But I love buttons.
No, really. I love buttons. Probably a little too much. (Confession: those pictured above are only the ones that made the cut. I had to weed out many that just weren't interesting enough.)
I think it dates back to when I used to visit my Granny and we would play this little game, "Odds or Evens?" She would drag out all of her old buttons -- VINTAGE buttons. Buttons she's had for more years than I've been alive. We'd take turns grabbing a few buttons in one hand and making the other guess if the number of buttons inside was an odd number or an even number. Not exactly Cranium, is it? But we got hours of enjoyment from that little game, and I probably got nearly as much enjoyment from studying each of the buttons and, once in a while, asking my grandmother where one particular button had come from. Most of the time, she didn't remember. But every so often, there was a story there.
Now when my daughters visit her house, they play with those same buttons. I've already staked my claim that she is never to throw those buttons away. Those are among the only possessions of hers that I absolutely MUST have someday.
But for now, I have my own little collection. It's more colorful than Granny's, but not nearly as interesting. Some will be used on pages. But mostly, they'll brighten my craft room and remind me of my childhood and Granny's house.
As for other sweet things, here are the Design Team projects I did for Imaginisce this month with their Sweet Cheri line. The reds and pinks and purples in this line were perfect for my older daughter who, coincidentally, only wears those colors. Go figure!
It also works well with those photos that are just, well, sweet! I used the i-Top to create matching brads out of the patterned papers, and I handstitched between them to create the "clock" effect.
I also altered a Bare Elements mailbox that I got on sale a few months ago. With these papers, it will make a great receptacle for Valentines that my girls get. And who knows...maybe I'll even get one myself (hint hint, hubby!).
I created i-Top brads to attach the flag and as a top closure, but I kind of like leaving it open a little to show the cute patterned paper trim on the inside.
There's so much more I'd love to do with this line, but I think I might save a few sheets of paper for Valentine's Day...it only seems fair.
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So when I opened my Guest Design Team kit from The Mosy Scrapper and found two packages full of embellishments from Gauche Alchemy, I felt a mixture of excitement and panic. Everything from beads and glitter to playing cards and poker chips..it was almost overwhelming to think what I could whip up that would spotlight that assortment of color and texture. But once I started playing with the stuff, it all fell into place.
I decided the little silver beads looked a lot like christmas ornaments, so I created this layout with last year's Christmas photos and the Creative Imaginations holiday line.
This letter "R" was actually an assignment from my boss to "personalize" the letter. I had covered it in the papers a while back, but couldn't decide what else it "needed." The Guache Alchemy kit was perfect. The poker chip was a great symbol of how lucky I feel; the "Admit One" ticket was a symbol of my need to be involved in a lot of things; and the domino symbolized my love of games and the importance of family (my grandfather played dominos almost every day of his adult life).
Small confession...I've been stalking the Clip It Up blog a bit lately. I've finally accepted that I need serious help in the organization department. My stash has grown considerably this year, and I'm completely out of room. To the point my husband actually suggested I take over our younger daughter's bedroom so I could have the space I needed. Yep, that's right...I'm getting a whole room of my own! Yippee!
And before you decide I'm a selfish mommy for taking away my kid's room, she is now sharing a room with her sister...a BIG room, and they are getting new furniture (bunk beds), so they will have a beautiful space of their own. They pretty much spend all their time together anyway, so they might as well sleep in the same room!
So I'm shopping for scraproom furniture and organizational products, and I'm in need of ideas! If you've posted a link to your scraproom somewhere, would you include a link in the comments section so I can take a look? I would love to see your ideas!
I'll even provide a RAK...a set of Pink Paislee patterned papers...to one lucky poster!
Either way, I'm full of Christmas spirit and I'm not letting anything take it out of me. We got the tree up yesterday and I thought it needed a couple more ornaments, so lookie what I made:
They're actually not that hard once you get the hang of it. However, they turned out much bigger than I thought they would. I think these would be beautiful with a bunch strung together in a garland along a mantle or banister, or three or four hanging from a chandelier. Instructions are here.
Now I'm off to shop for a new hard drive...not exactly the holiday gift I had in mind, but I guess there are worse things. Aren't there?
Fortunately, the wonderful folks at Imaginisce were looking out for me and sent me the i-Top Brad Maker (yippee!!) and the Polar Expressions collection to play with. After all, opening that box WAS a little bit like Christmas! And all the snowflakes and coffee mugs and polar bears inspired me to do some Christmas projects.
I used pop-dots on some circles I cut from the patterned paper. Then I used a white opaque pen to add the dots around the sentiment to mimic the design of the circles on the patterned paper.
Finally used my new Martha Stewart punch on the colorful (and glittery!) dotted paper that I just love. The snowflakes were a perfect compliment to my daughters' holiday outfits. The brad in the center of the poinsettia was my first attempt with the i-Top Brad Maker. It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and there are so many possibilities...I can't wait to play around with it a bit more.
