Monday, October 31, 2011

so charming...

Happy Halloween! We are just about ready to get all dressed up and head on out around the neighborhood. Just here to share two projects completed last week.
This first project is using Glue Arts and Webster's Pages. The full list of supplies, photos and instructions can be found here.
This second project is a set of mini cards created using Epiphany Crafts and Clearsnap. Additional photos and supplies can be found here. Love these charms and the images, which were found in the polymer clay section of my local Hobby Lobby. Off to get my little men all dressed up in their pirate and super hero costumes. Have a spooky evening!


Andrea

Saturday, October 29, 2011

vintage fall...

Fall is here...with a little winter thrown in the mix depending on where you are today. Between preparing for trick-or-treating on Monday and buying our first large fake Christmas tree today...such a good deal we couldn't pass up, time to take a moment and celebrate fall. For the past few years my mother and I have shared our love of crafting and vintage goodies via photos and phone conversations on a almost daily basis. With an almost 3,000 mile distance between us, it is so exciting to see how something that makes us both so happy can make it seem like we are just around the corner from each other. So today I wanted to showcase her talent and shop...
You can visit her Etsy shop here. For a limited time use the coupon code VINTAGEFALL for 15% off your entire purchase.Have a wonderful weekend!

Andrea

Thursday, October 27, 2011

sweet joy...

Digging deep into my scrap bin last night to find bits and pieces of red and green paper to create this Paper Fashions Etc. project...For the card and decoration I used sweet warm ups collection and the sweet warm ups sentiments collection. Love the little filled jars and peppermint candy. So many ways to incorporate them into your holiday creations.Created the hanging decoration by layering paper, chipboard, Glue Arts UCut-It Foam. Added a lot of glitter and ribbon to finish the look.
Andrea

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

look both ways...

Option 1...a little glitter, lace and a lot of shabby chicness...Option 2...bright, glittery and fun...You may have remembered a while back I created a card for Really Reasonable Ribbon where I used layers of lace and ribbon to create the background for my card. I decided to revisit this layout, but use two different sets of color and themes. I think I often feel as if I need to create something new all of the time. Find it fun and challenging to take older projects that I have done and change them to make the idea feel new again. There is always a collection of paper, stamps and ribbon to keep you on your crafting toes. Off to recreate a fall tag I created about a month ago in two different ways now. Enjoying the splashes of boy themed/colored projects lately. About time with a house full of boys...right?

Andrea

Monday, October 24, 2011

cookin in the kitchen...

Not spending much time in my kitchen lately. Between house projects, bike rides and celebrating birthdays...our counters have become more of a resting place for papers than food. However, the other night I pulled out my polymer clay and got to work making these candy canes. They are so fun and simple...perfect for holiday scrapping this year. Made a few more for future projects.
Attached them to the card using Glue Arts U-Cut It Foam and a little craft glue. Hand cut the felt for the holly leaves and added the ribbon with a button to finish off the embellishment. Found a few stamps that haven't been used since last year...or maybe even the year before to complete the piece. Polymer clay is easy to work with and so much fun. Miss Art's Papercrafting School just released a course on this I believe as well too. Well, the time has come to put my little men to bed. A short school week and so excited that I don't have to leave the house at all this week either. Sometimes that running around can drive me a little batty.

Andrea

Friday, October 21, 2011

thankful...

Thankful for so many things and the list keeps on growing. After a day of bumps, oops's and close calls...my little men were tucked safely and quietly into bed and woke up this morning with smiles. It is a habit of mine to still sneak into their rooms while they are asleep...before I head off to bed myself...and give them each a little kiss on the cheek. I wonder if I will still do this five, ten years from now...I can only hope. So as the days go by, Thanksgiving is nearing and the season of giving thanks and spending time with our friends and family is right around the corner...I turn to my love of crafting to show how thankful I truly am for everything.
Created this pocket using two scallop circles, stitched together on three sides. Used a Paper Fashions Etc. vintage recipe cards to create the background on the green and blue circles, which have been die cut and mounted on the front of the pocket. Also used the fall is in the air leaf.
Perfect little set to give to those you love this season! Wishing you a wonderful weekend...only one week left until Halloween. I will be back tomorrow to share my mother's creations with you. Also, I am having a weekend sale in my shop of felt flowers and tags.

Andrea

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a little gathering...

