Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas excitement...

The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung, the cards have been written and sent out, the treats have been baked, the shopping is finished, and just a little more wrapping to do...phew! I think I need a vacation after the holidays lol!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  I'll be signing off this blog for a couple of weeks and when I return I hope to inspire you with a few projects that have been on the 'back burner' but I do have one last holiday project to share with you...

Here is a 3D Christmas Circle album kit.  It's a beautiful 3D album to record all your special holiday memories.  I know you will be taking plenty of photos in the next few days and this would be a perfect project for them.  The kit includes gorgeous engraved specialty papers, felt embellishments, stickers, and scalloped circle pages.  There are a handful left at the store.

Even after the Christmas tree is down, you can keep enjoying your holiday celebration with this displayed on your table.  It also folds up nicely for storage and you can take it out year after year.  It would also make a beautiful gift for those visiting family and friends, you could make this and send it to them as a reminder of their visit with you.

Warm wishes for a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Waiting for Santa and 7 Gypsies Tray

Well, we wished for a little snow and we have some, although I hear some areas just north of Toronto are really getting hit hard, stay safe and warm-better yet, stay indoors and hunker down in your craft space!

Today I'd like to share with you a really quick and easy home decor piece I created with the 7 Gypsies photo tray using the beautiful Waiting for Santa paper collection from Webster's pages.  I love creating these trays!  They are really easy to make and the best part is that it just take a little adhesive to decorate the section so you can re-use your tray from season to season or change it up whenever you like!

This paper caught my eye and I thought it would be perfect for the base.  When you cut the paper to six 4 x 6 sections and you get the perfect amount of pattern accents in each square!

Now all you need are your embellishments.

I chose 4 additional double-sided pattern paper from Webster's Pages.  I love both sides and it was so hard to choose! 

Here is my finished tray.  I love the Tim Holt'z reindeer flight,iron gate and holly dies.  I included a winter tag by Melissa Frances- the snowman matches the paper beautifully.

The rest of the elements are pattern accents trimmed from the paper collection.

Lots of pattern paper leftover to complete another 12 x 12 page.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scrapping it Forward

I feel very blessed in this journey we call life.  I would love to pay it forward and I hope you can support me to 'scrap it forward' to help make this holiday season a little more magical for those who could use our help.

This Saturday I will be bringing in a boxful of scrappy projects, layouts, cards etc.  Some of these are layout kit samples, class samples, projects samples for magazine pubs, or just projects never been seen outside of my scrap room put together for fun.  I will be selling these projects at very nominal prices (and if you feel like paying more I will be just giddy with appreciation!).

100% of all sale proceeds will be donated to the Chum City Christmas Wish Foundation.

I had a lot of fun crafting and it would be pure icing on the cake if it results into helping this awesome charity.  Here are some peeks at what is for sale:

2 Page Sample Layouts $4
These are 2 page finished layouts.  You may just need to use some Undu to remove the white photo placement mats on some of the samples.  Or you could simply adhere your photos over them.

All cards and accordion cards $2 each

Here are some cards of different themes.  There are some fun accordion style cards for the Moms who have everything but would be so appreciative of receiving this with your personal message.

Altered projects $4, Mini Albums $10

Various projects, albums, decorated cigar boxes, onion envelopes etc. are $4 and up.

Thank you! from the bottom of my heart.  These items will be at the store for a bit until they are sold, hopefully that will not be for too long :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tim Holtz- Rosette Flowers

I attempted to make my first rosette flower during a class 2 years ago at Heidi Swapp's Creative Escape event in Arizona. We were given a strip of paper and had to make valley and mountain folds by hand- a tad on the finicky side. Was I happy with the result? Yes, have I made one since then? Nope.... UNTIL...I got my hands on Tim Holtz's rosette die. Pure genius of him to team up with Sizzix to create a die that perforates and scores at the same time to make rosettes in just a few seconds. It's so versatile, you can pretty it up or leave it plain for projects with a masculine theme. I have a few simple tips to use the same die and to make smaller and larger rosettes. My tutorial is posted over on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog, the link is here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy November

Can't believe October has come and gone. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween night of trick or treating. So with October 31 officially behind us we can start our holiday crafting. This is a wonderful time to make mini albums and home decor pieces for your family and friends.

