Hanging Wall Art for Baby

3.31.2011


After recently organizing all my craft studio supplies, I discovered that I have WAY too much chipboard! I used to create a lot of mini albums with them, but since I am running out of decent photos (I will put that on my to do list) I decided I needed to find something else to do with all my stash. 

Over at the Crate Paper blog the other day, they featured this adorable little sign created by Tara Anderson. I was completely inspired. So! Here is what I created with one piece of chipboard. That's one piece down - about one hundred more to go! lol


Wouldn't this adorable little piece of art look so sweet in a little baby's nursery? I added my shabby seam binding ribbon so this art can hang on the wall, over the crib, or maybe even on the door knob. It would be such a great idea to add baby's name in chipboard letters too! 


Anyway, thanks to Tara for sharing this wonderful idea! I am going to have paint-stained fingers now with all the chipboard I intend on painting!

That's all I have for today! But as promised I have some photos of my new craft studio to share with you tomorrow. See ya then!

Supplies Used for "Baby's Wall Art":
Chipboard: Colorbox
Patterned Paper: (Emma's Shop) Crate Paper
Flowers: Recollections & Vintage Millinery Flowers
Ribbon: (Peach Blossom) paperlovesglue.etsy.com 

For Mother - Papercraft Star Challenge 39

3.30.2011

What a beautiful day is it starting out to be today! After lots rain and a heavy storm the past few weeks, mother nature must have felt terrible and decided to make up for it by giving us this gorgeous day to enjoy! Oh I just love the beginning of spring! It's my favorite season because here in California we are blessed with nearly perfect weather and today is the proof!

Ok, enough rambling (I do get carried away)!


Today is a new challenge over at Papercraft Star. The challenge this week may be a bit challenging for some, but I found it just lovely to allow me to add all the layers and embellishments that my creative little heart desired! I followed the basic recipe of the challenge by creating a 5" x 7" card, with a mat of 3" x 4.5". Can you see the mat? It's the gorgeous damask paper tucked underneath all the lovely embellies!


I added machine stitching, border stickers, invisible trim, and lots of chipboard. The tag is a piece of naked chipboard that I painted with white acrylic paint and added a stamped "Mother" sentiment. 


The challenge recipe also calls for bling and a flourish. I combined these two by adding a little Zva Creative - always there to add some flair to any project! Now for the challenge deets....


Simon Says Create a Card

Create a card using the following recipe:
Base: 5 x 7
Mat: 3 x 4.5
Add Rhinestones
Add Flourish
Add Whatever Else You Desire

You have until Sunday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to enter your creations to eligible to win some amazing goodies from our sponsor! Can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used for "Mother" Card:
Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Portrait) Crate Paper
Chipboard: (clock) Tattered Angels; (flower) Crate Paper; tag (Maya Road)
Stamp: (Three Silhouettes) Hero Arts; (Mother from Mega Mixed Messages) Papertrey Ink
Pearls: Zva Creative
Ribbon Flower: Webster's Pages
Border sticker: (Portrait) Crate Paper

Some News & Design Team Call - Inspirational Card Sketches

3.29.2011

Happy Tuesday! I have lots of new things in the works to share with you this week!

First up, is that there is a new challenge over at Inspirational Card Sketches today and I am sharing my last card that I am creating for them as a Design Team member. I have decided to take on a new adventure (that I will share with you soon).

This means there is a new Design Team Call and Inspirational Card Sketches is looking for some new talent! If you would like to be considered for their Design Team, then you must play along with this week's challenge to be considered!

Simply create a card based on this week's sketch, add it to Mister Linky, and put DT after your name when you enter. That's it! Pretty simple!

Here is the card I created for the challenge this week. It's a "Thank You" card for the Inspirational Card Sketches team for giving me such a fun experience and opportunity to share my creations with their readers each week. I had a lot of fun on the team and truly thank them for letting me be a part of it.


For my card, I created lots of details playing with texture and lots of layers. I wanted this card to be extra special, so I put extra care into the little things. Like the buttons - I used a single strand of button floss to connect each one. Whoo! You need to have some patience for a task like that! But nonetheless, I think the effort was worth it.


