Thursday, November 26, 2009

More Kitchen Spice and a little TWILIGHT!

I just couldn't leave my kitchen spice paper alone, lonely and unused on my scrap table! I made another layout and another card to remedy the situation!
And the little card...

Did you know I like Twilight? I do. I read all the books. In 6 days. LOL! I stayed up ALL night finished the first book, I literally picked it up and could not put it back down. When I found out that Pink Paislee was naming their new Halloween line TWILIGHT I knew I had to order it, ALL OF IT, even if it was FUGLY I was going to get ALL OF IT! Thankfully it was pretty :) Here's a little card I made, there will be more to come, I'm thinking that this will be the year that I finally make handmade invitations for our Halloween party!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin Princess- Braided Ribbon Technique

Ribbon has been used in many, many ways and I adore it :) My ribbon is supposed to reside in a large white basket under my scrap table. Supposed to. But it overflows! Everytime I see a new polka dot or texture or stripe that I don't have- well lets just say the pile that is overflowing from my basket gets bigger nearly everytime I step foot inside any store that sells ribbon!

When I was making this layout I simply could not decide which ribbon I liked better, so the decision was simple- I used all of them! I really liked the look of the braided ribbon, it has a lot of detail. Yes- it does add a lot of bulk to the page but it did still fit inside a page protector and that is what matters! This technique could easily be used with much smaller ribbon or even hemp, string, or embroidery thread to create a much less lumpy bumpy feel.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Our Newest Family Member... and some other interesting things!

Ok OK so this is a bit of old news here- from before Halloween in fact, and yes I have been slacking in my posts- but hey, I'm going to share now! This is OLLIE! He is the sweetest smartest most wonderful dog I have ever had the pleasure of meeting :) As you can tell I am already a proud parent hehe! He is a full bred Schnauzer and 3 years old, his owner couldn't keep him anymore and we had been looking for a dog that needed a home for a long time, he was the perfect match. We knew that we didn't want a puppy- puppy care and training is just not on my agenda after a day full of daycare work and two children of my own too! Ollie is not yappy like schnauzer are known to be, he barely ever barks, and he is a SNUGGLER! I told my husband he has been replaced because Ollie loves to cuddle with me while I watch tv and he keeps me warm too, so I clearly don't need my husband now ;) Here Ollie is sporting his own Halloween bandana I made him! It's SO cute! I loved dressing him up so much that I told my husband I need another dog now- a FEMALE so I can put pretty pink bows in her hair LOL!

Is it wierd that I am excited that I can scrap about our pets now? I have always been a little jealous of the people who make those super cute pages with their dogs on them, now I can too! Yippeeee! Here's a photo of Ollie posing with Danica, the kids love him and he loves them- he picks a different one to take a nap with each day during naptime! How sweet is that?!
Ok FINE! I will quit bragging about my Ollie and show you something crafty :) When Danica's mom saw my daughter's tutu she wanted one realllllly bad so of course I did the right thing, the thing that all wonderful crafty childcare providers should do- I made Danica one too!

And of course I had to make her model it before I could give it away! She liked trying it on but her mommy said that she didn't like it when she HAD to wear it on Halloween, silly girl!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tutorial: How to Make a Garland

Garlands and Banners are two of the hottest altered arts projects in the scrappin' world right now, and they make beautiful home decor! I am going to walk you through how to make a fantastic garland. You can make it as simple or complicated as YOU want, and of course if you are short on time- pick a short word or whatever word goes with the theme you are making! Today I am going to show you how I made my Halloween garland...


at least 2-3 pieces of patterned paper (more depending on how long your garland will be)
at least 2-3 pieces of coordinating cardstock (could be all the same color or different ones)
cardboard (I usually use USPS boxes)
various ribbons/hemp/yarn/wire of your choice (read through the instructions if you are not sure what you want to use)
digital die cut machine OR printed template (or make your garland pieces square shaped)
crop-o-dile or hole punch
various embellishments and letters


First you will need to decide on what shape your pieces on your garland will be- pendants, circles, squares, rectangles, etc. Either use a pattern or your digital die cutting machine. Cut your shapes from your pattern paper and then cut a shadowing shape with cardstock.

Next, you will need to trace the shape of your pattern paper pieces onto your cardboard- one for each garland piece.


Adhere the pattern paper to the cardboard pieces and then adhere them to the cardstock pieces. Now you are ready to decorate!


While you are decorating, keep in mind that you will be punching holes in the top two corners of each piece so they can be strung into a garland.


Add die cut letters, chipboard letters, or thickers to create a word on your garland- or simply decorate it, the possibilities are endless!


Using your crop-o-dile or hold punch make a hole in the top two corners of each garland piece.


You can string your garland pieces together with almost any type of ribbon, string, hemp, wire, or yarn, so choose whichever you like best and begin to string your garland together. Bring the string through the front of each piece and then up through the other side, leave some space in between each piece so they will hang nicely. When you have all your pieces on the string tie a loop at each end for easy hanging.





If you'd like, add ribbon in between each piece on your garland for an extra fancy touch!





Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

I'm awake and I'm alive

On Oct. 15th I got to go to the best. concert. ever. It was sooooo awesome! I have been a skillet fan for several years and have every CD from them, and I remember seeing them in concert years ago- before they were as popular as they are now! When I buy a Skillet CD I always know that there will not be a song on it that I have to "skip" because I don't like it, I like every song on every CD. They were amazing in concert- fire effects and all. It was also amazing to me that they had a celloist and a violinist on stage with them- head banging right along with everyone else! It was so cool to see them playing orchestra type instruments with a rock band- and of course the sound is incredible too!

So anyways... when I got home and was looking through my photos I KNEW I had to break out my Prima Rebellious paper! I mean I HAD to! I'm a mom and a scrapbooker and I act way too mature for my age, but I can still go and rock out at a concert and to me that is as "rebellious" as I get LOL!
Awake is the name of Skillet's newest CD, and in the song they sing "I'm awake and I'm alive, now I know what I believe in inside" and the song is all about living your life and being who you are, not following the crowd. The title also reminds me of how I felt when I got up to work in the morning after being up til 1am at the concert LOL!

And in other news... Today the Nov/Dec issue of Scrap N Art magazine debuted! For less than $1.75 an issue it is a great value and a great place to find inspiration, not to mention the GIVEAWAYS in every issue!