Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sketchy Saturday - Winter Wonderland

Usually on Sketchy Saturday I share an original sketch of my own but this week I stumbled onto a sketch that I liked and decided I'd feature it this week instead! I am using a sketch from the kit club My Creative Scrapbook.  They also run a sketch site called My Creative Sketches and I am playing along there this month! I am also going to link this up to Paper Issues current issue "Say it Ain't Snow." Okay on to the sketch - here's the January sketch:

I like the simplicity of the sketch. You can access the blog post to play along with this sketch here. Now on to my interpretation:

I do not take a lot of horizontal pictures so I opted to keep the sketch as it was but use a vertical picture instead.  I used the Doodlebug collect "Frosty Friends" and between that and the sketch this layout came together super fast!  I love when that happens!

I wasn't coming up with an option for scallops along the bottom of the picture that I liked.  But these triangles meant to be corner stickers worked perfectly and added a unique touch to the layout.

I also didn't do scallops up above but went for a bigger cluster of elements than the sketch called for.  Part of why I enjoy sketches is they give you a jumping off place but let you run with it and make it work for you!  

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design
Stickers: Doodlebug Design
Enamel Hearts: Doodlebug Design

Hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! We finally have a calm Saturday and I am looking forward to some relaxing!








Thursday, January 22, 2015

Core'dinations Tags Layout - CHA Booth Project

Core'dinations tags are one of my favorites of all their products.  Today I have another CHA booth layout to share with you that highlights their tags!

These shaped tags are some newer ones that they carry that also have embossing on them already.  All I had to do was a little sanding to bring out the embossing.  Because I really wanted the tags to take center stage I kept things very clean and simple. 


 I definitely had a different mindset as I created for CHA for Core'dinations vs normal.  My style is still there but definitely on a cleaner level :).  I did some die cutting for the flowers and title and then embossing for the white framing.  

Coming up next will be some cards from the Core booth - we'll see you again soon :)


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Core'dinations CHA Layout using Tim Holtz Kraft-Core

Last week I shared my CHA projects from Paper House Productions and today I have a Core'dinations layout to share that was also for their CHA booth.  I have several projects that I did for them also but I'm gonna be spreading out that sharing a bit.  This layout was done to focus on the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Cardstock Collections that Core'dinations makes and is a super clean and simple layout.

Tim Holtz Kraft Core'dinations Cardstock Baby Layout
My background is made of the Tim Holtz Shattered Collection.  I love this cardstock line because it adds a lot of interest without overwhelming the rest of the layout.  I also used tearing and embossing to bring out the kraft core throughout the layout.  

I also used some of Core's small tags as a grid style embellishment.  I added wood hearts and enamel dots in coordinating colors to help break up all the white.

For my title I cut out letters on my Silhouette Cameo and then embossed each with a different folder. 
If you haven't seen them already you should check out the new Core'dinations stuff with Tim Holtz - the metallic collection has me real excited!  You can catch a sneak of them here


Sunday, January 18, 2015

CHA Projects - Paper House Productions

It's no secret how much I love Paper House Productions so when given the chance to do some extra creating for them for the CHA Winter Show of course I jumped at the chance!  One of their new collections is called ColorWays and they are producing three colors of it this year Emerald, Sapphire, and Noir.  I got to work with Emerald!

I made both this card and the Ampersand.  The Ampersand is made from individually rolled pieces of paper.  I did each one by cuting a 1 1/2 inch tall strip and then rolled it around the pencil using quick drying glue to secure it.  It was tedious and messy but I was soooooo happy with it! 

I also created this layout using all the different pieces from the line (rub-ons, foam stickers, accessory pack).  It's going to fun to play more with these lines and try out the other colors!

Here's what that portion of the booth looked like:


I also had several other older items in the booth and Paper House shot a couple of pics of some so I thought I'd share those as well!
My tailgate box card was one I made for them last spring and...

My Pray frame that has gotten some serious mileage from Joann stores to CHA :)  Love it just as much now as when I created it!  And check out the new Faith cardstock stickers below it!  

If you want to check out more pictures of the booth be sure to hop by the Paper House Facebook Page - you won't be disappointed!




Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sketchy Saturday using Teresa Collins "Studio Gold"

Welcome back to another Sketchy Saturday!  This week the sketch is a two picture sketch!
What do you think are you getting some ideas???  Here's my interpretation:

Would you believe I took these pictures and scrapped them within 4 hours???  I had this new Teresa Collins "Studio Gold" line that I was itching to play with and it was just screaming snow pictures at me! As you can see I built my layout up from the sketch - adding in some vellum to the background.  That is what I love about sketches - they give you a jumping off point but then room to make it your own with embellishing and extra layers!

