Friday, November 6, 2015

Make It Crafty Bloghop - Christmas Edition

Hi everyone and welcome to the Christmas edition of the Make It Crafty Blog Hop.  Christmas is coming and that's what we're featuring so jump on in!

If you've arrived from Cyndy's Blog you are on the right track, but don't worry, this is a circular hop so you can start anywhere.  If you get lost, jump on over to Julie's blog for a list of participating consultants.

I wasn't really in the mood for Christmas yet and wasn't sure what to make, but funny enough, my husband inspired this project!  Hubby really wanted a Lindt Advent calendar this year.  They're only $25 bucks he says.  However, my boys wouldn't go for a $1.99 special while Dad got the good stuff and I was darn sure I wasn't spending $75 on chocolate so I decided to make one instead.  This way they can have Lindt some days plus other goodies as well!


To make the box/calendar I used this tutorial here.  I had to adjust the sizes slightly as the drawers were not quite high enough for the loot - I used 6" squares instead of 4".  Then I sewed a piece of page protector to the easel to make a pocket for the Picture my Life White Pines cards which just happened to have a full December countdown on them.  Score!  Then I used White Pines paper and Complements to decorate.  I think it turned out great!

PS - Half the White Pines Cards are 4x6 and half are 3x4.  I thought the smaller cards looked a little lonely in the pocket, so I just backed them with a contrasting 4x6 card.

Thank you so much for following along on our blog hop today, I hope you enjoyed all the fantastic artwork.  Now it's time to head over to Julie's blog and check out her fabulous work.  And be sure to drop in in the New Year for another fun hop!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Make It Crafty Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to the Make It Crafty Blog Hop!

If you’ve arrived from Lisa's blog, you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost, you'll find the complete list of participating consultants' here at Julie's blog.  
This month we have a number of Close To My Heart consultants showcasing Fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween creations so let's jump right in!

It's super easy to create a wash of colour with our new watercolours so I made few different ones for backgrounds and then embossed over them with gold embossing powder.  I used A Season of Thanks stamp in the first fall card and Charming Cascades (loove this one) on the blue card.  A couple scraps of ribbon and a fun sentiment make for some easy cards! 

Thanks so much for hopping along on our blog hop today, I hope you enjoyed all the artwork.  Now it's time to head to Pam's blog and see her fabulous take on our theme.  
And don't forget to stay tuned for our upcoming Christmas hop - I can't wait!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Make It Crafty Blog Hop

Hey all, welcome back to another Make It Crafty blog Hop.  This time we're featuring Valentine, Birthday and Thank You cards.  I rarely make Valentine's cards so I made a cute birthday set, but before I show you the photos, let's get to the hop details.

If you’ve arrive from Diana's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here on Julie's blog.  Now on to the photos!

I made this super cute birthday set using the Confetti Wishes paper pack and the uber adorable Hoppy Birthday set (plus some retired buttons and twine from my stash and some homemade candy dots).  The images are coloured with Copics.
This set is one of several that were originally designed for our Australian and New Zealand friends but are available to everyone because they're just so fun.  I started with a birthday card:
and then made a matching tag and wrapping paper.  If you're never made your own wrapping paper before it's super easy and a great way to customize a gift.  Grab some kraft wrapping paper at the dollar store and start stamping!  Here's a close up of the paper before I wrapped the gift:
and the wrapped present:
You can find lots of tutorials on random stamping online, but in a nutshell you start with your largest image and stamp in a triangular pattern.  Switch colours and images and keep going.  Fill in with smaller images.  It works best with at least 3 images.  Play around, experiment and have fun!
Lastly, I have my tag, but it turned out a bit bigger than my present so I might just save it to add to a card front or for another present later.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work, hope you enjoyed it.  Next up is Lisa's blog!