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A Walk Down Paisley Road

These papers by Prima Marketing have got to be some of my favorite ever! Tammy really hit it out of the park with this this Deluxe Kit. The colors are so lush.The embellies are so sparkly and fun. These pages almost made themselves! I just love the way the florals all works so splendidly together!

I'd been wanting to scrap this photo for so long and the colors in this paper matched her little jumper perfectly. I just love the lines on this paper ~ it makes journaling a snap! 

I think this last page is my favorite out of the bunch. I very rarely cut my photos into shapes but I really wanted to retain the feel of a flower that this paper had. So I made my messy little sweetie the center of the flower by matting her photo in 1/4 inch larger crircles.

I used the scraps to make a couple of cards.

Lost in Pixie-land?

Wow, it has been forever since I posted but real life intruded and I can't say that I liked having to work 12 hour days for the past 2 months!  But I am getting back to part time and this adorarable kit by Cosmo Cricket was my first grab.  PixieLicious is the easiest kit I have ever worked with! Every sheet of paper in this kit has the most amazing color and the embellies Tammy has put with it are simply divine!  LOVE LOVE, LOVE the color in this first layout!

The strips of titles in this kit make it super easy to whip together a page.  I put these three pages together in one afternoon!

For this last page, I wanted to see if I could make this paper look a little less girly and us it for one of my sons layouts.  I used a strip of aqua patterned paper I had laying around to tone down the girly feel of this paper and I think it turned out great!


We're still here! Unfortunately, the blog had to take a short break but for very good reason. It was a very hectic and busy holiday season - thanks to you! Thanks for a great 2010 and we are gearing up to make 2011 the best yet. Items from CHA Winter are already arriving and we are expecting more soon!
Graphic 45 is here and I know you will be pleased with these remarkable papers. I'm working on some deluxe kits now so check back! If you can't wait, we have a few paper pads available also.
Le Cirque:
And I know some of you have been patiently waiting for this! Pre -orders are now open for the Basic Grey 2011 POTM program. First come...first serve so get your order in. Find the details here .

Birds of a Feather...dress a whole lot a like.

I cannot begin to tell you how much my girls make me laugh.  And it's a good thing, because it certainly helps them out big time when they're supposed to be in trouble.  Anyway, this day below, was their 2nd visit to the dentist's office.  Thankfully, their first visit was incredibly fun and they don't have irrational fears of dentists like my husband someone I won't mention.  Now, a quick background point for all my readers:  My husband is a musician and as we all know, musicians usually beat to a different drum.  Often times their sense of fashion goes hand in hand with their creative musical flair.  So, I must submit, that my two daughters incredible sense of fashion comes from their Daddy. ; )

Isn't this how EVERYONE dresses up to go to the dentist?  Do notice that my youngest carries a penguin in her purse instead of the requisite yippy dog.  THAT, she got from me and it makes me proud.  So looking at how my two birds of a feather flock together...I now know that I have years of interesting outfits and fun times to look forward too.

Now on to the deets. I picked up the Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Deluxe Kit, for this one.  It is a very whimsical line with birds, butterflies, clouds and kites.  I used all paper for this layout and will use the embellies, Glimmer Mist and Flocking Powder for my next project....coming up soon.

I used a template to create the bracket die cut, which I cut in half put part on each side.  The paper line comes with a page of borders, which worked well with my Birds of a Feather theme.  I cut out some of the birds from the paper, faux stitched around the edge and popped them up for dimension.

Now go put on an outfit and accessorize it like no one is watching!!  And don't forget your penguin in a purse!

Kaiser Kraft ~So Kool!

When I saw this beautiful paper from Kaiser Kraft called Prairie Lane all I could think of was snowflakes.  I know - how did I connect the beautiful browns and blues in this set with snow, right?  I can't explain it but that's exactly what I did. 

This layout is very textural.  I used a fanfold technique and placed the circular "fan" between two sheets of cardstock.  There is a tutorial video at the end of this post if you would like to see how I accomplished this. Below are a few more close ups of the layout. 

The layout ended up being about a half an inch thick.  I haven't tried putting it in a page protector yet, but if it doesn't I will just have to frame it!  It looks complicated but in all actuality is was very simple!

The Holiday Season is now upon us!

If you're not shopping for Halloween costumes, then you're either starting on your Christmas card making or buying presents.  The Holiday Season is officially upon us crafters anyway.  So let me inspire you with this new Christmas line from KaiserCraft.  Yes indeed, it's the very company that makes all the wonderful wooden MDF projects you love so much.  As soon as I saw this in the Sneak Peeks from CHA, I was hoping and hoping that this would make it into the Shoppe.  My delight was complete when I saw the Deluxe Kit that Tammy put together with this beautiful Vintage paper line. 

Here is a layout of my two "dress up" Queens.  This day, they were Santa's Helpers of course.  We did this photo shoot during the great blizzard of 2010 trying to shoo away the cabin fever.  It's a bit hard letting your 3 1/2 foot children play in 5 feet of snow!

My first step, since I wanted to pick up the red of the dress in the photograph was to cut the tan background off the sheet with the scrolling die cut.  I cut around the edges and used a dark red background to replace the old one.  The edges of the red cardstock are inked with the Mudslide Colorbok pad included in the kit.

TIP: Since the Colorbok pad is ink instead of Chalk ink, you can dab a makeup sponge onto the ink pad and use the sponge to ink your edges for more of a brushed and softer look.  Using the ink pad directly on the edges of your paper can give harsh, dark lines that do not give an aged look to your project.

Next, I created a Christmas tree of sorts by cutting out wavy triangles out of the green damask paper and distressing the edges with the Mudslide ink using the tip above.  I wanted the scrolling die cut to work as a frame, so I used my Swivel Exacto knife to cut out an edge on the inner part of the die cut...this is known as fussy cutting.  I set my Christmas tree inside the cut and removed any green edges sticking out the other side.

The mat for the bigger photo was created using the Martha Stewart Deco Fan around the page punches.  I only did two sides since I was tucking the photo behind the tree and another cut edge of the die cut at the bottom.  The snowflakes are made with the St Nick/Newspaper sheet and Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. 

To give the snowflakes a more vintage and finished look, I inked the edges with the Mudslide ink.   I used both sides of the St Nick paper to create the snowflakes.  The fatter ones above were made with the Newsprint side and the skinnier ones were made with the St Nick side. I used Mudslide over the skinny snowflakes to darken them up a bit to contrast with the fatter snowflakes and yet still keep the design visible underneath.  My next step for all the snowflakes was to coat them with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  While the paint was still wet, I grabbed some translucent sparkly embossing powder between my thumb and index finger, and gently rubbed my fingers together over the snowflakes as it lightly dusted them with the powder.  Using your fingers to rub the powder over top of your snowflakes will keep it light and even.  I used my heat gun lightly over the snowflakes to just melt the embossing powder so it wouldn't leave a milky sheen on the snowflakes and Crackle Paint, then I let the rest air dry to create the crackling effect.

So, now go panic...because you only have 95 days until Christmas.  Hah!!  Happy Scrapping!

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