Friday, April 30, 2010

A Mother's Day I won't forget.

This year I got one of the best early Mother's Day Gifts ever.
My oldest son is currently serving in the US Army and was deployed on
December 18, 2009 (a day I will never forget) and was sent to Iraq. I received a phone call on Monday April 19 from a voice that I haven't heard in 4 months saying "I need a favor" well at first I had no clue who it was never expecting it to be my son, so silly me thought it was a wrong number so I played along. I said ok what, "I need you to pick me up at the airport" well it only took me about 10 seconds and took by breath away when I shouted "TJ" and he said "Yea" He was on his last connecting flight back to Connecticut and was going to be landing in about 3 hours. He had been traveling for 5 days on planes to get here to surprise me. He got his mid tour leave for 16 days to come home. He heads back on May 6 and won't be home again till December/January.

Here is a picture of him when we picked him up at the airport.
Doesn't he look so handsome in uniform.

Well that brings me to my inspiration for this weeks Mother's Day Card.

My card Recipe:
Background paper by: Jillibean
Army paper by K&Company
Magnolia Stamp: Rose Edwin colored with Copics
I used Bazzill In Stitchz to make my stiches
Brad from BoBunny and an Army charm.
Spellbinder: Labels one

I computer generated the inside label and also cut out with Spellbinders and used Distressed Ink Peeled Paint.

Well I'm off to enjoy the last few days I have with him home. I hope you enjoyed my little story and I wish every Army Mom and all other Mom's a very Happy Mothers Day.

And a very special Happy Mother's Day sent to My Mom in Heaven.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Does Heaven have an address???

Hello dear friends.  It's Kimm here today. How about the all these beautiful works of art the girls have been sharing with you all? What a way to honor all the Moms out there.  Each day is such a surprise when I log in here. They knock my socks off every day! 

So, the girls have begged me to share my card with you today. They weren't taking "no" for an answer - LOL. I originally designed this card for the last MMSC, but due to my computer issues, I was unable load it before the deadline. What a bummer. Maybe next time, right?

Our theme this week is Mother's Day. I think this card is quite suitable for the occasion. If Heaven had an address.....
...I would send this card to my Mom.  Mother's Day has been a very difficult time of year for me since loosing my Mom to cancer over 5 years ago.  She was only 53 years young.  She passed peacefully one month from her diagnosis.  Sadly, this all took place around Christmas.  Certainly not enough time to say "good-bye", but we were also grateful that she did not suffer long like her father (my PopPop).  She is sadly missed.

After spending some time with my munchkins in the morning, I generally find myself hiding out in my studio crafting for a few hours on Mother's Day. This is where I feel closest to my Mom. She is the reason I got myself into the business to begin with. She was an amateur photographer, an amazing artist, and a local business owner herself (flowers, balloons, and gifts). By combining all of her passions, I found this wonderful world of paper crafting and scrapbooking that captures the beauty of her spirit.  And best of all, I get to share it with so many wonderful people.  If I had a sentiment inside this card it would read...

"Thank You Mom!  For everything you are and continue to be.  For your support, guidance, and unconditional love.  Even though you are not here with us, you are still HERE.

Kimm, Jenn & Mandy"

Enough of the sappiness.  Now let me share with you the ingredients of my card.
Sorry about my sappiness, but I  hope you have enjoyed my creation.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Remember to give your Mom a hug and tell her just how much you love her this Mother's Day, and everyday.  I hope all of our Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, even our "Fur-Mommies" out there have wonderful Mother's Day!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mom is the Heart of the Family

"Other things may change us, but we start
and end with Family."

You have probably noticed by now that I like quotes and so I am starting my post for this week of Mothers' Day inspiration off with another one of my favorites. Family really is what it's all about and I'm sure many of you would agree, where would our families be without our moms? And so in honor of our moms and how much they put into making a family work, here is a simple gift you can make for the mom(s) in your life to show them your appreciation.

I found these letters at a very cool wood crafts store in Salt Lake City, Utah-- The Wood Connection and the unfinished letters are available to order from their website. Many craft and hobby stores also carry different types of unfinished wood and paper mache letters that would work for this project. Just make sure the bottoms of all your letters are flat so that they will stand up when you are finished.

