Monday, October 31, 2011

Tilda Has A Crush!

Hiya crafty friends! Hope your weekend was spectacular. I know a couple of us on the design team got hit with snow. Ack! Luckily, I only had rain and howling winds. Appropriate for today's festivities, right?

Many folks are observing the High Holy Day of Chocolate, otherwise known as Halloween. The sad thing about all of this is no matter what costume you wear, all those gooey, drippy, melty, crunchy calories will still find your hips!

For my last Double or Nothing challenge project, I decided to use two Magnolia stamps. Poor Edwin is so caught up in his lights that he doesn't suspect Tildas ambush behind the tree! She's sweet on him. Aww...

The tree is made from a lot of single punches of a Martha Stewart branch punch. It's been a few years since I've made this type of tree and forgot how much I love the dimension. Neat, huh? The papers are from the My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 pad. I colored our little friends with Prismacolor pencils and Stickles... loads of Stickles! I used Waterfall, Candy Cane, Yellow, Crystal, Star Dust and Lavender.

Thanks so much for visiting today! There's still a wee bit of time to enterour challenge. You could win a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap. Good luck!

By the way, have you seen the gorgeous new Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Inks?

The Beary Scrap will soon have this 3-pack of Fall colors *and* the Winter pack. We don't know the colors for the Winter pack yet, but I'll bet they will be beautiful! There's a limited supply, so be sure to keep an eye out!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. . .

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

MacBeth Act IV Scene 1

Here I am with my second Double or Nothing post and this week is dedicated to our DT leader Susan (and a guy named William!)-- who inspired me early this week by saying she was waiting to see a Double, Double Toil and Trouble project! I guess I haven't had enough of Halloween because that got me in the mood for a little Shakespeare (I do have an English minor!) and a double dose of Tear Bear Witches.

And so my Double or Nothing project this week is a DOUBLE pair of Halloween birthday days with DOUBLE Tear Bear Witches to wish my two nieces a DOUBLE Halloween birthday! (Yes it's true, these two sisters, turning 8 and 5 this year, share that spooky day a birthday. If you read my Halloween post last year, you might know who else shares that day with them! Hint: There's a reason I like Halloween so much!)

Here's a look at the front of my Halloween birthday cards, the Tear Bears are decorated with all kinds of cute Halloween stickers and bling.

A closeup of one of the cards:

Here they are standing up:
And a look at the inside:
Supplies used:

So, did you figure it out? Yep, it's my birthday too on Halloween, we are a whole freaky family of witches. And what I would love the most for my birthday is for YOU to enter our Double or Nothing challenge so I can visit your blogs and get inspired by your talented projects, so be sure to link up your project by 11:59 EST on Halloween night for your chance to win!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Minds Eye Cocoa Cafe

Hi Everyone...I'm so happy to share this adorable Christmas card I did using My Minds Eye's Lost and Found.  I love the muted holiday colors this collection provides. 

Be sure to jump into our challenge...just a few days left, for double or nothing... My double and nothing for this card were two die cuts...see how creative you can be with the challenge.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One Tag Double Papers

Have you entered your
"Double or Nothing"
Challenge yet?
I have another tag to share with you made with the papers from Echo Park's very pretty line of papers from there Merry Christmas line. I used two of the differerent designer papers.

I made this cute tag with Tattered Teddy Tear Bear, made with an Acrylic Paper Piecing Pattern and Mulberry Paper. I added Colorbox Ink to the outside of my papers and the whole tag was glued together with Fabri-Tac Glue. I added two Pearls and some other embellishments from my stash. Now time is running out to enter your project, so don't wait and enter your project -HERE

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Seeing Double

Are you still seeing double at the Beary Scrap? That's because our Double or Nothing Challenge is still going on! I've got a whimsical Christmas Card to share with you today. Don't you think the 12 Days of Christmas papers from My Mind's Eye need to be used for this kind of holiday fun? My adorable Santa 's Truck with Tree die is from the very newest release from Cottage Cutz Dies. It was so fun to add some of the patterned papers to my truck's piecing. And with a little ingenuity, I used the Holiday Doily die to add a border to my circle. Finally, a "borrowed" the sentiment stamp from the Boxwood Vine Wreath set, so I could wish you Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Double Christmas Wishes

