Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Level I Goes Happy Forever at July's Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you've been wanting to hop with hedgehogs you are in the right place. "Happy Forever" is a fun stamp set with 4 happy critters, 3 sayings, 1 butterfly and 1 heart. These happy little critters can help you celebrate every season, holiday and occasion that you might have. Don't miss your chance to get this set. If you have come from Susan's blog you are on the right track.
For my project I used the Level I paper pack from Zippidee to make some fun for kids. My first item is a quiet book for those kids who are waiting somewhere and they need to be shhhhh....quiet. I used two of the preprinted 12 X 12 sheets and cut them in half. Then I folded those in have to make a 6 page book with a front and back cover. I also used the letters that come in the Level I kit for all the titles.


Front Cover

Back Cover














Page 1 has balloons with magnets on the back that can be removed and matched to the right color. Page 2 has flowers that can be buttoned and unbuttoned from the page.













Page 3 has 2 bows that be tied and untied on the kite. Page 4 wants you to learn how to count to ten by counting the butterflies.













Page 5 has 3 shapes in the pocket with magnets on the back. They can be put on each shape. Page 6 has 2 pockets, one with a coloring pad and one with crayons. The coloring pad has pages of all the critters for some fun coloring.



After making this little book, I wanted to use the rest of the Level I to make a card coloring kit.
I used the remaining preprinted pages, cardstock, and BTP papers to make some cards that need coloring. I used a 9 X 9 page protector to make a holder for the cards.

Insert coloring cards/envelopes and crayons in the card holder.


Inside card holder with cards, envelopes and crayons.

Cards from Originals: A Heartfelt Classic, On Your Left, Lucky Three, and Greeting Pouch. These cards are made with the cardstock and BTP left over from the book.

These cards are the same designs and made with the preprinted sheets and BTP left over from the book.

Hope you are having fun with our Happy Forever critters this month. Now it's time to hop over to Traci's blog to visit with her happy critters.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Heart 2 Heart goes Patriotic

For my patriotic project I made my monthly July calendar. Each month I make a calendar for my wall which is hanging from My Creations Artboard. The numbers are adhered with removable adhesive so I can reposition them for next year. You can view my January-April calendars HERE and the May/June workshop HERE.

All Supplies CTMH:

Paper: Stardust
Cardstock: Cranberry, Moonstruck, Colonial White, Garden Green
Ink:Cranberry, Moonstruck, Garden Green
Stamps: Happy Holidays, In the month of July
Embellishments: buttons, ribbon, twill
Other: My Creation Artboard
Be sure to visit Heart2Heart blog for more patriotic inspiration.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Monthly Calendar Workshop

Make your monthly calendar. All numbers are adhered with removable adhesive so they can be changed each year. These calendar pages can hang on the wall on your My Creations Art Board(while supplies last) or they can go in your yearly album. If you missed the first workshop and you want the January-April calendars you can order the kits.

Date: Saturday July 10 Time: 10:00 AM Cost: $5.00/page



Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday's Scrapbooking Adventure

In an attempt to catch up on my scrapbooking I going to try to play along with Helen's weekly scrapbook challenges. This week's challenge is from Reflections: "Title Topper:Pieced Together" and "Front and Center: Mosaic." Helen's challenge was a masculine layout to celebrate Father's Day. However, our Father's Day Weekend was celebrated at the theater as Ashley performed for the Inland Dance Theater.

Ashley's first Pas de Dix with partner Anthony Jackson
I had to get creative with the title pieces since there wasn't any suitable BTP

Ashely and Anthony Hand in hand and Side by side
If you would like to play along just check Helen's blog on Sundays to see the new challenge.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Color Challenge at Heart2Heart

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is a color challenge. For me the colors were not as much of a challenge as was my choice of what to post on the H2H blog. The colors Buttercup, Tulip, and Black are fun colors to work with. However, I did agree with Carol that some green would have been a great compliment to this challenge. So this is my post for the H2H challenge staying true to the three colors. But if you want to see more with some green go here.

This card is fast and easy to create. Just ink the image with black, color the center of the flowers with buttercup and water brush the flowers with tulip(it turns shades of redish pink) and water brush the leaves with black(green if you want). Cut 2 ovals and adhere to the center of the top of the card. Punch a decorative border, add some color at the bottom and a ribbon and you're done.
Most supplies are CTMH:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black
Ink: Tulip, Buttercup, Black
Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Tools: Water brush, border punch(MS), sanding block
Embellishment: ribbon

Be sure to visit the Heart 2 Heart blog for more color inspiration!

