Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

One last post before the holidays!

I was finally inspired to make myself a Christmas banner. I've been wanting to since they started popping up everywhere back in October or November, but I just couldn't come up with or find the right idea. Until last night. Here is where I found my inspiration: I love her banner.

Here is what I made.

And just in case this inspired you to make your own, here are my measurements.
The triangles are 5" across the top and 7" down the side.
The rosettes are made from strips of paper that are 1.5" x 12" (which makes a 3" rosette) and are scored on the 1/4"
The circles are cut on my Cricut at 2.25" and 2.5"

Let me know if you need any other info!

Papers - MME Lost & Found Christmas
Red and Cream cardstock - Bazzil and American Crafts
CTMH - Cranberry Ink and Chocolate Alphabet (large)
Really Reasonable Ribbon - twine
MS Score Board
Bells - dollar store
Buttons from my stash (possibly Fancy Pants)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Stocking Stuffers!

Got a great idea for stocking stuffers from a very smart lady :)


Cricut and Create a Critter cartridge
DCWV Christmas Stack
Whoppers - original
Whoppers - winter

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Project 12 - November Sketch

So I have managed to knock off another Project 12 Sketch. And November is a tough one!

If you want to learn more about Project 12, check out the info here.

Here is the November Sketch.

Look at all those tiny photos!!! Unfortunately, my printer is out of every colour except for black and green, so I 'adapted' the sketch a bit to fit my photos. I think you can still see the sketch in it though. Right?

Similar, just a few less pictures ;)

Supplies Used:

My Minds Eye: - Christmas Glitter Stack paper
                          - Colourful Christmas border stickers and 12x12 accessory sheet
Fancy Pants - Christmas Magic journal cards
Karen Foster - Snowflake resin brads
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Beatrice lace trim; blue & white baker's twine
Snowman Stamp set - Oriental Trading Co ????

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rolled Paper Christmas Tree Art

I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone for your kind words for my Favorite Card Ever. And also a humongous thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment on the Xyron posting to help me win!
Voting is still on, so please help me out if you haven't yet!

Today I would like to share a little Christmas project that I whipped up ;)
I was inspired by a project I saw posted on the DCWV blog. (Ooops! That was the wrong link! All fixed now :)

See, just some rolled papers at various lengths. Like the one I saw, I cute the papers in decreasing half inch lengths from 10.5 " to I think 1" was my smallest. I rolled them around a pencil, hot glued them closed and then hot glued them to the painted canvas. While the canvas was still bare and the paint was dry, I sprayed on some shimmer mist (then spread it around with a tissue) to give it a little extra oomph!

Since I had two canvases (or is it 'canvi'??), I decided I would make two. One has a red gift tag, the other a green. Otherwise, they are almost identical.

The toughest part was deciding where (and how) to hang them. I ended up putting them in the blank wall by the stairs. This is what you would see if you were to walk through the front door.

I really like how they look!

2, 12x12 canvas
'Christmas Green' acrylic paint
Perfect Pearls Mist - 'Perfect Pearl'
DCWV - Christmas Stack (from year or two ago?)
Making Memories - Christmas chipboard
Assorted Fancy Pants buttons
Really Reasonable Ribbon - white/green ribbon
White twill ribbon?

If you have any other questions about how I made this or what I used, please feel free to ask!
Gold braid trim?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My favorite card ever!

I have been (barely) holding off posting this card because I used it for the Card Swap on Crop Chocolate. But since I have now also entered it in the Xyron Christmas Card Challenge over on their Facebook page, I may as well share it here too!

Please, if you are on facebook and have not done so already, please leave a comment on  my card. The comments count as votes and I would love to win a Xyron prize pack! This is the link to my project

Thank you for your support!

Without further delay, may I present My Favorite Card I Have Ever Made!!!!!

It is called 'telescoping card.' I found the tutorial in a newsletter from Splitcoast Stampers. You can find the tutorial here. It pretty darn easy and fun to make! You can switch up the shapes to whatever you prefer and do this for any season/occasion. I also added the little tag, since the stamps I used did not have a sentiment.

And here is why it is my favorite card ever. Easy and fun to make. Love the papers. And I finally used the adorable snowmen stamp set from CTMH.

I made four for the card swap. It was hard to part with them....

Xyron Adhesive
Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge
My Minds Eye Christmas Glitter Stack - papers
White Cardstock
CTMH - Christmas Melodies stamp set
CTMH - Snow Friends stamp set
Martha Stewart glitter markers
Stickles - Stardust
Making Memories - clear jewel brads

Monday, November 28, 2011

Card Challenge

I made a little birthday card for a dear friend and I was so happy to have a reason to use this Ippity stamp set ("Time for friends...and wine).

I was inspired by a card I had seen when the set was released back in October, but of course I could not find it again. So I winged it. The one thing I did remember about it was that they had popped up the words uplift and soul.

I am entering this one in a few challenges :)

The Ippity Opportunity "Case" Challenge
The Hiding In My Craft Room Mix It Up Holiday Challenge (birthday :)
And the Ippity Opportunity Linky Party (not a challenge, but I am joining the 'party')

The card :)

Ippity by Unity - Time for Friends ...  and Wine
Stampendous - Party Invite (inside sentiment)
Making Memories - black and white mat stack
Pink Ribbon ?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shovelling Miles

I managed to make two cards today, in between running downtown to get the Brownie from her sleepover, vote, pick up  two gifts and then run her to a birthday party this afternoon.

This card I made for the Kraftin' Kimmie Blog Challenge #105. It is a sketch challenge.

Here is my entry:

The stamped image is pop-dotted so that it sits above the paper. I wish it showed better in the picture. I love this image! I think I'll use this card for a certain some one's birthday....

