Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas 2013

Here's a layout I did for the Robin's Nest Blog that I wanted to share her with you.  The photo is a few years old but I guess it's better scrapped late than never.

Robin's Nest Products

Other Products

Cricut Die Cuts
Pearl Mist
White Pen

To start I matted the photo on some of the Red Rope Glitter Cardstock and the Hunter Green with Gold Glitter Cardstock and layered it all on top of some of the Gold Classic Swirl Glitter Cardstock.

With my Cricut I cut out the poinsettia flowers and the holly leaves. I added some detail to the flowers with a white pen and then sprayed them with some pearl mist to give them a little sparkle. And of course I had to add some Metallic Gold Dew Drops to the flowers and some Christmas Dew Drops to the holly leaves. I also popped up the top layer of the flower and just the leafy part of the holly to give the page some dimension.

I added some Christmas burlap ribbon to the top and bottom of the layout and some gold stickers that I've had in my stash for many years. I never realized how pretty they were til I placed them on this layout.

I decided to go with a simple title and used the word Christmas from the Glitter Word Titles.

So does this layout get you in the mood for Christmas? It sure does for me!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Treat Bags

I've got a Christmas treat bag tutorial up today at the ScraPerfect Blog. I hope you'll stop by and check it out. Be sure and leave a comment if you do! I do a lot of baking around the holidays and am always looking for creative ways to wrap them up for little gifts.

 I used two different bags here. The left one is a small plastic bag with a twist tie closure at the top. The right one is a small paper bag that I added red paper to the front and the black belt was cut on my Cricut. 

I used some plain old wooden clothespins, took them apart and colored them with a red sharpie. I figured that would be a lot easier not to mention quicker than trying to paint them.

Once I put them back together I was ready to start on the hats.

These are all the supplies I needed to make the Santa Hats.

I decided to use glitter cardstock and we all know how difficult it is to get anything to stick to it. I used the Best Glue Ever and it worked like a charm! I probably used more than I needed but I wanted to be sure it really held up since most of these treat bags will be going to kids. So, I glued the white strips to the bottom of the red triangles and then glued some smaller pom poms to one of the white strips and a bigger pom pom to the top of the triangle using the Best Glue Ever. I didn't add pom poms to both of the triangles but I suppose you could if you wanted to. Then I glued the front of the hat to one side of the clothespin and the back (the plain one) to the other side of the clothespin.

Here you can see how it opens so you can insert the top of the treat bag.

Quick and easy and pretty darn cute!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Change Can Be Beautiful

Hello scrappy friends! There's a challenge up at the ScraPerfect blog today and it's about making your own borders. You can't use any machine or stitching to make your borders. Here's my entry for the challenge.

I love this photo of my granddaughters looking out over the water at the colorful fall foliage so I decided to use leaves as my border. I bought a small bag of fabric leaves at Michaels and then just glued them down using The Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect. It worked so well. You only need a tiny bit of glue and it really holds the fabric leaves well. I love how the border turned out!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Sneak Peek

I've got a layout up at the Robin's Nest Blog today and wanted to share a quick little sneak peek with you.

Please stop by the blog to see the whole project and be sure to leave a comment.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Debossed Christmas Card

I've got a blog post up at ScraPerfect today. I was playing around with my embossing folders one day and tried a new technique. I saw something similar to this using metal dies on Jennifer McGuire Ink's Facebook page. I don't have many Christmas dies so I decided to try the same technique with embossing folders.

I took an Anna Griffin wreath embossing folder and first wiped it clean using the Perfect Cleaning Cloth. Then I tapped the inside of the embossing folder with the Perfect Crafting Pouch. I took my embossing ink pad and swiped it on the side of the folder with the most raised edges and placed my paper in it being careful not to let it slide. Ran it through my Cuttlebug and carefully removed the paper and sprinkled the debossed side with clear embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. It came out beautifully! All the debossed areas really pop and it looks like the wreath is laying on top of the paper. 
To give it some sparkle I took my Wink of Stella Clear pen and just brushed it on the ribbon and then used a silver Wink of Stella pen to outline the pine cones in the center of the bow. Then added some candy cane Stickles to the berries on the wreath. 
I layered it on some red and white striped paper and rounded all the edges along with the card base. 
I love how this came out! 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Card Set

I recently had a project up at The Robin's Nest Blog and wanted to share it with you. I've been busy making Christmas cards the last couple of weeks and I was asked to make a small set of cards to be donated to one of the local nursing homes in the area.

