Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Time - Kanban Crafts


"Just For You at Christmas Time"
Kanban Supplies:
Christmas Stars - Blue - CRD1621
Hampshire Cottage - PCT1785
Christmas Tree - PCT2057

This is the last card I will share for Kanban Crafts as my design term is up.  If you are in need of Christmas cards I suggest any one of the fabulous Kanban card sets.  The die-cuts quickly add dimension to give the card the homemade look without too much time.  I love the gold foiled accents and the gold cardstock adds a bit of elegance that I like in a Christmas card.


If you have not seen the new releases from Kanban Crafts, visit their website.  Stop by the Kanban facebook page for the latest news and the newest design team creations.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Avalynn - Flying Unicorn


Supplies:
Cardstock: My Mind's Eye
Paper: Authentique
Chipboard Letter: Pink Paislee
Letter Stickers: Authentique
Die-cuts: Authentique
Butterfly: Cathi O'Neill
Other: Doily, Pearls, Pin, Ribbon
Photo Credit: Shannon Bush

I created this layout of my new niece Avalynn with my creative team supplies from Flying Unicorn.  The pattern on the Authentique "Unique" paper was a bit busy, so I cut all of the patterned pieces from this paper except for the pink polka dot. This paper is very sturdy, so the resulting lattice is strong and would stand up to inking or mist well.


The stamp shaped die-cut is gorgeous and only one of many that coordinate with this collection.


I cut these flowers from patterned paper.  I love the texture!

You can pick up this collection from the Flying Unicorn Store! If pink isn't your color, the Authentique "Journey" collection is also available, which has a beautiful color palette of blue, brown and cream.  Shop before the end of the month and use coupon code SPOOK to save an extra 13%!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Flying Unicorn's November Kit Sneak Peeks!

The sneak peeks of the Flying Unicorn's November Kit Remember The Days look amazing! The kits will be available on November 1st at the Flying Unicorn Store. There are no sign-ups and no memberships, and once these kits are gone, they are gone for good! You can pick up one (or more!) of these gorgeous kits for only $31.99 + $8.95 shipping ($16.95 shipping international). Here are some of the sneaks from the creative team. Visit the Flying Unicorn forum for more information.

Monday, October 24, 2011

SNR's Gauche Alchemy Event - Going On Now!


Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's Gauche Alchemy sponsored event is now live on the SNR forum! Check out the gorgeous projects as well as inspiring tutorials created by SNR staffers:

Christy Butters
Maureen Esquillo-Kao
Vicki Robertson
Dana Tatar
Wendy Morris

The event is on the SNR forum, along with the EK Success Event. Take a look now while you can! There is a prize package up for grabs! Comment on the forum or front page or send an email to games@scrapbooknewsandreview.com for your chance to win!

We’d love to hear from you, so chime in, leave some love and praise for the staffers for all their hard work, and ask questions about anything and everything. See something you love and want to know how to do it? Someone will always be on hand to help you. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Poinsettia Wreath - Kanban Crafts


Kanban Crafts Supplies:
Poinsettia - PCT2062
Crystal Poinsettias - Ruby - PCT1029
Hampshire Cottage - PCT1785 (Sentiment Tag)

Other Supplies:
Ribbon, Twine, Pins

I've officially started creating my holiday projects.  Kanban Crafts has a fabulous selection of Christmas papers and card sets.  This wreath is small, the perfect size to hang on a doorknob, and it came together quickly with some twine and these beautiful poinsettia die-cuts from Kanban Crafts.

If you have not seen the new releases from Kanban Crafts, visit their website or facebook page. Stop by my blog again next week to see some Christmas cards made with the new collections from Kanban Crafts!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Enchanting Creations November Issue - Read It Now!


The November Issue of Flying Unicorn's Enchanting Creations Magazine is available now!  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and CLICK HERE to read.  This issue is packed with inspiring artwork, tutorials and a fabulous product review.  You can also view the Sketch of the Month.  Submit your entry before November 12th for your chance to win a 12x12 Pion II Waiting For Santa paper collection!

During the month of November the Flying Unicorn gives back. It's with humbleness and honor that the Flying Unicorn will dedicate the month of November to helping our sisters, neighbors and friends by donating proceeds to Women in Distress.

November 01 – November 30th 2011, for all completed projects that are uploaded into the Flying Unicorn Gallery, the Flying Unicorn will donate $1.00! (Maximum of $1,000.00) Every purchase made from the Flying Unicorn Store from November 01- November 30th 2011, Flying Unicorn will donate 5% to Woman in Distress.

