Friday, February 25, 2011

Bumble Bee, Bling, and Baker's Twine

This weeks' Kraft Outlet challenge inspiration word is bling. Create a project using bling and any product from Kraft Outlet to be eligible for this month's prize. Here's my sweet card.

Honey Card

For this week's bling challenge, I created a shaped card with my Cricut Expression and the Sentimentals cartridge. The 5" bee hive and layer from Brown Kraft Cardstock and Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock. The 2.5" bumble bee was cut from Buff Ivory Cardstock and Translucent Vellum. To give the Buff Ivory Cardstock a more honey color, I inked it with chalk.

The card's front and back are attached together with an eyelet and then embellished with Licorice and Lemon Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sweet Banner

Welcome back for my third and final project using Imaginisce's new Berrylicious line. For this one, I created a sweet strawberry banner using a ton of Imaginisce's new papers and tools.

Here's a few tips and tricks in case you'd like to create one of these little numbers for yourself. You'll need a Maya Road Strawberry Coaster Book; Imaginisce's Berrylicious paper and die cuts; Imaginisce Roly Rosies and Cupcake Flowers; Imaginisce's Petal Roller, D-Stresser, i-Bond, and i-Rock; Cricut Expression; Birthday Bash Cartridge; Cuttlebug; Swiss Dots embossing folder; butterfly punches.

Step One: Color the edges of each strawberry chipboard piece with a Sharpie or black paint. Cover the strawberry part with Berry Patch paper and the top part with Just Peachy paper. Use your D-Stress tool to sand down the edges, especially around the leaves and stem. Touch up black marker as necessary.

Step Two: Layer a roly rosy, fabric flower, and mesh flower and attach to the stem using your i-Bond glue gun.

Step Three: Use your Cricut Expression and Birthday Bash cartridge to cut your letters from pink cardstock. These were cut at 3". Then, run each letter through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Use foam mounting squares to attach to strawberries.

Step Four: Use the Berrylicious Die Cuts and punched butterflies to embellish each letter. Use your i-Rock to add hot rocks to butterflies and flower centers.

Step Five: Punch holes on the top left and right sides of the strawberry and use ribbon to connect pieces. Hang and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by to see my tutorial! Be sure to leave me a comment and go back to the Imaginisce blog and leave a comment for your chance to win the entire Berrylicious collection and the grand prize of an i-Bond and accessories. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So, So Excited

So excited to be joining the Design Team over at The ScrapRoom. Each month I'll get to create layouts with their Flavors of the Month kit, which includes four trendy paper lines and coordinating embellishments. All my CHA favorites are on the line-up, and that makes me a pretty happy scrappy chick.

Plus, I'll get to hang out with the other fabulous designers and all the amazing ladies in the forum. And what an active forum it is. Challenges, chit chat, inspiration! {You'd love it!}

However, I think the most exciting part is that The ScrapRoom was the first online scrapbook forum that I joined waayyy back in 2007. All the sweet comments that I got when I uploaded my layouts into their forum gave me the courage to try out for my very first design team. Awww . . . sweet, hun? So, you can see why I am so very thrilled and honored to be joining this team. Thanks, Tammy, for having me!

You can see the announcement of the new design team at ScrapRoom's newly decorated blog HERE. And you will want to follow along because my bestest friend Frances will be posting TONS of inspiration each week. And there might even be a couple of prizes. Just sayin'!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Berry Sweet Memories Mini Album

It's Day Two of Imaginisce's Berrylicious Release Party and I'm back with a mini album. This one was so fun to make thanks to all the great embellishments that Imaginisce has released with this line.

Berry Sweet Memories Album

This entire mini album is decorated with Sticker Stackers and Die cuts embellished with i-Rock hot rocks and i-Bond glitter glue. Easy and oh so cute!
Wanna win the entire Berrylicious collection? You can put your name into the drawing by heading over to the Imaginisce blog HERE and leaving us a comment.

Monday, February 21, 2011

So Berrylicious

All week long Imaginisce is celebrating the release of a super sweet new line, Berrylicious. I LOVE this one. Super cute images. Bright, bold colors. A variety of fun patterns. You will find that it is such a versatile line. Here, have a look.

Today, you can find a ton of layout inspiration at the Imaginisce blog. Here's what I came up with.

Squeeze Me

My little cutie patootie loves to pick oranges at his MawMaw's house. He peels and eats at least two or three and then brings home about a dozen every time we go. I just had to create a layout of that sweet memory.

My friend and fellow designer Melinda Spinks creates the best fuzzy brads using washcloths, or facewashers as she says, so I thought I'd give it a go. For the center of my sun, I cut up an old baby washcloth. I love the texture it adds. And how sweet are those little bumble bee die cuts. I added a little hot rock bling trail with my i-Rock. Cute!

