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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Greeting Card: Non-Traditional Christmas Card

WOW! I am so excited about this card. For those of you that have been following my blog, you know that I’m not big on making greeting cards. I decided to give it a shot this week because I needed to play around for a design for my yearly Christmas invitations to the family Christmas party. This card turned out beautifully.

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Isn’t this card just absolutely gorgeous. I’m pretty partial to this card, I think I may use this because of the lovely shade of pink underneath with the hint of gold – the gold makes everything pop! The bottom of the white is a lace looking Christmas punch made by Martha Stewart. The background is made with the a cuttlebug background as well as the flower and sentiment.

This card came together without any difficulty and I am so excited! I will be entering this blog into the following blog challenges for the week.

CCEE Stampers – Challenge using two die cuts or punches

Charisma Cards – Lace and Pearls

Coulor Create – Challenge with the color white, pink and gold

Crop Stop – A mostly white card or scrapbook layout

Lollipop – Challenge using embossed images and no designer paper

Delightful Sketches – This was a bingo like challenge where you have to choose three things from the bingo board. I chose a dimensional aspect, lace and glitter or sparkle.

Stamps R Us – A card or layout with bling bling

Pink Elephant – Embossed challenge

Shabby Tea Room – Pastel colors

My Time to Craft – 2 of something on a layout or card

ABC Challenge – Dazzle

Southern Girls – Another Bingo Challenge

Truly Scrumptuous – Pearls

Let me know what you think about my card and keep an eye out for more greeting cards this week. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know which one you like best.

Get to scrappin’ those scarpbooks and keepsakes!

Jess

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scrapbook Page Ideas: Black and White with Polka Dots and Stripes

I really love all of the wonderful people who have been reading my blog and leaving such uplifting comments. Every week I see my homemade cards and scrapbook pages getting better and better and it is because all of the wonderful support from those reading my blog.

For my first scrapbook page this week (sorry it’s late) I combined several challenges that were available on other sites. Even mixing the different challenges turned into a beautiful baby girl scrapbook page of Braelynn. Here is the finished product.

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I know there is a lot going on here, but I am entering this page into six different challenges. Here’s what the rules of requirement were for each challenge I entered.

365 Cards Blog – You had to use three different “R” items on your page or card. I used ribbon, rick rack and rhinestones; which are kind of hard to see in the photo, but are located in the left corner of the page next to the rick rack.

All Sorts Challenge Blog – For this challenge you were required to use the colors black and white in combination with one other color. The other color I chose was lime green.

Crazy 4 Challenges Blog – This was any anything goes challenge.

Secret Crafter Blog – In this challenge you had to feature spots and stripes on your page. I didn’t have any striped paper in a color combination that would work well for this page, so I created my own with a plaid maker from Stampin’ Up. My daughter is also wearing a black and white polka dot shirt, which I thought went well with the theme.

Sketch Saturday – This was a challenge that required you to follow a certain sketch or layout for the scrapbook page you were creating. I think the sketch turned out well.

Andrea’s Stampin’ Moments Blog – This is where the lime green came into play and why I chose that color over other colors. The challenge required you to use black, white and lime green in your scrapbook layout or homemade greeting card.

I hope you all enjoyed

looking or viewing this scrapbook page as much as I enjoyed making it and displaying it. Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.

Jess

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homemade Greeting Card – Baby It’s Cold Outside

This is a white on white homemade greeting card, that is so cute and simple you are going to want to make this card yourself as a quick holiday greeting card. The picture really does not do this card justice.

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This is such as cute card with the bundled up polar bear on the front. This project was relatively simple to make if an individual has the tools and equipment I had available. This card was created using the Cuttle Bug. The polar bear was cut out of the “Joys of the Season” Cricut Cartridge. The embossed background and highlighted seasons greetings on the bottom of the card is a Cuttle Bug product, but I’m not really sure what the name is.

