Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paper Primper Christmas Blog Hop

Hello friends!  Today is my day to show off what I've created for the Paper Primper Christmas Blog Hop.  You should have arrived from Paper Primper Altered Art .  If you just happened upon my blog be sure to start back at the beginning!

I decided to try my hand at a paper bag album.  I found a couple of tutorials since I have never attempted this project before.  I have to admit I'm addicted!  I plan to make many many more of these!  I followed THIS tutorial and then went to her ustream to see how she decorated it.  VERY easy to follow.

I decided to make this album for our family gift exchange this year.  I have a HUGE extended family and each year for Christmas we rotate who hosts our big family party.  Well I collected the family pictures from each year from 1999 - 2010 and put them in order in the album, leaving room for the recipient to add their own pictures.  We'll see if it's a big hit this year or not!

The front cover

Each page has a chipboard piece that pulls out for more pictures.

 One of the pages.  The blue strip is also a pocket.

Another chipboard page.

The entire album finished and opened up.  There are enough pages to go to 2014!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now hop on over to Kacee and continue on our hop!
And be sure to check back on Friday to see projects from all of the designers!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

If you're looking for the Paper Primper Blog Hop click HERE

Tuesday has rolled around again!  So that means it's time for another Die Cuttin Divas challenge!  This week is all about the football theme!  We are pretty big football fans here in our house (well big Detroit sports fans in general I guess you could say!).  But recently my 8 year old has transformed into a University of Michigan fan.  My guess is really as good as yours as neither my husband or I went to UofM (or MSU for that matter).  So I wanted to take this opportunity to make him a little card.  I'm SO proud of myself!  This turned out exactly how I wanted.  I am in love!  I decided to try out a slider card and think it turned out adorable!  What do you think?!

The football and goal post are from Sports Mania and the player from Everyday Paper Dolls.  I added an M to his jersey with Studio G glitter glue.  I decided to make the football a bit sparkly with some stickles.  and of course you can't mistake his adorable face...I used Everyday Character Assortment from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I inked all of the paper edges to finish it off.

We hope you decide to make a football project this week to share with us!  Be sure to submit it HERE!!

Paper Primper Christmas Blog Hop

Time for the next hop here at Paper Primper Altered Art. We are so glad you joined us! Our design team is going to show you some Christmas projects, all sponsored by Paper Primper Altered Art. Be prepared to see some beautiful paper bag albums, cards, and other assorted Christmas items. Starting Tuesday, November 1 - Friday, November 4, each day we will have featured designers showcasing their styles. So be sure to join us each day and see what might inspire you!

Let's get started! The start of the hop is Paper Primper Altered Art.

November 1st:
Diana -
Patty -
Giselle -

Be sure to stop by my blog TOMORROW November 2nd to see my project! But here is a sneak peak :)

And here is a schedule for the rest of the hop! 

November 2nd:
Jessica -
Kacee -
Suzanne -

November 3rd:
Kassi -
Tammy -
Audrey -

November 4th: all designers will showcase their projects. Hope you have fun!  and be sure to check back!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

Wow Tuesdays seem to creep up on me way too fast!  It's time for another Die Cuttin Divas challenge and this week it's all about the colors of Halloween!  We want to see orange, green, black and purple on your projects!  I of course put together another layout.  I've got plenty of Halloween pictures to scrap!

It's just a simple layout but I felt like the paper was over powering so I wanted to lay off the embellishments a bit.  The trick or treat title is from Mini Monsters (such a cool cartridge!).  The stamped image is from PSA Essentials (a new prize I won from the Whimsical Wednesday Blog Hop!).  I totally love it!  The ink that came with it was a 2 toned pad so the outside was orange and the inside black.  Stamp it once and you're done!  GREAT stamps!  The rest of the add ons are just from my stash.

