Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hopping with ADORNit - Day Three

This is the last day of our ADORNit Blog Hop. We are winding up the hop with the Pink Hoot and Fern collections. They are the perfect palette of brightness and fun to scrapbook the amazing children in your life. These collections are so much FUN and make for the most fun altered projects!  I chose to use Pink Hoot on a terrific from ADORNit

After I spread everything out on my table and started planning my project, I noticed one of the stickers said, "Look whooo's too Cute."  That was it!  I had my idea! I decided to turn my plaque into a mirror with that sweet little quote.  I am going to give this away to one of the little girls in my life.

Here is my Mirror Plaque:

Before you make the ruffle, trace the shape of the plaque onto the patterned cardstock.  Be sure to trace the place where the holes are to string your ribbon through.  Set this aside for later.

To make the striped ruffle, I cut 1 1/2 strips of the cardstock.  I then cut little slits about every 1/2 inch.  Just cut around half way through the strip, you want your strip to stay in one piece.  Then on the opposite side, at each of those 1/2 inch slits, I gave the cardstock a little pinch.  This process will make your paper more pliable and will make it easy to  follow the curved edges.  Use a strong adhesive to adhere it to the outside edge. 

The next step is the small scalloped ruffle.  I cut 3/4 inch strips for this ruffle.  I then used an EK Success punch to make a scalloped border along one side of each strip.  Fold these as shown in the picture below.  You don't need to cut slits in this one.  It's size is smaller, so it follows the curves very easily.  Attach it to the plaque.

Use adhesive to adhere the traced and cut-out background paper to the plaque.

To make the owl, I enlarged  (about 25% bigger) a copy of the adorable owl on the paper.  I started with this shape to make the 'back' of the owl.  I used the pattern to add the paper wings and feet.  The raised body of the owl was made using some plasic packaging from an almost empty package of flowers.  It gave me a nice, slightly raised circle to work with.  Just make a couple of punched strips and fold them up and adhere them to the plastic along the bottom.  Trace the top 2/3 (approx.) of the circle and punch the edge.  Lay that on the top of the owl.  Finally, cut out the owl's eyes from the patterned paper and use pop dots to adhere them.  Add a tiny bow with the ADORNit ribbon and you are done!

I just sketched the tree limb and the leaves.  Glue those to the plaque and add your owl.

The finishing touch is to add some of these adorable stickers to the plaque.  I LOVE THESE STICKERS!  I used pop dots for more dimension.  I also added some doodles to the sticker.  Lastly, pull some more of the ADORNit ribbon through the holes and tie a knot for hanging.

You can find the plaque at ADORNit, too!  

It has been such fun to participate in this hop!  The ADORNit products are such fun to work with and I have loved ever one of the collections!  In fact, these projects aren't the last time you will see ADORNit on my blog!  I can't wait to play with these collections some more!

If you made it here from Aphra's Blog, you are well on your way!  If you started here, go back to Melinda's blog to start the hop!

Don't forget to leave your last comment at the ADORNit blog to have a chance to win the collection!!  Hope that you have enjoyed hopping along with us!

Thanks so much for dropping by!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Kid's Table and Bo Bunny!

Two posts in one day?  It's a record!  Please scroll down for the blog hop!

Remember the dreaded Kid's Table?  You know the one... a card table pulled out of the garage with the left-over dishes?  Sitting... Sighing... and Wondering what was going on at the good table ... why they had the pretty stuff and if they would EVER finish dinner so you could open presents!

Boy... I didn't realize how much I didn't like the kid's table!  lol

Well, I have the solution to the problem.  Pull out your Bo Bunny and make it a table where they want to sit!  Here is a picture of an example of a child's placesetting.  Most of you won't know that I love gingerbread men.  {I'll show you in a new post in a few days! :)}  This little place setting was a natural fit for me.

Start a tradition: The little red wine glass was my grandmother's. When we visited her, we got to drink out of this glass. When she passed away, these glasses were something that I was so thrilled to receive. Every time I pull them out, I think of her. Unfortunately, this didn't help with the kid's table at Christmas because she only had 2! :)  You can bet that when I have grandchildren, I'll share these and start my own traditions, too!

Place Card:  These are so easy!  Just pull out your Bo Bunny Double Dots!  I just love those papers!  The holly leaves were made using the Olivia Wraps.  Just cut out holly leaves and glue dot them under your bow.  I really like the added texture they add.

Gift Box:  This is just a folded little gift box made from more Bo Bunny Double Dot paper.  I used a tiny gift box that I picked up at our local craft store, pulled apart and used it for a pattern.  You could add treats, or you could add some tiny trinket toys to entertain your little ones while they endure the endless wait for opening presents!

