Saturday, September 20, 2014

Making a Halloween Treat Container

I am up on the SRM Stickers blog with these fun little Halloween Treats!  Come on by and check out all the details!

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Twinery & Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop

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Welcome to Day 2 of The Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Candice Elliot's Blog.  
If you just happened upon things here today make sure to head back to The Twinery blog  to get in on the whole hop!  Make sure to leave comments along the way to get in on prizes!

I worked with the Heritage Collection  from Ruby Rock-It and decided to focus on the cream, brown, and turquoise colors.  There are so many beautiful colors in this line!

I stained the wood pieces to be a darker brown that matched the other elements.  I then backed the oval shape with Natural Solid Bakers Twine to create a unique background for the silhouette.  The whole card is accented by a pretty bow using the Ocean Stripe Bakers Twine.

Check out these prizes that are up for grabs!
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 One lucky winner can win three spools of Twinery twine of the winner's choice ($45 retail value). Another lucky winner can win the Ruby Rock-It Essence Empire Bebe Collection, with the exception of the album.The rules are available on each manufacturer's blog!

Here's the whole hop list for today:

Up next on the hop is Kaka - check out her amazing work!





Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting a jump start on Halloween cards

I'm hosting the blog today at Leaky Shed Studio with a fun little Halloween Card!
Did you know Leaky Shed has some items in cardstock too?  This is one of those items - this black tree set comes with two sizes and is black which makes it perfect for those Halloween projects!

By simply adding some gemstones to it and some Halloween characters throughout it makes for an eye catching card that will be fun for all the little spooks in your life!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug 
Stickers: Doodlebug
Twine: The Twinery
Tree: Leaky Shed Studio

Monday, September 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator - Using a BIG photo on a layout

Several of my friends from Practical Scrappers participate in a monthly inspiration challenge called Inspiration Elevator.  They asked me to play along this month as a guest designer!

A little about Inspiration Elevator:
Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and 
YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth 
and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.

You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook .

This month's challenge is issued by the creative Christa Uttley. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:

 GO BIG OR GO HOME: Scrapbookers as a rule use what photos they have on 
hand or if you are designing, whatever pictures allow you to best 
showcase your lines or express your paper lines. This month's challenge 
is to be very deliberate about your photo choice because we are going 
BIG! Bigger than 8x10 if you can do it. Recently, I saw a friend using a 
12x12 she had printed at the local 
Costco and was stunned at the power this GIANT image had on her story 
telling. (If you'd rather not spend any extra on your photo then scrap 
those large baby pictures or a wedding shot you have lying around.)  
Think scenic vistas or think about all the details that go missing in 
your world and blow them up. Be brave!


 Here are the MUST DO's: Must be at least 8x10 in size. We want this 
GIANT photo to take centre stage and tell the story in a big way.

Here's the lineup for today's inspiration:

And without further adieu here is my interpretation!
One thing I almost always do when using a big picture is find a way to incorporate the title into it - I love the look of a title on a picture.  My family is big - 6 of us - so we by default require a larger than average picture if we're all squeezing in!  This one from our summer vacation was perfect to fit the challenge!  Using a big photograph requires even more creative placement of embellishments and such.  I just used border strips (which are looking a little wonky because my layout kept bowing because of the borders) and a few embellishment clusters.  Thanks to the ladies for letting me play along this month!

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


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sketchy Saturday Week 20 - Using Pocket Page elements on a Sketch

It's been awhile since I have had the chance to share a sketch!  I have actually had this one prepared for a bit but have been busy soaking up Saturdays with my family.  Today's sketch is a little different because it makes use of pocket page pieces.  Mine come from Simple Stories and I built a grid of 2 rows of 3.  They are uneven rows but come together to tell one story.


