Showing posts with label Creative Charms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creative Charms. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!

Drum roll please......


Congrats Kelly!

I wanted to also say THANKS to all of you that followed me! I'm greatly appreciative to have gained some new friends.

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Have you seen the latest on artist journals from Fancy Pants and EK Success? They're both very cool, but also very pricey. The EK Success one even has a cool pen attached. It's a pen and a glue stick... very clever.

However, like I said, it's very pricy. I really can't see plopping down 20 bucks for basically a blank journal with a pen, no matter how cool.

Soooo, I decided to make my very own smash book. It was pretty easy, and I didn't need to buy a thing. I used all materials that I had on hand. I even sewed a ribbon to the back page to hold a pen. I did purchase some 8 1/2 x 11 craft paper, but I can use that for cards and layouts.

Here's a tutorial video, 1 of 2, that I made on how I put together my smash book.

In the video there is a link to download some pages that I created for use in my smash book. You are more than welcome to use any or all of the pages. It's a pdf and you can simply print them out on your printer. The size is 8 1/2 by 11.

The finished size of my smash book is 6x9,  and the inside pages are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. I borrowed a friends Cinch to bind it. If you don't have access to a Cinch or Bind-It-All, you can either use rings or go to a local print shop and see if they can bind it together for you.

I'm editing part 2. The problem with editing is, I can't do it on my computer, so I need to use my husbands... it's hard to get on his because he's always using it for work!

I hope to have part 2 up by end of week.

Hope you enjoy part 1, have a great day!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Blog Hop - Creative Charms

Happy Friday!!

I can't think of a better way to start your weekend than with a fun blog hop, complete with a great prize at the end. All of the details are on the Creative Charms Blog - HERE! Start there, so you can win the main prize.

***the secret word for my blog for the grand prize is CREATIVE***

I'll also offer up a little goody prize. Just leave a comment and I'll put your name in for the goodies! Lot's of Creative Charms yumminess.

>>but wait, there's more!<<
If you follow me, I will add your name in for another chance, so you'll have 2 chances!!

I did 2 projects with Creative Charms products. Both are cards Just Saying Hello.
Just Saying Hello 1

And a closeup:
Just ... cu1

On this I used Creative Charms Vintage Velvet Poppies in black, layered with these delicate Black Sheer Flowers with beads.

Just sayin 2

And a close up...
Just sayin 2 cu

This card is pretty simple, but I jazzed it up with my favorite Creative Charms Gradient Sticker Gems to make the birdie look like he's tweetin'!

Here is the blog hop list:
  1. • Kristal –
    • Amber –
    • Sandra –
    • Jan –
    • Laura –
    • Diane –
    • Jennifer H –
    • Michelle –
    • Lisa –
    • Chris(that's me!) –
    • Jamie –
    • Amy –
    • Jennifer Y –
    • Trudy –
    • Ellen –
    • Joscie –
    • Ilene –
    • Midori –
Have fun, and if you missed anyone, don't forget to start at the top with Kristal.
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Go get your hop on!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day 2011

Top o' the evening to you!

Where has this glorious day gone? It’s a sunny 61° here... I love it! Ahhh, spring. My tulips are starting to pop up. I see buds on my weeping cherry tree.

I scrapped a lot this past weekend, but here is one that I did for a challenge on Two Peas in a Bucket... funny thing is, I did it, then forgot to post it in the challenge. Oh well.

The challenge was to use a quote in your layout. The quote I used came from my daughter, Emma. She was wise at the ripe age of 4, saying such things as (when overhearing us grown-ups talking about drunk driving) "You shouldn't drink and drive, you might spill your juice."

That was a good one, but the one I used on the layout ranks right up there... once, when she tooted while we were in the car, we looked back at her and asked her if she tooted. She matter-of-factly, "No, there's a dinosaur in my bum."

I think Matt might have driven off the road, just a little bit, we were laughing so hard!

Here's the layout, it's not technically that great or anything, but I'm trying to get memories down on paper, and not stress about what embellishments I'm using.


I used one of my Slice design cards to cut out this 4" dinosaur, then I decorated it up with these felt paisley things and some Creative Charm gradient gems...


