Friday, November 28, 2014

Birthday Spinner Card

     Happy Black Friday everyone.  Whether you went shopping this morning, and are home now, or slept in...grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join me for some spinner inspiration today for the Paper Crafter Anonymous website.

      I started off with a spinner base and the chalk it up paper.  This came together in no time.  Some matching pink paper, washi and a stamped sentiment and it was done.

      The stamp set I used was Holiday Tags Occasions.  The circle fit perfectly layered in the spinner.  This set really is wonderful though.  It has five different sentiment tags and fifteen different sayings.  I used another one of the tags on my Christmas criss cross card seen here.

     I included a video of the spinner portion so you could see how adorable it is.

    Hope you're inspired to sit and create something today.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

You're Invited Card

     Happy Thanksgiving!  It's time for another reveal at Southern Girls Challenge.  It's their 100th challenge so the theme is Celebration.
     I chose to make a card inviting friends and family to an outdoor celebration.  All the patterned paper and stickers are from the Doodlebug Happy Camper collection.  The letters and washi are from the general Doodlebug line.  I'll tell you I'm in LOVE with these letter stickers.  The font and size are just perfect for cards and accent titles on scrapbook pages.   I thought the paper with the place setting was just perfect for a barbecue invitation card.
   When you're having a gathering do you make invitations or purchase?  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Crafts Galore - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge  - Anything goes

Monday, November 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

     Hi everyone and welcome to day one of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's blog.
    The idea of this hop is to give you 12 days of inspiration to get those Christmas projects done.  You may see cards, layouts, mini albums, altered items or home'll have to visit each day to not miss a thing.
     For my project today I chose to make a Christmas card, but a style you don't see so often...criss cross.  I liked how this style gave my Doodlebug Designs paper a real chance to shine.  With minimal other embellishments you really get a chance to see how awesome these papers are.
     One of the fun things about a criss cross card is the insert is another opportunity to embellish and use your cool tools.  To make my pull tab I used the Epiphany crafts shape tool along with some of the patterned paper.  I was really thrilled with how this project came out.
     Now before you head off to Scrappin Madge's I'd love if you followed me here and on my Facebook page (link on the sidebar).  I'll be back later in the hop schedule to share more inspiration with you.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Close To My Heart Christmas Tag

     Hi everyone! Glad you're joining me for my weekly Paper Crafters Anonymous post.  I know we haven't hit Thanksgiving yet, but I've already started thinking about Christmas crafts...have you?
     I started with making some tags.  For our Christmas day packages I usually use pre-done tags since there's so much activity, but I like to have a few handmade ones for things like neighbor gifts.  I try to make our neighbors homemade goodies, and a handmade tags make them look even more special.
   I used the October Stamp of the Month set...Home for the Holidays.  You can pair this set with the Art Philosophy cartridge and it would cut all the tags out for you in their shapes.  I went a different route though and cut the frame square so I could pop the polar bear up with dots to give him some dimension.  Add a matching backing for stability - some twine for attaching to your package and you're done in a snap.
   One tip on this adorable polar bear though...use a light touch when you ink the stamp.  His details are so small that if I put to much pressure on the pad his scarf, and background, were just a colored blog.
   So tell me...what Christmas projects do you have planned?  Have you started them yet?  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday Layout

     Have you ever had one of those crafting moments where it all just comes together?  This layout was like that for me.  I saw the sketch over at Stuck? and knew exactly what pictures and paper I wanted to use.
     I used a combination of Doodlebug papers from an older fourth of July collection, called Stars and Stripes, the Boys Only collection and the newer Hip Hip Hooray.  I think being able to mix and match is one of my favorite things about Doodlebug.  Since the company's color hues always remain consistent I can mix and match the non-specific patterns, or side b's, to extend the life of my papers.
    I used my prima chalk ink in Faded Jeans on the edges of my paper cuts to make them pop a little more again the white.  The embellishments are some of my favorite - washi tape, sprinkles and few ink splatters from my Heidi Swapp color shine collection.  Easy Peazy...
   Tell me though...what is your favorite thing about Doodlebug papers?  Until next time...Keep Scrappin!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let's Ride - New Bicycle Layout

