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Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Interactive Card Challenge

Hey there!  I am hosting a new hybrid card challenge over at ScrapMatters.  For this challenge you get a free template that I designed for an interactive card. 


On the card, you can turn the dial and change what appears in the window.  As you can see in the next photo.

So do you want to grab the template and play along?  Hop on over to ScrapMatters to grab a copy and play with us!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chilling in the Heat of Summer

Today I've got a few summery cards to help you chill, even when the heat of the summer is blazing!

This card is made using digital papers and elements that I printed and dressed up to create this beachy card.  For the flowers I scrunch and pinched to get a nice texture and depth.
I really wanted the umbrella to give some shade, so I made it 3 dimensional.  I printed and cut out 5 of the umbrella tops. I folded them each in half and glued them to each other to create this. Can't you just picture yourself relaxing in the shade of the umbrella with a cool drink? 

On the next card, I created some depth by placing clouds above and below the hot air balloon. I used double sided foam squares to adhere them.
The bright colors are sure to bring happiness to the person that receives this!

I hope you are making today a beautiful day!








Ingredients
Hang Loose:
Digital Kit: WM Squared Designs and Cross Bone Cuts
Ink: Colorbox
Gem: Kaisercraft
Thread: Coats & Clark

Beautiful Day:
Digital Kit: Erica Zane and Jennifer Barrette
Ink: Colorbox
Stamp: Unity

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Sheepish Card

I have a sheepish little card to share with you today.  LOL  Isn't that woolly little creature cute?  This is a hybrid card that I made using a digital kit called Baa Baa Black Sheep by Band Geek Designs.  I gave the wool on the sheep a bit of texture with some white embossing powder and placed a cute heart as the nose.

The ribbon is seam binding that I dyed with Adirondack Color Wash Ink from Tim Holtz by Ranger.








Ingredients:
Digi kit: Band Geek Design
Embossing Powder: Joann's
Punch: Fiskars
Twine: Martha Stewart
Button: my stash
Ribbon: Seam binding
Ink: Adirondack by Ranger, Colorbox, Faber Castell
Cutting machine: Silhouette

Challenges:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cupcake Sweet Treat

Who doesn't love cupcakes???  But how about one with no calories??  That's right. I said no calories!!


Oh, so maybe you can't eat this one!  But it sure is great eye candy!  And it will make a really sweet gift box. The top opens up!

Wouldn't it be sweet to make a bunch of these as party favors and have them displayed on a pastry tier?  Oh so yummy!


This was a fairly quick and easy project. The template set comes with cutting files. I printed out some digital papers, then cut the box shapes using my silhouette. I coated the top with a sheer glitter to give the "icing" some bling!



To make the flower on top I printed out some digital paper and used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die to run it through my Cuttlebug and cut the petal shapes. I wet them, scrunched them up and bended and pleated them into the shape I wanted.  I used some glimmer mist to give the flower a bit of shine.

Hope you've enjoyed this calorie-free cupcake!








Ingredients:
Digital Papers: Amanda Heimann
Cupcake Cutting Files: Kelleigh Ratzlaff
Glitter: Doodlebug
Flower Die: Tim Holtz Alterations by Ranger
Cutting machines: Silhouette, Cuttlebug
Trim: Wrights
Pearl: Kaisercrafts
Punch: McGill
Adhesives: Scotch, Ranger, Glue Dots

Challenges:
CR84FN 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Found Objects

Sometimes when we are preserving memories, we would like to include "things" in addition to our photos and journaling.  Often there is memorabilia from an event that we attended, or ephemera from a certain time frame that would we like to have on our pages to conjure up our memories and emotions. Today I am sharing a post at Ideas For Scrapbookers all about including "found objects" in projects.

One of my sons took up collecting bottle caps. It was really fun. Different places we would visit he would save bottle caps from beverages that we might have enjoyed. Some bottle caps he would find at the beach or park.  I thought it was great that he found such interest in building his collection.  He added them all to a stylish jar that he keeps in his bedroom. One day I came across an interesting bottle cap that I thought he didn't have. When I offered it to him for his collection, he told me that the jar was filled so he was done collecting!

He is rather shy, he has autism, and doesn't like to have his photo taken often.  I recently got a good photo of him. I've been wanting to record his bottle collecting for quite some time. I'm so glad that he allowed me 2 caps from his collection to include on this scrapbook page.  I adhered the caps to some copper metal that I embossed and sanded.  I also included a clothing tag from a pair of shorts that I bought him this summer. I really like the grungy, mildly distressed look of it. I added a fabric tag from Little Yellow Bicycle to it and attached it to the page as an element.

