Thursday, September 22, 2016

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge--Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving

Happy Thursday! It's time for another week of C.R.A.F.T. Challenges and this week the theme is Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving...basically, all things Fall! As is my customary style, I like my card creations to be quick, easy, and cute. This week, I grabbed the paper pads from the Dollar Spot at Target and combined them with a few older puffy stickers and a beautiful Thickers alphabet (both cheap from Tuesday Morning) to create this fun look that is so simple to create. I cut 1 1/4 each squares from several different sheets of the 6x6 paper pads and then added black pen lining around the edges. The center of each box got a letter in my title to spell out "Give Thanks." I added a few puffy stickers and that was it!



Cute...easy....quick....just the way I like my card creations to be! I can't wait to see what amazing project you share for the challenge this week. Make sure to link it up over on the C.R.A.F.T. blog so that we can check it out! Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge--Christmas

Happy Thursday!! Welcome back for another week of C.R.A.F.T. challenges. This week, we have been challenged to create a Christmas project. The new winter product lines are just being released and for many December Daily plans are underway so this is great timing to start thinking winter and Christmas. As is my typical style, I like to create simple cards that have an impact but don't take a lot of time or supplies. Here is my card design for this week....




This was a super quick and easy look to create using only scraps. I used a hexagon punch to create three ornaments and inked the edges with black ink. I then stuck them to my card using dimensional adhesive. I added some forest green hand-stitching for the strings as well as three adorable Maggie Holmes ribbon bows that I picked up super cheap at Tuesday Morning. Last step...add a phrase with glitter foam Thickers and some inking around the edges. Quick, easy, and adorable...my favorite type of card!

I hope that you feel inspired to create a Christmas project this week! Whether you choose to create something quick and easy or something detailed and complex, I hope that you will share your creations with us over on the C.R.A.F.T. blog! Make sure to check out what the rest of the amazing design team has created while you are there! Happy Crafting!!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Use Your Stuff Challenge--Mood Board

Happy Monday! The Use Your Stuff Challenge Board is back from summer vacation and in full swing with new challenges. This week, we are being challenged to create with the mood board pictured below.


At first, this color combination gave me a little of a struggle but once I got in the groove, it came together pretty easily and ended up being a fun layout. I have created a process video to go with it to show you just how easy it is to create a unique and fun look with a cut file, some texture paste, and some pretty patterned papers! Please make sure to check out my process video over on my You Tube channel....


I hope that you enjoyed this layout and that you will play along with this week's mood board challenge. Don't forget to click over to You Tube to watch the process video that goes along with this layout! Also, make sure to visit the UYS blog to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the design team ladies and to show us your product using this mood board. Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge--Easel Card

Happy Thursday!!  Today it is time for another C.R.A.F.T. Challenge and this week we were challenged to create an easel card. Now, being primarily a scrapbooker, I had never created an easel card before so I even had to google the directions on how to cut and fold the paper correctly to make it work! Sad but true...

I had recently picked up an adorable new pack of die cut ephemera pieces from my local scrapbook store called Odds and Ends: Flea Market that was created by Doodlebug Designs. Let me just say, it is beyond adorable! The colors are perfect for fall and the aqua is just the most perfect shade. It even came with 78 pieces so I have plenty more to create with....so cute!

Here is the card that I came up with this week. I used foam adhesive squares to pop up several elements including the word "Fall" which holds the card open. I even got to throw one of my favorite felties from the SpiegelMom Scraps store in the cloud at the top...you definitely wanna check out some of those! Make sure to use the code Khristina15 to get a discount on your order if you need some sequin mixes, cork shapes, or felt shapes too!


I really hope that you enjoyed seeing my very first easel card! It was a lot easier to create than I thought and I think it is just adorable. I can't wait to send it off to a good friend. I really hope that you feel inspired to create this week and I challenge you to try something new that you have never created before--maybe even an easel card for this challenge! Make sure to head over to the C.R.A.F.T. blog to see what the rest of the design team has created and to link us up to your project so that we can show you some love and support too. Happy Crafting!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SpiegelMom Scraps Wacky Wednesday Process Video: One Wild Ride

Welcome back to another Wacky Wednesday with SpiegelMom Scraps! This week, I am taking on Felicia's September challenge over on our 15 Minutes to Scrap with SpiegelMom Scraps Facebook Group. Her challenge for the month is to create a layout that (1) uses a combination of new and old products and (2) uses one new photo and one old photo. This was a really fun challenge and gave me a chance to play with some of my brand new Dear Lizzy Saturday collection. I have a process video that coordinates with this layout and you can find that by clicking here. My channel is really growing and there are lots of new and exciting things coming later this month so make sure to subscribe while you are over there so that you don't miss a thing! 

