Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Craft Project Central!

Hey there folks!  It's my turn to share what I came up with for my Guest Design spot over at Craft Project Central!  I always seem to have notes lying around here and there, and know that this is something I can really USE!  A Magnetic Memo Board!

Magnetic Memo Board Gift Ensemble!

This project is a creative way to organize your messages and notes all in one handy location – and it’s cute too! It includes a magnetic memo board, magnets, and a removable notepad. 

What I really love about this project is that you can easily switch out the patterned paper for something that coordinates with your decor.
Be sure to head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to this month's offerings!  There are some fabulous projects for June that you don't want to miss out on!  

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

This week on Craft Project Central!

You must! check out these wonderful projects that are in June's lineup at Craft Project Central.  Very creative and fun projects!

Spring Gardening Ensemble!

It’s time to dig in the dirt and enjoy the growth and abundance of Spring!!!!  What better way to express your appreciation than to share this Spring Gardening Ensemble with someone! This ensemble features a decoupage clay pot, a burlap seed packet holder, a small gift card and some adorable heat-embossed ladybug rocks to ornament your garden.  Any one of these projects, individually, would make for a wonderful small class or stamp camp!

This fun gardening project comes to you designed by Michelle!

To get the instructions for Michelle’s project, just subscribe to June!  And if you have a minute, please leave Michelle a comment on her project!

Patriotic Wreath & Card!

This blossom patriotic wreath is perfect decor for the summer!  Put it on your door or add it to the wall! A great gift for that 4th of July BBQ!  Change up the colors and theme and you have a beautiful wreath and matching card for any occasion any time of the year!  Makes for a fun class project too!

This fun wreath and card project come to you designed by Heidi!

To get the instructions for Heidi’s project, just subscribe to June!  And if you have a minute, please leave Heidi a comment on her project!  

Get Well Ensemble!

No one likes getting sick, let alone in the Summer!  Here is a little Get Well Ensemble that includes a tissue box cover, bag of cough drops and a matching get well card to complete the ensemble.  This get well gift is sure to get your sick friend on the way to recovery!  Change up the theme of the project and make pretty tissue box covers to coordinate with every room in your house!

This great get well ensemble comes to you designed by Julie W!

To get the instructions for Julie’s project, just subscribe to June!  And if you have a minute, please leave Julie a comment on her project! 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gee Thanks! w/ Really Good Greetings

I know I've mentioned it before - I love the new set from Stampin' Up! - Really Good Greetings.  I also really like the Mosaic Madness set - just for the fact that it's so modern and fresh.  It's got a classic feel, and yet very graphic.  Prepare yourself for many more ideas with these two stamp sets.

This is a card that I CASE'd from Stampin' Success. That's a magazine that demonstrators get from Stampin' Up! and it's full of great project ideas, samples and techniques too.  A great added perk to being a demonstrator.

The frame on this card was very easy to create using the Stampin' Trimmer.  I love the Stampin' Trimmer so much that I've pushed aside my guillotine cutter and use the Stampin' Trimmer instead.  That is saying a LOT!  because I love my guillotine cutter, and still use it when I need to cut multiples.  Since the Stampin' Trimmer has ruler guides on the flap/holder/thing-a-ma-bob, cutting frames is a cinch!   Just decide how thick you want your frame to be, in this case 3/4", set your paper at the 3/4" mark to the right of the cutting slot, set your blade at the 3/4" mark on the flap/holder/thing-a-ma-bob and cut until you are 3/4" from the bottom. Turn your paper 1/4 turn and repeat.  Continue to repeat until you are all the way around and have a hole cut.  And the bonus here - same as yesterday's post - you are left with a scrap that you can do something else with!  No paper wasted!

I hope you like today's card - do me a favor and share with your friends!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Washi Love & Label Love!

Hey there!!!  I have a super quick post today - after a long weekend of camping, I've got a lot of catch-up work to get done.  Mainly laundry, and cleaning house.  And since my hubby will be busy in the bean fields today and baling hay....I suppose I better mow the lawn for him and tend to my veggie garden too!  So much to do - but it was so worth it - that long weekend spent with my family enjoying the outdoors, teaching the boys to fish, teaching myself to take a fish off the hook!!!  Oh - it was all worth the extra work I'll do this week to catch up!!!

So today's card is one that we made in my monthly Stamp Club meetings.  We were using the negative space of dies as focal point. The bonus there is that you can use the positive portion on something else - there aren't any true scraps this way!

