Monday, October 24, 2011

A Book Of Lists

Hello my scrappy friends. Recently I've heard a lot of ideas for capturing all the fun and excitement of the upcoming holiday season; daily journals, a picture a day, etc. And while I like all of those projects, they don't seem attainable for me...I'm just being realistic. But I found another fabulous and interesting way to document the joy of the season, lists!

Yep that's right, lists. Now I will admit I love to make lists, yes it's part of my Type A personality, but these list are more fun than the general "to do" lists. Topics included in this file are:' The perfect Thanksgiving meal does not include', 'The people in my life who are probably the most thankful for me', 'The perfect winter day includes', 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when', 'Childhood Christmas traditions I'll always remember', and many more. You can find this ebook at Ella Publishing and lots of other great stuff.

Now confession time, I had to scrap the idea of a tutorial today when I realized I didn't really know how to use my Cinch. It turns out I need a little more practice, lol. Anyway, here is the final product.

I think it will be really fun to not only answer these questions myself, but to ask family members to do it as well. I can either add pictures to this book and create a "real" mini album or remove the lists and add them to my scrapbook.

Pattern Paper: My Mind's Eye "Holly Jolly"
Cricut: Kate's ABC's (book, lists) cut at 1.25-inches and Martha Stewart All Occasion Cake Art (A, Of) cut at 1-inch
Fancy Pants Rub-ons
Aqua Mist Grosgrain Ribbon from Papertrey Ink
White Crinkle Ribbon from My Craft Spot
Prima Eline Pearls
Twine from Papertrey Ink
Star Charm: My Mind's Eye Bits and Pieces

I hope you enjoyed this project. Perhaps you can create something similar to store all the wonderful memories and traditions that we create during the holidays. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Blog Hop

Hello scrappers! I'm so excited to be a part of The Bugbytes Blog Hop! Today you are going to see so many amazing and inspirational projects from my fellow Design Team members. For my project I decided to go out of my comfort zone and create a fall inspired home decor project.

I purchased the wreath and leaf collection at a craft store, I'm sure you can find something similar near you. I love those little pumpkins and berries!

Then I pulled out what I believe to be the best Cricut cartridge made in a VERY long time...the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cart. This cartridge is packed with all kinds of images, 3-D flowers and a font. I haven't done any quilling before but I really wanted to try it and I figured this would be the perfect project to do that.

The flowers were cut at 3, 2.75, 2.5 and 2.25-inches. The longest part of this project was rolling all the flowers. I would cut several and then roll them while watching TV. After I finished that I started adding them to my wreath, usually in little groups of 3. Last I added the leaves and some of the little pumpkins and ta da, you have a fall home decor project...pretty simple, right?!

I finished my wreath by adding the 'FALL' banner. I used my Crop-A-Dile to make the holes and add eyelets.

  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge: pennant and layer cut at 2.75-inches, FALL cut at 2.25-inches
  • Pattern Paper: American Crafts
  • Imaginisce Petal Roller
  • Divine Twine
  • Martha Stewart Hot Glue Gun
  • Colorbox Brown Chalk Ink
  • Stampin' Up Eyelets
If this is your first stop I encourage you to go to The Bugbytes and see the rest of the projects from the design team...there's even a giveaway! Here's the list so you can hop along!

Jen from 3catsandabug

Lori from scrappinmystressaway

Jeannie from nonnasscraps

Audrey from cuteandsome

Kymberlee from thepapermidwife

Allison from goodybagdiva

Kelly from kamscraftyplace

Debbie from debseclecticthoughts

Carole from onmycraftroomwall

Kate from sassyandscrappykate YOU ARE HERE!

Amylynne from amysscrappyspace

Mila - M&M from milamemories

Dayna Sabrina from sabrioletdesigns

Elizabeth from 217creations

I hope you enjoyed this project and I appreciate you hopping by! I look forward to seeing you again. If you have any questions please let me know.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fit For A Princess

Hello my scrappy friends. I wanted to share this adorable card I made for my Mom's friend. I adore this image from Stamping Bella, isn't she the sweetest?!

I must admit, I can understand how people go Copic crazy! It's so nice, and even relaxing, to sit and color. It also appeals to my type A "neat freak" personality. I don't have paper, tools, cutting mats, etc. all over the place, which means my crafty space is tidy.

  • Stamp: Stamping Bella 'Everyday Princess'
  • Black Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
  • Pattern Paper: Basic Grey 'Out of Print'
  • Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
  • Nestabilities Large Label Die
  • Glossy Accents
  • Button: Papertrey Ink
Thanks for stopping by. I'd like to invite you all back here Saturday, October 22 for the Bugbytes Fall/Halloween Blog Hop!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Trick or Treat

Hello scrappers! Apparently fall is upon us, so I figured I might as well embrace it and make a Halloween card. I started by printing a digital image from Tiddly Inks and colored it with my Copics. I actually printed and colored 4 so I was able to knock out several cards in a pretty short period of time. Coloring the image is the most time consuming part, especially since I'm still a beginner in the Copic world.

After I finished coloring I cute each image out using a Spellbinders die. I used a larger size die to cut some coordinating pattern paper to layer my image on.

In this picture you can see the spider webs I cut with my Cricut. The little pieces are pretty delicate so I'd recommend using your spatula when removing the image from your mat.

Next I inked up a large rubber stamp to create a background for my card. I find it easier to place my paper on top of the stamp as opposed to placing the stamp on the paper. I've found that I get a more even impression.

And here's what it looks like after stamping.

I couldn't get a good picture of it, but I did distress the edges of the black piece of cardstock. I adhered two spider webs to the corners of my first layer.

I trimmed a piece of vellum to fit just inside of the black layer. I didn't want to cover the distressed edges. I placed my adhesive just in the area behind my image so it wouldn't be visible. Vellum can be a little tricky to attach and I haven't found an adhesive that doesn't show through, so some creativity is required.

  • Dark Grey and Orange Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
  • Pattern Paper: My Mind's Eye 'Mischievous'
  • Vellum: Papertrey Ink
  • Spider Webs: Chic and Scary Cricut Cartridge cut at 2-inches
  • White Ink: Papertrey Ink
  • Ribbon: Stampin Up
  • Tim Holtz distressing tool
Thanks for visiting, I hope to see you back here soon. Have a great day!