Napkin:  Remember your mom walking by and cleaning you up with that horrible scratchy and stiff napkin?  A good solution, when making your napkins, use flour sack cloth or some similar soft fabric.  After all, this table is supposed to be kid friendly.  It's a cute homespun look, too!  If you take the extra few minutes to sew on your Bo Bunny Buttons, it will be something that you can use over and over again. 

Note:  The truth is that I couldn't find a white dinner napkin!  I do like the way it turned out though and I'm keeping it!  :)

Ornament:  Give the kids an ornament to remember this Christmas.  Drop it in a wine glass for added decoration.   You might want to add a tag with the date.  I just hot glued Bo Bunny Buttons to a red foam ornament, tied a bow and added a small ribbon for hanging.  Easy and Fun!

Finally, add some striped straws and if all else fails... remember that first picture?  You know, the one with the huge cookie?  I'm not above bribery!  Let them eat desert first... but ONLY if they sit at the kid's table!

Thanks for dropping by!  Be sure to check out the Bo Bunny Blog for more Place Setting Ideas!

Note:  Scroll down for the blog hop! 


Sock Hopping with Adornit! Day 2

It's day 2 of the Adornit Blog Hop!  Today we invite you to a sock hop!  So get your groove on and follow us along today's hop.  Today the featured collection is Vintage Groove!  This one is another really versatile collection.  It has so many options included all in one collection.  Anything from summery and bright to wintery and rich goes with this fabulous collection!  So beautiful and another one for your must haves!

Today it is my turn to share some cards that I made.  The Vintage Groove collection made these really easy to do.  There are wonderful papers, great stickers and of course, the beautiful ribbons.

With my smile card, I really concentrated on just the paper.  I just fussy cut some of the flowers and the title spot, then added lots of pop dots.  Finish up with a bit of hand stitching and a bow.

My next card is something new that I tried.  I used a punch to make three scalloped squares.  Instead of using the punched shapes, I used the negative that was left after punching.  Again, I added pop dots between the layers of paper to add a bit of extra dimension.  Super easy!  Add some punched and scrunched flowers, pop on one of the fabulous journal cards and that's it!  Another easy one!

Now... as you know... Adornit is giving away this collection!!  All you have to do is hop along with us!

If you made it here from Suzanne's blog, you are on your way and your next stop is Melinda's Blog.  If you started here, hop back to Suzanne's blog so you can start at the beginning.  Finally, don't forget to stop by Adornit's Blog at the end to tell them about your hop!  That is the last step to getting entered for a chance to
Win the entire Vintage Groove Collection!

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to join us tomorrow for the final day of the hop and another fabulous collection!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hopscotch with Adornit! Day One

Today is such a fun day!!  Adornit is hosting a blog hop! This is the first day and there will be two more!  Each day, you will have an opportunity to win the collection featured.   Some of my friends and I are sharing some projects that we did with the same collection and at the end of each hop, there is a giveaway at the Adornit Blog!  Yeah!

First Up is the Misty Collection!

What fun it has been to play with such quality products.  I alway love working with a collection that is so versatile and yet perfectly suits my own style.  The colors in this collection are really rich and beautiful.  Embellishing is easy when you have so many beautiful stickers and ribbons.  If fussy cutting is your thing, there are papers that are perfectly suited to that, too. 
Here is my project:

In addition to wonderful double sided papers, there are such fabulous stickers! Below, you can see the close-up of my flower cluster.  It is made almost entirely of clear and cardstock stickers.  The only thing I added was a bow from some of Adornit's beautiful ribbon!  Did you know that Adornit has ribbon?  Well, they do and it's gorgeous!

Even the grey flower is a sticker.  I just fussy cut it out of one of the stickers, added some popdots and it was ready to go on my page!

Be sure to keep Hopping to all of the blogs and leave a comment.  Then Hop back to the Adornit Blog and leave them a comment telling about your hop and you could WIN the entire Misty Collection!  You WANT to get your hand on this!

Here is the Order of the Hop
If you made it here from Melinda's blog, your next stop is Suzanne!  If you started here, be sure to go back to Aphra to make your way through the hop!  Don't forget to end your hop with a comment at the Adornit Blog!
Thanks for dropping by and be sure to join us tomorrow for another chance to win!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Creative Scrapbook Kits

Don't you just LOVE a great Christmas collection?  My Creative Scrapbook is filled with Christmas goodies!  The kits are all perfect for scrapping you Christmas pictures from the past or for getting ready for your Christmas pictures from this year!

The Main Kit features Bo Bunny Noel.
This collection is so rich and beautiful!  Pam has mixed it up a bit with the fabulous Teresa Collins Extras.  This one is a kit to remember!

