Thursday, September 29, 2011

Win the new Sealed with a little Kiss stamp collection

Crafter's Companion has an amazing giveaway on their news blog today.  They are giving away all six sets of their new Sealed with a Kiss collection.


You can check out how to win at http://crafterscompanion.blogspot.com/2011/09/swalk-copic-coloring-tutorial-and.html.

Win the new Sealed with a little Kiss stamp collection

Crafter's Companion has an amazing giveaway on their news blog today.  They are giving away all six sets of their new Sealed with a Kiss collection.


You can check out how to win at http://crafterscompanion.blogspot.com/2011/09/swalk-copic-coloring-tutorial-and.html.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Paper Playtime's Halloween challenge

Paper Playtime's Challenge #56 is to make a HALLOWEEN project of your choice! 


Now is the perfect time to get started on your Halloween cards and projects.  I decided to use  The Mini Monster's Cricut cartridge and make a card.




The vampire card is really quick and simple to put together.  He also stands up well on his own.  

Our sponsor for this challenge is THE SCRAPBOOKING QUEEN.


She is generously providing a PACK OF 6 ACTION WOBBLES to one lucky winner (must have a USA address).


These are great for adding some movement to your cards.  Hope to see you over there.

Denise

Daydream Believer

Hey everyone,


Today I have a sneak peak for you of one of the new stamps that will be available Thursday at the Crafter's Companion Store.  There will be six brand new S.w.a.l.k. stamp sets!  Love these images.  



This little cutie on the card is one of the soon to be released S.w.a.l.k. stamps, Daydream Believer.  Isn't she adorable?  The flowers and butterfly also come with the set.  Here is a close up.


We are celebrating this new launch with lots of tips and tutorials on the Crafter's Companion News blog.  There may be a giveaway over there soon as well (hint, hint).  So you'll definitely want to keep an eye out.  



We've had a busy weekend around here.  We had Lara's birthday party and she was sooo excited!  She loved tearing into presents and eating lots of sweets and cake.   She wants to be a chef when she grows up so she was so jazzed to get a chef's hat and apron from my sis, another apron from her greatgrandma, and a barbie kitchen from her Nana and Papa.  She also scored a ton of art supplies (washable! yes!).  I just love this picture of her hamming it up.







Have a wonderful day!


Denise





Paper Playtime's Halloween challenge

Paper Playtime's Challenge #56 is to make a HALLOWEEN project of your choice! 


Now is the perfect time to get started on your Halloween cards and projects.  I decided to use  The Mini Monster's Cricut cartridge and make a card.




The vampire card is really quick and simple to put together.  He also stands up well on his own.  

Our sponsor for this challenge is THE SCRAPBOOKING QUEEN.


She is generously providing a PACK OF 6 ACTION WOBBLES to one lucky winner (must have a USA address).


These are great for adding some movement to your cards.  Hope to see you over there.

Denise

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting Dizzy

Quick layout for today.  Sketches4all is still having their big sketchathon so I picked a sketch I thought was perfect for some veritical pictures I took of the kids getting dizzy at the park.


The kids would ask me to turn them as fast as I could and then try to walk in a straight line.  Remember doing that as a kid?  Never gets old.  The paper from Echo Park is so perfect for the pictures and I used up a good amount of brads along the edges.  If you want to try your hand at this sketch, you can find the challenge here.

I'm going to be scarce around here the rest of this week.  I'm working on DT projects and we have a crazy weekend planned.  Friday night I am taking Nicholas to Phineas and Ferb Live, Sunday is Lara's bday party, and Monday we are taking the train to Chinatown in L.A. to walk around and eat dinner.  Lara's been dying to go on a train and Chinese food is her favorite.  She is so excited she can hardly stand it :)

Have a wonderful day,

Denise

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Steampunk Debutante Home Decor

Since my husband had football on the brain today, I had some extra time to craft.  I hauled out all my Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante Collection and a fun wall hanging that I've been meaning to alter.


