Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bookmarks and a Give Away

My daughter has taught her children the basic core values, one being generosity. One way to demonstrate this is to have them give their teacher’s gifts. Since she is the busy mother of seven active children … I usually make the teacher’s gifts (working them into my design team assignments) and ship them to FL. I try to put some thought into these gifts making them practical and something the teachers will actually use and enjoy. My goal this year is to make something for each of their teachers every month. We’ll see …

So this month the teachers are getting bookmarks to use as awards or incentives. Since I had a design team reveal up at Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches and had just purchased the Teacher’s Pet line from Echo Park, I found this task easy. I used cardstock and the patterned paper to create the bookmarks. I gave them a little extra wow factor by using the 4 in 1 Kreaxions punches.

Here is a sampling of the bookmarks:

Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches 918 & 920

Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches 311 & 906

Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches 910 & 916
I'm also having a give away:  Leave a comment on my blog for this post and your name will be entered into a random drawing (to take place on October 7, 2015).  One lucky participant will win the following:
A set of stencils
The Positioning parts
The Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #311

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cozy Sweaters / card #2

Today I’m sharing my second card using the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #920. For this card I used the punch with no insert and made border strips. To created this fun look I layered both the positive and negative border strips. Adding a few extra embellishments I found in my stash finished off the card.
Check back next Friday the see the third card I created using punch #920.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Happy Fall - card #1

I believe in getting the most out of my paper crafting tools. I love the fact that the Kreaxions punches, Circle Cutter and Stencils are so versatile and that there are so many creative ways to use them.

As I was working on my project for this post I actually got a little carried away and ended up making three cards.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #920 on all three cards and got three totally different looks. Today I’m sharing the first of the three cards. 

For this “Happy Fall” card I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #920  with no insert and created a double sided border strip. I used the negative piece from punching the border strip as an accent across the top of the card. Adding some string, a button and a sentiment completed the card.

Check back next Friday to see the second card:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TTT / Paper Layering

Paper Layering … what is it?

 Simply put - using coordinating solid and/or patterned
papers and layering them on top of each other to form a foundation for your photo(s).
Paper Layering is one of my favorite techniques. There’s just something about
all that texture, depth and visual interest you create when you layer
paper and/or embellishments on your scrapbooking layouts.

For this layout I created a layered photo mat using leftover paper
scraps from other paper crafting projects. (Gotta love using up those scraps!)

 Layering is not as tricky or as hard as it looks. When picking my papers for layering
I let the photo(s) determine which papers I’ll use. Most papers will
work as long as the colors tie together.

My challenge for you is to create a card, scrapbooking layout, tag,
ATC or altered project using the paper layering technique.
 Check out the details for the challenge at Turtle Soup.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

String Art Tutorial

I'm sharing a Design Team tutorial for Off The Rails Scrapbooking today  “String Art“. An easy technique but a little time consuming.

1) Draw a circle on the back of your paper, mark the circle at equal intervals. Pierce the marks with a paper piercer or a sewing needle.

2) Tape the end of your string/floss near any pierced hole on the back of your paper. This will be hole #1. Bring your string/floss up from the back of your paper through hole #1 to the front side of your paper. Count 10 holes on the front side of your paper and take your string/floss back down through hole #10.

3) Pull your string/floss up through hole #11 and down through hole #2. Repeat this process until you have completed the circle. The string/floss will go through each hole twice.
For the “So Cute” page I used a 9 inch circle and made my piercing at 1 inch intervals.


For the Puddle Jumper page I used a 9 inch circle and made my piercing at ¾ inch intervals.



Changing the intervals or the number of holes skipped will provide different outcomes.

Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog
and see what the rest of the Design Team is doing this month.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Oh So Lovely

Today I have a Design Team project up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.
  Is there anything better than combining a new technique and
 some of your favorite crafting tools to make a project?!

I created the background for this “Oh So Lovely” page using the “Smooshing Technique”. 
I created the doilies by using the Kreaxions Star Stencil and the
Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921 with the A insert.
 I love the little details these punches provide.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Pocket Letter

Today I'm sharing a Design Team Project Reveal based on the mood board for Off The Rails Scrapbooking.  It's also my Tuesday Tools, Tips and Techniques Challenge at Turtle Soup.

I stumbled across Pocket Letters on Pinterest and thought what an innovative idea!  Jeanette Lane was really thinking outside the box.  This is what the creator of the Pocket Letter has to say  -
“I created Pocket Letters as a new way to send letters to your new or existing penpals. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. This can be a one-time exchange or you can keep exchanging Pocket Letters indefinitely. You fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope. It's the perfect way to send and collect letters from other Pocket Letter Pals (ie people who are sending mail in this format) around the world and a convenient way to store them. They fit perfectly in a binder!”

I don’t have penpals but wouldn’t this be a FUN swap or just an adorable way to send a friend some scrappy mail!? LOVE this idea!

Off The Rails Scrapbooking Mood Board Challenge

Pocket Letter
(This Pocket Letter will be making it's way to one of my scrappy friends this week.)

Behind each card I put a little bag of crafting goodies.
(die cuts, feathers, tickets, pins, hangers, chipboard letters,
tags, journaling cards and some little envelopes, along with
a note from me)
2Crafty Chipboard is the sponsor for the challenge at
Off The Rails Scrapbooking this month.  Be sure to
check out their amazing chipboard here.