Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Card to Say Hello

Ahh, the weekend finds us again. I am especially excited about this weekend because I am going to the Scrapbook Expo! But before I do that, I wanted to share with you a card that I made for a friend of mine. 

I will be seeing this friend of mine at the Expo and I thought it would be the perfect occasion to make a card for her.  I started by taking a piece of Kraft paper from my stash and using it as the base of the card. Then I took four different patterned papers from the Cosmo Cricket Upcycle Mini Deck and inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Then I machine sewed my squares of patterned paper in a wonky, zig zag fashion. I let all the imperfections be as it is generally my motto that imperfection is interesting and beautiful. 

I took some seam binding and scrunched it up and adhered it with some glue dots. Then I took a brad from the My Mind's Eye Lost and Found line and put it in the center of my scrunched "flower." I used another glue dot to adhere the butterfly to the side of the "flower," and added a paper doily cut in half from my stash. I used the Martha Stewart Large Double Arches Punch  to punch a border strip in another piece of patterned paper from the Upcycle Mini Deck. 

Lastly, I took a label sticker from my stash and used My Little Shoebox's Mini Alphas to make the sentiment (love those alphas!). 

I really hope you'll be inspired to join us for this Wings challenge. If you do decide to participate, please have your creations linked up before 11:59 EST tonight (April 30th). Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Butterfly Notes

Well, it's Friday again already and here I am with my last "Things with Wings" project-- this time with an insect-- and I am back to butterflies again because I just can't get enough of them! My project this week is an altered tin "Notes" holder, the perfect little container for storing handmade cards all ready to be sent out .

I used the Prima Marketing Sparkling Spring 6x6 paper pad and it is just perfect to add flitting butterflies too. I attached the paper to the front of my tin with good old Glue Dots (I prefer Zots by ThermoWeb but I also use the Glue Dots brand a lot). I have tried many different types of adhesives for putting paper on tin and found that the best thing is still glue dots. I edged all my papers with Tim Holtz Distess Ink in Vintage Photo, with the help of a finger dauber to smooth the edges and give the ink a nice soft look (a blending tool does the same thing).

To embellish the front of my tin, I created my own banner spelling "Notes" and then also made some felt flowers by cutting a small circle from felt, then starting at the outside and cutting in a spiral until I reached the middle. Then I put a large bit of hot glue in the spot I wanted and starting from the outside edge in, wound the felt round and round to create a flower, finishing off with a pearl for the center. (Aleene's Tacky Glue works great too, I just used hot glue because I was in a hurry! :)) I added felt leaves and some pearl floral centers to my flowers as well.

Here are some 3-D views of the top of the tin to show how the butterfly and flowers pop up:

And also a quick look at the inside cards-- they are just simple, without any sentiments, that way they can be used for whatever!

I have really enjoyed visiting your blogs and looking at your Things with Wings creations, I hope to see a few more before the challenge deadline on April 30 at 11:59 EST. Click here for all the details! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

For You ...

Hi everyone and welcome to The Beary Scrap today!  This week we are challenging everyone to create a card based on our WINGS theme and the DT are using insects in their creations this week too!  I chose one of my favie spring and summer insects ... the beautiful BUTTERFLY!

I began my design with a Wood Shape from Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden Collection.  I inked it and then added some sugar glitter!  The pretty little flowers in the middle are white 20mm Mulberry paper roses that I spritzed with Cherub Pink glimmer mist from Tattered Angels to give them a rosey hue!

I added a pretty little button and tag tied on with green baker's twine.  The sweet pearls on the tag and on the embossed flowers are Latte Basics from KaiserCraft.

I used Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden - Flower Blooms and Echo Park's For the Record - Newsprint for the base of my card.  The top has a pink pearl flourish and 3-D stamped heart and the bottom is embossed and inked with pink paint to create a time-worn look!

I can't wait to see what you create inspired by our WINGS challenge this week here at The Beary Scrap!  You have until April 30th to enter!

Thanks for peeking in today and have a wonderfully stampy day!

Hugs,  Debbie

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Lady Bugs Are Here

Have I said I love our Wings Challenge! There are so many idea's you can play with for wings. So I had to color up my new Magnoila Stamp with Copics. I had to try and put in some of the lessons I learned from Suzanne Dean in my Copic class I took with her and one of the lessons was making the pleats in the cloths and I think that I did pretty good on her dress. 
My card recipe:
My Magnolia Stamp was colored with Copic's and Stickles
Lady Bugs and Vine from K and Company
Lace and Ribbon from my stash
You only have a few days left to enter you project ---HERE--- I would love to see what you make.
Thanks so much for looking.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Believe You Can Fly

Hi, it's Gini - I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I had an extra day off, so a little extra time to craft! This week we will be wrapping up our things with wings challenge at the Beary Scrap. You have until April 30th to get your entry in.

