Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY Easter Egg Stands

Are you looking to add something special to your Easter table this year?  Today I have a very simple project to share that will definitely up the special factor on your table!  These little egg stands are easy and quick to make and give you a way to display your Easter Eggs.
coredinations-Egg-Wraps
Paper Easter Egg Stands Supplies: 
Here's how to make these little stands:
Step 1: Use a cut file like this one to cut out the wrap shape.  These do not require a lot of cardstock!
Step 2: Put the wrap through your embossing machine using the polka dot embossing folder.
Egg Wrap Closeup 3

Step 3: Remove the wrap and sand it down to bring out the core color
Technique Tip: Because this is a smaller piece of paper you will want to be gentle with your sand-it gadget or you can easily tear your cardstock.  I worked with a gentle touch and went both directions to ensure I sanded enough to bring out the core.

Egg Wrap Closeup 2

Step 4: Use the built in slit to connect the ends of your wrap.
Technique Tip:  Because Core cardstock is so thick it is easy to shape these into a rounded wrap without creating creases.  

Egg Wrap Closeup 1

Step 6:  Add your eggs to them and enjoy the way an egg has become egg-stra special :)

Egg-Wrap-Closeup-5



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Just Married Layout

Who doesn’t love a beautiful wedding layout? 
Today I am going to show you how to put together one like this - clean, simple, and pretty! And as an awesome bonus - all week on the Paper House Productions blog they are having a giveaway and wedding bargain boxes.  Hop over there to check them out and enter the giveaway (and see tons more inspiration!!!)

My daughter has been blessed to have this beautiful bride as her teacher for the last two years.  So when I knew I was going to be doing a wedding themed projects I asked her for pictures!


Now on to the details of creating the layout: Begin by cutting off the right side of the “Today I married my…” patterned paper. I cut it off at the daisies. Then center that on the Green cardstock from the Nature Paper Pad.

 Use scissors to cut out the bow from the other patterned paper. Adhere that to the right side of your “Today I married my…” paper.

 Use 3D stickers and cardstock stickers to embellish and create a visual triangle that surrounds the picture. 

Supplies Used:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIY Easter Craft Ideas Round-up

I had a design team post yesterday so I delayed this a day but today I have another round-up of ideas to share with you!  Today's is all about Easter projects - from cards to layouts to a variety of crafts that you can do yourself!  Hope you enjoy checking out thevariety of fun projects! Links to each project can be found below the picture!
Easter Belly Boxes by Kathy Skou
Easter Banner by Guiseppa Gubler
Easter Egg Layout by Christine Meyer
Tri-Fold Easter Card by Suzanna Lee
Easter Bunny Mason Jar by Cathy Harper
Easter Embroidery Hoops by Christine Meyer
Easter Day Layout by Christine Meyer
Happy Easter Card by Christine Meyer
Egg Shaped Washi Tape Card by Christine Meyer
Some Bunny Layout by Suzanna Lee

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SRM Stickers & 17turtles Layout

This week SRM Stickers & 17turtles are pairing up! Today I have a layout that features SRM Stickers and the Floral Banquet cut file from 17turtles.

I decided to cut my flowers in white and back them with various colors of vellum.  Core'dinations has recently added a variety of colors of vellum to their paper line and this was the perfect chance to dive in and use it! I used a medium weight cardstock and because it was a detailed cut I set my Depth at 3 and my Speed at 30.  My blade was set at 4.  I got a perfectly clean cut using my Silhouette at those settings! I then put them together to create a wreath on the layout.

I love the softness of the vellum against the black and white but this file would also look neat unbacked or using some patterned papers!  I used a fine tip glue pen to attach the vellum.

To carry on the Black and White color scheme I used the We've Got Your Sticker Sweet Set.  I used the big "Sweet" for my title and put it right onto the picture.  I then used white word stickers  to create a visual triangle on the layout.  Embellishing around it with some gems and enamel hearts helped add a little sparkle. 

