Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gather to Gobble... Gobble til you Wobble!

I wanted to share with you today my turkey book that I made to keep all my Thanksgiving Day recipes in...
Here he is sitting on an easel. Isn't it so cute! 
 This was actually a pattern from a Tole Painting book a friend has. I scanned it into my Silhouette and cut out my pieces to put together. I made small ones too, that will decorate the kids seats for Thanksgiving.

Below are some of the pages that I have made. This portion is a work in progress because I want to add some pictures from Thanksgiving this year and I am still collecting and perfecting my Thanksgiving recipes. This will be my second year to host Thanksgiving and I am having so much fun! I love to entertain which is perfect because my mom was more than willing to "pass the torch". :)

I used Bazzill cardstock and the TPC Studio "Rustic Garden" line. What beautiful papers!

Even as I was writing this post I had an idea to add to my book. When I have it
 completed I will post each page, pictures and all!
Well, I am off to go prep for Turkey Day!
Have a happy day...

Monday, November 15, 2010

fitting for the cold day... brrr....

Here is a card that I did for my Christmas cards this year. Slowly, but surely, I am getting them done. I used a shimmer white cardstock for my base. The blue snowflake paper is Bazzill Embossed Paper. It is white on white. I used Distress Inks, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass, to ink up the paper. The embossed snowflakes resist the ink. I stamped the snowman on the same shimmer paper and cut it out. I stamped the snowman again on some pink pattern paper and cut out the scarf & hat and pieced onto my snowman. I inked the bottom of the snowman to add just a little color. The neat thing about this card is the stickers I used. They are by SRM Stickers... They are fabulous... a great way to add sentiments to your cards. Here is the sheet that I got my stickers from:
Stickers Sentiments-Winter.

I hope this post brought you "snow much fun"!

So Loving the Sew Easy

Here is a layout that I did today:
When I saw these papers by We R Memory Keepers, I had to get them! I am a polka-dot girl. I just love polka-dot paper. These papers are from their White Christmas line. I used "Naughty or Nice" and "Dear Santa". Before I got started, I traced the shape of "Dear Santa" onto a sheet of white cardstock so I can use the shape on other papers. I knew I wanted to use my new tool, "Sew Easy" on this layout. This is an awesome tool... It makes it easy to add borders to your projects to sew. Your run it over your paper and it pierces holes for you to go back and sew through! It's great!!!

It has a total of 7 attachments. The one that comes on it and then 6 extras you buy separate, (they are sew worth it...) The packaging comes with stitching guides on the back... I put them on a ring to keep with the tool as a quick reference, but We R Memory Keepers has a stitch guide and tips here.

This is my frame that I sewed for my layout. At the end of this post there is a short tutorial on getting your scallop corners to be pretty! It was really "sew" easy to create this and it adds so much to my layout. I added some glitter brads, also from We R Memory Keepers, at the points of all the scallops. I cut out the holly corner piece from my Silhouette. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam & Glimmer Glaze to spice up this embellishment.

I cut out the titles and music note out of my Silhouette too. I used white cardstock and inked it with my Ink Blending tool and Distress Ink, Black Soot. Here on the work "oink" I only inked the bottom and then faded it out to white... I then sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Marshmallow over it. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Black Magic on top of the words "Christmas Pig".

These pictures had a story behind them that I wanted to capture on my layout. Using the Dear Santa paper was perfect because it already had lines for all my journaling. Here I turned the picture so the journaling would be easier to see, but on the layout it is vertical.

Here is some tips on using the Sew Easy and making the scallop frame:

For starters you want to use a foam like mat. We R Memory Keepers makes one, and its pink and really cute! I wanted it, but since I knew I had something at home that might could work, I chose to get all the attachments instead. (but I still want that super cute mat! lol...) I laid a ruler down on my paper and ran the Sew Easy tool along side of it to help insure a straight line.

When it came to making the next side of my frame, I had to play a bit to make sure that my corners were right. This is what I discovered:
Once you make you one line and you are ready to make your next, you want to line up the bottom scallop with the middle hole of the scallop from your existing line. This way your corner will have a nice transition, like the scalloped line in the picture above.

I hope that this has inspired you and given you some insight into the Sew Easy tool. If you have any questions please feel free to ask... I will be more than happy to help!

Have a very happy week!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"I Voted Today"

Paper Patch Crafts is having a Red, White, & Blue Sketch Challenge. The sketch is below:

 Here is my take on the sketch:
This was a very simple layout. I used three different pattern papers and red, white, & blue cardstock. I sprayed all three sheets of cardstock with Glimmer Mist. I cut the word "thankful" out using my Revolution and the Chocolate 4x8 Alphabet Die. The star border was cut out with the Cricut and the Holiday Cake cartridge.