I find myself constantly looking at items and thinking about how they can be used on a scrapbook page or in a craft. I love to use the metal from beverage cans for making flowers, coffee filters for creating accent elements, and even using toilet paper rolls to create mini-albums.  My family has learned not to throw things out before asking me if I want to keep it for crafting. Which has created a storage challenge of sorts!  

If you'd like to see even more samples of using "found objects" on your page, take a hop over to Ideas For Scrapbookers to see what some of the other contributing artists shared.








Ingredients:
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Alpha: American Crafts
Transparencies: Little Yellow Bicycle
Journal Spot: Little Yellow Bicycle
Metal: Ten Seconds Studios
Embossing plates: Ten Seconds Studios, Tim Holtz/Ranger
Tag: found object
Bottle caps: found object

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Quick and Easy Luminary (psst,.. and it's Free!)

 I created this quick and easy luminary to use for decorating my patio table. I plan to set out several as a centerpiece arrangement. You could also use it as accent lighting inside your home.  I made it using some digital papers and a digital stamp.

And guess what????? I'm offering it as a freebie printable for you!  All you need to do is download it, trim and adhere.  Please only use flameless battery operated candles with this. NO REAL CANDLES as that would pose a fire risk.

To download and for a full tutorial, simply visit The Hybrid Chick. Enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

I {heart} Bear Hugs

Wow, can you believe that it is the middle of July, already??!!  I can't believe how quickly this year is racing by! I'm starting to get that feeling I get at some point each summer. I realize that the summer is running out and I want to pack what time we have left with as many adventures as possible!  They don't have to be big adventures, some times it's just a day trip or an afternoon hike. I'm hoping to fit in several more before this summer is just a memory.

On a trip to Shenandoah National Park I was so hoping that we would see a bear.  When one actually crossed our path, I was so excited I stuttered "b-b-b-bear" and my family reminds me of this, constantly!  I just know this card is going to be well received by them!!  hehehehe!!!

I made this using a new kit by WM Squared Designs called The Great Outdoors.  When I saw the little bear I just knew I had to make a shaped card!!  The kit is packed with all sorts of outdoor adventure goodies. I know I'll be able to scrap all the fun we pack into this summer!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Together


A quick little post to share a layout I worked on recently. It is rare that I get my picture taken. I'm usually the one behind the lens. And then it's even more rare that I get a photo with my hubby.  We were all dressed up for a family wedding recently and that was a good excuse to take some pics of the boys.

Then one of the boys was kind enough to snap a photo of me and my honey.  Not the greatest photo, not quite in focus.... but that doesn't really matter.  It's us, it's now and it's worthy of being preserved with all those special memories!

Look through your photos, I'll bet you've got some pictures that aren't award winners, but they evoke some really special memories and emotions. Go ahead. Scrap them!  It's OK.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beauty in Sympathy

A friend of mine lost a family member recently. I wasn't able to be there for the funeral. I still wanted her to know that I was thinking of her. While I don't like the reason for having to create a sympathy card, I do feel that they can be some of the most appreciated.

Don't be afraid to let your sympathy cards be beautiful or colorful, strong or filled with hope. I had only met her family member a few times, but I am so blessed that I did. She was a strong woman that touched my life. I hope this card brings some comfort and lifts the spirits of my friend and her family.








Ingredients:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: SEI
Stamps: Unity, MSE!
Ink: Stazon
Ribbon: Celebrate it!
Pearls: Kaisercraft

Challenges:
Moxie Fab World Stamp It!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Sweet Life

It's summer time and I think that life is just a little bit sweeter during this season. More fresh fruits and veggies to eat, more time for relaxing, more fun and festivities.

Speaking of fun.... and sweet.... over at Paper Issues we've got a new theme!  The theme is "Life is Sweet!" 


I've got a cute little card to share. Isn't that gumball stamp just the sweetest?  It's from Unity Stamps. I used some Glossy Accents on the glass dome to make it look and feel like glass.  I used some foil to emboss the lettering to make it really shine.

Make sure to stop by Paper Issues to check out all the inspiration for  "Life is Sweet!" .Come on over and link us up to a project of yours! We'd love to see what you've been up to!