I embellished things far beyond what the sketch has - but that is the fun of a sketch - having a jumping off point and running with it!  If you do anything with this sketch, I would love to see what you create!  Please share a link with me here or on my facebook page.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Stickers: Simple Stories & Bella Blvd
Wood: Chic Tags




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Using Kiwi Lane Templates on 3 different types of Projects: Guest Design Spot

I am so excited to be guest designing on the Kiwi Lane Designs Blog this week sharing some of my new projects with you!  I have been a long time fan of Bella Blvd products and they are one of my favorites for two page layouts!  My last post as a design team member at Kiwi Lane was actually a  two page layout using Bella Blvd (you can check it out here)!  First up is a two page layout using the Molly line.Lovely Lucy Bella BLVD 2-page layout
The pink patterned paper with the words on it jumped out at me because of all it’s curves and swirls.  I knew it would be perfect to combine with Kiwi Templates.  I went with the Chestnut Drive Border Set because the curves pretty much fit around the word “Beautiful” perfectly.  After cutting that out for both sides, I added my pictures so that they would be enhanced by the curves.  The Chevron Border Templates are pretty much my favorite – so I used those also to create borders along the bottom.  Bella Blvd makes lots of great border stickers as well as a patterned paper sheet of borders – these complement the Kiwi Lane Border system so well!  To embellish the page I used the Rings Set (to create my sunshine) and the Tags Set for my journalling spot.

Pocket Page

We love our two pagers here at Kiwi Lane but we also know that the templates are great for other things too!  Next up I have a pocket page layout that makes use of them.Project Life Bella BLVD Layout
This pocket page has a really neat narrow side border which was screaming “Kiwi Lane, Kiwi Lane, Kiwi Lane” at me.  So I obliged ;).  I used one of the Large Brackets to create a layered border there.  I then filled each of the other pockets with layers of paper and pictures.  The Shapes set was especially useful for creating just basic shapes to highlight the photos. The Tags set was also useful for creating my “title” pocket with it’s perfect banner shape.

Paper Piecing

Lastly I have one of my favorite techniques using Kiwi Lane to share: paper piecing with the Chevron Border Set.The Joys of Boys Bella BLVD
I have done this technique a couple of other times!  Once for a Kiwi Lane Hop that you can find here and once for a Stash Busting Hop that you can find here.  Every time I need to combine vibrant papers with Kiwi Lane supplies I want to do this.  The Max line from Bella Blvd was perfect!  To do it I create five Chevron borders in five coordinating papers.  I then cut the chevrons apart and piece them back together.  There is something so satisfying about taking beautiful papers and putting them together in a different way to make them your own!  One thing I would recommend when trying this technique is having a good black pen to outline your shapes with.  I think they get a little lost otherwise and the black just makes them pop!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Team Blog Hop: Fall

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 Spellbinder's Fall Splendor Grand Impressabilities

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 this month I combined a couple things that I love - metallics, sequins, and leaves!  I have a shaker card that I made using the 3 leaves card (51469)
I always save good wrappers from sticker sets and other embellishment sets because they make great containers for making shaker cards.  For this one I used an old wrapper and filled it with gold, white, and silver sequins.  I then sealed off the top and attached it to the backside of my base.  I layered the base onto an additional white cardstock base to add some dimension.  I then added the whole thing to a metallic gold card.  Because the shaker part in itself is busy I went very simple beyond that - adding just a chipboard sentiment and some additional metallic dots.  

When you move it around the sequins bounce all over and provide a different look at each glance!  Super fun and not too difficult to make (the hardest part was sorting thru my sequins :))

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lemonade Stand Layout & Giveaway Winners

First off I want to share the winners from my recent giveaways!
The winner from the Scrapping Our Stash hop is: Nichole Bentley
The winner from the Paper House Productions Endless Summer hop is: Beverly Jordan
Please email me at practicalscrappers@gmail.com and I will get those out to you!

One of my favorite things about the Summer Lovin' line from Samantha Walker and Carta Bella is that it included some moments that get left out of a lot of summer lines, but lots of us experience.  I knew I wanted to make use of the lemonade stand stuff to document my kiddos and their stands from the last two years!  I figure now that summer is wrapping up I better get some of these memories committed to layouts!  You are also going to notice a new trend with me - I have been doing a lot more 8 1/2 X 11 layouts!  Not sure why but that canvas seems to be where my brain is going a lot!

