Saturday, February 28, 2009

March 2009 Kit

With spring on the way, Dream Street Papers Fresh line by Amy Teets is the perfect paper for March. Oh and the coordinating rub-ons are very cool. You'll love 'em. The SEI Petticoat borders are fun and so easy to use as is or to alter. Maya Road has come out with some new chipboard sheets. Try curling the ribbons from Daisy Bucket. It can be distressed, curled, shredded, stamped, printed on, and painted. They are amazingly versatile. Let your imagination soar.
Love love love the new Picket Fence color in Ranger's Distress Crackle Paint line! Try painting the Maya Road Chipboard Wings with it or the Kaiser Wooden Flourishes -you won't be sorry. Now the new license plates from Karen Foster Designs are just too cute. The size and colors make them so easy to use.
Have you heard about the new Smooch line from Clearsnap? This new product is incredibly fun. Wait until you try this. Again, use it on the Maya Road chipboard wings or to highlight the stamp images. Let me suggest stamping the Scenic Route Chipboard Buttons with a stamp and then highlighting the imagine with Smooch to create your own buttons.
Watch the blog for tutorials and tips regarding the Accordion Frame, or using the Smooch as well as other products from this month's kit.
Enjoy it and show us what you create with the kits.

Adding dimension with PP...

A simple way to add dimension to a LO is to simply cut slits in a strip of pattern paper and rolll the edges with a pencil. There are so many ways to add texture to your LO's using PP, be sure to scroll back through the blog for more DT ideas.

Check out the design team gallery here.
Here is a link to see the whole LO of my sneak peak.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

February Sketch #2

We chose another sketch from Pencil Lines this month to inspire you! This fun, whimsical sketch goes great with the February kit. The girls blew me away with their creative uses of the butterflies in this month kit! Check out this eye candy!

I love how Debbie used the coordinating butterflies to draw your eye around her focal point! And did you see her stencil work behind the butterflies? Beautiful!! I'm just loving how everything came together on this one Debbie!

Debbie Standard

I love what Sandi created for the circle embellishment! How stinkin' creative is that?! Also, the creative used of stickles on the butterflies just pulls everything together and makes this layout POP!

"Mmm Mmm Good!"
Sandi Peiffer

Elizabeth did something totally different with the sketch by turning the focal point into a 3-picture spread across the layout - how cool! I love how the patterned paper behind her photos break ups the layout and draws your eye to the embellies. The layout and the pictures are both "beautiful"!
Elizabeth Carney

Feeling inspired? Try your hand at this sketch and upload your creation into our gallery! We can't wait to see...:)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Creating some whimsy

In addition to the fabulous Jillibean Soup papers, this month's kit features a sweet birdie acrylic stamp by Imaginisce. He just makes me smile. So I decided to create a card that was as whimsical as the little guy.
I started by stamping him onto some Kraft paper and cutting the image out.
I tore some Lemon Juice paper to create a hill then added a tree created with some punched circles from the Portobello paperd. The tree was embellished with some of the Candy Dots included in the kit. Then I pop dotted my little bird and added a butterfly from the kit to be his friend. A little penwork, and voila! A cute whimsical card that should make someone smile.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fun with the beaded curtains...

I looked at the beaded curtains from Buzz and Bloom included in the kit for quite some time...deciding exactly what I wanted to create using these unique pieces...
I decided to first change the color of the piece, so I covered the entire length with Colorbox chalk ink.

I repeated this for my second piece as well. I then cut all the small pieces apart.
I decided to create a flower from the trimmed pieces. I threaded some string through a button from my stash and added it to the center of my flower. I used one of the rubons from the kit on a piece of the scrap cardstock; adding the darker cardstock from my stash; which I embossed using the Swiss dots Cuttlebug template.

I challenge you to think outside the box and look at what you might be able to create from these beaded curtains!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Twist on the Feburary IAAS Member's Kit

Little boys and their dreams.......their dreams of being NBA players, Rock stars or even bankers, as mine would say. What a combination.

Funny how things inspire you, but when I saw this month's little chicks on the fun Jillibean papers, this journaling piece just called to me. "Chicks dig us." I know, kind of silly, but meeting the Celtic's Rajon Rhondo was a life changing experience for my son and inspired him to want to be a NBA basketball player. He went to his basketball camp in Louisville and Rajon was there everyday to hang out with the kids. Gav saw him hanging out with his family, friends, and little baby girl. His dream was living a reality that we never see on television. We all have dreams, his just seemed to get a little closer when he actually could reach out and touch the man. Gav told me that girls always like the NBA players and he thought that was cool. So.....the Layout Rajon and Gavin...."Chicks dig us," transpired. I hope you enjoyed the giggle!

Get those photos out and scrap em' girls. What kind of dreamy dream do you have girls? Get those thoughts onto paper! Goals are worth preserving so you can re-visit them when you need to be reminded of why you do the things you do.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Buzz and Bloom Mini album!

