Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Traveling in style

With my Europe trip just three days away (oh my goodness, so much to do!), I am all about my packing list right now.  A few weeks ago I started shopping for a stylish passport cover online.  Of course, being the craft junkie that I am, I concluded that I could make a much more adorable cover than I could purchase! Well, with just over 72 hours until my departure, it is time to get working on it.  Here are some of the cute covers I found that I am using for inspiration:
My plan is to keep it fairly simple.  Just use cute fabrics and a great ribbon closure.  Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Font Friday-Barcodes

I am totally wishing that I had this font when I was creating the Baby Food Jar Favors for my last tv segment.  I love the idea of putting card sentiments into barcode format.  Such a fun, different idea.  I must admit, I am resisting the temptation to make barcodes for everything now!
Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/barcode-font.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Barcode Font” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Studio 5 Update

I have had a few questions about when my next Studio 5 segment will be airing.  Since I will be in Europe for the majority of the month, I am taking June off at the studio.  That means, I will be back in July with some fresh, new summer ideas to share with you.  I will be sure to post my segment date as soon as it is available.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Echo Park Joy

My unattended blog is only further evidence that my life has suddenly gotten crazy again!  I am excited for the day when I will finally find a happy medium in life.  I know I have done a lot of spotlighting lately, but these new products are so cute, I just have to point them out.  My cute friend Tiffani designed this great line for Echo Park and I just love it.
I think my favorite part of this line is that adorable truck.  I can totally see using it for a fun Father's day card.  Great job Tiff!  I can't wait to play with this line.

Splash is another one of Echo Park's newer collections that is so cute.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Graphic Embellishments

I love the look of vintage tags and pieces on just about any type of project.  It is so easy to find fun graphic images that can be printed right off the internet and cut out to become simple, inexpensive embellishments. One of my favorite places to go searching for free art is The Graphics Fairy. Try printing some of these for your next project:

*Printing Tip- You can right click on these images and save them to your computer.  After the images are saved, you can import them into the program of your choice and resize them for your project.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Font Friday- BagPack

I am not sure why, but I love this font.  I think it would be great for boy projects. It has a great distressed feel to it.  It's called Bagpack. Not sure why, but it works.

Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/bagpack.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Bagpack Font” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

I think I may be in heaven (or possibly, just OZ).
My first memory of Christmas is being 4 years old and opening a package that contained a glittery pair of RUBY RED SLIPPERS.  Not only did these shoes return me home at the click of the heels, but they also made me run faster and dance more beautifully. The first musical I ever saw was WICKED, further affirming my love for the classic tale (with a twist of course). So, you can understand why I was elated when I saw that Graphic 45 (one of my faves) was releasing a Wizard of Oz HALLOWEEN (my favorite holiday) line.  Wahoo!  I am seriously thrilled!  I can't wait to get my hands on this one.  Here is a sneak peek of some of the papers they will be releasing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Someday when I have walls of my own

First off, you have probably picked up on the incredible lack of posting this week...my apologies. The first week at my new job has been fabulous so far, but it is definitely an adjustment to get back to working full time.  Despite the 10 hours of each day that have suddenly vanished, I am loving all of the new things I am learning and it's going to be great!

Second, I wanted to share this unique idea that I saw online today. I am always dreaming about fun things that I want to do when I finally have a place of my own.  This idea makes changing up your decorating so easy.  Yes, that is chicken wire on the wall.  Crazy, huh?  I love it.
 You can check out more fabulous pictures as well as get the amazing instructions for creating this look in your own home at Under The Sycamore.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Summer Card Kit $15(FREE SHIPPING)

I happened to be in a card making mood today.  After I made several bright, summery cards, I thought it might be fun to offer them as a kit.

This kit comes with everything you need (cut to size of course) to make these 4 cheery greetings.  You will also get 4 envelopes along with your cards.  As always, you will get color pictures and instructions so that you can easily assemble your creations.

This complete kit is only $15 and it will ship directly to your doorstep for FREE! (US Only).  Kits are limited to the first 12 paid orders, so order now to be sure you get on the list.  Kits will start shipping Tuesday, May 17th.  Any orders placed after May 17th will ship out within 24 hours.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Extra Album Kits

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I know I had a few people looking for extra April Mini Album kits.  The classes are all finished up and I have 3 extra kits available.  I am happy to offer the kits with either Mother, Friend or love as the title.
If you haven't ever tried one of my kits you will be amazed at how easy they are to assemble.  All of the pieces in this album come completely pre cut and ready to assemble. All you have to do is add ink and glue!