Ingredients:
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill
Stamp: Unity
Foil: We R Memory Keepers
Ink: Stazon, Colorbox, Ranger
Die: Spellbinders

Friday, July 8, 2011

Home of the Free

It may be July 8, but there are still lots of American flags and decor on display. I love it. It is so summery and patriotic!  I know that the summer is going to be gone before we know it, so I'm trying to make it last as long as I can.  Wish I could help to slow down time!
I've got a card to share with you today.  I've used a new release stamp to create the Statue of Liberty. It is part of the 4th Stamps by WM Squared Designs.  I hand stitched the zig-zag, created the word art in Photoshop, and added a seam binding bow.  I'll be sending this card in to Operation Write Home to go to one of our heroes to thank them for their service to our country.

I made this card with a bit of mojo from the Mojo Monday 198 sketch. Doesn't that sketch just beg to be done in a patriotic flair?!!!

Hope you are having a wonderfully crafty day!







Ingredients:
Digital Kit: Yankee Doodle by WM Squared and Band Geek Designs
Cardstock: American Crafts, Epson
Digital Stamps: WM Squared Designs
Floss: DMC
Ink: Colorbox

Challenges
Mojo Monday #198
Cooking it up with Katie

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th and Fireworks!

Just a quick post to wish all of those from the USA a very happy Independence Day!  

My husband was helping out a fellow fire marshal/friend this weekend to over see another fireworks show. I was lucky enough to tag along.  I brought my camera thinking I'd get some great shots.  We were positioned right under where the fireworks were blasting.  Seriously!  I didn't know my tripod could angle that sharply!  Hehe!! I thought I'd share some of those shots here with you today!

 


Being right under the display was amazing. The noise was loud, I expected that!  But with each burst you could feel it pound in your chest!  It made me think even more about all the men and women that serve our country, currently and throughout our history.  I give thanks for all they have done to help make our nation so great!


I took this photo before it got dark out, just so I could share with you how close we were. This photo is taken from the same spot that I took the fireworks photos. And there you can see about 50 yards away are all the explosives ready to go!


Enjoy your celebrations! I'm off to fire up the barbecue grill!

Friday, July 1, 2011

More Reasons to Celebrate!

Paper Issues Blog Design


You all know that I have issues, right?  LOL  I mean Paper Issues!!!  Let's not even go into "other" issues!  Ha Ha!  Well I've got some really happy news to share.......  Paper Issues has announced it's new Creative Team and I got a spot on the team!!  I'm so excited!!!

Hope to see you sharing some of your paper issues!

Happy Independence Day!

Seriously? It's been nearly a week since I blogged?  So sorry! I didn't mean to neglect you!  It has been a crazy busy week.  So much to do this time of year, gardening and yard work, sprucing up.... and trying to keep the kids occupied!

I did get a chance to create a few new things to share.  ScrapMatters has a new July Mix-a-Kit that released today. If you've not yet seen these, they are pretty cool. Each month there is a color scheme and each designer creates items to go with it.  Then you get to pick and choose which papers, elements, alphas, etc you would like!

Wendy of WM Squared Designs released a patterned paper and a sold paper pack for the July Mix-a-kit. I used those to create this card.

I was inspired by the sketch at Mojo Monday (#197) this week. I changed it up a bit to include some extra scallops.  I just thought they looked so chic with that yummy velvet ric-rak!


I also scrapped some photos from my son's birthday last week.  After taking a hike, we went to a favorite eatery of his, Ruby's Diner.  It's not located close to us so we don't often get to go there. They have really juicy burgers and the thickest, yummiest shakes! It's decorated pretty cool too. There are motorcycles inside the restaurant and a train that loops about on a track that hangs from the ceiling. The whole place has a 1950's feel to it.   I brought home a place mat from the diner just so I could scan it in and extract the logo and icon to use on my layout!  Yep, I'm always thinking about crafting!

This weekend is a 3-day weekend here in the US as we celebrate the birth of our nation.  I'm hoping for wonderful weather for all the parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks that will be taking place all over the country. Whatever your plans are, I hope you enjoy them.  Happy Fourth of July!

I'd like to take a moment to thank all of those that serve our country in the armed services. Your devotion to protecting us is truly appreciated. Wherever you may be, home or abroad, I send prayers and thanks out to you and to your families as well. I think about all the time that you are not able to be together as a family while you are serving, and I hope for your safe return home to your loved ones! And I hope it is soon!

   
Ingredients
Card:
Digital Papers: Sweet Love by WM Squared Designs
Flowers: Prima, Petaloo
Ribbon: American Crafts
Stamp: Unity
Ink: Staz-on
Glitter: Doodlebug Designs

Layout:
Digital Kit: What's Cooking by Erica Zane
Ruby's Diner icons: extracted by me
Template: Layered Cake by Band Geek Designs
 
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