Friday, September 30, 2011

why not...

Oh my a day late, but at last I am here. As the house seems to crumble around me from laundry to papers from school I am beginning to wonder what happened to my free time this week to clean. I guess some weeks are better than others. Before I continue to ignore the mess and head out for a morning with my friend...wanted to pop in to share my Paper Fashions Etc. card with you as fall is in the air...Love the collection of leaves to choose from in this set. Thinking of creating a fall leave chain using this digis later this month. Found the wreath in a local craft store in the doll house section of all places...which everything is so tiny and cute. Works perfectly for any holiday by just adding your seasonal embellishment. Ok...I am off. So much more to share, but late as it is. See you back here tomorrow!

Andrea

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

they are coming out...

My little men are ready...let's find the boxes, head to the store and start to decorate. We are going full Halloween here and ready to put up those decorations...a little new and old. Only a few more minutes and then we are off to the store to pick up a few more decorations to add to our small, but fun collection this year. My littlest pointed out that we do not have any green men...which I am sure he is referring to Frankenstein. So...we are on the hunt. My hubby does not like the whole decorating "thing"...but as our boys get older and really start to enjoy this time of year...why not? So in the spirit of today...Created my own large buttons from chipboard, circle die cut and my pretty papers in the scrap bin. I recently purchased yet another beautiful collection of vintage buttons from Remember Me Emily over on Etsy and came across these amazing vintage tags she had. You tear them, which leaves a great edge on each side and stamp away. Punch a little hole to secure it to the ribbon with a stick pin.

Andrea

...Just a quick note. I will be stocking my Etsy shop with some last minute Halloween goodies this weekend. They will be ready to ship and just in time for Halloween! Also, be on the lookout for Thanksgiving and other holiday items to start invading my shop later next week.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ready for class...

Beginning October 1st, it's time to create with felt, fabric and your favorite crafting supplies. Miss Art's Papercrafting will be featuring three classes on how to create your very own fabric and felt pieces, including this above. Hope you get a chance to enroll and check out these how-to's. There are so many amazing classes there and such variety. If you are looking to try something new...this would be the place to learn how.

Andrea

Monday, September 26, 2011

tiny...

It doesn't take too much to make something shabby, chic and sweet...especially when it is a mini.Happy Monday everyone and hope that your week is starting out well. Home today tending to my little man who has been fighting a bug...again. After a weekend of insisting he could ride the Haunted Mansion at Disney (which has lead to nightmares), karate camp and now fighting off this little bug...he needs his mommy and am happy to be the designated cuddler. Created this mini card for the Make It Monday's Papertrey Ink Challenge. Love using chipboard and dies...and as I was sitting down to make this the doorbell rang and my new Papertrey Ink package arrived...yeah! He must have known, right? Anyway, some exciting things to share with you this week from projects to news. Working on a few new Halloween items to post and share too.

Andrea

Sunday, September 25, 2011

color my world...

Just posting this quickly today for the Papertrey Ink blog hop...Off to spend the day with my littlest man and best friends!

Andrea

Saturday, September 24, 2011

loved...

Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day and now back to reality... slightly older...and I am sure much wiser than the previous day :) As I wait for laundry to finish I wanted to pop in to share a couple of projects that I have not shared here yet. This first one is using Pink Persimmon stamps, a empty glass spice bottle, fabric and paper. I realized, as I was using my spices one day, that this glass bottle just could not be tossed. After washing the inside and soaking the outside overnight to remove the labels, the bottle was ready to be dressed up. Used lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon to add the gathered flower with a stick pin and diamond satin ribbon around the exterior of the bottle. Also, used my Glue Arts 3D Foam to the paper embellishments to really give dimension to the bottle.The fabric piece inside is just two strips of fabric, sewn together and stamped. Also added a few hand stitched details along the way. Letter stamps are perfect for fabric projects. So many varieties in style and size. Secondly, as you can see I am in the Halloween spirit and with a new pack of seasonal paper and a plain wooden house just waiting to be used...I created this.
October is almost upon us and Halloween is drawing near. I will have two more weeks of listing Halloween items in my shop if you were interested. Looking to make a few more mini card and treat sets next week. Have a wonderful weekend and can't wait to share more soon!

Andrea

Friday, September 23, 2011

heading to back to class...

It's almost here...my video tutorials for Miss Art's Papercrafting School will be coming this October. The series is called "Fabric Frills" and is a step by step video tutorial on how to easily create your own fabric and felt creations. The photo above is just a sneak peek. All of the classes are amazing and such a variety. Something for every kind of crafter. Have an amazing weekend! Will be celebrating my birthday today cleaning, shipping orders and maybe top it off with some yummy cake.