This has been such a fun challenge! Today, I used the lovely Butterfly Garden from Pink Paislee. Even the wooden dragonfly is from this line. Now, I did do quite I bit of altering on it! I used Stickles, Glimmer Mist, Smooch - and then sanded it all to distress it a bit. I also used some of the yummy seam binding that Kimm just got in the store. I am really going to be stocking up on that stuff - it just makes a project look so great! My sentiment is from Unity Stamps.

I hope you have a great week!

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Wings & Insects Week!

Hello crafty friends! I hope you had a beautiful weekend. We're in the final week for our Beary Sweet Challenge using a "Wings" theme.  We have some great entries and hope to see yours, too. You could win a $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!

This week the design team is adding an insect to our winged projects. This ought to be fun!

I've made another tag - oh how I love working on this small "canvas"! The Basic Grey Capella line is quite delicious, and I've chosen this vine design as my "jumping off point". This design is sold out but you can find a similar one with BG's Figaro paper - check it out!

Even though this tag isn't a "busy" one, it's full of technique. The bird and cage were cut with Tim Holtz "Caged Bird" die using grungepaper. I colored the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Stain - if you don't have that one hand you can use brown Bazzill card stock!

My next step was to stamp all over the cage with the text stamp from My Mind's Eye/Portobello Road "Boy" stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped a couple of times to cover the cage. Once that was done I covered all the cage "wires" with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry.

While that dried I looked through my BG Cappella stash for a good bird paper. I decided this one worked well with the little flower "eye" and the swoosh would make a great wing. I used a Kaisercraft black pearl for the eye and gussied up the wing and eye with Star Dust Stickles. Oh, and I layered a little Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood Distress Ink on the edges.

I used the FABULOUS Empressor tool to round my bird's edges and give him a little volume. All you have to do is lay the item (bird, flower, etc) on a piece of foam and make little circles with the Empressor all along the edges so they curl up. It works great with flowers "right side up" and I turned my bird upside down to make his little body stick out. I used to use vintage glass swizzle sticks and paint brush handles and find this tool so much smoother. It's a must-have!

The rose vine is made of Mulberry Paper Roses and leaves from my stash. I inked them with Tattered Rose and used the same color Stickles. Once dry I jus would them around the outside edge of the cage. I love how this vine mimics the vine-y pattern on the tag background.

My insect is a little bumble bee on a homemade stick pin. The seam binding (now in stock!) is Latte and oh-so-luscious. I can't wait to get my crafty little hands on all the wonderful colors!

Card Recipe

Thanks so much for visiting today. We all really hope to see your entries on our "Wings" challenge, going on now through Saturday night!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

An Echo Park Combination

Happy weekend to you all! My layout today combines two of my favorite lines from Echo Park: For the Record and the new Playground. Both lines are so wonderfully vibrant and versatile. I can't wait to use Playground on some layouts about me and my husband.

My daughter, Harper, turned one last weekend and I took this picture the day before her birthday. I wanted to capture her on her last day of officially being an infant (although she's been "toddling" since ten months). I have been blessed with a well-behaved, smart, loving, and silly little girl, so I thought it would be nice to document the things I love about her right now.

I cut out the doilies from the Apron Strings paper from For the Record and adhered them in different clusters around the page, one with a fun feather behind it. I wanted to accent a few of the doilies so I added some My Mind's Eye brads, one from the Lost and Found collection. Then I added a chipboard bird from My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy.

For the title, I drew inspiration from the Playground Double Dutch paper and colored in the word "love" with a white pen. I also cut the number 5 from the Playground "Hopscotch" patterned paper. Then I used the alphas that come in the Playground for "I" and "Reasons."

Lastly, for the numbers on the journalling, I used My Little Shoebox Mini Alphas in Turquoise.

Thank you so much for looking. I look forward to seeing your projects in our wings-themed challenge. Please make sure to link up your projects to the original challenge post by April 30th! Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Add a Feather

Happy Friday to you! I've been so excited to see all of the beautiful creations you have entered in our Things with Wings challenge-- keep up the entries, you have until April 30 at 11:59 EST to enter for your chance to win a voucher to The Beary Scrap.

