Friday, August 23, 2013

Featured in the Scrapbook Trends Newsletter!

Hey...I just wanted to share so fun news I got the other day!  My card using Samantha Walker's Silhouette File...2 Page Book Card and her A to Z Paper Collection, will be featured in Northridge Publishing's Newsletter.  Watch for your newsletter in your emails today!  Here is my card!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Joyous Christmas Tree...using Authentique!

I love Christmas paper and when I saw the new collection Joyous from Authentique,  I knew that something special was in store for those pretty papers.  It's not too early for Christmas right?  Today I am going to show you how simple and easy it is to put together rolled flowers for this Christmas tree.

As you can see on this tree, I have about three different types of rolled flowers.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut all these flowers out, but you don't have to have a Silhouette to make rolled flowers.  Let me show you.

This is a piece of patterned paper from the Joyous 6x6 Paper Pad.  This paper pad is perfect for making these flowers, but you can also use the 12x12 patterned paper too.

Cut a circle out of your paper.  This circle ended up being about 4x4 inches.  I free handed my circle and it doesn't need to be perfect, in fact, it is better if it isn't.  It gives the flowers a unique look if your circle isn't a perfect circle.  You can also make whatever size circles for your flowers.

Next, cut your circle out in a spiral, like this picture.  To make your flower look a little more unique, try cutting out the spiral using some scissors that have shaped edges on them.

Now to make your flower come to life.  I used a petal roller to make rolling my flowers easier, but you can use tweezers, a quiling pen or even just your fingers.  I have done it all these ways.  Start from the outside and work you way to the center.

This is what it should look like when you are finished.  Make sure you glue the flower together by adding glue to the very center of the flower, hold it down and make sure all the rolls adhere so your flower stays together.

So, now you have some ideas on how to make your flowers for your tree.  Next up...a cone for your tree.  I found my cone at Hobby Lobby, but I am sure just about any crafting store will have them.  My cone ended up being 12 inches, but you can pick whatever size your would like.

Next, I wrapped patterned paper around my cone and glued it so that you wouldn't be able to see the styrofoam.  There was no rhyme or reason to how I did this.  I had to piece some of it together to make sure the whole cone was covered.

Now to cover your cone.  So that I didn't make more flowers than I needed,  I made about 10 at time and then glued them to the paper covered cone using a glue gun.  Start adhering your flowers at the base of the cone, working your way around the cone, alternating flower styles and colors.  

Once you are finished adhering your flowers, add whatever embellishment you want to the top.  For mine, I stuck a small wooden dowel into the top of the cone.  I glued the dowel to these cute Joyous Statements  and tied a ribbon onto the dowel.

This was definitely one of my favorite projects that I have ever done.  I loved seeing it come together and Authentique's Joyous Collection was perfect for this Christmas Tree.  Thanks for stopping by and have fun crafting with Authentique.

Authentique Supplies: 
Joyous Collection: Foundations Paper #JOY007, Decorate #JOY001, Magical #JOY002, Classic #JOY003, 6x6 Bundle #JOY010, Advent Block #JOY013 and Statements #JOY015 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Simple Stories Projects!

Simple Stories makes it so easy to create fun projects.  Not only are their collections perfect for fast and easy Scrapbooking, but you can create whatever fun paper projects you like.  Today I want to share with you what I love to do with the Simple Stories collections.  First off....

A Welcome Back to School card!  Yes, it is that time of the year.  Some of you are sad and some of you are happy.  As for me, I am not ready for the summer to end, but I love the fun collections that come out in the fall.  I made this card using the Smarty Pants Collection.

Welcome back to school1

Welcome back to school2

What I love about this card is the fun surprises it holds at every fold!

Welcome back to school3

I chose to decorate the front and the back of the card.  I also used my Silhouette machine to cut the card out.

Welcome back to school4

Next, I want to share with you this layout I made using the Say Cheese Collection.  I love the fact that this collection was meant to document those Disney moments, but it is great for any fun moments.  My cute little neighbor girls were perfect for this collection.

Always believe1

There are so many fun details and elements to this collection, which made it easy to use pictures that weren't Disney related.

Always believe2

Always believe3

Always believe4

Finally...we come to the Christmas collection, December Documented.  I made this card using the 4x4 Quote & 6x8 Photo Mat Elements and of course my Silhouette.

Merry christmas card1

Merry christmas card2

This is how I use my Simple Stories Collections.  I love the versatility.  What do you create with your Simple Stories Collections?  Thanks for stopping by!

