Thursday, September 30, 2010

"The happiest people...."

Hello All!

I don't have a crafty post today .... and since I haven't posted for awhile I decided to find a quote to share with you :)

"The happiest people in the world are those
who have a hard time recalling their worries ...
and an easy time remembering their blessings."
~ Alin Austin

Sunday, September 26, 2010

inside the fall mini

I tried out the Z-fold album from Laura Denison from Following the Paper Trail for this project and bound it with my Bind-It-All. Here's the link on how to make this mini >>>

I took a LOT of pictures of the fall mini but I'm only going to post some of them ... don't wanna overload you too badly. :D

This is inside the front cover ...

A full view of the inside pages ... with the flaps closed ...

and with the flaps open ...

a close up ...

one of the inserts ... I used a gold-flecked ivory cardstock for these w/ paper tape from K & Co ...

these are the other inserts ... I used some Tim Holtz stamps and Distress Stickles on the smaller tag ... the backs are covered with patterned paper

patterned papers: Reminisce (Shades of Autumn) and Deja Views
ribbons: Offray, Sheer Creations, misc
bling: $1 bin at Michaels
leaves: Michaels floral dept. (large) and unknown (small)
Stickles: Golden Rod (leaves) and Distress Vintage Photo (small tags)
cardstock stickers: Pebbles, Inc
ink: Stampabilities
adhesives: Glue Glider Pro and Tombow
cardstock: unknown
tags: unknown
envelopes: OfficeMax

Saturday, September 25, 2010

fall mini for silent auction

This is the front of the fall mini I made for a silent auction that my sister-in-law is holding to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

.... and a close up ...

A huge chunk of the paper I used on this mini is from Reminisce's Shades of Autumn line. The glittered chipboard stickers on the front are from Pink Paislee and the leaves are from Michaels' floral department which I added gold Stickles too for a little texture.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kusudama Flower Ball

I received this beautiful Kusudama Flower Ball from my friend, Tammy, for the GIBBS 4 swap on the Cricut Messageboard. I'm not sure what brand of paper Tammy used, but I do know that she used double-sided cardstock. When I asked her she said that a regular weight patterned paper would probably be easier to work with.

So, I tried it out for myself.

I used My Mind's Eye papers and the overall size is a bit smaller than the one Tammy made for me. I used Zip Dry Paper Glue to adhere my pieces together as well as the Sugar & Spice ribbon from Michaels.

Here's the link that Tammy shared with me:

Try it out!!! I've already started the next one ~~~

Friday, September 10, 2010

GIBBS 4 paint can

This is the paint can that I sent Tammy's goodies in. This is the first paint can I have ever decorated so I went safe and easy.

The paper is by K & Company and I found it at Michaels in their travel section sold as individual sheets and the paint can is one of the clear ones from Michaels as well. The trim was bought from Michaels also in the $1 special value ribbon bins and I adhered it using Zip Dry Glue. I took the washer off the plastic tag and attached it to the handle with a Tim Holtz swivel clasp.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Vintage Mini Album

Rosie received her album today and now I get to share full pictures with you. :)

The bulk of the patterned paper and all of the die cuts I used are from Tim Coffey's Blossomwood line by K & Company. The base pieces are from two different chipboard books that I bought from the Michaels $1 bins last fall.

I used a Tim Holtz D ring to bind it with charms by Lost & Found. The metal/epoxy frame under the bird is from Making Memories.

LEFT: I cut a border strip down to use as a tucking spot for the tags. I added some of the glittered epoxy stickers for a little extra.

RIGHT: I used double-sided paper from We R Memory Keepers for Rosie to journal on. The accent on the top left is a magnetic bookmark called a "foldover" from The Remnants Collection by Nostalgiques Collection/EK Success that I added a little butterfly to. The flower on the bottom right is cut out, inked and pop-dotted.

LEFT: The "foldover" from the previous page that has another butterfly attached. I used the "notebook" paper from We R Memory Keepers ... a picture on one side and journaling on the other.

RIGHT: I used some lace trim from Spare Parts by Paper Studio to create a frame around the mat.

LEFT: I accordian folded a piece of the "notebook" paper for pictures on one side and journaling on the other. It tucks under the "foldover" and popped flower.

RIGHT: The paper slips right out for access to the picture and journaling.

LEFT: I layered some glittered epoxy stickers and die cuts alongside the mat.

RIGHT: I tied some lace trim from Spare Parts by Paper Studio to the side for the little book to tuck into and added the little butterfly brads (I don't know what company these are from).

LEFT: The trim is from the other side with another metal/epoxy frame from Making Memories.

RIGHT: I tied more lace trim from Spare Parts by Paper Studio and added some word stick pins from Craft Essentials by Joann Fabrics. I added a Tim Holtz swivel clasp to the tags and D ring so they wouldn't get lost.

LEFT: The mini book is a meander book that I thought was too chunky. I decided to cut it into two mini books.

RIGHT: See ... can't lose the tags. LOL

LEFT: The trim is from the other side and I tucked another word stick pin from Craft Essentials by Joann Fabrics into it.

RIGHT: I pop-dotted the top part of the robin so that it had a little added dimension.

LEFT: I layered the die cut flowers right along the mat and pop-dotted the little bees.

RIGHT: This metal/ribbon accent is one of the newer embellishments from Making Memories. When I saw it at Michaels I knew it had to have a place in Rosie's mini.

LEFT: This is the other part of the meander book that I cut apart.

RIGHT: I folded a piece of the "notebook" paper in half and tucked it under the embellishment making more room for pictures and journaling.

Monday, September 6, 2010

vintage mini album part 2

Here are some more sneak peeks of the vintage mini album I made for Rosie, my partner for the Vintage/Distressed Mini Album swap on the Messageboard.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

GIBBS 4 mini album #2

This is the other mini album I showed a sneak peek of for Tammy, my GIBBS 4 partner on the messageboard.

I found the tutorial for this envelope flip book on YouTube >>>>>>

I used 6" x 9" catalog envelopes for the base for this mini because I wanted Tammy to have more room to put her pictures and journaling. You can use any size envelope for this project ... that's what initially drew my eye to this tutorial.

The cardstock is from Bazzill and the patterned papers & embellishment pieces are from Bo-Bunny Press's Splendor line. The ribbon on the front is from Offray and the bling is from the $1 bin at Michaels.

I shared the YouTube video with my son and he made one right away. He thinks it's pretty cool .... I do too! Make one for yourself or a loved one soon ... they're pretty easy and quick.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

GIBBS 4 mini album

Here are the pictures of the mini album I showed a sneak peek of a month ago. Tammy, my partner for this swap on the messageboard, finally received it so now I can share the whole kit & kaboodle with you.

The papers and embellishment pieces are all from Little Yellow Bicycle's Vita Bella line. The flowers on the front are by Prima w/ skittle accents and the ribbons are from miscellaneous companies w/ the beaded tassel from Hobby Lobby. I highlighted a lot of pieces using my Sakura Stardust pen.
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