The Album Kit isn't just for Albums!  It works beautifully even if you prefer to just do pages.  The featured collection is Girl's Paperie Tinsel and Twig. 

Finally, the Limited Edition kit!  This one features a combination of Iron Orchid Designs from Creative Imaginations and Holly Jolly from My Mind's Eye!  In addition to these fabulous paper collections, the flowers from Prima are amazing!

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Ornaments!

It's that time of year!  It's starting to look a lot like Christmas around the Herring house.  I've been decorating the house and even making some of my ornaments!  I love making ornaments to decorate my tree.  I think that it gives such a personalized touch.

The first one I made was all about Bo Bunny!  I used the Noel collection to make this one.  I just started with a store bought ornament and then added a bit of paper, some chipboard pieces, a rub-on and some of the fabulous trims from Bo Bunny.  So simple and it looks great on my tree!

A little hint about the green trim around the edges...  Just use a hot glue gun to apply the trim.  While attaching the trim, fold it in half along the stitch line and glue only the center part.  It will give you a pretty double ruffle effect.  Be sure to check out the Bo Bunny Blog for more ornament ideas from the design team!

I also made some ornaments using the FABULOUS kits at My Creative Scrapbook!  The first one is from the Main Kit and isn't it great that it also features the Bo Bunny Noel Collection?  Gotta love that collection!  I chose to put this one in a bread bowl full of potpourri, but it could be hung from the tree as well.

The next one was made using the Limited Edition Kit at My Creative Scrapbook... SUPER easy! Just take a vine from the kit and either use glue dots or hot glue to wrap it around a glass ornament. Tie a bow on the top and add a few berries! Simple and pretty!

The last one was a little ornament and card set made using the Album Kit at My Creative Scrapbook.  Christmas never gets by my house without a little something that revolves around gingerbread men.  I love them and they take over my kitchen at Christmastime.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Two Page Layouts

This month, one of my assignments at Bo Bunny was to create a two page layout.  Until last month, I hadn't made a two page layout in YEARS!  I have to say that I'm really enjoying them.  I love that I have so much more room to put my pictures and tell the story with two pages.  And... more room for fabulous Bo Bunny papers and embellishments!  What a great combination! 

Here is what I came up with.  I used the gorgeous new Midnight Frost release. 

This is the kids years ago on a rare winter vacation.  Being from Central Texas, we don't have REALLY cold weather often.  The best part was that it snowed the next day and they had a blast playing in it!

Be sure to check out the Bo Bunny blog for more fantastic two page layout ideas!  While you're there be sure to check out the current challenge!  You could win some Bo Bunny goodies!

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

To Alter or Not to Alter? Bo Bunny

To Alter!!  Of course!!

Today Bo Bunny is featuring some fabulous altered projects from the design team.  You need to be sure to check it out and see the beautiful things that the dt has come up with.  Inspiration abounds!

If you know me, you know that I love to alter things.  I have been doing altered items for most of my adult life without actually having a name for it.  There are so many possibilities with altering!  For today's Bo Bunny post, I decided to make an angel.  I had a lot of fun with this one!  I also just love how the non-traditional Christmas colors look!  The Winter Joy collection is a must have for everyone.  It's perfect for any of your winter layouts and projects!

Here is a look at my angel.  It is difficult to see the scale, but she is about 16 -18 inches tall. 

DesignTips: This was made with a paper mache tree topper cone. To make the wooden head stay on well, I cut the top off to give myself more of a base to adhere it to.

The arms are paper that is draped and glued over two pipe cleaners to help hold it's shape. Give your paper a very light spray of water to shape the curve of the arm and then hide the ends behind the wings on the back. Use hot glue to add the boa to the edges of the 'sleeves'.

To make the floral 'arrangement' that the angel is holding, I adhered everything to a circle of paper and then glued it all at once where her hands would be. The chipboard snowflakes are held to the ribbon by using two that are the same size and sticking them together with the ribbon in between.

Supplies Used:
Winter Joy Bundled, Winter Joy Brrrr, Winter Joy Magic, Winter Joy Stripe, Winter Joy iCandy Brads, Winter Joy Chipboard, Winter Joy Purple Pom Pom Wrap, Winter Joy Green Scrunch Flowers

Other Supplies Used:
Michaels Ribbon, Feather Boa, White Tulle, Tulip Dimensional Paint, Martha Stewart Glitter

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!

It Challenge Friday at Bo Bunny! This week, Bo Bunny has teamed up with Sketch Inspiration to have a sketch challenge. The design team was given a sketch to use for examples and you will want to check them out at the Bo Bunny blog.

