I was looking through layouts from the last year…

…And I came across one that I actually created this last summer.  When I checked ScrappyCanuck Studios, I was suprised that I had not shared it with you yet.  So I wanted to take a minute to go back in time a bit and share with you a fun story about this layout:

I spy with my little eye a little bit (okay, a lot) of Glossy Accents! :)

For the last five years or so, my husband and I have spent the first weekend in the little town of Armstrong B.C. for an event called the IPE.  This rodeo and fair have everything a country fair should have – horses, a little parade full of tractors and candy throwing, and lots of caramel apples!  One of my favourite parts has always been going to check out the craft and canning displays, so this last year, both my husband I decided to enter.  Now, I have a bit of a confession to make – we actually entered mostly because of the free pass we received for entering as an exhibitor, but I happliy got out my Cricut Walk in My Garden cartridge (I sure love this cartridge – it is so versitile), and my scissors for some fussy cutting (I created and cut out the paper pieces for the scarecrow myself – he happens to be the IPE mascot named “Haystack”), and off I went!   So, this layout was entered into the 8X8 scrapbook layout category that was supposed to utilize the theme for the IPE - “Have a Bloomin’ good time at the IPE.  And just to all of you who create 8X8′s on a regular basis – you are my heros!  I found it so tough to work at this scale!

Well, the day finally came, and off we went to the fair to scour the displays to see if we could find our creations, and maybe, just maybe, find a ribbon attached.  What did I find?  Well, take a look:

My first IPE red ribbon entry! Here it is displayed at the fair! Yahoo!

That’s right – my first IPE red ribbon (and $5.00 in prize winnings on top of the pretty ribbon)!

Now, I have to say that winning at the country fair probably doesn’t compete with some of the experiences you may have had winning design challenges or competitions, but I don’t think I have had anymore fun finding out reults than I did as I hunted through those displays, caramel apple hand, and getting my hands on that ribbon!  It really changed the fair experience for me – I have always really enjoyed going to the IPE, but this year, it felt more like we were part of the event!  I can’t wait to do it again.

Have you ever entered a craft into a country fair?

Everyone needs a Christmas tree monster or two!

Tell me that these little monsters don’t make you smile!

Every once in a while, I come across a paper company that makes me smile!

This summer, I was introduced to Nikki Sivils while reading about the new releases at CHA.  One of the company’s new lines, called My Lil’ Monster immediately made me think of my own two little gals, who I often affectionately refer to as “monsters” when they get into some of their curiosity-driven mischief.  The playful designs and unique colour combinations of this collection had me smiling and thinking of all sorts of projects I could create for my own lil’ monsters.  And today, I have the first project to share with you!

These little ornaments are a simple way to add a little bit of fun to your Christmas tree!  Afterall, is a Christmas tree complete without a monster or two? Here’s how:

This paper was the perfect choice for ornaments for my own lil' monsters!

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Cut your 12X12 paper into 11 strips in the following widths (one of each): 3″, 2 3/4″, 2 1/2″, 2 1/4″, 2″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″.
  2. Cut your twine or ribbon to 8″ and fold in half.
  3. Take your widest 3″ strip and center the twine or ribbon at one end so you have 1″ sticking out the top and bottom. Tightly roll the paper around the ribbon. Apply some adhesive to the end of the roll to keep the paper in place.
  4. Take the 2 3/4″ strip and center it over the finished roll from.  Apply a small amount of adhesive to keep the strip centered on the roll. Tightly wrap the new strip over the finished roll. Apply adhesive at the end to the roll to keep the paper in place.
  5. Repeat for each of the remaining strips.
  6. Embellish as you wish. I added a cute burlap button to the top of the ornament, and some googlie eyes to one of the monsters that I wanted to feature (I used a different monster for each of my girls – there are lots to choose from, and I found one for each that seemed to suit their personality). I also added some glossy accents to the featured monster, and on to some of the rolls to add a little shine. Finally, I added some cute little pearls using Buttercup Liquid Pearls.

It’s really that easy!  Your ornaments can be as simple or intricate as your imagination allows – just have some fun with paper and glue!

I’ll be back later this week with another cute and simple project I created with this collection. In the meantime, I would love to hear about paper collections that make you smile! You know I love hearing from you!

P.S. – For those of you coming over from Facebook today (Dec. 23rd) – thank-you for coming by!  I would love to know who has sent you all over!  Leave me a comment to let me know so I can send my thanks!

UPDATE: Yahoo!  This craft was featured over at CraftGossip.com!  Check it out!

