Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog Hop Winner!!!

A quick hitter this morning to announce the winner from the New S.W.A.T. Design Team Blog Hop that ran from June 29th - July 1st.  There was also a Red, White and Blue challenge that just closed July 28th and if you entered the challenge you had another chance to win!  I tallied up all the comments and  gave the extra entries to all who entered a project and my winner, selected with Random.org, is:

True Random Number Generator: 17     Powered by RANDOM.ORG

  Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict}
Absolutely LOVE this LO....love the design and all the awesome embellishment! 

 Please contact me with your mailing address and I will get your prize sent out right away!!

Congratulations!  and thanks to everyone who hopped with us, commented and linked up a project!!!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bazzill Basics Paper

Today, the first day of CHA, and my first time attending the show I had a great opportunity to meet Lisa over at Bazzill…my very first stop of the day!  Lisa was kind enough to show us around the booth and we got to see some fun new stuff.
I wanted to share some of the things that caught my eye…

These metal tags can be embossed and I can’t wait to try it!!

Neon is all the rage right now and you can see some fun neon here along with DENIM and some new metallics!

I just love these top hats in the Arsenic and Lace collection!!

Lisa also showed us some fun Lickety Slip pages for albums…you should check them out!

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Just look at these Christmas inspirational projects they were showcasing in the booth!!  Don’t you just love that glitter tape???

I hope you will pop over the the Bazzill web-site and see all the new things they have!!!  As always with Bazzill it is fun, fun, fun!! 
Thanks Lisa!!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

S.W.A.T.’s Drill #12

This morning over at S.W.A.T. drill #12 is a sketch challenge with a twist…use only patterned paper, no solid cardstock.
Here is the sketch:
SWAT Sketch Drill 12

You have until the end of the month to link up for a great prize!  Check out all the details and some great inspiration by the design team here.
I did a layout using Echo Park Country Drive.

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I used my brand new Cameo to cut a bunch of shapes: sentiment, sun, clouds and a circle.  You will also notice Twinery twine, stickles and UmWow Studio chipboard pieces:  layered clouds and butterfly.  I threw in some cute cloud washi tape, I can’t remember where I picked it up…  This layout, although it is hard to see in the picture, has a bunch of doodling on it.  It is actually the most doodling I have ever done on one project.  I used a Tim Holtz Distress marker.

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Oh and I almost forgot…stickles!!  (Sorry about the pictures…it is so hard to capture the true sparkliness of stickles!!)

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Hope you are inspired!!  I can’t wait to see your interpretation of the sketch!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Greenfield Village

I haven’t ever used any of the paper collections from Melissa Frances but my July kit from Scrappy Chic had a couple of sheets in it.

Greenfield Village

Bits of Paper, Classic Elegance and Adopted Ancestors.  I also used a resin pocket watch  from Melissa Frances.  Other items:  May Arts silk ribbon, KaiserCraft flowers, Bo Bunny doily, Cameo, button, twine, Tim Holts light bulb, 7 Gypsies key, Perfect Pearls, Lifestyle Crafts circle nesting dies and Jillibean Soup circle mat.


This wraps up my July kit…thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Moon Rising

I am always intrigued by 7 Gypsies products and have even tried a piece here and there, a printers tray here and a charm there… my July kit for Scrappy Chic had some 7 Gypsies in it and I was excited to see it!!  My last trip to Los Angeles produced a couple of cool shots of palm trees.  This photo was at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where we went to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.  A cemetery for a movie you ask???  why yes and it was more fun than the drive in!!

Moon Rising

7 Gypsies Travel Collection: Rue, Terre and Continental along with some of the minim file folders.  I also used May Arts Jute, burlap twine and leaf ribbon, VLVS! line of chevrons, gesso, cheese cloth, button, Distress Paint, Distress Ink, UmWow Studio flair: wild flowers, thickers, embossing powder, Cameo, glimmer mist and a mini clothes pin.

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I did some journaling on the 2 tags tucked in the file folders.

