04 March 2015

South Pacific & Tea Garden Eye Candy!

**Don't forget to sign-up for the PageMaps U Card Class Giveaway**

Basic Grey
has two new, beautiful collections up for your perusal today 
and a chance at winning the collections for your very own!


With "South Pacific", I created a 3-D 12X12 photo frame featuring the
"Map of the World" paper from the collection, along with some ephemera pieces and stickers.


I machine-stitched along the latitude lines and then added a few hand-stitched
X's to give texture.  I clustered the embellishments with foam adhesive and then
added Candy Dots to all of the places that I would like to travel to some day!

And here is a quick card showcasing the gorgeous colors and
artwork that can be found:
For your chance to *WIN-IT* just visit the blog post --here-- and leave a comment
no later than Monday, March 9th

"Tea Garden" inspired this whimsical and shabby-chic styled banner.
I started with a scalloped chipboard banner set by Maya Road, and painted it black:




I used various dies to craft the rolled flowers, hearts and leaves...they're
perfect for layering!  Adding to the element of black, I incorporated some of
the black chalkboard wood veneers from the Evergreen Collection.

And finally, one of my very favorite cards, ever!  That bird is the sweetest!
For your chance to *WIN-IT* just visit the blog post --here-- and leave a comment
no later than Monday, March 9th

Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK at *winning-it*!

28 February 2015

PageMaps U...Win A Class!


Calling all cardmakers and PageMaps fans!
PageMaps U’s first cardmaking class of 2015 is here! 
This class is brimming with 32 exclusively designed cards and sketches,
 techniques and how-to's, full-color instructions, complete supply lists (including paper names!)
 and free die cutting files, all created by some of your favorite cardmakers, including me! 

This four-week, self-paced, online class begins Monday, March 16th.
 Stop by PageMaps to see all of the sneak peeks, try out a freebie class,
 and then register for this one. It’s going to be so much fun!




**Here’s a chance for you to win a free spot into this fantastic cardmaking class!**
 Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite embellishment is. 
That easy! We’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck!
 

24 February 2015

An Enchanted Princess

This past Saturday I shared over at 
SIMPLE STORIES
  a perfectly adorable and "Enchanted" door hanger for any little princess in your life!

I started with a sheet of heavy weight chipboard and an album die from Top Dog Dies
but any pre-made chipboard shape would work. Next, I cut the shape from the
 "Dreams Come True" paper and distressed around the edges with a
 walnut ink before attaching to the chipboard base.

The edge was trimmed in a pom pom ribbon along the back of the chipboard.  
For a nice finishing touch, I also covered the back in a coordinating paper.

The focal point of the hanger was made with a couple of die-cut hearts from the 
 Enchanted 6X6 Paper Pad and the center piece is a smaller chipboard shape 
hosting the sweet sentiment that was cut from the 4X6 Journaling Card Elements paper.

Extra dimension was added with various chipboard stickers pieces, decorative Bradz,
 Enamel Dots and Bits & Pieces die cuts.  To create the hanger, two holes were 
punched at the top and a strand of 1.5" grosgrain ribbon was strung through and then
 knotted at the ends.  Two boutique style bows were made and then attached
 above the knotted ribbon ends.  Now it's all ready for gift-giving or hanging!


17 February 2015

Feather Poetry

Hi, everyone! I was up on the
 Echo Park Paper Blog 
yesterday with this cute DIY framed art piece that I made with the
"Anything Goes" Stamps, paper and a few accents.
You will also find a FREE printable for the poem if you'd
like to create one for yourself!

 I love the look of matte, so I painted an old gold frame with
black matte spray paint and removed the glass so that the embellishments
really pop!  You can see lots more and instructions on how I put it together:

Have a ter-rific week!

12 February 2015

Mini BFF Valentines

Hello!  I have a collection of mini Valentine cards up at 
SCRAPTASTIC KIT CLUB
using the February "It Takes Two" Kit and Add-On Kit!

These were made at the request of my daughter, for her three ‘besties’ on Valentine’s Day :)  They’re hip and fun and perfect for 13 year-old girls!


  First I started with a sheet of 12X12 white cardstock from the kit and cut it down to 
measure 7″ X 4.25″.  The pieces were then scored so that the card measures
 3.5″ X 4.25″ when folded; these are an A1 sized card.

 The first card includes the retro inspired ferris wheel sticker from the large sticker
 sheet by Echo Park.  The 3-D stickers by Crate Paper are glittered in gold, so the 
little arrow gave the right amount of shine.


 The second card showcases the softer side of the kit with the light wood grain and 
chipboard accents by Crate Paper.  I wanted to pic up on the bit of turquoise
 blue in the mat paper, so I added the acrylic heart and topped it with a sticker.


This final card is all things X’s and O’s!  There are many elements that boast the hugs
 and kisses symbolism in the kits.  I went with the red and blue pieces and built this 
really cute card.  Just leave off the bow and you have a sweet, but masculine card.

As of today, these kits are still available, as well as other exclusive
Scraptastic Club goodies!  Check it out 

09 February 2015

J'Adore COTM

I have designed eight card samples for the 
BASIC GREY
"Card of the Month" Kit using the J'Adore Collection
The kit is available for purchase now at places such as FotoBella


The kit includes everything that you need to make at least the eight cards shown.
All you need is your favorite adhesive, paper trimmer, scissors and basic punches!
Other optional items include twine and a black pen.

Here is a close-up of one of my favorite cards from the set:

Have a great week, my friends!

05 February 2015

A Lucky Charm

 Sharing a project that I had up with Authentique Paper yesterday
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Creating a lucky charm for your home to celebrate St. Patrick's Day couldn't 
be easier with a heart template and a helping of the "Lucky" Collection by
AUTHENTIQUE PAPER
blog.authentiquepaper.com

To begin, a 4.5" X 4.5" heart die, template or cutting file will be needed; 
or free-hand the shape.  Cut the heart four times from the Lucky One paper.
  For a sturdier hanging, the individual hearts may also be backed with
 a lightweight chipboard.

Arrange the hearts so that all of the points are facing in towards the center.
 Place a large circle of paper at the back of the hearts and adhere in the
 center to hold the hearts in place.

Accent the base hearts with a smaller, scrolled version from the Lucky Four paper
 Distress around the edges of the shapes with a walnut ink, if desired.

The vintage motif was trimmed from the Lucky Two paper and added to 
the center (of the now) four-leaf-clover.  The edge of the design was glittered
 with a emerald green glitter.

Two shamrocks were hand-cut from the Lucky Three paper and adhered 
below the vintage image.  The sticker sentiment was added to the center 
and a row of fun buttons were arranged at the top.  

 Any type of material can be used for the hanger: jute, twine, ribbon, wire, etc. 
Add a pretty bow to one side and you have the luckiest of lucky charms
 ready to meet your St Patrick's Day guests!

Authentique Product: Lucky Collection- Lucky One Paper; Lucky Two Paper; 
Lucky Three Paper; Lucky Four Paper; Lucky Six Paper; 
Components Cardstock Accents

May Arts Ribbon- Pearl Wire; 2.5" wired ribbon

Top Dog Dies- Heart and Scalloped Heart Dies
 
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