Thursday, May 30, 2013

Card Share: Hello You (Dear Lizzy Neapolitan)

I recently learned about Maddy, a young girl battling leukemia, on the Simon Says Stamp blog. I was so touched by her story, and the sweet photo of her posted there, that I set out to join the Cards for Maddy drive. This is the result. I hope it brings a bit of sunshine to her day.

Here's a close up:

If you are moved to send Maddy a card (and I hope you are), her mailing address is listed in the blog post I mentioned above.

Linking up to:
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Take Note (Doodlebug Take Note)

(Photo of Alexa edited by the amazingly talented Pat Harry)

I will admit I got a wee bit (okay, a lot) giddy when I saw this notebook paper from Doodlebug's Take Note collection. It wasn't just the colors. Each block was calling out to me to stand on its own and become a little layout. You can relate, right (if not to this paper, but to the happy lift of delight we get from certain products)?

I started by cutting various word bubbles from this paper and layering them in some of the blocks. The rest of the page came together from there with an eclectic mix of stickers, diecuts, rub ons and other embellishments.

Do you have a product that is currently making you giddy with delight? Let me know what it is, OK?

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Card Share: It Is a Happy Talent... (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Boy)

While I had Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern and Forest Boy collection out to make a baby-themed layout about my Dad, I decided to put a card together. I layered some scraps around the quote portion of a border-style paper, adding in a few stickers and a burlap banner from the Naturals collection. A very easy, but cute, card for a boy.

Here's a close up:

Do you use project scraps to make cards? I don't always, but it makes for less to put away and the end result is having a card on hand without the pressure of HAVING to get one done.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Paper Issues: Lifestyles to "Die" For

Have you checked out the current issue at Paper Issues? It's called Lifestyles to "Die" For. It's being sponsored by Lifestyle Crafts (formerly QuicKutz). Link up any project, new or old, that features diecuts OR something about your daily life. There are seven prize packs being given away!!

Check out all of the details here.

There are loads of wonderful new things in the Paper Issues store, like the highly sought after Studio Calico Atlantic collection sequins and pretty packs of multi-colored doilies. When you're ready to shop, use code LISA20 to get 20% off your order.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! I'll be back on Tuesday with a card to share.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Life Lesson #365 (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

I find myself going back to Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection over and over again. It is so versatile and has worked well for many different types of photos. I've used it for a wedding layout, a heritage page, Valentine's Day projects, a page about friendship and so much more.

Today's page is about helping Alexa deal with middle school drama. Need I say more? It never seems to stop. Hopefully the current issue we've been dealing with is now over but who knows what's lurking around the corner...
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Card Share: Cherish the Little Things

This card is the result of pairing some odds and ends that were on my desk. I added a bit of misting (yes, me!) and stamping to the pre-printed bird cage chip, wrapped it with some ribbon and a wood button from Little Yellow Bicycle's Naturals collection and called it done. I wish all of my projects came together this quickly. 

Here's a look at the ribbon and button combo:

And here's a look at the card from the side:

I'll be back tomorrow with a new layout to share. Have a great day!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lisa Turns 2 (Crate Paper Party Day)

Yes, that's me at the ripe old age of two. My Mom always put an extra candle on our birthday cakes to help us grow an inch. When we got older, she said it was for good luck. The tag inside of the bitty bag contains journaling about that tradition and the other ways Mom made birthdays special.

This page truly is a hodge podge of elements from many manufacturers. The base of the page is from Crate Paper's new Party Day collection. I bought the Scrabble-like paper because I really liked it (and because I'm an avid Scrabble player), with no plans in mind. When it arrived, I was thrilled to see how well it went with my (ahem) vintage photos. The neutral background allowed me to bring in a variety of pretty colors.

Does your family have any special birthday-related traditions? What are they?
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Card Share: Life is Magical (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Girl)

I recently shared a fairy-themed birthday card featuring Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern and Forest Girl collection. Today I have another fairy card to show you using the same collection.

Did you notice the pleated border? It comes from the paper crafting kit and was intended to be an accordion flower. I folded the diecut piece along the pre-scored lines, but instead of bringing the two ends together and forming it into a flower, I machine stitched it, as is, into place. I like the look of it as a border. It's a nice design element, adding some "lift" and depth to the card.

Here's a look at the card from the side:

I hope you have a wonderful day, full of little magical moments that make you smile. :) I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Linking up to:
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Card Share: You Are Wonderful (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)

A family member recently asked me to make a set of greeting cards in a number of different themes. This is just one of the many I made. I used Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection, a bit of twine and a piece of Simple Stories flair. Easy and simple. I like projects like that!

Here's a closer look at the flair:

I hope you have a wonderful day and if you don't, come back for a visit and you will see that YOU are wonderful, just like the sentiment on the card says. :)
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Purrfect Pals (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Boy)

Today I'm sharing a page about Alexa and her sweet cat, Butterscotch. There are times we say he is really a dog in cat's fur. He is constantly by her side, plays fetch, and tears through the house sounding like an animal at least ten times his size.