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I just love the way the jute twirls in such a nice circle!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cocoa Creations Challenge #9

This week it is about resolutions…Corrie says she has 20 rolls of washi (well I ring in at 84) and she has never used any of it.  Her challenge is to use up some washi tape or even make your own, but include it on your project.
I made this CAS (clean and simple) card.  CAS is not my typical style but I really like the simplicity of the colors.


I used MME Miss Caroline for the card base and Bazzil for the layer with all the washi tape.  May Arts jute, VLVS! stamp and high gloss embossing powder, archival ink and Fiskars corner punch.


So if you have some washi tape head over to Crop Chocolate and get the details for this weeks challenge.  Let’s see what you got!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hugs & Kisses

I got started on my July kit for Scrappy Chic early this month…amazing huh?!   I got an idea in my head when I saw this new Carta Bella collection and got right to it!!  This paper was perfect for this layout…Harper has always been a ‘huggy’ little monkey so these x’s and o’s were just what I needed!

Carta Bella Well Played: Card Games, Play On and Tic Tac Toe, Twiney twine, Basic Grey bling, perfect pearls, Zing embossing powder, Versamark embossing ink, sequins, modeling paste, punchinella, seed beads, UmWow Studio chip pieces: mini polaroid and circle confetti, archival ink, button and some cuts with my Cameo.

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I am off to Scrappy Chic to get the complete Carta Bella Well Played collection…I’ll race ya!

Monday, July 8, 2013

ATC Swap

My first design team was with Crop Chocolate, it was an HONOR!  Amber, Jon and McCall were AMAZING to work with.  I met the most talented ladies and made some GREAT friends!  I served a second term on that team and that term would have just been coming to an end in June.  Crop Chocolate had to make a hard decision and they shut the retail doors of the site so that meant the design team, for all intents and purposes, would end too.  Well we, the team,  weren’t ready to end it quite yet so we are hosting weekly challenges over at Crop Chocolate and banding together to keep all of the followers inspired.  It is a great group of ladies!! 
When you get to know people and work with them for a while you appreciate each persons style and learn how their personality is expressed through what they create.  The team and our leader, Amber, decided to end our official term with an ATC swap so we would all be able to have a piece of each others art, 17 total!
Our theme for the swap was SPRING and here is what I came up with.


I used the small version of my FAVORITE stamp from VLVS!, spotted butterfly and stamped to make the butterfly look like it was flying.  The flowers are cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Floral movers and shapers out of dictionary pages.  The centers of the flowers are Distress Stain-Worn Lipstick and a brad from MME Indie Chic.  I finished the design with a splatter of Tattered Angels glimmer mist and some gems.  I didn’t feel it was quite done so I doodled around the edges.  VIOLA!


Check back soon to see all the  beautiful ATC’s these talented ladies are swapping...they are going in the mail so I should get them soon!! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

N is for Nonni

I have really come to love the Kaisercraft line!  The True Romance Collection is no exception.  I was lucky enough to get it in my June kit for Scrappy Chic and this is the layout I created.


I used Affection, First Sight and Adore.
I also used May Arts burlap string, Prima gems, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Distress Ink, molding paste, Heidi Swapp template, buttons, May Arts canvas button and UmWow Studio chipboard arrow confetti and chevron arrow.


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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I see you in the store!!

May Arts Design Team Call Round 2

I am very excited to have made it through round one of the call May Arts has out to be a Prima Ribbonista!!!  Today, for round 2, I am going to share a mini album I made with chipboard and several beautiful May Arts ribbons.

Ribbon Basket Weave Mini

I decided to make a 4” x 6” mini album and I started with an 81/2” x 11” sheet of chipboard.

