Monday, December 22, 2014

Have A Nice Trip!

Greetings craft friends!  I'm back with one last sample for Craft Hoarders Anonymous. Many thanks again to Gloria and her fab team for allowing me to join them this month!  This time around, the challenge is all about Travel!  I love to travel and when I go places I collect little things that I can put into my craft projects - whether they are to go specifically into a scrapbook or be used in a project in some other way.

Many of us travel around the holidays, so let's celebrate our adventures!

I am also in love with creating mini-albums of all sizes and shapes and so my project this time around is a mini travel album.  I used Tim Holtz's Destinations papers, Chipboard, and kraft cardstock along with a few tags I've picked up along the way.  It's always a fun challenge to figure out proportions and how to make everything work.

My mini this time around is inside of a tri-fold album.

the album is held in place with a ribbon that is glued under the gusseted pocket inside the center back.

here you can see the pocket.  On the left cover are 3 pockets and the right cover has 9 photo flaps held down by a strip of paper.

and a couple of shots of the inside pages.

Now it's your turn!  Dig into your hoard and find some items that are vacation or travel themed.  Do you have a hoard of cruise ship ephemera?  Do you have a box of transportation stamps?  Do you have a stash of camping themed papers?  Or piles of Disney embellishments?  Show them off!  Create a vacation or travel themed project for  us!

Whatever it is, create it and then link up on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous for your chance to win a great prize from this month's sponsor - Spellbinders!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Creative Card Crew Challenge #77 - Anything Goes!

Welcome back dear friends!  Today I have another sample for you to check out!  This round at Creative Card Crew our challenge is

Can't wait to see what you all come up with this time!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors this round - Dies R Us and A Day for Daisies.  The prizes they are offering our randomly selected winner are listed below - please check out their shops for all sorts of goodies!

$12 Gift Voucher

$10 Gift Voucher

My card for this challenge uses digi stamp Christmas Bulbs from our sponsor A Day for Daisies and Spellbinders dies which can be purchased from Dies R Us!

I colored the image using the Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Dye and a watercolor brush and then added some bling!  Paper is scrap from my stash.

Now it's your turn!  Create a card with ANY theme and pop it on your blog, then link up with us at Creative Card Crew for your chance to win our fab prizes!

Still need more inspiration?  Check out the blogs of my fellow DT members over at Creative Card Crew!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter Freebie!

Sorry I've been remiss in doing these this past year - trying to get back into the swing of things!  I have a free digital quick page for you today from MyMemories.

For those of you who are new to digital scrapbooking and don't already own software, MyMemories Suite is the best thing out there!  It's so easy to use and there are literally thousands of kits available - PLUS, you can use any digital image or kit that you own with this software.  I just love how easy it is to create both simple and complex cards, scrapbook pages and other cool stuff!  If you're interested, you can download a trial version of the software here.  If you decide to purchase your own copy use my special code for a special discount!


This week's freebie is a quickpage - literally open the page and plop your image in and you're good to go!

Well it's cold in Minnesota! (yea, it's winter) This fall I ordered Riley a custom-made coat to help keep him warm when we are out for our walks.  He's such a good sport - doesn't even fuss when I put his boots on!

To get your free kit, click here!  Hurry though, the offer is only good until December 14th!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Guest Design

Hello Friends!  I am delighted to be able to share this post with you today.  I am honored to join the fab DT from Craft Hoarder's Anonymous as a guest designer for the month of December.  

Raise your hands if you hoard Christmas or other winter holiday items! Who has a drawer full of  "retired" holiday papers and embellishments? Who goes crazy over the candy cane ribbons or the sparkly embellishments? Share a winter or seasonal holiday project with us. We would love to see your Christmas projects, but you may also enter Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's, other holiday celebration projects, or any winter-themed projects. Celebrate the season with us!

This challenge is right up my alley - not only do I hoard holiday papers and embellishments, I have enough Christmas decorations to decorate at least 5 trees and 2 houses!  I love the Christmas season - the lights, the trees, the decorations and most importantly the celebration of the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus!

So, when given the challenge to create a seasonal project I thought - cool! now I have an excuse to make another Christmas decoration (or two...or three...)  I love all kinds of decorations, but there's a special place in my heart for anything traditional or vintage and  I have a little something from my heritage for you today.

These little beauties are a traditional Polish ornament.  The tradition of paper ornaments in Poland began with the vibrant peasant culture.  As paper was more widely available and, most importantly, affordable, families came up with innovative ways to create beautiful decorations without breaking the bank.  

Sometimes referred to as the Polish porcupine, the Polish star can be made with just about anything paper - leftover wrapping paper, old magazines, even newspaper!  They look great on trees and add a beautiful touch to gifts.

I used Christmas papers from my stash to create ornaments in 3 different sizes and then to add a little bling (because everything is better with sparkle!), I hit each of the star points with a coordinating color of Stickles.

There are a zillion different tutorials out there on the web for this traditional ornament - search for Polish Paper Star Ornament and make some of your own!

So what holiday items do you hoard?  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge!