Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Imaginisce Prize!

About a month ago, I won the November Imaginisce Sketch Challenge with this layout. My prize finally came yesterday! (To be completely fair to Imaginisce, FedEx held my box hostage for nearly a week for reasons unknown!) I had requested an i-Top package for my prize and boy was it packed with i-Top goodies! I can't wait to start making my own custom brads, badges, magnets and buttons!!! Thank you Imaginisce!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

American Crafts Blog Challenge- Holiday Gift

This weeks challenge was to create a simple and fun holiday gift using 3 or more American Crafts products. I had started this hair clip holder for my daughter, but it still needed to be embellished. So I stacked together some Prima flowers from my stash and gave them each an American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted Fabric Brad center. The letters are American Crafts Giggles Thickers. I used a lot of American Crafts ribbon on this project. The pale pink ribbon on the holder is American Crafts and the ribbons on the hair clips are also American Crafts. The hair clips are just a small example of all the hair accessories I had already made to go with this. TFL!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Basic Grey Curio Altered Birdhouse

Just a simple altered birdhouse for a Christmas gift for my Mom. She decorates with birds and birdhouses, so I didn't do a Christmas one for her. Basic Grey Curio was the perfect colors to match her decor. All PPs and chipboard stickers are Curio, pearls are Recollections, Cricut cuts were made with Storybook and Joys of the Season. Punched strips were made with a Martha Stewart border punch. TFL!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Plethora of Homemade Hair Pretties!

How's that for a title? ;) The past week or so, I have been busy making hair clips and headbands for my daughter and 3 nieces. I used scrappy supplies from a lot of different manufacturers and used up lots of stash!
Made with Imaginisce Cottage Christmas flowers and Daisy D's jewels.
Made with American Crafts ribbon and blinged out with my Imaginisce i-Rock and jewels!
Made with American Crafts ribbon using this tutorial!

More American Crafts ribbon made into korker bows and attached to thin headbands instead of barrettes.

This mix is for my oldest niece. Korker bows made with American Crafts and Offray ribbon, flower clips made using Bo Bunny, Petaloo, Creative Imaginations and Daisy D's flowers and Karen Foster jewel brads. Ribbon barrettes made with American Crafts ribbon and blinged with Imaginisce i-Rock and jewels.

These flower clips are to go on crocheted headwraps that I bought off of They are for my two baby nieces. Flowers are Imaginisce, Bo Bunny, Heidi Swapp, Daisy D's, Creative Imaginations and Queen and Co. Jewel brads are Imaginisce and Karen Foster. TFL!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

American Crafts Blog Challenge

This week, the challenge was to make a quick and easy Christmas card. Well, I'm not much of a cardmaker, but I can manage that! I adhered three different American Crafts ribbons onto some Core'dinations Ruby cardstock, made a quick rosette with some Christmas carol sheet music, topped it with an American Crafts Flair, then finished off the card with a foil Thickers accent! Easy peasy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Echo Park Merry Christmas Altered Birdhouse

A Christmas gift for my sister! Wooden birdhouse was from Joann Fabrics. Cardinal is from Michaels. PPs and stickers are Echo Park Merry Christmas. Poinsettias and leaves are Making Memories Noel. I used white glitter glue and fine white glitter to create the snow effect on the roof. Punched trim was made using a Martha Stewart PATP set. Felt trim is also Martha Stewart. Red pearls are Kaisercraft. Sorry this is so brief, but I'm up to my eyeballs in other gift projects and don't really have time to do a detailed post! TFL!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Joy Wreath

My last paper curl wreath of the year! For any new readers of my blog, here is a link to the tutorial I followed to make the wreath base. As with my other wreaths, I made my strips 1/2 inch wide instead of 1/4 inch. This wreath I used a 12 inch Styrofoam wreath for the base. All PPs are K&Co Yuletide. All cardstock is DCWV. " I embellished it using Cricut cuts from Once Upon a Princess (tag), Opposites Attract (Joy) and Joys of the Season (candle). The candle and
"Joy" were dry embossed using my Cuttlebug and the Textile folder. Felt poinsettias and brads are Making Memories Noel. TFL!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