I hope you are in the Halloween spirit and create something for our challenge!  Submit your projects HERE!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Peachy Keen Let's Face it Friday challenge

Wow it's been a while since I've had time to do some fun challenges!  I decided to put a layout together for Peachy Keen's Let's Face it Friday 'Windy' challenge.  I pulled out some pictures from our local kids marathon from last year and thought they'd be perfect!  Hope this counts as 'wind'!!

I really like how it turned out!  I used Sports Mania for the people and the banner.  I did have to color in the shorts on the guys and shirts on the girls.  Not sure why the cart didn't supply those clothing items!  I used stickers from Die Cuts with a View for the banner and threaded some bakers twine through them.  The ribbon and road are both from My Community.  and of course the face is from Peachy Keen Stamps Everyday Character Assortment.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

Hello again!  This week over at Die Cuttin Divas we'd like to see some reptiles on your projects!  I decided to take this opportunity to finish off another layout.  I went WAY back to April 2006 for these photos.  We went on a huge family vacation to Florida and visited Animal Kingdom.  Here's what I came up with!

I had a lot of fun putting this together.  I used Create a Critter for the grass and welded a bunch of them together using my gypsy.  The pond is also from Create a Critter.  The snake and alligator are both from Everyday Paper Dolls.  I used Plantin Schoolbook for the words Animal Kingdom and layered them with the shadow feature.  I also added corners to the side pictures with the ek success photo corner punch (I love that thing!!).  Lastly the tree stickers are from Stickopotomus.

I hope you decide to make a reptile project this week!  Be sure to link it up HERE for a chance to win a great prize. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

It's time for another Die Cuttin Divas weekly challenge!  This week is all about desserts.  We would like to see a dessert somewhere on your project.  I decided to branch out from cards and layouts and came across an incredibly cute idea for a cupcake gift card holder!  Check it out!!

I had so much fun making this!  I used THIS tutorial called 'Hey Cupcake' from Fabulously Artsy and just did my own thing in places.  The tutorial is wonderful but I did make some changes.  Below is a general run down of what I did!
1.  Cut out 6" circle on chipboard.  Then trace a 2" circle.  Cut the edges just up to the inside circle and fold up to make a cupcake.  Hot glue it together.
2.  Accordion pleat paper to cover outside of cupcake.
3.  Cut a 3" Styrofoam ball in half, position gift card inside, use foam dots along sides to hold it together.  Then glue it inside the cupcake.
4.  Glue ribbon and paper flowers (I used Forever young cart) to cupcake to decorate making sure you don't cover the opening.
5.  Paint wooden bead red, and glue it to the top of a small binder clip.  Use crumbled paper or ribbon to make 'whipped cream'.
6.  Insert gift card into binder clip, slide it into the cupcake and finish with glitter and stickles!

 I used glossy accents on the bottom layer of paper flowers and sprinkled them with Martha Stewart glitter.  I loaded the top layer of flowers with Studio G glitter glue.

I think it turned out pretty cute for my first go!  I can see myself making a whole lot more of these!  I think they are adorable!

Be sure to submit your dessert project HERE at Die Cuttin Divas for a chance to win our weekly prize!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paper Primper Halloween Blog Hop

Today is the last day of our Haunted Halloween hop. We hope you have had fun hopping from one Design Team blog to another, enjoying many fantastic cards, pages, and tags, and assorted projects. Today we reveal additional project so be sure to hop along!!  If you have had fun, then come join us November 1-4 as we showcase Christmas projects. Paper Primper is the sponsor of this hop. So, let’s get started. Paper Primper is the start of the hop. Follow along with us to:

You should be arriving at the blog hop from Kacee. If you came here by chance, go to Paper Primper to start. If you are ready to go to the next site, go HERE and check out what Suzanne has created!

For my project I stumbled across Linda's Stamping Loft and she had this SUPER cute idea that I had to try out.  You can find her post HERE.  I decided not to put too many embellishments on the front of mine so I could really show off the Paper Primper papers!  I think they turned out adorable! 


