Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seed Packet Holder

I put together a fun fun card for Glue Dots® this month. It's a card with a little extra bonus inside. There's a pocket for placing a few seed packets for the gardener in your life. I'm thinking it would be a great for a spring birthday, Mother's Day, or even Earth Day (which happens to be April 22 this year). Here's what the finished product looks like:

To make this you'll need:
Glue Dots® (whatever size you prefer)
Glue Dots® Lines
12" x 4 1/4" piece of Card Stock
Patterned Paper (I used Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle)
Decorative Edge Punch
Twine or Ribbon
Scoring Tool (I love my Martha Stewart Score Board!)

To make the base, score your 12" x 4 1/4" piece of card stock at 5", 5 1/4", 10 1/2", and 10 3/4".

At this point you can decorate the card stock with patterned papers.

To make the seed pocket on the inside, you will need a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of paper.
Use a decorative edge punch to punch the top edge of the paper.
Score both sides and the bottom edge of the paper at 1/4" and 3/8". Fold along the score lines to create a pocket.
Here's what the pocket should look like once you're done scoring and folding.

Use Glue Dots® Lines to attach the pocket to the inside of the card.

To finish up your card, add embellishments. Here, I used Glue Dots® to attach buttons. I also cut flowers from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle paper. I added dimension to the flowers by Pop Up Glue Dots®.

I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ice and Scrappy Time

How was your weekend? My was full, fun, and icy. Friday night I got to scrap a little. I made a little more progress on my goal of getting my Italy scrapbook done this year.

All of the papers and accessories are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found.

On Sunday we got lots and lots of ice. Not a lot of fun, but boy did I get some cool pictures.
Hope you had a nice weekend, and wishing you a lovely week.

Friday, February 18, 2011

White Space

I'm all for stepping outside my comfort zone and challenging myself, so recently I've been playing around with leaving more white space in my layouts and cards. It's been a fun challenge, but it does seem to take me far too long to achieve a minimalist look. Here are a few of my recent "white space" creations.

This layout was made with Bo Bunny's Ad Lib line. I love the bright colors and funky patterns in this line!

As you can see with this one white space can be other colors too:

The ribbon and the puffy star are new products A Walk Down Memory Lane just started carrying. I used Permanent Glue Dots® to pleat the ribbon (I'm telling you, those pleats are never coming undone). The stamp set is Sophie's Sentiments by Lawn Fawn.

This last one can be found on display at AWDML and is made with Fancy Pants' It's the Little Things line. Lisa ordered this line for the store when she was at CHA, but it hasn't started shipping yet. The stamped doilies are from Maya Road.
Now I'm off to pack up some things so I can scrap tonight with friends. Wishing you a crafty weekend!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Journal and a Sneak

Life has been so crazy fun these past few weeks (except for the strep that 3 of us got). First up, I need to mention that if you live in the Northwest Iowa area you don't want to miss the CHA preview happening this Tuesday and Wednesday (February 15 and16) at A Walk Down Memory Lane. Not only will you get to see the new papers and accessories that Lisa ordered for the store when she was at CHA, but some of the new lines will even be available for purchase for the first time at the party. AWDML’s in store design team has been hard at work coming up with layouts, cards, and projects to inspire you using the new products. At last count I've completed 9 layouts, 1 mini album, 1 project, and I'm not done yet. I'm also not the only one creating. There's going to loads and loads of inspiration! Here's a little sneak:

Now on to the journal. Here's a fun project I made from a Fiskars journal. The cover was plastic, and there is lined paper inside. I decided to make a book to track all the funny, sweet, and crazy things my kids (2 yrs and 4yrs) say this year. When they say something notebook worthy I just grab the book, write the date, which kid said it, and what he said. There's also a little pencil case attached to the book. I made month tabs, and am slipping them into the book as needed.

The Things They Say Journal
Paper: Imaginisce Black Tie Optional (Raindrop Reflections), Jillibean Soup Pasta Fagioli (Clove Fresh Garlic)
Accessories: Maya Road Trinkets Medallion Flowers (Black), Maya Road Pleated Satin Ribbon (Red), Basic Grey Alphas
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
Extra Bits: Journal with lined paper

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A little Valentine's Day Inspiration

First, I have to apologize for not posting anything for a whole week. 3 out of 4 of the people in my family got strep at the end of last week (I was one of them), and this got put to the back burner for a while. Anyways, to beg your forgiveness I have 2 fun projects with a Valentine's theme. First up, we had a date night for my MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group last night. A husband/wife team gave a talk about strong marriages. We wanted to have a little thank you gift for them. She got a altered notebook, but men are much harder to make something for. I came up with this V-day themed thank you gift.

What man doesn't like candy, right? If you noticed this tube is only half full, it's because (unknown to me) my husband had been feeding M&M's from it to my kids. He's convinced he heard me tell him it was okay. I snapped this picture, than headed to the store to get more M&M's on my way to drop it off at date night.

This second project are the Valentines my son will be handing out at Preschool this year. They're made from Fancy Pants' ready to make V-day card paper called Cards from their Love Bird line. I added some glitter (using Stickles) and diamond glaze for a little extra fun:

There are even fun matching stickers you can use to seal your envelopes!

It's a fun and fast way to create your own Valentines Day cards! Thanks for being so patient with me about the blog. I'll be back soon... I promise!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February's Featured Manufacturers

Hello, and happy February! I thought I'd let you all know that A Walk Down Memory Lane's Featured Manufacturers for the month are Imaginisce and Magnolia. That means all Imaginisce and Magnolia goodies are 25% off all month long. Here's a fun Birthday layout I made with B-day Bash:
This is one of those layouts that's so much better in person. The title (Happy Birthday Happy) is popped up with foam dimensional adhesive, and I painted the letters with Glossy Accents to make it shine. The balloons and presents also have a lot of dimension and texture to them.
Just a side note, we are a family of Disney-a-holics, so when my youngest decided he wanted a Mickey B-day party, it was no surprise. The problem was making it different than the Mickey B-day party his older brother had when he turned 2. I'm not so great when it comes to making cakes, but I insist on doing it anyways for my kids for the sake of tradition, so I had to find something easy. I decided to make 3 ice cream cakes and set them up in the classic Mickey shape. Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS!