Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Last Call for Tic Tac Toe at The Beary Scrap Challenges

It's last call for our Tic Tac Toe Challenge at
This has been a fun challenge and you just have a few more hours to enter your project. For my card this week I played with one of the new patterns from 
I used the Girl Devil from the Little Spooks Collection.

Card recipe: 
Misc from stash red lace and spider button

Now hurry and enter your card --HERE--

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Silly Ice Cream

We hope that you have had fun playing along with the Beary Scrap Gals with our Tic Tac Toe challenge. It's about to wind down (you have until the 31st to get your entry in, if you haven't yet!)

I've got a layout to share with you today, that uses one of my all time favorite papers from Echo Park - For the Record. It is just a great collection for vintage projects. And although there are plenty of sweet girly prints, this works great for boy layouts too. Just add a little distressing and you are good to go! I stamped the ice cream cone border with a design from Unity, and then added Stickles to the cones.

We will have a new challenge for you on the first, but in the mean time, get those entries in!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mini Album Pages

Hi folks - it's Susan here! I'm rushing to schedule this post on Saturday before we lose power due to Hurricane Irene. I'll get photos up and hopefully will be able to talk a little about my project, but I can't guarantee good details yet. I hoped to have all my mini album pages completed for this post, but the earthquake and this darn hurricane rearranged my week.

For our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge I used lace - embossing - pearl. Here are the first two pages:

Each page has pull-out photo tags with journaling space

Page 2

Tags on the left show front and back;
On the right is the center tag for name and\or occasion info

Page 3
Tags show front and back;
I used the collection's journaling cards on the back
Card Recipe
Paper - Echo Park Victoria Gardens, including the fabulous sheet journaling cards
Embellishments - Prima Build-A-Book; Seam Binding in Ivory and Lemonade; Pink Rosette ribbon; miscellaneous lace and flower from stash
Medium - Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo; Ranger Ink Blending Tool; Stickles Star Dust
Adhesive - Scor-Tape; Fabri-Tac

I'll come back with more details later. There are still a few days to join our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge - won't you come play? You could win a $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Tic Tac Toe for Back to School

I love this time of year-- back to school! And no, it's not just that my two older kids have been driving me crazy and I was excited to send them back (though that is a tad bit true.) As a former teacher, there is just something about the smell of a classroom, clean and awaiting new students, that makes me smile! Mostly it's the promise that the new school year holds-- those piles of new notebooks and unsharpened pencils, new school clothes and backpacks all represent the journey that the kids will undertake this school year and makes me wonder where they will be at the end of it next May and how they will have grown and changed.

So my project for this week's round 2 of our Tic Tac Toe challenge is a little teacher gift for the first day of school. This one is actually for my 4 year old's preschool teacher as he doesn't start until next week and her gift is still at my house-- the other two kids already took theirs on back to school night.

This was a really quick and simple gift to make. I used a small legal pad and just covered it by cutting a 5 x 8 piece of paper for the front and gluing it securely to the top of the notebook (not the paper itself). I cut a 5 x 9 piece for the back and folded it over the top to cover where I glued the first piece. The pencil holder is an empty Prima flower bottle that I have been holding onto knowing it was too cute to throw away! It's always great to reuse stuff!

I used some not-so-typical school paper from SEI's Sonoma collection. I really love the colors of these papers and they are perfect for a more vintage look instead of the typical bright primary colors. I thought the sheet of numbers really represented a back to school theme. I also used the Die Cut Labels and Arrows from that collection. These are all a fantastic price right now at the store so make sure you check them out!

For the Tic Tac Toe choices I used distress (dark brown ink around the edges and I used my Zutter Distress-All to roughen up some of the papers), glitter (red Stickles around the apples) and lace. For me lace wasn't an obvious choice for a back-to-school project either but I really loved how it turned out and adds to that vintage look.

Supplies used:
5 x 8 legal pad
Prima flower bottle
SEI Sonoma papers and die cuts
Stickles-- Red
Colorbox Fluid Chalk-- Chestnut Roan
Pink Paislee Expressions Whimsies Alphabet-- Chocolate (wow! only $1.00)
Misc. lace, clip, buttons and bakers' twine
Sizzix apple die

YOUR Tic Tac Toe projects so far are phenomenal! Check out everything that has been entered so far by clicking here, it's definitely worth looking! There are still a few more days to enter this challenge for your chance to win a $20.00 voucher to The Beary Scrap so spend some time this weekend getting your creative juices flowing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bingo Box

Happy Thursday everyone! Our bingo challenge is still going on so this week I picked Distress, Glitter and Lace.  The base for my box uses Echo Parks newest collection Victoria Gardens. I adore the versatility of the sheet music paper...perfect for this project.

