Friday, December 28, 2012

top ten of 2012

Hey there fellow scrappers! Today we're sending out 2012 with a bang and having a mega blog hop featuring designers and alumni from Practical Scrappers. Each participant is featuring their top ten favorite projects from 2012. You can find the complete list of blogs participating at the end of my post. Here they are in no particular order, My top ten favorite pages of 2012:

( As seen on the Spring 2012 cover of Canadian Scrapbooker. Photo by Tracey Kendall)

So hard to choose 10, as they all contain memories and people I love.
To keep hopping, please visit Melissa Elsner next.

Here's the whole list:
Liz Chidester
Marcia Dehn Nix
Monika Wright
Ivanka Lentle
Christine Meyer
Jamie Cripps
Erin Morehousehttp
Melissa Elsner
Jodi Wilton
Sarah Hill
Laurel Seabrook
Carrie Walz
Jen Matott
Jan Tatomir
Jennifer Haggerty
Kerri Yarus
Ashley Nguyen Newell
Cathy Harper
Malika Kelly
Lynn Shokoples
Kris Berc
Julie Tucker Wolek
Rhonda VanGinkel
Savannah O'Gwynn
Audrey Yeager
Katrina Hunt
Have a happy and safe New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mustaches and Polaroids...

...two trends I haven't fully embraced...until now.

Isn't he adorable?
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Paper: Studio Calico ( Classic Calico V3)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Stains
stickers: Studio Calico, American Crafts
Fabric Tape: Love My Tapes
Adhesives: Helmar Acid Free Glue, Helmar Premium Craft Glue

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

C is for Cookie Con-ker

My littlest just turned two at the end of November.  We decided last minute that we'd throw him a very small party with a Cookie Monster theme. It was more for us than it was him really, as he had just learned to say Cookie Monster, and we needed to hear "Cookie Con-ker" over and over again as much as possible.  Since our local party store had nothing Cookie Monster themed, I had to quickly come up with a plan.  We decorated with a Cookie Monster Pinata that I found at the local bulk food store ( we individually wrapped miniature cookies to fill him), A bunch of blue balloons with a large Cookie Monster mylar balloon, and everything as blue as we could manage.

I made individual cupcakes instead of a larger cake, and based them on different variations I had seen on Pinterest. I used white chocolate candy melts for the eyes, and melted the top of dark chocolate chips to stick onto them for pupils. I cut store bought chocolate chip cookies in half, and inserted them into the buttercream icing where the mouth should be.

The kids loved them, especially the birthday boy as you can see:

The loot bags were gift bags I found at the Dollarama, and filled with a few Sesame Street items and blue gumball machines. I clipped them closed with some yellow duck chip clips I also found at the dollar store, and made cookie tags using my Cricut and the From My Kitchen cartridge. I think they would have looked better hanging horizontally, but it was too late to change them.

Then I made some cookie shaped bean bags, and this pizza box so the boys could have a game of "cookie toss" to keep them amused. 

All I did was glue on two sheets of 12 x 12 black cardstock to the box on the outside and inside center. Glued on the assembled SVG that I cut , and added an assembled cookie diecut. I then traced the oval in the mouth and cut it out. The beanbags can be stored in the closed box, and the box can stand on it's own when opened.

Materials for the tags and box
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge
SVG from ScrappinbyKris found here

Happily, the mylar balloon is still going strong, and Rowan still insists on calling him "Cookie Con-ker".

Monday, December 17, 2012

In Sympathy


This isn't going to be a long post, as I'm sure many of you are feeling a little inundated with talk about the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. We put together a simple post over at Practical Scrappers on Saturday December 15th, to show that our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. The girls made some beautiful cards worth checking out.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Ink: Memento ( London Fog)
Pebbles Chalk 
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pink and Flowery

Here'a a recent page I made using some of the "girlier" papers that I bought recently. Just because I'm cooking another boy doesn't mean I can't slip in a bit of pink now and again, especially while he's still so tiny.

Using Sketch #161 from Let's Capture These Sketches, and the On Trend collection from Crate Paper, this is what I came up with:

The bits of black in the papers, and the die cuts help tie in the stark ultrasound photos. 

 Using my favorite adhesives, I was able to give this page lots of dimension. I used Helmar Acid Free Glue to put everything together, Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots  to lift the butterflies wings, the title, and some of the blossoms. Liquid Scrap Dots was meant for butterflies; so much so, that in my opinion it should be called  Magic Wing Lift or something to that effect.

 Have a great Monday!