Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nikki Sivils & The Twinery = Fabulous Projects!!

Hey there everyone, how fun is this???? Nikki Sivils & The Twinery team up for some fabulous creations!!! I simply LOVE both so this was a perfect project swap for me.

You can check out both the Nikki Sivils blog

and The Twinery blog

The Twinery blog for 2 days worth of creative inspiration. Make sure you leave some love as there will be prizes from both companies!

The Twinery is giving away a sampler pack :)

Nikki is giving away a collection kit one for each of the two days!! So get those comments going ladies!!!

Now for my project. I used the new Exit Here line along with the North Pole Nights album. It's perfect for photos that I know we will take this summer at the mini is ready to go, just add pics :):)

So let's start with the cover...

On the binder rings I thought it would be fun to tie the twine all the way around, and also use it along with the banner.

and here we go...the inside!!

I used Helmar 450 glue to adhere the twine around the post....worked like a charm!

Supplies used: Nikki Sivils Exit Here line & burlap buttons. The Twinery twine (Peapod, Cappuccino, Buttercream, Shore), Xyron adhesive & Helmar 450.

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you hop on over to Nikki Sivils's blog & The Twinery to see what all of the designers have been creating.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

PDCC 125} A Splash of Color

Hey fellow bloggers, it's time for the new color challenge this week at The Play Date Cafe! You are going to love the colors this week along with all of the inspiration from the design team.

So check out these colors....

Julie our fearless leader is gathing a prize for this weeks winner, so hop on over to The Play Date Cafe and see what's up for grabs!

Now my take on this challenge. I created a card using the new Echo Park Note To Self line. Simply the perfect line for this week's colors. Notice my fancy bow :):) I finally tried it. I created this bow using seam binding. Fellow DT member Jinny always has these beautiful bows on her cards, she has a tutorial up on her blog so I gave it a try. I have to say not to bad for the first shot :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!

Having Fun Creating Art

Well today I had lots of fun creating art, and now that my hands are scrubbed back to somewhat of a normal color it's time to share. This week I have taken a little, just a little break, from my usual mini album routine. As most of you know I LOVE to create mini albums :) This week i've been playing with lots of ink, stains, mists, and art parts....I have been having a BLAST!!

Last night I came across a design team call for a company called GlobeCRAFT Memories. I went to the blog and feel in love with the projects. I thought to myself I think this is right up my alley!! I love to try new things and techniques and this looks like so much fun. So today i'm sharing with you one of my projects that i'm submitting to the call.

First up I gathered all of my supplies and spread them out on my counter. Narrowing down colors was a little hard. So here are the colors I picked for my inks and stains: Vintage Photo, Pumice,Broken China, Spiced Marmalade. Colorwash/Mists: Butterscotch, Bell Bottom Jeans, Biscotti. I also used a little bit of crackle paint. For the base of my project I used a mixture of Art Parts by Wendy Vecchi.

Here is how I created this piece of art...which is totally my own. That is the wonderful thing about creating, it is how YOU want to make it...there is no right or wrong way to create it!!!

Stain and misting the gears. This process is super quick and easy. Take you color of mist and spray over one of the gears. I used a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

For the bigger gear I used distress stain all over first, then inked the gear with Broken China & Vintage Photo to give it a different look then the misted gear.

For the base of this I did a little experimenting! I started by using distress stain first. I wanted to add multiple colors so I started inking here and there. I wasn't happy with the colors so I misted it with Perfect Pearls Mist Biscotti to add a little sparkle. That was just what it needed, I loved it!!

Now for the top "frame" part. I started this process by staining again, then went a totally different direction....CRACKLE PAINT!!! If I had time I would have let it sit and dry overnight, but since I wanted to get this done today I used a heat gun to speed this up!

Once this was done I wanted to add puddles, yes puddles of distress stains. I grabbed Broken China, Pumice, and Vintage Photo and began pooling it over the piece. Once this was done I heat set it again to dry the stain.

To create the inner piece of the frame, I simply inked that part and using Black Archival ink stamped the saying.

Ok so now that the hard but fun work is done it's time to put it all together. For this I used Beacon 3-in-1 glue. I started by gluing the frame down on the base piece. Arranged the gears how I wanted them and glued them down next, also adding the metal Idea-ology gears on top. Adding the fun hand on the lower left next. The stamp on the hand was an after thought, so I stamped that once it was all together.

Here is my finished project, the perfect artsy addition to my scrap studio.

A close up of the saying...

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you enjoyed my piece of art today! For all of you local girls you can grab all of these goodies at The Scrapbooking Studio.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Capture Life's Moments } Simple Stories

Hey there everyone I love this new line from Simple Stories!! It's called Fabulous and well it is simply just that FABULOUS!! The colors are fun and girly.

I created this mini and of course added lots of goodies to go with it.

A close up of the top of the cover.

