Monday, March 29, 2010

Super Scrappy Mail!

I looove scrappy mail!

Saturday morning my awesome Life Preservers kit arrived chucked full of scrappy goodness!! The March kits are all sold out, but take a peek at the up coming kits.....fab-uuu-lous!! It was a busy weekend so I didn't get much done with it yet, but I do have a page in progress! :)

Wohoo!!! I am so excited! I just received an email from the wonderful creators at Scrap N’ Art Magazine. After participating in a blog hop, I won a one year subscription to the magazine!! How cool is that?! You can check them out here!

I created this card with some Jenny Bowlin papers from a previous LP kit.

okay....guess I won't post the card today!! I noticed something goofy going on with several of the other blogs today. I'll try again later!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

And the winner is....

The blog hop was a huge success and sooo much fun! Thank you to everyone that particiapted!

Using, the winner of my homemade cards is...Amy!!!

Wohoo! Congrats Amy!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

French Fry Purse tutorial

First, I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone that participated in the Blog hop over the weekend!! We had an awesome turnout!! I will be selecting the winner of my cards later this evening.

I have had several requests for a tutorial on how to create the French Fry Box Purses. So, here we go with my first real tutorial!

Supplies: French Fry Box; two coordinating pattern papers, and matching cardstock; 8” ribbon; accessories; adhesive; scissors; pencil; hole punch (I used my Big Bite)

Step 1:
Open your fry box, gently pull apart the adhesive so that it will lie flat.

Step 2:
Trace the fry box onto the back of your paper and cut out.

Step 3:
Apply adhesive and attach the paper to the box.

Step 4:
Glue the box back into shape. My box was a little bit taller on the backside so I cut it off to make the box even all the way around.

Step 5:
Cut an oval from your cardstock. A 5 ¼ “ oval fit my box perfectly. I used Core`dinations cardstock. Love that stuff!! I used the Cricut and my Storybook Cartridge to create a scallop oval. I then sanded the edges of the oval for a bit of distressing

Step 6:
Cut a slightly smaller oval from your coordinating patter paper. Again, using my Cricut, I cut a 4 ½” oval using the Plantin’ Schoolbook Cartridge.

Step 7:
Attach your ovals together. I stitched mine for a fun finished look.

Step 8:
Score your oval leaving the width of the box between score lines. I scored mine at 2 ¼” and 3 ¼”

Step 9:
Punch holes to thread the ribbon for the handle. Using the Crocodile Big Bite, I punched my holes ¾” from each edge.

Step 10:
Thread the ribbon through the hole and tie a knot to hold the ribbon in place.

Step 11:
Apply adhesive to the area that will be the back of the purse, and attach the oval cover.

Step 12:
Apply a closure to the front flap of the purse. I used a Velcro dot.

Step 13:
Accessorize! For this purse, I applied a vintage button.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hopping Right Along!!!

Wohoo!! Spring is finally here!

The design team at ScrapFit are springing into action with a fun filled blog hop. Grab your flip flops. Careful for the puddles…myself, I can't resist stepping in a few! Enjoy the scrumptious eye candy and beautiful prizes blossoming along the way! Don’t forget your basket (pencil and paper) for collecting goodies along the path!

Collecting goodies along the way?! Each designer has posted an element to add to your layout. Create a layout using all the required elements. Link up at ScrapFit for a chance at the Grand Prize!!

My required element: Add some sparkling sunshine…bling, stickles, or glitter…something that shines!

I opted for a project rather than a layout.

If you arrived here from Danielle’s blog, you are on the right path. If not, go to ScrapFit to get started. The next stop…Katie.

Now, how about a treat for stopping by. Leave a comment for a chance to win a couple of my handmade cards.

Enjoy the journey, and celebrate the day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sneak Peak!!

Just a quick reminder about the ScrapFit Design Team blog hop March 19th -21st.

Here is a sneak peak

Come back Friday for the full reveal and to find out how to win some fabulous prizes!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

ScrapFit Challenge #16

ScrapFit Challenge #16!

Time for Kelly’s “March Madness” Recipe Challenge
4 Circles (basketballs biggest month/ the final 4)
Multiple fonts (like all the teams have different names/logo’s)
2 pictures (because it comes down to the final game between KY and someone) Distressing (like the way all the teams will feel when they get beat by Kentucky).

