Monday, December 15, 2014

Published Pocket Page

I'm excited to share with you another pocket page that was published in the Pocket Page Volume 2 Special Edition from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. Unlike the first that I shared this one is a traditional pocket page.

This one was featured in the Intermediate section meaning it had a little more to it than just basic elements.  I fussy cut all the frames from paper from Paper House Productions and based the whole project on that! After adding pictures I embellished each pocket with white sticker stitches from SRM Stickers, chipboard hearts, and additional stickers from Simple Stories.

The pictures on this all come from Father's Day last year.  Our family went for a hike and we got a variety of pictures from nice to silly :).  I love that both are showcased and show real life in a big family like ours!  

 Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions, Simple Stories
Stickers: SRM Stickers, Simple Stories
Chipboard: Simple Stories, Studio Calico



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Core'dinations Christmas Card

I have had a blast playing with my Core'dinations cardstock this Christmas season.  I have done a lot with cards and today I have one more to share with you!  This one involves sanding and embossing and a lot of layering! It was featured last week at Core'dinations as part of the Core'dinations/Stampendous/Dreamweaver Blog Hop!

Christmas Card Supply List:
Here's the details on how I created it:
Step 1: Emboss the Chalk Core with the Greetings Embossing folder and sand with Sand It Gadget to bring out the chalk.
Step 2: Emboss a small piece of the Scarlett Red cardstock to get a little bit of the embossing folder border and add it to the white tag.
Step 3: Sand the Spotted paper and add it and Scarlett Red cardstock to the base of your card.  Top with the embosssed Chalk Core piece.
Core-Christmas-Closeup
Step 4: Stamp your sentiment on a white circle cut from Core Basics 80Lb Cardstock.
Step 5:  Die cut a deer head from Gemstone Cardstock.  Add all the pieces to the tag using dimensional adhesive to pop some up.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Silly Cooper Layout published by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking

I'm so sad that Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine has closed it's doors.  I was honored to be published by them several times.  Today I have two layouts to share with you that are in their last print publication called Photo Pocket Scrapbooking.  I just got mine in the mail a few days ago so it should be available in stores soon, if not already!

This layout was submitted in the basic category.  It makes use of Pocket page elements in a non-traditional way (using them on a layout instead of pockets).  It also needed to have five or less products.  All I used on this was patterned paper, stickers, and wood!

Supplies Used: 
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce & Paper House Productions
Stickers: Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Simple Stories
Wood: Studio Calico

I will be back in the next few days to share the second layout I had published!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Team Blog Hop: Handmade Holiday Projects

Welcome to the  
Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Nicole Stark's Blog!


                 We have a fabulous giveaway this month of a $10 Gift Certificate to Digi Playground!

All you need to do is enter below. You can earn multiple entries by following us on Facebook, commenting below, tweeting about the giveaway, and signing up for the email updates. This giveaway is open to US customers only and closes on this Sunday at 11:59 PM MDT.
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For our projects this month we did Handmade Holiday gifts.  I created a simple Nativity Glass Block:

I used Samantha's Nativity cut file #34982 and trimmed off the edges.  I cut it on matte brown vinyl and used an 8 inch glass block.  I added the vinyl to the glass block using transfer tape. and then filled the glass block with a doily and some fake snow.  The finishing touch was some gems.  
With supplies in hand you can make a special gift like this in a little time.

Samantha is giving away a free file and you can get it by clicking on the image below!

Thanks so much for stopping in today! Next up is Jamie!  You can get to her blog by clicking on the picture below!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Doily Christmas Card: SRM Stickers

I love doilies and am always on the lookout for new and clever ways to incorporate them.  Today I have a Christmas card to share with you that I made for SRM Stickers using their doilies and some flair from Bossy Joscie.
I've been wanting to try my hand at making a doily tree for awhile and this was the perfect opportunity.  I folded the 4 inch SRM doilies to a triangular shaping, getting smaller as I went up the tree.  Topping them with Bossy Joscie Flair was the perfect final addition.  