All the images are cut out from the collection.  All the bling is from Pink Paislee.  There is a hook on the back of the house so I can hang it in my craft room.  I thought about having it in my bathroom and putting some of my jewelry on it, but any time I leave jewelry out, little hands seem to find and hide it :)

I am entering my Steampunk House over at Simon Says Stamp and Show where the challenge is to show some Steampunk.

Denise

Dear Santa

I made my first Christmas card for the year.  And it's only September!  It always amazes me when I see people posting Christmas cards throughout the year.  I'm more of a wait until the last minute type.    However, I received a warehouse box from Websters and it had one of my favorite Christmas lines in it, Waiting for Santa, so I made a quick card with it.  Gotta love warehouse boxes!  (I think the best ones are Pink Paislee's and Webster's).


I am entering it in the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash Challenge - use one of their past sketches (I used #7)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - song (Santa Claus is coming to town)
http://charismacardz.blogspot.com/ - sky (snow, snowflakes)

Hope everyone is having a crafty weekend!  

Denise

Friday, September 16, 2011

Big Box Giveaway

Out with the old and in with the new!  I went through my craftroom and set aside everything I'd had for a while and hadn't used.  The result was a pile so huge it completely fills this priorty Mail box I'm sending to one lucky person.


There are all kinds of stuff in the pile.

 Albums, kits, idea books, digital scrapbooking

 Acrylic stamps, rockers, diecuts
 chipboard
 Stickers and tags
punches, ribbon, flowers, Sizzix embossing folders,buttons,etc

Look good to you? 

 Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below.  

If you post it in your blog (sidebar is fine), leave a second comment for another chance to win.  U.S Residents only please.

I will pick a winner using a random generator in 3 weeks (October 8th)

Denise

New Popcorn Pals collection



Happy Friday Everyone!  Today I have a card for you using a brand new stamp set called Popcorn Pals Happy Days.  I absolutely LOVE these stamps, especially the image of the girl holding her feline friend while swinging.  It's just so sweet.  



Here's a close up of the stamped imaged.  The attention to detail in the stamp are incredible.  See the two birds and mouse sitting on the branches? 



These stamps are definitely going to be my new go to stamps.  I think this image would be perfect for an Autumn themed card as well.  I colored the image using Copic Markers.  The paper is Quick Quotes' Live Out Loud collection.  

There are four new stamps set in the Popcorn Pals collections.  I love that all the stamps are premounted and ready to go as soon as you get them.  You can find all these stamps at the Crafter's Companion store here.  




I'm thrilled it's Friday.  I'm looking forward to sleeping in tonight :)  I've been cleaning out my craftroom over the last few days and will be having a giveaway soon.  Gotta get rid of the clutter!  It's funny but I don't collect or hoard anything but scrap goodies.  My bedroom is very minimalist in it's decoration and I love the clean look of it.  I can't stand seeing stuff sitting out.  But when it comes to scrapbook stuff, I am a total hoarder.  Every now and again I gotta just get rid of stuff I have won or bought that I'm just not using.  I did manage to clean out an entire drawer yesterday.  Whoo Hoo!  Lara is in heaven because I gave her a huge pile of stickers when she got home from school.  

Have a great weekend :)

Denise

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Playing around at Sketches4you

Hey everyone,

Just a quick card and tag to share with you.  Both were part of Sketches4you End of the Summer Sketch-a-thon.  I had a lot of fun making my butterfly card.  I made a mask using a butterfly in the Home Decor and More Cricut cartridge and spraying it with Glimmer mist.  I then cut out around the shape and added some pink bling and pearls.  The smaller butterflies were also from that cartridge.  I painted them with some Glimmer Glam, add some extra glitter while it was drying, and then added some loose rhinestones I had lying around.  


I decided to use Pink Paislee's Old School Collection to make my tag.  I still have quite a few school layouts I need to do, so this would be a quick addition to one of them.  I seriously love the rub-ons.  I don't think you can really see it, but I used one of their clear oversized cards for the base of it.  The lined paper is actually underneath the card.



