Friday, July 26, 2013

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop

Hi there, and welcome to the next stop on the Practical Scrappers Specialty Team hop!!  If you hopped here from Charity's blog, you are on the right track!  If you stumbled into the hop....make sure you pop over to Practical Scrappers to start from the beginning and complete all the stops....many prizes along the way, including a $25 gift certificate from Scrapbook Pal over at the Practical Scrappers blog (see details below).

Hope you are enjoying all these inspiring chevron projects!  I've got a couple of fun projects to share with you!  My first is this printer's tray made using the BoBunny Key Lime collection:


 If you haven't tried making a home decor piece like this....give it a try....they are so fun to
do!  And this collection is perfect for our chevron's got a great chevron print on
many of the papers, journal boxes and chipboard as you see on this project!  I'm lovin'
the chevron trend....aren't you?

Here are a couple of close ups of the tray: 

Here's the upper right the mix of chip, brads and die cuts....easy to mix and
match for a great embellishment!

Here's the bottom left corner....all kinds of embellishments happening....brads, chip,
stickers, and those colorful chevron accents--even on the chipboard pieces, and you
can see where I split one of the larger journal boxes into 2 and used it on each side
of a photo....a fun way to frame something when you are doing a printers tray:

And finally the bottom right accents attached right to the tray to give it
more depth and texture:

My next project is a simple little card.....using these sah-weet chipboard chevrons from these things!

I made it using thinned black paint and a foam brush to splatter the kraft cardstock,
then painted the chipboard chevrons black.  The circles were punched from the
Fancy Pants Park Bench paper with a 1&1/4" Creative Memories punch.  The
words are from the FP sticker sheet from Park Bench as well.  The Rubber Cafe'
Scrap Happy Glue holds it all in place!  Fun simple card!

So thanks for hopping by....and before I send you hopping along to Michelle's blog,
I need to mention my giveaway!  I'm giving one lucky winner this crafty goodness:

Kind of a fun mixed media prize pack....and there will be a few other small items in
there....I like to keep some of it a surprise!!  You need to leave a comment and make
sure you are a follower of my blog to win this great prize pack!

And remember, for the chance to win the big $25 gift certificate from Scrapbook Pal over
at Practical Scrappers you have to do any or all of the following:

1)Become a follower at Practical Scrappers
2)Like their facebook page
3)Like the Scrapbook Pal facebook page
4)Leave a comment on the Practical Scrappers blog HERE
And now....time to enjoy the rest of the hop....on to the next amazing creation over on
Michelle's blog.

And don't want you to miss anything so here is the complete line up:

 Practical Scrappers.....start here

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Slice of Summer Party

I love bright, sunny days!  We haven't had too many this summer, so I enjoy them when I
can get them!  Maybe because I'm an August  So in honor of all summertime
babies, here's a sweet little slice o' summer party!  It could be for a birthday, or just to get
a few friends gathered for a BBQ and icy cold lemonade! 

I made this ensemble using stamps from The Rubber Cafe' (you can find it and a post
with all the specifics of how to and what I used HERE).

Moxie Fab World has a Birthday Party Ensemble Challenge going on right now, and
that's where I was inspired to make this sunny birthday set for all of us summer babies!
Remember, you can play too....they have great challenges all the time, check it HERE
to link up with one of their challenges some time!

And would we like some close ups?  Here we go:

Every party needs an this cute jar and lid stamp set, and the lemon slices are
colored with Copic Markers, the pattern on the lid is stamped with a background stamp:

Gotta have some my sweet little food/cupcake picks....the yellow piece
was a label stamp, then I stamped the rosette in black on the white circle, added a
sunny wedge of lemon and a few bright accents:

 And the table centerpiece....a rosette and tag on cute little straws:

And some mason jars with sunny tags and fun straws.....who says sipping lemonade has
to be boring?

And I always love to send the guests home with a little treat.....these little sacks of
"Summer Sun" (lemon drops!) are perfect little goodies to give out, especially all
wrapped up in their cute little mason jar goodie bags, complete with sunny lemon labels!

Though cute in their little tin bucket, here is one on it's own:

Well, I think it's about time for a party, don't you?  With my sweet party set I'm ready....
time to celebrate!!!

Thanks for stopping by today....tomorrow, a blog hop, don't forget!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Fruit Medley, Large Jar, Card Labels, Background Basics 2,
Remember the Moments, Seasons
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Pugnacious white; AC yellow; Recollections black;
Websters Pages Allison Kreft
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink-Black Soot; ClearSnap Chalk Cats Eye white;
Copic Markers
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Jellie Dots Golden; Trendy Twine-Lemon Tart, Black
Licorice; misc button and paper straws
Tools:  Creative Memories 1&1/2" circle and tag punches
Adhesive:  The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; Scor Tape; foam tape

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine LO...(psst check the giveaway!)