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Shovelling Miles
Unity Stamp Co - sentiment from the June 2010 kit of the month
Echo Park - Winter Park papers and stickers

Let it Snow!

Here is a cute little card I made for the Unity Stamp Company monthly challenge. The cute little snowman stamp stamp (?) is from the big grab bag that I purchased from the Unity site. If you ever thinking about ordering the grab bag, do it! It has so much in it! (I think I will post a picture of it for everyone to see).

This months challenge is "Let it Snow." I love theme challenges!

Here is my entry:

It's kinda hard to see in the photo, but the center snowman stamp is pop dotted so it sticks out further than the other two (which are just flat to the paper). The 'winter joy' sentiment is also from the same grab bag.

And I just quickly took a picture of the grab bag stamps (it's not great, but you get the idea).


Unity Stamps: 'winter joy' & snowman stamp (both from grab bag)
Echo Park: Holly Jolly Christmas - paper
Doodlebug: Christmas frills (trims)
Stickles: frosted lace

Monday, November 14, 2011

Double Entry

Just a quick post today!

This is a layout I did for both the Crop Chocolate Focus Group November Challenge (which was a  Thankful theme) and the MME Blog Challenge 29 (which is a sketch and use brown).

Here is the sketch:

And here is my LO (I turned the sketch once to the right for my LO):

I am so happy I planned ahead to add a hidden journaling card!

MME - So Sophie 'Graceful' paper and accessory pack (purchased from CropChocolate)
American Crafts - Dear Lizzy 'Lovely' brown ribbon
Making Memories - Charmed Words 'Baby'
Martha Stewart - brwon stamp pad
Perfect Pearls Mist - heriloom gold
Brown Packing paper from my Crop Chocolate order ;)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sketchy Thursday 11.10

Double post today!

Another layout for Sketchy Thursday.

Here is the Sketch:

And here is my layout (again, bad weather = bad lighting)

MME Quite Contrary "Jack & Jill" - patterened paper and paper accessories
Echo Park - Springtime cardstock (yellow)
Basic Grey - button
Making Memories - 3 brads
Twine ?
Brown ribbon ?

Project 12 - October Sketch

So in order to get some help dealing with my huge pile of photos waiting to be scrapped, I have decided to rejoin the Project 12 challenge over at Scrapbook and Cards Today. I had planned on doing this all this last year, but only managed to do January. I blame the baby. So back in the saddle to at least get the 2010 photos done!

October's Sketch:


Very nice!

My layout (pardon the bad lighting, it has been very wet and dreary here lately) and please click on the pictures to enlarge them!

Now on to November! And maybe I should go back and catch up on all the others......


White Cardstock
Echo Park - Victoria Gardens papers and embellishments

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Sense of Accomplishment

Things I have finished:
~ 4 Christmas Cards for a swap
~ 30 Christmas cards for sending
~ Sorted all waiting to be scrapped photos into proper chronological order (don't you hated when they come from the printers all mixed up?)

I think it is time to take a break from card challenges and focus on getting caught up on my scrapbooking. I have at least half of 2010, and almost all of 2011 up until the end of July, printed and waiting. And then from August til now to print (and add to the pile). Le sigh.

First up, I am so in love with the cards I made for a swap with some ladies at Crop Chocolate, that it pains me to part with them. I'm not usually that crazy about the cards I make, but these ones are just so darn cute! Now I can't show them to you or it would ruin the surprise, but here is a little sneak peak!

Aren't those snowmen the cutest?! They are from a CTMH set that I adore but haven't used much (until now).

Now, the Christmas cards that I am sending to friends and family are nowhere near as cute (in my humble opinion). I was debating with myself over whether or not I should show them but have decided to go ahead and do it.

This is just a few of them. There is a variety of papers and ribbons used. And some have a felt snowflake and others have the snowflake brad. I really wish I had enough of the felt snowflakes for every card. They are so pretty and fill that space so nicely. The one element of the cards that I am really happy with is the tree. It is stamped in a light green and covered in glitter (which I then sprayed with a sealer, so hopefully I won't be sending envelopes full of loose glitter to everyone!). So pretty. I was going to add little red gems to them (like in the center of the snowflake) but they gems weren't cooperating and I think I like them better like this.

I should add, that inside the cards is stamped "a merry little Christmas." I don't want to leave you all hanging at "Have yourself....."

So, what do you think of them?

Products used:
Cream cardstock
Bazzil green cardstock
Making Memories Christmas papers
CTMH Christmas papers
Anna Griffin green ink pad
StazOn ink pad Jet Black
Clear Glitter & Xyron
CTMH stamp sets : ~ Merry Little Christmas
                  ~ Evergreen
CTMH green ribbon & red ribbon
Making Memories red & white twine
Making Memories snowflakes and snowflake brads

I think that's everything! I will post more picture and a product list for my sneak peak cards, after that swap is done. I can't wait to show them off!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


So, after much thinking and begging for help (thank you CC focus group), I finally was able to finish my layout for the Sketchy Thursday challenge.

So this is the sketch.

And this is my entry :)

So originally, I had this without the buttons and twine and it just seemed to be missing something. After some very helpful suggestions, I decided to add a brown packing paper, crinkly flower in the lower right hand area. But after making one and trying it on, I just didn't like it. I like the flower, it just seemed too shabby on an otherwise 'clean' page. I was looking at the original sketch and the DT pages for some inspiration and decided to add the twine that was in the original sketch. Then I pulled out some buttons. I am really happy with how it looks now.

What do you think? Did I make the right choice?

Oops I forgot to add my supplies!
My Minds Eye - Quite Contrary - Little Boy ~ papers,  journaling card, trees and brown border
Basic Grey - buttons
Brown & white twine