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Blog Hop & 3D Template Giveaway {Creations By AR}

Woo-Hoo this week we’re celebrating the New Release with a Blog Hop from Creations By AR!

The Blog Hop starts today, Wednesday, April 27th (6:00 AM Pacific Time).

There will be one random winner per designer .   Winners will be announced on Friday, April 29th.  Here’s the lovely template that I got to work with, what a fun gift this would make:

This template of Adela’s is called the Menu Keeper.  It’s a cute little recipe box, recipe card holder & recipe cards:

I used a stamp set from Hero Arts and Patterned CS from Martha Stewart.

Here’s the back:

What more chances to win?  Be sure to enter at all the DT members, comment & check out their wonderful creations.

Andrea Budjack

Lisa Somerville

Magdalena Cortez

Mandy Gill

Maria Bell

Sarah Gough

Adela Rossol

Amy {that’s here}

Have fun with the hop!

Blog Hop, Tea Cottage!

Isn’t this the cutest?  It’s called Tea Cottage & it’s from Adela & it’s one of the amazing templates from Creations By AR!

Be one of the lucky winners to receive a free template from Creations by ARl Each AR Designer will give away one of the new templates, so you’ll have plenty of chances to win! To participate, click on the links below and leave a comment! That’s it!

Tuesday, March 22nd

6:00 am Pacific Time … (9 am E.S.T. here in Ottawa!)

“Hop” on over to each blog listed below and leave a comment!

Random winners will be announced Friday, March 25th.

Amy <— hey that’s here!

Andrea Budjack

Magdalena Cortez

Maria Bell

Silvia Mabie

Nikki Schmaltz

Mandy Gill

Adela Rossol

Here’s a few more pics of the Tea Cottage Gift, made up in about 20 minutes, using the svg’s from Adela!  Don’t have an electric cutter? Go old school with some scissors on the pdf print outs.

For me though, the SVG (SCALEABLE Vector Graphic … you can SCALE it!) was sized at 60% so it was nice & small & cute.  The paper is from Martha Stewart.

What a lovely gift to give tea (or any little treat) to a friend.  3D Paper Crafting at it’s best!

Have a great time hopping!  And thanks, Adela for the fun!

Not Unnoticed

I was checking out this week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #91, and the movie was Gandhi.  Ben Kingsley, acting as Gandhi, was completely convincing.   I wasn’t sure what do to with this challenge, so I decided to focus only on the sentiment, to encourage serving & volunteering.

Sometimes the most difficult cards for me to do are the simplest cards, kwim?  I print out this sentiment, then just used a scoring board (my Martha Stewart one, which I find so easy to use), and this is what I came up with.  I think I might use it as an encouragement card for my DD, who has been helping me out with some non-paid chores around the house much more then her younger brothers.  I want her to know it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Masquerade Mask

Well, for the first time in 78 Cinema Challenges, I missed last week’s Cinema Challenge.  Bummer.  It was a busy week here, my DD is starting to head into Dance Recital time, DH is recoperating from Hip Surgery, my youngest was involved with Collections Fairs & extra school stuff, Malcolm really wasn’t any extra bother, no more than usual ;)  It is still a busy time.  Like many others, I’ve heard of too, we are struggling with colds … hello it’s May?  What is THAT?

Anyhoo, I really wanted to give this week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #78, Much Ado About Nothing, a go!  In the movie/play there is a part with a Masquerade Type Ball & everyone has these Venetian Type Masks.  Here’s my go with it:

The mask it self, I drew, but I remember seeing the idea first, probably 4 years ago on Martha Stewart.  I think it was a cat mask, with ears, but I couldn’t find the link for it  (could only find this mask template, still very cool) , so I redrew it, with a few embellishments.  So print/cut it twice …

Okay, so convert it to an svg, cut on the Cricut Cutter (or just by hand) & you get this …

Crease along the middle fold & super sticky & sew if ya like.  It does help if you make vertical cuts (notches) along the edging, like you would for sewing a curved line.  I also super stickied a bamboo skewer to hold the mask.


Now, for the challenge requirement.  I am ashamed to say that I haven’t a clue what Parchment Paper is (FOR Crafting that is).  Is it like a Vellum?  Dunno, but I do know what parchment paper is for baking, so that’s what I used.

More decorating and it’s done.