This page was prompted by the adorable kitty flair I recently bought from Martha at Panda Eight Designs. Once I chose the flair, I pulled out Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern and Forest Boy and Naturals collections and got to work. The rest of the page came together by adding in a few embellishment odds and ends from my stash.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Show Beautiful (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Girl)

A few weeks ago, Alexa's dance team performed at a community event. Not only did she have to wear a costume, but she had to put on full stage makeup. The problem with that is I am completely clueless when it comes to all things related to hair styling and make up. It's a good day if I put lip gloss on. I always tease Alexa and tell her she got the wrong mother when it comes to the girly stuff. LOL!

Anyway, Alexa's dance teacher gave us instructions on how to apply stage make up and Alexa did it all by herself. She did an amazing job. Even though I wouldn't want her wearing so much makeup on any given day, she really looked beautiful.

This page features Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern and Forest Girl collection. It worked so well with Alexa's costume. I turned the chipboard letters meant to spell "wish" into the word "show" by replacing the "i" with a flower as the "o". I also discovered that My Mind's Eye Lime Twist collection pairs perfectly with Fern and Forest Girl. It's always nice to be able to mix and match collections, isn't it? It makes product go so much further.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Card Share: Have Your-Elf a Very Happy Birthday (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Boy)

I have to admit, elves and gnomes freak me out. This guy won me over with his cuteness though and the cone-shaped hat had me thinking birthday boy (albeit a birthday boy wearing elfin shoes and stockings but let's not ponder that). At least the hat gave me something to focus on, right? You'll notice I "prettied" it up with a pearl to make it even more party-like.

Here's a look from the side:

Since I was brave enough to share my fear about gnomes and elves, feel free to let me know if you have any weird or irrational issues. I just don't want to feel alone in this. LOL!

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Card Share: Have a Fairy Happy Birthday (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Girl)

I think just about any young girl would love to receive a birthday greeting delivered by a sweet fairy, don't you? I cut the fairy from the 12x12 patterned paper shown below, worked the sentiment around it using various alpha stickers and added in a pre-printed "happy" sticker. Some pearls and a snippet of ribbon finished the card off nicely.

Here's a closer look:

Have a wonderful weekend! Do you have any special plans?

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Altered Project: To Do Clipboard (Simple Stories Vintage Bliss)

Today I'm sharing the last guest design project I did for My Creative Scrapbook, an altered clipboard.

Target has some really cute chipboard clipboards (try saying that fives times fast) in their Dollar Spot right now. This one was adorable on its own with its black background and all-over text design but I just had to change it up a bit.

I covered the clipboard with polka dot paper and created a pocket using a 4x6 journaling card. I machine stitched the pocket to the clipboard to make it more durable. Other than that, I added in a couple of embellishments, a sticker title and then tucked my to do list and some coupons into the pocket. I'm thinking this is definitely going to make my shopping trips a lot more fun!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Close 2 Twelve (Simple Stories Vintage Bliss) and a Prima Contest

I hope you're not sick of seeing my Vintage Bliss projects because today I have another layout I did with My Creative Scrapbook's Main Kit.

Every year I do a page as Alexa's birthday approaches. This year she's going to be twelve. Twelve! When did that happen? She was just a little baby in my arms, depending on me for everything. Now? Not so much! LOL!

I loved the big doily that came in the kit and wanted to be able to use it on more than one project so what did I do? I cut it in half.

I used a section of the Basic Grey mini bottle cap packaging (light aqua piece with numbers and alphas) because it coordinated so nicely with the page and I couldn't resist "recycling" it. I also used my sewing machine to run a zig zag stitch down the center of the sheer, white ribbon. I like how it adds some interest and texture to the ribbon.

Before I go, I want to let you know about My Creative Scrapbook's Mother's Day Prima Giveaway. Three winners will be drawn on June 1st. This awesome prize package can be won just by being a My Creative Scrapbook member or by buying one of our kits in the month of May.

Want more chances to win? Just refer a friend who buys a kit in May and both of you will have your names added to the drawing.

So come join the fun , we want YOU to be the winner!!

- My Creative Scrapbook Kit subscribers will be entered in the drawing for each kit they purchase in the month of May.

- All new kit subscribers will be entered in the drawing.

Even more chances to win…refer a friend that signs up and get your name added to the drawing. Just e-mail with the name of the person who joined. You both will be entered into the drawing a second time.

Just to make this this more fun, we are offering our May Limited Edition kit filled with Prima Lyric, available for a one time purchase. Yay!!! You asked that we offer this, and we aim to please, so grab one while you can. This offer is only for the month of May.

Dates of the contest: May 8th through June 1st, 2013

I'll be back tomorrow with my last project for My Creative Scrapbook, this time an altered piece. See you then!
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