Thursday, November 29, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: A Wreath of Words

Hello scrappy friends, happy Thursday! This is my last sneak peek this month for Paper Made Bakery. I've really enjoyed working with this month's Christmas Treats kit. When I was out shopping for a present for my sister, I was inspired to make this Christmas card. There are some great designs on Christmas packaging so keep your eyes open and be inspired by all the decorations this season. 

What I like best is that the sentiment is the visual image on this card. To see the whole project and further details, please see today's post on Paper Made Bakery's blog.

Thanks so much for droppin' by,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: Ornament Card

Hello scrappy friends, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending time with loved ones and eating lots of turkey. Today I have a sneak peek of a Christmas card I made with Paper Made Bakery's Christmas Treats kit

Unfortunately, the kit is currently sold out but the stamp set is still available with Fresh Squeezed Stamps. I just love how each set has so many little interchangeable elements. I think my favorite stamp is turning out to be the lollipop. 

I had previously used the lollipop as jack-'o-lanterns in this Halloween card I sent to my hubby's grandmother. 

This time I used it for Christmas ornaments with candy canes as ornament hooks. I have yet to use it for its intended purpose as a lollipop. To see the whole project, please stop by today's post on Paper Made Bakery's blog.

Thanks so much for droppin' by.
Gobble, gobble,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: Boy, Gingerbread Boy

Hello scrappy friends, happy Thursday! It is time for my weekly sneak peek with Paper Made Bakery. This month's Christmas Treats kit is just so gosh darn cute. I was inspired to make this little Christmas card using my kit. 

Who know, with a few modifications, it might just become my Christmas card for 2013. I designed it in Silhouette Design Studio and make the cuts on my Cameo. To see the whole project and further details, please see today's post on Paper Made Bakery's blog.

Thanks so much for droppin' by,

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sweet Stamp Hop: Another November Release Hop

The Hop
I'm so glad you came for a visit, would you like to join me for a spot of tea?

Welcome to day three of Sweet Stamp Shop's November new release hop. Today's hop features a tea themed stamp set entitled Afternoon Delight. If you came from Emily's blog, you are in the right place. Here is the blog hop order: 

Michelle (←you are here)
Misty (←go here next)

The Reveal
I made a card featuring the little tea bag stamps. I added some twine and stapled on a tea label to the stamp. I intertwined the string to make a heart shape. 

Former Projects
I also wanted to share with you one of my favorite layouts entitled, "Two a Tea," that I had previously made for Paper Made Bakery which features this set. 

Are those little tea bags just the cutest?

I also made a card featuring the teapot in the set. I cut out the teapots and used the negative space as a window for a patchwork quilt look. 

I hope you are inspired by all the Design Team's projects in today's hop. 

Be sure to check out Misty's creations next. 

Thank you so much for your kind words,

Paper Made Bakery: Countdown to Christmas

Hello scrappy friends, happy Thursday! It is time for my weekly sneak peek with Paper Made Bakery. This month's Christmas Treats kit is just so fun to work with and it perfect for those homemade gifts.

I made this as a present for my nephew. Can you guess what this is? To see the whole project with further details, please see today's post on Paper Made Bakery's blog.

Thanks so much for hoppin' by,

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sweet Stamp Shop: November Release Blog Hop

The Hop
Welcome to Sweet Stamp Shop's November new release hop. There is a new hop each day (Tu. - Th.) this week featuring a different set of stamps. Today's hop is a health themed set entitled Get Fit. If you came from Kelly's blogyou are in the right place. Here is the blog order. 

Michelle (←you are here)
Kim (←go here next)

The Reveal #1
I utilized the "get fit" theme by making a healthy snack pack for a friend who is on a Paleo diet. I purchased some snacks, placed it in a cellophane bag and make a topper using some of the cute stamps. 

I used some mini alphas for the title. 

For the embellishments, I stamped some of the images, colored them in with Copics and added some Glossy Accents for a shiny glow. 

The Reveal #2
For my second project, I decided to use the set in an unintended way. I took the scale stamp and converted it into a mini-frame on this back to school card. 

I hope you enjoy seeing all the new creations prepared by the design team!

Your next stop is Kim's blog 

Thanks so much for hoppin' by,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: November Reveal + Blog Hop + Giveaway

The Hop:
Welcome to Paper Made Bakery's new November release blog hop. This month PMB is joining with Timeless Twine for a combined hop with their design team. You'll see lots of great ideas on how products from both companies can work seamlessly together. If you've just arrived from Wida's site, then you've come 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 McClure (←you are here)
Lisa Arana (←go here next)

The Kit:
November's Fresh Baked Kit entitled Christmas Treats features soft, wintry papers from Lily Bee Design's Christmas Cheer collection, an exclusive pack of matching twine from Timeless Twine and coordinating images from Fresh Squeezed Stamps' Christmas Treats set. This kit is perfect for creating homemade holiday cards and gifts. But you can use it for anything. For example, I made a Halloween card using the stamp set, which you can view here

The Reveal:
I made a small shadow box wall hanging for my friends. When I saw some photos of their two kids lying on the green grass, I thought it would make a perfect Christmas photo after adding some red accents. I printed out the photo as a square and cut out extra white around the photo paper to look like a Polaroid. I printed out a Christmas quote and added embellishments from the kit, and played with the twine. 

The Tutorial:
I've been wanting to make some pom poms with twine for a while now, but found it too bulky for my cards and layouts. I chose a shadow box instead of a frame especially for this purpose. This 5.5 x 5.5" Ikea shadow box is the perfect size to work with papers and embellishments from a Fresh Baked Kit. These tri-colored pom poms turned out so cute, you might want to give it a try too. 

1. Wrap your twine 25 times around the tines of a fork. (You can wrap more or less times depending on how dense you want your pom pom. You can affect the size of the pom pom by the size of the fork you use and how many tines you wrap. I wanted a small pom so I used a small salad fork and only used three of the tines.) 
2. Cut a piece of twine and thread it through the center tine and tie a knot around the middle of the wrapped twine. 
3. Slide the tied twine off of the fork. 
4. Cut the loops on each side in half. You'll end up with a scraggly pom at this point. 
5. Trim to a uniform shape. 
6. For a fuller look, unravel the twisted strands. 

I hand cut two Santa Hats from red cardstock. I used Liquid Appliqué for the fur trim and adhered the pom pom on the ends. This turned a summer photo into a winter, Christmas photo. 

The Giveaway:
As a way to say thank you for participating in today's blog hop, Paper Made Bakery is giving away two great prizes. You can enter by midnight on Sunday, November 4th by using the Rafflecopter widget below. 

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for hoppin' by,