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January 31, 2012

A Year In Review Layout

This layout was created for the Circle challenge which I also combined with a few other challenges, to reflect and review the year that has just passed.  I used the Base Camp and Graphically Speaking cartridges for this layout.  All of the die cuts are from Graphically Speaking other than the months, those are cut from base camp and welded together.
I contemplated over this layout for several days thinking about how busy it looked and then came to the realization that it really reflects the busy life we had in 2011.  The important thing being the time we spent together during the year.
I chose to use the collage approach to this layout so I could incorporate the highlights of 2011. The pictures I selected for this layout also highlight some of our memorable experiences of the past year. The bright colors on the layout reflect the colors of my pictures so I kept the photo mats neutral. I added some dots to the corners of the photo mats with my Martha Stewart glitter pen.
I found some Making Memories stickers in my stash which I incorporated throughout my layout to tell a story about 2011.  I added several of the stickers to create this word art collage on the heart.
I also used several of my favorite embellishments on this layout to memorialize some of favorite products from 2011.
I used pop dots for dimension on several of the die cuts.  I also went "crazy" with my white gel pen stitching and doodling everything.
Each of the die cuts, stickers and embellishments on this layout represents an important milestone, accomplishment or memory from last year. For example the "me & you" cut represents the celebration of my 20 year wedding anniversary with my husband.
I added this cut to reinforce the positive memories of 2011, this cut along with the title "life's little moments" is what it is all about for me.
Thanks for taking the time to take a short journey with me through the past year.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

Winner of "Love is in the Air" blog hop candy

Hello my crafty friends, the winner of the blog hop candy is "jordanbev5" .  Please email me at: scrappindhilly at gmail dot com with your contact information so that I can get your stamp set out to you.  You have one week to claim your prize or I will select another winner.  Here is the winning comment:

 jordanbev5 said...

Love your cute layout and especially the adorable critters! I appreciate something fun and whimsical instead of the romantic style all the time! Love it!

January 28, 2012

Love is in the Air Blog Hop


Welcome to the "Love is in the Air" blog hop hosted by Paulette from Around the Block with Scrapalette!  Our projects in this hop are all about love and Valentine's Day.  If you are visiting the blogs for this hop in order, you should have come from Elizabeth's blog.  If you just came across my blog and want to start at the beginning, please start here and remember to enter to win some blog candy.  Now on to my project:
Kiss Kiss Hug Hug Layout
In honor of Valentine's Day, I created this fun layout using the Elegant Edges, Base Camp and Bump in the Night Lite cartridges.
Base Camp was used for the title, Elegant Edges for the scalloped circles and tag, and Bump in the Night for the monsters.   
All of the hearts on the layout came from different punches, the smaller hearts are the negative pieces from a border punch.  I added the hearts randomly throughout the layout to create more of a Valentine's theme.
I wanted the monsters to have a fun look to them so I added hearts to their eyes from a punch and then added some wiggly eyes on top of the hearts.  I also chalked the cheeks for some blush and finished them off with a twine bow.
For the tag, I added the "love" sentiment from the Pink By Design Scripted Year set and tied it to the title with some twine.  I thought this sentiment was the perfect addition to the title of the layout.
I accented the layout with my white gel pen and added dimension by popping up the die cuts on foam.
Blog Candy:
To thank you for visiting and supporting my blog, I am giving away an Inkadinkado "Fun Hearts" stamp set.  In order to be entered for the blog candy, you must be a follower and leave a comment on this post.  I will select a winner on Tuesday, January 31st.   
Your next stop on the hop is Sharon.  Here is the complete line up:

Paulette from http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/
Sukie from http://www.scrappindhilly.blogspot.com/ (You are here)

January 25, 2012

Stampin' Up Design Day

Today I am sharing this fun project using the Stampin' Up Mini Milk Carton die.  These cartons are perfect for Valentine's treats or party favors!
These milk cartons are cut from Stampin' Up paper in cherry cobbler, whisper white and chocolate chip. These colors are great for Valentine's Day.  This paper is perfect for these milk cartons since it is a heavier cardstock which makes it sturdy enough to hold some candy.
I embellished the milk cartons with a scrap of paper left over from another project from the Stampin' Up "Just Add Cake" designer series.  The little hearts are punched from Stampin' Up paper in real red and old olive. I glued the hearts together and used a foam pop dot to create some dimension.
The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up Delightful Dozen set stamped with the Classic Stampin' Pad in Basic Black. Some cherry cobbler twine, a designer button and a mini library clip, all from Stampin' Up, finish off the milk cartons.  Now I have a fun little Valentine treat for my husband and kids.
For any of your Stampin' Up product needs, please visit Wendy Cranford at her website, you can also visit her blog here.
Challenges:

