Thursday, December 31, 2009
I am sorry to say I have not been able to upload the photo of her layout due to a series of technical difficulties. It is on display in the crop room on the DT wall, however, and as soon as I can get things worked out, I will post the picture. Promise!
Make sure you check back here tomorrow to see the debut of Loretta Cooper's Kit for January.
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I used it on these old chipboard letters. After the paint dried (and the thick coat took a while), I rubbed it with Tim Holtz's Antique Linen Distress Ink to highlight the little cracks and crevices. Just lovely!
thanks for stopping by!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Once the decorative top was complete, I used red brads for another piece of 12" square red patterned cardstock to overlap for the calendar months. December and January were printed in Microsoft Publisher and decorated on meaningfully personal dates. Some are birthdays and others are holidays.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The flowers are Prima and can be purchased at Scrapbooks-Plus. The flourishes were cut from glitter paper using a Sissix die. I used some blue Smooch on them to alter the color a bit. I drew the hearts free hand and cut them out from glitter paper. I applied both blue and purple smooch to get the color I wanted and added just a bit more Martha Stewart glitter. I even added green Smooch to the rhinestone at the center of the flower to match my green-theme. And don't you just love the feathers? They are from a craft pack of different colors I purchased for a kids project a few years ago. I like the effect of the green one on the top right hand corner of the photograph - reminds me of Tinkerbell!
I wish you all a wonderful new year with the beginning of a new decade. Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Here is my own personal Santa Baby...I hope that Santa was good to everyone. And everyone got what was on there Christmas list.
About my layout, I love to hide my journaling. It is the way I frequently go. And this time is no different.
Santa Baby was handwritten with a white pen. And then I used the strip from the sticker sheet and put it there more for a marker to indicate where the journalling need to stop.
See you all in 2010!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I loved the SEI papers this month. To me the possibilities with these papers were endless! I loved the tree that was on the Christmas Mint paper. I knew I wanted to use but at first wasn't sure how. So I did the basis of this layout using the pagemap that Sharon designed. I did alot of fussy cutting on this layout. I ended up cutting out the presents twice! I had cut out one set and put it on the layout and realized that I wanted to add some dimension, so I cut out specific presents and pop dotted them onto the others.
I then decided that I was going to cut out the tree. I do have to admit I was somewhat nervous cutting it out. I wasn't sure how it was going to look,but, when I was finished I loved it! I put some bling and pearls on the tree to make it look like ornaments. I love the way that this layout turned out!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Take some white, or plain chipboard letters.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Every visit with Santa deserves a special page to commemorate the event and the papers from SEI this month were perfect! I used a craft knife to carefully cut along the designs of the red velvet paper, creating a place for the photo to slip into place...just put the photo where you want it to be and follow the curves of the design. It's easy...I promise! You can use whatever Christmas quote you would like to help frame the picture...the little gold flourish on the top right of the was cut using my Cricut.
Did you notice how the large branch on the bottom left of the tree connects to a swirl on the red velvet paper? Just dumb luck, but I love it!
The oval frames were cut with Nestabilities. I inked the smaller scalloped edge with some gold ink.
I created the Santa title using my Cricut and the Design Studio Software to weld the letters together. The "S" and the flourish are from the Storybook Cart and the rest of the letters are from Base Camp. The little dots of white and red are just acrylic paint, applied with a toothpick. Some of the presents are cut from Christmas Mint paper and some are from the coordinating epoxy elements sticker set. The green file tab on the top right edge of the red velvet is from the coordinating cardstock sticker sheet.
The coolest part of the layout is that it opens up! The red velvet portion is actuallly a flap and there is a whole other layout inside...
The inside of the layout started like this...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
You don't need a lot to make a great layout. Sometimes all you need are a handful of scraps, a piece of cardstock and a square punch.
Here's what I made with the bits and pieces from this month's kit. I used a 2" punch for the squares, which fit nicely with a 4x6 photo. I arranged my collage on a piece of 8.5x11 cardstock and journaled around the entire collage.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I love this SEI holiday line. The teal and red color combination is very fresh. And, happily, matches my kids' pajamas from last year!
