Triple Threat Blog Hop with DCWV, May Arts and Tombow

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Welcome to the DCWV/May Arts/Tombow Triple Threat Blog Hop! I am so excited to be participating in today’s hop!  All this week, designers from these three great companies are sharing projects they created by teaming up some fun paper from DCWV’s Honey Chic stack, with a variety of adhesives from Tombow and some beautiful ribbon from May Arts.

If you have come here from Melissa’s blog, then you’re on track! If not, you can go back to any of the company websites and start the hop from there!

It’s been a long time since I did any scrapbooking, but I had some recent pictures of my youngest that I was really looking forward to working with!

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The background piece of paper is one of my absolute favourite ever – it happens to be the lyrics from “You are my Sunshine”, which is one of my daughter’s favourite songs (we sing it every night).  The colours in the papers are bright and cheerful, and I thought they were the perfect match for these photos!

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If you’re new to my blog, you might not know that I love, love, love itnereactive layout elements.  For this one, I decided to use my Tombow Stamp Runner to create a pocket for a little tag.  The top of the tag is embellished with some of the fun May Arts ribbon – some Satin/Grosgrain Doubleband in Teal, and some burlap ribbon (love the texture on this stuff)!

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Then, I had so much fun using more ribbon to embellish the journaling tag with some more of the Satin Grosgrain Doubleband, and some cute Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon…

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Finally, I pulled out my Cutter Bee scissors and fussy cut some circular elements and flower to layer.  My Tombow foam adhesive square were a perfect way to add some dimension on top of the pretty white burlap ribbon.

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So there you have it!  Another layout for the album!  It’s about time!

Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes! Three lucky readers will win a Triple Threat prize pack of you own, including a stack from DCWV, a spool of ribbon from May Arts and Xtreme Adhesive, Power Tabs, Removable Adhesive and Fastener Tabs from Tombow. Winners will be chosen from comments throughout the week, so make sure you check back daily to increase your chances of winning! Also, please make sure you have popped on over to Facebook and “liked” each of the company pages (DCWV / May Arts / Tombow), because really, what’s not to like?!

Now, head on over to Rachel Kleinman‘ s blog to see what kind of spring craftiness she has in store!

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I love my paper flowers!

I have a confession to make – I am addicted to paper flowers.  And while I really like using them on projects, I love the process of making them even more.  So when Erin from DCWV invited me to be a guest blogger today, I knew I had to put a paper flower tutorial together!

A couple of weeks ago, I was up to my eyeballs in pansies, so this week I thought I would try something with a bit more of an “impressionist” feel.

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This was a little bloom I created with DCWV’s double-sided cardstock.  It works so well because you can play with different tones of the same colour!  I teamed it up with some paper from the Chalk Fun stack and a bit of tulle for some texture.  It was a really easy project, but I think it packs a lot of visual punch!

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This is another card I created with the same flower technique. I just changed the petal a bit by using a wider heart shape, and then reversing the colours, using the light colour on the bottom and the darker side on the top.  Again, the card base papers are all from the Chalk fun stack, and the card, flower and all, took about 15 minutes to create!

So, if you are interested in seeing a tutorial for these flowers, come on by the DCWV blog and say hi!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

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Well, we are a long way from graduations in our house (my oldest will be starting kindergarten in the fall), but it seems that everywhere I look, there are grad dresses, limos and graduation caps!  So I thought it would be fun to put together a bit of an unconventional graduation card for you today!

Grad-card-frontGiven that graduation usually (always??) involves schools of some sort, I thought it would be fun to use some papers from DCWV’s Chalk Fun stack.  This is a great stack – that paper is chalkboard style, so you can actually use chalk on it, and there are all sorts of vibrant colours and great frames and sentiments to work from.  Some of the sentiments are larger (perfect for scrapbooking and for Project Life type project), and there are others that are small enough for even a 4 1/4″ x 51/2″ card like this one!

Grad-card-closeupI also decided to team up the sentiment with a fun flower – created with some of the double-sided cardstock from DCWV (the dark teal is one side, and the lighter background petals are the other).  I topped it of with a few drops of Pearl Accents, and then placed some tulle behind for a bit of texture.  Oh, and if you like this flower shape, stay tuned because I will have a tutorial for you next week – no special tools required!!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I have more fun cards for you this week, and even a scrapbook page or two for variety!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

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Flower Tutorial – Pansies (Part 2): Teacher Thank-you

Cup-with-lidEarlier today, I shared a little tutorial I put together on making paper pansies.  If you can cut out a heart shape, you can handle these!  I also wanted to share with you a project that I actually used one of the pansies on – because the only thing more fun than making a paper flower is putting it to good use!

As a school teacher, I am often asked if I actually like receiving homemade appreciation gifts.  My answer is always the same – absolutely!  I truly appreciate any gift (homemade or other) that I receive from the families that I work with!

This year, one of my students noticed that I liked a particular kind of coffee and took some time before school to pick one up for me.  That gesture meant a lot, and I used it as an inspiration for this project.

Cup-fullAs fun as it would be to drop off a cup of coffee one morning (or an empty cup with a little gift card inside), I love the of embellishing the cup with a custom coffee sleeve to give it that “homemade” feel.  To create this one, I simply took an actually sleeve from a coffee shop, opened it up and used it as a template.  I grabbed a piece of paper from DCWV’s Chalk Fun Stack (because really – is there a better stack than this for a teacher?), some of the corrugated stack (because having that air pocketed paper is not only functional but really cute), and then traced the sleeve onto them, leaving one slightly wider than the other so I could create a layered look.

Because I wasn’t actually sure what size the cup would be, I didn’t glue the sleeve together. Instead, I simply waited until I had the cup and then tied a piece of May Arts ribbon the pieces of cut paper it to hold then in place. Finally, I added a little banner sentiment with a chalk pen, and added one of my paper pansies.  It’s like a bouquet of flowers and a cup of coffee wrapped into one!

If you haven’t checked out the tutorial for the flower on this project, I hope you’ll stay and check it out!  Thanks for stopping by today, and pop back soon – I have another flower tutorial in the works!

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Don’t feel like bringing a cup of coffee? Use the cup as a container for a gift card instead!