01 October 2014

Harvest Banner

I cannot express to you how much I truly, for real love this collection:
Grateful by Authentique Paper.
It's yummy beyond words with colors such as dusty pink,
vibrant oranges, rust, mint green and pine...it's soothing yet warming
at the same time!  If you love all things Fall and Thanksgiving, then you
must get this collection in your little hands!

I'm sharing a quick chipboard banner that I made with a precut pumpkin
shaped mini album that I found at Michael's.  I just traced, cut and pasted!

 Come on by the blog today and see close-up photos and
instructions on how I put it together :)

In the meantime, here are just a few of my absolute favorite
pieces from the Grateful Collection:


Beau-tiful, right?  Just click on the link above to see the collection in its entirety! 
Baccccck tomorrow!

Scraptastic Kit Club: October Kit Reveals

A very happy Wednesday greetings to all of you!
I'm quite honored to have been invited to be a part of the 
card making team at the 
Kit clubs are near and dear to my heart...after-all, I operated
one for seven years...it was one of my babies :)  
I haven't been with a kit club since "the Nook", which was
over two years ago...I'm excited to be back at it with these really amazing kits!

Here is a peek at what is being offered for October:

"This Life Noted" Monthly Kit:

"Heart It Races" Grande Kit:

"Heart It Races" Add-On Kit:

"Heart It Races" Stamp Set:
"Thriller" Grande Kit:

"Thriller" Add-On Grande Kit:

"Thriller" Stamp Set:

Now WOW, aren't those some really GREAT papercrafting kits!?!
I can't wait to dig in...I have my first assignment due up soon, so I'll be sure 
to share.  Come on over and join us on the Scraptastic Forum and see daily
projects and info on the Scraptastic Blog!

Order your kit(s) and accessories today: www.scraptasticclub.com
Ciao, y'all!

30 September 2014

Happy Harvest

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  
Today I'm excited to be sharing a sweet autumn card with

I really, really wanted to use my alcohol markers for the apple (Apple Delights)
 so I ended up stamping the image onto a piece of canvas material 
with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I used Marvy Le Plume: G656 Fresh Green, GB688 Emerald, OY848 Coffee
and PV778 Garnet.  I used a circle die to cut out the image and then
mounted it onto layers of larger circles.

The sentiment from the Falling Into Autumn set was stamped onto a small
piece of woodgrain paper with Memento Tuxedo Black.  
All patterned papers are from Doodlebug Designs' Happy Harvest 6X6 Paper Pad.

I love the unusual texture that stamping onto the canvas added to this
homespun card...it makes it extra cozy and fall-like :)
Thanks for visiting!

26 September 2014

You're Spooktacular!

newest dies are in the house!
Here I have a "spooktacular" card using the 
two dies and the "Frankie & Friends" Collection from Simple Stories:

For the base of the card I folded a sheet of white cardstock in half
and lined up the Signature Emerson Die just beyond the crease.

For the woodgrain mat I used the Signature Finley Die and trimmed
down the top portion to fit the card.  I also used a smaller mat of the 
Vintage A2 Mat Die.  I topped the card with a couple of stickers from
the collection and it's all done!

Check out ALL of the newest dies on the Top Dog Dies Blog
and shop for dies at www.topdogdies.com

I hope you have a beautiful Autumn weekend!

Authentique, Imagine Crafts & May Arts

Hello and welcome tothe
May Arts, Authentique and Imagine Crafts Blog Hop.
I hope that you've had a chance to check out all of the fun
and inspiring stuff that's happened throughout the week!

 I chose to use the brand spanking new Christmas collection, "Believe" to
create this pretty altered tree that I found at Hobby Lobby.
Along with that, I'm using some ink and textured spray from Imagine Crafts and ribbon
 and trim from May Arts!  I purchased the inexpensive tree with a vision of covering
 the slats with Christmas patterned paper!  The sides of the tree are longer than a
 12X12 paper, so I went with a strand of 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, which worked perfectly.  

 I cut the paper strips to a 1" width and distressed around the edges with some 
Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.  Next, I blended the ink in with one of the Ink Blushers 
sponges by Imagine Crafts.  To the plaid strips I also added flecks of irRESISTible
 Colored Textured Spray (Bamboo Leaves).  I removed the spray applicator from
the bottle and gently flecked the paint over the paper. It's hard to capture in a photo,
but there is a nice, raised and shiny texture to this spray!

