Friday, January 20, 2017

Creative Inspiration January Mini Crop

Today I have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the January Mini Crop.  My challenge is simple ... create a project using a Christmas related photo.  You can create a layout, card, tag, altered project or ATC. 
Be sure to check out the forum for the details and
the rest of the Design Team's challenges.
"Have Yourself a Cozy Little Christmas"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Art

Today I'm sharing a Design Team tutorial that I did for Off The Rails Scrapbooking.
I have always been fascinated and intrigued by any craft project using old books and/or book pages.  I am especially in awe of folded book art.  Unlike some diehard bookworms, I have no problem up cycling old books.  You can Google "Folded Book Art" and get hundreds of ideas and tutorials.  You can even purchase pre-marked books that tell you just where to make the folds ... and so I did.  After I complete my folded book art project I decided it needed a special cover.

 First I made a book cover to fit my book.  I used a heavy weight white wrapping paper.  I used the same concept as making a book cover from a brown paper bag.
1)  I applied a light layer of Mod Podge to the front side of the book cover.
2)  For this step you have to work quickly.  I  laid a piece of printed tissue paper over the adhesive and  pressed it flat with my hands, smoothing out any wrinkles.  Then I had to let it dry.  To speed up the drying process I used a heat gun.

3)  I trimmed the excess tissue paper from around the book

cover using a pair of scissors.

4) I then distressed  the edges of the book cover using a distressing tool.
5)  I  applied four colors of distress paint on the tissue paper using my fingers.
6)  While the paint was still wet I misted with water to blend the colors.

7)  I partially dried the painted tissue paper with a heat gun.

8) I then sprayed the painted background with two mists of distress spray stain.
9)  While the stain was still wet I misted with water to react the spray stain and blend the colors. I blotted off the excess color with a paper towel to achieve the look I wanted.
10)  I printed the quote on cardstock and cut the individual words out.  I then adhered the words to the front of the book cover.  I highlighted a few of the words using a distress marker along the edges and immediately smudged the ink with a  Q-tip dipped in water to create a shadow effect.
11)  I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal the book cover.
12) Adding the key and some metal embellishments completed the project.





Sunday, January 15, 2017

Off The Rails Mid-Month Design Team Reveal

The Design Team Mid-Month Reveal is up on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog. 
This month it's all about a monochromatic color scheme.
When creating a scrapbooking page with a monochromatic color scheme you will use variations in lightness and saturation of one color.  Neutrals can be combined with the monochromatic colors.  You'll find that when scrapping a page with a monochromatic color scheme it's easy to choose your products and know they'll go together when you narrow down your choices to one color and its various shades and levels of saturation.  To create this page "Tell Me A Story" for Vincent's album I mixed a variety of patterned papers keeping to my monochromatic color scheme.  I used 11 different patterns on this monochromatic grid based page.  Surprisingly (or maybe I shouldn't be) I  found embellishments in my stash to complete the page
and stay within my intended theme.
Be sure to check out the blog and see what the rest of the Design Team came up with.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snowflake Card

I have a design team card up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today.  "Snowflake" - to create this card I used the Star Stencil and the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #312 to create the snowflake doily.  I then used an embossing folder to emboss it.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #920 to punch the border strips and used both the positive and negative pieces.  Be sure to check out the blog and be inspired by what the rest of the design team posts this month.





Monday, January 2, 2017

Super Hero

It is January 2nd which means it's time for the Design Team at Creative Inspiration to reveal their layouts using the January sketch. 
Be sure to check out the forum and be inspired by their work.

This is the January Sketch:
 My take on the sketch:
 After drawing the chalk buildings on the driveway my daughter had the kids lay above them and drew the cape and then took photos.
... how cute is this photo of Elisha!?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Let It Snow

There is a Design Team  Reveal up on the blog at Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches.  The theme this month is: snowflakes, blue or winter.  I created this "Let It Snow" card  using the Kreaxions Circle Cutter and the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #312 with no insert.
Kreaxions Circle Cutter - I have to say this is one of my favorite scrappy tools.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas Tag

I made a tag for Isaac's gift and it fit right in with a challenge for the December Mini Crop at Creative Inspiration -   Create a tag - the challenge was to create a tag and use any form of embossing and the color silver.
This is my take on the challenge:



Monday, December 19, 2016

Gift Tag

There are so many fun challenges posted over at Creative Inspiration for the December Mini Crop! I finally had some time to play today and created this tag for the snowflake challenge.  It's a gift tag for one of my granddaughters gifts. Hope you can find some time to play along this month.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Gift Box

I use to hate wrapping little gifts, mostly because I was not good at it.  Sometimes finding a small box for the item was a challenge in itself.  Then the ends of the wrapping paper were uneven and the wrapping paper was wrinkled
... trust me on this one, it was not pretty.
An aha moment ...  I don't have to use  traditional wrapping paper ... I can make my own boxes and be as creative as I like.  By using my scrappy supplies and being creative, I have turned my little gifts into visual delights.  By personalizing each creation they become works of art.  The receiver of the gift smiles
before they even see what's inside the box.
 I'm hosting a Design Team challenge for the Creative Inspiration December Mini Crop.  Be   sure to check out the board for the rest of the challenges from the Design Team.  My challenge is to create a gift box with a "Christmas" or "Winter" theme.I created this gift box using the Cricut Sweet Tooth Cartridge and 
some supplies from my scrappy stash.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016


... and the winner of the Circle Cutter from the Just Imagine Crafts Blog Hop is Laura Cox.  Send me your address and I'll get this wonderful tool in the mail to you.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Totally Epic/ Real Life

Today the Design Team Sketch Reveal  for December is up at Creative Inspiration.  Bev Code has once again provided us with a great sketch to work with.

When it comes to managing the time in my life, it seems that my scrapbooking time is squeezed in last.  Even though I make the most of that time it doesn't always mean that I get a lot accomplished.  I found that coming up with a page layout and remembering all those rules of design can suck up a great deal of my scrappy time.  I would preferably like to spend my scrappy time concentrating on picking out my papers and embellishments (and having fun) rather than worrying about the design of my page.  Using a sketch inspires my creativity, and takes the guesswork out of designing a fabulous scrapbook layout.  I challenge you to check out the Creative Inspiration Sketch this month and play along.
This is my take on the December sketch: Totally Epic

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Be sure to check out the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.  The Design Team has been busy crafting inspiring cards to share with you this month.

I created this Christmas card using  Kreaxions products.  I used the Star Stencil along with the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #902 with the "A" insert to create the doily.  The border strip was made using the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #916 (one of my favorite punches). Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Kreaxions Star Stencil and the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch # 902
Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #916