Friday, December 28, 2012

75 Creative Card Challenges

I have a few cards published in the newly released 75 Creative Card Challenges from Paper Crafts magazine.  I even have a card on the cover!  (the little plaid dress card)



Of the six cards that I had picked up for this issue, I have chosen to share my favorite one with you today.  (You'll have to purchase a copy of the issue to see the rest.)  :)

I made this card for Challenge #12: Make Your Own Ruffle.  With lots of pins and a little bit of patience, I sewed ruffles into 1" wide satin ribbon and then adhered the ruffles to the card.  The striped paper and chipboard embellishments are from Crate Paper's Pretty Party collection.  My 6 y.o. daughter already looks forward to receiving this for her 7th birthday. :)

The rest of this issue is amazing and inspiring!  I love the cards for Challenge #38: Make an Embellishment with Twine.  There is everything from a miniature knit sweater to a lasso.  Brilliant designs, I tell ya!  I can't wait to try some of the other challenges for myself.  You can purchase a print copy or a digital copy HERE

Thanks for stopping by today!

Amanda

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Altered Wooden Christmas Sleigh

Although it is the day after Christmas, I have one more Christmas craft to share.  I created an altered wooden sleigh for Porters Craft & Frame to display in the store.  Keep an eye out for this one, too. 

 
 
I altered a wooden sleigh from KaiserCraft with the Winter Wonderland collection from My Mind's Eye.


 

I used paint, patterned paper, chipboard die cuts, cardstock stickers, enamel brads, and all sorts of other goodies to gussy up this sleigh. 






I decorated the front of the sleigh to resemble the front of a car. 


The rear of the sleigh also resembles that of  a car. 


I made three little gift boxes and wrapped them with twine and jingle bells.  These are my favorite part of the whole project! 


Here is another look at the gift boxes.  A few jingle bells and some twine would make any Christmas gift look festive and fantastic.  
Happy day to you!


Amanda

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Altered Wooden Christmas Decor


I have Christmas crafts coming out of my ears!  I created this Christmas display for my local craft store, Porter's Craft & Frame in Rexburg.  If you stop by to do some shopping, keep your eye out for it.  :)


I started with a blank wood cutout from KaiserCraft and embellished it with the All is Bright collection from My Mind's Eye. 

I used all kinds of die cuts, rhinestones, and other embellishments to make it pretty.



 I fussy cut the little cherub and put her on top of the H.  Isn't she sweet? 

 
I added some trendy hexagons and some washi tape, too.  



After I adhered the paper to the wood cutout with Mod Podge, I wanted to smooth the edges.  Since my sandpaper wouldn't fit too well in the small spaces, I improvised by adhering a bit of sand paper to the top of a pencil eraser.  It worked pretty good, but it was definitely a short-term solution.


Merry Christmas to you!

Amanda

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Ornament Card

I wanted to take just a minute today to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!   I am grateful for you, my blog followers and readers.  I always appreciate your sweet and kind comments!

I created this card a while back for World Card Making Day.  I saw it pop up in a pile of Christmas card finalists on FB, but alas, it was not chosen.  No worries though, because it will go to a soldier overseas courtesy of Operation Write Home

Wishing you the Happiest of Christmases!

Amanda

Sunday, December 23, 2012

HO^3: A Little Christmas Math Card

Just popping in today to share a CAS card and tag set perfect for the holidays.  Not only are they easy to make, they are sure to impress your friends and family.  Not to mention, they are a little funny.  


 I even created a coordinating tag.  I'll bet you know exactly which of your family and friends would appreciate this Christmas card.  I know I do. 

I am also sharing this card with the gals at CAS-ual Fridays blog for challenge CFC83: 10 minute craft dash.  I think it is no surprise that both the card and tag could be created in well under 10 minutes.  Easy peasy.


Ho^3 to you!

Amanda

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lifestyle Crafts NEW QuicKutz Dies Preview!

Lifestyle Crafts has a bunch of new goodies that will be available for purchase in January.  Click HERE to see the entire collection of new products.   I am particularly smitten by the new embossing folders!  Here is a quick preview of some of my favorite products:
File box die
Glasses die

Chain embossing folders


Fun stuff, right?  I can't wait to make a bunch of little boxes!  
Click on any of the pictures to see the entire line of goodies that will be released in January.  

Remember to use coupon code POPPERMIMI to receive a 20% discount on everything you purchase at Lifestyle Crafts.  Bonus!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Amanda

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last Minute Gift Idea: Bottle Cap Magnets

I thought it would be quite fitting if I waited until the last minute to create my Last Minute Gift project.  I put together a coordinating set of bottle cap magnets that would make an easy and inexpensive holiday gift.

This set of magnets only requires a few basic craft supplies.  And because I used Epiphany Crafts bubble caps, I didn't have to mess with fussy liquid epoxy.  Once I had my supplies gathered, it only took me a few minutes to put these together. 

These are my two favorite magnets in the set.  Isn't the little scene with the snowman, squirrel, and bird adorable?   All of the prints are from Doodlebug's North Pole collection 6x6. 

Little birds and chevrons.  It doesn't get any more cute and trendy than that!   TIP: Glossy Accents works great for adhering metal to metal.

This set of magnets has a Christmas theme, but it would be SO easy to do it to fit any theme or any occasion.  The Epiphany Crafts Round 25 Tool and coordinating bubble caps will fit inside any standard size bottle cap, so don't pass them by next time you are at the craft store! 

