Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quick tips for Crafting

Remember how last week my son and I created holiday cards? Well if you have forgotten or simply would like some more inspiration then hop on over and read this blog post. Meanwhile, my project for today is a creation of that event and could also be duplicated really easy. 

This card uses my favorite Gingerbread Friends stamp set. If you are going to splurge on a stamp set for the holiday season this one is one my top 5 list. This stamp set features many faces and accessories for your male or female gingerbread people and also features a number of sentiments (one of my sons favorite things because you can also decorate the inside of the card!!)

We were also playing around with the super traditional Beary Christmas paper line and PML cards. I highly recommend PML (pocket cards) for a number of reasons from their ease of use for all age levels to their quick/mess free scrapbooking uses. For this card we simply stamped a gingerbread man onto the PML card. Then we layered that onto of a dry embossed (super fun and easy technique) layer. The embossing gives the card a little something special to stand out against the pattern paper.

Thanks for stopping in today! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Silver & Gold Joyful Trees

Today I was really inspired by a gold glitter tree line die-cut that I found in my embellishments and I knew that the perfect stamp would be the Joy Evergreen one from Just For Fun. 

Now this stamp is a double sided stamp that I picked out because of all of the possibilities that the solid evergreen stamp has, well wouldn't you know that I was actually inspired by the inside/wording layer. 

Here are what both sides of that stamp look like. 

They would be spectacular paired up together or as independent stamps like I have done. 

Then I paired this stamp with some "Silver and Gold" paper and some matching stickers. Who could resist that glitter matched with the black and white! Plus the shape of the tree stamp with those matching tree stickers fit perfectly. Both JFF and CTMH can be a really fun company to work with you just have to find your style. 

Something new that I have been into lately, is inking...which BTW is perfect for JFF stamps!! For this project I inked around the top layer which helps that stamped image stand out. My papers were layered off center to give the card more character...again playing into the playful theme of the card. 

Thanks for stopping in today I hope you were inspired to Ge t Crafty! 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CK: Border Time

Today marks a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts where this week we are showing off our projects that have a border. This was a really fun challenge for me because the image that I choose was really cute and matched my die cut border perfectly. 

The image I used came from Make It Crafty and I paired it with the Beary Christmas line and some die cuts that I received in a mail swap. 

Isn't she just the cutest?! Make it Crafty has a whole bunch of really cute digi's so hop on over there and check them out. 

If you interested in playing along with our new challenge or checking out what the other DT members created you can view our CK blog here. Thanks for stopping by today. 

Happy Crafting. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beary Merry Christmas Cards

I recently fell in love with the Beary Christmas paper line from CTMH, no surprise there right?! Anyway I ended up picking up the paper line along with the PML pack and I decided that would be plenty of product to make some really nice holiday cards and tags and so that's kind of what I am here to show off today. 

Of course when I got all of the supplies out to make a card my two boys came running over to join in the fun. I swear those two can smell fun from a mile away!! Anyway, my youngest is 22 months so he was just there to supervise and cause chaos, however, my oldest is 6 1/2 and LOVES to craft (I know I got lucky!) so we got right to it. His favorite part is the stamping :) 

He's also a ham and loves to make silly faces for the camera.
He's actually getting really good at making cards and it gives me an excuse to get work done and hang out with him so it's a win win all around. While I only managed to get one card done, Doo managed to get a couple great cards completed. Below is one of the cards that he made (he really loved that red glitter paper.) 

 Well I hope you enjoyed our projects today and I hope you were inspired to grab a little one and get crafty with them. <3 


Friday, November 10, 2017

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Disney Live Pocket Scrapbook Layout

This past weekend my mom treated my oldest and I to a Disney Live show and as expected the show was amazing. It was called Disney's Doorway to Magic and it stared all of our favorites and then some and was really pretty magical (I mean we are talking Disney here.) 

Since I'm trying not to fall behind on my scrapbooking I quickly came home and printed off some of my favorite photos. I choose to use the Pocket Scrapbooking style because I could throw in a couple of cards and a couple of photos and move on.. I mean how else do you scrapbook super fast and still super cute?! 

I had a lot of Disney supplies left over from our trip this year so it was super simple to throw this layout together.  

To start off the layout I wanted to create a "title" block and since I did not get a good picture of all of the characters together I did a little digging and ended up printing off my title photo straight from the website. This could have easily been a hand made card using some stickers and some alphabets, but again I am trying to stay up to speed. 

To capture our individual experience, I then took some of our photos and made a photo collage with them. This is an excellent way to get a lot of photos into your layout, or to make use of some blurrier photos.  I also added in our selfie photo to help capture who was I love that photo of us three and this gave me a chance to personalize the layout and added a spot for our tickets (see them tucked in there?) 

I created the black and red mickey star and Mickey himself came straight from our souvenir tag, I simply cut him out and propped him up onto the pre-made card. Souvenir's are an excellent way to get some extra embellishments so do not over look tags, receipts, bags, ect... you never know what you can use so I save everything until I'm done. 

Most of the cards and embellishments come from the "Say Cheese" line. Following suit with the magic theme I decided to use that bottom journal card to leave a couple of notes. The wording was already white so I stuck with it and did the notes in a white gel pen. I really love the way it came out. 

I hope you enjoyed my project and were inspired to head out and get some memories protected and preserved. 

Happy Crafting! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Rustic Hello

Today I have a project that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season because it can be used for so many different things and the theme could easily be adjusted. One of my family members LOVES for me to make her a bunch of tags that she can use for various things around the holidays, and when I say a bunch I mean like hundreds! She uses them for presents, for food baskets, for little friendly notes, for EVERYTHING!! 

So I set out and started playing around with my Just For Fun stamps. She wanted the tags to be somewhat flat so die-cuts were simply not going to work. She also mentioned that she has some homemade goodies that she wanted to attach the tags to so she could hand them out as presents and perhaps pass along some recipes. 

For this super fun super small sized tag I went ahead and cut a card base out at 3" x 6" then I scored and folded in the middle. Since I was using a black card base I decided to cut a smaller white layer for the inside of the card. This area works well for a small recipe or a note. 

The mason jar stamp is spectacular and can be found here and the best news is that JFF offers this stamp in small and large!! Sorry for the excitement but I really do love this stamp. Anyway, I paired the Jar stamp with a really friendly, elegant, and smaller "Hello" sentiment stamp, also from JFF and can be found here.  

To finish up this tag/card I decided to grab some black and white twine from my stash and wrap it around the top of the jar stamp. I then attached a button with a glue dot and placed the image onto the black card base. I think that the neutral colors pair up so perfectly with that rustic jar stamp and can't wait to make a million of these little guys. 

I love how this project came out, aside from using two of my favorite stamps, the project is adorable, rustic, and can be easily duplicated to any size event. 

Thanks for stopping by today.