Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rock On With Imaginisce

We are partying hard at Imaginisce again this week! This time it is for the release of the new i-Rocks. There are new shapes, sizes, colors, and stencils. And the designers are showing them off on projects and layouts at the Imaginisce blog and at our own blogs. I have a couple of fun cards to share.

Berry Sweet Card

For this card, I used the Imaginisce's Berrylicious Collection, my Cricut Expression Simply Charmed cartridge, and the new Black Rhinestuds and green Glam Rocks. They really dress up my little strawberries! (You can click on the product titles to see these new products at Imaginisce's site.)

Once Upon a Dream Card

This 5" x 7" card was created with Imaginisce's Enchanted Line. Such soft and pretty feminine colors! Just perfect for something floral and sweet. My flower is layers of cuts from my Cricut Expression Sentimentals and Bloom Lite cartridges, with an Imaginisce Sticker Stacker and an embellished I-Top brad mixed in.

I embellished this Imaginisce Sticker Stacker with two of the new i-Rock releases: three Glam Rocks Hearts in pink and three small Rhinestuds in green, orange, and blue. (You can click on the product titles to see these new items at Imaginisce.com.)

This layered flower and embellished i-Top brad may very well be my favorite part of the card. I used the new Silver Tears Glam Rocks and a large Pink Crystal to create a blinged out flower right on top of my brad. Pretty fancy, right?

Ok, just one more thing to show you. Look at this new pink Jewel Tray! Don't chase and lose your new jewels. So, so easy! And the top is small enough to fit into the tops of the little tubes the jewls come in. Ahhh . . . nice.

Thanks for stopping by! I sure hope you'll stop over at the Imaginisce Blog and check out all the designers' projects. Drool! And while you're there, leave a comment to put you in the running for some a great i-Rock prize. Good luck!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Apple for Teacher

This week's Kraft Journal Challenge is May Day. When I think of May, one thing that comes to mind is that I need to thank my kiddos' teachers for teaching (read putting up with) them all year. I created this cute card for my three year old's preschool teacher.

Thank You Teacher

Supplies: Patterned paper, corrugated shapes: Jillibean Soup; lunch bag kraft cardstock, red baker's twine, cello bag, thank-you stamp, large clear stamping block, library card, manila library pocket: Kraft Outlet; buttons: Basic Grey; mini alpha stickers: My Little Shoebox; brown ink: Staz On.

I just love the colors in this Jillibean Soup patterned paper. Such great colors for school! And they worked really well for the apple, too. It was cut at 3" with my Create Expression from the Create A Critter cartridge.

You have all week to get your May Day project linked up over at The Kraft Journal. Can't wait to see what you create!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

LOVE this Photo Shop Elements action by the Pioneer Woman. It's called Lovely, and boy is it!

Friday, April 22, 2011

What a Cutie!

Happy Friday, friends. Hope it's a GOOD one.

I just wanted to share one of my Little Cutie layouts that was posted at Imaginisce last week. Between the allergies and baseball, I just missed this one. The photos are of my oldest, who is now TEN, when he was just starting to eat solid foods. Goodness, that photo makes my heart hurt a little. Ahhh . . . they grow up too fast! *sniff * sniff*

Messy Little Boy

Supplies: Cardstock: The Paper Studio, Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Chipboard, Crystals: Imaginisce; Twine: Divine Twine.

Thanks for stopping by today! We'll be cleaning house . . . getting ready for the Easter Bunny. Have a Happy Easter! See you next week.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kraft Journal Easter Challenge

Happy Monday friends! Monday is challenge day at The Kraft Journal. And since it's the Monday before Peter Cottontail delivers yummy treats to our little ones, the challenge this week is to use kraft (or any other supply from The Kraft Outlet) on an Easter project.

For my project, I made some Carrot Cone Treat Holders. I saw these a couple of years ago HERE at Jana Eubank's blog (she even posted a tutorial). I was reminded of them when I saw THIS post last week at the Bo Bunny blog. Too cute!!! Here are mine.

Carrot Cone Treat Holders

Supplies--Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup; Decorative Tape: 7 Gypsies; Tag: Kraft Outlet; Olive Grosgrain: May Arts; Bakers Twine: Divine Twine; Alpha Stickers: Jillibean Soup; Eyelet: American Crafts.

My two boys are going to LOVE finding these on their plates Easter Eve. I filled them up with a couple of miniature chocolates for that night's dessert.

