Sunday, May 29, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

My youngest daughter's FAVE song right now is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  I snapped these photos of her the other day singing and acting it out.  The pics were perfect for this week's challenge at The Studio.  It's actually a sketch challenge.  I stuck to the sketch because it was just WAY too perfect. 

Today's layout is pretty simple looking and not my usual style. I wanted to showcase the large star and that cute little girl.

Supplies: Imaginisce Happy Camper collection (papers and die-cuts), Imaginisce i-top and i-rock; October Afternoon Tiny Alphas (misted with Tattered Angels Spring Rain mist); Jillibean Soup Corrugated alphas (white misted with homeade mist); Thickers (white misted with homeade mist)

To make the star, I cut an 11" star from the George Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge.  I used the cutout as a mask to mist over the blue. Once dried, I stitched around it with mustard yellow thread to outline the star.  I didn't have the right color of alphas so I found some that were a close match or white and then I misted them until I got the colors I was looking for.  I blinged up the die-cut and the paper strips, made a couple of homeade rolled flowers and there you have it!

Play along with the sketch for your chance to win a great prize and check out what the rest of The Studio's design team did with it. The results are amazing, as always!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nuts About You | Happy Father's Day Card & Tutorial

Have you seen this adorable new "Happy Camper" line from Imaginisce?  OMG, it's soooo FUN!  I have so many camping photos that I am working on for new layouts but in the interim I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use it in ways that aren't camping specific.  Make sure to scroll to the bottom to read about the giveaway!!!

Nuts About You Card

Happy Father's Day
with Step x Step Tutorial

I put together this step x step tutorial to make the shirt.  Just click to enlarge. You could use the shirt in so many ways...on card or layouts for a variety of themes like, a new job, college graduation, father's day, etc.

Want a chance to win a sample pack of the Happy Camper line?  Head over to the Imaginisce blog and tell them how much you love my cards and tutorial! Oh and you have to tell them which Snag 'em stamp is your favorite from this collection. Or you can check out what some of the other DT did with the line and tell them what your fave project is. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sweet Little First Grader

It's hard to believe 1st grade is over in a little over a week. If this is any indication of how the rest of her years will fly by then I'm going to go sit in a corner and cry. It's just flying by WAY too fast.
Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Anniversary Kit: Studio Calico Elementary Library, Lily Bee Happily Lost Stroll, October Afternoon 5 & Dime Jaw Breakers, Lily Bee Happily Lost Hammock, Daily Junque Tabs; Girls’ Paperie Jubilee Sticker Market; Daily Junque Ephemera

These photos are from the Spring 2011 school pics but they are not the yearbook pics. They are the "Lifetouch" photos that every school seems to do so I feel compelled to buy them and scrap them every year. The lift I was given to do this month for Scrapbook Circle was PERFECT for these photos. I loved the design so I kept the lift pretty true to the original. Here's the original lift. Thanks for the inspiration, Sara!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Enjoy the Ride & A Flower Window Box

It's a pony ride for Little Miss!  This week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch was fun to play with.  I got out this paint dabber that I hadn't used yet so I just went to town making circles to resemble going round and round and round on the pony ride. 
Supplies: The Girls' Paperie Jubilee, Crate Paper Portraits Bridesmaids; Jillibean Soup Burlap Chipboard Alphabeans; Glitz Teeny Alphas Cream; Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber Chili Powder

Pleay along with us this week for your chance to win a Miss Art's Papercrafting School 60-day Extra Credit Subscription, a $30 value!!

Today I am featured ont he Imaginisce blog again but this time I teamed up with fellow designer Aphra to show you some Click it with Cricut projects.  The theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers. My project is below but make sure to visit the Imaginisce blog to see how I made it and to see the adorable card Aphra made.  Oh we are giving away eight 3-month Cricut Circle memberships. Details for winning are below. Man, I wish I could win one!
Supplies: Garden Party collection: Darling Dahlias, Blossoms of Blue, Brambleberry Blossoms, Wild Flowers, Rows of Posies; Pink Cardstock; Roly Rosies - Warm flowers and Petal Roller to roll the flowers AND the grass; i-top, small brad daddy; i-bond, i-rock and glam rocks; small box with foam insert; scissors to cut the grass; dowel to glue flowers to so they stand upright and don't flop over.

