Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christmas in July - Day 2



Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.
Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two 
and even a couple great decorating ideas. 


We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. 

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND
take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by July 30th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie AT gmail.com with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!


I have a pile of cheap felt in my supply coset. I bought the bulk holiday pack which has red, white and green in it a few years ago to do something with the kids when they were little. Now they're bigger and could care less about it so it's just been hiding in the back of the closet.

I took it out and played around with ideas I found on Pinterest and other places but in the end came up with my own project. I had to make a few attempts before I figured out the best way to do these. 

So here are my felt holiday gift tags with directions underneath in case you have extra cheap felt just lying around.



                                                       Back side of tag >>>>>>

Supply List:

* felt
*black marker
*Xacto Knife
*scissors that are sharp enough to cut felt
*hot glue gun (Low temp worked great!)
*solid color cardstock

1. draw your design on felt using black marker. If you're not good at drawing, you can find lots of drawings to print off to use. I free handed my two designs because I didn't want to take the time to print and cut more.

2. Cut out felt, but make sure to cut on the inside of the black line otherwise you'll have black lines showing on your end tag unless you flip the design when you're done cutting it out.

3. Cut solid color card stock just a little bigger than your project and hot glue it to felt.

4. Use Xacto knife to trim around felt shape so solid card stock is shape of tag.

5. Use stamps or maker to write on back of tag - To:  From:

6. Hot glue any extra pieces on felt such as white trim of hat. The white trim I just did a simple trace around only that part of the hat and cut out.

7. Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in your tag and add string.


Thank you so much for joining our Christmas in July blog hop and I look forward to seeing you here again for our August hop.

Jearise :)


Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Theresa ~ http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Kim ~ www.katydidcards.com
Alicia ~ http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa ~ http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Miranda ~ www.nanasscrapspot.com
Holli ~ Sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Sharon ~ http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com
Sarah ~ www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
Amanda ~ http://salnclts76.blogspot.com
Jearise ~ http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas in July - Day 1

Welcome to Christmas in July!



Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.
Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two 
and even a couple great decorating ideas. 


We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. 

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND
take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by July 30th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie AT gmail.com with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!

Today, I decided to show off some quick layouts I put together. I have enough paper to do a thousand layouts but I'm not the layout type of personality. I have a friend who has been motivating me and we've been getting together on the weekends to scrapbook. I like simple easy layouts and found these to be just that.

The first two takes a solid piece of cardstock and then you cut up decorated paper in ribbon tail cuts and glue it on in a pattern that suits you. I found a similar design in a Google search and thought it was something I could do and I did!




Now for the second layout, I wanted something whimsical and cute. Using polka dots is the key to this look even though this is another simple layout. I have a Cricut and Cameo but decided to use up some of the stickers I have collected over the years.


Thanks for stopping by today and I can't wait to see you again tomorrow!

Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Theresa ~ http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Kim ~ www.katydidcards.com
Alicia ~ http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa ~ http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Miranda ~ www.nanasscrapspot.com
Holli ~ Sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Sharon ~ http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com
Sarah ~ www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
Amanda ~ http://salnclts76.blogspot.com
Jearise ~ http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com
Be sure to hop tomorrow too for even more great holiday projects and ideas. 
You can start tomorrow at Theresa's blog.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Simple Table Runner

I'm new to sewing and gradually moving up in the things I make. I'm not good with patterns so I try to find things that I don't need a pattern to sew and this table runner is something that didn't need a pattern.

I decided I needed to add the 4th of July spirit to my coffee table and a table runner would be a good start. I watched lots and lots of videos and the videos I liked I watched over and over again to make sure I was understanding what to do and then I began.

This was the video I used in the end to show me how to make a simple table runner.

My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe


The table runner in the video had the pointed ends but I wanted the square ones since it wasn't going to hang off the ends of my table. I used quilting fat squares to make the runner and didn't have enough in the red and blue to make it long enough to hang off the table.

TOP

BOTTOM  - Remember to match up your designs. Oops!

                                
                                    TOP CORNER                                                                    BOTTOM CORNER

SILVER RIBBON SEWN OVER SEAM
The way I did the ends was I just allowed a few extra inches of the red febric so the red was longer than the blue fabric. I sewed everything but the ends and those were done last so I could fold and sew them. I didn't take pictures of this while doing it because I didn't know if it would turn out. Remember, I'm new to this and winging it. I'll make another one and show how I did it.

I added some silver glitter ribbon to cover the seams where I pieced the blue material together. I didn't like the way it matched up and tried the silver ribbon. I liked the look with that so I used it.

I would say it took about 30 minutes to a half hour to make this table runner but then again that's due to me being new to this and winging it.

Have a great day crafting!