 

I loved being able to incorporate the acrylic "Wild" piece from one of my Ali Edwards Story Kits as well as several elements from the new Dear Lizzy Saturday collection. I added just a few sequins from the SpiegelMom Scraps store in place of enamel dots in my embellishment clusters. That is one of my favorite uses for sequins because it is subtle but adds a little extra pop! This set is the "A Mermaid's Tale" mix and can be found in the SpiegelMom Scraps online store. If you need some new fun embellishments and mixed media supplies, make sure to use the code Khristina15 to get a discount on your purchase. 




I hope that you enjoyed this layout and I can't wait to see what you create for Felicia's September Challenge. Make sure to link us to your project over in the Facebook group in order to be entered to win a fun prize this month! As always, Happy Crafting!! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Stick It Down--September Sketch Challenge

Welcome back to another month of sketch challenges over at Stick It Down. This month, the single page design team is working with the sketch below. I really enjoyed working with this one and I know that you will too!


This sketch was a lot of fun and let me incorporate a lot of different elements including a cut file, modeling paste, mists, and several different layers of patterned paper and embellishments. You can see the project that I created below as well as a few close-up images as well.
















I hope that you enjoyed this project and are inspired to create a project of your own based upon this month's Stick It Down sketch. Please make sure to head on over to the Stick It Down blog to check out what the other design team members created this month and to link us up to a project that you create with this sketch! Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

For the Love of Homemade Kits: September Kit Reveal


Happy Sunday! I am so excited to be participating again this month in the For the Love of Homemade Kits Series with Hannah Lemieux, Megan Paulos Blethen, and Felicia Young over on You Tube for another round of creating. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, this series uses a recipe of items to create a kit from our stash that is based around an inspiration piece. Then, each of us spends four weeks creating layouts and process videos from the ingredients in our kits. The idea is to start digging in our stash and use a combination of both new and old products to create some amazing layouts. Each week, you will be able to see a process video and layout from each of us on our You Tube channels using our individual kits. YAY! Click here to check out my kit share for week one of the For the Love of Homemade Kits Series: September.  The first process video will be posted on Tuesday, September 6th so you don't even have to wait a whole week this time! 



For this round, we decided to include quite a few different things and even decided to start in a different place with our inspiration piece. Rather than choosing a patterned paper as our inspiration piece, we decided to start with an ephemera pack and build our kits from there. We chose to work with Amy Tangerine's Finders Keepers ephemera pack and created a recipe this month that is very much Amy Tangerine style. 



The paper portion of this recipe includes:
1. a geometric
2. a texture
3. a stripe
4. a bold Amy Tan style print
5. a freebie pattern
6. two 6x6 pieces of patterned paper

Now, for my choices....




1. Geometric: Pink Fresh Studio Happy Things: Ombre' Mosaic
2. Texture:  Dear Lizzy Documentary: Wonder
3. Stripe: Pink Fresh Studio Happy Things: Doodle Borders/Bowties
4. Bold: Amy Tan Finders Keepers: Quest
5. Freebie: Fancy Pants Millie & June: So Pretty 
6. I chose to include the Better Together 6x6 paper pad (partially used)  

The embellishment portion of this recipe includes:
1. Hand-lettering/Brush Script
2. watercolors
3. stamps
4. embroidery thread or baker's twine
5. wood veneer
6. Puffy stickers
7. Embellishment/Ephemera pack (Inspiration Piece)
8. One freebie
9. 3x4 cards 
10. Enamel Dots
11. 2 alphabets


Here are my choices....


   

1. Hand-lettering/Brush Script: various pens and markers
2. Watercolors: I have a cheap set from Michael's and the Tim Holtz watercolor crayons
3. Stamps: Studio Calico--Adventure
                   Ali Edwards--Wild Story Stamp Set  
4. Embroidery thread or baker's twine:
5. Wood Veneer: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Shine wood veneer package
6. Puffy Stickers:  Dear Lizzy Saturday mini puffy stickers
7. Ephemera Pack (Inspiration Piece): Amy Tangerine Kinders Keepers ephemera pack
8. Freebie: Amy Tan Finders Keepers Washi Book
9. 3x4 cards: Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Project Life Kit 
10.Enamel Dots: Echo Park Summer Party
                            My Mind's Eye: Hooray!
11.Alphabets: Amy Tan Kal Barteski--Black Foam Thickers
                       Amy Tan Thick and Thin Foam Thickers--White 
12. Embroidery thread or baker's twine: white embroidery thread 

Here is my complete kit....

        

As you can see, I followed the recipe pretty closely this month but I included a bit more paper as it seems I need a little more selection as I include so much layering in my layouts. I am also giving myself the freedom and permission to add some mixed media elements like mists and texture paste if needed in order to complete the looks or use the elements that I chose. I hope that you will use this recipe to put together your own kit and I would love to see what you create if you are playing along with us. Make sure to stop by and check out my You Tube video showing my kit and then head on over to see the kits that Hannah, Felicia, and Megan put together as well. It is going to be a very fun month! Happy Crafting!!