I first painted the sides and back of my letters using a dark brown craft paint. After letting those dry thoroughly I was ready for the paper-- I chose the Basic Grey Origins lines because its colors just happen to be the exact colors I have used in my family room (the designers at Basic Grey must have really good taste! Ha-ha).

I chose the six patterns I wanted to use and then for each letter I turned the pattern paper face down, put the letter face down on it and traced around the letter. Then I cut out each letter from the paper by going just slightly inside my traced lines to make sure that the paper would not overlap the wood edges of the letters. This might sound like it took a long time but actually only took me about 15 minutes to trace and cut out all the letters (that, however, does not count how long it took me to decide which patterns to use and in which order! I sometimes analyze things much too long!)

After cutting out all my paper, I glued them to the wood using good old fashioned glue sticks. I prefer Scotch brand gluesticks and I put a layer of glue on both the back of the paper and the front of the wood to make sure and get a good bond. I know there are a lot of types of adhesives out there that would probably work for this but I have tried liquid glues and Modge Podge for paper onto wood and sometimes the paper will wrinkle, which is always frustrating. I have never had any wrinkling with glue sticks and so I stick to those for adhering paper to wood.

Once the paper was glued, I used a sanding stick to go carefully around some of the edges and filed back any paper edges that were overhanging the wood. Do this very carefully so the paper will not rip and tear off more than you want it to. Then I distressed all around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I found that the ink pad and any ink daubers were still too big for some of the small corners of the letters so I used a small paintbrush and "painted" the ink on.

Finally, I added just a few embellishments because I just couldn't help adding a few fun things (though I tried not to overdo it!) I tied a little ribbon to match on two of the letters and added some Prima flowers on my "F." Then I used the Basic Grey Stitched Brads that match the Origins line (these are so yummy-- fabric and rhinestones, so cute!) to embellish the "m" and the "l." I simply cut the fasteners off the back of the brads with a old pair of scissors and then attached them with glue dots.

This really was a quick and fun project to make and I know any mom would be delighted with the thought and effort behind a handmade gift. Here is the finished project displayed in my family room with some family pictures-- guess I will have to call this one my Mothers' Day gift to myself and go get me some more sets of letters to make to give away. In honor of all you moms out there (and grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, neighbors and friends) and your tireless, loving efforts to take care of your families-- have a truly wonderful Mothers' Day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Please welcome the VERY talented Elise!

Wow, more exciting news to report!  Are we making your head spin yet? 

The Beary Scrap Design Team and I are honored to introduce you to our newest Design Team Member, Elise!  She's been prepping for a few weeks and I know she is anxious to start sharing with you.  Blessed with talent and a passion for paper, Elise's work will truly inspire you.  Not only are we fortunate to share her talent with you, wait until you get to meet her.  She's has the kindest heart and the most bubbling personality.  She'll make you smile all around.  Would you like to see a sampling of her amazing work?  You can visit Elise's Blog by clicking HERE

Elise will be joining us next week when we launch the Beary Sweet Challenge right here on our Design Team Blog.  Please give her a warm welcome by sending her some love and saying "HI!".

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Save The Date: Beary Sweet Challenge Starts May 1st!

Introducing The Beary Scrap's Beary Sweet Challenges.
Our challenges will be on the 1st and 15th of each month here at the design team blog. You will have 2 weeks to create a project based on our challenge theme. Entries close at 11:59pm EDT the day before a new challenge begins. We will announce the winner and our "Beary Sweet Top 3" on the 3rd and 17th of each month (this gives us a couple of days to review all your fabulous entries). The prize goes to our random winner, and we'll have a fun badge to honor our three favorite projects.

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  • International crafters can play, too!
We'll see you May 1st!


Monday, April 26, 2010

It's A Whole Week For Mom!

Hello friends! Welcome to another fabulous week here with the Beary Scrappy Gals. We're all atwitter with excitement right now. Not only do we have some fabulous blog candy on offer through May 5th, next week we have a new designer joining us *and* we start our bi-weekly challenges to *you*! Whoo hoo! We feel very fortunate to have each and every one of you visit us, and hope you can play along in our challenges, too.

