Thursday, October 31, 2013

Card Share: Love You "Deer-ly" (Echo Park Holly Jolly)

First off, Happy Halloween! I probably should be sharing a spooky Halloween project today, but I'm not. I'm sharing something cute, related to Valentine's Day.

(as seen in Paper Creations magazine)

Jane Guthrie, editor of Paper Creations, challenged me to create Valentine's Day cards using Christmas collections. She wanted to encourage crafters to make cards for an upcoming holiday before putting their holiday collections away. I submitted a couple of cards (you can see another one here) for review. The card above is the one that made the cut.

The papers, and most of the embellishments, are from Echo Park's Holly Jolly collection. The sweet, little deer sticker was the inspiration for the card.

I hope I've inspired you to look at your holiday collections in a new light. Maybe you'll even think about making a few Valentine's Day cards (or New Year's cards) before stashing your holiday collections away this year.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Altered Woodworking Project: Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Anyone else thinking about decking the halls for Christmas? Craft stores have been trying to push us in that direction since early summer (and I wasn't ready then). I started gearing up after my hubby cut some wood tree shapes for me to decorate. This project is the result. The trees are just over 1/2" thick and are free-standing.

I pulled out a bunch of random embellishments to decorate these, along with some Echo Park Holly Jolly papers.

The green tree is 9" high and 6" wide (at the base of the tree).

Here's a detailed look at the layering on the green tree:

The red tree is 8 1/2" high and 5 1/4" wide (at the base of the tree):

Here's a closer look at the embellishments on the red tree:

I hope you were inspired to start on some holiday crafting. Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back with a card share tomorrow.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Card Share: Happily Ever After (Ruby Rock-It At Last)

We have a new linky party going on over at Paper Issues. We want to see your Ruby Rock-It projects OR a project having to do with fall, love or weddings. Your project doesn't have to be new and you can link up as many times as you'd like. Ruby Rock-It is giving away a prize pack of their new At Last collection.

I used the At Last collection to create the layout I shared yesterday and I also made a card for a friend who is getting married in a couple of weeks. I kept it pretty simple, using just patterned paper (some pieces are fussy cut), die cuts, a doily and enamel dots.

Here's a closer look:

I know you have a love, wedding, fall or Ruby Rock-It project in your stash so come link it up. Your project may even be featured on the Paper Issues blog. :)

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Generations (Ruby Rock-It At Last)

We have a brand new challenge starting over at Paper Issues today (running through November 10). It's called Fallin' for You. We want to see your Ruby Rock-It projects OR projects about fall, love or weddings. Your project doesn't have to be new and you can link as many projects as you'd like.

I used Ruby Rock-It's new collection, At Lastto create a layout featuring a special photo of me with my Mom and maternal grandmother (I called her Grammy) on my wedding day. The colors in this collection worked perfectly with all of our outfits and my bouquet.

So don't be shy. Come check it out! I'd love to see some familiar names linking up. Ruby Rock-It is giving away a prize pack full of their At Last collection to one lucky participant. Good luck!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a wedding card I made with the At Last collection.

Linking up to: Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Card Share: It's Sweater Weather (Little Yellow Bicycle Winterings)

I created this card back in February for a winter call but it didn't get picked up. I figured now was a good time to share it. It may not be winter yet here in upstate NY, but we've definitely had some sweater weather (and snow is in the forecast for tomorrow!) How about you?

Take a look at all of the layers (quite a few of them, LOL!):

A detailed look at the same area of the card, but straight on:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful crafty day. Stay warm! :)
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Be You (My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste Adorbs)

In between design team assignments, I had a chance to play with My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste Adorbs.

This is a super fun, colorful collection and it worked perfectly with Alexa's lime green sweatshirt (and her personality). There are some Pebbles products mixed in here, like the flower bouquet, "hello" tag, heart rub ons and the banner papers as well as a bunch of other odds and ends. I even managed to add in bits of washi tape. At the rate I use it, my stash is going to last forever!

Have a great day!
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Card Share: Right Now (Fancy Pants Memories Captured)

Just a real quick post today to share an all occasion card made with Fancy Pants Memories Captured. The bingo paper is an oldie, but goodie, from October Afternoon.

I cut a camera from one of the Fancy Pants papers and used it as the center point for a grouping of embellishments inside the frame.

Here's a closer look inside the frame:

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back on Monday to share a new layout.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy (Fancy Pants Trendsetter)

Alexa is quite the animal lover. She already has plans to go to Cornell University's School of Veterinary Medicine to become a vet (the girl has expensive taste in education, doesn't she?) It probably hasn't helped that we take her to Cornell every year to attend an open house specifically for kids who want to have a career in animal care.

Over the summer we visited an animal safari that included a hands on animal adventure area. Alexa saw this little baby horse, in a pen by itself, walked right in, and started brushing him. She was so sweet and gentle with him. It was just the two of them in the pen together. He ended up snuggling up against her and falling asleep. She would have stayed there all day if she could, but we had other animals to see and a long ride home. I have a feeling we'll be making a trip back next summer...
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Home Goods (Simple Stories Harvest Lane)

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! A few weekends ago, I attended an all-day crop with some of my friends. In between laughing, talking and eating, I got a bit of crafting done, including this layout.