Thanks for looking :)

Denise

Monday, September 12, 2011

Two new cards for Crafter's Companion USA


*** If you are looking for my Double Twisted Easel tutorial scroll down to the previous post***

I have two Crafter's Companion projects to share with you today as well.  The first one I made for the Crafter's Companion News Blog.  I used the Popcorn the Bear Birthday Collection CD ROM and the main image of the Popcorn the Bear Birthday Hugs stamp set.  This stamp measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches!  It's huge!



I printed out this paper for the background of my card.   


I just love that I can decide on a color scheme for my card and print it out right away.  No more shuffling through paper, mixing and matching.  Here's a close up of the yellow and blue presents on the page.  The really great thing about this background is that I could have printed this paper in a variety of other colors, rather than the blue and yellow.  However, I was looking for softer colors and chose this one. 

Then using my Copic markers, I colored the large present yellow and blue to match.  In the left corner I tied a bow and wrapped it around the Popcorn the Bear background paper before adhering it to the front of the card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Southern Girls Challenge - lots of layers or a birthday theme
The Stamping Boutique challenge blog - make a birthday project
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - ribbon
I Did it Creations Challenge Blog - Anything goes

The second card I made for the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.  This month's challenge is to incorporate a Crafter's Companion stamp with the theme Autumn.



I saw a fabulous card sketch challenge at Moving Along with the Times and decided to use it for my card.  I colored this cute little mouse, from the Crafting Companions stamp set, with Copic Markers and added it to an orange backing.  Then using my I-rock, I added orange bling along the edges.   The flowers are from Prima and I added a little Diamond Stickles to the larger orange flower.  Next I found a wonderful Autumn quote through Google (love Goggle!) and printed it out on vellum paper.   I then adhere the vellum quote to a vellum tag using V2.  I also found an acorn eyelet that went with the theme perfectly.



Thanks for looking at my two cards :)  If you have a Crafter's Companion stamp, we'd love to see your fall projects :)

I am entering my Autumn card in the following challenges:

Moving along with the Times - Card sketch
Sentimental Sundays - Autumn
I Did it Creations Challenge blog - Anything Goes
The Paper Variety - Favorite Embellishment (Prima flowers all the way)
Stacy's Stamp challenge at Sketches4all - use a stamp

and linking my Autumn card to Craftaholics Anonymous linky party.

Enjoy the rest of your day,

Denise


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Double twisted easel card (Tutorial included)

*** I have a Double Twisted Easel card tutorial at the end of this post.  It's super easy to make and you'll definitely want to give it a try!***

It's time for another great challenge over at Paper Playtime.  This week's challenge is to create an Easel Card.  I decided I wanted to go a little further and make a double twisted easel card.  I just think they look so cool and are really simple to make.  I'll show you how to do it in a bit, but first I wanted to share my card with you.



I went totally girly with this card.  The beautiful ornate paper is from Quick Quotes, as is the "Dream" quote.  To add a little color, I chalked behind the quote before gluing it down with V2.  The Fairy digital image is from Whimsy Stamps and I have been dying to stamp and color it, which I did with Copic markers.  You can find it here. I also added a little glitter on her wings with some Glimmer Glam.



In the bottom half of the card, I added lots of Prima flowers and a bit of with lace.  Yummy!  The larger turquoise flower is not only gorgeous but keeps the two sides of the card standing up.


Okay, here's a quick & easy tutorial on how to make this cool card.

To start you need a square piece of paper.  The bigger the card you want the bigger the square.  For this tutorial, I started with a 7" square.

First, fold the card in half like you would any other card.


Next, you are going to cut your card from the top middle of your card down to the fold of the card
 (3 1/2 inches down).


Now that you have cut the card, you are going to fold back one of the sides of the fold.  You will start at the top middle (where the cut starts) and fold the paper back toward the side of the card, as shown.