The distressing was done several ways...first I inked the edges of the box with Distress Ink...then I stamped the leaves with Distress Crackle Paint.  After the paint was dried I re stamped with Memento Ink.

The flowers are from Prima and I added Stickles Glitter to the edges for a little extra pop.

 Finally for the lace, I created the lace handmade flower.  It was so easy.  I just took a scrap piece of lace and formed it into a circle and applied it to some Scor-Pal Tape...have to say if you want strong tape, goods lands it's great.

So that wraps up my Bingo Box....It's ready to pop a gift card or a small trinket inside and pass it along to a friend. 

Have a great weekend and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Halloween Tic Tac Toe

Im so excited that I get to play again with our super fun
Tic Tac Toe Challenge at
The Beary Scrap

If you haven't had a chance yet to check out what Kimm has been making over at Beary Sweet Designs your going to want to check it out. I think Kimm has giving up sleep, she has so many new cute files coming out. I used just one of the new Halloween files Dracula's Doom.
Card recipe:

Now make sure you enter your card ---HERE--- this challenge has already had lots of awesome entries and your next!!

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Send Fall My Way!

Hi! It's Gini back with another round of tic-tac-toe. For today's card, I have played it across the top row with Lace, Distress and Glitter. I am so excited that fall is just around the corner, so to get ready for the season, I made a pumpkin card. I'm in love with the Authentique papers, and used the Glowing Collection. It's a really gorgeous set of papers. My pumpkin is a die-cut from CottageCutz' Spooky Treats. After I cut it out, I shaded the edges and the details with Distress Ink. Next, I added a thick layer of Crystal Lacquer. I sprinkled a little glitter on the pumpkin, while it was still wet. I used Scor-tape to add my lace (it's the easiest, non-messy way to add your ribbons and lace!)

So how about you....? Are you longing for fall to get here, or are you clinging to the last bit of summer?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Tweet Mini Album

Hello crafty friends! This week the design team continues with our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. This has been the most fun!

For the longest time I eyed up the Prima Build-A-Book albums (40% off right now!) and wondered if I should take one on. Could I do it? Would I have the patience to complete all the pages? I didn't know... until one day I decided to take the plunge. I could do it! Why not? I'm a crafty sort of gal, right? It's only 8 surfaces to design and cover, and I had confidence.

I received it and it sat on a shelf for weeks. I told myself I didn't have the right paper collection for it. Really, I was chickening out. Haha! Luckily, Echo Park's Victoria Gardens came along and I knew it was the perfect collection to use on this album.

For this challenge I've used lace, dry embossing and pearls. I have the cover completed and the inside pages will follow in the next few weeks. I'm so happy that I've finally started this album and am ready to plan another one. Can you believe it?

If you saw my message on Facebook last week, you might recognize the teal flower. I used the Retro punches to punch out 3 large and medium flowers, spritzed with water and scrunched up. After they dried a little I carefully opened them back up and glued the layers together. Once they dried completely, the tips were tinged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Star Dust Stickles. It's not bad for a first try *wink*. I think I'll work on lighter card stock and use more Distress Inks to color them in.There are so many possibilities! The large Retro punch is currently out-of-stock, but you can easily achieve the same kind of results with the medium and large Daisy punches. The daisy's pointy tips would work perfectly - have fun with it!

The "Today I wish you..." banner is from the Victoria Gardens Elements Stickers sheet. I cut it out -backing and all- and used Scor-Tape on the left and right edges to elevate it over the crochet lace.

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today! I hope you will consider joining our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge - check out all the fun 3-in-a-row combinations you could use on your project:

Click the pic for all the challenge details!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tic-Tac-Toe . . . .and a Tear Bear

Oh! I just love this new challenge and it's been fabulous looking at the entries you all have entered so far! Keep up the great work!

For my tic-tac-toe project, I chose paper piecing, pearl and button to make this baby card for my neighbors who just had a new little girl:

To start I paper pieced a Baby Tear Bear-- this is the first time I have made one of these tiny little guys and they are oh so cute! Just as easy as the original Tear Bears to make and the perfect size for a baby card.

