Monday, December 29, 2014

Mixing in a Little Metal with Quick Quotes

Hello! I am playing with paper dolls again!  I combined papers from the *New* Alton, Antique Garden and Joy Ride Collections from Quick Quotes and created a lovely lady who looks like she is ready for a night on the town!

I absolutely love the starburst effect on this page from the Alton Collection!  I traced a tag over the area I wanted to use and cut it out with a craft knife.  I still have the rest of the paper set aside to use for a future project.  I don't like to waste anything.  As my friend, Long Island Lynne told me at the Private Reserve in York, PA this year, "The Rockefellers aren't making my scrapbook pages!"
I found this sentiment in the Quick Quotes Bundle - Inspire.  I used scissors to turn it into strips and inked the edges with Coconut White PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I stamped the doll onto a piece from Dusty Road and then paper pieced her outfit.  The hat and shoes are from the Antique Garden Collection, her stockings and ruffles are from the Alton Collection, and the yellow dress is from Joy Ride.

I decided to make this festive young lady a blonde so I pulled out Lemonade PowderPuff Chalking Ink and pressed it onto my craft mat.  After I spritzed it with water, I used a paint brush to add the color.

After she was all dressed up and had her hair done, she had someplace to go - right onto my tag!

Take a closer look and you can see that I outlined the strip journaling with black ink to really make it pop!  I added Stickles and Gun Metal Gray pearls to the dress.

The final bit was this fabulous new item from Quick Quotes:  a Unique Rustic Patina Metal Embellishment!
I added rhinestones in the center of the flower to coordinate with my doll's outfit.
Whew!  Just in time to celebrate New Year's Eve!  Happy 2015!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Homemade Christmas with Paper House

The folks at Paper House challenged the Design Team this month to create a project using the papers in one paper pad. Easy Peasy!  Earlier this month I shared a set of canvases I created using the Scenic America 8"x8" paper pad and today I have another "paper pad" project!

Since it is Christmas Eve, I wanted to create a seasonal layout:
I started with 12" scrapbook paper, Christmas Treats, for the background.  Next I used 3 sheets from the 6"x6" Christmas Paper Pad, overlapping them and arranging them so the charming images on the background paper were not lost. 

You can see here that I actually matted this page with white cardstock...and I created my own embellishment by trimming the "Ho! Ho! Ho!" sentiment from the page with all the fun Christmas words:
The dimensional Chocolate Chip cookies are from the Homemade Chalkboard Sticker Set.  The element below is also from the same set.  I personalized it with small alpha stickers from my stash:

And the measuring spoons beside this photo of my cupcake loving baby girl - also from the same set of stickers!

I created a little collage in the center of this 6"x6" page:
The snowflake button is from my stash, but the sweet little cupcake in the bottom left is also from - you guessed it -  the Homemade Chalkboard Sticker set!

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!  Susie

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Shutter Card with Want2Scrap

I needed to share just *one* more Christmas card pairing up Want2Scrap and Fancy Pants Designs!
I used the Oh Deer Collection from Fancy Pants on a green cardstock base.  The image on the front is one of the Brag Cards and I accented the floral swag in the corner with 72 Count Red Rhinestones from Want2Scrap.  I love that 3 different sizes come in one package!
This is probably my all time favorite card to make because it is so dimensional and uses lots of different patterned papers.  It is called a Tri-Fold Shutter card and there are all kinds of tutorials online that you can find to show you how easy it is to make!  I added even more dimension by adhering one of the funky die-cut Christmas trees from the Ephemera Pack.  I slipped the trunk behind one of the panels inside the card so that it stands up when the card is open and lays flat when it is folded closed.
Here is a shot of the whole card laying flat so that you can see all of the decorated panels.  It kind of reminds me of a patchwork quilt!  The plain white area in the center of the card is where you write your personal greeting and signature.
Here is another angle where you can see the card-sized chipboard Houses from Want2Scrap - I adore the little hearts!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Other:  Fancy Pants Designs Oh Deer Collection, cardstock

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fast & Easy Easel Card with Want2Scrap and Fancy Pants

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week a way and I am still making cards!  Thanks to Want2Scrap and Fancy Pants Designs, I am having a lot of fun creating special cards for special people!  
Today I am sharing an easel card featuring the Oh Deer collection. The image on the front is one of the Brag Cards.  Not having to stamp and color an image is a huge time saver!   Just because it is fast, doesn't mean it has to be drab!   I simply used glitter glue to add shine to the letters and 72 Count Red Rhinestones to accent the holly berries in the corners!   Here's a closeup:

Of course the reason it is called an easel card is because of the way it can be propped open:
I used Sleek Strip Rhinestones on the inside of the card to provide support to keep the card propped open.  I just love the classy feel of this card!  

The sentiment on the inside is also from the Brag Cards - time saver!  The area at the bottom is for your personal greeting and signature.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Other:  Fancy Pants Designs Oh Deer Collection, cardstock

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Christmas with Die~Namites Dies

Today I am going to share one of my favorite last-minute Christmas gifts!  Would you like to create a personalized, inexpensive Christmas gift that will be used and appreciated every day - and do it in about an hour?  
If so, then check out this desk calendar I created with the help of Die~Namites Dies:

I used these dies in my project:

It really is fast and easy to make!  First, pick up an acrylic picture frame like the one below.  
It is intended to display (2) -5"x7" pictures.  I think I found this one at WalMart.