Love summertime LO' favorite time of year to scrap!  This LO is also using the CTMH paper sent by Lori Brown to all the gals on the Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine DT.  This "Tommy" paper was my absolute fave, and I made this LO:

Now the trick to these use the ONE sheet of paper to make a project,
whether a card or a LO.  I used one sheet of a solid base color (Core'dnations), and
then used the one sheet of patterned paper to make most of the embellishment on this
page.  It's a two sided paper, and I fussy cut banners and the words from the paper. 
A couple of small buttons, twine (Nautical Trendy Twine), burlap and letters were the
finishing touches....but it's mostly the one sheet of pretty paper! That was a challenge
for my ever embellishing self!!

Now as for the giveaway....all week Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine is having a
giveaway of a gorgeous CTMH just need to leave a comment over on their blog! 
Make sure to leave one every day this week for the best chance!  You can find the post
with this project and another fun project HERE.  Stop by, let us know what you think, and
be entered to win this great prize pack!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Little Romance, a Little Contest....

Hello to a beautiful day!  Ok, it's gray and rainy here....but it's still a beautiful day!  I have a romantic card, and a cute card....both have a contest involved!

First up....this romantic card using the BoBunny Etc. collection:

I went outside of the box on this one....I'm usually a bling girl, but decided to try flowers
and stickers instead....I like the tuft of BoBunny Gabrielle trim peeking out on the top.
It's entered in the BoBunny July challenge for a romantic feminine can find the
contest HERE if you'd like to enter too!

And my second card today:

This is up over at Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine's site.....CTMH consultant
Lori Brown sent us paper to create with.  I challenged myself to create a project with
every sheet she sent us....and to use minimal get most of my
embellishments from the actual paper! Was fun to do, and I want to say thank you to
Lori for the paper to create with!

Best yet....there is a contest up over there....pop over, leave a comment, and you are
entered to win a prize pack of CTMH papers!  There will be new projects all
check in daily....the more you comment the more chances to win!  The post is HERE.

That's all for today....but more goodies coming later in the week....this is a jam packed
week, so check in often here too!

Have fun creating something today!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Beautiful Friend....

I'm blessed with some AMAZING friends....together we laugh, cry, support each other and
most importantly....craft together!!  I was inspired to make this card while I was cropping
this weekend with friends:

A bright sunny card made using BoBunny goodies.....fussy cut and feminine!  Lots of
flowers and bling!  And so.....I'm also going to enter it over at BoBunny for their July
challenge for a "romantic feminine card"....I think it fits....ok, a little light on the romance definitely feminine!!  Tomorrow's card has a wee bit more romance...

I'll share tomorrow, of course, and shortly after....a party ensemble.....and then a
blog hop (prizes, did someone say prizes?!!).   Hmmmm.....sounds like a busy week!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  BoBunny Petal Pushers collection (I know, I know....I'm a self-professed hoarder
of pretty
Ink:  Distress Ink-Black Soot
Embellishments: BoBunny Jazmyne rhinestones; journal boxes and fussy cut flowers
from BoBunny Petal Pushers

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Harvesting Family Time and Scrapping it too....

I shared a pic of our cherry picking a couple of days ago.....just finished up a 2 page 
LO using the new Little Yellow Bicycle Vintage Summer collection....

I love this paper....and the way it reminds me of a cute!  I cut 1" squares in
half to make the border strips, and attached them using Scor-tape.  Reminds me
of a summertime and the country fair!

Here are close-ups of each page:

Love the embellishments for this collection, the tags, banners and pins....adorable!

Love the mix and match patterns on the paper, too!!

Thanks for stopping today!  Will be more goodies coming soon....and next week...
a blog hop with prizes!  Make sure to keep checking in!!

Now go create something beautiful today!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  LYB Vintage Summer collection, Bazzill Basics Cherry Splash
Ink:  Distress Ink-Black Soot
Embellishment:  LYB Vintage Summer-Stick Pins, Fabric Favorites; Trendy Twine; 
Canvas Corp kraft mini bags; Thickers burlap 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chalkboard Daisy Thanks....

I'm up over at The Rubber Cafe' today with this sweet little card!  Using the chalkboard
 techniqueand the background stamps from The Rubber Cafe'.....I have just started playing
 with these 'em already!

If you pop over to The Rubber Cafe' HERE, you can see all the details!

Thanks for stopping by....find some crafting joy for yourself today!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Busy, busy.....Love Summertime and Cherry Pickin'!

Well, there is a first time for everything, and this is my first.  I've been a busy little crafter
here! I made a beautiful printers tray using the new BoBunny Key Lime collection, I've
made cards, cards, and more cards, a 2 page LO, 3 one page LO's, started 2 mini books,
produced a lovely set of wedding cards for a kit....and I can't post any of it!

Why, you might ask?  Wellll, it's pretty much DT work that will be posted over the next
month, so I can't share it yet!  So I'll share a pic of one of the joys of summer time....

