Sunday, January 31, 2010

JuJu Bee's FEB Kit sneaks & a Few LO's

Ohh, I am so excited to be sharing a few sneaks with you from the Amazing JuJu Bee's FEB Kit! This kit is absolutely beautiful and I just can not stop playing with it. If you look really close you can see tidbits of some Pink Paislee Cupid ;) I am totally loving this line and the kit is built around all those precious colors...just perfect to scrap those loved ones!
I also have some more LO's created with the DEC & JAN kits, which also feature some more delicious Pink Paislee! Can you tell I love Pink Paislee?! Hey, I have to support my fellow Missourians!!

This LO was created using the DEC kit. Isn't that Making Memories snowflake paper beautiful?! The minute I saw that paper and the wings from the Fancy Pants cut outs, I just knew what pictures I had to scrap! This LO is all about Kayla teaching her sister how to make Snow Angels in the first snow we have had since moving to WA!

This LO was also created with the DEC kit from JuJu Bee's. I had cut out all the journaling cards from the pp and later realized that I really wanted to use the reverse side of the paper. So what's a girl to do?! I patched them randomly back together and then sewed them down...with my new sewing machine!!! Whoo-hoo, thank you hubby for that little suprise! This was Koen first time EVER seeing snow. He didn't know what to think about that fluffy white stuff and lasted only about 5 minutes outside!

This LO is also about my little man Koen using the DEC kit. This year he became obsessed with Christmas!! It was the first time he acknowledged the holiday at all and really got into the spirit of things. Still over a month later he is walking around saying 'Ho, Ho, Ho". This is a typical picture I get of Koen...I call it his 'Happy say cheese for the camera' face. I think he has mastered the look!

This Simple LO was created using the JAN kit from JuJu Bee's. I kept it really simple from my typical LO's because I am totally in love with this picture of my DD. She looks so innocent and perfectly sweet and I wanted the focus of the LO to be the picture. Man, I love this little girl!!!

And my crazy LO from the JAN kit. Kyrsten broke her little arm on Jan 18th in 3 different places...and well, she's been feeling a little down lately. So one night after she went to bed I started working on this LO in hopes that it would cheer her up seeing how beautiful her cast really is. So I set out and tye dyed the lace using my homemade mist sprays....pulled apart all those pretty little prima flowers that come in the kit and misted them all....and used sharpie markers to color all the pearls. All to match her awesome Tye Dyed cast her amazing Doc. (went out of his way) to get her! She woke up the next morning and saw the LO and told me I was the Prettiest Princess Mommy in the entire world and she loved it with her heart. That right there made me feel like a scrapping hero (at least in her eyes) :)

Well, whew that was a long picture heavy post! Thanks for going along with me on my little LO journey! I just can't get enough of these you can probably tell :) If you would like to check out the kits for yourself please visit the JuJu Bee's store or blog... You really don't want to miss out on the FEB kit...seriously, I am ordering an extra myself!!


Friday, January 29, 2010

Custom Pebble - Tutorial

Hello fellow beautiful scrappers! My beautiful friend Trisha from Sketch Inspiration has asked me to do some tutorials here and there for the site and how could I say no?! I love tutorials...I mean seriously love doing them!! So Today I have a tutorial on how to create your very own custom pebbles which is also posted over at Sketch Inspiration. I just love all those pretty little pebbles you can buy to add that special depth to your projects... I just hate to pay the prices for so few especially when I only end up liking and using a couple out of the package! So I got to looking at those bad boys and realized that they would be SO easy to make! I went to my local Michaels and picked up some clear glass flat backed pebbles - $2.49 for a bag of 20. Got on the computer and searched for images that I loved...printed those out onto white cardstock using my thumbnail option which is the perfect size. And then got busy making my pretty custom pebbles!

Here is how I did it:

Supplies needed:
Clear flat backed pebbles. (I used 1" and 1 1/4")
Your images/pictures
Glossy Accents
Then I simply layed my pebbles onto the pictures I printed to get the positioning I wanted.

Then traced around the pebble with a pencil for a guideline as to where to cut. I used pencil so I could go back in and erase the marks so they wouldn't show through the glass!

Then of course we just simply cut them out. And there we have it...the backs for our pebbles.

Next take some glossy accents and apply a glob to the center of your image. I used glossy accents because it dries completely clear and doesn't deflect from the glass effect we are going for. Plus that stuff can glue like no other!

Using your finger spread the glossy accents into a thin layer over your entire image. This is the only messy part of the entire process I promise :)

Then simply lay your pebble on top of the image. Using your fingers make sure to gently press out any air bubbles you see between the image and the glass. Start in the middle of the image and work out.

