Thursday, December 30, 2010


A couple of my goals for 2011 (I'm not going to call it a resolution!) is to scrap more layouts, get my craft room organized, and spend less money. I have decided to combine them and make my goal to scrap ten layouts before buying more supplies! This way I will use up my supplies on hand, save a little money, (maybe) and make me get some layouts done so I can buy new stuff!!

So since I had a little while to myself today, I decided to get to work! These pictures had been on my desk for a while. I loved that my little guy spen the afternoon building this Lego ship and then playing with it all day. He didn't want to put it down and ended up falling asleep with it in his hands!

I took the colors of the Lego ship as the basis for my paper selection. And this was not a color combo that I usually work with! But it was fun to get it put together! I used some paper from Paper Studio and K & I Memories that I have had for-ev-ah! The oldest brads I have in my stash also made a comeback. Thickers, my Uniball pen, and my new Cricut cartridge, Basic Font, finished up the page. Of course the Lego logo is from the box!

Coming up on New Year's Day, we have a blog hop! I can't wait to show you my project with a little tutorial on making a flower and paper ribbon! Hope to see you here! Happy crafting!

Monday, December 27, 2010

7-challenge layout for Scrap Our Stash

This month's challenge at Scrap Our Stash was to complete a birthday project since it was their one year blog birthday. When I started this page, I realized that I didn't have very many pictures of our son's 7th birthday, and I am not sure why I took so few. But I picked out the two I liked the most and cropped them very little to help take up space on my layout. Helping my out on this layout is some yummy paper from Echo Park. Their Little Boy collection is just wonderful! The papers are double sided and I made sure to use both sides of it. I cut circles and halved them along the bottom. I also fussy cut around some of the stars and used them as accents around the page. I also pulled out my iRock gems, an EK Success Slimline punch, and the Star Cuttlebug embossing folder for this one. Hopefully I have enough of this paper left to do some more projects! Happy crafting!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to everyone!

The before shot:

And the after shot:

I hope your house was as full of excitement as my house this morning! The clean up has yet to start though! Merry Christmas to all and happy crafting!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My first Amigurumi Animal, a little pink piggy!

First of all, I know this has nothing to do with scrapbooking or paper crafting, but I loved this little guy and wanted to share with you. Hopefully after the first of the year, I can set up another page here to post my other crafts, but one project at a time!!

I have crocheted on and off for a very long time. I learned from my mom and I can remember taking my stuff to middle school and working on things while I was being an office aide. Now so many scrap pages have crocheted flowers and lace on them. And after seeing a tiny lace flower at my local scrapbook store for $1, I knew I could make them myself. (This happens to me alot!)

While I was looking for some flower patterns, I came across this little guy on the Lion Brand Yarn site. You have to register to see their free patterns, but they also have a learning center that you can learn the basics of how to crochet.

They have alot of patterns for amigurumi animals which are also very popular right now. Almost all of them are for beginners or for the easy level. I have had so much fun making this little guy, and I will definately try some other animals and other projects! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Boys of Summer

Last month's challenge at Scrap Our Stash was to use a sketch by Helen Croft. We had our choice of three sketches to use and I picked this one:

I loved the tall, skinny photos, and they worked well with these pictures from our visit to the beach. I used some of my favorite paper, the Frenzy White Out collection from We Are Memory Keepers. I bought this paper last year and used alot of it, but I loved it so much that when it went on sale for .19 a sheet at Michael's, I had to buy almost every sheet left!! My intent was to use it for a summertime album, but never did. I love it because you can use it for so many different pages, but it really went well with these summer pictures. It's a colorblocked, two-sided paper, so I was able to finsih this page with just one sheet and the background paper.

Some other things that I used for this one;
Fiskars wave punch
Autumn Leaves flourish stamps
iRock tool and gems
Basic Grey chipboard
Studio G stamps

I hand cut the swirl and the sun, but used my Cricut for the title.

Maybe this will give you some warmer thoughts on this cold day! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We have a winner!

Congratulations to LindaC! The random genarator picked # 29 and her post was the lucky post! I will be sending off her Michael's gift card!

She is a wonderfully talented stamper! You can check out her beautiful work at Linda C's Corner

Congrats Linda and I know you will enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day 25 gift card holders

Some people don't like to give gift cards because it seems too impersonable. But you can always make a gift card holder to make it alot nicer. I used this template by the fabulous Gina K. for today's gift.

Here is where you can find her template for this gift card holder.

