Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Don't Laugh

I try very hard to make the main focus of my scrapbooking to remember everyday moments.  Those are the things I am really afraid of forgetting!  This layout combines a variety of silly pictures of Lucy - but the title is what I really want to remember.  She is a hilarious little girl and is constantly saying things that make us laugh that she doesn't realize are funny.   Then when we laugh (especially when daddy laughs) she says "Don't laugh"  She says it so cute and drawn out.  We always end up explaining that what she said was funny...but she rarely understands.  We are learning the art of stifling our laughs :)

I used an Imaginisce paper full of border strips and cup them up and just started color blocking.  I had a vision and it was a little bit of a puzzle, but their sheets have soooo many great sizes it ended up working out just great.  All the pictures are from last spring/summer so the bright cheery paper was the perfect fit!

Supplies Used: Patterned Paper Imaginisce, Letter Stickers from Momenta, Bakers Twine from the Twinery

Monday, November 28, 2011

Imaginisce Fall Layout

I've been busy working on magazine submissions and CHA projects...so I do not have a ton to share right now. But I do have a layout I made using some Imaginisce goodies!  It feels weird to post a fall layout now, but I'm doing it anyway :)
I wanted to try slanting some border strips just to see if they would add a different feel to the layout.  It's not something I'd do all the time, but I like that it adds a unique and graphic look to things.  I also trimmed the ends of those all differently and curled some of them up.  I created my border using tiny little torn strips for a mosaic look.  I also tried to highlight everything with a bakers twine heart.  You know me, I love that bakers twine :)!  I did my journalling on the little tags talking about all the things that I am thankful for about Lucy. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fall Coasters

I've been making coasters again!  This time I decided to try two layers of paper and added some gems using the I-rock tool made by Imaginisce.  I also wanted to make them seasonal and used some pretty fall paper from Imaginisce.  
I absolutely love how they turned out.  The only thing I would change is that I would do them all with monochromatic gems next time.  I thought I'd like the contrast of the orange and teal as seen in the top left one, but I actually prefer the teal on teal of the next one.  Lesson learned for some Christmas ones :)  In case you are interested here's links to my Momenta coasters and Authentique coasters.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Studio Calico Cards

I didn't have a chance yet to share the cards I made for my Studio Calico feature over on Practical Scrappers.  I made both of them while at an all day crop so I was working completely with the kit and what I had on hand.  

I really like using gray and pretty much any other color right now :)  And in case you haven't picked up on it...I'm totally into manila tags too!  Seriously, I need stock in those things!  I used washi tape on both cards, this was only my second time ever using washi tape!  It's fun and adds some interesting texture.  I like that you can tell these cards came from the same kit but still have their own style.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Momenta & Epiphany Crafts Swap

I am participating in my very first product swap with Momenta and Epiphany Crafts this week.  I got to use the Shape Studio Round 14 Tool.  This tool allows you customize your own epoxy bubbles in just a matter of moments.  I wanted to show just how versatile this little thing is so I have created a variety of projects to share!  I love to make every project that I create have a unique element to it - this tool is perfect for that!

First off I used it to make the centers of these fussy cut flowers.  I decided to keep my centers all the same color but I love that it adds some dimension and makes them my own style of flowers.  Plus, no searching for an embellishment for the center that matches just right...I made my own!

These little round bubbles were screaming Christmas ornaments to me.  I knew they would be an easy and cute way to decorate some simple ornaments.  I picked up these plain plastic ones from Michaels.  I have three kids and each year we give them a new ornaments - so for this year I made them each a different one that says "Joy" using Momenta letters and the shape bubbles.  I used paper from the "All Through the Year" paper pad as the background for my bubbles.  I loved how easy it was to line up the cute little stars inside the shape tool and make them work in my bubbles.  I then added a little glitter into each one that matched the colors I had used.
 For this first one I used some Design Your Own Stickers and the bubble for my "O"

Here I made my "O" using the shape bubble and the silver metal setting.

 For this last one I used the bubbles to add some extra color and interest.

My last creation is a bright and cheery layout starring the Free to Be Me line and the shape bubbles housed in the metal settings from Epiphany Crafts.  This paper did not need a lot added to it so some simple handmade flowers topped by one of a kind centers were the perfect embellishments.
You can't go wrong with this versatile and fun tool!  I'm excited to see what the other designers come up with this week...you'll have to check in at Momenta to see too and get yourself entered to win the Epiphany Crafts prize!  You can also check out the Epiphany Crafts blog and see what their designers made with our stuff!