I used a rub-on Thank You sentiment over a piece of chipboard that's layered over a stamped circle and lacey die cut. Isn't all that detail so pretty? Of course, there is machine stitching too but you have to peek behind all the buttons and ribbon to see it. 

So! If you want to be a part of the ICS Design Team, then here is the sketch you must play along with. You may enter your creations here. Have fun and good luck!


I am entering this card in this week's challenge #78 at Color Q. Aren't the colors they've chosen for the challenge just amazing? I love the combination of browns with pink and green. My favs!


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used for "Shabby Thank You" Card:
Cardstock: (Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages
Stamps: (Flourish circle from Spooky Sweets II set) Papertrey Ink
Rub-On: KaiserCraft
Chipboard: (Restoration) Crate Paper
Die Cuts: (Lacey Circles) Spellbinders
Ribbon: (Antique Linen) paperlovesglue.etsy.com

Easter Wishes - Papercraft Star Challenge 38

3.23.2011


Happy Wednesday! Today there is an amazing new challenge over at Papercraft Star! Liz Chidester has provided another fun sketch for everyone to play along with. It's the perfect sketch because you can use it to create a layout or a card! Since I love creating cards and need to get started on my Easter greetings, I chose to create this sweet little card...


I used my new papers from Emma's Shop to give this card a soft spring color palette. Aren't those papers just gorgeous? I could just eat them up! I love them so much that I horded every scrap piece after cutting it because I don't want to waste one single piece of this paper. lol!

Of course, I added lots of embellishments. I just can't help it! They make me happy!


Now I'd love to see you play along with the challenge this week. You have until Sunday, March 27, at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to enter your project over at Papercraft Star based on the sketch below...


Create any project you wish using this sketch as your inspiration. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used for "Easter Wishes" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Emma's Shoppe) Crate Paper
Emboss Plate: (Polka Dots) Sizzix
Ribbon: (Misty Meadow) paperlovesglue.etsy.com
Flower: Recollections
Stamp: (Mega Mixed Messages) Papertrey Ink

Vintage Style - Inspirational Card Sketches

3.22.2011


Hey there! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to another fun challenge from Inspirational Card Sketches. Today I am sharing a card I created for the Design Team based on this weeks sketch. And of course I am super excited about it because while cleaning my craft supplies, I found this ribbon I had thought I used up. No! It was just hiding inside a box. 


I matched my ribbon to a hand stamped vintage style button card from Papertrey Ink's Button Boutique. The look was complete by adhering those large, plump, red buttons! The style and color reminds me of a fun 1940's tablecloth - one of my favorite things to hunt for at a flea market. 


Speaking of flea markets, there will be a flea market here in town this Sunday, March 27th. Eeek! I am so excited to go. I want to hunt for vintage buttons, fabric, pottery, and anything else that I just can't live without! Oh I just hope it doesn't rain here again! Cross your fingers for me... 



Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble on about my craving for the flea market. I hope you'll play along with us this week over at Inspirational Card Sketches. I can't wait to see what you'll create!

March 22nd Sketch

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Supplies for "Vintage Buttons" Card:
Cardstock: (Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Cherry Hill) October Afternoon
Stamps: (Button Boutique; Bitty Background Blocks) Papertrey Ink
Buttons: Mix from Papertrey Ink & Jenni Bowlin
Flower: Prima

The Lovely Cameo & Craft Room Update

3.20.2011


I have already received a few emails....yes, my craft room makeover is complete! I am ab-so-lute-ly in LOVE with it! It's ginormous (huge) and has way more than enough room to fit me. In fact, I can fit up to eight people in my craft room! Isn't that crazy?

This involved two weekends worth of time to custom build tables and shelves, paint walls, and rearrange all my craft supplies. I managed to take some photos along the way and I promise to share them all with you in the next couple of days.



Once the dust settled in my craft room, I wanted to break in the room by creating a card. I was full of inspiration because I had just cleaned out each and every piece of scrappy goodness that I owned. It's amazing how much stuff I forgot I had! Including this cameo stamp set!

Even though I recently purchased this cameo stamp, I had quickly forgotten about it because it had been buried in my old, smaller craft closet (I know, how sad!). I even managed to use a brand new paper stack from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934. How did I miss using these gorgeous papers before? I know! Because my craft closet was TOO small!