Isn't this card bright and cheerful?  The addition of the Gingham Garden Washi Tape just adds a fun element, and the way I've used it here, it helps pull your eye into the sentiment.  Don't forget to add a little washi tape to your envelope!  The mailman gets a little eye candy that way!

How else can you use the negative space from a die cut?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thankful for You - from Banner Greetings

Do you sometimes struggle finding a way to use the larger patterned papers on your cards?  Here's one way to use them up!  
Today, I've created a fun, bright card!  (except not in that first picture - all of this rain, I can't get decent pictures without some natural light - and I couldn't get it to edit very well either.  The butterfly underneath has green stripes, not brown stripes!  Ick!)  

If you use that bold pattern as your background, and then cover with something larger and with smaller patterns, it will mellow out that large patterned paper.  The doily I've used covers up a lot of the pattern, but you can still tell that it's a floral pattern with some really great colors.  All of the papers here happen to come from the Gingham Garden DSP - have I mentioned that I love this paper?  Well....I do!

Isn't this a fun card?  I'd love to hear how YOU use your large patterns on cards - leave me a comment!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

You're the BEST! - Hello, Lovely!

Well hello, there!  Today's card is one I crafted up for the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #24.  Except I took full liberty to turn it and move the sentiment too.....that's allowed right?

Here's the full view of the card.  I loved creating that little rosette!  Not only was it super easy - I just took a piece of our Jumbo Sticky Rounds and cut it down to a smaller size.  Then, starting on the outside edge, I worked my way around and in with a length of the new Stampin' Up! Stretch Ruffle Trim, in Coastal Cabana.  This stuff is ah-mah-zing!!!

Tuck one of our new In Color Buttons into the center and you've got a gorgeous flower!

Let me know what you think!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Celebrate - with Sketched Birthdays

This weekend we have a Celebration going on in our little town.  It's the St. Peter's Parish Picnic.  And while it rained all day yesterday, we were still able to have the kids games and dance in a couple of our buildings.  

My kids got to attend their first ever dance - for a while.  Let me tell you - I should have had my camera ready!  I looked over at Aubrie on the dance floor and she was having a blast.  I thought to myself - "She's got the moves like Jagger!"  She was dancing with some older girls - they were 11!  That's big stuff!!  But after a couple of dances, she declared she was ready to go home.  And, so was Mommy!  Cuz we'll be back at it today.  I'm hoping the skies clear and the sun shines - or the blow up rides we have lined up aren't going to happen, and I'm afraid I'll have three very disappointed kids.

Let's talk about today's card, shall we.  Again, you'll notice - not a lot of fluff.  I'm really beginning to question my love for embellishments!!!  I've bought embellishments....but they haven't been calling to me like they usually do.

Anyway - the only thing that takes a smidge of time on this one is the cutting of the balloons.  Honestly, tho, it doesn't take that long to cut them out.

I stamped the balloons on my base piece of Whisper White first - but didn't ink up the string portion on all of them.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  First off - I wanted to know where to place the balloons that I cut out.  Secondly, when I was to stamp the very top balloon, the string was going to look awkward, and very short, so I just didn't ink that part up.

I stamped the balloons again on a separate piece of Whisper White and colored them with my markers, then fussy cut.  Some of them I adhered directly and some I used Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then I added the Celebrate banner to appear as its holding the balloons together.

To balance out the card, I added a strip of patterned paper from Birthday Basics, and a punched Scalloped Border in Basic Gray.

Once again, I have a VERY mailable card....

What do you think of it?  I'd love some comments!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

New fun - w/ Six Sided Sampler!!! PLUS! We have a winner!

Howdy folks! I finally got my first box of new goodies and had a chance to play with some new stamps, new ink and new colors!  Oh what fun!!!

Lately I've been into more of a minimalist mode with my cards - have you noticed?  Fewer buttons, less ribbon.  My cards have been more flat and easily mailable!  I've been more about the stamps and sentiments.  This card is no exception.
I did use some Stampin' Dimensionals for a couple of the hexagons and I love the new Candy Dots!  They are flatter than a button or pearls - and in this case I think they really look like confetti!  I could have used a whole bunch, but I didn't order a whole bunch until I saw them in person.....no worries - more are on the way!  Once I saw them and used them, I just HAD to have more.  And, while I like them by themselves - there is also a brad base that is available for them too - so you can create a brad in virtually any color!  Talk about awesome!

Isn't this a cheerful card!  And I happen to feel like the font of the sentiment lends perfectly with the "quilted" look of the card.  A little vintagey all around.  The real bonus is that this card is a very quick card - you can whip up a whole pile of them in no time at all.

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