Sunday, August 28, 2011

Card Club ~ Circles

This month's card club is all about circles! The ladies learned how to create a simple circle card using a pre-cut colonial white card and a template from the Wishes book. They took on the challenging clear acrylic scallop card with multiple layers including a tricky button and ribbon embellishment. Finally, they saw how easy it was to make their own jagged circle card on the Cricut. This card also featured other elements cut with the Cricut then stamped with the coordinating stamp set that comes in the Art Philosophy kit.

This card also featured the new Remarkable Wreath stamp. So easy to use with such a beautiful result.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Back To School

I have some "new" stuff for you today and a project for 2 challenge blogs. It's back to school for many of us and that is the theme for the Heart 2 Heart challenges and Ribbon Carousel Blogs.

I just received the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and wanted to give the "fry box" a try. I thought to start small and create two little boxes for my kiddo's for their first day of school treat. They only stand 4" tall and will hold 4 Hershey Nuggets. I used the new Typeset papers along with some other new cool corrugated chipboard and Canvas Complements. For my fibers I chose a teal colored twine and Juniper CTMH ribbon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Campground Owls

One last project for you today from our camping trip. A cute and easy project that's perfect for not only camping, but for elementary age kiddo's heading back to school too!

You only need a paper lunch sack, yarn, construction paper in various colors, feathers, adhesive gems or foam, stapler and some glue.

I made my own template for the owl bodies, wings, feet and beaks. I used two different circle punches for the eyes.

I think all of our owls hanging around camp kept the bears away.... or perhaps it was all the laughter from the happy campers!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trail Mix Buffet

What does every kid need before a long hike up the mountain? Their own trail mix of course!

I'm always saving these Crystal Light containers. I had just enough to create these little trail mix containers for all of our Happy Campers! I used some older B&T papers, Spellbinders die for the labels, an alphabet stamp and the FREE Pair-a-Phrase stamp set available this month.

For the compass, I glittered the outer edge in copper to give it a little flair!

The kids munched on their goodies as we hiked up to the most beautiful lake high in the Tahoe mountains. I noticed some of the little treats left behind on the trail, but the squirrels were quick to clean up after them!

My nephew was super prepared for the hike! How cute is he?

Our trail mix goodies included:

Honey roasted peanuts, M&M's {plain & peanut}, gummy bears, sour worms, pretzels, mini marshmallows, teddy grahams {honey & chocolate}, almond joy pieces and rainbow goldfish crackers.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

C.A.S.E. Challenge at H2H

Who did I C.A.S.E. {copy and share everything} on the Heart 2 Heart blog this week? Pamela O'Connor's card caught my eye. She says her "style" is a reflection of her love for color, stamping and distressing. I can't agree more!

I took her circle card design and made it square. I stayed in a similar color family. I tend to pull colors from the Autumn palette quite often. It is my favorite season after all! I created with lots of distressing. My techniques include sanding, edge distressing and inking. I also love that several of Close To My Heart papers already come with a distressed look. My customers are shocked if I ever do a project that does not include some form of distressing!! Finally, last but not least, the stamping! I love our open and closed images, but especially the open because I get to feel more like an artist when I pull out my water brush and color in the image.

The stamped image I chose is from the new Pair-a-Phrase stamp set that you can get for free in celebration of National Stamping Month. Please see the right side bar for more details.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Campers!

Just about every summer we like to take a camping trip to Lake Tahoe. My little brother and his family live there and we usually travel with members of my husbands family as well. This year our group had a total of 10 kids. I love to bring games and activities for them all. This year I tried something new! I finally got out my Yudu screen printing machine and came up with this fun project.

I gave the kids an assortment of washable markers. They went crazy on their shirts, not only coloring in the letters and camper, but designing them all over! I chose washable markers so that they could clean them and get to color them again and again.

Come back soon and I will post pics of the other projects we did!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Week of Pages {Part 7} Sweet Mayberry

Final day for Week of Pages! Thank you so much for joining me all week. I hope that you have been inspired and gathered lots of ideas for your own scrapbooking layouts.

My final pages use the gorgeous Mayberry papers and fruity stickease. These pages shout summer to me. All the things we adore about summer; blooming flowers, sweet fruits and bright joyful colors. Perhaps these pages would be perfect for enjoying a sunny summer day or maybe a picnic in the park!

Sweet Mayberry ~

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Thank you again! Enjoy the weekend, make some memories!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Week of Pages {Part6} Beach Vacation

Anyone headed to the beach for summer vacation? For these pages I used up what little bit of the Moon Doggie papers and stickease that I had. Lots of space for those ocean/beach pictures you might capture over summer break. For the Beach title I used my Cricut.

Beach Vacation ~

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Oh my goodness! The final day for my Week of Pages is tomorrow. I hope you'll come back and see what I have for you!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Week of Pages {Part5} Wild Thing

I started my week of pages with some Animal Cookie papers and stickease. Here are 4 more pages using those same papers, but with a totally different look.

Wild Thing ~

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Only a few more days left! See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Week of Pages {Part 4} Twitterpated

Earlier this week I told you that my favorite pages were the Cherish layouts. These pages today are most likely my second favorite! I've used the Twitterpated papers and stickease. We "enjoy" many outdoor activities and these pages are perfect for scrapping those! The stickease images were just adorable and really do all the work. I love that I could create clusters and scenes with them and it brings so much interest to the page.

Twitterpated ~

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Please stop by again tomorrow for more ideas and inspiration!