Monday, October 31, 2011

I created a box fold card tutorial for Momenta  This card uses a fold like a box top for the front of it, making for a really surprising and unique look.  I learned this technique several years ago at a Local Scrapbook Store and love to use it when I need a card with something special.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Creative Charms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Charms Blog Hop!  My term with Creative Charms is over so I thought I'd share with you my favorite projects that I created while on the Creative Charms Design Team.  I've got a whole bag of goodies to give away from Creative Charms!  All you have to do to qualify is become a follower here and leave me a comment! 

Here's the order for the entire hop

Christine - ***You are here***
Midori - ***Head here next***

Creative Charms is going to be picking winners from people who leave comments on their blog and on our blogs too!  So you have a double chance to win today if you leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hello fall!

Another week another challenge at Create.  I love these challenges...they've totally stretched me.  As I was wandering the dollar store aisles last week I stumbled onto these Leaf Doilies.  Of course I snatched some up and voila, card fun!  I love that you don't have to give one thought to acid free on's so freeing :)
Supplies Used:  Bella Blvd stickers, Echo Park stickers, The Twinery Bakers Twine

Monday, October 24, 2011

So we used bread tags and ties for our admin feature of Frugal Finds over at Practical Scrappers.  I love these monthly features because they stretch me sooooo far out of my comfort zone.  This first one uses regular bread tags.  I tried to make them blend in...not sure I achieved what I was going for - but it did make for an interesting graphic look.

For my second card I used ties from trash can bags.  They were still hooked together so they made a perfect backdrop for the black frame.  I love how they look like a shiny corrugated paper.  I might just use these again :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Leaf Piles

If you follow me at all you know this layout does not meet my normal bright and cheery color scheme....but I have to say every time I look at it I love it more :)  Put the whole thing together with a bunch of scraps from here and there.  I created my chevron stripe by cutting 2 inch squares in half to make triangles and then laying them out accordingly.  I like that this looks like fall without having all orange, red, and brown.  Love those colors but love some variety even more!
Supplies Used: Creative Charms Gem Leaves, Miss Elizabeth lace tape, Pebbles (woodgrain PP), Pebbles letter stickers, Cosmo Cricket letter stickers, The Twinery Bakers Twine

Sunday, October 16, 2011

437 Questions???

I recently saw something that said that the average 4 year old asks 437 questions per day.  My darling 4 year old might even exceed that!  Most days she asks me at least 10 times "What was your favorite color were a kid, you were 12, you had long hair?"  The questions are often hilarious making them a little less tedious to answer :).  I love to document our everyday life so for this funky layout I decided to make those questions the centerpiece.  I created this for Momenta and it might just be one of my all time favorites!

I used all kinds of goodies from the Emily's Garden line including the circular letters you see in my title.  I attached each of those to a stick pin.  I used paper from it and cut out flower petals.  I didn't do any tracing or anything for them and just went for a very free form style.  I added bakers twine and a stick pin to the middle of each of those.  After I added all my elements I started writing out some of the questions that Lucy likes to ask.  I wanted to do that last so that I could go back and read all of them without having to uncover something.  I also added some doodling throughout the layout.

Supplies Used:
Emily's Garden Paper Kit PK 2045
Puffy Alphabet Stickers ST 2557
Let's Party Puffy Border Stickers
Other:  Pink Paislee & Doodlebug letter stickers, The Twinery Bakers Twine

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's not winter yet...

So how about a fun spring card?  I had been wanting to play with my Wonderland stickers from Momenta.  The little bugs on it are so cute!  This was a great stash card, almost everything in it came from scraps!  
Supplies used: Crate Paper, Nikki Sivils Paper, Momenta stickers, Three Bugs in a Rug borders & sentiment, My Minds Eye stickers

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spider Card

I can hardly believe that today is my second to last post for Creative Charms.  It seems like I just got started there, but my term is quickly coming to a close.  Since I have been on a Halloween kick and Paige requested Halloween cards for the Create Blog...I'm back with more Halloween :)  I love a fun Halloween sticker and these twinkle stickers from the Kit of the Month are fabulous!  I used them to create a fun sentiment for my card.  I also added a couple of Black Gradient Gem stickers to my fussy cut spider for his eyes.  I love that he totally pops off the page with his legs all bent crazy.
Supplies Used:  Bella Blvd patterned paper, CTMH sticker, Creative Charms Halloween stickers, The Twinery Bakers Twine

Cards Magaine, here I come! :)

I am anxiously awaiting the December issue of Cards magazine as it will be my first magazine publication....but in the meantime I got fabulous email this morning saying that they'd like to pick up a submission of mine for the March issue!  Since getting on manufacturer teams I've started submitting regularly...but the competition is fierce, so anytime one gets picked up it is a huge honor and thrill!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Banner

I have been loving checking out all the fabulous Halloween themed crafting going on all over the blogs and Pinterest.  Although mine turned out pretty different the original picture I saw for a Halloween banner is here.  I actually just saw it once and didn't reference again because I wanted mine to take on a life of it's own!  For my project today I decided to join in on the fun and create my first banner ever!  I have little kiddos and we try to keep Halloween light and with the help of my sweet four year old we created a cutesy Halloween banner featuring our favorite Halloween icons.

