Monday, July 29, 2013

Yes, Michigan!

Hi! I'm back home after being gone for a was camp week for the grand kids at my parents house.  It was packed with fun, but I'm still recovering :)  I thought I'd share a little home decor project that I finished a couple of weeks ago...

I pinned this image on Pinterest, and thought to myself, I could do that:

You can find the original post HERE.

I started by finding a Michigan image that I could print off, and cut out...

Here is mine:

Supply list:
Stampin' Up! - Cardstock (Whisper White, Real Red); Rhinestone
Creative Memories - Letter Stickers
GCD Studios [Indian Summer] - Patterned Paper
EK Success - Border punch
American Crafts - Large Silver Brad
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer

I liked the idea of marking where we were at in Michigan... so I punched out a red heart, ran it through my Xyron sticker maker, stuck it on a large silver brad, and topped it with a rhinestone.  The ends of the brad just slid into the rolls of paper, so it's completely move-able.  I also used a wood veneer location marker, just because I have so many....why not?  
When I went searching for a MI image, I came across a shirt with the state on it, and you could order it with a heart on your location with this little quote on was too perfect not to include on my picture :)

  While working on my project, it brought back memories of this tourism promo song from my childhood, so I looked it up....


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Color Combos Galore #247 - Caribbean Dreams

It's Week 2 of July at Color Combos Galore, and the colors are divine....

Photo Prompts:
1. Focus on Design - Clustered Elements
2. Focus on Trend - Flair
3. Focus on Technique - Stamp on a tag
4. Focus on Design - White background

I just loved the story board for this week, here is how I interpreted it...

A Nap in the Sun:

Supply List:
 Studio Calico [Sun Drifter] - Patterned Paper (pink, yellow); Polaroid Frame, Die cuts, Chipboard letters
Basic Grey [Serenade] - Patterned Paper (Grid, yellow polka dot); square letter stickers
Elle's Studio [The Sweet Life] - Journaling Tag
American Crafts [Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm] - Flair

For my layout, I took advantage of the flair prompt from photo #2... and used my new flair from the fabulous Gia at The Painted Crane (Thanks, Gia!).  I used the flair in a banner, inspired by the garland in photo #4.

Inspiration Photo #2/Focus On Trend: Flair Buttons
(used flair buttons as banner elements)
Other Inspiration:
Inspiration Photo #2: flag tips (idea: name tag flag strip); polka dots, circle sticker (idea: circle element in vase); Inspiration Photo #4: banner (idea: garland)

Thank You:

Supply List:
Stampin' Up! - Cardstock (Poppy Parade); Ink (Basic Grey); Punches (Five Petal Flower, Tag corner, 1/2 & 1/4 inch hole)
Studio Calico [Sundrifter] - Patterned paper (Yellow, blue polka dot, pink), Die cuts
Basic Grey [Serenade] - Flower, trim
My Mind's Eye [Remarkable] - Stamp
Other - Clothes pins

For the card, I chose photo # 3...and stamped on a tag.  Of course, I had to use cute little clothespins, also seen in photo #3.

Inspiration Photo #3/Focus On Technique: Stamp on Tag
(stamped leaf pattern on tag)
Other Inspiration:
Inspiration Photo #1: leaf pattern (idea: leaves on cake);Inspiration Photo #2:
  fabric trim (idea: napkin); Inspiration Photo #3: clothespin (idea: clothespinned tag); Inspiration Photo #4: circle flower (idea: rolled flowers)

If you've never played with us, here is a great video explaining the challenge details...

The deadline for all of July's challenges is the 28th!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MemoryWorks July 2013 Make & Take - Goldfish Part Favor

Just sharing the MW Studio July Make & Take today...these little treat bags would be perfect for a pool party!

Supply List:
Simple Stories I Heart Summer Border - .20
Simple Stories I Heart Summer Stickers - .15
Simple Stories Sn@p 4x6 card (1/4) - .05
8 inches grosgrain ribbon - .12
Small (6x8) Gusset Bag - .14
Goldfish Crackers - .50
Tiny piece of twine (optional)
3 - 1/2 inch cardstock circles (optional)
Total Cost = $1.16
1.  Cut border or patterned paper down to 4 x 6.25
2.  Fold in half on the 4 inch side, folded paper now measures 2 x 6.25.
3.  Punch 2 - 1/2 circles from cardstock, and adhere to center of front side (about an inch apart).
4.  Punch out the centers of circles using 1/4 inch hole punch.
5.  Thread reinforced wholes with ribbons...set aside.
6.  Cut off 1/4 of the 4x6 card, piece now measures 2 x 4. Tag punch top corners, and flag the bottom.
7.  Punch another 1/2  inch circle from cardstock, and adhere to top/center of tag...punch out the center using 1/4 inch hole punch.
8.  Thread tag onto left side of ribbon, and tie a bow.
9.  Embellish bag and tag with stickers.