Andrea

Thursday, September 22, 2011

the bobby pin...

After two years of long hair, I woke up one day and had nine inches cut off. Now, trying to adjust, I have turned to hair accessories to keep me from having a total breakdown. As I strolled down the hair accessories aisle I picked one of everything...headbands, clips, hair ties and then a very large package of bobby pins...really you need a hundred at a time? Seeing how creative some get with these little things...I went to work on my own creation. After adding these felt flowers to each bobby pin, and always searching for new ways to embellish a card, thought they fit perfectly with Paper Fashions Etc. digital images. This can comes from the perfect blend collection, just trimming off the lid. Also...used leaves from the fall is in the air collection, friends sentiment, and garden bingo cards "bloom". The recipient of this card can then use the bobby pins or just keep them on the card as is.

Andrea

P.S. Have a couple of projects posted on the Whimsie Doodles blog today featuring new patterns and sewing projects. Also, my holiday ornament has made the cover of the new Simply Handmade Holiday book posted over on the Create: blog today. So excited about that. Just seeing the colors makes me ready for the cold. Finally, here is my card for the challenge posted on that blog today...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

oh alice...

Alice in Wonderland...one of my favorite movies and stories...one that I make my little men watch with me since it isn't too girly, right? Today, over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog, I posted this project using so many beautiful ribbons and loving the Halloween colors...as you may have noticed. Can't wait for the cooler weather and as I often mention, this humidity can make it's seasonal exit as well. I have my new Yankee Candle (pumpkin buttercream) burning from morning til night, my decorations have been making their way to their usual places around the house and of course the holiday crafting is in full swing, YEAH!This are just a few more mini cards and tags that I had up in my shop yesterday. Going to be making a few more...finding more black, cream and orange to play with. Also, to announce the winner of the felt ghost goody bag...Cheryl Nelson! Congrats and just email your information when you get a chance. Thank you everyone for your continued support, comments and sharing your inspiration with me. This is my daily pick me up, something that makes me smile when it is really needed and keeps me finding new ways of being creative. It is true, for me, that creativity is therapy. It is amazing how many down days have been turned around by just sitting down here or my craft table for a few minutes.

Until tomorrow...

Andrea

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

a little sweetness for halloween...

I often don't like using candy or food in preparing any project for a photo...the reason...I find that they don't last long in our house. That's right...we ate them all! But the best part remains, the little treat pockets that I created to hold these sweet treats. To find out how to make these, head on over to Glue Arts today to get a detailed list of supplies and instructions. If you haven't worked with Scor-Pals before this week of projects is amazing! Before I get to my daily duties of cleaning (bathroom day...yuck) and some custom order crafting...one more Halloween project that was posted in my Etsy shop yesterday...I can't help myself with this Halloween crafting. My little men and I start planning for it in August. Just a note that I will be making a few more sets of Halloween goody boxes and tag sets like this one above to list in my shop later this week if you need treat holders...

Andrea

Monday, September 19, 2011

sweet vintage...

When you bring together a little vintage, fabric and something sweet you get a perfect gift set. As my little men were looking through my craft room over the weekend I came across these vintage towels which were ready to be embellished... I love strawberries. They don't require the use of a die cut or stamp and can quickly be hand cut to your liking. For this towel I used two layers of pink fabric, fused together using interfacing, and two layers of green fabric for the stem and leaves (also fused together). Then, using stitching to add detail, added the pieces of the towel. I had to add a little lace to give it even a more vintage feel to the bottom. Of course it couldn't stop there...
Created a matching tag, gift box and card to create a perfect set ready for that special someone. The ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon) on the gift box is big, beautiful and such a lovely pure white that matches so well with the vintage buttons used throughout from Remember Me Emily. Hand cut the strawberry on the tag to match the towel using scrap pieces of paper. For the card, I have these large chipboard letters (which have been around for years) that seem to be at my side and ready to be used. Used the "t" to begin the word "thanks".

Hope your Monday starts off just as sweet. Getting the coffee going, quickly clean the house and on to make my projects for the week...

Andrea

Sunday, September 18, 2011

pretty in pink...

After a day in a house full of boys this is what is needed...pink, floral and fun coming together in one card. I discovered this dress form, from The Girl's Paperie, in the wrong place in my craft room and after holding on to it for so long I thought...why not. As my boys were into my stash of crafts as well we came across this pink fringe trim and pink lace...and there you have it. Added a flower embellishment from Pebbles, stick pin from Maya Road, vintage button from Remember Me Emily, stamp and label from Papertrey Ink and ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Of course my Glue Arts UCut-It Foam which adheres to any surface so well and allowed me to mount the dress form onto my felt.