Have any of you ever been 'BOO'd'?  When an annyonomous person leaves a basket of goodies on your front step?  I'm preparing myself to get 'Boo'd' this year.  I'm NEVER prepared!  So I thought these little treat holders would be perfect.  I'm not as prepared as I'd like though as I do not have any snack sized M&M bags around.

See you next month!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Haunted Halloween Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Today marks day 3 of the Paper Primper Altered Art Haunted Halloween Blog Hop.  Be prepared to see some wonderful designs. Be sure to stop by all of the blogs to get some great inspiration!

Here is the lineup for today's hop.
Jessica (YOU ARE HERE)

I decided to make a double layout for my project.  The papers were so easy to work with and I just love the color combination.

All of the paper is from Paper Primper Altered Art as well as the black, green and orange fibers.
I used Home Accents for the large 5x7 frame and Gypsy Wanderings for the smaller hollow frames.
The flower is from Imaginisce and I inked it to make it darker (it was originally white).
The Ghosts -n- Goblins stickers are from Queen & Co.
I used black ink from Rubber Stampede to ink the edges of all of the papers.
The scallop edge is from ek success victorian scallop diamond.

I hope you are able to get through all of the wonderful projects and get some great Halloween inspiration!!!

Day 1:
Paper Primper Altered Art:

Day 2:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas October Sketch Challenge

Welcome to another sketch challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas! I had so much fun working with this sketch.  I usually change them up a bit to really make it my own project.  I knew exactly what I wanted to make and it came together perfectly!  Here is the sketch:
and here is my take on it:

I decided to think about my almost 7 year olds birthday.  He is really into 'army' and camouflage so I thought this was right up his ally!   I used George and Basics for the stars.  Just cut regular rectangles for the background papers and used Christmas for the 'banner'.  I actually just enlarged the ribbon cut on the Christmas cartridge and used 1 of the tails of it!  Worked perfectly!  I also embossed the camo paper with D'vine Swirls.  I inked the edges and finished it off with some doodling.  I think he is going to love it!

We'd love to see how you interpret the provided sketch!  Submit your cards HERE for a chance to win a great prize!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Well the kids are back in school and my first day of kid 'freedom' and I'm home with a sick one!  Hoping tomorrow he feels better.

Today at Die Cuttin Divas we want to see animals on your cards and how about some bonus points for making a shaped card!  These are still really hard for me since I only have the personal cutter.  I have to really look at the dimensions of the image and make sure I can fit it on a 6x12 mat!  Well I found this dog and fell in love!  I don't even know what I'm going to use it for but I think she came out adorable!!  Take a look!

The dog was cut from Create a Critter but I hid his eyes and mouth using my gypsy.  Whenever I can add Peachy Keen Stamps to a project I take full advantage!  and even though I don't have an animal assortment I think the Everyday Character Face Assortment that I used turned out just fine!  I used glossy accents on her nose and ears and added some jewels from my stash to her collar.  I decided to leave the sentiment off and add it on the inside later on when I figure out who it's going to!!

We'd LOVE to see your animal projects this week over at Die Cuttin Divas!  Be sure to submit your project HERE for a chance to win our weekly prize!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas September Sketch Challenge

Another Tuesday morning.....except it's the first day of school for my big boys!  They are so excited!  We had a great summer but we are all ready to have some sort of routine again!

Since it's the first Tuesday of the month it's our sketch challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas.  I had a lot of fun playing around with this sketch!  It incorporated everything I love putting on cards!  Take a look!

I finally added some new cartridges to my collection!  I used Home Accents for the die cut.  The stamp is from All Night Media and I coated the top layer with Glossy Accents. It made the stamp really stick out!  The ribbon is from Celebrate It and I used the Scallop Diamond border punch from ek success.  I embossed the entire background layer of the card with D'vine Swirl.  I've never done that before and I think it turned out pretty neat!

