Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wrapping up Nature with the Beary Scrap

It's the last day of the month, which also means it's the final day for our nature theme at the Beary Scrap. We hope you have had fun and been inspired.

I have a simple card to share with you today, but sometimes those can be the most striking. I used papers from Echo Park's For the Record and the Be Mine collection. So many of the Echo Park papers work well together from one collection to another. My stamp (from Tim Holtz) is embossed using Stampendous Detail Embossing Powder in black. I used some Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to tie all of my papers together. I really use my Distress Inks all of the time - for so many techniques.

We will have a new challenge up tomorrow, and hope that you will come play along. For those that entered the Nature challenge - good luck!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mischievous Fairy!

Hello hello! It's Memorial Day here in the US, and I hope with all my heart that everyone takes a moment to celebrate and remember those who fought the good fight. Thank you all.

This week Gini and I are wrapping up our current Beary Sweet "Nature" Challenge before Patricia kicks off a new sketch challenge on Wednesday. Can you believe June is almost here?!

I can't seem to break away from butterflies during my nature-themed projects, and this last one is no different. :) This time, it seems the fairy has released the butterflies from captivity!

Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden line is the name of the game on this Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix die cut tag. I've used Butterfly Garden for both the tag itself and the cut-out butterflies. The fairy was cut from the "Botanical Garden" sheet.

The Butterfly Garden wood cage (currently sold out - check back for more) was colored with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then randomly dotted with the same color Distress Stickles. I was very inspired by Guest DT Debbie and her pink glittered cage of 2 weeks ago!

I added Star Dust Stickles to all the wings and mulberry paper flowers, and used Frosted Lace Stickles on the rose for a little glitter without all the glamour.

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today! You shave until midnight EST tomorrow to enter your Nature-inspired project into our Beary Sweet Challenge. You could win a $20 voucher to The Beary Scrap!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Faux-Hawk Girl

Hello everyone! I just looked at the date on my calendar and I can't believe we are almost halfway through 2011! This week, the design team is tackling the challenge of nature plus a charm.

When my daughter, Harper, was a newborn, she had quite a bit of hair. At about 3 or 4 months it started falling out and I would take her around town and people would remark about how she had a mohawk. Some people even asked us if we cut it that way. No, I did not cut my three month old baby girl's hair into a faux-hawk!

I used My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup and Fine and Dandy on this layout. I did a little abstract representation of nature, but used the Fine and Dandy chipboard pieces to create a border of nature elements. I drew a stem and leaves under the round chipboard pieces and then poked holes with a paper piercer and stitched them with embroidery floss.

The "girl" in the title is from the Fine and Dandy chipboard. The charm is from my stash. And of course I had to use my favorite adhesive, my pink ATG

I look forward to seeing everyone's "nature" projects. Have a wonderful weekend!  

Friday, May 27, 2011

Nature Inspiration

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have enjoyed our nature themed projects this week-- I certainly have loved looking at all the DT girls gorgeous creations! They inspire me every day!

My second nature project is a card and what better papers for a nature project could there be than Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden line?

The base of my card is Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock and then I have two different layers of the Pink Paislee papers machine stitched to complete the background. I spritzed some doilies (found a big package of them at the dollar store! I love bargains!) with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sweet Clover to give them a light green, glittery look.

I punched two circles for the center of the doilies and also one to overlap them in the center. For the center circle, I also made a circle frame for the butterfly and popped it up with foam squares. My butterfly is cut from one of the Pink Paislee patterned papers and I cut two of them to give it a little more dimension. After I took my pictures and loaded them, I thought I should have put Stickles around the edge of the butterfly wings so I will be going back to do that!

I finished off my card by embellishing it with some Kaiser Craft pearls, seam binding (Cocoa) bow and a Pink Paislee butterfly charm. Here's a peek at the inside, which I left fairly simply so there is plenty of room to write.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wish ...

Hello all and welcome to my latest edition of The Beary Scrap Challenge -- 'Nature' plus a charm for us this week!

My nature embellishments are a gorgeous Wood Shape No. 4 dragonfly from Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden Collection that I inked with paint, liberally applied glitter and then adhered a snipett of vintage lace and Kaisercraft pearls, a pretty little blue bird in flight atop an image of vintage sheet music paper, and a pretty little blossom from Prima!

