Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kit 'n' Kaboodles January Kit Creations

2010 is right around the corner, and at Kit 'n' Kaboodles we are ringing in the New Year with a funky, fun, bold kit featuring paper from Paper Trunk's Socialite collection! This kit is so much fun with all of the vibrant colors against the black cardstock and accents. I challenged myself to sort of think outside of the box and do some things that I don't normally do with this kit. Here are a couple of layouts I've created with it so far:
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday season!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Back Porch Memories December Kit Reveal

I received the Solo kit from Back Porch Memories this month, and it was loaded with papers from Lily Bee's Vintage Poppy line, Making Memories vintage buttons and stamps, and much, much more! I also bought the embellishment add on which included Lily Bee Vintage Poppy flowers, Little Yellow Bicycle rub ons, and Making Memories vintage trims. Here is a look at what I created with this kit:
Be sure and check out what the rest of the design team created this month by clicking here. While you are there, be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous Medley kit this month too! Happy scrapping!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kreative Kaboodles Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Kreative Kaboodles Holiday Blog Hop! If you came from Chris' blog you are heading in the right direction. If you came from somewhere else, and want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, go to the Kreative Kaboodles blog and start there. Be sure to become a follower of the Kreative Kaboodles blog to be entered to win a prize!

For my handmade holiday gift idea, we will be making a set of coasters! With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are looking for quick and easy, inexpensive gifts for people on our lists. Why not take your scrap supplies and whip up these handmade coasters? They are perfect for coworkers, hostess gifts, and stocking stuffers!

You will need:
(4) 4x4" squares of glass of plexiglass
(4) 4x4" squares of thin cork
Mod podge and a foam brush
Patterned paper
Scissors or paper trimmer
Craft knife and cutting mat

Bone folder
Paint a layer of mod podge on the back of the glass.Cut a square of patterned paper slightly larger than your glass square and adhere it face down to the back of the glass square, so that your pattern shows through the glass. Smooth out the paper with a bone folder.Once the mod podge dries, turn the glass over and trim off the excess paper with a craft knife.
Paint a layer of mod podge on the back of the coaster and adhere a cork square to the bottom of the coaster. Once mod podge is dry, trim off excess cork if necessary with a craft knife.
Here are all four coasters to complete the set:
Stack the coasters and tie them together with a pretty ribbon. Personalize your gift by including your favorite recipe for mulled cider, eggnog, or hot cocoa.I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please leave me a comment, and then hop on over to Jules' blog to see what kind of cool holiday gift idea she has for you!

Friday, December 4, 2009

More KnK December kit goodness

Here are a couple more layouts that I did with the December kit from Kit 'n' Kaboodles. I loved the blues and reds and all of the glitter in this kit!Yes, Chloe is wearing most of her hot chocolate, but look how happy she is!

Be sure to check back on Sunday, December 6th as the KnK and Creativity Boutique design teams are joining forces for a blog hop! Each design team member will post a handmade holiday gift idea. You won't want to miss it, and rumor has it, there may be a prize involved! The fun starts on the Kreative Kaboodles blog at 9am EST.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Farm Girl

In the process of moving my stuff into my scrap room and reorganizing everything, I found paper and things that I forgot I even had. That led to the evolution of this page which uses a hodge podge of papers from Cosmo Cricket, Graphic 45, and Sassafras Lass. I also had an urge to do a bit of stamping since I had also gone through and reorganized all of my stamps. I used a really cute leaf sprig stamp that came in a set that my friend, Laura sent to me as a RAK a while back. I added a few Prima flowers and called it done!So rereading what I wrote above just makes it sound like I just whipped up this page, but I was struggling with picture placement and design as I'm not used to using so many photos on a page, so I decided to sketch it out before I did the page, and this sketch is what I am using for the sketch challenge at Kit 'n' Kaboodles this week. I would love to see what you do with this sketch, so if you use it, please post it for me to see!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Best That We Can Get

Last night, I sat down in my scrap room and did something that I haven't done in a long time. I created a page just for me. It wasn't a design team project or a submission for a contest or anything like that. It was just something that I wanted to create just because. Being crammed into a corner of the living room was stifling my creativity. Now I have the freedom to move, to breathe, to CREATE! It is amazing what a difference that has made. Here's what I came up with:
My page is based on this week's Pencil Lines sketch. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to do something with it. Paper, stickers, and bingo card are October Afternoon. Glitter flowers are Petaloo. I also had fun with some Glimmer Mist! I'm headed back into the scrap room while the mojo is flowing and the kids are still napping!

A couple of creations with the December KnK kit

I put my new scrap room to good use this week with the Kit 'n' Kaboodles December kit. Here are a couple of my projects:

Believe in the Magic of Winter layout:Snowflake Banner:Closeup of snowflake banner:I loved those cute little vintage Santa images, and I thought this was the perfect way to use them! Both of the kids are old enough to be really into Santa Claus this year, so they were very excited to see this project.

