Monday, January 30, 2012

Crafty Challenge: Colour Challenge

Good morning scrappy friends! Today's Crafty Challenge in the Two Scrapbook Friends Forum is to be inspired by the following palette to create a layout, card or other crafty item. These colours are very hot this spring and we are seeing them pop up all over in different shades at CHA. 

Here's a layout I made using a large photo of my daughter and me. I have chosen to mix a few paper lines, Echo Park and some Prima. I also incorporated an old charm and some great letters from Momenta and Glitz Design.

If you choose to play along with us this month, be sure to upload it to our gallery and forum. We are looking forward to meeting you and seeing what you create.

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!

Monday, January 23, 2012


I was so excited to receive my design goodies and the 12x12 Super pad caught my creative eye right away; so many options! I chose some black background text and a hot pink polka dot patterned paper as the foundation for this design. I had taken some great pictures with my iPhone of my daughter and her friend. Those smaller photos are a great way to get more photos on a page.

The papers in this pack are perfect for a project about two girls having fun and hanging out.   For my title, I chose the word sympatico which means: to share a mental connection or bond with someone, or to have a lot in common. These girls definately have that!

In creating the design, I made two focal points and I wanted to create a feeling of cohesion between them. To do so, I trimmed down some of the puffy borders to add pieces in both points. 

To finish things off, I used a black polka dot ribbon, pink trim, stitching and some buttons tied with twine.  My Dymo labeller is a cool way to add their names alongs side the cluster.

The purple alphas in the contemporary font are some of my favourite letters ever. Momenta includes them with a lime and pink selection in the Vibrant Alphas package.
I am thrilled to be starting this new journey with Momenta and I hope you too, will be inspired to try something new this week!

Momenta Products:
12X12 Super Pad PA-2263
FTBM Puffy Borders  ST-4761
Kalidescope Puffy Borders ST-4071

Additional Products:
Dymo Label
Doodle Bug - Twine
Bazzill Basics - cardstock
Sewing machine/thread
Martha Stewart Punches- Tri Butterfly

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Very First

Saturday marked the first my posts for Momenta! I had been inspired by several pins on Pinterest to create these really cute favours...Papervinez Blog is a mecca for us paper crafters. So I decided to jump on it right away when my Momenta products arrived.  Even though it's a bit early, these Valentine's favours are fun to make with your kids and the Momenta Super Pad (PA-2263) gives you lots of options.

This is what you'll need to begin!
- 3 sheets of 12x12 co-ordinating patterned paper (Momenta Super Pad)
- one sheet of white cardstock for your sentiments
- twine or ribbon for embellishing (I used the TWINERY twine in Charcoal)
- ink and a distress inking tool (I used Tim Holtz)
- pre-printed or a stamp sentiment that fits on your:
- heart punch (I used a Martha Stewart punch)
- a fast drying liquid glue (I used Beacon's 3 in 1)
- (not pictured) wrapped Valentine's Candy (I used Hershey's Kisses)

Let's begin:

1. Begin by trimming each 12x12 patterned paper into 4 inch by 5 inch rectangles.

2. Add fast drying liquid glue to the SHORT (4 inch) side in a thin stream.
3. Roll the paper and press that seam firmly.

4. Once dry put a small stream of glue at one end. I turn the tube so the seam is slightly off to the side. (At Papervinez they used a crimper to set the bottoms but I didn't like how it looked so I left that step out.)

5. Once these are dry fill them with wrappped candy.

6. Add a small stream of glue on the opening and press closed IN THE OPPOSITE direction of the first opening. It will create a three dimensional triangular shape. Practice before gluing if you need to!

7. Using a co-ordinating twine wrap a length around and tie in a bow.

8. Using you heart punch, punch out the Valentine's Day sentiments. (You Rock and Be My Friend are the two my daughter chose).

9. Using your ink and inker tool ink the edges of the hearts.

10. Add some fast drying glue to the back of the heart and adhere it to the favour.

Repeat. Repeat and Repeat again! My daughter loves the bright colours of the papers we chose. The Super Pad (PA-2263) has so many great patterns to choose from too. I have really loved working with Momenta on this project and spending time with my daughter during the process!

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Trendy Technique with Practical Scrappers!

Good day! Today at Practical Scrappers we are talking about machine sewing on layouts. For those of you who follow me regularly, you know I sew on almost ALL my layouts. I love the rough, messy look and I love the straight edges and zig zags. But for this challenge I wanted to try something new!

About a year ago, I invested in a sewing machine that did lots and lots of different stitches. For this design, I chose a leaf and vine pattern.
I fussy cut Basic Grey's Out of Print flowers and curled their edges with a pencil for added dimension.

I hope you'll stop by and see all the projects at Practical Scrappers. Did you know they have design calls every day? and challenges every week? It's a great place to inspire and be inspired! I'd love to see you there.

Until then, keep doing what you love to do!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Hot Hot Chocolate!

Well, it may appear that I have not been very crafty lately, but that couldn`t be farther from the truth! I have been creating, but most of it is for future release dates and I can`t wait to blog about it all! Until then, I am happy to share a design I created about my son, Max.

Max has made a winter habit out of asking me for hot chocolate when he comes home from school. I love to make it for him with real cream, whipped cream and lots of gooey marshmallows.
I received the Winter Park line by Echo Park as part of my design opportunities at Two Scrapbook Friends. I used my Silhouette to cut the mug and whipped cream on top. I added liquid applique to give the whipped cream texture.  The acrylic swirl is from Harmonie and I added white ink to make it steamy looking.

I hope it inspires you to design some warm and toasty pages of your own.
Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Momenta-ous Opportunity

This January I began the first in what I hope is long journey of growth in 2012... and beyond! What is this MOMENTA-OUS change? I was asked to join the Design Team for Momenta, a manufacturer of scrapbooking supplies. This group of crafters are extremely talented and the Momenta product is great too!

For this project I used Momenta's Family Outings Paper line and a great photo of my hubby an Max from almost 10 years ago.

The stars are Studio Calico and the twine is from the Twinery. I love that the bright orange colours remind me of Max's little boys days. My hubby looks so young and they both are so happy together. 

I hope you'll come back and see more of Momenta's great products and a bit of my creativity.
Until then, keep doing what you love to do!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friendzy Friday: Butterfly Trim (for cards or layouts)

Hello Friends! Welcome to Friendzy Friday with Christa! Today, we are going to make a great banner for your scrapbooking pages or to highlight a card.

Here's what you need:

Wax paper
Double sided tape (I used a minimum width of 1 inch)
A Butterfly punch with different sized shaped butterflies (mine is a Martha Stewart tri-butterfly punch)
Variety of paint chips in colours that match your layout

Let's begin:
1. Take your butterfly punch and your paint chips and begin punching. Punch lots and lots of butterflies.

3. Take a piece of wax paper and lay it flat. Then adhere a piece of double sided tape in the length you require.

4. Begin adding your butterflies randomly, one at a time. Press them on firmly to begin.
5. Once your tape is mostly covered take a few butterflies and gently pinch them so they appear to be taking flight and add them. If you don't have any sticky part of the tape left, add a bit of glue (Beacon's 3 in 1 for example) and add them on top.

6. Afterwards, gently peel the banner up from the wax paper.
7. Adhere to your project immediately. You could make this ahead of time and save for a future project. Just fold the was paper over your banner.

Here is what my finished product looks like!

I hope you have enjoyed this technique. I hope you'll give it a try! We would love to see your creations in our online gallery and hear about them in our forum.

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The First of Many

Many of you who know me may recall that my scrappy goals for 2012 included GROWTH. This translates to trying new things and learning new techniques. I wanted to share a project I made at the end of 2011 for my pals at TWO SCRAPBOOK FRIENDS with the wonderful Echo Park Winter Park line.
It is a mini album; a first for me.
The biggest thing I needed to learn with this smaller more compact piece was that each page need not be a masterpiece. That it is the WHOLE of the thing that works together to be a work of art. I hope this will be the first of many mini albums to come!

I hope you enjoy my first foray into minis..I think my son will find a special spot for it in his room!
Until next time, I hope you are doing what you love to do.

Monday, January 2, 2012

One, Singular Sensation!

2012 is proving to be a productive year already! I am excited to be part of a few new scrappy endeavours. One of them is the True XOXO challenge blog where I am now considered a LIPSTICK CHICK!

Our challenge this month was to use ONE in the title an as many 'ones' as we can handle! The song from A Chorus Line called:  "One", inspired me to scrapbook this series of pictures of Adriane. The lyrics are perfect! She is a singular sensation, one smile from her and no one else will do! Here is a YouTube link so you can get a feel for the song if you don't know it!

This design used Pink Paislee's Snowy Day line which inspires me with it's blues and reds and pinks. The colours make her cheeks and lips rosy and her smile 'pop'.

I hope you'll pop over and see me and my fellow designers at the True XOXO blog! They are super talented and the challenges really stretch your imagination and creativity.

Til tomorrow, keep doing what you love to do!