Sunday, July 20, 2014

Basic Grey "Herbs & Honey" Card

I shared a layout the other day and today I thought I'd share the card I made from the Basic Grey "Herbs & Honey" line.  The Scrapbooking Studio sells these cute little wooden spools that were a perfect match for the feel of this line.  I knew they had to be included on my card and maybe more!

I layered lots of papers and die cuts to create the card.  I then added some Sticker Stitches from SRM Stickers to again, add to the country feel of the card.  I then popped up the circle sentiment with foam adhesive.  I wrapped twine from The Twinery around each spool and slid them onto some pretty stick pins.  The stick pins stick perfectly into the foam adhesive so I don't have to worry about them moving or poking thru!  I love how this card turned out - it is probably one of my favorites that I have done lately!

 Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Die Cuts: Basic Grey
Twine: The Twinery
Stickers: SRM Stickers

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sketchy Saturday Week 17

I'm getting back into my routine post vacation and that means I am back with a new sketch this week!

I used this sketch to create a layout for The Scrapbooking Studio using the Herbs & Honey line from Basic Grey!
This is a really fun line with a lot of classic elements and a country summer feel to it.  I love the vibrant colors that are balanced out with some rich neutrals.  I also really enjoyed the sticker sets and other embellishments! I layered lots of die cuts and stickers to create a background.  The pictures have some silly faces with them so I decided to go for the humor card - my face and Cooper's face are quite special ;).  I'll be sharing more from this line in the next couple weeks!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Stickers: Basic Grey
Die Cuts: Basic Grey
Buttons: Bella Blvd

Don't forget if you create something with this sketch I would love to see it!  Either share a link with me here or post it on my facebook page!

Creating a Chalkboard Home Decor Piece

I had so much fun creating a chalkboard piece for Samantha Walker's blog today!  Swing by here to check it out and the details how to do it!



Friday, July 18, 2014

Sneak Peek

Come on by the SRM blog today to see this fun baby layout full of lots of awesome stickers!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Giving the I top a Workout!

On Tuesday I was up over at Imaginisce with a layout that showcases the awesome I Top tool!

Using the Little Princess line, I looked at the pink paper and knew I wanted to build a design off of that.  So I did some folded circles in the center of each diamond and then created my own brads to use in the corners.  I added a few gems and butterflies to keep it from being too monotonous.  Having a detailed and busy bottom portion of the layout allowed me to keep the top nice and simple - adding just a little patterned paper and a die cut. 

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
Die Cuts: Imaginisce
Gems: Imaginisce

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Outlining with Twine

I love the twine from the Twinery and have been really enjoying playing with the solid colors lately!  I like to do outlines on my layouts with a pen but today I decided to do the outlining with actual Twine!
As you can see I went around the white square, the patterned square, and the photo mat.  This took some patience because to keep it straight I had to use quick drying glue and work slowly – but I like how it brings in the colors even more and helps to separate each layer.
I used liquid glue and a toothpick to apply the glue – only doing about 3 inches at a time and then pressing the twine down.  Because it dried quickly that ensured the twine was not popping back up on me!  The nice thing with the Twinery is that they have a color to match every color you are looking for!  Here’s the ones I used today!
Image of Solid Honeydew Twine SpoolImage of Solid Strawberry Twine Spool Image of Solid Caribbean Twine Spool
You can grab any of these fabulous colors at  The Twinery Store!
Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Wood:Studio Calico
Overlay: Simple Stories
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little Boy Layout

I am sharing a project today over at Leaky Shed Studio that features pieces from both Leaky Shed and Altered Pages!



I had some dragonfly goodies to work with from Altered Pages and decided to combine those with the chipboard dragonflies from Leaky Shed Studio.  Since I have three sons, dragonflies are perfect for summer fun with a more masculine feel.  

I opted to leave the chipboard in it's natural state because it brought in one more color from my base patterned paper!  And again it enhances that masculine feel.

I used pieces from the Dragonfly Dreams Muse Kit that included the cardstock dragonflies, the blue textured paper, the green paper, and the tag!  It's a neat kit because you can go a lot of directions with it - but for me a layout just jumped out because of the colors!

Altered Pages Supplies Used:

Leaky Shed Studio Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Stickers: Heidi Swapp

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blog Hop Winner!

I'm back from vacation and have regular internet access again so you can look for a little more regular posts from me!  Sketchy Saturday will be back next week!!!