Remember those Kaisercraft wooden snowflakes from this post? I used another one on this layout. I sprayed it with Peppermint Stick Glimmer Mist -- a great rich red color with golden shimmer.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Here is my take on the sketch this month. The people in my focal photo are small... and I didn't want them to get lost on an end so I stretched the sketch out on either side of them. I added an extra mat and bumped the photo up just a little to give it extra weight. All of the DC Christmas decorations are similar in scale, so breaking them up on either side also helps point to the focal photo.
thanks for stopping by,
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Here are two ideas for wintry layouts. The first (above) is my rendition of my page map design. The large snowflakes are sissix die cut on my Big Kick Sissix machine.
Friday, December 18, 2009
It’s almost Christmas and you can tell by the line in the Post Office! I stopped in to get my Holiday stamps last weekend so that I can get my cards in the mail. Some years I buy cards, and other years I make them myself. I always get comments and calls on the ones I do myself… it’s such a nice touch over a purchased card. Making all your cards, though, can be daunting. You have to have a plan and a good assembly line to make it work.
This card made with SEI’s Christmas Mint line is a great choice with a few pieces of patterned paper, some punches, a stamp, and a bow. The wreath was punched with the extra-large Marvy Uchida scalloped circle. Then I used a 7/8-inch circle punch for the center hole. A simple stamped greeting peeks out from underneath. If your circle punch doesn’t reach far enough into your wreath shape, just use the circle to punch out your greeting and adhere it over the top. Don't have a stamp? Handwrite a message or leave it blank instead (just use a darker color of cardstock or let the patterned paper underneath show through. A little bow finishes it off. A beautiful Christmas card without breaking a sweat! Voila! Truly tying the bow was the hardest part. Even the kids could help make the pieces for a great rainy day project.
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Our family has a bunch of family traditions that we celebrate year after year. We started these right after Matt was born. I have been trying to get layouts done of each year since the boys were born of them doing our family traditions.
I have to say that my favorite type of layout is using a block of photos to tell the story and some journaling to go with the photos. This is my go to layout when ever I am having scrapper's block!
The SEI papers this month were beautiful to work with and went perfectly with the reds and greens of my photos. I left a spot for journaling, which I will do when I get my layout back from Scrapbooks Plus.
Don't forget to come by Scrapbooks Plus and do our Monthly Design Team Challenge! Submit your entries using the pagemap and the papers the Design Team used and you could win a gift certificate to Scrapbooks Plus!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I also chose to create a pointsetta for my card as well. Instead of using a black gel pen I used a white gel pen to outline the flower and then placed silver stickles in the center. Easy and simple yet so elegant looking with many different looks!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Are you dying for a some sneak peaks...
Well here is a sneak peak at this Wednesdays layout...But be warned, there is LIMITED SUPPLIES for this layout. It is made with Bo Bunnies limited edition winter paper...
So cute, and perfect for the recent snow that we had...or for past snow. Debbie already tried to reorder the supplies and Bo Bunny is sold out.
The layout is pretty simple but you will need your craft knife to cut out the die cut or your sharp scissors. And I hope that you will LOVE it as much as I LOVE it.
11 More Days... :)
Pour glitter over the Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. I usually leave mine overnight so that I know it has dried completely.
I adhered the circle to a scallop circle that I cut out of my Cricut and inked the edges with a silver Smooch ink.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I layered red cardstock between two of the SEI papers for this one. Remember those large foam Heidi Swapp alphas we used a month or so ago? I pulled out a couple of unused numbers, sanded the color off the top (it's very easy to do!) and sprayed them with peppermint stick Glimmer Mist.
This card uses a large block of the embossed velvet paper. The embossing is so beautiful you don't need much else in terms of decoration. But I added a stamped sentiment from the matching SEI clear stamps that I picked up at the store.
Finally, I layered this beautiful pattern on top a scrap of white swiss dot cardstock then a red cardstock base. The stamped tree is also from the SEI clear stamp pack.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
...and here is my take on it: