Monday, February 27, 2012

Always and Forever Mini Album

Okay I have to admit I forgot about this Valentines project when I said there would be no more.  This is a mini album I made for Valentines Day.  My husband and I like to make gifts for each other and this was mine to him.  The left side of the album is from our wedding day and the right side is from our vow renewal.  I have to brag my husband up a bit (okay a lot) for that one.  For our 12th wedding anniversary he surprised me with vow renewals at our church.  He made the invitations, wrote the vows, bought a new ring, re proposed, planned a small reception, cooked up a reason to get me to the church, and even made a scrapbook page with the vows.  Our computer died last week so when the new one is up and running I will post pictures of his wonderful creations.  I still remember heading to the church (we had to drop something off) on our way to my 'surprise'.  My husband kind of let me think he was taking me to see Miss Saigon and instead he dropped to one knee and proposed again in front of our friends and family.  I am still so shocked that no one let the cat out of the bag.  I still have to finish that album but I thought this would make a sweet gift and this is what I was hiding in my 'pizza box' that I made for the blog hop.  I know people were wondering what was in the box and now you know.

Album Cover

Album open without pictures

Album open with pictures

 Left side of the album - Our wedding day

Right side of the album - Our vow renewals

Supplies used:
MME Market Street paper
MS Punch Around the Page - Swirling Lace
MM Design Shop - Love Struck
MS Glitter

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dahlia Fold Flower Card with a lot of Bling

I made this card for the Crop Chocolate Challenge # 3.  We were challenged to use simple shapes to come up with another shape.  I haven't made an dahlia fold flower in a while and that is what popped in my head when I saw the challenge.  My original intention with this card was to leave the inside blank so that way when I needed a card I could quickly add a sentiment and I would be good to do.  Well my sweet five year old daughter saw the card while I was taking pictures and asked ever so sweetly if she could have it.  After I said yes she decided that there wasn't enough bling (there is no such thing to a five year old).  So she went to her "stash" and added some more embellishment.

Here is my version of the card

Here is hers

I have to admit at first my jaw dropped when I saw how many pearls she was putting on it, but I like her version a lot.  I really need to take a lesson from her, sometimes I don't want to use supplies I really like and save them for that perfect project.  Her philosophy seems to be that if you like it use it, and use lots of it there will always be something else (usually something of mine).  When I posted this over at crop chocolate she good lots of good comments and she really enjoyed me reading them to her.  She is quite proud of this card, and has graciously agreed to let me scrapbook it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Honeycomb Valentines Day Card

This will be my last valentines project for awhile, I have to be honest I am a little glad to be done with them.  I have been working on them since Christmas so its been a long while.  This is a card I made for my daughter, the inside is a honeycomb, I got the tutorial here Honeycomb Tutorial (Becca does amazing work).  I cut the I and U letters 4 times and glued the layers together.  I then applied stickles but it wasn't glittery enough for my daughter who loves bling (a Mom knows these things), so I applied MS clear glitter to the wet stickles.  I gave her this and the sour cream treat holder today.  Both kids loved their treats and cards, I filled them with cinnamon hearts and they both had red hands for awhile.  The honeycomb is hard to take a picture in a card because you need to spread it out but the effect is very nice.

Outside of card

Honeycomb on the inside

Supplies Used:
MM Love Notes
MM Glitter Alpha's (I colored these with a sharpie marker)
MS Clear Glitter

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentines Heart Shaped Box

Its Valentines and we were challenge to come up with a project based on this picture

I decided to make a heart shaped box, I have always wanted to try one and I was really happy with how it turned out.   Head on over to crop chocolate for the video and a challenge based on this project.

2- Large scallop shaped hearts 
1- Regular heart smaller than the scallop (this will be the base of the lid)
1-Regular heart smaller than all the rest (this will be the base of the bottom)
1-Strip of cardstock 2.5 x 8.5 (this may need to be longer depending on the size of your heart)
1-Strip of cardstock 1 x 10 (this may need to be longer depending on the size of the heart)

1.   Take the strip of each piece of cardstock and score it in half horizontally and a 1/2" on the vertical edge. 
2.   Crease the score marks with a bone folder.
3.   Take the long edge and cut small triangle pieces from the 1/2" edge.  This will leave small wedge shapes that will be used to wrap around the heart shapes.
4.   Do this for both pieces.
5.   Take the smallest heart and apply adhesive around the edge
6.   Wrap the 2.5" wide cardstock around the heart, attaching the little wedges to the adhesive.  
Hint: Start in the middle at the tip of the heart for a nice crisp fold
7    When you get the first side to the inside of the heart leave a small flap and fold it over, trim off any excess
8.   Repeat the same process for the second half of the heart and trim any excess
9.   Apply a small amount of adhesive to the small flap and adhere it to the other side.
10. Take the other regular heart and repeat steps 5-9 with the 1" strip of card stock
11. Apply adhesive to the bottom and top hearts and adhere to the scallop hearts
12.  Decorate and embelish as desired

Here is the video tutorial:

Spellbinders Foliage
EP Be Mine Paper
MME Lush Brads

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentines Tag - Crop Chocolate Challenge Project

Here is my project for the weekly challenge at Crop Chocolate, if you haven't entered yet the contest closes February 7th 11:59 Mountain Time CC Contest.  The challenge this week was to create a 3x5 Valentines Day Tag.   I have never been a tag maker this is the second one I have done.  I really like how this turned out and I plan to make some more.

Products used:
MME Market Street
MME Fushia Bling
Winter Berries Distress Ink
MM Design Shop - Love Struck
Spellbinders Lacey Circles

Friday, February 3, 2012

Spiral Flowers - Inspiration Challenge

We had our last challenge over at the Cropchocolate focus group and it was one of my favorites.  We were given this picture for inspiration

Here is what I came up with

Here is a closeup of my flowers

I used a rolled flower die to create the flowers, it was my first time using them and I really like how they turned out.  The dies were a gift from my wonderful husband, he went to the scrapbook store and knowing how much I love to make flowers bought the dies for me.  What a sweetheart I have ♥♥♥. 

Products used:
MME Stella and Rose
Spellbinders Floral Doiley Motifs
Basic Grey Stamps

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Crop Chocolate Announcement- Big News

Crop Chocolate Announcement
I also want to mention that over on Cropchocolate they are going to have weekly challenges where you can win crop credit towards your purchases.  Here is the original announcement:

Today's surprise...
It was a sad day in the scrapbook world when Sketchy Thursday closed their doors. We read your posts and started talking. So here's the deal, every week will will post a challenge on the contests page. Each week we will draw a winner and issue $10 CropCredit. At the end of each month we will enter all of the entries for the month into a drawing and pull a winner from the entries. The monthly winner will get $50 CropCredit.
The more you enter, the more chances you have to win!
We will post select entries on Facebook and Pinterest.
Today's challenge will be posted on the Contests page before 2pm Mountain.
Also, watch the Facebook fan page for contests throughout the month. We are giving away lots of great prizes including $50 CropCredit and yummy chocolates!

I am so excited about this and can't wait to get my first one done.