Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summer Breeze & Blog Hop Winner...

Question... How is it almost October???
Seeing as time is just flying by I took this new line from My Little Shoebox and tried to hold onto summer just a little longer!

In this layout I used the craft knife to cut the precious banner
and then used mini glue dots for a touch of dimension.
This flower has special meaning to me...
my dear friend Pattie showed me how to make these flowers
and now I am just looking for random ribbons and fabric to make more of these beauties!!!
Again, I am a sucker for dimension so taking the Chipboard Alphas
and mixing them up a little was super fun!
I {heart} photo booth photos... Avery does not!!!
The "B" sides of this line just stir up creativity and this one happened to remind me of the waves from Santa Cruz...
So the waves then become pockets for extra journal-ing treats!
Punches, tags, Glossy Accents... Oh My!!!
See... I even stuff within stuff!!!
I am totally on a pocket kick right now so thank you for baring with me!
This card came about by accident... I was playing with the precious die cuts and happened to "over cut" one of them and it landed by the Fiskars flower punch... SCORE!!!
The plastic was from the Chipboard Alpha packaging...
reduce, reuse & recycle


Jenn said...

that pumpkin is awesome! Fab layout!

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Thanks for stopping by!!!
Carpe Craft'um

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Little Shoebox Blog Hop...

Hopefully you are joining me from the extremely talented in so many ways TAJ'sBlog...seriously her work is amazing!

To start at the beginning of the hop make sure to start at the

My Little Shoebox blog

This is my first official blog hop and let me tell you I am stoked!! It is such an honor to be on the creative train with these fantastic ladies!!!

CUTE AS A BUTTON meets my 'lil miss addison!!!
Using a few punches, Glimmer Mist, Ribbons, Bling just makes that Cute As A Button even cuter!!!

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you hippity hop through for a chance to win a fantastic prize from the newest My Little Shoebox collection!

Thanks so much for stopping by... now it's time for you to hop on over my favorite out-of-the-box Aussie, KATHLEEN!!!

Creative Cheers!!!

It's where you will hop to each participating design team member blog. At the end of our DT members blog it will have a link to your next DT member... make sure to comment throughout the trail for a chance to win!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Simple Life meets Ryan Andrew...

A dear friend of mine had her baby last May and since she was on the east coast there was a group of us who didn't get to "ooooo" and "ahhhhh" all over this precious bundle of joy. So... we came up with the idea of throwing her a Sip 'N See shower once she got back to town. The three hostesses got together, decided on a farm theme and planned out this fantastic occasion, with one mission... SPOIL them rotten!!! Luckily between the three of us hosting we had a talented chef, a party planner/Wonder Woman and one obsessed with paper and glue {me}! I was in charge of the invitations, guest book, a scrapbook, party favors and extra farm touches.

Baby Ryan's invitation...
HOW TO: MLS paper cut into 4x6, made up a template to cut out the pocket, distressed each piece of paper, used pop dots, & inserted printed tag with tied ribbon then attach Simple Life Sticker Icon.
Here is the welcome/guest book signing area... only with a crafty spin.
Instead of the traditional guest book I created little Well Wishes tags so the guests could write a personal message to the bouncy baby boy. These tags were distressed and stamped with the new My Little Shoebox stamps and tied with ribbons.

A close up of the special sunflower frame...
*please see my "1 hour project" post for how to make this!!!

Personalized M&M's
+ Tootsie Pop
+ Plastic Baggie
+ MLS decorated tag
+ Ribbon
= Party Favors!

Other pictures from the shower...

I want to co-host ALL baby showers with these lovely ladies!!!

And of course... our guest of honor and his BEAUTIFUL momma!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creative Cheers!

Monday, September 13, 2010

1 hour project...

When you are in a time crunch and need to create a gift ASAP this is one of my "GO TO" projects. This is what we are making today... simple and made with homemade hands!
Using the new collection from My Little Shoebox, the "B" sides of the Simple Life line are just so versatile and they just make my projects "POP."

My Little Shoebox Simple Life papers
{Black Sheep, Farm Fresh & Country Road}
Glossy Accents
Thermoweb Adhesive
Fiskars Flower Punch
Mini Circle Punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Vintage Photo
Wooden Craft Frame

You are going to need about 40 flowers to complete the frame, give or take depending on the size of your frame but don't worry about making too many. It is better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. Besides, the extras make nice homemade embellies for your cards and other layouts! I have found that the assembly-line process works the best... punch to your hearts content and then move on to the next punch! The brown circles are from the My Little Shoebox Farm Fresh paper.
To make the sunflowers, use the My Little Shoebox Country Road paper and you will need two punched flowers for every one sunflower. Again, punch your heart out... or if you aren't in a time crunch have the pint sized crafters help out! I have found giving the punches to the creative toddlers keeps them very busy as you create your masterpiece and they are contributing to the gift!
Using the Thermoweb dry adhesive, dab a little in the center of the flowers and set them to where they are slightly off to the side instead of having the petals align right on top of each other.
Use a little more of the adhesive and attach the brown circles.
It's inking time - YAHOO!! I am obsessed with Distress Ink... you can find it on 99.9% of my projects! The applicator totally helps give the petals this look but you can use what you are comfortable with. Distress the petals on all the flowers.
After the flowers are all punched, attached, centers attached and distressed... Distress the frame itself. I am a fan of the rustic, weathered look so the messier the better! The next step is to cut out the green background {My Little Shoebox Black Sheep} to the frame, I find it easiest to trace and then cut with scissors... then use the craft knife if the frame is super duper detailed. The nice thing is the flowers do a great job of covering those creative opportunities {a.k.a. mistakes}. Once the background is cut use your Glossy Accents to attach the paper to the frame. If you see bumps and aren't a "lumpy and bumpy" person, using a brayer will help iron them out.
Again, using Glossy Accents start adhering your flowers to the frame. It tends to work best if you start in one spot and work your way around. Remember that the petals will take up some of the photo space so keep that in mind as you are working your way around the frame. To get the overlapping petals just play with them, slide them together before you add them to the frame. Glossy Accents is a great product for this because it allows you a little time to figure out where exactly you want things to go. Once you get all your flowers on your frame, set aside to dry. *Side note, if you are a Glossy Accent addict like me, adding some to the centers of the flowers just make the whole frame jump out at ya!!! FYI - this will add to the drying time.
Here's a close up of the petals intertwined.

Hope you enjoyed this project, thanks for stopping by!
Creative Cheers!