Okay, in order to win a 3 Month Cricut Circle Trial Membership there's just a few things you need to do but it's worth it because the prize is a REALLY great one!

1. Become a follower here at my blog and leave me a comment.
2. Head over to Aphra's blog HERE and tell her how much you loved her project, don't forget to become a follower.
3. Lastly, visit the Imaginisce blog HERE and leave a comment telling us what collection you think we will be releasing next week... hint, it might require you to pitch a tent.
Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 16, 2011

My "Tool Time" Video with the Imaginisce i-bond

Imaginisce asked me to do a Tool Time video to show the many things you can do with the i-bond cordless glue gun. 

Doesn't this tool and those gorgeous colored glue sticks look like so much fun? Well check out this video I made this video to show you a few of the things I have created with the tool. The video is packed with multiple projects, tips, techniques and ideas. So without further ado, here's some things I'd like to share about the i-bond....

Check out some close up photos of the projects I made in the video and then feel free to tell me what you think in the comments below AND leave me some love on the Imaginisce blog!

Little Cutie Girl Card - flowers embellished with purple glitter glue using the i-bond

Snag 'em Stamps Sweet Baby Doll stamped in pink glue using the i-bond

Little Cutie Boy line - buttons embedded in brown glue using the i-bond

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to swing my the Imaginisce blog and leave a comment there as well for your chance to win your very own i-bond!
xoxo Heather

Sunday, May 15, 2011

She's Got Style

Little Miss definitely has a style of her own.  I have soo many photos of her in crazy silly clothes.  The photos below are not crazy at all; I just thought she looked super adorable in her rock pj's, sportin' her older sister's hippie costume bandana, with her pink painted toe nails in those fancy little dress-up shoes.  It actually color coordinated okay for once. ;)

Our challenge for you this week at The Studio is to add dimension to your page. Layers, chunky embellishements, you name it, build up those pages!  Here's my take on it:

Supplies from Scrapbook Circle May 2011 Grandma's Attic kit. Sketch from this week's Sketchy Thursdays reveal.

I really love to add height and dimension to my projects and if you follow my blog I'm sure you've noticed that.  For this layout I fussy cut the blue scallop paper and used it as a border. Then I used the corrigated elements from the kit, covering the inside of the flower with patterned paper to make it stand out a bit.I incorporated stickers, more fussy cut pieces that I popped up even more with pop dots and then I did a random ruffling of the ribbon (not included in the kit) to finish it off. 

Make sure to check out what the rest of the design team did with The Studio challenge and while you're at it, combine that challenge with the Sketchy Thursdays sketch challenge.  The challenges are not affiliated with each other so make sure to link your layout up at both sites for a chance to win the fabulous prizes they are both giving away! I love combining different challenges like that.

Here's the sketch.  It's a 2-pager but I chose to only do 1 page and you can too!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dimensional Scallop Circles Tutorial

You asked for's a step x step tutorial to make your own dimensional scalloped circles like those featured in the Redneck Spa Day layout I posted on May 1.

Cut 5 circles or scallops any size you wish. The ones pictured are 1 3/4". There are more than 5 shown below but you only use 5, unless you want to add more.

Fold them in half. If you are working with scallops, make sure the scallops will line up with the one before it that you are adhering it to. Also make sure they will lay at whatever angle you want (my castle scallop and the words scallop is a good example...I didn't want one lying right side up and the other upside down).

Once you know they will line up like you want them, start gluing them together.

Once you have glued all 5 together it should look like this. Make sure not to glue the last circle or scallop to the first one. You want the end result to be a half circle that you can then glue down on the page.

Here's how I integrated it into my layout.

Thanks for looking! If you try this, I would love it if you would leave me a link to your projects in the comments below.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bouquet of Rosies and a Semi-Homeade Necklace

Have you been following the Roly Rosie projects all this week on the Imaginisce blog? They just released new roly posie collections that are oh so fun to work with.  They have new warm and cool colors, neutrals that are TDF cute and fabric flowers. 