January 22, 2012

XOXO Card

Today I have my first Valentine project to share that I made for several different challenges. This card was created with the April Showers cartridge for the banner and Elegant Edges for the scalloped tag.
The scalloped border is punched in two different colors with a Martha Stewart border punch.  The 3 heart cluster is created from a punch, glued together and embellished with Stickles on the center heart. I stamped XOXO on the banner from the Scrappy Cat Polka Dot Party stamp set.  
The mat for the scalloped oval is embossed with the Love Language Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I embellished my card with off-white embroidery floss, prima flowers, a little bling, brads and my white gel pen.  I also used some pop dots for dimension.
Challenges:

January 18, 2012

Organization

The weekly Circle challenge required using the Cricut to organize.  I needed to organize my "go to" media boxes in my scrap room so I created some tags for them.  These media boxes sit in my Expedit shelf next to my desk.  I am constantly pulling them out for my projects, now I won't have to open all of them to grab what I'm looking for.
The tags were cut from Elegant Edges at 3.5 inches, the titles were cut from Don Juan at 1.10 inches and welded together and the flowers were cut from George and Basic Shapes at 1.10 and 1.30 and layered.  I added a pearl to the center of the flowers.
I love how they turned out, the flower was the perfect embellishment for my tags.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

January 16, 2012

Stampin' Up Design Day

Today I have a Stampin' Up project to share.  I made these treat boxes for a couple of my co-workers as thank you gifts.  I love how easy these are to make and can be made with a 6x6 scrap of paper, please check out my previous blog post here for a link to the tutorial for the treat boxes.
The paper is from the "Just Add Cake" paper line.  Since the paper is double sided I was able to use each of the sides for two distinct looks for my treat boxes.  I love how sturdy this paper is so it is perfect to hold some yummy candy.
I embellished the treat boxes with a mini clothespin also from Stampin' Up with a simple tag with Stampin' Up sentiments stamped with the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Up pad.
I finished off my treat boxes with some Cherry Cobbler twine from Stampin' Up.  For any of your Stampin' Up product needs, please visit Wendy Cranford at her website, you can also visit her blog here.
Challenges:

January 13, 2012

Wish Card

The Cricut Circle has a challenge to use the Cricut Craft Room so I thought why not give it a try.  My understanding is that the Craft Room has similar features to other graphic design programs.  I found it to be fairly simple to use.  I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics cartridge for my card which is free to all users of the Craft Room.
My card has three cuts; the tag, the "wish" title cut twice and welded and the cupcake cut 4 times in two different colors. The base of the card has a plain strip of coordinating paper with an accent border punched from a Martha Stewart Punch.
I layered "wish" on top of the tag and used pop dots between the two layers to give it some dimension.
For the cupcakes I just cut off the bottom of one the cupcakes and layered it on top of the other to create some frosting since this feature did not have any layers.  I also added some pop dots to the cupcakes.
I used some tulle to wrap the tag and and created a semi-flower with it, added some Cotton Candy Trendy Twine with a button and accented it with some bling.  I added some more bling to the tag and the card.
Challenges:
Circle Challenge

January 8, 2012

Touchdown Layout

Today I have a football layout to share which I created for a few different challenges.  This layout was made with the Sports Mania and All Sports cartridges.  
The title and footballs were cut with the All Sports cartridge and the clipboard, helmet and football player were cut from Sports Mania.  I prefer using Sports Mania over the All Sports cartridge, the cuts are  a little to "boxy" for me on All Sports, however, it does have a few cute cuts on it.
I used the Scrappy Cat Playful Series stamp set to combine individuals letters to stamp "Go Falcons" on the lined paper on the clipboard.
The grass is punched from the Fiskars edge punch.  This is really a must have punch, I just love it.
I have lots of photo mats on this layout since I have so many pictures from football season.  I used my white gel pen to add stitching and doodling throughout the layout.
The Tiny Bubbles embossing folder was used to emboss the footballs to give them a more realistic look.
Challenges:

January 7, 2012

Treat Box

Last night I joined the Pink By Design Ustream and made this cute little treat box.  This simple project was made using a 6x6 sheet of paper and some scraps.  Sarah used some ribbon for the handle but I just cut a strip of coordinating paper for my handle.
I embellished my treat box with a Pink By Design sentiment stamp from the Scripted Year set and some twine.  The tag is from a Martha Stewart punch.
Here is a link to the Sarah's Ustream video if you want to watch the tutorial and make some treat boxes.

January 1, 2012

My Crafty Life Layout

In honor of a new year, I created this two page layout for a couple of different challenges which I thought would be a great way to kick off 2012.
I have never been big on making New Year's resolutions so I thought this would be a fun way to showcase some of my crafty priorities for the upcoming year.
The clipboards and paper clips were cut from the Fabulous Finds cartridge and the title was cut from the Opposites Attract cartridge.  I added a cute little face with my Peachy Keen Stamps to one of the paper clips.
I used several of my favorite crafty embellishments to this layout to memorialize what I currently love. I think I may have gone overboard with my white gel pen but I love the doodling and stitching.
I used some plastic letters for the paper clip to add titles so I could highlight how I personally want to grow creatively in the year 2012.  I plan on printing some crafty pictures and to add some journaling to my layout.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to all of my crafty friends!
Challenges:
Cricut Circle