Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloweenie CARD!!!!

 
 
 
I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!!  BRING ON FALL!!!  To celebrate the month of October, I did a Halloween card.  This card was SUPER easy and best of all.....used up some scraps!!!
 
Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Googly Ghouls 
Paper Used:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Paper, Stampin' Up Whispering  White, Stampin' Up Tangerine Tango, Stampin' Up Champagne Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Up Basic Black
Ink Used:  Stampin' Up Basic Black
Punches Used:  Stampin' Up Postage Stamp

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Magazine scraplifts!

I was in the middle of recycling some magazines (be a friend to the earth!) and stopped myself! I put the Creating Keepsakes magazine on the counter. I had already read the magazine. I knew I was going to be scraping later so I figured I'd save it till I was done.
When I sat down to scrap, I noticed the magazine again. I started flipping through it and got inspired by a layout, so I decided to scraplift it!! All three of these layouts were scraplifts from the same magazine! The great thing is that it gave me new ideas for my albums! I used what paper worked with my photos and changed some other elements. It was a fun day scraplifting some beautiful designs! Try it! Get your favorite scrap magazine or book out and scraplift a design! When I scraplift, it gets me to do more layers than I normally wood. In one of these layouts, it got me to turn my layout to the side on the page, which I never do but is a fun feature to do!!!
Michelle!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Alternative use for the baby foot prints stamp!

I love stamp sets!  I love Stampin' Up stamp sets!  But what I love even more are stamps sets that can be used for other things...other than the obvious.



In this case- I used the Stampin' Up stamp set Baby Prints.  I love this stamp set for baby cards!  So cute!!! But I already had one or two baby stamp sets, so did I NEED another baby stamp set?? YES I DID!!!!  LOL!!!!  I was searching for beach cards and came across this card on splitcoaststampers: 
Right away, I knew I had to get the Baby Prints stamp set!!  I love stamps with more than one use!  I can see this stamp set for a beach theme, for a christian theme using the footprints in the sand poem, get well, so many possibilities!!!  I had to try this card!!  They talked about brayering and quite frankly, I am not good with that!!!  BUT I am good with distressed inks!  And with spray mists!!  Off I went to try and see if I could get good results!

I used Tim Holtz distressed inks to get the "ocean" the perfect mix of watery blue.



I used Broken China and Salty Ocean.  One was an ink pad one was a stain.  The stain goes on easier but both work fine!!

Once I was happen with my "ocean"....the ripping began...this part took some time because I wanted the paper to tear in half showing the white part of the paper, for the waves.  I did this step twice to get the results I wanted.  Not to hard!


The next step was the footprints in the sand.  You can use a light color of ink for this, crumb cake works nicely because I used crumb cake card stock.  For this card, I wanted subtle so I went with just a versamark ink.  I inked around the edges with a distressed ink, Frayed Burlap.  And then I LIGHTLY misted it with Tattered Angels misting ink.  My bottle of Tattered Angels mist is unreadable to share with you the color but it is dark brown, so any brown mist color would work.  Tattered Angels has a little bit of a shimmer to it.  But non shimmer works fine.  The Tattered Angels misting ink also gave it a shimmer, it is very subtle and the camera could not pick it up well, but it is there.  A very light mist was the key, so I held it away from my mister and sprayed.  You can also get the splattered ink look from the Stampin' Up spritzer tool and Chocolate Chip or Early Expresso marker!


The next step was just to assemble the card on Early Expresso base, add some twine, and my sentiment (which came from the Baby Prints set as well).  My very last step was to add the Crystal Effects around the footprints, as drips of water.  I did this last so they could fully dry and not smear.  I did this card for my Aunt who is in a rehab center recovering from a recent stay in ICU.  She is a huge beach lover and I knew this card would put a smile on her face!!!  Hope you enjoyed the card!!!
Michelle!!!



Card Recipe:

Stamps Used: Stampin' Up Baby Prints
Inks used:  Versamark, Stampin' Up Early Expresso, Tim Holtz Salty Ocean, Tim Holtz Broken China, Tattered Angels, Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap
Paper: Stampin' Up crumb cake, Stampin' Up Whispering White, Stampin' Up Early Expresso
Other: Stampin' Up Crystal Effects, and twine




Product List
Baby Prints - Clear-Mount Stamp
Baby Prints - Clear-Mount Stamp
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$21.95
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
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$3.50

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keeping "white space" on your layouts

What is white space? White space is simply empty space on your layout, letting your background paper show in that area. It is a great way to mix up your layouts. Push your pictures to one side or to the top or bottom of your layout. Cluster your embellishments around your photos. This is a good layout for one or two small photos. This also shows off misting on your background paper well. Have fun with your white space!!
Michelle!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Back to SPOOL offer

September is ending and now is your last chance to get a free spool of ribbon with EVERY $40 purchase!!!  This is a GREAT offer!  I love free!!!  This offer is for EVERY $40 you spend, so you can earn multiple spools of ribbon, five colors to choose from!  To place your order visit:

Stampin' Up

Michelle!!!

