Wednesday, November 30, 2011

gobble, gobble gratitude

I am slowly but surely working on my gratitude journal and tonight I decided to make a little turkey tag to stick somewhere in my journal. I came up with the idea based on the current challenge at There's still plenty of time to play along so hop over and check it out.

And want to remind you of a couple of more opportunities to play:
*Docerela Creations is hosting  a challenge to create a 3D Christmas themed project for a chance to win the super cute Home for the Holidays stamp set!

*My Studio Calico giveaway is still open at SOC E:spire.
 All you have to do to enter is link up  a new or recently created Autumn project by December 5th!!!! Hurry, go link up!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Docerela Creations Blog Hop and Black Friday Sale!!!

Docerela Creations is hosting another challenge!

Today's challenge is to create a 3-D project with a Christmas theme!
Just in time for the Holidays!

Supplies: Stamps: Docerela Creations -Home for Christmas; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Jenni Bowlin; Chipboard: Crate Paper; Tags: Elle's Studio, Studio Calico; Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Ink, Embossing Powder: American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin, Recollections, Tsukineko; SnowTex; Frame: Target

I made this little frame/shadow box for the challenge. The Home for the Holidays stamp set is so perfect for creating a little Christmas scene such as this one! To make this snowy scene I started with a simple little frame that I picked up on clearance at Target dollar isle for about 33cents (and it was a 3 pack)! Love sales! 

Instead of using the front of the frame I used the back to create a little shadow box. To add dimension and layers I cut a piece of patterned paper for the background, spritzed it with Mister Huey. The saying "days till Christmas" is adheared to the patterned paper and then the layer of plastic is placed over to create the dry erase surface for writing the countdown numbers.

Next, I used my favorite seasonal texture maker- SnowTex to create the snow! I fussy cut the brown tree from a piece of patterned paper and placed it in the snow. To add another layer I hot glued the little chipboard snowman to the lip of the frame. And his little banner is made from a q-tip that I cut in half and from an Elle's Studio banner that I cut in half and stamped.

The chipboard tree is attached to the lip of the frame as well. I cut an oval piece of chipboard and hot glued it to the underside of the frame beneath the tree. Then covered it in SnowTex. I had my co-worker help me to make these tiny little boxes (because I'm to impatient to fold those little things -LOL!) and then stamped one of them - can you believe how perfectly the sentiment fits on the little gift box? LoveIt! And I used the other half of the banner q-tip to make a little 'no peeking' sign to place by the presents! Oh, and the top banner was created by stamping and embossing the sentiment directly onto the ribbon. A few little details here and there and little Christmas snow scene is easily created!

I hope you will pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and join in our challenge over at Docerela Creations! And be entered to win a set of her stamps!

**Black Friday Alert** 

Today only the Home for Christmas set can be yours for only $10.00!
Whoot Whoot! Imagine this set in your Christmas stocking!! 
Check out all the details at Docerela Creations!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you create for the challenge!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SYC Challenge #59

My first project as a Scrap Your Crap DT member is up on the SYC blog (actually it went up yesterday) and there is of course a great challenge that you can get in on....Go check it out! Here is my contribution for Challenge #59 which is to use at least 3 different mists/color sprays.  I created the cover for my November gratitude journal using several different mists!
Ok, now go on over to SYC to see all the awesome projects the other DT ladies created! You are sure to be inspired by them! And be sure to Scrap Your Crap and link up your take on the challenge too! Can't wait to see what you all create!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's Challenge Time!

Today is such an exciting day, it is the first day I am creating a project for Docerela Creations! 
We are having our first challenge today with the new Design Team! I hope you will pop on over and visit the design team and join in our challenge over at Docerela Creations! And be entered to win a set of her stamps!

Today's challenge is to create a Fall colors/theme/Thanksgiving using Cricut Cut or real leaves!

For this fun challenge I decided to make a wall hanging to give to my mom for Thanksgiving. 

I Mod Podged real leaves from my yard. The Mix and Match stamp set is perfect for this because the "Happy Thanksgiving" stamp is the exact sentiment I needed!

The "To/From" is great because I just stamped it right onto a tag and added it to my work. Another thing I love about the Mix and Match stamp set is that it is truly mixable and matchable because I stamped words from two different phrases to create the "for my Mother's" love and if flows perfectly! I love the versatility of this set! The sentiments and words that are included can be used in so many combinations.

