Monday, April 29, 2013

Heidi Sonboul Signature Series Book

Set aside May 6-10 on your crafty calendars for some fun sneaks and giveaways to help celebrate the release of Heidi Sonboul's Signature Series Book.  Heidi is so fun and talented and I can't wait to see all of the crafty goodness she has in store for us in her new book.  I know she has been working her tail off for months to make this book awesome! 


And look what I found today...a sneak of the cover!  


Be SURE to stop by my blog next week.  There just may be some fun stuff going on over here....

Have a fantastic week! 

Amanda

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Paper Cut Spring 2013 Issue

Good Saturday everyone!  GCD Studios Spring issue of The Paper Cut is now available to view.  This year's new DT rocked this issue! The Eco Chic section is my favorite.  Audrey's bird feeder would be a fun project to do with the kids.  To view the magazine, click on the magazine cover below or on the direct link. 



Have a fantastic weekend! 

Amanda

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lifestyle Crafts Detailz Die: Shabby Card with a Twist

Hey there!  I recently had a chance to work with Lifestyle Crafts new Detailz Dies.  Not only do they die cut, but they emboss, too.  Take a look...



I used Lifestyle Crafts Songbird die to make a shabby-inspired card with a modern twist.  I used traditional shabby elements and mixed them with bold, graphic, modern prints and patterns.  I also used the Classic Doily die to create that sweet doily.

If you look closely at the bird you can see embossed detail.  The birdcage has similar embossed detailing.

I layered the elements of the card with foam squares to add dimension.

I used Lifestyle Crafts new Genius die cutting and embossing platform to cut all of my dies.  I think it is fantastic!  I love that the base is magnetic (!) and that the mats don't warp as you roll them through your die cutter.  The Genius Platform worked wonderfully with my Cuttlebug. 

REMEMBER: Use coupon code POPPERMIMI at Lifestyle Crafts to get 20% off of the Genius PlatformDetailz Dies, and anything else you can fit into your cart.  Score!   

Thanks for dropping in today!

Amanda

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pink and Yellow Plaid Altered Picture Frame

Hi everyone!  Amanda here today with a pretty altered frame that is perfect for spring.

I started with a brown, foldable frame that you can find in just about any craft store.  I love the yellows and pinks in the Nostalgia collection and chose to use only those colors for this frame.  After I painted the edges with a soft white, I cut and adhered the plaid paper to each side of the frame. 


The live, laugh, love journaling card sentiment was a perfect fit for this frame.  Wanna know a crafty secret?  I rarely use Mod Podge for the types of projects.  A good, permanent tape runner does the trick just fine.

I die cut roses and leaves and adhered them to the corners of the frame.  I gently turned back the petals of the flowers to help them bloom.



I repeated the bouquet of roses on the other side to balance the frame.  Be sure to check out the entire Nostalgia collection because it also has a blue and green plaid that would be perfect for boy projects, too.  

Have a great day! 

Supplies: From the Nostalgia Collection: Nostalgic Plaid, Red 1987, Nostalgic Plaid Blue 1996, Flourish in Red 1993, Floral TIle 1989, Nostalgic Cutouts 1992

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Photo Keeping for Non-Scrappers

I have a confession to make--scrapbooking intimidates me.  I would sooner create a three story birdhouse out of paper than do a layout.  As I have done some reflecting to figure out why, I have decided it is because I take crappy photos.  While my photos mean a great deal to me personally, they are nothing I am eager to showcase in a layout.  For example, although my stupid cat has quite the following on FB, photos of him are best left online.  And my kids?  Although incredibly photogenic they would rather clean the bathroom than pause or pose for a photo.  They are unwilling subjects and are often no more than a blur against a cluttered background.  Add to that my lack of knowledge of anything photographic and it's just a recipe for disaster.

I am happy to announce that I have developed a two-step program to help me (and you) overcome any scrapbooking and/or photography fears you may have.  Although I am still working my way through the program, I am finding I have considerably less anxiety about both photography and scrapbooking. 


Y'all ready for this? 


Without further ado...


STEP 1: Get and use Instagram
STEP 2: Use premade photo album supplies and photo protectors/sleeves. 

A little underwhelmed?  Maybe I did over-sell it a bit.  Lemme 'splain.


I decided to start with 8x8 pages as to not overwhelm myself.  I created a two page spread using photo sleeves and Simply Put 4x6 album inserts from Doodlebug Design.  It has a little bit of the Project Life feel without the pressure of having to document anything on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.  No pressure whatsoever.  I just happened to like these photos, so in they went. 


Why Instagram?  First, I never have my camera with me but I always have my phone.  Second, the special effects and frames seem to detract from cluttered backgrounds.  Plus, it makes blurry photos look artsy and intentional.  I used patterned paper, 4x6 album inserts, washi, and doodle pops stickers from Doodlebug's Flower Box collection for these pages. 

This photo sleeve is divided into four 4"x4" sections, making them perfect for Instagram prints.  Add a few alpha stickers, a bit of washi tape, and a speck of journaling and you're done.  All kinds of artsy goodness with minimal stress and effort.  BONUS: My daughter took her own photos.  



I am not so organized and thoughtful that I could have an entire album dedicated to a single event, vacation, etc., so I simply titled my album "Life".  This all-encompassing term will allow me to put whatever I want in this album, including the two whole pictures I have from our trip to Disney World a few years ago (if I can find them).

