Gift Giving Inspiration with Lori!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Monday!  We have three November birthdays in our family and we got together last night for pizza and presents!  I forgot to pick up a gift bag for one of my gifts, so I made my own instead!

I took a kraft gift bag (size 8 x 10) and layered some beautiful papers on the front.

I printed out this sentiment from my computer and trimmed it to size.  I inked all of the paper with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  The papers and ink are from the Rustic Beauty Kit.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE the Rustic Beauty Kit??? 

I inked the background paper too.  The striped strip was a bit short so I cut it into two pieces. 

 I put the flower over the gap.  The flower is from the Garden of Abundance Kit.

Shh - don't tell my secret! 

I made a little tag to mimic the bag and tied it on with some twine.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hi everyone!
I know that along with the holidays also comes stress.
And I guess this was on my mind when I was thinking of what to create in my Rummage and Ransack journal.
It's funny how your thoughts come into play in your art, just like in life, what we think is what we portray to the world.

You can't have a good day
with a bad attitude...
and you can't have a bad day
with a good attitude!

So, my 2 alterations were:
Drip paint on it ( the rain )
Drip coffee or tea on it ( the puddles )

Fun and messy, my kind of art.
I used the acrylic paints and the Ident pen to create my pages.

All that wetness created some warped and wrinkly pages though.

So I ironed them by placing a piece of white paper between the two sheets and ironing from the backside. Well, let me say...not the best idea I've ever had. Where the paint was thin, it worked great, but where the paint was thick, it melted the paint, softening it up, and the paper stuck to it. Just glad I was ironing the backside of the paper or could you imagine what I would have done to my iron? But on the bright side, the paper flattened out beautifully! lol
Oh well, lessons for the impatient and not too brainy artist! 

There is nothing more fun and stress busting than dripping and splattering some paint around, especially when you aren't feeling all that creative. It's relaxing to just have some pretty colors oozing their way down the page!

 I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and try to remember to have a good attitude, even if the turkey is dry, your sister-in-law is nuts or your family is dysfunctional......
oh wait, I think I am describing my Thanksgiving of years past!!


Card Inspiration with Channa!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Good morning all, 

Hello lovely crafters, it is channa to show you a card i made. 
For those who have followed the blog hop and saw my Heart box, i made a matching card. 
Using the same technique with Molding paste, a stencil and dylusion spray. 

Once again i used the Cold country paper of 7 Dots. 
The card has several layers of paper, lace & ribbon. 

Thank you for passing by and i wish you a great day!

Items used from the Frosted design store


Friday Challenge - Thanks with a Twist!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good's Joni Parker here hosting this week's challenge.  Since it's the week before we celebrate Thankgiving here in the USA, what's more appropriate than a "Thanks" Challenge?   This is perfectly adaptable to anyone not celebrating least I hope everyone has SOMETHING to be thankful for?

I call this one "Thanks with a twist"

Challenge:  Use word THANKS (or THANKFUL or THANKSGIVING, THANK YOU...etc)
AND the twist....You must also use one of the following:  Ribbon/Trim, Twine or Washi Tape.

I created a 2 pager for a friend's 9x9 book I'm creating about her new baby daughter.  I used Studio Calico Printshop papers from the Frosted Designs store...and I used some burlap from my stash (the Chevron is pink and matches the background paper, although it looks darker in my photo).  The white trim, white flower and butterfly are from past Frosted Designs kits.

I used washi tape on my page.

Supplies Used from the Frosted Designs Store: 
Products from the store:

Products used from the Frosted Designs store:
Bella Blvd Snapshots Patterned Paper Pack
Bella Blvd Snapshots Alphas & Bits cardstock stickers
Bella Blvd Snapshots Paper Pieces cardstock die-cuts
Bella Blvd Snapshots Bookplates stickers
Bella Blvd Snapshots Tabs stickers
Bella Blvd Daily Chevies Arrows stickers - Gulf, Pickle Juice, Pink & Black
Elle's Studio Letter & Number stickers - Teal & Dark Gray
Queen & Co Trendy Tape - Polka Dot Pink
American Crafts textured cardstock - Surf
Sakura Identi-pen

Products from the store

And what's a fabulous challenge without a fabulous prize?!?  How about a Gift Certificate to Dies R Us?!?  They seriously have dies from nearly every manufacturer, including Spellbinders,  Die-namites, Penny Black, Sizzix, and much, much more!!!!

Stop by their site to see all the fabulous products they have to offer!!!!

