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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Packed for the Road

Remember a few posts ago I was showing a peek at what I've been working on?  It's time to share some of that! We took a road trip this summer.  It was super fun. I'm working on a mini-album to capture all our great memories.  I'm still working on the mini album, but I wanted to have a special place to keep it.

I made a cute suitcase to store the mini in.  I was inspired by a project that Clare Buswell had shared at The Hybrid Chick.  Now I'm going to share it with you.

Here's what you need to make it:
  • Foam board
  • Brown paper bag (grocery sack)
  • Digital or traditional scrap papers
  • Adhesive (wet and dry)
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Embellishments as desired

The suitcase is basically 2 identical boxes that rest on one another.  First decide on the size and depth that you want. Now draw out the pieces on the foam board that you will need.  You should have 2 larger rectangles, one for the base and one for the lid, as well as 4 long rectangle sides and 4 short rectangle sides (2 of each for the lid and 2 of each for the base). Make sure to allow for the thickness of the foam board when you measure your side pieces.

Use a craft knife and ruler to carefully cut the pieces of foam board.
Assemble the foam board pieces to make the lid and base boxes. Use a wet all purpose craft glue to adhere them.  You can use straight pins to hold the pieces in place while the glue dries.

Open the brown paper grocery sack.  Once the boxes are dry, cover them with the brown paper.  

Place the base on your work surface open side of the box facing up. Invert the lid, and place it on top of the base.  Cut a piece of cardstock in a color that matches the brown paper and adhere it at the seam on one of the long sides. This will become the hinge of the suitcase. It's going to be covered, but you will be able to see a small bit of it on the inside of the suitcase when you open it.  

Cut another piece of the brown paper grocery sack to cover the entire hinged side of the suitcase and adhere it in place.

Adhere the papers you have selected for the inside of your suitcase.

Cut 4 circles with a radius that is the depth of your base or lid.  These will become the corners of the suitcase.  Fold them in half.  Then fold them in half again.  

Cut out one quarter of the circles as shown in the image above.  Adhere these to the outer corners of the lid and base.  I chose to emboss my corners, add a stitched edge and ink them before I attached them.

Add a handle.  I also added a "buckle". I cut a piece of cardstock and attached a button. A set of well placed magnets help to keep the suitcase closed.

Embellish the suitcase as you would like.  I created a scene using digital supplies and some photos from our trip for each side of the suitcase. I also used ribbon to further embellish the case.

Now, if I could just get some work done on the mini to go in it!  I can't wait to show that to you too!

Foam Board: Elmers
Digital Kit: Journey of the Heart by Elise's Pieces and Kim Broedelet
Ribbon: American Crafts
Adhesive: ACMoore, Beacon, 3M
Button: Stash
Brads: Making Memories
Thread: Coats and Clark
Embossing plate: Provo Cuttlebug
Emboss/Die Cut machine: Provo Cuttebug

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blending It Up

One of the projects I've been working on in my spare time (Spare time?  What is that? LOL) is a book about our vacation at the beach this summer.  I made a few pages about visiting the boardwalk.  I took this photo:

And turned it into this background for my page:

Then I designed my finished page on top of it.  Here's how that turned out:

Wanna know how to blend photos to create custom backgrounds?  I've shared the tutorial on how I did this over at Ideas For Scrapbookers.

Hope you have fun playing with your photos too!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Say It Ain't Snow!

No, no, no, we have not had snow yet!  Hopefully we won't get ant for a while. I had designed a template for a card challenge recently.  When I went to put the card together, I decided to make it a Winter/holiday card.  I think it was a string of chilly days that got me in that mood!

I ended up making it into a gate fold card.  As much as I am not a fan of shoveling snow, I love snowmen.  I hand cut this little guy.  Glittered up his body and belly and popped him off the card a bit.

The snowflakes I covered with glittery embossing powder that I heated up. This is one time that melting a snowflake actually makes it look even better!  :)

Since snow tends to get everywhere, I added a flake inside with the greeting!  

The cooler temps were quite fleeting. The chilly days have passed and we are back to warm, humid weather.  Actually we are being threatened with more flooding rains. Not too happy about that! But I can look at this happy little snowman and put a smile back on my face!

The template that I created is for the It's In The Cards Challenge over at ScrapMatters.  Interested in playing along? You can grab the template below.  I would love to see your creations!  

Now head on over to the challenge at ScrapMatters for the rules and to share your card. Can't wait to see what you create!

Digital Kit: Stolen Moments
Dies: Spellbinders
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Punch: Martha Stewart
Stamp: Unity
Ink: Memento
Glitter: Doodlebug
Adhesive: 3M. Beacon, Glue Dots, Ranger

Sharing at:
Colour Create
ABC Christmas Challenge
Crafts and Me
Simon Says Stamp
Anything Goes

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Button, Button, Who's got the Button?

