Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hybrid Paper Crafting Featuring Wendy Bird Designs

Posted by nun69

Well if you don't think you can hybrid, think again! All you need is a printer and some adhesive! You don't even need to be a digital scrapper to work with WendyBird Designs

Not only can you use them with your digital scrapping supplies, but she has them in PDF format so you can print them as a template and trace on your paper cardstock/pattern paper or even print the template right on to your paper from your printer! 

We, the Digi CT, made everything from Halloween Haunted Houses out of her Milk Carton Template to Notepad Holders for Xmas gifts to adorable Cupcake Holder Boxes!  

First, let's show off all those wonderful Cupcake Boxes using her Cupcake Box Template that some of the lovely ladies made for the crop contest!
Wendy Bird Designs Cupcake Box

created by Celticrose

created by nun69

Here is a project featuring Wendy Bird Designs' Notepad Holder Template:
Keep Me Posted Template

  note pad holder created by FairyMouseMom

Create unique goodie bags using the Treat Tent Template:
wendy bird treat tent template

created by janell
finished treat tents

Wendy Bird Designs offers a wide selection of specialized templates.  All of her designs come with easy to read instructions that include a visual counterpart so you can easily understand and follow them! So if you haven't checked out her shoppe, go now and see all the goodies that you can make! 

 ~Visit Wendy Bird Designs' Shoppe at

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Birthday Celebration Ideas Featuring Crate Paper's Random Collection

Posted by SarahA (Sarah):

Around this time of year, there are several birthdays in my family and I wanted to come up with some fun, personalized ideas.  Keep reading to see some fun, easy  projects that come together quickly. There's even a layout idea for easy event scrapping!

Happy Birthday Card

I made this fun card using the Random line from Crate Paper. Lots of layering was the key to this card. I used several of the papers and a lot of the die cuts from the sheet included in the collection pack. These die cuts are the same as the chipboard pieces, so you could use either to make the card. 

I outlined the letters with my black Zig pen for a little more dimension, used foam adhesive under some pieces, then sewed on some buttons. It's fun to take all of those little pieces and layer them up until you like what you see.  Lots of detail make for a fun card! When you have a card with a lot of dimension, they don't always fit in envelopes well. 

To remedy this, I put it in a glassine bag. I used a border punched strip, a few more pieces from the die cut sheet and then folded the top down and sewed it shut with my sewing machine. 

Birthday Pin

Five years old is an important birthday, so I wanted to be able to show it off! I started by cutting a 2.5" scalloped circle with my Slice. I then cut ribbons to my desired length and then hot glued the ends to the middle of that scalloped circle. I really loved these bright new ribbons from Martha Stewart for this project- so many colors in one package! 

Different widths of ribbon add a fun factor, so I added some wider ribbon from Fancy Pants. Next I cut a 2" circle and a 2" scalloped circle and adhered them together. I then added foam adhesive to that and layered it on top of the ribbon. Next I adhered a 1.5" circle to the center of that and added my number. 

I added Diamond Stickles around the edge of the smaller scalloped circle for a little bling. My last step was to hot-glue a pin back on the back. If you don't have a new pin back handy, just go looking around in your junk jewelry to pull one off something you don't wear anymore!

Birthday Crown

Who doesn't want to be a prince or princess on their birthday?! I downloaded a crown template here, then printed it out on the backside of my paper from the Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue line. I used my Slice and the Applique Basics design card to cut varying sizes of butterflies, then adhered them with foam adhesive. 

I also cut the shadow piece for the large butterfly and adhered that laying flat to the crown. A small circle with the age in the center was added to the middle of the main butterfly. I added some KaiserCraft pearls to the tips of the crown, then sprayed the whole crown with Silver Plated Maya Mist for some sparkle. Pearl Glimmer Mist is another one for lots of sparkle and shine!

Five Years Old

I struggle with "event scrapping" (birthdays, holidays, etc) sometimes because it always seems there are so many photos and so much you want to include to really capture the day. To remedy this, I printed one large photo that I felt represented the day. Then, I chose several smaller photos that helped tell my story and included those, too.

I think four photos can pretty much sum up most events and that way I still had plenty of room left for journaling and a few embellishments. I really liked the little bit of grey on the paper at the bottom where I used the Jillibean date sticker, so I misted some of the Fancy Pants filter paper embellishments with Charcoal Maya Mist for another pop of that color.

Some products used:

Random Collection Kit By Crate Paper

Birthday Pin:
Watermelon Paper - Watermelon Gazpacho By Jillibean SoupYellow Bell Pepper Paper - Watermelon Gazpacho By Jillibean SoupModern Festive Duet Ribbon By Martha Stewart CraftsAbout A Girl Ribbons by Fancy Pants

Saturday, October 22, 2011

How To Make A Shadow Box

Posted by ScrapGoo

This tutorial will show you how I created this shadow box frame from the Pink Paislee Mistables frame and the Farmhouse collection from Crate Paper.