Here is Kaiserkraft's 'Merry Christmas' script word. It measures about 6 inches high and 15 inches long. I painted the wooden letters white and covered it with Basic Grey's Jovial pattern paper. The script word is chunky and is really easy to trace around the letters to cut the pattern paper. The reindeer (triple layered for dimension) are cut out of brown cardstock, using the Tim Holt'z Sizzix reindeer die, and are covered with warm transparent glitter. The brown cardstock shows through the warm glitter as a bronze finish. You could definitely embellish the script more with buttons, diecuts, bling etc. I think a perfect spot for this decor piece would be on a mantle, a home office or any little corner that could use some holiday cheer.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

7 Gypsies Photo Carousel

Here is a 7 Gypsies photo carousel with memories of our family trip to China. I still have plans to add in some transparent and pocket type pages but so far I am happy with how the project is shaping up. The tabs are are a 5 x 7 format and is a really easy size to work with. Your photos are the showpiece and you can use all your scrapbooking supplies to add your bits and bobbles here and there. The carousel is a beautiful way to keep your photos/memories in the open and not tucked away in a box or on your computer.

The carousel comes with photo refill pockets and the black tabs you see in my example are a separate accessory to the photo carousel. As I was working on this project, I chuckled again (although at the time there was no chuckling at all what so ever!) of how we shipped a Terra Cotta warrior replica back to Canada (it weighed 280 lbs of solid clay) and the struggle my hubby and I went through unloading it off the truck and through our front door. One memory I fondly remember but wish to never re-live!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ei-Ei-O Ei-Ei-O

Happy Monday, today I'd like to share a layout using Tada's Barnyard collection. I used 2 patterns, 'The Hills'r Alive' and 'Barnyard Line Up'. Instead of placing the photos directly on the paper (and covering up the rolling hills) I tucked the photos underneath under the hills and hand cut strips of fringes running along the hill lines. By doing this you can fit lots of photos (there's just so many fun activities on a farm!) on the page to capture it all.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I scream for Ice Cream

The cicadas are buzzing, we are definitely feeling the heat of August here in southern Ontario. Are you keeping cool scoop by scoop? My fave flavour is pralines'n cream. yummh!

Speaking of cool, here's a neat delicious treat for you- an ice cream cone mini album. It's really fun to make and would be a great project to make with the kiddos to scrap their summer memories. Wouldn't it be a cool show and tell album when they return to school to show all their friends their favourite summer stories.

The album I created shows off Anna's kool shades. I admit they are pretty kool and every where she goes, she gets the 'two thumbs ups' from everyone, young and old alike.

1. You will need 1 large circle (this will form the cone portion of your ice cream cone) and 4 smaller circles (these are the ice cream scoops). In my example the large circle measures 11.5 inches and the smaller circle measures 4 inches in diameter. If you do not have a circle cutter to cut these exact sizes then use the largest circle you have (tracing out a dinner plate will work) and then refer to step 2 to calculate the measurement for your smaller circles. You will also need 15 inches of ribbon or twine.

2. Once you have cut out your large circle. Fold into 8 equal parts and open up the circle again. You should have a circle with creases showing 8 equal pie segments. Measure across one pie segment and this is the diameter of the 4 smaller circles you will need to cut out.

3. Choose two opposite points and bring towards the centre, bring the back flaps around to create your front and back covers.

4. Press down on the creases to form the cone.

5. Unfold your circle again.

6. Punch two holes along the crease of the back and front covers. Refer to photo for the hole positions. Thread your ribbon or twine through the holes. Fold up your circle into its cone shape again.

7. Place some adhesive on the bottom of the smaller circles and place into the top pocket of each cone page. Tip: glue the ice cream tops from back to front so that when your album is closed the ice cream scoops are lined up.

8. Voila! You’ve just made your ice cream cone album

Supplies: American Crafts pattern paper and chipboard, Making Memories tiny alpha letters. Accucut die, EK success circle cutter
In my finished example I used a large scalloped circle for the cone, bright and cheerful pattern paper for the ice cream tops. The story of my album celebrates my daughter’s latest ‘goto’ fashion item, her cool sun shades.

There are so many fun ways to use the ice cream cone album- how about birthday invitations or dedicate each ice cream cone page to a family member and their favourite ice cream flavour? The ice cream book can also be a fun accent on a scrapbook layout for extra photos or journaling. You could turn the ice cream cone into a cupcake by simply trimming across the middle of the cone. Ooh- imagine all the yummy ways to decorate your cupcake tops- think glitter, tinsel, and flocking!
Hope you have fun creating your own sweet treats