Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ooohh..La..La....Hula Girl!

It's been awhile since I've sat down and played with my LAD stamps....I just got my hands on their new summer release sets, here is one of them that I whipped up this morning:


Isn't she just the cutest thing you've ever seen? Just looking at this really makes me want a vacation to Hawaii or any Caribbean Island...ahhh...sounds nice. I love my new hula girl...

I have so much to do today so this post will be extremely short.....Enjoy and have a great day!



Materials used:

Papers: White cardstock. Me & My Big Ideas. Heather Bailey.

Inks: Butterscotch, black, bright green, lemonade, red, and tangerine.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs.

Giga Oval Scallop Punch.

Daisy Doodle flower by Prima.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Get ready for a fun Flower Tutorial!

I rarely do tutorials...every once-in-a-while....only because they take a lot of time, construction, and layout of each photo. But today, I had some time and wanted to do one....they are so much fun because you get to see the entire process....

No peeking at the bottom! LOL. Here are the steps for making this floral topper.


Step 1:

Start with a large marvy circle punch and punch out one circle...you choose the desired patterned paper:

Step 2:

You will end up punching out a total of 6 circles. Arrange them in a daisy pattern as shown below:

Step 3:

Take a medium sized circle punch and punch out 5 more circles using a different colored cardstock:

Step 4:

Take each piece and fold at an angle the top left and right side as shown:

Step 5:

Begin adhering on top of the base one at a time:

Step 6:

Keep adhering to the base until you've completed another daisy shape entirely:

Step 7:

It gets more fun! I took a chartreuse colored paper and hand cut my own leaf design. I adhered it on top of the orange petals.
Step 8:

Continue with step 7 until you've adhered all the leaves:

Step 9:

Here is where you get to stack all sorts of flowers and embellishments of your choice. I layered two paper florals, one orange polka-dotted and one dark green floral:

Step 10:

Next, I cut out some individual ribbon strips, no longer than 3 inches:

Step 11:

Fold and staple the ends of each ribbon strip as shown. You may use any other type of hand fastener if you like:

Step 12:

Place accordingly on top of the layered flowers:

Step 13:

And the last piece of embellishment I used was a blue floral that I placed and secured on top of the ribbon. Voila! Your hand made flower is finished!

Step 14:

Using a cute little box I found, I tied a fuschia colored ribbon across the center of the box and secured my floral topper. Use a clip or tie to secure your flower.

Here is another view of the box decorated and ready to give to your recipient. I love that pink ribbon! Goes so well on top of that black lid! Gorgeous!


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did....have a great day everyone!
Materials used:

Papers: Heather Bailey and Me & My Big Ideas.
Florals: Prima.
Small ribbon: Heather Bailey.
Gift Box: SEI.
Accessories: Large and medium marvy circle punch.



Monday, July 28, 2008

Scalloped Drink Umbrellas and a Card

It was a lovely weekend...busy, no doubt, but it was kind of great to get away from it all, NO blogging at all, felt strange...lol........spent time with family....and pretty much a lot of driving around O.C., taking Chris all over and letting him have fun....and when he's happy....mommy's happy!

Here are some fun drink umbrellas I made late last evening...getting back into the groove of things and with a ton of ideas in my head -

I will definitely have to do a quick tutorial on these a little later - so easy and quick to make and look great in your party drinks...summer's not over yet...so keep on celebrating!

I also had some time to make a front flap foldover card. Love the details and the colorful print of 3 different pieces of cardstock:


A quick photo of my new Daisy Doodles from Prima....what is a girl to do without her flowers? I'm CRAZY, I sometimes run out and get more and more flowers even when I'm not out of them yet!

Hmmm...not too happy with the clarity of my photos today....hmmm, better tomorrow, I hope. :) Enjoy!



Materials used:


Papers: Me & My Big Ideas.

Giga Scallop Punch.

Butterfly pin by Country Market.

Red and Yellow Daisy Doodles by Prima.

7 thin, wooden toothpicks.

Brad accent by Heather Bailey.






Friday, July 25, 2008

Peek-a-boo....I see you!

This is a new card that features a 'peek-a-boo' style cutout in which you can hide a surprise sentiment or photo inside and underneath the folded flap....here is the full size card:

And then let's open it just a tad....what's hiding behind there?

Oh what fun! Another little birdie says hello!



A very special 'I love you' sentiment! Love it and hope you do too! Have an exceptional weekend! It's been a busy week for me and I think I'll try to get some R & R this weekend...who knows...we'll see.

