Thursday, April 21, 2016

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Homestead Strawberry Basket with Petaloo Flowers

You're going to want to check out this post over on the AUTHENTIQUE BLOG today! We are hopping with Petaloo this week for some fun prize packs including the latest of the Authentique Collections and Petaloo flowers and trims!

Here's a little sneak of my project, created with the new Homestead Collection and this cute little strawberry basket box card from the Silhouette Online Store.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Chibitronics - Cards that Light Up!

I have a few cards that I made with the very cool circuit craft kits from Chibitronics. They light up! If I can get it together, I'm going to post (later this week) a how-to complete the quilted card at the bottom!
 (Stamps are Mason Row Pegz and Avery Elle)

 (Stamps are Mason Row Pegz, Lawn Fawn dies, and Distress Inks)
(This fun card uses plain cardstock, a WrMK Next Level Embossing folder, and a VERY large bow.)
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: "Adore"-able Valentine's Packaging

I wanted to share with you a few quick and easy Valentine's that you could make using Authentique's new Adore Collection. To start, I found an adorable Heart Window Treat Wrap (#114931) that was just the right size for a little Valentine's Jelly Belly box. I cut the pieces from Blushing and the Enhancements page. I really love that black and white stripe that was on the reverse of the images, and wanted to showcase it. Finish them with ribbon and a sticker, and they are perfect!
The "Love" home decor was simply a fun wood piece I found at my local craft store, then painted white and covered with pieces from the 6x6 Bundle. To get the letters just so, I made sure to glue then down first, cut with a craft knife, then sand the edges smooth. Inking the edges last, makes any imperfections disappear!
The last little Valentine I have for my little family is a fun gift bag that I filled with yummy chocolates. I just love the Blushing paper, and had to use it once again. I used almost the entire sheet for this, and it's just the perfect size for an entire bag of goodness! To make the bottom more secure, I glued in a small square of 110# cardstock. To complete this, I used some wonderfully pink May Arts ribbons.
The fun gift tag is created from one of the Components die cuts, and a Details sticker that I hole-punched. Simple and perfect.
 Hopefully this gets you in the mood to create some fabulous Valentine's yourself!
Adore Collection: Blushing, Enhancements, 6x6 Bundle, Details stickers, 6x12" Components
Additional Supplies: May Arts ribbons, Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Online Store [Heart Window Treat Wrap (#114931), Vertical Heart Box (#37202)], wood word, white paint, inks, adhesive, candies
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Friday, January 1, 2016

Paper Issues Blog Hop: My Favorite 15 of '15 --GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

I wanted to share my favorite 15 of 2015 projects with you today. I was blessed to see the Paper Issues call for the fabulous blog hop today, and I am glad to count myself among these crafty ladies. Once you are done scrolling through, leave me a comment for a chance to win a stamp set! 


In no particular order, here are my favorite projects of 2015. 

And a few more that I never blogged about!

Well, those are the favorite 15 of 2015! Hope you hop along to the rest of the Paper Issues Design Team and Friends! If you haven't gotten to see the whole list, here's the LINK.

If you would like to win a fun SWEET STAMP SHOP Title Script Stamp Set, leave me a comment! Let me know what you have planned for 2016! I accidentally ordered two, and my mistake is your gain!!
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing with Whatever is Lovely

I have been in love with all of the Illustrated Faith products that have come out this last year. When Bella Blvd. came out with their "Whatever is Lovely" line, I snapped it up when I was able. Philippians 4:8 holds a special place in my heart, as it was the verse that I shared when my two babies were baptized. I wanted to pair the sweet black and white photo with the bright, bold patterns.
Once I put everything together, I had to take the Illustrated Faith Precision Pen and trace all of the beautifully patterned paper. The lovely alpha looks like it's handcut, which is just too fun.
With a few of the sentiment pieces from the 3x4s paper, I created a cute little card. I added a few more pieces of sentiment by snagging a couple of stickers from my Genesis kit, using some dimensional adhesive to stick them on. 
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GOSSAMER BLUE: Delight in the Details Class and Class Kit!!!!
I am SUPER excited to share with you that I was asked earlier this summer to help contribute for a Gossamer Blue class. The fabulous Jill Keller put together this course, and chose all of the contributors: Monika Wright, Emily Spahn, Sabrina Alery and ME! It's called Delight in the Details.

From Gossamer Blue: Delight in the Details: a class focused on taking your layouts from good to gorgeous! Learn to layer and embellish while focusing on techniques for enhancing page backgrounds, clustering embellishments, creating dimension and all of the little things that will make your finished projects stand out and be noticed. Register now, as class begins September 28th!! And best part, if you register soon, you get a fantastic stamp set designed by One Little Bird.
There's also a class kit! And seriously... This class kit is AMAZING! I really loved all of the details, the embellishments, the sequins (oh, the sequins!!)...
I couldn't resist snagging you a little sneak of one of my four (4!!) projects that I created using this kit. Let me know if you join the class! I'd love to see what you come up with.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CHIBITRONICS!! Fun Ways to Light Up Your Projects

I am excited to share with you a few projects that are going live on HSN (Home Shopping Network) in a few hours! I was lucky to be asked to create a couple of things for Chibitronics, a fun newer company that is bridging the gap between crafting and electronics. I will admit, I am not an engineer, but these little circuit stickers are really fun to create with. I am going to share with you how I created the circuit for this fun wreath.
I started with my wreath form. In this case, it's just a ring that I cut from some chipboard. This provided enough stability for my project, and a nice flat surface for my circuit to stick to.
I started by drawing out my circuit onto the chipboard, then laying down the copper tape. I created a parallel circuit so that I could use multiple circuit stickers. Make sure to mark which side is your negative, and which is your positive. The stickers must be facing the correct way to work.
Since my circuit curved, I couldn't get a straight fold to work. To minimize any short circuits, I burnished the copper foil tape with a plastic pen. This way, the tape was really flat and wouldn't move.

I created a housing for the battery using some paper that matched the leaves that I was going to decorate the wreath with. The tape was also in a similar color. By taping the edge, it created a flap that I could position the battery in, and clamp on when I wanted the project to light.
See my cute little circuit! I even marked the positive and negative sections!
So when the housing was complete, and the circuits all complete, then I was ready to start stickering the project!
For this project, I chose to use the red LED circuit stickers. I thought that when finished, the red pops of light would mimic berries.
Since the battery is a wily little thing, I decided to use some double-sided tape to stick one side of the battery to the battery housing that I had created. This way, I wouldn't have any loose batteries if I moved the wreath.
Once I stuck the double-sided tape to the negative side of the battery, it fit nicely into the battery housing I had created, and allowed for the housing to open when I wanted to turn the wreath off.
It's ALIVE!! Seriously, isn't this just the coolest thing ever?!?!?
Once the project worked, then I was able to decorate. I chose a couple of colors of green cardstock from my stash, and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out evergreen boughs and holly leaves.
 Isn't this amazing? Seriously, grab some of the Chibitronics Circuits and try your own projects!
I also created a great Hanukkah menorah display using the yellow lights, and a fun monogram using the white lights!
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