Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lucky Us! Challenge Reveal


Today we'll be sharing Becky's Lucky Challenge project, which turned out super cute and is very sweet! 

Let's take a look!

Love Note's Box by Becky

I began with a plain white box that I found at Michaels. Using Doodlebugs' Colorwheel and Petite Prints Collections, I covered the white box section by section, adhering the paper with Mod Podge. I let it set overnight and then started embellishing. The Cute Cuts that I had leftover from my January project kit were perfect for the top of the box. The inside looked a little bare so I added some more of the Colorwheel paper. I plan on using the box for storing letters my then-boyfriend, now-husband wrote me while he was working with a professional sports team and traveling a lot. The inside of the lid will eventually have some journaling describing the situation.

I truly love this collection and am so glad I could squeeze another project from my scraps!

Doodlebug Design - Colorwheel Collection - Fancy Florals
Doodlebug Design - Colorwheel Collection - Cute Cuts
Doodlebug Design - Petite Prints Collection
Doodlebug Design Alphabet Rub-Ons Bubblegum
My Little Shoebox Mini Alphabet Stickers - Lilac
Tim Holtz Box Feet
White Box
Heart Stick Pins

Thanks, Becky for this cute box!  I'm sure that you felt very lucky to receive the notes, which makes that box a Lucky in Love Box!

We'll see everyone next month for more Design Team reveals!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lucky Us Challenge Reveal!

Good Morning!

Today we're sharing Michelle's Lucky Project... which I'm pretty sure that any one of us would feel lucky to get!

March Lucky Project Challenge
Slide-out Candy Bar Holder
Patterned Papers: Authentique
Die Cuts: Authentique
Brad: We R Memory Keepers
Pearl: KaiserCraft
Ink: ColorBox Chalk
Corner Punch: EK Success
Ribbon: May Arts
Candy: Hershey's

This is a quick and easy way to wrap a candy bar. The candy magically slides out when you pull the ribbon at the top. It is basically a card you can make for any occasion with the added bonus of including a little gift inside. I incorporated this month's challenge luck theme by printing out an Irish blessing that included wishing someone good luck onto a piece of Authentique's patterned paper that had a neutral background. I wrapped a die cut piece around the blessing for an additional 3-D effect.
I thought the jumbo brads from We R Memory looked like Celtic coins so I included one at the top to match the sentiment and theme.

If you would like to make one yourself, there are numerous tutorials on the internet, just search candy bar slider. Here is a clear video tutorial:
Thanks for stopping by!

This Candy Bar idea would be great for a shower or birthday party favor!  You could even do it for any holiday, just change your paper to match your theme!
We're almost done sharing all of our March projects with you!  Remember, you can always stop in at Page's and see the projects in person!  See you tomorrow with our final Challenge project from Becky!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lucky Us! Challenge

Good Morning!

We're still going with our "Lucky Challenge", and today is my turn to share my project!

Shamrock Wand by Andi
QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Hearts
QuicKutz Doily Heart
QuicKutz Nesting Circles
Bazzil Cardstock
October Afternoon Farmhouse Paperline
Misc Fake Flower, Lace Ribbon, Manila Tag, Tulle, skewer
May Arts Stripped Green and Cream Ribbon
Fiskars Circle Punch
Ranger Distress Ink - Burlap

I was playing with the QuicKutz Sweetheart Release and I was trying to figure out a way to use the hearts for different occasions than the obvious love or Valentines.  I was staring and staring when I saw the hearts turn into the petals of a clover.  I remember seeing something similar made out of fabric in a magazine and I figured that I could do the same from paper.

I cut all of my hearts and the doily heart and a large circle.  I distressed the edges all all of my hearts and then arranged them on the circle so they'd look like a clover.  I glued them all down onto the circle and realized that I had a lot of empty space in the center.
I grabbed my QK nesting circles and cut a few circles.  I then hand cut a spiral into the circle so I could create rolled flowers (you can see a tutorial on my blog).  I made 1 large rolled flower and 2 smaller ones.  I then added a few fake flowers, 2 hand cut leave, a manila tag that you could stamp a sentiment on and some tulle and ribbon.  The clover part was now down, but I couldn't forget the stem.

I grabbed a kabob skewer and covered with paper.  I then glued it to the circle on the back of the clover.  I wanted to make sure it was really secure and had a nice finish, so I glued another circle (same size), over the skewer. 

That's it!  The clover is sitting on my mantle next to a picture of my leprechaun son and a "lucky" banner!