Don't you just love that big 'ole title die cut? Those are new this season. They make adding a coordinating title so easy. I just used a little foam adhesive to pop it up and some more jewel rocks to dress it up.

You have got to go check out all the other designers' layouts over at the Imaginisce blog HERE. Leave a little comment and you could win the ENTIRE Berrylicious collection. Wowee . . . now that's a prize. Toodles!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Couple of Snail Cards

I'm back today with two more My Little Shoebox Green projects, a couple of snail cards. The papers and embellishments practically scrap themselves. I did, however, have to come up with my sentiments, which crack me up.

What's Up Slug?

Live Slow

Again, I love to layer the die cuts, stickers, and alphas. But did you notice the stamps? Woot woot!!! I get really excited when I'm able to add in the stamps because that is not my strength. But I just love how they look on the teeny tiny tag hanging off the button. Oh, and that twine . . . divine!
That's all for today friends. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stacking Stickers and Layering Die Cuts

It was finally my turn to design with My Little Shoebox's Green line. Wowee, wow, WOW! What a great line. Loved the bright colors, the wood grain, and the snails. Yummo!!! Here's my two layouts.

Cheap Thrill

Can I just tell you the story behind this one? I mean, with that title, aren't you a little curious? My three year old LOVES quarter rides. He begs to ride them at the grocery store, the mall, every where. Well, he really hit the jackpot at the amusement park this past summer. They had about five of them all lined up. He rode them all. Twice. And loved every minute of it. And . . . it was much cheaper than the go karts and other rides. Score!

Ran those chipboard letters through the Cuttlebug. Eeek! LOVE that! Watch out chipboard . . . you're going to get smushed.

LOVE the die cuts. The snals. The trees. The mushrooms. The bright colors. The grid pattern. I mean, really, there's nothing NOT to like. I just stack all that mess up and voila....cute!

These Two Boys

Oh for heaven's sake . . . could be they be any more different? There's Mr. Serious in the front smiling sweet for his momma. Trying his best to help me get a good picture. And there's the ham in the back. Making every goofy face he can think of. This is the best shot I got. Now what the heck am I going to do with the 57 other pics I took of them sitting on the log? Giveaway anyone?

So, can I tell you about that frame? I used my Cricut Expression and Live Simply cartridge to cut a three layer frame. I love how it draws your eye right to my photo. Then I just layered and stacked some die cuts and stickers. Oh, and added some twine and pearls.

Glittered alphas, mini alphas, die cuts, and stickers. What a great combination!

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with my two Green cards. More die cuts and sticker stacking. Oh my!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Imaginisce's Premier Newsletter

The first edition of Imaginisce's newsletter Just Imagine was posted today, and it is sooooo cute! You can check it out HERE. It is full of new products and inspiring projects. Well worth your time! Be sure to become a subscriber, so you can receive it in your in-box every month.

I'd love to hear what you think. And be sure to send your friends over. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Layered Flower Tutorial

Hi friends. Just wanted to let you know that I have posted a tutorial for this little flower over at the My Little Shoebox blog. You can check it out HERE.

If you make one, I'd love to see your version. Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

RRR February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon and Sparkle and Sprinkle Spring Blog Hop. Today you will see some great projects using the February Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon along with some great products from Sparkle N Sprinkle. You should have hopped here from Barbara's blog. If not, start at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog. Here's my Spring card.

Now, be sure to leave some love at all the stops along the way. Your comments are most appreciated! There will be TWO prizes on this blog hop (and maybe some more fun goodies along the way too).

Your next stop on the hop is Donna's blog. Happy Hoppin!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fairy Tails and Butterfly Trails

Happy Thursday friends! I have another RRR layout to share today. This one is a bit less bright, more soft and subtle. With so many ribbons to choose from at Really Reasonable Ribbon, I can create whatever style layout I like and still find ribbon to embellish it.

Dragon Breath

Even though this layout features a picture of my son, I just couldn't resist using Basic Grey's Kioshi papers and chipboard. The colors were such a great match to the pink and purple dragon mask that came with my little guy's nebulizer. Doesn't he look so pitiful getting his breathing treatment? Don't worry, though, he's fine. Just had a little upper respitory infection that we didn't want to progress into pneumonia. Hence, the title "Dragon Breath."

I used mostly ribbon and trim to accent the top of my picture. To create my photo corner, I layered a piece of Light Blue Random Circles Grosgrain with a piece of Yellow 3/8" Rik Rak. Then, I accented my butterflies with some Cotton Candy Baker's Twine trails.

Another piece of Yellow 3/8" Rik Rak accents the center of my layout as well. I love the movement of the rik rak in the middle of the paper strips. It really draws my eye over to the title.
Thanks so much for coming by today! See you for the RRR monthly blog hop on the 13th.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Whimsies, Ribbon, and a Sketch

Hi there! Just popping in quickly to share a couple of boy layouts and a sketch challenge. Woo hooo!!! Fun, eh?