Hello hello crafty friends! It's another Monday here and my first post with our new "Double or Nothing" challenge. I'm really hoping to see a "double, double, toil and trouble" entry... I'll leave that to you, though. I've moved on to Christmas! I have loads of Halloween under my belt this year and am past ready for the red and green. :)

I've used the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas - both the 12x12 collection pack and the 6x6 paper pad. I was able to double up three times - so cool! I used two types of ribbon - crochet and velvet ric-rac; two different cardstock die-cuts from the 12x12 collection pack; and, two layers of Santa, and two beaded pins from my own collection. Fun!

I really wanted to showcase this wonderfully traditional Santa on this page from the 6x6 pad. I used one full page and cut his second layer from the second page in the pack. His beard is colored in with Frosted Lace Stickles, coat and hat trim covered with a snowy effect from the craft store, and his belt and boots are painted with Glossy Accents.

Edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sewn with my trusty Singer. The Santa layer and die-cuts are raised up a bit with Glue Dots. Pearls are Kaisercraft Latte.

Thanks for visiting today! Our current "Double or Nothing" Challenge goes on through October 31st. All the details are HERE - you could win a $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Spooky Double or Nothin'

Spooky Friday wishes to all my crafty friends out there!
I had so much fun making my Double or Nothing project for this week and can't wait to show you what I came up with:

I got this little wood coffin at my local craft store (it's about 6 inches tall and two inches deep) and couldn't wait to decorate it up. First I painted the whole thing black; for two reasons, first so I didn't have to cover every tiny surface with paper, and second, so that no wood would show between the edges of the paper.

Then I measured or traced each surface and cut some paper to fit from Authentique's fantastic Glowing papers. I know these are sold out in the story but Kimm has some super cute Halloween papers from My Mind's Eye and Echo Park that would also work great!

After covering the coffin with my TWO designer papers, I went to work embellishing it (oh, the most fun part!) with TWO types of trim (black tulle and Pumpkin Seam Binding) , two vintage Halloween potion tags (digi images bought off etsy), TWO black candy dots and TWO sparkly spiders.

But wait, I still have one more DOUBLE on my project, it's also a DOUBLE treat-- a cute coffin and then inside--

an extra goodie! I filled my coffin with some Halloween candy and this cute little mummy. I actually was thinking of putting a creepy skeleton inside but I've been making lots of these candy mummies and my daughter insisted this was perfect for putting into the coffin.

This one is a mini version made from a package of Tic Tacs (though I have been using full size Hershey bars for my other ones). Simply rip some strips of muslin fabric, glue around the candy, add two eyes and a sentiment (or any other decoration; I wanted to add a spider but then that would be 3 spiders and ruin my doubles! Hee hee).

I hope you have enjoyed our first week of Double or Nothing projects and are inspired to make one of your own. WE LOVE SEEING YOUR CREATIONS AND VISITING YOUR BLOGS so be sure to enter our current Beary Sweet Challenge by clicking HERE; you just might win a Beary Sweet voucher!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Beautiful View

I love to show how versatile paper collections can be and this is one that really is...For the Record form Echo Park.  I double up on the doubles...using the double bird stamp and also the double pins.  So double, double, double for me, LOL. 

Be sure to jump into our current challenge, double or nothing and remember you could win a $20 gift have fun.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Double Trouble

Double Trouble 
 The Beary Scrap's Use 2 Challenge
This tag was so fun to make for our challenge.

Tag recipe:
Stickles - Crystal and Aqua
Misc from stash:
Snow flake buttons

Lets see your Take 2 challenge and enter your project ---HERE---

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Double or Nothing with The Beary Scrap

Please scroll down to see the winners of our Beary Sweet "Free For (f)All" Challenge!