I used My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup Girl papers to make my easel card-- I love these colors for a baby girl-- I'm not a big fan of pink so to mix it up with a little blue and even green was perfect!

Then I added my pearls and my buttons are actually stick pins with pastel buttons on the ends.

So, if you haven't done it yet, pick your three squares on our Tic Tac Toe board and enter your project in our current Beary Sweet Challenge and good luck!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Better With You

Please scroll down for our Beary Sweet Sketch challenge winner!

I'll be honest, I'm the world's biggest sap.  When I finished this card all of could think of was my boys, sister, brother-in-law, and parents.  My life is what it is because of them and I couldn't have picked any better than what God has blessed me with.  Really the sentiment says it life is better with you in it...and that goes out to each of my family members. 

The colors are my favorite as I'm sure you've noticed. I love to use pink and green ....A LOT.  Knowing that you can only guess how thrilled I was when I opened up my goodie box and saw the new Echo Park Victoria Garden Kit

I have to tell you this is one you'll want to be sure to get the whole kit.  The papers are so vibrant and pretty and I love the sticker sheets that come with the kit.  So for the tic-tac-toe current challenge I did the flower, charm, and dry embossing...

Have you gotten your challenge in yet?  If not hurry there is still time and you might just win.  I'll see you next week and in the meantime be sure to tell someone you love, your life is better because of them.


BSC #31: August Sketch Winners!

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

#4:  Lis-M

Congratulations Lis-M! 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 Carefreeless
#2 Gosia
#4 Lis-M

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 #32! You could win a $20 Gift Voucher to The Beary Scrap just like Lis-M. Come check it out!

The Beary Sweet Design Team

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tic Tac Toe ( I win )

Time for a new challenge at
The Beary Scrap
This is such a fun challenge and I couldn't wait to play Tic Tac Toe.
I decided to make a tag this week. They are so fun and quick to make.

Card recipe:
Birthday Bear with Balloons and Leave vines from Beary Sweet Designs
My whole tag was Inked with Colorbox Ink
I added Stickles Glitter Glue to the edges of the tag and to my Bear's party hat.
I also added Pearls and used Seam Binding for the top of the tag.
All my designer paper is from Echo Park the Country Drive line.
I glued every thing together with Fabri Tac Glue.
Now lets see what you make with our Tic Tac Toe Board and enter your card or project ---HERE---  

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tic Tac Toe

We just started a new challenge at the Beary Scrap - a tic-tac-toe challenge, where you get to chose 3 embellishments/techniques in a row - to use on your project. For my card, I used the lace (although it's paper lace), emboss and a pearl. I am absolutely smitten with the new Authentique paper that I used for this card! This is from the Blissful pad. I think the colors are just so sophisticated and gorgeous! And there is such a great mix of pattern - it really makes for a very interesting project.

I know you will have fun playing along with us! You have until the end of the month to get your entry in.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge #32: Tic-Tac-Toe!

Scroll down for Susan's Fluttering Butterflies! 

Welcome to our Beary Sweet Challenge #32

The design team sends out BIG thanks to everyone who joined our BSC #31 - we are so thrilled to see each and every one of you play along! We'll announce our random winner and Top 3 honorees on Thursday, August 18th. 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 play tic-tac-toe and pick three in a row!


Make a project using any row with your 3 favorite embellishments and technique - horizontal, vertical or diagonal. For example, "lace-distress-glitter" or "glitter-flower-paper piecing". You can even use "pearl-charm-glitter"! Please make sure you let us know on your blog post which row you've used.

This challenge runs through August 31th at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the random gift voucher winner and our "Beary Sweet Top 3" on September 4th.

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 August 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 and Lori

Fluttering Butterflies

Hello crafty folks! It's Monday and that means I get to share another project with you. A new challenge starts today (see post above) where we all get to play tic-tac-toe and choose three in a row!

I've made a tag (oh how I love tags!) using the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate die. The beautiful paper is Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden, and my challenge row is "lace-distress-glitter". I wanted to showcase the birdcage and bird on the paper, so I built around them. There is a bit of distressed lace on the bottom (spritzed with Glimmer Mist). I age-distressed the edges of my tag with Vintage Photo ink and the flowers and butterfly spots are glittered with Stickles Star Dust.  The Prima vine is tinged with Tattered Rose Distress ink and touched with Stickles Star Dust. The butterflies are cut from one of the PP Butterfly Garden pages, and the hanger is made from apricot seam binding.

