Friday, August 22, 2014

Grandparent's Day die cut challenge at Cut It Up


  It's time to Cut It Up again and this time we are celebrating "Grandparent's Day."  When my daughters were in elementary school, there was an annual school-wide celebration assembly for Grandparent's Day.  I chose various pictures from those special days and created a mini book.

Here is a peek inside:
 My mom with each of my twin girls.

Mom and Julia; my dad, Kathryn, my m-i-l, and my mom.

Kathryn, me, Julia, and my maternal grandmother.


Once again we have two sponsors each with a prize to be won:
$20 Coupon Code

AND

$15 gift card

I am also following the Decorate to Celebrate blog and their current challenge is:  #82 "Decorations for Grandparents Day or Birthday."  My mini is acting as my mom's birthday card and this mini is filled with pictures of her and her grandchildren!  A perfect fit for this challenge.  (Thank you, Lisa, for encouraging me to enter this challenge!)

Supplies:
die cuts:  SEI luggage tag (yellow tag; cover); Rusty Pickle sentiment tags (white tags on p. 1)
paper:  SEI "Holiday Hoopla"
adhesive:  Xyron
alphabet stamps:  American Crafts

Now let's see how this challenge inspires you...do you know someone who is/is about to become a grandparent you could make a card for? What about a layout of you with your grandparent(s)?  Just remember to include a die cut on your project and link up at Cut It Up and Decorate to Celebrate by September 3rd.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Core’dinations Design Team Call

Core'dinations is having a design team call for the September 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015 term.  I played with my Core'dinations card stock collections to create a couple of back-to school gifts for my daughters' teachers, Ms. Wai and Mr. Harris.

If you are not familiar with Core'dinations card stock, it is a textured card stock that embosses beautifully and has no white core!  You can sand the card stock to reveal the color core as much (tree, acorns) or as little as you like (grass).  On this pillow box filled with trail mix I embossed and sanded the acorns, tree, and part of the squirrel:
Supplies:  Core' dinations "Nostalgia" super assortments papers; SRM acrylic box; Cricut "Create a Critter" squirrel and "Everyday Pop-Up Cards" tree; Cuttlebug embossing folders "Seeing Spots" and "Swiss Dots"; Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder for tree and acorns; Martha Stewart grass border punch; Imaginisce leaf paper; Punnylicious sentiment; Making Memories sanding block; Costco Kirkland Trail Mix; Xyron, foam tape, and 2-way glue pen.

I also made a water bottle tag, creating a pocket for a "Tea2Go" packet for a back-to-school teacher gift:
Supplies:  Core' dinations "Nostalgia" super assortments papers; SRM "Congratulationssticker sentiment;  Cuttlebug embossing folder "Harlequin";  Cosmo Cricket "The Boyfriend" papers and ribbon;  Making Memories mini brad and sanding block; 4C Tea2Go; Xyron and photo tape.
I have two crafting passions:  creating teacher gifts and card making.  I am a some-time scrapbooker, but my heart is into creating little gifts or greeting cards.   Here is a card I made recently using Core'dinations' "Nostalgic" Kraft-Core card stock for the base layer:
Supplies:  Core' dinations  Tim Holtz/Core-dinations kraft-core "Nostalgic collection" card stock lattice embossed and sanded down;  thank you sticker sentiment  placed on top of a bright blank red polka dot label stickerstone twine bow; Xyron; black card stock; kraft card stock; PTI tag die.
This is a black sheet of Kraft-Core card stock; the collection has a rainbow of warm colors, all with kraft core.  I love kraft card stock!

I also own some Core'dinations Whitewash card stock, Black Magic card stock, and Glitter Silk.  There is lots of fun to be had with each of these collections.  As you can see, Core'dinations card stock is beautiful when sanded, but torn edges or wrinkling it gives wonderful depth and texture to your projects too.  For more inspiration using Core'dinations card stock check out the Core blog.  And if you are a fan of the chalkboard trend there are Chalk Core collections too...hey, I'm just here to enable...

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sparkle & Shine, Ren-Yi!

  My bloggie friend, Ren-Yi is getting married on August 22nd.  I "met" Ren-Yi during my six-month design team term on Little Tangles last year.  Ren-Yi was the DT coordinator and she was fantastic to work with.  All fun, no drama :)

Ren-yi's friend, Beverly, is having a surprise bridal party linking event starting today, August 18th and running through September 1st.