We've got our new challenge at the Beary Scrap - and the theme is Double or Nothing (use two of something on your design - no more, no less).

For my "double" I used two designer papers - both from the MME 12 Days of Christmas Collection. Although it's Christmas paper, there are many designs in this collection that can be used any time of the year. For my image, I die cut the shape using a Spellbinders label, then sprinkled Ultrafine Art Glitter over the area, and let it dry. Then I stamped a design from Flourishes over the top. I painted the roses with watercolors. To finish everything off, I added some Kaisercraft pearls and Seam Binding Ribbon.

We hope that you will take your chances and play along with us!

BSC #35 Winners

We want to extend a huge "Thank You!" to everyone who played along with our "Free For (f)All/Anything Goes" 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 Lisa! 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:

#28 Alanna
#32 Jill
#35 Heidi

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 #36! You could win a $20 Gift Voucher to The Beary Scrap just like Lisa. Come check it out!

The Beary Sweet Design Team

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge #36: Double or Nothing

Welcome to our Beary Sweet Challenge #36

The design team sends out BIG thanks to everyone who joined our BSC #35 - we are so thrilled to see each and every one of you play along! We'll announce our random winner Thursday, November 3rd. Thank you!

Double or Nothing

The idea for this challenge is to use 2 of something - 2 ribbons, 2 buttons, 2 images, 2 flowers, 2 whatevers -- but only 2! No more, no less. 

All projects are welcome in our challenge, but remember ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!

This challenge runs through October 31st at 11:59pm EST. One entry will receive a $20 gift voucher for The Beary Scrap. How cool is that? 

We will announce the random gift voucher winner and our "Beary Sweet Top 3" on Thursday November 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 October 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, Lori and Kimm

Friday, October 14, 2011

Last Day of Free For Fall!!

Happy Friday to all you fabulous paper crafters out there! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Beary Scrap during the last challenge-- you have outdone yourselves with all the incredible entries and I have had so much fun visiting your blogs to look at your creative ideas. You have one more day to enter to our Free for Fall challenge so link up your project by clicking here for your chance to win!

Here is a teeny peek at my second Free for Fall project:

For a long time I have been wanting to make a layout with the chorus from a Trace Adkins song that I absolutely love-- it makes me tear up every time I hear it, which is usually in my car full of 3 busy kids as I'm driving them from one activity to the next and the words really hit home for me:

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

And so I finally decided this was the week and I made my layout on this song and our crazy busy life. Here is my two page layout, with pictures of kids' various activities this week.

A closer look at page 1, this page has the song lyrics down the right hand side along with a picture I took in my car looking at my kids in the rear view mirrow-- I saw this idea somewhere in a scrapbook magazine once and thought what a cool picture, as I so often see my kids that way as I peek in the mirror to see what chaos may be happening in the back seat!

Here is the second page, down the left hand side of this page is a list of all the things our days currently include (like school, homework, swim team, football practice, piano lessons, etc) and my feelings about the craziness:


Thanks for letting me share this layout with you, even if it's a little bit sappy! And don't forget to show us your projects!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Boo To You

Have you seen the new collection from My Mind's Eye/ Mischievous.  I think it's got such a vintage feel.

The little puppy is attached to the pumpkin with a small amount of he can be pulled up to wish you a Boo but he can't get lost from the card.  Nothing sadder than a lost puppy, LOL.

Once you untie the string you'll find a Halloween wish inside.  Love, love, love this card.

What amazing creation have you come up with...remember right now our challenge is anything get crafting and enter our challenge where you could win a $20 gift certificate. 

See ya next week,


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

We have has so many wonderful entries for our
Free for All Challenge at
The Beary Scrap
For my card this week I used the Echo Park Merry Christmas Paper Line

Card recipe:
Echo Park - Merry Christmas
Mulberry Flowers from stash.

There are so many pretty papers in this line I can't wait to make more cards and tags.

Let's see what you have made and show us ---HERE---

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Boo to You!