Great for a girl or boy party, low cost, and who doesn't love Goldfish ;)

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MemoryWorks Spring Look Book Projects

 TheTeamWorks team members have compiled a whole new way to display and share wonderful inspiration featuring MemoryWorks products from our current catalog. Be sure to check out all of the amazing ideas by clicking on the Link below!

I was super excited to be able to contribute some projects to the MemoryWorks Spring Look Book.  This is a new concept designed to help consultants demonstrate ideas using the products, without having to carry a huge inventory.  This is a handy tool mainly because of how quickly the content changes in the catologs.  I was given 2 collections to work with, the first one is Simple Stories Sn@p....


The Good Stuff:


What I love about any of Simple Stories' collections, is all of the different sized elements (flashcards, mats) that really make for fun and easy layering.

The second product line that I was given is Studio Calico's Here+There...

Lake Michigan:

@ The John Oliver Cabin:

You Are the Best:

This was my first time trying any of Studio Calico's products, and now I'm hooked :)  Those little wood veneer were super fun to work with!

I loved working with both of these collections.  Be sure to follow the link at the top of this post to see all of the amazing project created by the talented MW Design Team, showcasing more great product lines from the spring catalog.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

GCD Studios - Red, White & Blue

Hi.. Today I'm sharing a patriotic page with Heidi Sonboul's Special Delivery collection.  The red and blue in these papers are perfect for a page of my very own Captain America....who is by far our favorite Avenger. It doesn't get much more American than that :)

To keep the page toned down, I started with a craft cardstock base....and just started layering all of my elements at the top/center.

The big Avengers 'A' is actually a clothing tag from one of my son's fit in perfectly.

A set of red, white and blue punched stars with brad centers finishes the look.

Thanks for stopping by!

GCD Studios supplies used:
Special Delivery 12x12 paper - Dillon #2040
Special Delivery 12x12 paper - Jack #2043
Special Delivery 12x12 paper - Zach #2048
Special Delivery Label Stickers - #2052
Special Delivery Die Cut Borders - #2055
Sunkissed Alpha Stickers - #2032

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Color Combos Galore #246 - A Bit of Americana

These colors are PERFECT for week 1 of July. Aren't those robots the cutest? Not only is the Inspiration Board extremely patriotic, but also very masculine...I  love a chance to get in some boy projects :)  Here is how I was inspired by the story board...

2 Yrs.
Supply List:
Stampin' Up! - Cardstock (Basic Grey, Whisper White); Patterned Paper (red); Punch (Star)
Simple Stories [24/7] - Stickers (arrow, star, smile, awesome, heart label, border); Patterned Paper (2)
Fancy Pants [The Good Life] - Number Stickers (red) [Kraft Kuts - That Boy] - Letter Stickers (blue)
Echo Park [Charming] - Patterned Paper (numbers, flashcards, chevron)
My Mind's Eye [Remarkable] - Patterned Paper (Blue Polka Dot, Postcard flashcard) 
Colorbok - Notebook edge photo mat
Crate Paper [Toy Box] - Sticker (year)

Inspiration Photo #3/Focus On Style: Masculine/Boys
(male photos subject and elements)
Other Inspiration:
Inspiration Photo #1: punched stars (idea: game pieces);Inspiration Photo #3: photo with bricks (brick wall in background), wood patterned paper (idea: flooring);Inspiration Photo #4: postcard flashcard (idea: postage marks), number strip (idea: numbers strip in pillow pattern)

Happy Birthday!
Supply List:
Stampin' Up! - Cardstock (Crumb Cake, Real Red, Night of Navy); Punches (Cogs, 1/2 & 1/4 inch circle); Embossing Folder (Houndstooth)
Simple Stories [24/7] - Patterned Paper (black chevron); Stickers (heart, red circle letter); [Sn@p Life] - Patterned Paper (graph)
American Crafts [Remarks] - Sticker (Robot); [Other] - Brads
Fancy Pants [The Good Life] - Letter Stickers
Fiskars - Bracket Border Punch
Making Memories - Wire

Inspiration Photo #3/Focus On Style: Masculine/Boys
(used robot sticker and theme, and Cogs)
Other Inspiration:
Inspiration Photo #1: grid patterned paper (idea: checkerboard)

Be sure to check out this video Janet created, breaking down some of the challenge prompts and how things work...


I hope you will join us this week,  the deadline for all of July's challenges is the 28th....I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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