Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mixing It Up with Imaginisce

That's right, ladies. We are mixing lines. *GASP* I know, I know. Easier said than done, right? Well, that was my challenge this month. And lucky for me, Imaginisce has some really great papers, so it wasn't too bad. Here's what I created.
Feeding Giraffes at the Dallas Zoo

I used two different lines here: Berrylicious (green background, yellow sun, and stripe) and Garden Party (blue clouds). I LOVE the backsides of Imaginisce's papers. They are nice neutral patterns and great colors. Perfect for all your scrapping events.

Aren't these little clouds cute? LOVE them. I used my Cricut Expression and Simply Charmed cartridge to cut them at 3 and 3.25" with their shadows, minus the little raindrops. The little sun was also cut from that cartridge. And, of course, they all had to be embellished with i-Rock crystals.

Oh, good grief. Could that giraffe be any cuter? He and his friend in the next picture were cut with the Create a Critter cartridge. One at 7.5" and the other at 5" with Layer 1. Then I chalked them with a couple of different oranges and embellished them with more i-Rock crystals. Simple and sweet!

Finally, I added a long, mixed title. Fun stuff! I have over 50 (probably closer to 75) packages of American Crafts Thickers, and I am not holding back using them anymore. LOL!

This layout is based on a sketch by Allison Davis, author of Sketches for Scrapbooking. She does the BEST double-page layouts. You can see her sketches and sample layouts at her blog HERE. Well worth the trip!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day, and I'll see you soon!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Farewell MLS

Welcome to the My Little Shoebox Farewell Blog Hop! They are sending us retiring design team members off in style. The hop starts HERE at the My Little Shoebox blog. I'm a bit sad that my term has ended, but it has been such a blast working for Ms. Helen and getting to know the entire My Little Shoebox team. To them, I say THANKS!

My term may have ended, but I am still a huge My Little Shoebox fan. I will keep buying their products, stalking their blog, and keeping up with their amazing team. With that in mind, I created this little altered address book.

If you keep on hopping and leaving comments along the way, you are eligible for a great prize over at the MLS blog. Your next stop is Beckie Dreyer's blog HERE.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Embroidery Hoop Mini Album Class

Just wanted to share a little sneak peak of a mini album that I'll be teaching at Create 365 in Scott, Louisiana, on April 2nd at 10:30 am.

If you'd like to join us, give Amy a call at the store at (337) 456-6261. I'd love to see you there.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Oh, Baby, It's Spring at Kraft Outlet

Hiya peeps! Hope you're week is starting out well. Mine is. Sunshine and warm weather. Woo hoo!!! Spring has finally sprung. Which brings me to this week's prompt over at The Kraft Outlet--Oh, Baby, It's Spring. We are creating with kraft, and here is what I made.

Altered Journal

These journals from Kraft Outlet are so nice. Plenty of room to jot, doodle, record, or whatever your little heart desiers. I covered mine with Bella Boulevard paper and embellishments, a Jillibean Soup corrugated button, a Kraft Outlet bottlecap, and some jute. Quick, easy, and cute. Ahhh, yeah!
You should definitely go to The Kraft Journal and check out the rest of the designers' takes on this week's challenge. VERY inspiring. Have a good one!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mini Notepad Tutorial

Hiya friends! Happy Friday to ya. I just wanted to share this cute little notepad that I made with my March ScrapRoom kit. All I needed was the Echo Park For the Record papers and Sticker Sheet and a couple of items from my stash.

For a step by step tutorial to create this little notepad, hop on over to The ScrapRoom Blog HERE. And while you're there, you can check out more design team inspiration. There are posts going up just about every day of the week. Such fun!

AND . . . if you haven't already submitted a layout to the sketch challenge, you still have time to link your layout and have a chance at a $5 gift certificate. Good luck!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leaping Leprachauns Treat Bags

Top of the morning to ya, friends! As luck would have it, I have a fun little St. Patty's Day project to share with you today. This one combines some of my favorite things--Jillibean Soup papers and embellies, Kraft Outlet coffee bags, and my Cricut Expression.

St Patrick's Day Treat Bags

I altered these kraft coffee bags (available HERE at Kraft Outlet) for my two boys. At dinnertime, I will put them at their place as a sweet treat for St. Patrick's Day. Inside, there is a mini Sprite, two green fruit roll ups, and a green package of Trident gum.

Leaping Leprachauns! Isn't that little guy cute? LOL He was cut at 4" from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge. And the Jillibean Soup papers provided the perfect color palette. The blue and white dotted piece and the striped piece are both from the Egg Drop Soup line; the orange is a Soup Staples; and the green is from the Pasta Fagioli line. Isn't it great how they all coordinate? To finish it off, I used a circle journaling sprout and a corrugated alpha.

For a tutorial on this fun project, you can pop on over to the Kraft Journal blog HERE.

Have a great day! Hope there's a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Little Science Guy

My son completed his first science experiment this past October. He chose Bill Nie the Science Guy's Dr. Pepper Geyser. The chemical reaction from dropping Mentos into a 2-liter of Dr. Pepper created a huge geyser. Super fun! And I just LOVED the photos that I took. I couldn't wait to create a layout using Jillibean Soup's Atomic Soup line. It was a perfect match!