Supplies Used:
Epiphany Crafts: Shape Studio Accessories Bubble Caps Round 14Shape Studio Tool Round 14, Round 14 Silver Metal Settings

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Washi Tape Card Challenge

I didn't think I was going to get a card done this week for the Cards Challenge...life has been busy!  But I managed to squeeze one in.   I used the brand new line "Gathering" from Authentique.  It has a gorgeous combination of colors including brown, teale, and orange...so fabulous!

The challenge was to use washi tape, not a favorite supply of mine.  I twisted mine up and then used it to form a heart shape which I echoed with bakers twine.

Supplies Used:  Bakers Twine from The Twinery, Washi Tape from Studio Calico, Kraft Cardstock, and everything else is from Authentique

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Echo Park Projects

I've been playing a lot with Echo Park goodies so I thought I'd throw my hat in for this month's Fresh Face Designer Call. to do so I needed to submit three projects with instructions....so here goes!

I really wanted to use the Splash line...but I wasn't up for scrapping something summery.  So I made the Splash line work for snow!  Those swirls totally can work for a wintery gust and the colors are bright and fun for a little boy.  It was fun to look at this line thru a winter lens!  
In addition to the Splash Collection I also used papers and stickers from the Little Boy Collection.
I began by cutting out tags in orange and brown to use as a base layer
-I hand cut a couple of circle shapes in blue and orange and used those as a second layer before putting down my orange matted pictures
-I punched a whole bunch of snowflakes in orange, brown, and green and used foam dots to pop those up on the swirls.  I added some gems to the middle of each of those.  I also placed a couple of snowflakes down by the pictures.  You'll notice that my bottom brown snowflake on the swirls and the two surrounding the pictures form a triangle - helping to draw in the eye to the photos.
-I fussy cut the flag and also popped those pieces up with foam dots.
-Lastly I cut out words and a title.  Instead of journaling I decided to use a few fun and fitting words matted on little banners.  The sticker for the title originally said "A little dirt never hurt"  I cut it in half and took out dirt and replaced it with Snow and Fun!
My goal in this layout was to create something totally unexpected with an older line - I think I achieved that and it was a fun challenge!

My next creation again used the Splash Collection and the Little Boy Collection
I had a seen a reindeer tag on pinterest that used stars for ears and filed it away to try.  Now that I've done this once I'm gonna have to do more with my kids!
-I cut a tag from brown paper
-I cut two stars on my die cutting machine that are about 2 inches tall.  I used yellow but then inked them up with some brown so they weren't quite so bright.
-I hand cut an oval for his yellow nose base (what do you call that part on a reindeer? If you know, you should probably be on Jeopardy :))  I also inked this up.
-I doodled some outlines on both the yellow parts too, just to add a homemade touch.
-I added googly eyes and ribbon for a scarf and lastly wound up some bakers twine to make his nose.
Super easy and fun!  I can see the kids really making these their own!

My last creation is a card using the Little Boy Collection and Little Girl Collection
I love the Autumn feel to this color combination!
-I cut 1/2 inch strips from the green, brown, orange, and purple papers.  
-I cut those down to all the same height and started laying them down.  It fit together mostly although I needed to add smaller pieces in just a couple spots.
-I filled in the holes with punched hearts
-I added some bakers twine to make it look like a wrapped package and topped that off with the "I Love You" sticker that is popped up on foam dots.
-I then matted my whole card with the brown paper.

Hope you've enjoyed!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tis the Season

Okay this one was super hard to photograph with all the metallic!!!  I used my favorite border punch again and created some ruffles using more of that fabulous Black Tie line from Momenta.   The challenge at Practical Scrappers was to use some old stash for a Christmas project.  I used some really really old holly stickers to add some extra Christmas kick to it.  I also finally used up some really old red bling! And of course it wouldn't be a project from me if it didn't have Bakers Twine from The Twinery on it! 
Supplies Used:  Letters and Paper from Momenta, Gems from Hobby Lobby, Bakers Twine from The Twinery, Stickers from Doodlebug Design

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wedding Layout for Momenta

First of all the winner of my Momenta sticker giveaway:
Lillian Child send me an email at practicalscrappers@gmail.com!