On this one I didn't use glossy accents for the glue. Rather I used Diamond Stickles and it sealed beautifully! I love the glittery effect that the glitter gives to the pebbles and you could use any color. Just one more way to create a custom pebble for your project!

I even used some vintage music sheet paper for one of the pebbles below. Love it! Turn rub ons into pebbles, pictures of your children, Or even just a sweet sentiment. The possibilities are endless!!! To create the 6 pebbles below it only took a matter of minutes. A quick, easy, and custom look for your projects at a VERY reasonable price!

If you are looking for some amazing sketches to play around with then Sketch Inspiration is a wonderful place to check out! There is a new sketch posted Sunday and Trisha has some Amazing sponsors lined up for each week! So head on over and check out the site. I promise you won't be disappointed!!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Dirty Scraps - Challenge #2 reveal - Sister

How exciting is this?! My first DT reveal over at Dirty Scraps, I am beyond ecstatic!! This challenge blog is for real, and by that I mean it allows you to be real, scrap life - the good and bad, express yourself, be yourself!
The current challenge is simply this:
Dirty Challenge #2 - Scrap a pivotal point in your life. Scrap a page about that one changing moment that happened at some point in your life, whether it be a new baby, escape from abuse, a tragedy, a miracle....I don't care just get it on paper and remember it for what it is! It does not have to be a positive event, it can be anything that happened to you, by you or for you? Maybe it was an intervention, a breakthrough, someone, or something...just look deep and scrap it hard!
Now go get DIRTY!

Here is my take on the challenge:
I have to admit, this truly is the most difficult LO I have EVER created. The entire time I was working on it I was teared up and didn't think I would even finish, but I did! And that's what I love most about Dirty Scraps! It really is scrap therapy. I feel so much better now that I have actually taken the time to put my feelings onto paper. About 5 years ago I learned that I have another sister, one that my parents had given up for adoption on Nov. 19, 1987, the day she was born. This tore me up inside as my family is extreamly close. I know why my sister was given up for adoption (that's a completely different story for another time) But that doesn't stop the pain I feel for living the past 28 years of my life not knowing someone that is a HUGE part of myself. I wonder what she is like, does she look like myself and our other sisters, is she ok, does she even know that I exist?! I do know that she kept her name that my father had asked for, Crystal. I do know that she is now 22 years old, but that's ALL I know other than the fact that I love her and one day I hope to meet her.

Here is a close up of my little embellie cluster. I just love that zipper flower. I have seen them all over the place and just had to make one for myself. I am currently working on a tutorial on how to create several different styles of zipper flowers, so excited for that!

I encourage you to head over to Dirty Scraps and check it out. There is so much passion on this challenge blog, and the ladies are just wonderful and supportive! Also make sure to check out the other DT memebers LO's. They are remarkable!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sketch Inspiration - Sketch #8 - JuJu Bee's Sponsored

Trisha has posted a new sketch over at Sketch Inspiration and it's absolutely beautiful! This week JuJu Bee's is the sponsor so that meant that I got the priviledge of working with the Sketch right along with the Fabulous Jan Kit!
Here is my take on Sketch #108:
If you would like a chance to win a beautiful kit from JuJu Bee's then head on over to Sketch Inspiration and show your interpretation of this amazing sketch:
Why you are there why not check out my latest tutorial on creating your own Custom Pebbles! I will be posting the tutorial on my blog soon as well!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dotty Divas Ad Challenge Reveal #6

The new challenge is up at Dotty Divas and it's bound to make your heart flutter! I mean seriously, just look at the inspiration Ad that we are working with:

Aren't those butterlies beautiful?! They totally inspired me, and truth be told I don't even like butterflies. It was the colors, the vibrancy against the black and white. The beauty in this Ad was overwhelming! Wait....I don't like butterflies you ask. How could I not like butterflies?! It all goes back to when I was about 4 years old. I was outside swimming in our little pool when all of a sudden I was attacked (ok, maybe swarmed but in my defense it felt like I was attacked) by a swarm of Monarch butterflies that would not leave me alone. I was screaming and running all over the place and they followed....They scared me and to this day I do not like butterflies! The End!

But I do think they are pretty! Like on this headband I created for my DD's. The Butterfly is attached with a little clip so they can remove it if they want to wear just the feathered headband, or replace it with a different colored butterfly!
For this LO I was really inspired by the butterflies! So much so that I used my trusty Martha Stewart punch and punched all these bad boys out and glued each individual one down onto Kraft pp! I love the focal point it created as a background paper! My title is based off of the song "Soar" by Christina Aguilera. It's such a beautiful song with meaning behind it that I think everyone should take to heart.

