Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten: Using Staples {Practical Scrappers}

Here's something quick and simple for you today:

Using staples on a project is rather trendy right now and the Top Ten Team at Practical Scrappers is ready to share with you several different ways to incorporate staples into your projects.

On this card, I used staples to secure my banner as well as create a bit of design interest along the top of the card.  

Materials:  Stampin' Up! stamp and cardstock

Friday, August 23, 2013

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers/Paper Secrets Blog Hop!!

We are so excited to have you here today!  For this blog hop we are featuring the Ten Things Team from Practical Scrappers and members from the Design Team at Paper Secrets. Our topic for this hop is a fun, trendy one that will definitely catch your attention: wood! 

Blog Hop List

Here's what you can win from Paper Secrets!

We have a collection of wood goodies from Paper Secrets to give away and you can get all the details on that below, but first here's my project!

How about a ray of sunshine, too?

Materials used:  Stampin' Up! papers, Studio Calico tiny veneer stars and Across the Miles stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop

You can do any or all of the following to get entered:
1) Be a follower here at Practical Scrappers
2) Be a follower at the Paper Secrets Blog
5) Leave us a comment here telling us which of those you did :)

You have until 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, August 25th to enter.  A winner will be announced early next week!

Next up on the blog hop is 

Krissy Clark  <<<< - hop on over there.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

This is Life {S.W.A.T. Drill #14}

Today’s S.W.A.T Drill #14 is to use stickers and NOT Thickers - that would be too easy - AND to use our sketch.  Use stickers on a layout or card and then post them to the S.W.A.T website - share your memories and those crazy stickers that are just sitting there not being used.

This is Life!  No matter what is going on in our lives - family is the so very important and they are what makes our life so great.  We had a memorable time hiking in the Big Basin Redwoods - it was a 12-mile hike and took us 6 hours.  To say we were exhausted is an understatement but we persevered and had ice cream as a reward when we were finished.

I used Simple Stories Life Documented.  The sticker sheet that comes with this kit is fantastic and really helps to accent the photos.  I did turn the sketch on its side so that it worked better for the photos I wanted to work with.

The sketch:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

You're Juuust Right {Storytime Collection}

Good morning - here I am at We R Memory Keepers as their August Guest Designer - Yup - PINCH ME!!!!

The gals over at WRMK sent me a sample of their Storytime Collection and I'm excited to share with you what I've created:

Here's the full 12" x 12" layout.  I cut down the "Jack" paper to 11" x 11" so that I could distress the edges and then stitch it onto my background.  I don't have a fancy scoring tool so I just use my kraft knife or scissors (carefully!) 

Here's a close up for you ... and the cute title "You're Juuust Right"
I cut triangles and then overlapped them to point the way to her sweet smile and then I added a cute arrow paperclip accent piece from Stampin' Up! 

 I did a bit of layering both under the photo and on top of the photo.  Here you can see a sweet humming bird hovering above rosettes that I created.  To make the rosettes, I use a 1" circle punch, then cut a spiral into the paper and very carefully roll the paper onto itself and finish it off with glue and adhere with a glue dot.  The banner strips here are from "Frog Prince" and is just delightful!!

The rhinestone trim is from Webster's Pages and is self-adhering - thank goodness!!

 With the leftover product, I made this layout using a sketch from S.W.A.T.
The 12" x 12" paper is Rapunzel from the same collection and you may notice some sparkles, those are Stickles (one of my favorite go-to products).

 But wait, there's more!!
I still had some left-overs and created this cute 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card out of black card stock, kraft card stock, left over "Frog Prince" and a "My Dear" tag.

That's it!  I do hope that you are itching to get some of this line (or ALL of it!)
Have a terrific, scrappy-happy day!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Paint on a Layout {Practical Scrappers}

Do you ever have those layouts or cards that you just have to step back and admire?  I hate to admit it - but this is one of those layouts.  I immediately had to send a photo of this to my sister and one of my dear scrappy gal pals because I was just amazed at what I had created.

To create this layout, I began with a bit of gesso that I spread on with a paintbrush and then smoothed out in some areas with a piece of card stock.  Once it was dry, I placed the photograph onto the layout and sketched with pencil around it to extend the photograph.  After removing the photograph, I inked my outlines and then began adding layer after layer of misting ink with a paintbrush - just uncap the bottle and be careful - 

I hope that you are inspired by this layout to create something similar or even more amazing!!

Have a Scrappy-Happy Day!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Border Punches {Composition Notebook}

Today at Practical Scrappers, we are sharing different ways to use border punches - I can tell you that this is a very creative group!  I am planning on making a couple of the crafts that the other gals came up with for this challenge.  What challenge?  Why - to use those border punches that you had to have and well ... if you are like me ... they are still sitting in a drawer or nook waiting to be used!

While playing around with my border punches, I decided to cover my boring composition notebook.

Composition notebooks updated and ready to give to my team of teachers.

 Isn't this paper fun??

Not too difficult to create and really makes that boring notebook look fun!  Cannot wait to use it (starting Wendesday???!!!).

Have a Scrappy-Happy Day!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Contemplating the Beach {Drill #13: Trendy Triangles}

While on vacation this year, my sweet husband took several photos of the kids as they roamed the beach.  It was a tad chilly when we started our adventure, but then the sun came out and we were amazed at all we could see in Monterey, CA.

I adore photos of the kids when they don’t even know we’re taking photos - my son looks like he’s really contemplating the ocean and its hidden treasures possibly even mapping out his day of discovery.

Using triangles on layouts helps to highlight or point the way to a focal point on your layout and I’ve added a bit of machine stitching to the triangles - I think it gives them an “arrow” look.

Be sure to upload your layouts, cards or other projects to S.W.A.T’s Drill #13 - Trendy Triangles.

Materials:  Simple Stories 24/Seven and Mr. Huey's Mists
Sketch is from:  Me!