Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Candy Shop @ Paper Issues!

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to drop by and let you know that Paper Issues has the current challenge going on right now, Welcome to the Candy Shop! I would like to share with you an updated version of the Crate Paper "Sugar & Spice" Window I had created awhile back. This one is much larger than the first one I created, and it was fun to create on a larger scale. By doing so, I was able to make the mosaic fonts much larger & it allowed more of the beautiful patterns on the paper to show. Hanging over a baby girl's crib, I hope this window will bring much joy for the little girl and the proud mommy for many years to come!

As a reminder, the Paper Issues challenge is up on March 31, so be sure to share your amazing "candy shop" creations with us!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ormolu Inspired

I am so loving the new scrapbooking company, Ormolu. I have yet to order any of the goodies as of yet, but they are definitely on my wish list! The fun colors and graphic images feed my creative appetite. Totally inspired by Ormolu's flair buttons and negative kraft tags, I created this "happy birthday" card for my cousin Nancy.

Incorporating lots of the hot trends right now...washi tapes, kraft, and the chevron pattern, I love the way this card turned out. I basically created the "happy" and the overall bracket shape using my Cricut Cartridges, Plantin Schoolbook & Storybook. Using foam tape added extra dimension to the overall piece. It also allows for you to see all the wonderful colors and patterns from the washi tapes underneath. I have been hoarding and collecting lots of washi tapes and this is my first time officially using them. Talk about fun! So easy to work with, it is great that you can remove it until you get it just right. As for the tapes I used, it is a mix of Martha Stewart, Hambly, Amy Tangerine American Crafts, Tim Holtz & of course the fun black polkadot from SMASH. After placing the tape just how I wanted it, I sewed it all down to secure it. I like the added texture the zigzag stitch makes. :) The patterns of the tapes althogether look beautiful on their own...

To create the circles, I used a 1.5" circle punch and created 1" buttons for the center of each. I created the buttons simply by using an old sewing pattern and stamped "birthday" with EK Success Image Tree alpha stamps. I like the vintage typewriter key look of the stamps.

This was so fun to create, I know that I will definitely be making more variations of the washi and the kraft together. I hope this has inspired you, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Go Green or Go Home!

It's that time of year where everything is green! We at Paper Issues want to see what you've got...whether you scrap green or love to recycle, this theme is for you: Go Green or Go Home! New or old, recycled, upcycled, or St. Patrick's's up to you!

Even though St. Patty's Day is huge in this house, I have yet to create an "Irish" project as of yet. Instead I am excited to share with you, one of my repurposed/upcycled windows. Using lots of paper from Sassafrass' Sweet Marmalade, the sweet designs and colors in this collection are the epitome of Spring. Placing the paper beneath and the mosaic tile on top, this is my signature style. For added interest and texture I incorporated some of the Sassafras metal and chipboard blooms as well as some scrabble tile. To see many of my vintage windows, be sure to check out my windows gallery here...

Thanks for stopping by and for all the sweet each of are my sunshine! :) Don't forget to link up your projects by March 17. Have fun with it!