Friday, November 30, 2012
I'm back today with another Thanksgiving card that appeared in the November issue of CARDS magazine. I knew I wanted to use an envelope on here so I started with that and then started tucking embellishments into it until it looked pleasing to my eye. I love the sprinkling of jewels around the tree, as if leaves are falling off of the branches. :)
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Before we get too far past the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to share this card that appeared in the November issue of CARDS magazine. Mostly Bella Blvd. in terms of the paper, but bits of Jillibean Soup, Imaginisce and Jenni Bowlin are on there too. :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hi everyone! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I thought it would be fun to follow up on a few of Gallop's (our Turkey on the Shelf) antics and adventures in the days leading up to Thanksgiving (and his departure).
Gallop meets up with members of his family to catch up on happenings in the poultry world. Unfortunately his styrofoam cousin (on the left) left home in a bit of a hurry and forgot to put his beak on so he couldn't relay too much news.
Is Gallop considering extending his stay through Hanukkah? He seems to have the ear of Mr. Moose Menorah. If nothing else, he’s seeing the world from a different vantage point.
With just a week to go before Thanksgiving Day, Gallop encourages us to eat more chicken.
Uh-oh. Gallop found Alexa's Halloween candy and overindulged...just a bit.
To make up for eating most of the chocolate in Alexa's Halloween stash, Gallop decided to try his hand at scrapbooking Alexa's school picture. He did a pretty good job, especially given that he picked through the trash to get at some of my scraps. :)
Gallop left the day before Thanksgiving, leaving behind a claw-written note telling Alexa how much fun he had with her. He mentioned a possible visit next year. We'll have to see...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Altered Project: Clothes Pin Holiday Card Holder (Little Yellow Bicycle Once Upon a Christmas/May Arts)
The Little Yellow Bicycle Biker Chicks have been part of a product swap with May Arts Ribbon this week. I've always had a "thing" for May Arts ribbons and trims, so I was thrilled to be able to use some on this holiday project featuring Little Yellow Bicycle's Once Upon a Christmas collection.
I altered five clothespins, that will act as clips, to hold the holiday cards we receive in the mail this year. My very sweet husband helped me get started by spray painting the clothes pins white. :) Once the paint was dry, I was able to embellish them and clip them onto a wide length of green May Arts twill ribbon. I plan to wrap this strip of ribbon over a cabinet door (either in the kitchen or on our entertainment center) so we can enjoy looking at the cards throughout the holiday season.
Here's a look at each of the clothespins in detail.
This one uses paper from the 6x6 pad, a round chipboard element, and May Arts beautiful iridescent silver ribbon.
This one uses a piece of vellum tape, a fabric snowflake, a button and May Arts twine.
I kept it simple on this one by just using a Fresh Verse sticker:
This one also uses paper from the 6x6 paper pad, a flower from the paper crafting kit, and a Fresh Verse sticker. I added the pearls to the center of the flower to give it some dimension and texture.
More vellum tape on this one, plus another chipboard circle and red May Arts ribbon:
All in all, this was a fairly simple project to do. The hardest part was waiting for the paint and Mod Podge to dry. :)
Linked to Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
'Twiz the season for gift giving (and to be jolly) so I'm here today to share a super cute gift idea using Little Yellow Bicycle's Once Upon a Christmas collection. I transformed a plain glass jar with a metal lid into a super cute gift idea featuring Twizzlers red licorice sticks.
To create a topper for the existing lid, I traced a dinner plate (my "go to" circle template) onto a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper, making sure the diameter (of the plate) was a couple of inches larger than the lid. I used scalloped scissors to cut the circle out because I wanted it to have a decorative edge. I centered the circle on the lid and then used my hands to form it to the lid, allowing pleats to happen naturally. The paper lid sits very nicely atop the jar, but can be easily removed (and keep its shape) when you want to open the jar to grab a little treat.
For the front of the jar, I used a journaling card to hold the sentiment and added in a few embellishments.
This is what the jar looks like from the top:
I think it looks fun and festive and would certainly make a great (and easy) gift for a neighbor, teacher or friend. What's your favorite holiday treat to gift?
Linked to Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Alexa and her best friend couldn't be any more opposite if they tried. Alexa loves dance, her friend plays hockey. Her friend is a bit boy crazy and Alexa still thinks boys are yucky (LOL). One point they do agree on is having fun with hair styles and makeup. Alexa's friend wanted to try out a new styling product so they broke out the flat iron and went to work on Alexa's straight hair. She loved the results and so did I. I'm thinking a bottle of this styling stuff may make it into Alexa's stocking this Christmas. :)
ETA: I created the circle by tracing a dinner plate onto the cardstock, piercing holes along the pencil tracing with a needle, and sewing with embroidery floss.
Now, for the good stuff. :) The winner of the copy of Christina Freeburn's new scrapbooking mystery, Cropped to Death, is:
Monday, November 19, 2012
Although I find myself being thankful on a regular basis, with Thanksgiving just days away, I think about it even more. Right now I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities that came my way this year and for the sweet and encouraging friends I've made through my blog. As my way of saying thank YOU, I am having a little giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a collection of Little Yellow Bicycle's Acorn Hollow Collection that includes 12x12 papers and two packages of coordinating embellishments. This will give you plenty for scrapping your fall and Thanksgiving photos. All you have to do is tell me what you are thankful for this year (or you could even tell me what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is). :) I will draw a random winner on Sunday, 11/25 and announce the winner on my blog on Monday, 11/26.
Friday, November 16, 2012
I'm ending the week here with more Acorn Hollow goodness. Time to pack this collection away for a bit and move on to some December holiday projects. I'll revisit it when it comes time to scrap Thanksgiving photos. :) Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I had a bit of fun with sandpaper on this layout. It all started with the word "fall" in the title. I transferred some older rubon alphas onto cream cardstock and then cut the letters out. In order to hide the "imperfections" of my cutwork, I decided to sand the letters to give them a worn look. Of course this then lead to sanding the leaves too. Gotta have flow and continuity on a page, right? :) I added some pearls to the leaves to give them a bit of a "girly" look to go with this sweet photo of Alexa.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This wreath was so much fun to alter and embellish! Everything on here, with the exception of the ornaments, is from Little Yellow Bicycle's Once Upon a Christmas collection.
I assembled the embellishment clusters, on my craft table, before attaching them to the wreath with a hot glue gun. Flowers from the Paper Crafting Kit came next and then the remaining spots were filled with tiny ball ornaments. This is definitely a piece I will look forward to hanging up year after year.
Let's take a more detailed look at the different sections on the wreath.
The embellishment cluster on the left side is comprised of journaling cards, a tag and chipboard circles:
This cluster, on the right side, has a journaling card, tag ornaments, a Fresh Verse sticker and a Clear Cut frame:
Here's the flower combo on the left side. I cut apart some silver leaf ribbon by May Arts and tucked it behind the flowers. Isn't the little jingle bell center on the red flower a cute touch? :)
Here are the flowers on the right hand side, again with some silver leaves tucked in behind them:
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this idea helped get you in the holiday spirit (if you aren't already, that is). :)
Linking up to Tip Junkie.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
About a week ago, I introduced you to Gallop, our November Turkey on the Shelf visitor. I'm doing this as a variation on Elf on the Shelf, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
When we last left Gallop, he was merrily making a snow angel in a pile of rice. What happened to him the next day was not very pretty.
Let's take a look, shall we?
Gallop found himself in a bit of a bind. He was tied to the knife block by the Littlest Pet Shop cats (Please notice what good taste they have in using twine to tie him on there, LOL!) Cats are Alexa's very favorite animal and they are not taking kindly to having a fowl in the house. :) Are you wondering if this was the end of Gallop? Scroll down to see what happened next...
I'm thinking he may have been a bit shaken up by yesterday's capture. He's now counting down the days until his departure.
They say life is short, eat dessert first, but Gallop stole a piece of licorice from a brand new container intended as a surprise for Alexa. It's her favorite licorice. Will she share with him or will she put Gallop out to pasture? I'm hoping I brought her up right and she'll share, but you just never know. :)
Hopefully Gallop wasn't sent away and I'll have more escapades to share with you next week. :)
Don't forget to check out last Thursday's post with guest author Christina Freeburn. There's still time to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her new scrapbooking mystery.
Friday, November 9, 2012
I'm back today with another project using Simple Stories Sn@p. I am completely in love with all of the color in this collection. It makes me smile, especially since I worked on this through many a cloudy day. :)
On this page, I talked about how Tom wrapped Alexa up in his bathrobe one chilly morning. That lead to journaling about how I wish it was as easy to protect her from hurts and disappointments. Wouldn't it be great if the world's problems could be solved by wrapping a cozy robe or blanket around every one?
Have a great weekend! I'll be back next week to share some more projects.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Do you love scrapbooking? Well, of course you do or you wouldn't be visiting my blog. :) Do you love mysteries? I know I do. My guest today is a scrapbooker AND a suspense and mystery author. Please welcome Christina Freeburn. Christina has a new book coming out called Cropped to Death and she is going to give a copy away to one of my lucky readers (more about this at the end of the post). I can promise that you will chuckle as you read, you'll be in suspense, and you'll be able to relate to the characters. Right now let's learn a bit about Christina, see some of her work, and take a peek at where she does her writing and creating.
"One of my favorite games as a child was creating worlds and people in my head and acting them out. When I was in the ninth grade, I started writing a book with a friend during the bus ride to and from school. I was surprised to find out I liked writing. Before then, it had always been essays and book reports and I struggled with those. I shouldn't have been surprised as fiction writing allowed my creations to become 'solid'.