You can find the lovely Moss Green Solid Grosgrain ribbon and Orange Baker's Twine at Really Reasonable Ribbon. You will LOVE the selection of ribbon that Bonnie keeps on hand. She also offers up a monthly ribbon club assortment that is automatically shipped out each month. And, best of all, her prices are fabulous! Be sure to tell them that Aphra sent you.

Be sure to head on over to The Kraft Journal blog HERE so you can see the rest of the team's awesome Easter projects and find out all the details on linking up your project. Alright, then, hop along.


Saturday, April 16, 2011


Totally forgot to tell you all about the Spring Online Crop at The ScrapRoom. Sorry. But there is still time to get in on all the fun challenges, games, and prizes going on right HERE. Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chick Basket Tutorial

Hi there friends! Today is my turn to post a tutorial over at The Kraft Journal blog. Since it's Baskets, Bunnies, and Babies Week, I created a sweet little basket filled with Easter treats.
Chick Basket

Pretty stinkin cute, right? Well, it's super easy, too. It only takes a few minutes and ONE sheet of paper. You can find the tutorial right HERE at The Kraft Journal. And while you're there, take a look at this week's challenge. You could win a $20 gift certificate to The Kraft Outlet, an awesome online store for all your krafty needs.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yoo Hoooo . . . Aphra

The first official day of Spring was March 20. And ever since, I've been enjoying the mild temperatures, glorious rays of sunshine, colorful blooms, longer days, popsicles, barbecues on the patio, and lots of time at the ballpark.

Not only does Spring bring some beautiful weather and fun activities my way, it also means a lot of gift giving: birthdays, Easter, teacher gifts, and Mother's Day. So, today I thought I would show you a quick and easy bag tag that I created for a teacher thank you gift.

Thanks Bag Tag

First, I cut out my 5" tag using my Cricut Expression, Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and white cardstock. Then, I used Scor-Tape to adhere three different strips of ribbon to the bottom of the tag. I knotted them after adhering them down. A bit easier that way. Anyway, the ribbons are from top to bottom: Blue Daisy Grosgrain (in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment), Tiny Sheer Pink Minidots, and Lemon Satin Swiss Dots.

For my embellishments, I added some tiny alpha stickers, a die cut butterfly, and two layered circle stickers. And the finishing touch? Yep, an Aqua Baker's Twine bow. That's it.

Ok, gotta go. The sunshine is calling my name.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RRR April Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to the April Blog Hop for Really Reasonable Ribbon. If you'd like to start at the beginning, go to the RRR blog HERE.
You should've joined me from Jacque's blog HERE.

Our hop today features the April Ribbon Club Assortment. For my project, I have a mini album made with a Punky Sprouts mixed media album and Imaginisce's brand new Little Cutie Girl line.

Precious Memories Album

Isn't this Imaginisce paper cute? Just perfect for a new baby girl. I plan to give this album as a gift, so I will add the baby's name to the die cut later on. And to further embellish the album, I added some ribbon strips to the binder and some Cotton Candy Baker's Twine to the baby rattle die cut. And the last little touch -- some i-rock crystals. Sweet!

I LOVE this acrylic page in the album. Fun, fun! I added a small strip of paper to the edge and finished it with a bit of Delphinium Diamond Satin ribbon. It was the perfect shade of purple to match the girly papers.

This canvas page was perfect a complement to the Baby of Mine Girl Canvas Stickers. I used my Imaginisce i-Bond to make sure they were firmly attached.

The rest of the album came together easily with all the coordinating Little Cutie Girl embellishments and more ribbon from the April Assortment.
Thanks so much for hopping over today! The next stop is Kerri's lovely blog HERE. And be sure to check out the new design team when you get back to the RRR blog. Bonnie has put together an amazing team to keep you inspired!

And for all you Imaginisce fans out there . . . the Little Cutie Release Party is still happening for the rest of the week over HERE at the Imaginisce blog. You can continue to see more great projects from our team and possibly win yourself some of these new Little Cutie goodies before they even hit the stores.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Little Cutie BABY Building Blocks

Welcome to Day Two of Imaginisce's Little Cutie Release Party! I sure hope you've been over the blog HERE because there are tons of awesome projects and giveaways. Today, I'm sharing a set of Baby Blocks that I made with the boy version of the sweet new baby papers. Look how cute!

