Friday, July 5, 2013

celebrate today...

Where has the time gone?  Long time since I have posted.  A lot of things have been happening behind the scene here that I am ready to share.  About a month ago I decided it was time for me to officially step away from my craft table, pack up most of it and give a little more focus to my personal and family life.  It has been a slow process of breaking down my craft table, saying farewell to some amazing design teams and wrapping up a few projects that are the final ones on my list of to-dos.  Looking forward to the moments that I can capture and create just for me.


So, before I head off on our annual vacation and make it official, this will be one of my last posts here.  Time to celebrate an industry and group of crafters that continue to inspire me each and every day!  Thank you for everything and I may be popping in one or two more times when I return...until then have a wonderful summer!

Andrea

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I'm up...


It is the middle of the night and just popped out of bed for a bit for some reason.  So, for the moment, I may as well share a couple of projects celebrating Father's Day! 



These few cards were created for American Crafts.  I loved using papers and embellishments, which I would normally doll up for something girl, for something with a masculine touch.  If you haven't checked out the new Mayberry collection it is absolutely adorable! 


This second project is using Pink Paislee.  I wanted to create something fun, a little different take on the traditional card or coupon book. 



For more information on either project you can check out American Crafts and Pink Paislee blogs this past week.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend?  Making this short as I am operating on a 3:00 a.m. brain here...not so easily I may add.  Happy Sunday!

Andrea

Thursday, June 13, 2013

within these walls...

 

There have been moments of down time here for which I am stopping to enjoy.  Waking up with my boys, cooking meals, playing toys, trips out and about.  I am enjoying these moments and seeing my time creating dwindling with each passing day.  There are a few times I walk into my almost bare craft space and wish I would feel the creative spark; however, there is a feeling of satisfaction I get knowing my time is being spent laughing and smiling with my family.  For this I am thankful.  Although my creative days are few as the summer begins, I still enjoy a couple of moments of paper play.  Today I am sharing with you my first project as part of Authentique's design team!



   
I love this new collection Be(You)tiful!  The colors, textures, images...it is all gorgeous.  What is a card without a little layering...ok, maybe a lot, but I couldn't help but add more. 

Off to work on some baby shower favors.  I will share them when I am finished.  Found the perfect box using my Cricut Expression, stamps from Papertrey Ink and papers from American Crafts.  Until tomorrow have a wonderful day!

Andrea

Saturday, June 1, 2013

what makes a home...





As I have been working on a few assignments for American Crafts this week, and after a bit of a rough week at home as the end of school is so very near, I wanted to create a layout that makes my heart extra happy today.


Every summer my boys spend several weeks in Oregon with their much missed family including grandparents, aunts and uncles.  As we count down our days until we all spend our summer together there this year, a photo from their trip last summer taken in their grandmother's amazing backyard garden.  I love the fact that these are moments they get to share and adventures they have that are all their own.  No parents allowed and I am happy for that.  See...no matter where they are, there is always the comfort of home knowing they are together and happy.

Love my boys!

What is making your heart happy today?

Andrea

Friday, May 31, 2013

blocked...


Counting down to three more days of school for my little men and the long days of summer will be here.  Before that though...time to create and catch up a bit on some much needed crafting time.  It is time to get back to the happy project this week and share day #17!


I have been working on the baby quilt for my friend and almost finished with the front panel.  This is actually the easy part.  It is the quilting that will take a bit of time.  Even though this is similar to day #16 inspiration, there is always inspiration to be found.


I love paper piecing.  This is the opportunity for you to really make something unique with just a few simple tools.


Supplies: Epiphany Crafts (square punch), American Crafts (paper, stickers, foam adhesive dots, ribbon), Martha Stewart (decorative tape), Therm O Web (adhesive), staples and stick pin.
 
The easiest way to begin the blocking is to punch cardstock pieces for the base and patterned paper for the tile work.  Apply adhesive to the backside of paper. Cut paper in half diagonally.  Add to cardstock squares.   Remember to lay it out before adhering to card base. 

Do you enjoy paper piecing?  Does quilting inspire you?  Why not try this over the weekend and maybe try different dies, punches or even just your scissors.

Andrea

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

with her in mind...


There has been a bag of material sitting in my craft space for the past month just waiting for me to begin work on a baby quilt for one of my closest friends.  With the baby shower only a few weeks away, I was able to sneak a few minutes in last night to begin making the cuts.  Oh how I love these colors...


To get me ready to quilt, sew and embroider, I wanted to create a little project for my day #16 using some of the left over pieces of fabric.

Supplies: CARD - American Crafts (cardstock, adhesive), My Mind's Eye (paper), Prairie Bird Boutique (ribbon), Papertrey Ink (stamp, ink, buttons), Studio Calico (wood embellishment), burlap, fabric, cardstock, cotton batting, sewing machine and adhesive pearls. PINCUSHION - fabric, cotton batting, sewing machine, button maker, doily, Fiskars (rotary cutter), stick pins, glass beads, poly fill, needle and thread.