The title needed to fit the situation so I used some letter stickers and then cut out the "Selfie" word with my Silhouette.  The various elements from the Studio Gold line are fabulous - you've got vellum, foil, glitter, chipboard, enamel dots....all things fun in my book!  

If you create something with this sketch I would love to see it!  Either link me up in the comments of on my facebook page!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins
Stickers: Darice
Chipboard: Teresa Collins
Die Cuts: Teresa Collins & Heidi Swapp
Enamel Dots: Teresa Collins
Vellum: Teresa Collins






Giveaway Winner

A huge congrats to Brook Boyd!  You are my winner from the Imaginisce, Twinery, Samantha Walker giveaway!  Email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com and I will get those out to you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snowmen in a Tube

I love versatile packaging? And SRM has you totally  covered in that department and today I am going to show you how I used the clear tubes to create some fun packaging!  I used the mini tubes and original tubes from SRM in combination with their punched pieces to create snowmen!
.  I created these little snowmen to be treats for my kids on a snow day.  I curled the punched pieces and slid them into the tubes.  The original tubes (for my big kids) got three pieces and the mini tubes (for my little kids) got two pieces.  


I used the following sticker sets to create these snowmen:

And then I used the following for their bodies:

Each snowman got a scarf in their favorite color using Striped Bakers Twine in Maraschino, Midnight Blue, Peapod, and Lilac.  

Last step was to add some candy - I added little chocolate balls but pretty much anything would work! Aren't these the cutest???

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

You Are My Sunshine - A Scraps Layout

Yesterday I shared with you the goal of scrapping more holiday pictures.  Today I am going to share another goal I have for 2015 - using up some of my stash that I have held onto because I love it! With the new year I have been busy doing some organizing, including organizing in my Scrapping Studio.  That is an ongoing thing and I have needed to get to scraps for awhile.  Today as I was tackling scraps I piled up pieces from this older line from Pebbles Inc - I believe it was released 2 years ago at CHA.  It caught my eye and I decided to pull it together into a quick layout!

My daughter and her godmother always take beautiful pictures together and this one was no exception.  The bottom of the layout is the bottom of a piece of patterned paper from the Party by Amy Locurto line.  I then added the You Are My Sunshine and picture with a matte. 


I pulled out the stickers from this line and started building a cascade up from one corner to the opposite side.  I love using this technique - it goes quick and pulls the eye towards the picture!  I topped the whole thing with a little washi tape to bring some color across the top.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles Inc
Stickers: Pebbles Inc
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
Wood: Studio Calico




Monday, January 12, 2015

Santa Claus Layout

Okay so I know Christmas is over and I know the "industry" says it's time to move on to Valentine's Day and Spring.  But here's the thing...I have been following the industry's unspoken rules for a few years now and I have news for you, I have a lot of unscrapped holiday pictures.  Not just Christmas but from all the holidays.  Basically whatever I haven't gotten done by the deadlines gets shoved to the side and may or may not get documented later.  And if it does get documented later it isn't with the freshness of memories still close in mind.  So this year, I am bucking that trend and you are going to see me documenting holidays year around - regardless of what season we are actually in.  I want to make sure I am capturing all the moments before I forget them!  Today I am kicking things off with a layout from this past Christmas and it tells the story of what my kids told Santa they wanted for Christmas.

Santa Claus layout by Christine Meyer
It is not the best picture of the whole group but when is a Santa picture ever good - there's always someone making a goofy or terrified face!  I used 3D Stickers from Paper House Productions in combination with some of their patterned paper.  I also used some new nesting star dies that I got from Technique Tuesday.  Those are going to get a workout!  Core'dinations cardstock helps make up the base and the background for the picture.  I hadn't written down all the kids Santa requests yet, so I am glad I took the time to do this because chances are, by next November when I got back to this picture I would have forgotten!  

Do you stick with holiday schedules when scrapping or are you working on them year around too?

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: Paper House Productions, Teresa Colins

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Favorites from my terms with Imaginisce, Samantha Walker, Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, and The Twinery - GIVEAWAY!

With the new year comes changes in design teams.  I've recently wrapped up my terms with several design teams and I thought it would be fun to go back and highlight some of my favorite projects that I did with them! I also thought it would be fun to bless one reader with a prize package with goodies from these companies! Read on to find out how to qualify!

First up are some projects from
The Twinery!

I tried to do a string art style card here!  You can see the whole post here


I just did simple outlining with my twine on this layout - love the effect it had.


This layout was for a blog hop with the Twinery & Chic Tags.

Next up are some projects from 
Imaginisce 

Fall cards that I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut and patterned papers, stamps, and the I Rock tool from Imaginisce


A layout making use of the I Top tool and the fun Little Princess line!


