Monday, November 30, 2009

Cupid kits are here! (UPDATE: Sold out!)

Morning! I'm so excited to share with you a new journey that I'm embarking on ~ creating kits and classes right here on my blog. For those of you who have been waiting for the Cupid line by Pink Paislee, it's here at my house, all packed up into kits and ready to ship!

What do you get?
These kits include the entire Cupid line: 6 double-sided papers including the Postcards, the canvas patches, bella brads, rub ons, die cuts, borderline stickers, and the stamp set that all go with this line....and I've chosen 2 alphas for the kit also, the red glitter Expressions and the Bubblegum alphas!

The cost of this kit is $35, which includes shipping to the U.S. If you live outside of the U.S, please e-mail me, and I will do some research on the cost to ship to you.

Directions, samples?
Here is the fun part! With my previous kits, I included directions in the kits themselves, but this time, I decided to try something new. I have created a website that will host the class, it will be private to those who purchase the kits. There are photos and full directions for 2 layouts, 7 cards and one altered item with a pattern! You will receive access to the private blog once payment is received.

Here are a couple of samples...

(Just a Moment in Time)
I wanted to document a day that we spent together last summer.
This line doesn't have to be used for a "love" or "Valentine" page.
These are just a few samples/peeks of the class!
Please e-mail me at if you have any questions. We will be able to chat on the private blog if you have any questions about the samples. I won't have a kit each month, but am thinking about doing these a few times a year. Maybe Santa will grab one for your stocking. :)

Speaking of Pink Paislee...
Did you hear about their 12 days of Christmas blog party? Starting today on the Pink Paislee blog, there will be a give-away each day for 12 days ~ be sure to stop over and check it out!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Give thanks...

Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy the time with your family and friends. We are hosting Thanksgiving here for my husband's family (mine is all in S.D.), and I'm looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow...and my favorite food ~ no, not turkey...not pie....mashed potatoes. I know, I'm weird.

If you read my last post, you saw that I made the wreath with crepe paper by Melissa Frances. I wanted to direct you to another video I found recently about crepe paper and some other uses for it! Can't wait to try them. Visit the link HERE.

And lastly, I am putting together some new kits with the Cupid line and will put them up for sale Monday. I'll be posting samples of things you can make with the line too! You'll get all the papers from the line, the brads, borderline stickers, die cuts, canvas patches, rub ons, the stamp set and 2 alphabets. I'll have a limited number of these. I'll post more information on Monday! Until then...stay safe and have a great holiday weekend,

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Timeless treasures..

I think what I love most about shabby, warm things is that they are so timeless in their can use them year after year and not grow tired of them! Here I've created a holiday wreath with bottle brush trees and crepe paper, new items - but worn and cozy...
Everything is from Melissa Frances here, including the crepe paper, bottle brush trees, pearls, chipboard snowflake, tinsel. The button and twine are from my stash, and I used an 8" styrofoam wreath from the craft store for the base. I've created a little explanation on how I created the wreath for you. Enjoy!

(Oops, I said the crepe paper was 9" x 42", but it is actually 9" x 49" for each color.)

And this is a little jingle bell, actually a large jingle bell, that I found on clearance last year after the holidays for really cheap! It was an ugly gold color, so I painted it silver with acrylic paints - it took 2 coats - and then added some Diamond Dust for the snow, a crepe paper bow and chipboard holly/pearl. I added a rub on saying over the top, which went on really smooth! Think I might make more of these for gifts.
Are you creating any holiday gifts this year? I'd love to see what you are making, so send me a link! Hope you enjoyed the video, and let me know if you have any questions,

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Family time...

Aren't these little owls cute? I used the Sam collection by Dream Street to make a couple more Thanksgiving cards last night... I popped up the owls with pop dots and added a "family time" rub on next to them...a cute lil owl family.. haThis was just a quick card with the Sam line also, I cut 2 leaf shapes from the striped paper and distressed them, then added them to the chipboard circle to make a flower...the tree paper is definitely my favorite of this line (if you can't tell!)...
Not sure what we will do today, but tomorrow we are having a football/chili sort of a day. :) Enjoy your weekend with your family,

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Warm and cozy...