Here is my second creation for Things with Wings -- this time adding a feather! I used the Prima 6x6 paper pads-- Madeline for my card and love all the papers that come in this little book. This one is sold out but check out all the other gorgeous combinations -- 48 sheets of paper for only $4.00!

I cut around the scrolls of this paper then distressed it with my Zutter Distress-it-All and added Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. Then I just had a blast adding all those fun embellishments-- mulberry paper roses, hand crocheted flower, rhinestones, lace, net and sequin trim and, of course, feathers!

Have a lovely weekend and take some time to create something beautiful!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time For You ...

Hello all and welcome to another fabby week here at The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog!   This week our theme is 'Wings' with an added feature of using a 'Feather'.  I had the prettiest butterfly from Prima in one of my treasure baskets that was made with lots of bling and pink feathers and knew it would be the perfect inspiration for my project this week!

I added some pretty blue rhinestones to continue the bling factor in my design!

And some delicious flowers to coordinate with these beautiful papers!!

So soft, so pretty ... so spring-y!  I hope you enjoyed peeking in today :)

Goodies I used in my design from The Beary Scrap Paper Crafting Boutique:

I can't wait to see what you'll create for our 'Wings' challenge this week :)



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wings and Feathers

I just love this challenge "Wings" I just love butterflies and this challenge is so much fun. The design teams added challenge is feathers and I have added a little bit of a feather to my background.
My little Tattered Teddy looks like he just climbed out of the book. My papers are from Graphic 45's Once Upon A Springtime Collection. My Tattered Teddy was made with an Acrylic Paper Piecing Pattern and Mulberry Paper. My butterfly is a Wood Shape from Pinkpaislee and Kimm has more on order she sold out of these awesome wooden embellishments. I colored it with Colorbox Ink and added Stickles and Pearls.
Now lets see what you can make with wings and enter your card---HERE---
Thanks so much for looking.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wings and Feathers

For the rest of April, our challenge is to use something with wings. The DT was also challenged to use a feather on our card. I used the gorgeous new Cosmo Cricket paper - Social Club. Now, one of the designs does have a peacock feather on it - and I thought about letting that count as my feather, but I decided why not add a real peacock feather? The stamp is a new image from Belles n Whistles Fairy Friends collection - Lily Pad Dreams. I colored her with Copics and added Stickles to her wings for some shine.

So we would love to have a great project fly to us from your blog! There are so many possibilities - birds, butterflies, fairies - even some great Steampunk designs! So get creative and join the fun!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Butterfly Garden

Hey there crafty folks! I hope you had a great weekend. Can you believe it's Monday already? *sheesh* This week the design team is fluttering around with a "Wings" theme. As you know, our Beary Sweet challenge is going on right now with the very same "Wings" theme! What a coincidence... :)

Last week Patricia used Colorbox chalk ink on her Pink Paislee butterfly wood shape with great success. For my project today I decided to get out the acrylic paints and see what would happen.

Click to make bigger!
Hee hee, I can't say I totally love it, but it's not bad.  I painted the russet color then used a dry brush to swish the lighter, orange-y color on the center parts. The swirls are made from Ranger's Liquid Pearls and a not-so-steady hand. Honestly, I can't draw a stick figure standing straight. *sigh*

The paper is Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden 12x12 sheet of "Flower Blooms". I cut is specifically to show the bumble bee and clock along the right edge. One of the things I really like about these decorated 12x12's is how I can pick and choose what section to use. The inside layers are also from the same sheet, but different sections and different 'scenes'. I'll add photos of the inside once it's completed. As the card came together I ended up putting the seam binding/calendar grouping on the right instead of the planned left corner. It covered the bumble bee but made more sense with the other elements.

The Beary Scrap will have loads of seam binding on the shelves soon - I can't wait for all the yummy colors!  It's all wrapped up with a button from My Mind's Eye/Lost & Found/Madison Avenue. The pin is made from my supplies. I spritzed some of the mulberry roses with Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist. The grungeboard swirls were colored with distress stain and then spritzed with the same Glimmer Mist.

The calendar is a digital print and interchangeable with other months - I didn't attach it because I'm not sure how it will be used. I'm partial to May, though, since I celebrate my birthday all month.

You think I'm kidding, don't you?