There are so many gift card holders that you can easily make. You can always Google homemade gift card holders and find one you like. Mine was supposed to have a Michael's gift card in it, but due to the winter weather that came through, I had to use an old grocery store card in it! But before I send this one to a lucky follower, I will make sure that I put in the right gift card!

Today is the last day of my 25 days and the last day for your chance to win the Michael's gift card. Leave a comment on any of the posts and I will draw a name on Wednesday! I hope you have found some inspiration in these projects and that you have a wonderful Christmas! Happy holiday crafting!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Please help my project out!

Please check out my submission for the Michael's craft challenge and take a minute to "like" it! Currently I'm in second place for the voting, so I could use a few more friends to vote! Thanks for your help!!

My project

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day 24 recipe book

Today's project is a simple little recipe book that started with some recipe cards from the dollar bins at Michael's. The hardest part of this project was deciding what yummy recipes to put in it!

For this project, I used the following supplies;

recipe cards
hole punch
binder rings
scrapbook paper
craft knife
stickers, punches, or other stuff to decorate the cover

Start by covering your chipboard with the scrapbook paper. Use your adhesive and then trim using your craft knife.

Punch holes in your cover and recipe cards.

Then decorate the front of your cover.

When you are finished, use your binder rings to attach the books. Add ribbon to your rings and you are all done!

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Michael's gift card! Happy holiday crafting!

Friday, December 10, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts- Day 23 wooden blocks

Today's project is are decorated wooden blocks. I saw a similar set of some wooden blocks at a store for about $15. I made these for free since I was able to raid my hubbys scrap wood stash! I made the JOY since I had three blocks, but you could do anything, Welcome, a last name, or a baby's name for their room!

For this project I used;

wood blocks
scrapbook paper and trimmer
Modge Podge
Cricut letters
Martha Stewart branch punch
acrylic craft paint and brush

Start by making sure your blocks are smooth. Use your sandpaper to round off the edges. When you are done, paint your blocks. I didn't paint where my paper is going to be just to save time and paint.

Cut your scrapbook paper to fit your blocks. You can always just paint the entire block instead of using paper. I used a corner punch to round off the edges. Use Modge Podge to glue your paper to the blocks.

Decorate your blocks. I used my Cricut Storybook cartridge to cut out these letters. I also added some branches punched out using the Martha Stewart branch punch.

You don't have to make all the blocks the same. You can alter between two or three designs. Or make them all different! Just make it your own way!

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Michael's gift card! Happy holiday crafting!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day22 bottle cap magnets

If your like me, I have an abundance of bottle caps at my house. And if you know me, you know that I recycle. What better way to recycle then take something headed for the landfill and give it a new life!

For this project I used the following supplies;

bottlecaps, washed and dried
scrapbook paper
sticky gems
Glossy accents.

If you remember way back on day 2, I made a bottle cap necklace. For these magnets, you begin by decorating them the same way. Cut out your paper and decorate it however you want to. Use some Glossy Accents inside the cap to attach your paper. If you need to see step by step with pictures, check out Day 2's post.

On the back, attach some craft magnets, and your all done!

If you would like to have this set, please leave a comment telling me and how to get in touch with you. I will pick one person to send them too!

Leave a comment on any post for a chance to win a Michael's gift card. We are almost done with our 25 days, so time is running out! Happy holiday crafting!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day 21 Cocoa Packet & Gift Card Holder

Today's gift is a super easy way to dress up a gift card!

For this project I used the following supplies;

packet of hot cocoa
scrapbook paper & adhesive
hole punch
paper trimmer

Start by measuring your cocoa packet and trim your paper to fit around the packet. Fold it around your packet and glue it together. Once your get that finished, take out the cocoa packet.

Decorate the front. I used some printed paper, snowflake punch, a coffee cup, stamp and colored pencils. Once it's finished, punch a hole in the top of your packet.

Put your ribbon through both holes and use your cocoa packet to push the ribbon down to the bottom and tie a knot.

If you want to make a pocket for a gift card, just cut out another piece of paper and only put adhesive around three of the edges. Insert your gift card! You are all done!!

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a Michael's gift card! Happy holiday crafting!

Monday, December 6, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts- Day 20 Name Plate

Today's project is coming to you late tonight. Someone forgot to turn off her camera yesterday and it needed to charge to post pictures! But tonight's project is another very easy one!

For this project I used;

A frame
scrapbook paper
letter stickers

I cut the scrapbook paper to fit inside the frame. I added my name on the outside of the glass. This way you can change the scrapbook paper as you want! You can always add a favorite phrase or bible verse too. A tip for putting stickers on, use your tweezers and place them on the glass, but barely stick one end down. That way if you need to adjust, you will be able to pull them off without ruining your stickers.