The beautiful papers are Botanical from Prima and I added a few little bobbles of Kaisercraft Latte Pearls!

I used JustRite's Signs of Life cling stamp set along with a couple of Spellbinders rectangle and circle scalloped dies to complete my design!  The charm and ticket are both from Tim Holtz.

Thank you so much for popping by today for a visit with me!  I'll be back here again next Thursday with another creation for The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog!

Until then, happy stamping :)


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Charmed by Sunflowers

Have you seen the new Belle's n Whistles Stamps that
The Beary Scrap Store
Has in stock? When I saw Fairy Nice Flower I just had to get it and after coloring it up with my Copics, Stickles and Flower Soft I really love it.  The Sunflowers colors work very well with the 6x6 Paper Pad Summer Days from Echo Park.
I cut my mats out with Spellbinders and Inked the edges with Colorbox Ink. I finally got a chance to play a little bit with the new Seam Binding and it's even more prettier in person and there are so many colors to choose from. I also added some pretty Teal Pearls. I added my heart charms and sunflower from my stash.
Lets see your Nature theme project and enter it ---HERE---

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Fairy Good Friend

Belles n Whistles stamps are in the house at Beary Scrap! And since we are continuing with our nature challenge, I knew that A Fairy Good Friend would be a great choice. Continuing with the fairy theme (LOL), I used the Fairy Flora paper from Prima. The snail's shell is paper pieced, and his body was coated with Glossy Accents. I added a seam binding bow, with a vintage button and Tim Holtz charm.

There is still plenty of time to join our challenge if you haven't already!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nature Is Calling!

Hello hello and happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had a birthday... and it was good. *wink*

So, this is Week 2 of our Beary Sweet Nature Challenge, where you can enter any project that you think conjures up "nature" in your noggin. As a bonus challenge to the design team, we have to include a charm in our project. Easy enough!

Kimm just got this fun filmstrip ribbon into the store, and I decided to use that as my jumping-off point. Here's what happened when it all landed:

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today! Come back all week for more great design team samples of our Nature theme. I hope you can enter our Beary Sweet Nature challenge, too. You could win a $20 voucher from The Beary Scrap!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

My Sunshine

Hello again! I am so excited about this new themed challenge as it seems so open to interpretation. I went a little literal with the idea of nature and came up with this layout almost exclusively made of Echo Park Paper.

I started with the cardstock from the Playground line. Their cardstock is so delightfully colored and slightly distressed. I love them! I used my die cut machine to cut the top layer of the trees out of some EP cardstock. Then I cut the bottom layer out of patterned paper from Playground. The trunks were cut using papers from Life is Good. I used 3D dots dimensional foam adhesive to give the red tree a little emphasis.

I cut three circles in varying sizes from Playground patterned papers. My husband doodled some clouds for me since I wanted some but am not very good at doodling. I matted the photo with Pink Paislee Artisan Tape.

For the grass strip on the bottom, I cut slits about every half inch and then rolled down the strips of paper. For the top, I punched a border using a Playground paper.

For my title, I used some letters from my own stash plus some letters from For the Record.

Thanks so much for looking. I really enjoy looking at all the wonderful entries each challenge so I do hope you'll participate. Make sure to have your projects in by May 31st at 11:59 EST!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I need some Sunshine. . . .

. . . it's been WAY too long of a winter here in Idaho! So when we FINALLY had a couple beautiful days last weekend (beautiful = temperatures above 70 degrees and NO wind!) we definitely took advantage of it and hit the park! These pictures of my 4 year old playing outside in the lovely sunshine on the monkey bars were the basis for my nature themed layout this week.

I used the new Echo Park Summer Days collection-- I absolutely love all their collections and the packs are perfect for scrapbooking since they come with coordinating sticker elements. I think my absolutely favorite thing in the package is the alphas page-- it has THREE different alphabets to choose from (I used the small orange on my layout) plus some border stickers that are so cute! What a deal!

I also used some of our new Seam Binding from The Beary Scrap Store-- I just ordered a whole bunch of colors and let me tell you, they are so pretty! This one is Lemonade and I scrunched it up and spritzed it with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist before tying several strands around my paper.