This week we're honoring Mom with a Mother's Day theme. Throughout the week our designers will share their projects, so be sure to check back daily. Our own blog "mom", Kimm, will even share her project!

I'll be sending this card to my lovely mother-in-law, Joyce. When it come's to mothers-in-law, I hit the jackpot with her. She's a very kind and generous person, and is fun to hang around. :) (And no, I'm not just saying that because I know what I'm getting for my birthday next month! *grin*)

The gray flowers in the top left corner and along the bottom are actually a subtle metallic finish. In this second photo, you can see the shiny parts of this delicious SEI Poppy paper.

Here's an inside view. It might not be news to any of you, but I just discovered I could use my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on the 5.5 x 5.5" Bazzill paper. I ran it through my Spellbinder Wizard once, then moved the unembossed section into the folder, lining up the already-embossed dots with the folder. I'm pretty sure it will work on all folders with a repeating pattern. Yay!

Card Recipe
Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie's Clara, from the Moonlight Whispers collection
Paper: Bazzill Chocolate and Rain; SEI Poppy Collection - "Rattan" front and back sides; Neenah 110lb Cover in Solar White for Clara
Medium: Prismacolor pencils with OMS; Stickles - Star Dust and Distress Broken China; Glimmer Mist Pearl (on the large green rose); ColorBox Fluid Chalk in Creamy Brown; Copic Spica Clear
Embellishments: Mulberry roses and leaves (coming soon to the store!); lace, pearls from stash; sewing machine

Thanks so much for stopping in today. Don't forget to enter to win our Beary Sweet blog candy!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Could it be the last of April Showers?

Ok, so I know that April Showers really refers to all of the tons of rain that we get each spring, but when I was hunting for a great image to use for this week's theme at The Beary Scrap, I just chuckled when I thought how fun it would be to use a more literal inspiration for my piece.

The cute image is from Karen's Doodles and is colored with my very loved Copics. I adore the paper that I used - Pink Paislee's Queen Bee. The colors are just my favorites. Did you notice the really cool die cut that is behind my image? I know you are thinking, what Spellbinders is that? Well, it's not. It is from the Queen Bee Flip Notes. These are really supposed to be journaling spots, but don't they make perfect mats for cards?!! They come in a pack of 24( 12 different designs) - that coordinate with the whole paper pack. I love this product! I traced around the edge of the note with a copic C-5 pen, just to finish it off a little more. On one of my layers, I added some fancy machine stitching and glued a Swarovski crystal in the center of each flower.

We hope you have been inspired this week with all kinds of April Showers! Don't forget to sign up for our blog candy and spread the word! We'll see you back on Monday for a new week of inspiring ideas.

Friday, April 23, 2010

It's April and you know what that means.

It's April and you know what that means, Flowers!
One good thing with all this rain is all the pretty spring colors that will be coming out. That is also our theme this week. I used one of Kimm's new Acrylic Paper Piecing Pattern's Emma Elephant.

Emma is sitting under her little umbrella. Her umbrella was made using Spellbinder hearts. Then I decorated with Liquid Pearls and mini flowers. The background papers are by Basic Grey. I also distressed the background papers with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The layout I used this week is a sketch by Oh Alice that The Beary Scrap is sponsoring this week for their weekly challenge. I hand punched the flowers and added a Bo Bunny brad. The rain drops are by Colorbok. I also used Spellbinders to punch out my computer printed April Showers.

Kimm has a BLOG all set up for leaning how to make the Tear Critters be sure to check it out.  You can get Emma and other patterns from her store and she also has lots of pretty mulberry paper there to choose from. Keep watching the store because there maybe a whole zoo of animals coming to visit soon.

Thanks for checking out my post this week and make sure you enter for all that BLOG CANDY that Kimm is giving away.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

April Showers???

When I found out the topic for this week's Design Team projects at The Beary Scrap, images of lovely spring rains came to my mind -- a light soft rain that greens up the grass and has drops that gather on the new petals of flowers and trees. Rain you can go out, splash around and play in. You know, like Gene Kelly dancing down the street to "Singin' in the Rain."

