Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Gift Bags

Hi there!

I spent a little time in my craft room tonight, whipping up these  Easter treat bags for my boys....



The eggs are free from here, the bunnies are from Silhouette and are currently on sale, the grass (which is not perfect but it works) and tags I made myself.

These were super fun and easy to put together, and a nice change from brightly coloured baskets (especially for my big boys!).

Thanks for visiting and happy Easter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Joy Ride - Boys Rule Tutorial - My MInd's Eye

Hi there!

I have a new layout on the Boys Rule blog today.  I created this layout to share the 'how to's with the Boys Rule followers!

Start by cutting the car paper (or one of your choice) down to a 7 x 7 square, then mat it with a coordinating piece of cardstock, measuring 7 1/ x 7 1/8.

Then cut the diagonal striped paper down to 3 x 12, create a fish tail at the right hand edge and then trim this piece down to 10 inches long.  also, mat this piece with a coordinating piece of cardstock, measuring 1/8 inch large than the original piece.

Adhere the matted car paper approximately where I have, then pierce 2 semi circles above and below the car paper, as shown, and stitch with the brown and white twine, into every other hole.

Now add your fish tail diagonal striped paper, and your matted photo.

Adhere the blue car sticker to your page, adding alpha stickers onto it.

Mat the circular sticker onto cardstock and punch out a mat with a 1.5 inch circle punch.  Add this along with a small wood circle element (coloured red) and a few star stickers, to the upper corner of the layout.

From the small chevron patterned paper, cut out one width of chevron and then cut this into 2 arrow shapes (as shown) one measure 2.75 inches and the other 3.25 inches.  Stitch these two onto your layout, placing the shorter of the two ant the top of the page.

Punch out the 'Joy Ride' sentiment from the car on the 'tag' paper.  Mat it onto cardstock and punch it out with a 1.75 inch punch.  Adhere it to your layout and ad the 'go' sticker and some stars.  Add glossy accents to the stars for fun.

And that's it, you have a completed page!

Thanks for visiting!
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Amazing Kid - Boys Rule - My MInd's Eye

Hi there!

There is a new challenge up over on the Boys Rule blog today!  We are challenging you to use a multi font title on your project.  This can be achieved in many ways, so get creative and show us your great titles!

 Here is mine.....

Love this Boy Crazy Line from MME.... just perfect for everyday photos, too!
I used the digi stamp, sent out to all the club members, my Silhouette and the alpha stickers from the kit to create my title.
 It has great sticker elements.
And fun journaling cards!

Thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to pop on over to the Boys Rule blog
and link up your multi font title project!

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Loads of Fun - Aud Sentiments

Hi there,

There is  a fun new challenge up on the Aud Sentiments clog today!  We are challenging you to create a card with a sentiment for a child.  We have 2 sponsors this time around!  Both Carly's Cuties and Doodle Pantry are offering up a prize!

The DT got to play with one of their sweet images, too!   They are super cute, so I know you will want to play along for your chance to win.  Have a look at what I created.....

Being the mom of all boys, I couldn't resist this sweet boyish image from  Doodle Pantry!

Now it's your turn. This challenge will run until Tuesday, April 9th.  Why don't you hop on over to the Aud Sentiments site to see what the rest of the team has created, and play along for your change to win a prize!

Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gift Bag Topper - Tutorial Wednesday

Hi there!

I have a fun and easy little tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today and  you know how much I like to share them here too!  Today we are going to gussy up a plain gift bag.

Isn't it cute?
 First you are going to start with a piece of decorative paper, that measures  1 inch wider and longer than the opening of your gift bag.  Score at the 1 inch mark along all 4 sides.

 Now snip into one side at each corner, just to where your score lines meet.

Now we need to create a space for the handles to go through, so measure how far your handles are from the edge of the bag.

 Now starting at your score line, use a ruler and craft knife to create a slot for your handles to fit into.  You will start at the measurement you previously determined.  Your slit should be about 1/8th inch thick.