I am entering this card in three different different challenges this week:

Cards For Men Blog

The Cuttle Bug Spot Blog

Paper Cupcakes Blog

I am so excited about this simple little card that I think I may tweak it a little bit and send it as a Holiday party invitation. The cards for men blog is looking for cards that would be best suited for men and dedicated to the approaching holiday season. The cuttle bug blog is looking for holiday themed greeting cards using the cuttle bug and the Paper Cupcake blog is wanting a wintry season white on white card.

Thanks for taking a peak at what I’ve got and keep scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.

Jessica

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scrapbook Page Idea – Baby Girl Easter Egg Hunt

So I know, I know. Everyone has Christmas Scrapbook Pages on the brain, but I was really tired of looking at Christmas this

early in the season, so I decided to make a scrapbook page that involved some of my favorite photographs. This Easter scrapbook page featuring my baby girl is so beautiful and really fun. It doesn’t feature any special papers or scrapbook embellishments, but it still looks great. Here is the finished product.

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The colors used in this picture were for a challenge: Colour Create – I was really excited when I saw this set of colors on a challenge for this time of year, so I had to take part – even though I wasn’t going to create a Christmas themed card. The colors required for this challenge were deep pink, turquoise and ivory.

I fulfilled the deep pink requirement with the 12x12 page I used. I highlighted the pictures with turquoise and the printed paper was an ivory base with all three colors mixed in with the printed flowers.

I tried to fill in space with buttons. I didn’t want to over do any of the embellishments because the printed paper was busy enough. I’ll be trying to enter a challenge 2 to 3 times a week because I really need to get on the ball with all of this beautiful card making and scrapbooking stuff we have.

Over time my scrapbook pages and creations are getting better and I’m really excited to see how much better I can get. Mom is still teaching me stuff everyday.

Thank for those who looked. Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes

Jess

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Playing in the Mud

This week I decided to enter a scrapbook challenge at The Color Throw down Blog. The challenge was to create a scrapbook page or card using three specific colors: old olive, baja breeze and crumb cake. I decided to use some pictures of me and the kids playing in the mud after a rainstorm. It actually turned out better than I thought.

I struggled with this challenge believe it or not. I don’t usually choose colors like this and because I struggled with the colors I struggled with putting the page together. That is the reason I picked this challenge this week, it got me out of my comfort zone and I am very pleased with the results of my scrapbook page creation.

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I think the page turned out really, really well. All of the scrapbook page embellishments are made using the cricut cutter. I made the letter “M” using the “Day at the Zoo” cricut cartridge and the brown background that looks like a mud puddle behind the pictures is a border from the cricut cartridge “Paper Lace”.

The “day at the zoo” cartridge has really cute lettering as well as cut outs for animals. The “paper lace” cartridge is very feminine and elegant, a great choice for girly pages.

The letters that spell “mud” are chipboard letters and give the page a nice three-dimensional or raised effect. I’ve been wanting to use these pictures for awhile and struggled with a color scheme to use, but I think that this turned out really nice. Let me know what you guys think.

Get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Scrapbook Challenge: Anything Goes – Purple Baby Girl Scrapbook Page

I had so much fun with the challenge this week. The challenge is for the Come and Get It blog and since it is the 5th week of the month you can make whatever you want – anything goes. I had some beautiful baby girl photos that I’ve been wanting to scrapbook, so I thought….”Why not kill two birds with one stone.” Here is my challenge scrapbook page entry

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Isn’t this such a beautiful page. Sometimes I think that less is really more. I see so many cluttered scrapbook pages and while some look nice, others are so cluttered you forget that you are really supposed to be looking at the picture, not the embellishments. The papers I used are K&Company. I draped purple and black ribbon across the bottom portion of the page and the purple on the tag at the bottom is a plum colored paint chip. So run to your local hardware store ladies, you can use those colored paint strips for scrapbooking.

Let me know what you think and get to scrapping those scrapbooks and keepsakes.

Jessica

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