When I got serious about getting published, I found I needed another outlet for creating. I wanted one for relaxation; a creative hobby rather than one that was also work. I needed something that was just 'for me' to enjoy and have fun. Since I also enjoyed taking pictures, scrapbooking was a natural fit. As I got more into the hobby of scrapbooking, I couldn't help but think what a wonderful back drop it made for a story...a mystery in particular since it's my favorite genre. I thought about it long and hard because I was afraid combining my creative hobby with my creative work might turn them both into work.
I found myself unable to pick a new writing project because the scrapbooking mystery took up my 'mind'. The only way to move onto the next book was to get this one out of my head. So, I sat down and started writing. On November 20, my scrapbooking mystery Cropped to Death will be released. I'm so excited to have this book that blends my love of mysteries with my love of scrapbooking out in the world.
Scrapbooking confession time: I'm a 'happy scrapper'. Like my character Faith in Cropped to Death, my mind unfortunately can hold onto the disappointments in my life and overshadow the good. I like my scrapbooks to remind me of all the happiness there is in my life. My 'happy place' is Disney World...anything to do with Disney. There is just something about it that melts away all the stress and surrounds me with happiness.
Here's a layout I've done of a visit to Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. My husband and I decided to celebrate our 20th anniversary by going on a cruise.
I'm going to be giving away one copy of Cropped to Death. The 'official' book releases November 20 and I'll mail out a copy to one winner on November 26. To enter, please leave a comment from today until November 16 telling us what your 'happy place' is. I'll contact Lisa with the winner's name on November 20."
To whet your appetite, here is the book description from Christina's blog:
"Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers' scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder – and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped."
Be sure to visit Christina's blog to learn more about her and the other books she's written.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I have a confession to make...elves and gnomes (sorry, Katrina) freak me out. LOL! That said, I never got onto the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon. Hopefully Alexa won't have to go into therapy to get over not having her own elf. Anyway, I thought it might be fun to use the same premise in the days preceding Thanksgiving, but with a turkey instead.
Meet Gallop. He arrived at our house on November 1st with a note.
This is what it said:
Let me introduce myself. My name is Meleagris gallopavo (thought you’d like that since you’re learning about genus and species at school), but you can call me Gallop for short, OK?
I’m going to hang out at your house until Thanksgiving Day and then I have to make a run for it because, well, you know...I don’t want to get caught sticking my neck out. Sound good?
I’m just going to make myself at home and because I can’t come running at your every beck and call like your cute cat does, you’ll just have to come find me. I promise I won’t be any trouble.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you over the next few weeks.
On day 1, Gallop made himself right at home. He was introduced to popcorn for the first time (and proclaimed that it was so much tastier than the kernels he's used to eating) and checked out some daytime TV.
On Day 2, he made himself a snow angel in a pile of rice. Here's hoping he doesn't get into too much trouble and isn't prone to making messes. :)
If nothing else, I'll get a fun scrapbook page out of Gallop's exploits, right? If you do Elf on the Shelf, what is your favorite set up to do? I'm thinking I need some ideas to get me through the next few weeks. LOL!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
One of the sweet flower girls from my wedding is having her first baby (yeah, I know, makes me feel old, LOL). We traveled to MA for her shower last weekend. Because they don't want to know the baby's sex, I decided to go the colorful route instead of trying to choose "neutral" baby colors. Having Simple Stories new Sn@p collection sitting right on my craft table kind of cinched the deal for me. I used a colorful mix of coordinating stickers on the inside to write, "Welcome Baby G."
Have you made a baby card for a couple that didn't want to know the baby's gender? How did you approach it?
Monday, November 5, 2012
This layout is another example of what you can do with 6x6 paper pads. Aside from the 12 x 12 background, the remaining papers are all from Echo Park's Paris Girl 6x6 paper pad. I had a lot of fun with this page because it uses my favorite color combination (pink, white, and black). I had Alexa do the journaling (in the polka dot bag) about how much she loves (well, maybe more like obsessed) Paris. She discovered croissants when we were on vacation and is hooked on them. She has a French language translator on her iPod so she can listen to different phrases and she loves looking through photos I took during my visit there. I'm thinking a trip there may be in her future. :)
Linking up to Simon Says Stamp and Show Challange: Inspiration Francaise.
Friday, November 2, 2012
This is another photo from our visit to Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East. The views are breathtaking! I journaled about how beauty is all around us and how we need to take the time to look around us and not just at what's in front of us. :)
Thursday, November 1, 2012
We drove just under an hour to do some leaf peeping and Alexa was more interested in the huge green leaf she found in the parking lot. We had all of this gorgeous color in front of us and this was her "find" of the day. LOL! This is all Simple Stories Harvest Lane, some from the 12x12 papers and some from the 6x6 paper pad. It's nice to be able to mix and match. :)