Monday, March 28, 2011

Easter Projects

Today is the day for posting all our wonderful Easter Projects!

Here is a sneak peek at mine.

I can't wait to hop by and see what everyone made!

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Crafts This Month

Wow has it been a busy month.  Sophie and I have been working on projects a little at a time so our craft space was trashed!  We did a major clean up this weekend :)

Our big project the last few weeks has been working on her Young Authors book.  Not very crafty, I know. She has been editing & illustrating like crazy.  We finally finished.  We made a cover from card stock and brads.  Then she used some PTI dies to cut and decorate her title.  The picture isn't very clear but she was happy and wanted to share!

I also submitted a project for a PaperCraft Magazine Call.  Sadly, it did not get accepted :(  but my mom will be excited when she receives her invite for game night!  The theme was Under the Big Top.  I posted this question on my personal blog, so I will ask it here too..

What is missing between the scallops and tent flaps? 
I felt like it needed something while it was closed but just couldn't make anything work.

I used a variation of the Triple Tier Slider card tutorial that I saw on Splitcoast.  This time I only used 2 tiers and made the pull tab larger.  (Just a note, if you give this a try the middle tier should be cut @ 10 1/4 inches not 10 3/4)  The box and mini pail came from the dollar tree.  I thought that pail was really cute and I'm sure it will be showing up in other projects in the future.

Lastly, I have been working on an altered composition book for my brother.  He loves to write and I thought it would be a nice surprise for him.  I haven't managed to get any pictures yet but will share them when I do.

Hope you enjoyed this little peak into my craft room.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Oh Mojo, where have you gone?

So, I've carved out some precious craft time, sit down at my desk & nothing...I've got nothing!  This happens to me way too often.  

What I have found is that inspiration comes to me at the oddest times.  I will be shopping with my dd and see an outfit that has the most amazing colors for a card - lol.  I have started saving jpegs in a mojo file on my computer.  Before I even sit down at the desk, I take a quick peek through it and see what jumps out.

I also like to flip through bedding catalogs.  The pictures are full of colors and patterns.  The mixture of materials helps me see textures for my cards.  I always find some mojo in the pages!  I love the far right picture below.  It reminds me of Damask Designs.

Many times I know what great paper or stamp set I want to use but the layout just isn't coming together.  My favorite resource for solving this problem is Card Positioning Systems.  CPS offers weekly contests you can participate in but for me the best part is the  Past Card Sketches link.  It takes you to jpegs of all the sketches you could ever dream of!  If you haven't used it before, I highly recomend you check it out.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the method to my madness and are inspired to create!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hello from Northern PALS member :)

I am so excited to be a part of the PALS.  My name is Debbie and I have been scrapbooking, card making & papercrafting for many many years...I may actually be in the double digits by now.  A few things about me...married for 12 years this October (but together for 16), I have three beautiful daughters-age 13, 10 & 8, 1 dog & 2 cats.  I have lived in Northern Illinois all my life except for when I went to Southern Illinois for college.  I work for a child safety website that creates child safety IDs and many other safety products for family, travel, pets, etc...but my passion is for papercrafting...I have a website for custom greeting cards.  I am also a Publisher Mom with Macaroni Kid.  I publish a weekly newsletter telling my subscribers what there is to do with their kids and family has given me another outlet to do things with my kids.

Most recently, I have been asked to be on a design team for a local scrapbook is my first time doing anything like that but I am so very excited...I can hardly contain myself about it.

My PTI obsession...I have come to grips with my obsession with PTI.  I found them about 2 years ago and I am not sure what I did before them.  I follow Nichole Heady's blog very regularly...along with Dawn McVey...they are a complete inspiration to me.  The color combinations, a love for all things doily and the creative use of stamps keep me coming back day after day.