Some more of the felt

I finished off the package... it kind of felt good. (now I can get new stuff!) Actually, I haven't bought any new paper since November... can you believe it?? I have a lot.

I do buy embellishments, tho. And, my newest craze is Shimmer Spritz in glitter. Oh my, I've been spraying it on EVERYTHING!

Here is a card I did using ugly paper. On a scrapbook board I frequent, we had an ugly paper swap. I spritzed the card with the mist, it's so sparkly. It's hard to tell from the photos:

See the shimmer:

I made these "flowers" with the ugly paper, I just punched some circles, then folded the paper and alternated the 2 patterns:


There you go, 2 projects. I wanted to spread them out and post a few times this week, but I was busy. Gotta work, so I can buy scraps! ;)

Hope you have a crafty day!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vintage Bingo Cards

Remember when I re-decorated my foyer? Well, if you look in the photos in that post below, I have a wicker charger plate on the top shelf on the right. It looked really plain.

I decided it needed something. So, I made these vintagey "lucky home" bingo cards:
lucky home

Here are a couple of close ups... these are really super quick and easy to make. I used some Ranger distress ink in walnut applied with a makeup sponge (or you could use Tim Holtz' fancy applicator tool) on the Jenni Bowlin bingo cards along the edges to make it look old, then I just added a few embellishments, and 20 minutes later, you have a fun home decor item to put on your shelf.

lucky card

This one has a bonafide vintage button and stick pin that I got at the fleatique last summer:
Prima flower, Jenni Bowlin ticket and Creative Charms gradient gems.

On the "home" card, I used a Jenni Bowlin milk bottle cap and vintage button, jazzed up with a Creative Charms gradient gem.
Home Card

Making Memories bird clip, vintage lace.


Fun, easy crafty decor project. I think it really added to the space and the wicker charger plate really makes the bingo cards pop.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have a crafty day!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zoom Zoom

Technically, I did this layout last week, but I kept adding things to it. (I'm still on track for 2 layouts a week!!) The last thing was the key. I cut it out yesterday on the Silhouette then stickled it with silver stickles. It's so shiny!!

Zoom Zoom 1

And a few close ups:
Zoom Zoom 3

The very shiny key! The use of elastic around the zoom zoom. The rubberband/elastic was part of my challenge for an online crop we're doing.

Zoom Zoom 4

A homemade flower, made out of fabric from an old shirt. I ripped it, twisted it and made the flower and the leaves. Then I sprayed it with TA Glimmer Mists. The beads are earring beads.

Zoom Zoom 2

And here is the cutest little car from Creative Charms! I added 2 Creative Charms Clear Gradient Gems for the headlights.

By the way, if you sign up to follow Creative Charms blog, there is a prize involved. Check it out.

I have another layout up my sleeve. I tell you, I really think I work better with deadlines. When I have too much time, I'm such the procrastinator! Seriously!

On another note, my printer would not work... I spent most of yesterday and a few hours today reinstalling the software about 5 times... only to find out that my husbands computer was not sharing with me. We're on a network. OMGosh, what a pain. I went into his system preferences (we're both on macs) and clicked on printer sharing, and wala, it showed up in my list. Thank goodness. I really was getting frustrated!!

Now I can print my pictures for my next layout, which I am going to scraplift from Lizzy K. I love her style.

Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

In With the New

A new layout, that is.

A clean scrap room is very inspiring. AND, I even cleaned up after I was done. Usually I'm too tired (or maybe too lazy!) to clean up. My old routine was to clean up before I scrapped, because I had left a mess from the previous project. Bad habit. Now I'm going to try to put stuff away after I'm done with a project.

So far so good! ;)

Here's what I did. I used Coredinations embossed cardstock, with circles on it. I sanded off the circles above the title, to make it look like bubbles... kinda sorta...

CH_fun in the sun 1

The other paper is all Bella Boulevard that I won from Two Peas in a Bucket last spring... finally getting around to using it.

Couple of close ups:
CH_fun in the sun 2

The Creative Charms velvet flower in the most yummy color of brown, it's so pretty it deserves to be called something other than brown, maybe mushroom or gravy! LOL! Everything is better with gravy.

