Monday, September 15, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hello blogging friends. Last week a sweet and very talented scrappy friend Monique Liedtke tagged me in her scrappy blog tour and this week I am sharing my scrapping space with you and tagging a few more friends and asking them to share their spaces next week. Monique and I have been on the Imaginisce design team together for almost 2 years now. We also both design for Creative Scrappers.
I would love to have you stop over on her blog and tell her I sent you :)

I have been tagged by two other people to show my scrappy space earlier this year for the Liebster blog award by Kelly Jean Guzlas and Lee-Anne Thornton. I had every intention of doing it then but ... my scrap space has been in constant flux since about Christmas last year. My daughter graduated with her Master's degree then and moved home (with her 2 cats). She now lives in our basement with her fiance and a rescue dog they adopted. Hubby and I have been downsizing and rearranging furniture trying to make everything fit upstairs. My scrapbook room used to have a bed in it for when she came home to visit. That bed had to go and my computer was moved upstairs into my craft room. I love having my computer closer to my scrappy supplies! The plastic tables I used to scrap on and the totes of supplies were replaced with an IKEA Expedit wall unit and desk! I have been back to IKEA many times since to add more organizing solutions to my space. Here are a few pics... (ok..lots of pics.... you have been warned....)

My newer paper stash is stored vertically, but I do have some older paper still stored in bins on top of my Expedit along with boxes of photos. I keep a boom box in my room as I like to listen to audio books while I work. My cats like to lay on the top of the Expedit, so I have to leave room for them (or else they will just knock stuff down!). Stored here are finished layouts, finished cards, dies,sewing thread, extra adhesive (one of these wicker bins is just for my Xyron adhesives), Imaginisce tools, stamps, bakers twine, more washi tape, flowers, alphas, random craft supplies, you get the picture.

I like to keep tools and supplies I use often close by. I have tin buckets that hold colored pencils, markers, scissors, H2O pens, picks and scrapers, paint brushes. The buckets are hung on a rod so I can't tip them over :) On my desk I have a basket organizer that holds odds and ends. This is where supplies go that I intend to use on a project or that were leftover from a previous project. Every once in a while I clear this out and put stuff away. My favorite Quick Quotes chalk ink pads fit perfectly under that bottom basket. They sit in boxes I can easily pull out to search for that perfect color. The bird cage holds my Love My Tapes washi, fabric, and lace tape. I just added this mason jar... not sure just yet what I will store in it but I had to have it :)

Two walls of my room are lined with shadow boxes with some of my favorite layouts. I intend to update these every so often. Above my desk is a clip-it up that I created with another IKEA find. I also have a magnetic white board there that holds pics I want to scrap, sketches, due dates for projects, and more supplies in these cute little canisters. On the side of my desk are rows of rods that hold my favorite punches and baskets for my most used paints and mists. A Raskog cart holds stamps, embossing folders, ribbon, chipboard, and more embellisments and sits next to my desk.

I have a walk in closet in here, but it is full of yarn, fabric, vinyl, and quilting supplies. Yes, I love to sew and knit as well as play with paper. My sewing cabinet sits under the window and houses my sewing machine and serger. My Big Shot and Xyron Creative Station sit on top of the cabinet. (There is also a pile of fabric there. Need to make my daughter some scrubs.) Next to that is a doggy bed for my Satchel although sometimes the cats steal his bed.

In the corner is my computer desk, Silhouette, printer, and an organizer I use to hold my cardstock paper scraps (organized by color of course.) There is a burlap wreath in progress on the floor there. Another cat bed is set up on my printer. I don't know what it is but all the animals want to be in my room with me when I am scrapping.

1. What am I working on right now? 
I just finished up a project for Love My Tapes using some fabric tape and am working on a layout for Creative Scrappers. Here is a sneak peek....

Some Anna Griffin pretties just arrived on my doorstep for a Xyron team up. Watch for some wedding projects coming to my blog.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Sometimes I can sit down and knock out a layout, card, or other paper creation in an evening. Other times I will start something and leave it sit and go back to it later. Even when I think I am done with a project I like to wait (unless I have a deadline) to see if I want to add something later. Since I have a 9-5 job, I create in the evenings mostly.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? 
I LOVE my Silhouette and I LOVE the cut files from SVGcuts, Kerri Bradford Studio, and The Cut Shoppe. I am giving 17Turtles a try soon as Clique Kits will be partnering with them in October :)
I LOVE Creative Embellishments chipboard and wood veneer products!
I LOVE sequins!
I LOVE dies that have fabulous textures, like Cheery Lynn doily dies.
I LOVE a good sketch, my favorite sketch sites are Creative Scrappers and Sketchabilities.
If you asked me for a favorite manufacturer, I could not list just one. I love them all.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 
This depends... Almost always I start with my photos when it comes to layouts. Do my photos need bright colors, muted colors, pastels? What title goes with the pictures. What embellishments do I want to use.  Other times I see a cut file I want to use and complete a layout with me left to find a photo to coordinate later.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? 
Pinterest is awesome for inspiration. Really, all I need though are some new awesome pictures that are begging to be scrapped :)

