Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Halloween Authentique Style

Authentique sent me some parts from the Glowing line to work with...that combined with a fussy cutting challenge led me to cut up one of the papers that had the orange and black diamonds all over it.  I used those and the reverse side to create the bottom of this card.  I curled up the edges to make them pop up.  Kind of an interesting twist on ruffles.  Topped it all with layered buttons, ribbon, and bakers twine and some sticker lace.  The sentiment is a combo of Authentique and Momenta.
Supplies Used: Authentique paper, The Twinery Twine, Hobby Lobby Ribbon, Miss Elizabeth Lace Sticker

Trick or Treat Card

You are gonna see a lot of Halloween cards from me in the next few days.  Let's just say I've been inspired by the Halloween product I've been getting and since it's World Cardmaking Day this weekend, I've been making lots of cards!  That plus most of the layouts I've made are for magazine submissions :)  This card uses Creative Charms Gradient Gem Stickers (I love love love many great colors and sizes on one little sheet!)  The little spider is fussy cut from some Momenta paper and the sentiment is also from Momenta.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Momenta Coasters

I told ya I'd be back with my Momenta coasters. Similar concept that I made using the Family Forever line.  I went with this line because it's one of my favorites and has the colors and designs to have that wow factor in a family decor item.

Once again, here's the jist on how I made them:
I used regular white ceramic tiles from a home improvement store.  Mine cost a mere 8 cents.  I cut out some scrap felt and put that on the bottom of the tile.  I then cut 4 1/8' X 4 1/8' squares of patterned paper.  I used a homemade glue mixture of half white glue and half water (you can also use modge podge) and had my four year apply that all over the tile.  I then laid the paper down on the glue and applied more glue over the top, wiping up anything that was excess so puddles didn't dry.  I added the monogram and applied glue over the top of that, again wiping as needed.  Lastly I sprayed it with clear glaze spray paint and learned that there probably isn't enough ventilation in a basement to be spraying something like that :).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Creative Charms Design Team Call

Creative Charms Design Team Call

When: Now – October 10, 2011

Details: Creative Charms is looking for self-motivated and creative designers to design projects twice a month for the Creative Charms blog. This position will begin on November 1st with a three-month initial contract. Design team members are compensated with $30/month of Creative Charms products.  

We are looking for designers that meet the following criteria:
·         have an active personal blog with a following of at least 100 members
·         be active on Facebook and at least 2 other “gallery” sites (2peas, CK, etc)
·         able to work within a short time frame
·         able to post at least twice a month on the Creative Charms blog
·         creative in scrapbooking, card making and altered projects
·         previous design team experience (preferred but not required)
·         published in print magazines (preferred but not required)

To apply please send the following:
·         name and mailing address (US mailing addresses only)
·         link to your personal blog
·         links to any design team that you currently serving
·         three (3) photos of your best original projects or link to on-line gallery
·         list of all design teams that you have been a member
·         list of published works (date/publication)

Please send all applications to with the Subject: Design Team Call before October 10th. The Design Team will be announced by October 15th.

"Love"ly fall card

Another card full of Bella Blvd goodness.  I so enjoy their designs and the way they all layer together beautifully!  It was unintentional but this card has a nice fall feel to it.  Not a normal color scheme for me :)  of course there are still some beautiful brights thrown in there!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sunny Layout

This picture totally inspired me...but I knew if I didn't get it to commited to paper soon I wouldn't want to do it for awhile.  I have trouble scrapping a total summer picture in the middle of an Illinois winter :)  So here's a super summery layout.  The echo park paper had the black outline around the scallops already and I decided to mimic that with doodling throughout the layout.  It was interesting to see the difference when I added the made for a very different layout than I began with!  I also did some fun stitching on my punched border.  I rotated between a straight stitch and an X stitch...just to try something different and fun :)  It is loosely based on the sketch challenge from Burlap and Buttercups.  
Here's the sketch:
As you can see I flipped the sketch on it's side and went with one photo...I said loosely :)  I'm not so good at following sketches in an exact format :)
Supplies Used:  Echo park little girl line, little boy line, Nikki Sivils die cuts, American Crafts Sticker