Make sure to check out these other Nikki Sivils themed projects – Bookmarks / Get Well Double Slider card

August CropChocolate Project – SPLASH! A pop-up layout

Top view of Splash Layout

So it was “Something You Have Never Done Before” month for the Crop Chocolate Design team.  We had to try out something new and then put together a video to help you figure it out too!  Although I have made pop-up cards before, I have never tried to incorporate a pop-up into a layout, so I thought I would give that a try!  And since I just recently received the super cute Echo Park Spalsh paper from Crop Chocolate, I thought they would make a good combination!  So, here’s what I came up with:

Splash Popup Layout - Popup component

Hidden underneath the photo on the layout...a SPLASH!

This little pop-up component actually splashes up and outwards behind the little photo I cut out.  It took a bit of cutting to figure out just how to get it to work, so here’s a little video to make it easier for you:

Now, having said all of that, I have a little secret to share with you – there is actually a bit of MME paper in there too!  I made the splashes on the pop-up out of a piece of Surf’s Up paper I received in a cardstock grab bag I purchased through CropChocolate.  It went so well, I just had to use it up on this layout.  The only problem was…

Splash Popup Layout - Closeup

Splash Popup Layout - Closeup of embellishments

I need to learn to put my pages away quickly after I have created them.  This one suffered a tragic accident (namely split bubbles) the day after I shot the video I had to redo the background page, but was lucky enough to be able to save the pop-up (although I guess I could have just watched my own video to figure out how to make a new one! ;))  I wonder how many more pages I will see suffer an untimely demise in my days scrapping at the kitchen table! :)

Give it a try!  It really is a neat project, and not nearly as challenging as it appears!  And how fun will it be to have people interact with the pages you create?!

My Pink Stamper – Design Team Call

Have you heard the news? There are spots open for a 6 month term on Robyn’s My Pink Stamper Design Team.  I first came across Robyn on the Cricut message board back when I first started playing with my E!  Her tutorials and explanations were always clear and concise, and she always made really stunning projects out of fun colours that totally showcased the cartridge designs.   So, when I decided to try out for her team, that was exactly what I wanted to try to do too!

The challenge was this: create a card, layout or Cricut project with your favourite cartridge, using the following colours:

  • Orange
  • Turquoise
  • Green
  • Brown
  • other optional color of your choice – I chose PINK of course!

So, with that in mind, I grabbed my new favourite cartridge – “Walk in My Garden“, and some bright and beautiful Bazzill Basics Paper.  Here’s the result…

"Flower Punch" card - What do you think???

All you will need is the following:

  • Bazzill Basics “Two Scoops” Paper in Prickly Pear, Pumpkin Pie, Very Berry, Sprinkles and Rocky Road (YUMMY!!!)
  • Walk in My Garden Cricut Cartridge
  • Celebrate It Basic Narrows ribbon in brown
  • Some adhesive and Glossy Accents for a little extra punch on the Punch! ;)
  • OPTIONAL – Ink to distress edges of cuts

Step 1

Step 1 - First cuts

Using your Prickly Pear paper, cut key 3-7 <grass> at 4″.  Switch to the Rocky Road paper, and cut key 3-7 <shift><grass>.  Glue the brown on top of the green paper.

So here’s the optional step – if you would like, apply a bit of ink to the edges (I love the Tim Holtz Distress ink in Walnut Stain”)

Step 2

Step 2 - Cut your flowers

Using Prickly Pear again, cut keys 2-4 <hycnth>, 2-5 <iris>, and 2-8 <tulip> at 3 1/2″.  These will create the stem, leaves and base for your flowers.  Switch paper to Very Berry and cut key <shift>2-4<hycnth>.  Grab the Sprinkles coloured paper and cut key <shift>2-5<iris>.  Finally, using the Pumpkin Pie paper, cut key <shift>2-8<tulip>.

Glue the blooms onto the green base.  And if you would like, ink up those edges for a little more dimension.

Step 3 & 4

Step 3 & 4 - Start assembly

Start assembling your card by gluing on your green/brown frames onto your background paper – in this case, Rocky Road.  Tie your brown ribbon around the paper and then glue onto your card base! For this base, I cut some of the Prickly Pear paper to match my white card base (5 X 6 1/2″).

Step 5

Step 5 - Glue on your flowers and embellish with GA

You’re almost done!  Simply glue on your beautiful flowers, embellish with a bit of Glossy accents on the blooms, and you are all set.  I actually went back and added a bit of faux stitching to the frames just to add a bit of finishing to the edges (just with a simple brown pen)!

I have to admit that I love to use patterned paper!  But the texture of the Bazzill paper together with the bright colours gives this simple card a really bright and fun punch! However, the true test came when my DH walked into the room when I was working on the card.  He stopped dead in his tracks when he saw the card, and said with true excitement in his voice, “Wow – that looks great!”  Now I have to say that he is always my number one fan, but I I don’t usually get that kind of reaction!

So here’s what I need from you – leave some love in the comments below to help me convince Robyn that I’d be just the gal she is looking for on her team!!  If nothing else, let me know what you think about this little card!  You know I always love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!