Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010!!

I hope you all had a *fabulous* Christmas and holiday. We wish you all wonderful things for 2010! xo









Friday, November 27, 2009

Design Team Shares :: Christmas and Winter Wall Decor

Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? Did you head out yesterday for any crazy good sales?? I stayed home this year. But we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Very low key in the morning and then headed to see family in the afternoon.

So I wanted to share all the fabulous design team projects! This standing Christmas Tree is definitely a HIT! It is pretty cute I have to say. :)

This pretty pearly and swirly tree is done by Rachel. You can see more info about the products she used on her blog. She sells the pearls in her shop so if you love 'em as much as I do, go check them out!












Kory used the pretty new papers and embellishments by Making Memories. I love how she created a spot for a family picture! She also has a great tutorial on her blog on how she created the tree so take a peek.




And Jennifer went with a bit of a country feel to hers! I love how she also used the strips of patterned paper for hers. I think it gives it a fun look that's somewhat easy too. And easy is always good in my book! She topped it with a sparkly star and voila!





























Snowflakes, snowflakes, snowflakes! This little assortment of snowflakes are so much fun to decorate! Laurie went with a bright and candy colored effect with hers! They're each hand stamped with snowflake stamps and create almost a snow-like look. They're so bright and pretty!










Rae went with a totally different look (although she said she originally was going to decorate them pink but changed her design). :) They almost look metallic. I love the snowflake die cuts she added and the ribbon with jingle bell softens it all. She has a great tutorial on her blog on how she created them.




Julie Ann's snowflakes are so soft and shimmery. She used vintage glass glitter and Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas sheets and painted on the large one. And she used K & Co. paper on the small one. I love the side shots because you get even more details.
Beautiful job ladies. As always, thanks for your inspiration!
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Have a wonderful day everyone! Thanks for checking in!






Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


From my family to yours, we wish you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Safe travels. xo

Monday, November 23, 2009

What's New and Christmas photo gone bad!

I'm excited to share some of our new ornaments I added to the shop today. This cute new house shape ornament and PEACE SIGNS too! The house would be sweet for a housewarming gift or Christmas ornament for friends and family. They're sold in sets of 5 so you can make a bunch and have them on hand for that extra gift to have on hand for teacher or hostess gifts.
And I went to have Christmas pictures done last week with my two Christmas cuties and they didn't want to cooperate! It seemed so perfect.. they had just had a nap and a nice lunch but they just were *not* happy kids. I did get a few good shots but thought I'd share this funny one that pretty much summed it all up!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for checking in!

Guest Designer :: the lovely Lauren Meader

Good Monday morning to you! I know I just posted a Guest Designer spot, but I just love what Lauren created with our *brand new* standing up Christmas Tree, that I had to share it with you. :)

Read on to learn a bit more about Lauren Meader (she is too cute!) :) You'll love her step by step tutorial on creating this fabulous Christmas tree for yourself!

My name is Lauren Meader. I have been papercrafting since 2004. Once I inked that first stamp it was ALL over!! I dove head first into buying any and everything I could to build my supply, and definitely sought out as much information as my brain could handle to get myself going!

I really enjoy cardmaking but my real passion lies with coordinating cards, gift packaging, and altered items! I get so much joy in personalizing just about ANYTHING I can get my hands on. To be able to dress up the SIMPLIEST of gifts, and making them a WOW! My family and friends can't believe everything I make starts with some cardstock!!

I found Say it with letters after attending a Stampin Around Event in March this past year. We created an altered Chick that was designed by Julie Massee. I immediately went home and placed a order!! HOW FUN!

Now just in time for the holidays I have a FABULOUS tree for you that is SO easy, but will definitely be the talk of the holiday decor! There are so many possibilities, but with Christmas around the corner I wanted something SPECIAL!

I hope you like my project. This took about 25 minutes to make. Definitely a great project to create for so many!

Tutorial:

Pick your cardstock color.
Layer wooden image onto cardstock.
Trace around image
Cut out
Apply Zip Dry liberally
Layer on cardstock. Rub with rubber brayer to ensure glue sticks
Cut strips 1 1/2 inches. Punch with scallop border.
Adhere to tree base
Apply a small row of dimensionals for a little POP, and adhere to top of strip using Zip Dry.
Repeat, repeat, repeat!
Trim excess with hobby blade. I flip it over for the best, neatest and closest cut.
Apply glue to scallop bottoms.
PILE on the chunky glitter
Add a few strips of tinsel ribbon, and a bow!
I found some various holly branches at the craft store, I cut off the "berries" and hot glued them on with a hot glue gun.
I added a stamped centerpiece using Old Fashioned Christmas Borders & Centers Round It was the perfect accent to my project! The cuff is 3D. The frame is glittered, and there are of course, glittered tassels.

This is just a stunning centerpiece or holiday decoration!

I told you you'd love it! Glitter, gorgeous colors and the little ball decorations are all so perfect! And I love how the bottom notched pieces look like a pot that the tree is sitting in. :) Beautiful job Lauren. Thanks so much for your inspiration! Go visit her blog for more beautiful projects (and pictures of her cute kids too).

Have a wonderful day everyone. And as always, thanks for stopping by!











Monday, November 16, 2009

Guest Designer post :: the fabulous Tammy Hall Tutterow

Happy Monday morning to you! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. We did a little turkey day celebrating yesterday and had a really nice time with family. And it was a beautiful day so we were able to take the kids outside to run around a bit too.

You're in for a real treat with this month's Guest Designer. I'm sure many of you are familiar with her work - the lovely Tammy Hall Tutterow. I've been a long time admirer of her work and was thrilled when she agreed to play around with our products! She loves decorating houses so we sent her our Happy Homes Collection and she went to town. :) She created this darling neighborhood really and they're all resting on a plaque she found for cheap at Hobby Lobby. Read on to learn a bit about Tammy and check out her project too!

The easiest way to describe me and what I love to create is to say "I love to glue paper to stuff". I started scrapbooking about 7 years ago and quickly learned that my real paper passion was for creating altered projects and home decor items. I have done freelance and design team work in the papercraft/scrapbook industry for more than 5 years now. I have been a contract designer with BasicGrey for over four years and have also worked with Provo Craft and Cricut, Prima, Sweetwater, Pink Paislee, and others. My work for Provo Craft can be seen on television in their infomercial for the Cricut Expression.

When I am not creating, I am a busy wife and mother of three. In addition to papercrafts, I love to sew and do ribbonwork and silk ribbon emroidery. I love anything and everything shabby, chippy, and vintage and love to scour flea markets for old treasures to incorporate into my projects and to decorate my home with. When the spring breezes are blowing, you can usually find me playing in the dirt in my flower garden.

Here's more peeks at her project...

She says the door and window on the pink house are covered with vellum so that light can shine through. She got one of those battery operated fake votive candles to set behind it.

I love this project!! I love the saying on the small house. Beautiful job Tammy. Thanks so much for working with us and being our Guest designer this month.













Friday, November 13, 2009

My work in progress

Can you believe my little ones are almost TWO? I certainly can't. And when I say almost, I mean they'll be two in 5 months. HA! However.. I know that getting to work on these things will take some time. Being pregnant is slowing me down a bit. I've never been big on "themes" but watching my kids jump up and down and wave both arms at the t.v. when they see Big Bird and Elmo makes me think a Sesame Street theme was appropriate. And did you know it's the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street? I've been having fun watching it too. I love these Google logos!


I hope you're all enjoying your week. I have family coming over on Sunday for an early Thanksgiving celebration. I love this time of the year!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xx