Other supplies used:

Doodlebug Buttons-- these are an awesome deal right now in our Clearance section!
Tim Holtz Distress Ink-- Broken China and Spiced Marmalade
Zutter Distress-It-All
Glue Dots

I can't wait to see your Nature layouts so be sure to enter them in our current Beary Sweet Challenge and have a fabulous May weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Soar ...

Hello friends and welcome to my project for this week's 'Nature' challenge here at The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog!  I'm enjoying my Guest Designer weekly visits with the teamies and am tickled to share my card with you today ...

I began my design with some absolutely beautiful patterned papers from Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden Collection -- background paper is Flower Blooms, die cut bird is Dragonflies and die cut lace border is Nature Sanctuary.  I embossed a large tag, inked over the impressions with pink and twill paint and then adhered some pretty trims and laces.  The lovely bloom is from Prima - Trellis Roses Lemon Creme.

The amazing wooden chip birdcage (I'm seriously in love with this little pink glittered cage!) is also from Pink Paislee - Wood Shapes No. 4.  I added a few bits and bobs of treasures from my baskets including some Snow Pearls from Kaisercraft, a pretty little vintage stamped image called Sundress "Bloom" from My Mind's Eye, some pink raffia and berries, a paper doilie, a sparkler, vintage ticket and seam binding.

It's easy to create mini masterpieces with all the delicious goodies Kimm offers in her SHOP!  Go check it all out... happy shopping ... and then I hope you can make a card for our current 'Nature' challenge ... you have until May 31st to enter!

Thanks so much for peeking in today!  I'll be back next Thursday with another card to share!



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Butterfly Notes

Our theme for our new challenge at The Beary Scrap is Nature
I think the new BoBunny Gabrielle Flight line of papers says Nature all over it. I think this has to be one of my all time favorite line of papers. This paper worked out perfect for my #643 Monarc Butterfly from Precious Piecings I made my butterfly match the colors of the paper line. I inked all my edges with Colorbox Ink and every thing was glued down with the best glue ever Fabri-Tac. My embroidered butterfly was sprayed with Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist. I added some Pearls and some ribbon, doilie and flowers from my stash. My back ground paper is from Echo Park For The Record. I even have a hidden little tag behind the Butterfly for notes.
Make sure you enter your Nature theme project ---HERE--- at The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flower Pin

Please scroll down for our Beary Sweet Challenge #25 Winners!

Hi, it's Gini here to share my first Nature-theme challenge project. For me - what springs to mind is flowers. I've loved studying flowers since I was a pre-schooler, so making handmade ones is right up my alley.

My project today is a little different. I made a pin. (Now, I'm not promising this won't end up on a layout, but for now, it's a wearable pin). I am so in love with the seam binding that Kimm is carrying in the store - and if you haven't tried it yet, you will fall in love too! I mixed two colors on my flower - Apricot and Melon. My center button is a custom epoxy I made using Cosmo Cricket's Salt Air and the Epiphany Craft 14 mm round tool and Vintage Setting. For my leaf flourish, I used a Heartfelt Creations/ Spellbinders die - and cut it out of grunge paper. I painted it using Distress Crackle paint. Then, cut out patterned paper form the Salt Air line, added some Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters and glued on top.

This challenge will go through the end of the month, so we would love to have you play along!

BSC #25 Top 3 and Random Winner

We want to extend a huge "Thank You!" to everyone who played along with our May 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...

Congratulations Denise! 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:

#1 Tamara
#3 Janiel
#6 Carol

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 #26 - it's going on now through May 31st. You could win a $20 Gift Voucher to The Beary Scrap just like Denise. Come check it out!

The Beary Sweet Design Team

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Fluttering of Nature

Hello hello! I hope you had a great weekend. Rain threatened but the skies never opened up here, and Sunday afternoon ended up gorgeous. I love spring!

Yesterday we launched our newest Beary Sweet Challenge with a theme of "Nature". I've pulled a few flowers and the butterfly came along - how much more nature can one get? The embossed area in the center is for a photo that slides right in the top.

This is part of a set for a friend to give to a bride and her mother. You can see the first "card frame" on last week's post HERE. By the way, if you saw it last week in it's not-quite-finished stage, check it out now. It's finished and so much better! *grin*

Card Recipe

Thanks for stopping in today. There are 2 weeks to enter your Nature-inspired project in our challenge - you could win a $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!
See you there!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge #26: Nature

Welcome to our Beary Sweet Challenge #26

The design team sends out BIG thanks to everyone who joined our BSC #25 - we are so thrilled to see each and every one of you play along! We'll announce our Top 3 honorees on Tuesday, May 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 May 31th at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the random gift voucher winner and our "Beary Sweet Top 3" from each challenge on June 3rd.