We are continuing with our Anything Goes theme at the Beary Scrap this week. So you have no excuse not to play along with us, for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate!

I chose to make a Halloween card this week, using papers from Authentique's Glowing line. I had some really funky, vintage, sequined fabric that I used to cut my bats out with the Spellbinder's bat dies. I used Authentiques letter stickers and the Epiphany Crafts Studio Tool Round 14 to make my epoxy title.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's the Itsy Bitsy Spider - Eek!

Hey there crafty folks! This week the design team is continuing with whatever strikes our fancy, since it's a challenge Free for All!

I'm having loads of fun with my chunky Halloween houses - there's a village now! This week's house is made using Authentique's Glowing paper. Sadly, I didn't realize it was sold out in the shop and I don't have another project to inspire you. I hope this can give you an idea or two anyway. :) There are tons of available 6x6 pads to choose from!

It's a simple house, really... with a big, hairy occupant. (No, I'm not talking about Aunt Hilda, the poor dear...)The spider web was "painted" with Glossy Accents, as was the spider body (which was then covered with a Swarovski crystal). I covered the chimney with a scrap of the same paper left over from another project, so the right wall has a spider, also. This was a fun project and I'm really looking forward to a Christmas village!

Thanks for visiting today! Our Free for All / Anything Goes challenge continues through Friday the 14th. Come join us - you could win a $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Pumpkin Free for F'All

I have been so excited to see all your wonderful projects entered in our Free for F'All challenge-- wow! Keep those entries coming, you are all so talented and creative!

My project for this week is a quick paper pumpkin you can make as seasonal decor or to use as table favors for a fall occasion. All you need is a scallop circle punch and some great fall paper!

If you want to try out this little pumpkin for yourself, follow these steps:

1. From your patterned fall paper (you could use Halloween papers for a spooky pumpkin!), punch 8 scalloped circles. My punch was 3 inches but you could do smaller or larger depending on what you have or cut them out with a die cut machine.

2. Ink the edges of your scallop circles and then carefully line them up exactly and fold them in half.

3. After they are folded and even, unfold them and cut off the bottom scalloped edges to make a straight edge. The straight edge needs to be the same on all of the circles so measure carefully. (I had a little bit of a hard time getting them even, so don't get frustrated if the first try doesn't work out perfect! Just try again!)

4. Begin attaching the circles to each other, one at time so all the scallops match up (as close as possible) and the flat edges are all together on the bottom. You may have to fold a little more and adjust as you go to get everything matched up. You also may have to trim a little off the bottom to make the pumpkin stand straight if not all your straight edges lined up. You should end up with a shape that looks like this:

5. Embellish however you want! I broke a branch off a tree in my yard for a stem and worked it through the center of the pumpkin. You could also use some wire, fabric or just more paper for a stem. Add leaves, curled up wire or anything else you like! I spritzed some seam binding with Glimmer Mist and used that for my leaves.

Happy Crafting this weekend and remember to enter your project in our current challenge!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bling In The Season

How could you not love My Mind's Eye new Lost and Found Christmas paper collection?...YUM with all that glitter.   I love it!!!  I'm also loving our current challenge, Anything Goes.  So basically all you have to do is something beautiful that shows your creativity and enter it in our challenge, where you might just win a $20 shopping spree.

Have a great week. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Anything Go's at The Beary Scrap

Who doesn't like an
Anything Go's Challenge.
Well for the next two weeks at
The Beary Scrap
that just what it is, and October is also Beast Cancer Awareness Month.
Kimm has created the cutest new file at 
Beary Sweet Designs
and I played around with the new
Squeak Pink file with the cutest Mice.

Are they not the most cutest mice!!
Now for more excited news about this file....

Now available on the website (Beary Sweet Designs). Squeak Pink! For the month of October, 50% off all proceeds generated from this file will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Search for a Cure.

My tag recipe:
Also used from stash
Spellbinders, Ribbon Card Stock, Martha Stewart Leaf Punch

Thanks for looking

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