Friday, April 30, 2010

Blog Candy!!!!!

I've wanted to do some blog candy for quite a while now and I think I've found the perfect thing to give away. :)

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I crocheted each of these flowers using a pattern I found on an SCS thread. They are super easy to make and so fun to use on cards and pages. The smaller flowers started out white and I used re-inkers mixed with alcohol to dye them. I used Tulip, Petal, Ocean, and Buttercup. I placed oversized brads from Making Memories in the center of the larger flowers and a button in the center of one of them.

Soooooo, here's what you need to do to have a chance to win...... Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite organizational tip is for your scrap space. I'll draw a winner on Wednesday May 5th. Good luck!

Birthday Cake w/Matching Box

The weekly inkling tutorial over at SCS this week is for a tealight cake. I thought it was a super cute idea and I just happened to have a few of these little tealight candles on hand that I had no clue what I was going to do with them. I also needed a little something for a friend who has a birthday today. :) It was super easy and lots of fun to make. Of course, I just had to do a matching box for the cake to go in. But hey, the only thing better than cake is non-fattening cake! LOL

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Unforgettable, Colonial White Cardstock
Inks: CTMH Cocoa & Sorbet
Stamps: SU Vintage Labels
Misc: Ivory Satin Ribbon, SU Scalloped Circle Punch, CTMH Stardust Glitz, CTMH White Daisy Bloom, Prima Flowers, CTMH Colonial White Brads, Studio G Glitter Glue, Tealight Candle, Box (saved from a wedding favor)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trying to get organized...

It's been a busy week and I finally feel well enough to enjoy the down time that I have. I have a list of projects I want to work on...it feels like it's a mile long. I'm sure I'll get to them at some point soon. Meanwhile I'm working on some organization stuff so that I can better work on those projects. :) I'll be back real soon with artwork and some blog candy to share. Happy scrappin'!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Beary Best Card

My dad loves everything having to do with the great outdoors and nature. I wrote him a letter the other day and this is the card that I put his letter in. It measures 9 1/4" x 3 3/4" Just perfect for a letter size envelope. I used the Rustic Trail paper pack which I believe is retired. The bears were colored in using prismacolor markers.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Butterfly Wings Spiral Notebook

Yep, you guessed it, another one I made for last week's craft show. :) I don't use the Butterfly Wings stamp set very often, but I do love this butterfly. It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but I used large amounts of prisma glitter on the butterfly and then the whole thing is covered in liquid glass. I used the Caboodle paper pack. It is such a fun paper pack to work with and just screams sunshine, outdoors, and fun. The plaid in it reminds me of the plaid shorts that were popular back in the 80's. :)

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Tweet Journal

using Animal Cookies Creative Basics paper. This is the last hardbound journal for now. But rest assured I do have more. :) When I went back to Michael's a couple of days ago I found more of them and promptly scooped up ten of them! I think out of all of them I made for last week's craft show, this one was my favorite. I just love how it turned out. The A Tweet stamps set is just well....tweet, I mean sweet.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Hardbound Journals

I made these for last weekend's craft show. The journals, like the previous one I showed in orange, came from the dollar spot at Michael's. The Whoops-A-Daisy paper pack seemed perfect for these bright colors. I had a blast making them. As much as I've grumbled about making the covered junior legal pads in the past, as I made these journals, I realized that everyone has their niche of what they are good at. I also realized that my niche seems to be decorated journals, composition books, notepads, and yes, even covered junior legal pads. So I am sure you'll see many more of them from me. :) I hope everyone has an absolutely fabulous weekend!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Altered Notebook Workshop

I'll be doing an altered notebook workshop on April 24th. We'll do a composition book, covered jr. legal pad, and a clippy board. I used the Caboodle paper pack and the April Stamp of the Month, Flower Pot on these.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Heart2Heart Challenge #2

This week's challenge on the Heart2Heart blog is a 1.2.3. challenge. The rules are to use 1 stamp, 2 different B&T (background & texture) papers, and 3 embellishments (all the same or three different).

I found these cute notebooks at Michael's in the dollar spot. The little one was clearance and was only 25 cents! I love a good bargain! ;) I was worried that the colors of the notebooks would be too bright but found that the Boom-Di-Ada paper really went well with them.

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On the larger notebook I use the A Posy stamp set with hand stitching for the stem & leaves (done free hand). The button and ribbon make my 2nd & 3rd embellishments. If you're really paying attention, you'll notice a 4th embellishment...I just couldn't resist adding some Stardust Glitz around the flower. :-D

On the little one, I used the Smiles stamp set, with my three embellishments being the button, the sparkle in the center of the flower, and glitter glue. I did cheat a little and technically use 2 stamps on this one since I also stamped the stem/leaves of the flower. I just wasn't up for more hand stitching. LOL

I plan on selling these at the craft show I'll be at this weekend. It was nice to make an excuse to play while doing something fun! If you get a chance, I encourage you to play along with the Heart2Heart challenges.

Heart2Heart Challenge #1

I finally got around to creating last weeks color challenge from the Heart2Heart blog. I finished this Sunday night and have finally had a chance to take a picture and upload it. At first I wasn't going to do this challenge since it is a color challenge and I struggle with them so much. Like many others, the colors to be used seemed perfect for the Something Splendid stamp set (the upcoming August Stamp of the Month). Colors used are Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, and Sunflower. I used antique copper brads to add dimension to the center of the flower. There is also some glitter glue on the flower...it's just hard to see in the pic.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Oh Scraps!

Do you ever end up with piles and piles of scraps that you just don't know what to do with? Or perhaps have a paper pack that you love so much you can't bear to just leave the scraps laying there? Well as promised, here are the projects I made with the scraps and leftover embellishments from my Miracle Kit layouts for National Scrapbooking Month.

