National Scrapbooking Month

Happy National Scrapbooking Day and Month!! I’ll be it I am a bit late today in posting this since the day is almost over. But it is never late to celebrate memory keeping!! I don’t complete layout as often as I want but crafting is what calms and de-stresses me! I wanted to share a couple of layouts I completed recently.  I have been able to use some to the paper packs I have been saving for  a while.

This layout I designed using the Beary Christmas paper pack.  I am not pleased with the color exposure but I am happy how the layout turned out.

This lay out is using the Dream Big paper pack.  It is one of my favorites as is it great for boy colors!

I hope you are celebrating by getting a few layouts completed yourself.  I am getting caught up with the photos I have printed.  So soon I will need to work on photos and getting them printed so I an take the next step and get them scrapbooked.

Happy Crafting!

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop ~ Letter Y

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!!!

ABC's Blog BadgeThis week we will be featuring the letter “Y”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “Y” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from LAUREN MOORE’S BLOG then you are in the right place.   The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating consultants at the bottom of this post.

So for my “Y” I chose Yuletide which is an archaic term for Christmas. So I went with a Christmas card.  I have been wanting to use the Wreath Thin Cut so I thought this would be the prefect opportunity.

abcs-y-yuletide-wreath-christmas-cheer-catscrapbooking-comI wanted the wreath to pop a bit more so I tried rolling the stamp in Fern and New England Ivy before I stamped it.  It looked good but I wanted more color so I decided to color my leaves!

Now it is time to hop on over to JENIFER BENNER’S BLOG and see what she has created for you today.

Here is the full list of participants:

Happy Crafting!

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Everything ABC’s ~ X

Welcome to the Everything ABC Blog Hop!

ABC's Blog HopFor this hop we will be featuring the letter “X”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “X” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from LINDA NORMAN’S Blog then you are in the right place.   The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Linda’s blog HERE.

The letter “X” is especially challenging when you are trying to thing of how it can relate to crafting so I am going to stretch it a bit.  I have been working on items for the craft fair I am participating in which is today ~ EEK.  I have been so busy preparing and hoping things will sell well as this is the first time I have done one.  Anyway, I have been working on holiday goodies and since Christmas is some times shortened to X-Mas, I am going to go with that as my “X” element.  Along with the eXcitement that has been building for this Craft Fair.  Now for my project:Animal Greetings ~ Holiday Treat Topper ~ Cat

Here is a close up of each of the animals.Moose Treat Topper ~ Animal Greetings ~

Racoon Holiday Treat Topper ~ Animal Greetings ~

Bear Holiday Treat topper ~ Animal Greetings ~

I so love those cute little critters on the Operation Smile Stamp Set Animal Greeting D1679.  Not only is the stamp set just adorable with every stamp set sold CTMH will donate $7 to Operation Smile!!!  I wanted to make them festive for the holidays so I cut little Santa hats for them.  I did this using a SVG file with my Silhouette.  I used Momento ink to stamp the moose, raccoon and bear on the watercolor paper circles.  Then I used the watercolors to color them.  I found these 1X8″ plastic sleeves which I filled with M&M’s and tied them on using some ribbon.  I just think they are adorable and hope the shoppers do too.

Now it is time to hop on over to DONNA LONG’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Christmas Gift Tags Part 2

Are you ready to see a few more gift tags??  Here are a couple more that I designed for the Craft Fair.

Merry Christmas Gift Tag ~ Holly ~ Art Philosophy ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis tag is from Art Philosophy.  I backed the leaves with green glitter paper and the holly with red shimmer trim.  I then created a back by cutting a tag an hiding the contour lines.Snowflake Gift Tag ~ Holiday gift tags ~ Art Philosophy ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis one is also from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I backed it with the new white glitter paper and then created a back to the tag by hiding the contour lines and cutting the tag again.Twinkle Gift Tag ~ October SOTM ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis one is using this months stamp of the month ~ Twinke.  I got the idea to stamp the light bulbs so they looked like they were glowing from the talented Wendy Coffman.  She inked them then stamped off once then rolled the edges in the ink again before stamping on the tag.  I so love this look!Merry Chrstmas Gift Tag ~ White Pines Card Workshop ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor this tag the base is cut from Artiste and then stamped with White Pines Card Workshop stamp set and the gifts are from the Miracle of Christmas D1656.Warmest Wishes ~ Lawn fawn Joy in the Woods ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis one is using a stamp set called Joy in the Woods by Lawn Fawn. I have the thin dies to cut the fox, tree and ornament.  I used the new watercolor paints to color the stamped images.

Hope you enjoy! Happy Crafting!

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October Stamp of the Month ~ Twinkle

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring October’s stamp of the month ~Twinkle (S1510) a set of 15.