Making masks is a fun activity for kids to do.  I’ve made them before here, like this Lion Mask.  And there are many other Mask Templates out there.  Like this one, from Colorbook Masks.

Used:  Patterned Paper from K & Company called Blue Awning.  The Bling is from Craft called Rhinestone Border Stickers, Stampin’ Up! Flower Punch, Parchment Paper.

Thanks for the fun!

Stitched Up

So this month’s theme at Paper Craft Planet is Keeping You in Stitches, pcpdt0210,   Add sewing to your creation.  I keep a special needle aside, so the next time I go to mend the boys’ clothes or Emma’s latest scrunchie, I can actually sew with it.  Paper dulls the needle just a bit.

I did have some fun with this idea with two projects.  First is this little paper bird:

I thought he was cute.  The CS is a Designer Mat Pad from K & Co called Ancestry.  The pattern … Martha.  And such a Martha thing, it is.  ”What do you do with a paper bird?”  I don’t know, but I like the idea.

The second stitching bit I’ve done was on a card …

The stamp set is from Stampin’ Up! called Paint Prints, stamped in Sahara Sand Ink on Kraft CS, with some old olive CS.  The felt vine is from Forever in Time Floral Embellishments Thick Vine.

The green boarder at the side was left over from another project’s unused Scallop Trim.  Always keep your scraps, ya never know.

U R Sweet

MoxieFabWorld’s Tuesday Trigger Challenge is up & here is the fun inspiration photo Alicia Thelin chose this fun piece from Vintage Heart Boxes (The Red Thread)

My take on the card, is pretty much straight forward.  I cheated & used an old Martha Stewart Magazine for the paper, using Creative Memories small & large heart punches.  I wished I had had a Nestability rectangle die, but I didn’t so I used my exacto knife to cut out the Kraft Trim.  Martha also supplied the stamp, from her Valentine’s clear stamps, in Riding Hood Red Stampin’ Up Ink.

Sketched hello

This is for a Paper Craft Planet Sketch Challenge by Lynn’s sk010910 beautiful sketch  Isn’t her sketch pretty?

Here’s my go with her sketch:

The PP is from Martha Stewart. The cut out is using my cricut machine with the Home Accents cartridge. Uniball White Gel Pen & Pearl Sticker Accents. Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set: In the Spotlight.

The Envelope, Please

This weeks 3D Challenge, 3D21, from Adela, was “The Envelope, please”.  Make anything with an envelope.  I’ve made Bag-a-lopes before (FUN!), but this time I wanted to try an Envelope Book.  I’ve seen a few before, they have little pockets, they looked fun.  The tutorial I used was from Meadowlark Days.  Very easy to follow.

Mine, was a 4×5 booklette.  I used the So Swirly SU Wheel in Kiwi Kiss Ink, Friendly Forest Bubble Top Brads by ColorBox, Making Memories Chloe’s Closet Epoxy Clips, Tim Holtz’s White Crackle Paint, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Hero Arts Mini Stamps, Bashful Blue Ink, Bind-it-All, Patterned Paper from Michaels, Stamp-a-ma-jig (for positioning the small Hero Arts wood stamp.

Traveler’s Inspiration: {three}

Traveler’s Inspiration Challenge: {three}, from Tina at Travelingmama and I am excited to say that Tina picked my picture of Liam getting ready to jump off the Cottage dock on Lac McGregor in Western Québec for this week’s Inspiration!

Lac McGregor, is one of the many lakes in Western Québec.  Québec is absolutely beautiful, IMO, especially in the autumn with the rolling hills & colourful trees.  For me to simplify:  La Belle Provence is skating/skiing in the Winter, it’s hiking/biking/driving in the Autumn, it’s maple syrup in the Spring, and it’s outdoor markets and cottages by the lake in the Summer.  Warning: the roads can be brutal (relatively) to get deep into cottage country, but that’s what makes it so beautiful–it’s so far from suburban life for us & only an hour away.
We are blessed to have friends who invite us up every year to this serene & friendly lake.  They have a floating dock with a canopy that we putter around the lake & when you feel like it, the kids just jump in the deep lake to cool off.  I think the water was low (really low) 70’s (F)/ low 20’s (C) temperature the last time we were there, but perfect for cooling off.  My kids love it there.  MalcolmLiam, and Emma-Sian all love it because it means times with family & friends, with food & laughter in a gorgeous setting.
Here’s my card, made with some left over wool, sewing maching & thread, toothpick, Kraft CS, Really Rust CS/marker, Sahara Sand Ink/CS, Martha Stewart Clear Stamps, & some dimensionals.

