Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Gifts/Minibook/Gifts in a Jar/Snowflakes

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you Glad...-John Greenleaf Whittier

These are a few more gifts I have been finishing up this week. My girls made the beaded snowflakes using a wire form by "The Beadsmith". It made the project more fun not having to come up with your own form. I would think Michaels or ACMoore would carry these.

The minibook is filled with fun "Friend and Girl" quotes for my friend and neighbor.

These wonderful "Gifts in a Jar" are only 3 of the several I am making. The bowl made up 6 jars of a 9 bean soup recipe. I put all the spices in a small sealed bag and is included in the jar. I put several recipes together with the help of "Taste of Home" Digest. I would include a link but blogger has thrown me into confusion with a new design being put in place (I assume that is what is going on). I'm not sure how to use my blogger anymore. That will have to wait until next year after the holidays.

I'm going to try to link up to the parties that are on my sidebar so check out eveyone's last minute gift giving ideas Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Blog Hop

The following 3 projects are for the Creative Scrapbook Diva Christmas Bloghop. 12 days filled with projects to help gift giving, cards and decor.

My pillowboxes inspiration came from Michelle's day 6 challenge. She has certainly made for than I have but I am going a bit crazy with all the combinations of paper and embellishments for these little cuties.

I run the box through my bigkick while still flat for the embossing.

Luisa's day 4 challenge is a banner using her cricut her snowflakes and letters.

I used chipboard letters over sheet music flowers I made from my dad's collection.

My last post has a more detailed banner I made last week with an extra layer of lace flowers and each letter has a beaded ribbon. This one is more simple but I think I may tie some small bells or wreaths in between each letter. These banners would be great for spring/Easter as well as Christmas!

The glass glitter edges the ovals and covers the letters and center star.

For Sandy's day 3 of the bloghop, I helped my 4th grader finish the little book. This will be for her classmates to sign for the teacher. We included a very nice Christmas quote inside the front cover.
This will make a great keepsake ornament. Thanks for the idea Sandy!

I have been having fun with my "sparkles" snowflakes (same star and snowflake as the pillowboxes) from Quickutz (used with the bigkick).

This mini book I made quite a long time ago but I planned the ribbon a bit better. If the ribbon is glued between the cover and the inside paper, it can be placed anywhere for tying or hanging. The pearls were added last on this book for hanging in a craft room.

My pillowboxes are linked to This Party

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Handmade Gift/Banner & Tea Cup Tues.

For my banner, I used glass glitter, handmade lace flowers from strips of lace and my fathers vintage sheet music copied onto cardstock.

To see a tutorial on how to make this banner see, Terri at Artful Affirmations. She has the most beautiful homemade ornaments and teacups!! See Terri for Teacup Tuesday links.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tea Time Tuesday
I am also linked to this Tea Time Tues.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Family Quote

"FAMILY" Collage

"The memories of these fabrics are woven into our hearts."

I finally finished this little collage which holds some wonderful memories!! It holds ribbon, tulle and the flower from my 38yr old flower girl dress that I wore when I was...very little, I can't give a way my age :)

It also has some sprigs of pearls from my wedding hair piece and vintage lace (across the bottom) from hubby's grandmother.

The backing is decorative paper sewn on stiff fabric . I hope the knob it is hanging above doesn't keep you from seeing it well. You can click on it to see it larger. The dresser it adorns is a 1930's which was hubby's grandparents wedding gift.

It took me forever to finish this and make my final decisions...it sat for months at a time but I love the depth it represents.

BWS tips button This project is linked to This Party.

You HAVE to check out Angela's site, http://wwwcreativecreationsbyangela.blogspot.com/
She is so excited to start monthly challenges and she is going to start up a new website store.
She will be selling her hand made JEWELRY, CARDS, and Altered Art ( Picture frames, bedroom letters, decorative art, etc... ) She is hoping to have my site up within the next month or sooner!
Very fun!! She also is giving away goodies to 3 of her followers as a bonus!! Thanks Angela!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paper Flowers/Gift Package Ribbon

Paper Flowers and Ribbon

I am always trying to find gift ideas that are truly functional and helpful in making gift giving fun. Last year I made cloth re-usable bags and tags. This year I love the look of homemade flowers. So I decided to attach them to 3ft of ribbon for wrapping gifts.
Some have a knot from the ribbon for the middle of the flower, others have small faux flowers and brads.

