Thursday, February 28, 2013

Welcome to the Blog Hop Celebrating Friendship and Julie's Blogoversary!

March 3, 2013 Winner update:  I used's randomizer to select the lucky winner of my blog candy.  The number selected was 5 -- Miwa!  Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who joined our hop.  I loved reading your comments.
If you've hopped in order you're probably tired but have seen some great work -- thanks for hanging in there and making it all the way to my blog.  I'll keep it short and simple and I have a give away for one lucky person.  To win the prize you must both leave a comment and become a follower of my blog.

I was inspired to make some cards and a tag using some great Carta Bella paper I got at Crop Chocolate.  The collection is called Traditions and it includes beautiful, rich reds, blues and yellows.  I have the 6x6 paper pad and I love the smaller prints for making cards.

You may recognize the card on the left from this week's challenge on Crop Chocolate -- I know, I cheated and double-purposed the card -- I hope you don't mind.

I was having so much fun playing around with these papers that I also created this tag --

I used my Spellbinders heart dies to make those sweet hearts and pieced the sentiment together from some word stickers, my newest go-to scrapbooking supply.  I can't seem to get enough of them.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I hope you'll leave a comment and follow my blog so you can be in the running for some sweet blog candy.  I'll announce the winner on my blog on Monday.

Now, on the to final stop of the hop:

Laura Sanchez

Next up:
Theresa Krout

Monday, February 18, 2013

Two of A Kind - February Crop Chocolate Design Team Project

For a twist on Valentine's Day, the Crop Chocolate February Design Team Challenge was "Fur Babies". Of course, I knew exactly what (or should I say who) I was going to feature in my layout -- our darling Border Collies, Dublin and Kona.
My challenge with layouts is always the same -- how do I get lots of photos on a page without it looking junky. So, for this challenge I decided to use lots of photos of our fur babies and create a custom file folder to hold them on the page. I ended up getting six 4x6 photos on one 12 x 12 page and kept it clean and fun. I also customized an embellishment sticker to fit my subject matter. Here's how I did it:

I started by gathering all my supplies:  Echo Park This and That Charming paper, brads, chipboard and stickers, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circle Dies, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Black Soot and Snake Tape adhesive -- all purchased from  Coredinations  Foundations Card Stock in Caspian and Olive Green, Creative Imaginations Word Stickers, Marvy Uchida heart punch, Scor-Tape, Therm-o-Web large Zots adhesive, Glue dots, Fiskars Adhesive Foam Squares, October Afternoon Washi Tape, Hero Arts Stamp, Spellbinders Grand Cailber Die Cutting Machine and a Zig Writer in Pure Black.  Buttons and twine from my stash.

Step 1:  Create the folder to hold the photos.  I cut designer cardstock to 6 1/2" x 10", scored and folded it in 1/2 so it folds to 6 1/2" x 5".  I figured out how wide and deep I wanted my tab, traced it and cut so my final folder (not counting the tab) measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" when folded.  I decorated the inside with a journaling mat on the top flap, a mat to go behind the photos on the bottom flap and then stapled a strip of paper across bottom to tuck my photos behind and hold them in place.  Lastly, I used a generous amount of Scor-Tape on the back of the folder to adhere it to the page.

Step 2:  Customize the embellishments.  The sticker sheet for this paper collection had a sticker I wanted to use but the saying just wasn't right for my theme so instead of searching for something else, I decided to customize it.  I die cut a little circle, matted the sticker with coordinating card stock, inked the edges and added a number sticker, adhered it with a pop dot and voila, it went from saying One of a Kind to 2 of a Kind.

Step 3:  Decorate the inside of the folder and add photos and journaling.  I wanted to record the date we got the puppies and tell the funny story of how we tell them apart.  I used the letter stickers from the collection for their names, cut out a little tag from the patterned paper and stamped the paw prints across the bottom.  Then, just slipped the photos behind the stapled strip of paper and finished decorating my page with other circle cuts, buttons and washi tape.

Here's a close up of the journaling:

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed my post for today.