In the meantime I wanted to announce the winner from the Scrapping Our Stash blog hop!  BARBARA GREENBERG you are the winner!  Please email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com and I will get your prize sent off to you!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Team Blog Hop - Summer

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 Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Patterns Die Fancy Lattice

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 my project today I played with one of Samantha's new baskets! This one is Circle Basket with Simple Bow (#62208)
1) Cut out all your pieces in the papers you like.
2) Fold the circle along the perforated edges.
3) Add a brad and some adhesive to hold the sides together
4) Assemble the bow
4) Add the handle using a brad and then attach a doily to decorate
6) Add a center flower to the bow
7) Fill with yummy goodness :)




The summery colors from the Carta Bella lines (Summer Lovin' and Cool summer) designed by Samantha were perfect for this basket!

Don't forget to sign up for Samantha's Newsletter 
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FREE SVG and Silhouette Studio file! 

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

SRM Mini Calender

Today is my very first post at SRM Stickers!!!  Come check out this mini calender with full details on their blog!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Twinery & Chic Tags Blog Hop (And GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to all of you hopping along with us today! You should have arrived here from my awesomely talented friend Jennifer's blog! I've known Jennifer for a couple years so I was excited to be following her today!


You know how much I love my twine from The Twinery and today you get to see it in a marvelous pairing with Chic Tags!

The Twinery will be giving away a Solid Sampler Pack (a $45 value!) like the one below to one lucky winner!!  So make sure to  head over there and get in on the prize!


Just in case you get lost along the way here's the entire hop list for today!
Christine Meyer *You Are Here*
Mandy Kay Starner *Head Here Next*

Now on to my creation!
I used various pieces from the Cloud 9  to create a cascade of fun and whimsical shapes leading to my picture!  The colors in this line are just spectacular and I love those wood sequins!  I created some loops using my Pink Sorbet bakers twine behind the Flair buttons to create some flowers!


Here's how the whole thing came together!  And it tells the story of my cutie dressed up as Ramona for a school dress up day!  The whimsical elements from Chic Tags, fabulous words, and twine all come together to make it fun little layout!

Thanks for joining us today and make sure to hop on over to 
Mandy next!

Monday, June 30, 2014

See You Later (Card)

Today I start off vacation and our first stop is the zoo!  So it's the perfect time to share this fun animal themed card from the Echo Park "Day at the Zoo" line.  I made this as a sample for The Scrapbooking Studio.

I fussy cut the alligator and quote out and then added a couple of layers of different patterns behind it.  A quick little banner, some extra animal stickers, and enamel dots pull it all together to make a quick and cute card.  I am not sure how often I will have blog access over the next week so my posts may be scattered (or may not :)).  But I will definitely See You Later Alligator :)

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Stickers: Echo Park & Simple Stories
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sketchy Saturday Week 16 - Scrapbooking about a nightmare?


Pretty simple but one of the big features is a big title!  Here's my interpretation:

Because the title and journaling actually are the main point of the layout I thought this was perfect for a big title.  It doesn't happen often for me but sometimes the words tell the story more than the picture and this was definitely one of those cases! About a month ago my son had a nightmare about a fox in his room.  It was hilarious how the story continued for days after.  I really wanted to document it because t was just a sweet moment!  This picture was perfect cause I feel like his face looks like he is telling a whopping tale!  I used a lot of Pebbles Inc's line Special Delivery because I knew it had a fox in it!  I also used cork accents and paper from American Crafts.  I cut my title out on my cameo and then used the negative space.  I filled that in with journaling.  I then used letter stickers to round out the rest of the story! 

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles, American Crafts
Stickers: Bella Blvd, American Crafts
Sequins: Teresa Collins



Friday, June 27, 2014

Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.  

You should have arrived from Majken's Blog - if you didn't you may want to go back and check out everyone's blogs - lots of inspirations and giveaways!

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 Blog Hop List for today:
Christine *You Are Here*

I decided to focus in on my patriotic stash and use some Doodlebug from their Kraft in Color and Patriotic Parade line.  The stickers are all from the Stars & Stripes line.
I have been loving the trend of a big circle as a focal point on your layout.  I have always loved circles....so yes, I will certainly embrace this trend :).  I knew I wanted to add text following the curves of the circle so after adding my pictures I did just that.  I then created clusters of stickers in three different points.  The pictures of my son wandering thru our local cemetery checking out flags were just perfect for a patriotic layout.  I used up nearly an entire two sheets of stickers - so some serious stash busting happened today!  

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

As a Thank You for stopping by today I am going to do a Stash Busting Giveaway of the following Red, White, and Blue goodies - it includes papers, stickers, trims, and die cuts! 

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 any of these projects 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 July 9th!  I will announce a winner within a couple days (can't guarantee an exact date as we'll be on vacation with unknown internet access).


Now hop on over to check out what the talented Ruth has created to share with you this month!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

You make my Heart Sing - Leaky Shed Studios

I am up over at Leaky Shed Studio today!  I'm a music teacher so when I saw the musical staff border I was very excited!  I debated using it on a layout but decided I really wanted to make a card with it!

