Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Eco Friendly Holiday Project - Creatively Green

Here is a Christmas vase I made for today's post on the Creatively Green blog. I used a plastic chip container, Making Memories Mistletoe paper and sticker, and some braided ribbon. It was a very quick and easy project - I used glue dots to attach the paper to the plastic and a glue gun to adhere the ribbon.

Be sure to keep stopping by the Creatively Green blog each day until Christmas as there are daily giveways and a lot of great projects!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

That Scrappy Girl December Kit - Cards and a Giveaway!

Here are a couple cards I made using December's Mistletoe and More kit. The first card I made layering Bazzill cardstock (adding pop dots behind some for dimension), using some Elle's Studio paper and die cut sentiment and a piece of paper from the Jenni Bowlin mini album. The second card I used Pink Paislee paper and a die cut.

That Scrappy Girl is giving away some Elle's Studio this week over on their blog. Be sure to stop by - the drawing is on Thursday.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let It Snow Ornaments - Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs

Here are a couple ornaments I made using the Show Off Acrylic Mini Album. I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Marshmallow), let dry and then added snowflakes and stickers. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the snowflakes are covered in glitter. The size of these ornaments is 4x6 and were super easy to put together. I used my Cropodile to punch holes in the top to make the hanger.

We are having a little more snow here, but nothing like what is happing out East. Family is supposed to be flying out of DC tonight to come back home for Christmas - we are crossing our fingers!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Scrappy Shack Creations

Here are some cards I made using die cuts from The Scrappy Shack. These first two cards used pieces of the same die cut. I cut apart the Flourish die cut - one to create a branch, one to create a stem. The papers I used are Jillibean Soup Grandma's Christmas - although one card didn't end up being a Christmas card.
On this card I used the Flourish Frame die cut to create this wedding card. I added a transparency behind it and a few pearls to dress it up. The papers are from Making Memories - Sabrina.

This post is short and sweet as I still have a lot to do for Christmas. I procrastinate on the wrapping, packing, baking etc. every year - you'd think I'd learn!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Eco Friendly Holiday Project at Creatively Green

This month Creatively Green has a daily Eco Friendly Holiday post. You will find all kinds of fun projects - cards, gift wrap, ornaments etc - be sure to stop by each day and see what the team is up to. There are also daily giveaways!

This project I made using a cardboard beef jerky can. I like to hold onto different canisters. I never know when I'll need one and the kids love to decorate them too! This can be used for cookies, pretzels, tshirts, whatever strikes your fancy (I gave it the sniff test and it is jerky This measures 4 x 7. I used Jillibean Soup's Grandma's Christmas line and handcut the embellishments from the papers.

I hope everyone is staying warm this holiday season. We had about 15 inches of snow last week and now ice is on it's way today. Sounds like a perfect day to craft to me!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Paper Crafts Inspired By Project

The challenge over at the Paper Crafts blog was to create a Happy Birthday or Thank You card inspired by a card from one of their publications. I created this Many Thanks card inspired by this Happy Anniversary card by Kim Moreno (on page 82 of A Card A Day). This special issue came out recently and I even have some cards in there too! I used Kaisercraft's Loire Valley collection. I love that this line has a lot of elements to cut out. Rubon sentiment is One Heart One Mind and pearls are Martha Stewart.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sketch Challenge - That Scrappy Girl

It is in the 20's here in Iowa today...a shock from the 60's we had just a few days ago - so I had a hard time getting out from under the covers this morning. I used the December kit for my take on Julie's December sketch. I made a card and you can make any type of project to compete in the monthly sketch challenges - layout, card, home decor...anything goes! See this recent post for all of the information and remember it is due January 6th.
Have a nice weekend everyone!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Noel Sign - Scrap Within Reach Carnival Ride

I love to alter all kinds of items, one of my favorite is paper mache. It is easy to work with - you can paint, ink, leave plain, do about anything to it. I also love to snag them after the holiday season when things are marked super low. This sign probably cost me $1-$2 tops. I used the Carnival Ride Collection from Scrap Within Reach. I used paint, sand paper, crumpled the papers and also used my favorite ink Clearsnap Chesnut Roan to give this project a distressed look. I added some twine and buttons and some sparkly snow glitter (also an after holiday purchase). I am in the process of getting out all of my Christmas decorations and will be setting this project out as well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Look Who's Talking Kit - Jillibean Soup

Here is a gift bag and card I made with That Scrappy Girl's November's add on kit - Look Who's Talking. I will confess that I snitched the Jillibean ABC's from the main kit, but any alpha set you have in your own stash would work just fine too. Owls are "in" with papercrafting and these Jillibean Soup owls are super cute. I put pop dots behind the owls I cut from the paper and also added some Clearsnap Chesnut Roan chalk ink (it's my go to ink anytime I need a brown) to the corrugated alpha to distress them a bit.

I had some cardstock scraps with a crease left from when I made the friend card and so I left that crease at the top to give this simple little card a little something special.

That Scrappy Girl is also giving away some TaDa Studio goodies on this post and there is also a sketch challenge due December 1st where you can win some Cosmo Cricket.
Also a heads up that there is a giveaway of a variety of Urban Lily papers over on their blog. Very cute papers!