You can't win if you don't play...  So what are you waiting for?!?  You have until noon, Dec. 3rd to submit your entry!  REMEMBER, ANY TYPE OF PROJECT is acceptable so long as you use the guidelines mentioned above!!!


Winners Galore: Blog Hop, White Space Challenge Winners and Top 3!!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello again everyone!!! We want to say THANK YOU too all of you who made our "Gift of Giving" Blog Hop an absolute success!!!!

We're just popping in to share the winners and the winner from our White Space Friday Challenge as well as our top 3 featured projects!!!!

First, our winners for the blog hop!!  
We chose one random winner from the comments of the blog hop post to receive a $20.00 gift certificate to the Frosted Designs Store!

That winner, as chosen by is.......

Cheryl Caldwell-Nyboer!!!!!
Cheryl Caldwell-Nyboer said...
I just completed the blog hop. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!
November 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Next up are two winners chosen at random from the quote obtained by hopping through each members blog! Those winners are:

For the $20.00 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments is:

Sharon Estes!!!!!!!

For The Cutting Cafe files is:

Sylvia Wells-Swinton

Now onto our challenge:
We appreciate all your fabulous entries and can see how much each and every one of you dedicate so much time to your crafts!! We try to choose participants from all skill levels with a variety of different projects! So... Without further ado... Our Top 3 as chosen by our Design Team are (in no particular order):

Christina Lampropoulou

Reusing Cards and Quilling


Congrats ladies!!!! Please contact to get a fabulous new blinkie for your blog!!!

Now onto our randomly selected winner:

We would also like to welcome back Scor-Pal  as this challenge's sponsor!!!!

Scor-Pal is offering up a surprise magnolia package!!!

And the winner as chosen by is:

Carolyn Wolff!!!!!!

Congrats everyone!!!! Please contact to claim your prize within the next seven days!!!

Want to stay up to date on the latest sales and promotions?!? Make sure you stop by and "like" the Frosted Designs Store Facebook page!!! Join our Facebook group for daily inspiration from our DT and other fabulous members!!!

Well gang... Thanks for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


December Daily with Solange!

December is almost here, so I thought it was time to make my December Daily... I decided to make it from start to finish: in december, I plan to only add photos and journaling, because I know how busy I probably will be!

homemade structure for december daily

If you want to learn more about my homemade structure, you can look here, and you can also look at this previous video, because the idea is the same even if the size is different:

Check out How to Make Your Own December Daily Structure by Solange Jacquet on Snapguide.

For the inside page, I created 5 simple sketches and I repeated them all over the mini album...

sketches for december daily

To add interest to my backgrounds, I used a mini mask by Heidi Swapp and I sprayed some ink.
I wanted a very subtle color, so I created my own spray ink with my Magicals powders: I diluted very few "Shabby Turbine Teal" powder with lots of water in a mini mister, so that the color would be very light - these powders have very rich colors, so I really used a tiny amount of powder!
Here is a close-up:

And you, how will be your december daily?


Explore with Connie!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Good Day Scrappers. It's Connie and my turn on the blog.  I am still enjoying the beautiful Autumn Weather.  We have snow in the forecast but the fluffy white stuff has not hit the ground....Yet.  I have a page created using the November kit and some 7 dots Nature Walk.

Here is my page

Close up
I painted the Chipboard door with Gesso and used a stamp and Crackle finish

Layers of molding paste, stencil work, gesso and Chalk ink. Tagged tucked behind door Flower cluster,

Paint drips, Mist and stencil work

Small Title Layers of paper cardboard doilies.


Tutorial Tuesday: Altered Tag with Brandi!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!! It's Brandi here today with a quick mixed media/altered tag tutorial using this month's fabulous Rustic Beauty Kit!!

First, here's another look at this month's kit:

Isn't it amazing?!?!

And here's a look at the tag I created using goodies from the kit:

Isn't it lovely?!? I just love the colors in this kit and the goodies to play with :-)  Here are the steps to create the look!

1.  Grab one of the tags, ink, and something to apply the ink.
1.  Create a base on the tag using the ink and stencil included in the kit.
2.  Using the same ink, go around the edges of the tag.

4.  Grab the marker, stamp, and mini mister.
5.  Color directly on the stamp with the marker and mist a small amount of water.  Stamp over tag sporadically until you receive your desired look!
6.  Add some of the die-cuts from the kit around the tag and distress the edges.

7.  Grab some of the trim from the kit and mini mister.
8.  Mist a generous amount of water over the trim and crinkle it up.
9.  Once dry, unravel the trim and use for bow!

There you have it gang!!!  Can't wait to see what you create!!!!!