Anyway, back to the card! Ha! I framed my lovely cameo stamp in a chipboard frame from Cosmo Cricket, added some of my hand-dyed ribbon in Buttercream, and I created the gorgeous red flower from polymer clay. I just love how it turned out!

And because I was feeling so happy-to-pieces over my new craft room, I stamped "Hope Your Day is Fabulous" because that is just how I felt after it was complete - happy, creative, and absolutely fabulous!


I must, must, must, thank my fiance for working non-stop (sometimes until 2:00 a.m.), sacrificing two weekends to build me a room exactly like I envisioned. Now I think he deserves a fishing/camping trip for all his hard work - so I am planning one during spring break for him. He deserves it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used for "Cameo" Card:
Cardstock: (White; Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers; Chipboard Frame; Sticker Border: (Circa 1934) Cosmo Cricket
Ribbon: (Buttercream) paperlovesglue.etsy.com
Stamps: (Three Silhouettes) Hero Arts; (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink


Good Luck! - Papercraft Star Challenge 37

3.16.2011


Hi everyone! It's been a busy week for me! Not only have I been busy custom building my own craft room, but I recently had a few boxes of scrapping goodies arrive at my door step. I love coming home after work to find a box full of goodies waiting for me! One of the papers that arrived is the newest Echo Park line - For the Record. I knew it would be perfect for the current challenge over at Papercraft Star!


This week's challenge is to create a Saint Patrick's Day project based on an inspirational photo. The "Happy Dinosaur" digi stamp was the perfect compliment to my new papers that added a little extra good luck for my card. You can see more fun digi stamps from our sponsor at Michelle's Scrapbooking & More, home of The Pixie Cottage.


I also added a few little extra good luck stamps to my card using a four-leaf clover and a few horseshoes. You can never have too much good luck!

You have until Sunday, March 20, at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to link up your project at Papercraft StarHere are the deets...


Create a Saint Patrick's Day inspired project using this photograph as your inspiration.


I hope you will join us this week - I can't wait to see what you'll create! Oh and before I go, I wanted to invite you to join the Design Team at the Papercraft Star Message Board. We have been having some great conversations lately, including magazine submissions tips for publications, Copic marker tutorials, product reviews, advise, and lots of support!

The Design Team hosts a Question of the Day to get the convo going and there's always something new. I hope you'll stop by and say hi!


Supplies Used for "Good Luck" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (For the Record) Echo Park
Digi Stamp: (Happy Dinosaur) The Pixie Cottage
Stamps: (Sophie's Sentiment) Lawn Fawn; (Clover) Paper Source
Ribbon: (Shamrock; Misty Meadow) PaperLovesGlue.etsy.com

Sweet Little Bundle of Joy

3.15.2011


Hey bloggies! It feels like I've been away for so long! This ENTIRE weekend we have been custom building a craft room for me and the kids. I've been on only a few hours of sleep each night. Needless to say, Hawaiian Hazelnut coffee has been my best friend these days.

We've been painting, sawing, nailing, sanding, and staining a 12 foot long table. Yes! 12 feet! I am just loving it and I can't wait to show you all when it's complete. I have been taking some photos along the way, but my kitten seems to want to be in every photo. He loves the camera!

Anyway, I am back and ready to share my latest creation for the Design Team reveal at Inspirational Card Sketches


While sorting through some of my scrapping supplies, I found this perfectly wonderful fabric paper from the Dear Lizzy line. It's fully adhesive and has the prettiest pastel pattern (wow, that's a tongue twister!). 

Right away, I knew I wanted to create a "welcome baby" card. I used the most adorable little digi stamp dresses from The Digi Chick Boutique called, Baby Girl Clothes. Love them!

I hope you all play along with the challenge this week at Inspirational Card Sketches. I'd love to see what creation you'll come up with!

See you all tomorrow!

Supplies Used for "It's A Girl" Card:
Cardstock: (Spring Rain) Papertrey Ink; (yellow) Bazzil Basics
Patterned Paper: (Cupid Collection) Pink Paislee; (Spring) Dear Lizzy
Dress Stamps: (Baby Girl Clothes) Arty Pants at The Digi Chick
Digi Patterned Papers: (Tiny Princess) Sugarplum Paperie
Banner Stamp: (Bannerific) Lawn Fawn
Sentiment: (Sophie's Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ribbon: (Cotton Candy) PaperLovesGlue.etsy.com

Fancy Fabric Flowers Tutorial

3.10.2011

Hi everyone! It's my turn to host the Thursday Tutorial over at Papercraft Star! Have you been watching the tutorials there? Every Thursday one of the Design Team members presents a fabulous tutorial. Each time, I always learn something new or see a new technique I have never tried before. I just love Thursday Tutorials!

