Friday, November 16, 2012

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!


Hello Blog Hoppers!! We are calling all crafters because we’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day: http://cleasnap.blogspot.com This is the prize pack Graphic 45 is giving away!!



Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from! Here is today's list.
Nov 16
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 -  http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/ <---- You Are Here!
Jennie Garcia - Tombow -  earthyscrap.blogspot.com
Gini Williams Cagle - Hampton Art - http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap – http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com
Dee Dee Catron - Globecraft Memories - http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com/
Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs -  http://michellejbg.blogspot.com
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper -http://www.createserendipity.net
Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers - http://hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com
Natalie Clause – The Twinery -  http://www.southernbellescharm.com/
Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45 http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap – http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com
Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper - http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/


I have decided to do my own give a way!! (see pic below) All of the product is Graphic 45. In fact it's the entire line of their very new collection Bird Song. Just for fun I added a few of Graphic 45 Staples to sweeten the deal! Here is what you could win!

12 x 12 Bird Song Paper Pack
Chipboard Tags 1
Chipboard Tags 2
12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers
12 x 12 Cardstock Alphas
1 Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob
1 Package of Metal Flowers

Wowzers!! Read on to see how to be entered to win...



To be entered to win my prize pack you must do 2 things.

1.) Become A FOLLOWER of My Blog.
2.) Leave a comment to this post with a way for me to get a hold of you should you win.


That's it!! I will select the winner on November 30th.

Okie doke... let's get on to my project. All of the designers on the hop were asked to make a handmade gift. I took it a step further. I decided to make an actual Gift List. A size that will fit into your purse. And... it's custom. You can make as many gift list pages as you need.




It's amazing what you can do with a few playing cards. Yep! That's right. The entire gift list was made using playing cards as my base. Something easy and just about every house has a pack. So, you can make one today!!  :)

Its truly very simple. For the list part I just created it in Word and printed it out. The font I used is Harrington at an 8pt size. The pages need to be designed with thin in mind. Do not make them too bulky or it will be too hard to keep handy in your purse and also a little hard to write on. I just punched a hole in the upper left corner on every card and inserted a 1" book ring. Tied a few bows, put some metal charms on, and wola' it is done! For additional use I made a pocket on each card across from the list card. This I will use to place receipts in. Or additional notes... For My Eyes Only!! heehee

I have included a close up of each page for your convenience and reference.
















I hope you enjoyed my project today! It was great to have you here to share this with. Please come and visit me again. I always have new projects to share. If you have a minute why not check out some of my previous projects. I am sure you will find something to inspire you! Most of all I wish you a blessed holiday season! Don't forget to check back on November 30th to see if you won my candy!!



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Graphic 45 and Petaloo Blog Hop



Hello friends! I'm so glad you have stopped by today. There's a whole lotta fun jammed into this post so be sure to read it all so you don't miss out on some extra blog candy!! Today I am joined by the amazing Graphic 45 and Petaloo designers. All of whom have made special projects just for this hop. We have joined forces to show you what wonderful projects can be made by combining these two manufacturers. It truly is a match made in craft heaven! Not only will you gain a ton of holiday inspiration throughout this hop you will also have the addition of some amazing blog candy!! So let's get started!!



This is the blog candy I am offering for the hop. It contains the same papers and some flowers that I used to create my project today. For a bonus gift there are also 2 sets of Petaloo accessories.
All you have to do be entered to win is:

1.) Become a follower of my blog.
2.) Post a comment to this post with a way for me to get a hold of you if you win.

That's it!!

Easy peasy. But that's not all!! The very generous Graphic 45 is also giving away the following blog candy. See picture below. All you have to do to be entered to win is to make a comment on all of the Design Teams blogs. Good Luck!! Winners to both prizes will be announced Monday, November 19th.


Wow, that's a lot of free stuff! Good luck to everyone. OK, so lets get on to my project. I decided to alter a mini mailbox for this hop all decked out for Christmas. I used Graphic 45's A Nutcracker Sweet Collection for the papers and Petaloo flowers. The combo is so striking don't you think?










I had so much fun decorating this project to share with you all today. I hope you are able to take away something inspirational. Don't forget about my blog candy!!