For this Challenge at Dotty Divas we have Cosmo Cricket
as our Sponsor. So come on over and show us your take on this Ad for your chance to win an Earth Love paper pack! Hope to see you there!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jan MOSD Reveal - Inner Beauty

Hello Beautiful People! I know, I know, I have been posting quite a bit these past few days. But it just happens to be a pretty busy week for me and I have quite a bit to share in the bloggy/scrappy world of mine! Thank you for stopping by to take a gander at these little pieces of me. (Had to throw that pun in there, couldn't help myself!)

Today my project for MOSD went live on the company blog. This is the first time I have created a LO with MOSD products and I am super excited about how it turned out! I absolutely love how MOSD products work for all types of paper crafting, no matter where your passion lies!
This LO is all about how my Sister has effected my perspective on life. She is a beautiful person inside and out and I strive to be a bit more like her each day.

To create this frame I used a MOSD Perfectly Shaped - Mega Scallop. I cut a square out of the center to create a frame for my journaling and painted the Mega Scallop with black acrylic paint.
To finish off the frame I painted the edges with a white paint pen and added my little dashes with a white pen! Very easy and adds such a focal point for my journaling! Love it!!

Here you can see the awesome MOSD Twirly Gigs - Elegante that I used. I just love Twirly Gigs, they are so fun and add that special touch to any project. And not to mention they come in 15 amazing colors! I outlined my white Twirly Gig with a black pen to make it 'pop' off the background.
Look at the center of the flower. Aren't those circles just the coolest?! Those are from the MOSD Cover Up - Flower Garden stick on sheet! I used one of the flowers and cut the top off and used it for the center of this flower.

This is the bottom stem of the flower I cut from the MOSD Cover Up - Flower Garden. It looks so cute as a little vine. When I was using these MOSD Stick-Ons I loved how easy they were to position. All Stick-Ons come with a see threw transfer sheet that allows you to position your stick on perfectly on your project. Another major plus about stick-ons is that they don't leave a film around the edges like most rub-ons do! These babies are just awesome!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Why not head on over to MOSD and have a look at what other projects the DT has created. I promise you won't be disappointed!


In with the new @ Candy Shoppe Designs

The new challenge is now posted at Candy Shoppe Designs and it's all about the new! It's a new year, new beginings, new experiences, and NEW Product!! We are challenging you to scrap a LO using the newest product you currently own. Heck, it can be something you bought last year, as long as it's the new to you, that's all that matters.

This LO is all about Koen's very first ice cream cone. The little man is 2.5 years old and had never had one before, so I had to remedy that and make him up one awesome cone and a LO to go with it! BTW, he LOVES ice cream cones now :)

New Products Used:
*Sparkly Fluff - Rockin Pink
*Delta Starlite Dye - Robin Blue
*American Crafts pp - Junior - Rock On
*g.c.d studios/Melody Ross pp - Artsy Urban Collection - Blue Floral

Here is a close up of the paper pieced cone I made! I have just recently decided that I love paper piecing, even though I know I need much practice. See that sparkly Fluff?! It is so freakin' awesome, I have found a new love!

This month over at Candy Shoppe Designs we have an amazing sponsor that goes by the Sweet name of Blue Moon Scrapbooking. If you have been looking for an online store that carries the best of the best then head on over and check out Blue Moon. You won't be disappointed!

Here is a little looksie at the prize up for grabs:

You wanna know what's awesome about this prize? You don't even have to complete the challenge to win it! So make sure to head on over to Candy Shoppe Designs and complete these few simple little things!

To enter:

All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question....."What is the NEWEST Scrapbooking goodie that you currently own?"

For an even better chance at winning let us know if you have:

-Become a Sweetheart (Follower)

-Posted our Link Badge on your blogs sidebar

-Posted about us on your blog to invite others to check us outand/or

-Have participated in this NEW challenge.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

A day in the life of me!

So, as promised I have my collage done for 'photo an hour' challenge that can be found here.
This was quite a fun challenge for me to complete. It's interesting to look at your typical day and see what you have done, or where you have been. I know I rush through every day just trying to get things done and sometimes I forget to take a step back and truly take a look at my life. I have so much to be thankful for and I have been blessed with a wonderful life. I just need to remember that sometimes and not take everything for granted. That is what this challenge has taught me. I know that this is something that I will look back on and treasure for a long time. I picked a very special day to complete this on as well....because as you can see in the collage there is a baby! That is my niece, just minutes old! Her name is Allison Kay, and she is the most beautiful little girl!! Another blessing in my life.