Inspiration from Heart 2 Heart

This week's Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge inspired me to get going on my coasters that have been sitting in the to do pile. I have had these coasters for awhile and couldn't decide how to color them until now. The color inspiration came from H2H and the coloring technique is reverse masking. See tutorial for Reverse Masking Here







Reverse Masking Tutorial

This weeks Heart 2 Heart color challenge gave me the color inspiration for this project. The colors are Tulip, Buttercup, and Black. I added Garden Green for my green leaves.














Stamp image on glossy card stock. To make mask cut out image to be colored.











Stamp image on cardstock. Place mask over image and color in desired area.












Place mask over stamped image and highlight on one side.

Finished project

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Photos to Scrap

Lately, organizing my photos for scrap booking has become an issue. With the new age of digital photography there are just too many photos to choose from. Thanks to CTMH and the new Recipe/Photo Box(Z1322) I now have a handle on the situation. Only the best photos go in the box. Now I will need to organize the inside for easy picking. Insides to come later, I'm just glad to have a place to put my photos.

Note: When I first saw this new product from CTMH it was easy to decide if I should use it for my photos or for my recipes. Since I don't like to cook and most of the recipes I do cook are in my head I really didn't need a recipe box. So, photo box it is!
I also have been wanting to try those gorgeous roses that everyone is making. This seemed like a good place to plant one. Try one for yourself (Directions here). They are pretty easy to make.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Scraps R Us at Heart 2 Heart




For my Heart 2 Heart challenge this week I wanted to use Jeanette's Rich and Regal colors from Color Me Monday. I pulled out my chocolate scraps from Twitterpated and Topstitch, my Creme Brulee scraps from Veranda and Bella, my only Autumn Terracotta from Boom-Di-Ada and the Brown Bag scraps from Passages.

















Now in our house the man we will celebrate on Father's Day will be my husband, dad to our daughter Carrie, grandpa to Ashley and gramps to Zach. This year I made this 4 pocket card. We each have a tag to write him a special massage and insert into one of the pockets.


Front of four pocket card



Back of four pocket card

Four tags to write a special massage and insert into one of the pockets.
All supplies are CTMH:
Paper: Twitterpated, Topstitch. Bella, Veranda, Passages (Scraps)Cardstock:Creme Brulee, Chocolate, Autumn Terracota, Brown Bag, Colonial White. Ink: Creme Brulee, Chocolate, Autumn Terracotta, Brown Bag. Stamps: Comments, Noted Background. Embellishments: Pewter Mini Medley, Basic Buttons, Autumn Harvest Brads, Marks

Be sure to visit the Heart 2 Heart blog to get all the cool ideas for using scraps.
Tutorial for the 4 pocket card can be found here.

4 Pocket Card Tutorial

This inspiration for this project came from this U Tube Video. Here are my directions:

Cut a piece of BTP 9 X 8 3/4. Score the 9" length at 4 1/8 and 8 1/4.

Fold on score lines and adhere the edge together at the 1/2" fold line.

Score your 9" tube at 4 inches. Fold like a card leaving the openings on the left. Punch a 1/2 circle with a 2" punch on both openings. These are pockets 1 and 2.


Cut another BTP 3 X 11 3/4. Score at 3/4, 3 3/4, and 7 3/4.


Cut from same BTP as above 3 X 4 1/4. Attach this piece at the 1/2" fold to the end of the piece above. Be sure to attach it on the end of the 4" section.

You should now have a piece that is 3 X 16. Fold on the fold lines in a zigzag forming a "W." This will be the inside pockets 3 and 4 that will hold two tags.



Attach your pocket insert 1/2" from the fold on the inside of your card.


Cut a piece of BTP 3 3/4 square and attach to the front pocket of your card. Punch the 1/2 circle to match the first one.

Cut another 3 3/4 square BTP and adhere inside the front pocket and to the front of the back pocket. Punch the 1/2 circle to match the other one. Cut a 3 3/4 X 2 BTP. Adhere to the inside of the back pocket.

Cut a 3 3/4 X 4 3/4 BTP and attach to the back.

Make your 4 tags and insert in the pockets.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

All Seasons, All Reasons for Gift Card Giving














OMG I'm so addicted to the "Happy Holidays" stamp set. Since I really don't like shopping I just send my husband to the store for a gift card. While he is gone I can make this cute gift card holder. He gets home with the card, card is inserted into the pocket and we're off to the special occasion. This week it was 6th grade graduation and a baby shower.

Directions for the gift card holder can be found HERE. Make all your celebrations easy with this versitle stamp set. Cards and Scrapbook pages to come.