Thursday, December 29, 2011

Frosted Designs - something new

The Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs this week is to try something new. My friend Cindy pinned a really cool cut and folded star made by Krista on Pinterest and I just had to make one myself. Krista's tutorial is here
I used my very most favoritist seasonal paper of all time "Laurel Leaves" from the Basic Grey Wassail line. I used 4" squares of paper so my star is quite large (about 11 inches tall and 2 inches deep). I think it would be really cool to make it much smaller and more intricate. We'll see if I ever get around to that! 

Anyway, here it is, and we'd love it if you try something new and link it up over at Frosted Designs this week!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Gift Tags

Here are some of the gift tags I made this year.
The fronts are the snowman faces and the backs have the names.

I am using wrapping paper that is royal blue background with light blue and white snowflakes and my tags look super cute on it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Oh Holy Night" Tag

Just for fun and pretty!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fabulous Friday at Frosted Designs!

The prompt for the Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs this week is "Music/Song". As a member of the design team, it was my turn to create a project other than a layout or a card for the prompt this week.
I chose to make a Christmas Ornament decoupaged with sheets of vintage music paper. I originally saw this idea by the very talented artist Julia Stainton here.
This ornament was fun and easy to make ~ be sure to check out my tutorial here. I hope you will join us in making a project, layout, or card with the theme "Music/Song" and link it up on the Frosted Designs blog. Our sponsor this week is JoysLife and the prize is a cute set of stamps!

I also shared this project at Life Made Lovely Mondays

Friday, November 25, 2011

Quinn's 2nd year mini

Well, baby girl had her second birthday last Saturday so I finished up her second year mini album. Here are the last few pages:

The rest of the album can be seen here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Scrabble Tiles

I scored a set of Scrabble tiles in the cranberry color at a thrift shop for $3.50, then crafted them a happy new home!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fabulous Friday at Frosted Designs!

Today's Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs is to use a die cut! Easy peasy, right? and the Fabulous sponsor is Copic! Woot!

I recently received a die cut by Scrap FX and gorgeous Jillybean Soup papers in an awesome kit that I won and have used them for my design team project.

Here is the die cut and it's original packaging (isn't it adorable?):

Since the die cut is not white and I knew I wanted to color it with Copic markers, I covered it with white gesso.

I colored the tree with Copic Markers and also colored the grid for the window of the house. (YG06 - green, E47 - brown, R29 -red)

After I dry fit the papers for the roof and house, I decided I didn't like the window grid in red and painted it over with cream.

Here is the finished card:

I made it for my sweet aunt and uncle who recently put their gorgeous ten acre property on the market and moved to a much more manageable cottage in a senior community. I know this was a very difficult decision and transition for them and wanted to send them a little happiness.

I hope you will hop over to Frosted Designs and check out the other design team members projects, then join us in making a project using a die cut. Be sure to link it up for the chance to win an awesome prize from Copic!

Thanks for looking, I appreciate your comments!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Blossom" a page from my art journal

Here is a new page I created in my art journal. I wanted to experiment with using ink over an embossed image.

 The quote on the tag reads:
" And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" - ANAIS NIN

I started by stamping the butterfly (CTMH) with VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with Zing white embossing powder. Then I started layering on Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the new fall colors. "Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, and Gathered Twigs" - now aren't those the yummiest names ever for inks? I just love how intense the colors are, and so versatile - see how dark they are on the tag but lighter on the page itself? Next I decoupaged a napkin on to the page - that is what all the pansies and writing are. Then stamps and rub-ons, more ink, and a final coat of Mod Podge. 
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Frosted Designs Color Challenge

First, I must say "Happy Birthday" to my mom!

The Fabulous Friday Challenge Color inspiration at Frosted Designs this week is a beautiful fall inspired montage:

I've created this card using Basic Grey paper for the background and shipping tags for the pumpkins. The pumpkins are colored with Tim Holtz Distress stains and ink and run through a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The leaves are Making Memories holly leaves with the points rounded off to make squash leaves out of them. I've added a CTMH brown pearl to each just for fun! The vines are rub-ons from my stash, not sure of the manufacturer.

I hope you are inspired to make a project using the gorgeous colors of fall! Link it up at Frosted Designs to be in the random draw for a fabulous prize from One Stop Card Crafts!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Frosted Designs Recipe Challenge

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge this week is a recipe!
Use at least four of the following:
1. The color yellow
2. Ribbon or lace
3. chipboard
4. flowers
5. misting or inks
6. buttons
7. stickers
8. rub ons

My design team project is a new page in my art journal.
From the recipe I used these six elements: 
Yellow, Lace, Flowers, Ink, Buttons, Rub-ons.

Here are some close-ups: (click to enlarge)

I hope you are inspired to make a project using the recipe challenge and enter it at Frosted Designs by October 28th to be entered in the random draw for a fabulous prize from Prairie Bird Boutique!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Die Cut Heart Card

Stuck on U Sketches has a challenge up to use a die cut heart. At CKC Valley Forge last July, I purchased a set of four scalloped nesting heart shaped dies made by Lifestyle Crafts. This was the perfect challenge to try them out! I used Fancy Pants Designs paper and folded a base, then offset the die so the left hand side wouldn't cut, leaving me a fold for my card. Using the next size smaller die, I cut the center for the front of my card. I outlined some of the print with a gelly roll sparkle pen and added a flower and brad. I think it's cute!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thinking of you card

Fancy Pants Designs is having a card challenge on their Facebook page. 
I used their "Hot Chocolate" line to make this card:

I used this sketch from Sassy Lil Sketches:

Other product used is:
Close to my Heart - stamp, flowers, and pearls
Making Memories - brad
Imaginisce - flower
Punches by Fiskars and Martha Stewart
Versafine ink, Zing embossing powder
Stampendous Stamp
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Tim Holtz distress ink

Oweeeeee! Poor Jakey

Jakey wins the prize for first blood shed at Mommom's house - off the kitchen step - splat onto the laundry room floor - split lip - blood everywhere!

