Saturday, March 31, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: March Summary

March Kit
There are just a few days left for March's Sunday Afternoon Kit from Paper Made Bakery. This was a really fun kit to play with. Shannon added even more embellishments to the few remaining kits, so if you haven't ordered  yours yet, take a look here.

March's Sunday Afternoon Kit

Summary of Projects
I made four cards and a canvas wall hanging this month for the design team, and I still have so many supplies leftover.

April Reveal
On Monday, April 2nd, the next PMB kit will be debuted. We'll be having a blog hop with two prizes, and we'll be teaming with another stamp company that I can't wait for you to see. When I see a really cute stamped card, frequently the stamps are from this company. Please come back on Monday and join the hop!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pages from the Heart: Do You Feel Lucky?

Oh Baby, Baby
I shared a layout last week about my niece, Zemira which I posted in the 2Peas Gallery. After 5 minutes in the gallery, I got a request to feature it on Craft Gossip's blog for March 26. It is an inspiration site with daily samples and the latest news in crafting.

Away from my Desk
I am in the middle of some traveling and will be away from my desk until the middle of April. Currently I'm visiting Escondido, CA and will be going to Taiwan and Korea later this week. I'm furtively getting all my assignments finished and scheduled to post while I'm gone, so things should be the same on my blog.

The Reveal
This week Pages from the Heart is hosting a "Lucky Challenge." If you've ever made an item with a luck theme, send a photo of it to our DT coordinator, Andi for a chance to win something fun. You've got to ask yourself one question, "Do I feel lucky?"

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

I made a candy bar holder that slides open when you pull the ribbon at the top. I've made this once before, and it is quite easy to make. Here is my tutorial. My last one was a get well card with the added bonus of including some chocolate. This one can be for any occasion where you want to wish the recipient some luck and include a little gift inside. 

I incorporated this month's challenge's 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. I got the brad from my friend Becky, thanks!

To see all the other luck based projects from the DT, please take a look at Page's blog or visit the store. Don't forget to enter the contest yourself this week. 

That concludes the my Authentique Miracle Girl Kit series. This is the last of five items made from the same kit. The papers are simply gorgeous. Next month I'll be featuring some cards made from Canvas Corp papers for Pages from the Heart. 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pages Reveal: Oh Baby Baby Layout

The Reveal
Since I was given Authentique's "Miracle Girl" collection to work with this month from Pages from the Heart, 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. I had some photos of my niece when she was dressed up for Christmas morning, and a more casual photo when we both showed up wearing animal ears.  

Oh Baby Baby layout
Last month I made a wall hanging for her using this kit with some of the same photos which got picked up Create Magazine. This time, I wanted to make something featuring Zemira that I could keep so I thought a layout would be nice. 

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 seen four of them already, and the last one will be revealed soon. 

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.

Handmade Embellishments
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 of 10 fingers and 10 toes. 

Title and Pinkie Stamping
For the journaling I mixed and matched some die cuts with hand journaling, and balanced it on the opposite corner from the title. I basically framed everything in and made a central square grouping of elements. I border punched the outermost paper to give it a ruffled edge, matted the layout in gray and machine stitched a zig zag pattern to finish things off. 

Hope you liked the first baby girl layout that I've ever scrapped. 

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Paper Made Bakery: Changing Direction Card

The Reveal
I was thinking of some ways to get more use out of a stamp set and was experimenting with changing the direction of a stamped image. Hop on over to Paper Made Bakery to get all the details of how to change the direction of a stamp in today's post. It will double the contents of your stamps!
Change the Direction of a Stamp
If you like the stamps I've been using from Sweet Stamp Shop, take a look at March's Sunday Afternoon Kit. 

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Card

The Surprise Reveal
In honor of our fearless leader's birthday, members from the Paper Made Bakery DT secretly made Shannon, our coordinator and kit club owner, some surprise birthday cards. Join me in wishing Shannon  a happy birthday! Here is my contribution. Hop on over to PMB to see the other birthday cards.

Birthday Card

The Details
I only found out about this with one day's notice, so I just grabbed my Sunday Afternoon kit and put this card together using just the kit's contents. It came out so fun and festive.
3-D Bow
I thought a big fluffly bow would be fitting for a birthday card so I cut three 1" wide strips from my patterned paper and pieced one together. The bow is now 3-D, but I'm afraid after being mailed it will arrive 2-D. The writing on the background patterned paper states, "A little birdie told me" which I thought was fitting as one of the other DT members told us of the birthday, and the kit had a matching blue bird charm. So everything came together. 

Hope you enjoyed your surprise birthday post Shannon. 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: The Key to my ♥ Card

The Reveal
Hello, today is my reveal day over at Paper Made Bakery. Please stop by to see all the other projects created by the design team using the Sunday Afternoon Kit.

The Key to my Heart
We were tasked with creating a card in the CAS, clean and simple, style. I don't always scrap like this, so I had to stop myself from adding any more elements. I usually like to experiment with techniques, so next week I'll be back to my usual more complex style. Please hop on over to Paper Made Bakery to see all the details about this card, including my design inspiration and a peek at my new craftroom.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Pages Reveal: Lollipop Bouquet

The Reveal
This week for Pages from the Heart, the DT was charged with designing an altered item using a handmade embellishment. Here is my creation:
Lollipop Bouquet

The Inspiration
I was browsing through Pinterest and I saw a 30 Sucks Lollipop gift from Sisters' Stuff blog that I thought was a cute idea. 
Pinterest Idea
It reminded me of the lollipop bouquet I made for my sister's wedding. She wanted all the bridesmaids to have indiviually wrapped lollipops instead of flowers, so I had to figure out how to make it. Here we are in our resplendant glory. 

Vic's wedding with lollipop bouquets
Her birthday is coming up, so I thought it might be nice to pay homage to her wedding by creating a lollipop centerpiece that doubles as a party favor. 

The Details
The guests can take a lollipop from the bouquet when they leave as a party favor.  

Party Favor
Each lollipop is individually wrapped with using cellophane, Scotch tape, a tag and curling ribbon. 
Wrapping each lollipop

For the base I used a Nabisco Wheat Thin Stix box, since I liked the tapered edges of the box. 

Decorating the base
I cut down the box and decorated it with patterned papers, die cuts, ribbon, punched shapes and pearls. 

Centerpiece Base
For more information about the project, please see this post from Pages from the Heart's blog. For a more detailed tutorial and supply list, please see this post from Page's blog. 

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: Uplifting Card

Cricut Magazine
Happy Wednesday to you! I just wanted to share that the Apple Card I made Kevin for Valentine's Day will be published in the August 2012 issue of Cricut Magazine: Card Idea Book. It is for a section on Cards for Men. The ironic part is that I used a baby girl kit for the card as that was what I had out since I was working on some projects for Pages from the Heart. 

Masculine Valentine Card

The Reveal
Since it is Wednesday, I have a new card to show you using my Sunday Afternoon kit.

Uplifting Card
Please hop on over to Paper Made Bakery to see the whole card and get more tips and information on this project. My inspiration was actaully not from a Pixar film, but from a photo that Kevin showed me on his iPad.

National Geographic House
The National Geographic Channel teamed up with scientists and engineers to launch a real house into the sky using weather balloons. I thought it was a cool visual and matched the sentiment of following your dreams.

The Kit
March's Sunday Afternoon kit is so fun to work with. There are so many designs and embellishments to jump start your creativity. I can't wait to show you my next project in a week.

PMB's March Kit
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: March Kit Reveal + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

The Hop:
Welcome to Paper Made Bakery's March release blog hop! If you've just arrived from Ryann's site, then you came to the right place. If you would like to start from the beginning, please hop on over to Paper Made Bakery's blog. If you are lost, this the blog hop order:

Michelle (←you are here)

The Reveal:
I made a 7 x 7" canvas wall hanging for my nephew. 

Canvas Wall Hanging
The Kit:
March's Fresh Baked Kit is entitled, "Sunday Afternoon" to match Webster's Pages 6 x 6 tablet called "Sunday Picnic" which is included in this kit. The clear stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop has images and sentiments to match the patterned papers because it was made exclusively for Paper Made Bakery just for this release! Everything is perfectly coordinated so you can just start making your cards or altered items. 

PMB's March Kit

The Details:
The kit always comes with really fun embellishments, and this month is no different. The inspiration for my project was actually the 2" wide Maya Road Mega Bottle Cap. I was looking at it and it reminded me of the lens on my Cannon S95 camera, so I decided to paper piece a camera. I punched out a photo with a 2" circle punch and it fit perfectly in the bottle cap. I thought the camera was the right size to place on a small wall hanging.

I had previously purchased a finished canvas wall art at the dollar store for the purpose of altering it. It was cheaper to purchase a finished piece than a plain stretched canvas from the craft store. Go figure. I liked the green background color and the stitching already on the artwork so I kept that for my border. I just covered up the center image. 

Since there were the stitched Xs on there, I decided to repeat the design. I stitched a row of Xs on my camera and also randomly added some to my title to tie everything together.  

I used the stamp set for part of my title and cut out the main word with my Cricut on the lovely embossed Swiss Dot cardstock. I also used the stamp set to paper piece a kit to add some interest to the background. 

The bows on the kite tail reminded me of a bow tie so I popped one on my nephew's photo. Hee hee. Just be creative and have fun with the kit. You'll be surprised with what you can come up with. 

The Giveaway:
As a way to say thanks for participating in today's blog hop, Paper Made Bakery is giving a prize to one lucky participant. Here are the different ways you can win:

1. Comment on each blog, the more you comment, the better chance of winning!  
2. Share this hop on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or in an email.  
3. Comment on PMB's Facebook wall

A winner will be announced Sunday Afternoon, March 4, 2012.

Good luck to all! Your next stop is Lisa's blog. Remember there are daily inspiration projects and tutorials on the blog all month long. 

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