Unfortunately that kind of rain doesn't really exist in Southeast Idaho. Spring here is quite sporadic-- a few days here, a few there with lots of cold wintry days in between where there could be anything from wind to freezing temperatures, hail storms to actual snow. And so my layout depicts a true "April Shower" in Idaho.

I used the sketch from "Oh Alice" this week (pictured below, make sure you head over to their blog to check out more ideas!) but instead of making a card, I rotated the whole thing 45 degrees and then made a 12 x 12 layout. I really enjoyed this sketch as it was fairly simple and encompassed just basic shapes-- this gave me a great place to start but left lots of room for my own ideas to take over.

I also used Basic Grey's Kioshi line this week-- I am starting to think Susan and I share a definite connection with the papers we pick out! I used Lilo for the long horizontal rectangle and Motochi for the larger vertical rectangle. All of my pictures and journaling are matted on the back side of Lilo and Water Lily. I just love these Kioshi papers-- they have such light, pretty pastel colors mixed with BROWN, probably my all time favorite go-to color for scrapping. The patterns vary a lot too, from florals little and big to dots, stripes, plaids and other geometric designs, making these very versatile papers.

One of my favorite things about spring is the tough little daffodils, tulips, crocuses, etc. that poke their heads up through (in Idaho) the snow and brave the cold in hopes of some sunshine. So I just had to have some tulips on my layout. I used a paper piecing pattern found at the Scrapbooks, Etc. website that I downloaded for free. It was very simple and fun to do. I used both some Bazzill cardstock and some of the Kioshi paper to make the tulips, both worked great. After wetting and bending the edges of my flowers as they instruct, I also chalked around the edges to give them a little more dimension (I have Pebbles, Inc. chalk in bright colors). Then for the snow!

I finally just used some Stickles but decided that didn't really look like snow, just sparkly and so I pulled out some DecoArt SnowTex that I have used when making Christmas decorations. I had honestly never thought of using it on paper before but I think I am now hooked and can see using it on all kinds of Christmas and playing in the snow type pages. I applied the SnowTex with a small paintbrush BEFORE attaching the flowers to my page-- this turned out to be a very good plan as when I put some more snow on my title letters that were already attached, it was hard to keep it from getting on the cardstock. When the SnowTex was dry (about 20 minutes) I used a little Stickles in Icicle over the top to give just a little sparkle and I love how it turned out!

I added some letter stickers for the title, with a little rickrack for good measure, and a few pearls along the edges of my Kioshi rectangles to finish it off. My April Shower page is finished-- now all I have to do is be brave, poke my head out through the snow and wait for the sun to shine!

Check back tomorrow for some more April Shower inspirations by The Beary Scrap Design Team! And while you are here make sure to get entered in the running for our FABULOUS BLOG CANDY! I have never seen such a great assortment of scrap goodies, all coordinated too, being given away. So make sure to become a follower of our blog, post the blog candy on your own blog with a link back and then come back here to leave a comment by the blue frog. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Beary Sweet" Blog Candy! (Is Now Closed)

Hi everyone! Our blog candy winner will be announce Friday, May 7th! Thanks for playing along with us and please enter our "May Flowers" Challenge. Thanks!

Hello Friends, it's Kimm here.  The girls and I have something "beary sweet" to share with you.  It's our very first "Blog Candy!"  Whoo Hoo!  You may be asking yourself why?  Well, we have lots of reasons to be Celebrating and a million more reasons to be Grateful for all that we have been blessed with. We are thankful to all of our crafting friends that come to visit us, shop in our store, visit our little shop in PA, send us beautiful emails and encourage us to keep on keeping on.  Most of all, I am truly thankful for these amazing girls that have been inspiring all of us over the past few weeks!  Aren't they amazing?  How about a round of applause for them.  Okay, before I start blubbering like a goof... drum roll please (da da da da da... )
There is over $100.00 worth of sweetness in this blog candy!

  • 1 Martha Stewart Border Punch
  • Labels 11 Nestabilities
  • 1 Magnolia Tilda with Spring Bundler Stamp
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  • 1 Pack of Prima Vines & Butterflies
  • 1 Package of Prima "Say it in Crystals" Centers
  • 3 Stickles Glitter Glue (Waterfall, Diamond, and Stardust)
  • Assorted KaiserCraft Pearls (coordinates with Kioshi)
  • 1 jar of "Summer" Flower Soft
  • Gorgeous assortment of lace and trim
  • Crochet Flowers from my dear friend Leslie
  • 100+ lucious mulberry paper flowers in various colors and sizes.