Have you ever tried to create a quilted fabric card?  Easy to do and love the look.  Simply cut your cardstock for the card and fold in half.  Cut a piece of cardstock to cover the front of the card.  Cut a layer of batting (used cotton blanket batting x 2) and fabric piece larger than cardstock front.  Stitch layers together (cardstock, batting, fabric) and trim edges when complete.  I use my Fiskars rotary cutter and rulers to get the clean edges and shapes...amazing tools!  Adhere to front of card.  Use craft glue, Zots or even adhesive runner to add embellishments to the front. Created the fabric flower for the card and pincushion using the same fabrics.


Cut, stitched and quilted the pincushion above as well using a bit of each fabric.  Topped it off with a handmade doily and fabric button, along with pom-pom and glass bead stick pins for something fun.  Now time to get started on the quilt.  Will share the process as I go along and as the planning of the baby shower continues.

Do you have a rotary cutter?  Have you ever tried quilting?  I find it best to start with something small and work my way up in size.  Still learning, but it is all about building confidence in your ability.  You can do anything!

Andrea

Monday, May 27, 2013

seeing double...


There is something amazing about seeing a rainbow right after a heavy rain.  There is something SO amazing about seeing a double rainbow.  Shared a moment the other day with my oldest as the dark clouds started to move on by, taking the rain with it, leaving a double rainbow stretched across the afternoon sky.  There was something about that few minutes we just both stood there silently taking in the colors and walked away with smiles on our face.  

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I didn't end up snapping a photo of this moment, but knew that there had to be one out there to work from for day #15 of my happy project.


What makes me happy like the double rainbow?  Strips of colorful patterned paper of course.  I wanted to create two cards, shaped, full of color and using simple embellishments to bring focus to the backgrounds.


Supplies: Pebbles (paper), Crate Paper (paper), Pink Paislee (paper), American Crafts (paper, cardstock), Prairie Bird Boutique (ribbon), Papertrey ink (stamp, in, tag die, buttons), Spellbinders (dies), Therm O Web (adhesives), glossy accents, sewing machine, needle and thread.

Supplies: American Crafts (paper, cardstock), Crate Paper (paper), Riddersholm Design (paper), Prairie Bird Boutique (ribbon), My Mind's Eye (paper), Authentique (stickers), Papertrey Ink (die, ink, button, stamp), Fiskars (punch), Spellbinder (die), Making Memories (staples, safety pin), sewing machine, pin.

Maybe you have captured a special moment to inspire you today?  Enjoy a crafting moment or two to celebrate it.

Andrea

P.S.  Since I have been going vintage with a few of the posts...how about this one.  Do you remember her?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

pink is where it's at...


What are you seeing out your window today?  It is Friday, sunny, hot, busy, exciting, relaxing...all mixed into one here and wouldn't expect anything else.  Out our office window I have been peering into my garden which is soaking up the sun and growing, growing, growing.  Snapped a photo the other day of one of my favorite trees.


This tree is such a mystery to me.  Several times it has bloomed these bright pink flowers.  There are other times it is a light pink or even white.  No matter what is blooming on it...beautiful all the same.  So, as you can see, it has become my happy project #14.


I have had this wood birdhouse sitting on my craft table for weeks now.  Not sure why, but it was calling out to me say "cover me!".  With a bit of paper, trim, buttons, paint and thread...this little house came to be.  Added layers of stamped butterflies to represent the pink in the inspiration photo.


Wanted to add crepe paper for the grass, but couldn't find it so I used green thread.  Think I like this a little better.  Dug down deep in the scrap bin to find a handful of paper I haven't used in quite sometime like Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye.  There is always a need to scraps that is why I keep them all.

Supplies: BIRDHOUSE - American Craft (paper), Crate Paper (paper), Pink Paislee (stamps), Papertrey Ink (stamps, ink, buttons), Therm O Web (iCraft tape, Zots, adhesive), May Arts (ribbon), Cosmo Cricket (paper), hole punch, thread, paint, wood birdhouse, safety pin, craft glue, adhesive pearl, sewing machine and pom-pom trim.


A card to match using similar elements from the colors, butterflies, ribbon and paper.  I often check the clearance aisle of my local craft store for charms and beads to use on projects and happen to see this little pink flower charm on my desk today.


Supplies: CARD - American Craft (foam dots), Therm O Web (iCraft tape, adhesive), My Mind's Eye (paper), Martha Stewart (decorative tape), Pebbles (paper), Papertrey Ink (ink, buttons, dies), Spellbinders (die), BoBunny (paper), Pink Paislee (stamps), May Arts (ribbon), hole punch, stick pin, charm, craft glue, sewing machine and staples.

Any color standing out to inspire you today while gazing out the window? 

Although I didn't capture it the other day on my camera, project #15 is being created as I type and can't wait to share.  Stay tuned...

Andrea

Thursday, May 23, 2013

re-purposed...


