Sunday, March 31, 2013

Curtsey Boutique Style

 I have a few projects to share that I've recently created for
This is a wonderfully unique Etsy shop featuring beautiful shabby-chic and vintage inspired crafts.


This card includes all sorts of pretties from the shop: shabby chic scallop flowers, polka dot embossed shipping tags, glitter embellishments and dyed doilies.  After stamping on the tag (non-embossed side) I tucked it into a vintage library pocket, also found at Curtsey Boutique.


For this Spring/Easter project, I covered a 4x4 canvas frame with burlap by first cutting one of the burlap bags (found at Curtsey Boutique) and then stretching it across and gluing in place at the back.  I then embellished with felt roses, new felt pansies, felt doilies and burlap and glitter butterflies.
The little block can be hung or sit on a shelf!


Finally are these neat "Shower Notes" that I created using blue library cards embellished
with a felt doily (cut in half), a burlap butterfly and a sentiment that I stamped and then trimmed from a white library card.  I think these would be so cute tucked in a wicker basket for all of the guests to fill out. 

Visit the Curtsey Boutique Blog for even more ideas and amazing projects!

This is absolutely one of my most favorite times of the year:  the celebration of our Risen Savior!
I hope that you all have a very HAPPY EASTER! 
I'll be back tomorrow with a BIG HUGE and FUN announcement :)
Friday, March 29, 2013

Urban Traveling in a SN@P

A very happy and GOOD FRIDAY to you!
I just returned home from 'work'
'Work' if you call creating beautiful page kits 'work'
Scrapbooker's Emporium is in the process of creating several one-of-a-kind page kits with some
 of the greatest new hot releases...if you love a collection kit with a little twist, then you will love these ;)  
I'll be sure to let you know when they're up and ready for preview and ordering!

Yesterday was so busy that I forgot to share my blog post for 
SIMPLE STORIES
   We took the kids on a Spring Break cruise and I got a lot of great pictures that I wanted to scrap with Urban Traveler.  Of course, being a scrapbooker, I had this collection in mind while snapping photos! 
 I was so tickled to see a comment from a SS fan from the town of Progresso, Mexico, where these photos were taken...small, small world!  
 I made a collage of four photos into a single 4x6 print by using an app by www.photosheet.com
This is such a wonderful tool if you haven't given it a try (and it's free!)
 I lined up the photo with one of the artistic journaling cards and went from there in matting with a patterned paper.  The blue 'wavy' piece at the bottom was traced from a template by Kiwi Lane Designs.  

 Along with a few die-cuts clouds and buttons from my stash, I created a trio of flags by attaching the SN@P stickers to a wooden toothpick and wrapping around the excess.  I attached them to the page by adding small foam squares to the back of each flag.

 We had a vintage typewriter available at a retreat that I attended this past weekend...it came in sooo handy when I got ready to journal on one of the SN@P journal cards!  I just tucked one of the pockets behind my photo and then slid the card inside.
Products: SN@P- Stickers-Icons; Color Vibe-Yellow & Green Chevron/Mini Dot and Red Dot/Stripe Papers; Colorfusion Pockets; Urban Traveler- Navy Dots/Ledger Paper; 4x6 Journaling Cards Elements

 For the card I went with a simple design and color scheme.  I'm really loving the SN@P Small Dot and Striped papers together...can't you tell? :) I wrapped a light pink doily around the bottom of the pocket and glued in place.  To the top, I layered two different colored SN@P sticker tabs together.  A couple of embellishments added to the center and my card was complete!
Products: SN@P- Colorvibe- Pink Chevron/Mini Dot and Teal Dot/Stripe Papers; Life-Bingo Cards/Stripe Paper; Pockets- Just the Basics; Stickers-Typeset and Labels
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That's all for today...I have some catching up to do on Curtsey Boutique projects, so
I'll get those listed tomorrow.  Have a happy and blessed Easter!
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Unity {Inspiration}

Welcome to the day of
UNITY {INSPIRATION} 
**You should be here from Renee Aslette's Blog**
And don't forget: comment as you go, comment as you, hi-ho the derry-oh, comment as you go!
I know.  I just thought of that....... :)
Two commentors will be the lucky recipients of a $20 Unity Gift Certificate

I spent this past weekend at a lovely retreat and crafted a couple of cards for today;
both have utilized the March Kit-of-the-Month
 
And I'm sooo glad that my fellow Unity Design Team Members do such a swell job
with Copics and other alcohol markers...makes me feel like I'm doing my part in the 
watercolor and marker section LOL

 Stamp, stamp, cut and paste with this quick card!  I layered on a couple of cool
'tails' across the card using Kiwi Lane templates.  