Click to make me bigger!
 Thanks for visiting today! I hope you can be inspired with all our projects this week to challenge yourself to a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. You could win a $20 voucher from The Beary Scrap!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Are you a . . . .


Well, sometimes I am and sometimes I'm not, just depending on what it is. But I know one thing for sure, I was nowhere near as brave when I was a little girl as my 7 year old daughter is. She'll try anything and shows no fear (and yes, I definitely realize this may not always be a good thing!) She is up for adventure of any kind and I have spent many moments this summer cringing as she rides her bike down hills, does front flips off the high dive at the city pool, being pulled on a tube behind a boat on the lake and her new love-- waterskiing-- which is the subject of my layout this week.

I am pretty sure I was at least 12 years old before I attempted to waterski, but not my daughter-- she outshone her older brother and several cousins by learning this summer and her usual comment was "Go faster." What a girl!

I stuck to the basic sketch for this layout but wanted to mix it up just a little from last week and so I tilted the sketch a different direction and then added three smaller pictures to the side of my main image. I used the fabulous new collection from Echo Park called Splash-- you have got to check it out! Kimm just got it in the store this week and it is perfect for summer activities of many kinds. I just love the bright colors. I did add some hot pink in the mat for my main photo and the letter stickers to make it a little more "girly." I used Element Stickers from the Splash collection pack to accent my page instead of the flowers on the original sketch and added Stickles for a little shine to my wave.

Supplies Used:
Echo Park Splash Collection Designer Papers and Element Stickers
Echo Park Summer Days Collection Designer papers (hot pink)
Stickles-- Turquoise
Glue dots
Misc. letter stickers
Misc. buttons

So go on, be a brave girl and do something a little adventurous this weekend! Or just spend a little time crafting and enter your take on our sketch in our current Beary Sweet Challenge.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What's Your Take?

Let me tell you, I'm am one of those girls who always follows the rules, so when I see a sketch it's hard for me to think outside of the box..meaning if it's in a square shape on the project will be square.  Sometimes I'll look at other challenges and see designers interpretations of them and think ....REALLY?  but honestly I love there take and to see how they creatively saw it.  I'm not sure what took over this week with me but I actually thought outside of the box on the sketch and this is my take of it.  I can still see the base there and hope you can too, but man I love the shapes in this project. 

I used Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden collection for this card.  With the clear butterfly stickers I made sure to bend up their wings to give the illusion of flight and to add more dimension.  You know me...if it fits in an envelope it's not finished.  LOL

Be sure to jump in the challenge yourself and show us what your take is of the current sketch.  I can't wait to see.  Until next week...have fun, crafts lots and do something nice for someone. 


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sweet Little Puppy

Here is my take 2 of our sketch challenge this week at The Beary Scrap Challenges
This cute little card was requested by a customer and this weeks sketch was so fun to make last week that I knew that I wanted to do if for this card.
Card Recipe:
Mulberry Flowers from stash.
Leave flourish from Beary Sweet Designs
Bobunny Ribbon
Now lets see what you can do with our sketch challenge and enter your card

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Ways to Look at a Sketch

I always love the sketches from the Beary Scrap, but I think it's fun to remember that this sketch is not only great for cards! Jaimie always does a fantastic job of using the sketch for layouts, but you can think smaller too - like this tag that I made. Sure, I took a little artistic license, but, hey, that's what it's all about. Here's the sketch - See how I just squished everything in a little?

I pulled out some of the My Minds Eye Lost and Found/ Market Street collection. I always forget how beautiful this paper is, until I bring it out. I cut the tag with the Tim Holtz Tag die, and covered the patterned paper with Golden's Acrylic Medium and put a layer of tissue paper. Then I inked over some of the wrinkles using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone. You can still see the lovely paper, but it just makes it a little dreamy. I inked all of the edges of my papers with Crushed Olive. The bird and borders were cut from the paper. For final embellies, I added mulberry paper roses, Kaisercraft rhinestones, and seam binding.

Do you always follow a sketch to a "T"? or do you use it as a starting point? I hope you will play along with us, however you decide to interpret the sketch!
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