You will need:
- The Pink Paislee Wood Shadow Box frame
- Pink Paislee Mistables scallop trim
- A piece of each "Sunday Dinner" and "Cupboard" papers from the Crate Paper Farmhouse collection
- Farmhouse chipboard stickers
- Farmhouse border stickers
- Farmhouse phrase stickers
- A coordinating mist or paint (I used Heirloom Blue Mister Huey from Studio Calico)
- White acrylic paint
- Foam tape or pop dots
- buttons and twine

To begin you need to mist or paint your frame.  I misted mine but I wanted the inside to stay light so I used a piece of scrap paper as a mask along the inner edge. After you've misted a side use a paper towel to blot up the excess and rub the color in.

I wanted my frame to have some added depth so I watered down some white acrylic paint and brushed it along the edges.  Again I used a paper towel to soften the look after painting it on.

Cut a piece of the orange paper slightly smaller than 7" x 9".  Stich a white border.  Adhere it to the bottom of the frame.

Cut a 1.5" strip of the green leaf paper.  Stitch a white border.  Adhere it to the right edge.  Then add a strip of the teal border sticker and then a strip of the red border sticker.

Cut two strip of wide scallop Mistables trim and layer them so they are offset to show off the scallops like so:

Cut a 4.75" x 5.5" piece of the teal dot paper and adhere as shown:

Print and cut a photo to 3.75" x 4.5".  Add the chipboard frame on top and add three photo corners as shown:

Use 2-3 layers of foam tape or pop dots to elevate the photo frame on top of the teal photo mat. You want the photo to be raised enough to give the frame nice layered depth and for there to be enough space to tuck embellishments under.

Next we are going to add those embellishments.  To the right side add: the rectangular scalloped sticker, the "thankful" sticker, the clock chipboard, and the "3" chipboard.  If you do not have three people in your photo you can choose a different piece of the chipboard or you can cover the number with a button.  Use foam tape to raise the edges of elements where needed to support the added depth and layering.  Finally, add the teal chipboard flower on top of the photo frame.

To the top add: another flower, the "delightful" sticker, and a small round piece of chipboard.

Form a flower with the small scallop Mistables trim and an adhesive circle.  I used a Gluber but you can use whatever adhesive you have as long as it is strong.  Start at the outside edge and ruffle the trim around towards the center until you have filled the circle.

Add two chipboard buttons tied with twine.

Adhere this flower to the lower left corner of the frame with the large red chipboard flower layered under it.  Add the "Sweet" chipboard title to the right of the trim flower.

Cut a 6" x 1.25" strip of the green leaf paper and accordion fold it.  Use a very strong adhesive such as Zip Dry to create a half circle tucked behind the trim flower.  You will need to hold the edges down until they are dry to make sure they remain stuck! Add a small piece of chipboard in front of the half circle.

Tie two small bows to the ends of the chipboard banner.  Add a small coordinating button to each scallop on the banner.  Adhere the banner to the upper right corner of the frame.

And that's it!  This project has tons of fun details but really takes very little time to complete.  I hope you've enjoyed it!

I used the following products on this project:

Friday, October 21, 2011

How To Make A Mini Album Featuring Bo Bunny's Et Cetera Collection

Posted by nun69 (Angie):

Step by step instructions to make a Mini Album featuring the Et Cetera Collection by Bo Bunny -

Gather all of your supplies including stuff from your stash such as ribbons, buttons. Wordart, brads, letter stickers, etc

{optional}Ink all the edges of your album

Decide on your photo placement

I decided to “cover” my image that was going to show through on the front cover…so I placed one of the bracketed images from the sheet on the backside of my photo - see the image it makes more sense:

Crop and mat {I also inked the edges of my matted photos} your photos as you go and place them on the page

Then go back and add any embellishments you like…all of the pieces that I could ink/distress I did :)..I also pop dotted embellishments here and there throughout the book.

Anything that I wanted to journal on I did as I went along as well…and as you can see I LOVE adding me some flowers to anything I do:

And really you just put it all together with the rings and are done…I opted NOT to add ribbon to my rings, because my album was kinda “fat” since I added a lot of 3D elements to it, but you don’t have to pop dot anything and can then add ribbon to the rings.
Front of my album :)

Products Used:
Bo Bunny Et Cetera Mini AlbumBo Bunny Et Cetera Bradsirene's garden flowersEt Cetera Cut Outs Paper Et Cetera Just Be You Cardstock StickersLive, Love, Laugh Cardstock Stickers Et CeteraChocolate Flourish Paper Bo BunnyCoffee Stripe Paper By Bo Bunny