Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Open House

Just a few highlights from my recent Open House. I was focused on just a few new items from this Spring Idea Book~

New fresh paper collections~

Making your own jewelry with Base & Bling~

Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program~


Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment~

These are just a few of the delightful new offerings in the Spring 2014 Idea Book! Check back here often to see more products and how I will use them in my projects!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Side Step Calendar

I love the idea of having a small calendar near me when I'm working on my laptop or in my craft room. There are all sorts of ideas out there for smaller desktop calendars, but this idea was really fun to create. It was partially inspired by another CTMH Consultant Gail  @Greetings from Gail and by a Christmas card that one of my customer/friends made for our Holiday card exchange. It is a side step card that as been altered so that a calendar and photo could be added. I found the little calendar's at Taylored Expressions for a minimal price. A piece of cardstock was added to the back step on the right side for a photo to be pinned.

I am also entering my little calendars in Heart 2 Heart's "Two-Faced Challenge"! I have chosen to use the dual sides of some brand new papers from the Spring Idea Book available on February 1st! The first paper is called Skylark and the second is Ariana, both are amazingly gorgeous. Take a look at these fun calendars and get a sneak peek at the brand new papers! Be sure to visit H2H for more ideas of using both patterns of your paper!



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lollydoodle Camper

I have another camper for you today! The Camper Crazy stamp set is just so cute that I can't put it away yet! Today I've used it with the darling Lollydoodle paper and added some paper piecing on the camper. I have also used the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches to put the cute camper front & center!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One Layer Valentine

This one is for The Paper Players! I love their challenges, but I must admit that creating a one layer card is so challenging for me. I love the patterned papers, twine, Washi tape, etc., etc., all those fun products we layer over and over on our projects. It is so restricting to create something with one, single layer. However, when I see examples of this style, I do appreciate the clean, simple lines.

Monday, January 20, 2014

C-T-M-H Challenge on Heart 2 Heart!

I'm just a little bit behind on this challenge. This was Heart 2 Heart Blog's challenge last week. Create a project using items that represent C-T-M & H! Here is what I decided for my letters~

C is for~ Camper! I am in love with the new Camper Crazy MyAcrylix stamp set. {don't worry, you can order yours in just a few more days!}

T is for~ Trees! Just a few cute trees stamped in Topiary ink.

M is for~ Mist! I sprayed just a bit of Color Shine misting spray in Citron and Teal. It creates the background of forest and sky.

H is for~ Heart! These campers are happy in love! My chipboard heart was sprayed with the mist in Sweet Cherry then sponged with a dauber in Tulip.

Be sure to check out the Heart 2 Heart Blog and all the fabulous creations from the design team and other participants. What products or techniques would you use to represent your C-T-M & H?!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Camper!

I was a Happy Girl yesterday when some new items from the Spring 2014 Idea Book arrived at my home! I am really thrilled with several new products, tools and the gorgeous papers from this new book premiering February 1st. Many of the new stamp sets are also on my list, but I only ordered one for this order. I just love the new Camper Crazy stamp set. It has the cutest campers and adorable sayings like, "RV there yet?".

I started creating right away with it using the clever sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week. Oddly I did not choose any new papers for my card though. Instead I reached for a cute mini paper stack that my sister gave me for Christmas called Quilting Bee by My Mind's Eye.

If you want to see the other images and sayings on this stamp set you will need to get the new Idea Book, come to my Open House or wait to see it online February 1st. I will most likely be stamping with it lots more, so visit my Blog again soon!

Friday, January 10, 2014

I didn't forget your Birthday! {for my sweet niece, Mad Dog!}

I'm trying a new technique today using Washi tape and my Cricut machine. This is for the "new" challenge on Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog. I have incorporated this easy idea on the Freshly Made Sketch this week.
I used some Chantilly papers as my base and added in more color with greens, blues and pink. Instead of a square element as in the sketch I chose to do a scalloped circle from the Perfect Fit Frames. What I really want to point out is the number "9". It may look like paper in the photograph, but it is actually Washi tape that has been adhered to a chipboard number.
This is an easy and fun technique to try! Using a spare piece of white daisy cardstock, I taped strips of this darling pink polka dot Washi tape being sure to line up the spots. Depending on the shape and size you want to cut out will determine how long and how wide your strips of Washi tape will be.

I was simply cutting a number nine on the Art Philosophy cartridge to the determined sizing according to the chipboard package label. I loaded my cutting mat and made sure that my cutting blade was on the Washi tape surface. I set my key, size of 1 1/2" and pressed cut. It cut out the "9" perfectly. I simply peeled it from the cutting mat and adhered it to the chipboard with some liquid glue.

 You can use this technique for alphabet letters to create a title, a bracket shape for a mini album, or mix and match different colors and patterns of Washi tape before cutting it out. It's a great "new" technique and the possibilities are endless!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Clean Slate

Hello! Happy 2014! I'm preparing for some new crafting projects and this first project is the perfect start....or should I say finish!? I am playing with The Paper Players this week. Their challenge titled "clean slate" is to create a project with the chalkboard technique. The title really got me thinking though??? Make a clean slate or to start a new meant that I should at least finish other projects I have already started, being my 2013 scrapbook. I always finish my album with a "pocket" page to store and display those awesome holiday photo cards we receive at Christmas. So that is where I started my "clean slate"!

This year I made my own family photo card through Shutterfly. That was my jumping off point for my pocket page. It had a black background that was perfect to play with the chalkboard technique. The black was the base page and then I added a 6x12 piece of white card stock to the front. {the pocket} I dressed up the edges with some Washi tape. I also attached my photo card with some Washi tape so that I could peel it back to reveal the back of my card that has a picture of our pooch and greeting. I dressed it up with faux chalk pen stitching, stamping in white daisy pigment ink, some banner pieces and an area for some journaling. 

Then I fill the page with all those cool photo cards from friends and family. I love doing this page in every album! Have you tried the chalkboard technique? See lots of ideas on the Paper Players Blog!