OctBadgeIf you are coming here from  TERRIE SHORTSLEEVE’s Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE. This month we have approximately 44 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.11999663_10207798731112481_7373742506254322138_o

I love the Christmas lights stamps so I knew that was what I would focus on.

Twinkle Dec SOTM ~ White Pines ~ Christmas Card ~


Supplies used for this card:

Your next stop is along this hop is CHRIS ROBERTSON’s Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Cut Above ~ Christmas

Don’t panic just because I mentioned the word Christmas…. You still have plenty of time before Christmas is here.  Although we may start seeing decorations in the stores soon, as they keep bring them out earlier and earlier each year.  Do you enjoy making your own Christmas cards or have wanted to but felt you don’t have enough time; well then you will want to check out the new Cut Above kits.  The Cut Above Kit takes all the hard work away, they are the perfect solution!!!

Close to My Heart came out with these new Cut Above Kits which totally rock.  Each kit comes with all the papers you will need to make your cards -PRE-CUT!!! You do not have to cut anything except the bakers twine :-).  You will need some adhesive, ink and a stamp set but the rest is supplied with the kit.  Take a look at the contents of the Cut Above Christmas.

Cut Above kit webAs you can see you get the cards, envelopes, embellishments and even foam squares!  This kit will make 10 cards.  You can purchase as many as needed to check all those friends and family members off your list.  There is even enough bakers twine to actually do a double  loop around the glitter paper instead of the single as shown on the kit cover.  I purchased the Merriest Christmas B1468 Stamp Set which coordinates perfectly with this card.  Take a look…

Christmas Cut Above cards

What really makes this kit so wonderful is in the past you purchase the stamp set with the papers so if you want to make more cards you did not want to have to purchase the stamp set a second time, but not any more!  One other thing I wanted to mention is the assemble time for these cards is literally is minutes.   Be sure to check out all the Cut Above kits and find the one that is right for you.

Happy Crafting!



Christmas Card Holder

If you are like me I have struggled on what to do with all the Christmas cards we get.  I don’t like to just toss them in a pile.  I really want to enjoy them and show them off.   I have tried to create a wreath in years past with clothes pins but they would pop off and you could not see all the cards.  So I decided to design my own.  I found the Noel at Hobby Lobby which I figured work great.  I added ribbon to use as the streamers for to run the cards along.  I then painted the clothes pins red and green.  Here is how is is taking shape with some of the cards.

Christmas Card Holder

Unfortunately the place I chose to hang this is in a hall and there is not a lot of room to get the photo.  I think you get the idea.

Happy Crafting!

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Christmas Wrapping

I decided we would assist Santa Claus in being more environmentally friendly.  Since we are establishing our family traditions with our son, we decided one of the things we would try to do is cut back on the wrapping paper used.  To do this we would provide Santa Clause with some Christmas sacks and a few Christmas sheets to help him wrap the more cumbersome gifts.  So I dusted off my sewing machine and got to sewing.  I purchased several yard of festive fabric and some ribbon to make these items. Here is the finished product.Christmas Sacks-1

No I am not really that far ahead that Santa has already arrived.   I used some of Gavin’s existing toys to demo how the new sacks and sheets would work.  I am actually very excited about this and if needed next year I will make some more.  The sacks are really very simple it is basically a yard of fabric sewn together.  The tutorial I found wanted you to use elastic and 2 1/2 inch ribbon.  When I went shopping for that I could not find the ribbon in that width.  So I improvised.  I used ribbon which was one inch and sewed it onto the back of the sack.  Then allowed for enough ribbon to tie a bow with some long tails.

Christmas Sack

Here is a close up of one of the sacks.  I am actually really excited about this idea and will probably make more next year.  Maybe we will go to having all our gifts in sacks.

Happy Holidays and happy crafting!

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Christmas Cheer

I always have great intentions of completing lots of projects every year for the holidays and last year was no exception.  I purchased this set of Christmas blocks, unfortunately I don’t remember where.  I soon realized time was going by too fast and I would not get the project completed for Christmas 2012.  This year I was determine to get the blocks completed.  These blocks were natural wood when I purchased them.  I painted them red and green.  Then I used Mod Podge over the paper and blocks which produced the glossy sheen.  I then used embellishments to add a bit of interest to the blocks.

Christmas blocks

Here is a close up of the letters:

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Happy Crafting!

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Christmas Decorations

I have been very busy making Christmas cards, gifts and decorations.  It has been a lot of fun and I have actually completed more than I thought I would.  I will share some of the the things with you over the next few posts.

These Santa cones were something I stumbled on when going through Craft Warehouse.  I thought they were so adorable and knew I needed to complete some for myself.  The cones are spay painted with a red glitter spray paint, Glitter Blast by Krylon.  The trim is a feather trim and the belt is black ribbon with CTMH glitter paper cut on my Silhouette in a belt shape.

Santa cones

Stay tuned for more holiday decorations….

Happy Crafting!

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