Thursday, October 27, 2011

Worth Remembering....Sketchy Thursdays reveal

We had such a fantastic time on our trip and I have so many photos, but this is one of my favorites, and the first one I scrapped!  Charlotte had so much fun playing in the leaves, and really started doing it all on her own...I didn't have to tell her to lay in them or throw them of crunch them...she just started going at it.  She cried when I told her it was time to go.

I used this weeks sketch at Sketchy Thursdays:

I love the fall feel of the Crate Paper Farmhouse line, so I used it on this page.  I stuck to the sketch quite literally.

I have been using premade diecut titles a lot on my pages takes the guesswork out of having to come up with a creative title!

I used a small oak leaf punch and drew in some lines with a black pen.  The paint on the background I mixed to match the color of the leaves.

I wanted to pick up on the bright blue color of Charlotte's eyes, so I used the blue polka dot paper and a few other blue accents here and there.  This page was a bit simple for me, but I love the way it highlights my photo.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Banner with Clip It Up

I am very excited to share this project with you today using the tab dividers from the Clip It Up
The Clip It Up comes with some nice tab dividers that you can use to separate your stash into certain categories and make it easier to find things.  I decided to use mine for a different purpose!  These tags make a fantastic base for a Halloween Banner.  Here is a quick run through of how I made the banner.
First, did you know that you can emboss these  tabs with embossing plates???  I tried the first one, hoping it would work, and it came out just beautifully!  I used four different embossing plates on my tabs.

Next I use a die to cut out some scalloped circles from orange tulle and layered lots of circle together.

I used a punch to punch a bracket shape from this fantastic Echo Park Halloween line.  I inked the edges of each piece and added a chipboard letter by American Crafts.

The using a hot glue gun, I added the tulle flower to the lower portion of the tab and some orange pom-pom trim to the bottom edge.  Then I pop-dotted the punched bracket shape and letter on top.

To string up my tabs, I layered some orange and black buttons on some velvet ribbon and tied them around the ribbon. 

I was originally going to stitch them to the ribbon, but I found that by tying them, I could slid them around to make them evenly spaced.

I added my tabs to the ribbons and Voila!!  Here is my completed banner!

I hope that you can find some creative ways to use these tab dividers!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Guest Designer for The Quilted Fish (Bazzill)..

It no secret that the fabric trend in scrapbooking is pretty hot.  A lot of paper companies are having their designs turned into fabrics.  But I know of someone who did it the other way around!   Her name is Amanda Herring and she is a fabric designer.  She was looking for a paper manufacturer that would turn her fabric prints into printed papers, and Bazzill came to the rescuse!  :)

How we came to meet up is a bit of a long story...kind of a friend of a friend type of thing, but anyways, here we are and I couldn't be more excited!!  Amanda has asked me to do some projects with her new paper  lines and share them on our blogs!  Her blog is The Quilted Fish, and you will find tons of great fabric and sewing ideas on there!
I will be posting some projects over the next four weeks which I hope inspire and encourage you to start playing with these beautiful papers.

OK, so now onto some goodies that I created with the wonderful wonderful products that Amanda sent to me!  I got to play with the Divinely Sweet and Holiday Style lines.

This was the first page that I created.  I wanted to show that the Divenly Sweet papers work just beautifully on a page about a boy!   I love the turquoise and red color combo. 

I misted a border with a cream color mist on the background paper and then added some faux stitching with a black pen. 

I fussy cut some of the flowers from blue paper to match with the background of the cream colored paper. 

I also wanted to add another color, so I added some splashes of yellow paint and I stitched with some yellow thread.

Part of the journaling is hidden under the tab that says "What Can I Say?" and pulls out from behind the photo.  I loved that I was able to make these papers look so boyish for my little guy!

And lastly I will leave you with two fun cards.  I'm not much of a card maker, but I go through some spurts here and there.  My stash was getting low and since World Card Making Day was October 1, I really was inspired to get some done.

This first one I just splattered a bit of black ink, did some faux stitching and made some simple accordian flowers.  I made a little gift tag to go with it, too!

And you can never have enough birthday cards, so I cut out a cake and pop-dotted it on som white lined paper and added some Stickles to make is sparkle.  Stickles make everything prettier!!

Thank you so much for joining me this week and I will be back next week to share some more projects!  Until then, you can check out my blog to see what other things I have going on!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I Love YELLOW and the new Glitz releases!!!