I went for an 8 1/2 X 11 base this time and layered papers onto a green cardstock background.  I left a  little of that to peek out underneath the colorful vertical stripes. I lined up my pictures (one from each year) vertically on some more green cardstock.

I fussy cut out a giant chevron from patterned paper and added that as a focal point in the base.  I really like how it plays off of the colorful vertical stripes!  

Coordinating stickers and wood pieces make up a few clusters around the layout but otherwise I kept it clean and simple.  I can't believe these summer days are already wrapped up and we're on to the next season of Back to School and Fall!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Carta Bella
Stickers: Samantha Walker
Twine: The Twinery
Wood: Studio Calico

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Halloween Layout and Card using the same Sticker Set

I love Halloween crafting, it is by far my absolute favorite holiday to do layout, cards, and projects of all sorts for!  This week I am sharing a post on Paper House Productions that uses this layout and I thought it would be fun to also create a card that makes use of the same stickers!
I shared this layout with y'all earlier as it is one of them that is on the pull sheets for project ideas at the Joann's stores.  But here's the card with the same sticker set.

Still has that similar eery feel but uses different colors and elements.  I fussy cut the frame from some other Paper House Productions patterned paper.  I'm so excited that is Halloween season and look forward to sharing many more "scary" projects with you over the next month!



Monday, September 1, 2014

Imaginisce Fall Project

When I think of fall one of the first things that comes to mind is owls.  So today I decided to play around with my I Top and I Rocks and create my own cute owls!  Owls are a fun thing to base projects around because you can cute them up and make them special for adults or kiddos!

Using my electronic die cut machine I cut out an owl pillow box and then created a card to slide inside of it.

The cut file came with eyes and a beak but I decided to use my Imaginisce goodies to make my own!  I created the eyes using the I Top and then adding a white dot topped with a black I Rock gem.  I curled up the feathers and then added I Rock gems to each one.  I love the dimension and sparkle that using the I Rock to a project can add!  I fussy cut a chevron shape out of some patterned paper from the Perfect Vacation line to use for the beak.

I then made a mini card using coordinating colors and products.  I again used a chevron for the beak and I Top eyes.  To create the ears for the owl, I simply used the Clicut Retractable Pen Knife and created notches and then curled the point up.  

These will be fun to fill up with some candy corn and share with someone special this fall!

Products Used:
Imaginisce: Patterned Paper (Perfect Vacation), Clicut Retractable Pen Knife, I Rock, I Top

Friday, August 29, 2014

Paper House Productions - End of Summer Blog Hop

I love summer!  Not the heat - but the time with my kids and the more relaxing pace of life.  We are back to school already here and in a little more chaotic place!  Today along with the other designers from Paper House Productions we are doing a Goodbye to Summer Blog Hop

The awesome prize for this Hop is an Endless Summer Paper Pad. If you've been waiting for the perfect paper to scrap all of your summer memories, then wait no more, this pad is it. From it's amazing color palette to the perfect images, you will love every page!

Goodbye Summer Blog Hop Designers
Christine Meyer ***You Are Here***
Giorgia Rossini ***Head Here Next***
For my project today I decided to do sort of a summer recap!
End of Summer Beach Layout
To create the base I used the Beaches of the World Paper Pad.  I used a Silhouette Die Cut Machine to cut the list of activities out and then lined the back with "sand" paper and white cardstock.  I then added a torn piece of "sand" paper to the side.  Some Family Portrait 3D Stickers and Just Beachy Chipoxy Stickers help make up the triangle of clusters.  I love to use Paper House supplies for beach pages - they just make the best stuff for it!  Here's another beach page that I did using their goodies that you may want to check out!

As a Thank You for swinging by I am doing a giveaway!  
Check out the prize package of goodies from Paper House Productions!
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!
I will leave this giveaway open until 11:59 pm CST on - September 8th!

Now hop on over to the talented Giorgia Rossini's Blog!



Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop - August!