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

You're always there for me

I've been working hard on magazine submissions so I don't have as much to share as usual!  I do have a card to share that I haven't yet.  Pretty much has all my favorites...colors, bakers twine, a banner, bella blvd :)  My favorite thing on this one is how I lined up the banner to match the scallops on the scallop border sticker.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Teacher Gift

One of my fellow teachers had a rough day with yucky messes to clean up.  She's a brand new teacher and I felt so bad for her!  I was trying to think of something to brighten her day and remembered I had picked up some extra hand soaps from Bath & Body Works.  I told my hubby I was going to give her a little card with it...but that it was of course going to have to be cute and handcrafted.  Here's what I came up with...

 The tag is an old one from the Target dollar spot.  The letters had to be tiny to fit and say "I Hope Today is Less Messy."  I added some of the great butterflies the pink Blooming Garden set from Creative Charms.  I also added some Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon from Creative Charms in yellow, green, and pink.  

And here's what it looked like tied on to a matching soap bottle of course :)  Teachers work so hard - I love to try to find lighthearted ways to encourage them!  This also qualifies for the make a gift for someone challenge over at Burlap and Buttercups!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bright and cheery on a cold and rainy day

It's a cool, dreary day here in Illinois.  Here's a bright and cheery card to counteract that :)  All Bella Blvd goodies including some fussy cut flowers.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Authentique Coasters

I was having a bad day last week and decided to spend some time with Lucy doing a fun project.  We created our own, monogrammed coasters!  We made four using Authentiques Journey Collection and four using Momentas Family Forever Collection.  I'm saving the Momenta ones for now...but you'll get to see them  in the future!  Here's how we made them.  We used regular ceramic tiles (.08 cents) and cut out squares that were 4 1/8" X 4 1/8".  We put homemade modge podge (equal parts white glue and water) on the tiles, put the paper on, and then did a top coat of the glue mixture.  Then we added the M's and put glue over them.  Once that dried we sprayed them with clear paint to add a glossy look and seal everything in (making them usable as coasters).  I wasn't sure if the M's would make them not hold up as far we're good!  Even without the M's they would be a fabulous, one of a kind addition to any house!  I'm thinking these might just be some Christmas gifts this year...

Toothpick Flag Cards

I have got so many projects to share these'd think I have nothing else to do.  The reality is I'm spending my post mommy duties time in the evening crafting.  Life has been so busy, crazy...the only way to keep myself sane is to get downstairs and play!  Multitasking...totally necessary in my scrappy world right now.  I wanted to enter the Cards magazine challenge this week but knew I had other I worked Paige's challenge (toothpick flags) into them :).  I created this Halloween card for a Practical Scrappers feature on Double Embossing.

This did not start out going this direction...but it ended up working nicely :)

My second entry was for Lucky Girl Crafts design team work.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Summer Honey

Since I still had some stuff left from my Burlap & Buttercups kit, I decided to play along with their challenge this week.  The challenge was to use blocks and I decided to go uniform and use mine to make a diamond pattern - I'm sure this is not the proper name.

I did this whole layout and then decided I needed to mist on it.  And then I hated the misting I did.  So I had to rip the whole thing apart and start again...argh!  I know, I know I could have embraced it...but when I've spent an hour working I want to love it!  So alas, the finished product.  My favorite thing of all is the little X's made from staples...a fun little touch

Pictures too cute {not} to scrap

I am up today at the Lucky Girl Crafts Blog.  When Erin posted last week that our challenge at Practical Scrappers was to use Gray, Yellow, and Red I decided to make a layout to serve a double purpose!  I cut out all my cute Cooper pictures and just started layering.  I love this color combination...thanks for the inspiration Erin!  I did lots of doodling on this and machine stitching...definitely two techniques that I'm stuck on :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Authentique's First Sketch Challenge

Even though I'm not eligible to win, I wanted to play along with the very first Authentique sketch challenge.  Here's what the sketch looks like...