The background paper is cut to 7" x 10.25". I added a transparency frame in the location I plan to place the Post-It note pad then slid it into the frame.  You can see here that the frame is turned on its side:

Take a peek at a couple more of the transparencies I used on this project.
I simply slid them into place between the acrylic frame and the background paper and pressure holds them in place!  Quick and easy details!

On top of the acrylic frame, I placed a layered die cut I created using the Sweet Pea Die and the Spring Doily Die
I added a little feminine touch with pink pearls from Want2Scrap!

I adhered a matted a photo of my niece with her name spelled out using a glittered alpha - so girly!  
Next come the Post-It note pad and a mini-calendar...

...create a mini-family with some wood veneers and you are done!

Here's another view:

I order my mini-calendars from SkyBluePink, however you can always print your own if you are short on time. Redcastle offers free downloadable software that lets you size and print calendars at home.

Now just think about the possibilities!  
Change the paper and the picture and you have a lovely wedding gift or birthday present!  

Want2Scrap Nestabling Heart Circles Pink Pearl 
Bent Acrylic Frame 5x7 Doubl Vertical
Prima  - Leeza Gibbons - Instascrap Collection - Transparencies, White
Studio Calico Wood Veneers
Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two - Butter
Post-It Notes

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Quick Quotes Visit with Santa

Today I am sharing a Christmas themed layout featuring papers from several Quick Quotes collections!  I mixed together some reds and teals to scrap this photo of my daughter and her visit with Santa!

The background is from the Alton Collection.  The red layer is from Cracklin' Rose.  The blue and white layer with the decorative edge is actually from the June Club Q Page Layouts which featured papers from Baggage Claim. The strip is from Sheer Joy.  The wooden Christmas tree is from my stash!

The word strip across the bottom is also from the same sheet of Sheer Joy.  I added the Fancy Chipboard Word  - Santa - and a piece of a Frilly Flourish Swirl from Want2Scrap.The snowflake button is from my stash.

This sentiment card is from the Quick Quotes Holiday Bundle.

In the upper right I added the rest of the Frilly Flourish Swirl, a flower and more wood veneers.  There is also a lace doily die cut from my Die~Namites Spring Doily Die peeking out from behind the photo!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Create a Canvas for Christmas with Paper House

This month the folks over at Paper House challenged the Design Team to create projects focusing on the papers from one paper pad. I had been wandering through Target recently looking for inspiration...I do that sometimes...when I found myself admiring some canvases with pretty pictures, nice quotes and big price tags. Paper House has so many different papers with beautiful images that I realized I could  easily and inexpensively create something very similar!

All of the papers I used came from the Scenic America 8"x8" paper pad.

I decided to play around with a couple of different techniques.  For example, before I adhered the paper to the first canvas I spritzed it with water, scrunched it up and inked and distressed it - I love the rustic feel!  I adhered it with Mod Podge and went looking through my stamp stash!

We all have a collection of stamps that we chose because we loved the quotes, right?  Here is the perfect opportunity to use them!  These sentiments are all from Kaisercraft.  I stamped them onto tissue paper with Archival Ink...

...then I tore out the quote and played with positioning on the canvas.  It is easier to hide the edges of the tissue if they are torn and if the background is light in color so I placed this one so that it aligned with the fog and the reflection of the sky on the water.  Another coat of Mod Podge and I was done with this one!

For the second sample, I chose not to distress the page before I adhered it to the canvas.  I did use an emory board and ink along the edges.

Since this quote stamp had a frame I didn't even try to hide the edge.  I cut it out of the tissue paper with scissors and then Mod Podged it to a lightly colored portion of the page:

I created the third sample in a similar fashion but I wanted to show you how different it looks if the tissue paper quote goes against a background that has a pronounced pattern:

It is still very legible, but has a very different feel to it:

I also decided to add these cute little foxes from the Paper House Backyard Friends Cardstock Sticker set.  They have a layer of Mod Podge on top of them, too.

For this final sample, I will admit that you can actually stamp directly onto the paper before you adhere it to the canvas:

Here is a close up to show the torn edges and the dimensional alpha I used to highlight an important word from the stamped quote:

I think these would make fun Christmas gifts, don't you?  Really fast and easy if you already have stamped sentiments you want to use.  One of the great things about working with this paper pad is that there are 3 of each page design, so you can also create multiples if you would like.  I chose to create with  8" paper and canvases, but remember that Paper House also has great designs in 12" and 6" papers, too.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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  • Plaid Mod Podge
  • Kaisercraft Stamps
  • Stampabilities Stamps
  • 8"x8" canvases
  • Thickers

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mixed Media "Success" with Quick Quotes!

Today I am sharing a Mixed Media Tag featuring some of the newly released papers from Quick Quotes.  I have always love playing with paper dolls, so I find the Julie Nutting Mixed Media Dolls pretty irresistable!
I started by stamping the doll image onto various papers from the *new* Alton Collection.  I wasn't sure what I wanted until I saw it!  I trimmed out the dress and jacket combo I liked and adhered them to a base figure that I had stamped onto a piece of Dusty Road 400.

I used Java PowderPuff Chalking Ink to color her hair.  I pressed the ink pad onto a craft mat and spritzed it with water, then used a paintbrush to add the color.

I found the sentiment about success on one of the Sentiment Quote Cards.  I cut "Success" into individual letters and the rest of the quote into strips.

I inked the edges with more of the Java PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I framed this portion of the sentiment with silver rhinestone Nestabling from Want2Scrap and added a flower at the bottom.

The background of the tag was made with a gray paper from the *new* Antique Garden and a yellow piece from the Dream Big Collection.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

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