It's almost time for Thanksgiving...what do you have planned? We are staying home and hosting Thanksgiving here for will be a nice, relaxing day~ maybe play cards after dinner, like we do, with full bellies. ha

I created these little boxes that could be used for place settings at Thanksgiving or just small gifts to give to those who come. They are very easy, and my daughter began to make some of these for her teachers filled with a yummy treat.
Papers, rub ons, and chipboard are Dream Street's Sam collection. I used a couple of resin pieces by Melissa Frances, some Offray and Fancy Pants ribbon and a Prima flower. I was inspired by these cute boxes...visit the link for a how-to. Such a fun, inspiring blog!

Since Thanksgiving is on its way, I begin to think more about home and family and how lucky I am. I thought I'd share a few pics of some of my favorite places, things in my home...

The entry way here...just hung those shelves and pics recently (and we've been here 5 years now)! :)
My favorite pillow on the entryway bench...
Dining room...actually it's an eat-in kitchen, I guess you would call it...
The mantle...
Part of the living room... see the little computer behind the sofa? That's where I sit when I surf the net...
Another shot... I love having it here in the living room, so I can still be close to family and everything that's going on. When I'm done, just close it up and nobody really knows it's there. People look at me funny when I say my computer is in the living room. lol
Well, I've been in the holiday mood (actually more for Christmas than Thanksgiving!), so I have lots to show you soon of some vintage-y, Christmas-y, snowy projects to get you in the mood for Christmas too!

P.S. Please visit the Melissa Frances blog for a "Thankful" give-away! One lucky blog reader will receive $250 free products, so head on over there and leave a comment, quick!

Monday, November 16, 2009

More Amber Road...

Thought I'd share another Amber Road project that I did, this was a little frame that I made for CHA this summer and not sure if I posted it here yet or not. :)

I found a neat inexpensive frame at Dollar Tree (shhh! don't tell!) and covered the front with the gray paper, then added little bits inside the frame with more of the yummy papers. I cut a hole out of the back of the die cut paper for the stand to poke through the back (that holds up the frame) and then attached the die cut paper to the back of the frame. A border rub on was applied at the top and a die cut/brad from the collection.

The little tree rub on is the same one I used on the card below...I just adore that tree! I added it to a transparency, cut around it loosely and then attached it to the front of the frame with a glue dot!

Everything here is from Pink Paislee with the exception of the twine. I love how this collection looks with black and white photos!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Busy hearts are happy hearts...

The Flanders' household has been busy, busy, busy!
Let's see... last week, we:
  • had Taylor's birthday party last weekend...we rollerskated our feet off, we ate pizza, the kids played til their hearts were content, then crashed watching Polar was a late night, but we all survived! lol
  • I've been watching a 6 month old little sweetie pie named Ava a couple of days a week.. isn't she cute...
  • doing lots of yard work before it starts to snow,
  • took Taylor to the dr yesterday...poor thing just got over the flu a week ago or so and now has an ear infection. I'm happy to say though that the flu virus has left the house finally, after infecting us all. Not the H1N1, thank goodness...
  • and today we went Christmas shopping, feels good to get a lot of that done too. Now I'm in the mood to put up the tree! Busy, busy time of year....
I have some sad news to share regarding Label Tulip, and that is that I have decided to end my position there. It was an extremely difficult decision and not one that I took lightly. I am not a quitter and I do try my best to put my all into everything I do. I don't want to go into particular details, but I starting feeling that the situation happening there isn't what I wanted to be involved in. The teams that I am on are ones that I whole-heartedly believe in and endorse. I do want to say that I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of that team and have met so many wonderful scrapbookers, and I wish Label Tulip all the best. I hope they can get back on their feet. I apologize to those of you who were excited about my card kits there.

Stay tuned...I have some things up my sleeve coming soon! Maybe something that has to do with this line? Is anyone interested? :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cardalicious #31...