Supplies: Real leaves coated with Mod Podge; Stamps: Docerela Stamps Mix and Match II- You are in my Thoughts; Ink, Embossing Powder: American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin, Tim Holtz; Patterned Paper, Stickers: Crate Paper; Chipboard: Crate Paper, Maya Road; Flower: Maya Road; Ribbon: May Arts; Die Cut: Sizzix; Wood Base: My Monster Creations

Docerela Stamps Mix and Match II - You are in my Thoughts

Come check out The Design Team for some great inspiration:

Nitasha (you are here!)
Tracie (Guest Designer) 

Thank you so much for stopping by. If you're hopping in order then next you should go see what cuteness Tracie has cooked up for you and don't forget to play along with the challenge! I can't wait to see what you create!

More Cards...

So, as I mentioned the other day I'm on a card making mission and in search of great card sketches. Well, last night I found a great site called Card Patterns and I used the current sketch #140 to make these cards. I used primarily October Afternoon 5 & Dime. And a Hero Arts typewriter stamp that I have hoarded for months! I love it and will be using it quite often now that I've taken it out of the package! Ok, well I'm off to make my self imposed quota of two more cards for the day!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to stop by the Scraps of Color E:spire blog to enter my Studio Calico giveaway!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cards, cards, cards....

So this weekend I'd planned on having a card making extravaganza!!!! Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic (but that's just me), but I really do need to pump out a ton of cards for soldiers and for the elderly, so what's the easiest way to get my card making mojo flowing....

Yes, a little trip to Hobby Lobby....

Followed by some card sketches!!!!
I found a great sketch at CPS-Card Sketches for their sketch challenge this week and used it to make an all occasion card. I love that sketches make things so much faster! Anyway I used Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 to make this little card! Well, my card making "party" will continue throughout the week and weekend because as always life gets in the way of my crafty time, so I didn't even make a dent in the amount of cards that I need to crank out!
Oh and I found Another great sketch at Twisted Sketches today!!!! Go check it out! I created a little card just minutes ago using my neglected stash of DCWV (Generation Tech Stack)! I remember the days when I was addicted to buying stacks! wow! Ok, so anyway, here's the little card I created and the twist was to use buttons, so I used buttons as a knob on the radio and as a record on the player...

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful week!
***Oh and don't forget about the Studio Calico giveway I'm hosting on SOC E:spire. Be sure to hop on over there to enter***

Sunday, November 6, 2011

SOC E: spire and Giveaway!!!

Hello! Happy Sunday! I just wanted to let you know that today was my day to post on the Scraps of Color E:spire blog and I'm hosting a giveaway of this yummy Studio Calico Grab Bag over there, so go check it out to find out how easy it is to get your name in the box to win all these SC goodies!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I {heart} happy meals...

Yep, it's true I love me a good little cheeseburger happy meal especially when the toy is something that I a reminder of the 80s...Smurfs!!! Yep, I think I ate a happy meal at least twice a week in the summer when the toy was a Smurf figurine! Heeehee....And even worse, before that when the toy was a Hello Kitty watch I even stooped so low as to make my co-workers eat Happy Meals for lunch on some days and "strongly suggested" that they give me the watch if it was one that I did not have yet! Ha! Yep, I'm bratty like that, but anyway I made this 'ode to Happy Meals' layout just for fun and to relax a bit tonight. I'm so proud of myself because I used the little fry box within 3 days of getting it as opposed to my usual habit of saving little bits and pieces of things that I 'plan' to use eventually. : )

I used the current sketch posted at  Sketchy Thursdays. This one is going into my album of fav sketches because it's so easy to pull together and I want to try it with pennants, too. This is also a layout for the current challenge (18) at Scrapbook Circle, which is to stitch on a layout. Every since I've seen the Amy Tan tags where she stitched on a tag I have wanted to give it a try, so...I did because I was prompted by the challenge! It's obviously my first attempt, but I'm happy with it and in case you can't read it...the stitched word is 'meal'. I will definitely try this technique again, soon! I used bits and pieces from the Scrapbook Circle April kit - Hello Sunshine and also pieces of a Studio Calico grab bag from last month. Well, this is going to be a fantastically busy, scrappy month so I'm off to get a little sleep! Thanks so much for stopping by!