Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
My heart fluttered when I opened this months yummy Design Team Kit from Posh Designs Scrapbook Store! Everything was perfectly coordinated just waiting for me to add my photos and imagination!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Because of my limited space and budget I decided to make my own paper storage system, it was super simple. I headed down to a local warehouse store, you know those places where they sell everything in bulk and even offer supplies to restaurants. I picked up a pack of empty, blank pizza boxes. They were selling them in packs of 50 for under $20. After constructing them and cutting off the front of them and I taped them together in stacks of 5, made a stack of 20 high. I then made 3 stacks of 4 and put those vertically next to my stack of 20. I've organised my papers by colour and collection and have used the vertical boxes to hold my albums and monthly kits as well as my scraps and random papers that don't seem to fit anywhere else. For me it's a lifesafer, a great storage solution for very little money and only an evening of work!
This past christmas I was lucky enough to be given a great wall shelf from making memories that houses all my ribbons, brads and stamping supplies. I've purchased jars from the dollar store to hold my various embellishments and keep them in order. It's a work in progress but it makes it so much easier to scrap when I can see my supplies instead of hunting around trying to find them. As I was organising my section, I had found items I had completely forgotten I even had.
For those that might not have the time to put together their own organiser, you can always check out our organisers section, which has in stock items as well as some awesome pre-orders! There's even an item or two that's been marked down to save you some $$$ All it takes is a few simple storage units to get your stock in order.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Comment allez vous en cette super journée?
Aujourd'hui je suis fière de vous présenter mes 2 premières pages faites avec mon premier kit de DT.
Ouff que de stress... Je sais je m'en fais surement pour rien, mais bon j'avais peur de ne pas être à la hauteur. Donc ma première page est fait avec les superbes papiers KaiserCraft. Ils sont bien sur, déchirés et travaillé pour donner un petit look vieillot. Afin de donner un aspect usé à ma photo je l'ai encrée avec les encres distress de Tim Holtz. Ceci étant fait il ne me manquait qu'à donner une petite uniformité en ajoutant un Grungeboard et un chipboard encré dans la même couleur! Voila pour mon petit Damien à la mode Vintage!
Pour ma deuxième page je voulais mettre un peu de couture, non mais tant qu'à être en train de faire mes préparatifs pour le mariage en couture aussi bien en mettre un peu partout! Alors j'ai cousu mon papier sur ma page de fond après l'avoir encrée et déchirée. Ce sont mes méthodes fétiches je ne le cache pas, je le fais presque dans toute mes pages! Les chipboards sont de BoBunny, le papier KaiserCraft encore, cependant j'aimerais que vous jetiez un oeil aux superbes fleurs Fancy Prima qui sont dans le bas de la page! Je les adores! Elles sont superbes! Le mot DUO a été coupé avec ma chère Cricut adorée. J'ai ensuite ajouté quelques embelissements par ci par la comme un bout de ruban en loupe et quelques pierres décoratives KaiserCraft. Comme je suis aussi une fan des transparents j'en ai ajouté un pour faire une sorte de cadre sur la photo de mes 2 petits monstres. L'effet est très intéressant! Alors voila pour mes 2 premières pages!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
This is to notify you of some wonderful news!
Starting this Thursday at 7pm,
there will be weekly chats over at the Posh Designs Community Site
We welcome one and all to join us.
The Posh Designs DT members will be on hand (maybe not all at once though)
to answer questions, listen to feedback
or to just hang out with a fun bunch of people.
Trust me, these ladies are cool!
You don't want to miss out.
So join us on Thursdays at 7pm
We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
And last but not least the pop Princess in all her Glory:
I started with plain 2 x 2 chipboard squares. I chose these gorgeous papers because they are so bright and cheerful! They are from Fancy Pants - Daydreams Collection! After adhering the paper I sanded the edges to give it a
I then decorated them using quotes and flowers, I also added ribbon and some chipboard elements for a fun look! To atache the bulky elements like buttons and chipboard I used a glue runner, check out this glue runner! Sometimes you need strong adhesive to get the job done, and a glue stick just won't do!
To put all the pieces together I used my Crop A Dile to punch holes along the edges and weaved ribbon through and left a loop at the top for hanging. I hope you have enjoyed my sweet mini wall hangings! Happy Scrapping!
Friday, March 20, 2009
What could be sweeter than the Sweet Cakes line? it being on sale of course!
You'll find a tasty treat over in the clearance section, the papers being marked down by 50%!!! as well as the papers you'll find the Sweet Cakes postcards which are the most adorable journalling cards you'll ever get your hands on.
Add to these some ribbons and rub ons and you've got your page made! And all at a fraction of the regular retail cost! Now that's one way to save some dough.