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

You should have arrived from the Practical Scrappers Blog - if you didn't you may want to go back and check out everyone's blogs for lots of inspirations and giveaways!  I know you'll enjoy the inspiration that they are providing!

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 entire Hop List in case you get lost along the way!

One of my dear friends oldest son started high school the other day.  She captured this photo of him and her youngest and I just loved it.  She doesn't scrap but she does keep a baby book that is 8 1/2 X 11 so I created this for her to stick in his baby book. 
I went for fall colors and colors that I knew she would love also!  Everything is from Doodlebug Design.  If you follow this hop each month you will notice I use their goodies a lot!  I love their stuff and their colors all match up from line to line so it makes it really to mix and match with what I have left over.  This layout for example has pieces from I think 6 different lines!  

As a Thank You for stopping by today I am going to do a Stash Busting Giveaway of the following  Goodies 

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 September 8th!  I will announce a winner within a couple days!  And if you are interested in checking out one more blog hop I am in that also has a giveaway, click here!

Now Hop on Over to the talented Wendy's Blog


Thursday, August 28, 2014

She makes me Happy - Imaginisce

As you can tell from this post, I've been playing with my Imaginisce a lot this week.  I decided to grab a couple of happy pictures of Lucy and just let them lead me in colors and inspiration!
I wanted to use the bold castle paper for a background but knew I needed to find a way to settle the rest of the layout to bring the eye in.  I decided to create a square with a bolder color and contain the focus of the layout to that.  I added some triangles to the two corners to bring in an extra color and help ground the whole thing more.  I added lots of words - both the main title and then big and little words that describe her.  stickers, buttons, and gems are the embellishing touches.  By keeping everything to the center I was able to complete the whole layout in about 45 minutes!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
Stickers: American Crafts, Simple Stories
Gems: Imaginisce
Buttons: Imaginisce

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

So Big, So Little - Little Boy Layout

Today is my little guy Cooper's first day of preschool.  As I was sorting pictures last week, I realized that I had not scrapped these cute ones of him yet from back when he was one.  I pulled out my stash of Imaginisce patterned papers and die cuts and went to town! 
I built the whole thing around the shirt that he is wearing - pulling in those shades of blue.  After layering several papers to create my base, I matted and added my pictures where I wanted them.  I then used embellishments and stickers to create some little clusters to frame the pictures.  The funniest thing about these pictures is that I have some similar ones to do of my next son - at least I got these done before I forgot which was which :)  

Supplies Used:
Patterned Papers: Imaginisce
Die Cuts: Imaginisce
Stickers: Pink Paislee, Simple Stories, American Crafts
Cork: Studio Calico


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do Something Awesome!

Today I have a card to share that I made a long time ago, like 9 months ago, for a magazine submission.  I stumbled onto it in a file and realized I had never shared it.  I think it's perfect for back to school time!  I also spent at least an hour today singing and dancing to "Everything is Awesome" with two cute little boys, so this card just fits my day :)
I used a combination of hot balloon stickers and fussy cutting to create my balloons.  They are popped up with foam dots and the binder clips are slid underneath to look like the baskets of the balloons.  I hand cut some clouds and then dry embossed them to add some texture.  Doing some outlining helped make things pop.  I love outlining :).  Now which of my kiddos do I give this card to???

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce, American Crafts
Stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Echo Park, Studio Calico


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Layout - Paper House Productions

Paper House Productions is featuring their chalkboard sticker line this week and I shared this layout on their blog!  They have a wide variety of topics for their chalkboard stickers - but I opted for Back to School ones.
back to school layout for Paper House Productions
I know I had done a layout about Lucy's first day of preschool (in 2010) but I still had these cute pictures waiting on me and frankly they were too cute to pass over!  So on the eve of her first day of second grade, I thought I'd share :)  I combined the chalkboard stickers with several of their patterned papers and then 3D Owl Stickers and Puffy Owl Stickers.  Owls and school are always such a cute combination!  I also went a little different route on the picture placement and did a long skinny vertical set up.  If you want to check out full directions for the layout or pick up any of cute stickers on this layout, hop on over to Paper House Productions!