Testing His Hypothesis

Goodness gracious! How cute are these lines, hun? I especially love the one with Periodic Table on it. I cut out little chunks of it so I could spread it out across my page. And the blue and green color scheme is one of my favorites as well.

I love the big impact that these corrugated alphas give to a layout, especially when I am able to mix in some smaller alphas as well. These little tiny ones are from two different Jillibean Soup sticker sheets. Too cute!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you'll come back tomorrow. I have a little tutorial to share. Toodles!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

RRR March Hop

It's March Blog Hop time at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Woo hoo!!! The hop starts HERE at the RRR blog. You'll travel along to all the designers' blogs where we'll be showing off this month's Ribbon Club Assortment. You should have arrived from Jacque's blog HERE.

As soon as I saw all these shades of purple, I was off to find myself some pretty paper to match. American Crafts's Dear Lizzy Enchanted was perfect! Here's my layout.

4 Mom

I just LOVE all the different colors in this line. So, so pretty. And just perfect for a layout to document a Mother's Day gift, don't ya think?

Here you can see two of the grosgrain ribbons that I used. The Swis Dots Lavender With Plum Dots is the perfect color match. Too cute tied on my picture. And then for my flower leaves, I used 5/8" Pistachio Grosgrain. LOVE that Spring green color.

For my title, I decided to create a little banner. This one's quite easy. I punched three scalloped circles, folded them in half, secured them with a glue dot, and then strung them onto some Purple Mini Rik Rak.

Thanks for hopping over today! Your next stop is Kerri's blog HERE. You don't want to miss her fabulous project!

Oh, and if you haven't already, you may want to check out the RRR Organization Week posts and giveaway. There are some fabulous tips and product reviews to help with getting your ribbon organized. And there are SEVERAL awesome giveaways. I'd sure hate for you to miss out!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ribbon Rings, Glass Jars, and Shoe Bags

It's Organization Week at Really Reasonable Ribbon. LOTS of great ideas for storing ribbon and LOTS of great prizes. I am excited to share three ways that I organize my ribbon and trims. First, I'd like to show you my Ribbon Ring.

I've organized my ribbon by color. On my first set of rings is my neutrals, then reds and pinks, then oranges and yellows, then blues and greens. On the last set of rings are the patterned ribbons.

A great feature of the ribbon rings is that you can fit several different strips on one tab. In fact, the fuller the tab is, the better the ribbon stays in place.

In addition to my ribbon rings, I also use various glass jars for organizing my ribbon scraps, trims, and twine. I have three large jars and one medium jar, all of which I found in the kitchen gadget department at Wal-Mart. Two of the large jars hold my ribbon scraps, ranging from just a few inches long to a foot or so long. This medium jar holds my embroidery thread and baker's twine wrapped on plastic cards.

This third large jar holds my trims and ribbon that is still wrapped. The tulle is wrapped on medium sized shipping tags. Those are fabulous for organizing ribbon. You can tuck the end of the ribbon or trim through the hole at the end.

Last, but not least, is my over-the-door shoe bag. Again, a Wal-Mart find. In two compartments, I store my ribbons that are still on the roll. I love that you can store several rolls in one section and easily see what you have. In the larger compartment, I store my crop bag. I use a gallon size Ziplock bag to store the extra ribbon that doesn't fit on the Ribbon Ring. I put about a yard on the ring, trim the rest, and put it in this bag. Then, when I go to a crop, I just take this bag with me.

Hope you've found some ways that you can better organize your ribbon. There are tons more ideas over at Really Reasonable Ribbon, along with LOTS of amazing prizes. Be sure to go take a peek and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ScrapRoom Sketch Challenge

This month's ScrapRoom sketch is up, and it is a good one. You can see it right HERE. Before you rush on over there, let me show you my take on it.

Stirrin Up a Mess

Those pictures have been on my scrappy wait list for two years now. The right paper just never came along, but this line -- Hopscotch by Basic Grey -- just worked for me. And Frances's sketch really helped, too. I LOVE it when that happens. *sigh*
Anyhoo, hope you're inspired to play along. You could win a $5 gift certificate to the TSR Store. Woo hooo!!! Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Time for a Fling

Ready for a Spring Fling? For blooms and butterflies? For pretty pastels? Yeah, me too! Well, you're going to love this week's challenge at The Kraft Journal. Spring Fling. Just include your favorite Kraft Outlet product on a Spring project and you qualify for our challenge. Here's what I created.

Hello Friend

When I think of Spring, I think of pretty pastels, blooming flowers, butterflies, and friends. Why friends? Because we aren't stuck inside any more. We are out and about meeting friends in the neighborhood. Having backyard BBQs and family crawfish boils. So, I created a card for a friend.