I love ribbon. I added some loopty-loops to create some defintion in my ribbon.

I made a rosette using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard. The sticker you see is the one I got
November 2, 2010 after I exercised my right to vote.  

Today is Veteran's Day. I want to thank all the Veteran's and the soldiers that have and are keeping us safe, protecting our freedom, and giving their time and some their lives... My cousin wrote as his Facebook status the following:

 A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life.

God Bless America.

Fille de Fleur and Fancy Filigrees!

Happy Day to all! Today I am going to share a layout that I did yesterday. (I didn't complete the Christmas card... but that is why I started so early... to get them done in time!) I sat down to play with a sheet of paper that I bought recently. It is from House of Three and Pink Paislee. It's called "Fancy Filigree" and it looks like this...

So... it's basically a white sheet of paper. What you can't see is that it has a white embossed pattern on it too! As soon as I saw it I had an idea.... I wanted to introduce it to my Distress Inks! Well, yesterday they met! ...and this is what happened:
The mats and torn paper is the Fancy Filigree.
I started by inking the whole piece of paper. I used the following colors:
Spun Sugar, Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, & Walnut Stain.
When you look at the mats and the torn paper you see a beautiful design in white. This is the embossed design on the paper, it resisted the Distress Inks. The background is a paper by Heidi Swapp called Wallpaper. It came with three little embellishments and that is what my title is on... I distressed the edges of everything and then inked them with Walnut Stain using my Ink Blending Tool.


I found a big bag of lace and ribbon at a garage sale recently.... I got it for like 2 dollars! It was a great find! I used some of the lace here. The flower is from Prima. It was all white and I used my water pen dipped into my Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye, to add some color. You can also use this technique to color in images.

Here is my title... it translates to " Flower Girl". (That is what Google Translator says anyways! lol..)

OK! This was so fun... All the flowers are from Prima, EXCEPT the flower on the left. This is actually a paper flower that I made! I had so much fun making it and it was so easy thanks to this little guy:
Imaginisce has come out with this tool and they also have spiral circles pre-cut that you can get to start with... it is FABULOUS! I started with one of their flowers and inked it up a bit and stamped some flourishes on it. I misted it lightly with water using my mini-mister to make the paper easier to work with. I then just rolled it up and made this awesome flower! SO EASY! I love how this grouping just came together! And the star is my flower!

Well I am off to clean, bake, & then scrap.
Have a happy happy day!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

a day late... a dollar short

Good Morning. I am posting a little late for my card of the day for Tuesday. I did make these on Tuesday, but yesterday was absolutely crazy busy! I ran all day long, came home made dinner, and then got called into work. (Which is really not "work", I love my job...) so when I got home last night...late, I made my cards, but was just too tired to post... (the computer screen started to look blurry! lol...) So with that being said, I want to show you the cards I made last night... and yes "card" is plural! I made these four cards in under 10 minutes! Thanks to Penny Black's Stickeroos! The one that I used is called "Joy to the World". It comes with four stickers to a sheet. Here are my cards....
I matted my stickers on to cardstock and then put on my card. This takes out the pressure to get your sticker straight on the card.

This one I actually used canvas to mat my sticker! I then frayed the edges a bit and ran some ink over them... still it took under a few minutes to make!

You guys are going to laugh at me on this card... This sticker is actually on a card base and pattern paper that I had gotten all ready and was going to use for my Christmas cards in 2008! They never got done and it was the first year that I did not send out cards...   

These stickers are just beautiful. If you want to make your Christmas cards this year and are short on time, this is a great way to go!

I will be back later with my card for Wednesday! Have a GREAT day!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Card a day...

Hello! Happy Monday. I am excited to tell you about a challenge that I am giving myself... and I am hoping all of you will follow along and offer support... it sounds like I am about to embark on a long journey... in a way I am... Christmas Cards. (gasps acceptable here!) lol... Well, I have so many ideas for cards this year that I have decided to just do a bunch of different ones. I am going to do a card a day! So here is my first card from my journey:

This card was so quick and easy to make. I started by using my Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Die, "Brackets" on the front edge of my card. The paper that I am using is from Echo Park, Ornaments & Trim the Tree. I used the Cloud Corner Chomper to scallop the corners of the polka dot paper. I cut out the banners from the Trim the Tree paper. They are actually Christmas Trees that I cut the trunk off and turned upside down. I used brown twine to string them together and then pop-dotted them onto my card front. The letters that I used to spell out Merry are from KI Memories, Heirloom Epoxy Stickers.
Here is a side view:

Have a great night!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Caardvarks Challenge

Hello again. Here is my card for the Caardvark Challenge. This is a new challenge site for me. A friend told me about it. I had asked, because I recently got this too cute Penny Black stamp!