Oh boy...exhausted and it is only Thursday, but tonight when my little men are asleep I will be up crafting to my hearts content. Although I usually bring you a Paper Fashions Etc. project today (it is currently in the works as the sun is setting for the day)...I wanted to share a couple of projects posted on the Glue Arts blog and Really Reasonable Ribbon blog today...This little bucket project is posted today on the Glue Arts blog. Don't forget that all of the photos, instructions and supplies can be found there along with a chance to enter a giveaway! So many fun and festive projects! The following two projects are for my Really Reasonable Ribbon post and you know that I can't help but make something into a flower...
Enjoy your Thursday. Just began strength training this week and feeling it. Hope it doesn't throw my crafting off :) See you back here tomorrow for some PFE projects and tutorial!

Andrea

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

that's pink...

Oh the joy of fabric! I have been playing with layers of fabric and lace the past two days and really love seeing how everything comes together. There are those that don't make the cut, and realize that is time lost...but, when all is said and done the ones that make the cut bring a smile to my face.
Created a brooch using this fabric flower embellished with vintage lace, vintage glass button and a glass pearl bead. Created a perfect embellishment for this card, which can be removed once given. This next card was created with two challenges in mind. First, this week on the Create blog you will find the challenge of using chevrons. Here I used a Martha Stewart punch and strips of scrap paper to create this look. The second is for the Practical Scrappers card contest and the next round if I am so lucky to continue...
Finally, a little birthday card using more bright colors...and I think I used them all here...
Hope your day is as bright and colorful as these projects. Have fun with all of your crafting materials! Thank you everyone who entered for a chance to win the adhesive. Unfortunately I could only draw one name and the winner is Lori, who I have contacted and it is on it's way. Don't forget to check out the Glue Arts blog for weekly giveaways! One last project before I go. My first project for Epiphany Crafts...
Andrea

Sunday, October 16, 2011

happiness always...


Don't forget...you have until tonight at midnight to enter the giveaway here for a chance to win this fabulous item! Just working my way through my fabric bin today, finishing a few orders and projects. Thought I would stop in to say howdy and share a couple of projects. Remember that this technique can be seen at Miss Art's Papercrafting School this month...Found some amazing buttons and beads to add to these from my vintage collection of goodies. Also, created one as a brooch which was then added to the front of this card and is removable. I prefer to create several of these at once as I have my fabric out and iron hot. Feels like a mini assembly line.If you haven't check out my step by step tutorial on how to create these......check them out here, Whimsie Doodles. It's time to start thinking about the holidays and what better way than to start those festive crafting projects. Before I go...I have made it to the third round in a card contest through Practical Scrappers and this is the card for the next round...Just something fun and inspiring to keep this life of mine exciting! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday...don't forget to enter the giveaway below before the day is done. This is amazing adhesive! Off to pack a few orders and check out my list for the week. Trying to prep myself for a long bike ride this evening. Love biking, but the seat could be a little more comfortable, right?

Andrea

Friday, October 14, 2011

glue arts giveaway...

You could be the lucky winner of the new Glue Glider Pro+ Perma Tac Cartridge and new Pro+ Handle. Today I am so excited to be apart of such a wonderful giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive this amazing adhesive! Used this to create the embellishments below today. Great adhesive, so easy to use and glides to nicely...You have until Sunday at midnight to leave a comment here and a winner will be announced on Monday!


Andrea

Thursday, October 13, 2011

a good friend...

It is amazing that no matter what age, friendships are always changing. As I watch my little men play with the new kids on our street, anticipate seeing our closest friends on the weekend and meeting up with classmates...it makes me wonder who will come, go and stay in their life as each year and event passes. I only hope I can teach them to always be open to making new friends, realize that we meet one another for a reason and nurture those relationships that bring them joy.
This project was created for Paper Fashions Etc. using their friendship sentiment collection. With a little fabric, felt, paper and chipboard came this creation. I you are still hopping for Really Reasonable Ribbon tonight...see the post below. Also, have several new projects to share this weekend, the tutorial for felt embellishments is currently up on the Whimsie Doodles blog and my shop will be full this weekend. Have a beautiful Friday. My little men are home and we are tackling the toys...they are rough, tough boys and all of the broken toys prove this!

Andrea

bells will be ringing...