 Now fold over and adhere your corners together.

 Cut and punch two pieces of coordinating paper, that measure 1 and 1/4 inches (after punching) by the length plus the width of the bag. Score so that they will bend into the corner of your box top.

 Fit your lid onto your bag!

 Go ahead and glam it up as you like.  I created this tag to add using bits and pieces from my leftover die cuts bin.

 Thanks for visiting!
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Princess Birthday - Whimsie Doodles

Hi there!

I have a card up on the Whimsie Doodles blog today.  I played with this little Princess, knowing she would make a great birthday card for one of the sweet little girls in my world.

This is my first time trying to colour gathers in a skirt, I didn't quite get it right, but I am pretty pleased for a first attempt.  I couldn't resist giving her pearly earrings, and her crown is coloured with a gold Spica, although it is a little hard to tell in this picture.

You can find this cutie and more great digis in the Whimsie Doodles Store!
Also don't forget to pop into the Whimsie Doodles blog daily to see what the rest of the DT is creating!
Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Challenge Time - Boys Rule - My MInd's Eye

Hi there!

There is a new challenge happening over on the Boys Rule blog starting today and this month it was my turn to choose the challenge!  I thought it would be fun to challenge everyone to use a multi font title on their layouts, this is what I created.....

I took full advantage of this challenge, using this month's Boy's Rule digi stamp, the kit alphas and my Silhouette to create my title!  I also added some doodling with both pen and marker to my title to give it extra oomph.
 This journaling card was perfect for my layout, this photo is a self portrait my son took of himself!  The journaling reads " 'Mom, this is a self portrait!'  I hope he sees what I see when I look at it."
Love the chevron arrow stickers, they are so fun in the many patterns.

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to pop on over to the Boys Rule blog to see what Laura-Lee and the rest of the DT are up to!

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Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am heading off to a weekend scrappy retreat, but before I go I wanted to share a new sketch I have up on the ScrapMuch? blog today, and you know I love to share it here, too!

I hope you pop over and play along!

Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stitch & Me - CWS V2 - American Crafts

Hi there!

Just popping in to share a layout I created at a recent ScrapMuch? crop ....

I used a new sketch from Creating with Sketches Volume 2,  I cannot share the sketch here, but you really should grab a copy of this book it is so amazingly inspiring!

I was in the mood to create something vibrant and tropical.  Not that this is really a tropical layout, but Stitch is pretty bright and he does live in Hawaii now! lol  So I hauled out some of my AC Margarita scraps and set to work. 
 My trademark - loads of layers, coupled with the bright colours and little embellies here and there give this layout some pop.

Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Handmade Gift Bag Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

 I have a tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog and, you  know if you  pop in here regularly that I like to share them here, too!

Today I am going to share with you how to make your own little gift bag, for those times when you do not have just the right one on hand.

First of all, this works better with thinner papers as opposed to really heavyweight card stock.
 I have started with a piece of paper measuring 9" x 12".   Working along the 12" length, score at 3" and 8.5", and fold each side toward the centre.  This will give you an overlap seam where you can add the adhesive. 
Also score at 1.5" along the entire width of the paper.  This will create a bottom for your bag.
 Folding your paper towards the centre at the 2 score points, adhere your back seam together.

 Working at the bottom of your bag, open up the end and fold the sides inward, as shown.  
 Now fold the bottom flap up so that it overlaps the gap in the middle.

 Fold the top flap down so that it overlaps the bottom flap, close the gap using adhesive.
 Next up, I punched along the top of the bag, this is optional, but pretty.
 Take two scraps of cardstock measuring about 1/4" shorter than the width of your bag.  Punch holes at either end.

Thread ribbon through the holes to become the handles of your gift bag.  Secure the ribbon, and adhere the cardstock strips inside your bag.

Add gift and you are done!

Thanks for visiting!
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