Sunday, March 29, 2009

Maya Road Ticket Mini

I totally love the cute little mini that came in the kit this month. I used it to make an album of my "little girl" Lucy!

This is a great little gift idea for anyone special and with the spring colors of Amy Teets line your on your way to the perfect Easter gift.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Using the Petticoat paper as a mask

For a few cards I have made using the March kit I decided to use a piece of the Petticoat paper as a mask for my cardstock base.
Here are the steps to follow to create this type of background.
I am going to show you first on white paper so you can see the images clearly; then my final card uses brown cardstock.
I like to use Colorbox chalk inks because they are small enough to manipulate along the edge of the paper. You push the ink pad into the petticoat paper along the edge and inside designs.

Once you have gone along the edge and inside, you can then move the paper to look at your image; if you want it to be darker you can easily line up the image and repeat until the desired color is achieved.

I wanted to use brown on brown for my card, I repeated the masking down the entire piece of brown cardstock:

I then flipped the petticoat paper over and adhered it to the front of my card. I added a strip of the blue pattern paper to the center. I used Helmar Scrapdots adhesive below the center flower and added the small curled strips of the Daisy Bucket ribbon while the adhesive was drying. I next added some of the Glitz pearls to the center of the Imaginisce flower. I then covered one of the Maya Road tickets with white cardstock from my stash and inked the edges. I used the same ink around the edge of my entire card. I finished the card with a rubon from my stash on the top of the chipboard ticket.

I hope you will give masking a is a fun way to give plain cardstock a fresh new look.

Happy crafting! Lynda

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Can the March kit be any funner?!?!

I'm just loving all of the cute embellies in the March kit!! They go so well with Amy Teets' papers! The "lighthearted' paper from Amy's Fresh line is my favorite, so I wanted to have as much of it showing as I could on my layout. To help my pictures pop against the grid, I inked a freehand "frame" around them with some Colorbox ink from a previous IAAS kit.

Holly Pittroff

I used the Dream Street Fresh rubon numbers to show the dates we were vacationing. For the title, I painted one of the tickets brown from the Maya Road Chipboard ticket key chain. Then I adhered the Friends license tag to the ticket. I used the "chain" from the key chain on my title piece too. The chain will not fit through the holes in the license plate - I had to come up with some creative cutting and glueing for this visual effect...LOL!

I love the glitz black and silver icing pearls in the Addict kit. I used mine to create a photo corner.

Then I punched out the majority of my chipboard wings from Maya Road, so the striped paper would show through. I painted the tips for fun! Not sure why I ended up putting the wings at my kiddos' feet...that's just where they fit. Guess it's cause the pictures seem so dreamy!

Supplies from March kit:
Dream Street Papers Fresh/Lighthearted, Renew
Dream Street Papers Fresh Rubons
SEI Petticoat Die-cut Borders
Maya Road Chipboard Ticket Key Chain
Maya Road Wings Chipboard
Karen Foster Friend License plate
Glitz black pearls
Bazzill white bloom paper flowers

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Home Sweet Home Frame Art

Kaiser Frame & Buzz & Bloom Chipboard

Feb. & March Add On Kits from IAAS

Frame it up...she says!
I thought this littl frame would make the cutest little welcome sign for my fron tdoor this Spring. I also added my Add On Chipboad from my Feb. kit.

Products used:
Feb. & March Add on kit from Kaiser and buzz and Bloom.
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Stitched Making memories Ribbon
Prima Flowers
Prima Bling
Martha Stewart Glitter
EK Success New scallop Punch

Brief Instructions:
1) Add spray adhesive to the frame and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
2) Trim out paper for backing of frame and add scallops.
3) Add additional embellishments, let dry.
4) Stamp chipboard with word stamps and highlight with Stickles.
5) Glue chipboard to back of frame. let Dry.
6) Add hints of Stickles to the final product for glitter accents.

Beth Root

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another look at this month's buttons

There are some really great chipboard buttons in this month's kit... Elizabeth showed you one way to use them, Lynda another, and now it's my turn! I wanted to to offer you a different way of using them, and when I was looking at my buttons, all of a sudden... I kid you not... one of them yelled " EARRINGS!" to me! ;) Added a little Maya Road chipboard from the kit, and WAH LAH!

I painted the "cloverleaf" button with a very shiny dimensional paint, in a circle pattern around each hole. Then I added little pink jewels with glossy accents. The heart is Maya Road chipboard, also from the kit. Just FYI, I also painted the back.

What would earrings be without a companion necklace? The pendant started out as the Maya Road "tag" on the ticket mini from the kit. AH HA! Wondered what you would do with that, didn't you? ;) I painted it with acrylic paint to match the heart dangles of the earrings, the back too, and then covered it with glossy accents. While the glossy accents was wet, I placed another MR heart (already painted) where I wanted it, and added a jewel.

I had alot of fun making this set, and am going to give it to my sister as a gift for her twin daughters' baptism.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monochromatic Layout!

The papers by Amy Teets in this kit are just so fresh and clean. I just loved how they looked with white so I decided to go the monochromatic route. It really make the embellishments pop, check out that cute little license plate...


Anyone who knows me well knows I love two-pagers. This kit with the Amy Teets Dream Street Papers was just perfect for these pictures I've been holding on to since last summer waiting for the perfect papers to match. (yes, I'm anal about that!) But how fun!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Love that Daisy Bucket ribbon!!