KI Memories Sketch Challenge

Here is a little something I made using the sketch KI Memories posted over on their blog recently. You could create a layout, card or any project and since I'm a card junkie...surprise! I've made a card! I ended up flipping the sketch on it's side I used various papers and embellishments from their Celebration Collection - Just Married.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs - Star Intracacies

My husband's birthday is on Monday and I'm giving you a peek at part of his birthday present. He doesn't read my blog or Facebook, so I should be safe :-) This is a picture of Steve with our two kids, taken a couple years ago. I wish he'd been smiling more!! I used the Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs Star Intracacy die cut paper in white. It measures 11x11 so it was easy to place it on a 12x12 piece of patterned paper and not have to trim. I used Doodlebug rubons to spell out 10 things that make their dad a superstar and added some red Hambly star rubons. Background paper is from Bo Bunny and ABC and number stickers are Creative Imaginations. I plan to get this framed so he can hang it up at work.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

That Scrappy Girl November Kit...and a Giveaway!

Here is an altered clipboard and two cards I made with the November Main Kit - A Nutmeg Kind of Fall. This is a short, but sweet post tonight as I can barely keep the peepers open. Be sure to check out the giveaway over at That Scrappy Girl's blog to win some cute Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg chipboard. Drawing is this Friday, so act quickly!

Friday, November 13, 2009

I Caught A Fish Card

Although we are almost done with fall ... and winter is around the corner, what do you get from me? A summerish card! This was in the August issue of Cards magazine and uses Cosmo Cricket's Snorkel line.

Also wanted to give you a heads up about a giveaway over on the Scrapbook Trends blog. You can win a kit from Scrapbooking From The Inside Out.

Cropping tommorow, so should have some new things to share with you next week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Creative Cuts and More Mega Recipe Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to the second day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop which features the Apron Holiday Treats Recipe Kit. There are 24 designers who will be showcasing wonderful pages and yummy Holiday Treat recipes. As part of the celebration CC&M will be having a great sale. For the next six days, they will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly as this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout. As a continuing part of the celebration, CC&M will be giving away one of these awesome kits. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop and leave comments for each designer. After you have finished the blog hop, return to the Creative Cuts and More blog and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit.
A little bit about my Apron Kit album I created. I am a simple crafter and an even simple baker, so I kept my project and recipes just that...simple! I put all the recipes on tags, which tuck into the pockets of the apron. I took a picture of how one looks in the apron pocket and then took pictures of each recipe outside of the apron, so you can see the recipes better (click on the picture if needed for a better view) If your recipes are more complicated and need more space, you can always use the back of the tag. This kit was very easy to use and I completed in only a few hours. The only extras I used were a few brads, a couple more pieces of ribbon, some ABC stickers and a Martha Stewart border punch to make the ruffle. My favorite recipe in this book is Granny's Fudge. I used to spend a lot of time with my Great Grandma (Granny), I was even named after her, and she would often let me help her make this fudge. Now head on over to Lisa's blog to see her cute Apron Kit album. If you started at my blog first, please head to the Creative Cuts and More blog to start at the beginning of the hop. If you get lost, I have also listed the blogs of everyone at the end of this post. You can also see who was on the blog hop on Day 1 and used the Treasured Family Recipes Kit, by reading my previous blog post.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Creative Cuts and More Mega Recipe Blog Hop - Day 1

The Treasured Family Recipe Kit is being featured today during the Creative Cuts and More Mega Recipe Blog Hop. To start on the blog hop, click on the Die Cut Diva link at the top of the list below. As you go through the hop, you will see albums made by 24 different designers. You will also find a lot of great recipes to add to your collection. You even have a chance to win one of these kits! Tomorrow there will be another Blog Hop featuring the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe kit. Here is a sneak peek at my Apron Kit album I will be posting tomorrow.

Friday, November 6, 2009

That Scrappy Girl - A Nutmeg Kind of Fall - November Kit

I posted these cards over on That Scrappy Girl's blog today. Both were made with the November Main Kit - A Nutmeg Kind of Fall - featuring Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg. The cute little tag on the first card is from Shabby Chic Crafts. When making these cards I also drew inspiration fromt the Tuesday Trigger over at Paper Craft's Moxie Fab blog. The Nutmeg line goes perfectly with this!

The November Mini Kit at That Scrappy Girl is also up - Look Who's Talking. It features Jillibean Soup's Talk Soup line.
There is also a new sketch challenge due on December 1st. You can win a Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday paper kit. I will be sharing my take on the sketch later this month.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Scrap Within Reach - Paper Boy Collection

Here is another layout and card I made last weekend while at the crop. I thought the colors of Paper Boy went perfectly with the photos I snapped of Emma after she FINALLY lost her first tooth. She has only lost one more since and appears to be a delayed tooth loser...LOL. She is not happy about this! Especially since she is one of the oldest kids in class and she knows of kids that are still 6 that have lost 4 or more....gasp!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Couple More Alphabet Soup Kit Projects

* This will be featured in the September 2010 issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine.*

I am making this a super quick post as tonight is trick or treating at the nearby college and I need to get Mario and Woodland princess ready and out the door. I made both of these projects with the October Alphabet Soup kit at That Scrappy Girl. Jillibean Soup is so great to work with, so of course I'm in love with this kit!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

That Scrappy Girl's November Kit featuring Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg

*This card will be featured in the April 2010 issue of CARDS magazine.*

Here are a couple more creations from Saturday's 15 crop. I was able to create a couple things with the new That Scrappy Girl November kit. (The kit picture will be up soon on the website) I still have a bunch of ideas swirling in my head, especially cards. I always think Cosmo Cricket's lines work so well for cards because of all the different elements. The layout also tied in with an "I Love Your Smile" layout contest over at Ella Publishing. I just love this picture of my son Parker. He is my serious, analytical child, with a bit of a perfectionist streak (and isn't always a smiler). I bought this quarter map when he was a baby (which of course got lost somewhere in the back of the closet). We found it about a year ago and he immediately got obsessed with getting every quarter out there. He finally got to within one quarter and no matter how hard we tried, we could not find Pennyslvania. Bless his heart, Pastor Gene at church hunted one down for him.