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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CJToo Design Team Day - Fabulous Fall

Oh, yes......I believe I mentioned in my last post.....that I LOVE the fall season!
And today, the Craft Junkie Too Crafty Designers are showing off their Fabulous Fall projects for everyone to see! Check out Tracy's blog, Craft Junkie Too to see what the team has to share! :)
For my Fabulous Fall project, I chose to create a two page layout of one of my favorite trips of the year.....every year....every Beech Mountain, NC for......Autumn at Oz!!!!!!  :) 
When I was a child, (long time ago! haha!) I went to this wonderful place and it's so cool that they have it open again (but only the first weekend in October every year) so that I can take my Carley there! 

Last year of course was her first time going, and my crafty mom made her a Flying Monkey suit!  It was so awesome!  Everyone loved it and could not believe it wasn't a manufactured costume!  She was such a cute lil monkey too and did so well for her first time there while being 9 1/2 months old!  :)  However, I have to share this picture below of when she was not so happy waiting in line!  :)  Priceless I have to say!
This year (at 21 1/2 months old) Carley will be going as the Cowardly Lion!  Now the last two years, I've also taken my niece Courtney which this year, she's finally going to be Dorothy! She is so excited!  But last year she was the Wicked Witch and the first year, she was Glinda the Good Witch.
Well onto the two page layout!  I promise....I'm getting there....  :)
Now every year when you "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and go through the Emerald City, at the end they have sort of a "yard sale" type - flea market that is nothing but Oz stuff!  It is awesome!  There are all kinds of vendors there and they have all kinds of Wizard of Oz items.....dolls, purses, magnets, name it, they have it!  :)  They even have a lady who sets up each year who sells scrapbook supplies for the Oz lover!  She has the stickers, rub-ons, borders, patterned paper, and even pre-made layouts! 
This is where I give credit to "The Scrap Basket" in Lebanon, Va for my two page layout today!  However, I did change it up a little and add my own twists and embellishments of course but it was an awesome "Autumn At Oz" two page layout I thought and I had to have it (as well as some others that I can't wait to create)!  :)

For what's different than what the original layout called for is my journaling tag, button, and chocolate twine as well as the strip of brown sheer ribbon under the tag & title and the brown tulle that I added to the bottom. (Not sure what happened to the Scarecrow in this pic but Glinda joined in and that's just fine!)  There are so many characters dressed up at the Land of Oz and it's fun to have your picture taken with all of them! :)

On the second page, I added again a strip of ribbon and some brown tulle to the left side of the page which was not called for on the original instructions.  Also, I added some chocolate twine around the corner of one of the photos as well as added an orange flower with a brown glittered brad. 

In the picture abpve on the left, can you see ALL the feathers on that set of wings Carley, I mean Nikko is wearing?  :)  In the picture on the right, Courtney, I mean the Wicked Witch had to try on the super-sized ruby slippers! :)

I used brown ink on all the pieces as well as pop dots under the leaves, photo mats, and the title words to give them depth (except for the orange OZ layer below). 

I hope you've enjoyed my layout of the Autumn at Oz!  I have two more layouts that I got last year from The Scrap Basket to make and I can't wait to create them!

We're going this weekend again and I can't wait to take lots of pictures this year as well.....and see if there are anymore fun pre-made layouts to choose from!

Make sure you check out the rest of the design team's Fabulous Fall projects by going to the Craft Junkie Too website!  Have fun and be inspired!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CJToo Design Team Day - Autumn Projects

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Ahhhh, it's that time a year again.....and I am so glad!  I LOVE the fall season! 
And today, the Craft Junkie Too Crafty Designers are showing off their Autumn projects for everyone! Check out Tracy's blog, Craft Junkie Too to see what our team has to share! :)

For my Autumn project, I chose to create a banner.....since I'm h-o-o-k-e-d on making banners lately!  haha!  I do love making them...they are so fun to create!  But I'm hosting a wedding shower for my cousin this weekend, and it is a fall/harvest theme....pumpkins, leaves, gourds, mums, apple cider and more!  Mmmmm, I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the scrumptious foods we have planned to eat on Saturday!  So for the banner, I went with the simple quote from Robert Louis Stevenson...."Live Well, Love Much, and Laugh Often".