I used waterproof Mod Podge to adhere patterned paper to this metal tin I found at Michael's.
It was the perfect size to fit three pouches of gourmet coffee mix, but hot chocolate and marshmallows would fit, too!
I discovered that the lid to the tin would make a perfect tray/coaster for a coffee cup! So I embellished it with a few rub-ons.
And that's what I've been up to for the past few days. Who needs Black Friday and Cyber Monday when you've got scrappy goodies to play with?
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On the bright side, my PTA silent auction is over (and it was a success), there's a good chance my job will slow down this week (mostly because no one is working this week) and I have nothing on the agenda for today, tonight or tomorrow morning, so maybe...just maybe...I can start getting caught up again.
Speaking of catching up, here are a couple of projects I finished but never posted. This first one was for a challenge at Scrap-Friendzy. It was a "Thanksgiving Menu" challenge, so I chose items from the menu, then I found out what the corresponding scrapbooking items were that I had to use. So my challenge recipe ended up being:
- corn fritters = eyelets or brads
- Ham = 2 photos
- green bean casserole = 3 different patterned paper with some green in it
- apple cider = ink
- cranberry sauce = journaling strips
It's quickly become one of my "sentimental favorites" because I know that I will look back on this layout someday and smile at how cute my daughter was with her first little crush. I also like the little border I created with the eyelets. I'm finally starting to see the value of my Crop-a-Dile!
Another challenge at Scrap-Friendzy was to create a card with the scraps from your last layout, so I created this card for my coworker, Sharisse, who celebrated her birthday this week.
The papers are by Sassafras Lass and Crate Paper, and the chipboard pieces on the layout are by Cosmo Cricket.
And now, I think it's time to try and straighten up my house...at least enough to find my clothes!
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How about a little pop of brightness on this dreary Monday morning? Here's a layout I did yesterday for one of the online crop challenges at Scrap-Friendzy. It was based on a sketch by Jana Eubank, and it turned out completely different than I thought it would...in a good way.
I used the Kenner Road kit from October (Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket and Crate Paper), plus a few things from my Jenni Bowlin "junque box."
These chipboard letters are from the BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses line. I'm lovin' the woodgrain look these days.
I hope your week is off to a better start than mine. Thanks for stopping by!
For my challenge, I created a set of holiday gift tags using punches.
I used a circle punch for the snowman, a square punch for the gift boxes, my beloved loopy border punch (by Martha Stewart) for the Christmas tree and the apron lace border punch (by Fiskars) for the "Frosty" tag.
All of the papers are from the Imaginisce Polar Expressions line, which I am giving away to one of my lucky commenters to my last post. Are you ready to find out who it will be?
Are you sure?
Ok...guess I should draw a name. Off to Random.org...
And it is...
Commenter #12 ... Heather Getson!
Heather, please email your address to me at robmab at yahoo dot com. I will get your prize pack out this week. Congrats!!!
Here's what you have to do...
And because I love a little friendly competition as much as the next girl, leave me a comment below telling me that you're a Facebook fan of Imaginisce and Glue Arts, and I'll enter you into a drawing for some yummy Imaginisce goodies from the Polar Expressions line.
The deadline for my giveaway is midnight (Central time) on Saturday, November 21. I'll draw a winner on Sunday!
Let the games begin!
Last night, I decided to tackle the weekly layout sketch at Paper Popsicles. It was kinda late when I started (probably 9:30 or so), and I got about halfway done and had to go to bed. Too bad, because I was on a bit of a roll and really didn't want to leave it unfinished, but my body was telling me otherwise. So I called it a night.
I finally got back to it this afternoon and it came together really quickly. It's simple, but that's kinda the way I've been scrapping lately. I'm into the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, scrapper!) methodology!
I really love the colors in these papers. They're by Scrap Within Reach, and they're nice and thick and double-sided...all the things I love in a patterned paper! Plus, the little ticket sticker was perfect for the theme of this layout.
The only downside of this layout is that it really got me craving a Fletcher Corny Dog. It's going to be a long wait until the fair returns next September!
Have a great Saturday!
Phew! It's been a loooooong 24 hours trying to keep this news to myself, but I can finally announce that I've been selected for the Imaginisce Design Team!!!!!
I absolutely love working with Imaginisce products, so this is one of those "dream gigs" I never really expected to get. Even more amazing are the other ladies on the team, some of whom I've been following via blogs and galleries because their work has been so inspiring.
And because I feel the need to share some Imaginisce love, here's the layout I submitted for the tryout.
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Check out the rest of the Design Team on the Imaginisce blog. And have a wonderful weekend!
And since, for me, cards are like potato chips -- I can never stop at just one -- I made this one, too. No squirrels here.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday!!
Maybe it's the romantic in me, but I just love hearing those stories. My story is a little different, but I'm proud of it. After all, it brought me to Adam and there's no happier ending than that. So of course, I created a layout.
