. Thanks. Then to make the vanilla cardstock a little less stark, I used one of the Jenni Bowlin stars as a mask for some turquoise Glimmer Mist. LOVE that effect. And to really make my star pop, I stitched around it with some peacock blue embroidery floss. I liked the star so much that I decided it was a good spot for my title.

And to add a little more dimension and interest to the page, I added some layered stars and journal strips. I have a Sizzix Stars die cut that is just perfect for layered stars. Of course, I had to finish them off with the rest of my Jenni Bowlin pearl buttons.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'd love to hear how you make so-called girly papers work for your boys.

Monday, September 20, 2010

MLS Blog Hop Winner

Hi everyone! Just wanted to say THANKS to all the visitors on Friday for the My Little Shoebox blog hop. You are all soooo sweet! Ready for a winner?

Yayyy, curlyq! Please email me at millibo1009@yahoo.com, so I can get your five sets of mini-alphas in the mail to you.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Staying Put

Our 6 team members returning ...

Stephanie Hart
Aphra Bolyer
Renata Moni
Jill Sarginson
Helena Johansson
Trish Harwick

Our 16 new members ...

Nicole Pomeroy
Ann Katrin Toresen
Sandi Smith
Mahlin Wiggur

Berdien Weideveld
Camilla Ekman
Zoe Nemburt
Geneviève Allen

Christy Saeger
Kim Jeffress
Katarina Damm Blomberg
Tomoko Takahashi

Illy Gianquinto
Shannon Morgan
Frances Sylvia
Maiko Kosugi

Nicole Martel
Renata Watanabe

I get to stay! How fun is that? All the sketches and layouts are just so inspiring to me, so I wasn't ready to leave. Lucky for me, Kristine picked me to stay. Thanks Kristine! And . . . I get to dig into my stash every week to see what goodies that I have bought and not yet used. Yep, just doing my part. Hee hee!


My cute little guy isn't quite old enough to play soccer but he is his brother's biggest fan. Here is he all decked out in the team's colors right down to his Gatorade.

Finally, I got to use these Bella Boulevard paper and stickers. I've been having them in my stash for quite some time now. The bright colors and clean lines were a perfect match for my photos.

Be sure to head on over to the Creative Scrappers blog and check out this week's fab sketch, all the other talented ladies' layouts, and this month's prize.

Happy Scrappin!

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Little Shoebox Hop

Hi bloggy friends! Hope you have your hoppin' shoes on because the My Little Shoebox blog hop is in full swing and it is a good one!

The hop begins HERE at the My Little Shoebox blog. The complete list of all the participating designers is there just in case you get lost along the way. Be sure to leave as many comments as you can to be eligible for the prize. Here is the layout that I created for you today.

Minty Fresh

My Little Shoebox's Summer Breeze line is not just for summer. All those clothes hanging on the line inspired me to create this layout about my little guy all bundled up in his clean towel smelling fresh after taking his bath and brushing his teeth.

I used several of the die cuts to create the scalloped border above my photo block, and two more die cuts to create my tree tops. The tree trunks are the last of my Maya Road chipboard tree pieces. Don't they fit like they were made for the die cuts? I sprinkled in few of the cute little birdies and added a couple of clouds for my journaling and title. Done.

Now what blog hop would be complete without prizes, hun? Become a follower here at my blog and leave me a comment and I'll pick one of my scrappy friends to win five packs of My Little Shoebox's Mini Alphas. And . . . be sure to leave a comment back at the My Little Shoebox blog because some lucky hopper will win AN ENTIRE MLS COLLECTION! Woweee . . . now THAT's a prize!

Now hop on over to Melanie's blog HERE. Happy Hopping!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Again?

They just keep coming, don't they? As much as I like the routine of school and the promise of cooler weather, I just hate how quickly the weekends fly by. I did manage to squeeze in a layout in between loads of laundry, birthday celebrating, and refereeing these boys of mine. This is one with Paper Poppy's September Kit, Summer Daze (only ten left).

Pink Popsicle

All summer long, it was our tradition to eat our dinner and then go outside and have a popsicle for dessert. My youngest always wanted the pink ones. Even when they were actually red, he wanted a pink one. And that was all the excuse I needed to create a pink layout about my little redhead. {I'm realizing that I forgot to journal on this one. GASP! I will definitely have to add that before it goes into the album.}

How about that yellow butterfly, hun? Ooooo . . . I love Jenni Bowlin's embellishments. I really wanted to keep the transparency of the rub-on, but I wanted a little more dimension than that. Solution? I applied the butterfly to a transparency. It was very easy! You could even use some of your packaging if you don't have any transparencies.

