Thursday, December 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Want a few ideas to help you use up your stash? I do!
Lesley Miller has some inspiration for you...
Let's see if YOU have any of these papers in your stash!

    WeRMemoryKeepers "Storytime".

 Pebbles "Home For Christmas"

Shimelle "True Stories"

Pebbles "We Go Together"

My Minds Eye "Jubilee"

Alright...Go check your stash and have fun crafting~

Thanks for the inspiration Lesley!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Need a Laugh?

I love to see the stories that people scrap, and Lesley Miller is a great story teller on her pages. Look at the title in the yellow box...


Now look a little closer at the photo...


You gotta laugh! I love it! Thanks for making me laugh Lesley!


Here is another great story captured and told by Lesley. That is her and her dad in the top picture, and her dad and son in the bottom picture. What a great set of memories! I love the design details with the acetate. the veneer word, and the fun pops of color from the scraps of patterned paper. Way to tell a story Lesley!



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Amanda Inspiration

Amanda Hillard is blowing us away with cute baby pages! This one is absolutely perfect!


Look at all the little circle pieces she used! There are so many fun little surprises. Let’s play “I Spy”...I spy words from a Christmas carol, Santa’s belly, and a plate of cookies! Your turn!
This paper line is Photoplay “Dear Santa”.


Look at this adorable photo! Amanda used Photoplay “Dear Santa" again, along with a circle background, and look how different it turned out! I love how it reflects the white with pops of color of the photo. The title on the photo is my favorite part.


This is also Amanda Hillard with a Thanksgiving layout. I love the warmth of the Kraft cardstock and the stacked paper strips that anchor the photo (Photoplay “Autumn Day"). This layout would look good as a Christmas layout too (or any layout!).

Awesome, awesome Amanda!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

She Used What?!

Talk about an unusual use of a product! I love this idea! Jennifer Gatewood used the Avery Elle Stamp and Die Storage pockets to make a small album. And then she used all kinds of fun embellishments. Wood Veneer, chipboard, lots of sequins, stickers,...The paper and stickers came from the Photoplay “Autumn Day” line.




I bet this was so much fun to create!

Come take a look at this in person! It really is a well crafted project! Thanks Jenn!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Color Burst for Christmas, Birthday, and Art Class

I have been playing with the Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst. I have to say these are very very fun to use. My two youngest children have been all over this product as well. I made the two Christmas cards, and they made the 5 birthday cards at the end of the post!


I embossed the snowflakes with clear and silver embossing powder onto watercolor paper. yes. you have to use watercolor paper! Then I added water with a paint brush being careful to not spread water everywhere (I wanted some of the white to stay white). I then tapped on two colors of Color Burst and let it spread. I also helped it along with the wet paint brush in some areas. After drying the paper, I dripped some water drops from a paint brush and then dabbed it with a paper towel to lift splotches of color. The tag on top was die cut and stamped then embossed.


This card was made with the same steps except I sprinkled the Color Burst powder on dry watercolor paper and then heavily spritzed the entire card. This time I covered the die cut with embossing powder and put it back into the tag.


We needed 5, yes 5, birthday cards over the weekend (there are a total of 9 December birthdays in my family!). I set Seth and Catherine up with embossed cards to paint for me. After the watercolor cards were dry, I went back with black Archival ink and stamped them. Most of these were going to men. I think they are interesting... not sure what my brothers and brothers-in-law thought. We named the red and green one the “ugly sweater” card, and gave it to the jokester in the family (along with wishes for a “winning the ugly sweater contest" kind of year).

What do you think? Look fun? (It is, just ask my kids!)


here’s a couple more picture of my kids crafting with the Color Bursts





Friday, December 11, 2015

Santa Mail!

This has to be my favorite altered mailbox EVER. Jesselyn Belk created something right out of the North Pole! Not only is it covered in fabulous paper (Authentique), but it has a subtle sparkle over the entire piece too!