I want to show you a coupe of projects I made on NSD this weekend when I was crafting with my girl friends.  This first one is a new collection to my wardrobe/accessories.  I used the Roly Rosies Fabric - Pink Swirls for it. 

Here's how I made it...I used the pink swirls fabric flowers.  Included in each package are 3 different flower types and there are 2 sets.  I used all three flower types.  First I pulled out my new white glue sticks and turned on my i-bond to get it nice and hot.  I rolled the flowers and adhered them with the glue.  I knew I wanted to use them with my faux pearl necklace so I added "balls" of white glue to the center of each flower to coordinate with the pearl necklace.  Once I had all my flowers done, I glued one one the newly released i-top badge/pin combo to the back of all three flowers. I threaded the pin to the clasp of the necklace and voila I turned a plain pearl necklace into something spectacular.

Here are the 3 types of fabric flowers in 3 different colors. 

My next project was originally going to be a topiary but I really liked how it looked as a "pot of glory".  Turning it into a bushel happened by accident...a happy accident.  I completed the flower ball at a friend's house and forgot to bring a small dowel with me.  As I was putting it away to finish it at home I plopped it into the flower pot and I fell in love with how it looked. 
To make the flower bushel I rolled and glued various flowers. I bought a small styrofoam ball from my local craft store and used straight pins to attach the flowers to it. I started at the top with one bigger flower and then filled it in with various sizes.  I was going to paint the pot but the terracotta matched the color of the flowers so well so I trimmed it with ribbon and it was complete. I have this sitting here with me at my desk to brighten up my day. 
Want in on a little secret? If and I do mean if I ever get tired of my bushel, I can pull the pins out and re-use the flowers on another project.

Make sure to swing by the Imaginisce blog to see what some of the other design team gals did and make sure to enter into the prize giveaway!

Oh and guess what? I went to a crop at my LSS store recently with my friend Audrey and I had all my Imaginisce tools with me.  The owner offered me a teaching job.  She wants me to do a "Tool School" using a mix of various manufacturer tools but definitely Imaginisce tools.  I'm on the fence about it because of time limitations but I would really love to do it.  Either way, it's such an honor to be asked.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Boobies On & A New Bike from Santa

Yes, you read that right...I said BOOBIES ON!  My two year old came into my room while I was putting on my make-up one day and I had chosen to NOT go with the super comfy VS bra and go for the super sexy one instead.  I was just standing there putting my face on when I heard Reese say repeatedly, "BOOBIES ON, MOMMY; boobies on mommy". I turned around and she was wearing my bra and wearing it PROUDLY. I laughed soooo hard (with her, not at her) and then I made her repeat it to daddy while I snapped these pics.  It is seriously one of the funniest moments with her.  I posted about it on Facebook the same day and one of my girl friends said "If only it was that easy."  LOL.  Look how she's poking her "boobies" in that last pic. I couldn't have wished for better placement! HA ha ha ha

So, I used a sketch designed by Diana from Sketchy Thursdays that was created specifically for the Scrapbook Circle month long anniversary celebration. 

The Scrapbook Circle sketch reveal just happens to fall on the same day we are revealing the Sketchy Thursdays site reveal sooooo, I have two Sketchy Thursdays reveals for you today.

This second one is going back to Christmas 2009.  The papers in the Scrapbook Circle Anniversary kit just screamed at me to use these photos but I almost didn't because it seemed a bit too literal to me.  Obviously I changed my mind.

Please make sure to check out what the Sketchy Thursdays and the Scrapbook Circle gals did with these sketch and make sure to play along with us!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Prima Ballerina

I love the fact that I am starting to be on track with scrapping this year's moments/events.  Don't get me wrong, I've still got a lot to do but I can finally feel okay to go back and scrap some previous years that have been neglected.  That is just what I did for today's layout. The items in this month's Scrapbook Circle, Grandma's Attic kit were just too perfect for it - the colors, music sheet journaling card, ballet ticket, florals, etc. I just love this kit!  I've already completed at least 4 layouts and the kit still feels so full.