CH_fun in the sun 3

Hard to tell in this shot, but I used blue glimmer mist on the word paper. I also painted. This little layout had a lot of little techniques.

My goal is to try to do 2 layouts per week, so I can have 200 by the end of the year. 200 sounds like a lot, but 2 a week sounds doable, don't ya think?

Happy creating!!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Punches 3 Ways....

It was going to be 4, but my snowflake did not turn out and you cannot punch thru folded layers... FYI!

You may have seen some of these techniques before, but I thought I'd share with you a few different ways to use border punches.

No. 1

The first one is a super easy idea. Use your border punch to make the edge of an envelope flap really cute:
punched env

No. 2

The second idea is pretty easy, too. Cut a strip about 1 3/4" wide and whatever length you need. Using a fancy lacy edge punch, punch along each side. You should end up with something like this:

puched ribbon

Looks great wrapped around a small box, or even a gift bag. And, of course, you could use it on a layout as well.

No. 3

The third option requires a bit more work. I have 2 samples. For the first sample, I cut a 12" strip about 1 1/2 inches wide (give or take), then punched along the one edge. Do an accordion fold using the punched edge as a guide. I folded between each scallop, and then in the middle of that scallop as well.

folding small

Once you have it all folded, create a circle, then tape or glue edges together. I used a one inch punch to punch a circle which I glued in the middle of my "medallion". I added a big sparkly gem from Creative Charms to finish it off:

small thingy

This would look great on a holiday bag or tag or even hanging from a Christmas tree. The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold. I used an old holiday paper stack.

The next one is the same concept, but bigger. I used about a 2 1/2 inch wide strip by 12 inches long, and you will need 2 total. One wide strip won't make a complete circle, so you will need 2.

I scored between my punched edge for easier folding:

score thingy

(this is the Martha Stewart Lattice punch)

Once both strips were folded up, glued and put together, I punched a 1 1/2" circle and topped that with another Creative Charms brad, this time using a vintage brad:

big fan thingy

I think it might have looked prettier had I layered a larger circle under the red one. It's still pretty and would look great on a tree with some added ribbon and sparkle.

These were just my practice ones, to see if punching the edges would make for a prettier accordion folded embellie, and it does!

I'm sorry for the blog absence last week. It just kept getting pushed to the back burner.

I did work on some cool SVG images that I will share with you in upcoming posts. My gift to you for visiting my little ol' blog!

Have a happy Sunday!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

CHA Creative Charms Sneak Peek

Happy Monday!

And, indeed it is! I sure hope it doesn't rain any more! Tonight is my niece's graduation, and if it doesn't rain, it will be held outside, so I can go! I'm going to go early and take some photos of her in her cap and gown. I still can't believe she is graduating! (I'm gettin' old!)

As promised, here is the layout that I did for Creative Charms. It was one of those fun layouts to work on. I love how these flowers turned out... for instructions on creating the flower, hop on over to the Creative Charms blog, I blogged the instructions there!

This pink kit isn't available yet. It is for Breast Cancer Awareness month, in October. When they asked me to do a project for Breast Cancer Awareness, well, you know, I was all over that!


And why YES, I did use my Slice on it!! Love my Slice!!

Isn't my daughter ADORABLE?!? Gosh, she's gonna be 14... I AM gettin' old!

If you are wondering how you can get your hot little hands on some Creative Charms products, check your local scrapbook store, or online. A Cherry On Top and both have their products in stock. I also spotted them on the Life Preserves Kit club website.

Have a creative day!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Going Topless....

Yep, I've been going topless lately... and apparently, it's all the rage!

I admit it, I've flipped my wig, literally! Yep, tossed it aside and I'm letting my natural, very, very, VERY short locks see the light of day.

It has been abnormally HOT these past few days, 85°+... and girls, let me tell ya, wearing something akin to a dead cat on your head really makes you sweat. I don't like to sweat. So, off with her wig!

But, as you will see below, it's really in vogue to have a super short pixie cut... and, although I wouldn't have chosen this hairdo on purpose, I'm actually stylin'!