This little set was very easy to create. And I thought it would be really cute in a baby boy's room (maybe with his name) or as a table decoration at a baby shower. Or even on a wreath for the new mother's hospital door. Anyhoo, I thought I'd give you some close ups and a quick little set of directions in case you'd like to make some yourself.

First, I cut four 4" blocks from a 2" x 4" piece of wood. Then, I sanded each block and painted it with cream paint, just some inexpensive acrylic from the craft store. The last step before adding paper and embellies was to distress the edges with brown chalk and my d-Stress tool.

To add my paper, I cut four different patterns at 1.75" x 3.75" and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the front of each block. I also added 1.75" x 12" strips (cut from the Boy Oh Boy paper that has a variety of strips on it) around the edges of the blocks.

While the blocks were drying, I cut out my letters using my Cricut Expression and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I also embossed them with my Cuttlebug and the Dotted Swiss folder. I chalked the edges brown and used foam adhsive to attach them to my blocks.

The last step was to add some die cuts, stickers, twine, and i-rock crystals. That's it! Ok, now seriously, head over to the Imaginisce blog to see if you can win yourself a prize!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pastels, Pearls, and Silk

It's Wedding Week at Really Reasonable Ribbon. So far we've had gorgeous cards, favors, and gifts for the bride. For my project, I created a Bridal Shower or Wedding Card using soft colors, pretty pearls, and silk ribbon.

I used my Cricut Wedding Solutions cartridge to cut my layered heart and my Sentimentals cartridge to cut the For You sentiment. I just love how elegant these images were, just perfect for a wedding card. And for my background, I used my Cuttlebug Seeing Spots Folder to emboss a sheet of Bazzill Bling Cream Cardstock. It added just the right amount of texture.

This luxurious Ivory Silk Ribbon is 1 1/4" wide and adds such a glamorous look to any project. You can find seventeen different colors of solid silk right HERE in the Reasonable Ribbon Store. Another lovely addition to this card are the Kaiser Kraft Adhesive Backed Pearls. One package contains 50 pearls in several sizes. You can find them HERE in the store.

Thanks for stopping by today! And I hope you are inspired by all of our wedding projects this week. See you next week, Aphra.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Piece It Together With Imaginisce

This month's challenge at Imaginisce is all about paper piecing. You can hand draw and cut out your paper, cut out and piece stamped images, or use your Cricut. However you do it, just be creative! Here's my take.

Spring Tag

I cut my dragonfly with my Cricut Expression Live Simply cartridge, a transparency, and Imaginisce's Garden Party collection. And then to add even more texture and interest, I used a variety of border punches on strips of patterned paper and then layered them on my tag. And finally, I cut the word Spring with my Cricut Expression Create a Critter cartridge. Add some i-Rock crystals and it's done! We'd love for you to join our challenge. It's really quite easy. Create at least one paper pieced element on your project and use at least 75% Imaginisce products. Link your project to THIS POST by April 25th and you may just win yourself an i-Top package valued at $75 (or an entire collection if you already have that tool).

Good luck to ya! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Cleaning at Kraft Journal

Hi there krafty friends! I am popping in real quick today to share a card that I created for Kraft Journal's Spring Cleaning Challenge.
Welcome Spring Card

To create the butterflies, I punched through the kraft cardstock and then backed it with a scrap of pattterned paper. Then, I added a tied button. LOVE it!

And this gorgeous blue ribbon is from this month's Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club. And it is just one of the EIGHT fabulous ribbons that come in the pack. All so springy and gorgeous.

I hope you'll join us with this week's challenge. Be sure to link up your project by Sunday, so you qualify for this month's drawing! See you soon!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Day Hop

Ok, no April Fool's Day pranks here. Nope, it's April 1st and that means The ScrapRoom has a new kit to showcase and all our designers have layouts to show off. No foolin'! Here's one of my layouts from this month's Flavors of the Month kit.
Good Work

Here is a list of the places you will be visiting...

Aphra Bolyer -- YOU ARE HERE.

Make sure you become a follower and leave a comment at each blog telling our wonderful designers what you liked about their project! When you reach The ScrapRoom Facebook Fan Page, leave a comment letting us know that you finished the hop. One blog hop participant who follows the rules, will be chosen at random to win a $5 gift certificate to The ScrapRoom Store. Check out the blog Wednesday, April 6th for our winner!