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a Michael's gift card!! Happy holiday crafting!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day 19 Chipboard letter magnets

This is one of those projects that are quick, easy, and really inexpensive to make!

Supplies for this project were;

chipboard letter (mine were in a set and are 3 inches tall.)
scrapbook paper
Modge Podge and foam brush
magnet sheet
Craft knife

Cover the top of your chipboard letter with Modge Podge and press your paper down on top of it. Use your craft knife to cut away the excess. You can use a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the edges. I left the sides of mine plain but you could always paint the sides. Then add your magnet to the back and you are done! How easy is that?! Use these as a gift, as an embellishment to your gift wrapping, or make a whole set for a kid just learning their alphabet! Much cuter than those plastic letters!

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a Michael's gift card! Happy holiday crafting!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

25 Days of {handmade} Christmas Gifts-Day 18 Painted Cork tiles

Today's project is a little late, but in my defense, I did spend the day with the family buying Christmas decorations and doing a little decorating at the house. I was able to get this done in about 10 minutes and there are alot you can do with these tiles.

Here are some of the supplies that I used for this project;

A cork tile

I made my stencil from the Cricut cartridge Cindy Loo. If you cut your own, make sure you use a heavy cardstock to keep it from curling when you paint. If you don't have a Cricut, look for stencils in the paint department or the t-shirt crafting section. Secure your stencil to the cork tile. I just used some Tombow adhesive.
Don't brush it on or you may get the paint under the stencil.

Remove the stencil and let it dry. My use for this one is to hang on the wall as a memo board. But I have seen other uses for these. Decorate one for a pet's dishes to sit on! Make a mousepad out of one, much better than the boring ones that I have. Or make several and add picture hangers on the back, and let them use it as art! Lots of great ideas for this one, just think outside of the box.

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a Michael's gift card!! Happy holiday crafting!

Friday, December 3, 2010

25 Days of {handmade} Christmas Gifts-Day 17-Spruced up flower pot

There have been several times that I have given an Amaryllis for a gift. To make it a little more personal it super easy and quick!

For this I used the following supplies;

Flower pot
paint & brush

If your flower can be removed from the terracota pot, then it will be easy to paint with it out. Use the paint brush to paint on your stamps, but not too much paint. A foam or acrylic stamp will be best for this since you can bend them around the pot. If there are any spots on the flower pot that needs to be touched up, use your paint brush. You could also use a stencil and paint pens.

Stamp on your flower pot and let it dry. Add a ribbon and you are all done! Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Michael's gift card. Happy holiday crafting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day 16 Decorated Jar

For today's gift, I decorated a jar and filled it with some scented bathsalts. What is great about this gift, is you can fill it with almost anything!

I used the following supplies on this project;

A Mason Jar
ribbon, scrapbook paper
snowflake ornament
hot glue
bath salts or something to fill the jar

To start, I used the circle of the lid as a stencil to cut out the paper on the lid. I added some hot glue to the edge and put the ring back on. I didn't want the person to have to deal with putting the lid back together everytime she opened it.

Then I tied the ribbon and tag around my snowflake ornament and hot glued it to the top of the lid.

I filled the jar with some bath salt. This is very easy to make. There are a ton of recipes on the web, just Google it and find one that you like. Check for the scents in the candle section of your hobby store!

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a Michael's gift card! Happy holiday crafting!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

25 Days of {homemade} Christmas Gifts-Day 15, A gift for you!

I am still fussing with the project that I had planned today. It just isn't working for me, LOL! So how about a little giveaway?!?

If you know me, you know I am a movie buff, something my husband turned me into. I have seen lots of Christmas movies, but one is my all time favorite. Take a guess on which one is my favorite. Be the first one to get it right, and I will let you pick one of my projects to send to you. (some have already been given away so I will email you the ones your can choose from!) Here are a couple of clues.

This is not an old movie.

It was filmed during a unusually warm winter and they had to use lots of fake snow.

The movie is partly based on a collection of short stories written for Playboy in the 1960's.

It was filmed in Cleveland, OH and Toronto.

This movie helped inspire the TV show, Wonder Years.

This filmed was released the week before Thanksgiving in 1983 and was mostly out of the theaters by Christmas of that year.

This movie is shown about 12 times on Christmas Day.

Ok, so take a guess, leave me a way to get in touch with you and check back tomorrow and I will have tamed this unruly project! Happy holiday crafting!!