Just check out these celebs with fabulous pixie cuts:
PIxie cuts

Of course to pull off this look, it helps to be gorgeous and have stunning bone structure.

My hair is still shorter than all of the above... it's more like this:

If I looked like Natalie Portman and had great big doe eyes, I'd be rockin' this look, but, I don't, and I'm a bit older, and well, probably have about 40 pounds on her! I usually wear a cute pink Nike hat when I go topless!

I promise, I will show you a photo of me with my "new" hair... but, let's wait until my locks are as long as the photos in the first picture. Seriously tho, after being a skin head all winter long, any hair is great hair! LOL!

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I have LOTS of assignments in the works. Here's a sneak peak of one for Creative Charms.

blink cu

In honor of breast cancer awareness month in October, Creative Charms has put together a special "pink" kit. Love it! I'll have the whole thing up for you on Monday, on my blog as well as Creative Charms blog. Don't forget to stop over there, they have some fabulous layouts being posted by the new design team. Summer Fullerton (a Making Memories Master) posted a cute way to use the shimmer flowers. Check it out.

Have a great day! and don't forget to feel your boobies!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Check out Creative Charms....

Oh my, are they cookin' with gas or what? Their blog is hoppin'! AND Midori has put together the most awesome design team EVER! I'm sure you will recognize some of the names.

Hop on over and check it out. We're doing Scrap Pink sneak peaks. I'm still working on mine (blush).

Debbie made a beautiful wall plaque for me and gave it to me yesterday... here's a little lookie lou at that:

Scoot on over to the Creative Charms blog to see it all! It's purdy! Thank you Debbie for thinkin' of me!!

And, CP asked about my sofa that I bought. It's a Broyhill, and the name of it is Ethan! (my son's name.) I got it from a local furniture store. Here's the link to it. I'm very happy with it.

Thanks, and have a creative day!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's CHA Season

The Craft and Hobby Association winter tradeshow is this week, and I've been working down to the wire... hence the lack of blog post-age! ;P

Isn't it funny how when you are bombarded with work, all you want to do is play with your scrappy stuff? Well, at least I got to make this card for the Creative Charms catalog:

CC card

I had some space on the gradient brad page and it needed a sample.
cat page

I'm really happy with how the catalog turned out. A lot of hard work was put into it.

Here's a close up of the brads. They're big and blingy!!

After working, um, let's see... well, 12 hour days for the past week, I think I'm going to take a much need break! I just sent the catalog off to the printer in California, so it will be there when Michelle (Creative Charms owner) gets there. I'm so bummed that I can't go, I've got the dreaded chemo tomorrow. After tomorrow, only 2 more left! Woo-hoo. I've come a long way baby! I hope I can go to summer CHA. It's in Chicago... I'd love to go to Chicago!

Until then, I will live vicariously thru all the fun CHA posts and photos that get blogged and facebooked and put on CK and 2 Peas.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Quick Share and New Creative Charms

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, or holiday. We visited with family on Christmas and yesterday. My kids got to play with their cousin Bobby who lives in Virginia. He and Ethan even got to snowboard a little.

Everyone was very happy with what they got for Christmas. It was an electronic sort of Christmas for us. Ethan got his Flip camera to video skateboarding stuff, Emma got her purple iPod Nana, Daddy got a GPS for the car (he just loves his new toy, I did good!) and I got an iPod Touch. I love that thing. I figured out yesterday how to get my email on it, so that's way cool for when I'm out of the office. Plus, of course, all the fun "apps".

Here's a layout I did a while back. These photos were taken the second day we had Pearl. She was sooo happy. I submitted the layout to CK and SBetc, but it didn't get picked up. It was super quick to do. I put the title right on the photo in photoshop. I placed all the photos on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and printed it out, then just cut it in half. The paper is Sassafras. The shaped journal card is My Little Shoebox.

Forever Home_sm

Here's a close up of the flowers, they're Prima, the cloth brad is Little Yellow Bicycle.

Forever Home Cu2

And in this close up on the journaling card, I added some Creative Charms Pearl Stickers.