Anywho, my One Item Wonder challenge was to do something different with the Girls' Paperie alphas.  I chose to ink them and then tediously poke little holes in them and then thread each of them together.  I tried to relate my technique back to ballet and I just really felt like threading the alphas together was sort of like the meticulous work that often goes in to those gorgeous little ballet outfits and tutus. I chose the "x" stitching to resemble the look of her plie in the picture. Another thing to note about the chipboard alphas is that I had already used all my "a" letters so I used a capital "V" and turned it upside down and made it into an "A" with my black pen.
Supplies from Scrapboo Circle Grandma's Attic kit: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Collection - Quilts paper, cardstock stickers, Girls' Paperie "karlee" chipboard alphas and "jubilee" sticker market alphas and words, misc. tag, Hambly Screen Prints Rub-ons "Banners & Pennants". Not in kit: Shimmerz Mist Bed of Roses, Tattered Angels Spring Rain Mist; My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Gertie "Girly" doily stamp; CTMH white embossing powder.

I used sketch 154 from Creative Scrappers, which happens to be designed by Nicole, also on the Scrapbook Circle design team.  It was just too perfect and I used it almost literally.

I'm slightly ashamed that it took me a couple of months to use the doily stamps that I couldn't wait to get my hands on and made a special trip to my LSS just to get it but they are sooo awesome!  I used white embossing powder to create the doilys and I inked over them wiping away the resisted ink.

Oh, want to hear something funny?  Well I wasn't laughing at first but now I am.  I was showing the layout to my hubby, like I always do.  He's so good about looking at them and pointing out something nice.  Well when I told him how I chiseled the tiny holes into the cardstock and how long it took because I wanted such tiny holes he said, "oh I could have drilled them for you in a matter of seconds with my drill press."  Gee, thanks honey.  I'll remember that though.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Redneck Spa, 1st Steps, Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop and a Re-Worked Layout

Well today is proving to be a big scrappy day here on my blog.  My apologies now for this super long post but there's so much news to share! Let's get this started...Welcome to Scrapbook Circle’s 5th Anniversary Blog Hop! We will be celebrating all month long with several giveaways each week from amazing sponsors, so be sure to check out our blog throughout the month. I'm talking some serious sponsors!

This month there is not only a regular May Kit, Grandma’s Attic, but there is also a special Anniversary Kit. Let me tell you, they are both AMAZING!  Current subscribers can get the Anniversary Kit, a full sized kit, for only $18 - a big discount as a thank you for your support. If you aren’t a current subscriber, but still want to pick up an Anniversary Kit, you're in luck. Just go to this page for purchasing info. But wait, if you start your subscription with our May Kit, that qualities you for the discount on the Anniversary Kit.

May Kit Sneak:                                   Anniversay Kit Sneak:

Check out a couple of the layouts I have made with the two kits and then make sure to hop along. Each member of the design team will be giving away a $10 Scrapbook Circle store credit. All you have to do is follow my blog and leave me a comment.  The hop will run May 1 - 3 so get your comments in by then to be eligible to win.

The layouts shown here are just a couple that I have already created with the new Scrapbook Circle kits.  I have so many more but I just can't show them to you yet so check back soon!

This next one was created for today's challenge over at The Studio. Amanda challenged us to create a 2-page layout with at least 3 photos. I had 13 photos, so I knew I should keep away from using too much pattern paper so I experimented with paint, misting ans stencils. It looks so much better in person than here. Why is that??? I really like each page separately but the jury's still out on it as a 2-pager.

I posted this next layout about a week ago and quite honestly I just wasn't happy with it. I pulled it back out of the album and did a little bit more work on it.  I added some more mist, some twine and some little doilys that are sort of football shaped to the side of the photo. I'm better with it now!

Those were all created with the new Scrapbook Circle kits and like I said before, I have several more to show you over the next couple of weeks.  I am saving them because they are my FAVES!

Make sure to follow my blog and leave me a comment for your chance to with the $10 Scrapbook Circle giveaway I am doing on my blog and then hop over to Diane's blog so you enter enter for her giveaway!

Jennie - Start the blog hop here
Heather {YOU ARE HERE}
Diane Your next stop!

Good luck! Thanks for hanging in here on this super long post. My posts are usually short and sweet!