Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas present for Kaitlynn

Today I want share with you a project I made for my daughter Kaitlynn for Christmas. Back in August of 2010 she had the amazing opportunity to go to South Africa with the organization Serve The City. She was there for a little over two weeks and absolutely loved it. She hopes to go back someday. While there she took an enormous amount of pictures (I have taught her well!). Since she has been back she has wanted to do something with her pictures, but being a working college student she doesn't exactly have the time or money to do much with them yet. I am hoping to one day be able to help her turn them into wonderful layouts and preserve. But a few months back I asked her for the digital files of her 15-20 favorite pictures from her trip. Of course I wouldn't tell her why I needed them and since I asked for them at an odd time of year, I was hoping she wouldn't figure out what I was needing them for. Thankfully she forgot about giving them to me and Christmas morning she was so surprised when she saw it for the first time.

 Here are close-ups of each board

And here she is with it. She was so surprised and excited and said she loves it. Now we just have to figure out where she wants to hang it.

Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a wonderful New Years. See you next year!

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WOW Embossing Powders
Webster Pages
Tim Holtz
Jillibean Soup
Maya Road

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Don't forget your pets.....

Just want to start off by saying ..... Merry Christmas Eve Everyone!

For the past couple of years we have made homemade (all ingredients are human approved) dog treats for our dogs for Christmas. This year we decided to make extra and give them out as gifts. So, with Seth helping us this year, we made dog treats for some of our family and friends that have dogs too.

Seth is very good in the kitchen (thanks to his Grandma Chris) and loves to help make cookies. So he was a big help making the dog treats.

The finished product! We made little ones for the little dogs and bigger ones for the bigger does. We cut them out using Christmas cookie cutters and a pop bottle cap.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

December DT Project - Christmas Cards

Today I want to share with you 3 Christmas cards I created for my December DT project for The Scrapbook Outlet.  My kit contained the beautiful, vintage looking Twinkle Bright Collection by Anna Griffin.

The first one I kind of got a little stickle happy with. But love how it turned out with the gold stickles on the leaves.

 The second card I used a wooden thread spool (sold at my LSS) that was cut in half, which I first stained brown, and then wrapped the beginning of the banner paper around.  I then crinkled the paper and inked the edges and used pop dots for adhesive to give them some depth.

And for my third card, I made it a tri-fold. I had been wanting to give this a try for some time now and finally took the plunge.  It was actually very easy to cut, score, and fold.  I also did a lot of machine stitching on this one, going around all the edges.
 I left the middle open for journaling and used my MS Scorboard to add raised lines to give it some dimension. I also did a little masking on a few of the other spaces where I used just the plain gold cardstock.

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Supply List:
Anna Griffin - Twinkle Bright Collection
Patterned Paper: Red Snowflakes, Red Merry Christmas, Trees, Holly, & Red and Green Bells
3 Dimensional Cardstock Stickers - Titles

Thursday, December 22, 2011

WOW! Embossing Powders

If you have been following my posts, you might remember me posting about being selected for another DT but I couldn't reveal all the details then. I am now able to share a little more with you, just to keep you all up to date.

The company is called WOW! Embossing Powders (website coming soon) and has the most amazing selection of embossing powder colors and some fantastic stamps! Suzy West, our fearless leader, has an amazing collection all her own that will be officially released at CHA in January!!!!

Here is a sneak at some of the colors!

We have been asked to create projects asap for either CHA or to be used in the company catalog. So as soon as I get anything done I will post it for you all to see.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Card 2011

For the past 5 or 6 years I have been making our Christmas cards. I really enjoy doing this and it is fun to come up with a new idea each year. I know some people make lots of different cards each year, but for me I make 40 of the same card. This way I only have to come up with one design and don't have to worry about someone getting the same card different years. I always keep one for me and put it into my portfolio as a reference.

This year I got started a little late so I had to try and keep it a little simpler since I didn't have as much time to make them. I always try to get them in the mail by the middle of December at the latest (I actually put a few more in the mail today!) This years design actually came from a card I saw on Two Peas In A Bucket by Bonscraps. I followed the same basic design and colors (used it like a sketch) but the rest I made my own. Here is what I came up with
Here are some close ups

Using Kraft Glassin Paper from Tim Holtz and his Fighting Reindeer die, I cut out the reindeer. Next I embossed them with a diamond patterned and sprayed them with Perfect Pearls in Biscotti. I quickly heat set the Perfect Pearls and it made a really neat shiny speckled look. (My friend Lindsey calls them Edward deer cause they sparkle like Edward from Twilight!) You can see this sort of in the first picture, but in person they look so much better.

The numbers were cut out using the Winter Woodland cartridge in my Cricut. I actually cut the 2 out at 1.5" and the 5 at 2".