How do you win all this sweet stuff?  It's quite simple.

  1. In order to be eligible for our Sweetness, you must have an active blog and become a public follower of our Design Team's Blog.
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If you don't meet all the requirements for this sweetness, don't worry.  There will be more sweetness in the future... here and on our other social networking sites. ~ Thanks.

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.  Our lucky winner will be announced on Friday, May 7, 2010.  Click on the little blue frog to add your name/link.

Thank you for stopping by Good Luck.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

April Showers

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I met up with an old friend and Husband and I cleaned up our attic Sunday. What a great feeling, on both accounts!

After the warm spell a few weeks ago, flowers are popping up in gardens everywhere, which brings us to this week's theme:

"April Showers Bring May Flowers"

I've got flowers popping up all over my sample this week. Basic Grey's Kioshi papers have lovely flower prints, and I've added a little dimension with Prima and stash flowers. The inside of the card will have "...Bring May Flowers" when it's completed. :)
Her dress and boots are paper-pieced with BG Kioshi's "Lily Child" in the 6x6 paper pad size. The umbrella is pieced with the solid side of "Mokuren".

The Beary Scrap is sponsoring this week's challenge over at Oh, Alice!, and I've followed their sketch. I hope you can pop on over to Oh, Alice! and give the sketch a try - you could win a $20 gift voucher!

Card Recipe
Stamp: Amber Ink Digital Stamp
Paper: Bazzill purple, Neenah Solar White, Basic Grey Kioshi
Medium: Prismacolor Pencils, Glimmer Mist Pearl, Stickles Star Dust
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Pearls, Prima, lace from stash

Thanks for stopping in! Come back tomorrow for a fabulous surprise, and the rest of the week for more "April Showers". Also, don't forget to check out the sketch challenge at Oh, Alice!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

A video tutorial from Gini

I don't know about you, but I sure am glad that the weekend is here! And since it's Saturday, it's my turn to post my Things with Wings project for The Beary Scrap. I think the entire design team was inspired by butterflies this week. All of the DT projects have been gorgeous! I chose to make a Gable box decorated in Monarch butterflies. I promised you a tutorial this week - so be prepared for my first video! If you ever doubted that I was a Southern girl, you won't after you watch my video! I will be showing you some techniques, using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, that I used while making my box. (For the template for the Gable box, please go to the Dutch Dare Challenge Blog - they have a link, as well as another week to enter their challenge.)

There are so many cool things that you can do with Glimmer Mist and we would love to see your favorite techniques. Next week promises to be another fun week at The Beary Scrap, so please come back and visit us!

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Black gold, Tiger Lily, Daffodil, Spring Mint
Assorted Tattered Angels Glimmer screens
Martha Stewart punches - Classic butterfly, Large Monarch butterfly
Bazzill paper, Kaiser pearls

Friday, April 16, 2010

Are You Ready To Fly Away

There have been lots of wonderful projects this week from The Beary Scrap Design Team and today is my turn. When we set up to do
"Things with Wings"
I was so excited. If you have been to my blog you will see butterflies on it. I just love butterflies. I also have become a fan of easel cards, so why not combine the two? You can make just about design into an easel card. So I searched the internet for the perfect butterfly shape, and this is the shape I found. I just love it.
First I just want to send Kimm a big THANK YOU for creating these cool watermarks for our pictures.

I know that bears don't have wings, but this little cutie has them! I made this little bear with an Acrylic Paper Piecing Pattern you can get from The Beary Scrap Store. When you there be sure to look over all the very pretty Mulberry Paper that's in the store. Kimm also has free eyes you can download along with a tutorial on making the bears on there own very special Tear Bear Blog.