So, does the two-step program sound like something you are willing to try? 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Amanda

Supplies: Flower Box collection; Bumblebee 8x8 album.

Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY Paper Leaf Wreath Tutorial

Howdy y'all!  Today I am sharing one of my projects that debuted at CHA in January.  I love making paper leaf wreaths.  They are super easy, but they look amazing.  In a few quick steps you can make your very own paper leaf wreath, too.

I used the newly released Charleston collection from GCD Studios for the leaves on this wreath.  These colors are perfect for almost any season. 

1. Cut a wreath form from cardboard.  I use my Martha Stewart circle cutter to score the cardboard and then I finish cutting with a craft knife.   You can vary the dimensions of the circles to customize the size of your wreath.  This is so easy you will never by an expensive foam wreath form again.

2. Die cut a bunch of leaves from patterned paper (I used approx. 70 3.5" leaves for my wreath).  Crease the leaves down the center, fold the ends in and staple to the wreath form. 

3. Continue stapling leaves around the wreath form until both ends meet. 
Add a pretty bow and you're done!  Now you have a piece of decor that is sure to impress!

Supplies: Charleston collection; 1.5" ivory satin ribbon (Offray); leaf die (Silhouette)


Friday, April 12, 2013

You Are Here {in my heart} Cards

Howdy y'all!  Today I am sharing a couple of pretty cards that were on display at CHA earlier this year.  I used GCD Studios new Pure Bliss collection which is chock-full of trendy patterns in fresh colors.


I placed the library card print behind a die cut heart.  I opted for faux stitching for this card because, for the life of me, I cannot sew around a curve on paper.


My favorite print (and maybe yours, too)  in the entire collection is the embroidery hoop print.  These little hoops were just screaming to be fussy cut!


I used the same houndstooth print and sentiment, and a feathers die from Lifestyle Crafts, to create a coordinating card.  Since I did not have to sew around any curves I ran this card through the sewing machine.   See that little blurb of stitches on the left?  It's my new favorite DIY embellishment.


I love the brown/gray opposite the pink.  Combined with patterned die cut feathers, this card is super fun and trendy! 

Remember, you can use coupon code POPPERMIMI at Lifestyle Crafts to receive 20% off your entire purchase!  

Always glad to have you here! 

Supplies: Pure Bliss collection; ivory twine (May Arts); feathers die (Lifestyle Crafts)


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Peeking Owl Hello Card: A Paper Crafts Card Creations Vol. 11 Share

Good day everyone!  I am popping in to share one of two hello cards that I recently had published in Paper Crafts Card Creations Vol. 11.  If you haven't had a chance to take a look at this issue, you are in for a treat!  There are so many eye-popping and clever creations in this issue!

This cute little owl makes me so happy.  I sure hope he makes the card recipient happy, too!

Cute little bugger, huh?  I cut an X in the woodgrain paper before stitching it to the card and gently distressed and curled back the corners.  I trimmed the wings off of the little owl and tucked him inside the opening.


Thanks SO much for stopping by!  Have a happy day! 

Amanda

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cherry Blossom Chinese Lantern and Inking Edges Video Tutorial

Happy spring everyone!  Today I am sharing one of six projects that I recently had published in Paper Crafts magazine Home Decor issue.

For the spring category I made a cherry blossom Chinese lantern.  I die cut the flowers and branch and adhered them directly to a 10" table top lantern from paperlanternstore.com.  This project was a labor of love.  While it was not difficult, it did take a little time to ink the flowers and get the die cuts just right.

The flowers were originally white so I used pigment and a sponge dauber to ink the edges and petals of each flower.   I have created a short video tutorial on how to ink the edges of die cuts HERE.

I adhered the die cut stamens and pistils to the center of each flower and added a pearl.  I gently curled up the edges of each flower to add some dimension.


Here is a short video tutorial on how to ink the edges of die cuts.  Enjoy! 



Happy Spring to you!

Amanda

Friday, April 5, 2013

CAS Balloon Birthday Cards for Girls and Boys

Good morning!  This week the gals over at Doodlebug Design have paired up with Kiwi Lane to bring you some extra fun and cute inspiration.

I created a couple of bright and cheery birthday cards using Doodlebug's Create-a-Card system and some fun polka dot glitter papers.


Aren't those balloons perfection?  I used Kiwi Lane's Celebrate templates to make the balloons.   I cut tiny strips of curved paper to add a little extra dimension to each balloon.


I tied each balloon with coordinating Doodletwine to create a mini bouquet of balloons.


The Doodles cardstock birthday sentiment stickers were just perfect for these sweet and simple cards.  Add some jewels for some added sparkle.  

Have a bright and cheery day!

Amanda

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Upcycled Frosting Jar Pencil Cup

Check it out.  Today I am sharing another easy and eco-friendly storage solution.  I made a cake a while back and thought the frosting container would make a perfect pencil cup.  Functional little buggers, those frosting containers.

I wrapped the frosting container with a variety of patterned papers and border stickers.  Wouldn't this make a delightful teacher gift?

I love the school supply theme of the Take Note collection.  I pulled all sorts of bright school supply elements to embellish the front of the pencil cup.

I love me some dimensional Doodle-Pops stickers!  Aren't those little scissors the cutest?

Now you have the perfect excuse to go make a cake!  

Amanda

Supplies: Doodlebug Design Take Note collection