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New crafting toys

After over a month of waiting, my Sizzix Big Shot has arrived! For probably a year now I have been going back and forth between a Cuttlebug, Sizzix Texture, or Sizzix Big Shot. I actually bought a Sizzix Texture because I figured I already have a Circut so all I really needed was something to emboss with. But after talking with some friends at my LSS, I took the Sizzix Texture back (without having even gotten it out of the box). I then proceeded to order me a Big Shot. I just love some of the dies that Sizzix/Tim Holtz has and wanted to be able to use them. Now to start collecting dies and embossing folders, which will have to be done slowly!
 On the same day that my Big Shot arrived I also got my Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer (the 36" model). I ordered this on Black Friday from The Scrapbook Warehouse because they had shipping for $4.95 for everything! Plus they had these on sale for $17.99, which was crazy. Before all my ribbon was crammed into this little box and I had a hard time finding anything. Besides the fact that all my ribbon was getting messed up being crammed into the same little box.
So on Sunday my DH and I got it hung-up and I got all my ribbon organized. I totally LOVE IT! Slowly but surely getting my scrap area better organized. Which is going to be very helpful now since I am going to be spending even more time there with my new DT responsibilities.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

A New Design Team . . . .

Its December and I have some very merry news to share!

I have been selected to be part of a new DT for a major manufacturing company that specializes in embossing powders and stamps. I am so excited to share this news and to get started creating. We were told today that our first DT kits will be shipping in less than a week! I am so going to be watching the mail like crazy over the next couple of weeks! Here is the rest of the team (those in bold are my group):

Our Fearless Leader:
Suzy West

*Tricia Wilson--lead
*Gina Lideros--lead
*Jen Deal--lead (my lead!)
*Angel Bartonico--lead
*Erin Payne--lead

1.Sesil Cratin, Utah
2. Ilene Tell, Delaware
3. Lara Scott, Utah
4. Amy Sotolongo, California
5. Diana McGraw, California
6. Jeannie DeGruccio, California
7. Jennifer Matott, New York
8. Anne Brown, Texas
9. Sherrie Suttles, Ohio

10. Linda Abadie, Virginia
11. Jamie Cripps, Michigan
12. Jenifer Cowles, idaho
13. Tanisha Long, New Jersey
14. Jan Hennings, Iowa
15. Patti Hamil, Georgia
16. Gini Williams Cagle, North Carolina
17. Tina McDonald, Canada
18. Donna O'Leary, New Zealand
19. Benedicte Raphalen, France
20. Amy Prior, Australia
21. Irit Shalom, Israel
22. Jennifer Roach, Canada
23. Erika Taylor, Canada
24. Iris Uy, Philippines
25. Katarina Damm-Blomberg, Finland
26. Birgit Koopsen, Netherlands

I am still over the moon surprised that I got selected but so happy that I was. As soon as my kit arrives and I get my first projects completed I will be sure to share them.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paper Pinecone Ornament Tutorial

Sorry again for the delay. I got some amazing news earlier in the week and so have been super busy. Once I am allowed I will share what the news is but for now its a secret! But at last here is the tutorial for the paper pinecone ornaments.  This is a really long post so kick back and get comfy.

Materials List General:
1 Sheet 12”x12” Patterned Paper
1 Styrofoam Egg 3-13/16" White (2/pk)
1 Box .75 in #8 Sequin Pins (300 ct)
2.5 yards of coordinating ribbon
6” piece of Evergreen
Adirondack Metallic’s Acrylic Paint Dabber - Pearl

12” Trimmer
Wire Cutters
Hot Glue Gun (or other type of fabric adhesive)

Step #1: Cut paper into 1” strips. Then cut again into 1” squares.

Step #2: Fold each square so that there is a point on one side.

Step #3: Take four squares and pin them to the bottom, narrow end of your egg so that the folded points are all touching. You will pin each of the four squares in three places: top point, bottom left and bottom right.

Step #4: You will now begin to pin the rest of your squares onto the egg, pinning each one in two places: bottom left and bottom right.  DO NOT pin the top points.  Begin pinning your first row of squares about ¼” below the first four and stagger each square so that its middle overlaps where the bottom two squares underneath it come together.

Step #5: Continue pinning rows of squares around the egg. Because the egg gradually gets wider, you will gradually use more pieces per row until it starts getting narrower again.  When you are about half way down the egg, attach a long piece of ribbon which will be used to hang the ornament.  Pin one end of the ribbon to one side of the egg with two pins and then do the same with the other end.  Your piece of ribbon should be 12” in length.

Step #6:  Continue with your rows, making sure to pin them in such a way that the ribbon is eventually covered up completely.

Step #7:  Next I took the Adirondack Metallic’s Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pearl and used it all over the squares.

Step #8:  Next I took the piece of evergreen (6”) and cut it into two equal pieces. I then twisted those two pieces around the bottom of the ribbon.  Then I took the remaining ribbon (18”) and tied it into a bow around the other ribbon, just above the evergreen.  Make sure after you tie the bow that you push it down so it is as close to the evergreen as possible.  Make sure the bow is tied very tightly.  To dress mine up a bit more I attached a snowflake and bling over the knot of the bow.

Step #9:  DONE!

 Well, that is it. I hope this is a help to anyone that wants to give it a try. And may you have fun making these wonderful homemade ornaments for yourself or others.

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