And of course what makes them complete is a charming way to store them..in my recycled jar with my homemade decorated top!

Look at the amazing goodies my friend and Scrapbook Diva, Luisa sent to me.

She is a Close To My Heart consultant and your" go to gal" for these great stamps... ect. I won these awesome goodies through the monster card challenge with her and Creative Scrapbooking Divas. Thank you sooo much Luisa, I have been wanting a wonderful bird stamp and this collection is absolutely beautiful!!

Lastly, Karen Ladd was the winner of my October challenges with the CSDivas. Congrats Karen!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Change It Up" Paper Challenge

I can't stop with the lay-outs now that I have started. The second of my two October "Change it up Paper Challenges" is explained in the last post. Please check out the technique by scrolling down to the last post. Here I used the same "watercolor look" technique to create the other half of the winter day full lay-out. This time I used blue snowflakes. The green in the vellum ribbon will make the bit of green in the first page show up better.

I'm so excited to see 10 comments between the two challenges. This should be fun seeing all the results. I'll keep you posted and let you know who wins the prize!!
Check out my challenge posts at Creative Scrapbook Divas to get in on the fun and I would love it if you left me a comment on these posts here as well so I know who is checking out the techniques :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Creative Scrapbook Diva Challenge/Altering Cardstock

For the second of my two October "Change it up Paper Challenges", I used stamping and distress inks.
Inspired by a Tim Holtz technique and scrapbook page.

1. For this design, I used the 3 colors on one stamp. Once the stamp is covered with ink, mist the stamp directly with 3-4 sprays of water.
2. Press the stamp directly on paper and lift quickly. Repeat the stamping 2-3 more times spraying the stamp with water again if necessary. Each time you press the stamp the image will be lighter in color, faded.
3. Immediately dry the wet images with a heat tool. This dries the puddles of dye and water creating a watercolor look. I also like the look if the water get blown around a bit in the drying process.
4. Wipe off the stamp with a towel and repeat steps 1-3, several times creating your design over the entire sheet of paper for a background page.

For me, the paper still needed to be muddied up. Additional steps for this lay-out include:
1. Tear strips of dry paper you created above.
2. Using a cloth, lightly rub the same colors of ink over the designs.
3. Use the mister to spray the whole strip, your table will get wet and there may be some dripping of dye.
4. Use the heat tool to set your new watercolor look.
5.Ink the edges of the paper.

-The tag, which will be tucked down under the paper, strip was made with alcohol inks on a ribbed paper I had in my stash of "found" supplies.
-I added metal brads, ect and chains to match the chains on the tires.

This post and the last post are for my October challenges through the Creative Scrapbook Diva website. I am providing a RAK, random act of kindness gift, for the challenges. Link up through the site for either of these challenges you may win the items below.
To stay with the theme of the challenges, I included a way to add dimension to paper with the "paper effects". In the future, I may have challenges with clay and other ways to get texture within lay-outs and projects. One package of clay is translucent as it can be used for photo transfers. And the trim is just for FUN!

Luisa's explosion card challenge with the Creative Scrapbooking Diva's was really fun to do with the kids. But I had to make one too!!!!! See her CSD link for full instructions.

The message inside reads:

When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers,
"tis near Halloween."

The purple ones were my 7 & 9 yr old kids take on the challenge.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Creative Scrapbook Diva Challenge/Altering Cardstock

Hello everyone, I'm so happy that the Creative Scrapbook Divas decided to stay up and running. I truly enjoy checking out everyone's unique creativity and personal blogs for inspiration.
As the October guest for the month, the challenge I chose includes ways to alter cardstock for your projects.
For the first example, I used a Heidi Swapp mask. The masks are flexible and a bit sticky on one side. Using glitter spray or ink, color all around the mask then gently lift the mask. In it's place you will have the white background still showing.

Below is my final project. I chose to blend some inks over the shape vs leaving it white and decorated with rub-ons, 3d flowers ect. Tim Holtz has a great video on other ways to use masks.
Don't forget you can make your own glimmer mist. One way is to use perfect pearls and a bit of water in a mini mister. Tim uses re-inkers to the mix on This Project using this exact mask.

