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26 posts from October 2010

October 29, 2010

Friday Fun - October Afternoon

Since we're into the last days of October, today I have some lovely layouts and creative cards featuring October Afternoon. Enjoy!

First up is a layout by Christy: P9040188

A card by Samantha: Blank Note

A layout by Amy: P9190126

A card by Christy: Christy OA Butterfly

And finally a 2-page layout by Samantha: My Brother 2 pages
Don't forget to check out the on-line Design Team Blog here.  They've shared some amazing work this month!

October 28, 2010

Paper with Texture

Snow Fun Well, in honor of seeing snow for the first time this season, I thought I'd show you all this layout. It uses a great new line out from Pebbles Inc called New Arrival. It comes in 2 versions, a girlier pink and brown and a more boyish blue and brown. What makes this line stand out from the rest is that it has some serious texture to it. Depending on the paper, the lines or the polka dots are embossed. You won't want to miss out on these fun papers!

Paper: Pebbles New Arrival
Accessories: American Crafts Thickers (Giggles)
Tools: We Are R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Bazzill In Stitch’z template, EK Success Edger Punch Bracket

October 27, 2010

Did you know it's almost Halloween?

Okay, I'm sure you know it's almost Halloween, but in the spirit of all things delightful and frightful, I thought I'd share a few great lines for scrapping your costumed fun.

Up first is the sweet and not so spooky Matilda from Cosmo Cricket: Matildarsc755lg To add some Dimension to your page check out the badges and stickers from KI Memories Wicked:KIWickedSofties  If you're a stamper, you'll love this bootiful set from Hero Arts: HAHappyHalloween And finally you don't want to miss out on Doodlebug's Halloween. Their papers are perfect, and I can't help but love the matching rhinestones and trims too! 38aab799d26a682e6c3518e286abeb1e.image.550x550

October 26, 2010

In Store - Monster Stew

It's almost Halloween! This year I'll be heading out with a Buzz Lightyear and a little Green Alien (can you tell Toy Story is popular at our house?). Instead of showing you my Halloween layout for this year, I thought I'd share a fun way to use leftover Halloween paper. Monster of a Mess Jillibean Soup's Monster Stew is a bright, fun, not so scary Halloween line. I, however, have little monsters running around my house all the time, not just at Halloween. With that in mind, instead of scrapping a Halloween photo, I scrapped a photo of my youngest eating cake on his 1st Birthday. This monster paper was perfect to capture his Monster of a Mess. If you make anything not Halloween from your Halloween paper scraps I'd love to see it. Link it up in the comments and share your creativity with us!

Supply List:

Paper: Jillibean Soup Monster Stew (Pointy Teeth, 2 Tbsp Slime)
Accessories: Tim Holtz Basic Swirls Grungeboard, Ribbon by the Yard, Pink Paislee Artisan Tape (teal), American Craft Thickers, Basic Grey Micro Mono Stickers (Green at Heart), Martha Stewart Edge Punch Loop
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint)Paint: Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber (Sunshine Yellow, Purple Twilight, Pearl)       




October 25, 2010

Monday Manufacturer Highlight - Woodware USA

Get Well Today's card was made by Lisa. When I found out Woodware USA was going to be on of October's Featured Manufacturers, I immediately thought of this card. That little pill bottle from Woodware's Take it EZ set is adorable. I am in awe of Lisa's ability to color with Copics, and even though I can't color quite that well, I know I could make some really great cards with that image. And, just in case your wondering, that beautiful paper is Pink Paislee 365 Degrees paper.

Remember, this is you last week to get 25% off of Woodware's Great stamps and all things Studio Calico!

October 22, 2010

Friday Fun - Die-namics

Today I want to show you a fun product from My Favorite Things called Die-namics. P9040173 AWDML carries 14 different Die-namics dies. Lisa used the Jumbo Ric Rac die to create the card above. She cut both paper and fabric with the die for this pretty layered look.  Boquet There's a rolled flower die so you can create roses like the ones pictured above.

Finally, here are 2 more dies that I don't have yet, but I'm sure I'll be picking up very soon on one of my many trips to AWDML!64e8f48edd1afadd1250790ddb6de61e.image.175x160

You can find all 14 dies from Die-namics in the store by clicking here. Wishing you a very crafty weekend!

October 21, 2010

Stunning Memories

Blog Photos3 Last Friday I sung the praises of My Mind's Eye's Alphabet Soup. It appears I jumped the gun, because when I went into AWDML Saturday I found this lovely mini album created by Christy.

There are a few things about this mini that make it so stunning. First, it is simple yet gorgeous. There are a lot of layered papers and chipboard, a few brads, and a bit of twine.

Second, Did you catch that there is 1 girl twin and 1 boy twin? Christy seamlessly combined MME's Alphabet Soup Girl and Alphabet Soup Boy to create this special gift.

Finally, When I create a mini album, I usually stick to all color or all black and white photos. I love that there are a mix of both in this album. Christy's definitely inspired me to mix photos next time!

October 20, 2010

Did you know doilies?

Did you know doilies are one of the biggest trends in paper crafting right now? I love the way a small doily can make a big statement.Check out these cards by Christy. Mixing Fancy Pants' Tradition with a few doilies give these cards a simply elegant feel.  Blog Photos4

But traditional doilies aren't the only way this trend in popping up, you can find them in rubber from Maya Road: MRStampDoilieSheet

In Chipboard from American Crafts: ACChipIDo In Stickers from EK Success' Jolee's Botique: EKJolee'sWedding
And even ribbon from Basic Grey: BG Doilie Ribbon No matter how you use them, you'll be right on trend!

October 19, 2010

In Store - Seaside

Mmm smores I love Seaside by October Afternoon. I know we're in to fall now, but I just love the patterns, colors, and feel of this line. It's not only great for those beach vacation pictures, but as you can see in Samantha's layout, it's perfect for trips to the lake too. I bet it would even be fantastic for camping photos.

Products Used:

Paper: October Afternoon Seaside (Swim Trunks, Seashells, Sailboat)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker Faded Jeans
Accessories: Basic Grey Olivia Mono Micro Stickers, Basic Grey Buttons, Fancy Pants Rough & Tough Buttons, Ribbon By the Yard
Tools: EK Success Edger Punch Bracket, Fiskars Upper Crest  Punch,Fiskars Apron Lace Punch, Ranger Mini Mister, Xyron 1 ½” Adhesive

October 18, 2010

B&M Newsletter has been sent!

I just hit the "SEND" button on the newsletter tonight for the Brick & Mortar store.  We've got 2 classes this week: Cricut Design Studio and A Year of Cards with Basic Grey.  Plus a workshop scheduled on Saturday night.

If you missed it, you can click HERE to see the archive.