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 May 15th 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

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Day

The weekend! Whew. What a sigh of relief. I have been sick this week and still have had to go to work on top of mommy duties. Please forgive me if this blog post is shorter than usual. Also, I should mention that I made this layout, took pictures, and wrote up the blog post before I realized that I totally forgot about the additional challenge this week of embossing. Oh my! I'm so sorry! Can I just blame it on my foggy sick-brain?

Anyhow, I used My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy on this layout about visiting with my daughter's great grandma. This line is so so cute! I used the True Blue and Tickled Pink Chipboard for the loop de loop, the title, the stars, and the sun/flower, the Tickled Pink Banner Stickers, and True Blue Patterned Papers.

Additional Supplies Used:

Thanks for looking! I do hope that you will be able to join us in this sketch challenge. Just remember to have your project uploaded by tonight, May 14th, at 11:59 EST!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Makin' a Splash!

Hello all! I am back after having taken last week off to recuperate from some surgery on my Achilles tendon. I am doing great but moving very slow (on crutches/wheelchair!) and glad I have something as fun as this sketch to occupy my time while I am a bit homebound! :)

This was a really fun sketch to work with -- great for cards and simple to convert into a 12 x 12 layout. I just used the top layer of rectangles for matting my pictures and was able to fit six wallet size pictures of my daughter and nieces having a great time swimming during our Spring Break in Las Vegas.

I used the new Echo Park Playground collection-- its bright colors are perfect for fun summer pictures. Okay, it's not quite summer yet, though we are finally having spring here! But those days are coming so stock up on that fun paper now and you'll be ready to record all your summer memories. I edged the pages of all my papers with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China. I also stitched around the page and switched up my stitch occasionally to give it a different look.

I used the great letter stickers that came with the Playground collection but added different colors of Stickles to each letter for some sparkle. This was my first chance to use my brand new color-- Midnight Blue (on the dark blue S) and I love it! There are so many colors of Stickles to choose from!

I also used some of the element stickers from the same collection-- the banner across the top, words and sun and cloud stickers. Some I stitched around, some added Stickles and other popped up with foam squares for dimensions. It's awesome how many things you can do with just one paper collection!

I've enjoyed seeing all of your lovely creations based on this sketch, thanks for joining in our Beary Sweet Challenge. Good luck and hope some wonderful sunny weather is finding you!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Celebrate ...

Hello all and welcome to The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog!  Today I am sharing another fun card with our current sketch challenge and the Design Team was additionally asked to use embossing on our inspiration cards the week ... I love to emboss paper!!

These fun 6" x 6" papers are from My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy Collection.  They are so bright and cheery ... they just make me 'happy'!!!  I used a couple of Kaisercraft pink rhinestones on the sentiment tag to add a bit of bling and sparkle!

The delicious turquoise paper flower is from Prima - Trellis Roses Fontaine.

You have until May 14th to give this fun sketch a try ... I cannot wait to see what you'll create :)

Thanks for peeking in today -- have a wonderful stampy day!



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Beary Scraps Sketch Challenge Plus Embossing

Here is my card for our Sketch Challenge and the added Challenge for the Design Team --Embossing.

I used the new Bo Bunny papers from the Gabrielle Flight and I have to say I think this is my favorite paper by far, I love love love it. If you haven't seen it in person you have to get this. For my embossing I used white card stock with embossed dots and cut out with dies and added Colorbox Ink. I used the Rolling Ball Embosser from EK Sucess to shape my flowers. I also made my Tattered Teddy with an Acrylic Pattern and Mulberry Paper and also highlighted with Colorbox Ink. I put together my tear bear with Fabri-Tac Glue.
Now lets see your sketch and enter your card--HERE--
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunshine Makes Me Happy

Hi! It's Gini. This is the time of the year I love - the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and summer is just around the corner. Every time I look at Echo Park's Springtime collection, it just makes me smile. I don't usually use a lot of stickers, but there is something about Echo Park's stickers, that come with their collections, that just call out to me to use them!