I am late for my date with my boys today...should have left before breakfast to beat the heat, oh well, they seem to keep my mind on the fun parts not that fact that we are all melting away under the hot humid sun. Have a beautiful Sunday!

Andrea

Saturday, September 17, 2011

my little pumpkin...

The day has come...finally...when I get to sit back and settle into my crafting chair and just enjoy. Between fall cleaning and school projects my week was gone in an instant. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. As this next week quickly approaches I am trying to face the reality that I am adding another year to my age. Not really that hard, but just a reminder of how quickly time passes by. Thankfully I can say that I have enjoyed this year and look forward to what lies ahead. Spending more time with my little men has been made each day special. So as we prepare for Halloween with paper spiders scaling our walls...just a special post for my favorite little pumpkins...
Supplies Used: October Afternoon (paper), cardboard, vintage buttons, Papertrey Ink (stamps and twine), Really Reasonable Ribbon (lace), Frost It Pink (ribbon), Glue Arts adhesives.

Just a reminder that there is still time to enter the ghost bag giveaway below...

Andrea

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

when a challenge calls...

For the blog hop please look at the post below. So when I need some inspiration I turn to a challenge to keep me on my crafting toes. Today I found three...

This first card is for the My Mind's Eye card sketch challenge. Remember My Mind's Eye and I go way back. Always a favorite!This second card is for Make it Monday over at Papertrey Ink using paint and stamps...love how the little tags turned out using this technique...And finally my Create: card challenge that I love so much! This week the challenge was to use these little flags which I just happen to have some around from my recent Pebbles project for Glue Arts...Ok, so now to enter these and get back to work... Just remember that I have a giveaway two posts down and the Really Reasonable Blog Hop is just below.

Andrea

some place to lay your pins...

It's blog hopping time and thank you for coming along... You probably just came from Trudy's blog and was inspired by her amazing project. Today I decided to share something that can quickly and easily be put together...
Using lace trim and diamond satin ribbon to accent this pincushion. Perfect and easy little gift idea for the upcoming holidays! Just sew together two squares of fabric, thread through middle to all four sides and add felt and lace accents to the middle of the top. Finally, add satin ribbon to two sides, using a little craft glue to secure in place under the lace portion of the flower. So are you ready to hop some more? Head on over to Misty's blog!

RRR Blog - http://www.reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/

Trudy - http://truesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/

Andrea - http://andreascreativepapertrail.blogspot.com/

Misty - http://mommyof5kidz.blogspot.com/

Connie - http://cmc2stamp.blogspot.com/

Angi - http://cokiepopaper.blogspot.com/

Crystal - http://crystalkbk.blogspot.com/

Jeanne - http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Sarah - http://creationsbysarah.blogspot.com/

Cheryl - http://sweeetdesignsbycheryl.blogspot.com/

RRR Blog - http://www.reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/


Thank you for coming along and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Andrea

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway below if you would like!

Monday, September 12, 2011

ghostly treats...

It's today...giveaway time and would love to have you all enter for a chance to win this ghostly felt goody bag...minus the treats inside sorry, my little man's favorite...using Whimsie Doodles new pattern digis. By using the ghost pattern from the Halloween collection released this month, add a 2.5" strip of fabric between each side to create a precious trick or treat bag...To enter for a chance to win just leave a comment on this post by Sept 18th telling me which Halloween character you love the most! Hope you can join me tomorrow for the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop. Sure to have something creepy crawly here to share.

Andrea

Saturday, September 10, 2011

don't be a scardy cat...

Halloween decorating is beginning early for us here as my littlest man is helping me cut out spiders to stick to the wall. With the start of school and his interest in art our family craft days are coming back in style here. Loving it...although he is a little bit more demanding and keeping an eye out that I am not taking breaks...shhh, I hope he doesn't find out that I am in here for a moment. This card above was made for Really Reasonable Ribbon today. Loving this assortment this month to get your projects started for Halloween and fall. As you may have noticed I am ready! Well, can't linger too long as he is adding glitter to his project at the moment. It seems to explode in the dinning area when he gets his hands on it. Will be having a giveaway on Monday and bringing you a few new projects using felt and material next week.

Andrea

Friday, September 9, 2011

inspired...

If you haven't been visiting Glue Arts this week...head on over to see an amazing collection of projects inspired by a photo spotted on Pinterest. Amazing photos there and here is just a snippet of what my project is today...For a complete list of supplies, directions and a full photo of my project head on over to Glue Arts. I have been in love with these colors for the past year. Finally I was able to put them together and give a little pop of color to our home.

