Friday, December 20, 2013

My Ten Favorite Projects Using Chipboard

Well I am trying out for Imaginarium Designs new Design Team and they have asked us to post on our blog 10 of our favorite projects using chipboard. I live in a small town on Vancouver Island here on the West Coast of Canada so our local scrapbook store doesn't carry a lot of chipboard so most of the chipboard I have and use on my projects I've bought online. How great would it be to actually make the Design Team and get to work with all those yummy chipboard pieces, I would be in "Chipboard Heaven". Anyway the following projects are some of my favs!

Well I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that my projects will be enough to earn me a spot on this great design team! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Well I was so excited the other day to find out I won for Day 10 of the "12 Days of Christmas" challenges at Swirlydoos! I won the Kaisercraft Christmas Carol paper collection so I will be stalking the mailman for this "Happy Mail", lol.

So Day 11's challenge was to make this cute little surprise Christmas box. If you want to check out Rae, from Swirlydoos, video for this you can find it here:  "Surprise Box"

I used one of Bo Bunny's pretty paper collections from last year "Snowy Serenade". Here are a couple of photos, on the one photo of the inside of the box the blank part I added a little paper envelope for a gift card to it. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Swirlydoos Contest

Okay I have to apologize for being so late in posting this contest but hopefully you've heard about it from others. Swirlydoos is doing a "12 Days of Christmas" contest and each day the Design Team is giving you a quick Christmas project to do and then drawing names/winners. It is already Day 10 today (told you I was slow) so you could still enter for Day 11 & 12. Here's the link: Swirlydoos Blog

I've been so busy that I've  only been able to enter for the past two days but I did try out one of the other projects for Day 6. These are little triangle gift boxes which make great hostess gifts to give to people over the holiday. I filled mine up with Hershey Kisses, here's a few I've made so far, I think I'll be making a few more of these before Christmas. The link for the template from Paulien Van Den Bosch can be found here: Paulien's Template 
The first one I was actually able to enter was the Day 9 "Gift Card Holder" from Amy (Amarilys's), super easy project that is perfect to give those Christmas gift cars in! You can find Amy's tutorial here: Gift Card, Here's my gift card holder.
Today's (Dec 10/13) challenge from Angelica was to alter a matchbook box using some burlap, gesso and a chipboard or wood embellishment. You can find the challenge here: Altered Matchbox My first attempt at this project didn't quite look like what I had envisioned in my head but that's okay. I made the matchbox myself, added some burlap around the box, along with gold pearl stems, feathers, and some gold mesh ribbon. I printed off the Merry Christmas tag on my computer, then a chipboard piece from a past K&Co collection, then dabbed some gesso here & there. Here's my 1st attempt.
For my second attempt at this challenge I didn't make a matchbook as I find it a little hard to work with small things due to having numb hands so I decided to alter a small box that I got some earrings in. I used some green Christmas paper from my stash, wrapped with burlap, then die cut a piece of shiny white paper and added a red velvet leaf and berries which I believe is from Graphic 45. Printed out another "Merry Christmas" tag on my computer, then hand cut a small heart from Tim Holtz grunge paper, painted it a shiny green color and then before it dried added some tiny green beads to it. Added a bit of gesso here & there and I was done. Here it is.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Halloween layout

Ever since I watched the UStream video of Limor Webber's Halloween layout for Prima I have been wanting to try it out and I finally got a chance this past weekend. You can see this video here: Prima UStream Channel
This video is great way of showing that you don't have to have Halloween themed papers to do a Halloween layout. Although in my layout the background papers is a Halloween paper called "Chillingsworth Manor" from Echo Park Paper, it isn't an "in your face" Halloween paper if you know what I mean. Other than that the rest of the papers are all from Prima's "Engraver" collection. The spider webs I cut on my Cricut machine using the Halloween cartridge and the two small black scrolls between the flowers and on the side of the postcard are from Cricut's "Ornamental Iron" cartridge. The small orange rosebuds I made myself the rest of the flowers are Prima. I hope you'll check Limor's video out and thanks for stopping by, Cheers!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Getting into the Holiday Spirit!

Hello Bloggers, I have a few Design Team projects to share with you today using the new 'Tis Christmas Time paper collection from Meg's Garden. This first one is a layout I did of my granddaughter. 

