Friday, August 30, 2013

Kids Craft Halloween Cards

Simon Says Stamp is currently hosting a Kids Summer Vacation Challenge where kids 2-16 can enter their creations for a chance to win some prizes.  When I told my 7 y.o. daughter about this, she crafted her little heart out and made 20 or so cards.  Although kids can enter as many times as they like, I asked her to pick a few of her favorite cards to share.   Take it away, Marin! 

This card is my favorite of the bunch.  I love how she added dimension by placing the fence in front of the monster.

This card has all of my favorite Halloween icons.  It looks like everyone is singing. 

I love how Marin put the trick or treat basket in the monster's hand. 

Trick or treat!  These happy critters aren't so scary after all.

Marin used last year's Doodlebug Halloween collection to make all of these cards.  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

Marin & Amanda

Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to Print on Journaling Cards and Die Cuts

Happy Thursday!  Today I am sharing a card that was recently published in the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Paper Crafts magazine.  This card was part of a special section titled Tricks of the Trade.  You can check it out in print or in the FREE digital issue.  

My trick that was featured in the magazine was printing on journaling cards.  Printing on journaling cards or pre-cut die cuts is really easy.  Here's how you do it: 

1. Design your custom sentiment and print it out on a plain ol' piece of printer paper.  Leave enough space in the margins to fit your journaling card or die cut. 
2. Position your journaling card over the sentiment and gently adhere with repositionable adhesive.  Holding it up to a light really helps.  
3. Insert your paper into the printer and reprint your sentiment over the top of the journaling card.  

This is a super easy and inexpensive way to create custom sentiments for cards, scrapbooking layouts, or other crafts.  

BONUS!  Click HERE to see my spooky Poison Apple Halloween card that was also published in this issue.  Click HERE for supplies and instructions needed to make your own poison apple card.  

Want to see more of the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Paper Crafts magazine?  Click HERE to view the full digital issue for FREE!

Happy end of Summer! 


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WINNER! Holiday Cards & More Vol. 8 Blog Hop

...and the winner of the Holiday Cards & More blog hop is...
Lillian Child said...
My favorite holiday sweet is homemade divinity, which I make only once a year at christmas. You've created SUCH a sweet little treat box! Thanks for sharing it with us AND the fudge recipe!!
Congrats, Lillian!  You are going to love this issue.  Please send your mailing address to popperandmimi at gmail dot com and I will get your Holiday Cards & More Vol. 8 issue out to you right away!  

THANK YOU to all of you who left sweet and kind comments on my blog!  Y'all had me smiling all week!

Have a fun day!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Paper Christmas Treat Box (and a Fudge Recipe)

Happy Friday!  I am so excited to be participating in the Holiday Cards & More Vol. 8 blog hop today!  Although we are smack-dab in the middle of August, it is a fun excuse to daydream about the holidays and get a head start on our holiday projects.  

I love making treats to give as gifts during the holidays.  Giving a homemade treat in a hand-made box adds an extra special touch.  

For my treat container, I opted to make a box that is easy to mass produce.  THIS die cut only requires one cut on one piece of 12"x12" paper.  You could crank out a bunch of these boxes with your die cut machine in a jiffy.  Assembly is quick and easy so even the kids could help out!  The box measures 4" on each side, making it a nice size for a personal gift.

I die cut a pair of holly leaves and stamped the greeting, leaving plenty of room to hand-write my name.  The stamps are from Avery Elle's Simply Tags: Everyday set.  All you need to close the box is a piece of ribbon.  (Like the cute papers?  They're from Doodlebug's North Pole collection.)

My favorite treat to make during Christmastime is chocolate fudge.  Not only is it easy to make, it is always warmly received.  You can't go wrong with the gift of chocolate!  

Perfect Fudge
3 C granulated sugar
3/4 C butter
2/3 C evaporated milk
12 oz. 60% cacao chocolate chips
7 oz. jar marshmallow cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions: In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring sugar, butter and milk to a rolling boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from heat.  Stir in chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, and vanilla.  Pour into a greased 11" x 7" pan.  Cool to room temperature before slicing.  Eat lots.

Here is the complete list of blog hop participants:
Amanda Coleman <------You are here! 

GIVEAWAY!  Leave me a comment letting me know your favorite holiday treat and you will be entered to win your own copy of Holiday Cards & More vol. 8.  Wahoo!  You have until Tuesday, August 13 to leave a comment.  I will post the winner on Wednesday, August 14 so be sure to check back!

Your next stop is the super fab Karolyn Loncon.  You won't want to miss what she has to share!

Have a happy day!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stitched Mini Album Journal

Stitched mini albums and journals are some of my favorite things to make.  They are easy to put together, inexpensive, and my kids love them!  My daughter loves to fill them with notes and drawings and is always eager for another one.  

The bright and cheery colors in Doodlebug Design's Fruit Stand collection are perfect for a summer mini album.  

To make your own mini album, start by stitching a length of ribbon along the front of your journal cover.  Next, fold your journal cover in half, creating a nice crease. 

Layer the contents of your mini album, including pages, envelopes, tags, etc., on the inside of your cover and stitch down the crease in your album cover.  TIP: Score your pages and inserts before stitching. 

Add a variety of embellishments, journaling spots, stickers, etc., to make your mini album extra fun.  

I love adding tags to my stitched albums.  They are just so fun and cute.  See that little green striped pocket on the right?  I stuffed it with adhesive photo corners.  No messy adhesives necessary! 

Envelopes make for fun secret pockets.  The stickers on the envelope spell "Secrets".  The envelopes are my daughter's favorite album elements.  

On the last page, I added a pocket and filled it with die cut tags (Avery Elle) with journaling prompts. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

FUN Announcement: Pebbles DT 2013-2014

I am super duper excited to announce that I will be on the 2013-2014 Pebbles Inc. design team!!!  I have been holding on this little secret for a while now and it feels so good to let it out!  Having been a fan of Pebbles Inc. for, like, ever, I cannot wait to get started!  

Look at all of those cute faces!  Here is the entire team lineup: 

Pebbles 2013-2014 Design Team

Have a happy week!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RCC 84: Summertime Fun

Hi fellow crafters! Are you ready for a brand new Ribbon Carousel Challenge?  The theme for August is Summertime Fun!

Isn't croquet a perfect example of summertime fun?  This fancy little lady looks like she is having a grand time!  The patterned papers are from GCD Studios Oh Happy Day collection.

I fussy cut the clouds from patterned paper and popped them up with form for added dimension.  I also dolled up the little lady's outfit with some pearls. 

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 THIS POST on the RC blogand link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

Have fun and good luck!