A white sentiment from We've Got Your Sticker - Merry set helped pull the whole thing together - I love how SRM's white stickers just pop!  And of course the whole base is Core'dinations cardstock and one of their fabulous tags!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: SRM Stickers
Doilies: SRM Stickers
Flair: Bossy Joscie

Friday, December 5, 2014

Snowman Polaroid Card

All this month the designers at Paper House Productions are featuring projects made using Plaid supplies.  Plaid makes the awesome Mod Podge that we all know and love!  Usually when I think of Mod Podge I think of using it on 3D projects.  I decided to experiment and see if I could use it in a less traditional way, on a card!

To begin I cut out the snowman portion of the patterned paper from the 6 X 6 Christmas Paper Pad.  I then got out the Extreme Glitter Mod Podge and used a brush to paint it over the whole snowman paper.  This added some great sparkle!

After I let it dry, I assembled the card.  A polaroid frame in the same kraft color as the base kept things simple.  I then added some Mod Melts that are meant to be flowers but I decided they looked snowflake like!  Final touch was some fabulous 3D stickers from Paper House.
Clean, simple, but oh so fun!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: Paper House Production
Mod Podge: Plaid


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Dress Layout - Core'dinations & Tombow

This week at Core'dinations we are sharing the blog with Tombow and using goodies from both for our creations!  I decided to do a layout about my Lucy in her Christmas dress last year!
I love the way that you can transform Core paper look like patterned paper just by doing some embosing and sanding.  For today I used pre-embossed paper from their Spotted paper pads and just did the sanding part.  I die cut my title and the ornaments. Backing the ornaments stripes with red in a couple of spots brought red into the bottom of the layout.  I then used two different sets of clear stickers - the white are from Simple Stories DIY Christmas line and the black sticker stitches are from SRM Stickers. I thought it would be fun to add words and icons around the ornaments creating a cluster feel.

Now it's on to this year's Christmas Dress!  It's a pretty one and I can't wait to get to scrapping it!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: SRM Stickers & Simple Stories
Pearls: Want 2 Scrap


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Simple Stories "Sweater Weather" for The Scrapbooking Studio

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying some downtime with family and friends today!  I am joining you today to share some projects from the Sweater Weather line from Simple Stories.  I got to work with this line this month for samples at The Scrapbooking Studio. It has a fall theme - but has broad enough embellishments and papers that you can make it work for family and general themes also! First up I have a layout to share:
Sweater Weather Layout 2
I stuck with the autumn theme in this one and showed my little guy in the leaves.  Isn't that sweater patterned paper neat?
Sweater Weather Card
This card made use of a lot of die cuts from the die cut pack.  Adding brads, chipboard, and enamel dots (all from Simple Stories) was an easy way to add texture and dimension.
Sweater Weather Layout 1
This layout is just a general one - although you could make it more fall like by adding leaves and such - you can see it has just a nice general family feel.
Sweater Weather Embroidery Hoop
My altered project also is a general project that could hang in your home year around.  I love all the houses and hearts included in this line.   Happy Thanksgiving All!

Monday, November 24, 2014

String Art Christmas Card

I have been itching to try some string art techniques and today my chance came!  I have a card up at The Twinery that uses a little string art!

All of the directions for how I did this can be found here. One of the things I love about this card is that I was able to use products from several companies that I design for and love - it's neat to see how they all can come together and make something beautiful!  I am one blessed lady!

If you try some string art techniques too, I would really love to see them! Link them up in the comments here or share them with me on my facebook page!

Supplies Used:
Twine: The Twinery
Stickers: SRM Stickers & Paper House Productions
Cardstock: Core'dinations


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Embossed Christmas Cards with a twist

I have always loved using embossing folders and using Core'dinations cardstock makes them even more fun!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!
Christmas-cards-Coredinations
For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.
Joy-Card-Coredinations
Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.
Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

Joy Core'dinations Closeup
Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.
Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.
My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!
Is-That-You-Santa-Coredinations
Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.
Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa's legs and the snow.
Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.
Is-That-You-Santa-Coredinations-Closeup
Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: SRM Stickers
Embossing Folders: Darice


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Little Princess Layout - Paper House & Plaid Swap

Paper House Productions and Plaid are joining up for a cross promotion for this holiday season. I will get to share projects with you throughout the holiday season using both of their products! 
 Plaid makes Mod Podge and all kinds of other fun goodies.  For my first project I decided to focus in on the Mod Molds.  These are really neat tools that you can make one of a kind accents for just about any craft project with.  

