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Monday, February 27, 2012

Quick Congrats Card

I've got a quick card to share with you today.  My hubby's niece and her husband have announced that they are expecting their first child!!!  I'm so excited and happy for them.  I created this super cute card to celebrate their news!  I kept it super clean and simple.  Of course I had to do it in blue and pink!!  


I did add a little color with the rosette that I made. I used some scrap digi papers that I punched and scrunched and layered to create the blossom. 


Can't wait to welcome this little bundle of joy!






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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hot Cocoa Storage

Yeah, I know, winter is nearly gone.  Spring will be here soon!  But there are still several days left to enjoy some hot cocoa!! 

I'm sharing the tutorial for how I created this container.  I use it to store hot cocoa mix packs and K-cups. This is a hybrid project that I did using digital papers and elements. But you can do this with traditional papers too.  

I found a set of 3 nesting round wood boxes with lids at a craft store.  The digital kit I used for this is Frosty by WM Squared Designs. Aren't the colors great? And those elements are so cute!

Items you will need:
  • wooden container
  • lite sandpaper
  • adhesive/sealer
  • trimmer, scissors, craft knife
  • ink, paint (if desired)
  • glitter (if desired)
  • edge punch (if desired)
  • ribbon (if desired)

Start by lightly sanding and cleaning the surface of the box.  I painted my box with acrylic paint in a light beige shade and allowed it to dry.

Next I applied crackle paint medium.  This stuff is kind of gooey and thick.  The thicker you apply it, the bigger the cracks you get.  I didn’t want too much texture to my surface so I went with a moderate coat.  As it dries, you’ll see the surface start to crack.

When the cracks start to appear, you can hasten the process using your heat embossing tool or a hair dryer.  It’s really cool to watch the cracks form.  Here’s a closer picture of the cracks:


Once the crackle paint was dry, I rubbed some distressing ink into the surface and gave it time to dry.


While it was drying, I created my design in Photoshop. I wanted a nice wintry scene with rolling hills. I saved the design as a .jpg and "print-and-cut" it with my Silhouette.  
Look at what a great job the Silhouette did cutting those itty, bitty, tiny snowman arms!

To add some sparkle to the snowy hills, I painted on a bit of Glossy Accents and coated them with fine glitter.  I also applied the glitter to the snowflakes, snowman and penguin that I cut out.


I used Mod Podge paper adhesive to adhere the scene and snowflakes to the box. Once that was dry, I used Mod Podge Hard Coat to seal the project.  I like to use the hard coat as it dries non-tacky and will eventually become water-resistant. This is really nice for projects that you will want to be able to wipe with a damp cloth to clean.  I apply several coats of the sealant (4 to 5).  Allow plenty of time for drying and sand lightly between coats.

For the lid, I created a decorative edge using an edge punch, then covered the lid in papers.  I then applied the sealant coats of Mod Podge. Then I trimmed it with some ribbon. I used my ATG gun to adhere the ribbon.

Now I've got this really darling container for storing our hot cocoa packets. 


Scrap n' Art Creative Team Call


There is an amazing opportunity available at Scrap n' Art Magazine!!! We are having a Creative Team Call!!


Scrap n' Art Creative Team Call
Scrap n’ Art is looking to add new creative team members. As a member of our team, you will receive product each month from some of the top manufacturers and great new companies in the paper crafting industry. Our creative team members enjoy the benefit of receiving staple supplies for use in their monthly project allocations to include: cardstock, wet adhesive, dry adhesive, ribbon and craft products. In addition, you will receive product from the companies that are featured in each issue.
Designers must be able to:
  • Commit to a one year term (May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013)
  • Be capable of completing all requirements, on time, during that 12-month period.
  • Be able to submit high quality images in JPEG format, electronically by scanning or digital photography.
  • Be comfortable writing articles and tutorials. (We will help you, but a good writing foundation is key.)
As part of the Scrap n’ Art team, each month, designers will be required to complete a minimum of:
  • 6-8 projects
  • 1-2 Tutorials
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Blog post
Our call is open to all crafting artists including paper, altered and mixed media artists. (US ONLY)
How to Apply:
  • All entries should be sent to submissions@scrapnart.com with the subject line of “Creative Team Application: Your Name”
  • Please include images of 3 projects (scrapbook layouts, cards, altered art, mixed media) which best represent your style. These do not have to be new. Your projects must be attached to your email in JPEG format. (Limit photo size to less than 1 MB each.) Label your files as: “YourName_Project Name.jpg.”
  • Please include a complete supply list for each project. Include manufacturer, product line and specific product information.
  • Include links to your blog and one gallery of your choice. Feel free to include links to your social media sites as well.
  • Please also include your phone number and address.
  • Deadline for the first round is March 5, 2012.
  • Designers invited to participate in the Second Round of the Scrap n’ Art Creative Team search will be notified by March 8, 2012.
  • Second round applicants will be required to submit a product review (of your choice) with step-outs and photos. Product reviews will be due on March 22, 2012.
  • New creative team members will be notified by April 1, 2012. Term will begin on May 1, 2012.

