Canvas Corp., cards, Gel-a-Tins, scrapbooking, Xyron

A gelly thanks

Today I have another gel-a-tins project to share!  The more I make cards, the better I feel about the way they turn out. 🙂  If you’ve heard me talk about cards at all over the last year you’ve heard me say that I hate making them and my brain freezes up every time I start a new one.  Well now I am happy with them more often than not.  I guess practice makes perfect (or better than ugly at the very least 🙂  Anyway, here’s my first card for this month…

Here’s how it all came together:  I got this Big and Wild Things set and this was exactly the kind of project I thought it would be perfect for!  The first thing I did was stamp three of the images onto some canvas I got at Michael’s.  I used three different greens for a natural, watercolor kind of look.  I trimmed the canvas down and backed it with some green cardstock.  I sewed around the edge with my machine and then inked and attached it to a kraft cardstock card base by Canvas Corp.  The butterflies were punched from craft and I stamped on them with another of the stamps from this set to add some pattern to them.  They got some brown Stickles around the edges to add a little more detail.  The sentiment just got attached to come more card stock and then the card (with foam dots this time).

 

 

altered, Christmas, design teams, Halloween, Scrap Chicks, scrapbooking

New class this month at Scrap Chicks!

Please forgive the work in progress blog.  I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks and I’ll get to it soon.

Let’s get to that class!

This month at Scrap Chicks it’s Christmas in Septmeber!  It may seem early to start thinking about ways to decorate your home for the holidays, not to mention that most of us aren’t even beginning to think about what we’re giving as gifts this year.  The thing is, now is the perfect time!  School is in full swing (here anyway) and if you haven’t started school, you will be soon.  September is a great time to work on holiday projects.  If you’re not convinced, let me tell you another little something.  For many of the projects that we’re featuring this month, the design team has made two versions for you.  One in a fall theme and one in a winter theme.  Make one now, make one later!  Just what you need to get creative and be ready for the seasons 🙂

I volunteered to post a project on the first day of the crop, and here is what I posted today…

Holiday Shadow Box

I made this Christmas version last year for a DT project. I loved how it came
out and I ended up making a bunch (and even selling ten of them to a friend).
They’re cute and very easy!

Go here for the tutorial for the basic (smaller) version of the box.

Now, this year I decided to do a Halloween version in a much larger size for Fall
decorating.

The measurements are different on this one (I started with an 8.5×11 piece of
chipboard) but the principle is the same. I used the hot glue gun to attach
everything and put it together on this one too. No glue dots. Goodness knows the
kids will mess with it and it will take a beating.
Let me know if you have any questions or need help figuring out the measurements for a different size box!

There you go!  Hopefully this post works out (since it’s the first one I’m doing here on wordpress).  Have a great day!

cards, scrapbooking

Cards!

I am the worst card maker.  I have some kind of crazy mental block when it comes to them.  They announced a card making class and Scrap Chicks for this month and I decided that I’d give it a go.  Well, it went pretty well and I actually even like some of the cards I made 🙂  Check these ones out…

My Favorite!  Monochromatic with tons of trim 🙂

Simple, but sweet! 

Used scraps of Mickey Mouse paper on this one 🙂 

Hope you’re finding lots of inspiration this summer!

cards, Father's Day, scrapbooking

Happy Father’s Day!

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday!  We have plans to go see my Dad and my Grandpa over at my parents’ house today for Father’s Day.  Some swimming and some visiting and it should be a great day!  My husband chose what he wanted for breakfast and dinner (and even ran out for doughnuts for those of us that don’t like bacon and eggs). 
A friend made this card and shared it, so of course I wanted to make one too.  How cute is that?  She found it first at Playing with Paper.  I’m giving this one to my Grandpa.  He always prints out special cards for everyone for their birthday and Christmas, so I thought I’d make him a little something too.
Have a great day!
layouts, scrapbooking, sketches

I like it a lot

I posted on Facebook the other day that I made a layout and I liked it 🙂  That doesn’t happen with every layout I make!
This one was based on a sketch for the Helmar June challenge.  I don’t own any Helmar goodies, so I can’t enter their contest, but I loved the sketch so I thought I’d go ahead and use it!

I don’t usually like the look of photos cut into shapes, but I think the circle looks really cute here.

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

layouts, scrapbooking

Go swimming layout

This is another challenge layout from a Scrap Chicks summer challenge.  We only have an hour and 20 minutes to make the layout and get it posted online.  I totally started late again 🙂 but I still managed to get it posted just in time.  Now, the pencil marks I used for my circles still need to be erased, and I’m sure I’ll have to go back and add more to it because it’s just not one of my layouts unless I go crazy on it, but here it is 🙂
I do really like the sketch and I think I’ll be using it again!
layouts, scrapbooking, sketches

A challenge layout!

Over at Scrap Chicks they’re doing a weekly challenge.  Last week we had and hour and twenty minutes to do up a layout using a sketch we were given.  We were warned about how many pictures we would need, but that was about it.
Well, I got started late and didn’t actually turn the layout in on time, but it’s still pretty cute and I had a lot of fun playing along. 

A little bird even told me that she was going to use it for an inspiration of the day over at Sassy Lil’ Sketches.  How cool is that?
Here’s to hoping that I can get my layout done in time this week! :D
layouts, scrapbooking

A girly layout!

I do like some pink.  I even have pink hair right now 🙂  I don’t get to use the color very often in my scrapbooking, but when I scrap for a friend of mine I get to work with pictures of her super cute little girl. 
I did this layout last week.  It was fun and I got to use some papers from Basic Grey that I got a great deal on over at the Scenic Route store.

I hope you like it and that you’re getting a lot of time to be creative this summer!

scrapbooking, Valentine's Day

School Treats for the Twins

I decided to make the boys’ Valentines this year and when I saw the bags of candy watches and bracelets at CVS I knew they’d be perfect!
I bought some paper at the scrapbook store and measured the candies.  They fit inside a matchbox made of a 3×6″ piece of paper.  I was able to get eight matchboxes out of each piece of paper and I made a total of 60 of these little guys.  The twins got the ones that have the punched strip of reddish paper across the front, but I made two others so you could see other ways that they could be embellished. 

The bags of candy were something like $2 each and I bought four.  Not as cheap as paper valentines or anything, but cute and affordable.  The boys really like it when I make things for them to share with their friends.