Monday, August 23, 2010

Sketch Challenge with Crate Paper

Crate Paper had a simple, very versatile sketch featured for August, so I decided to play along. I had a few pieces of their "Paper Doll" line left and some of the chipboard shapes, and it all worked well with these sweet pics of Hannah. I inked most of the edges and added a stitched border. On a side note, Hannah does not like the sound of the sewing machine for some reason and cried the whole time - I kept saying, "One more side!" until I finished. I hope you enjoy the results more than she did!


It's almost time to start up FaithKeeping! I have so many projects in mind, it's hard to decide what to do next. For our session on Saturday, September 11, we will be making this wonderful little album created with recycled toilet paper rolls. YES - I said TOILET PAPER rolls! Our focus for faith building will be the fruits of the spirit. This little album will help us look into what scripture has to say about living by the fruits of the spirit. You'll fill your little book with tags that include scripture and prayers. Here are some pictures of my completed samples. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

This FaithKeeping session is open to anyone who wants to join us at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Harrison Road. If you'd like more details, just leave me a comment and I will get right back to you!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Basic Grey "Oliver" Papers and Tips

I was able to pick up a few papers from Basic Grey’s “Oliver” line. I also chose a pack of coordinating die cuts. I don’t know about you, but my crafting budget is often limited, so I like to get the most out of my supplies. With my 3 sheets of beautiful paper and 1 pack of embellishments, I created an awesome layout and 6 cards. The “Oliver” line is a bit boyish, but I thought they went very well with this photo of my daughter.
I used several of the coordinating die cuts on this layout. Some of the die cuts featured pictures of trains and I didn’t think I would ever use them, so I decided to alter them. This is how you get more out of your supplies! I used a heart punch and punched hearts from the die cuts I didn’t think I would use, then inked the edges a bit and created a border around my photo. The result is a unique element and now I don’t have a bunch of unused die cuts sitting in a box. I like layering the embellishments, too. On this layout I tied 3 of the tags together and wrote some journaling on 2 of them. The dandelion cut is from my "Lyrical Letters" Cricut cartridge. You can't tell by looking on the layout, but I cut a large square in the blue background paper so I could use it on a couple of other projects. I knew the red would cover it up and it's a great way to save a little paper. Here are the 6 cards I made using the paper scraps and tags left after I completed the layout. The only other supplies I used were white cardstock for the card base, and a few rub-ons and brads.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pink Paislee Papers

Had lots of fun at Scrapdoodles yesterday picking out some awesome papers to play with! Pink Paislee is a relatively new company and I picked up papers from 2 different lines. “Queen Bee” is beautiful patterns of golds, greens, and browns. When I saw the scalloped circle sheet – I knew I had to use it. This line is perfect for your outdoor photos. I used them to create this layout of Hannah walking in our yard earlier this spring. The small photos were cut using a square punch. I also used my Cricut on this layout to cut out the letters for the title (Opposites Attract Cartridge).

I also chose Pink Paislee’s “Bayberry Cottage” line - a couple of papers and a pack of die cut tags and embellishments. I really like the dark pattern paired with bright purples, greens, and blues. I was recently introduced to a wonderful song about marriage called "Walking in the Minefields" by Andrew Peterson and I used some of the lyrics to create a little album devoted to our favorite married couples – or those who have inspired us. Again, one package of coordinating die cut embellishments went a long way on this project and added simple, yet elegant touches. I love making these little albums - would you believe it's just one sheet of 12x12 paper plus embellishements? It's super easy.