It is finally Friday and time to get ready for a house full of guests this evening, a packed Saturday of karate and family outing then probably locked inside on Sunday by my hubby as he takes in some much needed football...the season I dislike the most (sorry, but it is true). I usually end up watching a little, asking too many questions and try to follow along. So...as I weigh my options for dinner tonight between having a dirty kitchen and make it or order in (my preferred choice I think)...I am off to pack orders, make a few more goodies to share this weekend (with a fall giveaway for Monday) and wonder how overnight our house became messy. May you have a beautiful Friday, an adventurous Saturday and relaxing Sunday! See you back here very soon!

Andrea

Thursday, September 8, 2011

oh so good...

Happy Thursday...today is Paper Fashions Etc. day here and so excited to be back working with the kitchen clatter collection and vintage recipe cards. This idea came to me early this morning in the hustle and bustle of our morning school routine. If you look closely at the background of the card I printed a grid type pattern using the recipe cards...I then stitched between them with a sewing machine and embellished the rest of the card with this yummy cupcake from the cherry delight collection. I wanted to make the focus of the card the frosted portion of the cupcake to go with the sentiment...Of course I had to top it off with vintage buttons, a little heart and some beautiful white satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon (1"). Now if I could only make my baked cupcakes look that good. Little hands are usually to quick around here to actually put the frosting on.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

creepy crawly...

When October comes around this year I will be ready...Papertrey Ink stamps in hand, treat bags ready from Creations by AR and all of the creepy crawly things that make this time of year so much fun. This creations above was made for Make it Mondays challenge over on the Papertrey Ink blog...not so traditional in the colors for Halloween, but it is exactly what I had in mind. Another little treat using Creations by AR pumpkin Jack-O-Box template...minus the pumpkin...Hope this brings a little fall inspiration your way...One more item before I go. This month Whimsie Doodle has come out with a new line of patterns for all things felt and fabric. Each month I will bring you a project that will feature these amazing new items and here is a peek at this month's project...Andrea

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

fall...

Fall is almost upon us...ok, maybe here in the south the weather needs to cool just a bit more and I could do without the humidity. But why not get a jump start on the fall crafting. This coming Halloween and Christmas is going to be a busy, but fun time for me as I am determined to create something festive each day...a little for myself along the way too. To start just a little "autumn wishes" card for this week's challenge over at the CREATE blog...Really loving Glue Arts 3D Foam...making each element really stand out. Also, gotta love Papertrey Ink's stamps sets...I am in love with them all! As I mentioned yesterday, Remember Me Emily on Etsy has the most amazing vintage buttons. This one has such amazing detail in such a small little button. Each bag has such a variety...as I have purchase four so far and can't seem to stop myself. They also come in adorable tins that are being set aside for Christmas ornaments. Well, the laundry is spinning, my little men are struggling to sit down for homework and soon it will be time to head off to after school practices...See you back here tomorrow with a special Halloween treat!

Andrea

Monday, September 5, 2011

tiny miracle...

Having a great day home resting with my oldest today and between games of UNO and Monopoly sneaking in some crafting. It is rare to spend time with my boys one on one as they are usually a two for one package deal and stuck together like glue. This card uses a few new papers that just came my way, vintage buttons that I have been head over heels for lately from Remember Me Emily on Etsy and satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous start to your week! Before I go a little something sweet that was posted on Glue Arts last week...
Andrea

Sunday, September 4, 2011

when color says it all...

When all of the paper in your craft room calls out for attention and you have to use them all...Yes, that was me today...why not? Have so much coming up and can't wait to share more with you as the month goes on. Taking a little time away from my Etsy shop to focus on branch out a little more in the altered art side...take up a little more sewing and really enjoy what crafting brings to my everyday life. Crafting is so personal and brings so much joy and needed me time to my life and when that begins to fade, which seems to happen in cycles, it is time to mix it up a bit and regroup. Just have to see where this takes me I suppose...Enjoy your extended weekend and for those of you that are entering your first week of back to school...best of luck!

Andrea

Thursday, September 1, 2011

favorite read...

First, the winner of the Creations by AR blog hop on my site was...PAM. Please Adel or myself at andreascreativepapertrail@hotmail.com to pick your template! Thank you everyone who participated...always inspiring and fun! After one week away from Paper Fashions Etc...I am back and ready to share a new set with you that I LOVE!This week I took these adorable stacked coffee cups and applied it to a basic strip of stamped cardstock to create a bookmark. A coffee break and your favorite book...couldn't think of anything better at the moment.This project uses the perfect blend and coffee with friends digital sets and Pick up time...my little men will be running through the back door soon and ready to eat, play and just kick it. Better be prepared...

Andrea