Let's head over to Shilo Mile's Blog now and see what she has in the works for us today!
Enjoy the hop!
Monday, March 25, 2013

A Jar + Farm Girl

I had the most wonderful time this past weekend at a scrapbooking retreat
in Tyler, Texas.  If you ever plan on being in the area, be sure to check out 
Memory Lane Inn...it's an amazing Victorian home and modified for the weekend scrapbooker!

On the first day there we visited the local scrapbook store and I picked up
some of October Afternoon's Farm Girl papers and accessories to go with the 
cutest 'jar' shaped chipboard mini album from Scrapbooker's Emporium!
(and don't miss the acrylic jar set, which will allow you to create several looks)

 For the cover, I used the templates to build the lid and 'fabric' cover from various
patterned papers.  I kept the design pretty simple since the cuteness of the chipboard girl
goes a long way!


The inner two pages...I love the idea of using the small journaling cards for 
photo mats or jotting down a memory.  



I used an old typewriter for the little sentiment flag and added a flair button to the middle.
And isn't that the happiest pig you've ever seen!?!



And the final two pages incorporating Farm Girl's chipboard, stickers, flair and Sticky Keys!
After adhering the finished pages to the chipboard, I outlined the edges in red/white baker's twine.
I can't wait to use this jar-shaped chipboard again...great for a small recipe book, 
gardening tips or a banner for the kitchen :)

Enjoy your week and thanks for dropping by!
Friday, March 22, 2013

Stars 'N Stripes Diorama

More red, white and blue today with Doodlebug Designs'
STARS & STRIPES COLLECTION

I feel in love with the little red airplanes...they're so cute!  
This collection includes pinwheels that you can make in a snap.
 I found this inexpensive star box (also came with a lid) at Hobby Lobby...I just knew it would 
make the cutest diorama when decorated with Stars & Stripes! 

 Three wooden dowels were wrapped in Bumblebee Washi Tape and then adored with Mini Pinwheels.  
To hide the chipboard edges and uneven papers, I glued on a trim of Ladybug Doodle Twine.
   I traced the bottom of the box and trimmed down the excessive until it fit nicely inside the box.   
 To cover the insides and sides, I cut strips of the papers and overlapped the areas so that the edges
 would blend.  For the diorama piece, I attached the die-cut embellishment to a large wooden 
spool and then glued in place. 
So many patriotic things going on over at Doodlebug Designs this week...check them out!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

All American

Have you seen it yet?
The brand spankin' new red, white and blue collection from Bella Blvd?
All week long you'll find loads of cool stuff over at the blog!
I have yet another pinwheel to show ya, as well as a little wall art
that I plan on attaching to a grapevine wreath to hang on one of our doors.
If you'll scroll on down to the earlier post from today there's a quick 'n easy tutorial
for pinwheel-making...it's not rocket science by any means, but I know I was a little
stumped on the actual 'how-to' before I tried it :)


 I used a 12x12 sheet of All American patterned paper for this singular pinwheel. 
For the stick, I wrapped Designer Tape around a wooden dowel and then attached to the back with a high-tack glue. I kept the design pretty simple by layering the center with a die-cuts, stickers and gems!

 Supplies: All American: Seeing Stars, United We Stand, Borders & Cute Cuts, Alpha+Bits Stickers, Chipboard Icons; Designer Tape: Navy Dot; Button Market: Stars


 I took a scalloped chipboard shape and dressed it with All American papers.
 To the center, I cut and traced a chipboard star and then layered it with chipboard letters and cut-out pieces. Hanging pieces like this can also be added to a wall or hang from the knob of a cupboard!

 Supplies: All American: Seeing Stars, United We Stand, Boom Boom Pow, July Sky, Borders & Cute Cuts, Just Write Journaling Stickers, Chipboard Icons; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Ice; Button Market: Stars; Flags: All American
Scalloped Chipboard Shape: www.scrapbookersemporium.etsy.com

 

Paper Bakery + Elle's Studio Team Up

The March Paper Bakery Kit was chocked full of Elle's Studio goodness.
This week the two are teaming up for a grand tour of inspiration!
Here's a little something that I shared on the blog today...I had the most fun with this kit
and all of the charming tags and papers by Elle's Studio.  And I've been holding on
to hope of getting my hands on the NEW designer straws by Queen & Co.
I'm gonna say it... OH MMM GEE!