Playing with patterns

Here is another layout using my Kiwi Lane Templates. These are fun to use and a great way to use up some patterned paper! This is a layout is Basic Grey paper I have. I made the mistake of buying to much of this paper. When I buy paper now, I get one pack of the paper. Unless I am using it for a big project, once I use the pack, I am done with it. I move on to another pack of designer paper. So many designs, so little time!!!  :)  This keeps me from getting bored with the paper, and I can get another design!! This helps me when Stampin' Up releases their new DSP. I pick out one or two for my first order and use it. By the time I am ready to place another order, I am ready to try a new pack! By the time a new catalog rolls out, I have normally ordered one of each of the designer papers!
Michelle!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Framelit ribbon card

This is a cased card of a card by Sami's Stampin' Spot! She does a great Christmas card using this technique!
 
This was a fun card to make and EASY!!!  I took a piece of crumb cake and laid out my heart framelits on the cardstock as I wanted them.  I ran it through my big shot.  After taking out the framelits and the cut pieces, I took my white pen and drew around the card and the hearts.  This is the fun part!!!  It does not need to be perfect!!!  The imperfections make it YOURS so just draw!!!!  Then I lined up my crumb cake piece onto the pack of my card and took a pencil and traced the cutout of my hearts onto my card base.  This step helps you know where to put your jumbo sticky dots!  These are in the holiday catalog!  I am hoping they will be in the regular catalog soon!  Take two jumbo sticky dots, cover the large heart with one large dot, and cut the other dot in two and cover your two smaller hearts.   Then take ribbon of your choice and cover your dots with them, putting down one row at a time.  Just trim the  ribbon with your scissors for each row.  Adhere your top card stock (crumb cake) with Stampin' Dimensionals for extra pop!!!  Then I cut out two banners and layered them and added a little button bling and the card was done!!!  Fun and Quick!!!  I think the framelits are my most favorite things in the catalog!!! (If any of my followers need a current Stampin' Up catalog, regular or Holiday- please email me with your mailing address:  mcgrading@aol.com). 
You can do this card with several of the framelit sets!  Think outside the box!! Have fun!!! 
Michelle!!!
 
 
Recipe for this card:
 
Cardstock used:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Two pieces of the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Ink Used:  Stampin' Up black ink, white Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen
Ribbon:  Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, orange ribbon
Buttons: Vintage Faceted Designer Button
Products Used: Heart Collection Framelits, twine

Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn Accents Die Part 2

Here is a great and easy project to do with the Stampin' Up Autumn Accents Die.

Leaf garland, or is it leaves garland??? Hmmmm.... Either way, it is really easy! You need the die, your big shot, and whatever embossing folders you have on hand to emboss the leaves for added texture! I cut the leaves out with the die using different fall colored papers such as Lucky Limeaid, Cajun Craze, Early Expresso! Have fun, get creative with it! Then I simply adhered it to my string with a hot glue gun! A crafting mat really helps keep your table glue free and if you do get glue in your mat- it easily pops off!!! Love these mats!!!
Hope you enjoy!!
Michelle!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stampin' Up autumn accents die - adding texture!




Here is the Stampin' Up Autumn Accents dies:  die .  I love fall!!!!  Bring on the great colors, cooler temperatures, and falling leaves!!!  Make your own!!!!  This is currently in the Holiday catalog so it is not sure if this die will be continuing into the main catalog or not.  Get it while you can!!! 
Michelle!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ink organizer



I love the ink caddy from Stampin' Up!  Ink catty   I take my catty with me to crops, the ink stays nicely tucked into its slots because there is a little "lip" there to keep it in.  I always have my ink with me and my reinkers if I am going to a weekend crop!!!
Hope this helps!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to store embossing folders



Since I will be busy running around tomorrow, I wanted to post my next installment in my organize your craft room series!  I have gotten tons of hits on the blog about these, I think everyone likes to organize!!!  Or try to organize!!!  We are all looking for that perfect system!  Sometimes, the simplest systems work the best!  So here is another storage solution!!!!  Love embossing folders!!! And I have a lot!!!   Here is my solution!
Michelle!!!

Cricut Carts- how in the world do you store these??? A Solution!!!

I have had my cricut since they first came out.  It is my only electrical cutting machine.  I love my big shot for manual cutting and I would say, my big shot gets the most use and is easier to use.  BUT, I do have a cricut expression and I do love it.  My cricut doesn't get the love that it once it, but I am glad I have it when I am doing a big project.  I do a lot of bulletin board projects for my sons' school.  My cricut has enabled me to cut REALLY cute projects out!   I have a lot of carts after collecting them over the years.  What to do with them all??  The boxes are nice, but VERY bulky!!!  I finally asked myself why am I storing these huge boxes and taking up tons of room....for the nice pictures on the boxes??  That's crazy!!!  Once I let go that I HAD to have the boxes, storage became easy!!!  Here is my solution:


After many attempts at organizing, this method has worked best for me. All carts/ overlays/ books are in separate bags and organized in alphabetically order. The letters wrote on the containers are done in copic so if I need to expand one drawer, I can easily wipe with alcohol and rewrite the labels! Very portable and works best for me!!! There are currently 91 carts (okay maybe more!!!  ssshhh)  in these containers and plenty of room for more!!! These containers are from Target, I also use the same ones for my punches, works like a charm!
So get out there and ORGANIZE!!!!
Michelle!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Storing Stampin' Up markers




Another video in the ORGANIZING SERIES!!!! I love to write on the containers what I have or what I need.  The marker can be easily cleaned off with rubbing alcohol.  It helps me keep everything neat organized and I am able to see what I have in a quick glance.  It is simple but works!!!!! 
 Get organized!!!  Make your inner OCD happy!!!  :)

Michelle!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Paper organization!




