Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Basic Grey Projects by Andra Hoffman

Designer Andra Hoffman has created a few great projects using Basic Grey Green At Heart, Kioshi and Origins!

"19" - I love how Andra combined the Green at Heart and Kioshi papers in this colorful card!

Basic Grey Kioshi: Motochi, Yuriko, Camelia; Green at Heart: Sage and Emerald; Origins: Pieces

"Ella" - I love how all the purple colors accent the photo and give it such a feminine feel! Take a closer look at that green butterfly in the upper right corner- Andra used two photo corners to create it!

Basic Grey Kioshi: Rebun, Yuriko, Sayuri, Lily Child, Camelia; Green At Heart: Element Stickers; Origins: Element Stickers

"Nana's Boy" - I love the colors and all the distressing on this layout!

Basic Grey Origins: Henna, Hot Stone, Cucumber, Sugar Pea, Element Stickers, Pieces; Two Scoops: Brads; Sultry: Buttons

Check out the Project Ideas category for more inspiration from the designers!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 26, 2010

On The Boardwalk Mini Album by Sandy Windsor

Heading to the beach this summer? Check out this great mini-album created by Designer Sandy Windsor using the new Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk collection. Sandy's thoughts and design inspiration are quoted below each picture.

"I used an inexpensive child's board book to create my mini Boardwalk full of pages to capture fun memories....I could easily fill this mini with beach pix, vintage photos. or just fun family snapshots...still not sure which I will choose. I covered the book with a fun filled paper with cheerful photos and colors. The title is just one of the fun borders that is a part of this pack. I used some of the vintage photo tags to embellish the top of a larger interior tag and added some Prima flowers and a fun shell to the cover."

"Check out this fantastically fun paper....I could not bring myself to add more that some eyelash yarn.......lots of room for photos here....I may not add much at all...could not bear to cover up those 3 handsome gents in the corner!"

"Here I have added an envelope with a brad and floss closure...the envelope is cut from Plantin...there are more photo mats hiding inside. The frames are covered with more paper from the stack...and those fun tickets....don't for get to click to enlarge the photos...they are actually a border on one of the papers...I love the look of them!!!!"

"Here is a view of the envelope open with the additional photo mats....oh and did I say WOW....I just adore this beautiful orange lace ribbon by Prima!"

"I used sandpaper to created my pocket on this page....gotta love that bathing beauty tag not to mention the other ladies hanging out on the beach...I used another of the border pieces along the side of the page to add a title. the the top of the page you can see the back of an old clip on earring...I will use it to hold a photo."

"These pages have lots of room for photos or journaling....I have to share the link I used for this fabulous envelope page...check out this super fun tutorial by Laura from Following The Paper Trail The shell was cut with my Ocean of Words cart and opens...you will see that soon....."

"A pic of the shell opened up...don't know if you can see it in the pic but the two inside pages have been embossed with my Cuttlebug. The tags from the envelope page have some fiber and I added a shell to the smaller of the two...the post card is cut from one of the papers...it is accented with a paperclip with some buttons glued to the top."

"The last 2 pages are covered in fantastic designs....I used my Mickey and Friends cart to cut eh film frames, added some more of the tags from the stack and a bright Prima with a starfish bling as a center."

"One last shot of the the fun, fun tags from the 1st page."

What a fantastic mini-album! For more detail of this mini-album and to see more of Sandy's work, be sure to check out her blog: Details by Sandy.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We're back!

We are back from our vacation! We had a great time in Boston and now it's time to get back to work! Please be patient with us while we catch up on shipping. We should be all caught up by the end of the week!

Make sure to check out our Project Ideas category for all of the Design Team's work! Each lady also has an album on our Facebook page - be sure to check there as well for all of their great projects!

Now for the winner of the Pinecone Press Easter papers and die-cuts: Congratulations to Jennifer Robin! Send us an email with your shipping address and we will send you some neat Easter goodies!

Stay tuned for more Design Team projects and maybe a mini-album of my family vacation!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More Design Team Work!

Check out these wonderful layouts created by Designer Nanne Harry using two of the new Bo Bunny collections: Sophie and Roughin' It and several shades of the very versatile Bo Bunny Double Dot papers. Be sure to check our Project Ideas category as well as Nanne's blog for more detail on all the products she used to put these layouts together.

I love the feminine feel of these layouts using the Sophie collection. They have all of my favorite elements: bling, flowers and lacy ribbon!

Little Sweetheart Layout

Bo Bunny Sophie: Rae, Bouquet; Double Dot Papers: Passion Fruit, Ocean

Beauty & Strength

Bo Bunny Sophie: Bouquet, Joy Die-Cut; Bo Bunny Double Dot Papers: Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Ocean.