My background paper is from Graphic 45 and I distressed the outside of the paper with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I added Stickles on the wings of the bear to make them sparkle.  The mini butterflies are punched out with a Martha Stewart punch and I added an oval pearl to their bodies. There are some very pretty Prima Pearls on the card and Kimm has them on order so look for them to be showing up in the store real soon. 
The hearts on the bottom of the card were cut out with Spellbinders and distressed. I added some pretty Prima Roses to the bottom and some more Prima Pearls.
When I was done with this card I just had to make a matching envelope. I used all the same products to make it match.
Front of envelope.
The back of the envelope I added a Prima Trellis Rose and the lid is held closed with a velcro disc.
Now when I made the card and envelope I didn't plan on the little bear peeking thru - sometimes the best things are not planned.
Thank you for looking and be sure to check back tomorrow to see Gini's "Things with Wings" Tattered Angels tutorial.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Little Birdie

Do you feel it? Are you driving around with your window rolled down? Have your broken out your summer sandals from the closet? Spring is, I think, finally here! (Even in Idaho, where it sometimes feels like we go directly from winter to summer without much in between.) Hopefully wherever you are, the grass is starting to green up, the sun is shining and the birds are singing. And what better way to celebrate those beautiful spring days and chirping spring birds than with some cute little birds on your scrapbook pages?

I had so much fun making my layout this week with the brand new Pink Paislee 365 "Degrees". I love, love, love the colors in this line! They are bright and fun without being too overwhelming. Perfect for spring or summer pages, boy pages, outdoor pages or whatever else you can imagine. Be sure to check out this line, along with the other super cute new Pink Paisley lines-- Queen Bee and Bayberry Cottage.

I used some aqua colored Bazzill cardstock for the background of my pages and then layered several sheets from the 6 x 6 paper pad of the 365 Degrees collection. This paper pad is so awesome! You get 30 sheets in 10 different designs for only $5.00! This way I got to try out all the fun patterns from the line but didn't have to buy full 12 x 12 sheets of each. Then I used the round sheet from the same line and split it into two different pieces for each side of my layout.

I remember when I first started seeing these new shapes in 12 x 12 sizes-- circles, scallops, flowers, hearts, brackets-- and I thought "Yeah, those are stinkin' cute, but what do I do with them?" Well, don't be afraid to cut them apart! I used about 7/8 of my circle scallop page and placed them at different angles on either page for variety. Also, if you are making a single 12 x 12 page layout, don't be afraid to just use the shape for your background paper-- who said a layout has to be square anyway?

Once I matted my pictures, also on some of the 6 x6 sheets, I used several of the 365 Degrees Punch Out Die Cut Tags as accents along the edges. All the die cuts and papers are inked around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China. On top of the tags are some Bazzill buttons which I love because some of them have lines etched across them, and a little of the Bazzill Tulle in Parakeet that is sold by the yard. Usually, ribbon is a definite must-have for me on a layout, but I thought the tulle fit the light spring feel of the papers and gave some variety from my usual supply choices.

I created my birds by cutting two Paisleys on my Cricut using the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge. I chose the Blackout option and reversed the paper for the smaller bird so that the two are facing each other. The wings are made by punching hearts and the beak by just hand cutting a tiny triangle. Using a fine tip black marker I traced around the bird bodies, added legs and eyelashes and then googly eyes to top it off. The last step was to stamp some black flourishes for the tail feathers-- I liked the flourishes so much I added quite a few around the edges of the cardstock too.

I hope you liked my winged creation for this week and that your neighborhood is full of some spring birds that are singing to you! Be sure to check back tomorrow for more winged things at The Beary Scrap Design Team!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Things With Wings Week

Hello hello! It's Susan, here, ringing in another TBS Monday. Who knew I'd love Mondays so much?!

Spring is such a wonderful season - we had another glorious weekend here in Maryland. I hope you did, too! Our temperatures were considerably lower than last weekend's "heat wave", but the yard work was the same. There's so much to do in the Spring! We pulled a ton of weeds, fertilized the lawn, and trimmed up a few shrubs and a holly tree. I'm pretty sure a Robin is building a nest in the holly tree, so I worked quickly. She chirped at me quite a bit!

Speaking of birds, it's "Things With Wings" week here at The Beary Scrap. I start the week with Magnolia's Edwin, and Gini will end our week with a great Tattered Angels tutorial. In between you'll be inspired by fabby projects from Patricia and Jamie, and perhaps a bonus from yours truly. *wink* I'm really inspired by this theme! [Edit 4/13 - sadly, pesky business taxes and housework took all my "free" time, so no bonus project for me. Sorry, friends!]