Today I get to share some layouts using one of my favorite colors: YELLOW!  I love using yellow to help brighten up my pages.  The new Glitz Designs releases are just full of this beautiful color!

On this first page, my photos had a little bit of a yellow tint to them  because of the lighting in the room we were in.  The colors of my daughters dress seemed to contrast well with the yellows in the papers. I captured some of the first moments of my daughter meeting her little brother for the first time!  :)

I mounted the large photo on a journaling spot to help it stand out. I LOVE the doilies on the  Beautiful Dreamer stamp set, so I stamped on patterned paper and layered them.  I added some Glitzer’s, Epoxy stickers, and some cardstock stickers on top.

I also stamped some of the silhouettes and added some crackle accents to give some texture.

 I do a photoshoot every month with my kiddos and this photo was the result of last months.   My little guy was wearing grey and yellow, so I went with the grey and yellow on my page. 

For the title, I backed one of the Peek-a-Boos with some yellow dot paper.  On the  houndstooth circle What-Not, I was able to cut out a corner and make another circle and a heart to make a visual triangle.

I am just loving using all the new Glitz lines with photos of my little ones!!!
They Meet
Dance In the Sunshine 12x12 Stripe Paper
Vintage Blue 12 x 12 Rose Paper
Vintage Blue 12x12 Polka Paper
Beautiful Dreamer Glitzers
Dance In the Sunshine Title stickers
Dance In The Sunshine Whatnots
Beautiful Dreamer Stamps

I Wonder If You Wonder
 Beautiful Dreamer 12x12 Polka Paper
Beautiful Dreamer 12x12 Houndstooth Paper
Beautiful Dreamer 12x12 Floral Paper
Vintage Blue Cardstock Journaling Stickers
Dance In the Sunshine Title Stickers
Dance in the Sunshine What-Nots
Other: Buttons and floss

Hay there!!!

So in love with the colors of SEI's fall "Homestead" collection!!  This page was inspired by the adorable coat Charlotte was wearing on our trip to the pumpkin patch!  The pattern in her coat really looked like the plaid paper in this line.  I went with the purples and golds for this page..

I frayed the edges of some burlap and then added some fabric stiffner and cut it for my page once it was dry.  I made the flower from muslin which I misted with some yellow and brown mists.

I used some old metal pieces that I had from the Moravia linw and cut out an orange heart.

 I machine stitched around the outside of the page with a thicker thread and also used another piece of muslin at the top that I scalloped and misted.

Only 1 more post of projects for SEI as my term ends this month!  :(

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A busy week coming up...

Well we are just getting back from our vacation in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, TN.  The mountains are absolutely beautiful!!  The drive up to Clingmans Dome was the most beautiful drive I have ever been on in my life!  But to be honest, the commercialism of the cities and the traffic made me not want to go back.  It took out 1 hour and 45 minutes to go 14 miles to our cabin!!!!  And trying to get into Gatlinburg on Saturday was just crazy….it took us an hour to get back to the cabin which was only 9 miles away.  But we had a great time with family, loved our cabin, and the colors were just phenomenal.  Yes, there will be pages….

So I have got a lot of catching up to do this week!  Let me start be sharing some things I have done the past few weeks that I haven’t shared yet.

First is this page that I did for my weekly challenge at Memorable Seasons.  Challenges this month focus on cards, but we still do out layout challenges, too, so I decided to use a card sketch as inspiration for a layout.  Here is the sketch! 

On my page, I used the sketch just on a small area in the top left corner.  Then I layered some square and rectangles of the same colors on the main area of the page.

When we got the bouncy seat out for the new baby, Charlotte took it right over!  She would climb in, grab something to read, and turn on the vibrate button!  J

I kept this page pretty simple (no sewing or misting!).  We are going to do this page in my class at Scrappn’ Savvy on the 24th!
Next is this double pager that I did as my Weekly Layout for Scrappn’ Savvy.  The design is based off of a sketch at Page Maps.

I used the We R fall line (forgot the name).  This is definetly one of my favorite fall lines this year!  I can’t wait to do some more pages with it! 

I fussy cut some of the shapes from the patterned papers like the leaves, trees, flowers and owls and pop dotted them on top of the same shape on the squares of paper.

Finally, here is a Halloween page that I did that I submitted for a pub, but it didn’t get picked up.  HOWEVER, another one I submitted IS IN THE OCTOBER issues of Scrapbook Trends this month!  Look for “My Baby Bumblebee” and you will see Charlotte in her bee costume from last year!

So on this page, I used a Basic Grey laser cut paper on top of black cardstock, and then some Pink Paislee Queen Bee papers, too.  A few embellies from the Girls’ Papeier are in there here and there, too.

I will have a post everyday this week for some sort of DT reveal and a few special collaborations!!  Can't wait to share!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some fall wreaths...

I wanted to share a few simple wreaths I made for this fall!   Every month my MOMS group gets together for a ladies night out.  This month I hosted a craft and we made this simple black burlap wreath!

I bought a 12" foam wreath and painted it black.  Then I cut strips of burlap and just tied them in knots around the wreath. 

I painted the wood letters and used a crackle finish with orange paint.

For the little bats, I actually used some Jillibean Soup corrugated banner pieces that I added wings to.  The wings are holly leaves that I cut with my Cricut on black cardstock.
You can see a whole bunch of great Halloween altered projects on the Practical Scappers blog today!

This next wreath is featured on the SEI blog today!   SEI has a die cut pack of all leaves that coordinate with their Homestead line.   I simply inked the edges and crumpled the leaves a bit and then hot glued them to a grapevine wreath.  I used a piece of burlap to hang it on my door!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hexagons are IN, and so is my Fashionista....

This is my last month on the SEI DT.  :(  Honestly honestly, the latest releases are SOOO much better in person.  When I got the Homestead collection, I was in love with the color combos.  The patterns on the paper are amazing, too! 

So being the "trendy" person that I am (insert eye roll here), I decided to do a little work with some hexagons that I cut on my Cricut using SCAL, and this is the result:

I misted the page a little with some browns and whites, and then stamped with a NEW Stampn' Up stamp that I just the woodgrain.  I laid out my hexagons where I wanted them and glued 'em down.  Then I puched holes with a paper piercer and hand I don't measure and YES it took forever. 

This line has a page of perforated strips with fall and autumn phrases on it, and this one just captured the moment perfectly, so I used it for my title.

The leaves come in the die cut pack and I inked them up and folded them up a bit for some dimension.  This is one of my most favorite pages that I have done for SEI!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  :)

And of course it's THURSDAY so that means a Sketchy Thursday reveal! This is a special week at ST because it is the first sketch for the new team!  EVERYONE had created a page this week, so go check it out on the ST blog and be sure to create a project and upload for the weekly prize!

Here is this weeks sketch:

 One of my other favorite lines right now is Random by Crate Paper.  Love the denim print and since this page was about my sweet little one playing dress up, I had to use it!

Charlotte is getting a lot more brave with the items she is choosing from my closet to wear!  It's not just flip flops and tank tops anymore (although that's all mommy wears these days while nursing a 3 month old!)

For some reason I didn't take any close up shots of this page, so it's gonna have to stand on it's own for now!  :)  I misted the background with white Studio Calico sprays and then focused on the yellow pink and blue colors.

I've got a lot going on this week!  Have been super busy working on a ton of projects which I can't wait to share!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jillibean Goodies from Memorable Seasons

This month my DT kit at Memorable Seasons contained Jillibean Soups' Homemade 6 Bean Soup collection!  I love the bright colors and of course all the die cuts and stickers that come with each Jillibean line.

This first page I used a photo of the "boys" so I stuck with the blues, browns, reds, and yellows of the patterned papers.

I framed the page with some twine with my stash.  Basically, I just let it fall as I laid it around the edge of the page, and then I used some Fabric Tact glue to hold it down on the curves and the loops.

This next page I used a sketch from Stuck?! sketches from a few months ago.  I wanted to showcase all the patterns and colors in these papers, so I chose a photo with very little detail and left a lot of white space on the page.  

Charlotte is starting to learn to actually look at the camera and say cheese so i can take some good pictures.  She likes looking at herself after I have taken a few!  :)

This last layout i wan't too sure of at first, but I just love how it came out!  These papers have a sewing theme to them, so I decide to so a page about my old faithful sewing machin that I have had since about 7th grade!  :)

I actually created the page on a 12x12 piece of canvas (from Canvas Corp, which I found at Hobby Lobby!).

I used my new Crafter's Workshop template in a herring bone pattern and some Studio Calico mists to do the masking on the canvas.

I also used some bunches of thread and these tiny tiny spools which I got from the Jillibean Soup online store.

Finally, I did some cards, which i don't do that often, but since it was WCMD on Saturday and I need some Thank You cards, I got a few done!!!