Please select one
Kit Pickup/Workshop Location
Title


At this point I can either ship your kit or you can pick it up at Heartland Paper in Bountiful.


This kit includes:
10 background pages (front and back)
5 Chipboard PagesPre-cut mats, ruffles, flowers, leaves
RibbonRings-Holes are pre-punched so all you have to do is thread the rings on
1 pack of Emma's Shoppe Vintage buttons ($4.99 retail)
To complete this album you will need: Adhesive, brown distress ink (I used a cat's eye chestnut roan), glue dots, pop dots, paper piercer or cropadile (hole punch for ribbon on one page)
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Font Friday

I am always on the lookout for a great script font. It is especially tough to find good, casual script fonts. I love the upright swirly look of these letters.
Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/sachiko.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Sachiko Font” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Oh Happy Day! (forgive me my personal note)

I am feeling very blessed and grateful today!  After three long months of looking for a job, I am excited to say that I will be a working girl as of Monday!  Hooray!

Going from crazy, busy, stressed out to sitting around trying to fill my days was much more difficult than I imagined it would be. I have definitely gotten into the "unemployed blues" as of late so I am very excited to break free and feel more like myself again.

I want to remember the way I feel today.  So, I  turned to an empty page in my journal, got a stack of pretty pens, and started to write every word that came to my mind.  I didn't analyze or judge my thoughts, I just kept it positive.  It was a great way to reflect on all of the blessings and joys in my life.  It was a great exercise in the power of gratitude and positive thinking.  I hope to be able to go back and reread the words when I am having a rough day or feeling doubtful about myself.

Life is full of JOY, sometimes we just need to look a little harder for it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My 5 Favorites of May

I am loving all of the fresh new product that is beginning to hit the shelves of the local stores.  I thought I would highlight 5 of my favorite new collections. Can't wait to get my hands on these goodies and start to play!
Odds and Ends from Cosmo Cricket- I love the vintage child prints as well as the versatile basics.
Lime Twist by My Mind's Eye- This line has four different color collections.  I love this one that has the bright summer hues mixed in with the dark brown.  Delightful!
Out of Print by Basic Grey- How fabulous is the black mixed in with the pastels?  I love the use of newsprint mixed in with the other patterns.
It is exciting to start seeing travel lines again. It means summer is almost here.  I think the "Monopoly" touches in this collection are unique and fun.  With my Europe trip just 3 1/2 weeks away, I am definitely on the lookout for great travel lines to use.
Dots & Stripes from Echo Park. This is a fabulous basic line. Enough Said.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Love Note Board

It seems that everyone I talked to this Mother's Day said the same thing, "My mom is the worst to shop for!".  I always struggle with what to get my mom that will express my love for her and show her that I am thinking of her.  I have found that something handmade always seems to hit the spot.  This year, I made a love note board that included a special message from each of her children and grandchildren.   This is a project that can be done for moms, grandmas, dads or grandpas.

The base of this project is a 12X12 board that can be found in most craft stores.  You will usually find them with the clear pour-over lacquer.  They come in all different shapes and sizes, so choose the one that works best for your project.
I painted the board with acrylic paint.  After it dried, I rubbed my ink pad along the edges to give it a distressed feel.  I used Antique Linen Distress Ink for this project.

To decorate the board, I measured the squares and cut paper (to be folded in half)slightly smaller than the base. My base square was almost 4", so I cut my patterned paper to 3.75X7.5 and folded it in half.

I had each sibling write a memory or note to my mom on a piece of coordinating cardstock that was cut slightly smaller than the card.  I then mounted each note inside a card and attached the siblings picture to the front of the card.

I used ribbon and strips of patterned paper to decorate the front of the cards and to keep the cards shut.  The ribbons can be tied and untied to reveal the notes beneath.  Get creative with different ways to close your cards.  I decorated a cute little accordion circle and attached a title to the center of the square.
A few buttons and brads added the final touches to my project.  Since my mom is a big fan of blue, I created this entire project  using the Stella and Rose "Hattie" line.  

You can either display this project on an easel or hang it with a ribbon or picture hanger. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Happy Day and Contest Winners

What a happy day today is!  I am happy to have been able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine all day! I am also happy because it is National Scrapbook Day.  I hope you have all had a great opportunity to play with some pretty paper today.

In celebration of NSD, I am happy to announce the winners of the Fancy Pants giveaway. Thanks to all of those who voted.  The winners are:

Kristen who said "If I have to pick one it will be "Beach Babe"! It is that time of year-fun in the sun! I also love "it's the little things".
and Lacey who said "Because I'm getting ready for baby #4, I have to pick BABY MINE!"