Contributions and donations are appreciated and will be accepted throughout the month of November.  Visit the Flying Unicorn forum for more details.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Creme de la Creme - Flying Unicorn


Supplies:
Paper: Riddersholm
Rub-on: Basic Grey
Flowers: Flying Unicorn, Prima
Leaves: Recollections
Lace: Prima, Webster's Pages
Ribbon: Offray
Pearls: Prima
Ink: Ranger
Mist: Shimmerz
Paint: Creative Inspirations, Ranger
Stickles: Ranger
Modeling Paste: Blick
Stencil: Prima

I created this layout using some gorgeous papers from the Riddersholm Chantilly Dawn collection for Flying Unicorn.  If you love these papers as much as I do, you'll want to visit the Flying Unicorn Store and pick some up before they sell out!

The purples, ivory and browns in this paper collection are stunning and went well with the photo of my daughter taken last Easter.  I used a Prima stencil and some modeling paste to add a textured design element to my page that I then covered with mist, paint and ink.  The small brown blooms are also from the Flying Unicorn Store and are the perfect size for rounding out flower clusters or accenting a small bow.


If you're ready to start your Christmas crafting, the Riddersholm Christmas Collection "I Believe" is also available from the Flying Unicorn Store!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I'm a Queen of Crap!


Scrap Your Crap challenge blog is back with a new design team!  I'm so excited to be a Queen of Crap along with so many other talented crafters! Are you a hoarder? Do you surround yourself with pretty papers, chipboard, embellishments and continue to add to your stash rather than use it? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are the prefect crafter to play along with the SYC challenges, which start up again next month!

In the meantime, check out the rest of the talented team!


 Mothers of Crap - who work behind the scenes to bring you the new challenges:

Greta Adams (SYC Founder)
Kim Sonksen (Blog Admin and DT Coordinator)

Highway To Ride - Scrap it with a Song


Supplies:
Cardstock: Wausau
Paper: Bam Pop, Sassafras Lass
Overlay: Hambly Screen Prints
Cardstock Stickers: Sassafras Lass
Letter Stickers: Glitz Design
Die-cut Frame: Bam Pop
Badge: American Crafts
Other: Lace

I created this layout for the new inspiration piece at Scrap it with a Song.  Instead of an inspirational song, the challenge this week is to use a photo for inspiration.  I tried to include the bold colors and patterns of the Grateful Dead poster on my page. I also used some lyrics from the Grateful Dead song "New Speedway Boogie" as the title of this layout. My Uncle posted this photo of the sunset as reflected in his side mirror on facebook and I thought it was just beautiful and perfect for this challenge.

Here is the inspiration piece for this week:


Stop by SIWAS to check out the fabulous work from the other Rock Chicks. Play along and link up your project by October 31st for your chance to win the prize!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tattered Hibiscus Headband


Supplies:
Cardstock: Wausau
 Mist: Tattered Angels
 Ink: Ranger
 Stickles: Ranger
  Tattered Floral Die: Sizzix
 Tool: Cuttlebug
 Thread: Iris
 Other: Headband

I wanted to try a new floral die and I knew just where to look for my inspiration.  Wendy Greenaway makes gorgeous flowers and her Tattered Hibiscus Tutorial helped me make these beautiful blooms for my headband. Her tutorial was really easy to follow. The only elements I changed were the color of my cardstock and mists and my flower center. Once I stitched my flowers to the headband through the flower center, I covered the thread with Distress Stickles.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fandago Card Set - Kanban Crafts


Kanban Crafts Supplies:
Fandango Girl - Lilac and Green - PCT1428
Purple Quad Metallic Cardstock - MIR1302
3D Foam Pads - FOAM3

Other Supplies:
Ribbon: Celebrate It

I love these Fandago Girls from Kanban Crafts!  The set comes with two girls, one in lilac and one in green.  I thought it would be fun to mix the sets and have girls with both lilac and green skirts.  The layers of the skirts are so fun and they really pop off the metallic cardstock.


If you have not seen the new releases from Kanban Crafts, visit their website or facebook page. Stop by my blog again next week to see more projects using new collections from Kanban Crafts!  I also want to congratulate the newest members of the Kanban Crafts Design Team:

Gini Williams Cagle
Cristal Hobbs
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Rhonda Van Ginkel

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Flying Unicorn Creative Team!


I'm so excited to share that I made the Flying Unicorn Creative Team along with two other talented ladies, Jenifer Evans and Tabitha Triplett!  I'm honored to be a part of this team and can't wait to share my designs with you beginning next month.