The sides of the tree were longer than 12" so I went with a 5/8" grosgrain ribbon in
covering the sides.  First I attached a border of the new Adhesive Scallop Trim by 
 May Arts with the grosgrain ribbon following on top of that.  To attach the ribbon,
 I used the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker to create an adhesive backing.
To the back of the tree I added some of the off-white mini pom pom trim.

 Instead of going with a large bow at the top of the tree, I added two layered
boutique-style bows to the bottom sides of the tree.  I really love the Faux Canvas ribbon...
it has the look of seam binding but holds its shape much better when making bows.

I used several die-cut shapes and some of the punch-outs from the  
Believe Collection for the focal point of the tree.  I distressed with the same
 Tuxedo Black ink around all of the edges and then layered on to the
 front with foam adhesive.

Authentique Paper- Believe Collection: "innocence" 12x12 paper; "tidings"
 12x12 paper; "ideal" 12x12 paper; "components" 6x12 paper die cut; 6x6 "bundle"
May Arts Ribbon-  5/8" Faux Canvas Ribbon; 5/8" Dot Grosgrain Ribbon;
Mini Pom Pom Trim; Scallop Adhesive Trim
Imagine Crafts- irRESISTible Colored Textured Spray Bamboo Leaves,
 Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black Ink, Ink Blushers Sponge Applicators

 Be sure to stop by the Authentique Paper Blog and leave a comment
for a chance at a Prize Pack!

23 September 2014

What's App?

This past week I shared a "What's App?" segment at
These segments focus on a variety of different applications that are available 
to make your life easier and more fun! Whether you are using your smart phone 
or computer, many of the apps out there are of little cost or even better, they’re FREE! 

For my layout project today I decided to focus on one of my very favorite
 online places called PicMonkey. PicMonkey is an online photo editor that 
offers all sorts of themes, overlays, primo effects, textures and more! 
For a small monthly fee, you can upgrade to a Royale account where 
you have total access to all of the features, fonts, etc. 

I took these sweet photos of our coach’s little boy, Easton. I’m really liking the
 look of several photos in a grid, but on the same photo sheet, so I went with
 that idea in mind. To begin:

Once you are at the PicMonkey website, select “collage”. 
This brings up a selection to the left: Ducks in a Row, Cards, Square Deals, 
Biggie Smalls, etc. I almost always choose “Biggie Smalls” because it will 
give you one larger grid and two or more smaller grids. “Square Deal” is
 also a nice feature if you’re wanting equally-sized photos in a grid

When you click on the option that you’re wanting, you will see a drop-down menu
 where you can select the design that you wish to use. 

Next, begin uploading your photos by selecting the “mountain” icon at the top left. 
You can also rotate the grid by using the arrows at the bottom of the photo template.
 When you have your photos in place (by dragging and dropping each photo
 to its placement) click on ‘save’ at the top.

After you have saved your collage you can move on to ‘edit’ the template with 
texture, fonts, banners, overlays, etc.

When I was ready to print the photo, I selected the “shrink to fit” option instead of the 
“crop to fit” option so that it kept my photo square. I printed the photo on a standard 
4X6 paper and then trimmed down…it matches perfectly with the 4X4 journal card.

In keeping with the sun motif, I cut a semi-circle from the Daytona paper found in the
 Solstice Collection and stitched it to the top half of the page. I added the gold 
geo foam shaped stickers to the top to mimic the sun’s rays.

 I love having these user-friendly photo-editing apps at the fingertips or at the keyboard!
 You can give a entirely different look to a cluster of similar pictures by placing them
 in a grid and take it one-step further with some of the cool effects and templates.
 Give it a try! 
 Visit the Pink Paislee blog for more ideas using their products :)
See you soon!

19 September 2014

The Fall Edition

It's here and it's wonderful!
The Fall Edition of Scrapbook & Cards Today is now available
This issue includes:
  • clean & simple with cathy zielske
  • welcome to design esssentials 101
  • an all-boy celebration
  • ali edwards - scrapbooking your mentors
  • part 3: pocket scrapbooking
I have three cards in the "Card Cafe" area that focuses on paper and felt-piecing! You will also find some fabulous new techniques that even I'm going to try myself! 

You can view the newest issue, along with past issues by visiting www.scrapbookandcards.com