Friday, June 17, 2016

***Road Trip USA Blog Hop***

Today's hop is all about traveling this great country of ours and all the crafty projects are inspired by that travel theme.
Our sponsors for today's hop are:



Make sure to start from the beginning if you've happened upon mine first. I'm almost at the end and I wouldn't want you to miss out on all the great projects and ideas for your summer road trips or the prize drawing. One comment will be chosen from all those left on the hop by June 30th for a Stampin' Up prize pack and the winner will be announced on next month's hop. 

Here is my project of which I decided to make a photo album. I have a travel paper pack from DCWV that I've had for a very long time and have been wanting to use it. I thought this would be a great idea and will become a keepsake for my children as we head to Tucson to visit the grandparents this summer.

The album is called Carina's Essentials Album 4 x 6 vertical bracket and can be found in the Silhouette Store. Is was designed by Carina Gardner and the video on how to assemble it can be found on her blog. 





It's a quick basic album but what I liked about it is that it will hold twelve 4 x 6 picture or less depending on if you want to use the back side of the pull out for journaling. You can embellish each individual pocket but I like the paper so much that I wanted to leave the pictures visible on each page. I used three different shades of blue for the pull outs.


I wanted to add something to the front but didn't want to cover up all the words and pictures so this little brass car and red twine seemed to be the finishing touch I was looking for. I added a binding and extra card stock to the points so that they are stronger and will hold up longer. I had to do some measuring to figure out the binding and manipulate the file so I only had the tips to cut out but it was easier than I thought.

Thank you so much for traveling with us today and "beep" "beep" on to your next stop.  CADC DT

Complete List just in case:




Friday, June 10, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - June Step Cards

It's month six of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products. This month's card projects are step cards. Here are three videos to show you how to do these techniques. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Z-sUjGSi0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ELSvg1Qy8c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YIHXZ6MdYY

 It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing. Just go to Theresa's blog to get the links.

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Here are the step cards I made. These two are the same design. The first one I used the file as it was and the second one I removed the apple and added a Bugaboo digital stamp that I colored. I wanted to show how versatile these cards can be.

It was the end of the school year and I needed thank you cards for my children's teachers. I headed to the Silhouette Store and bought the "square center step card: school". It was perfect and I could make it into the thank you card I needed. I used the file assorted artisan frame from the Silhouette store for my tag that I stamped thank you on. I had to make it smaller to fit in the area but it was perfect. I used a school themed 6 x 6 paper pad from We R Memory Keepers but alas, you can't get it any longer.
       



Here is the line up just case you landed here first instead of last. Have a great time until we meet again next month. :)

Theresa
Claudia
Debbie
Sharon
Kim
Jearise  That's ME!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop


This month we will be creating spinner cards and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today. 
We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the 
blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate.


If you missed any of the previous months,
you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.
January 
February
March
April


Now on with the projects.

I've never done a spinner card so this was something new to me and took a little extra time. I wanted to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut one it out but the choices I found in their online store were far and few inbetween so I decided to use one of their cute files to get the basic cut and then use this adorable chef from Bugaboo Stamps. I colored him using colored pencils. The bowl and table are also from the Silhouette online store.



This is the inside of the cake and files also from the Silhouette online store.


Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Showers May Flowers and Chalk N Stock Challenge

April showers bring May flowers at least here in Texas with all the rain we've had. We went from a severe drought to too much rain in some parts and just enough to get lake levels back up to where they're suppose to be in other parts. This also means an abundance of wildflowers in every color of the rainbow which gave me inspiration for these three cards.

All three digital stamps come from Bugaboo Stamps. I like the design of each stamp and had fun finding different ways to color each one to make thank you cards. Today I'll be going over what I used to color the digital stamps. 


This first card I used Pebbles Cream Chalks to color the flowers and regular chalk to add a touch of color to the background. The background color is very light and that's why it doesn't really show up in this picture. 

I like using chalks because they give a soft color to your stamps and are easy to add shadows. I find cream chalks are darker than regular chalks so regular chalks were nicely for background coloring.


This flower and background I colored using color pencils. I like using colored pencils over alcohol markers because I have better control of blending. The biggest thing with alcohol markers and colored pencils is getting the proper paper to blend on. There are special papers out there for both but you can use regular card stock. You'll notice the colors will have a different appearance depending on what paper type you use. I would search the web for the proper paper types and where to get the best prices if you want to go that way. I just use regular white card stock for mine.


Finally, I used shimmer watercolors. Yes, they do make watercolors that have shimmer or very fine glitter added to them. This makes the whole card shimmer like you've added a glimmer mist but the nice thing is that you get to add the gimmer in the color you want to just the areas you want. The downside is that it's hard to get those shadow effects that are popular in chalk, colored pencil, and alcohol coloring. I picked up the shimmer watercolors at Michaels a year or so ago so I can't remember how much they were but I know not that much and I probably had a coupon to make them even cheaper or I wouldn't have gotten them to try.

I hope I have inspired you to try something new with your stamping and coloring and if you use chalk or decide to use chalk this month, please enter the May challenge at Chalk N Stock.

If you have any comments, I would love to hear them. 

Thanks for stopping by today.