If you've been reading me for a little while, you'll know I'm obsessed with a new convert to Magnolia stamps. This is Edwin, chasing after these beautiful MS punched butterflies.

Oh my! I was thrilled when Kimm told me about this Monarch punch, so much so that she loaded it onto The Beary Scrap store site while we chatted just so I could order it right then and there. How's that for incredible customer service? Thanks Kimm! 
The bottom butterfly layer is punched from BG Kioshi "Sayuri" and edges are inked with purple. The top layer is purple vellum, and was an adventure to create. I started with "Stickling" the edges... they curled up a bit but it wasn't too bad. After that dried I decided "More is Better!" and Stickle'd one whole wing. Can you imaging the curling from that much glue? Haha! (No, I didn't learn my lesson from the first application.) Fixing this involved a heat gun and a certain amount of contortion to keep it from rolling up as it dried. Good thing I have that third hand... just kidding!

Ok, so here's a better way of Stickling vellum: put a few dots of Tombow Multi 2-way glue on the back of a fresh butterfly and let dry so it is repositionable. Adhere this to scrap paper and Stickle away! Either let air dry or use your heat gun to dry the Stickles. Once dry you can remove it from the scrap paper. So much easier!

I have a special 'Thank You' to our very own DT Patricia for inspiring my pearl butterfly trails. Thanks sweets! :)

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bloomin' fun with Gini

Don't you just love spring? I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the gorgeous Bloomin' Fun from the Beary Scrappy Gals this week - and it's Saturday, so I'm finishing off the week for you.

I just got this new Magnolia stamp, Tilda with Flowing Hair, from the Beary Scrap. I just think she is so adorable. I wanted to try something a little different with my ribbon, so I used my Scor-Pal to emboss lines where I wanted the ribbon to go, and then laid down very narrow ScorTape to adhere the ribbon. The papers are from Basic Grey's Kioshi line - which is just so cheerful and springy!

The flower is a Prima (sorry, I don't remember which collection!) I added "leaves" by punching using the Martha Stewart branch.

Starting Monday, we will have a new theme for the week - and on Saturday it will be my turn for a tutorial. I have some fun things up my sleeve, so you won't want to miss it!

Friday, April 9, 2010

We're Bloomin' Up Fun At The Beary Scrap This Week

Not only are the flowers starting to Bloom around here but so are we. The Beary Scrap Gals have already showed you some great designs and today is my turn. For this week I used a Magnolia stamp and made an easel card. I'm new to the Magnolia craze and I can see why everyone loves them. They are a fun stamp to use and there are so many to choose from.
This is the second Magnolia card I have made and I just love how this card came out. I can tell you this will not be my last.

My card is just Bloomin' Roses. These great roses by Prima are just the right size to load them on your projects. They come in so many pretty colors to choose from. I also put on some purple satin butterflies that Kimm sells in The Beary Scrap they are sold by the yard, I cut them apart for my card. I also added some pink rhinestone stickers to the card.
The Magonlia stamp I used is from the Hoppy Easter Collection called Tilda with Flowing Hair. The background paper is from Bo Bunny called Jazmyne Breeze. I used Spellbinders Labels Five and used Colorbox Inks to distress around them. I also used the Martha Stewart Lace punch and the double loop punch. I computer printed my sentiment.
Here is a closer look at the bottom of the card. I hope you enjoyed looking at my card and have inspired your creativity. Please check back tomorrow to see more great designs.


Kimm also has a new addition to the Beary Sweet Designs
Acrylic Pattern Collection

She is so cute. They are shipping now. Head on over The Beary Scrap Store and get your's today. Also new to the store is pre-cut eyes and noses.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bloomin' Fun with Grandma

Have you ever had one of those moments you just wanted to freeze and hold on to forever? One of my favorite quotes is "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." This is one of those moments. My kids have had the great opportunity to know all four of their Great Grandmas- a very unusual occurrence, I think, and these priceless pictures showcase part of a fun weekend spent with my maternal grandmother at her cabin in Island Park, Idaho last summer. When I heard the theme for our posts this week at The Beary Scrap, I knew that these were the perfect pictures for a Bloomin Fun' page!