For the leaf pennants, I used the Create A Critter cartridge p.70 and cut them at 6".  I used a leaf print patterned paper from The Paper Studio and a fall green colored paper to cover the back of the chipboard leaves.   For the sentiments, I printed these in brown on my computer, then trimmed the pieces and used my Martha Stewart Doily punch.  After trimming and punching these, I inked them with brown ink just like I inked the edges of all of the leaves too.

I used some shiny fall leaf stickers from Jolee's Boutique on the two end pennants which matched the paper so well.  I added some brown glitter glue around the edges of each pennant which you can sorta see in the photo above.  Around the stems of the leaves, I tied little bows made from a rust colored and brown raffia.

I punched holes in the tops of the leaves and ran thru some jute twine and brown tulle together to hang it with.

(Sorry these are not the best pics, but banners are so hard to photograph!)

Well, I think this banner will definitely add to the decor of the fall/harvest themed wedding shower for Saturday.  I'm also making a "Wishing Tree" for the guests to write their wish or advice to the bride & groom onto a paper leaf, then hang it by thread onto the branches of the 'tree'.  I'll be sure to get pics of everything once the day comes! 

Well, I gots lots to do before Saturday for this shower, so check in with me later!  I've got some card orders and more baby banners to for twins and another for a baby girl!  Whew I have so many friends that are having babies lately, huh?  :)

Well, Happy Crafting! 
Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's projects at Craft Junkie Too!

Have a blessed day!


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Kali's Baby Shower

So yesterday I went to my friend Kali's baby shower for her soon expected bundle of joy, Isaiah.  Yep, that's the Isaiah that I made the baby banner for!  :)  She LOVED it!  She said that it would match perfectly to his bedding, so Yay!!!!!  :) 

So with this banner and some other baby stuff of course, I made her a card and had made her a corsage to wear for the baby shower!

I just glued some beige tulle to a foam circle along with some baby boy shower decorations and a bow I had made from some beige ribbon I had. Then I glued a safety pin to the back of the foam circle and there ya go! :)

For the card, I used the Creative Memories Stork's Delivery cartidge for the "It's a Boy" and for the baby carriage. I used my white gel pen for accents on the carriage and for the pin on the inside. For the white sentiment tag layer, I used my Cuttlebug for embossing and inked the edges with a bright green ink. Funny story to tell.....when Kali got to my present, she was digging thru the bag to find the card envelope and was tearing into it because she said she was "looking and waiting for the handmade card!" and she loved it too. She was so excited to see what I had made her (the card that is), but she was totally surprised by the banner when she found it in the bag!

I pray that Kali has a good rest of her pregnancy and that Isaiah arrives a beautiful, healthy boy!




Guest Designer at You Had Me @ Craft : Baby Nursery Banners

I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer over at You Had Me @ Craft today! Thank you so much Alex for this opportunity!  I hope everyone visiting enjoys my blog and you are inspired!  I'd love to have you as a follower or subscriber....and I always love, love, love to read your comments as they also inspire me!  So onto my newest projects.....

I recently created two baby nursery banners for some friends of mine.....first was for baby girl Adalyn and the second one is for baby boy Isaiah!  Adalyn is already here and is healthy as can be, but we are anxiously awaiting on Isaiah....but it won't be long!  :) (I have another banner I'll soon be working on for a friend who is having twins!   So exciting!) :)

But for Adalyn, her mommy did her nursery in a Cherry Blossom theme with pinks and beautiful!  I could not wait to make this banner for her when I found this lovely paper from S.E.I. at Michael's.  I also found a coordinating 'shimmery' pink paper that I used for letters and flowers which you'll see below.

I cut these banner 'pennants' from the Frame1 image on pg 61 of the Songbird cartridge.  I LOVE this frame and use it a lot for my banners.  When cutting the chipboard for these, this is an easy shape to sand/distress the edges in order to ink them.  I inked the edges of the pennants in brown ink after distressing them.  On the backs of the pennants, I just used a plain brown paper.

So then I found some awesome cherry blossom stickers from Jolee to add to this banner as well.  I used the Flower6 image on pg 55 of the Pagoda cartridge to cut the cherry blossom shape to go underneath the letters and I inked these in pink to make them stand out. 

For the letters in A-d-a-l-y-n, I used the Cindy Loo cartridge, which I also LOVE to use this font. I cut several layers of these letters since this paper was so thin and just glued them together to get a thicker letter.

I adhered the letters and the flower blossoms with foam tape for dimension.  Below is the flowers cut from the 'shimmery' pink paper which I used on the first and the last pennants of the banner.