If you have not stopped by the Flying Unicorn Forum or Flying Unicorn Store, you really should!  There are hundreds of inspiring projects in the gallery and dozens of creative challenges each month, each with a fabulous RAK.  The Flying Unicorn Store is the only supplier in the USA of Scrapcake, Riddersholm and Fabscraps paper, one of two stores that stock Pion and Imaginarium and one of the few stores that carry an incredible selection of Dusty Attic chipboard, along with everyone's favorite manufacturers Ranger, Prima and Graphic 45 to name a few.

You can also follow Flying Unicorn on facebook!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Remember The Moments - Flying Unicorn


Supplies:
Remember The Moments Digital Notebook - Alda Stevens
Flowers: Prima
Leaves: Zva Creative
Ribbon: Details
Lace: Prima
Ink: Ranger
Photo Credit: Precious Memories

I assembled this Remember The Moments book from a digital design by Alda Stevens for Flying Unicorn.  This book is available for FREE to download!  Also available is a four-part You Tube tutorial showing some tips and techniques in creating this book.  I made this book for my sister and filled the pages with photos from her wedding.  There are plenty of pockets and tags for her to write her own journaling.



This book came together quickly and only required 16 pieces of cardstock and some small pieces of ribbon and lace.  There are dozens of tags and images ready to be cut, including flowers, birds, fairies and butterflies.  I know I'll be making another book soon!  If you haven't stopped by the Flying Unicorn forum yet, this is only one of many inspiring projects!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dog Gone Cute

Supplies:
Paper: Dream Street Papers, Cosmo Cricket
Felt: Queen & Company
Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket
Flower: American Crafts
 Thread: Iris
 Adhesive Foam: American Crafts

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine has a wonderful monthly feature called Play Along With Me where staff members pick a tutorial from a recent issue and use it to create a new project.  SNR staffer Lucy Chesna shared a tutorial about how to add 3D effects to photos.  Lucy shared three different techniques in her tutorial and I really wanted to try them all!  I usually use adhesive foam to raise fussy cut elements on my layouts, but I have never applied the same process to a photo. I cut pieces from several photos and used adhesive foam to assemble my photo pieces to create a multi-layered photo.  The photo on the above layout has three layers. This technique was easy and fun and a great way to use up extra copies of my favorite photos. I also love the dimension it added to my layout!


If you love learning new techniques but are short on time, this feature is great to follow because you get two different inspiring projects using the same technique as well as design notes and helpful tips from two designers.  If you don't have a subscription to SNR Magazine it's a great time to subscribe!  There are several exciting things happening before the end of the year including a project-packed double issue that will be released in two parts, October 30th and November 13th!  If you're looking for a special Christmas gift for a fellow scrapper, a subscription to SNR Magazine will be sure to put a smile on their face!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Scrap Jacked Design Team!


I'm thrilled to announce that I am now a part of the Scrap Jacked Design Team! 

If you have not visited this challenge blog you must check it out!  Each month the talented Scrap Jacked Team showcases fabulous Design Team creations and your objective is to get inspired by them and be creative! In simple terms, to scraplift! 

You can view the October challenge HERE.
Happy Scrapjacking!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Heartfelt - Kanban Crafts + Design Team Call!


Kanban Crafts Supplies:
Bella Fiori - Light Pink Rose - CRD1452
Victoriana Ribbons - PCT1892
Victoriana Embellishments - PCT1912
3D Foam Pads - FOAM3

Other Supplies:
Rub-on: Scenic Route
Ribbon: Details

I love the new Bella and Victoriana collections from Kanban Crafts!  If you're looking for something romantic and pretty, you'll want to visit the Kanban webpage and look at these two gorgeous collections!  I love the real-life look of both the floral print and the lace ribbon.  The die-cut gem I used for the center of my ribbon is glittered and really sparkles.

Kanban Crafts has decided to expand their existing team! They are looking for US designers who are stampers, card makers and/or scrapbookers. This call is for a six month term beginning November 2011 through April 2012. To apply, send an email to wyscrapper@yahoo.com with the following information:

1. Name, address, email and phone number.
2. Links to your blog, online gallery, facebook page and/or Twitter.
3. One of each of the following: 1 layout, 2 Cards and 1 mini album or home decor item.
4. List of current design teams and publications.
5. A short bio and why you want to be one of the Kanban Crafts design team members.