Family Cherry Pickin' time!....we all pick, pit, and freeze the cherries up for winter
yummies like pies, turnovers and cobblers (ok, maybe a little something now

One of the joys of time and fresh produce!

Hope you make summer fun memories of your own harvest is richer!

And tomorrow....a project!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mixed Media News!

Oh can I tell you how excited I am?!!!  I got the news yesterday, that
 I will be playing along over at Linnie Blooms this fall as a Guest Designer! 

The store owner Linda Barutha has just started her own line of mixed media goodies!
You can find her blog HERE, Facebook HERE (PS like and tell her I sent you!).

So excited to be able to share her products and some fun mixed media art with
everyone soon!  Make sure to watch for my posts this fall!!   And I'll let
you know more about her new products then!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gelato Play.....

Yes I have indeed jumped on the proverbial "band wagon" of the gelato craze.  I have been for a while, but lately I've been starting to play a bit.  Some things work, some don't, as
with any productive playtime, but I really think this worked:

Love the way the soft background turned out....I used gelatos and a pouncing or dabbing
method which I have a brief tutorial on, HERE over at The Rubber Cafe'.  I used their
Inked Poppy stamp one of my favorites!

Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to take the time to create something wonderful!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Inked Poppy; Fabulous Phrases; Vintage Treasures
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Pugnacious Paper, white; MME Lost and Found 2 Rosy; AC black
Ink:  Memento-Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink-Black Soot;  Copic Markers
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Jellie Dots-Black Soot; AC hemp twine; misc ribbon and button
Tools:  Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles; Faber-Castell Gelatos

Friday, July 5, 2013

Practical Scrapper Tutorial....Gelatos Tagged!

As a member of the Specialty Team over at Practical Scrappers....I get the chance to do tutorials!!

My tutorial on how to make this tag background is up over there today, but I'll share some here too!

If you'd like very detailed pictorial over at Practical Scrappers is HERE.

But I will share that I used 3 complimentary shades of gelatos....colored them onto the
tag, and then blended with my finger to get this:

 And then I used a damp paper towel to remove some of the gelato (since they react with
water) to give it a feathery look like this:

And lastly, a close up of the details after it was finished:

I am in love with these Prima Doll stamps!  They make for a fun mixed media project!
Remember to stop by Practical Scrappers to see the complete tutorial and let me know
what you think! 

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Echo Park-Be Mine
Stamps: Prima Julie Nutting Doll stamp-Riley; Prima Build a Swirl set (swirls & flowers);
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Curious Possibility set
Ink:  Distress Ink- Black Soot; Memento Black Tuxedo
Tools:  Prima Stencil-Crackle; Copic Markers; Adirondack paint daubers-Snow Cap &
Pitch Black; Faber-Castell gelatos (Watermelon, Squid Ink; Bubblegum); Glossy Accents (black)
Embellishments:  Want2Scrap rhinestone swirls; Queen & Co. Rox; Kaiserkraft pearls;
Hug Snug seam binding; Tim Holtz trinket pins and Idea-ology Philosophy tags;
Recollections lace and stud trims.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate the 4th!!

Happy 4th of July!!!  Celebrating the freedom and spirit of the USA today!

I'm celebrating with a post over at Practical Scrappers today with this project:

A home decor piece made using WRMK Red, White and Blue collection.

With a few embellishments, this is a super easy project.....individual wooden
plaques strung together on ribbon, add a few embellishments and it's ready
to hang in celebration!  And here are close ups of each piece:

The top has embossed stickers from the WRMK set, and fussy cut letters/numbers.

The second piece, more of these amazing stickers, and some Queen & Co bling
for some 4th of July sparkle...

And the final piece....a little fireworks sparkle....

Today, we'll be cooking out and enjoying some about you...
how do you spend the 4th?  Or do you celebrate it?

Make sure to stop over at Practical Scrappers to see the other Patriotic projects!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  WRMK Red, White & Blue
Embellishments:  Paper Studio bottle caps; Queen & Co twinkle goosebumps; WRMK Red 
White & Blue embossed stickers; May Arts ribbon; Twinery twine -maraschino
Ink:  Distress Ink-Black Soot
Paint:  Adirondack Snow Cap paint dauber 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Red, White and Blue Challenge Time!

Join us over at Scrap It Girl....every month Kimberly has a fun challenge for you 
to link your projects to on her blog.....and best yet, there is always an amazing
prize pack for you to win!  Here is this month's prize:

You simply need to make any project using Red, White and is the
inspiration card I made using the BoBunny Liberty collection:

Remember to play along this can find the link and more inspiration from 
the rest of the design team right HERE.

Supplies Used:
Paper: BoBunny Liberty; Core d'nations-red, Carta Bella-Kraft
Embellishments: BoBunny Liberty-stickers; Recollections rhinestones; AC jute; misc buttons & burlap
Ink:  Distress Ink-Black Soot