Together her and I looked thru magazines to find inspiration on what I could make still look like the icon but in a triangle form.  You'd be surprised how many ideas we came up with.  I sorted thru my Momenta paper pads and some scraps that I had left from kits, locating all the colors that I wanted to use.  I tried to create some using solid cardstock and others with patterned paper - keeping an interesting combination by doing that. After I created it I had her tell me what it was (that way I knew if I was on the right track...)  I also had her help me with a little bit of making dots and doodles here and there.  I used very simple paper piecing to create all of these and added some punches for the facial features.  They all of course have to adorn googly eyes - between those and goofy smiles I think we got them all pretty silly looking!

Here's the final product:

And here's some close ups of all the fun icons:

This was one of the most fun things I have ever's amazing what you can do with fun paper!  One funny note - we don't have a fireplace mantle and I want to hang this in our kitchen windows.  But for the sake of a picture to share with you it is hanging up over our master bed :)  The things my sweet hubby endures for the sake of crafting!  

Supplies Used:
PA 2329 Kaldeidoscope Super Paper Pad

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

May Joy Fill your Heart Always

This layout totally shows a different part of my creative brain that seems to be emerging.  As I was discussing with my mother yesterday...I have no idea what you would call my style right's a big old mix of  bright, fun, whimsical, graphic, and vintage.  Best part is it makes me happy and I love it - and that's what matters right!  Did this layout just for fun playing around with some embellies that I've had that were crying out to be used!  I am really loving tags and tickets right now...especially manilla colored ones :)  
Supplies used:  Jillibean soup corrugated bird, American Crafts thickers, Cosmo Cricket letters, Crate Paper patterned paper, Pebbles Patterned paper, Paper source tags & ticket, gcd butterfly, tattered angels glimmer mist

Monday, October 3, 2011

Authentique Glowing Layout

Just in case you were starting to wonder if I still did layouts, I thought I'd better share one.  I made this one just for fun using Authentique's Glowing line.  I really struggle with papers like this that already have so much design on them.  I always feel like I "need" to add more but don't want to overkill.  So basically I just fussy cut some diamonds from other paper in this line and added those.  I used foam under them so they'd pop up.  I think it's enough to make the page mine without being overwhelming :)  
Supplies Used: Authentique Glowing Line, Momenta Cardstock

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Using Food Coloring

This month we did Food Coloring for our Frugal Finds on Practical Scrappers.  I was a total skeptic but Kerri and Erin wanted to do it.  Trusting their brilliance, I agreed to give it a whirl.  They came up with amazing should check it out!  I made a marbled paper for mine using the technique described here.

  I've been itching to use the Glitz Design Rub On that made the music background.  The other thing I did on this that was new is that I rolled up a piece of brown paper and used it for my little accent underneath the sentiment.  It adds a different look to things just by using a little piece of scratch paper.

I've really come to love this regular feature on Practical Scrappers.  Even when it completely takes me out of my comfort zone.  It's fun to work with a medium that is not the norm!

Supplies Used: Glitz Design Rub On, Bazill Cardstock, Close to My Heart Sentiment, The Twinery Bakers Twine, Martha Stewart Punch, Sizzix Die

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Momenta Blog Hop

To celebrate World Card Making Day, all the Momenta designers are participating in a blog hop showing off cards made using fabulous Momenta products.  If this is your first stop you should head back to Momenta and start from the beginning, you don't want to miss a single stop!
Momenta is providing a fabulous prize on this hop!  To participate, all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the 16 blogs on the hop (a complete list is below). The deadline for commenting is 11:59 EST, Sunday October 2nd. Five winners will be chosen by on Monday, October 3rd and will be announced on the My Momenta blog! Each winner will be receiving one of our five boxed card kits…
Each Card Kit contains 12 Cards and envelopes. Assorted stickers, cardstock borders and gems!  They even come in a super cute coordinating box to hold all the goodies!

Now....on to my cards!  I love to use cute scenic patterned papers to create a unique card.  The moment I laid eyes on the Halloween paper in the Through The Year Super Paper Pad I knew I was going to love using it!  I used three different sheets to make four simple but fun cards.  The only non-Momenta thing I had to add was some googly eyes...afterall what would a cute Halloween card be without some googly eyes?

I appreciate you stopping by here today!  Hop on over to Cristal (aka Pinky) next.  Here's the blog hop list in case you need to start over:
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�Abigail Prado (
�Aymee Gandy (
�Carrie Walz (
�Christine Meyer (  YOU ARE HERE
�Erin Morehouse (
�Jamie Cripps (
�Joanna Bandelin (
�Jodi Wilton (
�Kristine Berc (
�Linda Abadie (
�Monika Wright (
�Sherri Thompson (
�Bonus Entry: Tell us you hopped along on our Facebook page! (
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