All Design Team applications must be received by October 12th to be considered. If selected you will be notified by email. The monthly requirements are to submit high quality photos of 1 layout or 2 cards per week, to promote Kanban products on your personal blog and other sites and to submit Kanban projects to magazines for publication. In return for all of your hard work you will receive a box of Kanban Crafts goodies to work with!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Irresistible Look #43

Supplies:
Paper: My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Rose Moka
Letter Stickers: Jenni Bowlin
Cork Circles: Pink Paislee
Tag: Avery
Stamps: Making Memories
Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko
Other: Twine

I created this layout for the Boyz II Men challenge at Flying Unicorn. The rule for this challenge is simple, create a masculine project. The cutie in the photo is my nephew Dylan, who I miss so much.  This is just one of his irresistible looks! There are several more fun challenges for October at the Flying Unicorn with fabulous RAKs up for grabs if you want to play along.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Do It For You - Scrap It With A Song

Supplies:
Paper: Cherry Arte, Sassafras Lass
Sheet Music: Almo Publications
Tag: Avery
Flowers: Prima
Sticker: Webster's Pages
Paper Tape: Pink Paislee
Mist: Tattered Angels
Ink: Ranger
Other: Twine

There is a new song on the play list at Scrap It With A Song, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams. I was 10 years old when the film "Robin Hood" was released, and boy did I have a crush on Kevin Costner after seeing the movie! I also loved the song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" for the film by Bryan Adams, so I bought the sheet music for piano and learned how to play it. I still have the sheet music, so I scanned and printed a copy of the first page and used that for the base of my layout. I didn't think I could love anyone more than my husband, but then I had two beautiful girls. Everything I do, I do for them. I used the title of the song for the title of this page and also used some of the song lyrics in my journaling.

Stop by SIWAS to check out the fabulous work from the other Rock Chicks.  Play along and link up your project by October 31st for your chance to win the prize!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wicked

Supplies:
Paper: Crate Paper, GCD Studios, Glitz Design, Reminisce
Flowers: Prima
Notecard: Pink Paislee
Frame: Glitz Design
Stickers: Reminisce
Badge: American Crafts
Rub-On: Fancy Pants
Mist: Tattered Angels
Ink: Ranger
Stencil: Tattered Angels
Other: Lace

I created this layout for the Purple People Eater Challenge at Flying Unicorn. The rule for this challenge was to have purple the dominant color of your project. I had a lot of fun playing with purple supplies from my stash, a favorite color of mine that I need to use more in my crafting. I recently had a photo shoot with my girls in their Halloween costumes for this year. I never get any good photos the night of and taking pictures early means I can scrap now! This is my oldest daughter Claire, who is thrilled to be a witch this year!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Halloween Card


Supplies:
Paper: Pink Paislee
Ribbon: Details
Stickles: Ranger
Ink: Ranger
Other: Button, Twine, Vintage Image

I created this card for the October Seasonal Adaptation Challenge at Flying Unicorn. I found this great vintage image in the Flying Unicorn Once Upon A Picture group and I loved the softer colors. I used patterned papers from three different Pink Paislee collections; Spring Fling, Starlight and Mistletoe & Co., all of which I would not normally use for a Halloween card. There are several more fun challenges for October with fabulous RAKs up for grabs if you want to play along!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bella Card Set - Kanban Crafts



Kanban Supplies:
Bella Hearts - Multi - CRD9922
Bella Hearts - Pink - PCT9853
3D Foam - FOAM3

Other Supplies:
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Miscellaneous: Buttons, Twine

I wanted to create a couple of simple cards that would be great for everyday use.  I like to have blank cards on hand so that I can quickly write a note and drop it in the mail.  The pastel color palette and gold foil accents on the Bella Hearts collection by Kanban Crafts caught my eye.

Rather than adding a specific sentiment, I chose a more general "For You."


I cut small hearts and butterflies and attached them to my card with 3D foam to help give this simple design more dimension.


If you have not seen the new releases from Kanban Crafts, visit their website or facebook page. Stop by my blog again next week to see more projects using new collections from Kanban Crafts!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I'm A Rock Chick at Scrap It With A Song!


I'm so excited to be a Rock Chick at the challenge blog Scrap It With A Song! I love music. In fact, most of my layouts use song lyrics for the title or part of the journaling. If you are looking for some really fun challenges, fabulous inspiration and great music, check out this blog!

The following talented scrappers are also joining the SIWAS team:


The current song on the play list is "Heaven" by Bryan Adams!  If you want to play along you have until October 31st to link up your creation.