Monday, September 30, 2013

Paper Girls Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

We have a fun treat for you this week - a Blog Hop with The Paper Girls!
Our theme for this hop is FALL DECOR!
Make sure you leave a comment on my post for your chance to win the Paper Girls' gift certificate prize, but I'm also offering up some blog candy of my own! (details below!)

You should have come here from Jessica's blog, and if not, check the blog hop order on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog to get back on track!

On to my project...

I don't usually make much in the way of home decor. So I actually did a search for "Fall Decor" on Pinterest to get me thinking about some possible projects. I saw some wooden blocks decorated with leaves, and that reminded me of some Adorn-It paper boxes I had in my stash. These boxes measure 3"x3"x3" and were so easy to dress up with some paper and embellies. Take a look:

The other sides have some embellies and family photos on them, so the boxes can be flipped and rearranged to get some different looks:

I love how they turned out, so then I had to find a good spot for them in my home, and this prompted me to buy some other fall pieces, so this is what it all looks like right now:
I love fall, don't you?
Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to comment, and then your next stop is Cathryn's blog!

***Blog Hop Prize Entry Details***

PGCB is offering up a gift card to!

What do you have to do to win? 
Complete all 3 of these required steps:
1. Comment on each of the Design Team blog posts
2. "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook
3. Follow the Paper Girls Challenge Blog

You have until Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm MST to comment and enter. We will announce the winner on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 9:00 am MST. International readers are welcome to play along, but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs

I am also offering up the following prize pack to anyone commenting on this blog post by Sunday, October 6th. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, October 9th, same day as the Paper Girls, so check back then to claim your prize! Be sure to follow my blog so you'll easily see when I make the winner announcement!
Jenni Bowlin 4" Chipboard Mini Book and 4"x4" mini papers
Jenni Bowlin Seal acrylic stamp
2 packs of Tiny Type mini alphabet stickers
Pack of coordinating embellies - buttons, brads, bottle cap, mini clothespins

Monday, September 23, 2013

Use It Tuesday - 2 Hoarded Items

We've got a new challenge up at Use It Tuesday - Use 2 Hoarded items in your stash!

I kept my card Clean and Simple, and based it on the UWYH#1 sketch from few weeks ago that you can find HERE.

Hoarded Item #1 - Pebbles 'Chips' from 2 years ago. Those little yellow and white chipboard pieces come in a pack that includes a variety of sizes. I've been able to use up a lot of larger pieces and so I'm just left with a lot of little pieces and I have to really make an effort to use them. Putting several on a single card worked out nicely!

Hoarded Item #2 - American Crafts 'Garden Cafe' sticker from about 1 year ago. OK, here's the deal. Every year American Crafts has this amazing warehouse sale here in Utah. And the sale LASTS FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH. It's crazy. So I make multiple trips and buy lots of stuff. Including several sticker books. These books have like 60 stickers in them. I don't know why I always think I'll use them up. I counted, and I've only used 7 of the 'Garden Cafe' stickers. At this rate it will take me 8 more years to use them up. Fantastic.

Alright, it's YOUR turn! Go pull out 2 hoarded items from your stash and USE THEM!
Link up your project by October 4th at Use It Tuesday, and make sure you tell us about your hoarded items that you used.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pinspired Challenge #17

Check out this pretty pin from Pinspired Challenges:

I was inspired by the colors and the quilt blocks, here's my quick card:

Stamped sentiment: Unity Stamp Co.
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee
White cardstock: PaperSource

Monday, September 16, 2013

Paper Girls - Make Your Own Stamp

Good morning! Today is my first project as part of The Paper Girls Challenge Blog design team! Heather's challenge today is a technique -- Make Your Own Stamp!  There are a lot of possibilities for this. Honestly, I just took a look around my desk and noticed one of my daughter's Crayola markers sitting there. The marker cap makes a great circle outline when you use it as a stamp!  Here's my card:

White cardstock: PaperSource
Ink: Memento 'Gray Flannel'
Sequins: Studio Calico
Letter stickers: American Crafts

I used the current sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch!, so I'm going to link up with their challenge as well.

Now, go check out the other PGCB design team projects HERE, and remember, you've got until September 28th to link up your project!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chalkboard and Chevrons

I have to admit, I haven't fully embraced the Chalkboard trend going on right now. Black and white alone just don't spark much creativity in me. I'm a color girl. However, there's a challenge at Whimsical Twist to use this chalkboard trend in a project, and there's nothing like a challenge to get you out of your comfort zone. I combined with a challenge at to use chevrons.  So when you combine the two and make sure to add a little bit of color, this is what you get (at least it's what I get):

Papers are by WRMK, chipboard letters by Cosmo Cricket, gems by Studio G, and I used an American Crafts Galaxy Marker to add a little white stitch detail around the edge. I think it works!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Use It Tuesday - Friendship

I've got some fun news to announce today! I'm now on the Use It Tuesday Design Team! I'll be designing for their challenges from now until the end of December. This is such a great challenge blog because the whole point is to dig into your stash and use up your supplies. Something I've been trying to do a lot of this year!

The challenge that's up today is "Friendship". I went digging through my box of die cuts for this one. I have at least a couple dozen die cut titles made by My Mind's Eye. I bought a few at my local scrapbook store, but the majority simply came in larger MME collection kits. When I do scrapbook layouts I almost never reach for one of these titles and instead use letter stickers. Anyone else find themselves in that boat? Well, guess what, those pre-made titles work really well on cards or other projects like gift packaging. Check out my card today (this particular title has been in my stash for about 2 years):
Simple, right? I love how the die cut title is really the focus of the card.

You've got until September 27th to link up your project, and don't forget to mention how you used your hoarded supplies in your blog post. Hope to see you over there!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

UWYH #15 - Happy Fall

I've got a card for the Use What You Have Challenge #15 this week on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog. If you haven't been over there in awhile, Nicole is now posting an inspiration photo and a sketch each week that is optional, but it can help you narrow down which part of your stash to use! I saw last week that Nicole put her embossing folders to work. Which reminded me that I actually own some embossing folders, but I don't have an embossing machine to run them through so I haven't touched them yet. And then I remembered my scrappy friend Jennifer recently used her folders as stamps, so decided to give that a try!

Here are the inspiration photo and sketch:
Here's my stash, a couple of untouched embossing folders:

I went with the green, orange, yellow color scheme in the challenge inspiration photo, and then inked up the folder a few different ways. I used both the embossing and de-bossing sides of the folder and came up with this:

I liked the bottom left image the best and used it to make this card. Those are some Little Yellow Bicycle corrugated shapes, and the 'Happy' comes from one of the Holiday Sentiments at the Sweet Stamp Shop.

Thanks for taking a look, now go link up a project of your own this week! I'm sure you used something in your stash, which is really the only requirement :)