Honk, Honk

How fun is that orange and white circus dots ribbon? I LOVE to use a strip of this bright ribbon on a layout. You can find it HERE at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

The bright reds and blues of these fun My Little Bit of Whimsy Buttons are a perfect match for Echo Park's Little Boy line. I used a Blue Textured Cloud Button, a Small Red Button, and a Blue Star Button. Too cute!


On this one, I added a burgundy Mushroom Button and a Brown Flower Button to my leaf clusters. I really like how they accented my Fall theme.
So, ready for a challenge (and a chance to win a Whimsy Sampler Pack)? Well, all you have to do is complete a layout with this sketch.

Leave a comment HERE with a link to your layout by Sunday night and Stephanie will choose a winner. Can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Won't You Be Mine?

Valentine's Day is less than a week away, but you still have plenty of time to create some sweet cards for those you love. Over at Imaginisce, we are giving you plenty of inspiration this week with our Be Mine event. Three days of layouts, cards, and projects all in preparation for Valentine's Day. Here's what I created.

Love You Card

Everything on this card was created with Imaginisce's Garden Party collection. The different shades of pink are accented with blues, greens, and corals. Just perfect for some Valentine themed projects.

I thought I'd give you a quick little tutorial about how to create this fun layered flower. It's really easy. I used my Cricut Expression and Sentimentals cartridge, but you could just as easily use scalloped circle or even plain circle punches. You need six layers: two 3", two 2.5", and two 2". Spritz each circle with water. Scrunch up each circle and then dry it with a heat gun. Spread the layers back out, stack them, and then pierce a hole in the center. Use a brad to connect them all together. You can then embellish as desired.

Thanks for popping in today. Be sure to head on over to the Imaginisce blog and see what else the design team has come up with. Leave a little love at the Imaginisce blog and you might just win yourself a prize. Just cause we love ya!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Gettin' Krafty with the Cricut

Challenge 5 is up at The Kraft Journal today, and this week's theme is love. Easy enough, right? For my project, I created a love-inspired card that I can give for various occasions. I have some upcoming birthdays in my family. And you just never know when you might need a thinking of you or sympathy card, right? With that in mind, I created a bit of a general card.

Butterfly Card

The base of my card is created from Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock and a Buff Postcard Shipping Tag. After embellishing the postcard with some Webster's Pages paper and a heart-shaped doilie, I added some Black Baker's Twine. But the centerpiece of the card is the layered butterfly. I used my Cricut Expression and Sentimentals cartridge to cut several layers from patterned paper and Translucent Vellum. The topmost layer of the butterfly is covered with Stardust Stickles and flatback pearl gems.
Ok, so the challenge opens today and runs through Sunday, February 13th. To be eligible for the monthly prize, link up your love project created with Kraft cardstock/paper or some other product from The Kraft Outlet store. Can't wait to see your take!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Croppin' on the Red

Just wanted to let all you ladies in the Central Louisiana area know that I'll be teaching at class at Croppin' on the Red next weekend at Kees Park. The crop is from Thursday, February 10th at 4 pm through Saturday, February 12th at midnight. My Cupcake Love double layout class will be on Saturday (exact time to be announced). Here are some sneaks:

There are still some spots left for the crop. You can find all the details HERE. And if you'd like to join me for the class, the cost is $20 and you can sign up with me at the crop. AND . . . as an added bonus . . . my friend Frances will be teaching a single page layout with more Cupcake Love papers and embellies. What a deal!!!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Imaginisce's Sweet Treats February Challenge

Hi there and welcome to Imaginisce's February Challenge Blog Hop. This month we're asking you to create a project inspired by this image.

I just couldn't resist creating a banner to decorate my mantle for Valentine's Day. I used Imaginisce's Garden Party papers and Roly Rosies. Here, take a little look.

Love Banner

Thanks to my Cricut Expression and Birthday Bash Cartridge, the banner was pretty quick and easy to make. Each of the 6" bunting pieces was cut out of Imaginisce's Garden Party Wild Flowers paper with a white cardstock shadow. Then I added some heart shaped doilies that I found in the Target Dollar Spot. The 3" letters were cut from Imaginisce's Garden Party Rows of Posies paper with a yellow cardstock shaddow. Add in a cluster of Roly Rosies layered with Fabric Flowers and some Martha Stewart Punch butterflies and they're all done.

Ok, so now that you've left comments at each blog along the hop and go back at the Imaginisce blog HERE and leave a comment to be eligible for the brand new iBond cordless glue gun. Eeek!!! Good stuff. I used it to attach all the Roly Rosies to my project. LOVE that tool.
Also, to enter our challenge, link up your project at the Imaginisce blog by February 25th and you could be chosen to win a $75 prize package. More details at the blog.
Happy Hopping!