OK, first of all let me say this is one COOL album! Very cute and I love the quality of the chipboard!!!
Next, let me say I am not a mini album expert, but here is mine! I did have alot of fun doing it! and I hope you enjoy! :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Need the perfect embellishment...

cut it from your pattern paper! With the economy in bad shape we are all doing what we can to save money. What better way than to use what you have to make the perfect embellishment. February kit is filled with all these great papers that make it so darn easy to make your own embellishments.

In this layout I simply cut out a few of the butterflies from the pattern paper. Bend them slightly in the center and add a few glue dots underneath for the perfect matching embellishment.

For this layout I simply cut several circles in various sizes out of the patterned paper then added a brad to the center. With a little ink and some distressing they add so much dimension to any layout. I love the look of these flowers and they match perfectly not to mention the price is right!

Mimi Leinbach

Friday, February 13, 2009

I loved this sketch from Pencil Lines and thought it would be really fun with our February kit!
Check out what the girls did with it - their takes are all so inspiring!
Are you feeling inspired? Create your own layout based on this sketch and upload it to our gallery - we'd love to see!

'Singing and Music'
Elizabeth Carney

'a little bit sassy'
Debbie Standard

'You Are Special'
Sandi Peiffer

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Last minute valentine idea

If you're looking for a last minute valentine card idea; look no further than the wonderful buzz and bloom arrows that are inside the February kit...

The arrow was perfect to show off the cute heart I cut from a scrap of red paper and inked... this lined Jillibeans pattern paper reminded me of school lettering paper, so I added some puffy thickers from my stash to spell out my love note...

finish off your card with some extra inking along the edges and there you go...a perfect quick valentine that is sure to brighten the day of someone special!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dimension..........we love it!


This month, texture is the word, with the wonderful Buzz and Bloom Chipboards, the fabulous Kaisercraft butterflies and the nice thick Kraft textured Jillibean Cardstock papers. Texture is one of the main reasons many of us love this craft, we just love the way the paper and embellishments feel as we run our fingers accross them.

I decided that I wanted to add a bit of flair to my embellishments this month, by using the glittering technique. I used to think Glitter would be difficult to use in my layouts and just not worth the mess......oh.....was I wrong! One time girls and you will be a glitteraholic! It is almost as if you are making your own embellishments.

Here is my layout where I glittered the Kaisercraft butterfly.
Directions below.


Are you ready for the time extensive process? OK...get ready.....!

Products needed:
IAAS Feb Kit - butterfly and chipboards
Wet adhesive, I prefer Helmar spray adhesive or Helmar Craft Glue.
Splat mat for glue or other plastic piece. (re-cycled plastic product wrapper)


1) Lay your butterfly or chipboard on topy of a safety splat mat or I frquently use re-cycled packages from my kit products. (Wrappers, ect.)

2) If you want a thin layer, use spray adhesive. Spray a nice layer of adhesive on your embellishemnt. Cover entire piece well.

3) Remove embellishment and place on clean (non-adhesive plastic or new splat mat)area.

4) Sprinkle or if you are like me, Dump your glitter on top of your embellishment. The more the better. It will only stick where adhesive has been laid. This is the reason you move it from the initial splat area.

5) Let dry.

6) Spray with a sealant and you are done.

Time...approx. 2 minutes, not including a few minutes to dry.

Wet adhesive:
1) Apply a thick OR thin layer of glue. If you want a thin look, go flat for adhesive. if you want dimension, let it roll out of the tip very full. Either way works fine, just looks different.

2) Sprinkle or dump glitter on top of your embellishement.

3) Let dry. If your glue is thick, let it dry for quite a while. Thin glue will dry quickly, if not immediately.

Try it my friends, you will become a "Glitteraholic,
in addition to a Scrapaholic!"
Beth Root

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Hi, I'm Debbie, part of the Design Team now for IAMAScrapaholic. Loving these fun kits and this kit was just as fabulous as last month's!

This new February kit is just packed full of the new Jillibean papers! And stuck in there too was this adorable little bird stamp from Imaginisce together with a bunch of adorable chipboard shapes. Could hardly wait to play with it so made this little card. There's so made different things that can be made with the kit this month - the possibilities are endless. Loving these patterned apaers which the kraft base color to them. I am so enjoying being part of this Design Team and playing with these wonderful kits.!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Round and Round

Hey there Scrapaholics! Let me tell you how excited I am to be working with this kit. Jillibean Soup was one of the new manufacturers this year at CHA and their products created quite a buzz. You want to get your hands on them!

Two of the papers - Portabello & Fresh Mint are patterned with a variety of circles. I knew these circles would work perfectly with my little guy's bubble blowing pics, So I channeled my inner Kelli Crowe by digging out a couple of different round punches. Inking the edge of each circle helped them stand out against the background, where I'd added a wide swath of paint, also included in the kit.
Some circles were adhered right to the page, others were pop dotted. The end result? A playful, dimensional page. Since the papers are Kraft colored, they work well with a variety of color palettes.

Monday, February 2, 2009

February 2009

Okay, Jillibean Soup is one of the cutest names for a company. Their papers are so cute as well. I had such a hard time picking just 8 sheets. And I have to say that my mind just whirled with ideas when I had this paper in hand. There are so many possiblities with this kit.