I would like to challenge you to photo your typical day. If you do, let me know, as I would love to see your collage!

It's time to get DIRTY!!

That's right people! It's time to get dirty and scrap about life!
The New DT has been announced over at Dirty Scraps and I am so excited to be a part of it working alongside some amazingly talented ladies to scrap the dirt, the nitty gritty, life.

~Our Dirty Goals~
We are here to inspire you to throw your fear to the side.
Make paper work for you!
You don't have to always scrap those perfect moments,it is OK to scrap the blurred photos of life.
Those fantastic moments, those horrible moments, the funny moments, scrap it the way you want it done!
It's your book, it's your life, do it your way.
SCRAP IT DIRTY, get your hands dirty, play with paper.
Life is full of knock you down moments, and lift you high moments, why not remember them all?It's all about scrapping from your point of view.
We are here to support, recognize, and encouragethe true strength it takes to speak out and bethe person you want to be!

Are you ready to get Dirty?! If so we would love to have you join us. There is a challenge up right now that is just waiting for you. So come on over!!!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are you up for a real life challenge?

My friend Pamela aka: EssenseVibez is hosting a really awesome challenge on her blog here.

She is challenging us to 'Photo your hours'. For instance, on a typical day, take your camera along with you and take one picture an hour to basically document your day. I think this sounds like fun and a great way to see your daily life activities, whether it be a walk, the grocery store, a stoplight - warning, this may be dangerous though ;) So please head on over and check it out. She's a sweetheart and welcomes new friends like I welcome double chocolate chip brownie ice cream....with love! Much love!

I will be posting my pictures as soon as I get this done! I hope you join us!!


Friday, January 8, 2010

JuJu Bee's Dec & Jan Kit preview

Today I have previews for JuJu Bee's January & December Kit that are available NOW to order! Both kits feature some yummy Pink Paislee and are just pack full of wonderful product to play with! Julia always wants her customers to be satisfied and you can definately tell by looking at these kits!!
January Kit

Featured paper is by Pink Paislee Amber Road.
1- Pink Paislee Amber Road Fall Festival (Die-Cut)
2 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Postcards
2 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Bonfire
2 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Apple Cider
1 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Harvest Hayride
1 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Autumn Blossom
1- Pink Paislee Fascinating Spectacular
1- Basic Grey Pattern Paper Granola
1- BoBunny Double Dot Cardstock Paprika
1- American Crafts Cardstock Black
1- American Crafts Cardstock Stone
1- Package of AC Fabric Thickers Patchwork Black
1- Package of Prima Flowers Alabaster (6 pieces)
1- Package of Prima SIIP Mixed Crystal Black/Red
1- Package of Basic Grey Designer Half Pearls
1- Package of Maya Roads Vintage Pearl Pins (30 pieces)
1- Package of Pink Paislee Captivating Petals
1- Package of BoBunny Chipboard Swirls & Brackets Wild Berry
1- Yard of May Arts Crochet Lace Ivory
1- Yard of May Arts Ric-Rac Black
1- Yard of May Arts Ringlets Burgundy
2- Yards of May Arts String Burlap
10- Prima Leaves Ivory
1- Exclusive Sketch by Trisha (will email to you)
December Kit

Featured papers from Pink Paislee's Mistletoe Collection.
1Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Reindeer Games (Die-Cut)
1- Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Postcards
2 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Joyeux Noel
2 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Naughty or Nice
1 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co North Pole
1 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Santa's Workshop
1- Making Memories Mistletoe Flocked Snowflake
1 -BoBunny Jack Frost
1- Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Glacier
1- American Crafts Cardstock Straw
1- American Crafts Cardstock Pomegranate
1- Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Punchouts
1- Pink Paislee Fascinating Chipboard Alphas
1- American Crafts Thickers Darling (Chestnut)
1- Fancy Pants Clair de Lune Titles & Tags
1- Fancy Pants Clair de Lune Rub-ons
1- Fancy Pants Glitter Cuts Lace Border
1- Package of Basic Grey Buttons Boxer (66 pieces)
1- Package of Prima Say It In Pearls
1- Package of Maya Road Felt Beaded Blossoms Cream & Brown (6 pieces)
1- Package of Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Buttons Wallpaper (12 pieces)
1- Yard of May Arts Ric-Rac Brown
1- Yard of Fancy Pants Daily Grind Ric-Rac (Cream)
1- Yard of Fancy Pants Christmas Magic Ball Trim (Powder)
1- Package of Handmade Crochet Flowers by 62cards (Cream -3 pieces)
1- Exclusive Sketch by Trisha (will email to you)

If you are interesed in one or more ;) of these kits then make sure to head on over to the store and pick one up for yourself! With a membership they are only $32.95 a month. Without a membership they are $35.95 and those prices INCLUDE the shipping!! That's a pretty great deal!