My first ever box card - love doing them!



Easter Embroidery Hoops decorated with paper you can check out the whole tutorial here!


Say Cheese layout using stamps.





Valentine's Card for Her


Valentine's Card for Him


Winter Card


Birthday Card

























St. Patrick's Day Subway Art

Now on to 
Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine

This was for a challenge to use a faux technique - I did faux stitching.




















This card was for an Old Skool challenge - I went with using an old tool (decorative edge scissors)

And last up I have some favorites from my time with
Samantha Walker:

This layout has a tutorial with it on how I made the Silhouette Cameo do the work on cutting out the detailed flower.


A faux chalkboard wall art project using sketch pens.


A bus shaped card along with a tutorial on how to make your own shaped card.


A shaker card using sequins.


Decorations for a Frozen themed Birthday Party - see the whole post here


Using Samantha's flowers to create a flower pen bouquet - see the whole tutorial here

So here's the deal - I have been blessed with tons of great products from my time on design teams.  I would like to share that with one of you!  I will be putting together a prize package that includes patterned papers from Samantha Walker, a variety of products from Imaginisce (paper, stickers, die cuts etc.), some twine from The Twinery (winners choice of five colors), and some misc goodies from Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine.

Here's how you can qualify:
1) Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite project (or 2 or 3 :) from this post is.
2) To get an extra entry become a fan on my Facebook Page (leave me a comment here or there so I know you did that)

And that's it!  I will leave this contest open until January 15th at 11:59 pm CST.  Look for a winner to be announced the next day!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Blog Hop Winner

Thanks so much to all of you that popped in for the blog hop!  The randomly chosen winner of the $25 SRM Stickers gift certificate is Mandi Holmes!  And the winner of the $75 Paper Issues gift certificate was randomly chosen and ended up being from Laurel's blog - she will be announcing the winner there :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A New Monthly Installment in my Scrappy Routine

Every year around my birthday I think about how I really should scrap more about myself.  I am in lots of pictures and layouts - but I don't do a lot about who I am.  Well today is my birthday so it is the perfect time to finally follow through on that thought!  Each month around this date I am going to try to scrap a page that tells a little about me.  I want something that I can look back at in ten years (and beyond) that shares a little about my day to day life and the things that I do and love.

I recently picked up the collection Through the Year Collection from Echo Park by Jennifer Gallacher.  I decided to make this collection my base for this monthly series - it's perfect because it has stuff for each month!  So without further adieu, here's January!

I fussy cut the diamond shapes from some patterned paper in the collection and used those to create my background.  I then simply added some stickers, enamel dots, and wood.  For the journaling/topic this month I just decided to do things I Love.  


I wanted to do day to day things that I love, not like the big obvious things like God, my hubby, kids, family, etc...but more the stuff I might forget :)  Here's my list: hot baths, good devotions, cookie butter, silly kids (those giggles from my littlest boys are the best), cheese pizza, Forever (the tv show), hazelnut coffee, popcorn, loud music (in my car by myself ;)), facebook, Bible Study, Fitbit, IPhone, and Daniel Tiger (not looking forward to the little boys outgrowing that show).  

Do you scrap about yourself too?  I'd love to see how you are documenting your own history!  
Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Stickers: Echo Park
Wood: Cosmo Cricket
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sketchy Saturday - Week 1

It's been awhile since I've done a Sketchy Saturday and I thought the first week of the year was the perfect time to get started again!  Here's the sketch for this week!



And here's my sample to go with it!
Modern Heritage layout using Legacy by Simple Stories
I am working with this line for The Scrapbooking Studio! Legacy is a beautiful heritage line but can also work great for family layouts and because I don't have a lot of heritage photos, that is what I went with.  I have had these pictures sitting and waiting to be scrapped for a couple years and was so glad to finally have the right line to match them up with.  This is my three oldest children with one of our stand-in Grandma's at our old home in Missouri.  Her and her husband are godparents to Cooper and this is when we took him down to meet them.  Barbie isn't a huge fan of having her picture taken so I treasure this pictures even more knowing that.

