Friday, December 28, 2012

"Moments" - Dabbling with Digital

Hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday - I have had a lovely time relaxing with my family.  I wanted to get back to some digital scrapbooking  and so today I have a quickpage to show you, that I did literally in a matter of minutes.  Quickpages differ from templates in that all the work is already done for you, all you have to do is slip your photo in, add journalling and a date - that's it, done!

Here is my page.

This page was designed by Karen Funk, and was a freebie from Design House Digital (unfortunately I think it is no longer available.)

Even if you are not 'in' to digital scrapbooking, quickpages and templates are great starting points for inspiration for 'traditional' layouts.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing everyone all the very best for 2013.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elegant Silhouette Card

Hi Everyone

Today I am guest designer over at The Bugbytes, as always Pam thank you so much for having me.  I want to share a special 'one off' Christmas card for a good friend of mine, she also happens to be the breeder of my dog and you will soon see why it is a 'one off' card.

I am in love with silhouettes, especially all the Christmas ones that have been appearing in the Silhouette online store.  This week I bought the silhouette of the lady carrying parcels and walking her dog.  I knew that my friend would love it too, but I wanted to make it personal and change the dog silhouette to that of my own breed (which happens to be a vizsla.)  Here is my card.

 I just love how elegant these silhouettes look, and I especially love the little details like the buttons on the coat, and the ribbons on the back of her hat.

Of course what make it extra special for both my friend and me is the vizsla.

I used the Cameo to cut out the letters for my sentiment, the font is called Tall Deco.  A little tip here: I used the negative to help me position the letters, made it so simple.

A simple card with an elegant colour scheme of black, white, burgundy and silver - I hope she loves it as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Cards with Attitude

Hi Everyone

Thought that I would share with you a couple of Christmas cards today that I made for some crafty friends, who would appreciate my sense of humor.

 I just love this lady with 'attitude'.  These are digital images available from Bugaboo Stamps.  Just for a change I didn't use my ProMarkers to colour, instead I used the Cameo to print and cut these images.  I just love how easy it ended up being.  Here is a closer look at each card and the sentiment inside.

 All the sentiments were computer generated, and the background paper is from Studio G.

Thanks for stopping in today.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Blog Hop - Terrific Tree Place Cards

Hi Everyone and welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop.  This Blog Hop is being hosted by Pam from  The Bugbytes, and many of the very talented designers on her team are taking part - I hope you will find lots of inspiration as you visit their blogs.

If this is your first stop on the Blog Hop you may want to begin with Pam and start the hop from there.

So on with the project.  I decided to make something that I needed for my Christmas table - place cards.  But I wanted something a little different, so when Kelleigh from The Digichick came up with this cute Terrific Tree file, I knew just what I wanted to use it for.

 The file comes in just one piece, just fold along the score lines, add a little glue on three of the sides and you are done - easy peasy.  Of course I had to add a little 'bling'. Here's a look at the other two sides.

The paper I used for this is from DCVW 'The Glitzy Glitter Stack', and fits the color scheme for my table perfectly.  Not only does it make a great place card, but inside each box is a little surprise gift.

Here is a complete list of all the stops you can make on the hop.

Michelle -  (you are here)

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope that I have inspired you maybe a little.  Now hop on over to Danita's blog to check out her project.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chance to win gorgeous paper!!!!!

Check out Websters Pages Blog for a chance to win the new Color and Composition Paper from Allison Kreft.

So simple - just leave a comment on the Websters Pages blog for a chance to win.

I think I am in love.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Drop Ornament

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  My daughters were both home from university, and it was really lovely to see them and spend time with them - now I find myself playing catch-up with my blog (again!)

Today my project is this sweet 'Drop Ornament' designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff over at The DigiChick, which can be found here.

This cuts out all in one piece, all you need is a little glue on each of the tabs and it assembles in minutes.  I decorated mine with snowflakes - the smaller ones are made using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and the larger one is a file from the Silhouette online store.  I finished each of them off with a little bling.

Here is a closer look at the large snowflake - the layers are popped up with dimensionals.

The paper I used for this project is from DCWV 'Winter Magic' stack.  I am definitely going to make more of these ornaments, and I think I will add a window with acetate to 2 of the sides so you can peek in and see the goodies inside (I'm thinking M&M's in Christmas colours.)