Everything in the above layout is from the Pink Paislee Sweet Cakes line, except the buttons. The inspiration for the layout came from the Posh Designs sketch challenge over at the Posh Designs community site. It just goes to show that you can have your cake and eat it too!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Cette semaine je vais vous parler de l'utilisation des transparents.
Acétate, Acrylique ou autre, ils font toujours un bel effet et je trouve que c'est mal connu. Alors parlons un peu de ce que l'on peut faire avec ces petites merveilles.
Cette semaine je me suis donné comme objectif de faire une page au fond transparent. C'est très tendance c'est certain, mais c'est aussi un très bon moyen lorsqu'on veut une page très épurée. J'ai donc poussée ma chance un peu en envoyant ma planche d'acrylique se faire couper par ma cricut pour lui donner un petit look travaillé. Ensuite j'ai placé mes ornements, photos et autres telle qu'à l'habitude et pour donner une petite touche de fraicheur j'ai ajouté du stickles au contour de ma page. Je vous montre la page en question, il ne faut pas trop m'en vouloir pour la qualité de la photo, photographier du transparent, sans flash, le soir... C'est hardu! Le fait que ça soit un fond complétement transparent donne un effet à ma page d'hiver et de glace. Alors c'était parfait pour ma poule qui joue au hockey!
Ensuite je me sentais inspiré alors je me suis dit, pourquoi ne pas continuer dans cette direction de transparent la! Alors je me suis amusée à faire différents projets comme un tag-anniversaire et une carte. Il faut par contre faire doublement attention avec les acétates, elles ne se laissent pas aussi bien plier qu'un carton bazzil et de plus, si vous ne voulez pas que le destinataire de votre carte ait très visiblement vos empreintes digitales il faut s'armer de patience.
Et pour finir il se vend maintenant de super beaux mini-album acrylique ou acétates que l'on peut décorer à sa guise. Et une fois que vous en avez un en main il ne reste qu'à faire aller votre imagination! L'important avec les albums acryliques, de même qu'une carte transparente, c'est de faire attention à ce que l'oeil voit ou ne voit pas.
Comme vous voyez dans ce cas il y a beaucoup d'espaces ou l'on peut apercevoir ce qu'il y a dans les autres pages, mais si l'on ne verrait qu'un bout de photo avec un œil, un pied ou autre cela gâcherait certainement l'esthétique de l'album.
Bien sur, tout ceci n'est qu'un échantillon de ce que l'on peut faire, on aurait pu aussi faire une enveloppe, un signet décoratif, ou même une petite boîte à bonbons...Qui sait, peut-être vous reviendrais-je la dessus une autre fois!
Voila! J'espère que cela vous auras inspiré!
Kim Larivière @KL Dezign
For this Layout the yummy papers are from Kaiser Craft ~ Vagabond Line! As soon as I seen these beautiful papers I had to make a layout of my daughter. First I used my corner punch on the base piece of cardstock to round all four corners. I also rounded the corners of my pictures as well.
I then used a plain old dinner plate and traced a circle on two of the pieces of paper. To spice up my circle I used a scalloped pair of scissors and cut out my circles and after inking the edges I adhered them to my base piece of cardstock along with my photos.
For the title and subtitle I used fun Daisy D’s Rubons. And the pretty glittery brackets are from Crate Paper ~ The Mia Line. The rubons that are on my photos, plus the pretty rubon flowers by my title are from Imaginisce ~ The Twitterpated Line. I then used plain small silver brads to attaché a cute transparency from My Minds Eye ~ Bohemia Line and a blue piece of card stock to my layout to make a fun pocket to hold my journaling card.
Now the flowers….I love the new Prima Flowers!!! They are simply gorgeous! The big pink flower is the new Lollipop Flowers by Prima. I then layered pretty Prima Fancies Aloha Petals and attached them to my layout using decorative brads. The chipboard butterflies are from Scenic Route. I covered them with cardstock and sanded the edges. I then used liquid pearls and dots of bling, plus small flourish rubons from Daisy D’s to decorate them. And to give them a finishing touch I made small antennas from crafting wire. I then adhered them with glue dots to my layout.
This second layout is of my Niece and some of her many toys! These fun papers are again from Kaiser Craft ~ Vagabond Line. First of all I chalked the edges of my base piece of cardstock. I then matted my photo and adhered it to my layout.
I used a pink piece of scrap paper to make a fun scalloped border using my decorative scissors. I added pretty layered Prima Fancies Aloha Petals using glitter brads. And to give this layout a playful look I decided to cut my photos plus some plain coloured cardstock in different sized circles.
I then cut a 3.5 x 5 piece of blue cardstcok and inked the edges before adding it to my layout. My title is again fabulous rubons from Daisy D’s. And using glue dots I then added some buttons. I also made some small flourishes using Perfect Pearls.