Plaid has silicone molds available and you use meltable sticks of Mod Podge to create unique accents.  
I used white with mine and while you can definitely paint or glitz them up, I left mine as they were. These worked great with a high temp glue gun that I got for less than $3.00 and can be found in the craft sections at stores like Walmart and Michaels.  They have a variety of color options too!

I used the Mod Melts to create the white hearts and the "L U C Y" on my layout.  Combining those with the fabulous Paper House 3D Little Princess stickers made for a one of a kind layout!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Tags; Core'dinations
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Mod Melts: Plaid

Paper House Productions is doing an awesome giveaway of some Plaid products and we'd love for you to enter!  Here's the Rafflecopter to get in on it and make sure to head to the Paper House Blog to see even more inspiration.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Burlap & Doilies - Christmas Home Decor

I absolutely love the look of burlap and doilies together and I think done right they can make awesome home decor for the holidays. I am up today at the fabulous SRM Stickers Blog and I am showing a simple holiday decor piece using White Matte Vinyl and Doilies. I picked up these burlap canvasses at a craft store and they are nice because they can either sit on a shelf or be hung from a wall.

I cut out the letters N E and L on my electronic die cut machine and attached those to my burlap canvas. My burlap canvasses were all 6 X 6 so a 5 inch letter worked great!


Instead of using an O cut from vinyl I used a 6 inch White Lace Doily topped with a  4 inch White Lace Doily.  I then added a pretty red bow to the bottom to give it the look of a wreath and bring in some color.

One of my favorite things about this project is that with supplies in hand, it takes only about 30 minutes to complete. And let's face it we all need those extra minutes as the holidays approach!

Supplies Used:
Burlap Canvasses: Michaels
Doilies: SRM Stickers
Vinyl: SRM Stickers
Ribbon: May Arts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

17 Turtles Guest Designer!

I had the honor of guest designing over at 17 Turtles yesterday!  Here's the projects I created and you can find all the details on them over there at this post :)



Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design
Stickers: Doodlebug Design & SRM Stickers
Cardstock: Core'dinations





Coach Layout

One of my favorite things about Paper House Productions is the variety of themes that they offer. Today I am focusing on their coach themed 3D Stickers and using them to document my daughter's soccer season with her dad as coach.
I went for a very clean and simple layout today.  I built my layout around the 8 1/2 X 11 white base - adding soccer papers to it to create a background.  I then added that to a 12 X 12 blue cardstock.  I created a line border of the 3D Coach stickers as well as a cluster of them and cardstock stickers next to the picture. I added a green chevron shape to add a pop of color and draw the eye towards the pictures.  My finishing touch was just some wood stars and enamel dots.  That seems to be my finishing touch of choice most of the time right now!  I opted to let my daughter do the journaling and added that to the back so it was private between her and daddy. 

Supplies Used:
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Wood: Studio Calico
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thankful Layout - Core'dinations & May Arts Paired Up!

I can't believe that it is already mid-November and fall is rapidly disappearing!  Before it's gone I wanted to get in another fall layout and Core'dinations combined with May Arts is the perfect pair to do it with!  You can see full step by step instructions for this layout on the Core'dinations blog!
Core-May-Arts-Layout-2
I love the way that Core'dinations cardstock cuts on my Silhouette!  Setting it at 3 speed, 33 Thickness, and my blade at 4, and double cut it cuts beautifully every time.  If it is super textured then I simply flip the paper over to the other side and cut it that way - you can still get the textured look if you mirror your image!

1112 Closeup 2
I used May Arts burlap ribbon and absolutely love it!  I have been wanting to try that stuff for a while!  I also used their scalloped border ribbon.