This layout and sketch are both clean and simple - make use of a little patterned paper and a few embellishments and you can knock it out quick and easy!  Simple Stories is awesome for products that mix and match perfectly and make the creating process less stressful!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Stickers: Simple Stories
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
Die Cuts: Simple Stories


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Let It Snow - A Winter Layout

Happy New Year!  Today I am the blogger at SRM Stickers!  I love how their sticker make it possible to create for any season and mix and match with the patterned papers you love.  Today I have a snow layout to share of Bo from last year!
Making use of the Sentiment Winter stickers made adding journalling and thoughts throughout easy.  I love to be able to use stickers to tell the story because it can often add to the design of the project. I am also not a huge fan of my handwriting - so when I can let the stickers do the work then I definitely do!  We haven't had our first snow yet here - but I am waiting with my SRM Stickers in hand to document it when it shows up! To check out close-ups of this layout head on over to the SRM Stickers blog!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Stickers: SRM Stickers & Simple Stories
Punched Pieces: SRM Stickers

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Ten Blog Hop 2014




Welcome to the Top Ten Blog Hop for 2014.  
We have been doing this for a few years now and every year we add some new friends to the group. I know you'll love the line-up this year!  You should have arrived from Chantalle's blog - if you didn't head on back to the beginning and catch everyone!

We have a huge group prize this year!  
We are giving away one $75 gift certificate to Paper Issues Store!  








Each time you leave a comment on any of the blogs you get an entry - you can comment on each blog once - so you have the opportunity to be entered 24 times!!! You have until midnight EST on January 4th to enter so make sure to hop around to each blog. Many of us have individual giveaways too - so make sure to check out those requirements. I will have details on my individual prize at the bottom of this post!

Here's the line-up for the hop:
Top Ten Blog Hop for 2014
Juliana Michaels
Michele Kovack
Chantalle McDaniel
Christine Meyer ****You Are Here***
Mendi Yoshikawa ***Head Here Next***
Kelly Holbrook
Laurel Seabrook
Katrina Hunt
Wendy Morris-Saponaro
Becki Adams
Suzanna Lee
Melissa Elsner
Monika Wright
Wendy Antenucci
Jen Matott
Marcia Dehn-Nix
Ashley N Newell
Kathy Skou
Linda Auclair
Kelly Jean
Monique Liedtke
Rhonda Van Ginkel
Jennifer Haggerty
Cathy Harper


My Top Ten
2014 was such a fun year for me in the Scrapbooking world.  Designing for companies that I love has afforded me some great opportunities and I am truly thankful for that.  Narrowing my projects down to the Top Ten was tough - I won't tell you how many I started with.  In the end I got 11 and decided I'd stick with that.  I don't usually break the rules but I think you'll agree that this time, it was a good idea :)  So without further adieu, here's my favorite projects from 2014.


I think this canvas is the perfect place to start! I made this as part of my application for the Core'dinations Design Team.





As a mom to three little boys we have a lot of "brotherly love" going.  I love to use words on my layout and I love to think outside of the box with paper.  This project which I created for The Scrapbooking Studio definitely demonstrates both of those loves.



I got to guest design for 17turtles in November and had such fun playing with the cut files.  This paper pieced heart swirl really showcases my love of bright colors and whimsical elements.



I love my cut files and designing for Samantha Walker this past year was a blast because I got to play with a lot of fun ones.  I used her files to create a shaker box style card using gold and silver.



I love my Paper House Productions products, the combination of themed items with current trends in design is what they are best at and I always have fun playing with their stuff.  This layout was created for them to use in Joann Stores as endcap project sheets for their Halloween stickers.

 
As you've already seen, I love silver and gold!  I can't get enough of the metallic trend.  For this card I combined SRM Stickers with SRM Silver Doilies.  Simple and sophisticated - the name of the game with SRM Stickers :)


I got to play with a lot of Simple Stories this year and haven't found a line yet that I don't love..  Their summer line was perfect for pulling together a whole bunch of photos that were getting lost in the piles and create a summer memory layout.

Core-May-Arts-Layout-2
I love to play with techniques and this layout shows that - I did embossing, tearing, and die cutting.  I love it when techniques can make a layout and you don't have to add tons of product.  I created this one for Core'dinations as part of their design team.


You've seen the names SRM Stickers, Paper House Productions, and Core'dinations several times already - this layout combines all three.  Creating older boy layouts is a challenge - but I think I hit this one out of the park ;)

This layout was created purely for enjoyment and was based on a sketch that I created.  It uses Pebbles spring line from last spring.


Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine has closed it's doors and I am so sad about that.  Last spring they issued a challenge to use 5 or less products on a layout for an upcoming issue.  I submitted this layout using three products (stickers, patterned paper, and wood) and they picked it up!  It was in their last print issue which is still available on newsstands (called Pocket Scrapbooking).

My Individual Prize
For my individual prize I am giving away at $25 gift certificate to SRM Stickers Store!
They have a wide variety of fun products from stickers to vinyl to doilies and more!  To enter both contests all you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me which of these projects was your favorite.  I also give you a bonus entry for "liking" my Facebook page that you can find here.

Thanks so much for visiting and have fun checking out the rest of these talented ladies - your next stop is Mendi!




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