Hopefully you can find some extra free time this week to play around with our sketch.  Be sure to submit your card HERE for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

Good Tuesday morning!  I cannot believe how busy our summer has been!  The kids did give me a little time this week to work on a layout for the Die Cuttin Divas weekly challenge!  This week we want you to make a project using fall colors!  Although in some places it is still summer in full force, I do believe fall will be here before we know it!  I dug out an old picture that I've been meaning to make a layout for and here is what I came up with!

Here is what I used:
Stretch Your Imagination cart - tree
Gypsy Wanderings - FRIENDS cut
Designer's Calendar - leaves
K&Company - giggles and fun chipboard pieces
Eyelet Outlet - squirrel and acorn brads

I can't wait to see what you create using fall colors! Be sure to submit your projects HERE this week!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

Another Tuesday Challenge!  I cannot believe that summer is almost over and the kiddos go back to school in 3 weeks!  I know some kids are already in school!  This week over at Die Cuttin Divas we want to see KIDS on your projects.  Here is what I came up with!

I just recently had a close friend and neighbor move across the country and that is what inspired me to make this card.  I think it turned out adorable!

I used Paper Doll Dress up for the kids and Blackletter for the banner that they are holding.  The flower brad is from Eyelet Outlet.  I chose Peachy Keen Stamps Everyday Character faces.  I just love adding their faces!  The sentiment is 2 different stamps from Recollections.  Inked the edges and added some doodling!  It was a very simple card to make!  We'd love to see what you create this week over at Die Cuttin Divas!  Link up your KIDS project HERE!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

Good morning!  It's Tuesday again which means another challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas!  This week was inspired by our gardens!  So we would like to see fruits and veggies on your projects.  My garden is out of control!  Seriously out of control!  I have 11 yellow squash sitting on my counter right now and 6 more ready to be picked.  I have 10 tomato plants (GORGEOUS tomato plants) and none of them have ripened yet!  I am getting impatient...I love tomatoes!

Anyway, I could not think of  a cute card to make with any of the veggies that are completely overgrown in my garden so I came up with card to make for my friend's anniversary tomorrow.  Take a peak :)

I think it came out pretty cute!  It's a standard size card.  I used preserves for the pears, tried making one look 'masculine' and one 'feminine'.  I welded 'what' together using my gypsy and used Lyrical Letters cart.  The word pear came from Just Because Cards.  I loaded the words up with glossy accents to make them stick out a bit.  I added the pearl brad from Eyelet Outlet and used a bronze pearl pen for the corner accents.  Finished it off with some doodling and there you have it!  It was a pretty simple card!  I think it's totally cute and fits my friend's personality perfectly!

Be sure to link up your project for a chance to win a great prize!  Submit your card or layout HERE!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Tuesday Sketch Challenge!

WOW did I ever underestimate how much time I'd actually have during the summer to do my crafting! I cannot believe I am only able to really accomplish 1 project a week! I do however find myself really putting forth more effort in what I am able to put together. Like this card for instance. I am so incredibly happy with how it turned out!

This week is the weekly sketch challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas. I was so excited to work with this sketch because it's so gorgeous!

Here is the way I interpreted it!

I am so thrilled with how this card turned out! The sunflower is from Stretch Your Imagination. I embossed the middle with Swiss Dots, coated the pedals and stem with glossy accents and used Studio G glitter glue on the leaves. The background paper is all inked and I used D'vine Swirl embossing folder on the right side. The sentiment is from Peachy Keen Stamps (PK-288 Skunk Cheer Up Set), stamped with Technique Tuesday Chalk Ink Pads and the frame is from Gypsy Wanderings. I added some lady bug brads from the Eyelet Outlet and some adhesive pearls from Oriental Trading Company. The ribbon is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lavish Trimmings and I inked it with his coordinating crushed olive distress ink. I machine stitched the edges for the final touches! Also the frame and sunflower are popped from the card with ek success 3D dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by. We'd love to see what you create from the provided sketch! Be sure to enter your project HERE for a chance to win this weeks great prize!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!

I can't believe another week has flown by! The kids only have 6 more weeks until the first day of school! Summer's half over!