I wanted to show you the layering that can be done with Distress inks and a Ranger Blending Tool. Here's a photo of the three blending stages:

Click for a larger version
Ok, maybe it's really only two stages! First I used green Peeled Paint on the edge and toward the middle a little, then used Vintage Photo on the edge only. Adding the Vintage Photo gives it a little more depth and a  vintage feel!

Card Recipe

Paper: Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden 12x12 - Flower Blooms and Botanical Gardens (pink middle layer); Bazzill Basics
Medium: Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose; Glimmer Mist Vanilla Breeze; Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint; Stickles Star Dust; acrylic paint; Distress Stain Vintage Photo
Embellishments: Button from MME Madison Avenue; Mulberry Paper Roses; seam binding (in the store soon!); Kaisercraft Pearls
Adhesives: 1/4" Scor-Tape; Fabri-Tac
Tools: Scor-Pal; Ranger Blending Tool; Honey Bee Scissors

That's it for me. Thanks for visiting today, and remember to enter your "Wings" project in our challenge HERE by April 30th. Good luck!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

BSC #23 Top 3 and Winner!

We want to extend a huge "Thank You!" to everyone who played along with our  April sketch challenge! We absolutely loved visiting your blogs. Thanks so much for your support!

Our winner of the $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap is...

#16: Dee

Congratulations Dee! Please email Kimm and she'll set you up with a voucher to go shoppin'!

We would also like to congratulate our Beary Sweet Top 3:

#5 - Carisa
#8 - Lori
#9 - Kelly

Ladies - thank you so much for joining us! Please take our Top 3 badge from our sidebar for your fabulous blogs!

We hope everyone checks out our Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge #24 - it's going on now through April 30th. You could win a $20 Gift Voucher to The Beary Scrap just like Dee. Come check it out!

The Beary Sweet Design Team

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crazy Cousin

Hello everyone! It's Brenda again, and I am so excited to show you the layout I made for this "wings" themed challenge.

I don't think it's any secret that I love butterflies. Well, actually, let me rephrase that--- I love to look at butterflies and I love to use butterflies on my layouts, but should a butterfly land on me, I freak out. Hey, it's still a bug even if it is a pretty bug! Anyhow, I digress. These next couple of weeks of creating for me will be so much fun because I love to use birds and butterflies and all sorts of things with things on my layouts and other projects.

For this week's layout, I scrapped one of my all-time-favorite pictures of my daughter with her older cousin. I should explain that my daughter was entirely too tired to be taking these pictures, but having all the cousins together is such a rarity, I couldn't just let her go to sleep without getting some pictures.  Well Harper made sure to tell me how she felt about this forced photo shoot with all the zany expressions she was giving.

I used one of my favorite lines again, Echo Park's For the Record. I can't get enough of it! There are just too many possibilities with these papers. I distressed my papers by running them through my Distrezz-it-all  and then inking the edges with Distress Inks using the Ranger Blending Tool

I wanted to add a little more color and visual interest, so I rolled down the edge of the paper and fastened it with a My Mind's Eye Lost and Found brad  and a sticker from the For the Record elements sticker sheet. I wanted to put the first part of my journalling up there but thought it would be too tough to read, so I painted a little area with Distress Crackle Paint in Old Paper. I then stitched around my journalling spot and used one of the stickers from For the Record for this part of the journalling. 

For the title, I used alphas from For the Record on the words "your" and "crazy" and "cousin" is using alphas from my stash.

I placed a label sticker from For the Record and then I stitched some more. I used another of the word stickers from the Elements sheet for the continuation of the journalling.

And lastly, I used another label and word sticker to finish off the journalling. For the embellishment under the photo, I layered two die cut butterflies cut out from FTR paper and put a button from my stash in the middle. I placed the butterfly over two border stickers from the kit. 

I had so much fun playing around with the idea of this theme, and I hope you will too when you join us. Don't forget, you have until April 30th to upload your creations! Thanks so much for looking and have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge #24: Wings

**Please scroll down for Jamie's gorgeous challenge sample!**

Welcome to our Beary Sweet Challenge #24 

The design team sends out BIG thanks to everyone who joined our BSC #23 - we are so thrilled to see each and every one of you play along! We'll announce our Top 3 honorees on Sunday, April 17th. Thank you!

It's the 15th of the month, which means it's time for our new challenge. Whoo hoo! This time we're challenging you to share a project using the theme...


