A new challenge blog to inspire you!

There’s a brand new challenge blog starting on 7 September Woo HOO I’m going to be part of their Mixed Media Design Team, I’m thrilled!

Where the Heart is Challenge

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There are going to be two teams on the Challenge Blog – a mixed media team and a card team. There’s a little introduction to myself and one of the other DT members Claire on the blog today – you can find the post here. If you would like to learn more about our new challenge blog pop over to the blog and see what we’re all about, and join us on the 7th!

What better way to get those creative juices flowing than a craft challenge?! See you over there and thanks for the support!

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“Wonderful” baby shower card

I am the kind of person that tends to over think things. Like thinking that a baby shower card has to have a crib on it! So I used this cas(e) this sketch challenge as an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, and just make a cute card without a over-the-top theme! 

Quite pleased with how it turned out, I like the patterns and the simplicity of it. Head on over to cas(e) this sketch to see the other submissions and get some crafty inspo yourself!! 

  
Here’s the sketch I based it on:

  

A New (old) Cuttlebug!

Now, to be sure, I am a HUGE cricut fan. I love love love my Cricut, but a girl’s gotta expand her horizons. 

Nowdays, there are tons of companies that make dies for the various die cutting machines, but we’re a thrifty bunch! There are all kinds of videos that show you different “sandwiches” that you can use to get the right pressure with the plates using different dies.
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Art & travel Journal 

 
I created this smash book style journal a while back, and I absolutely love the softness of the pastels with the craft paper! I’m no a big journaler, so I’ll be honest, I haven’t figured out what to write in it yet! I really want to use it as a travel journal, to write as I go on a trip, but I always find that I’m too busy traveling and never write what I want to! Either that, or I end up changing my mind about what I want to say, and it drives me absolutely bonkers to have cross through’s and edits on a final product. Needless to say, I’ve been holding onto it until I can figure out what I want to do with it, but I am just in love with the style of “every day life” memorabilia, especially week by week journals. I’m going to head and decorated the pages in this book so that when the moment strikes me, I can fill it up with my memorabilia :-) I kept the pages really super simple, so that I could put any themed pictures, holiday, etc. in there. Only included the first handful of pages, or this would have been a really long post! Continue reading

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Altered Memory Tray

I’ve got to say, this is one of my favorite projects!!! I don’t do as much altered art as I wish I did, and I need to make it more of a focus because I love projects like this! This is a tray that I filled with pictures of my grandparents, and embellished with all kinds of things from my stash. I absolutely love the vintage pictures paired with the neutral colors of the embellishments, and am so thrilled to get to use all of these tiny little embellies!  Continue reading

Alternative birthday calendar

Afternoon everyone! Had to share this awesome altered calendar and made with you :-) I cut out 4×6 blocks of chipboard for each month, and decorated each card based on the season. I then use more chipboard to create a little stand for it, with a post to hold it up like a display.The 11 months that aren’t being used or stored in the backside, well the current month gets propped up on the front.

 This is a birthday and anniversary/special date calendar that you don’t have to change out every year, but you could certainly make it a yearly calendar as well.

I used a vintage recollections stack to do this, so mostly paper and almost no card stock. The benefit of this is that the papers are very pliable, and you can do a lot of layers without making a project to chunky. I am so used my cricket to cut out some of the words and embellies in grunge paper, as I knew that the calendar would take some wear and tear over the years and grunge paper is very durable. 

 

  
January February and March on the left-hand column, April May and June on the right.
July August in September in the left-hand column, October November and December on the right.  
  
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this is what the back of the month cards look like,so

see you can write in birthdays and anniversaries .

  

Winter Wonderland Wall-Hanging

I made this as a class to teach at a local scrap store. A while back, I had bought a stack of chipboard and the deep-cut blade for my Cricut from an online store. I had it in my head that I was going to make my own chipboard minis… but that didn’t happen. I tried every setting on my Cricut to try and get it to cut through the chipboard: changing blade depths, multi-cut function, changing pressure… nothing worked. So, I used a piece of the un-cuttable 12×12 chipboard as a background for this wall hanging! This paper is from the same Recollections stack that I made the Christmas Cookie Recipe Book from, and I used my Cricut to cut out “Winter Wonderland.” I think it turned out as a cute (and very cheap) home décor item for the holidays!
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