See you tomorrow with another Challenge reveal!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Lucky Us! Design Team Challenge Reveal

Good Morning!

Can you believe that March is almost over?!  Somehow I'm still stuck in January!

For March's Challenge, I decided to go with a "Lucky" theme, since St. Patricks Day in right in the middle of the month!  Each of the team members interpreted lucky into a project of their choice, and today we're sharing Debbie's project.

Lucky Penny Birdhouse by Debbie

Thicket (We R Memory Keepers CottonTail collection)
Must Have (BasicGrey Sweet Threads collection)

Scrappy Glue (Pages From the Heart)
Cosmic Copper Brilliance pigment ink
Craft paint - white and lime sorbet

Ribbon, paper flowers and birdhouse (Michael's)
Washers, Popsicle sticks and pennies 

When I first started thinking about the "lucky" theme, I remembered the little jingle "find a penny, pick it up and all day you'll have good luck".  So pennies were already in my mind.  Then I saw a floor tiled with pennies on Pinterest....and then I found my collection of unfinished birdhouses.

I painted the birdhouse white so that any imperfections in applying the paper would look intentional.  I carefully practiced the folded siding on another piece of paper since I had only one sheet of  "Must Have" from the BasicGrey Sweet Threads collection. The paper is scored and folded at 1/2", 3/4" and 1" intervals to create the overlapping siding effect.  The bottom flat layer is "Thicket' from the new We R Memory Keepers CottonTail collection available at Pages From the Heart.  A bit of my favorite brown polka-dot pleated ribbon finishes off each side.

 The pennies were easier to attach than I first thought - ScrappyGlue dried quickly and invisibly.  I found some old washers to frame the cutouts and painted another lucky symbol, the "7" street address (also available at Pages) in a soft green to pick up the color in the siding.  
I stained some Popsicle sticks using a copper ink pad and glued them into a flower box shape then filled it with paper flowers from Michael's Dollar Bin.

Thanks, Debbie!  And I think anyone would feel lucky to have this sweet birdhouse in their garden!

See everyone back here tomorrow for another "lucky" challenge!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Design Team Reveal with Andi


Today I'm revealing a fun gift set that I made for this challenge.  I really enjoy sewing and I'd been seeing all of these fun pin cushions on Pinterest, so I decided to make one to give as a gift to a friend of mine that also sews.  Of course, you cant give a give a crafted gift without a crafted card, so here's my projects.

Farm House Pincushion and Card Gift Set

October Afternoon Farm House Attic Trunk
October Afternoon Farm House Her Bureau
October Afternoon Word Stickers
EK Success Label Punch
EK Success Bracket Border Punch
Bazzill Cardstock
Wiltons Doily
Misc. Buttons, Burlap, Rhinestones, Cotton, Cotton Fill, Mason Jar
May Arts Ribbon, glitter tulle
Inksentials Crackle Glaze

So, as I said, the idea for this pincushion originated on Pinterest.  You have a pincushion on the top and you can fill your jar with your sewing notions, i.e. thread, needles, scissors, buttons.  I thought that the Farm House line would be a better paper line to use for this project!
I first bracket border punched the Attic Trunk paper and glued it to the mason jar.  I then wrapped burlap around the center of the paper.  I then started embellishing.
I added some crackle accents to the house sticker to help it looked a little aged, buttons and ribbons.

I had already made the card before the pincushion - since that was part of our assignment - so everything that I used for the pincushion was left over from the shadow box and card.  And I still have more supplies left!

I grabbed a 6" x 12" piece of cardstock and started distressing.  I then added 2 piece of solid blue cardstock, one was about 1/4" smaller than the other, and I took the edge of my scissors to fray the edges.  I did the same for the 2 patterned paper squares.

In the top corner I took a border scrap and the other half of the scallop circle (the other half was used in an earlier project) and the special sticker and stuck them in the top corner.  The card just needed some balancing out.
I gathered half of the doily and glued that down, then gathered the tulle and glued that down on top of the doily.  I then started layering the other pieces.

Since we were to make 2 handmade embellishments, I hand cut the button card from Her Bureau and then tied 2 buttons onto it so it would be a real button's card.  I layered other punches, word stickers, a scalloped circle with the silhouette sticker on top.  I crackle glazed the silhouette sticker to age it.  I added a few rhinestones here and there because I love bling!  And that was that! 

A nice gift for a friend with plenty of materials left over to keep on creating!

Well, that wraps up March's Design Team Reveals!  Check back in next week, we'll be showing off projects from our March Challenge, themed "Lucky"!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Becky's Layout Reveal

Good Morning!