This challenge runs through April 30th at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the random gift voucher winner and our "Beary Sweet Top 3" from each challenge on April 17th.

Here are the simple, standard "rules" to play - PLEASE READ:
  • Become a follower if you aren't already (don't forget this one - it's disqualified a few folks already!);
  • Link your challenge entry post (not your blog "home page") or your online gallery submission with our Inlinkz frog below.
  • Link back to this challenge post (not just our blog "home page") on your blog
  • Only one (1) entry per person. In fairness to all players, if you enter this challenge more than once all second, third, etc. entries will be deleted without notice. Links to projects/cards posted before March 1st will not be eligible.
Additional information:
  • Feel free to combine with other challenges;
  • All NEW project types are welcome as long as they follow this sketch challenge (cards, scrapbook layouts, etc.);
  • International crafters can play, too!
Thanks for playing along with us - we really appreciate you!

Susan, Gini, Patricia, Jamie, Kimm, Brenda and Debbie

Butterfly Wings

Welcome to our brand new Beary Sweet Challenge, I am first up again and absolutely thrilled to show you my layout of "Things with Wings." Two weeks ago, we had a "girls" trip to Las Vegas, Nevada (about 10 hours from where I live). My youngest sister and her family live there and so my other sister and I took our daughters, along with my mom, to visit for Spring Break. We had a fabulous time, soaking up some much needed sun by the pool and visiting some Vegas sights (I do have a picture of daughter with some Elvis impersonators-- I'll save that for another week!).

One of the highlights was lunch at Serendipity 3- a really fun restaurant near Caesar's Palace (check out our frozen hot chocolate, yum!)- and visiting the Bellagio Conservatory which was planted with tulips, poppies and even butterflies! These were the perfect pictures for my layout this week--

I had so much fun making this layout and using lots of fun new goodies from the store including Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden papers (absolutely gorgeous!) and charms.

Other great stuff I used includes seam binding-- new for me but oh so much fun! I spritzed with water and crinkled it up then sprayed with Pearl Gimmer Mist and adhered to my layout with glue lines. Seam binding in many colors will be in stock soon so check the store website! I also used lace and some handmade crocheted flowers-- I must still be on that vintage kick that seems to be going on around here!

Supplies used:
Bazzill Cardstock
Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden paper collection
Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden charms
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist- Pearl
Colorbox Fluid Chalk- Chestnut Roan
Seam Binding
Crocheted flowers
Assorted brads
JoLee's butterfly stickers
Assorted alphabet stickers

Thanks for looking and have a lovely weekend! Take some time to create your own project that has "Things with Wings" and enter it in our challenge for a chance to win a voucher to The Beary Scrap.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wishing You a Wonderful ...

Hello everyone and welcome!  It's my turn again today to inspire you with another interpretation of our current sketch challenge #23 that you can find HERE!  Today we're asked to use the sketch and pastels - yummy!  Pastels are my favie go-to color palette to design with :)

I decided to give my hand a try this time on one of the absolutely {adorable} Tear Bear animals that Kimm has in her shop!  I've been a long-time admirer of these sweet little cuties, and was super excited to receive the patterns, papers and tools to get busy creating!  I chose to design with the oh-so-cute Bella Bunny ... isn't she precious!!!  For my first attempt, I am pleased with the way she turned out ... so soft and cuddly IRL!  I used The Complete Tear Bear Making Kit to assemble this little sweetie!

Additional accessories I used from The Beary Sweet Paper Crafting Boutique on this card are as follows: 

Prima  Sparkling Spring 6 x 6 patterned paper

I'm in love with how this sweet little card turned out and completely {smitten} with those adorable tear bear animals!  Hop on over to the shop to check them out ... so CUTE!

Thanks for peeking in today!  I cannot wait to see what you'll create this week using this fun sketch and some pastels:)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Beary Scraps Sketch Challenge

You only have a couple of days left for our  Sketch Challenge and here is a little more inspiration for you. I got my inspiration from the other Beary Scrap girls and deceided to try my hand at more of a vintage theme.

My card recipe:
Papers from Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden, they were all distresses and inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. My Wooden Butterfly is also from Pink Paislee and was colored with Pink Colorbox Ink and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I added Stickles and German Glass Glitter to my papers. I used some ribbons, hat pins and from my stash and Mulberry Flowers. I used Spellbinders to cut out my mats. I have add some Pearls to the corners. Make sure you enter or challenge you only have a couple of days before we start our new one.

Thanks for looking.
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