I combine all of these elements onto my layouts all the time, but when someone challenges me to to do so, it suddenly becomes a struggle! Out of the blue, I became trapped….stuck…I fought to get things to come together. What’s up with that?! It really is a magnificent challenge. I was just over thinking it! Once I decided to just let go, things fell into place and I really had fun with it.

The prize for this challenge is another awesome kit by Life Preservers Kit Club!! Wohoo!! Vons kits are over flowing with scrappy goodness!!!

Next weekend the Design Team at ScrapFit will be "Springing in to Action!" We will be hosting a blog hop March 19th -21st! Hop on over and join us!! Lots of eye candy, prizes, and great inspiration!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Catching up!!!

Wow!! Finally taking a quick minute to catch up!

I just love the masculine feel of the Dream Street papers in the February Alternate kit at Life Preservers. I’ve really enjoyed working on some teen boy layouts.

I created the tag by placing a rubon over a chipboard piece. I added an eyelet, threaded some floss through the eyelet, and attached to the knot with a safety pin! I used my sizzix die to cut the star from a cereal box. I spayed with Maya Road Mist and dabbed some Black Soot Distress Stickles found in the kit.

To add texture and go with the teen masculine look, I used the sizzix die to cut stars from denim and wire mesh.

Non kit items: Distress Ink, wire mesh, denim, eyelets, jute, snaps, chipboard letters (t & A), and thickers (S), brads,

I created this in an 8x8.

I put the Superstar rubon onto the rough side of a transparency and cut out. I dry brushed a little paint onto the backside to make it stand out a bit against the dark background papers. For the star, I cut the star from a cereal box and lightly covered with the Black Soot Distress Stickles found in the kit. When the stickles were dry I covered with a generous amount of Glossy Accents. After waiting for it to dry, I applied a second light coat of distress stickles. It gave some of the sparkles a bit of a floaty look!

Non kit items: Distress Ink, stitching, brads, cardboard, Making Memories paint, staples, Stampin’Up border punch, EK Success boarder punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder

I think these little faces are the cutest and would make a really fun card! They are rubons found in the kit! I put Glossy Accents over the faces to make them stand out.

Non kit items: Distress Ink, Glossy Accents

The star paper made me think of graduation. Although it seems that spring will never get here, the time will come before we know it!! This card has a little pocket inside just the right size for money or a gift card!

Non kit items: Distress Ink, floss, stitching

Non kit items: Distress Ink, Marker, EK Success border punch, alpha stickers, floss

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

ScrapFit Challenge #15

Scrapfit Challenge #15
Scrap yourself! This layout should be all about you! The title should read " A day in the life of..." or something quite similar with a small twist.

I added the twist to my title and changed day to moment.

I added Crackle Accents to the butterfly and chipboard button (flower center).

Using my cricut and Walk in My Garden cartridge, I cut the same flower in 5 sizes. Before layering them, I applied Distress ink to the edges, and Distress crackle paint to the petal tips. As the paint dried, the ink bled which added to the distress look. Turned out pretty cool, I think! I finished it off by layering and adding the chipboard button.

For the smaller flowers, I also cut flowers using Walk in My Garden cartridge in the cricut. This time I only cut two layers. Again, I inked the edges with distress inks. I hand cut a sloppy circle slightly larger than the flowers. Using the demin as the bottom layer, I stacked the paper flower layers on top and finished with a corduroy brad.

For a bit of texture and interest, I placed a few of the words on different color paper and attached them to the journaling with pop dots.

Sooo...I've got to tell you a quick secret about the photo...shhhh...don't tell on me though!! I was taking photos of my daycare kids when I ran to the mirror and took a couple quick shots of myself for the layout. I am wearing a ratty old sweatshirt with baby spit on the shoulder and eyeliner is the only makup I have on! I was pleasantly surprised with the shot concidering I was looking like a mess in the middle of a crazy day!

It is also my turn to create a challenge for the ScraFit Forum. I don't know about you, but I am very much in the mood for something springy! I found these fun papers from We R Memory Keepers and decided to create these cute little purses. They kind of remind me of Easter Baskets...maybe it is just the fun springy colors and patterns. Speaking of patterns....that is my March challenge to you! I want to see plaid and polka dot! You can create a layout, card or altered item....whatever you heart desires. My only requirement is a mix of plaid and polka dot! Have fun and don't forget to share!!

This little bee is a stamp the coordinates with the paper line. Isn't he adorable!!! I stamped onto yellow paper, added some stickles to the wings, and attached with a pop dot!

Thanks for stopping by!!