Materials used:

Paper, ribbon, and tag by Heather Bailey's Fresh Cut collection. White cardstock.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Inks: Black, red, and lemon.

Scallop scissors and hole punch.




May summer never end....

Hey, Happy Friday! I am working with lots of new, new materials, yay! Have you ever heard of Heather Bailey products? Well, if you haven't, you must check out her line of paper crafting supplies:


She utilizes the brightest, most cheerful colors with an abundance of floral and nature designs.

Enjoy! I'll be back later with another card using some more HB goodies!



Materials used:


Plain white pillow box.

Paper, glitter chipboard, ribbon, and brad by Heather Bailey's Freshcut collection.





Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Last Sneak Peek...

Here is the last sneak peek you will see for my new banner that is coming in August - it's going to be jam packed with vibrant colors:



Can you guess what it is? ;) Do you know what my new found love is?? I've been working very hard behind the scenes to get this all together and I hope you'll love what you see in weeks to come!


Enjoy!

Morning Meadow

This is another pocket tag card I made early this morning:

This kit is the last kit I will be showing you from SEI. This kit consists of papers with very delicate color - hues of light blue, green, white, chocolate, butter, and beige. Perfectly tasteful if you needed to make a sympathy card.

Here's another photo in which I turned the card a different angle and can you see the shimmer of the paper? Look close and you can see the shimmery bird and butterflies:

Thanks for sticking with me through all of my kits...fun, fun! If you would like to check out other products from SEI, you can visit their site on my left nav bar.


I will be back in a short while with the #2 preview for August - the last preview you will see!



Materials used:


SEI's Morning Meadow Kit.

Cheeky Board Clip by Making Memories.





Tuesday, July 22, 2008

love...sweet...bloom...

One more project for the day - this is a sweet, oh...so very girly card you can make for that little daughter or niece in your life:


All materials used are from SEI's Gerti Collection.

I'm gone for the rest of day to buy a whole bunch of crafting supplies - how fun is that? Maybe have a McD's lunch with the kiddy when he gets home from school...

I have one more kit from SEI that I will be showing you a little later. Enjoy!





Chipboard Shapes

These are fun little butterfly and daisy chipboards that you can create and decorate with just about anything you desire...here is the butterfly:

A little wall art....add ribbon or string and hang them up in your little princess' room:

Here is a look at the daisy flower:

It's been so busy this morning....I think I've done around 5-6 loads of laundry since yesterday...doesn't it ever stop? Do you think there is a laundry fairy out there somewhere...just click your fingers and she'll appear? lol.



Materials used:


Butterfly and Daisy chipboard by Making Memories.

SEI KITS: Ally's Wonderland and Gerti.

Flowers by Prima.





Monday, July 21, 2008

DIY Pillow Gift Box

Doodle..dee..doo......doodle..dee..doo......it's post #2! I'm in such a fun loving, singing kind of a silly mood today...trust me, you never want to hear me sing in real life!

Here is another project in which I made my own pillow shaped gift box. This one was really fun, lots of bright and bold colors:

Here's a close-up of the individual leaf stems. I simply chose several patterns of paper and cut them by hand:

Another view of the gift box, behind it stands the coordinating album that comes with all of these kits that I'm using. Each kit contains the paper and embellishments, one keepsake album, and a keepsake box...beautiful!

Here's a view of the gift tag with what I call 'eggplant' alpha letters:

And a final view of the Prima flowers that I used, they are fabulous!!!

Remember, check back often because I'll be posting several per day.....getting caught up finally - then I will take a day or two off and just BREATHE a bit so I can work on other stuff.


Materials used:


SEI's Ally's Wonderland Collection.

Essentials 2 by Prima.


You're my one and only boy!

I think I've mentioned several times how much I absolutely love Mondays! Just got a whole bunch of chores out of the way this morning....and boy, does it feel good....you know the feeling when you can get up early, things are a little bit back to normal from the craziness of the weekends....and then your routine kicks in....a sense of accomplishment when things get done, cleaned, and organized. :)

So on to this layout that I finished late last night - I tried something different and only did a one page layout of Chris with an 8 x 8 cardstock. This color combo totally reminds me and makes me hungry for Mint Chocolate Chip icecream! The green and chocolate with a touch of deep orange and blue...really love this kit a lot!

I'm having way too much fun with all of SEI's tiny little kits. They are so much fun to play with!


Materials used:


SEI's Paisley and Petals Collection.