Today we're back with Becky's last project, a fun layout!

"How We Roll" Layout
Supply List
Authentique - Celebrate Collection - Rejoice
Authentique - Celebrate Collection - Happy
Authentique - Celebrate Collection - Details Stickers
Authentique - Celebrate Collection - Elements Stickers
Coordinating Cardstock
Epiphany Crafts Round Punch and Epoxies
Black Brads
Letter Stickers

This month I was working with the new Celebrate line by Authentique. I love the red and teal combination and the overall feel of the line. It is perfect for a more grown-up going roller skating! Which is exactly what my friends and I did to celebrate a 30th birthday, complete with pizza and Hello Kitty treat bags! Very grown-up, I know.

 To make this layout I started with the Rejoice paper as my background. I found a sketch by Allison Davis which incorporated banners and die-cuts. I knew I wanted to use stars to match the background. Once I cut the large circles I began embellishing with stars I cut on my Cricut, an Epiphany Crafts punch, and stickers from the Elements sheet. The sentiments on the Elements sheet are perfect for a layout and I have plenty leftover for cards and other projects.
Thanks, Becky!  This layout is great and looks like the party was as much as the layout is!  If you're interested in sketches, take a look at Allison Davis' Sketch Support -
Thanks!  We'll be back tomorrow with my final project.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lucky Us!

The Winner!


We were so lucky this past weekend to have some of our favorite customers join us for our "Lucky March Crop"! St.Patricks Day will never be the same. We had green food, green cookies, green cups and green candies! We had a trivia game all about St. Patricks and we even "tossed some shamrocks"! One lucky winner got her crop paid for with our own hand-made scratch off lottery tickets.

Breaking News

Hold on to your hats, Ladies...Scrappy Glue has arrived!!  Oh Happy Day!!

Also, just in time for this first day of Spring, are new "Springy" days from Scrapping Cottage!

Debbie's Cards Reveal

Good Morning,

As Michelle mentioned yesterday, the March Assignment for the Design Team was to create their own embellishments, and I just have to say, that I've been very impressed with the different embellishments that each member has come up with!  I hope that you've seen something new and exciting too!

Today we're back with Debbie, who made 3 cards from her Authentique collection.  Let's take a look!

Cards Set by Debbie
Collection: Authentique Genuine Collection

My second project is a set of cards from the same Genuine collection.  The handmade embellishment is the ribbon and tag pin. 

 Look closely and you’ll see that it is a large safety pin onto which I tied 4” pieces of sheer patterned ribbon and hung three small tags from the “Details” sheet.   A small envelope with a “friend” letter – from that same “Details” sheet – perfectly complements the lined patterned paper on the second card.  And a variation of the pleated ribbon technique described in the tutorial above was used to make the ruffle on the third card.
Thanks, Debbie!  These cards look great, and it's so nice to see all the different ways she used the Detail sheet. 
We'll see everyone back tomorrow with a project from Becky!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Michelle's Layout Reveal

Good Morning,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful St. Patricks Day and there wasn't too much pinching!

Today we'll be sharing a beautiful layout that Michelle created using Authentique, the same line she used for her Lollipop Centerpiece.  Let's take a look!

Oh Baby, Baby by Michelle McClure
Since I was given Authentique's "Miracle Girl" collection to work with this month, I really wanted to utilize all the cute baby die cuts and stickers that are included in the kit. I decided to create a baby girl layout and luckily my little niece was willing to pose with me in matching animal ears jackets. Last month I made a wall hanging for her using this kit, but this time I wanted to make something I could keep. There are so many pieces in the kit, that I've made 5 projects already and I still have a lot of supplies left. You've seem two of the five now, all will be revealed in time.

Featured Collection: Authentique's "Miracle Girl"
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Papers: Authentique
Letter Stickers: Authentique
Die Cuts: Authentique
Ribbon: May Arts
String: Making Memories
Eyelets: Making Memories
Eyelet Setter: Making Memories
Pen: Pentel
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: ColorBox, Ranger
Glossy Accents: Inkssential
Thread: Coats & Clark
Other: sewing machine

The Details:
One component of our assignment this month was to use handmade embellishments in our projects. I made a clothesline of baby clothes by first setting two eyelets on my layout and running some pink string through the holes. I stamped the same image twice onto two different patterned papers and paper pieced them together to create different colors on the same item of clothing. I also cut out the safety pins from a die cut in the kit and glued it on top of the onesie to look like it is holding the onesie onto the clothesline. I added some Glossy Accents to make it look like an epoxy sticker.