6. What is my signature style?
I am all over the place. I love creating layouts (my first love), cards, and 3D paper pretties. Sometimes I love to play with mixed media and other times I want something clean and simple. My 3D projects are just plain fun to give as gifts. Here are some of my favorites from this year ...

I hope you are still with me.... I am tagging the following people to challenge them to do a scrappy blog tour next week.... Please check out their blogs and tell them I sent you :)

Cathy Harper - I was so fortunate to get to know Cathy when we designed for Scraptown Lady and Practical Scrappers. She is oh so talented.

Jody Rogers - a fellow Creative Scrapper whose layouts and cards are stunning.

Kelly Holbrook - my Imaginisce design teammate with a style that is simple yet classically elegant. I love her work.

Have an awesome week everyone!

Football Party with Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends. It's definitely feeling like Fall here with the cooler temps, trees changing colors, and lots of Football! I made these fun food picks using some fabric tape from Love My Tapes for our Sunday afternoon football party. 

I die cut several football shapes and used my brown fabric tape to cover the cardstock. I trimmed away the excess tape along the edges and added some stitching using some DMC floss. I glued another football onto the back side with a toothpick in the middle. I decorated the back side with stickers. Here is how they looked on my table....

These would look awesome in cupcakes too, don't you think?

I was having issues with the storage of my fabric tape so I want to share a tip with you today. Unlike washi tape, fabric tape does not stick to itself on the roll. It was coming all unrolled on me in my storage bin so I use paper clips to keep them rolled up nice and neat. I had these pretty ones in my scrapbook stash, but you could use regular paper clips just as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Autumn Blessings - Imaginisce Fall Home Decor

Hello blogging friends! 

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the trees turning color. So I thought I would create a home decor project that brought those fabulous leaves into my house. I found this white pumpkin at my local Micheal's store and couldn't wait to try a decoupage project. I started by die cutting leaves from a variety of the Imaginisce Bushel O' Fall pattern papers using my Cheery Lynn Large Leaves #1 dies. I cut some flourishes also with the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish and the Mini Fanciful Flourish dies. This is a fabulous way to use up your scraps! I began by adhering the leaves and flourishes around my pumpkin with decoupage. I added a couple more coats of decoupage over the top. Then I created a tag by attaching a die-cut to a piece of burlap and trimming the edges. Some twine and ribbon finish it off very nicely. Don't forget to use the i-Magicut ribbon cutter for no frayed edges on your ribbon.

To create the kinks in the twine .... dip your twine into your decoupage. Strip off the excess with your fingers. Then wrap around a wooden dowel rod. Let dry. You will have to pry the twine off the rod, but the kinks will remain.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Cardstock Die Cuts  (Bushel O' Fall),  i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter
Cheery Lynn: Fanciful Flourish, Mini Fanciful Flourish, and Large Leaves #1
Burlap, twine, decoupage, white craft pumpkin
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Xyron 2.5" Create-A-Sticker
Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots

I used ribbon from the monthly ribbon club at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Did you know they have fun challenges too? I am linking up to their Autumn Colors challenge.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Party - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends. I cannot believe that it is September already. Today I am sharing my first post this month for Love My Tapes. I created this card with fabric tape all around the edges and some Imaginisce paper and die-cuts. I love how the fabric tape matches this die cut so well.

Imaginisce: pattern paper (Welcome Spring), die cuts (Hello Cupcake)
Cheery Lynn: English Tea Party doily die

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

XO - Creative Scrappers Reveal

Hello blogging friends. It's time for another Creative Scrappers Reveal! This one, by the talented Jenny Evans, does not disappoint!