The challenge is to do a card that is decorated inside & out. So here is my out:
I stamped the image directly on the card and embossed with Red Tinsel Embossing Powder. The other Poinsettia I stamped twice and colored them with Copic Markers. I cut out some of the leaves from one poinsettia and pop dotted them to the other to create a 3D flower. I added a pearl to center of each flower. I sprayed the card and the colored flower with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

The inside of my card has a Penny Black sticker. I thought that it was a perfect match for my stamp. I also stamped with another stamp in the bottom right corner of my card with Versamark Dazzle to create a sparkle watermark.

I had fun with this challenge and look forward to doing more with this site.

Flower Punch + PageMap Sketch = too cute!

Below is a sketch for a contest going on over at PageMaps. It was a challenging sketch to play with, but once I was inspired, it all came together! I started with Crate Paper's Restoration Line and a flower punch.

This is what I came up with....

I started with the flowers. I cut out around the pink scallop border from the Fringe paper. I then just added some of the other papers here and there and used some of the stickers from the embellishment sheet. Here are some of the details....

 Here is a close up of all the flowers punched out...
 As you see from the close up pictures a lot of my embellishments are popped off the page. I used pop dots for this look. They are a great way to add a lot to your layout without really adding "a lot".
Here on the frame embellishment I used pop dots on one side and glued the other down all the way. This is another way to use pop dots.

Well, I am off to create. There is a challenge over on Penny Black's Blog and I have a great idea...

...to be continued!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Paper Rosettes & Christmas Morning

Here is a layout that I did recently... well several weeks ago. It got lost in the studio renovation. I used papers from SEI. The tag with the journaling was cut out in white cardstock. I stamped and emboss the Santa on it and inked it up with my Distress Inks. The Paper Rosettes were made using the Tim Holtz Alteration Die. The swirl border was cut using a Quickutz Die.

Here is a card that I made yesterday using a stamp from The Memory Box. I LOVE these stamps...
This was a real simple card to make. I stamped the pointsettia stamp on white cardstock using Memento Ink. I then colored it in with my Copic markers. The Santa paper on the base was cut out from a piece of Graphic 45 Christmas Paper. I bent back the bottom corner and stapled with my Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz... (I Love this tool!). I finished the card by tying some brown twine on the edge.

Here are some of my Memory Box stamps... I love these stamps!

...and my Christmas Poinsettia Stamp is signed on the bottom by the designer! He sent them like that to my local scrapbook store! Love these stamps!

Well have a good night and a happy Wednesday! I am very excited about the layout that I am going to post tomorrow. Even my husband said he really liked it and it was a favorite! :) 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge... Snow Cute!

Happy Monday Night! Yes two post in one day! WOW! I have a lot that is done and will be posting quite a bit! I have been on a role! (and I think I am going to get to scrap with friends tomorrow! yippee!) Here is the sketch that Bo Bunny posted on their blog for their current challenge. I really like this sketch!

Here is my take on the sketch.

I used the Winter Joy Collection. I love these papers! The colors and the patterns are just beautiful! I cut out the flowers and the flourishes from the Winter Joy paper. The title was cut out using my Cricut and the Alphalicious Cartridge. I punched out the the little flowers by the journaling and doodled the swirl that they are on. The polka dot paper is pleated. Listed below are all the papers that I used:
-Winter Joy Snow Fall
-Winter Joy
-Winter Joy Stripe
Winter Joy Stripe

I also made this cute, simple card using my scraps:

Good Night. Sweet Dreams!

Halloween Mini's...

Hello. Happy Monday. I wanted to share some mini cards that I made using Imaginisce Papers. They are having a challenge to use their products to make a Black, Orange, Green, & Purple card. I sat down to make a card, but was inspired to make some minis instead! They turned out really cute. It was really fun, because Imaginisce did not have a Halloween line this year. They had a Fall line, Apple Cider. I ended up using several different papers...

From the Dino-Roar line I used:
Petrified Wood
Dig Dinos
Stomping Ground

From Cottage Christmas:
Gingerbread Village

and from To Love & Cherish:

The Frame Stamp & Pumpkin Stamp are from the Apple Cider Collection.

Next time you are trying to do a theme specific page, keep in mind that you don't have to have, for example, "Halloween Papers" to do a Halloween page.

Have a happy day!