Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Advent Calendar

So the projects have been posted and they all look great!! This is my advent calendar made from altered flash cards. If you don't have any of these laying around your house, check out the dollar store. I found several different sizes there all for $1. Posting the directions for each page would be crazy!!! But I am sure that all of you know how to alter something. But I do have a couple of tips if you are going to make a project like this. Wait untill all of your pages are done before you do the numbers. I rearranged my pages several times before I decided on the order. That was mostly to keep the same papers from being back to back. Do 24-12 one way and then switch the book around to see the 11-1. This keeps you from having to turn the album every day. Not a big ordeal, but it could get annoying!! This projects takes alot of paper, glue, and other supplies. My Christmas paper stash is gone!! Make sure you have extra on hand to keep from running out in the middle of your project. If you make an album like this, I would love to see it!! Post your link here in the comments. My son is already ready to put this up and countdown to Christmas!! Happy crafting!!

Ingredients: (a partial list)
Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Paper
Joy of the Season, Alphalicious carts
American Craft Making Memories ribbon
Making Memories rub on Stickles
Martha Stewart glitter
Martha Stewart branch punch

Sneak Peek.......

The last two weeks I have used almost everything in my stash. My Cricut Blade is dull, my mat needs to be resticky, and I made three trips for more supplies. Why you ask? Well, I can't show you just yet! But it was for this week's project at Whimsical Scraps & Bugs. And I can't wait to show you the entire project!! Check back soon either here or at the WS&B site for all the great projects from the DT!! Happy crafting!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tip for the Week

While I was working on my DT project for this week, I was wasting alot of cuts that were ripping when I popped them out from the paper or spending too long using my craft knife to try to save them. So, to try to keep this from happening, this is what I came up with. Turn the paper over and sand the back of the cut. This thins out the paper and the design will come out with out having to cut the design by hand. This is also helpful for intricate cuts that you risk tearing when popping out of the paper. I hope this saves you some time away from the craft knife. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Boo! 2nd DT project

Here is my second project for the Whimsical Scraps and Bugs Design Team. The challenge was to use the colors black, orange, purple, and yellow, Design Studio, and glitter. I did get stuck on the yellow and the glitter but I do think that this is a fun layout. I welded my title together in Design Studio and then hand cut a ghost out to put behind the title. ( I tried to design a ghost, but wasn't happy with the results.) The bats are from a shaped ribbon and I just cut them apart and used Glue Dots to attach them. The white letters are leftovers from my Quickuts that I keep in a box. They are a mix of all my mini's. Thanks for looking. Happy crafting!