CREATE A PINWHEEL TUTORIAL
Who doesn't loveee a pinwheel?  They're cute tucked into a gift sack, as a centerpiece, 
added to a door wreath (ooo I'm thinking one of those baby wreaths that hang on hospital doors!!)
and so-on-and-so-on!  Endless ideas!  And the best part is that they're so easy to put together.

Fill an empty jar or bottle with your best friend’s favorite candy, then add a handmade pinwheel 
and a couple of banners to dress it up!  For the pinwheel, you will need a 6×6 sheet of double-sided patterned paper (I used Elle’s Day-to-Day paper).  Score on the diagonal as shown below:


Next, cut along the score lines about 3/4 of the way up as shown below:

 Punch a 1/8″ hole into the lower right edge of each flap and through the center of the paper. 
 Insert a brad through all four holes and then through the center as shown below:

 Now it’s time to add the straw to the back and embellish!  Pierce a hole through the top 
of the straw and insert the brad through and close.

I also cut two of the other banners and just glued them to the front of the straws.

 Now wouldn't this just brighten someone's day!?!
That's all for my Paper Bakery Tutorial, but please stop by the blog to see all of the
unique projects shared there.  PLUS, there's a fabulous giveaway!

(Below is from Paper Bakery Blog, you must go there to leave a comment in order to win)
We have a GIVEAWAY for you!! Win a Paper Bakery prize pack!!
 To enter, leave a comment on OUR blog, head on over to the Elle’s Studio blog and leave a comment there. Do you want an extra entry into the Giveaway?? Head on over to The Paper Bakery’s facebook page and “like” us! Do all of that and you have 3 entries!!!

-- Here's a handy link for you Paper Bakery Blog--
Glad to see you today!
Monday, March 18, 2013

Hoping For A Happy Easter

Time for some HAPPY EASTER inspiration with
AUTHENTIQUE PAPER'S 
Hope Collection
   I've also used a cool wavy template by Kiwi Lane to create the banner across the front of the album
I found this four page chipboard album at Michael's craft store in the $1 bin...you can't beat that!
  After tracing the shape onto the desired Hope paper and trimming out, I used a jar lid to make a circle mat for the center of each page.
Layer on cardstock stickers with various dimensions of foam dots...I like to create different 'levels' and using different thicknesses helps to achieve that nice layered look.
  To the album ring, I added a large velvet bow from May Art's ribbon.
Below I've added close-up photos of each individual page.  Grab-up fun embellishments like buttons, twine, paper flowers and pearls and let Authentique's paper and stickers do the rest!





Another thing that I like to do with my mini albums (especially chipboard ones) is to glue an edging of baker's twine to hide any uneven spots of the paper, as well as the unfinished chipboard.  

Authentique Products: Hope Collection- Await Paper; Promise Paper; Custom Paper; Faith Paper; Adorn  Paper; Lavish Paper; 12x12 Statements Stickers; 12x8 Elements Stickers; 12x12 Details Stickers

**GIVEAWAY**GIVEAWAY**GIVEAWAY**

Throughout the month of March we are featuring projects using products from our friends at Kiwi Lane Designs. Their templates and our paper are the perfect combo for creating cards, layouts, mini albums, and much more! We want you to have a chance to experience this crafty combo too, so we are having a Kiwi Lane/Authentique giveaway this month!  

To enter the giveaway, check out today's post at the Authentique Blog

Back in a day or two!  Have a wonderful week!
Saturday, March 16, 2013

Punching With McGill

I was recently invited to be a part of a brand new designing team for 
MCGILL, INC.
You'll know McGill for their awesome punches and tools!
Here is a Mother's Day card that I made utilizing several of the punches,
along with the new collection from Authentique Paper, Grace.

I used the Multi-Daisy Paper Blossom Punch to create the layered flowers that I made into 
the shape of a heart around the sentiment card.  I just love the Birch Leaf Punch!  
 Although you can't tell it in the photo, I rolled the leaves a little by using the Molding Mat & Tool Set.
I have a TON of wonderful punches to put to use, so you'll be seeing a lot of puched-up
artwork on the horizon soon :)
You can find McGill products at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and online retailers.  
See the full-line of punches and tools, as well as how-to-videos here:
And stop by the blog for more inspiration and introductions to the new Design Team!