One measure was a perfect fit for an A2 card!  So after using my black mist to color it, I cut it off there and added it to the top of the card.  I followed the curve of it to line the bottom with patterned paper.

I then topped the whole thing with heart embellishments and stickers to go with the color scheme.  It comes together to make a perfect card for celebrating someone be it their birthday, congratulations, or just encouraging them along!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins
Stickers: Simple Stories
Enamel Dots: Teresa Collins
Mist: Heidi Swapp

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Lantern - Imaginisce


The 4th of July is a great day to put out some fun decor and Imaginisce has some papers in the Perfect Vacation line that work just great for creating those projects!  Today I have a patriotic lantern to share with you that is featured over at Imaginisce.



I used a cut file to create this lantern that you can add a little electric tea light to for the evening hours.  Because the file comes with stars think of all the possibilities you could create with it!  You could do a baby shower decoration or a Christmas decoration all by using different lines from Imaginisce!


I cut the base in a dark blue patterned paper and then did the stars in some red paper.  I decided to just do USA in plain white so it wouldn't get lost in the patterns.  Some Red Irocks were the perfect embellishment.


To add some embellishing to the lantern I created a couple of Brads using my ITop and the same red patterned paper I had used earlier.  Not too overwhelming but adds some nice dimension and makes my embellishments one of a kind!

Supplies Used:
Imaginisce: Patterned Paper (Perfect Vacation), Itop, Irock
American Crafts: Cardstock

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Publication Layout

I didn't submit a ton this month because I was super busy!  But I did manage a card and layout and today I have that layout to share with you! This was published in the June issue of Create Magazine - a free online magazine that you can find here!

Hard to believe this little guy is walking and talking and a little boy now!  The entire layout is based on the one page sketch from the magazine and uses a variety of Special Delivery line from Pebbles.  I layered lots of strips of banners - trying to mix up the lighter and darker colors/patterns. Some stars and clouds add a touch of whimsy. I also played with fonts and slant to make for a unique title and journaling! I also added a little bit of mist splattering to help break up all the lines and leftover white space.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles
Die Cuts: Pebbles
Stickers: Pebbles
Chipboard: Studio Calico
Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye


Monday, June 23, 2014

Dreams Come True! Exciting News to Share!

I have so very exciting news to share today!  I was chosen to be on the design team for one of my very favorite companies in the entire industry: SRM Stickers! 
Our Logo
This has been a dream of mine for quite awhile so since I got the email sharing the news I have just been about to burst at the seams with excitement!  

My love for the company grew even more when I got to meet Susan (the owner) at CHA in 2012!  
We had a delightful conversation and that pretty much sealed the deal all the more for me!

To mark today's special news I got out my supplies and created a card to share!  


If you aren't already - Make sure you are a follower over at their fabulous blog!  Hop on over there to check out the rest of the new team! They also have a fun facebook page full of even more inspiration! 

I can't wait to begin this adventure and share even more SRM projects with you!  If you want to see some of my other projects - I usually tag them in my posts - so click on the SRM Stickers tag at the end of this post and you will see some others I have done!  

My very last Kiwi Lane Designs Post

I have really enjoyed my nine months with Kiwi Lane Designs.  They have stretched me in different ways and been an absolute joy to work with.  Today is my very last post for them!  They asked us to use some of our favorite templates and create a two pager.  I love to make scenes with their templates so I went that route and documented a fun family trip to a river that I grew up playing in in California!
I have lots of closeups and details that you can check out over at the Kiwi Lane Blog today!

Supplies Used: 
Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd
Stickers: Bella Blvd
Flags: Bella Blvd

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sketchy Saturday Week 15

I'm running a little late today!  Had a little date night with the hubby last night and then this morning walked in my first ever 5K.  I've been working hard leading up to it - but am still a little beat!  On to today's sketch!

This week's sketch is a three picture one!  Now to share how I interpreted it:

This is another sample for The Scrapbooking Studio using the Echo Park mini line "Day at the Zoo."  To shake things up I did some tearing instead of straight up stripes!  The shape of my tearing led to me wanting t use the Wild About You banner!  This was Cooper's first trip to the zoo and in the left picture (that's a lot overexposed) he was right up next to a giant monkey that was staring him down in the window.  Just goes to show how sometimes you don't have the best picture but you still want to use it to tell the story!  I've been enjoying seeing so many of you share your sketch interpretations with me!  I'd love to have you share this week's with me either in the comments here or on my facebook page!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Stickers: Echo Park & American Crafts
Washi Tape: My Mind's Eye
Tickets: Maya Road


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