Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reverse Confetti April Colour Challenge

Well, it's the 16th of the month, which means that
there is a new Colour Challenge up on the Reverse Confetti blog today! 

I decided to change the plum to lavender, which made it perfect for an Easter card:

I layered some Heidi Swapp patterned paper over my Lavender Mist background.
Using Carton Cuties their coordinating Confetti Cuts, I added a carton full of coloured eggs.
I added my sentiment (from Carton Cutieswith a Beautiful Banners banner its coodinating Confetti Cuts die.

Be sure to check out the Reverse Confetti blog to see what
the other designers created using this colour combo!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pages With Papertrey Sketch #32

Today, I have a sketch & a layout to share

The sketch is the next one in my Create: Sketches book.

I decided to convert the sketch to a 12x12 layout and
instead of one photo, I used 8x10 photo collage that I had made.

My background patterned paper is Basic Grey.
I diecut my title letters from some SSS woodgrain cardstock
using my PTI Book Print uppercase alphabet dies.
I diecut my tag using the same woodgrain cardstock and my PTI Tag Sale #5 die.

I diecut the sled from the same cardstock again, but from the back, where it
was smoother.
I stamped the sled (PTI's Two Feet Deep) in pure poppy and black.
A few enamel dots finish it off.

If you create a layout using this sketch,
please link it either here in the comments or here on the PTI forum.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts -- Twirly Girly

Just popping in today to share a card that I made using

After the winter we've had, I was totally ready to create a card with a spring feel to it
and the super pretty Twirly Girly Collection was absolutely perfect for it!

Supplies: Paper (TG140S01; TG140S05, TG140S08) ; Mini Sticker Tags (TG14EB0401)

To create my card, I used some Mama Elephant Femme Frame dies.
I die cut the solid berry patterned paper on the back of the Itty Bitty Ballerina patterned paper 
with the scalloped edge die.
I die cut the floral portion of the Paper Posies patterned paper with the dotted edge rectangle die.
I fussy cut a few flowers from the Rosy Posy patterned paper and 
adhered them to my card with dimensional adhesive.
A mini sticker tag adds my sentiment in a quick & super sweet way.

Tip: to add some dimension to a card, fussy cut some flowers from patterned paper and
adhere to your card using dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Make It Monday #159

Today, I have some treat bag tags to share that I made using Papertrey Ink's

Here's what I did.
I chose some coordinating patterned papers from a Basic Grey 6x6 pad and 
cut them into 1.5" squares.
Then, I adhered a bunch of them to a 8.5x11" sheet of thinner white card stock, but at an angle.
I trimmed the sheet to two 11"x4.25" pieces and ran these through my die cutting machine with my
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #7 die.
I stamped a sentiment from Wet Paint onto each tag.
Then, I wanted to impress the pattern onto each tag for the MIM challenge, 
but I couldn't decide which one to use.

So I used all of them. :)

This one is hard to see, but I used the Simple Stripes IP, the thin stripes side, horizontally.

And on this one, I used it vertically.

I used the other side of the Simple Stripes IP, but this time vertically.

And again on this one, but vertically.

I used one side of the book print impression plate on this one.

And the other side of it on this one.

For this one, I used my paper beads die with my embossing mats.

I used my Lil Inkers cover plate on this one.

And on this one, I used my PTI Centrestage cover plate.

And what are the treat bags for?
I took them to the high school yesterday for our parent-teacher conferences.
Just a little thank you for the hard work the teachers do.

In them is Butter Crunch, my favourite treat to share.

And I thought I'd share the recipe here, since I get requests for it.

Butter Crunch

Approx. 35 unsalted soda crackers
1 cup butter (I use margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups chocolate chips
Skor Bits (optional)

Preheat over to 350˚F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with oil.
(I usually take the wrapper from my margarine block and rub it over the oil on the aluminum foil.)
Lay crackers on the cookie sheet until it's completely covered (I end up cutting 5 crackers in half to make everything fit nicely.)
In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar.
Bring to a boil, stirring pretty constantly, until it thickens.
Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir.
Pour over crackers.
Bake for 6 to 7 minutes. 
Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips over top.
Let melt (maybe 5 minutes or so) and spread with a knife.
Sprinkle Skor Bits over top (I omit this part if I'm giving it away, because there are traces 
of nuts in the Skor Bits.)
Place in fridge until cool. (A few hours)
Remove from fridge, peel aluminum foil off of the bottom and cut into pieces.
Store in fridge.

And that's it!

I'm also linking these tags up to this week's

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Exciting news: Paper Crafter's Library

You may remember that back in January,
I was asked to be a guest designer on the Paper Crafter's Library blog.