Here is my layout based on the sketch.  I am LOVING the Learning Curve Collection from Bo Bunny.  It is perfect for any age of child, but I love how it works with my kid's teen pictures.  The colors are fabulous and the designs are so versitile!

Here is the sketch that the design team was given to use.  Such a fun one!

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Be sure to play along in the challenge!  You have until November 3 to get you layout done and have a chance to win some Bo Bunny goodies!  Don't forget to get the details at the Bo Bunny blog.

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2 Page Layout with Bo Bunny

Hi everyone!  Bo Bunny's blog post today is all about 2 page layouts! There are so many fun layouts that the design team made using the fantastically cute Whoo-ligans collection.  Be sure to drop by and take a peek!

I know that many of you on the message boards I'm a member of have asked for more 2 page layouts, so it was time to revisit these layouts.  I was trying to remember when I actually last made a 2 page layout and I think it was at least 3 years ago.  Funny, but I used to think that 1 page was harder.  Not True!!  I gave it a go and here is what I came up with...

Supplies Used:
Whoo-ligans Batty
Whoo-ligans Dot
Whoo-ligans Cut Outs
Whoo-ligans Combo Sticker
Whoo-ligans Batty for Candy
Whoo-ligans Spooky Die Cut
Whoo-ligans iCandy Brads
Whoo-ligans Noteworthy
Black Tulle Flower

Double Dot Paper - Orange Citrus Dot
Double Dot Ribbon - Grape Dot

I want to give a special thank you to my friend Paula for letting me use these ADORABLE pictures of one of her daughters.   Isn't she precious?

Don't forget to drop by the Bo Bunny Blog for more inspiration and thanks for dropping by my blog!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

It's that time again!!  Time for a fabulous blog hop and a chance to win a prize!  Really Reasonable Ribbon is having their monthly blog hop and you can win!!  Just go on the hop and follow the instructions for your opportunity to win some BEAUTIFUL ribbon!!  This month's ribbon club has a wonderful Christmas selection.  Just in time for you to get started on those Christmas projects.  There is so much ribbon included and it's all terrific!

Here is a little card that I made with some of the ribbons this month.  The shimmery green and the red are both included in the Ribbon Club assortment.  These ribbons are so gorgeous that I had to make a card that would do double-duty.  The wreath is actually a circle with bows attached all over it and is attached only at the top.  If you pull it off, it's an ornament!  Because the ribbon is so shimmery and shiny, I think that it will look great on a Christmas Tree. 

Here is the BEAUTIFUL Ribbon Club Ribbons!  Be sure to get over to Really Reasonable Ribbon to check these out!  While you're there, don't forget to look around.  There is sure to be just the thing you NEED.  :)

Now for the hopping information.  If you started here, you need to hop back over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog to get started.  If you made it here from Cassie's Blog, you are on the right track and your next stop is Mindy's Blog. Have fun hopping!  You are sure to find inspiration along the way!

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Contest Time at My Creative Scrapbook

Hi everyone!!  Just wanted to let you know that there is a contest going on at My Creative Scrapboook!  The prizes are AMAZING! 

Each month for three months, there will be a sketch.  Each month for three months, there will be 3 prizes!!  And if that's not enough prizes, there is a Extreme Grand Prize, too!! 

Be sure to check out the details here.   My Creative Scrapbook  You don't have to be a kit member to participate either.  This contest is open to everyone!

Here is the Extreme Grand Prize Picture

And this is the top prize for the first sketch .

Be sure to go check it out!  I'll see you there!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Creative Scrapbook Reveal

You know from the sneaks that I LOVED the kits again at My Creative Scrapbook.  Pam has packed these so full of beauty!!  I wanted to share my layouts and an altered item with you all.

First Up:  The Main Kit

Next is the Limited  Edition Kit


Last, but not least, is the Album Kit 

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bo Bunny Challenge - Card Sketch

Hi everyone!  It's time for a brand new card sketch at the Bo Bunny Blog!  This sketch is a great one and you are sure to want to play along!   Check out the sketch here.  You have until October 17th to get your card done!

Here is an example that I made.  I am just loving the Whoo-ligans collection! 

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sneak Peeks at MCS!

It's almost time for the reveal at My Creative Scrapbook!!  This line-up is over the top!!  There are so many hot off the press items from CHA!  Pam hit a home run with the entire line-up!

Here are a few sneeks to give you a peek before the reveal on the 5th.  I worked with 3 of the kits and there is one more, too!  You can see the sneaks from the designers that worked with the Creative Kit here.

Main Kit

Album Kit

 Limited Edition Kit

Thanks for dropping by!