1112 Closeup 3
What amazes me most with Core'dinations cardstock is all the different looks you can achieve by tearing, embossing, and sanding!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Tags; Core'dinations
Ribbon: May Arts
Brads: Simple Stories
Stickers: Simple Stories

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Publication - Noel Embroidery Hoop

Earlier this year I was privileged to have a Christmas ornament published in the Holiday Cards & More special edition from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.  I love playing with embroidery hoops and paper but this was my first one on a smaller canvas!
Here's the basic directions as to how I did it:
-Take the embroidery hoop apart and using the inside circle.
-Add a quick drying glue or hot glue along the top rim.
-Attach the paper of your choice to it and allow that to dry.
-Trim it down so that you have a circle slightly larger than the hoop.
-Going around the circle - trim notches so that you can easily bend the additional paper onto the side of the hoop.
-Add quick drying glue to the side of the hoop and fold all those pieces down.
-Add your top hoop and your paper should now be secure!

Decorating these is super fun and nice change from the quadrilateral shape we are used to working in!  For this one I added a bold burlap bow and I really liked the effect it had!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Samantha Walker for Echo Park
Stickers: Samantha Walker for Echo Park & Imaginisce
Gems: Imaginisce
Button: Imaginisce
Burlap: May Arts

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop Winner

Congrats to Becky Johnson on being the winner of the SRM Stickers gift certificate!  Becky - shoot me an email at practicalscrappers@gmail.com or message me on my facebook page and I will get that sent to you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Baseball Layout - Paper House Productions

The newest issue of Create Magazine came out today and I have a couple projects in it!  This layout is one of them.  I made it during playoff season when the Cardinals were still winning :).

My son has reached that age where he either has to be something scary for Halloween or something sports related.  Scary is out so it's sports!  Last year he dressed as a STL Cardinal and bravely walked around town amongst Cubs fans.  For this layout I used a base of cardstock from Core'dinations  I then did some fussy cutting from Paper House's sports pad as well as some die cut title work.  Adding the 3-D stickers was the perfect pop of dimension that I was looking for!  And my finishing touch was the awesome white sticker stitches and numbers from SRM stickers!  I love doing sports layouts and this was definitely no exception!

Supplies Used:
 Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: Paper House Productions & SRM STickers
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
Wood: Studio Calico

Friday, November 7, 2014

Xyron/Paper House Productions - Great Outdoors Team Up

I am so excited for another pair-up of Xyron and Paper House Productions

 This month we are doing a focus on the Great Outdoors and I decided to use some pictures from a hiking trip last summer!  Both companies are doing great giveaways so make sure to check out their blogs!

That burlap paper from the 100% Country Paper Pad really caught my eye and I knew it would make a perfect background.  I used my Xyron 3 inch sticker maker to add adhesive to my photos. I love to do this with smaller photos and tags! When I make layouts like this I always try to use pictures that will include everyone in the family (or at least all the kids).  Once I got that part down I added in Die Cut Stickers and 3D Stickers from Paper House Productions in clusters built up around my pictures.  


I also made use of the Xyron Adhesive Dots for attaching my wood clothespins to the layout:

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Twine: The Twinery

Now make sure you head to Xyron & Paper House for their giveaways!



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall Thank You Card

If you haven't already picked up on it, I really enjoy creating fall cards :)  This one was up yesterday on the Samantha Walker blog. I was pulling out the little pieces and realized they are gorgeous too!  Today I am going to show you how I incorporated those into a card too! Instead of using the whole card, I just used the overlay.

After cutting the overlay in a couple different colors I made use of the leaf for one element on my card. I then used the negative space swirls for embellishing the card.

You can peel out each and every piece of negative space from these leaves and put them together to make pretty flourish clusters or wheat clusters or simply use them individually to decorate. I bet they would be just stunning in vellum!  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Sticker: SRM Stickers
Wood: Studio Calico
Twine: May Arts

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall day where you are and have lots to be thankful for this month!


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