Supplies Used:
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Patterned Paper: Paper House Productions
Wood: studio Calico
Cardstock: American Crafts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Metallic Gold & SRM Stickers - a Fabulous Combination!

A few years ago I would never have used metallic gold on a paper crafting project!  Now it is everywhere and I am loving it!  Today I sharing two cards over on the SRM Stickers Blog that play off of this fabulous trend!  Here's the big shots and if you'd like to check out closeups head on over to SRM.
I recently picked up the Market Street collection by My Mind's Eye from The Scrapbooking Studio.  It's a really neat line with a whimsical but classy feel to it.  I decided to play off of the classy part for my projects today and really zone in on the metallics! For this card I just added circular Fancy Sticker Sentiments down the center.  Sequins were a quick added touch that packed some punch!
 
This card is a little more complicated but I love it!  I added the sticker sentiment to some of the patterned paper hoping for the gold dots to show through.  I then mounted it onto a silver metallic doily.  Layers of patterned paper make up the base accented with a gold bow.  Playing off of the polka dots I added some silver sequins and gold chipboard dots. 

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Stickers: SRM Stickers
Doily: SRM Stickers
Ribbon: Ribbons Unlimited
Chipboard: My Mind's Eye



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Core'dinations Design Team Call

Core'dinations is having a design team call and I decided to thrown my hat in the ring with a few projects that I have created.  I'm a technique junkie and love to come up with clever ways to use product so I have always been a fan of Core'dinations!  You can do so much more with their cardstock and a few simple tools than you can with any other cardstock on the market!  I enjoy doing all types of projects from layouts to cards to altered projects, so I thought I would share one of each! 

 First up I have a wall canvas that I created:
Directions:
1) Use an 11 X 13 canvas for your base.
2) Cut 2 inch squares in a variety of rainbow colors using the Kraft in Core
3) Using your paper trimmer cut the squares in half on the diagonal creating 2 triangles from each square
4) Use a die cut machine with an embossing folder and emboss each triangle.  I went with a scattered dots folder.
5) Sand each piece with your handy Sand it gadget to bring out the Kraft color core and then dust it off with your Dust Buddy to leave a clean working surface.

6) Assemble your heart - gluing each piece down when you are happy with the pattern.
7) Go over the entire heart with a modge podge style glue to secure it down.
8) Add a quote.

Core'dinations Products Used:

 My second project is a layout that makes use of both their cardstock and one of their new patterned papers!
I employed a variety of techniques with their cardstock on this layout!  

Directions:
1) Cut 1 inch off the patterned paper and add that to a white cardstock base.
2) Tear yellow cardstock to create a 6 inch strip to go across the center of the layout.
3) Cut out a 9 1/2 inch black circle using black cardstock.  
4) Distress the circle with the Sand It Gadget and attach it to the layout
5) Add a 4 inch square picture and two 3 inch square pictures.
6) Die cut stars in Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Orange using different sizes.

7) Emboss some stars and sand them, add faux stitching to others, and leave others just plain.  
8) Add those and a die cut title above and below the photographs.
9) Journal around the perimeter of the circle.

Core'dinations Products Used:

For my last project I created a card.  Because both of my first two projects are bold and vibrant, I decided to show a softer side. 
Once again I used a several different techniques with their cardstock!

Directions:
1) Using the whitewash collection cut out a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" piece and run it thru the embossing machine with a doily embossing folder.  
2) Sand the embossing to bring out the kraft color, then marvel at how gorgeous (and trendy) it is :)
3) Tear a small piece of red cardstock and attach that to the bottom of the doily piece.
4) Add a burlap heart to connect the two pieces.
5) Punch a heart out in the same red and emboss it.  
6) Sand it and add it to the center of the burlap heart.
7) Die cut a butterfly using the reverse side of the Whitewash Cardstock and add that atop the heart.
8) Add a sentiment and matt your pieces with kraft cardstock and white cardstock.  Then add them to a red card base.

Core'dinations Products Used:







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