Friday, November 21, 2008

I got a chance to do some posting

of some wonferful layouts in the gallery today. Check them out! I posted about a dozen! So here's a sneak!There are some great new ideas and inspiration :) Crystal and Trina brought in these wonderful layouts using the new Reminisce paper! They are fabulous.

Hope you all Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Cards

It's that time of year. In fact you're late if you're sending those cards overseas.
I just started on my cards last weekend. And because I spent a day ~ maybe it was a couple(few) days ;) cleaning out my scraproom and organizing all my paper shelves, I decided I was going to use up some of my stash... Though I may have to drop into the store for some cardstock ~ I'm running low on Xmas red and green.
This is the design I decided on for this year.

For my card I used...
Brown cardstock (cs) for the base.
Green for matting.
Scraps of red for the embellishments.
3 coordinating patterned papers
4 brads
Letter stickers (or die cut letters) for 'JOY'

I started off by cutting my brown cardstock base 8.5" x 5.5" (that's an 11 x 8.5 piece of cardstock cut in half). I scored my card down the middle and folded it so it now measures 4.25" x 5.5".
I cut a piece of green cardstock 4" x 5.25".
And a piece of Xmas patterned paper 3.75" x 5". Then I used my large hole punch to cut out half circles from my corners (practice on scrap first to get the hang of getting them even). I mounted the patterned paper on the green cardstock and attached a red brad in each corner. Then adhered it to the front of my card base.
For the decorative strip I cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper 5/8" x 3.75". Matted it on coordinating (brown)cardstock 7/8" x 4". I cut a strip of red cardstock 2.25" x 4" and used my Fiskars 'threading water' scallop punch along the top and bottom edges.
I just love my Fiskars 'threading water' scallop punch.
I bought it a few months ago and have used it on numerous layouts as well as my Christmas cards this year. It's bigger and therefore a bit more expensive than other punches I have ( around $20), but well worth the money. I have used it tonnes and still love seeing those pretty scallops on my pages :)
Back to my instructions...
I adhered the matted strip to the center of my scalloped red cardstock and adhered that to my card.
For the square embellishment I cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper 1" x 1", matted it with a piece of green cs 1.25" x 1.25" and adhered it to my strip, off center.
Then I used my Quickutz to diecut the word 'Joy'. If you don't have a Quickutz or other die cutter put it on your wish list for this Christmas. I would have had to buy untold packages of stickers to get all the 'J's, 'o's and 'y's for all my cards.

If you have a Xyron sticker machine (the little one's are cheap ~ $20) run your letters through and then center and stick to your square embellishment. If you don't have a Xyron sticker machine be very sparing with the glue bottle. Or better yet, go to Unforgettable Memories and get yourself a Xyron sticker machine before you start on your cards ;)

There's nothing like a homemade Christmas card to make friends and family feel special.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas is Coming!

This year I have decided not to buy presents that people don't need and to only give things that they really need or things that I can make. This is the project that I came up with for most of the children we will give to. I know my kids have way too much toys and really don't NEED anything for Christmas so my hope is to give something pretty! At the store Lynette sells individual letters from Pressed Petals. You can create sayings, quotes, inspirational words, or monograms. I decorated the names for some of our friends and family. Each one is custom to the decor of their room. You could use up odds and ends or I am sure you will have no problem finding some paper and embellishments to go with any decor. Just thought I would share!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Prima Sketch is done.

Here's my version of the Prima Sketch...
I've been cleaning out my scrap room and organizing all my papers. Found this great piece of embossed leaf vellum so I used it for the background. Then a piece of woodgrain paper I bought years ago ~ but it's back 'in' :) The yellow patterned papers are Doodlebug
I love, love, love the Maya Rd trees. I just picked up a tin of them on my last shopiing trip to the store. Or was it the trip before?
I inked most of my chipboard roughly with 'artprint' brown and then rubbed 'pinecone' brown ink on top. The blue ink is a Chalk ink and I used a little bling for my birds eye (him and a few friends came in the tin with the Maya Rd trees).

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Prima Sketch

Has anyone checked out Prima's blog and tried their sketch for this month? I'm going to work on it today so if anyone wants to join me, here's the sketch...

