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

Thanks for stopping by.

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

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Perfect Autumn Day - September Publication

Hello blogging friends. I am so excited to share a layout with you that I had published in the September issue of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine !!! Woot Woot!!

I used the Echo Park Fall Reflections collection and a cut file from Creative Scrappers for those chevrons. You can find it here.  I love how the chevrons give movement to my falling leaves. Cutting my photo into thirds added interest while still highlighting the subjects.

You can view the September 2014 Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking issue here....

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There are tons of other really fabulous projects too for card makers and scrapbookers alike.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweet Dreams - Creative Scrappers and The Cut Shoppe reveal

Hello blogging friends. I can't believe how fast August is slipping away! Pretty soon my youngest two kiddos will be back in college. My son is already busy with drumline, training for another marching band season at NDSU (North Dakota State University). GO BISON!!!  The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing now and I am hoping hubby and I will be able to make it this year. And.... my oldest daughter finally started a real job!!! She will be managing a group home of teenage girls! Get this, on her second day on the job, she got two other job offers!! Months of searching for work and when she finally lands something then everyone else wants her too, lol. I seriously love her corporate work place though. They have real functional swings in the office area, and a foam pit on the first floor so you can literally throw yourself off the second floor landing into the pit. I hear they have a Velcro wall too. What fabulous ways to relieve stress.

But onto scrappy business now, you might want to consider joining us at Creative Scrappers for the latest sketch reveal. Check out this fabulous sketch by the talented Kristine Davidson...

The other really fabulous thing about this reveal is that Creative Scrappers teamed up with The Cut Shoppe. 

The Cut Shoppe has some truly fabulous SVG files you can use with you Silhouette or other electronic die cut machine. I used the Counting Stars and Sweet Dreams files for my layout. I really loved how the stars coordinated and immediately thought they would be perfect with the My Baby collection from Imaginisce (just the cutest, most adorable baby collection out there!). So..... Here is my take on the sketch.....

I shrunk the grid in the sketch so I could use those fabulous stars for my background. Take a closer peek...

What a great team up, right!!  I hope you join us.  

We still have our Sponsor PinkFresh Studio with sketches 274-275 due by August 31st so don't forget those ;-) For Sketch 276 Ashley from The Cut Shoppe will be offering a $20 prize to her shoppe to one lucky winner who participates with sketch 276 and submits it by August 31st.  

Have a great week

Friday, August 22, 2014

Clean and Simple Washi Tape Cards - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends! I created a couple of clean and simple cards that use Love My Tapes washi and fabric tape in the negative space cut out from the card base. There are no pattern papers used. The tapes are the star of the show.

You can use your electronic or manual die cut machine to create the shape. Strips of tape are adhered to white cardstock and then on the inside of the card front. Add a sentiment, some enamel dots, and some twine.

I am linking up to the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mermaids Wanted - Xyron / Perfect Paper Crafting Hop

Hello blogging friends and new people visiting for the Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop! This is my first post for Xyron as part of their new design team, Wahooo! I'm just a little excited :) Welcome to the Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop!!!

Perfect Paper Crafting sent me the Mini Perfect Layers Ruler. At first I thought, "What's wrong with my eyeballs?" But after using this handy tool I am hooked. The ruler can be used with your X-Acto knife to make precise cuts using the ruler as a guide, or if you are like me and prefer your paper trimmer (less chance of cutting myself, lol), you can use a pencil to draw your cut lines. The ruler also comes in handy for perfectly spacing cut elements. Take a look at how I used it on my card ...

I planned for the background of my card to have 3 banners, each 1 1/2" wide (that's 4 1/2" total). With a 5" wide background, that meant I had 1/2" left for the spacing between. Doing the math, that meant 1/8" for each space. Using the ruler for my guide, I glued the first banner 1/8" from the edge. The rulers have a catch lip along the sides, so it's easy to line up your paper (or photo) for those perfect margins. I lined up the catch lip on the first banner I glued down and used the edge of the ruler as a guide for gluing down the next banner. No guesswork or eyeballing involved! Here is the finished card ...

I created some sea glass for my card using the Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots. Let me show you how easy it was...

1. Cut a single dot off of the roll and place it upside down in your glass glitter. I kept everything in my embossing tray so I could easily clean up any spills.
2. Gently press the dot into the glass.
3. Remove and shake off excess.
4. Pick up the glass dot using a picker upper tool and move to where you want to adhere it.

Xyron 3/16" High Tack Adhesive Dots
Xyron Mega Runner
Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Perfect Layers Ruler
Graphic 45 By The Sea 12x12 papers, stickers, die-cuts
Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter in Blue Topaz
Creative Embellishments wood veneer
jute, cheesecloth, thread

Thanks for stopping by! Perfect Paper Crafting is offering a 10% discount if you use the code Xyron10%. You can go order one of these very handy rulers for yourself! Also Xyron is doing a giveaway everyday of the hop, so be sure to get in on that too!

Teacher Cupcake Holders - Imaginisce Back to School!

Hello blogging friends! Wahooo, almost time for back to school!!!

Do you want to make a great impression on your child's teacher? These cupcake holders I made for Imaginisce would be sure to please. My own kids are in college, so no teacher gifts are needed anymore, but I thought these cupcake holders would make a fabulous Back to School care package for them. I stamped a small sentiment on the back side of the die cut, punched a hole in it and tied it around the bow. 

Don't forget to use the i-Magicut ribbon cutter for no frayed edges on your ribbon. If you love crafting with ribbon, you need this fabulous tool! Oh... and those cupcakes are from the Cupcake Wars award winning Nadia Cakes. 

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers and Buttons (Buschel O' Fall and Perfect Vacation), Cardstock Die Cuts  (Buschel O' Fall), i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter
Silhouette Cut File: Snapdragon Snippets
Ribbon: May Arts, Hemp: Darice
Cupcakes: Nadia Cakes
Adhesive: Xyron

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Washi Tape Gift Wrap - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends!  I have an awesome Love My Tapes washi tape gift wrap idea to share with you. Did you know that washi tape is a fabulous way to add pizzazz to a wrapped gift. I was headed to a wedding shower last Sunday and thought my gift wrapped package was boring. Plain silver paper and I didn't even have a bow. Then I remembered I had this incredible wedding themed washi tape. Washi tape to the rescue! Take a look at my gift now ...

Want to see how I made that bow?  I thought you would.

1. I applied washi tape to white cardstock and trimmed the cardstock into strips.

2. Glue the strips so you have 3 loops about the same size. You will also need one smaller loop for the top of the bow. 

3. Arrange washi bands on top of each other and put a staple or two through the middle.

4.  Add some twine loops too if you want. Then tape the smaller loop on top.

Well the bride is a scrapbooker and was so thrilled with the gift wrap that she saved the wrapping. That washi tape will peel right off when she is ready to use it on a layout :)  I love my Love My Tapes washi tapes!!!

I hope you will be adding some pizzazz to your own gifts that need wrapping. Have a great week!