I also experimented a little with Shimmerz on the Pink Paislee chipboard. I first painted it in acrylic paint, then alternated coats of Fire Engine Red and Choc-o-lot Shimmerz to give it a nice rich texture.
Sadly, I haven't had time to submit much since then, but seeing my work highlighted gives me new motivation to get back into submission mode. Maybe I'll even try for a print publication...someday!
But once in a while, inspiration comes from somewhere completely different. In this case, it was a combination of (a) a vintage find at my in-laws' house, (b) a special photo that I had tucked away for a while and (c) the weekly sketch challenge on the Paper Popsicles blog.
The vintage find has kind of a cool story. We were at my in-laws' house for dinner on Sunday, and my girls were making their usual mess of toys all over the living room. As I started to make an effort to straighten up the mess, I picked up this little strand of yellowed silk flowers. Immediately, I said "ooooh...these would be perfect on a layout!" So my mother-in-law said "Take them!" She then went on to explain that they had been on the wedding hat of my father-in-law's mother. I just thought they were so beautiful and perfect, I couldn't believe I had the luck to find them that way. And I knew they would be perfect for a photo that I had been meaning to scrap for a while.
The photo has a cool story, too. It's four generations of women in my family: my grandmother (who passed away last month), my mother and my aunt, myself and my two daughters. Somehow, we only have girls in this family. Personally, I think it's because we are all so strong and fiesty...those Y chromosomes never had a chance in this group!
So here's the layout...
It's a little different from my usual fun, bold style, but I like it. I hand-cut the flower and flourish shapes from My Mind's Eye paper, then used them as masks when I sprayed Glimmer Mist for the background.
Here's a close-up of those amazing vintage flowers...
I threw in some elements from a Jenni Bowlin Junque Box -- a book page and a button -- to complement the vintage feel of the flowers.
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As for the kit I *did* get to work with, well, it rocked! It's called Seasons of Color. Admittedly, we don't get a lot of "fall color" here in Texas. But when I put my not-so-fall-colored photos with these vibrant fall papers, it actually makes them seem a little more fall-ish. Take a look...
And here are the three cards I made with the kit:
The specialty papers in this kit are amazing: the scalloped circle and the lace acorn paper are from Little Yellow Bicycle, and the orange doilie paper is from BasicGrey. I'm pretty happy with myself for making ONE sheet of the BasicGrey paper last through two layouts and two cards...that has to be some sort of a record, doesn't it? (Well, at least for me it is.)
Photos of all the November kits and projects are in the Paper Popsicles Gallery. Check it out!
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Here's a fun little home decor project I did this weekend using the Polar Expressions line from Imaginisce. I just love that little polar bear feltie and, the moment I saw him, ideas started brewing in my head. Yes, that can sometimes be dangerous. But in this case, all turned out well and I ended up with a new piece of holiday decor.
I made the tree by cutting strips of the green paper (which conveniently has diagonal stripes all over it) and trimming the edges parallel to the diagonal in different lengths. I then stacked them on top of each other to form the tree. The lights and peppermint decorations are actually rub-0n borders that I cut up.
The presents were just cut with a square punch, then I trimmed a bit off the top to make them more rectangular. That's Imaginisce ribbon, and it's double-sided, so the same ribbon was used on both packages...just different sides.
I even made the fireplace out of Imaginisce papers. I liked the way the red words lined up to seem a little like bricks. Reminds me a little of the fireplace in the house where I grew up.
The sentiment, stockings and peppermint on top of the tree are all chipboard from the Imaginisce Polar Expressions line, too. Are you sensing a pattern here? :)
To finish off the project, I wanted something to spice up the somewhat boring frame I bought at Michael's, so I took more Imaginisce ribbon, trimmed it into pieces, ran it through my Xyron "X" and adhered it onto the frame to create a border.
Since the length of the ribbon that came in the package wasn't *quite* long enough to make it all the way around, I finished it off with little chipboard wreath, which I mounted onto the chipboard backing that came in the package of rub-ons. I really love manufacturers who include nice chipboard in their packaging...it's such a bonus!!
And now that I've gotten a jump on my holiday decor, I guess it's time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. Right after I get rid of all this Halloween candy.
You will need:
- A circle punch (I’m using a 1 ¼” circle punch)
- Scraps of paper (double-sided paper creates a neat effect; however, you can still do it with single-sided paper and your contrast color will be white)
- A button or brad for the center of the flower
I’m using the double-sided papers from the Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday line, both of which are still available in the Paper Popsicles store.
1. Punch 6 circles from your scraps of paper.
2. Take one of the circles and fold a small portion of one edge toward the center. Fold the same portion of the other side of the circle toward the center so that you have a petal shape like this.
3. Repeat with the other 5 circles, making sure that the shape of each petal is uniform with the others.
4. Begin adhering the circles onto a layout or piece of cardstock. Align the folded edges together to create a full circle of petals.
5. Finish with a button or brad in the center.
You can also make a stem from ric-rac, ribbon or paper and add some leaves. Perfect for a card, layout or home decor.