I know we've had doilies in previous kits, but we've not had one this large. I just LOVE seeing all those pretty edges poking out from behind my photos. How easy is that? You just stick it down.

And finally, I added another of the Sassafras Lass border stickers to the corner. I backed it with the green cardstock so it could float on the page a little. That yellow and white twine was from the August kit. The colors were perfect. After seeing Frances's layout, I might have to go back and add those little clothes pins to it. We'll see.

Be sure to pop over to the store HERE and grab yourself one of these kits before they are gone!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Farm Livin' Is the Life For Me

Well, it is when it's My Little Shoebox's Simple Life and all their CA-UTE sheep!

Love Ewe Card

This card features the backsides of the papers, a few more die cuts, some pieced leaves, a stamped border, brown chipboard alphas, and a sheep stamp. That sheep is too stinkin' cute. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but he has white Stickle on him. It is such a nice texture.

Welcome Baby

Yea, I love those little sheep so much that this card was designed all around them. All those fluffy fellas are jumping through the night sky over a star waiting for baby to go to sleep. Ahhh . . . sweet.

That's it for today! But I'll be back on September 17th for my first My Little Shoebox Blog Hop. Be sure to join us. There will be tons of inspiration and fun!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm Ba-aaa-ack!

Happy Saturday, my scrappy friends! I'm back to share my second project with My Little Shoebox's Simple Life line. The cute little sheep stickers, die cuts, and stamps really inspired me on this one.

Milk Can Gift Set

I saw this milk can tin at my mom's house and thought it would look really cute altered. And the farm theme of this line was perfect for it. So, I wrapped the canister with a variety of papers and then added a tag to the front for my large sheep sticker. I also created a coordinating card that says "Gonna Miss Ewe" on the front. Gosh, I'm punny, hun?

Here's a close-up of the stamps I used. For the sheep, I just stamped it on some of the coordinating paper and cut it out. For the fence, I stamped several images right next to one another and then cut it out as one continuous border.

I tied some ribbon around the handles, filled the container with milk caramels, and I had myself a sweet little gift for my friend.

Thanks for stopping in today! I'll see you tomorrow with one last day of Simple Life assignments. Have a good one!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Keepin' It Simple

This month I got to work with My Little Shoebox's Simple Life line. What a treat for a momma of two boys! I went a little overboard and created a few more projects than required. Hee hee! So, I'll be sharing over the next few days. First up is my mini album.

Ewe Boys: Cover

The covers are made from stained balsa wood, which is very lightweight and easy to work with. I thought it went well with this line. And at 6" x 6", it was a good size.
Ewe Boys: Play Hard

Ewe Boys: Work Together

Ewe Boys: Love Each Other

Ewe Boys: Act Silly

Phew . . . a lot of photos, hun? Thanks for scrolling through them all! Hope you'll come back tomorrow for more projects with this amazing line. Tootles!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Feeling Edgy?

Hi everyone. I hope you are still in your PJs, sipping on a coffee, enjoying your Labor Day holiday. Isn't that what Labor Day is for? LOL!

It's the first Monday of the month, so it is time for me to issue the Paper Poppy challenge. And, as Frances told you last week, we are taking your lead and combining our monthly sketch with our monthly challenge. Great idea, Paper Poppy People! Here's the sketch.

Can you guess the challenge? This month we want you to use at least three different edges. Anything but straight. Tear it, punch it, use a border sticker. At least three. Here's my take.

Poster Boys

Ok, so first, I just want to say that even though this kit is soft and full of pink, it can still be used for your boy pics. There are plenty of blues in the kit, including the super fun Typo Thickers in Peacock.

For my edges, I chose to use an Indie Girl banner sticker and two Indie Girl paper edges. All five of the Sassafras Lass papers have fabulous scalloped edges on them that are just perfect for this challenge.

My favorite addition to this layout are the flowers. In this month's Add On, you get a variety of raw chipboard pieces. Three of mine were flowers. I covered each one with more of that fabulous vintage dictionary paper. Then added on a vintage milk cap and a punched sunburst. How cute is that little Jenni Bowlin pearl button? Mwuah! LOVE it. You get six in this month's kit.

I can't wait to see what you do with this month's Paper Poppy Sketch Challenge. Link up your layout in the sidebar at the blog by September 25th for your chance to win a $10.00 voucher to the store. Yep, $10. What a great prize!