     Hi everyone - time for another reveal for Child's Play Challenge.  This time we were asked to create a layout based on the toy hot wheels.  I have loads of pictures of my son playing with his hot wheels, and even one of him trying to share his apple slices with every truck he owns, but what really hit me was him getting his new balance bike...graduating from a tricycle to two wheels. 
     I worked with the week one sketch from Let's Get Sketchy as the three photos inspired me, as well as the simplicity of the rest of the sketch.  I really allowed me to embellish as I chose.
I have had the Boy Crazy collection from My Minds Eye in my stash since maybe April waiting for just the right layout to cut it up.  With the large bicycle was just the time.  I chose the star paper for the focus piece since the circles mimicked wheels.  I just layered everything from there.
     A little tip...don't always think of 3x4 or 4x6 project life cards as just for pocket pages.  My title of Lets Ride was cut from a 4x6 card.  Also, don't think of 6x6 pads as just for cards either.  My banner and squares behind the photos are from a 6x6 pad.  If cut strategically they are great layering pieces.                                                              I hope you enjoyed my take on the challenge, and let me knows what Hot Wheels makes you think of. Until next time...Keep Scrappin.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ladies' Birthday Card

     Since I did a male birthday card for Paper Craft Anonymous last week, I thought this week I would share a birthday card for the ladies.  I pulled out a sketch from my pinterest stash to get me started.  The sketch is from Sweet & Sassy stamps and it called for me to use it right away.
     I pulled out one of Close To My Heart Brushed papers and got right to work.  I chose the black from the flower details for my matting to set the two papers apart.  A black ribbon, a few gems and I was good to go.  15 minutes from start to finish and I had a beautiful card.
    Do you use sketches for your cards as well as your scrapbooks?  I love how they spark my creativity.  Until next time...Keep Scrappin!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Happy Birthday - Boy Birthday Card

     Happy Friday everyone.  Thank you for joining me for another inspiration.  We had a 5th birthday to attend and I chose to make a card rather than by one.  I know making cards doesn't always take ten minutes, but when cards have reached $4.99 to $8.99 I certainly try to fit making one in.

     This was the first time I tried to make my own background out of stamps.  I chose the tire tracks, and the yellow washi reminded me of yellow road lines.  The tracks also match the distressed shutter lines in the inspiration photo at the Pink Elephant challenge.

    A dump truck, some dirt and the birthday number and I was ready to go.  This card actually took only about 20 minutes to make, and I was really pleased with how it came it.  It was a big hit at the party too.

Until next time...Keep Scrappin'

Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Photo - the distressed shutter lines inspired my distressed tracks, and the single focus element inspired my single large dump truck focus

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Child's Play Challenge - Christmas Tree Hunting

     Hi everyone - welcome to this month's Child's Play Challenge 1st of the month reveal.  This month we teamed with Pixels and Paper to offer a super fun challenge with two chances to win.  We had to use both a photo and a recipe (both at the end of this post).  
    I choose to use photos from our Christmas tree hunt in 2012...they fit the recipe well and the awesome sketch I saw at Creative Scrappers. All of the papers are from older Stampin' Up lines, as is the red card stock.  One tip I have for you...color your photo mats with ink.  I love Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler, but a pack is expensive...especially with the cost of shipping.  To make my mats I took white card stock, an ink dauber and used the Cherry Cobbler ink pad.  After a few minutes of drying time, just to be certain, they ere ready to go.  Perfect solution to keep costs lower.  
   As I was creating this I kept thinking it was too busy, but when done, and I took a step back I love it.  It's actually one of my favorite layouts I've made recently...along with my son's pre-school one (which can be found here).
   Thank you all for reading, and I hope you'll play along.  Until next time...Keep Scrapping!

Gold - Washi tape and the stars on the tree
3 patterned papers - green/red stripe, green stars, red gingham
something 1 year or older - the green strip of trees as well as the pictures
animal - my
bling - the gold stars and red bling as tree toppers

Photo - the red and green color and the tree on the tin.

Pixels and Paper
Let's Get Sketchy Magazine - Mood board
Craft Galore - Anything Goes