Friday, September 28, 2012

Halloween Mini Album

Happy Friday y'all! Hope everyone is ready for the weekend, I know I am! To kick off my weekend, I've decided to update my blog a little and add this Halloween project I completed this week. This was the first chipboard mini album I have ever completed, and I think it turned out really well (if I do say so myself!). I think what I like best about it is the papers...the paper is from an 8.5x11 stack called Trick or Treat by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby). The paper patterns are so bright & fun, and they coordinate beautifully! I started with a blank chipboard mini from Michael's from the $1.50 bin and after working some crafty magic, here's the finished product:

Above is the cover. The Happy Halloween title was cut using the Cricut Lite cartridge Celebrate With Flourish (and I cannot remember what size I cut it at...sorry!). I handmade the rosettes using my MS Score Board. I inked the edges of each with black ink and added black bling and a pumpkin brad as the centers. The green chipboard flourishes came from Joann's dollar bin. They are glittered, but that didn't really show up well in the pic. On the binder ring I tied a variety of Halloween colored ribbons. And when you open the book up:

Pages 2 and 3 have mats for photos and have been embellished with dimensional stickers, purple bling, and some ribbon. Turn the page:

Pages 4 and 5 also have photo mats, decorative candy embellishments, chipboard components, and orange bling. Next pages:

Page 6 has mats for 2 wallet size photos. Page 7 may just be my favorite! I used Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More to cut 2 tag pockets and filled each pocket with 3 assorted tags also from TBBM (again, I can't remember the sizes...I should start writing this stuff down!). I stamped 2 of the tags to journal on, and the remaining 4 tags can be used for additional photo mats, more journaling, mounting keepsakes to, or any other thing you can think of! The left pocket has rhinestone spider and his web (very sparkly in person!) and I added the cutest little googly eye owl embellishment to the right pocket. And the back cover:

I love this pumpkin paper! I just so happen to have one pumpkin dimensional sticker left, so I added it to the back with some orange bling on each side.

Now all that's left to do is take lots of pictures of my daughter (aka Tinkerbell!) at Halloween and fill this album full of memories!

I'm entering this project in Hiding In My Craft Room's challenge #64 - Halloween!. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another altered frame...

I have really enjoyed learning to make these frames. They are so inexpensive to make and the options to customize them really are endless. They make great gifts, and with Christmas around the corner, I think I need to be making some more of these for family and friends! Here's my most recent frame project:

The picture really does not do this paper justice - bad lighting+camera on phone=not great picture! The colors are so vibrant in person. The paper is from a Melody Ross stack that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby - I love a bargain! I painted the edges & back of the frame a bright yellow to bring out that pop of yellow in the paper. I Mod Podged the paper to the frame and added some paper flowers (that I found in the dollar bin at Michael's) to the bottom corner to add a finishing touch.

Birthday Card!

I made this quick birthday card for my daughter's friend's birthday. I realized the morning of the party I forgot a card so I had to make one pretty fast. To be so rushed, I think it turned out well! Here's the finished card:

I used a brown card base, and all the rest of the papers were scraps! I love it when I am able to find uses for all those little pieces of paper! I cut the cupcake and its layers using the Birthday Bash cartridge - page 58 <Cupcake> at 3.5 inches. I cut the happy birthday sentiment also on the Birthday Bash cartridge - Page 69 <phrase-s> at 2.25 inches. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss a strip of pink paper with the swiss dots folder and added ribbon for a little extra something. After I attached the striped paper and the embossed strip, I attached the cupcake with some pop dots so it really stands out from the card! I also made a mat for the sentiment and attached that with pop dots. I used stickles to add sparkle to the sprinkles and the sentiment.

I think the birthday girl really liked her handmade card! I hope you all like it too!

VBS Follow Up Cards

After another long break from blogging, I'm back! I've still been crafting, but have not had time to post any of the projects I've made until now. Busy, busy, busy!

Our church had Vacation Bible School over the summer and our theme was Amazing Wonders Aviation. We had 6 fun filled nights learning about God's amazing power. All the kids had a blast! There were lots of kids that participated in our VBS that did not regularly attend church, so I was asked to make 80 follow up cards that went with our theme to invite the children and their families back to our church. I kept it pretty simple since I had to make so many. Here's what I came up with:

I used the Cricut Lite cartridge B is For Boy to cut the airplane. Each plane was cut at 3.25 inches, in assorted colors (all with a blue base though), and the coordinating layers were added.  I purchased two boxes of assorted color card bases with envelopes from Hobby Lobby for this project....that saved a ton of time since I didn't have to cut cards/envelopes with the Cricut! I used my paper trimmer to cut 12x12 pieces of cloud paper into fourths and applied to my card base. Attached the plane on top of that and sketched some doodle lines to make the plane look like it is flying. I used my printer to print out the 80 "Thanks for coming to VBS!" sentiments, and attached one in the bottom corner of each card. The inside of the card had our church meeting times and a space for each VBS teacher to write a note to their student.

Have a great day!