Sunday, July 20, 2008

Floral Blossom Balls

These little blossom balls make fun ornaments that you can use to decorate a centerpiece, for hanging on doorknobs, or maybe adhere a lollipop stick to each one and insert them into a vase for a floral arrangement - makes a great decoration just about anywhere in your home:

For the next few days, I will be posting 2 or 3 projects per day....I'm trying to put out a slew of projects and get things done in time for some other high priority projects I have going on as well. So check back often during the day and you may see more than one post....

I'll be back early Monday morning with a one (1) page 8 x 8 layout...fun!


The materials used include:


SEI's Paisley and Petals Collection.

8 individual round circle pieces from each cardstock pattern.

Small marvy circle punch.



Girls rule

Here's a fun and delightful card you can make for girls of all ages:

Another sample of cardstock used entirely from one kit. The only exception would be the large florals which are by Prima.


Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!


Materials used:

SEI's Hippie Chick Collection.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hippie Chick Card

I made this card for a friend of mine who is celebrating her birthday tomorrow! Happy Birthday TS - you know who you are! Whoohoooo....hope it is the best!

Oh, how good my son is to me right now! Grandma's visit tired him out thoroughly and he is taking an extra long nap for mommy! That means I'm getting in lots of creating time!

Here's a closeup - loving the mesh of colors:

For the next bunch of projects that I will be doing - I'll be using 7 different types of cardstock kits from SEI. All of them just wonderfully beautiful papers and embellishments. Can't wait to already start on the next one!


Enjoy the card!


Materials used:

SEI's Hippy Chick Collection.



Lovin' the 8 x 8's

I rarely ever do layouts that are smaller than 12 x 12, but I'm really starting to get into the 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 layouts...sometimes the need for a smaller layout really works out....true, there is less space to work with but you can utilize two sheets for a wider appearance. You can still achieve the same clean look and capture the moments that you desire, click on photo for the details:


I love this rare photo moment with Chris and his dad. Precious! Hope you enjoy!

We're off to see Chris' Grandma today....ooohhh, how he loves his Grandma - the great spoiler! She doesn't just spoil with love and affection - she also loves to feed this kid - eat, eat, eat! LOL.



Materials used:


SEI: Dill Blossom brads, ribbons, cardstock, frames, coaster tags, and stickers.

Making Memories: Neutral and pastel alpha letters and large, white ampersand chipboard.



Friday, July 18, 2008

A Sneak Peek into August....

I can't believe that Friday is already here! I remember it was just yesterday that July had started and now we're more than half way through the month! Yikes!

So I have been taking pictures of these fun little objects below - a sneak look at what I have planned for next month....hmmm....what could it be? THIS product you see here has inspired me to try something new....call it if you will, a new venue that I've taken an interest to and will incorporate it into my paper crafting...somehow....I'm not sure yet, but I'm working on it!


Another photo:

I'm so excited! Enjoy, and oh BTW, for those of you who are scrap and stampaholics like me, you might want to take a look at all the new fabulous designs over at Lizzie Anne Designs. Great new stamps that just made its debut a few days ago. Can't wait to get my hands on some of the items!

Also, CHA Summer is getting underway in Chicago and all the vendors are on their way to showcase their new lines. I can't wait to see what's coming out this year! Especially for the three major holidays that are coming up - Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I know, summer is not even over yet and I can't even begin to think about any of those holidays quite yet!

I'm really looking forward to what Heidi Swapp has coming out and Making Memories too! Yay!





Thursday, July 17, 2008

Can't catch me....

Happy Thursday...this week has just flown by! Here's my latest scrap page:


Materials used:


Papers:
  • Teal Scroll/Narratives by Creative Imaginations.
  • K & Company.
  • Aqua, Burnt Orange, and Yellow Bazzill Basic Scallops.
Cardboard buttons my Prima.

Cheeky board clip by Making Memories.

Marvy circle punch.

Boy tags by Making Memories.

Alpha stax round letters - Ornate.




Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How do you like your potato chips? - Part 2

So yesterday, I made some yummy tortilla chips out of this 'flavorful' looking mustard colored paper.

Today, I have for you some baked potato chips....right out of the bag....

And who can eat chips without a little soda?

Here's another close-up:

I love these alpha letters from Doodlebug:

So tell me.....What is your favorite chip and soda? Mine is cheesy Doritos! Cheese Puffs comes in a close second! And my favorite soda? Hmmm....would have to be Root Beer.


Enjoy!


Materials used:

Papers: K & Company and Animal Crackers by Making Memories.

Chocolate and Blue Alpha letters by Doodlebug Designs.