Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December Card Class In a Box

December's Card Class in a Box is just about ready to go out  and I thought I share a look at the cards.
These are all the cards in the class:

Here's a close up of the cards I created for the class.

If you're interested in purchasing a subscription to the Card Class In a Box or want to learn more about what it is (they make an awesome Christmas present!), you can find all of the information by clicking here or by calling A Walk Down Memory Lane at (712)476-3443. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Scrapping School Photos Part 2

Today I have another school photo using Simple Stories Smarty Pants.

 For this layout, I mixed and matched a lot of different patterned papers, so I decided to keep the embellishments fairly simple.  However, I couldn't resist popping that pushpin sticker up with some foam adhesive to make it look like it was pinning the "school rocks" banner to the layout.

 Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Scrapping School Photos

About a month ago I got my kids' school photos. I never expect great grand wonderful things out of a school photo, but it doesn't mean I won't scrap those school photos anyways!

My big kid finally lost his first tooth (layout about that to come soon!) 3 days before school pictures.  I'm pretty sure he was way more concerned about showing off the new empty space in his mouth than smiling! 

I used Simple Stories Smarty Pants paper and stickers to capture his first grade school photo. I love how easily Simple Stories stickers layer up!   

I little more layering of stickers for the title, and this one is going in the scrap book! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I love you so

I don't know about you, but it always seems there are 3 times as many crafts to make as Christmas approaches.  It was fun to step back holiday paper crafting and do a little "free" scrapping this weekend.  Here's a layout from some photos I took this summer.

The shades of gray and rich blues in Pebbles Front Porch were perfect for scrapping these photos. The photo frames make easy work of making interesting photo mats.

Pebbles makes such lovely chipboard embellishments, and I try to use them any chance I get.  

I used a little bit of Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire ink to turn the alphabet stickers from gray to blue.  I also couldn't help but find a reason to use one of those adorable clothespins!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Little Lotion Bars in Pretty Tins

Are you thinking about gifts for the holidays? Today I have homemade little lotions bars  in pretty tins that are perfect for slipping in your purse. Dressing up the packaging with some washi tape and patterned paper makes these especially wonderful. 

Including packaging, these run about $1 - $2 per packaged lotion bar, super affordable. To keep cost down, I ordered most of products online through Amazon

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat melt:
3/4 cup Beeswax
3/4 cup Shea Butter ($3.50) - you can substitute cocoa butter for an amazing natural chocolate scent or vegetable shortening as a cost cutter as well.
3/4 cup coconut oil ($2.00) - I like coconut oil for it's many wonderful qualities, but olive oil, almond oil, or a mix of these liquid oils can be substituted.

It will take about 10 minutes for the ingredients to go from solid to liquid. 

*Optional step: You can add essential oils (for scented lotion bars) and or vitamin E oil (for preservation).

 You can pour the lotion bars into any mold you'd like, but for these, I just poured the lotion bars directly into the tins I will be using for gifting.  I was able to find my tins for $5 per 10 pack. While my lotions bars were cooling (which happened very quickly since the tins are small), I decorated the lids (which took about 5 - 10 minutes).

 I printed small labels on patterned paper from Pebbles Inc. Front Porch collection.  I used my Silhouette digital die cutting machine to cut those labels into small circles (if you don't have a Silhouette, you could use circle punches, dies, or even just a scissors). I cut a second larger circle from Front Porch paper as well. I sized this circle to be slightly smaller than the lid of the tin.  Use Permanent Glue Dots® to attach the smaller paper circle to the larger one and to attach the large circle to the lid of the container. 

You can also add little strips of paper or washi tape to the edge of your tin. 

...and there you have it easy little gifts in about 20 minutes!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hand Delivered Cards Class at A Walk Down Memory Lane

I've got another card class coming up at A Walk Down Memory Lane.

Hand Delivered Christmas Cards

Join me to make 4 beautiful, textured and layered Christmas cards that might be a little to thick to mail, but will be great for hand delivering!
Saturday, November 16, 10 am - 12 pm
Monday, November 18, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost $20

Call AWDML at (712)476-3443 to reserve your spot for class. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

2 More Say Cheese Layouts

After a bit of a break from birthday scrapping to get some other crafty work done, I finally finished up scrapping my oldest's birthday party with the papers and embellishments from Simple Stories Say Cheese collection.  I have the last 2 layouts to share with you today.

It seems the hardest thing for me to scrap are layouts with 2 photos. This one turned out alright in the end, but took a little more time to figure out. 

This 1 photo layout came together much more easily.

...and I finally got to use some sequins on a layout! 

I don't know how other people attach sequins, but I used a ton of Glue Dots® on this bad boy, but I know those sequins aren't ever going to fall off.  

Thanks for stopping by.