To be entered into the drawing for these amazing papers from Graphic 45's A Nutcracker Sweet Collection (the same papers used in my project) plus some fabulous Petaloo flowers and accessories, all you need to do is:

1.) Become a follower of my blog.
2.) Leave a comment on this post with a way for me to get a hold of you if you should be the winner!


The next stop on the hop today is the ever so talented Tara Orr.

Just in case you get lost along the way. Here is the entire hop list for today. Thanks for hopping on by!

Christine Ousley: http://petaloo.typepad.com/

To learn more about the amazing companies of Graphic 45 and Petaloo please read on...



Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company. We offer vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.




Petaloo is a family-owned business specializing in flowers and embellishments for the crafting industry.  Our embellishments are designed specifically to match all the best selling papers in the industry.  We specialize in embellishments that work perfectly for card makers, scrapbookers,
jewelry designers and altered artists.

Here is the entire hop list in case you missed any of the previous days.

Monday,  November 12: 
Alberto Juárez: vintageodyssey.blogspot.com
Nicole Eccles: www.NicoleEccles.blogspot.com
Lisa Valentine: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Tuesday, November 13: 
Arlene Cuevas: www.butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com
Maiko Miwa: http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.com/ 
Sharon Ngoo: http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com/
Lynn Forsythe: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Wednesday, November 14:
Clare Charvill: http://www.mycreativespirit.blogspot.com
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Susan Lui: www.luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com
Eva Dobilas: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Thursday, November 15:
Denise Hahn: inmyblueroom.blogspot.com
Kristin Wilson: http://kristinwilsonhandmade.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com
Christine Ousley: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Friday, November 16:
Gloria Stengel: www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
Betto Cesare: http://scrapguys.blogspot.com
Irene Tan: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Saturday, November 17: 
Alice Carman: http://petaloo.typepad.com/

Sunday, November 18: 
Helena Johansson: http://petaloo.typepad.com/

Monday, November 19:  
Mireille Divjak: http://petaloo.typepad.com/

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween with Graphic 45's Old Curiosity Shoppe

Hey Gang! It's officially Halloween time and I can't think of a cooler way to spend it than crafting with Graphic 45! I have a super fun project to share today. It's a Wicked Banner for your home. I used Graphic 45's Old Curiosity Shoppe Collection. My banner is being showcased on the Graphic 45 blog today!











This banner has so much detail and took me awhile to create. I kept putting it to the side when I would get stuck as to what to add. I found doing this helped me come back to it fresh and ready to go. I hope you guys are enjoying this festive time of year! Thank you so much for spending some time with me today!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Graphic 45: A Ladies Diary

Hello my fellow bloggers!! School is in full swing and kicking my butt... thankfully I am keeping up (barely). Last night I kind of blew a gasket. I am finding it challenging to keep up with the family, house, yard, pets, volunteer work, grocery shop, cook, laundry, and carrying 14 credit hours. Something's gotta give. My poor hubby must of got the message because he came home early and prepared everything for breakfast this morning after shopping for the supplies. Awwww what a sweetie, it made my whole day. I am in awe of the Mom's that work full time and carry much of the load. I don't think my house is ever going to be clean again... ha! Well at least for the next 3 years!!

Between all of my activities I was able to create some stunning projects for you. It was some much needed down time for me. Come take a look!





My 1st project started out as just a plain old cardboard box. This particular one is from Stampin Up! I like the size of their box. It's perfect for altering. So here is what I created, using the lovely Graphic 45 Collection; A Ladies Diary.
















I love altering small items, actually it's my favorite kind of crafting.

Supplies:Graphic 45: A Ladies Diary Collection Papers, Chipboard Tags, Stickers, Metal Brad, Metal Keyhole, Metal Key, Ribbon
Stampin Up!: Box, Stamps
Tim Holtz: Foundations, Hat Pin, Metal Gears, Safety Pin, Stamp
Papertrey Ink: Twine


Next up is a lovely project I created for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All month long Craft-e-Corner is celebrating crafting with a cause. They will have special sales and Craft-e-Corner will be donating a portion of their October proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. How cool is that? So be sure to pop on over and get your special deal today!





This card also uses Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary Collection. My project requirement was that it be pink of course. So I turned to the soft palette of this collection. A little black on a project goes a long way. Don't be afraid to use black with lighter colors. It can make for a striking contrast.

Thanks for joining me today guys. I hope you were inspired and got some great deals!! heehee nothing's better than that. Wishes for a great day!!