Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Decorating Cookies

I have always loved this Daydream paper...so sad it's retired. Although, I think I got my used out of it and still have quite a bit left. It was perfect for my niece when she was a baby because the colors went with her room perfectly. But now that she's 3 is growing out of the baby stuff :)

These pictures were from Easter. My niece helped me make sugar cookies, then she had a blast decorating them with grandma and grampa (my parents). Little Connor tried to help, too.

Here's a good look at some of one of my favorite buttons! I love love LOVE Close to my Heart's buttons...can't emphasize enough how much you need them :) I stamped the title in the Friendship Alphabet...and it took way too long to cut out. haha! Oh, the things we do for our scrapbook pages!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Treasure Life's Little Moments

I'm almost out of my stash of this paper...I was hoarding it for a while because I just love the colors. I got it at Paper Source last year, but I think they still have it.

I kept the design simple to make the paper the star. I added a cute little Martha Steward flower embellishment and a sentiment from the Treasure Life stamp set from Close to my Heart.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

30th Birthday + St. Paddy's Layout

My hubby's birthday is on St. Paddy's day, so it's always fun to scrapbook his birthday pictures. Problem is, a lot of times we don't get many birthday pictures! This past birthday was his 30th and my mom was in town visiting. We made him corned beef and cabbage with green beer, and she got a few pictures of us.

The last picture pretty much sums him up. He'll always be a kid at heart, and will always want to lick the spoon when I make chocolate chip cookies :)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

5 No-Sew Handmade Fabric Flower Accessories

My sister loves big jewelry, and looks great in it. So for her birthday I wanted to make her one of these statement necklaces I've seen all over Etsy and LOVE.

I have become quite addicted to making fabric flowers. They're so easy and a great way to use up your fabric scraps. I made a video on how to make these statement necklaces...you can view my original post here and my video here!

I couldn't stop at just the necklace. After all, this is my sister, my best friend, we're talking about. I got a little carried away and made her a whole handmade fabric flower wearable ensemble! Complete with a white tank she could wear everything with :) Each of the following flowers has a pin added to the back. You could also turn these into hair clips by adding a clip to the back. I used large safety pins, and added a small felt circle over the pin to hold it on and give it a clean look. (Watch the following video to see what I mean.)

This zebra flower is one of my favorites...I made a video to show you how I made it! See below for the my written instructions...

I started with a 1.5" circle of felt and used 1.5" grosgrain ribbon. Add hot glue in small sections around the edge of the felt, and pleat the ribbon as you work your way around. Once you get back to where you started, move more inside the felt circle. In the center I hand-cut (doesn't need to be perfect) a few circles of tulle, then added a rhinestone on top. Easy peasy!

These next 2 flowers are made the same way, but use different types of fabric for a different look.
The black one is satin that I bought on a 3" roll at Walmart. I cut out lots of circles, starting at about 3", then working my way smaller in about 1/4" increments. To get the flowers to curl, hold the edges over a candle and turn (quickly) to curl the whole edge. In between the satin is lace that I got on a 6" roll at Hobby Lobby (like you can find tulle). I did not use the flame on the lace.

This turquoise flower is made the same way, but I used a silky fabric I found in the remnant bin at Jo-Ann, and did not add any lace. I added a vintage button to the center.

This last pin is a trio of flower rosettes. You can see how I make these fabric rosettes on my Statement Necklace video here.
If you make one of these flower pins I'd love to see it! Post it on my Facebook page!

Thanks for visiting today...happy crafting!

Linking up to Tatertots & Jello!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mom & Dad {What's in a Frame}

Here are a couple more of my {What's in a Frame} projects from whirlwind days in June. I had so many more orders in June for some reason...I was a creating machine!

I made these two frames for my hubby's mom and dad for Father's Day and her birthday. I made these a little smaller than I normally do, at 5"x7". I've gotta say, it's a little too small to do much with, but they recently had to move into a temporary condo and don't have much space. So I thought a couple small frames for their nightstands would be nice.

This style is similar to the one I made for Dan's dad...trying to keep it manly :)

This isn't a great photo...but shows some of the dimension in the chipboard. I had to overlap to fit everything. I love the quote: "Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad."