This is my second month doing the Imaginisce Sketch Challenge and I had a blast with it! When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of stitching a big tree with leaves. I used Melinda Spinks tree template and then changed it up a bit. I didn't really want to use the "Love" part, so I took the trunk of the tree and drew on a heart and branches to resemble the heart tree from the Apple Cider PPs. I then used the template to pierce my holes for stitching. My leaves are a combination of the Apple Cider Mosaic Stickers and leaves hand-cut from the Changing Leaves PP. All PPs are Imaginisce Apple Cider. Cardstock is from my stash. Punched border was made with the Martha Stewart Cherish Punch-Around-The-Page set. (Love that set!!!) Felt trim is Recollections. All stickers are Imaginisce Apple Cider. Alphas are a mix of American Crafts Thickers, Doodlebug Jack & Jill and October Afternoon Mini Market. TFL!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Imaginisce Prize From 2Peas!

A couple weeks or so ago, I found out that my Cottage Christmas birdhouse was one of the 5 winners in the 2PeasinaBucket Imaginisce vendor challenge! A couple of days ago, my box arrived. More Cottage Christmas, LOL! I definitely see more Cottage Christmas altered projects in my future, since I have tons of it now! ;) I was really excited to get the I-rock and accessories, though, since I didn't have one yet. Can't wait to play with it! Maybe even tonight, while I work on the Imaginisce Sketch Challenge! :D

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rosette Ornaments.....and my Christmas Tree!

Just wanted to share a few of the rosette ornaments I made this year for my Christmas tree. I made them using this tutorial. I actually went and got Christmas carol booklets rather than just generic music sheet paper (cuz I'm detail-oriented like that, LOL!). I also used border punches rather than just deco scissors. I really love the different variety that gave me! All embellishments are K&Co Evergreen and the baker's twine is Martha Stewart. TFL!

And my Christmas tree! It's so pretty this year, with all new lights and new tree topper, that I just had to share it!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Toot!!!

Boy, that little Autumn wreath of mine sure is making the rounds on the web! Who woulda ever thought it? It was featured on the Paper Issues blog on Friday! Check it out here!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

American Crafts Blog Challenge

This week the blog challenge at the American Crafts blog is to create Thanksgiving place cards. This was especially challenging for me as most of my AC stash is Dear Lizzy, ribbon and Thickers! Thank goodness all AC papers have a solid back side! So I used the back side of Dear Lizzy Spring Puddle Play for the place card base. I used my EK Success Stamp Edge punch on a sheet of Dear Lizzy Enchanted Wise Tortoise paper, then cut the punched strip off and into 4 inch sections. The scallopped writing strip I *think* is Creative Imaginations, but it came in a kit, so I'm not sure. The letters are American Crafts Remarks. Flowers are Prima, brad is American Crafts, as is the leaf ribbon. TFL!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tooooot!!! And a link to wreath tutorial...

My Autumn wreath was blogspotted today on the Create blog! I had a request for a link to a tutorial on how to make this. I used this tutorial posted on ACOT for the basic instructions. I changed mine up by cutting 1/2 inch wide strips instead of 1/4 inch. The scalloped circles were cut using my Cricut and the Storybook cartridge. I inked the edges using Chestnut ColorBox ink. "Autumn" was cut using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and embellished with K&Co stickers and jute. The paper I used for this wreath was from this K&Co paper pad by Tim Coffey. TFL!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Altered Christmas Frame Wreath

The ACOT November Crop was this past weekend and of course, that means fabulous classes, awesome challenges and just tons of fun and inspiration all around! The class I was most looking forward to was this Altered Christmas Frame Wreath and was taught by the fabulous Jess. Here is a link to the class, so that you can make your own if you would like! I used nearly all Echo Park Merry Christmas PPs on mine, with a little help from some Maya Road ribbon, Kaisercraft and Prima pearls. The bingo card is a digi element from this kit. TFL!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