Well, in February, Andrea Walford, of Paper Crafter's Library contacted me and asked if I would be interested in making videos for PCL.

Now, I have to say, I was very super honoured to be asked, but I didn't have a camera that could take videos, so I didn't think it would work. 
Then, shortly afterwards, I took Jonah to our local computer/appliance store 
because he wanted to figure out how to get Mods for Minecraft. 
While he was doing this, I started browsing the clearance table.... and happened upon a $180 Pentax camera that takes video for $20! 
Needless to say, I snatched it up immediately!

So, to make a long story short, I've started making some videos, 
which you can see exclusively at Paper Crafter's Library. :)

The best way to describe it is it's a video tutorial based website that provides tons of lessons, 
videos, tutorials, PDF’s etc on everything pertaining to the paper crafting world… 
It doesn’t matter whether you are a cardmaker, scrapbooker or altered items designer, 
there is something there for everyone. 
You are taught various techniques and how to make the best use out of your products. 
There are over 1600 videos in the library right now! 
It is a membership based program, so be sure to click here to check it all out! 

This collage features some of the projects I have made exclusively for Paper Crafters Library.

 With each video, you also receive a PDF complete with directions and supply lists. 
It really is quite the site and definitely worth checking out…. 
The videos are broken up into different categories for easy searching/viewing 
if you are looking for something specific. 
You can also sign up for the member newsletter and it will email you each week 
all of the new lessons that have been added throughout the week.
They have really thought of everything!

I hope you will check them out and let me know what you think. 
If you're interested in reading about their story and how they all came about, click here.

If you do decide to sign up, I would very much appreciate it if you would use THIS LINK
or click on the badge over on the right sidebar. 
It lets them know that you came from my blog.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #72

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #72 by Julie Day:

With this sketch, I decided to make a love card, 
using some Crate Paper patterned paper and my Reverse Confetti Lots to Say stamp set.

Here's my card:

I die cut my red card stock with my PTI Heart Cover plate and trimmed it out to fit
in my Simon Says Stamp Bubble Talk die. 
I layered this over some Crate Paper and adhered it to some
sweet blush card stock.
I stamped my sentiment (from Reverse Confetti's Lots to Say) in grey.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, April 17th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Reverse Confetti's April Blog Hop

 It looks like spring has finally sprung, and we can’t think of a better way to get some crafty spring inspiration than with a fun new Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti!  
Today, the Confetti Crew and a few other “friends” will surely brighten your day 
with their fabulous cards and projects.  
We hope you will take some time and be inspired as you hop along with us right now!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog
and you should have made it here from my friend, Amy Kolling's blog
It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing. 
We have tons of inspiration for you to see using Reverse Confetti's amazing stamp sets!

For today's blog hop, I used Reverse Confetti's Sweet Thing stamp set and

Here's my card:

I started with a super sweet sheet of Crate Paper patterned paper.
I used it as my background and added a scallop strip at the bottom, which I die cut using Reverse Confetti's Double Edge Scallop Border die.
I stitched these in place and started working on my tag.
I wanted to add a tag to my card, but also wanted a scalloped edge. 
So I decided to combine the two and make a new tag using two of the Tag Me & Love Note dies.

Here's how I did it.
I ran my  Love Note die through my die cutting machine, but only halfway through.
Then, I ran it through a second time, from the top first, with the larger tag from Tag Me.
I had to trim off the sides a little, but was pretty pleased with the effect!

I stamped my sentiments from Sweet Thing in two coordinating colours and 
then decided to make a popsicle embellishment to finish it off. 
Can you guess which die I used?

I ran a piece of yellow card stock through with it, but only so it cut the large scallop border at the bottom. Then, using my paper trimmer, I trimmed out the rest to get a popsicle shape.
I completely covered this with glossy accents to give it an icy shine.
For the stick, I repeated the process, but this time used the smaller scallop border.
Pretty sweet, eh?

I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. 
Be sure and hop with us on the 8th of every month for more Reverse Confetti inspiration! 

Now it’s time to hop on over to Amy Sheffer's blog
If you get lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers 
over on the Reverse Confetti blog.

How would you like to win some Reverse Confetti goodies of your very own? 
Leave a comment on each stop along the way for a chance
to win a $15 gift certificate to Reverse Confetti.
  Comments are open until Thursday, April 10 at noon CST, and 
the winner will be announced on the Reverse Confetti Blog!

A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…
The April Sketch For You To Try is open for you to play along.  Click here for a chance to win.  
AND, there will be a new Colour Challenge posted on April 16th and another way to win!

Celebrate the creative side of you!

Thanks for looking!