Tuesday, January 5, 2010

BlueMoon Scrapbooking

This month over at Candy Shoppe Designs we have an AMAZING sponsor that I wanted to Spotlight on my personal blog as well. BlueMoon Scrapbooking. I have been to their website and Oh my goodness, let me tell ya, they have it all and plus some! Not to mention they also have one fantasic Design Team, a blog and Gallery full of endless inspiration to feast your eyes upon, and kits that are definately drool-worthy. I really can't say enough about this Site. You just need to check it out for yourself!! If you want to get your hands on some BlueMoon goodies why not come on by the Candy Shoppe Designs blog and play along with our current challenge. It's always wonderful to see new faces :)


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Necklace Tutorial

First off I have to appologize for the dark pictures. I always think it's a great idea to do my tutorials at night and no matter how awesome my camera is the person behind it needs to learn how to operate her flash indoors :)

Remember this Necklace:

Today we are doing a tutorial on how to recreate it!

I love Scrapbook paper. Like many people I hoard the stuff. We always glue it down and put it in an album, why not wear it and let everyone see that pretty paper we love so much?! This necklace is just the begining of my wearable 'scrapbook' ideas :) I can't wait to share them all with you!

Supplies Needed:

*Dritz Button cover kit (size 3/4 #14)
*Dritz Cover Button refill (size 3/4 #14) You will need a total of 10 buttons.
*Scissors*Felt (Stiff felt works best)
*Hot Glue Gun
*Bead Strand/chain/something to use for necklace!
*Hook & Eye or choice for closure
*Needle & Thread (Not pictured)
*Choice of papers (not pictured)

On the back of your package you will see a circle (I have highlighted it in the picture) You need to cut that out. It is your pattern.

Use this pattern and cut out your desired chosen paper for your necklace. You will need 10 circles. These can be different, the same, just have fun with it!

Now these are the next pieces you will need. A top & bottom button piece, your paper circle, your rubber piece, and the blue piece (I know...I am SO technical with my terms!)

Take your circle paper and turn it over to the negative side and lay your button on the top center. I added a double sided photo square to help keep it in place. This helped out a lot.
Next you want to scrunch the edges of the papers up over the button.

Using your thumb gently push the button into the rubber piece. Make sure to be gentle because this is actually made to be done with fabrics and paper can tear easier.

This is what it looks like when it's securely down into the rubber piece.

Next place the buttons bottom piece onto the open part of the rubber.

Place the blue piece on top of that.

Now using your thumb push down (really hard) onto the blue piece until you feel it snap into place .

Here you see it has been snapped into place and is ready to come out!! All you need to do is bend the rubber back and the button will just pop right out!

And here is out and ready to be used!

And here is a close up of the back side of the button.

Now continue that process until you get all 10 buttons covered.

Cut a piece of felt just a bit smaller then the size of your triangle. Mine measures 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4. If you are using the 3/4 size buttons then this size felt triangle should work for you as well.

Next you need to lay your buttons on top of your felt to figure out placement. Unless you are an eyeballer like I usually am!!

Now we start to Hot glue our buttons down. I always start at the bottom, it's just easier to make things align better that way. (for me)

Here is what it should look like after it is all glued down.

Next we are going to work on adding the actual necklace part of it. I got ahead of myself (happens a lot with 3 kid helpers) and forgot to take a few pictures....

I was making this necklace for my daughter so to determine the length I just used a necklace that she already owned that we liked the length of. I used embroidery floss and beaded the beads onto one side and the reason I used embroidery floss was so that I could do this:

I thought it would add stability to the necklace to stitch the necklace part directly onto the felt. And then I jut went on from there and kept adding beads to the other side....very easy!

And here is what it looks like when I completed it all....

And I can't forget my precious little model, now can I?! :)

I do have a few little tips/side notes to add....
*If you don't want to hot glue the buttons onto the felt then it's just as easy to sew them onto it as well.
*On the first necklace I made for the blog hop I added Glossy accents to the buttons - it looks so pretty! Definatley something to try!
*Try mixing fabrics, ribbons, and papers into your necklaces...the different textures look great together.