Forever Home Cu1

Speaking of Creative Charms, I was sent a package with some of their new CHA winter lines coming out. I love the gradient brads. I'm working on their new catalog for CHA, it's a tight deadline, and I'm still waiting on some new products to be shipped. But, it's always fun to do.

You can now order the Creative Charms goodies at Addicted to Scrapbooking. Check it out, lots of embellishments. My favorites are the crocheted flowers, felt embellies and their gradient jewel and pearl stickers. Oh, I almost forgot, their vintage brads are to die for!! I don't think Addicted to Scrapping carries the vintage brads yet, but we just started with them, so look for those to be added.

Hope you have a great week. I want to get scrappy at some point this week. I have some new goodies that I ordered, and haven't even touched. AND I picked up a new Martha Stewart punch at Mikes on Sunday. Now that the busy holidays are over I hope I can get to play.

Hope you have a scrappy day!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

She's so sweet....

A few weekends ago, I took some photos of my niece. She is going to be 18 years old. I really can't believe it. I did a photo shoot with her in my back yard for her senior casual portraits. I used my bricks on my house for some texture, the bench by the trees, and a chair. Her dad (my brother) was real pleased with them, so we're going to get some more prints made, and I'd like to give some to her mom (they're divorced).

Anyway, I had her wallets sitting on my desk and thought they'd make a cute layout, so I pulled out this fun BoBunny paper and here's what I came up with. The title tells it all because if you've ever met Michelle, you'd definitely say that She is sweet.


Here's a couple of closeups.

Here I used my new Martha Stewart Loopy punch on the blue:
Sweet cu 2

Sweet cu 1

I ended up doing the layout for a daily challenge on Serendipity Scrapbooks. They have a fun daily challenge every day, and the more you do, the more chances you have for a prize.

Creative Charms Products
I've been working with Creative Charms - an embellishment company - for about a year now. I do their package designs and their catalogs and also some sales sheets. I also do some scrappy stuff for them once in a while.

I love their stuff. They have these great antique brads, they're my favorite. Well, the good news is, if you can't find their stuff at your LSS, they are now carrying Creative Charms embellies at Addicted to Scrapbooking. Check it out if you get a chance.

I recently did this layout for a Breast Cancer Awareness kit that CC was selling. Lot's of Creative Charms product on here. The metal butterfly brads are cool, because you can lift up their wings for dimension:

This is from a different layout, but you can see the wings lifted:
baby blues cu2

That's it for today. I had chemo yesterday, and all went well. I feel pretty good. As long as I can keep the nausea in check, I'm good. I'm going to work on some projects for Indiana University of PA, then I think I'll relax and watch a movie. Sounds good! I'm glad I don't have a hard job, LOL! Or one where I have to go into the office. I really don't miss that. I love working from home. :)

Have a great day!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Card and Staycation Photos

I did this card for Creative Charms as an example of what you can do with their Scrap Pink kits. I have never had so much fun using a product. I used A LOT of product!! That was the fun part. :) Normally, I'm really stingy with my embellishments because I like to save them. It was pretty cool to just let loose and play.

Check out the Creative Charms blog if you are interested in ordering some kits for a Breast Cancer Crop. All the contact information is in that post.


I paired pink and teal cardstock with Doodlebug Tuttifruitti Collection - floral and Doodlebug Sweet Treats Collection - sundae stripe. Both papers are still in stock at Ally Scraps.

Speaking of Ally Scraps, they are going to be doing things a bit differently. This upcoming month is going to have more blog features AND a they have a guest designer all set up. I don't know if I can let the "cat" out of the bag yet, but she's an awesome scrapbooker, so stay tuned.

Last week we took a "staycation". I feel bad that we didn't get to do more exciting stuff, but the kids seemed to enjoy it. We went to Laurel Caverns and saw a bat. He was kinda cute... don't you agree???


They have colored lights set up in the cave which really made this photo turn out so cool. There is a pond in this photo, if you can tell, and the cave top is reflecting in the water. I love how this photo turned out.


Well, that's it for today. I'm still having a rough week... still trying to wrap my mind around the news I received on Monday.... I guess I'll get through it with lots of prayers and hope and faith.

Take care. Have a great day.