Here's a picture of my new scrap table! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it! I'm thinking about giving it a name, I love it so much LOL. I got it at Target, and with 15% off and free shipping, I just couldn't pass it up. I love the shelves under it for easy access to my most frequently used supplies. The picture really doesn't do this table justice. I love how big the work surface is! I can spread all out now and actually see what I have! I'll post pictures of the completed room once we have the trim done and curtains hung. Reorganizing all of my stuff has been a nightmare, but I think I finally have a handle on it. I'm hoping to get some more furniture/shelves for storage soon. I also have a couple more layouts with the December kit to share with you soon too! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

KnK December Kit and a Sketch Challenge

The Kit 'n' Kaboodles December Kit was revealed last night, and boy is it GORGEOUS! And loaded to boot! Papers are from SEI's Winter Song collection and Bo Bunny's Snowy Serenade Limited Edition. Also included in the kit are SEI sparkling frost die-cuts, a wood cardinal flourish, peel off sticky snowflakes with glitter and flock, and core'dinations cardstock!The add on kit will be available in the store on November 18th, and trust me when I say, you will definitely want to snag one of those too! Be sure and visit the KnK design team gallery throughout the month to see what we have created with this kit.

I'm also excited to announce that on the KnK message board we are hosting regular sketch challenges to jumpstart your mojo! Every other Friday, I'll be posting a new layout sketch. On the other Fridays, a card sketch will be posted by Creativity Boutique. These are just for fun, but since this week is our first one, I'm offering a RAK to a random person who completes the challenge and posts it in the forum! Deadline for the RAK is midnight EST, November 27th. Here's the current sketch:Come on over to the forum and check it out! More information on the sketch challenges can be found in the Sketches part of the message board. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Back Porch Memories November Kit Reveal

I worked with the gorgeous medley kit from Back Porch Memories this month which was packed with goodies from Crate Paper, Bella Blvd, and We R Memory Keepers! I also bought the add on kit this month. Be sure and check out the November design team gallery to see what the rest of the team created with both the Medley and the Solo kits.

Farm Life:That Hat: (This layout is based on a Becky Fleck sketch which you will see in the upcoming BPM newsletter.)Close up of tag in pocket tucked behind pictures:Play:You are amazing card: (measures 4x4")

Friday, November 6, 2009

KnK November reveal part 2

Here are the rest of my layouts with the Kit 'n' Kaboodles November kit. I actually even did a two page layout, which is very unusual for me. I loved this kit so much that I had to order all of the coordinating add on papers too, and they are all just gorgeous! This Little Yellow Bicycle Autumn Bliss collection is simply stunning, and I just can't get enough of it. This is one of those collections that I plan on using up until there isn't a scrap of paper left.I also have in my hot little hands the KnK December kit! I can't spill yet what is in it, but suffice it to say that it is beautiful! I've never been so excited to scrap winter/Christmas pictures! Be sure to check the KnK homepage on November 16th for the reveal of this gorgeous kit! I'm sure I'll have to have all of the add ons for this one too.

Friday, October 23, 2009

KnK November kit and one more Nikki Sivils layout

If you haven't seen the November kit at Kit 'n' Kaboodles, you really should check it out! It's a beauty, and includes papers from Little Yellow Bicycle's Autumn Bliss line which I just can't get enough of! I've already ordered all of the add on papers from that collection. Here's a quick and easy layout that I created with the kit:I also have one more Nikki Sivils layout to share using the Victoria's Street line. I had this layout in mind for a while, but needed a picture of the outside of the house, finished. So I took a picture last weekend, and when I went to print it, my printer was out of ink, so I had to print it in black and white to get the layout done. I'll probably replace the picture with color pictures now that I have some ink. These papers were perfect for our remodeling project!
The tree is Riff Raff chipboard, and I added cinnamon Stickles to the heart leaves. That's all I have for now! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Back Porch Memories Member Layout Sneak Peeks

The October kits are now available at Back Porch Memories, and they are both fantastic! If I had to choose one this month, I don't know which one it would be because I love them both! Fortunately, I didn't have to choose because I did the member layouts this month, so I got both kits anyway! I got to work with Tami Floyd's awesome sketches, and boy do they spark some creative inspiration! Only kit club members get access to the sketches and to the member layouts, but I can show you some sneak peeks...Here are pictures of the kits. Hurry and get yours now before they sell out!
Solo kit:Medley kit:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Nikki Sivils

Creativity Boutique has Nikki Sivils papers in stock! I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the Victoria's Street papers, and I'm having so much fun with them. Here are a couple of layouts that I've created, and I have a couple more projects in mind for this weekend.Be sure and visit the Kreative Kaboodles blog to see what Amy, Pam, and Chris created with some of Nikki's other paper lines!

I also got my November Kit 'n' Kaboodles kit today, and just wait until you see it! Gorgeous doesn't even begin to describe it, and I can't wait to dig into it! Keep an eye out for it to be revealed on the KnK home page tonight or tomorrow!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A little bit more from KnK

Here are a couple more projects that I created using the October kit from Kit 'n' Kaboodles. My layout was based on a sketch by Kristine Davidson for Creative Scrappers. I really wanted to show off the versatility of the Core'dinations cardstock in this kit, so I did a lot of tearing, sanding, and distressing with my projects this month.

Making Brownies layout:Hugs card:Hope you all have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kit 'n' Kaboodles October Kit Reveal

We are playing with some gorgeous papers from Scrap Within Reach and 7gypsies this month at Kit 'n' Kaboodles! The purples and greens in this kit are gorgeous, and we are also playing with Core'dinations cardstock too! This cardstock is so fun! This is my first time playing with this stuff, and I have been ripping, sanding, and distressing like crazy! Here are a couple of layouts I have created so far with this beautiful kit.

Someday Her Prince Will Come:Adorable:Have a great weekend!