Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays and a Quick Update

Hello all,

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season filled with yummy food, friends, family, and good times.  I know that I have been enjoying my vacation and time home away from home very much.  Just so you all know, things have been sporadic and I have not been posting much because I am on vacation with limited supplies.  However, I have been doing lots of project planning, sketching, and inspiration finding.  As that is the case, stay tuned for some fun new inspiration, projects, and ideas!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Holiday Mini Swap and Share

Hello all my lovelies,

Today I have something very fun and pretty to share with you!  It's another TP Mini that I made for a swap over at Mini Album Scraps.  It was partner's choice, and my partner, didn't really have a preference, so I decided on making her a Christmas themed mini.  Just because if she is anything like me, she won't get around to scraping this years photos until 2015!  Hopefully, she enjoys it, and it gets a lot of immediate use!

 I left the cover without a title - primarily because I did not want to limit her in what she decides to put in here.  But, I had originally designed it with Christmas morning in mind.  The binding, I did very different this time, as you can see.  As when I started the project, I wasn't sure how I wanted to cover them and I didn't want to lose any "space."  I used a phalange type of binding that slipped inside the TP rolls and provided a half inch of space between pages, and then I cover the whole outside with chipboard, punched holes in the binding, and ran ribbon through for decoration.  I got this idea from Laura over at Following the Paper Trail.

Photos of all the tags in the mini:

That's it for today!  I hope you all enjoyed!

Supplies:  Patterned Paper (DCWV Holiday Paper Collection Stack); Cardstock (Making Memories, PaperAccents); Acrylic Paint (DreamCoat); Flowers (Prima); Pearls (Queen and Co.); Ink (Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Stampin Up!); Stamps (Technique Tuesday, Inkadinkado, Stampin Up! Tags Till Christmas and Stitched Stockings); Punches and Die Cuts (Spellbiners, Stampin Up! Stocking Builder Punch, Stampin Up! Ornament Punch,  Stampin Up! Small Tag Punch); Stickles

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspiration Thursday: Holiday Decor

Happy Holidays!

Hubby and I recently put up our tree and hung our stockings.  While he was hanging our stockings, he was musing allowed about how to tell the stockings apart.  I myself had wondered about this very often - recently, I received an answer for that bewildering issue.  Well, while I was at a my friend's (Shannon) home, she was putting together some stocking ID tags.  This is what these tags look like finished:

 Are they not gorgeous?  She cut out some chipboard covered in some pretty holiday patterned paper with her  Sizzix and then used some letters left over some another kit, which she embossed in gold embossing powder.  The holly leaves were cut with her sizzix and the berries were made with buttons.  She attached them with some ribbon.  I LOVE THIS IDEA.  And I will be doing my own here very shortly. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Work in Progress Share: Calendar Swap

Following in my current trend and love affair: swapping- here is another fun share.  I am still working on these, which let me tell you has been a feat because of my limited supplies right now.  But none the less, I am loving the outcome.  I am responsible for the months of November and February - both of which I love, mainly because I love doing fall and love themed paper piecing.  So here is what I have so far:

 I had to do a color theme of Black, Creme, and Beige with one color of my choice.  For the February one, I choose red (of course, what else for February?).  And for the November one, I choose "orange" - okay I cheated a bit and choose red and orange.  Here are some close ups of my embellishments:

I love those flowers, so delicious.  The tutorial can be found here.  So beautiful!  Another thing, I loved: the background on my November calendars.  I stamped that in different shades of beige and a burnt orange with Paper Trey Ink stamps, and yummo I LOVED how it came out!

Supplies: Paper Trey Ink (Masculine Motifs, Mehndi Medallion); Close to My Heart (Air Mail); Stampin Up (Neutrals, Cherry Cobbler); Prima (Heart Stamp); Glitter (Stickles); Tree (Paper Doll Dress Up); Cardstock (Bazzill); Pumpkin (EK Success 1" Punch piecing); Maple Leaf Punch;

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Masculine Birthday

It is December, which means, another birthday!  My oldest brother is turning well, lets just say, he's one year wiser at the beginning of this month.  And just like any other paper crafter, I always make my cards - I mean, why buy them, when you can make something just as pretty?  Besides, it gives me an excuse to play with all my crafty goodness.  On this card, I wanted to try a technique I recently saw, but can't remember where and can't find it now.....  Either way, the individual stamped on a PTI Canvas and Linen Impression plate before placing the image on her card to give it a worn look.  It looked absolutely beautiful!  I used the current sketch (#246) from Card Positioning System. Here is a close up of how it looks on my card:
Is it not just yummy?  The best part is that this technique goes fabulously with boy-related projects because of the subtle worn and tattered look it gives.  I just love it, and will definitely be adding this to my "man crafting arsenal."  And here is another close up just for fun:

Last:  Let me appologize for the long delays between posts at the moment.  But I am on a 6-week vacation in Washington at the moment and have limited access to my crafting supplies as I was limited in what I could bring and left much at home.... regardless, I am enjoying my break and holidays!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Cardstock (Recollections); Patterened Paper (K&Company Basic Grey Paper Pad); Inks (Stampin Up Artichoke, Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain); Ribbon (Stampin Up So Saffron Polytwill Ribbon, Lily Floss); Stamps (Papertrey Ink Masculine Motifs); Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink Canvas and Linen)