Today, I want to share some gorgeous Prima style flowers you can create using fabric and a candle. They are very easy to create and cost practically nothing. Here's how...



Step 1. Cut pieces of synthetic fiber into four different sized circles. Your fabric will need to be synthetic to melt and curl - natural fibers just won't work for this flower and may burn (I used a 100% polyester shirt that I bought, but never wore). I used my Spellbinders die cuts, but you can simply use scissors to free-hand cut. It is not important to be perfect here.


Step 2. Grab a small bowl of water and place it next to your working area (we don't want any accidents). Light a small candle and place one of the fabric circles next to the flame (not in the flame). You can see from the photo below how close the fabric should be to the flame. Once the fabric begins to curl, rotate the fabric until the entire edge is curled.


Step 3. After curling all four pieces of fabric, apply a dot of glue between each layer and adhere the layers together.


Step 4. Now the fun part! It's time to decorate. You can add leaves, buttons, jewels, or any embellishment in the center of the flower. Anything goes!


Step 5. Voila! Your flowers are now decorated and ready for your next card or scrapbook project. These would also be perfect to adhere to a little box or tag for a special gift to someone.

Aren't these pretty? I just love how easy and inexpensive these were to create. I hope you try this one !

Don't forget we have new deadlines for our linky - Sunday 9PM (eastern) submissions close, and voting closes on Tuesday at 6AM (eastern)

Thanks for stopping by!





Spring Has Sprung - Papercraft Star Challenge 36

3.09.2011


Hello there! We have a new challenge today at Papercraft Star. The Design Team has really knocked it out of the park with their project reveals this week. My-oh-my are they gorgeous! 

We are playing along with Challenge 36 - a color based challenge with Spring as the inspiration. 


Spring is my favorite season - it's not too hot and not too cold. It's kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears...because the weather is just right.  Naturally this challenge made me think of warm sunny weather and outdoor picnics. 


I created this card with the idea of having a get together with a good friend, sitting outside a small cafe or coffee shop, catching up while enjoying the fresh Spring air. 


To create my card, I followed the colors from the challenge and added a strip of burlap fabric. It kind of reminds me of a large picnic blanket spread across the grass. A great compliment to the "Vintage Picnic" stamp set I used from Papertrey Ink. 

Now it's your turn to join the challenge this week! You have until Sunday, March 13, at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to link up your project at Papercraft StarHere are the deets...


Create a papercraft project using one or more of these colors and Spring as your inspiration. 

And after you play along with us, be sure to check out our schedule for upcoming challenges. They are always posted in advance so you can be sure you'll never miss out on the fun or the chance to win some prizes from our amazing sponsors!

I can't wait to see what you'll create! Thanks for stopping by!


Supplied Used for "Let's Do Lunch" Card:
Cardstock (White) Papertrey Ink; (Lavender) Bazzil Basics
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Journal Card: October Afternoon
Stamps: (Vintage Picnic) Papertrey Ink
Markers: Copic
Ribbon: (Ocean Mist) paperlovesglue.etsy.com
Other: Burlap fabric; (Baker's Twine) Papertrey Ink

Thinking of You - Inspirational Card Sketches #105

3.08.2011


It's time for another fun sketch over at Inspirational Card Sketches. I just can't help it, but I love the sketch revealed today. I had so many different ideas that I wanted to try! The ideas just kept coming with this one!

Here is the card I created based on the sketch. I used some papers I've been stashing away and just couldn't wait any longer to use them. Isn't the mix of green, brown, and yellow so fun? 


Now I don't know about you, but for some reason I struggle with square pieces on cards. It always seems like one edge turns out slanted or I measured incorrectly and end up with one short piece. This time, I think I nailed it! (just don't look to close or you might break my poor little heart)


And look what I found in my stash! This adorable little rub-on that fit perfectly inside my circle die cut! I just love finding new (old) supplies in my stash - it's like I just came back from a shopping trip at the craft store (only I bought it a long time ago and forgot about it). Ha! 