This month's kit has the most adorable paper ribbon from Daisy Bucket!! The possibilities for creativity here are endless!
Chocolate and chocolate polka dot ribbons are the varieties that come in the March kit. YUMMY!

I used my ribbon to create flower stems on this layout. I secured the ribbon under the flower with a small brad and glued the other end under my journaling block.

I can't wait to used the rest of my ribbon on my next layout! TFL!!

Holly Pittroff

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Amy Teets DAY!!!!

WOOHOO! We are SO excited to have Amy Teets as our guest designer this month, since we are using her delicious Dream Street line for our March kit! And it IS delicious! Thanks Amy for creating such an awesome paper line!

Here are some of Amy's own creations with her line in our March kit that she shared with us for inspiration.

Amy Teets

love that flower!

"i miss you CARD"
Amy Teets

Thanks for all the inspiration Amy! Your papers RAWK!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Give me some Smooches!!

The new smooches ink from Clearsnap is amazing! The March Little Pill kit included a variety of colors and they went FAST! Here's a peek for you...

This month's Therapy kit included the white Clearnsnap Smooches ink. Elizabeth, Beth and Mimi have shown several creative ways to use this product in the following projects.
Elizabeth created a unique border around her design with the smooches ink here. Too cute!
"Kind You"
Elizabeth Carney

Love this layout from Beth!
Beth Root

Beth used several different colors of the Smooches ink to accent the edges of her homemade embellies! She also used the green Smooches to place accent dots all through the layout, bringing her color scheme together....WOW!

And I just love the "trail" Mimi made for her butterfly with the Smooches on this card! Notice how she added even more at the bottom right! Adorable!

"Butterfly Card"
Mimi Leinbach

Did you get some Smooches in your kit this month? Dazzle us with your creations! We can't wait to see them in the gallery....happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Therapy kit frame project

The March Therapy kit comes with this wonderful Kaiser Beyond the Page MDF Accordian Frame. I wanted to share with you a fun project that you can create with the items included in the kit and a few extras that you may have in your craft room.

For the first step you'll need to separate the fram pieces...I used a pair of scissors. You could use an Xacto knife as well.

For the next step I used a white base paint and painted all the surfaces of the frames.

Be sure to paint inside the opening as well...

Once your frame is dry, cover each piece with pattern paper. Trim your paper as close as you can and then use sand paper to lightly sand the edges smooth.

You'll also need to trim the pattern paper from the center of each frame.

I next decorated each frame front using small strung pearls. I used Helmar 450 Adhesive to secure the beads to my frames.

Next, you'll need to decide how you want to use your frame....for my example I decided to hang two rows of three frames together. To attach the frames to eachother run a strip of ribbon along both sides securing with glue. I used the same Helmar adhesive to secure my ribbon to my project.

I then decided that I was going to use the cute stamps that are also in the Therapy kit (and a few that I had in my own collection) in a few of the frames. I stamped the images onto cardstock and used Prismacolor pencils to color in the images.

To hang my frames, I decided to use a small dowl. I added ribbon loops at the top of my frames. I decorated my dowel with the same beads I used on my frames and then slid the dowel through the loops. I attached one of the included flourish borders to my dowel in the center.

Here is my final frame...I haven't decided where to hang it yet, so for now it is hanging on my sliding glass door...

Do you see the buttons on my frame? I covered a few of the included Scenic Route chipboard buttons with pieces of coordinating pattern paper using a glue stick. I trimmed each one close with scissors and then sanded the edges to get a nice finished look. I then added some floss to the center of each for a little added detail.

I hope you'll considering making something fun with your frame in the Therapy kit!

Happy crafting! Lynda

Saturday, March 7, 2009

License Plate Tag

Wow this kit was just full of goodies. First of all the wonderful patterned papers of Amy Teet's that Dream Street is putting out. Also included was this adorable little family license plate tag. As soon as I saw it I thought of this picture I had taken of two of my daughter's and my granddaughter. Now that I have all my children and my grandchildren back in Texas pictures like this are a little easier to come by. Also included in the kit was this cute little stamp from Imaginisce which worked just perfect with my "family" theme. I used some of my new Smooch paints to accent the stamp leaves and then also added a little heart to my love tag painted with the new Smooch paints. I LOVE them - they dry quick and are so easy to apply.

Hope you are all enjoying all the goodies in this kit and are having as much fun with it as I am.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Buttons.. Buttons...

Who's got the buttons?
This months kits had these cool little buttons in them.
They are from Scenic Route!
These chipboard buttons are totally fun
because you can do anything to these chipboard pieces to fit them to your desires!

I chose to just make them regular buttons for this layout posted here!
I know that you can get really creative and crafty using them, but
you can always remember to use them as buttons too!
I chose to ink mine so that they would stand out
and match the cool kit supplies I used!

Here is a close up of the first button that I used! I loved putting it for the petal center of my flower! Then I used DMC floss to accent the button as well!

Again, I used the same technique with the buttons here by inking them and then using them for the center of my petal. I also used DMC floss with this button as well!

Remember to have fun with your chipboard buttons doing all kinds of things with them! And also remember that you don't have to get overly creative either, you can just do what I did and use them as petal centers!

But have fun with them as buttons are everyone's favorite!