Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Zombie Pub Crawl - Clique Kits!

Wahooo blogging friends, I am so excited to share my first layout I did for Clique Kits using the Masquerade Ball October kit.  This kit is full of the fun BasicGrey Second City by Kelly Purkey along with some PinkFresh products and more.

I am in love with this kit!!! It is so versatile. Clique Kits has teamed up with 17Turtles this month to offer printables and cut files to subscribers. Its a kit offering that you can use well after your paper from the kit is gone. Here is my first layout...

The Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis is this weekend, so it made me think of these fun pictures of my daughter with her friends from last year. They were perfect for these papers! I used a Silhouette cut file for the Zombie hands and title. Here are some detail shots ...

Don't you love the flair and those Pinkfresh Chevrons. Be sure to check out the Clique Store for more goodies. (use my discount Marcia10 to get 10% off). Sadly the October kit is sold out already, but if you like what you see, you can start your subscription in November and have fabulous goodies delivered to your doorstep every month. If your local scrapbook stores have closed, a kit subscription may be your answer. Tell them I sent you :) International deliveries are possible!!

Clique kits also has a Holiday Card Kit you can preorder now. Trust me, it is fabulous and features the Fancy Pants Oh Deer collection and more...

Check out the Clique blog today to see half of the new design team introductions. This is such a talented group of designers!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Morphin Time - Imaginisce Fun

Hello blogging friends. I wanted to share a layout I created for a publishing call for Papercrafts Magazine. This was for the sketch in the October issue. Sadly, it was not picked up. The diamond background was done to match the sketch. I used Imaginisce papers from the Good Dog and the Outdoor Adventure collections.

I should have posted this as a throwback Thursday, lol. My two girls loved the Power Rangers TV show so much I sewed these costumes for them.

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

With Sympathy + Mason Jar Decor - Anna Griffin and Xyron

Hello blogging friends! Sometimes paper is so beautiful you are afraid to cut into it. I could have wallpapered my scrapbook room walls with the gorgeous papers I received from Anna Griffin; beautiful flocked papers with fabulous patterns, gorgeous layered flowers and sentiment quotes. When you combine Xyron and Anna Griffin you get incredibly beautiful projects. Let me show you what I created ...

I found a tri-fold card in the Silhouette store with an ornate window on the front. It is basically three layers. With the dimesional flowers from Anna Griffin, I thought the layered panels would be the perfect way to set the flowers off. 

Those pretty papers are just so gorgeous together. :)

For my second project, I created a mason jar for my daughter's upcoming wedding....

I used the cut out parts of my card for my jar. Added a Spellbinders fancy label with some Want 2 Scrap bling and more of those gorgeous dimensional flowers. Do you see the twine wrapped around the jar? Here is how I did that..

I cut a strip of kraft cardstock and ran it through my 1" sticker maker. Then I just layered my twine on top. To make sure it would all stay stuck together, I applied a light coat of decoupage over the top of the twine. When it was dry I ran it through my sticker maker again.

Then I just wrapped the twine cardstock around my jar. The Mr & Mrs label covered up my seam. I found some high tack double stick tape worked best for adhering my label to the jar. I love how it turned out...

One more month til the wedding!! So many things to do yet. At least I have a dress to wear now though.

Supplies Used:
Xyron: 1.5" Sticker Maker, 9" Creative Station,  Double-Sided High Tack 1/2" Tape
Anna Griffin papers and die cuts    Anna Griffin® Grace Papercrafting Kit
Anna Griffin® Perfect Palette Cardstock KitAnna Griffin® All About Her Cardmaking KitAnna Griffin® 60-piece Flocked Paper Collection
Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 with coordinating bling from Want 2 Scrap
twine, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 22, 2014

Printing on Washi Tape and a Ho Ho Ho Box Card

Hello blogging friends. I have been experimenting with printing on Love My Tapes washi tape using my computer. You can personalize your washi tape! Think about all the free fonts available. Not just fonts, what about dingbats? No, I am not talking about a stupid person, but a type of font. 

"A dingbat is an ornament, character or spacer used in typesetting, sometimes more formally known as a printer's ornament orprinter's character. The term continues to be used in the computer industry to describe fonts that have symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters."

Free fonts and dingbats can be found all over the internet. You could personalize your washi tape with endless possibilities. Want to see what I discovered....

I created this word doc on my computer that combined some of my favorite fonts with some fun dingbats I found....

Print it onto glossy photo paper. (Very important so the washi tape will peel off easily.)

Layer a strip of washi tape over the top of the printed words or images. Choose washi tape with muted colors and patterns that won't be distracting.

See how some tapes were better options. The yellow easter eggs turned out best I think. The Robots with the blue stars ended up being too distracting. When you are ready to use the washi, gently peel away from the paper.

I have an inkjet printer. This technique will only work with inkjet printers. If you have a laser printer, check out this link for info How to print on washi tape at Ashbee Design. I did try printing directly onto the washi tape but the inkjet inks won't dry and will eventually smear. 

Here is what I created with my dingbat Santas (which by the way were a dead ringer for the Fancy Pants Merry Little Christmas collection!)

Don't worry, these cards fold flat for mailing. I even created a coordinating envelope.

I hope you give this technique a try.  If you like, you can download a PDF version of my WashiDingbats file from here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fun Things Fall - Creative Scrappers Reveal

Hello blogging friends! It's Sunday, and time for another Creative Scrappers reveal. Are you ready for another fabulous sketch? I love that this one has multiple photos...

I flipped the sketch on its side and used a cluster of embellies instead of one of the photos. Here is my take using Echo Park's Fall Reflections.

I love texture for Fall, so I die cut some leaves from felt using a Cheery Lynn leaf die. Then I added some stitching and hemp twine. I couldn't resist using these gold leaves that I just picked up from the Paper Issues store. Aren't they yummy. Here are some close-ups....

Echo Park Fall Reflections pattern paper and stickers
Basic Grey wood pieces
October Afternoon tin pin
Silhouette, cut files for view master
felt, hemp twine, button
Xyron Mega Runner
Teresa Collins Stapler
Gold Leaf Sequins from the Paper Issues Shop

I am linking up to the newest Issue at Paper Issues: Anything Goes! Anyone can do something for Anything Goes, right :)

I hope to see lots of you linking up at Creative Scrappers with our awesome new sketch! Our sponsor this month is My Creative Scrapbook. Be sure to check their kits out.


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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Thanks for stopping by.

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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