But Tuesday means another challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas! This week we want to see 'SWEET TREATS' on your projects. I just love using summer sweet treats. Here is what I made.

One of our little neighbor girls is having her 6th birthday next month so I wanted to get on the ball and make her a little something. I decided to sway away from Sweet Treats cart and use Just Because Cards. I actually used my gypsy to cut a circle out of the middle of the gum drop container so I could put my own in! Gosh I tried EVERYTHING to make it look like gum drops and came up short. I used a piece of vellum over top which might be the problem. It wasn't as transparent as I expected. I opted to use glitter though and think it still came out pretty darn cute!!!

I inked all of the edges, used stickles on the container top and Glossy Accents on the white strip. The tag is from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and used a stamp from Stampendous. I popped the tag, tied a little feathery ribbon to it and doodled around the edges! I cannot wait to give it to her!!

We'd love for you to play along in our challenge! Go HERE to enter your SWEET TREAT project!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Welcome to another Die Cuttin Divas Tuesday Challenge! This week we want to see your shaped cards! Make any shaped card except for a square or rectangle! I decided to take advantage of using my moms expression while on vacation since my personal cutter doesn't make very big cards :( Time for an upgrade I think! So while thinking of what to make my sister said she needed a birthday card for her nieces 2nd birthday. So I jumped right on that! Here is my creation!
This was actually a pretty simple card. I used Sweet Treats for both the number 2 and the crown and welded their shadows together with my gypsy. I did want to glam it up a little so I used glossy accents on the crown and sprinkled it over with some glitter! I finished with some doodling around the edges and the sentiment sticker was from my moms stash.

I'd love to see your shaped card! Go HERE to enter in our challenge!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Die Cuttin Divas Challenge. This week it's all about summer fun! I'd love to see what you come up with! I used this opportunity to create a layout from yes, back in 2007! My middle guy was playing with bubbles (he was about 2.5 at the time) and had the wand too close to his mouth. I snapped this picture! Here is my project!

I was on vacation this past week so I felt like I was in a bit of a funk. Hopefully the picture steals the show here! I used Plantin Schoolbook for the grass and Create a Critter for the worm. I much prefer using Peachy Keen stamps for the face over the generic one on the cartridge. This particular one is from the Everyday Character Face Assortment. I also used the ek success photo corner punch to highlight the picture a bit. The flower and the corner accent at the top of the page were from my moms stash and I believe the bubble border punch is fiskars. I used glossy accents (I can't get enough of this stuff!!!) to make the corner accent pop!

I'd love to see your SUMMER FUN project so link it up HERE!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas July Sketch Challenge

Good morning friends! I cannot believe how busy I've been! I mean I was fully aware that my projects would be few and far between with school out but WOW, I have really been slacking! I'm on vacation this week so hopefully I can pull some more projects together!

This week though over at Die Cuttin Divas we had our monthly sketch challenge. I LOVE sketch challenges! and this one was just gorgeous! Take a look!

and here is what I decided to do!

I think my little card turned out adorable! I'm really happy with it!

All of the cuts are from Sweet Treats! I embossed the happy birthday layer with Swiss Dots folder and the circle with D'vine Swirl. I inked the edges of both flower layers and added some bakers twine. The ice cream sundae is popped from the card and I added stickles around the edge for some bling! I guess this really isn't a standard card since it doesn't open. I plan to cut another smaller flower layer in white, write my happy birthday note on it and then attach it to the back. This will most definitely be hand delivered :)

Hope you join us for our challenge this week! I'd love to see your take on the sketch. Click HERE to link up your project!!! Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

It's time again for another challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas! This week's theme is 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'! I have been wanting to make this particular card for a while now and just this past week was given a reason to. Here is what I created:

A good friend of mine just found out about some scary healthy concerns. I made this card for her and I will include it in a neat little care package :)