Merry Christmas to all!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 25
Shape Studio Accessories Round 25 bubble caps
 
Other Supplies 
Doodlebug Design North Pole collection 6x6 pad
Bottle caps (The Bottle Cap Co.)
Magnets (Sierra Pacific)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)    

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tree Carving Valentine's Day Card

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card that I had published in the Jan/Feb issue of Paper Crafts magazine

The initials in the heart are mine and my husband's before we were married.   Just enough romance to make you say "awww" or make you gag a little bit. 

An added perk for you is that my card is also featured as a bonus online project.  You can click HERE to read how to make this card! 

 
Happy Thursday to you!

Amanda

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Doodlebug Design Team 2013


I have a super fun announcement today!  After much waiting and anticipation I received an email late Monday night letting me know I had been selected for the 2013 Doodlebug Design Team.  Eeeek!  There will be so much cuteness and color in my craft room I am not quite sure how I will handle it. Here is a complete list of the other talented ladies I get to work with this year: 
Amanda Coleman  Idaho
Amy Chappell Utah – Sewing Specialist
Jodi Wilton  Canada
Kathy Martin North Carolina – Card Specialist
Melinda Spinks  Australia                                  
Monique Liedtke   Netherlands
Blog: http://moniquesscrapbook.blogspot.com

Sherry Cartwright  Texas

Shellye McDaniel  Texas
Stephanie Buice   Alabama 
Tamara Tripodi California
Tiffany Hood Utah
Tya Smith Utah
Wendy Sue Anderson  Utah

For some immediate inspiration be sure to check out the Doodlebug Design blog.   I have been keeping up with these gals for some time now and they have been sharing some really great Christmas projects.  Stop by to check it out!

Thanks for sharing in the joy!

Amanda

Friday, December 7, 2012

My First Published Card!

I was looking around the other day and found this unpublished post in my drafts list.  It is a bit late, but nevertheless, enjoy!

 I have been patiently waiting a long time to share this card on my blog!  Back in December of 2011, we were having new flooring installed on the main floor of our home.  Ever so inspired, I thought I would make a card with wood floor boards. 

Now, feast your eyes...
Mind you, this was before floor board prints flooded the scrapbooking market.  I made each little floor board from a single strip of paper and inked the edges.  

You can also see this card on p. 92 in the June 2012 issue of CARDS Magazine.  Copies can be found at your local craft store or you can download the digital version HERE for a fraction of the cost. 

Thanks for taking a look!

-Amanda

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Easy Christmas Cards, Tags, and Boxes

I have a dirty little secret: I make dozens of Christmas cards every year but I rarely send them.  Why?  Laziness, mostly.  I procrastinate sending Christmas cards until the last minute and by then I figure it's not worth it anyway.  Not my proudest Slacker Mom moment. 

This week over at Epiphany Crafts we are sharing ideas for holiday cards and gift wrap.  I created a coordinating trio of cards, tags, and boxes that are stunning, yet easy to mass produce for your entire mailing list or neighborhood.  


This 3D Christmas tree box was easy to die cut and assemble.  The box opens up at the bottom so the star will stay in place. 

Stars for the tree tops are easy to make with the EC Star tool.  Add a but of adhesive to the back and attach it to the top of the tree.

I die cut a triangle and used the negative space to create a Christmas tree on the card.

Similar to the card, I used a negative die cut to create the tag. 

Just 20 days until Christmas!  Plenty of time to get those Christmas cards made and in the mail!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Star 25
Shape Studio Accessories Star 25 bubble cap

Other Supplies
White cardstock (Bazzill)
Baker's twine (Divine Twine)
Chevron print (GCD Studios Oh Happy Day collection)
Yellow print (Pebbles Walnut Grove collection)
Rub ons (Pebbles) 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Paper Stocking Garland

I am a sucker for Christmas decor in non-traditional Christmas colors.  I was all over it when lime green and hot pink were trending for Christmas last year.  I thought I would make a fun piece of mantle or wall decor using some bright, non traditional colors and patterns.  

1. Die cut stocking pieces and assemble. 

2. Embellish each stocking with a variety of buttons, rhinestones, ribbon, etc.  

3. Hang stockings from twine using miniature clothespins. 




It would be easy to use this garland as an advent calendar or a 12 Days of Christmas countdown.

Have a happy day!

Supplies: Flower Child collection--Flowery 1641, Flower Child 1640, Groovy 1642, Hippie Plaid 1643, Wondering Geo 1638, Striking Stripe 1647, Organic Geo 1645, Flower Child Plaid 1639, Peacock 1646, Layered Geo 1644.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

RCC75--The Holidays

Welcome back for another Ribbon Carousel challenge!  This month's theme is
The Holidays

Here is a little piece of holiday inspiration that I have created just for you:

This card design would be easy to mass produce for your entire mailing list.  You could use any cardstock and any holiday themed patterned paper. 

A little baker's twine bow adds a lot of character to the card. 

I added a few pearls to the center of each poinsettia to add some dimension and shine to the card. 
Here are the challenge details: 
Make a card, a treat box, a scrapbook page, or anything at all for a Holiday Celebration and be sure to include some ribbon or twine!  
You have until December 30th to add your creation to the link below.
The random winner of the ribbon carousel will be announced
 here on the blog on Monday, January 7th!  

There are three rules to be eligible for the prize:
1.  You MUST use ribbon or twine on your creation 
2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month
3. You must add  a NEW project  to the inlinkz on the Ribbon Carousel blog and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge! 

Happy Holidays to you!

Amanda