This is my layout for this month's Imaginisce Sketch Challenge! All PPs are Cottage Christmas. I used a Martha Stewart punch set to create the border. The tree was cut using my Cricut and the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. Bling is Imaginisce and Kaisercraft. Letters are American Crafts Thickers. TFL!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

American Crafts Blog Challenge

This week's challenge was to scrap a girly layout. Yeah, not so hard for me, considering I only have one daughter! I scrap girly pretty much all the time! This layout ended up being a combination of a sketch by Juliana Michaels and a lift from the Oct. issue of CK, with a little bit of my own ideas thrown in there for good measure! I used my American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted goodies BIG time on this one! Cardstock is Bazzill. All PPs are Dear Lizzy Enchanted. Dimensional and metal embellies are Dear Lizzy Enchanted. Journaling cards are Dear Lizzy Enchanted. Thickers are Dear Lizzy Fantastic, Bliss, Fancy and American Crafts Stroll. Doilies are Wilton. Fabric flowers were made with Dear Lizzy Spring fabric paper. The larger one is topped with a Dear Lizzy Enchanted fabric brad. TFL!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Creative Scrappers Sketch #125

Here is my take on Creative Scrappers sketch #125! All PPs and chipboard are Cosmo Cricket Pixielicious. Bling is Prima and Kaisercraft. Die-cuts were made using the Storybook and Once Upon a Princess cartridges. Thickers are Dear Lizzy Fantastic. TFL!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Boo Wreath

I have been wanting to make one of these wreaths for over a year now, ever since I saw this project posted on I actually attempted one last year, got frustrated and gave up! So this year, when I decided to try again, I made a few alterations. I used a smaller wreath form (10in. instead of 12in.), wider strips (1/2in. instead of 1/4in.) and heavier weight paper. All papers are Echo Park Happy Halloween. Chipboard banner is Maya Road. Letters are also Echo Park Happy Halloween. The cardstock "web" was cut with my Cricut using the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge and Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock. Spiders are Recollections. Ribbons are Making Memories and Daisy D's. TFL!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Please vote!

I entered my Haunted House into Glue Dot's Halloween decorations contest. Won't you please go and vote for it? Thank you so, so, so much!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Haunted House

I have been working on this haunted house for probably the entire past week! It ended up being somewhat labor intensive. The first thing I did was to paint the insides of the windows yellow, to create the illusion of there being light inside the house. I painted the edges of the house black. Then I cut out a piece of Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock to fit the house. This really took some time hand cutting out all the angles and windows with an Exacto knife! Then I gave the cardstock an initial sanding to reveal the green core beneath. To add even more texture, I took an embossing stylus and a ruler and embossed lines to mimic board siding. I then sanded again to make the embossed lines stand out. I carefully adhered the cardstock to the wood using Zip Dry. More sanding! I tell you, my hand was certainly tired after sanding all the little nooks and crannies on this thing! After everything was sanded, I inked all the outer edges with silver Color Box ink. I then adhered paper to the windows, using the backside of the Magic Stripes PP from Echo Park's Happy Halloween line. I adhered more Core'dinations cardstock with a gray core to the door and steps and added a button for a doorknob. Next, I used my Cricut and the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge and cut two trees, two tombstones, a cauldron and whole lot of grass! I lightly sanded the tombstones and the cauldron to reveal the color core underneath. I dry embossed the grass using a Fiskars texture plate, then sanded it to reveal the green core. Next step, embellishing! I used a wide variety of embellishments for this. The spiders and webs are EK Success Jolee's Boutique and Recollections. The awesome pumpkins are also EK Success Jolee's Boutique. The ghosts, Happy Halloween sign, cat and some of the bats are Little Yellow Bicycle. The "bubbles" in the cauldron and the "smoke" from the chimney are acrylic stickers by Recollections. The witch's legs and the cloud, moon and bats piece are stickers by Echo Park that I adhered to cardstock and fussy cut out. I layered everything using lots and lots of Glue Dots and assorted pop dots by Ranger and Scotch. I am really proud of how this turned out and I hope you like it, too!