Check out these Roughin' It layouts! I love the versatility of this collection. Nanne showed us how it can be used for both boys and girls!


Bo Bunny Roughin' It: In The Woods, Stripe, Cut Outs; Bo Bunny Double Dot Papers: Chocolate, Harvest, Wasabi.

Real Girls Go 2 Camp

Bo Bunny Roughin' It: Dots, Leaves; Bo Bunny Double Dot Papers: Buttercup, Harvest, Orange Citrus, Wasabi

Great job Nanne! I'm impressed by your talent!

Don't forget to check our Project Ideas category and now Facebook to see all of the designers work!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Design Team Work, Spring Break and more!

Our first design team has been busy with all the great new products! I'm impressed by their talent and feel very lucky to have such a great group of ladies designing for the store! Their work is being posted in the Project Ideas category first before I show it off on the blog. Also, be sure to check their blogs (links on the right under Design Team Blogs) for more of their work!

Check out these great cards created by Designer Leah Schaeffer using the wonderful, Limited Edition Bo Bunny Jazmyne collection!

Leah distressed the edges which can be done with an edge distressing tool or just with a pair of scissors.
Next she stamped with Bo Bunny Flourish Acrylic Stamps in Aged Mahogany distress ink (and did a bit of faux stitching with a brown marker). She used a small circle punch to punch out the small white flowers and then popped the Jazmyne Wellspring to give some dimension. From a scrap of the Jazmyne Wellspring, she hand cut the center of another flower and popped that with dimensional foam and tied a small bow with embroidery floss.

Leah stamped over the Jazmyne Symmetry with the Bo Bunny Flourish stamp set and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. She also inked the edges of the paper with a brown ink. For the flowers, she punched a few circles from Jazmyne Mist and layered those, popping the smaller circles with dimensional foam and distressing the edges. She used just a few punches from a Martha Stewart leaf punch for an accent.

This card is a fun combination of the other two. The part that was a new experience for Leah was stamping across glitter paper... the glitter part did not hold the ink and because distress ink dries more slowly, she just wiped off the ink and it left only part of the stamped image showing! She loves how that turned out! She used a large circle punch to show the flower on the background paper. Cut another flower to layer on top and used brads for the flower center.

Wow, Leah! These are great cards and what a fun way to use stamps! Thanks so much!

Spring Break - Don't forget we are now closed for Spring Break. You can still place your orders online and shipping will resume on March 24. I hope to create a mini-album of our vacation to display on the blog when we return - after the shipping is all caught up, of course!

We've extended the deadline on the Easter Pinecone Press drawing. Be sure to leave a comment (to that post) and you may win some fun Easter papers and die-cuts from Pinecone Press! We'll have the drawing when we re-open on March 24!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sketch Challenge at SOUS

Have you seen this weeks sketch challenge over at StuckOnUSketches? I just love what the ladies did with all the same sheets of paper and not just because it was donated by yours truly! :o)

Generations Crafting donated a few sheets of paper from the Basic Grey Sugar Rush collection to each designer. They used a wonderful sketch by Becky Fleck to come up with four completely different interpretations! I absolutely love seeing how differently sketches and paper can be used and I can't wait to have a challenge of my own!

Here are the papers donated to the SOUS designers:

Basic Grey Sugar Rush: Airhead, Big Cherry, Lollipop, Runts

Here is the wonderful Becky Fleck Sketch:

Here are the designers interpretations of the sketch using the same Basic Grey papers:

A Mother's Treasure
Created by Designer Nanne Harry
Nanne's Creations

Created by Designer Sandi Clarkson
Soft Side of Sandi

My Wish My Boyssss
Created by Designer Sandy Windsor
Details by Sandy

Road Trip
Created by Designer Leah Schaeffer
Beeing Creative and Feeling Cherry

So be sure to hop on over to SOUS and check it out! Play along this week and you may even win yourself a little blog candy!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Pinecone Press Cards and A Winner!

Easter is right around the corner - can you believe it?! Here are a few fun Easter and Spring designs from the Sweet collection from Pinecone Press. Check out these darling papers and die-cuts:

Spring Stripe

Spring Frames - the perfect backgrounds for cards!

Bunny Die-Cuts - No fussy-cutting, it doesn't get better than this!

Here are my cards - again, scraplifted from Pinecone Press, but modified slightly to make them my own! Egg die-cuts from my Big-Shot, bling and fibers are all that I added to these super-easy cards!

Pinecone Press Spring Frames, Bunny Die-Cuts. Pink sheer ribbon and bling (on the wheels) from my stash.

