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!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Paper Doll Christmas Ornaments

Imaginisce has just released a new line called Family Fun!  Family Fun is such a fun new line that is full of vibrant colors and the perfect designs for crafting family.  I really love the die cut paper dolls and decided to make Christmas Ornaments for each of my kiddos using them.  Each year I give each of my kids a new ornament and they build up a collection - so this will be there ornament for the year!

For each ornament I followed a similar format - the base is a white tag with a coordinating strip of patterned paper on it.  Then I decorated a paper doll with clothes. I also added some coordinating glitter tape and wooden stars. This first one is my little girl!  I also used my IRock tool to add a little sparkle to her bow.


For each doll I added their first initial using the IRock tool.  This was the most time consuming part but I absolutely love how it makes the dolls even more personalized!


Next up comes my oldest son.  The paper doll packs come with all boys or all girls and lots of variety in hair colors and skin tones.  Even with three sons I was able to make mine work from one pack.


My little blondie was the hardest one to create.  Doing a B with the IRock required nice steady hands - but as you can see I got it!  He gives me the biggest run for my money, so it's only fitting that I struggled a little with his ornament right!?! :)


I also got out my cordless glue gun to add the buttons.  I love the light on the end of this glue gun and the fact that I never have to find a plug to use it!


Last up is my middle boy.  His favorite color is green so I had to focus the ornament and his outfit on green.  I can't wait to give these to them and see their excitement when they realize I made them to look like them!

Supplies Used:
Imaginisce: Patterned Paper, IRocks, Die Cuts, Buttons
American Crafts: Glitter Tape, Stars

Monday, November 3, 2014

Create a Mini Calendar - SRM Stickers

You just can't go wrong with making someone a calender for a holiday present - add pictures to it and you've got the perfect personalized gift to share with special family and friends. Today I have Mini Calender Star Album up on the SRM Stickers blog that I made special for one of the grandparents.
I used a cut file from the talented Jamie Cripps to create the album.  Her instructions can be found here. I love that it can easily set up on a desktop just like this! I used the Mini Calender/Decorative 2015 stickers for my calender part.

Look how cool it is from above!  They can easily check out other months or leave it on the current one.

It folds down like this so it looks just like a normal mini album. I kept the cover simple, just adding a 2015 sticker (how is it almost 2015????).  You can get a whole selection of 2015 stickers from SRM's Year of Memories 2015 set.

I decorated each page with a month and then a picture that I punched out.  If it was there birthday month I made sure it had their picture on it - but otherwise I just went with cute pictures.  I kept each page pretty similar so that the assembly wasn't too time consuming.

One more Christmas present done!

Supplies Used:
Stickers: SRM Stickers
Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cousins Layout

Throughout this month Want2Scrap and Paper House Productions are teaming up with projects that combine their products.  I got to kick things off today with this fun Cousins layout!
cousins layout, want2scrap, overlay, paper house productions
After sliding my pictures into place I pulled out some coordinating patterned paper and decorated the chipboard stars from Want2Scrap.  I added those along with some gemstones throughout the layout.  I used some fabulous 3D Stickers from Paper House Productions.  Their 3D stickers have become such a staple in my creating.  I love dimension and they definitely get the job done!

Supplies Used:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Scrapping Our Stash Halloween/Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.  
This month (and from here on out) we are inviting anyone who's interested in joining the stash busting hop to join us.  If you want to join us next month email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com.

Here's the list for this month's hop:
Christine *You Are Here*

Suzanna  *Go Here Next*
Bobbi 

Lyne 


This month we are all doing Halloween or Fall Themed projects.  I actually am sharing a layout about my daughter in her costume that is themed to match her costume!  Paper House Productions had an awesome Country Girl line with papers and stickers and it just matches her pictures from last Halloween so perfectly!