For the title, I used a die cut as the main title block. I added a smaller die cut to accent it. I used some alphabet stickers for the subtitle. To match my subtitle of "10 finger 10 toes", I used my pinkie finger and stamped along one side of the title. It looks like part of the vintage paper, but it is a subtle way to embellish a page and further play with the theme.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by today!

Thanks, Michelle - I love this layout.  I love the softness, the colors, the photos... but I really think that the stamped embellishments turned out amazing.  They really do look like something that you would purchase!

Thanks for checking in today, we'll be back again tomorrow with another project from Debbie!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Heart Garland Tutorial

Good Morning!

Today I'll be sharing how I made the heart garland that was on my Shadow Box Tray from yesterday's reveal...
Old Book or Old Sheet Music
Fiskar's Heart Punch
Sewing Machine
Ranger's Distress Ink
Scrappy Glue

I started off by grabing my Fiskar's Heart Punch and some scrap book pages.  I punched a ton of hearts, but just do as much as you think you'll need.
I then inked the edges of each heart.  This is the most time consuming, but it does make a difference since you'll be layering your hearts.
Stack your hearts, one on top of the other, evenly (I used 2 different patterned hearts so you could see the contrast).

Take your stacked hearts to your sewing maching and start sewing.  I do one set of hearts at a time.  I don't backstitch, I just start doing a straight stitch down the center of the hearts.

Once I got started, I just kept adding hearts.  Once I was at the end of one heart, I'd grab another set and start all over, keeping them all on the same thread.  You can do as many as you want in a row.
Here's what they look like when you're done.  You can see just a little amount of thread between each heart set.  If you wanted more space you could keep sewing between each heart for a longer amount of time.
Just for my comfort, I then add a small dallop of glue to each of the ends - where the threads start and stop on the hearts.  I only do this to the first heart that I sew and the last - I don't worry about the hearts in the middle.  I use the glue inplace of backstitching.
I then separate each heart set so that you can see both of them.  I like this because it seems like it adds a little more dimension.
That's it!  Glue your heart banner to any card, layout or shadow box!  You could even just use these for home decor!

Well, that's it for me today!  I hope you have a great weekend, and maybe you can play along with us and try any of the tutorials that the Design Team has posted!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project Reveal with Andi

Good Morning,

Today is my turn to share a project that I made - yay!  I was given October Afternoon's Farm House line, which is one of my favorite OA lines of all time!

Shadow Box Tray by Andi

October Afternoon Farm House - Her Bureau
October Afternoon Farm House - Attic Trunk
October Afternoon Farm House Word Stickers
Bazzill Cardstock
EK Success Scallop Border Punch
May Arts Glitter Tulle
Inkssentials Crackle Glaze
Wilton Doily

Misc. Pearl Ribbon, Book, Thread, Button, Clear Dew Drops
Tray - Target $1 Aisle

I found this tray in the Target $1 aisle a few months ago - I picked up a gray tray and a bright pink tray with no real clue of how I was going to use it.  Part of the assignment for this month was to make a 3-D project with a handmade embellishment so I grabbed the tray and started at it.  I thought about actually keeping it as a tray and just decorating it, but then thought it might look good as a shadow box. 

I was super lucky to get October Afternoon's Farm House Line - most people that know me know that OA is one of my favorite paper companies and Farm House is one of my favorite lines!  Yay!  And fortunately, the paper that I got in my kit matched the gray and white tray.

I set to work gluing papers to the tray, starting with Her Bureau on the bottom of the tray and then scallop border punching 2 strips of Attic for each side.  Once that was done, I just started treating this as I would any layout, so I started layering paper, stickers, doilies, etc around where I wanted to place the photo.

I did a lot of hand cutting from the reverse side of Her Bureau, I cut the Pride and Prejudice Book from there, along with the Betty's Dress Shop Tag and the sewing scissors.  I used a lot of dimensional tape so that I would have different embellishments at different levels to keep the eye moving.  I added glittery tulle behind the book so give it some pizazz and the Dew Drops and Button because it was looking a little flat without them.  I added Crackle Accents to the Book and the scissors to help age them a little.

I made the heart garland from a Fiskars Heart punch, an old book and my sewing machine.  I'll be sharing a tutorial on that tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  I hope you get a change to play with Farm House - it's a paperline that inspired me!

I'll see you back here tomorrow for the heart garland tutorial!