To finish it of a glittery diecut from Crate Paper ~ The Mia Line, a perfect spot to add the date on my layout!
I hope you like today’s projects, until next time Happy Scrapping!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- Speciality Paper Pad
- Fabric Brads
- Adhesive Chipboards (Words & Icons)
- Grand Adhesions ( Floral, Butterfly, Words & Icons)
- Stitched Adornments
- Adhesive Borders
- Chipboard Alphabet Box
- Cardstock Diecuts
- Paper Ribbons
- Acetate Frames
- Rub-Ons w/Rhinestones
Monday, March 16, 2009
March is 'birthday mania' in my household and when it seems I have accomplished a card; another props up! Just the other day I was talking with my Husband mentioning to him that all the cards are finished and ready for delivery. Then he declared, 'Oh, by the way... I need a birthday card for the 20th!'
As much I was eager to start another layout, I thought 'Another card, oh geez...' Then I realized that my Husband enjoys my work and furthermore is proud to give one of my cards out to a colleague. That just warmed my heart. So the theme this week (as it maybe obvious by now) is cards - birthday cards.
All of these cards are simple and quick to make. The instructions are described in the same manner. I promise. So here we go...
My dear friend will have celebrated her birthday by the time the post is live (Happy Belated to you, BugnBooDesigns girlie!). This card and envelope was made entirely from the Cricut cartridge Beyond Birthdays.
As usual I made the envelope (using the 'rectenvl' shape) first using the Fit to Page mode. Next I made the corresponding card (using the 'rectcard' shape) to match the envelope size. That card was cut at 6" to fit into the envelope. For the greeting 'Happy Birthday' I used the following creative features all cut at 3" - shadow blackout, shadow (yes those are 2 separate creative features) and the usual image. For dimension I embossed the greeting cut but only the usual set cut image.
Lastly for the sentiment 'My Friend', I only used 2 creative features - shadow and the usual set image all cut at 0.75" Nested and glued the matching cuts together and adhered them onto the card. Lastly, rhinestone embellishments added that special touch to finish off the card. What you do not see is the inside which was backed with a piece of cardstock (used as my note card) which was adhered to with eyelets then a ribbon was tied across the top of note card.
*Cardstock: Paper: G.C.D. Studios, Embellishments: Flower and rhinestone - Kasiercraft, Eyelets - Making Memories, Embossing Machine: Sizzix
The second card was made for a darling girl who had turned 2 over this past weekend (see what I mean by 'birthday mania')! This card was made using the Cricut cartridge Celebrations. This is a fun cartridge to use and certainly my go to for kid related celebrations. Using the envelope image, this was cut using the Fit to Page mode (the Cricut calculated the cut to be at 4-1/2"). Then using the 'squcard' image, the card was cut to fit into the above envelope.
I wanted to use as much pink as possible so my cardstock of choice was the Bazzill Swiss Dots in 'Blissful' from the Blissful Trio pack. The cardstock was trimmed to be the base for the focal point of the card. That focal point I chose was the number 2. This was cut using the standard '2' image (no creative feature used) at 2-1/2". To add some punch I cut the matching layer (i.e. the '2-s' image), nested and glued the pieces together.
Next was the tag shape. For this image I used the Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. The image I chose was the 'circle-h' shape using the 'mirror-window' creative feature. This cut was done at 1". Afterwards, I scored, folded and glued the tag together then punched a hole for my ribbon accent.
Next I wrote my greeting and the girl's name and dotted the inside window tag for some whimsy. To complete this tag I tied my ribbon and linked the tag to the number 2 together. Together these images were adhered to the card using pop-up sticky squares.*Paper: G.C.D. Studios, Additional Cardstock: Bazzill Bling, Marker: Sharpie, Pop-Up Sticky Squares
The last card was created for my Husband's colleague.
Using the Cricut cartridge Walk In My Garden the envelope, card and flower image were all created. First, the envelope was created using the Fit to Page mode after choosing the envelope-2 shape. After the envelope was prepped for the corresponding card; it was cut using the card-2 shape at 4-1/2".
For the front of this card I chose the daffodil image using the 'card' creative feature. To ensure this cut and the remaining layers were to be nested properly; all cuts were made at 4-1/2". Next I cut the layers for the flowers using the 'card-2' creative feature but in shift mode. For some added whimsy I embossed the inner flower part prior to assembling the flower together onto the card front.
Next I adhered the cut from using the 'card' creative feature onto the card front then nested and glued the flower parts onto that last creative feature cut. To finish off the card, I stamped a greeting on the front and the sentiment 'Happy Birthday' on the inside.
A quick tip with this cartridge: When layering images on its own or onto a corrdinating card like shown in this project; keep your size dial at the same height. That way all your cuts will fit onto one another proportionally. No need to make any calculations or guesses here.It's that simple, easy and we're done!