The flower panel was another great "find" in this collection. It had some really cute flowers printed on it, but I decided it would be fun to add some of the Beary Scrap's mulberry flowers over the printed ones. My flowers were a little too big, so I removed the bottom two layers and glued them on. Did you notice that yummy Leandro Blue seam binding winding it's way across my card? I decided it is much more fun to add wrinkles to something than to try to get rid of them!

You still have time to join the sketch challenge for a wonderful chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Beary Scrap!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Frame Inside A Sketch!

Hello hello and happy Monday to you! We're smack dab in the middle of our May sketch challenge and the design team is bringing more samples to tickle your fancy and get your creative juices flowing. This week we're adding a little extra design team challenge - embossing.

A friend wants a set of frame cards as gifts for a wedding shower. One for the bride and one for the bride's mom. How nice!

The wedding colors include a teal-ish blue, so I went with the deliciously muted tones of papers from the Prima Botanical 6x6 stack. The lace-covered frame has an opening at the top for the photo.

My embossing was done with folders - the dots give the blank "pre-photo" area a little interest, and the embossed swirl above the flower mirror the pearly swirls.

It's hard to see in this photo, but the easel panel on the bottom has the same swirl embossing as the front.

Card Recipe

Paper: Prima Botanical 6x6 stack; Bazzill Basics Truffle and Avalanche
Medium: Distress Ink in Vintage Photo; Distress Stickles in Star Dust
Embellishments: (3)Kaisercraft Pearls in Snow; Flower, lace, pearl swirls from stash
Adhesive: Scor-tape; EK Success 3D Foam Dots in 1/8" and 1/16"

Thanks for visiting - check back all week for great samples from our design team! There's still time to enter your project using our Beary Sweet sketch - you could win a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Alphabet Soup

I don't think it's any secret; I have a thing for Alphabet Soup. No, I'm not talking about the kind of soup my mom used to give me when it was cold out (although, come to think of it, I have a thing for that as well). I'm talking about My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup. It is so darn cute! I might only have a daughter, but I had to get both the boy and the girl sets because they have such a broad appeal. I have made several cards and layouts out of these papers and love each one of them, and this layout is no exception!

For a few years now, my husband and I have gotten into the habit of blowing kisses to each other from across the room but basically just smacking our lips and not actually blowing. It was so cute when our daughter Harper picked up on it at about 7 or 8 months. Whenever she does it, it's like she has to put so much effort into making the noise. She squeezes in her cute little cheeks and opens her mouth with a loud smack. So adorable! Anyhow, I've called it her fishy face for quite a while now and when I saw this card from the Alphabet Soup Boys Playing Card pack, I knew it was meant to be!

I took two different patterned papers from the girls Alphabet Soup collection kit and cut out strips of circles. Then I weaved them somewhat to give it a more cohesive look. Then I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges of the background paper. I used the Martha Stewart Double Arch Punch to make a little border from one of the patterned papers. I added alphas from my stash to complete the title, and then used the fish from the Boys Chipboard Elements and the journalling block from the Boys Diecut Elements to finish off the page.

Thanks so much for looking. I really enjoyed using this sketch and hope to see you all join us in this challenge. Please have your projects linked up by May 14th at 11:59 pm ET to be included in the drawing for the prize voucher!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vintage Style ...

Hello all and welcome to my project for this week here at The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog.  We're working with a sketch this week and next and you can find all the details on #25 HERE!

I love this sketch ... so many pretty layers and lots of opportunity to add bits and bobs of lovely treasures!  My papers are all from the Prima Annalee 6" x 6" paper pack - {swoon}!  I began with a tag that I stamped a button card image on and then decorated it with real buttons and Prima Mini Roses - Coral Fushia Pink ... sweet!

I added some tea-stained twill tape, Cameo Beige Shabby Vintage Seam Binding, a couple of sewing pins, a painted dress form chipboard piece and a beautiful Prima Trellis Rose Fontaine flower!  A few bits of vintage lace I picked up at an antique show last weekend, some baker's twine and a rusty jingle bell finish off this handmade from the heart treasure!

I hope you can give this fun sketch a try ... you have until May 14th!  Until next Thursday, thanks for peeking in today and have a wonderful stampy day!!

Hugs, Debbie

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