My flower is created from several layers of vintage dictionary paper, available right HERE at The Kraft Outlet. I simple punched out eight scalloped circles, folded them in quarters, created four stacks of two, and attached them to a one inch circle. On top of that, I added a Metal Rimmed Tag (also available at Kraft Outlet), a punched starburst circle, and a brown button tied with Black Baker's Twine (yep, that too is from Kraft Outlet).

Then, I added a couple of triple layered vellum butterflies punched with my Martha Stewart punch. The translucent vellum at Kraft Outlet is lovely! Mwah . . .

Alright, ladies, you have until Sunday to get your Spring Fling project linked up at The Kraft Journal to be eligible for this month's prize. Pop on over there and see the rest of the team's amazing projects. You won't be sorry!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cute as a Button

That was this week's Kraft Outlet Journal trigger. We were to create a project with kraft inspired by the phrase Cute as a Button. Here's what I came up with.

Happy Birthday Card

I used Kraft Outlet's Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock and October Afternoon Modern Homemake patterned papers for my card's base. And to cover up my paper seam, I added a row of buttons. And I just LOVE a cute button, especially when it's all tied up with Cherry Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The large red button in the center was big enough to have ribbon tied through it's center, Red Ribbon with White Stitching from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

For my sentiment, I had to use the cute Happy chipboard banner from My Mind's Eye. Perfect! I used Mini Red Rik Rak (also from Really Reasonable Ribbon) to hang it from the top corner of the card. Finally, I added some red My Little Shoebox mini alpha stickers to the bottom.

We'd love it if you'd play along with this week's challenge at The Kraft Outlet. You have until Sunday to link up your Cute as a Button project right HERE. There's a $20 store voucher up for grabs. Happy krafting!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Guesting at the WIP

This month I had the privilege of guest designing for Work In Progress kits. Trish puts together such lovely kits, so I was just thrilled when she invited me to be her March guest designer. The kit was dreamy . . . full of Echo Park's For the Record paper and stickers along with some unique embellishments. Here's my projects.

Butterfly Wall Frame

This altered frame came together all by itself. It started with the frame and the big beautiful hot pink cabochon. Then, when I saw the black polka dotted swirl sticker, I thought butterfly. So I cut out a large one with my Cricut Expression Sentimentals cartridge. The rest was just layering.

8 Days a Week

As soon as I saw all the days of the weeks' tags on the Echo Park sticker sheet, I knew I wanted to do a layout about how I love my husband every day more and more. And then the Beatles' song 8 Days a Week started playing in my head. How fun, hun?

Take Note

Can you guess what inspired this layout? Well, to me, that big Victrola horn looks like my son's instrument. I had to run with it. I mean, what are the chances of a scrappy product reminding me of a baritone again, right? Besides the papers coordinated nicely with his tie. I love that this line can look masculine or feminine.

Tomorrow Card

I wanted this card to be soft and feminine like the floral pattern on the card's base. And what's more feminine than butterflies and a doilie ruffle? But my favorite part is the size of the card. It's 4" x 4". Odd size? Well, the kit contained several black and white envelopes that size, and they were just too cute not to use.

Thanks a Bunch Card

Um, hello lime green cabochon. You are too cute and match so perfectly!

Time Will Tell Card

LOVE this color combo. The Echo Park For the Record line has so many fun bright colors. I just love that you can create a bright, bold project or a soft, subtle project with the same kit.

Thanks for popping over today. And be sure to take a peek at the Work In Progress blog. You'll be inspired!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ScrapRoom's First Ever Blog Hop

Hiya friends! It's March 1st, also known as reveal day at The ScrapRoom. In celebration of the awesome March kit, we are having our 1st ever BLOG HOP!! Start HERE at The ScrapRoom Blog and then hop along to learn more about each designer's favorite layout. Here's mine.

You're a HOOT

For this layout, I used Bella Boulevard's Family Dynamix and Sophisticate's paper, some cardstock, and my Cricut Expression Life's a Hoot cartridge. The paper has so many fun, bright colors in it. You could use it for a variety of layout themes. I was drawn to the woodsy feel of the brown floral paper, so that it was inspired this layout.

This little owl is too cute! I cut him and all his layers at 3" and then adhered him to a blue cardstock circle, so he'd really pop on my page. Doesn't he just look thrilled to be perched up there on my page? LOL

I aded two more blue circles to balance out my layout. One for the title and one for the journaling. To keep them from feeling like they were floating on the page, I did a little faux stitching around the edge. For my stitching, I used a large embroidery needle to punch holes around the edge and then used a dark brown Zig pen to connect the dots. I LOVE that look without having to drag out my sewing machine.

To be eligible for our blog hop prize, leave a comment at each designer's blog. When you reach The ScrapRoom Blog, become a follower and leave a comment letting us know that you finished the hop. One participant will be chosen at random to win a $5 gift certificate to The ScrapRoom Store! Woot! Woot! Check out the blog Friday, March 4th for our winner!

Here's the order of the hop:

Lan Amphone
Melanie Call
Sarah Eclavea
Jenny Moore
Aphra Bolyer -- YOU ARE HERE!
Frances Sylvia
The ScrapRoom Blog