Monthly Archives: March 2011

for my home…

My home is my favorite place to be. It’s not fancy. It’s an old well-loved farmhouse that is constantly being renovated. It’s come a long way and we are slowly making it our own. We do this by doing the work ourselves and adding pieces of our own style throughout.

One thing I always love incorporating is text. Lucky for me it’s a great trend in home dec lately and I thought it would be fun to create my own frame using some papercrafting products I had on hand.

Printed Canvas Frame

This product uses Natural Sticky Back Canvas by Claudine Hellmuth. I {heart} this product! You can run it through your printer! Of course, you can paint it, stitch it, stamp it, ink it, die cut it, etc. etc. etc. too!

The texture is so cool…

Want to make one?

Open the above file by clicking on it and then print onto some Sticky-Back Canvas. I’ve used the Natural as I love the warmed look. I print it out at 8×8″ in size and then place right onto a wood 8×8″ frame from Michaels. The edges of the frame are painted with Claudine Hellmuth Charcoal Black Studio Paint.

Easy peasy!

Have a creative day!

On My Mind

What’s on my mind?

Apparently nothing as I just can’t think of a thing to say this morning. How scary is that?!

I do have an excuse though…a miserable spring cold has struck and so I hope you’ll enjoy the card and forgive my lack of words!

These gorgeous papers are from the Happily Lost line by Lily Bee Design. Beautiful, beautiful colors!

The inchies are stamped with a stamp from the Hero Arts Dictionary stamp set.

And actually…I have thought of something you may want to know! The Lily Bee Design Team call has been extended for one extra week! Yay! The deadline is now March 31st and here’s a link to the details.

Supplies: sanding block by Advantus, Happily Lost patterned paper by Lily Bee Design, Inchies by Inchie Arts, Pebble by Prima, Tissue Tape & Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz, Dymo Label Maker, Dictionary Stamp set by Hero Arts, Jet Black Archival Ink and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger

Take care…

Easter Wishes

It’s kind of crazy how late Easter is this year. I’m not quite sure how they calculate when it is but I know there is some method to it.  The nice thing about Easter being late this year is that we may actually get some nice spring weather for it here in Canada this time around. Most of the time we need to do egg hunts indoors rather than out.

For this card I chose a little different color palette for Easter but I think it’s fresh and still looks like spring.

The canvas piece for this design is actually a page from a Maya Road canvas album. Fun, huh?

Supplies: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper by Jillibean Soup, Edger Punch by EK Success, Tiny Attacher by Advantus, butterfly by K & Company, twine, Leaf Trinket Pins by Maya Road, flower & leaf by Prima, buttons by Basic Grey, canvas album by Maya Road, Celebrate Everyday stamp set by Hero Arts, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger

Have a beautiful day!

bluejean blooms

There’s nothing quite like your favorite pair of jeans is there? They fit, they are comfortable and you can just never quite find the same ones again. Unfortunately, they do wear out at some point.

You can still breathe new life into them by repurposing them to craft with. How about a denim flower?

Like your favorite jeans, these flowers go with almost anything.

Cut imperfect circles for a funky look.

Forever in bluejeans. :)

Have a bloomin’ wonderful day!

Simply Saturday…Crisp & Clean

Variety is the spice of life.

I love shabby and complex cards, stamped cards, layouts, etc., etc., etc., Love it all.

So today, I have crisp and clean to share with you. It’s just cardstock and letter stickers…about as basic as paper crafting gets.

So say hello. to graphic…

I love LOVE love a simple card…

…and have a simply wonderful Saturday!

It’s In the Bag

It’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving, isn’t it? Just saying that you care and you took the time to share. While I’m not quite sure that I buy into “presentation is everything”, it sure does add a nice touch.

I love making altered gift bags. They are really quick and fun to create and add that special touch to a gift that says you care.

This fun gift uses the gorgeous Crate Paper Restoration line and was part of a Sweet 16 ensemble I create for the March/April issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. I was actually going to share the banner from this set but sigh, the original photo isn’t the best and my poor banner met its demise in the craft room flood.

Have you checked out this latest issue from Paper Crafts? It’s one of my faves! Two or my other projects can also be found as on-line bonuses here and here.

Quick Tip: Keep a stash of white and kraft gift bags on hand to quickly & easily alter when the need arises.

It’s the last day of March Break here and we’ve had a quiet but fun week with the kids. I guess quiet is a relative term. It hasn’t exactly been quiet per se, but rather, we didn’t plan much. It’s always nice to take it easy. Tonight we’re having friends over and tomorrow we’re off to the sugar bush. Pancakes and real maple syrup. I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!

Mad For Medallions

Medallions or rosettes are crazy hot right now and I’ve caught the bug. They are just so darn cute and fun to make.

Yesterday my latest paper crafting order came in the mail and in it was the new Tim Holtz Sizzlet Mini Paper Rosettes Die I had ordered. I loved the first one, the original Paper Rosette Die and so I couldn’t wait to try out the new smaller sized versions. The great thing is that they all coordinate and the two smallest sizes come on ONE die. Less storage and less cost makes me a happy girl.

So here’s the sweet little rosettes stacked.

And here’s the final card. I still have Picket Fence on my desk so today I thought I’d give the aqua, purple and red color combo a whirl. To give you an idea of size, this card measures 4″x7.5″. I love how you get different effects with the rosettes depending on what print the die cut paper has on it.

Supplies: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, Printed Transparencies Doilies & trinket Pin by Maya Road, twine, Fresh Air, Seize the Day,  & Al Fresco papers from Picket Fence line by Lily bee Design, buttons by Basic Grey & Jenni Bowlin, sentiment from Find Joy stamp set by Hero Arts, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger

This should give you an even better idea of exact sizes…

…and how they relate to each other.

These rosette dies work in a Big Shot with the extended Cutting Pads and Platform. You CAN make them work in the Cuttlebug but it is honestly a little tricky.

Happy Creating!