Another quick tip: To maximize time when creating a card and corrdinating envelope, choose a cartridge that has both images and use that one cartridge!
The guess work work is taken out for you and there is no need to 'hot or cold swap' (i.e. switching out cartridges while your machine is still on or off). If you have a cartridge that has greetings and sentiments along with card and envelope images all on one cartridge... Well then you are completely set and ready to go!
Before I end this post I want to encourage you to visit me at the Posh Designs Interactive Community Site. It's FREE (and who does not love the word 'free'?)!
Become a member today and take a look at my page, 'The McSmitty Girl'. There you can see more of my Cricut creations which are all tagged by cartridge. Check out the gallery feature to see what's there. Many of the projects I have created are not posted here. Come over and say Hi; I'd love to hear from you! While you are there, enter your creations in the Posh Designs Monthly Contest - you can win a fun shopping spree.
For more details, please visit us at the Posh Designs Interactive Community site. Until next week... Happy Crafting!
Friday, March 13, 2009
It's that time of week again where I'm going to offer you some sage advice about saving a bit here and there while directing you to some things that will hopefully help you in that endeavour. I feel like the GPS for Posh Designs *lol* Don't forget to take a right turn at Savings Lane while you're in town.
First off, our clearance section has been updated once again! The marked down goodies are on the express train out of town and you'll want to get them before they are gone for good. Every penny counts when you're shopping for scrapping goodies.
Secondly, there are still some great lots in our posh kits section, that have been marked down dramatically from the original retail price. You won't find these anywhere else but here! Get them while you can.
Where else will you find the Imaginisce Fairest of Them All Line for just $60!!! We're talking the whole line here, including an album. Perfect for the little princess in your life. This set regularly retails for $90, that's a 30% savings, where else but here will you be able to find that???
And lastly, check out our online community where we've got some great stuff happening. Not only is it the place to enter in our monthly contest (where you can win free stuff!) but we've got a community members RAK/swap going on. Do you have goodies that you no longer use or need? is there something on your wishlist? Take a wander over to the community and check out the various events going on. You never know what you might find. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Our clearance section has been updated! Lots of great deals and you'll want to get them before they are gone for good.
Thirdly there have been some great lots added to our new items section, one of which I want to draw your attention to before it's gone. There's only one left and you'll want to snatch it up before anyone else gets to it!
The K and Company Amy Butler Tea Box Gift Set w/Tote & Caddy
I purchased this back before there was this great deal and I still think it was worth it! The papers are phenomenal, the pictures just don't do them justice. I really wanted you to know how awesome the glitter pages are and that the foiled pages are gorgeous. The pages really do pop and sparkle and they are just so lovely. Perfect for a spring album.
The co-ordinating embellishments are superb. The chipboard package contains 3 full sets of the alphabet, extra vowels and numerous flourishes that are just "wow". These are not flimsy letters, they are made to last.
The ephemera die cuts are the cutest! There are journalling tags, decorative flowers, various shapes and items. As you can see there is a pair of scissors and a camera in there! Everything co-ordinates so beautifully.
The fabric covered brads are BIG and I mean bigger than the size of my thumbnail big for the big ones. The grand adhesions flower embellishments glitter like there's no tomorrrow, which if you don't get this set now there won't be *lol*
Nothing in this set is small, nothing! except maybe the price. A value of over $120 for less than $75.. doesn't that make you want to yell out Show me the money!!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
To start this layout I distressed all the edges of the paper. I then added the cute bird transparency frame from My Minds Eye - Bohemia Line. I chose to use it as a pocket to hold my journalling card.
My title is made from the fun fuzzy Making Memories - Felt Alpha Stickers in Green. I just love the stickers they give layouts dimension and warmth. Once you use them, you will want a package in each colour!
I then matted my photo on plain pink cardstock and adhered it to the layout. Followed by some gorgeous blue ribbon from the Pink Paislee - Sweet Cakes - Ribbon Set I really love this ribbon. It is so cute and wonderful to work with I highly recommend it! I then added a flower from my stash and a couple bling dots!
I hope you like the layout, and this gets you in the scrapping mode. I can't wait to see some of your creations over in the gallery in the interactive community!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The first cut was with the Blackout Creative Feature at 0.75" then I repeated the same size cut at the usual font setting. Nested and glued the letters together and spread them throughout the frame to carry the eye from top to bottom. Arranged my pictures to correspond and volia! C'est fini!
The mats (for the subtitles and journalling) were created using the Storybook cartridge.
*Paper used for this project was Basic Grey 'Figgy Pudding' and American Crafts Cardstock 'Christmas' pack. Additional stickers are from American Traditional Designs, Jolee's and Karen Foster. Journalling Card from first page of layout: Maya Road