Keep checking in at SRM Stickers this week and next to get more inspiration!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook - March Sketch

It's time for a new monthly sketch from My Creative Sketches - a part of the My Creative Scrapbook Team!  I decided to squeeze one more project out of my Creative Kit from this month!  That makes 8 projects done and lots of bits and pieces left over!  Here's the sketch for this month:


And here's my interpretation:
One last snow layout for now and I am officially ready to dive into spring :).  I added a stitched circle to my background to give the whole thing a little more texture.  I also added diagonal embellishments from one corner to the other.  There were lots of great pieces left from the kit for me to usefor embellishing.  This sketch challenge is open until April 14th and you can enter by going here.  You can use anything you want to create your layout - it doesn't have to be a kit from there (but they are pretty awesome :)).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scrapping My Story - March Layout

In January I set out to create a layout about myself each month. So this month was tougher - it is really hard for me to put down stuff about myself!  Not sure why I feel that way but I pushed thru it anyhow!  If you want to check out the past two months, you can find February here and January here.  This month I did another - 10 Things I love right now.  Or as my silly title says "I Kinda Love" :)

So what's on the list right now -
1) My Young Living oil diffuser - seriously, that thing is amazing!
2) My curling wand - I just got this and Lucy and I have been having fun playing with it!
3) New tv shows - there's a bunch of them and I have been trying some out to see what I like.  I'm pretty picky about violence, sexual content, etc - so we'll see if these last but I am enjoying American Crime and Secrets & Lies so far...
4) Sweet Cream Creamer for my coffee - I have tried a lot of different things but it always comes back to that one.
5) Key Lime Pie - having recently "celebrated" Pi day - this was fresh on my mind
6) Lent Hymns - I love the pensive hymns of this season of the church year.  My favorite is probably "Glory Be to Jesus."
7) Chex Mix - Cookies n Cream Muddy Buddies variety
8) Playing Mancala - I taught my older kids this game a couple weeks ago and we've been playing it a lot.  It's nice because it's short - quality time without the commitment of monopoly :)
9) White Angelica - this is one of my favorite oil blends from Young Living and it just smells like spring.  I like to diffuse this one because it lifts my spirits and just smells heavenly.
10) Sleeping in - this isn't anything new.  I pretty much hate mornings.

My layout this month again uses the Through the Year collection from Echo Park.  I added some sticker stitches in from SRM stickers to do some embellishing!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, Paper House Productions
Stickers: Echo Park, Bella Blvd, SRM Stickers
Enamel: Pebbles Inc
Tags: Core'dinations

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIY Home Decor Cross

I guess it's a Christian home decor week for me!  Spring always gets me in the mood to make some new home decor.  Today I have a cross to share with you that I made using Core'dinations supplies and is a perfect piece to put up for Easter (or year-round!).
Party-Mixers-CrossEaster Cross Supplies:
core supplies
Step 1: Trace cross onto the back of the adhesive cardstock.
Technique Tip: Using some kind of liquid adhesive to attach cardstock to chipboard can be a nightmare!  The glitter adhesive cardstock is perfect for not messing with that.  It attaches quickly and smoothly and needs no time to dry! That's a win in my book!

Cross Tutorial 1
Step 2: Cut out your glitter adhesive cardstock and peel it back at the top.

Cross Tutorial 2
Step 3: Attach the glitter adhesive cardstock to your chipboard cross.
Technique Tip: Start at the top of the cross and slowly work your way down attaching it to the cross.  If you don't get a great position at first pull it back up before you get too far.  This cardstock peels up pretty easy initially - just be sure to push it down hard once you are happy with the position.

Cross Tutorial 3
Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to attach the Party Mixer Rosettes. The rosettes are so sturdy and already assembled so they make this step really fast! No long hard struggles with assembling the rosettes.