For my background paper I used the “Christmas Plaid” paper which I distressed with my distress tool and some Vintage Photo Distress ink. I also used one of my punches and punched the bottom right corner and top left corner of the paper. I cut a piece of the Christmas Flowers paper 3” x 3¾” and a piece of the Christmas Angels paper (from the left side of the paper) 5½” x 3½” which I distressed and inked. I glued these two pieces on to the center of the background paper laying the longer piece beside the smaller piece but placing it so that the top left corner of the longer piece just over laps the bottom right corner of the shorter piece. I then took a piece of the 4.8cm lace which I colored with some Fired Brick distress ink and attached it down the middle of the paper.

For my photo I matted it with some burgundy colored cardstock that matched the flowers in these papers. Then I added some used cardboard from my stash to the back of the matted photo to pop it up on the page and placed it down over the lace as shown. I added a Prima resin heart and wings above the photo. I added a couple of fussy cut flowers from the Summer Bouquet papers from Meg’s Garden (I love this paper for fussy cutting) and placed them on either side of the photo using pop dots. I took a piece of cheese cloth from my stash and placed it along the bottom of the photo. For the rest of the flower cluster I used burgundy paper flowers, white Azaleas which I added Fired Brick distress ink here and there on the petals, and some small latte paper roses. I also added some green holly leaves, green stems and white velvet leaves from my stash. For my title I cut out one of the “NOEL” sayings from the Christmas Angels paper and popped it up using some cardboard and used some stickers from my stash for the year. Here are a couple of close ups.
Materials used from Meg’s Garden
Papers – P6362 Christmas Flowers
                P6361 Christmas Greetings
                P6365 Christmas Plaid
                P6366 Christmas Angels
                P6336 Summer Bouquet
L2976 4.8cm Lace
3098bur Burgundy paper flowers
White Azaleas
Small Latte paper roses

Other items used
Prima resin heart & wings
Cheese cloth
Green holly leaf & berries
Green bud stems
Number stickers

This next project is a 3D card using the ‘Tis Christmas Time paper collection. I used a green cardstock for my background paper cutting it 10” x 7” to make a 5” x 7” card when folded in half. I then cut a 4½” x 6½” piece from the “Christmas Flowers” paper which I distressed and inked with Vintage Photo distress ink. It’s kind of hard to see in this photo but the top right corner of the paper and bottom left corner I rolled the paper back a wee bit. For my tree I used the “Christmas Greetings” and “Christmas Plaid” papers. You can find the tutorial to make the tree on MsLiberty25’s you tube channel here:
I fussy cut a couple of the small flowers from the “Christmas Flowers” paper and used foam dots to pop them up on either side of the tree and added a little red star jewel from my stash to the top of the tree. The little sentiment on the bottom of the card is also from my stash. To finish the card off I cut two small slits on the fold of the card and threaded some ribbon from the inside of the card to the outside and tied a bow. I think this little tree would be cute to add to the inside of the card also so that when the person opens the card the tree would pop open!

Materials used from Meg’s Garden
Paper – P6362 Christmas Flowers
               P6361 Christmas Greetings
               P6365 Christmas Plaid

Other items used
Vintage Photo distress ink
Foam pop dots
Star gem

For this next card I used white cardstock for my background cut to 10” x 7” to make a 5” x 7” card when folded in half. My next layer is a dark pink piece of cardstock cut a bit smaller than the background paper. I’ve used my distress tool and distress ink on all of my papers. I cut a piece of the “Christmas Flowers” paper for my next layer and then cut that into strips approximately 1” to 1¼” and spaced those evenly across the pink cardstock. I then cut out one of the Angels (I love these Angels)from the Christmas Angels paper and matted it with some dark burgundy cardstock and then wrapped some twine around the left side of the angel picture and tied a bow with it and glued that layer down. I took a small piece of cheese cloth and glued that down onto the bottom left corner of the card. I took one of the large burgundy flowers and two of the small Latte paper roses and glued them down as shown in the picture. I cut one of the NOEL sayings from the Christmas Angels paper and matted it with a light green cardstock and used some foam pop dots and added it to the top right corner.
Materials used from Meg’s Garden
Paper – P6362 Christmas Flowers
               P6366 Christmas Angels
Idyllic Burgundy Flowers
Small Latte Paper Roses

Other items used
Vintage Photo distress ink
Foam pop dots
Dark Burgundy cardstock
Dark Pink cardstock
Light Green cardstock
Well I hope these projects inspired you to get those Christmas cards done in time to mail out to your family & friends! Thanks for stopping by!