I made one more for the challenge, because I love that dock.  Here’s my Woody Card:

Okay, okay, maybe I used a few too many brad/nails, but honestly, such a cool technique, for cryin’ out loud, it makes WOOD PLANKS!  How neat & super easy.  The tutorial is from  Kim Teasdale at SplitCoastStampers.  I forgot to sponge the edges of the planks & I didn’t use nesties, just a paper trimmer & an exacto knife for 45 degree mitres.  :)

I must admit, I own a few CB EFolders, but I didn’t have this one, because I couldn’t see what on earth I would use it for.  Psych!  I ventured out when I saw the SCS tutorial.  Here’s the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes close up:

Used:  More Mustard CS, Close To Cocoa Ink, Chocolate Chip Ink, & Creamy Caramel Ink, MM Antique Copper Brads, Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip CS, Vanilla CS, Copics:  CO Cool Gray, N3 Neutral Gray, B06 Peacock Blue, B14 Light Blue, dimensionals, Clear EP, Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  One of a Kind SU Stamp Set, Pacific Point Ink.  I bought the little owl stamp & twig branch from Heather’s Stampin’ Haven, individually, but they’re from Hero Arts.

3D: Flowers!

So the kids are off from school and the first bits of living in our pyjamas and flaking around the house until noon is done.  We are biking, swimming, and on all these rainy days: crafting.

Over at Paper Craft Planet, I was humbled and very excited to be asked to come up with a 3D Challenge, 3d20, for July 14-20.  I was thinking about some fun things I could do with the kids & making flowers seemed to be something everyone could do.

Here my kids are making Tissue Paper Carnations, by a fan/accordian fold, pipe cleaner, & pulling each “petal” up.  Firstly you need to know, that my middle son, 8 years old, my reader, my blessed Malcolm does NOT craft.  Not in his younger days in preschool, and now only under obligation during mandatory grade 2 art class.  It’s not “his thing”.  So it was a huge deal when I saw him put down his Nintendo DS hand held video game to give this a go.

Liam, 3 1/2, had a bit of problems pulling up the petals, but gave it his best go & then insisted that the flower needed to be trimmed.  SHEEESH.  Perfectionist.

Emma, 10, LOVES to craft.  She is my drawer, my artist, my funny stylin’ girl.  ”Oh mum, they look just like carnations, think of all the things you could do!!”

So here’s my 3D challenge:  Make a Flower, any kind of flower.  Here are some flowers I made & some links to ‘how to’ for each.  Well, except for the first pink carnation, which is the fan fold one that I did as a kid & that my own kids worked on.  Oh yes, the mini “unique” vase I made in a pottery class years ago, when I found out that pottery wasn’t my thing.  I keep it, because my instructor told me it was too tiny & would blow up in the kiln.  HA.

Below:  Carnation, with coloured edges, by Folding Trees:  (Using:  White Tissue Paper & Lavender Lace Marker)

Coffee Filter Rose from Cassie Chappell, as seen on Martha Stewart.  Video Instructions at Martha’s Site.  Note:  this one, although not “difficult” is time consuming & I think next time I would use paint, because I thought I’d use my Copics (R59 Cardinal & E07 Light Mahogany) & I did, but I had to buy refills for them afterwards.  It uses a lot of ink, if you colour both sides of the petal.

Stampin’ Up Daisies Die Cut:  (Using Riding Hood Red CS & a yellow felt brad)

Peony Flower, template, I just used Pink Crêpe Paper & Yoho Yellow CS, as seen on MarthaStewart:

Paper Petunia’s from Scrappy Habits: (Used: SU Flower Punch on Textured Lavender Lace CS & a Gingham Blue Brad)

Spiral Flowers from Wendy Chung at Dozi.  (used SU! Rose Red DSP) I think this was my favourite, because it was just so easy to do, no tools needed:

and Origami.  LOL, I can’t do origami.  My oldest brother is great with Origami, understanding the mathematics & patience behind it all.  Me, not so much.  But I did give it a whirl.  Here’s the link to the Lotus Flower Video tutorial.  (Used:  Origami Paper from Michaels, & an orange pipe cleaner)