I will post my page later.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Glimmer Mist

Well it's November. The temperature is dropping though it's been pretty balmy for this time of year. But still, time to move indoors and maybe try something new. Lynette just got Glimmer Mist in and it's a really easy product to use. It comes in a spray bottle so all you need to do is shake it up well to get the shimmery bits off the bottom and then spray it on to your project. I thought I'd share with you a few things I've been doing with Glimmer Mist lately.

For my first Glimmer Mist project I used a big Fancy Pants chipboard swirl and the deer I had downloaded from Scrapbooks Etc for a layout last month, as masks.
I sprayed across my cardstock and over my masks.(Now I have a very pretty, shimmery chipboard scroll to use on another project) The heat gun can be used to speed up the drying process if you are anxious to keep working on your page.
I removed my masks and decorated my page with a title, some Maya Rd stickers and other bits and pieces.
The scroll became a tree for my Owl to perch in.
Old Lace Glimmer Mist is a very light tan brown so it doesn't "pop" on my kraft cardstock.

On my next page I decided to try the darkest colour I had; 'Slate' Glimmer Mist. I used Heidi Swapp leaf masks to create a design down one side of my layout. I discovered the HS masks do NOT like the heat gun so let them air dry ~ It only takes a few minutes. If you don't like the splotches, use a tissue to wipe them away before the Glimmer Mist dries.
You can see the entire layout in the store.

Here's another layout using a Heidi Swapp mask. I put the daisy mask down the right side of my light blue cardstock and sprayed with 'Frost' Glimmer Mist.

On this fourth layout I sprayed a piece of black cardstock all over with 'Slate' Glimmer Mist. I placed two Bazzill die-cut strips across the bottom of the cardstock and sprayed again with 'Frost' Glimmer Mist. I removed the die-cut strips and built my layout on top of the shimmery cardstock.

I've also sprayed Glimmer Mist on Prima flowers and on Tim Holtz grunge board. It adds instant shimmer to any embellishment.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So Crystal came down and visited for a while.....

and we couldn't wait to see what I had ordered( I have alot of fun ordering and sometimes i t's a bit of a surprise when all the goodies finally arrive...LOL.. so we got to peaking the boxes. I have some freight to work on tomorrow. I'll let you know what we found :) but for now it's just lots and lots of fun stuff, I'm sure there's a little something in those packages for everyone!!

So many little space

So I have been friviously working on those boxes of freight Crystal mentioned..and just when I got what I thought was most of it entered guess what came in again today.............

So far I've entered lots of new Bo Bunny featuring Valentines, Winter Fun, All I Need iS You, Unfogettable Evening. So I'm off to get the Reminisce all entered and then i'll dive into what's in the boxes..all sorts of new goodies.
Watch for more updates soon!

New Freight!

I just stopped by the store this morning to drop off the "Christmas at our House" Acrylic Circle Album and couldn't help but nose through all the new freight piled up on the counter. There is lots of new product. The thing that caught my eye the most was the K&Company Specialty Paper Pack. The paper is glittered, flocked and embossed. I thought I would post a picture of a project I just completed using some of this paper as well as some Cosmo Cricket, Reminisce, Making Memories and a few odds and ends. The mini album itself is from My Little Yellow Bicycle and the last time I checked there was only one left in the store! This book was super easy to put together. Spooktacular!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I just finished typing up the instructions for my December class. It is a Acrylic Circle Album. The title is "Christmas at our House" There is lots of spots to show all your Christmas traditions or just Christmas memories. I will be bring the book to the store on Tuesday this week. Here is a picture to show you the idea. We use vinyl, stickles, crystals, ribbon, buttons, stickers, die cuts, paper, ink, sanding and lots more! Come in and check out the real thing this week and don't forget to sign up for the class. This book would be great as a gift or you could keep it all for yourself. We will have the date and price confirmed soon.

I was in the store the other day and I saw that a box of winter and Christmas Reminisce paper, stickers and rubons had just arrived. Lynette gave me a few pieces to work with a couple of weeks ago. I quickly finished the layout but didn't bring it into the store because I was reluctantly waiting for it to snow to take pictures. Fortunately for Trick or Treaters it didn't snow, unfortunately for my layout it has no snow pictures. I am tired of waiting for snowy pictures so here is a sneak peek of my layout and I think I will bring it in without pictures. I want to enjoy this beautiful fall weather we seem to be having. Enjoy the season, get outside and take some great pictures!