Friday, December 12, 2014

Sketch challenge {scrapbook circle}


As I often like to do in December, the sketch for Scrapbook Circle this month is a card sketch. Even if you don't make all of your Christmas cards, maybe there is one special person who would love a handmade card this holiday season. 


The December We Are Made of Stories kit is filled to the brim with Christmas goodness. I also snagged the Favorite Elf add-on kit. I used the Pink Paislee 6x6 paper pad and Elle's Studio die cuts on this card.


If you get a chance to play along with this month's sketch challenge, the winner will receive a Heidi Swapp prize pack. Check out more inspiration and the rules for the challenge at the Scrapbook Circle blog.

Thanks for stopping here to see my card today. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Train {bella blvd}


Yesterday on the Bella Blvd blog, I shared this fun Christmas train. And yes, I'll admit I sang the songs from Polar Express pretty much the entire time I was making this. 


For this week's project, I wanted to make something that would highlight the whimsy in the Christmas Cheer collection, and I think this accomplished it. The deer and penguin look so happy riding around with Santa in his train.


It would be fun to use this for a holiday decoration or even for giving a small gift. A gift card, small lotion or even jewelry would fit in the back of the train.


The studio file for this train can be found here, in case you would also like it.

Supplies: Christmas Cheer (Pattern paper: Christmas Crew, Jingle All The Way, Reindeer Games, Making Spirits Bright, Borders Christmas Cheer), Chipboard Icons, Trinkets

Thanks for stopping here today to see my festive train project!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop {handmade holiday gift ideas}

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop! You should have come to my blog from Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs' blog. To catch all of the fun from the beginning, visit Samantha Walker's blog first.

This month's lucky winner will receive a $10 gift card to digiplayground.com.  


...and be eligible for the free SVG/Silhouette file for this month. Be sure to look extra closely at Step #4 below to learn how you can get this FREE SVG and Silhouette Studio file:



To enter, just leave a comment on Samantha's blog during Wednesday 12/10 until Sunday 12/14. The winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday 12/15.

For additional entries:
1. Receive an additional entry for commenting on each of the other blogs in the blog hop.
2. Go here and follow Samantha Walker's blog. 
3. Follow her on Facebook.
4. Sign up for an e-mail subscription to Samantha's blog and you will automatically receive a link to a free SVG cutting file that you can download and use on your personal electronic cutter. If you are already a subscriber, just enter in your information in the secure form on Samantha's blog!  The free files will be e-mailed early next week!

To receive the additional entries and get the free files, mention in your comment on Samantha's blog that you have done so! 

Now for this month's theme: Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas


For my handmade holiday idea I made a gift bag using Samantha's tote bag cut file.


 A fun snowman file adds to the gift as a giant gift tag.


Supplies: Samantha Walker — Simple Bag Tote, Snowman

Keep hopping along with us for more summer inspiration! Your next stop on the hop is Cathy Harper— click on the image below to keep on hopping!


Thanks for hopping along with us this month! 

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This is my last post for Samantha Walker's team. It was a fun two years and I'm so thankful for the time I got to spend with these ladies. Thanks to Samantha and Jamie for a great experience!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas ornament {fancy pants & tombow}


Today on the Fancy Pants Designs blog I'm sharing an ornament project for our swap week with Tombow. I used Tombow adhesive along with the little trees that are a part of the Fancy Pants Designs Oh Deer! collection.


Because I was sticking a wooden-based tree to a plastic round ornament, the Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive was the best choice. It applied a layer of super sticky adhesive to the base of the tree, which worked much better than a wet glue would have.


After applying the adhesive, I used long-nosed pliers to drop the tree into the ornament. Then, one of my handy Tombow markers worked well to help straighten and position the tree.


Once the trees were all inside the ornament, I used the packaging from my Tombow adhesive to make a little funnel for pouring the glittery fake snow into the ornament.


Thanks for stopping by here today to see my ornament!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hey, Santa {bella blvd}


Today on the Bella Blvd blog, some of the creative team members are sharing layouts that use this month's sketch. (You can see the sketch I used at the end of this post or on the Bella Blvd blog.)

I'm a big fan of sketches with only one photo, but when you also add a split background like this one does, I love it even more. 


I recently snapped this photo of my boy with Santa Claus at the mall, so the Christmas Cheer collection was the perfect choice. 

I love the traditional green and red color scheme for the holidays. I used a variety of stickers in the collection and some journaling to create the big title off to the side of the page.


Supplies: Christmas Cheer (Pattern paper: Borders Christmas Cheer, Daily Details Christmas Cheer, Happy Hearts), Treasures & Text stickers, Trinkets.

Here is the sketch that we used for this month.


Thanks for stopping by here today. You can see more examples with this sketch today on the Bella Blvd blog.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Santa Claus card {samantha walker}


Today on the Samantha Walker blog I am sharing how I made this card. I started with this cut file from Samantha Walker. 


Stop by Samantha Walker's blog if you'd like to see the tutorial.


And thank you for visiting here to see my card today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving centerpiece {fancy pants}


Today on the Fancy Pants Designs blog I am sharing some tips for assembling a pilgrim hat centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner. 


Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends. When you gather around the dinner table this year, impress your guests with a handmade centerpiece. I made a pilgrim hat using a Silhouette file and a variety of papers from Fancy Pants Designs. It was fun to make and my son is thrilled that we have this piece to show off for the holiday.


Stop by the Fancy Pants blog to see my tips for this project.

If you are celebrating this week, have a wonderful holiday filled with laughter and good times.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: True Friend, Burlap and Bouquets, Everyday Circus, Foil Paper

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankful for… {bella blvd}


Today on the Bella Blvd blog we are sharing projects that finish the sentence, "I am thankful for…" 

For many of us, our family and friends are what we are most Thankful for. I snapped this photo of my son on my birthday — thankful that I had him to spend the day with and even doing one of my favorite activities: pumpkin picking.


Since he is the most important part of not only this layout, but also what I am thankful for, I printed the photo on a glossy piece of white card stock at 8.5" x 11". I wanted his presence to be larger than life on this page.


Supplies: Hello Autumn (Pattern paper: Falling into Fall, Gatherings, Daily Details Hello Autumn), Paper Pieces Die Cuts, Treasures & Text. Max: Treasures & Text. Lucky Starz: Treasures & Text.

Thanks for visiting here today. Stop by the Bella Blvd blog for more thankful projects.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Very Merry kit {scrapbook circle]


Scrapbook Circle is offering the Freckled Fawn Very Merry Embellishment Kit through the shop. It even comes with a fabulous clear pouch with gold stars! 

Some of us on the creative team were too excited about the kit to wait for the holidays to begin using it. Here is a card I made that shows off the chipboard and snowflakes that are in the kit. 


Make sure you get one for yourself before you start your December book or holiday cards!