And here's my interpretation...I'm gonna make it huge because I used lots of little letters on this one
I absolutely love the Journey line from them.  I knew I liked Blissful...but seriously this one rocks even more :).  Who'd of thought turquoise and grey would be so good together!  This is a pretty typical, millions of layers layout from me.  To make it different (you have to do something unique...) I cut out some of the chevrons and used them as anchors in the corners.  I love how nicely the off white works with white in this line.  It confuses my brain that they work so nicely together :)  You still have time to join in on this challenge...head on over to the Authentique blog for all the details!
Authentique Supplies Used:
Journey line:  Noteables, Promenade, Explore, Icons, Diction
Blissful line:  Petite type circle

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lucky Girl Crafts Blog Hop: Honored & Remembered

We're kicking off the September Lucky Girl Crafts Blog Hop - my first ever - and I am going to share a layout with you today that I made about my Father In-Laws Retirement.  He retired in June after serving in the ministry for 33 years.  Having a retired pastor in the family definitely came in handy a couple weeks ago when my own hubby/Pastor  had an appendectomy...we couldn't find a local sub so he took over for Ben.  

Jessica has a special treat for y'all this weekend:
As a special incentive to our Lucky Girl friends, everyone who places an order over the blog party will receive a free gift - the larger the purchase, the larger the goody! PLUS - one lucky, random person who places an order will receive $50 worth of goodies when their order ships! 

There are still tons of AMAZING deals left in the store from the sale that started last weekend - - so hurry over and get your favorite crafty supplies before they're gone!

September's kit

And now for my layout...
 This was the first thing I made out of this months many great choices of things to use!

I've been machine stitching a lot on my projects lately...I've seen a lot of people do this where they sew write thru a title - I'm not sold but I tried it :)

Here's the whole list for the blog hop in case you need to start over:

Now go ahead and check out Ana's project!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Count your Blessings

I had so much fun making this silly card.  I loved the goofy dinosaur and knew I wanted to use it in a comical way.  It uses a variety of products from Bella Blvd and lots of doodling...doodling seems to be a new go to technique for me.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dimensional Flower Card

I created this fun card using some gorgeous paper from all Momenta products.  To create my flower I just cut 1/4" stripcs and then connected the ends to form a circle (like countdown chains we all made as kids).  I pinched one end and set that down on my white circle where I had some liquid glue.  I gave that a chance to dry overnight.  It makes a pretty flower but you definitely have to put a center on it.  I used just a small black circle and then the cute pink circle on top of it.  It makes for some fun and unique dimension that are a surprise when you see the card.
Supplies Used
PA 1502 - Black Tie Metal Paper Pad
PA 2329 - Kaleidoscope Super Paper Pad
NC 1360 - Kaleidoscope Card Kit

Monday, September 5, 2011

Raw chipboard...the more I play with it the more I figure it out and discover that I actually like it.  Practical Scrappers is featuring cards with chipboard today.  For mine I used a chipboard sentiment that I inked up and then misted.  I'm entertained with the fact that after doing all that in picture it still looks like raw chipboard.  In person it actually is a nice shade of chocolate brown :)
Supplies used: Crate Paper sticker, Ticket, Cosmo Cricket Stickers, The paper source tag, Jillibean soup patterned paper, Bella Blvd Patterned paper

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What's up at Lucky Girl Crafts

Jessica is having an awesome Labor Day Weekend Sale over at Lucky Girl Crafts.  Things are moving'll want to check this out soon!
And on that's a peek at the September kit "The Little Things that Count"

I'm so excited about all the brand new Jillibean Soup goodies!!!  I've been busy working on some projects for Practical Scrappers, but I'll be diving into this kit in the next couple days and creating some fun stuff to share.

Tips and Tricks: Taking a Great Picture of your Cards

I've got a tutorial on this topic up on Practical Scrappers today and here's the link.


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