1 Album

I wanted my spine to be about an inch so I cut my base chipboard piece to 9” x 6”, marked lines at 4” and 5”, scored with my bone folder and a metal ruler, and folded.  I used kraft card stock for the binding.  I cut a 5” x 6” piece (scored at 2” and 3” then folded) for the back and a 12” x 6”  piece (scored at 2”, 3”, 4”, 5”, 6”, 7”, 8”, 9” and 10” then folded).  At the end of both of these piece there should be 2” sections, these will be attached on top of each other for the binding.  I used Miracle Tape, I love this stuff!!  I have it in every size available.  You should end up with an accordion in your spine, this is where you will end up attaching your pages.  Set this base aside and grab some May Arts RIBBON!!

2 Weaving

I used 4 different ribbons to create my basket weave.  Pink Chevron, diagonal stripe, faux canvas, solid ivory check.  I used cork board and pins to layout my ribbon to weave.  The chevron is the base so I measured out pieces 2” bigger than the overall length of the album.  I wanted the chipboard to show through so I left a little space and calculated I needed 6 pieces.  I pinned these ribbons down so they would not move too much while I was weaving.  I used the other ribbons to do the weaving.  These pieces were also cut 2” longer that the 6” height of the album.  I wanted to chevron to be the binding and I wanted to wrap it around and attach the binding and tie a big bow so I cut this piece a bit longer.  This is where I started by measuring the middle and weaving this piece in.  I used the chipboard to make sure I measured correctly and then pinned where the ends would be.   Next I determined the ribbon pattern I wanted and wove the pieces in the same on both sides. **If your ribbons are not the same on both sides you need to weave with the wrong side up.

3 Attaching

Time for more Miracle Tape…I put strips where ever there was ribbon that could move and where there was ribbon woven both ways.  The I placed the chipboard on top and pressed down.  I started in the middle and then did each side so I could make sure everything was smooth.

4 Inside

Carefully flip the album over and at each side put a strip of tape and fold over the flaps of ribbon and press down.  I added another piece of ribbon in the binding for contrast.  I attached the binding with more tape and ran the chevron and check ribbon between the accordion and back piece.

I attached some kraft cardstock on both sides to cover the ribbon ends.  I cut 8 3-3/4” x 5-3/4” pieces of patterned paper to be attached to each side of the accordion to make the pages.  I also cut 2 additional matching pieces for the inside covers.  I added some May Arts Jute to the binding, woven on the outside and wrapped in the middle of the accordion to help stabilize it. 


I finished by tying a big bow. 

Now for a little bit of embellishing (my favorite part ;) )…  I used an UmWow Studio chipboard piece, the bluebell.  The flowers are coating with Piccolo enamel.  I fussy cut 2 butterflies I stamped with VLVS! small spotted butterfly and added some stickles.

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I will be working on filling this mini album this summer.  My vision for it is to be all about my favorite things…that should be super fun to do!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to create you very own mini album with a gorgeous ribbon basket weave cover.  And check back to see how the pages turn out.  Oh and wish me luck!!!  I have all my fingers crossed!!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

S.W.A.T.’s Drill #11 - NEON

I am so excited to share my first post as a design team member over at S.W.A.T.!  The challenge drill is NEON.  You have until the end of the month to link up a project using the linky in the sidebar over on the S.W.A.T. blog.
I did a couple of projects for this drill.
First this memo holder using a giant clothes pin from the dollar bin at Michael's.

 Memo clip

I used washi tape and cardstock to jazz it up!!

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I also did this card.

Neon card

I used washi tape, brads, neon cardstock, a stamp from VLVS!- large light bulb,  Distress ink, Prima chevron mask and Tim Holtz alphas.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you whip up a project and join the fun!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Palms at Dusk

I was just in California on vacation and got some great pictures!!
This layout if from my Scrappy Chic June kit.  It uses a new Photo Freedom line: Echo Park and Graphic 45.
I used three of the papers: Aboard, Blueprint and Suitcase.  I also used chipboard from Um Wow Studio: damaged punchinella, layered circles and circle confetti.  Other items:  May Arts ribbon and string, VLVS! grid border, washi, mists, label maker and AC brad.
Here are a couple of close ups of all the different elements:
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Stop by the store to check out the entire collection!  See you there!!