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop...oh what fun we'll have! It is time to start getting out those holiday colors that we love so much...
Created a little mini card that can be tucked away inside this mini envelope. Used this month's red ruffle ribbon from the ribbon club assortment, white lace trim and some gorgeous red and white cord.Thank you for joining me here...now it is time to head on over to Misty's blog!

Enjoy...

Andrea

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

giving it shape...

Do you ever make shaped cards? Wanted to work with a shape that could be used for both a girl and boy themed card and this is what I came up with. Used my Doodlecharms Cricut Expression cartridge to create the stars. Attached them to a folded piece of cardstock, following the stitching, and trimmed. Such a fun challenge for myself and one I hope I can keep doing as this week goes on. Even though I have a house full of boys, I often fail to create anything in boy colors. Need to change that and celebrate the fact that my world is full of blue and greens for a reason. Gotta love my three men! Tomorrow is a big day...I will have two posts here. Really Reasonable Ribbon will be doing a blog hop which is full of holiday fun. My Paper Fashions Etc. project will be up in the afternoon. Also, head on over to Whimsie Doodles tomorrow for a step by step guide to using WD patterns. I have been getting myself in a little bit of trouble each evening as my days are becoming a little too relaxed and my house around me is both crazy and messy. So, did several half projects today to make it look like I was busy. This I am good at and hope it worked. Hope your day is special and hope to see you here tomorrow!

Andrea

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

stuffed with halloween love...

Working our way closer to Halloween and costumes still have to be made for my little men. We are still narrowing down our choices...which I should probably stop asking so that they don't change their mind again. As I squeeze in a few more decorations, greeting cards and tags...here is a project I completed using Whimsie Doodles pattern, Creations by AR hanging basket template and a few bits and pieces of festive embellishments.I will be posting a few more items for Halloween this week only and then on to the holidays that follow. Stay tuned on Thursday for an embellishment project posted on Whimsie Doodles that you don't want to miss!

Andrea

Monday, October 10, 2011

departed...

Completely in love with these fall colors this year. So cozy and warm just looking at them. Oh my...what a weekend of raining buckets! It has almost passed and may take a few days to dry out, but ready to see a little sun again. Thank goodness for great friends and a night away! What a busy week ahead. So much to share...Created another towel and gift box set for the holidays. To see the complete project head on over to Really Reasonable Ribbon today. Starting to think of holiday gifts and really working on using new techniques and materials. We will see...On to two more cards that I have created recently...I have a few felt and fabric projects to come, my Paper Fashions Etc. post on Thursday, a necklace project in the works and much more! Bring on the week!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's getting closer and do you have your treat baskets ready? Today, over on the Glue Arts blog, you can see how I used Core'dinations, Glue Arts and a template from Creations by AR to create this special treat basket. For a complete list of instructions, supplies and full step by step photos head on over. Here are just a few more cards that will be poppin' up in my shop today...Using a little of the frayed fabric on each of these cards, which is shown in the Fabric Frills class over at Miss Art's Papercrafting School. Tomorrow I am off to the farm...with a bunch of kindergartners (nine classes in all x eighteen kids each!!!). Think I have visited this farm about ten times in the last three years, which is plenty...however, I am happy to spend the day with my littlest man. Will be posting more this week in my shop as I transition from Halloween to Fall and Winter. So many new ideas swimming around in my head so can't wait to share! Have a fabulous day and see you tomorrow for my PFE project!

Andrea

Sunday, October 2, 2011

thanks in a jar...

Spent a morning last week walking around Home Goods with my dear friend who loves that store just as much, if not more, than I do...if that is possible. Picked up a new Halloween decoration and fell in love with their "vintage like" items. Came across a set of four canning jars and the wheels began turning. So, came home and began working on this little set. I used the wreath, same as on this card. Really wanted to use fabric to create a pumpkin on top and let me tell you...it is super easy. I have seen this technique used to create pincushions, but made mine itty bitty. You could also create one a bit larger for that purpose on the top and fill the jar with sewing supplies as a gift.Since my Fabric Frills was just released over at Miss Art's Papercrafting School, I wanted to feature a little of that fabric technique here as well and just show how easy it is to incorporate fabric in your everyday projects, regardless of your sewing level. Added a little leather string and cream lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon to wrap around the lid.
Finally, filled the jar with vellum envelopes and stamped tags. These would be great for the coming holiday and giving out to the ones we love. Could also add a little photo, sentiment or treat in each one.

Andrea