Right down to the colors it is a perfect match!  I used several different patterned papers in that collection.  I also used some cardstock stickers and some of their new chipoxy stickers.  This is one of those collections I have been wanting to play with for awhile and was glad to finally have an excuse to do so!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Wood: Studio Calico
Twine: The Twinery
Tag: Core'dinations
Cardstock: Core'dinations

As a Thank You for stopping by today I am going to do a special giveaway of a $10 gift certificate to the SRM Stickers Store! I am on the design team at SRM Stickers and love the products there - you will be able to find plenty of fun choices from stickers to doily to vinyl to packaging!

You can do any or all of the following to enter:
1) Become a follower here
2) Like my Scrapping with Christine facebook page
3) Pin the layout picture onto Pinterest
And lastly leave me a comment to let me know which you have done!

This giveaway will remain open until 11:59 pm on November 8th!  I will announce a winner within a couple days!  

Now Hop on Over to the talented Suzanna's Blog!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friendly Forest Cards

I had so much fun playing with this line for The Scrapbooking Studio that I actually came up with five projects!  Doodlebug really hit this one out of the park.  Here's the two cards I created using the line.

This patterned paper...oh I love it and I really wanted to do something unique and clever with it.  I can't tell you how many different arrangements it went through.  I finally settled in on a card with a big heart that had a quilt feel to it.  I loved how it was coming together but then I thought it would be really neat to add some dimension so I used new squares in the same color and folded them in half.  
I added those on top of the original design and voila - sweet dimension!


This second card has a lot more in the layering department.  I added vellum to the top of the polka dot patterned paper to soften it a bit.  I then added layers of papers and stickers to create a vibrant base with a variety of shapes.  Adding a sentiment and a few clusters of stickers brings the whole thing together.  I love to throw a sideways bow on my cards every once in awhile for a different twist on the regular bow :)

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug 
Stickers: Doodlebug
Vellum: Core'dinations
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Wall Hanging

I love to use my paper crafting supplies to create home decor so I am always on the lookout for little things I can alter.  Today I have an altered frame that actually used to be a base for a puzzle.  We lost enough pieces that it was useless but I still kept the base ;).  This is another project using the Friendly Forest line from Doodlebug Design for The Scrapbooking Studio!

fall wall hanging
This was super simple to make!  I did a large square of brown and purple patterned paper.  I then made equal sized squares in white for the base of the word FALL.  I topped each of those with a different patterned paper.  Then more white and then the letters.  After all that I added an animal Doodle Pop to each Square and a tree or leaf.  Final step was to add some enamel dots to each square.  
fall wall hanging
Can't wait to add this to my other cute Fall Decor!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design
Stickers: Doodlebug Design
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Treat Tube

This month at Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine we are focusing on Halloween treat containers.  Well of course that was the perfect opportunity to use some of my fabulous SRM Stickers supplies!  I used one of the tubes and decorated it up with the clear stickers. 


Paper Issues is also having a link up for Halloween and SRM Stickers (prize alert!!!) so I thought I'd share this there too!  There's a couple of other treat containers for you to check out at the Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine blog so make sure to hop over there and check it out!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FOX & Friend - Doodlebug "Friendly Forest" Layout

Okay, okay, so it's a fall line. But when you have a little boy who loves his Fox as much as he does and Doodlebug puts out some stinkin' cute fox stuff, well, it had to be done.  So this layout has nothing to do with fall but still uses the "Friendly Forest" line!

I love these pictures so so much and you know how it goes, when the pictures are really sentimental then you struggle to commit them to a layout.  I fought with this layout for hours longer than anything else i have done recently.  I came up with the title "Fox & Friend" to mimic the morning news show "Fox & Friends." And then I added a subtitle in the middle of the pictures.  I knew I wanted to pull in some green and blue also so I added those into the mix of layers. I am finding that no matter what I do now, there is some element on there from Core'dinations and today it is the vellum circles.  They add a soft touch of texture to the whole layout.  I know this will be a layout that I am going to love to sit and look at down the road and aren't those the best kind?  Hope you've had a great weekend!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
Stickers: Doodlebug
Vellum: Core'dinations
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories

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