Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vintage Inspiration All Year Long

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. The weekend is not over yet so I thought I'd share a 2011 calendar I made using the Steampunk Debutante collection by Graphic 45 and lots of Tim Holtz and 7Gypsies embellishments.

I absolutely adore all things 'vintaj' but with two sweet little peanuts to scrap for, I don't get to use my vintage supplies as often as I would like. I thought I'd make this calendar and keep at my desk to be inspired all year long with this wonderful collection reminiscent of strong women who are hard working and industrious yet soft and feminine.


Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm Thankful...

For you, my fabulous readers who give me so much motivation. I wanted to let you know I truly appreciate you visiting my blog and encouraging me to be more creative! And what better way to show my appreciation than with a giveaway?!!

As  you may know, I love mini albums, so I put together this kit for you with everything you need to make a beautiful holiday mini!! The kit contains a chipboard/acrylic album, a paper pad, stickers and clear cuts by Little Yellow Bicycle, Prima flowers, rubbons, felt trim and ribbon and two bottles of glitter glue!

All you need to do is become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave a comment. I'll choose a winner this coming Sunday!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope this holiday is filled with family, friends, laughter and good food!!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Halloween Mini Album

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I'd like to share a Halloween mini album I made for Flamingo Scraps using the Hocus Pocus collection by Pink Paislee. I had so much fun putting this together! The colors are bright and vibrant, not too spooky for kids photos.

In this album, I plan to include pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch as well as photos of the kids carving a Jack-O-Lantern, acting out their costumes, trick-or-treating, and enjoying their candy. I needed lots of space to have room for all of that so I made plenty of pockets and tags. In total, this album can hold 27 photos!

This haunted house was cut on the Cricut using the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. At first it looked like a sandcastle but I manipulated it on my Gypsy to make it longer and disable the lower windows. I also cut off part of the image.

I had fun making the cover! The spooky net was adhered with Mod Podge. I then filled a small bottle with water and Tim Holtz re-inkers to make it look like blood and hung it from the binding.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this mini and feel inspired to create one of your own. Have a nice weekend as we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Coordinates Collections November Blog Hop

CC Blog Hop starts today! This month's challenge is really fun, adding texture with burlap! Burlap goes really well with fall and outdoor photos so this one was a no brainer! I created a LO for this challenge using the Festive Feast kit. The kit includes papers and embellies by Basic Grey and Imaginisce. These were so much fun and easy to work with!

To address the challenge, I used a big piece of burlap the same way I would use pattern paper; it layers very well! I ran the scraps on the Big Shot using a flower die to make the burlap flowers. The flowers were then sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Candlelight, Suede and Caramel Apple to give them some color and layered with the BG blooms and buttons included in the kit.

Hope you find the time to play along! The Blog Hop Challenge ends on November 20th and CC is giving away a $25 gift certificate to a random winner. Head over the the Coordinates Collections blog to learn more and participate. Good luck everyone!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vintage-Print Flowers Tutorial

Hello everyone! I have been promising this tutorial for the flowers I made for my "3" layout. I'm calling them Vintage-Print flowers. They're a quick and easy addition to any project.

You will need:
  • Pages from an old book
  • Scalloped circle punches in three different sizes or die cutting machine
  • Glimmer Mist in your choice of color
  • Distress Ink in your choice of color
  • Brads or flower centers
  • Liquid adhesive
1. Start by cutting 2 scallop circles in three different sizes in 1/2 inch increments. I cut mine at 2", 11/2", and 1" using my Cricut machine. Because my book is very old, the pages are very delicate so I made sure the pressure was set to low on my machine. Don't worry if they rip; they don't need to be perfect!



 2. Moisten your circles with Glimmer Mist.



 3. While the paper is still moist, scrunch them up to make them distressed. Use your heat tool to dry them.



 4. Carefully unfold the scrunched up balls and stack the circles.




 5. Secure with a brad, or add liquid adhesive and a flower center to adhere the scallop circles together.



6. To add some dimension, run a Distress Ink pad on the edges.



 7. Voila! Customized flowers for your project!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blog Award From Michelle

What a sweet surprise to receive this beautiful award from Michelle! Thanks so much Michelle, you're the best! Michelle is a super crafty city mom who recently started her own blog, please check it out here.

Here are the award rules:

1. Thank the person who gave this award to you.

Thanks for the award and for reading my blog! Your comments always brighten my day!

2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.


3. List three things you enjoy.

Snuggling with my kiddos, watching movies, red wine, good music, and scrapbooking of course!

4. Give the Cherry on Top Award to five people.

These five women are fantastic artists who very generously share their beautiful work as well as their creative process on their blog.

1. Jade

2. Lisa

3. Gabrielle

4. Tara

5. Natasha
If you don't already, get to know these ladies, they are all amazingly talented!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Coordinates Collections Reveal Day!

Today is the reveal day for the DT projects made with the November kits at Coordinates Collections. This month I used the gorgeous Just Dessert kit to create these three LOs. The neutral colors in this kit lend themselves for classic pages that can be either child or adult themed.

For my first LO, I used the My Mind's Eye papers and stickers. The photo of my husband holding Dylan was actually taken on Christmas Eve last year, but I didn't want to make a seasonal page so I printed the photo on sepia tone and cut out the background; I then used pop dots to make it pop off the page. For the frame of the photo, I cut out the paper and rolled the edges back. The argyle background I used behind the photo was actually cut on my Cricut using the Wild Card cartridge.

For the title, I added the Tim Holtz charm alphabets and some hemp over the banner included in the kit. All of the stickers had beautiful glitter accents which I covered in Glossy Accents to keep from flaking off.

I actually used the shipping tag included in the Feastive Feast kit to print my journaling. It reads, "Be such a man my son, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life such as yours, this earth would be God's paradise". The little bird at the bottom is a clipart image from The Graphics Fairy.

For my second LO, I used more of the My Mind's Eye papers included in the kit, this time, with a black and white photo of Emily and a paper doily behind it.

The flowers you see here are actually handmade using  pages from an old book, Glimmer Mist and Distress Inks. I will be posting a tutorial on how to make these if you're interested.

My last  LO was was created with the gorgeous resist papers by Pink Paislee. These are just so fun to work with! They can be inked or misted to give them any hue you'd like. I loved the simple but elegant images embossed onto the paper so I couldn't resist scrapping a wedding photo. The music note paper inspired me to use this particular photo of our first dance as husband and wife.

To add color to the papers, I used  Distress Ink in Weathered Wood, Broken China and Old Paper. I added some of the Pink Paislee Artisan elements and other embellies.

The tickets were distressed a bit with my Tim Holtz paper distresser and rolled with the back of a paint brush to make them  more dimensional. I also misted them with Wheatfields Glimmer Mist to tone down the bright white color.

To see what the other DT girls created with this wonderful kit, visit the Coordinates Collections blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a creative week!