Thursday, December 31, 2009

Place cards

While I was at my parents' house over Christmas break, Mom said "I wish we had place cards....". I told her I could make them for her, and whipped out my December Scripts Kit (I never go far without my Scripts....) and started cutting, stamping and designing! I impressed my BIL with the stamps-- he wanted to know how it stuck to the block! I used the alphabet stickers from previous kits, buttons from my stash and a page from a music book, but everything else was from the December kit! I loved the bells! I was rushing to get these done in time, but liked how they turned out. Mom even kept them to use next year. :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Pick

I love "the Christmas kit"! It always has my favorite colors. I die for anything red and white. It's the crispness of it, I guess. All of my favorite Christmas decorations are red and white. The "scarf" my kids have on in this picture is red and white. I know, it's a black and white photo and you can't tell. I am working on something else with this picture in color and you can see it there! I call it a scarf that's wrapped them up, but it's actually garland from my tree. It has bells on either end and I have several of them that wrap my tree. So cute. The Bella Blvd in this kit was perfect. It has traditional red and green with a touch of whimsical red and green. I love that!
When trying to pick out the picture for our holiday card, I printed it in several ways: black and white, color, sepia and color desaturated. I picked the black and white. I just loved the contrast. Everyone else picked color......they could see their eyes better. Ok, valid. We did color.......sorry, I never sent them. I handed them out as I saw people! Maybe I will work on them and get them in the mail.....joke. I think, besides the picture, the ribbon is my FAVORITE thing on this layout!

I wanted to use all the fun colors from this kit on one layout. I guess you could say, RED is my favorite color. I love it. A LOT! I cut the papers in different lengths to make it look like a tree, hand cut a star for the top, and made a little trunk for the base. Then I printed lots of pictures from Christmas Day and put them on the bottom: Presents under the tree! I added different little ribbons or toppers to each to make them look festive. It kinda looks like a cake, but you get it, right? I can't look at this picture without thinking about how grown up Emma looks. It makes my heart hurt for her to be "big".

Monday, December 28, 2009

My December, still not done!

In the midst of all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, this month's Scripts Kit was perfect.

I love the fun of this whimsy kit!!! So, I started my December Daily kit..........with great ambitions, and great goals for myself!!!

And, well, let's just say I made it to page 9! And, I have printed the pictures, for about 10 of the days! But, I am hoping to get to some of that this week!

So, atleast I have it started!!! I added some of the junk from my stash, etc, but you get the idea!

I love this little book so far!

And, can I say, I LOVE the Bella Blvd paper in this kit! Ai-yi-yi!!! So cute!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A mini ornament!!

I used the cookie cutter from the kit to make this sweet ornament. I tied ribbon around it to make a loop, and made a little bow from the red ribbon from the bell cluster! Super easy, but I though it was super cute, too. It is on my tree right now!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Christmas Gift

Yes, yes, I'm STILL using the November kit.

I can't help it, it's got some of my very favorite things in it!

I made this little flip book from Snapfish as a gift for my husband's Grandma, but when it came, I knew I just had to spiff it up. I couldn't leave it plain! The pages are basically just photos bound together, so the backside of each photo was just white.

The cover has letter stickers from the December kit, plus some October Afternoon stickers from my stash. I was skeptical about the Tim Holtz film strip stuff at first, but I've ended up using it on every project! It's really cool!
The little sticker strips from 7 Gypsies were the perfect touch for this simple album.
To go along with this gift, I bought these cool Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz frames, glass slides, and swivel chains. I made a 1.5" x 1.5" square of paper, slapped Grandma's first initial on one side, and then put a 1.5" x 1.5" collage (made it in Picnik because it was fast & easy!) on the other side!
The collage goes in between two glass slides- I made this in about 5 minutes. I love it! You could also make these into necklaces.... ;)A fun & easy Christmas gift!

Elf Legs

This is another creation from Wrapper's Delight 2.0. Lucy had several letter shapes for sale, and while I was looking at the Y, Brittney said "turn that upside down!" and we both knew it would be perfect for legs! :) So I painted them, and added paper from the kit to one, along with the pom poms and bells, and glitter and more bells to the other! I loved how they turned out, and are now on my end table in the living room!
The little tree in the background is made from a page from an old music book, folded and glittered! If you were not at Wrapper's Delight, see how much you missed!!??!!? :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas mini album!

I worked on this at Wrapper's delight 2.0 (which was so much fun! When is the next crop, Lucy?? :) ), and loved how it came out. I cut triangles out of chipboard and used my border Punch from Wishful Thinking on the bottom (it was not easy to get it through chipboard!). I used the yummy papers from the kit, along with the ribbon, bells (I took the cluster apart!) and tulle. I added bling from my stash, and used a label maker for the words on the back. Had so much fun making it.... can't wait to fill it up with pics. I plan to use index size prints from Christmas to fill it up! I also plan to use the cute stamp set, but want to add pictures first. I will post more pics when I am done!