It's time for the 2nd Card Caravan Challenge at the Hybrid Chick! This time our host Sylvia has asked us to use buttons on our card. I made my card using the collab kit My Altered Life by the designers at The DigiChick.
Those blossoms were just screaming out to me to have buttons!!  I stitched them with some embroidery floss.

This challenge is easy-peasy!  Come on.... you can do it!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Digital Kit: The Digichick
Floss: DMC
Adhesive: Scotch, Beacon
Buttons: stash
Cardstock: Red River, American Crafts
Punch: Martha Stewart

Shared at:
2 Sisters
All Sorts
Di's Digi Design Challenge
Marks Finest Papers
One Stop Craft
Secret Crafter
Bloggers Challenge - Button Challenge
Delicious Doodles
Inspire Me Fridays
Sweet and Sassy

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tree Hugger Card and PI Blog Hop

Wow, yesterday the temps really started dropping, I guess Fall is fast approaching!  Over at Paper Issues we are starting our new theme, "Tree Hugger".  And we are kicking it off with a blog hop. Well actually 3 blog hops!! There is a hop for scrapbook pages, altered projects and cards.  Make sure to stop by and check out all the inspiration. If you get lost along the way, you can always go back to the Paper Issues site to find the complete lists of blogs to visit. Read on to find out more goodies in this hop.There are RAKs along the way too!

I created this card using the theme as my inspiration. I made the card completely from scraps that I had on hand. Kind of a reuse/recycle type thing.  Just like you would scrape all the jelly out of a jar, I made sure to get as much from my paper and ribbons as possible!  Then of course I had to include a tree!

At this time of year, how could I pass up focusing on the leaves? It will still be a while before they reach their peak of colors around here. But the falling temps and the falling leaves, gave me the idea to include an autumn tree. The leaf border at the bottom is cut so that the card peaks through to the inside. I included a strip of darker paper on the inside to highlight this.

If you are hopping along on the Paper Issues card blog hop, your next stop is: Gretchen McElveen www.gretchenmac.blogspot.com.  

Don't forget, there are some RAK's along the way and there is also a coupon waiting for you at the Paper Issues blog for you to go shopping at the Paper Issues store!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have fun on the hop!

UPDATE: I've gotten a few comments and questions about the leaf cut out on the bottom of the card.  It is not a border punch. I cut that using my Silhouette.  Thanks for asking!

Cardstock: Bazzill, DCWV, American Crafts
Ribbon: American Crafts
Brads: Target
Stamp: Unity
Ink: Momento

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes

How's your week going?  Mine has been really busy.  Crazy stuff going on. I have somehow been managing to find some crafty time too.  Every spare minute I can muster, actually!  I'm working on a few projects right now.  I really can't wait to share them.  Here is a sneak peak at one of them.

I'm also going to be part of a BIG blog hop for Paper Issues on Friday September 16.  Make sure to mark your calendar and come back to visit at the end of the week.  (Pssst..... there are going to be RAK's in the hop!)

I've gotta run, there's tons to be done so I can get more time to spend on finishing up my projects for you!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Remembrance.....

On this, the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, let us never forget. 

Today many people will continue to mourn. Many will recount the events of that day. Many will vividly remember right where they were and what they were doing and how they felt as the minutes of that day unfolded. And it will all feel as surreal and disjointed as it did on that day ten years ago.

Too many will remember and miss a loved one that was lost on that day.

This is a page I had made for an album for my husband.  He is in the fire service.  Firemen, police officers and emergency service personnel lost many of their fellow brothers on that day as well.

I hope that you are able to reflect and remember and pray for those that lost their lives on that day, not just today, but everyday.  And pray as well for all those that have come together to make changes, to help rebuild, to provide safety, and to fight for freedom.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rockin' Birthday

It's been a crazy few weeks.  School has attempted to return over the past 2 weeks and has just been washed out!  We've had so much flooding in the area from Hurricane Irene and subsequent torrential rains this week.  We've already used up 2 "snow days" and we haven't even made it to Fall yet.  I hope this is not a foreshadowing of what winter might have in store for us!

To beat off the rain dull drums (are you loving all the puns?), I created this rockin' birthday card!  This is a hybrid creation that I used digi papers and elements from the kit U Rock by GeniaBeana Scrap. I cut out the drum set (by hand!) and popped it with foam dots. I created the strips of paper and the sentiment tag (punched that up too!).  The word art is by TaylorMade.

I think this is going to be a great card for a certain teen boy I know!  Hope it brings you some inspiration.

shared at:
Crafting Misfit Show & Tell
Phindy's Place
Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays
Fun with Shapes & More Challenge #91
Fairy Fun Fridays
Card Making Mama's
Splendiferous Creations 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Grandparents Day Projects and Wallet Mini-Album

Grandparents Day will be celebrated this weekend in The US. It's one of those special days set aside, that I think should just be everyday!  We should give thanks to the grandparents and say "I love you" every chance we get!

