What a team!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  I am so very excited to share a new project with you today featuring some beautiful product from May Arts and Authentique!  This whole week, design team members from both companies have been sharing some beautiful projects using Authentique’s Harmony collection together with a variety of ribbon from May Arts.  Stash

As part of the products, I received the card making stack, and I knew immediately I could have some fun with those.  I decided to team them up with some of my favourite 3/4″ chevron twill ribbon in yellow to create some small journals! By using some embroidery thread to attach some pages, creating these journals was even easier than putting together a card.  I had so much fun I ended up making three!

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So there you have it – some fun little notebooks to capture those little thoughts or moments!  I can’t wait to see what the other gals have up their sleeves today too!  And you will want to check them out and leave a message because Authentique and May Arts have put together three packages to give away to some lucky people who take a moment to comment!  We always love hearing what you think, and it’s always better when there is a prize, or two, or three!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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BFF Trinkets – Especially For You!

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It’s preview week this week at Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, and I am so excited to be participating again this month.  Some of you might remember that I earned a guest spot last month for KKS after participating in a contest a few months back.  Well, after a bunch of groveling on my part, ;) Kim asked me to stay on as a permanent Krafty Girl!  So today, and all this week, I get to share previews of all the stamps being released this weekend!

Now, let’s get down to business!

BFF-Trinket-closeupIt is no secret that I love paper flowers (and I know you do too because some of my most popular blog posts are my tutorials for flowers)! It is also no secret that I love Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, so I decided to team them up today for fun spring card! The center of the flower is a stamp from the new BFF Trinket set - a set that set that includes EIGHT trinkets. These circular sentiment stamps have been created and designed by the totally talented Krafty Girl, Nicole Aspinall!! They are made especially to fit in your 1 3/8ths and 1 ¾ inch punches, for quick and easy cutting!!!

The paper on this card is from the fun and cheerful Chickadee stack from DCWV. I did add a bit of Glossy Accents to the center of the flower for a bit of shine and emphasis.  I did a bit of doodling, added a bit of bling, and voila – a card for a special friend in your life!

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So that’s it from me today!  Don’t forget! You can WIN some of our new stamps by entering our Krafty Krop Challenges that are open all week long, and by checking out all the fun projects the Krafty Girls have created today with this set of stamps (see links below).

Thanks for stopping by today!


An invitation…

Yesterday was a bit of a surprising day!  At about 8:30 in the morning, there was a knock at the door.  On my doorstep, I found a package from Die Cuts With a View.  I quickly opened it up to find two Matstacks, and an invitation.  Take a look:

Can I just say what a fun way this was to break the news!!!

The invitation was to join DCWV’s first ever design team!

I have to admit that I wandered around in a bit of a daze for a while, and I think I read the invitation at least ten times…then I hit the computer to see if someone was just playing a nasty joke on me! ;)  But on the DCWV blog, there was a fun video showing off the the amazing Halloween themed DCWV booth, and the Design Team announcement.  And my picture was there – it was really there!

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So another journey begins…are you ready for a ride???

Supporting OWH (and a tutorial so you can too)!

Do you enjoy making cards?  Every Tuesday in April the teachers at Miss Art’s Papercrafting School will be teaming up to bring you a card tutorial, designed to spark your creativity, teach you new techniques, and meet the specifications for Operation Write Home cards.  Each Tuesday, visit the Miss Art’s blog to view the tutorial.  Then join designers Karen Hanson, Alyssa McGrew, Tina McDonald, and Jodi Baune in creating cards to donate to Operation Write Home.
Cards will be collected at the Miss Art’s office, then forwarded as a group to the Operation Write Home distribution center.
Every card we receive will become an entry to win the Esther’s Innovations kit from Miss Art’s!  You can send as many cards as you like, earning as many entries as you like, but only cards following the OWH guidelines will be eligible.  Cards must be received by May 25th, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing.  International entries and cards are welcome.  Cards created should be shipped to Miss Art’s Papercrafting School, Attn: Alyssa McGrew, 125 Sherry Ln, Attica, IN 47918.
For more information about the specific requirements for donated cards, please view the OWH requirements page.
We can’t wait to see what you create!
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It never ceases to amaze me how giving, caring and supportive the papercrafting community can be!  There always seem to be initiatives to support those in need – everything from supporting crafters through family tragedies to large scale support programs.

I recently heard about an organization called Operation Write Home (OWH) through the Miss Art’s Papercrafting School.  OWH’s mission is Supporting our nation’s armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.”  Now, I know many of you are saying – hey Scrappy, the USA is not your nation.  While that might be true, I think this is a great program in support of people, so I was happy to see how I might be able to contribute!  And to be completely honest, I am always looking for a good excuse to craft! ;)

So, out came the paper and glue, and a new card creation was born:

This card utilizes a fun, and fairly simple interactive element called a surprise pop-up.  When the recipient pulls on the tab at the top, the stamped image slides up to reveal the sentiment,  For this design, I used a cute free digi from Paula over at Handmade by Paula and simply embellished the sheep with a little fussy cut flower. Paula actually created this cute sheep and sentiment specifically for a OWH blog hop back in 2010, so I thought this would be a great chance to give this adorable stamp the spotlight again!  And finally, all the paper used for the card is from the Echo Park Springtime collection – the perfect collection to bring a fresh and bright feeling to projects this time of year!

Here’s how you can create a standard A2 surprise pop-up card too:

Materials:

  • Paper Cut to: Piece 1 – 4 ¼” X 5 “, Piece 2 – 4 ¼” X 10”, Piece 3 – 3” X 4 ¾”
  • Adhesive
  • Craft Knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Scoring board
  • Optional – ribbon or other fiber

Instructions:

Step 1

Cut 3 pieces of cardstock to measurements

Step 2

  • Using Piece 1 – Place the paper down so the 4 ¼” edge is across the top.  Measure in ¾” from the left and right side.    
  • Use these marks to draw 2 vertical lines – one on the right and one on the left side starting and ending ¾” from the top and bottom edges.
  • Connect these two vertical lines across the bottom.
  • Use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut each line you have drawn.

 Step 3

You should now have a flap in the middle of your card that is till connected at the top edge.

 Step 4

  • Using Piece 1 – Rotate your paper 90º so the 5” edge is across the top and the “bottom” edge is lined up at the 0 mark.
  • Score at the 1 ¼”, 2 ¾” and 4 1/4” mark.

 Step 5

  • Using Piece 1 - Turn your paper over so the wrong side is facing up
  • Apply a strip of adhesive along the tab created by the bottom cut and first score line.

Step 6

Using Piece 3 – Line up and center one 3” edge with the bottom of edge of the flap (where you just applied the adhesive).  Press down.

 Step 7

  • Using Piece 2 – Fold in half
  • Using Piece 1/3 – Apply adhesive along the sides and bottom edges of piece 1/3

 Step 8

Using Piece 1/3 – Turn it over so the right side of your paper is facing up and the adhesive is facing down.  Line it up with Piece 2 and adhere the pieces together.

 Step 9

You now have your completed pop-up element.  Embellish the pull tab with ribbon and add your stamped images to the flap and the hidden compartment.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this little card brings smile to your face! Oh, and I would love to know if you have ever made cards for OWH (or are now inspired to do just that) – leave me a comment below!