Pinecone Press Spring Frames, Spring Stripe, Bunny Die-Cuts. Eggs die-cut from Sizzix Eggs Die and Big-Shot Die-Cut Machine. Bling and Stickles from my stash.

Pinecone Press Spring Frames and Bunny Die-Cuts.

Pinecone Press Spring Frames, Bunny Die-Cuts. Bling from my stash.

Pinecone Press Spring Frames, Bunny Die-Cuts. Tulle and Bling from my stash.

Pinecone Press Spring Frames, Bunny Die-Cuts. Bling from my stash.

Now for our winner of the Pinecone Press Birthday Hoot Papers and some bling! Congratulations to Wendy Crowe! Send us an email with your shipping address and we'll send out your fun goodies!

Want to win the Sweet papers and die-cuts? You know the drill! Leave us a comment about what your Easter plans are and we'll have a random drawing on Monday! We'll give you 2 each of the papers (Stripes and Frames) and those cute Bunny Die-Cuts! Don't forget the bling! Good luck!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Calling All Card Makers!

Do you love to make cards as much as I do? If so, we have some great new papers from Pinecone Press just for you! The Birthday Hoot collection is super-cute and I couldn't wait to fussy-cut all of those great cupcakes! Take a look at these great papers:

Birthday Hoot Party Games - Perfect background paper!

Birthday Hoot - Party Hat - Perfect background paper (let's not leave out the boys!)

Birthday Hoot - Say Cheese! - The perfect sized card backgrounds or mini-album backgrounds!

Birthday Hoot - Time to Party - The perfect sentiment for everyone!

Birthday Hoot - Cupcakes - Doesn't this make you want to get out your scissors?

Here are the cards I made with these papers and very little of anything else!

Party Hat, Cupcakes, Time to Party

Party Hat, Cupcakes, Time to Party

Time to Party, Cupcakes, Say Cheese!

Time to Party, Cupcakes, Say Cheese!

Party Games, Cupcakes, Time to Party

Cupcakes, Party Games

I did use some Stickles, pearls, rhinestones and markers from my stash to add the definitive bling that must be on ALL of my projects, but that is all I used! They were super-easy to put together and I made all of them in about an hour (fussy-cutting does take some time!) I did copy some of the ideas from Pinecone Press, but modified them slightly to make these cards my own!

Do you want some of these papers for your own birthday projects? Leave me a comment about what you would make with these fun papers! On Thursday, I'll have a random drawing and the winner will receive one of each of these fun sheets of paper! I'll even throw in some bling so you can "bling-it-up" too! Good luck!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Announcement and New Bo Bunny!

I'm super-excited to share with you my very first Design Team! I've been trying to keep the projects going, but it's been hard with all the other things that need to get done. Now I'm going to have help from 5 very talented ladies! Let's meet them:

Designer Andra Hoffman is from Washington state and has been scrapping and paper-crafting for the last 7 years! She is married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren! Andra brings a love of scrapbooking along with a flair for incorporating new techniques into her projects to the team!

Designer Nanné Harry was born in the US, but now resides in Finland! She is married with 3 children in their late teens. She is part of a challenge blog called StuckOnUSketches and has been scrapping and card-making for a few years. She brings a love of all kinds of crafting to the team!

Designer Sandi Clarkson is from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in the great state of Texas. She is married with 3 grown daughters and 12 grandchildren. Yes, twelve! She has been scrapping for about 4 years and is addicted to her Cricut machine! Sandi is part of a challenge blog called: StuckOnUSketches and brings a wealth of design experience to the team!

Designer Leah Schaeffer is from the San Francisco Bay area. She is married and a SAHM to three adorable young children. She has been paper-crafting for some time and loves to use her Cuttlebug and Cricut machines to embellish her projects. She is also part of the challenge blog: StuckOnUSketches! Leah brings a love of creativity and aristic expression to the team!

Designer Sandy Windsor is a single mom to four wonderful boys. She has been scrapbooking for a little over a year and is completely addicted to her Cricut machine! She is finding great joy in her new career outside of the home after being a SAHM for many years. Sandy is also part of the challenge blog: StuckOnUSketches. She uses her love of photography and scrapbooking as a creative outlet and brings a love of crafting to the team!

We'll get a little more in-depth with these ladies over the next few months. I've posted links to their blogs so you can see some of their work. I can't wait to start posting their designs to the blog. We are also working on a gallery for the website where the Design Team's work will be and you will be able to upload your work as well!

One more announcement - the new Bo Bunny collections are now in stock and shipping! Make sure to get your hands on some of their great new collections! The design team will be creating projects using the new Bo Bunny collections - be watching for them!