Archive | February, 2012

Practical Scrappers Inspired By Challenge

29 Feb

Happy Leap Day!  🙂

Today at Practical Scrappers, we are sharing projects where we were inspired by others.  I chose this amazing mini book by Amy Tan:

You can check out all of her instructions (there is even a video) here: http://amytangerine.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-anyone.html

Here is mine:

One Thousand Gifts

Supplies: Journal, Fabrip, Astericks, Mr. Huey’s: Studio Calico; Letters: American Crafts; Gray Paint: Jenni Bowlin; Gesso: Claudia Hellmuth

I did not deviate too much from Amy’s original project, but I did add color all the way across in thinner lines.  I wanted it to look like a bunch of colorful branches, and I think it really does look like that (it looks even cooler in person.)  I painted the wooden asterisks with a JB dauber, and added those with the words.

I absolutely LOVED this project-so fun and easy, and I will definitely be making more of these!!!  Make sure you check out everyone else’s Inspired By projects on the blog today!

Finally, just wanted to mention this is my last post as a DT member for Practical Scrappers (my term is up.)  I just wanted to thank them for including me on their team-I thoroughly enjoyed my time!  🙂

P.S. If you were wondering what One Thousand Gifts means, I have been reading a book called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp with some of my girlfriends.  It is very good, and I highly recommend it!  Anyway, there is a challenge in the book (I won’t ruin the surprise!) to do a specific type of journaling, and this is my book for that.  🙂

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Practical Scrappers Challenge Me Tuesday-Ink

28 Feb

Today’s challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use ink!

I just got some new Tim Holtz background stamps (LOVE!), so I decided to ink them up and make some cards!

I used very few supplies:
white card bases
Distress Ink-Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo
stamps (Tim Holtz, Papertrey-sentiment)
gems (Basic Grey)

I chose two coordinating colors (one light, one dark) of ink for each card.  I took the lighter color and applied it to the card base.  I use a bristly brush as opposed to a felt applicator-I just find it works better for me.  Then, I stamped my background image using the darker color.  I trimmed the card down to just the size of the image, and then applied the darker color around the edges of the card.

I used the leftover pieces trimmed from the card base, and used the same inking technique to create the sentiment.

For the piece under the sentiment, I simply swiped the darker color ink onto another leftover piece of the card base, and then matted it underneath the sentiment.

On the brown card, I also added some gems, because the card just didn’t seem colorful enough.

These cards are very easy to mass produce, and depending on the colors of ink you have-there are endless possibilities there too.

Hope you enjoyed my “inked up” cards!

Have a great day!

Card Monday-Birthday

27 Feb

Today is my dad’s birthday.  Happy Birthday dad!  🙂

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico; Letters: Making Memories; Robots: Maya Road

I chose to use the color apple green for this challenge.

Paper Variety Challenge!

26 Feb

The Paper Variety challenge this time around was to take inspiration from this picture:

I chose to focus on the color green, and here is my card:

Thanks For All You Do Card

Check in with me again on Tuesday when I will have a more detailed post on how I made this card, as well as three others.

In the meantime, there is still time to play along at The Paper Variety-check it out here.

Project Life-January Part 1

25 Feb

Just wanted to share a few of my January pages:

I used the Echo Park Times and Seasons collection in January.  I used some Pink Paislee letter stickers, Paper Smooches stamps, and some K&Company Smash tape as well.  All other supplies were listed in my first Project Life post: https://creativekokes.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/project-life-my-introduction/

I love the rainbow letter A The Girlio colored (included on the laundry basket photo.)  It’s fun to have a way to include little things like that in my scrapbooking!  🙂

There you have it!  I will post more January pages next Saturday!

Have a great day!

Kid’s Craft Week #40-Secret Messages

24 Feb

OK, I saw this on Pinterest, and thought it would be too good not to try!  Basically, you write a message in white crayon on white construction paper, and then the kiddo colors over it with watercolors and the message appears.

We did it, and The Girlio LOVED it!  I have a feeling we will be trying this one out A LOT-she already wants to write secret messages to her friends.  🙂

 

Pinterest Thursday

23 Feb

Here are two more fun educational games I made off of Pinterest recently:

pin found here

-this was a great way to use up leftover alphabet stickers!

pin found here

we have tons of Easter eggs around here, so this was a perfect way to use them.  Both games were a BIG hit with The Girlio, and she even took one to a playdate so that she could play it with a friend.

I love quick and easy games (especially educational ones!) where I have all the supplies on hand!