I've used this sketch from My Scraps and More :
Paper and Journal block: Cosmo Cricket "Get Happy"`
Hug me bear strip: Cosmo Cricket "Jack's World"
Giraffe and Tickets: My Minds Eye "Alphabet Soup - boy"
Alpha: Echo Park, Distress Ink: Tim Holtz

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your comments (and followers!)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Practical Scrappers Card Contest

WOW! The card submission for the Practical Scrappers Card Contest are AMAZING! Hop over there and check them out - and be sure to vote for your favorites!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

color core card

Practical Scrappers is featuring projects made with color or white core cardstock. Here is a pretty example I made using coredinations brand color core from their Black Magic collection.

Here is a handy-dandy tip: When sanding, open the embossing folder and do your sanding while the cardstock is still on the base of the embossing folder, that way you won't crush the embossing!
Be sure to hop over to Practical Scrappers to see more inspiring pieces using color core and white core cardstock!

Other products used for this card:
Pink base and framing layer- coredinations Gemstones collection;
Flowers by Prima; Brads by Creative Impressions; Ribbon unknown; Cuttlebug embossing folders; Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies; WeRMemoryKeepers Corner Chomper

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Shirt Tales

Bruce's Laundry on the line! (The journaling will explain!)
The Paper Variety challenge this week is to use a "forest friend" - my friendly owl is helping out on the laundry line!

I used this sketch from Scrap Whispers:
  (Thanks Tina for introducing me to them!)

Some close ups:

Paper: My Minds Eye and Cosmo Cricket
Trim: Making Memories and Bo Bunny
Mini Alpha: October Afternoon
Twine: The Twinery
Owl: Recollections
Pearls: Close to My Heart
Punches: EK Success, Martha Stewart, McGill
Ink: Tim Holtz
Cork: Unknown

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Big Prize to be won!

Practical Scrappers is holding a card contest with an amazing big prize! Hop over to their blog for all the details. Good luck and have fun!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jakey the Happy Camper

I machine stitched around the edge of the paper and then heavily distressed with ink outside the stitching to make a "frame" around the layout.

I used this sketch from Sketches In Thyme and posted for their challenge:

All paper is BoBunny
Icons are Sizzlits
"camper": American Crafts Thickers
"happy": My Little Shoebox
Journaling: Accord LIght SF
Fiskars border punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

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Quinn's Home Cookin'

 Here's my little cutie cookin' up some soup for Papa!

Had to snap a few photo's and make a layout!

I used the September sketch by Pia for Practical Scrappers:

Challenges entered:
"Home" theme at The Paper Variety
"Pink, Brown, Green" color challenge at Scrap Whispers.
"Open sketch" at Sketches in Thyme

The base paper is Bo Bunny "Coffee Dot"
The patterned paper and stickers are all by Echo Park from the "Life is Good" and "Victoria Gardens" collections
Doily is manufactured by "Unique" the font is Creating Keepsakes "Teacher's Pet" and the Ink is Tim Holtz Distress

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Ransom Note

The Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs this week is "Ransom Note" - what fun! 
Whenever we go riding with more than one motorcycle and we are all loading up, this line from a Queen song goes through my head "Get on your bikes and ride!" The song is not even referring to motorcycles, but regular bicycles, never the less something about the way they shout it in the song makes me think of everyone jumping on their motorcycles and roaring away! So, of course, when my grandson got on this motorcycle springy thing at the park, that's the first thing I though of! My husband and I had our grandkids at the park without their parents that day and when I showed my son-in-law the picture he quipped "Bad grandparents - no helmet or boots!" (We are all very safety conscious and wear full gear when we ride) So I had to include that in my journaling.

This title is done in true ransom note style with the letters individually cut from a magazine and decoupaged on to a distressed kraft tag.

I used this sketch from Sassy Lil Sketches and am entering my layout in their sketch challenge.

All paper is by Fancy Pants Designs from the "Like Father Like Son" and "Rough and Tough" lines.
Tags and Ink are Tim Holtz for Ranger
Stamp is Studio G
Trinkets are Ranger
Mesh is drywall tape
Brads are Creative Impressions
and I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Die

Here are some close-ups:

I hope you are inspired to make a "Ransom Note" project and link it up for the chance at a fabulous prize at Frosted Designs! Remember, Frosted Designs gives away a prize EVERY WEEK - this week's prize is this cute Halloween stamp set from Joys Life:

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quinn's second year mini album

Baby girl will be TWO in November - hardly seems possible!
She is the sweetest most loveable little granddaughter EVER!
Her mommy and daddy are totally in to dinosaurs so when I saw the "Babysaurus" collection by Little Yellow Bicycle I ordered it all to make this mini album commemorating each month of Quinn's second year. I used a Basic Grey chocolate chip board album. It was staggered but I cut the pages down to all be 6"x6".

Hop on over to Practical Scrappers to see more new altered projects posted today!

Front cover:

Inside pages (the last few will be completed after the pictures are taken - look at me all ahead of the game - hee hee!)

Back cover:

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