All of the cuts are from Just Because Cards. I used some Bakers Twine and a couple of buttons to add some dimension. I also loaded Glossy Accents to the sentiment. It's pretty simple but I'm very happy with how it turned out. I really went back and forth with this one. Making 'get well' cards and 'everything will be alright' cards are tough for me. I didn't want it to be 'funny', but I did want to try to put a smile on her face. I'm sure the wine inside the care package will help with that too :)

We'd love to see your Planes, Trains and Automobile project over at Die Cuttin Divas this week! Go HERE to enter your project!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

4th of July layout

I decided to create this layout for a handful of challenges. This was definitely a fun layout. I just LOVE 4th of July! We have our little family tradition of riding our bikes to the town parade. For a few years the boys enjoyed riding their bikes in it but then they realized they wouldn't get to collect candy! So they sit on the sidelines with us now! We also decorate our bikes the week before. This layout is back from 2008. This particular year our neighborhood had a block party after the parade where we closed the street, rented a bounce house, blew up an inflatable water slide and lined the road with grills, food and chairs! Once it got dark our neighbor brought over his guitar and played some songs for us while we roasted marshmallows over a fire pit. Good times!

This layout is for the following challenges:

Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face it Friday Challenge - Patriotic
My Craft Spot Challenge #13 How Sweet It Is - Have a sweet treat somewhere on project
Getting Cricky with K Andrew Simply Sunday Let's Face it Challenge
Whimsical Wednesday Let's Get Patriotic Challenge

Here is what I created :)

I really had a lot of fun putting this little layout together. It went together so quickly and it really didn't need too much!

Lyrical Letters cart - Fireworks
Mini Monsters cart - candy
Peachy Keen Stamps Everyday Character Faces
DCWV Summer Time Paper Pack
Hobby Lobby - 4th of July bling
Creative Memories Star Punch
Bakers Twine, Stickles

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 20!

It's that time again! Die Cuttin Divas weekly challenge! This time we needed to use a Christmas cut for a non-Christmas themed card/project! The cartridge was an easy choice for me as I only have 1! So I used the Christmas cartridge. and here is what I came up with!

I thought I would take this opportunity to check off another baby card I needed to make! I decided to make a 'tag' for this project instead. Since I will be hand delivering it I didn't have to worry about size, weight, bulk, etc. Actually I will probably just attach it to the gift!

I used Christmas cartridge for the bear and train cuts. The train is actually popped from the tag and I added stickles to the bear to shine him up a bit. The large white flower is from Imaginisce. The button and bling are from Oriental Trading Company and the ribbon is from ek success. I used George and Basics to cut the circle for the sentiment and it's stamped from All Night Media. The shape of the card is also from the Christmas cartridge. I finished the card by lining it with Glossy Accents and some Martha Stewart glitter!

I hope you decide to play along too! Click HERE to add your project!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

2 Wheeler!

I've been working on this layout for a few days now and I'm so happy with how it finally came together! I did this layout for a couple challenges!

First, I'm entering in My Creative Time: Throwback Thursday which is to use a Lite Cartridge and incorporate some 'bling' on the project.

Second, it's for the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge which is to use a journaling tag on the project.

Last but not least I'm entering my layout into the Getting Cricky with K Andrew Simply Sunday Challenge It's all about choices which is designers choice!

Here's what I came up with!

I am just so happy with this layout! Like I said earlier I needed to use a Lite Cricut Cartridge and Dude! was my only choice. I decided to go with a bicycle layout (mostly because these cuts are adorable!) so I pulled out my pictures from my oldest riding without training wheels for the first time. For the bling I used Stickles on both biker's helmets and coated the sentiment with Glossy Accents. Sometimes I struggle with 'bling' for my boy pages but I think this works! I also inked the edges of all of the paper.

Dude! Lite - bicycle cuts, stop sign
George and Basic Shapes - sentiment cut
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - journaling tag
My Community - road
EK Success - ribbon, photo corner punch, brown writing pen
inks - Studio G, Rubber Stampede