Here is the sketch we are playing along with...

March 8th Sketch

I just love it! And like I said, even though I struggle with squares, I can think of so many combinations of mixing paper with this sketch. This one is going in my sketch stash  to use again another day. 

I hope you'll join us this week and play along with the sketch. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used for "Thinking of You" Card:
Cardstock (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Origins line) Basic Grey
Baker's Twine & Buttons: Papertrey Ink
Stamp: (Borders & Circles) Papertrey Ink
Rub-On: KaiserCraft

Shabby Sweet Burlap Embellishment Kits

3.04.2011


Since it started raining again here in California, I have had plenty of opportunity to create. I spent most of my time so far crafting up some new items. I decided to use some fabric for a few different projects. I have such a large fabric supply that I am trying to use as much for crafts as I possibly can (well, that's my goal anyway).

Today, I am sharing some sweet little burlap embellishment pockets that will be going into my Etsy. I am so in love with these little beauties! They are soft, but a bit rustic. Full of scrappy goodness. And make a perfect little keepsake bag!

I created two different versions - Sweetheart Pink and Heavenly Blue, but both are essentially the same.

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Here is the blue kit, filled to the brim with embellishments of all sorts...

(Full Kit in Blue)

(Close Up)

(Envelope Style Flap Opening)

(Embellishments Galore)

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Here is the pink kit embellishment kit, also filled to the brim...

(Full Kit in Pink)

(Close Up)

(Envelope Style Flap Opening)

(Embellishments Galore)

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Each kit includes:
  • Beautifully decorated burlap pocket bag (envelope style), with lace trim, crinkle ribbon, a button with twine, and a faceted charm 
  • Antiqued tags with crinkle ribbon
  • Button Card, including four buttons each
  • Hand stamped tickets
  • Flowers
  • Butterflies & Heart punches
  • Two styles of brad - solid and jeweled
  • Sequins
  • Mini clothespins
Not only are the kits color coordinated to create something lovely, but the best part is the burlap bag! You could fill the bag with candy or tea and send as a hospitality gift; keep it filled with potpourri for your dresser drawers; or use it as a keepsake bag filled with special notes or photos! 

I really enjoyed making these. It was a change for me to not create a card, but I felt the change was long overdue. It feels good for me to stretch my creativity, especially when I get stuck in my mold. 

Tomorrow, I feel like trying something else new and different. 

What about you? Is there anything you've been wanting to create and just haven't done so yet? What's on your crafty list of things to try?

I'd love to hear about it!

Home Sweet Home - Tutorial

3.03.2011


Hello bloggy friends! It's my turn to host another tutorial over at The Hybrid Chick, where digital scrapbooking kits are printed on paper and turned into something crafty. And just look what I've created for you! I just love these little miniature houses. It's like a small little neighborhood - only cuter!

I created these from the gorgeous digital kit: Chocolate Kisses from Sugarplum Paperie. I just love the soft, sweet colors - they called my name!

Hey, did you notice they even match the colors of my blog? No wonder these papers called my name!


I was lucky to find a good supply of wood pieces in our garage workshop. My super clever hubby-to-be cut out each of these mini houses for me. He even sanded down the edges. Isn't he a sweetie? (Sorry, ladies. He's taken.)


After all the dust settled from the saw dust mess. I played dress up with my new little houses! Aren't they adorable? The crinkle ribbon and lacey crochet trim really add a cozy, home-like feeling. And those sweet little pearls make me happy.


So! I hope this post has made you think of digital scrapbooking in a new way. Don't let the word "digital" fool you. There are endless possibilities with hybrid scrapbooking and the best part is that you have an endless supply of product!

Stop by the Digi Chick to browse the shop, then head over to the Hybrid Chick for more hybrid project inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you enjoyed this little creation as much as I enjoyed creating it!



Supplies Used for "Mini Home Town" Set:
Patterned Papers: (Chocolate Kisses digi paper pack) Sugarplum Paperie
Ribbon: (Antique Linen) by Kim Duran; Crochet Lace
Stamp: (Love Lives Here) Papertrey Ink
Flower: Prima