I've been such a bad Cardalicious team member lately and have been forgetting to get my cards in! I feel terrible. But I did manage to make one this week. The challenge this week is to "create a thank you card using red, black and flowers."

I used Pink Paislee's Amber Road line. The tree is a rub on from the collection, and then I added an Amber Road clear border sticker on the bottom, red Expressions alphas and some Winsome sticker letters. I'm not sure who makes the ribbon..I've had it in my stash for awhile and purchased it one day when I went on a bus trip to a few scrapbook stores out-of-state.

Thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tattered Angels pairs up with Graphic 45...

Today I have my very first post on the Tattered Angels blog! It felt so wonderful to work with new inspiring. I had many ideas brewing this week and didn't quite know where to start!

The first page I created is this one, "Fairy in Flight". I have been thinking about scrapping these photos of my daughter for a few weeks, but was waiting for the right products to come along. I used Graphic 45's Ode to Joy paper in the background and sprayed it with Suede Glimmer Mist in a few places. It's very subtle but adds a bit of texture and shine!
I love to add dimension to my work and wanted the stamped words to be over the top of the butterfly, so I cut out the acrylic part of the stamped image that comes with the stamp set. You can also stamp onto a transparency and cut it out. I also love to use these to place around my pages when deciding where I'll put the stamp before actually stamping on my page. They are quite handy! (you can make these for all your stamps!) The chipboard butterflies are sprayed with Olive Vine. Lastly, I cut apart the chipboard swirl to get a smaller piece and sprayed it with Suede for the butterfly's "trail". My daughter, Kati who is 4 loves to dress up and pretend! She asked me to take pictures one day of her and her wings.
Supplies used:
Paper: Graphic 45 - Ode to Joy
Glimmer Mist: Suede and Olive Vine
Stamps - large butterfly, words and swirls: Nature in Flight Stamp Set
Chipboard Butterflies: Embossed Glimmer Chips - Nature
Chipboard Swirl: Embossed Glimmer Chips - Regal
Other: Prima flowers, American Crafts Thickers

On the next page, "Let It Snow", I misted over the snowflake stencil with Olive Vine onto creme colored cardstock to go with the Graphic 45 angels die cut. The letters are misted with Suede Glimmer Mist, and I used a chipboard wreath under the frame in the title to add a bit of blue to the page, since my photo had a blue tint to it. I loved the big snowflake and didn't want to cover it up, so I added a smaller photo of my girls making snow angels.
Supplies used:
Paper: Graphic 45 - Let It Snow (stripe), Around the World (black), Christmas Past Tags (angels)
Stencil: Glimmer Screens - Fanciful
Glimmer Mist: Suede and Olive Vine
Alphas/frame: Framed Fonts Glimmer Chips, Regal
Wreath: Frosty Memories Glimmer Chips
, Stamped
Swirls: Nature in Flight Stamp Set
Other: rub on sentiment and chipboard snowflake - Melissa Frances, misc. button and pin.


These are little holiday photo holders that I found at the craft store last year for under a dollar! I sprayed them with Graphite Glimmer Mist, crackled them with crackle paint and creme paint over the top. I used chipboard photo corners and pearls for the garland on one tree and a wreath on the other.
Paper: Graphic 45 - Christmas Past Tags, Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Glimmer Mist: Graphite
Chipboard wreath and photo corners: Glimmer Chips - Frosty Memories
Other: string pearls and tree photo holders- craft supply, whit
e pearls - Melissa Frances,
lace - unknown, creme paint - Delta.

And last but not least, a card which could be used for a fall or holiday card. I sprayed the chipboard with Red Velvet Glimmer Mist and the Family piece with Suede. I punched 1" circles to create large scallops.
Paper: Graphic 45 - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (stripe), Exotic Destinations (compass and circle)
Chipboard: Glimmer Chips - Regal
Glimmer Mist: Red Velvet
Family Memories: Bingo Boards - Family
Other: Ribbon is SEI, pearl is Melissa Frances, lace is Wrights.


If you are still reading after all of that, thank you!
Hope I inspired you in some way.