Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Elle's + Sneaks!

By now you may have heard that Elle's Studio released their first-ever paper collections at CHA...and two of them, Day to Day, and You & Me, will be available to buy tomorrow! 

I love both of these new collections, and can't wait to show my full projects using them in the February Elle's Studio DT gallery.

But, for now, here are my sneak peeks:































































































Aren't these papers great?  The kraft, the chalkboard, the colors...and the STAMPS I just love too.

Thanks for taking a peek at these new products, and be sure to watch for the Elle's Studio DT reveal on February 1st!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gettin' Vintage...

With the holidays and CHA over, I never got the chance to share my festive projects for Vintage Street Market.
So...here they are!

First up, a Christmas layout...have you scrapped any holiday pics from 2012 yet?  I'm working on it. :-)
This layout is from Christmas...1965, that is:



































I love that my mom put all her holiday goodies up on a big cardboard box, for a little photo-shoot.



























Glassine, gold, and vintage carol sheets...to see the product details of everything I used, check out the VSM blog HERE.

Next up, a fun little gingerbread card:




























Love the crepe, the bingo cards, and the yarn-with-twine.



























To start off the New Year, I created some nostalgic projects-in-pastel for
Vintage Street Market January:


































Here's my little one, circa 2002, sitting in my scrapbook box. :-)






















































And finally, a card to go with some baked goodies...not that I'm going to be making anyone any baked goods soon, lol:
















































Happy January to you all...I'm getting excited to gear up for February, Valentine's, and all that good lovey-dovey stuff!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Giveaway Winner + CHA pt. 2

First & foremost, according to Random.org, the lucky winner of Creative Spaces Vol. 2 is:

LIZZY HILL!

Huge Congratulations, Lizzy...be sure to email me your address so I can send it along to CK!

 And now, onto the most photo-heavy post of each year...CHA goodies pt. 2!
First off, my hands-down favorite themed collection of the show was:
Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters.














































The color story, the diecuts, the sentiments, the designs...perfection for my myriad of Oregon coast photos...and for me, the most unique themed collection of the entire show.



























My favorite non-themed collection, was hands-down Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper:


 Whimsy, elegance, and fabulous embellishments, like these polaroid frames:


Great fabric texture.
And these, my FAVORITE embellishment of the show:

Satiny gorgeousness...the perfect shape & size.

My other favorite embellishment of the show was these really cool frame overlays, also from Crate:

Instagram your photos - the old school way. :)
And here are some of the rest of my favorites:

Simple Stories Vintage Bliss - love this entire collection.















































Allison Kreft - another must-have paper of the show!







































Lily Bee Destinations - every B-side has a great icon-on-woodgrain pattern.



























Elle's Studio Serendipity
So happy when I saw these...a flashback to my beloved see-through alphas from times-past.



























Delicious colors!


Heidi Sonboul for GCD Studios


Diane Kappa for GCD Studios - favorite floral of the show!
Glitz Design + Echo Park = Birthday Wishes Photo Freedom

Dear Lizzy
Color Me Happy - Glitz Design
Phew! There you have it...my CHA product highlights, part two.
If this post wasn't photo-heavy enough for you, lol, I have more CHA favorites on Pinterest HERE.

Now that I've exhausted your interest in new product, I will get busy with some layout & project posts up next...thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

CHA Trends: Part One

I'm back from CHA, still reeling & smiling from the overwhelming, fantastic time!
(My CK Creative Spaces Vol. 2 Giveaway is still open until Tuesday...so be sure to go to the POST BELOW if you haven't commented for a chance to win!)
 

Ok, so yes, I'm trying to smooth over my dorky, social awkwardness & many foot-in-mouth moments, lol...I may not make the best first impression, just sayin'...but despite all that, I had a great time meeting new friends, spending time with old ones, and geeking out over meeting several of my scrappy heroes.

On to the product...today, just a quick peek at some top trends I liked from the show.
Trends...both new and those still going strong & picking up steam:

Gold & metallic neutrals...along with papers, I saw a lot of this in art mediums, sequins, rub-ons, vellum, & tapes.
Pink Paislee Luxe

Viva Inka Gold
Embellishment Must-Haves:  Wood Veneers, Shaped Clips, Mini-bags, Washi.

Basic Grey Hipster


































American Crafts Hopscotch Wood Tags...love this big size.


































Prima Houses/Borders



























Allison Kreft for Webster's Pages

Fancy Pants
Love these Prima clocks.

Prima...love the banners!





















































































Favorite tape of the show!

Glitz Hearts.





























































So SOOOO much more to show...papers, more art mediums, make-n-takes, & top favorite collections.
































So much inspirational product & so many inspirational artists & designers.
My mojo is going strong and I can't WAIT to get back to creating!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Creative Spaces Vol. 2 GIVEAWAY!

*revised with a GIVEAWAY!*
Finally...so excited...the release of Creative Spaces Vol. 2!

I'm thrilled to part of this inspiring issue...there's just nothing quite like getting a peek into the creative spaces of fellow crafters...a peek into what inspires them & the environment that gets them motivated to create!


The lovely team over at CK has given me an issue of this inspiring publication to give away on my blog, how wonderful is that?!

So, please leave a comment below to be entered to win, and I'll choose a winner once I return from CHA! 

In honor of this issue release, here's a little sneak peek into my crafting space:










































After a while of being on the lookout for a small, many-drawered piece that would fit my little nook at the bottom of the stairs, I scored this find during a Target seasonal release...love it!

It's functional as well as closed, which is key to my space, since my scrap corner is open to the main family area of our home.

























It stores SO MUCH stuff...plenty of room for all my mists, paints, trims, flowers, chipboard, vintage ephemera, glitter, glue gun, and other small tools.

So, when shopping for your own space, my advice is to keep your eyes peeled for great multi-compartment pieces in all shapes and sizes!

Up next, here's a little DIY project for you.  I bought basic white IKEA curtain rods for my valences, but wanted to spruce them up a little, since they were for my creating corner.

Here's my simple solution...easy custom finials that reflect my style:
































I bought crystal finials (vintage ones or drawer pulls would be great for this), and attached them to the IKEA rod with long screws.
Then I topped them off by hot-gluing a large pearl brad, with the prongs cut off:






























There you have it, a fun & super-quick way to add  a little bit of a unique crafty touch to your space!

For more chances to win a Creative Spaces issue for yourself, as well as see more inspiring storage solutions, check out these links:

Creating Keepsakes Blog - Creative Spaces Vol. 2 Release
Creating Keepsakes Blog: Storage Solutions & Giveaway

Or to buy a copy of Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 for yourself or someone else, it's available here:

Creative Spaces Vol. 1
Creative Spaces Vol. 2  

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and for sharing in my excitement over being able to be part of just a gorgeous CK Special Issue.
I'm off to prepare for CHA, and will be back in town next week, surely bursting with ideas & product-overload excitement to share with you when I return!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Yep, I finally caved...

It's true, all these years, I've resisted spending the $$ on an electronic die-cutting machine, or expensive scrapbooking tool of any kind.

But for Christmas this year, I caved and got the Silhouette Cameo!
I have to say...it's just amazing, I'm hooked.  In LOVE.

To illustrate the above-mentioned Love, here's a layout where I may or may not have gone overboard on the die-cut background:



































Yep, I had fun making this, LOL. 



























Used a mix of old+new products along with the background, frame & title cut with the Cameo.
JBS, OA tape, & Pretty Little Studio, along with some super-old Heidi Swapp acetate hearts...love those things but finally depleted my stash! :-)



























Excited to continue to explore the fun possibilities of the Cameo...thanks for stopping by!