The background of my layout is Bazzill Lily Pond. Then I used one piece of Daisy Bucket's Playful Katy and cut it in half around the swirls, placing half on each side of my layout. I agree with Susan, who used this same paper earlier this week-- this is an incredible textured paper! It's double sided, which I love because you get two patterns for the prize of one! You'll be really impressed with the lovely weight and texture. I inked the edges of the Daisy Bucket paper with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China. Then I machine stitched around these pieces of paper before placing any of my pictures.

I matted all my pics on plain white cardstock and inked the edges again with the Broken China ink. I used some more paper from the Daisy Bucket Playful line, Gabby, and punched some large scallops to put behind my pictures. After placing my pictures on the layout, I machine stitched down from the top onto my pictures and over the chains of the swings to make it look like the kids were swinging right from the page. I went over each line three times to give it enough dimension to really stand out. I love machine stitching on my layouts-- it's so fast and easy and really gives it something extra. I hardly ever use my sewing machine for actual material-- though I could probably patch something if I absolutely had to. :)

To finish up, I had to add some BLOOMS, of course, and I'd have to say, I am addicted to flowers so I just raided my stash and used up some felt blooms from Heidi Swapp, some large paper blossoms from Making Memories, and tiny flowers from Prima. Buttons for the centers complete the flowers. I used letter stickers for the title and used small flowers for the "o"s in Bloomin'.

I also added to my layout the poem, "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson (follow the link to find a copy) which my grandma memorized when she was in elementary school and was repeating to my kids as she pushed them.

This was a really fun layout for me to make and I hope you enjoy it! It took me on a little trip down memory lane which, as I am sure you all know, is one of the reasons we scrapbook-- to remember those moments that take our breath away. Just last Saturday, my kids lost one of their great grandmas as my husband's paternal grandmother passed away from leukemia and so my trip down memory lane while I was scrappin' was a little bittersweet. My challenge to you all is to get out, make some Bloomin' fun memories with those you love, capture those moments with your photos and then scrap 'em so you can hold onto them forever!

Be sure to check back later this week for more inspiration from the Beary Scrap!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bloomin' Fun!

Hello hello! It's Susan, here, hoping everyone had a beautiful weekend. It was stunning here in Maryland! We had sunshine and temperatures in the 70's. The whole neighborhood was out doing yard work, and more than a few of us have sunburns to prove it. *wink*

Thank you so much for joining The Beary Scrappy Girls for another week - you're in for some
Bloomin' Fun!

Today I would like to introduce you to Stampavie's "Star Girl with Bouquet". Isn't she a breath of fresh, Spring air? While this delightful stamp is the focus for this card, I don't want you to miss the incredible Daisy Bucket Design's "Playful" paper.

While shopping online for this week's theme, I fell in love with the paper's colors and blooms, and when I received it I couldn't believe the texture. I know, I know, Kimm says on the listing that it's textured paper, but I was thinking it would be something like Bazzill's Grass Cloth or another slightly textured paper. Oh, no! It's this wonderful 3-dimensional texture on paper that has a thickness falling somewhere between thin scrapbook paper and card stock (like Bazzill). I'm not exaggerating when I say it's lush... LUSH! Ok maybe a little, but I am absolutely in love with it! 
(Click for a detailed peek)
Ok, back to the darling "Star Girl with Bouquet". Here's a close-up of her layered and Stickle'd flowers. If you look closely you can see a slight shimmer on her apron. I dipped a tiny paintbrush into Glimmer Mist Pearl and painted it. How cool is that?
I know a lot of folks use Copics, and there are few really good papers "out there". I'm happy to tell you that The Beary Scrap now sells one of the best available: Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White. This is a beautiful coloring surface for both Copics *and* Prismacolor Pencils. You'll find Neenah 110lb in stock today, and 80lb is on it's way!  

To finish this card off, I've used a host of Prima flowers, including ones from Kimm's special stash she sends with everyone's order. Thanks Kimm!

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That's it for me! Thanks again for stopping in, and come back soon for more from your Beary Scrappy Girls!

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