Cross-Tutorial-5
Step 5: Die cut some vellum leaves.
Technique Tip: Core'dinations vellum cuts great in both a manual die cut machine and electronic die cutting machine.  Just make sure that if you are using electronic you set the speed and depth to an appropriate setting for vellum

Cross Tutorial 4
Step 6: Slide the leaves underneath the rosettes to hide the adhesive and attach them.  Add small flowers as a final touch.

Cross Tutorial 6
With all the colors available in glitter adhesive cardstock and rosettes you have a lot of options to make a beautiful piece of home decor that matches your own house perfectly!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Birthday Card Ideas

Who doesn't need fresh ideas for making great birthday cards?  This week's roundup is focused on just that - all handmade birthday cards!  There's some for men, women, boys, and girls - check them out!  Links to each card are located below the picture!
From Top Left to Right:







Tuesday, March 10, 2015

50th Birthday Card

One of my favorite people turned 50 last month.  Her and I have a long standing joke about stars so I thought it would be appropriate to create a card with 50 stars on it!  Little did I realize it would take me a month to blog it :)
I started off with the glittered blue cardstock from Core'dinations and used my die cut machine to cut that shape out.  I loved it because it already had lots of stars done for me and it had the perfect spot to slide in a sentiment!  Using a couple different sized punches I used more Core'dinations cardstock to add more stars.  I finalized the count with some wood veneer stars that added just the right amount of dimension.  Using an SRM Sticker as the sentiment was the perfect final touch!  Isn't it fun!?! And she didn't realize I put 50 stars on there until I told her :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

DIY Paper Craft Crosses

Paper House Productions has a lot of great Christian themed products - including papers and stickers. I decided to create some crosses to add to our cross wall at home and use their beautiful pieces to create them!

Over the years my husband and I have collected a lot of crosses - so many that they almost fill up one of our walls in the kitchen.  It’s a regular topic of discussion both at the dinner table and amongst guests.  Many of the crosses we were gifted, some we’ve picked out on our own, and some I’ve made.  

But I’ve never made a paper craft one before!  Each year I try to make a couple that I can pass on to the kids when they leave the house.  Because I have four kids, I thought I’d make four crosses of Paper House products.  Eventually I’ll pass them on to the kids but for now these four are being added to our wall!


For each cross I used a paper mache base that I picked up at a local craft store.


I then used Mod Podge to attach a piece of paper to it.  The Papers came from the Live by Faith Paper Pad and coordinate perfectly with the stickers!


I then added lines of gems to each cross.

Decorating each one was easy - I used a mixture of the new cardstock stickers, some 3D stickers, and even some puffy stickers.  

I’m excited that this was not a hard project to do! Sure I had to wait for things to dry but beyond that it was easy because of the beautiful collection (and a few little extras here and there that I had to work with).  It was super fun to hang them and let everyone try to figure out where the new crosses were!

Supply List:

Crosses - came from Hobby Lobby and are a paper mache

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Simple Cards from My Creative Scrapbook

If you know me, you know how much I enjoy creating cards too!  So today I thought I'd share a little more on the details of the cards I made with the Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook this month. I love this kit and all the goodies from Simple Stories!

As I was shuffling around the Insta square pieces that came in the kit I noticed the diagonals on the squares.  I knew then and there I wanted to do a grid design with different colors matching up.  I backed that with a wood grain paper to give it a solid base.  I then added some punched hearts with star stickers.  A popped up sentiment and it was good.  Pretty simple and striking!

This second card was even more simple.  I cut down one of the 4 inch Insta Squares and used it in the center of the card.  I then just added stickers and chipboard pieces at opposite corners.  A little faux stitching and it was done.  I love that I was able to use up some odds and ends to create a bright and cheerful card!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Changing up Patterned Paper to make it yours - My Creative Scrapbook

***If you are looking for the My Creative Scrapbook Blog Hop you can find it here***
I already share with you all of my projects from the Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook this month but I wanted to take a few posts and share some up close details on them!  The papers in this kit are just amazing! Simple Stories did an awesome job on this line (as usual!) and so today I am going to share a couple layouts that show how I changed up a couple of already awesome papers a little to make my layouts more one of a kind.

This page is a twist on the trendy sunburst.  The sunburst was actually a part of one big sheet of patterned paper and I cut it out and then shortened each of the bursts.  I absolutely loved the paper in it's original form - but the goal is to show you different ways to use the kit and put your own twist on it - so that's what I did here.  By doing this I also created more space for words and embellishments without things being too busy!

I absolutely loved the striped paper that makes up the base of this layout!  So I found a way to use it in a big way.  By adding the white strip vertically it helps calm down the color a bit and focus the eyes in on to the picture.  I kept my embellishments simple.  The center of each flower is a chipboard piece from Blue Fern that comes in the kit.  I then just used stickers to create my petals.  I like the modern and graphic feel that it gave the whole layout and again, makes it one of a kind.

The last layout I am going to share today shows another way to alter that patterned paper.  By doing some fussy cutting, I was able to create some dimension to my ruffles.  You'll be able to see a full tutorial on that soon on the My Creative Scrapbook Blog!



Friday, March 6, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Clipboard

***If you are looking for the My Creative Scrapbook Blog Hop it is the next post down***

SRM Stickers added a new product to the store this week! Chalkboard Markers!!! Not just ones to write on Chalkboards but ones to make chalkboards too! I love the versatility of chalkboard!  Today I am going to  show you how you can make that boring and intimidating To Do list a little more fun by using Chalkboard Markers.
diy chalkboard clipboard - SRM Stickers

My To Do list is always long but there are always certain things that are top priority and I am also liable to forget.  So I decided to use the new Chalkboard Markers to create a shorter - in your face list that can hang in my kitchen!
diy chalkboard clipboard - SRM Stickers

I started with an inexpensive wood clipboard.  I then used the Easy Chalkboard Marker and just colored it.  I did two layers to ensure it was thick. I used some letter stickers to trace the "to do" part with Bistro Flurescent Chalk Markers.  You could totally freehand that if you are braver than me :)  I then created lines and boxes using the Bistro Chalk Markers and the 6 mm Bistro White Chalk Marker.  Because I was in a bright and cheery mood when I created this, I doodled some flowers using both the Fine Tip and 6 mm Flourescent Bistro Chalk Markers. I love that depending on my mood, I can change up the doodling or even just leave it plain and simple!  



Lastly you add your to do's and then enjoy checking them off!  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook Blog Hop & March Kit Reveal


Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook March Kit Reveal Blog Hop! 
My Creative Scrapbook is thrilled to celebrate the reveal of our beautiful March kits with an inspiration-filled blog hop complete with beautiful PRIZES!  The design team has prepared a spectacular assortment of projects for you, so be sure to visit each blog to soak up all of the inspiration.

Several prizes are up for grabs!

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Limited Edition kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Main kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive the assortment of chipboard below, courtesy of our fabulous friends at Blue Fern Studios! ***


>>>>> Here is how you can win <<<<<

Simply visit each of the participating blogs and leave comments along the way. You’ll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post.  The prize winners will be randomly chosen from the comments!

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook March kits:



Here is what I created with the Creative kit: 








All that and would you believe I still have stuff left over to do more!?!  This kit stretches big time!  I'll be going into detail on these projects more over the next several days so if you like them, make sure to pop back by!

My Creative Scrapbook is currently accepting new members!
Subscription information can be found here: http://www.mycreativescrapbook.com/kits.htm

Before you go, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings!

We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook, too.

The blog hop ends on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog.

The next stop on the blog hop is Angel Rodrigue: http://scrappalace.blogspot.com/ 's blog.

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Mariusz Gierszewski: http://scrapkiart.blogspot.com/


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