I'm up on the Momenta blog today!  I had my choice on what to create and decided to with a layout this time and feature one of my favorite photographs ever.  Last year my little girl was a flower girl  for my brother's wedding.  After going down the aisle once, she decided she hadn't had enough.  She crept up the side aisle and went all the way to the back of the church and as the ceremony was beginning she went up the aisle again.  It was one of the funniest and sweetest moments that day and the photographer managed to catch it (you can see in it that the bride is already up front being given away by her father).  This layout is titled "Sweetie times Two" to commemorate her making two trips up the aisle.
I started off with some black textured cardstock and distressed the edges with sand paper.  I then punched a whole bunch of black hearts and glued those down in lines.  I love the added texture of the white core cardstock from Momenta.  I used a piece of patterned paper from the Black Tie Metal Paper Pad as my next layer.  The picture is matted in green cardstock.  I used the same cardstock and punch border strips but made them a little longer and used them to edge the picture on one side.  I added part of a scallop frame from the Kalieidoscope kit on the other side.  Finally I added the "Sweetie" (ST 3602) title.  I cut the word "times" from vellum stickers (ST 4917) and two is spelled out from puffy alphabet stickers.  The title is topped off with a whole bunch of little heart stickers (ST 4938)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Studio Calico layouts

I have a Studio Calico feature up on Practical Scrappers today.  Here are the three layouts I created:
Still loving that triangle punch and absolutely love this layout!!!  I inked the edges of each and every triangle and glued them all down.  I highlighted a few with dashes - who knew grey and yellow and teal would go together soooo nicely!  I even misted on it and don't hate it!

I was going for a funky grid on this one...eh, just eh.  It's fine but a little haphazard for me :)  It was worth a shot right :)  What do you think?

Had fun doodling and scattering things about on this one and love that really old pic of my Lucy!  

Soup Spotted!

Got Soup Spotted for the card in the next post!  A first time feature on a manufacturer blog that I don't design for!  Sweet!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wood on a card

The challenge on the Create blog this week was to use wood on your card.  I decided to go with popsicle sticks and work them into some paper weaving.  I had fun playing around with all the Jillibean goodies that I just picked up!  Pretty clean and simple card but satisfying nonetheless!
Supplies Used:  Everything is Jillibean Soup!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The two prettiest girls...

This is another one of my creations from the crop last weekend.  I had picked up this paper from My Minds Eye and stickers from We R Memory Keepers....they matched together so beautifully.  I took it along so I could use it and I love how it came together.  It doesn't hurt that the subjects are fantastic too!

Hey if you haven't already liked Momenta on facebook....they are trying to get to 2000 fans and they'll do a big giveaway when they get there.  I would love it if you would head on over and tell them I sent you!  If you click on Momenta above it's linked right to there facebook page!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Drama Queen

Lucy and I did a little photo session and she gave me all sorts of silly poses to choose from.  She is one dramatic little girl so this cute title from Momenta was perfect!  I have been saving the Amy Tan silhouette waiting for the perfect layout to use it on and it combined with the crown was perfect.  This layout combines so many things I love: Lucy, Momenta, Bella Blvd, and bright colors!  Used up some stash stickers in this one so I am entering it at Burlap and Buttercups!
Supplies used:  Patterned Paper: Momenta & Pebbles, Stickers: Bella Blvd, Momenta, American Crafts, The Twinery Bakers Twine

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A boy's story...

I went to an all day crop last weekend.  There were about 60 people there raising money for a local school!  They had a layout contest and gave you the striped paper (one of my layers) to create with.  I combined it with some fabulous Echo Park and ended up winning the contest!  
Supplies Used: Echo Park and American Crafts paper, Echo Park and Bella Blvd stickers

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Card with no sentiment

The sentiment is usually an afterthought for me...seriously.  So I thought this would be easy - but Paige's challenge on the Create Blog this week was somehow tough!  Here's what I came up with...using some of my favorite colors!

I'm so crazy into layering that I feel like this needed more.  But I was out of time and forced myself to just stop!  Plus let's be honest there are still 8 layers if you start at the bottom...how crazy is that!?!
Supplies Used:  Momenta Patterned Paper, Bazill cardstock, The Twinery Bakers Twine, Sizzix Die Cut, Creative Charms Bling

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Momenta Giveaway and Card

I have been looking for months for a good triangle punch and finally found one last week at Archivers!  I have now used it on one card and one layout!  I am up today at Momenta so I created a card using scraps and this punch as my focus.  I love this Chloe's Garden line!
I've got some Momenta stickers to give away today, I'd love it if you'd hop on over to Momenta and become a follower.  Leave me a comment letting me know you did so here and I'll enter you to win!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Creative Charms Winner

The winner of the Creative Charms goodies is 
Beth Hillier!
Beth send me an email at practicalscrappers@gmail.com and I'll get it out to you!


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