Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spotlight on ME!


Everyone go to Close To My Heart founder Jeanette Lynton's blog HERE!

Did you go see?!

I am the spotlighted artist!!!

All my projects were created using the same ONE stamp set: A Note For You. I wanted to show how versatile Close To My Heart's stamp set were; and how with just one $9.95 set you can create all sorts of fun things:

First up is a little 3x3 card that uses ONLY colonial white cardstock, twine, and ink:

When you stamp the petals of the A Note For You set in a line, they make fabulous ruffles! Only glue on the tops and fluff out the bottoms for more dimension:

Next I made a standard-sized card, but traced the edge of a White Daisy Die-Cut Card onto my cardstock:

I stamped the outline edges of the flower and leaves on the back of my patterned paper and used the lines as a stitching guide. Yes, a bit more time involvement, but it makes all the difference:

Last, but my favorite, is a good use for the billions of baby food jars I just can't seem to throw away:

Good use of garbage and scraps, huh! I stamped the flower outline on the back of patterned paper again, but then cut to the center and overlapped a petal (or cut out some petals completely) to make 3D flowers. I threaded wire through buttons, out the back of the flower, and wrapped the whole piece onto sticks from my yard. Add some hemp, curl the petals, and viola! 

I'm so happy I won! Especially since I am actually proud of these projects :) 

Thanks for listening to me brag!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The most interesting crafter in the world

best. post. ever.

This comes from the fabulously artsy Tresa Black (visit her amazing blog HERE) who was kind enough to let me steal The Most Interesting Crafter In The World.

Still giggling...

Stay crafty my friends!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April Layout

Happy (really late) Easter!

Here is the layout my scrapbooking group is going to make on Saturday:

We are using the Stella Paper Packet, Sunset Mini-Medley Accents, and the Paradise Blooms Paper Flowers...

...and my Martha Stewart fringe scissors! Perfect "grass" for our colored stamped eggs to hide in.

I made a flower banner for my title using a very retired alphabet set:

There are a lot of brads at play here, so this is what I do to the back:

Yes, it's ugly. But it's just the back. And covering your brads (ribbon, stitching, etc..) with good old inexpensive tape from the junk drawer helps your page slide into the protector SOOOOO much easier!

I am entering this layout into the super-fun Close To My Heart, Heart2Heart Challenge: Easter! Check out their blog HERE to play along every week. The best part is that you have until the end of the month to enter! 

So people like me that get to Easter 2 weeks late can still have a chance ;)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Expo Recap- part 3

This is an official record: 3 posts in 3 days! This will never happen again...

Here is my third and last mini-book from the Scrapbook Expo:

My photograph really doesn't do this book justice! The front is stamped acrylic and the inside is canvas-covered chipboard. This book is by incredible Jamie Dougherty from Prima. (check out their new ustream class channel HERE) She is a really good teacher!

If you are like me, you open a pack of Prima flowers and think the packaging is almost as pretty as the product! So we used it:

The photo mat is the backing from the burlap strips! So creative.

The buckle is my FAVORITE part of this album, but it was supposed to be yellow. I liked the pink side better...

 So I just reversed mine and covered the ugliness with sparkles! I love it!

As a last expo-parting moment I would like to share the only supply I needed to adhere EVERYTHING on each of my 3 mini-books:

Best. Glue. Ever. 

You know it's good when it's flammable!