As usual, the girly frame is more fun :) I used the Magnifique paper from CTMH to tie in with the shirts, plus my mother-in-law loves blues. I love the quote on this one too: "Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

If you can do a bigger size, I highly recommend an 8x10 frame, like I normally do!

If you'd like to order a custom-made {What's in a Frame}, visit my etsy shop or email me at jaymalew[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thanks for visiting, have a crafty day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Two cards, one sketch

A couple of weeks ago I shared my swap cards with you. I liked the sketch from Mojo Monday so much that I decided to make a couple more cards using it. These cards also fit Practical Scrappers' feature today: use die-cuts.

This first card uses some leftover paper from the You and Me kit. I had quite a bit left over because when I made my layouts I didn't use the patterned paper as a base page...I cut off any decent amount that would just be covered up so that I could make some cards! (I haven't shared my layouts yet because they don't have pics yet...I'll work on that after I move.)

The second card is very similar to my swap card...I just changed to cardstock color. You can see the swap cards here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Splash Park

This is one of my favorite layouts in a long time. I love the design (from Magic) and the colors! And my adorable niece and nephew, of course :)

I used the Posterboard alphabet for the title. I love this alphabet set because it's easy to cut out, and it's fun to stamp onto patterned paper so it shows through.
I created a water-bubble look by random-stamping the Circle Around stamp set in the corners. I just love this stamp set...it's been around for a while but is always a go-to for me. It's great to create your own random-stamped paper as well.
Some blue and clear sparkles scattered throughout the circles complete the fun look!

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wedding Scrapbook Layout - Key to my Heart

Here's another layout from my cousin's wedding. I used the Key to my Heart paper again, since the Sorbet is really close to her coral wedding color. You can see the rest of the layouts I've posted from her wedding here.

The gold envelope behind the picture was from one of her wedding cards, and I saved it because it's pretty and sparkly. It's perfect to hold my journaling. I used one of the new Elemental chipboard pieces as the "pull" tab.

Take a look at all the new products in the Autumn/Winter Idea book online here!

Thanks for visiting...happy creating!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Time to Play - Sweetheart Paper

I love how this page came together...of course, I had adorable subjects to work with :)

The plaid paper is from the Sweetheart paper pack. Don't you just love CTMH's buttons? I love the intricate designs in them. And I like how they look lining either side of my my photo strip!

Happy crafting!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Yosemite Layouts

One of the things I loved about living in Fresno is that we were pretty centrally located to some cool places. Yosemite is one of those places...it was just a little over an hour away.

When my good friend Melissa came to visit we went to Yosemite because she had never been. (I had never been before moving to Fresno.) It was late April and there was still lots of snow on the ground! We chose an easy hike and had a wonderful day.

I used the Back Country paper from CTMH (retired), which is always good for outdoorsy stuff. The Treetops stamp set was perfect to line the bottom of my page.

Thanks for stopping by...happy crafting!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

{What's in a Frame} x2: Anniversary and Dad

I'm finally sharing all the {What's in a Frame} decor I created back in June! I have quite a few to share with you over the coming weeks.

These first frames were ordered by my hubby's co-worker Dan for his parents' 35th anniversary and Father's Day.

I had so much fun making this Anniversary "love" frame...I really liked his idea to incorporate a newlywed photo next to a recent photo! He said his mom loves any color blue, as well as yellows, purples, and pinks. So I took the royal blue color queue from her dress and ran with it. I love how it turned out!

The best part? She absolutely LOVES it! It always makes me so happy to hear the recipients' reactions to something I put my heart into :)

This next frame was a little tricky to make masculine for Dan's dad for Father's Day. His dad is a pastor so I incorporated a Bible verse. The photo was taken in Oregon State's gym, where Dan used to work. I incorporated OSU's colors, black and orange, trying to keep it from being too Halloween-ish. The circles kinda look like basketballs, don't you think?