I also want to give a special shout out to all of the amazing women who are or will be mothers.  I am so blessed to have a wonderful mother who has sacrificed so much to teach me and love me.  Mom's are amazing! Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Last Day to Enter for Fancy Pants Giveaway

Just a reminder that I will be giving away TWO FABULOUS PRIZE PACKS from FANCY PANTS DESIGNS tomorrow.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the entry posting or on my Facebook page voting for your favorite Fancy Pant's collection.

The prize packs are from the bright and cheery Beach Babe line (pictured above). Winners will get paper, stickers, buttons, chipboard and much more!

Font Friday

With Mother's Day coming up in just two short days (I really need to hop on my gift projects), I thought I would select a particularly motherly font.  I think this font has a great handwritten look to it. It would be great on cards. Ooh, I just had a thought... I bet it would sketch beautifully on the Silhouette!
Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/my-moms-font.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “My Mom's Fontl” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs



Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sketching for Mother's Day

I finally got a chance to sit down and get to work on my Mother's Day cards.  I have been dying to try some sketching with my Silhouette and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity.  I recently got a whole collection of 40 beautiful gel pens from Cri-Kit. I almost felt like a kid in a candy shop as I opened up the boxes and started to play! I love the mix of pastel, glitter, metallic and bright colors that are available.  It was so great to be able to match the ink color perfectly with my patterned paper.
Here are the steps for creating a card like the one I made:
1. Design the entire card in your Silhouette software. I like to size out my whole card before I start cutting.  Once the pieces are all laid out, I separate each piece and cut it individually.
2. Cut all of the pieces that don't need to be sketched.
3. Choose your pen and set up your machine for sketching. The Cri-Kit system is super easy to assemble.  All you have to do is drop the desired pen into the holder.  Remove the blade and pop in the sketch holder with pen.
4. To sketch, layout the entire piece that you will be sketching and cutting.  Select the Cut Style button (it looks like a little pair of scissors cutting a line). Turn off all of the cutting by selecting all of the objects and clicking on "No Cut". Then select the first images you want to sketch and select "Cut". Then select the cut button and continue as you normally would.

5. Continue to sketch additional colors as desired by selecting the no cut and cut buttons.  Do not remove your mat from the silhouette during this process.  As long as your mat stays in place, your objects will be sketched or cut in the correct position.
6. Once you are done sketching, remove the sketching pen and put the blade back in. Select the outer edge that you want to cut and cut as normal. Remember, do not remove the mat before cutting.
I used the glitter blue pen for the wording...gotta love the sparkle and glitz!
8.Once all of the pieces are sketched and cut, assemble the card as normal.  

I loved playing at this new, fun way to use my Silhouette.  It gives such a unique look.  For more information about the Cri-Kit pens, visit their site.  So, what is my next sketching project? I am definitely going to be trying some of the pastel pens on dark paper.  Ooh La La!



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The perfect cookie box


I love cookies!  My current cookie vice has been the chocolate covered macaroon from Kneaders (I blame it for the fact that my pants are not fitting these days).

Another one of my favorites is from a little bakery in Bountiful called Parsons (in Colonial Square for the locals).  This particular delight is created by sandwiching raspberry filling between two butter cookies and topping it with a buttery glaze!

Even better than eating these yummy treats myself is sharing them with my friends and neighbors.  Today I am delivering a raspberry filled cookie to my cute friend that has had a rough week.  Rather than dropping it off in a paper bag, I whipped up a quick and easy scor-pal box.  This box was a breeze to create, and here is the best part: I custom fit it to my cookie.  Check out this simple tutorial for making your own custom cookie box:

This tutorial will create a 3 1/2" square box.  You can easily change the dimensions of this box by adding width, height, or depth to the overall dimensions.

1. Cut paper to 5 1/2X10 inches (you can add inches either way to make your box bigger)
2. Scor paper lengthwise at 1" and 4 1/2" (if you made your box larger- just scor at 1" and one inch from the opposite edge)

3. Turn the paper horizontally and scor at 1", 4 1/2", 5 1/2", and 9" (if you made your box larger-still scor at 1" and one inch from the opposite side, then center two more scors one inch apart)
4. Fold paper along all scors.

5. Cut one side of each corner to create a flap.
6. Adhere flaps to create a box with attached lid.

7. Before putting the cookie in, I added a strip of parchment paper to fit the box.

8. To decorate this box, I added a bit of ink and a 1" band (wrapped around box and adhered).  I also made a quick little matching note by cutting apart the Fancy Pants "Its The Little Things" cards paper.

How simple is that? This box is also great for giving jewelry gifts.