Then make the same fold on the other side of your card. That's it for cutting and folding.  So you should have one cut and three folds total for the base of the card.

For the top of the card, you will place glue on the two folded down pieces.  Only put glue where I have marked it.  I like to use liquid glue for this next step so I can move the paper around until it's perfect.


On each of the marked glue sections, you are going to place a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 square piece of paper.  When you are adhering it,  only the 1/2 the square will have adhesive on it.  You will want to line up the square along the bottom and sides, making sure you can still close the card.  


And that's it.   Once you've made one of these, you won't need directions again.  Once I had my base done, I quickly put together the rest of my card.



The last thing you will need to remember is to make sure you have a three dimensional embellishment in the center of the bottom half of your card.  The embellishemnt will keep the sides open.  You can see mine below are some small 3-D flowers.  

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial and make one of your own.  If you do, let me know so I can stop by and check out yours :)

I am entering my cards at the following challenge blogs :

The Paper Variety - use a stamp (used a digital whimsy fairy stamp in the first card)
Flutterby Wednesday - Use a fairy
Fresh Brewed Designs - use something new (my digital fairy stamp is new)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge blog - Multifold cards/creations (I linked it twice, one for each card)
Truly Scrumptious Challenges - Decorate the inside of your card
Stampin for the weekend - Use lots of pink
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - More than one fold

Thanks for taking a look :)

Denise



Saturday, September 10, 2011

School Time


Hey Gals,

Looking for a great sketch?  Sketches4you is having an End of the Summer Sketch-a-thon.  Each day one of their DT post a new sketch.  I used my friend's Stacy layout for this page.   



I just love this picture of when Lara was telling me all the letters she knew at school.  I had this darling digital image from Jen's digi stamps.  The bookworm was part of the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday.  We've already gone to one kid party and have another one coming up in a few hours.  Nick and Lara are sound asleep after jumping on trampolines for 2 hours :)

Denise

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Crafter's Companion New Popcorn the Bear launch

Hey gals,

I am so uncool.  Today I drove my son to school, same as everyday, and as we pull into the driveway he says, "You might want to turn that off Mom".  I replied back, "Turn what off?"  His reply, "The music mom.  Someone might here it and I'd be so embarrassed!"

Wow, apparently I cannot listen to music in the vicentity of any children, less I embarrass my son.  The song was Lady Gaga's hit, "Eh, Eh, (Nothing else I can say)".  I think tomorrow I am going to roll down all the windows, blast the song, while singing loudly....  Might be too cruel though.  I sing, really, really badly.

Today I've been working on dt projects (I'll have 3 posts for you on Monday!), but I wanted to share the new launch from Crafter's Companion which is available today.






These stamps are big and detailed, you will love them.  The CD has all these images and more plus includes:

  • Step-by-step projects
  • Backing papers and note papers 
  • Matching inserts and envelopes
  • Gift tags and gift bags
  • Teabags and borders
  • Topper and decoupage
  • Pyrimage and alphabets
  • Interactive verse creator
  • And much, much more

You could plan a whole birthday with it from invites to cute gift boxes.  You can find out more about it at the Crafters Companion Online Store.

Have a wonderful day,

Denise

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Color Connection layout

Quick post for today.   Lara only goes to preschool an hour and a half today and tomorrow and Nick's got early day too, so it's run, run, run.  I didn't manage a layout that I had started over the weekend.


The photos were of my bff Stacy and I at the Color Connection Event hosted by Prima, Tattered Angels, and Pink Paislee.  I thought it was fitting that almost everything is from them.  The two exceptions are the brown pearls and this awesome vellum quote from Quick Quotes.


It was too perfect for the layout.  I used a gorgeous sketch I found over at My Scraps and More.   For some reason I can't seem to copy the sketch itself so hop on over there to play.

I entered my layout over at:

Quick Quotes blog - make a banner
My Scraps and More - Sketch challenge

See you later!  Time to go pick up Nick and hit the park with some friends :)

Denise