Friday, December 18, 2009

December Daily

So, I jumped on the December Daily bandwagon this year. The sole reason I did is because I was so inspired by all the different elements in the December Scripts kit. I love love love love this kit! My favorite piece is the tiny little metal Christmas Tree!! I used my sewing machine to create some unique embellies for the book.

Look HERE for more pages as well as technique ideas!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Need a last minute gift idea?

Get some chalkboard spray paint (at Michael's for $7.99 but you could use a 40% off coupon to make it even cheaper!) or a can of chalkboard paint....
Pick up a few silver metal trays from the Dollar Tree and some painter's masking tape. Tape around the edges of the trays and spray away! You need to do two coats to create a chalkboard.

Once they are dry, you have to prime them by rubbing chalk all over them and then wiping off. Then it's ready to write on- and decorate!I made flowers out of book paper punched with a scalloped circle punch. I used this idea from Elizabeth Kartchner, and instead of using fabric, I used paper & a hot glue gun to create the flowers.

Bits and pieces from the November & December kits add in other touches to these chalkboards!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas Banner

Here's a banner I whipped up with my December Scripts Kit:

That's the full shot - it's long!!! Here's a close up, sorta!

It's hard to photograph something so long and actually show any detail. I cut the banner pennants small - 3"x4" - so that it wouldn't hang down too low since I have a tall husband!! I punched the scalloped circles out of the white cardstock and added the red letters to spell Merry Christmas. I cut out a present from the Bits of Bella sheet and added a flower from the Making Memories flowers for the space between the words. Then I added some bling from my stash, those cute red jingle bells, and pompoms to the ends for fun. Strung it all on some twine from my stash and added some pieces of ribbon and tinsel here and there.

Are you just dying to dig into your kit??

Friday, December 11, 2009

Want to see what's up for December?

Here's a peek at the December kit:

Fun Bella Blvd papers, some Making Memories papers, cupcakes wrappers and cookie cutters, ribbon and tulle - I mean, does it get any better than this??

Brittney's been busy!

I'm a little late with this - took pictures of this for Brittney almost two weeks ago and completely forgot to post it! (Sorry B!!)

Brittney used the November kit to make this super cute banner!!

I love it and want to make one for my house now! What have you made with your November kit?

Friday, December 4, 2009

A little Christmas yummy for you!

I have a little friend that had her 11th birthday yesterday, so I made her a batch of Chex Muddy Buddies and put it in a cleaned out formula canister.

I decorated the can with some of the November kit. I thought the Jenni Bowlin Studios paper was perfect for this!

You could also use an old hot chocolate can- or even a new one and leave the hot chocolate inside!Chex Muddy Buddies recipe:


cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2cup peanut butter
1/4cup butter or margarine
1teaspoon vanilla
11/2cups powdered sugar

Preparation Directions
1.Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2.In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3.Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Planning Ahead

So the November kit has pretty much my favorite colors & designs in it... enough for me to want to look at them for the next year!

I bought a $3.97 planner from Walmart. They have one particular one that I love the way the insides are laid out... but the outside is just "okay" looking.

Enter- the November Scripts kit!
I poked two small holes in the cover and attached the little handle to the cover. Cuteness!

I took apart the binding and added in a few pocket pages & envelopes to tuck in notes, receipts, lists, etc.

Friday, November 27, 2009

OH - it's a kit you don't want to miss!!

So, Brittney has been busy making the cutest little album I've ever seen. I got to peek at the whole thing this past week - and let me tell you - you better get it NOW!!! It's not going to last!! Check it out:

Look at all those pages!!

The cover is the best part - so so cute! There's a limited number - so check it out over there - click to order today!! The kit is $30 and I saw Brittney's left overs, and she had a good bit - enough for some layouts, or cards - so, hurry!!!

Fun with the November Scripts Kit

I got the November Scripts Kit from Lucy a few days ago and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Virginia took some pics of us at Leeds park a couple of weeks ago and the colors in the November kit mesh really well with the pictures.

One of my favorite techniques (and a great way to use your scraps) is to punch a TON of random, simple shapes and arrange them in a pattern on my layout. Punches make this really easy. I got all the fun patterned papers and some Fiskars Circle Punches (1" and 1.5") and a Fiskars Daisy Punch and made a bunch of little circles. I arranged them in a circle and then used my sewing machine to sew them all down (in a circle - do you see a theme here?).

Next, I took a few fun brads from the kit, some lace flowers and a little bit of a wedding program and added a few extra touches.

Can't wait to see what everyone does with this month's kit!