Robin's Nest Products

Other products used
Cuttlebug and Embossing Folders
Stamps, Inks and Embossing Powder

To start I placed 4.25" x 5.5" pieces of the Hunter Green with Gold Glitter Cardstock and Winter Snowflakes Cardstock on the card fronts. I then designed the white die cuts using my Gypsy and Cricut. I used both the negative and positive parts of the die cuts on each of the cards. I attached the negative part on top of the cards. I popped up the positive parts on top of the negatives and offset them a bit to give the cards even more dimension.

As you can see from the close up, I embossed the trees with my Cuttlebug which just made them stand out more. I also stamped and embossed different  sentiments on each card.

And of course they needed a little sparkle so I added some Metallic Gold Dew Drops and Silver Bells Dew Drops to the tops of the negative tree die cuts.

These were fun and easy cards to make and I know they'll be going to someone who can really use them. I was honored to be asked to do this and I'm thinking I just might make some more to donate.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

I've got a layout up at the ScraPerfect blog today that I would like to share with you. It's a fall layout, my favorite kind to do since this is my favorite time of year.

I also tried something new for me. I had bought these little wooden leaves and I thought they would look really pretty if I added some glitter  or embossing powder to them. So I gathered my supplies and couldn't find my embossing stamp pad.....so I decided to try using the Best Glue Ever and it worked just as well as the embossing ink. I just lightly spread some of the Best Glue Ever over the wooden leaves, sprinkled the embossing powder and used my heat gun to set it. It worked perfectly. I did the green and orange leaves that way.

For the glittered leaves, I used a bit more glue and then really covered the leaves with the glitter.

I shook off the excess glitter and then took a piece of plastic packaging and pressed the glitter down into the glue. Let it dry and here are the results close up.

That photo doesn't do them justice. They came out very nice, but I just couldn't get a good photo of them.  Then I set them aside to dry and set about assembling my layout. And as you can imagine, my fingers were quite a sticky glittery mess so I just sprayed some of the Best Cleaner Ever on them and everything came right off. I love that stuff!

Normally my fall pages are mostly orange and browns but since all the flowers in the photo were pink I added the big pink plaid banner behind the photo to tie it all in. I cut some strips of dark cork into banners and layered the blue and copper paper on top of them. I also added a light coat of gesso behind the photo and sprinkled the background with some coffee colored mist. I even added a journaling  card, which is unusual for me, and matted that with the same colored papers as I matted the photo with. To top it all off, I then added the leaves I had made for a bit of sparkle. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Go For It

I've got a challenge up at the Mini Crop going on at Creative Inspiration. Our theme this month is banners, flags, pennants..... etc. My challenge is to use flags on your layout.

These are my two granddaughters who are both cheerleaders.  I love watching them cheer and dance.
My flags here are fussy cut from some Cheerleading paper I've had forever. I took a wooden skewer and attached the cuts and instant flags. Couldn't be easier!

Please stop by our forum and play along with some of our mini crop challenges or maybe even try our daily challenges. Lots of fun and interesting challenges going on at Creative Inspiration.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Christmas Themed Sneak Peak

I've got a project up at The Robin's Nest Blog today and just wanted to share a sneak peak with you.

Hope you'll stop by the blog and check out my project! Be sure and leave a comment there if you do.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 7, 2016

3rd Grade

We've got a DT sketch reveal today over at Creative Inspiration. I hope you'll stop by and check out all the different takes of the sketch.

Here's the sketch we had to work with

I was afraid all the busy papers would take away from the photos so I decided to mat them with some solid color cardstock. That seemed to work along with keeping the rest of the layout fairly simple.

Hope you'll stop by Creative Inspiration and play along with us!

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