Here is a video of how I organize my paper!  Organizing is about finding what works for you.  For me, this system works and makes the most sense.  When organizing your paper, think about how you craft.  Do you scrap by color?  Organize by color.  Do you scrap paper families? 
I scrap a combination of the two.  I need to find my solid colored paper easily but I also like to keep my designer paper together by manufacturer. Organizing my paper has made me scrap better, using different colors.  I am able to see what I have, find what I got (most importantly!!) and not buy what I already have (have done that WAY to much!!!).  I am able to make cards quicker because I am not hunting for what I need.  Organize!  Organize!  Organize!!!  I love it!!!
Michelle!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ribbon storage




I swear this was a lightbulb moment for me....and not sure why I didn't think of it before!!!???  Why was I trying to take ALL the ribbon I own with me???  I don't use all the ribbon on a spool, so why take all of it with me???  I just restock my container when I use all of the color.  EASY as PIE!!!
Michelle!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Banners!!!

 
 
First of all, I am sorry these pictures are out of order....I had to upload them from my iphone.  I normally take pictures of all my projects, but I had forgot to take pictures of my banners that I made this weekend!!!  So while I was at the baby shower which one of the banners was for...I quickly snapped some pics to share with y'all.  The boy banner is for baby Lane.  The shower had a camp/camo theme hence the camo on a baby banner!!!  :)  I made the second pink banner for baby Lane's older sister.  Their mom is going to hang them in their rooms and since they are sharing a room, the banners needed to coordinate.  I am planning to do something totally different for my next banner! 
I used the Birthday Bash cricut cart which has some great banner shapes!  Kraft paper which is my favorite for banners!  There is nothing that doesn't go with craft paper.  I used various punches that I had for embellishments.  And stickles for shine and sparkle!!!  Get creative with your banners!  Have fun with them!
 I will have to see if it works out!  Lots and lots of layers!!! Thanks for looking! 
Michelle!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Crafting Time is BACK On!!!!!

I have been MIA for a week.  I had my kitchen cabinets painted.  And they look FAB-U-LOUS now!!!!  But it did cut into my crafting time. So now the kitchen is done and back to normal....let the crafting begin!!!! 
I will be finishing two banners up tonight and hope to have them posted for you this weekend.  What are your crafting plans this weekend??
Michelle!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Summer is ending

Since Summer is coming to an end, I thought I would share a beach layout with you.  This one was done from a sketch, and I can't remember which one, but I think the theme was LAYERS!!!!   How many layers do you use on a layout??

Slow going here....

After enjoying a much needed break at the beach, it has been hard to get back into the groove!  With the kiddos starting school, you would think it would easier.  With soccer practice for one kid, basketball for the other, homework for three....geesh!!!!  Oh, and I am in the middle of a kitchen renovation!  I am finally having my cabinets painted!  So excited!  When I bought this house eleven years ago, I wanted to fix the kitchen.  It had awful blue counter tops that went UP the wall for a back splash.....that's a lot of country blue for me!!!!  Last year, we did the counter tops and back splash.  About six years ago, we pulled all the carpet out of the house and put down hardwoods.  The cabinets always bothered me though.   They are oak, which is just not really my style.  I am more of a maple gal!  But I really couldn't see putting the money into cabinets, when new cabinets wouldn't get me anymore room in storage.  I came across a blog that feature rustoleum's new cabinet transformations kit.  It requires no sanding, and you can use a glaze or no glaze.  We have a wonderful guy that does all the work at our house!!! And even painting....because I HATE painting!!!   CP Builders is wonderful!  Contact me if you live near the Charlotte area and need some work done!  Joey is going to paint my cabinets for me!  My kitchen currently does not have any doors on them and have been degreased (or stripped) ready for the first coat of paint!!  I can't wait to see what they look like tonight when I get home from work and kids' practices!!! I will be sure to post pictures when they are all done. 
So this is really a post about, when real life gets in the way of my crafting!!!!!  LOL!!!  I have two banners for a baby shower to get done this weekend.  I want/need to get some more scrapbooking done!  I now have another trip to scrap!!!  Trips are my favorite thing to scrap!  I love remembering all the silly, fun things we did on a trip together!  And since I signed up to be room parent for one of my kid's class, I guess I need to start getting some stuff done for them too!!!!  What are your current projects or need to do items???? 
Hope to have some CRAFT items up soon!!!!
Michelle!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

FREE RIBBON OFFER!!!!





Promotion Details: While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin' Up! is going back to 'spool'! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!

Great time to order!!!  FREE Ribbon!!!!  Count me IN!!!!!
Michelle!!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

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