Have you ever cleared your closet and thought...there must be another use for this?  Well, that seemed to happen to me the other day.  I have been working hard on this healthy journey of mine and shedding the extra weight.  Every few weeks I take a trip through my closet to find items that are too big, unflattering and just plain "ick!".  I have donated over half of my clothes thus far after only four months and I keep enjoying the task.  I am not a clothes person anyway so my closet is a little bare, but I am determined to not fill it until I reach my goal.  So as I began to toss this out, it led me to think re-purpose.


This aqua jersey t-shirt was going to be turned into something useful and pretty...and I knew just the way to do that.  Have you ever seen these?

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or, do you remember this look?

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Check out the headband.  Gotta give it up for Olivia Newton-John (thanks for the correction...I have Jane Fonda on my mind from a workout video) and her 80's look.  Don't you love the legwarmers?  With workouts day in and day out here I thought why not create my own.


I just ripped three strands (approximately 2.5" in width each) from the t-shirt.  Stitched together one end and began to braid.  When the length is right, stitch two ends together to create headband.  Added the felt flower to cover the stitched ends.  Here is a great DIY photo.

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And, how about that card to match...



I hand cut strips of paper with similar color and adhered it to the card.  Added stitching, Color Shine drops and number stickers.  The label is from My Mind's Eye which I backed with white cardstock and cut out.  Added ribbon and die cut shapes with a stick pin.

Supplies: CARD - American Crafts (paper, cardstock), Heidi Swapp (Color Shine), Pebbles (sticker), My Mind's Eye (paper, sticker), Papertrey Ink (button, die), Pink Paislee (paper), Prairie Bird Boutique (ribbon), Therm O Web (adhesive), stick pin, thread, needle. HEADBAND - t-shirt, felt, sewing machine, glue gun.

Do you have anything you would like to re-purpose?   This project took minutes and I have to say there is something fun about tearing fabric!  

Happy Thursday and see you back here tomorrow for something new I am sure...

Andrea 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

cutting circles...


There is something so amazing about picking up a pair of scissors and cutting away.  The lines aren't perfect, the shapes kind of just evolve and when all is said and done...I LOVE it...most of the time!  Today's happy project #12 is all about making it unique, simple and one of my favorite...layered!

  
As you may have recalled, I created digital baby shower invitations using this gorgeous photo below as my inspiration...


I tried to layer as much pink as possible, but there is only so much time in my day for that so I did as much as I could.  Following this, I have begun to work on a few of the party details, starting with the favor tags.


Supplies: TAG - American Crafts (paper), My Mind's Eye (paper), Pebbles (paper), Papretrey Ink (stamp, ink, cardstock, die), Therm O Web (adhesive).

Found a few pieces of scrap paper in the bin and went to cutting the leaves and flower layers by hand.  The tags were created from Papertrey Ink's die and stamped with a Papertrey Ink sentiment as well.  I have been trying to think of a favor and like the idea of a felt flower brooch.


Supplies: CARD - Cosmo Cricket (paper), DCWV (paper), October Afternoon (paper), Pink Paislee (tag), Martha Stewart (decorative tape), Papertrey Ink (stamp, sentiment), May Arts (ribbon), Making Memories (staples, paperclip, safety pin), American Crafts (foam adhesive, stamp), Epiphany Crafts (circle punch small/large), Therm O Web (adhesive), kraft pocket, felt, yarn.

Although this one ended up on the card, think it may be the winner for the favor.  Well, time to get project #13 underway and complete.  It keeps changing, but think I may have found a direction...think recycle.

What do you enjoy making with just your scissors as your guide?

Andrea

Monday, May 20, 2013

friends forever...



Are you hopping along with Therm O Web today?  A little combination of DCWV and TOW to start our week!



This project is all about the scissors.  Created a heart framed shaped card using beautiful papers from DCWV and my favorite adhesives from Therm O Web.  Getting a bit of a late start to this hop so I do apologize.

Erin – http://dcwvinc.blogspot.ca/
Sarah – http://www.sarawandrews.com/
Debbie - http://www.debbie-lovescrappin.blogspot.ca/
Thomisia – http://thomisia.blogspot.com/
Andrea - http://andreascreativepapertrail.blogspot.ca/ - you are here
Amanda – http://oldenough2beakid.blogspot.ca/
Patti - http://pattimilazzo.blogspot.ca/
Rita – http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/
Rebecca - http://www.myclutteredcorner.com
Dayna Sabrina – http://sabrioletdesigns.blogspot.com/
Jennifer C - http://stitchcutcreate.blogspot.com/
Hilde – http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.nl/
Audrey - http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Britt – http://pinkpapercrowns.blogspot.com/
Daniela - http://www.danieladobson.blogspot.ca/
Jan – http://scrapnsurprise.blogspot.com/
Erin - http://erinyamabe.com/
Tessa – http://precociouspaper.blogspot.com/
Karen – http://scrappycanuck.wordpress.com/
Alice - http://www.alicegolden.typepad.com/
Karla – http://madebykarla10.blogspot.com/
Emily – http://www.createserendipity.net/
Julia Sandvoss – www.buzybunny.blogspot.com

Enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Andrea