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It seems like I always am making composition books for everyone else and then don't make one for me. I love love love to read, but never seem to have any one place to write down book suggestions that people give me. So I made this to jot down notes of books that I want to read and I can check them off as I read them. This will be especially helpful when reading multiple books by the same author. :)
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The flower is a CTMH dimensional element that I embossed using the Something Splendid stamp set and then rubbed bamboo ink over it. The butterfly is a Colonial White Just Blooms that I sponged in Crystal Blue ink and then added glitter. I glittered the Colonial white brads that came in the Miracle Kit by dipping in Liquid Glass and then in glitter and then Liquid Glass again to seal.

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The flower was made by using the negative space from a My Stickease flower that came in the kit. I used a bit of powder so the back wouldn't be sticky and then placed it on some cardstock and sponged Crystal Blue ink. I cut it out and placed it on my card and covered with Liquid Glass.
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I created the butterfly on this one the same way as the flower on the previous card. I added a small My Stickease to the center of it and then added some Stardust Glitz over the small butterfly and along the edges.

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I used the Smiles stamp set and some ribbon & sparkles from my stash.

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The butterfly was created once again with the negative image from the My Stickease except that before I sponged the ink, I clear embossed a background using the Adorable Backgrounds stamp set. The sentiment is from the A Little Everything stamp set.

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I added a couple of Just Blooms and once again glittered the brads. The blue flower behind the Just Blooms was created the same way as the butterfly in the previous card. The sentiment once again is from A Little Everything.

I've saved my two favorite cards for last!

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I used to be really afraid of "white space" in my cards, but am slowly learning that less sometimes really is more. :) The image is from an upcoming Summer 2010 stamp set called Beary Busy. I just love the images in this set and I am quite sure you'll see even more of it in my artwork. I used the gamsol technique and prismacolor pencils for coloring. There's a touch of liquid glass on the flowers and her hat.

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I had one little 1 1/4"x 3 1/2" scrap leftover when I was done with my notebook and the A2 cards. I just couldn't bear to throw it out so I made this little 3x3 card with it. This image is also from Beary Busy and I used the gamsol technique again. In my caffeine deprived haze this morning I grabbed the wrong color of green to create grass at the bottom of the image and it turned out a little too bright. It'll make a cute gift tag though. :)

Sorry for doing such a looooong post, but I wanted to showcase these projects together. I find it really amazing what you can do with a small pile of scraps and a few extra sheets of cardstock. I only added 1 sheet of Bamboo cardstock for the back of my composition book and 3 sheets of Colonial White for the card bases. I added a few embellishments out of my stash, but overall, it was all leftover from everything that came in the Miracle Kit. Oh, and I still have 17 Colonial White Bitty Brads leftover. :-D

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Color Me Monday

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The challenge this week for Color Me Monday was to use the colors Indian Corn Blue, Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, and Buttercup. In addition to these colors we were challenged to try using something ruffled on our project. I've been wanting to make the cute little ruffled ribbon flowers for quite some time and decided now would be a great time to try. I definitely need a lot more practice, but for a first try, not too bad I suppose. ;)

The scalloped square is a scrap metal self-adhesive frame from Pressed Petals. It started out an off white color and I painted it with Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint mixed with Buttercup re-inker. The end result is paler than I would like and seems more like a cream color than yellow. I do however like the shimmer that it added. The ribbon flower is topped off with a Pewter Filigree Charm from CTMH. The B&T paper is from Magic Moments and the stamp set is Enjoy The Journey. Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

From Trash to Treasure

I found this desk organizer at a thrift store recently and have had this project in the works for about 3 weeks now. It took some time for me to get around to sanding and spray painting it, and then I got sidetracked with other projects and finally got around to finishing it today.

We woke up to six inches of snow this morning! The kids ended up with a snow day and I didn't feel too terribly guilty for spending my day crafting. ;) I used Caboodle papers from CTMH and ink distressed the edges of the paper in Crystal Blue ink (also CTMH). I used a large quantity of adhesive on this project, but also used Mod Podge as an adhesive & sealer to make sure everything was not only protected but also stayed put.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week and gets to enjoy some sunshine. Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Miracle Layouts

Close to My Heart will be offering the Miracle Kit to celebrate National Scrapbooking month. I'll post the details on my sidebar. :) I decided to do a pre-order of the kit and see just how easily it went together. I was absolutely amazed! Not only is it a gorgeous and well thought out kit, but the layouts went together effortlessly! I even have some leftovers that I plan on making some cards with. Waste not want not! :)

The two beauties featured in the layouts are my nieces.

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All supplies/embellishments used came in the kit and I only had to supply adhesive and ink. I love the flip flaps that came in the kit that allowed me to use multiple photos on the layout. If you haven't had a chance to try these in your layouts, you really should check them out! I love them!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

You Rock Graduation Layout

I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality. I was having a heck of a time finding a good spot to take pics of the layouts I had done. As y'all know, I am WAY behind on my scrappin' and have set a goal of getting more done. Here is one of the layouts I created this week in my quest to get caught up. :)

It is a rather simple layout, using only part of a level one kit and some My Stickease for embellishment. I was able to put it together in less than 20 minutes which is rather impressive since I was on cold meds! LOL It's quite a bit simpler than what I like to do, but it felt good to simply get some pics on paper and ready for the album!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH You Rock Level 1 Kit, Indian Corn Blue & Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Inks: CTMH Indian Corn Blue & Outdoor Denim
Stamps: None
Misc: CTMH You Rock My Stickease