To focus on this special day, I've got 2 posts for you.  Up first is the Designer Showcase this week at Ideas For Scrapbookers our focus this week is projects about grandparents.  Stop by and gather some inspiration!

Next, I've got a little project that I created for my kids to give to their grandma. It's a wallet mini-album.  You can make one too, I show you how! I've got the tutorial up at The Hybrid Chick.

I've not yet finished embellishing and journaling mine, but here are a few more views of this portable mini-album.

To all the Grandparents out there.... Thank you for sharing your love, your stories and your time!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Back to School and a Challenge

UPDATE: The challenge at The Hybrid Chick is live AND..... there is a prize!! Read on to find out more!

Back to school time always makes me emotional. No, I'm not one of those parents that celebrates the annual return to the regular routine of seeing the kids hop on the bus and head off to learning.  I actually get a bit down at this time of year. I miss the kids. I miss the lazy days of summer.

But I do love to see the kids growing and learning. And Fall is a beautiful season. I absolutely love all the holidays packed into the next few months.  However, I dread the coming of winter. The long cold dark nights, and all that snow. Not my favorite time!

Enough of this talk of things to come, lets get back to some fun to be had with back to school time!  Over at Paper Issues, our current theme is "Learning Curve". This card fits just great!  You'll find me linked up there. Do you have a project you'd like to share too? Come on over and join the linky party!

Now for the challenge..... I actually made this card for a challenge over at The Hybrid Chick.  A simple card challenge. All you have to do is use twine in making your card and you'll have this challenge all tied up!  LOL    So how about joining in the fun?  I can't wait to see what you create!

In celebration of our very first challenge, one participant will be randomly chosen to receive an Ultimate Sampler pack from The Twinery. So get on over to the Hybrid Chick and link up your creation!

Digital kit: A if for Apple collaborative kit by the designers and the Digichick
Font: Hand Garden
Twine: Martha Stewart
Punch: EK Success
Ink: Colorbox, Stazon

Shared at:
Card Making Mama's
Charisma Cardz
Clearly Inspired Challenge #35
Anyone for Anya
Come and Get It Back to School Challenge
Crafting When We Can
Creative Inspirations Paint - Back to School
Crazy for Challenges C4C103
One Stop Craft Challenge
Fashionista Friday
Fun with Shapes and More
Guylou's Inimitability Blog
Joyful Stamper
Jellypark Challenges
Our Craft Lounge
Simply Betty Challenges
Crafting MisFits
Simply Create

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Place to hold Guitar Picks

One of my son's has recently taken to playing guitar.  Which I think is just awesome!  This is one of  my son's who also has autism.  This has been a great experience for us both. I've been schooling him in reading music and learning to play. But more importantly, he has found a new way to connect!  The conversations and situations that are coming up from this new venture are just amazing.

He is taking great care of his equipment. Including those little, tiny picks! To help him keep track of them, I made a box for him to store them in.  Sorry the photos are not so great, I took them a few days ago when hurricane Irene was passing through. We didn't have very good light, so I had to use my flash.

I put an eyelet on the one side of the box with a ribbon loop as a handle to make it easier for him to slide the box open.  He loves the box. Not only is it grungy and rock and roll decorated, but it's green which is his favorite color!

Digital papers elements: Rock Star by WM Squared Designs
Matchbox template: Krisi's Kreations

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Who's calling?

Want a quick little craft that not only helps organize your desk/home, but also recycles and helps the environment?  I made this phone holder from an old gift card.  Here's a freebie tutorial for you so you can make one too!
Start with the gift card that you have. Make sure you don't have any value left on it, I wouldn't want you to miss out on any shopping bargains! In my case I'm using a store rewards card from a store that has gone out of business.  Makes me sad to see them go, but at least I've found a good use for the card.

Cut cardstock or patterned paper to fit the card. Gather elements that you want to use to decorate it. I used digital papers and elements. I printed out the background papers that I wanted to cover the cards with. I created the design block in Photoshop and printed that out. By making the design hybrid with digi elements, it also keeps it flat. Whatever you decorate this with, keep in mind that you want it to be as flat as possible.

Bend the card in to the shape for the holder.  I laid my metal ruler across the card as a straight edge and then bent the card up against the edge of the ruler.  I put the folds at about ½" from the one edge and about 1 ½" from that fold. Note that the folds go in opposite directions.

Apply adhesive and adhere the paper to each side of the card. Add your embellishment design and there you have it!  A new place to hold your phone!

And it works both vertically and horizontally. Well at least it does for my phone!  Hopefully for yours too.

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