If you'd like a custom {What's in a Frame} for yourself or to give as a gift, visit my Etsy shop for more information or contact me at jaymalew[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Ugly" Paper Challenge with You and Me Kit

"Ugly" is often subjective. So when I say that I used this paper from CTMH's You and Me kit in an "ugly paper" challenge, I hope you're not offended! But I just really don't like this color combo for some reason, and I especially didn't like the paper with the square pattern, shown in the small strip of paper in the bottom right of my card.

That being said, I do kinda like how the card turned out. I think the pop of tulip helps brighten it up a bit. I do, however, REALLY like the notepad paper from the kit, shown in the right of the card.

I played with the "Hope for Japan" stamp set for the first time. I like the focal image of the card. The sentiment is from the Sophia Workshop on the Go stamp set...definitely one of my favorites! Check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wedding Scrapbook Layout - Color Challenge

Here is another layout from my cousin's wedding that I just finished scrapbooking for myself. I did the left page a while ago for one of Heart 2 Heart's color challenges: Creme Brulee, Blush, and Vineyard Berry. This color combo sounded odd to me at first, but I think it works well for this layout.

This layout also fits Practical Scrappers' "Challenge Me Tuesday" from last week, to alter flowers in some way. I stamped on the flower on the right page to give it a new look.

I stamped a background stamp from Universal Backgrounds (a must-have) in Blush ink onto Blush cardstock and the white flower. I love these swirl stamps from the Felicity stamp set. Felicity is no longer available, but check out the new Love Life stamp set...LOVE it! I'll be using that flourish a lot in the future! Plus, did you hear that D-size stamp sets have decreased in price?! They're just $17.95 now instead of $22.95!
In this next picture we were all doing the Thriller Dance...so fun! It was such a fun wedding! It was a small destination wedding...I'm a fan of smaller groups and lots of family was there so it was a celebration right up my alley :)

And this is the page I did last year for Heart 2 Heart Challenges. If you haven't checked out H2H and you love Close to my Heart products, you really should. They do a CTMH-based challenge every week.
What do you think of this color combo? I hope you'll challenge yourself to combine unexpected colors and paper packs for a different look...you'll find that it's fun!

You can find the other layouts I've done for her wedding (and other wedding projects) here. But I'm not done posting the layouts from her wedding!

Happy scrapping!

P.S. Don't forget I still have great deals on stamp sets, paper kits, and accessories for sale!  Help me clear them out before I move!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

And the Winner is...

Thanks to all of my new followers and those of you who were already following my blog! I have chosen a winner for this lovely blog candy using Random.org. To see the original post and my layout for Practical Scrappers' 2nd anniversary, visit here.

Without further adieu...

Jennifer of Scraps of Grace is the winner!

Jennifer, please email me so I can get your info and mail out your goodies!

Thanks to all of your who participated...I am always so astonished by how loving and friendly the blogging community is. You are all wonderful!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Workshop on the Go with a Twist

I love CTMH's Workshop on the Go kits! What I love about them is they come with a full paper pack, stamp set and accessories, plus a full-color, step-by-step guide so you can easily complete they layout yourself. The guide even includes a cutting diagram for each piece of paper you use, so there's no guesswork. You can pre-cut all your paper, then simply assemble and embellish.

I like to "go against the flow," as they say. I usually make the pre-designed layouts my own in some way...whether it is to change the orientation of the photos to fit my photos, or use a different stamp set that works with my photos better, or embellish a little differently. And these layouts always lend themselves to easily be changed to fit my needs. Or you can simply follow them as is!

So here is the layout I completed with the Mayberry Workshop on the Go...

I added some chipboard flowers because I wasn't keen on the fruit stamps that came with the kit for these particular pictures.

Since the new Idea Book is out, there are NEW Workshop on the Go kits for you to choose from! Each kit contains supplies to create the two-page layout featured in the workshop guide. Then use your remaining materials and online tips to create an additional layout and a bonus project, shown in the guide. Some of the bonus projects require additional items not included in the workshop kit, but the items needed will be listed for you when you go to order your kits.

Check out the fabulous new lineup...

(versatile for so much more than Halloween!)

Roxie (my favorite)

You can see more information on each of the kits and order any of the new WOTG kits, plus the kits from the last Idea Book, here.

Thanks for visiting!