My second example of how to alter cardstock is using metallic cardstock and alcohol inks.
Alcohol inks can be used on a variety of surfaces that pigment and dye inks won't stick to. So it's really fun to experiment on metals, brads, glass, plastics, glossy paper and transparencies.
Below I took black metallic glittered cardstock and used cranberry alcohol ink to change the color for this pillowbox.

This tag background is glossy (shiny) paper altered with the alcohol inks, blending tool and Adirondack alochol blending solution.

This is the same technique used on a transparency. The layer is pulled to the side. See the full project Here.
For the challenge, choose a way to completely change the look of your cardstock, glossy cardstock or transparency for any project or scrapbook page. If using glossy paper or transparency is new to you, now is a great time to dive in!! Have fun and I can't wait to see the projects you come up with.
There will be a RAK at the end of October after a drawing of all the participants.

Click on the Blinkie to to go the Scrapbook Divas and link your project with Mr. Linky!!!! Hey, I made a rhyme!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

3D Challenge, Homemade Faux Clay Seals

3D Challenge

There is a challenge this month over at CreativeScrapbookDivas to share your favorite 3D project for a holiday. Michelle's challenge was so cute with all her little pillowboxes that I had to give it a try. This is one of mine with my homemade faux clay seal and the word "friendship".

This gift is linked to:
Scrappy Gifts

I have 4 of these little rose clay seals and this pillow box together for sale on My Etsy

I used my bigkick to emboss the box then scored the lines. ONLY glue the bottom flap then the top flap down. This leaves room inside for folding the sides and filling with candy, buttons, ribbons or any gift.

Michelle's blog has several links to help with templates, SVG files for your electronic diecut machines, twine ect. Check her out! I don't use the SVG file, I printed a template and handcut.

Now for my favorite 3D Holiday projects to share for the challenge:

These are made with mini paper mache boxes. They are filled with microbeads to make them shakers, wrapped in paper and layered with torn pieces of old cards. I wrapped them in trim from old doilies and added an eyelet screw to hang a treasure. The final touch is my wonderful Aleene's glitter snow. They adorn my winter berry wreath.
I covered this tiny box with an old book page then music paper. The angel is hanging from a loop which is screwed into the bottom. I get my old vintage buttons from a great lady at the local flea market. She has hundreds of fun old buttons. This extra gift is hanging on a Christmas gift bag with a matching tag.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Memory Bottle

This is one of my summer projects. The other is helping my 7 and 9yr old girls finish their minibook of their new baby cousin...who is 2 yrs old now.

I found this beautiful bottle at a church yard sale. I transformed it into a memory bottle for my lovely Nana Isabelle Mae. The handmade charm was given to her more than 55yrs ago.

Parties I linked this project to:

Check out the sparkles in this new Creative Scrapbooking Diva's blinkie. They have a new site within blogger now with so many ideas, challenges and tutorials. They are alot of fun to hang out with!! It's been a while for me but I hope to start playing again very soon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Will it ever stop raining here in Maine??? My May flowers need sunshine :)
Big sister is trying to make little sister smile for the camera. She is crying because she is...WET.

This page was created by using a template for slicing then folding the design. Underneath the folds there is a different paper showing through. I used the template during a scrapbook store class.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lace Flowers/BlogHop

It's time to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day this Saturday May 7th with our fabulous:

Divas Mansion Tour Blog HOP!!!

There are so many ways to make homemade flowers, I'm going a little crazy. I have quite a collection just waiting for the right lay-out.

The 3 pinwheel flowers are made from pink lace then centered with layered punched out flowers and a brad. The large flower is a 12inch piece of lace that I dyed with perfect pearls before making the flower. Check out http://what-a-beautiful-mess.blogspot.com/ for great flower making tutorials!!

We Have a Story To Tell

These are the first two pages to our family album going back to 2003. (Separate from the kids albums).
This is my niece, Stephanie.

About Me

One of the challenges last week was to create a page about myself. Hmmm! Not the kids?? So I took a lay-out about my first weekend away to a scrap and turned it into a page that I otherwise would not have taken the time to do. I also used my "life mission statement" I created a couple years ago. I hadn't done anything special with this statement until this challenge came up (it's in the envelope). The lay-out also includes my favorite quote from John Eldredge and a verse from a song about friends.
Thanks for the inspiration Creative Scrapbook Diva's!