Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blog Surfing - Again

Was hanging out over at Lisa Fowler's blog Lisa'sLoft and among the many beautiful and interesting things on her creative space I also found a cool link.  Visit Lisa's Loft for some wonderful inspiration, then travel on over to this site where you will find a free journaling tips download.  Thanks for sharing the link Lisa.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Having a Little Fun with Level One

Who has all the time they want to scrapbook and make cards?  Not many of us.  Even with being retired I still don't have as much time as I would like to scrapbook, so I'm all for any product that makes the most of the time that I do have to create.  For this project I used the Simple Pleasures Level 1 kit, a little extra cardstock and patterned papers, and a few stamps and embellishments.  My friend, Melissa Wilhelmi, gave me a beautiful little book last year that was made from Kraft envelopes as the base.  I used that idea and my Level 1 pages and created this fun 3-ring album. 

This is the front cover with one of the pre-printed Level 1 pages, stickers and stamped images.

The envelope flaps on each of the pages have been covered also.  When the flaps are lifted you can tuck more photos, journaling or keepsakes inside the envelopes.

 The pre-printed pages add a lot of interest to the book pages without all the work of cutting mats, sponging the edges, and getting it all aligned.  And for a book like this, it keeps some the bulk out, leaving more room for pictures and journaling which add to the thickness.

I even used the borders around the Stickease images to make frames.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

It's A Shoe Box Swap!

Or a "show" box swap.  Our team leader, Joy, sometimes gets in a hurry when typing and sending emails through our Yahoo Group.  When sending out info about a team meeting and shoe box swap, the title of the email said "show" box swap.  Yesterday we had a little fun with Joy and her show box.  The things we do to entertain ourselves and each other.

Anyway, the real reason for this (rather long) post is to "show" off all the "shoe" box creations.  These swaps are a great opportunity to try out different techiniques that you might have been a little hesitant to try before.   Everyone did a superb job of putting the kits together and making it fun and easy to make all these wonderful goodies.

Here we go -
This elegant tile coaster was created by Joy McHargue and was easy to make.  It's a perfect example of a technique that I thought might be too difficult to try.  Will definitely make more of these.  Oh, almost forgot.  The word that I stamped over a hole is "Amazing".  Tip #1 - Position the stamping so that the holes in the tile don't cause part of the image to be lost.

This card was made by Melanie Murry and was a BIG hit.  On the outside it looks like a cute, sweet card.  When it is opened, up pops a bouquet of flowers.  Surprise!  The directions looked a little daunting, but Melanie was on hand to show us an easy way to organize and put all the pieces to the bouquet together, then get them attached to the card easily.

Terri Speer created this amazing spinner card.  The cupcake is attached to two pennies and a foam dot, allowing it to roll down the channel.  When you tilt the card the cupcake spins its way to the other side.  How fun!  And pretty too!

Terry Morrow was not able to be at the swap, but sent her creation for us to make and enjoy.  Terry always makes beautiful and interesting cards.  Love the paper combination from the Mayberry paper pack.  Now I'm glad I ordered this paper.

Flower Soft is one of those products that I've looked at many times, almost bought some, but have backed out because it looked tricky to use.  Thanks to Wanda Cincar we all had an opportunity to make this lovely card and play with Flower Soft.  It really does no good to set a scrapbooking budget.  Too many cool things that we can't do without. 

Next up, an adorable pennant created by Janet Williams, aka Jaynut.  Fun person = fun project.  Janet was of those angels who had pre-cut everything. She also pre-made all the flowers, and stamped most of it.  All we had to do was assemble.  This year's theme for our team is "Put On A Happy Face".  I plan to put this in my scrap room to remind me. 

And speaking of fun people, Judy Faye Garner contributed this fun carrot shaped box.  Judy also pre-cut everything and made it very easy for us to complete the box.  What a perfect container for some sweet treats for Easter.   Judy included a candy bar in the kit. Thank you Judy!

OK.  Who's next?  How about this pretty flower pot card, designed by Rebecca (Becca) Sorge?  Becca also used the Mayberry papers.  I'm learning to not decide how much I like a paper pack before I see it made into cards and layouts.  Of all the new papers, this was not in my top choices.  But once again, I'm really liking everything I've seen made with it.  Especially this card!

Becky Gallimore used little bugle beads and tacky tape to really dress up this card made with Perfect Day papers.  This is another techinique I am definitely adding to my "go to" list.  Isn't it clever how Becky used the scalloped circle for the sun?  She also contributed the cute scalloped circle covers for the mint patty.  Chocolate and scrapbooking - perfect combination.

Rose Mary Steel consistently makes the "WOW" cards and layouts for Idea Book swaps - and her shoe box project was most definitely a "WOW" also.  Rose Mary pre-made the boxes and pre-cut the scalloped circles.  We spritzed and scrunched and adhered all the little pieces to create these gorgeous flowers.  Just so perfectly beautiful.  And, guess what was inside?  Yep, chocolate.  Six pieces of Hersey Nuggets.

The last item is the card that I made for the swap.  It is made of Miracle papers and the Delight stamp set.  I did pre-cut the paper and cardstock basic pieces and pre-stamped, but everyone did have to cut out the stamped images.  It's not that I didn't want to be as nice as everyone else.  It's just that I really don't like hand cutting as much as I like stamping and doing other things.  This card z-folds at about a third, allowing the bottom of the inside to show.  The solid blue section is perfect space for writing the note / message to the recipient.

Well, that's it for today.  Hope you have enjoyed all the show/shoe box creations.   Many thanks to all the Lighthearted Lovelies who contributed to a wonderful day at Joy's Barnhouse Studio yesterday, and for allowing me to share your beautiful work here.

Beautiful Cross

Have I mentioned lately how incredible it is to be surrounded by so many wonderful and talented friends?  We have a crop at my house once a month and at every crop we get to feast our eyes on some beautiful hand made cards and layouts.  This one was created by Shari Richburg and I don't even know where to start to describe it.  I love everything about it, but most especially all the layering.  The pictures don't capture the richness of the colors, but maybe you can get an idea of how pretty it is.   Enjoy!

Cards by Sharon Lindholm

Sharon has been busy lately making some stunning cards.  Love the colors.  The yellow card was patterned from Melanie Murry's Peek-a-Boo card in an earlier post.  Hope you enjoy these treats!

Sharon used a 3" scalloped circle punch to create this big flower.  The petals are clipped on the top layer adding a lot of dimension.  And, there's a bit of glitz on the bird.

This one contains "Flower Soft".  Until yesterday I had never used Flower Soft before. 
This stuff is fun, fun, fun to play with.

This is the one that is patterned after Melanie Murry's Peek-a-Boo card.
Really cute.

Friday, April 15, 2011

20 Page Workshop with the Lucky Paper Pack

I have boxes full of heritage photos and these layouts featuring the Lucky paper collection are perfect for that use.  These colors were very easy to coordinate and embellish with the matching Stickease and chipboard shapes and stamp sets.