I actually scrapped a layout of myself this time (*gasp*). This was taken last Christmas in front of our Christmas tree. I converted it to a black and white photo so it doesn't look too Christmassy. I had to photoshop the photo to switch the heads. Yup, I couldn't keep my mouth shut when the photo was taken (why do I have to talk?) and in another shot my hubby closed his eyes! Has anyone else tried the photomerge faces? Thankfully it was relatively easy to do and it looks so much better without my mouth open :)

I used the gorgeous Maggie Holmes Styleboard papers from Crate Paper with a mish mash of embellies from Studio Calico, Crate, Fancy Pants, Maya Road, and American Crafts. I've had these gold doilies for about 6 months now! Gold is so trendy right now, why did I wait so long? I love the look with the gold vellum and gold rub-ons. As much as I love those triangles in the sketch, I had to replace them with hearts. I especially love that love paper clip from Maya Road! Here are some close-ups...

I hope you will join us. Our sponsor this month is My Creative Scrapbook.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Wahoo! Designing for Clique Kits!

I am so excited to share that I will be designing for the Clique Kits Design Team!!!

Clique Kits is an amazing scrapbook kit club. It’s their first design team and I’m honored to be a part of it!  There is such an incredible array of talent on this team!  Make sure to check out their blog &shop for more details on subscribing to their kit and what they are all about here.
Stay tuned for what I have to share soon when I get my hands on the October kit!! Be still my heart!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bridal Shower Party Favors - Imaginisce Inspiration

Hello blogging friends. I hope my friends in the States are enjoying the extended weekend. I know I am! I needed the extra time to help my daughter with her wedding plans. We are trying to narrow down a location still, but at least we have found her a dress!!!! I am working on party decor for her bridal shower at the moment. Let me show you the party favors I made with my Silhouette and the Imaginisce Black Ice collection ....

Here in a picture of the inside, filled with treats.

I love how these turned out! I know, picture overload.... but I wanted to show you the gorgeous pattern paper in this collection. I used my i-Magicut Ribbon cutter on the ribbon handles. I LOVE that tool. and Don't you just love those buttons!! These buttons are shank buttons. I punched a hole in the purse for the shank to go through. To make sure they stayed put, I used some Xyron adhesive dots on the back side of the button. I had one little problem though.... not all the lids wanted to stay closed tucked behind the button. I wanted to be able to open and close the lids, so I did not want to glue them shut. What to do? ... My new little Xyron Mini X 1" Sticker Maker came in real handy for making a velcro closure. Here is how I did it...

1. Cut your velcro strips into tiny rectangles.

2. Peel the velcro apart and run through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

 3. Adhere one side to the lid and the other side above the button on the purse.

The theme for the bridal shower is Breakfast at Tiffany's (thus the blue ribbon). I'll have to post other decor pieces after the shower :)

Imaginisce Black Ice pattern papers
Imaginisce i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter
Xyron Mini X 1" Sticker Maker
Xyron Tape Runner
Xyron Adhesive Dots
Buttons: Bazzill and my craft supply
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Lori Whitlock cut file

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Here Comes Trouble - Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hello blogging friends! There is a fabulous fun, Scrapping Our Stash blog hop going on. You should have arrived here from the Lee-Anne's blog. If not you can jump to the Practical Scrappers blog to start at the beginning if you like.

Here is the line up in case you get lost along the way ...

Marcia  <--- You are here

I dug deep into my stash and found some Doodlebug Snips and Snails. I love the patterns and colors in this collection. CUTE, right!  

My little guy just turned 20!! Where did the time go. This is a pic of him when he was just starting to crawl. I printed it in sepia to coordinate with the browns in the papers. His favorite thing to do at this age was crawl through the doggy door and escape outside. The Here Comes Trouble title fits so well. Here are some close-ups ...

Now it's time to hop to the very talented Cheryl's blog.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back To School Treats with Pebbles and Xyron!

Hello blogging friends! Are your kiddos back in school yet? I think these treat bags will get some smiles from them and maybe homework won't look so bad after a snack :)

Xyron is teaming up with Pebbles and I got to play with the new Back To School collection. This collection rocks with its primary colors, fun patterns, and reward stickers. I found this treat bag topper by Lori Whitlock in the Silhouette store and couldn't resist. That owl is so cute!

When die cutting small shapes, How many of you end up losing the smaller pieces? I used to lose them all the time!!  I have a solution for you...

Run your small shapes through your Xyron Sticker Maker or Create-a-Sticker machine as soon as you are finished cutting them. I take them directly off my cutting mat and place them in my Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine. Now, no more lost dots to those i's or other small pieces.

Pebbles Back to School papers and stickers
Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker machine
Xyron Mega Runner
Teresa Collins Plier Stapler
Core'dinations cardstock
Silhouette Cameo 
Lori Whitlock Treat Topper cut file
cellophane treat bags

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