Then to put this all together, I simply tied them together with brown satin ribbon and beige tulle.

I think this was my most favorite banner so far! :) 
Nancy, Adalyn's mommy also loved it and has already hung it in Adalyn's room!  Yay! 

(Sorry the lighting is not the greatest in my pics!) :(

Next, I created this cute and fun banner for baby boy Isaiah which is due in a less than 2 weeks!  His nursery bedding is the Ahoy Mate set (found at Babies R Us).  Isn't it cute?  I love the banner curtain valance with this set, which of course I had to reference this 'banner' in my banner that I have made! :)

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For Isaiah's banner, again I used the Songbird cartridge for the pennant shapes and the Cindy Loo cartridge for the letters, I-s-a-i-a-h.  I cut several layers of these like I did on Adalyn's banner but on this one, I layered a blue letter with the cut-outs over a solid brown layer of this font. I liked this look on the patterned paper I used.  Also, I inked the edges of the pennants in brown ink after distressing them.

I found this patterned paper at Michaels from Deja's called Skinny Stripes.  All I had was the picture above from the Babies R Us website, and I thought that the colors worked really well with the bedding from what I could tell.  (Fingers crossed!)  :)  On the backs of the pennants, I just used a plain brown paper.

I cut the "little" banner image from the Everyday Pop-Up Card cartridge and used it on the first and the last pennants of this banner.  (Told ya I loved that banner curtain valance in the picture above!)  :) 

I used the Create A Critter cartridge for the Monkey, Whale, and the Palm Tree images.  For the sailboat in the picture below, I used the Going Places cartridges and cut several images from different papers to create the mulit-colored sailboat and 'wave'.  All of the image edges except the whales are inked in brown and the whales are inked in blue.  Also, I adhered the letters and all the images with foam tape for dimension.

You can't really tell from my picture (sorry), but I added Glossy Accents to my little 'wave' under the sailboat which added a nice touch to this image.  I also added a little dot of Accents to the monkey's noses too. :)

You can kind of see the Glossy Accents in the picture above....can't ya?  :)  Then to finish off this banner, I tied them all together with a dark blue satin ribbon and some brown tulle.  The patterened paper didn't have quite enough of the dark blue I thought that was found in the bedding, so I'm hoping the dark blue ribbon will balance it all out. :)

I'll be giving Isaiah's banner to his mommy, Kali soon at her baby shower and I cannot wait to see her reaction when she opens it!!  Every banner I create, I fall in love with and it's so hard to give them away....even though I've made them for someone else to begin with!  Ha!

Stay tuned for more banners coming soon!  :) 

As I mentioned, I need to create the Twins' banner really soon as they will be arriving in a couple of weeks as well.....or at least that's the doctors thoughts anyway.....but we all know, they'll be here when they are good and ready!  :)  They do not know the genders of the twins so I know that will be an exciting surprise for them....but it has certainly been a challenge for me in planning out this banner! :)

Well I hope you enjoyed these banners I've made and come back to visit my blog often for more creations from time to time!  Hope you have a blessed day!

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Birthday to Kelli! "Rufff!"

Well hello everyone! 

I know it's been forever since I posted.....I don't get much crafting done these days (boooohoooo!) since I'm in college full time!  I do have so much to make though and so many ideas about to pop out of my head, it's crazy! 

But this past weekend was my neighbor's granddaughter Kelli's 11th birthday and she asked me to make something special for her, so I did of course!  They have a dog named Lucky that they keep for her and Kelli just absolutely adores this dog!  And of course Lucky loves her too!  :)

So for her birthday I made her this framed layout to hang in her room of her special friend, Lucky!

The photo that Joy, Kelli's grandma gave me is of Lucky in his first snow earlier this year!  Isn't he cute?  :)

I used my trusty Create A Critter cartridge to create this puppy and to cut the larger bone images used around the photo and for underneath the "Puppy Love" stickers from Jolee's Boutique.

The papers and other stickers are from The Paper Studio.  I added his name with my finepoint Sharpie to the dog tag sticker! I used my Chocolate Traditional Bakers Twine from My Craft Spot for the journaling tag (from Creative Memories) and the button.  The ribbons are from ACMoore.

Joy said that Kelli had a fit when she opened up this present!  She said that she loved it!  I'm so glad that she did!  Happy Birthday sweetie!


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