The new word bands from the Idea-ology Tim Holtz line are amazing. I tied it on across the top of the mini using some fabulous twine from The Twinery. Before doing this I used Ranger Stream paint on the band.
You can get all the goodies to create this mini at The Scrapbooking Studio!

Supplies Used: Xyron adhesive, Simple Stories - Fabulous, Prima flower (teal), The Twinery (Pink Sorbet), Idea-ology word bands, Ranger acrylic paint (stream), We R Memory Keepers Cinch for binging.

Thanks for stopping by, have a FABULOUS day :)


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PDCC } 124 A Little Simple Stories Fabulous

Hello fellow bloggers, it's time for the color challenge for this week at The Play Date Cafe! Love these funky colors!!

Our sponsor for this week is...Mr. Cricut Crazy

Mr. Cricut Crazy

For my take on this challenge I create a card using the Simple Stories line Fabulous. I added a fun little butterfly using grungeboard.

Hop on over to The Play Date Cafe and show us your take on this week's challenge.


My Day On Nikki's Blog

Hey there everyone, today is my day over on the Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker blog!! I have a couple of fun little projects up there today so hop and over and check them out!!

Check out this fun little project!

This project is using the line Noah. I created this little brag book for a friend who was expecting her first grandson. It is the perfect way to display some photos and small enough that it will fit right in your purse!

Supplies used: Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker Noah line, brown burlap buttons,brads, Xyron adhesive.
Hop over to Nikki's blog for your step by step instructions to recreate this one!!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Twinery & Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop

Hey there fellow bloggers....thanks for joining us on The Twinery & Ribbon Carousel blog hop. You should have come here from Laura Davis's Blog and if you just happened to stop and want to join the hop please start HERE.

Rules for eligibility to win : Participants must visit and leave comments on each blog on the hop.
Deadline for commenting is 11:59pm EST, Friday March 23rd.
Winners at The Twinery will be announced on Saturday, March 24th

So what fun prizes are up for grabs during this hop????

From The Twinery this fabulous sampler pack full of yummy twine!!

The Ribbon Carousel will be giving some lucky person a $15 shopping spree!!!!

Thanks so much to both companies for putting together this amazing hop full of great inspiration!! Now on to my creation for this one. Since it's offically spring today, I wanted to create a spring card.

Love how well the twine and ribbon worked together around the bottom of my card and The Twinery is a fabulous way to embellish any button!

Well thanks so much for stopping by today...your next blog stop will be the amazing Stehpanie Muzzulin.

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PDCC } 123

Wow do we have some fun colors for you to play with this week at The Play Date Cafe!! You can do anything with these colors, check them out!

Our fabulous sponsor this week was nice enough to send us some yummy product to play a big thank you to DRS Stamps!!

So now for my take on this one....I'm really not a card maker, however I gave it a go this time around :) I simply love the coffee cup stamp!! I added a little twine from The Twinery for the steam above the cup.

Supplies used: DRS Stamps, The Twinery Twine (Cappuccino), Xyron adhesive, Echo Park Paper - A Boy's Life, Sizzix on the edge die (Plaque & Postage), Maya Road wooden button.

Thanks for stopping by, hop on over and take a look at the color challenge for this week and fabulous prize is up for grabs at The Play Date Cafe!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Upcoming Mini Album Classes

Hey there everyone, just wanted to share a few of my mini album classes with you that are coming up at The Scrapbooking Studio. If you would like to take the class but can't make it, simply call the store (309)736-7242 and get your class kit complete with instructions and photos. You will be able to pick your kit up after class. If you are not local, your kit will be mailed out to you after class.

April 7 @ 1pm Echo Park Charming Class

Teresa Collins Everyday Moments Mini Album May 19th @ 1pm

Prima Almanac Mini Album June 2 @ 1pm

Nikki Sivils Message Mini Album July TBD

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions about any of these classes please call The Scrapbooking Studio or email me at


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

PDCC 122 } Creativity

So it's another wonderful color challenge this week at The Play Date Cafe. I think i'm hooked on making tags lately, except with this tag I simply used Distress stains, stamps and a little mist.

So here are the colors for this week.

Our fabulous sponsor this week is...........Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp

So now for my take on the colors for this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hop on over to The Play Date Cafe an upload your take on the challenge for this week.


From Me to You } Nikki Sivils Messages

Well we are mid way through the week, and tomorrow i'm planning on creating the entire day :) Today I wanted to share with you a card I created using Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker . I love this new line Messages and I think I could created something everyday with it!!! The colors and design are simply fabulous :)

The die cut sheet had those super cute banners along the top of the card. There are so many fun elements to cut's just amazing! Notice that cute little brown burlap button. I did a little inking of the edges, popped up the little hearts and used a Maya Road stick pin behind the heart. Put it all together with my Xyron adhesive...and there you have it...a perfect little card for that special someone!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a wonderful day.