Simple Stories Supplies:
Smarty Pants:
School Spirit #3407
Fundamental Cardstock Stickers #3402
3x4 Journaling Card Elements #3410
Say Cheese:
2x12 Border & 4x12 Title Strip #3314
Best Day Ever #3308
Magic #3304
4x6 Horizontal Journaling Cards #3311
Chipboard Stickers #3328
Sn@P Sticker Labels #4019
24 /Seven Fundamental Cardstock Stickers #3102
Sn@p Typeset Stickers #4021
December Documented:
Holly Jolly #3509
Red Snowflake/Red Chevron #3517
Green Snowflake/Green Chevron #3518
4x4 Quote & 6x8 Photo Mat Elements #3513
Chipboard Stickers #3528

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Clear Scraps Chipboard Sandcastle Album!

If you are here for the Samantha Walker Blog Hop...Please scroll down to the next blog post!

This album has to be my favorite project of the August Kit. I saved the best for last. This album features the Bo Bunny Key Lime CollectionMuddle Puddles Sand Paste and this awesome chipboard Sandcastle Album.  Here we go!
I used the Mud Puddles to adorn the tops of this album.

Sand & sea mini1

I cut out the cute shovel and pail using my Silhouette and added some more Mudd Puddles to embellish them more.

Sand & sea mini2

In this album I used the stickers that came wit the Key Lime Collection, flowers and the patternedpaper.  I also used a lot of foam adhesive to give my pages dimension.

Sand & sea mini3

Sand & sea mini4

Sand & sea mini5

Sand & sea mini6

Sand & sea mini7

Sand & sea mini8

Sand & sea mini9

Sand & sea mini10

Sand & sea mini11

Fun right?  If you haven't picked up this really should.  It's waiting for you in the Clear Scraps Store.  Thanks for stopping by today and get scrappy with Clear Scraps!

August Samantha Walker Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Jamie Cripps blog!

We also have an amazing giveaway this month 
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This month one lucky winner will receive a 

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This month we have been creating projects that focus on back to school.  I is just around the corner.  My kids start next week and I am not ready for it.  The good news is...all of the fun crafts that come along with back to school.  My kids are older, but sometimes they have that favorite teacher that they don't mind spoiling.

I made this cute treat box using Samantha Walker's 3d Artisan Expanding Box and her Traditions and Giddy Boy Collections from Carta Bella.

Look how fun it is!  I love how this opens up!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back 2 School with Imaginisce!

Our teachers always do such a fantastic job and they deserve some appreciation every once in awhile.  Staring at the end of the month, my kids will both be in high school, so it they really don't like taking fun things, like these Apple Treat Boxes, to their teachers.  However,  my daughter usually has that one teacher that she just adores and I am sure she will want to spoil her with a treat.  

I made these cute Apple Treat Gift Boxes using my Silhouette.  I thought they were perfect for Back to School.  I am sure all of our teachers appreciate, fun and unique gifts.  These can also double as decor to decorate a teacher's room.

Thanks for popping in and talking a look at my project.  All this week the Imaginisce design team is sharing their Back 2 School projects, so make sure you are stopping by the Imaginisce Blog and be prepared to be inspired!

Imaginisce Supplies: Endless Summer Patterned Paper and Childhood Memories Patterned Paper
Other Supplies: Silhouette Cameo, Offray Ribbon and Bazzill Basics Cardstock

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Sunday Samantha Walker Tutorial!

Around here, in good old Cache Valley, we have a lot of rodeos going on this time of the year.  Guiseppa here to share with you a tutorial using the 2 Pocket Cards SVG  and the Giddy Up Boy and Girl collections. My cards will be perfect to give to some of the friends that live around me, that love to rodeo.

First off click on your 2 Pocket Cards cut in your Silhouette Library.  

  You will need to ungroup these cards so you can cut them.  To do this make sure the whole image is highlighted and then right click and choose ungroup.  Now you can move your images around.

Next separate the insert and outside of the card so you can cut them out using different papers.

Now fold on all of the perforations 

Now, glue the small flap next to the doily border.  Make sure you glue it on the inside of the card and not the back outside of the card.

Look how nicely the insert card fit into the pocket.

Finally, dress up the outside of your card! I kept mine simple, but these cards would be really fun to embellish quite a bit.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out all of Samantha's products by looking at the right side of her blog and then clicking on the links to see her products.