It is all put together in a collage style. I love it! What a great place to store letters to Santa or for Elf on the Shelf!


Thank you Jesselyn! This is such a perfect piece of Christmas magic!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Santa Claus Is Coming...and We Have the Clock to Prove it!

I want a Santa Clock! Now that I have seen this, there is no cure but to make one of my own!


Jennifer Gatewood found this incredible clock and altered it with paper (from Simple Stories “Claus and Co.”), chipboard, veneer, and stickers! There are no words! Just!!!!!



I’m not telling you which store’s sticker is on the back (because I’m ornery like that!). You can come look for yourself !

Nice work Jenn! This is a one-of-a-kind fabulous piece!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Time Inspiration

More Christmas Inspiration! Look at the very different projects the Design Team has made with the current papers and supplies in the store!

Isn’t this page gorgeous? Jeanette Kraehmer made this beauty with KaiserCraft “Silver Bells Collection” papers. If you love the vintage Victorian Christmas look, this line is for you!


Jennifer Gatewood has mixed several Christmas paper lines here. The one that stands out is “The Story of Christmas” by Echo Park. I love the pieced look of this. The punched edges really add to the homemade quilted look; it reminds me of the well used raggedy edge of a favorite quilt.


Jennifer also made this lovely green “Christmas Memories” page...with all sorts of lovely details!
The stenciled snowflakes, the painted title, the chevrons (I love her paper choices!). I love that the rich red and browns of the photo pop off the green page (papers are from “Have a Merry Christmas” line by Carta Bella).


Sharon Horsewood has a little bit of an unexpected element on this cute card...she stamped  the candy on acetate to get that wrapper feel and look. Fun, fun! (This is a Blueprints stamp by Tim Holtz).


Sharon also did another unexpected combination with her non-traditional Christmas card color choices. It makes a cheerful card that is sure to stand out! I love the stitching and the teeny-tiny eyelets!


Are you making Christmas cards this year? I have a plan to make plan has yet to be executed (uh-oh!).


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Something Unexpected Challenge : Lesley Miller

Talk about unexpected! I didn’t catch it until I touched the page...that is real cage wire behind the photo! How cool is that!? Awesome job Lesley Miller!


Here is a closer look:
Lesley used “The Story of Fall” papers by Echo Park as the backdrop to this fun memory.

Here is another unexpected use of paper this time. This paper is from the Imaginisce “Happy Traveler” line...and it makes a “star” of a Christmas page with those stitched hearts and Christmas tags (along with an adorable baby!).


Thanks for submitting your “unexpected items” designs Lesley! Love them!


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Quick Look!

What a wonderfully simple layout to highlight a precious photo! Lesley Miller used coordinating papers and stickers from the Photoplay “Dear Santa” line...Perfect! And what a cutie!


Lesley has another great idea in this layout: cut a full paper into different width stips and sew it on a contrasting paper. The effect is so interesting. There is a wonderful texture and dimension, and yet it will slip right into any album. The papers and embellishments are from October Afternoon “Summertime”. Again, just a few stickers and it’s perfect!


Thanks Lesley!

P.S. we have gotten our Pinterest boards under control and have a board for each current Design Team member. I am adding links to their names so you can click through! Check it out!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Design Team Challenge Entry: Sharon Horsewood

Ahh-maz-ing! This is something I have never seen, and what a great idea!
Sharon Horsewood made this amazing memory of her son’s participation in the Tennessee Valley Fair Youth Talent Competition. Yes, that is a vinyl record!


Look at the details...guitar string, guitar pick, tickets… this is such a wonderful way to document these memories in a special way.


Sharon created another beautiful challenge piece. I love the nostalgic feel of this cross stitch hoop.


There is so much detail in this piece that you will have to see it for rolled flowers made from painted vintage music paper. I love her use of Scrabble tiles as the title...and the black and white photo is perfect! Love it so much!

Thank you Sharon for playing along in the Design Team challenge to use something unexpected!