Thanks for joining me today.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tag Galore (Part 2)

I'm back today with a look at the second tag swap which I organized with a group of crafty friends here in Colorado.  First off, here is the tag I made.

It is loosely based on this Tim Holtz tag from 2009.  I just love those photos (downloaded from Tim's blog) - what memories they bring back!

Here is closer look at some of the elements.

The filmstrip was cut with the Silhouette Cameo and the writing was also done with the Cameo using the Chomas Penn Holder.  Here are a few of the tags packaged up and ready to go.

 I had a great time over dinner swapping tags with my friends, and here are their beautiful tags that I received in return.

Thank you to all of my friends for the tags, I love each and every one of them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I hope to see you next time.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tags Galore (Part 1)

I have just taken part in a couple of tag swaps both locally with a group of crafting ladies I know and online with some designers from The Bugbytes and She's A Sassy Lady blogs.  I loved making the tags, but even more I loved all the little beauties that I got back.  Here is the tag that I made for the online swap.

Here is a look at what I did.  First my ingredients - a tag, water, distress inks and Glimmer Mist.

My first step was to pat the ink pad on to my craft mat, I used  Broken China.

Then I sprayed over them with water until the colours formed large droplets.

Then the messy (I mean fun) part, I swirled the tag around.

This is how the tag looked.

I dried it off a little with my heat tool, and then repeated the process again using both Broken China and Iced Spruce ink pads. 

The next step was to run the tag through a snowflake embossing folder and spritz with Opaque Glimmer Mist.

Lastly I used a paint sponge and some acrylic paint to finish off the edges.

To embellish I used a tree from the Silhouette online store, and dabbed a little more acrylic paint on the branches for snow, and the ornaments are made from Card Candy.

The word 'Believe' I wrote using the Chomas Adjustable Pen Holder on my Silhouette Cameo, and then finished it off with a little snowflake bling which I bought from Artsy (my not so local scrapbook store.)

I was really pleased with the end result.

And then I was thrilled when I received these in the mail a few weeks later.

If want to take a look at the takes more closely and see how some of them were made, take at look at the following blogs:

They are all so beautiful - thank you ladies so very much for your gorgeous creations, and thank you also to Pam for organizing this.

I hope you will join me tomorrow to look at the beautiful tags that I received from my local crafting ladies.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reindeer Noses

Hi Everyone, today I am guest designer over at The Bugbytes. I have such a cute Christmas project for you.  I know, I know, we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, but I just had to show you these...

Adorable, right?  And so simple to make in large quantities for the kids classrooms.  I have to admit this is not my own idea, but rather something that I found on Pinterest.  Here is a link to the original creator's blog Crafting in the Country.  Although I do not have any young kids in school, there are plenty in my neighborhood who will be receiving these next month.

Here is a closer look.

I made the whole thing using my Cameo, the reindeer head is a file from the online Silhouette store and the labels are printed from my computer (font Comic Sans.)  I changed a couple of things about the reindeer - I used googly eyes and mounted him on an action wobble spring.  Here is a look at the back of the label.

I purchased the little cellophane bags from Hobby Lobby and inside are 8 Whoppers (or Maltesers for anyone looking in from the UK) and 1 red gumball.
I can't wait to make a few more of these.

Thanks for stopping by today, and as always thank you Pam for having me over to play at your blog.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some special shoes, for someone special.

Hi Everyone

I made these shoes quite a while back.  Originally I had intended to make them as part of a project to get on a 'Design Team'.  It was a little 'tongue-in-cheek', I hadn't been terribly serious about it.  I have to thank my friend DeAnna from Paper Grandma for showing me this cutting file and also spending a lot of time over the phone helping me cut them with the MTC programme.

I finished the basic shoe, and kind of just left them on the shelf (literally).  I was looking at the the other day and thinking of my oldest daughter and her fascination with designer shoes (no doubt helped by her father who always 'notices' shoes.)  I should mention here that her fascination is purely in her head, as she is a 'poor hard-up student.'

Well, I started to 'bling' them out a bit and here is what I ended up with.

The more I thought about it he more I knew that there was just one finishing touch I had to make...

Red soles the signature of Christian Louboutin!

Soon these will be winging their way to Seattle filled with candy, and someone special will be dreaming of maybe one day owning the real thing.