Since Ren-Yi and I were on Little Tangles together, I had to use my Neat and Tangled "A Lot to Say" die, "Sparkle and Shine" stamps, and "Winter Wonderland" sequins for her virtual card!

Pop on over to this post on Beverly's blog to congratulate Ren-Yi and see all of the congratulations card inspiration.

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Reminder post: The SRM Challenge...still time to play and win SRM goodies!

There is still time to play in the monthly challenge for The SRM Challenge blog.  There are four ways to have fun with SRM products color challenge, sketch challenge, theme (Back to School), and inspirational photo.  It is your choice!  You may enter once, twice, three, or four times for a chance to win SRM products.

(My Graduation circular sentiment is Stickers By the Dozen, Take 2: Graduation; and I fussy cut the 4" doily's outer layer to work with the sketch.)
I also chose the sketch challenge to create a baby card.  The sticker by the dozen "Oh baby" is from Take 2 Baby and label by the dozen (pink scallop) is from "Bright Blank".  I love layering my SRM stickers for interest and color:
Which challenge jump starts your mojo?  Just remember to add at least one SRM product to your creation and link up at The SRM Challenge.  I hope to see you there!
Happy Friday!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Inspired by a Song challenge

 It's time to Cut It Up again; the challenge this fortnight is "Inspired by a Song."  My layout is of my daughters' 8th birthday party in 2010 at a local animal park.  The inspiration is from Deep Purple's 1987 hit "Call of the Wild."

Will you join in the fun?  Include a die cut somewhere on your project and you could win a $10 gift card to Fleurette Bloom!

You have until August 20th to link up your die cut "Inspired by a Song" creation at Cut It Up.

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The SRM August Challenge - Back to School

The SRM Challenge blog has four ways to have fun with SRM products.  Our monthly challenge has four different options: 
color challenge, sketch challenge, theme (Back to School), 
and inspirational photo.  It is your choice!  You may enter once, twice, three, or four times for a chance to win SRM products.

I chose the Back to School theme to create a gift bag for my daughters' Autism teacher.  The sticker sentiments "you're the BEST!" is from Congratulations and "it's the little things that count" is from Life is Good.

Which challenge jump starts your mojo?  Just remember to add at least one SRM product to your creation and link up at The SRM Challenge.  I hope to see you there!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Xyron Design Team Call

Xyron is having a design team call!  I am applying, especially since Xyron has been a huge part of my crafting for at least fifteen years.  My entire life I have been an over-gluer.  When I craft I want to ensure that my layers stay stuck.  Before I found Xyron, I used an adhesive runner...only to have my card layers and photo mats separate after just one year.  My friend Mindi told me about the Xyron 850, showed me her machine, and I purchased my own Xyron 850 in the late 1990s.  I now also own a Xyron 900 and a Xyron 250.  And Xyron adhesive is super strong!

Summer school is nearing an end so I wanted to create a thank you card for my daughter's special ed teacher.  I used my Xyron machines for the layers on this card (except for the chalkboard chipboard frame.)  I used the double-sided tape on the May Arts ribbon and the adhesive dots for the chipboard frame.  I applied a few layers of adhesive dots to hold the frayed twine behind the button and to also adhere the twine-backed-button to the chipboard frame.  My sentiment is an SRM sticker.
 My other daughter probably would not have survived sixth grade this past year without the use of my Xyron machines.  She made quite a few posters and hundreds of vocabulary flash cards using my Xyron machines.  This is my favorite poster she created for an English research project...100% Xyron!  Here is a closer look:
 Lastly, my grandma's 92nd birthday is this Saturday, August 2nd.  I had to create a birthday card for her using her sewing machine that she let me have a few years ago:
  The jar stamp and die cut are by Stampin' Up.  I used my Xyron for both the jar and the base layer.  I used glossy accents on the jar; the Xyron is necessary when applying heavy glossy accents.  I have had paper buckle even when using a lot of adhesive...except with my Xyron. The Xyron is also terrific for holding back those pesky sewing machine threads safely behind the base layer.

If you are also a Xyron-enthusiast, I urge you to apply for this design team call.  I only endorse quality products and I honestly and whole-heartedly support Xyron.  Wish me luck!

Happy Wednesday!