Get your entry for the first round in! You don't want to miss out on the chance to be part of this terrific team!

Good Luck!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Card Caravan: Get Well Card


Got a quick little card to share with you today.  I made it as a sample for today's Card Caravan over at The Hybrid Chick. This weeks hostess has a gorgeous color scheme for the challenge.

I used a digital kit called Dirty Footprints by Karen Lewis. I also used a stamp by Arty Pants Digital Stamps from the Card Sentiments 2 collection.

The colors are so happy and cheery, so I just had to make a "get well" card.  LOL  Seriously, these colors should bring a smile to the face of anyone feeling under the weather!

I cut the scallop detail using my Silhouette. I then threaded the ribbon through. I really like the look and the texture it gives to the card.






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Friday, February 17, 2012

Cover Up and Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial


Krisi's Kreations has a new release today in her shop at Scrap Orchards. A template to create a cover for a jr. (mini) legal pad

I used my Silhouette cutter to help me create this. Want to see a tutorial on how to create a Print-and-Cut for any elements even when there is no cutting file for them?  Check out my tutorial HERE.



I used the digi kit  Boy in Blue Jeans by Jady Day Studio.  It was so easy to make!  Krisi includes several file formats in her templates. So even if you only use "real" paper (not digital), you can still make use of her templates to help you create!


I keep a pad out on my desk to jot notes. It has always looked like it was just strewn on my desk. Now it's all dressed up and looking pretty!

And with it being "leap year" I thought it would be cute to include a little froggie. Isn't he cute??


Enjoy,




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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine with Ribbon Flower


Here's another Valentine card for you to drool over.  It's hybrid. Meaning that I used digital papers to create this. They are from a kit called XOXO by ForeverJoy Designs. The sentiment is a digital stamp from the Valentine Sentiments set by Arty Pants Digital Stamps. I made this as a sample for the Card Caravan at The Hybrid Chick.

I created the bracket shape for the card in the Silhouette software. I then cut that shape on a piece of 8.5" x 11" paper that I had printed with the striped paper from the digi kit.

Since I don't like to waste paper, I printed one piece of 8.5"x11" paper with the dotted pattern and solid paper from the kit, each covering half the paper.  In the Silhouette software, I created a "print and cut" page with the sentiment as a print item. I sized an oval cut shape with the sentiment centered in it. I also placed a scalloped oval shape so that it would be on the dotted patterned paper. I set the Silhouette to "use registration marks" and sent it to the printer.

I was certain to place my paper back in the printer so that the sentiment would print on the solid portion. You can see it in the above image, as well as the printed registration marks. 

Once I ran it through the Silhouette to cut, I had these two shapes to use for my card sentiment.


The foliage is a cut file from Penny Duncan. I simply replicated a mirrored image to create the 2 sets of leaves. I cut them on the green solid paper from the kit, and inked them up.


I love those glubber type flowers!  But I don't have any glubbers. So I created one. I used a sheet of Humongo Adhesive and cut a 2" circle from it.  I then wet some seam binding and scrunched it up to get it all wrinkly.  I then adhered the seam binding to one side of the adhesive circle.  I added a heart shape center.  I edged the heart with some Bridal Tinsel and heat embossed it, popped a gem in the center for a little more bling. Can you ever have too much bling??

Hope you are having a creative week!
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Hi everybody!  Before I get to the winner of the cards and stash, I wanted to thank all of those that have shared their Acts of Random Kindness with me.  I'm overwhelmed and overjoyed at the outpouring of the good acts!  You have all helped to fill my heart with warmth. I am so grateful to know that there are caring, loving, wonderful people that are willing to share kindness with others.  Keep up the good work!!!



And now, on to the winner!!! This is just a glimpse at some of the goodies that are heading out to one lucky winner along with my 2 Valentine cards from this post.!  We did this the old fashioned way, we placed names on pieces of paper. We made up separate pieces of paper for each of the 3 entry types possible. We put all the entries in a bowl. I had one of my sons pull a name. And the winner is............. drum roll.......  Reny!!!  Just send me an email so I know where to send your goodies! You can find my email on the menu of the blog under "contact me".

Thank you again to everyone, and keep spreading kindness, it's good for the heart and good for the soul!



Friday, February 3, 2012

Simply Elegant Card

If you are looking for my giveaway post..... scroll down or click here.

Just a quick post today to share some news and a card.

First up, the card.  But wait , it is the news! The news is that we are now having a monthly card sketch challenge over at The Digichick! You can join in for the February Card Sketch Challenge by clicking right HERE!

Each month you will be provided with a card sketch/template that you can use to create your card.  This month is a rather simple, but classic design. You can get as creative as you like, using the sketch as your inspiration.  Then share it in the challenge thread. And you get points!  Your points earn you coupons to go shopping in the Digichick boutique! Awesome, huh?


Now about my card, I used the papers from the Vanilla Noir kit by Quirky Twerp. You can buy just the papers too! Aren't they yummy?  I love the classic, vintage look and feel to them!   And did I mention??? There is a sale at The Digichick right now!! 30% off store wide through February 5!!!

So get shopping, and get creating!!





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