This page is about some of my home decor. Although it appears as if I've decorated for fall, these items are on my kitchen table year 'round. I love fall colors so there are shades of green, cranberry, orange and yellow throughout my house.

The hand painted pitcher belonged to my Mom. It was one of her favorite pieces. There are many memories surrounding it and I love being able to display it.

To add a homey feel to the page, I used embellishments with a lot of texture, like cork, metal, canvas, wood and burlap. There's even a doily tucked in there too.

Have you ever done a page about your home decor? A treasured item perhaps?

Linking up to:

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Halloween Hootenanny with Paper Issues

How would you like a chance to win this brand new set of Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists? Come link a spook-tacular project up to the latest linky party at Paper Issues (called Halloween Hootenanny) and you might be the lucky winner (plus your project may be featured on the blog). Get all of the details right here.

I'm not eligible for the prize, but here's one of the layouts I linked up. It's from last Halloween.

While you're over at Paper Issues, be sure to check out the Halloween category in the store. You can use my code LISA20 to get 20% off all the treats you want. Enjoy!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Tutorial: Turn a Bingo Card Into a Journaling Pocket

Hi everyone! I shared this tutorial on My Creative Scrapbook's blog and I thought I'd share it with my readers as well.

Today I'm here to show you how to turn a bingo card into a journaling pocket.

1. Cut the desired card from bingo patterned paper (this particular one is from Simple Stories Harvest Lane collection) and adhere to your layout.

2. Machine stitch around THREE sides of the card, leaving the top open. In this case, I used the grid border just inside the pre-printed "stitching", as my guide. When I don't have a guide, I use a ruler and lightly draw pencil lines to follow.

Two sides sewn, coming around to the third (and last) side. Even though all of the stitching may not show on your finished page, be sure to sew all three sides to make the pocket sturdy.

3. All stitched on and ready for a journaling tag.

4. The finished page with journaling tag tucked in.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Family Man (Little Yellow Bicycle Feels Like Home)

(Photo editing by Pat Harry)

Today I'm sharing a page about my husband. This is the fourth layout I designed with the creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

The journaling talks about how Tom is a family man (hence the title of the page), how he participates in all of Alexa's events and activities, and how he always puts family first.  This guy even sat through an entire weekend at a dance convention!

The chipboard tree branch felt a little bare to me so I dressed it up with buttons from my stash. To carry the buttons across the page, I used a white button to dot the "i" in "family" and topped it with a Doodlebug heart sticker. I also added a button to the journaling tag and a metal button to the roof on the house.

Speaking of the house, I pieced it together using papers in the kit. The stitching gives it some definition and texture.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my kit layouts this month. Tomorrow I'll have a quick tutorial to share with you. Enjoy your day!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Love Your Sweet Smile (Little Yellow Bicycle Feels Like Home)

If you're looking for the My Creative Scrapbook blog hop, please go here.

Today I'm sharing a sweet page about Alexa, made with October's creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

I used two diecut words to create my title, filling in the remainder with text printed on white cardstock.

I wanted to add Alexa's initial to the page but the letters in the chipboard pack were intended to spell the word "LOVE". I had to get creative. What did I do? I turned the "V" upside down, cut a small cross piece from the "L" and created a custom initial. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. 

The kit included a long length of mesh-like burlap ribbon. I pulled the longer, horizontal strands out of the burlap so I would have some twine to work with. I added a twine bow to the larger flower and wrapped some around the photo as well.

So this is layout number three with this month's kit. I'll be back tomorrow with my fourth, and final kit layout. See you then!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Where We Love is Home (Little Yellow Bicycle Feels Like Home)

If you're looking for the My Creative Scrapbook blog hop, please go here.

Today I'm sharing another page I designed with this month's creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

The photo is circa 1999. The journaling (in the red pocket) talks about how my Mom's house was always the gathering place. I miss her and I miss those times.

To give the page a homey feel, I created a banner across the top edge of the page using canvas stickers, chipboard, and a house cut from one of the patterned papers in the kit.

I added dimension to pre-printed objects by using chipboard and buttons. I also worked the title into the word "home", which is printed on the background paper.

Here's a closer look at the layering on the journaling pocket. The clock piece was punched from product packaging.

I'll be back tomorrow with another layout to share. Have a great day!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

So Thankful 2 B Together (Little Yellow Bicycle Feels Like Home)

If you're looking for the My Creative Scrapbook blog hop, please go here.

(Photo by Steve Bayles)

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing the first layout I made with the creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook

This page is about last Thanksgiving and the quality time Alexa had with some of her cousins (she's snuggled in there, third from right).

A couple of details about this page:

1. To add interest to the pre-printed leaves, I adhered Doodlebug heart stickers to a trio of them. I also added a trail of chipboard leaves to continue the look of the scene and to help lead the eye to the title.

2. The banner in the bottom left corner of the photo was cut from product packaging (have to use every little bit, right?)

3. I created a pocket for my journaling tag (top left corner) by sewing a patterned paper bingo card to the page. Here's a closer look:

Here's a look at the kit I worked with. 
It was filled with fall goodness from Little Yellow Bicycle Feels Like Home along with bits from Simple Stories Harvest Lane.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back tomorrow to share another layout. 

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